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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Enzymes - Classification And Function

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


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

Enzymes can be widely classified into three major categories.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enzymes and You!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

title:Enzymes to Help With Digestion
author:Chester Ku-Lea
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

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

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

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

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

How do pancreas work?

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

Types of enzymes

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

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

Capacity of enzymes

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

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

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

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

title:Ephedra Diet Pill Product Information and News
author:Joe Rodriguez
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
article: strives to provide consumers with the information they need to have a thorough understanding of Ephedra, Ephedrine, and Mahuang. We will help to answer questions about the ancient uses, popular weight loss beliefs, safety issues, and legal concerns associated with ephedra. explores the more common questions such as what an ECA stack is, the use of ephedra as an appetite suppressant, as well as the possible dangers associated with taking ephedra. We also provide periodic reviews of the best Ephedra Diet Pill Product to buy online.
Taking any kind of ephedra supplement is a personal decision that should be made in consultation with a primary care physician. attempts to provide objective information regarding ephedra supplements to give consumers the knowledge they need to make an informed decision.
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title:Ephedra: Good News, Bad News
author:Bob Rutledge
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Good News: The ephedra ban has been lifted. April 2005 a federal judge tossed out the FDA’s ban on all ephedra products containing 10 mg per daily dose. The ban on higher ephedra content products remains.
Bad News: All the big manufacturers of products like Xenadrine, Stacker 2 and Metabolife 356 are in bankruptcy. Lawyers and the media have made it impossible for them return these fabulous products to the market. Hydroxycut will not return with ephedra, even though they have stayed out of the bankruptcy court.
There is a difference between ephedrine alkaloids and synthetic ephedrine. Ephedrine is only one of the naturally occurring alkaloids present in Ephedra extracts. Other alkaloids include pseudoephedrine (which is less potent than ephedrine) and alkaloids that slow the absorption of ephedrine from the digestive tract and/or counteract the stimulant effects of the ephedrine in the extracts. However, synthetic ephedrine, which is used in a number of common cold remedies, is not a naturally occurring substance. Synthetic ephedrine can be easily identified on the label of these cold products as "ephedrine hydrocloride."
Ephedra dietary products generally contain standardized extracts that have 6 to 8 percent ephedrine alkaloids. Manufacturers are required by law to declare the amount of ephedrine alkaloids in each serving. The majority of Ephedra products contain naturally occurring ephedrine alkaloids. Industry standards and some state laws prohibit the use of synthetic ephedrine in ephedra dietary supplement products.
Ephedra Products are Safe and Effective When Taken as Directed
Researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center tested a commercial caffeine and ephedra product in three phases. The first phase tested the efficacy of the product in raising metabolic rate compared with a placebo. The second phase was a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized 12-week trial testing the safety and efficacy of the herbal caffeine and ephedra product. The third phase observed the safety and weight loss over six months in all participants.
Approximately 40 overweight male and female subjects completed the three phases of the study. Subjects who completed phase 3 were given a gift of an additional three-month supply of the herbal dietary supplement product for home use.
The subjects who took caffeine and ephedrine had a significantly higher resting metabolic rate and lost significantly more weight than those who were on a placebo (7.7 pounds versus 1.76 pounds). There was no significant difference in blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol or triglyceride between groups.
The caffeine and ephedra group lost more body fat than those on the placebo (7.9 percent versus 1.9 percent). There were no serious adverse effects and no evidence of toxicity on physical examination, urinalysis or blood testing at the end of the treatment.
Experts who have reviewed all of the available historical and clinical data agree: You can take Ephedra products safely buy you must stick to the serving limits and follow the warnings and precautions adopted by the Industry.
So where can you get ephedra supplements?
Compare Metabadrine ( to old Xenadrine RFA - 1 with ephedra.
Please note: This product contains caffeine and salicin (a precursor to aspirin), and should not be taken by individuals wishing to eliminate these ingredients from their diet. For best results, use as part of a reduced-fat diet or low carb diet and exercise program.
Now that the ephedra, Ma Huang ban has been lifted,, your source for quality supplements, is the first to bring you ephedra supplement pills. This is the original formula of Metabadrine. This product is has been marketed nationally as a generic version of the Original Xenadrine.
title:Ephedra - Is It Safe And Effective?
author:Nick Nilsson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Burn fat while you sleep! Eat whatever you want and still lose weight! Don’t suffer through hours of grueling exercise to burn fat!
You’ve probably heard all these phrases before but are the fat burners containing ephedra that these claims are attached to really that effective and are they safe?
The primary ingredient in fat burners is the herb ephedra, also known as ma huang, or it’s manufactured version ephedrine. It has been used in Chinese herbal medicine quite safely and effectively for thousands of years. It is often combined with synthetic or herbal versions of caffeine (e.g. guarana, yerba mate or kola nut) and aspirin (e.g. white willow bark).
But does it burn fat?
The answer to that question is yes. Ephedra does effectively help the body to preferentially burn fat for energy. But, according to medical studies, there can be side effects, some of which are quite serious.
Ephedra works to burn fat through several means.
-Its chemical makeup increases the breakdown of fatty tissue for fuel. -Its stimulatory properties help to increase resting metabolism. This process is known as thermogenesis, which is essentially excess heat production. You body burns more calories simply by producing more body heat. -When ephedra is combined with caffeine and aspirin, it may have appetite suppressant effects. -The nervous system stimulation you get can help you maintain your energy levels, which can aid you in your exercise program.
When used according to instructions and in moderate doses, studies suggest that fat-burning formulas containing ephedra, caffeine and aspirin can be safely and effectively used to SUPPLEMENT a good fat-burning program.
Fat burners should never be used as the sole means to achieve fat loss. A good fat loss program must also address diet and exercise, contrary to the hype you see on television and in print. Anyone who relies solely on pills to lose fat is usually doomed to regain the lost weight and potentially quite rapidly after they stop taking the pills.
There is a reason for this weight gain. These pills are effective, therefore the person does not necessarily have to change the habits that made them overweight in the first place. When a person discontinues use of ephedra without changing those habits, almost inevitably the weight will come back.
The fat-burning effects of ephedra do not come without a price, however. Ephedra has a number of side effects and should not be taken by people with certain conditions.
Some of these side effects may include: jitteriness, sleeplessness, increased heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety, skin flushing or tingling and nausea.
People who should not take ephedra include those suffering from heart disease, anxiety attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes, adrenal disease, thyroid disease or prostate disorders. If you are taking medication for high blood pressure or are taking antidepressants or MAO inhibitors, you should stay away from ephedra. Also, it is not recommended for pregnant women to use this herb.
Now that you know some of the pros and cons of taking ephedra supplements you, along with your doctor, can use this information to help decide whether or not ephedra is right for you.
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author:Lucas Blake
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Alkaloid ephedrine is derived from the plant Ephedraceae. (There are many common names for these evergreen plants, including Birgham Weed, squaw tea, Mormon tea, Ephedra, Herb of the Sun, Popotillo and Ma Huang). Ephedra is 50 cm tall bush which grows in Asia, Japan, North America and Europe.
The uses of ephedrine are known to exist for around 6000 years. Roots of ephedra have been used against cough, fever, headache and for blood cleaning. Roots were also used for better concentration.
The western world has also shown their interest in ephedrine at around 1923. They have used it for treating asthma.
Ephedrine in a sports world is used for losing weight and enhancing concentration and physical abilities. Effects are even better, if ephedrine is used with aspirin and coffee.
Ephedrine is a sympathomimetic amine - that is, its principal mechanism of action relies on its indirect action on the adrenergic receptor system. Whilst it may have weak agonist activity at α- and β-adrenergic receptors, the principal mechanism is to displace nor adrenaline from storage vesicles in pre synaptic neurons. The displaced nor adrenaline is released into the neuronal synapse where it is free to activate the aforementioned postsynaptic adrenergic receptors.
Effects of ephedrine are:
- increase heart pressure
- treatment of asthma
- increases body temperature
- increases metabolism
- increases the force of skeletal muscle contractions
- decreases appetite
As ephedrine will increase the force of skeletal muscle contractions, that is why, it is commonly used by power lifters before a competition, as the resultant (slight) strength and energy increase can clearly improve the weight totals on major lifts. It may also provide a notable mental edge, as the user is more energetic and better able to concentrate on the tasks ahead.
While the strength boosting effect of this drug is noteworthy, the primary application for ephedrine remains to be as a cutting agent. The widely touted stack of ephedrine (25-50 mg), caffeine (200 mg) and aspirin (300 mg) is shown to be extremely potent for fat loss
But unfortunately ephedrine has also some side effects, which are shaky hands, tremors, sweating, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and feelings of inner unrest. While taking ephedrine one may also endure a notable loss of appetite. The user may further notice headaches and an increase in blood pressure with regular use of ephedrine. Those suffering from thyroid dysfunction, high blood pressure or cardiac irregularities should also not be taking ephedrine, as it will certainly not mix well with such conditions.

Ephedrine: Weigh Loss Certainty or Jeopardy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Epidural and Subdural Hematomas: Dangerous Blood Clots on the Brain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(C) 2006 by Gary Cordingley

Equipoise – The Trade Name Boldenone Undecyclenate

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erectile dysfunction can be a serious problem to many men.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erekticles and the 12 Epic Tasks of Generic Viagra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seating (Chair):

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Work Area (Desk and Workstation):

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Escaping from Drug Addiction through Professionally-Assisted Withdrawal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

title:Essential Air Diffuser System
author:Gerry McCarthy
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Why Use An Aromatherapy Diffuser?
We breathe 22,000 times a day, inhaling 400 cubic feet  of air.
We spend 80% of our time indoors where air may be no cleaner than outdoors air.  A diffuser is the easiest, most effective method of dispersing essential oils without altering their fragrance and therapeutic value.  Diffused oils enhance the harmony and well being of body, mind and spirit.
Introducing the Ultimate Essential Oil Aromatherapy Diffuser
Aromatherapy diffusers have been around for a long time.  But until now there has never been a diffuser like ESSENTIAL AIR.  With it's patented diffuser system it offers the most technically advanced method of delivering the benefits of Aromatherapy.  Don't expect it to resemble diffusers you may have seen...It doesn't.  It doesn't perform like them either.  It is truly a breakthrough in Aromatherapy diffusion employing
as it does some of the most recent finding in the field of biotechnology.
Essential Air offers many unique features:
The revolutionary Micro Diffuser - Adds a new dimension to diffusion.  Because it is engineered to reduce essential oils to droplets as tiny as one micron, the oil actually becomes part of the air you breathe.  So now you get the traditional benefits of breathing in the aroma which follows the olfactory pathway to the brain.  But, in addition because you inhale the oils themselves which travel through the resistor system to the lungs you also quickly receive an over-all physiological benefit.
Interval Timing - Researchers have demonstrated time and again that the human olfactory sense is quickly sated, switched off automatically by the brain.  ESSENTIAL AIR outwits the brain with it's own timing device - automatically turning the unit on and off at specific intervals.  It catches the olfactory sense napping and reawakens it to the beneficial aromatherapy experience. An added bonus: it conserves essential oils while improving performance.
Adjustable Diffusion Regulator - provides fingertip control of vapor the level of essential oils blended into the air may be easily increased or decreased.
Accident Proof - Great care has gone into making ESSENTIAL AIR a sturdy dependable appliance.  This sleek compact design is weighted to discourage tipping or getting knocked over.  Glass, (a dangerous breakage potential) is kept to a minimum.  And especially important the diffuser itself has no metal parts that could crack or damage glass bottles.  The essential oil containers themselves are secured in a deep well to avoid tipping or spilling.
Yet Another Breakthrough
Beyond Diffusion, our exciting new model, combines the healthful benefits of our ESSENTIAL AIR diffuser with the additional therapeutic of instrument pure air filtration.  This exclusive mini-but-mightly air scrubber, incorporated into the ESSENTIAL AIR system serves as an intake filter that scrubs the air clean as it enters the unit.  It intercepts pollen, bacteria, dust, smoke, smog, dander and even some viruses.  Tests show it to be 93% efficient at 0.01 micron.  When you consider that a human hair measures 70 microns you understand why we call this our mini-but-mighty  scrubber.
How does this hygienic filter provide instrument pure air to combine with your essential oils?  Its unusually  advantageous performance is due to the unique filter medium, a random bed or borosilicate glass fibers, which attracts the offensive particles and holds them fast.  They can't be shaken loose or washed away. Unlike H.E.P.A. which need frequent cleaning, our filters need no care.  These disposable filters will operate effectively for a year or more in normal use.  That comes to less than 5 cents a day for instrument pure air.
In addition of our new air scrubber, Beyond Diffusion comes equipped with a three-way switch offering a broader selection of options: 1. 5 minutes on/25 minutes off timed release, 2. continuous diffusion, or 3. off.
Our patented diffuser with its sleek architectural look and elegant styling is designed to blend with any decor.  A compact desk-top size, it can be placed practically anywhere.  For those who prefer, a wall mount kit is available at an additional charge.  This space saver is also a safety measure where there are small children.
ESSENTIAL AIR has been featured in national magazines and catalogs.
Gerald F. McCarthy holds a patent on the unique diffuser used in all ESSENTIAL AIR models. 
Over the years McCarthy of Leyden House has accumulated seventeen patents in the field of energy and health related products.  A speech pathologist by profession he was intrigued by the beneficial effects of natural healing and began searching for ways to deliver essential oils more effectively.
The Patented Diffuser of the Essential Air
He quickly realized that if essential oils could be absorbed into the respiratory system the benefits could be multiplied enormously.  This meant moving beyond products that merely fragrance the air.  He needed to develop a diffuser specifically designed to produce a mist of 1 to 5 microns - a range proven to be small enough to reach the lungs but not so small as to be immediately expelled.  The patented micro-mist system is the result.
title:Essential Fatty Acids Sources and Benefits
author:Chester Ku-Lea
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Why should I increase my Omega fatty acid intake?
Our intake of essential fatty acids has changed radically in the last century. Our ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 should be close to 1:1, but it is now over 10:1 and up to 20:1. This is due to the addition of corn, sunflower, safflower, sesame and other Omega-6 oils to our food supply. Such excesses are thought by many scientists to be a factor in a number of chronic medical conditions including arthritis, cardiovascular disease, asthma, acne, obesity and depression. It is clear that we need to increase our intake of Omega-3 fatty acids and decrease our intake of Omega-6 (linoleic acid) oils. By doing so we will be, look and feel healthier.
What are good fats and bad fats?
Fat is a concentrated source of energy. This source of energy is very useful during aerobic exercise. The longer the exercise, the higher the fat contribution for providing energy. Fat is particularly used in large quantities in the brain and nervous system. There are two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Unsaturated fats are commonly referred to as "good" fats, and should make up the greatest percentage of your fat intake.
• Unsaturated fats, "good fats" are liquid at room temperature, and remain in liquid form even when refrigerated or frozen.
• Good fats are part of the essential fats: omega 3 and omega 6, both of which are unsaturated fats.
What are EPA and DHA?
These are two specific essential fatty acids found in fish oil. Both Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) have been well documented in regulating cellular functions and promoting good health. Diets deficient in EPA and DHA have been associated with a number of health problems, most notably cardiovascular disease.
What is GLA and how is it different from other Omega-6 sources?
GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid) is an Omega-6 fatty acid found in high amounts in borage oil, and to a lesser degree in black currant and evening primrose oils. In contrast to the sunflower, safflower and other Omega-6 oils, the presence of GLA in borage oil results in very different physiological effects. Linoleic acid in its current dietary excess promotes inflammation due to the production of arachidonic acid (AA). GLA on the other hand, actually interferes with the production of AA and decreases inflammation. GLA has been used with success in treating various medical conditions, most notably rheumatoid arthritis and eczema. Emerging science also indicates that GLA has synergistic activities with the Omega-3 marine-derived DHA and EPA, particularly in cardiovascular health and fat metabolism.
We all want to be healthy, happy and fit with enough energy for work and for play. A well-balanced diet, exercise, and enough rest go a long way in helping us get the most out of life. And essential fatty acids (EFAs) have been proven to help us achieve healthier and happier lives. These good fats' truly are essential and the majority of us are not consuming enough of the well-researched Omega fats. Now getting the right amount of Omegas to suit your specific health needs is easier than ever.
Where do essential fats come from?
Sources of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fats:
• Cold Water fish such as Salmon (coho, king and pink), sardines, cod, albacore tuna, trout, halibut , herring. (these fish are also a great source of Omega 6, but are predominantly richer in Omega 3)
• Flaxseeds and green leafy vegetables are great sources of Omega 3.
• Sesame and sunflower seeds and other seeds and nuts are great sources of Omega 6.
• Borage oil and evening primrose oil are rich sources of GLA which is part of the Omega 6 essential fats.
Where do saturated fats come from?
Saturated fats contain large amounts of saturated fatty acids. Saturated fatty acids are named so, because they are "saturated" with hydrogen, meaning they have only single bonds between carbon atoms, leaving no room in their chemical structure for additional hydrogen atoms. Saturated fats are typically solid at room temperature.
Varieties of Saturated fat include: Butter, coconut and palm oils and lard.
• aid in balancing the autoimmune system
• treats skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
• cardiovascular health

Essential Ingredients for an Anti-Aging Formula

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

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

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

Essential Fatty Acids

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

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


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

Plants and Herbs

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

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

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

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

Essential Flower Garden

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

Essential Rain Forest

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

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

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

Essential Room Freshener

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essential points you need to know about migraine

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

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

What it is and what it has…

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

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

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

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

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

Triggering factors

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

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

Essential Skin Care Products for Men

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Estrogen Side Effects - Do You Know Them?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Etiqueta de Poquer

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


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Si eres un principiante en el juego, o mas bien un experto que se ha dedicado toda la vida a apuestas y partidos de Póquer, aprender las normas de conducta nunca esta de mas. Aquí te presentamos algunas reglas no tan estrictas pero importantes a la hora de demostrar tu estilo y profesionalismo.

En el Póquer:
1) No debes mirar ni intentar leer las cartas de los demás jugadores antes de que ellos mismos expongan las cartas en la mesa. No es considerado apropiado.

2) No debes revelar el contenido de tus cartas antes de terminar ese partido o mano. Si lo haces los demás jugadores sabrán si has mentido o como es tu situación. También podrán saber que otras cartas quedan en las manos de los demás jugadores.

3) No debes comenzar la jugada si todavía no llego tu turno. No lo hagas ni en broma, y si lo haces por error, pide disculpas a los demás jugadores ya que es un acto que no es aceptado en el poquer.

4) No debes amontonar las fichas del partido apiñadamente o desordenadamente. Probablemente va a molestar en la mesa a los demás jugadores, e interferir en el reparto de las cartas.

5) No debes ayudar a demás jugadores ni decir cosas que influyan sus a sus decisiones en el partido. Puede causar problemas entre todos los jugadores. Cada uno deberá tomar sus propias decisiones y equivocarse es parte del juego.

6) No debes usar el teléfono celular en el casino. Si estas en medio del partido y debes recibir una llamada urgente pide disculpas a los demás jugadores y retírate del partido hasta que termines de hablar.

7) No debes hacer trampa ni estafar. Pretender que tienes mejores cartas de las que tienes es parte del juego, pero la trapa y la estafa están prohibidos.

8) No debes maldecir o usar lenguaje obsceno en el partido de Póquer. Tampoco debes amenazar al repartidor del juego ni a cualquiera de los jugadores. Es importante mantener la calma a pesar de los resultados del juego.

9) Es importante respetar el partido sin quebrar, llorar, estropear las cartas a la mesa o a las fichas.

10) Finalmente, no traigas objetos electrónicos como cámara fotográfica o filmadora, radio, etc. Son artículos inapropiados para mantener el estado neutral en un partido de Póquer.

11) No debes fumar deliberadamente en medio del partido. En muchos casinos esta prohibido, y si juegas con amigos asegurate que no moleste a ninguno.

Todas estas normas, como mencione previamente, no están escritas en ningún reglamento del Póquer pero si son importantes de respetar y recordar a la hora que te propongas jugar. Disfruta tu juego y buena suerte!

title:Eucalyptus Oil for Colds and Flu
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Recently I came down with a cold, flu, and some heavy chest congestion. My 8-year daughter also became sick.
One of the Natural Remedies I used was Eucalyptus Oil, which helped to reduce the chest congestion and the symptoms of the flu.
Herbalists use this oil to treat colds, coughs, and other respiratory ailments. Eucalyptus helps to loosen phlegm and improve lung function.
The active ingredient in eucalyptus oil is cineol or euclyptol.
The oil is a fine decongestant and has strong germicidal and antibacterial effects.
Some other uses for Eucalyptus are skin problems, muscle, and nerve pain. It has been used as diuretic, and to lower blood sugar.
Here's how I use this oil to help me when I have a cold with cough and chest congestion. Just before bedtime, I rub the oil on my chest and throat. Then I wrap a cloth around my neck to keep it warm and to help the eucalyptus to penetrate the skin.
If you have EMU oil, you can add a drop or two of EMU to the eucalyptus oil to help it penetrate your skin faster and deeper. EMU oil has the property of penetrating the skin and moving deep into your tissues and to carry any other substances that are mix with it into the skin.
I use plenty of eucalyptus oil in the rub, but some of you might react to it so just rub a little to see it you will be ok with it. If you use eucalyptus oil with other oils, it becomes less irritating.
Eucalyptus oil can also be used in a steam inhalation to help with colds or flu.
You can also mix eucalyptus with tea tree oil and massage your chest and back when you have the flu.
You can also mix eucalyptus with thyme, rosemary and lemon and diffuse it into the room when you are sick with the flu or cold.
Only use eucalyptus for the time need to clear you cold. Long-term use of this oil has an effect on the liver.
Do not use eucalyptus oil on children under 6 years.
title:Eugenics and the Future of the Human Species
author:Sam Vaknin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

"It is clear that modern medicine has created a serious dilemma ... In the past, there were many children who never survived - they succumbed to various diseases ... But in a sense modern medicine has put natural selection out of commission. Something that has helped one individual over a serious illness can in the long run contribute to weakening the resistance of the whole human race to certain diseases. If we pay absolutely no attention to what is called hereditary hygiene, we could find ourselves facing a degeneration of the human race. Mankind's hereditary potential for resisting serious disease will be weakened."
Jostein Gaarder in "Sophie's World", a bestselling philosophy textbook for adolescents published in Oslo, Norway, in 1991 and, afterwards, throughout the world, having been translated to dozens of languages.
The Nazis regarded the murder of the feeble-minded and the mentally insane - intended to purify the race and maintain hereditary hygiene - as a form of euthanasia. German doctors were enthusiastic proponents of an eugenics movements rooted in 19th century social Darwinism. Luke Gormally writes, in his essay "Walton, Davies, and Boyd" (published in "Euthanasia Examined - Ethical, Clinical, and Legal Perspectives", ed. John Keown, Cambridge University Press, 1995):
"When the jurist Karl Binding and the psychiatrist Alfred Hoche published their tract The Permission to Destroy Life that is Not Worth Living in 1920 ... their motive was to rid society of the 'human ballast and enormous economic burden' of care for the mentally ill, the handicapped, retarded and deformed children, and the incurably ill. But the reason they invoked to justify the killing of human beings who fell into these categories was that the lives of such human beings were 'not worth living', were 'devoid of value'"
It is this association with the hideous Nazi regime that gave eugenics - a term coined by a relative of Charles Darwin, Sir Francis Galton, in 1883 - its bad name. Richard Lynn, of the University of Ulster of North Ireland, thinks that this recoil resulted in "Dysgenics - the genetic deterioration of modern (human) population", as the title of his controversial tome puts it.
The crux of the argument for eugenics is that a host of technological, cultural, and social developments conspired to give rise to negative selection of the weakest, least intelligent, sickest, the habitually criminal, the sexually deviant, the mentally-ill, and the least adapted.
Contraception is more widely used by the affluent and the well-educated than by the destitute and dull. Birth control as practiced in places like China distorted both the sex distribution in the cities - and increased the weight of the rural population (rural couples in China are allowed to have two children rather than the urban one).
Modern medicine and the welfare state collaborate in sustaining alive individuals - mainly the mentally retarded, the mentally ill, the sick, and the genetically defective - who would otherwise have been culled by natural selection to the betterment of the entire species.
Eugenics may be based on a literal understanding of Darwin's metaphor.
The 2002 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica has this to say:
"Darwin's description of the process of natural selection as the survival of the fittest in the struggle for life is a metaphor. 'Struggle' does not necessarily mean contention, strife, or combat; 'survival' does not mean that ravages of death are needed to make the selection effective; and 'fittest' is virtually never a single optimal genotype but rather an array of genotypes that collectively enhance population survival rather than extinction. All these considerations are most apposite to consideration of natural selection in humans. Decreasing infant and childhood mortality rates do not necessarily mean that natural selection in the human species no longer operates. Theoretically, natural selection could be very effective if all the children born reached maturity. Two conditions are needed to make this theoretical possibility realized: first, variation in the number of children per family and, second, variation correlated with the genetic properties of the parents. Neither of these conditions is farfetched."
The eugenics debate is only the visible extremity of the Man vs. Nature conundrum. Have we truly conquered nature and extracted ourselves from its determinism? Have we graduated from natural to cultural evolution, from natural to artificial selection, and from genes to memes?
Does the evolutionary process culminate in a being that transcends its genetic baggage, that programs and charts its future, and that allows its weakest and sickest to survive? Supplanting the imperative of the survival of the fittest with a culturally-sensitive principle may be the hallmark of a successful evolution, rather than the beginning of an inexorable decline.
The eugenics movement turns this argument on its head. They accept the premise that the contribution of natural selection to the makeup of future human generations is glacial and negligible. But they reject the conclusion that, having ridden ourselves of its tyranny, we can now let the weak and sick among us survive and multiply. Rather, they propose to replace natural selection with eugenics.
But who, by which authority, and according to what guidelines will administer this man-made culling and decide who is to live and who is to die, who is to breed and who may not? Why select by intelligence and not by courtesy or altruism or church-going - or al of them together? It is here that eugenics fails miserably. Should the criterion be physical, like in ancient Sparta? Should it be mental? Should IQ determine one's fate - or social status or wealth? Different answers yield disparate eugenic programs and target dissimilar groups in the population.
Aren't eugenic criteria liable to be unduly influenced by fashion and cultural bias? Can we agree on a universal eugenic agenda in a world as ethnically and culturally diverse as ours? If we do get it wrong - and the chances are overwhelming - will we not damage our gene pool irreparably and, with it, the future of our species?
And even if many will avoid a slippery slope leading from eugenics to active extermination of "inferior" groups in the general population - can we guarantee that everyone will? How to prevent eugenics from being appropriated by an intrusive, authoritarian, or even murderous state?
Modern eugenicists distance themselves from the crude methods adopted at the beginning of the last century by 29 countries, including Germany, The United States, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Venezuela, Estonia, Argentina, Norway, Denmark, Sweden (until 1976), Brazil, Italy, Greece, and Spain.
They talk about free contraceptives for low-IQ women, vasectomies or tubal ligations for criminals, sperm banks with contributions from high achievers, and incentives for college students to procreate. Modern genetic engineering and biotechnology are readily applicable to eugenic projects. Cloning can serve to preserve the genes of the fittest. Embryo selection and prenatal diagnosis of genetically diseased embryos can reduce the number of the unfit.
But even these innocuous variants of eugenics fly in the face of liberalism. Inequality, claim the proponents of hereditary amelioration, is genetic, not environmental. All men are created unequal and as much subject to the natural laws of heredity as are cows and bees. Inferior people give birth to inferior offspring and, thus, propagate their inferiority.
Even if this were true - which is at best debatable - the question is whether the inferior specimen of our species possess the inalienable right to reproduce? If society is to bear the costs of over-population - social welfare, medical care, daycare centers - then society has the right to regulate procreation. But does it have the right to act discriminately in doing so?
Another dilemma is whether we have the moral right - let alone the necessary knowledge - to interfere with natural as well as social and demographic trends. Eugenicists counter that contraception and indiscriminate medicine already do just that. Yet, studies show that the more affluent and educated a population becomes - the less fecund it is. Birth rates throughout the world have dropped dramatically already.
Instead of culling the great unwashed and the unworthy - wouldn't it be a better idea to educate them (or their off-spring) and provide them with economic opportunities (euthenics rather than eugenics)? Human populations seem to self-regulate. A gentle and persistent nudge in the right direction - of increased affluence and better schooling - might achieve more than a hundred eugenic programs, voluntary or compulsory.
That eugenics presents itself not merely as a biological-social agenda, but as a panacea, ought to arouse suspicion. The typical eugenics text reads more like a catechism than a reasoned argument. Previous all-encompassing and omnicompetent plans tended to end traumatically - especially when they contrasted a human elite with a dispensable underclass of persons.
Above all, eugenics is about human hubris. To presume to know better than the lottery of life is haughty. Modern medicine largely obviates the need for eugenics in that it allows even genetically defective people to lead pretty normal lives. Of course, Man himself - being part of Nature - may be regarded as nothing more than an agent of natural selection. Still, many of the arguments advanced in favor of eugenics can be turned against it with embarrassing ease.
Consider sick children. True, they are a burden to society and a probable menace to the gene pool of the species. But they also inhibit further reproduction in their family by consuming the financial and mental resources of the parents. Their genes - however flawed - contribute to genetic diversity. Even a badly mutated phenotype sometimes yields precious scientific knowledge and an interesting genotype.
The implicit Weltbild of eugenics is static - but the real world is dynamic. There is no such thing as a "correct" genetic makeup towards which we must all strive. A combination of genes may be perfectly adaptable to one environment - but woefully inadequate in another. It is therefore prudent to encourage genetic diversity or polymorphism.
The more rapidly the world changes, the greater the value of mutations of all sorts. One never knows whether today's maladaptation will not prove to be tomorrow's winner. Ecosystems are invariably comprised of niches and different genes - even mutated ones - may fit different niches.
In the 18th century most peppered moths in Britain were silvery gray, indistinguishable from lichen-covered trunks of silver birches - their habitat. Darker moths were gobbled up by rapacious birds. Their mutated genes proved to be lethal. As soot from sprouting factories blackened these trunks - the very same genes, hitherto fatal, became an unmitigated blessing. The blacker specimen survived while their hitherto perfectly adapted fairer brethren perished ("industrial melanism"). This mode of natural selection is called directional.
Moreover, "bad" genes are often connected to "desirable genes" (pleitropy). Sickle cell anemia protects certain African tribes against malaria. This is called "diversifying or disruptive natural selection". Artificial selection can thus fast deteriorate into adverse selection due to ignorance.
Modern eugenics relies on statistics. It is no longer concerned with causes - but with phenomena and the likely effects of intervention. If the adverse traits of off-spring and parents are strongly correlated - then preventing parents with certain undesirable qualities from multiplying will surely reduce the incidence of said dispositions in the general population. Yet, correlation does not necessarily imply causation. The manipulation of one parameter of the correlation does not inevitably alter it - or the incidence of the outcome.
Eugenicists often hark back to wisdom garnered by generations of breeders and farmers. But the unequivocal lesson of thousands of years of artificial selection is that cross-breeding (hybridization) - even of two lines of inferior genetic stock - yields valuable genotypes. Inter-marriage between races, groups in the population, ethnic groups, and clans is thus bound to improve the species' chances of survival more than any eugenic scheme.
Europe: Places to Meet Pure Bred Aristocracy and Royalty

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Most of us grew up hearing stories of princes, princesses and kings and queens. In this article, I will show you how you can meet such royalty and even interact with them.


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Want to meet a Duke or a true Prince and Princess? One of the easiest and most convenient places to meet pure royalty is at one of the prestigious hotel casinos. They hang out at many of the following five casinos and, once you are in, you can interact with them, play against them and if you are good enough, even beat them. Wouldn't you like to boast that you defeated a King? These five hotel casinos give you that chance.

But do not expect an all you can eat buffet or players with baseball caps and cool shades. Come dressed elegantly and only then will you be let in to share a baccarat game with pure-bred European aristocracy.

The European casinos listed here are the largest and the most luxurious casinos in Europe. Their appointed clientele is less the seasonal tourist gambler and more the upper crust. So, if you are looking for a stylish way to spend your latest lottery winning, you can shoot the dice in one of the casinos listed below while your traveling partners lie around the French Riviera beaches or go on wild shopping trips in the streets of London or Moscow.

1) Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco:
Monte Carlo has been the favorite gaming destination of Europe's rich and famous for almost 150 years with the first casino that was founded by Prince Charles III of Monaco in 1863. Casino de Monte Carlo is a complex of five posh casinos located by the seashore and decorated in French rococo style with marbled columns, golden ornaments and crystal chandeliers. The overall environment would make you feel like an extra in a French history movie.

2) Casino Metropol, Moscow:
The Russian Federation has the biggest number of casinos and slot machines in Eastern Europe. The best casinos for tourists are obviously the ones located in hotels. Casino Metropol is part of the five star Hotel Metropol, which is not only one of the most elegant casino hotels in the area but it is also conveniently located in the center of Moscow within a walking distance from the Red Square and the Kremlin. The lowest minimum table requirement is 25 dollars and a night at the presidential suite will cost you 2,000 dollars.

3) Baden Baden Casino, Baden Baden, Germany:
The veteran European casino was founded in 1809 and although it has changed several ownerships since then, its reputation as one of the finest casinos in Europe in general and in Germany in particular has not change. Nowadays, the Baden Baden Casino is one of the city's landmarks along with the famous thermal baths. If you ignore the table games and the slot machines, walking through the 32,289 square foot casino looks as similar to a visit in an European art museum with permanent exhibits of oil paintings and sculptures.

4) The Clermont Club, London, England:
If you are visiting the UK, you cannot just pop into a casino but have to apply for a membership at least a day ahead. If you plan to follow this procedure, the Clermont Club in Berkeley Square is one of the most reputable gaming clubs around. Set in a 17th century building, the Clermont Club was designed to resemble the Great Hall at Holkham. In addition to its friendly and convenient gaming room, the Clermont Club includes a bar and a clubroom where members and their guests can lounge over a banquet of a vintage bottle of champagne. Note that playing at online casinos is legal in the UK, so you can just pop into any internet cafe for online games.

5) Casino Barriere de Deauville, Deauville, France:
The elegant seaside casino resort had inspired Ian Fleming in depicting the Casino of Royale les Eaux in his first James Bond novel Casino Royale. First founded in the 1860s by the Duc de Morny, the extravagant palace is one of the most beautiful casinos in the world. In addition to its gaming facilities, Casino Barriere hosts variety of exclusive entertainment shows as well as cultural and artistic events.

title:Evaluating Our Portion Size: The We Eating Too Much?
author:Colleen Palati
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The obesity rate in America continues to rise and the years go by. Between our fast paced culture and all the wonderful foods that are so easily at our fingertips, it is no wonder that obesity is climbing.
According to the USDA, we as a culture are gaining weight because of a lack of portion control. A recent article in Fitness magazine reported that Americans are eating 150 more calories per day than we were 20 years ago. That adds up to an extra 15 pounds per person per year. Changing our portion size seems to be synonymous with weight control.
To help give you a better idea of what different portion sizes should look like, use these suggestions:
Peanut butter should look like one Oreo cookie.
Dry spaghetti should look like the diameter of a quarter.
A bagel should look like a six-ounce can of tuna.
An oat bran muffin should look like a tennis ball.
Mashed potatoes should look like a half a baseball.
Fruit juice should look like a container of yogurt.
Swiss cheese should look like a pair of dice.
Meat, chicken or fish should look like a deck of cards.
Low fat vanilla ice cream should look like a half an orange.
Dry roasted peanuts should look like one and a half golf balls.
Low fat granola should look like one fist.
Potato chips should look like half a grapefruit.
Just by making small adjustments in our portion size, we will see less calories in our diet and the potential to drop those extra pounds!
Yours in healthy living,
Colleen Palati
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Pittsburgh, PA 15239
title:Evaluating the Top Sunless Tanning Products
author:Nicky Pilkington
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Unless you think wrinkled, leathery skin with brown spots is sexy you should limit your exposure to the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. In addition to adversely affecting the appearance of your skin, overexposure to the sun can result in skin cancer. Despite the widespread message that people should limit the amount of time they spend in the sun, many people still continue to do so. One of the main reasons people neglect to adhere to the warnings of the sun has to do with wanting to obtain a tan. There are alternative methods for obtaining a tan that do not cause the damaging effects of the sun. There are some advantages and disadvantages of all the methods, so it is best to evaluate the methods that are available and select the one that best fits your needs.
The most popular sunless tanning products on the market that are applied directly to the skin are lotions. Their popularity is associated with their convenience and cost. You can apply sunless tanning lotions just about anywhere. With some sunless tanning products you have to apply the product overnight and rinse it off in the morning. Many sunless tanning lotions are formulated with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) so that you can apply it and then proceed with your normal daily activities. One of the main downsides of lotions is that you may not obtain an even tan. Although you may apply the lotion to your entire body, there may be areas that you miss or that may not have absorbed into your skin.
The problem of tan evenness does not exist with airbrush tanning. With this method you can obtain the most coverage of any other sunless tanning product that you apply to your skin. The coverage that you obtain from airbrush tanning is immediate because the tanning solution is what gives you the tan. This is in direct contrast to other methods of sunless tanning that react with the natural chemistry of your skin. The product is available in handheld systems that you apply yourself, or you can visit a salon that provides tan spray booths. The only disadvantage of using airbrush-tanning products is that you will undoubtedly have to apply the product often since the product will eventually fade.
For some people, applying sunless tanning products can cause excessive dry skin. You can purchase a moisturizer separately or purchase a sunless tanning kit. In addition to a sunless tanning product (lotion, spray, or gel), sunless tanning kits generally contain a product for exfoliating the skin before applying the tanning product, and a moisturizer that you apply after applying the product. While these kits are great for providing a complete tanning solution, they can be expensive.
Regardless of the sunless tanning method you choose, you should still use caution when you plan to spend a significant amount of time in the sun. The sunless tanning methods listed here are only a small representative of the products available on the market. You can find additional information about other sunless tanning products, including those that are highly controversial (such as sunless tanning pills) by visiting This website also includes references to sunless tanning products that are available on the market.
Even the Elderly Need a Good Night's Sleep

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The article summarizes a recent study on older people and their difficulty with sleeping. Research has shown a significant number of the elderly are now experiencing difficulties in sleeping, likely because of different medical conditions. Quality of life is associated with sleep, and this research has opened doors for treatment and prevention regarding sleeping problems.

sleep problems, depression, anxiety, sleep patterns

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Experts say that older Americans often have difficulty getting good night's sleep. It is a big quality-of-life problem, since contrary to popular belief, the elderly needs about the same amount of sleep as younger adults. According to senior research associate Dr. Harrison Bloom of the International Longevity Center, sleep problems together with sleeping disorders are not an inherent part of aging. In addition, he also said that it's pretty much of a myth that older people need less sleep than younger people.

But still, in a study published recently in the American Journal of Medicine, researchers found that more than half of older Americans have problems in getting the sleep that they need. Dr. Julie Gammack, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at St. Louis University and also the author of the study said that older people tend to have “sleep fragmentation”, meaning they wake up more often during the night. She also added that older people seem to get less “REM” sleep, the type of sleep during which rapid eye movement occurs.

It is unclear what specific role these naturally occurring changes in sleep patterns have on a person's quality of life, but what is important though, is that older people often have actual sleep disorders and sleep problems, according to Dr. Bloom. In line with this, experts say that there is usually more than one case. A professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate director of the University of Washington's Northwest Geriatric Education Center Michael Vitiello said that sleep disturbance in older adults is typically associated with acute and chronic illnesses, including specific sleep disorders like sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that appear with greater frequency in older populations. As people age, they typically develop more diseases and suffer from aches and pains. Gammack noted that these things can disrupt sleep, so what they may see as a sleep disorder may actually relate to the effects of some of their other medical conditions. Bloom also added that taking multiple medications, like most older people do, can also lead to fatigue and “hypers omnia”, or being tired all the time. Another big problem, Bloom notes, would be depression and anxiety, since these conditions are commonly associated with sleep problems.

But despite the prevalence of sleep difficulties in older adults, many patients are not getting the help they need. According to Vitiello, the average physician only receives little training regarding sleep disorders and usually does not routinely screen patients for them. This may be due to lack of time or training, or the belief that there is little that can be done to improve sleep. As a result, sleep disturbances such as insomnia, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and circadian rhythm disorders are left undiagnosed and untreated.

In somehow solving the problem, an organization on aging, geriatrics and sleep is currently developing guidelines to promote prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sleep problems in older adults. According to Bloom, the reason why they are concerned with the problem, besides a major issue on the quality of life and being tired, is that sleep disorders are associated with hypertension, diabetes, pulmonary disease, heart disease, depression, and anxiety. A cause and effect relationship has yet to be established between sleep disorders and these chronic health conditions, but Bloom suggests that they contribute to each other.

Even The Youth Have Worries Of Their Own

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Anxiety to young people may be limited to situations in school.  However, the excessive worry may become overwhelming which could lead to other serious anxiety disorders and may prevent them from enjoying their young life.

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In this age of globalization and wireless technology, worrying about hectic schedules and living complicated life is completely normal.  When too much worrying becomes overwhelming, you may feel like they're out of control and they're running your life.  Consider your thoughts and feelings.  The excessive amount of time you feel anxious or have difficulty sleeping because of your worries can be symptoms of an anxiety disorders.
We all experience anxiety almost everyday.  It is considered a natural part of life.  It refers to the worries and concern of every day life which may lead to stress and nervousness.  Anxiety to young people can be limited to situations in school such as project deadlines, exams, special events like sports and proms.
There can be something good about feeling anxious.  It can actually help students to be motivated to prepare for the upcoming exams or recitations.  Athletes train well and become alert when being kept on their toes in potentially dangerous situations.  Occasional anxiety is something not to be concerned about.  However, for some teenagers, anxiety tends to rule their their lives.  Anxiety disorder can interfere with people's ability to function normally.  Teens with anxiety disorders may suffer from intense, long-lasting fear or worry, in addition to other symptoms.
Anxiety disorders are common mental health conditions characterized by unrealistic fear and worry which affect people of all ages, including kids and teens.  Young people with this condition aren't crazy but may find it hard to get through the day.  Aside from difficulty studying and concentrating, young people with anxiety disorder can also experience insomnia, or the inability to  fall asleep or stay asleep, as well as the loss of appetite.  The good news is, anxiety disorder can be treated.  Young people can be affected by several types of this condition which include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Having an anxiety disorder can make you feel stressed, tense or unable to relax, and you may experience physical symptoms such as headaches, sweaty hands, upset stomach, pounding heart, and muscle tension.  People with extremely intense symptoms may experience panic attacks and may think they are having a heart attack or might even die.
There is no one cause for anxiety disorders.  Research shows that many factors contribute to this condition including genetics, brain biochemistry, an overactive "fight or flight" response, life circumstances, and learned behavior.
Genetics - When one member of a family has anxiety disorder, there is a possibility that other members may also develop the condition, though of a different type, due to the hereditary or genetic component of anxiety disorder. 
Brain Biochemistry - Genetics influence a person's brain biochemistry, and may make certain people more prone to problems with anxiety.  The brain's biochemistry involves the brain's millions of nerve cells, called neurons, that constantly communicate with each other through chemicals called neurotransmitters.
These neurotransmitters are the brain's chemical messengers, and there are specific neurotransmitters that help regulate mood. Neurotransmitters are released from one neuron and attach to a receptor on another neuron.  However, if the receptor is blocked and unable to receive the neurotransmitter, it can create an imbalance in the levels of the neurotransmitter in the brain, and can cause symptoms of anxiety.  There are many kinds of neurotransmitters but those that are involved in anxiety are called serotonin and dopamine.  Imbalance of these chemicals will result to anxiety and other problems.
Life Circumstances - Traumatic life experiences can also set the stage for anxiety disorders which leads to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Learned Behavior - Having a family environment where there is a pervading atmosphere of fear can influence a child to grow up viewing the world as a scary place.  The child will become fearful and will always become anxious of worse things to happen.
“Fight or Flight” Response – This is the brain's automatic reaction to an anxiety-provoking situation which can also fuel an anxiety disorder.  When a person senses a potentially dangerous situation,  the brain quickly sends out a signal to amygdala, a small structure in the brain that activates the “fight or flight' response.  This response triggers sweating and makes the heart beats faster.  The body prepares itself ready for the eventuality of danger.  The danger may be real or just perceived danger.  As soon as the person realizes that there is no more danger, the person relaxes, and the “fight or flight” response stops.
Since the amygdala is programmed to "remember" the trigger in case it happens again, it enables the brain to protect the person from future danger by keeping track of all cues that might signal danger. When the amygdala overreacts, the person will mistakenly interpret certain things as dangerous.
Young people overwhelmed by anxiety disorder resort to alcohol and drugs, including sleeping pills, in order to relieve themselves of stress, anxiety attacks and other symptoms.  They feel that others may not understand what they are going through.  However, drugs and alcohol only create a false sense of relaxation which can be dangerous and may lead to lots of other serious problems. 
Young people must not let anxiety prevent them from enjoying their lives.  There are treatments and medications which can help them including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and relaxation or biofeedback to control tense muscles. A combination of treatments may also be prescribed.
Family support and communication is the key in dealing with people who are having anxiety disorders.  Close friends are a valuable part of the solution in overcoming anxiety problems.

title:Everyday Tips for Losing 10 Pounds
author:Michael Fortomas
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There was a time in this world when the need to lose weight was completely unheard of. People ate well, but the worked well too. They woke up early in the morning and then engaged in a whole day’s work. This work was mostly physical labor. People worked on fields digging, sowing, harvesting. They tilled they soil, rode horses, worked on farms and ranches. The result was that they could afford to eat almost anything they wanted in whatever quantities they wanted.
But that was ages ago. The world has changed so much since those days. Life styles have changed so much and the comforts and facilities have increased so much. But every rose has its thorn. As a result of all these comforts and amenities the state of physical well being has really changed. Most of us have sedentary jobs that demand little or no exercise at all. To put it simply, things have become so damn easy. And just as can be expected, weight gain has become a major concern for almost every city dweller.
During the period of thoughtless youth it is not such a major concern. The young practically eat nothing and so weight problems do not bother them so much. But as soon as you turn twenty, you start showing signs of weight gain and that too in all the wrong places.   
It’s not about the hour glass figure or the perfectly sculpted and toned body. It is more about staying fit and remaining healthy to ensure a long, disease free life. Every body knows that those extra pounds spell illness. All over the world people are switching to a healthier life style and the catch line is indeed weight loss.
1) Drink plenty of water. Our body needs a lot of water so give in to water. Water is not just way to flush out toxin but if you have more water in your body you will generally feel healthier and fitter. This it self will discourage any tendency to gorge. The best thing about water is that is has no calories at all.
2) Start your day with a glass of water. As soon as you wake up, gulp down a glass of cool water. It’s a wonderful way to start you day and you only need a lesser quantity of your breakfast drink after that. A glass of water lets out all your digestive juices and sort of lubricates the insides of your body. You may have your morning cup of tea but have it after a glass of water. It is good for you.
3) Drink a glass of water before you start the meal. Water naturally needs some space so that you feel fuller without actually having to stuff yourself.
4) Have another glass of water while you are having the meal. Again this is another way of making yourself full so that you can actually rise from the table eating less but feeling full just the same. Instead of drinking it one gulp, take sips after each morsel. It will help the food to settle faster so that you get that feeling that you are full faster.
SIDENOTE: Water is such a remarkable thing, but seldom do we give it the credit that it deserves. Did you know that over 66% of your body weight is nothing but water? It’s amazing!
Water also plays a vital role in weight control, which is why I donated so much space to it, above.
Everyone knows the value of comparison shopping.

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Everyone knows the value of comparison shopping. One of the best tools for comparison shopping is not just to look at prices yourself, but learn about the products themselves from people who have used them: people just like you.

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Everyone knows the value of comparison shopping. One of the best tools for comparison shopping is not just to look at prices yourself, but learn about the products themselves from people who have used them: people just like you. And that is the beauty of customer testimonials. With the internet these days it has never been easier to get access to hundreds of customer testimonials, telling you anything and everything you could want to know in comparison shopping.

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title:Everyone Wants To Be An Underwear Model
author:The Icon Reader
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

After a particularly grueling workout I find myself sitting in the steam room taking stock of my aching body. I spent the last hour of my life breaking down my muscle fibers, forcing them to rebuild.  I spent the last hour of my life sweating my way through a few hundred gut wrenching ab exercises.    My shoulders, pecs and triceps are warm and slightly numb with fatigue.  My abs are a whole zone of dull ache. Not only does my body ache but my ego has been busied as well.  I am by no means like most of the hard bodies I see at the gym. They float into the gym wearing several hundred dollars worth of high fashion fitness gear. Most of the people at my gym start to look better as they sweat.  To me, it looks like they come to the gym to show off the temple of their bodies.   Each and every movement they make is a declaration of pride.
They come to the gym to maintain.  I come to the gym to renovate.  I don't look glamorous when I sweat.   With every successive exercise I do, my face becomes more flushed and I look every more maniacal. My baggy old work out clothes - last summers painting shorts and a ratty tee- become plastered to my body.   My body may be a temple now, but in a past life it was a condemned building facing a wrecking ball.
I  Lean my head back and take a deep breath.  Why am I here? Why am I doing this?  Of course by the time I exhale, the answer is clear in my mind.
Up until a year and a half ago I worked in an office, buried from the world behind a computer.  I sat in the same ergonomic chair for most of my forty hour work week. The chair is a point of interest because it is designed by highly educated people to make the act of sitting for long periods more comfortable.  It’s as though they know that I spend my life stuck in a chair and by making it comfortable, I will be blind to it.  My chair, in my office.  I drank my pop there, ate my junk food there and I put on about thirty pounds there.
While not a huge amount of weight to gain, the thirty pounds came on top of an already out of shape body.  Realistically speaking, a year and a half ago, I was at least forty pounds overweight. 
I only really became aware of it when I noticed myself in a wedding photo.  I looked like a man who was carrying an extra forty pounds.  I looked like hell.
Denial is a wonderful thing.  When I first became aware that I no longer had the boyish figure I once had, I simply ignored it.  I told myself that the changes were only minor and not really that noticeable. 
Denial is only a temporarily wonderful thing. Six months later, I went to buy jeans for myself and discovered that my waist had grown by about four inches.  My initial reaction was that the clothing line had changed their sizing practice.  But after hitting a few different shops, it was clear that there was no size conspiracy; my waist had grown. It was only by the grace of modern technology and the miracle of stretch fabrics that my current pants still fit me.  I was embarrassed. I felt shameful.  I felt awful.  I ate a pizza. 
When I got up I decided that I wanted to feel better about myself.  I wanted to be leaner and fitter. I wanted to look like an underwear model, tight tank top synched across a bulging set of abs, leg muscles carved up into well defined portions of muscular geography.  Well, at least leaner and fitter.    That was a year ago.
I started to dig around and do some research.  My first radical decision was to cut out the junk food.  Not a tremendous step, but it forced me to learn how to cook in record time. Just cutting out the junk food evened out my caloric intake.  Quite by fluke I may add.  My weight gain slowed to the point of stopping all together.  The most remarkable thing about cutting the junk was the way my body responded.  I actually felt better; more up beat, even cool.  Psychologically I felt better because I was doing something about my health; I was actively improving my life.   
I was thinking about this while daydreaming at the office.  I really do work hard, but everyone has their moments.  Anyway, I was daydreaming at the office thinking about my active participation in shaping my life.  When the full weight of it came down on me (no pun intended). This epiphany came in two parts.  Number one; it was my life.  Number two; up until recently it had been passing me by in a most unsightly fashion.  I sat bolt upright in my ergonomically designed chair, my eyes darting about the office with a fire and intensity not seen in me since winning the regional bicycle safety rally in grade three. I had decided that enough was enough.
Life is a term to describe the sum total of our actions before we die.  Life describes every single interaction we have with our environment, its people and places.  Put another way, life is all the time we have to do everything.  Eat, sleep, meet that special someone, move to the suburbs, get a hobby, drive the kids to soccer, play darts at the pub, join the PTA, go fishing, visit Vegas, go shopping, eat sushi, burn a toss salad and retire.  That's life.  The real eye opener is that for most of us, we choose how to spend our lives.  We make choices that fill up our life.  Even more poignant is the fact the many of us make choices that have a negative impact on our capacity to enjoy our lives, even end them prematurely.
I sat stock still in my chair swaying ever so slightly. The earth had moved and a change was afoot. 
Sometimes in the comfort of my own home, in front of the bathroom mirror I recount this story to myself. Out loud.  I tell my self how after realizing the fragility of my own mortality I rose from my chair, a pillar of renewed strength.  How I marched, head held high, into the boss’s office and gave them a peace of my mind right before throwing my resignation on their desk. How I joined peace corp. and lived a life of adventure and danger helping those in need; a variable modern-day Robin Hood. 
And then I smile and realize that each time I tell the story to myself, it gets better and better.  The story is true right up to the point where I tell off my boss.  Everything else is poetic license en mass.    But the fact is I did have a radical shift in thinking.  I did want to be able to enjoy my life. I wanted to make positive choices.  So I hit the books.
I dug around the internet for diet and lifestyle help.  I came across a whole mess of fad diets, miracle solutions and countless pills, tinctures and supplements.  I examined all the hip diets and went through them with a fine tooth comb.  Each one of them promising much but lacking even more.  None of them really presented me with the tools needed to reshape not just my diet, but my lifestyle as well. 
I came across the Icon Diet at when I was close to my wits end.  I came at it with all the bias I had acquired over the course of my research.  I was jaded and pessimistic. I figured that to really make a difference I would have to design a program for myself - which I really did not look forward to. I was wrong.
I found in the Icon Diet, a means to an end.  So I bought the guide and through my self head long into its instruction.
So as I sit in the steam room with my muscles aching and my body sore, I know exactly why I am here.  More importantly I know exactly how I got here.  They say that power is knowledge.  It’s true, but knowledge is also a great way to kick yourself in the butt. I know that because of what I have learned I will be back in the gym in couple of days.  I know that my muscles will ache again.  I have not quit my job. But that's about all that has remained.  I focus my life and energy on making positive choices.  I want my life to be about growth and learning.  In no way do I want to short change myself.  My life is a finite, non renewable resource and I want to fill it with good things.   I know that I have a long way to go meet my own goals.  I know that there will be many more days with aching muscles.  But I take comfort in the fact that I am moving towards a greater good; moving one step closer to being an underwear model. 
title:Everything You Need To Know About Shea Butter
author:Wayne Kiltz
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Natural shea butter is extracted from the pit of a fruit that grows only on the magnifolia tree in Central and Western Africa. The pits are taken from the fruit, boiled, and then sun dried for 3 – 5 days before they are roasted to complete dehydration. Afterwards, the shea butter is extracted by hand from the pit of the fruit. This long, arduous process has provided what is commonly called ‘The most beneficial all-natural skin product today.’
Shea butter is now becoming one of the best-selling and most highly recommended skin care products found. Dermatologists everywhere are starting to recommend this product to their patients, and many cosmetic companies in France and the USA are putting shea butter in their products. The information below will prove very useful and give you a better understanding of why shea butter is something so many people are using today.
Healing properties: Shea butter has a vast number of proven healing properties stemming from its physical makeup of vitamin E, vitamin A and cinnamic acid to name a few. Shea butters ingredients increase the healing of wounds and improve scars. It is commonly used in the treatment of eczema, rashes, burns, and severely dry skin.
Skin protection: Shea butter contains natural UV sun protection. Daily use of shea butter on the face and body drastically reduces sun exposure, which in turn slows down the rate of aging due to external factors. Shea butter also acts as a natural mantle against elements of cigarette smoke, smog and chemical pollutants in the atmosphere.
Skin moisturization: Shea butter leaves skin smooth, supple and soft. It is rapidly becoming the #1 moisturizing agent used today. It quickly provides stretch mark prevention and healing, as well as healing of bruises and burns.
Here is a quick reference list of the benefits of shea butter:
- Helps heal scars, burns, and stretch marks.
- Prevents ashy skin, chapping, and skin rashes.
- An ideal hair dressing that protects the scalp from sores and rashes and prevents dandruff.
- Helps prevent weak hair from breaking, fading, or thinning out.
- Fortifies cuticles and nails.
- Helps bruises to heal.
- Helps drain toxins from sore muscles: perfect for sports participants.
- Helps prevent skin irritation for babies: used for generations to help babies sleep better.
- Use after shaving to prevent irritation and restore skins natural luster.
- Ideal for dry skin, dermatitis, eczema, sunburn and athletes foot.
- Rejuvenates skin pores and adds elasticity to skin.
- Firms up aging skin and helps clear wrinkles.
- Massage shea butter into areas affected by arthritis, join pains, or other muscular ache.
- Naturally contains vitamins A and E.
Every Breath We Take Should Be Smoke-Free

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Many research and hard economic data have revealed that smoke-free laws do not harm sales or employment in restaurants and bars. All over the world, there is a concerted effort from different government agencies to enact laws due mainly to the overwhelming evidence that smoke-free laws protect the health of the general public without harming the business sector.

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It has been more than 4 decades ago since smoking was proven to cause lung cancer and other serious diseases. Almost at the same time, the negative perception that second hand smoke can cause serious disease and premature death in both adults and children have been confirmed. Thanks to the report of the United States Surgeon General entitled “The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke,” it has strengthened our view on the ill effects of cigarettes to people who smoke as well as to those who do not smoke.
The report came up with major conclusions on the health risks of second hand smoke, such as:
Second hand smoke is a proven cause of lung cancer and heart disease in non-smoking adults and of sudden infant death syndrome, low birth weight, acute respiratory infections, ear infections and asthma attacks in infants and children. It is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the United States of America each year.
There is no risk-free level of exposure to second hand smoke.
Exposure to second hand smoke has substantial and immediate adverse effects on cardiovascular and respiratory health.
Second hand smoke contains more than 50 carcinogens
Comprehensive smoke-free workplace policies are the only effective way to protect non-smokers from second hand smoke. Other approaches, such as air ventilation systems, and smoking and non-smoking sections of rooms, are not effective and do not not eliminate exposure.
Their conclusion is that it is about time that a comprehensive smoke-free law is enacted that will be applied to all workplaces and public places. The report also reaches another very important statement:  “Evidence from peer-reviewed studies shows that smoke-free policies and regulations do not have an adverse economic impact on the hospitality industry.”
With this report, all arguments and excuses not to take action are eliminated. Many research and hard economic data have revealed that smoke-free laws do not harm sales or employment in restaurants and bars. In fact, they sometimes have positive feedbacks, such as what happened in New York City after the law has taken effect, business receipts for bars and restaurants increased, their  job employment rose, and the number of liquor licenses increased. This happened despite the fact that most establishments complied with the law, and the great majority of New Yorkers supported the law.
Another positive outcome is that smoke-free laws resulted in money savings. According to statistics from the Society of Actuaries in the United States, second hand smoke resulted US$ 10 billion a year in health care bills, lost wages, and costs.
All over the world, there is a concerted effort from different government agencies to enact laws due mainly to the overwhelming evidence that smoke-free laws protect the health of the general public without harming the business sector. Even the corporate world have joined the bandwagon by maintaining smoke-free workplaces and providing a specified area for smoking. Some countries, states, provinces, territories, and districts have adopted full smoking bans inside restaurants and bars.
Passive smoking is a major but preventable cause of death. Since smoking hurts more people than just smokers, smoke-free laws need to be upheld at all times to protect everyone's right to breathe clean air.

title:Every Pharmaceutical Drug LEECHES Nutrients From Your Body
author:Dave Saunders
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you currently on one or more pharmaceutical drugs? Perhaps you are not aware, but every pharmaceutical drug depletes the body of various nutrients, depriving your cells of the essential raw materials which drive normal, natural cell function. The data on our industrialized food supply already suggestes that each of us is not getting enough nutrition from diet alone. If you're taking one or more pharmaceutical drugs, your situtation is likely to be even worse.
In the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook the following information is listed.
"HMG CoA Reductase Inhibitors delete the body of Coenzyme Q10, an important nutrient, and that result of this depletion could lead to mitochondrial dysfunction, decreased body function, and decreased cardiac output."
How could that be affecting your life if you are currently on one of those drugs? Perhaps you should consider a high-quality supplement that contains Qoenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) so make up for your depletion.
If you found our your were iron deficient (anemic), you'd probably take an iron supplement, right?
Other items listed in the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook.
"Many anticonvulsants cause a depletion of Vitamin D, folic acid, and calcium. Depleting these nutrients has the potential to cause problems such as osteoporosis, muscle weakness, blood pressure irregularities, and heart disease."
In this case, perhaps you should consider a high-quality multivitamin supplement to simply replace the nutrients your body needs.
"Almost every antibiotic causes a disruption of normal bowel flora and a reduction in the production of important vitamins, leading to diarrhea and other gastrointestinal side effects."
I have a personal experience where my life was saved through antibiotics, but I certainly experienced these side effects. Fortunately there are quality bowel flora supplements which help provide the body with normal levels of intestinal bacteria. This is critical in the metabolization of many vitamins, such as the Vitamin B family.
Here's what the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook has to say about Estrogen Replacement Therapy.
"Taking Estrogen Replacement Therapy can cause a depletion of important B vitamins, leadingto anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disease, and depression."
Again perhaps you should choose a high-quality multivitamin supplement and also provide the nutrients that support normal endocrine function.
The Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook provides a drug index, which alphabetically lists drugs by both brand and generic name, with cross-references and the scientific basis, studies and abstracts for the research which determined which nutrients are depleted by the particular drug. It also lists nutrient information with concise descriptions of the effects of depletion. What medications are you taking that are depriving your body of essential nutrients?
Evolution Of The Policy Of Steroids In Baseball

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The debate on the use of steroids in baseball was going on since the mid 1990s. However, the MLB – Major League Baseball had no official policy on the use of steroids in baseball before 2002. The stage of the new steroid policy in baseball was set when several cases of steroid use in baseball started becoming public.

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The debate on the use of steroids in baseball was going on since the mid 1990s. However, the MLB – Major League Baseball had no official policy on the use of steroids in baseball before 2002. The stage of the new steroid policy in baseball was set when several cases of steroid use in baseball started becoming public.
David Wells stated that "25 to 40 percent of all Major Leaguers are juiced". Jose Canseco stated on 60 Minutes and in his book Juiced that as many as 85% of players werr using steroids in baseball, and he credited steroid use for his entire career. Ken Caminiti revealed that he won the 1996 NL MVP award while on steroids. Caminiti  also did reveal the health consequences he suffered as a result of his steroid use, telling Sports Illustrated that "his testicles shrank and retracted; doctors found his body had virtually stopped producing its own testosterone and that his level of the hormone had fallen to 20% of normal."
On February 17, 2003, Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler collapsed and died on the practice field at spring training of heat stroke. The medical examiner ruled that the over-the-counter drug Ephedra played a significant role in Bechler's death.
Such stories of steroids in baseball shocked the world of baseball. The baseball players and owners agreed to hold survey on steroid testing in 2003. It was decided that if more than 5% of results from the anonymous tests came out positive, formal testing and penalties on the users of steroids in baseball would be introduced next year (2004).
The outcome was that 5% to 7% of test results were positive, which cleared the way for the new policy of steroids in baseball in 2004. The draft of the policy was fabricated in 2004. The draft articulated that each player was to be tested once a year in season. Treatment was recommended after first positive test results, a 15-day suspension for a second positive, and up to a year suspension for a fifth positive.
Former major league pitcher Tom House spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle in 2005, admitting to steroid use during his playing career and claiming that use of steroids was already widespread in baseball by the time he started his professional career in the late 1960s.
The new policy on the use of steroids in baseball was accepted in 2005. According to the new policy, there will be one unannounced mandatory test of each player during the season, there will be random testing during the offseason, and there will be testing of randomly selected players, with no maximum number. The banned substances include steroids, steroid precursors, designer steroids, masking agents and diuretics. The penalties for a positive result are, first positive, 10 days; second, 30 days; third, 60 days; fourth, one year, and all without pay.

The BALCO scandal just let the cat out of bag in 2005. The nutrition center BALCO was accused of distributing steroids to many star players, most notably Bonds. Many top players, such as Rafael Palmeiro, McGwire, Sosa, Canseco, and Curt Schilling were summoned on March 17, 2005 to testify in front of Congress. As the result of the Scandal, the players such as Ryan Franklin and others were handed suspensions as short as ten days, and pnalities were slapped on many players. However, Congressional panel demanded/has been demanding the tough penalties for the users of steroids in baseball.

