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Thursday, April 16, 2020

e-Drugs Just a Click Away

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You must have shopped through internet. Isn’t it convenient to use this medium to order goods of your choice and get them delivered at your doorstep. What more, you can order items from around the world using websites that specifically serve this purpose.

Online Pharmacy,Online Prescriptions, Prescription Drugs, Pharmacy, Discount Pharmacy

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You must have shopped through internet. Isn’t it convenient to use this medium to order goods of your choice and get them delivered at your doorstep. What more, you can order items from around the world using websites that specifically serve this purpose.

Ordering medicines through an online pharmacy is the latest in this trend. These online or e-pharmacies are drugstores that fulfill your medication order and deliver them to your home. You don’t have to spend time in visiting the doctor and then going to a drugstore to buy the prescribed medicines. It makes even more sense if you are on long term medication.

These pharmacies have a panel of registered medical practitioners who can provide online consultation and give you a prescription for medicines which can be promptly ordered at the same instant.

The medicines that you buy through the online pharmacies are cheaper than what you pay at the local drugstore. In some cases the difference is as much as 80% on the lower side. This is mainly due to the fact that these pharmacies source their goods directly from the manufacturer or wholesaler. They get cheaper prices and this is passed on to you for your benefit. Not only bulk orders but even unit prices of medicines are cheaper at the online pharmacies. If you are a regular user of this mode of purchase, you could end up saving thousands of dollars over the year.

Another valuable aspect of these e-pharmacies is their confidential nature. You can avoid embarrassment of going to a doctor’s clinic and waiting to discuss your personal health problems like those related to obesity or sexual health. Online consultation is provided within the confines and security of your home. Even the medication is discreetly delivered at your doorstep.

If you have been using the internet for making purchases then you must be familiar with modes of e-payment, i.e. payment for goods made through the internet using a variety of options including credit cards, debit cards, etc. The online pharmacies offer these secure modes of payment in partnership with the leading banks and well known world wide payment facilitators. The use of latest encryption methods makes your payment secure and prevents malicious use of your personal data.

When shopping at the online pharmacies you have the option of buying branded or generic products. Discounts are available on both types for bulk orders including refills.

Like with any internet shopping, you must first ensure that the online pharmacy is genuinely registered with the local health authority and is selling FDA approved drugs. This task is not difficult and will go a long way in building your trust for online shopping for medication.

In short these online pharmacies offer a unique experience in buying medication saving you time and money while you stay within the comforts of your home.

Eczema Or Atopic Dermatitis, Anyone?

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Atopic dermatitis is a skin disease which in some countries is also known as “eczema.” The ailment is one of the many forms of dermatitis or skin disease.

Atopic dermatitis most of the time occurs with some other atopic diseases, or ailments whose exact infected locations are not really traceable. Some of these diseases include asthma, hay fever and conjunctivitis.

This skin disease is most of the time chronic and symptoms and manifestations can further develop, continu...

atopic dermatitis, dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, eczema

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Atopic dermatitis is a skin disease which in some countries is also known as “eczema.” The ailment is one of the many forms of dermatitis or skin disease.

Atopic dermatitis most of the time occurs with some other atopic diseases, or ailments whose exact infected locations are not really traceable. Some of these diseases include asthma, hay fever and conjunctivitis.

This skin disease is most of the time chronic and symptoms and manifestations can further develop, continue to exist or disappear over some time. When you say chronic, it means the disease is treatable but not really curable.

Treatments like ointments and other forms are generally used to ease or relieve the itchiness or discomfort brought about by atopic dermatitis. These treatments are also used to reduce or diminish the affected area in the skin.

In the past, and even presently, atopic dermatitis is mistaken for psoriasis, another skin disease.

Atopic dermatitis usually shows up or affects infants whose ages may range from one month to six months. In the US, about 60% of atopic dermatitis patients experience their first onset of this skin disease when they were just one year old.

Approximately 90% of atopic dermatitis patients in the country got the skin disease when they were about 5 years old and below. There are cases of an atiopic dermatitis onset during adolescent years but they are very uncommon and rare.

Symptoms of atopic dermatitis

Be aware that manifestation or symptoms of this itchy and uncomfortable skin disease vary with age.

Generally, atopic dermatitis is characterized by the presence of lesions which occur or can be found in different areas of the body, depending on age.

For example, an infant has eczema if he has lesions in the extensor surfaces, the face or in the trunk. For young children, they are found in ankles and wrists. In adults, these lesions may be found in the upper chest, in the neck, in the face and in the genitals or sex organs.

For infants and children with atopic dermatitis, rashes also occur during warmer weather. These rashes will surely worsen with the climate change from warm to winter or colder climate.

Skin areas infected with atopic dermatitis also is characterized by unusual and unaesthetic skin drying.

Treating atopic dermatitis

Modern medicine believes that atopic dermatitis may be worsened or complicated by stress or emotional and psychological anxieties.

The dryness in the infected area in the skin can be practically reduced by avoiding and preventing further contact with the allergen that may have caused or triggered the onset of atopic dermatitis.

Moisturizers are available and easily accessible in local drug stores and retail chains but it is important to seek a doctor’s or a dermatologist’s prescription and consultation first. Self-treatment or self-prescription should be avoided for it may only worsen the skin disease.

Use of strong and harsh soaps must also be reduced to help prevent further drying of the skin. Most soaps today have chemicals that wash away and put out the natural oil produced by the skin. These natural oils contain substances that will help prevent skin drying.


Of course, jut like other skin diseases, the most basic and general prevention for atopic dermatitis is through proper and practical hygiene.

Avoid skin contact with allergens like skin irritating chemicals, solvents and clothes. As much as possible, also avoid too much exposure to extreme climates like very high or very low temperatures.

It can be hard to explain but emotional stress can also be a factor causing atopic dermatitis so as much as possible avoid it, as well as exposure to excessive or little tobacco smoke.

title:Educated Choice
author:Cathy Aguirre
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

How to control health care costs continues to dominate discussions among benefit administrators, chief financial officers, CEOs, insurance brokers and health benefit companies. When you lower your
costs, your employees often react by thinking they will receive fewer benefits.

Offering a choice of plans, having a sensible contribution strategy and providing employee education can hold costs down and satisfy

Choice, choice, choice

Offering a choice in benefit plans, choice in network access and choice in monthly costs are some of the best ways to keep health care
costs affordable. Whether you have 20 employees or 1,000, find a health benefits company that can offer you several plans for
employees to choose from.

Typically, employers offer very little choice in health benefit plans. Successful benefit administrators understand that every employee has unique health care needs. Why not offer employees three or four plans to choose from?

The level of benefits employees choose will relate directly to how much they utilize health care services and what they can afford.

Most health benefit companies offer the following
types of plans.

Traditional HMO. Lowest-cost plan, all care is coordinated by a primary care physician; employee must stay in network

Open access. A slightly higher-priced plan allowing the employee the freedom to selfrefer to specialists in the network. More freedom
equals a higher cost.

Point of Service (POS). A less affordable plan for most, with more freedom; employee can access HMO benefits/network and/or pay higher co-insurance and choose any doctor

Preferred Provider Organization plan (PPO). Greatest freedom, highest cost; total network access and out-of-network benefit,
self-refer to specialist

Developing a contribution strategy

Now that you have decided to partner with a carrier that can offer your employees the choices they need, how do you stay within your company’s budget? The answer is simple — be fair and consistent by implementing a defined contribution strategy that fits your company’s budget. This process can be accomplished in two easy steps.

1. Determine what dollar amount per employee your business can afford.

2. Select a carrier that can offer you four plans that will satisfy your employees’ health care needs.

Here’s an example of how a defined contributions strategy could work for you (based on a health benefits budget of $180 per employee, per month).

In the example in the chart above, your company accomplished two very important goals: You controlled your company’s costs and you offered your employees choices.

With a defined contributions strategy, your employees are responsible for evaluating what they need and how much they are willing
to pay.

A choice of plans with a defined contribution strategy is two-thirds of the employer’s cost saving equation. By adding employee education, you could see a change in behavior that can lead to significant savings. The more informed employees are about the true cost of health care and how their choices directly affect their pocketbook, the more likely they are to become “partners” in controlling costs.

Most health benefit carriers provide members with an Explanation of Benefits for all claims processed, which contains the cost of services. Web-based tools offer plan information and are user-friendly. At workshops and mandatory open enrollment educational
meetings, employees can speak directly with a carrier representative.

As health insurance premiums continue to rise and more employers face very difficult decisions, offering a choice of plans can keep your employees happy and satisfy your bottom line.

Educate Yourself - LASIK Eye Surgery Could Be For You

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You require some basic LASIK education, in order to get a clear picture of what you can expect from laser eye surgery.

lasik, laser eye surgery, eye surgery, lasek, eye

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It might be the case that you are tired of wearing glasses, or you believe that it cramps your style. You also don’t want to use contact lenses, in order to avoid infection or inflammation due to overuse. In such a scenario, you are likely to consider LASIK eye surgery, which is one of the most prevalent vision correction procedures. And therefore, you require some basic LASIK education, in order to get a clear picture of what you can expect from LASIK if you want to know whether you should do eye laser surgery.

If the light rays don't focus on the retina (light-sensing cells), the image you see is blurry. This is termed as refractive error, and may be caused due to an irregularly shaped cornea. LASIK surgery involves carving of the cornea in order to give it the perfect shape, thereby making light rays focus on the retina. LASIK surgery employs a high-precision laser, named Excimer, which is an ultraviolet chemical laser.

Scads of people have undergone LASIK, and most procedures have been successful. But as with any surgery, LASIK has associated risks and complications. However, LASIK has a relatively low complication rate, between 1% and 5%, which is among the lowest in the eye surgery field. Another trivia from the chapter on LASIK education is that LASIK may not result in perfect vision. That is, not all patients achieve a 20/20 vision.

If you suffered from myopia and have undergone LASIK as a corrective procedure, you would still require reading glasses (for near vision) in your late 40s. LASIK is an irreversible procedure, and most insurance companies do not cover LASIK surgery. Therefore, make sure that your surgery is performed by an experienced ophthalmologist. Also note that only eye MDs (ophthalmologists) are permitted to perform LASIK surgery.

Now that you are aware of the ins and outs of LASIK surgery, decision making is much easier. Have a discussion with an experienced ophthalmologist. It might be the case that you could very well forego the surgery. But if need be, LASIK is a superlative option to correct your vision.

title:Educate Yourself - LASIK Eye Surgery Could Be For You
author:Nicola Kennedy
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It might be the case that you are tired of wearing glasses, or you believe that it cramps your style. You also don’t want to use contact lenses, in order to avoid infection or inflammation due to overuse. In such a scenario, you are likely to consider LASIK eye surgery, which is one of the most prevalent vision correction procedures. And therefore, you require some basic LASIK education, in order to get a clear picture of what you can expect from LASIK if you want to know whether you should do eye laser surgery.
If the light rays don't focus on the retina (light-sensing cells), the image you see is blurry. This is termed as refractive error, and may be caused due to an irregularly shaped cornea. LASIK surgery involves carving of the cornea in order to give it the perfect shape, thereby making light rays focus on the retina. LASIK surgery employs a high-precision laser, named Excimer, which is an ultraviolet chemical laser.
Scads of people have undergone LASIK, and most procedures have been successful. But as with any surgery, LASIK has associated risks and complications. However, LASIK has a relatively low complication rate, between 1% and 5%, which is among the lowest in the eye surgery field. Another trivia from the chapter on LASIK education is that LASIK may not result in perfect vision. That is, not all patients achieve a 20/20 vision.
If you suffered from myopia and have undergone LASIK as a corrective procedure, you would still require reading glasses (for near vision) in your late 40s. LASIK is an irreversible procedure, and most insurance companies do not cover LASIK surgery. Therefore, make sure that your surgery is performed by an experienced ophthalmologist. Also note that only eye MDs (ophthalmologists) are permitted to perform LASIK surgery.
Now that you are aware of the ins and outs of LASIK surgery, decision making is much easier. Have a discussion with an experienced ophthalmologist. It might be the case that you could very well forego the surgery. But if need be, LASIK is a superlative option to correct your vision.
title:ED Drugs For Recreational Use? It’s Risky!
author:Jacob Samual
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Don’t attempt it without a doctor’s consent. Erectile dysfunction drugs are meant to treat men who suffer from erection problems. Those are not pills which you can consume for more vigor or excitement. With little knowledge, without a doctor’s approval if you attempt to use ED drugs, then be ready to face its serious consequences.
Recreational use of drugs causes STD’s?
Often when you are on an ED drug without an erection problem, you forget to take precautions. No use of condoms while enjoying uninterrupted sex can land you in trouble with many sexually transmitted diseases which refuses to leave you once the damage is done. Remember, you can also be a victim of HIV virus.
If you are totally ignorant about the ED pill you are consuming, then watch out for side effects and some times more sever conditions if you are taking nitrate pills. Doctors don’t allow men to take Erectile Dysfunction drugs if they are on nitrates. 
There is also a tendency to get addicted by these pills. Once taken for fun, you will use it again because of the pill’s influence in your sexual performance levels.
Your doctor is your guide
Never underestimate the doctor’s vital role in your healthy life. Even if your health problem is minor one, don’t avoid a doctor’s visit out of laziness. In case of ED drugs usage, you shouldn’t take a pill without your doctor’s permission. Meet with your doctor, do a check up if he advices and take instructions from him before using the pill. This will certainly keep you out of any health danger. 
People also have a habit of buying drugs online without prescriptions. You should discourage your partner or family members from doing so. It only causes harm if you use a drug without learning about it and concluding whether it suits you or not.
3 Cheers to you and your health
Don’t use ED drugs for recreational purposes
Never take an ED pill without consulting a doctor
Erectile dysfunction is not a severe disorder. Now there are pills like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra available worldwide which treats erectile dysfunction
To read more about Erectile Dysfunction and its causes, effects, treatments, visit
title:ED Drugs & Sexually Transmitted Diseases
author:Jags Parker
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Misuse of erectile dysfunction drugs is prevalent everywhere. Its growing popularity is witnessed by a rise in its abuse. Everybody wants to give it a try to satisfy their curiosity attached to it. To control this negative trend which has resulted in an outburst in sexually transmitted diseases (STD), federal health officials met in late September to focus on education efforts surrounding the drugs and their possible link to an increase in HIV infections through high-risk sexual activities.
The three prominent erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs like Cialis, Levitra and Viagra are linked with substance abuse among gay men. Ever since its arrival in the market, these drugs have been immensely popular with men. Most of the time it’s used for treating ED but occasionally, it has been used for recreational purposes as well.
Young population uses it without any medical reason. They mostly want to feel the reaction of the drug after it enters the body. As a result, they often get indulged in unprotected sex which can result in severely dreaded STD like HIV. STDs are mostly associated with unprotected sex and an onset of these diseases can prove very fatal to our health.
Study indicates that Viagra has resulted in unsafe sex in various cases. Unprotected sex normally happens in accidental encounters when the sexual act is not a planned one. This sort of unplanned sexual escapades can bring along hordes of disease in your life. Normally gay men with erectile difficulty opt for unsafe sex with their male partners after consuming Viagra. A proper erection attained by using the wonder pill inspires them to achieve all their hidden sexual fantasies and desires.
Though a good sex life indicates good health but unprotected sex can be a dangerous thing to do. So opt for safe sex to protect yourself from STDs.

Dr. Richardson, in his lectures on alcohol, given both in England and America, speaking of the action of this substance on the blood after passing from the stomach, says:

"Suppose, then, a certain measure of alcohol be taken into the stomach, it will be absorbed there, but, previous to absorption, it will have to undergo a proper degree of dilution with water, for there is this peculiarity respecting alcohol when it is separated by an animal membrane from a watery fluid like the blood, that it will not pass through the membrane until it has become charged, to a given point of dilution, with water. It is itself, in fact,  so greedy for water, it will pick it up from watery textures, and deprive them of it until, by its saturation, its power of reception is exhausted , after which it will diffuse into the current of circulating fluid."

It is this power of absorbing water from every texture with which alcoholic spirits comes in contact, that creates the burning thirst of those who freely indulge in its use. Its effect, when it reaches the circulation, is thus described by Dr. Richardson:

"As it passes through the circulation of the lungs it is exposed to the air, and some little of it, raised into vapor by the natural heat, is thrown off in expiration. If the quantity of it be large, this loss may be considerable, and the odor of the spirit may be detected in the expired breath. If the quantity be small, the loss will be comparatively little, as the spirit will be held in solution by the water in the blood. After it has passed through the lungs, and has been driven by the left heart over the arterial circuit, it passes into what is called the minute circulation, or the structural circulation of the organism. The arteries here extend into very small vessels, which are called arterioles, and from these infinitely small vessels spring the equally minute radicals or roots of the veins, which are ultimately to become the great rivers bearing the blood back to the heart. In its passage through this minute circulation the alcohol finds its way to every organ. To this brain, to these muscles, to these secreting or excreting organs, nay, even into this bony structure itself, it moves with the blood. In some of these parts which are not excreting, it remains for a time diffused, and in those parts where there is a large percentage of water, it remains longer than in other parts. From some organs which have an open tube for conveying fluids away, as the liver and kidneys, it is thrown out or eliminated, and in this way a portion of it is ultimately removed from the body. The rest passing round and round with the circulation, is probably decomposed and carried off in new forms of matter.

"When we know the course which the alcohol takes in its passage through the body, from the period of its absorption to that of its elimination, we are the better able to judge what physical changes it induces in the different organs and structures with which it comes in contact. It first reaches the blood; but, as a rule, the quantity of it that enters is insufficient to produce any material effect on that fluid. If, however, the dose taken be poisonous or semi-poisonous, then even the blood, rich as it is in water and it contains seven hundred and ninety parts in a thousand is affected. The alcohol is diffused through this water, and there it comes in contact with the other constituent parts, with the fibrine, that plastic substance which, when blood is drawn, clots and coagulates, and which is present in the proportion of from two to three parts in a thousand; with the albumen which exists in the proportion of seventy parts; with the salts which yield about ten parts; with the fatty matters; and lastly, with those minute, round bodies which float in myriads in the blood (which were discovered by the Dutch philosopher, Leuwenhock, as one of the first results of microscopical observation, about the middle of the seventeenth century), and which are called the blood globules or corpuscles. These last-named bodies are, in fact, cells; their discs, when natural, have a smooth outline, they are depressed in the centre, and they are red in color; the color of the blood being derived from them. We have discovered that there exist other corpuscles or cells in the blood in much smaller quantity, which are called white cells, and these different cells float in the blood-stream within the vessels. The red take the centre of the stream; the white lie externally near the sides of the vessels, moving less quickly. Our business is mainly with the red corpuscles. They perform the most important functions in the economy; they absorb, in great part, the oxygen which we inhale in breathing, and carry it to the extreme tissues of the body; they absorb, in great part, the carbonic acid gas which is produced in the combustion of the body in the extreme tissues, and bring that gas back to the lungs to be exchanged for oxygen there; in short, they are the vital instruments of the circulation.

"With all these parts of the blood, with the water, fibrine, albumen, salts, fatty matter and corpuscles, the alcohol comes in contact when it enters the blood, and, if it be in sufficient quantity, it produces disturbing action. I have watched this disturbance very carefully on the blood corpuscles; for, in some animals we can see these floating along during life, and we can also observe them from men who are under the effects of alcohol, by removing a speck of blood, and examining it with the microscope. The action of the alcohol, when it is observable, is varied. It may cause the corpuscles to run too closely together, and to adhere in rolls; it may modify their outline, making the clear-defined, smooth, outer edge irregular or crenate, or even starlike; it may change the round corpuscle into the oval form, or, in very extreme cases, it may produce what I may call a truncated form of corpuscles, in which the change is so great that if we did not trace it through all its stages, we should be puzzled to know whether the object looked at were indeed a blood-cell. All these changes are due to the action of the spirit upon the water contained in the corpuscles; upon the capacity of the spirit to extract water from them. During every stage of modification of corpuscles thus described, their function to absorb and fix gases is impaired, and when the aggregation of the cells, in masses, is great, other difficulties arise, for the cells, united together, pass less easily than they should through the minute vessels of the lungs and of the general circulation, and impede the current, by which local injury is produced.

"A further action upon the blood, instituted by alcohol in excess, is upon the fibrine or the plastic colloidal matter. On this the spirit may act in two different ways, according to the degree in which it affects the water that holds the fibrine in solution. It may fix the water with the fibrine, and thus destroy the power of coagulation; or it may extract the water so determinately as to produce coagulation."


The parts which first suffer from alcohol are those expansions of the body which the anatomists call the membranes. "The skin is a membranous envelope. Through the whole of the alimentary surface, from the lips downward, and through the bronchial passages to their minutest ramifications, extends the mucous membrane. The lungs, the heart, the liver, the kidneys are folded in delicate membranes, which can be stripped easily from these parts. If you take a portion of bone, you will find it easy to strip off from it a membranous sheath or covering; if you examine a joint, you will find both the head and the socket lined with membranes. The whole of the intestines are enveloped in a fine membrane called  peritoneum . All the muscles are enveloped in membranes, and the fasciculi, or bundles and fibres of muscles, have their membranous sheathing. The brain and spinal cord are enveloped in three membranes; one nearest to themselves, a pure vascular structure, a network of blood-vessels; another, a thin serous structure; a third, a strong fibrous structure. The eyeball is a structure of colloidal humors and membranes, and of nothing else. To complete the description, the minute structures of the vital organs are enrolled in membranous matter."

These membranes are the filters of the body. "In their absence there could be no building of structure, no solidification of tissue, nor organic mechanism. Passive themselves, they, nevertheless, separate all structures into their respective positions and adaptations."

Membranous deteriorations.

In order to make perfectly clear to your mind the action and use of these membranous expansions, and the way in which alcohol deteriorates them, and obstructs their work, we quote again from Dr. Richardson:

"The animal receives from the vegetable world and from the earth the food and drink it requires for its sustenance and motion. It receives colloidal food for its muscles: combustible food for its motion; water for the solution of its various parts; salt for constructive and other physical purposes. These have all to be arranged in the body; and they are arranged by means of the membranous envelopes. Through these membranes nothing can pass that is not, for the time, in a state of aqueous solution, like water or soluble salts. Water passes freely through them, salts pass freely through them, but the constructive matter of the active parts that is colloidal does not pass; it is retained in them until it is chemically decomposed into the soluble type of matter. When we take for our food a portion of animal flesh, it is first resolved, in digestion, into a soluble fluid before it can be absorbed; in the blood it is resolved into the fluid colloidal condition; in the solids it is laid down within the membranes into new structure, and when it has played its part, it is digested again, if I may so say, into a crystalloidal soluble substance, ready to be carried away and replaced by addition of new matter, then it is dialysed or passed through, the membranes into the blood, and is disposed of in the excretions.

"See, then, what an all-important part these membranous structures play in the animal life. Upon their integrity all the silent work of the building up of the body depends. If these membranes are rendered too porous, and let out the colloidal fluids of the blood the albumen, for example the body so circumstanced, dies; dies as if it were slowly bled to death. If, on the contrary, they become condensed or thickened, or loaded with foreign material, then they fail to allow the natural fluids to pass through them. They fail to dialyse, and the result is, either an accumulation of the fluid in a closed cavity, or contraction of the substance inclosed within the membrane, or dryness of membrane in surfaces that ought to be freely lubricated and kept apart. In old age we see the effects of modification of membrane naturally induced; we see the fixed joint, the shrunken and feeble muscle, the dimmed eye, the deaf ear, the enfeebled nervous function.

"It may possibly seem, at first sight, that I am leading immediately away from the subject of the secondary action of alcohol. It is not so. I am leading directly to it. Upon all these membranous structures alcohol exerts a direct perversion of action. It produces in them a thickening, a shrinking and an inactivity that reduces their functional power. That they may work rapidly and equally, they require to be at all times charged with water to saturation. If, into contact with them, any agent is brought that deprives them of water, then is their work interfered with; they cease to separate the saline constituents properly; and, if the evil that is thus started, be allowed to continue, they contract upon their contained matter in whatever organ it may be situated, and condense it.

"In brief, under the prolonged influence of alcohol those changes which take place from it in the blood corpuscles, extend to the other organic parts, involving them in structural deteriorations, which are always dangerous, and are often ultimately fatal."
Effectively Managing Morning Sickness

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Morning sickness usually lasts throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. To get
a relief from its hassle and inconvenience, a combination of lifestyle and dietary
changes, as well as some alternative approaches, can do the trick.

morning sickness

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Many pregnant women suffering from morning sickness may be wondering why it happens and whether it serves a purpose. When nausea and vomiting occur, they are often an indication of elevated hormonal levels, which is a sign that the pregnancy is in progress. However, it doesn’t mean that pregnant women who do not experience morning sickness are more likely to have a miscarriage.
This condition, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is a result of toxins that overburden the liver, hindering its ability to process the high levels of pregnancy hormones. Imbalance in the liver can cause nausea and vomiting.
Whatever the reasons may be, the odds of having morning sickness are greater if you:
experience nausea as a side effect of birth control
suffer from motion sickness
have female relatives who also experienced morning sickness
are pregnant with twins
Morning sickness usually lasts throughout the first trimester. To be relieved from its hassle and inconvenience, a combination of lifestyle and dietary changes as well as some alternative approaches should be tried by the expecting woman.
Simply follow the “slow, steady” rule when eating. It is better to eat six small meals spread throughout the day than consume three large meals. Don’t let yourself get hungry because the rise and fall in blood sugar can only add to your queasiness. Having gone without food for quite a while is the reason why many women feel nauseated in the morning. To avoid having an empty stomach, nibble on bland foods such as dry toast and saltine crackers. It is advisable if you can keep a box of crackers at your bedside to munch on before getting up in the morning.
Passing up foods that have strong odors and refraining from eating greasy or spicy foods help prevent morning sickness. It is also important for the pregnant woman to drink lots of water and to take prenatal vitamins.
If you still experience nausea after giving your best efforts to avoid it, try cold foods which can be soothing, especially water-rich choices such as melons, grapes, berries, fruit smoothies, cucumbers and oranges. Eating any form of citrus alleviates nausea. Sniffing on a slice of lemon can help also relieve morning sickness. Another great antidote for morning sickness is ginger which comes in different forms such as fresh ginger, ginger powder, dried ginger tablet or capsules, ginger ale, ginger snaps, and ginger tea.
Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness should always remember that staying hydrated is essential to replenish lost electrolytes, the minerals such as sodium and potassium that regulate the fluid balance in the body. Take slow, steady sips when you drink anything. Taking in more than 2 ounces at a time tend to bypass the tissues and fluids travel directly to kidneys and bladder.
When morning sickness starts to interfere with a woman’s quality of life, doctors may recommend vitamin B6 supplements which are easily depleted and absorbed by the body when pregnant. That’s why it is important to take a supplement or to load up on food sources that contain B6 such as egg yolks, yoghurt and whole grains to help alleviate morning sickness.

Effectiveness of Painkillers in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia

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This article provides basic information regarding the medical condition called fibromyalgia. It also discusses a new research about this condition and how opioid-based medications are used to alleviate symptoms of the said disease. The article also tackles information about search study on this condition and explains how pain killers do not work with fibromyalgia.

opioids, depression, lifestyle

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When a person feels overly exhausted and constantly hurting all over, they may have fibromyalgia. This is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of a person, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points. These points are places in a person's body where a slight hint of pressure causes pain. Also called fibrositis, chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias, fibromyalgia is more common to women than men.

People dealing with this condition often report that they do not respond to the types of medication that relieve other people's pain. A new research from Michigan explains that this might be because patients with fibromyalgia were found to have a reduction in the binding ability of a type of receptor in the brain that is the target of opioid painkiller drugs such as morphine. The study includes PET scans (Positron Emission Tomography) of the brains of patients with fibromyalgia, and an equal number of people without the said condition. Results indicate that the patients with fibromyalgia have reduced their mu-opioid receptor (MOR) availability within the parts of the brain that normally process and dampen pain signals, specifically the nucleus accumbens, anterior cingulate and the amygdala. According to one of the research investigators, the reduced availability of the receptor was closely associated with greater pain for people with fibromyalgia. He said that these findings could explain why opioids are anecdotally thought to be ineffective for people with fibromyalgia. He also added that this particular finding is significant because it has been hard to determine the cause of pain in patients with the said condition, to the point that acceptance of the condition by medical practitioners were slow.

Opioid pain killers work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. In addition to morphine, they include codeine, medications like Darvocet, Vicodin and Oxycontin. Researchers in this study theorized from their findings that with the lower availability of the MORs in three regions of the brain of people with fibromyalgia, such opioid based pain killers may not be able to bind as well to the receptors as they can in the brains of those people without the condition. To make it more simple, when the pain killers cannot bind to the receptors, they cannot relieve the patient's pain as effectively. The reduced availability could result from a reduced number of opioid receptors, enhanced release of endogenous opioids, or both.

The research also found a possible link with depression. The PET scans showed that fibromyalgia patients with more depressive symptoms had reductions of MOR binding potential in the amygdala, a region of the brain thought to adjust mood and the emotional dimension of pain.

In knowing this, people should be more aware of their body and how it reacts to pain. Fibromyalgia is a condition where the intensity of symptoms actually vary. It is best if people are informed of this condition, specifically, that this health problem is not progressive nor life threatening. Self-care can  help reduce fibromyalgia's symptoms by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

title:Effective Acne Treatment Options
author:Kirsten Hawkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is the most prevalent skin disorder that usually afflicts first the adolescent population. With 70% of the adolescents affected with this skin disease, it is considered one of the most menacing disease especially during this transitional period of an adolescent's life since, though it may not be that fatal, it could cause some serious emotional trouble to a person ridiculed because of his or her not so clear complexion.
The medical community to help resolve this skin dilemma presents various acne medications and therapeutic methods. Formulation of various medications and solutions are being studied cautiously to finally come up with the most effective acne treatment. But the question is, which among these medications is or are really effective acne treatments?
Here's a rundown of the various acne treatments that claim to be successful in dealing with the troubles of acne according to the type or severity of acne:
Mild or juvenile acne. This type of acne, also known as teenage spots, may be treated with over-the-counter (OTC) topical medicines available in drugstores. They are considered to be easiest to treat. Some prescription topical medicines are also effective acne treatments. They include antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide, adapalene and tretinoin. These acne treatments help stunt the growth of bacteria and reduce inflammation. Depending on the skin type of the person, a doctor will prescribe the appropriate effective acne treatment. For instance, if one is with an oily skin, creams and lotions will not be advised since they are oil-based medications. Gels and solutions will suit more the oily skin since they are usually alcohol-based and tend to dry the skin. These medications are often subject to testing first before one could really consider them as effective acne treatments for their skin problem. As a case-by-case basis, side effects from topical medicines may surface. These side effects may include rashes, stinging, redness, burning, scaling and discoloration.
Moderate to severe acne. Those with oily skin and used to have mild acne (often in their late teens or early twenties) may worsen into a moderate condition of acne. Moderate severity is often characterized with the presence of more whiteheads and redness on the affected spots due to the vessels rupture. Severe acne is when acne has already reached the entire face, back and neck of the person. Usually severe acne conditions translate to bigger spots. This kind of acne is often treated with oral antibiotics. Oral means taking them by mouth. These effective acne treatments work by curbing the reproduction of bacteria and reducing inflammation. With dealing with moderate to severe acne conditions, a combination of prescription topical medications and oral acne medications may be combined. Some topical medications like sulphur drug preparations are considered extremely effective acne treatments. Sulphur has a peeling effect on the skin, thus loosens it and dislodges the blackheads from the pores. Sulphur, as an effective acne treatment, has no known major side effects. But still, it is always advised to test any medication before applying or taking them. Samples of effective acne treatments in the form of oral antibiotics are tetracycline, minocycline, isotretinoin, doxicycline and erythromycin. Most of these effective acne treatments taken orally are hazardous to a pregnant woman's and her child's health. Only erythromycin is reported to be safe to use for those who are either expecting a baby or breastfeeding.
title:Effective Cardio Workouts In Only 20 Minutes
author:Ryan Cote
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

The perfect workout routine is one that combines strength training and some form of cardio. The problem is, most people hate doing cardio and will make up any excuse not to do it. A popular excuse is not having enough time. This article, however, will show you how you can spend only 20 minutes on a cardio workout and still reap the benefits.
So first of all, why is it necessary that you add cardio to your workouts? Most people understand the benefits of strength training because it adds muscle and muscle makes you healthier, more lean and stronger overall.
But what are the benefits of cardio? Here is a short list that names just a few:
- it helps reduce stress
- it burns calories which leads to weight loss
- it makes your heart and lungs stronger
- it reduces your risk of certain diseases
- it reduces depression and increases confidence
- it gives you more energy and helps you sleep better
To sum it up, adding cardio to your workout improves your health and well-being which leads to a better quality of life. Combine this with strength training and you're on your way to feeling great, fast.
So how can you reap the benefits of cardio in only 20 minutes per workout? It's called Interval Training and it can be applied to many different forms of cardio including boxing, running and biking.
The concept in a nutshell is shorter workouts, but higher intensity. This is accomplished by pushing hard for say two minutes and then slowing down for two minutes. If you repeat this cycle four more times then you have your 20 minutes. You could also do one minute hard, one minute easy and then repeat this nine more times.
Here is an example:
Interval training is perfect for running. If you're working out on a treadmill or running outdoors, it's the same routine. Start out with a warm up jog followed by two minutes of a challenging pace. This won't be your all out because you have to maintain it for two minutes, but a pace that will be very hard for you. You then follow this with two minutes of either a walk or a very slow jog. Repeat four more times and you've got yourself an effective cardio workout in only 20 minutes.
This concept can be applied to many different forms of cardio: two minutes hard, two minutes easy, repeat four more times. Or one minute hard, one minute easy, repeat nine more times.
You'll get your blood flowing, your heart pumping and reap all the benefits cardio has to offer...all in only 20 minutes.
Effective Communication is the Key to a Stable Marriage

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The article deals with the many issues and problems encountered by married couples.  One of the most common problems faced by married couples is the lack of communication. The article provides some tips on how to improve communication in marriage.

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Meredith, 30, had been married to Ralph, 32, for more than six years.  She was a stay-at-home wife and he was a top business executive.  Ralph's work has kept him so busy that he really thinks that he has no time to start a “family.” His frequent business travels have kept him away from home several days, and even weeks at a time.  Like a typical workaholic, Ralph has made same mistake committed by many career-driven husbands --- neglecting his wife.  This situation has even made Meredith think that Ralph and really married to his career and not to her.  Meredith and Ralph had been fighting more than ever before and it was pretty obvious that there was already a serious problem with their marriage. She accuses him of being cold and indifferent, and he accuses her of being a nagger.   All their marital woes have caused them enormous stress and anxiety.

Aside from financial trouble, infidelity, and problems with the in-laws, many marriages suffer from the simple lack of communication.  Like Meredith and Ralph,  many couples fail to resolve their problems early on.  As a result, couples grow further apart and are left to struggle with their respective anger and frustration.  Instead of speaking with each other as adults, many couples resort to withdrawal or the “silent treatment.”  In many cases, couples have already formed the way they communicate based on how their own parents communicated with each other.  A person who grew up with parents who constantly fight has the tendency to be argumentative too.   A person who was raised by parents who ignored each other whenever they had problems may have the tendency to ignore his partner and his own problems in marriage. 

It is said that it takes two to tango and it takes two to argue.  But many marriages end up in separation or divorce precisely because the couple even evades quarrels and just chooses to ignore their problem.  With mutual “silent treatment,”  a couple denies their own opportunity to discuss and hopefully resolve their problem.  And when they do talk, the couples would often just exchange accusations and even hurl invectives at one another. 

Many women complain that men are so cold, indifferent, and insensitive to their needs and to the issues that affect their relationship.  They say that men spend too much time at the office and neglect their duties as husband and father.  Women feel angry when men go home only to spend time in front of the t.v. or go out to have drinking sprees with their friends. Men, on the other hand, complain that women are so boisterous, jealous, and nag all the time. 

So, how can men and women in marriage deal with their marital problems?  The first step that couples should take is to improve the way how they communicate with each other.  Shown below are some of the ways how couples can improve their communication skills in marriage:

       10 Ways to Communicate Effectively

1. No name calling  and don't make any threats.
2. Don't interrupt when your spouse is still speaking.
3. Don't dominate the discussion and stay on the same topic or issue at hand.
4. Listen and pay attention to what the other is saying.
5. Respect each other and be prepared to make changes in the way you think, feel, and behave.
6. Avoid mentioning or bringing up past mistakes and old resentments.
7. Don't assume too much that you know what your spouse is thinking or feeling.
8. Don't  presume that you're always “right” in any argument.
9. Try to meet half-way or compromise.
10. Be honest and acknowledge the validity and importance of each other feelings.

Many couples forget that simple affirmation or small acts of love and kindness can do wonders for their marriage. A warm hug or attentively listening to your spouse can bring back a semblance of peace, love, and respect in your relationship.  Indeed, one of the keys to a lasting marriage is effective communication.  Given enough time and lots of patience, any couple on the rocks can revive their marriage.  It just takes a lot of listening and kind words to make your marriage a real match made in heaven.

Effective dietary tips for Acid reflux treatment or heartburn

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In cases of persistent heartburn, dietary improvements tends not to be enough alone.So as well as advocating a digestion-friendly diet, your doctor is likely to recommend one or more of the following types of medication.

Antacids to neutralize the acid in your stomach; H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors to reduce acid production; or prokinetics to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter and expedite stomach-emptying.
However, if heartburn symptoms are mild and occur only from time

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Dietary tips in acid reflux treatment

When you think about Acid reflux, what do you think of first? Which aspects of Acid reflux are important, which are essential, and which ones can you take or leave? You be the judge.

In cases of persistent heartburn, dietary improvements tends not to be enough alone.

So as well as advocating a digestion-friendly diet, your doctor is likely to recommend one or more of the following types of medication.

Antacids to neutralize the acid in your stomach; H2 blockers or proton pump inhibitors to reduce acid production; or prokinetics to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter and expedite stomach-emptying.
However, if heartburn symptoms are mild and occur only from time to time, usually you will be advised to make the following changes to your diet.

Obesity, especially excess fat on the chest and abdomen, is a common contributory factor to GERD and hiatal hernia, and therefore to heartburn.
Choose a healthy calorie-controlled diet and customize it by following the eating tips below.
Both these factors lead to an increased risk of heartburn.
So opt for 4-6 small meals or snacks, and allow a maximum of 3 hours between eating.

It seems like new information is discovered about something every day. And the topic of Acid reflux is no exception. Keep reading to get more fresh news about Acid reflux.

In addition, choose foods that are "easier on the stomach" and more more easily digested.
Fizzy or carbonated soft drinks cause belching and upward pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), increasing the likelihood of heartburn.
The best drinks include: water, herbal teas or diluted non-citrus fruit juices.
Also note that some soft drinks (eg. cocoa, coffee, orange juice) are not helpful for heartburn as they can over-relax the LES, thus encouraging the backward flow of acid from the stomach.
Constipation can lead to extra strain on abdominal muscles and increase the risk of heartburn.
To prevent constipation, eat more high-fiber foods such as: oats, apples, pears, dried apricots and vegetables.
When increasing fiber intake it's also important to increase your water intake by at least 40 fl oz a day- 4 to 6 cups daily.
Alcohol is not helpful to heartburn for several reasons as it tends to irritate mucous membranes.

Now you can understand why there's a growing interest in Acid reflux. When people start looking for more information about Acid reflux, you'll be in a position to meet their needs.

Effective Gain From Yoga

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Yogic exercises cause more continual and deeper respiration which slowly but surely burns.

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It is well known that Yoga  aimed to integrate the mind, the body, and the spirit. Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. Yoga is experienced by over 20 million Americans daily. Each day people are reporting their superb experiences with Yoga. The most essential benefit of yoga is physical and mental therapy. The aging procedure, which is mostly an artificial condition, caused mainly by autointoxication or self-poisoning, can be delayed by practicing yoga. For getting maximum advantage of yoga one has to merge the practices of yogasanas, pranayama and meditation. Yoga is all about feeling good; feel the blood surging through your veins.

Yoga helps us to get profound respiration which broadens the oxygen consumption to the system cells, together with the plump cells. Yogic exercises cause more continual and deeper respiration which slowly but surely burns. The loosening and drill components of yoga have a important character to beat in the handling and prevention of higher blood force hypertension. Yoga is supposed to cut pain by helping the mind’s pain centre govern the gate-controlling mechanism located in the spinal cord and the secretion of normal painkillers in the system. Breathing exercises used in yoga can too cut pain. Yoga’s inclusion of loosening techniques and meditation can too help out to cure pain.

Effectiveness of yoga help to  reduce pain due to its application on self-awareness. Regular rehearse of asanas, pranayama and meditation can relieve various ailments such as diabetes, digestive disorders, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, asthma, varicose veins and heart conditions. Following Yoga also results in greater reduction in anxiety scores than drug therapy. Back pain is the most common reason to seek medical attention. Yoga has constantly been used to treat and avoid back pain by enhancing strength and flexibility. Both acute and long-term stress can lead to muscle tension and exacerbate back problems.

Practicing yoga can identify chronic pain victims with helpful tools to dynamically deal with their pain and help counter feelings of helplessness and depression. Yoga is effective for all, despite of age, color, caste, creed or religion; from the healthiest to the sickest, from the richest to the poorest, from the whitest to the blackest. Regular yoga practice can help in weight management. There are several asanas, such as the shoulder stand and the fish posture, which are specific for the thyroid gland. Fat metabolism is also increased, so fat is converted to muscle and energy. Yogic practices that reduce anxiety tend to reduce anxious eating.

Effective Lower Back Pain Treatment

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Lower back pain is one of the commonest problems afflicting people around the world at some point of time in their life. In the initial stages of pain, stretching exercises work effectively as Lower Back Pain Treatment. The lower back supports the upper body and allows the body to turn, twist, bend, lift and walk. It plays a very important role in mobility. The lower back takes a lot punishment, as we tend to overuse or misuse it.

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Lower back pain is one of the commonest problems afflicting people around the world at some point of time in their life. In the initial stages of pain, stretching exercises work effectively as Lower Back Pain Treatment. The lower back supports the upper body and allows the body to turn, twist, bend, lift and walk. It plays a very important role in mobility. The lower back takes a lot punishment, as we tend to overuse or misuse it. There are many options available for Lower Back Pain Treatment, depending upon the problem.

Medication and Therapies for Lower Back Pain Treatment

The commonest Lower Back Pain Treatment in case of severe back pains is acetaminophen.  It is an over-the-counter medicine for oral consumption.  If the pain is very intense and chronic in nature, the doctor may prescribe additional oral medicines including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), muscle relaxants or opium-derived narcotic drugs (OPIOIDs).

Alternative therapies may also be used for Lower Back Pain Treatment, as they are quite effective. These therapies are recommended by physicians when medication does not provide the desired relief. These therapies include manipulation, traction, acupuncture, massage or biofeedback. Manipulation involves adjusting the spinal vertebrae for alignment, while acupuncture involves inserting of very fine needles into certain specific points in the body, which are believed to be located on the channels that carry subtle life-energy. If these methods do not provide with relief from pain, epidural steroid injections or anti-inflammatory medicines are directly introduced to the spine to control pain.

Lower Back Pain Treatment may also include surgical procedure. Problems related to alignment of the spine and other degenerative disc problems may require surgical treatment. Spinal fusion surgery is the standard surgical procedure for degenerative discs. The damaged disc is removed from the spine, and replaced by a device filled with bone pieces taken from the patient’s hipbone. Now, the hipbone option is replaced by a genetically engineered protein called infuse bone graft.

However, the best Lower Back Pain Treatment is regular exercise coupled with a healthy diet.

Effective Massage In A Massage Chair

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Most people have never used a massage chair and have no idea how they function. They have been around for years and are very sophisticated machines in the form and shape of an arm chair. Many of them are produced in Japan.

It is really great to just sit in the chair and get the massaging.

Inside the chair there are a number of motors, often 2-6, and a computer program that runs the program you choose. The whole body can be massaged within 20 minutes, sometimes less and ...

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Most people have never used a massage chair and have no idea how they function. They have been around for years and are very sophisticated machines in the form and shape of an arm chair. Many of them are produced in Japan.

It is really great to just sit in the chair and get the massaging.

Inside the chair there are a number of motors, often 2-6, and a computer program that runs the program you choose. The whole body can be massaged within 20 minutes, sometimes less and sometimes more.

What kind of massage can you get? Let me give you some examples.

Air arm massage is a feature on some massage chairs. This is especially great to relieve weariness from the arms which are working restlessly for operation of a personal computer or a cellular phone, during works, domestic chores, leisure and so forth. The air massage mechanism is provided on the armrest and it will move naturally with the change of the body angle caused by the reclining movement. In this way the stiffness and strains in the wrists and back of hands will be relaxed thoroughly.

Depending on how the backrest is set, the function of the arm massage will work differently. The backrest can be in an upright position, slightly reclined and completely collapsed.

The air massage option is also available for the lower part of your legs. It massages with repeating cycles of compression of the muscles in an oblique direction and releasing. This stimulation assist an important function, to return the blood to the heart.

As the shape and form of our bodies differ it is vital for a good massage chair to have the option the adjust for that. Now there are chairs that automatically scans the persons body and use the data collected to change the tools, often small wheels that role and push, inside the massage chair.

Movements of hands and whole arms are reproduced to realize complicated and stereoscopic kneading up and kneading down massage. There are even more complex functions added in some programs of a massage chair. For example a function that combines the stretch massage, which resembles pressing with hands to push up first and then down, with the simultaneous application of the kneed, tapping and wavelet.

The most common functions of massage chairs are vibrations in the seat and backrest. Pleasant intermittent vibrations can be enjoyed simultaneously with the massaging. It promotes blood circulation and relieves strain from muscles.

What is the price of a massage chair? As always it depends on the functionality you want but prices range from just over $1,000 USD up to $8,000 USD. Many companies buy or rent a chair and have it for the personal. This is appreciated as a very efficient way to help the staff to stay healthy. There are studies showing that the number of sick-days will go down considerably when the massage chair has been installed.

An usual effect when a new chair is installed is that people will line up and try the massage. A schedule is almost always required and many use it frequently to get rid of the problems a stressful work situation sometimes creates.

Effective Natural Sleeping Aids As Complementary Treatments To Insomnia

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The article generally talks about natural sleeping aids as effective complementary treatments to insomnia. Since the article cites how popular complementary sleeping disorder treatments are among men and women suffering from insomnia, the author then enumerates and explains four natural sleeping aids that are widely practiced today.

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Insomnia is probably one of the most dreaded sleeping disorders of many people today. This abnormal sleeping pattern prevents the body from having quality and adequate amount of sleep. As such, it affects the everyday activities and productivity of a person. 

Prescribed medications or drugs are among the known treatments for insomnia. Although prescription drugs are really effective, depending too much on medications may possibly lead to addiction, over dosage, as well as  other health complications. As an alternative to conventional treatments to insomnia, natural sleeping aids are becoming more popular and widely used among people with insomnia.

Aside from the fact that natural sleeping aids are actually as effective as the conventional treatments, these are also less expensive, longer lasting, and have fewer side effects. Natural sleeping aids range from dietary supplements, herbal supplements, lifestyle changing, as well as proper dietary maintenance. 

Natural sleeping aids for insomnia

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that requires immediate attention of medical experts. However, there are also ways that insomniacs can practice as natural sleeping aids that do not necessarily need medical consultations.

The following are some of the commonly practiced natural sleeping aids of many people suffering from insomnia:

    * Maintain balanced diet

      One of the common natural treatments to insomnia is to simply maintain a healthy and balanced diet. A person diagnosed with insomnia should consume food enriched with tryptohan, a chemical agent that is transformed into serotonin. Serotonin relaxes the body. Foods enriched with tryptohan are milk, beans, cheese, chicken, and turkey.

      Carbohydrate is also an essential nutrient for insomniacs, for it increases the body's production of melatonin and serotonin. It is recommended among insomniacs to eat snacks rich in carbohydrates such as crackers or cereal before retiring to bed.     

    * Take nutritional supplements

      Nutritional supplements are also a good choice of sleeping aids. The most frequently prescribed nutritional supplements are products with amino acid L-trytophan ingredient. Many users are very much satisfied with how L-trytophan-enriched supplement products enhance their mood, thus, resulting to better sleeping pattern. 

      On the other hand, many users are also favoring the intake of supplements containing melatonin, for this type of hormone positively affects their sleeping cycles and biological clocks. However, one setback in using natural supplements is that these do not work for longer periods of sleep.     

    * Taking herbal supplements

      Insomniacs who are taking prescription drugs are recommended to take herbal supplements as well, for these are perfect complementary treatments to medications. Valerian, for instance, is one of the many herbal supplements used by many insomniacs today. Valerian is known to give positive effects on a person's sleeping problem as it induces the body to rest and sleep. Insomniacs who regularly take Valerian for eight straight weeks are sure to have a faster and easier sleeping cycle.

    * Exercise daily

      Regularly exercising seems to give many benefits to the body, including improvements to sleeping conditions like insomnia. Exercise helps insomniacs achieve longer and deeper sleep. In fact,  even simple daily exercises can significantly improve the quality of a person's  sleeping cycle.

Effective Pain Relief Options for Cancer Patients

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The article is about pain relief medications available to cancer patients.  It is known that many cancer types cause severe pain and other discomforts. Despite its reputation as a high-mortality disease, cancer research is still being pursued to develop more pain and treatment options aside from surgery and medication.

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Cancer cases have been on the rise over the last few years, no doubt, due to the high stress, environmental toxins, and unhealthy lifestyle and eating behavior of people living in the 21st century. Cancer is an illness that is medically defined as a state of abnormality where uncontrolled production of one or more cell populations interferes with the normal functions of the body. This ailment is one of the major causes of deaths around the world. Other than the fear of death, another difficulty faced by cancer patients is the side effects of pain medication.
Also known as the “Big C”, many medical experts believe that the said disease is brought about by factors like the environment, age, lifestyle, and genes of the patient. Generally, cancer affects the elderly more than the other age groups due to its multistage process that may take 15 to 45 years for symptoms to be evident. Some events, activities, or diets may trigger the development of cancer cells over a period of time. Several studies suggest that people can be genetically prone to cancer when enzymes that aid in the prevention of cancer growth are not efficient enough to stop cancer cell development. 
While not all cancer patients experience cancer pain, statistics claim that one out of three people undergoing cancer treatment does. And in cases where cancer is in the advanced stage, meaning cancer has spread or recurred, the chance of experiencing cancer pain is even higher.
Cancer pain relief is a common need among cancer patients. In many cases, the pain is caused by a tumor, but there are also times when the source can be anything other than the cancer itself. Cancer pain may vary in intensity. It can be dull, aching, or sharp. It can also be constant, intermittent, mild or even severe. But no matter how painful the condition may become, cancer pain relief is possible.
There are many several ways to get cancer pain relief.  Removing the source of the pain through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or some other form of treatment is still the best way to rid of cancer. If these are not applicable, there are pain medications that can help patients to control the pain.

Some medications that are used to alleviate cancer pain may include the follwing:

- Analgesics like aspirin or acetaminophen;
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen;
- Weak opioids like codeine; and
- Strong opioids like morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl, or methadone.

These drugs are easy to use and can be taken orally. However some medications may be taken intravenously, rectally, or through the patches of the skin. Just like other drugs for pain relief, these medications may bring side effects. Common side effects of pain relievers may include confusion, lethargy, and sleepiness. The severity of these effects varies from person to person and may disappear after stopping medication. Before taking medicines for cancer pain relief, patients are advised to seek the approval doctors and other health specialists to clarify side effects and drug interactions that may occur while using certain drugs. In addition to this, persistent pain that affects performance and lifestyle should be reported to one's doctor to prevent it from creating more harm to the body. Early diagnosis is important in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

Effective Prescription and Non-Prescription Treatments for Rheumatism

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The article talks about rheumatism, a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the joints. Because of modern technology, pain that is associated with this condition can now be treated. Rather than searching for the perfect medication and other treatment methods, people should bear in mind that this disease can be prevented by engaging in moderate physical activities and healthy diets.

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Inflammation of the joints, a condition called arthritis refers to a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the joints. Pain that is associated with arthritis may be mild or severe.  Common causes of this condition include physical injuries, infections, overactive immune systems, and joint overuse. Health specialists have identified more than 100 different forms of arthritis. Due to the debilitating effect of arthritis, people continue to search for more effective treatments for the said condition.  From cheap non prescription medicine to supportive devices, the methods and products for the treatment of arthrities and other painful ailments continue to evolve.

Individuals with arthritis usually consume large doses of over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. Some prescription drugs like celecoxib, rofecoxib, and valdecoxib are shown to give effective pain relief. However, these drugs may bring minimal to serious side effects to individuals who use them. Cardiovascular bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, and skin reactions are some of the usual side effects that might be encountered in using pain relievers.Recent medical studies show that food high in omega-3 fatty acids help alleviate arthritic pain.  Omega-3 fatty acids belong to a group of polyunsaturated fat that is considered to be good for one's health. The best sources of these fats are fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts.

In addition to these medications, assistive devices may help individuals better cope with the pain and lead more functional lives. Assistive devices that may help arthritic individuals include the following:

A cane or crutch used on the opposite side of painful knees or hips can make walking easier and makes the joint last longer.
Orthotics may help ease pain. These are devices that are designed to treat or adjust biochemical foot disorders. Many health specialists encourage arthritic individuals to use custom-tailored orthotics rather than commercially made ones.
Balance and stability are important for individuals with arthritis. Braces and splints are devices that may help individuals achieve these qualities.
A reacher is another device that may provide aid for arthritic individuals. It is a long rod with a grip handle on one end and pincers on the other end.  It may help individuals pick up small objects without having to bend over or reach uncomfortably.
Elevated chair legs make it easier for arthritic individuals to get in one's seat without feeling the pain. These chairs usually comes with fitted with extenders.

Rather than searching for the perfect prescription drug and other treatment methods, people should bear in mind that this disease can be prevented by regularly engaging in moderate physical activities and healthy diets.  Doing exercise in moderation is important because too much or too strenuous exercises may lead to joint overuse. In the long run, this practice may lead to the development of arthritis. Being overweight or obese may lead to the development of arthritis because of the pressure that is placed on the joints. For this reason, everyone should consume food from the four basic food groups (breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, meats, and dairy) and foods low in fat. Minor lifestyle adjustments are essential in preventing the development of arthritis and attaining healthy lives.

Effective Sexual Health Product For Woman Or Man

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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.

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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.

Effective Skin Care Recipes for Facial Cleansing

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The article discusses the relevance of natural skin care as early as the days of Cleopatra. The skin care producsta avilable today are not as safe and gentle as the natural ones, maybe because of other ingredients and chemicals placed. By knowing the skin type and gentleness, one can achieve good skin.

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The empress Cleopatra was legendary not only for her leadership over one of the ancient world's most powerful empires which was Egypt.  She was also known for her astonishing beauty.  It is said that the queen had secret skin care recipes that she used to retain her youthful and glowing skin. According to historians, she regulalrly soaked herself in a bath tub filled with rose petals and milk. The specially prepared bath mixture kept her skin soft and moisturized even in the middle of the Egyptian desert.

People of the Old World actually used a number of different natural materials as organic skin care treatments. Honey is another ingredient that was used by Cleopatra and other people who lived during ancient times. As with many common pantry items, honey has made its name as a sugar replacement and natural remedy for various ailments.  In the past, it was also used as a natural skin moisturizer not only by Egyptians but also by the Greeks.  Like honey, olive oil was also used as part of an all-natural skin care recipe.

At present, these natural products are being packaged and marketed by lage companies who deal in  skin care lines.  They have created new products that serve as moisturizers, exfoliants, toners, all from nature-based substances.  These companies have captured a large chunk of the skin care market due to the promise of producing hypo-allergenic, chemical-free natural products for skin care. 

However, aside from choosing an effective, all-natural product, both men and women should also consider the following:

Today, almost all people know that most soaps contain harsh chemicals that dry the skin. Harsh soaps strip the natural oils from the skin and destroy the barriers that serve as protection from daily sun exposure and other harmful elements in the environment. Knowing this, it is important to be aware of products or have the ability to produce products that can be used for skin care, specifically for one's face.  A homemade facial wash would be a much gentler and more affordable option.  Not only does washing one's face remove dead skin cells, oil build up,and impurities, it also helps improve circulation, protects against break-outs, and stimulates skin cell renewal.

Natural skin care recipes do not usually include a foaming agent. But in case one wants some foaming action, simply add a small dab of a rich emollient-based face wash product. Oily skin types want to lean towards a facial cleanser that has an acid base such as a citrus ingredient while sensitive skin benefits from the healing properties provided by aloe vera and green tea. Making one's own natural facial cleanser ensures that the daily build–up of dirt is gently washed away without stripping away the skin’s essential natural attributes. In order to maximize the benefits of using a natural facial cleanser, apply the homemade recipe to warm moist skin.  Use a circular motion to gently massage the skin with the cleanser, then rinse well. This face wash strategy will ensure a deep cleansing of clogging dirt from the pores which will then leave the skin clean, soft and supple.

One does not need to be a queen like Cleopatra to have good skin.  It only takes having a balanced and healthy diet, good hygiene, and the use of gently, natural skin care products.  Human beauty can be improved or maintained with the help of Nature and all the beauty secrets it holds.

Effective Solutions For Sufferers Of Hirsutism

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The condition known as hirsutism can occur for a number of reasons, and this is where women can suffer excessive hair growth on the face or body through causes such as medication side effects or hormonal imbalance. Although the effects of this condition are purely cosmetic, it can have a profound effect on the woman’s life in terms of confidence and stress levels. Anyone that suffers from this condition will know just how stressful it can be to deal with excessive unwanted ha...

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The condition known as hirsutism can occur for a number of reasons, and this is where women can suffer excessive hair growth on the face or body through causes such as medication side effects or hormonal imbalance. Although the effects of this condition are purely cosmetic, it can have a profound effect on the woman’s life in terms of confidence and stress levels. Anyone that suffers from this condition will know just how stressful it can be to deal with excessive unwanted hair growth, and this is why it is important to look into the different ways of dealing with this problem. Because of the effect that this problem can have upon your general well being in terms of confidence and stress, ensuring that you get treatment for it can also add to your general wellness, making you feel far better in yourself. And with a wide range of solutions available, you can find the treatment and method of hair removal that best meets both your needs and your budget.

Where can you get this hair removed?

You have a couple of choices when it comes to having some sort of treatment for the removal of this hair growth. If you are not accustomed to using hair removing products then you may wish to go through a beauty salon to start off with. You can find specialist places that deal with the removal of hair on both the face and body, from the upper lip or chin to the female pubic hair area and more. The type pf removal method you opt for will also determine where you have the treatment done – for instance you will find specialist salons and clinics that deal with electrolysis and laser hair removal if you decide to go with these methods, whereas with shorter term methods such as waxing and sugaring you can treat yourself in the privacy of your own home. Where you have the treatment done is largely a matter of personal choice; many people prefer to go through a professional to get the hair removed whereas many other prefer to do this themselves in the comfort of their own homes.

Dealing with this problem doesn’t have to be expensive

With so many different methods to select from, you don’t have to break the bank in order to deal with this excessive hair growth problem. You can opt for low cost solutions such as getting the areas waxed, sugaring, or using depilatory creams and lotions, all of which can provide shorter term relief from unwanted hair. If you have a busy pace of life and don’t feel that you have the time to keep using these shorter term treatments then you may want to look into longer terms solutions such as electrolysis or laser hair removal, which may cost more but will mean less hassle for you and far longer term results. The method you opt for will depend on both your budget and your needs, but you will certainly not be short on choice when it comes to getting rid of this growth.

title:Effective Stress Management For Those With Busy Lives!
author:Paul Duxbury
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

What would you do with increased stamina, decreased anxiety, and solid peace of mind? You would probably get more done in less time--at the very least, each day would be more enjoyable.  In the long term, you would certainly experience better physical health and a longer life span.
The only thing standing between you and a higher level of general well-being is the unpreventable occurrence of stress.  Daily stress can rob us of our potential, weakening every aspect of our lives. Consider the following:

Stress breaks down the efficiency of the immune system leaving our bodies vulnerable to illness and disease. 
Stress causes heart problems and high blood pressure.
Stress contributes to addictive behavior, causing alcoholism, eating disorders, nicotine addiction, and workaholic tendencies.
Stress causes social withdrawal, perpetuating symptoms and leading to destructive isolation.

To avoid stress and related symptoms you must be proactive, nurturing your body and mind through a balanced diet, exercise, and reserved time for relaxation.
A Balanced Diet - We know that a balanced diet can improve your health, but can it really do anything for your stress level? Experts say it can. Research has found that good nutrition has a tremendous impact on our ability to ward off the damage stress can do to our systems.  Sure, you’ll still feel tense, but with your body nutritionally armed for battle, you’ll handle things better. There are many things you can do to maximize your body’s fighting power. 
One of the most significant things you can do is to reduce the amounts sugar and white flour in your diet.  Sugar and white flour cause a host of problems you could do without.  By reducing these items in your diet, you will be able to maintain better weight control, reduce the risk of heart disease, and increase your energy level.  Why?  Because items made with these products metabolize too fast in your blood system. The result is unhealthy spikes in your blood sugar, rapid depletion of energy, and damaging stress symptoms. 
Exercise - In addition to eating right, exercise can be a tremendous help in fighting stress. As you get moving, your circulation delivers oxygen and nutritional elements throughout your body.  The result is muscle relaxation, the release of mood elevating chemicals, and a strengthened immune system.  Studies show that those who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from stress related illness. 
Relaxation.  When your body relaxes, it reverses stress symptoms. You experience a sense of control as you eliminate the feelings of helplessness that often accompany stress.  Find that one thing that really helps you to kick back and forget about things for a while.  Here are some suggestions:

Catering to our senses, such as sight, smell, and sound can reduce anxiety. So put on some favorite music, keep fresh cut flowers in view, and sink into a warm bubble bath. 
Reduce the clutter in your life. Passing a stack of papers as you leave for work, tripping over boxes, or stuffing a breakfast plate into a sink of dirty dishes, creates underlying tension that acts as a fuse when something gets you fired up. 
Deal head-on with anything that has been bothering you.  Ignoring problems won’t make them go away--resolving them will.
Get a good night’s sleep.  Your body needs this time to heal and “reboot” in preparation for the next day’s challenges.  Deny this basic need and you drain all of your systems of their strength.

Good nutrition, exercise, and learning to enjoy life will help you ward off dangerous stress symptoms. It’s important that you take steps now to ensure a healthy future.  That is why I dedicate several sections of my ebook series, A Balanced Approach to Health, to teaching you how to reduce the levels of stress in your life, instantly improving your quality of life.  You’ll learn: How to cope rather than stress, 13 affirmations to move beyond stress and its impacts, how to become a relaxation guru, and much more.
Effective Treatments for Acid Reflux

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Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, also referred to as acid reflux, is a physiological condition that causes the regurgitation of the stomach content into the esophagus and throat. Acid reflux is very common and may occur due to inappropriate diet, stress and unhealthy lifestyle. Some people are frequently confronted with acid reflux and in time they can develop serious complications. Physiological abnormalities seem to be the main cause for acid reflux (weakness of the lower esophageal sphincter, uncontrolled contractions of the sphincter, low pressure at the bottom of the esophagus due to abnormal positioning of the sphincter, etc). People who suffer from acid reflux as a consequence of physiological abnormalities can only overcome their condition through the means of ongoing medical treatment for acid reflux or surgery.

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Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, also referred to as acid reflux, is a physiological condition that causes the regurgitation of the stomach content into the esophagus and throat. Acid reflux is very common and may occur due to inappropriate diet, stress and unhealthy lifestyle. Some people are frequently confronted with acid reflux and in time they can develop serious complications. Physiological abnormalities seem to be the main cause for acid reflux (weakness of the lower esophageal sphincter, uncontrolled contractions of the sphincter, low pressure at the bottom of the esophagus due to abnormal positioning of the sphincter, etc). People who suffer from acid reflux as a consequence of physiological abnormalities can only overcome their condition through the means of ongoing medical treatment for acid reflux or surgery.

Surgery is a good way of overcoming the condition, but it is not appropriate for all patients. Surgery is recommended only in the chronic forms of acid reflux and for most patients, oral medical treatments for acid reflux provide satisfactory results. Combined with an appropriate diet, most treatments for acid reflux can ameliorate the condition within days.

The most common treatments for acid reflux consist of antacids, histamine antagonists, proton pump inhibitors, pro-motility drugs and foam barriers.

Antacids quickly neutralize the excess of gastric acid inside the stomach. Prescribed in most treatments for acid reflux, antacids are usually very efficient in controlling the levels of digestive fluids. Although antacids provide quick results, their effects are only temporary. The treatments for acid reflux that consist only of antacids can’t control the secretion of stomach acid for more than a few hours. In order to maximize their effect and extend the duration of their action, antacids should be taken after every meal. Antacids are safe, easy to use and can be found in any drugstore. In the treatment for acid reflux, it is best to associate antacids with other medications that provide long-term effects (histamine antagonists).

Histamine antagonists have a longer effect than antacid medications and they are very reliable in the treatment for acid reflux. Among the histamine antagonists available in pharmacies, the most popular are:  cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), nizatidine (Axid), and famotidine, (Pepcid).

Proton pump inhibitors should be taken a few hours before meals. Proton pump inhibitors commonly prescribed in the treatment for acid reflux are omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid) and esomeprazole (Nexium).

Pro-motility drugs and foam barriers are not very popular in the treatment for acid reflux. Pro-motility drugs are experimental drugs and can be released only with medical prescription. They normalize the activity of the esophageal sphincter and increase the pressure at the lower end of the esophagus.

Foam barriers are tablets that transform into foam when they reach the stomach. The foam acts like a barrier against the digestive fluids, protecting the esophagus from being flooded with gastric acid. The tablets also contain substances that control the levels of gastric acid produced by the stomach.

title:Effective Ways To Stop Smoking Cigarettes
author:Steve Hill
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

A purpose is the eternal condition for success.
Every former smoker can tell you just how hard it is to stop smoking cigarettes. However, there are a range of stop smoking commodities that can assist you on your transition to a smoke-free lifestyle. Though there is no cure for smoking, there are a variety of smoking free videos, quit smoking aid groups and prescription and natural stop smoking aids that will make your endeavour to quit smoking cigarettes much easier for you.
Quit Smoking Tips
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao-tzu, Tao-te Ching
You may feel like you will never possess enough commitment power to quit smoking cigarettes. However, trying to stop smoking is just like all things else in the world. It takes practice. Very few individuals stop for good on the principal try. Each time you try to stop, it will get a little easier, especially if you are knowledgeable of some of the best ways to quit smoking.
These days, there are a variety of goods on the market that can assist you to stop smoking cigarettes. There are laser smoking restraint treatments, acupuncture cessation smoking methods, and even a smoking cessation shot. You can also see your physician to obtain a stop smoking antidepressant. These medicines help to relieve stress and to also cut down on your cravings, serving you to stop smoking faster and more permanently.
A person with some doubt but taking action is better than one with no doubt taking no action. Michael E. Angier
If you are interested in nicotine interchange methods to help stop smoking cigarettes, you might consider purchasing the patch or nicotine gum. The patch is just a patch that you apply everyday that delivers a stable amount of nicotine into your system. Rather than dealing with nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as irritation or hunger, the patch allows you to gradually wean yourself off of the drug by gradually reducing the amount of nicotine every week or so. The patch has proven to be one of the best ways to quit smoking.
Nicotine gum is another method that can help you to stop smoking cigarettes. Nicotine gum works greatly like the patch, except that you can control the amount of nicotine you are receiving. Every time you have a cigarette hunger, you can reach out for a new chunk of gum rather than a cigarette. If you strictly follow the directions that go along with these nicotine gum stop smoking products, you will discover that your cravings are drastically reduced. Rather than spending your entire day fighting your cigarette cravings, you can feel a bit more normal while you are trying to stop smoking.
A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided. Anthony Robbins
No matter what stop smoking methods you use to stop smoking cigarettes, you can rest assured that it is worth it. You will have much more energy once you boot the routine, and you will also save a lot of cash. All of these benefits pale in comparison, however, to the fitness benefits you will giving yourself and the people around you.
I hope you have gotten some good quit smoking advice from this article and that you are able to use them.
Effects Of Butea Superba

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If you have always wanted to know more about this topic, then get ready because we have all the information you can handle.

The course starts with the head registering a sexual stimulus. The head then orchestrates a drop of nerve signals that run through the spinal cord to the penis. Here, the cavernosal nerves release nitric oxide, a gas that quickly penetrates the easy muscle cells that form the penis' springy tissue. The nitric oxide causes the cells to make a substance called the repeated guanine mono phosphate (c GMP), which has an expansive, relaxing effect.

The arteries feeding the penis expand and the easy muscle relaxes, breach up tiny sacs in the erectile tissue that then expand with blood. The two chief chambers of the penis, the quantity cavernosum, pack and the organ becomes so distended that the veins that typically drain away blood are pushed shut against the tough outer covering of the erectile chambers. The effect is erection. Arteries [top] and veins [bottom] access the long, packed carities operation the piece of the penis-the corpora cavernosa and the quantity spongiosum. creation occurs when relaxed muscles allow the corpora cavernosa to pack with overload blood fed by the arteries, while drainage of blood through the veins is blocked.

Before we go an further, lets take a moment to review what we have learned so far about this amazing subject.

Over time, you will begin to understand how these concepts really come together if you choose to venture into this subject further.

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.

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.

Effects of Over-training on Male and Female Sexual Health

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This article talks about the adverse effects of over-training on male and femalesexual health These effects may be prevented by engaging in moderate and  proper workouts coupled with a healthy and nutritious diet. Individuals who want to improve their physique and overall health may consult health professionals for proper exercise programs and food regimens.

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Over-training has become a common practice nowadays. Many people workout because they want to gain muscle, lose some weight, and achieve the physique that they have been dreaming off. These individuals are often in such a hurry to achieve their ideal physique that they forget to follow fitness safety guidelines.  Many athletes who over-train exercise for about six hours a day ---  a length of time that is considered to be excessive. These individuals do not realize that over-training may do more harm than good. Too much or too intense training may lead to injuries, low testosterone levels among men and amenorrhea in women.

Some medical studies suggest that over-training may cause a temporary decrease in testosterone levels.  Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone which plays an important role in libido, immune function, energy, and many more. This hormone is essential for the development of male sex and reproductive organs like the penis, testicles, and the prostate. Low levels of testosterone may cause a problem to many men.

A temporary reduction in sperm count and quality which may lead to temporary infertility may also be experienced by men who over-train. This happens because the body literally kills itself during training and needs time to recuperate to build muscles and improve the body. Too much or too intense physical activity may reduce the level of hormones in the bloodstream and therefore affect sperm production. The decrease in these components is temporary and may return to normal after a few days of rest.

Women who engage in over-training are at risk of many health problems like amenorrhea, a term that refers to the absence of menstrual periods. This is experienced by women because of extremely low body fat content. Missed menstruation is often linked to decreased estrogen (primary female sex hormone) levels. Several medical studies show that amenorrheic women, and those who have body fats below 10% of the ideal measure may have a hard time getting pregnant. In addition to this, amenorrhea may also lead to osteoporosis, an ailment which decreases bone density, making the bones vulnerable to fracture and other injuries. Bones usually become brittle when people are much older, but some young women, especially the ones who experience amenorrhea develop brittle bones at a very young age.

