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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Title:
Checking Out Inferiority Complex

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613

Summary:
An inferiority complex, in the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis, is a feeling that one is inferior to others in some way. It is often unconscious, and is thought to drive afflicted individuals to overcompensate, resulting either in spectacular achievement or extreme antisocial well being.


Keywords:
inferiority complex, depression, well being


Article Body:
Whether you're fat or thin, black or white, yellow or brown, big or small --- somehow, in some little way --- you might have had thoughts of inferiority.   The self-defeating attitude of comparing ourselves with others...the little negative things we tell ourselves only serve to put our own self-image in a bad light.  We sometimes tell ourselves that we are not good enough, pretty enough, or smart enough. And when this sense of “being less in value compared to others” controls our behavior, it can already be considered an inferiority complex.

An “inferiority complex” or extremely low self esteem is a concept we are all familiar with. Chances are, we know someone or even we ourselves suffer from this complex. People with low self-esteem are more likely to be irritable or aggressive. They may also be more likely to have feelings of resentment, alienation, and suffer depression.

An inferiority complex, in the fields of psychology and psychoanalysis, is a feeling that one is inferior to others in some way. It is often unconscious, and is thought to drive afflicted individuals to overcompensate, resulting either in spectacular achievement or extreme antisocial behavior.  It is a fomr of psychological and emotional disability that adversely affects a person's well-being.

The subconscious mind of a man still carries the same feelings of being weak compared to others and that's why he felt worthless compared to others. The man labeled himself with labels like being weak, inadequate, stupid, or clumsy. These labels accompanied him everywhere and although they were buried deep into his subconscious mind, they took control of his behavior and feelings. He tried to convince himself that he is fine now and that he doesn't have a reason to feel inferior again but this never worked, his subconscious mind needs much more than this in order to stop making him feel inferior.
Usually rejection by family and friends, or exceedingly high expectations is often the root cause of an inferiority complex. A man's view of himself is based on the things he or she is being told, the specific situations that a man is experiencing, and the way he or she is treated. Inferiority complex is deeply rooted in the man's childhood. Children suffering from an inferiority complex isolate themselves from others and become preoccupied with their feelings of inferiority. As they grow up they are unable to face failures and they feel they don't have what it takes to succeed in life.
Years later, when a child grows up and starts to be more socially adept, opportunities to overcome low self-esteem increase.  The once-insecure child can strive to excel in school or in sports.  Yet in the back of that child's mind, those old self-defeating thoughts might still lie dormant and ready to resurface during the next encounter with failure or put-downs from other people.
People who suffer from an inferiority complex can also become obsessed with their weaknesses. They always keep thinking that others are superior to them. They often get nervous while talking to others, especially if the opposite person is talking confidently.
Nature doesn't believe in similarity. It creates creatures and objects, human beings included, with such unmistakable uniqueness. Even twins are different from each other in so many ways. perhaps the key to overcome the sense of low self-worth is to begin taking stock of our good and unique features or qualities. By developing those qualities, skills, and attributes, we are able to “shine” and achieve identity and distinction. Indeed, inferiority complex is an irrational and unhealthy condition. Every person on the planet has at least one unique quality that is superior to others.  Given that fact, how can one be inferior?


Title:
Checklist Before Starting a Home Based Business

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502

Summary:
There are a few items that you should have on your checklist before starting your home based business.


Keywords:
home based business, home business, business, business opportunity, home business, Internet Marketing, Entrepeneurs, network marketing,small business, online business, MLM,  Business, money, wealth 


Article Body:
When you are looking for a home business opportunity, it is important to make sure that you are aware of all that you will be required to bring to the equation. This can help save you a lot of confusion and money by avoiding opportunities that require too much from you to get started. Here is a checklist of thing that you should consider before selecting a home business opportunity.

1. Do you need to get a license to run the business? Many states require that businesses get a license before they are allowed to open. This includes home businesses in many locations. Check with your local government agencies to see what you will need to have in place to start your own home business.

2. Do you need a zoning permit? If you have a home business opportunity that requires doing actual business with the public, you are going to need to make sure that you will not be in violation of any zoning laws. Most cities have very strict residential zoning requirements and it is not hard to violate them. Make sure that the type of business you want to start will be acceptable to run at your current location.

3. How much equipment will you need to buy? You’ll need to know exactly how much money you’re going to have to spend to get your business operational. While some home business opportunities require just a computer, others may need a special printer, extra software, additional gadgets or even heavy equipment. This can add up in a short period of time. Make sure that you are aware of all the expenses that you will incur before you start up.

4. Do you have enough space in your home to devote to your business? Running an informational company is one thing, but if you are going to be stocking products in your home, you’re going to need enough space. For tax purposes, you’re also going to have to have a room that is completely devoted to your home business. This means no kid’s toys, or anything from your normal family life can intrude on this room. If you don’t have this kind of space you may need to add on to your home to accommodate your business.

5. Will you need to purchase any insurance? If you are doing business with the public at your home, you will need to get liability insurance. This will help protect you if anyone falls on your property or injures themselves in anyway. If you will be storing products, you will need to have them insured in case there is a flood or they get damaged in any way.

Lastly, you may want to consider business protection insurance that will help you in the event of any copyright infringement claims or other common complaints. Don’t forget your own health insurance, or any insurance that you may need to provide for employees. This can add up quickly and increase your overall start up costs.


title:Cheek Implants & Silicone Lip Augmentation, A Tribute To Facial Beauty
author:Harry John
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4329.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Today, we live in a culture totally youth-oriented. Aspiration to get younger, healthier and beautiful (or handsome) is growing. Face is the most remarkable feature of a human body. We know someone by face as much as we know by one’s name and fame. But with age we loose the youthfulness and face is the striking human future that shows our loss in terms of health and beauty, by developing loose skins, fine lines and bags around the eyes.
To enhance the facial beauty there are many procedures. But cosmetic plastic surgery offers the most striking results. Facial cosmetic procedures are the most requested procedure which involves tightening the underlying muscles and re-draping the facial skin to augment, define or reshape various facial features. It includes many procedures like: cheek implants (http://www.plasticsurgeryadvisor.com/facial-plastic-surgery/cheek-implants.shtml), silicone lip augmentation (http://www.plasticsurgeryadvisor.com/facial-plastic-surgery/silicone-lip-augmentation.shtml), brow lift, nose reconstruction, eyelid lift, etc.
Facial cosmetic surgery gives you a younger and youthful look, but it cannot stop the aging process. It can set back the clock such a way that the visible signs of aging can not be discernible.  As with all surgeries, it also involves some risks and complications. So the surgeon must consider the individual physical reactions, healing abilities and general health condition. The most common complications may include hematoma, infections and anesthesia reactions which can be nullified by proper advice from an expert surgeon, both before and after surgery. Given below is the popular facial cosmetic procedures.
• Facial liposuction: It is a cosmetic procedure used to vacuum fatty deposits from the cheeks, chin, neck or jaw line.
• Chemical peel: It works by burning the face and creating a controlled injury and the result is a smoother less-wrinkled youthful face.
• Hyaloronic acid therapy: It involves injection restylane, esthelis, perlane and hylaform to remove facial flaws.
• Chin implants: It is performed to give a balanced and symmetrical face by implanting silicone implants.
• Cheek implants: It involves elevating cheek bones to make the cheek proportionate with other facial features.
• Silicone lip augmentation: This procedure achieves fuller and plumper lips and involves collagen injection or silicone implants.
• FAMI: It is done to remove very deep wrinkles and lift the sagging face caused by weight loss.
• Forehead lift: It removes furrows from the forehead/brow that give an angry look.
• Eyelid Lift: It removes the bags above the eyes that give a tired look.
• Nose Reshaping Surgery: It corrects deviated septum and trauma in the nose.
• Thread lift: It is a new and sophisticated facial plastic surgery procedure and less invasive procedure that gives a youthful look.
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Title:
Cheers To A Healthy Lifestyle!

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789

Summary:
While it is true that moderate alcohol intake offers some benefits such as longevity and healthier life, too much consumption can offset all these potential benefits which could lead to serious health conditions.


Keywords:
sleep disorder, liver disease, side effects, pregnancy, over-the-counter sleeping pills


Article Body:
Some people drink alcohol occasionally or socially during special dinners or cocktails.  Others use it to steady their nerves before making that very important speech or scheduled public appearance.  Still, others who are suffering from a sleep disorder drink a generous amount of alcohol to get themselves that much-needed rest and sleep.  So, who says that alcohol is bad?  Even the Bible agrees with its medicinal properties as cited in the Old and New Testaments no less that 191 times.
We all know that alcohol is a by-product of fruits, grains or vegetables through a process called fermentation.  It makes use of yeast or bacteria to change the sugars in the food into alcohol which may come in different forms for purposes of cleaning, as antiseptic, and as a depressant or sedative.
Studies show that moderate drinkers tend to live longer and are less likely to suffer heart stroke than those who either abstain or drink heavily.  While it is true that moderate alcohol intake offers some benefits such as longevity and healthier life, too much consumption can offset all these potential benefits which could lead to serious health conditions such as liver disease, heart attack, pancreatitis, brain atrophy, or miscarriage, among others.  These conflicting information should not confuse anyone.  Indeed, for every benefit of alcohol consumption entails a counterpart risk one must take into consideration.
Moderate alcohol drinking standard is about two drinks a day if you're a male under 65 years old, or one drink a day if you're over 65 regardless whether you're a male or female.  One drink is equivalent to 12 ounces (oz.) of beer, 5 oz. of wine, or 1.5 oz. of 80-proof distilled spirits.  The older the person becomes, the slower the ability to break down alcohol. This is why adults become more intoxicated more quickly as well as more prone to alcohol's harmful side effects.
Certain health conditions can be made worse by drinking any amount of alcohol.  Those who have history of a hemorrhagic stroke, liver disease, pancreatic disease and those with evidence of pre-cancerous stages in the esophagus, larynx, pharynx, or mouth must never take any alcohol.  People with a family history of alcoholism are at higher risk of becoming alcoholics themselves.  Most importantly, women must avoid alcohol drinks at all cost during pregnancy as this will put the unborn baby at health risks. 
Moreover, alcohol intake may interact with over-the-counter sleeping pills, antibiotics, antidepressants, pain relievers, diabetes medications, antihistamines, anticoagulants, anti-seizure medications and beta blockers among other many common prescription medications.
Aspirin combined with alcohol increases the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding while alcohol's effect on acetaminophen may cause some liver damage.  The Food and Drug Administration requires all over-the-counter pain relievers and fever reducers to carry a warning label advising those who consume three or more alcohol drinks a day to consult with their physicians first before taking the drug.
Drinking alcohol can help a person feel a little bit relaxed or anxious because alcohol is a depressant.  It slows the function of the central nervous system and blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain, affecting perception, emotion, movement, vision, hearing.  Too much alcohol consumption will result in intoxication, making a person lose coordination of movement and affect even coherence of speech.  They become disoriented and show changes in their usual behavioral. Depending on the individual's tolerance level of alcohol, intoxication can make a person very friendly, talkative, aggressive or violent.  It also slows down a person's reflexes and reactions making driving a dangerous activity for someone who is intoxicated.
There is extreme danger when large amounts of alcohol is consumed over a short period of time.  When a person begins to vomit violently and experiences extreme sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, alarmingly low blood sugar, and seizures --- these can be signs of extreme intoxication. When the body has become poisoned by too much alcohol, even death may occur. 
Some people may not realize it but too much alcohol, like drug use, can develop into abuse and even addiction which may become a problem for them and those around them. Without you knowing it, you may have been influencing even the young people to use alcohol when they are not yet of age.  In spite of it being illegal to purchase alcohol when a person is below 21 years old, still, teens can easily get access to it in different ways.
To drink or not to drink alcohol is a question only you and your physician can answer.  Very few health care professionals would advise non-drinkers to drink alcohol for the sake of a healthier condition.  However, if you are a moderate drinker and manage to maintain great health, there is no pressure to stop but always remember to drink responsibly.  Cheers!


title:Chemicals
author:Kristine Peterson
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2258.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Think what it must have been like to live in the days before chemicals, when the earth was clean!  The Indians drank pure water and grew pure food and the meat was grass fed and good.
Now there are chemicals in everything; our food, our water, our clothes, all the products we use, in our air and in our earth!  These chemicals have adverse affects on our bodies, our minds and our souls.  They have shortened our life expectancy by making us sick and unhealthy. This is the environment we have chosen for ourselves!  What an unhappy state of affairs!
However, all is not lost!  By using organically grown food and drinking pure water (yes it still exists in some places!), and using natural products we can again be healthy.  We must become aware of what we are putting into our bodies and the effects of what we are putting into our bodies!  Each of us has a moral obligation to ourselves, to learn about ourselves and the products we use, and then to listen to our bodies!  Let us each make a pact with ourselves to be as healthy as is possible or live with the consequences.

www.naturallivingbychoice.com
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Title:
Chemical Peeling - Deep

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357

Summary:
In deep peeling, phenol one of the strong chemicals is used. Phenol can be dangerous for those having cardiac problems.


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Article Body:
In deep peeling, phenol one of the strong chemicals is used. Phenol can be dangerous for those having cardiac problems. You must tell your doctor about any physical condition you have before going for phenol peels.

This kind of deep peeling is used to remove pre cancerous lesions, large skin blots or blotches, and deeper wrinkles. This peel can be performed only on the face and should be carried out under hospital setting. Normally this peeling is carried out under full anesthesia. The time of treatment may vary and it may take up to two hours for the whole treatment. After application of phenol solution, your doctor will apply tape over the treated are to drive phenol deeper in the skin.

Most of the times, with phenol peeling, skin loses its ability to tan- it stops making pigment that protects you from sun. You may have to therefore use sun protection all your life. This kind of peeling is not recommended for dark skinned people and it may be two to three weeks before you go back to public. Total recovery may take months. This peel may leave a line by demarcation because it lightens the skin substantially. Your skin may remain red for weeks till it turns back to its own pink color. Phenol peeling produces dramatic results, but you should be prepared to undergo the trouble associated with it and the time needed to recover fully.

We must note that any treatment that improves skin does not stop further ageing. it only removes some of the damage that comes with skin from your old skin and gives you a better looking and fresh skin. Unless you protect yourself, your new skin will age as fast as the earlier skin did.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.


title:Chemotherapy Drugs: Little known side effect YOU need to know about!
author:James Arond-Thomas, MD
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1573.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

In January, 2005 it was reported that cancer has surpassed heart disease – for the first time – as the top killer of Americans younger than 85. In 2002, the most recent year for which information is available, 476,009 Americans younger than 85 died of cancer, compared with 450,637 who died of heart disease. An estimated 1,372,910 new cancer cases and 570,260 cancer deaths are expected this year.
Paclitaxel, a preferred treatment for lung and breast cancers, has a cancer-promoting risk as well….
Lung cancer remains the biggest cancer killer, projected to claim 163,510 lives this year. Paclitaxel will be used in the attempt to save the lives of many of these patients.  However, one little-known effect of Paclitaxel is that in a subset of these patients there will be up to a fivefold increase in the production of Interleukin – 8 (IL-8) – a cellular communication molecule that initiates the growth of new blood vessels to feed the growing cancer. In other words, if you fall into this subset of patients, treatment using Paclitaxel alone may not be effective at preventing recurrence.
NF-kB blockade enhances cancer killing ability of Paclitaxel!
IL-8 is under the control of an inflammatory regulating protein called nuclear factor-kappa Beta (NF-kB). When the activation of NF-kB is blocked, IL-8 dries up, much like a faucet that has been turned off. Thus, blocking NF-kB activation enhances the cancer killing ability of Paclitaxel. These results were seen with many types of cancer cells, including lung and esophageal cancer cells.
Paclitaxel is NOT the Only Drug that Promotes Excessive NF-kB
Paclitaxel is but one of a group of drugs that has this unwanted side-effect of activating NF-kB. Other drugs in this group include Doxorubicin, 5-Fluorouracil, Cisplatin, VP-16 (Etoposide), ARA-C, and Methotrexate. In addition, research demonstrates that excessive NF-kB activity contributes to cancer development in the following types of cancers: non-small cell lung cancer, pancreatic, primary liver, head and neck cancer, prostate, breast, esophageal, stomach, colon, Hodgkin’s disease, and multiple myeloma.
Supportive treatment that improves chemotherapy effectiveness…..
Paclitaxel, along with the other NF-kB activating chemotherapeutic drugs, is approved for the treatment of a wide range of cancers. It appears likely that they will continue to be used for the foreseeable future. If you are on (or considering using) Paclitaxel or one of the other drugs in this group to treat cancer, there is a supportive treatment that you need to know about that improves the effectiveness of these drugs and reduces your risk of having a cancer recurrence.
We have a Multi-Dimensional Approach to Reducing Inflammation that Complements and Enhances the Impact of these Drugs!
At the Center for Learning about Healing in Ann Arbor, MI where I practice integrative medicine and behavioral oncology, I focus on multi-dimensional ways to empower patients to evaluate and change patterns of eating, behaving, thinking, and coping that are known to contribute to inflammatory reactions in the body. These methods complement the cancer killing effects of Paclitaxel, Doxorubicin, 5-FU, and other such drugs.
Genomic Testing Can Clarify Your Specific Inflammatory Molecular Mechanisms that Sustain Your Cancer
Inflammation is present before, and during the life of a cancer. In cancer, inflammation is a pathological process characterized by injury or destruction of tissues caused by a variety of cellular and chemical reactions. It is usually manifested by typical signs of pain, heat, redness, swelling, and loss of function. However, inflammation is also essential for tissue repair and tissue rebuilding. Genomic testing (easily performed with saliva or blood samples) allows us to create a personalized map of your inflammatory tendencies based on your genomic predispositions. This method is revolutionary because it allows you to regulate your genomic capabilities to your advantage, which then allows you to reduce the expression of your inflammation-related genes. 
What Cancer Patients Need to DO is
Reduce the Expression of Inflammation-Related Genes
Once you know your specific genomic blueprint for excessive inflammation, we work together to develop the tools you need to re-set the expression of your inflammation blueprint. These tools must be unique to you, precisely because your genomic expression capabilities are unique to you. These tools include anti-inflammatory diets supported by oral and intravenous nutrients that block and down-regulate NF-kB. Remember, it is this protein that is responsible for the abnormal rise in IL-8 during Paclitaxel administration. By measuring markers of cellular inflammation before, during, and after chemotherapy treatment, and using your unique tools, we compile a personalized treatment record of inflammatory responses (normal and abnormal) that serves as a benchmark for your risk of cancer recurrence after chemotherapy treatment.
With these personalized guidelines, you will have insider knowledge about choices of foods, behaviors, and interpersonal relationships that will be conducive to keeping your inflammation-related genes quiet. Patients with high inflammatory markers during chemotherapy are at higher risk for recurrence, and thus need to more closely monitor and modulate their NF-kB expression after the chemotherapy ends.
What is important to understand is that:

There is an optimal amount of expression of NF-kB consistent with health;
Excessive expression contributes to diseases like cancer recurrence, especially when NF-kB is turned on continuously; and
You will have the power and the tools needed to regulate NF-kB’s expression.

Become the Captain of Your Healing Team!
As your physician-coach, I recommend that you become the captain of your healing team, and let me and my team partner with you to clarify the specific molecular mechanisms driving your specific cancer. We coach you to learn the skills and to master the tools needed to reduce the collective contribution of foods, emotions, and behaviors to the excessive expression of inflammation-related genes. By working together, you learn to modulate your inflammation blueprint by modulating the expressive capacity of NF-kB. Modulating your expression of NF-kB is the inner game of self-discovery, consciousness expansion, forgiveness, and cell (self) renewal that is what allows healing to occur.  (To view diagrams describing NF-kB in health and in disease, visit our website at http://www.arond-thomasonline.com!)
Learn More about How You Can Improve Your Chances of Not Having a Cancer Recurrence…
You or a loved one can learn more about how you can improve the effectiveness of your cancer treatments and improve your chances of not having a recurrence. at http://www.1CancerCoach.com.
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Title:
Cheque Drops – Mibolerone – A Highly Androgenic Anabolic Steroid

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418

Summary:
Cheque Drops is tremendously powerful anabolic, and undeniably one of the strongest androgenic hormones known to humans. The pharmaceutical name of this drug is Mibolerone. The chemical structure of Cheque Drops is 7-alpha, 17-alpha-dimethyl-19Nor-androst-4-en-3-one, 17b-ol, and the molecular weight of base is 302.4558. At first, Cheque Drops was a veterinary product used to keep female dogs under control while they are in heat by closing their ovaries cycling. With right timing, stock breeders are capable of regulating the heat cycles of their bitches. In due course, jocks started using Cheque Drops to enhance violence before events.


Keywords:
Cheque Drops


Article Body:
Cheque Drops is tremendously powerful anabolic, and undeniably one of the strongest androgenic hormones known to humans. The pharmaceutical name of this drug is Mibolerone. The chemical structure of Cheque Drops is 7-alpha, 17-alpha-dimethyl-19Nor-androst-4-en-3-one, 17b-ol, and the molecular weight of base is 302.4558. At first, Cheque Drops was a veterinary product used to keep female dogs under control while they are in heat by closing their ovaries cycling. With right timing, stock breeders are capable of regulating the heat cycles of their bitches. In due course, jocks started using Cheque Drops to enhance violence before events.

As stated by its producer, “When compared to testosterone, Cheque Drops are 5.9 times more potent as an anabolic agent and 2.5 times more potent as an androgen.”

The jocks use Cheque Drops 30 to 40 minutes before an event that necessitates utmost aggressiveness and epinephrine. To acclimatize the drug to muscle building purposes, it demands a more complicated dosing routine. Because of its grave harmfulness, Cheque Drops should not be used longer than two weeks simultaneously, and at low quantities.

Cheque Drops are also effectual to prevent bitches from coming into heat, and also in handling some causes of sterility and false gestation. But don’t use the drug in cats or in dogs with or predisposed to liver or kidney problem. It is better to discuss with the veterinary surgeon, if the dogs experience aggressiveness, urinary incontinence, exhaustion, lack of appetency, weight loss, queasiness, or yellow gums while taking Cheque Drops.

The fallouts linked with the continuous usage of Cheque Drops comprise liver damage, gynocomastia, insomnia, hypertension, severe acne, deepening voice, lessoned or ceased menstruation, and clitoral enlargement. It was even believed that Mike Tyson was on Cheque Drops during the ill-famed ear biting episode during his fight with Holyfield. But, the late great leader Dan Duchaine brought out the use of Cheque Drops in modernistic muscle building far before that.

For an anabolic effect, Cheque Drops should be used at 5mg or more on a daily basis. But, that would possibly cause rapid physical illness. It is vital to memorize some key aspects of the compound to locate a medium that is promising for the modern muscleman. Remember that the apposite quantities are only used to boost aggression that can raise strength. The genuine anabolic outcome at these small dosages is limited. In addition, long term use (beyond two weeks) will cause testosterone inhibition and liver damage.


Title:
Cherries as an Effective Natural Remedy for Gout

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445

Summary:
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by the excessive accumulation of uric acid inside the organism. In large amounts, uric acid forms crystals which deposit in various regions of the body, causing inflammation, pain and swelling of the joints. Uric acid is a waste product that results from purine metabolism. Although most cases of gout are hereditary, occurring due to genetically acquired renal dysfunctions which determine an inappropriate elimination of uric acid, gout is more likely to occur in people who consume large amounts of purine-rich foods. Thus, an appropriate diet and lifestyle improvements can successfully alleviate the symptoms of gout and can actually reverse the undesirable effects of the disease.


Keywords:
gout, foods that cause gout, causes of gout


Article Body:
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by the excessive accumulation of uric acid inside the organism. In large amounts, uric acid forms crystals which deposit in various regions of the body, causing inflammation, pain and swelling of the joints. Uric acid is a waste product that results from purine metabolism. Although most cases of gout are hereditary, occurring due to genetically acquired renal dysfunctions which determine an inappropriate elimination of uric acid, gout is more likely to occur in people who consume large amounts of purine-rich foods. Thus, an appropriate diet and lifestyle improvements can successfully alleviate the symptoms of gout and can actually reverse the undesirable effects of the disease.

There are many natural products that can reduce serum uric acid concentration. Gout sufferers are advised to eat plenty of fiber-rich vegetables (preferably raw) and fresh fruits, as they contain low levels of purines and they are also a great source of vital nutrients. Among all fruits, cherries seem to be the best natural remedy for gout. Apart from being irresistibly delicious, cherries have anti-inflammatory, sedative and analgesic properties, and they can considerably ameliorate the clinical manifestations of gout. A frequent intake of cherries can considerably reduce the duration and the intensity of gout attacks, by normalizing uric acid levels inside the body. Recent studies have revealed that by including cherries in their diet, gout sufferers are able to eliminate more uric acid through urine. Thus, cherries act as a purgative agent, aiding the process of excretion.

Both sweet cherries (dark cherries) and sour cherries (ruby-red cherries) have proved to be very benefic for gout sufferers. Sweet cherries contain few calories and are rich in natural fibers. Sweet cherries contain melatonin, a chemical that has sedative and analgesic effects. Thus, the intake of sweet cherries can also ease recurrent gout pain. In addition, this type of cherries contains a powerful natural antioxidant that acts similarly to vitamin C. Sweet cherries can also lower the levels of inflammatory substances such as nitric oxide and C-reactive protein, chemicals that are related to gout, diabetes and heart disease. 

Sour cherries seem to reduce gout pain and inflammation and they also contain natural antioxidants that can decongest the arteries clogged with uric acid crystals. Sour cherries are rich in vitamin A, they contain very few calories and they can be safely introduced in any gout diet. Recent studies have revealed that by consuming around 100 grams of cherries each day, gout sufferers can experience a rapid amelioration of their symptoms. Although it is best to consume them raw, cherries can also be introduced in various recipes. Thanks to their remarkable qualities, cherries should be included in any diet.


title:Cherries - The Supercharged Fruit
author:Tony Anderson
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_970.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

The little red fruit that has been enjoyed by countless millions offers more than great taste.
Are cherries truly fruit for a healthy you? Recent studies have revealed that cherries offer an assortment of health benefits including the ability to offer natural relief from joint pain caused from gout, arthritis and joint inflammation.
So what makes the tasty red fruit so beneficial? The wonder of the cherry is the anthocyanins. According to research from Michigan State University tart cherries contain anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, which inhibit the enzymes Cyclooxygenase-1 and -2, and prevent inflammation in the body. These compounds have similar activity as aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen. Further investigations revealed that daily consumption of tart cherries has the potential to reduce the pain associated with joint inflammation. Many consumers are choosing to drink cherry juice, eat cherries or consume tart cherry pills to starve off the pain of gout, arthritis and joint inflammation.
Linda L. Patterson is a living testimony of the soothing affects of cherries on her joint pain. “I enjoy crocheting and lately my hands have been so painful, I couldn’t crochet for more than about 30 minutes.”, says Patterson. In an attempt to find relief from her pain, she located Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry capsules, a supplement made from red tart cherries. “Within the first week of taking the tart cherry capsules my hands felt so much better.”, says Ms. Patterson. “I am now able to crochet without the pain in my hands.”
In addition to the health benefits offered by cherries, many people are just eating the fruit for the taste. John Simms, a life-long resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, eats cherries for the convenience and taste. “As a short-haul truck driver, my diet isn’t the best, I would eat fast food every day. A year ago, my wife bought some dried cherries and I began eating them to keep my weight down. Now I eat a handful of cherries instead of eating fast food.”
Not only are cherries a great way to maintain a healthy body they are a natural product. According to Andrew LaPointe, Director of Marketing for Traverse Bay Farms, www.traversebayfarms.com  “many of our customers are looking to eat healthier and fruit products fit this trend. It’s certainly better than fast food.” Traverse Bay Farms sells Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry capsules and cherry juice concentrate.
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title:Chew Your Food
author:Dave Saunders
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1751.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

I am going to share with you possibly the most important piece of advice you will ever receive about nutrition. This piece of advice is not about supplementation. It is not about what you should be eating. However this piece of advice affects every other dietary choice that you make.
Are you ready?
Chew your food!
Chewing is the first step of the digestive process. The fancy word for it is mastication. What it means is that what you put in your mouth is ground up into smaller pieces and mixed with some digestive enzymes to begin the digestive process.
What is the digestive process? To understand the process, it’s best to first understand the purpose. The purpose of digestion is to extract beneficial materials from what you eat and expel the rest. This process involves breaking down your food into smaller and smaller pieces. When some of those pieces are small enough they are absorbed into your bloodstream. Other components, like insoluble fiber, continue on through your intestines and help to expel other waste products and to clean the surfaces of your intestines.
So what does this have to do with chewing? If you do not properly to your food, what you have eaten will go through your digestive system as large pieces of food. You do not have teeth anywhere else in your body. After you swallow your food, there are no other opportunities to break up large pieces of food. The acid from your stomach and the enzymes from your small intestine will only be able to act on the exposed surfaces. Chewing properly is the only way to grind up your food so that it is small enough to allow the rest of your digestive system to extract as many of the available nutrients as possible.
So the next time you eat, put a little thought into the first step of digestion. Chew your food.
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Chew Your Way To Diet Success This Holiday Season

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If you’re looking for a new and innovative way to stay away from all the holiday goodies this year, you might not need to look for anything other than a pack of sugarless gum. A survey conducted by the Mayo Clinic revealed that chewing gum can actually raise your metabolic rate by as much as 20%. The study suggested that chewing gum may also make it possible to lose as much as an additional 11 pounds per year. Above and beyond the benefits of increasing your metabolism and bu...


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If you’re looking for a new and innovative way to stay away from all the holiday goodies this year, you might not need to look for anything other than a pack of sugarless gum. A survey conducted by the Mayo Clinic revealed that chewing gum can actually raise your metabolic rate by as much as 20%. The study suggested that chewing gum may also make it possible to lose as much as an additional 11 pounds per year. Above and beyond the benefits of increasing your metabolism and burning calories; chewing gum may also have significant advantages when it comes to staving off the temptation to indulge in holiday foods.

A recent study conducted by Wrigley confirm that an astounding 70% of Americans eat more at holiday parties than they normally would any other time of the year while 72% find it difficult to maintain their diet during this time of year. Chewing gum; however, may make it possible to not only avoid eating more but to stick to your diet as well. Here are some tips on ways that you can incorporate gum into your diet plans this holiday season:

Instead of giving into temptation, keep a steady supply of gum available at your desk at work as well as in your purse or pocket when you’re out and about this holiday season. That way you’ll be able to pop in a stick of gum whenever you feel tempted to cheat on your diet. You may very well find that if you chew a piece of gum for a few minutes and engage in another activity, such as shopping, wrapping gifts or visiting with friends and family; the temptation to snack will have completely subsided.

If you plan to bake holiday treats for others this year, chewing gum while you’re doing it can keep you from snacking while the goodies are baking. While it might not seem like much at the time, all those little taste tests can really add up. Keep a stick of gum in your mouth and you won’t be nearly as likely to sample.

If you’re concerned that the calories associated with the gum will backfire on your diet plans, there’s good reason to believe that you can lay those fears aside. According to a registered dietician at Baylor College of Medicine, the average stick of sugarless gum contains just five to ten calories. If you opt for low calorie gum and not one loaded with sugar, you can be sure you’re not replacing one problem with another. Most gums containing sugar can have 25 calories per piece and while that might not seem like a lot, if you chew several pieces per day it can start to add up. Instead, be sure to choose a sugarless brand with whatever sweetner you prefer.

This type of gum usually has less than 10 calories per piece; which is really quite insignificant when compared to what you might be consuming instead. If you’re substituting it for a high-calorie dessert or snack as well as participating in an active and healthy lifestyle; you can actually reduce your overall calorie intake.


title:Chicago Drug Rehab Long Term Help For a Real Recovery
author:Jeff Lakie
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2160.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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The central location of the city of Chicago has made it a hub for the distribution of drugs in the Midwest, though much of the problem remains upon the city's streets. The use of crack cocaine is the city's biggest drug problem - since 1990, admissions to Chicago drug rehab for the treatment of this drug have more than doubled. The use of heroin has also increased in recent years, meaning that the drug rehab system now has to work harder than ever before.
The importance of the Chicago drug rehab system is reinforced by the criminal activities that arise from drugs sales and abuse. The sale of drugs in Chicago is governed by a variety of street gangs, and while the violent crimes associated with these groups has witnessed a decline in more rural areas, these crimes are on the increase in cities like Chicago. For this reason, an enormous amount of time and attention is devoted to the capturing and punishment of criminals, and this only increases the stigma and even the danger of asking for help in breaking the shackles of a substance that is funding the lives of criminals.
Despite the attention devoted in the city toward the criminal aspects of drug abuse, there is still available a range of treatment centers to assist the victims of the crime, the individuals who have become addicted to the substances that the criminal pedal. The difficulty presented to Chicago drug rehab centers is helping the recovering addict avoid recidivism in a city where drugs are so readily available. While the initial detoxification process is one that is extremely challenging, it is unfortunately only the first stage in a long process. The recovering addict must explore the reasons they turned to drugs in the first place, and to find new coping mechanisms to replace the old. Temptations abound in a city like Chicago, and in order to reach complete recovery, the patient must be equipped to deal with challenges such as meeting former friends, and returning to the environment in which they were previously a user. For all these reasons, aftercare is an extremely important aspect of drug rehabilitation, and there must remain a strong presence in the recovering addict's life of counsellors and therapists who can be turned to during times of distress, so that the patient can regain true control of their lives.
Chicago is a wonderful city, with many things to enjoy. If you or a loved one require help with giving up drugs, choose the treatment center that will help you through all the stages of your journey, so that you can begin to recognise your city's beauty, without your vision obscured by drugs.
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title:Childhood Ear Infections
author:Raquel S. Hunter
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3076.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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The most common of all childhood ear infections are infections in the middle ear. This is commonly referred to as Otitis Media. Cases of middle ear infections in children are most prevalent in children who are six years old and younger. Within that group, children between the ages of six and 24 months seem to be more susceptible to middle ear infections. Children who are in group child care facilities, around smokers, have prior ear infections, or who are bottle-fed are more prone to develop ear infections.
Middle ear infections are usually accompanied by, or come after, the child has a cold or the flu. The eustachian tube, which connects the ear and the nose, is short and horizontal in children. This opens the door for bacteria and viruses from the nose to enter the ear and set up infection.
When a child has a middle ear infection, they will experience pain. This pain can be worse upon chewing, blowing the nose, reclining, or even swallowing. The reason for the pain is the eustachian tube is swollen, and sometimes blocked. This causes a buildup of fluid which places pressure on the eardrum. The eardrum can bulge, or be stretched very taut.  Middle ear infections may also bring about a temporary loss of hearing.
If your child has an ear infection, you will know they are in pain. You may notice them pulling on their ear, or they may become irritable during feedings, or when laid down to sleep. Your child may also have a fever, or drainage from their ear. You should take him or her to their pediatrician.
Once a pediatrician diagnosis that a child has an ear infection, he or she will prescribe antibiotics.  You may also be advised to give your child over the counter pain or cold medication. Applying a warm cloth to your child’s ear may also help to lessen the pain.
Children who have frequent ear infections may be candidates for tympanostomy. This is a surgical procedure that places tubes in the ears. These tubes are placed in the ear drum to keep fluid draining from the middle ear, and not building up. The tubes generally stay in place six to eighteen months. Most generally fall out on their own.  Some may be removed by a doctor.
For more information about Health Conditions, visit http://www.MamasHealth.com

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Title:
Childhood Obesity In Our Youth

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Seeing a child abused is one of the worst sights a mother can endure, so why is making your child obese any different? Childhood obesity is on the rise as well as adulthood obesity so why are we all concentrating on adults getting slimmer when it should be children that are our main focus. An obese child is something that cannot go unaddressed. The child will have some serous problems in his life if he is not made to loose this weight. He will be unhappy and unfit for the res...


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Seeing a child abused is one of the worst sights a mother can endure, so why is making your child obese any different? Childhood obesity is on the rise as well as adulthood obesity so why are we all concentrating on adults getting slimmer when it should be children that are our main focus. An obese child is something that cannot go unaddressed. The child will have some serous problems in his life if he is not made to loose this weight. He will be unhappy and unfit for the rest of his life if no one takes charge, how I he supposed to know any difference he is a child, it is the parents responsibility to make sure that the child gets better!

A child is less likely to be obese due to health problems and although genetics play a part in his obesity the lifestyle of his family contributes most to his disease. To be straightforward most childhood obesity stems from an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. Although in this day and age being overweight is nothing of a surprise with junk food, takeaways and sweets everywhere you go and convenience not health is on everyone’s mind! Not to mention that most children would rather sit in and watch television or play their console games than go out and play! Exercise is no longer a part of children’s routine, they are lucky if they get two hours of exercise at school and at home it is non existent. The National Diet and Nutrition survey in 2000 showed that 40-69% of children did not get the one hour a day exercise that is recommended and there is concern that this number has increased.

Childhood obesity can be sorted if worked on from a young age, we do not want to have to watch our children getting bullied at school for being grossly overweight, or getting operations to prevent them from eating as much. We need to show our children to eat sensibly and we need to get them active. Most children copy examples from their parents so if we were to eat fresh fruit and vegetables then there is no reason why they can’t. To help prevent childhood obesity try to eliminate a lot of the sweet stuff in the house and replace it with nutritional foods such as fruit, and low fat alternatives.

As well as an increasing mortality childhood obesity adds to the likelihood of contracting chronic diseases and we need to prevent this, we need to show our children that being overweight is not the life that they should be living and parents should buckle down and get their children eating properly or else obesity will lead us all into a recipe for disaster.


title:Childhood Obesity—The Modern Health Dilemma
author:Steven Hall
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2987.shtml
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You see it on the playgrounds, at roller rinks, at swimming pools, and in classrooms. Obesity is a modern health dilemma for today’s children, who are struggling with weight as never before. It is a difficult problem to combat, given the fact that you want to make sure that your children are receiving sufficient amounts of nutrients in their diets. While some children may outgrow obesity, others carry it with them into their adult lives. Obesity in children can result in feelings of fatigue, worthlessness, and hopelessness. It can also place them at greater risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Just how widespread is the problem? The National Institutes of Health has determined that, over the last thirty years, the number of young people with weight problems has increased two fold. Interestingly enough, the problem is affecting children of all ages as well as children from all ethnic groups.
Children who are overweight may not develop socially as fast as their peers. They can become loners, finding it difficult to make friends. They may think that their weight is beyond their control and they may not know what to do in order to attempt to prevent weight gain. In essence, obese children can become our lost generation.
The parents of these children may not realize how detrimental obesity is to their children’s emotional health. They may consider the obesity just a passing phase and they may not understand the psychological devastation that obesity can cause. They may even dismiss the concerns of their children, hoping that the problem will simply go away.
The causes of childhood obesity can be complex. However, there do appear to be a few identifiable triggers. For instance, many families now eat on the run because of their many commitments. Parents may not think they have time to prepare nutritious meals for their children, so they rely on fast food and sugary snacks to fill in the gaps. As a result, children end up eating a diet that’s rich in fat and sugar but which offers little in the way of nutritional value. According to the American Obesity Association, one third of parents believe their children’s dietary habits are worse than theirs were during their own childhoods.
Another key problem is inactivity. Children watch more than a full day’s worth of television each week. That’s in addition to the hours they devote to their computers. As a result, they’re not playing outside as much as children of generations past. Also, many children may feel as if they cannot participate in sports because of their weight. Feeling defeated before they even start, they pass up opportunities to engage in physical activities.
It has been shown that children tend to be heavily influenced by advertising. Unfortunately, many commercials tout foods that can be best classified as unhealthy. Children crave what they see on TV and in movie theaters and they may not realize what these foods will do to their bodies.
Luckily, childhood obesity can be successfully conquered. Here are a few tips to help your child overcome a weight problem:
• Encourage your child to take part in sports or dance. If your son or daughter is self-conscious about being a part of a team, exercise with him or her. Take out a ball and shoot a few hoops or turn on the stereo and begin to dance. You may be surprised that, with just a little encouragement, your child will get up and start moving.
• Consider limiting TV time. Research clearly shows that TV time is unproductive time for children and teens. If your children spend less time watching TV, they may spend more time exercising.
• Ban junk food from your home. With a little push, children will become accustomed to eating healthy snacks such as fruit and vegetables.
• Check with your child’s pediatrician to see if he or she can recommend some specific weight control strategies.
Childhood obesity is a problem, but it is not insurmountable. The greater the interest you show in your child’s diet and exercise regimen, the more influence you will have over your child. In time, your child can learn the strategies necessary for a healthy life.
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title:Childhood Obesity: Your Kids And Heart Disease!
author:Ray Kelly
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3435.shtml
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Shockingly, it is estimated that 22 million of the world's children under 5 are overweight or obese and approximately one in four American children are overweight. The problem this presents is that these children are more susceptible to pediatric hypertension, type II diabetes, greater risk of heart disease, the extra burden of weight on joints, not to mention, the social effects with peers. The medical community has already indicated a surge in childhood diabetes and of the children diagnosed with Type II diabetes, 85% are obese.
Childhood obesity can be caused by a combination of many factors, but certainly two of the biggest contributors are lack of exercise and poor dietary habits.
Today’s youth spend several hours a day in front of televisions and computers. These activities, along with the lack of physical exercise programs at school, are not providing the energy the body requires to burn off calorie intake. Plus, energy levels continue to decline as additional weight is gained, inhibiting the desire to spend the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise (in addition to what the child may receive during school). The benefits to physical exercise are extremely important though as it will reduce the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, along with reducing or maintaining body weight. Additional benefits include, building healthy muscles, bones and joints and improving depression and over all psychological well-being.
Dietary habits contribute to obesity as well and have changed greatly over time. Due to the busy lifestyles of two income households, the demand for quick and easy microwaveable food, fast food and snack foods have increased drastically. Also, many children are substituting soda and vending machine snacks for school lunches. Unfortunately, most of these types of foods are high in salt, sugar, fat or calories and have low nutrient content.
Bottom line, children look for role models. If they see the adults around them exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet, they will be more apt to do those things as well. Fun family activities could include a walk, a bike ride, playing at the playground and shooting hoops on the basketball court.
A final note, if your child is overweight, consult your doctor. Rare hormonal disorders and/or other medical conditions can be diagnosed with blood tests and medical exams.

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Title:
Childhood Obesity – Helping Your Child

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A child that suffers from overweight or obesity is one that should regarded as having a temporary disease, the obesity condition is dangerous for the child heath and has effect on his social life, self esteem and confidence. When you decide that you want to fight, and beat childhood obesity you should think carefully or a plan and a tactic you will use to fight this condition.

The three major keys in losing weight and having a successful diet plan are regular physical acti...


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A child that suffers from overweight or obesity is one that should regarded as having a temporary disease, the obesity condition is dangerous for the child heath and has effect on his social life, self esteem and confidence. When you decide that you want to fight, and beat childhood obesity you should think carefully or a plan and a tactic you will use to fight this condition.

The three major keys in losing weight and having a successful diet plan are regular physical activity, performed on a set schedule and without exception the physical activity will encourage the child to get better and hopefully cause him or her to focus on activity rather than on food or the discomforts of the diet.

The next key to fighting childhood obesity is naturally a diet, making a diet plan should be done after advising with a diet professional that has all the tools and information about your child and his or her needs. making a realistic plan that will take a long time to complete you will gradually adapt new eating habits, showing the child that there are different kinds of foods and that making the child conscience of the things they eat and their effect on weight and the body. Increasing the awareness to the effect of different foods is a very important thing since it clearly identifies the cause and effect relationship to the child.

The last key for beating childhood obesity is as important and as natural as the first two, it is slowly and gradually changing the behavior of the child, and sometimes of the whole family, the new behavior patterns can be treated as rules first, make sure you explain why it is not good to eat candies, and more impotently you should make sure that your child knows that from time to time he or she are allowed to make an exception and have a candy, do not delete and block sweets from their lives completely since this usually has the opposite effect on kids.

The behavior change is a major one and if effects all the rest of the keys mentioned here, you should try and set rules in the beginning, if you can have a family meeting and set those rules it will be beneficial for everyone, making the children feel that they are setting these rules, you should encourage your kids to set rules and live by them, when you first start you can also join their activities to show them they are not alone, and from time to time you could explain how important it is to follow the rules and the benefits that are waiting in the end of the road.

A technique I have heard about some time ago uses imagination and positive thinking to encourage obese children to maintain a diet and physical activity routine. The parents have a weekly talk with the child and they go over all the last week events, good and bad, trying to explain what happened and why, not forgetting to compliment the child on his or her achievements. Once the events have been reviewed and points made clear the parent and the child close their eyes and imagine how it would be like in a month or two ahead, with more weight loss and better fitness and daily routine, talk about all the benefits of losing weight, like nicer clothes, better feeling, more energy, social admiration and so on, just make sure that the goals are realistic and can be achieved in a month or two of hard work, when your child achieves this you should mention the talk to him or her and demonstrate how belief and will power has real effect on life.


title:Children And Halitosis, Bad Breath
author:Pieternel Van Giersbergen
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4316.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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Children can have bad breath just as easily as their parents. When the Webmaster of badbreathgone.com asked me to write an article on halitosis (bad breath) and children, my first thought was, “Great, a no brainer!” As an RN and mother who also works in close contact with children in a daycare, I’ve got plenty of good insight into halitosis in our little ones.

When you smell the breath of a healthy child it smells fresh and clean. If it doesn’t, then use this checklist of the most probable causes of the halitosis/bad breath:

1. Dehydration.(which is more common than most people suspect)
2. Overeating and consequent poor digestion.
3. Eating food that promotes yeast/ candida.
4. Incipient or undiagnosed illness/ infection, low immune system.
5. Too much sugar.
6. Dental problems.
7. Not well-rested, too much activity.

As a parent and RN I often try to smell a child’s breath. I can tell you that the children who come to the ER with bronchitis or asthma all have halitosis/ bad breath. Why? Because they have an infection and/or food allergy, and 9 times out of 10 are dehydrated.

So what can parents and caregivers do to give our children sweet smelling breath?

1. Be sure your child drinks enough water - and I mean water - not juices or soda. Juices, and soda particularly, dehydrate your child and load up the system with sugar. And sugar provides an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, viruses and parasite fungus/ yeast and candida.

2. Monitor your child’s eating. Too much food, or food eaten too often, will not digest properly, and will ferment and create toxicity that smells bad.

3. Sugar – again. White sugar increases halitosis, and also nourishes infections and yeast infections/ candida. Cut it down, or better, cut it out if you want fresh breath (and many other benefits besides).

4. Halitosis is a sign that the body needs something. It could be as simple as more water, or perhaps the entire immune system needs a boost. See my article on flu to help boost your child’s immune system.

5. Be sure to have regular dental check-ups. I could say much more about this, but let’s keep it simple. Just follow through and make those appointments.

6. Watch how your child is doing…? Too much activity? Not enough quality rest? Some kind of emotional distress? Imbalances both physical and emotional can “sour” the stomach, turning good food into bad. I’ve found that bad breath can provide great motivation for parents to get closely tuned to their children and really work for their well-being.

Some simple remedies to freshen the mouth are a drop of Oil of Oregano under the tongue or on the toothbrush, and chewing on a clove. While drugstores have whole shelves full of products to sweeten halitosis/ bad breath, many products contain ingredients that I would not myself take. Be careful – if you routinely ingest a small amount of “helpful” toxins, that can really add up as the days run to weeks, months and years.

Pieternel has been an R.N for over 25 years. She develops natural products for preventive health and is an expert on natural health issues. This article was written for www.badbreathgone.com.

© 2005-06 Pieternel van Giersbergen. www.pieternel.com
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title:Children Get Constipated, Too
author:Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CCN, HHP
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_372.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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Do you notice your child putting off going to the bathroom because he/she is busy doing more important things? Do you notice avoidance of the bathroom for fear of a painful bowel movement?  Is your child not experiencing daily bowel movements? These actions may be signals of constipation.
Parents often hope their worries about their children's bathroom habits will end with the final diaper. But successful toilet training doesn't prevent occasional troubles with bowel movements. Constipation is among the most common but should never be considered normal.
Unfortunately most of the medical literature defines childhood constipation as not the frequency of bowel movements but the hardness of the stool.  According to the Physicians’ Manual for Patients, “Daily bowel movements are not essential to health.”  Parents are told that as long as the child is having three bowel movements a week AND they are soft that this is totally normal.  Not so!  Just as we eat three meals per day, a child should be experiencing between 1 to 3 bowel movements per day.  Food should never be sitting in the digestive track longer than 24 hours.  Ideally, everyone should have comfortable, unforced bowel movements 20-30 minutes after every meal. 
Because the discussion of bowel movements between child and parent usually brings out total dread in parents, it is often ignored and assumed that the child is experiencing bowel movements each day.  Many of us remember cringing when a grandparent asked us “Have you had a bowel movement today?”  The cringe was not necessarily because of the question but because it was usually asked very loudly at the dinner table!  You see, in their generation this was considered a very important function for good health.  Somewhere along the line we have stopped looking at this as an important clue in overall health.  Digestive track health is considered by many to be the most important function in keeping the body healthy.
Causes Of Childhood Constipation

Diet & Nutrition - Not eating enough foods with fiber; Dehydration; Consuming a lot of sugar and desserts; Milk and dairy products;  Food Allergies; Acid forming foods (meat).
Lack of Exercise – With the popularity of computer games and TV many children are leading a very sedentary lifestyle. 
Emotion Upsets & Anxiety – Fear, grief, worry and frustration have all been known to affect the digestive tract.
Holding stools – This means the child has the feeling of needing to have a bowel     movement, but ignores the urge. Reasons such as not wanting to take the time to go to the bathroom, unfamiliar bathrooms or pain in passing a stool are very common.
Prescription Drugs - Antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Temaril or Benadryl), found in nonprescription cold medications; Antidiarrheal medications;  Antispasmodics, such as atropine and scopolamine;  Narcotics, such as codeine and hydrocodone;  Chemotherapy;  Anticonvulsants, such as carbamazepine and valproic acid;  Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline hydrochloride or doxepin hydrochloride; Iron supplements.
Other less common causes of constipation are depression, attention deficit disorders, and sexual abuse.

Constipation Symptoms

Less than 1 bowel movement per day. 
Stools that are hard and difficult to pass.
Headaches, fatigue and/or depression.
Encopresis, or accidental fecal soiling. Often if a hard stool is present in the rectum, liquid feces can leak around the hard stool and pass out the anus without the child’s control. This can happen many times during the day. The child cannot do anything to prevent or withhold it.
Abdominal pain near or around the navel.
Bed-wetting.
Decreased appetite and nausea. 