Excessive Snoring & What It Could Mean To You

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It may be difficult to know whether you suffer from typical or excessive snoring. A large part of the problem comes from the fact that it can be difficult to diagnose your own snoring habits while you are asleep. Perhaps the most useful information would come from a spouse, who may be awoken through the night as a result of the snoring. He/she will be more familiar with your snoring and may be able to offer an opinion as to whether they notice excessive snoring.

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It may be difficult to know whether you suffer from typical or excessive snoring. A large part of the problem comes from the fact that it can be difficult to diagnose your own snoring habits while you are asleep. Perhaps the most useful information would come from a spouse, who may be awoken through the night as a result of the snoring. He/she will be more familiar with your snoring and may be able to offer an opinion as to whether they notice excessive snoring.

So, just what is excessive snoring? Perhaps it could best be defined as repetitive, loud, disruptive and continual. Regular snoring is often the result of the airway passages becoming restricted through the night. This is generally caused by the fatty tissues relaxing in the back of the throat and causing a vibration, which is snoring. Excessive snoring, however, may be a sign of something much more serious. In fact, excessive snoring is a direct symptom of sleep apnea. Sufferers of this disorder actually stop breathing on more than one occasion during the night. This results from the airways becoming completely blocked and, if left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to heart disease, a stroke or other serious medical problem.

If you suffer from excessive snoring, it may be time to consider visiting the doctor for a proper diagnosis. If it is determined that you have sleep apnea, you may need treatment to prevent the disorder from causing further problems. If you simply suffer from excessive snoring, there may be various snoring remedies that can curb your nighttime nuisance. Among them, sleeping on your side instead of your back, ridding your home of allergens, losing weight if previously diagnosed with obesity, giving up cigarettes and alcohol, etc. In addition, some anti-snoring devices may be able to stop snoring immediately. One such device, known as the Sleep Genie, is doctor approved and comfortably supports the jaw while keeping the mouth closed during sleep. It is virtually impossible to snore with your mouth closed, which is why the Sleep Genie is popular among snoring sufferers. It is important to remember that the Sleep Genie is not intended to cure sleep apnea, but rather help to eliminate snoring and add better quality sleep.

This article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as, or in place of, professional medical advice. Before beginning any treatment for snoring, please consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and remedy.

One of the most effective ways to cure sleep apnea is through weight loss. Obesity is one of the leading causes of sleep apnea and, therefore, is a large part of it’s cure. By beginning a well-balanced program consisting of diet and exercise, you will not only be helping to cure sleep apnea, but also taking a big step toward warding off future illnesses associated with obesity.

It is important to remember that only a physician can properly diagnose sleep apnea. This is confirmed through a series of questions and possibly a sleep study, which is when the patient spends the night at a sleep center where there breathing patterns are monitored. After every possible attempt to cure sleep apnea has proven unsuccessful, a physician may recommend surgery. Before electing for surgery, the patient should be aware of all risks associated with the procedure. At the same time, it is very important to cure sleep apnea or suffer the increased risks of heart disease, stroke and other serious illnesses. Many physicians will recommend use of a device called a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, which provides continual air pressure for the sufferer throughout the night. Some users of the CPAP machine find additional comfort with the Sleep Genie, which helps the mouth to remain closed and prevents the escape of the CPAP air treatments. While not intended as a cure for sleep apnea, the Sleep Genie often provides for better quality sleep to sufferers.

This article is intended for informational purposes only. It should not be used as, or in place of, professional medical advice. Before beginning any treatment for snoring, please consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis and remedy.

Excessive Underarm Sweating -- What is the Easiest and Safest Cure?

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Nobody wants to talk about excessive sweating or sweaty underarms, although it's a common problem for a lot of people. It's a visual embarrassment and also a smelly concern!  Sweating is one of the ways we regulate our body temperature, and sweating also keeps our skin moist.  If you suffer from exc

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Nobody wants to talk about excessive sweating or sweaty underarms, although it's a common problem for a lot of people. It's a visual embarrassment and also a smelly concern!  Sweating is one of the ways we regulate our body temperature, and sweating also keeps our skin moist.  If you suffer from excessive sweating, it's not because you have too many sweat glands, it's because of the nerve cell activity of those glands. There are two types of sweat glands, apoccrine and eccrine glands.

Not surprisingly, at least 1% of the population suffers from excessive sweating, especially excessive underarm sweating. Everybody sweats more when they are hot or nervous, but excessive sweating may be partly due to our genes.  It's important to control excessive sweating, and there are many different opinions and views on how to achieve this. If you suffer from excessive sweating, you've
probably already tried the commercial antiperspirants and deodorants, and you're still looking for a cure for your problem.

Diet control alone will not cure excessive sweating, but can help reduce it somewhat. Certain foods, such as onions, fish, garlic, and spicy foods like curry, can be smelled in the sweat. Try to reduce your intake of these types of foods.

Underarm hair holds sweat and can make the problem worse. If possible, shave your armpits to reduce the bacteria build-up.

There are other expensive and more painful cures available, such as Botox injections given in very small doses into the skin which can stop excessive sweating for 2-8 months. However, Botox is a poison, and it's natural to have concerns about the long term effects of such treatment.

As a last resort, surgery is often considered, where the sympathetic nerves that control sweating are cut. This type of operation requires general anesthesia, and is not guaranteed to work. The success rate is approximately 30%. Underarm skin can be removed and can be quite effective, but this is not a common operation due to the scarring and is not encouraged or performed very often.

Natural ways to cure excessive sweating are by far the easiest and cheapest way to control the problem. It's definitely safer to try diet control and natural remedies first.

Excessive Worry May Indicate A More Serious Problem

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GAD is a serious medical condition characterized by excessive worry about everyday events such as work or family responsibilities. People who suffer from GAD experience chronic worry more days than not for a period of at least six months.

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John of Greensboro, N.C., is one of the 4 million Americans who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

GAD is a serious medical condition characterized by excessive worry about everyday events such as work or family responsibilities. People who suffer from GAD experience chronic worry more days than not for a period of at least six months.

"For me, having GAD meant sleepless nights, irritability and constant negative thoughts. I found myself being reclusive and not wanting to deal with people, including my wife. It's a tough way to live," said John.

Symptoms of GAD vary from person to person, but include uncontrollable worry, in addition to any three of the following:

* Feeling restless or on edge.

* Difficulty concentrating.

* Irritability.

* Fatigue.

* Muscle tension.

* Trouble sleeping.

* Changes in sleep pattern.

"GAD is a debilitating condition, but the good news is that with proper treatment, a patient can return to leading a full and productive life," said Dr. Brian Barash, medical director at Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital in Kansas City. "There are safe and effective treatments available, and it is important to work with your doctor to find an appropriate treatment option."

Treatments for GAD typically include medication, psychotherapy or a combination of these two methods. The most recently approved medication for GAD, Lexapro, has been effective and well-tolerated in patients with this disorder. For many patients, it relieved symptoms as early as the first week of treatment. The most common side effects associated with Lexapro include nausea and fatigue.

After suffering for years, John finally sought professional help. Within weeks, both he and his family noticed an improvement in his symptoms.

"Treatment has made me a much happier, more fulfilled human being. It has shown me a side of life that I've never experienced before," he said.

Excess Humidity Leads to Mold

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Everyone's heard about the effect mold and mildew can have on a home, or more importantly, a homeowner's pocketbook. But, you say, how bad can it really be?

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Everyone's heard about the effect mold and mildew can have on a home, or more importantly, a homeowner's pocketbook. But, you say, how bad can it really be?

In 2002, insurers paid $2.5 billion in mold-related claims under homeowner policies, up $1.3 billion from the year before.

Moisture can damage carpets, wood flooring, furnishings, drywall and interior woodwork, causing mold, mildew and rot. Negative effects of excess moisture can cause a property to significantly decrease in value, not to mention that the presence of mold can make selling a home extremely difficult.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks poor indoor air quality among the top five environmental risks to public health. Excess home humidity promotes harmful household particles, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and mites - all of which are associated with asthma, allergies and other sinus problems.

"Today's energy-efficient building practices call for tighter construction," said Robin Pharo, channel manager for Aprilaire, manufacturer of indoor air quality products. "Unfortunately, tight building locks air and excess moisture into the home with nowhere to escape, having damaging effects on the homes and the people living in them."

While some believe air conditioning units can help dehumidify a home, experts agree they cannot get the job done effectively or efficiently.

Most homes have been built to be so energy efficient that a typical air conditioning unit will cycle on and off too quickly to eliminate excess moisture in the air. As a result, homeowners resort to overcooling the living space while attempting to remove moisture, which leads to uncomfortable air temperatures, high energy bills and excess wear on the cooling system.

At the same time, during the spring and fall months when temperatures are much lower, most homeowners turn their air conditioners off despite high humidity levels.

To control the conditions that lead to moisture damage and mold growth, keep indoor humidity below 50 percent by installing a whole-house dehumidifier. The Aprilaire Model 1700 whole-home dehumidifier works in tandem with the HVAC system to remove up to 90 pints of moisture from the home's environment each day without having to overcool the home.

To keep mold at bay, act quickly when spills or leaks occur. If wet or damp areas are dried within 48 hours after a leak, in most cases, mold will not grow.

Excruciating Sciatica

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Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, could be excruciatingly painful it can frighten you.  However, most of the time sciatica can be treated effectively through non-surgical and surgical methods.

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Have you ever experienced such excruciating pain that standing up becomes a great difficulty?  Sometimes, sitting down makes the pain even worse. A lot of people may be doing something so simple and yet a certain body movement would cause them unbearable pain. You may be experiencing sciatica.

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, is a condition in which the sciatic nerves in the body become inflamed.  Sciatic nerves are found beginning at the lower spine and continue down the buttocks area, back of the legs, and into the feet. Symptoms of sciatica is characterized by a light tingling feeling or burning sensation to a full blown shooting pain that travels from the lower back, buttocks area, back of legs, and/or feet. More often than not, sciatic nerve pain affects only one side, although it could also be possible to run down both legs.

Sciatica could be a frightening experience especially if you do not realize what is happening. One may begin to feel like he/she will become crippled. However, most of the time sciatica can be treated effectively.

Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica may occur when the nerve in the lower spine become pinched, or if there is a slipped disk.  Arthritis or a sprained ligament will narrow the passageways of the nerves which may cause the nerve endings to become tender and inflamed.  Other causes of sciatica include an abscess, growth, or blood clot.  But these can be rare.

Treatment of Sciatica

Since sciatic nerve pain is caused by a combined pressure and inflammation on the nerve root, treatment is generally focused on relieving both of these factors through non-surgical treatments and/or surgical methods. 

Non-surgical sciatic nerve pain treatment may include one or a combination of medical treatments and alternative (non-medical) treatments. Most of the time, it includes some form of exercise and stretching. 

If you are experiencing sciatica, it is advised to stay off your feet for the first few days. One of the things you must avoid is to get up and down repeatedly as this will only cause the nerve to become more irritated. Though some quarters pose question on the benefits of bed rest, still it is advisable at least for the first few days.

It may feel soothing to soak in warm baths to ease the pain. However, do not use heating pads while the nerve is inflamed. Prolonged heat will draw the inflammation in and will keep the swelling high.  Rather, most healthcare professionals would advise the application of ice packs directly on the lower back area for 20 minutes at a time, every couple of hours. This may feel a little uncomfortable, but the cold packs will greatly help in reducing the swelling. Using mineral ice is also a good alternative in soothing the pain and offers a temporary sciatic relief.

Though some doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants for temporary relief of pain, caution is advised as to the side effects of these types of prescription drugs. Some medications can be addictive, or may give a false sense of feeling better. 

Massage therapy is considered to be a highly effective non-surgical treatment as it can keep your spine in better alignment for longer periods of time. As soon as your back begins to heal, your doctor may give you stretching and low impact exercises so that your muscles won't stiffen too much. Be sure to engage in exercise only when your doctors approve it. 

Alternative treatments that you might find available and helpful are accupressure, accupuncture, herbal therapies, homeopathy, biofeedback, and guided imagery to name just a few.

Surgical methods to remove the portion of the disc that is irritating the nerve root are micro discectomy or lumbar laminectomy, and discectomy. Surgery helps relieve both the pressure and the inflammation especially if the sciatic nerve pain is severe and has not been relieved through medical treatments.

Exercise and Arthritis

Your bones hang out in a lot of joints. Knee joints. Hip joints. The joints in your fingers and the joints in your toes.

Wherever bones meet, there is also cartilage, a rubbery, protective layer that ensures your joints bend smoothly and painlessly. But even cartilage cannot do this tremendous job alone. A thin membrane called the “synovium” provides fluid that lubricates the moving parts of the joint. When the cartilage wears out of the synovium becomes inflamed, the result is generally a case of “osteoarthritis” or “rheumatoid arthritis.”

In osteoarthritis, the cartilage can be eroded so much that bone does rub on bone. Thos type of arthritis develops gradually over a lifetime as a simple result of the wear and tear placed on your joints over the years. Very few people escape some degree of osteoarthritis, though the severity varies a great deal.

As a matter of fact, if you are over the age of 50, you are likely to have at least one joint affected by osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis affects men and women equally and is by far the most common type of arthritis, with almost 16 million Americans in the list.

In rheumatoid arthritis, damage to the synovium is at the source of trouble. Doctors and researchers are not absolutely sure what causes it, but most think that rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system actually attacks certain tissues in the body, including those that connect the joints and the synovium.

Rheumatoid arthritis begins with swollen, red, stiff, and painful joints, but it may progress until scar tissue forms in the joint or, in extreme cases, until the bones actually fuse together. Almost 75% of the 2 million people with rheumatoid arthritis in the United States are women. The disease can hit as early as teen years.

Exercising Your Prevention Options

Investing a little time in developing a good weight-bearing low-impact exercise and stretching plan can add up to great results when it comes to staving off arthritis pain. Strong muscles help protect the joints from wear and tear, and the movement keeps joints flexible.

That is why the quest for fitness is at hand, even if you are 50 years and over. However, most Americans over 50 are still right where they always were sitting back and watching others jog by. Most of them contend that that is just for people who have been athletic all their life, or some say exercise is for young people and engaging into exercise will do them more harm than good.

There are still some that insist on excusing their selves in exercise routines because they do not just have time or they have less energy than ever before. These are all lame excuses. Hence, it is time to start to get rid of those pains. Start exercising.

Consequently, preventing arthritis is not an exact science, but physicians have discovered a few ways to lower your risk. Here is how:

1. Do not weight around

The single most important measure anyone can take to prevent osteoarthritis of the knee is to lose weight if they are overweight. Extra weight puts extra stress on your knees. If you are 10 pounds overweight, for example, you put 60 pounds per square inch of extra pressure on your knees every time you take a step. That extra pressure can slowly but surely erode the cartilage in your knees, leading to arthritis.

A study has clearly supported the theory that weight loss weighs in on the side of prevention. In the study, overweight women who lost 11 pounds or more over a 10-year period decreased their risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knee by 50%.

2. Stretch those muscles

Any kind of stretching is good as long as you do not bounce, which can lead to a muscle pull. This is according to some of the professors of clinical medicine in New York City.

Try to hold a slow, steady stretch for 15 to 20 seconds, then relax and repeat. It is best to flex up by stretching before any exercise, especially running and walking. But it is also a good idea to stretch each day. Ask your doctor to teach you stretches that focus on potential arthritis trouble spots, such as the knees or the lower back.

3. Walking is always the best exercise

Take a good long walk at least three times a week or participate in a step-aerobics or low-impact exercise routine maximum results. There is no proof that running is bad for the joints, but remember, it may aggravate an injury if you already have one. Just remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

The bottom line is that of all the healthful habits, exercise is the most important. This is because people are designed to be active. Hence, it is really important for people to exercise in order to stay healthy and keep those joints free from wear and tear.

Just keep in mind that the unexercised body, even if free from the symptoms of illness or problems like arthritis, is not at its full potential. Hence, start exercising right now!
Exercise and Cellulite

When Mike turned 65, he was 25 pounds overweight. By strict dieting, he shed the extra pounds, but he lost more weight; he also lost his energy and vitality. He was always exhausted, and his friends, seeing his gaunt, drawn face, worried about his health.

By the time volunteered for a particular fitness program two years later, he had put 25 extra pounds back on. After 6 months of exercise and some willpower at the dinner table, Mike slimmed down again. This time he felt better than he ever had, brimming with energy and glowing with good health.

What made the difference? The first time Mike lost weight; the second time he lost fat. The distinction is important. According to research, a large portion of the weight lost by dieting alone is active tissue, such as muscle and connective tissue, while a smaller fraction is excess fat. Exercise has the opposite effect. It increased his lean body mass and decreased his excess fat.

Same thing goes with cellulite. Most people tend to think that cellulites are only present to people who are obese. That is why they sometimes associate cellulite with fats and obesity.

Actually, even if cellulite refers to the chain of wrinkled “fat cells” and “subcutaneous connective tissues” beneath the layer of the skin, it should never be associated with people who are fat or obese. In fact, there are many people who have cellulite but are not fat at all.

In reality, nobody knows the main reason why some people accumulate cellulite. However, there are some factors that health experts are considering such as the structure of the fat cells or the poison that entered the body. Some experts say it may be caused by some hormonal changes in the body. But none of these things has been proven to cause cellulites.

However, the only main reason why most of the cellulite cases are abundant in women is that the connective tissues of women are more rigid and firm than men. Hence, whenever a woman gets fat, the fatty cells tend to swell and get bigger. It creates a protruding appearance to the skin producing an “orange peel” look.

For this reason, women are more prone to cellulite than men. That is why it is important for women to be more careful on their body as they have higher chances of accumulating cellulite.

Fats and Cellulite

With the many cases of obese people having cellulites in their body, most of them believed that their cellulites are caused by being too fat.

Even though not all those who are obese develop cellulites, being overweight can really trigger the development of cellulites. This is because too much fat under the skin tend to push the connective tissue creating a strain on the skin. Thus, cellulites form.

However, this is still dependent on the structure of the cells. If an individual’s cell structure does not inhibit the tendency to bulge or expand even if fat deposits accumulate, then there will be no cellulites.

So, the most important thing to remember here is to keep those connective tissues firm and strong and avoid accumulating excess fats so as to avoid the development of cellulite.

How? Start an exercise routine program.

Transforming food into fat seems all too easy for most of us. Losing fat is far more difficult, and to accomplish this, we have only three alternatives: (1) decrease food intake and keep activity constant; (2) increase activity and keep food intake constant; or (3) combine both approaches: diet and exercise.

Physical activity can help reverse the results of inactivity. An hour of vigorous exercise burns up 300 to 600 calories. If you also cut 300 to 500 calories from your daily menu, you can also lose weight at the rate of one to two pounds a week.

Without exercise, you would have to eat 500 to 1,000 fewer calories a day to lose the same number of pounds in a week. Exercise is not for everyone who is over-fat, however. The severely obese person should exercise only under medical supervision to prevent strain on the cardiovascular system and connective tissue. And no one should restrict food intake drastically without consulting doctor.

Resorting to this kind of activity will only get the matter worse. Remember what happened to Mike? He thought that when he started dieting, he would eventually lose all the excess fats he has accumulated. The problem is that he lost those connective tissues rather than excess fat.

For people who are prone to cellulites, this will be a greater problem. Losing connective tissues instead of fat by strict dieting can only make the skin more prone to greater problems but the fat cells are still there. That only means that the problem is not solved at all.

Hence, if you wish to loose those cellulites, it would be better to loose those fats first. The idea here is to burn those fats by increasing your metabolism by 7.5% to 28% more than your normal rate.

It is for this reason that exercising is an important factor in losing cellulite. So for a more cellulite free body, always engage in an exercise routine.

Exercise and Hypertension

It seems as though many Americans are living a life that leads to high blood pressure or hypertension. As people age, the situation gets worse. Nearly half of all older Americans have hypertension. This disease makes people five times more prone to strokes, three times more likely to have a heart attack, and two to three times more likely to experience a heart failure.

The problem with this disease is that nearly one third of the folks who have hypertension do not know it because they never feel any direct pain. But overtime the force of that pressure damages the inside surface of your blood vessels.

However, according to experts, hypertension is not predestined. Reducing salt intake, adopting a desirable dietary pattern losing weight and exercising can all help prevent hypertension.

Obviously, quitting bad habits and eating a low fat diet will help, but the most significant part that you can do is to exercise. And just as exercise strengthens and improves limb muscles, it also enhances the health of the heart muscles.

Heart and Exercise

The exercise stimulates the development of new connections between the impaired and the nearly normal blood vessels, so people who exercise had a better blood supply to all the muscle tissue of the heart.

The human heart basically, supply blood to an area of the heart damaged in a “myocardial infarction.” A heart attack is a condition, in which, the myocardium or the heart muscle does not get enough oxygen and other nutrients and so it begins to die.

For this reason and after a series of careful considerations, some researchers have observed that exercise can stimulate the development of these life saving detours in the heart. One study further showed that moderate exercise several times a week is more effective in building up these auxiliary pathways than extremely vigorous exercise done twice as often.

Such information has led some people to think of exercise as a panacea for heart disorders, a fail-safe protection against hypertension or death. That is not so. Even marathon runners that have suffered hypertension, and exercise cannot overcome combination of other risk factor.

What Causes Hypertension?

Sometimes abnormalities of the kidney are responsible. There is also a study wherein the researchers identified more common contributing factors such as heredity, obesity, and lack of physical activity. And so, what can be done to lower blood pressure and avoid the risk of developing hypertension? Again, exercise seems to be just what the doctor might order.

If you think that is what he will do, then, try to contemplate on this list and find some ways how you can incorporate these things into your lifestyle and start to live a life free from the possibilities of developing hypertension. But before you start following the systematic instructions, it would be better to review them first before getting into action.

1. See your doctor
Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. If you make any significant changes in your level of physical activity — particularly if those changes could make large and sudden demands on your circulatory system — check with your doctors again.

2. Take it slow

Start at a low, comfortable level of exertion and progress gradually. The program is designed in two stages to allow for a progressive increase in activity.

3. Know your limit

Determine your safety limit for exertion. Use some clues such as sleep problems or fatigue the day after a workout to check on whether you are overdoing it. Once identified, stay within it. Over-exercising is both dangerous and unnecessary.

4. Exercise regularly

You need to work out a minimum of three times a week and a maximum of five times a week to get the most benefit. Once you are in peak condition, a single workout a week can maintain the muscular benefits. However, cardiovascular fitness requires more frequent activity.

5. Exercise at a rate within your capacity

The optimum benefits for older exercisers are produced by exercise at 40% to 60% of capacity.

Indeed, weight loss through exercise is an excellent starting point if you wan tot prevent hypertension. Experts say that being overweight is linked to an increased risk of developing hypertension, and losing weight decreases the risk.

Exercise and Pregnancy

Prescribing a medication for pregnant women is a complex process.

Before obstetricians and gynecologists decide which dose of which drug can best treat a condition without putting any harmful side effects on the mother and the baby, they consider the patient’s age, general health, the number of months before delivery, tolerance for medications, and any other drugs the pregnant patient may be taking.

Prescribing exercise on pregnant women has to be just as scientific and precise. The type, intensity, frequency, and duration of a “dose” of exercise are all critical. One person’s healthy, vigorous workout could be hazardous to another. These dangers may be greater in pregnant women because they are more likely to have strains and other serious side effects for the would-be mother.

However, if exercise will be implemented and carried out in a normal, average range, exercise will not have an effect on the overall condition of the pregnancy and especially on labor or delivery.


Quality prenatal care should be given to a mother during her pregnancy. She should be prepared for the normal delivery of a healthy baby. Complications should be prevented at all costs.

All of these things are boiled down to the fact that a pregnant woman should be cared in such a way that she will not be compelled to do vigorous work but should not also stay in bed and be inactive until she gives birth to her baby.

Consequently, a pregnant woman’s condition varies in relation to the growth and development of the baby in side her womb. Therefore, it is necessary that proper health guidance be provided by her physician during her visit.

Moreover, it is important to keep the pregnant woman’s life active in order to promote good health, not only for her but also for the baby most importantly.

Physical conditions like blood pressure, weight and health status is usually monitored during the pregnant woman’s visit to her doctor. For this reason, it is significant to note that exercise can be the number one factor in order to keep these aspects in good condition.

As the health experts contend, adequate physical and emotional information is needed by a pregnant woman to prepare herself for delivery. She needs practical health messages in keeping herself and the baby healthy.

Hence, for mothers or would-be mothers who are not yet aware why they should exert some effort in engaging into moderate, normal exercise, here is a list of some of its benefits so that you will be able to understand the reason why pregnant women have to exercise regularly:

1. Defiance against fatigue

As muscle becomes fatigued, it produces less force. To accomplish a task like climbing the stairs, for example, or shoveling snow, more units of muscle must be called into play to back up the wearied muscles.

The tired muscles are both less efficient and less effective. Hence, this will just put more strain on the pregnant woman because of the weight that is continuously adding up each day. That is why tired muscles will usually result to leg cramps or sore muscles.

What every pregnant woman must know is that exercise improves the condition of the muscles and their ability to work longer without fatigue.

2. Reduce backaches

Even when you sit or stand, some muscles are working, and such relatively easy postures can tax some muscles and cause fatigue. The muscles of the lower back, for example, can be exhausted and worn out by the effort of keeping erect when a pregnant woman stand still for several hours.

With exercise, a pregnant woman can correct this error by developing her posture.

3. Increase the amount of oxygen

Work and exercise rely on glycogen, a substance produced by the body from complex carbohydrates and stored muscles and liver. The supply of glycogen in the muscles determines and limits the duration of activity. Exercise depletes the glycogen in the muscles and leads to tiredness.

However, when glycogen is depleted by strenuous activity, it is replaced in quantities greater than before, as if the body recognized the need to lay in a larger supply of fuel.

Hence, oxidation is essential for converting glycogen to the energy that pregnant women need to wiggle a finger, flex a muscle, or practice the lungs and heart for some blowing action during normal delivery.

These are just some of the many benefits exercise can bring to pregnant women. Besides, nothing is completely wrong for a pregnant woman doing some moderate exercises. The only important thing to remember is that before starting an exercise program, whether pregnant or not, it is best to consult your doctor. As they say, doctors know best!

Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

One of the most undemanding and the most workable ways to knock over blood sugar amount, eliminate the dangers of “cardiovascular disease,” and perk up health and welfare in general is exercise.

In spite of that, in today’s inactive world where almost every indispensable job can be carried out online, from the ergonomic chair in front of a computer, or with a streaming line of messages from a fax machine, exercising can be a hard argument to win over.

The Weight of Exercise

Everyone should exercise, yet the health experts tells us that only 30% of the United States population gets the recommended thirty minutes of daily physical activity, and 25% are not active at all. In fact, inactivity is thought to be one of the key reasons for the surge of type 2 diabetes in the U.S., because inactivity and obesity promote insulin resistance.

The good news is that it is never too late to get moving, and exercise is one of the easiest ways to start controlling your diabetes. For people with type 2 diabetes in particular, exercise can improve insulin sensitivity, lower the risk of heart disease, and promote weight loss.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes every year increased by 48% between 1980 and 1994. Nearly all the new cases are Type 2 Diabetes, or adult-onset, the kind that moves in around middle age. Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes include increased thirst, appetite, and need to urinate; feeling tired, edgy, or sick to the stomach; blurred vision; tingling or loss of feeling in the hands.

The causes of type 2 diabetes are complex and not completely understood, although research is uncovering new clues at a rapid pace.

However, it has already been proven that one of the reasons for the boom in type 2 diabetes is the widening of waistbands and the trend toward a more deskbound and inactive lifestyle in the United States and other developed countries. In America, the shift has been striking; in the 1990s alone, obesity increased by 61% and diagnosed diabetes by 49%.

For this reason, health experts encourage those who already have type 2 diabetes to start employing the wonders that exercise can do for them. Without exercise, people have the tendency to become obese. Once they are obese, they have bigger chances of accumulating type 2 diabetes.

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that over 80% of people with type 2 diabetes are clinically overweight. Therefore, it is high time that people, whether inflicted with type 2 diabetes or not, should start doing those jumping and stretching activities.

Getting Started

The first order of business with any exercise plan, especially if you are a “dyed-in-the-wool” sluggish, is to consult with your health care provider. If you have cardiac risk factors, the health care provider may want to perform a stress test to establish a safe level of exercise for you.

Certain diabetic complications will also dictate what type of exercise program you can take on. Activities like weightlifting, jogging, or high-impact aerobics can possibly pose a risk for people with diabetic retinopathy due to the risk for further blood vessel damage and possible retinal detachment.

If you are already active in sports or work out regularly, it will still benefit you to discuss your regular routine with your doctor. If you are taking insulin, you may need to take special precautions to prevent hypoglycemia during your workout.

Start Slow

For those who have type 2 diabetes, your exercise routine can be as simple as a brisk nightly neighborhood walk. If you have not been very active before now, start slowly and work your way up. Walk the dog or get out in the yard and rake. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park in the back of the lot and walk. Every little bit does work, in fact, it really helps a lot.

As little as 15 to 30 minutes of daily, heart-pumping exercise can make a big difference in your blood glucose control and your risk of developing diabetic complications. One of the easiest and least expensive ways of getting moving is to start a walking program. All you need is a good pair of well-fitting, supportive shoes and a direction to head in.

Indeed, you do not have to waste too many expenses on costly “health club memberships,” or the most up-to-date health device to start pumping those fats out. What you need is the willingness and the determination to start exercising to a healthier, type 2 diabetes-free life.

The results would be the sweetest rewards from the effort that you have exerted.

title:Exercises to Correct Scoliosis
author:Saurabh Jain
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

A question that people normally ask is whether exercises to correct scoliosis are effective. Scoliosis is the lateral curvature of the spine. It is a progressive disease. Experts feel that exercises to correct scoliosis are not that effective, as little evidence is found about the effectiveness of exercises.  However, exercises do help in slowing down the progress of the spinal curvature and allow for some reduction in the angle of curvature. Stretching exercises are performed to increase the mobility of the spine in the right direction. The physical therapist also tries to improve the muscle tone and posture. The thrust of these exercises is to exert corrective force on the spine in the direction opposite the direction of the curve.
Scoliosis Braces and Exercise to Correct Scoliosis
People wearing scoliosis braces are often suggested exercise to correct scoliosis. These exercises are aimed at helping the wearer adapt to the brace, to allow for correction of the spinal deformity, and to improve trunk muscular tone during the period braces are worn. Braces tend to lead the muscles into losing muscle tone. The physical therapist suggests other exercises for trunk and pelvic correction, which are required to be performed everyday.
Exercise to correct scoliosis does help in a limited way to reduce curve angles by several degrees. This has found to help the breathing process in people who do these exercises regularly. It has not been observed whether the improvement in curvature is of permanent nature. Exercises are not an alternative to surgery procedure. Where surgery is recommended, it should not be delayed in favor of therapeutic exercise.
Scoliosis is not related to flexibility issues or lack of strength. Thus, exercise to correct scoliosis is relatively ineffective. However, scoliosis does not act as a deterrent to normal physical activity. Children and teenagers with scoliosis can participate in sports and recreational activities. They can even perform normal exercises that help build muscle strength and endurance. They can even train to improve their cardiovascular conditioning like normal people.
Exercise and Diet as Pain Relief Therapy

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While regular exercise promotes natural pain relief by releasing mood-enhancing chemicals in the body that reduce pain sensations, being overweight also takes     its toll on the joints due to the excess poundage they have to carry. A nutritionally-balanced diet is a proven method for weight loss that can help reduce pain perception.

Pain Relief

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To avoid physical pain, most people usually avoid engaging in strenuous activities and vigorous movements of the body.  However, inactivity may actually worsen the condition and result in more pain in the long run. Since the human body is designed to be in motion regardless of your health condition, making your body inactive will lead to muscle degeneration. Through regular exercise, people can avoid pain or, at least, have an effective means of attaining pain relief therapy.

Once the muscles start to deteriorate, other problems may soon develop such as diminishing bone density, depression, and a weakened heart. On the contrary, regular exercise can help keep joints flexible and strong. Moreover, physical activity promotes pain relief by releasing mood-enhancing chemicals in the body that help deal with arthritic pain and lessen pain perception.