Signs and symptoms  of over-training may include the following:

missed or irregular menstrual periods
extreme thinness
extreme or rapid weight loss
behaviors that reflect frequent like eating very little, not eating in front of others, and focus on low-calorie food
frequent and intense exercising (taking aerobics class followed by a five mile run, swimming for long hours, and weight-lifting
an “I can't miss a day of workout” attitude
anxious preoccupation with injuries 
exercising despite illness, bad weather, injury and other conditions that may require resting
too much self-criticism or self-dissatisfaction
extreme anxiety and low self-esteem
sleep difficulties
feeling cold most of the time
constant conversations about weight 

If these signs are experienced, it is important to make adjustments in one’s exercise routine and eating regimen. Exercising in moderation and reducing the intensity from time to time, coupled with healthy diets may help prevent the adverse effects of over-training. For women, it is also best to seek advice from one's doctor to make sure that one's missed periods is not a sign of over-training. Individuals who want to lose weight properly are encouraged to consult doctors and other health professionals for advice. Understanding the proper workout regimen, and including a healthy diet in one's lifestyle may lead to improved health and overall well-being.

Effects of Smoking and Excessive Alcohol Intake on Bodybuilders

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This article attempts to go further into the more elusive, underlying problems that

                  a regular smoker or drinker would face during the addiction phase up to the point where a decision is made to quit the habit. Several key points are also mentioned about bodybuilders and the effects of smoking to their bodies.

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Both drinking and smoking can have several negative effects on one's body. The adverse impact on one’s health may lead a person to consider or, in the best case scenario, totally quit the habit. Unfortunately, several metabolic problems emerge when long-time smokers or drinkers decided to quit the habit. In regular male drinkers, lowering the alcohol intake causes a decrease in High Density Lipoprotein cholesterol and systolic blood pressure, whereas the effects of smoking in men is associated with significant increases in insulin, triglycerides, glucose, waist line measure, and overall body mass index (BMI). Regular women smokers also experience an increase in their HDL-cholesterol, BMI, and waist circumference after quitting smoking. From this information, it is clear that it would be much better not to start smoking in the first place since it is really much harder to quit the habit than to refrain from having such an addiction. 

The effects of smoking could also have an impact on one’s diet and normal metabolism. One’s diet can influence the effects of nicotine on body weight regulation. Chronic nicotine exposure results in adaptive changes in both the central and peripheral molecules which regulate a person’s eating behavior and energy metabolism. This applies especially to bodybuilders looking to put on or hold onto muscle mass. Nicotine is known to decrease body weight in individual smokers, whereas nicotine withdrawal is accompanied by increased expression of the orexigenic peptides neuropeptide Y and Agouti-related protein in the hypothalamus; and decreased expression of the metabolic protein uncoupling protein-3 in brown adipose tissues.

In relation to this, a conclusion can be made that for a bodybuilder looking to hold onto muscle mass, or get lean, there is some difficulty getting involved with smoking in the first place. In extreme cases, a smoking cessation clinic may be the best place to go. A French study was made to assess the effectiveness at one year of a hospital clinic that provides individual management of persons seeking to stop smoking and the factors predictive of failure. This descriptive study included smokers seeking assistance at this hospital clinic over a one year period. This analysis excludes people with schizophrenia and those who came only to one consultation.

All in all, however, as with everything else, the addiction to smoking begins in one's own mind. Food, cigarettes, alcohol and various drugs can all leave a mental imprint on one's brain, and it is up to the person to control his or her habits in a positive way in order to achieve whatever goals they have set for themselves. A bodybuilder's life is one where extreme control must be exercised on one's desires, if adequate progress is to be made. We need to be very careful in choosing what to put into our own bodies. But what really comes first is the necessity with being careful with what we choose to place into our minds. The effects of smoking such as bad breath, cancer, lowered testosterone, increased caloric intake from alcohol and accompanying poor eating habits when drunk, will eventually harm a bodybuilder's health and performance.

Effects Of Steroids

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There are over hundreds of different steroids, which have been identified in plants, animals, and fungi, but this article is about the effects of steroids that limited few are approved for human use. Some limited few steroids are also approved for the veterinary use.

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Steroids are available as anabolic-androgenic steroid drugs, anti-estrogen drugs, and growth hormone and peptide drugs. These drugs are powerful performance-enhancing drugs. There is a wide range of available steroids, such as Anadrol ® (oxymetholone), Dianabol (methandrostenolone), Testosterone, Stenox, Clomid (clomiphene citrate), Viagra (sildenafil citrate), Cialis (tadalifil citrate), Evista (raloxifene), etc.

There are many effects of steroids. The positive effects of steroids are visible when they are used for several medical purposes including stimulation of bone growth, appetite, puberty, and muscle growth. The effects of steroids (anabolic) impressive when they are used for the treatment of several chronic wasting conditions, such as cancer and AIDS. There are anabolic effects of steroids in protein synthesis, muscle mass, strength, appetite and bone growth.

The anabolic effects of steroids are superb when they are used in treating conditions, such as delayed puberty and some types of impotence, which are resulted due to abnormally low amounts of testosterone production in the body.

However, side effects of steroids have made them controversial drugs, but the side effects of steroids are linked with steroid abuse. There are a number of side effects of steroids, if they are over-used wrongly for wrong purposes. Some of the side effects of steroids include elevated cholesterol (increase in LDL, decreased HDL levels), acne, elevated blood pressure, hepatotoxicity, and alterations in left ventricle morphology.

These side effects of steroids have made these drugs stand among the abused drugs. Listed as Schedule III in the Controlled Substances Act, steroids are controlled drugs in United States. Canada and Britain also have laws controlling the use and distribution of steroids.

Effects of steroids on your general health

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Steroids were invented during the first quarter of the 20th century. Since then, they’ve been used to treat various medical conditions including puberty delays, low appetite, chronic wasting conditions due to cancer, AIDS, bone growth etc. Anabolic steroids are commonly known for their impressive enhancement of muscle growth and athletic performance.

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Steroids were invented during the first quarter of the 20th century. Since then, they’ve been used to treat various medical conditions including puberty delays, low appetite, chronic wasting conditions due to cancer, AIDS, bone growth etc. Anabolic steroids are commonly known for their impressive enhancement of muscle growth and athletic performance. These substances are derived from the male hormone, testosterone and hence, also possess androgenic qualities. So, they also affect sexual characteristics when used.

Due to their ability to enhance strength and athletic performance, many sportspeople started abusing these drugs as early as the 60s. Overdose and wrong usage lead to various side-effects and to control use of steroids, many countries imposed restrictions on their manufacture and distribution. Today, anabolic steroids can ONLY be purchased with a valid prescription.
The most common effects of the intake of anabolic steroids are:
Increases bone growth.
Increases muscle growth in a short period of time, and thereby increases overall body mass.
Burns excess body fat and reduces weight considerably.
Affects sexual characteristics. In men, this means higher estrogen levels as the body works to balance hormone levels. The breast-like features might be developed further. Women may face a change in the working of vocal chords and therefore a deeper voice.
Increases growth of hair (head, facial and pubic).
Elevates blood pressure.
Increases LDL cholesterol levels and decreases HDL levels. This may lead to cardiovascular complications.
Increases acne levels.
With all of that said, the reader is advised to be extremely careful when choosing to actually buy anabolic steroids. Looking to acquire these without a medical prescription might lead to illegal dealings and finally, legal troubles. Also, you must seek and heed professional medical advice at every level of steroid usage. This ensures safe and beneficial use of these substances.

Effects of steroids     

Anabolic steroids are most commonly known for their usage in sports and bodybuilding. These steroids are capable of manipulating protein synthesis within the muscular cells, thereby stimulating growth. Anabolic steroids are so called because they boost anabolic processes. They are direct derivatives of testosterone, the male hormone, and thus possess certain androgenic properties which allow them to affect sexual processes.
Steroids find extensive use in competitive sports, bodybuilding and modeling because of their effectiveness. However, they do have their own share of harmful side-effects. The most common effects of anabolic steroids are:

Disturbance in hormone production. This is because steroids are hormones themselves and the excess of testosterone disturbs the hormone balance, prompting the body to work to restore the balance.
Increased estrogen. This happens due to imbalance of hormones. Results in breast-enlargement in men. In women, enlargement of the clitoris, hair growth and deepening of the voice are most common.
Possible liver damage. This is known to happen when steroids are consumed orally. The reason is that many enzymes in the liver are altered due to the nature of anabolic steroids.
Elevated cholesterol levels. Many sportspeople who use steroids have been tested to show high LDL and low HDL levels of cholesterol.
Cardiovascular complications. The alteration of cholesterol levels might lead to heart-related diseases.
Increased blood pressure.
Increased acne levels.
Possible sterility. Although rare, it is a potential risk which may occur due to the imbalance in testosterone levels.

Considering the harmful effects, it is the responsibility of the reader to do his/her research before actually deciding to buy anabolic steroids. Due to popular abuse of these substances, they have been banned by almost all major sports bodies. Not only that, many countries including the USA place them under “controlled substances”. It is illegal to purchase them without a prescription. Hence, be aware of the consequences before buying steroids.

Efficient And Effective Exercise

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I have been wondering lately about the effectiveness of exercising. If you look at life a couple generations ago, folks worked physically, but they weren't power-lifting and running miles upon miles to stay fit and trim.

So what were our ancestors doing to remain in good health and shape? First, let’s not neglect the fact that cars weren’t everywhere and that those who lived in towns often were able to walk wherever they needed to go. The days of small town living with a ...


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I have been wondering lately about the effectiveness of exercising. If you look at life a couple generations ago, folks worked physically, but they weren't power-lifting and running miles upon miles to stay fit and trim.

So what were our ancestors doing to remain in good health and shape? First, let’s not neglect the fact that cars weren’t everywhere and that those who lived in towns often were able to walk wherever they needed to go. The days of small town living with a grocery store in walking distance are long gone—suburbia is here.

What else did our predecessors do? Not only did they walk, but they rode bicycles and generally did more outside than we do today. Computers weren’t even dreamed of at that point, and television didn’t rule their days and nights like it does now.

They also ate less than we do today. Have you noticed that portions are getting larger and larger as prices go up? Americans really want their ‘money’s worth’ when it comes to eating out, and we’ve become very accustomed to large plates mounded with food. Our great-grandparents wouldn’t have considered eating until they were gorged—oftentimes, there wasn’t enough food to go around the table of the larger families.

So all of this brings me to my ultimate question: Is going to a gym and working out really necessary?

If we forget about our ancestors, let’s look at a more ‘modern’ example found in our Amish and Mennonite communities. These individuals don’t partake in gym workouts, and they won’t be seen jogging the roads at 5:30 a.m. Yet they are typically more fit than many personal trainers? So what gives?

They walk. They move. They bend. They work. They eat when they’re hungry, stop when they’re full, and enjoy a simple lifestyle. They have no computers or televisions to sit and stare at all day (or night), and they don’t have washing machines and dryers to do their laundry chores.

Think I’m making this up? Try washing all of your clothes by hand on a washboard, wringing each piece out, and then lugging a large basket of wet things to a clothesline to hang out. You’ll build muscles you didn’t even know you had!

Could it be that simple? Could just going about our daily lives and moving more be the answer to physical fitness? I think that, added to a sensible eating plan, could very well be the nirvana to the quest for fitness in our country.

Efficient Quit Smoking Hypnosis by Nguang Nguek Fluek

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Quit Smoking Hypnosis – It's all in the mind!

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Smoking cessation is a very hard work. The most difficult problem that a smoker has to solve is that of his psyche. It is difficult to try to give up smoking as long as the smoker himself is not really convinced that he wants to do this.

So the first important thing to do is to find a powerful motivation and to have a strong will. If necessary, these will be completed by some others alternative methods.

It is unquestionable the fact that actually smoking is not so much a physical addiction as it is a psychological one. Everything has to begin from this side of a smoker. Using all kinds of treatments is useless as long as there is no change in the mind. And it is exactly here that quit smoking hypnosis operates.

This is the most significant reason why this method seems to be so successful. A lot of surveys and reports have demonstrated the fact that even if quit smoking hypnosis is a rather new method it has proved its efficacy in a great number of cases. The results of numerous tests all over the world had shown that hypnosis is one of the most effective aids in the cessation of smoking.

Quit smoking hypnosis is an approach based on some principles that are scientific psychological. It shows some similarities with the individual counseling.  This method consists of some recording in the form of CDs or cassettes that are listened regularly by the one who is seeking to be free of cigarettes.

When being a heavy smoker this vice becomes a habit, a routine and therefore most of his needs to smoke are sometimes automatic. Thus hypnosis acts upon both the conscious but mainly upon the unconscious side of the mind. It is here that most automatisms are to be found.

This kind of therapy relies on the fact that it gradually manages to change a smoker’s beliefs and mentalities on this habit. Little by little this mechanism starts to function and the giving up process becomes successful.

However the most efficient ways to stop smoking are the ones that are combined in order to operate on both the physical necessities for nicotine and on the psychological dependence. That is why quit smoking hypnosis must be viewed only as a complementary help in smoking cessation, but a very reliable one. When combined with some other variant it will certainly provide the most valuable results.

title:Efforts through the Web: The Ryongchon Relief Project
author:Carla Ballatan
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It’s quite a relief to witness active and valiant efforts to help out North Korea on a particularly devastating incident that happened on April 22, 2004. These efforts to extend a helping hand were even projected over the web. It is a relief, since North Korea has been the target of many attacks for the past few years after the civil war that created the two borders over Korea.
The incident that came about on April 22 was the explosion of a train loaded with ammonium nitrate fertilizer and tank wagons which obliterated the entire area within a half–mile radius. When the launching of the relief project was projected online on May 2, 2004 at, the deaths already totaled to 161 and it is reported that thousands were burned, blind and/or deaf that lie on cabinets without even the most basic medical supplies.
According to the reports, most of the victims were school children (over 60% of those who died) and over 2,000 home have been completely destroyed. This incident became the first opportunity of LiNK website to organize all of its chapters and launch their first major independent initiative – “ The Ryongchon Relief Project”. Another thing that prompted them to act was because the Korean Red Cross was granted permission by the North Korean government to transport medical and food supplies directly to North Korea.
As such, the LiNK did not waste time on getting the attention over the North Korea blog-zone to request donations addressed to pharmaceutical companies, local hospitals, drug stores, university labs and even compassionate individuals. For those interested to send out their donations, they can be coursed via the Korean Red Cross to Ryongchon, directly.
Phases are programmed in the revival of the Ryongchon area – from emergency phase, they are now into the stabilization phase. For each of this phase, different things are needed. They had particularly listed down the things that are specifically needed so that even individuals or other civic organizations would really know what they could do to contribute even a bit: medical supplies like ointments, antibiotics, antiseptics, bandages, Vaseline, IV fluid, and other treatments to help in the injuries. They also encourage monetary donations for purchase of other medical supplies through
Ways of shipping location and methods are also elaborated so that people will know how to send their contribution without it being wasted on other pockets.
This relief project only shows how much the web site could really help out in promoting humanitarian projects all throughout the globe. This is one of the nice and positive things about the technology offered by the web development, now, if only web users would just concern themselves with these kinds of projects – helping others out.
title:Eight Strategies To Avoid The Flu
author:Constance Weygandt
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It is that time of year when the Flu is flourishing in the workplace, classrooms, hospitals, and homes. The influenza virus differs from the common cold in the sudden onset of symptoms. These are severe headaches, fever, chills, muscle aches and sometimes, nausea and diarrhea. The following are some strategies to stay healthier, this flu season.
Get the flu shot. There are three types of flu. However, the type A virus is constantly changing which tricks the body into believing that it is fighting a new virus. The flu shot is the best line of defense in fighting the flu which is most prevalent.
Stay home when ill. Even though the common mode of thought is to drag our bodies to work when we are sick, it is not necessarily the best mode of thought. Studies have shown that sick and ill workers actually reduce productivity which costs the company money, not to mention the inconvenience to other workers who are infected. Use your sick time.
Wash your hands frequently. The key to removing germs, which could spread infection, is soap, water and friction. Wash your hands briskly and frequently. Keep a hand sanitizer on your person or near you, when a restroom is not readily available.
Eat yogurt or take a supplement containing probiotics. Probiotics are nature’s friendly germs. A large percentage of immune cells, that ward off disease, live in our digestive tract. Keeping a larger percentage of probiotics or beneficial bacteria to harmful bacteria in our intestines helps to ward off colds and flu.
Hydrate your environment, inside and out. Keep a few bowls of warm water around your house to increase moisture inside your house. Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. A lack of adequate hydration lowers the immune system making you susceptible to colds and flu. Drink tap, purified or spring water. Distilled water contains no minerals.
Eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Colorful berries provide a natural mix of antioxidants. Orange vegetables are a great source of beta-carotene. Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C. Thinking in terms of a rainbow of color, of different fruits and vegetables, will ensure that you get the vitamins necessary for good health.
Make sure to get adequate sleep. The average American subsists on two hours less sleep, a night, than our ancestors. Studies suggest that most of us require a little more than eight hours of sleep a night. Lack of adequate sleep causes our bodies to produce fewer antibodies, resulting in a lower immune system. Adequate sleep is crucial to good health.
Have a regular exercise regimen. Moderate exercise, thirty to sixty minutes, three times a week helps boost immunity. An exhaustive workout can suppress the immune system for the short term. Find an exercise regimen that works for you.
All of these strategies will help you to live a healthier life, as well as provide protection against the flu. Try and make these strategies a part of your everyday life and you should be rewarded with less colds and flu when the flu season hits.
title:Eight Tips For A Bug-Free Summer
author:Dr. Brian Aw, M.D., and C.C.F.P. (courtesy by News Canada)
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-With approximately 42,000 mosquitoes for every person in Ontario, most of us spend a great deal of our summers swatting away these pesky insects. Protecting yourself against mosquitoes will not only make your summer more enjoyable, it will help prevent you and your family from getting annoying and sometimes dangerous bug bites.
As a family physician, I recommend the following tips for a bug free summer.

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

Dr. Brian Aw is a general practitioner specializing in travel medicine.
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title:Eight Weight Loss Tips
author:Beth Scott
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

There are a lot of “crash” diets out there that promise that you’ll drop a considerable amount of weight in days or a week.  I have tried a few of these, and in my experience the weight always comes back on, just as quickly. 
One thing you don’t want to do if you are actually serious about losing weight is to follow these fad diets.   After their ineffectiveness has been proven time and again, people will start to wise up to that particular diet, and will head off in search of a new craze.
Lets be honest, people want to lose weight and they want immediate results, but this is just wishful thinking.  To lose weight permanently and effectively it will be a rather slow progress, all depending on your metabolic rate and how much you need to lose.
There are however some proven tried and true methods for aiding in the weight loss process, and I can make you familiar with them.
1. Don’t skip breakfast.  Whatever you do follow this advice, because otherwise you are much more likely in fact prone to binge later in the day.
2. Don’t eat anything for at least an hour before going to bed.
3. Don’t snack while watching TV.  It’s acceptable to eat a meal while watching television, but never is snacking at this time acceptable.
4. Substitute fruits like; bananas, watermelon, plums, peaches, and oranges for sugary treats like; cookies and candy.
5. Substitute honey for sugar, and carob powder for chocolate in all recipes.
6. Eat more vegetables.  This can even be enjoyable if you have a good cookbook like Good housekeeping's latest edition. 
7. Avoid unnecessary high calorie foods.
8. Exercise at least a half hour each day for 5 days out of the week.
title:Elder Care Options
author:Thomas LeBlanc
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Although our focus is on elder care options it is important to remember that life-changing conditions that threaten independent living are not limited to the elderly. People of any age can experience challenging conditions due to illness or injury that interfere with normal activities of daily living. When a decline in function renders a person unable to live independently, there are many care options to consider in regards to the kind of care they’ll receive and who will provide it.
It is my desire that the following summary of care options will be helpful to those needing care.
Hospitals usually keep patients with acute medical conditions until the acute condition is resolved. However, this is not always long enough to allow the patient to become independent and safe enough to return home.
Hospitals serve an important function by saving the lives of those with life-threatening conditions, but when patients are medically stable they must move to another type of facility.
Because the present healthcare environment imposes tight funding restrictions on hospitals, it forces them to reduce the duration of a patient’s stay. The allotted time is rarely sufficient to return patients to their prior level of function. At this point, patients and/or their family members must decide what to do next.
The care option that’s right for your circumstances depends on availability, accessibility, price, expectations and the patient’s age, condition and recovery potential.
Swing Bed Programs
Progressive hospitals offer Swing Bed Programs. To move from acute care to Swing Bed is no more than a paperwork move. However, patients on the Swing Bed Program can continue to qualify for Medicare benefits as long as they make progress in physical therapy, and as long as they demonstrate good rehab potential.
Rehabilitation is the key in these facilities. Patients are involved in therapeutic exercises, functional training, balance training, and gait training. The Swing Bed Program functions as a skilled nursing facility.
Regional Rehabilitation Centers
Qualifying patients may transfer from an acute hospital to a regional rehabilitation center. These patients receive intensive rehab that usually consists of a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Stays are typically one to three weeks, after which the patient must either transition to their home or to another care facility.
Nursing Homes
Nursing homes, referred to as care homes, convalescent homes, rest homes, and elder care centers, vary in size and type. Skilled nursing homes can, in some cases, carry on the rehabilitation the hospital began. If the patient is able to consistently show physical progress and good rehab potential, Medicare may reimburse for a certain number of days.
Physical therapy and occupational therapy can include therapeutic exercises and training in activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, etc). When patients reach a plateau in their progress, they are either discharged or sent to a non-skilled nursing facility. Medicare does not provide financial assistance for non-skilled facilities.
The best nursing homes provide restorative services. A restorative aide performs simple exercises and assisted ambulation with patients that do not qualify for the skilled services of a licensed physical therapist. Nursing homes are a good choice for individuals who require lots of care or who lack the rehab potential to progress to a rehabilitation facility.
Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs)
ALFs provide care for individuals who have a much higher level of independence than do those who require a nursing home. They usually have a private apartment-like setting where the residents can be reasonably independent. Meals and varying levels of care are provided.
Assisted living facilities are designed for those who have a good degree of independence, yet are not able to live independently in their own homes. ALF’s typically do not offer physical therapy, exercises programs or restorative therapy services, and Medicare offers no assistance.
Adult Foster Homes
These facilities offer a home-like environment and the best possible staff-to-resident ratio. The State allows a maximum or five residents in Oregon Adult Foster Homes. Other states vary. Residents are given home-cooked meals and activities that are relevant to their interests.
In Oregon, adult foster homes are licensed as level 1, level 2 or level 3, based on the experience and capabilities of the care providers. Level 1 foster homes provide for functional residents who require only minimal assistance in their activities of daily living. Level three residents require care in several activities of daily living and may even be bed bound.
Although adult foster homes specialize in elder care and retirement age residents, people of any age can live in them.
Family Caregiving
Sometimes, families want or need to care for their loved ones in their own home. This seemingly overwhelming task can be handled in two ways: One way is by hiring personal in-home caregivers to provide the needed care. Someone needs to coordinate the caregivers to ensure consistency. When 24-hour care is needed the expense can far exceed any of the above options.
A second option is to personally care for your loved one yourself. This could necessitate leaving your job. This ambitious task can be done if you take care of yourself to prevent burnout and to avoid falling ill. If you take this route you might consider having a personal caregiver come in once or twice a week to relieve you.
Transitional Care
Often, patients are not ready to return home after leaving the hospital. Various life-changing conditions, such as a hip fracture, knee or hip replacement or stroke can make it impossible to safely transition home. Even conditions like pneumonia or bowel obstructions can start the deconditioning process that makes a person less stable on their feet and puts them at risk for falling.
It’s imperative to maximize a patient’s level of function in order to ensure their safe transition home. Transitional care units have emerged to fill this gap. Transitional care units provide various degrees of rehabilitation that can include physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Electrical Current As Pain Management

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With recent research revealing data that might indicate magnetism as a potential way of pain relief, some scientists are curious whether or not the closely related force of electricity might also yield similar benefits. There are already some devices with use electrical current as a from of pain management, but there is no concrete clinical data confirming their effects. As of now, all electrical pain relief devices operate strictly on a theoretical basis.

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Electricity, the natural force that Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla engaged in a bitter rivalry over due to differing

theories, is quite a subject of human fascination. Like magnetism, many charlatans of the late 19th and early 20th centuries

claimed to have developed devices that could do everything from increase breast sizes, to curing illnesses like tuberculosis.

For the most part, these claims were fraudulent. However, recent evidence is starting to suggest that at least one claim of

these clever tricksters was not entirely false in nature. In the same way that testing is being conducted to determine what

effects magnetic fields have on pain management, some are theorizing that the closely-related force of electricity might also

yield benefits for relieving acute and chronic pain.

There is still quite a bit of controversy surrounding the supposed effects of electricity in the area of pain management, as

well as a heated debate over whether or not it has any effects at all. Still, some scientists have found the idea plausible,

largely due to the data obtained from testing conducted with magnetism. Magnetism and electricity have always been closely

related by science, so some find it reasonable to try and discern if electrical currents, properly conducted through the

body, can achieve effects similar to exposure to a magnetic field. The effect of causing pain is widely known, with death by

electric shock being among the many ways that Hollywood killers dispatch of their victims. However, the main interest of the

current generation of researchers lies in whether or not electrical current can dull the sensation of pain.

It is no secret that a small amount of electrical current travels through the human body, though only recently has it been

found that electrical stimulation of the brain can induce the release of endorphins, chemicals which can dull the pain

sensation. Naturally, the current has to be precisely applied and controlled, largely due to the risks of disrupting the

delicate balance of the brain. Others believe that the current itself can be used to directly fight pain, such as by

hindering or blocking pain signals from the brain to the body. Market-available devices that use this method, which are

largely used for back pain management, with adjustable settings to increase or decrease the current as the patient sees fit.

A more intense version of devices such as this has been developed, but require being implanted deeper under the skin.

The above examples apply alternating current in relieving pain. Another method, known as galvanic stimulation, applies direct

current, and often finds use in treating muscle injuries or cases with major trauma to bodily tissues. The afflicted areas

where galvanic stimulation is applied generally have experienced bleeding or swelling due to the injury. The direct current

is believed to generate an electrical field in the afflicted area, which is maintained by both positive and negative

electrical pads. In theory, the positive electrical pads reduce the flow of blood to the afflicted area to relieve swelling

and pain, similar to how ice packs work. In contrast, the negative pads are believed to increase circulation and,

theoretically, stimulate the healing process. Instructions for their appropriate use come with the pads themselves, though

patients may also inquire about their use with their doctors.

Electric Stair Lift Shopping Tips

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Before you go to an electric stair lift dealer, you want to be armed with all the information you can muster to avoid being talked into something you don’t want or something that won’t fit your situation perfectly.

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Before you go to an electric stair lift dealer, you want to be armed with all the information you can muster to avoid being talked into something you don’t want or something that won’t fit your situation perfectly. 

Now if you have a therapist or professional who can advise you on what you or your loved one will need in particular that’s always ideal.  So to start off with, it’s a good idea to check out at least three different companies selling electric stair lifts.  When you do this, you’ll see why, as prices, quality and service plans can differ.  Keep in mind that as in most industries there are always bad apples preying off people’s lack of knowledge.

So get a feel for the company that you feel most comfortable and one that seem reputable.  It may help to ask each company to provide you with a list of customers that you can call or even visit. 

Usually at the electric stair lift dealership, you’ll be able to personally test their stair lifts.  Looking at a stair lift and actually trying one out are two very different things!

Thanks to improved technology, stair lifts are quieter and can be installed on almost all stair cases.  Watch out for companies selling older technology disguised as something new.

Most reputable companies will guarantee their electric stair lifts for a year or more.  Notice what you’ll have to pay after your one-year warranty expires.  You don’t want to be sucker-punched with a big “re-guarantee warranty” fee. You want to make sure that your service plan includes having the stair lift inspected every six months and serviced annually. It would also be ideal to have it in your plan where you can get emergency call-out service.

title:Electric Wheelchairs
author:Armen Hareyan
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

When you search online for Electric Wheelchairs, like any other things, you will face a situation, where you will need to choose a provider out of so many companies that offer the service.   The search engines will bring you thousands and thousands of results when you type the phrase “Electric Wheelchairs.”    Which vendor or provider to choose?   It is important that you make an informed decision.
Things to look for when choosing an Electric Wheelchair:
First, it is good to check the company’s track record and make sure that the company, which provider Electric Wheelchairs is a very good company to do business with.   When I buy big-ticket product from a company that I don’t know of, I always check the company’s record with the Better Business Bureau.   You can do that by going to .   
While large companies may offer a great service, our experience has been that with the smaller or midsize companies you get a more personalized attention.   For example an unknown company such as Jaki Med, based in Charlotte, NC, (Tel. 866.569-7877, they also provide other related supplies) may offer a better service than a large company who will run continuous ads on your TV screen.   Why, because you get a personalized service, and a small company will try to do a better job to put a good word out there about its services.
A good company will also offer a free transportation during the product delivery and will service is free for a reasonable time.   Ask the company if they could provide you with few previous customers with whom you could speak directly and find out what experience they had with your possible Electric Wheelchair provider.   You might also want to ask from the company, to get some references that they have from the doctors for whose patients they have provided Electric Wheelchairs in the past.
A good company that provides Electric Wheelchairs should be able to assist you while doing the paper work for an insurance coverage.   
Those are few things, but not all, that you might want to consider when choosing an Electric Wheelchair provider.   You definitely want that the user of the Electric Wheelchair enjoy his or her way of mobility and enjoy life fully.
Electric Wheelchairs And Power Mobility Scooters Deliver Freedom And Independence To The Handicapped.

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Several years ago, my daughter, a 17 years old college Freshman, was paralyzed from the waist down as the result of a fall. She was determined to continue on with college and needed a way to get around the campus. Fortunately an electric mobility scooter provided her with the freedom and mobility she needed during that difficult period in her life.

Without the aid of the electric mobility scooter, my daughter would have had to drop out of college and return home until she ...

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Several years ago, my daughter, a 17 years old college Freshman, was paralyzed from the waist down as the result of a fall. She was determined to continue on with college and needed a way to get around the campus. Fortunately an electric mobility scooter provided her with the freedom and mobility she needed during that difficult period in her life.

Without the aid of the electric mobility scooter, my daughter would have had to drop out of college and return home until she could recover, and at that time, no one knew if she would ever recover her ability to walk again. Thank God, she did regain her ability to walk only a short time later, but nevertheless, the electric mobility scooter provided not only the physical freedom and mobility but also the psychological boost she needed during the crisis period.

Electric wheelchairs and power mobility scooters deliver power mobility to elderly, seriously ill, and disabled individuals. Today, more than ever before, electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters help people, like my daughter, with limited mobility regain their freedom and independence.

"For 38% of the 54 million Americans with disabilities, mobility limitations and impairments are permanent. For these individuals, a variety of mobility aids and devices are necessary in order to provide support, motion and access, as well as to enable them to lead active and fulfilling lives."
-- United Cerebral Palsy of New York City,

* Electric Wheelchairs vs. Electric Mobility Scooters

An electric wheelchair is a personal mobility device that usually has six wheels and is steered using a "joystick". Sometimes referred to as a motorized wheelchair, power wheelchair, or just power chairs, they generally offer superior in-home maneuverability, fit almost anywhere and turn on a dime. An electric wheelchair is primarily designed for people who need help getting around indoors.

The power mobility provided by electric wheelchairs has made a dramatic difference in many people's lives. The development of new technology in the industry has made it possible for citizens to obtain smaller, more lightweight and maneuverable motorized wheelchairs for use inside the home allowing people to move about in small places and complete their activities of daily living without being bed-bound or sent to nursing homes.

Medical electric mobility scooters, on the other hand, are personal electric scooters that have either three or four wheels and steer much like a bicycle, using a set of handlebars. Electric scooters are ideal for out-of-home activities, as they glide smoothly and easily over a variety of surfaces. There are even portable motorized scooters that can be stowed in the trunk of your car to take along with you.

Today's electric wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters are easy-to-use, comfortable, safe and reliable.

Mobility is a critical aspect of everyday life. Being mobile enhances a person's ability to learn, interact with others, earn a living and participate in community life.

"Growth of the mobility-impaired community is increasing as the population ages, as the effects of obesity, and other neurological, rheumatoid, and physical ailments impair mobility. In addition, demand for power wheelchairs has grown due to demographics, technology development and consumer awareness."
-- National Spinal Cord Injury Association,

* Electric Wheelchairs and Electric Mobility Scooters Cost Considerations

Electric wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters are usually available at little or NO cost to you, depending upon your insurance qualifications.

For Medicare coverage consideration, a written prescription for a scooter or power wheelchair must be received by a supplier from a primary care physician or treating practitioner within 30 days of a face-to-face examination.

To see if you qualify for a low cost or no cost electric wheelchair or mobility scooter, contact a professional mobility consultant who will work with your doctor to identify your mobility needs, coordinate your Medicare or insurance benefits and determine the best mobility solution for you.

Don't let physical impairments keep you down. Regain your freedom of mobility and independence with the electric wheelchair or mobility scooter that's right for you.

title:Electric Wheelchair and Scooter Reviews
author:Maricon Williams
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Know what you want before you look for an Electric Wheelchair or Scooter
Different Electrical Wheelchairs and Electric Scooters are available, finding the one that suits your needs shouldn’t be too difficult. Remember to know what you want before you start looking for your Electric Wheelchair / Scooter.
With so many different machines available, finding one that suits your needs shouldn’t
be too difficult. Remember to know what you want before you start shopping otherwise, you’ll be overwhelmed with options! Be sure to look for a versatile machine that will enable you all the things that you need from your Electric Scooter / Wheelchair.
Most online Electric Wheelchair & Electric Scooter stores offer a large selection of both manual and powered wheelchairs and have experienced staff members which will be more than happy to assist you in selection and fitting of the correct chair to meet your individual requirements.
Electric Wheelchair 80% to 100% towards the cost
You can select Electric Scooters & Electric Wheelchairs lifts from Sunrise Medical and Pride medical products. Select from the latest in high quality, latest controls, highly maneuverable, light weight and extreme strength wheelchairs. Your existing insurance may cover 80% to 100% towards the cost of your scooter or chair.
Online Wheelchair stores offer a total line of wheelchair and equipment services including new chair specification/fitting, preparation, installation of adaptive equipment for control and comfort as well as preventative and routine maintenance.
If you have questions about availability, financing, leasing, delivery or options the online support teams could answer all you questions.
Electrical Wheelchair Emergency repair service you need
In addition to new, used and rental powered and manual Electric wheelchairs some of the online stores have as well trained and experienced repair and maintenance staff member ready to provide either the routine preventative or emergency repair service you need, loaner chairs are available. In Addition you could find places with a large inventory of spare parts including tires, cushions and batteries.
With Electric Wheelchairs you can to take charge of your lifestyle again
Also, remember that all companies offer convenient shipping to most destinations in the US, UK, Canada and worldwide. Good prices and convenient shipping at your fingertips.
Electric Wheelchairs / Electric Scooters may well be within your reach and the equipment available from the various manufacturing companies may be exactly what you need to take charge of your lifestyle again.
Electric Wheelchair Rebates are available to help you pay for the cost of
Up to $1,000 rebate is available to help pay for the cost of Electric Scooter Lifts or wheelchair lifts and ramps from the following mobility programs. Most lifts and ramps represented on this site are eligible for reimbursement under the terms of the various mobility programs offered by Chrysler, Ford, GM, Saturn, and Volkswagen. There is also a wide variety of state, federal, and other programs that can financially assist you with your wheelchair ramp purchase.
These programs were established to provide cash payments to disabled drivers for the installation of adaptive equipment in any new vehicle, whether purchased or leased. Customers have received rebates for multifold wheelchair ramps, lifts, and permanently mounted van ramps.
Electric Wheelchair: What About Them And How To Choose One

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Moving forward with life as a handicap is the best thing you can do. You know as they say "This too shall pass" sooner or later you'll get over it and enjoy the life as it was meant to be.

Enjoying life as handicap may be a little daunting since the loss of motor skill can cause a lot of barriers. Fortunately electric wheelchairs are here to save the day. This makes transportation easy and you can roam around as you like and visit your favorite place in town.

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Moving forward with life as a handicap is the best thing you can do. You know as they say "This too shall pass" sooner or later you'll get over it and enjoy the life as it was meant to be.

Enjoying life as handicap may be a little daunting since the loss of motor skill can cause a lot of barriers. Fortunately electric wheelchairs are here to save the day. This makes transportation easy and you can roam around as you like and visit your favorite place in town.

Electric wheelchairs are also know as "Power Chairs". As it comes with its name, electric wheelchairs makes use of electricity coming from batteries which then turns the motors for mobility. Power chairs can be classified as indoors, outdoors and some are both.

Electric wheelchairs are controlled by a joystick. Which also controls the speed and direction. This giving handicap the ease of mobility and no need to exert too much effort just to get around.

In the market today there are three major types of electric wheelchairs according to the wheel it is driven. There are rear wheel drives, also mid and front wheel drives. As same as automobiles each has different feel from each other.

Some tips for choosing electric wheelchairs:

1. Make sure that the wheelchair is appropriate for your age. Kid wheelchairs are for kids and adult wheelchairs are for adults. It is also convenient if you can find one that's easily folded so it's a lot more manageable.

2. Take time to learn and discover what brands and types of electric wheelchair that has a proven good track record. Visit some websites, ask a friend or opinions from relatives. This will greatly reduce regrets for buying a lemon electric wheelchair.

3. Also look for a wheelchair that has the greatest mobility available. Not only on terms of direction of movement but also to the position of the chair itself. Does it lean or not? Is it only stuck into one position?

Electric wheelchairs help you bring back the zest in life. It will help them overcome the feel of unworthiness and help them to move on. Such condition may lead them to grow as a person of worth and importance.

Electronic Air Cleaners – Low Maintenance for Big Improvements in Air Quality

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Electronic air cleaners are a simple and effective but low maintenance method of cleaning the air you breath.

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Electronic air cleaners are a relatively inexpensive and low maintenance way of removing airborne particles from the atmosphere in your home. Using electrostatic technology to provide a sort of filterless air purifier, electronic air cleaners are a safe way to keep your air particle, fume and dust-free.

These filterless air purifiers work by using the scientific principle of electrostatics. This law means that substances with opposite charges are attracted to one another, and electronic air purifiers harness the power of this principle by collecting the air and giving any particles gathered a charge. The charge emitted by electronic air cleaners is completely harmless to humans, but draws the collected particles to a plate within the cleaner, where they remain, safety extracted from your breathing air.

Electronic air cleaners are ninety five percent effective in removing particles and fumes from the air in your home, collecting the offending substances on plates stored safely inside the purifier. Some people find the disadvantage of electronic air cleaners to lie exactly here – these collection plates must be cleaned regularly in order to maintain the unit’s efficiency. This is, however, a relatively simple task – the collection plates are cleaned by wiping them with a damp cloth. This simple maintenance task ensures that your electronic air purifier continues to be effective in keeping your environment dust, fume and particle-free.

Look for electronic air cleaners with good-sized collection plates, as this will increase the effectiveness of your machine, and reduce the frequency of cleaning. Air cleaners with a more powerful electric field will also increase efficiency, creating cleaner air for you.

So while parts of this filterless air purifier still need to be cleaned, the effectiveness of electronic air purifiers makes them a popular choice regardless of this small maintenance chore. And removing ninety five percent of offending particles from the air in your home, electronic air cleaners will help provide your family with an environment that is safe and healthy for everyone. Well worth the work!

Electronic air cleaners are a simple and effective but low maintenance method of cleaning the air you breath.

Electronic Smoking Cigarettes - A Healthier Alternative?

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Those who wish to avoid the tar in cigarette smoke but do not want to quit smoking can now use electronic cigarettes, a state-of-the-art alternative.

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Tobacco companies won't admit that smoking is an addiction but everyone knows it is so. And it is an addiction that's powerful enough to keep millions smoking tobacco and jeopardizing their health. The tar in cigarette smoke is a carcinogen and tobacco contains many other harmful substances. That's why no matter how pleasant smoking may be, almost every smoker has thought about quitting. Unfortunately, that's easier said than done. But there is an alternative now - in electronic smoking cigarettes.

With just about everything else benefiting from the rapid advances in technology, electronic cigarettes should come as no surprise. Let me explain the idea behind it. If you're a smoker who has tried to quit, you know that it's not just the rush from the nicotine that makes it hard to kick the habit. It's also a psychological thing. Holding the cigarette or pipe, lighting up after dinner or during a break, tasting and twirling the smoke. So what if you could have all that, but without the tar and other carcinogens of tobacco smoke?

This is where electronic smoking comes in. It doesn't do away with nicotine, so there are no withdrawal symptoms. Unlike patches or gum, it also doesn't take away the physical aspect of a cigarette, a cigar, a pipe or a cigarillo; it does replace them with an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe and e-cigarillo. These smoking products use sophisticated, patented technology to vaporize special liquids, not surprisingly called an e-liquid, to produce smoke and deliver nicotine just as if you were smoking a real cigarette. For those who like the comforting glow of burning tobacco when they inhale, those e-smoking products even have a little light that simulates the glow when you inhale. Not necessary as far as I am concerned, but the makers apparently thought it added a nice touch.

So the idea here is to simulate smoking, down to getting that nice nicotine rush and the smoke, without actually burning tobacco with all its associated negative health aspects. But if there is still smoke, isn't that bad for you anyway? Well, it'd probably be better not to smoke at all, but if tar from smoking is the primary concern, there is none.

How does one use electronic smoking products? Do you just flip out an e-pack, smoke and then discard the cigarette butt? Nope; it's all different. Since the e-cigarette has a rechargeable battery and a liquid container for the smoking liquid, you use it over and over again. In that sense it is more like a pipe where you don't discard the pipe but simply put in more tobacco. Likewise, you don't discard electronic smoking products; you simply put in a new e-cartridge and occasionally recharge the battery (there's even a USB-eCig that doesn't need a battery; you just plug it into a USB port on your computer).

Do all e-cigarettes (there are also "e-MiniCig" tiny cigarettes) taste the same? They don't. There are a couple of dozen tastes to select from, including those of some leading cigarette brands, and there are also different nicotine levels, from none at all to extra-high. There is no doubt that electronic smoking cigarettes require getting used to, and the technology is probably still in its infancy, but smokers who are really concerned about tar may want to take a look at e-cigs.

Elements of generic cialis price through marketing reports and analysis

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As with most medications, marketing reports are available in regard to Generic Cialis price and other elements to the medication. Generic Viagra price will be detailed in these marketing reports, as well.

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As with most medications, marketing reports are available in regard to Generic Cialis price and other elements to the medication. Generic Viagra price will be detailed in these marketing reports, as well. A marketing report will provide you with an understanding of what is moving on the market and which medications are increasing in sales, production and pricing. Marketing is a sometimes complex issue that involves the aspect of supply and demand. As demand for certain goods or services increases, the supply must be increased. This will often lead to an increase in price.

Prices will rise or fall, generally based on the demand of the public who is seeking out certain goods. Inflation will often lend to an increase of products, goods and services; however it is the demand of goods that will inevitably lead to increases. Once a good, such as a popular erectile dysfunction medication, is found to be of value to the public, the demand will rise and the manufacturers will attempt to meet that demand by increasing production. Increased production will lead to increased price. As manufactures try to keep up with sometimes vastly large demands, the production costs will rise. A part of that rise will be passed onto suppliers, and in turn, the consumer.

title:Elite Personal Trainer Blasts New Over the Counter Weight Loss Pill
author:Lynn VanDyke
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Consumers may soon be able to purchase a brand new over the counter weight loss pill.  Federal health advisors have already given their go ahead, but it still needs FDA approval before it goes on sale nationwide.  GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare is in position to offer this fat blocking pill to the public.  They are shooting for a release date by the end of this year.
Consumers want to know if this is ground breaking news or if this is another attempt to rob them of their hard earned cash.  The difference between this new diet pill, called orlistat and currently being sold with a doctor's prescription as Xenical, and several others from the past are that orlistat is garnering nationwide media and public interest.
"Everyone is getting excited about taking a magic pill," states Lynn VanDyke, elite personal fitness professional and fitness nutritionist.  "It all sounds brilliantly simple until we read about its side effects and cost."
In 6 month clinical trials, obese people taking orlistat lost 5.3 - 6.2 pounds more than those given a placebo.  Representatives from GlaxoSmithKline also announced that at $12-$25 per week for the pill over 5 million people in America would buy the drug if it sold over the counter.
VanDyke explains, "The corporations are planning on making over $1 billion per year in sales if orlistat is sold over the counter.  As consumers we must educate ourselves and hold ourselves personally responsible.  This drug has shown unpleasant side effects in half of the trial participants.  That's just outrageous."
GlaxoSmithKline lists orlistat's possible side effects as loose and oily stools, gas, incontinence and oily spotting.  Even the FDA panel members are concerned with how this diet pill will interact with diabetics, bulimics, organ transplant patients and those taking other prescription pills.  Watchdog groups such as Public Citizen urged the panel to reject the company's application, calling it a "desperate attempt to revive this barely effective drug by an OTC switch."
"All in all, the magic pill leaves you bloated and oily.  It stops working once you stop taking it.  That adds up to between $288 and $600 per 6 months.  That is how long the GlaxoSmithKline recommends taking this pill before stopping for a break.  I would much rather learn a few simple tools on how to eat well and live a healthy life than take this so-called miracle pill," says VanDyke.
Consumers who are in dire straits to lose fat but are concerned with the side effects and cost of orlistat are being referred to the Melt the Fat Interactive Guide (more info at  It provides detailed step-by-step processes that develop a healthy lifestyle filled with fitness, eating to live and life goal setting.
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title:Elliptical Crosstrainer Benefits
author:Kathryn O'Neill
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Considering an elliptical trainer? Wondering how an elliptical trainer can benefit you?
This article will list several unique benefits of working out with an elliptical trainer.  If you're trying to decide between an eliptical trainer and another piece of exercise equipment, here are some unique elliptical trainer benefits:
·  No Impact:
Recently my 60-year-old mother tried my elliptical trainer and she was shocked at how easy it felt on her joints (she's a regular treadmill user). 
Elliptical trainer workouts are safe on the joints and provide a no impact workout (as opposed to a treadmill where you feet hit the deck with every step).  This is ideal for people with back, knee, hips and joint problems as well as older people looking for a no-impact workout.
·  Weight Bearing Exercise:
While using an elliptical machine gives you a no-impact workout, the resistance exercise still helps to build bone density and fight off osteoporosis. 
As well, weight-bearing exercise helps you burn calories much more efficiently (and keeps your calorie burn high for several hours after a workout)
·  Saves Time
Because most elliptical trainers incorporate upper body arms, elliptical workouts tend to involve the whole body and give you an overall better workout - meaning you burn more calories in less time. That's always a benefit.
Elliptical trainers have also been proven to offer a lower 'Perceived Rate of Exertion' when working out.  This means that you're doing more work and burning more calories while feeling like you put out less effort.
·  Fights Boredom & Great For Crosstraining
Because elliptical trainers are a mix between the treadmill and a stair climber you have a great opportunity to cross-train. 
I was actually shocked when, after using my elliptical for a month, I could easily climb a very steep hill that had almost wiped me out before.  My fitness level had skyrocketed and I didn't even know it.
Plus, the fact that you can move backwards on an elliptical as well as download workout programs from the Internet (with iFit compatibility that many ellipticals offer), you won't get bored easily.  That means more workouts and more calories burned!
·  Space Efficient
Most elliptical trainers are smaller than a treadmill and can be more easily moved to clean or to store away when company is coming.  If you are cramped for space or have a smaller home gym, an elliptical trainer can be a great way to save space while getting an overall body workout
So those are some of the most prevalent benefits of using an elliptical trainer.  Keep in mind that elliptical trainers are not for everyone.  However they do offer some great workout features that would benefit any athlete - from beginner to elite!
title:Elliptical Trainers and Burning Calories
author:Toby Pizur
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

One of the most frequently asked questions is do the use of elliptical trainers help me burn calories compared to other cardio machines?
With our busy schedules it is completely understandable that you want to get the most results for the time you spend working out.
As you may know how many calories burned during a workout will vary depending upon your weight. A 150 pound woman may only burn 387 calories while a 180 pound man may burn 500 calories on the same machine for the same length of time.
Many elliptical trainer companies say you can burn around 800 calories per hour of elliptical training workout. The following factors dictate how many calories you will actually burn during your workout:
- Workout Duration - This is simply how much time you spend on the specific workout. It is usually recommended that you do it for a half hour to an hour.
- Interval Training - Taking small breaks, followed by a cool down period is recommended for extended workouts.
- Elliptical Tension Settings - These tension settings help you control the intensity of the workout. Using a higher intensity can improve the effects of the workout.
- Current weight - as stated earlier a heavier person will burn more calories than a smaller person.
Are you interested in a few more tips to burn more calories with your elliptical trainer? Below are a few suggestions you can follow to burn more calories.
- Built in interval settings:
Nearly all elliptical trainers offer an incline and or even tension that you are able to increase or even lessen while workout out.
Midway through your workout try increasing the tension or incline to give you an extra push at burning more calories. This can also help raise your calorie burn for a few hours after your workout.
- Utilize Upper Body Arms
Many ellipticals offer you upper body arm blocks that you are able to utilize to build your arms muscles into your workout. Even more muscles worked = even more calories burned. If there are no upper body arms, grab a few of two - five pounds handweights and swing your arms while striding.
-Split your work outs:
Experts are today telling us that two smaller "mini-workouts" can even be better than one long workout as far as how many calories are burned.
Exercise with speed up your metabolism, doing one workout in the morning and one in the evening will give you two metabolism "boosts."
All in all an elliptical trainer is a great way to burn a ton of calories.
title:Elliptical Trainer Vs Stationary Bike
author:Rich Rojas
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When I joined my first commercial gym back in 1988 I began to explore new approaches to weight training. The wide assortment of weight training equipment was staggering for someone who had worked out in the basement for years with just a barbell set and a weight bench. My new gym had a vast array of equipment -- Olympic plates, exercise benches, power rack, leg presses, etc. My weight training was about to enter a radical new phase that would propel my gains to the next level.
By contrast, in a small area at the front of the gym was the cardio section. The selection of equipment was limited to a few different brands of stationary bikes and a rowing machine. There were no treadmills or elliptical trainers. The elliptical trainer was another 7 years away. Basically it was the stationary bike or nothing. At the time, this was fine since I was much more focused on weight training. I’d hop on a stationary bike for 10 minutes for a quick warm-up prior to commencing my weight workout.
I stuck with stationary bikes for many years. I eventually became aware of the need to increase my cardio work. My time on the stationary bike increased to 30 minutes and I also began setting aside sessions that were dedicated to cardio and ab training. I tried stationary bikes from Schwinn, Tunturi, and Life Fitness. I eventually settled on the newer bikes from Life Fitness, which for me had the smoothest feel and best consoles.
However, I never really enjoyed my cardio sessions on the stationary bike. It was just too darn boring! Sure, I tried reading magazines, but I didn’t like the distraction when I was going for a higher intensity workout.
I was very grateful when my gym installed its first NordicTrack skiers. It was night and day compared to the stationary bike. Several years later I switched over to elliptical trainers and there’s been no looking back.
So why are stationary bikes still with us? It would seem that the explosive popularity of treadmills and ellipticals would have pushed them to the wayside. Though stationary bikes have given up market share to treadmills and ellipticals they still have a strong following and for several good reasons:
*Like elliptical trainers, stationary bikes are low impact machines. They minimize the forces on the knees, ankles, and feet. Great for people who have joint problems or are rehabilitating after knee surgery.
*Stationary bikes can provide a strenuous cardio workout and are more than adequate for burning fat.
*Unlike elliptical trainers, stationary bikes can actually be used to build up leg muscles – quadriceps and calves. Of course, this requires progressively increasing the resistance on a continual basis. In my opinion, it’s better to keep the focus on either fat burning or cardio conditioning and use weight training for muscle building.
*Stationary bikes take up less space than elliptical trainers, which makes them a better choice for people who have limited space in their homes.
*Stationary bikes are less expensive than comparable ellipticals.
*Stationary bikes have a lot of appeal to people who enjoy cycling or mountain biking.
Some of the cons:
*Stationary bikes are not weight bearing, which means that you should engage in weight training or switch up with a treadmill or elliptical trainer to get this bone-strengthening benefit.
*Stationary bikes only engage the muscles of the lower body unlike most ellipticals, which also involve the arms. This in turn gets your heart rate up quicker making for a more efficient exercise.
*For some people, like myself, stationary bikes can be on the boring side. Decide for yourself on this point.
*A sore butt from extended sessions.
*Studies have suggested that men may be at an increased risk for impotence from over use of stationary bikes. The jury is still out on this study, but it is certainly something to pay attention to. At least there’s no risk of this from using an elliptical trainer!
Like most decisions it comes down to what fits in best with your preferences and lifestyle. The important thing is to make a decision, don’t look back, and use whatever piece of exercise equipment you choose on a regular basis. That’s the only way you’ll start seeing results!
title:Emagrece Sim Weight Loss Diet Pills: FDA WARNING
author:Steve Joseph
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Amidst confusion and controversy over the safety and efficacy of Emagrece Sim, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally released a formal warning to consumers. The warning states that the use of Emagrece Sim and Herbathin Dietary Supplements may be harmful. In fact Emagrece Sim, also known as the Brazilian Diet Pill contains a cocktail of dangerous ingredients, some of which are controlled substances and found in prescription drugs. The side effects of the use of Emagrece Sim may be serious and the FDA is advising that use could result in injury.
The drug is made by Brazilian pharmaceutical companys Fitoterapicos and also Phytotherm Sim. reports that all efforts are currently being made to stop further shipments of Emagrece Sim from entering the United States although the task may prove difficult. The current demand for weight loss drugs is almost insatiable in the majority of the country however the FDA hopes that by alerting their field staff, they may be able to contain much of the traffic.
Although Emagrece Sim is currently the focus for authorities, experts are saying that there is a growing problem with potentially dangerous products entering the U.S. market. Like Emagrece Sim, the unknown quantities and quality of many drugs that claim to assist people with weight loss, is becoming a serious problem.
Emagrece Sim actually contains a drug called Fenproporex, a stimulant that the body converts to amphetamine. This means that aside from the immediate health risks of taking Emagrece Sim, people may unwitting find themselves failing urinalysis testing for amphetamines. The drug comes in pill form and is available in a range of strengths although all levels of potency have now been outlawed says . Unfortunately Emagrece Sim is still available on the internet, but the emphasis is now on educating people of the dangers of this weight loss formula before irreversible damage is done.
Emergency Birth Control: An Overview

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Although conventional birth control methods are highly effective in preventing unplanned pregnancies, there is always a margin of error for mistakes and accidents. This article provides information on what constitutes a pregnancy, the different forms of emergency birth control, and how these EBC methods work.

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While available modern contraception methods are highly effective at preventing unplanned pregnancies, human error and some irregularities can cause them to fail. A condom may break due to a lack of lubrication or a scheduled pill intake might be missed due to a lot of activities. A lot of people have sex without realizing that they are unprotected and for this reason, emergency birth control is developed.

What is emergency birth control?

Emergency birth control, also known as EBC, is the general term used to describe a variety of methods used to prevent pregnancies after one had unprotected sex. The medical industry defines EBC as a preventative method since it does not terminate an existing pregnancy but rather prevents one form actually occurring. Medicine defines a pregnancy as the point in time when a fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus. When an egg, despite being fertilized, is not implanted in the uterus, a pregnancy cannot exist. This is what EBC prevents; the implantation of a fertilized egg inside the uterus. 

Given this, there are some things EBC is not.

    * EBC is not an abortifacient. It does not induce abortion or terminate any existing pregnancies.
    * EBC is not a form of regular birth control. It is only used after having unprotected sex.
    * EBC is not only a “Morning After Pill,” it can be taken three days after having unprotected sex.

What are the available forms of EBC?

EBC come in two forms: pills and Copper-T Intrauterine Device. The pills, usually referred to as “Morning After Pills,” are available through prescription while the Copper-T IUD must be inserted and fitted by a gynecologist.

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Emergency birth control pills are similar to regular BCP except for the higher hormonal content. As such, EBC pills also come in two kinds: combination and progestin-only pills. Although both are highly effective, progestin-only pills are found to have fewer side effects and more effective than combination pills. 

Copper-T Intrauterine Device

Like most contraception IUDs, Copper-T IUD must be fitted by a gynecologist or clinician to minimize risks of infection. This IUD can be used for five days after having unprotected sex. Strict supervision of a clinician or gynecologist must be sought when using IUDs since these devices can increase risks of infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease. 

How EBC works?

Contrary to popular belief, a woman does not get pregnant immediately after having unprotected sex. Clinically, pregnancy is a process the reproductive system undergoes for at least five days after unprotected sex. EBC works by preventing the successful implantation of a fertilized egg inside the uterus. Since it can take a sperm at least hours or days before it can find and fertilize an egg and for the fertilized egg to travel and implant itself in the uterus, EBC can interrupt this process when taken immediately following unprotected sex. EBC, in the case of pills, raises the body's hormone levels to a point that it is intolerable for the fertilized egg. For IUD EBC, it blocks the way into the uterus which prevents a fertilized egg from implanting itself.

Regardless of the type of EBC a woman uses, it is important to have a proper consultation with a clinician or gynecologist to ensure the maximum efficacy of the chosen method. Of course, safe sex and using effective regular birth control methods are the best ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

EMF dangers and how to protect against them

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Electromagnetic fields are very harmful and are found everywhere due to the high amount of products that emits this emf. It is for this reason that we should be aware of these emf emitting products and how to protect us from them.

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Look in your pocket or in your bag or on the table next to you. In one of those three places it is probable that you saw a device that could cause your injury or death at some point in the future. What is it you ask? What is it that I carry with me everywhere? What is this object that you say could hurt or kill me or possibly those close to me that I care about? It is your cell phone. The make and model are irrelevant; they all produce unnaturally high amounts of EMF or electromagnetic fields.

If it was just a threat to ourselves there might not be such awareness, but it's the fact that people near us that could be adversely affected as well. Those little bundles of joy that are the centre of your life are affected more than anyone else. The question you need to ask is: What can I do about all this? I don't have the power to get EMF emitting cell phones banned or anything like that. There is something you can do though, to minimize the risk of harmful radiation effects to yourself and those close to you.

There are many radiation protection devices available today to help you get rid of this threat that is hanging over your head every time you pick up that phone. There are wide selections of products to suit any need you might have, in many shapes, at a range of prices that will allow anyone to afford this absolutely necessary protection.

There are hands-free devices that will protect you from this potentially lethal threat as well as helping you comply with current regulations. These regulations can actually be encouraging us to use non-radiation protective ear pieces that are increasing the amount of radiation directed into our heads. So, to ensure you are protected you need to ensure that the ear piece or hands-free kit you use is one of those specially designed to protect you and others in your vicinity.

There are many different types of devices available for you to choose from, but the best way to ensure you are protected from radiation is to use a combination of devices, bearing in mind that a cell phone will affect any part of the body that it is close to, not the head alone. You need to aware that to be completely protected you need to have some form of protection when your phone is in your pocket and not being used as well as a method of protection while you are using your cell phone.

The cell phone is making communication easier all the time and no-one wants to give up that convenience, but it must be paired with the awareness of the inherent dangers associated with this convenience. To eradicate this danger we need to take the proper steps to ensure we have sufficient radiation protection.

title:Emma's Not Dreaming
author:Cameron Elliott
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Emma could not believe her luck. She walked into the kitchen, and it was spotless. The counter was free of her housemates’ dirty, grimy dishes. The oven was sparkling clean, a pristine white. And there was Brad, clad in only sweatpants, flipping blueberry pancakes in one pan, and making eggs in another. The aroma of coffee, baking, eggs, and something… else filled the sunny kitchen.
Brad handed her a full mug of coffee. “I made breakfast. I hope you don’t mind.” He winked at her.
“Mind?! This is unbelievable. I must be dreaming.”
And that’s when it dawned on her.
Emma woke up with a vague feeling of regret, but mostly, she was satisfied, feeling content. Some might have written it off as ‘only’ a dream. Emma preferred to focus on the fact that it happened at all.
The exact nature of dreams is still unknown. It’s not entirely clear what dreams “are.” It is known and it is clear that when we dream, our brains act as if we’re awake. One theory is that dreams are a way for our subconscious to work out the things we have to deal with but ignore during the day. But when we’re asleep and dreaming, our subconscious is free to play with whatever is lurking around.
But Emma hasn’t been dreaming. She had been fighting with her with her 3 housemates over petty, inane things. She’s been stressed, drinking too much. She’s been sleeping in a messy room on sheets that haven’t been washed for over a month.
Without dreams, her subconscious hasn’t been able to reinterpret things, or present them in a new way, in a way that might give let Emma see her issues in a different light. She hasn’t had any distractions from her stress. That was before last night. Last night was different. Emma cleaned her room. She washed her sheets. And she dreamt.
title:Emotional Eating
author:Scott Haywood
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Occasional emotional eating is normal. Everyone has celebrated with food before, that's what birthday parties, Christmas lunch and BBQ's on SuperBowl day and the Forth of July are all about. But emotional eating can become a serious problem when it leads to negative emotional and physical imbalances in our lives.
Frequent emotional eating can easily become a destructive cycle. Emotional eating becomes entrenched in the lives of its sufferers when they use food to regulate their mood, cope with stress or overcome feelings of anxiety or boredom.
This type of behaviour can easily lead emotional eaters to become overweight or obese because many of them feel hungry most of the time.
"Satisfying" this insatiable hunger with food, many emotional eaters consume far more calories than their body needs and they gain a lot of weight which becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible to lose.
Common signs of Emotional Eating
Here are some common signs of emotional eating:
Eating when not physically hungry.
Eating during times of strong emotions, like anger or depression.
Eating when bored.
Rapid eating.
Eating immediately after arriving home from work.
Eating alone out of embarrassment at the quantity or type of food being eaten.
Eating until uncomfortably full.
Feelings of disgust, depression, or guilt after overeating.
Recognizing emotional hunger
Recognizing emotional hunger (as apposed to real physical hunger) is one of the keys to overcoming or staving off frequent emotional eating.
Some of the characteristics of emotional hunger include:
Emotional hunger comes on suddenly.
One minute you're not hungry at all and the next minute you're starving.
Emotional hunger often craves specific food, like pizza, candy or a cheeseburger.
Emotional hunger begins in the mouth and the mind, not the stomach.
Emotional hunger often accompanies an unpleasant emotion.
Emotional hunger involves automatic or absent-minded eating.
Emotional hunger isn't satisfied when you're full.
Emotional hunger makes you feel guilty.
Are you an emotional eater?
To find out if you might be an emotional eater, rate yourself on the following statements about your current lifestyle (adapted from the book Fattitudes: Beat Self-Defeat and Win Your War with Weight, by Jeffrey R., Ph.D. Wilbert, Norean K. Wilbert, St Martin's Press, NY, 2000.) using the scale:
0 = Never
1 = Rarely
2 = Sometimes
3 = Often
4 = Almost Always
1.  I've try to lose weight, but always fail.                     
2.  I don't feel in control of my eating.                                 
3.  I often eat when I'm not hungry.                                     
4.  I eat food when I'm stressed or upset.                           
5.  I eat food for pleasure or as a reward.                           
6.  I think about food a lot.                                                   
7.  I can't stay on track when dieting.                                 
8.  I binge eat.                                                                     
9.  I feel ashamed of myself and my eating habits.             
10.  Food helps me deal with feelings.                                 
Add up your TOTAL SCORE                                                                       
0 – 10.   It is very unlikely that you are an emotional eater.
11 – 20.  You engage in some emotional eating but it's unlikely that it is harmful.
21 – 30.  You are a moderate emotional eater and should consider professional assistance.
31 - 40   You are a heavy emotional eater. Professional assistance is highly recommended.
What to do if emotional eating is a problem
Here are some suggestions that may help you overcome problematic emotional eating:
Become aware of your motivations for wanting to eat.
When you feel like eating, ask yourself if you could possibly be upset instead of hungry.
Keep believing in yourself. You are in control and have the power to make changes in your life.
Develop new mood regulation strategies. For example, share your problems when anxious and exercise when you're bored.
Remember support is available. If you need to, find a weight loss class, hire a lifestyle coach or engage a licensed therapist.
Focus on the things that matter. Like taking care of yourself, improving your emotional well-being, eating well and exercising.
Be wary of using diets. Dieting can lead to more emotional eating and won't help you to address the underlying reasons for being overweight.
Love yourself for who you are and forget about trying to be perfect.
Don't swallow your emotions for the sake of sparing others from getting upset. If they've upset you, let them know about it and tell them that you won't tolerate that kind of behaviour in the future.
Make yourself - not a diet - responsible for what you eat.
Focus on the cause and solution rather than the affect. Constantly focusing on the negative symptoms of the problem won't help you solve them. Focus on what you're going to do about your current circumstances rather than the circumstances themselves.
Take responsibility for your life, stop thinking about food and LIVE!
Remember, we're all emotional eaters to some extent. It's nearly impossible not to be in America, where eating is an integral part of our celebration rituals and a fundamental aspect of our family and social life. But when emotional eating interferes with your health and happiness you know it's time to do something about it and the sooner the better.
Emotional Intelligence: Another Key Factor To Success

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People with high IQ are always predicted to become successful in life.  However, there are a lot of intelligent individuals whose lives are getting wasted  due to emotional problems and destructive behaviors.  Experts agree that the missing part in the success equation is emotional intelligence.

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Everybody wants to be successful in life. But what is success? How do you go about being successful?  Is success only for people who have high IQ? How come there are intelligent people who are not successful in life? How do you measure success?
To be able to define success can be the first step in becoming successful.  Someone has said that  "success is the completion of anything intended."  Meaning to say, whatever it is you have planned or intended to do, you've got to finish or bring into completion.  That is success. 
If you plan to rob a bank and pulled-off the heist, does that make you a successful person? In this case, success should always be related to all things positive. Having this as a yardstick for assessing our lives enable us to say at the end of the day if we have failed or succeeded.
Aside from academic excellence, researchers believe that certain aspects of intelligence, such as logical reasoning, math skills, verbal abilities, and analytical understanding can predict to a significant degree professional and personal success of an individual. However, why is it that some of those with excellent levels of IQ are not doing successfully in life? A lot of people with so much promise and potential fall into anxiety and depression, and sometimes even end up in suicide? Something could be going wrong in the way they think and behave which hindered their chances to succeed.
According to Daniel Goleman, well-known psychologist and author of the book “Emotional Intelligence”, one of the major missing parts in the success equation is emotional intelligence. This concept is based on years of research by numerous scientists, such as Peter Salovey, John Meyer, Howard Gardner, Robert Sternberg, and Jack Block, just to name a few. They all agree that people  with high emotional intelligence (EI) tend to be more successful in life than those with lower EI even if their classical IQ is average.
Scientific articles published during '90s highlighted the importance of emotional intelligence, the human mental ability to validly reason with emotions and to use these emotions in enhancing thought patterns. It includes the abilities to accurately perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth.
Emotional intelligence improves an individual's social effectiveness. The higher the emotional intelligence, the better the social relations. Emotionally intelligent people can better perceive emotions, use them in thought, understand their meanings, and manage emotions, than others. These people are often the ones we consider to provide a shoulder to cry on.  They do not only solve their own emotional problems, but they help others deal with it as well.  They require less cognitive effort in solving emotional problems.  They tend to be more open and agreeable than others, and are drawn to occupations involving social interactions, such as teaching and counseling, than jobs involving clerical or administrative duties.

