Fast Facts on Heartburn

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This article is all about heartburn. It explains how heartburn is different from a heart disease or heart attack. The article also enumerates some of the most common causes of heartburn. This article familiarizes readers on the natural ways on how to avoid heartburn attacks.

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Having occasional heartburn attacks is quite common for most individuals. Heartburn, which is also known as pyrosis, is a burning or painful sensation in the esophagus that is commonly caused by the regurgitation of gastric acid. This condition is noted to be one of the causes of mimic asthma and chronic cough. 

Heartburn is oftentimes falsely associated with heart disease or condition like heart attack. In fact, it has really nothing to do with the heart. Some people think as such for the burning sensation is felt at the breastbone, the spot where the heart is located.

Causes of heartburn

Certain foods and drinks

   1. Chocolate
   2. Spicy food
   3. Sodas (carbonated beverages)
   4. Citrus juices and fruits
   5. Garlic
   6. Wine
   7. Tomato sauces
   8. Peanuts

Psychosomatic causes

   1. Fatigue
   2. Stress


   1. Cocaine
   2. Caffeine
   3. Alcohol
   4. Tobacco

As enumerated above, the causes of heartburn are generally linked to the improper or too much intake of foods that do not give good effects to the body. If one is suffering from heartburn, a doctor will immediately recommend the most common treatment, which is Antacids. This medication will surely neutralize a person’s acidity in the stomach.

Moreover, treatments for those who have chronic heartburn attacks vary, including endoscopy. The said test further analyzes and determines the true cause of the condition. This way, patients will know if there are other complications associated with their heartburn attacks. 

Avoiding heartburn

It is not necessary for one to shell out a lot of cash just to seek treatments for heartburn. In fact, those who suffer from this condition can get effective remedies for heartburns from the very comfort of their homes.

   1. Eat as many apples as you can.

Just like what the famous rhyme says, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Yes, eating apples is a good way of treating heartburn. A person can eat as many apple as he can without having to worry about any detrimental side effect. Experts claim that an apple effectively neutralizes acid inside the body. Plus this delicious fruit is known to be rich in vitamins and minerals, thus, helping the body to become fit and healthy.

   2. Drink Aloe Vera juice or distilled white vinegar.

Aloe Vera juice is one of the most common natural remedies for heartburn. One is sure to have instant relief to heartburn with just a few ounces of this juice. This juice is widely available at local supermarkets and food stores.

As for distilled white vinegar, some people regard this as a great natural cure for heartburn. Once the burning feeling begins to well up, one should drink a tablespoon of this vinegar to immediately ease the pain of heartburn. 

   3. Avoid foods that can trigger heartburn.

Probably the best way to avoid heartburn attacks is to simply refrain from eating too much foods that are known to trigger the said condition. Maintaining a healthy diet as well as eating in moderation will surely keep one from having heartburn problems.

title:Fast Food
author:HSF Vitamins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

"Hey, Not So Fast!"
"Well, they don’t call it fast food for nothing. Fast business for fast people equals fast bucks in the pocket for these whopping franchises. Believe me, they know the scenario all to well. "
It is a safe assumption that Ronald McDonald is too busy tallying up how many trillion hamburgers he’s served up. The Wendy’s guy, Dave what’s-his-name, would rather help the old lady at the drive-thru find the beef. And the short, chubby guy with the apron? He’s somewhere out back, no doubt, making the early-morning doughnuts, the dark circles forming under his eyes.
Well, they don’t call it fast food for nothing. Fast business for fast people equals fast bucks in the pocket for these whopping franchises. Believe me, they know the scenario all to well.
You’re whipping down that busy highway, late for an appointment or in a hurry to get to work. Or maybe you’re on your way home, knowing well that your refrigerator is as empty as your stomach. Maybe you just don’t have the energy to even twist the oven knob.
Nonetheless, you can’t help but become drawn to that sign like a horseshoe magnet. Your car dips over the break in the road and your eyes are instantly mesmerized by the golden arches that seem to stretch halfway toward heaven.
You know that Ronald and Grimace and the Hamburgler and those fuzzy, little creatures could care less about the diet your on or the aspirations you hold to deflate the spare tire around your waist.
No, they could give a McNugget. But at times like these, neither do we, as we sharply cut the wheel and screech into the parking lot.
Sometimes theres just no other choice.
But before you go making Big Macs out of doughnut holes, remember, not everything you take out of these tiled establishments has to turn out as a Whopper-sized indulgence. Here’s what we mean:
McDONALD’S: The home of the Big Mac and the Filet of Fish has flown the coop. The chicken coop, that is. That’s because the relatively new Grilled Chicken Deluxe, without the fattening mayonnaise, stores only – get this – five grams of fat! And it’s delicious!
Other wise choices on the menu would be the Grilled Chicken Salad Deluxe with Red French Dressing and an 8-ounce container of Low Fat Milk (12 grams of total fat). Or maybe a four-piece order of Chicken McNuggets, a garden salad with fat-free vinaigrette dressing, and an iced tea (11 grams of total fat). For the breakfast crowd, the low-fat apple bran muffin or the hotcakes (without butter, obviously) are wise choices.
BURGER KING: “Have it your way.”
Fine, then gimme a BK Broiler with no mayo (just 9 grams of fat), a BK Side Salad (3 grams of fat) and a strawberry shake (6 grams of fat). Next time, I’ll give the BK Broiled Chicken Salad (10 grams of fat) a shot or maybe the BK Garden Salad (5 grams of fat).
WENDY’S: What other fast-food joint sells baked potatoes? ‘Nuff said. Hold the butter and the sour cream and you have yourself a wonderful, fat-free source for carbohydrates. Wendy’s also has a grilled chicken sandwich that is healthy if you specify the “no mayo, please.”
Also, if you have time to unfasten the seatbelt and take a stroll inside, many Wendy’s establishments offer a fabulous salad bar, where you can put your healthy diet into your own hands.
DUNKIN’ DONUTS: Slam dunk the jelly doughnuts and try some of DD’s new low-fat muffins. The low-fat version of Blueberry, Cherry, Apple & Spice, Banana, and Cranberry Orange pack only a gram and a half of fat each, while the Bran Low-fat Muffin holds just one. Even the Low-fat Chocolate Muffin stores a mere 2.5 grams of the fatty stuff. If muffins aren’t your thing, most bagels served at DD’s range between a gram or two per fat for each bagel. Dunkin’s also offers low-fat cream cheese if you can’t bear to eat it plain.
DOMINO’S PIZZA: Okay. So maybe you’re home now from a brutal day at the office and into the company of your fridge, your stove, and your oven. But really, the last thing you feel like hearing is the clanging of pots and pans. You just slipped off that heavy coat or out of those uncomfortable heels and now you’ve sunk into the sofa. The telephone is an arm’s length away. Your mind says ‘no’ but you’re tummy is definitely saying ‘yes’.
Well, Domino’s isn’t that bad. It could be worse.
Two slices from a large cheese pizza total 9.88 grams of fat. Not the end of the world. Two average pieces of their delicious buffalo wings combine for 4.78 grams of fat. Not the end of the world. Two of their crispy, delicious breadsticks total 6.68 grams of fat. Not the end of the world.
As for a large, thick-pan, four-topping pizza? Well, that’s the end of this story.
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title:Fast Food and Vitamins Take Up Some Healthy Habits
author:Bob Benson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

If you ask most adults why they don’t get the vitamins they need as part of their daily food intake, they’ll likely tell you that they just don’t have the time to eat like they should. It’s true that eating right does take some time and effort, but it’s also true that you can develop and maintain healthier eating habits without any drastic changes. Take a look at some facts and some alterations that can make a big difference in how you eat, and how you feel about what you eat.
Think the only healthy food is food that’s served on a plate that you eat with a fork? The truth is that many foods that are very rich in vitamins that your body needs everyday are available for your consumption on the go. And with some minor changes, even your fast foods can be healthy choices when you’re considering vitamins.
A cheeseburger from your favorite fast food place doesn’t have to be something you only indulge in now and then. While there are some other issues to consider (the amount of grease and salt, for example), a cheeseburger can provide you with many of the vitamins you need. A regular cheeseburger with a double patty gives you about 30 percent of your body’s B12 needs for the day and the dill pickles are a source of Vitamin K.
Instead of ordering French Fries to go with your burger, choose a salad. That doesn’t mean that you have to stop what you’re doing and sit down to eat the salad. Pile those veggies on the burger! The tomatoes are a source of Vitamin C, and the lettuce and mayonnaise has Vitamin K. Add it all up and a cheeseburger isn’t a bad choice when you’re trying to get the daily requirement of some necessary vitamins. Even a fast food taco can be a good source of Vitamin B12.
Sandwiches are generally not associated with healthy eating, but the same “cheeseburger rule” applies to any sandwich. Pile on the jalapeno or bell peppers for Vitamin C. Oils are also a good source of vitamins. Sunflower oil is very high in Vitamin E, for example.
Many foods that aren’t naturally high in vitamin content are fortified with vitamins. Most dairy products are fortified with Vitamin D. Taking just the time for a bowl of vitamin-fortified cereal in the morning can provide you with all the vitamins you need for the entire day. The next time you’re ready to dismiss a particular food as just empty calories, take a minute to evaluate what you’re really eating. You may be surprised to find the vitamin content is higher than you thought, or you may find that some simple changes can rectify the vitamin-poor choices.
Fast Food and Vitamins  Take Up Some Healthy Habits

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If you ask most adults why they don’t get the vitamins they need as part of their daily food intake, they’ll likely tell you that they just don’t have the time to eat like they should.

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If you ask most adults why they don’t get the vitamins they need as part of their daily food intake, they’ll likely tell you that they just don’t have the time to eat like they should. It’s true that eating right does take some time and effort, but it’s also true that you can develop and maintain healthier eating habits without any drastic changes. Take a look at some facts and some alterations that can make a big difference in how you eat, and how you feel about what you eat.

Think the only healthy food is food that’s served on a plate that you eat with a fork? The truth is that many foods that are very rich in vitamins that your body needs everyday are available for your consumption on the go. And with some minor changes, even your fast foods can be healthy choices when you’re considering vitamins.

A cheeseburger from your favorite fast food place doesn’t have to be something you only indulge in now and then. While there are some other issues to consider (the amount of grease and salt, for example), a cheeseburger can provide you with many of the vitamins you need. A regular cheeseburger with a double patty gives you about 30 percent of your body’s B12 needs for the day and the dill pickles are a source of Vitamin K.

Instead of ordering French Fries to go with your burger, choose a salad. That doesn’t mean that you have to stop what you’re doing and sit down to eat the salad. Pile those veggies on the burger! The tomatoes are a source of Vitamin C, and the lettuce and mayonnaise has Vitamin K. Add it all up and a cheeseburger isn’t a bad choice when you’re trying to get the daily requirement of some necessary vitamins. Even a fast food taco can be a good source of Vitamin B12.

Sandwiches are generally not associated with healthy eating, but the same “cheeseburger rule” applies to any sandwich. Pile on the jalapeno or bell peppers for Vitamin C. Oils are also a good source of vitamins. Sunflower oil is very high in Vitamin E, for example.

Many foods that aren’t naturally high in vitamin content are fortified with vitamins. Most dairy products are fortified with Vitamin D. Taking just the time for a bowl of vitamin-fortified cereal in the morning can provide you with all the vitamins you need for the entire day. The next time you’re ready to dismiss a particular food as just empty calories, take a minute to evaluate what you’re really eating. You may be surprised to find the vitamin content is higher than you thought, or you may find that some simple changes can rectify the vitamin-poor choices.

Fast weight loss tips

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There is no doubt that many people try to lose weight too quickly, with dangerous crash diets.

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There is no doubt that many people try to lose weight too quickly, with dangerous crash diets. That doesn't mean that there are no legitimate methods available for speeding up your progress on a proper weight loss program. The tips in this article may well be of use to you, even if you are already succeeding in losing weight. Here are four very effective fast weight loss tips.

Tip 1
Use music as part of your exercise program. Although exercise will always be a vital part of any fast weight loss program, it is very off putting to many. Large numbers of people find just exercising, with nothing to interest their mind, boring. If you can inject something you enjoy into the routine, you are far more likely to stick at it. If you have an iPod, or other hard disc storage portable player, that will be ideal.

Tip 2
Consider yourself as the most important factor. There is great merit in so many ideas you will find in books or magazines, but they may not directly relate to your unique circumstances. Only you know what your true desire level is to lose a certain amount of weight. Only you know your own capabilities, and trying to do to much in the way of exercise can be positively dangerous. Keep your goals within the realm of possibility, and one day you may enjoy achieving them.

Tip 3
You may regard this as cheating, but it isn't really, merely using technology to your advantage. You can now get machines which tense the stomach muscles while you engage in another activity. It is no replacement for vigorous physical exercise, but it be a useful addition to it. Your body should also develop improved muscle tone as a side effect of this.

Tip 4
Do some sit ups. These exercises are scoffed at by so many, who think that are a lot of hard work for nothing. To a degree this is true, as you would have to perform a ridiculous number every day to have a noticeable effect. What sit ups can do is lessen the hunger pangs felt by someone taking in less fat. Although you are not hungry in reality, and your body is taking in enough food, you feel hungry because you are taking in less fat. Doing sit ups at the time of these hunger pangs will be effective in reducing them.

These fast weight loss tips do not involve crash dieting, and can be genuinely helpful. Click the links below to discover some useful resources, and good luck!

Fatal Fact: The Effects of Smoking Leads to Death and Disease

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This article deals with the dangers posed by smoking to both the smoker and    non-smoker.  The chemicals found in cigarettes have been proven to cause    cancer, circulatory problems, and other illnesses and potentially fatal medical    conditions.

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Smoking is a very hard habit to quit. When smoking, it makes the person feel relaxed, and in some way makes one feel less stressed. Especially during work breaks, or going out with friends for a drink, smoking always comes as some sort of “necessity.”   It can calm down the throbbing nerves of a drunk person, or it may take away the stress and adrenaline from all the stressful situations in a person's everyday life. Either way, smoking can temporarily relieve the stress of one person, but that one stick of cigarette can actually lead to a dreaded disease or even a fatal illness.

Quitting smoking can be easy to say and a frequently heard advice given to smokers. But in reality, quitting is complicated, hard, and not very amusing to smokers. This could mean the end of the world to others (a little exaggeration won't hurt), or having a drastic change in their lifestyle. Moreover, quitting is all about the self, and if the person is wholeheartedly open to quitting smoking, then they will become successful. Otherwise, it could be a waste of time for them, since they are not open to the possibility of a healthier life after quitting smoking.

The effects of smoking can vary from physical appearance to risky health conditions. Tar in cigarettes can coat the lungs and eventually lead to lung and throat cancer. Nicotine is also responsible for the yellow brown stains on the smoker's fingers and teeth. The carbon monoxide in cigarettes robs the muscles, brain, and blood of oxygen, thus making the body (especially the heart) work much harder. Over time, this can cause the airways to narrow, and the blood pressure to rise, leading to heart attacks and strokes. High levels of carbon momoxide and nicotine can also increase the risk of heart disease, hardening of the arteries, and other circulatory problems.

Moreover, research has shown that there is a small difference between the amount of chemicals inhaled by those people who smoke ‘light’ or ‘low tar’ cigarettes and those who smoke regular cigarettes. People who smoke ‘light’ cigarettes have the same risk of developing smoking-related diseases as people who smoke regular cigarettes. so either way, whatever brand of cigarette one smokes, the effects of smoking would still be the same.

The effects of smoking can be seen immediately, and can be experienced as soon as one puffs that cigarette. First, there is an initial stimulation, followed by a reduction in the brain and nervous system activity. Enhanced alertness and concentration is also felt, together with a feeling of mild euphoria, feelings of relaxation, increase in blood pressure and heart rate. However, the negative effects of smoking will be immediately experienced. The smoker will suffer from a decrease in blood flow to body extremities like the fingers and toes, dizziness, nausea, watery eyes, and high acidity in the stomach, and a decrease in appetite, taste, and smell.

Long term effects of smoking leads to more than 140,000 hospital episodes and 19,000 deaths, with principal diagnoses such as cancer, heart diseases, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. Passive smoking can also cause a number of health problems including heart disease, lung cancer, and irritation of the eyes and nose. When one sees this from a bird's eye view, everyone is at risk for smoking cigarettes, be it a smoker or a nonsmoker.

Fathers Dealing with Postpartum Depression

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This article relates the significance of new mothers that deals with postpartum depression. New research studies have shown that fathers can also get depressed after the baby is born. Certain factors  contribute to fathers getting postpartum depression, and how this study aims to provide help for those new parents that get depressed.

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After giving birth, some mothers experience hormonal imbalance and other physiological changes that cause them to feel lonely, tired, and depressed. This mix of psychological, physical, and emotional distress is known as postpartum depression. A mother with this condition may feel anxious, scared, worthless, fatigued, or restless. She can eventually lose her appetite, have trouble sleeping, and become frantic or paranoid when this kind of depression worsens or becomes more severe. To avoid these complications, depressed mothers should get  medical help and therapy to help them recover.

But it is not only mothers who encounter this problem which has been associated with the pressures of childbirth. New research suggest that even new fathers can get depressed after the mother gives birth. According to the study, about fourteen percent of mothers and around ten percent of fathers suffer from moderate to severe postpartum depression. More damaging than the more common form of “baby blues”, postpartum depression is more serious since it leads a person to experience sadness and feelings of emptiness, withdrawal from family and friends, and being sensitive to thoughts of failure.  Depressed mothers and fathers may also, in extreme cases, contemplate thoughts of suicide. These emotions begin two to three weeks after birth, and could last up to a year or longer if left untreated. Researchers in this study states that postpartum depression in fathers were strikingly high and more than twice as common than in the general adult male population in the US. As a result, they say that pediatricians must make a greater effort to screen both mothers and fathers for postpartum depression.

Researchers reviewed information on more than five thousand two-parent families with children aged nine months and found out that if both parents get depressed, their babies would less likely to be put to bed lying on their back, get breastfed, and more likely to have been put to sleep with just a bottle of milk. Pediatricians also noted in the study that babies should be put to sleep on their backs in order to prevent cases of sudden infant death syndrome. Depressed mothers were about one and a half times less likely to engage in preventive health behaviors, such as breastfeeding, placing the baby on his back to sleep or more likely to put their babies to bed with a bottle. These mothers were less likely to read to their babies, tell stories, or sing songs if depressed. The study revealed that depressed fathers were less likely to sing or play outside with their child if both parents were depressed. The studies' results  suggest that where daytime interactions are concerned, depressed mothers and fathers engage in less positive interaction with their children, with a particular decrease in the level of enrichment interactions, including reading, telling stories, and singing songs. In seeing that the depressed fathers do not interact with their children, this is critical for them, since it is important to seek the need for interaction with children to develop cognitively and emotionally in a normal way.

While women show signs of sadness when they are depressed, men may be more likely to get irritated easily, be aggressive, and sometimes evena act in a hostile manner when they are depressed. In addition to not interacting with their baby, depressed fathers could be less supportive of the mother. When these signs are present, the best thing to do is to talk to a doctor, counselor, psychiatrist who can make a diagnosis and prescribe appropriate medications to treat depression.

Fatigue: A Symptom Women Should Be Weary

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Excessive fatigue is a common health complaint especially among women. Aside from their families, their jobs, and household responsibilities, there are still other activities that a woman needs to attend to which may make them feel really tired. But today, doctors say, women are exhausted.

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Women have always worked hard. Aside from their families, their jobs, and household responsibilities, there are still other activities that a woman needs to attend to which may make them feel really tired. But today, doctors say, women are exhausted. Married or single, with or without kids, working in an office, a laundry or at home, it seems as true as ever that a woman's work is never done.

Fatigue is a common health complaint especially among women. It is a state of overwhelming, sustained exhaustion and decreased capacity for physical and mental work that is unrelieved by rest. Around 20% of Americans experienced excessive fatigue that is enough to interfere with their normal life. However, one of the hardest terms to define and a symptom of many different conditions.

Fatigue often is an early sign of a neurological or psychological illness. Debilitating fatigue can be an early sign and symptom of either multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease. Some studies show that eight out of ten patients with depression report fatigue.

Marianne Legato, a professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University said in an interview that there are a number of conditions that can make a woman chronically feel tired or experience excessive fatigue. Women who go on crash diets and don't get enough nutrition can feel lethargic. Reports say that high-fat, low-carb diets are the worst offenders. Foods that help boost energy include complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread, whole meal rice and pasta, fish, lean meat, fruit and vegetables.

Moreover, according to the Thyroid Foundation, there are approximately 14 million people in the U.S. who have underactive thyroids and about 70 percent of them are women. Dr. Legato said that the most common type of thyroid disease is called “Hashimoto's thyroiditis.” This is an auto-immune condition, in which the person produces antibodies that have an immune response to the thyroid gland.

Excessive fatigue can also be a result of one of several reasons including anemia, chronic illness, infection, diabetes, medication effects or depression.

Excessive fatigue could also indicate an impending heart attack in women, researchers say. A study looked at more than 500 women who had suffered heart attacks. About 70% had experienced unusually high levels of fatigue and 48% had reported disturbed sleep for more than a month before their attack. The researchers said they studied women because they have higher death rates and higher rates of disease than men.

The study focused on women with an average age of 66 who had suffered a heart attack in the previous four to six months.  They were asked if they had experienced any of 33 early signs which can precede heart attacks, or any of 37 symptoms which can accompany one.  The women were also asked about other health problems, risk factors, medication and their social backgrounds.  About 95% of the women said they had experienced new or different symptoms more than a month before their heart attacks that did not continue afterwards. Excessive fatigue is the most common symptom.

Tiredness as a symptom, is important when it is severe or unusual. Women who are experiencing tiredness or excessive fatigue may be referred to a health care professional or other specialists for additional tests and a definitive diagnosis to help them lessen the load of the burden they've been going through.

Fats And Carbs - Good Or Evil?

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Fats and carbohydrates are two building blocks of a healthy diet, but many people do not understand their role in proper nutrition. While the daily intake of fats and oils should be limited, these elements are still a vital part of the diet. The key is to make smart choices when it comes to fats and oils. That means substituting saturated fats with unsaturated fats, and using healthier, lighter oils in cooking.

Let’s look at the role fats and oils play in the diet. Fats a...


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Fats and carbohydrates are two building blocks of a healthy diet, but many people do not understand their role in proper nutrition. While the daily intake of fats and oils should be limited, these elements are still a vital part of the diet. The key is to make smart choices when it comes to fats and oils. That means substituting saturated fats with unsaturated fats, and using healthier, lighter oils in cooking.

Let’s look at the role fats and oils play in the diet. Fats are necessary for supplying energy to the body. In addition, fats supply essential fatty acids and act as carriers for fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K and the carotenoids. In addition, fats have an important role to play as building blocks for various tissues and membranes, and they also play a key role in regulating numerous bodily functions.

Dietary fat is available from a variety of plant and animal sources, and most diets do contain adequate amounts of fat. Most nutrition experts recommend keeping the intake of fat to less than 20% of calories, but studies have shown that severely limiting fat intake can be dangerous. Extreme low fat diets should only be undertaking with a doctor’s approval and oversight.

The type and amount of fat in the diet makes all the difference. A diet high in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol has been associated with a variety of ills, including heart disease, stroke and other associated diseases. In addition, many long term chronic problems, such as obesity, are associated with high levels of dietary fats.

The greatest risk of complications from excessive fat intake appears to lie with saturated fats and trans fats (fats that are solid at room temperature). One of the best ways to keep levels of saturated fat low is to limit the amount of animal fats that are consumed. These animal based fats include meats like bacon and sausage, as well as butter and ice cream. Dietary cholesterol can be limited by watching the consumption of eggs, organ meats and other foods high in cholesterol.

Food labels do make the complicated process of choosing the right fats somewhat easier. For instance, trans fats will be listed on the ingredient list of foods that contain them. In general, trans fats are found mainly in processed foods.

Some fats, such as polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, are better choices for healthy eating. Examples of these fats include canola oil and olive oil. Cooking with these lighter oils can be a big step toward a healthier diet. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, and they have been found to have heart protecting qualities.

Many types of fish have also been found to be sources of good fat. Fish are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3’s have been found to promote good health, and they may even lower cholesterol levels.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet as well, and carbs are necessary for providing energy and many essential nutrients. Carbohydrates are found in fruits and vegetables, in grains and in milk and dairy products. It is important to choose carbohydrates carefully, however, since not all are equally healthy.

When choosing breads and cereal, for instance, try to select those made with whole grains, while avoiding the more highly refined varieties. It is also important to limit the intake of sugars, such as soda, candy and highly processed baked goods. Consuming large amounts of such high calorie, low nutrient foods, can make it very difficult to stay on a healthy diet without gaining weight.

Most Americans tend to have too much of certain elements in their diet. Sugar is one such element and salt is the other. While a basic level of sodium in the form of salt is important to proper nutrition, most people consume too much salt in their daily diet. Excess salt consumption can lead to water retention, high blood pressure and other complications. Choosing low sodium foods, and limiting the use of the salt shaker, can go a long way toward cutting levels of excess salt in the diet. other complications. Choosing low sodium foods, and limiting the use of the salt shaker, can go a long way toward cutting levels of excess salt in the diet.

title:Fats and the Brain
author:Anne Arsenault
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It is said that the brain is 40-60 % fat. So when we take fats out of our diet, our brain along with other parts of our body suffers. What we need to do is change the bad fats that we eat to good fats. Good fats nourish our body and keep us young and healthy. Good fats consist of: flax oil, extra virgin olive oil, salmon oil, fish oils, primrose oil, hemp oil and their combinations. Also eating raw nuts, seeds and avocadoes will provide good fats in the diet; the body cannot make them, they must be consumed.
Firstly, the good fats (efa’s) are a part of the structure of the cell membrane. They help form the barrier against viruses, bacteria and other foreign substances. This barrier also keeps important items in the cell, such as: genetic materials, proteins, enzymes and the cell organelles. What goes in and what goes out of each cell is also regulated by the cell membrane. It is said the health of the body is dependant on the health of its cells.
These efa’s are also precursors of things like DHA, which is needed by the brain, as well as the adrenals and eyes. These good fats are used for energy production, oxygen use and electron transport, all of these of course are important to healthy brain function. Basically, without proper fats in the diet, our brain will suffer.
Mental health is so important. Without good fats in the diet, the prostaglandins that regulate the neurotransmitters (the chemicals that transmit information from nerve cell to nerve cell) cannot be made. Mental illness can set in, conditions such as: Schizophrenia, Bipolar, Senility and other undiagnosed conditions, irritability, PMS, anger, etc. Essential Fatty Acids have a calming affect on the nerves and the body; hyperactive children are usually benefited by efa’s. Depression and aging are also helped by efa supplementation.
To get more good fats in your diet, eat fish, raw nuts, seeds, avocadoes, green leafy vegetables and cold pressed oils: flax, hemp and their combinations. Never cook with these good fats, frying should be done with butter or coconut oil.
Remember its not how much fat you consume, it’s the type of that counts.

title:Fats You Just Gotta Have
author:Greg Post
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Despite the way people actually eat, most of us have an idea of how we should eat. Marketers have ingeniously leveraged this concept. For example, a group of women might be talking about what they for dinner the night before. One ate carrot sticks; another had low-fat cottage cheese. But one had a four course meal including dessert. And she did all this without any of the guilt. How outrageous! Dessert without any guilt? Personally I never understood the guilt part. I thought guilt had to do with real moral issues, but that should be reserved for another essay.
What’s the point? We think we should be eating the carrot sticks and not the dessert, but we eat the dessert. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Another example of this is we think we should be avoiding fat but we eat it anyway. What if we could eat all the fat we wanted? Now there is a commercial that would sell. Well here is some news: we can have all the fat we want. Now before you metaphorically wad up this electronic sheet of paper and toss it into the reserved part of your hard drive known as the recycle bin hear me out. We truly can have all the fat we want because not all fats are the same. Early nutritional concepts made the mistake of classifying all fats as equivalent. But in fact there is a class of fats which are essential to health and most of us get way too little of them. As a group they are cleverly called essential fatty acids.
Essential fatty acids are called ‘essential’ for two reasons. The first reason, as you probably have guessed, is because they are essential to life and health. Simply put, without sufficient essential fatty acids (EFAs) we cannot be healthy. More on this in a moment. The second reason these fats are called ‘essential’ is because our bodies cannot manufacture them. They must be ingested through what we eat.
Fats are basically chains of carbon atoms with a little oxygen and hydrogen at one end. Along the chain hydrogen atoms are bound to the carbon atoms. When a fat chain contains as many hydrogen atoms as it can hold it is said to be saturated. These are the fats we should not eat in abundance because of their negative impact on health, especially heart health.
When a fat chain does not contain all the hydrogen it could possibly hold it is said to be unsaturated as in ‘polyunsaturated’. Among these polyunsaturated fats is the class known as essential fatty acids.
Some essential fatty acids are foundational to the proper building and maintenance of the reproductive, immune and nervous (including the brain) systems. In general EFAs are necessary for the proper manufacture and repair of cell membranes. They aid the cells in obtaining optimal nutrition as well as the dispelling of harmful waste products. One primary function of essential fatty acids is the production of prostaglandins which are potent mediators for a diverse group of physiological processes. These processes include, but are not limited to, the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting ability, vasoconstriction, fertility, and immune function.
Of particular interest to those of us who are parents and grandparents are the effects of essential fatty acid deficiencies in children and infants, (Even the ones not yet born). EFAs are imperative for neural development and maturation of sensory systems in these little ones. Omega-3 (a very significant EFA) deficiencies in particular are linked to decreased memory and mental abilities, poor vision, increased tendency of blood clot formation, diminished immune function, impaired membrane function, learning disorders, irregular heartbeat and growth retardation. Infants can become omega-3 deficient because of inadequate supplies in the mother’s milk as well as infant formulas. Because of this some formula manufactures fortify their products with omega-3 supplements.
There is a wide range of essential fatty acids which are important to health. But there are two in particular that deserve special attention. One was mentioned above, omega-3. The other is omega-6. Both of these EFAs have gained the focus of much research and have been tested in relation to a plethora of chronic conditions. We even buy dog food fortified with DHA (an omega-3) so our little puppy will grow up smart.
Of special concern to me are the heart health implications of EFAs. Essential fatty acid imbalance or deficiency (especially omega-3 and omega-6) has been linked to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high blood pressure, sudden cardiac death, high cholesterol and the ever popular high triglycerides. The implication is, of course, that getting a proper balance of certain EFAs can help alleviate many of the chronic heart issues that plague our modern society.
But what about low-fat diets? They are still good. Normally when we talk about low-fat we understand that to refer to eating less saturated fat. We have become a race of fast-food junkies. The meats used in such ‘foods’ are saturated fats. Diets replete with saturated fats are destructive to health. Further ‘high-fat’ diets are normally low in essential fatty acids simply because we are filling up on one type of fat leaving no room for the other.
So I want to go on record for being an advocate of high-fat diets. That is, diets high in essential fatty acids. The particulars of such diets are beyond the scope of this essay. For more information on essential fatty acids, especially in relation to heart health, please use the links below. But generally speaking let’s salute high-fat diets for good health. Got fat?
For information on essential fatty acids and heart health please use the links below.
Essential Fatty Acids: http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/essentialfattyacid.html
Triglycerides: http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/triglycerides.html
Omega-3 and Triglycerides: http://www.optimal-heart-health.com/omega-3.html

title:Fats, Good Bad
author:Ruth Bird
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Fats, The Good…The Bad and Omega 3.
This has become a hot topic lately. There is so much talk of fats, the healthy fats, the bad fats, the trans fats. I have done some research on fats, trying to keep it simple for us. Here is some important information I have come up with. Omega 3 has become a favorite topic of mine. It has such amazing health improvement qualities. Remember, this is for your information only, and not meant as gospel nor is it meant for diagnostic purposes.
Saturated fats
Saturated fat is the main dietary cause of high blood cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends that you limit your saturated fat intake to 7–10 percent of total calories (or less) each day. If you have coronary heart disease or your LDL cholesterol level is 100 mg/dL or greater, your doctor should recommend the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) Diet. It recommends 25–35 percent of calories from fat, with less than 7 percent coming from saturated fat. Cholesterol is limited to less than 200 milligrams a day.
Saturated fat is found mostly in foods from animals and some plants.
Foods from animals — These include beef, beef fat, veal, lamb, pork, lard, poultry fat, butter, cream, milk, cheeses and other dairy products made from whole milk. These foods also contain dietary cholesterol.
Foods from plants — These include coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil (often called tropical oils), and cocoa butter.
Hydrogenated fats
During food processing, fats may undergo a chemical process called hydrogenation. This is common in margarine and shortening. These fats also raise blood cholesterol. Use hydrogenated fats only if they contain no more than two grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. The saturated fat content of most margarines and spreads is printed on the package or Nutrition Facts label.
Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats — Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are the two unsaturated fats. They're found primarily in oils from plants.
Polyunsaturated fats — These include safflower, sesame and sunflower seeds, corn and soybeans, many nuts and seeds, and their oils.
Monounsaturated fats — These include canola, olive and peanut oils, and avocados.
Both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats may help lower your blood cholesterol level when you use them in place of saturated fats in your diet. But a moderate intake of all types of fat is best. Use polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils — and margarines and spreads made from them — in limited amounts. This is recommended in place of using fats with a high saturated fat content, such as butter, lard or hydrogenated shortenings.
Since their discovery in the 1970s, the omega-3 essential fatty acids have generated thousands of studies and clinical trials. Essential to life and good health, they protect against disease and can treat illness.
Dr. Barry Sears is a research scientist and creator of the world famous Zone Diet. His most recent book, The OmegaRx Zone - The Miracle of the New High-Dose Fish Oil, is the culmination of 20 years of research on the benefits of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil. In fact, Dr. Sears pioneered the development of pharmaceutical-grade fish oil, a highly refined nutritional supplement rich in DHA and EPA. This work continues his life long dedication to using diet to help people maintain their state of wellness.
Yet few people understand what they are, what they do.
When it comes to heart disease, prevention is your best bet. High blood pressure and hypertension put undue stress on the heart, blood vessels and other organs. A person can get excellent heart health through a variety of ways, especially through a good diet.
Certain foods have been shown to be healthy for the heart. Fish has the proven benefits of omega-3 oil. Omega-3 may lower the risk of abnormal heart rhythms and reduce the cohesion of blood cells, which make them less likely to form clots and block arteries. Omega-3 seems to be particularly beneficial to people already at risk for heart disease and those who have experienced a heart attack.
Olive oil is a healthy choice over other fats such as butter, palm and coconut oils because olive oil is a monounsaturated fat that does not increase levels of cholesterol and triglycerides
The following information on trans fatty acids is Information from the Food and Drug Administration
Q: What are trans fatty acids?
A: Trans fatty acids (or "trans fat") are fats found in foods such as vegetable shortening, some margarines, crackers, candies, baked goods, cookies, snack foods, fried foods, salad dressings, and many processed foods.
*-additional information from me: Fats that are artificially created through a chemical process of the hydrogenation of oils. This solidifies the oil and limits the body's ability to regulate cholesterol. These fats are considered to be the most harmful to one's health. The Federal Drug Administration has mandated that the amount of trans fats be labeled on food products by 2005.
Q: Why should We care about trans fat?
A: It's important to know about trans fat because there is a direct, proven relationship between diets high in trans fat content and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels and, therefore, and increased risk of coronary heart disease – a leading cause of death in the US.
Q: Aren't all fats bad?
A: No. There are "good" fats and "bad" ones, just like there's good and bad blood cholesterol. Saturated fats and trans fat have bad effects on cholesterol levels. Polyunsaturated fats and monosaturated fats (such as olive oil, canola oil, soybean oil, and corn oil) have good effects.
Q: How much trans fat is too much?
A: There is research currently under way to determine this. However, it is true and accurate to say that the less saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol consumed the better. Trans fat while pervasive in many of the foods we eat is not "essential" to any healthy diet.
Q: How can consumers know if a product contains trans fat if it's not identified on the nutrition label?
A: Consumers can know if a food contains trans fat by looking at the ingredient list on the food label. If the ingredient list includes the words "shortening," "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil" or "hydrogenated vegetable oil," the food contains trans fat. Because ingredients are listed in descending order of predominance, smaller amounts are present when the ingredient is close to the end of the list.
Q: Do restaurants have to list the fat content of their foods?
A: No. But it's a good tip to always ask which fats are being used to prepare the food you order. (I read in the rumour mill that Restaurants in New York are being asked to voluntarily cut down on their trans fat usage* my own comments)
Q: Why is it important to read labels?
A: Labels provide valuable information. An informed consumer is able to make better, healthier choices.
"The American Heart Association recommends healthy people eat omega-3 fatty acids from fish and plant sources to protect their hearts. Have you heard of this miracle?
OmegaRx Fish Oil, quoted as being close to a Medical Miracle in our Century! Omega 3, The Good Fat, Is on your side, they contribute to your good health. They are also a big part of Dr Barry Sears Zone Diet.
Omega-3 (you may sometimes see it written as n-3 or w-3) is the name given to a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids. The parent omega-3 - alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) - is described as 'essential' as, like vitamins, it must be obtained from diet. It is polyunsaturated and has 18 carbon atoms and 3 double bonds (18:3).
There is no doubt that the omega-3 fatty acids are essential to health.
Omega-3 oils -- found in fatty fish, like salmon and tuna -- help lower blood pressure, fight heart disease and even battle depression. ...
Omega-3 fatty acids work against depression. Recent studies suggested that consuming omega-3 rich foods such as oily fish can help prevent depression. Omega-3 fatty acids have already been found to offer a myriad benefits to human health. Notably, intake of omega-3 fatty acids or use of oily fish reduces the cardiovascular disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are found richly in oily fish such as salmon fish and tuna. Plant sources such as flaxseed oil and canola oil also offer certain amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids or oil can be purchased as nutrient supplements.
There is no doubt that the omega-3 fatty acids are essential to health.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and drug Administration. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure any disease.
It is very definitely to your advantage to study further the wonderful benefits of Omega3.
title:Fats & Cholesterol
author:Bruce Reid
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

For years we heard that a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet would keep us healthy and help us lose weight. And many of us jumped on the bandwagon, eliminating fat and high-cholesterol foods from our diets.
Well, unfortunately, we were doing it all wrong.
Instead of eliminating fat completely, we should have been eliminating the bad fats,the fats associated with obesity and heart disease and eating the good fats, the fats that actually help improve blood cholesterol levels. Before we examine the good fats and bad fats, let’s talk about cholesterol.
Cholesterol - It’s been ingrained into our brains that cholesterol causes heart disease and that we should limit our intake of foods that contain it, but dietary cholesterol is different than blood cholesterol. Cholesterol comes from two places first, from food such as meat, eggs, and seafood, and second, from our body.
Our liver makes this waxy substance and links it to carrier proteins called lipoproteins. These lipoproteins dissolve the cholesterol in blood and carry it to all parts of your body. Our body needs cholesterol to help form cell membranes,some hormones,and Vitamin D.
You may have heard of good and bad cholesterol.Well,high-density lipoproteins (HDL) carry cholesterol from the blood to the liver. The liver processes the cholesterol for elimination from the body.
If there’s HDL in the blood, then less cholesterol will be deposited in the coronary arteries.That’s why it’s called good cholesterol. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL), carry cholesterol from the liver to the rest of the body. When there is too much in the body, it is deposited in the coronary arteries. This is not good. A build-up of cholesterol in our arteries could prevent blood from getting to parts of our heart. That means that our heart won’t get the oxygen and nutrients it needs, which could result in heart attack, stroke, or sudden death.
So, if your LDL is higher than your HDL, you’re at a greater risk for developing heart disease. It may come as a surprise, but recent studies have shown that the amount of cholesterol in our food is not strongly linked to our blood cholesterol levels.
It’s the types of fats you eat that affect your blood cholesterol levels. Bad Fats - There are two fats that you should limit your intake of.Saturated and trans fats.
Saturated Fats - Saturated fats are mostly animal fats. You find them in meat, whole-milk products, poultry skin, and egg yolks. Coconut oil also has a high amount of saturated fat.
Saturated fats raise both the good and bad blood cholesterol.
Trans Fats - Trans fats are produced through hydrogenation heating oils in the presence of oxygen.Many products contain trans fats because the fats help them maintain a longer shelf life. Margarine also contains a high amount of trans fats.
Trans fats are especially dangerous because they lower the good cholesterol, HDL and raise the bad cholesterol, LDL.Unfortunately, most products do not tell you how much trans fat it contains, but you can find out if it’s in a product by looking at the ingredient list. If the ingredients contain hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils, then it contains trans fats.
Fortunately in 2006, manufacturers will be required to list the amount of trans fat in their products on the nutrition labels, so it will be easier for you to find.
Good Fats - Some fats actually improve cholesterol levels. Polyunsaturated Fats - Polyunsaturated fats are found in sunflower, corn, and soybean oils. These oils contain Omega-6, an essential fatty acid. However, most people get enough Omega-6 in their diet and instead need more Omega-3. Omega-3 is a fatty acid found in fish and walnuts.
Monounsaturated Fats - Monounsaturated fats are found in canola, peanut, and olive oils.Both types of unsaturated fats decrease the bad cholesterol, LDL and increase the good cholesterol, HDL.
Now, just because the unsaturated fats improve your blood cholesterol levels, you don’t have the go-ahead to eat all of the olive oil, butter and nuts you want.Fat of any kind does contain calories,and if you’re trying to lose weight, eat fat in moderation, and stay away from saturated fats.