Prevention

Diet—The most important thing is to increase fluid intake. However, some children get into the habit of only drinking sodas to satisfy their thirst. Most children are dehydrated from sugary drinks and from not taking the time out to quench thirst.  Offer clean, pure water.  A child should be drinking half of his/her body weight in water each day.  Include servings of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables.  Teach your child to eat raw as much as possible.  Make 50% of each meal fresh, raw, unprocessed foods.  Include whole grains, nuts and seeds in the diet.  Limit white flour, chocolate, sugar, dairy and milk products.  Train your child to eat slowly and moderately.  Provide a relaxing environment while eating.  Take a probiotic supplement daily to facilitate the growth of “friendly bacteria” in the colon.
Bowel habit training—Your child should be taught not to wait to have a bowel movement. To establish a regular bowel habit, ask your child to sit on the toilet for at least 10 minutes at about the same time each day, preferably after a meal. Make sure your child can place his or her feet firmly on the floor while sitting on the toilet. If this is not possible, put a footstool in front of the toilet. While your child is sitting on the toilet, you might let your child read a storybook or listen to the radio.  Educate your child, at an early age, on the importance of good bowel habits.  Let them know that this is not something to be embarrassed about but a normal and very necessary function for good health.
Exercise—Make sure that your child is getting enough exercise.  Children spend way too much time in front of computers and TV.  Encourage outside activities as much as possible.  Physical activity speeds the movement of waste through the digestive tract.
Stress—Yes, children experience stress! Children are some of the busiest people I know.  Stress causes the body to break down and constipation can be a result.  Talk with and spend time with your children.  Teach them how to relax and to be calm.  Encourage them, support them and speak encouraging words to them.  Teach them how to handle difficult situations, to be happy and to communicate their problems.  Most important—model this behavior in front of them.
Keep The Bowel Clean—Keeping the bowel clean is a great preventative step and very necessary in keeping the body in good health.  For complete cleansing of the digestive tract we recommend a product called Oxy Powder.  Oxy Powder is a safe and natural way to cleanse the whole digestive track while also providing the body with oxygen.  Consult your healthcare practitioner for dosages appropriate for children.
Chiropractic Adjustments – Helps prompt bowel movements.  The waves that move material through the colon occur as a result of nerve excitement that originates at the spinal nerves.  Adjustments also help normalize the action of the ileocecal valve, the valve that separates the large from the small intestine.

Constipation can undermine the whole body and it is now known that irregular bowel movements are directly related to serious health conditions. Constipation does not have to be a problem if you will practice prevention with your children and implement the suggestions found in this article.  Regular bowel movements are an important mechanism for removing toxins from the body and thus keeping the body healthy.  Remember: Prevention is always the key.  As always, if severe symptoms persist, do not hesitate to see your healthcare professional.
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Children in need, not misdeed

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Child maltreatment is a behavior toward a child that is outside the norms of conduct and entails substantial risk of causing physical or emotional harm. Research indicates that without some form of intervention against child maltreatment, the long-term consequences for children can be nightmares, feeling of insecurity, feeling unsafe, poor school performance and low self-esteem. They are also more likely to be abusive or become victims of abuse themselves.


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In the Philippines, there are more than 36 million people under 19 years old who are living in utterly inhuman conditions. About a million and a half children are estimated to live on the streets. They survive by begging for food and through petty theft. In spite of laws against child labor, more than three and a half million children from 5 to 17 years old work under grueling conditions. The data regarding child abuse and neglect in the Philippines are considered to be below the actual figures since the current statistics only reflect reported cases of abuse.

Recently, a survey by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reflected a sudden increase in the number of children that resulted from increased awareness and reporting in the community.  Most of these children in this survey were victims of child abuse and neglect, also known as “child maltreatment.” Child maltreatment is a behavior toward a child that is outside the norms of conduct and entails substantial risk of causing physical or emotional harm. Child maltreatment can be a single incident, but it is usually a pattern of behavior that takes place over time. There are four types of recognized maltreatment. These are physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse (psychological abuse), and neglect.

The causes of child maltreatment are varied and not well understood. Abuse and neglect are often associated with physical injuries, delayed growth and development, and mental problems. They are more common in poor and extremely poor families than in families with higher incomes. Child maltreatment is also associated with psychological and emotional problems such as aggression, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  In extreme cases, child abuse and neglect can lead to death.

Child abuse is also linked to an increase risk of substance abuse, eating disorders, obesity, depression, suicide, and sexual promiscuity later on in their lives. Women who were victims of physical assault during their childhood are twice as likely to be victims of physical assault as adults. There are also evidences which suggest that victims of child maltreatment are more likely to engage themselves in criminal behavior as juveniles and adults than others.

Although it is said that the most important relationship for all beings is that with their parents or with their families, child maltreatment often starts at home. Unfortunately, an alarming number of parents do not understand the importance of the parent-child relationship.  They are often too young or unprepared for such responsibility.  Their inability to commit to good parenting techniques causes serious detriment to the lives and well being of their children.

Children who have been maltreated are usually unwilling or unable to reveal their situation to someone because of parental threats, or a feeling of loyalty to the family. For children who are in school, while carefully asking a child may help to unearth details of maltreatment, teachers need to be aware of non-verbal ways in which the message of abuse may be communicated. The presence of one indicator alone does not necessarily mean that maltreatment has occurred. If there are a number of indicators, then immediate counseling is needed for the child. It is the process by which a professional helps a person cope with mental or emotional distress, and understand and solve personal problems is called counseling.

Individual and group counseling sessions usually take two years or even longer. The goal of undoing life-long damage can be very difficult because the damage pervades every aspect of a child. There may also be physiological changes that cannot just be “counseled” away. Medication can be useful for the symptoms of depression, anxiety and other symptoms, but should never be dispensed in the absence of counseling for the root of the problem. For children, play therapy and family therapy can be helpful.

It is important to help a child deal with the abuse as well as the psychological problems they report.  Research indicates that without some form of intervention against child maltreatment, the long-term consequences for children can be nightmares, feeling of insecurity, feeling unsafe, poor school performance and low self-esteem. They are also more likely to be abusive or become victims of abuse themselves.


Title:
Children More At Risk With Effects Of Smoking

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499

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For many years, medical science believed that children and adults were at the same general level of risk when it came to exposure to the negative effects of smoking. However, recent findings and concluded long-term studies have found that smoking can be far more damaging for children than adults. This is probably because the lungs and systems in a child's body have not yet fully developed, and therefore are not as resistant to the problem as an adult's.


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effects of smoking


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Smoking is easily among the most widespread hobbies in the world. Nicotine is also perhaps the second most abused substance

in the world, followed closely by alcohol. Medical science has already presented quite a bit of evidence to show that smoking

has adverse effects of smoking on one's health, though for many years, smokers persisted that second-hand smoke was not

harmful to the human body. Only recently has data detailing the effects of inhaling or exposure to second-hand smoke been put

to light, dispelling the myth that only smokers were at risk of smoking. Even more recently, information has leaked that

certain individuals may be at more risk at the effects of smoking than others.

Science has found enough evidence to point out that second-hand smoke is more dangerous than first-hand smoke, primarily

because there is no filter to “soften” the blow. It has generally been accepted that second-hand smoke and the effects of

smoking were roughly similar no matter who had been exposed to it. However, recent studies found that the younger the person

being exposed to the smoke, the more potential damage could be done to that person's respiratory system. The lungs of young

children and infants, in particular, are at a critical stage of development and, theoretically, even small amounts of smoke

can cause irreparable damage to their system. The effects of smoking also extend further, with medical science finally

confirming that tobacco, like alcohol, has effects on developing fetuses in pregnant women.

The first noticeable effect was in the weight of the newborns who were carried to term by smoking mothers. The newborns were

noticeably far below the average weight, with some being dangerously small upon birth. Long-term observations have also found

that children who were born from mothers who smoked during pregnancy were at greater risk of exhibiting symptoms of

developmental and behavioral disorders later on in life. There have also been some pieces of information that suggest that,

among the effects of smoking, it is also possible for a child to be more susceptible to mood disorders if the mother smoked

while pregnant. Learning disabilities are also increasingly common among children born under such circumstances, with

cerebral palsy being among the more common.

Children are at considerably higher risk than adults when it comes to smoking and the dangerous effects it has. Asthma is

among the most common of the many possible consequences, with roughly 100,000 to 200,000 cases of childhood asthma are

worsened by second-hand smoke. The estimates on how many cases of childhood asthma are worsened by the child becoming a

smoker are unknown, though most believe that the numbers would be similar to those of the second-hand smoke category.

Bronchitis and pneumonia are also common side effects of being exposed to second-hand smoke, with the numbers being roughly

in the 300,000 range. Children are also at risk of developing an ear infection. Inhaled smoke causes damage to the Eustachian

tube, which causes that part of the ear to swell and, eventually, become infected.


title:Child Anxiety Disorder
author:Balaji .B
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1445.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Child anxiety disorder is one of the most common mental, emotional, and behavioral problems that commonly occur in both children and adolescents. The childhood anxiety disorder usually affects more girls than boys. Depression usually accompanies the childhood anxiety disorder in most of the children and adolescents.
Children with an anxiety disorder are usually so afraid, worried, or uneasy that they cannot function normally. Some anxiety disorders can last through out the life of the child and can greatly interfere in day to day work. There are various types of anxiety disorders which are commonly found in young children.
Anxiety disorders in children can range from a simple adjustment disorder to more difficult and debilitating disorders such as panic disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. If anxiety disorder in a child is not treated in the early stages, it can lead to missed school days or an inability to finish school, impaired relations with peers and low self-esteem.
Some of the types of anxiety disorders that can occur in a child include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and acute stress disorder. Some other types of anxiety disorder common in children include social phobia, specific phobia, adjustment disorder with anxiety, and anxiety disorder due to a general medical condition.
Thinking ability, decision-making ability, perceptions of the environment, learning, and concentration of a child are baby affected in severe cases of anxiety disorders. An anxiety disorder can raise blood pressure and heart rate and also cause a multitude of bodily complaints, such as vomiting, stomach pain, ulcers, diarrhea, tingling, weakness, and shortness of breath.
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title:Child Autism Behaviour
author:Balaji .B
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1456.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Autism is a developmental disorder and the specific cause for autism is not known. It is believed that some biochemical imbalance would have caused autism and some believe that it is a psychological disorder. Children with autism cannot communicate their feelings and emotions properly. Such children find it difficult to socialize. They communicate only to get their needs and not to socialize.
Autism behaviors include lack of proper response to social and environmental stimulations. Communication in a child with autism would be minimal and there would be no eye contact and the child would be in its own world and the response would be very slow. These are some of the autism behaviors that can be noted. There are many therapies available for treating such children.
To treat such autism behaviors nutritional supplements are given. Vitamin B12 is one such supplement that is given to improve autism behaviors which are odd when compared to a normal child. To improve autism behaviours they can be given educational therapies in which the child is motivated to respond to the social and environmental changes promptly. It is not easy to make a child with such autism behaviors to learn a task. They will interrupt the process and they might be aggressive towards other people to avoid learning any new task.
Magnesium in the form of intramuscular injections is given to improve autism behaviors. Usage of vitamin B12 to improve autism behaviors would usually give good results in 2 to 4 weeks time. Some children will take more than 3 months to improve their autism behavior. Dimethylglycine (DMG) is found to be very good in improving autism behaviors like lack of proper speech. This also improves better eye contact and frustration tolerance.
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Title:
Child hernia surgery restrictions & advises

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395

Summary:
Hernia surgery is a very simple surgery that succeeds in almost all cases. But doctors recommend parents not to delay their child's operation because some complications can appear in this situation. Next follow some useful facts about the surgery.


Keywords:
hernia, hernia surgery


Article Body:
Hernia surgery is a very simple surgery that succeeds in almost all cases. But doctors recommend parents not to delay their child's operation because some complications can appear in this situation. Next follow some useful facts about the surgery.

The operation lasts for about one hour and the child can return home the same day the surgery was performed. Overall the child must spend around five hours in the hospital, but if any complications appear at least one day of medical supervision is required.
No visible scars will remain on the child's skin because all the work is done under the skin. Also there are no stitches that need removing but there is going to be a covering tape over the incision, but it will fall or it can be removed after a few days from the surgery. In some cases dried blood gathers under the tape but that will also be gone.
At many children who suffered a hernia surgery the scrotum has swallowed a little and it was also bruised, but this is a normal side effect that disappears is a few weeks.

After one week or so regular activities can be performed again, but the child should not do any sporting activities, or to the gym class until the doctor says its ok to do that.
The child can go to school the second day after the operation but tell him not to do any activity that involves physical effort, in fact he should not lift anything that weights more than 10 pounds for four weeks from the surgery.
When it comes to bathing, a shower or a sponge bath can be done but only after 48 hours pass from the surgery. A normal bath cannot be done in the first five weeks that pass, but the child can bathe or swim freely afterwards.

Most of the children do not suffer from great pain after the surgery and almost everything returns to normal in a few days, but if any pain occurs he should take pain relievers. These are prescribed by the doctor who performs the surgery, in the case that pain appears.

In conclusion, hernia surgery does not have any dangerous side-effects, but if you suspect anything or if the child has a fever that does not drop, or an unusual bulge appears around the surgery scar, contact your doctor for further information.


Title:
Child Obesity

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529

Summary:
Child Obesity is a medical disorder that is found in young children. Children who suffer from this disorder will typically have a weight that is out of proportion with their age and height.


Keywords:
child obesity, obesity, diet


Article Body:
Child Obesity is a medical disorder that is found in young children. Children who suffer from this disorder will typically have a weight that is out of proportion with their age and height. Many countries consider this condition to be an epidemic, and it is common in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Statistics show that one out of every three children living in the US is considered to be overweight. There are a number of elements that are responsible for the rise of child obesity in the US. These three elements are genetics, acquired, and marketing.

Research has shown that children who are born to parents who are obese are likely to become obese themselves. While this is often caused by the excessive consumption of unhealthy foods, and some believe the condition may be genetic as well. However, this research is currently being conducted, and there is no concrete evidence which has currently been found to support this. Some children have been found to become obese because of the way their bodies grow. Another element that many believe is responsible for causing children to become obese is referred to as being acquired.

A large number of children in both the US and UK do not get sufficient amounts of exercise. Certain forms of technology such as computes, cell phones, and video games have created an environment where many children are not burning calories by being physically active. The energy that is not used may be stored in the body in the form of fat. It should be noted that it is not the technology that is responsible for this, but it is the failure on the part of parents to make sure their children are getting reasonable  amounts of exercise. In the West, many children eat unhealthy amounts of fast or junk food, which has become quite popular. These foods tend to be rich in saturated fat, and are low in nutrients.

The third element which is often blamed for child obesity is marketing. In the United States and Britain, fast food companies are known for advertising their unhealthy foods to young children, and some parents have begun blaming them for the rise in child obesity. However, the junk food and fast food companies often point out that it is not their responsibility to supervise the diet habits of those who eat their products. They often point out that this is the responsibility of the parents to make sure their children are eating right.

There are a number of complications that can be caused by child obesity. Children can develop dangerous ailments such as heart disease or diabetes, and some may also develop cancer. Many of these children who are overweight will remain the same after they have become adults. Some of these children are humiliated by their peers, and may even be insulted by their own families. Because of this, children who suffer from obesity are prone to suffering from mental disorders. There is current debate about who is responsible for this. While it is easy to blame junk food companies, parents ultimately have the responsibility of making sure their children eat right and exercise.


Title:
Child Obesity In Today's World

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424

Summary:
Child obesity rates are soaring just as high as adult statistics and this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed straight away!! Most child obesity problems stem from the fact that the child was bigger when they were younger therefore the problem was inevitably going to come back. It is so easy to gain weight in a world that convenience foods are most peoples answer to a good and proper meal, and where parents think that food should be used as a reward for children d...


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Article Body:
Child obesity rates are soaring just as high as adult statistics and this is a serious problem that needs to be addressed straight away!! Most child obesity problems stem from the fact that the child was bigger when they were younger therefore the problem was inevitably going to come back. It is so easy to gain weight in a world that convenience foods are most peoples answer to a good and proper meal, and where parents think that food should be used as a reward for children doing something good, all they are doing is contributing to civilizations biggest problem and dooming their child to a life of fatdom.

There are many emotional drawbacks as well as physical drawbacks when it comes to child obesity. When the child goes to school he will automatically become a target for school bullies, the other children will pick on him and he will begin to get depressed and loose interest in school when school should be the happiest time of any child’s life! To prevent this from happening measures need to be taken to loose the weight of your child.

There are also some serious physical drawbacks to having an obese child, he will be a target for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, bowel cancer and high cholesterol. Those are only some of the more serious problems he will face, other more general problems will be day to day activities will be hindered by his size, nice clothes wont fit him, general movement will be slow as all the extra weight causes pressure on his organs and muscles.

More often than not though once obesity is caught at a young age it can be prevented but when the child gets older to know the difference he must watch what he eats and take care of his health. He is advised to regularly exercise, but this does not mean going to a gym, going out to play football or going to the park are all good things he can be doing to get rid of his excess weight. The parents need to take a look at their lifestyle as well childhood obesity stems from the fact that the parents are not setting a good example and letting their children get grossly overweight.

All this trouble and anxiety can all be prevented with a sensible eating plan and moderate exercise. Don’t waste time trying to fix the problem once its happened, save time before it has happened and prevent the problem!


Title:
Chinese Gambling Games: Casino Games with Chinese Origins

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744

Summary:
Here you can read about some of the most popular casino games and gambling games that were imported to the US from China.


Keywords:
Chinese gambling games, popular casino games, American gambling, American casinos, Pai Gow poker, American poker, Sic Bo, land based casinos, Fan Tan, Mahjong,gambling,entertainment,games,online gaming


Article Body:
The Chinese culture has a significant influence on the American gambling industry. Many of todays popular casino games were introduced to American casinos by Chinese immigrants. In this review, you can read about some of the most popular Chinese gambling games that had a successful immigration to the West.

Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker is a hybrid of American poker and traditional Chinese tiles game called Pai Gow. The original tile game Pai Gow, which means Make 9, is one of the most ancient gambling games that are still available in cotemporary casinos. Pai Gow Poker is played with playing cards instead of tiles and it uses the traditional poker hand ranking. It is one of the most popular casino games worldwide and it can be found in almost every major casino in the US. Its online version can be played at most casinos on the internet.

The object of the Pai Gow Poker is to form the highest possible two poker hands, one five card hand and a two card hand, out of the seven cards dealt to each player. Each player competes against the banker that can be either the casino dealer or one of the players who can afford paying the players winnings.

Sic Bo

Sic Bo is yet another popular casino game with roots that go back to ancient China. The chance game came to the States around the beginning of the 20th century by Chinese immigrants. It can be played in most land based casinos in Macau, the US and the UK. Sic Bo has an online version as well.

The meaning of Sic Bo is Dice Pair. It is played with three standard dice on a special table. Each player places any number of bets on the table and then tosses the dice. The outcome is determined by the combinations of the three dice. Each combination has a different payoff according to a payoff schedule, which vary from one casino to the other.

Fan Tan

Fan Tan used to be the most popular gambling game among Chinese gamblers but the glory days of Fan Tan have already passed. During the 1890s, Chinese immigrants brought the game to the United States. At that time, every Chinatown in American City had several Fan Tan houses that were always full of enthusiastic gamblers. Nowadays, you can find Fan Tan in some casinos in Macau as well as in some online gaming sites.

Traditional Fan Tan, not to be confused with the card game of the same name, used to be played with any objects such as coins, dried beans or small buttons on a table with a square marked on it. Fan Tan. The object of the game is pretty simple and odds are 1: 4.

The play begins with the banker puts on the table a pile of objects then covers them with a bowl. Each player has to bet on one of the numbers that mark the four sides of the square, or on one of the corners of the square. After the bowl is removed, the croupier removes four of the objects each time until the last group remains. If 1 object is left, then the player who placed a bet on 1 wins the pot, and so on.

Mahjong

Mahjong is probably the biggest inherit of Chinese culture to the gaming world. The ancient Chinese tile game has many variants worldwide including variety of online games. According to the myth, Mahjong was developed by Confucius around the 500 BC. The game was brought to the United States during the 1920s and soon was very popular especially among women. The game was played in Chinese style decorated rooms with waiters wearing traditional customs.

The American version of Mahjong was developed during the 1930s and it is played in America until today. At the same time, the National Mahjong league was founded. In addition to American Mahjong, there are Japanese, Vietnamese, Cantonese and other variations of the game, which vary from one to the other by their scoring structure, number of tiles and rules variants. In 1998, the China State Sports Commission had set a standard set of rules that will differentiate the illegal gambling game from the skill game.

Mahjong Solitaire, the online version of Mahjong, gains wide popularity recently. The online version of the classic Chinese game is a matching game that uses the Mahjong tiles. Online Mahjong games can be found in many online gaming sites in variety of layouts and versions.


Title:
Chinese Herbs for Menstrual Pain Relief?

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578

Summary:
It has been tried and tested that this ancient method has a lot of benefits to treat symptoms of illnesses. Research has found that not only is it beneficial as a tool for relaxation and stress relief, but it is also an effective tool for a lot of conditions most especially to treat anxiety. This article will try to show why reflexology is an alternative therapy that works.


Keywords:
treat anxiety


Article Body:
It is a gentle art, a fascinating science, and an extremely effective form of therapy that has carved an impressive niche in the field of alternative medicine. Many studies have been done in relation to the effectiveness of this wonder method called Reflexology. Reflexology is the practice of strategically applying pressure to areas of the feet and hands as they correspond with specific body organs.  By stimulating nerves on specific areas of the feet and hands, it can stimulate blood flow and eliminate toxin buildup in the corresponding organs and systems of the body.

Reflexology is an art because much depends on how skillfully the practitioner applies his or her knowledge, and the dynamics that occur between the practitioner and the recipient. And because it is based on physiological and neurological study, it is also considered a science. Reflexology is a holistic healing technique. The term “holistic” is derived from the Greek word “holos”, which means “whole.” The goal of reflexology is to treat the individual as a complete entity, incorporating and healing the body, mind and spirit.

Research has found that reflexology is not only beneficial as a tool for relaxation and stress relief. It has been established that it is also an effective device for improving circulation, relieving pain, and speeding up the body's process of detoxification. Reflexology is also good for people who are recovering from surgery due to its positive stimulating effect on the immune and nervous systems. In fact, many people with illnesses such as allergies, acid reflux, migraines, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), menopause, insomnia, fertility problems, and even arthritis have been helped tremendously by reflexology treatments.

Because reflexology works to put the body in a state of well-being, it is beneficial to every system in the body. It has been shown to relieve many common pregnancy complaints including headache, nausea, backache, sleepiness, fatigue, constipation, swollen ankles, and digestive problems. However, a lot of practitioners have been giving this holistic approach for most cases to patients to treat anxiety.

From side effects of chemotherapy to pain and depression, symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment can impinge on quality of life almost as much as the disease itself. No equipment needed nor invasion of privacy are some of the ease of reflexology which can be applied in a medical environment which makes it convenient alternative treatment.

In 2006, a team of medical school researchers at University of Udine, Italy, reported positive results for the use of reflexology foot massage to treat anxiety in patients admitted to an oncology unit for a second or third round of chemotherapy. And, in yet another recent study, to treat anxiety for breast and lung cancer patients, the reports said that the patients experienced relief after reflexology. The breast cancer patients also experienced a decrease in pain. Furthermore,the study also claimed that women that had at least 10 reflexology sessions showed reduced labor times and complications than women who did not have the treatments.

Studies have also shown that patients that received reflexology treatment after surgery experienced far less pain than the patients that took painkillers alone. Moreover, reflexology was shown to be more effective than catheterization in patients with retention of urine after surgery.

Reflexology is safe, non-invasive, and effective therapy for everyone that can and should be used throughout a person's lifetime. In a society that relies heavily on chemically laden prescription drugs for remedy, reflexology is definitely showing a lot of promise as an effective alternative treatment.


title:Chiropractic Medical Necessity: The Reviewer Perspective
author:AllMed Healthcare Management
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4623.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Third party payers demand documentation to substantiate the medical necessity of a chiropractic treatment. This documentation should support care by providing evidence that a treatment was necessary for relief from a condition and to alleviate a patient’s symptoms. When a third party payer requests records, there are necessary documents and information that must be included for review. These include a patient’s past and present history, consultation form, chart notes and any required x-rays.
The patient’s past and present history are needed. These must explain why the patient sought chiropractic care, the nature of the complaints, the duration of the complaints and whether the patient was involved in a traumatic event. The documentation should explain if the patient has exhibited the same or similar complaints previously, whether there is a family history of illness or injury and if there are contraindications to chiropractic care.
It is important that the chiropractor include a consultation form. This reiterates the reasons the patient sought chiropractic care. The form should explain any previous medical and chiropractic treatment, as well as any prior examinations and test results, if known. This indicates whether patient’s condition is acute or chronic and what treatment, has been provided to the patient, along with the prior treatments outcome. Diagnoses are necessary.
The initial examination findings are important. These findings should describe range of motion, orthopedic and neurological, chiropractic palpation and postural abnormalities. If treatment proceeds beyond a brief course of care, progress examination findings are necessary to show progress between objective examinations.
Although x-rays can be integral in formulating a chiropractic diagnosis and treatment plan, they are not necessary for each patient. An unexplained complaint of long standing, trauma, and age, along with the consultation and examination findings and clinical experience, will determine the need for x-rays.
A patient’s chart notes are vital to assess the necessity of chiropractic care and critical to the review process. They show how the patient has improved or not, whether the objective findings (at least, range of motion, palpation and postural) reveal that the patient is improving. Chart notes also show how a patient’s response to treatment, the reasonableness of care and the treatment plan presented. If a home program was instituted, they tell whether the patient is taking charge of his or her own healthcare and if it appears that the patient’s condition is progressing or being alleviated.
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Title:
Chiropractic Services: For Your Health

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481

Summary:
There are a variety of ways that people today can protect and even promote the health of their bodies. There are more than enough diets to choose from no matter what kinds of foods you love or hate. People can join an expensive diet club to receive accountability for their weight loss goals or people can join expensive gyms filled with amazing equipment that many people do not even know how to operate. Diet and exercise are both important elements of any healthy lifestyle, do...


Keywords:
chiropractic


Article Body:
There are a variety of ways that people today can protect and even promote the health of their bodies. There are more than enough diets to choose from no matter what kinds of foods you love or hate. People can join an expensive diet club to receive accountability for their weight loss goals or people can join expensive gyms filled with amazing equipment that many people do not even know how to operate. Diet and exercise are both important elements of any healthy lifestyle, don't get me wrong. However, there are also a variety of other elements and services that can be helpful in achieving and maintaining a truly healthy life. Benefiting from chiropractic services is one of these amazing yet underused elements that promote health.

I'll admit that for most of my life I thought that chiropractic services were only for those people with terrible posture or for people who had just gotten into a bad car accident and needed almost a physical therapy of sorts. So it had never entered my mind to see get chiropractic services done for myself until a friend of mine began boasting about her chiropractic visits and the difference they were making in her life.

Still a bit skeptical, I asked my friend exactly what the chiropractic services did for her. I wasn't prepared to hear the long list of benefits that she listed off. She shared with me that she had been utilizing chiropractic services for the past several years and that in that time she had been sick with common colds and flus only once. It seemed that the chiropractic services she was receiving every other week made a huge difference in her immune system being able to fight against common viruses and diseases. She also claimed that chiropractics had done wonders for her alignment and posture and that her lower back was no longer in constant, throbbing pain like it used to be. My friend said chiropractic services had simply "straightened everything out for me."

After hearing about these benefits and more, I decided to give chiropractic services a try for myself. I called to schedule an appointment with my friend's chiropractor and then I waited for the blessed day to arrive. When it did, I was filled with a little bit of fear and trepidation about what he would say to me and about if his chiropractic services would cause me pain. (I had, for some reason, never thought to ask my friend if the chiropractic services she ranted about hurt at all.)

After one hour of receiving chiropractic services and advice about my health, I left the office a believer. I couldn't believe what I had learned and how good I felt after just one visit. And now, years later, I am still just as strongly convinced that chiropractic services should be added to everyone's health and fitness regimen.


title:Chiropractors: They're on My Team!
author:Gordon Black
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_340.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
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Whenever I see the title "men's health", it conjures up a couple of images in my mind, and as far as most of the articles I see on the subject, they fall into one of two distinct and very different categories. It's either a sort of bodybuilding bust-your-buns biceps and washboard abs type deal with the fake tan and the body oil and the ubiquitous smile or it's the serious senior, Alan Alda persona doctor advising on the necessity of enduring an examination with a latex glove and all the guilt you have to endure if you don't.
Who needs to be reminded that there is something slowly going wrong with you inside and it's your duty to identify it and do something about it? Hey, leave me alone, I'm feeling pretty good and who wants to rush to diagnosis? And as I said, the other extreme is the in-your-face body that only took thirty hours a week at the gym for the last three years and a basin-load of creatine to realise. I don't think there is much point in writing about "pumping iron" workouts, when every gym in the land will counsel you on how to get those pecs bulging like they're on steroids.
No, for me men's health is sort of like the Cresta Run or the Luge at the Olympics, you hurtle down an icy slope flat on your back and try to steer clear of the sides; that's the part that I think is like men's health, try to steer clear of the sides and slip on through to the finish in one piece.
Anyway, here is my content part as opposed to my comment part: Chiropractors. They are a staple in my team to get through to the end and they can help you and me make it to the finish line in much better shape than we would without them. But, heavens, you would not believe the number of guys I run across complaining about some part of their body and how incapacitated they are and how they can't do so many of the usual things and then, when I suggest that a chiropractor could fix that problem in about fifteen minutes flat, they shy away shaking their heads, "oh no my brother-in-law was screwed up by a chiro" or, "no I don't trust them " or simply, "no I've been through this before, it only lasts about four weeks", hey, oh great, only four weeks!!
So I incorporate a regular chiropractic adjustment every five to six weeks into my schedule, just to keep my spine limber and supple and no I'm not going to him because I have a problem, but maybe that's why I don't have a problem. So with the medical professionals it's sort of like having a team of specialists, each one taking care of a particular aspect of your overall health. And, seriously here, I genuinely feel that chiropractic care is a plus especially for anyone with athletic aspirations; these guys are not just for the sore backs, they can be a definite asset in your athletic arsenal. Funny thing is that if they deal mostly with athletes, I think they seem to call them Sports Kinesiologists; much more palatable to the athlete and sounds so much more "formula one" type stuff, right?
So consider getting yourself organized with a good chiropractor and see how it goes, I bet you will not believe the kinds of problems you might get solved by a chiropractic adjustment; again it's not just about sore backs and slipped discs. I certainly put them high on my list, and when I may have overdone it a bit here and there, it does impart a certain amount of confidence knowing that there's a pretty good chance that my chiropractor can respond to my slightly irreverent request, "OK, now put me back in the game, doc." Some even have a sense of humour: I was complaining to mine the other day about getting older and he just said, rather wryly, "hey, the alternative is not so hot either!"
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Title:
Chirurgia estetica – the miracle of modern medicine!

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499

Summary:
You must have heard about plastic surgery or ‘chirurgia plastica’. It represents one of the most popular medical specialties, requiring the expertise of dedicated and committed doctors. Today, with the help of the Internet, you can find yourself a reputable clinic, ready to take care of your body from head to toes. By using surgical and non-surgical techniques, experienced surgeons will change your appearance. Chirurgia estetica is now affordable and all of the services offered are clearly presented online.


Keywords:
Chirurgia Plastica, Mastoplastica, Addominoplastica


Article Body:
If you consider that chirurgia plastica is the thing for you, then all you have to do is call the number provided and request for a free estimate. At the same time, you can fill out an online form and wait for someone to contact you. The expert from the cosmetic surgery clinic will offer to you all the information you need to know about the surgery in question, post-operative care and the medical specialists performing the surgical intervention. You will also have to provide photos, detailed information and medical records.

The best thing about online ‘chirurgia estetica’ clinics is that you can reshape your body and discover attractive packages at the same time. How about visiting Buenos Aires? These experts will take care of everything needed, including hotel accommodations and transportation. They provide different methods of payment and you can choose the one you feel most comfortable with. The surgeons will perform the plastic surgery techniques, depending on the package you select and you can enjoy the beauty of Buenos Aires after you recover. There are plenty of tango shows and nightlife attractions to discover, not to mention the multitude of architectural wonders.

Online, some of the best cosmetic surgeons present their services and you can read them for yourself. These procedures are based on the concept of cosmetic enhancement, with precise attention to aesthetic elements. The ability and experience of these surgeons make chirurgia estetica to be a popular choice among many women and men as well. They are all interested in reconstructing their bodies, getting rid of unwanted fat and improving their general appearance.

Chirurgia plastica tackles with many problems, including fat deposits around the abdomen, breast reconstruction and diverse types of liftings. Addominoplastica refers to cosmetic surgical interventions intended to reshape and tone the abdomen. The person is left with a firmer abdomen and the results are simply amazing. Other types of plastic surgery include mastoplastica or mammoplasty, blepharoplasty and enhancement of the buttocks. The first is a commonly encountered procedure performed for different reasons. Some women choose to enhance their breasts with the aid of prosthetics made from special materials (silicone). However, there are an increased number of women who resort to chirurgia plastica in order to reduce their cup size. Breast lifting remains popular, especially in women who just gave birth.

As you can see for yourself, cosmetic surgery is a complex field. It involves the different types of operations and it can only be performed by experienced doctors. You can always use the Internet to find out more about chirurgia estetica, available clinics and services provided. For women, there are many choices, including the ones mentioned above but also reconstructive operations. Men have also become interested in chirurgia plastica, particularly when it comes to penis enlargement. The services offered by these clinics diversify as each day passes and the techniques become more advanced, including electro and laser-based surgery. How about you? Where do you stand when it comes to reshaping your body?


Title:
Chlamydia- Complications You May Face If Chlamydia Is Not Treated In Time

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376

Summary:
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease. It is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted by sexual contact.


Keywords:
herpes simplex,genital herpes,chlamydia,STD,skin,skin care,skin treatment,sun damage,disease,


Article Body:
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease. It is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted by sexual contact. Any sexual contact that causes your mucous membrane to get in touch with infected secretion may cause chlamydia. The complications of chlamydia are bad if it is left untreated. Please learn more so that you can prevent them.

Chlamydia - early symptoms

The early symptoms of chlamydia include- painful intercourse in women, vaginal discharge, penile discharge, difficult urination, etc. Sometimes these symptoms are very mild and are ignored. These symptoms appear after about two weeks of sexual contact. If chlamydia is left untreated it can cause serious complications. In the early stage antibiotics can clear chlamydia within a week or two and you are free of the disease. Afterwards, it becomes a long drawn process to get treated. Therefore it is important that you get treated immediately as soon as you see any symptoms described above. Your doctor will take a swab and test you. If the test is positive, you will be prescribed antibiotics. Let us find out about the later complications.

Chlamydia and women-

Women may lose fertility if chlamydia is left untreated. Untreated chlamydia leads to Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women. This is an infection of the reproductive organs of women. She may get her ovaries, cervix, and uterus, fallopian tubes infected. If the diseases progresses, she may lose her ability to be fertile. Many times PID develops without showing any outer signs. Some women may have lot of pelvic pain with PID.

Chlamydia and men-

Men may develop swelling and pain in the testicles. This is an inflammation that is quite painful. Men may also develop complications of the prostrate gland.

Chlamydia and eye infection-

If you touch infected fingers to your eyes, you may infect your eyes. Please consult your doctor immediately if you suspect anything like that.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.


Title:
Chlamydia - How Not To Get Chlamydia, A STD?

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467

Summary:
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is a silent disease because the symptoms appear very late in some people.


Keywords:
chlamydia,disease,symptoms,bacterium,infection,skin,skin care,skin treatment,life,kissing,


Article Body:
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is a silent disease because the symptoms appear very late in some people. They may not be aware that they have Chlamydia. A bacterium causes this infection. A partner sexually passes this bacterium to another partner. The question is- how to enjoy relationships without contacting Chlamydia which is dangerous if allowed to progress? Let me tell you how.

Chlamydia- how it is passed?

Look inside your mouth and observe the skin inside. It looks different from your body skin, is it not so? This skin inside the mouth is called mucous membrane. The same kind of membrane covers your inner genitals and anal cavity. When this mucous membrane comes in contact with any secretion of a Chlamydia patient, he/she will get infected. The clue lies in preventing the mucous membrane coming in contact with any secretions of the affected person.

Chlamydia- what will you do to prevent it?

Let us take a real life example. Suppose you have a new partner and are not sure about the health. What would you do to prevent getting Chlamydia if your partner is a carrier? Don't allow any contact between the mucous membranes. Therefore avoid all kinds of oral sex. Kissing will also spread Chlamydia. Avoid it in the beginning. Involve only in sex protected by condom. Nothing else. After sometime, you may ask your partner if he/she has been tested for Chlamydia and know about the status. If you have not got yourself screened, it is time to meet a doctor and get the test done. It is a very simple test and will also tell you about other STDs.

Chlamydia can cause many complications if it is not treated in the early stages. Please look for these symptoms if you have had unprotected sex or sex with a partner whose status you do not know. The common symptoms of Chlamydia are- difficult and painful urination, discharge from penis or vagina, pain in the lower abdomen, pain in intercourse in women, pain or swelling in men. If you notice any of these signs, please contact your doctor without any delay. A course of antibiotics normally clears the infection in two weeks. Ask your partner to get treated as well. Otherwise you will get infected once more. Use condoms. Avoid having multiple sexual partners. Women should not douche. Douching increases the possibility of getting Chlamydia.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.


Title:
Chlamydia Is Killing Your Child

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548

Summary:
Chlamydia is one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted diseases that affect both men and women. Although previously linked to infertility in women, a new study by Spanish researchers have linked the disease to male infertility because it damages sperm quality.


Keywords:
infertility, bacterial infection


Article Body:
A recent study has given infertile men new hope of successfully conceiving a child with their partners.  The culprit may just be a silent bacterial infection called chlamydia lurking within their bodies. According to Spanish researchers, chlamydia can damage sperm quality, thus causing infertility in men.  They presented their findings at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference, based on a study done on 143 men infected with the infection. Using a new microscopic analysis technique, samples from the test subjects were analyzed and found to have a level of sperm damage more than three times higher than in healthy men. The sperm damage includes the level of DNA fragmentation, poor sperm concentration, increased levels of shape defects and poor ability to swim quickly.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection caused by bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, and is among the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world. It is commonly referred to as the “silent infection,” because about three quarters of infected women and about half of infected men present no symptoms. Those infected with chlamydia often do not feel any symptoms until complications arise from the bacterial infection, occasionally becoming the cause of permanent damage. If symptoms do occur, they can be felt within one to three weeks after infection. In women, its symptoms can range from abdominal pain, abnormal vaginal discharge, bleeding between menstrual periods, cervical or rectal inflammation, low-grade fever, a yellowish discharge from the cervix that may have a foul odor, vaginal bleeding after intercourse, rectal itching, rectal bleeding, painful intercourse, painful urination, and the urge to urinate more than usual. In men, the most commonly reported symptoms are pain or burning feeling while urinating, pus or watery or milky discharge from the penis, swollen or tender testicles, rectal itching, rectal bleeding, and rectal inflammation. All of these symptoms are often disregarded by those who suffer from the disease, or are mistook for other ailments because they are non-specific. This bacterial infection  is commonly spread through vaginal, oral, and anal intercourse, but in rare cases may be passed on by a mother to her child through vaginal childbirth.

Chlamydia has already been linked to infertility in women, but this study has conclusively proven using the microscopic analysis that the quality of sperm declines significantly if the male has the bacterial infection. This is an important breakthrough for couples who have been unsuccessful in becoming pregnant, because chlamydia is a treatable disease. Treatment for the bacterial infection is a course of antibiotics. Doxycycline is the usual drug prescribed, with one tablet taken twice a day for a week. The most convenient treatment called azithromycin because you take four tablets at the same time. During the study, 95 out of the 143 men were treated with antibiotics and reassessed after four months.  Scientists found that an average of 36% showed a marked improvement in sperm quality, and during that period 13% of the couples got pregnant. After the treatment was finished, 86% of those treated got pregnant.

The significance of the study goes beyond the infertility issue. It is also a wake-up call for many healthcare professionals to increase public awareness about chlamydia amid the rising numbers of people who have this bacterial infection, especially in the 18-25 age group. If this growing trend is unchecked, chlamydia maybe killing those yet to be born.


title:Chlamydia (Kla-Mid-Dee-Ah)
author:Andrea Sheehy
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1655.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Chlamydia (Kla-Mid-Dee-Ah) is the commonest and curable sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK.
The most important thing to know about Chlamydia is that any one who is having sex is vulnerable. You only need to have unprotected sex with one person who has the infection to catch it; but of course, the more partners you have, the more likely you are to be infected. During 2001, there were more than 71,000 new reported cases, the highest level ever and a 10 % rise from 2000.
According to Public Health laboratory Service figures it is estimated that one in ten under 25 year olds now have the infection.
If you are over 25 and have had two partners within a year, or recently changed partners your risk increases.
One of the most alarming problems with Chlamydia is that it is asymptomatic; that is to say most people don’t know that they have it in the early stages. This means that it is very easily passed on without people knowing. Some warning signs could be:

Discharge
Pain or burning when urinating
Inflammation of the penis or vagina
Pain in the lower part of the body
Heavy periods or irregular bleeding
Testicular pain

It can be passed on through:

Unprotected vaginal or anal sex with an infected partner.
Sharing sex toys
Passed from mother to baby at birth.

If it is left untreated for long enough it can cause serious damage such as problems with fertility including:

Blocked fallopian tubes (resulting in infertility)
Miscarriage or premature birth
Ectopic pregnancy

Help and Support
Chlamydia will not go away on it’s own. However it can be simply and successfully treated with antibiotics.
If you think you have been at risk you can either talk to your GP and ask specifically for a test, or you can contact a sexual health clinic. These are also known as Genito-Urinary Medicine (GU) clinics, and are usually found at a large hospital. The clinics are free and confidential. Anyone can go; your doctor does not need to refer you.
You can find your nearest one in the phone book. Or by calling:
NHS Direct 0845 4647.
Sexual health help-line is available seven days a week 24 hours a day
Call: 0800 567 123
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Title:
Chocolate-- The Newest Health Food?

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932

Summary:
There are now even more reasons for chocolate lovers to rejoice! As more amazing research news comes in about chocolate, the substance is moving from a bad-for-you candy to an important health food. Those of us who had always continued to indulge in occasional chocolate treats can stop feeling guilty and now easily justify our cravings.

You may have already heard that chocolate contains beneficial flavonoids and antioxidents. Flavonoids are naturally-occurring compounds fo...


Keywords:
diet,chocolate,nutrition,weight loss,health,flavonoids


Article Body:
There are now even more reasons for chocolate lovers to rejoice! As more amazing research news comes in about chocolate, the substance is moving from a bad-for-you candy to an important health food. Those of us who had always continued to indulge in occasional chocolate treats can stop feeling guilty and now easily justify our cravings.

You may have already heard that chocolate contains beneficial flavonoids and antioxidents. Flavonoids are naturally-occurring compounds found in plant foods that are full of recognized health benefits. There are more than 4,000 flavonoid compounds, which are a subgroup of a large class called polyphenols. Phenols are believed to help reduce the risk of heart disease by helping prevent atherosclerosis. The flavanols in chocolate appear to help the body use nitric oxide, which is crucial for healthy blood flow and blood pressure, which means that chocolate might help reduce hypertension as well.

Red wine is know for its high phenol content, but an average bar of dark chocolate contains more phenols than 8 ounces of red wine. Scientists at Cornell University and Seoul National University examined the cancer-fighting antioxidant content of hot cocoa, red wine, and tea, and found that cocoa had nearly double the antioxidants of red wine and four to five times more than tea.

Holland's National Institute of Public Health and Environment found that dark chocolate contains 53.5 mg of catechins per 100 grams. (Catechins are the powerful antioxidants that fight against cancer and help prevent heart disease). By contrast, a cup of black tea contains only about 14 mg of catechins and green tea has about 30 mg of catechins.

A study at University of California Davis found that participants who ate chocolate showed a reduction in platelet activity. This means that chocolate has an anti-clotting, blood-thinning effect that can be compared to aspirin.

A Harvard University study of 8,000, with an average age of 65, revealed that those who consumed chocolate lived almost a year longer than those who did not. Those who ate one to three candy bars per month had a 36 percent lower risk of death (compared to the people who ate no candy), while those who ate three or more candy bars per week had a 16 percent lower risk.

A study of older men in The Netherlands, known for its chocolate, showed that those who ate the most chocolate, an equivalent of one-third of a chocolate bar every day, had lower blood pressure and a 50 percent lower risk of death. The researchers also noted the men eating the most cocoa products were not heavier or bigger eaters than the men who ate less cocoa.

And it's not just dark chocolate that is the only healthy type of chocolate. Most studies talk about the benefits of dark chocolate, but some of the most recent news about chocolate includes good news for milk chocolate lovers, who have been left out in the past.

The Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia did a study that shows that milk chocolate seems to boost brainpower. The groups in the test consumed, on different occasions, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, carob and nothing. Then they were tested for cognitive performance including memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem solving.

According to Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, "Composite scores for verbal and visual memory were significantly higher for milk chocolate than the other conditions." The study also found that consumption of milk and dark chocolate was associated with improved impulse control and reaction time. It seems that by consuming chocolate you get stimulating effects from substances found in chocolate, such as theobromine and phenylethylamine, which then lead to increased mental performance.

Chocolate really does make you feel good, too. It is known to stimulate the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the "runner's high" a jogger feels after running several miles. Chocolate also contains a neurotransmitter, serotonin that acts as an anti-depressant. Studies in England show that even the aroma of chocolate gives a bout of euphoria and will help lift the spirits.

And now people are looking at chocolate for skin care. According to Marlies Spinale, director of Tru Spa, "Like many other antioxidants, cocoa polyphenols are thought to offer the skin protection from free-radical damage caused by sun, pollution, stress, alcohol consumption and other factors. I believe that we will hear more about the benefits of chocolate in skin care."

Some people have been avoiding chocolate because one of the main ingredients of chocolate is cocoa butter. It was thought that it was an unhealthy fat, but actually cocoa butter is not unhealthy. It is made up of the beneficial fatty acids-- oleic acid (a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil), stearic and palmitic acids. Stearic and palmitic acids are healthy forms of saturated fat. Plus chocolate contains vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E, as well as potassium, sodium, and iron.

So go ahead and indulge in a little chocolate, in moderation of course. I would recommend that you try to find organic chocolate, and stick with darker chocolate because it has more chocolate flavonoids and less sugar. (Sugar weakens the immune system; so don't consume sugar if you are ill.) And a little bit of milk chocolate is alright when you need an occasional milk chocolate brainpower boost, such as before a test. All you students take note!

Chocolate as a health food-- can life get any better?

By Dianne Ronnow, © 2006 Mohave Publishing.

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title:Chocolate and Heart Health – Fact or Fallacy?
author:Nicholas Webb
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1610.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if chocolate and heart health went hand in hand. However, there is so much information lately about the health benefits of chocolate that it is only natural that people get confused.
It is true, that if people only ate pure cocoa, then there might be heart health benefits. The problem is that most people eat processed chocolate bars containing sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, dairy cream not to mention other “baddies” contained in some of those tasty fillings. Some of these added ingredients can clog up arteries and create havoc to your waistline.
That said, you might be surprised to find out that chocolate isn’t as bad as it was once thought.  The fat content in chocolate, derived from cocoa butter contained in premium grade dark chocolate, is comprised of equal amounts of oleic acid (a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil), stearic and palmitic acids.  Stearic and palmitic acids are forms of saturated fat – not so good.  Saturated fats are linked to increases in LDL-cholesterol and risk of developing heart disease.
Research indicates that stearic acid appears to have a neutral effect on cholesterol; neither raising nor lowering LDL-cholesterol levels.  Palmitic acid on the other hand, does affect cholesterol levels but only comprises one-third of the fat calories in chocolate. Therefore, if we base our chocolate eating habits on latest research, the fat issue isn’t so worrying.
Beware milk chocolate may not be so heart healthy
When we eat milk chocolate or lower grade chocolate, part of the total fat content comes from milk fat or various other types of fat contained in the processed chocolate, and not from the pure cocoa, which do adversely affect cholesterol levels.
Despite all the good news on cocoa not raising LDL cholesterol, even dark chocolate is a very calorie-dense food, so while the fat content may not invite heart disease or clogging of the arteries, its regular consumption will add a lot of extra calories to someone's daily total. In fact, many chocolate bars list sugar as the number one ingredient. And as we all know lots of white refined sugar is not going to help you keep your waistline nice and slim. Remember obesity is a serious risk factor for developing heart disease.
Concerning cholesterol, new and yet-to-be-published studies are showing that some antioxidants contained in chocolate, in particular dark chocolate and cocoa powder, may actually increase "good" (HDL) cholesterol levels by as much as 10 percent.
In the studies, the selected people ate 22 grams of cocoa powder and 16 grams of dark chocolate every day The result: Their "bad" (LDL) cholesterol was less susceptible to oxidation, a process that normally leads to artery-clogging plaques. While many people take vitamins and other antioxidants to help prevent plaque development, the study shows that cocoa could help.
In summary, whether chocolate and heart health do walk hand in hand is still an open topic, however, in moderation it won’t do your heart any harm, however, watch those calories. Most of all, enjoy it cause it tastes so good!
For more information about heart health and living your life to the full come across and visit www.allabout-heart-disease.com
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Title:
Chocolate: The Body Defender and Protector

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638

Summary:
Attention all chocolate lovers! Did you ever feel bad about sneaking in your favorite chocolate into your daily diet? Or how about going a little bit overboard with the chocolate dessert? Well there’s no need for you to worry.


Keywords:
chocolate, antioxidant, chocolate goodies,


Article Body:
Believe it or not, chocolate is very good for your overall heath! After years of being put down, science has finally come around to give chocolate the respect it deserves.

Chocolate has been known to contain over 300 chemicals, and has been the subject of a number of studies by universities and other scientific organizations. The following are a few of the findings in the scientific community to back up the positive health benefits of chocolate:
1. Cacao, the source of chocolate, contains antibacterial agents that fight tooth decay. Of course, this is counteracted by the high sugar content of milk chocolate.