People with high EI are less likely to develop emotional disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.  They have the ability to avoid self-destructive and negative behaviors, such as smoking, excessive drinking, drug abuse, or violent episodes with others. They are more likely to have possessions of sentimental attachment around the home and to have more positive social interactions.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to discern and understand emotional information which is all around us. People communicate basic emotions from one individual to another.  But only those with high EI can really appreciate and understand the more subtle messages of these emotions.
Emotional intelligence is crucial to help us through our emotionally demanding days. If we are not emotionally intelligent, we need people who have higher EI to rely on and guide us in processing emotional information.  Emotional intelligence enables our thinking and behavior to become more focus in achieving our goals and to take hold of the success in life we are dreaming of.

title:Emotional Intelligence: The Basics
author:Michael G. Rayel, MD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There’s so much talk about emotional intelligence and how it can promote personal and business success. What is it really? What are its basic tenets?
Emotional intelligence is the capacity to recognize, understand, and manage one’s emotions and that of others. This “intelligent” concept focuses on the role of emotion in our daily lives and how it affects our perception, reasoning, and behavior.
Emotions are pervasive in our daily existence. From the time we wake up to the time we retire to bed, we experience emotions. We can get excited by the news of economic recovery, or we feel upset when our favorite team loses a championship game.
Moreover, we can get lonely when our friend of many years decides to look for greener pastures and we can feel anxious when our child does not go home on time after class.
So really, emotions happen everywhere and anytime. There is no day that passes by without emotions being involved. We experience emotions when we - win or lose, receive phone calls from long lost friends, greet our children good morning, say hello to our neighbors, prepare meals for our spouses, or ride the subway train.
Emotions are just as normal as the rising of the sun.
However, there are times when our emotions can become overwhelming and can negatively affect our functioning. For instance, anger is normal. However, the inappropriate display of uncontrolled anger can be destructive.
Let me clarify this point with a hypothetical situation. Richard, a relatively nice guy who works as a salesman, is married for 5 years with Cynthia. For the past few years, his sales have plummeted due to some unknown reasons. He used to be mild-mannered but lately he hasn’t been the same.
When he gets angry, he just can’t control himself. He yells, bangs the door, throws fits, and punches the wall. In addition, he calls his wife names and puts her down. Eventually, he has physically harmed Cynthia. Due to his uncontrollable anger and physically abusive behavior, Cynthia has decided to file a divorce.
In this example, Richard has failed to recognize his ongoing anger and its associated behavioral consequences. Because of his inability to recognize his anger and consequent behavior, he has failed miserably to contain his anger despite signs that his wife doesn’t want to put up with it. In addition, he has failed miserably to recognize and understand the feelings of Cynthia. How could he? He can’t even recognize his own.
Emotional intelligence can therefore become an important tool at home and at work. By learning its basic tenets of self awareness (knowing one’s emotions), self management (controlling one’s emotions), social awareness (recognizing the emotions of others), and relationship management (social skills), people can make use of the emotion to advance the positive cause of our families and communities.
title:Emotional Pain Associated With ED
author:Michael Clive
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Performance anxiety is a very real issue for most men at one time or another. The fear of not being able to perform adequately, dissatisfaction with penis size, and self-consciousness about body appearance can all lead to the very thing that most men wish to avoid - failure to get an erection.
Sadly it seems that for a large number of men, their ability to get an erection and have sex is viewed as an integral part of their masculinity and potency. So it's no wonder that the onset of impotence, even when triggered by an underlying physical condition, can produce psychological problems that further impact on the impotence.
Overcoming impotence often gives men unrealistic expectations about their ability to immediately cure their emotional problems as well as their physical ones.
Because of the emotional pain associated with ED, it's common for men to make excuses or avoid sexual situations with their partners in an effort to forget about the condition. Whether intentional or unintentional, these actions can make a woman feel inadequate within the relationship, often resulting in rejection, loneliness and depression. Some women may fear they are no longer attractive to their partner, or that his attitude is the result of something she may have done. Others may worry: "Is something wrong with our relationship?" Or, "Is he having an affair?" Thus, a man's failure to communicate his condition may contribute to feelings of anxiety or depression in his partner, or lead her to express anger and frustration.
How erectile dysfunction is treated depends on what things are causing it. After your doctor checks you for medical problems and medicines that might cause erectile dysfunction, he or she may have you try a medicine to help with erectile dysfunction. Some of these medicines are injected into your penis. Other medicines are taken by mouth. Not everyone can use these medicines. Your doctor will help you decide if you can try them.
There is no doubt that Viagra, the little blue pill that revolutionized the treatment of impotence has had a profound effect on men who have erectile dysfunction. But simply finding a "quick fix" for impotence doesn't overcome other problems that may have been there before treatment began.
Some real things we have figured out with viagra are:

Percentage of time Viagra use results in sex: 66%
Percentage of Viagra users who have sex at least once after using the drug for a few weeks: 83%
Average duration of erection with 100 mg of Viagra and 20 minutes of sex videos, among men with erectile dysfunction: 1 minute

So use the drug properly under prescription and feel better and much more comfortable than ever before.
title:Emotrance & Well-Being
author:Zannie Rose
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you ready to easily release worry, pain or fear and restore your emotional health?
Are you ready for a dynamic way of processing life experiences in quicker and more joyful ways?
Are you open to the idea of discovering a series of simple steps that lets you adventure into enhanced states of well being and emotional flow?
Emotrance is just such a technique and it can be easily learned. The regular application of the Emotrance processes to a variety of emotional scenarios, past and present helps you discover more about your energy body. As you become more aware of your own energy, you can assist it in flowing more smoothly and in doing so, can restore your Divine Blueprint for your emotional body.
Emotrance can accelerate traditional counselling and psychotherapy as the question is asked 'where do you experience this issue in your body', and once the energy is noticed, it can be encouraged to soften and flow. Once energy begins to flow, there is often no need to continue focusing on the issue.Emotrance can be used for fun and creativity too as it is possible obtain energy nutrition from objects and people in our environment. This has echoes in the shamanic practice of 'grocking'.
We could take energy from a gorgeous sparkling chandelier we admire in a place we visit Instead of only admiring it and perhaps having wistful thoughts of 'isn't it lovely, but I could never afford ',we can notice where we feel the energy of this beautiful object in our own energy system, and then let the energy soften and flow out of us.
This neatly feeds us and as a side effect we leave the washing and upkeep of the chandelier to someone else.
Emotrance is the next step in the evolution of the meridian therapies and the concept was devised and developed by author, artist and NLP expert Silvia Hartman.
It is possible to use Emotrance on your own or you might prefer to first work with an Emotrance Practitioner to address matters that are important to you.
For example, you might have been working on a creative project for some time. You are told you have to a meeting with one of the funders and your stomach drops as you dislike her because she is too (tall/short/fat/thin/old/young/spoilt/sloppy/distant/interfering/dynamic/feeble stupid etc)
Dealing with bureaucrats is not your favourite occupation, but you agree to the meeting as you don't seem to have a choice.. The next thing you know the meeting is re-scheduled for tomorrow, rather than next month as agreed.. This adds to your anxiety about meeting the funder as you have less time to psyche yourself up for it.
There are several ways to deal with this, such as resigning, having a whisky at lunchtime, moaning to anyone who will listen, discussing with your therapist about how she reminds you of a teacher who traumatised you when you were 5, or you could Emotrance it.
You could notice where you experience the energy of this person in your body and let it soften and flow. An Emotrance practitioner would assist in noticing any shields you may have and can help you in dissolving those.
As you become more confident in applying the techniques for yourself you have a new set of tools in your emotional well being kit
Written by Emotrance Practitioner Zannie Rose
Emphysema: Breathing Difficulties and Many More

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The article is about the ill-effects of emphysema, an ailment that can be developed because of heavy smoking. Emphysema may hamper the function of the lungs and lead to breathing difficulties. There are available treatments for this condition but are not able to cure it and only alleviate and control the symptoms.

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Despite many efforts of health professionals to help smokers quit smoking, it continues to be one of the major causes of illness and death around the world. One serious ailment that can be developed because of smoking is emphysema. Emphysema is one of the most fatal respiratory diseases in the United States today.

Emphysema is a chronic respiratory disease that is characterized by the inflammation of the alveoli or air sacks in the lungs. Emphysema may reduce the elasticity of the lungs and may result in the collapse of the bronchioles. As this happens, air cannot leave the alveoli and the function of the lungs is severely hampered. The lungs may lose their ability to shrink during exhalation, reduced exhalation may also reduce the amount of air that is inhaled. Because of this condition, waste air is not easily removed from the lungs and oxygen-rich air is not restored. Individuals with emphysema may have a hard time breathing and oftentimes gasp for air. Emphysema is most common among individuals aged 50 and older and may occur with other respiratory disease like bronchitis.

Heavy cigarette smoking is the primary cause of emphysema, causing about 80-90 percent of all emphysema cases. Pipe, cigar, and marijuana smoking may also damage the lungs and cause emphysema. Some experts suggest that marijuana may cause much severe damage because it inhaled deeply inhaled by smokers. Another cause of this condition is a deficiency of enzymes called alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT). Lack of these enzymes may cause chronic uninhibited tissue breakdown that may lead to the manifestation of emphysema.

The symptoms of emphysema may develop gradually over many years. Many individuals with emphysema become aware of this condition when they have already lost over half of the functioning of their lung tissue. These symptoms may include the following:

shortness of breath
skipped breaths
sleeping difficulties
chronic fatigue
swelling of the feet, ankles, or legs
excess mucus production

Despite the presence of modern technology and medical advancement, treatments for emphysema are not able to cure or reverse the damage to the lungs. These treatments are only designed to relieve the symptoms, slowdown the progression of the disease, and alleviate possible fatal complications that may develop. The first step in treating emphysema is for smokers to quit smoking to prevent further damage to the lungs.

Aside from acquiring emphysema certain conditions like cataract, macular degeneration, psoriasis, tooth loss, osteoporosis, and many more may be increased by smoking. However, it is never too late to quit smoking. Stopping the habit can make a difference in one's cardiovascular and overall health. Individuals who are having a hard time cutting the habit may try using quit smoking products in the market. These products however cannot do all the work, the best and effective to quit smoking involves determination, discipline, and commitment to stop the habit permanently. Using these products can help smokers cut the habit by making them more comfortable and complacent to adjust to lives without cigarettes. Many quit smoking products are available over the counter, it is best to seek the approval of health professionals to clarify side effects and drug interactions that may be developed while under medication. With the right tools and attitude, quitting smoking and reducing the development of heart diseases can be easier than others think.

Empowering Children to Overcome Phobia

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This article provides information for parents who have children with phobias. It discusses factors that contribute to getting a phobia, and some phobias that are common among children. Fortunately, this kind of anxiety disorder is treatable with the use of different therapy techniques.

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It is normal for children to sense fear about certain events or circumstances like being in a school play, passing a growling dog, or sleeping in the dark. But more often than not, these fears are exaggerated and even irrational.  Some children can develop a very serious irrational fear that can be clinically considered as phobia.  In medical terms, phobia refers to a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no apparent danger. This is form of fear does not go away as easily as the more common types of fear like seeing a monster in a horror movie. If a child has a phobia, his or her sense of security and well-being is affected.

Most children normally go out of their way to avoid a seemingly scary situation or object. In case the situation or object of fear becomes unavoidable, children may experience panic and fear, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, and a strong desire to get away from the thing or event that makes them scared. Sometimes, they already feel chest pains and dizziness once they entertain the thought that something bad or scary is about to happen. Losing control of the situation, kids who experience panic attacks because of their phobias would often fail to think straight and would even think that they are going crazy.

Among the different types of phobias, the most commonly diagnosed form is called social phobia. This can make someone feel scared of being embarrassed in front of other people. Children can have this phobia and would be scared of talking to the teacher, or will get scared of walking into the front of the class for their show and tell. Children can also have phobias about spiders (arachnophobia), or fear of being in an enclosed space such as an elevator (claustrophobia), and even fear of taking a shower (ablutophobia).

There is still no solid research that details how and why children get phobias. Scientists claim that a person's genes may have something to do with development of irrational fears. Traumatic events in a child's life may do more to cause a phobia. Majority of people can be treated with regards to their phobias. Some may respond to treatment after a few months, while others may take a year or more. Treatment is sometimes complicated by the fact that some people often have more than one phobia, or may be suffering from depression. Although phobia treatment is based individually, there are several standard approaches that have been proven effective by therapists and psychologists worldwide. Behavior therapy is done by modifying and gaining control over the child's unwanted behavior. This kind of therapy gives the child a sense of having control over their life. Cognitive therapy on the other hand, deals with changing unproductive or harmful thought patterns. The child examines his or her feelings and learns to separate reality from unrealistic thoughts. By doing relaxation techniques, children with phobias would develop the ability to cope with the stress that contribute to their phobia, as well as with the physical symptoms of such. These are just some of the effective therapy treatments that a child can get help in order to stop their phobias, making them more open to life and what it has to offer.

Empowering Women to Choose Methods and Forms of Birth Control

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This article discusses how birth control methods were developed and how new approaches or ways of dealing with pregnancy prevention came about. The article discusses several common forms of birth control, including contraceptive injection, pills, birth control patches, and intra urine devices.

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It was not long ago that it was considered illegal to either purchase or sell birth control or contraceptive products. When the birth control pill was first offered to the Canadian market, it was sold as a product for regulating a woman's menstrual cycle. The ban was finally lifted in 1969 when the federal government allowed the use of birth control products. This included condoms that come out from under drugstore counters, where they are being sold only to those who specifically asked for them. For men who have not undergone vasectomy, the condom proved to be the most effective option to avoid pregnancy. However, it is more often marketed as the best protection against the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

Today, a lot of options are being offered especially for women who want more control over their choice and use of different forms of birth control.  Different forms of birth control are now readily available after major research and investments have been made by the giant pharmaceutical companies into the birth control product business.

Birth control pills have two types: the combination pills that contain estrogen and progestin; and the progestin only variant. Combination pills prevent ovulation or the release of eggs by a woman's ovaries. Progestin pills usually work by thickening cervical mucus, which prevents sperm from joining with an egg.

Another common form of birth control would be the contraceptive patch. It delivers a combination of estrogen and progestin hormones when a patch is attached to skin. Like a bandage, it is applied to either the abdomen, buttocks, upper arm, or upper torso. The patch, however, has received a number of criticism for its alleged serious side effects.

Forms of birth control can even come as devices that fit just inside the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Also known as intrauterine devices, or IUDs, this T-shaped device is inserted by a doctor into the uterus where it can remain for at least five years. Made of copper or plastic, this device prevents the sperm from fertilizing an egg. This form of birth control has several advantages over other methods. They can stay in place for years, they do not release hormones into the body, they can easily be removed if pregnancy is desired, and they cost cheaper.

There are also contraceptive injections for birth control. Depo-Provera which can last for 12 weeks, and Noristerat, which can last for 8 weeks. Each delivers the hormone progestin to stop ovulation. The shot is considered 99 percent effective. However, if you go longer than the 12 or eight weeks between injections, your risk of becoming pregnant increases dramatically.

Another common form of birth control would be the use of a diaphragm. It is a thin rubber dome that is inserted by a woman into her vagina before sex. It fits over the cervix and is held in place by vaginal muscles. On its own, it won't offer much protection against pregnancy. But combined with a spermicide, it is considered 86 to 94 per cent effective.

Ultimately, it is up to a woman to decide what specific form of birth control she wants to use. Men should likewise take responsibility for birth control. Still, getting medical advice from qualified health professionals should be part of the making decisions about birth control methods.

Empowering Your Emotional Health

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Having a healthy mind and spirit go well with a healthy body. Neglecting your emotional health can damage your physical health in the process.  Emotions such as fear, joy, sadness, anxiety and anger are mental responses that are so powerful that these can even cause illness, or, in some cases, healing.


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There is a phenomenal rise in the growth of fitness clubs and gyms. People have become conscious of their body image that they are willing to go through the extra mile just to achieve that sculptured body. Almost every fitness buff wants to achieve the same figure displayed by models in the pages of the magazines, on billboards, on television, and on movie screens. People try to find sensible and sustainable ways to achieve and maintain a physically fit body. Yet what is often overlooked is the need to take care of another important aspect of their well-being: their emotional health.
Having a healthy mind and spirit go well with a healthy body. Emotional health is considered an integral part of man's overall wellness. Neglecting your emotional health can damage your physical health in the process. Research has shown that one of the leading contributors to illness is stress caused by unresolved emotional issues.
Psychologists believe that feelings or emotions such as fear, joy, sadness, anxiety and anger are mental responses to events, circumstances, people, or our own thoughts and memories. They course through our conscious and unconscious beings at all times, whether at critical junctures or during seemingly inconsequential moments of our lives.
Biologists, on the other hand, tell us that our emotions are rooted in self-preservation, triggering physiological reactions that enable us to find food, escape danger, and reproduce. Author Daniel Goleman pointed out in his work, Emotional Intelligence that “...all emotions are, in essence, impulses to act, the instant plans for handling life that evolution has instilled in us.”
Emotions have also evolved into facial expressions and body language so that each member of the group can signal his or her wants and needs to other members. As John D. Mayer, a leading expert in the study of emotions, has remarked: “Emotions convey information...about relationships.”
Our emotion can be so powerful that it can even make us sick. It can also be a means to gain healing. Emotions are relayed to the immune system through the autonomic nervous system. When people experience anxiety, depression and other painful emotions, the immune system can be affected and may cause risk for a whole host of illnesses. In the same way, having a healthy emotional outlook in life can boost the resistance against disease.
Mayer has emphasized that people can reason with emotions in the same way they reason with cognitive information. It can be said that  a person can actually solve emotional problems just as mathematicians solve math problems, Mayer said. However, he also acknowledged that some emotions, such as grief and anger, can be harder to reason effectively with than others. Oftentimes, identifying the various emotions at play can be extremely difficult.
Not many experts agree that human beings are born with a full range of emotions. Instead, they theorize that people were born with instincts and urges, along with an innate capacity for feeling. As people grow older, they acquire personalities and nurture relationships with others, thus, helping these instincts and urges develop into full-fledged emotions.
Emotional health consists of five key components:
1. Being aware of your emotions. Emotionally healthy people are in touch with their emotions and can identify and acknowledge them as experience.
2. Being able to process your emotions. After connecting with their emotions, emotionally healthy people develop appropriate ways of expressing them.
3. Being sensitive to other people and their emotions and having the ability to empathize. The ability to identify their own emotions enables emotionally healthy people to identify emotions in others and to have an intuitive sense of what it feels like to experience them.
4. Being self-empowered. Emotionally healthy people honor their emotions, which empowers them to fulfill their goals.
5. Being in healthy relationships. Using their emotional intelligence and empathy, emotionally healthy people build and maintain strong, functioning relationships.
Just as emotional health can affect a person's physical health, the same is true with one's lifestyle making a direct impact on emotional health.  Vitamins and minerals stimulates the production of chemicals in the brain.  These are known as neurotransmitters that regulate our physical and mental health functions, including the way we process emotions.  Minor deficiencies in these nutrients can lead to depression and irritability.  Vitamin and mineral deficiencies also hamper our ability to concentrate and stay motivated.
Definitely, unhealthy foods can adversely affect emotional health. Excessive intake of caffeine also causes physiological and psychological side effects that are often seen in people suffering from anxiety, while a diet with too much sugar has been linked to depression, aggression, and impaired judgment.
Many experts believe that people with strong spiritual fervor tend to have healthier immune systems and were less prone to anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure. It can be surmised that the faith of religious adherents gave them an enhanced sense of well-being which helped reduce their levels of stress.

title:Empowerment and Self-Control
author:JLee Davis
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Chant the following each day, several times.  They are mantras that will save your life -

The choice to do nothing is still a choice and yields nothing.
I am responsible for my body. If I don’t take responsibility, who will?
I make choices daily as to how I'm going to fuel my body.
I will STAY aware
Choice IS  control

Control is what you gain once you realize that no one will take care of you. You might think its ok to live with our grown children when we are infirm, but we both know, you and I, that this isn't the case.  We would regret imposing on them, at the prime of their lives.  We would resent being infirm and therefore feel sorry for ourselves. 
There is no guarantee against illness, but you and I also know that the eating patterns that brought you to this place are going to make you very ill eventually, if you don't change them starting now.  You are in the process of growing toward self-healing.  And what a wondrous process that is!
You must decide to do that yourself.
It sounds like a negative realization.  On the contrary, it will be one of the most freeing moments of wisdom you will ever feel.
BECAUSE – once you realize that your health is up to you and you alone, you are free to move toward healing. 
Control gives us the freedom to write our own destiny and dreams.  That which we desire, control gives us a shot at.  We want to be healthy and only WE ourselves can achieve that goal.  No one can take that step to make us healthier.  So by developing control functions, we better equip ourselves for the task of whipping our poor bodies into shape.
How many times have you shaken your fist at the heavens, bemoaning your “lack of willpower”?   Well, you don’t have to do that any longer.  We’re going to toss the word “willpower” right out on its ear.
Take a moment and examine the word “willpower”.  It’s meaning is clear.  It is the power of your will. Many people have a problem narrowing down the word “will”.  Will can mean many things, but when it all boils down, it is desire, wish, choice and determination.  Your “will” is quite simply...CHOICE.
You don’t NEED willpower to lose weight.  What you NEED is to make a choice. 
Once you've done that, simply bow to the incredible wisdom of that choice.
title:Empower Your Shopping Experience
author:Antoinette Mc Donnell
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Healthy living begins with healthy eating and healthy eating begins with healthy shopping...
Regardless of what nutritional program you are following - whether it is low fat, no-sugar, low carbohydrate, or based on some other method - there are always healthier choices that can be made when you are shopping.
Support your nutritional program week-by-week and day-by-day by ensuring that you stock up on the wholesome foods you need for your meals and snacks. Having the right food on hand helps you avoid eating the wrong things such as food, which are too high in fat, calories, sodium, and sugar. Additionally, shopping wisely helps you eat more of the good things like fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Use the suggestions below to avoid supermarket "traps" and help stay on track...
Plan The Shop & Shop The Plan
Put on your 'thinking cap' and make a list of the foods you need before you shop and stick closely to it. Plan your shopping around your favourite meals and recipes & don't be tempted by those wayward specials that may fall outside of the foods best for your program.
HALT! Don't Shop When You're Hungry-Angry-Lonely-Tired
Heed this word and make sure to eat before you shop to avoid impulse buying or stocking up on items you may regret later.
Begin With Colours
Fill up your shopping cart first in the produce section with lots of vitamin-rich vegetables and fruits. Select a variety of colours, flavours and textures to add interest and variety to your meals. Be adventurous and go for exotic fruits or vegetables that you may not usually choose.
Choose Individual Servings
When buying chicken, fish or meat, get single meal-size servings that you can freeze and use as needed. That way you'll always have good-quality fresh protein on hand and won't be tempted to eat more than your body wants. Likewise, buy fresh vegetables like mini carrots in small packages too. They'll stay fresh and make convenient "on-the-go" snacks.
Read Labels
Supermarket aisles are avenues to greater nutritional knowledge as the food label offers more complete, useful and accurate nutrition information than ever before. Become a fervent 'label reader' and scrutinize packaged foods, dressings and sauces before purchasing.
Avoid The "Aisle Of Weakness"
In all honesty, everyone has their "aisle of weakness"-be it the ice cream, cakes or sweet section. Do yourself a favour and avoid mouth watering temptation by steering completely clear of the entire area. And this "aisle" (or "aisles") is usually found in the centre! So, shop the perimeter of the store first, which is where you find the healthier foods.
Tantalize & Excite Your Taste Buds
Stimulate your palate and your recipes with the inspiration of fresh herbs like basil, ginger, lemongrass and cilantro. In addition, stock up on spices that can literally transform an ordinary meal into an exotic dish. Actively pursue variety. Expand your range of choices and explore new tastes, within and among food groups. Eating a wide variety of foods not only promotes optimal nutrition but also provides us with the 'pleasure factor'.
Don't Feel Deprived
Even though there are certain foods you'll want to avoid on your nutritional program, the supermarket is packed with a great variety of health-friendly food items. By choosing a variety of the foods you enjoy, and watching your portions, you need never feel deprived -no matter what foods you choose. Make moderation your goal, you decide how much and how often. Healthy eating doesn't mean feeling deprived or guilty.
Final Check
Before you check out, ask yourself (honestly!) if there is any item in your shopping cart that you could remove to better support your program. Put yourself and your optimal nutritional program before all else.
When you shop healthily, it is a great contributor to the 'feel good factor'!! Additionally, consider clearing your cupboards and fridge of any foods that don't support your program. With only great-tasting nutritious foods around you can cook up a healthy storm and enjoy your meals & snacks to the fullest -and enjoy the pleasurable aspects of eating and... living!
Emu Oil: Another Promising Alternative Pain Relief Rub

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Millions of people throughout the world seek pain relief everyday from many various discomforts. But getting relief of aches and pains should not cause more discomfort. If the person who is looking for muscle pain relief is worried about drug interactions, then they may want to consider using a non-drug therapy such as a pain relief rub as Emu oil. This article provides information why  Emu oil has proven to be an effective alternative remedy

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Millions of people throughout the world seek pain relief everyday from many various discomforts. But getting relief of aches and pains should not cause more discomfort. The only problem, is that most people seek prescription pharmaceutical medication, which can have bad side effects and can even cause allergies, not to mention it is damaging to our bodies.
If the person who is looking for muscle pain relief is worried about drug interactions, then they may want to consider using a non-drug therapy for muscle pain relief. Non-drug therapies generally rely on pressure and temperature to ease pain and help reduce swelling. Ace bandages and braces can be used to help support sore areas, and they can also be used to hold heat or cold packs in place. Heat and cold treatments can be used alone or in conjunction with other pain relief methods to help relax muscles, reduce pain, and increase circulation. Non-drug treatments for pain can be supplemented with a natural pain relief rub such as Emu Oil.
Australia's indigenous people have a close affiliation with their land and they used ingredients derived from flora and fauna for the treatment of ailments and injuries. The application of emu oil as a pain relief rub was first documented by G. Bennett in 1860, he said that Emu oil is “a topical embrocation for pain relief from sprains and bruises even in horses and cattle.” The Wiluna communities emu farm 1000 kilometers from Perth in Australia's rugged outback first produced, under Government supervision, emu products for traditional use. In the period 1984-87, the first pure emu oil was refined and marketed.
The history of the Australian Aborigine indicates their use of Emu Oil for over forty thousand years. They used Emu Oil to gain relief from minor aches and pains,  to help heal wounds quicker, and protect their skin from the harsh elements of wind and sun. Aborigines in Wiluna and elsewhere reveal that methods of treatment included hanging an emu skin on a tree to collect the oil, and wrapping sufferers in a fresh killed skin. In both cases the catalyst of the suns' heat was used to liquefy the Emu fat and enhance its absorption qualities.
The Aborigines introduced Emu Oil to the first Europeans as a natural sun screen and skin moisturizer.  The use of Emu Oil was among many natural remedies adopted by settlers from the original inhabitants of Australia.
As proven in many research studies, Emu oil naturally contains many beneficial qualities. Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and containing natural antioxidants and skin softeners, Emu Oil continues to provide long-lasting benefits even after repeated washings. It can smooth and condition rough elbows, knees and heels. It can also soften and moisturize hands and cuticles. It has also been proven to reduce itching and flakiness of dry skin.
Emu Oil is also an effective anti-inflammatory. The potency of the anti-inflammatory effect from Emu Oil is similar to ibuprofen without the negative side-affects frequently common with traditional prescription or corticosteroid based anti-inflammatory medications. It is a natural emolient. Emu oil helps combat the effects of the aging process, Research has shown that emu oils can thicken the skin which reduces the appearance of aging.
Whether it's arthritis, muscle strain, or a minor injury, Emu oil has proven to be an effective alternative remedy. Research continues to study the many intriguing aspects of this oil and have concluded that its applications can be considered too numerous. But nonetheless, Emu oil is a very promising pain relief rub for millions of people.

Encephalitis: A Brief Overview

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This article is about encephalitis.  Encephalitis is a disease that may be caused by either viral or bacterial origin.  This literally translates to inflammation of the brain.  If left untreated, encephalitis may be fatal.  Encephalitis is differentiated into primary and secondary.  Primary encephalitis occurs when the infection directly affects the brain, while the other one affects other body parts first before attacking the brain.

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Encephalitis literally translates to “inflammation of the brain”.  It may sound like a scary and serious condition, but it rarely is.  Of course, like any medical condition that involves any vital organ, leaving it untreated or not knowing that you’re already manifesting symptoms of the disease may prove fatal.

Encephalitis appears in two forms, and these forms are categorized by the way they infect the brain.
1.Primary encephalitis.  In this case, the virus invades the brain and the spinal cord directly.
2.Secondary encephalitis.  This form of encephalitis occurs when the virus attacks other body parts before secondarily affecting the brain.

What causes Encephalitis?
Encephalitis is commonly caused by viral infections.  Example of viruses that may cause this condition is the herpes virus, arboviruses transmitted through certain insect bites, and rabies from animal bites.  It can be caused by bacterial infections as well.  Conditions like Lyme disease may sometimes lead to encephalitis.  Certain parasitic conditions may also have the same effect.

Here are some of the more common causes of encephalitis:
Herpes viruses.  These kinds of viruses may cause encephalitis, especially herpes simplex virus type 1.  This type of virus is the most important cause of fatal sporadic encephalitis, but it is also very rare.  Another herpes virus is the varicella-zoster virus.  It causes mild encephalitis on adults and children.  Lastly is the Epstein-Barr virus develops mild, and rarely fatal encephalitis cases.
Childhood infections.  Encephalitis may come secondary to a vaccine-preventable childhood viral infection breakout, like: (rubeola), mumps, and German measles (rubella).  Sometimes encephalitis may also be due to hypersensitivity.  This is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a foreign substance.
Arboviruses.  These are viruses transmitted by mosquito or tick bites.

How would I know I have encephalitis?
Most people who experience viral encephalitis often only have mild symptoms.  These symptoms may be as simple as headaches, irritability or lethargy, or even sometimes no symptoms, and this condition doesn’t normally last long.  Serious encephalitis infections may manifest the following symptoms:
Confusion and disorientation
Sudden high fever
Severe headache
Nausea and vomiting
Stiff neck
Bulging in the soft spots (fontanels) of the skull in infants.
Urgent signs and symptoms in adults may include altered levels of consciousness or mental disturbances. In infants, the key signs are a stiff neck and a bulging in the soft spots of the skull. In older children, watch for severe headaches, sudden personality changes, confusion and sensitivity to light.
What medical complications may arise if I leave it untreated?
Severe untreated viral encephalitis may cause respiratory arrest, coma, and death.  It may also leave marked mental impairment, which includes loss of memory, inability to speak coherently, lack of muscle coordination, paralysis, or hearing or vision defects.
How is encephalitis treated?
For people who have mild encephalitis, an adequate amount of rest and a healthy diet, which includes plenty of water, may be enough to let the body’s immune system fight the virus off.  Medications may help with the headaches and the fevers.  Anti-inflammatory medications may help decrease the swelling and the pressure on the skull.  Antiviral medications may also help in those rare cases where regular medication and good old-fashioned rest don’t take effect.
Keeping yourself protected from the possible causes of this disease is the best way to ensure that you won’t acquire it.  Since mosquitoes are the most common cause of encephalitis.  Dressing protectively from mosquito bites, using mosquito repellants, or simply by making sure all necessary means are taken to minimize mosquito breeding inside the house is a sure fire way of keeping yourself safe.

title:Endometriosis Symptoms - What Are The Signs Symptoms Of Endometriosis?
author:Olinda Rola
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Endometriosis symptoms afflict about 7 million American women. The signs symptoms of endometriosis are one of the most painful conditions a woman will ever have to deal with.
Endometriosis is defined as the abnormal growth of endometrial cells that become scattered in areas where they do not belong. Endometriosis islets can grow in the fallopian tubes, within uterine musculature or outer surface of the uterus, the ovaries, pelvic organs, colon, bladder, the sides of the pelvic cavity and even the lungs. With the onset of the menstrual period, the islets increase in size, swell with blood and bleed into the surrounding areas and tissues. The problem is that there is no place for the tissue and blood to go, and the result is inflammation and a great deal of pain. The occurance of endometriosis symptoms is on the increase, and there is much debate about why.
Here are the most common endometriosis symptoms:
1. Pain - abdominal pain and cramping. And these endometriosis symptoms may be severe in a woman with mild endometriosis and may hardly occur in women with widespread endometriosis. The pain and cramping can be debilitating.
2. Inflammation - during the early part of the menstrual cycle, the endometrial tissue becomes filled with blood. When menstruation occurs, this tissue also gives off blood, but it cannot go anywhere. This blood accumulation causes inflammation that in the abdominal and pelvic tissue becomes very painful.
3. Painful sexual intercourse - endometrial tissue creates pressure in the lower pelvis or prevents the free movement of the pelvic organs.
4. PMS in the days before and during the menstrual period.
5. Rectal bleeding - also painful bowel movements can occur.
6. Chronic fatigue - pain, bleeding and cramping can be exhausting for the woman, making it difficult or impossible to function normally.
7. Infertility and miscarriage - the more widespread the endometriosis, the more likely the woman will have fertility and miscarriage problems.
Some women have endometriosis without having endometriosis symptoms, while others have symptoms but with little endometriosis. And the good news is that something can usually done about it without drugs or surgery with a good chance of experiencing significant improvement.
While the causes of endometriosis symptoms are unknown, high estrogen levels in women appear to be a contributing factor. Endometriosis seems to be a disease of the industrialized countries. It often runs in families, and in many women, there is a correlation to immune dysfunction. Emotional issues are often involved as well in women with endometriosis. In all these causes, hormonal imbalance is a common theme among the various factors.
Women diagnosed with the signs symptoms of endometriosis are frequently encouraged to have a hysterectomy. There ARE conditions for which hysterectomy is advisable or medically necessary, especially if malignant cancer is involved. The presence of malignant ovarian, uterine, or cervical cancer, uncontrollable bleeding, severe endometriosis (adenomyosis) and complex hyperplasia would justify the hysterectomy procedure. Otherwise, remember that hysterectomy is a permanent surgical procedure with numerous undesirable side effects.
If you have endometriosis symptoms, learn more about the natural approach recommended by naturopathic physicians without resorting to drastic measures such as hysterectomy. Read all you can about hormone imbalance, excess estrogen consequences and the role of natural progesterone in treating endometriosis symptoms and related womens health problems.
Copyright 2005 InfoSearch Publishing
Endometriosis: Knowing Is Half The Battle

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About endometriosis, how it is almost the same as regular dysmenorrhea, the effects, the symptoms and some preventive measure.

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They say women are blessed with the gift of child bearing.  This also means having the burden of monthly periods and everything it entails.  It requires doubling the hygiene rituals as disregarding those may cause complications.  One of these complications can be endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a common issue for women over 30 who are of reproductive age but have never been pregnant.  It is common to an estimated 89 million women but is most often shrugged off as the usual premenstrual syndrome.  Though it appears to hit women over 30, it may also affect girls before they even start menstruating.  It is said to be caused by excess amounts of estrogen in the body.

The endometrium is a lining of the uterus that separates the myometrium from the uterine cavity.  During a woman's menstrual cycle, the uterus sheds off the endometrial lining in the form of a thick, glandular, blood vessel-filled tissue in response to the body's hormone production. Endometriosis may seem similar to a regular menstrual cycle in the sense that the endometrial lining is still sloughed off.  However, not all of it is excreted. Instead, some of it gets misplaced and transported to other organs in the pelvic cavity.  It may attach itself to the bowel, bladder or small intestines among other organs, causing infection, scarring, and worse - infertility.

The most common symptoms of endometriosis include: progressive dysmenorrhea; chronic lumbar, pelvic and abdominal pain; dyspareunia (painful intercourse); dyschezia (painful bowel movement) or dysuria(painful urination); menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding); nausea and vomiting, and pre- or intermenstrual spotting.

During menstruation, women usually experience abdominal cramps and tenderness of the breasts.  This is said to be due to the estrogen level that fluctuates during that time.  However, for people with endometriosis, the pain gets worse over time.  This symptom is usually neglected as women often think of it as part of their usual dysmenorrhea attacks.  This may well be carried over to experiencing chronic pain, usually on the lower back, pelvic and abdominal areas.  As a lot of women experience radiating pain during dysmenorrhea.  The pain radiates from abdomen to the lumbar area.

Women with endometriosis also experience dyspareunia, or painful sexual intercourse.  There might be an inflammation of the vaginal lining, causing pain upon contact or friction during intercourse.
Once the misplaced endometrial lining attaches itself to your bowel, kidney or bladder, you may experience  dyschezia or dysuria.  Dyschezia is a condition wherein you experience discomfort while defecating.  Dysuria is a condition characterized by painful urination.  In both cases you may experience hematochezia or hematuria wherein blood is found in your feces and urine.  Difficulty defecating and urinating may cause internal bleeding and, in turn, infection.

Menorrhagia, or heavy menstrual bleeding is not something to shrug off.  It may manifest itself as prolonged menstrual bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding, or even both.  Some women are used to their periods taking two to three weeks to finish,   This symptom is tricky to detect as menstrual cycles differ for every woman. Nausea and vomiting, again a common occurrence during dysmenorrhea, are also symptoms of endometriosis.  This can also be a sign that misplaced endometrial lining had attached itself onto your gastro-intestinal organs. Premenstrual and inter-menstrual spotting can also be a symptom of  endometriosis, and is characterized by blood spots that appear before and in between menstrual cycles.

Endometriosis is a progressive condition that will, in the long run, affect a woman's ability to create life.  As prolonged, untreated endometriosis may cause the endometrial lining to attach itself inside the vagina and to other organs outside the pelvic region.  Severe infection may form scar tissues that can block the fallopian tubes and hinder ovulation.

As of now, a sure-fire cure for endometriosis is still being tested.  However, modern science has provided us with medications and procedures that may help delay the effects of it.  Laser surgery can be made to remove endometrial fragments from where they have attached.  Also, there are medications available that will stop the body from producing more estrogen to prevent the endometrial fragments from growing.  If you're experiencing the symptoms listed on this article, it is best to visit your gynecologist and have yourself checked.

Endometriosis: The Fear of the Unknown

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This article discusses the condition a lot of women are suffering, endometriosis which can also cause infertility. This article describes the condition, possible treatment and symptoms.

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Every month, many young women experience an event that is unique to the female human species: the monthly period. Aside from pregnancy and giving birth, the monthly period is one of the most intricate, memorable, and irritating experiences for a woman.  Menstruation, or period, is a woman's monthly bleeding. It is the preparation of a woman's body for pregnancy. Without a pregnancy, the uterus sheds its lining. The blood that is shed includes tissue from inside the uterus or womb. The blood passes out of the body through the vagina. Periods usually start at age 12 and continue until menopause, at about 50. There are certain changes that happen during a woman's menstrual period. Some women become irritated, depressed,  and emotional. Physical changes also happen before and during menstruation like having swollen breasts, feeling bloated, head aches, and back pains. However, there are women who suffer severe pain during their menstrual period that could be a symptom for endometriosis.

Endometriosis is not always accompanied by symptoms.  But in cases where it does, a woman usually suffers from what is called unusually painful periods or dysmenorrhea.  Endometriosis is a disorder in which bits of tissue from the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) grow inside a woman's body, outside of the uterus. The uterus is a hollow organ within a woman's abdomen where a fertilized egg is implanted and develops into a baby normally over a period of nine months.  During the menstrual cycle, some cells pass outside the uterus and implant themselves in the pelvis, ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines, and even in the lungs. The misplaced bits of the endometrial tissue can cause pain and irregular bleeding. It can also affect a woman's ability to become pregnant.

Endometriosis is diagnosed through physical examination. Occasionally, during a recto-vaginal exam, the doctor can feel nodules or endometrial implants behind the uterus and along the ligaments that are attached to the pelvic wall. At other times, no nodules are felt, but the examination itself causes unusual pain or discomfort. A doctor may also suspect endometriosis from a woman's symptoms or from a pelvic exam. Laparoscopy is a short surgical procedure performed through a very tiny incision in the abdomen. A laparoscope, a pencil-thin instrument is inserted into the incision gives the physician a clear view of the inside of the abdominal cavity on a television monitor.

Endometriosis can also be cause of woman's infertility. It is estimated that 40 to 50 percent of infertile women may have endometriosis.  Endometriosis may be related to infertility in several ways. It is possible that scar tissue from endometriosis can form around the ovary and restrict the available surface area of the ovary for egg release. Adhesions affecting the fallopian tubes may interfere with their ability to pick up an egg released by an ovary and transport it to the uterus. Occasionally, endometriosis will form inside the fallopian tube, resulting in blockage and making fertilization impossible. Women who experience deep pain during intercourse may choose to have intercourse less often, thus reducing the likelihood of becoming pregnant.  In some women, endometriosis causes no symptoms or mild symptoms and does not need to be treated at all. However, untreated endometriosis can continue to worsen, so these women should continue to have regular examinations to monitor the condition. If endometriosis is causing symptoms or is interfering with a woman's ability to become pregnant, several treatment options are available like medication, surgery or hysterectomy.  The precise cause of endometriosis is unknown.  There are certain steps that a woman can take to help prevent endometriosis or keep it from becoming worse. A woman who experience abdominal pain especially before the start of her period should see her physician. A woman with reproductive organ problems that obstruct menstrual flow should consider surgery.  Endometriosis is associated with infertility, therefore women at risk for endometriosis may want to have children before their late 30s. Still, early diagnosis offers the best chance of effective treatment so women can stop wondering and suffering from their fear of the unknown.

Endoscope Repairs :  Deciding On A Endoscope Repair Service Center - What is Your Prime Consideration?

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Endoscope repairs  must be undertaken in a timely fashion in the interest of patient and clinician safety, and of establishing optimal efficiency, and in the savings of costs. Both the endoscopist and the financial controller of any health establishment must work together to select the best service center to undertake the repairs. But among all considerations, whether financial or convenience, there is one single factor that must be given the highest priority. What is it?

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If you are the unit manager or finance controller or unit nurse in charge of the endoscopy centre, and your endoscope has been identified with damages,what are your alternatives for repairing it? Where do you send it to for repairs?What is your most important consideration in undertaking repairs to your endoscopic equipment?

The endoscopist spends his time on the technical work involving the endoscopy and its various areas of work, while the finance controller of a health center or hospital holds the purse strings in allocating funds to repair equipment. It is very important that both the endoscopist and the financial controller take correlated action to get the endoscope repaired and functioning in excellent condition at all times in the interest of patient and clinician safety, and of establishing optimal efficiency, and in the savings of costs.

What then are the centers of repair and maintenance available for endoscopes repair?

Endoscopes can be repaired by sending them back to the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) who provide repairs on all their original equipment. For endoscopes, the market in America has been dominated by at least three big OEMs, namely Olympus America Inc., Pentax Precision Instrument Corp and Fujinon Inc. For many years, OEMs consider themselves to be the only authorized entity to perform repair and refurbishment of their endoscopes, using specific proprietary parts, adhesives, lubricants, specifications, and repair manuals.

OEMs must complywith the FDA’s Quality System Regulations (QSR).The repair and refurbishment process is subject to regular FDA audits and must comply with Medical Device Reporting (MDR) requirements.

In recent years, there have been newer Third Party Repair companies called Independent Service Organisations(ISO).

Some ISO's do not work independently by themselves but are aligned to the original OEMs' and so become authorized ISO service partners.

Some of these OEMs', notably Pentax and Fujinon provide their authorized ISO service partners with access to proprietary parts, adhesives, training, and repair manuals. In contrast, independent ISO's develop their spares and parts through reverse engineering to make them compatible to the original equipment.

The complexity of the repair will determine the cost of repair of the endoscope. So the first step in locating a repair service center is to know whether your repair work is a minor repair or a major repair.

Negotiated financial arrangements with repair service centers may be set around fee-for-service, cost-per-procedure and capitated service contracts, with the ISOs competing on cost and convenience, with some providing on-site endoscope replacement during repair.

Irrespective of whether you decide to have the endoscope repaired by the OEM, or a OEM authorized-ISO or a third party ISO, patient safety is of prime consideration and must never be compromised. This is your main factor to consider in sending your endoscopic equipment for repair.

Peter Lim is the webmaster of the website  "Online Guide To Endoscopes" . To learn more about endoscope repairs,endoscope storage and endoscope selection, visit his website

title:Endurance Treadmills - The Ultra Durable Treadmill
author:Dean Iggo
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

If you are planning on using your treadmill a lot and don't want to worry about expensive repairs, replacements or maintenance bills then Endurance treadmills are a great choice for you.
Endurance treadmills are known as having the longest warranty in the fitness equipment industry, even up to 3 times longer than some commercial treadmills.  They just keep going and going, in fact their name says it all... 
No manufacturer would put that sort of warranty on any old treadmill otherwise they would go out of business paying for all the costly repairs to substandard machines.  In fact every endurance treadmill produced has passed the ISO9000:2000 certification for quality and design.  Only the best quality treadmills are awarded this certification of excellence ensuring a quality, durable machine every time.   
Although you might expect to pay commercial treadmill prices you won't pay anything near!  Amazingly endurance treadmills range from $1,000 to $2,000 so you can save that extra money for a holiday at the beach where you can show off that new slim, fit body :)
Endurance are associated with BodySolid, a manufacturing company that have been around for over 20 years and who produce some of the best home gym and strength training equipment around.  This association lets you know they must be doing something right and I have heard of many consumer testimonials stating that their customer service is superb.   
If you are struggling to find Endurance treadmills online look for Body Solid Endurance treadmills as they often come under the same name.
The one downfall of the endurance range is their special features.  They only have the standard features found in most treadmills so if you are looking for something a bit flash then you should skip this range.
Endurance have the longest warranty in the treadmill industry. They are offering lifetime warranty for everything except labor (which is covered for 1 year). They cover everything from the motor to every part and every component of the treadmill forever.  A real durable, trustworthy machine.
They are also very competitively priced at between $1,000 and $2,000.
Their special features are poor.  Don't be expecting lots of bells and whistles with this range.
If you are looking for a solid, reliable treadmill that will keep on keeping on and you're not too fussed about extra bells and whistles then endurance treadmills are a great option.  Fitness enthusiasts looking for a flashy machine should look elsewhere.
title:End Work Related Stress
author:Mark Altman
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

For many people, work is a stressful environment. Even worse, sometimes the anxiety and stress of work follows you home and saturates your thoughts in the evenings and on the weekends. One of the most important part of any stress reducing plan is to find a way to "shut off" thoughts of work after the day is done. Try this short exercise Dr. Sarah Brewer suggests in her book, "The Beginner's Guide To Relaxation".
The Inner Smile
This is a Chinese technique to help "shut off" stressful thoughts.
After work, find a comfortable spot to sit, where you can feel relaxed. Allow your body to sink into a relaxed state. Think of an amusing part of your day, or anecdote you find amusing. Allow yourself to smile. Feel the smile spread, and your face glow. Let the glow spread throughout your body. Your entire being is shining with the sensation of that smile. Give in to the feeling of relaxation and calm, feel it flood your senses.
You've left the stress and worry of work behind. Enjoy the rest of your day.
title:Enemas for Pleasure Pain or Vitality?
author:Gerard Bulger
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It's one of the 'in things', Movie Stars, Sportsmen even Politicians are talking about having an Enema, but what is it, is it healthy, is it pleasurable?
One point I must make, this is not a 'how to' guide, before undertaking any such procedure I would advise you consult your local medical adviser first.
Basically it is the cleansing of the colon and large intestine, it involves the injection of a solution into the rectum to soften the feces, distend the colon and rectum, and thereby cause the easy emptying of the bowel.
Although its all the fashion at the moment, its actually one of the oldest medical procedures and has been practiced by most cultures throughout history. In fact its only within the last fifty years that the regular practice of Enema's has decreased, this mainly by the onslaught of chemical enema's and laxatives from the pharmaceutical industry. Everyone from the Greek's and Egyptians to the Kings of France have extolled the virtues and health benefits of Enema's. The use of enema's today can be broadly split into two areas, one for medical and health reasons, the other for pleasure and erotic practices.
Let's deal with the traditional health benefits first, and have a quick look at your colon. Its main function together with your lungs, skin and kidneys is the elimination of toxins in the intestines, blood and lymph systems. Among its most important functions are the colon are the absorption of water and minerals, and the formation and elimination of feces, so if your colon is blocked it cuts down or stops these functions. A recent survey in the United States showed after surgery where the colon was examined, there was on average over a pound of undigested or impacted meat in the colon. Meat that was unable to move and consequently it rotted and released poisons into the blood stream. Not a good idea so by use of diet or other procedures keeping the colon clean helps maintain a healthy body.
The solution that is usually used in enemas is warm water, but surprisingly there are many solutions that can be used, these solutions are often called 'recipes'. They include Coffee, Beer, Epsom Salts, Limon Juice, Ivory Soap. Each recipe can have a slightly different effect and result on your body, so it is always best to do much research before using a new or untried recipe.
The following is just a short paragraph in the use of enemas from a sexual point as this article can be read by minors, if you wish for more information there is plenty available on specialist Internet sites.
Certainly the biggest growth interest in enema's has been for sexual pleasure itself and the use before sexual acts. Willing partners are far more adventurous in performing Anal sexual acts than in previous years and the application of an enema before can aid not only in eliminating health hazards but heightening the pleasure of the act. 
There is wide spread agreement by both the traditional and alternative therapy professions that the cleansing of the colon and intestines by enemas can be both beneficial and invigorating, but it is best to be well advised and researched before trying any procedures yourself.
Energy Balance in the Body is a Key to Better Health

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Historical references to a universal energy field date back as far as 5000 B.C.  Practitioners of alternative forms of health care often believe much of the illness we see in the human body is the result of either a blockage of the flow of energy in the body, or an imbalance of energy from one side of the body to the other.  When the energy balance is restored, the body begins the healing process.

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Historical references to a universal energy field date back as far as 5000 B.C. to India where prana was considered to be the basic source of life.  In China it was referred to as chi and was believed to be in all matter.  Two polar forces were recognized, yin and yang.  When these two forces were in balance one was considered to be healthy.  More recently Western medicine has begun to recognize energy within the body with the advent of devices capable of detecting its effects in the body.  Energy fields associated with the human body have been detected by electroencephalograms (EEG), electrocardiograms (ECG), and very highly sensitive devices such as superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUID).  Practitioners of alternative forms of health care often believe much of the illness we see in the human body is the result either a blockage of the flow of the energy of the body, or an imbalance in the energy from one side of the body to the other.  When the energy balance is restored, the body begins the healing process.  Often, symptoms seem to almost miraculously lessen or even disappear.  Energy imbalance is the result of too much nerve energy being sent to a part of the body in response to pain or dysfunction. The body gets caught in an endless loop of trying to make corrections. The result is an imbalance in which the deficient side develops painful trigger points. These trigger points are formed in the areas where acupuncture meridians are located. Therapies have been developed using these points to release blockages of energy and allow the proper amount of energy to flow. One does not need to use needles. These are the same acupressure points used by massage therapist to release tension, increase blood flow, and strengthen the body's natural life force to assist in healing.   

When energy is flowing to one side of the body more than the other, it can be easily felt in the form of muscle tension. Nerve impulses are sent along the nerves to muscles and other locations in the body. In the muscles this naturally causes them to be more contracted. A muscle that is contracted is shorter than a muscle that is relaxed. As a result of the increased muscle contraction, one entire side of the body will often feel tighter. How can we balance this energy and cause both sides of the body to be equally relaxed? The method is simple.

Trigger points are located by their tenderness, and once located, gentle pressure is applied. The initial stimulation of the trigger point sends a signal to the central nervous system to send more energy to the deficient side. The side that was getting the excessive energy suddenly has energy diverted from it, and the deficient side begins to receive an increase in energy. After a short time, a balance is achieved. The body is then able to use its resources for healing instead of continually attempting to bring the flow of its energy back into balance. 

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Energy Drinks: Energy Boost or Drop

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This article talks about the use of energy drinks of many individuals who lack energy to perform different activities. Many people use these drinks to replace the energy they lose after having intensive workouts or give them that extra boost before workout. Before gulping these energy drinks for for various reasons,knowing the downsides of these drinks may help individuals decide if these drinks are worth drinking.

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A typical day for many individuals starts early and ends late. Routines like this may cause one's energy to drop and cause many individuals to ineffectively perform many activities. Because of these conditions many individuals rely on energy drinks in times of exhaustion and anxiety. Some say that the use of energy drinks promote increased energy, alertness, extra nutrition, and boost athletic performance. Energy drinks are beverages that contain large doses of caffeine and other approved stimulants like ephedrine and ginseng. In addition to stimulants, many kinds of energy drinks contain sugar in various forms and other B vitamins. Many people use these drinks to replace the energy they lose after having intensive workouts or give them that extra boost before workout. Before gulping these energy drinks for for various reasons, knowing the downsides of these drinks may help individuals decide if these drinks are worth drinking.

Too much sugar in energy drinks can be stored as fat in body which may lead to unwanted weight-gain. The sugar content of these drinks may cause a sudden crash in the body's energy level when the sugar leaves the bloodstream. In addition, excess sugar can alter metabolism and retain salt and water in human body which may lead to high blood pressure. Metabolism describes the chemical reactions that take place in the human body's cells that converts the consumed food into energy.

Caffeine is another main ingredient of many energy drinks. This compound acts as a potent stimulant and energizes the brain, skeletal muscles of the heart and the respiratory system and therefore delay fatigue. Caffeine however may increase blood pressure, dehydrate the body, and prevent sleep. Many energy drinks out in the market contain about 80 mg of caffeine per serving, about twice the caffeine of a regular cup of tea. In addition, caffeine is an addictive substance and its ill effects can be felt up to six hours. This substance may also deplete the body of vital vitamins and nutrients. It is recommended that people who consume energy drinks and other caffeine related products should take vitamins and nutrients to regain lost vitamins and nutrients. Some medical studies show that caffeine consumption in adolescents seem to be associated with high blood pressure. Therefore, the consumption of energy drinks by children and adolescents is not encouraged.

Energy drinks often make big promises. However, there is limited evidence that the use of energy drinks can significantly improve physical and mental performance. But once the hype is overcome, users of this product may realize that they are mostly getting increased dose of sugar and caffeine. Now, the question lies, is it safe to use this product? As with everything, the use energy drinks is alright as long as taken in moderation. These products may not be harmful if taken occasionally, but they are not healthy choices either. The truth us energy boost comes from healthy living. Individuals who consume healthy diets and get plenty of physical activity and rest may have increased energy the natural way.

Energy, How Does My Body Get It and How Does It Use It?

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Simply having a basic understanding of how your body works and what it needs to make it work at its best will help you to see what may be the key to obtaining better energy levels that will have people asking you what your secret is.

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Many times people will ask an energetic person they know, where do you get all that energy from?? We just assume they simply have an overactive and limitless supply of energy which we are just not capable of having ourselves. We may ask ourselves, why is it that when I exercise I seem to run out of gas and get tired after thirty minutes but that guy over there seems to be able to keep at it for well over an hour without tiring out? Is he just a more energetic person than me? Why can’t I have that kind of energy when I exercise? What is his secret?

Well, suppose I said, “He has no secret” and “you too can get more energy” and without any magic potion or secret tricks known only to a select few people. Simply having a basic understanding of how your body works and what it needs to make it work at its best will help you to see what may be “the key” to obtaining better energy levels that will have people asking you what your secret is.

In order to build biomolecules and sustain life, your body needs energy. The body gets its energy from the breakdown of nutrients like glucose, amino acids and fatty acids. To construct molecules there must be molecular destruction going on simultaneously to provide the energy required to drive these biochemical reactions. This is an ongoing process that occurs throughout the day.

It must be understood that anabolism (building of tissue) and catabolism (breakdown of tissue) occur simultaneously all the time. However, they differ in magnitude depending on the level of activity or rest and on when the last meal was eaten. When anabolism exceeds catabolism, net growth occurs. When catabolism exceeds anabolism, the body has a net loss of substances and body tissues and may lose weight.

With regard to how your body uses what you give it consider the following.

The fate of an amino acid after it is transported to the liver is highly dependent on the body’s needs for that moment. Some amino acids enter the blood stream, where they join amino acids that have been liberated during the constant breakdown and synthesis of body tissue. Other amino acids are used by the liver to manufacture many of the specialized proteins such as liver enzymes, lipoproteins, and the blood protein (albumin). As these amino acids circulate throughout the body, each cell directed by its own DNA blue print, draws from the common pool of available amino acids to synthesize all the numerous proteins required for its functions.

In order for protein synthesis to occur, an adequate supply of both essential (not produced by your body) and non-essential (produced by your body) amino acids is vital. If one of the essential amino acids is missing then synthesis is halted. These partially assembled proteins are disassembled and the amino acids returned to the blood. Any amino acids that are not used within a short time can not be stored for future use. They are delivered back to the liver and stripped of their nitrogen, then incorporated into urea and excreted by the kidneys. The remaining protein skeleton will be converted to glucose and burned as energy or converted to fat or glycogen for storage.
Although protein synthesis is very important, the body’s number one priority is to obtain sufficient energy to carry on vital functions such as circulation, respiration and digestion. Therefore, in the absence of adequate dietary carbohydrates and fat calories, the body will break down not only dietary protein but protein in the blood, liver, pancreas, muscles, and other tissues in order to maintain vital organs and functions.

With regard to carbohydrates after training consider the following. Our bodies can only absorb monosaccharides (glucose, galactose, or fructose), the single units of sugars and starches. Once absorbed through the small intestines into the portal vein, and then circulated into the bloodstream through the liver as blood glucose, our bodies can put glucose to work in three ways:

1. It can burn the glucose immediately for energy if blood glucose levels are not at a stable level of 20 grams blood borne glucose circulating per hour.

2. If it is not needed for energy immediately, then it is converted into glycogen in the liver or muscles. The liver has the capacity to store 100 grams of glycogen. The muscles have the capacity to store between 250-400 grams of glycogen, depending on muscle mass and physical condition. Liver glycogen supplies energy for the entire body. Muscle glycogen only supplies energy to muscles.

3. If the body has an excess of glucose, and all of the glycogen stores are full, the surplus glucose is converted to fat by the liver and stored as adipose tissue (body fat) around the body. If needed, fatty acids can be burned as fuel (BUT the fat cannot be converted back to glucose).
Now that you have a better idea of what goes on in your body and how your body uses its resources for energy, you may now be able to understand how you can obtain more energy with the simple use of “food” and not some secret magical method.

Just keep in mind that it takes all three macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) in the proper amounts to keep energy levels at there best. Always be sure to take in some carbohydrates and protein an hour before exercise and some more thirty minutes after, taking in your fats well before and well after exercise.

title:Enhance Sex Drive - Know About Natural Herbs
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Did  you know that certain food that you eat evaluate your passion and makes your love life more pleasurable and hot! If your love life has turned sour, then you can sweeten things up with delicious mood foods guaranteed to stir your passions and bring back charm in your life.
Ginger: Ginger has long been considered a spicy treat for lovers. It is said to sharpen the mind so one can focus all their attention toward the act of love making!
Garlic: It enhances sex drive to such enormous level that love making turns out to be a real passion. So have garlic in your diet regularly.
Chocolate: Known as the "Love Chemical" . It contains phenethylamine that is released in the brain when positive emotions such as falling in love are expressed.
Ashwagandha: Potent stress calmer, calms down anxiety. Rasayan gives energy.
Hot N' Spicy: The extra hot and spicy foods heat up the desires and put them in a romantic mood. Try getting ready for some red-hot romance with red- hot chillies and hot and spicy curries.
Love Potion: Add ginseng, rose petals, cinnamon sticks to your favourite beverage. Let it steep for 1-2 weeks and strain well. Wine or juice added to it wiill bring your partner in the mood for love.
Eliminate stress as much as possible from your life
Meditation is very helpful to help relax the mind and enhance the normal functions.
Change your diet: At first a diet that lowers toxins is adviced for several weeks, followed by a low protein diet according to your constitution. This should be accompanied with Kohinoor Gold Capsules with warm milk
Ayurveda gives three guidelines:
Vata people have the least stamina, so should ejaculate the least
Pitta people are average in stamina
Kapha people have the greatest capacity for ejaculation
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Enhance Vitality with Healthy Mangosteen Nutritional Supplements

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Discover the many health benefits of mangosteen and how mangosteen nutritional supplements can help you...

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Mangosteen is a tropical evergreen tree from the Guttiferae family that grows primarily in Thailand, parts of India, the Malay Peninsula, and the Philippines. The tree yields a sweet, edible dark purple fruit that is parthenogenesis, meaning it doesn't require fertilization. Besides being eaten in its natural raw state, it's also used in jellies, jams, fruit juices, and a wide variety of mangosteen nutritional supplements.

Mangosteen in the Health Food Market

Mangosteen is not only a delicious fruit, but is also emerging as what is often called a super fruit in today's health food market. It is usually advertised as a fruit that's rich in nutrition with great antioxidant strength and that reduces risk of disease, although studies are still underway in the United States to learn about the full potential of mangosteen.

Mangosteen nutritional supplements are usually offered in the form of a liquid vitamin mixed with other nutrition sources such as plant-source minerals rich in antioxidants, aloe vera, green tea, and a combination of other health-enhancing vitamins.

Mangosteen and Xanthones

Xanthones are chemical compounds that are either produced synthetically or found in naturally grown fruits and vegetables. They are powerful antioxidants and are part of a family called phytonutrients. So far about 200 xanthones have been discovered. Around forty of these have been found in mangosteen. documents much research on mangosteen and xanthones. Antioxidants are beneficial because they help rid the human body of free radicals, or toxins, that often build up in the body and cause health problems or disease. Toxin build-up has been known to cause cancer, heart disease, and other harmful diseases.

Mangosteen Nutritional Supplements and Your Health

Although not a cure all, mangosteen does offer a number of health benefits. With proper concentration as a liquid vitamin, it can help improve vitality and physical energy, protect your heart, promote healthy skin, eyes, and teeth, support the immune system, and enhance the digestive system.

Combining mangosteen minerals with other nutritional sources such as organic green tea and aloe vera enhances mangosteen's benefits further. Green tea is known for its powerful antioxidant properties. Aloe vera contains natural dietary sugars that support the body's immune system and enhance cellular functions.

Shopping for Mangosteen Nutritional Supplements

Mangosteen nutritional supplements can usually be found online or in your local health food and vitamin store or pharmacy. The liquid vitamin supplement gives you a healthy diet supplement that's delicious too! Whether shopping online or off-line, be sure the mangosteen product reveals exactly what ingredients are used and the actual percentage of xanthones it contains from the mangosteen fruit. There are many products on the market that make big claims, but only contain a very small amount of mangosteen extracts. Or, they don't supplement it with other sources of nutrition for maximum benefits.

You can easily do research online to discover the many benefits of mangosteen and to find products that are rich in mangosteen antioxidants. With mangosteen and other healthy fruits and vegetables, you can start on the road to better health today.

Enhance Weight Loss and Overcome Your Plateau with these 5 Easy Tips

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If you've hit a plateau on your weight loss diet, here are five easy ways to get back on track...

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If you need to lose a few extra pounds but feel you've hit a plateau, there are several ways to get your body back in the weight loss mode. A plateau is when you're no longer losing weight though it seems nothing has changed in your diet or exercise routine. Your body has adapted to the diet and now refuses to budge. So you must make some changes to boost your weight loss again. These five free weight loss tips can help.

1. Change your calorie intake.

One way to overcome a plateau while maintaining a healthy weight loss plan is to change your calorie intake. Monitor how many calories you're eating and decrease them slightly to see if your weight scale moves again. You might try the zigzag method as well. To do this, decrease calories one day, and then increase calories the next. This helps shift your body out of its comfort zone. Only make minor adjustments and monitor your weight with each small change.

2. Replace a snack or two.

If you usually eat a chocolate bar as a mid-afternoon snack, try replacing this with a fruit or vegetable. Eat apples, bananas, carrots and low-fat dip, or celery and low-fat dip instead of chocolate. Fruits and vegetables are not only filling, but they also promote healthy weight loss. 

3. Keep exercising, but endure longer.

Another way to boost weight loss and get your body moving again is to increase your exercise time. Instead of 30 minutes a day, try exercising 45 minutes a day. Walk every chance you get. Walking is a great (non-strenuous) exercise that helps your heart and promotes healthy weight loss. Park your car a little farther from the mall than usual when shopping. Walk your dog twice a day instead of only once. Take a walk during your breaks at work. These small changes can make a big difference in your weight loss efforts.

4. Monitor "what" you are eating.

Are you eating mainly sugar and carbohydrates on your weight loss diet? If so, try replacing one or two of these with a protein-rich food. Protein is a proven fat burner and energy booster, and many weight trainers use it to boost their workouts. Protein also helps you fill full longer so you're less likely to be hungry an hour later. There are protein snack bars on the market now so you can easily get a boost during the day. Other changes you can make include increasing your water and fiber intake if you feel you're not getting enough of these.

5. Eat smaller, more frequent meals.

Instead of eating three large meals a day, try eating smaller, more frequent meals. Reduce portion sizes at your regular meals, and add small snacks in between each meal. This helps boost your metabolism and keeps you from being hungry during the day and splurging at night.

Keep in mind that fast weight loss can be unhealthy, but you might lose fast at the start of any diet or when overcoming a plateau. This is normal. These tips are to help you break the plateau so you can start losing weight again. Weight loss diets can help you feel and look better than you ever have before. Use these ideas to break through your plateau today so you can reach your future weight loss goals.

title:Enjoying Really Good Cigars
author:Jeff Lakie
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When you imagine cigars being smoked does the image of seasoned, robust, and wealthy foreign men sitting around with brandy swishing in their snifters come to mind? That is probably not an uncommon image, but it is not accurate for this modern age of cigar connoisseurs.
These days it would not be surprising to find a group of women in a cigar shop. More commonly there will be men. It could be men from every walk of life, every income bracket, and any age all enjoying cigars. And you thought all cigar smokers were alike? No more than all cigars are alike. That idea would actually offend many people in the right circle.
Obviously there are your run-of-the mill cigars. There are also cigars that are costly, aromatic, and have a life all their own. In researching the time and consideration that goes into creating the latter type of elite cigars you might be amazed that the process is quite similar to that of wine production. The finest cigars begin with the tobacco plant from which it originates. The grading moves forward to encompass where it is grown and when it is harvested. The truly great cigars end with it totally mattering if a master handler is at the wheel for the curing process.
Cost for the primo cigars will vary greatly. Taste will also vary. People who have humidors in their home might be true connoisseurs but anyone who appreciates a good smoke can benefit from the variations available. Both cost and taste are affected greatly by the care and attention master tobacco handlers provide. Knowing when and how many times to turn the tobacco leaves is an essential part of the totality of a great cigar. There is a true gift to knowing when the leaves have sweated properly.
The leaves are graded and separated. Each grade level produces different taste and cost of cigars. Many specialty shops throughout the United States offer cigars in all sizes and grades to the public. And in a society where smoking in public has fast become an invasion of air space these shops offer a place to smoke. Enjoying really good cigars indoors with other people around you is not a far-reaching dream.

Enjoy Summer And Vacation Good Health

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Summer can be a real health challenge. Our ambitious travel plans leave us vulnerable to new influences from the new environments we so eagerly embrace. Here are some practical tips on how to stay balanced, energetic and well.


You needn’t cross the desert to suffer from dehydration. Many of us suffer chronic dehydration simply because we don’t drink as much water as we should. Our bodies are 65-80% of water, depending on our age. To keep them in balance, it’...

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Summer can be a real health challenge. Our ambitious travel plans leave us vulnerable to new influences from the new environments we so eagerly embrace. Here are some practical tips on how to stay balanced, energetic and well.


You needn’t cross the desert to suffer from dehydration. Many of us suffer chronic dehydration simply because we don’t drink as much water as we should. Our bodies are 65-80% of water, depending on our age. To keep them in balance, it’s no surprise - we need lots of water! And many people just don’t drink enough of it. Sodas, juices, coffee and teas do not answer the same need, with the result that the flow in our body systems is disturbed. Our arteries become polluted and our organ function is compromised. People with cardiac disease, and kidney and gallbladder stones often don’t drink 6-8 glasses of water a day and are chronically dehydrated.

Drinking only sodas, coffee, alcohol and the like also depletes our minerals and vitamins, harming us even more. To counteract this depletion we need a quality multivitamin. How to know what constitutes good quality? Put your multivitamin in a glass of water. If it hasn’t dissolved in ½ hour it will probably not be absorbed in your body, but will simply be eliminated. Be sure, too, that it is as natural as possible. For example, Vitamin E called tocopheryl is obtained naturally. If this is not stated on the bottle, it is probably an artificially derived version that is inferior.

Stress and Depression

Stressed out? Use Vitamin C daily. If you want to detoxify as well, take at least 2000 mg. per day. Depressed? Send me an email. I am working on two articles full of practical suggestions that will make a difference.

Get a good massage: Your friend doesn’t have to be an expert to rub some Oil of Oregano into your muscles with love and goodwill. You will feel your muscles relaxing as oxygen penetrates deep into the tissue. Don’t forget your shoulders and neck, the places we most often tend to tense up. Where to obtain Oil of Oregano?

Eat fruits and vegetables in abundance and avoid sugars. Did you know that every bacteria and virus loves to grow on sugar? Avoid polyunsaturated fats, use unheated cold-pressed olive oil as much as possible, and use flaxseed to get your omega 3.

Summer flu

Stomach flu (or gastroenteritis) is often caused by a virus or food poisoning. Avoid solids for the first day. Drink water, broth (?Pieternel?) and some apple juice to maintain your electrolyte levels. A tablespoon of acidophilus every hour can be beneficial. When you can tolerate solids, start with grated apple and cinnamon, mashed bananas and rice water (water and rice has been cooked). Aloe Vera juice is also a good option, or kefir in its natural form. If this goes well, expand your variety of foods slowly.


Aloe Vera is excellent for sunburn, whether in juice form or straight from the plant. See
It’s best to avoid extended exposure to sunshine as much as possible. It can dry out the mucus in your nose, eyes and ears. To cleanse and make these parts succulent again, use a solution of salt water. Warm up one cup of water with a pinch of salt – about as salty as your tears. Let it cool, then put it into a dropper bottle. Use it to clean out your nose, eyes and ears, where it can accelerate the hygienic discharge of mucus.

Swimmer’s Ear (and Earaches generally)

Is anything more relaxing than getting away from it all with a good swim? For some though, this means “swimmer’s ear” and earaches. But these need not discourage you. For problems with swimmer’s ear use Earacheaway. The name says it all. This is a remedy with a base of olive leave extract and vinegar that will relieve your infected ears. For more information see

Be sure to enjoy your life and radiate love, so love finds its way back to you.

Warmly, Pieternel van Giersbergen

Enjoy your sleep  with memory foam pillows

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Often, people consider back pain normal, but that is not the case. You no longer need to dread stiff muscles after a long night. Feeling relaxed at night and during the day does not need to be trying because with a pillow constructed of memory foam, you will begin to feel an alteration in the way you sleep and the way you feel as you move through daily life. Understanding what memory foam is and how it can help you better your quality of sleep and life means discovering the best solution for you.

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Often, people consider back pain normal, but that is not the case. You no longer need to dread stiff muscles after a long night. Feeling relaxed at night and during the day does not need to be trying because with a pillow constructed of memory foam, you will begin to feel an alteration in the way you sleep and the way you feel as you move through daily life. Understanding what memory foam is and how it can help you better your quality of sleep and life means discovering the best solution for you.

Made of polyurethane and other materials meant to enhancer the level of viscosity, memory foam is dense and highly supple. Initially designed by NASA to shield astronauts from the G-force noticed during their ascension, it was never put in to effect by the space program. After extensive trials, memory foam was then inserted in to the medical field to aid patients dealing with pressure sores or being bed-ridden.  As a result of the inflatedexpense of the item, memory foam was not widely acknowledge; however, the ability to produce the same quality foam for a portion of the price has pulled memory foam in to the spotlight. Now frequently used in the production of mattresses and back support systems, memory foam is ever readily becoming one of the front runners for the top medical-related solutions for back pain, muscle fatigue, and posture support.

A prime example of a memory foam pillow is the Sleep Better Pillow. The Sleep Better Pillow is a solid contour pillow which is intended to form to a person´s head, neck, and shoulders, providing correct spinal alignment throughout the night. Once your head touches the smooth surface of the pillow, you will be sure to have a peaceful nights rest: the heat and pressure sensitive foam reacts to your body weight and temperature, moulding to your exact body shape despite your preferred sleeping position.

With normal pillows, discomfort and muscle soreness are noted symptoms of incorrect spinal alignment. Standard pillows scarcely have the structured, ergonomically correct design needed to assurecorrect alignment of the spine, pushing your muscles to tense up to restore a proper position of the spine while resting. Overcorrection of the spine can lead to endless and intense tenderness in the arms, shoulders, neck, and back, which can be eliminated with the proper pillow.

With top quality memory foam technology, the Sleep Better Pillow will help to redistribute your body weight in a natural and effective way, downgradepressure on the skin while helping circulation. With regular pillows, spinal pressure is caused by a gradual flattening of the natural curve, and can cause soreness and fatigue. Also doubling as a supportive neck pillow, the contours of the pillow acts as a cradle for the natural line of your neck and pulls pressure away from the neck.

Created to reduce the strain which can distort the spine and to encourage a correct sleeping posture throughout the night, the Sleep Better Pillow ensures that you will be able to sleep in comfort and wake up feeling rejuvenated for the day ahead

Enough Is Enough: Divorce and Emotional Abuse

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This article is about emotional abuse in a married relationship. Emotional abuse is a form of domestic violence that has subtle but strong effects on a person. It may not leave a physical mark, but it affects a person mentally and emotionally.  Emotionally abusive relationship tend to cycle in four phases. With proper help, one can still turn an abusive relationship back into a happy relationship.

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Men and women deal with a lot of abuse in the family.  But unlike any form of domestic violence, emotional abuse is the

strongest yet the most subtle of all.  It is too subtle that sometimes even the abused partner does not notice it.  This kind

of abuse leaves no identifying physical evidence, yet leaves a lasting mark to the abused person’s self esteem.

Emotional Abuse
Emotional abuse may be described as subjecting a partner consistently to insult, embarrassment, scorn, shame or hurt.