title:Fattening Foods: Not So Fattening After All?
author:Nathan Latvaitis
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Have you seen those “fat free” foods in supermarkets?  Have you possibly delighted in them guiltlessly thinking that they are healthy for you?  There’s a good chance that you have because we usually follow what the media and the world around us says.  In this day in age, along with other health fads, many people believe that fat makes you fat.  This is true, to an extent.  What we fail to notice is that not all fats are bad. 
If I had to guess, since the words fat (as in what’s in food) and fat (as in excess body tissue, or adipose tissue) are the same word it makes sense that when you eat fat, you get fat.  However, this is not the case.  Now don’t get me wrong, there is a difference between good fats and bad fats.  If you eat the bad fats they can make you fat, and also contribute to several diseases.  Your body uses the good fats in several ways to repair itself, grow, and work more efficiently.  Some of the benefits of eating these healthy fats include:

Healthy fats are essential for absorption of fat-soluble vitamins
Healthy fats have an anti-inflammatory effect – they can help relieve many of the pains that we experience around our joints
Healthy fats are essential for lubrication of our joints
Healthy fats improve insulin sensitivity.  Insulin is the hormone our bodies use to transport nutrients throughout the body.  Insulin sensitivity is essentially a measure of how efficient our bodies use insulin.  Insulin resistance is the opposite of insulin sensitivity and is one of the early stages of diabetes.
Healthy fats can increase the strength of our immune system
Healthy fats play a major role in the production of energy from foods we consume
Healthy fats are required for our body to efficiently use oxygen
Healthy fats can improve skin texture
Healthy fats can increase your metabolism
Healthy fats can help you burn more fat (the kind that is attached to your body)

Dr. Udo Erasmus, author of one of the most popular books ever about fat, “Fats the Heal, Fats that Kill”, writes in his book, “At levels above 12 to 15% of total calories, healthy fats increase the rate of metabolic reactions in the body and the increased rate burns off more fat into carbon dioxide, water, and energy (heat), resulting in fat burn off and loss of excess weight.”
In this article we will discuss what exactly these healthy fats are, where to get them from, easy ways to add them into your diet, and the optimal amount of fat that you should consume.  I will also explain why the belief that “fats make you fat” has developed because fats can make you fat if you eat too many of them.
The Bad Fats
-Trans Fats
Trans fats are made by bubbling hydrogen through unsaturated fats in order to make them solid and have a longer shelf life.  In addition, it was once thought that trans fats were a healthier alternative to saturated fats.  However, this is far from the truth.  In a statement made by the Bush Administration they warn us to keep consumption of trans fats "as low as possible" and also state that “the food industry has an important role in decreasing trans fatty acid content of the food supply.”
Some of the top Harvard nutritionists state that replacing trans fats with a safer alternative would “prevent approximately 30,000 premature coronary deaths per year.”
In fact, Denmark has already taken an initiative and banned the sale of trans fats to not allow more than 2% of the food to contain trans fats.
Now that you know that trans fats are bad, how do you avoid them?  In America, the FDA has required food manufacturers to list the number of trans fats a food contains.  This has helped consumers make wiser choices, but according to FDA regulation, “if the serving contains less than 0.5 gram, the content, when declared, shall be expressed as zero.”  This rule allows food manufacturers to list very small serving sizes and as long as the amount of trans fats is less than 0.5 grams in that particular serving, they are allowed to list it as 0 grams of trans fats.
The ultimate way to tell if a food contains trans fats or not is if the ingredients list contains the phrase “partially hydrogenated” or “shortening”.  Trans fats are mostly contained in foods such as candies, cookies, snack foods, chips, shortenings, and many restaurants.
-Saturated Fats
Saturated fats are widely recognized as being bad fats.  You probably know or believe this to be true, and it is to an extent.  There is actually quite a controversy between many dieticians and nutritionists about saturated fats concerning the optimal amount that we should consume or if we should even consume them at all.  The reason for most of the bad rap that saturated fat has been given is due to the fact that the liver uses it to produce cholesterol.  It has been noted to raise the good (HDL) cholesterol as well as the bad (LDL) cholesterol. The FDA’s general guideline for saturated fat is to limit it to about 10% of total calories per day.  This would convert to about 20 grams per day for diet containing about 2,000 calories per day.
Saturated fat is mostly found in foods that are derived from animals.  The exception would be coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils, which also contain saturated fat.
The Healthy Fats
-Monounsaturated Fats
Monounsaturated fat is believed to help lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise the good (HDL) cholesterol.  As listed in the beginning of this article, they also provide many healthy benefits. 
Monounsaturated fats are mostly found in vegetable oils.  Some examples would include olive oil and canola oil.
-Polyunsaturated Fats
Polyunsaturated fats contain the family of fats known as Essential Fatty Acids, or EFAs.  As you can tell by their name, these fats are essential to the body because the body cannot produce them on its own.  The main EFAs are the Omega-3 fatty acid and the Omega-6 fatty acid.  They provide many of the benefits listed at the beginning of this article as well.  Good sources of these fatty acids are fish, mustard seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnut oil, leafy green vegetables, sunflower, soybean, avocados, and perhaps one of the best sources is flax seed (make sure to grind them or buy them in an oil form – the stomach has trouble digesting the whole seeds).
-Why Fat Supposedly Makes You Fat
(Note: You can calculate your TDEE at
There is a simple law known as the Law of Thermodynamics.  In addition to this, our bodies burn a certain number of calories per day (this number changes everyday and is influenced by many factors).  This burning of calories everyday is known as total daily energy expenditure or TDEE.  If the amount of calories we eat in a certain day is below our TDEE, we lose weight (this weight is not necessarily fat all the time).  If the amount of calories we eat is equal to our TDEE, our weight stays the same.  If the amount of calories we eat is greater than our TDEE, we gain weight (as stated before, this weight is not necessarily fat all the time - it could be muscle).  Many people skip this important fundamental and look at the type of food they are eating or several other factors before they investigate how many calories they are eating per day and how to adjust their amount of calories consumed to achieve their goals.
Fat holds 9 calories per gram, while carbohydrates and protein hold only 4 calories per gram.  This means that eating fat (any type of fat, even the good kind) will result in a greater number of calories consumed.  Therefore, it’s more likely that you’re going to go over your TDEE and gain weight, especially if much of your diet comes from fattening foods.  In addition to this, fat is very similar chemically to the fat that your body stores.  This makes it easy for your body to store consumed fat as fat (adipose tissue), but you must take into consideration that storing fat (consumed) as fat (adipose tissue) is not the only thing your body does with fat (consumed).
-The Optimal Levels of Fat
You’re going to want to eat part of your calories from fat to get their many benefits, but not go too high.  Like anything else in the world of nutrition and fitness, there are many opinions on what the optimal levels of fat in the diet are.  For instance, advocates of low-fat diets opt for absolutely no fat and believe that fat is what makes us fat.  However, there is a flaw in this belief as they are also cutting out the good, numerously beneficial fats.  Then there are high fat diets, such as diets suggesting low carbs (they usually say you can eat all the fat and protein you want).  Although, it is generally accepted to consume between 15% - 25% of your calories from fat while severely limiting the amount of trans fats and watching the amount of saturated fat that you consume.
-Some Easy Ways to Add Fat Into Your Diet
Now you may be wondering how you’re going to add some of these healthy fats into your diet.  There are actually some really easy ways to do so.  If you eat salads, you can add about a tablespoon of olive or canola oil.  In my experience, you usually cannot even taste these added oils.  If you buy some flax seed and grind it, you can add it to almost any food.  Once again, these flax seeds are mostly tasteless. Really, adding these healthy nutrients into your diet isn’t that big of a burden.
Disclaimer:  This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace medical advice from a physician or your health care provider.

title:Fat Burners: The Shocking Truth
author:Jeff Lugeanbeal
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Fat Burners refer to the hundreds of products on the market today that can be purchased over the counter. Their purpose is to somehow burn off the fat by speeding up metabolism, or blocking fat in foods, or other methods.
The companies that sell these products employ savvy at marketing techniques to hook you, with bold print ads and sometimes less than believable before and after pictures.
>>>>Are these products safe?
Fat burners are not regulated by the FDA so companies can put whatever herb, vitamin, or mineral in them as long as the substance isn’t illegal. I don’t know of any long term studies on any one of the hundreds of fat burners on the market.
>>>>Do they work?
Many of these products have been shown to be effective for weight loss, though they may have negative side effects. Be aware these products can cause side effects such as rapid pulse, increased blood pressure, constipation, nervousness, sleeplessness, and lack of appetite.
>>>>Are they healthy to you and your weight loss goals?
The jury is still out on the health benefits of any fat burner. These products should be looked at as temporary fixes to weight loss. Most of them cause a decrease in appetite, which can lead you into a situation of not consuming enough calories on a daily basis.
If you aren’t eating enough daily calories, your body responds by slowing your metabolism, storing fat, and using muscle for metabolism. This can result in you losing weight, but muscle weight instead of fat. The goal in any weight loss program should be to keep the muscle, lose the fat.
Fat burners might help you lose some weight in the short term, but once you stop taking them you run a high probability of gaining the weight back, especially if you aren’t following a healthy eating plan and moderate exercise program.
© Jeff Lugeanbeal - All rights reserved
title:Fat Burners: Why You Are Being Ripped-Off
author:Johnny Lavot
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Fat burners have become very popular in today's society, especially in America. It seems that everyone is looking for a "quick fix" to their problem...and that is why they turn to those "awesome" fat burners where you can just pop a pill and "lose 30 pounds in 10 days!"
However, do these fat burners actually work? Do they actually provide any benefits? Do the $40-$100 price tags justify any benefits that they may have? Here we will investigate some of the claims that they make such as
-increased thermogenesis
-decreased appetite
-fat loss without exercising
-increased energy
However, before I go into any more detail about fat burners, you must understand two important concepts:
Total Daily Energy Expenditure and The Law of Thermodynamics
(don't worry -they're quite simple).
Everyone has a set number known as "Total Daily Energy Expenditure" or TDEE for short. Your TDEE is how many calories your body uses per day to keep itself going. Pretty much everyone's TDEE is different, and it changes everyday depending upon how much work your body does that day or if you gained more muscle mass, etc... This number can be affected by such things as how much muscle mass you have, genetics, what you do during the day, etc.
You can get a rough estimate of you TDEE at http://www.weight-loss-resources.com/calculators/dailycalories.html
Once you understand TDEE, there is another simple concept to understand. This concept is known as The First Law of Thermodynamics (don't worry - our application of it is simple). This law states:
1. If you eat less calories than your TDEE, you lose weight (this weight can be muscle or fat or a number of other things, but that's for another article)
2. If you eat more calories than your TDEE, you gain weight (once again, this can really be anything)
3. If you eat the same amount of calories as your TDEE, your weight stays the same
So, in order to lose fat, you must create some sort of calorie deficit between your TDEE and the number of calories you eat. However, the deficit cannot be too large - otherwise your body will go into starvation mode. For more information on this topic you can check out www.burn-the-fat-feed-the-muscle.com.
The Fat Loss Claims of Fat Burners:
--Increased Thermogenesis
Thermogenesis is essentially a fancy word for TDEE. Saying that a product will increase thermogenesis is like saying it will increase your TDEE - which would mean that you burn more calories per day. Many of the products in these fat burner's will increase your rate of calorie expenditure, but not by very much - the results are minimal.
Here's an example: A while back I saw an ad touting that their "green tea extract" increased thermogenesis by 4%. Sounds spiffy, eh? Now, let's take a somewhat normal number for TDEE - 2000 calories/day. 4% of 2000 would be 80 calories per day. If a pound of fat is 3500 calories, this means that you could get rid of an extra pound of fat about every 44 days by taking this supplement!
This small deficit could be easily accomplished many other ways though. For instance, you could eat 10 less wheat thins for a day, replace soft drinks with water, or not add mayonnaise to your sandwich at lunch.
Decreased Appetite
When trying to diet (actually, just achieve a calorie deficit), many times people complain that their appetite is holding them back - therefore companies that produce fat burners like to claim that their product "reduces appetite".
It's true, many ingredients in products may reduce your appetite. But do you really need these special herbs or ingredients to do that?
In my opinion, nature provides everything. Here are some strategies:
1. Drink water. If you get some sort of craving for something, just drink some water. This will help to decrease your appetite by filling up your stomach, it's natural, and you need water to function properly anyway.
2. Eat fiber. You can either eat foods with fiber in them, like vegetables, or you can just buy some of that powdered fiber at the store (it actually doesn't taste that bad), and take some with your meals. Fiber cannot be digested, so it will decrease the actual capacity for your stomach to hold food. Plus fiber pushes food through your digestive tract faster than normal. This can cause roughly 15%-20% of the food you eat to not be digested - resulting in a smaller amount of calories that your body actually digests. Fiber also provides too many other benefits to list here.
3. Eat foods that are low in calories, but high in satiety. These are foods that have a low amount of calories per amount of food that you eat. For instance, a stomach full of jello contains less calories than a stomach full of peanut butter.
Fat Loss Without Exercise
It's possible to lose some fat without exercising. However, when you do this, you're setting yourself up for failure in the long run. Muscle is an integral part of permanent fat loss. When you cut calories without lifting weights or exercising, part of the weight you lose will be muscle as well as fat. When you add weight lifting/exercise to your routine, you essentially signal your body to keep your muscle. For more information on this topic of "weight loss and weight lifting", check out our free 7-day fat loss e-course. The second lesson involves the effects of weight lifting on fat. So, in essence, you can lose weight without exercising - but it's kind of a waste of time.
Increased Energy & Focus
Many fat burner's contain ingredients like caffeine or vinpocetine, which they claim to help increase your energy and focus. In many cases, some (a rare few might I add) of these compounds can and have been proven to do this - but (this is from personal experience) mostly by a minimal amount. Probably the best way to gain focus and energy is the way nature intended - through exercise. Ever gotten that endorphin high after a great workout? You'll be surprised at how "high" you get and at how clearly you can think.
Fat Loss & Water Loss
Due to some of the ingredients in fat burners, they can make you lose weight - but not necessarily the correct type of weight. Some ingredients such as caffeine can be classified as mild diuretics. This can be deceiving, as the weight that you may have lost from the "fat" burning supplement may not be fat at all, it may just be water.
So, all in all, fat burning supplements do provide some benefits - that is, if the ingredients actually DO support their claims. However, many times, even though they do provide benefits, the benefits are many times small compared to what can be accomplished through intelligent dieting and exercising. It is up to the buyer whether the price tags justify the benefits that these supplements may provide.
title:Fat Burning Compatible Foods
author:Gary Gresham
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Fat burning compatible foods seem to be a popular topic around the gym these days. We also hear a lot about negative calorie foods which are considered a part of fat burning compatible foods. So if you are wondering what all the hype is about here is a simple explaination.
Fat burning compatible foods and negative calorie foods require more energy for your body to break down, absorb and then use than the actual calories that they contain. Eating these foods requires the body to create a calorie deficit that may help with weight loss.
Fat burning compatible foods are high in fiber, high in water content, and low in fat. They have a strong metabolism-boosting impact on the body and speed up the rate at which your body burns calories.
These foods require the metabolism to rev up and use the stored energy and fat to help in the digestion process. They are very healthy for you and you are probably already eating a lot of these foods.
Because these foods are considered to be fat burning compatible foods, there are no caloric limits. That means you may eat any of these foods until you feel satisfied without feeling guilty.
Here are a few examples of fat burning compatible foods and negative calorie foods:

Fruits:  oranges, pineapples, grape fruit, and cantaloupe
Vegetables:  broccoli, cabbage, green beans and onions
Breakfast foods:  Oatmeal, low-fat milk and whole grain cereal
Spicy foods:  cayenne peppers and most Chile peppers
Meats:  Turkey, Chicken and lean beef
Fish:  Tuna and Salmon
Beverages:  Coffee, Green Tea and Black Tea

Fat burning compatible foods and negative calorie foods are easily implemented into your everyday diet and are healthy and delicious.
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title:Fat Burning Foods
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are there any foods that burn body fat? If yes, how is it possible? It should be possible to lose weight by simply eating such foods. What are these foods?
The fat burning foods are foods that burn more calories than the calorie content of the foods itself.   There are certain foods which actually burn more fat than the calorie content of the food itself. These fat burning foods or so called negative calorie foods are natural plant foods.
Fruits rich in vitamin C like limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruit and tangerines have fat burning properties. Some of the other fat burning foods are asparagus, beet root, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, apple, blueberries, and watermelon. It you eat these fat burning foods and do some exercise, it will boost your metabolism and burn calories at a faster rate for several hours even after exercise.
A recent research reports that calcium in dairy products can boost weight loss by increasing fat breakdown in fat cells. If you compare a dairy-rich versus a dairy-poor diet you can nearly double the rate of weight and fat loss with the same level of calorie restriction.
Not eating enough will slow your metabolism and deteriorating your health. Note that in order to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume. This can be done by eating negative calorie foods. This will help your body burning up the excessive stored fat.
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title:Fat Burning Secrets for Women
author:Kelli Calabrese MS, CSCS
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Maintaining an optimal body composition has eluded a majority of our nation.  With diet books on the best seller lists, supplement ads displaying surreal before and after photos and infomercials touting the latest gizmo, it’s likely you have tried and failed many more times than you care to count.  You are most likely left feeling confused, without hope and more desperate.  Hopefully you are not one of the ones to suffer acute or chronic side effects.
With gastric bypass and liposuction becoming a popular answer to over fatness, you have to stop and wonder are there real fat loss secrets that work.  Secrets that not only are not harmful, but leave you in the best shape and health of your adult life.  Secrets that can change your shape and allow you to live longer, stronger, vibrant, energetic years.  Secrets that anyone can afford. Secrets that can be a natural part of ones lifestyle.  Secrets that have had proven results time and time again with the longest lasting effects.
I’m here to share the secrets with you. 
As a 19 year fitness industry leader who had transformed the bodies of thousands of people just like you, I can tell you with 100% guarantee that there is a way.  It’s not quick, it’s not easy and it does not work like magic!  It takes work, patience, dedication, and consistency, however it works every time and the results are astounding.
The formula includes first making up your mind, then working on your meals, followed by your muscle, then motion and finally recovery.  I don’t have room here to share all of the pieces with you; however I am including two of the components Muscle and Motion. The following is an excerpt from my program “Feminine, Firm & Fit – building a lean strong body in 12 weeks. Now men, do not stop reading here! These principles apply to both men and women and will change your body and your life – even faster than the women because you have a faster metabolism, more muscle and a greater capacity for your cardiovascular system.  For the full program, go to FeminineFirmandFit.com
Cardiovascular Techniques That Optimize Fat Burning
Variety is not only the spice of life, but it’s the key to Fat Burning when it comes to Cardiovascular Conditioning.  The following methods will also help steer clear of plateaus and get the most return for investment of time.  Change leads to progress. 
Here are some key cardiovascular fat-burning secrets:
1. Vary your cardio exercises – Alternate between two or more cardiovascular activities like walking and cycling or kickboxing and step aerobics.  It will help to optimally develop cardiovascular fitness, maintain the element of fun in exercise, help to avoid over training and injury and ultimately expend more calories.  By varying activities, you are training your body to become efficient at several activities, which is more challenging than simply walking.
2. Incorporate several cardio techniques – The Feminine, Firm & Fit Program prescribes different cardio techniques for you.  You’ll find descriptions of these techniques below. Changing techniques forces your body to adapt, which makes it more efficient.  Vary the intensity and modify impact styles. The underlying principle is that change is what keeps the body progressing and making improvements.  By using different techniques, you are challenging your body to become efficient at varying intensities.
3. Plan your cardio workouts in phases – Organize your workouts into a cyclic structure.  For example, for the first two to three weeks exercise at a lower intensity for 45 to 60 minutes and for the next two to three weeks, exercise at your highest intensity for 20 to 30 minutes. The following couple of weeks go at a moderate intensity for 30 to 45 minutes. You can also have a transition week where you perform light amounts of exercise 2 to 3 times weekly for 15 to 25 minutes.  This system allows you to maintain a high level of fitness, prevent injury and avoid over training.
4. Circuit train – Perform several strengthening exercises interspersed with short cardio segments. For example, perform a leg press, a pull down and an abdominal crunch (you’ll find out how to do these exercises in the next chapter) followed by 3 minutes of cycling. Then do 3 more strength exercises followed by 3 minutes of stair climbing.  Circuit training is lively and less tedious than some other routines, so people tend to stick with it longer. It’s also an efficient calorie burner, increases muscular strength and decreases body fat.  This technique has been prescribed in Week 9 of your Companion Journal.
5. Exercise first thing in the morning – Morning exercisers tend to be more consistent with their exercise regimen.  The odds that you’ll skip a workout increase with the passing of time, as interruptions arise and fatigue sets in.  Those who exercise later in the day are also working against their body’s natural circadian rhythm, which is automatically set for heavier activity early in the day and slowing down in the evening.  In addition, exercising in the evening adversely affects the natural release of hormones by your body. 
6. Eat a “primer” meal before working out – Having a small balanced meal prior to exercise will help burn fat.  After you eat, blood sugar rises and exercise acts like insulin to help regulate blood glucose.  Eating (the right foods) will boost energy for a more intense workout, so you will burn more calories.  Exercising on an empty stomach after a night of fasting induces a hyperglycemic state and ultimately limits you from giving your cardio session your best effort.  You can get more information on how food affects your workouts in Chapter 6, Fuel Your Body.
7. Give it your best effort – With each session strive to work a little harder than the last one, unless you are doing a recovery session.  Walking is a great exercise, but eventually, you must graduate from your starting level.  If you keep walking at the same pace, the same course, the same amount of time and in the same heart rate range, the results will be diminishing.  In order to change your body, push your physical limits beyond what you are accustomed to now. 
Important Cardiovascular Techniques:
Warm Up and Cool Down - Always take 5 to 10 minutes to gradually warm up to your target heart rate range.  At the end of your workout, cool down for 5 to 10 minutes so that your heart rate is at the low end of your range before you stop exercising.  The time you spend on warming up and cooling down should be added to the recommended cardiovascular session training times.
Below are detailed descriptions of the cardiovascular training techniques suggested above for maximal fat burning?  These techniques should be performed as they appear in your Feminine, Firm & Fit Companion Journal each week.
Continuous Training – This traditional form of training incorporates working within your target heart rate range and maintaining that pace for the duration of your session.  This will help to build your aerobic base, improve your health and burn calories.   
Interval Training – Interval training combines brief periods of high intensity exercise interspersed with periods of lower intensity exercise in the same workout.  This will help increase your cardiovascular efficiency and burn more calories in the process.  The lower intensity allows for recovery between the higher intensity intervals.  For example, alternate between brisk walking and running, i.e., run 1 minute, then walk 2 minutes, repeat for the duration of your workout.  As you become more conditioned, decrease the length of low-intensity recovery periods (walking) and increase working intervals (brisk walking or running).
Cross Training – Cross training combines a group of aerobic activities into one workout at steady or varying intensities.  For example, take a 15-minute bicycle ride to the local track; walk or run for 15 minutes on the track; bicycle home for 15 minutes.  Cross training can also mean choosing a different activity for that session.  For example, if you typically walk, you might try swimming or a kickboxing video.  If you have access to the necessary exercise equipment, you might use the rowing machine for 15 minutes, hit the stair climber for 15 minutes and then use the skier for 15 minutes.  Not only will cross training help reduce your risk of injury but it will also prevent boredom, challenge your body in new ways and keep you progressing toward your goals. 
Fartlek Training – Funny name but great results!  Fartlek means ‘speed play’ in Swedish.  This training method is similar to interval training (see above) but the intervals are not measured by time or distance – they are irregular.  For example, race-walk until you see a car coming then walk until you reach a mailbox.  Then jog while the sun is behind a cloud and walk until you reach a mailbox.  Pay attention to how you are feeling so that you accelerate when you are feeling energetic and then cut back the intensity when you are feeling too exhausted.
Periodization – Although periodization will not be covered in this 12-week Program, we wanted to mention it because it’s a great way to vary workouts seasonally throughout the year.  During the winter months, use a treadmill indoors; in the spring move your walk outside; swim in the summer and hike in the woods during the fall.  Also, if you play a particular sport like tennis or golf, you would have in-season, post-season and pre-season workouts that vary to help you maximize during your sport’s season. 
Strength techniques that Boost Fat Burning and Produce Results
The following are Key Fat Burning Secrets:
1. Warm up before a strength training session – Warming up increases blood flow to muscles by 55%, a better muscle contraction is attained, sweating begins earlier which helps to regulate your body temperature and there is a faster neuromuscular connection.  Warming up initiates carb and fat enzymes and hormones.  It also reduces perceived exertion during strength training.
2. Multi-joint exercises – Choose exercises that work compound muscle groups – meaning more than one muscle group at a time.  They are the most time efficient and give most mileage per exercise.  Examples include the squat, lunge, and push ups.  The Feminine, Firm & Fit Program incorporates exercises that work several muscle groups simultaneously.
3. Exercise first thing in the morning – (see cardio fat burning secrets) 
4. Eat a “primer” meal prior to working out – (see cardio fat burning secrets)
5. Eat 5 – 6 small meals a day –  (see Chapter 6 Fueling Your Body)
6. Train with intensity – Graduate from the “pink weights.”  Do not be afraid to increase resistance and challenge your muscles.  In order to change, push your physical limits beyond what you are accustomed to doing now. 
Important Strength Training Techniques:
Just as with aerobic activity, changing strength training routines will lead to progress.  The following exercise variations will be incorporated throughout the 12 weeks to challenge muscles and help you steer clear of fitness plateaus.  Variety in your routines will make the difference in your outcome. 
One and One Half Range of Motion – One and one half range of motion is a full range of motion followed by a half range of motion. Here’s an example using a squat. Start in a standing position with feet shoulder width apart.  Begin by lowering down until the knees form a 90 degree angle.  Then come halfway back up, go down again to the 90 degree angle and return to the starting position.  That counts as one rep.  Toes should be visible throughout the entire range of motion.  Use slightly less resistance when performing one and a half range of motion exercise.
21s – The range of motion for 21s is split into 3 parts.  Seven repetitions are performed at the top part of the motion, 7 reps at the bottom part of the motion and finally 7 reps throughout the full range of motion.  Example:  Biceps Curl - first curl at the top of the range from the mid range toward the shoulder for 7 reps, then the bottom of the range from the hip level to the mid range for 7 reps, and then the full range of motion from the hip level toward the shoulders for the final 7 reps.
Super Slow - Super slow exercises are performed using very slow and smooth movements.  While some proponents take “slow” to extreme, lifting for 4 seconds and lowering for 6 seconds is enough of a change from your typical speed to take away any momentum so the muscles are doing all the work.  Use about 10% less weight with Super Slow training compared with a typical 2 and 4 count.  Example:  Biceps Curl - curl up for 4 seconds and lower for 6 seconds.  Repeat each repetition without resting until you reach momentary muscle failure. 
Breakdowns – Breakdowns consist of completing one set to momentary muscular failure.  When another repetition cannot be completed with good form, reduce the resistance by 10 – 20% and perform additional repetitions to failure. Expect to get another 4 – 6 repetitions.
High Reps / Lighter Weights – Working at the higher end of the repetition range is a variation worth incorporating. This involves using a resistance that will allow you to complete repetitions for up to 90 seconds before reaching failure.  You should choose a resistance that will allow you to perform the exercise for 90 seconds at which point you should be fatigued.
The Workouts
Each of the workouts includes exercises for all of the major muscle groups.  Do not skip exercises.  You should perform the exercises in the order they are listed in your Companion Journal.  Every 3 weeks the exercises will change and within each of the three week periods a variety of the techniques as described above are incorporated and prescribed in your Companion Journal.
Be sure to schedule strength training workouts for 3 non-consecutive days in your 12-week Planner located in the beginning of the Companion Journal.  Stick to that commitment the same way you would any other. 
Summary of Key Points: 
- The resistance chosen should be challenging, but do not lift too much too soon. 
- Taking a day in between workouts is important for recovery. 
- Increase the resistance or slow down the speed when you reach 90 seconds for any exercise. 
- Incorporate the advanced techniques listed in the Dynamic Coaching CD and in the Companion Journal. 
A few more tips on strength training:
1.  Breathe!  Exhale on the working phase, which is typically but not always the lifting motion.  Inhale while returning to the starting position.  Never hold your breath.  An easy way to remember how to breathe is to exhale on the exertion.  Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
2.  Occasionally change equipment by incorporating a combination of machines, free weights, fitness tubing and body weight exercises.  They each have advantages and the variety will help steer clear of a plateau.
3.  Move at a minimum rate of 2 seconds on the lifting phase and 4 seconds on the lowering phase.  You can always go slower, but shouldn’t go faster.
5.  Beginners should start out with light weight and work on form for the first few sessions.  Then gradually add resistance to your workout.
6.  Learn the names of the muscles to become more aware of where they are and how to create a balanced exercise program.  We have included pictures indicating the major muscle groups to help you.
7.  Stretch immediately after each strength exercise to help increase strength and flexibility.
8.  Stimulate each major muscle group 3 times weekly taking at least 48 hours for recovery. 
Here’s one more reason to strength train - if you gain 5 pounds of muscle over time, you can expect to burn up to an additional 250 calories a day.  That translates into 17 - 25 pounds of fat lost at the end of the year – without cutting a single calorie.  In 12 weeks of progressive strength training, 3 times weekly, expect to increase your lean body mass by 3 - 5%. 
If you apply the techniques shared above you will be on your way to a fitter, leaner more energetic body. It’s NEVER too late and there is no time like the present.  Make a resolution to live every day like you are going to be your physical best. The effects of beginning an exercise program and sustain it are so far reaching on your life.  For the complete Feminine, Firm & Fit program including the important Chapter 6 (Fueling Your Body for Fat Burning) can be purchased at FeminineFirmandFit.com
Fat Busters’ News Bulletin

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Dr. Silva enlightens readers about the dangers of trans fats and ways to avoid these dangerous fats in the daily diet.

Health, diet, foods, fat, nutrition, trans fats

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Copyright 2006 Dr. Eileen Silva

Are you a Fat Buster? Do you avoid buying foods that are high in saturated fats and cholesterol? When you go grocery shopping, do you read “Nutrition Facts” panels for assistance in selecting healthy foods for your family?  If so, I have great news for you!  As of January 1, 2006, the FDA requires that manufacturers list the amount of trans fats on Nutrition Panels.

Why do you need to know this? The shocking truth is that trans fats have always lurked in our foods, unpublicized. Manufacturers make trans fat when they add hydrogen to vegetable oil -- a process called hydrogenation that turns liquid oils into solid fats like shortening and hard margarine. Hydrogenation increases the shelf life and flavor stability of foods containing these fats.  With no way to measure trans fats, careful shoppers like you and I have been buying foods laden with them.

Why should you care about trans fat? What harm does it do?  Trans fat, like saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, raises the LDL cholesterol that increases your risk for coronary heart disease. Although saturated fat is the main dietary culprit that raises LDL, trans fat and dietary cholesterol also contribute significantly.

Why do health books recommend that we include fat in our diets if it’s so bad for us? When eaten in moderation, fat is important for proper growth, development, and maintenance of good health as it is a major source of energy for the body and aids in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as carotenoids. In addition, as any good cook knows, fat provides taste, consistency, and stability and helps give us that happy, full-tummy feeling.

However, there are “good” fats and “bad” ones, just as we have good and bad blood cholesterol. Saturated fat and trans fat raise LDL cholesterol levels in the blood, thereby increasing the risk of heart disease. Polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil, canola oil, soybean oil, and corn oil) do not raise LDL cholesterol and are beneficial when consumed in moderation.

In which foods does trans fat lurk? Mainly trans fats are found in vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, cookies, snack foods, candies, salad dressings, baked goods, and other foods made with or fried in partially hydrogenated oils. You know . . . all your favorite foods.

Even some dietary supplements like energy and nutrition bars contain trans fat from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil as well as saturated fat or cholesterol. Up until now, you had no way to identify the levels of trans fat in your foods, but now you are able to identify the amounts of all three fats in your foods.

When making food choices that will be low in saturated fat and cholesterol, remember that the combined totals of saturated and trans fats along with cholesterol should be low . . . 5% of the Daily Value or less is low and 20 % or more is high. I want to assure you that trans fats, although present in many of the foods we eat, are not “essential” to any healthy diet. . Numerous health and government authorities, including the U.S. Surgeon General, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Heart Association and the American Dietetic Association, advocate reducing dietary fat to 30 percent or less of total calories.

If you are sadly crossing your favorite foods off your grocery list, you may be wondering what you can serve instead. Fear not, you still have a few good choices left:

• Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats do not raise LDL cholesterol levels and you can eat them, in moderation. Sources of monounsaturated fats include olive and canola oils. Natural vegetable oils (such as olive, canola, peanut, corn, soybean, safflower, and sunflower oils) have no trans fats and are high in good fats.

• Select alternative fats: olive, canola, soybean, corn, and sunflower oils, soft margarines, nuts and fish, lean meats and skinless poultry.

• Feel free to serve your family fish, as most fish are lower in saturated fats than meat. Some fish, such as mackerel, sardines, and salmon, contain omega-3 fatty acids help fight against heart disease.

• Serve a healthy, balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas, chicken and fish, non-fat or low-fat dairy products. If you cook at home, select lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas. Choose non-fat or low-fat dairy products and foods that have a low % of bad fats.

Cooking your own meals helps you better control the type and amount of fats you eat.However, if eating out is one of the great joys of your life, don’t despair. You can still cut down on trans fats when eating out by eating less fast food and by asking before you order in a restaurant if they will cook your food in natural vegetable oils. If you choose wisely, avoiding fried foods, for example, you can eat out and still have healthy meals.

Avoiding trans fats does provide another benefit that I think you will enjoy! Fats are high in calories; 9 calories per gram, making fat the most concentrated source of calories. By comparison, carbohydrates and protein have only 4 calories per gram. Therefore, replacing harmful fats with healthy foods will naturally result in dropping a few pounds of “ugly fat” and reduce your tendency for health problems.

Now that manufacturers must reveal the presence of the ghostly trans fats on nutrition labels, become the “Fat Buster” for your family and enjoy the multiple benefits of healthier eating.

title:Fat Does Not Make You Fat
author:Dr. Jamie Fettig
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Fat does Not Make You Fat. One of the other huge myths is that fat makes you fat. It doesn't. When you eat fat, your body has to break it down into its little building blocks and then absorb the pieces. The fat you have in your body is not the same as the fat you eat. In fact, the fat naturally found in whole foods is fat you actually need for your body to function properly.
Essential Fatty Acids are the name given to the types of fat that you need to eat. This is why they are called essential. Your body cannot make them, you must eat them. And these essential fatty acids are only found with fat that naturally occurs in whole food. What are these essential fatty acids used for in your body? Well, literally everything. Every cell in your body is partly made up of these essential fatty acids. To breathe, to have your heart beat, to run, walk, think, to make hormones, to remember anything, you need essential fatty acids for all of these and basically, to live. And if you don't eat them in the food you eat, your body will not function properly. And the only place you can find essential fatty acids is in food that has naturally occurring fat in them. So if you try and cut fat out of your body, you will actually be causing harm and not really be doing anything to get rid of the fat already in your body.
So what is one of the main causes of being fat. Sugar and refined carbohydrates.  NO, not again with the sugar, you might be saying. Yes, Sugar and refined carbohydrates are really one of the main causes in many problems we as humans face today. You can pretend it is not true, you can believe it is not true, but no matter how you try and avoid it, sugar and refined carbohydrates will still negatively impact you whether you want them to or not. And whether or not you believe they will or not.
How does sugar and refined carbohydrates make you fat? It is really simple. You have a relatively set amount of fat cells in your body. It is just a matter of how big your fat cells are. So what affects the size of your fat cells? Sugar.  Because glucose is what is stored in your fat cells. And there is a little Agate@ that controls the movement of sugar in and out of your fat cells. And the key to this little gate is insulin. Insulin is the key that opens the gates to the fat cells and allows excess glucose in the blood to go into the fat cells. So if you never eat anything that raises your blood sugar levels beyond normal, your body will not release insulin, and you will not get bigger fat cells.
The body releases insulin to lower blood sugar levels that are too high. So Sugar and refined carbohydrates are actually what is one of the biggest contributing factors to why people are overweight.
The ironic part of all of this, is that when you get food that has Aartificially@ been made to be low fat, you know what they usually put in when they take out the fat? Sugar.  They usually add the very thing that contributes to people being fat when they are trying to make something that many people think is helping them not be fat. Fat does not make you fat. In fact, you need the essential fatty acids found in fat to live. Sugar is one of the biggest contributing factors to what makes you fat.
Fat Gets A Bad Rap

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Fat is the leader of the evil empire, right? Well, maybe fat isn't as evil as you would like to think!

fat,diet,obesity,weight loss,health,fitness,cancer

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Copyright 2006 Donovan Baldwin

I write a lot about weight loss and fat loss and how these contribute to health.  You have got to remember, however, that fat is not a villain.  It is an important nutrient for the health of your body and should not be ignored or disdained.

The six dietary components necessary to the health of your body are protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.  Of these, protein, fats, and minerals are used to help build the various components and systems of your body.  Protein, carbohydrates, and fat are the sources of energy for your body.


One of the first functions you normally are aware of is that fat is a major source of energy stored in the body.  While carbohydrates and protein are also sources of energy, they are not as efficient as fat.  While fat provides approximately nine calories per gram, protein and carbohydrates only provide approximately 4 calories per gram.

Carbohydrates are normally stored in the body as glycogen, a form of glucose found in the liver and muscles.  While some glycogen is stored to provide quick energy, about four pounds of water are required to support one pound of glycogen making it not very desirable or efficient as a stored energy source.


While sustained physical activity is great for weight loss, many people put the pedal to the metal and try to go as fast as they can whether running, swimming, walking, or doing aerobics.  Unfortunately, activities such as these when done at high intensity levels tend to deplete the body's stores of glycogen first.  Since the activity cannot normally be sustained, most of the energy used up comes from the glycogen stores.  A slower version of the same exercise, done over a longer period of time (a 45 minute walk versus a 10 minute run, for example) will not trigger the release of the body's glycogen stores, but, as energy is needed, will cause the breakdown of fat for use as an energy source.

