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title:Announcing a Breathtaking 21st Century Medical Breakthrough
author:Wayne Ennis
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

I hope this doesn't sound too grandiose but you are about to read about the most successful health innovation in the last 100 years.  As you read this article you may think of ways it can be of benefit for yourself.
Do you believe in miracles?
What if I told you there was a stunning new therapy that involves you simply tapping Chinese pressure points on your upper body and it can help with all of the following and a lot more besides:
weight loss, stopping smoking, depression, fears and phobias, anorexia, bulimia, self image, obsessive compulsion disorders, ADD, ADHD, asthma, shingles, panic attacks, dyslexia, emotional pain, physical pain, trauma, addictions, allergies, arthritis, high blood pressure, anger, PTSD, carpel tunnel syndrome, sexual dysfunction, diabetes, cancer, sports performance and jealousy.
What if I also told you this therapy often works where all else has failed and often works on things conventional medicine struggles with?  Naturally you may think I had gone mad.
Well there is an exciting new breakthrough that is causing quite a buzz in the medical world.  This therapy is known as Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT.  EFT has its basis in Chinese acupuncture and psychology.  Instead of using needles you simply tap on certain pressure points on your upper body while you think about (tune into) your problem.
The world-renowned Gary Craig developed this Emotional Freedom Technique in the USA in the mid 1990s. Gary has a life long fascination with alternative therapies and it was his curiosity that steered him to this amazing and exciting creation. Gary studied a scientific discipline called Thought Field Therapy with a psychologist named Dr Roger Callahan. Once Gary fully understood Thought Field Therapy he could see that by combining Thought Field Therapy alongside other alternative therapeutic skills he could take matters to a higher level. Gary found that by balancing the body's energy system it will allow it to eliminate most negative emotions within minutes and promote the body's own healing ability. He also learnt that by getting rid of our negative emotions we can promote natural healing and we can cure illness. Gary and other specialists such as myself have witnessed amazing and outstanding results in all aspects of medical areas.
EFT is rightly being hailed as a 21st medical miracle and is being used more and more by the medical profession.  Due to the incredible high rate of success EFT has spread rapidly throughout the world.  It is now even been used in some specialist areas of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.  EFT works on just about every emotional and physical issue you can name.   Unlike other therapies with EFT you often see results in minutes. Emotional Freedom Technique stands alone as a cutting edge therapy.  It can dramatically improve your health and the quality of your life.
We often overlook our emotional health and concentrate on the physical side. It was ascertained that the underlying cause of an illness could be negative emotion. The disruption to the body's energy system can indeed create medical, physical and psychological ill health. Emotional freedom technique gets rid of negative emotions and restores your bodies’ natural energy system quickly and painlessly.  EFT works well with any emotional disturbances such as phobias, panic attacks, depression, as well as with many physical and medical problems. Emotional freedom techniques works by clearing emotional blockages from your body's bio energy system. Good emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical well-being and healing - no matter how dedicated you are to keeping fit or eating a proper diet.
EFT is easy to do, it involves no medication or equipment and it works on babies to adults.  It often works where all else has failed and where conventional medicine is unable to help.  It does not work by a placebo effect and will work on the hardest of sceptics.
Emotional Freedom Technique will give you relief from any old or new problems that you may experience.  Most people often feel energised after a session.  After using EFT you become relaxed, reinvigorated and you sleep better.  Using EFT you can become truly stress, worry, illness & pain free!
One of the other amazing things about EFT is that sessions can be done over the telephone or Internet using things like Skype, MSN messenger, Yahoo messenger and ICQ.  That means it is perfect for people with mobility difficulties or agoraphobia.  It also means you do not have to travel to your therapist or pay parking costs.
Copyright 2006 Wayne Ennis

Annual Water Well Checkup And Water Test Make Sense

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What if your doctor never did an examination or test until you become critically ill?

Annual Water Well Checkup And Water Test Make Sense

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What if your doctor never did an examination or test until you became critically ill?

That may sound crazy but in much the same way, many water well owners rarely, if ever, have their wells checked until something goes wrong-even though occasional maintenance might prevent problems.

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) recommends that well owners get an annual maintenance checkup and water test. By checking your well system and water quality each year, you can often detect and fix small problems before they become big ones.

If you haven't gotten a well maintenance checkup and water test in the past 12 months, now would be a good time to do so.

A well checkup should include:

• A flow test to determine well output.

• A water-level check before and during pumping, if possible.

• A pump motor performance check including amp load, grounding and voltage.

• A pressure tank and pressure switch contact check.

• A well equipment inspection to ensure it is sanitary and meets local codes.

• A water test for coliform bacteria, nitrates and anything else of local concern.

• A clearly written report that explains results and recommendations, and includes all laboratory and other test results.

Your water should be tested any time there is a sudden change in its appearance, taste or odor.

To further protect your water supply, keep hazardous substances properly stored and away from the well. To learn more about this, check with your local health or environmental health department.

"We take care of the things we value. When you stop to think how important good drinking water is to our well-being, it makes sense to check your well system and water quality each year," said Kevin McCray, National Ground Water Association executive director.

You can arrange a checkup by contacting a water well contractor who performs the type of maintenance recommended by NGWA.

Anorexia as a Topical Issue of Modern Society

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Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by a pronounced fear of gaining weight and being fat. People confronted with this condition become obsessed with food and engage in exaggerated acts of preventing weight gain. It is very important to understand that anorexia doesn’t involve loss of appetite. Anorexics willingly refuse to eat properly, continuously pursuing their goal of having a slim body. People who suffer from anorexia keep very strict diets and often over-exercise in an attempt to become thin.

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Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by a pronounced fear of gaining weight and being fat. People confronted with this condition become obsessed with food and engage in exaggerated acts of preventing weight gain. It is very important to understand that anorexia doesn’t involve loss of appetite. Anorexics willingly refuse to eat properly, continuously pursuing their goal of having a slim body. People who suffer from anorexia keep very strict diets and often over-exercise in an attempt to become thin.

The main problem of anorexics is that they are never satisfied with their efforts and regardless of how much weight they may lose, they continue to indulge in self-restrictive food behaviors. In many cases, people affected by anorexia develop an altered perception of their bodies. They always complain about their physical appearance, referring to themselves as fat. People who suffer from anorexia often try to suppress their hunger by taking diet pills or they even try to replace food with energy drinks. Due to their very scarce diet and the poor intake of nutrients, anorexics often develop serious illnesses. Many people with anorexia eventually develop anemia, gastrointestinal disorders, or osteoporosis (deterioration of bones).

Anorexia has a very high incidence among teenagers worldwide. Statistics indicate that in the United States alone, anorexia affects more than 10 million people. Although anorexia can occur in both sexes, the disorder is very common in the female gender. Research results indicate that more than 90 percent of people diagnosed with anorexia are women. Anorexia is mostly common in teenagers and young adults, rarely affecting people at more advanced stages of life.

The actual causes of anorexia haven’t yet been clarified. The disorder seems to occur on the background of inherited genetic abnormalities, and the main triggers for anorexia are suspected to be various environmental factors  Anorexia is more prevalent in well-developed societies, which suggests a pronounced environmental feature of the disorder. However, this type of eating disorder has been identified in virtually any ethnical group and culture, hence contradicting existing environmental theories.

Anorexia affects people on multiple levels and there are various signs that can point to this type of disorder. Physical signs of anorexia are: pronounced weight loss, body weakness, fatigue and anemia. Recidivating menstrual problems are clear indicators of anorexia in the female gender. From a behavioral perspective, the signs of anorexia are: strict dieting, refusal to eat in the company of others, excessive exercise, abusive use of diet pills and diuretics, refusal of social interactions. The emotional aspect of anorexia can involve depression, low self-esteem, inaccurate perception of body image and sudden changes in mood.

In time, people affected by anorexia become the victims of their own actions. Although they may not realize it, anorexics actually engage themselves in self-destructive behaviors. It is very important to pay attention to any signs that may suggest the presence of anorexia in your friends or family members. Anorexia can be treated and people can recover completely from the disorder if they receive appropriate encouragement and support.

Anorexia – A Disease Induced By the Society?

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Anorexia Nervosa can be translated “nervous loss of appetite”. This type of eating disorder has been affecting the female gender for centuries, occurring in various cultural and ethnical groups around the world. The unusual behavior of people affected by the disease attracted the attention of various medical scientists throughout the course of history. Early data related to Anorexia Nervosa can be found in manuscripts written many centuries ago. Although they are very inaccurate, the first studies on this form of disease date back since the end of the 17th century. These early studies describe Anorexia Nervosa as a purely physiological disease, developed on the premises of physical dysfunctions. More substantial data on Anorexia Nervosa has been collected towards the end of the 19th century, when the neuropsychological nature of the disease has been described for the first time.

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Anorexia Nervosa can be translated “nervous loss of appetite”. This type of eating disorder has been affecting the female gender for centuries, occurring in various cultural and ethnical groups around the world. The unusual behavior of people affected by the disease attracted the attention of various medical scientists throughout the course of history. Early data related to Anorexia Nervosa can be found in manuscripts written many centuries ago. Although they are very inaccurate, the first studies on this form of disease date back since the end of the 17th century. These early studies describe Anorexia Nervosa as a purely physiological disease, developed on the premises of physical dysfunctions. More substantial data on Anorexia Nervosa has been collected towards the end of the 19th century, when the neuropsychological nature of the disease has been described for the first time.

The disease has been called “Anorexia Nervosa” at the beginning of the 20th century. In spite of its name, Anorexia Nervosa doesn’t involve loss of appetite at all! This inappropriate definition suggests a poor understanding of the disease in the past. People who suffer from anorexia don’t just “lose” their appetite; they simply refuse to eat properly. Anorexics are overwhelmed by the fear of being fat and therefore they struggle to prevent this from happening. They become obsessed with food and they engage in unusual behaviors in order to lose weight. People who suffer from anorexia in time develop an altered perception of their body image, seeing themselves as “fat”. Regardless of their efforts to lose weight, anorexics constantly complain about their physical appearance and they are never satisfied with their achievements.

In present, anorexia is very common in the young population. It mostly affects girls and young women, although the disease is also known to affect men. Actually, nowadays anorexia seems to affect both sexes equally. While anorexia was a rare disease in the past, nowadays it has an overwhelmingly high incidence in the young population. Although there are some genetic and acquired physiological factors involved in the development of Anorexia Nervosa, the disease appears to be triggered by environmental and neuropsychological factors.

In modern society, the high incidence of anorexia in the young population is interrelated with the increased influence of the media over the masses. The ideal of beauty promoted by the society we live in has a great influence on teenagers and children. Being fit and having a slim body is the ideal of beauty promoted by modern society and due to a pronounced pressure exercised by the media and modern culture, many young people engage in unhealthy food behaviors in an attempt to achieve an image that closely resembles the topical ideal of beauty. Nowadays, anorexia is obviously a phenomenon induced by modern society, which latently manipulates the young. In fact, the diminished acceptance of modern society for “average-looking people” is the main catalyst of Anorexia Nervosa in present. Due to the exaggerated ideals of beauty promoted these days, and the increased pressure exercised by our culture upon the young, anorexia can only become an even more prevalent phenomenon in future.

Another Ali, Another Champ!

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Obesity is one of the leading cause of deaths among American women. Khaliah Ali, the daughter of the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad, endured a long battle,but not inside a boxing ring, but a fight on her weight problems. She discovered a “miracle” which led her to her moment of truth.

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When you hear or read the name Ali, you would probably think instantly of the boxer Ali. Ali is synonymous to the greatest American boxer of all time. Muhammad Ali or Cassius Marcellus Clay was born on 17 January 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky to parents of modest circumstance. He started boxing in junior high, when he learned boxing from a policeman at a local gym. By the time that Ali had reached high school, he had already made up his mind to be a prizefighter.  His dream was to be part of the U.S.  Olympic Boxing Team. As an amateur boxer, Ali attracted attention in 1960 by winning the Amateur Athletic Union light heavyweight and Golden Gloves heavyweight championships. At the Rome Olympics in 1960, Ali crushed his opponents to win a gold medal in the light heavyweight division.

Famous for his flamboyant manner, his boasting predictions of which round he would defeat his opponent, and his famous verse “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”, he was also recognized as one of the all-time great boxers with his quick jab and footwork. His slogan “I am the greatest” became a catch phrase. He closed his boxing career in 1981 with a remarkable record of 56 wins, five losses, with 37 knockouts, before retiring in 1981.   The following year, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease is a debilitating disorder of the central nervous system that is characterized by the impairment of speech and motor skills. 

Despite his deteriorating physical condition, he was honored as an athlete by allowing him to carry the torch to light the pyre that officially started the 1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In addition to his professional and social achievements, Ali also starred in a film biography released in 1977 and entitled The Greatest.  He had also been the subject of several documentaries, most notably the Oscar Award-winning, When We Were Kings which was released in 1996.

Aside from becoming a sports legend, Ali also became a virtual brand name and a commercial success.  Ali is the first boxer to appear on a box of Wheaties, He has led a record-breaking and history-making career, one which gives him every reason to proclaim himself, “The Greatest.”

Ali presently lives with his fourth wife, Yolanda, in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The father of 9 children, one named Laila also pursued a boxing career, while another child named Khaliah came to media's attention not for her boxing fights but for her bouts with obesity.  Khaliah Ali is also an Emmy-nominated talk show host and has won the Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Award. She has also contributed to more than two dozen charities over the years. Growing up proved to be difficult since she was always subjected to  verbal abuse and ridicule.  In school, people would always her people talking behind her back by saying,  “Look at that fat girl... she's Muhammad Ali's daughter.”  At age 9, she was put on the Today Show with Jane Pauley for an episode about overweight kids. She felt ugly and experienced depression because of her weight. When she was 26, she had already hit a potentially fatal body weight of  335 pounds. Over the years, Khaliah tried using various diet pills but to no avail.  After trying out several prescriptions, she finally discovered the Lap-Band System of weight loss. The name Lap-Band comes from the Laparoscopic Gastric Band and Laparoscopy, a surgical technique that makes use of the said medical band. During laparoscopy, the surgeon makes a few incisions in the abdominal wall and inserts narrow, hollow tubes. Extremely small and thin instruments are then passed through the tubes. The instruments include a microscopic camera that sends video to a monitor that is used by the surgeon to see inside the abdomen. This technique is the least invasive of all weight loss surgeries and has the least risk of complications. The system includes an adjustable silicon elastomer band that is surgically placed around the stomach. The band induces weight loss by restricting food intake; when eating less, your body draws from its own fat to get the energy it needs. It is the only FDA-approved adjustable gastric band for use in weight reduction for severely obese adults.

In 2004, tipping the scales at more than 270 pounds, Khaliahh Ali fought back with the help of the Lap-Band System procedure and ended her battle with obesity. Now 155 lbs. and a paid promoter of the Lap-Band System, Ali sees a doctor for twice-yearly adjustments that include saline injections that tighten the band. She is also now working to earn her certificate in physical fitness.  Aside from following a very strict eating and fitness regimen, she also began a campaign for obesity health education. She was motivated to engage in such an advocacy partly due to the fact that she lost two friends to obesity, both of whom were under 40 when they died.

With her Moment of Truth campaign (, Khalia shares her moments of truth about her own struggles with obesity.  Like Khalia, many individuals fall into the endless cycle of using popular weight loss diet pills and getting back all the weight they lost whenever they go back to an eating binge.  In a recent interview, Khaliah said that she believes that many women need to be empowered  and educated about weight-loss procedures.

Like her father, who is said to be the “greatest” and adored by millions of fans around the world. Khaliah, is now a source of inspiration and considered by overweight women as a champ in her own right.

Another Controversial Decision for

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Boxing is undoubtedly a very popular

yet controversial sport that has a   

  worldwide following.  This article

talks about other issues encountered

by     boxers  such as prohibited

drugs for pain relief. The latest

controversy      involves the just

recent fight between Mayweather and


pain relief

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Gnarled knuckles. Mangled fingers.

Lame handshakes. Sore and swollen

wrists. They are the signatures of

battle commonly found on the hands of

boxers and Floyd Mayweather knows the

pain all too well. Mayweather, a fast

and explosive boxer dances and

pounces at the boxing ring better

than most top caliber fighters in the

ring. As the owner of the Junior

Welterweight title, Mayweather has

most pundits calling him, pound for

pound, 2005's best boxer.

Born on February 24, 1977, in Grand

Rapids, Michigan, Floyd Jr. has

boxing in his blood. His father,

Floyd Sr., fought Sugar Ray Leonard

in the late '70s, while his uncle

Roger was a Junior Lightweight and

Super Lightweight champion. It was no

surprise then, that Floyd Jr. showed

an aptitude for boxing from a very

young age.

When he had received enough training

from his dad and uncle, Floyd entered

the world of amateur boxing as an

adolescent. Fighting at 126 pounds,

Mayweather put together an amazing

84-6 record as an amateur, winning

Golden Gloves championships in 1993,

1994, and 1996. Mayweather made the

Olympic team in 1996 and at the

Atlanta Olympics, he beat boxers from

Kazakhstan, Armenia and Cuba before

falling to a Bulgarian in a highly

controversial semi-final bout.

Mayweather had to settle for the

bronze medal.

Last December 9, Mayweather Jr.

defeated Great Britain's Ricky Hatton

in the 10th round of their World

Boxing Council welterweight title

fight in Las Vegas.

During pre-bout interviews,

Mayweather has repeatedly denied that

his hands might cause him a problem.

Hatton himself is concerned that

Mayweather may use his hands as an

excuse if he loses his title. 

However, his camp agreed that the

priority was to prevent the American

from any illegal advantage using the

controversial pain relief medication.

The Hattons maintained their focus on

this issue at another prebout meeting

when they wanted to ensure that

Mayweather would not be able to

protect his hands with an unfair use

of tape and lidocaine.

However, the Mayweathers are unhappy

that lidocaine has been specifically

identified as a drug that cannot be

used. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic

(numbing medication). It produces

pain relief by blocking the signals

at the nerve endings in the skin.

Lidocaine topical systems are used

for pain relief and for managing

discomfort associated with herpes

zoster virus infection of the skin


Mayweather’s hand problems have been

long documented but they resurfaced

in an edition of a television

documentary that showed the boxer

having a wax paraffin treatment and

quietly acknowledging the issue.

However, with all the controversy and

trash talks that surrounded their

title bout, Mayweather still managed

to beat his opponent.

Fight veterans such as Mayweather and

Hatton, have struggled over the years

to keep their hands healthy, a

problem that is shared by many

boxers. Some of those fighters are

resorting to expensive pain relief

drugs and, if necessary, undergo an

intricate surgical procedure to

restore the strength of their hands. 

While the boxers try to explore all

options to remove pain from their

bread-winning hands and knuckles,

boxing officials are still in hot

debate about whether existing rules

should be changed regarding the use

of anesthetics in a sport that has

been hounded by drug and steroid

scandals for many years.

title:Another Dangerous Drug – when will it end?
author:Lee Cummings
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

“Risks found with another pain killer” – This is the headline of an article from the New York Times.
Surprise! Once again another dangerous “pain killer” Drug is found to cause heart attacks, stroke and death in unsuspecting users.
This time it is Celebrex™. Remember that this drug was named by David Graham, an employee of the fda’s  office of drug safety, as one of the top five dangerous drugs which would be the next problem.
A five-year study by the National Cancer Institute which explored whether Celebrex™ prevented colon polyps and colorectal cancer, has found that those taking the drug had at least a 2.5 times higher risk of cardiac events even at the lower dose.
Those taking a higher dose during the study had as much as a 3.4 times higher risk for heart attacks and stroke. The National Cancer Institute ended the trial early.
Remarkably, neither the drug maker nor the fda have taken action to pull this killer drug from the market.
Drug companies and the fda are already under fire for their unsafe and unethical practices of bringing a new drug to market. Under fire from the public and The  United States Congress who is holding hearings about these practices.
Here is one of the root causes of the problem – The fda looks the other way as they allow drug companies to conduct as many trials and studies as they want.
The trials and studies which produce dangerous findings and results are allowed to be swept under the rug while only reporting the few “good” results to the fda.
Hence, the drug is “proven safe” to the fda for public Consumption.
How many more people have to die before we take action and hold the fda and drug companies responsible?
How many more people have to die before we demand  the fda really look out for the health of the public, instead of the health of their pocketbook?
How many more people have to die before the fda stops banning safe, natural supplements and herbs which proved themselves to be effective centuries ago.
Fortunately, effective and more importantly safe solutions exist to rid your body of chronic pain and inflammation.
Safe, Natural, Proven solutions to Your chronic aches and Pains are available from Mother Nature.
Are you aware that solving the root causes of pain are the most effective to help you avoid most pain in the first place?
I will share with you some safe, natural and proven Strategies, so You can evaluate them and decide what is right for You.
Foods, supplements and herbs which you can easily incorporate into your diet to help reduce your pain and inflammation:
Hot Pepper
Green Tea – contains 51 inflammation inhibiting
Compounds like salicylic acid and polyphenols.
Fresh cold water fish like salmon and sardines, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are a natural oil for your joints and help reduce inflammation.
Grass fed beef which is also high in omega-3 fats
Other foods which are high in omega-3 fats:
Nuts - Brazil, walnuts, almonds, pecans and hazelnuts.
As well as seeds – like sunflower seeds and flaxseed.
Mother natures supplements to ease joint pain and inflammation:
Glucosamine – an amino sugar and key component of cartilage. Must be combined with the next 2 for best results.
Boswellin – an Indian herb which reduces inflammation causing complex carbs
Msm – Methyl-sulfonylmethane – an organic source of the mineral sulfur.
The above 3 are best used together for optimum results.
Vitamins C and D – both have been clinically proven to reduce osteoarthritis and joint stiffness and inflammation.
Fish oil tablets - also high in omega-3 fats.
You can even swim and exercise in water to go easy on your joints.
Foods to avoid which inflame your joints:
Refined carbohydrates – these are the biggest offenders and actually generate cox-2s. These are the enzymes which drugs like Vioxx™ and Celebrex™ are designed to inhibit.
Food allergies are also a part of joint pain and arthritis. You will have to keep track of foods which seem to increase joint pain and swelling.
All of these foods, supplements and herbs supplied by mother nature can easily be incorporated into your cooking and diet to help ease joint pain and swelling.
Dr. Al Sears Health Confidential for Men – September, 2004
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Haqqi TM, et al. “Prevention of collagen-induced arthritis in mice By a Polyphenolic fraction from green tea.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA 1999; 96(8); 4,524-4,529
Another Increase in Health Premiums

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The health industry’s main lobbying group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, reports that medical premiums increased 8.8% between 2004 and 2005.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, an average health care plan obtained through an employer in 2005 approached $11,000.  The average annual cost for the worker was approximately $3,500 plus deductibles and co-pays.

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The health industry’s main lobbying group, America’s Health Insurance Plans, reports that medical premiums increased 8.8% between 2004 and 2005.  The lobbying group claims this is good news since the actual premium rate of growth has continued to slow from a rate of more than 13% in 2002.  The increase in health premiums is reportedly most likely due to the increased use of doctor and hospital services. 

The accounting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, reports that just 14% of the increase had to do with administration or marketing costs or higher insurance profits.  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, an average health care plan obtained through an employer in 2005 approached $11,000.  The average annual cost for the worker was approximately $3,500 plus deductibles and co-pays.

Employers are currently shifting more and more of the health care costs to their employees.  Studies show that employers decreased health care spending by 1.3%, while employees increased spending by 5.5%.  “What we’re aware of is that health care costs,” says Judy Feder, PhD, dean of the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University, “even when they slow down, are still outpacing peoples’ income and ability to pay.”

The trend of increasing costs of health care does not seem to be slowing down.  With baby boomers now into their sixties, these costs will certainly continue to rise.  Health care costs are taking a larger chunk out of everyone’s budget.

Prescription drugs price increases are outpacing the growing medical premiums by almost two-fold.  Controlling drug costs is one of the simplest ways to lower overall health care spending.  Using generics as often as possible, utilizing less expensive over the counter medication, and shopping around for lower prices are three quick and easy ways to lower these costs.  Even small savings, done over and over, will soon add up to a significant reduction in your expenses at the pharmacy.

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Answers to 5 Common Questions About Texas Health Insurance

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Although Texas ranks the highest among U.S. states in the number of uninsured residents, obtaining affordable Texas medical insurance is easier and more affordable than you think.

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Although Texas ranks the highest among U.S. states in the number of uninsured residents, obtaining affordable Texas medical insurance is easier and more affordable than you think. Here are answers to five common questions about getting health insurance in Texas.

1. I'm young and healthy. Why should I spend money for medical insurance that I'll never use?

Having insurance is like carrying an umbrella. You may not need it most of the time, but when there's a torrential downpour you'll be glad you have it. Even young and healthy people have accidents, seasonal illnesses, and sometimes tragic health issues. If you wind up having a serious medical condition, it can become very difficult to obtain Texas medical insurance, or your preexisting condition may be excluded from your coverage. In addition, you can get much lower premiums when you're young and healthy, so health insurance provides excellent protection at very little cost.

2. Is there a benefit to using a health insurance agency, as opposed to getting quotes for policies on my own or going through a single agent?

A health insurance agency provides a number of benefits. First, they have established relationships with many, many insurance companies. This means that they have access to all of the best Texas medical insurance plans in the marketplace, while not having a bias toward any single insurer. This is in contrast to some individual agents, who work on behalf of one or two companies, and who will try and push you to sign up with their company. While you can research various plans on your own, a health insurance agency will do the legwork for you and present you will all available options, at no charge to you.