 Emotional abuse may manifest itself in many different forms: from something as simple as mocking a partner for their beliefs

or faith, or telling them nobody wants or likes them; to something as demeaning as telling a partner that he’s worthless; to

the extent of threatening to hurt a partner or their family.  People subjected to emotional abuse are constantly accused and

criticized, and often faulted for every little thing they do.

Domineering partners use emotional abuse to control, degrade, humiliate, or punish a partner to submission.  This is

comparable to how prison guards manipulate prisoners of war being cooperative.  They use isolation to cut off any form of

external support from friends and family, making victims dependent to the abusers.  Abusers also use threats and intimidation

to force a partner to submission.  Abusive partners use negative criticism to demean a partner about his appearance, actions,

and abilities.

Victims of emotional abuse often manifest the following symptoms:

.Social isolation
.Suicidal tendency
.Feeling of guilt and shame

Because partners are constantly exposed to ideas of being worthless, they start believing the lies over time and tend to

develop low self-esteem and eventually develop the symptoms mentioned above.

Abusive relationships usually cycle around 4 phases:

Phase 1, tension building.  This is when the tension begins,communication starts falling apart,and the victim feels an

intense need to please or placate an abuser.

Phase 2, incident.  This is when the actual verbal and emotional abuse happens.  The abuser starts getting angry, blaming and

arguing with the victim. The abuser threatens and intimidates the victim.

Phase 3, reconciliation.  This is when the abuser apologizes for what he’s said and done.  He passes the blame onto the

victim, denying any abuse he’s done, or says that what he did wasn’t that bad as the victim thinks it is.

Phase 4, calm.  This is when the incident is forgotten.  The relationship is at peace, and no abuse is being done to the


Resolving emotional abuse
In a relationship, both partners should learn to say when enough is enough.  An abusive environment is never good for

both parties, especially for the children.  Children who grew up in an abusive domestic environment tend to carry this

behaviour when he has his own family.  As parents, it is necessary to work on resolving emotional abuse issues as early as

possible before it destroys the entire family.  Of course it is natural for an emotionally abusive partner to decline to

undergo counseling, denying the fact the he is subjecting his partner to such abuse.  However, for the good of everybody in

the family, certain steps must be taken to stop the abuse.

.Counseling.  Both partners need to talk to a trusted therapist or counsellor to discuss the origin or the reason behind the 

             abusive behaviour.Counseling also helps regain trust, confidence, and self-esteem.

.Trial separation. Some time away from each other to understand the importance of each partner in the relationship is       

                    sometimes helpful to make the abuser aware of his mistakes.

.Divorce.    If an abusive partner refuses to acknowledge the fact that he is manipulating and taking advantage of his       

      partner,it is time to let go of the relationship and start life anew.

Love is supposed to help us grow, not trap us like a prisoner.  If you feel like you’re being boxed in by an abusive partner,

speak up.  It is never ok to let yourself be subjected to so much abuse.  It is not advisable to immediately jump into a

divorce, try to work it out first.  With the right help, you might still be able to rebuild a happy married life.

Enough sleep equals productivity

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The article is about the importance of quality sleep and how it may affect one's mental or physical performance. The writer adds that natural remedies or adjustments in one's sleeping routines may fix one's sleeping problems.

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Picture this. You wake up one morning and it's time for you to fix yourself or else you'll be late. You've barely slept and spent most of the time staring at the ceiling. You're stressed and you want to get back to sleep. As a last resort, you take sleeping pills only to find yourself the next day to be dazed, dizzy and weak at work. You decide to stop the pills and try to sleep normally but once again find yourself faced with the same dilemma.  Even if you're already tired to the bone and look like a raccoon with your perennial eye bags, you still just can't sleep.

You are not alone. In today's fast-paced society, sleep deprivation is very common. People nowadays seemed to be so tied up with work—spending many hours at the office.  At home, even as they lie down in bed, getting rest is such a challenge.  They can't get their mind of their work and other matters that float inside their head. 

Importance of sleep

Needless to say, sleep is very important in the development of one's body. Health experts and research have already shown that lack of sleep adversely affect people mentally and physically. Lack of sleep makes one so tired and confused, which also increases the chances of making bad decisions and taking unreasonable risks. Medical studies show that extreme cases of sleep deprivation may result in hernia, weakening of muscle tissues, and other problems usually related to physical overuse. Conversely, getting enough sleep boosts one's immune system and concentration while enhancing one's overall physical appearance. Studies also point out that people who get enough sleep are more productive compared to their stressed and burned out counterparts. 

Side effects of sleeping pills

To address sleep deprivation, many people turn to sedatives and other products that are supposed to improve their sleep. Health experts, however, warn the consumers that these drugs do have side effects.  Researches say that one of the major side effects are the reduction of brain cell activity causing short term memory loss. An effect similar to hangover effect are also may also be experienced when over the counter sleeping pills are used.   Their research indicates that use of these drugs may also cause drug tolerance, physical side effects like headaches, and withdrawal symptoms. Rebound insomnia specialists added may also occur which according to them are worsening of sleeping disorder compared to time before a particular drug is taken.

Beneficial effects of nature

Some people, on the other hand, prefer to use natural remedies. Health reviews say that there are have been excellent results with apple cider mixed with honey. Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and two vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water. Drinking this mixture  before bedtime may aid one in his/her sleeping problem. Though nobody knows how it works. Research has shown that apple cider vinegar contains the right amount of biochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Honey on the other hand, contain small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. These amino acids are probably the reason why honey acts as sedative. Health reports add that honey overdose may be unlikely because of the right amounts of vitamins and minerals it contains. That is probably why its is considered by many as nature's healthy sugar.

Experts believe that establishing a consistent bedtime routine is important in creating a cozy and restful environment in one's bedroom. If this environment is achieved, sound sleep may follow. Noise and light are two of the factors that may disturb one's sleep. If one is sensitive to sound he/she may purchase earplugs available in the market. There are earplugs that are specially designed for people who can wear them why they sleep. Problems with lights can be solved by the use of eye masks that are effective in block light. Sedatives and other drugs should not be the first option when sleeping disorders are encountered. Natural remedies and adjustments in one's sleeping habit may do the job without sleeping pill overdose.

Enough with the Psychology! Order some Generic Viagra!

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So, the other day-the very day before I ordered my first batch of Generic Viagra-I stopped in to see my psychologist. Yes, I have a psychologist, I admit it. For some reason, I only realized later that, oddly enough, the time I first signed up with him was the same time when I realized I was having problems getting an erection.

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So, the other day-the very day before I ordered my first batch of Generic Viagra-I stopped in to see my psychologist. Yes, I have a psychologist, I admit it. For some reason, I only realized later that, oddly enough, the time I first signed up with him was the same time when I realized I was having problems getting an erection. Coincidence? I think not! Instead of being smart and ordering some Generic Viagra-that is, getting a medical treatment for a simple medical disorder-I decided to be all subtle and psychological. I was sure that it was a mental thing, even a subconscious thing. I didn't "want" it enough, or, perhaps, I wanted it too much! Maybe I couldn't "envision" myself with an erection, because I had a self-image problem. Or maybe it was a Freudian thing. Maybe I had repressed memories of walking in on the "primal scene" between my parents, and was suffering insecurity, because I still saw my father as a sexual rival. The things we dream up instead of ordering Generic Viagra! Now, it all seems so foolish. First of all, I was never, never attracted to my mother, Dr. Freud! Dr. Freud can go get probed with a cigar, for all I care. I'm past that stage in my life. I got practical, and ordered Generic Viagra, and never looked back. Now the women in my life recognize me again in the bedroom.

What was the turning point? What made me break down and buy some Generic Viagra over the Internet? How did I break the cycle of self-pity and denial? Well, oddly enough, I had one hell of a good psychologist! Here's what happened during my final visit, when, out of nowhere, he cured me completely, by prescribing Generic Viagra. I walk in and stretch out on the couch, in front of another man (what was I thinking?!), then waited anxiously for him to probe my sub-consciousness. "You're deeply disturbed," he observed immediately. "Oh, yes I am, Dr.!" I admitted, then fell into complete hysterics. "I just can't get past the shame and the denial, and I feel that I have a messiah complex in the bedroom-I want to save her world, and redeem her, but I'm kept from doing so by my erectile dysfunction; I mean, I'd order some Generic Viagra, but I just think the problem runs a lot deeper than just some medical condition-I think it's a sort of Napoleon complex-I feel that I'm smaller than other men, because I'm eternally flaccid, and then I try to overcompensate by eating raw oysters and working out, and when that doesn't work, I feel inferior, and begin hating myself, and scolding my Johnson for his lack of empathy, because I feel that he's behaving selfishly, and that if I buy him some Generic Viagra, I'll just be an enabler, because I know he has a problem, but it's one he just needs to work through himself, without drugs or alcohol, and also, my mother didn't love me..."

"WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?" the good doctor screamed, throwing his notepad to the floor. "Are you freaking crazy? YOU SOUND LIKE A WOMAN!" he howled. He took off his glasses and went on a full tirade. "Let me get this straight: you refuse to order Generic Viagra, because you ‘feel' that it might be ‘enabling' for ‘Mr. Johnson' to treat ‘him' for a simple medical problem? That's just crazy talk! Listen to yourself, man! Get a grip! Your mother didn't love you, and now you have erectile dysfunction? Your running around town eating raw oysters and holding hysterical arguments with your twig and berries in the shower? Go home right now and order some Generic Viagra. I never want to see you again, unless it's in a bar, somewhere where men gather. I'll be glad to listen to your sexual success stories over a beer. But I'm not listening to this psychobabble garbage anymore!"

Thank you, Doctor! Thank you!

Enrich Your Diet With Fruits And Vegetables

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Nourish your body with fruits and vegetables. Detoxify with their various health benefits. Learn how fruits and vegetables can help your diet.

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Nourish your body with fruits and vegetables. Detoxify with their various health benefits. Learn how fruits and vegetables can help your diet.

In the fast-paced world of today, people tend to eat on the go. There are fast foods that are available in countless fast food joints to lure in people to buy food they can eat on the go. Greasy chicken meals, deluxe burgers, French fries, sugary sodas are some of the norm. Aside from these, busy commuters can also get fried foods from street vendors, serving whatever delicacy that can be fried easily, like hot dogs and sandwiches. Not to be outdone, food companies even produce processed foods and instant meals to meet the demands of the hectic lives of the people. Think for a moment. Do you something wrong with this picture? Yes, the above scenario is truly happening especially in urbanized cities. But look at what they are eating. Obesity may be a way to put it, but malnutrition fits the description more nicely. The slop that people are eating may do more harm than good in their bodies. Most fast foods contain enough fat and salt to sustain an entire week in a healthy person’s diet. The sugar content in very popular super sized sodas is enough to put a diabetic into a coma. Instant meals and foods contain a huge amount of sodium as well as preservatives which serve as precursors for cancer as well as other complications such as heart disease.

With this setting in mind, various health institutions and nutritionists have come up with a food pyramid to help guide the masses with quantitative and qualitative food intake. Is there a way to stop the destruction of nutrition in your society? There is something that you can do. Change our eating habits and influence others to change theirs as well. A great start would be establishing a meal plan based on the food pyramid. You should significantly reduce the fats and sweets in your usual diet and follow the quantity of servings of these items based on the food pyramid. Add about five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables and you’ll be feeling the effects of a rejuvenated body over time.

In fact, you should introduce a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet. These food items help detoxify your body. Most of the essential vitamins and minerals are found in fruits and vegetables. Hidden benefits are gradually resurfacing as food scientists discover the increasing benefits of fruits and vegetables. These benefits include phytochemicals in pineapples and lycopene in tomatoes, which help in fighting cancer.

Aside from being delicious, fruits are also nutritious. For instance, did you know that eating a banana a day can do wonders for your body? Bananas are among the richest sources of potassium, a vital trace mineral in the body, which is responsible for nerve impulse and transmission as well as cardiac rhythm. They are also a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion and mobility of waste products away from your body. Bananas are also very tasty desserts, which makes them more appealing. Fruits in general can be made into great desserts, or even healthy snacks. Choose the fruit that best suits your taste, and experiment with its different preparations for a refreshing way to enjoy your favorite fruit everyday.

Vegetables contain many essential vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, E and K, as well as minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Eating yellow and orange vegetables like carrots can get you plenty of Vitamin A to maintain the clarity of your vision and prevent night blindness. Green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and cabbage have numerous benefits like Vitamin C, which help strengthen the immune system, Vitamin E, which help in skin integrity and serves as an antioxidant, and Vitamin K, which is responsible for the production of blood clotting factors in the body. The infamous broccoli, portrayed by the media as being disliked by children, contains bolus amount of calcium and phosphorus. Imagine what wonders a little piece of plant can do to your body.

For the diet-conscious, skip those fattening snacks and go for fruits and vegetables. Try snacking on water-rich fruits like watermelons. They help make you feel full without the guilt of a truckload of calories. Or how about snacking on a fresh green salad? The high bulk content of vegetables help make you feel fuller longer, thus making you avoid frequent trips to the snack bar.

You will be happy to know that you can eat as much fruits and vegetables as you want since they only contain minimal amounts of calories, fats and cholesterol. With the exception of some varieties such as avocados, which have high fat content, you can achieve your desired weight goal by frequenting fruits and vegetables over meats and sweets. You won’t have a problem with burning off copious amounts of calories like when you eat fatty foods.

Enticed by free Generic Cialis.

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The lure of free Generic Cialis is strong when you are considering whether or not you should try the popular erectile dysfunction medication.

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title:Entrepreneur Strives to Change Perceptions About Smoking
author:Dr. Karen Stewart
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are smokers of today aware that during World War I cigarettes were considered tasteless and unmanly? Most men preferred cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco. At the time cigarettes proved to be more convenient in the trenches and our government began putting cigarettes in soldiers' rations. Many soldiers changed their method of acquiring tobacco shortly thereafter. Cigarettes became known as the choice of warriors, because of this simple marketing tactic used by The American Tobacco Company. As profits started to skyrocket from the increase of men's cigarette smoking, it became evident a marketing scheme must be developed to attract women smokers.
Beginning in the 1920's Edward L. Bernays was one of the first and most successful public relations experts of his time. Many consider Bernays to be the Father of Public Relations. His precedent-setting marketing campaigns for the American Tobacco Company, climaxed when he staged a parade of cigarette-smoking debutantes marching down Fifth Avenue on Easter Sunday. The parade was designed to change the negative perception of women smoking cigarettes and turn it into an act of liberation for them. Strangely enough cigarettes now became looked at as "The Torches of Freedom," as the event was poetically named. Ten debutantes were paid to walk down Fifth Avenue in New York with lit cigarettes while the pre-warned media took their pictures. Bernays PR stints tore down barriers, which people had over women smoking in public places, making Lucky Strikes cigarettes, the fastest growing brand in the country. This event marked the first time women smoked openly on the streets. During days following the event women were seen smoking on the streets all across the nation.
With Bernays help, the tobacco industry convinced a generation of women to light up.     His next public relations scheme was to play on women's historical fear of fat. The genius marketer persuaded weight-conscious women that a cigarette was just the thing to substitute for a sweet. He highly publicized Lucky Strike's slogan "Reach for a Lucky Instead of a Sweet." Largely supported by the medical community in his claims, Bernays created the imagery that impacted the nation from Hollywood to Wall Street. And he did it all without anyone knowing his client The American Tobacco Company was behind it. One of his main job duties was to daily discredit new research linking smoking to deadly diseases. Bernays was successful for many years refuting claims of smoking health risks.
In his early twenties, Detroit Entrepreneur Craig Nabat had a terrible time kicking his own cigarette habit, but he was finally able to quit after many attempts. For seven years Nabat kept his promise to himself he would never smoke again. Then one high-stressed lonely business trip to Hong Kong brought Nabat's nicotine addiction back with a thunder. He bummed a cigarette off a nearby bar patron; that single cigarette ended up bringing on a year and half 30 cigarette a day smoking habit. With the growth of his manufacturing and marketing business came more hours, more travel and more cigarettes. In a state of self-loathing, he turned skeptically to laser therapy as a last resort. To his surprise, the treatment made quitting smoking effortless.
Like Bernays, Nabat is in the business of marketing and PR. After being treated in Canada for his nicotine addiction in January 2003, he became passionate about opening his own laser therapy clinic in Los Angeles called Freedom Laser Therapy. Nabat has plans for an aggressive global public relations campaign that will rival Bernays PR wizardry to globally treat smokers' for their nicotine addiction.
Like Nabat, Bernays was a young, ambitious entrepreneur with unorthodox methods of delivering his marketing message to the masses. Bernays was extremely successful in lighting the torch for the tobacco industry, leaving the difficult job of dousing it for Nabat and other antismoking advocates.
Nabat's first hand battle with nicotine addiction sparked a fire in him to help other smokers who just can't seem to quit. In addition, Nabat is driven to change the perception of teens and young adults that smoking is no longer something cool to do. Nabat claims, "A marketing genius backed by millions in advertising dollars tricked us into thinking smoking is glamorous, cool, and sexy." "Now it is my quest to enlighten smokers that they were just duped and through the usage of laser therapy undue global damage already caused by cigarette smoking."
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Enuresis is Something to Talk About

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Enuresis, or bedwetting, is common in children as they grow up.  However, in many homes it is an issue never faced and the child is left feeling embarrassed and unsure as to what is happening to their body.

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Enuresis, or bedwetting, is common in children as they grow up. Almost everyone has experienced this in their lifetime at least once, so the commonality of this issue should be easy to discuss. However, in many homes it is an issue never faced and the child is left feeling embarrassed and unsure as to what is happening to their body. The best way of consoling a child that is facing enuresis is for the parent to gain more than basic knowledge of it.

There are two types of enuresis: primary and secondary. Primary enuresis is when the control of the bladder was never attained and secondary is when the child has had control, but has since lost it. The second one is the most prevalent in children, and it happens to more boys than girls. Millions of children experience it and eventually grow out of it by the age of 6. For some, it is an ongoing battle that doesn’t seem to have an ending.

The cause of bedwetting is unknown although it has been researched extensively. Severe enuresis could have a physical or psychological reason. Physically, constipation has been looked at as a contributing factor, and once the constipation had been treated, the bedwetting subsided. This could also be a problem for children with diabetes or any other metabolic condition. Urinary tract infections have also been a culprit of enuresis. Typically with these types of cases, the child will complain of not feeling good or having pain. If the child doesn't fall under one of these physical explanations, you can begin to look at the psychological aspects of bedwetting.

A psychological reason for bedwetting could be delayed development or a child that has been rushed into potty training. Enuresis has also been used as an early diagnosis for ADD/ADHD. Stress should also be considered a reason, and the parents should ask themselves if their child is going through any situations that could cause them stress such as a new baby, moving, beginning school, or a painful loss. One of the more popular theories is enuresis by genetic link. If both parents have a history of enuresis as a child, their own child has a greater chance of having it themselves. Even if one parent has had a history of bedwetting, the child has a greater possibility of having enuresis than if he had none.

At the first sign of enuresis, the parent should reassure the child that this is a natural part of growing up and eventually it will go away. Sharing your own experiences with this problem could also benefit the child. Giving such information to the child allows them to feel less alone and strange about their situation. Fear and embarrassment could heighten bedwetting even more.

Consult the doctor if you feel that your child's enuresis has surpassed being a common childhood rite of passage. Any complaints of physical pain or noticeable mood changes are a good indicator that there is something more than just bedwetting at night. Also, if the child begins to wet their pants during the day, and there is no real explanation, your pediatrician should be notified. It's safe to say that most enuresis cases will end eventually and without precedence.

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Environmental Consciousness Extends to Makeup Brushes

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Although women are increasingly aware of animal testing methods and choose to support cosmetics companies that are committed to cruelty free and animal free testing, we are often less educated about makeup brushes.

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America's consciousness about environmental issues has gained tremendous momentum over the past several years. Evidence of global warming and scientific discoveries about the impact of greenhouses gasses on everything from the melting of the polar icecaps to the extinction of animal and plant species has spurred the U.S. and countries around the world to take action. The importance of research into lessening our dependence on fossil fuels and moving to alternative energy sources has been front-page news and is the subject of contentious political debates. In the meantime, many consumers have taken matters into their own hands by taking steps to reduce their carbon footprints and generally increasing their awareness of the impact humans have on our environment.

Animal Rights

Long before environmental issues became popular with the mainstream, however, animal rights activists sounded the alarm about routine practices that harm wildlife and farmed animals. The rise in popularity of faux fur, for example, was a direct result of efforts to educate the public about the cruelty of harvesting animals for their pelts. Similarly, animal rights groups shone the light on the practices of many cosmetics companies that routinely tested makeup on animals and caused untold anguish and pain.

Cruelty Free Makeup Brushes

Although women are increasingly aware of animal testing methods and choose to support cosmetics companies that are committed to cruelty free and animal free testing, women are often less educated about makeup brushes. The animal hair that forms the bristles of many makeup brushes is often purchased from the same suppliers that engage in cruel fur harvesting practices. In fact, all but about a dozen companies in the U.S. have animal hair makeup brushes in their lines.

Technology and Taklon

This fact is perplexing not only because the support of cruelty free products continues to grow, but also because technology is now so advanced that synthetic and natural fiber makeup brushes are superior to animal hair brushes in both functionality and durability. For example, Taklon is a synthetic fiber that is far superior to animal hair in makeup brushes. With animal hair, makeup, dead skin cells, and other contaminants can easily get caught in the cuticles of the animal hair, allowing bacteria to grow and making the brushes unsanitary. Taklon, on the other hand, doesn't have a hair cuticle and has antibacterial properties, making it much better for the skin.

In addition to its antibacterial properties, Taklon is superior to animal hair makeup brushes because of its versatility. Again, the cuticles in animal hair cause streaking when makeup brushes are used for creams or liquids. In contrast, Taklon can be created in textures ranging from extremely soft to very coarse, making it perfect for the application of powders, creams, and liquids.

Synthetic Brushes for Everyone

You don't have to be a vegan to buy cruelty free cosmetics and makeup brushes. As awareness of all environmental issues - from global warming to animal cruelty - increases, conscious consumers will increasingly choose to purchase products that reflect a solid commitment to preserving our planet and its species.

Environmental Or Conventional Dentistry: It's Your Choice

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Knowledge of conventional and alternative dental practices are necessary for making informed choices.

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Conventional dental and dentists' practice help many people enjoy excellent dental and oral function for years. Conventional dentistry's stature throws dentists practicing alternative dentistry methods into obscurity. Lina Garcia, DMD, a so-called environmental dentist clears up several issues regarding the untraditional means that they practice. She also exposes several ways how conventional dentistry procedures harm patients and the environment.

Environmental dentistry does not differ widely from conventional practices. But they do uphold a principle: the mouth as an integrated member of a person's body and must be treated using this perspective. The primary objective of environmental dental and dentists' practice is to treat dental and oral problems without causing harm and adverse effects on the body. Environmental dentists claim that conventional dental procedures often use methods that are harmful to the body over time. Environmental dentistry's recent findings indicate that some of the most basic services of conventional dentists are hazardous for the patients and their environment. Garcia identifies these problems as the common and basic services patients often ask from their dentists. Amalgam fillings, root canals, cavitations, implants, surgery, and the use of stainless steel in the oral cavity are cited in a report by Garcia.  According to her, amalgam fillings are still 50% mercury which make them dangerous and toxic when ingested. Root canals also cause more mouth problems because they encourage the growth of bacteria; it is also the same with cavitations. Environmental dentistry also abhors the use of implants without bio-compatibility testing. They claim that it aggravates the immuno-defense  system and often start allergies and negative reactions. They also cite the results of studies that indicate that use of stainless steel in any open body part is a cause of cancer.

The critiques from environmental dentistry are many but the conventional dentistry explains these as nuisance. Conventional dentists assert that the mercury in amalgam filling is converted to a non-toxic substance once it reacts with the oral fluids and bacteria. They also cite lack of evidence and proof to support the environmental practice's claim on the relation of dental care to other major diseases like heart disease and cancer. Conventional dental and dentists' service providers encourage patients to consult only dentists who advocate scientific treatment. What they termed "holistic" practices such as environmental dentistry, are often unsafe and poses serious health risks.

Both camps have their cards on the table. I think that it is up to you, as patients to decide in which practice you feel comfortable with: a "holistic" environmental practice or scientific and clinical dentistry? I strongly advise research and making informed choices when it comes to health matters.

title:Environmental Stress
author:Trevor Dumbleton
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

An increasing problem in today's world is environmental stress.  This is a type of stress caused by increasing pollution in air we breathe, the water we drink, and even in the sounds we hear.  Though environmental stress seems to be simply a physical problem, it can actually alter the ways that our minds work.  However, too much environmental stress can also cause physical problems that will ruin our health and lower life expectancy.
One of the most common, and most noticeable, types of environmental stress is air pollution.  As factories churn out smoke and carcinogens, we are forced to breathe air that is filled with poisons.  Whether we notice them or not, we cannot avoid them.  Our lungs are constantly subjected to small particles that stick in the lung tissue and gasses that can find their way into our bloodstream.  Obviously, this is not a good situation, because we cannot exactly afford to stop breathing.
As well, we are subjected to a whole variety of chemicals when we drink water.  With all the chemicals that are used in farming, or sprayed on our lawns, or poured into our water supplies, the water we drink is filled with all sorts of poisons that are doing our bodies no good.  Once again, we cannot afford to stop drinking water, but we do need to be aware that the water we are drinking contains a lot of things that we would not want in our bodies.
However, there is not much we can do to avoid this situation.  Obviously, filtered water is superior to simple tap water, but even water filters cannot remove everything from our water.  In fact, we do not want filters to remove all of the substances, as water contains many electrolytes that are essential to ensuring the proper functioning of our bodies.  Even bottled water is not safe, as the water has to come from somewhere and that somewhere is usually either a stream or from the ground.  Unfortunately, streams are filled with particulate matter and chemicals can soak into the ground.  However, some water is simply taken from municipal water supplies and those are not safe either.  Thus, this is a problem that needs to be faced in day-to-day life.
Unfortunately, these poisons do not only put stresses on our bodies, they put stresses on our minds as well.  These physical forms of environmental stress put poisons into our brains as well, and can cause them to functions less effectively.  Just as alcohol or drugs can affect the ways that our minds work, these subtle poisons are also seeping into our brains and causing mental changes.  In fact, receiving too many of these poisons can slow down mental processes without our noticing the change.  It will simply happen so slowly that we cannot notice the difference.
In addition, one of the most common causes of environmental stress is noise pollution.  Anybody who lives in a large city is bombarded with a deluge of noise that can damage the ears, numb the senses, and cause a boatload of stress for our minds.  With cars, busses, trains, factories, and people all screaming to be heard above the din filling the streets of the modern city.  These pressures on our brains and our eardrums are enough to shut the mind down and send it into a cocoon of insensibility.
As well, simply being in a public place can cause us to have to deal with noise pollution.  This is, of course, caused by the infamous "cell yell".  Anywhere we go in public, we must deal with people yelling into their mobile phones.  This is not only annoying, but it is a form of environmental pollution.  Listening to someone yell at a phone causes our minds stress and, through that, causes our bodies stress.  They are annoying, and annoyance is a form of stress.  Thus, we find ourselves stressed by something that is simply a fact of modern life.
Environmental stress occurs to us every day and we should be aware that it is happening.  Obviously, we cannot be aware of it all the time because to do so would probably cause us more stress just by simple worry.  However, it is a fact of life while living in the modern world and we should have the presence of mind to know that environmental stress takes a toll on a body… and a mind.
Enzymes - Classification And Function

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Enzymes are complex proteins that act as catalysts in most of the biochemical process that occurs in the body. Catalyst is a substance that accelerates a chemical reaction, but it is not consumed or changed in the process. The level of functioning of enzymes in the body depends on the presence of adequate vitamins and minerals. There are many enzymes which cannot perform without incorporating a single molecule of a trace mineral like copper, iron or zinc. Enzymes first came t...


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Enzymes are complex proteins that act as catalysts in most of the biochemical process that occurs in the body. Catalyst is a substance that accelerates a chemical reaction, but it is not consumed or changed in the process. The level of functioning of enzymes in the body depends on the presence of adequate vitamins and minerals. There are many enzymes which cannot perform without incorporating a single molecule of a trace mineral like copper, iron or zinc. Enzymes first came to the attention of biochemists in the 1930’s. Initially some 80 enzymes were identified. Now the figure has increased to 5,000.

Enzymes can be widely classified into three major categories.

· Metabolic enzymes – They play a role in breathing, talking, moving, thinking, behavior and maintenance of the immune system. A subset of metabolic enzymes operates to neutralize poisons and carcinogens like pollutants, DDT and tobacco smoke. They change these into less toxic forms that the body can easily eliminate.

· Digestive enzymes – Mostly manufactured by pancreas, they are 22 in number. They are secreted by glands in the duodenum. Hey help to break down the bulk of partially digested food leaving the stomach.

· Food enzymes – They are present in raw food. They initiate the digestive process in the mouth and upper stomach. They include proteases for digesting protein, lipases for digesting fats and amylases for digesting carbohydrates.

Raw food is very important in the diet. The enzymes in raw food initiate the process of digestion, thus reducing the body’s requirement to produce digestive enzymes. All the enzymes are deactivated at a wet-heat temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit, and a dry-heat temperature of about 150 degrees. The built-in mechanism in the body determines whether the food we consume contains its enzyme contents. When we consume cooked food, an enzyme-poor diet, we use up huge amount of our enzyme potential in the outpouring of secretions from the pancreas and other digestive organs. The result may be a shortened life-span, illness and lowered resistance to stress.

Enzymes are capable of processing millions of molecules every second. They are very specific and react with one or only a few types of molecules. Naming of enzymes is easier than other compounds. The naming depends on what the enzyme reacts with and how it reacts. Lactase is the enzyme that reacts with lactose.

While all enzymes have a biological function, some of them are used commercially for other purposes. Enzymes are used as biological detergents. They are used in the baking industry, in baby foods, brewing industry, fruit juices, dairy industry, starch industry, rubber industry, paper industry and photographic industry.

Enzymes and You!

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If you do not replenish enzymes in their body, you are living on a slippery slope. Many scientists and physicians discovered through research that the body needs enzymes to maintain good health. For without these enzymes makes one vulnerable to allergies or sickness. In extreme cases, they might keep one from dying at an early age. So it certainly is important for each one to consider the importance of eating the proper kind of foods to maintain a good enzyme count, thus maintaining good health.

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Prior to his retirement in 1970, Dr. Edward Howell, a well known food enzyme researcher, said why he believed, "Enzymes may be the key factor in preventing chronic disease and extending the human lifespan. Enzymes are substances which make life possible. They are needed for every chemical reaction in that occurs in our body. Without enzymes, no activity at all would take place. Neither vitamins, minerals, nor hormones can do any work -- without enzymes." In 1946, Dr. Howell wrote the book, "The Status of Food Enzymes in Digestion and Metabolism." His most recent book is entitled, "Enzyme Diet."

Most people today don't realize it, but enzymes are a vital element in maintaining good health. Enzymes are responsible for every reaction in the human body. Without enzymes, we simply die. When enzyme production by the pancreas is insufficient, we can also have many, many health problems.

At this point you might be asking, "If our pancreas produces enzymes, why do we need to be concerned about getting them in our diet?" The answer is, our body has a limited ability to produce quality enzymes. Every time our pancreas is called on to produce enzymes, we are "using up" that ability to produce a good copy of the enzyme. Nature designed our systems to work with the enzyme content in foods provided in the natural world. When we eat raw food, it goes to the upper portion of our stomach where it is held, it is primarily here where digestion occurs. We have all been led to believe that the "acids" in our stomach digest the foods. This is just not correct! It is the enzymes within the foods that are responsible for digesting the food.

Once food has been acted upon by the enzymes, the material drops down into the lower portion of the stomach where additional enzymes go to work. The hydrochloric acid within the stomach does one primary thing. It lowers the pH of the stomach contents so other enzymes can go to work on different material. The point is this, when there are no enzymes within the food we eat, we set up an unhealthy series of events.

Whatever food is properly broken down from the enzymes supplied by the pancreas is absorbed as nutrients. The remainder of what we eat simply goes through the process of rotting. This process gives off gas, harmful waste products and damages the good bacterial culture within the colon.

The pancreas, being forced to produce massive amounts of enzymes, usually 2-3 times a day, way more than it was ever intended to do, gradually loose its ability to produce enzymes. With this, the entire metabolic system is slowly affected along with it, thus the aging process, the degenerative changes with the breakdown in our immune systems. Just imagine, if you will, let us say there has been 40 to 60 years of this taking place in our bodies. Thus making each and every meal we eat without enzymes causing a strain on the immune system just through the fact that our white blood cells contain enzymes that are used to digest and destroy foreign invaders and dead material our bodies try to get rid of. When our food is enzyme deficient, this causes much strain upon the immune system.

Another aspect to this is the continuous depletion of metabolic enzymes within the body. Enzymes within the blood stream and throughout the body that help clean the system, by breaking down fats, and other harmful materials. Think about it, what might happen if these enzymes are not there, and you go 40 or 60 years with the effects of accumulated fats within the system, and the damaging waste products which build up in the system would cause? Is there any wonder that heart disease is a major killer in this country? There's only one enzyme that can break down fats within the body, and that is lipase. Without lipase, you don't digest fat, you store it. This alone can result in weight gain and heart disease.

Good health or bad health isn't something that suddenly just happens. Whether we experience good health or bad health is a result of our life style and our daily habits which produce the end results. You simply can't abuse the system like that for so many years and not expect there to be a significant damage in the process.

So what is the answer? It is most important that one change their lifestyle, which can improve this situation. The simple facts are this, if you eat foods that have been processed or cooked above 118 degrees, you can rest assured that there are "no enzymes" within that food. You also can't expect to eat a full course meal of cooked foods, and then just eat a "raw" salad, expecting the enzymes within the salad to "digest" your entire meal. In almost every case, foods contain enough enzymes to "self digest, and no more.

The other choice is to ignore this basic truth and do nothing. The results for this kind of decision making are being experienced today by millions of people all over the country. The United States has the best medical system on the planet, yet we Americans have the worst health of any modern nation on earth. Doesn't that tell you that there is something wrong? The choice really is yours to make!

title:Enzymes to Help With Digestion
author:Chester Ku-Lea
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Most raw food, like our bodies, is very perishable. When raw foods are exposed to temperatures above 116 degrees, they start to rapidly break down, just as our bodies would if we had a fever that high. One of the constituents of foods which can break down are enzymes. Enzymes help us digest our food. Enzymes are proteins though, and they have a very specific 3-dimensional structure in space. Once they are heated much above 118 degrees, this structure can change.
Once enzymes are exposed to heat, they are no longer able to provide the function for which they were designed. Cooked foods contribute to chronic illness, because their enzyme content is damaged and thus requires us to make our own enzymes to process the food. The digestion of cooked food uses valuable metabolic enzymes in order to help digest your food. Digestion of cooked food demands much more energy than the digestion of raw food. In general, raw food is much more easily digested that it passes through the digestive tract in 1/2 to 1/3 of the time it takes for cooked food.
Eating enzyme-dead foods places a burden on your pancreas and other organs and overworks them, which eventually exhausts these organs. Many people gradually impair their pancreas and progressively lose the ability to digest their food after a lifetime of ingesting processed foods.
Lack of digestive enzymes can be a factor in food allergies. Symptoms of digestive enzymes depletion are bloating, belching, gas, bowel disorders, abdominal cramping, heartburn and food allergies.
Digestive enzymes are proteins specially tailored to break down foods into nutrients that your body can then readily digest. The human body produces some 22 different digestive enzymes. Many more are found in the fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, and other foods.
When you eat a meal, digestive enzymes that are released from your salivary glands, stomach, and small intestine immediately get to work to speed up the digestive process. Each enzyme acts on a specific type of food.
Derived from the stems of pineapple, it is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. This natural digestive enzyme may also be helpful as a diet aid. Pineapples have had a long tradition as a medicinal plant among the natives of South and Central America.
DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Root)
A natural antacid, where the glycirrhizinic acid component of the root has been removed. DGL may stimulate our bodies defense mechanisms resulting in improved quality of mucous, lengthening of intestinal cell life and enhanced microcirculation in the gastrointestinal lining.
A tropical fruit containing active enzymes that help improve digestive and metabolic functions. Derived from the fruit, inner bark and stems, Papaya Enzymes contain a high concentration of papain, a protein-digesting enzyme that quickly metabolizes the protein in foods.
Enzymes – Great Workers In Human Body

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Enzymes are the workers in the human body that make everything function by enabling chemical reactions. All the living cells in body contain enzymes but they are hard to visualize, since they are not tangible things. Enzymes are one of the most important things in human body that do everything ranging from helping us to breathe to digestion to living life. So most chemical reactions in the body would occur too slowly without the effects of enzymes.

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Enzymes are the workers in the human body that make everything function by enabling chemical reactions. All the living cells in body contain enzymes but they are hard to visualize, since they are not tangible things. Enzymes are one of the most important things in human body that do everything ranging from helping us to breathe to digestion to living life. So most chemical reactions in the body would occur too slowly without the effects of enzymes.

An enzyme is a protein that catalyzes, or speeds up a chemical reaction. Enzymes help in digestion of food. The digestive enzymes in our human bodies break down food into tiny particles that get easily accumulated by the body into the blood stream. These are the compounds that our human body uses for fuel, repair and growth. Food is filled with enzymes called “food enzymes” that help in the digestion of food. When we cook our food we unconsciously destroy those enzymes.

How do pancreas work?

Our body, in general, can manufacture enzymes called “digestive enzymes” in our pancreas. When we eat a diet that is filled with mostly cooked and processed foods, devoid of all enzymes, then pancreas starts working hard on it and thus manufactures the enzymes that the body needs to digest the food. So pancreas overworks and the body starts spending much more energy and resources on digestion instead of spending on important things like boosting an immune system, fighting diseases and repairing body parts.

Types of enzymes

However you should try to heal the overworking capacity in pancreas by filling it with an abundance of enzymes. Foods rich in enzymes include raw materials, vegetables, seeds and nuts, as well as marinated and fermented foods. After you complete overloading your pancreas with enzyme supplementation you can check with your health care provider whether you need more medication to improve on your enzyme building system.

Food enzymes not only help in digestion procedure but they also help in cleansing the body, breaking down allergens and environmental products that can potentially prove to be harmful. So we should always have a diet that contains a range of fresh enzyme filled foods, to make our bodies stay disease free.

Capacity of enzymes

For most enzymes to operate in the body, the optimal temperature is 37 degree Celsius or 98 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the human enzymes have a maximal activity at pH around 7.2, which is the pH of most body fluids. However, there are exceptions such as, pepsin. However, this enzyme is most effective in the highly acidic conditions of the stomach, pH 2. The pancreatic enzymes work optimally in the alkaline conditions of pH 8.5 of the small intestine.

Enzymes have a plethora of responsibilities in the body, digestion, metabolism of carbohydrates, and much more. With all the right ingredients of enzymes, the body can remain fit and healthy.

title:Ephedra and Weight Loss
author:Joe Rodriguez
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Ephedra has been used in ancient China for thousands of years as a treatment for allergies and asthma, but more recently has been touted as a weight loss product here in North America. From the Ephedra Educational Council web site:
"More than 15 million consumers a year benefit from Ephedra, with only a minute fraction reporting problems to the FDA. Any risk of inappropriate use must be balanced against the health benefits accruing to millions of Americans. The nation's obesity epidemic creates a personal and public imperative for weight control, and 98 million Americans must not be denied an option for improving their health without conclusive scientific evidence."
Many people ask if taking ephedra will help them achieve the weight loss they desire. Ephedra can certainly encourage weight loss when it is taken in conjunction with a proper diet and exercise program aimed at losing pounds. There is absolutely no substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Using ephedra on its own is not likely to allow anyone to change their weight significantly. Ephedra does seem to have an appetite suppressing effect, as well as a thermogenic effect. Ephedra stimulates the central nervous system which allows the body to burn more calories by increasing metabolism.
Anyone wishing to lose weight must follow the very basic principle of calories in versus calories out. In order to lose any weight, more calories must be used in a day than are consumed. This will allow for a caloric deficit resulting in the body using its own stored source of fuel as energy. A 3500 caloric deficit will result in one pound of weight loss.
Dieting alone may result in more muscle tissue being lost while the body is relying its own stores of fat and muscle as energy. Using ephedra while losing weight has been reported to aid the body in maintaing lean muscle mass while burning more fat for fuel. Since one pound of muscle burns approximatley 50 calories per day as opposed to 2 calories per day for every pound of fat, it is easy to see that the more muscle that is maintained, the quicker the weight will disappear. This will also decrease the likelihood of regaining the weight at a later time. People say a good way of maintaining lean muscle mass while still burning fat is use the ECA stack method.

title:Ephedra Diet Pill Product Information and News
author:Joe Rodriguez
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article: strives to provide consumers with the information they need to have a thorough understanding of Ephedra, Ephedrine, and Mahuang. We will help to answer questions about the ancient uses, popular weight loss beliefs, safety issues, and legal concerns associated with ephedra. explores the more common questions such as what an ECA stack is, the use of ephedra as an appetite suppressant, as well as the possible dangers associated with taking ephedra. We also provide periodic reviews of the best Ephedra Diet Pill Product to buy online.
Taking any kind of ephedra supplement is a personal decision that should be made in consultation with a primary care physician. attempts to provide objective information regarding ephedra supplements to give consumers the knowledge they need to make an informed decision.
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title:Ephedra: Good News, Bad News
author:Bob Rutledge
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Good News: The ephedra ban has been lifted. April 2005 a federal judge tossed out the FDA’s ban on all ephedra products containing 10 mg per daily dose. The ban on higher ephedra content products remains.
Bad News: All the big manufacturers of products like Xenadrine, Stacker 2 and Metabolife 356 are in bankruptcy. Lawyers and the media have made it impossible for them return these fabulous products to the market. Hydroxycut will not return with ephedra, even though they have stayed out of the bankruptcy court.
There is a difference between ephedrine alkaloids and synthetic ephedrine. Ephedrine is only one of the naturally occurring alkaloids present in Ephedra extracts. Other alkaloids include pseudoephedrine (which is less potent than ephedrine) and alkaloids that slow the absorption of ephedrine from the digestive tract and/or counteract the stimulant effects of the ephedrine in the extracts. However, synthetic ephedrine, which is used in a number of common cold remedies, is not a naturally occurring substance. Synthetic ephedrine can be easily identified on the label of these cold products as "ephedrine hydrocloride."
Ephedra dietary products generally contain standardized extracts that have 6 to 8 percent ephedrine alkaloids. Manufacturers are required by law to declare the amount of ephedrine alkaloids in each serving. The majority of Ephedra products contain naturally occurring ephedrine alkaloids. Industry standards and some state laws prohibit the use of synthetic ephedrine in ephedra dietary supplement products.
Ephedra Products are Safe and Effective When Taken as Directed
Researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center tested a commercial caffeine and ephedra product in three phases. The first phase tested the efficacy of the product in raising metabolic rate compared with a placebo. The second phase was a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized 12-week trial testing the safety and efficacy of the herbal caffeine and ephedra product. The third phase observed the safety and weight loss over six months in all participants.
Approximately 40 overweight male and female subjects completed the three phases of the study. Subjects who completed phase 3 were given a gift of an additional three-month supply of the herbal dietary supplement product for home use.
The subjects who took caffeine and ephedrine had a significantly higher resting metabolic rate and lost significantly more weight than those who were on a placebo (7.7 pounds versus 1.76 pounds). There was no significant difference in blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol or triglyceride between groups.
The caffeine and ephedra group lost more body fat than those on the placebo (7.9 percent versus 1.9 percent). There were no serious adverse effects and no evidence of toxicity on physical examination, urinalysis or blood testing at the end of the treatment.
Experts who have reviewed all of the available historical and clinical data agree: You can take Ephedra products safely buy you must stick to the serving limits and follow the warnings and precautions adopted by the Industry.
So where can you get ephedra supplements?
Compare Metabadrine ( to old Xenadrine RFA - 1 with ephedra.
Please note: This product contains caffeine and salicin (a precursor to aspirin), and should not be taken by individuals wishing to eliminate these ingredients from their diet. For best results, use as part of a reduced-fat diet or low carb diet and exercise program.
Now that the ephedra, Ma Huang ban has been lifted,, your source for quality supplements, is the first to bring you ephedra supplement pills. This is the original formula of Metabadrine. This product is has been marketed nationally as a generic version of the Original Xenadrine.
title:Ephedra - Is It Safe And Effective?
author:Nick Nilsson
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Burn fat while you sleep! Eat whatever you want and still lose weight! Don’t suffer through hours of grueling exercise to burn fat!
You’ve probably heard all these phrases before but are the fat burners containing ephedra that these claims are attached to really that effective and are they safe?
The primary ingredient in fat burners is the herb ephedra, also known as ma huang, or it’s manufactured version ephedrine. It has been used in Chinese herbal medicine quite safely and effectively for thousands of years. It is often combined with synthetic or herbal versions of caffeine (e.g. guarana, yerba mate or kola nut) and aspirin (e.g. white willow bark).
But does it burn fat?
The answer to that question is yes. Ephedra does effectively help the body to preferentially burn fat for energy. But, according to medical studies, there can be side effects, some of which are quite serious.
Ephedra works to burn fat through several means.
-Its chemical makeup increases the breakdown of fatty tissue for fuel. -Its stimulatory properties help to increase resting metabolism. This process is known as thermogenesis, which is essentially excess heat production. You body burns more calories simply by producing more body heat. -When ephedra is combined with caffeine and aspirin, it may have appetite suppressant effects. -The nervous system stimulation you get can help you maintain your energy levels, which can aid you in your exercise program.
When used according to instructions and in moderate doses, studies suggest that fat-burning formulas containing ephedra, caffeine and aspirin can be safely and effectively used to SUPPLEMENT a good fat-burning program.
Fat burners should never be used as the sole means to achieve fat loss. A good fat loss program must also address diet and exercise, contrary to the hype you see on television and in print. Anyone who relies solely on pills to lose fat is usually doomed to regain the lost weight and potentially quite rapidly after they stop taking the pills.
There is a reason for this weight gain. These pills are effective, therefore the person does not necessarily have to change the habits that made them overweight in the first place. When a person discontinues use of ephedra without changing those habits, almost inevitably the weight will come back.
The fat-burning effects of ephedra do not come without a price, however. Ephedra has a number of side effects and should not be taken by people with certain conditions.
Some of these side effects may include: jitteriness, sleeplessness, increased heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety, skin flushing or tingling and nausea.
People who should not take ephedra include those suffering from heart disease, anxiety attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes, adrenal disease, thyroid disease or prostate disorders. If you are taking medication for high blood pressure or are taking antidepressants or MAO inhibitors, you should stay away from ephedra. Also, it is not recommended for pregnant women to use this herb.
Now that you know some of the pros and cons of taking ephedra supplements you, along with your doctor, can use this information to help decide whether or not ephedra is right for you.
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Alkaloid ephedrine is derived from the plant Ephedraceae. (There are many common names for these evergreen plants, including Birgham Weed, squaw tea, Mormon tea, Ephedra, Herb of the Sun, Popotillo and Ma Huang). Ephedra is 50 cm tall bush which grows in Asia, Japan, North America and Europe.
The uses of ephedrine are known to exist for around 6000 years. Roots of ephedra have been used against cough, fever, headache and for blood cleaning. Roots were also used for better concentration.
The western world has also shown their interest in ephedrine at around 1923. They have used it for treating asthma.
Ephedrine in a sports world is used for losing weight and enhancing concentration and physical abilities. Effects are even better, if ephedrine is used with aspirin and coffee.
Ephedrine is a sympathomimetic amine - that is, its principal mechanism of action relies on its indirect action on the adrenergic receptor system. Whilst it may have weak agonist activity at α- and β-adrenergic receptors, the principal mechanism is to displace nor adrenaline from storage vesicles in pre synaptic neurons. The displaced nor adrenaline is released into the neuronal synapse where it is free to activate the aforementioned postsynaptic adrenergic receptors.
Effects of ephedrine are:
- increase heart pressure
- treatment of asthma
- increases body temperature
- increases metabolism
- increases the force of skeletal muscle contractions
- decreases appetite
As ephedrine will increase the force of skeletal muscle contractions, that is why, it is commonly used by power lifters before a competition, as the resultant (slight) strength and energy increase can clearly improve the weight totals on major lifts. It may also provide a notable mental edge, as the user is more energetic and better able to concentrate on the tasks ahead.
While the strength boosting effect of this drug is noteworthy, the primary application for ephedrine remains to be as a cutting agent. The widely touted stack of ephedrine (25-50 mg), caffeine (200 mg) and aspirin (300 mg) is shown to be extremely potent for fat loss
But unfortunately ephedrine has also some side effects, which are shaky hands, tremors, sweating, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and feelings of inner unrest. While taking ephedrine one may also endure a notable loss of appetite. The user may further notice headaches and an increase in blood pressure with regular use of ephedrine. Those suffering from thyroid dysfunction, high blood pressure or cardiac irregularities should also not be taking ephedrine, as it will certainly not mix well with such conditions.

Ephedrine: Weigh Loss Certainty or Jeopardy?

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Ephedrine is widely used for weight loss, as an energy booster, and to enhance athletic performance. Ephedrine may hold the key to fill in for the drug portion of the equation, but as with practically all drugs, there are risks involved.

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On February 9, 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule prohibiting the sale of dietary supplements containing ephedrine alkaloids or ephedra. It stated that such supplements present an unreasonable risk of illness or injury. FDA also reiterates its advice that consumers stop using ephedra products immediately.

Two thousand years ago ephedra (under the name Ma huang) was used in Chinese medicine to treat several disorders. Amongst other illnesses, asthma and bronchitis were treated with ephedra. Ephedra comes from a plant that has a few powerful active compounds, of which ephedrine is the most useful.

Ephedra is a shrub-like plant that is found in desert regions in central Asia and other parts of the world. The dried greens of the plant are used medicinally. Ephedra is a stimulant containing the herbal form of ephedrine, an FDA-regulated drug found in many over-the-counter asthma medications.

In the United States, ephedra and ephedrine are sold over-the-counter (OTC) in pharmacies and in health food stores under a variety of brand names. Currently, ephedrine is widely used as a weight loss drug, as an energy booster, and as an athletic performance enhancer. These products often contain other stimulants, such as caffeine, which may have synergistic effects and increase the potential for adverse effects.

Over the past few years, ephedra has gained much more attention for its side-effects: an increased metabolism, plus the thermeogenic and fat-burning qualities that come along with it. This gives the body stimulation and provides energy. Thanks to these qualities, ephedra now has the reputation of being a fat-burner, smartdrug and sports supplement. A reputation that has recently become controversial because of the ban on ephedra products in the United States and the Netherlands.

Studies have suggested that herbal supplements are generally not advised by the established medical community, including continuous warnings from the FDA. The real problem with herbal supplements is not in their effectiveness, but their side effects, which often include drastic increases in blood pressure and heart problems.

Ephedrine alkaloids are amphetamine-like compounds used in OTC and prescription drugs with potentially lethal stimulant effects on the central nervous system and heart. The FDA has received more than 800 reports of adverse effects associated with use of products containing ephedrine alkaloid since 1994. These serious adverse effects, include hypertension (elevated blood pressure), palpitations (rapid heart rate), neuropathy (nerve damage), myopathy (muscle injury), psychosis, stroke, memory loss, heart rate irregularities, insomnia, nervousness, tremors, seizures, heart attacks, and death. The agency has proposed to prohibit the marketing of dietary supplements containing eight milligrams or more of ephedrine alkaloids per serving.

Despite its many potentially harmful side effects, ephedrine is for the most part, dangerous only if abused. Nevertheless, it offers a variety of positive qualities in terms of its beneficial effects on particular aspects of the mind and body. One of its more significant qualities is its potential effect on weight loss.

In short, ephedrine has shown promising signs in terms of its generally positive effects on the human body, especially on the reduction of fat and body weight. But research has also shown that is is virtually impossible to achieve weight loss without a healthy diet and regular exercise. Therefore, it seems that the most logical solution to lose weight must involve the proper combination of diet, exercise, and drug interaction. Ephedrine may hold the key to fill in for the drug portion of the equation, but as with practically all drugs, there are risks involved. Whether ephedrine is too dangerous to be sold in OTC products, is still under debate. Ephedrine does have great potential, yet is it worth the risks?

Epidural and Subdural Hematomas: Dangerous Blood Clots on the Brain

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In many cases of head injury, dangerous blood clots (hematomas) form on the brain's surface. They must be identified and removed in order to minimize brain damage.

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To understand epidural and subdural hematomas -- two serious consequences of head injuries -- we need to know the basic anatomy of the brain and its coverings. Imagine an evil carpenter with an electric drill intent on drilling into a person's brain. What layers would the drill encounter in its passage from the outside of the head to its destination?

The drill would pass through the skin and then the skull (braincase) before penetrating a series of three membranes comprising the meninges. In sequence, the three membranes are the dura mater (Latin for "tough mother"), the arachnoid mater (cobwebby mother) and the pia mater (tender mother) and then finally the brain itself.

Epidural and subdural hematomas are alike in that they are masses of clotted blood (hematomas) caused by head trauma and deposited outside the brain but inside the skull. However, they differ in their locations relative to the dura mater. An epidural hematoma lies outside (on top of) the dura mater, while a subdural hematoma lies inside (beneath) the dura mater and outside the arachnoid mater. Thus, the locations of the two kinds of hematoma are encoded in their names -- "epi" is Greek for "upon" and "sub" is Latin for "below." A third kind of hematoma caused by head injuries is traumatic intracerebral hemorrhage. These occur within the brain tissue itself and are no less serious than those outside the brain, but are not the subject of the current essay.

Epidural and subdural hematomas are produced by ruptures of different blood vessels. Epidural hematomas are usually caused by bleeding from an artery that nourishes the meninges known as the middle meningeal artery, while subdural hematomas are usually due to bleeding from veins that drain blood away from the surface of the brain.

Yet another difference between epidural and subdural hematomas is what they look like on computed tomographic (CT) scans. When the bleeding was recent, both show up as intensely bright objects on the scan, but the shapes of the blood clots are different. In epidural hematomas the blood is more limited in its spread because it has to push harder to move outward in the tight space between the inner surface of the skull and the outer surface of the dura mater. In contrast, the bleeding that produces subdural hematomas is more free to spread in the looser space beneath the dura mater and typically runs from the front of the head to the rear.

One issue that applies to both kinds of hematomas is that they occupy space -- sometimes a lot of it -- within the braincase where there isn't a lot of extra space to go around. As they expand they compress the brain tissue next to them and additionally raise the pressure within the skull which can damage the rest of the brain. Moreover, the hematoma is not necessarily the only problem caused by the head injury. The blow to the head that caused the bleed can also damage the brain tissue directly.

Who gets epidural hematomas? They usually occur in people with obvious and significant blows to the head, as from motor vehicle accidents. In one study they were present in 10% of head-injured patients who arrived at an emergency department in coma, but they can also be seen in conscious patients. Epidural hematomas usually occur in conjunction with skull fractures, and this is no coincidence, as the ruptured blood vessel often lies beneath the fracture. The presence of an epidural hematoma signifies a highly dangerous condition. Between 5 and 43% of people who have them die. Emergency surgery to remove the clot is the usual treatment.

When considering subdural hematomas, it is useful to divide them into acute and chronic varieties, with "acute" meaning the hematoma is new, and "chronic" meaning it has been present for at least three weeks. (The hematoma can also pass through a "subacute" phase, meaning that it has been present for 3 days to 3 weeks.) By the time an acute subdural hematoma has become chronic, it is a thick liquid instead of a solid blood clot, and also appear darker on CT scans.

Acute subdural hematomas usually occur in people with obvious and significant blows to the head. In one study they were present in 24% of the patients who arrived at an emergency department in coma, but can be present in non-comatose patients as well. Acute subdural hematomas are associated with a death rate between 30 and 90%, with a figure of 60% typically cited. Emergency surgery is the usual treatment, though studies have shown that alert patients with small subdural hematomas can do as well without surgery if monitored closely for signs of worsening.

Infants are also vulnerable to acute subdural hematomas. Neurosurgeons at the Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan reviewed records on 21 children, ages 6 days to 12 months, who had acute subdural hematomas. In this case series, "shaken baby syndrome" was the most common cause. Eight of the infants underwent an immediate operation, and another 11 required delayed surgery. While most of the children did well, one baby died and another 7 sustained moderate to severe disabilities from their injuries.

Chronic subdural hematomas often show up in patients over 60 years of age in whom the head injuries that caused them might have seemed trivial when they occurred, or might even have been forgotten. Older people are especially vulnerable due to the fact that their brains have atrophied (shrunk) and the veins draining the surface of the brain are stretched and fragile, easily disrupted by glancing blows. Risk of subdural hematoma rises still higher if the individual falls a lot, drinks alcohol a lot or takes blood-thinning medication.

Subdural hematomas can expand progressively to the point of causing symptoms like headache, slurred speech, confusion, lethargy, unsteadiness or even a seizure. Surgery to remove the hematoma and stop the bleeding is the typical treatment, and 93 to 97% of patients survive to 30 days after surgery. Most regain their pre-injury level of function. Milder cases of chronic subdural hematoma can be monitored without surgery.

(C) 2006 by Gary Cordingley

Equipoise – The Trade Name Boldenone Undecyclenate

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You have picked the right article, if you are looking for information on Equipoise, an anabolic steroid. Equipoise is the registered trademark of Wyeth Holdings Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. It is the trade name Boldenone Undecyclenate (USAN), an anabolic steroid. You can compare boldenone to nandrolone in its potency.


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You have picked the right article, if you are looking for information on Equipoise, an anabolic steroid. Equipoise is the registered trademark of Wyeth Holdings Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. It is the trade name Boldenone Undecyclenate (USAN), an anabolic steroid. You can compare boldenone to nandrolone in its potency.

Equipoise is an injectable anabolic steroid. Its chemical name is 17beta-Hydroxyandrosta-1,4-dien-3-one 10-undecenoate. Its systematic name is {(8S,9S,10S,13S,14S,17S)-10,13-dimethyl-3-oxo-6,7,8,9,11,12,14,15,16,17-decahydrocyclopenta[a]phenanthren-17-yl} undec-10-enoate. Its chemical formula is C30-H44-O3.

Equipoise is the steroid that exhibits strong anabolic and androgenic properties. Its use is pretty common in the veterinary fields. It is most commonly used on horses which have a pronounced effect on lean bodyweight, appetite and general deposition of the animal. It has been the favorite compound of athletes in the recent years because the compound has the ability to increase the production of red blood cells. Equipoise is injected at least once a week to maintain the blood vessels in an intact and stable order. For men its dosage is 400-600gm (per week), for women it is 50-150gm (per week).

Equipoise is a very versatile compound. Often stacking it with several other substances, you can make a number of new drugs.
Equipoise is for gaining strength and muscle mass, it is not a mass builder. If you want to increase mass, you may sack it with anadrol or an injectable testosterone. It gives out fantastic results by increasing strength and muscle size. It gives the most positive results when it is taken for longer cycles.

The side effects of Equipoise are not so adverse. Gynecomastia might become a problem at a particular stage, but it happens mostly with individuals who are much more sensitive than others. Another side effect could be estrogenic effects. It should be noted that Equipoise is not an ideal steroid for athletes. It can lead to the production of metabolites in the urine, months after its use. The drug has a life period of 14-16 days. Its water retention is low, it does not allow the blood pressure to shoot up, and it has a moderate HPTA function. The legal status of Equipoise is that it is for the Veterinarian use only, and it is Schedule III drug in the United States.

title:Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness
author:Debra S. Gorin, M.D.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

As a physician specializing in psychiatry, I know that many emotional conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders are true medical illnesses with a biologic (physical) origin. Psychiatry has become more and more "biological" in its diagnosis and treatment approaches during recent years, but a very significant stigma still exists against those who are seeing a therapist. This has become increasingly difficult to understand, but it is a social stigma that is so very important to eliminate.
Why does an embarrassment or stigma still exist associated with those who are seeking psychiatric treatment? Why do people wait so long before come for help - to the point of becoming nearly non-functional with their families, children and work environment?
First, many people have a picture in their mind of movies in which psychiatrists are ineffective listeners of problems of patients who are lying on psychoanalytic couches. It is important to remember that psychoanalysis preceded our modern treatment approaches which now have a much higher success rate. We currently have many safe and effective medications, which when used with or without psychotherapy, help many people fully recover.
Another reason for the stigma is in the use of the term "mental illness". The field of psychiatry has undergone many changes in the past twenty years. Research into the functioning of the brain and nervous system has led to the concept of a "chemical imbalance" as the cause of illnesses such as Major Depression and Panic Attacks. In addition, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a condition portrayed so well by Jack Nicholson in the 1997 movie As Good As It Gets, is also caused by a chemical imbalance. Medications were used to help treat the "Obsessive Compulsive" character being played by Nicholson. Many psychiatric illnesses are not "mental" or "emotional,” but are now understood to be "neurochemical illnesses".
Many people are told, "You can do this on your own, be strong,” as if a person can easily will themselves out of depression or anxiety. Can someone "Be Strong" and make their diabetes or bronchitis just go away? These types of suggestions only result in a delay in seeking treatment or feelings of failure in the individual who finally does seek help. The stigma of psychiatric treatment also leads many people to seek help at the health food store, or other types of self-diagnosis and self-medications.
Men in particular have to overcome an additional obstacle. It may seem "Un-Macho Like" to seek professional psychiatric help when one fails to understand or see their condition as an illness, and instead view it as a weakness in their character. Thus, injury to a man's ego often contributes to their long delays in seeking treatment.
My hope is that the shame and secrecy associated with obtaining professional psychiatric help will gradually diminish and eventually cease to exist. If we understand how the social stigma was established in the first place - the media lack of medical knowledge, societies' understanding or ignorance, etc., then we should realize there is no need to "stay in the closet." Let's wipe out the term "mental illness" and view many of these conditions as "neurochemical illness,” with the same non-prejudicial attitude as we do toward diseases such as diabetes or hypertension.
Erectile Dysfunction And Alternative Remedies

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Impotence or erectile dysfunction is one the reasons why men experience anxiety and low self-esteem. Tongkat ali and horny goat weed are alternative medicines that are used to treat impotence. Medical professionals should be consulted before taking herbal medicines because of the side-effects it may bring.

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Erectile dysfunction (ED), also called impotence, is characterized by a man's failure to have an erection or keep an erection long enough to finish the sexual intercourse. Severity of ED varies among men, with some having total inability to achieve an erection while others have irregular ability to attain an erection.  Other men with mild ED can still sustain brief erections. Impotence is one of the reasons why men fail to perform well in bed. This condition is considered as a horrible experience among men, it can be very stressful and may damage the male self-esteem. Low self-esteem is one the reasons why men are not able to show their full potential and complicate relationships. Sexual failure among men is not something that is openly discussed, they often feel embarrassed and keep it to themselves. However, it is important to know the cause and treatments of impotence to nourish and maintain a healthy self-esteem and self-worth.

Conditions of ED can occur at any age, but it is more common in elderly men. In fact, majority of the male population experience occasional difficulty having or maintaining an erection. In many situations, it is a temporary condition that may disappear with minimal or no treatment at all. Aside from the aging process, ED can also be caused by psychological or physical factors. Psychological factors is commonly caused by anxiety, stress, depression, and dissatisfaction with a partner. Physical factors, on the other hand, can include any ailment that prevents the nervous system from responding to arousal. Injuries to the spinal cord, damage to the nerves in the genital area because of diabetes or surgery may cause ED.  In addition to these factors lifestyles that involve excessive alcohol ingestion, smoking, or unhealthy diets may lead to impotence.

However, there are many herbal remedies that are out in the market that are proven to treat ED. These alternative medications are available in different dosage and may include Tongkat Ali and horny goat weed. These two herbs are considered as the world's most effective aphrodisiacs.  Tongkat Ali (Eurycoma Longfolia) is a flowering plant that can be found in Malaysia and Indonesia. Historically, this plant in its natural habitat was used a herbal folk treatment for various sexual health problems like sexual dysfunction and erectile dysfunction. It has also been used throughout time as a natural sex enhancer. Many scientific studies have proven that Tongkat Ali  helps boost libido and testosterone levels, which in return may improve sexual performance.  On the other hand, horny goat weed (Epimedium) works by improving the blood flow to the penis, which then enhances sexual pleasure and performance. It also helps men increase their stamina, last longer during sex, and reduce premature ejaculation. 

Despite the existence of these products, men are still encouraged to talk to doctors and other medical specialists so that they can weigh the advantages and disadvantages of these herbal remedies.  Erectile dysfunction can be treated but it should be done under close supervision of medical professionals. Improving sexual health by changing lifestyles, improving diets, or including exercise programs in routines should be prioritized rather than seeking medical or alternative help.

Erectile dysfunction can be a serious problem to many men.

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Erectile dysfunction can be a serious problem to many men, creating disharmony in the home and reducing the man's self-esteem. In the past, several products have been marketed, most of which have little or no permanent effect on men's erection problems.

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Erectile dysfunction can be a serious problem to many men, creating disharmony in the home and reducing the man's self-esteem. In the past, several products have been marketed, most of which have little or no permanent effect on men's erection problems.

This is a personal problem which most men will not even feel comfortable about discussing with their own doctor. Wives tend to wonder whether the problem is their own fault rather than considering that it is a physical problem with their husbands.

Rather than using some of the many inventions that have proven ineffective in the past, we suggest that men consider buying a Generic Viagra tablet to see its effectiveness. We are sure that these pills will immediately relieve the problem, making the man feel secure in his manliness again. These tablets have identical ingredients as the original brand name pills and work exactly the same. We are sure that a trial will do wonders for a man's self confidence.
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Erectile Dysfunction in Men

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Men seen as a sexual being; introduction to sexual impotence; more facts about impotence; reasons of impotence (physical and psychological); informing your physician regarding impotence

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Men are more sexual than women in terms of attitude and how they respond to certain sexual ideas. During sexual intercourse, men experience an erection due to the physical and mental stimulation with their partner, which is considered normal and healthy. It is considered easy for them to have an erection if the events taking place is sexually stimulating for them.

Unfortunately for some, they can experience a slight difficulty in having an erection when there is a need to have one. Sexual impotence, also known as erectile dysfunction or ED, is a health condition where in a man is unsuccessful in achieving or maintaining an erection long enough to satisfy his sexual urge. Men with such a condition would experience the consistent inability to have an erection during sexual intercourse, have their erection fail at a crucial point during sex, problems ejaculating, or an occurrence of having very brief erections.

Sexual impotence is one of the most familiar sexual problems and affects almost half of all men over 40 years of age. This can evolve into a more severe condition as men get older. Having less education will increase the impotence of men, since they are likely to have a less healthier diet (drinking more and having no exercise), and having less healthy lifestyle.  Also, because of shame and fear of a social stigma, men are less likely to seek medical help for this condition. The condition can be temporary or permanent, but is nonetheless distressing for the sufferer. Impotence can stem from a psychological problem, mainly caused by mere stress or observance of performance anxiety, but certain cases can be attributed to various physical injuries or illnesses.

There are several causes of impotence known today. Some medications can cause erection difficulties as their side effect. Examples include high blood pressure medications, anti-depressants, cancer treatments, diuretics, and epilepsy medications. Always inform your physician if this scenario happens, so that he may give you a different medication. Men who has diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2) are also prone to impotence, since diabetes contributes to the damaging of blood vessels that cause a certain nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Other health conditions such as prostate cancer, diseases in the nervous system, and Peyronie's disease also contributes to reasons for impotence. Having been injured in the spinal cord, sex organ or having a pelvic fracture can also lead to this condition as well. Surgeries done near the nerve pathways of the penis (bladder, rectum, and prostate) can also cause nerve damage to the penis, resulting in erection failure. Smoking, alcohol abuse, illicit drug use, and prolonged exercise are also reasons for impotence, since these factors provide impairment to the nervous systems in various ways.

Psychological reasons of impotence involves stress and anxiety, problems with your relationship, and fear of failure (performance anxiety). By seeking help to control the stress, or by counseling, you can decrease the chances of having impotence. Always inform your physician regarding any symptoms or irregular sexual response, so that proper treatments can be performed.

Erectile dysfunction is a real problem for many men around the world.

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The aim of this shopping guide is to assist men in making good consumer choices when purchasing medications in relation to treatment of erectile dysfunction.

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The aim of this shopping guide is to assist men in making good consumer choices when purchasing medications in relation to treatment of erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction is a real problem for many men around the world and as the condition is becoming more common and well known, there is an explosion of available treatments that can be confusing to distinguish from each other.

Most of these treatments are highly expensive and are not guaranteed to work. Sometimes insurance companies will also deny any form of payment to assist in the purchase of the medication that is necessary to help treat the condition. Why shell out a large amount of money for a medication that might not work? This guide will help decide which medication is most likely to work, what is the best value, and where is the best source to obtain medications from. Our site will also provide basic information about the condition to help one better understand exactly what erectile dysfunction is. Current market prices will also be updated continuously for consumers to monitor the best values available to them.

Low price Generic Viagra and low price Generic Cialis are the two drugs with the biggest demand on the market at this time. Viagra and its generic form are by far the largest-selling component of the pharmaceutical market for treating erectile dysfunction currently. In the following pages of this guide, the benefits of Viagra and other medications will be reviewed along with prices revealing the best deals on low price generic Viagra.

title:Erectile Dysfunction is Psychological not Physical
author:Mark Stevenson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Erectile Dysfunction is a very common problem in men.  Aside from one developing erectile dysfunction because of psychological frames of mind, other reasons include the impact of strong medications. It is known that medications for particular conditions affect people in this way; medications that might ordinarily not harm anyone tend to cause erectile dysfunction in some people.
This means that one's body may respond to any medication in this way even if it is known that it has never had side effects before. In other words, the manner in which some medications cause erectile dysfunction is relative to the individual, depending on how one's body responds to a treatment.
Other causes of erectile dysfunction include damage done to nerves, some of which may be irreparable. These may occur for a number of reasons and also may be caused by strong medication.
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Erection, A Top Priority

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This article discusses the view of men regarding erection and how important it is for them to have it. This article also includes some aspects of a person's life usually affected by the absence of an erection or the nagging concern of impotence. Finally, it also offers some tips on how men can cope better or deal more positively when faced with this difficult situation.

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What is the big deal with erection, anyway? To those who view sex as a sin, the mere thought of an erection can already mean a person's priority ticket to the flames of hell. To those who do not care about the issue at all, obviously not much can be expected from them. Seriously speaking, however, not all people view sex and the various events involved with it as something important or necessary as it actually is. Although it is not really as important as world peace or global warming, to some people it may actually mean a successful married life or an intimately meaningful partnership with another person. Since the act of sexual intercourse highly necessitates a man's erection (This is especially true when viewed from a man's perspective), this event is also therefore as important as the entirety of sex itself.

Experts say that men have a tendency to be more sexual compared to women. They are the ones who are more frequently experiencing the urges resulting from their sex drives. To them, being able to participate in a sexual intercourse is not only responding their personal needs but also an act of providing the demands of their partners. Since the act of having sex compliments more their role as providers, they, therefore, feel a certain power when they become part of it. It is a feeling of being in control, of being dependable, or simply put, of being man enough. Imagine, therefore, when because of an anatomical or physiological malfunction, a man will not be able to do this merely because they cannot achieve an erection! All those admirable things mentioned earlier will be disregarded and their personality as a whole will be jeopardized.