While protein is also a potential source of energy, your body cannot store protein per se.  The protein "stored" in your body is in use in the form of muscle or other tissue.  In fact, protein is even used to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen to every part of your body.  If the body needs protein for energy, it has to begin breaking down an existing structure, such as a muscle.  Hmm!  The heart and diaphragm are muscles aren't they?


If you want to lose weight, one of the most important items in your arsenal can be a good structure of lean muscle mass.  Muscle tends to burn more calories than fat.  Also, if you have built good muscles with lots of lean muscle mass, you are more likely to be active, burning even more calories.  If, however, you restrict your intake of fat to extremely low levels, your body may begin breaking down existing muscle tissue to supply its energy needs.  This means less lean muscle mass, fewer calories burned at rest, and less strength and willingness or ability to participate in calorie burning activities.

The bottom line is that, as stored energy, your body cannot find anything better than fat.

OTHER BENEFITS OF FAT  In addition to this energy service, fat also has a few other benefits for your body.

In addition to being a source of energy, some forms of fat, called fatty acids, are one of the building blocks of the cell membranes which surround every cell in the body.  The manner in which the cell responds to hormones, participates in the supply of nutrients and disposal of waste is dependent upon the health and integrity of these cell membranes.

Fat helps to keep your skin essentially watertight and appropriately moist, and is very important to your nerves, assisting them in the speedy transmission of signals.  Fat is also important for certain hormones, known as eicosanoids.  These are critical for various functions regulating events such as inflammation, blood pressure and clotting, and labor.  A little known fact is that an animal which is lacking appropriate levels of fat cannot go into labor.


Without going into a major discussion of vitamins, you should be aware that some vitamins, such as vitamin A and vitamin E, require fat for proper absorption and use by your body.


While fat was generally touted for many years as a contributing factor in high cholesterol, studies have been emerging showing that there are good forms of cholesterol (HDL) and bad forms of cholesterol (LDL).  Some forms of fat (polyunsaturated fats) actually improve the levels of these good forms of cholesterol, some increase the bad cholesterol and good cholesterol (saturated fats), and some (monounsaturated fats) have a relatively neutral effect.


Saturated Fats: These tend to be solid at room temperature.  Found mostly in meat and dairy products, some vegetable oils, such as coconut and palm oils (tropical oils) and butter (as opposed to margarine).

Polyunsaturated Fats: These are mostly from plant sources such as: safflower, sunflower, soybean, corn, and cottonseed.

Monounsaturated Fats:   These fats come from both plant and animal products, such as olive oil, canola oil, and peanut oil.  Some plants, such as avocados, may also be sources of monounsaturated fats.

Let's remember this about fats in general. Like almost everything in life, too much is bad and too little is bad.  Take in too much fat and you may have problems with heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.  Take in too little, and you may have problems with dry skin, immune system problems and decreased disease resistance, menstrual difficulties, loss of muscle mass, and retardation of childrens' growth.

title:FAT LOSS: The Truth on Fat Loss and how to Achieve it!
author:Mandy Gibbons
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Fat Loss in General 
This morning I conducted a search engine "search" on the word fat loss. "Fat Loss" and "Fat Loss Supplements", being the most popular keywords, came up with a combined 1800 links, in one search engine. I went to the next search engine I ran a word count on "fat loss" rather than a link count. The results came up as 46106! WOW! Why is it that fat loss / losing body fat related information and products are so much in demand, yet obesity and being overweight are on the up and up, and are actually at the highest rate ever. With the health and fitness industry booming it seems absurd that this is occurring. Doesn't it? 
Temptation and Obstacles Effecting Your Attempts at Fat Loss 
The fact is that losing body fat or fat loss is not easy. We are tempted every day with fast fatty and sugary foods with super deals of quick easy meals involving drive through access and home delivery. These fast food meals are "fast" and often "affordable" with meal deals for a family of four sometimes costing under $10 - $12. Who wouldn't pass this up! Before you know it, it's the end of the day, the family is hungry, dinner time is drawing nigh and your beat. I can fully understand why people choose this option when our lifestyles are so hectic. 
The Alcohol "Social and Relaxation" Temptation 
An odd heading for this paragraph, I know, but I needed to draw your attention to the fact that alcohol will not help your fat loss efforts. I know we hear the saying so often that "doctors say that it's healthy to have one or two wines per day", however this is in regards to the properties of red wine assisting in the prevention of clogged arteries - not a fat loss miracle! If red wine is necessary for medicinal purposes and perscribed by a doctor then obviously your health comes first. However the topic here is fat loss........................
My views are "everything in moderation". BUT I DO KNOW THAT if you want to make a genuine effort to lose body fat that a couple of alcoholic drinks per day could easily effect your fat loss attempts. So unless your's is the case above then I would seriously think about "cutting back". 
Since I began as a trainer years ago I have found that it is usually junk food or alcohol that prevents my clients from losing body fat. Just going without those few EXTRA drinks after work or consuming less alcohol at social gatherings will make a considerable difference to how much body fat you lose. 
Quit Fooling Yourself 
Do not fool yourself by thinking that if you just fat burn or exercise for one extra session per week you can rid yourself of all those extra calories and fat from alcohol and food. Unfortunately our bodies aren't that easily fixed. 
Why Most People Don't Succeed at Losing Body Fat 
Other than the temptations mentioned above people tend not to succeed at fat loss because they are either not committed, not well informed on fat loss or they are committed for the wrong reasons. In other words you either aren't abiding by the rules, or have been mislead by some other belief or you are trying to lose body fat because you are trying to keep other people happy by doing so rather than yourself. 
Making Sure You are Trying to Lose Body Fat to Please YOU, Not Everyone Else. 
Think about why it is you want to lose body fat. Make sure you really want to put in 100% effort.. You want to feel great about making this decision not obliged to do it. Losing body fat can help increase your self-esteem as well as boosting your health so giving it your best shot with a positive frame of mind is always the "way to go". 
Things that You Should Do Before You Get Started! 
First you may want to make notes on what time of the day, when and where that you will most probably find it the most difficult to stick to this program. If, say for instance, "calling in at the drive thru for fast food on the way home from work or picking the children up" is where you find that you are most likely to go wrong then be prepared for it by making the appropriate changes. eg Having a meal which is already partly prepared in the fridge so that it will only take an extra 10 - 15 minutes to cook. Being organised with food preparation is very very important. It is exhausting coming home after a long day and realising you have to then organise something for dinner (amongst other things) You can bet the children would jump for joy if you offered them Mac's - so you do - at least there is no washing up the dishes after dinner either...Sound familiar? 
Re-orgnanising Your Lifestyle - Don't Make it Difficult on Yourself! 
Re-orgnanising your lifestyle may be quite a challenge for most people and families. But if you want to succeed at fat loss I am sure you want to be able to do it without tearing your hair out. Your goal is to re-arrange and plan your day so that you, your family and your new lifestyle can run smoothly. Such as planning your low-fat meals and recipes in a diary. Planning your grocery shop with a shopping list to prevent you from buying unnecessary junk food is also a great idea. Pre-preparing meals, making appointments for your exercise time slot etc all needs to be written into your appointment book or diary. You can tick each appointment off as the day progresses. When planning your shopping list remember, that unless you have the time, don't go getting all creative with lowfat banquets etc for lunches and dinner. Choose simple to prepare ingredients and meals. 
What Exercise Should I be Performing to Burn Body Fat? 
There seems to be alot of controversy over what to do and what not to do when it comes to "fat burning" exercise. Mostly it depends on your fitness level and if you have any type of injuries, back pain or medical conditions that may affect what you can and can't do. Make sure you check with your doctor first before starting any type of exercise or eating program, so he / she can indicate and provide you with a letter verifying that it is "ok" for you to start exercising and at what level. 
Different Types of Exercising for Fat Burning 
Treadmills, indoor cycles, cardiovascular machines etc any of these are great for performing fat burning exercise, provided your doctor says it's cool to go ahead with it. If you enjoy being outdoors then walking and cycling are also great. Finding a program that suits your bodies needs and fitness level is important. Make sure you add variety to your fat burning program as you advance adding hills, inclines and speed rather than increasing the time. A reasonable time for fat burning is approx 20 - 30 mins. 
You should also know that if you increase the time of your fat burning session, and not the intensity and other variations, you will find that as you advance your program your sessions may become too long. This will only encourage you to think that your exercise is becoming too time consuming and a chore - which will lead you to "throwing in the towel". So keep up the variety to keep it interesting.
The Wrong Program for You: A Common Mistake that Leads to Lack of Fat Loss 
Have you ever read a successful fat loss story that you, and everyone else you know, tried only to find that it didn't work that well for you or them? Did you stop to think that maybe the person in the success story had their program specifically designed for their body type, not yours! If you really want to "kick some fat loss butt" you need a program that is designed to suit your body type and fitness level. Don't expect super results from a program that someone else used, remember they may have had a different metabolism, fitness level, body shape and eating program to you, which makes it very difficult for you to reach the same levels of fatloss as they did.
This program is a sample program to give you an idea of the variations you can use for your fat burning programs.
Where to go from here.............
After reading this article you should have a greater knowledge of where you may be going wrong with your fat loss or how to get started on a new fat burning program.
If you are keen to get started on your own personally designed health and fitness program please feel welcome to visit my web site: http://www.virtualfitnesstrainer.com.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.
Happy Training!
Kind Regards
Yours in fun, health and fitness
Mandy Gibbons
Virtual Fitness Trainer
Persons who are of good health, suspect of their health or are aware of any conditions, physical deficiencies or diseases should always consult a physician before undertaking any eating or exercise program. Mandy Gibbons, Virtual Fitness Trainer, www.virtualfitnesstrainer.com.au and www.virtualfitnesstrainer.com disclaims any liability or loss in connection with the above program or advice given in this article.
The above article (in it's entirety) is free for use on other health and fitness related web sites and newsletters on the condition that the following section below is copied and pasted to the base or top of the article.
title:Fat... The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!
author:Warren Matthews
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It is likely that you are aware that there are many different forms of fat which you knowingly or unwittingly eat every day. You are probably also aware that some types of fat are bad for you and conversely some are good... but, are you sure which ones they are?
If you are not certain and you would like to know, then this article is devoted just for you. I will attempt to explain the basic facts that you need to know so that you will not allow 'bad; fats to damage your health and you can use the 'good' fats to enhance it.
You will often find that dietary fats are put into two simplistic categories. One being saturated fats and the other being unsaturated fats. You are told that saturated fats are bad and unsaturated fats are good. But, is it as simple as that? No, its not! Before we look at these closer lets discuss the real 'baddie' fat which is in a category of its own. This is because it is 'man made'. Maybe we should call this fat the 'ugly' one because it does the most damage.
I'm talking about Transfats or Hydrogenated fats... or, oils
OK, what are they, how are they made and where do I find them?
First of all you find them almost everywhere. In most processed foods including cookies, solid and semi solid margarines, commercial cooking oils and many domestic cooking oils. Look carefully at the labels of any processed food that you buy. If you see hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated on the label put it back on the shelf.
Hydrogenated fats are produced by taking liquid oil and putting it through a process called hydrogenation. This is a process which combines heat and pressure to add several hydrogen atoms to the oil. This process which takes place at around 400 degrees F for several hours in the presence of a nickel or platinum catalyst converts the liquid to a semi solid.
This helps prevent the oil from becoming rancid even though it destroys its nutritional value. This process enables manufacturers to convert cheap low quality oils into butter substitutes... hence the explosion of margarines on the market.
These reprocessed oils and fats are completely foreign to the body and it cannot assimilate them. There is therefore no nutritional value to them at all. Studies have shown that hydrogenated fats and oils are significant contributors to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, immunity and reproduction problems, as well as obesity.
Give them a wide berth!
What about saturated fats?
These are the fats which are found in animal fats, red meat, poultry skin, and dairy products. Also some vegetable oils such as coconuts and palm oil are high in saturated fat.
These are the fats that the mainstream media warns you to stay away from. This is either through ignorance or influence from their advertisers, or both. There is no doubt that eating saturated fats in excess would not be good for you, but this principle applies to virtually all food.
The simple fact is that your body is designed to cope with saturated fats and has been since the first human walked the earth. Not only are our bodies designed to cope with the ingestion of a certain amount of saturated fats, our bodies also need it. I accept that many people have too high an intake of dietary fat, but it is not usually through this source, but rather from trans or hydrogenated fats.
Saturated fats are natural whose molecules have not been 'bent out of shape'! I'm not kidding...the molecules of transfats are actually distorted into an unnatural configuration.
Cut out all hydrogenated fats and oils and enjoy that juicy steak.
OK, what about the unsaturated fats?
There are two types of unsaturated fats. Poly-unsaturated and mono-unsaturated.
It is generally believed that all unsaturated fats are OK, but this is not the case. Poly-unsaturated fats are bad for your health and are consumed in excessive amounts. They should be avoided.
Polyunsaturated fats are found in safflower, corn, sunflower and ... soybean vegetable oils. They remain liquid at room temperature. They do not have any redeeming health benefits. They are widely used because they are cheap and although they contain Omega 6 essential fatty acids most people get far too much Omega 6 which must be partially offset by Omega 3 essential fatty acids. More on that shortly!
Switch your polyunsaturated oils to mono-unsaturated.
The most common sources of mono-unsaturated fats are olive oil, rapeseed oil, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, avocado, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds.
Oils made from these foods are much more stable at high temperatures than the poly-unsaturated alternatives, and they do not have the negative health implications. The best oil for cooking is without doubt EXTRA virgin olive oil. I put the 'extra' in caps because it so important.
Most of the mono-unsaturated oils have been through varying degrees of processing. The more processing, the greater is the loss of the nutrients. The best is cold mechanically pressed oils which are often processed in darkness because of the sensitivity of these oils to light and oxidation.
Studies have shown that a quality cold pressed extra virgin olive oil will help lower the bad LDL cholesterol and raise the good HDL cholesterol. However, ordinary virgin olive oil makes no change.
So, only use quality mono-unsaturated oils for your cooking needs.
Where do Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids fit into all this?
This is another subject all on its own, so I will just try and give you the outline in a nutshell!
As the name suggests Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids are just that... they are 'essential'. Many, many ailments can be traced to a shortage of one of these... specifically Omega 3. There are schools of thought which believe the increasing incidence of brain disease is directly attributable to a shortage of Omega 3. I think that is credible.
There is no shortage of Omega 6 in the typical western diet. In fact there is a general over consumption of this as it is present in most cooking oils. The problem is a deficiency of the Omega 3. The optimum ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 is 3:1. Over the last couple of decades that ratio has got out of control where it is now estimated that the ratio is something like 20:1 or maybe even as high as 50:1.
Start adding Omega 3 essential fatty acids into your regular diet. The best natural source is flax seeds. Go to your local health food store and buy some ground flax seeds (preferably organic) and sprinkle a heaped tablespoon on your food every day. You can also get omega 3 from oily fishes such as salmon. The problem there though is the difficulty of getting fish which is 100% free of contaminants.
title:FDA Approves Conditional Silicone Breast Implants
author:Allen Jenks
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

On Wednesday 4/13/05, the FDA health advisors recommended removing the 13 year old ban on silione-gel breast implants. This move came about as Mentor Corp. persuaded the FDA that its newer silicone implants are much more safe and durable than older versions. The company may use these implants only under the following safety conditions set forth by the FDA.

Prospective patients must sign a consent form acknowledging that they understand the risks of a silicone breast implant including the fact that they may break and require replacement or removal.
Mentor may only sell silicone breast implants to board-certified plastic surgeons who complete a special hands-on training program to learn how to insert the implants in a way that minimizes the odds of it breaking.
Mentor must create and maintain a registry to track the long term results patients have with the implants.
Patients must be educated about the fact that if an implant breaks, the effect of the breakage generally does not cause immediate symptoms. Further they are advised to have an MRI scan after five years and every two years thereafter to check for breakage.
Mentor must conduct a 10 year study to determine the percentage of breast implants that will break in that time.
The study must be reviewed by an independent data monitor.
The results of Mentor's breast implants will be reviewed by the FDA in five years to verify that the implants are performing as expected.

Silicone-gel breast implants began selling in 1962 and were banned in 1992 amid health fears. Research since then has shown that they do not cause serious diseases like cancer or lupus but that they can cause infection and scar tissue if they leak and are untreated.
Approximately 264,000 breast enlargements and 63,000 breast reconstructions were performed in the United States in 2003 - the vast majority using salt water filled implants that are sold without restriction. It is estimated that if the silicone breast implants return to the market, 200,000 women may have them installed within the first year.
title:FDA Approves New Therapy for Depression
author:Charles E. Donovan
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

On July 18, 2005, the FDA approved vagus nerve stimulation therapy as a treatment for chronic depression. This is the first ever FDA-approved long term treatment option for sufferers of treatment-resistant depression(TRD). Over four million Americans suffer from TRD.
I was a study patient in the investigational clinical trial of vagus nerve stimulation and depression.
Just over four years ago, I sat in the Psychiatrist's office at the study site (there were 20 different sites around the United States) that was conducting the investigational clinical trial for vagus nerve stimulation as a therapy for chronic or treatment-resistant depression. I had found about the study completely by accident. I was desperate (not suicidal). I had gone through the merry-go-around of all available antidepressants/antidepressants combinations, ECT, psychotherapy, etc. I was tired and worn out from living in utter despair.
I had never heard of the vagus nerve (it is the longest nerve in the body, averaging 25 inches in length, passes through the neck and thorax into the abdomen). There were no patient educational materials or anything in the medical literature about vagus nerve stimulation and depression for me to review. The doctor explained to me the procedure, described my obligations as a study subject and that the study was a double-blind, place-controlled study.
Because it was a placebo-controlled study, it meant that I had only a 50% chance of having the device activated, after being implanted, during the acute part of the study (which could last up to six months). I had just two questions: 1) was the procedure safe? and 2) was the procedure related to ECT? Since ECT was not effective for me and was a horrible experience, I didn't want to go through anything like that again. The doctor assured me of the safety of the implant and that it was not in any way related to ECT.
I signed various legal papers including an 11-page consent form. I had nothing to lose. Three and a half months later I was approved to be included in the study and implanted with the VNS Therapy System™. The rest, as they say, is history.
I have never been told when the device was activated or ramped up to higher levels of stimulation. Even today, I have no idea of the current level of the device settings.
At some point after being implanted, the device was activated and the level of stimulation was ramped up. Gradually over time my depression and mood improved. I started out at very severely depressed, then severe, moderate/severe, moderate, mild/moderate, mild and then complete remission( although at times my family would probably say that I bypassed remission and went straight to "pain in the ass!"). Obviously, my life has been completely changed by vagus nerve stimulation. I am so humbled and grateful at the good fortune that has been bestowed upon me. I was a goner. And now I'm back. Vagus Nerve Stimulation is not a cure for depression. It is an alternative therapy for patients that have not had an adequate response to traditional antidepressants.
Vagus nerve stimulation is a ninety-minute out patient procedure. It is not related to ECT or brain surgery. There is no cognitive impairmant(i.e. memory loss). A small pacemaker-like device is implanted in the patient's upper left chest and one lead wire is tunneled underneath the patient's skin and coiled around the left vagus nerve. The vagus nerve has a direct pathway to those areas of the brain that are responsible for mood and depression.
A prescription from your psychiatrist will be required for the procedure.
You can learn more about this remarkable treatment at http://www.VagusNerveStimulator.com You can sign up for a free newsletter to keep up-to-date on the latest developments.

FDA Regulations For Safer Online Medication Buying

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The Food and Drug Administration may not have the authority or the power to regulate themany Internet pharmacies that have appeared, but it does have the power to issue some advice for consumers. There are various ways for people to determine whether or not a pharmacy is legitimate and a safe place to order medicine online. In addition, there are also a few regulatory authorities that aim to self-police the emerging industry.

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There are many things that smart consumers concern themselves with whenever they order medicine online. While the Internet is a convenient place to seek out things like prescription medication without having to leave the comfort of one's home, there is another side to things. The Internet, unlike the real world, is not regulated by any authority and, by nature, can be almost impossible to effectively police. There are numerous ways that even the most effective monitoring authority can fail, not the least of which are questions of jurisdiction that arise due to the Internet's nature. Therefore, the Food and Drug Administration has given a few bits of helpful advice for anyone who plans to order medicine online.

The first bit of advice is that consumers should be wary of sites that sell drugs that are illegal offline. This can appear in a number of ways, such as when the medication in question is illegal in the US, but not in other countries. This can sometimes be the case for some antidepressants, anti-impotence drugs, and weight loss products. Other times, the medication in question could be considered illegal in most countries. In such a case, the website is likely an illegitimate one that consumers should avoid at all costs. The FDA advises that US customers not purchase any illegal or restricted medication off the Internet, citing that they're banned by the FDA because they might have harmful side effects or have not been put through thorough testing.

Other concerns pointed out by the FDA are those online pharmacies that allow users to order medicine online based on questionnaires. As any doctor or medical professional will tell you, filling in a questionnaire about your symptoms and your medical history is no substitute for an actual consultation with a flesh-and-blood doctor. Arguably, even over-the-phone and webcam-based consultations don't quite come close enough to providing enough information for a proper diagnosis. Besides the possible lack of details, there is also the very real risk of an incorrect diagnosis. The dangers of taking a drug, even one that doesn't require a prescription, based solely on the results of an online questionnaire (which can only accommodate a limited number of variables) can prove disastrous to someone's health. This can become even worse if the drugs do not have FDA approval, or are known to be dangerous when taken incorrectly.

Some FDA officials have also expressed alarm over the fact that some websites do not check for the prescriptions whenever orders are placed. A number of online pharmacies sell prescription-only drugs, but do not have a visible system for checking the validity of the order by asking for a copy of the prescription. This means that just about anyone with a credit card and an Internet connection can order any prescription-only medication without having to provide a prescription. This is, according to most authorities, the largest bypassing of any FDA regulation that has been found on the Internet, aside from selling illegal medications.

The online pharmacy industry does have some form of self-policing in place. The Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) program put into place by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is an example of this. The standards of the program are rigid and very strict, designed to make it difficult for fraudulent sites to be certified as a compliant and trustworthy online pharmacy. The guidelines the program uses determine which sites gain approval, as well as which sites retain it.

Fearfighter: Video Game To Fight Phobias

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Video games have come a long way from the bouncing balls of energy that were thrown from one end of the screen to another. With advanced rendering technology and options that allow for variable degrees of realism, video game technology can now be used as a possible treatment option for people with problems such a phobias and PTSD.

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The video game industry, despite all of the enemies that it has made among politicians eager for a quick vote and moralists who get outraged at every little thing, thrives. Certainly, gamers around the world are part of this continued survival, but other sectors of society are also reaping the benefits of advanced video game technology. The military has used video games as training simulators, helping soldiers get used to piloting the complex military vehicles that they need to use in the battlefield. The army has also used them as a stress relief device, both on the field and as a possible supplementary treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Advances made in real time 3-D rendering has been put to use in training medical students through the use of surgery simulation software. Now, the area of mental health may also greatly benefit from video game technology.

If a person has a phobia, it can be a debilitating problem. Claustrophobic people often have to resort to using stairs because the elevator is a tight space and they are unable to stay in it for any length of time. People with a fear of heights can often experience discomfort in extreme levels in everything ranging from climbing up stairs to looking out from the window of a plane in flight. Well, researchers in the UK have combined efforts with game developers to design a game built for the purpose of helping someone overcome phobias and fears by making use of an interactive simulated environment. It isn't like the concept hasn't been done before, but the fairly recent implementation of video game technology by the US armed forces to combat post-traumatic stress disorder is still experimental.

In fact, the British psychiatric game “Fearfighter” is also firmly in the experimental stages. In some ways, it hasn't really passed the “proof of concept” stage yet. Still, patients in Britain are often put on long waiting lists for sessions and, due to the nature of the problem, may be forced to wait too long. The games allow for preliminary aid, giving both the psychiatrist and the patient to adjust the level of realism in the game environment as needed. While it does not simulate environments with total accuracy, it has been shown as providing a realistic enough simulation to have an appreciable effect on patients. However, the results are still in the short-term and studies need to be conducted on the long-term effects, along with whether or not the treatment is effective without the aid of a professional.

British psychologists have recognized the potential uses of this, not only as a preliminary treatment, but also as a means of providing a communication tool for their patients. The games can be used to connect the patient to the medical professional, allowing for communication between the two even when one group is unable to physically see the other. The tool can also help people suffering from phobias confront their problems in a safer, controllable environment, allowing them to gradually adjust themselves to dealing with the problem.

title:Fears And Phobias A Brief Overview
author:Steve Hill
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Psychiatry identifies three different categories of phobia:
Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces. It is also a fear of having a panic attack in a public place, of losing control in an area from which escape may prove difficult or embarrassing.
Social Phobia is an irrational anxiety brought forth by exposure to certain social situations, leading to avoidance behaviour.
Specific Phobia is a persistent and irrational fear in response to some specific stimulus, which commonly results in avoidance of/withdrawal from that stimulus. It could be triggered by an insect or animal (zoophobia), by a situation like being trapped in an enclosed space (claustrophobia) or it could be a fear of disease (pathophobia).
Approximately 1 in 23 people suffer from phobias. That’s nearly 4.25% of the population. There are roughly 11.5 million sufferers in the US and 2.5 million in the UK.
Approximately 19.1 million American adults aged between 18 and 54 (13.3% of people in this age group) in a given year have an anxiety disorder.
5.2 million Americans (aged 18 to 54) or 3.7% of people in this age group have social phobia.
Approximately 3.2 million Americans have agoraphobia.
Almost 6.2 million US citizens have some sort of specific phobia.
All three types of phobia, social, agoraphobia and specific are likely to effect between 5 and 10 people in every 100.
Females are more prone to irrational fears than males. Roughly twice as many women as men suffer from panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and specific phobia though about equal numbers of women and men have obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia.
In England in 2002-3, there were 310 hospital consultant episodes for phobic anxiety disorders. 94% required hospital admission. 40% were for men, 60% for women.
Only about 20% of specific phobias disappear on their own for an adult.
title:Fear and Anxiety: They Are No Match For Hypnosis
author:Lyta Humphris
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Many people struggle each day with fear and anxiety. We’re not talking about being afraid that you didn’t pass your last test or anxiety over a job interview. Anxiety and fear become deep rooted elements of a person’s life and can create havoc in relationships and make it impossible to function on a day to day basis.
Anxiety often creates a snowball effect of emotions that take place when something, even the smallest thing, goes wrong in a person’s life. For example, for someone struggling with anxiety, even the minutest intrusion can throw his or her entire day out of line.
Let’s say you are getting ready for work and your cat throws up on your carpet.  Automatically your mind starts racing. This means you are going to be late for work, which means your boss is going to think you are irresponsible, which means you are never going to get the raise you need to buy your first home which means you are going to be stuck in an apartment forever and your whole financial life is ruined. In an instant cat vomit is equated to a destroyed life for someone dealing with anxiety.
Fear Is Often Related To Anxiety.
Individuals often become afraid of things that have led them to anxiety in the past. The individual in the above example may never look at cats the same way again. Fear leads to the avoidance of things that people fear and can create havoc in their lives such as the example given above. People may become phobic of snakes, spiders, clowns, chickens and many other things.
A New Approach
Perhaps you are someone struggling with fear and anxiety. You may have tried different methods including counseling and anti-anxiety medications to make it go away but nothing has worked. You may have spent hours in the self-help section of your local bookstore with no luck.
You still have one more option available to try and that is hypnosis. No, hypnosis does not mean that you are put into a trance by a freaky man with a pocket watch. The problem with basic therapy is that it simply uses the conscious portion of your brain.  The conscious part is the portion that controls and assists you with day-to-day thought processes.
The purpose of hypnotism is to relax the conscious level of the brain and subdue it so that the subconscious portion is allowed to come forward. What is the subconscious? The subconscious mind is that portion of your brain that takes care of your automatic day-to-day business such as riding a bicycle. You have done it so many times that conscious though is no longer required for these tasks.
Once the subconscious is accessible to the hypnotist, he or she will work with you to rewire your subconscious. For example, if you are afraid of spiders, a hypnotist can help you relate spiders to something light and funny instead of something to be afraid of. Over time, you will learn that you are significantly bigger than your fears and can overcome them all through hypnotherapy!
Fear and The Yakuza

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Fear is something that is a double-edged sword among the ranks of the Yakuza. It is disdained as a weakness among the ranks. It is also seen as a tool to be used in dealing with enemies and civilians alike.


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Fear is a natural human response.  It is as natural as breathing air or eating food to live.  In fact, fear is a part of survival instinct.

But in some parts of the world, fear is simply not acceptable.  Anxiety and fear are seen as a weaknesses that cannot be allowed.  In some cultures, ruthlessness is tempered by honor, and the rise to power is determined by one's dedication to duty.  To attain honor and power, one must live by a strict code wherein fear and anxiety are treated as grave offenses, and as powerful tools.

For the Yakuza, a Japanese secret society that has existed for centuries, signs of weakness among its members is not tolerable.  On the other hand, their organization thrives and rules based on the weakness of people outside the confines of the ancient fraternity.   The Yakuza is reputedly behind almost every illegal activity in Japan from prostitution, game-fixing, and smuggling, to illicit drugs and protection rackets. 

For the Oyabun or masters of the Japanese underworld, anxiety can be compared to a sword with no handle.  To grasp the blade and strike is to invite harm upon yourself.  But a sword with a fine handle can be held and used to cut through anything that goes against the plans and desires of the Boryukudan, which is comparable to the power, influence, and violence associated with the Italian Mafia or the Chinese Triads.

Japanese organized crime is different from all other criminal organizations in the sense that their activities are carried out in the open, often in the direct line of sight of the police. The Yakuza clans flaunt their power and influence by running operations that go around the technical restrictions of Japan's rigid legal system. For example, pachinko parlors that feature Japanese-style pinball and slot machines is are actually gambling joints allegedly run by organized crime. Despite strict anti-gambling laws, these parlors were able to operate by using balls as the “winnings.”  The pachinko player can use these balls to play more games or to exchange them for prizes.  By eliminating money from the gambling process, the pachinko parlors can continue to rake in millions every single day for organized criminal organizations.

The existence of the Yakuza is actually allowed in Japan despite its alleged links to criminal activities. This organization has an incomparable level of freedom to operate. The different Yakuza clans or families even have their own office buildings that are regarded as corporate headquarters.  It may be unusual in other parts of the globe but the Boryukudan is actually accepted as part of Japanese society.

With its high level of social acceptance, manifestations of anxiety or fear among Yakuza members is seen as a dishonor not only to the person concerned but also for his organization.  Failure to accomplish a task or actions that are thought to have brought dishonor to the clan have corresponding consequences.  A Yakuza member who has failed his master and organization may be asked to cut his own finger as a sign of regret and penance. 

In more serious cases, a member may be expected to commit seppuku, an act of suicide using a short sword.  The Yakuza member will thrust the sword and cut it across his stomach, after which, another member will use another sword to cut the head of the one who committed the ritual suicide.

Aside from its code against the demonstration of fear, the Yakuza deliberately threatens people to create  anxiety.  Intimidation is actually one of the most effective weapons in the Yakuza's arsenal. The Japanese underworld understands the Machiavellian concept that a single act of brutality can be more effective in controlling the masses than a number of attacks with less atrocity.  To this end, the Japanese employ subtle methods and cultivate anxiety when they deal with ordinary citizens. Using their brand of psychological warfare, the Yakuza is able to inflict nightmarish terror among helpless civilians, and at the same time, use lethal violence on anyone who dared get in their way.  The power of the Yakuza clans is legendary in Japan, and allows even a new Yakuza operative to elicit anxiety and fear by their mere presence.

However, it is a misconception to think of the Yakuza as a group of “bullies” or thugs in the traditional sense. Most people simply give in to the demands of the syndicates after hearing rumors of just how dangerous the Boryukudan members can be if a person refuses to pay protection money, or if they cheated out of a business deal. For those who have made deals with them, the Yakuza is often found willing to fulfill their end of the bargain.

The Yakuza is a phenomenon is crime history that continuous to fascinate people even as it hounds their adversaries in law enforcement.  Based on how it operates today in and outside of Japan, it is possible that it would continue to expand its criminal empire through its rigid code of honor, and tools of fear, intimidation, and violence.

title:Fear Of Death And Darkness Phobia
author:Steve Hill
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Fear of the dark also known as Nyctophobia is common among young children who often fear that something catastrophic may happen to them in the night. In the darkness, we can’t see very well, and for a young child, particularly one with a healthy imagination, this can be very frightening. A pervading sense can build that something sinister is just out of sight and arm’s reach waiting for its moment to strike.
As a young child, I used to suffer from this phobia, as a result of which my mother used to leave the landing light on for me to provide a calming relief from the darkness. My parents also used to ask me questions to make me elaborate on my fears. By doing this, they showed concern and sympathy, while at the same time making it very clear that they were not afraid. In this way, parents can be of great use to their children.
The fear lessened as I grew older, then went away altogether. Most children as they grow up and the world around them becomes more logical and less fantastic, come to realise that they are quite safe in the darkness and their fears were irrational.
Some adults can suffer from this fear – particularly those who suffer from nightmares or have traumatic memories. Although gradual exposure to darkness can be helpful to nyctophobics, the management of nightmares and bad memories is liable to require specialist help.
Fear of death or Thantophobia is quite a natural phenomenon. None of us know what will happen to us after we die. But to be morbidly afraid of death is unhealthy and detrimental to our lives.
If one fears death excessively, it can prevent them from being able to enjoy life. Often associated with hypochondria, morbid death fear can cause unnecessary worry and anxiety and can prevent the sufferer from being able to live life to the full.
To a point the fear of death diminishes when we see it in its natural context – a dying person surrounded by loving friends and family. However most of our images of death in the modern world have been distorted by our culture’s preoccupation with unnatural violent death: daily news stories of shootings, abductions and suicide bombings. Brutally violent movies and computer games. Also scare mongering news stories regarding types of food once perceived to be healthy, but now putting you at death’s door.
All this negative focus leads to unhealthy consequences. An exaggerated fear of dying and phobias of growing old leads to a reluctance to make a will or make any plans for those we love whom we know will outlive us and a general ignorance of normal end of life options.
Fear Of Spiders (Arachnophobia)

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Learn to live your life without the pressures of fear, anxiety or phobia. Uncover articles and information that will help your conquer your fears and phobias for good. Whether you have a phobia or know someone close to you that maybe anxious or fearful then this article is sure to be of interest to you.

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Arachnophobia can be triggered by the mere thought of a spider or even by a picture of one, in some cases. Many people who fear spiders feel panic entering a situation where spiders may be present. Symptoms include excessive sweating, rapid breathing, a quickened heartbeat, nausea and dizziness.

Some arachnophbics will, on entering a room, search it for a spider. If they find one they will monitor its progress very thoroughly. Others will do all in their power to distract themselves to avoid seeing the spider.

There are historical and cultural reasons for arachnophobia. In the Dark Ages spiders were commonly considered to be a source of contamination of food and water. They were believed to be the cause of the Bubonic Plague (though in reality rat-fleas were in fact the true culprits). This misplaced fear has been passed down since the 10th Century.

Often the fear is caused by a frightening incident in earlier life. Sometimes people have the misconception that such a startling event has to be a memorable ordeal. Yet many don’t even recall the events that led to their phobia. The mind can create a phobia based on a split second of panic.

The treatment of arachnophobia is called "systematic desensitisation". With the help of a therapist, the sufferer will slowly learn to face their fears. First they will be exposed to pictures of spiders. Later they will come face to face with real spiders. When they are able to hold a live spider without feeling anxious, they will have conquered their phobia.

Advancements in technology have added a new dimension to the treatment of arachnophobics: virtual reality. Now the patient can wear a VR helmet or glasses with a VR glove. With the help of a computer generated spider, they can steadily overcome their fear, moving the VR glove closer until they can "feel" the spider crawl across their hand.

Features of Hoodia Gordonii

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Most dieters out there are seeking for the best way for them to lose weight. One of the popular weight loss pills nowadays is hoodia gordonii.

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Most dieters out there are seeking for the best way for them to lose weight. One of the popular weight loss pills nowadays is hoodia gordonii.

Dieting has been a climbing battle to lots of people. Due to plenty of delicious foods that are available, people tend to eat too much and forget about their weight. But as soon as they finally notice that they are becoming bigger and bigger, that is the time that they think that they need to lose weight.

Hoodia gordonii is a popular weight loss pill that is available in the market and online. Hoodia gordonii is a natural appetite suppressant. It is made from a cactus-like plant that can be seen in Kalahari Desert of South Africa. South African bushmen appreciated this plant, actually they chewed this plant while out for hunting. In doing this, they can suppressed their hunger and thirst while hunting.

Research was made. Biochemists found out the active molecule that this plant has and they named this molecule p57. This chemical called p57 enables to trick the brain cells; it can signal the brain and tell that the one who took it is full and satisfied.

This hoodia gordonii comes in different forms; it comes in pills, capsules and tea. For does that have problem in swallowing pill or capsule, they can take the tea.
For those dieters who want to effectively lose weight, they can take hoodia gordonii. When you take hoodia gordonii you will definitely eel satisfied. The one who took hoodia gordonii will function longer without the feeling of wanting to eat, since it can delay the desire to eat, so you can achieve weight loss.

Yes, hoodia gordonii can definitely make you lose weight without any side effects unlike prescribed medications. Prescribed medications can bring about some risks that can harm you and your health, which why lots of people is afraid to take these products. So for those who are seeking for healthy alternatives, hoodia gordonii is the best alternative for you.

But you have to be careful in buying hoodia gordonii. Due to its popularity, some manufacturers and companies made products with less hoodia ingredients or totally no hoodia ingredient at all.

In looking for hoodia gordonii, you have to look for the certifications that can assure that the product comes from South Africa. It is advisable to find a reliable company that can provide you with the valuable information about the product and that can give you the real hoodia gordonii.

So you do not have to rush and just purchase a product without making sure that it is the real one. Take a little time in checking the hoodia gordonii product to guarantee that it can give you great results. Take note, fake products can harm you and your health, so be extra careful.

Features To Consider When Choosing A Lift Chair

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Lift chairs can be a boon to the elderly, infirm or disabled. Along with stair lifts and scooters they can do wonders for comfort, mobility and increased independence. Lift chairs can be relatively inexpensive but as with everything, the price you are prepared to pay will effect the number and the sophistication level of the features available.

It is well worthwhile to research the market and to be clear

a) what you need and
b) what you want your lift chair to do for y...


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Lift chairs can be a boon to the elderly, infirm or disabled. Along with stair lifts and scooters they can do wonders for comfort, mobility and increased independence. Lift chairs can be relatively inexpensive but as with everything, the price you are prepared to pay will effect the number and the sophistication level of the features available.

It is well worthwhile to research the market and to be clear

a) what you need and
b) what you want your lift chair to do for you

as the answers to these questions will help you decide on the features that are most important to you.

You might wish to consider some or all of the following.

• Take into account your size. Height, weight, width.
• Seat depth & width required.
• Right hand or left hand controls.
• Specific accessories like heat or massage.
• Will you sleep in your lift chair?
• Do you want 2, 3 or infinite positions?
• How much time are you likely to spend in your chair?
• What size is your room?
• Do you want your chair bespoke or off the shelf?
• Do you want your chair to be static or mobile?
• Covered in fabric, vinyl or leather?
• How much can you afford and are grants or loans available?

Armed with this information you can make a sensible informed choice from the many available Lift Chair models.

Most lift chairs will work with weights up to 375-450lbs. A two position lift chair has a lift position and a slight recline position. As you recline in a two position lift chair your back & thighs will stay at about 90 degrees. They do not recline fully for sleeping.

A three position lift chair will recline fully. It gives a wider range of positions and many allow the user to position their feet above the heart.

Using the above check list should help you get what you want and aid your internet search for suitable lift chair companies.

Fed Up With Recurring Cold Sores?

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The best remedies and treatments for cold sores are using tea tree oil, avoiding the conditions that bring on herpes attacks, and supporting the immune system through proper diet and hygiene.