3. What's the most important feature to consider when buying health insurance?

There are two important features that people often overlook: the lifetime maximum coverage and the maximum out-of-pocket expense. Although your more immediate concerns might be co-payments for doctors' visits and prescription coverage, if you or a family member experiences a catastrophic illness, your overall coverage and out-of-pocket costs are much more crucial. Look for a policy that offers lifetime maximum coverage of $3 million or more, and a yearly out-of-pocket maximum in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.

4. Can I trust online comparisons for Texas health insurance?

Yes. The law requires that identical plans have identical pricing, regardless of whether you go directly through the insurer or use a health insurance agency. In other words, if you're looking at the XYZ company's Plan A, you will receive the same quote whether you get it online, place a phone call, or visit an insurance agency or company. Keep in mind though, that the price you pay may depend upon a number of variables, including your age, your gender, whether or not you smoke, and any pre-existing medical conditions that you may have. The final price is in large part determined by your medical history.

5. What's the difference between an HMO and a PPO?

When it comes to Texas medical insurance, a health maintenance organization (HMO) requires that, for non-emergency services, you use their physicians and hospitals. A preferred provider organization (PPO) allows you to visit any health care provider, but gives you more benefits if you use health care professionals and services within their network.

title:Answers To Naturally Remove Scars
author:Martha Fitzharris
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Quick and easy information access has been a consequence of the fast development of technology. Thus, more and more people over the world are gaining with all the aspects of the Medias, from news to fashion.
It’s a general tendency for people to be vainer with themselves caused by the effects of lots of advertisements that depict the essence of being beautiful as an important element that leads you to successfulness.  No wonder why a lot of people are so much into cosmetic surgeries these days. All of them want to improve or enhance their appearance for being physically acceptable in society.
Consequently, one of the most undesirable problems in a person’s appearance is face scars. Whether it is caused by acne or other incidents that resulted in wounds, scar is an unsightly spot in the skin.
Scar develops if there’s an abnormal function of the skin cells and it may rise shiny and thin, hard and rough, white or dark textured, depending each case. Sometimes it can be reminded where the wound was “stitched-up”, others the scar can be so tough and fibrous that it interferes with the body’s capability to move a joint.
Experts say that it is easier to take measures to minimize a scar early than to having to correct one later. That is why it is very important to remove the scar as early as possible.
Scar Remover
There are many products in the market today that had been proven to be effective in removing scars. These products range from gels, healing creams, and other skin care products.  There are also surgeries and other operative procedures that are used to remove the scar. Patients may choose whether they want to have it removed through laser treatment, plastic reconstructive surgery or natural treatments.
Reconstructive surgeries are performed to repair extra-visceral defects, malformations congenital or acquired and to restore and prevent further loss of function as well.  Wherever, plastic surgeries are done most of the time for esthetic and cosmetic improvement; it is applicable to many parts of the body and numerous structures, in these types of treatments, living tissue may be transferred from one part of the body to another.
The natural way, always best
There are instances where people would rather use natural methods instead of the artificial or commercialized form of treatments. The main reason is that many people feel that they are better with the natural methods instead of undergoing several painful procedures.
The best way to remove a scar is to apply skin care products that contain natural ingredients known to effectively eliminate scars.
Today, examples of natural scar removers are those that contain vitamin C. It is considered a natural antioxidant that neutralizes the skin and effectively promotes the speedy reproduction of healthy skin cells more efficiently and safely.
Another effective product for scar treatment is Bio Skin Care cream witch have biological activators that trigger the self healing process of the skin.  It only has natural elements with no side effects that surely enhance your skin.
So, people who really want to remove scars in an effectively and safely way, better do it trough natural treatments. It will always be better “in the natural way”.
title:Antacids: The Truth About Antacids
author:Colleen Palati
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Antacids. I'm sure you know of someone who suffers from heartburn on a regular basis and takes antacids like they're candy. It might even be you. Most people think the answers to all their stomach problems can be resolved by taking over-the-counter antacids. In reality, their digestive problems typically stem from low stomach acid, very few digestive enzymes, and huge meals that were not chewed well enough. These meals cause food to sit in the digestive tract longer than they should.
As a result, food ferments, causing gas and bloating when it is not properly digested. As gases rise and reach the esophagus, they cause pain in the chest that some say feels like a heart attack. Too much gas causes the valve that keeps the stomach contents out of the esophagus to stretch. This spills acid into the esophagus, causing the stinging sensation other wise known as heartburn.
Taking an antacid medication may temporarily ease the burning sensation since it reduces stomach acid. When this is done, improper food digestion occurs, and then ferments. Then the whole problem starts all over again. By using antacids to control stomach acid, the stomach compensates by providing more acid.
Below I have outlined common ingredients in antacids and their effects on our body. Please read carefully through them. It is amazing that, especially if taken in large doses, antacids can be harmful to your health!
Aluminum salts: These salts interfere with the absorption of phosphates. This can lead to constipation, loss of appetite, weakness, and bone damage. Aluminum salts can aggravate patients with Alzheimer's disease, kidney disease, those who are dehydrated, and those with certain bone disorders.
Calcium salts: In excess, calcium sales can cause constipation, urinary tract disorders, headaches, mood changes, muscles weakness, and nausea.
Sodium bicarbonate: This has a laxative effect. Sodium bicarbonate can also affect blood pressure and cause swollen feet and legs.
In addition, antacids can interfere with the absorption of vitamins and medication, especially antibiotics. Antacids that contain magnesium can be dangerous when given to people who have a kidney disease. It can also be dangerous for those who suffer from dehydration. I have read that antacids block the vitamin B12…the most vital vitamin for the human brain. Researchers believe that the lack of vitamin B12 in the brain may be one cause of Alzheimer's disease.
If indeed you have osteoporosis or are at risk, or if you are a child, you should never take antacids. I am in the process of putting out 10 proven tips that will reduce your heartburn within a very short period of time. I too have suffered from years and years of agonizing heartburn and it is my pleasure to share these secrets to you. Until recently, I learned the truth about antacids and some proven methods of curing heartburn.
Lets face it, if you are going to settle for treating heartburn instead of curing it, you'll be wasting your money! This method of treatment will bring absolutely no long term effects and a possibility of esophagus cancer could occur. In our next newsletter, I will discuss 10 techniques to conquering heartburn.
Yours in healthy living,
Colleen Palati
9217 Douglas Fir Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Anti-Aging Formula: Solutions to Looking and Feeling Younger

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Today we know a great deal about how each of our physiological systems functions, and the factors that cause each of them to derail and accelerate the aging process.

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From the legendary Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon to the fictional Captain Jack Sparrow in 2007's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," the allure of a Fountain of Youth continues to mesmerize. It appears that de Leon never found Florida's purported anti-aging formula, and we don't yet know whether or not Sparrow will find the elixir. What we do know is that, today, the science of aging has progressed in leaps and bounds. Indeed, we know a great deal about how each of our physiological systems functions, and the factors that cause each of them to derail and accelerate the aging process.

Free Radicals

Take free radical damage, for example. Free radical damage happens when the body's cells lose electrons. Just as an old car eventually rusts out, a person's body ages as it sustains free radical damage. Some people theorize that aging itself is a result of free radical damage, while others theorize that conditions associated with aging arise as a result of free radical damage and together contribute to the aging process.

Reversing the Effects

The question then becomes, how can we reverse the effects of free radicals? Chemically speaking, it's a matter of ingesting what are called antioxidants. An antioxidant formula can stop free radicals in their tracks, both by preventing the loss of cells' electrons and by adding or "donating" electrons back into cells. It's like giving your car an undercoating to prevent rust.

Other Signs of Aging

But what about the other signs of aging? Well, some of them are visible - like the loss of elasticity in the skin, wrinkles, and graying hair - and some of them are invisible - like memory loss, vision deterioration, and hormone imbalances. The right combination of vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, herbs, and minerals can help counteract the aging process. Such anti-aging products not only can stop aging, but also can actually reverse the process.

Anti-Aging Supplement

Although there are a variety of types of antioxidants products in the marketplace, if you're interested in reversing the aging process, you should consider an anti-aging natural supplement. As opposed to creams, supplements work from the inside out to repair cells and to regenerate healthy new cells. A good anti-aging formula will afford you with a variety of benefits, including improving sleep, increasing energy, initiating fatty acid metabolism, improving memory and mental alertness, increasing circulation, improving skin texture, boosting the immune system, promoting hormonal balance, supporting good vision, and improving joint health. Beyond that, it should facilitate the repair of RNA and DNA.

When shopping for supplements that have an antioxidant formula, you should be sure to select a company that stands behind their product with a money-back guarantee, that is in compliance with FDA regulations, and that doesn't promise overnight results. After all, the aging process takes time, and so does the reversal process. Finally, make sure that you choose an all-natural anti-aging formula that includes antioxidants.

Anti-Aging Tips for Baby Boomers in Retirement

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Herbal remedies and natural healing methods to help baby boomers in retirement attain better health and slow the aging process....

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Many baby boomers in retirement are becoming more and more concerned with their health needs. Aging has become a reality, so they must take steps to improve or maintain good health and slow the aging process.

According to a recent study by Herbal News Magazine, baby boomers born between 1948 and 1953 evaluated their general health more poorly than their elders, based on a similar study conducted in 1992. Perhaps this happened because the Baby Boom generation was generally less physically active than their elders had been, both at home and at work. Less physical activity and poor eating habits have led to many cases of diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure among baby boomers in retirement.

Fortunately, it's not too late for baby boomers to become pro-active in their own physical well-being. These anti-aging and health tips can help.

Use Herbs to Supplement Diet

Herbs have been around since the earth's beginnings and can often be found in seasoning and spices we use, plants, many organic foods, and herbal supplements. With the onslaught of pharmaceutical companies and modern medicine, herb use for anti-aging and good health dwindled for a while. But now, baby boomers are realizing the many benefits of holistic health and that herbs offer an affordable alternative to many prescription or over-the-counter drugs.

Some popular herbs for enhanced health and anti-aging include oregano, alfalfa, wheat germ, Echinacea root, fenugreek, arginine, witch hazel, cinnamon, cardamom, dill, peppermint, thyme, ginseng, ginger, rosemary, black pepper, green tea, cat's claw, and many others. Ginger, for instance, is an antioxidant that helps cleanse the colon, stimulate circulation, and reduce spasms and cramps. It also helps reduce hot flashes and indigestion. Alfalfa detoxifies the body and works as a natural diuretic, hormonal balancer, and cholesterol reducer. Cinnamon enhances the metabolism to help with weight loss, and it is recommended for fungal infections, digestive problems, diabetes, yeast infection, and other ailments. The list of herbs available today goes on and on.

Baby boomers in retirement can see a holistic doctor or one that specializes in homeopathy to discover herbs or alternative medicines that will work best for them.

Natural Healing

Another way baby boomers can improve health and prolong the aging process is through natural methods and remedies for healing. The "ancients" often turned to natural remedies for healing because they didn't have a doctor's office or local hospital nearby. Today, many people turn to drugs, which only treat the symptoms, not the problem. Though some diseases and sicknesses do require pharmaceutical drugs, there are many conditions that could possibly be healed naturally. Natural healing is available for many ailments including colds and congestion, back or neck pain, stress and tension, headaches, circulatory problems, and others.

There are several natural healing methods. Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy in which fine needles are used to unblock energy in the body so the healing process can take place naturally. Chiropractic methods include re-aligning or adjusting skeletal systems in the body to help the body release blockages and heal itself. Cranial sacral is the process of adjusting or aligning the bones of the skull to help with headaches, chronic pain, joint syndrome, or injuries to the head or spine. Massaging is a natural healing method in which the hands are used to gently release stress and tension through motion and pressure on certain muscles. Other natural healing methods include Rolfing, Shiatsu, reflexology, and the healing touch.

Choose All-Natural Beauty Products over Chemically-Based Products

Chemically-based beauty products might work wonders at enhancing beauty for now, but long-term use can actually speed up the aging process. Some products that promise beauty might actually dry or damage the skin, damage hair, and cause pre-mature wrinkles. Luckily, there are many organic beauty products available in lotions, shampoos, make-up, bath oils, and soaps to help skin stay beautiful and to reduce signs of aging. These are made of natural ingredients instead of dangerous toxins that can be absorbed into the body through the skin.

Physical Activity, Healthy Eating, and Relaxation

Three other key factors to good health for baby boomers are physical activity, healthy eating, and relaxation. Baby boomers in retirement can still be active doing the things they love such as walking or jogging, riding a bike, gardening, traveling and sight-seeing. Also, they can eat healthier by choosing foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Finding a way to relax each day is also important for good health. A soothing bath in natural bath oil, reading a book, spending time outdoors on a swing... all these offer time to relax and clear the mind of the day's stressful activities.

These methods have helped many people, but a doctor should be seen with any serious illness. Herbs and alternative medicines are not automatic cure-alls, but are meant to enhance health and help the body heal itself of minor illnesses.

Baby boomers in retirement don't have to stand by and watch their health go downhill. The Internet is a great resource to get started and research different herbs and their health benefits. It's time to take action with these natural health and antiaging tips!

Anti-Obesity Drug that Prevents Liver Diseases

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This article talks about being overweight and obese. This health condition affects more people than before, and also lists down several health problems that can arise  henobesity is present. New studies have found one medication for obesity that can  supposedly decrease the percentage of having liver diseases in overweight and obese people.

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Being overweight and obese is viewed by many as a serious and fast growing public health problem. More and more people are now adding extra weight because of several factors which includes family genetics, eating habits, lifestyle, and so on. This health condition not only gives the person a feel of embarrassment in social circles, but also faces a dangerous health condition.

Obesity is defined as the excess or having too much body fat. Being overweight on the other hand, refers to those who weigh too much. Both of these conditions refer to weight as those that come from the bone, fat, muscle, and body water of a person. Either way, both terms apply to people who have excess weight, more than what their height applies for.

Several health problems may arise if a person is considered as overweight and obese. From arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, gallstone, fatty liver, insulin resistance and diabetes, to depression, these conditions may seriously risk one's health, putting an overweight or obese person at risk.

In line with this, anti-obesity drugs have been available for people who are experiencing obesity or being overweight. This particular kind of medication includes all pharmacological treatments designed to decrease or control a person's body weight. Since these drugs are expected to alter one of the fundamental processes of the human body, anti obesity drugs are medically prescribed only for people with morbid obesity, or where weight loss can be life saving.

A new and recent study on the effect of an anti-obesity drug called rimonabant found out that it reduced points of liver damage, decreases levels of pro inflammatory proteins, and improved on lipid profiles. Since obesity is associated with changes in tissue and blood levels of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory proteins and hormones, it is the main cause of several metabolic syndrome features and their complications, including hepatic steatosis (an accumulation of fat in the liver). According to researchers, as they studied the effect of rimonabant on the liver, they found out that the treatment with this medication reduced liver enlargement, completely eliminated hepatic steatosis, and decreased blood levels that indicate liver disease and liver damage. The results from this study also showed an improvement in abnormal lipid levels, which can lead to cardiovascular diseases. It also lessened the levels of cholesterol and free fatty acids, and with the treatment of rimonabant, normalized levels of adiponectin are reached (a hormone that plays an important role in metabolic disorders).

This study further suggests a potential clinical application in the treatment of liver diseases connected with obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Researchers from this study noted that while weight loss is achieved by burning more calories than consumed, the reality may not be that simple. But then again, this medication also offers a weakened rate due to its side effects such as nausea, dizziness, depression and diarrhea. In any case, this medication should be further studied to prevent any unaccesaaptable side effects that can harm people who are dealing with being overweight and obese.

title:Antibacterial Cleaners Are More Harmful Than Good
author:Sherri Z. Jones
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When I was growing up, we cleaned everything with hot, soapy water. When we cleaned the bathroom, the kitchen, anything. We got a bucket of hot water, poured some dish soap in it, enough to get some suds going, and we cleaned. No problems. No one got violently ill as a result.
Today, we have antibacterial soaps and sprays. They all seem to have that orangish iodine color to them. Maybe we associate that color with disinfectants. I don't know. When we are done in the kitchen out comes the spray bottle and all the counters get sprayed down and wiped clean. You can stand back and see the shine. What you can't see are the millions of bacteria that you have just killed. The claim is that the antibacterial sprays will kill 99.9% of the bacteria. Well, that leaves .1% of the bacteria that wasn't killed. Hmmm, what happened? You want to kill ALL of the bacteria don't you?
What happened is what is known simply as survival of the fittest. Only the strongest of the bacteria survived. In the 1950's we started to see the effects of penicillin lessen. The "bugs" were starting to build an immunity to the penicillin. When you use antibacterial sprays and soaps you are putting yourself in a similar situation. You are breeding a stronger organism. Over exposure of any antibacterial agent to the bacteria themselves allow this resistance to happen.
So, the next time you pull out that spray bottle, you may want to ask yourself what kind of bacteria you want on your countertops. after all, the bacteria will always be there. You can do nothing about that. You just need to decide if you want normal bacteria... or genetically superior bacteria. This is why I still use hot soapy water. It works just fine.
title:Antidepressants and Phototherapy
author:Marcello Lanares, MD, PhD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Antidepressants are used commonly in medical and psychiatric practice. As a class, antidepressants have in common their ability to treat major depressive illness. Most antidepressants are also effective in the treatment of panic disorder and other anxiety disorders. Some antidepressants effectively treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and a variety of other conditions (see indications below).
The most commonly prescribed antidepressants are listed in Table 12-1. Antidepressants are subdivided into groups based on structure or prominent functional activity: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRls), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOls), and other antidepressant compounds with a variety of mechanisms of action. Antidepressants are typically thought to act on either the serotonin or norepinephrine systems, or both. Choice of medications typically depends on diagnosis, history of response (in patient or relative), and the side-effect profile of the medication. Antidepressant effects are typically not seen until 2 to 4 weeks into treatment. Side effects must be carefully monitored, especially for TCAs and MAOls.
Table 12-2 lists the indications for antidepressants.
The main indication for antidepressant medications is major depressive disorder as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV). Antidepressants are used in the treatment of all subtypes of depression, including depressed phase of bipolar disorder, psychotic depression (in combination with an antipsychotic medication), atypical depression, and seasonal depression. Antidepressants also are indicated for the prevention of recurrent depressive episodes.
Antidepressant medications may be effective in the treatment of patients with dysthymic disorder, especially when there are clear neurovegetative signs or a history of response to antidepressants.
Panic disorder with or without agoraphobia has been shown to respond to SSRls, MAOls, TCAs, and high-potency benzodiazepines (alprazolam and clonazepam).
OCD has been shown to respond to the serotonin-selective tricyclic clomipramine (Anafranil) and to SSRIs at high doses (e.g., fluoxetine at 60-80mg/ day). Obsessions tend to be more responsive to pharmacotherapy than compulsions. Symptoms of OCD respond more slowly than symptoms of major depression. Trials of 12 weeks or more are needed before a medication can be ruled a failure for an OCD patient.
The binging and purging behavior of bulimia has been shown to respond to SSRls, TCAs, and MAOls in several open and controlled trials. Because SSRIs have the most benign side-effect profile of these medications, they are often the first-line psychopharmacologic treatment.
Mechanisms of Action
Antidepressants are thought to exert their effects at particular subsets of neuronal synapses throughout the brain. Their major interaction is with the monoamine neurotransmitter systems (dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin). Dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin are released throughout the brain by neurons that originate in the ventral brainstem, locus ceruleus and the raphe nuclei, respectively. These neurotransmitters interact with numerous receptor subtypes in the brain that are associated with the regulation of global state functions including appetite, mood states, arousal, vigilance, attention, and sensory processing.
SSRls act by binding to presynaptic serotonin reuptake proteins, thereby inhibiting reuptake and increasing the levels of serotonin in the synaptic cleft.
TCAs act by blocking presynaptic reuptake of both serotonin and norepinephrine. MAOls act by inhibiting the presynaptic enzyme (monoamine oxidase) that catabolizes norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, thereby increasing the levels of these neurotransmitters presynaptically.
These immediate mechanisms of action are not sufficient to explain the delayed antidepressant effects (typically 2 to 4 weeks). Other unknown mechanisms must play a role in the successful psychopharmacologic treatment of depression.
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Antioxidants - Real Life Savers

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Antioxidants combat the damage caused by free radicals. Sounds like a sci-fi theme, but it's a real battle, and it takes place inside of each of us every day.

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Copyright 2006 Donovan Baldwin

To understand the value and importance of antioxidants, you must first understand the destructive results of free radicals.

Free radicals occur naturally as a result of normal, daily reactions within your body.  Essentially, when a molecule is a free radical, it is an unstable molecule which contains a free electron which is seeking a connection.  These molecules seek to complete this unstable existence by latching on to tissues such as blood vessel linings or cell membranes, creating a chronic state of inflammation within the body.  This on-going inflammation eventually results in damage to various tissues of the body.  Antioxidants bind to the free radicals, thus preventing the damage they would normally cause.

The damage caused by free radicals has been linked to heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and many other conditions and illnesses.  Free radical damage is also believed to contribute to many other degenerative aspects of aging, such as wrinkles, hardening of arteries, and some of the loss of mental acuity that sometimes occurs with age.

Antioxidants are available in many different forms and substances. Vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene (a form of vitamin A) are antioxidants in addition to their other benefits to your health and well-being.  Selenium and zinc are two minerals which are also antioxidants.

Other compounds; cysteine, glutamic acid, and glutathione, for example, are also antioxidants, as are natural and herbal products such as ginkgo, hawthorn, rosemary, green tea extract, and grape seed extract.

Vitamin A, in the form of beta carotene, is water soluble and can be found in vegetables such as spinach.  Vitamin A is important for skin health, helps growth in children and protects against night blindness in addition to other benefits.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is crucial to the body's ability to produce collagen, an important protein that keeps skin damage minimal. Collagen can delay the development of wrinkles and saggy skin by helping skin hold onto its elasticity. Vitamin C also expedites the body's ability to repair tissues so wounds heal more quickly. It is also important in the body's ability to absorb and use several other nutrients.

Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol), like vitamin C, is not produced or stored in the body, so it must be constantly replenished through diet or supplementation.  It encourages the proper development of muscles. It can help boost the effectiveness of the immune system, primarily by making it more resistant to bacterial and viral infections.  Working with other nutrients, vitamin E can help prevent development of cataracts.

Selenium is a trace mineral, that is, the body does not need a large quantity for health.  However, even in small quantities, in addition to its role as an antioxidant, selenium helps keep cell membranes healthy, helps the thyroid gland and pancreas function properly, and can help prevent dandruff in some people.  A link between low selenium levels and HIV/AIDs victims is being explored.

Zinc is also a trace mineral.  Zinc helps in the healing of wounds, helps maintain the senses of taste and smell, aids in normal growth, helps the reproductive system develop properly, and helps in the transport of Vitamin A from the liver.

Cysteine is found in poultry, oats, wheat germ, egg yolks, garlic and onions, and broccoli.  It can protect against toxicity from smoking or pollution.

Glutamic Acid may reduce cravings for sugar and alcohol.  It aids gastrointestinal healing and helps neurological and mental disorders.  It is found in animal and vegetable proteins.  Pregnant women and children should probably not take supplements of glutamic acid.

Glutathione protects against damage from chemicals, smoke and other toxins.  It is valuable against cancer, skin problems, and cataracts.

Grape Seed Extract is often sold as a supplement for its antioxidant qualities.  While the extract is often made from seeds taken from grapes made into juice, for example, you can actually get the same benefits by enduring the taste and crunching the seeds in grapes you can buy in the produce department of your local grocery.

Green Tea and Green Tea Extract can both provide antioxidant benefits, but green tea extract may be easier to deal with, say, when traveling or on a visit, than trying to brew a cup or pot of green tea.  Green tea extract may also provide a more standard and dependable dose than the cup of tea you just brewed.

Antioxidants and Sexual Health

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The article article talks about the benefits of taking the adequate amounts of antioxidants from supplementation or one's diet. Antioxidants are essential in improving sexual health and overall well-being as long as taken properly. Individuals who want to take vitamin and mineral supplementation should seek the approval of health professionals.

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Nowadays, the health benefits of antioxidants are being trumpeted in t.v. commercials and other marketing materials in radio and in print. From newspapers to television sets, the antioxidant craze is here and its hear to stay. It is believed that antioxidant may help prevent the development of cancer, slow-down the aging process, prevent chronic diseases, and many more. Recent medical studies suggest that antioxidants may also bring improvements in male sexual health. Dietary antioxidants are the human body's main protection against free radical attacks. These free radicals are compounds that may damage other healthy cells in the body. Environmental factors like pollution, cigarette smoke, and many more may carry free radicals.  Fortunately, there are a number of vitamins and minerals that can help a person maintain if not reclaim health and an overall sense of well-being.  The essential nutrients that are deemed important for our daily sustenance include the following:

Vitamin C

Vitamins C, also called ascorbic acid, is one of the versatile antioxidants known to man. It may strengthen the tiny vessels that carry oxygen and other nutrients that are sent to all parts of the body. Recent studies suggest that sub-fertility in men which is caused by sperm clumping which impairs sperm motility and preventing them to swim can improved with Vitamin C intake. Supplements of 500 milligrams of this vitamin may reduce sperm clumping by over 23 percent in just one week. Sperm count, motility, and lifespan may also be improved because of Vitamin C supplementation.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant vitamin that may penetrate cell membranes and protect them from free radical attacks. It is important for men to obtain adequate amounts of this vitamin because it plays a role in promoting sperm motility. Vitamin E is also beneficial on the flexibility of the sperm walls. Daily supplementation of about 100 milligrams of Vitamin E are beneficial for overall sperm health and motility. This kind of vitamin is non-toxic and might be safe at 1,000 milligrams per day.