2. The smell of chocolate may increase theta brain waves, resulting in relaxation.

3. Chocolate contains phenyl ethylamine, a mild mood elevator.

4. The cocoa butter in chocolate contains oleic acid, a mono-unsaturated fat which may raise good cholesterol.

5. Drinking a cup of hot chocolate before meals may actually diminish appetite.

6. Men who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don't.

7. The flavanoids in chocolate may help keep blood vessels elastic.

8. Chocolate increases antioxidant levels in the blood.

9. Mexican healers use chocolate to treat bronchitis and insect bites.

10. The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being.

Another strong suite for chocolate is the amount of antioxidants that it has naturally. Most of us have heard that antioxidants are good for you, but what do antioxidants do? Basically, antioxidants get rid of the things in our bodies that attack DNA, which will in turn damage the cell membranes and our hearts making cancer and heart attacks far more likely. These attackers often called free radicals, attack our cell structure and are the cause of aging, so there really is no way of stopping them from attacking us. So in theory, the more antioxidants you eat the longer you are likely to live because they help defend your body against the attackers. Antioxidants are found in many natural plants. You can tell how rich they are in antioxidants by the color of the plant’s bearings or the plant itself. The deeper the color, the more antioxidants the food contains. For example, blackberries, blueberries and red grapes all dark in color, all rich in intense antioxidants. Now look at the color of natural chocolate, it is so dark it is almost black, making it one of the healthiest foods you can put in your mouth. Keep in mind this is natural chocolate that has not been overly processed. Researchers have found that raw and / or minimally processed cocoa contains flavonoids similar to those found in green tea. According to preliminary studies, these antioxidants have been linked to help accomplish the following in the body:
Decrease blood pressure
Improve circulation throughout the body
Lower death rate from heart disease
Improve function of endothelial cells that line the blood vessels
Defend against destructive molecules called free radicals, which trigger cancer, heart disease and stroke
Improve Digestion and stimulate kidneys
Has been used to help treat patients with anemia, kidney stones and poor appetite
There are two different kinds of flavonoids called catechin and epicatechins. Catechins, which have recently been found to be abundant in cocoa and minimally processed chocolates, could also help prevent heart disease and possibly cancer, as well as boosting the immune system, according to recent studies. Dark chocolate has also recently been found to contain more than 3 times the amount of catechins as that found in tea. Chocolate is also a good source of copper and magnesium, which helps to regulate heartbeat and blood pressure.
So there it is, chocolate worth eating, but as in any food, a mass quantity can be destructive. By giving someone a basket of chocolate goodies or having some yourself, you can effectively causing an uplifting emotional but also healthy outcome.  Have you had your chocolate today?


Title:
Chocolat je te hais

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514

Summary:
Le chocolat, c'est comme l'amour, il a autant de vertus que de défauts. On ne peut s'en passer et souvent en le mangeant, on regrette aussitôt d'en avoir mange autant.


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Le chocolat fait surgir beaucoup de controverse. En voici l'illustration d'une femme en detresse qui aime le chocolat…un peu trop peut-etre.

Chocolat, il y en a qui disent que tu es très sain. Que tu es un très bon ami. Que tu remontes le moral. Que tu es un stimulant aphrodisiaque et que tu donnes envie de coucher avec ton homme comme si c'était la première fois. Que tu es gentil. Que tu es bon. Que tu es serviable.

Chocolat. Il y en a d'autres qui disent que tu es une véritable catastrophe. Que certes tu donnes envie de faire du sexe mais que tu nous fais croire des choses inexistantes. Que certes, tu remontes le moral mais tu nous le gâches aussitôt car tu  fais de boutons. Que c'est vrai, tu es peut être serviable de temps en temps mais tu fais grossir.

Bref il y en a qui t'aiment tellement et d'autres te détestent simplement.


Moi tu sais, je t'aime vraiment. Tu es mon réconfort. Tu es mon anti-dépresseur. Tu te trouves partout avec moi, dans mon sac en forme de tablette. Sur ma table de chevet, dans la bonbonnière. Dans le frigo en forme de gâteau à la crème. Dans l'armoire en forme de biscuit. Et même dans mon salon en forme de sculpture de femme nue.

Mais dans la famille tout le monde te déteste. Car oui comme tu le sais la haine et l'amour se trouvent exactement sur la même échelle. Et oui, souvent je t'insulte. Je te jette soudainement a la poubelle. Je te déteste. Je t'accuse. Je te hais. Je te maudis. Tu me rends moche. Tu me rends grosse. Tu me fais des boutons. Tu me rends lourde. Tu me fais une mauvaise haleine. Tu me taches mas habits blancs. Tu transformes la femme sexy que je suis en petite fille grosse qui succombe devant la tentation.


Par ta faute, je me sens faible. Ou pour être sincère, tu es mon miroir. Ce miroir que je ne veux pas voir. Ce miroir qui me fait voir que je ne suis pas modérée. Que lorsque je commence a te manger, je ne peux plus arrêter. Que une petite bouchée et puis hop…c'est partie pour une tournée de boulimo au chocolat. Je rentre dans ma chambre. Je m'enferme. Les enfants sont a l'école. Mon mari encore au boulot. Et sans même que je m'en rende compte la bonbonnière, qui, il y a cinq minutes chrono était pleine s'est englouti dans mon ventre.

Alors, arrive cette prise de conscience. Ces remords. Comme si je venais de jouer au  casino   et d'y perdre tout mon argent.  Et je pars vite acheter une nouvelle bonbonnière car que vais-je dire a Fred (mon mari) ? Que je t'ai mange tout entier ? J'ai honte. Je me sens coupable. Je me sens triste. Puis je me sens moche et grosse.

Chocolat, je t'aime. Chocolat, je te hais.




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Le chocolat fait surgir beaucoup de controverse. En voici l'illustration d'une femme en detresse qui aime le chocolat…un peu trop peut-etre.

Chocolat, il y en a qui disent que tu es très sain. Que tu es un très bon ami. Que tu remontes le moral. Que tu es un stimulant aphrodisiaque et que tu donnes envie de coucher avec ton homme comme si c'était la première fois. Que tu es gentil. Que tu es bon. Que tu es serviable.

Chocolat. Il y en a d'autres qui disent que tu es une véritable catastrophe. Que certes tu donnes envie de faire du sexe mais que tu nous fais croire des choses inexistantes. Que certes, tu remontes le moral mais tu nous le gâches aussitôt car tu  fais de boutons. Que c'est vrai, tu es peut être serviable de temps en temps mais tu fais grossir.

Bref il y en a qui t'aiment tellement et d'autres te détestent simplement.


Moi tu sais, je t'aime vraiment. Tu es mon réconfort. Tu es mon anti-dépresseur. Tu te trouves partout avec moi, dans mon sac en forme de tablette. Sur ma table de chevet, dans la bonbonnière. Dans le frigo en forme de gâteau à la crème. Dans l'armoire en forme de biscuit. Et même dans mon salon en forme de sculpture de femme nue.

Mais dans la famille tout le monde te déteste. Car oui comme tu le sais la haine et l'amour se trouvent exactement sur la même échelle. Et oui, souvent je t'insulte. Je te jette soudainement a la poubelle. Je te déteste. Je t'accuse. Je te hais. Je te maudis. Tu me rends moche. Tu me rends grosse. Tu me fais des boutons. Tu me rends lourde. Tu me fais une mauvaise haleine. Tu me taches mas habits blancs. Tu transformes la femme sexy que je suis en petite fille grosse qui succombe devant la tentation.


Par ta faute, je me sens faible. Ou pour être sincère, tu es mon miroir. Ce miroir que je ne veux pas voir. Ce miroir qui me fait voir que je ne suis pas modérée. Que lorsque je commence a te manger, je ne peux plus arrêter. Que une petite bouchée et puis hop…c'est partie pour une tournée de boulimo au chocolat. Je rentre dans ma chambre. Je m'enferme. Les enfants sont a l'école. Mon mari encore au boulot. Et sans même que je m'en rende compte la bonbonnière, qui, il y a cinq minutes chrono était pleine s'est englouti dans mon ventre.

Alors, arrive cette prise de conscience. Ces remords. Comme si je venais de jouer au  casino   et d'y perdre tout mon argent.  Et je pars vite acheter une nouvelle bonbonnière car que vais-je dire a Fred (mon mari) ? Que je t'ai mange tout entier ? J'ai honte. Je me sens coupable. Je me sens triste. Puis je me sens moche et grosse.

Chocolat, je t'aime. Chocolat, je te hais.


title:Cholesterol
author:Ric Wiley
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Cholesterol, what is it? Cholesterol is a fat; well really a lipid but they are like fats. They are carried round our bloodstream and tend to be in two types, High density and low density. These are known as lipoproteins and are classed as HDL’s and LDL’s. Both these are part of your cholesterol.
Cholesterol which consists of HDL’s, try to break up fat in the bloodstream and move this to the liver to be dealt with, whereas LDL’s are the ones responsibly for clogging up your arteries and this leads to complicated health issues. For this reason it is important to ensure that you have a low level of the bad Cholesterol in your bloodstream. Whilst our bodies naturally produce Cholesterol one of the major factors in the levels of Cholesterol in our bodies is due to our diet. In other words a lot of the issues with Cholesterol are due to what you eat.
I am not planning on getting into an in-depth discussion on the range of values of Cholesterol which is best for your body, as this can vary between people. A younger person who has an acceptable level of Cholesterol but has family members who have had heart attacks when young may be classed as more at risk than a much older person who has a higher Cholesterol level depending on their fitness level and family history. There is no set rule when it comes to Cholesterol levels and advice should always be sought from your physician if you are worried about your Cholesterol levels.
What can you do about it?
One thing you have to remember is that a normal healthy body will produce all the Cholesterol that it needs without you adding to it through diet. Cholesterol is added to the body in many foods but the one major area to look at is fat intake. Unfortunately fat is in most products. There isn’t very much fat in the donut you eat, but think about what it’s been cooked in. all that fat has been absorbed during the cooking process and this can contribute to your Cholesterol level being raised. There are 3 types of fats and these are, saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat, but what are they and how can they affect your Cholesterol levels.
Saturated fats are those which are usually animal based and tend to become solid at room temperature. Butter and lard are the classic examples but cream in milk is also a saturated fat. Yes I know it's not a solid but it is still a saturated fat and helps to raise Cholesterol levels. Another one is palm oil and this is widely used in pastries and cakes so watch out.
Monounsaturated fats are found in certain raw products the best known being olive oil. This is high in monounsaturated fat and has a high density of lipoproteins. Tests have indicated that people who regularly consume this type of fat tend to have lower Cholesterol levels than people who consume a lot of saturated fat. Indeed the Mediterranean countries, in particular Italy, consume a great deal of olive oil and their Cholesterols levels tend to be at lower levels than the US.
The remaining fats are polyunsaturated fats and these tend to be produced from vegetables, nuts and seeds. These have been combined with dairy products to produce products such as margarine and this was thought to be much healthier than products containing saturated fats when considering health issues surrounding Cholesterol. However, recent research has shown that the manufacturing process can cause the fats to become saturated and so they may not be as healthy as first though.
Your Target
So what is your target if you are concerned about your Cholesterol level? A regular checkup with your physician is one thing but you need to help them to help you. Watch what you eat. Always read the label first before you buy your food. Look for products containing fats other than saturated fat, or fats with HDL’s as these help to lower Cholesterol levels. You can also help your Cholesterol level by lowering your fat intake, the less you take in the less your body has to deal with which has to be a good thing. Obesity is also a problem and exercise also helps to lower Cholesterol. This also helps with weight problems in any case and has to be a good thing, but don’t overdo it at first, take it gently. Coffee drinking and a high intake of sugars are also not very good for lowering Cholesterol. Sorry, but it looks like most of the things we all enjoy, including me, are not very good for our Cholesterol levels.
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Cholesterol And Diet

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Lowering your dietary intake of cholesterol is recommended to maintain overall good health. Basic dietary guidelines are as follows:

Limit the following in your diet:

Fats, especially saturated fats.
All foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (most margarines and baked goods.
Dairy fats, such as whole milk, cheese made with whole milk, butter, egg yolks, sour cream.
Vegetable oil and lard.
Beef, especially the less-lean cuts.
Alcohol.
Products made...


Keywords:
cholesterol, cholesterol levels, lower cholesterol, health, healthcare


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Lowering your dietary intake of cholesterol is recommended to maintain overall good health. Basic dietary guidelines are as follows:

Limit the following in your diet:

Fats, especially saturated fats.
All foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils (most margarines and baked goods.
Dairy fats, such as whole milk, cheese made with whole milk, butter, egg yolks, sour cream.
Vegetable oil and lard.
Beef, especially the less-lean cuts.
Alcohol.
Products made of refined sugars and flours.

Most animal fats and hydrogenated fats are solid at room temperature, and have more of the LDL, or 'bad' cholesterol. Also known as 'trans fats', these are the fats to avoid. Look carefully on the ingredients label for the words, 'hydrogenated,' or 'trans fats.'  The most common foods with trans fats are cookies, pies, cakes, chips, snack and convenience foods. These foods also usually contain refined sugars and flours, making them doubly bad for cholesterol levels.

Instead, use these:

Fruits and vegetables, most of which are cholesterol-free, and which help lower cholesterol levels.
Whole-grain breads and cereals.
Low-fat or skim milk, yogurt, sour cream and cheeses.
Canola oil or extra virgin olive oil.
Chicken, turkey and fish.
Legumes and nuts.
Garlic
Margerines made of plant sterol esters, which help to lower cholesterol levels.

Foods high in fiber have the added benefit of helping to absorb and eliminate cholesterol from the intestines. Fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts are all high in fiber. Some fruits, such as citrus, apples, cranberries and blackberries are high in pectin, and are particularly good at reducing cholesterol levels.

Putting it into Practice

A change of lifestyle and eating habits can be very, very hard, especially if the habits are habits acquired over a lifetime. One way to help implement these all-important changes, is to start small. Set a small, short-term goal, such as switching to low-fat dairy products and whole grain breads. When that becomes habit, and the tastebuds are acclimatized to the new flavors, make another small change, such as adding fruits and vegetables to the diet. Next, try eliminating soda pops, exchanging them for water and sugar-free, noncarbonated drinks.

The most difficult change to make for many people is the elimination of refined sugars and flours from the diet. Refined fours and sugars can be very addictive, giving the body a 'sugar rush' that may be hard to live without at first. A first step may be switching to whole grain flours, and then switching from sugar to sucralose, such as Splenda sweetener.

Make each step small and be patient, waiting for the change to become easy. It may take a year or two, but eventually, persistance will pay off, and a new heathier diet will be habit.


Title:
Cholesterol and Lowering HDL

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Good health has always been a subject of great concern for everyone. We always talk about exercise, living a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy. But it was not always like this.


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health, cholesterol, hdl, laboratory, blood count.


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Good health has always been a subject of great concern for everyone. We always talk about exercise, living a healthy lifestyle and eating healthy. But it was not always like this.

Decades ago, the concept of health was quite different from how we perceive it right now. Yes, the value of exercise was still very much mentioned but the concept of “healthy eating” was vastly different. As late as the 1960s, the tenets that surround healthy eating was quite different from what it is now. Just look at the popular media in those days. The Brady matriarch Marcia Brady would constantly feed her family red meat, specifically beef, in her belief that meat ensures that her kids need red meat to grow up healthy.

Fast forward to the present and the what used to be the bible truth before is now considered as one of the worst health mistakes one can take. We now know that red meat is not really a healthy option because of the large amount of fat that it contains. The same with a lot of processed foods. We are now more conscious about the stuff that we consume and let into our system.

An integral part of this new health consciousness is the increased awareness about cholesterol. With advances in nutrition research and medicine over the last few decades, cholesterol has been identified as the culprit in a number of diseases – most notably cardiovascular disease. This non-soluble waxy substance is a vital part for the maintenance of one’s health. It is used by the body to make hormones, cell walls and nerve sheaths. But even though cholesterol plays an important role in the body too much of one type of cholesterol can actually be bad for the health.

People might wonder why there is a reference to types of cholesterol. To better understand this, it would be good to know how cholesterol works in the body. The liver produces while your diet provides cholesterol. This is then transported by the LDL or bad cholesterol though the whole body as a way of maintaining vital body functions. The HDL, the good cholesterol, then brings back the cholesterol to the liver so that it can be recycled. This is done so that cholesterol does not build up too much in the blood stream. Health problem crop up when there is too much LDL and not enough HDL to carry the cholesterol back to the liver. This imbalance increases the cholesterol in the body, which can lead to heart disease.

From the way body works and handles cholesterol, we know that there are two different types of cholesterol in the body, the bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol (HDL). It does not take much thinking to realize that what nutritionists and physicians want us to do is to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

How exactly do you do that?

Fortunately, because of developments in nutrition and medical research there are ways of increasing the good cholesterol in your body. With proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle you can exactly do that and be on the road to good health and low cholesterol. For more details, please visit http://www.goHDL.com


Title:
Cholesterol and TGs Are You

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346

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An explanation of what cholesterol and triglycerides are and how a person can help to control them.


Keywords:
cholesterol, triglycerides, TGs


Article Body:
Cholesterol is a fat-like substances made by you body. Although the cells of your body need some cholesterol, excess can build up in your blood vessels. When this happens it can cause your blood vessels to narrow which in turn reduces blood flow to your heart.

There is 'good' cholesterol HDL and there is LDL which is "bad" cholesterol. HDL helps take cholesterol out of your arteries so that it can be removed from your body. LDL can build up in the walls of your arteries which can reduce blood flow. High levels of LDL may cause heart disease.

Triglycerides (TGs) is a type of fat found in your blood and stored in you body as fat. High levels of TGs can also increase your risk of heart disease.

Who is more likely to have high cholesterol? Any adult 20 or older can have high cholesterol; usually there are no symptoms. If some of your family members have it, you may also. If that is the case, tell your doctor so you can get a plan to lower it; one that will work for you. You should also have your triglycerides checked. With your cholesterol and triglycerides both high, it puts you at a greater risk of heart disease and stroke. Diet, exercise, and medicine can help to lower them.

You can take a simple blood test to see if your cholesterol is high and also to find out your triglycerides level. Anyone over the age of 20 should have their cholesterol checked at least once every 5 years.

To keep your cholesterol at a healthy level and to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke you should:

   Eat a healthy diet.

   Exercise.

   Have your cholesterol checked.

   Take your medicine if your doctor has prescribed it.

Here are some more facts you need to know. More than half of American adults have a cholesterol level that should be treated. Any adult can have high cholesterol. One in 5 American adults has a cholesterol number over 240. Changing your diet and exercising can help to lower both your cholesterol and triglycerides.


title:Cholesterol Control
author:Sharon Hopkins
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4198.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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Newspapers have reported on the drawbacks of having a diet high in fat. High-fat diet has been linked to high cholesterol and ultimately to heart attacks. Hence, people have started avoiding beef and eggs. But cholesterol is not bad. Our body needs it to protect nerves and build new cells and hormones. It is only when we include foods like pizzas, burgers, ice creams, steaks or any food containing animal product that the problem starts. Excess cholesterol settles along the walls of the arteries and can clog them thus, restricting blood flow. This gives rise to angina, heart attack or stroke. It has also been shown that high cholesterol leads to gallstones. There are two types of cholesterol called good cholesterol or HDL and bad cholesterol or LDL. LDL is the cholesterol that clogs the arteries and should be lower while HDL scours the artery walls and removes the harmful LDL and should be higher.
Doctors recommend reducing and avoiding high-fat diets containing meat, eggs and dairy products. But you can use the following home remedies for treatment:
• Increase the intake of Vitamin E: It is advised to increase your intake of Vitamin E to 400 international units to prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol where the cholesterol hardens into the arterial plaque thus giving rise to heart attack. It also raises the level of HDL. You can include Vitamin E as dietary sources or include vegetable oils, nuts or grains in your diet.
• Eat your breakfast: People who skip the breakfast have higher cholesterol levels than those who have breakfast everyday. This is because they tend to eat unhealthy foods which are high in fats.
• Eat small meals frequently: Large meals have been shown to release a large amount of insulin, which in turn stimulates the production of the enzymes that increases cholesterol production by the liver. But eating small frequent meals without increasing the total calories will limit the insulin production and thus controls the cholesterol and in turn heart diseases.
• Add Vitamin C to your diet: Though other vitamins and minerals play an important role in the cholesterol production, Vitamin C is the most crucial vitamin for cholesterol control. It increases HDL levels and is very beneficial if you get it from fruits and vegetables, since they have a special fibre called pectin. It surrounds the cholesterol and flushes it out of the digestive system before it gets into the blood. Include fruits like citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, apples and spinach which are rich in vitamin C and pectin.
• Increase garlic intake: Taking seven cloves of garlic a day will reduce cholesterol levels significantly. If you cannot stand the normal garlic, then you can opt for odorless garlic pills, which are available in local health stores.
• Skip decaf: Avoid decaffeinated coffee since it has been shown to raise LDL levels. This is because the beans used for decaf are far stronger than the normal beans.
• Munch grapes: Grapes and their products have a compound which lowers cholesterol significantly. So you can increase your intake of grapes, grape juice and wine to decrease your cholesterol level.
• Have grapefruit: Grapefruit contains pectin which reduces cholesterol significantly. Hence, people who consume grapefruits show a marked decline of cholesterol over 7 percent after two months of consumption.
• Eat beans: Lima beans, kidney beans, navy beans, soybeans and other legumes have been shown to lower cholesterol as they have a high amount of pectin. Research has shown that people who consume about 11/2 cup of cooked beans a day have decreased their cholesterol levels by 20 percent within three weeks.
• Splurge on carrots: Carrots have plenty of pectin, the most useful type of fibre for lowering cholesterol. Having about 2 to 3 carrots a day will reduce cholesterol levels by 10 to 20 percent.
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Title:
Cholesterol Diets and the way forward for healthier living

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559

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A look at how important cholesterol control is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


Keywords:
Cholesterol, ldl, high blood pressure, fat, diet, lower, omega 3, fish oils, health


Article Body:
More people are becoming aware of their own health and fitness needs in these modern times. As part of this new awareness of a persons general health is the realisation that cholesterol  level is very important and having the correct level can reduce your chance of heart disease which is a major killer in the modern world.

The first thing to do is to get tested properly and find out what your cholesterol level is and then finding out importantly the difference between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.  The bad cholesterol is known as LDL Cholesterol the LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein. The good cholesterol is known as High Density Lipoprotein.

Bad Cholesterol problems when too much LDL is circulating within your blood stream, it can slowly build up on the inner walls of your arteries . The arteries are extremely important in delivering fresh oxygen rich blood from the heart to the brain and other vital organs.

The bad cholesterol builds up with other substances to form a plaque, a thick hard deposit that when it builds up reduces the diameter of the arteries and also makes them less flexible. This can lead to the following problem of a clot forming within the arteries which leads to a stroke or worse a heart attack.

Good Cholesterol  HDL provides the defence against heart attacks. Between a third and a fourth of blood cholesterol that flows within your arteries is made up of HDL Cholesterol.  The HDL Cholesterol is good at taking the LDL Cholesterol from the Arteries to the Liver where the body can process it and it can be passed from the body safely.

The best course of action is to examine your diet and reduce the amount of fatty substances that you eat, lay off the desert menu. Take an Omega 3 supplement daily fish oils have a very good effect on reducing your LDL Cholesterol. I know within my family that has been a number of deaths from heart attacks. I take regular exercise and go swimming, swimming is a very good exercise as it stretches most muscles and gives the added benefit that it’s a non impact exercise.

Some exercise such as running a impact based and maybe not as good as looking for exercise equipment that is designed to produce non impact fat burning. Consider finding out your ideal weight and seek medical advice on how to attain it. Give yourself reasonable goals in achieving this and mark your progress on something visible.

It’s important you need to see progress and that you feel the difference within yourself. Sometimes if you can not manage to get to the gym go for a good 2 mile walk and try to attain a good breathing rhythm.  This can be more therapeutic than sweating buckets on a treadmill.

When you go shopping spend a little bit more time in reading the labels and if you are not sure what a product is research it and find out how good it is to eat and will it provide you with healthy sustenance or be bad for you. Getting the balanced diet and understanding your bodies processes can really help in maintaining a healthy heart and a longer more enjoyable lifestyle.

This article can be used under the standard terms and conditions of this website.
© 2007 Andy Bolton 39 Liverpool UK


Title:
Cholesterol Gallstones

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Gallsontes are crystalline bodies that are formed inside of the body by accretion ("growth or increase in size by gradual external addition") or concretion ("a spherical or ellipsoidal nodule formed by accumulation of mineral matter after deposition of sediment") of normal and abnormal bile components.


Keywords:
gall stone, gall stone symptom, gall bladder stones, gall bladder stone symptom, gall stone diet, picture of gall stone, what cause gall stone, gall stone surgery, gall stone treatment, gall stone rem


Article Body:
Gallsontes are crystalline bodies that are formed inside of the body by accretion ("growth or increase in size by gradual external addition") or concretion ("a spherical or ellipsoidal nodule formed by accumulation of mineral matter after deposition of sediment") of normal and abnormal bile components.

The largest single makeup of gallstones are cholesterol stones, which are generally green, but have been found to be white/yellow in color. Cholesterol stones account for approximately 80 percet of all gallstones, and are composed primarily of cholesterol.

The remaining twenty percent is composed of pigment stones. Pigment stones are small, dark stones that are composed of calcium salts that can be found in bile. Both cholesterol stones and pigment stones make up gall stones. There is alot of risks that are apparent with pigment stones such as cirrhosis, biliary tract infections, and hereditary blood cell disorders, such as sickle cell anemia.

Although there is the two distinct stones above, it isn't unusual for stones to exist that are mixed in origin. Gallstones aren't limited to one particular section - they can occur anywhere within the bilary tree. The bilary tree includes the gallbladder and the common bile duct. Gallstones vary greatly in size and numbers. It is possible for the gallbladder to develop one single stone that is as big as golfball, or for it to create several thousand which can be as small as a grain of sand.


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Cholesterol Levels and General Health

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People with high blood cholesterol levels are very exposed to developing heart disease. High cholesterol levels are common to people with ages over 50, people with weight problems, people with gastro-intestinal disorders and people with diabetes. High blood cholesterol levels can be the result of either overproduction of the substance (due to liver dysfunctions) or the inability of the body to eliminate it. However, apart from physiological factors that enable the accumulation of cholesterol inside the organism, there are also many other external factors that contribute to cholesterol build up: inappropriate diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol abuse.


Keywords:
cholesterol,high cholesterol,low cholesterol diet,cholesterol levels,low cholesterol recipe,low cholesterol food


Article Body:
People with high blood cholesterol levels are very exposed to developing heart disease. High cholesterol levels are common to people with ages over 50, people with weight problems, people with gastro-intestinal disorders and people with diabetes. High blood cholesterol levels can be the result of either overproduction of the substance (due to liver dysfunctions) or the inability of the body to eliminate it. However, apart from physiological factors that enable the accumulation of cholesterol inside the organism, there are also many other external factors that contribute to cholesterol build up: inappropriate diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking and alcohol abuse.

Although the body is able to produce the amount of cholesterol it needs for sustaining its normal activity, a high-cholesterol diet can significantly increase blood cholesterol levels. Foods of animal origin are rich in cholesterol and saturated fats that are very harmful to the organism when they are consumed in large amounts. You should replace meats and dairy products with vegetables, cereals and fruits in order to maintain normal cholesterol levels. Simple carbohydrates (sweets) also enable cholesterol to build up inside the body and therefore should be avoided.

Proper physical exercise is very important for keeping your blood cholesterol levels in check. Regular physical exercise improves blood circulation and helps in the elimination of excess cholesterol. Exercise frequently and you will be able to maintain normal cholesterol levels and lose extra weight.

Smoking is considered to be a major factor of risk in heart disease. Smoking facilitates cholesterol to deposit inside arteries, where they can cause blockage, perturbing the normal blood flow. If you have high blood cholesterol levels and you are a smoker, it is advised to stop smoking. Alcohol also contributes to the accumulation of cholesterol in the bloodstream and therefore it should be avoided.

Within normal limits, cholesterol is very important to the organism. The liver produces cholesterol (a waxy, viscous substance) in small amounts, as it is required in certain physiological processes. Without cholesterol, the body is unable to produce hormones (testosterone and estrogen), vitamin D (fortifies bone tissues) and bile (a very important substance used in digesting fat). While in small quantities cholesterol is benefic for the organism, in excess it can cause a lot of harm. Cholesterol is not soluble in blood and therefore it accumulates and deposits inside arteries, slowing down the normal blood circulation. High cholesterol levels considerably increase the risk of cardio-vascular diseases and even heart failure.

It is very important to know that there are several types of cholesterol. When you have your cholesterol levels checked, you are usually told the total cholesterol level. Total cholesterol level consists of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL). Low-density lipoprotein is also known as “bad cholesterol” and this substance can be harmful to the human body when it accumulates in excess. Bad cholesterol (LDL) accumulates inside arteries and perturbs normal blood circulation. Good cholesterol (HDL) is benign to the organism, as it collects low-density lipoprotein from the bloodstream and brings it back to the liver.

By keeping a healthy diet and by exercising regularly, you will be able to raise your good cholesterol levels, while reducing bad cholesterol levels. By making improvements in your lifestyle, you will be able to maintain your total cholesterol levels in check.


Title:
Cholesterol Pill May Do More Damage Than Cholesterol

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551

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With cholesterol being such a prominent problem, it is understandable that pills designed to help combat high levels of cholesterol are appearing on the market. However, some of these drugs are easily dissolved by the body and may make it to the brain, where they have a noticeable effect on the quality of sleep.


Keywords:
overweight and obese, weight loss pills, insomnia


Article Body:
Cholesterol is a major health problem, particularly if someone is overweight and obese. The negative effects of unmanaged cholesterol levels in the body has gotten to the point that most anyone is aware of the risks and side effects. This makes medications like anti-cholesterol medication and weight loss pills rather popular today, with sales reportedly increasing every year. However, aside from the fact that these pills are nowhere near as effective as they are advertised to be, there may be other problems. For example, recent studies have discovered that a popular drug used to combat cholesterol, Zocor, might be to blame for some people having difficulty sleeping, with some patients facing the risk of long-term insomnia.

While sleep may not seem to be entirely connected to weight gain and weight loss pills, there is a link between the two. A lack of sleep can cause someone to inadvertently begin to gain more weight, effectively rendering the effects of the diet pills null. Another potential complication to lacking sleep comes in the form of resistance to insulin, which can be very dangerous for patients who are diabetic or have already high blood sugar levels. While insomnia is a risk for people who use Zocor, it is not the only sleep-related problem. For the most part, the research discovered that the main effect was that the quality of the sleep was poorly affected.

A recent study conducted by Dr. Beatrice Golomb, from the University of San Diego School of Medicine, was focused on discovering why people using Zocor and chemically similar drugs had sleep-related problems. The test was conducted with two groups of test subjects, with one group being given placebos and the other being given the actual drug. Both groups were observed and their sleep patterns and signs recorded regularly, providing Dr. Golomb a large amount of data from which to draw from and support her findings.

Zocor, along with the related compound called Pravastatin, work by lowering the body's low-level lipoprotein (LDL), better known as “bad” cholesterol. The two related compounds are either dissolved in water or dissolved in fat, but both present a number of risks. It isn't very hard for either compound to make it past the membrane barrier of the brain, seeping into the cells and affecting normal functioning. This is a larger risk in the fat-soluble Simvastatin, better known as Zocor. A recently concluded study found that these drugs could have an effect on the areas of the brain that are most active while one is asleep, affecting sleep quality in most and the ability to fall asleep in extreme cases.

This is an interesting situation, mainly because poor sleep quality can cause side effects that are similar to the ones that one gets with high cholesterol levels. Insomnia would be the least of a person's worries if the lack of good sleep gets to the point where heart attacks and strokes are becoming a very real risk. That is not to say that improper sleep or a lack of it is not, in and of itself, a major concern. The study pointed out the possibility that there might be more effects to the use of both pravastatin and simvastatin, but that the research team was primarily concerned with the connection the drugs have to sleep problems.


title:Cholesterol, An Insight: Good Cholesterol and Bad Cholesterol
author:Jasdeep Singh
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What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is an important part of cell membranes and is important to the structure and function of all of your body's cells. Liver makes about 80% of the cholesterol for your body. Animal products are the source for the rest of the 20% of cholesterol of the body.
First let get familiar with some widely used scientific terms. Cholesterol can either be good or cholesterol or bad cholesterol depending upon its usage and effects. Now, cholesterol is transferred in the body along with a protein. This cholesterol-protein package is called Lipoprotein. Good cholesterol is basically high-density lipoprotein(HDL) cholesterol which cleans up low density lipoprotein (LDL) from blood vessels. LDL is referred to as bad cholesterol as it combines with other substances to form plaques in blood vessels which are responsible for blockage in the blood vessels.
High amount of Cholesterol in your blood vessels shoots up your risk of cardiovascular disease. When the level of this waxy, fatty substance and triglycerides(blood fat) increases considerable, you get more likely to develop plaques in your blood vessels which furthers narrows the arteries slowly and gradually. Hence you are at larger risk to various heart-related diseases.
Do's And Dont's
. Go in for fibrous foods such as salads, fruits, soya milk, oats, soya flour etc
. Eat Omega-3 fatty acids mainly in fish such as salmon, mackerel etc
. Choose best fats for yourself such as olive oil.
. Don't take too much of flour, rice , lard, nuts etc
. Also avoid animal products like red meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, butter, cheese etc
. Avoid oils like coconut, palm or any other tropical oils.
. Keep date with your gym or exercise schedule and do visit a doctor for perfect guidance.
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title:Cholesterol: A Guide To High And Low Foods!
author:Ray Kelly
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3098.shtml
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The excess accumulation of cholesterol can lead to a stroke or heart attack. This happens because the build-up of excess cholesterol begins to clog the blood vessels leading to arteriosclerosis. It is believed that the overall incidence of strokes and heart attacks could be reduced by as much as 50% if Americans could reduce their cholesterol level by 25%. In fact, for every 1% of lowered blood cholesterol, the chances of having a heart attack are reduced by 2%.
However, all cholesterol is not bad, as most know by now. There are two types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL helps to remove excess fats from your blood while high LDL is known to lead to a higher incidence of strokes and heart attacks.
So the question is how can we follow a diet that helps us reduce LDL while still gaining the benefits of HDL? Below you will find a list of foods to avoid and foods you should eat in order to reduce overall cholesterol levels.
Food To Avoid
Eggs – Eggs have very high levels of LDL. (Note that the white of an egg is not bad for you.)
Fats and Oils – Fried foods, hydrogenated oils and excess amount of other oils are all considered to be very high in LDL.
Sugar Products – Most sugar products will increase LDL almost exclusively. Avoid them.
Meat Products – All meat products have very high levels of HDL and should be avoided.
Shell Fish – Though overall fish are healthy and help to reduce cholesterol this is not the case with shellfish. Crabs, shrimp (prawns), lobster and other such foods are very high in LDL.
Dairy Products – All dairy products have high levels of LDL. It is recommended that you use non-fat dairy products instead.
Fast Foods – Most, if not all fast foods are very high in fat content and increase LDL.
FOODS TO EAT
Low-Fat / Non-Fat Dairy Products – Low fat or no-fat dairy products are much better options than their normal counterparts but make sure you know the actual fat content of the item.
Non-Shell Fish – All fish are high in Omega-3 and as a result they actually help lower cholesterol. 
Soy Products – Soy products high in protein are good for reducing cholesterol.
Nuts – Nuts such as walnut, almond, pecan and peanut all help to reduce cholesterol if they are eaten in their natural form. 
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Cholesterol: Information On Cholesterol Levels.

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484

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Total cholesterol level can be determined through a simple blood test, and in fact, an at-home test kit is available and can be just as accurate as the standard tests procured in a doctor's office. So how do you know if you’re at risk for heart disease or blood clots from cholesterol? The first step is to know your ‘number’. In other words, have your cholesterol level checked.

240 mg/dL and over – People with cholesterol levels over 240mg/dL are at increased risk for heart...


Keywords:
cholesterol, cholesterol levels, lower cholesterol


Article Body:
Total cholesterol level can be determined through a simple blood test, and in fact, an at-home test kit is available and can be just as accurate as the standard tests procured in a doctor's office. So how do you know if you’re at risk for heart disease or blood clots from cholesterol? The first step is to know your ‘number’. In other words, have your cholesterol level checked.

240 mg/dL and over – People with cholesterol levels over 240mg/dL are at increased risk for heart attack and stroke. If your cholesterol level is 240 mg/dL or greater, consult your doctor and follow his/her advice on lowering that level.

200–239 mg/dL – Consult your doctor. Your doctor will be best equipped to interpret the results and test further for LDL andHDL levels.

Less than 200 mg/dL – This is where your cholesterol level should be. Even so, to ensure that you have the right balance – more HDL than LDL cholesterol – you should follow the Guidelines for Healthy Living.

Although these levels are important guidelines, they do not give the whole picture – they are really just rough guidelines. The LDL cholesterol level is a more important indicator of overall cardiovascular health, but having your cholesterol level checked will not necessarily give you your LDL cholesterol number.

LDL Levels

Less then 130 is optimal;
130-159 is borderline, increasing your risk for heart disease;
160 or greater puts you at greater risk for heart disease.

HDL Levels

Less then 40 increases your risk for heart disease;
60 or greater decreases your risk.

Traditional cholesterol testing is a good indicator for assessing heart disease and stroke risk; however, there are many variables that can not be controlled in this traditional testing, such as genes, race, age and past medical history. A person may appear ‘heart healthy’, at a good weight, fit, and eating a balanced diet, and still have unacceptable cholesterol levels. On the other hand, another person may have acceptable cholesterol levels – even acceptable HDL cholesterol levels – and still be at risk for heart disease. There is still much research to be done on cholesterol and our bodies’ manufacture and control of cholesterol levels.

Fortunately, there is another test available, rather than the traditional cholesterol testing, which provides a more in-depth study of cholesterol levels. This is the VAP, or Verticle Auto Profile. This test not only indicates the HDL and LDL cholesterol levels, but also provides an analysis of the many subclasses of cholesterol and it offers a more comprehensive indication of who may be at an increased risk of heart disease. In fact, statistics show that the VAP has a 90% detection rate for persons at risk for heart disease, whereas traditional cholesterol testing may miss up to 60% of the patients at risk! Please see the VAP website for more information on the importance of this test, especially for anyone at risk for heart disease, and for information on taking the VAP.


title:Cholesterol – What Is It and Are You At Risk?
author:Paul MacIver
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4596.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
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Cholesterol is a fatty lipid, steroid and an alcohol found in the body tissues and blood plasma of vertebrates. It is the essential part of the outer membranes of human body cells, and it circulates in the blood.
Cholesterol in the human body comes from two major sources. About three-quarters of the body’s total cholesterol is produced within the body, while only one-quarter comes from cholesterol in food.
Higher concentrations of cholesterol are present in body tissues which have more densely packed membranes – i.e. the liver, spinal cord, brain, atheroma, adrenal glands and reproductive organs.
The liver is the most important site of cholesterol biosynthesis. It is secreted from the liver in the form of an acidic secretion known as ‘bile’.
Diets rich in animal fats, meat, poultry, fish, oils, egg yolks and dairy products are a rich source of dietary cholesterol.  Organ meats, such as liver and kidney, are extremely rich in cholesterol content, but foods of plant origin contain no cholesterol.
High cholesterol levels in the bloodstream can influence the pathogenesis of certain conditions. Recent studies have revealed that the abundance of protein complexes called lipoproteins, are responsible for the cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels.
Cholesterol gets attached to these lipoproteins. The high-density lipoprotein (HDL) carries cholesterol out of the bloodstream for excretion, while the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) carries it back into the system for use by various body cells.
LDL cholesterol is called bad cholesterol, because elevated levels of it are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. LDL deposits cholesterol on the artery walls which leads to the formation of a hard, thick substance called cholesterol plaque. Over time, cholesterol plaque causes thickening of the artery walls and narrowing of the arteries, a process called atherosclerosis.
The levels of both HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol may also determine risk for heart disease; however current medical opinion is that the ratio of HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol is much more important than the level of cholesterol.
Methods to control your cholesterol levels:
Lower your consumption of foods containing saturated fats - fried fast foods, butter, cream, cheese, and fat on meat - to help reduce cholesterol. Add more plant foods to your diet – vegetable oils, nuts, legumes, breads, cereal grains, fruits and vegetables. A low cholesterol diet, combined with regular exercise is the best way to lower cholesterol levels.
Medications can also help lower cholesterol levels. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, ‘Statins’, such as lovastatin (Mevacor) and atorvastatin (Lipitor) are the most effective and widely used medications to lower LDL cholesterol. Other medications include nicotinic acid (niacin), fibrates such as gemfibrozil (Lopid), resins such as cholestyramine (Questran), and ezetimibe, Zetia. These medications should be taken after consulting the experts.

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Title:
Chondromalacia : A Pain In The Knee

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575

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Much has been said about arthritis and gout.  Chondromalacia is a knee-joint condition that needs serious attention and requires proper treatment.


Keywords:
 Used : knee pain, anti inflammatory drugs, arthritis pain relief


Article Body:
Little kids often come running to their parents crying over some bruises om their knees.  But as these kids grow up, they are exposed to running the risk of getting more serious injuries, brought about by their chosen lifestyles. 

Knee-related injuries and medical conditions are among the common reasons many people visit their doctors nowadays. Some people may consider knee pain as a minor problem, but it can lead to serious discomfort and acute disability, depending on the severity of the damage.  Several knee injuries happen due to chronic overuse, alignment problems, active sports, failure to warm up and stretch before exercise, or even daily household chores that would require extra physical effort. Other knee-related problems can also result from trauma, such as a car accident, a fall or a direct blow to your knee, as well as due to medical conditions such as arthritis, gout or chondromalacia.

Much has been said about arthritis and gout.  But what about chondromalacia?  Is this a new type of malady? What causes it and who gets affected by it?  Chondromalacia is a knee-joint condition that needs serious attention and requires proper treatment.

Chondromalacia of the patella, also called patellofemoral pain, is a term that refers to pain arising between the patella (kneecap) and the underlying thighbone (femur).  The softening of the cartilage beneath the kneecap results in small areas of breakdown and pain around the knee.  Instead of gliding smoothly over the knee, the patella rubs against the thighbone everytime the knee moves.  These changes vary from mild to total erosion of the cartilage. 

This condition is usually prevalent among young women, especially those who have a slight misalignment of the kneecap.  Teenage girls are usually at high risk because the knee cartilage is prone to excessive and uneven pressure brought upon by the physiological changes that comes with the growth spurts of puberty.  Adults over 40 may develop this condition as part of the wear-and-tear process, possibly resulting in arthritis of the kneecap or osteoarthrities of the knee joint.  chondromalacia may also be caused by accidents and trauma, or abnormal pressures on the knee-joint, as experienced by athletes.

Pain and swelling caused by chondromalacia of the patella are felt in the front or inside of the knee.  The kneepain becomes worse when seated for long periods, such as while getting up from a chair and when climbing stairs.  A grating or grinding sensation may be noticed everytime the knee is extended or straightened.

Most of the time, conservative treatments for chondromalacia are exercise programs designed to strengthen the muscles around the knee and to bring back the normal alignment of the knee cap.  These exercises must be approved by a physical therapist to selectively build the thigh muscles (the quads) and realign the knee cap. 

A great number of patients usually improve with conservative treatment alone and without much further need for other therapy.  Only a small number of cases where kneepain persists or worsens would knee joint surgery be required.  While it may not be possible to avoid chondromalacia, certain measures can be taken to reduce the risk of trauma and injuries, as well as abnormal stress on the knee. Rehabilitation programs focusing on flexibilty and strength training of the muscles that control your kneecaps can greatly help in the prevention of its development in many cases.  Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs and other arthritis pain relief medications may be prescribed to alleviate suffering from pain and inflammation.


Title:
Choose Natural Skin Care Products for a Gorgeous Complexion and Healthier Skin

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551

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Use natural beauty products for healthier, more radiant skin and hair. Learn about the benefits in this article...


Keywords:
natural skin care, organic skin care, natural baby care, natural men's skin care, natural hair care


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Natural skin care products provide an excellent alternative to many beauty and skin products found on the market. We often don't realize how many chemicals and toxins are being absorbed into our bodies through skin care and hair care products. Shampoos, make-up, perfumes, facial cleansers, and even baby care products often contain harmful chemicals that can irritate our skin, dry it out, or cause premature aging. That's why so many people are choosing natural skin care products.

Benefits of Natural Skin Care Products

There are many benefits of organic skin care because true all-natural products contain no harmful chemicals or additives. If you have allergies, recurring skin rashes (or eczema), itchy or dry skin, or even very oily skin, then you might be worsening the problem by using products with certain chemicals and additives. Organic skin care provides a natural way for you to cleanse your skin and hair, enhance your beauty with cosmetics, and even protect your skin from the sun. If you have very sensitive skin, natural hair care and skin care products might even help prevent outbreaks of rashes or skin redness and irritation.

The skin absorbs most anything that it comes in contact with, including any chemicals found in beauty products. With all-natural products, your skin will absorb the organic ingredients more quickly and with more positive results. Absorbing organic products can actually enhance your skin and health, and your body can process the ingredients in a more efficient way.

If you have a baby or small child, their skin is extremely delicate. You can select natural baby care products for their shampoos, lotions, powders, and soaps.

Ingredients found in Organic Products

Common ingredients found in natural skin care products include oatmeal, aloe vera, hemp seed, virgin olive oil, sunflower seed oil, primrose extract, essential oils, cucumber, shea butter, collagen, and many other natural ingredients and extracts. These all have different purposes such as adding moisture and much-needed minerals to your skin and hair, reducing wrinkles, stretch-mark reduction, dead skin removal, sun protection, and moisturizing the lips.

Types of Natural Beauty Products

With the increasing demand for all-natural or organic products, there are now many companies that specialize in organic products, whether it's food and beverages or natural hair care and skin care products. Some of the beauty products available include natural soaps for babies and adults, organic make-up foundation and finishing powders, all-natural shampoos and conditioners, facial cleansers and toners, bath salts, organic oils for skin, bath scrubs, facial masks, anti-wrinkle creams, shaving soaps, natural lotions, soothing gels, and even organic lamps for aromatherapy. There are also many natural men's skin care products and natural baby care products.

How to Buy All-Natural Products

You can find organic skin and hair care products at your local herbal or organic store. But the easiest way to find specific products for your needs is to shop online. There are hundreds of organic skin care products online and you can often find these at very affordable prices. You can easily search for specific products that will help your skin and hair type. These products also make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas, or any occasion.

Your entire family from the youngest to the eldest can benefit from natural skin care products, and you'll each enjoy healthier, more radiant skin and hair!


title:Choose Your Cover: Finding Effective Sun Protection
author:Danielle White
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4948.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
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With all of us feverishly trying to keep up with the latest fads Hollywood exports, finally there is a fashion tip that will truly enhance our lives.
Recently, Tom Cruise’s former sidekick Nicole Kidman was quoted by the Associated Press as saying: “I wish that I hadn’t been born with red hair and fair skin” as she is concerned about the amount sun exposure and its direct link to an increased risk for skin cancer. She should know, too. After all, she hails from Australia where skin cancer is an exploding epidemic.
Subsequently, Australia is the leading the world in heightening the quality of skin cancer prevention education and proactive sun safety behavior. Truth be told, skin cancer is the world’s most common cancer. Americans are no exception to the rule either! Every hour someone in the United States dies from skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (www.AAD.org). Perhaps, Kidman’s example will encourage the propagation of a new fashion wave - sun protective clothing (www.SunSavvy.net).
Whereas, sun protective clothing (also known as ultraviolet radiation protective clothing; or “UVR”) is widely used in Australia, Europe, and South Africa, it is still relatively unknown here in the U.S. Sun protective clothing, however, is a highly effective option for individuals to protect themselves from the harmful affects of UV-rays all day, every day.
If you consider that the average white 100% cotton t-shirt is equivalent to only a SPF 6 (which provides about 14% worth of sun protection), clearly there is a need for light-weight, functional, stylish, economical, clothing that also provides exceptional protection from over-exposure to the sun.
On the other hand, sun protective clothing blocks out more than 97.5% of UV rays (which is an equivalent to a SPF 30 sunscreen). This is considered by the Skin Cancer Foundation to be “the best of the best” as it were when it comes to effective sun protection. If you consider that a SPF 20 sunscreen is allowing only five out of every 100 UV protons to reach your skin; it is 95% protective, than sun protective clothing is quite simply the most revolutionary new product available on the market today for those looking for a viable, yet extremely effective, way to protect themselves and their loved ones from sun damage.
Dermatologist-oncologist, Sancy A. Leachman of the Tom C. Mathews Jr. Familial Melanoma Research Clinic at The Huntsman Cancer Institute (www.HuntsmanCancer.org) recommends that everyone use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 for daily, year-round use; SPF 30 is recommended if we are outdoors between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. when UV rays are most intense.
SPF 30 sunscreen is also highly recommended for those of us who possess multiple risk factors for skin cancer such as blonde or red hair, blue or green eyes, fair or sensitive skin, many atypical moles, and even family history of skin cancer – like Nicole Kidman. Wearing sun protective clothing, coupled with proper year-round use of sunscreens, is the quite simply the best protection available, Sancy says. And her colleagues in the field of dermatological medicine agree.
“Appropriate sun apparel should offer effective protection against both short term and long term photo damage [such as wrinkling, skin cancer, and even cataracts],” says Dr. J.M. Mentor, who also teaches dermatology at the Morehouse School of Medicine (www.MSM.edu). In other words, effective sun safety apparel ought to protect against both UV-B and UV-A rays, and sun protective products such as those specially manufactured by Stingray in Australia, do exactly that.
Stingray is the original sun protection clothing company to specialize in UV protection swimwear and daily attire for children and adults. “As a result of listening to the needs of our many customers, we are able to deliver products that take the ‘sting out of the sun’s rays,’” says Wendy Lister, Managing Director of Stingray. “[People] are now getting the best possible UV protection.” Those living at high altitudes or near the equator, have the highest risk in for skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Glen and Liisa Tomson, both natives of South Africa, know first-hand the devastating toll sun damage can take on our health. As such, they have recently partnered up with The Cancer Crusaders Organization (www.CancerCrusaders.org) in a five-year international skin cancer prevention education campaign called “Only Skin Deep?” This program aims to actively engage parents and young adults in the fight against the world’s most common, yet preventable, cancer.
“We see a great and pressing need for increased awareness and education here in the U.S.,” says Glen Tomson. “Too many times my wife and I will be at the pool, and see all these children running around sun burnt. Often, we’ll offer shade [clothing] and sunscreen to the parents so they can better protect their children.” Glen and Liisa, in addition to being entrepreneurs and experts, are parents and realize the importance of instilling the practice of sunscreen usage and the wearing of sun protective clothing at a young age so as to develop a lifelong habit of sun safety behavior.
In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that sustaining just one severe “blistering” sunburn before age 18 increases one’s likeliness of a future skin cancer diagnosis by an estimated 60%. In other words, 80% of one’s lifetime skin damage occurs in the first 18 years of life. This is of particular concern the mountain states where high elevation exposes us to more intense UV irradiation.
Dr. Leachman illustrates it best by saying, “Someone standing on the summit of Mt. Timpanogos [Utah] will burn 66-to-77 times faster than someone standing on a beach in Los Angeles [California].” Lechman adds, “Skin cancer incidence is increasing at an alarming rate here in the United States, so it is important that we all take proper precautions to protect ourselves.”
The AAD solidifies Leachman’s remarks, reporting 1.3-million Americans will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer this year. The risk is real,” Leachman says. “There is a real need for people to take necessary precautions and to teach patients how to advocate for themselves [in reducing their risk for skin cancer].”

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Title:
Choosing a Baby Car Seat

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549

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buying a baby car seat is not so easy and with this article you will understand how serious is this purchase


Keywords:
baby car seats, baby seats, infant car seats, kids car seats


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I decided to write this article after I faced the problems of buying a Baby Car Seat for my little son, when he was borne.