As expected, the act of sexual intercourse involves not only one but two people. In some unconventional cases, the act can actually involve more than two persons. However, for the purpose of this particular discussion a sexual intercourse is defined involving two persons only. Those two people who take part in having sex defines the event's success or failure. A problem with one of those involved, like possibly having some sickness or a lack of interest in the activity, can automatically mean a failure for both. Thus, the inability to achieve an erection among men, which obviously means an impossibility for sex to really happen, not only affects the man concerned but also his partner. The frustration, therefore, is also shared which may eventually lead to a possible destruction of the relationship.

Men, however, should not lose hope when faced with this kind of situation. The most probable reason for failure is when a man decides to give up on the problem and seclude himself from others (or do other forms of defense mechanisms). Instead of the usual approach of keeping the issue to one's self, being quiet about it, and being secretive. The more this issue is given the silent treatment, the more that it becomes complicated. Certain attitude or mood changes will be observed not only from the man who suffers but also from his partner who is clueless and fails to understand the situation. Thus, the best approach to this situation is to talk about it and be open about it to one's partner. On the other hand, a true loving partner will be open to listen, ready to accept, and kind enough to understand. They plan together what should be done in this situation, talk about one another's expectations, and respect and support each other no matter what. A high percentage of men who have had erectile dysfunction have successfully regained the capacity to have an erection through the use of effective impotence drugs such as sildenafil, verdanafil, and tadalafil. These, when used together with other treatment techniques have a higher possibility of success. It is, therefore, also possible for others to do the same or be also achieved by anyone.

Erekticles and the 12 Epic Tasks of Generic Viagra

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William the Conqueror here again, with more tales of my European conquests; one after another, the nations of Europe fell beneath my broadsword, thanks to the power of Generic Viagra.

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William the Conqueror here again, with more tales of my European conquests; one after another, the nations of Europe fell beneath my broadsword, thanks to the power of Generic Viagra. I'd taken some of the stuff on my silver anniversary tour of Europe-with my wife, of course, along for the ride, although I sometimes had sexual dreams at night of a strange blue-haired woman named Generic Viagra, and I'd wake up with a raging hard-on, and would be forced to wake up my wife, who, after months of an ice-cold bed, was taking everything I could dish out, with great gusto. So, sometimes, in the middle of the night during our European Tour, even after a stormy bout of sex the day before, I'd wake up inspired, and brush up against her from behind; she felt the bite of that famous broadsword, moaned, and rolled over, legs spread. With Generic Viagra, I was making love to her that was almost mythical. She pulled the covers from around my waist, stroked Jason and the Golden Fleece with admiration, and begged me to pilot my silver-sailed vessel, the Argo, into her mysterious, foggy seas. Those pills had restored proper blood flow to my marble column, turning it from the crumbling ruin it had become, back into the proud, towering edifice, high atop its rocky Acropolis, a beacon to poets and warriors around the world. Generic Viagra had made me hard as a Spartan.

As my minotaur raged in the labyrinth of our bedsheets, my wife would sometimes squeal, both delighted with and, frankly, intimidated by, my howling, hulking manhood. But she always wanted more; she continued to dream up nicknames for me and my little Agamemnon, and she'd try to dream up feats that were more and more impressive. She would challenge me to perform the 12 epic tasks of Hercules... using the god-given powers of Generic Viagra to kill her hydra, for example, or to bridle her wild mares of Diomedes. I'll never forget the night in Athens when she expressed dismay that I tended to spray my seed around the room, where it could bear no fruit. Thanks to Generic Viagra, I'd unleashed some epic loads-that's for damn sure. "But Erekticles, dear, the gods have bid you to clean my sprawling stables in a single day-can you divert your mighty, milk-white river into my Augean stables, and wash me clean? Please!" With my blue pills, I was up to the task. But I warned her to brace herself, lest she be swept away by the raging torrent, and share the fate of Pompeii. Luckily, she survived.

But the next day, it was business as usual... I wanted to perform a Generic Viagra feat that all the world-especially hotel housekeepers-would have to reckon with. After a day of Athens adventures, we returned to our hotel. "Take me home," she purred. I shut my mouth and started giving it to her hard-pretending I was some demigod, having my way with a horny Greek goddess-like Athena, for example. I had all the endurance I needed-it seemed that I was something more than a mere mortal. I performed all 12 Tasks of Hercules that night, before summoning a hot, bountiful summer rain-my wife danced in it and laughed as it continued to fall in mighty sheets. When I was done, I had glazed the entire room-everything in it, including my wife, shone white and lustrous, like a fresh donut. Generic Viagra had allowed me to fulfill this Herculean task, one that poets will sing of for millennia-The Rains of Erekticles. For months and months, my wife had languished there in our bed, dry and famished, her drought-stricken fields and once-moist valleys crying out for insemination and nourishment. But Generic Viagra was allowing me to reseed her fallow earth.

title:Ergonomics - What Is It?
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people and their work or workplace. It's also about matching jobs to the needs and abilities of workers.
What can I do, because of my arthritis, to make sure I'm performing daily activities effectively?

Pace yourself and try to alternate between standing, sitting and walking.
Work at a regular pace alternating strenuous activities with lighter ones.
Perform important duties when you are more rested and energized. If you know a special event is coming, plan rest time to store up energy so you can perform when necessary.

What can I do, because of my arthritis, to make sure I'm working safely?

Organize your workstation making sure your work materials are within reach and minimize reaching and twisting your body.
You may want to use a sit/stand stool which lets you sit in almost a standing position. This will relieve strain from prolonged standing.
Use a proper chair which ensures correct posture and access to your workstation (computer monitor, keyboard).
Get up and stretch regularly - It's important to move!
Choose the right shoes that are comfortable and fit correctly - remember, your feet DO increase in size as you age and feet also swell as the day progresses. Make sure your shoes are also well cushioned.
Try to avoid heavy lifting. Use a cart or dollie to help transport items rather than lifting them.

For more information on Arthritis in the Workplace, call us:
The Arthritis Society Information Line - 1-800-321-1433 or log on to
Ergonomic Questionnaire

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These days, computers have become so inevitable part of our lives that we need to use it for various purposes. There are certain things you need to know about the computer work hazards and the preventive techniques you need to follow to make your stay in front of the computer, trouble free. Here is a checklist that will help you create a safe, sound, and relaxed workstation.

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These days, computers have become so inevitable part of our lives that we need to use it for various purposes.  Be it a free time or working hours, except a very few people, all depend on this machine to get their jobs done. There are certain things you need to know about the computer work hazards and the preventive techniques you need to follow to make your stay in front of the computer, trouble free. 

I have come across some common worries shared by people who have to sit for long hours in front of the computer. 

Is there a term called overuse of computers?  If so, where do I draw the line?

If I have to use it on a daily basis, how many hours of my presence in front of this machine is recommended?

Will I be able to finish my work if I am to follow my recommended time schedule?

Here is a checklist that will help you create a safe, sound, and relaxed workstation.  You can try using it in combination with the purchasing guide checklist.  There are two options – ‘Yes’ and ‘No’.  The questions relate to different topics like working postures, seating, keyboard, monitors, accessories, work area and some general questions.  If the response is ‘no’, it means that a problem exists.
Working Postures:

1. Do your head and neck need to be upright, or in-line with the your torso (not bent down/back)?

2. Do the head, neck, and trunk need to be facing forward without twisting? 

3. Does your trunk have to be perpendicular to the floor (you may lean back into backrest but not forward)?

4. Do your shoulders and upper arms need to be relaxed and in-line with the torso, normally about perpendicular to the floor (but not elevated or stretched forward)?

5. Do the upper arms and elbows need to be close to the body and not extended outward?

6. Do your forearms, wrists, and hands need to be straight and in -line (forearm at about 90 degrees to the upper arm)?

7. Do the wrists and hands need to be straight (not bent up/down or sideways toward the little finger)?

8. Do both the thighs need to be parallel to the floor and the lower legs to be perpendicular to floor (thighs may be slightly elevated above knees)? 

9. Can your feet rest flat on the floor or should they be supported by a stable footrest?

Seating (Chair):

10. Does the backrest of the chair support your lower back?

11. Does the seat width and depth have the capacity for the specific user (seat pan not too big/small)?

12. Is the seat pan of your chair too long to press against the back of your knees and lower legs?

13. Is your seat cushioned properly, rounded, and blunt with a "waterfall" front?

14. Do the armrests of your chair support both forearms while working on the computer without meddling with your movement?


15. Are the platforms for the keyboard/input device stable and large enough to hold a keyboard and an input device?

16. Are the input devices (mouse or trackball) located right next to your keyboard so that they can be accessed and used without having to reach them?

17. Can the input devices be easily activated with their size and shape fitting your hand (not too big/small)?

18. Does your workstation ensure that your wrists and hands do not rest on sharp or hard edges?


19. Is the top of the monitor screen at or below your eye level so that you can read it without bending your head or neck down/back?

20. Can the user with bifocals/trifocals read the screen without bending the head or neck backward?

21. Does the distance of the monitor allow you to read the screen without leaning your head, neck, or trunk forward/backward?

22. Is the monitor positioned directly in front of you so that you don't have to twist your head or neck?

23. Do you ensure that glare (for example, from windows, lights) is not reflected on your screen that makes you sit in awkward postures so as to view the screen better?

Work Area (Desk and Workstation):

24. Between the top of the thighs and your computer table, do you have enough room or your thighs (thighs are not trapped)?

25. Do you ensure that your legs and feet have sufficient clearance space under the work surface so that you can get close enough to the keyboard/input device?


26. Is your document holder stable and large enough to hold documents?

27. Is your document holder placed at about the same height and distance as the monitor screen so that there is little head movement, or need to re-focus, when you look from the document to the screen?

28. Is your wrist/palm rest padded and free of sharp or square edges that push on your wrists?

29. Does your wrist/palm rest allow you to keep your forearms, wrists, and hands straight and in-line when using the keyboard/input device?

30. While doing telephone and computer tasks simultaneously, do you keep your head upright (not bent) and your shoulders relaxed (not elevated)?


31. Do your workstation and equipment have sufficient adjustability that ensures your safe working posture while allowing you to make occasional changes in posture when you work on your computer?

32. Are your computer workstation, components, and accessories maintained in serviceable condition and do they function properly?

33. Are your computer tasks planned in a way that allows you to vary tasks with other work activities, or to take micro-breaks, or recovery pauses while at the computer workstation?

So that is all about it. Living carelessly is the easiest thing to do, but could be the most dangerous thing too. On the other hand if you take some precaution, it can be the foundation for a healthy living, later in your life.

Remember that all the computer related hazards are not going to hamper your life in a very short span of time. But it may take years to show the symptoms. As I said earlier, prevention is better than cure.

title:Ergonomic Technology
author:Blur Loterina
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Does your work wear you down? Does your computer set exhaust you rather than help you reduce your work load? If your answer to these questions is yes, then, you must understand the word “ergonomics”.
Ergonomics is the study of work. It aims to develop equipments, tools or devices to fit the work. It also covers the study of how to reduce risk injuries caused by the tools and equipments, such as the chair, table or computer. Ergonomics includes arrangement and adjustment of things, as well as the exercising of the correct posture. However, ergonomics have disadvantages.
The study of ergonomics is wide and the scope includes different equipments and tools. On this page, we will only discuss the problems regarding some postures and ergonomically designed computer parts.
There are devices designed to support computer parts. Examples of these are the keypad tray and mouse support tray. The purposes of these devices are to hold mouse and keypad, to allow correct posture and better viewing arrangement, and to enable our hands to freely reach for the mouse and keypad. But there are also disadvantages. These devices can cause a bent wrist and may reduce knee clearance. We can lessen the problem by adjusting the height and angle of the keypad and mouse in such a way that your hands will be comfortable and can freely move. If you have problems with space, look for a keypad tray that will hold both the keypad and mouse. Make sure that the tray is stable.
Wrists rests and forearm supports are used to prevent wrist from bending back, to reduce shoulder muscle work, and take the weight from the shoulder. The drawbacks of using these devices include forward flexion of the wrist, or it may have sharp edges that are not comfortable. You should look for a soft wrist rest and forearm support that does not have sharp edges and has the right thickness. Adjust correct height for forearm support.
One of the most important things in the office is the chair because it holds the whole body. Use a chair that you are most comfortable with. There are soft, flexible chairs available in the market. Chairs like this are expensive. The chair affects your posture, so you must adjust it to fit your body.
We use glare screens to improve screen visibility and eliminate eye strain. These screens collect dust and are difficult to clean. They can also obscure the image. Know the advantages and disadvantages of the different glare screens before you buy one.
Listen to what your body tells you. If you feel pain, do not ignore it. Know what causes the pain and do something about it. If the problem is in the devices you use, adjust or rearrange them. There are ergonomically designed devices to help you, but you should know how to use them correctly.
Escape the Fat-Free Diet Trap

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Since the "fat-free craze" began, statistics show we have grown fatter and fatter. Just because a food is fat-free doesn’t mean it’s calorie-free. Get up to speed on "good fats" and lose the fat from your body, not your diet.

Today, supermarket shelves are packed with foods that call to dieters with the words "FAT-FREE". But as conscientious weight watchers load up their shopping carts with fat-free foods week after week, many discover this alarming fact: their weight is going up!

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Since the beginning of the fat-free craze, statistics show Americans have grown fatter and fatter. Although we’ve been taught to think of fat as the culprit in the weight-loss battle, clearly this is only part of the whole diet picture. Just because a food is fat-free doesn’t mean it’s calorie-free. Many fat-free foods are actually very high in sugar and carbohydrate calories. And these calories, when eaten in excess, become converted into the one thing we’ve been taught to avoid-fat!

Ironically, in order to burn fat and lose weight you need a certain amount of good quality fat. That’s why the ShapeWorks® Weight-Management Program stresses the importance of a well-balanced diet that includes enough "good fats", such as those found in fish and olive oil, together with Herbalife’s highly nutritious meal replacement shakes and snacks.

By avoiding the fat-free craze and giving your body the complete nourishment it needs with Herbalife’s Cellular Nutrition supplements and weight-management products, you’ll lose weight steadily and feel healthier along the way.

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Escaping from Drug Addiction through Professionally-Assisted Withdrawal

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Addiction or substance abuse is a complex brain disease. A person with an addiction experiences cravings that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences. During a craving, a person with an addiction misses the habit-forming drug terribly, and often he or she experiences symptoms of withdrawal.

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Check out the statistics; almost 12 percent of young Americans aged 18 years old are now addicted to illicit drugs and approximately 27 million Americans use illicit drugs regularly. Results of the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse and Addiction revealed that while millions of Americans habitually smoke pot, drink alcohol, snort cocaine, and swallow prescription drugs, many drug users do not recognize that they have a drug addiction problem. The figure of those “in denial” about their drug addiction is estimated at more than 4.6 million.

Individuals who struggle with drug addiction do not set out to destroy themselves, or everyone and everything in their path.  Rather, these disastrous consequences are the effects of the vicious cycle of drug addiction. For many, drugs seem to be a means of averting emotional and physical pain by providing the user with a temporary escape from life's sometimes uncomfortable realities such as depression and stress.

Physiological sensations are abused to create a new reality or a “high” when one does not wish to correct one’s physical, emotional, and spiritual reality. An addicted person does not believe that it is possible to have a satisfying, happy life without the use of narcotics.

Addiction or substance abuse is a complex psycho-chemical problem. A person with an addiction experiences cravings that persist even in the face of extremely negative consequences. During a craving, a person with an addiction misses the habit-forming drug terribly, and often he or she experiences symptoms of withdrawal.

Withdrawal refers to the physical problems and emotions you experience if you are dependent on a substance (such as alcohol, prescription medications, or illegal drugs) and then suddenly stop or drastically reduce your intake of the substance.  Symptoms of withdrawal are caused by decreased amounts of alcohol or drugs in the blood or tissues of a person who has grown accustomed to prolonged heavy use and who then suddenly stops. Withdrawal syndrome is a set of symptoms that occur when you decrease or stop drinking or using drugs after using alcohol or drugs for a long time.

Symptoms of withdrawal from either illegal drugs or medications such as antidepressant prescriptions   depend on the drug or combination of drugs. The common symptoms of withdrawal include:

· Abdominal pain
· Nausea and vomiting
· Drenching sweats
· Nervousness and shaking
· Seizures
· Death

Withdrawal symptoms can last a few days to a few weeks and may include nausea or vomiting, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety. Withdrawal symptoms only occur if a person has regular, heavy use of a drug.  Drug withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable without professional help. Treatment for withdrawal from alcohol or drugs may require a medical professional to be present. Drug and alcohol rehabilitation is often the best way to overcome withdrawal symptoms and recovery from drug addiction. There are a number of different signs to signify withdrawal symptoms depending on the drug of abuse. More noticeable signs are associated to certain drugs. However, there are some withdrawal symptoms that are associated with all drug use.

If you are dependent on alcohol or drugs and are experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, you may need a visit to your health professional to help you manage your symptoms.

title:Essential Air Diffuser System
author:Gerry McCarthy
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Why Use An Aromatherapy Diffuser?
We breathe 22,000 times a day, inhaling 400 cubic feet  of air.
We spend 80% of our time indoors where air may be no cleaner than outdoors air.  A diffuser is the easiest, most effective method of dispersing essential oils without altering their fragrance and therapeutic value.  Diffused oils enhance the harmony and well being of body, mind and spirit.
Introducing the Ultimate Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser
Aromatherapy diffusers have been around for a long time.  But until now there has never been a diffuser like ESSENTIAL AIR.  With it's patented diffuser system it offers the most technically advanced method of delivering the benefits of Aromatherapy.  Don't expect it to resemble diffusers you may have seen...It doesn't.  It doesn't perform like them either.  It is truly a breakthrough in Aromatherapy diffusion employing
as it does some of the most recent finding in the field of biotechnology.
Essential Air offers many unique features:
The revolutionary Micro Diffuser - Adds a new dimension to diffusion.  Because it is engineered to reduce essential oils to droplets as tiny as one micron, the oil actually becomes part of the air you breathe.  So now you get the traditional benefits of breathing in the aroma which follows the olfactory pathway to the brain.  But, in addition because you inhale the oils themselves which travel through the resistor system to the lungs you also quickly receive an over-all physiological benefit.
Interval Timing - Researchers have demonstrated time and again that the human olfactory sense is quickly sated, switched off automatically by the brain.  ESSENTIAL AIR outwits the brain with it's own timing device - automatically turning the unit on and off at specific intervals.  It catches the olfactory sense napping and reawakens it to the beneficial aromatherapy experience. An added bonus: it conserves essential oils while improving performance.
Adjustable Diffusion Regulator - provides fingertip control of vapor the level of essential oils blended into the air may be easily increased or decreased.
Accident Proof - Great care has gone into making ESSENTIAL AIR a sturdy dependable appliance.  This sleek compact design is weighted to discourage tipping or getting knocked over.  Glass, (a dangerous breakage potential) is kept to a minimum.  And especially important the diffuser itself has no metal parts that could crack or damage glass bottles.  The essential oil containers themselves are secured in a deep well to avoid tipping or spilling.
Yet Another Breakthrough
Beyond Diffusion, our exciting new model, combines the healthful benefits of our ESSENTIAL AIR diffuser with the additional therapeutic of instrument pure air filtration.  This exclusive mini-but-mightly air scrubber, incorporated into the ESSENTIAL AIR system serves as an intake filter that scrubs the air clean as it enters the unit.  It intercepts pollen, bacteria, dust, smoke, smog, dander and even some viruses.  Tests show it to be 93% efficient at 0.01 micron.  When you consider that a human hair measures 70 microns you understand why we call this our mini-but-mighty  scrubber.
How does this hygienic filter provide instrument pure air to combine with your essential oils?  Its unusually  advantageous performance is due to the unique filter medium, a random bed or borosilicate glass fibers, which attracts the offensive particles and holds them fast.  They can't be shaken loose or washed away. Unlike H.E.P.A. which need frequent cleaning, our filters need no care.  These disposable filters will operate effectively for a year or more in normal use.  That comes to less than 5 cents a day for instrument pure air.
In addition of our new air scrubber, Beyond Diffusion comes equipped with a three-way switch offering a broader selection of options: 1. 5 minutes on/25 minutes off timed release, 2. continuous diffusion, or 3. off.
Our patented diffuser with its sleek architectural look and elegant styling is designed to blend with any decor.  A compact desk-top size, it can be placed practically anywhere.  For those who prefer, a wall mount kit is available at an additional charge.  This space saver is also a safety measure where there are small children.
ESSENTIAL AIR has been featured in national magazines and catalogs.
Gerald F. McCarthy holds a patent on the unique diffuser used in all ESSENTIAL AIR models. 
Over the years McCarthy of Leyden House has accumulated seventeen patents in the field of energy and health related products.  A speech pathologist by profession he was intrigued by the beneficial effects of natural healing and began searching for ways to deliver essential oils more effectively.
The Patented Diffuser of the Essential Air
He quickly realized that if essential oils could be absorbed into the respiratory system the benefits could be multiplied enormously.  This meant moving beyond products that merely fragrance the air.  He needed to develop a diffuser specifically designed to produce a mist of 1 to 5 microns - a range proven to be small enough to reach the lungs but not so small as to be immediately expelled.  The patented micro-mist system is the result.
title:Essential Fatty Acids Sources and Benefits
author:Chester Ku-Lea
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Why should I increase my Omega fatty acid intake?
Our intake of essential fatty acids has changed radically in the last century. Our ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 should be close to 1:1, but it is now over 10:1 and up to 20:1. This is due to the addition of corn, sunflower, safflower, sesame and other Omega-6 oils to our food supply. Such excesses are thought by many scientists to be a factor in a number of chronic medical conditions including arthritis, cardiovascular disease, asthma, acne, obesity and depression. It is clear that we need to increase our intake of Omega-3 fatty acids and decrease our intake of Omega-6 (linoleic acid) oils. By doing so we will be, look and feel healthier.
What are good fats and bad fats?
Fat is a concentrated source of energy. This source of energy is very useful during aerobic exercise. The longer the exercise, the higher the fat contribution for providing energy. Fat is particularly used in large quantities in the brain and nervous system. There are two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats are commonly referred to as "good" fats, and should make up the greatest percentage of your fat intake.
• Unsaturated fats, "good fats" are liquid at room temperature, and remain in liquid form even when refrigerated or frozen.
• Good fats are part of the essential fats: omega 3 and omega 6, both of which are unsaturated fats.
What are EPA and DHA?
These are two specific essential fatty acids found in fish oil. Both Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) have been well documented in regulating cellular functions and promoting good health. Diets deficient in EPA and DHA have been associated with a number of health problems, most notably cardiovascular disease.
What is GLA and how is it different from other Omega-6 sources?
GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) is an Omega-6 fatty acid found in high amounts in borage oil, and to a lesser degree in black currant and evening primrose oils. In contrast to the sunflower, safflower and other Omega-6 oils, the presence of GLA in borage oil results in very different physiological effects. Linoleic acid in its current dietary excess promotes inflammation due to the production of arachidonic acid (AA). GLA on the other hand, actually interferes with the production of AA and decreases inflammation. GLA has been used with success in treating various medical conditions, most notably rheumatoid arthritis and eczema. Emerging science also indicates that GLA has synergistic activities with the Omega-3 marine-derived DHA and EPA, particularly in cardiovascular health and fat metabolism.
We all want to be healthy, happy and fit with enough energy for work and for play. A well-balanced diet, exercise, and enough rest go a long way in helping us get the most out of life. And essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been proven to help us achieve healthier and happier lives. These good fats' truly are essential and the majority of us are not consuming enough of the well-researched Omega fats. Now getting the right amount of Omegas to suit your specific health needs is easier than ever.
Where do essential fats come from?
Sources of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fats:
• Cold Water fish such as Salmon (coho, king and pink), sardines, cod, albacore tuna, trout, halibut , herring. (these fish are also a great source of Omega 6, but are predominantly richer in Omega 3)
• Flaxseeds and green leafy vegetables are great sources of Omega 3.
• Sesame and sunflower seeds and other seeds and nuts are great sources of Omega 6.
• Borage oil and evening primrose oil are rich sources of GLA which is part of the Omega 6 essential fats.
Where do saturated fats come from?
Saturated fats contain large amounts of saturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids are named so, because they are "saturated" with hydrogen, meaning they have only single bonds between carbon atoms, leaving no room in their chemical structure for additional hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature.
Varieties of Saturated fat include: Butter, coconut and palm oils and lard.
• aid in balancing the autoimmune system
• treats skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
• cardiovascular health

Essential Ingredients for an Anti-Aging Formula

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Here are essential ingredients that you should look for in any anti-aging supplement....

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Each of us really has two ages: our chronological age and our body's age. Our genes may contribute to our aging process, but it is our lifestyles that can really cause us to accelerate aging. By changing our habits and consuming an anti-aging formula, we can no only stop the aging process, but we can actually reverse it.

When we're in the market for anti-aging products, though, how do we tell the best from the rest? After all, there are any number of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, herbs, minerals, and antioxidants that are bandied about as the Fountain of Youth. Here are essential ingredients that you should look for in any anti-aging supplement:

Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) greatly contribute to reversing the effects of aging. They act on many of the body's systems, including the metabolism, nervous system, joints, and immune system. Because they help maintain cell membranes and increase the body's intake of oxygen, they can even act as an "anti-wrinkle" formula. They also have significant cardiovascular benefits.

Unfortunately, our bodies can't manufacture essential fatty acids, so we must consume them. The best supplements contain flaxseed, which contains the Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids elcosapentoenoic acid, alfa-linolenic acid, docosahexoenoic acid, and gamma-linolenic acid. An anti-aging natural supplement should also contain oleic acid, an Omega 9 fatty acid.


A good anti-aging formula will contain trace amounts of minerals. Gold, for example, helps boost the immune system and shore up brain function and the nervous system. Some people report that gold also enhances their mood. Similarly, the human body needs copper for a variety of functions, including keeping connective tissues healthy, maintaining the metabolism, and in keeping the nervous system humming along. Chromium is also essential, in that it helps regulate blood sugar by processing carbohydrates and fats. Likewise, manganese helps ensure proper growth, bone and cartilage formation, and brain function. Moreover, manganese is a wonderful antioxidant formula; it has any number of properties that fight free radicals and the damage that free radicals cause.

Plants and Herbs

There are several plants and herbs that, when combined with other ingredients, contribute greatly to an anti-aging supplements. Alfalfa, for example, is a good source of many of the vitamins and minerals necessary to keep the body's systems functioning correctly. Olive leaf extract can help boost the immune system, while pumpkin seed has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Milk thistle is a strong antioxidant, and can also help with liver function, and astragalus root can help ward off colds and heal wounds and injuries.

The bottom line is that our genes aren't necessarily our destiny. When we make a conscious choice to lead a healthy lifestyle, and take a good anti-aging formula, our body's "age" can actually be younger than our chronological age. A younger body means a better quality of life - something that each of us should strive for.

title:Essential Oils to Banish Stress
author:Alannah Moore
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Our sense of smell is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat the negativity of stress.
An ocean breeze, the fresh smell of the forest after a rainfall, the pristine scent of a crisp winter morning - all of these uplift our spirit.
Essential oils allow us to bring the exhilarating scent of the outdoors into our indoor lives. Try one of these combinations when you feel the hassle of modern day living getting to you.
Magical Essential Oil Combinations
To begin: Fill a mist spray bottle with purified water and then add the essential oils.
Tighten the cap well and shake the bottle.  The longer the mixture remains in the bottle, the more the scent strengthens and improves in potency.
Essential Sunshine

50 drops of Lime essential oil
50 drops of Grapefruit essential oil
10 drops of Orange essential oil
10 drops of Patchouli essential oil
Mix with 4 ounces of pure water

Essential Flower Garden

75 drops of Ylang-Ylang essential oil
25 drops of Orange essential oil
20 drops of Clove essential oil
Mix with 4 ounces of pure water

Essential Rain Forest

40 drops of Pine essential oil
40 drops of Cajuput essential oil
20 drops of Cypress essential oil
20 drops of Sandalwood essential oil
Mix with 4 ounces of pure water

When you feel particularly stressed and need a little extra boost, place the following blended oils into an aroma lamp with a small bit of pure water.  Inhale the vapors deeply for best results.
Essential Breathe Easy

5 drops of Lemon essential oil
5 drops of Pine essential oil
5 drops of Lavender essential oil
5 drops of Peppermint essential oil

Essential Room Freshener

5 drops of Lemon essential oil
5 drops of Tea Tree essential oil
5 drops of Sage essential oil
5 drops of Cajuput essential oil

Use these essential oil combinations in your daily life - just see the difference in how your mood changes!
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title:Essential Oils – The Natural Way To Health And Well Being
author:Sanji Gretta
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Essential oils are the natural product of plant metabolism. They are considered the liquid immune system of the plant. Essential oils come from the stems, seeds, leaves, bark, roots, rinds, flower petals and grasses of plants.
When you buy essential oils don’t be upset at the price. First off, they are well worth it. Secondly, when used properly it only takes a very small amount to accomplish the task. You’ll also want to try to purchase organic essential oils. The more pure the essential oil the more potent it will be. All natural and chemical free should be the only type of essential oil you purchase. Other modifications and processing can alter the strength and the purity of the oil. Essential oils that are extra virgin or cold pressed are great ones to use.
Essential oils can be used for a variety of purposes. Aromatherapy, bath oils, medicinal uses, and massage are only a few of the typical uses for essential oils. For a natural, effective therapy, no matter what the purpose, there is most likely an essential oil available to suite your needs.
When thinking about aromatherapy essential oil there is a variety out there from which to make your choices. The purer an aromatherapy essential oil the more potent the therapeutic effects. There is a wide range of aromatherapy essential oils all with their own unique therapeutic qualities.
Here is some information help you decide to buy any essential oil. To start, your essential oils have to be diluted into base oils. Diluting will make the substance go further and last longer. Dilution of essential oils will not reduce the effects.
Massage therapy essential oils can just as well be used in baths. Since a nice warm bath can be a great way to unwind at the end of the day, what better way to relax than to include a product that will help in many more ways, from rejuvenating the spirit and the mind to conditioning the skin. It is important to note that oil will cause the surface of the tub to become very slick, so use caution when exiting the tub and be sure to wash the tub out thoroughly when finished to avoid an accident the next time you bathe.
As with any product it is always important to check the contents of the oils and purchase them from a reputable company where you have more assurance of the ingredients used. Particular medical condition may cause adverse reactions when using these oils. If you have high blood pressure, pregnancy, epilepsy, heart conditions, diabetes and more consult with a physician before use. Remember, it is a good rule of thumb to spend a little time doing your homework first rather than pay for it later with your health.
Essential Oil Warnings

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Essential oils should be used with caution. Essential oils are many times more potent than dried herbs. Just like any medicine, essential oils can be harmful if they are not used carefully or properly.

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Essential oils should be used with caution. Essential oils are many times more potent than dried herbs. Just like any medicine, essential oils can be harmful if they are not used carefully or properly.

Wear suitable gloves and eye and face protection when working with essential oils. Prior to mixing oils, be sure to read everything you can about the oils and their effects. The use or handling of essential oils should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy. In fact, all essential oils should be used with caution.

Some basic procedures should therefore be observed in order to ensure safety but also the quality of the oils in storage. Only small quantities of essential oil combinations should be made up at a time, as vegetable oils combined with the essences, tend to oxidize and turn rancid. Once oils start to turn cloudy or smell rancid they should be disposed of.

Essential oils should be kept out of reach of children. It is also advisable to fit bottles that don't have a dripolator (orifice reducer) with a child proof cap for safety reasons.

Essential Oil containers are best kept in a dark, cool place with temperature fluctuations kept to a minimum. Essential oils are flammable and should therefore not be used near naked flame.

Always mix essential oils with carrier oils before applying to skin. People with sensitive skin must take particular care to make sure that essential oils are diluted prior to using them. It is always recommended that before you begin to use any formula, you read the directions carefully and test it first. Always try a small skin test with a diluted sample prior to using. Test spots should always be conducted prior to using an essential oil combination as certain essential oils may irritate sensitive skins.

Essential oils should not be taken internally, they are only for external use.

Care should be taken when purchasing essential oils as some retailers sell synthetic based oils that are chemically created and are not natural, purchase oils not by price but by quality and purity.

Essential oils may be used to for relaxation, emotional enjoyment or healing. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating but they also must be used with care.

Essential points you need to know about migraine

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Migraine is one of the most common excuse people use when they can’t attend a meeting or miss a class for students. In fact, it is an overused excuse next to insomniac. But this kind of headache is not a joke.

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Migraine is one of the most common excuse people use when they can’t attend a meeting or miss a class for students. In fact, it is an overused excuse next to insomniac. But this kind of headache is not a joke. It is necessary to find out the essential information about migraine so that when the time comes that the excuse becomes true you will not freak out of what you are feeling.

What it is and what it has…

Migraine is the kind of headache that occurs repeatedly. There is an estimated 11 individuals who get migraines in 100 people. A person with migraine experiences excruciating pain on one portion or side of the person’s head.

Migraine is classified according to the occurrence of aura and otherwise. Aura is a range of neurological disturbances such as visual irregularity. This serves as a sign that migraine is yet to occur. A person may experience vertigo, numbness which last approximately 20 minutes or less. This type is also called classic migraine that includes symptoms such as weakness of leg or arm, itching hands or face, confusion,

A common type of migraine does not occur with an aura. Some individuals only experience preceding symptoms such as mental confusion, mood swings, fatigue, and others. This type lasts to a maximum of 4 days.

Speaking of visual irregularity, one type of migraine is the ocular migraine which may result to vision loss or difficulty. But do not worry because its symptoms only lasts a while and doesn’t pose harm to the eye only that it affects your daily lifestyle.

Migraine signs include the following: severe headache, one-sided and frontal headache, nausea, vomiting, weakness, light and sound sensitivity, throbbing headache, eye pain, etc.

Triggering factors

Migraine can be triggered by many factors but all of these do not yet have scientific explanations. It includes allergic reactions, perfume odors, stress, irregular sleep patterns, meal skipping, alcohol, caffeine, pills intake, headaches due to tension, foods with tyramine, chocolate, peanut butter, banana, dairy products, and many more.

There are also drugs that can trigger migraine. These include nitrates, theophylline, reserpine, nifedipine, indomethicin, and cimetidine. So watch out for these if you know that you have the tendency to have migraine.

Essential Skin Care Products for Men

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An informative article about some must-have skin care products for men


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More often than not, when we are discussing skin care products, the ensuing conversation tends to focus on products for women.  Although most skin care products are designed with women in mind, there is a growing market for quality skin care products for men.  A number of forward thinking companies have acknowledged this untapped market, and have released a number of products designed for men.  I recently reviewed some of these products, with the help of a male friend.  The following are some of the best in skin care products for men.

Neutrogena has released an excellent line of products, available in two specific product categories; Skin Clearing and Razor Defense.  The Skin Clearing line is designed to help men that have problems with Acne.  This category includes a facial wash, shaving cream, and an after shave astringent.  The Razor Defense series is intended for use by men with no specific skin conditions and includes a gentle face scrub, shave gel, and face lotion.  They all have a fresh, clean smell and are highly effective. 

Aveda also offers some wonderful products for men.  Their products are designed with the highest quality standards, and they include a number of certified organic ingredients.  The Rosemary Mint Shaving Gel is absolutely incredible.  It has organic lavender, marjoram, peppermint, and rosemary in it.  It also has coconut-derived moisturizers that assist in providing a smooth, friction-free shave.  Aveda also has a shampoo/body bar that provides an invigorating wash.  It is made with coconut and almonds, both of which are very good for your skin.

We also sampled a number of fine products from Jurlique.  We purchased the Men's Deluxe Travel Kit which included shaving gel, foaming face cleanser, antioxidant moisturizer, moisturizing lotion, as well as shower and shampoo gel.  The travel kit even came with its very own face towel!  All of the organic ingredients in these products are grown in southern Australia, and they are included in these products using a unique biointrinsic extraction process.  Jurlique is a wonderful company with some excellent products that come highly recommended. 

There are a lot of quality products on the market for men.  I would recommend trying a number of different products, in order to find the one you like best.  While using quality skin care products may not be a significant priority for men, we hope that through education and insightful information this will change.  Men may not care to learn the truth about eye creams, but they should care about taking care of themselves.  Ladies, perhaps you could give them a helping hand?

title:Essential Tremors
author:Jim Boxley
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Have you ever seen people in public whose hand or hands shake?Have you thought to yourself, they must have Parkinson`s or maybe they had to much to drink? Sometimes  you may even make fun of them or try not to be around them.
Each day you get up and brush your teeth, button your shirt, tie your laces, and can hold a cup of coffee, but people with advance tremor can only do this with great difficulty.  Most people with the disorder don`r even have a social life or go to great lengths to hide the shaking, they avoid holding anything or will use 2 hands,but most avoid doing anything that would draw attention to themselves.
In public or around strangersmost will avoid eating and drinking until they can do it unobserved.
Essential Tremor (ET) is the most common form of tremor.  ET was called benign tremor but there is nothing benign about it.  It is often mistaken for Parkinson`s, and can affect people of any age.  This is being written to enlighten and inform people of the disorder.
The disorder will usually get worse with age. Today there are more than 20 different kinds of tremor, so don`t be misdiagnosed.
ET can be involuntary, oscillating, wobbling, rhythmatic, or a movement or shaking of your head, arm, hand, or torso or a combination of these.
It can occur on one side or both sides of the body. Common types of tremor are: resting, postural, task specific, Essential and Parkinson`s.
A family history will be present but not always. Millions of people are affected by tremor in the US alone. ET is a neurological disorder that is more common with the aging but can be present at any age, with mine it surfaced at the age of 17.
Defining ET: Posturial tremor occurs in the arms and hands during action and noaction or drugs known to cause are present. Head, voice and neck tremor may or may not be present and no other known factors causing this are present.
ET causes uncontrollable shaking of the hands, voice, torso, head, legs and other parts of the body and will increase in severity when trying to perform an action of any kind.
Many different drugs are available to treat ET, such as Propananol, Premadone, Sotalol, Atenolol and various others.
Before much was known about the disorder even valium was prescribed because it was belived to be"just your nerves",some medical people still believe this because they don`t know about tremor.
While the different drugs will help, they will not completly do away with the symptoms but will help manage them and improve the daily lives of those affected.  As time goes by the drugs will have less and less effect and dosage will have to be increased, as in my case, years went by and maximum dosage was reached without effect and the new surgery was opted for.
When all else fails to control the disorder you can fall back on surgery with brain stimulators, which will interfere with or block the bad signals the brain sends and therefore helps the tremor to not happen. With deep brain stimulators you can lead a more normal life and even work jobs you were afraid to try before.
The surgery sounds scary but the procedure, while being a little uncomfortable and with the fact you have to be awake during the proceedure, isn`t as bad as it sounds, and when you see the results a couple months later you know it was worth it.
If you have the disorder or know someone who has seek out a neurologist who has traing in this field.  In my case a neurosurgon was found who was also teaching the subject in our local medical school.
This type of surgery has less complications than other surgery and is also reversible. The older treatment involves cutting away part of the thalmus.
Establishing the Ties between Lycopene, the Prostate and Sexual Health

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The article talks about the health benefits of consuming foods that are rich in lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant and phytochemical that may help prevent certain cancers which includes prostate cancer, a kind of cancer that is one of the leading causes of male sexual health problems.

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Lycopene is considered by many specialists as one of the most potent antioxidants known to man due to its ability to prevent the development of certain cancers and other ailments. Lycopene is an antioxidant that is present in red fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, watermelon, and grapefruits. This antioxidant may help prevent cell damage that can be caused by oxidative stress, pollution, and many more. Lycopene may also prevent the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and male infertility. In addition to these health benefits, lycopene may prevent the development of prostate cancer, one of the leading causes of male sexual health problems.

The prostate is walnut-size gland that is located just below the bladder and is prone to many male urinary tract problems, cancer, benign enlargement, inflammation, and many more. With an estimated 18,000 new cases a year in the United States, it has become of the most common causes of male malignancy.

Prostate cancer is any tumor or abnormal growth of cells in the tissues of the prostate gland and probably beyond the prostate. The exact cause of this kind of cancer is not known. Many health experts believe that one's age and family history may play a role in the chances of developing this dreaded disease. Prostate cancer is very common among black men and male patients over 50 years old.  Medical studies show that this ailment is most likely caused by changes in male testosterone levels. This hormone is produced by the testes which influences the development and spread of prostate cancer. Thus, men with higher testosterone levels are more prone to acquire this health ailment. Age is a prevailing factor in the risk for the development of prostate cancer. As men get older, the risk of acquiring this cancer may also increase.  Failure to treat this condition may impair a man's overall well- being and sexual health.

The role of lycopene in preventing prostate cancer is unclear. However, several health studies suggest that this antioxidant is a key factor in reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer. This is possible because lycopene is a phytochemical that acts as a cancer-blocking agent that may help prevent carcinogens (agents that are involved in the formation of cancer) from interacting with other cellular components. This factor is essential in cancer prevention. Aside from lycopene, other cancer-suppressing phytochemicals include beta-carotene, curcumin, epigallocatechin gallate, genistein, resveratrol, gingerol, capsaicin, and many more.

Studies that focus on the health benefits of lycopene is a reminder that engaging in healthy lifestyles and partaking in healthy diets are essential in preventing the formation of prostate cancer and other kinds of cancers. Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, foods high in monosodium glutamate (MSG), and other substances that may irritate the urinary tract is important to prostate health. If these things cannot be avoided, eating or drinking them in moderation is the next best preventive measure. In addition to these factors, exercising and cutting down on animal fat consumption and eating lots of fiber, fruits, and vegetables may improve one's health.

Estrogen Side Effects - Do You Know Them?

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Estrogen side effects definitely exist, and one should understand the difference between natural estrogen and synthetic estrogen.  The most commonly prescribed synthetic estrogen is Premarin, currently manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. According to the manufacturer, the most frequent estrogen side effects for Premarin are - vaginitis due to yeast or other causes, vaginal bleeding, painful menstruation and leg cramps. Wyeth also makes a Premarin vaginal cream - its most...

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Estrogen side effects definitely exist, and one should understand the difference between natural estrogen and synthetic estrogen.

The most commonly prescribed synthetic estrogen is Premarin, currently manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. According to the manufacturer, the most frequent estrogen side effects for Premarin are - vaginitis due to yeast or other causes, vaginal bleeding, painful menstruation and leg cramps. Wyeth also makes a Premarin vaginal cream - its most commonly reported side effects include vaginal discomfort or pain, breast pain, vaginitis and itching.

The synthetic estrogen prescription drugs are not the same as natural estrogens occurring in the body. Since substances occurring naturally cannot be patented, drug companies alter the molecular structure and create a new substance that is patentable. However, the body treats synthetic drugs differently than natural substances, usually in the form of unwanted estrogen side effects.

The three main estrogens occurring in the body are estradiol, estrone and estriol. Natural estrogens are identical to those occurring in the human body and are easily available in the form of estriol creams and tablets.

According to Harvard-trained family physician Dr. John R. Lee in his book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, the estrogens tend to increase cell division in tissue that is hormone-sensitive such as breast and uterine tissue. Estradiol is about a thousand times stronger in its effect on breast tissue than is estriol. He references studies from 25 years ago that showed that overexposure to estradiol increases the risk of breast cancer.

Besides estrogen side effects from synthetic estrogens, unhealthy excess estrogen is regularly obtained from other sources. Birth control pills, household chemicals and pesticides, certain foods that have been sprayed or given chemicals and many construction materials used in homes are all sources of estrogen which leads to estrogen side effects in the female body. Doctors call this hormone imbalance condition of excess estrogen in the body - estrogen dominance. What are these estrogen side effects or symptoms of estrogen dominance? The symptoms include low sex drive, bloating and weight gain, headaches before the menstrual period, mood swings, irregular periods and excessive menstrual bleeding.

In the normal menstrual cycle and a healthy woman, estrogen is the dominant hormone that is produced for the first 10-12 days following the previous menstrual flow. At ovulation the female body begins producing progesterone, which happens for the next 12 days or so. If there is no pregnancy, progesterone and estrogen levels will drop at around day 28, allowing menstruation to begin. However, if there is no ovulation, progesterone will not be produced by the body that month. This event is called an annovulatory cycle, and it is a typical occurance today for women in their thirties and forties - no ovulation, no progesterone. This leaves the woman with a deficiency of progesterone, an excess of estrogen and resulting estrogen side effects. And if a hysterectomy has happened, surgical menopause means the woman no longer produces progesterone, resulting in hormone imbalance.

If estrogen side effects from synthetic estrogen are a problem, consider using the safer natural estrogen form which is estriol. Read more about estrogen side effects, natural estrogen supplementation and physician-recommended natural treatments for dealing with hormone imbalance.

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Etiqueta de Poquer

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Aquí te presento las normas de comportamiento del Póquer para ser un profesional en el mundo de este ambicioso juego.


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Si eres un principiante en el juego, o mas bien un experto que se ha dedicado toda la vida a apuestas y partidos de Póquer, aprender las normas de conducta nunca esta de mas. Aquí te presentamos algunas reglas no tan estrictas pero importantes a la hora de demostrar tu estilo y profesionalismo.

En el Póquer:
1) No debes mirar ni intentar leer las cartas de los demás jugadores antes de que ellos mismos expongan las cartas en la mesa. No es considerado apropiado.

2) No debes revelar el contenido de tus cartas antes de terminar ese partido o mano. Si lo haces los demás jugadores sabrán si has mentido o como es tu situación. También podrán saber que otras cartas quedan en las manos de los demás jugadores.

3) No debes comenzar la jugada si todavía no llego tu turno. No lo hagas ni en broma, y si lo haces por error, pide disculpas a los demás jugadores ya que es un acto que no es aceptado en el poquer.

4) No debes amontonar las fichas del partido apiñadamente o desordenadamente. Probablemente va a molestar en la mesa a los demás jugadores, e interferir en el reparto de las cartas.

5) No debes ayudar a demás jugadores ni decir cosas que influyan sus a sus decisiones en el partido. Puede causar problemas entre todos los jugadores. Cada uno deberá tomar sus propias decisiones y equivocarse es parte del juego.

6) No debes usar el teléfono celular en el casino. Si estas en medio del partido y debes recibir una llamada urgente pide disculpas a los demás jugadores y retírate del partido hasta que termines de hablar.

7) No debes hacer trampa ni estafar. Pretender que tienes mejores cartas de las que tienes es parte del juego, pero la trapa y la estafa están prohibidos.

8) No debes maldecir o usar lenguaje obsceno en el partido de Póquer. Tampoco debes amenazar al repartidor del juego ni a cualquiera de los jugadores. Es importante mantener la calma a pesar de los resultados del juego.

9) Es importante respetar el partido sin quebrar, llorar, estropear las cartas a la mesa o a las fichas.

10) Finalmente, no traigas objetos electrónicos como cámara fotográfica o filmadora, radio, etc. Son artículos inapropiados para mantener el estado neutral en un partido de Póquer.

11) No debes fumar deliberadamente en medio del partido. En muchos casinos esta prohibido, y si juegas con amigos asegurate que no moleste a ninguno.

Todas estas normas, como mencione previamente, no están escritas en ningún reglamento del Póquer pero si son importantes de respetar y recordar a la hora que te propongas jugar. Disfruta tu juego y buena suerte!

title:Eucalyptus Oil for Colds and Flu
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Recently I came down with a cold, flu, and some heavy chest congestion. My 8-year daughter also became sick.
One of the Natural Remedies I used was Eucalyptus Oil, which helped to reduce the chest congestion and the symptoms of the flu.
Herbalists use this oil to treat colds, coughs, and other respiratory ailments. Eucalyptus helps to loosen phlegm and improve lung function.
The active ingredient in eucalyptus oil is cineol or euclyptol.
The oil is a fine decongestant and has strong germicidal and antibacterial effects.
Some other uses for Eucalyptus are skin problems, muscle, and nerve pain. It has been used as diuretic, and to lower blood sugar.
Here's how I use this oil to help me when I have a cold with cough and chest congestion. Just before bedtime, I rub the oil on my chest and throat. Then I wrap a cloth around my neck to keep it warm and to help the eucalyptus to penetrate the skin.
If you have EMU oil, you can add a drop or two of EMU to the eucalyptus oil to help it penetrate your skin faster and deeper. EMU oil has the property of penetrating the skin and moving deep into your tissues and to carry any other substances that are mix with it into the skin.
I use plenty of eucalyptus oil in the rub, but some of you might react to it so just rub a little to see it you will be ok with it. If you use eucalyptus oil with other oils, it becomes less irritating.
Eucalyptus oil can also be used in a steam inhalation to help with colds or flu.
You can also mix eucalyptus with tea tree oil and massage your chest and back when you have the flu.
You can also mix eucalyptus with thyme, rosemary and lemon and diffuse it into the room when you are sick with the flu or cold.
Only use eucalyptus for the time need to clear you cold. Long-term use of this oil has an effect on the liver.
Do not use eucalyptus oil on children under 6 years.
title:Eugenics and the Future of the Human Species
author:Sam Vaknin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

"It is clear that modern medicine has created a serious dilemma ... In the past, there were many children who never survived - they succumbed to various diseases ... But in a sense modern medicine has put natural selection out of commission. Something that has helped one individual over a serious illness can in the long run contribute to weakening the resistance of the whole human race to certain diseases. If we pay absolutely no attention to what is called hereditary hygiene, we could find ourselves facing a degeneration of the human race. Mankind's hereditary potential for resisting serious disease will be weakened."
Jostein Gaarder in "Sophie's World", a bestselling philosophy textbook for adolescents published in Oslo, Norway, in 1991 and, afterwards, throughout the world, having been translated to dozens of languages.
The Nazis regarded the murder of the feeble-minded and the mentally insane - intended to purify the race and maintain hereditary hygiene - as a form of euthanasia. German doctors were enthusiastic proponents of an eugenics movements rooted in 19th century social Darwinism. Luke Gormally writes, in his essay "Walton, Davies, and Boyd" (published in "Euthanasia Examined - Ethical, Clinical, and Legal Perspectives", ed. John Keown, Cambridge University Press, 1995):
"When the jurist Karl Binding and the psychiatrist Alfred Hoche published their tract The Permission to Destroy Life that is Not Worth Living in 1920 ... their motive was to rid society of the 'human ballast and enormous economic burden' of care for the mentally ill, the handicapped, retarded and deformed children, and the incurably ill. But the reason they invoked to justify the killing of human beings who fell into these categories was that the lives of such human beings were 'not worth living', were 'devoid of value'"
It is this association with the hideous Nazi regime that gave eugenics - a term coined by a relative of Charles Darwin, Sir Francis Galton, in 1883 - its bad name. Richard Lynn, of the University of Ulster of North Ireland, thinks that this recoil resulted in "Dysgenics - the genetic deterioration of modern (human) population", as the title of his controversial tome puts it.
The crux of the argument for eugenics is that a host of technological, cultural, and social developments conspired to give rise to negative selection of the weakest, least intelligent, sickest, the habitually criminal, the sexually deviant, the mentally-ill, and the least adapted.
Contraception is more widely used by the affluent and the well-educated than by the destitute and dull. Birth control as practiced in places like China distorted both the sex distribution in the cities - and increased the weight of the rural population (rural couples in China are allowed to have two children rather than the urban one).
Modern medicine and the welfare state collaborate in sustaining alive individuals - mainly the mentally retarded, the mentally ill, the sick, and the genetically defective - who would otherwise have been culled by natural selection to the betterment of the entire species.
Eugenics may be based on a literal understanding of Darwin's metaphor.
The 2002 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica has this to say:
"Darwin's description of the process of natural selection as the survival of the fittest in the struggle for life is a metaphor. 'Struggle' does not necessarily mean contention, strife, or combat; 'survival' does not mean that ravages of death are needed to make the selection effective; and 'fittest' is virtually never a single optimal genotype but rather an array of genotypes that collectively enhance population survival rather than extinction. All these considerations are most apposite to consideration of natural selection in humans. Decreasing infant and childhood mortality rates do not necessarily mean that natural selection in the human species no longer operates. Theoretically, natural selection could be very effective if all the children born reached maturity. Two conditions are needed to make this theoretical possibility realized: first, variation in the number of children per family and, second, variation correlated with the genetic properties of the parents. Neither of these conditions is farfetched."
The eugenics debate is only the visible extremity of the Man vs. Nature conundrum. Have we truly conquered nature and extracted ourselves from its determinism? Have we graduated from natural to cultural evolution, from natural to artificial selection, and from genes to memes?
Does the evolutionary process culminate in a being that transcends its genetic baggage, that programs and charts its future, and that allows its weakest and sickest to survive? Supplanting the imperative of the survival of the fittest with a culturally-sensitive principle may be the hallmark of a successful evolution, rather than the beginning of an inexorable decline.
The eugenics movement turns this argument on its head. They accept the premise that the contribution of natural selection to the makeup of future human generations is glacial and negligible. But they reject the conclusion that, having ridden ourselves of its tyranny, we can now let the weak and sick among us survive and multiply. Rather, they propose to replace natural selection with eugenics.
But who, by which authority, and according to what guidelines will administer this man-made culling and decide who is to live and who is to die, who is to breed and who may not? Why select by intelligence and not by courtesy or altruism or church-going - or al of them together? It is here that eugenics fails miserably. Should the criterion be physical, like in ancient Sparta? Should it be mental? Should IQ determine one's fate - or social status or wealth? Different answers yield disparate eugenic programs and target dissimilar groups in the population.
Aren't eugenic criteria liable to be unduly influenced by fashion and cultural bias? Can we agree on a universal eugenic agenda in a world as ethnically and culturally diverse as ours? If we do get it wrong - and the chances are overwhelming - will we not damage our gene pool irreparably and, with it, the future of our species?
And even if many will avoid a slippery slope leading from eugenics to active extermination of "inferior" groups in the general population - can we guarantee that everyone will? How to prevent eugenics from being appropriated by an intrusive, authoritarian, or even murderous state?
Modern eugenicists distance themselves from the crude methods adopted at the beginning of the last century by 29 countries, including Germany, The United States, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Venezuela, Estonia, Argentina, Norway, Denmark, Sweden (until 1976), Brazil, Italy, Greece, and Spain.
They talk about free contraceptives for low-IQ women, vasectomies or tubal ligations for criminals, sperm banks with contributions from high achievers, and incentives for college students to procreate. Modern genetic engineering and biotechnology are readily applicable to eugenic projects. Cloning can serve to preserve the genes of the fittest. Embryo selection and prenatal diagnosis of genetically diseased embryos can reduce the number of the unfit.
But even these innocuous variants of eugenics fly in the face of liberalism. Inequality, claim the proponents of hereditary amelioration, is genetic, not environmental. All men are created unequal and as much subject to the natural laws of heredity as are cows and bees. Inferior people give birth to inferior offspring and, thus, propagate their inferiority.
Even if this were true - which is at best debatable - the question is whether the inferior specimen of our species possess the inalienable right to reproduce? If society is to bear the costs of over-population - social welfare, medical care, daycare centers - then society has the right to regulate procreation. But does it have the right to act discriminately in doing so?
Another dilemma is whether we have the moral right - let alone the necessary knowledge - to interfere with natural as well as social and demographic trends. Eugenicists counter that contraception and indiscriminate medicine already do just that. Yet, studies show that the more affluent and educated a population becomes - the less fecund it is. Birth rates throughout the world have dropped dramatically already.
Instead of culling the great unwashed and the unworthy - wouldn't it be a better idea to educate them (or their off-spring) and provide them with economic opportunities (euthenics rather than eugenics)? Human populations seem to self-regulate. A gentle and persistent nudge in the right direction - of increased affluence and better schooling - might achieve more than a hundred eugenic programs, voluntary or compulsory.
That eugenics presents itself not merely as a biological-social agenda, but as a panacea, ought to arouse suspicion. The typical eugenics text reads more like a catechism than a reasoned argument. Previous all-encompassing and omnicompetent plans tended to end traumatically - especially when they contrasted a human elite with a dispensable underclass of persons.
Above all, eugenics is about human hubris. To presume to know better than the lottery of life is haughty. Modern medicine largely obviates the need for eugenics in that it allows even genetically defective people to lead pretty normal lives. Of course, Man himself - being part of Nature - may be regarded as nothing more than an agent of natural selection. Still, many of the arguments advanced in favor of eugenics can be turned against it with embarrassing ease.
Consider sick children. True, they are a burden to society and a probable menace to the gene pool of the species. But they also inhibit further reproduction in their family by consuming the financial and mental resources of the parents. Their genes - however flawed - contribute to genetic diversity. Even a badly mutated phenotype sometimes yields precious scientific knowledge and an interesting genotype.
The implicit Weltbild of eugenics is static - but the real world is dynamic. There is no such thing as a "correct" genetic makeup towards which we must all strive. A combination of genes may be perfectly adaptable to one environment - but woefully inadequate in another. It is therefore prudent to encourage genetic diversity or polymorphism.
The more rapidly the world changes, the greater the value of mutations of all sorts. One never knows whether today's maladaptation will not prove to be tomorrow's winner. Ecosystems are invariably comprised of niches and different genes - even mutated ones - may fit different niches.
In the 18th century most peppered moths in Britain were silvery gray, indistinguishable from lichen-covered trunks of silver birches - their habitat. Darker moths were gobbled up by rapacious birds. Their mutated genes proved to be lethal. As soot from sprouting factories blackened these trunks - the very same genes, hitherto fatal, became an unmitigated blessing. The blacker specimen survived while their hitherto perfectly adapted fairer brethren perished ("industrial melanism"). This mode of natural selection is called directional.
Moreover, "bad" genes are often connected to "desirable genes" (pleitropy). Sickle cell anemia protects certain African tribes against malaria. This is called "diversifying or disruptive natural selection". Artificial selection can thus fast deteriorate into adverse selection due to ignorance.
Modern eugenics relies on statistics. It is no longer concerned with causes - but with phenomena and the likely effects of intervention. If the adverse traits of off-spring and parents are strongly correlated - then preventing parents with certain undesirable qualities from multiplying will surely reduce the incidence of said dispositions in the general population. Yet, correlation does not necessarily imply causation. The manipulation of one parameter of the correlation does not inevitably alter it - or the incidence of the outcome.
Eugenicists often hark back to wisdom garnered by generations of breeders and farmers. But the unequivocal lesson of thousands of years of artificial selection is that cross-breeding (hybridization) - even of two lines of inferior genetic stock - yields valuable genotypes. Inter-marriage between races, groups in the population, ethnic groups, and clans is thus bound to improve the species' chances of survival more than any eugenic scheme.
Europe: Places to Meet Pure Bred Aristocracy and Royalty

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Most of us grew up hearing stories of princes, princesses and kings and queens. In this article, I will show you how you can meet such royalty and even interact with them.


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Want to meet a Duke or a true Prince and Princess? One of the easiest and most convenient places to meet pure royalty is at one of the prestigious hotel casinos. They hang out at many of the following five casinos and, once you are in, you can interact with them, play against them and if you are good enough, even beat them. Wouldn't you like to boast that you defeated a King? These five hotel casinos give you that chance.

But do not expect an all you can eat buffet or players with baseball caps and cool shades. Come dressed elegantly and only then will you be let in to share a baccarat game with pure-bred European aristocracy.

The European casinos listed here are the largest and the most luxurious casinos in Europe. Their appointed clientele is less the seasonal tourist gambler and more the upper crust. So, if you are looking for a stylish way to spend your latest lottery winning, you can shoot the dice in one of the casinos listed below while your traveling partners lie around the French Riviera beaches or go on wild shopping trips in the streets of London or Moscow.

1) Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco:
Monte Carlo has been the favorite gaming destination of Europe's rich and famous for almost 150 years with the first casino that was founded by Prince Charles III of Monaco in 1863. Casino de Monte Carlo is a complex of five posh casinos located by the seashore and decorated in French rococo style with marbled columns, golden ornaments and crystal chandeliers. The overall environment would make you feel like an extra in a French history movie.

2) Casino Metropol, Moscow:
The Russian Federation has the biggest number of casinos and slot machines in Eastern Europe. The best casinos for tourists are obviously the ones located in hotels. Casino Metropol is part of the five star Hotel Metropol, which is not only one of the most elegant casino hotels in the area but it is also conveniently located in the center of Moscow within a walking distance from the Red Square and the Kremlin. The lowest minimum table requirement is 25 dollars and a night at the presidential suite will cost you 2,000 dollars.

3) Baden Baden Casino, Baden Baden, Germany:
The veteran European casino was founded in 1809 and although it has changed several ownerships since then, its reputation as one of the finest casinos in Europe in general and in Germany in particular has not change. Nowadays, the Baden Baden Casino is one of the city's landmarks along with the famous thermal baths. If you ignore the table games and the slot machines, walking through the 32,289 square foot casino looks as similar to a visit in an European art museum with permanent exhibits of oil paintings and sculptures.

4) The Clermont Club, London, England:
If you are visiting the UK, you cannot just pop into a casino but have to apply for a membership at least a day ahead. If you plan to follow this procedure, the Clermont Club in Berkeley Square is one of the most reputable gaming clubs around. Set in a 17th century building, the Clermont Club was designed to resemble the Great Hall at Holkham. In addition to its friendly and convenient gaming room, the Clermont Club includes a bar and a clubroom where members and their guests can lounge over a banquet of a vintage bottle of champagne. Note that playing at online casinos is legal in the UK, so you can just pop into any internet cafe for online games.

5) Casino Barriere de Deauville, Deauville, France:
The elegant seaside casino resort had inspired Ian Fleming in depicting the Casino of Royale les Eaux in his first James Bond novel Casino Royale. First founded in the 1860s by the Duc de Morny, the extravagant palace is one of the most beautiful casinos in the world. In addition to its gaming facilities, Casino Barriere hosts variety of exclusive entertainment shows as well as cultural and artistic events.

title:Evaluating Our Portion Size: The We Eating Too Much?
author:Colleen Palati
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The obesity rate in America continues to rise and the years go by. Between our fast paced culture and all the wonderful foods that are so easily at our fingertips, it is no wonder that obesity is climbing.
According to the USDA, we as a culture are gaining weight because of a lack of portion control. A recent article in Fitness magazine reported that Americans are eating 150 more calories per day than we were 20 years ago. That adds up to an extra 15 pounds per person per year. Changing our portion size seems to be synonymous with weight control.
To help give you a better idea of what different portion sizes should look like, use these suggestions:
Peanut butter should look like one Oreo cookie.
Dry spaghetti should look like the diameter of a quarter.
A bagel should look like a six-ounce can of tuna.
An oat bran muffin should look like a tennis ball.
Mashed potatoes should look like a half a baseball.
Fruit juice should look like a container of yogurt.
Swiss cheese should look like a pair of dice.
Meat, chicken or fish should look like a deck of cards.
Low fat vanilla ice cream should look like a half an orange.
Dry roasted peanuts should look like one and a half golf balls.
Low fat granola should look like one fist.
Potato chips should look like half a grapefruit.
Just by making small adjustments in our portion size, we will see less calories in our diet and the potential to drop those extra pounds!
Yours in healthy living,
Colleen Palati
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Pittsburgh, PA 15239
title:Evaluating the Top Sunless Tanning Products
author:Nicky Pilkington
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Unless you think wrinkled, leathery skin with brown spots is sexy you should limit your exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. In addition to adversely affecting the appearance of your skin, overexposure to the sun can result in skin cancer. Despite the widespread message that people should limit the amount of time they spend in the sun, many people still continue to do so. One of the main reasons people neglect to adhere to the warnings of the sun has to do with wanting to obtain a tan. There are alternative methods for obtaining a tan that do not cause the damaging effects of the sun. There are some advantages and disadvantages of all the methods, so it is best to evaluate the methods that are available and select the one that best fits your needs.
The most popular sunless tanning products on the market that are applied directly to the skin are lotions. Their popularity is associated with their convenience and cost. You can apply sunless tanning lotions just about anywhere. With some sunless tanning products you have to apply the product overnight and rinse it off in the morning. Many sunless tanning lotions are formulated with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) so that you can apply it and then proceed with your normal daily activities. One of the main downsides of lotions is that you may not obtain an even tan. Although you may apply the lotion to your entire body, there may be areas that you miss or that may not have absorbed into your skin.
The problem of tan evenness does not exist with airbrush tanning. With this method you can obtain the most coverage of any other sunless tanning product that you apply to your skin. The coverage that you obtain from airbrush tanning is immediate because the tanning solution is what gives you the tan. This is in direct contrast to other methods of sunless tanning that react with the natural chemistry of your skin. The product is available in handheld systems that you apply yourself, or you can visit a salon that provides tan spray booths. The only disadvantage of using airbrush-tanning products is that you will undoubtedly have to apply the product often since the product will eventually fade.
For some people, applying sunless tanning products can cause excessive dry skin. You can purchase a moisturizer separately or purchase a sunless tanning kit. In addition to a sunless tanning product (lotion, spray, or gel), sunless tanning kits generally contain a product for exfoliating the skin before applying the tanning product, and a moisturizer that you apply after applying the product. While these kits are great for providing a complete tanning solution, they can be expensive.
Regardless of the sunless tanning method you choose, you should still use caution when you plan to spend a significant amount of time in the sun. The sunless tanning methods listed here are only a small representative of the products available on the market. You can find additional information about other sunless tanning products, including those that are highly controversial (such as sunless tanning pills) by visiting This website also includes references to sunless tanning products that are available on the market.
Even the Elderly Need a Good Night's Sleep

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The article summarizes a recent study on older people and their difficulty with sleeping. Research has shown a significant number of the elderly are now experiencing difficulties in sleeping, likely because of different medical conditions. Quality of life is associated with sleep, and this research has opened doors for treatment and prevention regarding sleeping problems.

sleep problems, depression, anxiety, sleep patterns

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Experts say that older Americans often have difficulty getting good night's sleep. It is a big quality-of-life problem, since contrary to popular belief, the elderly needs about the same amount of sleep as younger adults. According to senior research associate Dr. Harrison Bloom of the International Longevity Center, sleep problems together with sleeping disorders are not an inherent part of aging. In addition, he also said that it's pretty much of a myth that older people need less sleep than younger people.

But still, in a study published recently in the American Journal of Medicine, researchers found that more than half of older Americans have problems in getting the sleep that they need. Dr. Julie Gammack, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at St. Louis University and also the author of the study said that older people tend to have “sleep fragmentation”, meaning they wake up more often during the night. She also added that older people seem to get less “REM” sleep, the type of sleep during which rapid eye movement occurs.

It is unclear what specific role these naturally occurring changes in sleep patterns have on a person's quality of life, but what is important though, is that older people often have actual sleep disorders and sleep problems, according to Dr. Bloom. In line with this, experts say that there is usually more than one case. A professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate director of the University of Washington's Northwest Geriatric Education Center Michael Vitiello said that sleep disturbance in older adults is typically associated with acute and chronic illnesses, including specific sleep disorders like sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that appear with greater frequency in older populations. As people age, they typically develop more diseases and suffer from aches and pains. Gammack noted that these things can disrupt sleep, so what they may see as a sleep disorder may actually relate to the effects of some of their other medical conditions. Bloom also added that taking multiple medications, like most older people do, can also lead to fatigue and “hypers omnia”, or being tired all the time. Another big problem, Bloom notes, would be depression and anxiety, since these conditions are commonly associated with sleep problems.

But despite the prevalence of sleep difficulties in older adults, many patients are not getting the help they need. According to Vitiello, the average physician only receives little training regarding sleep disorders and usually does not routinely screen patients for them. This may be due to lack of time or training, or the belief that there is little that can be done to improve sleep. As a result, sleep disturbances such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and circadian rhythm disorders are left undiagnosed and untreated.

In somehow solving the problem, an organization on aging, geriatrics and sleep is currently developing guidelines to promote prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sleep problems in older adults. According to Bloom, the reason why they are concerned with the problem, besides a major issue on the quality of life and being tired, is that sleep disorders are associated with hypertension, diabetes, pulmonary disease, heart disease, depression, and anxiety. A cause and effect relationship has yet to be established between sleep disorders and these chronic health conditions, but Bloom suggests that they contribute to each other.

Even The Youth Have Worries Of Their Own

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Anxiety to young people may be limited to situations in school.  However, the excessive worry may become overwhelming which could lead to other serious anxiety disorders and may prevent them from enjoying their young life.