Zinc is important for cell division and production of healthy sperm. It is probably the most essential mineral for male sexual health. Testosterone metabolism, testicle growth, sperm production, and motility are some of the health benefits of proper zinc supplementation. The body does not naturally produce zinc that is why it is important to take adequate amounts of this mineral. Men need a minimum of 15 milligrams of zinc in their daily diet.

In addition to taking the right supplements, individuals should avoid alcohol and cigarettes. Alcohol may hamper testosterone production and hasten the conversion of estrogen in the liver. This may lead to lowered sperm count and decreased sex drive. Alcohol may also hamper the absorption of many vitamins and minerals. Recent medical studies suggest that refraining from alcohol may improve sperm quality. Cigarette smoking, on the other hand, generates enormous amounts of free radicals that make smokers vulnerable to sperm damage.

Understanding the health benefits of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are essential in improving one's sexual function and optimum health. However, it is important to seek the approval of medical specialists before taking supplementation of these antioxidants. Taking these too much or too little of these antioxidants may do more harm than good.

title:Antioxidants and Your Health
author:Glenn Beach
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Get back to the basics - eat fresh at home and neutralize free radical oxidation, which is rusting away your body, by eating a variety of foods high in antioxidants every day.
Why? Antioxidants, as the name implies, help prevent oxidation, may help increase immune function and possibly decrease risk of infection and cancer.
A few of the better known antioxidants include carotenoids-- the substance that gives fruits and vegetables their deep rich colors. Apricots, broccoli, pumpkin, cantaloupes, spinach and sweet potatoes, are some good choices in addition to lycopene in tomatoes. Vitamin C and E are also good antioxidants.
What's a Free Radical Anyways?
As cells function normally in the body, they produce damaged molecules called free radicals. These free radicals steal parts from other molecules such as fat, protein, or DNA, thereby spreading the damage.
This damage continues in a chain reaction, and entire cells soon become damaged and die. This process is useful because it helps the body destroy cells that have outlived their usefulness and kills germs and parasites. However, this damage, when left unchecked, also destroys or damages healthy cells.
Antioxidants help prevent widespread cellular destruction by willingly donating their parts to stabilize free radicals. More importantly, antioxidants return to the surface of the cell to stabilize rather than damage other cellular components.
When there are not enough antioxidants to hold cell destruction in check, free radicals begin damaging healthy cells which, in turn, can lead to problems. For example, free radical damage to immune cells can lead to an increased risk of infections.
Your body needs to be able to repair this damage that occurs and protect itself from the free radicals before they impact your overall health. This is where antioxidants come to the rescue, because they significantly delay, inhibit, or prevent oxidation.
Your first line of defence is a natural diet full of a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. For all those times when your diet isn't perfect, make sure you have a safety net in place. Think of antioxidants as Rustoleum for your insides! and be sure to have a supplement in your medicine cabinet.
Best of health to you!

title:Antioxidants Increase Sexual Pleasure
author:Chris Robertson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

We often read or hear news reports about antioxidants and how they can improve our health, yet we rarely hear about the role they play in the pleasure we obtain from sex and intimacy.
To understand antioxidants and the ways they can enhance genital health, we first need to understand the role that free radicals play in damaging our cells. In essence, free radicals are the toxic byproducts of our metabolism. Free radical production can increase as a result of the foods we eat (as is the case with charbroiled meat) or the air we breathe (as is the case with second hand smoke).
Using several enzyme-based systems, our body does its best to combat free radicals. When our body's defenses fail, though, free radicals cause individual cells to become damaged or die. If left unchecked, free radicals cause tissue damage, premature aging, and loss of cellular function. In other words, our cells become oxidized, much in the same way that rust forms on iron when it is exposed to air and water.
Antioxidants help to combat free radical damage by shoring up the body's enzyme-based systems. Vitamins C and E are popular antioxidants, as are the polyphenols found in plants and in certain foods and beverages, such as cocoa, red wine, green tea, and ginseng.
Antioxidants can also improve sexual pleasure and intimacy. Women who are perimenopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal - along with women who use oral contraceptives - can experience genital oxidative stress, which can result in vaginal dryness and a lack of sexual desire. In a sense, antioxidants are an aphrodisiac, in that they preserve the nitric oxide needed to dilate blood vessels in genital tissues, which in turn causes sexual arousal.
Eating or drinking foods and beverages with antioxidant properties is sure to improve your overall feeling of well-being, but antioxidants delivered in the form of a lubricant to sensitive genital skin can have a positive impact on sexual pleasure and intimacy. When organic antioxidants penetrate the skin, they energize nerve endings.
Genital skin care should be an ongoing priority. When looking for an antioxidant to promote genital health, it is important to find one that is water-free and non-oily. Instead, it should be polymer-based and have a non-sticky feeling. In addition, it should be a product that can be used on a daily basis.

title:Antioxidants May Prevent Childhood Asthma
author:Jeremy Maddock
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

A source suggests that there may be a new way to help children who are subjected to the dangers of second hand tobacco smoke.
It has become apparent that childhood asthma could be prevented with the help of antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, and Selenium. This is especially true in cases involving children who are exposed to cigarette smoke.
Researchers in a 2004 study looked at data collected from a sample of 6153 four to sixteen year old children. It was discovered that dietary supplementation of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and Selenium caused a 10% to 20% overall reduction in asthma prevalence.
A likely reason for this is the high levels of serum that are contained in these highly effective antioxidant substances.
The most surprising part of the study, however, was that the effect was considerably much more pronounced in cases where the children were exposed to environmental second hand tobacco smoke. In these cases, supplementation was associated with an enormous 50% reduction in asthma prevalence.
These results seem to indicate that supplementing your child's diet with Selenium, as well as with vitamin C and beta-carotene is an excellent way to protect them against the damaging effects that second hand smoke can have on their growing lungs.
title:Antioxidants: Combating Aging and Disease
author:Sylvia Riley
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Wouldn’t we all like to age gracefully (if at all for that matter!) and ward off the wrinkly signs and ill symptoms for as long as possible. Keys to longevity may be more accessible than we think, and it appears our diets play a critical role. Antioxidants are the knights in shining armor that subjugate the attack of free radicals in the body, the hazardous molecules that damage cells and procure aging and disease. Though antioxidants are produced naturally in the body, these decline with age, hence an increasing need to acquire them from the foods in our diet.
Before examining antioxidants more closely, it is important to take a look at the free radicals they serve to neutralize.
Free Radicals
Free radicals are created as by-products in our use of oxygen during metabolism such as the burning of food for energy. They are essentially oxidant molecules that are missing an electron and seek to restore themselves by targeting nearby cells in an attempt to recover this electron, potentially harming enzymes, DNA, proteins and cell membranes in the process. This damage can mutate cells and alter cell function, increasing the risk of numerous diseases and chronic conditions including arthritis, diabetes, cataracts, cancer, heart disease and stroke. Free radical damage is implicated in the onset of aging and its degenerative symptoms and diseases.
As well as generated within the body, free radicals come from environmental sources such as pollution, radiation, unhealthy foods, bacteria, viruses, cigarette smoke and UV light.
Antioxidants serve to mitigate the harmful effect of free radicals by giving up an electron and stabilizing them in the process. Although we produce many of our own antioxidants within the body, food provides an essential source for these key players of our defense system. Vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients all have antioxidant properties. The most common examples include vitamins A, C and E,  selenium and zinc, carotenoids, flavonoids, co-enzyme Q10, alpha-lipoic acid and glutathione.
As there are many different types of free radicals in the body a variety of antioxidants are required to protect against them. Antioxidants function best as a team, with each other and other nutrients and phytochemicals, which is why incorporating a wide range of plant foods into your diet is recommended. Phytochemical groups such as flavonoids and carotenoids correspond to the colour, taste and smell attributes of plants, hence eating a rainbow array of vegetables and fruits can offer a diverse selection of these potent antioxidants.
Antioxidant Rich Foods
Foods especially high in antioxidants include berries, plums, pomegranates, oranges, spinach, green tea, avocado, kale, broccoli, peas, onions, grapes and pure chocolate.
Scientists at the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) have developed a rating scale that measures the total antioxidant capacity of a given food. This is known as the ORAC score (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).
Of 40 common fruits and vegetables measured by the USDA, top ranking scores were those of prunes(5770), raisins (2830), blueberries (2400 – highest of all fresh foods with other berries close behind), kale (1770), spinach (1260), Brussels sprouts (980), plums (949), alfalfa sprouts (930), broccoli florets (890), beetroots (840), oranges (750 ), red peppers (710 ) and red grapes (739).
Pure cocoa surpasses all these foods with a whopping score of 26,00 units, more than 10 times the prestigious blueberry (though one is likely to eat far less in quantity). The extraordinary goji berry from Tibet also has outstanding antioxidant capacity with a score of 18,500 units; hardly surprising as they contain 500 times more vitamin C than oranges and even more beta-carotene than carrots!
According to studies on animals and human blood at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts in Boston, high-ORAC foods may slow aging processes in the body and brain. Results found that high ORAC foods such as blueberries and spinach could increase the antioxidant power of human blood by 10-25%, prevent loss of long-term memory and learning ability in middle-aged rats, and protect rat blood vessels against oxygen damage.
Antioxidants and Aging
As we age, free radical levels rise and yet the body falls short in producing necessary amounts of antioxidants to meet this challenge. For example, cells generate more of the oxidants hydrogen peroxide and superoxide, yet levels of the necessary antioxidant glutathione required to neutralise these decline.  The Free Radical Theory of Aging, first proposed by Harman in 1954, is supported by cross-species examination of animals with regard to life span, free radical damage and antioxidant defence. For example, the white-footed mouse lives about twice as long as the house mouse (8 versus 4 years),  and is found to generate less oxidants and have higher levels of antioxidants. As Beckman and Ames write in The Free Radical Theory of Ageing Matures (1998), ‘Together, interspecies comparisons of oxidative damage, antioxidant defences, and oxidant generation provide some of the most compelling evidence that oxidants are one of the most significant determinants of life span.’
Very recent evidence comes from a study on dogs at the University of Toronto by Dr. Dwight Tapp and colleagues who found that ‘old dogs that were on an antioxidant diet performed better on a variety of cognitive tests than dogs that were not on the diet. In fact, the dogs eating antioxidant-fortified foods performed as well as young animals’.
Additional research by Dr. Rabinovitch and his team, studying aging at the University of Washington, Seattle, found that mice engineered to produce high levels of an antioxidant enzyme (catalase) lived 20 per cent longer and had less heart and other age-related diseases than controls.
In light of the role free radicals play in the onset of aging and disease, it is important to ensure our diets include a rich and diverse supply of antioxidants. These protective agents can be found abundantly in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and are particularly high in superfoods.
Copyright 2006 Sylvia Riley
title:Antioxidants - Add a Lean, Muscular Body to the List of Benefits!
author:Michael Geary
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

I’m sure by now you’ve heard all about the amazing health benefits of antioxidant rich foods in your diet. Not only do these free-radical fighting antioxidants help you look and feel younger by slowing down the aging process, but they also help to prevent cancer, heart disease, and loads of other degenerative diseases. But that’s not all. Antioxidants also help you to recover better from exercise...and that means more muscle and less fat on your body in the long run!
The function that antioxidants play in aiding your recovery from exercise is the inhibition of free radicals produced during exercise. Any time you workout, free radicals are produced in the body that damage muscle tissue. Having an adequate supply of antioxidants about an hour or so before your workout can greatly reduce the muscle damage caused by free radicals, hence, improving your muscular recovery from exercise.
Some of the most potent sources of whole food antioxidants are berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries), cherries, acai fruit, various teas (green tea, white tea, black tea, and red tea - a.k.a. rooibos tea), nuts, seeds, red and black beans, purple potatoes, grapes, red wine, cinnamon, and dark chocolate or cocoa. Don’t be fooled by all of the intense marketing for expensive antioxidant supplement pills...remember whole foods are always better for you (and cheaper) than a pill.
My favorite pre-workout antioxidant-loaded snack is a piece of whole grain toast with almond butter, a small amount of blackberry jam, and topped with a pile of fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries. I wash it down with a glass of iced green tea or rooibos tea sweetened with just a small bit (about a teaspoon) of raw honey. This is literally a quintuple-whammy of potent anti-oxidants! The almond butter, blackberry, blueberries, raw honey, and the green or rooibos tea are all loaded with different varieties of muscle protecting, youth promoting antioxidants. I throw down this snack about an hour before my training. Give it a try for yourself, or be creative and come up with your own antioxidant-rich pre-workout snack based on your tastes.
Remember, your body is continually bombarded every day by free radicals (creating oxidative stress) from exercise, air pollution, smoke, sun exposure, junk food, exposure to chemicals, etc. To reap the full benefits of antioxidants, try to make sure that every meal and snack you eat has at least one or two sources of antioxidant rich foods. This will give you a continuous supply of antioxidants throughout every day to prevent damage from the free radicals you are constantly exposed to.
Antioxidants are just one piece to the puzzle of a healthy diet that will give you the lean, muscular, youthful, and disease-free body that everyone wants. To discover the secrets behind all of the other pieces to the diet puzzle that create a lean body (macronutrient profile, glycemic response, hormonal response, glycogen storage, muscle protein synthesis, the role of leptin, the insulin process, etc.), visit
title:Antioxidants - Your Best Defense Against Disease and Aging
author:Brad Bahr
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Studies support the benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. This is due to their high antioxidant value. Why are antioxidants so important? Because they have a proven track record of fighting free radicals.
Your body is being constantly attacked by very harmful substances known as free radicals or oxygen radicals. Free radicals can destroy your cells, tissues and organs.
Free radicals are highly unstable molecules that are naturally formed inside our bodies by the process of oxidation. They are normal by products of everyday functions like digestion and physical activity. Free radicals also come from outside sources, such as smoking, environmental pollution, and synthetic chemicals that are added to our water and food.
We are also all exposed daily to polluted air, ingest oxidized or partially rancid foods, and oxidizing radiations from the sun and various electrical appliances.
Free radicals lack one electron making them chemically unstable. To stabilize themselves, they attack any other substance within reach and steel an electron from it. This process creates a new free radical, which repeats the process, producing a "domino effect." When this reaction is uncontrolled, it can generate millions of free radicals within seconds.
Fortunately our bodies come equipped with a free radical fighting mechanism. It consists of specialized enzymes that have a "spare" electron that they can give away without turning into free radicals. In order to protect us, the enzymes need help from certain substances known as antioxidants.
The antioxidant value of any food or supplement can be determined by it's ORAC rating. ORAC means Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. According to the University of Michigan, Comprehensive Cancer Center, the measurement of ORAC is a way to measure how many oxygen radicals a specific food can absorb. The more oxygen radicals a food can absorb, the higher its ORAC score. The higher its score... the more that food or supplement will help you fight diseases like cancer and heart disease.
Most experts agree that we should consume 5,000 ORAC units per day to effectively fight free radicals in the body. Sadly, most of us average around 1,200 units per day. Not nearly enough to protect us from the common ciseases of aging.
One of the best sources of antioxidants are berries and fruits. Most of us would have a very hard time eating the large amounts necessary to reach 5,000 ORAC units per day. For this reason, high ORAC supplements have been created. They contain berry and fruit extracts with a known ORAC rating. These supplements are inexpensive and provide many health benefits to your entire body and brain. Many people use these supplements as part of an anti-aging program. Keeping your cells from being destroyed goes a long way to staying healthy and young.
title:Antioxidants - Your Body's Garbage Collector
author:Jim Allen
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you making the mistake of not eating enough antioxidants in your diet? I mean really, what is the harm? What, that is, aside from early aging, heart disease, cancer, and a host of other illnesses.
As someone who is concerned about your health, you should be very much aware of the foods you put into your body. But how many of us actually are?
If your health strategy is simply to eat what you want and hope for the best, you may be planting the seeds of your own future illnesses.
Antioxidants help to fight free radicals. But what are free radicals and why are they so harmful to your body? And why does your body need protection against them?
A free radical is a molecule with an unpaired electron. Because it has a free electron, it is highly reactive and very susceptible to oxidation.
Just think of how an exposed apple or potato turns brown when left uncovered. This is caused by oxidation. Well, this is what free radicals are doing to the inside of your body.
Free radicals are not useful as cells to the body. Instead, they steal nutrients from healthy cells - starving them. When healthy cells starve, they deteriorate, and in the process, weaken the body's immune defenses. This is why your body needs to rid itself of them as soon as possible.
Free radicals occur in our bodies every minute of the day. But environment has an effect also. The more you are in contact with toxic environments such as cigarette smoke, radioactivity, smog, pollution, and so on, the more free radicals your body will absorb.
So how can you slow the free radical onslaught against your body? The key is antioxidants.
Normally, a healthy body full of antioxidants, is capable of handling free radicals easily. But if your body is under physical or mental stress, your body's natural defense system may simply not have enough antioxidants available to fight the free radicals.
Antioxidants are believed to help protect the body from free-radical damage by interacting with free radicals in the body and short circuiting their harmful actions. They're scavengers, or garbage collectors. They help to rid your blood vessels and cells of radical cells that would harm you.
Clearly, with all the evidence so far, no reasonable person could ignore the wealth of evidence pointing to the importance of antioxidants.
Although, not conclusive, high antioxidants levels have lent to conclusions that they can slow aging, prevent heart attacks and strokes,
The best way to ensure that your body is loaded with enough antioxidants is to eat the recommended five to eight serving of fruits and vegetables a day. Especially, those with high levels of vitamins E, A, and C.
But, really, how many of us do that? The only people I know doing that are hard core vegetarians.
Therefore, even though, it may not be the best choice, you should seriously consider making nutrient supplements a part of your every day dietary routine.
Taking vitamins or supplements daily that contain antioxidants are a good way to maintain cellular health.
title:Antioxidant Health Benefits
author:Chester Ku-Lea
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Antioxidants are a class of nutrients that protect the body from damage caused by different factors, most importantly oxidative damage caused by substances called free radicals. Free radicals are known as “reactive oxygen species”, or ROS. They are produced when your body uses oxygen for energy. Just as fire emits smoke as a by-product, ROS are emitted from the conversion of oxygen to energy in the human body, eventually causing oxidative damage to body systems. Free radicals are also created when the body is exposed to pollution, cigarette smoke, car exhaust and other harmful environmental toxins.
There are different types of antioxidants, and most work better when paired with other antioxidants. This is called synergism. Vitamins can be antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E. The tripeptide glutathione, loosely classified as an amino acid, acts as an antioxidant, along with other true amino acids such as methionine. The raw herbs and vegetables we consume contain natural antioxidants called bioflavonoids and carotenoids, which are effective antioxidants on their own, but are more effective when synergistically combined with other antioxidants. Together these nutrients protect your cells from electron robbery at the hands of larcenous free radicals, protecting the body from disease and slowing the inevitable signs of aging.
Antioxidants are important supplements for everyone, but especially for those who exercise on a regular basis. The rational is that exercise is a highly oxidative process and, as a consequence, produces free radicals from aerobic metabolism. Antioxidant compounds help alleviate this process.
• minimizes the damage from free radicals
• protects against cell damage
• may assist with prevention of debilitating diseases

title:Antioxidant Vitamins and Zinc Reduce Risk of Vision Loss from Age-Related Macular Degeneration
author:ARA Content
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(ARA) - Findings from a nationwide clinical trial reported that high levels of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and its associated vision loss. 
Scientists found that people at high risk of developing advanced stages of AMD, a leading cause of vision loss, lowered their risk by about 25 percent when treated with a high-dose combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene and zinc. In the same high risk group -- which includes people with intermediate AMD, or advanced AMD in one eye but not the other eye -- the nutrients reduced the risk of vision loss caused by advanced AMD by about 19 percent. For those study participants who had either no AMD or early AMD, the nutrients did not provide an apparent benefit. The clinical trial -- called the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) -- was sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health.
"This is an exciting discovery because, for people at high risk for developing advanced AMD, these nutrients are the first effective treatment to slow the progression of the disease," said Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NEI. "AMD is a leading cause of visual impairment and blindness in Americans 65 years of age and older. Currently, treatment for advanced AMD is quite limited. These nutrients will delay the progression to advanced AMD in people who are at high risk -- those with intermediate AMD in one or both eyes, or those with advanced AMD in one eye already.
"The nutrients are not a cure for AMD, nor will they restore vision already lost from the disease," Dr. Sieving said. "But they will play a key role in helping people at high risk for developing advanced AMD keep their vision."
A common feature of AMD is the presence of drusen, yellow deposits under the retina. Often found in people over age 60, drusen can be seen by an eye care professional during an eye exam in which the pupils are dilated. Drusen by themselves do not usually cause vision loss, but an increase in their size or number increases a person's risk of developing advanced AMD, which can cause serious vision loss.
Advanced AMD can cause serious vision loss.  Scientists are unsure about how or why an increase in the size or number of drusen can sometimes lead to advanced AMD, which affects the sharp, central vision required for the "straight ahead" activities, such as reading, driving and recognizing faces of friends.
"Previous studies have suggested that people who have diets rich in green, leafy vegetables have a lower risk of developing AMD," said Frederick Ferris, M.D., director of clinical research at the NEI and chairman of the AREDS. "However, the high levels of nutrients that were evaluated in the AREDS are very difficult to achieve from diet alone.
"Almost two-thirds of AREDS participants chose to take a daily multivitamin in addition to their assigned study treatment," Dr. Ferris said. "The study also showed that, even with a daily multivitamin, people at high risk for developing advanced AMD can lower the risk of vision loss by adding a formulation with the same high levels of antioxidants and zinc used in the study."
Dr. Ferris said some people with intermediate AMD may not wish to take large doses of antioxidant vitamins or zinc medical reasons. "For example, beta-carotene has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer among smokers," he said. "These people may want to discuss with their primary care doctor the best combination of nutrients for them.  With the use of the high levels of zinc, it is important to add appropriate amounts of copper to the diet to prevent copper deficiency." 
The AREDS participants reported few side effects from the treatments. About 7.5 percent of participants assigned to the zinc treatments -- compared with five percent who did not have zinc in their assigned treatment -- had urinary tract problems that required hospitalization. Participants in the two groups that took zinc also reported anemia at a slightly higher rate; however, testing of all patients for this disorder showed no difference among treatment groups. Yellowing of the skin, a well-known side effect of large doses of beta-carotene, was reported slightly more often by participants taking antioxidants.
"The AREDS formula is the first demonstrated treatment for people at high risk for developing advanced AMD," Feris said. "Slowing the progression of AMD to its advanced stage will save the vision of many who would otherwise have had serious vision impairment."
Anti Aging and Genomics for Women's Health

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Learn how cutting edge science in genomics is helping with the development of anti-aging products for good women's health...

womens health, anti-aging, joint health, beauty, cell rejuvenation, cutting edge science in Genomics

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Anti aging products have been around for years, from creams to pills to bath oils - they're all designed to make women look and feel younger. What many women don't realize is that the aging process begins right after we're born! Each time the skin is exposed to the rays of the sun, some slight aging occurs. Unfortunately, it takes years for the evidence of aging to show up for most women.

Ten or twenty years of sun bathing can equal lots of wrinkles and skin discoloration once a woman reaches her 40s or 50s. The anti aging products on the store shelves then become very attractive, but many will not work after reaching a certain age. That's why a new cutting edge science in Genomics is getting noticed in the anti-aging market. It's a new natural discovery that defies aging through cell rejuvenation.

What is Genomics?

Genomics is the study and experimentation of genomes, or an organism's complete DNA makeup, that is found in virtually every cell of the human body. In studying genomics, scientists have discovered ways to encourage cell repair and healthy cell development as the body produces new cells every day. This process is ongoing so having healthy cells is pertinent to good women's health.

Through cutting edge science in genomics and a devotion to help women with anti-aging, natural products have been developed to help prevent aging and maintain beauty for many years. Through cell rejuvenation, the body is capable of healthy aging.

Food and Aging

If we need natural ingredients found in foods to have healthy cells, why not just eat a more healthy diet? Eating healthy is important in slowing the aging process, but it's usually not enough unless you eat raw vegetables from your own garden! Many fruits and vegetables are grown in nutritionally-depleted soil, shipped to the grocery, cooked in oil and served on the platter. Through this entire process, the foods are losing important minerals and nutrients women need for healthy living. Taking an anti-aging supplement provides nutrients and minerals needed to replace those lost in foods.

Good Bone and Joint Health

Another area of concern for women is bone and joint health. Proteins help to keep bone and joint tissue healthy and strong. With arthritis and osteoporosis being so prevalent among older women, it's wise to start working on good bone and joint health at a young age. Products are available to help restore minerals that are lost in the bones and joints during the aging process.