Obviously buying a baby capsule or a baby car seat is a very serious purchase, you need to inform yourself before buying the car seat and understand what the key points to consider before the purchase are.

To start you need to realize that your child's age and obviously its weight have a close relation with the car seat that you need to buy.  Baby Car Seats have requirements depending on these factors.

When you buy a A baby car seat you need to understand that your kid will grow, and once this happens you will need to change the shoulder straps to the next set of slots of the seat. These straps needed to be above the solders of your kid in a rear facing restrain. If your seat is instead a front facing, then the straps should be above, at the same level with your child shoulder.

A baby car seats are not just a seat, you need to keep in mind that you need to adapt the car seat once the baby can hold up his head and once the weight of the children increases beyond the limit of the seat.
My advice is to put your baby facing the back of the car, it has been prove by many safety expert that this is the safest way. With my son, we left him in that position until he increased his weight to the limit of the seat and/or capsule.

Once your baby becomes a toddles and once he gets bigger you need to remember that after he is 26 kilos (a long way still for my son), you can use an adult seatbelt if you purchase and install in your car a booster seat.  If you do so, my advice is to put your kid in the middle of the car, that is in fact the most safe place in the car in case of a side impact. Once you install the seat, it is recommended that you use a child harness to protect and holder the kid head and torso back.
For sure your kid in the begging is not going to love it, but try to remind your kid of the importance of a proper safety. So be wise investing your money when searching for infant safety seats

If at any stage you are seeking for baby car seat accessories, you can always get products that will make the trip a bit easier and comfortable for your kids, but don't forget that accessories don't increase the safety, so before you buy extra products, get the basics right.

Your baby seat car should be approved by your country safety authority and have all the safety logos and standards in place.
Don't forget that if you kid is using an adult seatbelt, the belt sure be tight around the hips, and when I mention hips, I'm trying to make it clear that you don't want to belt around her belly. You really need to be sure your baby car seat keeps your son and daughter sound ans safe.


title:Choosing A Good Hair Restoration Clinic
author:Steve Harris
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4464.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Choosing a good hair restoration clinic is no doubt the most difficult task for any one deciding to go for a hair transplant. With thousands of (http://www.hairrestorationadvice.com/choosing-hair-restoration-clinics/find-a-good-hair-transplant-clinic.shtml hair transplant centers)/ hair transplant clinics mushrooming all over USA it is in fact quite confusing to track down a good hair transplant center.
The following article provides you with a good lead on how to go about choosing the right hair transplant center with a well regarded (http://www.hairrestorationadvice.com/hair-restoration-interview/index.shtml) hair transplant surgeon performing the hair restoration surgery and with (http://www.hairrestorationadvice.com/choosing-hair-restoration-clinics/hair-transplant-restoration-costs.shtml) affordable hair replacement.
Questions to consider when choosing your prospective hair transplant surgeon and clinic
Before and during your contact with your prospective (http://www.hairrestorationadvice.com/hair-restoration-interview/index.shtml) hair transplant surgeon and clinic, you need to look for signs and signals that this surgeon and clinic is capable of providing you with a quality result – a natural looking hair transplant. Unfortunately there are a number of clinics and surgeons out there that do poor quality work. Before, during and after the clinic interview there are some questions to ask yourself privately to try and reduce the risk of getting a hair transplant from a cowboy surgeon.
How did you find out about the clinic and the surgeon? In the yellow pages or by personal recommendation? A personal recommendation by someone who has already had a transplant from the clinic / surgeon you are considering is best. If you don’t have a friend or colleague who can give you a recommendation, it’s okay to start with an advertisement or even the yellow pages, but you need to do more footwork to find out whether the surgeon / clinic is good. 
• How long has the clinic / surgeon been in business? If the clinic / surgeon has been around for a few years it suggests they must have a regular stream of (presumably satisfied) customers to stay in business.
• What reputation does the surgeon / clinic have? These days with the availability of powerful search engines on the internet it is fairly easy to find out other peoples’ opinions of the clinic / surgeon involved. Just type in their name and see what comes up. 
• What reputation does the clinic / surgeon have in the business and legal arena? You could check with the better business bureau or equivalent in your area and check for any lawsuits brought against the clinic / surgeon. Often this can be done online. Contact your state medical board to see if any complaints have been filed against your hair transplant doctor or hair transplant clinic. 
• What qualifications does the surgeon have? Is he/she a member of a professional organization specifically for the hair transplant profession? There are a few professional organizations (eg. In North America - The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgeons (ISHRS)) that attempt to improve hair transplant standards and ensure members do quality work. Membership of these organizations is not a guarantee that the surgeon is good, but it helps.
• In your contact with the clinic what is your general impression? Is the clinic in its own physical location or is it run from the back office of a general practice? Many hair transplant and cosmetic surgery clinics are in standalone buildings, others may be attached to larger dermatology clinics, each of which is valid. But some “clinics” are run by renting time in a surgery to do the operation and the only physical location may be a rented office not connected to a medical establishment. These small operations with a limited or no permanent location give cause for concern. They are harder to monitor and more difficult to contact if things go wrong. 
• What is your impression in the interview? Does the surgeon sounds like he / she knows what they are talking about? Do they show pictures of their own work? Do they explain the risks as well as the benefits of hair transplantation? 
• Do you feel some personal compatibility with the surgeon? You will be having a relatively intimate, albeit professional, relationship with this individual over a period of time if you have multiple hair transplant sessions. You need to feel comfortable with who you are dealing with.
• How pressured do you feel to sign up for the hair transplant? If you feel unduly pressured it is better to walk away. Give yourself time to think about it. You can always sign up later or find a different clinic. Clinics and surgeons that push hard to get you to sign up may be losing sight of their professional conduct requirements – to put the patient before profit.
• Prior to the surgery, did you actually meet with the surgeon who will oversee the transplant? Or did you just interview with a representative consultant, a nurse, or a technician? You should expect to see the surgeon at least once prior to the actual surgery. If you don’t see the surgeon before the procedure, or get only limited information, walk away from this clinic.
• Who will actually conduct the surgical procedure? It is not necessarily going to be the surgeon who will conduct the procedure form start to finish. Hair transplants usually involve quite a lot of people. If the surgeon is not going to be present and the procedure is to be done entirely by nurses or technicians, this is cause for concern.
• Is your hair transplant surgeon's practice dedicated solely to surgical hair restoration? And if not, what percentage of his/her practice is? How many hair transplant operations does the surgeon conduct in a week/month/year? Some clinics and surgeons are exclusively focused on hair transplantation, they do nothing else. This is another indicator that the clinic and surgeon have extensive experience in hair transplantation.
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title:Choosing a Handheld Massager for Relief from Back Pain
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4789.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Handheld Massager reminds us of the fact that massage is one of the oldest forms of healing. In olden times, muscular pains and strains were treated with different oils by expert masseurs. The Chinese, Indians and Persians are known to have used this healing form for ages, and massage is still used in these cultures most prolifically. In today’s context, it can be said that massage is one of the most popular forms of therapies for chronic conditions like lower back pain, joint and muscular pains. Massage also helps alleviate mental stress and depression. To make things convenient, Handheld Massager are doing the job that a masseur does.
According to a number of researches on alternative therapies, massage therapy does help effectively in back pains. Massage is a great stiffness and pain reliever. The Handheld Massager is your personal masseur, which acts on your commands. These devices are designed to work on the effected part efficiently because of a flexible head. Modern massager can easily fit into the contours of the body to perform an effective job. You can activate the vibrator for the massage, and may also switch on the heat to provide extra relief. These devices come with an assortment of attachments to suit different requirements.
Check your store for different Handheld Massager styles and features. You may determine first, what you need the massager for. Some Handheld Massager come with advanced features including programmable custom massage styles. You can opt for a device that comes with a number of strength-levels, to help you adjust the massage strength according to your need. If your back pain condition is acute, you may like to use a lower strength setting. You could even program your massager at different massage intervals. Look for a massager with a conveniently placed control panel that is easy to operate.
Handheld Massager with heat functions are helpful in case of conditions that require deep heat treatment for sore muscles. Do not compromise on quality, as a branded massager will serve you better. Electrical devices can go bad; so make sure to check the warranty clause well.
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Title:
Choosing A Juicer

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874

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There are many advantages to eating fruit and vegetables raw. Water-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin C) are destroyed by heating, so there will be less vitamin C in a cooked carrot than in a similar raw carrot.

But for some nutrients, cooking (and juicing) is more nutritious, because it makes the nutrients more easily assimilated. Cooking and juicing breaks down tough fibres and allows the digestive juices to work more effectively on the vegetable. This is particularly im...


Keywords:
juicer, fruit,vegetablers,nutrition,juice,health,antioxidants,digestion,carrots,cooking,raw food


Article Body:
There are many advantages to eating fruit and vegetables raw. Water-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin C) are destroyed by heating, so there will be less vitamin C in a cooked carrot than in a similar raw carrot.

But for some nutrients, cooking (and juicing) is more nutritious, because it makes the nutrients more easily assimilated. Cooking and juicing breaks down tough fibres and allows the digestive juices to work more effectively on the vegetable. This is particularly important for someone who is elderly, ill or who has impaired digestion.

For example, research has shown that we absorb approximately 3-4% of carotenoids from raw carrots and 15-20% from cooked carrots. Carotenoids are plant pigments that give yellow, orange and red fruit and vegetables their colour. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants, so have a role in helping us fight old age and cancer.

Juicing fruit and vegetables is an excellent way to combine the advantages of both raw and cooked. There are a lot of different juicers out there, so I decided to ask the experts at the Wholistic Research Company in the UK for more about juicing and juicers.

What are the benefits of a juicer over just eating fresh fruit and vegetables?

The use of fresh fruit and vegetable juices in both normal and therapeutic diets has long been established as a great aid to natural health, energy and well-being. The high mineral and nutrient content, combined with the vibrant life-energy of fresh fruits and vegetables, makes pure, fresh juice a wonderful part of a healthy person's diet. In no other way can one consume the nutritional content of, for example, a pound or two of apples and carrots (in a glass) and then go on to eat a healthy breakfast.

Fresh juices are an invaluable supplement to any person's diet. Indeed there are therapies that rely almost entirely on the power and nutrition available in juices to rid an ailing body of serious illness, even cancer. The body is stimulated by such concentrated goodness to throw off negative, pathological cellular deterioration and regain excellent health.

What are the advantages of a juicer over bought juice?

Making fresh juices from your own juicer provides you with the same live enzymes that are available in raw fresh fruit and vegetables. These fresh raw foods give us more energy and sparkle than cooked, 'dead' foods, and 'dead' juices that have been sitting in a container on the supermarket shelf for days, weeks or even months. This energy (from the freshly made juice) is concentrated, and you feel it as soon as you drink it. It can clear your head and make you feel light and energetic.

Juicers can vary dramatically in price, so what should you look for in buying a juicer?

In order to extract juice from fruits and vegetables, it is necessary first to break down the cell walls and fibres and then separate out the juice. Ideally, a top quality juicer should deliver a nutrient-rich juice on the one hand and a dry pulp of cell walls and fibres, on the other. There are basically two types of juicers: centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers.

So what is a centrifugal juicer?

This is an inexpensive juicer and is widely available. It merely grates fruits and vegetables, leaving strings of unbroken cells. The juice from the cells that have been broken is then spun out at very high speed (6,000 to 10,000 rpm). Because the juice is flung out, it mixes with the air and so oxidises (turns brown) quickly. The pulp usually remains very moist, because the process has not extracted all the juice. Not only is this more wasteful, but the juice is paler, more watery, lower in nutrient value and often quite insipid in flavour.

That doesn’t sound very appetising. Are masticating juicers any better?

Masticating juicers provide richer, more flavourful, nutritious juices. They are altogether more ‘serious’, although more expensive, but should be considered to be an investment in good health. They more thoroughly break up fruit or vegetables, and press out the juice from the resulting pulp inside a nose cone with a narrow opening.

This is far more efficient than centrifugal action. A good masticating juicer will extract up to five times more nutrients than centrifugal juicers.

Masticating juicers - like the popular American champion juicer - use a rugged cutter, spinning at 1425 rpm. This will juice whole carrots and quartered apples speedily and with ease.

There are also slower masticating juicers that use a single auger or twin gears, revolving at 80 to 160 rpm, to more gently crush smaller pieces of fruit and vegetables. They are especially useful for juicing tough fibrous greens and wheatgrass (a powerful healing natural tonic).

You can also juice wheatgrass with a manual masticating juicer. A good one can be relatively inexpensive to buy, and is similar to an old fashioned table-mounted mincer that is turned with a handle. Many masticating juicers will also make smoothies, purees, nut butters, pasta, baby foods and frozen fruit ice creams.

The price of a good juicer may seem quite high, but the quality of the juice produced, and the long life of the juicer, far outweigh the initial outlay when compared to the cheaper, far less efficient models on the market.


Title:
Choosing Quality Massage Chairs

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Massage chairs bring instant relief and relaxation for those who are stressed out with the daily grind.   They are very popular with professionals who are always tired and exhausted from the pressures of work.


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Have you heard of massage chairs?  By their name alone, one can surmise that they give a user a thorough massage while sitting comfortably.  More and more people are buying these items because of the health benefits they bring.  They are known as more practical items of relaxation since they allow their users to save on frequent trips to massage shops, saunas, or spas. These chairs can also be enjoyed at the comfort of their homes. 

You might be one of those interested in purchasing one.  But how do you determine if you are choosing the right brand?  Learn some practical tips to help you out. 
There are various kinds of upholstery that massage chairs offer.  One can opt for leather upholstery, which is normally the most expensive, costing you an extra $200 at the minimum.  However leather upholstery is quite difficult to maintain, plus they get damage easily.  You can also go for synthetic leather which is more durable, or vinyl which is not exactly the most stylish but is quite easy to preserve.

Massage chairs can be power assisted, which is quite luxurious feature.  High end items can recline the leg and back rest both at the same time.  Some brands can be controlled wirelessly, while some have separate electrical controls for foot and back rest.

Massage chairs can either be partially or fully reclined.  The rule of thumb is that full recline is more than 170 degrees, and anything less than that is partial recline.  Most chairs are between 20 to 22 inches in width, while at least 17 inches in depth.  You can determine if your body can fit in the seats.  The depth of the seat can also alter the leg length, compromising some leg rest features such as rollers and air bladders.  Thus people who have short legs can only us the leg rest function when they are upright especially if the chair is too deep for them. 

You can choose between three vibration massage or shiatsu.  The latter is considered more intense which means it may not be appropriate for everyone.  Other brands can lift you 6 inches from the chair, which means it can bring pain especially if your muscles are tight.   Pads are  provided to cushion the massage.  On the other hand the vibration massage is more relaxing, but they do not exactly get toxins out of your system. 

Massage chairs also come in the old vibration type, and the deep tissue massage kind.  Brands also differ in massage intensity, and in the features they have for the back and the foot.  There are chairs that offer soft massage, some offer heat, while some stretch the legs and feet.  Shiatsu, also known as deep tissue massage, is focused on tapping, kneading, and stretching. 

In choosing for massage chairs, choose the unit that can accommodate wider individuals.  Normally units can adjust their space from 2 to 4 inches.  Prefer units that can adjust the massage function to a specific area of the back.  You might also choose from the speed options in the chair.  Some combine tapping and kneading, the more advanced versions provide forward as well as reverse directional controls. 

If you are the budget conscious shopper, you have to be forewarned that massage chairs may  range from $1000 to $4000.   Going for cheaper brands may not be the wisest of ideas since the features are limited, the materials are of poor quality, and they carry shorter terms of warranty.  It may actually be more practical if you spend more since you are getting a more quality item in return.  More expensive items are also more useful since they carry more features that can give you a more relaxing massage experience.

Indeed massage chairs can be very beneficial and practical items for tired and stressed out individuals.  They are long term investments since they can provide relaxation at home and spare the user of expensive trips to the spa. However one needs to know the basics of shopping for these products. Knowing the considerations in buying these items can help you make an informed and educated decision.


Title:
Choosing the Best Birth Control Method

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622

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Several factors come into play when deciding which method of birth control is best for couples. With so many contraceptive methods available and so many factors to consider, choosing a birth control method can be difficult. This article provides different types of birth control methods a couple can choose from.


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birth control


Article Body:
Becoming pregnant and giving birth is something a couple should give much attention to. But some circumstances in life may delay plans of couples to have children. If you and your partner don’t want to have a baby at this time, there are many different products that can help prevent pregnancy, there are various birth control or contraception methods available.
Birth control or contraception is a course of therapy of one or more actions, devices, or medications that prevents pregnancy. The mechanisms responsible for lessening the possibility of the fertilization of an ovum by a spermatozoon can be precisely referred to as contraception.
Some types of birth control are available without a doctor’s prescription. They have no side effects for most people. But some people may be allergic to them and get rashes if they use them.
Probably one of the most popular birth control methods for a long time now is the use of condom. Condoms are a barrier method of contraception that, when used consistently and correctly, can prevent pregnancy by blocking the passage of semen into the vaginal canal. Condoms can also prevent the exchange of blood, semen, and vaginal secretions, which are the primary routes of STD transmission.
Aside from condom, there are other birth control methods that are available. Learn about the different kinds of birth control to help you choose the best one for you.
· The birth control patch is a thin, beige, 1¾-inch (4½-centimeter) square patch that sticks to the skin. It releases hormones through the skin into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy.
· The birth control pill also called “the Pill” is a daily pill that contains hormones to change the way the body works and prevent pregnancy. Hormones are chemical substances that control the functioning of the body's organs. In this case, the hormones in the Pill control the ovaries and the uterus.
· The birth control shot is a long-acting form of progesterone, a hormone that is naturally manufactured in a woman's ovaries. The shot is given as an injection in the upper arm or in the buttocks once every 3 months to protect a woman from becoming pregnant.
· A cervical cap is a small, thimble-shaped cup made of rubber that fits over the cervix. It is considered one of the barrier methods of birth control because it provides a physical barrier between a male's sperm and a female's egg.
· The diaphragm with spermicide is put into the vagina before sex so that it covers the cervix, or neck of the womb. The diaphragm must stay in place at least 6 hours after intercourse, but not for more than 24 hours. If you have sex more than once while wearing the diaphragm, you must add more spermicide without taking the diaphragm out. Spermicide is available without a prescription at drugstores.
· An IUD (Intra-Uterine Device) is inserted into the womb by a doctor. Two types of IUDs are now used in the United States: the Paragard Copper T 380A, which releases copper, and the Progestasert Progesterone T, which releases progesterone, a form of progestin. The Paragard IUD can stay in place for 10 years. The Progestasert must be replaced every year. A doctor must remove it.

Several factors come into play when deciding which method of birth control is best for couples. With so many contraceptive methods available and so many factors to consider, choosing a birth control method can be difficult. Overall health, age, frequency of sexual intercourse, the number of partners you have, and whether you desire to have children in the future must all be considered before deciding upon a birth control method. If you have certain health problems or other risk factors, some brands of birth control may not be the safest option.


Title:
Choosing the Best Online Pharmacy for You

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517

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Online pharmacies are convenient means of availing quality health care services such as prescription medications. However, the presence of too many choices can leave consumers confused in choosing the best online pharmacy for themselves. This article discusses the qualities of legal online pharmacies and provides tips on choosing one.


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best online pharmacy


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Online pharmacies are among the most convenient innovations that came out of ecommerce. However, they also provided dishonest individuals another chance to dupe others into divulging personal information like credit card numbers. Since there are too many of them out there, it can be hard to distinguish among fraudulent sites and real online pharmacies. 

Qualities of legal online pharmacies

Like all other authentic entities, there are certain defining characteristics that set real online pharmacies apart from fraudulent ones. These characteristics include:

- Adequate product information

Online pharmacies are required by FDA regulations and U.S. law to provide consumers information on the product's functions, limitation, contraindications, indications, and side effects should be provided. 

- Secure and confidential environment

Accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization is a sure sign of a secure online pharmacy. Legal online pharmacies also have confidentiality policies that protect a consumer's privacy rights.

- Competent customer support

Since they have nothing to hide, legal online pharmacies provide their customers with means of contacting them for inquiries or potential complaints. Contact information can take the form of email addresses, chat clients, and fax and phone numbers. 

Aside from these three primary qualities, legal online pharmacies sell only FDA-approved drugs, discounted and competently priced medications, and require prescription for prescription drugs. 

Some tips on choosing an online pharmacy

Once you have identified which pharmacies are legal, you can choose which one best suits your lifestyle. The following tips can help in choosing the best online pharmacy for your lifestyle:

1. Identify your basic health care needs.

Identifying your health care needs puts you in a position to assess whether an online pharmacy can work well for you. If you need common prescription medication and standard OTC drugs, any online pharmacy can deliver these goods right at your doorstep. However, if you need specialized prescription medication, you probably have a better chance in signing up for a major online pharmacy.

2. Consider consultation services.

Keep in mind that it is illegal to buy and sell prescription medicines without a valid prescription. A prescription is only valid if it is signed or approved by a licensed health practitioner after an examination of your physical condition or a thorough evaluation of your self-reported medical history. If you have no aversion to personal consultations or have some free time, you may want to go for an online pharmacy that relies on traditional prescription. However, if you are busy or uncomfortable with personal consultations, you may want to sign up for an online pharmacy that allows for remote consultations.

3. Opt for an online pharmacy that is easy to use.

Dealing with complicated order processing or registration at online pharmacies can be tough if you are not tech-savvy. Aside from this, complicated processes can cause confusion and be time-consuming. As much as possible, opt for an online pharmacy that is easy to navigate with a simple ordering process. This way, there are lesser chances for mistakes in placing your orders. 

Online pharmacies are convenient, but only if you know how to choose a legal one that fits your lifestyle and health care needs.


title:Choosing the Best Wheelchair Cushion
author:Maricon Williams
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1599.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

The apt combination of chair and cushion will allow you to sit in a neutral and stable posture and to operate the chair safely. Cushions come in an assortment of depths and sizes which need to be accommodated by the size of wheelchair frame. Obviously, you need to make a decision which cushion is best for you before you can make a decision about which chair is best.
Cushion design is by no means an easy subject. There are many choices to make as you decide on the right one for you. To boot, let us be familiar with cushions. There are four basic types of cushions - foam, gel, air floatation, and urethane honeycomb. There are also designs and systems for more specialized needs.
Foam technology has come a long way. It now comes in a range of densities with varying degrees of memory, holding its shape as you sit, contributing to your stability. The new foams can adapt to any shape, and still provide even support, spreading pressure across the sitting surface. On the downside, foam wears out faster than other materials and loses its shape, but because of its lower price, this might not worry you.
Gel cushion designs endeavor to substitute the consistency of atrophied muscle tissue. Gel fluids are placed in pouches and usually attached to a foam base, so that the cushion matches to the pressures put on it. Unfortunately, gel cushions are much heavier than other types, which can cancel out some of the benefits of your lightweight wheelchair. Gel leaking can also happen.
Air floatation cushions, on the other hand, support the body entirely on air. Air cushions can be less stable for those who move around a lot in their chair, but recent designs offer either low profile or quadrant options that minimize this problem. The balloons used in air cushions can be pricked, of course, and leaks do occur, although a fairly heavy duty rubber is used. But patching them is easier than with the gel design. The biggest drawback to air cushions is that they require more maintenance.
Thermoplastic urethane honeycomb cushions are the most recent development in cushions. These cushions are able to distribute weight evenly but there is no risk of leaking gel or of an air bladder being punctured. The many open spaces in the beehive structure of the cushion allow air to travel more efficiently. Urethane honeycomb cushions are very light, absorb shock, and a low profile cushion can provide significant support.
The latest exploration regarding cushions is the use of an air pump to create alternating pressure to those with more severe disabilities who cannot perform their own weight shifts to relieve pressure. Sitting for a long period of time without relief from pressure causes the separation of muscle and fatty tissues, as a result, the delicate skin layer has closer contact with the bone causing more pressure on the skin. Lack of air circulation increases the temperature between you and the cushion. Moisture, on the other hand, is trapped against the skin. This may further cause sores.
An example of alternating pressure solution is the ErgoDynamic Seating System from ErgoAir in New Hampshire. It pumps air into and out of alternating portions of the cushion. Some of the alternating pressure products are heavier because they uses batteries and air pumps and like air floatation cushions, susceptible to puncture. Nonetheless, the technology for these innovative systems is likely to advance further in the future, as new materials and batteries are developed.
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Title:
Choosing the Best Wheelchair Lift

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500

Summary:
Finding the right wheelchair lift for your home or vehicle does not have to be an ordeal.


Keywords:
wheelchair lifts, wheelchair lift, home wheelchair lift


Article Body:
Determining which is the best wheelchair lift can sometimes be confusing. Some things to consider before making your purchase are how you plan to use the lift, and what specifications that you need. You should determine first whether you need a vehicle wheelchair lift or one for your home. Home wheelchair lifts are very beneficial in helping those confined to wheelchairs to enjoy more mobility and independence. They can lift you up flights of stairs, or from a lower level garage to the main level of your home.

Finding the right wheelchair lift for your home simply depends on knowing what you need before you purchase. You should note the weight capacity that you will need, as well as the size of the lift. If you do not have room for a larger model lift, then you will obviously need to skip those and compare pricing and functionality of a smaller, more compact model. Either way, if you do not know exactly what your personal requirements are before you purchase a lift, then you run a large risk of ending up with a lift that will do you no good, or one that you can not use.

Some things to keep in mind when choosing the lift for your home also include choosing the correct material. You need to ensure that the material will not cause any allergic reactions in the person using it. For instance, if you are the one using the lift, and you are allergic to specific materials, be sure to no include lifts made from those materials in your search. You should also keep in mind the operation mechanism itself. If you want a power operated model, or need one for various reasons, then be sure to not include manually operated models in your search.

Which leads us to the search itself. Comparing different prices and different specifications is the absolute best way to find the most optimal wheelchair lift for your home, or for your vehicle. By noting the various models, their function capabilities, their weight capacities, and their pricing ranges, you can make a much more informed decision in the buying process. You should know beforehand exactly what you are looking for. You can then simply skip over models that do not offer the specifications that you need, and compare those that do. Be sure also to research the various manufacturers to ensure that you are purchasing a high quality lift, preferably with a warranty, just in case you need to have repairs done, or in case the lift does not work properly upon installation.

A wheelchair lift is a wonderful thing to add to your home to give you the freedom and independence that you need to do the things that you want in your daily life. Choosing the correct lift is vitally important to retain your freedom and independence. Never buy a lift that you have not researched and make sure that you trust the company that you are purchasing it from.


Title:
Choosing the Birth Control Method That's Right For You

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565

Summary:
This article discusses the evolution of birth control methods. Due to constant
innovation, there are now a number of birth control methods with varying degrees of cost and effectiveness.  By discussing the concepts of contraception and the levels of effectiveness of these methods, women would gain more knowledge about the factors, risks, and benefits associated with birth control.


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birth control method


Article Body:
The term 'birth control' almost always conjures images of birth control pills of different sizes and colors.  For many years, the public has been led to believe that the use of the “Pill” is the only effective chemical and hormone-based contraception available.  Of course, the use of the prophylactic condom is very popular especially among men.

However, it is very beneficial to know that there is actually a wide range of contraceptive methods and products. There are several birth control methods that a couple can use to prevent or delay pregnancy. Contraceptives are most often described in terms of how effective they are. a method that is 99 percent effective allows only one woman in a hundred to get pregnant over the course of one year. If no method of birth control is used, there is a 30 percent chance of becoming pregnant each month--which can lead to about 80 percent of women becoming pregnant during a year of regular intercourse. The failure percentage of any given birth control is simply determined by the percentage of women who get pregnant in one year, despite using that specific kind of birth control.

Different methods of calculating the rate account for the several pregnancy rates quoted for a given birth control method. When two birth control methods are used simultaneously, their effectiveness multiplies, so that even two relatively ineffective birth control methods can offer better protection. Understanding the various factors that contribute to the effectiveness of a birth control method is also important. Whether one actually uses the chosen birth control method or if it justs stays in the bedside drawer certainly affects how well it works. Aside from the type of birth control that one uses, a person's age also influences the chances of getting pregnant. If  a 45-year old has low fertility to begin with, she can opt for a less effective birth control method. Women who are in their sixth month of breast feeding are similarly “sub-fertile.” Teenagers, on the other hand, have high failure rates with most birth control methods so it is recommended that younger women who are sexually active use a double method of birth control, such as condoms and pills.

Contraceptives can also offer other benefits besides preventing pregnancy. Many other barrier methods in birth control can also help in protecting against sexually transmitted diseases. Some of the hormonal methods can improve acne, treat menstrual cramps, and even decrease the chance of your developing certain cancers later in life.

The secret behind choosing what birth control method is right for you starts with knowing who you are, and knowing your partner.  The next step is to determine the reliability of the method you want to use.  When choosing, consider the advantages and disadvantages of the specific birth control method and how one can tolerate the possible risks and inconveniences of each choice. Think about whether you want a birth control method that will be used only when you have sex or a pill that you have to take every day regardless of your sexual activity. Do you want something that you can buy off the shelf at the drugstore or a method that must be prescribed by a physician? How effective a method do you need? How would you feel if your method failed and you became pregnant? These things can help one in choosing the best birth control method for them.


Title:
Choosing The Right Knee Brace

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587

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Knee braces - also known as knee supports and knee pads - are used primarily as protective gear to address several physical conditions and prevent knee-related problems. These braces are a prominent fixture in sports medicine, particularly with injured athletes. Some sports medicine experts classify knee braces into two simple categories. Functional knee braces are used by patients with an ACL tear, damaged ligaments or other injuries to substitute for the injured body part. ...


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hinged knee brace ,donjoy knee brace,neoprene knee brace,acl knee brace,football knee brace


Article Body:
Knee braces - also known as knee supports and knee pads - are used primarily as protective gear to address several physical conditions and prevent knee-related problems. These braces are a prominent fixture in sports medicine, particularly with injured athletes. Some sports medicine experts classify knee braces into two simple categories. Functional knee braces are used by patients with an ACL tear, damaged ligaments or other injuries to substitute for the injured body part. Individuals using these braces are able to continue doing some activities without requiring surgery. Although functional braces will never be a perfect or permanent replacement to normal ligaments, they definitely offer adequate protection in low-load situations, giving the knee greater stability compared to having no braces at all.

1. Consult Your Doctor

One who is considering wearing a functional knee brace should consult with a doctor. The decision to use the brace would depend on the particular ligament injured, the sport the individual plays, rehabilitation work taken, and other factors. An injured athlete must realize that strengthening, physical therapy and rehabilitation are more important than using a knee brace, which may help prevent a re-injury but not hasten or contribute much to the recovery or healing process.

On the other hand, prophylactic knee braces are more of a preventive measure for healthy athletes. However, research has yielded unclear results if such a brace prevents knee injuries. Although some athletes using prophylactic braces have shown lower MCL tears, other factors have also contributed to injury risk reduction. These factors include the kind of sport played and conditioning, position and other player attributes.

Apprehension has also emerged over the possibility that a prophylactic brace may actually be a hindrance to knee movement and even increase the likelihood of injury. Research shows that this is not the case, as long as the knee brace is correctly fitted and firmly in place.

2. Commercial Knee Braces

The Futuro Knee Support Stabilizing Large is one of several knee braces available in the market. The brace is designed to give athletes or individuals with weakened tendons, muscles or ligaments stable and comfortable support and prevent any re-injury. The Futuro can also be worn the whole day or when the user feels discomfort in doing some activities. The brace also does not hinder movement even as the knee is stabilized.

Magnetic therapy is integrated into Magnetic Wave Knee Support. This brace comes in small/medium and large/extra large sizes and features 12 magnets spread strategically in the neoprene material. The HoMedics knee support also applies heat therapy and cold therapy for aches, sprains and other injuries. The brace also fits the user securely with loop closures and a hook.

The single-size Mueller Sport Care Knee Support Open Patella is used for arthritic knees and minor strains and sprains. The support is made from a soft neoprene blend that enables body heat retention to relieve pain and help maintain knee flexibility. The support is also designed with an open patella, adjustable straps, stretch nylon, and trimmed, smooth edges to ensure a comfortable fit, prevent chafing and easy wear and removal.

3. Knee Braces With Specific Applications

- Arthritic knee braces are made for individuals with arthritis
- Tese braces are also called unloader braces
- These are designed to eliminate pressure on knee joints
- Post-operative braces are designed to immobilize knee joints after an injury or surgery
- Magnetic knee braces work on the assumption that magnetic fields promote various health benefits
- Elastic braces are the ideal option, as they adjust to the natural contour of the knee and leg


title:Choosing the Right Multivitamin
author:Ryan S. Bombard
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1258.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Choosing the right multivitamin can be a difficult undertaking. With so many choices on the market, its important to know a little bit behind the scenes in order to make the right choice. So what do you look for in a multi-vitamin? Well, that varies depending on your needs, but to fulfill the basic purpose of a multi-vitamin, it needs to contain a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. By now your probably thinking, ok, well i thought all the "multivitamins" did include the essential recommended daily intake? If that's what you thought, sorry to break it to you, but your wrong. In order to fulfill your recommended daily intake you would need to take, on average, 10 multivitan pills a day! Who wants to swallow 10 pills a day, I knowIi dont, if your with me, then read on.
Pills are simply not able to contain the required amount of ingredients to meet the recommended daily intake within a single capsule. The reason being, a pill requires other essentials before the vitamins and minerals can even be added. The pill needs to be stable enough to be ingested, in order for the active ingredients to be absorbed. Up to 80% of a pill can be filler, certainly they cant fit the daily recommended intake in the other 20%. Another reason pills are in-sufficient is the fact that the pill itself inhibits the absorption of the active ingredients. This means you aren't even getting all of the vitamins and minerals that are in the pill.
With that said, dont fret, there is a viable alternative to taking pills as your multi-vitamin. High potency liquid vitamins are the answer. With liquid vitamins you get the best all around benefit. Liquid vitamins have almost no filler in them whatsoever, in turn, you get larger quantities of the essential vitamins. Not all liquid vitamins are made equal however, but generally speaking, they all out-do a pill. The best liquid vitamins will give you 100% of your recommended daily intake for 10+ different vitamins, as well as a mixture of various other vitamins and minerals. Liquid multi-vitamins should not only be packed with the vitamins you need, but also provide general nutrition. If you are a vegetarian, make sure to check the liquid multi-vitamin to see if its a 100% vegetarian formula, many are not.
To sum things up, there is really no reason to take a multi-vitamin pill. Liquid vitamins compare in price, and beat pills in every other department. Choose your multi-vitamin wisely, and you'll be on the path to a heatlhier, more vibrant you!
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Title:
Choosing the right playground equipment for Schools, Churches, Parks and Communities

Word Count:
518

Summary:
For commercial use – It is important that you know a few things about your needs before we get started. .....


Keywords:
playground equipment,commercial,swing sets,swingset,park,school,daycare,church


Article Body:
For commercial use – It is important that you know a few things about your needs before we get started. It is a buyer’s market so there are many different options when looking for new commercial playground equipment. First, you must have an idea of the age group that the playground must be tailored to. Standard age groups are 2-7, 2-12, 2-5, 5-12, and 8-up. Next you must decide on the area where your playground equipment will occupy – what are the dimensions of the space? And finally, what is your budget for your playground project? Keep in mind that you will have installation and playground safety surfacing as an expense by the time your project is complete.

So on to the fun part – deciding on a design. There are many different pre-designed units that are available to manufacture but more than 80% of people choose to customize their commercial playground equipment. You can start with a simple idea that fills the limits of your project area—then add a slide here and a climber there, and the next thing you know, you’ve created everything that you could ask for in a playground.

It is also important to note that the size of the playground needs to accommodate the number of children that are expected to be playing on it at any given time. You will find that newer playground equipment—with a good design—will attract a lot of attention, and it would be a shame to have overcrowding on a structure that is likely to become a safety hazard. Overall, you will want to make sure that the playground equipment has at least the basics (climbers, slides etc.). If you have no idea where to start you might also find it useful to ask the kids what they would like. Have them all create drawings of their “dream playground,” then you’ll know that the final design you choose is based off the ideas of what the children want. After all, the children are the ones that will be using the playground equipment the most – hopefully.

Once you have decided on a design for the playground equipment you will want to make sure that you get an estimate which includes the cost, freight, tax and installation (if needed). The idea is to get all of your possible expenses laid out on paper so you will know the amount of funds you’ll need to buy the structure and have it installed. It is best not to do this in reverse, which would be to get the funds first and then pinch pennies to spend no more or no less than the budget provides. In some cases this is unavoidable but with enough planning, you can arrange to raise the money that you may not have to buy the commercial playground equipment that your community needs. Playgrounds are very expensive but when everything is complete you will create an environment for children where they will have happy memories which will contribute to their well-being now and later in life.

For more information on products like this go to http://www.creativesystems.com


Title:
Choosing the right playground for Schools, Churches, Parks and Communities

Word Count:
510

Summary:
Playland International designs high quality

commercial outdoor play structures including

playground equipment, swing sets as well as other

playground playstructures.


Keywords:
playstructures, commercial playground equipment, playgrounds, playground design, playground equipment, swing sets, playground, play structures


Article Body:
For commercial use - It is important that you know a few things about your

needs before we get started. It is a buyer's market so there are many

different options when looking for a new playground. First, you must have an

idea of the age group that the playground must be tailored to. Standard age

groups are 2-7, 2-12, 2-5, 5-12, and 8-up. Next you must decide on the area

where your playground will occupy - what are the dimensions of the space? And

finally, what is your budget for your playground project? Keep in mind that

you will have installation and playground safety surfacing as an expense by

the time your project is complete.

So on to the fun part - deciding on a design. There are many different pre-

designed units that are available to manufacture but more than 80% of people

choose to customize their playground. You can start with a simple idea that

fills the limits of your project area-then add a slide here and a climber

there, and the next thing you know, you've created everything that you could

ask for in a playground.

It is also important to note that the size of the playground needs to

accommodate the number of children that are expected to be playing on it at

any given time. You will find that a newer playground-with a good design-will

attract a lot of attention, and it would be a shame to have overcrowding on a

structure that is likely to become a safety hazard. Overall, you will want to

make sure that the playground equipment has at least the basics (climbers,

slides etc.). If you have no idea where to start you might also find it

useful to ask the kids what they would like. Have them all create drawings of

their "dream playground," then you'll know that the final design you choose

is based off the ideas of what the children want. After all, the children are

the ones that will be using the playground equipment the most - hopefully.

Once you have decided on a design for the playground equipment you will want

to make sure that you get an estimate which includes the cost, freight, tax

and installation (if needed). The idea is to get all of your possible

expenses laid out on paper so you will know the amount of funds you'll need

to buy the structure and have it installed. It is best not to do this in

reverse, which would be to get the funds first and then pinch pennies to

spend no more or no less than the budget provides. In some cases this is

unavoidable but with enough planning, you can arrange to raise the money that

you may not have to buy the playground that your community needs. Playgrounds

are very expensive but when everything is complete you will create an

environment for children where they will have happy memories which will

contribute to their well-being now and later in life.

Austin Stanfel
Creative Recreational Systems, Inc.
3039 kilgor rd. suite 130
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
1 - (877) PLAYSYSTEMS
http://www.creativesystems.com


Title:
Choosing the right playground safety surfacing:

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544

Summary:
You’ll have a variety of different safety surfacing options including pour-in-place rubber, rubber mulch, rubber chips, wood fiber strips, artificial grass and compressed rubber tile. Now there is a difference...


Keywords:
pour-in-place rubber, rubber mulch, rubber chips, wook fiber strips, artificial turf grass, rubber tile, safety surfacing


Article Body:
You’ll have a variety of different safety surfacing options including pour-in-place rubber, rubber mulch, rubber chips, wood fiber strips, artificial grass and compressed rubber tile. Now there is a difference when it comes to safety and durability. I’ll rank each type of surfacing on a scale of 1-5 from high, medium high, medium low and low (1) being the least safe or durable

5 for High
4 for Medium high
3 for Medium
2 for Medium low
1 for Low

(1) Wood fiber strips are the traditional surfacing material that has been used in playground safety for many years. However the durability is low with wood fiber, many playgrounds have surfacing that is moved or spread throughout a park causing a risk for fall heights. Many people who provide playground maintenance find that they often need to replace the wood strips several times a year. I give wood fiber strips a safety rating of 2 and a durability rating of 3.

(2) Pour-in-place was a growing trend in safety surfacing a few years ago because of its immobility and design options. You will find rounded edges or names that are designed into pour-in-place surfacing as well as different colors. The disadvantage with pour-in-place is that it will crack and fade within three years or less. You will also begin to see holes in the top layer (there are two layers) where the rubber has been worn. This is of extreme concern due to safety regulations on the minimum depth of surfacing for a given fall height. Since pour-in-place is fairly new, we’ve only seen this lack of durability within the past few years causing many people to stay away from this type of safety surfacing. I give pour-in-place a safety rating of 3 and a durability rating of 2.

(3) Rubber mulch is becoming the next generation of wood fiber. The same people that make this also make larger chunks that they refer to as rubber chips. Recycled material is sent through a unique process that cleans and colors the rubber so that it is completely safe for children and has color that lasts as much as seven years. I give rubber mulch and rubber chips a safety rating of 4 and a durability rating of 4.

(4) Artificial turf has been around for a while with some good improvements. The material is placed onto a base of spongy beads that act as a layer of cushioning, much like tilled dirt. Unlike dirt though, this base provides long-lasting safety for anyone who might fall and it allows water to flow freely throughout so that the turf doesn’t have water damage. I give artificial turf a safety rating of 4  and a durability rating of 5.

(5) Rubber Tiles are a well-established high-quality surfacing material. There’s only one manufacturer of rubber tiles that I would recommend: SofSurfaces has a patented locking system between tiles that created one massive surface for playground safety. This material is also very durable. SofSurfaces provides a solid 7 year guarantee on not only the color but the depth also. That’s THREE TIMES longer than the first three safety surfacing options. I give rubber tiles a safety rating of 5 and a durability rating of 5. If you budget allows, this is the ideal choice.

For more information on products like this go to http://www.creativesystems.com


Title:
Choosing The Right Type of Eyeglasses

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540

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Eyeglasses in the world today have become so fashionable that even some people will wear them without the having the need. However, some people need glasses and do not wear them for one reason or another.


Keywords:
eyeglasses,eye glasses


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Eyeglasses in the world today have become so fashionable that even some people will wear them without the having the need. However, some people need glasses and do not wear them for one reason or another. Some reasons include, they cannot afford to go to the eye doctor, or they feel glasses do not look all that wonderful on them. Whatever the reason, it is very important to wear your eyeglasses if you need to.


There are several reasons one should wear eyeglasses if it has been deemed necessary. Primarily, so you can see. That makes sense does it not? In most areas if you are required to wear eyeglasses and decide not to, you will not be able to get your drivers license. Not to mention the fact, that you will certainly have a hard time seeing ahead of you or reading.


Additionally, headaches are common in those who are far sighted or near sighted and do not wear glasses. This is caused from the amount of work your eyes have to do in order to properly function.


Many people think if they are farsighted that they can just pick up any old pair of glasses at the grocery store and this will help them see clearer when looking at things close up. This is not true, while some people may have some good luck with this type of reading glasses, most of the population do not. You will still need to visit your eye doctor for a few reasons. First, because regular eye exams help to catch eye diseases right away when they can be treated more easily. Second, because many people require glasses that have a different prescription for each eye, and drug store reading eyeglasses do not offer this, which will lead to headaches.


You can choose eyeglasses that look great on you by following these tips. The frame shape should match your face shape. The frame size should fit with your face size and the color should repeat your best personal feature (such as eye color).


There are seven basic types of face shapes, before buying eyeglasses you should determine which category you fall under and buy glasses that fit. The seven basic face shapes are round, oval, oblong, base-down triangle, base-up triangle, diamond and square. Then you should also determine the color that best fits with your overall skin, hair and eye color.


There are many different types of eyeglasses available to you today. Fashionable eyeglasses are no longer hard to come buy or extremely expensive either. You can even get eyeglasses now, which change to sunglasses when you step out into the sun. They can cover lenses with an anti-reflective coat to prevent glare and annoying reflections.


You should visit your eye doctor once per year to once every two years for eye exams. Often as people get older the prescription strength changes in the eyes, which will give you the need for new eyeglasses. Of course, if in between eye doctor visits you notice that your eyeglasses are not working to par anymore, you should make an appointment for an eye exam right away.



Title:
Choosing the Right Whey Protein Powder

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513

Summary:
Choosing the right protein powder for your physic goals


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When you start looking for a whey protein supplement, you will most likely consider a whey protein powder because these are typically less expensive than other types of whey protein. Whey protein powder can be just as effective as other types of whey protein products, but it is essential that you choose a quality whey protein powder.

Unfortunately, when you walk into your local health food store to purchase a whey protein powder, you will probably be expecting a qualified sales person who knows all about the products on the shelf. What you will actually - most likely - encounter is a teenager who doesn't know the first thing about body building, much less the products on the shelf in the store where he or she works. They are just there for the minimum wage paycheck. Even if the sales person is qualified to answer your questions, they represent their company - not you - and will suggest the product that nets them the highest profit, instead of the product that is going to net you the most benefit.

The first step is to know your protein, and to realize that whey protein isolate is the best choice. Whey protein isolate is sold in whey protein powder form. Learn to read labels carefully to ensure that you are getting the right product - the one that contains everything you want, as well as the one that uses a manufacturing process that doesn't filter out or reduce the beneficial nutrients of the product. Educate yourself, and you won't have to depend on a sales clerk knowing what you need….you will know, and you will know how to examine labels to find what you do need.

The next step is to ignore the prices listed for those whey protein powders. If you are making your selections based first on price, the chances are really good that you won't be getting a good product, and of course, there is no need to ask a sales person or to take the time to educate yourself. Your decision is already made, based on price. Don't make this mistake.

Next, look for the whey protein powders that are pure. This means that they do not include carbohydrates, and again, whey protein isolate is what you should be looking for. If you look simply for whey protein isolate, the choices become way less confusing. Otherwise, your eyes and senses will be assaulted with too many choices. You will see whey protein powder with other proteins. You will see whey protein powder with Casein. You will see whey protein powder with Soy. The choices go on and on, and in the end all you really need is a whey protein isolate powder.

Again, it cannot be said enough, it is vital that you educate yourself concerning whey protein powder before you start buying. Otherwise, you will find that you are wasting a ton of money on products that are not giving you the maximum benefits. Whey protein powder is important to body building, but it only counts if you use a quality whey protein powder.


title:Choosing Weight Loss Supplements Wisely
author:Eunice Coughlin
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4736.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
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It really chaps my hide whenever I see those commercials on TV with a woman MD-wanna-be hawking the latest diet pill. These “play-doctors” are usually wearing white lab coats, like they’re on the way to perform surgery and just thought they’d take time out of their busy schedule to tell you about this “latest medical breakthrough”. Don’t be fooled…It's all spin, trying to make it appear as if this woman (or man, I’ve seen them, too) is an actual doctor telling you about this latest prescription medicine to solve your weight problem. They even have the nerve to sell it to you in a bottle that looks just like something you would pick up from your local pharmacy. 
With obesity and all its related health problems becoming more and more common in the general population, people are becoming desperate to try a “magic pill” that will help them lose weight. As a result, there is a lot of potential harm you can do to yourself if you don’t choose your weight loss supplements wisely.
While many health and fitness experts will tell you flat out not to ever use any supplements-ever-research has shown that some can be used with success under the right conditions.
First, consider whether you are in fairly good health to try one of these weight loss herbs. Are you under a doctor’s care for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, depression or any other serious health problem? Taking any of these types of supplements can be very dangerous. Consult your doctor and get your other health problems under control before using any weight loss supplements.
Second, do your research on who is manufacturing the products. Are doctors involved in the process? What are their credentials? If you see that a doctor (or group of doctors) has been involved in the design and production of an herbal remedy for a health problem, understand that their professional reputation is on the line. Good doctors typically spend decades in medical schools and in clinical environments, practicing medicine. No one who has invested that much time and energy on their medical career is going to sacrifice their reputation for something they are not absolutely sure is going to work.
Third, read the label and research the ingredients. FDA guidelines for herbal supplements do not require standardized amounts. In some cases, you only need a trace amount of the herb in order to put the name on the label so look for the standardized claim on the bottle. That means the same amount is in every bottle. That can also give you a clue as to whether the price is right on a certain herbal compound. If it’s really cheap-or free-there’s usually a reason why;most likely, it’s because there’s very little of the active ingredient in the pill.
Also, look for the word “chelated” and “amino-acid-bound” which means that the minerals are absorbed by your body better and more effectively than the simple forms manufactured by other vitamin-mineral products.
Finally, you must realize that there is no such thing as a “magic weight loss pill”. You must follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly in order for these herbs to work the way you expect. Most good, quality weight loss supplements will enhance your weight loss efforts by increasing your metabolism and suppressing your appetite while you eat those good healthy veggies and take that 30 minute walk everyday.  The definition of the word "supplement" is "to increas, extend, or improve something by adding something to it. The best weight loss supplements are not meant to replace, only to supplement, a healthy lifestyle. 