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In this age of globalization and wireless technology, worrying about hectic schedules and living complicated life is completely normal.  When too much worrying becomes overwhelming, you may feel like they're out of control and they're running your life.  Consider your thoughts and feelings.  The excessive amount of time you feel anxious or have difficulty sleeping because of your worries can be symptoms of an anxiety disorders.
We all experience anxiety almost everyday.  It is considered a natural part of life.  It refers to the worries and concern of every day life which may lead to stress and nervousness.  Anxiety to young people can be limited to situations in school such as project deadlines, exams, special events like sports and proms.
There can be something good about feeling anxious.  It can actually help students to be motivated to prepare for the upcoming exams or recitations.  Athletes train well and become alert when being kept on their toes in potentially dangerous situations.  Occasional anxiety is something not to be concerned about.  However, for some teenagers, anxiety tends to rule their their lives.  Anxiety disorder can interfere with people's ability to function normally.  Teens with anxiety disorders may suffer from intense, long-lasting fear or worry, in addition to other symptoms.
Anxiety disorders are common mental health conditions characterized by unrealistic fear and worry which affect people of all ages, including kids and teens.  Young people with this condition aren't crazy but may find it hard to get through the day.  Aside from difficulty studying and concentrating, young people with anxiety disorder can also experience insomnia, or the inability to  fall asleep or stay asleep, as well as the loss of appetite.  The good news is, anxiety disorder can be treated.  Young people can be affected by several types of this condition which include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Having an anxiety disorder can make you feel stressed, tense or unable to relax, and you may experience physical symptoms such as headaches, sweaty hands, upset stomach, pounding heart, and muscle tension.  People with extremely intense symptoms may experience panic attacks and may think they are having a heart attack or might even die.
There is no one cause for anxiety disorders.  Research shows that many factors contribute to this condition including genetics, brain biochemistry, an overactive "fight or flight" response, life circumstances, and learned behavior.
Genetics - When one member of a family has anxiety disorder, there is a possibility that other members may also develop the condition, though of a different type, due to the hereditary or genetic component of anxiety disorder. 
Brain Biochemistry - Genetics influence a person's brain biochemistry, and may make certain people more prone to problems with anxiety.  The brain's biochemistry involves the brain's millions of nerve cells, called neurons, that constantly communicate with each other through chemicals called neurotransmitters.
These neurotransmitters are the brain's chemical messengers, and there are specific neurotransmitters that help regulate mood. Neurotransmitters are released from one neuron and attach to a receptor on another neuron.  However, if the receptor is blocked and unable to receive the neurotransmitter, it can create an imbalance in the levels of the neurotransmitter in the brain, and can cause symptoms of anxiety.  There are many kinds of neurotransmitters but those that are involved in anxiety are called serotonin and dopamine.  Imbalance of these chemicals will result to anxiety and other problems.
Life Circumstances - Traumatic life experiences can also set the stage for anxiety disorders which leads to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Learned Behavior - Having a family environment where there is a pervading atmosphere of fear can influence a child to grow up viewing the world as a scary place.  The child will become fearful and will always become anxious of worse things to happen.
“Fight or Flight” Response – This is the brain's automatic reaction to an anxiety-provoking situation which can also fuel an anxiety disorder.  When a person senses a potentially dangerous situation,  the brain quickly sends out a signal to amygdala, a small structure in the brain that activates the “fight or flight' response.  This response triggers sweating and makes the heart beats faster.  The body prepares itself ready for the eventuality of danger.  The danger may be real or just perceived danger.  As soon as the person realizes that there is no more danger, the person relaxes, and the “fight or flight” response stops.
Since the amygdala is programmed to "remember" the trigger in case it happens again, it enables the brain to protect the person from future danger by keeping track of all cues that might signal danger. When the amygdala overreacts, the person will mistakenly interpret certain things as dangerous.
Young people overwhelmed by anxiety disorder resort to alcohol and drugs, including sleeping pills, in order to relieve themselves of stress, anxiety attacks and other symptoms.  They feel that others may not understand what they are going through.  However, drugs and alcohol only create a false sense of relaxation which can be dangerous and may lead to lots of other serious problems. 
Young people must not let anxiety prevent them from enjoying their lives.  There are treatments and medications which can help them including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and relaxation or biofeedback to control tense muscles. A combination of treatments may also be prescribed.
Family support and communication is the key in dealing with people who are having anxiety disorders.  Close friends are a valuable part of the solution in overcoming anxiety problems.

title:Everyday Tips for Losing 10 Pounds
author:Michael Fortomas
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There was a time in this world when the need to lose weight was completely unheard of. People ate well, but the worked well too. They woke up early in the morning and then engaged in a whole day’s work. This work was mostly physical labor. People worked on fields digging, sowing, harvesting. They tilled they soil, rode horses, worked on farms and ranches. The result was that they could afford to eat almost anything they wanted in whatever quantities they wanted.
But that was ages ago. The world has changed so much since those days. Life styles have changed so much and the comforts and facilities have increased so much. But every rose has its thorn. As a result of all these comforts and amenities the state of physical well being has really changed. Most of us have sedentary jobs that demand little or no exercise at all. To put it simply, things have become so damn easy. And just as can be expected, weight gain has become a major concern for almost every city dweller.
During the period of thoughtless youth it is not such a major concern. The young practically eat nothing and so weight problems do not bother them so much. But as soon as you turn twenty, you start showing signs of weight gain and that too in all the wrong places.   
It’s not about the hour glass figure or the perfectly sculpted and toned body. It is more about staying fit and remaining healthy to ensure a long, disease free life. Every body knows that those extra pounds spell illness. All over the world people are switching to a healthier life style and the catch line is indeed weight loss.
1) Drink plenty of water. Our body needs a lot of water so give in to water. Water is not just way to flush out toxin but if you have more water in your body you will generally feel healthier and fitter. This it self will discourage any tendency to gorge. The best thing about water is that is has no calories at all.
2) Start your day with a glass of water. As soon as you wake up, gulp down a glass of cool water. It’s a wonderful way to start you day and you only need a lesser quantity of your breakfast drink after that. A glass of water lets out all your digestive juices and sort of lubricates the insides of your body. You may have your morning cup of tea but have it after a glass of water. It is good for you.
3) Drink a glass of water before you start the meal. Water naturally needs some space so that you feel fuller without actually having to stuff yourself.
4) Have another glass of water while you are having the meal. Again this is another way of making yourself full so that you can actually rise from the table eating less but feeling full just the same. Instead of drinking it one gulp, take sips after each morsel. It will help the food to settle faster so that you get that feeling that you are full faster.
SIDENOTE: Water is such a remarkable thing, but seldom do we give it the credit that it deserves. Did you know that over 66% of your body weight is nothing but water? It’s amazing!
Water also plays a vital role in weight control, which is why I donated so much space to it, above.
Everyone knows the value of comparison shopping.

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Everyone knows the value of comparison shopping. One of the best tools for comparison shopping is not just to look at prices yourself, but learn about the products themselves from people who have used them: people just like you.

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Everyone knows the value of comparison shopping. One of the best tools for comparison shopping is not just to look at prices yourself, but learn about the products themselves from people who have used them: people just like you. And that is the beauty of customer testimonials. With the internet these days it has never been easier to get access to hundreds of customer testimonials, telling you anything and everything you could want to know in comparison shopping.

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title:Everyone Wants To Be An Underwear Model
author:The Icon Reader
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

After a particularly grueling workout I find myself sitting in the steam room taking stock of my aching body. I spent the last hour of my life breaking down my muscle fibers, forcing them to rebuild.  I spent the last hour of my life sweating my way through a few hundred gut wrenching ab exercises.    My shoulders, pecs and triceps are warm and slightly numb with fatigue.  My abs are a whole zone of dull ache. Not only does my body ache but my ego has been busied as well.  I am by no means like most of the hard bodies I see at the gym. They float into the gym wearing several hundred dollars worth of high fashion fitness gear. Most of the people at my gym start to look better as they sweat.  To me, it looks like they come to the gym to show off the temple of their bodies.   Each and every movement they make is a declaration of pride.
They come to the gym to maintain.  I come to the gym to renovate.  I don't look glamorous when I sweat.   With every successive exercise I do, my face becomes more flushed and I look every more maniacal. My baggy old work out clothes - last summers painting shorts and a ratty tee- become plastered to my body.   My body may be a temple now, but in a past life it was a condemned building facing a wrecking ball.
I  Lean my head back and take a deep breath.  Why am I here? Why am I doing this?  Of course by the time I exhale, the answer is clear in my mind.
Up until a year and a half ago I worked in an office, buried from the world behind a computer.  I sat in the same ergonomic chair for most of my forty hour work week. The chair is a point of interest because it is designed by highly educated people to make the act of sitting for long periods more comfortable.  It’s as though they know that I spend my life stuck in a chair and by making it comfortable, I will be blind to it.  My chair, in my office.  I drank my pop there, ate my junk food there and I put on about thirty pounds there.
While not a huge amount of weight to gain, the thirty pounds came on top of an already out of shape body.  Realistically speaking, a year and a half ago, I was at least forty pounds overweight. 
I only really became aware of it when I noticed myself in a wedding photo.  I looked like a man who was carrying an extra forty pounds.  I looked like hell.
Denial is a wonderful thing.  When I first became aware that I no longer had the boyish figure I once had, I simply ignored it.  I told myself that the changes were only minor and not really that noticeable. 
Denial is only a temporarily wonderful thing. Six months later, I went to buy jeans for myself and discovered that my waist had grown by about four inches.  My initial reaction was that the clothing line had changed their sizing practice.  But after hitting a few different shops, it was clear that there was no size conspiracy; my waist had grown. It was only by the grace of modern technology and the miracle of stretch fabrics that my current pants still fit me.  I was embarrassed. I felt shameful.  I felt awful.  I ate a pizza. 
When I got up I decided that I wanted to feel better about myself.  I wanted to be leaner and fitter. I wanted to look like an underwear model, tight tank top synched across a bulging set of abs, leg muscles carved up into well defined portions of muscular geography.  Well, at least leaner and fitter.    That was a year ago.
I started to dig around and do some research.  My first radical decision was to cut out the junk food.  Not a tremendous step, but it forced me to learn how to cook in record time. Just cutting out the junk food evened out my caloric intake.  Quite by fluke I may add.  My weight gain slowed to the point of stopping all together.  The most remarkable thing about cutting the junk was the way my body responded.  I actually felt better; more up beat, even cool.  Psychologically I felt better because I was doing something about my health; I was actively improving my life.   
I was thinking about this while daydreaming at the office.  I really do work hard, but everyone has their moments.  Anyway, I was daydreaming at the office thinking about my active participation in shaping my life.  When the full weight of it came down on me (no pun intended). This epiphany came in two parts.  Number one; it was my life.  Number two; up until recently it had been passing me by in a most unsightly fashion.  I sat bolt upright in my ergonomically designed chair, my eyes darting about the office with a fire and intensity not seen in me since winning the regional bicycle safety rally in grade three. I had decided that enough was enough.
Life is a term to describe the sum total of our actions before we die.  Life describes every single interaction we have with our environment, its people and places.  Put another way, life is all the time we have to do everything.  Eat, sleep, meet that special someone, move to the suburbs, get a hobby, drive the kids to soccer, play darts at the pub, join the PTA, go fishing, visit Vegas, go shopping, eat sushi, burn a toss salad and retire.  That's life.  The real eye opener is that for most of us, we choose how to spend our lives.  We make choices that fill up our life.  Even more poignant is the fact the many of us make choices that have a negative impact on our capacity to enjoy our lives, even end them prematurely.
I sat stock still in my chair swaying ever so slightly. The earth had moved and a change was afoot. 
Sometimes in the comfort of my own home, in front of the bathroom mirror I recount this story to myself. Out loud.  I tell my self how after realizing the fragility of my own mortality I rose from my chair, a pillar of renewed strength.  How I marched, head held high, into the boss’s office and gave them a peace of my mind right before throwing my resignation on their desk. How I joined peace corp. and lived a life of adventure and danger helping those in need; a variable modern-day Robin Hood. 
And then I smile and realize that each time I tell the story to myself, it gets better and better.  The story is true right up to the point where I tell off my boss.  Everything else is poetic license en mass.    But the fact is I did have a radical shift in thinking.  I did want to be able to enjoy my life. I wanted to make positive choices.  So I hit the books.
I dug around the internet for diet and lifestyle help.  I came across a whole mess of fad diets, miracle solutions and countless pills, tinctures and supplements.  I examined all the hip diets and went through them with a fine tooth comb.  Each one of them promising much but lacking even more.  None of them really presented me with the tools needed to reshape not just my diet, but my lifestyle as well. 
I came across the Icon Diet at when I was close to my wits end.  I came at it with all the bias I had acquired over the course of my research.  I was jaded and pessimistic. I figured that to really make a difference I would have to design a program for myself - which I really did not look forward to. I was wrong.
I found in the Icon Diet, a means to an end.  So I bought the guide and through my self head long into its instruction.
So as I sit in the steam room with my muscles aching and my body sore, I know exactly why I am here.  More importantly I know exactly how I got here.  They say that power is knowledge.  It’s true, but knowledge is also a great way to kick yourself in the butt. I know that because of what I have learned I will be back in the gym in couple of days.  I know that my muscles will ache again.  I have not quit my job. But that's about all that has remained.  I focus my life and energy on making positive choices.  I want my life to be about growth and learning.  In no way do I want to short change myself.  My life is a finite, non renewable resource and I want to fill it with good things.   I know that I have a long way to go meet my own goals.  I know that there will be many more days with aching muscles.  But I take comfort in the fact that I am moving towards a greater good; moving one step closer to being an underwear model. 
title:Everything You Need To Know About Shea Butter
author:Wayne Kiltz
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Natural shea butter is extracted from the pit of a fruit that grows only on the magnifolia tree in Central and Western Africa. The pits are taken from the fruit, boiled, and then sun dried for 3 – 5 days before they are roasted to complete dehydration. Afterwards, the shea butter is extracted by hand from the pit of the fruit. This long, arduous process has provided what is commonly called ‘The most beneficial all-natural skin product today.’
Shea butter is now becoming one of the best-selling and most highly recommended skin care products found. Dermatologists everywhere are starting to recommend this product to their patients, and many cosmetic companies in France and the USA are putting shea butter in their products. The information below will prove very useful and give you a better understanding of why shea butter is something so many people are using today.
Healing properties: Shea butter has a vast number of proven healing properties stemming from its physical makeup of vitamin E, vitamin A and cinnamic acid to name a few. Shea butters ingredients increase the healing of wounds and improve scars. It is commonly used in the treatment of eczema, rashes, burns, and severely dry skin.
Skin protection: Shea butter contains natural UV sun protection. Daily use of shea butter on the face and body drastically reduces sun exposure, which in turn slows down the rate of aging due to external factors. Shea butter also acts as a natural mantle against elements of cigarette smoke, smog and chemical pollutants in the atmosphere.
Skin moisturization: Shea butter leaves skin smooth, supple and soft. It is rapidly becoming the #1 moisturizing agent used today. It quickly provides stretch mark prevention and healing, as well as healing of bruises and burns.
Here is a quick reference list of the benefits of shea butter:
- Helps heal scars, burns, and stretch marks.
- Prevents ashy skin, chapping, and skin rashes.
- An ideal hair dressing that protects the scalp from sores and rashes and prevents dandruff.
- Helps prevent weak hair from breaking, fading, or thinning out.
- Fortifies cuticles and nails.
- Helps bruises to heal.
- Helps drain toxins from sore muscles: perfect for sports participants.
- Helps prevent skin irritation for babies: used for generations to help babies sleep better.
- Use after shaving to prevent irritation and restore skins natural luster.
- Ideal for dry skin, dermatitis, eczema, sunburn and athletes foot.
- Rejuvenates skin pores and adds elasticity to skin.
- Firms up aging skin and helps clear wrinkles.
- Massage shea butter into areas affected by arthritis, join pains, or other muscular ache.
- Naturally contains vitamins A and E.
Every Breath We Take Should Be Smoke-Free

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Many research and hard economic data have revealed that smoke-free laws do not harm sales or employment in restaurants and bars. All over the world, there is a concerted effort from different government agencies to enact laws due mainly to the overwhelming evidence that smoke-free laws protect the health of the general public without harming the business sector.

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It has been more than 4 decades ago since smoking was proven to cause lung cancer and other serious diseases. Almost at the same time, the negative perception that second hand smoke can cause serious disease and premature death in both adults and children have been confirmed. Thanks to the report of the United States Surgeon General entitled “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke,” it has strengthened our view on the ill effects of cigarettes to people who smoke as well as to those who do not smoke.
The report came up with major conclusions on the health risks of second hand smoke, such as:
Second hand smoke is a proven cause of lung cancer and heart disease in non-smoking adults and of sudden infant death syndrome, low birth weight, acute respiratory infections, ear infections and asthma attacks in infants and children. It is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the United States of America each year.
There is no risk-free level of exposure to second hand smoke.
Exposure to second hand smoke has substantial and immediate adverse effects on cardiovascular and respiratory health.
Second hand smoke contains more than 50 carcinogens
Comprehensive smoke-free workplace policies are the only effective way to protect non-smokers from second hand smoke. Other approaches, such as air ventilation systems, and smoking and non-smoking sections of rooms, are not effective and do not not eliminate exposure.
Their conclusion is that it is about time that a comprehensive smoke-free law is enacted that will be applied to all workplaces and public places. The report also reaches another very important statement:  “Evidence from peer-reviewed studies shows that smoke-free policies and regulations do not have an adverse economic impact on the hospitality industry.”
With this report, all arguments and excuses not to take action are eliminated. Many research and hard economic data have revealed that smoke-free laws do not harm sales or employment in restaurants and bars. In fact, they sometimes have positive feedbacks, such as what happened in New York City after the law has taken effect, business receipts for bars and restaurants increased, their  job employment rose, and the number of liquor licenses increased. This happened despite the fact that most establishments complied with the law, and the great majority of New Yorkers supported the law.
Another positive outcome is that smoke-free laws resulted in money savings. According to statistics from the Society of Actuaries in the United States, second hand smoke resulted US$ 10 billion a year in health care bills, lost wages, and costs.
All over the world, there is a concerted effort from different government agencies to enact laws due mainly to the overwhelming evidence that smoke-free laws protect the health of the general public without harming the business sector. Even the corporate world have joined the bandwagon by maintaining smoke-free workplaces and providing a specified area for smoking. Some countries, states, provinces, territories, and districts have adopted full smoking bans inside restaurants and bars.
Passive smoking is a major but preventable cause of death. Since smoking hurts more people than just smokers, smoke-free laws need to be upheld at all times to protect everyone's right to breathe clean air.

title:Every Pharmaceutical Drug LEECHES Nutrients From Your Body
author:Dave Saunders
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you currently on one or more pharmaceutical drugs? Perhaps you are not aware, but every pharmaceutical drug depletes the body of various nutrients, depriving your cells of the essential raw materials which drive normal, natural cell function. The data on our industrialized food supply already suggestes that each of us is not getting enough nutrition from diet alone. If you're taking one or more pharmaceutical drugs, your situtation is likely to be even worse.
In the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook the following information is listed.
"HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors delete the body of Coenzyme Q10, an important nutrient, and that result of this depletion could lead to mitochondrial dysfunction, decreased body function, and decreased cardiac output."
How could that be affecting your life if you are currently on one of those drugs? Perhaps you should consider a high-quality supplement that contains Qoenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) so make up for your depletion.
If you found our your were iron deficient (anemic), you'd probably take an iron supplement, right?
Other items listed in the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook.
"Many anticonvulsants cause a depletion of Vitamin D, folic acid, and calcium. Depleting these nutrients has the potential to cause problems such as osteoporosis, muscle weakness, blood pressure irregularities, and heart disease."
In this case, perhaps you should consider a high-quality multivitamin supplement to simply replace the nutrients your body needs.
"Almost every antibiotic causes a disruption of normal bowel flora and a reduction in the production of important vitamins, leading to diarrhea and other gastrointestinal side effects."
I have a personal experience where my life was saved through antibiotics, but I certainly experienced these side effects. Fortunately there are quality bowel flora supplements which help provide the body with normal levels of intestinal bacteria. This is critical in the metabolization of many vitamins, such as the Vitamin B family.
Here's what the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook has to say about Estrogen Replacement Therapy.
"Taking Estrogen Replacement Therapy can cause a depletion of important B vitamins, leadingto anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, and depression."
Again perhaps you should choose a high-quality multivitamin supplement and also provide the nutrients that support normal endocrine function.
The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook provides a drug index, which alphabetically lists drugs by both brand and generic name, with cross-references and the scientific basis, studies and abstracts for the research which determined which nutrients are depleted by the particular drug. It also lists nutrient information with concise descriptions of the effects of depletion. What medications are you taking that are depriving your body of essential nutrients?
Evolution Of The Policy Of Steroids In Baseball

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The debate on the use of steroids in baseball was going on since the mid 1990s. However, the MLB – Major League Baseball had no official policy on the use of steroids in baseball before 2002. The stage of the new steroid policy in baseball was set when several cases of steroid use in baseball started becoming public.

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The debate on the use of steroids in baseball was going on since the mid 1990s. However, the MLB – Major League Baseball had no official policy on the use of steroids in baseball before 2002. The stage of the new steroid policy in baseball was set when several cases of steroid use in baseball started becoming public.
David Wells stated that "25 to 40 percent of all Major Leaguers are juiced". Jose Canseco stated on 60 Minutes and in his book Juiced that as many as 85% of players werr using steroids in baseball, and he credited steroid use for his entire career. Ken Caminiti revealed that he won the 1996 NL MVP award while on steroids. Caminiti  also did reveal the health consequences he suffered as a result of his steroid use, telling Sports Illustrated that "his testicles shrank and retracted; doctors found his body had virtually stopped producing its own testosterone and that his level of the hormone had fallen to 20% of normal."
On February 17, 2003, Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler collapsed and died on the practice field at spring training of heat stroke. The medical examiner ruled that the over-the-counter drug Ephedra played a significant role in Bechler's death.
Such stories of steroids in baseball shocked the world of baseball. The baseball players and owners agreed to hold survey on steroid testing in 2003. It was decided that if more than 5% of results from the anonymous tests came out positive, formal testing and penalties on the users of steroids in baseball would be introduced next year (2004).
The outcome was that 5% to 7% of test results were positive, which cleared the way for the new policy of steroids in baseball in 2004. The draft of the policy was fabricated in 2004. The draft articulated that each player was to be tested once a year in season. Treatment was recommended after first positive test results, a 15-day suspension for a second positive, and up to a year suspension for a fifth positive.
Former major league pitcher Tom House spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005, admitting to steroid use during his playing career and claiming that use of steroids was already widespread in baseball by the time he started his professional career in the late 1960s.
The new policy on the use of steroids in baseball was accepted in 2005. According to the new policy, there will be one unannounced mandatory test of each player during the season, there will be random testing during the offseason, and there will be testing of randomly selected players, with no maximum number. The banned substances include steroids, steroid precursors, designer steroids, masking agents and diuretics. The penalties for a positive result are, first positive, 10 days; second, 30 days; third, 60 days; fourth, one year, and all without pay.

The BALCO scandal just let the cat out of bag in 2005. The nutrition center BALCO was accused of distributing steroids to many star players, most notably Bonds. Many top players, such as Rafael Palmeiro, McGwire, Sosa, Canseco, and Curt Schilling were summoned on March 17, 2005 to testify in front of Congress. As the result of the Scandal, the players such as Ryan Franklin and others were handed suspensions as short as ten days, and pnalities were slapped on many players. However, Congressional panel demanded/has been demanding the tough penalties for the users of steroids in baseball.

Excessive Snoring & What It Could Mean To You

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It may be difficult to know whether you suffer from typical or excessive snoring. A large part of the problem comes from the fact that it can be difficult to diagnose your own snoring habits while you are asleep. Perhaps the most useful information would come from a spouse, who may be awoken through the night as a result of the snoring. He/she will be more familiar with your snoring and may be able to offer an opinion as to whether they notice excessive snoring.

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It may be difficult to know whether you suffer from typical or excessive snoring. A large part of the problem comes from the fact that it can be difficult to diagnose your own snoring habits while you are asleep. Perhaps the most useful information would come from a spouse, who may be awoken through the night as a result of the snoring. He/she will be more familiar with your snoring and may be able to offer an opinion as to whether they notice excessive snoring.

So, just what is excessive snoring? Perhaps it could best be defined as repetitive, loud, disruptive and continual. Regular snoring is often the result of the airway passages becoming restricted through the night. This is generally caused by the fatty tissues relaxing in the back of the throat and causing a vibration, which is snoring. Excessive snoring, however, may be a sign of something much more serious. In fact, excessive snoring is a direct symptom of sleep apnea. Sufferers of this disorder actually stop breathing on more than one occasion during the night. This results from the airways becoming completely blocked and, if left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to heart disease, a stroke or other serious medical problem.

If you suffer from excessive snoring, it may be time to consider visiting the doctor for a proper diagnosis. If it is determined that you have sleep apnea, you may need treatment to prevent the disorder from causing further problems. If you simply suffer from excessive snoring, there may be various snoring remedies that can curb your nighttime nuisance. Among them, sleeping on your side instead of your back, ridding your home of allergens, losing weight if previously diagnosed with obesity, giving up cigarettes and alcohol, etc. In addition, some anti-snoring devices may be able to stop snoring immediately. One such device, known as the Sleep Genie, is doctor approved and comfortably supports the jaw while keeping the mouth closed during sleep. It is virtually impossible to snore with your mouth closed, which is why the Sleep Genie is popular among snoring sufferers. It is important to remember that the Sleep Genie is not intended to cure sleep apnea, but rather help to eliminate snoring and add better quality sleep.

This article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as, or in place of, professional medical advice. Before beginning any treatment for snoring, please consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and remedy.

One of the most effective ways to cure sleep apnea is through weight loss. Obesity is one of the leading causes of sleep apnea and, therefore, is a large part of it’s cure. By beginning a well-balanced program consisting of diet and exercise, you will not only be helping to cure sleep apnea, but also taking a big step toward warding off future illnesses associated with obesity.

It is important to remember that only a physician can properly diagnose sleep apnea. This is confirmed through a series of questions and possibly a sleep study, which is when the patient spends the night at a sleep center where there breathing patterns are monitored. After every possible attempt to cure sleep apnea has proven unsuccessful, a physician may recommend surgery. Before electing for surgery, the patient should be aware of all risks associated with the procedure. At the same time, it is very important to cure sleep apnea or suffer the increased risks of heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses. Many physicians will recommend use of a device called a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, which provides continual air pressure for the sufferer throughout the night. Some users of the CPAP machine find additional comfort with the Sleep Genie, which helps the mouth to remain closed and prevents the escape of the CPAP air treatments. While not intended as a cure for sleep apnea, the Sleep Genie often provides for better quality sleep to sufferers.

This article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as, or in place of, professional medical advice. Before beginning any treatment for snoring, please consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and remedy.

Excessive Underarm Sweating -- What is the Easiest and Safest Cure?

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Nobody wants to talk about excessive sweating or sweaty underarms, although it's a common problem for a lot of people. It's a visual embarrassment and also a smelly concern!  Sweating is one of the ways we regulate our body temperature, and sweating also keeps our skin moist.  If you suffer from exc

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Nobody wants to talk about excessive sweating or sweaty underarms, although it's a common problem for a lot of people. It's a visual embarrassment and also a smelly concern!  Sweating is one of the ways we regulate our body temperature, and sweating also keeps our skin moist.  If you suffer from excessive sweating, it's not because you have too many sweat glands, it's because of the nerve cell activity of those glands. There are two types of sweat glands, apoccrine and eccrine glands.

Not surprisingly, at least 1% of the population suffers from excessive sweating, especially excessive underarm sweating. Everybody sweats more when they are hot or nervous, but excessive sweating may be partly due to our genes.  It's important to control excessive sweating, and there are many different opinions and views on how to achieve this. If you suffer from excessive sweating, you've
probably already tried the commercial antiperspirants and deodorants, and you're still looking for a cure for your problem.

Diet control alone will not cure excessive sweating, but can help reduce it somewhat. Certain foods, such as onions, fish, garlic, and spicy foods like curry, can be smelled in the sweat. Try to reduce your intake of these types of foods.

Underarm hair holds sweat and can make the problem worse. If possible, shave your armpits to reduce the bacteria build-up.

There are other expensive and more painful cures available, such as Botox injections given in very small doses into the skin which can stop excessive sweating for 2-8 months. However, Botox is a poison, and it's natural to have concerns about the long term effects of such treatment.

As a last resort, surgery is often considered, where the sympathetic nerves that control sweating are cut. This type of operation requires general anesthesia, and is not guaranteed to work. The success rate is approximately 30%. Underarm skin can be removed and can be quite effective, but this is not a common operation due to the scarring and is not encouraged or performed very often.

Natural ways to cure excessive sweating are by far the easiest and cheapest way to control the problem. It's definitely safer to try diet control and natural remedies first.

Excessive Worry May Indicate A More Serious Problem

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GAD is a serious medical condition characterized by excessive worry about everyday events such as work or family responsibilities. People who suffer from GAD experience chronic worry more days than not for a period of at least six months.

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John of Greensboro, N.C., is one of the 4 million Americans who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

GAD is a serious medical condition characterized by excessive worry about everyday events such as work or family responsibilities. People who suffer from GAD experience chronic worry more days than not for a period of at least six months.

"For me, having GAD meant sleepless nights, irritability and constant negative thoughts. I found myself being reclusive and not wanting to deal with people, including my wife. It's a tough way to live," said John.

Symptoms of GAD vary from person to person, but include uncontrollable worry, in addition to any three of the following:

* Feeling restless or on edge.

* Difficulty concentrating.

* Irritability.

* Fatigue.

* Muscle tension.

* Trouble sleeping.

* Changes in sleep pattern.

"GAD is a debilitating condition, but the good news is that with proper treatment, a patient can return to leading a full and productive life," said Dr. Brian Barash, medical director at Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City. "There are safe and effective treatments available, and it is important to work with your doctor to find an appropriate treatment option."

Treatments for GAD typically include medication, psychotherapy or a combination of these two methods. The most recently approved medication for GAD, Lexapro, has been effective and well-tolerated in patients with this disorder. For many patients, it relieved symptoms as early as the first week of treatment. The most common side effects associated with Lexapro include nausea and fatigue.

After suffering for years, John finally sought professional help. Within weeks, both he and his family noticed an improvement in his symptoms.

"Treatment has made me a much happier, more fulfilled human being. It has shown me a side of life that I've never experienced before," he said.

Excess Humidity Leads to Mold

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Everyone's heard about the effect mold and mildew can have on a home, or more importantly, a homeowner's pocketbook. But, you say, how bad can it really be?

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Everyone's heard about the effect mold and mildew can have on a home, or more importantly, a homeowner's pocketbook. But, you say, how bad can it really be?

In 2002, insurers paid $2.5 billion in mold-related claims under homeowner policies, up $1.3 billion from the year before.

Moisture can damage carpets, wood flooring, furnishings, drywall and interior woodwork, causing mold, mildew and rot. Negative effects of excess moisture can cause a property to significantly decrease in value, not to mention that the presence of mold can make selling a home extremely difficult.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health. Excess home humidity promotes harmful household particles, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and mites - all of which are associated with asthma, allergies and other sinus problems.

"Today's energy-efficient building practices call for tighter construction," said Robin Pharo, channel manager for Aprilaire, manufacturer of indoor air quality products. "Unfortunately, tight building locks air and excess moisture into the home with nowhere to escape, having damaging effects on the homes and the people living in them."

While some believe air conditioning units can help dehumidify a home, experts agree they cannot get the job done effectively or efficiently.

Most homes have been built to be so energy efficient that a typical air conditioning unit will cycle on and off too quickly to eliminate excess moisture in the air. As a result, homeowners resort to overcooling the living space while attempting to remove moisture, which leads to uncomfortable air temperatures, high energy bills and excess wear on the cooling system.

At the same time, during the spring and fall months when temperatures are much lower, most homeowners turn their air conditioners off despite high humidity levels.

To control the conditions that lead to moisture damage and mold growth, keep indoor humidity below 50 percent by installing a whole-house dehumidifier. The Aprilaire Model 1700 whole-home dehumidifier works in tandem with the HVAC system to remove up to 90 pints of moisture from the home's environment each day without having to overcool the home.

To keep mold at bay, act quickly when spills or leaks occur. If wet or damp areas are dried within 48 hours after a leak, in most cases, mold will not grow.

Excruciating Sciatica

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Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, could be excruciatingly painful it can frighten you.  However, most of the time sciatica can be treated effectively through non-surgical and surgical methods.

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Have you ever experienced such excruciating pain that standing up becomes a great difficulty?  Sometimes, sitting down makes the pain even worse. A lot of people may be doing something so simple and yet a certain body movement would cause them unbearable pain. You may be experiencing sciatica.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, is a condition in which the sciatic nerves in the body become inflamed.  Sciatic nerves are found beginning at the lower spine and continue down the buttocks area, back of the legs, and into the feet. Symptoms of sciatica is characterized by a light tingling feeling or burning sensation to a full blown shooting pain that travels from the lower back, buttocks area, back of legs, and/or feet. More often than not, sciatic nerve pain affects only one side, although it could also be possible to run down both legs.

Sciatica could be a frightening experience especially if you do not realize what is happening. One may begin to feel like he/she will become crippled. However, most of the time sciatica can be treated effectively.

Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica may occur when the nerve in the lower spine become pinched, or if there is a slipped disk.  Arthritis or a sprained ligament will narrow the passageways of the nerves which may cause the nerve endings to become tender and inflamed.  Other causes of sciatica include an abscess, growth, or blood clot.  But these can be rare.

Treatment of Sciatica

Since sciatic nerve pain is caused by a combined pressure and inflammation on the nerve root, treatment is generally focused on relieving both of these factors through non-surgical treatments and/or surgical methods. 

Non-surgical sciatic nerve pain treatment may include one or a combination of medical treatments and alternative (non-medical) treatments. Most of the time, it includes some form of exercise and stretching. 

If you are experiencing sciatica, it is advised to stay off your feet for the first few days. One of the things you must avoid is to get up and down repeatedly as this will only cause the nerve to become more irritated. Though some quarters pose question on the benefits of bed rest, still it is advisable at least for the first few days.

It may feel soothing to soak in warm baths to ease the pain. However, do not use heating pads while the nerve is inflamed. Prolonged heat will draw the inflammation in and will keep the swelling high.  Rather, most healthcare professionals would advise the application of ice packs directly on the lower back area for 20 minutes at a time, every couple of hours. This may feel a little uncomfortable, but the cold packs will greatly help in reducing the swelling. Using mineral ice is also a good alternative in soothing the pain and offers a temporary sciatic relief.

Though some doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants for temporary relief of pain, caution is advised as to the side effects of these types of prescription drugs. Some medications can be addictive, or may give a false sense of feeling better. 

Massage therapy is considered to be a highly effective non-surgical treatment as it can keep your spine in better alignment for longer periods of time. As soon as your back begins to heal, your doctor may give you stretching and low impact exercises so that your muscles won't stiffen too much. Be sure to engage in exercise only when your doctors approve it. 

Alternative treatments that you might find available and helpful are accupressure, accupuncture, herbal therapies, homeopathy, biofeedback, and guided imagery to name just a few.

Surgical methods to remove the portion of the disc that is irritating the nerve root are micro discectomy or lumbar laminectomy, and discectomy. Surgery helps relieve both the pressure and the inflammation especially if the sciatic nerve pain is severe and has not been relieved through medical treatments.

Exercise and Arthritis

Your bones hang out in a lot of joints. Knee joints. Hip joints. The joints in your fingers and the joints in your toes.

Wherever bones meet, there is also cartilage, a rubbery, protective layer that ensures your joints bend smoothly and painlessly. But even cartilage cannot do this tremendous job alone. A thin membrane called the “synovium” provides fluid that lubricates the moving parts of the joint. When the cartilage wears out of the synovium becomes inflamed, the result is generally a case of “osteoarthritis” or “rheumatoid arthritis.”

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage can be eroded so much that bone does rub on bone. Thos type of arthritis develops gradually over a lifetime as a simple result of the wear and tear placed on your joints over the years. Very few people escape some degree of osteoarthritis, though the severity varies a great deal.

As a matter of fact, if you are over the age of 50, you are likely to have at least one joint affected by osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis affects men and women equally and is by far the most common type of arthritis, with almost 16 million Americans in the list.

In rheumatoid arthritis, damage to the synovium is at the source of trouble. Doctors and researchers are not absolutely sure what causes it, but most think that rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system actually attacks certain tissues in the body, including those that connect the joints and the synovium.

Rheumatoid arthritis begins with swollen, red, stiff, and painful joints, but it may progress until scar tissue forms in the joint or, in extreme cases, until the bones actually fuse together. Almost 75% of the 2 million people with rheumatoid arthritis in the United States are women. The disease can hit as early as teen years.

Exercising Your Prevention Options

Investing a little time in developing a good weight-bearing low-impact exercise and stretching plan can add up to great results when it comes to staving off arthritis pain. Strong muscles help protect the joints from wear and tear, and the movement keeps joints flexible.

That is why the quest for fitness is at hand, even if you are 50 years and over. However, most Americans over 50 are still right where they always were sitting back and watching others jog by. Most of them contend that that is just for people who have been athletic all their life, or some say exercise is for young people and engaging into exercise will do them more harm than good.

There are still some that insist on excusing their selves in exercise routines because they do not just have time or they have less energy than ever before. These are all lame excuses. Hence, it is time to start to get rid of those pains. Start exercising.

Consequently, preventing arthritis is not an exact science, but physicians have discovered a few ways to lower your risk. Here is how:

1. Do not weight around

The single most important measure anyone can take to prevent osteoarthritis of the knee is to lose weight if they are overweight. Extra weight puts extra stress on your knees. If you are 10 pounds overweight, for example, you put 60 pounds per square inch of extra pressure on your knees every time you take a step. That extra pressure can slowly but surely erode the cartilage in your knees, leading to arthritis.

A study has clearly supported the theory that weight loss weighs in on the side of prevention. In the study, overweight women who lost 11 pounds or more over a 10-year period decreased their risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee by 50%.

2. Stretch those muscles

Any kind of stretching is good as long as you do not bounce, which can lead to a muscle pull. This is according to some of the professors of clinical medicine in New York City.

Try to hold a slow, steady stretch for 15 to 20 seconds, then relax and repeat. It is best to flex up by stretching before any exercise, especially running and walking. But it is also a good idea to stretch each day. Ask your doctor to teach you stretches that focus on potential arthritis trouble spots, such as the knees or the lower back.

3. Walking is always the best exercise

Take a good long walk at least three times a week or participate in a step-aerobics or low-impact exercise routine maximum results. There is no proof that running is bad for the joints, but remember, it may aggravate an injury if you already have one. Just remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

The bottom line is that of all the healthful habits, exercise is the most important. This is because people are designed to be active. Hence, it is really important for people to exercise in order to stay healthy and keep those joints free from wear and tear.

Just keep in mind that the unexercised body, even if free from the symptoms of illness or problems like arthritis, is not at its full potential. Hence, start exercising right now!
Exercise and Cellulite

When Mike turned 65, he was 25 pounds overweight. By strict dieting, he shed the extra pounds, but he lost more weight; he also lost his energy and vitality. He was always exhausted, and his friends, seeing his gaunt, drawn face, worried about his health.

By the time volunteered for a particular fitness program two years later, he had put 25 extra pounds back on. After 6 months of exercise and some willpower at the dinner table, Mike slimmed down again. This time he felt better than he ever had, brimming with energy and glowing with good health.

What made the difference? The first time Mike lost weight; the second time he lost fat. The distinction is important. According to research, a large portion of the weight lost by dieting alone is active tissue, such as muscle and connective tissue, while a smaller fraction is excess fat. Exercise has the opposite effect. It increased his lean body mass and decreased his excess fat.

Same thing goes with cellulite. Most people tend to think that cellulites are only present to people who are obese. That is why they sometimes associate cellulite with fats and obesity.

Actually, even if cellulite refers to the chain of wrinkled “fat cells” and “subcutaneous connective tissues” beneath the layer of the skin, it should never be associated with people who are fat or obese. In fact, there are many people who have cellulite but are not fat at all.

In reality, nobody knows the main reason why some people accumulate cellulite. However, there are some factors that health experts are considering such as the structure of the fat cells or the poison that entered the body. Some experts say it may be caused by some hormonal changes in the body. But none of these things has been proven to cause cellulites.

However, the only main reason why most of the cellulite cases are abundant in women is that the connective tissues of women are more rigid and firm than men. Hence, whenever a woman gets fat, the fatty cells tend to swell and get bigger. It creates a protruding appearance to the skin producing an “orange peel” look.

For this reason, women are more prone to cellulite than men. That is why it is important for women to be more careful on their body as they have higher chances of accumulating cellulite.

Fats and Cellulite

With the many cases of obese people having cellulites in their body, most of them believed that their cellulites are caused by being too fat.

Even though not all those who are obese develop cellulites, being overweight can really trigger the development of cellulites. This is because too much fat under the skin tend to push the connective tissue creating a strain on the skin. Thus, cellulites form.

However, this is still dependent on the structure of the cells. If an individual’s cell structure does not inhibit the tendency to bulge or expand even if fat deposits accumulate, then there will be no cellulites.

So, the most important thing to remember here is to keep those connective tissues firm and strong and avoid accumulating excess fats so as to avoid the development of cellulite.

How? Start an exercise routine program.

Transforming food into fat seems all too easy for most of us. Losing fat is far more difficult, and to accomplish this, we have only three alternatives: (1) decrease food intake and keep activity constant; (2) increase activity and keep food intake constant; or (3) combine both approaches: diet and exercise.

Physical activity can help reverse the results of inactivity. An hour of vigorous exercise burns up 300 to 600 calories. If you also cut 300 to 500 calories from your daily menu, you can also lose weight at the rate of one to two pounds a week.

Without exercise, you would have to eat 500 to 1,000 fewer calories a day to lose the same number of pounds in a week. Exercise is not for everyone who is over-fat, however. The severely obese person should exercise only under medical supervision to prevent strain on the cardiovascular system and connective tissue. And no one should restrict food intake drastically without consulting doctor.

Resorting to this kind of activity will only get the matter worse. Remember what happened to Mike? He thought that when he started dieting, he would eventually lose all the excess fats he has accumulated. The problem is that he lost those connective tissues rather than excess fat.

For people who are prone to cellulites, this will be a greater problem. Losing connective tissues instead of fat by strict dieting can only make the skin more prone to greater problems but the fat cells are still there. That only means that the problem is not solved at all.

Hence, if you wish to loose those cellulites, it would be better to loose those fats first. The idea here is to burn those fats by increasing your metabolism by 7.5% to 28% more than your normal rate.

It is for this reason that exercising is an important factor in losing cellulite. So for a more cellulite free body, always engage in an exercise routine.

Exercise and Hypertension

It seems as though many Americans are living a life that leads to high blood pressure or hypertension. As people age, the situation gets worse. Nearly half of all older Americans have hypertension. This disease makes people five times more prone to strokes, three times more likely to have a heart attack, and two to three times more likely to experience a heart failure.

The problem with this disease is that nearly one third of the folks who have hypertension do not know it because they never feel any direct pain. But overtime the force of that pressure damages the inside surface of your blood vessels.

However, according to experts, hypertension is not predestined. Reducing salt intake, adopting a desirable dietary pattern losing weight and exercising can all help prevent hypertension.

Obviously, quitting bad habits and eating a low fat diet will help, but the most significant part that you can do is to exercise. And just as exercise strengthens and improves limb muscles, it also enhances the health of the heart muscles.

Heart and Exercise

The exercise stimulates the development of new connections between the impaired and the nearly normal blood vessels, so people who exercise had a better blood supply to all the muscle tissue of the heart.

The human heart basically, supply blood to an area of the heart damaged in a “myocardial infarction.” A heart attack is a condition, in which, the myocardium or the heart muscle does not get enough oxygen and other nutrients and so it begins to die.

For this reason and after a series of careful considerations, some researchers have observed that exercise can stimulate the development of these life saving detours in the heart. One study further showed that moderate exercise several times a week is more effective in building up these auxiliary pathways than extremely vigorous exercise done twice as often.

Such information has led some people to think of exercise as a panacea for heart disorders, a fail-safe protection against hypertension or death. That is not so. Even marathon runners that have suffered hypertension, and exercise cannot overcome combination of other risk factor.

What Causes Hypertension?

Sometimes abnormalities of the kidney are responsible. There is also a study wherein the researchers identified more common contributing factors such as heredity, obesity, and lack of physical activity. And so, what can be done to lower blood pressure and avoid the risk of developing hypertension? Again, exercise seems to be just what the doctor might order.

If you think that is what he will do, then, try to contemplate on this list and find some ways how you can incorporate these things into your lifestyle and start to live a life free from the possibilities of developing hypertension. But before you start following the systematic instructions, it would be better to review them first before getting into action.

1. See your doctor
Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. If you make any significant changes in your level of physical activity — particularly if those changes could make large and sudden demands on your circulatory system — check with your doctors again.

2. Take it slow

Start at a low, comfortable level of exertion and progress gradually. The program is designed in two stages to allow for a progressive increase in activity.

3. Know your limit

Determine your safety limit for exertion. Use some clues such as sleep problems or fatigue the day after a workout to check on whether you are overdoing it. Once identified, stay within it. Over-exercising is both dangerous and unnecessary.

4. Exercise regularly

You need to work out a minimum of three times a week and a maximum of five times a week to get the most benefit. Once you are in peak condition, a single workout a week can maintain the muscular benefits. However, cardiovascular fitness requires more frequent activity.

5. Exercise at a rate within your capacity

The optimum benefits for older exercisers are produced by exercise at 40% to 60% of capacity.

Indeed, weight loss through exercise is an excellent starting point if you wan tot prevent hypertension. Experts say that being overweight is linked to an increased risk of developing hypertension, and losing weight decreases the risk.

Exercise and Pregnancy

Prescribing a medication for pregnant women is a complex process.

Before obstetricians and gynecologists decide which dose of which drug can best treat a condition without putting any harmful side effects on the mother and the baby, they consider the patient’s age, general health, the number of months before delivery, tolerance for medications, and any other drugs the pregnant patient may be taking.

Prescribing exercise on pregnant women has to be just as scientific and precise. The type, intensity, frequency, and duration of a “dose” of exercise are all critical. One person’s healthy, vigorous workout could be hazardous to another. These dangers may be greater in pregnant women because they are more likely to have strains and other serious side effects for the would-be mother.

However, if exercise will be implemented and carried out in a normal, average range, exercise will not have an effect on the overall condition of the pregnancy and especially on labor or delivery.


Quality prenatal care should be given to a mother during her pregnancy. She should be prepared for the normal delivery of a healthy baby. Complications should be prevented at all costs.

All of these things are boiled down to the fact that a pregnant woman should be cared in such a way that she will not be compelled to do vigorous work but should not also stay in bed and be inactive until she gives birth to her baby.

Consequently, a pregnant woman’s condition varies in relation to the growth and development of the baby in side her womb. Therefore, it is necessary that proper health guidance be provided by her physician during her visit.

Moreover, it is important to keep the pregnant woman’s life active in order to promote good health, not only for her but also for the baby most importantly.

Physical conditions like blood pressure, weight and health status is usually monitored during the pregnant woman’s visit to her doctor. For this reason, it is significant to note that exercise can be the number one factor in order to keep these aspects in good condition.

As the health experts contend, adequate physical and emotional information is needed by a pregnant woman to prepare herself for delivery. She needs practical health messages in keeping herself and the baby healthy.

Hence, for mothers or would-be mothers who are not yet aware why they should exert some effort in engaging into moderate, normal exercise, here is a list of some of its benefits so that you will be able to understand the reason why pregnant women have to exercise regularly:

1. Defiance against fatigue

As muscle becomes fatigued, it produces less force. To accomplish a task like climbing the stairs, for example, or shoveling snow, more units of muscle must be called into play to back up the wearied muscles.

The tired muscles are both less efficient and less effective. Hence, this will just put more strain on the pregnant woman because of the weight that is continuously adding up each day. That is why tired muscles will usually result to leg cramps or sore muscles.

What every pregnant woman must know is that exercise improves the condition of the muscles and their ability to work longer without fatigue.

2. Reduce backaches

Even when you sit or stand, some muscles are working, and such relatively easy postures can tax some muscles and cause fatigue. The muscles of the lower back, for example, can be exhausted and worn out by the effort of keeping erect when a pregnant woman stand still for several hours.

With exercise, a pregnant woman can correct this error by developing her posture.

3. Increase the amount of oxygen

Work and exercise rely on glycogen, a substance produced by the body from complex carbohydrates and stored muscles and liver. The supply of glycogen in the muscles determines and limits the duration of activity. Exercise depletes the glycogen in the muscles and leads to tiredness.

However, when glycogen is depleted by strenuous activity, it is replaced in quantities greater than before, as if the body recognized the need to lay in a larger supply of fuel.

Hence, oxidation is essential for converting glycogen to the energy that pregnant women need to wiggle a finger, flex a muscle, or practice the lungs and heart for some blowing action during normal delivery.

These are just some of the many benefits exercise can bring to pregnant women. Besides, nothing is completely wrong for a pregnant woman doing some moderate exercises. The only important thing to remember is that before starting an exercise program, whether pregnant or not, it is best to consult your doctor. As they say, doctors know best!

Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

One of the most undemanding and the most workable ways to knock over blood sugar amount, eliminate the dangers of “cardiovascular disease,” and perk up health and welfare in general is exercise.

In spite of that, in today’s inactive world where almost every indispensable job can be carried out online, from the ergonomic chair in front of a computer, or with a streaming line of messages from a fax machine, exercising can be a hard argument to win over.

The Weight of Exercise

Everyone should exercise, yet the health experts tells us that only 30% of the United States population gets the recommended thirty minutes of daily physical activity, and 25% are not active at all. In fact, inactivity is thought to be one of the key reasons for the surge of type 2 diabetes in the U.S., because inactivity and obesity promote insulin resistance.

The good news is that it is never too late to get moving, and exercise is one of the easiest ways to start controlling your diabetes. For people with type 2 diabetes in particular, exercise can improve insulin sensitivity, lower the risk of heart disease, and promote weight loss.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes every year increased by 48% between 1980 and 1994. Nearly all the new cases are Type 2 Diabetes, or adult-onset, the kind that moves in around middle age. Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include increased thirst, appetite, and need to urinate; feeling tired, edgy, or sick to the stomach; blurred vision; tingling or loss of feeling in the hands.

The causes of type 2 diabetes are complex and not completely understood, although research is uncovering new clues at a rapid pace.

However, it has already been proven that one of the reasons for the boom in type 2 diabetes is the widening of waistbands and the trend toward a more deskbound and inactive lifestyle in the United States and other developed countries. In America, the shift has been striking; in the 1990s alone, obesity increased by 61% and diagnosed diabetes by 49%.

For this reason, health experts encourage those who already have type 2 diabetes to start employing the wonders that exercise can do for them. Without exercise, people have the tendency to become obese. Once they are obese, they have bigger chances of accumulating type 2 diabetes.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that over 80% of people with type 2 diabetes are clinically overweight. Therefore, it is high time that people, whether inflicted with type 2 diabetes or not, should start doing those jumping and stretching activities.

Getting Started

The first order of business with any exercise plan, especially if you are a “dyed-in-the-wool” sluggish, is to consult with your health care provider. If you have cardiac risk factors, the health care provider may want to perform a stress test to establish a safe level of exercise for you.

Certain diabetic complications will also dictate what type of exercise program you can take on. Activities like weightlifting, jogging, or high-impact aerobics can possibly pose a risk for people with diabetic retinopathy due to the risk for further blood vessel damage and possible retinal detachment.

If you are already active in sports or work out regularly, it will still benefit you to discuss your regular routine with your doctor. If you are taking insulin, you may need to take special precautions to prevent hypoglycemia during your workout.

Start Slow

For those who have type 2 diabetes, your exercise routine can be as simple as a brisk nightly neighborhood walk. If you have not been very active before now, start slowly and work your way up. Walk the dog or get out in the yard and rake. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the back of the lot and walk. Every little bit does work, in fact, it really helps a lot.

As little as 15 to 30 minutes of daily, heart-pumping exercise can make a big difference in your blood glucose control and your risk of developing diabetic complications. One of the easiest and least expensive ways of getting moving is to start a walking program. All you need is a good pair of well-fitting, supportive shoes and a direction to head in.

Indeed, you do not have to waste too many expenses on costly “health club memberships,” or the most up-to-date health device to start pumping those fats out. What you need is the willingness and the determination to start exercising to a healthier, type 2 diabetes-free life.

The results would be the sweetest rewards from the effort that you have exerted.

title:Exercises to Correct Scoliosis
author:Saurabh Jain
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

A question that people normally ask is whether exercises to correct scoliosis are effective. Scoliosis is the lateral curvature of the spine. It is a progressive disease. Experts feel that exercises to correct scoliosis are not that effective, as little evidence is found about the effectiveness of exercises.  However, exercises do help in slowing down the progress of the spinal curvature and allow for some reduction in the angle of curvature. Stretching exercises are performed to increase the mobility of the spine in the right direction. The physical therapist also tries to improve the muscle tone and posture. The thrust of these exercises is to exert corrective force on the spine in the direction opposite the direction of the curve.
Scoliosis Braces and Exercise to Correct Scoliosis
People wearing scoliosis braces are often suggested exercise to correct scoliosis. These exercises are aimed at helping the wearer adapt to the brace, to allow for correction of the spinal deformity, and to improve trunk muscular tone during the period braces are worn. Braces tend to lead the muscles into losing muscle tone. The physical therapist suggests other exercises for trunk and pelvic correction, which are required to be performed everyday.
Exercise to correct scoliosis does help in a limited way to reduce curve angles by several degrees. This has found to help the breathing process in people who do these exercises regularly. It has not been observed whether the improvement in curvature is of permanent nature. Exercises are not an alternative to surgery procedure. Where surgery is recommended, it should not be delayed in favor of therapeutic exercise.
Scoliosis is not related to flexibility issues or lack of strength. Thus, exercise to correct scoliosis is relatively ineffective. However, scoliosis does not act as a deterrent to normal physical activity. Children and teenagers with scoliosis can participate in sports and recreational activities. They can even perform normal exercises that help build muscle strength and endurance. They can even train to improve their cardiovascular conditioning like normal people.
Exercise and Diet as Pain Relief Therapy

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While regular exercise promotes natural pain relief by releasing mood-enhancing chemicals in the body that reduce pain sensations, being overweight also takes     its toll on the joints due to the excess poundage they have to carry. A nutritionally-balanced diet is a proven method for weight loss that can help reduce pain perception.

Pain Relief

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To avoid physical pain, most people usually avoid engaging in strenuous activities and vigorous movements of the body.  However, inactivity may actually worsen the condition and result in more pain in the long run. Since the human body is designed to be in motion regardless of your health condition, making your body inactive will lead to muscle degeneration. Through regular exercise, people can avoid pain or, at least, have an effective means of attaining pain relief therapy.

Once the muscles start to deteriorate, other problems may soon develop such as diminishing bone density, depression, and a weakened heart. On the contrary, regular exercise can help keep joints flexible and strong. Moreover, physical activity promotes pain relief by releasing mood-enhancing chemicals in the body that help deal with arthritic pain and lessen pain perception.

The three types of exercise recommended for arthritis patients involves the following:

    * Flexibility Workouts
    * Cardiovascular Workouts
    * Strength Conditioning

Flexibility workouts involve stretches that can help enhance range of motion. Cardiovascular includes aerobic workouts, walking, water exercises, and cycling. Strength conditioning, includes isometric or isotonic workouts. Isometric workouts are static exercises that involve applying resistance without moving the joint. An example of isometric workout is pressing your hands against the wall while standing. It works out your chest muscle without joint movement. Isotonic workouts, on the other hand, use the full range of motion such as bicep curls and leg extensions.

Different exercises work for different individuals. A certain exercise that works for you may not work for your buddy. Always remember to apply appropriate effort in proper form to avoid further injury and minimize pain. Consult a doctor or a well-trained fitness instructor before engaging in a fitness program. 

While regular exercise promotes natural pain relief by releasing mood-enhancing chemicals in the body that reduce perception of pain, being overweight can takes its toll on the joints due to the excess poundage they have to carry. A variety of weight loss programs are available everywhere but a nutritionally-balanced diet, besides regular physical activity, is a proven method for weight loss.

On the other hand, weight loss with a poor diet may result to being underweight that leads to inactivity. When the hormone levels are off, it can aggravate pain. While limiting intake of animal protein and saturated fat is ideally healthy, people need not become vegetarians to avail of pain relief benefits from proper nutrition. Instead, beef up on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Eating whole grains and organically produced foods rich in fiber substantially help reduce your consumption of carcinogens and other harmful chemicals usually present in processed foods. These chemicals in preservatives may negatively stimulate the immune system.

Some studies are exploring on the pain relief properties of two dietary supplements, chondroitin and glucosamine, in relation to osteoarthritis. However, there is much research to be done on their long-term safety and effectiveness. While chondroitin side effects may be rare, it may include headache, motor uneasiness, euphoria, hives, rash, photo-sensitivity, hair loss, and breathing difficulties. Those with bleeding disorders or taking blood thinners should consult with their doctor before taking the supplement.

Some glucosamine products may be made with shellfish, and may cause adverse reaction in people with shellfish allergies. Side effects include upset stomach, drowsiness, insomnia, headache, skin reactions, sun sensitivity, and nail toughening.

title:Exercise and Heart Health a Life Giving Marriage
author:Nicholas Webb
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Most people get their health out of a bottle these days, be it a bottle of vitamins or pharmaceuticals. However, with a little effort and dedication you really can get a hold on your life, turn it round and live it to the full!
If you've been diagnosed with heart disease or are at risk of developing heart disease regular exercise is essential for the health of your heart, body and mind. In fact, aerobic exercise and heart health really do go hand in hand.
With busy lifestyles and lack of time, regular use of home equipment, such as a treadmill, an elliptical trainer, a stationary cycle, a stair-climber, etc. is becoming increasingly popular. These items are now precision health giving apparatus that really can help get you in shape. Gyms are also getting more and more members, but often people slack off because of time restraints. If this is you, working out at home may be the answer for you …
However, before jumping into your gym shoes talk to your doctor about your desires and objectives. Your doctor may be able to give you some useful insights you didn’t consider as well as coaching from a medical point of view. If your doctor gives you the OK, try to work some exercise into your daily routine. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests, for example, that patients start by walking five minutes a day, then increasing gradually to 30 minutes over several weeks. Walking is a wonderful way to start, as it is low impact, you need no special equipment, and it costs nothing. Swimming may be another good choice. This type of exercise is called aerobic training that involves large muscle groups, such as the legs, and keeps your heart rate pumping for a set amount of time. Unless there are deformities of the heart muscle, aerobics and heart health are often found together and not only does the heart benefit, there are other advantages too.
Aerobic Exercising and Heart Health
As you can see, take it slow initially; it’s really not necessary to sign up at the local gym or aerobic class. Although, after some time you might want to do just that.
Depending on where you live walking or swimming may not be an option. In such cases, you may like to consider a piece of home aerobic equipment such as a treadmill, stationary cycle or elliptical trainer. However, before purchasing a home trainer consider whether you will really use it. If the answer is yes, best get the best home aerobic equipment you can afford. Your heart will thank you.
Lack of exercise and heart disease
The American Heart Association has now added "lack of exercise" to the list of major risk factors for heart disease. The other risk factors are smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol.
Exercise not only helps fight heart disease and gets you in shape, but if you live a sedentary lifestyle, a regular exercise routine can also:

help control high blood pressure,
reduce the risks of type II diabetes,
help prevent osteoporosis,
improve your general wellbeing and help fight depression, anxiety and stress,
greatly help to lose weight

Those are just some of the benefits of doing regular exercise. I wanted to make a list of some of the disadvantages, but I can’t think of any!
In an ideal world, in order to get the best results possible you should exercise three to five times a week for 30-60 minutes within your target heart rate. But even normal day to day events, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to work, walking the dog, or gardening can help. You can do many things to increase physical activity during the day; just try thinking about what you can do. The benefits are well worth the effort.
Another thing that has proven to be effective is cross training. In cross training you participate in 2 or more different types of exercise during the week, for instance: Monday walking, Tuesday treadmill, Wednesday swimming, Thursday elliptical training, etc. You may also like to insert some strengthening exercises too, such as weight lifting.
Not only will cross training help to tone your whole body, it will help stop boredom setting in. Many people stop training not because they don’t have the time (that’s the reason they don’t start), but because they get bored. If you can arrange a routine where you do something different each day, it is going to be difficult to get bored.
So, talk with your doctor and start now! Once you notice the result, nothing will stop you. You’ll loose weight, be more toned and fit, will have a sharper outlook on life and, oh yes I almost forgot, you’ll live longer!

title:Exercise and Kids: The Difference Between Training Children And Adults!
author:Raymond Kelly
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The greatest mistake a person can make when exercising with children is to treat them like little adults. Children are growing and developing rapidly. This means that certain physiological issues must be considered when they are exercising.
Bone Injuries That Affect Growth
When most parents think of children and weight training their first concern is the possibility of it affecting their growth. Contrary to popular belief, weight training will actually improve the bone and muscular systems. It is when children have a lack of qualified supervision that accidents occur. Actually, growth problems are extremely rare when children are given well-designed programs with qualified supervision. In fact, growth problems occur more frequently in dynamic sports such as Tennis, Swimming, and Baseball, than they do in weight training.
Another misconception about growth related injuries is that it will happen without you noticing it. It is actually quite painful because you are actually cracking the top of the bone. It will cease the growth in that bone only so if you get this injury in your upper left thigh (femur), only your left femur will stop growing. Your right femur will continue to grow.
Kids Have Higher Heart Rates and Lower Blood Pressure
A child has a smaller heart and less blood volume than an adult so the child’s heart compensates by beating more often (per minute). A child’s blood pressure is also less than an adult because this is directly proportional to body size. It reaches adult levels in their late teens.
Children Don’t Perform Well Without Oxygen!
Children have a limited ability to perform anaerobic activities due to the limited production of the enzymes required for provide energy in the absence of oxygen.
Keep Kids Cool In The Heat
A child’s sweat glands are not yet fully developed so they are less effective at cooling down through evaporation then adults. Make sure they drink lots of water and always exercise in light, cotton clothing.
Copyright 2005 Raymond Kelly
title:Exercise and Low Carb Diet's Make Poor Partners
author:Charles Remington
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Over the last twenty five years the most common questioned asked me by frustrated exercisers, has been what exercise routine will get me the body I desire? My answer is always the same. They need to start exercising better judgement and learn that exercise alone will not solve their body composition problem. I believe the number one reason for starting an exercise program is weight reduction, even before fitness and health concerns. Exercise by itself is a poor weight manager and it increases the need for better nutritional requirements. I believe I would receive very little disagreement that a combination of nutrition and exercise is the answer to improvement in weight loss ( fat loss ), fitness and health risk concerns. With obesity reaching epidemic rates and the drop out rate of most health clubs’ remaining high this article intent is to lay the foundation why exercise and low carbohydrate diet’s are poor partners.
Over the last three decades I have seen extreme changes in the macro nutrients ( proteins, carbohydrates and fats ) combinations in our quests for the ideal body. Everything from high carbohydrate, low fat, high protein, to the current low carbohydrate craze has bombarded us, though the failure rates in managing our weight continue to rise. The problem lies in our bodies ability to adapt to change, especially extreme change. If your goal is to lose fat you must provide your muscle enough quality fuel without being over fueled. This is especially true if your goal to lose fat includes exercise. The secret is not found in elimination of macro nutrients, but in management of them. Understanding how to fuel your muscles prior to exercise sessions and replacing fuel after workouts is critical or your body will break down muscle for fuel.
Understanding how our muscles use the calories we eat as fuel for muscle contraction is the first step in knowing what to do and not to do. A basic nutritional knowledge tells us that proteins repair and rebuild cells, carbohydrates energize cells and fats provide hormonal foundation for cells. When we lack balance in protein, carbohydrates and fats are bodies adjust and can use all three as a source of fuel for muscle contraction and cellular energy. Though energy is needed for all cellular function, the focus of this article is muscle contraction and body composition. All muscle contraction derives energy from adenosine triphosphate or ATP. The primary source of ATP comes from glucose, which is stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen ( glucose and water ). Muscle contraction during anaerobic activity ( resistance training ) can use glycogen directly to form ATP. The process is anaerobic glycolysis, meaning it can use the glucose as energy with very little oxygen ( 90% glucose, 5% oxygen and 5% fatty acid ). Our muscles only store enough ATP for short periods of muscle contraction, when depleted leads to muscle failure. The rest period between weight training sets allows additional ATP to be produced. During early stages of aerobic exercise, ATP is again created primarily from glucose until the heart and lungs provide enough oxygen to the muscles to allow fatty acids to be used to create ATP. So there you have it during resistance training and the beginning stages aerobic training the primary source of fuel is glucose.
This supports my claim that low carb diets and exercise make poor partners. To uncover why, we need to quickly look at the concept behind low carb diets and how they work. Any diet that provides 100 grams or less of carbohydrate daily. This article classifies as low carb diet’s. This will quickly deplete the glycogen stores in the muscle and liver. This by itself is testimony that our muscle’s primary source of fuel is glucose. Fatty acids stored in the adipose tissue ( fat cells ) are now released into the blood and processed by the liver and some are turned into glucose  ( gluconegenesis ) and some remain fatty acids and both provide ATP for muscle contraction. One of the by products of this process is ketone bodies which can provide energy to brain and nervous system. The problem gluconegenesis ( non glucose turned into glucose ) provides fuel to the muscle less efficiently than glycogenesis ( glucose ). The end result is increased muscle fatigue, decreased muscle power, which leads to poor athletic performance.
A recent study performed at the University of Connecticut showed that exercisers who switched from a balanced diet ( proteins, carbohydrates and fats ) to a low carb diet experience the following drop’s in athletic performance. There was a 7 - 9 percent drop in muscle power and 6 percent drop in VO2 max of cardiovascular performance. Another factor to consider is the recuperation of muscle between workouts is decreased on low carb diets. So why would someone go on a low carb diet, especially when exercising? Because the initial weight loss that comes from the glycogen depletion is believed to be fat loss. We have become so focused on weight loss, that any weight loss is seen as good. As identified earlier in this article glycogen is a mixture of glucose and water and the majority are stored where? You guessed it, the muscle. A large percentage of the initial weight loss is coming from muscle loss. I don’t think any exerciser’s desire is to have smaller muscles as a result of their exercising. The goal of exercise should be to improve body composition, the percentage or ratio of muscle to body fat. This can only be accomplished by losing fat without the loss of muscle tissue. Maintaining muscle mass is vital to sustainable weight control. The following steps will protect your muscles as your losing fat, while reaching your ideal weight and ideal body composition.
FAT LOSS COACH Keys to losing FAT without losing MUSCLE
1. Cycle fat burning days with recovery days.
The secret to losing fat without losing muscle starts with not being too aggressive or extreme with your reduction of carbohydrates. You need carbohydrate management, not carbohydrate elimination. Over the last 12 years, with more than 10,000 clients I’ve found by reducing carbohydrates by 20% of daily needs and within 48 hours replenishing the glycogen in the muscle by eating 100% of daily carbohydrate requirements, allows for fat loss, without muscle loss. In essence you have two fat burning days, then a recovery day. By doing this you’ll have the best of both worlds. You will experience fat loss that averages between 1-2 pounds weekly, while muscles are being well fed. You never drastically deplete the glycogen stores in the muscle so athletic performance is not affected like on a low carb diet.
2. Exercise on days where you are receiving more carbohydrates.
Exercising on days where muscle are getting more carbohydrates for fuel and taking days off from exercise when you are being aggressive about fat loss. One of the most difficult thoughts for exercisers to accept is that most of the results from exercise come when we are not exercising. They come after we exercise and in direct response to how the muscles receive nutrition after exercise.
3. Exercise 1.5 - 2 hours after eating when blood sugar levels and insulin levels are slowly declining.
As insulin levels increase in response to a rise in blood sugar after a meal, the cells are in an anabolic state ( receiving nutrients ). Insulin is the hormone that feeds are cells. As blood sugar levels drop, insulin levels drop and the pancreas produces the hormone glucagon and nutrients stored in the fat cells are released to the blood and used for energy. The management of this blood sugar rise and drop is important. If blood sugar levels go to high insulin feeds the muscle cells and deposits excess into fat cells. If insulin levels go too low, the muscle cells are being under fed. A slow rise in blood sugar provides good nutrition to the muscles and a slow drop allows glucagon to take from the fat cells. Timing your exercise to this blood sugar decline allows the muscles to receive from the fat cells more effectively. It is important to never exercise without having at least one meal left in your day so that muscles can recuperate from exercise.
Final Thoughts
Long term success managing weight starts with the right approach. If you are overweight, the real problem is that you have too much body fat for how much muscle you possess. A body composition solution is needed, not just a weight loss diet. Your goal should be to lose fat without losing muscle or sacrificing your health in the process. To maintain your results your eating habits must develop life long character. Low carbohydrate diets provide initial weight loss, but at the high cost of losingmuscle and reducing metabolism. They are inadequate sources of fuel to support exercise activity, which is vital in maintaining good health. The risks to your health long term makes low carbohydrate diet's poor solutions for life long weight management.
title:Exercise And Quitting Smoking
author:Brenda Patterson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When you plan to stop smoking, bring about other changes in your life style as well. Take a look at all those things that have become a kind of routine and break that routine. Try to do things differently and will make a lot of difference.
What we are trying to do as part of this exercise is that we are trying to create a new environment for you. It is not possible for you to shift to a new apartment so bring about a few changes in the way things are as part of your exercise to quit smoking. Let every thing have a new feel about it. If there was a favorite chair in which you used to sit when you smoked, change the upholstery of the chair or maybe you could stash away the chair into a corner.
Try to set a new routine. Try working out or going to the gym. If that is not possible, try waking up a little earlier and go for a short morning walk. If you can make that a run or a jog, it is going to be very stimulating and is going to be the best way to start your day.
Exercise does not necessarily mean pumping metal. If you do have the time to go to a gymnasium everyday, then that is well and good. But I suppose most of us do not have the time for a regular work out in a gym. So what is the other alternative? Do it at home of course.
But whether it is at home or at a multi-gym, there is something that I want to tell you. Regularity is the rule of the day. It is not getting started that is the difficult part, it is sticking to a regular exercise routine that is difficult and this is what proves to be the stumbling block for most people.
Most people have a wonderful start. In fact it is truly spectacular. They buy track suits and gym-wear, running shoes and a whole lot of other gear. Their first day at the gym is almost a celebration. Then as the days go on, they find it increasingly difficult to meet the domestic and professional demands and so their routine slows down and finally comes to a complete workout burn out.
One mistake that many people make is that they choose the evenings or a work out. If that can suit your lifestyle, then that’s fine. But for most of us, by the time the evening lifts up its curtains we are completely pooped. We find ourselves physically and mentally drained. And at that time our bodies will be just too tired for a work out. So it is best to set aside some time for exercise in the morning itself.
There are two advantages of setting apart time in the morning. The first advantage is that in the morning our bodies are fresh and full of energy. Now over here I want to make one point clear.
Many people believe that exercise depletes the body of energy but the case is just the opposite. Exercise pumps up more blood through the different parts of the body and warms up the body, so in fact, after exercise we feel more charged and ready to face the challenges of the day.
The second advantage is that in the morning we can plan for the whole day without letting the exercise routine affect the rest of our activities.
What about those of us who have never worked out before? In such cases you might need to start off under the personal supervision of an instructor and that may require that you go to a gym. But what I would suggest is that there are two simple things that any one can do for which you do not need the help of any instructor.
You know what these are? They are walking and swimming. Any body can walk and those of you who know how to swim can swim. For these two activities you do not need much gear and experts say that these two exercises have no side effects and are excellent stress busters.
So in the morning wake up just half an hour earlier, put on your walking shoes and hit the roads. Most roads will be less crowded at this hour and less polluted too. It is a wonderful way to start a day.
Take a break form coffee and try tea instead. If you are moving around the house, try playing music. Redecorate your room by adding a few pictures here and there preferably of scenery. And while you are redecorating, do what I mentioned earlier that is get rid of every thing that even remotely reminds you of smoking.
Plan your day in such a way that you have something enjoyable to do at the end of the day. It does not have t be something that involves money. We do not want you end up bankrupt. It can be something as simple as spending some time with the family playing a board game or something. Or it can be going out for a walk together.
But I would like to add that watching television just does not fit into this list. The reason is because T.V is not something that demands too much of our attention. We can easily do something else while we are watching TV and what can be easier than taking a smoke while our eyes are glued to the T.V. While you are working on breaking the habit of smoking, you need to move about with people. You need the company of people who can take your mind off that craving and TV doesn’t help you do that.
Make a list of those things that build up your stress. Try to steer clear of them. If that is not possible try to find out some stress busters and use them. Do not use stress as an excuse to start smoking. There are a hundred other methods of beating stress. As mentioned earlier, you could try breathing exercises, mediation or even music. There is another excellent way of beating stress and that is using the distressing ball. If you do not have one of those, try wriggling your fingers and toes. That too is a natural method of beating stress.
The point that we are trying to drive home over here is that you need a break from whatever you have been doing for this exercise of quitting to work. Since it is impossible to change your job or your home, you have to bring about as many changes as possible to get that whole new feeling.
title:Exercise and the Time Clock
author:Sherri L Dodd
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