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Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, a common and infectious virus which is usually contacted during childhood and hides in the nerve ganglia near where your cold sore usually appears. The virus can remain dormant for months or years without reappearing, until your body becomes unbalanced. Your natural body defenses keep the virus in check until your defenses drop because you may feel tired, upset or stressed; you resistance is lowered, you have a fever, overexposure to the sun or wind, or maybe you are menstruating,  and suddenly you feel that familiar tingling sensation.

This is when the virus is moving down your nerve fibers to the skin surface. Now you feel the tingling, itching, perhaps burning or drying sensations, lasting a few hours or a few days, to be followed by redness and swelling at the cold sore site; the virus is reproducing.

Next is the appearance of clusters of small blisters that are painfully sensitive, followed by all the blisters joining to become one large open, weeping sore. This is the most painful and most contagious stage, although next is when it starts to crust over and heal. At this stage it is painful because any movement tends to crack the scab.

Once the scab forms, the sore is healing from the inside out. The virus is retreating, but there is continued itching and some pain and irritation. Once the scab is gone, usually redness remains for another 2 to 14 days. Contagion remains until the spot disappears entirely.

Conventional treatment of the virus includes creams and lotions that can relieve the pain and reduce secondary infections, but there is no cure for cold sores. Preventative measures seem more successful than curative in minimizing the number and severity of infections. Learn to recognize the situations that usually lead to you developing a cold sore and prevent them from occurring. Also recognize the first signs of the onset of a cold sore and apply immediate treatment. A medical practitioner can prescribe antiviral drugs that will minimize symptoms and re-infections.

Avoid contact with the sores; wash your hands immediately if you touch them, and don't share linens and towels with anyone else.

Naturopathic treatments of cold sores include applications of the amino acid lysine, which is particularly effective in preventing or reducing the occurence of cold sores. A salve containing lysine makes an effective lip balm, as dry cracked lips seem to invite a cold sore. Vitamin and mineral supplements may help the body fight the herpes virus, especially vitamin C, E, B vitamins and zinc. A whole foods diet that excludes sugar and refined foods and includes plenty of fiber and alkali-producing foods also can help prevent herpes attacks.

Applying tea tree oil directly to the tingling area or cold sores with a cotton swab can minimize an outbreak, reinfection and spreading. Throw away the swab immediately after using.

The advantages of using tea tree oil are:

    *  Decreasing pain and shortening the healing time of the herpes lesions.
    * Helping to inhibit recurrences
    * Assisting in prevention of viral activity by supporting the immune system

Using tea tree oil, avoiding the conditions that bring on herpes attacks, and supporting the immune system through proper diet and hygiene are the best methods for dealing with this annoying and painful virus.

title:Feeding The Brain
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-Infants need high levels of DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, for brain development and function. But Sheila Innis, of the University of British Columbia, believes that they may not be able to produce sufficient DHA on their own, and may need a dietary supplement to avoid deficits in brain function. She is testing her belief by feeding piglets diets with and without DHA. DHA is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that is transferred to the fetus during gestation and is found in breast milk. However, it is not present in fruits and vegetables, infant formulas, or nutritional products used for adults and children with gastro-intestinal diseases.
Dr. Innis' research is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR is Canada's preeminent health research catalyst and is funded by the government of Canada. An exciting new concept, CIHR is modernizing and transforming the health research enterprise in Canada.
To learn more about CIHR please visit: www.cihr.ca, e-mail: info@ cihr.ca or write to: CIHR, 410 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa ON K1A 0W9.
title:Feed a Cold; Starve a Tumor
author:ARA Content
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(ARA) - One of the most exciting developments in modern medicine has been the discovery that cancerous tumors have the potential of being "starved" out of existence, or at least into dormancy. Scientists, doctors and, of course, patients, are all anticipating the prospect that cancer patients may take a drug that will stop a tumor in its track by cutting off the blood supply that nourishes it.
At the core of this medical breakthrough was the discovery that every tumor needs to "recruit" its own blood supply to flourish and grow.  Scientists also found out that tumors actively "participated" in this process by secreting certain growth chemicals that would attract blood vessels to the tumor.   Having identified this process, the next step was to determine if drugs could be created that could somehow arrest or reverse the progress of blood vessels amassing around a tumor.
The result has been a highly dynamic and exciting area of medicine called anti-angiogenesis (meaning "against the formation of new blood vessels") that focuses on inhibiting the growth of cancer by developing drugs that will prevent tumors from growing in size.
Currently, there are several drug companies that are on the cusp of introducing drugs that will work by the process of anti-angiogenesis.   Generally speaking, the drugs seek to improve survival rates of cancer patients, as well as increase the length of time that patients survive. And unlike conventional cancer therapies that have punishing side effects, the new drugs seem to demonstrate few or no side effects for most people. Furthermore, some of the studies show that by utilizing both conventional treatments like radiation and/or chemotherapy in conjunction with anti-angiogenesis drugs, the cumulative effect is even more powerful.
One highly regarded company that is at the forefront of developing anti-angiogenesis drugs is Aeterna Laboratories, based in Quebec, Canada and traded on the Nasdaq market under the ticker symbol, AELA.   The company's premier product, Neovastat, is currently being tested in clinical trials for a variety of cancers including lung, renal (kidney) and multiple myeloma (bone marrow).  The results for the renal and multiple myeloma tests are scheduled to wrap up by the end of 2002 and, if conclusive, will be submitted to the Federal Drug Administration for review.
Out of all the drugs under development, Neovastat is unique because of its multi-functionality, which is its ability to shut down two pathways recognized as being responsible for promoting angiogenesis (in contrast to other drugs which just block one pathway).  In clinical trials, Neovastat has been shown to have no side effects in most people.  This is obviously a big advantage for people who know the agony of nausea, exhaustion and/or hair loss that can accompany chemotherapy drugs. In tests, Neovastat has been given to people in liquid oral form, generally the preferable form of drug delivery for patients.
If you are a cancer patient interested in clinical trial participation, you can get information about current trials by calling (888)-349-3232  If you are an oncologist, please contact Claude Hariton, Ph.D., vice president of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs at (418) 652-8525 ext. 306. To learn more about anti-angiogenesis drugs and Aeterna Laboratories, visit the Aeterna Web site at www.aeterna.com.
title:Feeling Depressed? Eat more Protein
author:Nick Fagan
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

On January 5th 2006 researchers annouced their studies, they learned that protein p11 plays a key role in depression. Protein p11 appears to regulate signaling of the brain chemical Serotonin. In so many studies done before Serotonin has been linked with depression and also anxiety disorders. The funny thing is Serotinon is what nearly every anti-depressant is made to regulate, including Prozac.
Whats the difference between protein p11 and Prozac you ask?
Prozac uses compounds called SSRIs, which increase levels of Serotonin in your body. These compounds interact with 14 different serotonin receptors. Prozac stimulates some of the receptors that cause negative side effects, p11 does not interact with these receptors.
So is this the end all cure all?
Maybe, some people react differently, If you do not experience any positive effects from anti-depressants then you can try Paxil. Which aims at the future of antidepressants targeting the 5-HT receptors, which cause very few side effects.
!Entreprenuer Alert!
Since p11 is a natural (organic) chemical it can not be patented! Using p11 in future antidepressants will soon be huge. The funds to get such a business started are unknown, but you could do some research and some deep pocket investing to be the first to jump on this market.
title:Feeling Sluggish? What’s The Best Natural Method To Detox Or Cleanse The Body For A Real Pick–Me-Up?
author:Willie Jones
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

I would hazard to guess that the majority of the population feels somewhat sluggish on a regular basis. If one goes through this condition for a long time, it may begin to feel like this has become a normal situation for you and you become used to it. But not finding the underlying cause and treatment can be a hazard to your health.
If you are feeling sluggish then it is a warning sign that something is not right and an immediate investigation as to the cause is in order. There can be many different reasons for this condition.
Here are some of the causes of sluggishness:
1) Diet is of great importance. With all the pesticides and chemicals in our food today and nutrient deficient soil, it can be difficult to get the nutrients we need to live a healthy life. It is possible to regain good health by changing your diet to eating organic foods that include eating more raw fruits and vegetables and less cooked food and sugar products. You may want to consider good supplements to obtain nutrients you might not otherwise get. You may argue that organic food is so expensive, but consider this; you may save a few bucks on cheaper packaged food that may be loaded with preservatives, nitrates etc., but what is your health worth? How long do you expect your body to function correctly if you put degraded fuel into it? You’ve seen what it can do to a car. It is also so with your body. If you take a close look at healthy looking celebrities that are trim and fit, they have a secret you don’t. Being that their income is dependent on their personality and good looks they are forced to forgo the usual diets of the average American. They work out, eat smaller portions and include a lot more raw foods, plus they drink a lot of water and this brings up the next subject.
2) Dehydration! About 80% of Americans are semi dehydrated and don’t even know it. Without this precious liquid, our bodies (which are 2/3rds water) cannot function right. Dehydration alone can make you sluggish. If you are dehydrated, that means that the water level in your body is below normal for proper function. The handling for this is to increase your fluid intake. The best is just pure water, about 8 cups per day. If drinking that much water seems too difficult you can up your water intake with green or herbal teas. These teas have a beneficial effect in that as well as increased water in-take, they also provide anti-oxidents which help your immune system. So drink up and feel better.
3) Through poor diet, lack of exercise, viruses, bacteria and parasites, digestive problems can occur. Here we have a whole host of problems to deal with. If your body is toxic then your liver and kidneys may be on overload. You can handle a lot of this with a liver and kidney cleanse.
Parasites are generally not talked about but may be a bigger problem then previously realized. Parasites can reside in any major organ of the body and cause more problems than just sluggishness. Handle parasite infestation first, possibly using a herbal solution found at your local health food store, followed by a kidney cleanse, and then a liver and colon cleanse. This is a course recommended by Dr Hulda Clark. There are many different cleanses you can do and to find the one that is right for you, go online and type in liver or kidney cleanse and carefully check out what is right for you.
4) Other ways to detoxify are fasting and enemas. Fasting is a centuries old natural healing technique that works very well when done properly. Coffee or lemon enemas are great for cleaning out the colon from old and impacted feces. Certain herbs can also be helpful in cleansing the colon such as cascara sagrada (in moderation), aloe vera, flaxseed and red raspberry. Get plenty of fiber (with lots of water). This helps to keep you regular. An over toxic colon can eventually put impurities into the bloodstream and this will definitely make you feel sluggish.
5) There has been a lot of controversy over the years about too much mercury in your teeth. A dentist once told me that if you look inside your mouth, the fillings that you have may look smooth on the outside but if you could look on the underside of the filling it is quite a different story. It looks very jagged and the metals may be leaking into your system. Mercury in the system is the most toxic non-radioactive metal in the body and about half of the silver fillings are mercury. A variety of heath problems can occur such as brain, kidney and lung damage and has even been linked to autism. You can be tested for metal toxicity through hair and urine analysis. If you test positive, you may want to consider having them removed and replaced with gold fillings. Even after replacement though it can take the body months to excrete these toxins. Do your research and find a dentist with an excellent reputation who has done replacement fillings. (For an interesting tidbit, a friend told me his mother had suffered headaches for 20 years and after having all the fillings replaced, she no longer had headaches).
6) A relatively new technology has come out for detoxing the body and that is with an ionic footbath. You place your feet into a tub of warm water with a bit of sea salt in it. The ionic footbaths work by sending a small current that goes in a circuit through the body and generates positively charged ions. The high concentration of the ion field attaches to the negatively charged toxins neutralizing them and the body is then able to discard them through the approximate 2000 pores that are on the bottom of your feet. You can then experience the correct acid-alkaline ph balance as nature intended. It’s painless and takes about 30 minutes. The water will change color according to the toxicity of the body and also by how hard or soft the water is where ever you are geographically. Black or brown water is the liver detoxing, Orange; the joints, Dark green; the gallbladder, Yellowy green; kidneys, urinary tract, White foam; Lymph nodes draining Red flecks; blood clot material, Black flecks; heavy metals. Independent studies have been done that show the levels of mucus, heavy metals and fat in the water after 30 minutes.
As you can see there are many things you can do to help take away that sluggish and fatigued feeling. But as always, consult your health care practitioner before doing any detoxification program.
"Nothing in this article makes any claim to offer cures or treatment of any disease or illness. If you are sick please consult with your doctor."
title:Feel The Excitement With Cialis- The Wonder Drug
author:Adam Parore
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Sex & Passion is one of the most integral parts of our lives. It has been inevitable since the day Adam set his eyes on an apple and savored it. Thanks to Adam, since that day men have never been able to take rest and are continuously deployed to achieve a better performance in order to satiate both his as well his partner’s urge to sex.
There have been a lot of factors that are a cause of being a barrier to our sex lives like age, hormonal imbalances, society, illness, money and many other things, but none of those have been powerful enough to sustain the Sex flow. There have been many alternatives like herbs, meditation, yoga, drugs but none of them have that extra thing to help men from his impotency or in medical terms-erectile dysfunction.  The search of that extra has led to the discovery of wonder drugs like Cialis & Viagra.
Defining Erectile dysfunction- Popularly known as Impotence, ED refers to the inability of a man to sustain an erection for a sufficient period of time needed to attain a sexual satisfaction. There are a good number of reasons that causes ED like many psychological factors, hormonal factors, arterial or muscular factors. The diseases associated with it are Diabetes Mellitus, Major Depression, etc.
Cialis- An Ultimate Treatment for Impotence
Cialis is a PDE-5 inhibitor recommended by FDA for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. It is only to be used by people suffering from impotence and that to after taking proper consent from health care professionals.
Cialis has a life period of around 36 hours in comparison to that of Viagra, which is around 4 hours that means that a person can take the drug and can expect to have erection at a time much later than the time of administration.
Headache, nasal congestion, stuffiness, and fall in blood pressure are some common side effects in patients taking such kind of sex pills. Some patients even complain of loose motions.
Cialis is strictly restricted for women and children. Adolescents who are not suffering from erectile dysfunction should not go for Cialis as it can lead to dangerous adverse effects.
Kill erectile dysfunction before it kills yours and your partners flourishing relationship, take the magical blue pills and enjoy the exciting consequences.

Female Genital Cutting (FGC): An Introduction

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As you are reading this article, there are between eight and ten million women and girls in the Middle East and in Africa who are at risk of undergoing one form or another of genital cutting.

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In the United States it is estimated that about ten thousand girls are at risk of this practice. FGC in a variety of its forms is practiced in Middle Eastern countries (the two Yemens, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and Southern Algeria). In Africa it is practiced in the majority of the continent including Kenya, Nigeria, Mali, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Mozambique, and Sudan.

Even though FGC is practiced in mostly Islamic countries, it is not an Islamic practice. FGC is a cross-cultural and cross-religious ritual. In Africa and the Middle East it is performed by Muslims, Coptic Christians, members of various indigenous groups, Protestants, and Catholics, to name a few.


FGC is a term used to refer to any practice which includes the removal or the alteration of the female genitalia. There are three main types of FGC that are practiced through the world: Type I or Sunna circumcision, Type II or excision, and Type III or infibulation. These three operations range in intensity, from the "mildness" of Type I, to the extreme Type III. Type II is a recent addition to FGC. I will explain in the next sections what each of these practices involve, and outline some of the short-term and long-term effects that they have.

Type I -- Sunna Circumcision

The first and mildest type of FGC is called "sunna circumcision" or Type I. The term "Sunna" refers to tradition as taught by the prophet Muhammad. This involves the "removal of the prepuce with or without the excision of part or all of the clitoris (See the World Health Organization definition).

Type I is practiced in a broad area all across Africa parallel to the equator. Fran Hosken enumerates the following countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and Tanzania in East Africa to the West African coast, from Sierra Leone to Mauritania, and in all countries in-between including Nigeria, the most populous one. There are also reports of Type I taking place in areas of the Middle East such as in Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

Type II - Clitoridectomy

The second type of FGC, Type II, involves the partial or entire removal of the clitoris, as well as the scraping off of the labia majora and labia minora. This takes place in countries where infibulation has been outlawed such as Sudan. Clitoridectomy was invented by Sudanese midwives as a compromise when British legislation forbade the most extreme operations in 1946.

Type III - Infibulation or Pharaonic Circumcision

The third and most drastic type of FGC is Type III. This most extreme form, consists of the removal of the clitoris, the adjacent labia (majora and minora), and the joining of the scraped sides of the vulva across the vagina, where they are secured with thorns or sewn with catgut or thread. A small opening is kept to allow passage of urine and menstrual blood. An infibulated woman must be cut open to allow intercourse on the wedding night and is closed again afterwards to secure fidelity to the husband. Hosken also reports that infibulation is "practiced on all females, almost without exception, in all of Somalia and wherever ethnic Somalis live (Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti). It is also performed throughout the Nile Valley, including Southern Egypt, and all along the Red Sea's Coast.

FGC is mostly done in unsanitary conditions in which a midwife uses unclean sharp instruments such as razor blades, scissors, kitchen knives, and pieces of glass. These instruments are frequently used on several girls in succession and are rarely cleaned, causing the transmission of a variety of viruses such as the HIV virus, and other infections. Antiseptic techniques and anesthesia are generally not used, or for that matter, heard of. This is akin to a doctor who uses the same surgical instrument on a number of women at the same time without cleaning any of them.

Effects of Female Genital Cutting:

Beyond the obvious initial pains of the operations, FGC has long-term physiological, sexual, and psychological effects. The unsanitary environment under which FGC takes place results in infections of the genital and surrounding areas and often results in the transmission of the HIV virus which can cause AIDS. Some of the other health consequences of FGC include primary fatalities as a result of shock, hemorrhage or septicemia. In order to minimize the risk of the transmission of the viruses, some countries like Egypt made it illegal for FGC to be practiced by any other practitioners than trained doctors and nurses in hospitals. While this seems to be a more humane way to deal with FGC and try to reduce its health risks, more tissue is apt to be taken away due to the lack of struggle by the child if anesthesia is used.

Long-term complications include sexual frigidity, genital malformation, delayed menarche, chronic pelvic complications, recurrent urinary retention and infection, and an entire range of obstetric complications whereas the fetus is exposed to a range of infectious diseases as well as facing the risk of having his or her head crushed in the damaged birth canal. In such cases the infibulated mother must undergo another operation whereby she is "opened" further to insure the safe birthing of her child.

Girls undergo FGC when they are around three years old, though some of them are much older than that when they undergo the operation. The age varies depending on the type of the ritual and the customs of the local village or region.


In various cultures there are many "justifications" for these practices. A girl who is not circumcised is considered "unclean" by local villagers and therefore unmarriageable. A girl who does not have her clitoris removed is considered a great danger and ultimately fatal to a man if her clitoris touches his penis.

One of the most common explanations of FGC is local custom. Women are often heard saying that they are unwilling to change these customs since they have always done it this way and are not about to change. Oftentimes the practitioners are kept ignorant of the real implications of FGC, and the extreme health risks that it represents.

Family honor, cleanliness, protection against spells, insurance of virginity and faithfulness to the husband, or simply terrorizing women out of sex are sometimes used as excuses for the practice of FGC.

Some people believe that FGC is a barbaric practice done to girls and women in some remote villages in foreign countries of the world. However, up until a few decades ago, it was still believed that the clitoris is a very dangerous part of the female anatomy. Who can forget S. Freud who stated in one of his books entitled Sexuality and the Psychology of Love that the "elimination of clitoral sexuality is a necessary precondition for the development of femininity."

As recently as 1979, the "Love Surgery" was performed on women in the United States. Dr. James E. Burt, the so-called Love Surgeon, introduced "clitoral relocation" (i.e. sunna circumcision) to the medical establishment. He believed and acted upon the idea that excision does not prevent sexual pleasure but enhances it. Dr. Burt practiced in Ohio for almost ten years before he was exposed after which he gave up his license.

Because of the large number of cases of FGC and some of the deaths it has caused, FGC is now outlawed in some European countries (Britain, France, Sweden, and Switzerland) and some African countries (Egypt, Kenya, Senegal).


It is also important to note that even though FGC is currently illegal in many countries in Africa and the Middle East, this has not reduced the number of the girls that are mutilated every year. The governments of these countries have no way of monitoring the spread and practice of FGC. The United Nations, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization have considered FGC to be a violation of Human Rights and have made recommendations to eradicate this practice. However, trying to fight FGC on legal terms is ineffective since those who practice it oftentimes do not report it. FGC is also widely practiced in villages and remote places where the government does not have an easy access.

A better and more effective approach would be a cooperation on the national level as well as the international level. The UN and the WHO have already taken the first step in abolishing these practices. Countries also need to have rigid laws that deal with FGC cases. This is also insufficient by itself. Anthropologists, educators, social scientists, and activists have to go into these villages and areas and educate the practitioners of the dangers of FGC. Female Genital Cutting can only be abolished by a grassroots approach which would take into consideration all aspects of a particular culture and try to work within that system of beliefs to eradicate this practice.

In many cultures, FGC serves as an initiation rite, and any efforts to eradicate it must take this into consideration. Some of the most successful eradication efforts have taken place in areas where FGC was replaced with "initiation without cutting" programs whereas a girl still goes through some initiation rites but this time, without any blood.

On the United States level, there are many efforts that are being made in order to abolish the practice locally and internationally. The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC), a networking organization have brought together social scientists and medical practitioners from all over the world who are fighting FGC as well as male circumcision. NOCIRC has also founded the FGC Awareness and Education Project in August 1996. One of the goals of the project is to create an FGC Module which will provide information and training material to health care professionals. NOCIRC has also organized the International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations.

The Research, Actiona & Information Network for Bodily Integrity of Women (RAINBO) has been conducting research and grass-roots programs internationally as well as in the United States on women's reproductive sexual health as well as on female genital mutilation. On the National Level, Congresswoman Patricia Shroeder introduced H.R. 3247, a bill to outlaw FGC in the United States in the fall of 1994. The bill was then combined with The Minority Health Initiatives Act, H.R.3864. This bill was then combined with H.R. 941 on February 14, 1995 which was to be cited as the "Federal Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation of 1995."

The bill was passed in September 1996. Some overdue effort is being made to abolish FGC, but there is still much work to be done. Educating ourselves, as well as others is a way that we can begin acting upon the convictions that human rights should not violated, and that violence against women is intolerable. Many people are still unaware that practices such as FGC are still widely practiced, and only an awareness can bring this inhumane practice to a halt.

Female Infertility

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This article is about female infertility, its causes, effects and possible treatment.

Pregnancy, Infertility, Stress and Anxiety, Side Effects, Depression, Acupuncture

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“What is the essence of a woman?” This is one of the questions the judges asked during the 1994 Miss Universe competition. One contestant, Sushmita Sen, gave such a wonderful answer that she won the Miss Universe title that year. According to her, the essence of a woman is being a mother to a child and teaching him (or her) about sharing, caring and loving. Indeed, one of the main and most important roles of any woman is being a good mother to her children. However, not every woman is blessed with the ability to bear a child.

Pregnancy is one stage in life that almost every woman will undergo. Women, with their unique anatomy and physiology, are naturally built to be capable of producing life. For some reason, however, some women are not able to do this. This situation leads to various negative effects on a woman's relationship with her partner and her self-concept. In response to this concern, different treatments or medications are already available for women to consider. However, some, if not all, of those treatments have certain disadvantages or side effects.

Based on a discussion about infertility posted at About.com, infertility can be caused by three main reasons. Those involving a woman's anatomy are classified under structural issues, which can be problems occurring in the fallopian tube, uterus or cervix caused by blockage, fibroid or insufficient opening. Another possible cause concerns the physiology of pregnancy --- a bio-mechanical issue. Scar tissues that can cause blockage within the uterus and fallopian tube can hinder a woman from getting pregnant. Finally, infertility can originate from a primary problem with ovulation and is thus called an ovulatory issue. Hormonal abnormalities, the effect of some medications and other health problems can harm the functioning of the ovary and cause ovarian failure.

A woman's inability to get pregnant can be very stressful not only to herself but also to her partner. Because it is expected of her to bear children, not being able to do so is considered a failure on her part. The pressure imposed on her by her partner and other people may add up to her stress and anxiety. She may start blaming herself for this situation and develop a concept of herself as someone who is “damaged.” Her partner, on the other hand, may feel both disappointed and helpless faced with this problem. The stressfulness of their problem can cause negative changes in their mood and attitude. If the stress and anxiety of having this problem will not be dealt with properly, it can lead to frequent fighting between couples and possibly cause them to separate or divorce.

Despite the initial feeling of helplessness, couples may still find encouragement in seeking possible solutions to a woman's infertility. Nowadays, medications like clomiphene citrate, follicle- stimulating hormone, and human menopausal gonadotropins are available in the market to stimulate ovulation in a woman. These treatments, however, have potential side effects which include multiple birth incidence, headaches or blurred vision, depression and mood swings, pelvic discomforts and ovarian cysts. Solution for structural and mechanical issues that cause infertility can be resolved mostly through surgery.

Another approach based on oriental medicine is also currently recognized as an effective treatment for female infertility. Methods included under this approach include acupuncture and herbal medicine. The goal of acupuncture is to open the blocked energy that prevents fertilization. This is also believed to help restore the balance among organs especially in the endocrine system. On the other hand some herbal plants when ingested can increase the chances of pregnancy. These forms of treatment, however, can take a long time covering a period of approximately three to twelve months before it can be effective.

With all available options as treatment for infertility nowadays, women may still fulfill their yearning for motherhood. Despite the disadvantages or side effects of some medications, it is through careful consideration that women or couples should decide what to undergo. If, despite all alternatives, pregnancy is still not possible for some women, this does not necessarily mean losing their essence. After all, motherhood is not just attained biologically.

Female infertility by Nguang Nguek Fluek!

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Female infertility and how you can deal with it!

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Married aloof over a age, Shannon and Stuart Hilton were difficult for a baby. Young and healthy, the anticipation of female infertility did not level testy Shannon’s minds until their doctor confirmed the diagnosis.

 Stuart’s lab tests came back ordinary and no other factors indicated he might appear as the one having the bad news. Female infertility seemed allying a sharp blow influence the front but because their doctor explained, bodily was not the bound of their planned chapter on parenthood; absolute was aloof the birth of a at variance chapter.

 Their doctor took a vast medical and family history to asset out if professional were part other symptoms of female infertility potential around. Some of the things that he begin were:

 Irregular Menstrual Orbit

 Calm though few male own a textbook - agnate 28 - time orbit; abounding posses their phrase exclusive once a couple of months. Part orbit less than 24 days or added than 35 days is considered irregular and blame cause to a assemblage bury a reproductive endocrinologist.

 Irregular Ovulation

 One assumes that if the menstrual circuit is regular, bobby-soxer need represent ovulating, but this is incorrect because not all sex ovulate every revolution. Since professional is often a 24 hour window footing girl is most fecund, calculating if and when girl ovulates is crucial to eliminate female infertility

 Family History

 You asset out your mom had bother conceiving you and your hubby’s acquaintance had to activity complete infertility treatments before babe had her cardinal child gives you a higher connection of having to activity completed the female infertility screening questions.


 Femininity 35 and older are not automatically female infertility candidates. A forty bit mature could posses no botheration conceiving. Absolute is decent that the digit of eggs a woman produces each revolution diminishes influence her mid - thirties and for the chances of receiving significant be remodeled less agency comparison to someone influence their early twenties adumbrate all other factors being constant.

 Just being we alike to plan everything in our lives, we feel it should be easy to have children when we choose to. However, unlike airline tickets, we can not book the dates in months in advance. That is what causes couples struggling with female infertility sessions a lot of stress which in turn impedes their chances of success. ‘Why me? ’ is on of the most common questions as is ‘Why did I wait? ’ and ‘Why did I take having kids for granted? ’

 However, punishing yourself with such questions will only make conception harder. Science has progressed leaps and bounds and more miracle babies are being born everyday.

So don't give up on your dreams of a loving family with wonderful children you can call your own. You deserve to be happy so don't let any cause of infertility rob you of your happiness. Fight it and destroy it! Never be a victim to the unwanted pain brought to you by the unhappy event of female infertility. Do something proactive.

Female infertility treatment by Nguang Nguek Fluek!

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I understand you touch your biological clock is ticking and bout is receipt shorter for having offspring. This wasn’t a branch of your archetypal aim and you don’t understand what is amiss cache your body. You responsibility asset out what is amiss hide your biological clock by checking out a female infertility treatment bull's eye. These centers are designed to advice you hide your problems and will asset a solution fitting your current needs. You may betoken able to posses a child the characteristic street and this could greedy all the aberration towards your beatitude.

 Treatment Options

 Concrete albatross act as valuable and catch a lot of age to asset the treatment that answerability advice you. You will charge to accomplish positive you check cache your insurance aim and acquisition out if they proposal reimbursement for this type of female infertility treatment.

 The physician you activity to behold about your infertility botheration may suggest some breath changes to booty apartment before looking into further female infertility treatment options. You may betoken asked to avoid or accumulation weight, barricade burning, avoid caffeine and alcohol and stay away from excessive exercise. The doctor will again double o at your ovulation architecture and cross-examine you to angle your sexual enterprise according to your ovulation system being waiting to amuse eloquent burden body wearing and produce depression.

 Supplementary Steps

 If the activity changes the doctor asks you to adjust don’t balm you to conceive, you will appear as accustomed the alternative of captivating medication. This medication is used to engender ovulation to arise and has a athletic likelihood that circuitous births answerability cut abode.

 Your brainpower will represent assured that the medication will bullwork, but you may still asset yourself being lease down inside. When this happens the doctor will requirement to attending into other areas of your real body and this could greedy you will essential to own surgery. Your fallopian tubes may represent blocked and you may commitment to own them opened back up. Surgery is further used to fix problems hide your organs, drain cysts, fibroids and blotch tissue. Sometimes surgery still won’t represent able to fix the botheration and you will committal to force to the abutting step.

 Assisted Reproductive Technologies

 The adoption of assisted reproductive technologies is used by fascinating human sperm and eggs or embryos character a lab to comfort blot out the conception case. This is quite one of the last resorts used considering a female infertility treatment. The eggs and sperm begin influence the laboratory can be from you and your significant other and can be donated by other people.

 As part of your female infertility treatment program you may decide to participate with artificial insemination. This is when semen is collected and processed within the laboratory and then is inserted directly into your cervix or uterus.

 In vitro fertilization is the process where an egg is removed from the female and is mixed with the sperm inside of the laboratory. Once the egg and sperm mixture is about two to three days old and an embryo, it is then placed inside of the woman’s uterus. They do this in hopes that the embryo will implant itself in the uterus lining. This is a common area for a female infertility treatment and many women participate with this procedure.

So don't give up on your dreams of a loving family with wonderful children you can call your own. You deserve to be happy so don't let any cause of infertility rob you of your happiness. Fight it and destroy it! Never be a victim to the unwanted pain brought to you by the unhappy event of female infertility. Do something proactive.

title:Feng Shui Fertility: Six Ways to Create More "Baby Chi"
author:Kathryn Weber
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Today, feng shui is used for everything from arranging  office cubicles to gaining more recognition at work to helping aspiring writers become more prolific.  But what if what you want is a baby?  When you are trying to conceive, feng shui can be another tool in your fertility arsenal.
Fertility is such a delicate thing because it can be affected so easily.  This is where feng shui can come help.  Feng shui can help create a more balanced, harmonious – and relaxed – environment for conception to occur. 
Obviously, the first place to look at is the home.  Perhaps there is some kind of energy blockage.  Another consideration is the personal feng shui are the parents. This is the feng shui that is related to gender and birthdate.
Unlike western thought, feng shui for parents places the most emphasis on the father and not the mother.  The father must have what is called “descendant’s luck.”  This is where personal feng shui can be called upon to help improve this type of luck. 
Renowned feng shui writer, Lillian Too, credits every book to her daughter Jennifer, whom she says was conceived after a feng shui master visited her home and saw that a tree was blocking her front door.  The master told her that once the tree was removed she became pregnant. 
True to his prediction – and after nine infertile years of marriage – Lillian’s daughter was born.  This was also what launched her full study and practice of feng shui.
When it comes to enhancing fertility with feng shui, though, it would be wise to address both parents as well as the home.  This way, a complete approach will be taken and nothing is overlooked.  Fertility feng shui can't create miracles but it can create a positive environment in which miracles can occur.
6 Tips for Improving Fertility Feng Shui
The northwest (NW) is the direction of descendant’s luck.  It is also the direction of “heaven” according to feng shui (and aren’t all babies heaven-sent?). 
By positioning the man to sleep with his head pointed in the northwest direction, sit at work facing the NW, eat facing the NW, etc., this will activate his descendant’s luck. 
It might look odd, if necessary, couples should turn the bed so that the man is sleeping with his head pointing NW.  If this makes the man’s head point toward the door or sleep with his back to the door, then try another method.
Another way to activate the descendant’s luck is to install a metal oscillating fan in the bedroom.  Placed in the NW corner and turned on during the day, the fan produces a generous helping of descendant’s luck in the bedroom.  Be sure to turn it off while sleeping, though, or this luck will be scattered and unable to attach itself to the couple sleeping in the room.
Personal feng shui is a powerful method for creating good descendant’s luck.  To calculate your personal feng shui directions, go to http://www.redlotusconsulting.com/KuaCalculator.html
Based on the KUA number, you can determine the man’s “personal descendant’s luck direction.”  The man should work, eat, and sleep facing this direction if the NW direction does not work for him.
1     South
2     Northwest
3     Southeast
4     East
5     Northwest
6     Southwest
7     Northeast
8     West
9     North
It worked from Lillian Too, so it might work for you.  Be sure that there is an open space out the front door and that there is nothing in direction line with your front door, such as a tree, street, or other object.  The front door is considered the “mouth of chi” and is where all energy enters the home.  Make this area clean, auspicious, and beautiful.
The west is the sector associated with the children. For that reason it is best to avoid having fire objects here, such as candles or bright lamps.  Earth objects, such as vases are excellent fertility enhancers.  Enhance this portion of the house, living, and bedroom with metal objects, such as fans, stereos, or other electronic or metal items.
Lastly, be sure to address problem areas in the west sectors of the home (and the west corner of your bedroom and living room) such as crowded closets or junk rooms. Work at getting these cleaned out to allow new creative (fertility) energy to enter your life.
If there is a bathroom in this sector, make sure bathroom doors are shut and to keep a bright light on in this room.
Bedroom feng shui is extremely important when you are trying to conceive.  Beds should never share the same wall as the door, a bathroom, or a kitchen.  Televisions, work objects such as computers, mirrors, plants, and exercise equipment should be removed.  Rest and romance should be the only activities in this room. 
Feng shui uses a number of symbols, many of which are thought to enhance fertility.  Some of these would include:
Dragons:  Placed on the side table of the man’s side of the bed, the dragon can add a little extra “oomph” in the bedroom.  Make sure the dragon is small, otherwise, it will create too much “yang” energy in the room and make rest difficult.
Elephants:  Place a pair of elephants on either side of the bedroom door.  Elephants are associated with pregnancy.  Or, place one statue of an elephant in the living room.  Placed prominently in the bedroom, elephants are said to produce male children.
Double fish:  The double fish is a symbol of marital union.  Display this in the southwest corner of your bedroom.
Single piece of hollow bamboo:  Place this in the north sector of the bedroom to enhance fertility.  These are said to aid conception.
Red paper lanterns:  hung on either side of the bed, these are believed to bring excellent yang (creative)energy to the bedroom.
When you are trying to conceive, it's always worth taking a comprehensive approach.  Fortunately, feng shui can help you make sure the environment supports your endeavors to bring that new addition to your family.
title:Feng Shui for Your Health and Vitality
author:Rodika Tchi, MSc
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

How many of us wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, happy and full of energy? How many of us, after a few hours in the office, still feel full of energy? Why certain environments uplift our spirits and make us breathe deeper, while others drain our energy? We seem to have forgotten how deeply connected we are with the space we live in and how important is for our well being to live in a balanced environment.
As our lives are certainly not getting easier, the need to create a healthy and vibrant home environment cannot be overestimated. We have to have a safe, peaceful and energetically balanced space where our bodies can let down the daylong protective shield and focus on regenerating and self-healing.
Feng Shui is an ancient art and science that has been used for over 5,000 years to heal, balance and enrich people’s lives. It is a very complex body of knowledge that reveals how humans are connected to their environment and shows numerous ways to change specific aspects of one’s life by changing the living or working space.
Being aware of this deep connection and its influence on all aspects of your life, it would be wise to employ feng shui knowledge in your home (and business!) to improve your health, vitality, and general well-being.
One of the main theories of Feng Shui is the theory of Five Elements, which are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. The elements are the five manifestations of Chi, or universal energy, and are represented in your environment by colors, shapes, textures, smells, taste, etc. They interact with each other in certain ways, the basic cycles being Constructive (where each element supports the other) or Destructive (where one element destroys the other). Understanding this theory and its applications in your life can be a very powerful tool indeed. In order to experience high vitality levels and an increased level of well-being, feng shui masters recommend living in a place that supports and nourishes your birth element.
Each of us has a predominant element, which is calculated by the year of birth. (You can find out your own element from specific tables in many feng shui books or by visiting our website) Once you know your own element, look around your place and see which element is predominant in it. Yes, any specific environment also has its own predominant element. For example, if your living room has purple curtains, art with predominant red-orange colors, lots of candles, a fireplace, objects in triangular, pointed shapes etc; the energy in the room is predominantly Fire.
If your birth element is Wood, and you live in a Fire environment you will tend to experience headaches, inability to relax, have constant arguments with you family, often feel “burnt out.” As Fire burns the Wood, you need to focus on reducing the element of Fire in your environment, thus improve your well being. To remedy this situation, you may want to bring some of your own element (Wood) and/or the element of Water (which puts down the Fire.)
Wood element can be brought into your environment by colors brown and green, plants (green bamboo is especially powerful!) objects in rectangular shapes, actual wooden objects and other. Water can be represented by actual water (a fountain) or images of water – oceans, lakes, rivers; as well as mirrors, wavy and curved shapes, colors black or deep blue, etc. The scenario described above will also be true for a person whose birth element is Metal, as Fire melts the Metal. However, an Earth or Water person will feel very good in that environment, and you can easily guess why. Both of these elements are not overpowered by the Fire energy.
An old Chinese proverb states that feng shui consultants double as doctors. And for a good reason. The art and science of Feng Shui has a wealth of recommendations, cures, solutions for every person and virtually every space, be it home, business, garden, etc. Just like your body has a specific anatomy, the space you inhabit also has its own anatomy, with its own “do’s” and “don’ts.” Specific areas of your life, as well as specific body organs relate to specific areas of your home. For example, East is the area “responsible” for Family and Health. The element of East is Wood; therefore it is wise to avoid the placement of objects representing either Fire or Metal in this area of your home/business. If you suffer from certain body ailments, you can choose to place in the East area a picture, or any other representation of a medicine plant particularly healing for you (for example dandelion for liver problems)
Here are some feng shui remedies to improve your Health and increase Vitality:

Keep the center of your House clean, clutter free and open. This is considered the Heart of the House and is a sacred area in many old cultures. No heavy objects should be placed here. The center of your space is a very good place for a fountain, some crystals, bells/chimes with a harmonious sound, happy pictures of your loved ones, or any other items that speak to your heart.
Reduce or eliminate metal objects from your Bedroom, as metal conducts electricity. Work on reducing the electromagnetic fields in your bedroom. Provide an ideal space for your body to regenerate, replenish and heal itself during sleep. Do not sleep under beams or sloped ceiling. Do not sleep with your feet in line with the door. Have a good, supportive headboard. Choose a natural mattress.
Become aware of the quality of air in your space. Aerate your home often and use essential oils like lavender, chamomile, sage, frankincense, bergamot, etc to purify the space, uplift the spirits and improve your sense of well being. Consider using an air ionizer should this be necessary. Have specific plants that purify the air, such as peace lily, boston fern, spider plant, etc. Color green is very healing.
Have a pleasing welcoming entrance. It should be well lit, spacious and have uplifting energy. If you face a wall or stairs, apply specific feng shui cures or your life could be stuck in unnecessary struggles.
Surround yourself with objects you love and people that uplift your spirits. Try to spend some time in nature at least once a day. Make your home a healing refuge from the stress you encounter during the day by applying various feng shui cures and reducing the internal pollutants present in most homes.