The three types of exercise recommended for arthritis patients involves the following:

    * Flexibility Workouts
    * Cardiovascular Workouts
    * Strength Conditioning

Flexibility workouts involve stretches that can help enhance range of motion. Cardiovascular includes aerobic workouts, walking, water exercises, and cycling. Strength conditioning, includes isometric or isotonic workouts. Isometric workouts are static exercises that involve applying resistance without moving the joint. An example of isometric workout is pressing your hands against the wall while standing. It works out your chest muscle without joint movement. Isotonic workouts, on the other hand, use the full range of motion such as bicep curls and leg extensions.

Different exercises work for different individuals. A certain exercise that works for you may not work for your buddy. Always remember to apply appropriate effort in proper form to avoid further injury and minimize pain. Consult a doctor or a well-trained fitness instructor before engaging in a fitness program. 

While regular exercise promotes natural pain relief by releasing mood-enhancing chemicals in the body that reduce perception of pain, being overweight can takes its toll on the joints due to the excess poundage they have to carry. A variety of weight loss programs are available everywhere but a nutritionally-balanced diet, besides regular physical activity, is a proven method for weight loss.

On the other hand, weight loss with a poor diet may result to being underweight that leads to inactivity. When the hormone levels are off, it can aggravate pain. While limiting intake of animal protein and saturated fat is ideally healthy, people need not become vegetarians to avail of pain relief benefits from proper nutrition. Instead, beef up on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Eating whole grains and organically produced foods rich in fiber substantially help reduce your consumption of carcinogens and other harmful chemicals usually present in processed foods. These chemicals in preservatives may negatively stimulate the immune system.

Some studies are exploring on the pain relief properties of two dietary supplements, chondroitin and glucosamine, in relation to osteoarthritis. However, there is much research to be done on their long-term safety and effectiveness. While chondroitin side effects may be rare, it may include headache, motor uneasiness, euphoria, hives, rash, photo-sensitivity, hair loss, and breathing difficulties. Those with bleeding disorders or taking blood thinners should consult with their doctor before taking the supplement.

Some glucosamine products may be made with shellfish, and may cause adverse reaction in people with shellfish allergies. Side effects include upset stomach, drowsiness, insomnia, headache, skin reactions, sun sensitivity, and nail toughening.

title:Exercise and Heart Health a Life Giving Marriage
author:Nicholas Webb
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Most people get their health out of a bottle these days, be it a bottle of vitamins or pharmaceuticals. However, with a little effort and dedication you really can get a hold on your life, turn it round and live it to the full!
If you've been diagnosed with heart disease or are at risk of developing heart disease regular exercise is essential for the health of your heart, body and mind. In fact, aerobic exercise and heart health really do go hand in hand.
With busy lifestyles and lack of time, regular use of home equipment, such as a treadmill, an elliptical trainer, a stationary cycle, a stair-climber, etc. is becoming increasingly popular. These items are now precision health giving apparatus that really can help get you in shape. Gyms are also getting more and more members, but often people slack off because of time restraints. If this is you, working out at home may be the answer for you …
However, before jumping into your gym shoes talk to your doctor about your desires and objectives. Your doctor may be able to give you some useful insights you didn’t consider as well as coaching from a medical point of view. If your doctor gives you the OK, try to work some exercise into your daily routine. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests, for example, that patients start by walking five minutes a day, then increasing gradually to 30 minutes over several weeks. Walking is a wonderful way to start, as it is low impact, you need no special equipment, and it costs nothing. Swimming may be another good choice. This type of exercise is called aerobic training that involves large muscle groups, such as the legs, and keeps your heart rate pumping for a set amount of time. Unless there are deformities of the heart muscle, aerobics and heart health are often found together and not only does the heart benefit, there are other advantages too.
Aerobic Exercising and Heart Health
As you can see, take it slow initially; it’s really not necessary to sign up at the local gym or aerobic class. Although, after some time you might want to do just that.
Depending on where you live walking or swimming may not be an option. In such cases, you may like to consider a piece of home aerobic equipment such as a treadmill, stationary cycle or elliptical trainer. However, before purchasing a home trainer consider whether you will really use it. If the answer is yes, best get the best home aerobic equipment you can afford. Your heart will thank you.
Lack of exercise and heart disease
The American Heart Association has now added "lack of exercise" to the list of major risk factors for heart disease. The other risk factors are smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood cholesterol.
Exercise not only helps fight heart disease and gets you in shape, but if you live a sedentary lifestyle, a regular exercise routine can also:

help control high blood pressure,
reduce the risks of type II diabetes,
help prevent osteoporosis,
improve your general wellbeing and help fight depression, anxiety and stress,
greatly help to lose weight

Those are just some of the benefits of doing regular exercise. I wanted to make a list of some of the disadvantages, but I can’t think of any!
In an ideal world, in order to get the best results possible you should exercise three to five times a week for 30-60 minutes within your target heart rate. But even normal day to day events, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, walking to work, walking the dog, or gardening can help. You can do many things to increase physical activity during the day; just try thinking about what you can do. The benefits are well worth the effort.
Another thing that has proven to be effective is cross training. In cross training you participate in 2 or more different types of exercise during the week, for instance: Monday walking, Tuesday treadmill, Wednesday swimming, Thursday elliptical training, etc. You may also like to insert some strengthening exercises too, such as weight lifting.
Not only will cross training help to tone your whole body, it will help stop boredom setting in. Many people stop training not because they don’t have the time (that’s the reason they don’t start), but because they get bored. If you can arrange a routine where you do something different each day, it is going to be difficult to get bored.
So, talk with your doctor and start now! Once you notice the result, nothing will stop you. You’ll loose weight, be more toned and fit, will have a sharper outlook on life and, oh yes I almost forgot, you’ll live longer!

title:Exercise and Kids: The Difference Between Training Children And Adults!
author:Raymond Kelly
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The greatest mistake a person can make when exercising with children is to treat them like little adults. Children are growing and developing rapidly. This means that certain physiological issues must be considered when they are exercising.
Bone Injuries That Affect Growth
When most parents think of children and weight training their first concern is the possibility of it affecting their growth. Contrary to popular belief, weight training will actually improve the bone and muscular systems. It is when children have a lack of qualified supervision that accidents occur. Actually, growth problems are extremely rare when children are given well-designed programs with qualified supervision. In fact, growth problems occur more frequently in dynamic sports such as Tennis, Swimming, and Baseball, than they do in weight training.
Another misconception about growth related injuries is that it will happen without you noticing it. It is actually quite painful because you are actually cracking the top of the bone. It will cease the growth in that bone only so if you get this injury in your upper left thigh (femur), only your left femur will stop growing. Your right femur will continue to grow.
Kids Have Higher Heart Rates and Lower Blood Pressure
A child has a smaller heart and less blood volume than an adult so the child’s heart compensates by beating more often (per minute). A child’s blood pressure is also less than an adult because this is directly proportional to body size. It reaches adult levels in their late teens.
Children Don’t Perform Well Without Oxygen!
Children have a limited ability to perform anaerobic activities due to the limited production of the enzymes required for provide energy in the absence of oxygen.
Keep Kids Cool In The Heat
A child’s sweat glands are not yet fully developed so they are less effective at cooling down through evaporation then adults. Make sure they drink lots of water and always exercise in light, cotton clothing.
Copyright 2005 Raymond Kelly
title:Exercise and Low Carb Diet's Make Poor Partners
author:Charles Remington
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Over the last twenty five years the most common questioned asked me by frustrated exercisers, has been what exercise routine will get me the body I desire? My answer is always the same. They need to start exercising better judgement and learn that exercise alone will not solve their body composition problem. I believe the number one reason for starting an exercise program is weight reduction, even before fitness and health concerns. Exercise by itself is a poor weight manager and it increases the need for better nutritional requirements. I believe I would receive very little disagreement that a combination of nutrition and exercise is the answer to improvement in weight loss ( fat loss ), fitness and health risk concerns. With obesity reaching epidemic rates and the drop out rate of most health clubs’ remaining high this article intent is to lay the foundation why exercise and low carbohydrate diet’s are poor partners.
Over the last three decades I have seen extreme changes in the macro nutrients ( proteins, carbohydrates and fats ) combinations in our quests for the ideal body. Everything from high carbohydrate, low fat, high protein, to the current low carbohydrate craze has bombarded us, though the failure rates in managing our weight continue to rise. The problem lies in our bodies ability to adapt to change, especially extreme change. If your goal is to lose fat you must provide your muscle enough quality fuel without being over fueled. This is especially true if your goal to lose fat includes exercise. The secret is not found in elimination of macro nutrients, but in management of them. Understanding how to fuel your muscles prior to exercise sessions and replacing fuel after workouts is critical or your body will break down muscle for fuel.
Understanding how our muscles use the calories we eat as fuel for muscle contraction is the first step in knowing what to do and not to do. A basic nutritional knowledge tells us that proteins repair and rebuild cells, carbohydrates energize cells and fats provide hormonal foundation for cells. When we lack balance in protein, carbohydrates and fats are bodies adjust and can use all three as a source of fuel for muscle contraction and cellular energy. Though energy is needed for all cellular function, the focus of this article is muscle contraction and body composition. All muscle contraction derives energy from adenosine triphosphate or ATP. The primary source of ATP comes from glucose, which is stored in the muscles and liver as glycogen ( glucose and water ). Muscle contraction during anaerobic activity ( resistance training ) can use glycogen directly to form ATP. The process is anaerobic glycolysis, meaning it can use the glucose as energy with very little oxygen ( 90% glucose, 5% oxygen and 5% fatty acid ). Our muscles only store enough ATP for short periods of muscle contraction, when depleted leads to muscle failure. The rest period between weight training sets allows additional ATP to be produced. During early stages of aerobic exercise, ATP is again created primarily from glucose until the heart and lungs provide enough oxygen to the muscles to allow fatty acids to be used to create ATP. So there you have it during resistance training and the beginning stages aerobic training the primary source of fuel is glucose.
This supports my claim that low carb diets and exercise make poor partners. To uncover why, we need to quickly look at the concept behind low carb diets and how they work. Any diet that provides 100 grams or less of carbohydrate daily. This article classifies as low carb diet’s. This will quickly deplete the glycogen stores in the muscle and liver. This by itself is testimony that our muscle’s primary source of fuel is glucose. Fatty acids stored in the adipose tissue ( fat cells ) are now released into the blood and processed by the liver and some are turned into glucose  ( gluconegenesis ) and some remain fatty acids and both provide ATP for muscle contraction. One of the by products of this process is ketone bodies which can provide energy to brain and nervous system. The problem gluconegenesis ( non glucose turned into glucose ) provides fuel to the muscle less efficiently than glycogenesis ( glucose ). The end result is increased muscle fatigue, decreased muscle power, which leads to poor athletic performance.
A recent study performed at the University of Connecticut showed that exercisers who switched from a balanced diet ( proteins, carbohydrates and fats ) to a low carb diet experience the following drop’s in athletic performance. There was a 7 - 9 percent drop in muscle power and 6 percent drop in VO2 max of cardiovascular performance. Another factor to consider is the recuperation of muscle between workouts is decreased on low carb diets. So why would someone go on a low carb diet, especially when exercising? Because the initial weight loss that comes from the glycogen depletion is believed to be fat loss. We have become so focused on weight loss, that any weight loss is seen as good. As identified earlier in this article glycogen is a mixture of glucose and water and the majority are stored where? You guessed it, the muscle. A large percentage of the initial weight loss is coming from muscle loss. I don’t think any exerciser’s desire is to have smaller muscles as a result of their exercising. The goal of exercise should be to improve body composition, the percentage or ratio of muscle to body fat. This can only be accomplished by losing fat without the loss of muscle tissue. Maintaining muscle mass is vital to sustainable weight control. The following steps will protect your muscles as your losing fat, while reaching your ideal weight and ideal body composition.
FAT LOSS COACH Keys to losing FAT without losing MUSCLE
1. Cycle fat burning days with recovery days.
The secret to losing fat without losing muscle starts with not being too aggressive or extreme with your reduction of carbohydrates. You need carbohydrate management, not carbohydrate elimination. Over the last 12 years, with more than 10,000 clients I’ve found by reducing carbohydrates by 20% of daily needs and within 48 hours replenishing the glycogen in the muscle by eating 100% of daily carbohydrate requirements, allows for fat loss, without muscle loss. In essence you have two fat burning days, then a recovery day. By doing this you’ll have the best of both worlds. You will experience fat loss that averages between 1-2 pounds weekly, while muscles are being well fed. You never drastically deplete the glycogen stores in the muscle so athletic performance is not affected like on a low carb diet.
2. Exercise on days where you are receiving more carbohydrates.
Exercising on days where muscle are getting more carbohydrates for fuel and taking days off from exercise when you are being aggressive about fat loss. One of the most difficult thoughts for exercisers to accept is that most of the results from exercise come when we are not exercising. They come after we exercise and in direct response to how the muscles receive nutrition after exercise.
3. Exercise 1.5 - 2 hours after eating when blood sugar levels and insulin levels are slowly declining.
As insulin levels increase in response to a rise in blood sugar after a meal, the cells are in an anabolic state ( receiving nutrients ). Insulin is the hormone that feeds are cells. As blood sugar levels drop, insulin levels drop and the pancreas produces the hormone glucagon and nutrients stored in the fat cells are released to the blood and used for energy. The management of this blood sugar rise and drop is important. If blood sugar levels go to high insulin feeds the muscle cells and deposits excess into fat cells. If insulin levels go too low, the muscle cells are being under fed. A slow rise in blood sugar provides good nutrition to the muscles and a slow drop allows glucagon to take from the fat cells. Timing your exercise to this blood sugar decline allows the muscles to receive from the fat cells more effectively. It is important to never exercise without having at least one meal left in your day so that muscles can recuperate from exercise.
Final Thoughts
Long term success managing weight starts with the right approach. If you are overweight, the real problem is that you have too much body fat for how much muscle you possess. A body composition solution is needed, not just a weight loss diet. Your goal should be to lose fat without losing muscle or sacrificing your health in the process. To maintain your results your eating habits must develop life long character. Low carbohydrate diets provide initial weight loss, but at the high cost of losingmuscle and reducing metabolism. They are inadequate sources of fuel to support exercise activity, which is vital in maintaining good health. The risks to your health long term makes low carbohydrate diet's poor solutions for life long weight management.
title:Exercise And Quitting Smoking
author:Brenda Patterson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When you plan to stop smoking, bring about other changes in your life style as well. Take a look at all those things that have become a kind of routine and break that routine. Try to do things differently and will make a lot of difference.
What we are trying to do as part of this exercise is that we are trying to create a new environment for you. It is not possible for you to shift to a new apartment so bring about a few changes in the way things are as part of your exercise to quit smoking. Let every thing have a new feel about it. If there was a favorite chair in which you used to sit when you smoked, change the upholstery of the chair or maybe you could stash away the chair into a corner.
Try to set a new routine. Try working out or going to the gym. If that is not possible, try waking up a little earlier and go for a short morning walk. If you can make that a run or a jog, it is going to be very stimulating and is going to be the best way to start your day.
Exercise does not necessarily mean pumping metal. If you do have the time to go to a gymnasium everyday, then that is well and good. But I suppose most of us do not have the time for a regular work out in a gym. So what is the other alternative? Do it at home of course.
But whether it is at home or at a multi-gym, there is something that I want to tell you. Regularity is the rule of the day. It is not getting started that is the difficult part, it is sticking to a regular exercise routine that is difficult and this is what proves to be the stumbling block for most people.
Most people have a wonderful start. In fact it is truly spectacular. They buy track suits and gym-wear, running shoes and a whole lot of other gear. Their first day at the gym is almost a celebration. Then as the days go on, they find it increasingly difficult to meet the domestic and professional demands and so their routine slows down and finally comes to a complete workout burn out.
One mistake that many people make is that they choose the evenings or a work out. If that can suit your lifestyle, then that’s fine. But for most of us, by the time the evening lifts up its curtains we are completely pooped. We find ourselves physically and mentally drained. And at that time our bodies will be just too tired for a work out. So it is best to set aside some time for exercise in the morning itself.
There are two advantages of setting apart time in the morning. The first advantage is that in the morning our bodies are fresh and full of energy. Now over here I want to make one point clear.
Many people believe that exercise depletes the body of energy but the case is just the opposite. Exercise pumps up more blood through the different parts of the body and warms up the body, so in fact, after exercise we feel more charged and ready to face the challenges of the day.
The second advantage is that in the morning we can plan for the whole day without letting the exercise routine affect the rest of our activities.
What about those of us who have never worked out before? In such cases you might need to start off under the personal supervision of an instructor and that may require that you go to a gym. But what I would suggest is that there are two simple things that any one can do for which you do not need the help of any instructor.
You know what these are? They are walking and swimming. Any body can walk and those of you who know how to swim can swim. For these two activities you do not need much gear and experts say that these two exercises have no side effects and are excellent stress busters.
So in the morning wake up just half an hour earlier, put on your walking shoes and hit the roads. Most roads will be less crowded at this hour and less polluted too. It is a wonderful way to start a day.
Take a break form coffee and try tea instead. If you are moving around the house, try playing music. Redecorate your room by adding a few pictures here and there preferably of scenery. And while you are redecorating, do what I mentioned earlier that is get rid of every thing that even remotely reminds you of smoking.
Plan your day in such a way that you have something enjoyable to do at the end of the day. It does not have t be something that involves money. We do not want you end up bankrupt. It can be something as simple as spending some time with the family playing a board game or something. Or it can be going out for a walk together.
But I would like to add that watching television just does not fit into this list. The reason is because T.V is not something that demands too much of our attention. We can easily do something else while we are watching TV and what can be easier than taking a smoke while our eyes are glued to the T.V. While you are working on breaking the habit of smoking, you need to move about with people. You need the company of people who can take your mind off that craving and TV doesn’t help you do that.
Make a list of those things that build up your stress. Try to steer clear of them. If that is not possible try to find out some stress busters and use them. Do not use stress as an excuse to start smoking. There are a hundred other methods of beating stress. As mentioned earlier, you could try breathing exercises, mediation or even music. There is another excellent way of beating stress and that is using the distressing ball. If you do not have one of those, try wriggling your fingers and toes. That too is a natural method of beating stress.
The point that we are trying to drive home over here is that you need a break from whatever you have been doing for this exercise of quitting to work. Since it is impossible to change your job or your home, you have to bring about as many changes as possible to get that whole new feeling.
title:Exercise and the Time Clock
author:Sherri L Dodd
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

I have to admit that I sometimes find it amusing when someone knows I am a trainer and proceeds to elaborate on the hours that they spend in the gym.  One example was a few years back when I was introduced to a nice young women, who proceeded to tell me that she went to the gym twice a day, an hour each time.  Unless this second hour was spent in the jacuzzi or making up for lost time due to chatting with fellow gym-goers during the earlier timeslot, I would be leary.  Instead of being impressed by her exuberant enthusiasm for working out, my thoughts were that one of those hours might be better spent in a counseling office.  Excessive exercising is unsafe and a sign of other deep-rooted problems.  So, the question remains how many ticks on the clock should pass before you head for the locker room?  And what compels a person to go way overboard in their exercise routine?
First off, if you are one of our valued clients, you already know that the Mom Looks Great program utilizes the thirty to forty-five minute workout.  If you have even an inkling of exercise information in your noodle, you atleast know that even twenty minutes a day can benefit your heart.  So why are some people intent on doing more, especially when there are serious consequences? 
The most common problem with over-exercising is injury to muscles and joints.  The idea of regular exercise is to appropriately stress the muscle during exercise.  This stress places small tears in the muscle, which upon repair, grow in size and strength, also known as hypertrophy.  When the muscle is over-exercised, it goes beyond what is appropriate and can actually damage the muscle.  Common areas of injury are legs, feet, back and shoulders as well as joints problems that include knees, ankles, elbows and wrists.  This can lead to a lifetime of recurring injuries.
Another negative consequence to over-exercising is the compulsion that usually accompanies it.  Eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and other body starving diet tactics are dangerous enough.  When you add an addiction of too much exercise to an already detrimental dieting tendency, you are left with the possibility of heart damage from insufficient fuel and nutrients to sustain the workout.  While the aforementioned health issues are serious enough, an individual can also develop frequent headaches, loss of coordination and various stomach problems.
Over-exercising is not a physical disorder.  While it will affect you physically, it is more of a symptom of depression or other mental illness.  And if you think about it, over-exercising, eating disorders, feelings of inadequacy due to poor body image, poor judgment when evaluating priorities are all symptoms of depression.  The bottom line here is when your choices begin to compromise your health, happiness or safety it is time to seek out effective counseling.
A lifestyle incorporating exercise is nothing but beneficial in many aspects.  People exercise with a goal in mind whether it is to feel better, defuse stress or build muscle.  Luckily, in addition to using an appropriate weight (intensity) during your workout, over-exercising can easily be detected with a simple time evaluation.  I advise my clients not to go beyond one hour a day five days a week in a formal gym-type setting; and that is extremely generous.  It is also easily controlled when you follow a specific routine.  With the Mom Looks Great Fitness Program, you are guided to work different parts of your body throughout the week and have a variety of activities within your exercise regime.  And just for good measure, remember that you cannot possibly overdo it by simply strolling your baby in the park or games of tag with your preschoolers.  These forms of exercise are most welcome any time.
title:Exercise As A Power Source
author:Dr. Fit, Sidney E. Reeves, CFT
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

These days it is so hard to make it the gym. Life is very busy which creates a serious challenge for being consistent with exercise each week. However, exercise is exactly what we need in order to reduce stress, increase longevity, and give the body extra energy for daily living.
The best results are achieved using refined techniques, functional exercises, cardio, proper nutrition, awareness, variety, consistency, supplementation and motivation over time!
Refined technique means correct form to isolate muscles or “target areas of the body.” Efficiency is the priority to ensure maximal muscle stimulation. With resistance training, also known as weight lifting, it is important to eliminate momentum. It is also necessary to move the weight through a full range of motion. This will cause muscle contraction for the correct amount of time and ensure appropriate length of the tendons. The goal is to strengthen the joints of the body by stimulating the muscles around it.
For example, the lower back is an extremely important part of the body. Many people have trouble with this area, especially if their occupation puts a strain on it. So, it is a good idea to strengthen the muscles of the lower back like the erector spinae by performing three to four sets of back extensions on the floor superman position or face down on the exercise ball for 8 to 12 reps. As the muscles around the spine get stronger, the spine is held in place better, which reduces the changes of lower back problems. It is also important to keep the joint partially bent at the end of the rep, so that constant pressure remains on the muscles and no added pressure is applied to the joint from locking it out.
Cadence is a term that refers to the rate at which the resistance or weight moves. The best results are achieved by a slow cadence that causes the muscle to contract longer. On occasion, a mixture of fast and slow cadence may be used, especially with sports-specific training.
Lastly, using correct angles achieve muscle isolation in target areas and decrease the chance for injuries, especially with heavier weights. So, how many sets and reps should be completed? Four sets of 8-12 reps using a weight that is difficult but manageable. Allow 24 hours to recover with his approach. Six sets of 4 reps is more advanced, calculated at 60 to 80 percent of the one rep max. Allow 48 hours to recover when using this approach.
Functional exercise is a new popular technique that stimulates the core or torso of the body while working another muscle group at the same time. For example, performing a dumbbell press while lying on an exercise ball. The abs and the core muscles contract to hold the body into position, while the chest and tricep muscle push the dumbbells up. This type of challenge causes maximal stimulation to the body and keeps the workout interesting. Cardio is great for the heart and lungs. The number of calories burned is important as well as maintaining the correct heart rate. The heart rate formula is 220 minus age times point 60 for the lower margin and 220 minus age times point 80 for the upper margin. This is also known as the fat burning zone. Cardio also detoxifies the body and strengthens the immune system among many other health benefits. Muscles contract and move lymph along, which allows the immune system to clear dead cells and bring in new ones.
Warm up is important for preparing the body for the more demanding portion of the cardio workout. Allow 15 to 30 minutes prior to weight lifting and 10 to 15 minutes prior to cardio activities like jogging, swimming, aerobics or walking. In addition, a good stretch routine before warm up is highly recommended.
The preferred schedule for the weekly workout is warm up followed by cardio, then weight lifting on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with cardio only on Tuesday and Thursday.
While you may feel your schedule is too busy to maintain a scheduled workout routine, you will find that by adding exercise to your life you will actually add time, as you will have more energy and become more efficient in your day to day activities. Think of exercise as the battery that gives your life power.
title:Exercise at Christmas Without the Gym
author:Janice Elizabeth Small
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Gyms get pretty deserted around Christmas time. Everyone is so busy with preparations, parties and people visiting that it's hard to fit in getting there, getting changed and going through a routine as regularly as you might the rest of the year.
But don't give up on exercise completely - you'll find it far harder to get back in the swing of things if you do. Make exercise part of the fun and keep yourself ticking over until it's time to get back to the gym in January. Maybe you'll enjoy the alternatives so much you'll never go back!
1. Do less
Just do ten minutes if that's all you can manage. Ten minutes of anything - walking around the house or stair stepping or skipping or rebounding - anything that fits your level of fitness and the equipment you have available at home. You can do it in the morning before your shower and it will energise you for everything you have to get done. If you can fit in 10 minutes later on too, so much the better. You'll keep up your fitness levels and use a few calories which you can probably do with at this time of year.
2. Do a class at home
Fitness videos are great if you don't have much time. There's no getting to the gym - you have everything you need right at home. You can pick them up for next to nothing from charity shops or treat yourself to one or two for Christmas. And it doesn't matter if you don't know the moves or have the latest fitness gear - nobody's watching!
3. Clear Up
No doubt you have to get your home ready for friends and family visiting anyway so make the clear up a workout. Put lots of energy into it! Clear out all that clutter then clean, vacuum and polish everything until it gleams. You'll be ready for guests, keep up your fitness levels and use some calories all at the same time.
4. Active fun
If you have a lot of guests and can't get your usual exercise fix organise some active fun for everyone! You could all go bowling or skating. Or try a game of charades or Twister. If it snows, you can go sledging or organise a snowman building competition. At the very least get them all out for a walk every day whatever the weather. There are sure to be some lights to go and see or a local carol service to attend.
5. Dance the Night Away
Don't be a wallflower. Take every opportunity to dance at parties (it will keep you away from the buffet table too) or just invite your partner to go dancing over the holidays. You'll have fun, get closer and it'll be great exercise. Dancing uses up between 270 and 540 calories an hour depending on the speed.
6. Offer a helping hand
Get active by volunteering your services in your community. You can help serve lunch at a homeless shelter or old people's home. Or just help your neighbours with running errands and snow clearing. You'll get a warm glow from lending a hand as well as from the exercise and feel much better than you do after sitting around all afternoon watching the re-runs of "White Christmas".
7. Escape
And if all else fails, next year book a skiing holiday for your Christmas break instead of staying at home. There's a whole year to save up (and to dodge the rows when you tell your family you're going away next year!) Skiing is fantastic exercise and you'll come back fit, invigorated and without those extra few pounds so many seem to acquire over Christmas.

title:Exercise Bikes – How Far They Have Come
author:Dave Robinson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The exercise bike has long been the type of exercising that people just love to do. Why? It is relatively easy to do and it allows people to exercise at virtually any time, in a number of different ways. It is through these bikes that people can tone muscle or lose weight. They can find an excellent amount of help through these bikes as well. If you are one of the many that love to work hard and want an exercise bike that will work for you, then this may just be the right option to think about. But, wait; did we mention the various types of exercise bikes on the market?
Just Look At The Options!
The exercise bike has really come a long way from the days of a stationary bike that you can ride. They used to be quite similar to those bikes that are rode out of doors, but now they have become complex machines. Now, although you can choose any of the exercise bike options that you find, it is important to realize that the true benefit to the bike comes only from getting on it and getting in that workout. In other words, you need to invest the time in the bike to gain anything from those features.
Some of the features that you will find on exercise bikes are those that will enhance your performance. One of the major problems or differences between the stationary bike and those that are real bikes is that you don’t get the up and down of hills that help to intensify a workout. But, this is possible and does happen when you use an exercise bike that you can tighten and release the tension off of. Also, some exercise bikes can be inclined at different levels to simulate the effects of bike riding.
Exercise bikes can also monitor your performance better. Yes, they can tell you how well you are doing. Many exercise bikes are equipped with mileage counters. Some have calorie burner counters as well. Still others will track your speed. On top of these elements, you will find heart rate monitor bikes that will actually track and monitor your heart’s beat throughout the course. Want to analyze this data? Some exercise bikes will allow you to download the information to your computer or will allow you to track and use it right on the bike.
Just remember, as much as you want to have these excellent features, you have to commit to the exercise as well. That means that you have to get on the bike and get the workout done, regularly because if you don’t nothing is gained. Take some time to find just the right features and priced exercise bike for you and get to working out! If you use your exercise bike fully and regularly, then you will reap the rewards of increased health and wellness that loss of weight and increased muscle tone can do for you.
title:Exercise Bikes – No Excuses, 30 Minutes A Day On A Bike Will Change Your Life
author:Declan Tobin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exercise bikes are the ideal home exercise equipment. We are all advised to exercise for 30 minutes per day to stay healthy combined with a good balanced food intake. Most people complain of not having the time to go to the gym or prepare to out jogging etc but if it was for 30 minutes of TV I’d bet that time would be no problem. Why not combine the two, TV and exercise. Watching TV while exercising cuts out the boredom of being locked in a room looking at the four walls exercising. If you have a program you watch on a regular basis the time will only fly in.
What exercise bike will I buy?
Exercise bikes come in all wonderful styles from the basic stationary bike to built in programs for spinning and mountain courses. The best is what you can afford to pay, the main thing is that you are exercising regularly or intend to do so. The more basic exercise bike can cost anywhere from $80 upwards and generally has a few different gears available to make the exercise more intense as you proceed with fitness. I have to say if you can afford to spend $200 you will find exercise bikes that have pre tuned exercise programs that are easy to follow and are a great way to burn fat.
How to Start:
Starting can be daunting but after a week or so you will find your fitness level improving and overall health. You need to introduce the body into the exercise for the first couple of days, for many people buying exercise bikes it’s the first time they have done such an exercise in years. The first few days should be a slow introductory pace, if you go all out in the first day or so you will only end up with aching muscles and may even put you off exercising again. Remember that this is a marathon not a sprint.
Who are the main manufacturers of exercise bikes?
Weslo, Reebok,Tuntui, Stamina, Proform, Nordic Track and Fitnees Track have for many years manufactured some of the greatest exercise bikes we have ever seen and all are still doing so. There are foldable bikes available for those living in apartments or people who are simply tied for space. Many people are now trying to build a home gym with the essentials in exercise equipment; the exercise bike should be first on the shopping list. The exercise itself is an excellent aerobic exercise, easy to start with and works ideally as a cross trainer with most other fitness equipment.
Some exercise bikes have a dual function, exercise for the upper and lower body. Apart from the obvious leg exercise you will also find upper body levers on some, this is an ideal exercise for a total body workout and will burn fat more quickly than the standard exercise bike (the more muscle groups you exercise the more fat your burn and more quickly).
Why buy an exercise bike when I can get a treadmill?
The exercise bike has very low impact on the joints. If you have previous injuries or weak joints in general the exercise bike is an ideal gentle exercise. The treadmill is a much higher impacting exercise on the joints and people with weak knees or ankles should be aware. If you decide to get an exercise bike with dual exercise (upper and lower body) you will burn more fat than that of the treadmill as you have no upper body resistance with the treadmill. There are arguments on both sides of the fence as to what is better the bike or the treadmill but you should look at your goals and see what suits both your budget and your target weight loss or general fitness. At the moment the cardio benefits to you as the user lies greater with the exercise dual function bike to that of the treadmill.
In Brief:
The exercise bike is ideal for beginners to the more advanced groups; it offers a low impact, high calorie burning exercise that have an excellent cardio workout. Combined with a balanced diet the exercise bike used regularly will help you achieve your fitness goals.
title:Exercise Bikes - Recumbent or Stationary?
author:Andre Best
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exercise bikes are a wonderful way to get a low-impact exercise workout. Of course today's bikes like those from Sportsart, Tunturi, Nordictrack, Schwinn, and Pro Form are a far cry from the bikes offered many years ago.
You know the ones - the lightweight plastic flywheel, the tiny seat, and no statistical monitoring whatsoever.
Well, as you probably know today's exercise bike offers a stationary bike rider so much more. Now a person has to decide between getting the lower profile comfortable recumbent style or the high-seated traditional stationary style bike.
Of course each has its advantages but to ensure that you get the most value and best fit for your needs one should ensure that any bike reviews consider several critical and necessary features.
Because an exercise bike provides a lower-impact workout they also require longer usage to get maximum benefit. What does this mean? It means that using this type of home exercise equipment is going to require a person to spend many, many hours using the bicycle.
With this in mind, it's absolutely critical that any stationary and recumbent exercise bikes considered has several key features detailed.
An appropriately supporting seat. Some manufacturers provide seats that are plastic and rather small. As you might expect, these are going to get uncomfortable. Fast.
So make sure the seat is large enough and supportive enough to accommodate today's heavier riders.
Because it can get rather boring just riding for hours on end, make sure the bike is quiet enough to operate while a television is on in front of you. You won't regret this.
Modern recumbent and stationary exercise bikes have a computerized console panel above the handlebars. Both cheap and expensive bikes have this feature. And because these consoles tell you all the stats you may need to monitor while exercising, like calories burned, time, distance, exercise level, and speed, you want to make sure that you are going to be putting your bike near a power outlet at home.
It's rare to find a model that still operates on only batteries. So make sure you plan in advance where you want your bicycle to be located in your home.
There are other minor features that are more personal preference but still should be considered. The main ones are:

pedal straps
seat height adjustability/flexibility
cup holders

Overall, if you ensure to consider these points prior to doing your exercise bike reviews you will be sure to come out with a bike that is more than acceptable and capable of giving you the workout you need.
And want.