I have to admit that I sometimes find it amusing when someone knows I am a trainer and proceeds to elaborate on the hours that they spend in the gym.  One example was a few years back when I was introduced to a nice young women, who proceeded to tell me that she went to the gym twice a day, an hour each time.  Unless this second hour was spent in the jacuzzi or making up for lost time due to chatting with fellow gym-goers during the earlier timeslot, I would be leary.  Instead of being impressed by her exuberant enthusiasm for working out, my thoughts were that one of those hours might be better spent in a counseling office.  Excessive exercising is unsafe and a sign of other deep-rooted problems.  So, the question remains how many ticks on the clock should pass before you head for the locker room?  And what compels a person to go way overboard in their exercise routine?
First off, if you are one of our valued clients, you already know that the Mom Looks Great program utilizes the thirty to forty-five minute workout.  If you have even an inkling of exercise information in your noodle, you atleast know that even twenty minutes a day can benefit your heart.  So why are some people intent on doing more, especially when there are serious consequences? 
The most common problem with over-exercising is injury to muscles and joints.  The idea of regular exercise is to appropriately stress the muscle during exercise.  This stress places small tears in the muscle, which upon repair, grow in size and strength, also known as hypertrophy.  When the muscle is over-exercised, it goes beyond what is appropriate and can actually damage the muscle.  Common areas of injury are legs, feet, back and shoulders as well as joints problems that include knees, ankles, elbows and wrists.  This can lead to a lifetime of recurring injuries.
Another negative consequence to over-exercising is the compulsion that usually accompanies it.  Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and other body starving diet tactics are dangerous enough.  When you add an addiction of too much exercise to an already detrimental dieting tendency, you are left with the possibility of heart damage from insufficient fuel and nutrients to sustain the workout.  While the aforementioned health issues are serious enough, an individual can also develop frequent headaches, loss of coordination and various stomach problems.
Over-exercising is not a physical disorder.  While it will affect you physically, it is more of a symptom of depression or other mental illness.  And if you think about it, over-exercising, eating disorders, feelings of inadequacy due to poor body image, poor judgment when evaluating priorities are all symptoms of depression.  The bottom line here is when your choices begin to compromise your health, happiness or safety it is time to seek out effective counseling.
A lifestyle incorporating exercise is nothing but beneficial in many aspects.  People exercise with a goal in mind whether it is to feel better, defuse stress or build muscle.  Luckily, in addition to using an appropriate weight (intensity) during your workout, over-exercising can easily be detected with a simple time evaluation.  I advise my clients not to go beyond one hour a day five days a week in a formal gym-type setting; and that is extremely generous.  It is also easily controlled when you follow a specific routine.  With the Mom Looks Great Fitness Program, you are guided to work different parts of your body throughout the week and have a variety of activities within your exercise regime.  And just for good measure, remember that you cannot possibly overdo it by simply strolling your baby in the park or games of tag with your preschoolers.  These forms of exercise are most welcome any time.
title:Exercise As A Power Source
author:Dr. Fit, Sidney E. Reeves, CFT
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

These days it is so hard to make it the gym. Life is very busy which creates a serious challenge for being consistent with exercise each week. However, exercise is exactly what we need in order to reduce stress, increase longevity, and give the body extra energy for daily living.
The best results are achieved using refined techniques, functional exercises, cardio, proper nutrition, awareness, variety, consistency, supplementation and motivation over time!
Refined technique means correct form to isolate muscles or “target areas of the body.” Efficiency is the priority to ensure maximal muscle stimulation. With resistance training, also known as weight lifting, it is important to eliminate momentum. It is also necessary to move the weight through a full range of motion. This will cause muscle contraction for the correct amount of time and ensure appropriate length of the tendons. The goal is to strengthen the joints of the body by stimulating the muscles around it.
For example, the lower back is an extremely important part of the body. Many people have trouble with this area, especially if their occupation puts a strain on it. So, it is a good idea to strengthen the muscles of the lower back like the erector spinae by performing three to four sets of back extensions on the floor superman position or face down on the exercise ball for 8 to 12 reps. As the muscles around the spine get stronger, the spine is held in place better, which reduces the changes of lower back problems. It is also important to keep the joint partially bent at the end of the rep, so that constant pressure remains on the muscles and no added pressure is applied to the joint from locking it out.
Cadence is a term that refers to the rate at which the resistance or weight moves. The best results are achieved by a slow cadence that causes the muscle to contract longer. On occasion, a mixture of fast and slow cadence may be used, especially with sports-specific training.
Lastly, using correct angles achieve muscle isolation in target areas and decrease the chance for injuries, especially with heavier weights. So, how many sets and reps should be completed? Four sets of 8-12 reps using a weight that is difficult but manageable. Allow 24 hours to recover with his approach. Six sets of 4 reps is more advanced, calculated at 60 to 80 percent of the one rep max. Allow 48 hours to recover when using this approach.
Functional exercise is a new popular technique that stimulates the core or torso of the body while working another muscle group at the same time. For example, performing a dumbbell press while lying on an exercise ball. The abs and the core muscles contract to hold the body into position, while the chest and tricep muscle push the dumbbells up. This type of challenge causes maximal stimulation to the body and keeps the workout interesting. Cardio is great for the heart and lungs. The number of calories burned is important as well as maintaining the correct heart rate. The heart rate formula is 220 minus age times point 60 for the lower margin and 220 minus age times point 80 for the upper margin. This is also known as the fat burning zone. Cardio also detoxifies the body and strengthens the immune system among many other health benefits. Muscles contract and move lymph along, which allows the immune system to clear dead cells and bring in new ones.
Warm up is important for preparing the body for the more demanding portion of the cardio workout. Allow 15 to 30 minutes prior to weight lifting and 10 to 15 minutes prior to cardio activities like jogging, swimming, aerobics or walking. In addition, a good stretch routine before warm up is highly recommended.
The preferred schedule for the weekly workout is warm up followed by cardio, then weight lifting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with cardio only on Tuesday and Thursday.
While you may feel your schedule is too busy to maintain a scheduled workout routine, you will find that by adding exercise to your life you will actually add time, as you will have more energy and become more efficient in your day to day activities. Think of exercise as the battery that gives your life power.
title:Exercise at Christmas Without the Gym
author:Janice Elizabeth Small
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Gyms get pretty deserted around Christmas time. Everyone is so busy with preparations, parties and people visiting that it's hard to fit in getting there, getting changed and going through a routine as regularly as you might the rest of the year.
But don't give up on exercise completely - you'll find it far harder to get back in the swing of things if you do. Make exercise part of the fun and keep yourself ticking over until it's time to get back to the gym in January. Maybe you'll enjoy the alternatives so much you'll never go back!
1. Do less
Just do ten minutes if that's all you can manage. Ten minutes of anything - walking around the house or stair stepping or skipping or rebounding - anything that fits your level of fitness and the equipment you have available at home. You can do it in the morning before your shower and it will energise you for everything you have to get done. If you can fit in 10 minutes later on too, so much the better. You'll keep up your fitness levels and use a few calories which you can probably do with at this time of year.
2. Do a class at home
Fitness videos are great if you don't have much time. There's no getting to the gym - you have everything you need right at home. You can pick them up for next to nothing from charity shops or treat yourself to one or two for Christmas. And it doesn't matter if you don't know the moves or have the latest fitness gear - nobody's watching!
3. Clear Up
No doubt you have to get your home ready for friends and family visiting anyway so make the clear up a workout. Put lots of energy into it! Clear out all that clutter then clean, vacuum and polish everything until it gleams. You'll be ready for guests, keep up your fitness levels and use some calories all at the same time.
4. Active fun
If you have a lot of guests and can't get your usual exercise fix organise some active fun for everyone! You could all go bowling or skating. Or try a game of charades or Twister. If it snows, you can go sledging or organise a snowman building competition. At the very least get them all out for a walk every day whatever the weather. There are sure to be some lights to go and see or a local carol service to attend.
5. Dance the Night Away
Don't be a wallflower. Take every opportunity to dance at parties (it will keep you away from the buffet table too) or just invite your partner to go dancing over the holidays. You'll have fun, get closer and it'll be great exercise. Dancing uses up between 270 and 540 calories an hour depending on the speed.
6. Offer a helping hand
Get active by volunteering your services in your community. You can help serve lunch at a homeless shelter or old people's home. Or just help your neighbours with running errands and snow clearing. You'll get a warm glow from lending a hand as well as from the exercise and feel much better than you do after sitting around all afternoon watching the re-runs of "White Christmas".
7. Escape
And if all else fails, next year book a skiing holiday for your Christmas break instead of staying at home. There's a whole year to save up (and to dodge the rows when you tell your family you're going away next year!) Skiing is fantastic exercise and you'll come back fit, invigorated and without those extra few pounds so many seem to acquire over Christmas.

title:Exercise Bikes – How Far They Have Come
author:Dave Robinson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The exercise bike has long been the type of exercising that people just love to do. Why? It is relatively easy to do and it allows people to exercise at virtually any time, in a number of different ways. It is through these bikes that people can tone muscle or lose weight. They can find an excellent amount of help through these bikes as well. If you are one of the many that love to work hard and want an exercise bike that will work for you, then this may just be the right option to think about. But, wait; did we mention the various types of exercise bikes on the market?
Just Look At The Options!
The exercise bike has really come a long way from the days of a stationary bike that you can ride. They used to be quite similar to those bikes that are rode out of doors, but now they have become complex machines. Now, although you can choose any of the exercise bike options that you find, it is important to realize that the true benefit to the bike comes only from getting on it and getting in that workout. In other words, you need to invest the time in the bike to gain anything from those features.
Some of the features that you will find on exercise bikes are those that will enhance your performance. One of the major problems or differences between the stationary bike and those that are real bikes is that you don’t get the up and down of hills that help to intensify a workout. But, this is possible and does happen when you use an exercise bike that you can tighten and release the tension off of. Also, some exercise bikes can be inclined at different levels to simulate the effects of bike riding.
Exercise bikes can also monitor your performance better. Yes, they can tell you how well you are doing. Many exercise bikes are equipped with mileage counters. Some have calorie burner counters as well. Still others will track your speed. On top of these elements, you will find heart rate monitor bikes that will actually track and monitor your heart’s beat throughout the course. Want to analyze this data? Some exercise bikes will allow you to download the information to your computer or will allow you to track and use it right on the bike.
Just remember, as much as you want to have these excellent features, you have to commit to the exercise as well. That means that you have to get on the bike and get the workout done, regularly because if you don’t nothing is gained. Take some time to find just the right features and priced exercise bike for you and get to working out! If you use your exercise bike fully and regularly, then you will reap the rewards of increased health and wellness that loss of weight and increased muscle tone can do for you.
title:Exercise Bikes – No Excuses, 30 Minutes A Day On A Bike Will Change Your Life
author:Declan Tobin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exercise bikes are the ideal home exercise equipment. We are all advised to exercise for 30 minutes per day to stay healthy combined with a good balanced food intake. Most people complain of not having the time to go to the gym or prepare to out jogging etc but if it was for 30 minutes of TV I’d bet that time would be no problem. Why not combine the two, TV and exercise. Watching TV while exercising cuts out the boredom of being locked in a room looking at the four walls exercising. If you have a program you watch on a regular basis the time will only fly in.
What exercise bike will I buy?
Exercise bikes come in all wonderful styles from the basic stationary bike to built in programs for spinning and mountain courses. The best is what you can afford to pay, the main thing is that you are exercising regularly or intend to do so. The more basic exercise bike can cost anywhere from $80 upwards and generally has a few different gears available to make the exercise more intense as you proceed with fitness. I have to say if you can afford to spend $200 you will find exercise bikes that have pre tuned exercise programs that are easy to follow and are a great way to burn fat.
How to Start:
Starting can be daunting but after a week or so you will find your fitness level improving and overall health. You need to introduce the body into the exercise for the first couple of days, for many people buying exercise bikes it’s the first time they have done such an exercise in years. The first few days should be a slow introductory pace, if you go all out in the first day or so you will only end up with aching muscles and may even put you off exercising again. Remember that this is a marathon not a sprint.
Who are the main manufacturers of exercise bikes?
Weslo, Reebok,Tuntui, Stamina, Proform, Nordic Track and Fitnees Track have for many years manufactured some of the greatest exercise bikes we have ever seen and all are still doing so. There are foldable bikes available for those living in apartments or people who are simply tied for space. Many people are now trying to build a home gym with the essentials in exercise equipment; the exercise bike should be first on the shopping list. The exercise itself is an excellent aerobic exercise, easy to start with and works ideally as a cross trainer with most other fitness equipment.
Some exercise bikes have a dual function, exercise for the upper and lower body. Apart from the obvious leg exercise you will also find upper body levers on some, this is an ideal exercise for a total body workout and will burn fat more quickly than the standard exercise bike (the more muscle groups you exercise the more fat your burn and more quickly).
Why buy an exercise bike when I can get a treadmill?
The exercise bike has very low impact on the joints. If you have previous injuries or weak joints in general the exercise bike is an ideal gentle exercise. The treadmill is a much higher impacting exercise on the joints and people with weak knees or ankles should be aware. If you decide to get an exercise bike with dual exercise (upper and lower body) you will burn more fat than that of the treadmill as you have no upper body resistance with the treadmill. There are arguments on both sides of the fence as to what is better the bike or the treadmill but you should look at your goals and see what suits both your budget and your target weight loss or general fitness. At the moment the cardio benefits to you as the user lies greater with the exercise dual function bike to that of the treadmill.
In Brief:
The exercise bike is ideal for beginners to the more advanced groups; it offers a low impact, high calorie burning exercise that have an excellent cardio workout. Combined with a balanced diet the exercise bike used regularly will help you achieve your fitness goals.
title:Exercise Bikes - Recumbent or Stationary?
author:Andre Best
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exercise bikes are a wonderful way to get a low-impact exercise workout. Of course today's bikes like those from Sportsart, Tunturi, Nordictrack, Schwinn, and Pro Form are a far cry from the bikes offered many years ago.
You know the ones - the lightweight plastic flywheel, the tiny seat, and no statistical monitoring whatsoever.
Well, as you probably know today's exercise bike offers a stationary bike rider so much more. Now a person has to decide between getting the lower profile comfortable recumbent style or the high-seated traditional stationary style bike.
Of course each has its advantages but to ensure that you get the most value and best fit for your needs one should ensure that any bike reviews consider several critical and necessary features.
Because an exercise bike provides a lower-impact workout they also require longer usage to get maximum benefit. What does this mean? It means that using this type of home exercise equipment is going to require a person to spend many, many hours using the bicycle.
With this in mind, it's absolutely critical that any stationary and recumbent exercise bikes considered has several key features detailed.
An appropriately supporting seat. Some manufacturers provide seats that are plastic and rather small. As you might expect, these are going to get uncomfortable. Fast.
So make sure the seat is large enough and supportive enough to accommodate today's heavier riders.
Because it can get rather boring just riding for hours on end, make sure the bike is quiet enough to operate while a television is on in front of you. You won't regret this.
Modern recumbent and stationary exercise bikes have a computerized console panel above the handlebars. Both cheap and expensive bikes have this feature. And because these consoles tell you all the stats you may need to monitor while exercising, like calories burned, time, distance, exercise level, and speed, you want to make sure that you are going to be putting your bike near a power outlet at home.
It's rare to find a model that still operates on only batteries. So make sure you plan in advance where you want your bicycle to be located in your home.
There are other minor features that are more personal preference but still should be considered. The main ones are:

pedal straps
seat height adjustability/flexibility
cup holders

Overall, if you ensure to consider these points prior to doing your exercise bike reviews you will be sure to come out with a bike that is more than acceptable and capable of giving you the workout you need.
And want.

title:Exercise Can Reduce Risks Of Diabetes
author:Simon Harris
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The 2 types of diabetes are type I and type II. Type I diabetes is characterized by the pancreas making too little or no insulin. An individual with diabetes type I will have to inject insulin throughout the day in order to control glucose levels. Type II diabetes, also known as adult onset diabetes, is characterized by the pancreas not producing enough insulin to control glucose levels or the cells not responding to insulin. When a cell does not respond to insulin, it is known as insulin resistance. When a subject is diagnosed with type II diabetes, exercise and weight control are prescribed as measures to help with insulin resistance. If this does not control glucose levels, then medication is prescribed. The risk factors for type II diabetes include: inactivity, high cholesterol, obesity, and hypertension. Inactivity alone is a very strong risk factor that has been proven to lead to diabetes type II. Exercise will have a positive effect on diabetes type II while improving insulin sensitivity while type I cannot be controlled be an exercise program. Over 90% of individuals with diabetes have type II.
Exercise causes the body to process glucose faster, which lowers blood sugar. The more intense the exercise, the faster the body will utilize glucose. Therefore it is important to understand the differences in training with type I and type II diabetes. It is important for an individual who has diabetes to check with a physician before beginning an exercise program. When training with a diabetic, it is important to understand the dangers of injecting insulin immediately prior to exercise. An individual with type I diabetes injecting their normal amount of insulin for a sedentary situation can pose the risk of hypoglycemia or insulin shock during exercise. General exercise guidelines for type I are as follows: allow adequate rest during exercise sessions to prevent high blood pressure, use low impact exercises and avoid heavy weight lifting, and always have a supply of carbohydrates nearby. If blood sugar levels get too low, the individual may feel shaky, disoriented, hungry, anxious, become irritable or experience trembling. Consuming a carbohydrate snack or beverage will alleviate these symptoms in a matter of minutes.
Before engaging in exercise, it is important for blood sugar levels to be tested to make sure that they are not below 80 to 100 mg/dl range and not above 250 mg/dl. Glucose levels should also be tested before, during, after and three to five hours after exercise. During this recovery period (3-5 hours after exercise), it is important for diabetics to consume ample carbohydrates in order to prevent hypoglycemia.
Exercise will greatly benefit an individual with type II diabetes because of its positive effects on insulin sensitivity. Proper exercise and nutrition are the best forms of prevention for type II diabetics. It is important for training protocols to be repeated almost daily to help with sustaining insulin sensitivity. To prevent hypoglycemia, progressively work up to strenuous activity.
As with individuals with type I diabetes, carbohydrates should also be present during training to assist in raising blood sugar levels if the individual becomes low.
title:Exercise Clothing: The Secret To Success!
author:Ray Kelly
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When you first start exercising finding the right clothes to wear is important for both comfort and safety. Should you wear the latest Nike joggers or are sandals ok? Should you wear lycra or track pants?
Fashion may be important to some but the most important thing is to get through each session so that you can follow up with more exercise tomorrow. The key to success in weight loss is consistency. Being able to exercise regularly. Wearing the right clothes will make this possible. Wearing the wrong type of shoes could give you blisters or shin splints, and wearing the wrong type of pants could cause excessive rubbing of the thighs. If you’ve had any of these things happen to you then you know it’s tough to exercise the next day.
Let’s start with the shoes. This is probably the most important piece of clothing and therefore this is where most thought should be given. You need to wear something supportive, with a flexible sole. Cross-trainers or running shoes are best. Make sure that the shoes are not too tight.
Next are the socks. It is important to wear cotton socks. They allow your foot to breathe and they cause less friction on your heal. If you like the low cut socks, make sure they won’t slip down into the shoe or you may get blisters.
The pants you wear must comfortable. Depending on the temperature, you should wear shorts or track pants. Just make sure they are cotton and not nylon. Cotton will allow your pants to breathe, whereas nylon will cause an increase in your body’s temperature. This in turn will make your heart beat faster which means the exercise will be harder. If you have large thighs then you may also want to wear lycra pants as well. This will eliminate rubbing and chaffing.
Your shirt should be cotton too. If you are going to be out in the sun then it’s a good idea to wear something with sleeves as this will reduce the risk of sunburn. Make sure it is light fitting as well as this will help to keep you cooler.
Other accessories you should consider if exercising outside is a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a water bottle. A wide brimmed hat gives the best shade, sunglasses will reduce glare, sunscreen will protect against ultra-violet rays from the sun, and the water will help keep you cool.
title:Exercise Fact Or Fiction?
author:Paul Hegarty
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Did you know that the average life span of men and women is around 80 years? Unfortunately a lot of us feel that age before we get to 50. Some of us, men especially, will go out and buy a fancy car and take extreme care of it. Then when were done detailing the car, we will go and eat a burger and fries and maybe drink a beer to wash it down. The other thing I find amusing is when I go to the gym and find myself fighting to park as close to the building as possible. Here I am paying to exercise and then I refuse to walk more than 20 paces to enter the complex.
These days there are many supplements on the market to loose weight, however what is important to note is, that they do not substitute for exercise. Many of us of course have a busy schedule, and find it hard to fit it in to our busy working days. I heard in the news recently that a vast majority of Americans are having difficulty sleeping. This makes sense since many people do not exercise.
The human body needs to move in order to maintain and increase strength. The heart needs to beat. Oxygen needs to circulate through the body. Aside from anyone’s aspiration to look good, exercise is essential. Lack of exercise leads to premature aging, sagging skin, aches and pains, and much more. These are the external effects; internally you could be dealing with clogged vessels, diabetes, nervous tension, and high blood pressure. The sad part is that these symptoms can set in when it is almost too late. You cannot turn the clock back, and as I have often said regrets can be extremely depressing.
The human body is mind blowing in its complexity and functionality. Take sure simple steps to fit exercise into your day. Simple things just like stretching, breathing, weather permitting a short walk. Yoga is a great way to fit exercise into your work days. Just by breathing or stretching you can help the body. When going to the store, park far away and walk. Do the simple things, do not beat yourself over the head and make it a chore to exercise. Write down the things you like to do that involves exercise, such as hiking, golf, cycling, gardening, swimming, and then do more of that. Vary the fitness routine. Variety promotes interest. When traveling, if in a hotel use there gym, it is free when you stay there. Most Importantly !Start Today!.
title:Exercise for a Healthy Heart
author:Louise Roach
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Do you exercise every day? If you want to live a long, healthy life, maybe you should.
A recent study by Timothy Wessel, a physician at the University of Florida, indicates one of the strongest risk factors for developing heart disease is inactivity – even more so than being overweight. During the four-year study of 906 women, Dr. Wessel documented those who were moderately active were less likely to develop heart disease than sedentary women, no matter how much they weighed. The study concluded: “These results suggest that fitness may be more important than overweight or obesity for cardiovascular risk in women.”
In January, the updated U.S. Dietary Guidelines strongly urged that everyone should take part in “at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity” on most days, above whatever activities they do at home or work. To loose weight or to avoid gaining weight as we age, 60 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous exercise is recommended. And those who have already lost weight and are attempting to keep weight off need 60 to 90 minutes of daily exercise.
A study of 9,611 adults by the University of Michigan Health System, found that people in their 50s and 60s who participated in daily exercise were 35 percent less likely to die within the next eight years than their inactive couch potato counter parts.
Convinced that it’s time to add exercise to your day?
The Basics - Making Exercise a Life Priority:

If you’re not use to exercising, check with your doctor before beginning any strenuous fitness routine.
Start slow. If 30 minutes of exercise is too much, start with 15 minutes and add a few minutes each day.
If you don’t have time for 60 minutes of exercise, break it up into two 30-minute sessions throughout the day.
Schedule a specific time to exercise everyday – then keep to your schedule!
Take part in more intense activities that can improve your heart health, such as: running, dancing, swimming, cycling, and climbing stairs.
Find exercise that you enjoy. You will be more likely to continue and improve your daily performance if you look forward to a favorite activity.
Wear proper clothing and footwear. This has two functions. Clothing and shoes that are suited to your activity will enhance performance and offer the right kind of support for your body and feet. They will also place you in a better frame of mind for exercise. When you wear your favorite running outfit and slide into your special running shoes, your mind says “it’s time to get out the door and put my feet in motion!”
Add everyday activities to increase your overall fitness level, such as gardening, housework, walking to the store, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and raking leaves.
Always drink lots of water.
If you feel discomfort or pain after an activity, use ice therapy immediately to reduce swelling and numb pain. Always have a cold pack in your freezer, ready and waiting. Most aches and pains attributed to exercise respond well to icing and will melt away within 24 hours after applying ice for several 20-minute sessions. Using cold therapy reduces down time, getting you back on schedule fast. (If the pain does not lessen within 48 hours after using ice therapy, is intense or becomes worse, see your doctor.)

Exercise every day…take care of your heart…live long!
Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation. Always consult with your physician in the event of a serious injury.
Exercise For Obesity?

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We hear a lot about obesity these days and the usual solutions range from gastric bypass surgery to the inevitable plea for diet and exercise. However, there is one problem that people do not normally address with obesity, that is, what type of exercise can they do?

The problem? They couldn't do the same kinds of exercises as other clients because of their size...the machines were too small for them and some exercises were just downright impossible. Together, we've come up...

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We hear a lot about obesity these days and the usual solutions range from gastric bypass surgery to the inevitable plea for diet and exercise. However, there is one problem that people do not normally address with obesity, that is, what type of exercise can they do?

The problem? They couldn't do the same kinds of exercises as other clients because of their size...the machines were too small for them and some exercises were just downright impossible. Together, we've come up with some solutions to these problems and, if you're in the same boat, you can too.

Some of the main problems faced by obese people in the gym are:

1. Machines that are difficult to use or cause knee or back problems.

2. Swimming is a recommended exercise for obese people and this is wonderful if you have a pool in your backyard, but what if you don't? Walking around in a bathing suit causes instant panic for plenty of people, but even moreso if you're overweight or obese.

3. Recumbent bikes are another good option for obese people. The problem is, many aren't built with big enough seats and climbing onto them can be a real challenge.

4. Walking. This is a simple exercise that can be done anywhere, right? Tell that to one of my clients who got food thrown at her from a moving car because of her size.

Do Obese People get more headaches?
If you have two unhealthy conditions, migraine and obesity, you are even more disabled than if you'd had either one. Past research has linked obesity to headache and migraine in adults. To investigate if such a connection exists in children and teens, Hershey and his colleagues looked at 440 migraine patients between the ages of 3 and 18 treated at seven specialty headache centers.

Permanent solution for obesity!
With all the problems associated with obesity, there is only one obvious method in which thousands of obese people has already tried, and succeeded, that is to go for a gastric bypass surgery. Gastric bypass surgery is extremely safe when conducted by a certified doctor and the tens of Kgs that you lose are permanent! Find out is gastric bypass surgery is for you!

Exercise Management

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Exercise is vital to shedding excess weight and keeping it off. The body was meant to be active, and that is often a challenge in todayÕs often-sedentary lifestyles. White collar workers, security workers, and drivers make up a large part of the workforce, and get very little exercise daily. Especially if you fit into this category, a concerted effort must be made in order to ensure that an exercise regimen is followed that will afford you a level of activity that will provid...


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Exercise is vital to shedding excess weight and keeping it off. The body was meant to be active, and that is often a challenge in todayÕs often-sedentary lifestyles. White collar workers, security workers, and drivers make up a large part of the workforce, and get very little exercise daily. Especially if you fit into this category, a concerted effort must be made in order to ensure that an exercise regimen is followed that will afford you a level of activity that will provide the amount of activity you need to stay healthy and avoid obesity.

People often dread exercise, projecting a grueling task that will leave them without energy and with sore muscles. This does not have to be and should not be the case. It is not necessary to employ a vigorous workout in order to have an effective exercise plan. Any regular exercise plan that is cardiovascular, raising the heart rate for at least a half hour straight, will do wonders for your body. Simply taking a walk, starting slow, then working your way up to power walking, is an excellent method of exercise. If your time is limited, or you live in a location where weather may impede your workout schedule, you may want to invest in a treadmill so that you can work out daily without interruption. Riding a bike, whether a regular bike or a stationary one, can be equally as effective. Again, you may want to employ both options to add variety, yet to make sure that weather does not impede you from your daily routine. Skipping days becomes addictive, and before you know it weeks begin to compile where you have not worked out, so avoid the trap.

In Ayurveda, walking is also highly recommended. Additionally, simple movement exercises are employed. If you have the time, seek a yoga class in your area. Styles of yoga can range from mild to vigorous, and provide conscious movement as suggested in Ayurveda. Such conscious movement is vital to conquering obesity.

If you have children that are not active, whether they are obese or not, you should definitely engage them in some sort of physical activity on a daily basis. Growing the habit of activity is key in avoiding obesity later in life, and controlling it during youth. Sedentary lifestyles brought on by modern phenomena of excess television watching, consuming fast and packaged foods, and playing video games are causing marked increases in obesity amongst children. Be aware of your childrenÕs lifestyle and promote activity amongst them. Encourage them to engage in activities away from the television for a couple of hours a day, preferably engaged in an organized physical activity. It is a habit that they will often take with them into adulthood and benefit from for a lifetime.

Exercise Must For Health and Fitness

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For women to recover their health and fitness workout is the answer. If you feel that you are overweight or obese in this case there is no need to feel inferior by comparing with other as there are several women who have the similar crisis concerned to their weight. Numerous prefer to depend on diets to come in proper shape but they not succeed to consider that they are required to work on strength as well. There are numerous women who struggle with a range of diets devoid of attempting any exercise, and then these women guess why they are yet out of shape and can’t appear to trim down any calories. It is noteworthy that one understands that at the moment is the exact time to start functioning on your health and fitness and also keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a tough one.

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For women to recover their health and fitness workout is the answer. If you feel that you are overweight or obese in this case there is no need to feel inferior by comparing with other as there are several women who have the similar crisis concerned to their weight. Numerous prefer to depend on diets to come in proper shape but they not succeed to consider that they are required to work on strength as well. There are numerous women who struggle with a range of diets devoid of attempting any exercise, and then these women guess why they are yet out of shape and can’t appear to trim down any calories. It is noteworthy that one understands that at the moment is the exact time to start functioning on your health and fitness and also keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a tough one.

Being weighty is not a big deal there are different ways that one can start doing out workout. Yes, it is true that one can’t conquer the ambition in the single day but it is possible to achieve it slow and steadily by moving towards it consistently. It is better to do something than not doing anything. And therefore some quantity of work out is healthier than not doing work out at all. Therefore start consulting your specific practitioner and let him recognize that you are in fact sincere about improving health and would like to be proceed in shape as soon as possible.

You will get the help from your general practitioner who will direct you to the right routine and exercises for you. He will suggest you with a number of diet suggestion in addition enthusiasm that will help improving you with your eating lifestyle. In spite of this, as an substitute of just distressing about your diet, you in actual fact require to focus on getting healthy and fit. This is one of the most fundamental decisions that a women will ever make when it comes to her health and fitness.

After consulting the trainer if a woman can come up with a excellent quality exercise program and if she is strictly following the program for at least 4 months, Without any doubt she will see some enormous betterments in her general health and fitness. By varying her eating habits or diet she can also improve her health as well. If one works on scheduled work out for at least three hours each week and plan to gobble only when badly hungry, she will discover that her cholesterol and her blood pressure levels will both get improved.
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Exercise Myths Explained

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Despite the health benefits that are brought by exercising and working out. A lot of people are hesitant to partake in these activities because of perceived ill-effects that exercising may bring. In the 21st century, infomercials, magazines, videos, and friends may give conflicting advice. These results in confusion and is probably the reason why many individuals prevented from getting in shape.

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Exercise is good for the body. A lot of people have been raving about the health benefits of including a exercise and other physical activities in their lifestyles. Exercise is important for strengthened circulatory, respiratory, and immune systems. In addition, many health studies show that exercise effects mental health as well. It elevates moods and promotes a state of bliss. Including exercise in one's lifestyle may reduce anxiety and manage stress.

  Despite the health benefits that are brought by exercising and working out. A lot of people are hesitant to partake in these activities because of perceived ill-effects that exercise may bring. In the 21st century, infomercials, magazines, videos, and friends may give conflicting advice. These results in confusion and is probably the reason why many individuals prevented from getting in shape.

Numerous women are hesitant to workout or because of the misconception that strength training will make them bulky. They think that strength training is only for men. Women naturally have less bone and muscle than men, this is the reason why women have higher risks of osteoporosis. Medical experts however point that women don't have enough testosterone to develop big and bulky muscles. Muscular women that are seen in the Internet and television probably achieved those kinds of physique because of consuming uncontrolled substances. 

Another misconception that many people believe is one has to workout intensely in order to gain health benefits. This is incorrect because moderate workouts lower the risk of acquiring unwanted ailments and promote improved well-being. A study conducted by the Nurses' Health Study (NHS), show that women who regularly engage in in brisk walking reduced their risk of heart disease to the same degree as women who engaged in vigorous exercise.

  Individuals that gain weight as they get older blame age for this attribute. However, weight gain takes place because of reduced physical activities and diminished metabolic rate which is caused by loss of lean body mass. This transformation takes place between ages 20 and 30. The percentage of body fat slowly increases and produces a decreasing calorie requirement. This happens because fat cells consume fewer calories than muscle cells. Exercise and physical activity may slowdown the aging process by preventing degeneration and metabolic diseases that affect middle aged and elderly people. In addition, exercise stimulates the activities in the human cells and fluids. As these cells are stimulated the more likely they will continue to function properly. It is however important to exercise with a nutritious diet to reap its health benefits. 

  It is never too late to partake in regular exercise and other physical activities. Exercise is good for  different people of all ages. It is necessary to maintain improved overall health. Individuals who decide to include a regular program of physical activity should consult doctors and other health professionals for advice. This is important because a lot of individuals tend to workout too much or workout improperly, which may do more harm than good. Understanding proper workout and including a healthy diet in one's lifestyle may lead to improved health and overall well-being.

title:Exercise Personalities:  What's Your Type?
author:Colleen Palati
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exercise. You know how it goes. You have an epiphany and make up your mind that this time you are going to stick with an exercise program. The first week goes great…so does the second. Then the third week blues kick in and by week 4 that motivation you felt in the beginning has moved to the couch. We have all been there.
Just recently, researchers have found that people are much more successful in sticking to an exercise regime if it matches their personalities. To stay motivated, you should go with whatever "moves you". The Physician and Sports Medicine edition of December 2004 identifies specific activities that correspond with different personalities. Let us take a look and find out what your type is!
If you: Love to compete
Try: Activities with a competitive edge - team sports, tennis, volleyball, golf.
If you: Like to take risks
Try: Activities that appeal to your adventurous spirit…mountain climbing, cross-country skiing.
If you: Are strong, assertive, and aggressive
Try: Activities that allow you to release tons of energ - martial arts, power weight lifting, mountain biking.
If you: Are motivated by excitement and fun
Try: Group activities…dance classes, aerobics, skiing, and team sports.
If you: Enjoy mental focus
Try: Activities that allow you to concentrat - yoga, Pilates, martial arts.
If you: Like to socialize
Try: Activities that allow you to interact with people - golf, join a gym, team sports.
If you: Enjoy surprises and spontaneity
Try: Inpredictable activities - racquet sports, dancing, outdoor hiking.
If you: Are introspective and enjoy solitude
Try: Activities that can be done alone - running, walking, yoga, swimming laps.
If you: Like a sense of routine and control
Try: Structured activities - step machine, tai chi, weight lifting.
Interesting! So now that we have some ideas, let's get moving and make it to week 5, 6, 7....
Yours in healthy living,
Colleen Palati
9217 Douglas Fir Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
title:Exercise Rowing Machines
author:Gary Gresham
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exercise rowing machines are a great way to get aerobic exercise.  The more muscles you use when you exercise, the less time it takes to give your body a full workout. 
Rowing moves your body through a wider range of motion than most activities, stretching your muscles and rotating your joints.  Exercise rowing machines works out muscles in your arms, legs, stomach and torso building muscular strength and endurance. 
Your heart and lungs can also benefit from rowing exercise.  The benefit of rowing exercise is similar to other forms of aerobic workouts.  The continuous upper body motion is also great for raising your heart rate to your target zone. 
Rowing burns calories faster than biking, is easier to do and rowing can even firm up your butt.  Rowing is a smooth motion, rhythmic and impact free activity that puts little strain on the muscles and joints if done correctly. 
However, people with back problems should proceed with caution because rowing can put a strain on your back.  Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. 
Rowing is a very versatile sport that can be done indoors or out.  It is a complete exercise that is satisfying, enjoyable to do and provides a balance of fitness benefits.
You can get a great workout with rowing whether you are indoors, on an exercise rowing machine or outdoors enjoying the fresh air.  You can row solo or join a local rowing club for the social benefits.
The steady rhythm of rowing will challenge your body, but it can also help calm your mind.  Picture yourself rowing outdoors on a quiet lake; your body, your mind, the boat and the water all blended into one blissful space in time.

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title:Exercise the Right Way to Boost Your Energy
author:Dr Edward Steiner
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

There are two main types of exercise. Aerobic and Anaeobic exercise. Let's start with the first one. Aerobic literally means with oxygen. Aerobic exercise has an important distinction; it burns fat as its main fuel. Can anyone find a use for this? Anaerobic means without oxygen. Anaerobic burns sugar as its main fuel. Despite popular myth, exercise doesn't have to be drastic to provide massive physiological benefits. Even light exercise will burn fat.
Light exercise clears out lactic acid (a waste product in the body) and stimulates cells to regenerate. To ensure you're exercising aerobically (burning fat) rather than exercising anaerobically, it's important to ensure you do several things as you exercise.
The most important is to breathe deep as you exercise. Breathe in deep into your stomach through your nose, hold it and then exhale hard through your mouth.
Secondly, make sure that you exercise at a level that's comfortable. Exercise at a level of 7/10. You should still be able to carry on a conversation while you exercise. Do this for at least 45 minutes a day and notice your energy explode.
Do you think you don't have time to do this? There is always time. Use the time you would have spent sleeping to replenish your body. I guarantee that you'll need less sleep. Use the time in your lunch break to exercise. The increase in productivity will have you more on the ball, and save you time through the dramatic increase in productivity. See, with the increased oxygen from aerobic exercise your brain speed and efficiency increases. Ride a bike, walk, swim or play sport.
Rebounding (or cellularise as it's now known) is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise around. If you have access to a rebounder, use it. Use any break you have whilst working to engage in some form of movement and deep breathing.
Exercise also strongly benefits the heart. It literally makes it a larger and stronger organ. Deep breathing makes the lungs stronger and larger. Research is now linking exercise to helping benefit and prevent almost every type of disease or ailment. Movement of any joints promotes blood flow and creates energy. Sitting down all day actually robs the body of energy. If you sit down all day it’s absolutely vital that you promote blood flow, circulation, energy, brain flow and the strength of your heart.
title:Exercise Tips for People With 'No Time'
author:Sheri Zampelli
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

As our lives become more complex, we need creative time-management twists to juggle all the things we want to do.  This article will give you tips on how to fit exercise into your busy schedule, even if you have a sedentary lifestyle.
The first step is to drop the all-or-nothing, perfectionistic thinking that says "It has to be at a gym.  It doesn't count if you don't breathe hard.  It doesn't count if you don't do it for at least 30 minutes non-stop etc.  Any physical activity is more beneficial than NO physical activity.  So open your mind and let's create new solutions.
We all get stuck from time to time sitting at our computers, waiting for one thing or another:
*Long print jobs
*Slow or large downloads
*Large files to open
*Inspiration on what to write or do next
*“Instant” messages
*iPod Updates
Here's how you can put that time to use:
1.  Get a medicine ball and/or exercise band at your local sporting goods store or on-line.
2.  Put these items near your computer in an easy to reach location.
3.  Begin compiling a stack of exercise ideas from magazines or books which you will also keep near your computer (consider starting a three-ring binder so you can easily find the book and flip through it at will).
4.  When you encounter a wait period (or just need a little break), do a set of arm or leg exercises.  Here’s a list of ideas to get you started:
Chest Press: Strap an exercise tube around the back of your office chair and do occasional chest presses.  Hold one handle in each hand and position your hands so they are at chest level.  Sit up straight.  Push forward and extend your arms straight in front of you or, for variation, cross your hands in front of you.  Repeat 10-15 times or until you become fatigued.
Overhead Tricep Lifts: Hold a 3-5 pound medicine ball in both hands.  Lift it over your head with arms extended.  Bend at the elbows and slowly lower the ball so that it ends up behind your neck.  Continue lifting the ball from behind your neck to over your head.  Use slow, steady, controlled movements.  Repeat 8-10 times or until you become fatigued.
Bicep Curls: Depending on your strength level, you can use one or both arms for this exercise.  Hold the medicine ball in your hands in front of you as if you are offering a gift to someone or holding a large cup or bowl in your hands.  Your arms should be in an “L” shaped position at your sides.  Bring the ball up to your chest slowly and then back down slowly.  If you are strong enough, you can also do one arm at a time lifting the ball from the “L” shaped position up to your shoulder and back down again.  Repeat 12-15 times or until you become fatigued.  Perform equal amounts of repetitions for each arm.
Leg Lifts: Stretch your legs out in front of you and put your ankles and feet together.  Place the medicine ball in the cradle created by your ankles so that the ball is resting on the top of your foot and your lower leg at the same time.  Depending on your strength level, you can do this exercise a variety of ways:
Lower Leg Lifts: Lift your legs from the floor until they are almost completely extended.  Maintain a small bend in the knees, do not lock your knees.  For more of a challenge, hold your legs in the lifted position until you begin to feel your muscles shake or burn, then lower.  Repeat 10-15 times.
Full Leg Lifts: Scoot up in your chair so that your buttocks are almost at the edge of your seat.  Put your hands on the armrest to support your body.  Extend your legs in front of you with your knees slightly bent.  Lift your legs as high as you can off the ground.  For extra challenge, hold your legs in place before lowering.  Be sure to continue sitting up straight as you do this exercise and hold in your abdominal muscles for support.
Copyright 2006 Sheri Zampelli

title:Exercise Tips -- Motivation May Not Be #1 Key
author:Brad Howard
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

I help people all of the time with different problems when it comes to their workouts (and even life sometimes). Many of those times, these distinct problems are attributed to a much larger situation. I am a HUGE believer of getting to the source of a problem and NOT just treating symptoms.
Treating symptoms never lets the person understand what is actually going on and can be very self defeating.   Imagine for a minute that you are allergic to peanut butter.  Now, you love peanut butter so you get a medicine to let you eat peanut butter to your heart's content.
Of course, the medicine costs money and carries all sorts of side effects.  Wouldn't it make more sense to just give up peanut butter?  After all, it's the peanut butter that is the source of your problems.  Taking the medicine is just an unnecessary step.
So, the best thing to do in most instances revolves around the source of a problem.  But, for people trying to get in better shape, what are the primary problem sources?  What exercise tips prove to really pay off?
Honestly, most of the underlying problems involve psychology and the way people perceive things.  The leftover problems stem from either overflowing or faulty information.
Today, I want to go over motivation and why it might not necessarily be the 1st thing to focus on when beginning a new program.
Follow me here. (I'll get to the correlation at the end)
I think most people can relate to this.
You have an underperforming employee.  Generally speaking, underperforming employees tend to fall into two categories -- those that need more training and those that have significant training but need to be motivated (I usually let these people go by the way as they tend to be a drain on the team).
Most of the time, an underperforming person gets lumped into the "I need motivation" category prematurely.  However, looking further, we can see that our employee really just needs more training to ensure more confidence.
But, what do we do?
We say, "Oh, you just need to be more motivated" or "come on, just think about how much money you can make." Then, our "motivated" individual goes out, does a crappy job, gets discouraged, and then falls back into the same trap as before. It's a vicious cycle. (By the way, if you have an employee like this, chances are they need more training. It's a clear sign that you haven't been doing YOUR job, instead of them not doing theirs).
Think about it this way, if you have an idiot and you motivate them you don't get a lean, mean, employee: you've got yourself a motivated idiot!  Imagine what kind of destructive power that can have.
I've digressed a little. What does this have to do with working out?
If you are doing all of the wrong things and you get more motivated (i.e. work harder, more weight, reps, intensity), you are going to trash your body, period.
Think about the motivated idiot.
Now, I'm not saying to get into information overload by any means. The easiest thing to do would be to grab a magazine or two from the grocery store and start with a few of the workouts inside.  That way, you don't have to worry about your plan and can actually GET MOTIVATED with the right information.
This is very important.
Now, if this does not sound appealing, put something together yourself and get it critiqued by a qualified individual before you start. You might have a great majority of it right and realize drastic improvements with a few small tweaks.
Search out reputable sources (don't "diet" Google) and follow their advice.
Do not pick 15 people to follow and mash all of their teachings together. Pick one and follow him/her only.  When you try to put more than one system together, you not only diffuse the power of the system, you put yourself into potential information overload from all of the different "exercise tips".
Again, do some research and find one person to focus on.  You'll see quicker results from your simple approach.
REMEMBER!  Information overload = no results.
Moral of the story, get equipped with the right information from a singular source...
..and don't be a motivated idiot.
Copyright 2006 Brad Howard

title:Exercise Your Face to Look Healthier & Younger
author:Cynthia Rowland
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Do you have a problem area on your face that you would like to change?  Double chin, droopy eyes, jowls, pouches, crows feet or marionette lines?  Aging is as sneaky as sun damage and it seems that in a twinkling of an eye, your face can look so different that you might wonder just who is that person staring back at you in the mirror? 
Could facial exercise be the answer to the age old question –“Can I maintain a youthful appearance?”   Must I spend my children’s inheritance to stave off Mother Nature’s footprints across my face?
You can certainly turn back the clock with facial exercise that employs resistance and isometric contractions of the muscles using the thumbs and fingers.  This doesn’t mean that you will look sixteen or even twenty again but shaving off ten or fifteen years from your appearance with exercise rivals the results of most plastic surgery procedures.
Plastic surgery techniques do not stop the aging process; muscles in the face continue to make their downward slide dragging the skin unnaturally, creating the need for more and more surgical procedures.  With exercise, the muscles become stronger, the skin looks revitalized and lifted.  Most importantly, facial exercises can be performed inexpensively at home.
The muscles of the face elongate just like the muscles in your arms, thighs and buttocks; in fact, the muscles in the face will have elongated about one-half inch by the time most people have reached the age of 55.  The elongation is the result of atrophy of the muscles and gravity.  Even though we talk, sing or laugh, the muscles continue to soften and become lax; it’s only when the facial muscles are specifically exercised do they begin to plump up and support your skin better.
The elongation of facial muscles affects every area of your face.  For instance, the “apples” in your upper cheeks may not be positioned prominently, in fact, when a smile is made, rather than seeing fullness high on the cheeks, the muscles may appear flat and midway between the nose and mouth. 
If you add one-half inch to the length of your forehead, your eye area suffers because the downward motion compresses into the brows.  What happens if you add one-half inch or more to the area under the chin? The dreaded wattle is developing.  One-half inch added to the jaw line means jowls are forming. 
Beginning a facial exercise program to sculpt and contour the face may seem daunting at first because the movements and positioning feel somewhat awkward.  Remember when you first learned to ride a bicycle?  It was so scary!  But after a few days of lumps and bumps, you were pedaling like you were a pro.  It’s the same with facial exercise, once you become familiar with the movements, you will marvel that these simple steps can easily produce a younger looking face.
You will want to take beginning photos before you start a facial exercise regimen so that you can track your progress and you will want to update your photos at the end of every third week. In about three weeks friends and colleagues will begin noticing that something is definitely different about you.  They may think you have changed your hair in some way or that you are sleeping better but you will know what they’re seeing is your pretty face returning. 
In hardly any time at all, you will notice how smooth and refreshed your skin looks; your face glows with radiance from increased oxygenation to the muscles and those sagging, droopy muscles are now portraying a more youthful looking you.  Without surgery, drugs or anything harmful you can turn back the clock and look at least 10-15 years younger.
Exercise Your Lungs for Better Breathing and Less Time Out of Breath

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Better breathing can improve performance whether you are a professional athelete or just want to feel better.  Health benefits of improving the respiratory function include less time out of breath, improved focus, and better overall performance and wellness.

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Breathing is something we do naturally, but rarely do we think about how better breathing can enhance our performance in both sports and everyday activities. Training your lungs is just as critical as other fitness activities we participate in for a better health. There are many benefits to health and many potential problems when the breathing fitness is ignored. Fortunately there are solutions to improve the breathing and thus your performance. If you have difficulty breathing, a conversation with a doctor or respiratory specialist would be time well spent. The information here can be a source of help for these conversations.

When breathing properly, the body of oxygen and cells and tissues are received from the energy required to carry out their functions. Concentration has improved, strengthened the immune system, increased metabolism, stress reduction, and an overall feeling of wellbeing. The most important thing is, and often do not think, is to improve the breathing what time to detoxify the body more efficiently. Although a small percentage of the toxic substances are discharged through sweating, urination, defecation, most (around 70%) are discharged through the breathing.

On the contrary, if there is one with respiratory problems and is out of breath, panting, gasping, there are many potential side effects. In this case, it is dizzy, unable to concentrate, or stressed. In addition, it is open to painful muscles and a tight feeling, digestion, numbness, and other conditions. As mentioned above, when not breathing properly, detoxification is dramatically carried out, the body can not rid itself of toxic substances in an efficient manner.

There are twelve sets of the breathing muscles that make respiration possible. Like any other muscle in the body, they can get tired and overexerted, resulting in a condition out of breath, gasping for air, etc. This happens to an athlete who pushes them self to the limit, and to someone who exerts in everyday activities. It is clear that it is not just a state of excessive shortness of breath that we should be concerned. Regular natural breathing is controlled by those muscles as well.

The exercise of the breathing muscles can be one of the ways to improving your performance. Thanks to the new and improved technology, this can be accomplished with the help of devices. These can be used only a few times a day to the effective exercise of all respiratory function including inhale and exhale. A device, such as the PowerLung exercises the twenty-four muscles responsible for respiratory function, thus improving breathing endurance and reducing the chance to be out of breath. This type of exercise apparatus of the lungs in a way very similar to resistance training any muscle or muscle group

Breathing can help or hurt your performance in many ways, whether you are a professional athlete in search of excellence or if you have a high to climb the stairs better. If you are unsure of the severity of your breathing issues, a conversation with a doctor or respiratory therapist is needed. If you're looking to improve your overall performance through better breathing, fortunately, there are methods available to help.

Exercise: The Key to Healthy Skin

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The article talks about the benefits of exercise and other physical activities in the development of healthy skin. This is achieved when the body gets rid of the toxins and other bacteria through sweat. Physical activities should be coupled with proper diet and hydration to achieve overall health improvements and healthy-looking skin

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Regular exercise and physical activities like weight training, yoga, and aerobic exercises have been known to improve physique and aid in weight-loss. People workout regularly so that they can develop a more toned and leaner physique. They do this by burning fat through exercise. Working out also promotes  greater muscle density, bone strength, and helps reduce the risk of breaking bones as one gets older. Recent medical studies suggest that regular exercise and physical activities may also be beneficial to overall skin health and clean the skin of acne and other impurities. Adding exercise in a daily routine is essential for skin care.

Exercise improves the skin by improving the blood circulation in the body and, therefore, provide oxygen and other nutrients to the skin cells. As one sweats, the body removes toxins through the open pores of the skin. This process effectively cleanses the pores from dead skin cells, dirt, and excess sebum. Sebum is the oil secretions of the sebaceous glands and may clog pores that cause the production of acne. This substance is scentless but its bacterial breakdown may produce odors. In addition to these benefits, exercise enables the kidneys and liver to function properly. These developments makes the elimination of toxins from the body more effective and efficient. It is always best to take a shower after a workout since bathing washes away any waste material and bacteria that is present on the skin. It also prevents the buildup of bacteria that is attracted to sweat. These bacteria may cause body odor and the development of acne.

Drinking enough water after working out may guarantee proper hydration of the body and help reduce skin dryness and is important factor in skin care. However, it is advised to drink the right amounts of water because too much or too little may bring unwanted effects. Needless to say, water is essential in eliminating body toxins and in replacing all the water that was lost from sweating during exercise.
A better physique and healthy-looking skin are not the only benefits of exercise and physical activities. They also have emotional and mental benefits. These activities are good for stress relief and in keeping the mind active and focused. This is possible because of moderate or intense physical activities may prompt the body to produce substances called endorphins. These substances are produced by the brain that may elevate one's mood and eliminate feelings of stress and anxiety. This effect is called by many health experts as the “runner's high.

Furthermore, individuals who want to engage in exercise and other physical activities should consult health professionals or train with a professional instructor. Because improper or too much training may do more harm than good. Extreme exercise may increase the production of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These hormones aid the body switch to more efficient fat-burning metabolism to preserve glycogen in the muscles and aid blood vessels in the delivery of oxygen to the muscles.

Stress overload can occur if an individual does not reduce the intensity of training even for short periods. This may cause an increase in white blood cells that eliminate bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells. When the intense exercise is finished, the number of immune cells may decrease. It is theorized that any viruses or bacteria present in this stage may multiply and cause infection which may weaken the immune system. Exercising is critical in overall health and skin care. Adding them in one's lifestyle may lead to the development of healthy-looking skin.

title:Exercise: Why YOU Should Do It
author:Aaron M. Potts
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Hundreds of Thousands of Americans spend millions of dollars each year on diet pills, “magical” exercise devices, and misrepresented health and fitness products, when in all actuality a good set of dumbbells and a brisk walk may be all you need to get in better shape than you’ve ever been in.
What can you do with nothing but a set of dumbbells, you ask? Provide resistance to your body’s movements - also known as weight lifting. That’s all weight lifting is – resistance. The terms “weight lifting” and “resistance training” have become one in the same because they are describing the same activity – moving your body under more resistance than it normally has to handle.
In fact, you’ve just stumbled upon the basic secret of exercise in general! Whether you are talking about resistance training, Pilates, Yoga, cardiovascular activities, or any other form of exercise, all of these programs have one thing in common - performing more activity than you would get sitting on the couch. WHY should you exercise, though?
How about defying the aging process for starters? Do you know that the primary reason why elderly people end up in nursing homes is because they lose the ability to think and move on their own? Do you also know that the entire process of thinking and moving on our own happens because we do it every day? Until we retire, that is. Once we don’t have to go to work anymore, or deal with scheduling and lifestyle issues, suddenly the only thing that we have to think about is whether to watch game shows or soap operas all day long, and the only exercise we get is deftly flying our fingers over the remote control.
Mush. That’s what our brains and bodies turn into when we stop using them. Think you are still sharp as a tack, and at the height of your game? Try to say the alphabet backwards in 30 seconds or less.
Yes…. sharp indeed.
What about physically? Think that you can still hold your own even though you don’t really exercise much? Stop reading this article and drop down on the floor for some correct-form push-ups. Did you do at least 30 if you are female, or at least 40 if you are male? No? How about 20 or 25? 15? Unless you pulled off 30 or 40, you are probably at less than the 50 percentile mark for your gender – health conditions notwithstanding.
Okay, so you’ve determined that you aren’t exactly Olympic athlete material. So what? You don’t even like sports, let alone being very good at them. That’s fine, and there is nothing wrong with that. So what about fat? Do you like bodyfat? Do you find it physically appealing? Do you think it’s healthy? If so, we’re done speaking. Go on about your business, and thanks for reading this far.
For everyone else, here is a newsflash: In America today – the year 2004 – obesity related health conditions account for more deaths in the United States each year than all known forms of cancer COMBINED. Heart Disease alone is the number one killer of American adults, and it is a PREVENTABLE CONDITION!
How about self-esteem? 64% of Americans are overweight. That is almost two-thirds of the population. If you think that a figure like that and the skyrocketing sales of prescription anti-depressants aren’t related, you now have a second opportunity to stop reading this article and continue on with your day.
Here is the bottom line, folks: Exercise and a reasonable nutrition program are necessary for ALL people, for their ENTIRE lives. Note, however, that I said “exercise”, and that I also said “reasonable nutrition program”. At no point did I say anything about spending 2 hours per day at the gym, or about eating nothing but carrots and celery for the rest of your life. Why? Those practices are just as ineffective at long-term weight loss as diet pills and late night infomercial products. Here is what DOES work:
1) Weight/Resistance Training – Weight training for both men and women has the same effect – it makes your muscles more metabolically active. In simpler terms, it means your muscles will burn more calories – even when you are sleeping. Muscle is the only site on your body where bodyfat is broken down. Weak muscles = weak metabolism. Weak metabolism = slow calorie burning.
2) Cardiovascular Training – Contrary to popular belief, this type of training is meant to help your cardio-respiratory system function more effectively, and ultimately to last longer. Does it burn a lot of calories? Sure it does. However, if you don’t combine it with resistance training and supportive nutrition, you’ll likely just burn off water weight and the muscle tissue that you worked so hard for up in step number 1.
3) Reasonable Nutrition Program – Quality sources of complex and fibrous carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, and lean sources of protein. Eat those nutrients in reasonable proportions frequently throughout your day, and your metabolism (refer again to #1) will crank up to high, and you’ll be burning more calories on a day to day basis than you ever have before in your life.
So far we have seen that not only can exercise literally keep us out of a nursing home, but it can also keep off excess levels of bodyfat which will – literally – keep us alive. We haven’t even touched on sports performance, recreational activities, improved energy levels, ability to focus, or many of the other benefits of a regular exercise program.
Personally, I’d be happy with just staying out of a nursing home, and staying alive long enough to look good in a bathing suit. What about you?

title:Exercise - An Effective Way To Lose Weight
author:Sintilia Miecevole
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you trying to lose weight? Have you tried exercising? In case you do not know, exercising regularly is the most effective way to lose weight. Dieting is another way to do it and people choose it very often because it helps them to achieve weight loss very quickly. The problem with dieting is that, in most cases, when dieters return to their old eating habits they gain back all the weight they had lost, which is something very frustrating. That is the reason why you should try exercising regularly and changing your eating habits gradually instead of following diets that will not help you to maintain your weight in the long run.
If you are the kind of person who likes doing nothing but sitting and watching television when you come back home from work, it is going to be hard to start with an exercise program. Anyhow, you can start bit by bit, for example you can start doing just fifteen minutes of exercise a day and you will feel and look a lot better. Then, once you begin noticing the changes it will be easier for you to get on exercising more often.
Always bear in mind that you should consult your doctor before starting any exercise program to lose weight. It depends on your cardiovascular health the type of exercise program that you can do. Doctors also tell you how much exercise your body can stand. With the guide of your doctor you will be sure that any kind of exercise program you follow will do you good.
Have you ever embarked on any kind of exercise program? If not, the best you can do is to join a gym or hire a personal trainer. The majority of health clubs have a great variety of free classes for their members. You can chose from the traditional stair-stepping classes and aerobics to the newer and more specialized classes like kickboxing, Pilates, and yoga. In some cases, gyms offer Spinning classes, which consist of an instructor and various stationary bicycles. But if what you are looking for is to exercise on your own, you should ask for help to a personal trainer to make a program especially for what you need. You can choose from a private personal trainer or an employee of a health club.
If you do not like going to the gym, you can join the sport you like the most. This way you are not only going to lose weight but you are also going to have fun. There are many recreation centers and YMCA’s from where you can choose the sport you like. There are many options: you can choose to play with a group of friends or join a team already formed with people you do not know. It is the best opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and have fun.
After some time you will notice that exercising has become a habit, and at that very moment you can begin to increase the amount and intensity of the activity you are doing. For example, if you have started by walking, you should try, after some weeks, running a little bit. It does not matter how much you increase, you should do it bit by bit.
When you are exercising with the intention of losing weight, it is very important to bear in mind that the most important thing is getting healthier and not just reducing pounds. You have to know that it could be very probable for you to gain some weight when you start exercising just because you are augmenting your muscle mass and muscle are heavier than fat. Yet, when you acquire more muscles, you also use more calories every day. Therefore, even if you do not change your diet, you will still be losing weight. However, it is vital to have a very healthy feeding in order to have enough energy to go through your workout sessions.
Exercise & Cellulite

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When Mike turned 65, he was 25 pounds overweight. By strict dieting, he shed the extra pounds, but he lost more weight; he also lost his energy and vitality. He was always exhausted, and his friends, seeing his gaunt, drawn face, worried about his health.

By the time volunteered for a particular fitness program two years later, he had put 25 extra pounds back on. After 6 months of exercise and some willpower at the dinner table, Mike slimmed down again. This time he felt better than he ever had, brimming with energy and glowing with good health.

What made the difference? The first time Mike lost weight; the second time he lost fat. The distinction is important. According to research, a large portion of the weight lost by dieting alone is active tissue, such as muscle and connective tissue, while a smaller fraction is excess fat. Exercise has the opposite effect. It increased his lean body mass and decreased his excess fat.

Same thing goes with cellulite.

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Most people tend to think that cellulites are only present to people who are obese. That is why they sometimes associate cellulite with fats and obesity.

Actually, even if cellulite refers to the chain of wrinkled “fat cells” and “subcutaneous connective tissues” beneath the layer of the skin, it should never be associated with people who are fat or obese. In fact, there are many people who have cellulite but are not fat at all.

In reality, nobody knows the main reason why some people accumulate cellulite. However, there are some factors that health experts are considering such as the structure of the fat cells or the poison that entered the body. Some experts say it may be caused by some hormonal changes in the body. But none of these things has been proven to cause cellulites.

However, the only main reason why most of the cellulite cases are abundant in women is that the connective tissues of women are more rigid and firm than men. Hence, whenever a woman gets fat, the fatty cells tend to swell and get bigger. It creates a protruding appearance to the skin producing an “orange peel” look.

For this reason, women are more prone to cellulite than men. That is why it is important for women to be more careful on their body as they have higher chances of accumulating cellulite.

Fats and Cellulite

With the many cases of obese people having cellulites in their body, most of them believed that their cellulites are caused by being too fat.

Even though not all those who are obese develop cellulites, being overweight can really trigger the development of cellulites. This is because too much fat under the skin tend to push the connective tissue creating a strain on the skin. Thus, cellulites form.

However, this is still dependent on the structure of the cells. If an individual’s cell structure does not inhibit the tendency to bulge or expand even if fat deposits accumulate, then there will be no cellulites.

So, the most important thing to remember here is to keep those connective tissues firm and strong and avoid accumulating excess fats so as to avoid the development of cellulite.

How? Start an exercise routine program.

Transforming food into fat seems all too easy for most of us. Losing fat is far more difficult, and to accomplish this, we have only three alternatives: (1) decrease food intake and keep activity constant; (2) increase activity and keep food intake constant; or (3) combine both approaches: diet and exercise.

Physical activity can help reverse the results of inactivity. An hour of vigorous exercise burns up 300 to 600 calories. If you also cut 300 to 500 calories from your daily menu, you can also lose weight at the rate of one to two pounds a week.

Without exercise, you would have to eat 500 to 1,000 fewer calories a day to lose the same number of pounds in a week. Exercise is not for everyone who is over-fat, however. The severely obese person should exercise only under medical supervision to prevent strain on the cardiovascular system and connective tissue. And no one should restrict food intake drastically without consulting doctor.

Resorting to this kind of activity will only get the matter worse. Remember what happened to Mike? He thought that when he started dieting, he would eventually lose all the excess fats he has accumulated. The problem is that he lost those connective tissues rather than excess fat.

For people who are prone to cellulites, this will be a greater problem. Losing connective tissues instead of fat by strict dieting can only make the skin more prone to greater problems but the fat cells are still there. That only means that the problem is not solved at all.

Hence, if you wish to loose those cellulites, it would be better to loose those fats first. The idea here is to burn those fats by increasing your metabolism by 7.5% to 28% more than your normal rate.

It is for this reason that exercising is an important factor in losing cellulite. So for a more cellulite free body, always engage in an exercise routine.

title:Exercise & Self Image: How to Feel Better in More Ways than One
author:Tanja Gardner
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There seems to be an almost magical relationship between exercise and a healthy (or at least improved) self-image.  Research shows that one of the best predictors (not the only one, but one of the best) of whether someone will achieve their fitness goals is a key aspect of self-image called self-efficacy. Self efficacy is the degree to which you believe you’re able to control what you do, and what happens to you).
The higher someone’s self-efficacy, the better their chances of starting and sticking to an exercise programme. At the same time, one of the most well documented psychological effects of regular exercise is a marked improvement in self-efficacy.   The longer we engage in regular exercise, the better we feel about ourselves.  This means is the better our self-esteem, the more likely we are to exercise, and the more our self-esteem rises, so the more we want to exercise… and so on.  Although the conclusions are fairly clear, there doesn’t seem to be much study of why the relationship exists. There are, however, a lot of theories.
Firstly, there are the biochemical results of exercise (see our article on Exercise and Stress for a more in-depth look at these). Have you noticed that a given situation can look totally different depending on how good you feel physically?  From the flood of endorphins through your bloodstream to the flushing out of stress hormones, a good workout (or even just a good walk) makes your body feel wonderful. This, in its turn, tends to improve the way you view yourself – just as it would improve the way you viewed any other situation.
Continuing on this line, I want you to try something. Hunch your shoulders, cross your arms across your chest, look down at the ground, scowl, and say ‘I feel in control.’  Not very convincing?  That’s because an estimated 80% of our communication is non-verbal, and this applies internally as well.  Now try sitting up, putting your shoulders back, taking a couple of deep breaths, and repeating the experiment.  Different? Now you’re communicating a totally different non-verbal message. Then consider that exercise helps strengthen your muscles and improve your posture – all of which communicates nonverbally to your mind how you’re feeling.
Moving away from the physical, there are psychological reasons that reaching a specific exercise goal would increase self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is best improved by doing things. Every time you do something you haven’t been able to do before, the part of you that holds your beliefs about what you’re capable of (your self-efficacy) has to change to incorporate this new piece of information. So every time you achieve a new goal, your self-efficacy increases. This makes you more likely to set and achieve new goals, simply because, having tasted success, you know it’s possible.
Then there’s the way that other people react to the results of your exercise programme. You might get compliments on the physical effects – perhaps you’re losing weight, looking less tired, or suddenly have more energy. Or, what you’re actually *doing* might draw positive comments. A friend might say ‘You’re so good – you’ve kept this programme up for months now!’ Someone might approach you at the gym and tell you they admire your dedication.  (For extra ‘self-esteem brownie points’, look for opportunities to *give* these kinds of compliments sincerely to other people. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel about yourself). Getting compliments from other people isn’t the best reason to take up exercise – but if you surround yourself with supportive people, they *will* notice the difference – and any compliments they give you are a nice side-effect!
Lastly, there’s a reason I haven’t seen anyone else mention, but it’s such a big one for me that it needs to be mentioned. Exercising, by its nature, requires us to get rid of all our makeup, our tailored-to-hide-every-flaw suits, and everything else we hide behind to fit the magazine-imposed restrictions for beauty. And while letting that go can feel intimidating, it can also be incredibly freeing. Because exercising does the exactly same thing to everyone else.
If you want to once and for all destroy the illusion that everyone else but you looks like a model under their clothes, stand in a gym changing room and really *look* at the bodies there. There will be women who are ‘too skinny’, ‘too short’, ‘too fat’ – too ‘whatever’ to fit magazine standards – and most of them will be wandering around totally un-self-consciously, with far more important things to think about than the ‘flaws’ in their own, or each other’s bodies. *This* is reality. *This* is what healthy women – of all shapes and sizes – look like.  And when this realisation finally sinks in, it can be more freeing than any pat assurances that ‘everyone’s shape is different’.
So what’s the bottom line?  Well, it’s wonderful news – both for those of us who have difficulty sticking to a workout programme, and for those of us who know our self-image could use a little TLC.  Work on your self-image, even a little, and you’re going to want to exercise more to take better care of yourself.  Add that little bit more exercise into your weekly routine, and you’re going to see your self-image improving. Work on them both – just a little – at the same time, and watch the magic truly happen!
If you have any questions about this week’s article, please don’t hesitate to contact me on Otherwise, until next time, may every day bring you closer to your Optimum Life.
Copyright 2005 Tanja Gardner
Exercising Benefits and the Fitness Ball

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Because of its physical and mental health benefits, many people have incorporated ##exercise in their lifestyles. However because of money constraints, certain ####individuals are not able to go to the gym or purchase the necessary equipments. ##One of the best options these individuals can consider is using a fitness ball, which ###has become popular among many health and exercise enthusiasts.

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Regular physical activity and exercise is essential in weight loss, weight control, and improved health. Different kinds of exercise offer various benefits. Cardiovascular or aerobic training primarily improves the heart and the lungs, weight training improves strength and flexibility, while stretching exercises improve mobility and coordination. In general, regular exercise may help reduce heart disease, cancer, certain types of diabetes, and other metabolic conditions. In addition, exercise may also improve brain chemistry and reduce anxiety.

Studies show that exercising and other physical activities promotes the release of endorphins in the human body. Endorphins, short for endogenous morphins are the body's natural pain killer, when released this substance gives moments of bliss and relaxation. Research show that people who exercise regularly have more energy and better self-esteem. These workouts should be done properly to avoid injuries and other unwanted effects. Improper weight training, over-stressing the back muscles, or failure to perform warm ups may cause lower back pain that may lead to serious back injuries.

Because of its physical and mental health benefits, many people have incorporated exercise in their lifestyles. However because of money constraints, certain individuals are not able to go to the gym or purchase the necessary equipments. One of the best options these individuals can consider is using a fitness ball, which has become popular among many health and exercise enthusiasts.
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. Instead of exercising directly on a flat surface, exercising with a fitness ball provides instability that create tension to certain muscle parts. These muscles gain strength as they try to maintain balance. With frequent training, these muscles may become stronger and gain mass overtime. In addition, fitness balls works effectively while causing  minimal strain or injuries. Many fitness experts reveal that fitness ball exercises, if executed wrongly may cause injury. Nonetheless, training on a fitness ball is one way of working out many hard-to-reach muscles. Adding a fitness ball in a fitness program may help surpass some difficult levels involved during exercise. Studies show that by simply sitting on the ball, stabilizer muscles are activated, these muscles are essential in improving one's posture.

Benefits of using an exercise ball include:
Develop overall control and strength of the core body muscles
Increase lower back mobility
Increase abdominal and back muscle strength
Improve balance and stability
Get a deeper stretch and a better muscle workout
Use other muscles to balance during training and get a better workout
Take pressure off certain joints because the ball is soft and round

Regular exercise coupled with a nutritious diet are vital components of good health. Individuals who seek to improve their health should seek the advice of health professionals to maximize the effects of  exercise and healthy food regimen. Obtaining the right information from experts is important in improving one's health. Good health is a lifetime journey and is one of the components of a happy life.

title:Exercising In Heat
author:Lynn Bode
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Summer is officially here. Finally you can pack away your jackets and get outside. Summer offers extras hours of daylight and with it the opportunity to spend even more time enjoying outdoor activities. For many, this means more time doing physical activities and playing sports. So, it’s important to remember the potential dangers that also come with exercising in hot conditions. As long as you know the dos and don’ts of working out in the heat, then you can fully take advantage of all the fun of summer.
What you should do:

Drink plenty of fluids. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated. If you’re thirsty then you are already dehydrated; drink before you feel a need to. Be sure to drink throughout the day (stick to non-caffeinated beverages, preferably water). Also, drink 15-20 minutes before beginning your workout and every 15 minutes throughout the exercise.
Eat regularly. The heat can decrease your appetite, but it’s important to eat normally. Try to eat small meals 5-6 times per day. Include lots of fruits and vegetables. Aside from being nutritious, fruits also tend to help with hydration.
Wear light, loose fitting clothes that can breath. Cotton is always a good choice. If your outdoor activity produces a lot of perspiration, consider clothing that is designed to wick the sweat away.
Wear sunscreen. Even if you exercise early in the morning or late in the evening, if the sun can reach you then you can get burned. Not only is a sunburn bad on the skin and potentially dangerous but it also hinders your bodies ability to stay cool.
Use common sense and don’t attempt strenuous activities that your body is not accustom to. Stick to exercises that you are very familiar and comfortable with.
Check the weather forecast. It’s best not to participate in intense outdoor exercise sessions when the heat index registers in the dangerous zone.