By following these simple, basic feng shui recommendations you can greatly improve your sense of well being. You can bring healing beauty and harmony into your life and create an environment that is fully supportive of you and your loved ones.
Rodika Tchi, MSc, is a professional feng shui consultant. Her Vancouver-based company offers feng shui information, services and products. She can be reached at www.TchiConsulting.com
Fertility Focused Intercourse: Mission Impossible?

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Most couples who are trying to conceive believe that they are doing a good job of having intercourse on all the right days. In reality, the vast majority are missing their best opportunities for achieving pregnancy on a fairly regular basis. For these couples, it is an absolute necessity to understand the difficult but necessary requirements of fertility focused intercourse and how best to approximate them.

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When it comes to a discussion of human fertility, the saying “life is not fair” seems to have extraordinary significance.  Couples who don’t want to get pregnant seem to be the ones that do and the ones that do—don’t.  Nobody knows this better than the couples that desperately want children but fail to conceive, month-after-month.  As the biological clock keeps on ticking, is there anything more that these couples can do? Absolutely!

Having interviewed hundreds of couples who have meticulously documented the woman’s fertile days and the days on which intercourse occurred, it has become crystal clear that: (a) most couples think that they are doing a good job of having intercourse on all the right days, while (b) the vast majority are completely missing the boat!

What is so difficult about Fertility Focused Intercourse?

Let’s start with the basics of female fertility cycles.  First, Women of normal fertility are not fertile very often.  From a biologic perspective, the most fertile woman on the planet can only conceive between 5 and 6 days per menstrual cycle.  A woman with reduced fertility might have significantly fewer days that are truly fertile, perhaps 2 or 3.  According to simple mathematics, if there are only 3 days per month to conceive, that is only 36 days at the end of the year.  Second, not all fertile days are created equal.  Intercourse that occurs on “the day” of ovulation can be assumed to be the most fertile day of the menstrual cycle, but even then the probability of achieving a pregnancy is never 100%!

When does ovulation occur?

Frequently, ovulation occurs approximately 14 after the first day of the menstrual period.  In a classic study by Vollman[1] of 14,848 menstrual cycles, ovulation as detected by a shift in basal body temperature occurred on exactly day 14 in only 1,591 cycles (10.7%).  Thus the exception here is far more common then the rule.  The 28-day normal menstrual cycle is simply a myth.  The first step in fertility focused intercourse, therefore, is to do away with any notion of a calendar and to adopt a method of detecting when ovulation actually occurs.

There are many ways to “detect” the day of ovulation such as monitoring LH and estrogen in the urine or checking for cervical mucus and changes in the basal body temperature (just to name a few).  Unfortunately, however, there is no way to “observe” when ovulation actually occurs.  No matter what method you are using, the margin of error is at least plus or minus 2 to 3 days (sometimes more).  This means that if you rely on your favorite indicator of the day of ovulation to tell you when to have intercourse you may be missing the most important day to conceive on a regular basis.

What is the best way to time intercourse?

So what is the best advice?  Unfortunately, healthcare providers frequently offer some of the worst information.  For example, “we were told to have intercourse ‘every other day’ in order to ‘save sperm.’”  “Have intercourse every month starting on day 6 for 12 consecutive days.”  Or even worse, “because you do not know when the most fertile day is you would have to have intercourse every day to maximize your chances.” – nonsense!

From this brief discussion, the best advice is: (a) choose a method of fertility monitoring that will give you a few days notice that ovulation is going to occur.  This means monitoring estrogen levels directly or the effect of estrogen on saliva or cervical mucus. (b) When fertility begins, intercourse should occur daily until at least 2 days after ovulation is detected.  Once released, the egg can only be fertilized during a narrow window of approximately 24-hours.  You want to make sure that intercourse occurs on “the day” of ovulation in order to maximize your chances.

Intercourse Patterns

By now you have figured correctly that fertility focused intercourse is truly a “labor of love.”  It is not easy!  It might mean having intercourse as many as nine days in a row.  Even among couples with the strongest convictions for attempting to achieve pregnancy a few fertile days always seem to be missed.  Here are some helpful suggestions:

1. Plan in advance.  If you were going to go on a fancy date with your spouse you would give a few days notice.  If you know the fertile days are coming, then you likewise will have time to prepare for them.

2. Get your priorities straight.  If the doctor scheduled a procedure to test some aspect of your fertility you might take a day off work.  Furthermore, you would probably follow through even if you had a headache!  Should you not subject yourself to similar inconveniences when your most fertile days arrive!?

3. Get professional help.  Believe it or not, there are professionals who can help you make sense of all this and give you real good advice.  The American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals is an excellent place to start.

If you and your spouse have been having difficulty achieving a pregnancy, then just remember—knowledge is power.  In this case, the right knowledge may even give you the power to procreate!  You may as well consider the question of when to have sex to be the single most important issue.  Why?  Because there is no diagnostic medical procedure, test, or surgery that is going to make you pregnant.  If you just had surgery to correct a fertility problem, for example, and you are not following these instructions you could very well be making out badly on your investment.  Fertility focused intercourse may not be easy, but it is not mission impossible—it is mission responsible—and the responsibility falls upon both you and your spouse.

Have fun!

1. Vollman, R.F., The Menstrual Cycle. 1977, Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders.

title:Festival Survival
author:Gavin Walsh
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Festive Survival (How not to let your waist expand over christmas and New Year)
Most people over the festive period will put on between 7 and 12 lbs. That's now until new year. Its no wonder people make resolutions for new year. But why wait till new year?! Get yourself started now and prevent putting on the pounds over Christmas with these tips:
-before you go out on the staff do or with friends plan how many drinks you are going to have. This way when you get to the target amount you know you should stop, if you go further start thinking about your waist and those extra pounds!
-don't go to a party on an empty stomach. Eat proteins beforehand such as chicken or cottage cheese. This way you will feel fuller and satisfied for much longer and wont pig out while you're at the party.
-don't skip meals! If you skip meals, your body will switch to starvation metabolism and wont burn as many calories. Plus, it increases the chances of you eating heavily later on.
-obviously you're going to drink alcohol over the festive period, there's no getting away from it. What you can do to help the calorie overload is to drink light colour beers and wines and avoid the mixers.
-professional drink. What I mean is have a non alcoholic drink in between...Nobody else needs to know.
-go steady on the cream based cocktails, they have plently of calories hiding in there.
-deserts...Very tempting over xmas. Limit yourself to a bite or two, or try sharing with a friend.
-focus on the healthy choices. Focus! Such as, turkey, ham and fish. Plus, the usual vegetables.
-eat till your satisfied! Not till your full! There is a big difference. The parents are to blame for this one. Growing up you were told to "finish your meal, there are people starving in other countries!" so you stuffed the rest of it in your mouth. Learn to stop doing this.
-eat when you are hungry only! Don't mistake this with starving. Think of a scale of 0-10, 0 is hungry, 5 is satisfied, 7 is full and 10 is having to loosen your belt! Eat only to 5.
-when you are entertaining family and friends be sure to put low fat and low calorie foods on the table. Pack the table with tasty dishes and low calorie alternatives of your traditional family favorites.
-schedule your workouts. Plan them in your diary like you would do with other appointments. Over the festive period it is very difficult to stay on track with colleagues endlessly asking you if you fancy a drink. Book your workouts now!
Good luck and have a great time over the festive period!
title:Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - Don't Risk Your Unborn Child
author:Anne Wolski
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

The dangers of consuming alcohol whilst pregnant have only really become fully understood in recent years. When the pregnant woman drinks alcohol, it enters the bloodstream and reduces the ability of the blood in the placenta to provide adequate oxygen to the growing fetus. The infant is born suffering from the same problems as an alcoholic and is therefore subject to withdrawal symptoms from the moment he or she is born. These symptoms include irritability, sleeplessness, and poor appetite.
Around twenty percent of infants born with fetal alcohol syndrome will die shortly after birth. Those that live will have a lifetime of intellectual disability to a varying degree as well as physical disabilities.
The consequences of fetal alcohol syndrome include deformities and impeded development, though there are doubtless other consequences to this condition as well. It is actually a series of defects, the most serious characteristic being a group of deformities of the head. Children born with fetal alcohol syndrome are also likely to suffer from delayed growth and development.
The main problem with growth in an affected child is that of deficiency which results in the child being small and underweight.
There are also facial abnormalities such as small eyes, sagging eyelids, small jaw, defects in ear formation, and sometimes a hole in the roof of the mouth.
Skeletal underdevelopment results in deformities in the ribs and chest bone, dislocated hips, curvature of the spine, and a small head. Sometimes, these children are born with missing fingers or toes.
Another problem is the effect this syndrome has on the organs. Children born with fetal alcohol syndrome are prone to heart defects, kidney problems, and can even suffer from genital malformation.
Fetal alcohol syndrome is relatively rare and takes place only in the children of mothers who are alcoholic or at least drink regularly and heavily during pregnancy.
Approximately one third of children born to mothers who are alcoholic or who drink heavily during pregnancy are likely to suffer from fetal alcohol syndrome. It is even possible for a child to be born with this syndrome when the mother has drunk only a small amount of alcohol but has done so on a regular basis.
Sometimes a child may not suffer from the entire range of problems associated with fetal alcohol syndrome but the alcohol can still cause a child to be born with development problems which have taken place whilst in the uterus. There is some debate about how much alcohol is safe during pregnancy but it is believed that even small amounts, in the first trimester, can be harmful.
Obviously, the best way to avoid this problem is to avoid all alcohol during pregnancy. It is still possible to enjoy social occasions without consuming alcohol and putting your unborn baby at risk. There are many non-alcoholic wines and so forth available these days and this is a much safer option.
Copyright 2006 Anne Wolski

title:Fevers - Causes, Symptom for all Types of Fever
author:Garima Jain
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The term Fever is applied to a condition of the body where the temperature has gone above the normal, the human body has a normal core temperature of 37.0 degrees centigrade or 98.6 degrees fahrenheit. Any variation in this core figure implies that something is amiss. A rise in temperature indicates that something is wrong with the body. Fevers which last less than a week are caused by common infections. Those which take longer to get all right are more serious in nature and need medical attention. Here some types of fever as under. For complete information about the fevers see http://www.diseasesatoz.com/fevers.htm.
Typhoid Fever - Defination, causes, symptom & Treatment of Typhoid Fever
Typhoid fever is an acute systemic disease caused by salmonella typhi. It is a condition in which there is a typical course of temperature, with marked abdominal symptoms consisting of ulceration of the bowels. The fever is of uncertain duration and liable to frequent relapses. Visit http://www.diseasesatoz.com/typhoid-fever-symptom.htm for more on typhoid fever.
Rheumatic Fever - Defination, causes, symptom & Treatment of Rheumatic Fever
Rheumatic Fever is a serious disorder. Rheumatic fever of inflammatory rheumatism is a very serious chronic disease. It mainly affects children and adolescents. It is thought to be an allergic condition which affects the joints, heart and nervous system. Visit http://www.diseasesatoz.com/rheumatic-fever-symptom.htm for more on Rheumatic fever.
Influenza Fever - Defination, causes, symptom & Treatment of Influenza Fever
Influenza, also known as flu, is the clinical condition that results from infection by influenza viruses.The main effects of the influenza viruses are on the upper respiratory tract, the nose and throat, with possible spread and involvement of the lungs. Visit http://www.diseasesatoz.com/influenza-fever-symptom.htm for more on Influenza.
Measles - Defination, causes, symptom & Treatment of Measles
Measles is an acute febrile eruption. Measles begins with a slight feverishness, cold in the head, running of the eyes, and dry cough. It is a highly infectious disease and is very common among children. It is so common at this stage of life that nearly all children everywhere in the world go through this brief period of red spots. The disease appears in epidemics, often in the winter season, involving many children in the society Visit http://www.diseasesatoz.com/measles.htm for more on Measles.
Meningitis - Defination, causes, symptom & Treatment of Meningitis
Meningitis usually follows an attack of otitis media (middle ear disease), or mastoiditis (infection of bone projecting behind the ear), or brain abscesses or even tonsillitis. Any skull fracture or penetrating head injury may also result in meningitis. Some times, tuberculosis may spread to the brain and cause the disease. In case of epidemic meningitis, the germs are apparently spread by persons who have a mild sore throat or cold. http://www.diseasesatoz.com/meningitis-symptom.htm for more on Meningitis.
Get Information on other types of Fevers from http://www.diseasesatoz.com/
Malaria Information, symptoms, causes & Treatment of Malaria at http://www.diseasesatoz.com/malaria.htm
Diphtheria: Symptom, Information, causes, Treatment of Diphtheria at http://www.diseasesatoz.com/diphtheria-symptom.htm
Small Pox - Symptom, Information, causes, Treatment of Small Pox at http://www.diseasesatoz.com/small-pox.htm
Few Tips to Help You Get a Good Night Sleep

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If you are like a lot of people you may come across that you wake up in the morning feeling more tired than you were when you went to bed.

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If you are like a lot of people you may have come across that you wake up in the morning feeling more tired than you were when you went to bed.

Apparently this is not an ideal predicament, so how can you ensure that you get a good night's sleep and wake up feeling invigorate and ready to embark on the new day? Here are a few good tips to help you.

It is important to try to mentally unwind before going to bed. An overactive mind is one of the primitive breeds of poor sleep and infirm sleep. Try to carry out a low-stress activity in the 30 minutes to an hour before going on to sleep. Instances of such activities are reading and listening to music that can relax your mind.

A freshened body will lead to a rosy mind. Two of the best ways that you can relax your body are to engage in meditation or take a warm bath.

It is crucial not to munch of a heavy meal flat-out prior to going to bed, but a light snack that is high in carbohydrates can help to relax the body.

If you are prone to sleep troubles it is particularly important that you stick to a regular sleep routine, going to sleep at the same time every night and getting on up at the same time every morning. Yes, this includes weekends. If you are lure to have a lie in at the weekend you will usually learn that this leads to you struggling to get to sleep at the end of the day and feeling tired when you have to get up in the morning to start a new work week.

Try to avoid taking a nap all through the day. You only need a fixed amount of sleep during any 24-hour period; so clearly, if you take a nap during the middle of the day you may find it very hard to fall into sleep through the night.

Your bedroom should be quiet and dark. If you cannot block out all noise and light you might want to purchase some good quality ear plugs and a sleep mask. It is also important that your bedroom temperature is comfortable, neither too hot nor too cold. Body temperature is ideal.

If, after you have tried these tips and still find it difficult to sleep, then you have to seek advice from your doctor to make sure that there is not an underlying medical problem that is responsible for your poor sleep order.

Written by Eric Choong,

Fiber-Why Is It So Important To A Healthy Diet?

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What is fiber? Fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods. They are usually the walls of the plant cells, skins and seeds. Due to refining of foods much of the fiber has been lost in our diets causing digestive problems and overall poor health.

How does fiber help your digestive tract? It absorbs water when it moves through the digestive tract and forms bulk in the intestines. This will soften stool and help food move faster through the digestive system.

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What is fiber? Fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods. They are usually the walls of the plant cells, skins and seeds. Due to refining of foods much of the fiber has been lost in our diets causing digestive problems and overall poor health.

How does fiber help your digestive tract? It absorbs water when it moves through the digestive tract and forms bulk in the intestines. This will soften stool and help food move faster through the digestive system.

List of common foods that contain fiber:

Brussels Sprouts, 2 grams
Broccoli, 4-5 grams
Bread, 4-7 grams - 2 slices whole wheat, pumpernickel, seven-grain
Carrots, 3-4 grams
Bran Cereals, 5-10 grams - All-Bran, Bran Buds, 100% Bran, Raisin Bran
Beans, 6-10 grams - baked beans, black beans, great northern beans, kidney beans, garbanzos, pinto beans, white beans
Berries, 4-5 grams - blackberries, raspberries
Sweet Corn, 5 grams
Peas, 7-9 grams - black-eyed peas, green peas
Greens, 4-6 grams - beet greens, collards, kale, spinach, turnip greens
Bananas, 3 grams - medium 8" long
Dried Figs, 10 grams - 3 figs
Fruit, 4 grams - medium apple, medium pear

According to the American Dietetic Association a healthy adult needs 20g-35g of fiber per day. However the average person is only consuming 14-15 grams. This is leading to digestive problems and contributing to the growing problem of obesity. Research is uncovering proof that fiber is helpful in prevention and relief from a variety of serious diseases.

Easy ways to increase fiber:

Eating brown whole wheat bread instead of refined white bread
Including more lentils, fruits and vegetables in your diet (see above list for some of these)
Eating brown rice instead of refined white rice
Eating bran cereal or granola cereal for breakfast

When you increase fiber in your diet you will experience some bloating and gas problems at first. However these will all subside in a matter of weeks as your body gets used to your new improved diet.

Food supplements for fiber: Because it is often quite hard to include the amount of fiber we need in our diets supplements can sometimes be taken to increase fiber and for treatment of certain conditions. These will all help digestive disorders.

Psyllium husk- is a common supplement (Metamucil)
Methylcellulose-made naturally from the cell walls of plants (Celvic, Celevac)
Polycarbophil-is based on plant sources- This may cause less bloating than Psyllium husk (Fibercon, Equalactin) This is often used when treating digestive disorders

Vegetable gums: A new form of fiber supplement is Vegetable gums- guar gum (brand name Benefiber) or acacia (brand name Heather's Tummy Fiber).

Increasing fiber in your diet will help your digestive system function better. This will result in lowering cholesterol and improving your overall health. With improved health you will be able to feel better, look better, think better and enjoy your life to the full.

title:Fiber Supplements to Beat Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
author:Sophie Lee
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Fiber supplements can be tremendously beneficial for IBS sufferers. Although supplements such as Metamucil and Citrucel are generally marketed as laxatives, and are very useful for constipation sufferers, they can also be used to combat diarrhea because they add bulk to the diet and can make waste food more solid.
These supplements are not really medications – most are simply fiber products with no added drugs or herbs, and so they can be taken long term on a daily basis without worrying about side effects. They’re just the equivalent of adding lots of fruit and bran to your diet, but without having to eat daily apples or worry about bloating from the bran.
Do check, though, that the supplement you choose is just made up of fiber and nothing more, as you will occasionally find one that has added chemical laxatives or other ingredients that can upset your stomach.
It is important to make sure you find the fiber supplement that’s right for you, as IBS sufferers often have very sensitive stomachs. Some people find that the psyllium fiber in supplements such as Metamucil can irritate their intestines, so if that happens to you try one of the methylcellulose products such as Citrucel, or other types of fiber such as acacia fiber.
Another point to be aware of is that some manufacturers use artificial sweeteners in their products, and these can sometimes cause problems for IBS sufferers. There should be a normal, sweetener-free version to choose instead, and the amount of sugar in a few spoonfuls should not have a huge impact on any diet you are on.
Whatever type of fiber you choose, you must make sure to build the dosage up gradually. If you add masses of fiber to your diet all at once you will probably feel very gassy and bloated. Instead, try just a small spoon of fiber once a day and build up to the recommended dose on the label. Most supplements will recommend that you take the product with lots of water, and to make sure you are drinking enough water for the rest of the day as well.
It will take a little while before you see the effects of the supplement, so don’t give up if you don’t feel better after a few days. Try taking a supplement for one or two weeks to really give it time to work.
These days there are many different ways to take fiber supplements. You can buy the traditional powder form, which is swallowed with water or soft food, or you can buy wafers, tablets or capsules, which can be very handy if you need to travel and don’t want to carry a whole can of fiber with you.
Most people prefer to take one dose of fiber in the early morning, perhaps with their breakfast, and then another with dinner or just before their evening meal. You will need to experiment to find the right dosage for your symptoms and the best time to take the fiber, but if you can find a supplement and dose that works for you it will be well worth the effort, because you will have found a cheap, drug-free way to help keep your IBS under control.
title:Fibromyalgia FAQ
author:Steve Joseph
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

What is fibromyalgia?

There is still relatively little known about fibromyalgia although the word means pain in the tendons, ligaments and muscles. Fibromyalgia pain is reported to affect the whole body, sometimes causing muscles to twitch or giving a burning sensation. The disease is more common among women than men and most sufferers agree that the symptoms resemble that of a bad flu virus or a post viral state. Experts in the field believe that chronic fatigue syndrome may be closely linked to fibromyalgia syndrome with some even concluding that they are in fact one and the same.

What causes fibromyalgia?

There is very little known about what causes fibromyalgia and furthermore the disease in general. Women tend to be more susceptible but the disease can occur in either men or women and at any age. More commonly fibromyalgia strikes women in their thirties and forties and doctors believe that the disease can be triggered by certain events. Car accidents, viral infections, arthritis, lupus and thyroid abnormalities are just a sample of the things that may be responsible for triggering fibromyalgia but these are not said to be causes by http://www.treatmentforfibro.com . People who develop fibromyalgia as a result of these events or diseases are described by doctors as having already been predisposed to the condition.

What are the treatments for fibromyalgia?

Treatment for fibromyalgia is usually home based tends to be focused upon reducing pain to manageable levels. This is done for two reasons; the first being in the interests of a patients comfort and the second, to allow for better sleep quality. Sleep is an integral part of the body’s healing process as without deep sleep, tissue repair and immune function can be severely limited. There are a variety of drugs used to assist in the modulation of sleep, pain and immune function such as:

-cyclobenzaprine and

Other medications that may be used specifically to aid sleep include:


Where pain relief is concerned there is a vast array of medications available.
Fibromyalgia Symptom Management - The Importance Of Pacing!

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A key element to managing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia is "pacing." In this article you will learn some of the best strategies to help you pace your daily schedule and reduce the frequency and intensity of symptom flare up.

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Fibromyalgia is known for its disabling symptoms of widespread chronic pain and fatigue. If you have Fibromyalgia, then you know how severe these symptoms can be. However, the severity of your symptoms may vary greatly over time. Some days you feel okay, others you don’t.

Here is an effective strategy to help manage your symptoms so you have more good days than bad, and you may also find your bad days are more manageable. Striking this ‘balance’ is the goal of good symptom management.

A program of symptom management should always include an element of “pacing”. This is extremely helpful in managing both pain and fatigue and is probably the single hardest thing you will need to learn how to do!

Pacing doesn’t mean waiting until you are worn out to stop what you are doing. It means setting a schedule of activity and rest. Sometimes only a few minutes each. Then you gradually increase your activity until you find the right balance between activity and rest. Most importantly, you do this for everything you do, even when you feel well.

Now, be honest. When you have a good day what do you do? You run around the house trying to catch up on all the housework. You stay a little extra longer at work to finish up that project. You go out with your family for a whole day in the park. Or maybe a big shopping trip. You just plain overdo it! Then what happens? You CRASH BIG TIME, right? You spend the next few days in bed or on a strictly reduced schedule.

STOP! This is not the way to manage your symptoms. Experts agree that learning to pace your activities by alternating between periods of rest and activity is the proper way. Now, this doesn’t mean just when you are feeling poorly. The key to this strategy is to pace yourself when you are feeling good! This way you won’t cause a flare-up by doing to much.

So how do you do this? Here are some basics you can implement today and improve your symptom management through pacing.

a. Start Using a Stopwatch or Timer. Learn to pace your activities by the clock. To start, set your timer for five minutes or longer if you think you can do the activity that long. When the timer rings it’s time to change positions or rest. You can gradually increase the intervals of activity and rest as you learn what your endurance level is.

b. Change positions: If you are sitting, stand for a few minutes and vice versa. 

c. Stretch: At least twice an hour, do a little mild stretching. People with fibromyalgia need to be cautious about overdoing it with stretching. By this I mean “intensity” rather than frequency. Our muscles respond to extreme stretching by contracting even more. The way to avoid this is to stretch mildly – just until you feel the muscle extend. Easy does it is best. Ask your doctor or physiotherapist to recommend some good stretching exercises. (You can do a lot of stretching while sitting.)

d. Set A Schedule: Plan out your activities for the next week. Don’t overbook your schedule. Plan time for rest, personal time, family time, as well as work – if you are still working. Remember, your schedule doesn’t have to be written in stone. You can always change it. Now that you have a schedule, try to stick to it. Some people find it best to make a schedule one day at a time. In this case, it may be best to create your schedule the night before or first thing in the morning.

e. Prioritize: You may find your schedule was too much to follow. Don’t despair! This is a learning opportunity. Make a list of the things you want to accomplish and assign each task a number according to its importance. Then, when you make your schedule you can spread the tasks out over time. Don’t try to do all the important tasks all at once. Also, don’t put too many strenuous tasks together. Plan for rest breaks. Remember, you’re pacing yourself.

f. Split tasks into smaller bits: Do you have to wash all the dishes at once? Do you have to put them all away right after washing? Same with vacuuming. Instead of doing the whole house, do one room each day! Learning to split these jobs up into smaller chunks is an important part of pacing.

g. Learn To Delegate: This can be really challenging for some of you. Asking for help is not always easy. But for many people with fibro, it’s a necessary part of symptom management. Try to enlist the help of family members. This might cause some friction at first, so it is vital that you first explain why you need their help. Get some information on Fibromyalgia and print out some copies to hand out. Then go through it together. Once they more fully understand the situation, they may be more willing to help.

h. Learn to say NO: This is tough to do, I know. We often feel bad when we have to refuse someone’s request. An easy way to say “no” gracefully is “I’m sorry, but my schedule is really full right now. I don’t like to say yes and then not be able to fulfill my obligation and let you down.” They’ll understand that your refusal is partly because you don’t want to disappoint them and it’s not against them personally.

Some of you may be asking, “Well how can I pace myself at work?” Granted, your boss may not like you taking a 5-minute break for every 5 minutes you work! It may just be that your symptoms are so severe you might have to reduce your work schedule or maybe even stop working all together! This can be a very difficult decision. You may want to consider working from home as an alternative. Some employers now offer this option. As well, the Internet provides you with many work from home opportunities. This is not for everybody. You do need some computer skills and the self-discipline to stick with it. Some of you may not even be well enough to work from home. But it could be something to work towards. Learn to pace yourself using the strategies outlined above. You may just find you can handle one or two hours of work at your computer each day.

However, if you must work outside the home, then planning your pacing schedule and using the above strategies becomes even more important. You will definitely need to delegate more, learn to say “No” to many things, and not overcrowd your schedule.

Managing your symptoms of fibromyalgia through pacing is not always easy, but if done properly you will find that you will actually reduce the amount of “down” time and get more done. Remember…easy does it!

title:Fibromyalgia Treatment Options
author:Leela Fraser
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Happy New Year  - An article on Fibromyalgia Treatment Options at:  http://www.back-fibromyalgia-pain.com/
Fibromyalgia Treatment Options
Below is an overview of various Fibromyalgia Treatment options available to the patient. 
Acupuncture stems from the Chinese philosophy of energy flowing in the meridians that lie below the skin. Energy imbalances in these meridians is used for the diagnosis of disease.  Acupuncturists insert very fine needles into the skin to balance energy as in fibromyalgia pain treatment.  Acupuncture is often used to help control pain and is beneficial for  pain management in the treatment of fibromyalgia. 
Typically Allopathic physicians recommend the following  medications  for patients with Fibromyalgia Symptoms:
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s) - These over-the-counter pain relievers may ease the pain and stiffness caused by fibromyalgia, however, their effectiveness varies with individuals.
Antidepressants - These medications are prescribed to patients with depression.  The medication affects the levels of Serotonin in the brain.
Muscle Relaxants - If muscle relaxants are taken before sleeping, they may help reduce pain and spasms.
Narcotics - Physicians don't usually recommend narcotics for treating FMS because of the potential for dependence and addiction.
Chiropractic treatment is based on the premise that restricted movement in the spine may lead to reduced function and pain. Spinal adjustment (manipulation) is one form of therapy a chiropractor uses to treat restricted spinal mobility.  The goal is to restore spinal movement and, as a result, improve function, decreasing pain. Manipulation does not need to be forceful to be effective. A Chiropractor may also use soft tissue massage in the treatment of FMS, stretching muscles that are shortened or in spasm. 
Diet And Nutrition
A natural Fibromyalgia Treatment and balanced fibromyalgia nutrition diet can be helpful in counteracting stress, removing toxins from the body, and restoring the natural balance of nutrients. Homeopathy medicine, FIBRO-HELP products, help patients by combatting stress, replacing deficiencies, and supporting the immune system.  Patients are recommended to limit the amount of sugar; caffeine; alcohol; and fried, processed, fatty foods consumed.  These substances have been shown to irritate muscles and stress the system increasing FM pain.  Even for those patients who do not have severe food triggers or allergies, eating a healthier diet can have long-term benefits in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Supplementing the present diet with greater quantities of raw or lightly cooked fruits and vegetables, and substituting meats that are high in fat with fish or lean poultry, are also beneficial practices. 
Fibromyalgia Exercise is one of the most powerful remedies in the treatment of fibromyalgia.  Increasing scientific evidence has shown that exercising for a minimum of 20 minutes per day will help fibromyalgia patients as a natural fibromyalgia treatment. Exercise becomes a key component in healing FM Syndrome patients because a properly designed routine will improve the body tissues, decrease pain, and increase mobility.  The fibromyalgia exercise program must be slow and gradual.  The goal is to improve overall health while decreasing FM symptoms. 
The word Homeopathy (or Homoeopathy) is derived from the Greek words “homoios”, meaning “like” or “similar”; and “pathos”, meaning “suffering” or ”disease”.  Homeopathy is a system of medical therapeutics for treating based on the principle of “similae” or “simile.”  “Disease is eliminated through remedies able to produce similar symptoms.”  The principle is that certain substances (herbs, minerals, inorganic salts, and other organic materials, etc.) in full strength yield the same symptoms as does a known disease, and that those same substances when "potentised" (or diluted and vigorously agitated) can provide relief of those same symptoms.  Titrated dilutions and succussions of a particular substance can often be the means for fibromyalgia treatment. Today, unlike nutritional substances, Homeopathy substances are considered medicines, recognized as powerful entities which allow specific medical claims to be made about them. 
Massage Therapy
Massage involves the use of different manipulative techniques to move the body's muscles and soft tissues. Massage Therapy aims to improve circulation in the muscle, increasing the flow of nutrients, eliminating waste products.  Massage can relax muscles, improve range of motion in the joints, and increase the production of the body's natural painkillers.  It often helps relieve stress and anxiety for those afflicted with the symptoms of pain. 
Doctors of Naturopathic Medicine are educated with the same general medical curriculum as traditional Allopathic doctors, but also study traditional natural therapeutics emphasizing lifestyle changes, disease prevention, and optimal wellness. They perform physical examinations, laboratory testing, gynecological exams, nutritional and dietary assessments, metabolic analysis, and allergy testing.  They may order diagnostic testing, as well as incorporate a wide variety of natural therapeutics for  natural fibromyalgia treatment. .
Osteopaths are licensed to perform many of the same therapies and procedures as traditional Allopathic doctors. One area where Osteopathy differs from conventional medicine - but is similar to Chiropractic medicine - is in the use of manipulation to address joint and spinal problems.   This is beneficial in the treatment of fibromyalgia symptoms
Physicians who specialize in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation are called Physiatrists.  Doctors of Physiatry specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients in 3 major areas of medical care: musculoskeletal injuries and pain syndromes,  Electrodiagnostic Medicine,  and rehabilitation of patients with severe physical impairments. 
Physical Therapy is a health care profession that helps the patient restore the use of muscles, bones, and the nervous system.  The basics of the physical therapy profession include the use of modalities like ice, heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.  Therapeutic exercises, therapeutic massage, manual therapy, and hydrotherapy-aquatic therapy are all used for pain relief and fibromyalgia treatment.
Self Care
Self Care is critical in the treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome.  Some important tips for self care:   
Reduce Stress - Avoid or limit overexertion and emotional stress. Allow time to relax daily practicing stress reduction techniques such as deep-breathing exercises or meditation for FMS treatment.  Sleep - Fatigue is one of the major symptoms of FM, getting enough sleep is essential.  In addition to allotting enough time for sleep, get into a routine of sleeping and waking up at the same hour each day.  Take short naps to restore energy in the body.  Fibromyalgia Exercise - Regular exercise will help improve chronic pain symptoms. Stretching, optimum posture techniques, and relaxation practices are also helpful.
Pacing - Keep a balance on daily activities.  If too much is done on a good day,  take time off the following day, and rest to avoid bad days.
Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle - Eat a balanced diet, limit caffeine and alcohol intake, get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, and do a leisure activity which is enjoyable and fulfilling as a complete FIBRO treatment. 
Fibromyalgia: Pain That May Never Go Away

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The article talks about the fibromyalgia, a condition that brings widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This condition may also be accompanied with fatigue and sleep disorders. Treatment for fibromyalgia may include medication and self care.

 over the counter muscle relaxant,  prescription drugs

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Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that brings widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. This condition may also be accompanied with fatigue and sleep disorders. Medical studies show that as many as six million Americans have fibromyalgia, many of them are women. And no matter how many over the counter muscle relaxants and prescription drugs they take, these individuals still experience pain. The severity of pain that accompany fibromyalgia may vary from person to person. This condition should never be taken for granted even though it is not progressive or life-threatening.

Fibromyalgia can cause pain all over the body but the most commonly affected parts include the elbow, forearm, hip, knee, back, forearm, jaw, and shoulder. In addition to pain, fatigue and sleep difficulties are the other symptoms that can be experienced by individuals with fibromyalgia. These individuals may feel tired even after hours of sleep.

Other symptoms may include the following:

Irritable bowel syndrome (constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, etc.)
Headaches and facial pain
Numbness in the hands and feet
Mood changes
Chest pain
Dry eyes, skin, and mouth
Painful menstruation

Researchers have not determined the exact cause of this condition. But some specialists suggest that the increased sensitivity to pain is developed because of an abnormal increase in levels of chemicals in the brain. Because of this abnormality, the brain may interpret ordinary sensations as pain.

Other possible causes of fibromyalgia may include the following:

Sleep disturbances. Some researchers theorize that disturbed sleep patterns may be a cause rather than just a symptom of fibromyalgia.
Injury. An injury or trauma, particularly in the upper spinal region, may trigger the development of fibromyalgia in some people. An injury may affect your central nervous system, which may trigger fibromyalgia.
Infection. Some researchers believe that a viral or bacterial infection may trigger fibromyalgia.
Changes in muscle metabolism. For example, de-conditioning and decreased blood flow to the muscles may contribute to decreased strength and fatigue. Differences in metabolism and abnormalities in the hormonal substance that influences the activity of nerves may play a role.

Treatment for fibromyalgia may include medication and self care. Medications may reduce the pain and improve one's sleep. Analgesics and over the counter muscle relaxants may be used for this condition. Analgesics may ease pain and stiffness caused by fibromyalgia. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and  naproxen sodium may be recommended by health professionals. Taking muscle relaxants before bedtime may help treat muscle pain and spasms. However, these drugs should be used for only a short time because to prevent the development of side effects and drug interactions.

Affected individuals may not only deal with the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia but also with the frustration of having a condition that is often misunderstood. Understanding this condition and finding individuals like family, friends, co-workers, support groups to share information about fibromyalgia is essential in overcoming the pain. Support groups may provide a level of help and advice that you might not find anywhere else.

title:Fibromyalgia, Tools for Survival
author:Kristy Haugen
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition categorized as a form of arthritis.  Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons.  Common symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, headaches, painful menstrual periods, tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, morning stiffness, multiple tender points on the body, and sleep difficulty.  Common sites of pain include the back, shoulders, neck, pelvic girdle, and hands but any body part may be affected.
The cause of fibromyalgia is not known.  However, many factors can contribute to fibromyalgia.  Researchers believe that disturbances in sleep patterns may be a cause of fibromyalgia rather than a symptom.  Viral or bacterial infections may also be a trigger.  Injury or trauma that affects the central nervous system may be a cause of fibromyalgia.  An imbalance in neurotransmitters in the brain may also be a cause of fibromyalgia.  Serotonin is one such neurotransmitter that researchers believe is linked to cause fibromyalgia along with depression, migraines, and gastrointestinal distress.  Abnormalities in the autonomic nervous system may be a cause of fibromyalgia.  Fibromyalgia may also be caused by changes in muscle metabolism such as deconditioning and decreased blood flow.
Fibromyalgia affects people in early and middle adulthood but can affect children as well.  Those affected by rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or ankylosing spondylitis are more likely to develop fibromyalgia.  A family history of fibromyalgia also increases the chance of developing this disorder.  Those with sleep disorders such as restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea have an increased risk of developing fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is not a progressive or life threatening disease.  The symptoms of fibromyalgia vary in intensity.  There are many treatments that can improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Certain medications can treat the pain involved with fibromyalgia.  Certain analgesics used to treat fibromyalgia include: acetaminophen, NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and Ultram (Tramadol).  These medications may be used in conjunction with each other for better pain relief.  However, Ultram must be prescribed by a physician while NSAID’s (ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are available over the counter.
Antidepressants may be prescribed by your doctor to treat fibromyalgia.  Such antidepressant medications that may be prescribed include: Pamelor, Elavil, Doxepin, Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft.  These medications may be prescribed in conjunction with each other.  These medications treat serotonin levels in the brain and may also promote sleep.
Those affected with muscle pain and spasms may need to take a muscle relaxant such as Flexeril at bedtime.  Your doctor may also prescribe a benzodiazepine to promote sleep and help relax muscles.  Certain sleep medications such as Ambien are classified as a benzodiazepine.  However, these medications are not recommended for long term use because of the increased risk of dependence.
Your doctor may help you to create a unique treatment program involving cognitive-behavioral therapy and an interdisciplinary program.  Cognitive-behavioral therapy involves teaching patients to deal with stressful situations.  Interdisciplinary treatment programs may involve relaxation techniques, biofeedback, and education regarding chronic pain.
Self care is also very important in treating fibromyalgia.  Self care includes reducing stress, achieving adequate sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet.  There are also alternative therapies that might help alleviate the stress and pain associated with fibromyalgia.  These therapies include chiropractic care, massage therapy, meditation, yoga, acupressure, physical therapy, light aerobics, aromatherapy, herbs, nutritional supplements, myofascial release therapy, application of heat/cold, and acupuncture.
Visiting a doctor of osteopathy may be beneficial for treating fibromyalgia.  Doctors of osteopathy are licensed to perform the same therapies and procedures as medical doctors but are also taught the use of manipulation to address joint and spinal problems.  A doctor of osteopathy may be more apt to see the subtle signs of fibromyalgia.
There is no cure for fibromyalgia yet, but hope is on the horizon.  The fibromyalgia patient has many resources to help deal with this disorder such as support groups, organizations, and medical professionals to help improve your quality of life.  Fibromyalgia is not life threatening and treatments tend to improve the severity of the symptoms over time.  There are many tools that the fibromyalgia sufferer can use to become a fibromyalgia survivor!
Copyright 2006 Kristy Haugen

Fibromyalgia : Widespread Chronic Muscle Pain

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that cause widespread pain accompanied by fatigue.  Cause is still unknown and though it is not life-threatening, it can cause pain, depression and lack of sleep.

chronic pain, fatigue, stress, muscle spasm, bacterial infection, depression, arthritis

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When every muscle in your body seem to be shouting out in pain, with some tender areas that are unusually painful when touched, and you somehow feel tired as if devoid of all energy, and don't get enough sleep, you may be experiencing symptoms of Fibromyalgia. 
Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by widespread chronic pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points.  Tender points are parts on your body where even a slight pressure may cause pain. They may be found on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs which may hurt when pressure is put on them.  More women than men are afflicted with fibromyalgia, and it shows up in people of all ages.  It used to be known by other names such as fibrositis, chronic muscle pain syndrome, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias.
Signs and symptoms may vary depending on the the severity of the condition.  In some cases, symptoms will probably never disappear completely.  At any rate, it may be reassuring to know that fibromyalgia is not progressive or life-threatening.  There are available treatments and self-care procedures which can improve this condition and one's general health.
Signs and Symptoms
Many factors can affect symptoms of fibromyalgia such as the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day. Common signs and symptoms include:
· Widespread pain - When pressure is applied in specific areas of your body, including the back of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees, pain accompanied by stiffness is often felt and may persists for several months.
· Fatigue and sleep disturbances - People who suffer from this condition often wake up tired and unrefreshed in spite of getting enough sleep.  According to some studies, this sleep problem is the result of a sleep disorder in which deep sleep is frequently interrupted by bursts of brain activity similar to wakefulness, thus, missing the deep restorative stage of sleep. Nighttime muscle spasms in your legs and restless legs syndrome also may be associated with fibromyalgia.
· Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - Constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating associated with IBS are common in people with fibromyalgia.
· Headaches and facial pain – Symptoms of headaches and facial pain may be related to the tenderness or stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
· Heightened sensitivity – People with fibromyalgia are usually sensitive to odors, noises, bright lights and touch.
Other common signs and symptoms include:
· Depression
· Numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and feet (paresthesia)
· Difficulty concentrating
· Mood changes
· Chest pain
· Dry eyes, skin and mouth
· Painful menstrual periods
· Dizziness
· Anxiety
Possible Causes
There is no known cause of fibromyalgia.  Recent findings focus around a theory called "central sensitization"  which states that people with fibromyalgia have a lower threshold for pain due to increased sensitivity of the brain to pain signals.  This is why people with fibromyalgia seem to overreact when a slight pressure is applied on a certain part of the body which would not hurt if done to a person in normal condition. However, what initiates this process of central sensitization still baffle most research experts.  Other theories cited as to the cause of fibromyalgia include:
· Sleep disturbances – Some researchers suggest that disturbed sleep patterns may be a cause rather than just a symptom of fibromyalgia.
· Injury – Accidents that cause injuries or trauma, particularly in the upper spinal region, which affect the central nervous system may trigger the development of fibromyalgia.
· Infection -  Some researchers believe that a viral or bacterial infection may trigger fibromyalgia.
· Abnormalities of the autonomic (sympathetic) nervous system – When the sympathetic nervous system fails to function normally during nighttime, it leads to fatigue, stiffness, dizziness and other signs and symptoms associated with the condition.  The sympathetic nervous system is part of the autonomic nervous system which controls involuntary bodily functions such as heart rate, blood vessel contraction, sweating, salivary flow and intestinal movements.
· Changes in muscle metabolism – A decreased blood flow to muscles may contribute to decreased strength and fatigue. Such differences in metabolism and abnormalities in the hormonal substance which influences the activity of nerves may play a role.
Psychological stress and hormonal changes also may be possible causes of fibromyalgia.
Seek Medical Advice
Whenever you experience general aching or widespread pain that lasts several months and is accompanied by fatigue, it is time to see your doctor. Many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia mimic those of other diseases, such as low thyroid hormone production (hypothyroidism), polymyalgia rheumatica, neuropathies, lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.  Only your doctor can tell if one of these other conditions may be causing such symptoms.
Fibromyalgia isn't progressive and does not lead to other serious conditions or diseases.  Nevertheless, it can cause pain, depression and lack of sleep.  These problems can then interfere with your ability to function at home or on the job, or maintain close family or personal relationships, thus, require medical attention.