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title:Choosing Wheelchairs for Kids
author:Maricon Williams
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1565.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Take a Team Approach Before Buying
No parent should try to choose a chair for their child all by themselves," says Chris Seiberlich. "It's not that they aren't qualified to make decisions, but there are too many to be made by any one person. You have to think about a huge spectrum of issues.
Seiberlich is a physical therapist at Children's Clinics for Rehabilitative Services in Tucson , Ariz. She and her partner, Kimberly Becerril, an occupational therapist, are discussing how to choose and properly fit a wheelchair.
"For instance," Becerril says, "one of the most fundamental issues in choosing a chair is transportation. How will the chair be moved from home to school? If the answer is in the back of a station wagon, then a power chair is out. Even with a van, a power chair is going to need a ramp, because it's too heavy to lift in. A lot of our kids would benefit from a power chair, but unless the transportation issue can be solved, it won't be the right choice."
Becerril knows a number of children who have power chairs who leave them at school, and use a manual chair at home.
"During the process of choosing a chair, we do a lot of transfer analysis," Seiberlich says. "We want to know who's going to be doing them (transfers), and we want the parents to demonstrate how they're doing them. We can suggest ways to make it easier, such as use of a transfer board, or a Hoyer lift in appropriate situations.
"Most parents who've never seen a board are surprised by what a difference they can make," she adds. "Still, if they are lifting the child and the chair several times a day, they are at a big risk for developing back problems. We had one mother with bruises all over her legs from constantly lifting the chair. Choosing a lighter chair, and one with some removable hardware, can make a big difference."
Seiberlich and Becerril note that they can't make all the decisions regarding the choice of a chair, either.
"We want the involvement of those people who see the child on a regular basis," Becerril says.
"That means the parents, of course, because they know the child best. But we also want the school involved, especially the teacher or therapist who sees the child daily functioning outside the home. The issues at school can be quite different from those at home."
Becerril says that they also want the chair supplier involved, to tell them what's available. "We'll describe the need, and the supplier can describe what they have to meet it. We can make mistakes if we do it ourselves, but if we have the whole team, we can cover all the bases."
Lifestyle and Environment
What's the right style of chair? While this will depend on individual needs and preferences, Becerril offers some important guidelines.
"Lots of kids want the sports frame look: It's got a low profile and looks great. However, these frames are rigid: they can't be folded, and they can't grow with the child. So we wouldn't recommend one of these at least until they are finished growing. Even then, the transportation issue remains a problem."
Seiberlich adds, "We also would never recommend a chair without removable armrests or footrests. One of our clients who got a chair with rigid footrests went from independent transfers to requiring two people to move him. Luckily, we were able to recycle the chair to someone for whom it made more sense."
When it's time to choose individual components, Seiberlich and Becerril want to hear about lifestyle, terrain and environment.
"We can choose the wheels based on how rough the ground is around the home," Seiberlich says. "Here in the desert, we recommend airless inserts. One good cactus spine and you've got a flat! Back East, we've got to consider the mud, the snow and the rain."
"We also want to know about the inside of the home: Will an otherwise ideal chair have trouble getting through narrow doorways? If so, and there's no money to redo the home, we've got to change our thinking," Becerril says.
Social and educational factors come into play here as well. "Is the chair appropriate for the school setting?" Seiberlich says. "For instance, does the height of the chair put the child above or below classmates? Can we make small changes to get it looking more streamlined, if that's what the child wants? If we can think of these things up front, it can save a lot of time and expense later on."
Growing With the Child
Both the X-shaped cross brace (black) and the front frame sections (blue) can be replaced as a child grows.
And expense is a huge issue: A manual wheelchair with custom seating can cost $5,000, while a power chair might be four times that. A really good cushion alone might be $300 or $400. Becerril notes that most of this is covered by insurance for many families. "And if you buy the right kind of chair, one that can grow with the child, that investment can last 10 or 12 years. This is the child's mobility, and his independence. It's important to get it right."
What does it mean for a chair to grow with the child? The idea may be new to those who think of the clunky "one-size-fits-all" sling back chairs as the only type there is. Most chairs today can be widened by changing the cross brace supports underneath, and lengthened by replacing the front frame sections that hold the leg supports.
"With this system, we can take a child from a very young age through the teen-age years with the same chair. We can grow a chair from a seat that measures 10 inches by 10 inches to one that is 18 by 18. While there is some expense along the way, it's still cheaper than replacing the chair. And the frames are warranted for life," Becerril says. "Make sure you choose a color you're not going to be sick of in a few years!"
Seating and Support
One of the most critical decisions regarding chair options, and one for which professional input is most crucial, is the choice of a seating cushion.
"The basis for good seating posture starts in the pelvis," Seiberlich says. "We're looking to distribute the weight over as big an area as possible, for support, for comfort and to prevent skin breakdown."
She notes that pressure sores, or decubitis, are a critical concern with prolonged seating. For those who aren't in the wheelchair for many hours at a time, a flat seat may be appropriate. For more prolonged use, or when stability in the chair becomes an issue, a high-quality foam cushion becomes preferable. Other alternatives include air-filled or gel-filled cushions.
"Children with scoliosis (curvature of the spine), whether or not it has been stabilized with spinal fusion, may have some left-right tilt in the pelvis," Seiberlich says. "In such cases, we can use the seating system to minimize the effects of the tilt. Some of the kids are still flexible, so by raising the lower side, we may be able to level out the pelvis. On the other hand, if the tilt is fixed, we'll support the higher side, so it takes up some of the weight. Distributing that weight is the key."
Scoliosis also figures into the choice of the back. "We can't always use a standard flat back or sling back. We may need a molded back to match up to the spinal curvature. Again, we're trying to get more surface contact to lessen pressure," Seiberlich says.
Lateral supports may be an important element as well. "If the child does not have the trunk strength to maintain their upright posture, we need to do it with laterals. Even with spinal fusion, they may need them to help prevent tipping."
Becerril notes that a "tilt-in-space" chair may be appropriate for someone with very little trunk strength. This type of chair maintains the sitting posture, but tilts back to relieve some of the anti-gravity work for a while, combating fatigue. Recliner chairs, which allow a prone position, are used more often for those unable to tolerate the normal angles of seated posture.
Final Fitting
Once the chair has been ordered, Becerril says, expect a couple months delay before it arrives. "Authorization takes time, and typically we're dealing with several different companies, and it's a custom product. Nothing related to wheelchairs ever happens quickly."
Once the chair arrives, the hands-on fitting process may take two to three hours, Becerril explains. "Things come up you can't foresee. Also, we want to show parents the signs of an improper fit. It's not something you do once and it's done: Kids grow fast, and their condition can change fast, so you need to monitor the fit constantly."
Seiberlich adds, "We always want parents to be checking for redness, because this indicates too much pressure. They need to check the buttocks, the back, the feet, and the back of the legs. Anywhere the chair is making contact, there's the potential for too much pressure."
She offers an important rule of thumb: "There should be no more than three fingers worth of space between the front of the seat and the back of the legs. With any more than this, the seat is not providing enough thigh support, and the chair may dig into the legs. It also makes sitting more difficult, as you don't get the same amount of surface holding you up. Also, you need to make sure that the footrests are low enough to get full contact for the whole thigh." There should be at least half an inch between the hips and the side of the chair. The laterals shouldn't be too tight, and shouldn't dig into the armpits.
"Parents can make these adjustments, if they know what to look for," Seiberlich says. "But we like to see the child in his chair at least once a year, especially if he's still growing. And anytime they think there's a problem they can't fix, we want them to come in."
Maintenance
In addition to monitoring the fit of the chair, Seiberlich stresses the importance of regular maintenance. "The chair should be washed regularly, using a spray cleaner. Most cushions are washable, or have washable covers. A thorough inspection of the whole chair once a week is a good idea: Check the brakes, look for loose hardware, and check the tires and seat."
Becerril points out that change in temperature can change the inflation pressure of tires and air-filled or gel-filled seats. Simple problems can easily be fixed at home. More involved ones can be taken care of by the vendor, who will almost always do maintenance for free.
Finally, Seiberlich returns to the transportation issue to stress an important safety rule.
"Chairs are generally not crash-tested, and the pelvic strap that keeps you in the seat is not as strong as a seat belt. We recommend that a child be on the car seat, strapped in using the car's seat and shoulder belts." If needed for lateral support, a chest harness can be used as well.
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title:Christopher Reeve To Have Promoted Basement Lab
author:Gerald Armstrong
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1009.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

Chrisopher Reeve has died. But his vision of a “Cure” has not. Mr. Reeve, who became a quadripilegic after a horse riding accident in 1995, was best known as advocate for stem cell research which promises cures for spinal cord injuries. Shortly before his death he had planned to get behind  a little known  biotech driven offshore By President Bush’s restrictions on stem cell research. The “Cure” didn’t reach Christopher Reeve in time. But a cure for the paralysis that plagued the star –and ultimately led to his death may be in the test tubes in a basement lab in a small carribean island.
People all over the world are mouning the actor and activist, but the scientists at Gen Cells Cures lab were particularly saddened  by the news. No one except the Actor and Gerald Armstrong of Gen Cells Cures new about  Mr. Reeve’s plans to get behind the research of the now disabled biotech. Spokesperson Gerald Armstrong had this to say. “Not only did President Bush restrict the research … there are no public funds for our research. All of our operations are completely shut down until we can locate private money. I cried when I heard the news, where do we go from here. Along with millions of other people I mourn Christopher Reeves passing and extend my sincere condolences to his family. I pray the world embraces Christopher Reeves family, as they grieve the loss of their husband, father and son.”
Chritopher Reeves taught people two words: Hope and Cures-- Without hope we have nothing. As for Cures… Gen Cells Cures will finish the work.
Article by Gerald Armstrong- scientist0707@yahoo.com
Gerald is the owner of Gen Cells Cures- http://www.msnusers.com/cures 
Visit his group for information on cures for incurable diseases and aging.
You have my permission to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long as the bylines are included. A courtesy copy of your publication would be appreciated
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title:Chromium 6 - Our Guest from Hollywood
author:Dr. Patrick Flanagan
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2388.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

I am Dr Patrick Flanagan, and this is the latest edition of my Dr Health Secrets newsletter.
Lately I have written about toxins in our water and food supply. This installment is about a toxin that got a lot of attention in Hollywood. This newsletter is about chromium 6 and its effects on your body.
Hollywood, Hollywood, Here I Come...
My guest today in my focus on toxic water can easily say, and with confidence, that it owes all of its success and great notice to one little Hollywood movie.
Yes, that movie was year 2000's Erin Brockovich, starring the caustic chromium 6, and co-starring the fabulous Mrs. Julia Roberts. The film publicized the chromium 6 poisoning of Hinkley, California by the powerful and successful PG and E Corporation, which ultimately resulted in an Oscar win for Julia Roberts, and the highlighting of a growing concern over toxic chemical plants and their poisoning of public drinking water.
Chromium-6 is used in dyes, pigments, leather tanning, wood preserving, and chrome plating.
Chromium-6 is a by-product of metal plating and is classified as a carcinogen when inhaled as particles or fumes. When chromium-6 gets into water, the effects are equally as damaging.
Out of 1,591 National Priority List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 1,036 were found to have chromium-6 in them.
Scientists as well as many health officials argue that no level of chromium 6 is safe for the human body. Water officials, however, argue that there is no scientific proof that any of these allegations are true. These “officials” say that there is not enough proof to verify that chromium-6 truly causes health problems, but a judge in Hinkley, CA readily disagreed.
This disagreement cost PG&E hundreds of millions of dollars, and cost a town pain, anguish, and devastating disease.
I am willing to stand behind hundreds of sick individuals much faster than I am willing to stand behind a state official that is required to make budget concessions as well as health decisions.
What’s The Verdict?
The health implications of chromium-6 run far and wide, and exposure, even in small amounts, can be deadly. Major corporations know the cost of cleanup, and even more importantly, they know the cost of lawsuit. What people don’t know won’t hurt them, but what they do know already has.
Health problems listed among those who have suffered from chromium-6 exposure include liver cancer, kidney failure, respiratory distress, circulatory problems, gastrointestinal ailments, reproductive problems, and other cancers of the brain and bodily organs.
Also cited as “lesser side- effects” were nosebleeds, headaches, benign tumors, hair loss, and many more. I have said it before and I will say it again; being bald with a bleeding nose while nursing a headache is not exactly my idea of “lesser side-effects.”
Light At The End of The Tunnel
Aside from educating millions of people on the hazards of chromium-6, Erin Brockovich also managed to scare scores of people into hospital rooms nationwide, searching and looking for any signs of toxic chemical exposure.
The fear is understandable, and it is much more real than many would care to think, but there are things that can be done to better the situation.
The best solution is get information about your local water supply (see RESOURCE BOX) and then to get a highly advanced water filter for your house. Quality filters can range in the thousands of dollars, but clean water is much cheaper and easier than medical problems later in your life. Nothing feels as good as a shower without chlorinated water! 
Remember, the problem with drinking distilled water is that your body is designed to drink water with minerals in it. So try adding minerals to your water and see how you feel. And some mineralized bottled water sources are great, as long as they are rigorously tested as many premium bottled waters are.
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Title:
Chronicle Of Steroids In Sports

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The period of 1950s is known for the advent of steroids in sports. According to some unofficial sources, the Olympic team of Germany used oral testosterone substances in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. However, the first ever instance of steroids in sports occurred in the World Weightlifting Championship in 1954 when soviet team members, who were getting testosterone shots, literally swept all the major weight titles.


Keywords:
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The period of 1950s is known for the advent of steroids in sports. According to some unofficial sources, the Olympic team of Germany used oral testosterone substances in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. However, the first ever instance of steroids in sports occurred in the World Weightlifting Championship in 1954 when soviet team members, who were getting testosterone shots, literally swept all the major weight titles.

The 1954 World Weightlifting Championship was the turning point in the history of sports. After the event, John Ziegler, the team physician for the United States started researching on testosterone, and his efforts resulted in the creation of “Methandrostenolone” or “Dianabol” with the help of Ciba pharmaceutical company; Dianabol is believed to be the first ever of the anabolic steroids in sports.

However, the use of steroids in sports Olympic history begun in the late 1960s when Dianabol and some other steroids came to be widely used in sports. Soon, there were strong reactions against steroids in sports, and the first reaction against steroids in sports came from the International Amateur Athletic Federation, now the International Association of Athletics Federations that became the first international governing body to ban steroids in sports. FIFA, Union Cycliste Internationale (cycling), and International Olympic Committee banned the use of steroids in sports in 1966-67.

The period from 1980’s to 90s was the period of wide use of anabolic steroids in sports. It became public with Ben Johnson's 100 m victory at the 1988 Summer Olympics. The Canadian sprinter had to surrender his gold title when “stanozolol” (anabolic steroid) was detected in his urine samples. Later, he admitted the use of Dianabol, Cypionate, Furazabol, and human growth hormone.

The World Anti-Doping Agency was created in 1999 to check the use of steroids in sports. Presently, National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), national Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), FIFA, ICC, and the Olympic Committee have banned steroids and have strict policies against steroids in sports. 

However, the use of steroids in sports is still going on. Steroids are widely used by the competitive as well as noncompetitive jocks. Surveys & studies on steroids in sports have revealed that 2.7% sports persons form US high schools use steroids in sports.


title:Chronic Asthma Information
author:Allan Wilson
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2585.shtml
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Not everyone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease suffers from chronic asthma, but many individuals who experience emphysema or chronic bronchitis have asthma-like symptoms.  Medical experts continue to debate whether chronic asthma should be classified as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, since asthma can be reversed.
Chronic asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways; the term asthma is derived from an ancient Greek word which means panting. With chronic asthma, the inflammation leads to the narrowing of the airways, which can cause wheezing, breathlessness, and gasping for air.
Studies indicate that chronic asthma involves two stages:  the hyper-reactive response and the inflammatory response.  The hyper-reactive response in chronic asthma refers to the constriction of the airways in response to inhaled irritants, while the inflammatory stage involves the production of white blood cells in the airways.
During a chronic asthma attack, the muscle tissue in the walls of the bronchi experiences spasms, causing labored breathing.  With chronic asthma, coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing occur almost everyday.  In order to combat chronic asthma, several medications may be needed.       
Some medical experts speculate that the persistent symptoms of chronic asthma indicate a food allergy.  As a result, some doctors encourage those suffering from chronic asthma to revise their diets in order to reduce the incidence of flare-ups.
There are some other simple strategies one can follow in order to alleviate symptoms of chronic asthma.  These include removing the cause of chronic asthma, treating the symptoms, or altering the host to be more tolerant of the causes.
If you've been diagnosed with chronic asthma, medical experts suggest stopping all smoking and banning cigarette smoke from the house.  Chronic asthma patients should also stop the use of volatile chemicals, which may exacerbate one's symptoms.  Ending contact with pets can also alleviate chronic asthma.
The aims of any treatment program for chronic asthma should include:  avoiding the trigger factors for chronic asthma, eliminating symptoms, restoring normal lung function, reducing the incidence of severe attacks, and minimizing the side-effects of drugs.
Drug therapy for chronic asthma can fall into three categories.  Chronic asthma can be attacked with preventors or anti-inflammatories; relievers, which provide acute relief of symptoms; and controllers, which provide a sustained bronchodilator action with a mild anti-inflammatory action.
It should be noted that there are some misconceptions about the treatment of chronic asthma.  For instance, antihistamines do not appear to be an effective chronic asthma treatment strategy.  Immunosuppressives such as methotrexate are rarely beneficial for chronic asthma, and acupuncture has a negligible effect.
The basic goals of educating those with chronic asthma include an ability to understand the nature of asthma, an understanding of different types of asthma medication, an understanding of prevention strategies, knowing the correct use of inhalers, and recognizing signs of worsening asthma.
Interestingly enough, chronic asthma is often misdiagnosed in the elderly.  Also, older people are more susceptible to the side-effects of drugs used to treat chronic asthma.  As a result, senior citizens need special prevention strategies for chronic asthma.
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Title:
Chronic Daily Headache: Same Old, Same Old

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Daily and near-daily headaches are common and disabling. Correct diagnosis of headaches can lead to effective treatment, decreased suffering and improved quality of life.


Keywords:
headache,chronic daily,migraine,tension,medication overuse,rebound,cluster,tmj,hemicrania,giant cell arteritis,analgesic,triptan,sumatriptan,rizatriptan


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“Chronic daily headache” (CDH) refers to the unhappy situation in which headaches are present at least fifteen days per month. Headaches can even occur every day or almost every day. CDH is more of a category than a final diagnosis, and different, recognizable patterns of headache are included in this category. It is important to distinguish among the different patterns because, once recognized, they can indicate the underlying cause and dictate appropriate treatment.

CDH can occur in the form of either “primary headaches” or “secondary headaches.” Secondary headache means that the headache is a symptom of some other disease or process. In this case, the best treatment is the one that addresses the underlying cause. Primary headache means that the headache disorder itself is the disease and is not a symptom of something else.

The most common primary headache condition is “tension-type headaches.” Generally affecting the left and right sides equally, tension-type headaches often involve the back of the head and neck, but can also include the front of the head. These headaches are usually mild to moderate in intensity and have pressing or tightening qualities. Nausea, photosensitivity and sound sensitivity are not prominent in this headache disorder and tension-type headaches do not usually worsen with exertion.

Migraine is another common primary headache disorder which, when present more days than not, is also categorized as CDH. Migraine attacks typically last 4-72 hours when untreated. They are of moderate to severe intensity and often have a pulsating quality. They show increased tendency to affect just one side of the head and to include the associated symptoms of nausea, light sensitivity and sound sensitivity. They usually worsen with exertion.

While some people have frequent, individual, migraine attacks that span more than 15 days per month and are therefore categorized as CDH, another form of migraine involves a blending together of attacks into a more continuous, never-ending pattern. This usually occurs in people who previously had the more recognizable pattern of distinct, individual, migraine attacks. Just what happens in these cases--or even what to call it when it does happen--is a source of great debate among headache experts. One camp of experts calls it “chronic migraine” and another camp calls it “transformed migraine.”

To make matters even more interesting, a person can have more than one type of headache, for example, a mixture of migraine and tension-type headaches. When this occurs, the mixture can be difficult to distinguish from the previously mentioned chronic (or transformed) migraine.

Two other kinds of primary headache are rarer than migraine and tension-type headaches, and show quite different characteristics. These are “hemicrania continua” and “chronic cluster.” Hemicrania continua (“hemicrania” means half-headed and “continua” means continuous) is a strictly one-sided headache which can wax and wane in intensity without resolving. It does not include migraine’s usual associated symptoms of nausea, light sensitivity, sound sensitivity and exertional aggravation. Chronic cluster, like its less-frequent “episodic” form, involves intense, recurring pain in or around just one eye that lasts for only 15-180 minutes per attack, but which can occur more than once per day. Unlike its episodic cousin, chronic cluster does not go into remission without treatment.

Secondary headaches taking the form of CDH can be due to numerous causes. Among them are head injury, arthritis of the neck bones, arthritis of the jaw joints (TMJs), sinus disease, breathing problems during sleep, tumors or other conditions causing increased pressure within the braincase, and leakages of the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.

Two secondary forms of CDH deserve special mention--giant cell arteritis and medication overuse headaches. Giant cell arteritis (previously called temporal arteritis) occurs in people who are at least 50 years old and becomes more common in subsequent decades of life. It involves inflammation of larger-diameter arteries supplying blood to the brain and the rest of the head and, untreated, can lead to stroke or blindness. So it is important to recognize and treat this source of headaches before these complications occur. Classically, people with giant cell arteritis show a swollen, stiff, tender artery just beneath the skin of one or both temples. When this occurs, it facilitates diagnosis, but giant cell arteritis can still be present in the absence of this tell-tale sign. As a rule of thumb, giant cell arteritis should be considered as a possible diagnosis in every new headache disorder starting at the age of 50 or older.

Medication overuse headaches (also known as rebound headaches) occur when a primary headache disorder becomes transformed into an even worse secondary headache disorder via too many doses of as-needed medication. Typically, the primary headache disorders involved are either migraine or tension-type headaches, and the transformation occurs when the headache-sufferer takes need-driven medication for them at least two to three days each week. When the as-needed medication is a painkiller this syndrome is called “analgesic rebound” and when a triptan drug is used, it is called “triptan rebound.” Triptans are newer drugs, which include sumatriptan (Imitrex) and rizatriptan (Maxalt), that interact with specific chemical receptors and halt the generation of migraine attacks. The bottom line with medication overuse headaches is that they don’t get better until the drug that caused them is withdrawn and, even then, can take up to two months to wash out.

The group of disorders known as chronic daily headache afflicts 3-5% of the worldwide population and is a source of major disability in the form of lost or decreased functioning at home and at work. While many people with CDH treat them on their own, medical management can reduce suffering and improve quality of life.

(C) 2005 by Gary Cordingley


Title:
Chronic Depression Can Cause The Blues

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936

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Depression is a common problem with many people from all walks of life and is never talked about openly. Why is this so? Depression can be a debilitating ilness that is suffered in solitude by many, with no one to talk to and expose their real feelings.


Keywords:
anxiety and depression, chronic depression, natural remedy for depression, own depression, panic attack, post partum depression, someone with depression, teen depression, types of depression, vitamin supplement for depression


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Chronic depression blues - Why do we feel so depressed? What makes us feel depressed? Will these feelings of depression ever go away?

I'm sure that most people have suffered from "the blues" at some stage in their lives, but for some people suffering from chronic depression, it is a lot like having “the blues” every day of the week. Does chronic depression set in and never go away? Why do some of us have to suffer like this and how often to you think to yourself 'just get over it and sort yourself out'?  How often do you think 'maybe if I just start exercising every day, take time out to read, try and create a more positive attitude, it will all be ok'.

The truth is by doing this it can help, but even though this easy technique sounds simple, it is not. When suffering from chronic depression it is very hard to motivate yourself even though you know that this is what you have to do. You feel so miserable that you just don't have the motivation to exercise or the concentration to read anything. It is very difficult to think positive thoughts when you're down and your mind is full of so many negative thoughts. At first you begin with a huge effort to do something. Maybe go for regular walks over a couple of days, or you may even go into a book store to buy a novel that you think you might enjoy. This action will sometimes improve positive thinking for a short time, but usually it seems like such an effort to keep it up.
In the end you cry out ‘who am I fooling’. You put the book aside or you stop walking. You are back to feeling depressed again. The problem is now you feel even more depressed because you tried and in your own mind you failed. This is not true. Start again.

Can these feelings of depression ever go away and stay away?  Do we need a mentor, a friend or even a relative who can help and guide us day after day? Can we organise to go on regular walks together or visit interesting places? Can they help to stimulate positive feelings within us? Can they make us laugh and be happy again?
Sometimes the problem with people, who have never suffered from chronic depression, is that they don't quite understand what it really is. They are generally feeling positive about themselves and don't understand how we feel. The common answer that most people will come up with to remedy your chronic depression is  'I wish they'd just get over it and move on'. It’s funny though. This is how I use to think about people with depression myself before I had it. So for a person who doesn't quite know what the feeling of chronic depression is like, would they really want to help someone on a daily basis to ‘get over it and move on’. You will never know until you ask.

Just a warning about befriending others. People with chronic depression will always feel more comfortable in the company of other sufferers. If you want to break the cycle and feel more positive about yourself, then you must only seek out positive people as close friends and mentors. When you are with positive people always try and imitate their positive feelings. Believe me. If you have chronic depression you will have to work very hard at this. Remember that people with positive feelings will try and avoid you if you are negative all the time.

Medication

For some with diagnosed chemical imbalances, medication such as antidepressants can be an alternative option. This medication generally gives a person with chronic depression a feeling of euphoria and well being. Medication works, but it only works if you use the correct amount all the time, at the right dosage. These drugs are a great tool to stimulate positive thoughts and an ‘I can do it’ attitude. But unfortunately these drugs only last for a short time and the side effects can be devastating. Along with the feeling of the withdrawal symptoms by removing the drug, you can sink to an even lower level of depression than before. This will happen very quickly and can sometimes be very dangerous to your well being.

Therapy

Talking to a professional therapist could be the answer for some people. A therapist is trained to listen and they do understand how you feel with chronic depression. Prepare to spend a lot of time with your therapist, so find one that you can trust. It will always feel better to talk about your depression to someone that you can trust. But like a drug the withdrawal symptoms of stopping your therapist visits can be just as disastrous.  Those negative feelings return again.

Face your fears. Why not stand up to you’re demons that are causing your chronic depression. Try and delve deep into yourself for that unpleasant experience or feeling and understand why you got depressed in the first place. Unfortunately you may have a chemical imbalance and only drugs or a change in diet may help.
But what if there is a bad experience that has triggered your chronic depression. Do something about it. You may even be depressed just because you haven’t taken any action at all. Tell yourself you can do it. You don't want to be depressed forever. Do something everyday that will change the way that you feel. Face your worries head on.

Say good bye to chronic depression and “The Blues” felling.


Title:
Chronic Fatigue -- The Facts You Should Know

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There is significant concern about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as CFS. In fact, there are criteria patients must meet in order to be diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Receiving the diagnosis may be difficult for some patients because the guidelines for diagnosing are very specific. The fatigue must have been present at least six consecutive months and the corresponding symptoms must have developed after the fatigue. A clear definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndro...


Keywords:
fatigue,chronic fatigue,chronic fatigue syndrome,chronic fatigue syndrome symptom


Article Body:
There is significant concern about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as CFS. In fact, there are criteria patients must meet in order to be diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Receiving the diagnosis may be difficult for some patients because the guidelines for diagnosing are very specific. The fatigue must have been present at least six consecutive months and the corresponding symptoms must have developed after the fatigue. A clear definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, its symptoms, and treatment options will help sufferers get a clearer understanding of the syndrome.

What is Chronic Fatigue?
The basic definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome does not make sufferers feel much better. The syndrome is unexplained and is marked by weakness, fatigue, muscle pain, lethargy, trouble sleeping, and even fever and swollen lymph nodes. There is no known cause for the fatigue that is present in an individual that has no relation to over-exertion and is not rectified by rest.

Symptoms
Some of the symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have been discussed. However, there is a very long list. There are a variety of symptoms that patients are very aware of and then there are other symptoms only doctors seem to notice. Regardless, when the symptoms are present for a period of time for no apparent cause and seem to have no remedy then Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a frequent diagnosis.

Some of the frequent symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:

- Muscle Aches 
- Persistent Fatigue
- Intermittent Fatigue
- Depression
- Tiredness
- Headache
- Swollen Lymph nodes
- Depression
- Memory Loss
- Weakness
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Achy Joints

Frequently Chronic Fatigue Syndrome begins during periods when individuals have been sick, under a tremendous amount of stress, or for no apparent reason at all. Many individuals have noted that after bouts with the flu, mono, a cold, bronchitis, hepatitis, and other similar illnesses CFS arises. Unfortunately, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome persists for months, sometimes coming and going and other times constantly affecting the patient. Other illnesses begin to clear up after a few days or weeks, but Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sticks around with no clear cause.

Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue
Doctors find it very difficult to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The reason why is because so many of its symptoms are symptoms of other illnesses. This is why many doctors like to see patients with the same symptoms that began after the fatigue for at least six months before giving a diagnosis. Obviously, sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome find the lack of an early diagnosis difficult to bear on top of their symptoms. However, doctors like to rule out diseases like Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, as well as other diseases, before diagnosing Chronic Fatigue.

Additionally, researchers and doctors are becoming more aware of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and are more likely to make an earlier diagnosis based on fewer symptoms than ever before. That is not to say that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is easy to diagnose, because it is not. However increased awareness and new definitions are helping doctors and patients of Chronic Fatigue each and every day.

Treatment Options
The treatment options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are varied and include alternative as well as prescription alternatives.

Some of the alternative care management options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include avoiding stress and undertaking light exercise. Other treatment options that work for some individuals include massage, aquatic therapy, chiropractic therapy, yoga, self hypnosis, tai chi, and even acupuncture. Psychotherapy has also proven helpful to sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because it helps sufferers learn to cope with their symptoms.

Prescription treatment options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have not been approved by the FDA. There are however other prescription medications that are used to treat the symptoms presented with Chronic Fatigue. Frequently, the primary use of the medicine is secondary and its side effects are what benefit Chronic Fatigue sufferers. Medicines like antifungals, antidepressants, antivirals, cardiac drugs, antihistamines, immunoglobulins, corticoids, anti-inflammatories, and anti-convulsants among others are frequently prescribed to CFS sufferers.

Do You Have CFS?

If you are worried you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or have some of the above stated symptoms for months on end then you should make an appointment with your physician. It is a good idea to keep a journal of your symptoms, when they began, and if new ones appear. This will help your doctor make the proper diagnosis and help receive some relief from your symptoms sooner.

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title:Chronic Fatigue Can Be Caused By Your Computer
author:Hege Crowton
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2738.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Did you know that spending long hours at your computer can put your health at serious risk? Most people does not even consider that possibility, but t does, Working at a desk is extremely hard on your body, and I would like to share this with you so maybe you can avoid some of the most common health risks. One of the most common one is: Chronic Fatigue.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Tired and troubled? Experiencing severe fatigue that lasts for months and go back over and over?
Feeling tired is common, and depression is a condition that everyone goes through from time to time. However, the chronic fatigue syndrome is not similar to the simple emotional ups and downs that we experience sometimes.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is medically known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, post-viral fatigue syndrome. It targets the central nervous system. People who have this disorder usually complain of severe fatigue that is aggravated even by simple exertion. The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is not yet known, but some researches show that this might be incurable. Some cases disappear over time and some people use medications to relieve them of this disorder.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is medically defined as a severe chronic fatigue thats lasts six months or over but other medical conditions should have been ruled out before a diagnosis of CFS can be made. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be precipitated by an illness. It may be a cold, or a stomach upset, or may even begin after major stress. The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are headache, muscle pain, inability to concentrate, tenderness in the lymph nodes, and fatigue that will not go away or may recur over the next several months. Patients also suffer from headache, non refreshing sleep, sore throat, myalgia or muscle pain, and body malaise for over a day.
In the past, people call CFS “yuppie flu” because it usually occurred on well-educated, well-off middle-ages women. Doctors also noticed that this disorder often occurred in people from mostly English speaking countries all over the world. Women have a two to four times increased risk of getting the chronic fatigue syndrome than men.
The CDC or Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that over 500,000 people in the US have been diagnosed to have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Diagnosis of CHF is difficult because it has similar symptoms as the other illnesses. The physician will first evaluate your condition and ask questions to rule out other diseases that may have the same symptom. When everything has been eliminated, it is only then that the physician will come to a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
It is important that patients who are suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome learns how to manage their moods and know what to do whenever the disorder hits. Health providers suggest that people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome should try to always try to get adequate rest. Patient should also try to get a regular exercise, eating a balanced diet, and trying to pace yourself whenever stress gets too much that you find it difficult to handle.
Patients will also benefit from medications to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The doctors usually prescribe a lower dose of anti-depressant because it might increase the level of fatigue of the patient or the frequency it occurs. But it also helps to reduce the pain of people with the disorder.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be mistaken with other illnesses which have the same presentation. These are fibromyalgia syndrome, neurasthenia, and chronic mononucleosis.
Other conditions that may also result in fatigue include thyroid problems especially hypothyroidism, eating disorders, autoimmune diseases, hormonal disorders, infections, narcolepsy, alcohol dependence, substance abuse, drug reactions, psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorders.
It is important to consult with a physician to evaluate the symptoms the patient is having and to make sure that the patient does not have any other organic or systemic diseases that might cause excessive long-standing fatigue. Some people also find it comforting to seek the help of other people like rehabilitation experts to fully understand the patient's condition. Some also talk to other patients who are undergoing the same condition.
There are other risks as you sit in front of that computer but it would be to much to write about in this article, so if you would like to learn more about other risks such as:

Eye strain
RSI (Repetitive Stress Syndrome)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Constant Head Aches
Dizziness
Breathing Problems
Difficulty Concentrating

You can learn all about this in the book: “The Painless PC”, which can be found at:
www.HealthCrow.com 
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Title:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - What Causes This Mysterious Illness?

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For the thousands of individuals who currently suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), the causes of this mysterious illness remain a mystery.  Reputable medical institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control have launched research efforts into discovering the reasons why some individuals contract CFS and what can be done to alleviate the symptoms.


Keywords:
chronic fatigue,chronic fatigue syndrome,chronic fatigue causes,chronic fatigue cure


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For the thousands of individuals who currently suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), the causes of this mysterious illness remain a mystery.  Reputable medical institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control have launched research efforts into discovering the reasons why some individuals contract CFS and what can be done to alleviate the symptoms.

Originally termed “yuppie flu” by the media, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was thought to be caused by the Epstein Barr virus, or mononucleosis.  In the late 1980's, it appeared that the only individuals who suffered from yuppie flu were the young, upwardly mobile, urban professionals who, because of their busy lifestyles, of course were tired!  With further investigation, medical professionals discovered that many other individuals were suffering from the unexplained symptoms of this illness.  Even though the medical community has published studies that bolster the reality of this illness, sufferers continue to find that the “yuppie flu” designation still prevails.

Many individuals who suffer from CFS have reported that they became ill with a virus before later noticing the symptoms now attributed to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  Researchers now believe that a virus, although not responsible for CFS, may cause damage to the neurological system of the individual who later suffers from symptoms of CFS. 

During the course of what may well be a relatively harmless virus, areas of the brain may sustain damage which then results in the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  For some reason, this damage may be permanent or transient - or at least the symptoms caused by the damage may be.  Some individuals who suffer from CFS find that their symptoms may lessen or completely disappear in time, and still others find that they may experience a “remission” of sorts, only to have the symptoms reappear at a later time.

This “Brain Injury” theory is the most prevalent at this time and appears to provide the most rational explanation for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to date.  As the control center of the body, the brain, when unable to function normally, can cause a host of mysterious symptoms that are unexplained by any known medical illness.  Further research into the causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome should provide the answers to why some individuals suffer from this brain injury and others do not.

For more information please visit http://chronic-fatigue-advice.com


title:Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Depression Are Not The Same Thing!
author:Claire Williams
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_794.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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You may have noticed that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome /M.E. /Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome is a very misunderstood illness...
...and this is perhaps why there are so many myths about it.
Perhaps the most common myth about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is that it is effectively a mental condition, and another name for depression.
But these two conditions are very different!
And when you label a condition incorrectly it can cause no end of problems when trying to diagnose and treat it. So it's extremely important to make the distinction between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome /M.E. /Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome and depression - because they are completely different illnesses.
Depression can be a **symptom** of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but there are many Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers out there who do **not** suffer from depression at all.
I, for example, used to suffer from depression when I was first diagnosed with Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/M.E.), but now I (thankfully) don't have depression anymore.
--------SIDE NOTE--------
My recovery from depression (whilst I had PVFS) was down to having psychotherapy. And I can safely say that it's THE BEST thing I've ever done.
If you're depressed, then I urgently recommend that you try a talking therapy of some sort.
I'd personally describe the whole process of going through psychotherapy as "reading a fascinating book" - where the topic is on 'yourself'.
To find out what it's like to go through psychotherapy /counselling, visit:
http://www.sleepydust.net/psychotherapy
If you're housebound, or just want to conserve your energy and don't want to travel to see a therapist, then why not try online counselling?
There are services out there that can give you counselling sessions via telephone, via email, or via 'Instant Messaging' (real-time chat sessions on your computer, where you type instead of talk).
--------SIDE NOTE--------
There are other differences between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome /Fibromyalgia and depression...
Research has shown that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers have an abnormality in their 'deep sleep' brainwave patterns. But, depression sufferers do not have this abnormality!
And in a recent study by scientists at the University of Alberta, it was found that there were significant differences in skin temperature and electrical activity in the skin, which sets Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers apart from depression sufferers (Pazderka-Robinson, H. Int. Jrnl. Of Psychophysiology Aug 2004).
What's more, depression sufferers tend to feel tired **all** the time, whereas Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers' exhaustion **increases** notably after mental or physical exertion.
There are also symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that are not shared by depression sufferers. Nasty flu-like symptoms, headaches, painful muscles and joints, Restless Legs Syndrome, and an increase in colds and viruses, are all just a few symptoms that can play a part in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
There you go - just a few of the differences between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression! So the next time someone mistakes your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ M.E. /Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome /Fibromyalgia for depression - you can set them right!
Copyright, Claire Williams, 2004. All Rights Reserved.

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She created 'sleepydust.net' to help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia sufferers to deal with the condition - from handling their money worries, to recovering from their illness....
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title:Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Are You Often Tired? Searching for a Cure?
author:George Alarcon
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3178.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is probably one of the most misunderstood diseases in existence today. Many doctors continue to doubt that CFS is even a real disease. Some doctors think CFS is no more than a psychological disorder, or an extended symptom of another disease. CFS is an insidious disease with no absolute connection or root cause being yet discovered. On top of that, there exist no constant biological determinants to open the way to objective measurements like brain scans or blood tests for conducting an absolute diagnosis of CFS. So clearly and frustratingly for those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, have great barriers stacked against them from the very beginning.
Surveys indicate that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome impacts more than four in every 1,000 Americans. According to a U.S. study, women suffered the highest rates of CFS. Individuals ages between 40 to 50, suffered CFS more often than any other age group. CFS affects both sexes of all ages, and across all ethnic and racial groups.
What are some of the most common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
The most identified and common symptoms of CFS are the following:
--A severe exhaustion lasting over six months and which doesn’t get better even after sleep.
--Periods of forgetfulness, memory loss, confusion, or difficulty concentrating
--Tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpits.
--Joint pain without redness or swelling.
--Unrefreshing sleep, or unable to fall asleep
--Fatigue lasting more than 24 hours after exercise.
--Fatigue that significantly disables a person’s ability to behave and function regularly at work, at home, and in social events.
--When minimal exercise intensifies other CFS symptoms.
--Sensitivity to sunlight.
What Can I Do Right Now to Better Cope with CFS?
Here are a few steps you can begin implementing in your life for coping with CFS:
Tip #1: If you suspect but are not 100% certain that you have CFS, locate a clinic that treats CFS and request a diagnostic test to determine if you have CFS.
Tip 2: Eat a well-balanced diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains. Try to eliminate as much as you can sugar and animal fat in your meals.
Tip #3: Exercise regularly everyday but do not over do it. Stay within your limits. How? If you cannot tolerate a whole hour of walking, jogging, or cycling without adverse consequences such as sleeping more than your usual, do less.
Tip #4: If you find yourself unable to sleep soundly, consider taking a safe natural remedy that treats insomnia.
Tip #5: If you feel depressed, discouraged, and even defeated because of chronic fatigue syndrome, consider taking a safe natural remedy that treats depression.
Tip #6: CFS patients suffer from a weak immune system. That is why they catch a cold or flu so easily. Supplement your diet with something that strengths your immune system.
Tip #7: Whenever you have time, educate yourself about CFS online and offline. Type in “chronic fatigue syndrome” in the search engine window and browse. The more you know about CFS, the better you’ll cope with this disease.
I personally have done battle with this enduring and merciless "beast." I can honestly confess that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an affliction not easily treated. I have learned a great deal through trials and errors what works and what doesn’t. Often I have wasted my hard-earned money on products that did nothing for me.
George Alarcon reveals at http://www.chronic-fatigue-aid.com his personal Chronic Fatigue story, how he fought and learned how to boost his energy level back to normal. He freely offers the suffering CFS patient a remarkably easy two-step formula for successfully fighting CFS. Under “More Help” at his site you’ll learn how to treat insomnia, depression, and a weak immune system

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title:Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Myth or Malady?
author:Anne Wolski
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It is only in recent years that the medical profession has come to commonly recognize the condition of chronic fatigue syndrome but people who are afflicted by the condition have been only too aware of the debilitating effects for years.
There are still many doctors who question the validity of chronic fatigue syndrome and, among doctors who do believe the condition exists, there is still fierce debate over whether its origins are of a physical or psychological nature. This lack of unity in medical circles leads to great confusion among the public. There are still a lot of people who believe that sufferers of this condition are nothing more than malingerers. For the sufferers of this disease, this creates added stress and confusion.
The sufferers of this condition experience continuous physical tiredness. In fact, one of the first symptoms is an overwhelming, incapacitating tiredness but this is only one aspect of the disease. This may be accompanied by aching muscles. This often affects the lifestyle of the sufferer so much that they are unable to work or to take part in social activities. For some, they become totally incapacitated.
It is quite common for a normally healthy person who generally leads an active life, to one day wake up with what they believe is a case of influenza characterized by a sore throat, swollen glands, headache and fever. He or she is too tired to even get out of bed. Obviously, the first thoughts are that they have the flu but, when weeks pass without the symptoms going away, it is a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome.
A lot of people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome also experience severe mental tiredness which may be related to emotional turmoil that arises either from the condition itself or from the frustration sufferers can feel because of the physical exhaustion.
One of the complications that accompany this disease is that of serious cognitive problems. Processing and retention of information can become very difficult, creating even more emotional problems for the sufferer. Often, the sufferer finds it difficult to engage in a conversation as they struggle to focus on the words or to process those words. This problem also extends to written word as the sufferer may have to read the same sentence several times in order to process its meaning.
Memory loss, particularly short-term memory loss is common among sufferers of this illness. Many describe not being able to remember people’s names or the names for common things. They may also find it difficult to contribute to a conversation as they often forget words or what they are actually saying.
In the past, many people with chronic fatigue syndrome were diagnosed as having myalgic encephalomyelitis. Encephalomyelitis is an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and that is not a characteristic of chronic fatigue syndrome so the diagnosis was incorrect. Sometimes, chronic fatigue syndrome is referred to as postviral fatigue syndrome as it often follows viral infections.
The real cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown. What is known is that it generally follows a viral infection or, more often, a series of infections.
It is important for the sufferer to follow a healthy diet in order for the recovery from this condition. It is also important to look after the health of the mind as well as the body. Time and rest are the only real treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome.
Copyright 2006 Anne Wolski
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Title:
Chronic Pain And A New Paradigm

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We often associate chronic pain with the back, but chronic pain can also be a daily reality for people dealing with diabetes, glaucoma, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, cancer and many other disease processes. For many, the primary choices for dealing with chronic pain appear to be either narcotic drugs or sheer will power. For others, changes in lifestyle including an improved diet, and appropriate nutritional supplementation, have brought not only the benefit of reduced pain but al...


Keywords:
Nutrition,pain,chronic,medication,alternative,holistic


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We often associate chronic pain with the back, but chronic pain can also be a daily reality for people dealing with diabetes, glaucoma, arthritis, Fibromyalgia, cancer and many other disease processes. For many, the primary choices for dealing with chronic pain appear to be either narcotic drugs or sheer will power. For others, changes in lifestyle including an improved diet, and appropriate nutritional supplementation, have brought not only the benefit of reduced pain but also improvements in quality of life.

Chronic pain is often associated with tissue damage and inflammation. Unfortunately this is sometimes easier said than diagnosed. Tissue damage can result from a disease process, repetitive stress, or cellular degradation brought on by an absence of quality nutrition and poor lifestyle. Because these effects can be more subtle than the results of an automobile accident it isn’t hard to see why some people dealing with chronic pain may go their entire life without ever knowing the exact source of their discomfort.

In this is understanding of a paradigm that has brought effective pain relief for many. Everything in the body is either made out of cells or made by cells. All cells are capable of regenerating over time. By focusing on what these cells need for proper structure and function, healthier tissues result from healthier cells leading to reduced inflammation, pressure from swollen tissues and a decrease or complete absence of pain.

What do cells need for healthy production? We have known that cells require protein, fats and water to for basic structure. Unfortunately the quality of these components is often poor in our modern diets. This is usually a good starting point for any person wishing to improve their diet. Most people have too much protein in their diets, the quality of the fat consumed is very poor and the water they drink is typically insufficient as well as poor in quality.

Would you buy a car if the dealer told you it was made from the lowest quality parts? Remember that you absolutely are what you eat. Our diets often reflect the diets of our parents, which reflect the diets of their parents. Unfortunately our lifestyles are completely different from a common lifestyle of two generations ago. Very few people today need to eat a massive meal before heading off to work. This is because almost none of us go from a meal to working an entire day at hard labor as many of our recent ancestors did. In addition to the quality of the foods you’re eating, be aware of portion sizes. When you create a burden for your body from a diet of too much food, fewer resources can be spent on other immune system and repair functions elsewhere in the body.

Cells also require carbohydrates for energy as well as vitamins, minerals, and a variety of other phytochemicals including a newly discovered class of carbohydrates, which are used not for energy, but rather as the basis for cellular communication. These are known as glyconutrients. If you’re missing any of these components, or if you are not providing them to your body from high-quality sources, the quality of your cells will reflect that. Improve the sources and you can improve the cells.

The body has an amazing capacity to restore, protect and defend itself from the effects of injury and disease. These processes occur at the cellular level and they require appropriate and sufficient nutritional support. Improvements in diet involve not only the intake of better foods but also the limitation, or elimination, of poor foods. In addition to this, quality nutritional supplementation can help ensure that every cell has the nutrients it needs without the increase of calories we would experience if we simply tried to eat more food in an effort to ingest more nutrients. These improvements are part of a process and the results are not always immediate, but if you begin to take the right steps today you have the same potential as anyone else for better days to come.


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Chronic Pain Relief:  An Overview

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Everyone will experience pain at some point in their lives.  Pain is a necessary form of protection against injuries, diseases, or conditions that would otherwise impair or even kill us.  Pain alerts us that something is wrong.   Pain can be either ‘acute’ or ‘chronic’ – the distinguishing characteristic between the two is their duration.


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Pain Relief, Arthritis Pain Relief, Back Pain Relief, Joint Pain Relief


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Everyone will experience pain at some point in their lives.  Pain is a necessary form of protection against injuries, diseases, or conditions that would otherwise impair or even kill us.  Pain alerts us that something is wrong.   Pain can be either ‘acute’ or ‘chronic’ – the distinguishing characteristic between the two is their duration. 

Acute pain usually occurs after a specific injury.  It appears quickly and is usually very intense – one example is the pain of a broken bone.  It subsides fairly quickly, particularly after treatment.  Chronic pain, on the other hand, seems to build up over time, and often cannot be connected to a particular injury or condition.  What chronic pain lasts in intensity, it makes up for in duration – sometimes persisting for decades.  Living with constant pain can be unbearable, and many forms of treatment attempt to offer sufferers some sort of chronic pain relief.

One of the most commonly prescribed therapy for chronic pain is medication, both prescription and over-the-counter.  While often effective in alleviating pain, these are eschewed by some because of their adverse side effects, which include nausea, dizziness, and fatigue.  Others are in search of a more natural form of chronic pain relief.

Exercise, stretching and physical therapy reduce chronic joint pain and muscle soreness and spasms by increasing strength, tone, and flexibility.   Exercise increases blood flow, eases joint stiffness, aids in weight loss, and counteracts the stress, anxiety, and depression that often comes from living with chronic pain.

Chiropractic, acupuncture and massage offer three alternative methods of chronic pain relief.  Though their methods differ, all of these have helped sufferers manage chronic pain. 

In the past few years, researchers have begun to turn their focus on the real source of pain – the brain.  Although an injury or wound may lie elsewhere on the body, signals of pain are intercepted, processed, and quite literally ‘felt’ by the brain.  Research findings indicate that a multidisciplinary approach to treating chronic pain – one that incorporates psychological as well as physical therapy – provides the most chronic pain relief.  Yoga, meditation, and even laughing clinics have proved effective treatments.


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Chronic Pain Syndrome And Chronic Pain Management And Treatment - Part I

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Chronic pain patients suffer from poor sleep quality and depressed mood rather than pain intensity, duration, or anxiety. Clinical Implications Chronic pain patients suffer from poorer quality of sleep than do healthy control subjects. Many people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of illness.


Keywords:
chronic, chronic syndrome, chronic management, chronic treatment


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Suffer From Chronic Pain

Each year tens of millions of Americans suffer from persistent pain known as chronic pain. Individuals with chronic pain are less able to function in daily life than those who do not suffer from chronic pain.

Chronic pain patients suffer from poor sleep quality and depressed mood rather than pain intensity, duration, or anxiety. Clinical Implications Chronic pain patients suffer from poorer quality of sleep than do healthy control subjects. Many people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of illness. Although more than one in five Americans live with chronic pain, women are more likely to suffer from chronic pain conditions than men. If you or a family member suffer from chronic pain, you know that the search for relief is an ongoing process. But some people suffer chronic pain in absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage. At least 25 percent of Americans suffer from back pain. One fourth of these individuals, back pain is chronic and unremitting.

Experience

If you're grappling with chronic pain, one of the earliest and most wrenching emotions you experience is a deep sense of loss. In fact, a number of people with SCI experience chronic pain in areas that otherwise have no sensation. Lascelles' experience, owners are usually more concerned about pain from surgery than pain associated with chronic conditions. The path to chronicity of pain is characterised by failed attempts to adjust and cope with an uncontrollable, frightening, and adverse experience.

Problem Of Chronic Pain

RSD or RSDS is a neurological problem and one of the symptoms is constant chronic burning pain. It is now appreciated that the phenomenon of wind-up is crucial to understanding the problem of chronic pain. Chronic pain in children is an important problem and more action is urgently required to overcome the embarrassing lack of data on childhood pain. Some believe that many factors work together to produce chronic pain, rather than a single disease or medical problem. The longer pain goes on the more susceptible it is to other influences and developing into a  problem.

Source From Injury

Some people develop chronic pain out of the blue, with no injury or illness to trigger pain signals. Once chronic pain that has been caused by an injury or surgery is managed, patient recovery may be faster. an injury, and chronic pain with no identifiable pain generator (e.g. The injury transformed her into one of millions of Americans tormented by chronic pain. In stark contrast to acute pain, persists beyond the amount of time that is normal for an injury to heal. In some cases this may stem from an injury incurred during an accident or an assault.

Stress

Managing stress and managing chronic pain go hand in hand. Stress Ask most chronic pain patients what their most significant source of stress is, and they will usually tell you that it is pain. Physical, psychological, and emotional stress may worsen chronic pain. Predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder symptom severity level in chronic low back pain patients.

Prevalence

Statistical analysis The prevalence of recent pain, chronic pain, and severely disabling chronic pain were summarised as percentages of respondents with 95% confidence intervals. Croft et al [11] found the prevalence of chronic pain to be slightly lower in postal survey non-responders. A small number of previous studies have sought to collect data on the prevalence of chronic pain from non-responders. The prevalence of severely disabling chronic pain in this sample was 3.0%.