What you should not do:

Don’t try to diet by sweating. Excessive perspiration is not the key to permanent weight loss. Any decrease in the scale would simply be a result of water loss, not fat reduction.
Don’t adapt the "no pain, no gain" motto. Ignoring your body’s signals could be dangerous. Heat-related illnesses come with warning signs. Be sure to learn how to recognize them and what actions to take.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of liquid when swimming. Just because your body is surrounded by water does not mean that you are well-hydrated. As with any land exercises, you need to regularly replenish lost fluids when in the pool.
Avoid physical activity during the hottest part of the day, which usually is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
If you want (or need) to be working in very hot temperatures, don’t do it until you become acclimated. Try to spend only a few minutes per day in the hot conditions for the first couple of weeks and then add time gradually each day.
Avoid extreme changes in temperature. Don’t hop from being extremely hot and sweating excessively right into an ice cold, air-conditioned environment. Try to cool your body down slightly before exposing it to the extreme temperature variation.

Whether you have to work outside or do it for enjoyment, following the above tips will help you stay cool and safe during the dog days of summer. So, don’t spend the season cooped up, get out there and have some fun!
title:Exercising the Liver: An Excellent Guide to Health & Fitness
author:Ismael D. Tabije
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

It is a tough job for the liver to keep the cleaning function of the body always in smooth operation especially with the present-day unhealthy eating and drinking habits of people. And, like any other machines, it encounters malfunctioning that needs immediate troubleshooting. But unlike other machines that need only oiling to run again, the liver has to be looked upon very carefully or the entire system will suffer if it does not function very well.
In youth, you might not notice the effects of malfunctioning liver. But when you reach middle and advanced age, you will discover that a lot of sicknesses are being caused by a malfunctioning liver. The symptoms of a damaged liver are: dull aching pain in the right side of the stomach area - often under the shoulder blade, terrible pain at the nape, rough tongue, unpleasant taste in the mouth in the morning and the appearance of yellowish color in the whites of the eyes. Other than those, a person with a troubled liver would also frequently feel loss of appetite, dizziness and drowsiness after meals.
With these indications of ailments, the person is often irritated and weak which could affect his entire outlook in life. And this could lead to fast deterioration of the body. Growing old would then become a burden.
But you can do something to prevent that misfortune from happening to you. Aging doesn’t have to bring about all sorts of diseases. It is not a reason that because you are getting old, you are expected to feel all kinds of sickness. There are times when you regret why you never heeded the advice to you before and why you never paid enough attention to your health when you were younger. Instead of dwelling on those regrets, why don’t you try doing something to alleviate that condition? No matter at what age you will decide to do so, it is never too late. Sanford Bennett, a phenomenal celebrity for bodily rejuvenation thru natural methods, has proven so.
In his campaign for total health rejuvenation, Sanford Bennett devised a program of exercise for the liver to keep it in a fine condition. The liver, being a gland, would respond well when exercised. And an exercise involving tension of the abdominal muscles will benefit the liver along with some massaging techniques. But of course, before doing the exercise, one must be familiar with the position and the structure of his own liver.
• First Exercise
There are three exercises Sanford Bennett described for the liver. Feel the location of your liver with the fingers of both hands as you lie on your back. Press the fingers upward past the ribs. The liver can be easily moved and tensed because the abdominal muscles are in relaxed state. Create pressing movements under and upwards. Do this twenty times and increasing daily until you reach 100 or until your condition permits.
This tensing exercise is comparable to the effect you get when you ride a horse. This is an exercise frequently prescribed by physicians when the liver is not in good condition.
• Second Exercise
Lie on your right side and place your left hand over the area of your liver. Position yourself with the head slightly inclined forward and with the knees bent. This will relax the abdominal muscles and place the liver forward. With your knuckle of the thumb or the pad of a finger, press well under the ribs and massage the liver.
• Third Exercise (Percussion)
Light thumping of the liver will also help in the healthy activity of the liver. Lie on your left side which inclines the liver forward and the muscles relaxed. With your right fist, strike lightly but rapidly on the area. Begin with twenty strikes and increase daily up to how many your condition permits.
When the liver is properly taken cared of, the whole body system is guaranteed to be in a good condition. And when you pay equal attention to all the parts of your body, there is no need to worry about your health failing. Take care of your body.
Exercising Your Way Out of Chronic Pain

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This article is about exercising as a means of relieving chronic neck and back pain.  A lot of people think of addressing this concern as expensive because they immediately think of expensive pain relief medications and doctor’s consultation fees.  They overlook the simplest means of getting over the pain – exercising.  It triggers production and release of the body’s own pain relieving chemical – endorphins.  Endorphins block pain from getting to the brain and it also generates a sense of well-being.

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A lot of people think that dealing with chronic pain requires a lot of expensive medication and frequent visits to pain specialists.  It doesn’t have to be that way, because something as simple as exercising may help alleviate your chronic pain complaints.

Generally speaking, chronic pain is pain that lasts for three months or longer.  The most commonly reported cases of chronic pain are that of the back and the neck muscles.   The neck is important in keeping the head in place and holding it up. Our back, on the other hand, is the so-called “workhorse” of our body.  It carries the burden of the entire body and is responsible for almost every move we make.  And because of the important functions these muscle groups carry, they are more prone to straining.

What are possible causes of Neck and Back pain?
Studies have shown that some chronic neck and back pain may be caused by these common reasons:

Muscle strain.  Overuse of the neck muscles and improper posture may cause muscle fatigue, and eventually, neck and/or back strain.
Arthritis.  The neck joint is no different from any other joint in the body, it also deteriorates with age and acquires arthritis.
Disk disorders.  Any disorder related to the disk in between the vertebraes may cause neck pain.
Injury.  Injuries that may cause over-stretching of the soft tissues of the neck and back may cause chronic pain.

The cheapest and simplest way to relieve your self of chronic muscle pain is to exercise.  Exercise has been noted to help with a lot of condition, from treating depression to improving memory retention.  Exercise takes out the possible risks from being inactive for a long while.  It also increases the benefits of being active.

The body’s muscles, including the heart, lose its strength and start working less effectively when the body has been inactive for quite a long while. You place yourself at high risk of getting high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or diabetes. Lack of physical activity also increases fatigue, stress and anxiety. Lack of exercise makes the body lose its conditioning, therefore contribute more to chronic pain.

It is understandable that it is difficult to get started with an exercise program, especially if you are currently experiencing chronic pain.  However a little sacrifice is necessary to ensure pain relief.  Here are some of the benefits you may get from exercising:
It signals your body to produce and release endorphins.  Endorphins block pain impulses from reaching pain receptors in the brain.  They also generate a feeling of well-being, alleviating anxiety and depression.
It helps build strength.  The more exercise you do, the stronger your muscles will be.  And the stronger your muscles become, the more force and load it takes off your bones and cartilages – less stress, less pain.
It helps increase flexibility.  When joints are able to move their full range of motion, they are less likely to feel aches and pains.
It helps improve sleep quality.  Exercise triggers the release of endorphins that give a sense of well-being, and it lowers the release of stress hormones, resulting in a better, more restful sleep.

A lot of people are afraid to address their chronic neck and back pain concerns in fear of spending a lot on medicines and consultation fees.  Because of this fear they tend to overlook the simplest and easiest way to alleviate themselves of this burden – exercising.  A simple walk around the block or a 15 minute bicycle ride may seem to show no immediate effect, but you’ll be glad you did it in the long run.

Experience a Healthier You with African Aloe Ferox Products

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African aloe ferox provides a natural method of healing, beauty, and skin care. Learn about this fascinating herb in this article...

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There are more than 300 types of aloe, but only a few have been used throughout history for natural healing and cleansing. One effective aloe product that promotes good health in several ways is African aloe ferox. Aloe ferox is a plant that grows in only one province of South Africa and has been used for medicinal purposes by the indigenous people for many years.

African aloe ferox differs from aloe vera because it doesn't have to be filtered. Without the filtering process, aloe ferox retains its all-natural active ingredients so users can benefit even more by using this type of aloe. Other names for aloe ferox are red aloe, bitter aloe, or tap aloe. African aloe ferox bitter is known for its many medicinal uses. The resinous product that is hard and black, which is called Cape aloes or aloe lump, is known for being a strong laxative and as a natural help for arthritis. Inside the leaves is a gel-like flesh that is said to help heal wounds, but is also used in cosmetic products.

Benefits of African Aloe Ferox

African aloe ferox offers many health and beauty benefits. It is completely herbal so it doesn't contain harmful chemicals and toxins as many chemically-based beauty products and medicines contain. It is a pure healing agent without unwanted side effects. Aloe ferox is a natural cleansing herb. It can be used to help remove harmful toxins from the body as a detoxification herb. It stimulates cell renewal. Also, it contains more amino acids (total of 34), vitamins, minerals, and polysaccharides than aloe vera.

Aloe ferox provides a natural cleansing method to help relieve certain complaints such as heartburn, acne, urinary tract infections, stomach ulcers, liver function, eye infections, sunburn, chapped skin, itching, heat rashes, insect bites, dermatitis, skin allergies, athlete's foot, varicose veins, insomnia, high blood pressure, spastic colon, gingivitis, and many others. It is not recommended, however, for pregnant women or nursing mothers.

African Aloe Ferox Products for a Variety of Needs

Aloe ferox comes in many shapes and sizes and in several forms to meet different needs. It can be taken in capsule form, as an herbal tea, as toothpaste, or it can be used topically such as in gels, soaps, lotions, body cream, bath oil, shampoo, conditioner, and make-up remover. You can also purchase African aloe ferox drink, which contains added Vitamin C to help with colds and flu. Aloe drink can also help with blood pressure regulation, colon and stress, heartburn, stomach ulcers, indigestion, and soothing the mucous membranes.

Look for key phrases when searching online for aloe ferox products such as aloe joint health, aloe drink, aloe bath products, aloe skin care, or aloe ferox bitters. The best way to get great African aloe ferox products is to shop through an online specialist that carries all these items.

Maximize your aloe experience today with African aloe ferox products, and enjoy the natural methods of skin care, beauty enhancement, and healing.

Experience the Health Benefits of Acai Plus

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Learn how the nutritional supplement drink Acai Plus can help you improve health and live a better life...

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It is important for our bodies to receive the nutrients we need to maintain good health. Vitamins and minerals are available in our food but we often do not receive the right amounts through diet alone. It may be necessary to take supplemental vitamins to avoid any deficiency.

Everyone has different needs because of their age, genes or lifestyle. Even a slight deficiency can cause health problems and cause you to feel bad and lose productivity. Lack of energy, sleep disorders and mental fatigue can all be improved with supplemental vitamins.

The Acai Plus Drink

Acai Plus offers a delicious vitamin drink combined with over 100 nutritional ingredients. The flavor comes from the amazing Acai berry that is from the Brazilian rainforest in South America. This exceptional berry tastes like a blend of berry and chocolate. It is full of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. The Brazilians consider it to have remarkable healing and nutritional qualities.

The Acai fruit was featured on Oprah and other programs as a super food. The liquid supplement Acai Plus includes this fruit along with goji and mangosteen extracts. These are all exotic fruits known to have extraordinary healing and nutritional values.

Delicious and Healthy Fruits

The goji fruit is also considered a super food. It comes from the mountains of Tibet and Mongolia where it grows wild. Local people harvest the berries in late summer and package them to sell. They are completely free of chemical pesticides because they grow in remote areas. It has long been known that people in these areas have a longer life span than the rest of world. It could be partly credited to their exposure to this fruit and other native foods they eat. It is said to have a taste combination of a cranberry and cherry.

The mangosteen is a fruit from Southeast Asia. It has been used by native residents for centuries to treat health conditions. The xanthone rich rind is especially valued as a folk medicine. It has a citrus taste with a touch of peach.

These delicious fruits give Acai Plus its incomparable taste. Most vitamins and supplemental drinks have a bad flavor and leave an after taste in your mouth, but you won't experience that with Acai Plus.

Acai Plus Benefits

This original health drink is high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, trace minerals and cancer-fighting xanthones. The combination of vitamins and minerals would be hard to find in comparable products. Acai Plus is sure to give good results. To help you get started, they will give you a free bottle. You will be able to experience the benefits before you buy.

Not only is Acai Plus a great nutritional product but it can also be a lucrative business opportunity. You can get started by buying one bottle a month and build up your business. It is a product that will sell itself because of its great taste and fine quality.

Try the Acai Plus nutrition drink and enjoy the delightful flavor! You will never want to try another vitamin drink. Let your friends and family know about it so they can take advantage of this great product.

title:Experiencing Ache Knees and Back? You may have Osteoarthritis
author:Stephanie McIntyre & Kamau Austin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you noticing as you mature you are experiencing stiffness or
pain in your knees, ankles, back, and elbows? If you are 35 or
older symptoms like these may be the early signs of

What is Osteoarthritis?

According to the US government's National Institute of Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases "Osteoarthritis is the
most common type of arthritis, especially among older people.
Sometimes it is called degenerative joint disease or

Moreover Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects
the cartilage. Cartilage is the protective slippery tissue that
covers the ends of the bones in a joint.

Unlike other forms of arthritis which may affect internal organs
Osteoarthritis primarily causes problems between the cartilage
and joints.

Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another. It
also absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement.
In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage breaks down
and wears away.

In other words as we mature you can start to experience
Osteoarthritis because the cartilage between you knees, back,
and other joints may begin to erode or wear away.

This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing
pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the
joint may lose its normal shape. Also bone spurs, small growths
called entophytes, may grow on the edges of the joint. Bits of
bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint

This condition of course causes more pain and damage.

According to government studies Osteoarthritis affects about 20
million Americans. Over 50 % of Americans over 65 have
osteoarthritis in a least one joint.

It is more common for men than women to have osteoarthritis
before 45. However after 45 it is more common for women to
experience the symptoms of this condition.

Research shows by 2030 70 million Americans will be over the age
of 65 and may be at risk for osteoarthritis. While younger
people may get osteoarthritis from sports related knee and joint
injuries, osteoarthritis is primarily a condition more mature
people experience.

If you experience symptoms like the ones described above talk to
you doctor to see if you have osteoarthritis or some other

The symptoms of osteoarthritis seem to appear in the knee, lower
back, ends of the fingers, back of the neck, thumbs and hips.

Some of the treatments the doctor may prescribe are:

1. - Exercise is inexpensive and may help with a number of
health problems including certain forms of osteoarthritis.
As you may know exercise can help improve your attitude,
disposition, mood and overall outlook, decrease pain, increase
flexibility, improve the heart and blood flow, maintain weight,
and promote general physical fitness.

Reports have shown if done correctly, it has few negative side
effects. The amount and form of exercise will depend on which
joints are involved, how stable the joints are, and whether a
joint replacement has already been done.

The proper exercise may help you recapture some range of
movement in stiff joints.

2. - Weight control: If you suffer from Osteoarthritis and are
overweight or obese you should look to lose weight. Weight loss
can help to reduce stress on weight-bearing joints and limit
further injury. A dietitian can or knowledgeable fitness coach
can help you develop healthy eating habits. A healthy diet and
regular exercise of 3 to 6 days a week can help reduce weight.

3. - Medicines: Doctors prescribe medicines to eliminate or
reduce pain and to improve functioning. Doctors consider a
number of before giving you medicines for osteoarthritis. Two
important considerations are the intensity of your pain and the
potential side effects of the medicine.

You must use medicines carefully and tell your doctors about any
changes that occur with your health.

4 - Surgery : As a last resort a surgery to replace a joint may
be in order from your doctor.

For many people, surgery helps relieve the pain and disability
of osteoarthritis. Surgery may be performed to remove loose
pieces of bone and cartilage from the joint if they are causing
mechanical symptoms of buckling or locking Resurface
(smooth out) bones Reposition bones Replace joints.

Surgeons may replace affected joints with artificial joints
called prostheses. These joints can be made from metal alloys,
high-density plastic, and ceramic material.

Before undertaking expensive surgery or investing in pricey
medicines perhaps you should consider taking a health supplement
called Phosoplex. Phosoplex a product of Optimal Therapeutics,
boasts some of the best ingredients available to help alleviate
pain associated with Osteoarthritis.

I have used Phosoplex when training in fitness activity to help
rid myself of knee and back pain. I would strongly recommend
you investigating this quality product if you seek relief from

Kamau Austin is a health and fitness enthusiast and advocate.
He writes on a regular basis on timeless health and fitness tips
at the Fit After Forty Blog. See more useful health and fitness
news and tips at…
Expert Advice On Staying Healthy This Flu Season

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While fears about a bird flu pandemic have grown recently overseas, an increasing number of people right here at home are falling ill.

Expert Advice On Staying Healthy This Flu Season

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While fears about a bird flu pandemic have grown recently overseas, an increasing number of people right here at home are falling ill with this winter's seasonal flu bug. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu incidence has been on the rise since late December, spreading from the Southwest corner of the U.S. and making its way eastward.

Seasonal flu affects up to 40 million Americans every year. Influenza and its complications are responsible for an average of 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths annually in the U.S.

"Many Americans see flu as a nuisance rather than a serious health threat," said Donald Perlman, M.D., who specializes in treating respiratory illnesses at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. "While concern about the avian flu is understandable, the health risks associated with seasonal flu are much higher for the average American than the bird flu threat."

Despite the upswing in flu incidence, there are two fewer treatment options this season. The CDC has recommended against the use of amantadine and rimantadine for the prevention and treatment of influenza for the remainder of the 2005-2006 flu season due to increasing resistance levels. Instead, CDC recommends that oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) be prescribed if an antiviral medication is needed.

Dr. Perlman, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), emphasizes that flu is a preventable disease, and offers advice and simple measures everyone can take to help control its spread:


• Get Vaccinated: Vaccine is the first line of defense. Visit for vaccine locations in your area.

• Wash Hands Frequently: Germs are often spread when a person touches something contaminated followed by the eyes, nose or mouth. Wash hands often for 20 seconds with warm, soapy water.

• Practice Respiratory Etiquette: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, to reduce the chances of spreading the virus to others.

• Monitor Flu Outbreaks in Your Area: Stay informed of when the flu hits your city by logging on to, which provides updates on flu outbreaks on a regional and nationwide basis.

If You Get Sick:

• Know the Difference Between Cold and Flu: Many people are confused by cold and flu symptoms. Above are some tips to help you tell the difference.

• See Your Doctor at First Signs of Flu: Early diagnosis and treatment can help lessen the time you are sick, so see your doctor at the first sign of flu symptoms. He or she may prescribe an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu, which can reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms if taken within 48 hours of symptom onset. Antiviral medications can also be used to help prevent the spread of flu within a household or workplace if taken within two days of exposure to the influenza virus.

• Stay Home: Be considerate of others. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick.

As the threat of bird flu grows overseas, seasonal flu, which affects 40 million Americans each year, packs a punch in the U.S.

title:Expert Patient: A new approach to chronic disease management for the 21st century.
author:Carolyn Magura
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Expert Patient: A new approach to chronic disease management for the 21st century.
Are You an "Expert Patient"? Can your Doctor(s) say the following about you?
"My Patient knows more about the disease than I do; as much about the disease as I do, and enough about his/her symptoms that it is easy to communicate with him/her."
Why is becoming an Expert Patient so important? There is plenty of emerging research about the needs of 21st century patients. Most of that research centers around the concept of "Illness Self-Management", for what is called "chronic illness".
What, you ask, is a "chronic illness". Health concerns are usually classified as either acute or chronic. Acute illnesses usually begin abruptly and last only a short time. Most people with an acute illness can expect to return to normal health. A strep throat is an example of an acute illness: it is easy to diagnose with a lab test and is cured with antibiotics.
Chronic diseases are different. They usually develop slowly, last long periods of time, and often are never cured. In most cases, there is no cure. The long-term effects may be difficult to predict. Some conditions cause few problems. Others cause only episodic problems or symptoms that can be controlled with medication. However, in some cases, a chronic disease may severely limit a person's ability to work, go to school or take care of routine needs. Examples of chronic diseases include, but are in no way limited to: diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, emphysema, fibromyalgia, parkinsons symdrom, and multiple sclerosis - just to mention a few.
Why is "Chronic Disease Self-Management" so important a concept for those with a chronic condition? For the person with a chronic condition, there is no way not to self-manage the disease/illness. If one retires from life and stays at home as a depressed person this is a type of self-management. On the other hand, many people learn to deal with their conditions and remain active, happy participants in life.
Chronic Disease Self-Management covers the following areas:
1) knowing how to recognize and respond to changes in a chronic disease 2) dealing with problems and emergencies 3) using medicines and treatments effectively 4) finding and using community resources 5) getting enough exercise 6) coping with fatigue, pain and sleep problems 7) maintaining good nutrition 8) making decisions about when to seek medical help 9) working with your doctor(s) and other care providers 10) talking about your illness with family and friends 11) managing work, family and social activities
It is the learning of the skills necessary for this later type of proactive disease/illness self-management that is the subject of this document. The information about developing the skills is fascinating; and, they (the skills) really are the key to DECIDING, and remaining active, happy participants with a quality of life as full as you can make it.
Research and practical experience in North America and Britain are showing that today’s patients with chronic diseases need not be mere recipients of care. They can become key decision-makers in the treatment process. By ensuring that knowledge of their condition is developed to a point where they are empowered to take some responsibility for its management and work in partnership with their health and social care providers, patients can be given greater control over their lives. (Note: Once again, this process of acquiring the knowledge of your condition so that you can reach the self-management level with your Doctor(s) is one of the primary purposes behind the website.)
Self-management programs can be specifically designed (between you and your Doctor(s)) to reduce the severity of symptoms and improve confidence, resourcefulness and self-efficacy (a big word that basically means self reliance).
For those of you who have had an opportunity to read about my professional career , you will see that I started out as a "Federal Auditor" of Human Resources practices, policies and procedures (which is why I was able to create the Disabilitykey Workbook in the first place). As an Auditor, I always wanted to know what is the "ROI" (Return on Investment) as they say in the business world, for anything I worked on, or for any initiative I tackled. Why would people with chronic illnesses want to learn how to manage their disease symptoms? Why would their Doctors want them to learn and do these things? What is in it for both patients and Doctors?
First of all, it was a fascinating subject for me to research! And, imagine my surprise to learn that, even though the original Chronic Disease Self-Management study was conducted here in the United States at Stanford University, it appears that, at this point in time, (mid-2005), England, Scotland, and Australia appear to be further along in actually implementing programs than we are here in the US! And, imagine my chagrin to find out that to be able to take the great online training program to become certified in chronic disease management, you have to live in England!
In the United Kingdom, their Department of Health came to the following conclsion:
Little has been done to prepare patients for long-term management of their diseases. They face many challenges in coping with discomfort and disability and carrying out treatment programs on a regular basis. They need to modify behavior to minimize undesirable outcomes, adjusting their social and work lives to accommodate their symptoms and functional limitations and deal with the emotional consequences. For their care to be effective, they must become adept at interpreting and reporting symptoms, judging the trends and tempo of their illness and participating with health professionals in management decisions. (Note: language has been "Americanized" for greater ease of understanding here in America on, what they [the United Kingdom] call, "the other side of the Pond".)
It was the chief medical officer for the United Kingdom, who first introduced the name “expert patient". He said that expert patients are "people who have the confidence, skills, information and knowledge to play a central role in the management of life with chronic diseases." Doesn't this sound logical?
Here are some Chronic Illness statistics here in the US. • In the US for example, LESS than ONE PERCENT of the people who stand to benefit from self managing their chronic arthritis - do so. • Chronic disease has become pandemic in the United States, and estimates are that it will affect 148 million people by the year 2030. • Patients with chronic illnesses cost the health care system over three times more than individuals without chronic conditions. • The Population of U.S. adults over 65 is expected to double between 2000 and 2030. • Over 80% of adults over 65 years of age have one or more chronic conditions -- over 60% have two or more chronic conditions. • Consumers with five or more chronic conditions account for two-thirds of all Medicare spending. • People with chronic conditions are responsible for 78% of all health care spending, 95% of all Medicare spending, and 77% of all Medicaid spending for community-dwelling adults. • The U.S. has by far the most expensive health care system in the world -- but lags most other developed countries in key quality and consumer outcomes. However, it is the following statistic about how much ACTUAL TIME, on average, that a patient here in the United States spends with their Doctor(s) that really got my attention. On average, we with a Chronic Dieseae spend around three hours per year with a health professional. This means that the patient is left to manage his/her own condition for the other 8757 hours of the year. If you, or someone you know has a chronic illness, wouldn't you be more comfortable knowing what to do during those "other" 8,757 hours that you are not in a health professional's presence? I sure did, and I didn't even know that such a thing as chronic disease management as a concept existed when I did the work depicted in the Disabilitykey Workbook. I only knew that I needed a way to live the best possible life IN SPITE of my chronic disease; I wanted to control it; I did NOT want it controlling me! OK, chronic disease management just seems to make sense. But, the Auditor in me asks, are there measurable, objective results that this concept is worthwhile? And, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), there are. AHRQ-funded research at the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center led to development of the "Chronic Disease Symptom Management Program" (CDSMP). Standford's CDSMP is a 17-hour course taught by trained lay people that teaches patients with chronic disease how to 1) better manage their symptoms, 2) adhere to medication regimens, and 3) maintain functional ability.
Over a period of 2 years, AHRQ-funded investigators compared health behaviors, health status, and health services use in patients age 40 to 90 years (average age, 65) who had completed the CDSMP. When compared to baseline measures taken for the 6 months prior to the CDSMP, researchers found the following. 1. After 6 months, CDSMP participants had: Increased exercise. Better coping strategies and symptom management. Better communication with their physicians. Improvement in their self-rated health, disability, social and role activities, and health distress. More energy and less fatigue. Decreased disability. Fewer physician visits and hospitalizations.
2. After 1 year, CDSMP participants had: Significant improvements in energy, health status, social and role activities, and self-efficacy. Less fatigue or health distress. Fewer visits to the emergency room. No decline in activity or role functions, even though there was a slight increase in disability after 1 year.
3. After 2 years, CDSMP participants had: No further increase in disability. Reduced health distress. Fewer visits to physicians and emergency rooms. Increased self-efficacy. Another source of actual results from people who have made the decision to become Chronic Disease Self-Managers comes from The United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has a website describing the recent results of their Expert Patient "Programme" (EPP). The website provides periodic “eUpdates” to inform people about new developments within the Expert Patients Programme such as new publications, forthcoming events and news from the national team.
The EPP is a National Health Service (NHS) lay led self-management programme for people living with any long-term health condition(s). Groups of 8-16 participants, with a mix of different conditions, meet over six weekly sessions and are led through a structured course by trained tutors who are also living with a long-term condition. Each session (lasting two and a half hours) looks at ways to better manage the effects of their long-term condition. For more information about the EPP please visit the EPP website at
EPP PILOT INTERNAL EVALUATION Internal evaluation data from approximately 1000 EPP participants who completed the course between Jan 2003 and Jan 2005 indicates that the programme is achieving its aims in:
1) Providing significant numbers of people with long term conditions with the confidence and skills to better manage their condition on a daily basis. - 45% said they felt more confident that they would not let common symptoms (pain, tiredness, depression and breathlessness) interfere with their lives. - 38% felt that such symptoms were less severe 4 - 6 months after completing the course. - 33% felt better prepared for consultations with health professionals.
2) Providing significant reductions in service usage by people with long term conditions completing the EPP course. - 7% reductions in GP consultations - 10% reductions in Outpatient visits - 16% reductions in A&E attendances (US note: note sure what this is.) - 9% reductions in Physiotherapy use
Over 94% of those who took part felt supported and satisfied with the course.
If you want to sign up to receive periodic updated information about what the Brits are doing, you too can sign up to receive an "eUpdate" as they call them. It is FREE, and you can sign up by going to:
Chronic Disease Self-Management; Self-Efficacy; great terms, but what do they really mean, and how does one start to become a Chronic Disease Self-Manager?
Consider the following quotations associated with these concepts.
1) "Row Your Own Boat" - Chronic Disease Self-Management. 2) “Every bird flies with its own wings." Swahili proverb
What do the two quotations have in common? First of all, the desire, then the knowledge, then the action to take back control over your health, and your life.
Here are questions – a “mini quizz” that you can use to ask yourself about your "readiness" to adopt the concept of Chronic Disease Self-Management (or, to assist someone else in their journey toward this objective).
Created By Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, this test is called: Self-Efficacy for Managing Chonic Diseases 6-Item Scale. The test measures how confident you are that you can keep “your situation” (i.e., the situation addressed in each of the following 6 questions) caused by your disease from interfering with the things you want to do?
For each of the following questions, please choose the number (between 1 and 10) that corresponds to how confident you are that you can keep the symptoms caused by your disease from interfering with the things you want to do? #1 represents "Not at all confident"; #10 represents "Totally confident".
1) How confident are you that you can keep the fatigue caused by your disease from interfering with the things you want to do?
2) How confident are you that you can keep the physical discomfort or pain of your disease from interfering with the things you want to do?
3) How confident are you that you can keep the emotional distress caused by your disease from interfering with the things you want to do?
4) How confident are you that you can keep any other symptoms or
health problems you have from interfering with the things you want to do?
5) How confident are you that you can do the different tasks and activities needed to manage your health condition so as to reduce your need to see a doctor?
6) How confident are you that you can do things other than just taking medication to reduce how much you illness affects your everyday life?
The higher you score toward "10" on each question, the more "self-efficacy" you have. (Reminder: self-efficacy is the belief in one's capabilities to organize and execute the sources of action required to manage situations.) As you can probably figure out, I score either 9 or 10 on each question. My Disabilitykey Workbook (see and the confidence that I received by first, executing the processes contined there-in for myself, and then in developing the Workbook to assist others, has allowed my self-efficacy to be high.
OK, you have rated yourself, and you want to know more about the WHAT of this topic. First, we will discuss the definition of Chronic Disease Self-Management; next, the stages of a "chronic disease self-help behavioral change"; and, finally, something called "social learning theory".
Definition of Chronic Disease Self-Management Based on a comprehensive literature review of over 400 articles, Researchers have proposed the following definition.
Chronic disease self-management involves [the person with the chronic disease] engaging in activities that protect and promote health, monitoring and managing of symptoms and signs of illness, managing the impacts of illness on functioning, emotions and interpersonal relationships and adhering to treatment regimes. There are a number of key elements to this definition that will enable us to develop a practical concept of self-management. It is important to note that these elements are about the behaviors of the patient, rather than models of self-management for health care systems, service providers or health professionals. These elements suggest that self-management:
• Entails engaging in activities that promote health; • Involves managing a chronic condition by monitoring signs and symptoms; • Entails dealing with the effect of a chronic condition on personal well being and interpersonal relationships; and • Involves following a treatment plan prescribed to you by your Doctor(s).
The definition of self-management encompasses a range of behaviors, as well as knowledge and attitudes and is an important starting point towards the development of a concept of chronic disease self-management.
HELP Getting from where you are to Becoming a Chronic Disease Self-Manager: Stages of Behavioral Change
A model of behavior change that has been applied to chronic disease self-management is based on research on how people change behavior, either on their own or within an intervention program (i.e., some sort of action to assist in the change). The theory is that the ceasing of risk behaviors (eg. smoking) and acquisition of health promoting behaviors (eg. physical activity, relaxation) involves the progression through the stages of change. They are:
• Pre-contemplation [not thinking of change] • Contemplation [thinking of change] • Determination [ taking preliminary steps to change] • Action [ actively engaging behavior change] • Maintenance [ sustained behavioral change] • Relapse [ can occur at any point.]
Behavioral change is facilitated by a personal sense of control. If people believe that they can take action to solve a problem, they become more inclined to do so and feel more committed to this decision. This "can do" attitude mirrors a sense of control over one's environment. It reflects the belief of being able to master challenging demands by means of adaptive action. It can also be regarded as an optimistic view of one's capacity to deal with stress. (Not to sound redundant, but this really is about the glass being "half-full" and NOT "half-empty".)
Social Learning OK; now we understand the behavioral change steps; now, on to the social learning stage. The theoretical underpinning of effective chronic disease self-management programs should be based on social learning and behavioral theories. The key principles of these theories as applied to chronic disease self-management are: • Disease management skills are learned and behavior is self-directed; • Motivation and confidence (including self-efficacy) in managing one's condition dictate an individual's success; • The social environment (ie. family, workplace & health care system) support or impede self-management; and • Monitoring and responding to changes in disease state, symptoms, emotions and functioning improve adaptation to the chronic condition.
How do you become trained in Chronic Disease Self-Management? Here are the primary resources available.
1) Start with your own health insurance company. Call up the Customer Service folks in Plan, and ask if they offer "Chronic Disease Self Management Program" classes. My Internet searches indicate that many of the larger companies are offering such classes for their enrolees. And, in some cases, self-management is becoming a requirement of retaining insurance coverage!
2) Go to your State's Home Website, and look up the Department of Health, and of Aging. In some cases they might be the same, in others, different. Call each and see if/when they will be offering classes in your city/county for Chronic Disease Self Management Program.
3) Use one of the many Internet search engines to locate this statement: "(your state) Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)". This should help you locate classes in your state. In my state, they located classes by county and city. Some of the "bigger" states even offer classes derived from the original Standford research program.
4) Use one of the many Internet search engines to ask locate this statement: "Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)". This should provide you with additional options.
5) Finally, and probably the best source, from the original Stanford site where the concept was created, there is a link to each state’s CDSMP sites: If you go to this site, you can click onto your state and see which organizations in your state are licensed to offer the Chronic Disease Self-Management program.
The National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in their 2004 Health Care Quality Report comments that "the U.S. healthcare system as a whole remains plagued by deadly quality gaps that contribute to 42,000 to 79,000 avoidable deaths every year and $1.8 Billion in excess medical costs due to the system's routine failure to provide needed care." According to Catherine Hoffman of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half the people in the U.S. are living with chronic conditions, at a cost of $234 billion in lost productivity and $425 billion in medical spending per year. These figures are rising. Moreover, they do not include billions of dollars in lost productivity of employees who miss work to care for family members who have chronic conditions. Many people with chronic conditions, as well as family members who care for them, also suffer needlessly from the physical and emotional effects of their illness. By helping people change their behaviors and adapt to their conditions, self-management programs often increase people's adherence to medical treatments, strengthen their control of pain and symptoms, and improve their overall emotional well-being.
title:Explaining the Benefits of Sperm Pills
author:Dr. Michael Rodriguez, M.D.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

“Sperm pill” is a term that is commonly used to describe specific male enhancement products.  Sperm pills are supplements that have been proven to increase ejaculation fluid, sperm activity, and sperm count during the ejaculation process. Typically, during an erection, sexual arousal causes increased blood flow through the arteries in the penis.  These arteries expand, allowing for more blood to enter the penile region, while the veins that control the blood flowing out of the penis simultaneously contract. The hardening effect that this process has on the tissues of the penis is what causes an erection. At the peak of penile arousal, ejaculation occurs, in which the sperm is released from the penis.  The larger the amount of fluid ejaculated, the more pleasurable the sexual experience, as well as the greater chance for increased sperm count. 
Many men endure the frustrating experience of a decrease in their ability to experience full erections, suffer from premature ejaculation, or weak ejaculation with ineffective orgasms. All experiences can prohibit sperm count and decrease sperm activity. This is where sperm pills come in. A sperm pill not only greatly enhances the sexual experience in and of itself, but also the ejaculation process.
Male enhancement supplements containing a high level of amino acids assist the body in creating more ejaculation fluid.  The benefits of using a sperm pill such as this are numerous.  Not only is sperm count increased, but sperm activity is also magnified.  Another major advantage is the effect of additional ejaculation fluid on the orgasmic experience, itself.  Increased fluid prolongs the orgasm, allowing for a very intense and drawn out experience.  Basically, what happens in this instance is the fluid pumps through the penis for a longer duration, which extends the peak of orgasm.  Another benefit is that this causes more force behind the ejaculation process, allowing for more likelihood of sperm activity.
There are a few herbal supplements on the market today that have naturally high levels of amino acids as an ingredient.  Not only are these remarkable products known to increase penis erection, size, stamina, desire, and performance, they have become leaders in the industry by providing increased ejaculation fluid production. 
title:Explanation of EMF Protection Devices
author:Juliette Pickup
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Look in your pocket or in your bag or on the table next to you. In one of those three places it is probable that you saw a device that could cause your injury or death at some point in the future. What is it you ask? What is it that I carry with me everywhere? What is this object that you say could hurt or kill me or possibly those close to me that I care about? It is your cell phone. The make and model are irrelevant; they all produce unnaturally high amounts of EMF or electromagnetic fields.
If it was just a threat to ourselves there might not be such awareness, but it's the fact that people near us that could be adversely affected as well. Those little bundles of joy that are the centre of your life are affected more than anyone else. The question you need to ask is: What can I do about all this? I don't have the power to get EMF emitting cell phones banned or anything like that. There is something you can do though, to minimize the risk of harmful radiation effects to yourself and those close to you.
There are many radiation protection devices available today to help you get rid of this threat that is hanging over your head every time you pick up that phone. There are wide selections of products to suit any need you might have, in many shapes, at a range of prices that will allow anyone to afford this absolutely necessary protection.
There are hands-free devices that will protect you from this potentially lethal threat as well as helping you comply with current regulations. These regulations can actually be encouraging us to use non-radiation protective ear pieces that are increasing the amount of radiation directed into our heads. So, to ensure you are protected you need to ensure that the ear piece or hands-free kit you use is one of those specially designed to protect you and others in your vicinity.
There are many different types of devices available for you to choose from, but the best way to ensure you are protected from radiation is to use a combination of devices, bearing in mind that a cell phone will affect any part of the body that it is close to, not the head alone. You need to aware that to be completely protected you need to have some form of protection when your phone is in your pocket and not being used as well as a method of protection while you are using your cell phone.
The cell phone is making communication easier all the time and no-one wants to give up that convenience, but it must be paired with the awareness of the inherent dangers associated with this convenience. To eradicate this danger we need to take the proper steps to ensure we have sufficient radiation protection.
title:Exploring the Mental Aspect of Fitness
author:John Perry
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

I promote and teach the 3 phases of fitness to all my clients. Many are unaware of what the three phases entail. If you fall into this same category…let me take this opportunity to enlighten you.
The 3 phases are the Mental, Physical and Financial aspects or phases of fitness.  This is a concept I developed a little over two years ago and have had great success with improving client’s mindsets. Let’s look at how each of these relate to your health and fitness.
Mental fitness: Everyone has a fitness “script” or mindset concerning fitness. This is what is instilled in each of us at an early age. It is how our parents, teachers, loved ones, and society as a whole views health and fitness. Just like most beliefs we posses… they were learned.
I like to call it a fitness script.
Most scripts have been formed from the experiences in one’s life. This script is what is keeping people overweight, unhappy and full of excuses.
Speaking of excuses, in order to fulfill the “I am not worthy prophesy,” clients will sabotage their potential success with reasons why exercise will never work.
You see, they do not actually want to succeed.
Achieving their goals would mean they are abandoning the script; the script for failure.
No matter how much weight some people lose, they will eventually start to gain it back because they are “destined,” in their minds, to have big hips, thighs and buttocks.
There is also the added pressure of keeping it off, lifestyle changes, ridicule and judgment from the family.
Making excuses relieves the pressure. Actually, people become pretty good at it. The more excuses they make, the more they will believe them too. It becomes reality.
A lot of the excuses are based in fear as well.
When he or she attempts a weight loss program the fears begin to surface.
“What if I fail?”
“What if I lose weight and then gain it all back?”
“How will people look at me …judge me?”
“This will take up a lot of time.”
“I will lose a lot of freedom.”
“I would rather go down the traveled road…the easy road.”
All of this thinking is based on someone’s blueprint or script of fitness and of success.
Much of failure in life is rooted in fear.
The good news is anyone can edit the script at any time. They can discard the old ways of thinking; the thoughts that belong to someone else anyway - the reasoning that has lead to being overweight, unsatisfied and miserable.
When clients make up their minds to develop their own fitness script, one that involves proper exercise, eating habits and respect for their body, then they begin to write a “happy ending “ for themselves.
Proper fitness knowledge, affirmations/positive self-talk, support partners or friends are all tools to re-set the mental aspect of fitness and to get it moving full steam ahead.
When it comes to meeting fitness goals, I feel changing the inside first is the way to go. Your mindset will affect how you approach health and wellness. It can make all the difference in your fitness aspirations.
Looking and feeling good should be something you desire to do; not what you think should be done.
Beyond achieving goals or resolutions, proper health should be a way of living. If people would just make it a priority, then being fit would not be such a struggle or loathsome routine per se.
One of my clients, we will call her Joan, tells her story this way:
“I am a busy mother who put work and family above my health. After talking with you I decided to make my health a priority; not a time-consuming one, nonetheless a priority. I don’t really set goals. I just make sure I do something everyday for at least 20 minutes. Sometimes that is 7-8 minutes here and another 10 minutes there, but I always find time to exercise… it is never a matter of if, just when. I have a passion to look and feel great. By making exercise a part of my day, no matter what, it has made all the difference. I am a better mom, better accountant and better person for it.”
You see, it does not take extravagant routines, flashy exercise garb or expensive equipment to be fit. The main thing is that you do something to stay healthy. For me, (and my clients) it begins with the mind. Train your way of thinking. Write your own script on what the “healthy you” looks and feels like.
Find routines that make you feel good about you.
Before you ever pick up a dumbbell, get rid of all the “negative information” about exercise. Create a new script based on good, solid health and fitness information; this, alone, will have a huge impact on your fitness results.
Take home points:
Don’t believe what others have told you about exercise and fitness.
Develop your own fitness script based on good health information and positive experiences.
Begin any program focusing on your mindset and getting the inner self prepared.
Prioritize: make exercise a must… for you.
Do some type of exercise everyday. This does not have to be time consuming to get results.
Focus on improving how you feel about yourself and how that affects the world around you.
Having a fitness lifestyle is not just about the exercises you do; it is about how you view exercise and its ramifications on your life that makes the difference.
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
Copyright 2006 John Perry
title:Exploring the Physical Aspect of Fitness
author:John Perry
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Physical fitness; I am sure this term means different things to different people. It conjers up memories of junior high gym class and specific tests or drills we did to determine our fitness level.
Many years later, I am still amazed at how many different ways fitness is measured. To some, it is the ability to run long distances.  For others, it is the ability to do “x” amount of one task and finish an obstacle course under a certain time.
For most it is simply the way you look. This, combined with good muscle tone and perhaps even the way you carry yourself, represent good fit qualities.
For me, physical fitness represents one of the three aspects of fitness. I think it involves efficient movement patterns to allow the body to be successful. I feel it should be measured individually, yet have a common basis for measurement.
Every individual needs to compare themselves to themselves; measure their achievements to their past experiences. Now, I think it is great to learn from successful people around us and try to achieve results similar to other trailblazers in a particular area of interest.
However, “you vs. you” ought to be the motto.
I feel we, as a society, spend too much time comparing ourselves and our successes to someone else. Whether it is the money they make, the house they live in, the car they drive, the amount of happiness in their life or how fit or in shape they are.
More time ought to be spent doing things that feed on our individual passions and seeing in what direction that leads us. Worrying about another’s achievements or aspirations could lead us in directions we were never meant to go and therefore could stifle potential success and happiness.
What are you excited about? How do you want to look and feel? How do you measure success? Fitness?
Once you figure this out you will have your measuring stick.
What is the basis for fitness? This needs to be an exercise program that allows you to be successful - mentally, physically and financially.
Programs that improve your energy levels, muscle and joint strength, balance and overall flexibility are a must. This will allow you to move better, be more productive and prevent potential injuries and orthopedic problems.
Early in our development, we move properly; the body and brain communicate well and questions concerning orthopedic problems or fitness levels are, for the most part, a non-issue.
As we “mature,” we begin to develop poor movement habits, postures and compensations due to communication changes between body and brain. This is usually the result of daily work duties, hobbies, eating habits and bad advice or other learned information.
Many exercise programs just enhance these bad habits and lead to sub-par and unwanted levels of fitness. Many begin to blame old age, lack of time and genetics as the culprits.
In reality, it is ignorance… that’s right, ignorance.
Before you email me and call me bad names, ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge. The biggest problem I see with clients’ physical fitness level is their lack of knowledge.
People just need to be reminded of how to move properly again, like when we were younger. I would like to “tweak” the Beach Boy’s hit song and say “wouldn’t it be nice if we were younger- then we would move so much better.”  This would mostly be because we would be moving efficiently, not just because our body is “newer and fresher.”
Re-setting the nervous system is done by moving in three planes of motion, (i.e. multiple directions), and working groups of muscles (muscle synergies) vs. isolated muscles. It is also important to work on balance, (one leg, reaching with arms or legs outside of balance comfort zone and exercising on different surfaces) as well as working through your available muscle and joint range of motion.
Full-body, multi-plane exercise routines will stimulate the brain for improved movement patterns, posture and injury prevention.
I cannot finish this article without mentioning the benefit of weight loss with this type of routine. Increasing energy and metabolism (due to nervous system stimulation and improved muscle mass and strength) will aid the weight loss enhancement.
Proper fueling or nutrition will, of course, help with weight loss and ideal weight maintenance. This is best achieved with portion control (portions size of fist per item) and protein to carbohydrate ratios (2.5 grams of carbs for every gram of protein).
Keep sweets, fats and oils to a minimum.
Your body will operate in proportion to how you train it and how you feed it; therefore, why not teach it to look, feel and perform how you want it to… take control of your physical fitness.
“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.” -George Bernard Shaw
Copyright 2006 John Perry
title:Exploring the "Should's": Is it Necessity, Desire, or Guilt?
author:Jennifer Koretsky
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

How many times a day do you find yourself using the word "should"?  ADDers are full of "should's": I should do the dishes, I should clean out the fridge, I should see that movie, I should call my friend, etc.  The word "should" can be very dangerous to an adult with ADD, because it often results in guilt.
In order to break through this and help you prioritize the things that you "should" do, try exploring your "should's" by asking yourself the following question:
Is this a necessity, a desire, or guilt?  Here are some examples:
I should do my taxes.
Necessity:  If you don't do your taxes, you can find your finances slipping out of control.  You can end up owing the government penalty fees.  And you will absolutely have undue stress.  This "should" is a necessity.
I should buy that CD.
Desire: This is something that you want to make you happy.  You like the music you hear, and therefore you want to own it.  This "should" is a desire.
I should clean my house more often.
Guilt:  If the "should" comes when you compare yourself to others, then guilt is probably involved.  It often happens when we feel like we are not living up to the performance or expectations of others (or our perceived performance/expectations of others.)  If you visit a friend's house and its neat and clean, you may falsely interpret this to mean that your friend cleans all the time.  In reality, your friend may have spent hours cleaning her/his house before you arrived to make it look nice!  If you are physically and mentally comfortable with the amount of time you spend cleaning your house, then cleaning more often is not a necessity, it's not a desire, its a "should" that is just useless guilt!
Try this exercise for a whole day.  Every time you find yourself using the word "should," ask yourself if its a necessity, desire, or guilt.  I promise that you'll feel a lot a better about all the things you think you "should" be doing!
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title:Exploring Treatment Options for Patients with Autism
author:Karen Simmons
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exploring Treatment Options for Patients with Autism
Although there is no known cure for autism, a combination of specialized treatment and education programs can often help many patients. The most common autism treatment options involve both occupational and physical therapy. Occupational therapy helps improve independent function and teaches patients basic skills such as buttoning a shirt or bathing - while physical therapy involves using exercise and other physical measures such as using massage and heat in order to help patients control body movements.
Other common autism treatment options include:
" Behavior modification
" Communication therapy
" Dietary modifications
" Medication
Behavior modification:
There are several methods of behavior modification that are used to treat autistic patients. Most behavior modification principles are based on the theory that rewarded behavior is more likely to be repeated than behavior that is ignored.  For instance, Sensory integration therapy is a type of behavior modification that focuses on helping autistic patients cope with different sensory stimulation. The treatment may include having the patient handle materials with different textures or listen to different sounds.
Play therapy is yet another type of behavior modification used to improve emotional development. Play therapy most often helps patients understand and cope with their own feelings and involves adult-child interaction that is controlled by the child. Along the same lines, another behavior modification technique called "social stories" can also prove helpful in improving an autism patient's undeveloped social skills. Using social stories helps a patient better understand their feelings, ideas, as well as the points of view of others, and may suggest to the patient an alternate response to a particular situation.
Communication therapy
Many other alternate treatment options for autistic patients involve the use of communication therapy
Communication therapy is used to treat autistic patients who are unable to communicate verbally, or to it may be used to initiate language development in young children with the disorder.
Today, clinical studies show that Video Modeling Therapy Programs are highly effective in teaching children with autism. One such program entitled "Special Kids" ( was pioneered by a father of a boy with autism, Special Kids maintains a distribution to over 500 different school systems within the USA as well as 30 different countries. The program helps children with a variety of developmental, cognitive and learning disabilities acquire speech, reading, writing, early academics, personal hygiene, self-help, social and play skills.
Another program, called 'Safety Harbor' is the brainchild of two school therapists, Anne Pesacov and Betty Dixon, as well as teaching artist Emily Harris. This series of eight workshops is designed to teach social skills to children with Asperger's syndrome through the use of puppets. To learn more about puppet-assisted relationship therapy, contact Betty S. Dixon of Tampa at (813) 431-9790, Emily Harris of Tarpon Springs at (727) 934-5890 or Anne Pesacov of Safety Harbor at (727) 738-9232.
The use of music has also proven to be an effective communication therapy for autism patients. Professor Tony Wigram. Head of PhD Studies in Music Therapy at the Institute for Music and Music Therapy at the University of Aalborg, Denmark has authored several books on the subject. He has concluded that since music therapy can be easily adjusted to an individual child's strengths and weaknesses it is often quite helpful in improving patient's deficiencies in social and communication skills
Yet another alternate treatment option for patients with autism is the use of Dolphin Assisted Therapy. The foundation of the Dolphin Assisted Therapy program in dates back to Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Black Sea. This field of medicine has shown extraordinary results in relation to the conventional methods of treatments such as prescribed medication.
An overview of Dolphin Assisted Therapy is available at :
Dietary modifications
Autism is not caused by diet so the use of dietary modifications and supplements to treat the disorder is somewhat controversial. Changing the diet or adding vitamin supplements may improve digestion and eliminate food intolerances or allergies, which may contribute to behavioral problems in autistic patients.
Scientific Researchers have discovered the byproducts found in wheat, oats and rye (gluten) and casein (protein in dairy products) have appeared at elevated levels in patients with autism. This may suggest that the digestion of these substances may affect brain function. However, eliminating foods that contain gluten and casein from the diet may cause side effects and should not be done without the advice of a health care practitioner.
Studies have also shown that vitamin B, magnesium and cod liver oil supplements (which contain vitamins A and D) may improve behavior, eye contact, attention span, and learning in autistic patients. Vitamin C has been shown to improve depression and lessen the severity of symptoms in patients with autism.
The DAN (Defeat Autism Now) Protocol is another dietary modification program gaining popularity.
The protocol involves a combination of changes to the diet and implementation of vitamin supplement therapy in order to produce changes in autistic behaviors. These diet changes include eliminating certain dairy and grains while supplementing the patient's diet with the vitamin and mineral therapy.
An overview of the DAN Protocol is available at :
Medication may be also be used to treat various symptoms of autism and can also be used to help other conditions that may accompany the disorder.
Depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and anxiety may be treated using antidepressants. These drugs often reduce the frequency and intensity of repetitive behavior; decrease irritability, tantrums, and aggression; and improve eye contact and responsiveness.
Benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium®), lorazepam (Ativan®), and alprazolam (Xanax®) can also be used to treat behavioral problems. While antipsychotic medications such as clozapine (Clozaril®), risperidone (Risperdal®), olanzapine (Zyprexa®), and quetiapine (Seroquel®) may decrease hyperactivity, behavioral problems, withdrawal, and aggression in autistic patients
Stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin®), amphetamine (Adderall®), and dextroamphetamine (Dexedine®) may also be prescribed for autism. These drugs may increase focus and decrease impulsive behavior and hyperactivity in patients.
It's best to consult a medical expert before considering any medications as the patient's medical history needs to be taken into consideration as well as possible side effects.

title:Exposing the Miracle Cure
author:Hiram Perez
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It was Saturday morning and while I was making breakfast, letting the cats outside, and watering my half-dead plants, I had the TV on. Saturday morning TV is usually composed of nothing but infomercials and today was no different.
One of the channels had this guy hawking a book on natural cures. He claimed that no matter what kind of disease you had, there was a natural or herbal cure for it -- and he had it in his book. No drugs, no surgery, no traditional medicine needed at all. Now he wasn't claiming that the information in his book would lessen your symptoms or reduce your pain, no, he was claiming that you would be absolutely, positively, money-back-guaranteed CURED!!
My jaw dropped as I listened to this guy make all these outlandish claims and I thought, how can people listen to this kind of junk? Worse, how can people send this guy their hard earned money?
The more I watched, the more it hit me that he was using a very familiar sales formula. You hear others use this same formula for a variety of products. This sales formula contains the following elements:
Element Number 1. IT'S A MIRACLE!
This first element is insidious because it offers hope to people that have little left. We've all heard the claims before: lose weight while you sleep, cure cancer overnight, stop pain without surgery.
You've also heard about other "miracles" I'm sure: double your money in the stock market, become a real estate millionaire, clean your bathroom with no scrubbing, and on and on. Someone once said, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Good advice.
This first element is the BAIT. It's used to create interest and the more outlandish the claim, the more likely you're going to stop and watch. And why is it that you've never heard about this miracle before? Well, see item 2.
Element Number 2. THERE'S A CONSPIRACY!
The guy said that the reason no one had ever heard of any of these "cures" before was because the __________ (insert your favorite opposition group here) was trying to cover it up and keep it off the market.
In his case, the FDA was against it. The drug companies were against it. The medical community was against it. You name it, he claimed they were against his information. I thought, "hey, this sounds exactly like the claims that there's a car that runs on water but GM and the oil companies don't want the public to know."
So when you come across any kind of quack making any kind of outrageous claim and you ask why hasn't this been make public before, the answer you always get is that there's a conspiracy against them.
The second element builds INTRIGUE and continues to draw you in. They make you feel like you're part of some deep, dark secret.
These guys always portray themselves as a "prophet in the wilderness" just trying to get the word of this miracle out to the masses. They talk about all the problems they've had getting anyone to listen (there's a conspiracy, you know). They say that they do what they do because it's their mission, their passion, it's the right thing to do. No, they're not doing it for the money -- however they do accept MC and VISA.
The third element builds EMPATHY or even sympathy for the guy and his product. You think, "Poor guy. All he wants to do is help people."
Element Number 4. TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
The clincher is that they're only offering this miracle for a limited time so you have to act fast. Time is running out and the "miracle" will only be offered for the next 3 minutes (or 30 callers or whatever).
Here's where they play on your fear of missing out. You begin to ask yourself, "What if it IS true? I don't want to miss out." and you reach for the phone and your credit card.
The forth element is designed to get you to take ACTION. It's like putting a string in front of a cat and then jerking it away. The cat chases it on instinct. Same principle. They're going to dangle this miracle in front of you and then start to take it away hoping you'll jump up and call the operators who are standing by.
Of course, the product or book comes with a full 30-day money back guarantee so you have "nothing to lose." Excuse me, nothing to lose??? What about losing your health by following some quack cure? What about making your health situation worse by withholding or foregoing medical treatment? I'd say you've got a LOT to lose and you need to consider this very carefully.
The fifth element builds CONFIDENCE that you can always get your money back so it's no big deal to go ahead and order it. Well, I've already mentioned that you have a lot to lose -- and getting your money back may not be all that easy either.
So there you have it. The next time you watch or listen to ANY kind of commercial that offers a "miracle cure" for only $19.95, see if the sales pitch doesn't follow this same formula. I'll bet it does.
Remember, there is no free lunch and there is no "miracle cure." Getting and staying healthy takes work. No bottle of snake oil is going to erase a lifetime of poor eating habits and a lack of exercise.
You CAN improve your health but you've got to take a balanced approach and consistently work at it. So turn off the infomercials and I'll see you at the gym!
title:Exposing the "Best" Source of Protein Myth
author:Protica Nutritional Research
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

An American culture that is marked by a chronic lack of time and the need to achieve is often in pursuit of the “best” something or other. These “best” lists tend to improve time efficiency they help people make quick decisions without a lot of research or “trial and error”.
However, as with most inventions, there is a potentially harmful application of these very popular “best” lists. There are situations where the need to identify the best of something obscures the real truth that, quite simply, there is no single best ranking. In other words, the best of something is in reality a combination of many things. Within the world of nutrition, there arguably is not a more clear – and dangerous – expression of this truth then in looking at protein.
The world of nutrition is not short on “best” opinions for sources of protein. Some camps lobby in favor of whey protein as the best, while others advocate soy. Some claim that meat and poultry are the best source of protein, while others swear that a plant-based item such as spirulina ranks at the top. There are so many opinions – each one claiming to support the best source of protein – that consumers are often left less informed after reading a few of them, rather than more educated.
One of the reasons that the search for the best source of protein is so widespread is because of its critical importance within a healthy diet. All bodily functions are aided, directly or indirectly, by protein. In addition to being an essential energy source, protein is a component of every body cell, and among other vital contributions, helps in the creation, maintenance, and repair of muscle tissue[i].
Furthermore, it is widely accepted – regardless of view on the “best” source of protein – that a complete source of protein is required by all people, regardless of athleticism or mobility. This complete source of protein must reflect all 20 different amino acids that comprise protein. Since the body can only create 12 of them through its own synthetic production capacity, 8 amino acids – called “essential amino acids” -- must be obtained through diet[ii].
This is where the confusion ultimately lies, and the root cause of the ongoing confusion. Various groups claim that certain specific food sources, such as whey, milk protein, or calcium caseinate[1], respectively, is the single best source of protein. Surprisingly, however, a growing body of research is suggesting that that all of these views are incorrect. Rather, a variety of protein sources is proving to be the best.
Unfortunately, accessing this variety of protein sources is a challenge for many consumers. Unless a consumer is very well versed in nutrition, possibly to the point of being considered an expert, he or she cannot confidently know if the variety of proteins are being eaten in any particular meal.
Furthermore, some sources of protein – such as fast food burgers – may indeed contain a desired amount of essential amino acids, but the excessively high amount of calories, unsaturated fats, carbohydrates, and other unwanted elements make them a thoroughly unwise eating choice [iii].
The goal – one that has been sought for decades -- is therefore to identify a food source that provides consumers with a healthy, convenient, inexpensive, appetizing, and complete source of protein.
Fortunately, despite significant delays in bringing a worthy product to the consumer marketplace – delays due to the scientifically pointless search for the single best source of protein -- there are some innovative nutritional supplements that are achieving this goal. These products offer consumers a complete amino acid profile derived from a combined mix of protein sources. Some of these evolved products – albeit a very limited number of them -- are even able to meet the other consumer criterion: convenience, affordability, palatability, low-calorie, and high nutritional (e.g. vitamin enriched) content.
American health dialogue will continue to be populated with “best” lists, and in many ways, these lists are quite useful timesaving devices. However, there are obvious situations where the relentless pursuit of the “best” of something can actually cause more harm than good when there is, in fact, no “best” of something to speak of. In the world of protein and diet, this is clearly the case: there is no single best source of protein. Only a balanced mix of protein sources will achieve the goal of delivering the body’s critical protein requirements. Fortunately, more nutrition experts are starting to acknowledge this scientific truth, and it is a trend towards intelligent health that is expected to continue.
[1] Calcium caseinate is created via the acidification of skim milk.
[i] Source: “Protein in Diet”.

[ii] Source: “Essential Amino Acid”.

[iii] Source: “Supersized Nation: Bigger Burgers Still Rule”. WebMD.
title:Extended Wear Contact Lenses - What Are They?
author:James Watts
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There are two types of extended wear contacts that include daily wear and overnight wear. Your lifestyle and preferences will affect which type of extended wear contacts are best for your.
The extended wear daily contacts are worn every day and removed at night for either seven or 30 days. Then there are the same lenses that are worn 24 hours per day for either seven or 30 days. The risks that have been associated with extended wear contacts include lack of oxygen reaching the eye. The eye needs a lot of oxygen to be healthy, so if you are wearing lens 24 hours per day for a month then the lens needs to be permeable so your eyes can be healthy.
These lenses have undergone some serious changes over the last couple of years and now there are several lenses on the market, Ciba Night and Day as well as PureVision by Bausch and Lomb, that have new patents and allow significantly more oxygen to reach the eye. Because of this the FDA has approved these lenses for extended wear. However, not everyone will qualify for extended wear contacts because of the increased risk to eye health. Individuals with past eye health problems should continue wearing other lenses that are not extended wear to ensure eye health. If you are interested in extended wear contacts you should talk to your eye care practitioner in order to find out if you are a good candidate or not. If not, your optometrist will be able to suggest other options.

External Acne Care: The Pros and Cons of Washing Your Face

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Acne is basically an internal condition triggered by several underlying factors. However, there are additional external acne symptoms that may enhance the formation of acne or interfere with the healing process of your existing acne on the external level (e.g. the external acne environment).

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Acne is basically an internal condition triggered by several underlying factors. However, there are additional external acne symptoms that may enhance the formation of acne or interfere with the healing process of your existing acne on the external level (e.g. the external acne environment). Without handling these external triggers, it will be very difficult for anyone to overcome their acne challenge, especially when the holistic treatment is performed while the individual still suffers from “live” and “evolving” acne.

Clogged or very large pores, oily or very dry complexion and bad skin hygiene do not cause acne but they interfere with the healing process of the skin and make your external acne environment more prone or “susceptible” to acne.

Taking care of your skin on a daily basis by incorporating simple and easy to follow protocols may not only enhance the healing process of your existing acne it will also balance your skin ph levels, making it smooth, even toned, radiant and healthy looking.

Although there are many types of cleansers available for different purposes (exfoliation, clean, medicate), washing your face twice a day using a gentle antiseptic and anti-bacterial 100% natural soap like tea tree oil soap, or Cetaphil soap can help reduce inflammation, swelling and redness and significantly improve the overall appearance of your skin without the irritation, allergy reactions and over-dryness that over the counters like Benzoyl Peroxide can cause.

Washing your face should always come after a good 5 minutes steaming routine. After the steaming, follow these 3 easy steps:

1. Use lukewarm water to get the soap wet.

2. Apply the soap to your face using your fingertips in a circular motion.

3. Wash your face gently and pat your skin dry using a cotton towel.

If your sebaceous glands are producing too much oil (due to hormonal imbalance that should be fixed internally), then you probable have excessively oily skin and large pores. To tackle that problem externally, do not use alcohol and water astrigent, instead use soap like Neutrogena clear pore oil Controlling astrigent or even better apply an all natural mask made of bentonitre or egg whites.

An extremely dry skin can also be treated internally through balancing oil secretion protocols and dietary changes and supplementation, including the regular intake of 10 glasses of pure water on a daily basis. As for the external care, applying lots of good quality moisturizer such as 99% Aloe Vera gel while avoiding harsh and un-natural external care products; can significantly reduce your dryness.

Warning: Excessive washing of the face can cause mild to moderate irritations and increase redness and inflammation, defeating its own purpose.

If you have sensitive skin, the best practice is to test each product prior to using it, using dollar size amount on your chin, regardless of its quality or the nature of its ingredients.

Extreme Happiness Can Damage Your Health

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Moderately happy people are wealthier — and maybe healthier — than extremely happy individuals, according to a psychologist who has researched happiness for more than two decades and his associates.


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While people who are happy are certainly more healthy and successful than thosewho are angry and depressed, Dr. Ed Diener of the University of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign told Reuters Health, people who are moderately happy may achieve more than those who are extremely happy. They might also live longer.
“Our findings suggest that extremely high levels of happiness might not be a desirable goal and that there is more to psychological well-being than high-levels of happiness,” Diener and his team report in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.
The researchers looked at six different studies of happiness and life outcomes to investigate the optimum level of happiness.
One study, the World Values Survey, which included nearly 120,000 people from 96 countries, found that those who were moderately happy, rating their life satisfaction at 8 or 9 out of 10, made more money than those who rated their satisfaction level at 10. However, 10s and 9s were more likely to have stable intimate relationships.
Another study found that the happiest college students were also the most social, but they had lower grade-point averages than their slightly less happy peers.
In four studies that looked at individuals’ well-being several years after their happiness level was initially assessed, the happiest people wound up with less education and lower incomes than the moderately happy individuals.
While the current study didn’t look at happiness and health, Diener noted in aninterview, other research has shown that the happiest people may not live as long as moderately happy individuals.
While the current study didn’t look at happiness and health, Diener noted in an interview, other research has shown that the happiest people may not live as long as moderately happy individuals.
Extremely happy people may be less likely to follow-up on health concerns, he suggested.  It’s also possible, he said, that being in an “aroused,” extremely happy state can take a toll on one’s cardiovascular system.  People for whom extreme happiness is a goal may also be thrill-seeking risk takers. 

Source: Reuters

Extreme Weight- Loss Plans

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The article is about the various weight loss procedures available in the market that do not involve exercise, dieting, and the use of weight loss pills.  These methods are described in terms of the procedures and steps taken to complete them.  Losing weight can be done faster and easier through these methods.

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Discussions about a woman's health is often too focused on being skinny or being slim.  Fortunately, this attention to weight is no longer about vanity, being like Hollywood goddess, or looking like a ramp  supermodel.  For a good reason, women are now talking about the health implications of being obese or overweight. Normally, women are told to engage in regular physical exercise and control food consumption.

However, many women still struggle with setting aside time for exercise.  The demands at work and at home also drive many women to go for every single comfort food they can get their hands on.  Being confined to their small cubicles from 9 to 5 every single day makes a gym workout just another demand on their hectic schedules. As simple it may seem, for some women, working out and going on a diet are impossible tasks.  Many desperately say that they just don't have the time and just resign themselves to the thought that obesity or becoming overweight is inevitable. 

But losing the battle of the bulge need not be every woman's fate. There are now alternatives and innovations in science and medicine that would allow women to lose weight even if they cannot give up their careers or fix their schedules.

Comes in and this is not your average weigh loss diet pill. We are talking about going under the knife...


“Lipo” is for those who have the money to undergo to this extreme measure to loose weight. Usually celebrities take this easy route. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, liposuction has been the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in America since 2003.  The procedure involves the identification of parts of the body that are predisposed to easy formation of fatty acids like the abdomen, the arms, and the hips. Liposuction is essentially a surgical technique that involves the insertion of a probing device into the patient's body.  The probe is used to liquify the fat before the doctor suctions it out. An outpatient procedure takes an hour and a half to perform. After a procedure, the patient must wear a binding wrap for a number of weeks.  A significant amount of medication is required to manage the pain that comes after the operation.  However, “Lipo” procedure is only limited to the removal of 10 pounds of fat per operation and, as such, is considered more as a cosmetic procedure rather than a real weight loss program.

Hormone Therapy

Another weight-loss approach involves taking anti-aging medicine. As the body ages, hormone levels go down, the pituitary glands stop producing growth hormones, and one's metabolism slows down too. All this makes weight gain easier and losing weight a greater challenge. The goal of this method is to bring the body's function back to when a woman was still in her 20s—the age when the body is at its peak.

The procedure starts with a series of four tests that include growth hormone faction which tests the state of the pituitary gland; DHEA which checks the testosterone level; the T3T4 that tests the thyroid gland; and a daily morning temperature that is intended for checking the metabolism rate of the individual.  Based on the results of these test, a mix of tablets, injections, and creams may be prescribed by the doctor. This procedure is best for people whose hormones are not in tip-top shape. The risk of this therapy are overdose and hyperthyroidism.

Bariatric Surgery

This is recommended for those who suffer from what is called morbid obesity---being overweight by 100 pounds or more.  The procedure involves stomach stapling, which is about reducing the size of the stomach so that a patient feels full after a small amount food. The expected result is a decrease in calorie intake and the long-term reduction in weight. The surgeon creates a pouch by stapling across the top of the stomach. Then  a section of the small intestine about two to five feet in length is attached to it so that food can bypass the duodenum—the first portion of the intestine. It reduces calorie and fat absorption. This procedure can now be done laparoscopically---with narrow tubes through which a small camera allows for accurate incisions and stitchings. This is best for severely obese people or who are overweight by 100 pounds or more. Aside from the same risk the comes with all major surgeries, death is an added risk in any operation for patients who are seriously overweight. Then, there is also the risk of gastric perforation (tear in the stomach wall) during or after the procedure that might lead to another surgery.


Also known as Mesotheraphy, lipo-dissolve is a new treatment specifically designed to eliminate localized pockets of fat in the body such as love handles, underarm flabs, knee flabs, double chin, and eye bags. The procedure entails the injection of Lecithin into the flabby body part in question. Lecithin is naturally made by the body to break down dietary fats, helps maintain lipid balance. The chemical reaction causes the fat to dissolve and be expelled by the body through the lymph glands. Each session last about 30 to 60 minutes and treatments are given once weekly. This is best for people who have lean bodies. The risk of this method is only limited to minor bruising.

Women should always consider their weight loss goals and the pros and cons of undergoing these medical procedures.  Getting to one's desired weight and figure need not always be about sweating it out and depriving one's self of food.  Sometimes, these shortcuts to weight loss might be the faster, easier alternative to lose excess pounds.

Eye Protection Should Be A Slam Dunk

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A quick-thinking tournament doctor put in a call to an opthalmologist following the gruesome collision between Villanova's Allan Ray and a Pittsburgh player, and that call may have saved Ray's sight.

Eye Protection Should Be A Slam Dunk

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A quick-thinking tournament doctor put in a call to an ophthalmologist following the gruesome collision between Villanova's Allan Ray and a Pittsburgh player, and that call may have saved Ray's sight. The collision occurred during the March 10 Big East tournament game.

"This young man is very fortunate, as he could have suffered a permanent, basketball-career-ending injury," said John Stechschulte, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Ohio State University and American Academy of Ophthalmology member.

Ophthalmologists agree that many sports eye injuries could be avoided simply by wearing protective eyewear. Athletes can now choose from various types of sturdy, lightweight and effective eyewear. With polycarbonate lenses and a proper fitting by an eye care professional, eyewear does not hinder performance and can prevent 90 percent of sports eye injuries. However, various sports require different types of protective eyewear, and members of the eye health care team can help athletes choose the eyewear appropriate for their sport.

"Fortunately, our nation's ophthalmologists, as demonstrated by the Eye M.D. who saved the player's sight, have the skills and the training to treat patients to minimize the amount of permanent vision loss-or get the athlete back on the playing field," said Dr. Stechschulte. "Prevention could be the most important step in preserving eyesight and keeping athletes in the game."

Todd Baker, Executive Director of the Ohio State Ophthalmological Society and Director of Ohio's "Play Hard. Don't Blink" Program, adds, "We have been working with little league and softball teams for the last five years to make eye protection part of their standard equipment requirement and will be doing the same with youth basketball teams this year. We need to move toward making protective eyewear part of the sports culture, rather than waiting for cases of serious injuries to impact our habits."

The Academy is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons-Eye M.D.s-with more than 27,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's"-opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all-eye diseases and injuries-and perform eye surgery.


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