Fidelity Plays A Part In Preventing Infertility

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One of the contributing factors which leads to infertility is our aggressiveness or promiscuity in the past.  pregnancy is the most exciting part the couple's marriage. Parenthood is something to look forward too but when it didn't happened, it could prove to be a an empty space in their relationship.

infertility, infection, endometriosis

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Fulfillment in marriage is achieved the day when you become a complete family. When two committed individuals produce a child together as a testament to their undying love and devotion, they usually take pride in finally having their own identity as a family.

However, not all couples experience the bliss of having their own child. Currently, about 20% of couples in the United States are struggling with infertility.  Infertility is the failure of a couple to conceive a pregnancy after trying for at least a year or so. Another well-known fact is that fertility in women decreases with age. If a woman keeps having a miscarriage, that too can be considered a negative effect of infertility.

Diagnosis for a man comes from undergoing a sperm test while the woman needs to have her ovaries checked by an obstetrician especially if she is already in her 30s. Another factor for the cause of infertility is having multiple sexual partners.  Research shows that early sexual activity in women predispose them to various sexual health problems. Sexually Transmitted Disease or STD also cause or exacerbate cases of infertility, as shown in the case of women with pelvic inflammatory disease.

Shown below are some of the common causes of infertility:

l ovulation problems
l tubal problems
l endomtriosis
l low sperm count

To address the problem of infertility, some reproductive techniques were developed to help couples improve their chances of conception.  These techniques include in vitro fertilization, zygote intrafallopian tube transfer, and gamete infrafallopian transfer.  In vitro fertilization involves the use of a drug to induce the simultaneous release of many eggs from the female's ovaries. In the meantime, several semen samples are obtained from the male partner, and a sperm concentrate is prepared for implantation. The ova and sperm are then combined in the laboratory. The female may be given drugs to ensure that her uterus is ready to receive an embryo. There would be three or four of the embryos are transferred to the female's uterus.  Gamete intrafallopian transfer involves retrieval of both multiple ova and semen. It uses a mechanical placement that is used to tranfer the fertilized egg into the fallopian tubes. While zygote intrafallopian tube transfer involves the same retrieval of ova and semen and growth, fertilization are done in the laboratory at to which point the zygotes are placed in the fallopian tubes.  In general, it is believed that all couples should undergo a complete evaluation of infertility then followed by a treatment. Watch out for other symptoms within the six months your having irregular periods and investigate further by knowing if you're partner have any known fertility problems. Or any if your family has any history experiencing  difficulties on becoming pregnant or gone through early menopause.

Coping with infertility is not easy. You have no control and you can't predict how long it will last.  But it is also an opportunity that you support one another in what ever emotional turmoil you are undergo. Practice relaxation, Stay in touch with your loved ones. Being a parent might take long or a bit delayed but never lose hope.

Fighting Allergens On The Home Front

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While asthma and allergies are nothing to sneeze at, there could be good news for the families of the 8.9 million American children currently diagnosed with asthma and the millions more who suffer from allergies.

Fighting Allergens On The Home Front

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While asthma and allergies are nothing to sneeze at, there could be good news for the families of the 8.9 million American children currently diagnosed with asthma and the millions more who suffer from allergies. They may all be able to breathe easier by fighting dirt and dander at home. Here are hints on how:

• Wash bedding regularly in hot water.

• Avoid feather pillows.

• Put a dust mite cover on your child's mattress and pillows.

• Keep pets out of the bedroom and wash furry pets often.

• Replace heat and air-conditioning filters monthly.

• Use an exhaust fan when cooking.

• Keep curtains and blinds dust free.

• Defeat dust and dangerous allergens with a total filtration system vacuum cleaner.

Particularly helpful is one vacuum manufacturer that features a certified HEPA filter placed after the motor to capture motor exhaust along with the house dirt. The HEPA-certification means the filter will trap all particles, including pollen and other allergens, even those as tiny as 0.3 microns (the period at the end of this sentence is about 397 microns). The filter also has a charcoal layer to neutralize odors.

What's more, the machines made by Miele have a special Sealed System, so even minute motes can't escape back into the room. Even the vacuum cleaner bag is specifically designed and made from microfibers that attract particles much like the filter does, so it captures up to 50 percent more dirt and allergens than conventional paper vacuum cleaner bags. The bag is sealed shut when you remove it, so the dirt can't get out again. You simply toss the full dustbag in the trash; there are no dust clouds and no dirty containers to wash out.

Company representative Paul McCormack explains: "Many doctors identify vacuuming as an activity that can pollute home indoor air quality. This is why Miele engineered a completely Sealed System-not only the dustbag chamber but the motor compartment as well-to ensure that the dirty air stays within the vacuum cleaner."

title:Fighting Asthma - Part 1
author:Richard Lowe, Jr.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

My wife has asthma. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for  anyone else to understand what that means and implies. If you have  not had to care for someone with asthma, you cannot even begin to  comprehend what it is like to deal with this condition. When I  mention it to someone and they start telling me what they think, I  have to control my feelings ... they do not and cannot understand. I  restrain myself because they think they are being helpful. It's the  same kind of thing when a single person gives a married couple advice  on their union, or someone without kids thinks he knows how to raise  them. 
So what does it mean when I say my wife has asthma? It means her life  is in constant danger. Every single day that she's breathing is a  good day - because she survived the night. A week without gasping is  a luxury, and a full month without an asthma attack is almost unheard  of. What today really means is another day of breathing - it may be a  difficult day or a good day, but there is always the knowledge that  breathing is the most important thing.
You see, breathing is something that most of us take for granted. We  never think about it, never need to be concerned about taking that  next breath. Personally, the worst trouble I have had with my own  breathing is a bad cold - my nose was stuffed and I had to use my  mouth.
My wife, on the other hand, has to think about breathing all of the  time. Some days she breaths fine, others are difficult. Breathing  problems are in a special class all of their own - it's not like,  say, having problems going to the bathroom, a cold or throwing up.  These things all are minor compared to not breathing. You see, with  breathing problems there is no time to think. You've got just minutes  or even seconds to make a decision and get into action.
I discovered my wife had asthma soon after we were married. It was  news to her also - she had never had asthma before, although her  child had attacks when he was younger. So one day, out of the blue,  Claudia came home because she had difficulty breathing ... and I  didn't have a clue what to do.
This is a very unusual circumstance for me ... not knowing what to  do. I am very intelligent by any measure and I make a strong point at  knowing how to handle just about anything in my life. Before this  time, no matter what the emergency was, I could and did handle it. Yet here I was with my wife having difficulty breathing. Over the  next few days I learned a little bit. One thing I learned real fast  is not al doctors are created equal. You see, even though our doctor  visits were covered under insurance, our doctor would not accept any  insurance. She ran a strictly cash operation. So on top of having a  medical crisis we had a financial one - we had to pay the doctor then  wait for the insurance company to pay us back. This severely limited  our options at a time when we really needed options.
So when Claudia had breathing troubles we rushed over to the doctors  office and asked for help. The doctor gave her a shot of adrenalin to  correct her breathing. I watched in awe as my wife trembled from an  injection of the same stuff they use to start a person's heart if it  has stopped. I wondered for a moment if the "cure" was worse than the  disease. The wonder soon stopped as Claudia's breathing settled down  and she could take a breath without gasping. Her color returned to  her normal pink - she had been slightly purple in hue., and the  doctor prescribed something called Prednisone.
The next few weeks were not good weeks. You see, I didn't know it at  the time, but Prednisone has some side effects. The most important  one being that large doses tend to make a person a little bit  psychotic. What I'm saying is my normally calm and collected wife  became the "She Devil From Hell" ... but not so much to me or my son.  No, her frustration was taken out on the cat (Baby).
That poor cat went through hell for those weeks. I had to protect him  several times from the wrath of my wife for some new offense ... it  appeared to her that the cat was trying to annoy her and make her  miserable. I do believe that Baby used up at least two lives during  those weeks ... and he only survived because my son and I protected  him.
There were several trips to our local doctor during this first year  with asthma. We noticed that the disease was not getting better, and  our doctors did not really appear to know what they were doing. Their  answer was more Prednisone and more adrenaline ... so we decided to  see a specialist.
title:Fighting Asthma - Part 2
author:Richard Lowe, Jr.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

One week my wife had severe asthma and it would not go away. In fact,  we had visited our doctor numerous times for adrenalin shots. These  helped in the short term (for a day or so) but the asthma just  returned again later. Both of us wanted to resolve this condition on  a more permanent basis, as it was becoming very difficult to deal  with.
We talked to our doctor, a wonderful man named Dr. Frischer, and he  directed us to a specialist. Someone who was familiar with the  disease and could help us come up with a permanent handling.
I must admit that my wife did not want to go to this specialist. She  didn't say why, she just was not comfortable with him. However, I  convinced her, and before long we had pulled up to the doctors  office, which was in a little hospital in Paramount, California.
The specialist took one look at Claudia and knew that her asthma was  terrible. He had Claudia breath into a tube, then tisked to himself  when he saw the result. It appeared that Claudia was not getting  anywhere near the amount of oxygen that a normal person received. In  fact, her lungs were drawing in about a forth of the normal amount of  air - it was pretty bad that day. Which meant, of course, it was the  perfect day to see the specialist.
The guy did some more tests, then recommended an allergy panel to  determine exactly which substance was causing Claudia's condition. He  explained that asthma is usually triggered by something, some  particle in the air. It could be dust, pollen, cockroach droppings,  cat dandruff or any other small particle.
We agreed and the panel was done. The doctor swabbed her arm with  about twenty different substances, explaining that they would swell  up into little bumps if anything registered. One substance registered  strongly - simple dust. It seemed that Claudia's asthma was caused by  dust.
While we were there, the specialist increased her Prednisone dosage  to 60 milligrams. This is an incredibly high dosage of this drug, but  based upon Claudia's poor breathing, the doctor felt it was  necessary. If you remember from the previous article (part 1),  prednisone has the side effect of making Claudia extremely hostile to  our poor cat Baby. Well, during the next few weeks that cat had to be  guarded night and day by Al and myself to keep Claudia from killing  it.
The result of this trip? We finally realized the link between the  environment and Claudia's asthma. We decided to be a little more  proactive, and purchased some air filters for the living room and  bedroom. These helped control the asthma to a certain extent. The other result? Now Claudia was feeling the other major short term  side effect of Prednisone - it's very difficult to stop taking..
Fighting Bacterial Infections

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In order to protect yourself from getting bacterial infections and illnesses, you must first understand the distinction between the two.  Inspite of the significant advancement in the field of medicine, inappropriate use of antibiotics has become rampant that new strains of bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics have recently begun to emerge.

bacterial infections, skin infections, over-the-counter drugs

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The advent of antibiotics in modern medicine had empowered and gave medical practitioners an upper hand in the fight against bacterial infection.  Innovations in medical science and technology have allowed physicians to improve their effectiveness in saving the lives of people.
However, the “antibiotic miracle” is also the reason why new strains of antiobiotic-resistant bacteria have emerged.  Unsupervised use of antibiotics have allowed certain bacteria to adapt to the active ingredients and develop resistance.  These powerful strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria present a menacing threat and danger to the health and lives of the general public.  Developing “next generation” antibiotics has become a formidable challenge for those in the medical and pharmaceutical professions.

What is a Bacteria?
Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that have the ability to reproduce through cell-division.  These are minute living organisms that looks like balls, rods, or spirals when seen through the microscope and can grow on any non-living surface which may not necessarily pose any danger to your health.  Some bacteria are even beneficial to one's health such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus.  This particular bacterium helps in the digestion of food in your stomach and fights some disease-causing organisms.  It can also give some nutrients to the body.  In fact, some bacteria are being used to make health foods like yogurt and cheese.
But there are certain strains of bacteria that when they get inside your body, you will become ill.  This is called bacterial infection.  These wide variety of bacteria brings about infections which range from mild to life-threatening diseases.  Bacterial meningitis is an example of bacterial infection that needs immediate medical attention.  Infectious bacteria, like Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E.coli, can mutate rapidly and produce chemicals called toxins that can destroy the cells and tissues in your body.  Severe gastrointestinal problems from contaminated food is caused by E.coli while gonorrhea is brought about by gonococcus bacterium.  Some infections are considered contagious such as strep throat and tuberculosis.  However, infections of the heart valves (endocarditis) or bone (osteomyelitis) are not considered transmissible.  Common bacterial infections include pneumonia, ear infections, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and skin infections.
Risk Factors
Everywhere you go, there are a multitude of microscopic invaders which include bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other infectious organisms that can be found in the air that you breathe, in drinking water, or in the water that you use for washing the dishes, and that which you use in taking a bath.  It can also be found in the soil, your plants and pets, on your food, and even in your own body.  Although every human being is exposed to these  countless bacteria, some of us are at higher risk of infection than others. Aside from a weakened immune system, there are also other risk factors for bacterial infection and illness.
Age – Younger people are more susceptible to bacterial infections caused by Escherichia, better known as E.coli while older people are at an increased risk of lower respiratory tract infections from a bacteria strain called Streptococcus Pneumoniae.
Nutrition – Malnutrition affects functions of the immune system.  A balanced diet of nutritious foods, minerals, and vitamins is needed by the body to keep it healthy and strong against infections.
Genetic Predisposition – Research reveals that some people are genetically susceptible to infections but hopefully, with the use of genetic testing, researchers can come up with drug therapies to target genetic defects.

Antibiotics and Bacteria
Antibiotics are powerful medicines that stop bacterial infections by killing the invading bacteria or stopping it from growing without harming the host.  The effectiveness of antibiotics may vary depending on the severity of the illness, site of infection, immune status of host, and the resistance factors of bacteria.
Different antibiotics work in different ways.  While Vancomycin and Penicillin discourage formation of bacterial cell walls, other antibiotics such as Erythromycin, tetracycline, and chloramphenicol prevent protein synthesis.  Moreover, other antibiotics like Sulfa drugs inhibit bacterial metabolism while Ciprofloxacin and Rifampin interferes with DNA synthesis. Polymixin B interferes with cell membrane permeability.

Prevention and Treatment
In order to protect yourself from getting these infections and illnesses, you must first understand the distinction between the two.  Infection comes first before you get the disease.  Infection happens when these bacteria or other microorganisms enter your body and begin to reproduce by mutation, damaging the cells and tissues in the process, thus, causing you to be ill.  Your immune system begins to respond to infection by allowing the white blood cells and antibodies to work against whatever is causing the infection.  So, avoiding areas where you could possibly get infected is a must.
There are several practical ways to prevent infections from happening, thus, staying disease-free.  Simple regular hand washing with soap and water before meals, after coughing and sneezing, after using the toilet can rid you of most germs.  In the absence of soap and water, there are alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gels that are available for protection.  Vaccines are proven to be effective in warding off a lot of disease.  Though vaccines are given as early as childhood, there is still a need for adults to be vaccinated for new illnesses. Medicines such as anti-parasitic drugs can protect you from getting malaria while travelling.  Over-the-counter drugs such as antibiotic creams can minimize infections due to minor cuts and injuries.
Always consult medical professionals for advice.  Your doctor can perform diagnostic tests to find out if you're infected, the seriousness of the infection, and how best to treat that infection.  Finally, always maintain a healthy immune profile to reduce susceptibility to infections and diseases.

Fighting Bacterial Infections!

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In order to protect yourself from getting bacterial infections and illnesses, you must first understand the distinction between the two.  Inspite of the significant advancement in the field of medicine, inappropriate use of antibiotics has become rampant that new strains of bacteria which are resistant to antibiotics have recently begun to emerge.

bacterial infections, skin infections, over-the-counter drugs

Article Body:
The advent of antibiotics in modern medicine had empowered and gave medical practitioners an upper hand in the fight against bacterial infection.  Innovations in medical science and technology have allowed physicians to improve their effectiveness in saving the lives of people.
However, the “antibiotic miracle” is also the reason why new strains of antiobiotic-resistant bacteria have emerged.  Unsupervised use of antibiotics have allowed certain bacteria to adapt to the active ingredients and develop resistance.  These powerful strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria present a menacing threat and danger to the health and lives of the general public.  Developing “next generation” antibiotics has become a formidable challenge for those in the medical and pharmaceutical professions.
What is a Bacteria?
Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that have the ability to reproduce through cell-division.  These are minute living organisms that looks like balls, rods, or spirals when seen through the microscope and can grow on any non-living surface which may not necessarily pose any danger to your health.  Some bacteria are even beneficial to one's health such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus.  This particular bacterium helps in the digestion of food in your stomach and fights some disease-causing organisms.  It can also give some nutrients to the body.  In fact, some bacteria are being used to make health foods like yogurt and cheese.
But there are certain strains of bacteria that when they get inside your body, you will become ill.  This is called bacterial infection.  These wide variety of bacteria brings about infections which range from mild to life-threatening diseases.  Bacterial meningitis is an example of bacterial infection that needs immediate medical attention.  Infectious bacteria, like Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E.coli, can mutate rapidly and produce chemicals called toxins that can destroy the cells and tissues in your body.  Severe gastrointestinal problems from contaminated food is caused by E.coli while gonorrhea is brought about by gonococcus bacterium.  Some infections are considered contagious such as strep throat and tuberculosis.  However, infections of the heart valves (endocarditis) or bone (osteomyelitis) are not considered transmissible.  Common bacterial infections include pneumonia, ear infections, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, and skin infections.
Risk Factors
Everywhere you go, there are a multitude of microscopic invaders which include bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other infectious organisms that can be found in the air that you breathe, in drinking water, or in the water that you use for washing the dishes, and that which you use in taking a bath.  It can also be found in the soil, your plants and pets, on your food, and even in your own body.  Although every human being is exposed to these  countless bacteria, some of us are at higher risk of infection than others. Aside from a weakened immune system, there are also other risk factors for bacterial infection and illness.
Age – Younger people are more susceptible to bacterial infections caused by Escherichia, better known as E.coli while older people are at an increased risk of lower respiratory tract infections from a bacteria strain called Streptococcus Pneumoniae.
Nutrition – Malnutrition affects functions of the immune system.  A balanced diet of nutritious foods, minerals, and vitamins is needed by the body to keep it healthy and strong against infections.
Genetic Predisposition – Research reveals that some people are genetically susceptible to infections but hopefully, with the use of genetic testing, researchers can come up with drug therapies to target genetic defects.
Antibiotics and Bacteria
Antibiotics are powerful medicines that stop bacterial infections by killing the invading bacteria or stopping it from growing without harming the host.  The effectiveness of antibiotics may vary depending on the severity of the illness, site of infection, immune status of host, and the resistance factors of bacteria.
Different antibiotics work in different ways.  While Vancomycin and Penicillin discourage formation of bacterial cell walls, other antibiotics such as Erythromycin, tetracycline, and chloramphenicol prevent protein synthesis.  Moreover, other antibiotics like Sulfa drugs inhibit bacterial metabolism while Ciprofloxacin and Rifampin interferes with DNA synthesis. Polymixin B interferes with cell membrane permeability.
Prevention and Treatment
In order to protect yourself from getting these infections and illnesses, you must first understand the distinction between the two.  Infection comes first before you get the disease.  Infection happens when these bacteria or other microorganisms enter your body and begin to reproduce by mutation, damaging the cells and tissues in the process, thus, causing you to be ill.  Your immune system begins to respond to infection by allowing the white blood cells and antibodies to work against whatever is causing the infection.  So, avoiding areas where you could possibly get infected is a must.
There are several practical ways to prevent infections from happening, thus, staying disease-free.  Simple regular hand washing with soap and water before meals, after coughing and sneezing, after using the toilet can rid you of most germs.  In the absence of soap and water, there are alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gels that are available for protection.  Vaccines are proven to be effective in warding off a lot of disease.  Though vaccines are given as early as childhood, there is still a need for adults to be vaccinated for new illnesses. Medicines such as anti-parasitic drugs can protect you from getting malaria while travelling.  Over-the-counter drugs such as antibiotic creams can minimize infections due to minor cuts and injuries.
Always consult medical professionals for advice.  Your doctor can perform diagnostic tests to find out if you're infected, the seriousness of the infection, and how best to treat that infection.  Finally, always maintain a healthy immune profile to reduce susceptibility to infections and diseases.

title:Fighting Burn-out: Natural Help For Stress, Fatigue and Adrenal Insufficiency
author:Dr. Rita Louise
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The adrenal or “stress glands” are small, triangular shaped glands located on the top of the kidneys. Their function is to prepare the body’s resources to run or fight through the releasing of specific hormones. When this primitive, instinctive response is activated, blood is diverted from digestive system while our blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar levels increase. At the same time, our pupils dilate and the speed of reflexes increases. All of this happens as a way to ensure our survival.
In modern times, we don’t’ have to worry about becoming dinner for a hungry tiger or being trampled by a herd of buffalo. Our bodies, however, automatically respond the same way when we are under physical, emotional or mental stress. Many of us live in a state of constant stress that strains our bodies to the point of exhaustion. Over time, and through repetition, this can impact the way the adrenal glands function, causing us to experience adrenal insufficiency or “burn-out”.
If you think about it, our adrenal glands can be likened to the batteries in a flashlight. They are filled with a charge that is used to run the body and give us that extra edge in times of need. Each time we use our flashlight, we drain some of the charge from our batteries. Fortunately for us, our batteries are automatically recharged when we eat healthy and get lots of rest. If, on the other hand, we use our flashlight all of the time, and don’t recharge our batteries regularly, it is only a matter of time before the light starts to dim and eventually goes out all together.
Technically speaking, adrenal insufficiency refers to the inability of adrenal glands to produce the proper quantity of hormones needed to run the body. It should not to be confused with Addison’s disease, which is when the adrenal glands fail to produce hormones or shutdown completely. The most common symptom of adrenal insufficiency is fatigue. Other symptoms include: not feeling rested after sleep, inability to deal with life stressors, poor memory, a low sex drive, frequent infections due to a suppressed immune system, inability to concentrate, depression, mood swings, irritability, weight gain, weakness and hormonal imbalances.
There are a number of reasons why people experience adrenal insufficiency. It can be from a genetic or congenital abnormality, but the most common one is stress. Some of us force our bodies to run or fight all the time. Life challenges, financial pressures, relationship issues and unresolved emotional concerns will eventually deplete your adrenal glands. Internal stressors such as allergies, physical disease, nutritional deficiencies, food and environmental toxins can also put pressure on the body’s natural reserves. In addition, stimulants, such as sugar, white flower, caffeine, as well as constant exposure to loud music, loud noise or EM radiation can take a toll on our adrenal glands.
Recommendations For Wellness
First and foremost, stop forcing yourself to keep going and start listening to your body. It will tell you what it needs. If it is tired, try closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths. Taking a break, even a short one is a great way to let your body rest.
Just let it go. Allow your body to let go of any resentment, blame, guilt, worries or fears that can paralyze the adrenal glands.
Learning relaxation techniques such as biofeedback, meditation guided imagery can help you cope with stress better.
Try taking a hot bath with lavender or neroli oil at night. These oils can help to calm frazzled nerves, promote a feeling of calmness and bring about a restful nights sleep.
Siberian ginseng is an adaptogenic herb that supports the adrenal glands making it a great tonic to help the body deal with stress.
Found in the rainforest of South America, the herb suma has been reported to help increase energy levels and rejuvenate the spirit. It has been found to be useful in restoring glandular function and balancing the endocrine system.
Licorice Root has traditionally been used to support the adrenals. This herb is very sweet and is not recommended if you are diabetic.
Pantothenic Acid, vitamin B5, is vital for adrenal hormone production and is recommended in supporting the adrenal glands.
Nature’s Sunshine’s Energy-V Capsules and Nervous Fatigue Formula are a collection of stimulating & adaptogenic herbs which can help the body adapt to stress.
DHEA is a hormone precursor produced by the adrenal glands. Leading health experts to believe that after the age of 25, the body's ability to produce DHEA declines and supplementation can help increase energy and counteract the effects of stress.
Supplements made from bovine adrenal glands provide nutritional support for proper adrenal gland function. Only use this supplement for short periods of time as to not disrupt the normal function of the adrenal glands.
title:Fighting Depression by Restoring Your Routines
author:Allan Cowley
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When we have depression, one of the things we drop from our lives is a routine. Most humans need routine as it adds structure to our lives. During bouts of depression we find it hard to go about our daily lives with a sense of purpose and direction. Restoring your routines will help to counteract this problem.
Even the simplest things can appear to be beyond us and therefore get put aside. When this happens, we are in fact, only moving further away from a "normal" life.
To reclaim a normal life, return to doing normal things.
A major effect of depression is a feeling of losing control over ones life. We start to feel that everything is happening "to us" rather than through the choices we are able to make. By reinstating your routines you can begin to regain more control.
Start by writing a list of the day-to-day activities that you may no longer participate in.
I include a few simple suggestions below and possible remedial action you might take for each.
1) Brushing your teeth. Clean your teeth twice a day and use a mouthwash. There ARE going to be times when you smile, so make sure you are prepared! Even if the smile is accidental, there is no point in having a piece of lettuce between your teeth.
2) Remain well groomed. For men this would include having a shave every day, for women, putting on make-up (I know of some men and women who need both!). Trim your fingernails.
3) Personal cleanliness. Have a shower every day and use a deodorant, after-shave, cologne or perfume.
4) Clean clothes. Put on fresh clothes every day. Make sure your clothes are ironed; even if someone else usually irons on your behalf, taking charge of your own ironing will help in your recovery.
5) Eat sensibly. A loss of ones appetite, especially for sensible foods, is very common. Make the effort to eat as much fresh fruit, vegetables, fibre and nutrients as possible. If you find that your stomach is in a knot and the thought of eating fills you with dread, try taking these things in the form of a drink. Use a food blender, juice extractor or similar. There is a wide variety of these machines on the market. Adding an appropriate multi-vitamin supplement to your daily diet can also help. Don't be afraid to allow yourself a food treat now and again, just be careful not to overdo it. "A little of what you fancy does you good", with the emphasis on "little".
6) Get out as often as you can. Even if, at times, all you think you can manage is going out into the garden, then you are, at least, getting some fresh air and a bit of sun on your face. Exercise is a great way to lift your spirits, so even going out to post a letter will help.
7) Keep in touch with family and friends. Losing touch with our loved ones leaves us feeling more isolated so make the effort to meet up with those people you care about and who care about you. Even if you feel that you can't manage to see anyone face-to-face, phone them, write a letter or use email. If you don't want discuss your life with people you know, you could consider the likes of internet forums as an outlet for expression. Talking to strangers is often easier.
8) Look after your personal environment. Housework not only improves the look of your surroundings but also provides good, low level exercise.
9) Don't get bored. Do ANYTHING to fill in that gap. Do a crossword, read a book or magazine that you find interesting, polish the silver, polish your shoes, shave the cat. Just do SOMETHING. Make it an activity you have to concentrate on so that your thoughts are, at least temporarily, distracted from the depression. Even 5 minutes of concentrating on another subject is a welcome "holiday".
Now turn your list into an action plan. Take the points you have noted down and make a chart with all the various activities you have listed. Each day, tick off each step as you go. Not only will taking positive action improve the way you feel, but by showing to yourself that you ARE taking action to defeat the depression, you will give yourself a well deserved feeling of achievement.

title:Fight Allergies with Vitamin E
author:Kimberly Beauchamp
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Supplementing with vitamin E may help relieve some of the symptoms associated with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever), reports a study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (2004;92:654–8). While previous studies have demonstrated other beneficial properties of vitamin E, this is the first to show its effect on allergic rhinitis.
Seasonal allergic rhinitis is an inflammatory condition of the nose, throat, sinuses, and  eyes. It is caused by an abnormal response by the body to allergens commonly found in the environment such as molds, and pollen from trees, weeds, and grasses. People with allergic rhinitis may have eye and nose itchiness, nasal stuffiness, episodes of sneezing, and a runny nose. The condition is frequently associated with other allergic  disorders and is usually inherited; people with allergic rhinitis often have relatives  who also suffer from seasonal allergies, asthma, and eczema. Ear infections and chronic  sinusitis may result from long-standing allergic rhinitis, as the passages to the ears  and the sinuses become blocked.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, meaning that it has the ability to render harmful substances, called free radicals, less damaging to the body. Preliminary studies have shown that vitamin E can calm portions of the immune system that are involved in allergic reactions. The new study investigated the  effect of vitamin E on the symptoms of allergic rhinitis in 112 men and women. The  participants were assigned to receive either 800 IU of vitamin E per day, or placebo for  ten weeks, in addition to continuing on their current anti-allergy medications as needed to control symptoms. The amount of medication used to alleviate symptoms and the occurrence of nasal symptoms (sneezing, itching, stuffiness, and runny nose) and eye symptoms (watering, itching, redness, and swelling) were recorded.
Nasal symptoms were significantly less in the group receiving vitamin E than in the placebo group. In particular, the vitamin E group experienced much less nasal stuffiness than the placebo group. Eye symptoms were not changed by treatment with vitamin E, and the use of antiallergy medications did not differ between the two groups.
The amount of vitamin E used in this study is within the safe daily intake range; much  larger amounts have been used to treat other conditions. Vitamin E appears to be a useful  adjunct to medical treatment for allergic rhinitis.
title:Fight Bad Breath : Halitosis
author:Jasdeep Singh
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Ever being kept at an arm's length by your friend? If yes, then there is high possibility that you are suffering from chronic Halitosis. Millions of us suffer from the same. Suffering from Halitosis is like giving nightmares to your girlfriend. and the worst part is you don't even have a clue about it until a very close friend comes up to and tells you about it. Embarrassing? yeah it can really make you feel like an alien in a group.
The root cause of Halitosis ( Bad Breath)
Generally, bad breath originates from gums and tongue. It can also take birth from stomach but its very unlikely. The bacteria from the decay of food particles is mainly responsible for the abhorrent smell. Other reasons can be poor oral hygiene or the debris left in the mouth. This decay process produces a sulphur compound which produces the unpleasant odour.
How to keep a check on bad breath?

If in some dilemma or confusion about bad breath, ask a close friend of yours.
Keep rinsing your mouth after your meals. This a temporary solution and works at times.
Cut down spicy food. Spicy food also adds to the cause and increase the unpleasant odour.
Brush your teeth when you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed in night. Brushing should include tongue and cheeks too.
Drinking fluids is also a smart solution.
Don't eat tobacco products at any cost. Tobacco smoke produces substances like nicotine, tar etc which accumulates on a person's teeth which not only produces unpleasant odour but also a very ugly look. Drink less alcohol too.
Use good toothpaste which neutralize sulphur compounds and have anti-bacterial properties.
Do not skip your breakfast. Missing your breakfast may allow bacteria to re-appear.
Visit your dentist if the problem still remains. Get your mouth cleaned by getting rid of plaque and bacteria that grows on your teeth very frequently.

What are the factors causing bad breath?

Chewing of tobacco and excessive smoking. As explained above, tar and nicotine produces bad odour.
Food which you eat can also produce bad breath. Spicy and protein rich food in particular account for it.
Poor oral hygiene
Several health conditions like diabetes, sinusitis, kidney failure etc can also lead to bad breath.
Use of dentures, braces which are not cleaned properly.
Xerostomia can also bring bad breath along with it. Saliva in our mouth helps to cleanse bacteria. Xerostomia makes mouth dry as the amount of saliva reduces. This encourages bad breath.
Even hormonal changes can have a bad effect on your breath. So can dieting and age.

A self test for bad breath
Lick your wrist and wait for five seconds to allow the wrist to dry up. Now smell it. Is it foul? If no, then you don't suffer from bad breath.
title:Fight Fatigue with this Natural Remedy
author:Kevin Sheldon
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Most doctors agree that non-specific fatigue can be exacerbated by modern diets rich in fats and refined carbohydrates. For a graphic example of this, you only have to watch 'Supersize Me' - the Documentary about what happens if you eat nothing but fast food for a month. Additionally, drugs, coffee (caffeine products), smoking and alcohol can make the problem even worse, even though most of these are usually thought of as 'stimulants'. If untreated, chronic fatigue can lead on to much worse conditions such as anemia, hypoglycemia, diabetes, hypothyroidism and even cancer.
So how can one avoid fatigue, without resorting to un-natural stimulants? Here's a natural remedy you can try. The herbs ginseng, lavender, rosemary and sweet flag can all help raise your energy levels naturally. Combine these with vitamin B complexes, vitamins C and D, as all of these have been known to help fight fatigue. The remedy is also improved by the addition of vitamin A, pantothenic acid, B12, folic acid, C, E, iron, calcium and magnesium.
Finally, the most remedies involve a little exercise, and this is no exception. If you can't get a sweat up physically for any reason, try salt-glow skin rubs, or alternate hot and cold showers (not too hot or too cold, mind!).
A little of this remedy should soon get you back into peak form again!
Fight Hair Loss with the Herbal Natural Remedy - Provillus

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Want to cover those bald spots or prevent hair loss early on using remedies that work?  Read these tips about Provillus, the natural herb for curing hair loss....

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Hair loss is a misfortune that happens to many men and women. It often occurs in aging or when the body is suffering from some type of deficiency. It can be embarrassing at first and cause a person to withdraw from friends or family until they regain confidence.

There are natural herbal supplements available for almost any need including natural weight loss products (i.e. Hoodia), natural supplements for helping high blood pressure, herbal cures for arthritis, and so forth. Fortunately, there are also natural ways to help your hair grow to be healthy and strong and to prevent hair loss. Many people are turning to Provillus, the herbal natural remedy for hair loss, and enjoying new strong hair once again.

Benefits of Provillus

Provillus offers many benefits to those who are plagued with hair loss. It has been tested and proven to bring better results than similar natural supplements or medications. Provillus consists of natural ingredients and is void of any harmful chemicals or substances. Also, it can be purchased without a prescription. No major side effects have been reported with Provillus.

Other benefits include quick results (usually within a few weeks), conveniently available online at discount prices, and it offers benefits for both men and women.

Provillus for Men and Women

Another major benefit of Provillus is it works well for both men and women, but in slightly different ways. For men, Provillus naturally blocks a male hormone called DHT (dihydrotestostrone). This hormone is the cause of hair loss in many cases because it causes the hair follicles to become finer and thinner over time until the hair is completely lost. While blocking DHT, Provillus is also supplementing the body with much-needed nutrients for growing healthy, strong hair.

Provillus is also available for women. Unfortunately, some women will begin to lose their hair after menopause. Many hair loss products are geared to help men only, but Provillus for women consists of a slightly different formula than the one for men. It supplies nutrition that gives life back to dead hair follicles. It also seeds the scalp to provide a proper growing environment for new, healthy hairs to grow.

Whether you want to grow new, strong hairs to cover up bald spots or start early to prevent baldness, Provillus can help! You can shop online for Provillus, find helpful herb information, and search for other natural health products or natural weight loss supplements. Enjoy gorgeous hair once again!

title:Fight Osteoporosis By Eating Foods With Vitamin K
author:Lee Dobbins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

We don’t hear about Vitamin K too often, but it is vital for good bone density as well as proper clotting of the blood.  This is a fat soluble vitamin which is absorbed into the fat tissues and stored to be used by the body as needed.   It is produced in the intestines and it’s production can be greatly helped by the presence of good bacteria whose growth is encouraged by eating yogurt with active cultures.  It also needs dietary fat in order to be absorbed, but most people who maintain a healthy diet will be getting plenty of that!
Since vitamin K has a large role in the formation and repair of bones, some claim that eating food rich in this vitamin may help in the fight against osteoporosis.  Natural foods that are rich in vitamin K are also rich in other vitamins, minerals and enzymes so adding plenty of them to your diet will be helpful to your overall health.  However, if you are currently on anticoagulant drugs such as coumadin, you should consult your physician before taking any supplements or eating foods that are rich in vitamin K as  this vitamin helps to clot blood and blocks the actions of these drugs.
Some common foods that are rich in vitamin K include:

Green Beans

While vitamin K is contained in most multi vitamin  supplements, it is important to be aware that taking it in conjunction with some other vitamins and foods can  cause it to become less effective.  This vitamin will become less effective if it is frozen or rancid fats, excessive sugar, asprin or antibiotics are present in the diet. Diets high in vitamin E or calcium as well as nuts, fruits, spices and mints can hinder the absorption of vitamin K.
A vitamin K deficiency is very rare in normal conditions but could include nose bleeds, internal bleeding, bruising easily, anemia and certain birth defects.
Vitamin K Toxicity from normal eating habits is rare but can occur if you go overboard when taking supplements. Symptoms include flushing, and sweats. In severe causes jaundice and anemia can also be a symptom of too much of this vitamin.
Fight Prostate Cancer in Its Early Stages with a Prostate Self Test

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Learn how you can detect and fight prostate cancer in its early stages using a prostate self test...