Depression

This pattern has to be changed if depression, stress, and chronic pain itself are to be conquered. This is because the consequences of chronic pain and the symptoms of depression look very similar. Depression Persons with a chronic pain problem often show decreases in meaningful and enjoyable activities. Depression is often associated with chronic pain and may need to be treated as a separate, but related, condition. Living with chronic pain can lead to loss of appetite, depression, and exhaustion. The consequences of unrelieved chronic pain in this population, similar to others, include depression, decreased socialization and sleep disturbance. Influence of chronic pain on mood and psychosocial function, utilizing age-specific scales (e.g., geriatric depression scale). Nelson and Diane...and depression in patients with chronic pain was investigated. Counselling may also be of some help in addressing the depression which so often accompanies chronic pain or illness. Levels of anxiety, depression and self-rated health were described for respondents with severely disabling chronic pain and contrasted with respondents reporting no pain. Psychological therapy for anxiety and depression is helpful in managing the emotional consequences of chronic pain. This is not the case and if somebody has chronic pain and depression, 'you have to treat both', he says. Our research provides further evidence that chronic pain and depression are quite independent", Dr Clauw said. There are many factors that affect the development of chronic pain such as age, level of disability, depression, or the presence of nerve damage. Schatzberg suspects that the presence of chronic pain should be added to this list as a symptom for assessing depression.


Title:
Chronic Pain Syndrome And Chronic Pain Management And Treatment - Part II

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Chronic pain patients suffer from poor sleep quality and depressed mood rather than pain intensity, duration, or anxiety. Clinical Implications Chronic pain patients suffer from poorer quality of sleep than do healthy control subjects. Many people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of illness.


Keywords:
chronic, chronic syndrome, chronic management, chronic treatment


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This is not only true for chronic soft tissue type pain but also is reported in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (20). Examples of chronic nociceptive pain include pain from cancer or arthritis. This phenomenon, allodynia, is common in chronic degenerative arthritis, low back pain, and severe irritable bowel syndrome and interstitial cystitis. Common types of chronic pain include back pain, headaches, arthritis, cancer pain, and neuropathic pain, which ... This workshop is somewhat focused on arthritis, but is general enough that anyone experiencing chronic pain will gain new skills to deal with their pain. Although sometimes there's no explanation for chronic pain, it is often associated with a well-known, even common condition, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or migraine. This can include severe arthritis pain, severe lower back pain, severe neuropathic pain, chronic migraine, etc. Cats can experience chronic pain due to a number of conditions including arthritis, joint malfunction and back pain. neck aches, knee arthritis, knee arthritis, knee arthritis, knee arthritis, arthritis, arthritis, numbness, headaches, joint pain, severe headache, chronic arthritis, body achesLymphangioleiomyomatosis ...

Therapy

It is for this reason that physical therapy programs for chronic pain often provide training in home reconditioning exercises. Antidepressant therapy may be effective in relieving sleep complaints associated with chronic pain. Individuals treated at the Chronic Pain Centre work closely with an interdisciplinary team including psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and pharmacy. Intraspinal opioid therapy for chronic nonmalignant pain: Current practice and clinical guidelines. 2 Sufferers of chronic pain and chronic illnesses may benefit from counselling or therapy as part of their coping strategy. Opioid therapy for chronic nonmalignant pain. Patient chart for review of efficacy of therapy for chronic pain. Patient chart for initiation of therapy for chronic pain. Another fairly new type of therapy for chronic pain is magnetic stimulation. According to Dr.
Treatment

Comprehensive multidisciplinary treatment of chronic pain: a follow-up study of treated and non-treated groups. However, seldom do chronic pain patients with insomnia receive a behavioral treatment for insomnia. Money matters: A meta-analytic review of the association between financial compensation and the experience and treatment of chronic pain. Models of chronic pain management through denial are based on the proposition that chronic pain occurs as a consequence of compensation and inappropriate treatment. The treatment of psychological distress in patients with chronic neck pain after whiplash. Many people suffer with chronic pain, unaware that there are a variety of treatment options that can help them live more normal lives. If you have chronic pain, you should seek out information about these various treatment options. The treatment of chronic pediatric pain would benefit from the development and support of cooperative pediatric chronic pain research consortia. The good news is that safe and effective medical treatment for chronic pain is currently available. A major barrier to be overcome, however, is that chronic pain is often not viewed as a physical illness worthy of treatment. This is the first of a two-part article on chronic pain and its treatment. Ideally the treatment of chronic pain would be to prescribe effective pain medications. When pain persists in spite of medical treatment, as is the case in chronic pain syndromes, the issues become even more complex. The acupoints illustrated throughout this article are without question some of my favorite for the successful treatment of chronic pain. And problems such as constipation, nausea and anxiety that may accompany chronic pain or its treatment can be effectively treated.

Management

One of the problems with chronic pain management is that the brain habituates to pain-killing drugs, requiring higher and higher doses. The interdisciplinary team at the Chronic Pain Centre is made up of health care professionals who have expertise in the management of chronic pain. For all these reasons, it is extremely important that all Anesthesiologists recognize the frequency, consequences and management challenges of chronic pain in this population. The management of chronic pain in older persons. For example, assessment and management of chronic pain in children should be a mandatory part of pediatric residency. Both feature a wide range of links, tips and pain management strategies that will be of benefit to sufferers of Chronic Pain. There are a number of management strategies for chronic pain such as acupuncture, massage therapy and pain-killing medications. The management of chronic pain in older adults. The relative merit of systemic versus neuraxial opioid administration for chronic pain management was not addressed in the these guidelines. The Guidelines recognize that the management of chronic pain occurs within the broader context of health care, including psychosocial function and quality of life. Analyses of aggregate outcomes are essential to continuous quality improvement of chronic pain management in the clinical setting. In addition, research involving people with chronic pain has helped develop effective management approaches. Algorithm for the management of chronic pain. Management of chronic pain in children.




Care

A recent survey of primary care physicians (8) noted that only 15% enjoyed treating patients with chronic pain. The prevalence of borderline personality among primary care patients with chronic pain. care of yourself, chronic pain is different. Knowing what the causes are and being able to describe your symptoms to your health care team can help you manage chronic pain. To equip the qualified clinical practitioner with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement and run a primary care chronic pain control clinic. Tell the patient that chronic pain is a complicated problem and for successful rehabilitation, a team of health care providers is needed. Personal care plan for chronic pain. To raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain. Family care Chronic pain, like chemical dependency, affects the entire family. Involvement in the program's family groups increases understanding of chronic pain and addiction. Expert physician care is generally necessary to treat any pain that has become chronic.



Treat

Now, there's a way to treat chronic pain without pills but with the simple push of a button. Reimbursement policies should reflect the multidisciplinary complexity and efforts required to assess and treat children with chronic pain. Try not to rely on sedative or hypnotic medications to treat the fear many chronic patients show of activity or fear of increased pain. Interventional techniques refer to procedures that are performed in an attempt to diagnose and treat chronic pain.

Research

Research has shown that the chance of people with chronic pain becoming addicted to pain-relieving drugs is extremely small. ...my research with patients with chronic pain and other chronic illnesses in...enormous success. Targeted government and private funding for research in pediatric chronic pain should be augmented. Current research should soon yield ways of formulating and delivering NMDA receptor-blockers that will ease most chronic pain syndromes without causing such adverse effects. The research evidence is strongest for these patients regarding the risk factors for chronic pain. But for chronic pain, research has shown that they tend to make pain worse, causing the patient to need larger and larger doses. Of the little research done on chronic pain, researchers had previously focused on damaged nerve fibers as pain conduits.

System

With chronic pain, the pain signals keep firing up the nervous system for months, even years, either continually or as flare-ups. Recent animal studies have shown that remodeling within the central nervous system causes the physical pathogenesis of chronic pain. In chronic pain the nervous system may be sending a pain signal even though there is no ongoing tissue damage. Much of the identifiable findings in chronic pain patients will be referable to the peripheral nervous system.


title:Cialis – The Latest in ED Medicine
author:John M. Davidson
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2046.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Erectile Dysfunction is defined as the consistent inability to attain and maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. ED affects an estimated 189 million men worldwide. Experts believe that 80 percent to 90 percent of ED cases are related to a physical or medical condition, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and prostate cancer treatment, while 10 percent to 20 percent are due to psychological causes. In many cases, however, both psychological and physical factors contribute to the condition.
Lilly ICOS LLC, a joint venture between ICOS Corporation and Eli Lilly and Company, developed Cialis for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. ICOS Corporation, a biotechnology company headquartered in Bothell, Washington, is dedicated to bringing innovative therapeutics to patients. ICOS is working to develop treatments for serious unmet medical conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia, pulmonary arterial hypertension, cancer and inflammatory diseases.
When an erection goes limp, you have PDE5 to thank . Specialized penis tissue produces a substance called cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) in response to sexual stimulation. The more cGMP available, the more durable the erection. Cialis inhibits the PDE5 enzyme, preserving cGMP levels, therefore aiding erection viability and durability. Cialis (tadalafil), an oral treatment for erectile dysfunction, is a selective inhibitor of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-specific phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5). Tadalafil has the empirical formula C 22 H 19 N 3 O 4 representing a molecular weight of 389.41.
We all know that Cialis isn't the first oral treatment medicine for erectile dysfunction. It came after Viagra and Levitra. However both Viagra and Levitra works for up to 5-6 hours, while Cialis gives you 36 hours to enjoy sex. All three drugs should take about 30-40 minutes to take action. No longer does an erection or sexual activity have to be rushed. If you Expect to go to a Bar and meet a girl, you probably wouldn't want to take Viagra or Levitra and get a really hard erection after 40 minutes, because you don't know how things would go, Instead you can take Cialis before you go out, and you should be on the safe side of the erection, even if you decide to spend the night.
To conclude, Viagra and Levitra would probably be better to one certain sexual encounter with your wife, while Cialis is a better choice for a whole weekend of sex, or for a night at some pick-up bars, seeking random sex partners, without the certainty of Sex. For a comprehensive overview and comparison of all 3 drugs, as well as prices at selected pharmacies, you should visit www.compare-medicine.com.
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Title:
Cialis – The Most Reliable Impotency Drug

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Cialis is used to treat erectile dysfunction and to lighten up muscles and raises blood flow in specific body areas. The Eli Lilly ICOS LLC product, Cialis is more helpful than Viagra and provides immediate results. It is also used to increase sexual performance, encourage drive, and intensify toughness & overall resistance.


Keywords:
Cialis


Article Body:
Cialis is used to treat erectile dysfunction and to lighten up muscles and raises blood flow in specific body areas. The Eli Lilly ICOS LLC product, Cialis is more helpful than Viagra and provides immediate results. It is also used to increase sexual performance, encourage drive, and intensify toughness & overall resistance.

In the United States, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Cialis as the third impotency medication after Viagra (sildenafil)) and Levitra (vardenafil). It is also called the weekend pill because of its 36-hour effect. Currently, Cialis is going through Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension.

The common side effects linked to Cialis include headache, giddiness, indigestion, flushing, nasal diarrhea, and stuffiness. If these side-effects carry on or get worse, you must talk to your medical doctor directly. Don’t misuse the drug, and take the prescribed amount. Do not take Cialis in larger quantities.

You can take Cialis with or without food. Before taking Cialis, you must inform your doctor if you have heart disease, a recent history a heart attack, chest pain, blood pressure, liver problem, kidney disease, hemophilia, ulcer and peyronie disease. Limit your alcohol consumption, as it may intensify side effects of this medicine.

Cialis is normally taken only when required, just before sexual activity. Cialis can help you achieve an erection when sexual stimulation takes place. Don’t take cialis more than once a day. You make contact with your doctor if your erection is afflictive or lasts more than 4 hours. A prolonged erection can harm the penis.

Due to the presence of numerous websites on the Internet, it is very easy to purchase Cialis online. You can easily order Cialis online after finding a reliable place selling FDA approved drugs. Buying Cialis online is a simple, safe and reliable way, as it maintains proper security.

While you buy cialis online, it’s really important to confirm that you are buying genuine medication at genuine prices, as there are numerous sites selling counterfeit & false drugs online. You should buy Cialis from the genuine and reliable sites only. You should make some research on Internet before placing your order for Cialis online.


Title:
Cialis – The Weekend Pill

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Cialis is the best muscle relaxant that increases the blood flow to different parts of the body. Cialis is also used to treat erectile dysfunction or impotence. Due to its long duration action, it is often called ’36 hour pill’ or the ‘weekend pill.’


Keywords:
Cialis


Article Body:
Cialis is the best muscle relaxant that increases the blood flow to different parts of the body. Cialis is also used to treat erectile dysfunction or impotence. Due to its long duration action, it is often called ’36 hour pill’ or the ‘weekend pill.’

Cialis, a member of PDE5 enzyme inhibitors family, works by blocking up the enzyme that causes an erection to go flaccid. At present, Cialis is marketed in around 40 countries and is available thru prescription in pharmacies on five continents. Initially, Cialis was originated by Icos, a small biotechnology company in the United States. Icos has formed 50/50 joint venture with American Pharmaceutical Giant, Eli Lilly & company. The partnership is known as Lilly Icos .
Cialis is available only by prescription. The most common side effects associated with taking Cialis are headache, stomach upsetting, backache, muscle ache, dizziness, nausea, numbness, allergic reaction, difficulty in breathing; swelling on face, lips, tongue, or throat, tingling in chest, arms, neck, or jaw during sexual activity. The serious fallouts related with Cialis are chest pain, irregular heartbeat and vision changes. If any of these side effects occur, stop using Cialis, and do get emergency medical help, if you have sudden vision loss.
Remember that Cialis doesn’t protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. It is detrimental to take Cialis if someone is already taking nitrates, often recommended for chest pain, as this may result into a sudden or unsafe drop in blood pressure. Don’t drink alcohol in excess with Cialis, as this may raise the chances of dizziness or lowering of blood pressure.
Take Cialis as prescribed by the physician. Don’t take Cialis in larger quantities. Cialis should be taken with water, and it can be taken with or without food. Normally, Cialis is taken only when required, just before sexual practice. Cialis can help achieve an erection when sexual stimulation takes place. Avoid alcohol as it can raise side effects of Cialis. Don’t make use of any other impotency drug including alprostadil or yohimbine without discussing with the medical doctor.


Title:
Cigarette Smoking is Dangerous to Your Sexual health

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Lung cancer, emphysema, and heart failure are the distinguished effects of smoking. But smoking also brings negative effects on male and female sexual health.


Keywords:
sexual health, weight-loss


Article Body:
According to a 2006 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 22% of high school students in American smoke cigarettes everyday.   In fact, even if the study indicated that smoking had already declined over the last four years, the statistics still show that one in five Americans still smoke cigarettes.  A 2005 study revealed that more than 20% of adults in the United States are smokers.  While smoking rates among high school students have been on a decline since 1997, the rate of teenagers who smoke is equal to, and in some cases, higher than that of adults. The younger the individuals start smoking, the more likely that they will continue smoke as an adult.  Given these figures, it is not surprising that smoking is the leading cause of premature deaths in the United States. 

The question is still begging to be asked:  Why do teens smoke?  Is it because of the influence of media or because they get the habit from adults who smoke?  Studies show that many teenagers smoke because they were simply curious about how it would taste or feel like.  Others said that they thought that smoking was a good method to achieve weight-loss.  Even if the warnings plastered on the cigarette box clearly says that, “Smoking is dangerous to your health,” this has not stopped teens from experimenting or taking up the habit of cigarette use. 

Medical evidence suggest that cigarette smoking causes an increase in the body's metabolic rate and may suppress appetite.  But it is important to note that smoking tends to dull the taste buds, which, after all, may be the reason for the “loss of appetite.”   This argument is somehow supported by cases of people who gained weight after they stopped smoking.  Since their taste buds had already regained their functionality, the former smokers enjoyed their meals more and eventually gained some weigh.

Non-smokers may have found a way to kick the habit but for thousands if not millions of smokers around the world --- doing away with the stick is still an on-going struggle.  The addiction of smokers to the deadly chemical called nicotine makes it hard for them to stop smoking. Nicotine dependence occurs when the chemicals and other cigarette substances reach the brain and activates the pleasure cells, producing mood-altering effects that give smokers short-term pleasure.

The short-term pleasure of smoking somehow negates the clear message that long-term use of cigarettes could possibly lead to lung cancer, emphysema, and heart failure. Studies also show that smoking has adverse effects on male and female sexual health.  A number of studies show that smoking is related to the difficulty getting and maintaining an erection. Many toxins present in cigarettes especially carbon monoxide, can damage the circulatory system, which hinders the flow of blood in the penis which is necessary for erection. In addition, smoking is one of the major causes of erectile dysfunction. A study published in the Journal of Urology in 2000 found out that 68% of men with high blood pressure aged 40-79 experienced erectile dysfunction.  At least 45% of these cases were considered severe sexual ailments. High blood pressure in men may lead to low testosterone levels, which is a male hormone that plays a crucial role in the sexual arousal. Low testosterone levels lead to decreased arousal and sexual performance. Toxins found in cigarettes may also harm the testes. Smoking may affect the semen and the sperm, reducing their mobility and quality. Men who smoke tend to have lower sperm counts and malformed sperms than their non-smoking counterparts.

Many substance founds in cigarettes may harm the ovaries, studies show that women who smoke or have smoked in the past may encounter difficulties getting pregnant with the chances of conceiving being  decreased by up to 40% for each menstrual cycle. The longer a woman smokes, the more difficult it would be for her to get pregnant. The effects of smoking on sexual health have been taken for granted since the focus of previous studies have been on the ill effects of smoking on the cardiovascular system. Understanding the adverse effects of smoking on one's sexual health may become a motivation for many to quit smoking. Joining a program that helps people quit smoking; and consulting a doctor about medications that reduce the craving to smoke may also help. Others succeed by using alternative methods like hypnosis. Although it may be a very hard habit to break, quitting smoking is one of the best things people can do to improve their sex lives and their over-all health.


Title:
Cinderella and the Happily Ever

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464

Summary:
And they had a life together Happily Ever After… so the  legend ends, but Cinderella  discovered that  life wasn’t  quite the way it had seemed when her  handsome Prince had tried the missing shoe. Oh no, once they were in the carriage the Prince had shown his bad temper and rejected the idea of making love. Cinderella battled for her dream of a sexy night and been rejected firmly.


Keywords:
Generic Viagra, Generic Cialis, Levitra, Viagra, Cialis


Article Body:
And they had a life together Happily Ever After… so the  legend ends, but Cinderella  discovered that  life wasn’t  quite the way it had seemed when her  handsome Prince had tried the missing shoe. Oh no, once they were in the carriage the Prince had shown his bad temper and rejected the idea of making love. Cinderella battled for her dream of a sexy night and been rejected firmly.
This was not the Prince she had found in the Ball, full of passionate words and saucy insinuations (this part is  usually left out of the children’s  books). She felt  abandon and upset, but Cinderella was intelligent and she prepared a plan to identify what was  incorrect and to  buy a supporter - when you  live in a fairytale, there are always intelligent old women on hand to support the “victims” in a  crisis.
She  set off to the witch on the hill and required if she could investigate her crystal ball and see the  mysterious  special situation that was  being lived by the Prince. The old hag looked her up and down. “I don?t  necessitate my crystal ball, dear,” she  yelled. “He’s  a governor, he’s just  got a new relationship and has now taken on the responsibilities of ruling a country… do you think he may be feeling a little  worried by all the  task?”
“Well clarify it, he did get a little  maniac when I asked if I could support him – perhaps I made him feel a bit  inapt,” for Cinderella was a rather  intelligent woman and not unaware of how some men  acted when  loved a beautiful  wife who is also  intelligent.
“Hmmm” said the  hag, “Chrystal ball  indeed the  boy just need to take his time before rushing off and taking up the time of us honest doctors professionals,” she said stroking her wart (a professional  tool that she had spent many years cultivating).
“I  believe you want me to  magic up cure now?”
“ In reality, yes,” admitted Cinderella. Why not?
And out of her big  bonnet the magician pulled a  bottle of generic Viagra (she was nothing if not a  pleasant witch) and then a  box of generic cialis. She  grinned knowingly, “ Sometimes,  the supernatural is just not enough, but generic Viagra will do you just as well. Or generic cialis, if you  choose a longer-lasting  solution to erectile dysfunction caused by stress.”
Cinderella took quickly the medicines and kissed the  witch. She  ran off to the  castle to greet her Prince and to  aid him through his difficult time of adjustment with a gift of generic viagra.
He was  unbelieving but agreed to  take them and finally Cinderella was rewarded with her happily  sexy romance, and after, and after, and after, and after, and after…


Title:
Cinnamon As Spice And Alternative Medicine

Word Count:
506

Summary:
While cinnamon can give many health benefits and improve overall well-being. Cinnamon oil is also important in strengthening the immune system, its scent is used to treat early stages of cold and fever. Advice of medical specialists should be considered before trying cinnamon supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. Because side effects and interaction with other drugs may take place.


Keywords:
arthritis, stress and anxiety, diet, arthritis


Article Body:
Cinnamon is widely used both in the food and pharmaceutical industry because of its antiseptic properties. The cinnamon bark oil is used as a flavoring for digestive aids, liniments, and oral care products. It is also used in many perfumes, soaps, and lotions. In addition, cinnamon leaf oil is used in the food industry as flavorings to candies, sauces, and pastries. The commonly used ingredient is actually the soft, inner bark of the cinnamon tree.

This spice is now being heralded as the latest in the long line of herbal medicine wonders?  According to research findings, one teaspoon of cinnamon contains 28 milligrams of calcium, one milligram of iron, fiber, and vitamins C, K, and manganese.

The use of cinnamon dates back in Chinese medicine to 2800 BC, and is known as “kwai” in the Chinese language. Ancient Egyptians used it in the embalming process of corpses because of its fragrance. Medieval physicians used this spice to treat coughs, hoarseness, sore throats, and other types of infections. Cinnamon also has antibacterial and inflammatory properties that help reduce joint and muscle pain, especially the discomforts associated with arthritis.

Many health specialists advice diabetics to take daily dose of cinnamon to regulate blood sugar levels. It can also benefit one's health by improving the body's digestive system and relieve many stomach discomforts.

In aromatherapy, cinnamon oil is used to stimulate and warm the senses, restore vigor, and treat stress and anxiety. Cinnamon oil is also important in strengthening the immune system because its scent is said to treat early stages of cold and fever. The oil of cinnamon is also used as a physical and emotional stimulant, with many believing that it can actually enhance one's libido.

Medical research also indicates that the scent of cinnamon may reduce drowsiness, irritability, pain, and frequent migraines. In some studies, the essential oil provides relief to tight muscles, ease painful joints, and relieve menstrual cramps in women. Cinnamon also increases the action of enzymes that break down the food in the body and help improve one's metabolism.

Here are the other health benefits of Cinnamon:

· Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon included in a daily diet can lower cholesterol.

· Cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with diabetes.
· Cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
· A study released by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland showed that  cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
· It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
· When added to food, it prevents bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
· Smelling cinnamon may boost cognitive function and memory.
· Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.

Indeed, cinnamon has many benefits that can be used to improve one's health and well-being.  If taken together with a balanced, healthy diet and plenty of exercise --- one can bring back the spice of life that everyone longs for.


Title:
Cinnamon: For Spice and Good Health

Word Count:
548

Summary:
Many health experts claim that a dash of cinnamon can be a way to add flavor to many dishes and at the same time improve one's health in many ways. Cinnamon has been used for traditional medicine for centuries, and is known for its remedial qualities


Keywords:
infection, diet, arthritis


Article Body:
The aromatic scent of cinnamon is powerful because it makes many people feel warm and fuzzy.  The health benefits of cinnamon have taken the backseat in favor of its spice properties. Many health experts claim that a dash of cinnamon can be a way to add flavor to many dishes and at the same time improve one's health in many ways.  For centuries, cinnamon has been used for traditional medicine and other therapeutic purposes. Many studies have supported the ancient health claims of this spice. Cinnamon is most known to medical experts because of its ability to fight fungal infections, prevent ulcers, treat tooth decay and gum disease, and alleviate gum disease. 

Recent studies show that cinnamon can be used as an alternative medicine for heart health. Before stating the connection between heart health and cinnamon, the causes of heart disease should be tackled. The common causes of heart disease are:

· Tobacco smoke – Cigarette smoking is one of the major risk factor for cardiac death in patients with coronary heart disease. People who smoke cigars or cigarettes have increased risk of acquiring coronary heart ailments.

· High cholesterol levels – As one's cholesterol levels rises, so does the risk of heart disease. Age, sex, and diet are some of the factors that determine one's cholesterol level.

· Lack of physical activity – Physical inactivity is one of the the major factors for developing heart disease. Heart disease is characterized by deposits of fatty substance, cholesterol, and other substances that may block the lining of the arteries that supply blood to the heart.

· Obesity and excess weight – Excess weight increases the work load of the heart and raises the blood pressure and cholesterol level. As this happens, the risk of heart disease heightens.


In addition to this factors, an individual's response to stress can be a contributing factor. Some health specialists have noted the relationship between coronary heart disease and stressful lifestyle. For example, stressed people may start to smoke. Drinking too much alcohol can cause heart failure and eventually lead to stroke. It can contribute to obesity, alcoholism, and accidents. 



Cinnamon can be used as an alternative to treat heart disease. This spice supports healthy blood sugar levels and also improve cholesterol levels. Cinnamon can reduce diabetes because an active molecule in cinnamon called proanthricyanidin. This molecule functions by activating insulin receptors within the cell, therefore facilitating the cell to use glucose for energy. Therefore lowering glucose and lipid workers. Cholesterol and diabetes are the common risk factors for heart disease.

In addition, cinnamon has antibacterial-inflammatory attribute that can reduce joint and muscle pain, especially the ones associated with arthritis. Many studies show that diabetics should take daily dose cinnamon may regulate blood sugar levels. Cinnamon can also benefit one's health by improving the body's circulation. It also improves the digestive system and relieve many stomach discomforts. Studies add that a daily dose of cinnamon may relieve pains associated with their menstrual cycle.

While cinnamon can give many health benefits and improve overall well-being. The best options are taking cinnamon supplements or eating half a teaspoon of cinnamon than what individuals normally eat. Lastly, advice of medical specialists should be considered before trying cinnamon supplements and other forms of alternative medicine. Because side effects and interaction with other drugs may take place.


title:Circadian Rhythms Can Save A Marriage
author:Cameron Elliott
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4436.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Every list of tips and every piece of advice Mick found on sleeping better mentioned something along the lines of having “good sleep hygiene:” having a regular bedtime and getting up at the same time every morning. Supposedly, the tips argued, this keeps your body in its natural sleep cycle, based on circadian rhythms.
An accountant, Mick didn’t believe it for a second. He was a busy man, often crunching numbers late into the night. Exhausted all week, he sleeps all weekend. Sure, nights when he didn’t have to work late Mick could sleep until 3 or 4, and he rarely wanted to get out of bed in the mornings. But Mick wasn’t concerned. It was his system, and he liked it.
Bridget, Mick’s wife, was of a different mind on the subject. Bridget often argued with her husband about his bizarre sleeping patterns. It eventually got so bad that Bridget threatened to leave Mick. In a last ditch effort to save his marriage, Mick agreed to start sleeping a normal schedule.
The couple had a tough time at first. Mick tossed and turned all night and kept Bridget up. As an elementary school teacher, she had to get up extra early. They were deeply in love and committed to making the marriage work out, so they were willing to wait things out.
And, eventually, things got easier. Mick actually began falling asleep at 11pm, and rising easily with his wife the following morning at 7:30am. Mick was a changed man, full of vigor. He crunched numbers like no one else, creating budgets unlike anyone had ever seen, tax returns that were works of art.
Mick was at last listening to his body. Instead of chugging down pots of coffee to stay awake all night, he was going to bed when he felt tired. Circadian rhythms, the very thing Mick so quickly dismissed as quackery, keeps his body regulated and in harmony with environmental changes like light and dark. Mick now had a regular sleep schedule, now had good sleep hygiene. And his circadian rhythm, his body’s internal clock, was able to stay in time.
Things are going pretty good for Mick and Bridget, and it’s all thanks to our body’s natural circadian rhythms.
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Title:
Circadian Rhythms Disorders and Sleep Phase Syndrome

Word Count:
866

Summary:
Some people tend to sleep early and wake up early in the morning and some cannot sleep early and as a consequence, wakes up late. These and other sleep-related problems are manifestations of a malfunctioning biological circadian clock and characterize several forms of Circadian Rhythm Disorder.


Keywords:
Circadian rhythms disorders, jet lag, insomnia, sleep phase, sleep disorders, 24 hr cycle, sleeping problem.


Article Body:
Sleep forms part of human’s biological need to rest. As a person sleeps, the various physiological processes of a human body figuratively put into an apparent arrest and some parts of our system that were mostly exploited can be replenished for future use.

However, imagine a system so disrupted that our normal scheduling for sleeping and waking is totally altered. Some people tend to sleep early and wake up early in the morning and some cannot sleep early and as a consequence, wakes up late.

These and other sleep-related problems are manifestations of a malfunctioning biological circadian clock and characterize several forms of Circadian Rhythm Syndrome. Circadian activity is a unique by 24-hour period or cycles in which our body is physically patterned. 

24-hour vs. 25-hour cycle

Earth rotates around the sun in a 24-hour cycle, so as our body functions in this 24-hour time schedule. All living organisms charismatically subscribe to this cyclic resting and activity patterns so that their body could function in sync with the environment in which they live.

Although humans externally operate under a 24-hour environment, research found that our body clocks evidently works significantly different than what we see in the environment.

It shows that the human body closely behaves as if it were under a 25-hour environment. Convincingly, humans’ reluctance to wake up at a required time and sleeping late at night probably explains this theory.

To compensate for this discrepancy, the body uses time “cues” to effectively counter-manage this asynchronous rhythmical. Setting an alarm helps us wake up at a designated time of the day and allows us to function as if it were under the 24-hour rhythmic schedule.

Dark vs. Light

Light and temperature provides the determining factor by which the body responds to the 24-hour activity period. The presence or absence of light mainly affects the part of the brain, which paces your bodily activities.

It was understood that the fundamental locus or location of our biological clock is the brain specifically in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus.

In complex animals like humans, hypothalamus forms part of the autonomous nervous system, which in part, controls the functions of organs that are not voluntarily controlled, hence involuntary. Involuntary, meaning, they are not governed by conscious will to act. These include breathing, heartbeat and intestinal digestion.

Eyes, Light and SCN

One interesting point to make is that the location of SCN is just above the optic chiasma (cross). Optic chiasma can is described as a location where optic nerve fibers meet and cross (chiasma-cross).

It is fitting to say that; the perception of light through the opening in the eyes triggers the wake/sleep patterns in humans since this is one way the organism receives such physical message.

As retina (a portion of the eye where initial image of an object is stored) traps light rays, an optic fiber relays the image to the brain via characteristic electrical pulses.

This unique sensory impulse is carried along the optic fibers to the occipital lobe (rear part) of the brain and is perceived as images. The proximity of the optic chiasma to the SCN perhaps provides the opportunity for the hypothalamus to “sense” the referred electrical impulses.

Forms of Circadian Rhythms Syndrome/Disorders

Circadian Rhythm defects can come many distinct forms depending on the amount and timing of waking up and sleeping. Others, as in the case of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), result in the changes in the length of day and night.

People who tend to sleep at a later time of the day and wake up late as well are said to be exhibiting Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS). These people tend to develop insomnia, an abnormal inability to take adequate amount of sleep due to not being able to sleep at the right time of the night.

Still, other people, especially the elderly, are more likely to sleep early around 7:00 PM and consequently wake up early around 1:00 AM or 2:00 AM. This is a symptom of disrupted natural biological rhythms known as Familial Advanced Sleep-Phase Syndrome (FASPS).

The amount of a substance called melatonin is also perceived as a motivating factor in sleep-related disorders in humans. In a study among vertebrate mammals, melatonin is secreted in response to the absence of light.

This means more melatonin is secreted in the period of darkness and less in the presence of light. It presupposes the idea that melatonin is related to the 24-hour sleep/wake cycle of every human being.

Recommendations

With the knowledge gained in the preceding discussion, it can be assumed that the presence and absence of light affects our sleeping/waking schedule. With these in mind, keep yourself committed to your schedule to rest and sleep and set aside things, which are not really important.

Keep your room as dark and gloomy as possible, to make it easy for you to sleep. Colorful objects stimulate your senses and disrupt sleep. Keep it ventilated and air-conditioned.

Studies show that as we sleep, our body temperature drops and allows the neurotransmitter melatonin to be produced at a rapid pace.

Keep those things in mind and do not forget to seek medical help should your condition progresses.


Title:
Circadian Rhythm Disorders, Quality Sleep, and Overall Health

Word Count:
541

Summary:
The article is about the importance of sleep and Circadian Rhythm Disorders (CRD). This disorder may lessen one's quality of sleep and hamper the production of certain hormones and neurotransmitters. In addition to these ill-effects, such disruptions in one's circadian rhythms may cause an increase in one's blood pressure and cause many physical damage.


Keywords:
fatigue, insomnia, treatment


Article Body:
Adequate sleep is essential to one's overall health. The body needs sleep to rest both the mind and body and restore energy. Sleep is also the time where the body repairs itself—through sleep, the cells and tissues that has been damaged repairs it self. In addition to these health benefits, the body boosts and builds up the immune system through sleep. The immune system may experience breakdown and result to different ailments that would require medication and extended recovery times. Medical studies show that sleep seems to help recharge the immune system. However, there are many factors that may hinder individuals to have adequate sleep and therefore further hamper health developments. Disruptions on one's circadian rhythm is one factor that may hinder quality of sleep.

Circadian Rhythm Disorders (CRD) are disruptions in a person's circadian rhythm—a name given to the human body's internal body clock. This body clock regulates the 24-hour cycle of biological processes in animals and plants. The circadian “clock” in humans is located in the brain and are significant in determining one's sleeping patterns. Disruptions of the circadian rhythm may result in getting poor and insufficient sleep. One disruption in natural sleep conditions is night work or non-standard shifts. Working in the evening require a delay in the body's sleeping time of as much as three to 12 hours. Because the human body is programmed to sleep at night, changing one's sleeping time will not automatically produce a change in body temperature or other functions needed like body coordination and immune responses.

Another factor that may disrupt sleep and hamper one's sleeping patterns is a condition called jet lag. It a condition that is marked by fatigue, insomnia, and irritability that is caused by changing time zones when traveling by air. When travelers pass from one time zone to another, they may suffer from disrupted circadian rhythms. This may cause the traveler's circadian clock to be mixed up with a new external environment. People who experience jet lag may have difficulties in maintaining their regular sleep-awake pattern in their new location. This happens because external stimuli like sunlight and location programs and dictates a new pattern. 

Although generally linked to sleep pattern of human beings, the circadian rhythm also has a direct influence on one's blood pressure, and the body's production of hormones and neurotransmitters. It works together with these internal factors to tell the body of several things like sleeping time and wake up time. These factors is warning that such disruptions in one's circadian rhythms should never be taken for granted.

Because modern technology and medicine CRD can be treated based on the kind of disorder that is present. Treatments vary depending on the demands of lifestyles of certain individuals. Therapies are usually combined with sleep hygiene techniques to promote proper sleep from CRD. Chronotherapy and bright light therapy are two methods that are used to treat this disorder. Chronotherapy is a behavioral technique where one's bedtime is gradually and systematically adjusted until a specific bedtime is achieved. Bright light therapy on the other hand is designed to reset an individual's circadian rhythm to a desired pattern. When properly utilized, these therapies may produce essential results in eliminating CRD and improve one's quality of sleep.


Title:
Circuit Training: Get Fit Without Spending Too Much Time and Money

Word Count:
633

Summary:
Some individuals who want to stay fit do not have the luxury to spend time doing workouts. In addition they do not have the resources to pay for gym membership and buy necessary equipments. Individuals who are faced with this dilemma may engage in circuit training program for their health goals.


Keywords:
stress, metabolism, diet


Article Body:
The high-tech, high speed nature of 21st Century living has made exercise and other physical activities that promote health and longevity a rarity. In a more accurate sense, it can be said that physical fitness is commonly pushed down below a long list of daily priorities at work and in school.


Due to their hectic schedules, many people are now seeking ways to improve their physique, develop their muscles, and eliminate stress without consuming too much time. An alternative to workout without spending too much time is engaging in a training program called circuit training. This kind of training keeps aims to push the body aerobically and challenge strength. An example of circuit training may include about five minutes of jumping rope followed by push-ups and ab exercises.


Circuit training is an efficient and effective form of conditioning training that works well for improving strength, physique, endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Because of the versatility of this kind of training, it has become popular to busy individuals who want to improve their health. It is also developed by athletes who want to maintain their fitness level and prepare the body for more vigorous and stressful training. Circuit training may improve metabolism because of constant movement. In addition to these health benefits, if circuit exercises are done hurriedly which enables individuals to spend less time working out. However, this type of program alone may not burn enough calories to promote significant weight-loss. Like other workout programs circuit training has advantages and disadvantages.


Advantages of circuit training may include the following:


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      Develop strength and endurance
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      Ideal form of training for many kinds of sports
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      Can be adjusted for appropriate age, fitness, and health of individuals


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      Exercises are simple enough to make individuals feel a sense of achievement in completing them
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      A wide range of exercises are available that will suit an person's preference


Disadvantages of circuit training may include the following:


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      Many exercises require equipments (dumbbells, barbels, etc.)
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      Ample space is required to perform circuit exercises
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      Use of some equipments require appropriate health and safety monitoring



To save space and perform exercises effectively, those who want to engage in circuit training may include the use of fitness balls in their training. A fitness ball, also known as Pilates ball, stability ball, Swiss ball, and gym ball is made of elastic rubber which usually has a diameter of 14 to 34 inches. While typical exercises are done directly on a flat surface, a fitness ball may provide instability that may promote tension to targeted muscle parts. These muscles can gain strength as they try to maintain balance. With frequent circuit training with a fitness ball, these muscles may become stronger and gain mass in a short period.


Guidelines for circuit training for general health may include the following:


Load Variable

Number of exercises eight to 12

Time per station 30 – 90 seconds

Number of circuits per session one to three

Rest interval between sets 30 – 90

Rest interval between circuits two to three minutes

Speed of execution medium to fast

Frequency two to three times a week



Many people who want to improve their health do not realize the value of circuit training. This exercise program is essential in improving the health of individuals who do not have time to go to the gym and do not have the resources to purchase often expensive exercise equipment. Exercises like push-ups, pull-ups, squat thrusts, and abdominal crunches do not require equipment. People may buy cheap dumbbells and jump ropes to improve their circuit training program.


Before engaging in circuit training and other physical activities, individuals are encouraged to seek the advice of doctors and other health specialists. They may devise an exercise programs and diets that are appropriate for their health needs. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of physical activities may lead to improved overall health.


Title:
Circuit Training: The Best Workout for Today's Busy Lifestyle

Word Count:
521

Summary:
Because present-day active and busy lifestyle, many individuals do not have the time to include workouts and nutritious diets in their daily lives. Because of this, countless individuals are seeking ways to improve their health. Circuit training is an exercise program that can perform without consuming too much time.


Keywords:
stress, metabolism, infection, diet


Article Body:
Everyone knows the value of exercise and other physical activities to one's health. Unfortunately, many modern day individuals are preoccupied with the ever-increasing demands of work, family, and other important matters that they have no time to include exercise in their schedules. Countless individuals are seeking ways to improve their physique, develop their muscles, and eliminate stress without consuming too much time.

A great way to improve one's health and physique is by doing a workout program called “circuit training.” This kind of training program involves moving from one strength training routine to another, in a specified amount of time, with the goal of working the major muscle groups in the upper body, lower body, and core. Individuals who want to try this program should remember that no two consecutive exercises should target the same muscle group. During circuit training, individuals usually perform exercises in about 20 to 30 seconds with a 30 second recovery between each exercise. Three to five sets of exercises are done with a three minute recovery between each set.

Circuit training may improve strength, muscle endurance, and metabolism because of constant movement. In addition to these health benefits, if circuit exercises are done at speed, some benefits of aerobic exercises can be achieved as well. However, this type of program alone may not burn enough calories to promote significant weight-loss. This exercise program, like other workout programs, have advantages and disadvantages.

The advantages of circuit training includes:

Development of strength and endurance
Ideal form of training for many kinds of sports
Can be adjusted for appropriate age, fitness, and health of individuals
Exercises are simple enough to make individuals feel a sense of achievement in completing them
A wide range of exercises are available that will suit an person's preference

Disadvantages of circuit training may include the following:

Many exercises require equipment (dumbbells, barbels, exercise ball, etc)
Ample space is required to perform circuit exercises
Use of some equipment require appropriate health and safety monitoring

Just like other exercise programs, circuit training should be done properly and in moderation to achieve improved health. Some people are in such a hurry to improve their health that they tend over-train. Over-training should be avoided because too much or too intense physical activity may take its toll on the body. This happens because the body literally undergoes “wear and tear” during training. To build muscles and improve the body, it needs to rest to attain normal development. Medical studies show that over-training may cause fatigue and cause respiratory infection. In addition to these ailments, men who over-train may experience a decline in sperm quality and production. This happens because intense physical activities may reduce the level of the hormones in the bloodstream that affects the sperm. Normal sperm production and quality may return to normal after two to three days of rest.

Before beginning circuit training and other physical activities, individuals are encouraged to seek the advice of doctors and other health specialists. They may devise an exercise program and diet that are appropriate for one's health needs. Understanding the advantages and disadvantages of physical activities may lead to improved overall health.


Title:
Circulation of Counterfeit Drugs

Word Count:
629

Summary:
Counterfeit drugs have successfully penetrated the local market. In lieu of this morbid scenario, it is imperative that access to safe and effective medications be made available to the general public with the help of proper authorities.


Keywords:
stress and anxiety, anxiety


Article Body:
Tim Fagan is a 16-year-old boy who had been rushed to New York University Medical Center for an emergency liver transplant in February of 2004.   Daily injections of Epogen, a medication for the treatment of severe anemia, was given Fagan.  However, there was no improvement in his red blood cell count.  Moreover, the teen-ager would always complain of severe and painful muscle cramps everytime an injection was administered.   Doctors were left in a quandary as to why the medication was not working.   It took almost two months before the news broke out that the medication being adminitered was a counterfeit. 
This wasn't a case of a drug that was bought from a local drugstore but from a major natonal pharmacy chain.  Something happened somewhere after the drug left the manufacturing company and before it's arrival at the pharmacy.  Some unscrupulous moneymakers had taken the low-dose vials of Epogen which cost $22 and relabeled them as high-dose versions to be sold at $455.  About 110,000 fake vials made it to the market netting the counterfeiters a whopping $48 million.
You could only imagine the great danger this malpractice had posed in the health condition and life of Tim as well as the stress and anxiety experienced by the boy's parents upon learning of the situation.
Inspite of the Food and Drug Administration's assurance that the country's pharmaceutical drug supply is the safest in the world, the increase in the incidents of fake drug seizures and apprehensions has resulted in heightened anxiety and distrust among consumers regarding the safety and genuineness of medicines being sold in the pharmacy.
Some of the fake drugs in circulation are used in the treatment of HIV, Schizophrenia and Anemia.  Serostim, a drug that has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of AIDS-related wasting syndrome and weight loss, has been found in two pharmacies in California to be counterfeit in 2001. 
In the case of schizophrenia, a drug called Zyprexa has been found to be counterfeit in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Genuine pills were replaced with white tablets which are actually aspirins.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder where a person exhibits a deteriorated perception or expression of reality usually manifested through auditory hallucinations, paranoia, bizarre delusions and disorganized speech, reasoning and behavior in the context of social or occupational dysfunction.

Zyprexa is a brand name for a prescription medicine that is approved by the FDA for treating symptoms of schizophrenia, acute mixed or manic episodes of bipolar I disorder and for maintenance treatment in bipolar disorder.
Aside from Epogen, Procrit, a widely prescribed drug used to treat anemia in patients with kidney damage and in cancer patients whose lack of red blood cells results from chemotherapy, are found to have counterfeit versions nationwide.   Levels of the active ingredient in two treatments were discovered to be 20 times lower than what was actually written on the label.
These are only few of the counterfeit prescription medicines that have been discovered by the authorities.  Investigators believe that the worldwide growth of counterfeit and adulterated drug cases in the past decades can be attributed to the increase in sophisticated forged labels, the increase in numbers of small wholesalers buying and reselling medications, and the increasing number of expensive medications that can give forgers large profits.
Manufacturers may not be blamed for the things that happen when the medicines leave their warehouses.  Not much has been written on the mortality connected with these deceptive and murderous trade of counterfeit medicines but  the danger it poses in the lives of people who are already ill cannot be undermined.  In lieu of this morbid scenario, it is imperative that access to safe and effective medications be made available to the general public with the help of proper authorities.


Title:
Citas a Ciegas

Word Count:
604

Summary:
Salir en una cita a ciega puede ser una experiencia inolvidable. Inolvidable como positiva o negativa, aquí te contare un poco de mi experiencia.


Keywords:
sociedad,relaciones,encuentro,citas,amor,dating,relationships,love,society,blind date,relations,going out


Article Body:
Para todo aquel que busque encontrar su alma gemela, media naranja, amor, enamorarse, un compañero de emociones o como quieras llamarlo es algo difícil de encontrar. Para algunos desde ya no es algo complicado, les ha pasado a los 15 años, 18, 22, en fin ya comparten el día y la mayor parte de sus vidas con alguien desde hace mucho. A otros, sin embargo les es más complicado y duro de encontrar.

La experiencia de las citas a ciegas es algo inolvidable, bueno o malo puede ser interesante. Como dicen, la experiencia es cuando no encuentras lo que buscas. Sin embargo hay casos en que esta experiencia se vuelve en lo que uno busca.

Si eres de aquellos que creen en que un amigo, familia o alguien que te conoce puede llegar a tener a alguien con el cual encuentres lo que buscas, la pregunta es ¿Por qué no probar?

En mi caso personal, experimente varias citas a ciegas y amigas mías también lo hicieron. Algunas fueron sorprendentes, en el sentido de buenas y otras de malas. Es como un juego de ruleta una pequeña probabilidad en muchas de que salgas feliz o que algo interesante salga de ello.

Una amiga de mi mama quiso que conozca al hermano de su nuera. Cuando llegue al lugar de la cita y lo vi, rápidamente me di cuenta de que no era para mi pero quizás podía pasar un buen rato. El chico, trajo consigo un poema que había escrito y quería decírmelo.  Era una situación muy rara e incomoda ya que el y yo no concordábamos en nada y no teníamos nada que ver. El problema era que la amiga de mi mama no me conocía tanto, y creía que si. Es por eso que la cita no funciono.

En el caso de mi hermana, al mudarse a un país nuevo la única forma de conocer gente y chicos era por medio de citas. Lo gracioso de la historia es que la señora de la lavandería le propuso salir con su hijo y ella acepto. Al llegar a la cita el chico tenía labio leporino y era nada atractivo en su aspecto. Mi hermana no podía disimular no mirar a su labio y en el medio de la cita encontró a otro chico en la mesa de enfrente que le gusto.

Mi amigo, que es gay y yo salimos hace unas semanas a una fiesta con una amiga mía. Los dos se hicieron amigos y ella le comento que tiene un amigo de su clase de la universidad que también es gay y es muy lindo. Entonces arreglaron que por que no se conocían. AL final de la noche intercambiaron teléfonos y quedo ella en hablar con su amigo. Su amigo acepto y se llamaron. Al encontrarse los dos no tenían nada de lo que hablar y el otro para hacer la cita más corto no pudo disimular su desinterés y hacia todo rápido para irse antes.

En fin, las citas a ciegas son algo que debes hacer si la persona que los conecta los conoce bien y puede llegar a saber que te gustara de la otra persona o que buscas. Sin embargo no hay certeza de que saldrás contento de una forma u otra. Puede pasar que de casualidad la persona te encante y que si tienes la mente abierta saldrás ganando.


title:Citric Fruits - A Healthy Food
author:Dr. John Roberts
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_683.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

New studies suggested once again that citric fruits including oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits help fight cancer, high cholesterol, and obesity.
Studies both at Texas A&M University and Kanazawa Medical University in Japan showed that compounds in citric fruits can  help reduce the risk of colon cancer.  Researchers at Texas A&M University found that freeze-dried grapefruit, similar to the whole grapefruit, can reduce the incidence of early colon cancer lesions in animals.  The Japanese researchers found anti-colon cancer properties in nobiletin - a compound found in tangerines.
Grapefruit can also reduce the risk of cancer caused by smoking.  A study on the cancer prevention was done by the researchers at the University of Hawaii.  The researchers found that drinking 6 ounces of grapefruit juice a day reduces the activity of a liver enzyme that is thought to activate toxic chemicals in the smoke.
On another front, scientists from the USDA and a Canadian company isolated a compound -  polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs) - from orange and tangerine peels that can actually lower  cholesterol in animals. They found that use of food containing 1% PMFs can lower cholesterol by 32 to 40%.
Grapefruits also promote weight loss.  Researchers at Scripps Clinic in San Diego found that grapefruit may trigger weight loss by lowering insulin levels, an excess of which is linked to weight gain.  Effect of grapefruits on weight loss was confirmed in humans.  An early study by the same researchers confirmed that eating grapefruit or drinking juice with meal can help the obese lose weight.
Even the interaction of grapefruit juice with drugs, a bad trait for grapefruit, has been explored.  Researchers at Texas A&M Citrus Center studied the interaction between grapefruit compounds and drugs in hopes that this interaction can be taken advantage of to increase bioavailability of drugs in humans.
These studies were presented in the American Chemical Society Annual Meeting being held in Pennsylvania during Aug.  22 through 26.