title:Exercise Can Reduce Risks Of Diabetes
author:Simon Harris
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The 2 types of diabetes are type I and type II. Type I diabetes is characterized by the pancreas making too little or no insulin. An individual with diabetes type I will have to inject insulin throughout the day in order to control glucose levels. Type II diabetes, also known as adult onset diabetes, is characterized by the pancreas not producing enough insulin to control glucose levels or the cells not responding to insulin. When a cell does not respond to insulin, it is known as insulin resistance. When a subject is diagnosed with type II diabetes, exercise and weight control are prescribed as measures to help with insulin resistance. If this does not control glucose levels, then medication is prescribed. The risk factors for type II diabetes include: inactivity, high cholesterol, obesity, and hypertension. Inactivity alone is a very strong risk factor that has been proven to lead to diabetes type II. Exercise will have a positive effect on diabetes type II while improving insulin sensitivity while type I cannot be controlled be an exercise program. Over 90% of individuals with diabetes have type II.
Exercise causes the body to process glucose faster, which lowers blood sugar. The more intense the exercise, the faster the body will utilize glucose. Therefore it is important to understand the differences in training with type I and type II diabetes. It is important for an individual who has diabetes to check with a physician before beginning an exercise program. When training with a diabetic, it is important to understand the dangers of injecting insulin immediately prior to exercise. An individual with type I diabetes injecting their normal amount of insulin for a sedentary situation can pose the risk of hypoglycemia or insulin shock during exercise. General exercise guidelines for type I are as follows: allow adequate rest during exercise sessions to prevent high blood pressure, use low impact exercises and avoid heavy weight lifting, and always have a supply of carbohydrates nearby. If blood sugar levels get too low, the individual may feel shaky, disoriented, hungry, anxious, become irritable or experience trembling. Consuming a carbohydrate snack or beverage will alleviate these symptoms in a matter of minutes.
Before engaging in exercise, it is important for blood sugar levels to be tested to make sure that they are not below 80 to 100 mg/dl range and not above 250 mg/dl. Glucose levels should also be tested before, during, after and three to five hours after exercise. During this recovery period (3-5 hours after exercise), it is important for diabetics to consume ample carbohydrates in order to prevent hypoglycemia.
Exercise will greatly benefit an individual with type II diabetes because of its positive effects on insulin sensitivity. Proper exercise and nutrition are the best forms of prevention for type II diabetics. It is important for training protocols to be repeated almost daily to help with sustaining insulin sensitivity. To prevent hypoglycemia, progressively work up to strenuous activity.
As with individuals with type I diabetes, carbohydrates should also be present during training to assist in raising blood sugar levels if the individual becomes low.
title:Exercise Clothing: The Secret To Success!
author:Ray Kelly
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When you first start exercising finding the right clothes to wear is important for both comfort and safety. Should you wear the latest Nike joggers or are sandals ok? Should you wear lycra or track pants?
Fashion may be important to some but the most important thing is to get through each session so that you can follow up with more exercise tomorrow. The key to success in weight loss is consistency. Being able to exercise regularly. Wearing the right clothes will make this possible. Wearing the wrong type of shoes could give you blisters or shin splints, and wearing the wrong type of pants could cause excessive rubbing of the thighs. If you’ve had any of these things happen to you then you know it’s tough to exercise the next day.
Let’s start with the shoes. This is probably the most important piece of clothing and therefore this is where most thought should be given. You need to wear something supportive, with a flexible sole. Cross-trainers or running shoes are best. Make sure that the shoes are not too tight.
Next are the socks. It is important to wear cotton socks. They allow your foot to breathe and they cause less friction on your heal. If you like the low cut socks, make sure they won’t slip down into the shoe or you may get blisters.
The pants you wear must comfortable. Depending on the temperature, you should wear shorts or track pants. Just make sure they are cotton and not nylon. Cotton will allow your pants to breathe, whereas nylon will cause an increase in your body’s temperature. This in turn will make your heart beat faster which means the exercise will be harder. If you have large thighs then you may also want to wear lycra pants as well. This will eliminate rubbing and chaffing.
Your shirt should be cotton too. If you are going to be out in the sun then it’s a good idea to wear something with sleeves as this will reduce the risk of sunburn. Make sure it is light fitting as well as this will help to keep you cooler.
Other accessories you should consider if exercising outside is a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a water bottle. A wide brimmed hat gives the best shade, sunglasses will reduce glare, sunscreen will protect against ultra-violet rays from the sun, and the water will help keep you cool.
title:Exercise Fact Or Fiction?
author:Paul Hegarty
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Did you know that the average life span of men and women is around 80 years? Unfortunately a lot of us feel that age before we get to 50. Some of us, men especially, will go out and buy a fancy car and take extreme care of it. Then when were done detailing the car, we will go and eat a burger and fries and maybe drink a beer to wash it down. The other thing I find amusing is when I go to the gym and find myself fighting to park as close to the building as possible. Here I am paying to exercise and then I refuse to walk more than 20 paces to enter the complex.
These days there are many supplements on the market to loose weight, however what is important to note is, that they do not substitute for exercise. Many of us of course have a busy schedule, and find it hard to fit it in to our busy working days. I heard in the news recently that a vast majority of Americans are having difficulty sleeping. This makes sense since many people do not exercise.
The human body needs to move in order to maintain and increase strength. The heart needs to beat. Oxygen needs to circulate through the body. Aside from anyone’s aspiration to look good, exercise is essential. Lack of exercise leads to premature aging, sagging skin, aches and pains, and much more. These are the external effects; internally you could be dealing with clogged vessels, diabetes, nervous tension, and high blood pressure. The sad part is that these symptoms can set in when it is almost too late. You cannot turn the clock back, and as I have often said regrets can be extremely depressing.
The human body is mind blowing in its complexity and functionality. Take sure simple steps to fit exercise into your day. Simple things just like stretching, breathing, weather permitting a short walk. Yoga is a great way to fit exercise into your work days. Just by breathing or stretching you can help the body. When going to the store, park far away and walk. Do the simple things, do not beat yourself over the head and make it a chore to exercise. Write down the things you like to do that involves exercise, such as hiking, golf, cycling, gardening, swimming, and then do more of that. Vary the fitness routine. Variety promotes interest. When traveling, if in a hotel use there gym, it is free when you stay there. Most Importantly !Start Today!.
title:Exercise for a Healthy Heart
author:Louise Roach
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Do you exercise every day? If you want to live a long, healthy life, maybe you should.
A recent study by Timothy Wessel, a physician at the University of Florida, indicates one of the strongest risk factors for developing heart disease is inactivity – even more so than being overweight. During the four-year study of 906 women, Dr. Wessel documented those who were moderately active were less likely to develop heart disease than sedentary women, no matter how much they weighed. The study concluded: “These results suggest that fitness may be more important than overweight or obesity for cardiovascular risk in women.”
In January, the updated U.S. Dietary Guidelines strongly urged that everyone should take part in “at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity” on most days, above whatever activities they do at home or work. To loose weight or to avoid gaining weight as we age, 60 minutes of daily moderate to vigorous exercise is recommended. And those who have already lost weight and are attempting to keep weight off need 60 to 90 minutes of daily exercise.
A study of 9,611 adults by the University of Michigan Health System, found that people in their 50s and 60s who participated in daily exercise were 35 percent less likely to die within the next eight years than their inactive couch potato counter parts.
Convinced that it’s time to add exercise to your day?
The Basics - Making Exercise a Life Priority:

If you’re not use to exercising, check with your doctor before beginning any strenuous fitness routine.
Start slow. If 30 minutes of exercise is too much, start with 15 minutes and add a few minutes each day.
If you don’t have time for 60 minutes of exercise, break it up into two 30-minute sessions throughout the day.
Schedule a specific time to exercise everyday – then keep to your schedule!
Take part in more intense activities that can improve your heart health, such as: running, dancing, swimming, cycling, and climbing stairs.
Find exercise that you enjoy. You will be more likely to continue and improve your daily performance if you look forward to a favorite activity.
Wear proper clothing and footwear. This has two functions. Clothing and shoes that are suited to your activity will enhance performance and offer the right kind of support for your body and feet. They will also place you in a better frame of mind for exercise. When you wear your favorite running outfit and slide into your special running shoes, your mind says “it’s time to get out the door and put my feet in motion!”
Add everyday activities to increase your overall fitness level, such as gardening, housework, walking to the store, take the stairs instead of the elevator, and raking leaves.
Always drink lots of water.
If you feel discomfort or pain after an activity, use ice therapy immediately to reduce swelling and numb pain. Always have a cold pack in your freezer, ready and waiting. Most aches and pains attributed to exercise respond well to icing and will melt away within 24 hours after applying ice for several 20-minute sessions. Using cold therapy reduces down time, getting you back on schedule fast. (If the pain does not lessen within 48 hours after using ice therapy, is intense or becomes worse, see your doctor.)

Exercise every day…take care of your heart…live long!
Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation. Always consult with your physician in the event of a serious injury.
Exercise For Obesity?

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We hear a lot about obesity these days and the usual solutions range from gastric bypass surgery to the inevitable plea for diet and exercise. However, there is one problem that people do not normally address with obesity, that is, what type of exercise can they do?

The problem? They couldn't do the same kinds of exercises as other clients because of their size...the machines were too small for them and some exercises were just downright impossible. Together, we've come up...

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We hear a lot about obesity these days and the usual solutions range from gastric bypass surgery to the inevitable plea for diet and exercise. However, there is one problem that people do not normally address with obesity, that is, what type of exercise can they do?

The problem? They couldn't do the same kinds of exercises as other clients because of their size...the machines were too small for them and some exercises were just downright impossible. Together, we've come up with some solutions to these problems and, if you're in the same boat, you can too.

Some of the main problems faced by obese people in the gym are:

1. Machines that are difficult to use or cause knee or back problems.

2. Swimming is a recommended exercise for obese people and this is wonderful if you have a pool in your backyard, but what if you don't? Walking around in a bathing suit causes instant panic for plenty of people, but even moreso if you're overweight or obese.

3. Recumbent bikes are another good option for obese people. The problem is, many aren't built with big enough seats and climbing onto them can be a real challenge.

4. Walking. This is a simple exercise that can be done anywhere, right? Tell that to one of my clients who got food thrown at her from a moving car because of her size.

Do Obese People get more headaches?
If you have two unhealthy conditions, migraine and obesity, you are even more disabled than if you'd had either one. Past research has linked obesity to headache and migraine in adults. To investigate if such a connection exists in children and teens, Hershey and his colleagues looked at 440 migraine patients between the ages of 3 and 18 treated at seven specialty headache centers.

Permanent solution for obesity!
With all the problems associated with obesity, there is only one obvious method in which thousands of obese people has already tried, and succeeded, that is to go for a gastric bypass surgery. Gastric bypass surgery is extremely safe when conducted by a certified doctor and the tens of Kgs that you lose are permanent! Find out is gastric bypass surgery is for you!

Exercise Management

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Exercise is vital to shedding excess weight and keeping it off. The body was meant to be active, and that is often a challenge in todayÕs often-sedentary lifestyles. White collar workers, security workers, and drivers make up a large part of the workforce, and get very little exercise daily. Especially if you fit into this category, a concerted effort must be made in order to ensure that an exercise regimen is followed that will afford you a level of activity that will provid...


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Exercise is vital to shedding excess weight and keeping it off. The body was meant to be active, and that is often a challenge in todayÕs often-sedentary lifestyles. White collar workers, security workers, and drivers make up a large part of the workforce, and get very little exercise daily. Especially if you fit into this category, a concerted effort must be made in order to ensure that an exercise regimen is followed that will afford you a level of activity that will provide the amount of activity you need to stay healthy and avoid obesity.

People often dread exercise, projecting a grueling task that will leave them without energy and with sore muscles. This does not have to be and should not be the case. It is not necessary to employ a vigorous workout in order to have an effective exercise plan. Any regular exercise plan that is cardiovascular, raising the heart rate for at least a half hour straight, will do wonders for your body. Simply taking a walk, starting slow, then working your way up to power walking, is an excellent method of exercise. If your time is limited, or you live in a location where weather may impede your workout schedule, you may want to invest in a treadmill so that you can work out daily without interruption. Riding a bike, whether a regular bike or a stationary one, can be equally as effective. Again, you may want to employ both options to add variety, yet to make sure that weather does not impede you from your daily routine. Skipping days becomes addictive, and before you know it weeks begin to compile where you have not worked out, so avoid the trap.

In Ayurveda, walking is also highly recommended. Additionally, simple movement exercises are employed. If you have the time, seek a yoga class in your area. Styles of yoga can range from mild to vigorous, and provide conscious movement as suggested in Ayurveda. Such conscious movement is vital to conquering obesity.

If you have children that are not active, whether they are obese or not, you should definitely engage them in some sort of physical activity on a daily basis. Growing the habit of activity is key in avoiding obesity later in life, and controlling it during youth. Sedentary lifestyles brought on by modern phenomena of excess television watching, consuming fast and packaged foods, and playing video games are causing marked increases in obesity amongst children. Be aware of your childrenÕs lifestyle and promote activity amongst them. Encourage them to engage in activities away from the television for a couple of hours a day, preferably engaged in an organized physical activity. It is a habit that they will often take with them into adulthood and benefit from for a lifetime.

Exercise Must For Health and Fitness

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For women to recover their health and fitness workout is the answer. If you feel that you are overweight or obese in this case there is no need to feel inferior by comparing with other as there are several women who have the similar crisis concerned to their weight. Numerous prefer to depend on diets to come in proper shape but they not succeed to consider that they are required to work on strength as well. There are numerous women who struggle with a range of diets devoid of attempting any exercise, and then these women guess why they are yet out of shape and can’t appear to trim down any calories. It is noteworthy that one understands that at the moment is the exact time to start functioning on your health and fitness and also keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a tough one.

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For women to recover their health and fitness workout is the answer. If you feel that you are overweight or obese in this case there is no need to feel inferior by comparing with other as there are several women who have the similar crisis concerned to their weight. Numerous prefer to depend on diets to come in proper shape but they not succeed to consider that they are required to work on strength as well. There are numerous women who struggle with a range of diets devoid of attempting any exercise, and then these women guess why they are yet out of shape and can’t appear to trim down any calories. It is noteworthy that one understands that at the moment is the exact time to start functioning on your health and fitness and also keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be a tough one.

Being weighty is not a big deal there are different ways that one can start doing out workout. Yes, it is true that one can’t conquer the ambition in the single day but it is possible to achieve it slow and steadily by moving towards it consistently. It is better to do something than not doing anything. And therefore some quantity of work out is healthier than not doing work out at all. Therefore start consulting your specific practitioner and let him recognize that you are in fact sincere about improving health and would like to be proceed in shape as soon as possible.

You will get the help from your general practitioner who will direct you to the right routine and exercises for you. He will suggest you with a number of diet suggestion in addition enthusiasm that will help improving you with your eating lifestyle. In spite of this, as an substitute of just distressing about your diet, you in actual fact require to focus on getting healthy and fit. This is one of the most fundamental decisions that a women will ever make when it comes to her health and fitness.

After consulting the trainer if a woman can come up with a excellent quality exercise program and if she is strictly following the program for at least 4 months, Without any doubt she will see some enormous betterments in her general health and fitness. By varying her eating habits or diet she can also improve her health as well. If one works on scheduled work out for at least three hours each week and plan to gobble only when badly hungry, she will discover that her cholesterol and her blood pressure levels will both get improved.
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Exercise Myths Explained

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Despite the health benefits that are brought by exercising and working out. A lot of people are hesitant to partake in these activities because of perceived ill-effects that exercising may bring. In the 21st century, infomercials, magazines, videos, and friends may give conflicting advice. These results in confusion and is probably the reason why many individuals prevented from getting in shape.

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Exercise is good for the body. A lot of people have been raving about the health benefits of including a exercise and other physical activities in their lifestyles. Exercise is important for strengthened circulatory, respiratory, and immune systems. In addition, many health studies show that exercise effects mental health as well. It elevates moods and promotes a state of bliss. Including exercise in one's lifestyle may reduce anxiety and manage stress.

  Despite the health benefits that are brought by exercising and working out. A lot of people are hesitant to partake in these activities because of perceived ill-effects that exercise may bring. In the 21st century, infomercials, magazines, videos, and friends may give conflicting advice. These results in confusion and is probably the reason why many individuals prevented from getting in shape.

Numerous women are hesitant to workout or because of the misconception that strength training will make them bulky. They think that strength training is only for men. Women naturally have less bone and muscle than men, this is the reason why women have higher risks of osteoporosis. Medical experts however point that women don't have enough testosterone to develop big and bulky muscles. Muscular women that are seen in the Internet and television probably achieved those kinds of physique because of consuming uncontrolled substances. 

Another misconception that many people believe is one has to workout intensely in order to gain health benefits. This is incorrect because moderate workouts lower the risk of acquiring unwanted ailments and promote improved well-being. A study conducted by the Nurses' Health Study (NHS), show that women who regularly engage in in brisk walking reduced their risk of heart disease to the same degree as women who engaged in vigorous exercise.

  Individuals that gain weight as they get older blame age for this attribute. However, weight gain takes place because of reduced physical activities and diminished metabolic rate which is caused by loss of lean body mass. This transformation takes place between ages 20 and 30. The percentage of body fat slowly increases and produces a decreasing calorie requirement. This happens because fat cells consume fewer calories than muscle cells. Exercise and physical activity may slowdown the aging process by preventing degeneration and metabolic diseases that affect middle aged and elderly people. In addition, exercise stimulates the activities in the human cells and fluids. As these cells are stimulated the more likely they will continue to function properly. It is however important to exercise with a nutritious diet to reap its health benefits. 

  It is never too late to partake in regular exercise and other physical activities. Exercise is good for  different people of all ages. It is necessary to maintain improved overall health. Individuals who decide to include a regular program of physical activity should consult doctors and other health professionals for advice. This is important because a lot of individuals tend to workout too much or workout improperly, which may do more harm than good. Understanding proper workout and including a healthy diet in one's lifestyle may lead to improved health and overall well-being.

title:Exercise Personalities:  What's Your Type?
author:Colleen Palati
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exercise. You know how it goes. You have an epiphany and make up your mind that this time you are going to stick with an exercise program. The first week goes great…so does the second. Then the third week blues kick in and by week 4 that motivation you felt in the beginning has moved to the couch. We have all been there.
Just recently, researchers have found that people are much more successful in sticking to an exercise regime if it matches their personalities. To stay motivated, you should go with whatever "moves you". The Physician and Sports Medicine edition of December 2004 identifies specific activities that correspond with different personalities. Let us take a look and find out what your type is!
If you: Love to compete
Try: Activities with a competitive edge - team sports, tennis, volleyball, golf.
If you: Like to take risks
Try: Activities that appeal to your adventurous spirit…mountain climbing, cross-country skiing.
If you: Are strong, assertive, and aggressive
Try: Activities that allow you to release tons of energ - martial arts, power weight lifting, mountain biking.
If you: Are motivated by excitement and fun
Try: Group activities…dance classes, aerobics, skiing, and team sports.
If you: Enjoy mental focus
Try: Activities that allow you to concentrat - yoga, Pilates, martial arts.
If you: Like to socialize
Try: Activities that allow you to interact with people - golf, join a gym, team sports.
If you: Enjoy surprises and spontaneity
Try: Inpredictable activities - racquet sports, dancing, outdoor hiking.
If you: Are introspective and enjoy solitude
Try: Activities that can be done alone - running, walking, yoga, swimming laps.
If you: Like a sense of routine and control
Try: Structured activities - step machine, tai chi, weight lifting.
Interesting! So now that we have some ideas, let's get moving and make it to week 5, 6, 7....
Yours in healthy living,
Colleen Palati
9217 Douglas Fir Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
title:Exercise Rowing Machines
author:Gary Gresham
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exercise rowing machines are a great way to get aerobic exercise.  The more muscles you use when you exercise, the less time it takes to give your body a full workout. 
Rowing moves your body through a wider range of motion than most activities, stretching your muscles and rotating your joints.  Exercise rowing machines works out muscles in your arms, legs, stomach and torso building muscular strength and endurance. 
Your heart and lungs can also benefit from rowing exercise.  The benefit of rowing exercise is similar to other forms of aerobic workouts.  The continuous upper body motion is also great for raising your heart rate to your target zone. 
Rowing burns calories faster than biking, is easier to do and rowing can even firm up your butt.  Rowing is a smooth motion, rhythmic and impact free activity that puts little strain on the muscles and joints if done correctly. 
However, people with back problems should proceed with caution because rowing can put a strain on your back.  Always check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. 
Rowing is a very versatile sport that can be done indoors or out.  It is a complete exercise that is satisfying, enjoyable to do and provides a balance of fitness benefits.
You can get a great workout with rowing whether you are indoors, on an exercise rowing machine or outdoors enjoying the fresh air.  You can row solo or join a local rowing club for the social benefits.
The steady rhythm of rowing will challenge your body, but it can also help calm your mind.  Picture yourself rowing outdoors on a quiet lake; your body, your mind, the boat and the water all blended into one blissful space in time.

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title:Exercise the Right Way to Boost Your Energy
author:Dr Edward Steiner
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

There are two main types of exercise. Aerobic and Anaeobic exercise. Let's start with the first one. Aerobic literally means with oxygen. Aerobic exercise has an important distinction; it burns fat as its main fuel. Can anyone find a use for this? Anaerobic means without oxygen. Anaerobic burns sugar as its main fuel. Despite popular myth, exercise doesn't have to be drastic to provide massive physiological benefits. Even light exercise will burn fat.
Light exercise clears out lactic acid (a waste product in the body) and stimulates cells to regenerate. To ensure you're exercising aerobically (burning fat) rather than exercising anaerobically, it's important to ensure you do several things as you exercise.
The most important is to breathe deep as you exercise. Breathe in deep into your stomach through your nose, hold it and then exhale hard through your mouth.
Secondly, make sure that you exercise at a level that's comfortable. Exercise at a level of 7/10. You should still be able to carry on a conversation while you exercise. Do this for at least 45 minutes a day and notice your energy explode.
Do you think you don't have time to do this? There is always time. Use the time you would have spent sleeping to replenish your body. I guarantee that you'll need less sleep. Use the time in your lunch break to exercise. The increase in productivity will have you more on the ball, and save you time through the dramatic increase in productivity. See, with the increased oxygen from aerobic exercise your brain speed and efficiency increases. Ride a bike, walk, swim or play sport.
Rebounding (or cellularise as it's now known) is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise around. If you have access to a rebounder, use it. Use any break you have whilst working to engage in some form of movement and deep breathing.
Exercise also strongly benefits the heart. It literally makes it a larger and stronger organ. Deep breathing makes the lungs stronger and larger. Research is now linking exercise to helping benefit and prevent almost every type of disease or ailment. Movement of any joints promotes blood flow and creates energy. Sitting down all day actually robs the body of energy. If you sit down all day it’s absolutely vital that you promote blood flow, circulation, energy, brain flow and the strength of your heart.
title:Exercise Tips for People With 'No Time'
author:Sheri Zampelli
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

As our lives become more complex, we need creative time-management twists to juggle all the things we want to do.  This article will give you tips on how to fit exercise into your busy schedule, even if you have a sedentary lifestyle.
The first step is to drop the all-or-nothing, perfectionistic thinking that says "It has to be at a gym.  It doesn't count if you don't breathe hard.  It doesn't count if you don't do it for at least 30 minutes non-stop etc.  Any physical activity is more beneficial than NO physical activity.  So open your mind and let's create new solutions.
We all get stuck from time to time sitting at our computers, waiting for one thing or another:
*Long print jobs
*Slow or large downloads
*Large files to open
*Inspiration on what to write or do next
*“Instant” messages
*iPod Updates
Here's how you can put that time to use:
1.  Get a medicine ball and/or exercise band at your local sporting goods store or on-line.
2.  Put these items near your computer in an easy to reach location.
3.  Begin compiling a stack of exercise ideas from magazines or books which you will also keep near your computer (consider starting a three-ring binder so you can easily find the book and flip through it at will).
4.  When you encounter a wait period (or just need a little break), do a set of arm or leg exercises.  Here’s a list of ideas to get you started:
Chest Press: Strap an exercise tube around the back of your office chair and do occasional chest presses.  Hold one handle in each hand and position your hands so they are at chest level.  Sit up straight.  Push forward and extend your arms straight in front of you or, for variation, cross your hands in front of you.  Repeat 10-15 times or until you become fatigued.
Overhead Tricep Lifts: Hold a 3-5 pound medicine ball in both hands.  Lift it over your head with arms extended.  Bend at the elbows and slowly lower the ball so that it ends up behind your neck.  Continue lifting the ball from behind your neck to over your head.  Use slow, steady, controlled movements.  Repeat 8-10 times or until you become fatigued.
Bicep Curls: Depending on your strength level, you can use one or both arms for this exercise.  Hold the medicine ball in your hands in front of you as if you are offering a gift to someone or holding a large cup or bowl in your hands.  Your arms should be in an “L” shaped position at your sides.  Bring the ball up to your chest slowly and then back down slowly.  If you are strong enough, you can also do one arm at a time lifting the ball from the “L” shaped position up to your shoulder and back down again.  Repeat 12-15 times or until you become fatigued.  Perform equal amounts of repetitions for each arm.
Leg Lifts: Stretch your legs out in front of you and put your ankles and feet together.  Place the medicine ball in the cradle created by your ankles so that the ball is resting on the top of your foot and your lower leg at the same time.  Depending on your strength level, you can do this exercise a variety of ways:
Lower Leg Lifts: Lift your legs from the floor until they are almost completely extended.  Maintain a small bend in the knees, do not lock your knees.  For more of a challenge, hold your legs in the lifted position until you begin to feel your muscles shake or burn, then lower.  Repeat 10-15 times.
Full Leg Lifts: Scoot up in your chair so that your buttocks are almost at the edge of your seat.  Put your hands on the armrest to support your body.  Extend your legs in front of you with your knees slightly bent.  Lift your legs as high as you can off the ground.  For extra challenge, hold your legs in place before lowering.  Be sure to continue sitting up straight as you do this exercise and hold in your abdominal muscles for support.
Copyright 2006 Sheri Zampelli

title:Exercise Tips -- Motivation May Not Be #1 Key
author:Brad Howard
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

I help people all of the time with different problems when it comes to their workouts (and even life sometimes). Many of those times, these distinct problems are attributed to a much larger situation. I am a HUGE believer of getting to the source of a problem and NOT just treating symptoms.
Treating symptoms never lets the person understand what is actually going on and can be very self defeating.   Imagine for a minute that you are allergic to peanut butter.  Now, you love peanut butter so you get a medicine to let you eat peanut butter to your heart's content.
Of course, the medicine costs money and carries all sorts of side effects.  Wouldn't it make more sense to just give up peanut butter?  After all, it's the peanut butter that is the source of your problems.  Taking the medicine is just an unnecessary step.
So, the best thing to do in most instances revolves around the source of a problem.  But, for people trying to get in better shape, what are the primary problem sources?  What exercise tips prove to really pay off?
Honestly, most of the underlying problems involve psychology and the way people perceive things.  The leftover problems stem from either overflowing or faulty information.
Today, I want to go over motivation and why it might not necessarily be the 1st thing to focus on when beginning a new program.
Follow me here. (I'll get to the correlation at the end)
I think most people can relate to this.
You have an underperforming employee.  Generally speaking, underperforming employees tend to fall into two categories -- those that need more training and those that have significant training but need to be motivated (I usually let these people go by the way as they tend to be a drain on the team).
Most of the time, an underperforming person gets lumped into the "I need motivation" category prematurely.  However, looking further, we can see that our employee really just needs more training to ensure more confidence.
But, what do we do?
We say, "Oh, you just need to be more motivated" or "come on, just think about how much money you can make." Then, our "motivated" individual goes out, does a crappy job, gets discouraged, and then falls back into the same trap as before. It's a vicious cycle. (By the way, if you have an employee like this, chances are they need more training. It's a clear sign that you haven't been doing YOUR job, instead of them not doing theirs).
Think about it this way, if you have an idiot and you motivate them you don't get a lean, mean, employee: you've got yourself a motivated idiot!  Imagine what kind of destructive power that can have.
I've digressed a little. What does this have to do with working out?
If you are doing all of the wrong things and you get more motivated (i.e. work harder, more weight, reps, intensity), you are going to trash your body, period.
Think about the motivated idiot.
Now, I'm not saying to get into information overload by any means. The easiest thing to do would be to grab a magazine or two from the grocery store and start with a few of the workouts inside.  That way, you don't have to worry about your plan and can actually GET MOTIVATED with the right information.
This is very important.
Now, if this does not sound appealing, put something together yourself and get it critiqued by a qualified individual before you start. You might have a great majority of it right and realize drastic improvements with a few small tweaks.
Search out reputable sources (don't "diet" Google) and follow their advice.
Do not pick 15 people to follow and mash all of their teachings together. Pick one and follow him/her only.  When you try to put more than one system together, you not only diffuse the power of the system, you put yourself into potential information overload from all of the different "exercise tips".
Again, do some research and find one person to focus on.  You'll see quicker results from your simple approach.
REMEMBER!  Information overload = no results.
Moral of the story, get equipped with the right information from a singular source...
..and don't be a motivated idiot.
Copyright 2006 Brad Howard

title:Exercise Your Face to Look Healthier & Younger
author:Cynthia Rowland
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Do you have a problem area on your face that you would like to change?  Double chin, droopy eyes, jowls, pouches, crows feet or marionette lines?  Aging is as sneaky as sun damage and it seems that in a twinkling of an eye, your face can look so different that you might wonder just who is that person staring back at you in the mirror? 
Could facial exercise be the answer to the age old question –“Can I maintain a youthful appearance?”   Must I spend my children’s inheritance to stave off Mother Nature’s footprints across my face?
You can certainly turn back the clock with facial exercise that employs resistance and isometric contractions of the muscles using the thumbs and fingers.  This doesn’t mean that you will look sixteen or even twenty again but shaving off ten or fifteen years from your appearance with exercise rivals the results of most plastic surgery procedures.
Plastic surgery techniques do not stop the aging process; muscles in the face continue to make their downward slide dragging the skin unnaturally, creating the need for more and more surgical procedures.  With exercise, the muscles become stronger, the skin looks revitalized and lifted.  Most importantly, facial exercises can be performed inexpensively at home.
The muscles of the face elongate just like the muscles in your arms, thighs and buttocks; in fact, the muscles in the face will have elongated about one-half inch by the time most people have reached the age of 55.  The elongation is the result of atrophy of the muscles and gravity.  Even though we talk, sing or laugh, the muscles continue to soften and become lax; it’s only when the facial muscles are specifically exercised do they begin to plump up and support your skin better.
The elongation of facial muscles affects every area of your face.  For instance, the “apples” in your upper cheeks may not be positioned prominently, in fact, when a smile is made, rather than seeing fullness high on the cheeks, the muscles may appear flat and midway between the nose and mouth. 
If you add one-half inch to the length of your forehead, your eye area suffers because the downward motion compresses into the brows.  What happens if you add one-half inch or more to the area under the chin? The dreaded wattle is developing.  One-half inch added to the jaw line means jowls are forming. 
Beginning a facial exercise program to sculpt and contour the face may seem daunting at first because the movements and positioning feel somewhat awkward.  Remember when you first learned to ride a bicycle?  It was so scary!  But after a few days of lumps and bumps, you were pedaling like you were a pro.  It’s the same with facial exercise, once you become familiar with the movements, you will marvel that these simple steps can easily produce a younger looking face.
You will want to take beginning photos before you start a facial exercise regimen so that you can track your progress and you will want to update your photos at the end of every third week. In about three weeks friends and colleagues will begin noticing that something is definitely different about you.  They may think you have changed your hair in some way or that you are sleeping better but you will know what they’re seeing is your pretty face returning. 
In hardly any time at all, you will notice how smooth and refreshed your skin looks; your face glows with radiance from increased oxygenation to the muscles and those sagging, droopy muscles are now portraying a more youthful looking you.  Without surgery, drugs or anything harmful you can turn back the clock and look at least 10-15 years younger.
Exercise Your Lungs for Better Breathing and Less Time Out of Breath

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Better breathing can improve performance whether you are a professional athelete or just want to feel better.  Health benefits of improving the respiratory function include less time out of breath, improved focus, and better overall performance and wellness.