Anti-aging research through genomics is still fairly new, but many women are already seeing results when using natural, genomics-based anti-aging products.

title:Anti Aging Skin Care Products: The Evolution
author:Oxana Strelnikova
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

During the last 10 years more attention is paid to the anti aging skin care. Developments within this category were influenced by such factors as competition among the major brands, introduction of new technologies and new ingredients, as well as worldwide increase in demand for the so-called "rejuvenating cosmetics". People have no intentions of putting up with aging. Today they are turning to alternative therapies and anti aging products; however, they will not spend money on products which do not produce the wished results.
First anti aging skin care products appeared during the late 1980s. The first liposome ingredient delivery system was part of first generation anti aging skin care.
David Jago, an expert in the market analysis for MINTEL, evaluates the changes, which have taken place since then: "At present, the special properties, ingredients and benefits of the products are clearly shown on the label. In the late 1980s, it was only said that those products were firming, softening the skin, reducing lines etc., but their functional ingredients were usually not disclosed. Today’s press often informs us of specific ingredients and their benefits, thus contributing to the consumers’ education". As a result, there appeared a category of skin care products intended for specific age groups or needs. Usually, women aim at making their aging skin look younger, or their young skin - healthier.
In the beginning of 1990s, many anti aging skin care ingredients have been studied. The most important of those, Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA), became the first ingredients to affect the aging skin. Sally Penford, of the International Dermal Institute, a postgraduate training school for therapists, comments: "It stimulated women to start considering cosmetic surgery, glycolic acid peels and laser skin treatments".
Another "great revolution" in anti aging skin care has been in the use of A, C and E vitamins, as well as group B vitamins and main fatty acids – they all have a special role of agents preventing premature aging. Of course they do not make miracles, but can support the good condition of the skin. As skin ages and is repeatedly exposed to harmful UV rays, the level of vitamin A, produced in the body, constantly decreases. The skin renewal processes slow down and the epidermal layer becomes progressively thinner. Some of the research of the ingredients, such as vitamin C, was held in 1990s. Further, scientists identified two key chemical "helpers" to assist in the delivery of vitamin C through the skin.
The formulations derived from it led to the development of anti aging skin care products, containing vitamin C and products, which contained a combination of vitamin C and pure Retinol (until recently, it has been extremely hard to combine both Retinol and vitamin C together in a stable formulation, as both ingredients are easily oxidized, when exposed to the air, and become inactive). In 1990s this type of skin care was already produced all over the world.
Further on, a great deal of interest in the anti-oxidants has been shown. A lot of studies have been done which show that protecting the skin can delay the onset of aging. The SUVIMAX studies in France showed that the use of anti-oxidants on the skin slows down the aging process. It is also possible to reduce lines and improve skin firmness.
Benefits of anti-oxidants were detected in grape seeds extracts. After that, cosmetic companies started using these benefits in their skin care products. Grape polyphenols are natural compounds derived from green grape seed extract which have been shown to have a powerful anti-oxidant effect. They shield the skin from the aggression of a wide range of free radicals and are known to help maintain the skin's moisture levels.
In the middle of 1990s Estee Lauder has completed research into understanding more about skin cells losing energy. Dr. Maes, Vice-President Research and Development, Estee Lauder Worldwide, explains: "We cannot make the skin look like when it was in youth. Technologies can decrease the lines by 50%, but we will never decrease them by 100%. We have studied skin samples and found that its thickness is already decreasing from the age of 20. In biological terms, if the cells are losing energy they will also lose their ability to protect themselves against the environment."
He compares this loss of energy to that of a battery running low which needs to be recharged. Thus, to slow down aging and protect the skin cells, manufacturers started using anti-oxidants, sunscreens and skin energizing technologies to “recharge” cells. They are described as a next generation skin nourishers that enable skin to tap into a fuel source of bio-available micro-nutrients.
The scientists have studied different types of skin aging and it means that they are capable of developing skin care which will effectively abate aging. It is recognized that 90% of skin damage is caused by external environmental aging. This includes smoking, wind, chemicals, and, most importantly, UV radiation. The level of pollution increases so quickly that skin cells can not develop self-protection mechanisms. Free radicals or oxidants are naturally generated in the body as a reaction to the aggression of external, environmental factors as well as internal factors such as stress and tiredness. A consequence of this aggression is an acceleration of the skin's aging process. Most of skin damage is done in the early years and people do not see the results of this until they are in their forties and fifties.
The reason for this is due to the skin's chronological aging, which we can do nothing about. Internal, chronological aging is largely a consequence of genetics and affects skin all over the body.
Modern scientific research in skin care and the growing knowledge of the skin's physiology mean that it is possible to stop and even repair skin damage which occurs later on in life. Thus, the latest thinking and research is focused on developing skin protection not from a plain Sun Protection Factor but from the cells themselves. The case in point is a new area of cosmetology (allocosmetics) and skin care products of modern generation of late 1990s, which are based on cell extracts that have lately drawn much attention of scientists. Cells can segment themselves and reproduce identical copies, replace old skin cells by new ones of the same type, take part in biochemical skin processes. This is what we call lifetime self-rejuvenation.
The strides made in anti aging technology over the past decade have been astounding and clearly show no signs of abating. We can be certain that there will be many more exciting achievements in anti aging skin care technology to come.
Anti Aging Skin Care Truths and Techniques

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This article focuses on skin and some anti-aging skin care treatment that all of us should take note of. We all know that all of us will grow old and the skin, as it is the largest part of the human body, will provide the ”signs” that we are not exempted on this natural phenomena.

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Aging will definitely come to all of us. As we live our everyday lives, we also grow old. We all know what aging does to us. The process of growing old makes us frail, slower, and more likely to fall ill. Everyday, as we live, we become older and there is no denying the fact that our skin will give out the most inconvenient evidence that indeed, we are aging.

When a person is younger, the skin is elastic, bouncy and self-moisturizing. However, with age, it loses a little of its elasticity. The skin becomes thinner, and loses its capacity to rejuvenate itself. This happens when collagen is produced less and less which results in wrinkle formation and skin sagging especially around the eyes, the mouth, or in places where the skin is thinner. Other signs of aging skin are the appearance of dark spots due to sudden dryness of skin and loss of oil content of the skin on the face. The dryness is due the shutting down of the sebaceous glands which stop producing oil.

Although one cannot stop the process of aging, there are actually a lot a person can do to help fight wrinkles and look younger. If one aims to be lively and robust in their “senior” years, one needs to learn some anti-aging skin care secrets. Here are some anti-aging skin care tips that are the most frequently touted anti-aging techniques.


      Eat a low-fat diet that contains complex carbohydrates. The standard advice from the US government is to consume 5 fruits and vegetables and 3 servings of whole grains daily for vitamins and minerals and the other healthful micro-nutrients in plants. Drink five to eight glasses of water. Get no more than about 30-35 percent of daily calories from fat, with about 20 percent of that from unsaturated fat (e.g., 1 percent milk, olive and canola oil); 15 percent from protein; and the remaining calories from carbohydrates, with an emphasis on complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, whole wheat bread and wild rice.


      Exercise regularly. Build endurance and strength with exercise. Regular aerobic exercise is a “must-do” for anyone committed to slowing the aging process. Hundreds of studies show that exercise combats the loss of stamina, muscle strength, balance, and bone density that increases with age. The American Heart Association advises doing a single set of eight to 15 repetitions, using eight to 10 exercises, two to three times a week for a comprehensive strength-building program. If you are not a beginner, that's about a 10-minute routine.


      Maximize antioxidants intake. Free radicals contribute to the onset of age-related diseases and antioxidants “neutralize” free radicals. Everyone should take a combination of antioxidants through diet and supplementation. Eat dark-colored vegetables like tomatoes, carrots, squash, and spinach for carotenoids and blue and purple berries for flavonoids. Because foods contain many classes of antioxidants that work synergistically, they are the superior source of antioxidants. But because we don't always eat as we should, experts advocate the daily intake of supplements and antioxidants including 200-250 mg of vitamin C; 100-400 IU of vitamin E; and a mixed carotenoid supplement of 6-10 mg.

With some care and pampering, and living a happy life, one can have an excellent skin even in their golden years. Some are lucky and have a natural resistance to aging. Those who have not, depend on proper anti aging skin care treatment to keep their skin glowing and young.

title:Anti-Aging Skin Care: Turning Back the Clock
author:Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Wrinkles are quite literally a sign of the times.  They are caused by both genetic and environmental factors such as sunlight, make up, chemical ridden cosmetics, cigarette smoke, and other pollutants.  But regardless of their cause, many women find their laugh lines to be no laughing matter.  So what can we do to prevent and stall the skin damage that causes wrinkles, laugh lines, age spots, and other bothersome blemishes? 
How Can I Prevent Wrinkles?
The best way to prevent wrinkles is to follow a regular skin care routine, and to adamantly protect your face from the detrimental effects of the sun.  You need to cleanse your skin on a daily basis to remove the perspiration, debris, and pollutants that can buildup and damage your pores.  And use a natural sunscreen (with a minimum SPF 15) to shield your face from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.  Also, avoid smoking, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages that dehydrate the skin.  Drink plenty of purified water to keep your skin supple, hydrated and healthy.
When Should I Start Using Anti-Wrinkle Creams?
You can start using anti-wrinkle creams before you even see a wrinkle appear.  Eye creams in particular are effective at supporting the delicate area around the eyes and preventing or stalling the development of wrinkles.  Many women (and men) start using anti wrinkle creams in their thirties.  The skin’s natural levels of collagen diminish with age and anti-wrinkle creams may offer a suitable replacement.  These creams may be too heavy for younger, thicker skin, so you’ll have to determine whether or not they’re right for your skin type. I recommend using all-natural products, organically certified if possible.
How Can I Diminish Wrinkles?
There are numerous products and techniques available today to help you diminish the appearance of wrinkles.  Herbal creams and vitamin supplements can be used to reduce the effects of aging on the skin.  You must choose which product or method is best for you based on the number and severity of your wrinkles and the level at which they bother you.
Anti-Aging Products and Ingredients 
Vitamin A:  Vitamin A yields a slight inflammatory action on the skin.  It can help to “puff up” the skin and diminish the depth of many wrinkles. 
Vitamin C: This water-soluble vitamin helps to improve circulation and boost the production of collagen within the body.  It has a brightening affect on skin that has become dull and dry with age.
Vitamin E:  Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect skin from the damaging effect of free radicals.  It also strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, and protects red blood cell membranes. 
Coenzyme Q10:  This powerful antioxidant is effective at protecting the skin from free radical damage and improving circulation throughout the body.  Coenzyme Q10 can be found in oral vitamin supplements or as an ingredient in skin care creams. 
Alpha Hydroxy Acids:  AHA’s or fruit acids help to slough off dead skin cells that can dull the skin’s appearance. 
Anti Aging Procedures
Botox:  Botox or botulinum endotoxin-A can produce dramatic anti aging results, similar to surgery, without the devastating side effects.  Botox is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.  It causes a slight paralysis of the muscles around the wrinkles.  This can diminish the appearance of “motion wrinkles,” such as laugh lines and crow’s feet.  The procedure to have Botox injected under the skin can be quite costly and it’s effects are only temporary, so it must be repeated several times throughout the year.
Dermabrasion:  This is a procedure that utilizes microcrystals or other sanding equipment to scrape away facial skin around the affected area.  It is a costly procedure that my actually require a recovery of several weeks.
Laser Resurfacing:  Laser surgery is a technique that uses a controlled laser beam to remove the upper layer of damaged skin.  It can visibly reduce the appearance of fine line and in come cases, deeper wrinkles.  It is one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery today.  However, it is an invasive surgical procedure that also has risks such as excessive scarring, infection, loss of normal skin pigmentation, skin redness and dryness. 
Chemical Peels:  As frightening as it seems, chemical peels actually involve applying a chemical substance to your skin that “burns” off the damaged layers.  The gentlest type of chemical peel available is the glycolic acid peel that removes dead skin cells from the upper layer of skin only.  These treatments are quick and are often referred to as “lunchtime peels,” as they may only require ten to fifteen minutes in the doctor’s office.  However, the results of chemical peels are only temporary and the procedure must be repeated frequently.

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Anti Aging Skin Care – Tips And Common Sense.

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As we get on in years, who isn’t trying to stay young, to hold the line on aging? And where do we see our age and fret our age more, than in our skin? I’d like to share with you some general anti aging skin care treatment that will keep your skin young and healthy, and recommend some natural anti aging skin products that make a big difference as well.

The health of our skin reflects many factors. Some we can’t control, but others we can and should. Heredity and environment...

anti aging, aging, natural progesterone cream, olive oil, aloe vera, natural creams

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As we get on in years, who isn’t trying to stay young, to hold the line on aging? And where do we see our age and fret our age more, than in our skin? I’d like to share with you some general anti aging skin care treatment that will keep your skin young and healthy, and recommend some natural anti aging skin products that make a big difference as well.

The health of our skin reflects many factors. Some we can’t control, but others we can and should. Heredity and environment, for example, might be working against you. But you’re not going to leave the city just to get clean, dewy skin. And if a certain swarthiness is in your genes, there’s not much you can do about it. But let’s look at the anti aging skin care that you CAN do – and there’s a lot – to bring your skin to a whole new level.

Water – Water – yes water – is your best anti aging medicine. You need to drink at least 8 full glasses of spring or well water daily. Your body is 75% water, and your skin is a moist, elastic medium that needs to be kept hydrated naturally – from within. Your skin’s thirst for this inner hydration can’t be satisfied by just rubbing in creams or lotions on the outside. You need to follow this “first commandment of skin care” if you want to get the super benefits that anti aging creams and other products also offer.

Natural Creams – Many anti aging creams – even the most expensive ones – have a base of mineral oil, and are loaded with artificial preservatives and coloring. Just look at the labels. You need bifocals and a lab coat just to read them! Need I say more? I get many compliments on my soft skin, and always the same question: what do you use on it? First I tell people about water, lots of fresh air and exercise, and moderate exposure to sunlight. Then I get down to specific anti aging solutions.

Real Aloe Vera – Lots of products boast that they contain aloe vera – so why do we think we can improve upon nature? I go right to the source, and keep an aloe vera plant growing in my bathroom. It’s a pretty plant, it’s easy to care for, and you just cut off a section of leaf and out gushes the wonderful fresh gel. My friends and nursing colleagues all report the same excitement the first time they rub in a gel directly from their plants. And they report that it’s the best anti aging product they’ve ever used – and one that you just can’t get from a store-bought jar or tube.

Aloe vera is truly potent. It’s filled with moisture, protein, vitamins and minerals – antiaging nutrients that give your skin deep, thorough hydration. Cleopatra is known to have used aloe vera on her skin, and if you overlook her little snake bite, you must admit: she was quite a success story!

Olive Oil – When my skin is very dry I also apply olive oil, and use olive oil soap over my entire body. In fact, such were the excellent results I got from olive oil, that I created my own anti aging personal care cosmetic – a soap which is 90% olive oil, and smooth beyond belief. (Aloe vera, oddly enough, can sometimes create a superficial drying effect, which olive oil quickly smoothes out.) Besides anti aging effects, aloe vera adds proteins, minerals and water to your skin.

Application of Creams – I always tell friends not to rub in their oils and creams in a bored hum-drum way. You need to really massage it in, giving yourself pleasure and stimulating your circulation. Indeed - it’s best to make all your health practices emotional. It’s this zest that makes the magic connection between body, mind, heart and soul. So – when we’re working to make ourselves younger and prettier, please ladies - let’s make it an anti aging exercise - not act as if we’re ironing socks!

Natural Progesterone Cream – We mention this last, but definitely not least, for it is really the “Queen” of anti aging products. This all-natural cream suffuses your body with progesterone, the anti aging hormone that turns girls into women and gives that beautiful glow to pregnant women. A natural progesterone hormone cream, such as Prosperine, delivers the right dosage of progesterone derived from the Mexican wild yam. Besides providing a protective quality against breast cancer, it wonderfully tones your skin and retards the aging process. As with drinking water, this is an approach that works from the inside out – the right way, the natural way.

Warmly, Pieternel
© 2005 Pieternel van Giersbergen.

title:Anti-Aging Skin Care:  Why Can’t We Just Keep it Simple?
author:Karen Reiter
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

If you’ve ever tried to find a skin care product to deal with the skin care concerns of aging skin, you’re probably as confused as the average person. There are so many products and ingredients that tout ‘increase in this’, ‘decrease in that’ , ‘revitalized this and revitalized that’ and on and on and on. Many empty promises or over-hyped formulations.
In order to understand what anti-aging skin care products are intended to do, you have to first understand about what the aging process is for skin. Aging skin has the condition where the structural proteins that bind and support the skin, collagen and elastin, lose their resiliency and cohesion, causing the skin to wrinkle and/or sag. The body's ability to produce new collagen and elastin also diminishes with age while the cells in the various layers of our skin decline and thin, loosing the ability to adequately maintain moisture. Without proper hydration, the healing mechanisms of the skin cease to function, adversely affecting the skin's ability to receive nutrients and repair itself. The result is rough, lose, wrinkled skin.
Of course, we all want to have the best skin possible at any age and are searching for solutions to maintain our skin’s youthfulness. In our quest and with the constant marketing and advancements in skin care, it can sometimes be difficult to find an affordable and effective solution for great skin care.
However, what you need to know is that it doesn’t have to be that complex (as many of the product name suggest!). What you should consider is that what any skin care program should be is simple. That’s it, just simple. The results that we all want are simple: soft, smooth, clear, radiant, younger-looking skin.
Too much of the time now days, skin care marketers are trying to convenience consumers that they need formulations that no average consumer can understand, or day and night products, or formulations that highly successful, well-known personalities would use. If you think about it, how many products do you currently have in your storage that were purchased because of these marketing strategies?
With these types of advertising, there are so many re-touches and questionable representation of the product effectiveness because the personality also receives so many other types of services and procedures that impact the condition of skin that you really cannot know the true results that the highly marketed products will bring.
The positive side of the situation is that there are constant and ever evolving advances in skin care and we all have the option for our skin condition improving with age.
If you are looking for a skin care program, there are some guidelines you may want to consider when making your skin care choices:
Protect your skin while you are in the sun and extreme weather. Use proper protection.
Drink lots of water. It’s so important for proper skin hydration and keeping your body clean from toxins and other chemicals that could cause adverse reactions in your skin.
You should know what you are using on your skin. If you can’t pronounce the majority of the ingredients or there are more than 5 or 6 ingredients, then it may be too complex for what your skin actually needs. Skin care that uses these types of formulations are full of fillers, coloring, preservatives, and chemicals that are not beneficial for your skin and come with a high price where the consumer is paying for the filler more so than the active ingredients. These types of ingredients are only needed to fill up the bottle and make it appealing to smell or touch. Sometimes products will contain multiple active ingredients but in order to formulate these ingredients, it requires that other ingredients be added. You end up paying for something your skin cannot use. The cheaper ingredients are filling up the bottle. Try a similar approach to how you would choose your food (skin is ‘live cells’ and needs nourishment). Watch the labels and choose products with skin healthy formulations where the active ingredients are 80% of the ingredients.
You should use a good and effective cleanser. This is the most important step in your skin care process. Many cleansing products do not leave your skin feeling smooth and deeply cleansed. Find a product that goes deep into the pores, provides light exfoliation and conditioning, and does not leave any residue. Applying moisturizers and treatments on top of skin that is not completely clean will just make the problem worse by clogging pores and showing a rough, uneven skin texture.
You should be able to adjust your program to meet your skin’s daily needs. If you can’t adjust the use of the products to match what your skin needs on a particular day, are you really getting what you need? Your program should be able to hydrate, heal, and renew your skin. You should see this gradual improvement everyday and not have to wait 30 to 60 days for results. It’s like watering a plant. A plant that needs water as a critical nutrient will respond immediately to the water being absorbed through its roots and perk up within a few hours. Watch your skin for a week or so and you’ll know how effective the program can ultimately be for your skin care needs.
You should be able to quickly go through your regime. It should not take more than 5 minutes. A skin care program should include the steps to cleanse, exfoliate, treat and/or moisturize. You should be able to pick and choose what you need based on you skin’s current condition for that day.
You should not be able to feel the product on your skin. In order for skin care to really be effective, it must penetrate the skin cells. Product sitting on top of your skin is product that is not penetrating the skin layers. Products with fillers and other unnecessary, complex formulations will may not get deep or directly enough to provide the treatment and results you are looking for. You should not know that you are wearing your skin care.
You should feel comfortable with makeup optional skin. If your skin care is really working, your skin will improve and you will not want to put makeup on it if you don’t have to. Most skin problems are correctable to a large degree. You should be able to go out feeling confident that your skin is at its best (with minimal makeup) no matter what your age is. Also, by using makeup less, you are giving your skin more time to repair and restore itself without the interruption of other product chemicals on your skin.
title:Anti Aging Tips & Techniques
author:Balaji B
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Aging occurs due to the growth of the tissues and other elements in side the body. Even the cells grow and die as time passes "there was nothing to stop these changes" but this sentences is no more existing. Man has found ways to slow stop and even reverse the growth of human bodies. Anti aging is a process in which a person can stay young for a long time.
Anti aging techniques slows down the aging process so that the person stays young and fit. The main part of the anti aging techniques is the nutrition that is taken by a person in his lifetime. Healthy food habits are the key to anti aging techniques.
Creams have become the widely used products among the products used for anti aging. There are sub types in the creams they are natural creams, artificial creams and the last important one is herbal creams. Herbal creams are basically preferred by some people because every one believes that herbal will not give any side effects. But be careful that before using the treatment consult with your doctor or with your beautician so that it doesn’t give negative results. There are separate treatments for every individual. As both men and women are equally interested in this anti aging treatment we should be able to carefully differentiate the treatments.
We should also be careful in using these treatments because supervision is a must for several treatments. And in some cases diagnosis is needed to know the condition of the patient. Only by knowing the condition treatments are started because there are separate treatments for every individual depending upon their health. If you follow all these safety measures you will lead a very good young and energetic life as you have lived in your youth.
Nowadays people are interested in using natural anti aging treatment. A mixture of collagen cream and the active ingredients from plants is a familiar natural anti aging treatment that works perfect on wrinkles in the skin. There is another one eating good vitamins rich food is a very well known anti aging treatment. As we have seen many treatments about the anti aging we should not get confused about using these treatments. These treatments are helping us to grow younger.
There are many types in anti aging treatment. One type is anti aging medicine it includes improving the skin texture and moisture of our body. The anti aging treatment can increase energy levels, sexual performance, immune system vigilance and they also work on the age related growth factors. The anti aging treatment also helps to re-contour the body, restore muscle tone, and reduce the fat in body. The results through the anti aging treatment are wonderful changes in biochemistry which enables the look and make you feel that you have got back your youth.
title:Anti-aging:  Is it really possible?
author:Geri Richard
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Although it is obviously not possible to turn the clock back entirely, we can take many steps now to ensure that not only do we slow down the aging process, but we can also reverse many of the signs of aging that we may presently be experiencing.
The biggest key in the fight against aging is of course our diet and nutrition.  The old adage, "you are what you eat" is absolutely true!  It is impossible to expect to be healthy and vital if we are not eating the nutrients we need to keep our bodies performing at its best.
I truly believe that the increase in lifestyle diseases that we are presently seeing is in great part due to poor diets and junk food.  It is very important to try to increase the amount of whole foods that we eat and decrease the amount of processed foods that we eat. 
Processed foods have almost no nutrients left in them ... they are considered "empty calories".  But even worse than that, the preservatives, additives and chemicals that are in these processed foods interfere with many bodily functions including hormones.  These chemical toxins are called "xenoestrogens" and they often trigger a condition called "Estrogen Dominance". 
What is Estrogen Dominance?  Simply explained, it is when the ratio of Estrogen and Progesterone get out of whack and you have higher levels of estrogen, compared to progesterone.  There are many things in our modern society that contribute to this imbalance including birth control pills, caffeine, alcohol and xenoestrogens (which are caused by external toxins and pollutants like detergents, pesticides, plastics etc.), as well as impaired liver function and even stress!
The hormonal imbalances caused by Estrogen Dominance have many negative effects on the body and can make you feel a lot older by triggering many symptoms like poor memory, "foggy brain", weight gain and difficulty losing weight, increased facial hair, decreased sex drive, vaginal dryness, darkened skin pigmentation, water retention and much, much more.  Estrogen Dominance also increases the risk of many lifestyle diseases like cancer, fibrocystic breasts, breast cancer, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and much more.
Estrogen Dominance is much more common than people think, thanks to the world we live in.  And it is happening to women at younger and younger ages, even to women in their twenties or thirties! So how do you combat estrogen dominance?  One of the most important changes you can make is losing weight if you are overweight, since this triggers a vicious cycle of hormonal imbalances and weight gain, especially in the abdominal area.
But of course, how you lose weight is just as important, if not more, than just losing weight.  If you lose weight following unhealthy weight loss diets, you could be unbalancing your hormones even more.  The better method is to lose weight in a slow, steady fashion by eating healthy, nutritious food and NOT starving yourself. 
If instead of following an unhealthy diet, you follow a healthy eating program you will not only lose weight, but will have many health benefits as well.  Check out these little-known, powerful anti-aging benefits you get from eating a healthy, balanced diet:
- Eating a healthy diet decreases free radical production through proper nutrition, which is a powerful anti-aging technique, as well as decreasing the risk of developing different types of cancer
Eating healthy also helps to promote anti-aging by lowering cholesterol and triglycerides to healthy levels
- When you follow a healthy diet and do not skip meals or starve yourself, you actually speed up your metabolism and increase fat burning capabilities.  Dieting is one of the best ways of slowing down your metabolism, which of course makes losing weight very difficult.  Yo-yo dieting is a good example of this.  Each time you lose weight and gain it back, you are slowing down your metabolism so that each subsequent diet gets harder and harder to lose weight.
- It is also possible to make a few simple changes to your diet so that the food you eat stabilises your blood sugar levels and reduces insulin and improves insulin resistance ... ultimately decreasing the risk of Diabetes.  And did you know that Insulin is a major culprit in weight gain?
- And here is a very powerful anti-aging secret:  eating a healthy, balanced diet supports your liver!  If your liver works better, your body detoxifies more efficiently, which improves all areas of your health (including cellulite reduction the natural way), as well as supporting your immune system which is of course very important for good health
And not only do unhealthy diets unbalance your hormones, one thing that many people don't think about when they decide to lose weight following unhealthy fast weight loss diets:  the faster you lose weight, the bigger the chances that you will be left with loose, sagging skin!  A healthy eating program decreases the chances of having loose, sagging skin, because you lose weight in a slow, steady way, which gives your body a chance to firm up your skin.  There are also many foods you can eat that promote healthy, firm skin tone.  (The "Diet Free ... At Last!" Weight Loss Program teaches which foods promote anti-aging and also which foods you can eat to help to improve skin tone and prevent loose, sagging skin.)