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Prostate cancer is one of the deadliest diseases among men, and yet many men are unaware that they have the disease until it's too late. Next to heart attacks, prostate cancer is the leading cause of death for men. Though frequent prostate testing can be less than pleasant (as are many exams such as colon testing or heart stress tests), it's pertinent in the fight of cancer through early detection and treatment.

Early detection through a prostate examination can help you and your doctor determine a course of action to help your prostate potentially heal itself or to surgically remove the prostate gland in time before the disease becomes fatal. Prostate testing reveals if the prostate gland is swollen. Even minimal swelling of the prostate can be a sign that it is getting sick though some prostate gland enlargement often occurs as men age. In some cases, men have been completely healed thanks to early detection of a swollen prostate.

The prostate gland is located just below the bladder, and is normally about the size of a walnut. It surrounds the urethra, and its main function is to carry urine (out of the bladder) and semen through the penis. A man with prostate cancer may experience symptoms such as becoming incontinent or increased urinating frequency, painful ejaculation during sexual intercourse, or pain or a burning sensation while urinating. But with proper testing through a doctor or prostate self test, swelling can be detected before any of these symptoms appear.

Benefits of Prostate Self Tests

Thankfully, there are now prostate self tests that can be performed at home to help in the early detection of this disease. A man who is uncomfortable visiting the doctor may find a prostate self test to be a great solution. The prostate self test works similar to testing in the doctor's office, and should be completed at least once every six months.

A prostate self test involves drinking a certain given amount of water and then using a special medical tool, which can be obtained at any local pharmacy without a prescription, or it can even be obtained online. It is an easy process that any man can do, and the test results can be read using simple instructions. The prostate self test reveals if the prostate gland is swollen. Though the prostate self test is not meant to replace regular doctor visits, it can be used as an in-between testing method to keep check on the state of your prostate gland. If you detect swelling through a prostate self test, do see a doctor right away for further examination and to determine if treatment is needed.

Prostate self tests can be obtained online, and detailed explanations are provided to help you use the test properly. These tests also make excellent gifts for any man over the age of 25, for Father's Day, birthdays, or holidays. Give the gift of life to yourself or a friend or loved one.

With a prostate self test, you can avoid having so many unpleasant doctor visits while staying on top of your male health. Frequent testing is one of the primary preventive measures to help you live a longer, healthier life. Take care of your prostate health with a prostate self test today!

title:Fight Tolerance for Phentermine & Avoid Prescriptions Riddled With Impurities!
author:Ian Mason
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Which diet pill are you currently taking for your weight loss needs? Recently, many people have been switching to brand names as opposed to generics. This is because generic manufacturing is put under far less strict rules and conditions. For example, the purity of the prescription drug you are taking is allowed to be far less when manufactured as a generic.
If you are taking a generic prescription medication, another factor to consider is that there are several generic versions of Phentermine available online and from brick-and-mortar pharmacies. Depending on which pharmacy you use, you may receive a different version of generic Phentermine each time you refill your prescription. This may affect your ability to lose weight.
It is recommended that you choose a brand name version of Phentermine, such as Adipex-P, and continue using that brand exclusively to avoid getting medication containing a dissatisfactory purity of Phentermine.
In many cases, the generic versions of Phentermine use differing mechanisms of action, and, therefore have differing efficiencies. This inconsistency can affect your program for weight loss. You may want to stick with a single brand that is proven to yield consistent results.
Adipex (Adipex-P) is a weight loss medication that is indicated for short-term use. This is because long term use will cause you to build tolerance and, therefore, all Phentermine diet medications will lose their effectiveness.
If you are enjoying refreshing bursts of energy in the morning, but then are becoming hungry during the night hours, have a chat with your doctor about using Adipex-P 37.5mg tablets. Many doctors prescribe this medication for their patients because the 37.5mg tablet can be broken in half. As a result, you can take half (18.75mg) in the morning and the other half at night to extend your medication’s effectiveness through the whole day. If you then have trouble sleeping at night, talk to your doctor, who will probably tell you to take half (18.75) a tablet per day, until you can tolerate Adipex.
Adipex-P is, so far, the only version of Phentermine which lasts over 12 hours. However, please remember to diet and exercise along with taking your medication in order to maximize weight loss and your health.
Note that I am not a physician. You should talk to your doctor before taking any advice found in this article. I do not speak on behalf of the manufacturer of Adipex-P, Gate Pharma. I simply do a great deal of research in the health field. I just love to do it, so you can expect good information from my newsletter! Visit my site and subscribe for free.
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Fight, Flight, Or Phantom Fatigue

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Person history has seen the slow relentless migration from a physically demanding merely simpler means of liveliness to a live-wired, high gear-stakes game of mental challenge and reaction that is played at breakneck speeds. For many of us, this has become daily spirit in the United States, and it seems to be making us sick. We ar only nowadays beginning to understand the mysterious and dangerous personal effects of modern sprightliness upon human wellness. We rich person fou...


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These glands, once mostly an assistant to upper-level management, give birth become a central figure in the control of our , and in many of us they buckling under the load. Those little glands pumping 24 hours a Day. In fact, elevated levels of the corticosteroids (hormones) that they produce oftentimes present in more than 30 million Americans, including pregnant women, athletes, and people with depression, alcoholic patients, malnourished individuals, and patients with panic disorders.

Little is known about the complex organization and the overarching endocrine gland organisation. Until that gap is remedied, we tin can look for strategies for minimizing stress. The cortex produces two types of steroid hormones: androgens and corticosteroids. Cortisol (hydrocortisone) is important to the consistence because it affects the metabolism, relieves inflammation, and boosts the immune system of rules. The normal yield of cortisol is about 20 milligrams a Clarence Day. The rate of end product varies in the morning and evening.

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title:Fillings Get Smaller…and Smaller
author:Judith Sloan
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

—We all remember going to the dentist, opening wide, and listening with held breath while he examined our teeth for decay. “Please, no cavities,” we prayed.
With his prickly instrument in hand, our dentist probed every tooth, looking for “soft” spots where decay had invaded our once hard, pristine dental enamel. And when the point found its quarry, a tiny spot of decay, he would nod and say, “We’ve got a small one here. We’ll watch to see if it grows into something.”
No longer. Fast-forward to 2004, and the prickly instrument takes a back seat to a high-tech laser probe (http://www.washdent.com/services.html) that lands a preemptive strike in the battle against decay.
Make way for “Minimally Invasive Dentistry.” (http://www.washdent.com/services.html) The mouthful of words means simply that dentists no longer allow dots of decay to advance into large craters. Armed with the ultimate in high-tech sleuthing, they now set out to find decay—at the earliest possible moment.
“Now we can absolutely eliminate many large fillings that lead to cracked teeth, crowns and other more invasive treatment,” says Dr. Daniel J. Deutsch (http://www.washdent.com/deutsch.html), of the Washington Center for Dentistry in Washington, DC. (http://www.washdent.com)
Here’s how it works: The dental decay finder touches the surface of every tooth, each time flashing a digital score that reports the presence of decay.
A tooth that scores above a certain number—has at least the tiniest dot of decay.
And getting at the teeny offending area involves another technological wonder. A gentle dental “sandblaster” uses tiny particles to whisk away decay in layers. The area gets filled in with a tooth-colored liquid that hardens in seconds under a special light.
Patients walk out of the office with tiny fillings.
“And the best part,” says Dr. Deutsch, “is they have treatment with no needle and no drill!”
Finally Revealed: Seven Tips for Fabulous Looking Skin!

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All women desire to have wrinkle free, smooth, and blemish free skin. They want their skin to look fabulous no matter their age. If women follow these seven tips, they can't help but have healthy and youthful looking skin year around.

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Copyright 2006 Monique Hawkins

All women desire to have wrinkle free, smooth, and blemish free skin. They want their skin to look fabulous no matter their age. If women follow these seven tips, they can't help but have healthy and youthful looking skin year around.

Tip #1:  Use a gentle cleanser on a daily basis. Choose a cleanser that washes away dirt and impurities without drying the skin out. Look for organic and paraben free products.

Tip #2: Use a hydrating toner on a daily basis. Hydrating toners remove any impurities that are left on the skin; balance the skin's pH levels, and combats the effects of environmental exposure. While there are some toners that are too harsh and irritate skin, finding a gentle organic product made with plant extracts is essential.

Tip #3: Replenish skin both day and night. Purchase products that replenish the moisture in the skin and decrease the appearance of aging. USANA's Health Science's Daytime Protective Emulsion and Night Renewal fit the bill for this one.

To get even more spectacular results, include scientifically advanced products that are made to refine and brighten the skin complexion. If women do this, they will be amazed at what their skin will look and feel like in a few short weeks. Here are additional tips to follow when looking for the Enhancers

Tip #4: If seeking to treat skin for fine line's wrinkles, and imperfections, use a product called "Serum Intensive". This product helps to diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, plus increases skin's firmness. This works best for oily skin. Use it after a hydrating toner.

Tip #5: For women looking to reduce blotchiness and increase radiance, seek products that brighten and retextures the skin's appearance, leaving it clearly radiant and smooth. This product can also be used after a hydrating toner. A perfect product for this is "Perfecting Essence".

Tip #6: For women dissatisfied with crow's feet and dark circles under the eyes, an eye product is essential. Look for a product that smoothes away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area while decreasing the look of dark circles. This product should be used after a hydrating toner. USANA Health Science's "Eye Nourisher" is perfect.

Tip #7: Lastly, for women who want to improve dull and uneven skin texture, use a product called "Rice Bran Polisher". This product gently exfoliates dead skin cells from the skin?s surface and reveals a glowing complexion. It's best used 2-3 times per week after a gentle daily cleanser.

Some women may be asking where they can find skincare products that are all natural, paraben free, and self-preserving. USANA Health Science's has an excellent product line called "Sense" that provides the ultimate skincare regimen.

Research shows that it takes about three weeks for the skin to become acclimated to a new regimen. It's also important not to mix and match products. Follow these seven tips to have fabulous looking skin for life!

title:Finally, A Truly Revolutionary Soft Multifocal Contact Lens for Dry Eyes!
author:Steve Cogger
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

If you have been fit with the Cooper Proclear
multifocal contact lens, then you already know
how great the comfort and vision can be. Have you
stopped to wonder what makes this lens so  great
and why it is considered by many to lead the
market in soft disposable multifocals?

The Cooper ProClear Multifocal contact lens
combines the all day comfort of the entire
proclear line with the versatility and optics of
the frequency 55 multifocal. By the time a  person
needs multifocal lenses; their eyes are generally
drier than they might have been a  few years
earlier, so the merging of the two designs makes
perfect sense.

The proclear multifocal contact lens material was
made specifically for people with dry  eyes. All
proclear lenses are made up of 62% water which
makes a very high water content  lens. The
breakthrough in the material is not necessarily
its water content; rather it is  the ability of
the lens to maintain its water content throughout
the day.

Most high water content lenses dehydrate rapidly
and rely on the eyes tear film to replenish  the
lost water. For someone that already has dry eyes,
this creates a very uncomfortable  contact lens
environment. Contact lens related dry eye can be
very noticeable at the end of  the day or during
extended computer use.

With Cooper’s ProClear material, the lenses have a
high water content which makes them  comfortable
initially and they retain that high water content
in most environments. For a  person wearing the
Cooper ProClear multifocal contact lens, this
means it does not rely on  absorbing as many tears
as other lenses to maintain a moist state. Whether
at the computer,  the theatre, or the beach,
Proclear lenses stay comfortable.

Essentially, ProClear means initial comfort that
lasts throughout the day. All the ProClear
families of lenses are designed to be replaced on
a monthly basis which makes them  convenient and
extremely healthy.

With this amazing material, it was only a matter
of time before Cooper released the ProClear
Mulitfocal. These soft contact lenses have a wide
range of parameters allowing most people  to be
fit with sphere powers between +4.00 and -6.00.
Add powers start at +1.00 and go up to  +2.50. Two
styles are made, a distance lens and a near lens.

When fit properly the Proclear multifocal has the
ability to provide end of day comfort,  quality
distance vision, great computer vision, and add
for near vision.
title:Finally...The Truth About Calcium Supplements
author:Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CCN, HHP
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Undoubtedly calcium has become a hot topic of controversy.  We are bombarded with advertising telling us exactly what will give our body more calcium.  Between the “Got Milk?” slogans on one end and the Coral Calcium “cure-all” TV spots on the opposite end it is time that the truth be exposed.  Let’s look at why we need calcium and then some signs of calcium deficiency.
How the Body Uses Calcium: 

Strong bones, teeth and gums
Maintaining a regular heartbeat
The lowering of cholesterol
Helps prevent cardiovascular disease
Needed for muscular growth and contraction
Prevents muscle cramps
Essential in blood clotting
Helps prevent cancer
May lower blood pressure
May prevent bone loss associated with osteoporosis
Helps to activate enzymes which breaks down fats
Maintains proper cell membrane permeability
Helps keep skin healthy
Protects against preeclampsia during pregnancy
Can help reduce high blood pressure in pregnancy
Protects the bones and teeth from lead by inhibiting absorption of this metal

Calcium DeficiencySymptoms:

Aching joints
Brittle nails
Elevated blood cholesterol
Heart palpitations
High blood pressure
Muscle Cramps
Numbness in arms or legs
Rheumatoid arthritis
Tooth decay

“Got Milk?”…Are You Really Getting Calcium?
No way!  The damage that this one slogan is doing to the health of Americans, especially children, is tremendous.  Consider the following written by Robert Cohen (www.notmilk.com):
A publication in the February, 2003 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Vol. 77, No. 2, 504-511) clearly demonstrates that eighteen years of milk consumption did not prevent hip fractures for post-menopausal women.
How many subjects participated in the study?
A mere 72,337. As part of Walter Willett's Harvard Nurses Study, investigator Diane Feskanich performed statistical tests of significance for 18 years of data including dietary intake of calcium (dairy and supplements) to determine her findings.
The conclusion reached from this observational analyses, is that dietary calcium plays little or no role in preventing bone loss. Drinking milk does not prevent osteoporosis. A total of 603 hip fractures were analyzed. Scientists determined that milk consumption was in no way associated with hip fracture risk. The same conclusion was reached for total calcium consumption.
The Harvard Nurses study previously determined that there is no positive association between teenaged milk consumption and the risk of adult fractures. (American Journal of Public Health 1997;87). As a matter of fact, just the opposite was found to be true. Women consuming greater amounts of calcium from dairy foods suffered significantly increased risks of hip fractures.
In light of these findings, the dairy industry milk mustache campaign has been proven to be one enormous deception. Bones break because women eating the wrong foods create an acid condition in their own bloodstreams, which must be neutralized by available calcium. The body achieves balance by taking calcium out of its own bones. Ergo, people eating the greatest amount of total animal protein are the ones experiencing accelerated rates of bone loss. The same Journal of Clinical Nutrition, (1995; 61, 4) confirmed this truth:
"Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton."
Eighteen years earlier, as the Harvard Nurses study was just beginning, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1979;32,4) reported:
"Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a high-protein diet."
Why do you imagine that today's most recent study will not be publicized on tonight's 6 PM news, or headlined in your local newspaper? Because it lacks one critical ingredient. Cash. For a story to be released, it must be accompanied by paid dairy industry advertising. In this deceptively dangerous manner, most of us get our biased health information.
Milk? It does not do the body good.
Coral Calcium
How these people have been in business so long just amazes me!  I used to get spammed at least ten times per day with advertisements suggesting that Coral Calcium cures just about everything!!  I have often wondered just where the FDA police was during all of this hype. 
Coral calcium is calcium carbonate and is no better than the calcium that is available in most drug stores or vitamin stores.  What is calcium carbonate?  Chalk!  Put a piece in a glass of water and see how long it takes to dissolve…believe me, you will be there for longer than you care to know.  Yes, you may get some benefit from it but it is not the most absorbable form of calcium and therefore not the most beneficial.
Ridiculous Claims: 
It’s from the ocean:  Not “everything” in the ocean is wonderful.  Ever read about how polluted our oceans are?  Enough said.
The people in Okinawa live longer and look younger:  When doing research on this you will find that their longevity is more than likely contributed to their diet and stress-free life.  There is no supplement that will ever take the place of good nutritional balancing.
Disease Cure-All:  This is the one that makes me cringe.  There has not been one study to back up any cure from taking calcium (any kind) alone.  Yes, the body needs calcium to function properly, but calcium, by itself, will not cure anything!  I do believe in disease elimination using natural methods but there is no magic bullet and no magic supplement.  If a company is selling a product claiming a “cure-all” this should raise huge red flags.
Calcium Orotate—The Best From of Calcium Available
According to studies conducted by Dr. Hans Nieper (Germany) only Calcium Orotate penetrates directly through the cell membrane, delivering calcium to the interior of the cell where it is readily utilized.
Orotates are mineral salts of orotic acid — used by plants and animals to make DNA and RNA. Hans Nieper, a physician and dabbler in offbeat theories of gravitation, used orotates clinically prior to 1980. He thought that orotate salts, being neutrally charged, pass easily through cell membranes. In effect, orotate ferries the mineral atoms into cells and tissues, producing higher concentrations.
Nieper promoted orotates as treatments for nearly every ailment imaginable and was consequently ignored; most of his medical claims were never rigorously tested. But in certain applications — such as athletic performance — where his ideas have recently received scientific scrutiny, they have been found to work. Nieper may have been on the right track after all.
Dr. Nieper's theoretical explanations of the mechanisms behind his stunning success in the clinical application of sophisticated mineral transporters rely heavily on the concept of the fixed pore mechanism of active transport. The theory called fixed pore mechanism suggests that a carrier molecule, in this case Orotic Acid (B-13), is attached to the compound being transported. This research has lead to the creation of mineral chelates called orotic acid chelates, or orotates which offers a 20 fold increase in utilizing minerals.
Calcium orotate was used by Nieper to treat bone loss and pain due to inflammation or osteoporosis, high blood pressure, angina pectoris, multiple sclerosis, encephalitis, retinitis, hepatitis, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, phlebitis and colitis. In addition, it is very effective against psoriasis, a scaling skin disorder. The long-term clinical tolerance and overall value of calcium orotate is far superior to other therapeutic calcium substances and to the so-called immune depressors.
Calcium Orotate is one of the three mineral transporters that is the most active in providing treatment for bone decalcification. Has a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect on arthritis, arteriosclerosis, retinitis, encephalitis and phlebitis, psoriasis, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis and colitis. It can be very effective in re-calcifying the bone tissue following extensive radiation treatment of cancerous bone lesions.
Calcium Orotate tablets have been beneficial in:

Assisting with prevention of osteoporosis.
Helping to avoid muscle cramps.
Relieving the pain associated with disc problems.
Maintaining strong bones & teeth.
Keeping your heart beating regularly
Alleviation of insomnia
Helping the body metabolize iron
Reduced Stress
Increased alertness

We use Calcium Orotate along with the other orotates (magnesium, potassium, zinc and lithium) at Global Healing Center in a whole body, synergistic approach to eliminating disease.  The results that we see using calcium orotate conclude that it is absorbed, transported and utilizied in the body better than any other form of calcium.  It is time that the public knows the truth about calcium, its many benefits, why it is necessary and the best form available.  Remember that he first step in getting healthy is always education and I believe that it is your right to know the truth about every hopeful treatment and prevention option available to you.
title:Final Exams And Allergies Don'T Add Up
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-It's that time of year again. Students cramming to prepare for their annual final exams. For the one in five students who suffer from seasonal allergies this difficult time can be made even more challenging thanks to the sneezing, runny nose, itchy watery eyes and nasal congestion that accompany allergic rhinitis.
Allergies and their complications take a significant toll on student's attendance and performance in school. Studies in the U.S. show that allergic rhinitis is responsible for up to 2 million lost school days annually, which translates into 10,000 absences per school year. In Canada, this represents about 200,000 lost school days per year and 1,000 absences annually.
Students who seek protection from their allergy symptoms must be wary of the type of treatment they choose.
Antihistamines are typically recom-mended to treat allergies. They work by blocking the action of histamine, the substance that's behind allergy symptoms. There are many different brands of antihistamines but they all belong in two classes. The older, first generation antihistamines typically bring relief for about three to six hours. Unfortunately their formulations also bring many side effects including drowsiness.
The newer, second generation anti-histamines have a different molecular structure from the older antihistamines. They can relieve allergy symptoms for up to 24 hours - so you can take them once a day. And newer, learning friendly, antihistamines like Claritin are non-drowsy which help you perform tasks like studying and writing exams that require alertness. Make sure, however, to read your medication package properly because not all antihistamines are non-sedating. Specifically, you should look for the words "non-drowsy" on the box.
This is important as recent studies show that students with seasonal allergic rhinitis taking a sedating antihistamine performed significantly worse than allergy-free students on exams measuring factual, conceptual knowledge and knowledge of application. However, students taking non-sedative antihistamines performed significantly better.
For more information on allergies and their effect on learning contact 1-800-665-1507 or visit www.claritin.ca.
title:Financing Solution
author:Stephen Russell
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

In this era of creative financing and cost management tools, many employers are looking for new ways to help employees finance their health care expenses.
As an employer, you want to provide good coverage, but the cost increases in recent years have been tough to handle. A typical response to these increases may be to select a high-deductible insurance product that lowers your cost. However, there is a better solution.
Think HMO. That’s right — health maintenance organizations. The HMOs of today offer a whole new generation of health care financing tools that every employer should consider.
It’s not your father’s HMO.
You may have heard bad stories or had a rough experience in the past. However, times have changed. HMO plans today offer extensive provider networks, excellent coverage for preventive care, the ability to frequently change a primary care physician and outstanding prescription drug coverage through broad pharmacy networks.
HMOs take the surprise out of the bill.
With most health insurance plans, an employee is responsible for a percentage of the cost of care, often 20 percent or 25 percent. This can add up very quickly, and employees can’t predict what their expense is going to be.
With an HMO structured co-pay plan, an employee knows up front the expenses associated with most covered services. For example, an employee may have a $20 copay for a primary care physician (PCP) visit, which will include all services provided in that visit. Each time employees go to their PCP, they can expect to pay $20 — no surprises there.
Higher co-pays offer savings.
The days of nickel sodas and 25-cent phone calls are long gone — and so are $5 and $10 co-pay plans. It’s time to rethink the value of co-pays. New HMO plans have higher co-pays, some as high as $30 for a primary care visit and $50 for a specialist. But that covers all services provided during that visit. That’s a valuable cost limit these days.
HMOs offer bold new designs.
New HMO plans have fresh cost-sharing strategies that provide low employee out-ofpocket expenses in some areas while controlling your costs by increasing employee expenses through deductibles in other areas.
In most deductible-based plans, employees have a high deductible that applies to all services. However, with these new focused-deductible HMO plans, the deductible is limited to specific services, such as hospital care or prescription drugs. After the deductible is satisfied, a co-pay also applies to that service.
Furthermore, with these plans, employees continue to have a co-pay instead of a deductible for highly utilized areas such as physician or specialist visits.
HMOs are FSA and HRA compatible.
Many HMO plans can be used with flexible spending and health reimbursement accounts, enabling employees to decide how some of their health care dollars are used. Many carriers are also developing health spending account-compatible HMO plans.
HMOs offer more than health insurance.
Today’s HMO plans offer health improvement programs such as discounted fitness club memberships and valueadded options that let employees take charge of their own health.
There are two primary reasons to revisit today’s HMO — savings to you and savings to your employees.Rediscover today’s HMO — you’ll be pleased with what you find.
Finding Anxiety Attack Help

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Getting anxiety attack help is as easy as consulting with your medical professional and taking their advice. Your anxiety can be very complex, however, as some of that advice may require serious lifestyle changes and a difference in the choices you make in your daily life. There are several types of anxiety attack that may be prescribed from group therapy to medication to color therapy to hypnosis. Any number or combination of a number of things can help anxiety attacks from taking over your life.

An anxiety attack is a sudden rush of physical and mental discomfort or trauma caused by unknown or known sources. Panic attacks could be generated through bad traffic, a stressful morning, or nothing at all. Generally, there are a series of symptoms that are experienced that typically signal the onslaught of an anxiety or panic attack. The symptoms can include anything from sweating profusely to having extreme heart palpitations. Getting anxiety attack can be hard because of the unpredictability of these attacks.

Although panic attacks may seem to be random to some, there are actually a great number of factors and biochemical processes that occur during a panic attack that make it anything but chaotic at the outset. The human body actually reacts in a set number of stages, all of which help prepare the body and train it how to react. So, it stands to reason that if your body is trained to react poorly through a number of factors the likelihood that you will experience a panic attack is significantly greater than a healthier person.

For example, the likelihood of a generally out of shape individual with poor time management skills and poor stress management skills of experiencing a panic attack in a stressful situation is significantly higher than that of a well adjusted person that is confident with their time and stress management skills. This is because their bodies are trained to handle the situations while conversely the body types that are not will inevitably react poorly.

Getting anxiety attack help can, therefore, be as simple as eating properly and taking good care of your self. Having a good diet and feeding your body the nourishment it needs from day to day is an important step to equipping the organs and blood with the enzymes it needs to perform its job. Regular exercise is also integral to this goal, as well as regular rest and relaxation. Taking the time to enjoy life is some of the best anxiety attack you can give yourself.

Once you have found what parts of your life are triggering your anxiety attacks, you can begin to make adjustments. I have found a very good book and audio “A Guide to Eliminate Anxiety and Stress” which is very helpful. You can find a link for the guide at the top of my web site.

Feel free to visit some of my sites Stop Anxiety Attacks and Stop Anxiety Now

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Have you ever wondered how Cialis works ? If you have ever wondered how Generic Cialis works , or how any other erectile dysfunction medication works, then you need to explore the library of information on our website to understand how the medication affects you and how it does what it does.

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Have you ever wondered how Cialis works ? If you have ever wondered how Generic Cialis works , or how any other erectile dysfunction medication works, then you need to explore the library of information on our website to understand how the medication affects you and how it does what it does. We offer information presented in an easy to use format and, most importantly, using language that everyone can understand and benefit from. Just because you may not be a doctor does not mean that you should not have access to reliable information on Generic Viagra works . Education is the most powerful tool a person can have and we offer that most powerful tool at your fingertips for you to use and learn from whenever you want.

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Finding a Chicago Gym

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In the summer, Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world for fitness. During the warmer months you can run along the lakeshore, bike along miles of forest preserve paths and join softball leagues. Unfortunately those months are few and when the windy city gets cold, those who want to stay fit need to look for a Chicago gym. It is a big city, but if you follow a few easy tips, finding the perfect spot for you should be easy. When looking for a gym it is important to do a little planning

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In the summer, Chicago is one of the greatest cities in the world for fitness. During the warmer months you can run along the lakeshore, bike along miles of forest preserve paths and join softball leagues. Unfortunately those months are few and when the windy city gets cold, those who want to stay fit need to look for a Chicago gym. It is a big city, but if you follow a few easy tips, finding the perfect spot for you should be easy. When looking for a gym it is important to do a little planning and research. Ask yourself what you want your gym experience to be. Start by identifying your fitness goals

What are your reasons for joining a health club?  Are you concerned about your overall wellness and health, or do you just want to look good on Oak Street Beach come summer? Are you hoping to gain more energy and decrease your stress? Are weight loss and better nutrition important to you? Maybe you are recovering from an illness and your doctor has recommended you improve your fitness. Being aware of your goals will help you select a gym that is suited to your needs.

If your workout can be fit conveniently into your daily routine you will have a much greater chance of going consistently. Find a gym that is close to your neighborhood, office, or businesses you frequent often. Talk to your neighbors, coworkers, doctors and friends; find out where they go and what their experiences have been. Once you have assessed your goals and gathered the names of a few gyms, take time to visit them.

Visit the Gym
When you enter the facility, look around a little, absorb the atmosphere. Is it clean and well maintained? Is this a place where you will feel comfortable and welcomed?  Are the other members the type of people you could talk to and get inspiration from? What are your preferences? Some people prefer loud, anonymous spaces. Others prefer a smaller personal location.

Take a tour of the Club.
Do they offer up to date equipment? What do you like to do? Do you prefer free weights or machines? What types of aerobic equipment is available. How much training will you receive on the equipment? What else does the club offer: personal trainers, nutritionists, massage therapy? Is there parking near by? Many gyms have a very different feel depending on the time of day you visit, so it is wise to stop in around the time you plan on working out. Ask about the hours of operation. Will these hours work with your schedule? Does the gym offer classes that work with your schedule?

Talk to the Staff
 If the gym offers the services of a personal trainer or nutritionist, you should ask to speak with them. If you use these services, you will be spending a great deal of time with them and it is important that you feel comfortable with their style and personality. Are they licensed and certified? From what organizations did they receive training. Does their philosophy of health and fitness match your personal goals? A good relationship with your fitness counselor will improve the odds that you will follow their prescribed plan.

Talk to the members
Feeling comfortable with the other members is as important as feeling comfortable with the staff. Do they seem friendly and approachable? Ask the members about their experiences with the club and the staff. Do they have trouble getting on the equipment they need when they are ready for it. You may even find a fitness companion, which is an excellent way to increase motivation. Ask your tour guide for testimonials of member success.

Understand your contract
Make sure you understand what is included in your fee, so you aren’t paying for anything you don’t want. Be sure you know the length of your membership. Some gyms require a year or more, some as little as six months. Under what conditions can you cancel your membership? If you have done all your homework and feel comfortable with your decision, this should not be a scary step.

Finding and joining the perfect health Chicago gym is a major purchase. Treat it like you would any other big health and financial decision you make, do your research:
Identify goals
Get referrals
Visit the health clubs
Talk with the staff
Talk with the members
Understand the contract
You will find that a little work in the beginning will ensure a great outcome in the end.

Finding a Health Club in Vernon Hills

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Would you be satisfied spending thousands of dollars on a stereo system that you cannot listen to because it is too complicated to install or operate? Of course you wouldn’t. Most of us research major purchases to make sure that what we are getting matches our needs and desires. It should be no different when choosing a health club. Every year, people spend hundreds of dollars in monthly fees for health clubs they never use. They are too crowded, too noisy, too intimidating or not convenient. Pe

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Would you be satisfied spending thousands of dollars on a stereo system that you cannot listen to because it is too complicated to install or operate? Of course you wouldn’t. Most of us research major purchases to make sure that what we are getting matches our needs and desires. It should be no different when choosing a health club. Every year, people spend hundreds of dollars in monthly fees for health clubs they never use. They are too crowded, too noisy, too intimidating or not convenient. People find enough excuses NOT to exercise, a badly chosen health club should not be one of them. How do you find a health club that will inspire you to keep coming back? A little preparation and research is all it takes.

Identify your goals
What are your reasons for joining a health club?  Are you concerned about your overall wellness and health, or do you just want to get into a swimsuit come summer? Are you hoping to gain more energy and decrease your stress? Are weight loss and better nutrition important to you? Maybe you are recovering from an illness and your doctor has recommended you improve your fitness. Whatever they are, knowing your goals will help frame your questions you ask when you begin visiting the variety health clubs in Vernon Hills.

If your workout can be fit conveniently into your daily routine you will have a much greater chance of going consistently. Find a gym that is close to your home, office, or businesses you frequent often. There are many health clubs in Vernon Hills and the surrounding area for you to choose from. Talk to your neighbors, coworkers, doctors and friends; find out where they go and what their experiences have been. Once you have assessed your goals and gathered the names of a few clubs, your leg work can begin.

Visit the health club
When you enter the facility, look around a little, absorb the atmosphere. Is it clean and well maintained? Is this a place where you will feel comfortable and welcomed?  Are the other members the type of people you could talk to and get inspiration from? What are your preferences? Some people prefer loud, anonymous spaces. Others prefer a smaller personal location.

Take a tour of the Club.
Do they offer up to date equipment? What do you like to do? Do you prefer free weights or machines? What types of aerobic equipment is available. How much training will you receive on the equipment? What else does the club offer: personal trainers, nutritionists, massage therapy? How important are these extras to you? Many clubs have a very different feel depending on the time of day you visit, so it is wise to stop in around the time you plan on working out. Ask about the hours of operation. Will these hours work with your schedule? If the club offers classes, are they available at good times for you?

Talk to the Staff
 If you plan on taking advantage of a personal trainer or nutritionist, you should ask to speak with them. These are the people with whom you will have most contact. Are they licensed and certified? From what organizations did they receive their training. Does their philosophy of health and fitness match your personal goals? A good relationship with your wellness counselor will improve the odds that you will follow their prescribed plan.

Talk to the members
Feeling comfortable with the other members is as important as feeling comfortable with the staff. Do they seem friendly and approachable? Ask the members about their experiences with the club and the staff.  Finding an exercise companion is an excellent way to motivate you towards participation. Ask your tour guide for testimonials of member success.

Understand your contract
Make sure you understand what is included in your fee, so you aren’t paying for anything you don’t want. Be sure you know the length of your membership. Some clubs require a year or more, some as little as six months. Under what conditions can you cancel your membership? If you have done all your homework and feel comfortable with your decision, this should not be a scary step.

Finding and joining the perfect health club in Vernon Hills is a major purchase. Treat it like you would any other big health and financial decision you make, do your research.
Identify goals
Get referrals
Visit the health clubs
Talk with the staff
Talk with the members
Understand the contract
You will find that a little work in the beginning will ensure a great outcome in the end.

Finding a Home for Those with Chronic Mental Illness

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It's not always clear what housing and care options are available or suitable for those with a chronic mental illness. Here is a guide....

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For those who have a family member or close friend with a chronic mental illness, life can be filled with challenges. Chronic mental illness takes its toll on families, who often don't have the training or emotional resources to adequately care for their loved ones. It's difficult to navigate the waters of the legal and mental health care systems, and doubly difficult to find a good home for a loved one with a mental illness who can't live on his or her own.

Despite a family's dedication and willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure that their mother, father, brother, or sister receives the care he or she needs, it's not always clear what housing and care options are available or suitable. Here, then, is a review of six of the most common types of housing and care available for those with a chronic mental illness.

Nursing Homes: Because those who are mentally ill sometimes are in need of long-term medical care, there are times when a nursing home might be necessary or appropriate. However, many nursing homes aren't equipped to adequately address mental health care issues. When selecting a nursing home for a loved one, ensure that it specializes in serving those with chronic mental illness.

Residential Care Facilities: Most people with chronic mental illness receive the appropriate level of care in residential care facilities. Typically, they provide 24-hour staffing, room and board, and assistance with medications and scheduling mental health care appointments. These kinds of facilities are generally not locked.

Adult Care Facilities: Adult care facilities are more family oriented than residential care facilities, but generally provide the same level of care. They are more appropriate for those whose conditions are stable. Adult care facilities are not locked, and some do not provide 24-hour staffing.

Family Care Homes: The family care home setting is more of a typical home in that it serves a much smaller number of residents and is not generally staffed 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, many subsidies for those will chronic mental illness will cover this level of care, even though the individuals may need the services of an adult care or residential care facility.

Assisted Living Units: An assisted living unit, as its name implies, is most appropriate for those people who are high functioning and stable. With assisted living, there is minimal staff supervision and residents typically live in apartments and receive services like meals, laundry, and medication supervision. Assisted living can also be a bridge to independent living, in that if someone successfully participates in assisted living for a year, he or she may be able to transition to a traditional apartment.

Psychiatric Units: Psychiatric units are either based in or affiliated with hospitals. One type of psychiatric unit specializes in short-term acute care, most often when a person is a danger to himself or herself, or others. The goal in this situation is to stabilize the individual and transfer him or her to another kind of facility. The other type of psychiatric unit is one that is affiliated with a state hospital, and is often a locked facility for those needing longer-term care.

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One of the fastest growing trends in health and fitness today is the use of personal trainers. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), for the first time, the number of students studying for ACE’s Personal Trainer Certification Exam has surpassed that of those studying to be aerobics instructors. Even icons of American culture like Oprah have joined the trend with tremendous results. In 2005 she was selected by CBI (Club Business International) as January’s fitness role model of the

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One of the fastest growing trends in health and fitness today is the use of personal trainers. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), for the first time, the number of students studying for ACE’s Personal Trainer Certification Exam has surpassed that of those studying to be aerobics instructors. Even icons of American culture like Oprah have joined the trend with tremendous results. In 2005 she was selected by CBI (Club Business International) as January’s fitness role model of the month.  Bob Greene, Oprah’s personal trainer in Chicago, was credited with helping her lose 90 pounds and, best of all, with keeping it off.

What is a Personal Trainer
A personal trainer acts as a partner who can help you set up a fitness program that meets your personal wellness goals. He or she informs you on the best exercises for your needs, keeps you motivated and tracks your progress. Many people fail to see results from their workouts because, without guidance, they are staying in their comfort level, using the same equipment and exercises over and over. A personal trainer will push you to try new things and tailor your work out to fit your personal goals.

A good personal trainer will assess your physical abilities and discuss your goals before creating an exercise program. Once created, he or she will train you on each exercise and piece of equipment, ensuring that you are using proper form and technique, thus ensuring faster and better results from your efforts.

Sticking with an exercise program can be difficult. There are always excuses not to go to the gym, so having someone else vested in your success is a great source of motivation. You know that your time will be well spent because you will be correctly performing your exercises. You may be financially motivated not to miss appointments and thereby lose the cost of a session. Accountability to your trainer will also inspire you to succeed, as a good trainer will monitor your progress and share in your setbacks and your triumphs.

What to Look for in a Personal Trainer

Finding a personal trainer in Chicago can seem like a daunting task. In such a large area it might seem impossible to locate the right person for you; but it does not need to be. Start locally by asking your friends, coworkers or doctor for referrals. Call area gyms and health clubs and set up interviews. You can also use online services such as Personal Trainer Finder or American Council on Exercise.   When you have a list of possible choices, sit down with them and ask a few important questions.

Certification and Education
It is very important that your trainer be certified by a reputable fitness organization such as ACE, ACSM or NASM.  Check the website or ask for information about the certifying organization. According to American Sports Data, (ASD), 5 million Americans used personal trainer services in 2001. At that time there were only 66,000 personal trainers practicing in the country. With such a gap between supply and demand a number of less than reputable web sites have sprung up offering quick certification.
Your trainer should also be certified in CPR, first aid and possibly even Automated External Defibrillation if you have any issues with heart disease.

In addition to education it is wise to choose someone with experience, particularly if you have specific goals or health issues you wish to address. Find someone who has dealt often with your particular needs. Be it Pre-Natal exercise, heart problems or even just the particular type of exercise you prefer, you want someone knowledgeable in that area.

Personality is a very subjective factor in who you will select; but it is one of the most important. You are looking for someone who will inspire you and motivate you to continue with your fitness program. It is vital that this person is not someone who is intimidating or even irritating. If you do not like your trainer you will not develop the give and take needed to form a productive team. Your trainer should be a good listener and give you their full attention while during your sessions. He or she should be focused on you, not answering phone calls or chatting with others. Your trainer should be aware of your personal style, some people respond to a drill sergeant approach, but many others prefer firm but patient guidance.

Warning signs
As you begin working with your trainer keep in mind that you are the client. You should be concerned if your trainer ignores or dismisses your questions or neglects any part of a complete program. He or she should not work you too hard. A little muscle soreness is expected but you should not be in real pain or fatigue. A personal trainer should never diagnose injuries or illness, but should refer you to a doctor.

Taking action
Finding a personal trainer in Chicago should not be as daunting as it may seem. Start locally, ask questions, educate yourself on the proper credentials and find a partner who will motivate you and inspire you to your best health and wellness.

