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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

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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Only you and your doctor can ultimately make the decision on which erectile dysfunction product to use, but in your search for answers we invite you to put our testimonials to work. We take steps to make sure that none of our testimonials are motivated by advertising or any other factor and that all you get is the unbiased opinions of people like you all over the world. We invite you to try our site and see that we offer the broadest array of testimonials on the internet that are both easy to access and completely unbiased.

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.


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