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The article is about asthma and its causes, symptoms, and treatment which include allergen management and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs..

anti inflammatory drugs

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A Life with Asthma

Life has been a struggle for Karen ever since she was a little girl.  She was very allergic to dust mites, pollen coming from trees, and other allergens that seemed to surround her everywhere she went.  Growing up did not only mean getting braces for her teeth, growing her hair long, or moving up several sizes.  It also meant the daily battle with her own immune system that over-reacted to almost anything microscopic.  He body's anti-allergic response included the secretion of above-normal amounts of fluid in her nostrils and mucus inside her chest.  The moment she gets an allergic reaction, her chest would suddenly feel as if a block of cement had been hurled at her.  He difficulty of breathing was so severe that should would almost turn blue from lack of oxygen.  For most of her childhood and teenage years, she felt miserable about the repeated asthma attacks that almost always happened in public.  The difficulty of having asthma was made worse by the embarrassment she had to endure whenever she desperately gasped for air in front of people. 

Like Karen, millions of people around the world suffer from asthma.  In the United States alone, about 20 million people have been diagnosed with this chronic disease. Of this number of asthma sufferers, nearly nine million are children. An asthma attack affects and produces a constriction of the airways. The airways are the tubes through which air flows in and out of our lungs. The inside walls of these airways are become swollen during an asthma attack.  The inflammation of the airways is actually an allergic reaction to microscopic particles Once the inflammation occurs, an asthma sufferer may produce wheezing sounds or may experience excessive coughing. 

To date, there is still no cure for asthma but it can be prevented or its symptoms can be managed.    One simple way to help prevent asthma is to prevent pollutants and other allergens from proliferating in  your home or work environment.  Hygiene at home and at the office can help control the spread of viruses and bacteria that may also trigger allergies and other more serious ailments.  While there are varying degrees of severity of asthma attacks and sensitivity to “triggering elements”, keeping the surroundings as allergen-free as possible would benefit all asthmatics. 

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs To The Rescue

Aside from environmental sanitation, another option to control asthma and its debilitating symptoms is the use of medications.  Anti inflammatory drugs are now prescribed for patients who need immediate help in controlling asthma. These anti inflammatory drugs help reduce the swelling of swelling of air passageways and, as a result, prevent wheezing and coughing. 

The main types of anti-inflammatory drugs are:

1. Inhaled corticosteroids – Considered as one of the most effective medications to reduce airway inflammation. This drug helps reduces the need for hospitalization and provides better asthma control.

2. Mast cell stabilizers - It works by preventing the release of irritating and inflammatory substances from immune cells called mast cells.

3. Dry powder inhaler -  A medication in the form of a dry powder that is administered through a small device called a dry powder inhaler or DPI. This inhaler delivers the medication to the lungs as you inhale through the device. It does not contain propellants and it can be used by young asthmatics starting at age five and up.

4. Nebulizer - This is a device used to administer medication in the form of liquid mist to the air ways.  Also known as “atomizers”, the nebulizer is used to pumps air or liquid medicine in vapor form. By inhaling the medicine through the nebulizer, an asthmatic is able to reduce the symptoms of the disease.

Managing your Asthma

To help a patient manage the symptoms of this condition, doctors usually use a tool called Spirometry to diagnose asthma.  The tool is also used to evaluate the pulmonary functions of a patient.  It also helps the doctor obtain valuable information about the lung condition of an asthma patient.   Optimal medication, continuation of normal activities, and the reduction of trips to the hospital are only some of the goals that every doctor want to achieve in treating an asthma patient.  Depending on the severity of the condition, the doctor may opt to prescribe anti inflammatory drugs that would prevent attacks that constrict a patient's breathing.

Asthma is a very uncomfortable condition to deal with, especially on a daily basis.  But it should not rob someone out of the joys and happiness of life.  Even asthmatics can live relatively normal lives.  Through proper medication and allergen management, asthmatics can pursue active, fulfilling lives.


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The article is about asthma and its causes, symptoms, and treatment which include allergen management and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs..

anti inflammatory drugs

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A Life with Asthma

Life has been a struggle for Karen ever since she was a little girl.  She was very allergic to dust mites, pollen coming from trees, and other allergens that seemed to surround her everywhere she went.  Growing up did not only mean getting braces for her teeth, growing her hair long, or moving up several sizes.  It also meant the daily battle with her own immune system that over-reacted to almost anything microscopic.  He body's anti-allergic response included the secretion of above-normal amounts of fluid in her nostrils and mucus inside her chest.  The moment she gets an allergic reaction, her chest would suddenly feel as if a block of cement had been hurled at her.  He difficulty of breathing was so severe that should would almost turn blue from lack of oxygen.  For most of her childhood and teenage years, she felt miserable about the repeated asthma attacks that almost always happened in public.  The difficulty of having asthma was made worse by the embarrassment she had to endure whenever she desperately gasped for air in front of people. 

Like Karen, millions of people around the world suffer from asthma.  In the United States alone, about 20 million people have been diagnosed with this chronic disease. Of this number of asthma sufferers, nearly nine million are children. An asthma attack affects and produces a constriction of the airways. The airways are the tubes through which air flows in and out of our lungs. The inside walls of these airways are become swollen during an asthma attack.  The inflammation of the airways is actually an allergic reaction to microscopic particles Once the inflammation occurs, an asthma sufferer may produce wheezing sounds or may experience excessive coughing. 

To date, there is still no cure for asthma but it can be prevented or its symptoms can be managed.    One simple way to help prevent asthma is to prevent pollutants and other allergens from proliferating in  your home or work environment.  Hygiene at home and at the office can help control the spread of viruses and bacteria that may also trigger allergies and other more serious ailments.  While there are varying degrees of severity of asthma attacks and sensitivity to “triggering elements”, keeping the surroundings as allergen-free as possible would benefit all asthmatics. 

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs To The Rescue

Aside from environmental sanitation, another option to control asthma and its debilitating symptoms is the use of medications.  Anti inflammatory drugs are now prescribed for patients who need immediate help in controlling asthma. These anti inflammatory drugs help reduce the swelling of swelling of air passageways and, as a result, prevent wheezing and coughing. 

The main types of anti-inflammatory drugs are:

1. Inhaled corticosteroids – Considered as one of the most effective medications to reduce airway inflammation. This drug helps reduces the need for hospitalization and provides better asthma control.

2. Mast cell stabilizers - It works by preventing the release of irritating and inflammatory substances from immune cells called mast cells.

3. Dry powder inhaler -  A medication in the form of a dry powder that is administered through a small device called a dry powder inhaler or DPI. This inhaler delivers the medication to the lungs as you inhale through the device. It does not contain propellants and it can be used by young asthmatics starting at age five and up.

4. Nebulizer - This is a device used to administer medication in the form of liquid mist to the air ways.  Also known as “atomizers”, the nebulizer is used to pumps air or liquid medicine in vapor form. By inhaling the medicine through the nebulizer, an asthmatic is able to reduce the symptoms of the disease.

Managing your Asthma

To help a patient manage the symptoms of this condition, doctors usually use a tool called Spirometry to diagnose asthma.  The tool is also used to evaluate the pulmonary functions of a patient.  It also helps the doctor obtain valuable information about the lung condition of an asthma patient.   Optimal medication, continuation of normal activities, and the reduction of trips to the hospital are only some of the goals that every doctor want to achieve in treating an asthma patient.  Depending on the severity of the condition, the doctor may opt to prescribe anti inflammatory drugs that would prevent attacks that constrict a patient's breathing.

Asthma is a very uncomfortable condition to deal with, especially on a daily basis.  But it should not rob someone out of the joys and happiness of life.  Even asthmatics can live relatively normal lives.  Through proper medication and allergen management, asthmatics can pursue active, fulfilling lives.

Anxiety and the Perfect Anti-Anxiety Treatment

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The article talks about the development of anxiety disorders, a condition that may hamper development and ruin daily activities. Because of its ill-effects the search for the perfect anti-anxiety treatment became the primary concern of many. St. John's Wort can be used as an alternative medicine for this anxiety disorders.


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To have feelings of uneasiness or nervousness is quite normal for people who have to keep up with the fast pace of the 21st Century lifestyle. Almost everyone feels anxious from time to time. Mild to moderate moments of anxiety may help certain individuals focus their attention, energy, and motivation. However, severe cases of anxiety may lead to feelings of helplessness, confusion, and distress. Too much anxiety, however, is not normal and may interfere with one's daily activities. Anxiety can cause physical and mental problems. In some cases, some situations or fears may trigger a variety of symptoms for a short time. 

Physical symptoms of anxiety may include the following:

Trembling, twitching, or shaking.
Feeling of fullness in the throat or chest.
Breathing difficulties or fast heartbeat.
Sweating or cold, clammy hands.
Feeling jumpy.
Muscle tension, aches, or soreness (myalgias).
Extreme fatigue.
Sleep problems, such as the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep, early waking, or restlessness (not feeling rested when you wake up).

In addition to its physical effects, anxiety also affects a part of the brain that aids in communication. This condition may lead to the difficulties in expressing creativity or effective function in relationships.

Some of the symptoms that show anxiety's effect on one's mental faculties include:

Restlessness, irritability, or feeling on edge.
Excessive worrying.
Fearing that something bad is going to happen; feeling doomed.
Inability to concentrate; feeling like your mind goes blank.
The presence of both physical and mental symptoms of anxiety may lead to a condition called anxiety disorder. It may hamper a persons ability to deal with other persons and ruin daily activities. In addition to this, medical studies suggest that women are twice as likely to have anxiety disorders than women. This occurs because of a variety of biological, psychological, and cultural factors. Although the cause of this phenomenon is still unknown, medical researchers suggest that fluctuations in the levels of female reproductive hormones and cycles may contribute to the heightened risk for anxiety disorders. This condition may occur at any age, gender, and race. Because of its ill-effects, individuals with anxiety disorders are in a hurry to treat this illness and turn to anti-anxiety drugs for treatment. These drugs are designed to calm and relax individuals with excessive anxiety, nervousness, on a short-term basis. It is also used to treat mild and temporary attacks of anxiety as well as clinically declared cases of social phobias and other forms of phobias. However, the use of these forms of medication may bring side effects that include sedation, sleepiness, depression, lethargy, dizziness, and many more. Other reactions may include changes in heart rate, blood pressure, bowel changes, and severe skin rash.

Due to the side effects of certain anti-anxiety medication, many patients sought alternative medication for their condition. Many herbs became famous among individuals who want to treat anxiety with less side effects. St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is an herb native to Europe and has been used for many years to treat anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It is said that this herb works by slowing down the breakdown of brain chemicals called serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression. In many studies, only 20 percent of patients who took St. John's Wort complained of side effects, lower compared to those who took antidepressants (53 percent). However, despite its health benefits, individuals who want to take this alternative medicine should seek the approval of medical professionals to clarify side effects and drug interactions that may take place while under medication.

The behavior side effects of anxiety can be described as an act of avoidance. Individuals with anxiety disorders tend to avoid the things that make them worried or nervous. It may work as a short-term method to make a person feel better but, in the long run, this method may heighten anxiety to worst levels. Effective anxiety treatments may require adjustments in one's lifestyle and professional help.

Anxiety Attacks: How an International Pharmacy Can Help

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Anxiety disorders affect 40 million Americans. Find out about the types of and treatments for anxiety disorders.

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At some point in life, almost everyone experiences anxiety. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable in the moments leading up to an important test, maybe you get the jitters the night before your wedding, or perhaps you have a case of the butterflies before you get up to speak in front of a group. This transient anxiety is simply a part of life, and while it is sometimes exacerbated by stress, it always goes away.

This kind of normal social anxiety is very different from the anxiety experienced by those with an anxiety disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), "Anxiety disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year." Anxiety disorders can be debilitating for those who suffer from them, as well as to family members and loved ones.

What Are Anxiety Disorders?

In a sense, "anxiety disorder" is an umbrella phrase for a number of more specific psychiatric disorders. According to the NIMH, anxiety disorders include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. Although these are distinct conditions, the one thing they have in common is a sense of fear and dread that is disproportionate to the actual events taking place.

The symptoms of an anxiety attack can depend upon the type of disorder. According to the NIMH, panic disorder is "characterized by sudden attacks of terror, usually accompanied by a pounding heart, sweatiness, weakness, faintness, or dizziness. During these attacks, people with panic disorder may flush or feel chilled; their hands may tingle or feel numb; and they may experience nausea, chest pain, or smothering sensations."

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

Some anxiety disorders respond well to a type of psychotherapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy. This can help alleviate the "self-talk" that contributes to the escalation of an anxiety attack. Systematic desensitization therapy often works well for people with phobias, as it gradually exposes them to that which they fear and lessens their negative reactions.

Virtually all anxiety disorders can be treated with pharmaceuticals, either alone or in conjunction with psychotherapy. Antidepressants are often useful in treating panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, particularly those that are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Brand name drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil are examples of SSRIs.

There are also pharmaceuticals specifically for anxiety, such as the generic drugs buspiron, diazepam, and lorazepam. Brand name pharmaceuticals include Klonopin, Buspar, and Ativan.

The Role of an International Pharmacy

Although an online pharmacy isn't meant to replace a mental health professional's diagnosis and treatment of anxiety attacks, it can serve a much-needed purpose: access to the pharmaceuticals that can make life bearable for those who suffer. Those with anxiety disorders often can't go out of the house or are ashamed of their condition. They often end up self-medicating with illicit drugs or alcohol. With skilled doctors and licensed pharmacists, an international pharmacy can help those in need get the help they deserve.

Anxiety Check: Taking A Pause

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This article deals with the need to overcome job-related stress and anxiety. Like sharpening an axe, this article imparts the idea that taking a pause from work is needed as a means to self-improvement and a way to deal with anxiety.

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Exhausted from all the job-related tasks that you have to deal with everyday? Have the papers piled up so high that you can no longer see the person next to you? Do you now see your job as a drag?  Just maybe, you may no longer be enjoying your work. You are now bored and somehow expect to be in the middle of a work performance catastrophe.  In the back of your mind, you already know that your poor performance may lead you back to the unemployment line.

Stress and anxiety brought by everyday challenges at work can affect a person's interest and skills in the office.  Even if most people are aware of how much competition there is out in the market where only the best lands a job, the stress and anxiety can really take a toll on even the most promising professional. Stress and anxiety, no matter how one tries to avert it, is like a hovering vulture that persistently waits to feast on a “dead-tired” person.

But nobody in his right mind would just give up.  Even those who say they already hate their job try to  revive all the passion they once had for their job or the company.  So instead of just waiting to get axed, why don't you try and consider the following tips on how to get back your drive for work:

Check on your ego. This is the first thing that you must look into as you go along your self-check routine because one's ego is the hardest thing to overcome. Aside from stress and anxiety at by work, being egocentric brings unnecessary worries and apprehensions. It is but natural to hear unsolicited comments or advice from some colleagues and superiors.  While some comments may be harmful and unfounded, a little criticism taken in a positive way can actually help improve your performance.

Check on what you know. Updating one's knowledge is very essential to improving one's craft.   Competition in the workplace leaves no room for mediocrity.  Those who do not try to improve themselves are actually more prone to stress and anxiety. Jealousy, intrigue, and unfair competition can hurt not only the employees but the company as well.  A worker that strives to improve his performance will have lesser things to worry about since he lets his work and outputs do the talking.

Managing stress and anxiety in the office can be done through many ways. It is the same way with improving one's work performance.  Getting ahead does not always mean being in a frenzy.  Improving one's work and reducing anxiety may actually entail the act of “slowing down.”  This is best illustrated in the story of a young woodcutter who tried to impress his boss by always hitting trees in full force every time he swung his axe.  On his first day on the job, the young woodcutter fell the most number of trees.     He was trying to show his commitment to the job by never taking breaks.  He just kept swinging at the trees with his axe.  But after the third day, the Chief Woodcutter approached the young apprentice and asked, “How come you now cut less number of trees as you did during the first two days? Even if you did not take breaks, you still finished at the bottom in our team of woodcutters.”

Finally, the Chief Woodcutter asked the young lad, “Did you sharpen your axe?”

Anxiety Depression Information

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Reduced to its simplest form, what is worry? It is simply an unhealthy and destructive mental habit that- believe it or not folks-you were not born with but simply acquired out of practice.

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From a religious stand-point, Jesus once asked his 12 disciples: “Which of you by worrying can add a single strand of hair to your head?” Now, you may be of a religious background or maybe not, but, think about that statement and you’d see why worrying, a main symptom of anxiety depression is quite unnecessary. more...

Reduced to its simplest form, what is worry? It is simply an unhealthy and destructive mental habit that- believe it or not folks-you were not born with but simply acquired out of practice. The good news is, with aggressive actions, as with any habit and acquired attitude; we can be worry free and eliminate it from our lives successfully.

In the words of Dr. Smiley Blanton, a noted Psychiatrist: “Anxiety depression is the great modern plague.” Other psychologists go on to say ‘worry’ a noted symptom of any form of depression, is the most subtle and destructive of all human diseases. When we worry excessively, we disintegrate our inner workings as humans and really put a lot of things out of order. Needless to say avoiding worry as a step of treating depression and anxiety will be the first step for our own benefit.

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The following steps should be used to deal with anxiety depression and its main symptom, worry. When used wisely and effectively, you will inevitably be successful at these natural depression help techniques.

Practice Mind-drainage: Empty your mind of pessimistic and negative thoughts, especially before going to and after waking up from sleep. This involves some degree of imagination friends. (the same imagination-mind you-that you are actually using to aggravate your present situations…didn’t realize that eh?). This mind-draining strategy cannot be overemphasized as I will let you know, if you fear something for a long period of time, it may actually come to pass. “For the thing which I feared has come upon me…” (Job 3:25)
Fill up the mind with powerful thoughts of faith and success to fill up the vacuum now left in the mind. You become a worrier by practicing it, you can be worry-free by practicing the opposite.
Say positive things about those things you previously spoke negatively of.
Never participate in a worry conversation. Induce your conversation with faith and worry-free statements.
Make friends with optimistic people, practice prayer and meditation.
Exercise and eat right. You’ll be making yourself look and feel better and consequently stronger through the process for overcoming depression, anxiety and becoming worry free.
No one is saying things will be automatically changed overnight.
No, it takes work. However with direct and equally aggressive actions as the destructive worry habits one may be indulging in, anxiety depression can be overcome and you too can be worry free if you believe in your mind you can.

Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety is a state of mind wherein a person experiences a number of emotions at the same time such as nervousness, fear, uneasiness, worry to name a few.

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Anxiety is a state of mind wherein a person experiences a number of emotions at the same time such as nervousness, fear, uneasiness, worry to name a few. This is accompanied by physical symptoms such as palpitation , headache, unsettled stomach, chest pain and the like. This can be triggered off due to a number of reasons such as one’s circumstances, certain traumatic experiences or anything perceived by the person as traumatic. When this anxiety extends for a prolonged period it is time to be warned and seek professional help. This condition of the person is known as anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorder is a rather common problem especially in today’s stress filled world. But the bigger issue is that we don’t treat it as a problem in the first place. Most people who suffer from anxiety disorders and the people around them tend to consider it just as mood swings and the temperament of the individual and thus, overlook the seriousness of the issue. But the point to be noted here is that the symptoms should not be ignored as timely help can cure the person completely. 
Anxiety disorders are of different types. People develop anxiety disorders for various reasons and under various circumstances. One should understand the reasons thoroughly to be able to treat the patient. A good talk with the patient along with a standard questionnaire which could include questions about the family, friends, likes and dislikes of the patients would help in finding out the root cause which has led to the anxiety disorder and thus, would help in the treatment. The various kinds of anxiety disorders  include panic disorders, kinds of phobias like agoraphobia (which is the fear of being in a social setting), stress disorder, social anxiety to name a few.

Anxiety disorder symptoms would vary depending upon the individual and also with the kind of disorder that the patient is suffering from. The good thing is that there is treatment for this condition. When in the pursuit of anxiety help, it would be better to know the kind of anxiety that is the cause of trouble. One should also find out the situations which cause the condition to aggravate. This would go a long way in deciding the treatment and making the treatment more effective. Anxiety and depression go hand in hand. People who develop some sort of anxiety disorder tend to undergo a state of depression if timely treatment is not provided. People who suffer from depression tend to be sad, irritable and always have negative thoughts.

People suffering from anxiety disorders need to be made aware of their problem. They need to use self help methods also to curb these issues.  One can take prescription drugs from the doctor to treat the problem and if not suitably convinced can opt for alternative treatments for anxiety disorders such as ayurveda, acupuncture , acupressure, aroma therapy, yoga and the like. Many people do try alternative treatment for anxiety disorders even though they are not endorsed by any legal authority. If the anxiety attacks cease to arise it does not necessarily mean that the person is fully cured but there can always be a relapse of these problems. Therefore,  it is of utmost importance that the patient undergoes a thorough treatment that deals with the root cause of the problem so that the person can continue to lead a quality life.

Anxiety Disorder and Changed Lives

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This article talks about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for anxiety disorder, a condition that affects countless individuals around the world. The causes and treatments for this condition vary from person to person and can be dealt with the health of health professionals.

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Anxiety disorder affects many people around the world and is particularly common in Western and other industrialized countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe. In the US, anxiety disorders rank highly in the long list of mental health problems experienced by many individuals on a daily basis. Medical studies show that there are about 28 million persons who suffer from anxiety disorder every year. This condition may interfere with an individual's work, studies, or family life. In America, these mental health conditions have been closely linked to high rates of alcohol and substance abuse.

Individuals who suffer from anxiety disorder tend to tire easily, lack concentration, depression, and sleep disorder. Physical symptoms may include sweating, nausea, dizziness, stomach upset stomach, trembling, frequent need to urinate, muscle tension, and many more. About 90 percent of individuals who suffer from anxiety disorder have histories of depression, social anxiety, alcohol or drug abuse.

Medical studies suggest that there are six types of anxiety disorders in the adult population:

· Panic Disorders - The primary symptom of panic disorder is the occurrence of panic attacks combined with fear of developing them again.
· Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - This disorder is characterized by unwanted, interfering thoughts or repetitive behaviors that reflects a patient's attempts to control it.
· Phobias - It is an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain, objects, activities, or persons. The primary symptoms of this condition is excessive, unreasonable, intention to factors that bring fear.
· Stress Disorders - This condition is centered on negative reactions to traumatic events in a patient's life.
· Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This condition is characterized by irrational worry about everyday, normal things like work, health, money, and other daily concerns.  People who suffer from GAD are often irritable and suffer from fatigue, headaches, and muscle tension.
· Anxiety disorder due to physical causes. These include general medical conditions or developed because of substance abuse.

The causes and symptoms of anxiety vary from person to person and may produce physical, cognitive, emotional, or behavioral symptoms. An individual's ethnic or cultural background may also play a key role in the development of certain forms of anxiety. Genetic factors that may lead to biochemical imbalance in the brain also influence the development of this condition. Medical researchers suggest that individuals who are exposed to abuse, violence, and poverty may lead to the development of anxiety disorder.

Sessions of psychotherapy may be enough to treat mild anxiety disorders. Many health professionals however encourage the use of medications coupled with psychotherapy to treat patients with severe cases of anxiety disorders. Because of many medications and treatment for anxiety disorders doctors may not be able to predict which combination is beneficial for a certain individual. There are cases that doctors may try a different medication or treatment over a period of six to eight weeks in order to assess their effectiveness.

Many health professionals encourage individuals affected with anxiety disorder to engage in physical activities like weight training, cardiovascular exercises, yoga, and other physical activities. These activities may help relieve anxiety and emotional tensions. In addition, these activities promote the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers. These substances are produced by the brain and may help promote a state of bliss and relaxation. Individuals who are affected by anxiety disorders should seek the help of health professionals so that they can develop a treatment plan for their condition.

Anxiety Disorder of Celebrities and Media Speculation

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According to the American Psychoanalytic Associated, all the labeling and armchair diagnoses being directed at the behavior of Britney Spears is harmful,both to her and the general public. The ASA contends that it is nearly impossible to provide an accurate diagnosis of a person's mental state based solely on media-selected events, especially if there is a possibility of substance abuse coming into play.

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Take a look at the tabloid scene today and, chances are, you'll see nothing but second-guesses and armchair diagnoses of Britney Spears' mental health problems. Everything from anxiety disorder to depression, from bi-polar disorder to schizophrenia have been blamed for her recent (and not so recent) behavior. Just a few months prior, the tabloids were doing the exact same thing to Tom Cruise, especially after that infamous moment where he jumped up and down Oprah's couch like a hyperactive, spoiled brat on a sugar high. However, according to the American Psychoanalytic Association, this act of “armchair psychoanalysis” may do more harm than good for Britney Spears, or pretty much anyone that is subjected to the same treatment.

One of the many things that the ASA, along with several other mental health professionals, finds disturbing is the fact that most of these diagnoses are invalid. In a number of cases, assigning problems like anxiety disorder or bi-polar disorder to someone other than the therapist or psychiatrist whom one has never met personally is unprofessional and dangerous. Even with the comprehesive coverage by news media, it still can't detail everything that goes on in a person's life, and even if it could, it still couldn't reveal what exactly was going on in a person's head. The ASA is also worried that these diagnoses showing up on the tabloids are being made by uninformed laymen, who have no idea how to properly discern the signs and symptoms of a mental illness. They contend that while Britney's behavior might show “classic” signs of being bi-polar, it might actually be some rare form of anxiety disorder.