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title:Clash of the Fats: Triglycerides Verses Essential Fatty Acids
author:Greg Post
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3484.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

I confess that as a child I used to occasionally watch professional wrestling. For the true fan I suppose it is pronounced rasslin’. Once in a while my kids will find a match on television. I try to explain to them that all the hard work to which they apply themselves during the week to bolster their intelligence can be nearly eradicated in less than one hour by watching such theatrics. My ten year old simply responds by saying something in Latin that I don’t understand.
The intrigue, I presume, is that of battle. As boys we hoped that one day we would be like these titans. Not in their goofy shenanigans, but in their sheer power. As men most of us realize that we never were like them. We enjoy the battle from the sofa or in our minds. But we do enjoy it. We enjoy the indomitable spirit, the raw strength, the clash. It is part of the human condition. Man against man, champion against champion.
Most of our battles are fought on fronts that are much more mundane. But they are real battles. The problem is some of our most significant conflicts are fought on such ordinary fronts that we tend to ignore them. Health issues are like that. As I sit here writing these words I realize I do that. I ignore preventive measures because the tyranny of the urgent captures my attention and occupies my time. After all I have five children with another on the way. I only have time to deal with the most pressing matters. When I get sick I must deal with it. But I find it difficult to take extra measures to prevent the ailments in the first place. If we are talking about a stomach virus or the common cold the issue is not very serious. But what about heart disease? Since the early 20th century heart disease has been climbing. Actually it is an epidemic. Ignoring it could be much more serious than catching a cold. Yet I ignore it. Most likely so do you.
For a long time we have known that high total cholesterol, high LDL cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol are bad news for heart health. But more recently it has become increasingly obvious that high triglycerides elevate one’s risk of developing heart disease. We hear about it on the television and we read about it on cereal boxes. Yet we ignore it. But perhaps by using a little imagination we might have our interest peaked a bit. What if we could tap into the intrigue of the battle in relation to triglycerides?
Triglycerides are fats. That immediately turns many of us off. Parenthetically triglycerides are necessary for life and are a good part of our wonderful design. But we are concerned with high triglycerides. These are the bad guys. They wear the black hats. These are represented by the wrestler who wears the ugly hood to conceal his identity. He is vile and unattractive. He spits as he yells his taunts. As he mocks all his opponents the audience mocks him. The only thing attractive about him is the blonde in his corner calling him baby. We know she is an add-on but she is part of the package.
High triglycerides are a nasty business. They have their attractive side, mostly in the sweets and fats that permeate our diets. But don’t be fooled. They are bad news. They are not worth the blonde in the corner.
What we need to do battle with this villain is someone in a white hat. We need someone who tips his hat to the ladies and who enters the saloon but never drinks whiskey. He is always a gentleman. But he has a deadly aim. Few wrestlers wear hats but we know the good guys when they enter the ring. They have a neat appearance, are polite to everyone and the crowd loves them. But in many respects they are like their opponents. They are human. And they are strong. They just happen to be on the opposite side of the conflict. They are on the right side.
In our universe there is a sense of drama. It is interesting to me that one of the greatest opponents to high triglycerides is also a fat. Like two wrestlers in the ring or two soldiers on the battlefield, what makes the battle so interesting is that two like things are paired up for the war.
In our battle for heart health two champions on either side of the conflict pair up against each other. It is a strange concept to many in our age of drugs. But if you want to reduce your triglycerides do so with another fat.
There is a whole list of fats that are good for us. They are called essential fatty acids. They are essential in the sense that they are necessary for health. But they are also essential in that our bodies can not make them. We must consume them in our diets. In other words we must eat fat to reduce the effects of fat. If we want to lower our triglycerides one of the most effective things we can do is eat more fat.
Sounds great doesn’t it? Like most things, however, we must be selective. All essential fatty acids are necessary for health. Not all of them, however, should be consumed in unlimited amounts. In relation, though, to reducing triglycerides one essential fatty acid rises to the top like a champion. That one is called omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acid has been studied and tested and shown many times to reduce triglycerides. The science is incontrovertible. So much so that even the American Heart Association recommends two to four grams of omega-3 per day for patients with high triglycerides.
Omega-3 is found in many places. Even vegetarians have a selection. But for lowering triglycerides the marine sources of omega-3 have been shown to be much more potent than their vegetative cousins. EPA and DHA (the two potent forms of marine omega-3) are found in fish oils from cold water fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna. Cultures that have diets high in fish (marine source omega-3) show a low incidence of heart disease. Their blood platelets are less sticky, their cholesterol levels are healthier and their triglycerides are lower. All this from eating fat.
So what should we do? If we can ignore the potential problems of pollutants like mercury we should eat more fish, especially cold water fish, lots of it. Not only would this replace many of the saturated fats in our other dietary choices but it would counteract some of the damage incurred from less healthy fats.
But for many of us eating fish is the exception rather than the rule. We would rather have the blonde in the corner. But in so doing we are getting the villain in the mask. It is all part of the package. Applying a little discipline in our dietary choices can help a great deal. But even a little discipline may not be enough. Consuming two to four grams of EPA plus DHA per day to reduce triglycerides takes a lot of fish eating. Unless you live in an igloo and take a dogsled to work you may find it difficult to eat enough fish. Fish oil supplements may be your answer. There are many on the market. Just make sure you buy yours from a trusted source. You want to make sure you are getting what you are paying for (omega-3) and nothing else (mercury).
Heart health does involve a sense of the theatric. In your battle to reduce triglycerides enlist your own titan. In many cases there is no need to send a drug to do a fat’s job.
For more information on triglycerides, healthy diets and omega-3 please use the links below:
http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/omega-3.html
http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/foodtolowertriglyceride.html
http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/triglycerides.html
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title:Cleaners and Our Health
author:Axel Rodriguez
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1162.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Many people use strong cleaners or acid cleaners to make the house clean and to get hard to clean stains out, but people don’t realize that many cleaners are bad for our health they contain ingredient that irritate the skin and the fumes that those cleaner produce are dangerous if we inhale them.
Many people suffer from asthma and other respiratory problems and using those type of cleaners in a place not well ventilated can be harmful for the health. A good way to help is using gloves and a mask of some sort to clean but in my opinion that’s  too much hazel for me, an alternative that is good way to clean the house and safe for the family and none toxic are natural cleaners.
There are many companies now day making natural cleaners that are made with all-natural ingredients which is not toxic and safe.
Protect your family from harmful chemicals and toxic ingredients from cleaners, use natural products that also protects the earth. Keep living a healthy life.
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Title:
Cleaning Up Your Act: Constipation and Its Effects

Word Count:
1022

Summary:
This article is about constipation.  It defines what happens when a person experiences constipation.   Sufferers expel hard feces, have difficulty defecating, and may have slow or no bowel movement.  In this article, the causes of the different symptoms of constipation was also discussed.  Also enumerated are the complications that may develop if constipation is left untreated.  Some interventions have also been listed.


Keywords:
diet, infection, surgery


Article Body:
The excretory system is a collection of organs whose main function is to red the body of all its waste. These wastes may include solid, liquid or gaseous wastes that when kept inside the body for too long may prove fatal.

Liquid wastes or urine is expelled from the body via the kidney, the bladder and the tubes connected to these 2 organs. The process of eliminating liquid waste is called urinatio. Gaseous wastes are let out of the body by means of the mouth, nose, and the rectum. The process is called burping, when excess gas is released from the mouth; exhaling for when you let out carbon dioxide which is a by-product of respiration; and farting for release of toxic gases by way of the rectum.

Solid and or semi-solid wastes are eliminated from the body through the anus in a process called defecation. Food passes the digestive system where nutrients and other nourishment is absorbed and processed. It then becomes feces stored in the rectum until time of excretion. Food is pushed along the large intestine towards the rectum by waves of muscle contraction called peristalsis. Fecal matter should be expelled from the body at least on a daily basis to ensure that no waste materials are kept inside the body. However there are circumstances that the body experiences difficulty removing solid wastes.

CONSTIPATION
It is a digestive tract ailment where a sufferer excretes hard feces. When constipated, the large intestine that pushes the food to the rectum may be moving slowly or not moving at all.  People with constipation may find it extremely painful and/or difficult to defecate and may lead to fecal impaction in the rectum. Stool of a constipated person may be hard and dry. Constipation is one of the most common digestive complaints. It is more common in children and older people and affects more women than men.

What causes constipation?
The three characteristics of constipation has each their own causes. 

Hardening of the feces may be caused by:
l Improper chewing or mastication of food.  Chewing is the first step in digestion and in this stage, food is broken down to smaller bits to make food easier to process in the stomach, and necessary nutriets absorbed by the body.  Bigger chunks of food are therefore more dificult to process and are moved around in the
l Insufficient fiber in the diet.  Dietary fibers are the indigestible part of plant foods that absorb water while passing through the colon, making defecation easier.  If there is insufficient supply of fiber on your diet, the colon may absorbs all the water in the digested food as it passes through the large intestines.
l Dehydration or inadequate liquid intake.  When water is in short supply in the body, the colon will act to restrict unnecessary water loss through the stools.
l Medications.  Diuretics that make the body expel water faster than normal contribute to the loss of water in the feces, making it hard and difficult to expel.

Paralysis of the colon or slow peristaltic movement can be caused by:
l Medical conditions.  Certain medical conditions such as hypothyroidism and hypokalemia may cause slow movement of the colon.
l Injured anal sphincter.  It is scientifically known as patulous anus.  When the anal sphincter is injured, it is either caused by damage to the sphincter muscle itself or the nerve supply of the anal sphincter.  This causes an abnormal loss of tone in the muscles surrounding the anus and all contracting actions
l Medications.  Medications such as loperamides, pain relievers and certain anti-depressants may cause paralysis or slow peristaltic movement as well.

Dyschezia or difficulty defecating is usually results from often suppressing or ignoring the urge to defecate.

What complications arise when constipation is remained untreated?
Complications may arise if you continue to ignore constipation.  These complications include:
l Hemorrhoids.  These are caused by too much strain on the anal sphincter while trying to force bowel movement.
l Anal fissures.  These are tears in the skin around the anus brought about by over-stretching while trying to pass hard stool.  This can also cause rectal bleeding.
l Rectal prolapse.  This is when a small amount of intestinal lining is pushed out of the anal opening while straining for  bowel movement.
l Fecal impaction.  This develops when hard stool are compacted tightly in the intestine and rectum that normal peristaltic movement of the large intestine is insufficient to have it expelled.
l Bowel perforation.  This is when the hardened fecal matter punctures through the intestinal wall and spills into the abdominal area.  This causes severe infection as waste products of the body comes into direct contact to other organs housed by the abdominal cavity.  The severe infection caused by this overflow of fecal matter may even prove fatal when not treated immediately.

How is constipation treated?
Constipation is an avoidable condition.  Simple intervention that would entail a slight change of lifestyle can be done to help alleviate constipation and prevent it from re-occuring.  Maintaining a well-balanced, high fiber diet, drinking plenty of water, regular exercise, and setting a regular bowel habit can help.  Don't ever ignore the urge to defecate when your body tells you you need to, it is never healthy.

In case that the natural approach doesn't help with your constipation problem, enemas and colonic irrigation help trigger peristaltic movement in the bowel.  If these still don't work, laxatives are suggested to stimulate bowel movement.

If laxatives and other measures fail, manual disimpaction is performed on the sufferer.  This entails manually removing impacted feces from the rectum.  This may  be done with or without sedatives or anesthetics.  In cases that the constipation reaches intestinal perforation, immediate surgery is required to remove spilled fecal matter from the abdominal cavity.

In today's fast-paced lifestyle, it is easy to ignore what your bodies are telling you.  People think they have more important things to do and therefore put off for later the need to expel bodily wastes – be it urine, gas or feces.  In  the end it will just cause more inconvenience.  To bad people learn their lessons a bit too late.


Title:
Cleaning your hearing aids.

Word Count:
311

Summary:
Information on caring for hearing aids.


Keywords:
hearing aids, aid, in the ear, behind the ear


Article Body:
Hearing aids which fit in the ear.

When removing your hearing aid before you go to bed you should carefully wipe down with a soft dry cloth or tissue. You should also spend some time inspecting the part of the hearing aid that fits into the ear canal as it is likely that a accumulation of  ear wax may have occurred. If this is the case then you will have to remove the wax. When you purchased the hearing aids you should receive a cleaning tool which can be used to do this which usually takes the form of a wire pick or a brush or you could also use a toothbrush.

Hearing aids which fir behind the ear.

As with the above, the procedure is similar. However, the main difference being that the ear mould which fits into the ear which is usually made of Lucite or silicone which is non-electrical and therefore can be washed in mild soapy water. Before washing it is important to ensure the earpiece is disconnected from the behind the ear section to ensure the electrical part of the hearing aid does not get wet. Dry the ear piece correctly before using and also ensure that the tube is clear of water. Please note  that the tube may need to be replaced after a period of time usually 3 to 6 months as the flexibility may be lost.

Things not to do…

1. Wash the hearing aid with solvents or alcohol as this may cause the materials from which the aid is made to break down. You can purchase special cleaning fluids designed to clean hearing aids.

2. Don’t let the electrical part of the hearing aid get wet. Avoid wearing the aid when showering of bathing.

3. Try not to drop the hearing aid, especially on a hard floor as this may cause the hearing aid to break.


Title:
Cleanness In Excess Can Cause Allergy

Word Count:
640

Summary:
About two billion people have allergic complications, according to estimates of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology. Not any other illness, at any moment of history, affected as much people. Specialists start to face it as an epidemic. Only in the United States, each year 5 000 people die suffocated during asthma crises, and 90 million Americans deal daily with the discomfort of rhinitis and dermatitis, the more common allergic varieties. Finding the cure or the ca...


Keywords:
allergy,health,medicine,environment,medical,allergenic,allergic


Article Body:
About two billion people have allergic complications, according to estimates of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology. Not any other illness, at any moment of history, affected as much people. Specialists start to face it as an epidemic. Only in the United States, each year 5 000 people die suffocated during asthma crises, and 90 million Americans deal daily with the discomfort of rhinitis and dermatitis, the more common allergic varieties. Finding the cure or the causes for this became, thus, a challenge that involves more than interests of public health.

An allergic person that takes remedy against his type of allergy will be able to prevent the misfortunes of the reactions of his immunological system to an allergenic (examples of allergenics: dust, milk, peanut, insects, pets’ hair, etc.). However, the organism will continue producing defensive substances that can create an allergic reaction later on, by getting stronger than the medicine or generating unknown effects to the person who takes it. This is extremely related to the causes of the allergies, another shady area recently illuminated by new researches.

During a lot of time, allergies were thought as hereditary, given that evidences show that the probability of children who have allergic parents to develop the illness is of 70%. However, the advance of the allergic processes in the rhythm of the technological development and the improvement of the life conditions made the scientists consider other hypotheses. The underprivileged populations of the East of Russia, India, Indonesia and Africa register 50% less incidence of cases of allergies than rich countries - over all when compared to the inhabitants of the great European and American metropolises, where there is more asepsis and medical care. This leads to a hypothetical explanation to the causes of the allergies, the so called "hygienical hypothesis". When observing children who live in farms of Germany and Austria, where they drink raw milk and have contact with the land and fertilizers, it was proved that the incidence of allergic complications among them is 75% less than in the boys who live in the cities. Another research, involving 480 cadets of the Italian Air Force disclosed that the respiratory allergies are less frequent between military that in their childhood had been exposed to microbes transmitted through dirty water and meals cooked with this water. It’s unusual, but dealing with these facts, scientists are tempted to conclude that the suppression of illnesses as measles, mumps and even diseases caused mostly in children by viruses and worms, - all practically eradicated in the developed countries - can also have its harmful side, since this makes the immunologic system idle.

The acceptance of the "hygienical hypothesis" is growing in the medical community and this can lead to adjustments in the way parents raise their children. Even children who have flues with more frequency in the first years of their life seem to tend less to develop allergies.

Super protective parents that do not allow the children to walk bare-footed, have contact with animals or that only bathe their babies in mineral or boiled water would be, therefore, producing negative and contrary consequences to their children.

This thesis is based on the hypothesis that the exposure to the microbes in infancy strengthens the lymphocytes - white cells of the blood that act in the defence against parasites, embryos, etc.

Obviously, this doesn’t mean that you must give in when your son refuses to take a bath. But it is probable that the human body is not changing so quickly as the civilization. For millenniums we have coexisted with viruses and bacteria, and suddenly we become highly aseptic. Also, our alimentary habits had never been modified so radically, nor had we as much access to chemical remedies and other products as we have now. Probably, in the future, people will try to treat allergies with a healthy diet and less drug prescriptions.


Title:
Cleanse Your Colon For A Boost In Health

Word Count:
466

Summary:
A variety of health problems exist today which can all be traced back to the colon; abdominal pain, discomfort, constipation, diarrhea and lack of energy. Bowel movements are the basis of our health. If we don't have at least one bowel movement per day, we are already walking our way toward disease. These diseases even may lead to colon cancer. Therefore we require a regular cleanses of our colon, kidney, liver & gall bladder to keep our bodies healthy. A colon cleanse is the...


Keywords:
colon cleanse,colon cleanser,colon cleansing


Article Body:
A variety of health problems exist today which can all be traced back to the colon; abdominal pain, discomfort, constipation, diarrhea and lack of energy. Bowel movements are the basis of our health. If we don't have at least one bowel movement per day, we are already walking our way toward disease. These diseases even may lead to colon cancer. Therefore we require a regular cleanses of our colon, kidney, liver & gall bladder to keep our bodies healthy. A colon cleanse is the most important cleanse of all others.

Different Types of Colon Cleansing

The different methods of colon cleansing are 1) Colon Hydrotherapy, 2) Enemas, 3) Herbal supplements, 4) Laxatives and 5) Oxygen-based Cleansers. Here is a brief description about all these cleansing methods.

1) Colon Hydrotherapy: In this process of colon cleansing warm and filtered water is used to fuse into the colon via a plastic tube. With this method, only the large intestine can be cleansed. Colon hydrotherapy process is also termed as 'colonic irrigation' and 'using colenemas.'

2) Enemas: The problem of constipation is being treated by this process of colon cleansing from many earlier centuries. The effectiveness of this treatment mainly depends on the type of enema used. Enemas are used to remove the waste material only from the lower part of the colon. Enemas are also useful in emptying the rectum. The different types of enemas are water enemas, coffee enemas, clay enemas, etc. Most people do not like inserting enemas through their rectal cavity.

3) Herbal supplements: Nowadays, different herbal supplements are available on the market in the form of pills or capsules. These herbal supplements are very inexpensive and are not fully effective in cleansing the bowel.

4) Laxatives: Like enemas these are also used as the temporary treatments of constipation. This treatment can be considered as the most dangerous treatment among all other colon cleansing methods as there may be serious dehydration and even loss of muscle round the colon lining.

5) Oxygen-based Cleansers: The best method among all the colon cleansing methods is the Oxygen-based Cleansers. In this process of colon cleansing the compacted matter can be melt away by oxidation reduction reaction. A good oxygen-based colon cleanser works in the whole system and can completely cleanse the entire intestinal tract and it also fully detoxifies the whole tract.

The Benefits of Colon Cleansing

- Prevents irregular bowel movements and constipation
- Helps to promote clearer skin
- Improvement in Concentration
- Absorb minerals and vitamins easier
- Colon cleansing also helps us from different fatal disease like colon cancer.

I hope the above information will give you a good idea on which type of cleanse to do for your colon, and open your eyes to the many reasons as to why you should opt for a colon cleanse if you haven't had one, regardless of your current state of health.


Title:
Cleansing Diets

Word Count:
528

Summary:
One of the most common cleansing diets is a detox diet. This is a diet that will release the toxins in the body that have been stored in the fat cells and will allow the body to excrete them and cleanse your body.

Why use a cleansing diet? This is used to eliminate toxins and other contaminants from the body. The main purposes of doing this is to:

Improve health
Feel more energetic
Improve immunity
Improve your mental condition
Aid in digestion
Help with weight los...


Keywords:
cleansing diets,Herxheimer reaction,


Article Body:
One of the most common cleansing diets is a detox diet. This is a diet that will release the toxins in the body that have been stored in the fat cells and will allow the body to excrete them and cleanse your body.

Why use a cleansing diet? This is used to eliminate toxins and other contaminants from the body. The main purposes of doing this is to:

Improve health
Feel more energetic
Improve immunity
Improve your mental condition
Aid in digestion
Help with weight loss

There are various ways to do this.

You can do a complete fast. This would entail not eating or drinking at all.

Just drink water. This would be not eating or drinking anything but water.

Just drink water and juice-the same as above accept you would be adding juice.

Eat certain foods-some diets will consist of just vegetables and fruits others will be just liquids. There are many variations on this.

Use herbs: Herbal cleansing has been used since ancient times. Certain herbs are used as cleansing medicines to release and excrete toxins from the body.

Reduce calories: Some cleansing diets are used to reduce calories and aid in weight loss.

The most common diet is one composed mainly of fruits and vegetables. Preferably these should be raw, unmodified and unprocessed. More water is recommended and complete absence of alchahol.

However cleansing diets are not without side effects. If done rapidly the toxins can be released into the bloodstream more quickly than the body can get rid of them. This condition is known as Herxheimer reaction.

This can result in:

· Headaches

· Muscle pain

· Weakness

· Insomnia

· Irritability

Herxheimer reaction: this is the name given to the body’s condition when detoxification is occurring too rapidly and the body is not being given enough time to excrete the toxins. Some detox diets will produce this effect. This often leads to people abandoning their cleansing diets thinking that the diet is making them more sick. In actual fact if they continue with their diet the symptoms diminish and they will feel healthier.

Here are some ways that people have tried to lessen the symptoms of Herxheimer reaction:

· Drinking as much pure water as they can-this in effect will help the body flush out any toxins.

· Taking more exercise-this will improve circulation and help the body work more efficiently. This could help the body work more efficiently and excrete the toxins faster.

· Getting more sunlight

· Detox baths

· Excessive sweating-with saunas, baths and use of herbs

· Avoiding refined processed foods and toxic environmental chemicals

· Aromatherapy oils are used to help aches and pains brought on by rapid detoxification

Cleansing diets have been used from ancient times and can often help you to improve your health and make you feel better. Some people do these diets on a regular basis others more seldom. However you want to do these diets you should exercise care and possibly consult your doctor before commencing on one as sometimes side effects can be severe. If you have any underlying disease especially metabolic ones such as diabetes then it is very necessary to consult your Doctor before trying any type of cleansing diets.


title:Cleansing Liver Herbal Teas
author:Rudy Silva
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3031.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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When spring comes it is time for a liver cleanse.  This is a good time to rejuvenate the liver for the coming year of work.  One good way to cleanse the liver is to use herbal teas.  They are easy to use and they provide a powerful punch to reawaken the liver.
Here is a herbal formulation for the liver provided by Brigitte Mars (herbalist in Colorado) called "Puri-Tea" which consist of:
· Peppermint, red clover, fennel, licorice
· cleavers, dandelion, oregon grape root, burdock root
· butternut bark, chickweed, parsley root, nettles.
Another liver herbal tea is:
· Fennel Seed (1 part), Fenugreek (1 part)
· Flax Seed (1 part), Licorice Root (1/4 part)
· Burdock (1/4 part), Peppermint (1 part).
Here's another herbal combination that is good for detoxifying and cleansing the liver:
· Yellow Dock root, Dandelion root, Licorice root
· Red sage, Sarsaparilla, Hyssop
· Pau de Arco, Milk Thistle Seed, Parsley leaf.
Here's something else you can do for you liver.  Buy an extract of Milk Thistle Seed. Then when you make the liver tea's list here, add 2-3 full droppers of the Milk Thistle Seed extract to the tea.
Here are the effects of some of the herbs listed above.
· fennel seed - white cell formation, acid/alkaline balancing
· peppermint - body cleanser and toner
· red clover - blood purifier
· licorice - adrenal stimulation
· cleavers - anti-infection
· dandelion - cleansing and strengthening
· oregon grape root - cleansing, building
· burdock root - purifying
· nettles - rich in minerals
· chickweed -
· fenugreek - helps to eliminate toxins and mucus
· yellow dock root - cleansing, white cell formation
· pau de arco - cleansing, white cell formation
· milk thistle seed - cleansing, building
You can make these teas yourself or look for a ready made one at a health food store. What I do is buy a 1/2 or 1 oz of each herb. Then I mix one full tablespoon of each herb into a mason jar. Shake it up and its ready to go.
Preparing the tea
Boil 1 1/4 cup of distilled water in a glass container. Add 1 heaping tablespoon of herbal mixture. Let tea sit for 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink when it cools down a little.
Drink one cup of tea before breakfast and one before dinner for about 1-2 months.
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Title:
Clean Fresh Air Required? Air Purifiers Are Your Answer

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639

Summary:
Brief introduction of air purifiers, what are the types available and how they work.


Keywords:
air purifiers, air purifier, HEPA, Ionic, UV, clean air, asthma, allergy, air quality


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If you are living in the city, chances are you will be tired of leaving the windows open to air out your home, trying out all sorts of plug-in flower-scented air fresheners out in the market or using aromatherapy to get better quality for you and your family. All these solutions are at best temporary or worst, they might even cause the air you breathe in to have unnecessary pollutants. Well, an air purifier may be your best answer to get clean fresh air.

Natural Air Purifiers

How natural can one get? Remember the days living in the country where you get fresh pristine air? Look around and you are likely to find what else but living plants!

The best natural way is to have living plants into your home! Plants are known to be capable of naturally removing carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.  They can also take benzene out of the air, which is found in oils, gasoline, rubber, and paints. All of these substances are known to be irritating odors. 

Recommended common household plants known for being exceptionally good filters include Gerbera Daisy, English Ivy, and Mums.

Some people recommend burning candles, particularly beeswax candles, to work as a natural air purifier against odors.  There are scented and unscented varieties, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Candles don't really address the cause of the odor, they can temporarily “clean” a home or office by “masking” out the unwanted scent. If you really think that candle is a good solution for your home, try to use beeswax candles. They are the best and they usually burn longer, give out less smoke and are drip-less & soot free. These are available at most discount and interior decorating stores, as well as online. 

Another popular way to get rid of odors is to use spray air fresheners. Try to use the types not only work against the odors but also acts as a disinfectant.  These air fresheners do kill odor-causing viruses and bacteria, but they are only effective on the area where they are sprayed.


The UV Air Purifier

Although you have the natural air purifiers in place with the plants and candles, they might not be enough. In addition, candles can actually add more irritants to the air. If you really want to take clean the air in your apartment, you really need to invest in a good UV air purifier.

Other harder to get rid odors include those caused by bacteria. Examples of odor-causing bacteria  can be found in diapers, bathrooms, and in your garbage. This type of odor are not easy to get rid of and certainly not by simply opening windows, burning some candles or growing flowers.

Bottomline is bacteria is the culprit, they caused these smells and hence you get rid of the smell, you have to get rid of the bacteria.  Therefore, you will need an air purifier with a UV light. In fact, many hospitals now are using such UV air purifiersin their premises to get rid of pollutants, allergens, germs and viruses in the air.

Complexities of the technology aside, the ultra-violet light (UV) technology used in these air purifiers is actually quite easy to use.  In fact, the only thing you need to be aware of is to put your UV air purifiers inside your air ducts where they can work their magic. This is because UV air purifiers require circulating air in order to bring the contaminates in the air close to the UV light in order to be zapped by the radiation.

There is another type of air purifiersystem which combines UV, HEPA and even ionizing filter together. Of course these systems do not come cheap but they work great and will help get rid of nasty odors, reduce allergens/germs and dust in the air. All in one!


Title:
Clean Tongues For Fresher Breath

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400

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You always brush your pearly-whites, you gargle antiseptic mouth rinses, and you floss. Throw in regular dental check-ups and you'll think that you're the poster boy for oral hygiene. What if I tell you that you're forgetting something? Crazy, right? Nope, because you're forgetting your tongue. You taste with it, you lick with it, and when temptation arises, you even wag it. Don't you think it's high time to start cleaning it? After all, I'm sure you don't want to sport a whi...


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oral hygiene, toothpaste, teeth, dentistry


Article Body:
You always brush your pearly-whites, you gargle antiseptic mouth rinses, and you floss. Throw in regular dental check-ups and you'll think that you're the poster boy for oral hygiene. What if I tell you that you're forgetting something? Crazy, right? Nope, because you're forgetting your tongue. You taste with it, you lick with it, and when temptation arises, you even wag it. Don't you think it's high time to start cleaning it? After all, I'm sure you don't want to sport a white, abnormal-looking tongue.

An oft-neglected part of oral hygiene, tongues are not flat and smooth even if they appear that way to you. They have fissures which make for suitable anaerobic bacteria breeding places. This bacteria is the major source of stink breaths. Plus, you won't be able to remove the viscous, jelly-like film of plaque covering your tongue through rinsing. What you must do is to scrape it. Scared? Don't be; because cleaning your tongue takes no effort. You could do it in as little as a 1-2 minutes.

Before you do that, read up to avoid scrubbing your tongue raw. First, you don't have to buy special tongue cleaners since your regular toothbrush will do. However, tongue cleaners are easier to maneuver. Use a bit of toothpaste for added bacteria-fighting power. Secondly, hard scraping is not needed. When your toothbrush or tongue cleaner makes contact with your tongue, it's okay. Third, use short, slow strokes. Also, make sure that no space is left unclean. Try to move your brush from the back towards the front. Also, relax your mouth after a few seconds with a gargle to avoid locked jaws and gagging. Fourth, pay close attention to the back of the tongue, more bacteria are there than up front. After you've scrape all tongue surface area, rinse, and apply a second coat of toothpaste. Leave the paste on for at least a minute. It is ideal to let the paste on until you finish brushing your teeth. After your last gargle, give yourself a smile and vow to add tongue cleaning as part of your oral hygiene.

But of course, don't get any ideas that tongue cleaning can stop stink breaths alone. Be reminded that you still have to clean your teeth and gums. Dental check-ups are still a must. After all, only your dentist would ask about your oral hygiene and praise your clean, healthy tongue.


title:Clean, Treat & Protect - The 3 'Musts' Of Wound Care
author:News Canada
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_74.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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(NC)-A recent Ipsos-Reid survey indicated that an overwhelming majority of Canadians have a lot to learn when it comes to treating minor wounds. A staggering 88 per cent of Canadians incorrectly believe that a wound heals best when left uncovered to 'breathe' or air out, and 92 per cent mistakenly think scabs are a healthy part of the healing process.
"The best way to protect a wound is to cover it with a bandage until fully healed. Bandages that absorb a wounds fluid and maintain a natural moisture balance are ideal for healing and enables skin cells to migrate together to form new tissue," says Dr. Kevin C. Moran, Scarborough General Hospital. "Letting a wound scab actually slows this process and can lead to unsightly scars and increased discomfort and pain, especially for children."
The results of the survey should help to dispel the myths held by millions of Canadians and shed light on the proper procedures to follow when caring for minor cuts and scrapes. Following BAND-AID® Brand's easy-to-remember "Clean, Treat & Protect" regimen will help maximize the healing process.
Clean, Treat & Protect calls for all minor wounds to be thoroughly cleansed with an antiseptic wash as soon as possible to remove dirt, then treated with an antibiotic ointment to stave off possible infection and lastly protected with a bandage until the wound is fully healed. According to the survey, 56 per cent of Canadians do not clean their wounds with an antiseptic wash and only half (50 per cent) even bother to apply a bandage.
"No matter how small the cut, Canadians need to be educated about proper wound care procedures and understand that it is essential in minimizing the risk of infection," says Moran. "With summer being the time of year when minor wounds are most prevalent, as children and adults alike become more physically active, the news comes at the right time."
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title:Clear Natural Vision Is Just One Of The Possible Benefits of LASIK Eye Surgery
author:Nicola Kennedy
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4129.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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There are several LASIK benefits, which can be easily realized by going in for an experienced eye surgeon. It is necessary that you weigh the pros and cons before going in for an eye surgery. And much to your relief, as far as LASIK is concerned, the benefits far outweigh whatever minimal risk is involved. LASIK is by far the most preferred procedure when it comes to eye corrective surgery. LASIK benefits typically include:
- Clear natural vision
- Need for glasses or contact lenses is eliminated
- It simply widens the horizon for recreational opportunities
- Quality of vision is better than that with glasses or contact lenses
- Greater self-confidence
- More career opportunities
- Enhanced natural appearance – in many cases
- No risk of infection or inflammation generally associated with contact lens overuse
The above are only a few major positives that come out of the LASIK procedure. LASIK has superlative scientific technology at its disposal. High-precision lasers, computer-controlled tracking devices, all enable the surgeon to perform the operation with ease and finesse. Furthermore, complication rates of a meager 1% to 5% strengthen the belief that LASIK is a completely safe procedure.
LASIK does not require the removal of the corneal surface tissue, and this substantially reduces the post-operative pain. In general, the visual acuity is restored within a day or two. Other procedures like PRK may require a week or so for sharpness of vision to be restored. LASIK surgery also possesses a greater stability. That is, the corrected vision lasts permanently, provided a complication does not arise during the procedure. Moreover, most patients are able to pass the driver’s license test without the aid of glasses or contact lenses.
If you are in quest for a corrective eye surgery, LASIK is sure to satisfy your needs. All you need to do is look for an eye surgeon who is highly skillful and qualified.
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title:Clear Readers: Reading Glasses With an Invisible Presence
author:Steve Cogger
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1982.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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When faced with the reality of having to wear reading glasses some people will try anything to avoid them.  There is another option that allows you to wear reading glasses, but keep it low key so others may not even notice you have them on.  Clear plastic reading glasses have an invisible look to them.   For those not happy with the idea of wearing reading glasses this may be their answer.
The idea of plastic frames can turn some people off. In the past plastic frames were quite heavy as compared to metal frames.  However, the technology today has allowed for the creation of lightweight plastics, like zyl or TR-90 memory flex plastic.  TR-90 memory plastic also offers an added benefit of being flexible that makes frames much more durable.  Memory plastics have the ability to form to the wearers face to provide a comfortable, custom fit with every wear.  Clear plastic reading glasses do not have to be avoided simply because they are plastic.  Just look for the special materials available that make them very comfortable to wear.
Clear plastic reading glasses offer a clear frame as the name suggests.  The plastic frames are good for stronger prescriptions because they offer more coverage for the edges of these thicker lenses.  To ensure a light feel combine the lightweight plastic material frames with lightweight lenses available from your doctor.  Clear plastic reading glasses are available in full size or half size as well as many different styles.  The invisible allure of clear plastic reading glasses is what keeps them a popular choice for new wearers.
Choosing reading glasses can be difficult especially when you do not want them in the first place.  Clear plastic reading glasses offer a lightweight, invisible option for people not wanting to draw attention to the fact that they are wearing them.
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title:Clear Skin Without Cleansers
author:Don Amodeo
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3640.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Is it really possible to get clear skin without using cleansers? Most people will probably tell you no. However, chances are that if you look at a lot of the people you know with clear skin, you’ll find that many of them do not have to use cleansers. In fact, a lot of people with clear skin seldom do more than rinse their face with water. Maybe all those cleansers you’re using to try and fight acne are not really the answer.
A few years ago I was living in the dorms at my college, trying everything to win the battle against acne that had plagued me for so long. I’m a guy, but my list of skin care products was well beyond what most girls I knew possessed. I had a full selection of acne products, including antibacterial soaps, creams, wipes, toners, pore cleansers, and more. I treated my face at least three times per day with the system I developed, and managed to keep my acne from getting too horrible, although it was never really gone. The worst were the large cystic lumps that would occasionally pop up, and nothing really worked against them.
What would drive me crazy was that while I slaved away at trying to keep my face halfway presentable, my roommate who barely washed his face always had clear skin! There were people in that dorm with perfectly clear skin, whose personal hygiene habits would make baboons cringe!
Even back in high school, I remembered staring into the mirror while washing my face with a three-step system and wondering: “does anybody else really have to do this?” There had to be a better way.
Determined to find a real, long-term clear skin solution, I turned to the source of all random knowledge and gossip: the internet.
Visiting acne message boards, I found plenty of unorthodox treatments, but a lot of them sounded too much like the temporary fixes I had already been using. The only one that really stood out was vitamin B5.
The testimony I had heard from B5 users sounded almost too good to be true, and the fact that these people were talking about a generic vitamin rather than a name brand product made the testimony that much more interesting. The doses required were large, but since the vitamin was water-soluble and had no side effects, I decided it was worth the trouble. My father also happens to be a doctor, and he confirmed that B5 was harmless before I started using it.
My results were fast, and different from any acne treatment I had used before. After four days, my face began to feel less oily and I noticed the redness in my acne diminishing. Many of the smaller zits I had just disappeared. I did not get clear skin all at once, but within weeks I simply ceased to get new zits, and surprisingly, my face stayed that way. I know it sounds corny, but I really felt like I had discovered this big secret that I wanted to share with world.
After a few months I was able to reduce my dosage of vitamin B5 and still keep my skin clear. The tons of skin care products I had accumulated began collecting dust, and my only regret was how much money I had wasted on all those temporary treatments. It just felt great not having to worry about a system of cleansers. I rinsed my face in the morning and at night, and that was it. In a word, I was “normal”.
So if you’re looking for a real acne solution, my advice is to skip the cleansers and give B5 a shot. Having clear skin without cleansers is not as crazy as it sounds, it’s actually the most natural solution out there.
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title:Clear Your Acne With My 12 Step Program
author:Rudy Silva
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3075.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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In 12 previous articles, I have outlined the specifics of each step they you need to take to eliminate acne and have a clear, clean face.
Here I outline this acne program, giving specifics that you can follow. There are many different 12-step programs you can create with the information I have provided in my other articles. Here I will give you one that I like, but it may not be the one you like. You can adapt a program to the things that don’t cost too much or you can buy numerous products to make things easier for you.
But if you are a good experimenter, you can keep your costs down. Also, just using 4-5 of the steps that I suggest, you may see your acne symptoms clear up. So let get started.
Low cost program
* Step 1: Keep your face clean – use glycerin or castile soap
* Step 2: Use Scotty’s acne face cream or any other natural acne face cream
* Step 3: Relieve constipation the first day followed by a two day liquid fast - use prune and apple juice just one day, following days eat apples and drink apple juice or other fruit drinks
* Step 4: Making changes to your diet by eliminating some processed foods and adding more raw fruit and vegetables. Start using flax seed oil and fish oil to control hormones and control inflammation
* Step 5: Drink plenty of distilled water with natural additives.
* Step 6: Getting plenty of sun, air
* Step 7: Vitamins you should be taking – Vitamin A and a B vitamin complex.
* Step 8: Minerals you should be taking – add calcium and zinc.
* Step 9: Herbal mixtures to drink or to use – use the Burdock-Sarsaparilla Compound
* Step 10: Special supplements to take – take the chlorophyll and lemon juice drink. Use flax seed oil in your salads.
* Step 11: Brushing your skin daily
* Step 12: Think about what acne is trying to express in your emotional life. Start making changes in your thought process and start doing things differently.
Those are the 12 powerful steps. Start reading my articles to get the details. Then, start doing these steps one by one and you will start to see a big improvement in your skin and in how you feel. You will also be setting the stage for preventing acne and other skin disorders in the future.
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Title:
Clenbuterol Use In Animals

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357

Summary:
Clenbuterol is the drug that is pretty common in human as well as veterinary use. Clenbuterol is often used as a bronchodilator for the treatment of allergic respiratory diseases in horses.


Keywords:
Clenbuterol


Article Body:
Clenbuterol is the drug that is pretty common in human as well as veterinary use. Clenbuterol is often used as a bronchodilator for the treatment of allergic respiratory diseases in horses.

Ventipulmin is the trade name for the drug Clenbuterol; in fact Clenbuterol is the active ingredient in Ventipulmin, which is a sympathomimetic amine and has been the subject of intensive research in both humans and domestic animals. It can be used both orally and injected intravenously. The drug is manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd., Vetmedica Division, Canada.

Clenbuterol is a non-steroidal anabolic and metabolism accelerator. However, Clenbuterol’s illegal use is popular in livestock because its ability to induce weight gain and a greater proportion of muscle to fat.

An experiment carried on Clenbuterol, in which horses were administered doses of Clenbuterol, showed that horses responded by a marked decrease in intrathoracic pressure, a decrease in respiratory rate, an initial decrease followed by an increase in arterial oxygen partial pressure and clinical improvement. The duration of action of a single application was 6-8 hours. The treatment of respiratory disease in horses where it is considered that airway obstruction is due to bronchospasm.

However, there are some important points to note while using Ventipulmin. For instance, the drug should not be used during pregnancy, and it should be discontinued at the expected time of delivery.

It is important that Clenbuterol is not an ingredient of any therapeutic drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So, the use of Clenbuterol in form has been banned in the United States.

Clenbuterol however is used as an unproven slimming drug. Clenbuterol is also banned for IOC-tested athletes. However, Jason Grimsley, former Major League baseball pitcher, admitted to using this Clenbuterol, and revealed that the drug has been freely used by many players. The tennis player Mariano Puerta was once penalized for use of Clenbuterol. Australian wrestler Mitchil Mann was also suspended for testing positive for Clenbuterol.

Clenbuterol is widely purchased online. There are number of online drug stores selling Clenbuterol and anabolic steroids online. However, anyone intending to buy Clenbuterol online should buy Clenbuterol from genuine drug stores.


Title:
Clenbuterol – Also Known As Spiropent

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365

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Clenbuterol is perhaps one of the most popular and one of the most widely used drugs available today. The drug is medically used as a decongestant and bronchodilator to help healing the breathing problems of the people suffering from chronic breathing disorders....


Keywords:
Clenbuterol


Article Body:
Clenbuterol is perhaps one of the most popular and one of the most widely used drugs available today. The drug is medically used as a decongestant and bronchodilator to help healing the breathing problems of the people suffering from chronic breathing disorders, such as asthma. However, Clenbuterol drug is very widely used as a fat reducer, as it burns the excessive amount of fat that your body has.

Clenbuterol is also known as Spiropent. It is often availavle in salt form as Clenbuterol hydrochloride. The chemical formula of Clenbuterol is C12H18CI2N2O. Clenbuterol is very popular among the people seeking to reduce their body fat. It is extensively used by bodybuilders, jocks, and other young people to cut their body fat. Muscle builders use it is as a mass muscle gainer, because it is basically a fat burner and thus helps in burning fat and helps to give their muscles leaner and harder looks.   

When used as a fat burner, Clenbuterol is taken in a slow process which is known as pyramid scheme which means slowly building up the dose. Most of the times it is stacked with anabolic steroids to increase muscle mass, as it allows less water retention. It also increases thermogenisis which makes a rise in the blood pressure which results in release of glycogen back into the blood stream as glucose which increases the rate of protein and fat burn in the body. 

Clenbuterol is very useful for the bodybuilders. It increases thermogenisis that results in increasing the rate of fat burning, which consequently burns more calories. All this helps bodybuilders in revealing their leaner physiques with cuts and striations.

Clenbuterol actually stimulates the beta receptors which cause the excessive fat. It works by stimulating beta receptors and increasing your body temperature a bit by increasing heat production in the Mitochondria, which increases your basal metabolic rate and decreases appetite. This explains that how Beta-2 directly stimulates fat cells and increase lypolysis. The side effects of Clenbuterol occur when it takes the fat out of cells and also takes a lot of proteins from your muscle. It can lead to some severe heart problems, sweating, hand shaking, etc.


Title:
Clenbuterol – Famous For Its Benefits, But Infamous For Its Side Effects!

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434

Summary:
Clenbuterol is a drug which is made for everybody from humans to animals. It has many benefits to its name. The first benefit, for which it is widely known, is its ability to burn the excessive fat of the body and give a much leaner look to muscles. In medicinal use, the drug is known as a bronchodilator as it is used by the patients of asthma or those who have breathing troubles.


Keywords:
Clenbuterol


Article Body:
Clenbuterol is a drug which is made for everybody from humans to animals. It has many benefits to its name. The first benefit, for which it is widely known, is its ability to burn the excessive fat of the body and give a much leaner look to muscles. In medicinal use, the drug is known as a bronchodilator as it is used by the patients of asthma or those who have breathing troubles. A recent research has shown that Clenbuterol also help the heart patients to become stronger. In animals, it is used to treat anti-allergic respiratory disease in horses. Thus, Clenbuterol is a potent drug that can be used for a number of purposes.

Clenbuterol’s chemical formula is C12H18CI2N2O. The drug comes in the form of tablets which are 20mcg, syrups as well as injections also. It has a life of over 68 hours and doesn’t allow water retention. The drug in often sold under its trade names, Ventipulmin and Spiropent.

Clenbuterol is basically a fat burner. It helps in burning the excessive fat stored in body. It helps in giving the muscles a leaner and harder look. It is an anti-catabolic anabolic and that’s what makes it the favorite drug of athletes and bodybuilders. It doesn’t allow water retention to occur which lets the body shed those extra pounds, which are not needed.

Clenbuterol is also used as a medicine for both patients, who are suffering from asthma and who are suffering from any kind of heart disease. It is prescribed to the sufferers of breathing disorders as a decongestant. It has been proved experimentally that if taken in right proportion, Clenbuterol might help people fight their heart disease.

In Veterinary, Clenbuterol is used as an anti-allergic drug in horses. Clenbutero works as a bronchodilator for horses that suffer from allergic respiratory disease. In Veterinary field, it is known as, Ventipulmin. It is either used orally or intravenously.

Clenbuterol is not only famous for its benefits, but also infamous for its life-threatening side effects. The possible side effects associated with the use of Clenbuterol include excessive sweating, shaking of hands, increase in blood pressure, nausea, palpitations, tremor, headache, insomnia, and many more. The weirdest thing about it is, it is used as a decongestant in asthma patients, but it has shown properties of lowering the heart beat rate.

Please note that Clenbuterol is not a FDA approved drug. The US FDA has banned its any kind of use, such as in medicines or as a fat stimulator, and USDA has banned its use in livestock.


Title:
Clenbuterol – Is It Safe?

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496

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You often hear/read about Hollywood stars and celebrities losing weight, taking clenbuterol, a new weight-loss drug that literally melts away fat, and often you people follow your favorite stars and celebrities. However, take a moment to learn about the drug that you are going to put into your body.


Keywords:
clenbuterol


Article Body:
You often hear/read about Hollywood stars and celebrities losing weight, taking clenbuterol, a new weight-loss drug that literally melts away fat, and often you people follow your favorite stars and celebrities. However, take a moment to learn about the drug that you are going to put into your body. 

Often mistaken for a steroid because of its illicit use in athletics, clenbuterol is actually the drug that is meant more for veterinary than human use. It is the drug for horses. In human use, clenbuterol is often prescribed to the people suffering from breathing disorders as, such as decongestant and bronchodilator. Often used as a bronchodilator, clenbuterol helps to make breathing easier for the people suffering from chronic breathing disorders like asthma. Clenbuterol is most commonly available in salt form as Clenbuterol hydrochloride.

Clenbuterol is often promoted for its lean-muscle-mass benefits among bodybuilders. It is often used as weight loss drug and often advertised as safe drug in various countries, but the United States Food and Drug Administration documents don’t support clenbuterol as weight loss drug. The agency also does not endorse the use of clenbuterol among bodybuilders, and other jocks.

Clenbuterol was banned by the US FDA in 1991, as it was found to help add extra weight and muscle in show animals, and many cases of adverse reactions were reported in people who had consumed the clenbuterol-tainted meat; the people showed impaired heart and lung function. The US FDA however approved clenbuterol for the treatment of horses suffering with lung in 1998. But, the horse that received the drug could not later be slaughtered for food.

Yet, the Centers for Disease Control, in 2005, reported some 26 cases of people, who were hospitalized for cardiovascular side effects, such as a racing heart beat and palpitations, nausea and chest pain, reportedly taking heroin. However, these reactions were untypical, as heroin depresses the nervous system. So, when patients were tested, clenbuterol was found in their urine. The findings suggested that the heroin might have been laced with the stuff.

In September 2006, over 330 people in Shanghai were reported to have been poisoned by eating pork contaminated by clenbuterol that had been fed to the animals to keep their meat lean.

In fact, the FDA considers clenbuterol as a poison, and has banned clenbuterol for all off-label use. As of fall, 2006, clenbuterol is not an ingredient of any therapeutic drug approved by the U.S. FDA. The product labeling for clenbuterol very clearly states: “For use in horses not intended for food.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FDA monitor the illegal use of the substances in animals.

Clenbuterol has also been banned by the International Olympic Committee. Thus, unless you’re a horse with bum lungs, clenbuterol is illegal. Former Major League baseball pitcher, Jason Grimsley admitted that he was using clenbuterol. The tennis player Mariano Puerta was once penalized for use of clenbuterol. Australian wrestler Mitchil Mann was also suspended for testing positive for the clenbuterol.


Title:
Clenbuterol – The Drug Often Touted As Weight Loss Drug

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369

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Clenbuterol, a decongestant and bronchodilator, is often prescribed to the people suffering from breathing disorders. The patients of chronic breathing disorders, such as asthma, generally use Clenbuterol as a bronchodilator to help themselves to make their breathing easier.


Keywords:
Clenbuterol


Article Body:
Clenbuterol, a decongestant and bronchodilator, is often prescribed to the people suffering from breathing disorders. The patients of chronic breathing disorders, such as asthma, generally use Clenbuterol as a bronchodilator to help themselves to make their breathing easier.

Commonly available in salt form as Clenbuterol hydrochloride, Clenbuterol is the drug that is often used by athletes and bodybuilders in order to retain lean muscle mass and reduce excessive fat. Often, the drug is used in very huge amounts because it helps in composition for increasing skeletal muscle mass by reducing body fat.

Clenbuterol is advantageous drug as compared to its counterpart ephedrine, which does the same work but for shorter time period, as it doesn’t stay in the body more than 5-6 hours, but Clenbuterol on the other hand rests in the body for at least 24 hours. Thus, the people taking Clenbuterol need not take the drug every 5 hours. This is the reason that Clenbuterol is one of the most preferred drugs. One more advantage of Clenbuterol is that it doesn’t interfere with the sleep; it doesn’t have any effect on sleep. 

Clenbuterol is widely touted as a weight loss drug. It is being used as a mainstream dietary supplement. Thus, the drug is being extensively used by athletes, bodybuilders, and young people. However, the drug has more adverse effects than its benefits. Over use or abuse of Clenbuterol has been linked with a number of side effects and health risks. 

Some of the common side effects associated with the use of Clenbuterol include deepening of voice, thickening of skin and facial hair, etc. It can also cause heart problems like enlargement of ventricles, etc. The most annoying and weird thing about Clenbuterol is that it is used as an asthma medicine but it shows the reduced cardiovascular performance. Anxiety, shaking and sweating are also some of the side effects which are shown by the drug in some cases.

Clenbuterol is available in the form of tablets, powders and syrups, and in an injectable form as well. The drug is not allowed to use in several countries. It is not a FDA approved drug and is banned in the United States. However, Clenbuterol is easily available online.


Title:
Clenbuterol – The Powerful, Long-Lasting Bronchodilator & Tocolytic

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480

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You cannot use clenbuterol as a therapeutic drug, if you are living in the United States. Clenbuterol, commonly known as Clen, is the drug that is not approved for human use; it is only approved for horses in the United States.


Keywords:
clenbuterol


Article Body:
You cannot use clenbuterol as a therapeutic drug, if you are living in the United States. Clenbuterol, commonly known as Clen, is the drug that is not approved for human use; it is only approved for horses in the United States.

The United States Food and Drug Administration approved the clenbuterol-based Ventipulmin Syrup, produced by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., as a prescription-only drug for the treatment of airway obstruction in horses (0.8-3.2 m g/kg twice daily) in 1998. Clenbuterol is not meant for human use or for use in food-producing animals. As of fall, 2006, clenbuterol is not an ingredient of any therapeutic drug approved by the U.S. FDA.

But, outside the U.S., clenbuterol is often used as prescription drug for the treatment of bronchial asthma in humans. It is used as a powerful, long-lasting bronchodilator and tocolytic in many countries of the world.  It is available in tablets (0.01 or 0.02 mg per tablet) and liquid preparations.

However, clenbuterol is widely and generally used by bodybuilders and athletes for its ability to increase lean muscle mass and reduce body fat (i.e., repartitioning effects). It is commonly used for smooth muscle relaxant properties. It is often used for its ability to alter body composition by reducing body fat and increasing skeletal muscle mass. It is usually often used in combination with other performance enhancing drugs, such as anabolic steroids and growth hormone. However, clenbuterol is usually linked with significant adverse cardiovascular and neurological effects.

CHEMISTRY – Clenbuterol is a ß2 adrenergic agonist with some similarities to ephedrine, but more potent and longer-lasting effects as a stimulant and thermogenic drug. Clenbuterol is quickly absorbed (70-80%) body, and it remains in the body for awhile (25-39 hours). As a result of its long half life, the adverse effects of clenbuterol are often prolonged.