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Breathing is something we do naturally, but rarely do we think about how better breathing can enhance our performance in both sports and everyday activities. Training your lungs is just as critical as other fitness activities we participate in for a better health. There are many benefits to health and many potential problems when the breathing fitness is ignored. Fortunately there are solutions to improve the breathing and thus your performance. If you have difficulty breathing, a conversation with a doctor or respiratory specialist would be time well spent. The information here can be a source of help for these conversations.

When breathing properly, the body of oxygen and cells and tissues are received from the energy required to carry out their functions. Concentration has improved, strengthened the immune system, increased metabolism, stress reduction, and an overall feeling of wellbeing. The most important thing is, and often do not think, is to improve the breathing what time to detoxify the body more efficiently. Although a small percentage of the toxic substances are discharged through sweating, urination, defecation, most (around 70%) are discharged through the breathing.

On the contrary, if there is one with respiratory problems and is out of breath, panting, gasping, there are many potential side effects. In this case, it is dizzy, unable to concentrate, or stressed. In addition, it is open to painful muscles and a tight feeling, digestion, numbness, and other conditions. As mentioned above, when not breathing properly, detoxification is dramatically carried out, the body can not rid itself of toxic substances in an efficient manner.

There are twelve sets of the breathing muscles that make respiration possible. Like any other muscle in the body, they can get tired and overexerted, resulting in a condition out of breath, gasping for air, etc. This happens to an athlete who pushes them self to the limit, and to someone who exerts in everyday activities. It is clear that it is not just a state of excessive shortness of breath that we should be concerned. Regular natural breathing is controlled by those muscles as well.

The exercise of the breathing muscles can be one of the ways to improving your performance. Thanks to the new and improved technology, this can be accomplished with the help of devices. These can be used only a few times a day to the effective exercise of all respiratory function including inhale and exhale. A device, such as the PowerLung exercises the twenty-four muscles responsible for respiratory function, thus improving breathing endurance and reducing the chance to be out of breath. This type of exercise apparatus of the lungs in a way very similar to resistance training any muscle or muscle group

Breathing can help or hurt your performance in many ways, whether you are a professional athlete in search of excellence or if you have a high to climb the stairs better. If you are unsure of the severity of your breathing issues, a conversation with a doctor or respiratory therapist is needed. If you're looking to improve your overall performance through better breathing, fortunately, there are methods available to help.

Exercise: The Key to Healthy Skin

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The article talks about the benefits of exercise and other physical activities in the development of healthy skin. This is achieved when the body gets rid of the toxins and other bacteria through sweat. Physical activities should be coupled with proper diet and hydration to achieve overall health improvements and healthy-looking skin

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Regular exercise and physical activities like weight training, yoga, and aerobic exercises have been known to improve physique and aid in weight-loss. People workout regularly so that they can develop a more toned and leaner physique. They do this by burning fat through exercise. Working out also promotes  greater muscle density, bone strength, and helps reduce the risk of breaking bones as one gets older. Recent medical studies suggest that regular exercise and physical activities may also be beneficial to overall skin health and clean the skin of acne and other impurities. Adding exercise in a daily routine is essential for skin care.

Exercise improves the skin by improving the blood circulation in the body and, therefore, provide oxygen and other nutrients to the skin cells. As one sweats, the body removes toxins through the open pores of the skin. This process effectively cleanses the pores from dead skin cells, dirt, and excess sebum. Sebum is the oil secretions of the sebaceous glands and may clog pores that cause the production of acne. This substance is scentless but its bacterial breakdown may produce odors. In addition to these benefits, exercise enables the kidneys and liver to function properly. These developments makes the elimination of toxins from the body more effective and efficient. It is always best to take a shower after a workout since bathing washes away any waste material and bacteria that is present on the skin. It also prevents the buildup of bacteria that is attracted to sweat. These bacteria may cause body odor and the development of acne.

Drinking enough water after working out may guarantee proper hydration of the body and help reduce skin dryness and is important factor in skin care. However, it is advised to drink the right amounts of water because too much or too little may bring unwanted effects. Needless to say, water is essential in eliminating body toxins and in replacing all the water that was lost from sweating during exercise.
A better physique and healthy-looking skin are not the only benefits of exercise and physical activities. They also have emotional and mental benefits. These activities are good for stress relief and in keeping the mind active and focused. This is possible because of moderate or intense physical activities may prompt the body to produce substances called endorphins. These substances are produced by the brain that may elevate one's mood and eliminate feelings of stress and anxiety. This effect is called by many health experts as the “runner's high.

Furthermore, individuals who want to engage in exercise and other physical activities should consult health professionals or train with a professional instructor. Because improper or too much training may do more harm than good. Extreme exercise may increase the production of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These hormones aid the body switch to more efficient fat-burning metabolism to preserve glycogen in the muscles and aid blood vessels in the delivery of oxygen to the muscles.

Stress overload can occur if an individual does not reduce the intensity of training even for short periods. This may cause an increase in white blood cells that eliminate bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells. When the intense exercise is finished, the number of immune cells may decrease. It is theorized that any viruses or bacteria present in this stage may multiply and cause infection which may weaken the immune system. Exercising is critical in overall health and skin care. Adding them in one's lifestyle may lead to the development of healthy-looking skin.

title:Exercise: Why YOU Should Do It
author:Aaron M. Potts
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Hundreds of Thousands of Americans spend millions of dollars each year on diet pills, “magical” exercise devices, and misrepresented health and fitness products, when in all actuality a good set of dumbbells and a brisk walk may be all you need to get in better shape than you’ve ever been in.
What can you do with nothing but a set of dumbbells, you ask? Provide resistance to your body’s movements - also known as weight lifting. That’s all weight lifting is – resistance. The terms “weight lifting” and “resistance training” have become one in the same because they are describing the same activity – moving your body under more resistance than it normally has to handle.
In fact, you’ve just stumbled upon the basic secret of exercise in general! Whether you are talking about resistance training, Pilates, Yoga, cardiovascular activities, or any other form of exercise, all of these programs have one thing in common - performing more activity than you would get sitting on the couch. WHY should you exercise, though?
How about defying the aging process for starters? Do you know that the primary reason why elderly people end up in nursing homes is because they lose the ability to think and move on their own? Do you also know that the entire process of thinking and moving on our own happens because we do it every day? Until we retire, that is. Once we don’t have to go to work anymore, or deal with scheduling and lifestyle issues, suddenly the only thing that we have to think about is whether to watch game shows or soap operas all day long, and the only exercise we get is deftly flying our fingers over the remote control.
Mush. That’s what our brains and bodies turn into when we stop using them. Think you are still sharp as a tack, and at the height of your game? Try to say the alphabet backwards in 30 seconds or less.
Yes…. sharp indeed.
What about physically? Think that you can still hold your own even though you don’t really exercise much? Stop reading this article and drop down on the floor for some correct-form push-ups. Did you do at least 30 if you are female, or at least 40 if you are male? No? How about 20 or 25? 15? Unless you pulled off 30 or 40, you are probably at less than the 50 percentile mark for your gender – health conditions notwithstanding.
Okay, so you’ve determined that you aren’t exactly Olympic athlete material. So what? You don’t even like sports, let alone being very good at them. That’s fine, and there is nothing wrong with that. So what about fat? Do you like bodyfat? Do you find it physically appealing? Do you think it’s healthy? If so, we’re done speaking. Go on about your business, and thanks for reading this far.
For everyone else, here is a newsflash: In America today – the year 2004 – obesity related health conditions account for more deaths in the United States each year than all known forms of cancer COMBINED. Heart Disease alone is the number one killer of American adults, and it is a PREVENTABLE CONDITION!
How about self-esteem? 64% of Americans are overweight. That is almost two-thirds of the population. If you think that a figure like that and the skyrocketing sales of prescription anti-depressants aren’t related, you now have a second opportunity to stop reading this article and continue on with your day.
Here is the bottom line, folks: Exercise and a reasonable nutrition program are necessary for ALL people, for their ENTIRE lives. Note, however, that I said “exercise”, and that I also said “reasonable nutrition program”. At no point did I say anything about spending 2 hours per day at the gym, or about eating nothing but carrots and celery for the rest of your life. Why? Those practices are just as ineffective at long-term weight loss as diet pills and late night infomercial products. Here is what DOES work:
1) Weight/Resistance Training – Weight training for both men and women has the same effect – it makes your muscles more metabolically active. In simpler terms, it means your muscles will burn more calories – even when you are sleeping. Muscle is the only site on your body where bodyfat is broken down. Weak muscles = weak metabolism. Weak metabolism = slow calorie burning.
2) Cardiovascular Training – Contrary to popular belief, this type of training is meant to help your cardio-respiratory system function more effectively, and ultimately to last longer. Does it burn a lot of calories? Sure it does. However, if you don’t combine it with resistance training and supportive nutrition, you’ll likely just burn off water weight and the muscle tissue that you worked so hard for up in step number 1.
3) Reasonable Nutrition Program – Quality sources of complex and fibrous carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, and lean sources of protein. Eat those nutrients in reasonable proportions frequently throughout your day, and your metabolism (refer again to #1) will crank up to high, and you’ll be burning more calories on a day to day basis than you ever have before in your life.
So far we have seen that not only can exercise literally keep us out of a nursing home, but it can also keep off excess levels of bodyfat which will – literally – keep us alive. We haven’t even touched on sports performance, recreational activities, improved energy levels, ability to focus, or many of the other benefits of a regular exercise program.
Personally, I’d be happy with just staying out of a nursing home, and staying alive long enough to look good in a bathing suit. What about you?

title:Exercise - An Effective Way To Lose Weight
author:Sintilia Miecevole
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you trying to lose weight? Have you tried exercising? In case you do not know, exercising regularly is the most effective way to lose weight. Dieting is another way to do it and people choose it very often because it helps them to achieve weight loss very quickly. The problem with dieting is that, in most cases, when dieters return to their old eating habits they gain back all the weight they had lost, which is something very frustrating. That is the reason why you should try exercising regularly and changing your eating habits gradually instead of following diets that will not help you to maintain your weight in the long run.
If you are the kind of person who likes doing nothing but sitting and watching television when you come back home from work, it is going to be hard to start with an exercise program. Anyhow, you can start bit by bit, for example you can start doing just fifteen minutes of exercise a day and you will feel and look a lot better. Then, once you begin noticing the changes it will be easier for you to get on exercising more often.
Always bear in mind that you should consult your doctor before starting any exercise program to lose weight. It depends on your cardiovascular health the type of exercise program that you can do. Doctors also tell you how much exercise your body can stand. With the guide of your doctor you will be sure that any kind of exercise program you follow will do you good.
Have you ever embarked on any kind of exercise program? If not, the best you can do is to join a gym or hire a personal trainer. The majority of health clubs have a great variety of free classes for their members. You can chose from the traditional stair-stepping classes and aerobics to the newer and more specialized classes like kickboxing, Pilates, and yoga. In some cases, gyms offer Spinning classes, which consist of an instructor and various stationary bicycles. But if what you are looking for is to exercise on your own, you should ask for help to a personal trainer to make a program especially for what you need. You can choose from a private personal trainer or an employee of a health club.
If you do not like going to the gym, you can join the sport you like the most. This way you are not only going to lose weight but you are also going to have fun. There are many recreation centers and YMCA’s from where you can choose the sport you like. There are many options: you can choose to play with a group of friends or join a team already formed with people you do not know. It is the best opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and have fun.
After some time you will notice that exercising has become a habit, and at that very moment you can begin to increase the amount and intensity of the activity you are doing. For example, if you have started by walking, you should try, after some weeks, running a little bit. It does not matter how much you increase, you should do it bit by bit.
When you are exercising with the intention of losing weight, it is very important to bear in mind that the most important thing is getting healthier and not just reducing pounds. You have to know that it could be very probable for you to gain some weight when you start exercising just because you are augmenting your muscle mass and muscle are heavier than fat. Yet, when you acquire more muscles, you also use more calories every day. Therefore, even if you do not change your diet, you will still be losing weight. However, it is vital to have a very healthy feeding in order to have enough energy to go through your workout sessions.
Exercise & Cellulite

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When Mike turned 65, he was 25 pounds overweight. By strict dieting, he shed the extra pounds, but he lost more weight; he also lost his energy and vitality. He was always exhausted, and his friends, seeing his gaunt, drawn face, worried about his health.

By the time volunteered for a particular fitness program two years later, he had put 25 extra pounds back on. After 6 months of exercise and some willpower at the dinner table, Mike slimmed down again. This time he felt better than he ever had, brimming with energy and glowing with good health.

What made the difference? The first time Mike lost weight; the second time he lost fat. The distinction is important. According to research, a large portion of the weight lost by dieting alone is active tissue, such as muscle and connective tissue, while a smaller fraction is excess fat. Exercise has the opposite effect. It increased his lean body mass and decreased his excess fat.

Same thing goes with cellulite.

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Most people tend to think that cellulites are only present to people who are obese. That is why they sometimes associate cellulite with fats and obesity.

Actually, even if cellulite refers to the chain of wrinkled “fat cells” and “subcutaneous connective tissues” beneath the layer of the skin, it should never be associated with people who are fat or obese. In fact, there are many people who have cellulite but are not fat at all.

In reality, nobody knows the main reason why some people accumulate cellulite. However, there are some factors that health experts are considering such as the structure of the fat cells or the poison that entered the body. Some experts say it may be caused by some hormonal changes in the body. But none of these things has been proven to cause cellulites.

However, the only main reason why most of the cellulite cases are abundant in women is that the connective tissues of women are more rigid and firm than men. Hence, whenever a woman gets fat, the fatty cells tend to swell and get bigger. It creates a protruding appearance to the skin producing an “orange peel” look.

For this reason, women are more prone to cellulite than men. That is why it is important for women to be more careful on their body as they have higher chances of accumulating cellulite.

Fats and Cellulite

With the many cases of obese people having cellulites in their body, most of them believed that their cellulites are caused by being too fat.

Even though not all those who are obese develop cellulites, being overweight can really trigger the development of cellulites. This is because too much fat under the skin tend to push the connective tissue creating a strain on the skin. Thus, cellulites form.

However, this is still dependent on the structure of the cells. If an individual’s cell structure does not inhibit the tendency to bulge or expand even if fat deposits accumulate, then there will be no cellulites.

So, the most important thing to remember here is to keep those connective tissues firm and strong and avoid accumulating excess fats so as to avoid the development of cellulite.

How? Start an exercise routine program.

Transforming food into fat seems all too easy for most of us. Losing fat is far more difficult, and to accomplish this, we have only three alternatives: (1) decrease food intake and keep activity constant; (2) increase activity and keep food intake constant; or (3) combine both approaches: diet and exercise.

Physical activity can help reverse the results of inactivity. An hour of vigorous exercise burns up 300 to 600 calories. If you also cut 300 to 500 calories from your daily menu, you can also lose weight at the rate of one to two pounds a week.

Without exercise, you would have to eat 500 to 1,000 fewer calories a day to lose the same number of pounds in a week. Exercise is not for everyone who is over-fat, however. The severely obese person should exercise only under medical supervision to prevent strain on the cardiovascular system and connective tissue. And no one should restrict food intake drastically without consulting doctor.

Resorting to this kind of activity will only get the matter worse. Remember what happened to Mike? He thought that when he started dieting, he would eventually lose all the excess fats he has accumulated. The problem is that he lost those connective tissues rather than excess fat.

For people who are prone to cellulites, this will be a greater problem. Losing connective tissues instead of fat by strict dieting can only make the skin more prone to greater problems but the fat cells are still there. That only means that the problem is not solved at all.

Hence, if you wish to loose those cellulites, it would be better to loose those fats first. The idea here is to burn those fats by increasing your metabolism by 7.5% to 28% more than your normal rate.

It is for this reason that exercising is an important factor in losing cellulite. So for a more cellulite free body, always engage in an exercise routine.

title:Exercise & Self Image: How to Feel Better in More Ways than One
author:Tanja Gardner
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There seems to be an almost magical relationship between exercise and a healthy (or at least improved) self-image.  Research shows that one of the best predictors (not the only one, but one of the best) of whether someone will achieve their fitness goals is a key aspect of self-image called self-efficacy. Self efficacy is the degree to which you believe you’re able to control what you do, and what happens to you).
The higher someone’s self-efficacy, the better their chances of starting and sticking to an exercise programme. At the same time, one of the most well documented psychological effects of regular exercise is a marked improvement in self-efficacy.   The longer we engage in regular exercise, the better we feel about ourselves.  This means is the better our self-esteem, the more likely we are to exercise, and the more our self-esteem rises, so the more we want to exercise… and so on.  Although the conclusions are fairly clear, there doesn’t seem to be much study of why the relationship exists. There are, however, a lot of theories.
Firstly, there are the biochemical results of exercise (see our article on Exercise and Stress for a more in-depth look at these). Have you noticed that a given situation can look totally different depending on how good you feel physically?  From the flood of endorphins through your bloodstream to the flushing out of stress hormones, a good workout (or even just a good walk) makes your body feel wonderful. This, in its turn, tends to improve the way you view yourself – just as it would improve the way you viewed any other situation.
Continuing on this line, I want you to try something. Hunch your shoulders, cross your arms across your chest, look down at the ground, scowl, and say ‘I feel in control.’  Not very convincing?  That’s because an estimated 80% of our communication is non-verbal, and this applies internally as well.  Now try sitting up, putting your shoulders back, taking a couple of deep breaths, and repeating the experiment.  Different? Now you’re communicating a totally different non-verbal message. Then consider that exercise helps strengthen your muscles and improve your posture – all of which communicates nonverbally to your mind how you’re feeling.
Moving away from the physical, there are psychological reasons that reaching a specific exercise goal would increase self-efficacy. Self-efficacy is best improved by doing things. Every time you do something you haven’t been able to do before, the part of you that holds your beliefs about what you’re capable of (your self-efficacy) has to change to incorporate this new piece of information. So every time you achieve a new goal, your self-efficacy increases. This makes you more likely to set and achieve new goals, simply because, having tasted success, you know it’s possible.
Then there’s the way that other people react to the results of your exercise programme. You might get compliments on the physical effects – perhaps you’re losing weight, looking less tired, or suddenly have more energy. Or, what you’re actually *doing* might draw positive comments. A friend might say ‘You’re so good – you’ve kept this programme up for months now!’ Someone might approach you at the gym and tell you they admire your dedication.  (For extra ‘self-esteem brownie points’, look for opportunities to *give* these kinds of compliments sincerely to other people. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel about yourself). Getting compliments from other people isn’t the best reason to take up exercise – but if you surround yourself with supportive people, they *will* notice the difference – and any compliments they give you are a nice side-effect!
Lastly, there’s a reason I haven’t seen anyone else mention, but it’s such a big one for me that it needs to be mentioned. Exercising, by its nature, requires us to get rid of all our makeup, our tailored-to-hide-every-flaw suits, and everything else we hide behind to fit the magazine-imposed restrictions for beauty. And while letting that go can feel intimidating, it can also be incredibly freeing. Because exercising does the exactly same thing to everyone else.
If you want to once and for all destroy the illusion that everyone else but you looks like a model under their clothes, stand in a gym changing room and really *look* at the bodies there. There will be women who are ‘too skinny’, ‘too short’, ‘too fat’ – too ‘whatever’ to fit magazine standards – and most of them will be wandering around totally un-self-consciously, with far more important things to think about than the ‘flaws’ in their own, or each other’s bodies. *This* is reality. *This* is what healthy women – of all shapes and sizes – look like.  And when this realisation finally sinks in, it can be more freeing than any pat assurances that ‘everyone’s shape is different’.
So what’s the bottom line?  Well, it’s wonderful news – both for those of us who have difficulty sticking to a workout programme, and for those of us who know our self-image could use a little TLC.  Work on your self-image, even a little, and you’re going to want to exercise more to take better care of yourself.  Add that little bit more exercise into your weekly routine, and you’re going to see your self-image improving. Work on them both – just a little – at the same time, and watch the magic truly happen!
If you have any questions about this week’s article, please don’t hesitate to contact me on Otherwise, until next time, may every day bring you closer to your Optimum Life.
Copyright 2005 Tanja Gardner
Exercising Benefits and the Fitness Ball

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Because of its physical and mental health benefits, many people have incorporated ##exercise in their lifestyles. However because of money constraints, certain ####individuals are not able to go to the gym or purchase the necessary equipments. ##One of the best options these individuals can consider is using a fitness ball, which ###has become popular among many health and exercise enthusiasts.

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Regular physical activity and exercise is essential in weight loss, weight control, and improved health. Different kinds of exercise offer various benefits. Cardiovascular or aerobic training primarily improves the heart and the lungs, weight training improves strength and flexibility, while stretching exercises improve mobility and coordination. In general, regular exercise may help reduce heart disease, cancer, certain types of diabetes, and other metabolic conditions. In addition, exercise may also improve brain chemistry and reduce anxiety.

Studies show that exercising and other physical activities promotes the release of endorphins in the human body. Endorphins, short for endogenous morphins are the body's natural pain killer, when released this substance gives moments of bliss and relaxation. Research show that people who exercise regularly have more energy and better self-esteem. These workouts should be done properly to avoid injuries and other unwanted effects. Improper weight training, over-stressing the back muscles, or failure to perform warm ups may cause lower back pain that may lead to serious back injuries.

Because of its physical and mental health benefits, many people have incorporated exercise in their lifestyles. However because of money constraints, certain individuals are not able to go to the gym or purchase the necessary equipments. One of the best options these individuals can consider is using a fitness ball, which has become popular among many health and exercise enthusiasts.
A fitness ball, also known as Pilates ball, stability ball, Swiss ball, and gym ball is made of elastic rubber which usually has a diameter of 14 to 34 inches. Instead of exercising directly on a flat surface, exercising with a fitness ball provides instability that create tension to certain muscle parts. These muscles gain strength as they try to maintain balance. With frequent training, these muscles may become stronger and gain mass overtime. In addition, fitness balls works effectively while causing  minimal strain or injuries. Many fitness experts reveal that fitness ball exercises, if executed wrongly may cause injury. Nonetheless, training on a fitness ball is one way of working out many hard-to-reach muscles. Adding a fitness ball in a fitness program may help surpass some difficult levels involved during exercise. Studies show that by simply sitting on the ball, stabilizer muscles are activated, these muscles are essential in improving one's posture.

Benefits of using an exercise ball include:
Develop overall control and strength of the core body muscles
Increase lower back mobility
Increase abdominal and back muscle strength
Improve balance and stability
Get a deeper stretch and a better muscle workout
Use other muscles to balance during training and get a better workout
Take pressure off certain joints because the ball is soft and round

Regular exercise coupled with a nutritious diet are vital components of good health. Individuals who seek to improve their health should seek the advice of health professionals to maximize the effects of  exercise and healthy food regimen. Obtaining the right information from experts is important in improving one's health. Good health is a lifetime journey and is one of the components of a happy life.

title:Exercising In Heat
author:Lynn Bode
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Summer is officially here. Finally you can pack away your jackets and get outside. Summer offers extras hours of daylight and with it the opportunity to spend even more time enjoying outdoor activities. For many, this means more time doing physical activities and playing sports. So, it’s important to remember the potential dangers that also come with exercising in hot conditions. As long as you know the dos and don’ts of working out in the heat, then you can fully take advantage of all the fun of summer.
What you should do:

Drink plenty of fluids. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated. If you’re thirsty then you are already dehydrated; drink before you feel a need to. Be sure to drink throughout the day (stick to non-caffeinated beverages, preferably water). Also, drink 15-20 minutes before beginning your workout and every 15 minutes throughout the exercise.
Eat regularly. The heat can decrease your appetite, but it’s important to eat normally. Try to eat small meals 5-6 times per day. Include lots of fruits and vegetables. Aside from being nutritious, fruits also tend to help with hydration.
Wear light, loose fitting clothes that can breath. Cotton is always a good choice. If your outdoor activity produces a lot of perspiration, consider clothing that is designed to wick the sweat away.
Wear sunscreen. Even if you exercise early in the morning or late in the evening, if the sun can reach you then you can get burned. Not only is a sunburn bad on the skin and potentially dangerous but it also hinders your bodies ability to stay cool.
Use common sense and don’t attempt strenuous activities that your body is not accustom to. Stick to exercises that you are very familiar and comfortable with.
Check the weather forecast. It’s best not to participate in intense outdoor exercise sessions when the heat index registers in the dangerous zone.

What you should not do:

Don’t try to diet by sweating. Excessive perspiration is not the key to permanent weight loss. Any decrease in the scale would simply be a result of water loss, not fat reduction.
Don’t adapt the "no pain, no gain" motto. Ignoring your body’s signals could be dangerous. Heat-related illnesses come with warning signs. Be sure to learn how to recognize them and what actions to take.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of liquid when swimming. Just because your body is surrounded by water does not mean that you are well-hydrated. As with any land exercises, you need to regularly replenish lost fluids when in the pool.
Avoid physical activity during the hottest part of the day, which usually is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
If you want (or need) to be working in very hot temperatures, don’t do it until you become acclimated. Try to spend only a few minutes per day in the hot conditions for the first couple of weeks and then add time gradually each day.
Avoid extreme changes in temperature. Don’t hop from being extremely hot and sweating excessively right into an ice cold, air-conditioned environment. Try to cool your body down slightly before exposing it to the extreme temperature variation.

Whether you have to work outside or do it for enjoyment, following the above tips will help you stay cool and safe during the dog days of summer. So, don’t spend the season cooped up, get out there and have some fun!
title:Exercising the Liver: An Excellent Guide to Health & Fitness
author:Ismael D. Tabije
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

It is a tough job for the liver to keep the cleaning function of the body always in smooth operation especially with the present-day unhealthy eating and drinking habits of people. And, like any other machines, it encounters malfunctioning that needs immediate troubleshooting. But unlike other machines that need only oiling to run again, the liver has to be looked upon very carefully or the entire system will suffer if it does not function very well.
In youth, you might not notice the effects of malfunctioning liver. But when you reach middle and advanced age, you will discover that a lot of sicknesses are being caused by a malfunctioning liver. The symptoms of a damaged liver are: dull aching pain in the right side of the stomach area - often under the shoulder blade, terrible pain at the nape, rough tongue, unpleasant taste in the mouth in the morning and the appearance of yellowish color in the whites of the eyes. Other than those, a person with a troubled liver would also frequently feel loss of appetite, dizziness and drowsiness after meals.
With these indications of ailments, the person is often irritated and weak which could affect his entire outlook in life. And this could lead to fast deterioration of the body. Growing old would then become a burden.
But you can do something to prevent that misfortune from happening to you. Aging doesn’t have to bring about all sorts of diseases. It is not a reason that because you are getting old, you are expected to feel all kinds of sickness. There are times when you regret why you never heeded the advice to you before and why you never paid enough attention to your health when you were younger. Instead of dwelling on those regrets, why don’t you try doing something to alleviate that condition? No matter at what age you will decide to do so, it is never too late. Sanford Bennett, a phenomenal celebrity for bodily rejuvenation thru natural methods, has proven so.
In his campaign for total health rejuvenation, Sanford Bennett devised a program of exercise for the liver to keep it in a fine condition. The liver, being a gland, would respond well when exercised. And an exercise involving tension of the abdominal muscles will benefit the liver along with some massaging techniques. But of course, before doing the exercise, one must be familiar with the position and the structure of his own liver.
• First Exercise
There are three exercises Sanford Bennett described for the liver. Feel the location of your liver with the fingers of both hands as you lie on your back. Press the fingers upward past the ribs. The liver can be easily moved and tensed because the abdominal muscles are in relaxed state. Create pressing movements under and upwards. Do this twenty times and increasing daily until you reach 100 or until your condition permits.
This tensing exercise is comparable to the effect you get when you ride a horse. This is an exercise frequently prescribed by physicians when the liver is not in good condition.
• Second Exercise
Lie on your right side and place your left hand over the area of your liver. Position yourself with the head slightly inclined forward and with the knees bent. This will relax the abdominal muscles and place the liver forward. With your knuckle of the thumb or the pad of a finger, press well under the ribs and massage the liver.
• Third Exercise (Percussion)
Light thumping of the liver will also help in the healthy activity of the liver. Lie on your left side which inclines the liver forward and the muscles relaxed. With your right fist, strike lightly but rapidly on the area. Begin with twenty strikes and increase daily up to how many your condition permits.
When the liver is properly taken cared of, the whole body system is guaranteed to be in a good condition. And when you pay equal attention to all the parts of your body, there is no need to worry about your health failing. Take care of your body.
Exercising Your Way Out of Chronic Pain

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This article is about exercising as a means of relieving chronic neck and back pain.  A lot of people think of addressing this concern as expensive because they immediately think of expensive pain relief medications and doctor’s consultation fees.  They overlook the simplest means of getting over the pain – exercising.  It triggers production and release of the body’s own pain relieving chemical – endorphins.  Endorphins block pain from getting to the brain and it also generates a sense of well-being.

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A lot of people think that dealing with chronic pain requires a lot of expensive medication and frequent visits to pain specialists.  It doesn’t have to be that way, because something as simple as exercising may help alleviate your chronic pain complaints.

Generally speaking, chronic pain is pain that lasts for three months or longer.  The most commonly reported cases of chronic pain are that of the back and the neck muscles.   The neck is important in keeping the head in place and holding it up. Our back, on the other hand, is the so-called “workhorse” of our body.  It carries the burden of the entire body and is responsible for almost every move we make.  And because of the important functions these muscle groups carry, they are more prone to straining.

What are possible causes of Neck and Back pain?
Studies have shown that some chronic neck and back pain may be caused by these common reasons:

Muscle strain.  Overuse of the neck muscles and improper posture may cause muscle fatigue, and eventually, neck and/or back strain.
Arthritis.  The neck joint is no different from any other joint in the body, it also deteriorates with age and acquires arthritis.
Disk disorders.  Any disorder related to the disk in between the vertebraes may cause neck pain.
Injury.  Injuries that may cause over-stretching of the soft tissues of the neck and back may cause chronic pain.

The cheapest and simplest way to relieve your self of chronic muscle pain is to exercise.  Exercise has been noted to help with a lot of condition, from treating depression to improving memory retention.  Exercise takes out the possible risks from being inactive for a long while.  It also increases the benefits of being active.

The body’s muscles, including the heart, lose its strength and start working less effectively when the body has been inactive for quite a long while. You place yourself at high risk of getting high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or diabetes. Lack of physical activity also increases fatigue, stress and anxiety. Lack of exercise makes the body lose its conditioning, therefore contribute more to chronic pain.

It is understandable that it is difficult to get started with an exercise program, especially if you are currently experiencing chronic pain.  However a little sacrifice is necessary to ensure pain relief.  Here are some of the benefits you may get from exercising:
It signals your body to produce and release endorphins.  Endorphins block pain impulses from reaching pain receptors in the brain.  They also generate a feeling of well-being, alleviating anxiety and depression.
It helps build strength.  The more exercise you do, the stronger your muscles will be.  And the stronger your muscles become, the more force and load it takes off your bones and cartilages – less stress, less pain.
It helps increase flexibility.  When joints are able to move their full range of motion, they are less likely to feel aches and pains.
It helps improve sleep quality.  Exercise triggers the release of endorphins that give a sense of well-being, and it lowers the release of stress hormones, resulting in a better, more restful sleep.