The ASA is concerned not only with the impact such accusations might have on Spears' mental health (which they have declined to speculate on), but also on the public perception of psychology and psychiatry as a whole. According to them, a proper diagnosis emerges from several consultations and meetings with the patient, and not merely the observations of “ridiculous” behavior that the tabloids were making. Even licensed, experienced professionals cannot create a final diagnosis without having spent quite a bit of time with the patient. They also state that the behavior displayed by the media, which is selected to entice the largest reaction out of people, is limited and, thus, impossible to develop a proper diagnosis from.
Another problem that worries the ASA is the possibility that these diagnoses will be taken by the general public as fact. This stems from the fact that Britney Spears' celebrity status, combined with the incorrect diagnoses and outright “labeling” by the tabloids, can give the general public drastic misconceptions on the nature of mood and anxiety disorders. It might also cause people to mistakenly attempt to “self-diagnose” their problems and attribute them to one disorder or another.

The ASA, along with the National Institute of Mental Health is concerned that this might lead to the general public developing a viewpoint that over-simplifies mental illnesses, which is not the case. The human mind, as well as all disorders or illnesses that it contracts, is a complex structure. They also point out that attempting to diagnose any mental illness when the patient might have a substance abuse problem is highly improbable during the best of circumstances, let alone under media-controlled scrutiny.

Anxiety Medications for the Weary Soul

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The article discusses the different types of anxiety medications. The article provides information about different classes of drugs used for the treatment of    depression and anxiety.

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In a world of busy streets and busy lives, it is very easy to ignore any situation that is unpleasant or even uncomfortable. In this case, what should one do if suddenly one becomes anxious without any known reason? There are people who become housebound due to their fear of being in crowded places or even in open places wherein they might feel vulnerable and more prone to panic attacks. People who have these feelings of worry and emotional instability may be given anti-anxiety medications by a physician.

Today, there is a large amount of anti-anxiety medications available that one might think that any one of these will be a suitable and effective treatment option. One proven effective medication is called Benzodiazepine, an anti- anxiety medication that has an almost instant reaction in the body. You can take this prescription medication 30 to 60 minutes before going engaging in any activity that might become stressful, or simply after one feels worried. 

For people who have acute but infrequent anxiety attacks, Benzodiazepine would be the best anti- anxiety medication to take. However, due to its addictive nature it would be best not to use Benzodiazepines for a long period of time. The risk of seizure is raised in cases where the said drug is used for extended periods of time. 

Other anti-anxiety medications that are now in common use include SSRIs or serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitors.  These antidepressant drugs are very popular due to their low addiction levels; mild side effects; and the fact that they can bring down the feelings of acute anxiety. SSRIs work by maximizing the natural levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can affect a person's moods. By taking an anti-anxiety medication like Paxil, serotonin is inhibited from being reabsorbed by the body. Therefore, more serotonin is produced by the body when necessary. The side effects of this medication are mild, and can range from dry mouth to sleepiness. If one desires fast results, then one should not take any SSRIs as they would need 2 to 6 weeks to infiltrate the system before one would notice any significant improvements.

Another popular anti anxiety medication called dopamine agonists work by increasing the levels of dopamine in the brain. Like SSRIs, dopamine agonists take a few weeks before showing any effects in relieving a person from his or her anxiety symptoms. The side effects of this class of drugs includes insomnia and sometimes extreme excitedness. The last type of anti-anxiety medication that is currently being used would be Buspar. This drug is a mild anti-anxiety medication is non-habit forming. Like SSRIs and dopamine agonists, Buspar takes a while for its medical properties to take effect.

These medications can help one in restoring a sense of normalcy to one's life, but as with all drugs and treatments, one should first talk with a trained medical practitioner who can help in choosing the best anti-anxiety medication for you.

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There has been a correlation between anxiety and panic attacks. The different types of anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Social Phobia, and Specific Phobia. A panic attack is a sudden onset of fear that correlates with 1 to many different symptoms.
To help reduce an anxiety panic attack one should first work on reducing their anxiety or stress levels. This is key to mananging your attacks. There are many ways to reduce your stress levels and there is a great book that I highly recommend to help you get started right away. You can read that book right now to get started implementing some of the many techniques. Click Here! to start enjoying these strategies right away.
If you have been been diagnosed with panic disorder, you may be overwhelmed wondering if your symptoms will ever go away. The key to beating an attack is knowledge. Research fight or flight responses for more information on panic attacks.

Anxiety self help

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This article provides information about how to get self-help in anxiety. It also provides tips of anxiety.

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No body has any fun with persisting anxiety problems. No body understands the your situation when you are suffering from anxiety until and unless that person himself or herself has suffered from anxiety. Therefore in such case intake of a pill can help your situation or you can learn a few courses of action of self-help, which would help your deal better when you are anxious. However you must know that if you are taking pills to make living with anxiety better then you might as well become physically and psychologically dependent on pills. So you must not count pills as the permanent solution. You wont gain complete freedom of mind and satisfaction by taking pills. It is recommended that you seek doctor’s advice so that the root cause of your anxiety can be detected at the initial stage.

You can always help your situation although the symptoms will never completely disappear. With the anxiety self help tools many people have learnt dealing better with anxiety.
Here are a few things that will help.

1.  Check your diet.

When we have a balanced diet then our bodies tend to function better. If there are no adequate vitamins, minerals in our diet then it might lead to emotional and mental troubles.
Panic disorders can be caused due to deficiency in the regular diet.  200 mg of calcium and 1000 mg of magnesium should be added to your regular diet. Inclusion of iron, potassium, selenium and chromium will help to deal you with anxiety self help. Eating a lot of vegetables, whole grains and nuts can be taken as self help tool in managing anxiety.
You must avoid refined sugar, soft drinks, alcohol, coffee, and any else that has caffeine content like tea, coffee, or chocolate.

2.  Get some exercise.

Regular exercising will help your body to relax and relieve it from stress and also help toning your body. Therefore exercising definitely helps in alleviating anxiety.
You must include a 30 minutes exercising program daily. Exercising helps in producing endorphins. You will see you feel better after you exercise.

3.  Learn how to relax.

It is important to learn to pursue activities that will help you to relax. Listening to music, talking to a friend, working on a crossword puzzle, read a good book, take a walk, a nap, paint a picture, or some other hobby?  Doing things that you enjoy will definitely help to alleviate your stress.
4.  Get enough sleep

If you are stressed and suffering from anxiety as a result, then try to get some deep and proper sleep. Sleep is a natural relaxer and sleeping will definitely do good to you when you are suffering from anxiety. Learn to let some of those other things go, and perform some anxiety self help.

5.  Remove a negative attitude

There are various external forces that may add a negativity in you, which might lead to stress. Try and avoid developing any negative feelings. Such feelings can only spoil your day. Inorder to avoid such feelings grow in you may take help of the self-help methods and those are bound to help!

In short it is advised that don’t external affairs stress you and aggravate your anxiety and you just make your living with anxiety easier by adopting some self-help measures.

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Anxiety, Depression and Defense Mechanisms

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This article discusses the theories of Sigmund Freud with regards to human anxiety and depression and how these concepts relate to each other.

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Sigmund Freud, the Father of Psychoanalysis, came up with his own theory of explaining the occurrence of anxiety and depression as part of human experience. His explanation of this phenomena traces its origin from the three divisions of the psyche. According to Freud, the human psyche is divided into the id, ego, and superego. These three divisions are only acquired eventually as a person also grows. To have a better understanding of the psyche and its three divisions, one should start with the world and its components.

The world is made up of numerous and different components, and one of those components is the human organism. A human organism has a special ability to survive and reproduce, his guiding force being his needs such as hunger, thirst, fear of pain and sex. It should be noted that these needs are part of a person's unconscious mind. A person's psyche is sensitive to these needs and transforms them into instincts, drives or wishes. This division of the psyche functions with a process called the “pleasure principle” and it is described as the id's responsibility to take care of the needs immediately. This behavior is mostly observed during infancy just like when a baby cries when it is hungry or thirsty. However, when a person's need is not satisfied by the id his or her need just becomes stronger.

This need then enters  the  conscious mind which is associated to another division of the psyche. This part of the psyche is called the ego and it relates a person's consciousness or reality. This part of the psyche operates based on the “reality principle.” The reality principle is about the belief that the ego will respond to satisfy the need as soon as it finds the appropriate object to satisfy it. However, as the ego continuously responds to an organism's needs, it sometimes experiences obstacles against attaining its goals as well as things that assist it to attain the goals. The ego keeps track of these two types of factors, particularly the rewards and punishments that are given by two of the most influential persons in an organism's life, his or her parents. The records that the ego keep about obstacles to avoid and the strategies it must take are all passed onto the superego, the third division of a person's psyche. It is only when someone is around five or seven years old that this part of the psyche becomes complete.

The superego is divided into two subparts, the conscience and the ego ideal. The conscience is the internalization of the punishments and the warnings while the ego ideal is based on the rewards and positive models that a person had encountered. The superego, together with its subparts, communicate their own requirements to the ego through feelings such as shame, guilt, and pride. Because of the existence of the superego, a person also acquires a new set of needs as well as wishes. However, these new sets of needs are based on social rather than biological origins. These new wishes coming from the superego are sometimes in conflict with the wishes from the id, often leaving the ego overwhelmed or threatened. 

This overwhelmed and threatened feeling of the ego is where anxiety comes from. According to Freud, there are three kinds of anxiety. The first kind is called realistic anxiety and it takes the form of human fears which are consequences of threats from the physical world. The second one is known as moral anxiety and it is a result of the threat that the ego perceives from the social world. It usually takes the form of feelings such as guilt, shame, and fear of punishment. Finally, the third kind of anxiety is called neurotic anxiety and it is a result of the fear of being overwhelmed by the impulses from the id.

In order for the ego to deal with these threats without feeling overwhelmed, it sometimes unconsciously blocks the impulses or distorts them into more acceptable forms. This process of blocking and distorting is what Freud called a “defense mechanism.”

Defense mechanisms come in various forms. One mechanism in particular is called turning against self. This happens when a person feels negative impulses such as hatred, aggression, and anger towards others but displaces these impulses to one's self. This explains human emotions of inferiority, guilt, and depression. Depression, Freud further explains, actually results from anger that a person refuses to acknowledge.

As more and more people, nowadays, experience having problems with regards to their anxieties and depression, a better understanding of these concepts from a Freudian perspective can actually help in resolving it. According to Freud, resolution can only be achieved when a person is made aware of those experiences or ideas in the unconscious and therapy be directed to the root of the problems which are most likely rooted in the unconscious.

Anxiety? No need to worry.

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This article discusses anxiety and possible treatments to the said problem.

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Reflexes go awry, bodily reactions prove to be dysfunctional, and behavior patterns seems meandering  – a blend of  these unusual occurrences and, by no doubt, you're having anxiety attacks. Anxiety is characterized to be continuous – and often times poignant -  fears and worries that tends to interfere with normal human behavior or activities. Anxiety, as proven medically, though may seem to be inconsequential, may cause severe problems like alcoholism and low self-esteem. These complications, as studies prove, may lead to lethal consequences.

Though anxiety, or its possible repercussions, may pose to be lethal, studies show it's curable in nature and responds to treatment well. Medical breakthroughs and scientific researches offers a wide array of answers that ranges from anxiety treatment to coping with anxiety.

Anxiety treatments can be done through medications such as anti-anxiety drug, anti-depressants, and beta-blockers. Anti-anxiety drugs are prescribed for brief relief against anxiety attacks and it is also used to hamper anxiety's severe effects. Anti-depressants give the brain a boost to let it combat mind-paralyzing effect of anxiety. Beta-blockers, which are fondly used by performers to deal with stage fright and “weak” knees, are good combatants against physical symptoms of anxiety.

These may seem to be the positive contribution of anxiety treatments through medications but   medical people wary in too much dependence on it. Anxiety medications can promote drug dependence and, with this, incalculable possible adverse effects are not had to imagine. They also advise people to take precaution by consulting their regular physician or family doctor.

Herbal medication alternatives and other natural forms of anxiety-curing regimen are also encouraged as forms of anxiety treatment. CBT or Cognitive Brain Therapy is one of the leading anxiety treatments. If a person is suffering from anxiety problems, CBT will help that individual to identify and overcome the traumatic experiences and notions that inhibits the individual from working through his fears. Constant exposure with this therapy would help you acquire certain skills that will strengthen your sense of emotional equilibrium and thus, you gain control over of your anxiety dilemma.

Coping with anxiety, however, is not that easy as it sounds. The tricky part here is that you  must  allow yourself to get ahead of the dilemma when in fact you did not manage to circumvent it. With this, medical professionals  enjoin individuals to earnestly seek and religiously abide by a doctor's advice. The practical and medical based pieces of advice will help an individual navigate properly the in's and out's of  anxiety dilemma.

They also encourage those relatives of those who are coping with anxiety to offer relentless support and multitudinous amount of patience understanding that this state of recovery is vital for them. Extending extra care and effort just to let them know that they are not alone in this battle. This is very important to know because one major manifestation of anxiety is seclusion.

Coping with anxiety, also, as said by doctors, has no “sure fire” formula. It takes careful planning and constant follow-up to be able to really give the best support and care for people coping with anxiety.

With this, let us put in our minds that, anxiety can be treated and it does respond accordingly to treatments. No matter how critical problem may be, just say, “Anxiety? no need to worry.”

title:Anxiety & Panic - Two Steps to Take Before the Healing Process Begins
author:Joanne King
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Anxiety sufferers are usually at a loose end after trying methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, Hypnosis, Sessions with psychologists, Meditation, Herbal Alternatives and probably the most popular of them all is Medications such as anti-depressants and Benzodiazepine's.
Now I was no different to any other sufferer, I was pulling my hair out in the hopes of one of these alternatives would kick in and free me of this dreadful nightmare that I lived, day in and day out for years. Unable to leave my house in fear something dreadful was going to happen to me.
But after plenty of research I did eventually eliminate my anxiety and panic disorder. And it certainly wasn’t from taking medications, or hypnosis or CBT or any of the worlds most practiced techniques (which have always given a rather poor response in curing anxiety and panic attacks).
Two Steps to Begin the Healing Process
Step One...
Accepting that what you have is Anxiety and Panic Disorder. And yes, I know this can be an extremely hard thing to accept. You’re sure that it always must be something else, your heart is racing (you think that you must be having a heart attack). You’re finding it difficult to swallow (so now your thoughts sway to you must have throat cancer). You find it difficult to breathe (and in that moment you’re sure your going to pass out or die, or maybe you think you have lung cancer or emphysema). Yes, I know how these thoughts can take control of your mind.
But in order to become well again, you must accept all these feelings are, are anxiety and panic attacks.
Step Two…
I struggled with this issue a lot. And I certainly understand when you have lost all faith. After all, you’ve tried all these other techniques with little to no success. So you begin to wonder why “this time” would be any different to all the other methods you have tried to your wits end.
But the moment you give up all hope and lose trust in any other possible natural method, than this will be when you prevent you’re healing and eliminating of Anxiety & Panic Disorder.
Anxiety and Panic Attacks can be eliminated naturally and for good! I’m living proof of that.
© Joanne King
Anxious, Are We?

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The article is about anxiety -- its root causes and symptoms; and the need for stress management techniques.

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The dictionary defines anxiety as distress of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.  It is also described as a state of apprehension and psychic tension occurring in some forms of mental disorder.  It is usually described as the feeling of uneasiness caused by anticipation of future events, be it planned or otherwise. 

Everybody, at one point in their lives, has experienced some form of anxiety.  Common events like an upcoming exam or thesis presentation; or when a loved one gets sick; or when you go to unfamiliar places --- all these may cause you to feel fidgety and worried.  However, extreme distress over the littlest things may be considered as a disorder and needs to be treated. Other symptoms of anxiety can include palpitations; shortness of breath; sweating; trembling; sense of choking; chest pain; nausea or stomach upsets; dizziness; numbness or tingling; and chills or hot flashes. 

So what causes anxiety disorders?  Scientists attribute it to a lot of factors, four of which are genetics, personality, brain chemistry, and environmental factors.  Researchers theorize that family history contributes to a high likelihood of someone developing an anxiety disorder.  If one was brought up around  a household of worriers, the chances of a person growing up to be a worrier too will be very high.  Personality plays a big part as well.  People who have low self-regard and have poor coping skills are also likely to develop anxiety disorders. 

Anxiety disorders are associated with high levels of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that transmit impulses.  An imbalance on certain neurotransmitters may alter the way the mind would react to different situations, leading to anxiety.

Any form of trauma or stressful situations such as abuse, accidents, or death may lead to anxiety disorders.  Stress and anxiety go hand in hand.  Anxiety levels heighten with constant exposure to extreme stress.  Also, the constant use or sudden withdrawal from addictive substances like alcohol, caffeine and nicotine may also worsen anxiety.

Oftentimes, worrying too much leads to anxiety panic attacks.  These are surges of overwhelming fear that come out of nowhere and for no apparent reason.  It affects not only the way the brain functions,  but it also triggers changes in our body's major glands.  The glands produce different kinds of stimulants and hormones double-time, flooding body cells simultaneously, causing the sufferer to feel the need to either run, get out, or hide.  This is far worse than the regular anxiety that people feel when they're stressed out as this is based on irrational fear.

Stress management may help prevent anxiety disorders from developing.  One good way to manage stress is to improve your lifestyle.  Get adequate amount of sleep, making sure that the body is well-rested after a full day's work. Intake of stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine containing products should be decreased as they would not help alleviate your stress, and may even aggravate your condition.   Performing relaxation exercises will also help you during stressful times as it will relieve tense muscles. Last but not the least, don't forget to take a breather.  Relax.  Anxiety is our body's natural reaction to stress.  It's up to us if we let it take over our lives. To keep it short and simple, when you're feeling anxious – stop, take a deep breath, count to ten, and relax.

title:Any Whey Protein Guide
author:John Gibb
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

A good source of protein is essential in any weight lifting program. Protein is needed to build and retain muscles but may not be easy find in an everyday diet. Let’s face it, who has time to plan weekly meals, exercise routines, and still deal with all the other tasks that life throws our way? Sure, if you do have the time, you can eat lots of meats and eggs, but what about those who don’t like these foods and still need a good source of protein.
Any Whey protein is a scientifically designed tasteless powder that can be added to any type of food. Whether your baking a cake, making a shake, maybe preparing some mashed potatoes, or baking your own bread, any whey protein is as easy as measuring a scoop and adding it too the mix. With Any Whey protein, you can get your protein any way you want can be a great time saving advantage.
Any whey is fat free and offers 17 grams of protein per serving. You’d have to eat about 9 large eggs to get the equivalent protein that you get from one serving of Any Whey protein supplement. 1.35lb bottle retails at 19.99.
You can generally save money online as many vendors offer discounts.
title:Applying For and Getting Social Security Disability Benefits
author:Kelley Wiseman
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The process of applying for and getting Social Security Disability is very long and convoluted; hopefully, this article will shed some light on the things one can do to smooth out the process and what to expect along the way.
Once you have become disabled, do two things immediately,
Consult a competent disability attorney
Start the application process with the Social Security Administration. This link will take you directly to the Social Security website where you can find out more about applying online and the guidelines for disability.
Once you have started the process, the SSA will do two things, they will send you paperwork to be filled out and signed so that they may obtain medical records. It would be helpful here if you compiled a list of every doctor, hospital, clinic etc you have been to in the past 2 years. The more accurate information you can give them at this step the better it will be when they request the records for review later in the process.
Secondly, they will schedule a phone interview with you to ask some general questions about your working years, family etc. They will be able to tell you at this stage approximately how much disability you could receive each month if approved and also in you qualify for Social Security Supplemental Income. The amount you may receive depends on factors such as family size, years worked, overall wages etc.
The SSA will also send paperwork to be completed that concerns your disability directly and how it affects your everyday life. They ask numerous questions concerning ability to work, mobility, daily living, personal care etc. Answer them in as much specific detail as possible because this is one of the main documents that the examiners will review when deciding your case, so the more that you can tell them about how it affects your life the better. Your attorney can guide you in completing this paperwork.
Once all the paperwork is completed it will be sent, in most states, to the state disability determination bureau. The SAA has contracts with most states so that the state examiners review the first step of the application process for the SSA.
This review can take as much as 6 - 9 months. There is really nothing you can do at this stage other than gather any new medical records you may have and keep in contact with your attorney as he may advise you to make regular visits to your physician so that current documentation of your disability will be available for the second stage of the process.
I should point out one thing here, over 85% of all disability applicants fail at this stage, so do not get discouraged when you are not approved. It would be much better going into this stage expecting not to be approved. The SSA does this to weed out those who really do not qualify for disability or even need it. The SSA’s theory is, if the applicant is really disabled, they will be persistent and continue the process.
The second stage of the process is where a good disability attorney will be of great help.
This stage is called the reconsideration stage. Your attorney will file an appeal with the SSA requesting a reconsideration of your case based on certain facts. This is where the new medical documentation can be submitted to help your case. This stage generally takes about 3 months for the reconsideration.
The sad fact is you are just as likely to get turned down at this stage as you were at the first stage.
Once you have received the reconsideration denial from the SSA, consult with your attorney about the third stage of the process, the Administrative Hearing.
This process is by far the longest of the three, but the good news is that more than 85% of the cases get approved at this stage. So hang in there!!
Your attorney will file the paperwork with the SSA requesting an Administrative Hearing before the Administrative Law Judge.
Once the SSA receives your request, it can be anywhere from 9 months to 12 months before getting the actual hearing. This depends upon which state you live in and how many Administrative Law Judges hear the cases.
I know in my particular case, in Indiana, they have 3 judges that hear the cases for Indiana and some of the surrounding states so it can take many, many months to get to the actual hearing.
Once the hearing is scheduled, the SSA will send you and your attorney a notice of hearing, 20 days prior to the date of the hearing. Your attorney will then consult with you on how the hearings work, what questions the judges may ask, what questions he/she may ask you etc.
The hearing can be a scary thing, but your attorney will guide you and the judges understand your feelings so just answer all questions to the best of your ability.
Once your case has been approved, the Administrative Law Judge can issue a ruling for immediate payments. You will receive a lump sum payment from the SSA that covers from the sixth month after you first applied to the current month, the SSA has a 6 month waiting period before disability payments can begin even in the cases that get approved in the first stage.
After the lump sum payment you will receive monthly checks.
As you can see, the process for getting SSA disability is indeed long and tedious, but having a good attorney and being prepared for each stage can go along way in smoothing out the process an easing your fears.
This article is just an outline of the process of applying and the pitfalls one may encounter along the way, but hopefully one can gain some insight into the process an know what to expect.

title:Appreciating The Importance Of Folic Acid
author:Charlene J. Nuble
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Folic acid is actually just one of the many vitamins that make up the Vitamin B complex. Also known as folacin and folate, this indispensable nutrient serves the body in more ways than one.
While very much important for all age groups, pregnant women are the ones who actually benefit the most from folic acid as well as those who getting past the prime of their lives. However, despite all of its known benefits many people fail to meet the recommended daily intake levels of folic acid which can oftentimes result to various ill-effects on a person’s health.
Folic acid is highly important to a person’s growth as early the period of pregnancy, while a fetus is still developing inside a mother’s womb, it greatly needs to be nourished by folic acid in order for it to come out strong and healthy. In fact, if a couple is even thinking about getting pregnant, the woman should immediately begin to monitor her folic acid consumption, making sure that she meets the suggested daily intake of folic acid. Most health care professionals recommend that every woman of childbearing age make sufficient folic acid consumption a nutritional priority. This is because this nutrient is vital to the development of the baby from the moment of conception. It can help prevent serious birth defects in the brain as well as in the spine, called neural tube defects.
Spinal Bifida is one of the more well known defects that can be caused by lack of folic acid in the body. Every woman who wants to have a baby should always be conscious of her folic acid intake because these types of defects usually occur within the first few weeks of the baby’s development, even way before the woman actually realizes that she is indeed pregnant.
In addition to assisting in the formation of genetic material in each and every cell of the body, other important functions of folic acid include the formation of red blood cells essential to transferring oxygen and nutrients throughout the body as well as tissue growth. Folic acid, according to recent studies has been associated with various health benefits as well as serving as protection against debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease some cancers and heart diseases. It is also thought to offer a certain degree of protection from strokes.
Folic Acid deficiencies can cause a myriad of health problems. Among them are ulcerations in the mouth, inflammation of the tongue, peptic ulcers and chronic diarrhea. Folic acid deficiency can also contribute to certain kinds of anemia.
As a water soluble nutrient, Folic acid actually goes out of a person’s body quite easily since it practically exits the body through the urine which is why the amount of folic acid in the body should always be replaced so as to not suffer from the consequences brought about the lack of folic acid. It is highly recommendable to actually consider taking some folic acid supplements to ensure that our bodies’ folic acid levels are always replenished. This holds especially true for expectant mothers who need to ensure the good health of the babies that they’re carrying. Like they always say, better safe than sorry.
When choosing a dietary supplement for your folic acid needs, it is always important to read and understand the label. This will help you to ensure that you are getting the daily suggested amount of folic acid which is needed for a person’s good health as well as whether or not this supplement caters to one’s specific needs. For example, something that is directly created for expecting mothers should not be taken by people who are not pregnant. Even though they both contain folic acid, they contain various levels of it that may prove to be too much or too little to some. When planning your supplement use, make an honest assessment of your eating habits. That way, you can select individual supplements that match your individual dietary needs and health goals.

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Approaches to Knee Pain Relief

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You use your knees every time you walk, run, or move your lower body at all.   Knee pain, therefore, dramatically affects the daily life of sufferers, who must use their knees throughout the day.  Knee pain is the second only to back pain among American adult pain sufferers.  Knee trouble is most often caused by osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition in which the cartilage that surrounds the two bones that comprise the knee joint wears away, sometimes causing painful joint-on-joint contact.