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title:Finding Hope Among Shattered Dreams
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-At the promising young age of 28, Melanie Jasmin was a talented and energetic woman with a hopeful future. The Montreal lawyer happily spent her days concentrating on her career, nurturing her personal relationships and practicing dance with an amateur dance troupe. Life was ideal.
Then, on a normal workday in February 1998, Melanie began to feel dizzy. Assuming she was overtired, she figured she had to slow down. Within 48 hours, she began to experience double vision and after a couple of days, she went to a doctor.
Within a week she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a debilitating disease of the central nervous system. Melanie was shattered.
"You can't imagine how this diagnosis changed everything," says Melanie. "I thought my life had no meaning anymore."
After carefully considering her options, Melanie began to pick up the pieces. She was determined to face the diagnosis with strength, intelligence and a positive attitude. She wanted to find a treatment that was both effective and that would ensure her quality-of-life. Melanie chose Avonex® (interferon beta-1a), which is taken only once-a-week where other MS treatments require injections daily or every other day.
"Because Avonex® is injected into the muscle, I don't get unsightly injection site reactions, which is important for
my self confidence and when I'm performing," said Melanie. "And with a once-a-week treatment, I never forget to take it and I only feel tired for about a day after the injection. That means I have the energy to keep up with my work, my family and my dancing."
Melanie took a few months off from dancing after her diagnosis but she has returned to her normal life and considers herself to be 98 per cent as well as she was before the attack. She believes that taking care of herself, staying optimistic and being diligent about her treatments are the best way to face the disease.
"The one thing MS has taught me is to appreciate everything I have - family, friends, work. Life is a gift and I'm going to take advantage of every opportunity," she says.
title:Finding Medical Equipment
author:Anthony Meijers
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Sourcing medical equipment is an important task for people such as physicians, doctors and organizations such as refurbishers, manufacturers, dealers and leasing companies.
Some websites specializing in locating medical equipment, both new and used, will carry catalogs... both online and physical catalogs. Subscribing to several catalogs will enable you to locate the precise medical equipment you're looking for as well as give you a comparison on the prices for the items, shipping costs and delivery times.... all of which can vary tremendously.
You can find medical equipment supply sites from the big directories such as Yahoo and DMOZ as well as from searching directly at Google for the precise item you're looking for.
If you're interested in buying your medical equipment items in bulk, you may want to search for sites that offer wholesale pricing. The wholesale rates may be listed on the individual sites, or they may be something you would have to apply for, or be pre-approved for. The same goes for volume discounts.
If you are outside the US, you will need to check whether the site you are considering buying from supplies goods outside the US, and what the shipping /delivery costs will be.
title:Finding Out More About Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis And Alopecia Universalis
author:Gary Moyle
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Alopecia is a general term referring to hair loss which usually affects the scalp. However there are many different types of Alopecia, all with different effects on the body and that require different treatments. This article focuses on some of the most rapid and devastating types of Alopecia, namely Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis.
So how prevalent are these types of Alopecia? Well according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF) these common but very challenging diseases affect approximately 1.7 percent of the population overall, including more than 4.7 million people in the United States alone. A figure of close to a million has recently been suggested for the United Kingdom population alone and as we can see it’s a lot more common than we think.
These three types of Alopecia result in very different types of hair loss and it is important to be able to distinguish between them. The term Alopecia Areata is used to describe hair loss occurring in patches anywhere on the body however this condition almost always occurs on the scalp. Alopecia Totalis refers to total loss of the hair on the scalp and Alopecia Universalis, the most extreme form of Alopecia results in complete loss of all hair on the body.
The most current medical studies have concluded that these three types of Alopecia are caused by an abnormality in the immune system. The result is the immune system attacks particular tissues of the body. In Alopecia Areata, for as yet unknown reasons, the body's own immune system, attacks the hair follicles and disrupts normal hair growth.
There has been no scientific evidence to show that the disease is caused by nerves or stress and it has become obvious that the condition isn’t a classic nervous disorder. Alopecia sufferers’ have no control over when attacks of Alopecia will strike and it is this totally unpredictable nature of the disease that makes it so hard to deal with.
These forms of Alopecia have no major physical side effects and if sufferers are living a healthy lifestyle, eat well and don’t smoke they will probably be in very good health. The only noticeable side affect with Alopecia is a stippling on the nails in some people, similar to tiny dents or scratches and although a small amount of people have nails that are severely distorted this is rare. Other reports of side effects include itching around the areas of hair loss during the initial hair loss phase however this resides as time goes by.
With regards to whether Alopecia is a hereditary condition, sometimes Alopecia can occur within family members, suggesting a role of genes and heredity. In fact about 25% of people with alopecia have a family history of the disorder.
According to the NAAF if an adult over the age of thirty develops the condition then the risk of passing the condition on to another family member is reduced, however as most alopecia sufferers are children and young adults the risk is increased. Despite the increased risk only one in five sufferers’ has other family members with the disease.
Regarding treatment of these types of Alopecia it is widely recognised that there is no known cure for the disease but the good news is that hair growth can be stimulated by several treatments and can even occur after several years of extensive hair loss. Its unpredictable nature can even lead to spontaneous re-growth without treatment.
This article should give you a good understanding of Alopecia Areata, Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis. If you would like to find out more about what treatments are available for any of these types of Alopecia visit http://www.help4alopecia.com.
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If you are one of the many people that have decided to take the low calorie leap, you are probably at a loss as to where to find recipes to cook. It is great to want to eat healthier, but sometimes you need a little guidance. If you need help finding recipes, low calorie style, here are few simple ways to locate recipes and shake up the recipes you have.

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The easiest, most convenient way to find recipes, low calorie style, is to look on the internet. The information superhighway has thousands of recipes that you can access with a few clicks of the mouse. You can start your hunt by typing “recipes low calorie” in the search engine and watch the possibilities pop up. Just going through these sites will keep you more than busy and stocked up on ideas for sometime. However, if you want more, there is plenty more out there. Another idea is to look at specific websites that are focused on food preparation or have a recipe section. Look up your favorite cooking television show in the internet and see if they have a website. You would be surprised how many publish recipes they have aired or plan to air in the near future.

You can also take a stroll down the magazine aisle at your local store. There are hundreds of magazines that feature recipe sections. Pay special attention to magazines about women, family, and the home. Even if they are not specifically about cooking, many will at least throw in a few recipes. “Woman’s Day” is a perfect example of a magazine that targets women but always has several recipes inside, usually those that are low calorie.

Once you have done the first two suggestions, you should be swimming in recipes, more than you could cook in a year! However, there are still more available. If your thirst for recipes, low calorie style, is still strong, it is time to hit the bookstore. Be prepared – there are roughly a billion books of cooking. Luckily, there are only several million on low calorie cooking. That may be an exaggeration, but it certainly will not seem so when you make it to the cookbook aisle! Try to focus on the healthy cookbooks so you will not be distracted by all the others on the market. Scan through a few books and look for something that may look good. This is mostly trial and error unless there is a specific chef or series of books you are interested in.

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title:Finding the Elusive "Complete" Protein Source
author:Protica Nutritional Research
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Images of “protein powder” containers with accomplished bodybuilders on their labels help inform consumers that protein is a critical macronutrient in strength training success. Yet what is sometimes lost in this protein-bodybuilding link is that protein is an essential component for everyone, regardless of physical activity. Even those who live sedentary lives must ensure that their protein intake is complete and balanced.
The importance of protein in diet is undeniable. Protein creates digestive enzymes, transports other vitamins and nutrients, builds and repairs body tissue, and helps keep harmful bacteria at bay[i]. These are bodily system function that all people need – not just bodybuilders and other athletes.
Eating the appropriate composition of protein in meals is, however, proving to be an unusually difficult challenge for many Americans. To begin with, many protein sources are not considered “complete” because they do not provide all of the required amino acids necessary in order to build newer proteins. These incomplete proteins are often derived from fruit, grain, vegetable, and nut sources[ii]. However, the alternative to these incomplete protein sources – such as meats and dairy – present their own unique dietary challenges.
The first challenge with respect to these meat-based sources of complete protein is that they are not an option for vegetarians. While the number of US vegetarians is difficult to pinpoint, educated estimates suggest that there are about 6 million adult vegetarians in the US, and the number is growing annually[iii]. Therefore, 6 million adult Americans cannot access complete protein through meat sources.
The second challenge is that many meat- and dairy-based meals in the US are excessively high in saturated fat, calories, sodium, and other unhealthy elements. As such, while those who frequent fast food restaurants for their source of complete protein may not suffer from protein deficiency, a disconcerting number of these people will suffer from poor health. This includes: obesity, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, and other adverse consequences what medical experts call the “social irresponsibility” of the fast food industry[iv].
The clear challenge for nutritional experts is to identify a protein source that is both healthy and complete. The consequences of not finding a suitable protein source range from underperforming digestive systems and chemical imbalances to the ill effects of a condition called “Kwashiorkor”. More frequent in developing countries but with reported incidinces in the US, Kwashiorkor occurs in extreme protein-deficiency situations when when the body cannibalizes itself in a desperate attempt to find a source of protein.
Several attempts have been made to find the ideal complete protein source: one that is healthy, accessible to all eaters, and convenient. Indeed, this last criterion of convenience is of particular importance, because many Americans in the 21st century evidently have less time to eat than ever before.
Some of these attempts to find the ideal complete protein source hearken back a few generations. The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich has been adopted as a complete protein source by some, but rejected by many more. While peanut butter does provide a good source of protein, the sodium content of most grocery store peanut butter brands, and the high carbohydrate and fat levels of the average “PB&J on white” keep it from being an ideal choice[v].
Other proposed solutions are more recent inventions. These include the range of nutritional powders and “energy” bars available in most health food stores, and in a growing number of grocery stores. With respect to protein powders, while some of them do provide a decent source of protein, it is simply not a convenient source for most people. With respect to energy bars, many of them have been criticized for their high calorie and carbohydrate levels.
Another solution – and one that is garnering some serious acclaim from within the health community – is fluid nutritional supplements that are easy to transport, and offer a complete protein source suitable for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike[1]. At the same time, these products are specifically designed to be low-calorie (and therefore diet-friendly), and offer additional nutrients and vitamins that the body needs in addition to complete protein.
These innovative, complete protein products are a positive sign in a nutritional sector that has struggled with misinformation. Regrettably, many so-called energy bars and protein powders are laden with calories and carbohydrates. Some of them – in particular many energy bars – hardly offer any protein, which is a curious omission that most consumers do not realize as they ingest these products.
Fortunately, as noted above, there are scientifically engineered products on the market that deliver the complete protein and nutrition that consumers expect when they purchase something with the words “nutritional supplement” on the container.
[1] These products use “Actinase®” protein, which is derived from isolated animal sources that do not contain the lactose and fat normally associated with animal-based proteins.
[i] Source: “The Importance of Protein”. OhioHealth.

[ii] Source: “Protein: Moving Closer to Center Stage”. Harvard School of Public Health.

[iii] Source: “How Many Vegetarians are There? A 2003 National Harris Interactive Survey Question Sponsored by The Vegetarian Resource Group”. Vegetarian Journal.

[iv] Source: “Supersized Nation: Bigger Burgers Still Rule”. WebMD.

[v] Source: “How Nutritious is a PB&J?”. About.
title:Finding The Help You Need - Close To Home
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-No matter where you live, trying to find out about cancer support and treatment services can feel like navigating a foreign city with a crummy map.
But at the Canadian Cancer Society's information service, information specialists rely on a unique tool to make the search easier - a computerized database listing approximately 7,000 community services Canadians can turn to for help close to home.
That information is gathered and kept up to date by a team of Canadian Cancer Society volunteers and staff throughout Canada.
"This collection of cancer-related services is unique in Canada," says information specialist Jan MacVinnie. "Our callers appreciate being able to find the help they need close to home."
The database covers a huge range of services including screening programs, treatment locations, support groups, smoking cessation programs, wigs, prostheses and programs such as music therapy.
The service is Canada's toll-free bilingual source of cancer information. Trained and caring specialists provide information which helps newly diagnosed patients and their families understand their condition and act as informed members of their healthcare team.
When you want to know more about cancer, call the Canadian Cancer Society's information service at 1 888 939-3333 or e-mail info@cis.cancer.ca.
title:Finding the Medical Supplies you need!
author:Mike Yeager
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

It’s now possible to locate and purchase a wide variety of Medical Supplies on the internet. Whether you’re looking for Medical Supplies for your medical practice or your looking for home health care needs, just about anything can be found through searching online. You can find wheelchairs, canes, stethoscopes and lab coats, to name just a few. Increasingly, the person living at home needs an ever widening choice of medical supplies because of their choice to live and manage their own health needs.
If you work in the health care field you'll need medical supplies to help you with your work. Quality products that you know you can depend on will give you greater confidence during stressful situations.
Quality Medical Supplies are now available to anyone with a computer who is willing to spend a little time searching. Some suggestions to consider when purchasing medical supplies are to buy from a company that offers a wide variety of products. This will insure that the products you buy are of the highest quality and come with a guarantee.
title:Finding the RIGHT Diet Pill
author:Amy S. Grant
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Hundreds of products on the market today claim to be the best weight loss product available. How can you know which one is right for you, or which ones even work?
Of course, the best possible way to lose weight and get in shape is to eat right and exercise. But even when we commit to a diet and exercise program, we often want that extra “boost” to keep us lose some weight quickly and stay motivated.
If you’re starting a new fitness plan, and you want to “jump-start” your results by adding a weight loss pill, here are some pointers for sorting through the "fluff" to find what really works.
Step #1: Select an all-natural product.
Modern science and advances in healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry have made a tremendous impact on our society, but not always for the better. Take Fen-Phen, for example. This is a perfect demonstration that the true effects of such “miracle pills” cannot truly be known until the drug has experienced widespread use for several years. Better to be safe than sorry – choose an all-natural supplement for weight loss.
Step #2: Know what you’re buying.
If you’re buying a product from a store, read the label and ask to read any available package inserts. If you’re making your selection online, be sure the web site lists all the active ingredients. Remember, if the product doesn’t say “all-natural” it’s probably not. Read all the product information so you know exactly what you’re buying.
Step #3: Don’t get suckered.
With so many people seeking weight loss products, and with so many products that promise results and don’t deliver, some companies choose to prey on the feeling of desperation that overweight Americans feel. Before you spend your hard-earned money on an expensive product, ask what kind of guarantee the company offers. Legitimate companies will offer a free sample, to allow you to “try before you buy,” and some will even stand behind their product by offering a money-back guarantee. Additionally, if the company is subscription based (in other words, you sign up with your credit card and the product auto-ships to you at regular intervals), ensure that you can cancel the subscription at any time. You wouldn’t want to sign a contract for a one-year supply only to find that it didn't work for you, or that it worked so well, you no longer needed it after a few months!
Step #4: Try it for yourself.
Take advantage of free samples, and see results for yourself. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so trying a product will give you an idea of whether a particular pill works for you personally. Actually trying a supplement for yourself is the best way to evaluate whether it’s right for you.
Step #5: Track your results.
By tracking your results, you’ll know which products are working for you. It’s a good idea to record your starting weight, body measurements, body fat percentage and BMI (your gym or your doctor can do all of these for you). Remember that fat weighs more than muscle, so the scale alone may not reflect all the changes your body is experiencing. Keep a journal of your stats and also record how you’re physically feeling – this will enable you to determine whether your overall energy level is improving.
Of all the products we reviewed, one stands above the rest in meeting these five guidelines: NiteTrim. The company offers a free 30-day supply, which can be found at http://www.NiteTrimDirect.com.
By following the five steps above, you can ensure that you find the weight loss supplement that’s right for you, and you’ll be on your way to a healthier, leaner you!
title:Find an Optometrist
author:Tyler Brooker
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

I'm sure I can sign all of you up for some healthy eyes, and I am sure that none of you will mind. Your eyes are one thing that you dont want to be messing around with. Where would you be without them? Well, you wouldnt know. So to put your name down for good eyes, you first need to find an Optometrist. These people aren't too hard to locate, as there are eye clinics all over the globe.         
An http://www.find-optometrist.com Optometrist can, of course, be male or female, and they are responsible for keeping your eyesight in good shape. They are there to examine and diagnose your eyes, as well as give sufficient treatment to correct poor eyesight. This treatment isn't a bottle of "good-eye" pills, or a needle full of eyesight, it is vision correction throught the use of lenses and other optical aids. Glasses and/or contact lenses are the norm for perscriptions by doctors in the field of optometry.
Now I know there are a few readers out there who are thinking "These eyes are mine! I'm not trusting them to some 'doctor' who can harass me with medical jargon" Luckily, I have your solution... Learn it yourself! No, I'm not saying that I have just found the lost book "Optometrist Medical Jargon for Dummies", there will be some work required. If persuing a carrer in eyesight suits yours interest, there is many institutions to study it. In Canada you can learn about eyes at the University of Montreal (Quebec), or the University of Waterloo (Ontario). In the United States you many more options such as the University of California (Berkeley), the University of Houston (Texas), or the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University.
The field of Optometry is massive, and one can get involved easily. make sure you make a quick visit every so often to make sure your eyes are holding up, and you should be good to go!
title:Find a Doctor
author:Hugo Gallegos
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

This is usually a simple task.  Open up your phone book (Yellow Pages) and look for one in your area; or ask your primary care physician for a referral to see a specialist.  Better still, go online – there is an abundance of free directories listing doctors.
How to find a doctor?
There’s no magical route to finding the right doctor. If you have a primary care physician just call him or her and make an appointment. If you don’t have a primary care physician, try the route suggested above. Or, if you feel you need specialist care, you can save time and money by going directly to a specialist with your particular medical problem.  In the old days most patients would ask their primary care physician for a referral. While this is still done, more and more patients are going directly to a specialist for their medical needs. 
Tips on how to look for a doctor

Find out the history of medical symptoms or diseases that run in your family, or ones you or your family members may currently have.
Once you have identified the problem, let’s say a history of asthma, you may want to find a primary care provider who is (double) Board Certified in “Pulmonary Disease” and “Internal Medicine.” 
Depending on how far you are willing to travel, and what type of doctor you are searching for, look for three hospitals near your home. Then go to Google and type in their names. Most hospitals have websites which feature a physician directory.
If you are looking for a specialist, such as a plastic surgeon, or a dermatologist, for example, use (example) your three favorite search engines and type: “Florida Dermatologist,” or “Florida Miami Dermatologist.”  You may want to switch the wording around and try a few different methods.
Make sure your doctor is Board Certified, and that his or her respective field of specialization is listed, by consulting the American Board of Medical Specialists official directory of specialists, published by Marquis Who’s Who. The ABMS directory is available at most public libraries, as well as hospital, university and medical libraries.
Next, visit the Federation of State Medical Boards (online) to see if any serious disciplinary action has been taken against the doctor you’ve chosen.

Where can I research my doctor?
Once you have selected a doctor, you have several options.  Most patients like to run a background check on the doctor they have chosen.  The best place to do this research is the Federation of State Medical Boards. 
What makes a good doctor?
Based on my extensive research over the past five years, my recommended criteria for finding a good doctor are:

The number of years since the doctor received his/her MD or DO. 
Whether the doctor is Board Certified or double Board Certified in his/her respective specialty field.
In the case of a surgeon, a high volume of surgical procedures he/she has completed
Doctors who have had one or no malpractice lawsuits, with no disciplinary action taken against them.
Doctors who are affiliated to at least one medical society related to their specialty.

Bottom line
We all know there are no guarantees when it comes to receiving the highest quality health care.  We all know there are shady doctors, and good doctors; and then there are those who are renowned for their expertise, who rank amongst the highest in their field.  It’s up to you to do your homework. 
title:Find Help To Stop Smoking Cigarettes
author:Steve Hill
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

If you are in need of support to halt smoking cigarettes, there are a assortment of different places you can turn. From natural cease smoking cigarettes goods to stop smoking cigarettes antidepressant medications, there are numerous different ways to quit smoking. You may also join a quit smoking help association to get aid to stop smoking cigarettes, and multitudinous non-profit organizations also offer smoking free videos to supply additional quit smoking tips. No matter which process you choose, the most important aspect of trying to stop smoking cigarettes is the truthful desire to be smoke-free and well again.
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There are many prescription medicines that provide aid to stop smoking cigarettes. Quit smoking cigarettes antidepressant medications are becoming more and more popular as doctors realize that smokers tend to be more depressive than the rest of the general population. By treating these depressive symptoms while also reducing nicotine cravings, medication smoking stop treatment has proven to be highly productive in helping individuals to stop smoking cigarettes.
If you are wary of medication to assist stop smoking cigarettes, you might consider one of the natural stop smoking cigarettes products on the market today. There is a growing market for laser smoking cessation treatments and acupuncture cessation smoking methods. Both of these stop smoking cigarettes aids work to boost your endorphin levels, giving you a high of sorts that blocks some of the nicotine cravings that make people begin smoking again. These additional stop smoking cigarettes methods do not have much scientific research to back them up, but there are many individual reports that state that the laser smoking stop therapy worked in one or two treatment sessions.
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In addition to these commodities, you can also find aid to stop smoking cigarettes at your local grocery store or drugstore. Nicotine replacement stop smoking cigarettes aids provide smokers with a means to manage their cravings and to gradually diminish their dependence on nicotine. These stop smoking cigarettes products come in the forms of nicotine gum, the patch and a smoking cessation shot. All of these methods help to cut down a person’s dependency on nicotine, and they also lend a hand to reduce the symptoms connected with the nicotine withdrawal process. These symptoms can be somewhat severe if a individual stops smoking cold turkey. However, there are a variety of stop smoking cigarettes methods that make the process easier than it has ever been.
A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided. Anthony Robbins
Even if you try to quit without the aid of medication or nicotine supplements, you will even need help to stop smoking cigarettes. This help can come in the form of quit smoking support groups, friends, family or co-workers. The more people you have supporting you on you voyage toward superior health, the better off you will be. You can also turn to any number of non-profit organizations to receive the help you need.
Thanks for taking the time to read this quit smoking article. You should continue researching for additional information to help you down the road to a smoke free life.

Find Medications Online Safely

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While Internet pharmacies help patients find medications online safely, the proliferation of fake pharmaceuticals threaten their industry. This article discusses the qualities of good and authentic online pharmacies and provides a few tips for consumers in finding the right Internet drugstore.

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Online pharmacies are among the best innovations of ecommerce. By providing easy access to quality health care, online pharmacies are able to give consumers convenient options when it comes to getting medications. However, the proliferation of illegal online pharmacies without prescription requirements makes it important for consumers to know how to look for the right Internet drugstore for their health care needs. 

Qualities to look for in a reliable and authentic online pharmacy:

Adequate product details

This means product information that tells prospective customers what the products do, their limitations, indications, contraindications, prescribed dosages, side effects, and even after-effects for long-term treatment. An online pharmacy which does not discuss potential side effects or contraindications for its products is putting its customers at great risk.

Safety and security

A good sign of legality and safety is an accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or JCAHO and a license from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.


A reputable online pharmacy sells only prescription drugs that have been approved by the FDA. In addition, it must also follow the U.S. and FDA regulations on the proper storage, handling, processing, and shipping of drugs. 

Ease of use

Online pharmacy websites must have user-friendly interfaces and provide smooth ordering processes. They must also provide clear instructions that can be easily understood even by new users who are not tech-savvy.

Privacy and confidentiality policies

A good online pharmacy offers free consultation online about the effectiveness of its products in treating certain conditions. Since a consultation may involve a brief discussion of the nature of the illness, an online pharmacy must implement a comprehensive confidentiality and privacy policy. 


An online pharmacy must provide its customers with discreet packaging when delivering products. 

International orders

This is especially important for people who are frequent travelers if they run out of their prescription medication. A good online pharmacy must be able to provide service to its clients in foreign countries. 


Online pharmacies often sell drugs and medications for discounted prices. At the very least, the prices of the medicines must be competitive with the market prices. A price that seems too good to be true is probably a lure for counterfeit medication.

Comprehensive customer service

A good online pharmacy must be able to provide competent customer service. A good indication is the availability of contact information such as verifiable physical offices, email addresses, phone and fax numbers, and chat options on the site. An FAQ page is also a good sign. 

Looking out for the above-given qualities in online pharmacies can help consumers find medications online safely. Additional tips are as follows:

    * Check if the site requires a valid prescription before dispensing medication. Most fake sites do not.
    * Read up on product information. Fake sites only display the benefits of their counterfeit drugs.
    * Look for the seal of FDA approval. Only authentic medications have this seal.
    * Seek proof of accreditation. Most authentic online pharmacies are accredited by the Joint Commission on Healthcare Organizations.

Find Natural Relief from Depression and Anxiety

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Do you suffer from depression or anxiety?  Now you can find relief using natural remedies.  Learn how in this article....

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If you suffer from depression or anxiety, life might seem overwhelming at times. Depression can cause even minor problems to seem unbearable, so you might choose to ignore normal daily tasks and withdraw from those you love. Anxiety and panic attacks can cause insomnia, and you may feel helpless at times. Panic attacks can be very scary even when your body seems to be healthy otherwise.

Taking prescription medications can help both of these conditions, but many people don't realize that there are natural ways to find relief as well. Learn about these healthy and affordable alternatives below.

The Stress Connection

Did you know that stress is deeply connected to many health conditions including depression and anxiety? Stress comes from many directions - work, family problems, or finances. Finding ways to relieve stress is important because it helps reduce your risks of depression and anxiety. Through exercise and either medication or a natural remedy, you can tremendously reduce your amount of daily stress and start living a happier, more fulfilling life.

Prescription Medications for Depression and Anxiety

Although there are many types of prescription medications that can help with depression or anxiety such as buspirone, tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and benzodiazepines, these are not always the best remedy. There are several disadvantages to taking these types of medications. Some medications are very costly and may cause adverse sexual effects. They may be habit-forming, may cause insomnia or extreme fatigue, or may have cardiovascular risks.

Also, you might already be taking pharmaceutical medication for another health condition that could react with the depression or anxiety medication in an undesirable way. You should consult with your doctor to be sure the medications will not counteract one another.

Natural Alternatives

With a natural supplement, you might find relief from depression or anxiety without spending a fortune on doctor bills and prescription medications. Sometimes the answer can be as simple as taking a certain herbal remedy such as Amoryn or making minor changes to your diet. Studies with Amoryn, for example, have shown positive results for 90 percent of those with depression and 88 percent of those with anxiety. Amoryn is a natural antidepressant that boosts the brain's natural capacity for happiness.

Seredyn is another natural supplement that helps relieve anxiety and panic attacks by calming you and giving you a sense of control as you go through the day.

Benefits of Natural Supplements

With natural supplements, you can enjoy relief while avoiding many of the unwanted side effects that can occur with prescription medications. These are not usually habit-forming and often produce positive results within a short period of time. You can now research these online to find the right herbs for you. If you suffer from severe depression or anxiety, share your findings with your physician to come up with a viable solution.

Don't let depression and anxiety control your life. Take back control with natural remedies and start living once again!

Find Out How Everyone Is Using It.

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If you are doing research for a medical paper you are writing, for a corporate presentation you are giving, or even if you are doing research for your own personal financial investing needs you need accurate information on the statistics for Generic Cialis usage.

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If you are doing research for a medical paper you are writing, for a corporate presentation you are giving, or even if you are doing research for your own personal financial investing needs you need accurate information on the statistics for Generic Cialis usage. Not only that but you also need to be able to put that data side by side with the statistics on Generic Viagra usage and be able to make an informed and educated analysis on that data. That is what we do. Our website is dedicated to compiling data like the statistics on generic Cialis usage and putting that data side by side with the same data from other erectile dysfunction medications and helping you to make comparisons based on your own criteria.

Our staff compiles information on a regular basis and information like the statistics on generic Cialis usage is not published on our site until our industry experts confirm its accuracy and give us the confidence that the data meets our high standards for excellence. Once we are satisfied that the data is accurate only then do we publish it for you to include in whatever you may need comparison data for. It is dedication to accuracy such as this that makes us the only source you will ever need when you need to compare data such as the statistics on generic Cialis usage.

Find Out Why You Feel The Withdrawal Symptoms When You Are Trying To Quit Smoking

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This is because nicotine and chemicals when introduced into our body greatly affect our biological system. Smokers need preparation for quitting are because of the withdrawal symptoms.

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“No problem, I could quit anytime I want to”. That is the case for many smokers who believe they can quit anytime they want to as though they believe they had a magic switch to turn the nicotine off.

But when you ask them why they are not quitting, it would as if of a sudden, they’re mind starts to get creative and could punch out 101 excuses. Sounds familiar right? The reality is...

Smokers Are Addicted And Need Preparation Before Quitting!

This is because nicotine and chemicals when introduced into our body greatly affect our biological system. Smokers need preparation for quitting are because of the withdrawal symptoms.

Nicotine is a stimulant drug of which its effects where both simulation and relaxation may be felt. You see when we smoke, our body gets used to a certain alteration of conditions in our body. The brain gets used to these certain alternation very quickly even before we can notice it.

Now, there’s a new balance in the brain due to those alterations. When the timely dose of nicotine or whatever chemicals as a result of smoking is not channeled towards the brain, the brain gets upset. Hence we feel uncomfortable with different people enduring different symptoms.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms include:

Cravings to smoke
Dry mouth
Inability to Concentrate
Sore tongue and/or gums
Sleep Disturbances
Sore throat
Constipation, gas, stomach pain
Tightness in the chest

Some ways that could help you with the withdrawal symptoms are:

• Wait
When it is time for you to smoke again, just wait a little while before you decide whether you want to smoke again just for about 3 to 5 minutes time. During this time of waiting, take 10 deep breaths slowly, relax yourself, also relaxing your shoulders.

• Drink Plenty Of Water
This is to help you fight off the cravings

• Become A Part Of A Community
Discuss with someone your feelings about quitting smoking. The easiest way to do that online is through forums. Exchange ideas, opinions and solutions. You’ll be surprised the insights you’ll gain through this experience.

• Exercise
I cannot emphasize how important this is, exercise is suppose to boost up your energy so that you have better preparation to fight the cravings.

• Get sufficient sleep
An excerpt from "Sleep: Essential for Optimal Health" by Drs. Robert Goldman and Ronald Klatz.

"Don't slight sleep. It's when you're tired that you tend to overwork. When you're rested you can finish the work without strain and still have energy and time left over for the rest of your life. Research shows that workers who get less than six hours of sleep a night are prone to costly accidents, poor concentration and poor performance.  Without sleep depression, anxiety and anger increase.

The quality of sleep is just as important as number of hours. If you have trouble sleeping, try going to bed earlier, before 10:00. This usually creates a deeper sleep. Prepare for deep sleep by avoiding TV and computers in the evening."

So when you get more rest, the likelihood for the need for cigarette is reduced.

• Relaxation
Perform some night rituals such as reading a book before you go to bed or meditation to help you and your body to relax.

title:Find the Right New Year’s Resolution to Get into Your Best Shape Ever!
author:Diana Keuilian
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Five easy resolutions to make you lean in 2005!
Yep, it is that time of year again! Time to moan and groan about the weight we gained over the holidays as we resolve to lose it all in the New Year! If memories of failed New Year’s resolutions are haunting you, it is time you found the right resolution for 2005.
The reason that most New Year’s Resolutions fail is that they are too extreme or time consuming. Who is really going to give up all sweets or stick to sweating in the gym for hours each day? What you need this year is a New Year’s Resolution that is simple enough to become a part of your daily life, and will lead to long term weight loss. Read on for five simple yet effective New Year’s Resolutions for you to choose from.
Resolution #1: Drink a large glass of water before each meal.
This simple action will save you mountains of calories in the coming year! By filling your stomach with water right before you eat you reduce your chances of overeating during the meal. Drinking more water is also healthy for all of your body functions, including converting body fat into usable energy.
Resolution #2: Wait 20 minutes before deciding on seconds.
Do you remember the last time you were uncomfortably full after a meal? Chances are that you were hungry and, rather than stopping when you were satisfied, you overate. In the same way that your body tells you when you are hungry, it also has a way of telling you when you are full. The catch is that it takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you have eaten enough. What you eat during that 20 minutes is extra food that your body doesn’t need. Next time that you are in the middle of a meal contemplating getting yourself seconds, allow 20 minutes to pass before you decided if you still need the extra food. Chances are that your brain will get the “full” message and you will pass on the extra calories!
Resolution #3: Walk or Jog in the morning.
Did you know that going on a 15 minutes walk right after waking contributes to weight loss? Getting out of bed 15 minutes earlier, lacing up your tennis shoes, and simply walking around the block will lead to fat burn and lost pounds! When you get up and move first thing in the morning, before breakfast, your body is more likely to used stored fat as energy. Weight loss is supposed to be harder than this, right?
Resolution #4: Obey the No Food Three Hours Before Bed Rule.
Eating a snack after dinner is a widely held habit. Although food always seems to taste better right before bed, it is also more prone to stick with you when eaten late at night. It has been proven that not eating three hours before bed reduces fat storage throughout the night. If you go to bed at 10pm, finish eating for the day no later than 7pm. Once you have made this a habit you will be ecstatic over the long-term weight loss!
Resolution #5: Spice up you Workouts with Circuit Training
Are your workouts consisting of the same exercises in the same order at the same weight? If you find yourself falling into a rut at the gym give circuit training a try. Start by doing one set of your first exercise and then moving on to do one set of your second exercise. After you have done every exercise once, start again from the top! If you want to burn extra calories add 5 minutes on a bike between each set. Get creative and add new exercises into your circuits, and your workouts will be fun and energizing!
Now all you have to do is pick one of these New Year’s Resolutions, make it a part of your daily life, and watch as the pounds fall off in 2005!
Find Urgent Medical Care in Nassau County, New York and Get Treatment when You Need It

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Urgent care is available anytime for you and your family in Nassau County. Knowing this will help to put your mind at ease when there is an illness or injury.

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When you or someone you love comes down with a sudden illness or gets injured, you don't want to have to scramble to find urgent medical care. Whether you live in Valley Stream or Lynbrook of Nassau County, New York, it's important to know the location of your nearest urgent medical care facility. Perhaps it's in Malverne or maybe it's in Rockville Centre, or it could even be in Oceanside. Knowing the exact location, distance, and what type of care is offered will be a tremendous benefit when emergencies arise.

Urgent medical care centers are available to you if you have an urgent medical need at a time when your family physician is not available. This could be due to holidays, emergencies after hours, or heavy scheduling. Urgent care centers are also available for patients who don't have a physician or don't like waiting in for long periods of time at the emergency room.

Treatments Available in Urgent Medical Care Centers

There are many health conditions or needs that can be treated at an urgent medical care center. Urgent care centers offer labs on-site to patients who require blood work to determine their illness and the treatment they will need. On-site x-ray services are available to patients who are experiencing back pain, joint pain, or abdominal pain. X-ray service is also available for treatment of sports injuries such as sprains and fractures.

Service is provided for patients with cuts requiring suturing at urgent medical centers. Less severe illnesses, such as a persistent sore throat, ear or eye infections, cold and flu symptoms, skin rashes, urinary tract infections, and sinus problems can all be treated by an urgent care physician. Patients who have been diagnosed with hypertension can also receive treatment at the facility.

Exams and Screening

Different types of physical exams such as annual exams and Department of Transportation (DOT) exams for truck driving are also provided at urgent care centers.

Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening is also available for both men and women. Cholesterol screening and diabetes testing is also offered by urgent medical care centers. Rapid diagnosis, which helps to determine the cause of the illness faster, is offered by many centers as well. This will help in treating the illness without delay.

About Urgent Care Centers

Urgent medical care centers are open seven days a week with convenient hours from morning to night for patients seeking emergency medical needs. Medical treatment is provided for patients of all ages, and since the centers are walk-in, appointments are not needed. Conveniently, most major insurance plans are accepted. Physicians at the medical centers are board certified in emergency medicine and usually provide all patients with personal attention and excellent care.

Whether you are a local resident, tourist, or business traveler in Nassau County, New York and have an urgent need for prompt and professional medical attention, it is good to know the location of the closest urgent medical center.

title:Find Your Style Of Reading Glasses To Show Off Your Sense Of Fashion
author:Steve Cogger
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Reading glasses or readers have evolved from those old black granny glasses of the past.  Today's reading glasses offer style and glamour making them as fashionable as they are functional.  The many varieties of reading glasses available match the many personalities of their wearers.
To be fashionable and feel great you need to identify what you need from a pair of reading glasses.  Reading glasses come in many types, but the most popular ones are: rimless, plastic, metal, and foldable.  The following list describes each kind, the characteristics, and styles available.
Rimless reading glasses: This kind has no frame around the lens.  The ear and nose pieces connect directly to the lens.  Rimless readers are good for someone wanting something lightweight.  They also have an invisible look to them for someone who wants people to notice their beautiful face, not their reading glasses.  Rimless readers do not offer much room for creative designs and usually come in one solid color.
Plastic reading glasses: Plastic readers are, as their name says, made of plastic.  They are probably the most recognized type of frame.  The choices of designs and colors are endless.  Almost anything imaginable can be done with plastic readers.  The most common problem with this type of frame is they are the heaviest of all frames.  Newly developed plastics, like memory flex plastic, are lighter weight and have added bonuses like forming to fit your face comfortably.
Metal reading glasses:  Metal has fast become a favorite frame choice because it is lightweight and less noticeable than plastic.  Metal frames come in many colors and designs as well.  The biggest concern with a metal frame is that it bends easily and once bent is prone to breaking.
Foldable reading glasses:  Foldable readers have hinges at the nose and ear pieces that allow them to be folded down to about a quarter of their original size.  They are lightweight and easy to carry.  They have metal frames and because of the extra hinges have an added risk of breaking.  The easy to carry characteristics of foldable reading glasses makes them a favorite with people who only occasionally need to use them, but store them in a purse or pocket most of the time.
When buying a pair of fashionable reading glasses, make sure work for you so that you will wear them. Then everybody will see what a flair for fashion you have.
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The article provides information on how researchers study the development of male birth control. By knowing how sperm reproduction works, and how the male reproduction cycle differs from women, such studies can give answers to male birth control pill innovation.

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Birth control has been widely used by many women across the U.S. mainly to provide protection against unwanted pregnancy. At present, many pharmaceutical companies are still developing new methods of birth control, from the popular birth control pills to implants, injections, and even sponges. In men, the only contraceptive method used by many would be condoms. Today, research and clinical trials are being done in order to develop yet another form of contraceptive, and that is male birth control. Developers believe that this new birth control for men will hit the shelves in about five to seven years.

Researchers are taking long in studying this method since they have found it challenging to control the male reproductive system. Women have a reproductive system that is regulated by a menstrual cycle, and is fertile for about 48 hours a month. Scientists were able to develop the birth control pill based on the regularity of menstruation. Unlike women, men produce new sperm 24/7 through a process called spermatogenesis, at a rate of one half billion sperms each day. Because of this male body phenomenon, developing an effective and reversible male birth control continues to challenge researchers.

From the clinical studies, different approaches in temporarily decreasing sperm production are being considered. For men, preventing sperm production, interfering with sperm function, and interrupting sperm transport are being closely studied. For women, the prevention of effective sperm deposit and blocking the sperm-egg interaction is seen as the focal point of contraception. From these strategies, preventing sperm production through the use of testosterone, either alone or in combination with another type of sex hormone called progestin, have shown the most promising results. A pill containing synthetic testosterone and progestin taken by men in a clinical test conducted in Italy showed evidence of lowering the sperm counts to very low levels. Half of the participants had sperm counts of zero after taking the pill, although it was also demonstrated to cause few undesirable side effects. In another type of study, testosterone injections were administered together with combined progestin and testosterone pills. This was shown to be more effective than the use of testosterone injections alone.

Even though male birth control pills seem like a great innovation, not all men agree. Some are nervous about the possible side effects that have resulted from a few of the clinical trials, including mood swings, acne, weight gain, lack of libido, aggressiveness, impotence, long term infertility, and lowered high density lipoprotein. An effective male birth control pill would undoubtedly put more responsibility for contraception on men, a possibility that goes against what men and women in many cultures are used to. Male discomfort with such an innovation, along with the time and high cost of conducting these clinical tests, are likely the main reasons why funding for research about this topic has been low, as well as postponing of developments and access to such male birth control pills. In the future, male birth control pill may become an easier way for men and the rest of society to swallow.