A lot of people are afraid to address their chronic neck and back pain concerns in fear of spending a lot on medicines and consultation fees.  Because of this fear they tend to overlook the simplest and easiest way to alleviate themselves of this burden – exercising.  A simple walk around the block or a 15 minute bicycle ride may seem to show no immediate effect, but you’ll be glad you did it in the long run.

Experience a Healthier You with African Aloe Ferox Products

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African aloe ferox provides a natural method of healing, beauty, and skin care. Learn about this fascinating herb in this article...

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There are more than 300 types of aloe, but only a few have been used throughout history for natural healing and cleansing. One effective aloe product that promotes good health in several ways is African aloe ferox. Aloe ferox is a plant that grows in only one province of South Africa and has been used for medicinal purposes by the indigenous people for many years.

African aloe ferox differs from aloe vera because it doesn't have to be filtered. Without the filtering process, aloe ferox retains its all-natural active ingredients so users can benefit even more by using this type of aloe. Other names for aloe ferox are red aloe, bitter aloe, or tap aloe. African aloe ferox bitter is known for its many medicinal uses. The resinous product that is hard and black, which is called Cape aloes or aloe lump, is known for being a strong laxative and as a natural help for arthritis. Inside the leaves is a gel-like flesh that is said to help heal wounds, but is also used in cosmetic products.

Benefits of African Aloe Ferox

African aloe ferox offers many health and beauty benefits. It is completely herbal so it doesn't contain harmful chemicals and toxins as many chemically-based beauty products and medicines contain. It is a pure healing agent without unwanted side effects. Aloe ferox is a natural cleansing herb. It can be used to help remove harmful toxins from the body as a detoxification herb. It stimulates cell renewal. Also, it contains more amino acids (total of 34), vitamins, minerals, and polysaccharides than aloe vera.

Aloe ferox provides a natural cleansing method to help relieve certain complaints such as heartburn, acne, urinary tract infections, stomach ulcers, liver function, eye infections, sunburn, chapped skin, itching, heat rashes, insect bites, dermatitis, skin allergies, athlete's foot, varicose veins, insomnia, high blood pressure, spastic colon, gingivitis, and many others. It is not recommended, however, for pregnant women or nursing mothers.

African Aloe Ferox Products for a Variety of Needs

Aloe ferox comes in many shapes and sizes and in several forms to meet different needs. It can be taken in capsule form, as an herbal tea, as toothpaste, or it can be used topically such as in gels, soaps, lotions, body cream, bath oil, shampoo, conditioner, and make-up remover. You can also purchase African aloe ferox drink, which contains added Vitamin C to help with colds and flu. Aloe drink can also help with blood pressure regulation, colon and stress, heartburn, stomach ulcers, indigestion, and soothing the mucous membranes.

Look for key phrases when searching online for aloe ferox products such as aloe joint health, aloe drink, aloe bath products, aloe skin care, or aloe ferox bitters. The best way to get great African aloe ferox products is to shop through an online specialist that carries all these items.

Maximize your aloe experience today with African aloe ferox products, and enjoy the natural methods of skin care, beauty enhancement, and healing.

Experience the Health Benefits of Acai Plus

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Learn how the nutritional supplement drink Acai Plus can help you improve health and live a better life...

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It is important for our bodies to receive the nutrients we need to maintain good health. Vitamins and minerals are available in our food but we often do not receive the right amounts through diet alone. It may be necessary to take supplemental vitamins to avoid any deficiency.

Everyone has different needs because of their age, genes or lifestyle. Even a slight deficiency can cause health problems and cause you to feel bad and lose productivity. Lack of energy, sleep disorders and mental fatigue can all be improved with supplemental vitamins.

The Acai Plus Drink

Acai Plus offers a delicious vitamin drink combined with over 100 nutritional ingredients. The flavor comes from the amazing Acai berry that is from the Brazilian rainforest in South America. This exceptional berry tastes like a blend of berry and chocolate. It is full of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. The Brazilians consider it to have remarkable healing and nutritional qualities.

The Acai fruit was featured on Oprah and other programs as a super food. The liquid supplement Acai Plus includes this fruit along with goji and mangosteen extracts. These are all exotic fruits known to have extraordinary healing and nutritional values.

Delicious and Healthy Fruits

The goji fruit is also considered a super food. It comes from the mountains of Tibet and Mongolia where it grows wild. Local people harvest the berries in late summer and package them to sell. They are completely free of chemical pesticides because they grow in remote areas. It has long been known that people in these areas have a longer life span than the rest of world. It could be partly credited to their exposure to this fruit and other native foods they eat. It is said to have a taste combination of a cranberry and cherry.

The mangosteen is a fruit from Southeast Asia. It has been used by native residents for centuries to treat health conditions. The xanthone rich rind is especially valued as a folk medicine. It has a citrus taste with a touch of peach.

These delicious fruits give Acai Plus its incomparable taste. Most vitamins and supplemental drinks have a bad flavor and leave an after taste in your mouth, but you won't experience that with Acai Plus.

Acai Plus Benefits

This original health drink is high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, trace minerals and cancer-fighting xanthones. The combination of vitamins and minerals would be hard to find in comparable products. Acai Plus is sure to give good results. To help you get started, they will give you a free bottle. You will be able to experience the benefits before you buy.

Not only is Acai Plus a great nutritional product but it can also be a lucrative business opportunity. You can get started by buying one bottle a month and build up your business. It is a product that will sell itself because of its great taste and fine quality.

Try the Acai Plus nutrition drink and enjoy the delightful flavor! You will never want to try another vitamin drink. Let your friends and family know about it so they can take advantage of this great product.

title:Experiencing Ache Knees and Back? You may have Osteoarthritis
author:Stephanie McIntyre & Kamau Austin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you noticing as you mature you are experiencing stiffness or
pain in your knees, ankles, back, and elbows? If you are 35 or
older symptoms like these may be the early signs of

What is Osteoarthritis?

According to the US government's National Institute of Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases "Osteoarthritis is the
most common type of arthritis, especially among older people.
Sometimes it is called degenerative joint disease or

Moreover Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects
the cartilage. Cartilage is the protective slippery tissue that
covers the ends of the bones in a joint.

Unlike other forms of arthritis which may affect internal organs
Osteoarthritis primarily causes problems between the cartilage
and joints.

Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another. It
also absorbs energy from the shock of physical movement.
In osteoarthritis, the surface layer of cartilage breaks down
and wears away.

In other words as we mature you can start to experience
Osteoarthritis because the cartilage between you knees, back,
and other joints may begin to erode or wear away.

This allows bones under the cartilage to rub together, causing
pain, swelling, and loss of motion of the joint. Over time, the
joint may lose its normal shape. Also bone spurs, small growths
called entophytes, may grow on the edges of the joint. Bits of
bone or cartilage can break off and float inside the joint

This condition of course causes more pain and damage.

According to government studies Osteoarthritis affects about 20
million Americans. Over 50 % of Americans over 65 have
osteoarthritis in a least one joint.

It is more common for men than women to have osteoarthritis
before 45. However after 45 it is more common for women to
experience the symptoms of this condition.

Research shows by 2030 70 million Americans will be over the age
of 65 and may be at risk for osteoarthritis. While younger
people may get osteoarthritis from sports related knee and joint
injuries, osteoarthritis is primarily a condition more mature
people experience.

If you experience symptoms like the ones described above talk to
you doctor to see if you have osteoarthritis or some other

The symptoms of osteoarthritis seem to appear in the knee, lower
back, ends of the fingers, back of the neck, thumbs and hips.

Some of the treatments the doctor may prescribe are:

1. - Exercise is inexpensive and may help with a number of
health problems including certain forms of osteoarthritis.
As you may know exercise can help improve your attitude,
disposition, mood and overall outlook, decrease pain, increase
flexibility, improve the heart and blood flow, maintain weight,
and promote general physical fitness.

Reports have shown if done correctly, it has few negative side
effects. The amount and form of exercise will depend on which
joints are involved, how stable the joints are, and whether a
joint replacement has already been done.

The proper exercise may help you recapture some range of
movement in stiff joints.

2. - Weight control: If you suffer from Osteoarthritis and are
overweight or obese you should look to lose weight. Weight loss
can help to reduce stress on weight-bearing joints and limit
further injury. A dietitian can or knowledgeable fitness coach
can help you develop healthy eating habits. A healthy diet and
regular exercise of 3 to 6 days a week can help reduce weight.

3. - Medicines: Doctors prescribe medicines to eliminate or
reduce pain and to improve functioning. Doctors consider a
number of before giving you medicines for osteoarthritis. Two
important considerations are the intensity of your pain and the
potential side effects of the medicine.

You must use medicines carefully and tell your doctors about any
changes that occur with your health.

4 - Surgery : As a last resort a surgery to replace a joint may
be in order from your doctor.

For many people, surgery helps relieve the pain and disability
of osteoarthritis. Surgery may be performed to remove loose
pieces of bone and cartilage from the joint if they are causing
mechanical symptoms of buckling or locking Resurface
(smooth out) bones Reposition bones Replace joints.

Surgeons may replace affected joints with artificial joints
called prostheses. These joints can be made from metal alloys,
high-density plastic, and ceramic material.

Before undertaking expensive surgery or investing in pricey
medicines perhaps you should consider taking a health supplement
called Phosoplex. Phosoplex a product of Optimal Therapeutics,
boasts some of the best ingredients available to help alleviate
pain associated with Osteoarthritis.

I have used Phosoplex when training in fitness activity to help
rid myself of knee and back pain. I would strongly recommend
you investigating this quality product if you seek relief from

Kamau Austin is a health and fitness enthusiast and advocate.
He writes on a regular basis on timeless health and fitness tips
at the Fit After Forty Blog. See more useful health and fitness
news and tips at…
Expert Advice On Staying Healthy This Flu Season

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While fears about a bird flu pandemic have grown recently overseas, an increasing number of people right here at home are falling ill.

Expert Advice On Staying Healthy This Flu Season

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While fears about a bird flu pandemic have grown recently overseas, an increasing number of people right here at home are falling ill with this winter's seasonal flu bug. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu incidence has been on the rise since late December, spreading from the Southwest corner of the U.S. and making its way eastward.

Seasonal flu affects up to 40 million Americans every year. Influenza and its complications are responsible for an average of 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths annually in the U.S.

"Many Americans see flu as a nuisance rather than a serious health threat," said Donald Perlman, M.D., who specializes in treating respiratory illnesses at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey. "While concern about the avian flu is understandable, the health risks associated with seasonal flu are much higher for the average American than the bird flu threat."

Despite the upswing in flu incidence, there are two fewer treatment options this season. The CDC has recommended against the use of amantadine and rimantadine for the prevention and treatment of influenza for the remainder of the 2005-2006 flu season due to increasing resistance levels. Instead, CDC recommends that oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) be prescribed if an antiviral medication is needed.

Dr. Perlman, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), emphasizes that flu is a preventable disease, and offers advice and simple measures everyone can take to help control its spread:


• Get Vaccinated: Vaccine is the first line of defense. Visit for vaccine locations in your area.

• Wash Hands Frequently: Germs are often spread when a person touches something contaminated followed by the eyes, nose or mouth. Wash hands often for 20 seconds with warm, soapy water.

• Practice Respiratory Etiquette: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, to reduce the chances of spreading the virus to others.

• Monitor Flu Outbreaks in Your Area: Stay informed of when the flu hits your city by logging on to, which provides updates on flu outbreaks on a regional and nationwide basis.

If You Get Sick:

• Know the Difference Between Cold and Flu: Many people are confused by cold and flu symptoms. Above are some tips to help you tell the difference.

• See Your Doctor at First Signs of Flu: Early diagnosis and treatment can help lessen the time you are sick, so see your doctor at the first sign of flu symptoms. He or she may prescribe an antiviral medication such as Tamiflu, which can reduce the duration and severity of flu symptoms if taken within 48 hours of symptom onset. Antiviral medications can also be used to help prevent the spread of flu within a household or workplace if taken within two days of exposure to the influenza virus.

• Stay Home: Be considerate of others. If possible, stay home from work, school and errands when you are sick.

As the threat of bird flu grows overseas, seasonal flu, which affects 40 million Americans each year, packs a punch in the U.S.

title:Expert Patient: A new approach to chronic disease management for the 21st century.
author:Carolyn Magura
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Expert Patient: A new approach to chronic disease management for the 21st century.
Are You an "Expert Patient"? Can your Doctor(s) say the following about you?
"My Patient knows more about the disease than I do; as much about the disease as I do, and enough about his/her symptoms that it is easy to communicate with him/her."
Why is becoming an Expert Patient so important? There is plenty of emerging research about the needs of 21st century patients. Most of that research centers around the concept of "Illness Self-Management", for what is called "chronic illness".
What, you ask, is a "chronic illness". Health concerns are usually classified as either acute or chronic. Acute illnesses usually begin abruptly and last only a short time. Most people with an acute illness can expect to return to normal health. A strep throat is an example of an acute illness: it is easy to diagnose with a lab test and is cured with antibiotics.
Chronic diseases are different. They usually develop slowly, last long periods of time, and often are never cured. In most cases, there is no cure. The long-term effects may be difficult to predict. Some conditions cause few problems. Others cause only episodic problems or symptoms that can be controlled with medication. However, in some cases, a chronic disease may severely limit a person's ability to work, go to school or take care of routine needs. Examples of chronic diseases include, but are in no way limited to: diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, emphysema, fibromyalgia, parkinsons symdrom, and multiple sclerosis - just to mention a few.
Why is "Chronic Disease Self-Management" so important a concept for those with a chronic condition? For the person with a chronic condition, there is no way not to self-manage the disease/illness. If one retires from life and stays at home as a depressed person this is a type of self-management. On the other hand, many people learn to deal with their conditions and remain active, happy participants in life.
Chronic Disease Self-Management covers the following areas:
1) knowing how to recognize and respond to changes in a chronic disease 2) dealing with problems and emergencies 3) using medicines and treatments effectively 4) finding and using community resources 5) getting enough exercise 6) coping with fatigue, pain and sleep problems 7) maintaining good nutrition 8) making decisions about when to seek medical help 9) working with your doctor(s) and other care providers 10) talking about your illness with family and friends 11) managing work, family and social activities
It is the learning of the skills necessary for this later type of proactive disease/illness self-management that is the subject of this document. The information about developing the skills is fascinating; and, they (the skills) really are the key to DECIDING, and remaining active, happy participants with a quality of life as full as you can make it.
Research and practical experience in North America and Britain are showing that today’s patients with chronic diseases need not be mere recipients of care. They can become key decision-makers in the treatment process. By ensuring that knowledge of their condition is developed to a point where they are empowered to take some responsibility for its management and work in partnership with their health and social care providers, patients can be given greater control over their lives. (Note: Once again, this process of acquiring the knowledge of your condition so that you can reach the self-management level with your Doctor(s) is one of the primary purposes behind the website.)
Self-management programs can be specifically designed (between you and your Doctor(s)) to reduce the severity of symptoms and improve confidence, resourcefulness and self-efficacy (a big word that basically means self reliance).
For those of you who have had an opportunity to read about my professional career , you will see that I started out as a "Federal Auditor" of Human Resources practices, policies and procedures (which is why I was able to create the Disabilitykey Workbook in the first place). As an Auditor, I always wanted to know what is the "ROI" (Return on Investment) as they say in the business world, for anything I worked on, or for any initiative I tackled. Why would people with chronic illnesses want to learn how to manage their disease symptoms? Why would their Doctors want them to learn and do these things? What is in it for both patients and Doctors?
First of all, it was a fascinating subject for me to research! And, imagine my surprise to learn that, even though the original Chronic Disease Self-Management study was conducted here in the United States at Stanford University, it appears that, at this point in time, (mid-2005), England, Scotland, and Australia appear to be further along in actually implementing programs than we are here in the US! And, imagine my chagrin to find out that to be able to take the great online training program to become certified in chronic disease management, you have to live in England!
In the United Kingdom, their Department of Health came to the following conclsion:
Little has been done to prepare patients for long-term management of their diseases. They face many challenges in coping with discomfort and disability and carrying out treatment programs on a regular basis. They need to modify behavior to minimize undesirable outcomes, adjusting their social and work lives to accommodate their symptoms and functional limitations and deal with the emotional consequences. For their care to be effective, they must become adept at interpreting and reporting symptoms, judging the trends and tempo of their illness and participating with health professionals in management decisions. (Note: language has been "Americanized" for greater ease of understanding here in America on, what they [the United Kingdom] call, "the other side of the Pond".)
It was the chief medical officer for the United Kingdom, who first introduced the name “expert patient". He said that expert patients are "people who have the confidence, skills, information and knowledge to play a central role in the management of life with chronic diseases." Doesn't this sound logical?
Here are some Chronic Illness statistics here in the US. • In the US for example, LESS than ONE PERCENT of the people who stand to benefit from self managing their chronic arthritis - do so. • Chronic disease has become pandemic in the United States, and estimates are that it will affect 148 million people by the year 2030. • Patients with chronic illnesses cost the health care system over three times more than individuals without chronic conditions. • The Population of U.S. adults over 65 is expected to double between 2000 and 2030. • Over 80% of adults over 65 years of age have one or more chronic conditions -- over 60% have two or more chronic conditions. • Consumers with five or more chronic conditions account for two-thirds of all Medicare spending. • People with chronic conditions are responsible for 78% of all health care spending, 95% of all Medicare spending, and 77% of all Medicaid spending for community-dwelling adults. • The U.S. has by far the most expensive health care system in the world -- but lags most other developed countries in key quality and consumer outcomes. However, it is the following statistic about how much ACTUAL TIME, on average, that a patient here in the United States spends with their Doctor(s) that really got my attention. On average, we with a Chronic Dieseae spend around three hours per year with a health professional. This means that the patient is left to manage his/her own condition for the other 8757 hours of the year. If you, or someone you know has a chronic illness, wouldn't you be more comfortable knowing what to do during those "other" 8,757 hours that you are not in a health professional's presence? I sure did, and I didn't even know that such a thing as chronic disease management as a concept existed when I did the work depicted in the Disabilitykey Workbook. I only knew that I needed a way to live the best possible life IN SPITE of my chronic disease; I wanted to control it; I did NOT want it controlling me! OK, chronic disease management just seems to make sense. But, the Auditor in me asks, are there measurable, objective results that this concept is worthwhile? And, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), there are. AHRQ-funded research at the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center led to development of the "Chronic Disease Symptom Management Program" (CDSMP). Standford's CDSMP is a 17-hour course taught by trained lay people that teaches patients with chronic disease how to 1) better manage their symptoms, 2) adhere to medication regimens, and 3) maintain functional ability.
Over a period of 2 years, AHRQ-funded investigators compared health behaviors, health status, and health services use in patients age 40 to 90 years (average age, 65) who had completed the CDSMP. When compared to baseline measures taken for the 6 months prior to the CDSMP, researchers found the following. 1. After 6 months, CDSMP participants had: Increased exercise. Better coping strategies and symptom management. Better communication with their physicians. Improvement in their self-rated health, disability, social and role activities, and health distress. More energy and less fatigue. Decreased disability. Fewer physician visits and hospitalizations.
2. After 1 year, CDSMP participants had: Significant improvements in energy, health status, social and role activities, and self-efficacy. Less fatigue or health distress. Fewer visits to the emergency room. No decline in activity or role functions, even though there was a slight increase in disability after 1 year.
3. After 2 years, CDSMP participants had: No further increase in disability. Reduced health distress. Fewer visits to physicians and emergency rooms. Increased self-efficacy. Another source of actual results from people who have made the decision to become Chronic Disease Self-Managers comes from The United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has a website describing the recent results of their Expert Patient "Programme" (EPP). The website provides periodic “eUpdates” to inform people about new developments within the Expert Patients Programme such as new publications, forthcoming events and news from the national team.
The EPP is a National Health Service (NHS) lay led self-management programme for people living with any long-term health condition(s). Groups of 8-16 participants, with a mix of different conditions, meet over six weekly sessions and are led through a structured course by trained tutors who are also living with a long-term condition. Each session (lasting two and a half hours) looks at ways to better manage the effects of their long-term condition. For more information about the EPP please visit the EPP website at
EPP PILOT INTERNAL EVALUATION Internal evaluation data from approximately 1000 EPP participants who completed the course between Jan 2003 and Jan 2005 indicates that the programme is achieving its aims in:
1) Providing significant numbers of people with long term conditions with the confidence and skills to better manage their condition on a daily basis. - 45% said they felt more confident that they would not let common symptoms (pain, tiredness, depression and breathlessness) interfere with their lives. - 38% felt that such symptoms were less severe 4 - 6 months after completing the course. - 33% felt better prepared for consultations with health professionals.
2) Providing significant reductions in service usage by people with long term conditions completing the EPP course. - 7% reductions in GP consultations - 10% reductions in Outpatient visits - 16% reductions in A&E attendances (US note: note sure what this is.) - 9% reductions in Physiotherapy use
Over 94% of those who took part felt supported and satisfied with the course.
If you want to sign up to receive periodic updated information about what the Brits are doing, you too can sign up to receive an "eUpdate" as they call them. It is FREE, and you can sign up by going to:
Chronic Disease Self-Management; Self-Efficacy; great terms, but what do they really mean, and how does one start to become a Chronic Disease Self-Manager?
Consider the following quotations associated with these concepts.
1) "Row Your Own Boat" - Chronic Disease Self-Management. 2) “Every bird flies with its own wings." Swahili proverb
What do the two quotations have in common? First of all, the desire, then the knowledge, then the action to take back control over your health, and your life.
Here are questions – a “mini quizz” that you can use to ask yourself about your "readiness" to adopt the concept of Chronic Disease Self-Management (or, to assist someone else in their journey toward this objective).
Created By Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, this test is called: Self-Efficacy for Managing Chonic Diseases 6-Item Scale. The test measures how confident you are that you can keep “your situation” (i.e., the situation addressed in each of the following 6 questions) caused by your disease from interfering with the things you want to do?
For each of the following questions, please choose the number (between 1 and 10) that corresponds to how confident you are that you can keep the symptoms caused by your disease from interfering with the things you want to do? #1 represents "Not at all confident"; #10 represents "Totally confident".
1) How confident are you that you can keep the fatigue caused by your disease from interfering with the things you want to do?
2) How confident are you that you can keep the physical discomfort or pain of your disease from interfering with the things you want to do?
3) How confident are you that you can keep the emotional distress caused by your disease from interfering with the things you want to do?
4) How confident are you that you can keep any other symptoms or
health problems you have from interfering with the things you want to do?
5) How confident are you that you can do the different tasks and activities needed to manage your health condition so as to reduce your need to see a doctor?
6) How confident are you that you can do things other than just taking medication to reduce how much you illness affects your everyday life?
The higher you score toward "10" on each question, the more "self-efficacy" you have. (Reminder: self-efficacy is the belief in one's capabilities to organize and execute the sources of action required to manage situations.) As you can probably figure out, I score either 9 or 10 on each question. My Disabilitykey Workbook (see and the confidence that I received by first, executing the processes contined there-in for myself, and then in developing the Workbook to assist others, has allowed my self-efficacy to be high.
OK, you have rated yourself, and you want to know more about the WHAT of this topic. First, we will discuss the definition of Chronic Disease Self-Management; next, the stages of a "chronic disease self-help behavioral change"; and, finally, something called "social learning theory".
Definition of Chronic Disease Self-Management Based on a comprehensive literature review of over 400 articles, Researchers have proposed the following definition.
Chronic disease self-management involves [the person with the chronic disease] engaging in activities that protect and promote health, monitoring and managing of symptoms and signs of illness, managing the impacts of illness on functioning, emotions and interpersonal relationships and adhering to treatment regimes. There are a number of key elements to this definition that will enable us to develop a practical concept of self-management. It is important to note that these elements are about the behaviors of the patient, rather than models of self-management for health care systems, service providers or health professionals. These elements suggest that self-management:
• Entails engaging in activities that promote health; • Involves managing a chronic condition by monitoring signs and symptoms; • Entails dealing with the effect of a chronic condition on personal well being and interpersonal relationships; and • Involves following a treatment plan prescribed to you by your Doctor(s).
The definition of self-management encompasses a range of behaviors, as well as knowledge and attitudes and is an important starting point towards the development of a concept of chronic disease self-management.
HELP Getting from where you are to Becoming a Chronic Disease Self-Manager: Stages of Behavioral Change
A model of behavior change that has been applied to chronic disease self-management is based on research on how people change behavior, either on their own or within an intervention program (i.e., some sort of action to assist in the change). The theory is that the ceasing of risk behaviors (eg. smoking) and acquisition of health promoting behaviors (eg. physical activity, relaxation) involves the progression through the stages of change. They are:
• Pre-contemplation [not thinking of change] • Contemplation [thinking of change] • Determination [ taking preliminary steps to change] • Action [ actively engaging behavior change] • Maintenance [ sustained behavioral change] • Relapse [ can occur at any point.]
Behavioral change is facilitated by a personal sense of control. If people believe that they can take action to solve a problem, they become more inclined to do so and feel more committed to this decision. This "can do" attitude mirrors a sense of control over one's environment. It reflects the belief of being able to master challenging demands by means of adaptive action. It can also be regarded as an optimistic view of one's capacity to deal with stress. (Not to sound redundant, but this really is about the glass being "half-full" and NOT "half-empty".)
Social Learning OK; now we understand the behavioral change steps; now, on to the social learning stage. The theoretical underpinning of effective chronic disease self-management programs should be based on social learning and behavioral theories. The key principles of these theories as applied to chronic disease self-management are: • Disease management skills are learned and behavior is self-directed; • Motivation and confidence (including self-efficacy) in managing one's condition dictate an individual's success; • The social environment (ie. family, workplace & health care system) support or impede self-management; and • Monitoring and responding to changes in disease state, symptoms, emotions and functioning improve adaptation to the chronic condition.
How do you become trained in Chronic Disease Self-Management? Here are the primary resources available.
1) Start with your own health insurance company. Call up the Customer Service folks in Plan, and ask if they offer "Chronic Disease Self Management Program" classes. My Internet searches indicate that many of the larger companies are offering such classes for their enrolees. And, in some cases, self-management is becoming a requirement of retaining insurance coverage!
2) Go to your State's Home Website, and look up the Department of Health, and of Aging. In some cases they might be the same, in others, different. Call each and see if/when they will be offering classes in your city/county for Chronic Disease Self Management Program.
3) Use one of the many Internet search engines to locate this statement: "(your state) Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)". This should help you locate classes in your state. In my state, they located classes by county and city. Some of the "bigger" states even offer classes derived from the original Standford research program.
4) Use one of the many Internet search engines to ask locate this statement: "Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)". This should provide you with additional options.
5) Finally, and probably the best source, from the original Stanford site where the concept was created, there is a link to each state’s CDSMP sites: If you go to this site, you can click onto your state and see which organizations in your state are licensed to offer the Chronic Disease Self-Management program.
The National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in their 2004 Health Care Quality Report comments that "the U.S. healthcare system as a whole remains plagued by deadly quality gaps that contribute to 42,000 to 79,000 avoidable deaths every year and $1.8 Billion in excess medical costs due to the system's routine failure to provide needed care." According to Catherine Hoffman of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half the people in the U.S. are living with chronic conditions, at a cost of $234 billion in lost productivity and $425 billion in medical spending per year. These figures are rising. Moreover, they do not include billions of dollars in lost productivity of employees who miss work to care for family members who have chronic conditions. Many people with chronic conditions, as well as family members who care for them, also suffer needlessly from the physical and emotional effects of their illness. By helping people change their behaviors and adapt to their conditions, self-management programs often increase people's adherence to medical treatments, strengthen their control of pain and symptoms, and improve their overall emotional well-being.
title:Explaining the Benefits of Sperm Pills
author:Dr. Michael Rodriguez, M.D.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

“Sperm pill” is a term that is commonly used to describe specific male enhancement products.  Sperm pills are supplements that have been proven to increase ejaculation fluid, sperm activity, and sperm count during the ejaculation process. Typically, during an erection, sexual arousal causes increased blood flow through the arteries in the penis.  These arteries expand, allowing for more blood to enter the penile region, while the veins that control the blood flowing out of the penis simultaneously contract. The hardening effect that this process has on the tissues of the penis is what causes an erection. At the peak of penile arousal, ejaculation occurs, in which the sperm is released from the penis.  The larger the amount of fluid ejaculated, the more pleasurable the sexual experience, as well as the greater chance for increased sperm count. 
Many men endure the frustrating experience of a decrease in their ability to experience full erections, suffer from premature ejaculation, or weak ejaculation with ineffective orgasms. All experiences can prohibit sperm count and decrease sperm activity. This is where sperm pills come in. A sperm pill not only greatly enhances the sexual experience in and of itself, but also the ejaculation process.
Male enhancement supplements containing a high level of amino acids assist the body in creating more ejaculation fluid.  The benefits of using a sperm pill such as this are numerous.  Not only is sperm count increased, but sperm activity is also magnified.  Another major advantage is the effect of additional ejaculation fluid on the orgasmic experience, itself.  Increased fluid prolongs the orgasm, allowing for a very intense and drawn out experience.  Basically, what happens in this instance is the fluid pumps through the penis for a longer duration, which extends the peak of orgasm.  Another benefit is that this causes more force behind the ejaculation process, allowing for more likelihood of sperm activity.
There are a few herbal supplements on the market today that have naturally high levels of amino acids as an ingredient.  Not only are these remarkable products known to increase penis erection, size, stamina, desire, and performance, they have become leaders in the industry by providing increased ejaculation fluid production. 
title:Explanation of EMF Protection Devices
author:Juliette Pickup
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Look in your pocket or in your bag or on the table next to you. In one of those three places it is probable that you saw a device that could cause your injury or death at some point in the future. What is it you ask? What is it that I carry with me everywhere? What is this object that you say could hurt or kill me or possibly those close to me that I care about? It is your cell phone. The make and model are irrelevant; they all produce unnaturally high amounts of EMF or electromagnetic fields.
If it was just a threat to ourselves there might not be such awareness, but it's the fact that people near us that could be adversely affected as well. Those little bundles of joy that are the centre of your life are affected more than anyone else. The question you need to ask is: What can I do about all this? I don't have the power to get EMF emitting cell phones banned or anything like that. There is something you can do though, to minimize the risk of harmful radiation effects to yourself and those close to you.
There are many radiation protection devices available today to help you get rid of this threat that is hanging over your head every time you pick up that phone. There are wide selections of products to suit any need you might have, in many shapes, at a range of prices that will allow anyone to afford this absolutely necessary protection.
There are hands-free devices that will protect you from this potentially lethal threat as well as helping you comply with current regulations. These regulations can actually be encouraging us to use non-radiation protective ear pieces that are increasing the amount of radiation directed into our heads. So, to ensure you are protected you need to ensure that the ear piece or hands-free kit you use is one of those specially designed to protect you and others in your vicinity.
There are many different types of devices available for you to choose from, but the best way to ensure you are protected from radiation is to use a combination of devices, bearing in mind that a cell phone will affect any part of the body that it is close to, not the head alone. You need to aware that to be completely protected you need to have some form of protection when your phone is in your pocket and not being used as well as a method of protection while you are using your cell phone.
The cell phone is making communication easier all the time and no-one wants to give up that convenience, but it must be paired with the awareness of the inherent dangers associated with this convenience. To eradicate this danger we need to take the proper steps to ensure we have sufficient radiation protection.
title:Exploring the Mental Aspect of Fitness
author:John Perry
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