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You use your knees every time you walk, run, or move your lower body at all.   Knee pain, therefore, dramatically affects the daily life of sufferers, who must use their knees throughout the day.  Knee pain is the second only to back pain among American adult pain sufferers.  Knee trouble is most often caused by osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint condition in which the cartilage that surrounds the two bones that comprise the knee joint wears away, sometimes causing painful joint-on-joint contact.

There are many treatment options for knee pain.  Under the care of a doctor, sufferers can select the most appropriate course of treatment to provide optimum knee pain relief.  Over-the-counter and prescription medications including acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin reduce pain, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) including ibuprofen, can reduce inflammation as well as knee joint pain.  At-home remedies like ice packs and capsaicin, found in cayenne pepper, often have a similar effect. 

Natural supplements like chondroitin and glucosamine have become popular alternatives to traditional medicines in recent years because they present fewer risks of side effects.  Both are naturally occurring substances in the body.  The former aids in building joint cartilage, while the latter fights against degeneration of cartilage.  Studies have proven their effectiveness in alleviating osteoarthritic joint pain, but have yet to demonstrate that these supplements actually reverse the effects of cartilage degeneration that have already taken place.

Modifying knee activity with physical aids such as padding, crutches, and splints, and even simple rest take the pressure off of the knee and provide temporary knee pain relief while the joint recovers from injury.  Conversely, specific exercises, stretching, and low-impact aerobic activities such as biking, walking and swimming increase joint strength and flexibility, promoting healing and reducing the risk of further injury.

For severe knee injuries that have not responded to the aforementioned treatments, surgery remains an option.  There are several common knee surgeries, which range from exploratory arthroscopic surgery, which orthopedic physicians use to diagnose the exact source of knee pain so that they can determine which behaviors and activities need to be modified, all the way to a total knee replacement.  Whichever course of treatment a patient decides upon, it is important to work alongside a physician to ensure proper care.

Appropriate Gall Bladder Diet Can Prevent Complications

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Many people suffer from gall bladder disease as a consequence of inappropriate diet. The disease

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Many people suffer from gall bladder disease as a consequence of inappropriate diet. The disease has a high incidence in people with overweight problems and the consumption of fat-rich foods is considered to be the main cause of gall bladder disorders. Women, people with ages over 50, people with gastro-intestinal disorders, people with diabetes and people with high blood cholesterol levels are very likely to develop gall bladder disease. A good gall bladder diet can ameliorate the symptoms of gall bladder disease and can also prevent the occurrence of complications.

Inappropriate diet leads to the formation of gallstones, which block the bile ducts and interfere in the normal activity of the gall bladder. The gall bladder is an organ that assists the liver in the digestion of fat. The gall bladder stores the bile produced by the liver and releases it when it is needed in the process of digestion. Gallstones are formed when cholesterol, calcium and bile salts accumulate inside the gall bladder, causing inflammation, swelling and pain. In some cases, gall bladder disease can even involve bacterial infection. Gall bladder disease can lead to serious complications and sometimes requires surgical intervention. Gallstones can cause cholecystitis (inflammation and swelling of the gall bladder), choledocholithiasis (occurs when gallstones accumulate inside the bile duct) cholangitis (infection of the gall bladder and bile duct) and pancreatitis.

An appropriate gall bladder diet can’t eliminate large gallstones, but it can facilitate the elimination of smaller gallstones. Also, a good gall bladder diet prevents the formation of new gallstones inside the gall bladder or bile ducts. By restricting fat intake, an appropriate gall bladder diet can ameliorate the symptoms of gall bladder disease (pain attacks, indigestion, nausea, vomiting and abdominal bloating).

A healthy gall bladder diet should exclude foods that are rich in saturated fat: meats (pork, ribs, bacon, sausages, salami) and dairy products (cheese, milk). It is best to introduce soy replacements of these foods in your gall bladder diet: (tofu, soy milk). Replace fast food with home-cooked meals and stay away from processed and fried foods. Don’t eat large amounts of food at a single meal. It is best to eat 4-5 small meals a day and avoid late meals. Meals right before bed time can trigger serious pain attacks.

Some foods are considered to be allergenic to most people with gall bladder disease. Exclude from your gall bladder diet the following foods:  eggs, cheese, high-fat milk, citrus fruits, coffee, chocolate, carbonated soda.

A fiber-rich gall bladder diet can get rid of small gallstones and helps the process of digestion. Eat plenty of green vegetables and fresh fruits, as they are rich in natural fibers and a good source of vitamins and minerals. Also include foods that contain starch in your gall bladder diet, as they can also help in eliminating gallstones. Eat plenty of cereals, wheat products, rice and potatoes. Natural bile salts and omega 3 fish oil capsules can help the digestion and absorption of fat, also reducing blood cholesterol. An appropriate gall bladder diet should include plenty of fluids. By drinking at least 2 liters of pure water a day, you will help the body eliminate excess cholesterol and gallstones. An appropriate gall bladder diet can prevent the occurrence of complications and can ameliorate the symptoms of gall bladder disease in time.

Aquatic Fitness The Move To Water Exercise

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At the Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, Ariz., guests find healing in the water. The resort's 11,000- square-foot Aquatic Center features three Watsu pools, a cross-training pool with conditioning equipment, two aquatic therapy pools and a whirlpool. There is also a complete Water Workout Station and it is making a big splash with guests.

"Water is the wave of the future," said Karma Kientzler, an aquatic therapy expert and outside consultant for Canyon Ranch in Tucso...

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At the Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, Ariz., guests find healing in the water. The resort's 11,000- square-foot Aquatic Center features three Watsu pools, a cross-training pool with conditioning equipment, two aquatic therapy pools and a whirlpool. There is also a complete Water Workout Station and it is making a big splash with guests.

"Water is the wave of the future," said Karma Kientzler, an aquatic therapy expert and outside consultant for Canyon Ranch in Tucson. "People are using their bones and joints to such excess that water will become the means for most people to stay healthy. It is a means to life enhancement and enrichment, especially in a spa and health care environment."

The Aquatrend, a scientifically designed piece of stainless steel equipment, was installed at Canyon Ranch about 10 years ago to help take the "work" out of workouts, Kientzler said. It makes working out a pleasurable experience, especially for those suffering from arthritis, knee and hip replacement or sports injury recovery. The power of water has become an integral part of spa relaxation and rejuvenation -- it's a healer, a stress reducer, and an amenity that everyone can enjoy regardless of age or physical condition," she said.

For the physically challenged or non-swimmer, water exercise is safe because there is always something nearby to hold onto.

On the flip side, those who are more fit or who are interested in the resistance benefits from 'Aquacise' or aqua therapy can use a water workout station to work isolated body areas to lose weight and inches, and to facilitate aerobic and anaerobic training. It provides the basic exercise everyone needs to strengthen cardiovascular and respiratory systems while building strength and endurance.

'The Value of Aquatic Exercise'

According to the Aquatic Exercise Association, Aquatic fitness is defined as activities performed in the water that promote and enhance physical and mental fitness. Aquatic fitness is typically performed in a vertical position in shallow or deep water. There are numerous applications to appeal to a wide variety of participants.

Here's how it works... and why it works. Water buffers the body from gravity and makes a person virtually weightless when they are totally submerged. When a person's head is out of the water, he or she weighs approximately 10 percent of normal body weight. Therefore, exercising in the water offers protective cushioning that land-based exercise cannot.

Researchers tell us that exercise injuries are usually related to impact. Every time a person's foot comes in contact with the floor, impact occurs. Because a person weighs so much less in the water, the impact on the body is reduced. Water has the same advantages to toning as it does in cushioning. In order to get muscles in shape or "toned," a person has to work against something. On land, a person fights gravity, but water limits the effect of gravity on the body.

Aquatics: 'Hard to Resist'

Mike Jandzen, Aquatics Director at the Sea Colony Resort in Bethany Beach, Delaware, who is responsible for managing water fitness programs at the property's 12 pools and fitness center, said hardcore athletes are drawn to exercising in a gym because they prefer a more gravitational type of resistance for muscle toning and strength training. However, Jandzen said he is seeing more and more interest in the property's aquatics programs, such as water aerobics and water exercise, because they can be enjoyed by young and old alike and offer cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and muscle toning while greatly reducing the impact on muscles and joints.

"Over the past several years we've seen aquatics becoming the exercise vehicle of choice," he said. "We've had a water exercise unit in our aqua therapy pool for many years, and it's constantly in use. Our senior guests enjoy it for therapy as well as for strength training and muscle toning. The water aspect makes it low impact. It's easy to use, easy on joints and easy on muscles because buoyancy relieves the demands placed on all body parts."

Every time a person gets into the pool, he or she is losing weight from the resistance that water provides, noting that the resistance of water is 12 times that of air. When exercising in water, the body still creates extra heat because muscles are being used. However, the body has a much easier time transferring your exercise heat to the water than it does to the air. The result is a workout that immediately feels refreshing and cool, and not hot and soggy from sweat.

A quality Water Workout Station provides Body Sculpting exercises, including standing squats, lateral pull ups, hanging leg pulleys, closed-grip pull ups, forward dips, single knee extensions/curls, leg diamonds, abdominal press, reverse abdominal and straight abdominal curl. Cardio Circuits provide 13 exercises, including: squat and lift, reverse lunge, chin ups, cardio-sprint, single bicep curls, body swings, cardio bobbing jumping jacks, single knee tucks, seat push ups, cardio-seated bicycle, oblique reach, reverse leg pull-downs and cardio-seated bicycle. There is also a Power Circuit, which incorporates aerobic and muscular conditioning, including: lat pull up/body swing combo, closed grip pull-up/reverse curl combo, cardio hurdles, reverse dip abductor/adductor cross combo, hanging curl-skate kick combo, cardio-cross country ski, body pike push-up combo, cardio seat down sprinting, straight curl-alternating elbow and cardio - seat down leg flurries.

title:Aren't all Multi Vitamins Basically the Same?
author:Max Wardlow
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Multi vitamins can provide a convenient way to take a variety of supplemental nutrients from a single product to prevent vitamin or mineral deficiencies, as well as to achieve higher intakes of beneficial nutrients.
In the current state of the vitamin and nutritional supplement industry it can be difficult to decide which supplements will provide real health protection and improvement benefits and which are simply "me too" products designed primarily to ride the wave of public interest in preventative health.
To understand the need to be informed about vitamin and nutritional supplements, you must understand the regulatory environment that currently exists in the vitamin supplement industry in the United States.
Do Vitamin Companies Regulate Themselves?
In October of 1994, President Clinton signed into law the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
The DSHEA was written to help empower Americans to make choices about their own preventative health care strategies.
Under the DSHEA it was decided that nutritional supplements would continue to be regulated as a food product rather than the more restrictive regulations that drugs fall under.
While this made vitamin and nutritional supplements widely available it also allowed nutritional supplement manufacturers to practically regulate themselves, since there was no agreed upon standard of good manufacturing practice (GMP) and no government pressure to be true to the label on their products.
It was't until March of 2003, nine years after the DSHEA became law, that the FDA proposed new regulations to require current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs) in the manufacturing, packaging, and holding of nutritional supplements.
According to the FDA, this is what prompted the new regulation proposal:
"In recent years, analyses of dietary supplements by a private sector laboratory suggest that a substantial number of dietary supplement products analyzed may not contain the amounts of dietary ingredients that would be expected to be found based on their product labels". For example...
"Five of 18 soy and/or red clover-containing products were found to contain only 50 percent to 80 percent of the declared amounts of isoflavones".
"Of 25 probiotic products tested, 8 contained less than 1 percent of the claimed number of live bacteria or the number of bacteria that would be expected to be found in such a product".
The proposed rule will, for the first time, establish standards to ensure that vitamin supplement ingredients are not adulterated with contaminants or impurities, and are labeled to accurately to reflect the active ingredients and other ingredients in the product.
The proposed new regulations will be phased in over the next three years so as not to disrupt the production of nutritional supplements.
While the DSHEA has helped ensure that dietary supplements remain easily accessible without excessive regulation, (doctors prescriptions, etc.), it also has created a "wide open" atmosphere for manufacturers who aren't yet in compliance with good manufacturing practices (at this time, GMP compliance is voluntary).
It's very easy for a supplement company to jump on the bandwagonof the latest fad and put together a product with little or no research and poor quality (and cheap!) ingredients, and then market it with over-blown, unsubstantiated claims and pure hype.
Some of the most common products that this formula is used for are weight loss, HGH (human growth hormone) and multi vitamins.
Supplement users are in the position of having to trust vitamin supplement manufacturers to regulate themselves. Although the dietary supplement industry has an excellent track record of safety, it's been verified by the independent product testing of that some supplements do not contain what is stated on their label and are sometimes contaminated.
While some vitamin supplement manufacturers are working hard to meet the new FDA guidelines, not all are. At this time, you have to do your own research and take extra precautions to find high quality nutritional supplements.
Tips for Choosing Nutritional Supplements
Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients work best when they're combined in a way that mimics nature as closely as possible. Look for nutritional supplements that have nutrients combined to make use of the natural synergy between them.
Companies willing to give a full disclosure and description of their ingredients have usually put more effort and research into their product. For example, instead of just saying "Calcium" the label should be more detailed like this: "Calcium (from 2430 mg Citrate, Malate, Ester-C)". This description indicates that higher quality ingredients and more up-to-date research was used for the supplement.
Verify that the supplement was produced at a pharmaceutical GMP (good manufacturing practices) facility. Since compliance to GMP standards is voluntary it's important to do your own research to verify that macro-biological testing is done at every stage of production.
(This issue shouldn't be taken lightly - as mentioned above, studies by have shown that some supplements don't have the true amount of ingredients as stated on the label, or may harbor toxic contaminants.)
Pharmaceutical grade supplements (sometimes called nutriceuticals) are made for "professional" use in the health care field by natural health care providers and consumers who want the best.
In the past decade pharmaceutical grade supplements have become more availableto the general public and this type of nutritional supplement will provide the health benefits that you're looking for, often for a very reasonable price.

title:Are 90% of Your Vitamins Going Down the Toilet?
author:Warren Matthews
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

If you live in the USA it is likely that you have been exposed to advertising suggesting that 90% of the vitamin tablets that you are taking are going down the toilet. Because these claims are so wide-spread I feel that is appropriate to address the issue of bio-availability and sort out the fact from the fiction.
Is this claim true or not? The answer is not a definitive yes or no because there is no benchmark given in which to base the claim on. I'll try to explain.
Supplements are a bit like cars. For example, at one end of the spectrum you may have a Russian built Lada which are cheap, utilitarian and very unreliable (at least they used to be) and cost a few thousand dollars or you may have a Rolls Royce which is the ultimate in luxury motoring and reliability and will set you back around a half million dollars. There is no comparison between the two vehicles.
The same principle applies to supplements
You can buy cheap supplements at the supermarket and what you get is a product which is manufactured to a price. This means that the cheapest possible ingredients are used as well as the cheapest excipients which bind the ingredients together. To give you an idea of just how big the difference of ingredient costs can be I will quote an example of one nutrient... Beta Carotene.
The overwhelming majority of manufacturers use synthetic beta carotene (even those producing the more expensive brands). The cost of synthetic beta carotene to a manufacturer is around $60 per kilo.
However, the 98% pure natural crystalline beta carotene that we use in our Total Balance costs over $2,400 per kilo.
The same differences can apply with Vitamin B12 which is generally 3% pure and costs $340 per kilo versus the 99% pure that we use at $12,000 per kg. The differences do not stop at the active ingredient level but can also apply to the excipients as well. Some cheaper excipients bind the ingredients together so well that after swallowing the tablet a large proportion of it passes right through your system and does indeed end up in the toilet.
To make matters worse those ingredients that are released are done so in the stomach and are largely destroyed by your stomach acids. When using these types of cheap supplements as the 'yard stick' the statement of 90% of the supplement ending up down the toilet is indeed true...
But, that is like trying to compare apples with oranges...
The difference between some supplements are as great as the example given earlier about the motor vehicles, not only in the quality of the ingredients used but also the delivery system employed or in most cases the lack of it. When I am talking about a delivery system I am referring to how the active ingredients get into your blood stream where they are needed to do their work.
There are only four effective ways in which nutrients can get into your blood stream.

By injection.
Through the mucous membranes of the mouth. (Only some nutrients)
Via the lining of the walls of the upper intestine.
Via the lining of the walls of the colon.

The methods which are used are as follows:

Injection with a hypodermic syringe... only practical via a clinic or physician. B12 injections for example.
Through the mucous membranes of the mouth by a sublingual tablet or liquid. Note: This has limitations because many nutrients cannot be absorbed through these membranes.
Via the lining of the walls of the upper intestine. This is how our Total Balance is absorbed through the use of a special delivery system within the excipients.
Via the lining of the colon walls using suppositories which are prescription items and do not apply to supplements.

Sadly the overwhelming majority of supplements do not have any 'delivery' system. They are simply made into a tablet or capsule and if they dissolve within a reasonable time in water that's OK... but, because of this solubility the majority of the active ingredients are destroyed by the stomach acids. As a result only about 10 - 15% of the active ingredients actually get into the blood stream.
This percentage number is what is considered to be the bio-availability of the product as is quite standard for average supplements. In comparison the bio-availability of our Total Balance is over 90%.
Why don't all supplements have higher bio-availability?
This can be summed up in two words... cost and know how. It is surprising how few supplement companies have the technical know how to incorporate effective delivery systems into their products. And, often the will to spend the extra money in production costs.
OK, so you may now be thinking to yourself ... what about these companies that are 'knocking' ordinary supplements ... are their products as bio-available as they claim?
The short answer is NO! I'll expand on this:
The companies that are making these claims are generally those that are selling liquid supplements. Not sublingual liquids because as I mentioned earlier that is not practical for many nutrients and certainly not for a general health supplement. The liquid products that are being sold are taken by drinking straight or mixing with water. Many of the companies selling these products are multi level marketing companies and rely more on hype than good science to sell their products.
So, what happens when you drink these products?
Very simply the greatest bulk of the nutrients are destroyed by the stomach acids which mean that the bio-availability of these liquids is no greater than an ordinary capsule which dissolves quickly in the stomach. Granted there are no tablet remains to pass through your digestive system intact but the greatest percentage of the active ingredients of the liquids are destroyed in the stomach.
Unfortunately these companies take advantage of the fact that people do not understand the principles behind the bio-availability and as such can manipulate their presentation to make it appear that the efficacy of their product is much higher than it is in reality.
Just a final comment on these liquid products! Many of them are very weak. If you are currently using them or considering doing so, make sure you find out the amount of ACTIVE ingredient per dose and what the ingredients are. As a consumer you are entitled to know that, so ask for it and if you don't get the information you can be sure that the potency is very low and you should avoid it as your money is better spent elsewhere. Some of these products are little more than water with a few nutrients thrown in.
title:Are Air Purifiers Beneficial for Asthmatics?
author:Paul MacIver
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Environmental studies have revealed that the air inside homes is dirtier than the air outside. People living in congested homes or localities usually live in dirty air.
The best way to deal with this problem is to purchase a good air purifier. An air purifier is a device that cleans the air. It assists in air purification by freeing the air from pollutants and contaminants.
Air purifiers are very beneficial for people suffering from allergies due to air pollutants, and asthma. The allergy inducing particles may come as dust or pollen, pet dander or mold spores.
A home air purifier removes these particles. It also provides protection against hazardous smoke particles and airborne gases that may intrude into the house and bedrooms. It offers a great protection against second hand smoke. Air purifiers convert the dirty and contaminated air into clean air and offer a morning fresh aroma to the whole house.
Different air purifiers use different air purification techniques including mechanical filters, adsorbents like charcoal, and electrostatic charges or ionizers. The additional setups include germicidal UV light and the emission of ions into the air to react with contaminants, making them harmless enough to breathe.
Benefits of air purifiers for asthmatics:
Air purifiers alleviate asthma, and the best air purifier can totally remove the causes by providing high quality air purification. It improves the living of asthma sufferers by air filtration, reducing the dust floating in the air, filtering second hand smoke, and purifying the air of chemical pollutants, car exhaust fumes or other contaminants.
The critics of air purifiers opine that the air purifiers don’t offer any significant help to asthma sufferers. They feel that the media has over hyped the devices, and that they can’t completely purify the air. Air purifiers can’t provide complete protection against secondhand smoke, and cannot completely remove carbon monoxide. 
The ionizing air purifiers are particularly under fire. They have kicked up a row that all ionizing models produce ozone (O3 poisonous allotrope of oxygen) that can worsen asthma and decrease lung function. Recent studies are supporting the fact.

title:Are Allergy Shots Effective?
author:Harold Miller
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing are all common symptoms which a vast majority of us experience as allergy symptoms at specific times throughout the year. Many individuals do everything in their power to avoid allergies including changing their diets, staying indoors or taking vitamin supplements. These may contribute to fighting allergies, but there is another effective way to do so.  Immunotherapy or allergy shots are gaining popularity. Getting an allergy shot can be scary for some people, so we thought it would be best to fully explain allergy shots and address some common concerns.
How Do They Work?
Allergy shots contain a small amount of the substance which you are allergic to. If you are allergic to pollen, a small amount of pollen would be added to the shot. The amount is small enough so that it does not cause you to suffering from allergy symptoms, but enough so that you body gets used to fighting the allergen. Therefore, the next time your body comes in contact with that substance, it will be familiar with fighting it off and you will most likely not suffer from allergies.
Are Allergy Shots Safe For Everyone?
Although most people will have positive results from allergy shots, they are not right for everyone. Allergy shots are not recommended for individuals suffering from severe heart problems, asthma or other respiratory problems. Also, children under the age of 5 should not be exposed to allergy shots for safety reasons.
What Is The Procedure?
Once you have decided that you would like to get allergy shots, you will receive a shot 1 or 2 times a week for about 6 months. Afterwards, your maintenance shots will require you to get one shot a month, year round for about 3-5 years. Once you have received allergy shots on a regular basis for a couple years, you can discuss it with your doctor and they may tell you its okay to stop getting them at that point.
What Are The Side Effects?
Although allergy shots are effective for many individuals in eliminating allergy symptoms, certain individuals may experience some harmful side effects. Some people may experience feelings of shock when the shot is initially injected, others may feel light-headed or nauseated. For this reason, doctors are required to keep patients in their office for at least 20 minutes after receiving each shot in order to ensure the patient’s safety.
Some people swear by allergy shots while others criticize the effects or claim they don’t work effectively. If you are considering receiving immunotherapy, contact your doctor to discuss. Your doctor will give you more insight in order for you to determine if this is something you really want to do.
title:Are All Dementias Alzheimer’s?
author:Michael G. Rayel, MD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

I’m surprised when some patients and caregivers confuse dementia and Alzheimer’s as one and the same. Each time a family member is suffering from memory loss, the conclusion is always Alzheimer’s. Is it reasonable to label all dementias as Alzheimer’s?
As a clinician, my answer to queries is that Alzheimer’s dementia is only one type of dementia and that not all dementias are Alzheimer’s. Aside from Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias exist such as Dementia with lewy body, Vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease with dementia, and dementias due to various neurologic and medical conditions.
How will you know if a person is suffering from Alzheimer’s dementia? What is Alzheimer’s dementia?
Alzheimer’s dementia is a neurologic disorder characterized by a progressive and irreversible cognitive decline associated with impairment in functioning. The cognitive deterioration consists of memory impairment. Initially there is recent memory impairment but as the disease progresses, even the long term memory is affected.
In addition to memory impairment, a patient with dementia has impairment in one of four cognitive areas: aphasia, apraxia, agnosia, and impairment in executive functioning. Aphasia is a problem in language characterized by inability to express oneself, repeat words or phrases, or understand what is being said. Apraxia is inability to adequately perform a usual motor activity such as combing the hair or brushing the teeth despite no paralysis or musculoskeletal abnormality.
Agnosia is inability to recognize objects or things despite intact sensory functions. For instance, a demented patient cannot recognize a key or a pen placed in his or her hands without looking at it.
Impairment in executive functioning is characterized by difficulty in abstract reasoning and in organizing things, schedule, and activities. Patients with this problem give concrete meaning to proverbs. For example, when a patient is asked what “don’t cry over spilled milk” means, the patient responds, “It’s easy. Just wipe it!” Moreover, knowing the specific similarities and differences of certain things (e.g. apple versus orange) is a struggle for some patients.
What are the possible causes of Alzheimer’s?
The cause of Alzheimer is still unknown. However, several risk factors have been identified. One major risk factor is age. The risk of developing dementia increases as our age advances. Older individuals therefore are more at risk. Having said this, Alzheimer’s can also happen to young individuals.
Other important risk factors include the presence of apolipoprotein E4 allele, the predominance of plaques and tangles in the brain, and the brain’s impaired cholinergic system.
Is there any successful treatment for Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible so current medications are only geared to slow down the deterioration. These acetylcholisterase inhibitors, namely galantamine, rivastigmine, and donepezil, are aimed at improving the cholinergic functioning in the brain by inhibiting the cholinesterase enzyme. Although initially indicated for mild to moderate dementia, some recent evidence shows that some of these drugs may also benefit patients with moderate to severe dementia. Further studies are warranted to determine its efficacy in this group.
title:Are All Meals “UNFRUITFUL”?
author:Chris Read
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Seek the brief answer? Well, it’s interestingly, YES. Now, you might be thinking, "I have to stick on a program on having MEALS just to keep control of myself." Dieting always involves a diet algorithm which may affect your mentality which may drive failure, encourage you to ignore hunger and satiety signals, and sometimes promotes a negative relationship with food, because you have to QUIT forbidden foods and eat foods you don't really like. This inevitably results in bingeing. So, though this idea may sound radical, we firmly believe there is no good diet.
By "diet," we mean the deliberate ploy to restrict the amount or kind of foods you're allowed to eat for the mission of losing weight. Though we certainly do endorse consuming a wide variety of healthful foods and thinking twice before eating a lot of foods that are high in calories but low in nutrition, we don't recommend following any kind of plan that tells you what, how much, and how often you should eat, without regard for your body's hunger and satiety signals.
The Psychological and Mental Effects of Dieting
Even if you weren't particularly concerned about food prior to dieting, all of a sudden you become obsessed with it. You’ll find yourself preoccupied with the thoughts about what you'll be having for your next meal; whether you can have some chips, what others are eating, or even what you'll allow yourself to eat tomorrow.
The mind and the body are inextricably linked, and never are this more apparent than when you go on dieting. Geared to survive during feast or famine, both body and mind switch into survival mode when the food supply is diminished. While the body turns down the metabolism and becomes a slow burner in an attempt to hang on to every single calorie, the mind gears itself to one purpose: getting food. Result? You find yourself among recipes, planning menus, cooking elaborate meals, or even dreaming about food at night. The message is clear: Your body wants food, and your mind does it, too.
After a few days of extreme restriction, you'll probably become more dejected and apprehensive, because you are depriving yourself of things that are very pleasurable for you that aren't replaceable -- leaving a void. You may suddenly start to feel depressed, anxious, and isolated. As a result, you can end up eating more food in one sitting than you ever did when you weren't dieting.
So the same amount of food that would have satisfied them during times of plenty left them feeling hungry after a period of semi-starvation. The same thing happens to you when you restrict food. Suddenly, you develop the urge and the capacity to binge, and you no longer feel satisfied after eating what you used to consider a normal meal. In short, restrictive dieting can trigger binges and leave you hungry even after you've eaten normal amounts of food.
We see these same patterns in dieters: the preoccupation with food; the anxiety, depression, and irritability; the tendency to go off the diet and eat more than one would have in the pre-diet days; and a propensity toward bingeing even after the diet has ended.
Are Anabolic Steroids Really Pernicious & Deleterious Drugs?