EFFECTS – Clenbuterol increases aerobic capacity, CNS stimulation, blood pressure, and oxygen transportation. It also increases the rate at which fat and protein is used up in the body at the same time as slowing down the storage of glycogen. It produces bronchodilation, stimulating the beta2-adrenergic receptors on bronchial smooth muscle. It also stimulates beta2-adrenergic receptors in other tissues, as well as beta1-adrenergic receptors, producing adverse cardiovascular and neurological effects, such as heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and nervousness. The beta-adrenergic receptors’ activation accounts for clenbuterol’s ability to increase lean muscle mass and reduce body fat.

DOSES – Clenbuterol’s recommended dosage is 0.02-0.03 mg twice daily. When prescribed, it is usually used in dosages anywhere from 20-60 micrograms a day. A dose of about 150 µg should never be exceeded in a day. It is typically used by athletes and bodybuilders at a dose of 60-120 µg per day, but it is Clenbuterol abuse. Clenbuterol is usually used in liquid form in equestrian usage.

On the Internet, clenbuterol is available in tablet, syrup, and injectable forms. It is purportedly obtained by illegal importation from other countries.


title:Clinical Hypnosis
author:Paul Gustafson RN, BSN, CH
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1313.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Clinical Hypnosis
Did you know that Americans spend as much out-of-pocket for holistic solutions such as hypnosis as they do for inpatient hospitalizations?  The Eisenberg studies of 1991 and again in 1997 shocked the mainstream medical community with these findings. The authoritarian approach to western medicine assumes that health and wellness comes from others. This minimizes the importance of our own natural ability to not only enhance the healing process but to avoid illness to begin with.
If the rapid assembly line of traditional healthcare has clinicians overwhelmed, what about the emotional state of those being cared for? How are the patients coping with their situation?  What expectations do they have for recovery?  Do they see themselves as temporarily side tracked or powerless? Do they believe there is a role for them to play in their own recovery or do they feel totally dependant? This article describes how hypnosis works and reviews some of the clinical applications.
What is Hypnosis?
The word “hypnosis” is a Greek derivative for “sleep” coined by scientist James Braid in 1843. It was an unfortunate choice of words because hypnosis is not sleep at all. Nearly all hypnosis clients hear and remember everything during a session.  Hypnosis is better described as a combination of deep physical relaxation and heightened awareness.
It is the process of bypassing conscious thought and stepping into the subconscious, which is our body’s control center and also where all of our habits, values and beliefs reside. The subconscious mind is like the hard drive of a computer, it is where all the programming is stored. Hypnosis not only helps you step inside of this powerful place, but it also empowers the client to initiate positive changes supporting improved health and thoughts of future success.
A hypnotist/hypnotherapist uses soothing music and paints peaceful verbal images enabling clients to shift from conscious to subconscious thought. Once this is accomplished they are directed with carefully phrased suggestions, affirmations and imagery supporting the desired goals. The client subconsciously integrates the information and puts it into action.
Clinical Hypnosis
Clinical hypnosis applies to medical concerns. There are dozens of applications of this holistic technique in the acute care setting and scientific research is building an impressive case supporting its effectiveness and cost saving merits. Here are some examples:
Intensive Care: Clients can block out distractions and reduce discomfort, which improves their ability to get quality rest and speed up recovery time. Clinical hypnosis reduces stress, balances blood pressure and heart rate, which minimize complications. It can also be used to reduce secretions, bleeding, improve immune response and make procedures more tolerable.
Oncology: Hypnosis lessens stress, anxiety, pain, nausea and vomiting. It reduces respiratory distress and even helps prevents hair loss. It increases confidence and self-image. Clinical hypnosis helps ease the acceptance of physical restrictions or even coping with end of life transition.
Pediatrics: What better gift to give a frightened child than control during a time of crisis. Children have active imaginations and respond very well to hypnosis. It can melt away fear; increase their relaxation and focus making it easier for them to understand and tolerate procedures and treatments.
Surgical: Clinical hypnosis can reduce anxiety, pain, stress and bleeding.  It promotes rapid healing and improved immune response. These clients can better manage post-op pain and nausea. They use less medication and avoid the side effects that go with it. Those who are relaxed going into anesthesia are relaxed coming out of it. They have fewer complications and have a shorter length of stay.
Mental Health: Hypnosis relieves symptoms of despair or sadness, fears, phobias and even addictions. It puts the client in control. They get to play an active role in their own recovery, which adds to an increased sense of fulfillment ensuring long-term success.
Dentistry: Hypnosis helps minimize anticipatory anxiety, bleeding, gagging, pain, excess salivation and distorts time perception making procedure seem to go by quickly. Hypnosis can also help establish a positive association with dental care promoting routine care.
Summary
Clinical hypnosis offers clients an oasis of relaxation and control when they need it most.  They have a shorter length of stay, use less medication, have fewer complications and feel like they were a part of the team.  Hypnosis can blend nature and science with dramatically positive results. And clients who go on to become self-practitioners of this relaxing technique can make positive changes in many other areas of their lives as well.
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Title:
Clinical Researchers Seeking Volunteers

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222

Summary:
Women who suffer from heavy, long-lasting, or frequent monthly menstrual cycles may be eligible to participate in a nationwide research study in their area.


Keywords:
Clinical Researchers Seeking Volunteers


Article Body:
Women who suffer from heavy, long-lasting, or frequent monthly menstrual cycles may be eligible to participate in a nationwide research study in their area. The study will evaluate the efficacy of a medication for the relief of heavy, long-lasting, or frequent menstruation that may be associated with your monthly cycle. The study medication used contains similar ingredients as currently marketed birth control products.

Many women suffer from the interference of heavy, long-lasting, or frequent menstruation and have to plan their lives around it, sometimes missing days at work or canceling activities with friends and family. This new study will involve taking a medication that may help treat this problem in women who desire oral contraception.

Researchers from over 35 medical facilities across the country are now enrolling and screening volunteers who are 18 years of age or over to participate in this research study sponsored by Berlex Inc.

Qualified participants will be asked to collect used sanitary products in order for blood loss to be measured. Participants will also keep diaries to record information about their menstrual bleeding and number of sanitary products used and to study medication intake.

Women who are eligible for the study will be compensated for their time and travel and receive study-related medical care by a licensed physician. Study participants will also receive monthly sanitary supplies at no cost.


Title:
Clinical Thermometers and Children's Health - Part II

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950

Summary:
In Part 1 the need for a clinical thermometer in the home was explained, and in this final part the areas of the body used for temperature measurement are explained together with the types of thermometer available and how they should be used.


Keywords:
childhood diseases, clinical thermometers, how to use clinical thermometers, how to take a childs temperature, how to measure a childs temperature


Article Body:
Copyright 2006 Peter Nisbet

Body temperature is usually measured by indirectly measuring the temperature of the blood.  Its accuracy is dependent on both the equipment used and the area of the body used for the measurement.  Several factors can affect the accuracy,  among them recent exercise,  how wrapped up (or ‘bundled’) a young child has been and even the environmental temperature.

Rectal temperature is the most accurate of the common methods, but I do not recommend untrained people use this method with children.  It can also be inaccurate since rectal temperature responds very slowly to quick changes in core body temperature.  For these reasons I shall not dwell on this method.  Children also frequently object to it.

The best option for children under three months old is probably an axillary reading.  If you want one thermometer to do all jobs, I would go for an ordinary digital thermometer and restrict the measurements to armpit and oral.

An armpit (axillary) measurement is the easiest and most familiar method, but is the most inaccurate.  The measuring area of the thermometer has to be directly over the axillary artery, and this is not easy to achieve with squirming children.  If the child is older, oral measurement is simple and more accurate than the armpit.

The most accurate method is by use of a modern tympanic thermometer, which measures temperature in the ear canal.  This is very close to core temperature and modern types are not affected by ear wax.  They are more accurate than rectal measurements, but not recommended for children under three months.  However, please bear in mind that a parent is not expected to make an accurate measurement:  just sufficient to decide if a doctor should be called.  As I state below any temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above warrants this.

Types Of Thermometer

Glass thermometers have been largely superseded by digital types, and are much safer to use with children and just as accurate.  They are designed for specific uses such as tympanic, rectal and oral/axillary.  Were I just starting up a family again, I would go the expense of a tympanic type, but my kids are now grown up and there is no need, so I use a standard digital thermometer for oral and armpit use.

There are plastic strip or dot thermometers available, which are stuck to the skin and change colour to indicate temperature.  These are very inaccurate and useful only to indicate if a child’s temperature is higher than normal or not.  They may indicate a fever, but not what the temperature actually is.  They do the same job as the ‘hand on the forehead’.

You can also get thermometers shaped like baby’s pacifiers, or ‘dummies’. These are also inaccurate since they need to stay in the mouth for a certain period of time which, as most mothers know, is just about impossible!

Of all the types of thermometer on the market, the ear, or tympanic, type is the most accurate.  However, most parents will find a standard digital thermometer to be financially more viable and able to meet most parents’ requirements.  Once a doctor has been called, he will be able to make a much more accurate measurement.  Your job is to be equipped to carry out the initial measurement which indicates to you whether or not you should call a doctor.

If  your child’s temperature reaches 38C (100.4F) you should call a doctor.  I personally would call a doctor rather than take the child to the surgery since there may be people there at special risk from whatever disease your child may have.  Remember, a disease is often at its most infectious before the symptoms appear.

How To Use A Thermometer

Always read the manufacturer’s instructions. There may be calibration instructions which are required before the first (sometimes every) use, and operating instructions.  Many emit a signal when the measurement is complete, and some allow you to store readings. Some require the previous measurement to be cleared before making another.  There are also usually specific cleaning and sterilising instructions.

The instructions usually tell you when not to measure a child’s temperature, such as immediately after exercise, after a bath or consuming hot or cold food or drink.

Oral Readings: You are measuring the temperature of the blood in the lower surface of the tongue. Wait at least 15 minutes after eating and drinking then place the end of the thermometer under the tongue and ask the child to hold it steady with the tongue and lips, but not to bite. The measurement will be complete after 3 – 4 minutes.

Axillary Readings:   Here you are measuring the blood temperature in the axillary artery.  You can locate the position of this artery with your fingertips. It is best to remove the clothing first, then place the tip of the thermometer over the artery.  Fold the child’s arm across the chest to hold the thermometer steady.  Again, 3 – 4 minutes should be enough, though a digital thermometer will normally beep when measurement is complete.

Rectal readings (if necessary): lubricate the tip of the thermometer with a suitable lubricant.  If the instructions do not recommend one, your pharmacist will help.  Lie the child face down on a suitable surface (changing table, bed  or your lap with a small child), place your hand firmly near the base of the spine to hold him still then gently insert the thermometer probe about an inch into the anus (there should be no resistance – if there is then stop.  Do not try to force the thermometer). Cup your hand round the child’s bottom with the thermometer held between the fingers to keep it still until the reading has been completed.


Title:
Clinical Trial Butea Superba Alternative Herbal Treatment For Erectile Dysfunction

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591

Summary:
Clinical Trial Butea Superba Alternative Herbal Treatment For Erectile Dysfunction - Quickly and Easily!


Keywords:
butea superba,


Article Body:
Clinical trial of Butea superba, an alternative herbal treatment for erectile dysfunction.  Natural Breast Enlargement Phytoestrogen from pueraria mirifica and butea superba extract products can help in breast enlargement and treat erectile dysfunction male.  Through this activity, Butea superba may be used directly or as an effective ingredient for the treatment of erection dysfunction.  In consequence, products for topical use, which is effective for the treatment of erection dysfunction or malfunction, can be prepared from Butea superba.  Accordingly, a medicine based on Butea superba is provided for the treatment of erection dysfunction or malfunction.  In a preliminary trial, 82% of men with erectile dysfunction reported an improvement in erectile function while taking Butea superba for three months.  The clinical trial of Butea superba as an herbal alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction. 

  Natural extract is obtained from the roots of the Butea superba, a herbal plant indigenous to Thailand.  Additionally, after being administered the extract from Butea superba, none of the subjects suffered from prostate hyperplasia.  Consequently, the extract derived from Butea superba according to the present invention is therapeutically effective for male sexual activity.  ViaMax® Plus for him gel is a natural specialty product made from extract of Butea superba which is an herbal plant indigenous to Thailand.  Natural extract is obtained from the roots of the Butea superba, an herbal plant. 

  From the results of this study, it can be concluded that the herb, Butea Superba, is beneficial for the human health.  Since Butea Superba helps to enhance human health, it was considered to be an essential factor to entity the chemical constituents of this herb.  From the results of this study, it can be concluded that the herb, Butea superba Roxb, is beneficial for the human health.  Asteromella buteaAsteromella buteaAsteromella buteae: name used in herb.  Origamax® is a nutritional supplement whose most important component is the medicinal herb Butea Superba, which can only be found in northern Thailand. 

Men's Secret Butea Superba Pills KWAOPET  THAI FDA. G. 202/42

Butea Superba is a native herb in the family of Popilionaceae. The Plant twinning woody long-life herbal plant exists only in Thailand. This species can be found in the same habitat as Pueraria Mirifica in the mountainous area. The long shape tuberous were annually enlarged and accumulated at least 15 chemicals in the group of direct chain organic acid especially flavonoids and flavonoid glycosides with c-AMP Phosphodiesterase potent inhibitor directly at the corpus cavernosum of the penis and resulted in enhancing blood flow to that area. In addition, it supports normal sexual function, erectile capacity, enhance sensitivity and better performance. After many studies, we produced Butea Superba into dietary supplement and cosmetic product.

Kwaopet is a premium grade Thai herbal product derived mainly from the Red Kwal Krua (Butea Superba) under the research of Dr. Wichai Cherdshewasart. The results of the studies indicated that this herb shows vasodilation effect especially at the penis. Thus elevate the erectile efficiency and strength. It also promotes energetic body without any nervous, muscular or cardiac over stimulation.

All Natural Dietary Supplement

Hight Flavonoid & Flavonoid-glycoside:
*Supports healthy cardio-vascular system
*Supports blood flow to male genitals
*Promotes normal sexual function
*Supports erectile capacity
*Enhances sensitivity & performance
*Increases energy & stamina

Ingredients: Butea Superba and other herbs (60 capsules per box/bottle)

Recommended Dosage: Take 1-2 capsules after breakfast and dinner

Precaution: Men with severe heart disease should consult physician prior taking this product. Do not take more than 4 capsules per day. If there is any sign of irregulars, stop taking the pill and seek for doctor.
http://www.phuketherb.com/men_health.html


title:Clinton on South Beach Diet
author:Laura Ciocan
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_904.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

Clinton's recent quadruple bypass surgery has been largely debated. Being on the South Beach Diet made everybody wonder how the former president's illness advanced so much as to need to be surgically corrected. Some even blame it on the diet. Some wonder why the diet didn't help avoiding surgery.
Fact is that, first of all, being on the South Beach Diet for a relatively short time or being on any other diet couldn't work miracles and suddenly reverse atherosclerosis. It is true that recent clinical trials have indicated that with a reduced cholesterol level, reduced weight and regular exercise heart disease may regress but a longer period of time is required to restore what was built in decades. Studies show that coronary artery disease starts as early as childhood progressing throughout adolescence and childhood.
Then, there were other factors sure to worsen Clinton's condition. In heart disease there are several risk factors that cannot be changed: age, heredity, gender. Older males with a family history of heart disease are more likely to suffer from it, and Bill Clinton fit the profile.
Stressful life contributed to a great extent to his illness, although he is known to exercise regularly. Among other benefits, exercise helps relieving of stress. But the former president overlooked other important aspects. His fondness for smoking and unhealthy foods worsened the situation. Since he started the South Beach diet he lost weight. Probably if dieting had been one of his priorities earlier in his life, his health would have improved substantially. Unfortunately, it seems that his doctors were not that persuasive! The result was that surgery was needed to prevent a heart attack.
Following the South Beach Diet (in a low-sodium version) on a long term basis, accompanied by an exercise routine and quitting smoking would be likely to help the former president to improve his health after his release from the hospital.
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Title:
Clock is ticking for independent women

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596

Summary:
Over the last 10 years, there was a dramatic increase in the number of women over age 35 requesting medical intervention for infertility. there are lot of women who are delaying their plans on bearing a child not realizing the consequences it will do for them.


Keywords:
Infertility


Article Body:
Independent Women, a song popularized by the group Destiny's Child is part of the official soundtrack of the movie, Charlie's Angels. The song best describes the women of the new millennium. Women today are doing a lot more than you can imagine. Many of them are recognized as achievers, leaders, or top professionals in their chosen fields. Women are now more focused on pursuing a career, getting another degree, and becoming financially stable. They want to get what they want on their own, just by themselves. And as they are enjoying their time because of this independence, some women are placing marriage and pregnancy at the back seat. These career women are mostly in their late 20s and early 30s,  often comfortable in their status as a single person without a partner or a child of their own.  But eventually, some of these career women do realize that all their material and personal success would never be enough. Some realize late in life that having a family is one of the few things that would truly make them happy.  Even if some of these women do get married, the prospect of getting pregnant becomes a challenge.  After spending their early years in pursuit of career success, the task of getting pregnant becomes a biological hurdle that many find as impossible to overcome.

Over the last 10 years, there was a dramatic increase in the number of women over age 35 requesting medical intervention for infertility. Approximately 20% of women in United States are having their first child after age 35. This is most likely due to a combination of older age at the time of first marriage and more significantly due to the delay of childbearing in marriage. Countless clinical trials have revealed that a woman's fertility declines significantly when she gets older, yet aging only minimally affects male fertility.

In addition, research supports that this decline in female fertility is more likely related to the aging egg and less likely due to an aging uterus. The healthiest and most fertile eggs are ovulated when a woman is in her teens through her late 20s, a woman's time of peak fertility. When a woman reaches her mid to late 30s, the remaining eggs have substantially less potential for fertilizing and establishing a healthy pregnancy. This is mostly due to chromosomal injuries that normally occur as eggs age within the ovaries.

The vast majority of eggs ovulated have a normal chromosomal composition on women less than 35 years of age. An increasing number of her eggs are likely to be genetically abnormal, aneuploid, as the woman progresses beyond 35 years old. This is a natural process of aging.

With even the most recent dramatic advances in infertility treatment, age related infertility remains as one of our most difficult challenges. Reproductive specialists have known for years that the pregnancy rate is inversely related to the female partner's age. Early explanations for this trend included decreased coital frequency, diminished desire for childbearing, decreased overall time to try for a pregnancy, and diminished ovarian reserve with advancing age.  As women age, even while still regularly menstruating, there are subtle shifts in hormonal patterns that may make the endometrium less receptive, which will make them difficult to get pregnant.

Women who are delaying their plans of getting pregnant should somehow learn from past generations and apply the wisdom of their parents or older friends to be responsible, to savor life, and learn from life's  hard lessons. Independent women should take charge and enjoy what they have right now. They must realize that their biological clock is ticking.


title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss
author:Tami Close
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1724.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Discover secrets to overcome food addictions by releasing negative thoughts and reframing with powerful affirmations, and manifest all that is yours by Divine right.
My name is Tami Close and my intention is to empower women to realize they are responsible for their own health and well-being. 
Why am I doing this?  Years ago I became very ill and wrote down the foregoing statement while reading a book by Mark Victor Hanson entitled Dare to Win.  I knew that I went through the illness for reason and now am manifesting my purpose.  Through this illness I was led on a journey to discover Me!—the Me! who was hidden beneath all the childhood trauma of not feeling loved.  With the help of an energy practitioner, I finally released the childhood stuff and it was life-changing.
You, too, can release your childhood issues and have a miraculous discovery of self.  Many women suffer needlessly with unwanted pounds and I was told I am to work with women to help them love themselves unconditionally.  As an integrative body therapist using Rapid Eye Therapy and Emotional Freedom techniques, I help women release their stuff so they make new, healthy choices in their weight loss goals.  These healing modalities are quick and easy to use and get results.  Once you’re able to see yourself as pure love, the results will be astounding!  You’ll attract those things that keep you focused on a positive lifestyle and the pounds will begin to shed.  Watch the miracles that show up for you as a result!  No more thong envy here!
Many women showed up for me to help me and I, in turn, will show up for you to hold your hand and guide you through your transformation.  It’s no accident you’re reading this.  Know that my intentions are to help you take control of your health.
Look what has manifested in my life as a result of peeling back my own layers.  I became a co-author in a book with Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer and several others.  The book, Wake Up….Life the Life You Love Finding Personal Freedom, was just published in March and can be purchased at Barnes and Noble.  On April 1, 2005 (No April Fools joke) I met Mark Victor Hansen and he signed my Dare to Win book.  I would not have manifested these amazing things if I didn’t release my pain which was keeping me stuck.  I am on purpose!!  I am living my dream of helping women and loving every minute of it.
Check out http://www.tamiclose.com.
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title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #10
author:Tami Close
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2025.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

WOW!!  Here we are on lesson #10.  Hasn’t it been an amazing journey over these two months?  What you are discovering is all the secrets to your weight loss are within you.  You’ve always had the power within you to lose it; you just needed to discover that you hold that power.  As women we feel we need to manage the Universe and that’s a huge responsibility.  When this happens, we take care of everyone’s needs first and then leave us to the last and lose our power.  We find we run on empty most of the time and then wonder why we struggle with weight. Who are we really mad at?  Us! 
When I did some introspection work when I got sick years ago, I was really mad at me.  I was struggling with my marriage and I kept blaming my husband.  Then God kept sending me messages, “Tami, this is about you and learning about you.”  I was having some heart to heart conversations with God telling Him that it wasn’t about me—it was my husband.  I felt like a little kid with my fingers in my ears telling God, “Neener, Neener, Neener.  You’re not the boss of me!”  And then running away.  God, in His gentle, loving way kept insisting that I needed to work on myself.  I finally listened!  I can be pretty stubborn.  Can you relate to this?  Then I had the AHA moment.  I was giving away my power by having to please others.  WOW!  What a revelation!   Whenever I have a moment where my power wants to sneak out, I just get a rope out and lasso it and shout, “Oh, no you don’t! You come on back to momma!” 
I just recently watched The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya’s for the second time.  This movie depicts what can manifest when we hold on to our stuff and give away our power.  It affects us and those around with whom we come in contact for generations.  This movie also demonstrates the power of sisterhood and provides a lot of humor and bonding that can take place..  With this in mind, we’re going to do a little Ya Ya lesson.  Ready Ya Ya’s??  I can’t hear you.  Are you ready?  Shout it from every cell in your body.  “I am ready to release my stuff and have some fun.”  Remember, clothing is optional!  After all, you’re in the comfort of your own home, embrace your body and tell it that you love it. 
Before we begin, I need to explain something about chakras.  They are spinning circles of energy in your body and govern the endocrine system.  With this in mind, they bring your hormones and thus your emotions into balance.  We’re going to be working with one particular chakra—your power chakra. 
Take a deep breath in and feel the energy surrounding you as you realize the full power within.  Put one hand on your solar plexus, which is located in the area between the belly button and the rib cage.  While rubbing your hand counterclockwise over the solar plexus, I want you to do Rapid Eye moving your eyes left to right.  Find two points on the wall so you can move your eyes from left to right.  Now start up at the ceiling moving the eyes in a zig zag format all the way down to the floor.  While moving your eyes, repeat after me:  I release the pain, I release the trauma, I release the guilt, I release the anger, I release the sadness, I release all the negative emotions past, present and future.  How did that feel?
We’re going to activate your POWER NOW!!  While rubbing your hand clockwise over the solar plexus, continue with the Rapid Eye movements as above and repeat after me:  I have my power, I retain my power, I love my power, I am a powerful child of God, I love me forever.  How did that feel?
Okay, now we’re going to have some fun.  Now that we have our power back, let’s do a Ya Ya Power Ceremony.  Visualize you, me and everyone who you want to be in a circle of light underneath the stars late at night.  The moon is bright and illuminating its full potential.  We are going to moon….oopps I mean we are the moon illuminating our full potential.  Some day I’ll have to tell you about my mooning experiences. 
We breathe in our power!  We’re wearing our slinky dresses and swaying our hands up in the air.  Darn, we look good! Someone starts drumming and we dance to the beat of the drum while chanting the power song, I’ve Got Da Power and You Don’t!”  Keep chanting first softly and then louder and louder until you’re screaming it from the depths of your soul.  We are the Ya Ya’s and true Ya Ya’s always retain their power.  It is done now and forever.
What a ceremony!  Thank you for joining me in the Power Ceremony.  God wants us to keep our power.  It’s His job to manage the Universe so you don’t have to. 
Keep up the GREAT work.  You are AWESOME!
Love and hugs,
Tami
http://www.tamiclose.com
http://www.closekeptsecrets.com
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title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #11
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You are the GREATEST, aren’t you?  You are focusing on you and attracting all the wonderful things you deserve.  You are enlightened about your Divinity as God only creates the Divine.  Think thoughts of abundance and be amazed at what shows up for you.  Referring to Lesson #2 will help you as it is all about clearing your thoughts to keep you focused on the positives.  This is your year.  It’s all about you and being the person you want to be.   I have my own sign that people bought me that I put on my refrigerator:  It’s All About Me!  You have achieved your weight loss goals.  Remember to think of it in terms that it has already happened because the brain does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined.  This is exactly what athletes do!
Wayne Dyer has an interesting cell phone message that he created.  It goes something like this:  You have reached Wayne Dyer and I want to feel good.  If your message is designed to do anything other than make me feel good, you have reached the wrong number.  Pretty powerful, right?  You can create these same conditions.  Surround yourself with positive people, positive experiences and keep doing those daily affirmations.  If you find that you’re attracting something that you don’t want, then step back and look at your thoughts and ask “Why am I attracting this?”
This particular lesson I want to focus on having a great relationship with an ex-spouse or ex-significant other.  Some of you may be in this position or know someone who is, and I’m here to tell you that it is possible!!  We want to feel good, don’t we?
A few years ago my ex-husband and I decided to end our marriage and begin our lives as single people.  We don’t look at our marriage as a failure, but rather as something that we attracted because we had lessons to learn and we showed up for each other to learn those valuable lessons.  It took a few short months for us to work through anger and hurt, but we have transcended those negative emotions.  I could truly not exist with having anger towards him. That would keep me stuck and hold things in my body and “I want to feel good!”   I have forgiven him, and more importantly, I have forgiven myself.  We have a wonderful relationship as friends, and I am grateful to him for the lessons he taught me.  One of the lessons he taught me was to stand up for myself.  I became my mom as she experienced the same lesson with my dad.  In all of us we carry DNA patterns and Rapid Eye Technology is wonderful for clearing these patterns. 
I recently took my ex-husband out to dinner for his birthday and people would be baffled by our conversation.  We talked about our dating experiences and did a lot of belly laughing as a result.  He has been dating for much longer than I have and so had more to share.  Nonetheless, we could truly be happy for each other and want the best for each other as well.
If you’re intent is to feel good, but you’re still holding on to anger, how can you accomplish that goal?  Get out lesson #5 which focuses on forgiveness.  I’m including a visualization exercise from Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life.  I extend gratitude to Louise as she has helped me more than she can ever possibly know.
Here’s the exercise.  Have someone read this to you or put it on tape and listen to it so you can close your eyes and truly act as if they are in the room with you.
“Begin to visualize yourself as a little child of five or six.  Look deeply into this little child’s eyes.  See the longing that is there and realize that there is only one thing this little child wants from you, and that is love.  So reach out your arms and embrace this child.  Hold hi/her with love and tenderness.  Tell him/her how much you love him/her, how much you care.  Admire everything about this child and say that it’s okay to make mistakes while learning.  After all, mistakes are God’s way of saying choose a different path.  Promise that you will always be there no matter what.  Now let this child get very small, until he/she is just the size to fit into your heart.  Put him/her there so whenever you look down, you can see this little face looking up at you, and you can give him/her lots of love.
Now visualize your mother as a little girl of four or five, frightened and looking for love and not knowing where to find it.  Reach out your arms and hold this little girl and let her know how much you love her, how much you care.  Let her know she can rely on you to always be there, no matter what.  When she quiets down and begins to feel safe, let her get very small, just the size to fit into your heart.  Put her there with your own little child.  Let them give each other lots of love.
Now imagine your father as a little boy of three or four, frightened, crying and looking for love.  See the tears rolling down his face when he doesn’t know where to turn.  You have become good at comforting frightened little children, so reach out your arms and hold his trembling little body.  Comfort him.  Let him feel how much you love him.  Let him feel that you will always be there for him.
When his tears are dry, and you feel the love and peace in his little body, let him get very small, just the size to fit into your heart.  Put him there so those three little children can give each other lots of love and you can love them all.”
I’m going to now add your ex-spouse or ex-significant other to this visualization.
Now picture your ex-spouse or ex-significant other as a little child of four or five, frightened and looking for love and not knowing where to find it.  He/she is so scared and cries for someone to love him/her.  You reach out your arms and in that loving, comforting way hold him/her close to you.  Let him/her know you will always be there.  Dry his/her tears and let him/her get very small, just the size to fit into your heart.  Put him/her there so all of you children can be comforted and give each other lots of love.
Back to the end of the Louise Hay visualization.
“There is so much love in your heart that you could heal the entire planet.  But just for now let us use this love to heal you.  Feel a warmth beginning to glow in your heart center, a softness, a gentleness.  Let this feeling begin to change the way you think and talk about yourself.”
Remember, according to Marianne Williamson, “All behavior is either a call or love or extension of love.”  Extend love to yourself and then to all those around you, including your ex’s.  It will be remarkable how you feel and then manifest wonderful things as a result.  Holding on to anger serves no purpose, other than to create destructive things in your body like extra weight.  Remember, your intent is to feel good.  When you feel good, you feel God!!
You are the most incredible person and I’m so grateful that you’re in my life.  God has given me the gift of you!!
Love and hugs,
Tami
http://www.tamiclose.com
http://www.closekeptsecrets.com
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Are you just exploding with the presence of light all around you?  Isn’t it awesome when you take time out for yourself, how amazing you feel?  Just keep believing in yourself and the miracles will keep happening.  The right people will show up and the right opportunities will show up….GUARANTEED! 
I am basking in my own light and let me tell you why.  I just became a co-author in a book with a few famous people like Mark Victor Hansen, Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer and others.  The name of the book is Wake Up Live the Life You Love…Finding Personal Freedom.  It’s a compilation of short stories designed to motivate and inspire similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul.  The book will come out in March and we anticipate taking it to number #1 on the best seller list.  Pretty awesome, right?
Last weekend I attended a conference in Southern California as part of the Wake Up Live family.  The keynote speaker was Stedman Graham, Oprah’s boyfriend.  During his presentation he came over to me and asked me my name and used me to illustrate some key points for his speech.  I also got to attend a VIP dinner with Stedman in attendance.  Pretty wonderful, right?  I met some other amazing people at the conference who I attracted to help me build my business.
Why am I telling you this?  Before I could manifest miracles, I first needed to BELIEVE in myself and TRUST that GOD, my angels, my guides are right here with me all the time lifting me higher and higher.  I have spent too many years living in worry and fear and only manifesting heartache as a result.  I am not going to waste any more time living off track in lower vibrational energy.  God has created me to live my purpose and I want to please Him.  Now that I am believing in ME, I am soaring beyond the clouds!
Want to fly with me? Then keep focusing on you and each and every minute of the day thinking thoughts that will bring in more light.  You have the tools to do this:  RET, EFT, affirmations, meditation, visualization, journaling, forgiveness, exercise, surrounding yourself with positive people.  When you have a fearful thought that comes in, take a minute out and go tap.  Guess what?  You can do this for a screaming child as well.  Tap for them on their face, collarbone, under the arm and their head.  You’ll get results for them as well.
It will be great to see where you started and where you are now as a result of making you  a priority.  Remember, we are made to manifest miracles.  Listen, trust and take Divine action.  Your dreams are right here!
Right now, what are you going to do to bring in more light? 
Love and hugs,
Tami
http://www.tamiclose.com
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title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #13
author:Tami Close
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Life is great, isn’t it?  Stop and just look around you as you’re reading this and breathe in all that you have to be grateful for.  You have a computer; you have the Internet; you have the ability to type; you can read; you have an attractive, intelligent, vibrant 50-year old woman who cares about you—that’s me!  Remember to define yourself as Divine.  The One who created you wouldn’t have it any other way.  He expects you to let people know who you are and shout it out your car window if you have to.  I prefer to wear a t-shirt that reveals who I am.  I celebrated my 50th birthday on March 11 and got a t-shirt that says, “I’m 50 and I’m a Hottie!!” 
You’re a Hottie too!!  Take a few moments and get up and do the Hottie dance.  Shake your booty and let’s hear the roaring sounds of, “I am a Hottie!  I am a Hottie!  I am a Hottie because I have a nice, sexy body!  Go ahead and shake it all around!  Being a Hottie is wear it’s at and you are definitely where it’s at.
In order to retain the Hottie title, you must take care of your body.  What I’m discovering more and more as I work with clients is the emotional component that keeps people from achieving their weight loss.  When you are hold things in, your body stays in an acidic state which creates a harmful environment.  The stress can affect your entire body and can literally shut down your adrenal glands.  It’s as if your body is in a fight or flight mode all the time with all the worry.  Your body wants to be in an alkaline, balanced state for its optimum health.
Also when your body is acidic, it creates a haven for Candida Albicans, which is an overproduction of yeast in the entire body. The yeast is a parasite and doesn’t need a partner to reproduce.  Thus, when you’re under stress, the yeast has a field day because it thrives on an unhealthy body.  Also Candida thrives on sugar, whether it is processed sugar or carbohydrates like breads, pastas or rice that turn into sugar in the body. 
I know about Candida as I had it when I was very ill.   In my healing book, it states that people who have Candida experience a lot of frustration and anger.  That was me once upon a time.  I thank God that I was shown a different way and I can show my body how much I love it by being kind to it.  God gave me a wonderful body and I express gratitude to Him everyday by what I put in it, my exercise program, the words I use, giving it time to relax and nurturing it.  I am a Hottie and I wear that t-shirt with pride.
Take a moment right now and express gratitude to God for your body.  Thank you for my eyes that see, my ears that can hear, my heart that beats, my blood that flows, my mouth to wear bright lipstick, my voice to express who I am.  He gave it to all to you so that you would take care of it and be all you can be. 
So, Ms. Hottie, releasing those emotions is the key.  Keep using those Rapid Eye and Emotional Freedom Techniques to release those negative emotions.  Use those affirmations throughout the day to keep the positive energy flowing.  Express gratitude when you drink a glass of water, have a hot shower, skip down the road.  Forgive others and yourself.  Meditate and pray to be closer to God.  God only knows peace and wants the same for you. 
You are absolutely incredible and deserve such huge pats on the back.  Go ahead and reach way back and give yourself a few pats. Your hard work is paying off and I’m proud of you!
Love and hugs,
Tami
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title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #16
author:Tami Close
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Today is the most wonderful day!  We have gifts right in front of us and we are ready to grab those gifts and say WAHOO!  Look around you at your extraordinary treasures.
For my 50th birthday, my nieces gave me a CD by Tim McGraw entitled Live Like You Were Dying.  They paid me a wonderful compliment and said, “Aunt Tami, you’re the one we think of who is living like you were dying.”  What a powerful message to me as I blast that song every morning to rev up my energy.  Of course, picturing Tim in those tight jeans helps!
Remember I used to live in such deep doo doo with fear and worry.  Through daily practice my connection to God becomes clearer—it’s corrosion free.  It takes practice to transcend fear and putting those daily activities in place to help bring in the positives.  Want to have some fun with your inner child?  Sticking your tongue out at fear does help.  So let’s practice.  Stick out your tongue and face your fears and shout, “You’re not the boss of me.”  It’s kind of hard to have your tongue hanging out while talking but it sure feels good, doesn’t it?
I am reprinting some lines from the song so you can breathe in the message.
Live Like You Were Dying

He said, “I was in my early forties, with a lot of life before me,
When a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
And I spent most of the next days looking at the x-rays
And talking “bout the options, talking “bout sweet time.”

And I asked him when it sank in
That this might really be the end.
“How’s it hit you when you get that kind of news?
Man what’d you do?”  He said,

“I went sky diving; I went rocky mountain climbing;
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fumanchu.
And I loved deeper, and I spoke sweeter.
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.”
And he said, “Someday I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dying.”

He said, “I was finally the husband that most the time I wasn’t.
And I became a friend a friend would like to have.
And all ‘a sudden going fishin’ wasn’t such an imposition
And I went three times that year I lost my dad.
And I finally read the good book and I took a good long look

Powerful message, right?  So what are you going to do?  Tell a friend you love him or her.   Call a family member whom you haven’t forgiven and forgive.   Do something nice for your neighbor.  Ready to ride the bull?  Just for today, “Live Like You Were Dying!”
Love and hugs,
Tami
http://www.tamiclose.com
http://www.closekeptsecrets.com
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Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #20
Do you remember the movie, Bambi?  During spring time all the animals begin to notice the opposite sex and the magic of “love” takes place.  The word, twitterpaited, is used to illustrate this magical phenomenon.  Well guess what, I am twitterpaited!!
As you know I am divorced and have a great relationship with my ex-husband.  We share stories about our dating experiences and only desire happiness for each other.
For the past eight months, I have been dating on-line and it’s been a wonderful experience in practicing how to date again after twenty seven years.  I am so grateful for these men who I have attracted and given me the opportunity to learn how to communicate better.  Have I learned a lot?  YES!!!  Am I ready to write a book about my experiences?  YES!!!  I’ll share a funny story about one man who asked me if my teeth were my own.  It seems that he had gone on a date and the woman had borrowed a friend’s false teeth.  Pretty funny, huh?  I have others to share, but I’ll save those for my book. 
Remember how I’ve written about the Law of Attraction.  Recently, I met someone who is absolutely incredible.  He e-mailed me on the dating service and I wrote back that I love to laugh.  Thus, I told him to make me laugh and that he would be graded.  Of course, I expected that he would just send these knock, knock jokes, but he blew me away with his hilarious story about high school pranks.  I was rolling on the floor with laughter.  Then when I met him, I felt like I was in the presence of Robin Williams; I had to hold my cheeks as they hurt from laughing so hard.  It’s a great feeling!
I’m sharing my story because I believe in the Laws of Attraction.   Three years ago I wrote down the characteristics of the man I intended to attract--I got this idea from Tony Robbins, who is a motivational speaker.  This man has all those characteristics.  Each day I express gratitude for my great relationship knowing that I’m sending out that higher vibrational thought.  I get to surrender this to God and leave it in His hands. I get to enjoy and live in the moment and it feels tremendous. Whatever you send out is what you will get back so why not make it positive?
I am feeling so wonderful that I want to give back to you.
For a short time I am offering discounted energy sessions and on my e-book, Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss.  Go to my website at http://www.tamiclose.com to take advantage of this special offer. 
What value will these energy sessions and e-book bring to you? 
Spend a productive hour to discuss my integrative weight loss program, establish your goals, go over stress release techniques and then put together a daily plan for optimum success—laughing as we talk!  On-going weekly support calls will be included in this as well.  These calls feature others who are focused on their goals and will offer encouragement and a lot of laughter too.  The e-book includes a lot of my lessons and other beneficial information—all in a condensed package. 
Giving back is important to me.  Be open to receive and let everything that you intend to manifest flow to you.  I can’t wait to talk to you on the telephone.  Getting to hear your voice will be awesome!
Love and hugs,
Tami
http://www.tamiclose.com
http://www.closekeptsecrets.com
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title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #21
author:Tami Close
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Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #21
You deserve everything that is wonderful!  Do you know how extraordinary you are?  Let’s spend a few moments writing about you and defining the relationship you desire with yourself.  Let me give you an example that I use for myself:
Tami’s Life

I am spiritually minded
I am financially responsible to me [the family.]
I am free to be me.
I respect myself.
I exercise each day.
I meditate each day.
I express gratitude each day.
I laugh…..wet your pants laughter….each day.
I use affirmations each day.
I use RET and EFT each day.
I have tons of fun.
I eat nutritious food each day.
I take fun vacations.
I play each day.
I shake my booty…..WAHOO!
I forgive myself and others.
I do deserve everything that is wonderful.
I say I’m sorry and make it right with others when I’m disconnected from God.

Now you write down the relationship you have with yourself.  Remember to express as if it is already occurring.  Act as if.  You can use some or all of what I wrote or create your own.  Remember love is a verb so when you say you love yourself, what action steps do you take to show that you indeed love yourself.  What do you do each day for yourself?
Believing and receiving what you deserve is still the #1 issue that my clients all have at their core.   When you have “I don’t deserve” at your core, you will sabotage things that are wonderful that come into your life.  Sabotage is very powerful and you don’t even recognize that’s what you’re doing.  It becomes such a pattern of behavior that is difficult to change. 
As I’m dating, I have had this come up for me.  It took a wonderful man to help me work through it.  For you see I had been the giver in my former marriage and didn’t know how to receive.  I had learned “I don’t deserve” in childhood.  Thus, it had carried over into my adulthood.  Can you relate to this?  I’m much better at receiving but that has taken daily work.  Yes, I have to do energy work and the daily activities I describe because I have stuff that comes up.  There are times when I have to amp it up like during this dating process.
I have a great energy session focused on sabotage.  I have done this session with clients and it is very powerful.  You get the release you need and we discuss a daily plan to focus on your goals and transform your life.  You also get to be part of my weekly support calls to help you.  This is intended to get to the root of your overeating habits.  Do you think you have “I don’t deserve” at your core?  If you say yes, I’ve got the answers for you. 
Check out my website at http://www.tamiclose.com and you can take part in an energy session.  You might also want to check out http://www.closekeptsecrets.com where you can hear a recorded message of my voice.  This website is focused on the Isagenix products that I use as part of my weight loss program.
Now, ready to have some fun?  Repeat after me. 

I put everyone before me.
I like being last.
I like struggling.
I like disappointments.
I like having no control over my life.
I like feeling frustrated.

Now, was that really fun to repeat those phrases?  I don’t think so.  These are some of the emotions that are underneath your weight.  Don’t you think it’s time to clear them to become all you can be?  Make a commitment to yourself and give me ONE HOUR; you’ll see a huge difference. 
Now let’s repeat the following with excitement and enthusiasm.  Jump up and down and really get that booty moving and shake it all over.

I do deserve!
I do deserve!
I do deserve!
I do deserve!
I do deserve!
I do deserve!
I do deserve!
I do deserve!

Feeling great, aren’t you?  You were born to deserve everything that is wonderful.  Remember this.  It is your birthright.  God wants it for you.  He’s been very patient in waiting for you to get it.  Aren’t you ready to please Him?
ONE HOUR—think about it!!
Love and hugs,
Tami
http://www.tamiclose.com
http://www.closekeptsecrets.com

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title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #23
author:Tami Close
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How AWESOME are you?  I can’t hear you.  Jump up and down and wiggle your little (it is little, you know) hiney and shout “I am AWESOME, I am AWESOME, I am AWESOME, I am AWESOME, I am AWESOME.  Now, I’ll ask again.  How AWESOME are you?  TOTALLY AWESOME….I heard you this time….WOW!!! 

Our intention is to create this high vibrational energy each and every moment. A quote from Nelson Mandela illustrates this in showing you that you are an AWESOME child of God.  I look at this quote each and every day when I do my energy circles.  I encourage you to print this and tape it somewhere so that you see it everyday.  Moving from fear into joy is a process, and there are activities that we can do each day to guide us in the right direction—our connection to God. 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that
We are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I
To be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about
Shrinking so that other people
Won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest
The Glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us,
It’s in everyone and as we let our light shine
We unconsciously give other people
Permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear.
Our presence automatically liberates others.”

For today, don’t shrink.  Don’t hide.  Stand tall in who you are.  Walk with confidence.  Chest out, abs in…no rounded shoulders.  Don’t forget to shake that hiney as you walk.  I know, it’s kind of hard to shake and walk at the same time.  Hey, I’m 50 years old and if I can do it, you can too.  Let your light shine.  You are brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous!! 

I am so proud to know you and am very glad you were born.  What are you going to do today to show your light?

Love and hugs,

Tami
http://www.tamiclose.com
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Hello Magnanimous You!
Isn’t magnanimous an incredible word?  It’s a four syllable word…WHEW!  That’s who you are!  How could you not be since you are made perfect as a child of God? 
WOW!  Each day keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?  Imagine over the course of the last few months how your life has changed.  You’re becoming more and more aware of the daily focus on you that is required for your life to be vibrant. 
What happens when you give to yourself?  You become more connected to God.  Giving to yourself is the key to receiving everything that you intend to attract.  In Conversations with God, Neale Donald Walsh mentions that it is truly about Self.  Who are you being in every moment?  Did you know Neale Donald Walsh used to be homeless?  Now look where he is.  He has learned to give to himself and let the abundance flow to him.
What happens when you give to everyone else and leave yourself last?  You become disconnected to God.  You’re running around ragged and wonder why you’re so exhausted.  Can you really be loving towards your family when you’re so run down? 
What is the solution?  Make a commitment to you and spend time doing something that brings you joy.  Listen to music, go for a walk, take a nice relaxing bath, light some candles, go to a park and stare at the clouds, journal, meditate, read a book…whatever it is where you can have some quiet time.
Just for today…..choose at least 15 minutes to do something for you.   
You know what I’m going to do?  Right now….okay, after I write this newsletter….I’m going to put on Earth, Wind and Fire and go sit outside in the sun and make clouds disappear.  I may just sing really loud and dance which could alarm my neighbors.  I love stirring up things.  It’s about having fun, isn’t it?
I believe in you and am glad that you are part of my life!  My life is abundant because you’re in it.
Love and hugs,
Tami
http://www.tamiclose.com
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title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #29
author:Tami Close
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Divine One,
What joys did you experience today?  When we have the relationship with ourselves and the one who created us, we have mastered God’s intention for us and living in pure joy of being.  His plan is to take care of everything else and make life simple and effortlessly.  Do we always listen to His message?
I wasn’t listening myself recently.  I had been on such a great course with giving myself down time for a nice relaxing bath, reading, meditation and journaling before going to sleep, but over the past few months I hadn’t been doing this.  Guess what happened?  I was experiencing the “out of balance” blues.  I was feeling this inner turmoil….all because I wasn’t spending the quality time with myself and God at night.  Then an angel gave me a wake up call.  Thank you, God.
While I was driving I got pulled over for speeding by an angel in a policeman’s uniform; I haven’t gotten a ticket since I was 21 years old.  Yes, he did write me a ticket.  His message to me was “slow down.”   We never know who God intends to show up for us; we just know that people in our lives show up for a reason.  Remember there are no accidents, only synchronicity. 
Slow down!!  I’ve taken that to heart and have made some changes.  I was meant to slow down, not only driving, but in my daily life.  I get off track too and need to be reminded…..WHOA Tami!! 
What does slow down mean to me?  It means I’m living in the present being grateful for drinking water, brushing my teeth, taking a hot shower, nice comfy bed, my family, my friends.  In addition, I am spending the much needed time at night to commune with God. 
What does slow down mean to you?  Take some time and write down what it means.  Where do you need to slow down?  Who is your angel showing up for you?  Maybe it’s your child, your significant other, your parent, your co-worker.  Whomever it is, listen to God’s message he or she is delivering.
All the books I read say to live in the present, live in the here and now.  It’s also God’s message to us.  Remember He takes care of the rest. 
Love and hugs,
Tami
Helping you fall in love with yourself
Tami Close
2916 NW Bucklin Hill Rd. #291
Silverdale, WA  98383
360-792-2209
http://www.tamiclose.com
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title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #30
author:Tami Close
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Expect, Expect, Expect!  When we prepare and expect what we desire, we ultimately receive.  When we focus on our heart’s desires, we receive all that is ours by Divine right. 
The Law of Attraction is a perfect law.  It is set up to give you what you focus on.  If your thoughts are those of “I can’t lose weight,” then that’s exactly what you will receive.
You’ll be attracted to everything that represents “I can’t lose weight.” 
Remember your thoughts have energy and when you have a thought, it goes out to the Universe to try and find its vibrational match. Your mind does not know the difference between what is real and what is imagined.
“I can’t lose weight” will find non-nutritious foods, poor relationships, fatigue.  The underlying components of not deserving will keep showing up for you.
Likewise “I am my ideal weight” will find nutritional foods, high energy level, exercise program, meditation, great relationships.  Deserving all that is wonderful and miraculous will keep showing up for you.
This law is so simple, isn’t it?  If you’re going to think a thought, then why not make it a thought of huge proportion that will give you the results you’re desiring. 
Expect your ideal weight and it automatically shows up for you. 
For today, go out and buy an outfit that represents your ideal weight.  Hang it in your closet or put it out where you see it everyday.  Envision yourself in that outfit.  Don’t you feel incredibly sexy?
I have my own ideal weight outfit.  I purchased a jumpsuit when I was 21 years old and kept that jumpsuit in my closet knowing I would fit into it one day.  This year when I turned 50 years old I was able to wear that jumpsuit and it feels amazing!
I wear it when I speak in front of women’s groups to create the visual that anyone can do it.  It’s a very powerful message.
My comprehensive weight loss program, which includes clearing those lower vibrational thoughts with energy sessions, has the components to help you.  Feel transformed!! Check out my website at http://www.tamiclose.com
Expect, Expect, Expect!!  If you prepare and expect for what you desire, then you’ll receive it.  It is your Divine right to be healthy, happy and to live abundantly. 
What are you going to do to ensure that you have those positive thoughts on a daily basis?
Love and hugs,
Tami
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Helping you fall in love with yourself
Tami Close
Weight Loss Consultant
2916 N. W. Bucklin Hill Rd. #291
Silverdale, WA  98383
http://www.tamiclose.com
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title:Close Kept Secrets to Weight Loss Lesson #35
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Gratitude!  When you’re in a state of gratitude….taking a deep breath….and then saying thank you to everything and everyone around you, this wonderful, blissful feeling surrounds you.  You know that you are right where you need to be.  The moment is right here, right now.
To express my gratitude for who you are and who you are becoming, I am providing a website address you can go to and experience bliss.  Feel the words, turn up your speakers and just be in a state of gratitude!
http://www.llangley.com/yoga/wisdom/rightnow%5b2%5d.htm
If clicking on the link does not work automatically, then put mouse over it and press the Control Key + click to follow link. Or you can type the above address in your browser.
Enjoy!
As Wayne Dyer says, if you knew who walked beside you at all times, you would not have one moment of doubt, worry or fear.  Feel God!
After listening to His message written specifically for you, write God a thank you letter for all that He gives you.  Everything you have is because of Him.  He is your Source.  Your connection to Him is filled with light. 
He brought me you and I am so grateful that you are in my life.  You are joy! You are peace!  You are love!  You are always enough!  You are your ideal weight!  Everything about you is ideal!
You are connected to your Divinity!
I love you,
Tami
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Helping people fall in love….with themselves
Tami Close
Weight Loss Consultant
2916 N.W. Bucklin Hill Rd. #291
Silverdale, WA  98383
360-792-2209
http://www.tamiclose.com
 

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