I promote and teach the 3 phases of fitness to all my clients. Many are unaware of what the three phases entail. If you fall into this same category…let me take this opportunity to enlighten you.
The 3 phases are the Mental, Physical and Financial aspects or phases of fitness.  This is a concept I developed a little over two years ago and have had great success with improving client’s mindsets. Let’s look at how each of these relate to your health and fitness.
Mental fitness: Everyone has a fitness “script” or mindset concerning fitness. This is what is instilled in each of us at an early age. It is how our parents, teachers, loved ones, and society as a whole views health and fitness. Just like most beliefs we posses… they were learned.
I like to call it a fitness script.
Most scripts have been formed from the experiences in one’s life. This script is what is keeping people overweight, unhappy and full of excuses.
Speaking of excuses, in order to fulfill the “I am not worthy prophesy,” clients will sabotage their potential success with reasons why exercise will never work.
You see, they do not actually want to succeed.
Achieving their goals would mean they are abandoning the script; the script for failure.
No matter how much weight some people lose, they will eventually start to gain it back because they are “destined,” in their minds, to have big hips, thighs and buttocks.
There is also the added pressure of keeping it off, lifestyle changes, ridicule and judgment from the family.
Making excuses relieves the pressure. Actually, people become pretty good at it. The more excuses they make, the more they will believe them too. It becomes reality.
A lot of the excuses are based in fear as well.
When he or she attempts a weight loss program the fears begin to surface.
“What if I fail?”
“What if I lose weight and then gain it all back?”
“How will people look at me …judge me?”
“This will take up a lot of time.”
“I will lose a lot of freedom.”
“I would rather go down the traveled road…the easy road.”
All of this thinking is based on someone’s blueprint or script of fitness and of success.
Much of failure in life is rooted in fear.
The good news is anyone can edit the script at any time. They can discard the old ways of thinking; the thoughts that belong to someone else anyway - the reasoning that has lead to being overweight, unsatisfied and miserable.
When clients make up their minds to develop their own fitness script, one that involves proper exercise, eating habits and respect for their body, then they begin to write a “happy ending “ for themselves.
Proper fitness knowledge, affirmations/positive self-talk, support partners or friends are all tools to re-set the mental aspect of fitness and to get it moving full steam ahead.
When it comes to meeting fitness goals, I feel changing the inside first is the way to go. Your mindset will affect how you approach health and wellness. It can make all the difference in your fitness aspirations.
Looking and feeling good should be something you desire to do; not what you think should be done.
Beyond achieving goals or resolutions, proper health should be a way of living. If people would just make it a priority, then being fit would not be such a struggle or loathsome routine per se.
One of my clients, we will call her Joan, tells her story this way:
“I am a busy mother who put work and family above my health. After talking with you I decided to make my health a priority; not a time-consuming one, nonetheless a priority. I don’t really set goals. I just make sure I do something everyday for at least 20 minutes. Sometimes that is 7-8 minutes here and another 10 minutes there, but I always find time to exercise… it is never a matter of if, just when. I have a passion to look and feel great. By making exercise a part of my day, no matter what, it has made all the difference. I am a better mom, better accountant and better person for it.”
You see, it does not take extravagant routines, flashy exercise garb or expensive equipment to be fit. The main thing is that you do something to stay healthy. For me, (and my clients) it begins with the mind. Train your way of thinking. Write your own script on what the “healthy you” looks and feels like.
Find routines that make you feel good about you.
Before you ever pick up a dumbbell, get rid of all the “negative information” about exercise. Create a new script based on good, solid health and fitness information; this, alone, will have a huge impact on your fitness results.
Take home points:
Don’t believe what others have told you about exercise and fitness.
Develop your own fitness script based on good health information and positive experiences.
Begin any program focusing on your mindset and getting the inner self prepared.
Prioritize: make exercise a must… for you.
Do some type of exercise everyday. This does not have to be time consuming to get results.
Focus on improving how you feel about yourself and how that affects the world around you.
Having a fitness lifestyle is not just about the exercises you do; it is about how you view exercise and its ramifications on your life that makes the difference.
“The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
Copyright 2006 John Perry
title:Exploring the Physical Aspect of Fitness
author:John Perry
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Physical fitness; I am sure this term means different things to different people. It conjers up memories of junior high gym class and specific tests or drills we did to determine our fitness level.
Many years later, I am still amazed at how many different ways fitness is measured. To some, it is the ability to run long distances.  For others, it is the ability to do “x” amount of one task and finish an obstacle course under a certain time.
For most it is simply the way you look. This, combined with good muscle tone and perhaps even the way you carry yourself, represent good fit qualities.
For me, physical fitness represents one of the three aspects of fitness. I think it involves efficient movement patterns to allow the body to be successful. I feel it should be measured individually, yet have a common basis for measurement.
Every individual needs to compare themselves to themselves; measure their achievements to their past experiences. Now, I think it is great to learn from successful people around us and try to achieve results similar to other trailblazers in a particular area of interest.
However, “you vs. you” ought to be the motto.
I feel we, as a society, spend too much time comparing ourselves and our successes to someone else. Whether it is the money they make, the house they live in, the car they drive, the amount of happiness in their life or how fit or in shape they are.
More time ought to be spent doing things that feed on our individual passions and seeing in what direction that leads us. Worrying about another’s achievements or aspirations could lead us in directions we were never meant to go and therefore could stifle potential success and happiness.
What are you excited about? How do you want to look and feel? How do you measure success? Fitness?
Once you figure this out you will have your measuring stick.
What is the basis for fitness? This needs to be an exercise program that allows you to be successful - mentally, physically and financially.
Programs that improve your energy levels, muscle and joint strength, balance and overall flexibility are a must. This will allow you to move better, be more productive and prevent potential injuries and orthopedic problems.
Early in our development, we move properly; the body and brain communicate well and questions concerning orthopedic problems or fitness levels are, for the most part, a non-issue.
As we “mature,” we begin to develop poor movement habits, postures and compensations due to communication changes between body and brain. This is usually the result of daily work duties, hobbies, eating habits and bad advice or other learned information.
Many exercise programs just enhance these bad habits and lead to sub-par and unwanted levels of fitness. Many begin to blame old age, lack of time and genetics as the culprits.
In reality, it is ignorance… that’s right, ignorance.
Before you email me and call me bad names, ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge. The biggest problem I see with clients’ physical fitness level is their lack of knowledge.
People just need to be reminded of how to move properly again, like when we were younger. I would like to “tweak” the Beach Boy’s hit song and say “wouldn’t it be nice if we were younger- then we would move so much better.”  This would mostly be because we would be moving efficiently, not just because our body is “newer and fresher.”
Re-setting the nervous system is done by moving in three planes of motion, (i.e. multiple directions), and working groups of muscles (muscle synergies) vs. isolated muscles. It is also important to work on balance, (one leg, reaching with arms or legs outside of balance comfort zone and exercising on different surfaces) as well as working through your available muscle and joint range of motion.
Full-body, multi-plane exercise routines will stimulate the brain for improved movement patterns, posture and injury prevention.
I cannot finish this article without mentioning the benefit of weight loss with this type of routine. Increasing energy and metabolism (due to nervous system stimulation and improved muscle mass and strength) will aid the weight loss enhancement.
Proper fueling or nutrition will, of course, help with weight loss and ideal weight maintenance. This is best achieved with portion control (portions size of fist per item) and protein to carbohydrate ratios (2.5 grams of carbs for every gram of protein).
Keep sweets, fats and oils to a minimum.
Your body will operate in proportion to how you train it and how you feed it; therefore, why not teach it to look, feel and perform how you want it to… take control of your physical fitness.
“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.” -George Bernard Shaw
Copyright 2006 John Perry
title:Exploring the "Should's": Is it Necessity, Desire, or Guilt?
author:Jennifer Koretsky
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

How many times a day do you find yourself using the word "should"?  ADDers are full of "should's": I should do the dishes, I should clean out the fridge, I should see that movie, I should call my friend, etc.  The word "should" can be very dangerous to an adult with ADD, because it often results in guilt.
In order to break through this and help you prioritize the things that you "should" do, try exploring your "should's" by asking yourself the following question:
Is this a necessity, a desire, or guilt?  Here are some examples:
I should do my taxes.
Necessity:  If you don't do your taxes, you can find your finances slipping out of control.  You can end up owing the government penalty fees.  And you will absolutely have undue stress.  This "should" is a necessity.
I should buy that CD.
Desire: This is something that you want to make you happy.  You like the music you hear, and therefore you want to own it.  This "should" is a desire.
I should clean my house more often.
Guilt:  If the "should" comes when you compare yourself to others, then guilt is probably involved.  It often happens when we feel like we are not living up to the performance or expectations of others (or our perceived performance/expectations of others.)  If you visit a friend's house and its neat and clean, you may falsely interpret this to mean that your friend cleans all the time.  In reality, your friend may have spent hours cleaning her/his house before you arrived to make it look nice!  If you are physically and mentally comfortable with the amount of time you spend cleaning your house, then cleaning more often is not a necessity, it's not a desire, its a "should" that is just useless guilt!
Try this exercise for a whole day.  Every time you find yourself using the word "should," ask yourself if its a necessity, desire, or guilt.  I promise that you'll feel a lot a better about all the things you think you "should" be doing!
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title:Exploring Treatment Options for Patients with Autism
author:Karen Simmons
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Exploring Treatment Options for Patients with Autism
Although there is no known cure for autism, a combination of specialized treatment and education programs can often help many patients. The most common autism treatment options involve both occupational and physical therapy. Occupational therapy helps improve independent function and teaches patients basic skills such as buttoning a shirt or bathing - while physical therapy involves using exercise and other physical measures such as using massage and heat in order to help patients control body movements.
Other common autism treatment options include:
" Behavior modification
" Communication therapy
" Dietary modifications
" Medication
Behavior modification:
There are several methods of behavior modification that are used to treat autistic patients. Most behavior modification principles are based on the theory that rewarded behavior is more likely to be repeated than behavior that is ignored.  For instance, Sensory integration therapy is a type of behavior modification that focuses on helping autistic patients cope with different sensory stimulation. The treatment may include having the patient handle materials with different textures or listen to different sounds.
Play therapy is yet another type of behavior modification used to improve emotional development. Play therapy most often helps patients understand and cope with their own feelings and involves adult-child interaction that is controlled by the child. Along the same lines, another behavior modification technique called "social stories" can also prove helpful in improving an autism patient's undeveloped social skills. Using social stories helps a patient better understand their feelings, ideas, as well as the points of view of others, and may suggest to the patient an alternate response to a particular situation.
Communication therapy
Many other alternate treatment options for autistic patients involve the use of communication therapy
Communication therapy is used to treat autistic patients who are unable to communicate verbally, or to it may be used to initiate language development in young children with the disorder.
Today, clinical studies show that Video Modeling Therapy Programs are highly effective in teaching children with autism. One such program entitled "Special Kids" ( was pioneered by a father of a boy with autism, Special Kids maintains a distribution to over 500 different school systems within the USA as well as 30 different countries. The program helps children with a variety of developmental, cognitive and learning disabilities acquire speech, reading, writing, early academics, personal hygiene, self-help, social and play skills.
Another program, called 'Safety Harbor' is the brainchild of two school therapists, Anne Pesacov and Betty Dixon, as well as teaching artist Emily Harris. This series of eight workshops is designed to teach social skills to children with Asperger's syndrome through the use of puppets. To learn more about puppet-assisted relationship therapy, contact Betty S. Dixon of Tampa at (813) 431-9790, Emily Harris of Tarpon Springs at (727) 934-5890 or Anne Pesacov of Safety Harbor at (727) 738-9232.
The use of music has also proven to be an effective communication therapy for autism patients. Professor Tony Wigram. Head of PhD Studies in Music Therapy at the Institute for Music and Music Therapy at the University of Aalborg, Denmark has authored several books on the subject. He has concluded that since music therapy can be easily adjusted to an individual child's strengths and weaknesses it is often quite helpful in improving patient's deficiencies in social and communication skills
Yet another alternate treatment option for patients with autism is the use of Dolphin Assisted Therapy. The foundation of the Dolphin Assisted Therapy program in dates back to Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Black Sea. This field of medicine has shown extraordinary results in relation to the conventional methods of treatments such as prescribed medication.
An overview of Dolphin Assisted Therapy is available at :
Dietary modifications
Autism is not caused by diet so the use of dietary modifications and supplements to treat the disorder is somewhat controversial. Changing the diet or adding vitamin supplements may improve digestion and eliminate food intolerances or allergies, which may contribute to behavioral problems in autistic patients.
Scientific Researchers have discovered the byproducts found in wheat, oats and rye (gluten) and casein (protein in dairy products) have appeared at elevated levels in patients with autism. This may suggest that the digestion of these substances may affect brain function. However, eliminating foods that contain gluten and casein from the diet may cause side effects and should not be done without the advice of a health care practitioner.
Studies have also shown that vitamin B, magnesium and cod liver oil supplements (which contain vitamins A and D) may improve behavior, eye contact, attention span, and learning in autistic patients. Vitamin C has been shown to improve depression and lessen the severity of symptoms in patients with autism.
The DAN (Defeat Autism Now) Protocol is another dietary modification program gaining popularity.
The protocol involves a combination of changes to the diet and implementation of vitamin supplement therapy in order to produce changes in autistic behaviors. These diet changes include eliminating certain dairy and grains while supplementing the patient's diet with the vitamin and mineral therapy.
An overview of the DAN Protocol is available at :
Medication may be also be used to treat various symptoms of autism and can also be used to help other conditions that may accompany the disorder.
Depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and anxiety may be treated using antidepressants. These drugs often reduce the frequency and intensity of repetitive behavior; decrease irritability, tantrums, and aggression; and improve eye contact and responsiveness.
Benzodiazepines such as diazepam (Valium®), lorazepam (Ativan®), and alprazolam (Xanax®) can also be used to treat behavioral problems. While antipsychotic medications such as clozapine (Clozaril®), risperidone (Risperdal®), olanzapine (Zyprexa®), and quetiapine (Seroquel®) may decrease hyperactivity, behavioral problems, withdrawal, and aggression in autistic patients
Stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin®), amphetamine (Adderall®), and dextroamphetamine (Dexedine®) may also be prescribed for autism. These drugs may increase focus and decrease impulsive behavior and hyperactivity in patients.
It's best to consult a medical expert before considering any medications as the patient's medical history needs to be taken into consideration as well as possible side effects.

title:Exposing the Miracle Cure
author:Hiram Perez
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It was Saturday morning and while I was making breakfast, letting the cats outside, and watering my half-dead plants, I had the TV on. Saturday morning TV is usually composed of nothing but infomercials and today was no different.
One of the channels had this guy hawking a book on natural cures. He claimed that no matter what kind of disease you had, there was a natural or herbal cure for it -- and he had it in his book. No drugs, no surgery, no traditional medicine needed at all. Now he wasn't claiming that the information in his book would lessen your symptoms or reduce your pain, no, he was claiming that you would be absolutely, positively, money-back-guaranteed CURED!!
My jaw dropped as I listened to this guy make all these outlandish claims and I thought, how can people listen to this kind of junk? Worse, how can people send this guy their hard earned money?
The more I watched, the more it hit me that he was using a very familiar sales formula. You hear others use this same formula for a variety of products. This sales formula contains the following elements:
Element Number 1. IT'S A MIRACLE!
This first element is insidious because it offers hope to people that have little left. We've all heard the claims before: lose weight while you sleep, cure cancer overnight, stop pain without surgery.
You've also heard about other "miracles" I'm sure: double your money in the stock market, become a real estate millionaire, clean your bathroom with no scrubbing, and on and on. Someone once said, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." Good advice.
This first element is the BAIT. It's used to create interest and the more outlandish the claim, the more likely you're going to stop and watch. And why is it that you've never heard about this miracle before? Well, see item 2.
Element Number 2. THERE'S A CONSPIRACY!
The guy said that the reason no one had ever heard of any of these "cures" before was because the __________ (insert your favorite opposition group here) was trying to cover it up and keep it off the market.
In his case, the FDA was against it. The drug companies were against it. The medical community was against it. You name it, he claimed they were against his information. I thought, "hey, this sounds exactly like the claims that there's a car that runs on water but GM and the oil companies don't want the public to know."
So when you come across any kind of quack making any kind of outrageous claim and you ask why hasn't this been make public before, the answer you always get is that there's a conspiracy against them.
The second element builds INTRIGUE and continues to draw you in. They make you feel like you're part of some deep, dark secret.
These guys always portray themselves as a "prophet in the wilderness" just trying to get the word of this miracle out to the masses. They talk about all the problems they've had getting anyone to listen (there's a conspiracy, you know). They say that they do what they do because it's their mission, their passion, it's the right thing to do. No, they're not doing it for the money -- however they do accept MC and VISA.
The third element builds EMPATHY or even sympathy for the guy and his product. You think, "Poor guy. All he wants to do is help people."
Element Number 4. TIME IS RUNNING OUT.
The clincher is that they're only offering this miracle for a limited time so you have to act fast. Time is running out and the "miracle" will only be offered for the next 3 minutes (or 30 callers or whatever).
Here's where they play on your fear of missing out. You begin to ask yourself, "What if it IS true? I don't want to miss out." and you reach for the phone and your credit card.
The forth element is designed to get you to take ACTION. It's like putting a string in front of a cat and then jerking it away. The cat chases it on instinct. Same principle. They're going to dangle this miracle in front of you and then start to take it away hoping you'll jump up and call the operators who are standing by.
Of course, the product or book comes with a full 30-day money back guarantee so you have "nothing to lose." Excuse me, nothing to lose??? What about losing your health by following some quack cure? What about making your health situation worse by withholding or foregoing medical treatment? I'd say you've got a LOT to lose and you need to consider this very carefully.
The fifth element builds CONFIDENCE that you can always get your money back so it's no big deal to go ahead and order it. Well, I've already mentioned that you have a lot to lose -- and getting your money back may not be all that easy either.
So there you have it. The next time you watch or listen to ANY kind of commercial that offers a "miracle cure" for only $19.95, see if the sales pitch doesn't follow this same formula. I'll bet it does.
Remember, there is no free lunch and there is no "miracle cure." Getting and staying healthy takes work. No bottle of snake oil is going to erase a lifetime of poor eating habits and a lack of exercise.
You CAN improve your health but you've got to take a balanced approach and consistently work at it. So turn off the infomercials and I'll see you at the gym!
title:Exposing the "Best" Source of Protein Myth
author:Protica Nutritional Research
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

An American culture that is marked by a chronic lack of time and the need to achieve is often in pursuit of the “best” something or other. These “best” lists tend to improve time efficiency they help people make quick decisions without a lot of research or “trial and error”.
However, as with most inventions, there is a potentially harmful application of these very popular “best” lists. There are situations where the need to identify the best of something obscures the real truth that, quite simply, there is no single best ranking. In other words, the best of something is in reality a combination of many things. Within the world of nutrition, there arguably is not a more clear – and dangerous – expression of this truth then in looking at protein.
The world of nutrition is not short on “best” opinions for sources of protein. Some camps lobby in favor of whey protein as the best, while others advocate soy. Some claim that meat and poultry are the best source of protein, while others swear that a plant-based item such as spirulina ranks at the top. There are so many opinions – each one claiming to support the best source of protein – that consumers are often left less informed after reading a few of them, rather than more educated.
One of the reasons that the search for the best source of protein is so widespread is because of its critical importance within a healthy diet. All bodily functions are aided, directly or indirectly, by protein. In addition to being an essential energy source, protein is a component of every body cell, and among other vital contributions, helps in the creation, maintenance, and repair of muscle tissue[i].
Furthermore, it is widely accepted – regardless of view on the “best” source of protein – that a complete source of protein is required by all people, regardless of athleticism or mobility. This complete source of protein must reflect all 20 different amino acids that comprise protein. Since the body can only create 12 of them through its own synthetic production capacity, 8 amino acids – called “essential amino acids” -- must be obtained through diet[ii].
This is where the confusion ultimately lies, and the root cause of the ongoing confusion. Various groups claim that certain specific food sources, such as whey, milk protein, or calcium caseinate[1], respectively, is the single best source of protein. Surprisingly, however, a growing body of research is suggesting that that all of these views are incorrect. Rather, a variety of protein sources is proving to be the best.
Unfortunately, accessing this variety of protein sources is a challenge for many consumers. Unless a consumer is very well versed in nutrition, possibly to the point of being considered an expert, he or she cannot confidently know if the variety of proteins are being eaten in any particular meal.
Furthermore, some sources of protein – such as fast food burgers – may indeed contain a desired amount of essential amino acids, but the excessively high amount of calories, unsaturated fats, carbohydrates, and other unwanted elements make them a thoroughly unwise eating choice [iii].
The goal – one that has been sought for decades -- is therefore to identify a food source that provides consumers with a healthy, convenient, inexpensive, appetizing, and complete source of protein.
Fortunately, despite significant delays in bringing a worthy product to the consumer marketplace – delays due to the scientifically pointless search for the single best source of protein -- there are some innovative nutritional supplements that are achieving this goal. These products offer consumers a complete amino acid profile derived from a combined mix of protein sources. Some of these evolved products – albeit a very limited number of them -- are even able to meet the other consumer criterion: convenience, affordability, palatability, low-calorie, and high nutritional (e.g. vitamin enriched) content.
American health dialogue will continue to be populated with “best” lists, and in many ways, these lists are quite useful timesaving devices. However, there are obvious situations where the relentless pursuit of the “best” of something can actually cause more harm than good when there is, in fact, no “best” of something to speak of. In the world of protein and diet, this is clearly the case: there is no single best source of protein. Only a balanced mix of protein sources will achieve the goal of delivering the body’s critical protein requirements. Fortunately, more nutrition experts are starting to acknowledge this scientific truth, and it is a trend towards intelligent health that is expected to continue.
[1] Calcium caseinate is created via the acidification of skim milk.
[i] Source: “Protein in Diet”.

[ii] Source: “Essential Amino Acid”.

[iii] Source: “Supersized Nation: Bigger Burgers Still Rule”. WebMD.
title:Extended Wear Contact Lenses - What Are They?
author:James Watts
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There are two types of extended wear contacts that include daily wear and overnight wear. Your lifestyle and preferences will affect which type of extended wear contacts are best for your.
The extended wear daily contacts are worn every day and removed at night for either seven or 30 days. Then there are the same lenses that are worn 24 hours per day for either seven or 30 days. The risks that have been associated with extended wear contacts include lack of oxygen reaching the eye. The eye needs a lot of oxygen to be healthy, so if you are wearing lens 24 hours per day for a month then the lens needs to be permeable so your eyes can be healthy.
These lenses have undergone some serious changes over the last couple of years and now there are several lenses on the market, Ciba Night and Day as well as PureVision by Bausch and Lomb, that have new patents and allow significantly more oxygen to reach the eye. Because of this the FDA has approved these lenses for extended wear. However, not everyone will qualify for extended wear contacts because of the increased risk to eye health. Individuals with past eye health problems should continue wearing other lenses that are not extended wear to ensure eye health. If you are interested in extended wear contacts you should talk to your eye care practitioner in order to find out if you are a good candidate or not. If not, your optometrist will be able to suggest other options.

External Acne Care: The Pros and Cons of Washing Your Face

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Acne is basically an internal condition triggered by several underlying factors. However, there are additional external acne symptoms that may enhance the formation of acne or interfere with the healing process of your existing acne on the external level (e.g. the external acne environment).

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Acne is basically an internal condition triggered by several underlying factors. However, there are additional external acne symptoms that may enhance the formation of acne or interfere with the healing process of your existing acne on the external level (e.g. the external acne environment). Without handling these external triggers, it will be very difficult for anyone to overcome their acne challenge, especially when the holistic treatment is performed while the individual still suffers from “live” and “evolving” acne.

Clogged or very large pores, oily or very dry complexion and bad skin hygiene do not cause acne but they interfere with the healing process of the skin and make your external acne environment more prone or “susceptible” to acne.

Taking care of your skin on a daily basis by incorporating simple and easy to follow protocols may not only enhance the healing process of your existing acne it will also balance your skin ph levels, making it smooth, even toned, radiant and healthy looking.

Although there are many types of cleansers available for different purposes (exfoliation, clean, medicate), washing your face twice a day using a gentle antiseptic and anti-bacterial 100% natural soap like tea tree oil soap, or Cetaphil soap can help reduce inflammation, swelling and redness and significantly improve the overall appearance of your skin without the irritation, allergy reactions and over-dryness that over the counters like Benzoyl Peroxide can cause.

Washing your face should always come after a good 5 minutes steaming routine. After the steaming, follow these 3 easy steps:

1. Use lukewarm water to get the soap wet.

2. Apply the soap to your face using your fingertips in a circular motion.

3. Wash your face gently and pat your skin dry using a cotton towel.

If your sebaceous glands are producing too much oil (due to hormonal imbalance that should be fixed internally), then you probable have excessively oily skin and large pores. To tackle that problem externally, do not use alcohol and water astrigent, instead use soap like Neutrogena clear pore oil Controlling astrigent or even better apply an all natural mask made of bentonitre or egg whites.

An extremely dry skin can also be treated internally through balancing oil secretion protocols and dietary changes and supplementation, including the regular intake of 10 glasses of pure water on a daily basis. As for the external care, applying lots of good quality moisturizer such as 99% Aloe Vera gel while avoiding harsh and un-natural external care products; can significantly reduce your dryness.

Warning: Excessive washing of the face can cause mild to moderate irritations and increase redness and inflammation, defeating its own purpose.

If you have sensitive skin, the best practice is to test each product prior to using it, using dollar size amount on your chin, regardless of its quality or the nature of its ingredients.

Extreme Happiness Can Damage Your Health

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Moderately happy people are wealthier — and maybe healthier — than extremely happy individuals, according to a psychologist who has researched happiness for more than two decades and his associates.


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While people who are happy are certainly more healthy and successful than thosewho are angry and depressed, Dr. Ed Diener of the University of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign told Reuters Health, people who are moderately happy may achieve more than those who are extremely happy. They might also live longer.
“Our findings suggest that extremely high levels of happiness might not be a desirable goal and that there is more to psychological well-being than high-levels of happiness,” Diener and his team report in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.
The researchers looked at six different studies of happiness and life outcomes to investigate the optimum level of happiness.
One study, the World Values Survey, which included nearly 120,000 people from 96 countries, found that those who were moderately happy, rating their life satisfaction at 8 or 9 out of 10, made more money than those who rated their satisfaction level at 10. However, 10s and 9s were more likely to have stable intimate relationships.
Another study found that the happiest college students were also the most social, but they had lower grade-point averages than their slightly less happy peers.
In four studies that looked at individuals’ well-being several years after their happiness level was initially assessed, the happiest people wound up with less education and lower incomes than the moderately happy individuals.
While the current study didn’t look at happiness and health, Diener noted in aninterview, other research has shown that the happiest people may not live as long as moderately happy individuals.
While the current study didn’t look at happiness and health, Diener noted in an interview, other research has shown that the happiest people may not live as long as moderately happy individuals.
Extremely happy people may be less likely to follow-up on health concerns, he suggested.  It’s also possible, he said, that being in an “aroused,” extremely happy state can take a toll on one’s cardiovascular system.  People for whom extreme happiness is a goal may also be thrill-seeking risk takers. 

Source: Reuters

Extreme Weight- Loss Plans

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The article is about the various weight loss procedures available in the market that do not involve exercise, dieting, and the use of weight loss pills.  These methods are described in terms of the procedures and steps taken to complete them.  Losing weight can be done faster and easier through these methods.

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Discussions about a woman's health is often too focused on being skinny or being slim.  Fortunately, this attention to weight is no longer about vanity, being like Hollywood goddess, or looking like a ramp  supermodel.  For a good reason, women are now talking about the health implications of being obese or overweight. Normally, women are told to engage in regular physical exercise and control food consumption.

However, many women still struggle with setting aside time for exercise.  The demands at work and at home also drive many women to go for every single comfort food they can get their hands on.  Being confined to their small cubicles from 9 to 5 every single day makes a gym workout just another demand on their hectic schedules. As simple it may seem, for some women, working out and going on a diet are impossible tasks.  Many desperately say that they just don't have the time and just resign themselves to the thought that obesity or becoming overweight is inevitable. 

But losing the battle of the bulge need not be every woman's fate. There are now alternatives and innovations in science and medicine that would allow women to lose weight even if they cannot give up their careers or fix their schedules.

Comes in and this is not your average weigh loss diet pill. We are talking about going under the knife...


“Lipo” is for those who have the money to undergo to this extreme measure to loose weight. Usually celebrities take this easy route. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, liposuction has been the most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in America since 2003.  The procedure involves the identification of parts of the body that are predisposed to easy formation of fatty acids like the abdomen, the arms, and the hips. Liposuction is essentially a surgical technique that involves the insertion of a probing device into the patient's body.  The probe is used to liquify the fat before the doctor suctions it out. An outpatient procedure takes an hour and a half to perform. After a procedure, the patient must wear a binding wrap for a number of weeks.  A significant amount of medication is required to manage the pain that comes after the operation.  However, “Lipo” procedure is only limited to the removal of 10 pounds of fat per operation and, as such, is considered more as a cosmetic procedure rather than a real weight loss program.

Hormone Therapy

Another weight-loss approach involves taking anti-aging medicine. As the body ages, hormone levels go down, the pituitary glands stop producing growth hormones, and one's metabolism slows down too. All this makes weight gain easier and losing weight a greater challenge. The goal of this method is to bring the body's function back to when a woman was still in her 20s—the age when the body is at its peak.

The procedure starts with a series of four tests that include growth hormone faction which tests the state of the pituitary gland; DHEA which checks the testosterone level; the T3T4 that tests the thyroid gland; and a daily morning temperature that is intended for checking the metabolism rate of the individual.  Based on the results of these test, a mix of tablets, injections, and creams may be prescribed by the doctor. This procedure is best for people whose hormones are not in tip-top shape. The risk of this therapy are overdose and hyperthyroidism.

Bariatric Surgery

This is recommended for those who suffer from what is called morbid obesity---being overweight by 100 pounds or more.  The procedure involves stomach stapling, which is about reducing the size of the stomach so that a patient feels full after a small amount food. The expected result is a decrease in calorie intake and the long-term reduction in weight. The surgeon creates a pouch by stapling across the top of the stomach. Then  a section of the small intestine about two to five feet in length is attached to it so that food can bypass the duodenum—the first portion of the intestine. It reduces calorie and fat absorption. This procedure can now be done laparoscopically---with narrow tubes through which a small camera allows for accurate incisions and stitchings. This is best for severely obese people or who are overweight by 100 pounds or more. Aside from the same risk the comes with all major surgeries, death is an added risk in any operation for patients who are seriously overweight. Then, there is also the risk of gastric perforation (tear in the stomach wall) during or after the procedure that might lead to another surgery.


Also known as Mesotheraphy, lipo-dissolve is a new treatment specifically designed to eliminate localized pockets of fat in the body such as love handles, underarm flabs, knee flabs, double chin, and eye bags. The procedure entails the injection of Lecithin into the flabby body part in question. Lecithin is naturally made by the body to break down dietary fats, helps maintain lipid balance. The chemical reaction causes the fat to dissolve and be expelled by the body through the lymph glands. Each session last about 30 to 60 minutes and treatments are given once weekly. This is best for people who have lean bodies. The risk of this method is only limited to minor bruising.

Women should always consider their weight loss goals and the pros and cons of undergoing these medical procedures.  Getting to one's desired weight and figure need not always be about sweating it out and depriving one's self of food.  Sometimes, these shortcuts to weight loss might be the faster, easier alternative to lose excess pounds.

Eye Protection Should Be A Slam Dunk

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A quick-thinking tournament doctor put in a call to an opthalmologist following the gruesome collision between Villanova's Allan Ray and a Pittsburgh player, and that call may have saved Ray's sight.

Eye Protection Should Be A Slam Dunk

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A quick-thinking tournament doctor put in a call to an ophthalmologist following the gruesome collision between Villanova's Allan Ray and a Pittsburgh player, and that call may have saved Ray's sight. The collision occurred during the March 10 Big East tournament game.

"This young man is very fortunate, as he could have suffered a permanent, basketball-career-ending injury," said John Stechschulte, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, Ohio State University and American Academy of Ophthalmology member.

Ophthalmologists agree that many sports eye injuries could be avoided simply by wearing protective eyewear. Athletes can now choose from various types of sturdy, lightweight and effective eyewear. With polycarbonate lenses and a proper fitting by an eye care professional, eyewear does not hinder performance and can prevent 90 percent of sports eye injuries. However, various sports require different types of protective eyewear, and members of the eye health care team can help athletes choose the eyewear appropriate for their sport.

"Fortunately, our nation's ophthalmologists, as demonstrated by the Eye M.D. who saved the player's sight, have the skills and the training to treat patients to minimize the amount of permanent vision loss-or get the athlete back on the playing field," said Dr. Stechschulte. "Prevention could be the most important step in preserving eyesight and keeping athletes in the game."

Todd Baker, Executive Director of the Ohio State Ophthalmological Society and Director of Ohio's "Play Hard. Don't Blink" Program, adds, "We have been working with little league and softball teams for the last five years to make eye protection part of their standard equipment requirement and will be doing the same with youth basketball teams this year. We need to move toward making protective eyewear part of the sports culture, rather than waiting for cases of serious injuries to impact our habits."

The Academy is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons-Eye M.D.s-with more than 27,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's"-opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all-eye diseases and injuries-and perform eye surgery.


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