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Why are anabolic steroids the most dreaded drugs, when they have a lot of benefits? It’s really difficult to understand, why some people are a lot of hue and cry on anabolic steroids. Are anabolic steroids really pernicious and deleterious drugs? Do these drugs deserve the treatment that they often get?

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Why are anabolic steroids the most dreaded drugs, when they have a lot of benefits? It’s really difficult to understand, why some people are a lot of hue and cry on anabolic steroids. Are anabolic steroids really pernicious and deleterious drugs? Do these drugs deserve the treatment that they often get?   

Certainly, not! Anabolic steroids are not the deadly and pernicious drugs. There’s nothing to dread about anabolic steroids. In fact, anabolic steroids are the drugs having numerous benefits. Anabolic steroids are the synthetic steroid hormones created from testosterone, the primary male sex hormone. Most anabolic androgenic steroids have the varying combinations of anabolic and androgenic qualities. 

Anabolic steroids can help you increase your muscular mass and body appearance. Doctors often prescribe anabolic steroids for the stimulation of bone growth, appetite, puberty and muscle growth. These drugs have wondeful ability to deal with the chronic wasting conditions, such as AIDS and cancer. These hormonal drugs can have a number of positive effects on your body; these may include increased protein synthesis, muscle mass, strength, appetite and bone growth.   

Anabolic steroids have been very effective therapy for hypoplastic anemias, which are due to leukemia or kidney failure, especially apalstic anemia. Synthetic protein hormones that stimulate growth of blood cell precursors have replaced the steroids. Pediatric endocrinologists use the anabolic steroids to treat children with the growth failure. However, the availability of synthetic growth hormone makes it a secondary treatment.     

Androgenic steroids play important role in induction of male puberty. Testosterone is the only androgen used for this purpose and has been shown to increase height, weight, and fat-free mass in boys with delayed puberty. Testosterone enanthate could be used as a safe, reliable and reversible male contraceptive.

Anabolic steroids can better increase the lean body mass and prevent bone loss in elderly men. These steroids are often used in hormone replacement therapy for men with low levels of testosterone. These are highly effective in improving libido for elderly males. These steroids are also used to treat gender dysmorphia by producing secondary male characteristics, such as deeper voice, increased bone and muscle mass, facial hair, increased levels of red blood cells, and clitoral enlargement in female to male patients.

Are Anabolic Steroids Real Baddies?

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You’ll be utterly ignoring the good aspects of anabolic steroids, if you call them “baddies”. Certainly, anabolic steroids are neither wholly bad nor utterly good. These drugs are blend of good and bad!

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You’ll be utterly ignoring the good aspects of anabolic steroids, if you call them “baddies”. Certainly, anabolic steroids are neither wholly bad nor utterly good. These drugs are blend of good and bad!

Anabolic steroids are the drugs derived from testosterone, male sex hormone. Testosterone is potent androgenic steroid hormone, which is primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females, but a small amount of testosterone is also secreted by the adrenal glands. Testosterone, the male sex hormone, is an anabolic steroid. It plays key roles in health and well-being of both males and females. It is responsible for libido, energy, immune function, and protection against osteoporosis.

On average, an adult human male produces about eight to ten times more testosterone than an adult female body. The hormone is responsible for the development of male secondary sex characteristics. The level of testosterone goes down when a person ages or grows old. Thus, anabolic steroids are often recommended as part of a regimen for the aging men and women. Anabolic steroids helps in maintaining good testosterone levels in aging men and women and help in restoring their strength and good health.

Anabolic steroids are the drugs having a number of androgenic and anabolic properties. Thus, anabolic Steroids are widely used for treating several medical conditions, such as, hypogonadism, delayed puberty, and some types of impotence. They are also used against several chronic wasting diseases, such as AIDS and Cancer.

Anabolic steroids are mainly available in three forms - oral steroids in form of pills, injectable steroids in form of injections or shots, and anabolic steroid creams and gels. Anabolic steroids are widely abused as performance enhancing drugs. These drugs are commonly abused by bodybuilders, weightlifters, athletes, and jocks. They are also used by young boys, girls, and teenagers for various cosmetic reasons.

However, anabolic steroids have often been linked with a number of serious side effects and several health risks. Some of the side effects associated with anabolic steroids include – premature balding or hair loss, dizziness, mood swings (anger, depression and aggression), hallucinations, extreme feelings of mistrust or fear, sleeping problems, vomiting and nausea, trembling, high blood pressure, aching joints, jaundice, liver damage, urinary problems, shortening of the final adult height, increased risk of developing heart disease, and strokes. Anabolic steroids also cause some gender specific side effects. Side effects of anabolic steroids in males include— reduced sperm count, increase in nipple and breast size, impotence, and enlarged prostate. Side effects of anabolic steroids in females include — reduced breast size, increase in facial and body hair, menstrual problems, and deepened voice.

Are Contact Lenses Right For You?

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If you need vision correction and are wondering if contact lenses are a good alternative for you, there are a few things you need to take into consideration.

Think about your lifestyle. For example, do you participate in any sports? If you jog, do aerobics, or other jarring sports, you will likely find glasses cumbersome. They will have a tendency to slip and fall off, or you will have to purchase a strap to keep them on. Even then, they may fog up when you sweat or sweat ...


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If you need vision correction and are wondering if contact lenses are a good alternative for you, there are a few things you need to take into consideration.

Think about your lifestyle. For example, do you participate in any sports? If you jog, do aerobics, or other jarring sports, you will likely find glasses cumbersome. They will have a tendency to slip and fall off, or you will have to purchase a strap to keep them on. Even then, they may fog up when you sweat or sweat may drip onto them. Contact lenses will save you all this trouble. You will be able to see clearly and won’t have to worry about them falling off. If you play contact sports, you may not be able to wear glasses, or you may have to invest in goggles large enough to cover them, or even more costly, prescription safety glasses. If you are a swimmer however, contact lenses may not be a good choice, as you could lose them if you open your eyes underwater.

Another factor to bear in mind is maintenance. Glasses will get smudged and will need to be cleaned occasionally to optimize your ability to see through them, but keeping contact lenses clean is critical not only for your vision, but for your health as well. If you don’t clean your lenses properly or often enough, you can put yourself at risk for an eye infection that could possibly leave you with a vision loss that cannot be corrected. Using disposable contact lenses can make taking care of your lenses easier, but you still will need to make sure that your hands are very clean before putting them in, and take care of them properly if you take your lenses out and put them back in for any reason. If you don’t think that you can add any steps to your daily hygiene routine, then contact lenses may not be the best choice.

Quality of vision correction is one area where contact lenses are superior to glasses no matter who you are. Since the lens part of contact lenses sits directly on your eye and covers the seeing part of your eye completely, you will have corrected vision all around, including to the top, bottom, and sides, whereas with glasses, there is no correction for your peripheral vision. That can be problematic for activities like driving, or if the quality of your vision is important in your profession.

Speak to your eye care health professional about your options. They can explain the pros and cons of wearing glasses or contacts, and help you make the best choice for you.

Are Discount Dental Plans Worth The Expense?

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Think about this before choosing a dental plan.

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To tell the truth, there is not one good answer to this question.  There are a lot of good answers and a lot of bad answers, depending on your situation and point of view.

Here's what I mean.

If you have really great dental coverage already, a discount dental plan is worthless to you.  It would be throwing money away to buy one.  If you have some coverage, but not that great, a discount dental plan may actually save you money when combined with your coverage.  Not always, but it CAN happen.  If you have no dental coverage at all, then not having some sort of dental plan can be like playing Russian roulette.  I have a lot of friends who sell discount dental plans, and most can come up with a story about someone who held on to the info (brochure, business card, flyer) for months or even years, not doing anything about it until they had a toothache or needed dental surgery.  Suddenly they rummaged through the kitchen drawer until they found the information and called the broker.  The dental plan which had not been of value until then suddenly became priceless.

So, let's accept the fact that for SOME people, not everybody, but some, a discount dental plan MIGHT be of value.  Let's see if we can find some ways to see if it's something we might like to have, and what would be its value.

First of all, a discount dental plan is NOT insurance.  In most cases, certain dentists have chosen to have themselves listed under the particular plan.  In return for having their listing regularly shown to a large list of potential patients, they agree to offer reduced rates on their services.  They consider this to be a form of advertising in a way.  If someone has the plan, they will look through a list of dentists which is smaller than the list in the phone book.  If they like the service, they will probably bring their immediate family members in or recommend the dentist to friends or other family members.

How big are the discounts in these dental plans?

Frankly, that is something that will vary from plan to plan, but savings up to 75% or 80% are not unusual for SOME services.  Be aware, however, that NOT EVERY service the dentist provides will be discounted that deeply.  Some services may have much smaller discounts.  The upside to this is that under many of these plans, some services, such as an annual checkup, may be free, and services such as an annual teeth cleaning may be free or at extremely low rates.  The value of this lies in the fact that many people, particularly if they are strapped for cash or have large families, may put off such services because of the expense, and wind up paying huge fees later for fillings, extractions, root canals, or other oral surgery.  Some people may feel that just heading off expensive problems as a result of being able to afford preventative measures may make almost ANY discount dental plan worth the expense.

Most people, however, want to be able to place some sort of dollar value on the services.  Since they are dealing with the potential costs of something that MIGHT happen, and have no real way of knowing what procedures might be required in various situations, it is difficult to say what actual out-of-pocket expenses might be in the future.

It IS possible to see what a discount dental plan will cost and figure out exactly what the out-of-pocket expense will be.  If a given plan costs $10 a month, obviously the annual cost is going to be $120.00.  You will have to balance this against the possibility of having to use the plan, in which case your out-of-pocket costs will be the $120.00 plus the fees you actually pay.  Again, some people will see the ability to afford checkups and cleanings as a means of decreasing the total possible costs due to the ability to catch problems at the pun intended...before they become big, expensive problems.  This will almost certainly be a factor for families with children.

The bottom line is, that after reviewing the costs and looking at the possibilities of having to hand out large sums of money for dental services, plan will be compared to plan based on what each can provide the person paying the membership fee.

Since discount dental plans are a business, many have improved their position by adding such services as vision care, prescription cards, and other services, usually at no increase in the membership fees.  A potential purchaser will want to take this aspect into account as well.  Although they may be paying more for plan B, they may be getting more services than with plan A.


As pointed out, under a discount dental plan, member dentists have merely agreed to discount their normal fees by whatever the agreed upon percentage is which is offered by the plan.  Some dentists will charge more or less for some services than other dentists, but the discount will be the same, so some shopping for dentists or other providers may be needed.

Purchasers of discount dental plans simply buy the right to get those discounts.  They will still be responsible for all the fees to the dentist after the discount has been deducted.  Since most reputable plans require a dentist to register his or her fee schedule, it can often be easily detected if a dentist is overcharging under the plan.

Since discount dental plans are simply discounts on cost of services, most will not have any problem stepping in right in the middle of an ongoing dental problem.  There may be some exceptions to this, however.  In particular, braces are normally priced on the expectation of a time being involved, and most discount dental plans will not require a new dentist to offer a discounted rate for a procedure of this type that was not originated in his or her office.

Also, since discount dental plans simply offer a discount at the dentist's office, there is usually no paperwork to file, and there are no qualifications to be met other than paying the fee as it comes due each month.

Another beneficial feature of discount dental plans is that many allow members to include other household members, no matter the relationship.  This is of great benefit to those who are not in traditional "married" status, or who are not immediate family members.  Adding a member to some plans can be as simple as sending a letter to the plan's office.  All of this varies from plan to plan, however, so be sure to check out the plan's information.

Discount dental plans are easy to understand and applications are simple.  Where filling out an insurance form can be confusing, and the coverage even more so, discount dental plans usually require a minimum of information, and the benefits offered are easily understood, as they are usually just a list of treatments, and the fee or discount associated with that treatment.

Whether or not a discount dental plan will be of value to an individual will be based on a lot of factors, but the most important one will be how well that particular plan suits the needs of the member.

title:Are Drug Companies Destroying The U.S. Health Care System?
author:Dr Randy Wysong
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The U.S. government's annual bill for healthcare spending – $3,925 per person – significantly exceeds that of all other nations.  Despite this, our current health care system is increasingly failing both patients and medical practitioners.  Of 13 nations, the U.S. is last for neonatal and infant mortality, last for years of potential life lost, 10th for age-adjusted mortality, 11th and 12th for female and male life expectancy respectively.  Chronic degenerative diseases – heart disease, cancer, arthritis, obesity, etc. – are at epidemic levels and create the ideal long-term customers to grow the medical industry.     
Looking for a culprit?  Consider that pharmaceutical company profits are so large they outstrip every other American industry by far. Americans spend over $500 billion on drugs. The drug companies claim that they need large earnings ($124,835,595,000 in 1999, for example) to conduct their research, but just one of every five dollars the drug industry collects actually goes to drug research.   Some drug companies spend twice as much annually for marketing and advertising.   From the years 1996 to 2001, pharmaceutical companies spent $3 billion on consumer advertising.   Many of the advertised pharmaceuticals are not (contrary to popular belief) FDA-approved, and the information contained in the advertisements is often misleading and not entirely accurate.  Now there is even a new wave of drugs being marketed to alleviate the side effects of other drugs being marketed (e.g. NexiumTM to relieve digestive problems created by pain killers). 
Pharmaceutical companies have enormous influence on physicians through the billions of dollars of marketing resources. Drug companies in the U.S. spend, on average, $10,000 each year per physician to influence their behavior through subsidizing studies in major journals, aggressive marketing by drug reps (in some instances trained exactly how long to shake a doctor’s hand), advertisements and sponsorship of medical education programs for doctors and medical residents. (Such support of education and science subtly brainwashes physicians into thinking symptom-based medicine is sound knowledge and science as well.)  Is it any surprise that two thirds of visits to doctors' offices result in a drug being prescribed?  Some patients may be on numerous medications prescribed by various specialists while not one of them knows, or could even predict, the health consequences of the interactions.  (I recently discovered that my elderly mother, suffering from a variety of ailments, including dementia, was on 17 different medications.  Not only did she not know what she was taking or when she did, neither did any of her physicians.)  Little wonder pharmaceutical toxicity is one of the major factors contributing to medical care being the leading cause of death in the U.S.  (Why Modern Medicine is the Greatest Threat to Health,
Aside from profiteering and marketing, the most fundamental flaw in the system is philosophical.  Doctors and pharmaceutical companies think about names of diseases and removal of symptoms, not cure or prevention.  They chase, but the race is rigged so they never catch. 
Enabling such a system to prosper and flourish is a public that also has a flawed philosophy.  They want to live life as they choose, carpe diem, thinking only of momentary relief, pleasure and convenience.  When something goes wrong with their health they don’t want instruction on how to change lifestyle, but rather want to use the power of money (preferably the government’s) to buy their way out with a silver drug bullet that immediately takes the problem away.  We spend much for dying, little for living.
American health will continue to slip and our economy will continue to be drained by a failing healthcare system until the underlying flawed philosophies are changed.  Medicine must change from naming diseases and treating symptoms to prevention and cure.  Yes, that means the medical care system should be trying to put itself out of business, not create a growth industry of illness.
On the other hand, people must change by taking the responsibility for controlling their own health destiny.  As it stands, the public has become a pawn of commercial medical interests.
Ultimately health is something we do to ourselves, not something others do to us.  When that fact is faced, the medical-pharmaceutical complex will shrivel to a cottage industry and the public will be the better for it.  (Br Med J, 2003; 326:416  N Engl J Med, 2002; 346:498-505, 524-531

title:Are Ducts Making You Sick?
author:Ed Bishop
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

If you have a heating or cooling systems that uses air ducts, you could have a problem.
There are many duct systems that are poorly designed and installed that have the ability to bring pollutants into your home.
Some are ducts are located in wet or damp crawl spaces and basements.
I've seen some of these areas and some look like an open sewer.
Having ducts that are not properly sealed or insulated in these locations can draw moisture, mold, bacteria and even carbon monoxide into the building.
Unsealed ducts have the same effect as opening a hatch to these ares, the only difference is that you don't see it and the fan from the heating or cooling appliance will force more of the pollutants into the living space at a much higher rate.
Ducts located in attics can bring in cold dry air in winter, and hot, humid air in summer, dust, dirt and fibers from the fiberglass insulation that is there to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
It doesn't have to be this way.
Hiring the right professional who uses duct diagnostic tools and good industry practices will put you on the road to good indoor air quality and a more comfortable environment.
title:Are Everyday Candles Destroying Your Home And Health?
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are Everyday Candles Destroying Your Home And Health?
Did you know that most candles are made from the sludge in the bottom of a barrel of oil which is bleached and texturized with a chemical called acrolein?
They're called paraffin candles and burning one puts all the same horrible toxins and carcinogens (cancer causing agents) into the air in your home that burning diesel fuel in your home would.
The National Candle Association estimates that more than 7 million people in the US alone burn candles every year.
But testing by the EPA has confirmed that those candles, and the smoke and soot they give off, contain several dangerous chemicals in significant quantities. These chemicals include known or probable carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.
The American Lung Association also warns that burning paraffin candles can emit toxins (in measurable amounts) into your home's air.
It might shock you to learn that after burning just a few paraffin candles in your home, the overall effect on the quality of the air in your home could be worse than the air in major cities like Los Angeles!
Not only is your health affected, but the health of your pets and children as well.
Cathy Flanders who has been at the forefront of addressing health and safety issues involving candles says, "With the current 'candle-craze' and increased candle burning in homes, expectant Moms need to be aware of the fact that the emissions from some candles are toxic, reproductive toxins, neuro-toxins and/or carcinogens. This has been a growing cause for concern for the EPA and children's health agencies."
And it might hit your pocket book soon too. Not only is the price of oil spiraling out of control, but you might have a nasty surprise the next time you go to renew your homeowners insurance.
The NIA Group (Insurance and Financial Services) lists the following problems with paraffin candles in an article on their website:
1) Reduces the internal air quality in your home.
2) Damage by particulate deposits on interior and exterior walls, carpets, furniture, appliances, window treatments, floors and other surfaces.
3) Contributes to health problems from inhaling particulate matter or ingesting harmful chemicals.
4) Spews hazardous chemicals that are either in the paraffin wax, the wick, or are present when paraffin wax is burned....Acetone, Benzene, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Toluene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene and Lead
They go on to say...
"Another surprise is that the candle-making industry is not required to tell consumers about the ingredients used in their products, including when a wick is used which contains a lead core."
No one knows for sure if paraffin candles cause cancer, but there are at least 4 cancer-causing chemicals associated with paraffin candles.
The EPA lists these chemicals on their website:
1) Benzene (EPA classification as Group A, known human carcinogen).
2) Carbon Tetrachloride (EPA classification as Group B2 probable human carcinogen).
3) Trichloroethane (EPA classification as Group C, possible human carcinogen).
4) Toluene (EPA classification as Group B2 probable human carcinogen).
Would you burn animal fat in your home?
Most of us would answer an emphatic “No!” or “Yuck!” to that question, but like something straight out of a horror movie, you might react in horror to realize that you probably are burning animal fat in your home when you burn paraffin candles.
That's because many paraffin candles contain large amounts of animal fats to give them a more textured or rustic look.
So what's the alternative?
Believe it or not, the answer comes from soybeans.
The soy plant produces a waxy substance that not only burns cooler, but can burn up to 50% longer than paraffin wax.
Since soy wax is derived from plants, it’s a renewable resource that's a pleasure for candle makers to work with.
Some of the surprising benefits of soy candles include:
* Burn with no toxins, carcinogens or choking soot.
* Burn up to 50% longer than paraffin candles.
* Cruelty-free, contain no animal fats.
* Non-toxic, biodegradable, derived from a renewable resource.
* Cleans up easily with soap and hot water.
* Better for the environment.
* Use no nasty chemicals to release fragrance.
* Supports the American farmer - not foreign oil.
As more and more people learn about the harmful effects of burning paraffin candles in their homes, they're substituting soy candles with surprising results.
Karen Key, a mother of three in Washington state, had this to say, "I'm asthmatic and when I burn paraffin candles in my home, or get around smoke or perfumy scents, my airway closes down and I start to panic. So I was more than a little nervous when a friend lit a scented soy candle in front of me. I have to say I'm completely amazed. Shocked is a better word. With soy candles I now have no problem breathing and I can finally enjoy the beauty and magic of candles in my home once again!"
So the next time you want to create a warm, inviting, and romantic atmosphere in your home, don’t destroy your home - or your health, choose all-natural soy candles as a healthy alternative.
To learn more about the dangers of paraffin candles you can go to any of the following websites:
title:Are Fat Burners Like Hoodia Gordonii Effective Or Useless?
author:Phil Beckett
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Fat burners like hoodia gordonii are everywhere with each one being promoted as the best fat burners ever.
Let's face it most of us, possibly you included, want to drop excess weight and have probably been tempted by the various fat burning pills available. You may have already tried some and had varying degrees of success.
By now you have likely heard all about hoodia gordonii. It's the latest in a long line of so-called wonderful discoveries that is supposed to give you the physical results you want, by getting rid of your excess weight without all the usual hard work and dedication.
But are fat burners that contain this new ingredient any better or any worse than all the others? Is it really as good as they say? Is it even possible for it to work? Are there any side effects?
Well let's take a look at it and find out.
One Study Has Shown That It May Be Able To Reduce Hunger Pains Quite Substantially...
When trying to drop any excess pounds through a reduced calorie diet or simply by avoiding all the so-called bad foods, hunger pains are usually one of the biggest initial hurdles to get over. For a lot of people the hunger pains are so great that they give up within a couple days.   
One study has been used quite extensively in the marketing of many fat burners that contain Hoodia Gordonii. This study set out to try and show that this new ingredient could help people drop a substantial amount of weight through appetite suppression.
The subjects used in this study were all obese and were given hoodia gordonii, by itself and not in combination with any ingredients commonly found in fat burners, and left in a room with nothing to do except watch television, read books and eat.
These subjects, as a group, were reported to have eaten approximately 1000 calories less per day than the control group. The control group was given a placebo.
Their conclusions were that the active ingredient in Hoodia Gordonii may be able to tell a persons brain that their stomach is full. Of course reducing hunger pains will go a long way in helping people to naturally drop some body weight.
But keep in mind, if you curb your hunger pains too much and don't eat the food you need, such as protein, you will lose lean muscle mass. This will slow down your metabolism and cause even more weight problems in the future.
So was it really an accurate study?
Where Did Hoodia Gordonii Come From?
Well in short, it's an African cactus that grows primarily in the Kalahari desert. Legend has it that the bushmen of this part of the world have eaten Hoodia Gordonii for thousands of years with no negative side effects.
It should be pointed out however, that the bushmen only occasionally use Hoodia Gordonii. No one yet knows if there will be any negative side effects if it's used daily for an extended period of time.
Many more studies are indeed needed to know for sure.
Now, Will Any Fat Burners Containing Hoodia Gordonii Help You With Your Weight Problem? 
A certain molecule known as P.57 is apparently what's responsible for a reduction in hunger when taking some fat burners that contain hoodia gordonii. Tests conducted on both humans and animals have shown similar results.
There has been at least one study that has demonstrated that someone can decrease their appetite by as much as 40%. But as mentioned before, this isn't always a good thing, even when trying to lose extra pounds.
Here is another interesting point. It appears that the P.57 molecule responsible for a reduction in hunger does not work if your diet consists of high carbohydrates, sugary foods or when your hunger is caused by physical exercise.
High carbohydrates and too much processed sugar are some of the reasons most people are overweight in the first place. So if it doesn't help your tendency to overeat these types of foods, what use is it?
A lot more testing on the effectiveness and safety of hoodia gordonii and fat burners that contain it, are needed. It's also been reported that not all fat burners that claim to contain Hoodia Gordonii are prepared the same.
The active ingredient in many fat burners containing hoodia is not enough to give you the results you want so if you're going to try it, select carefully.
Make no mistake about it...the only way to get in the best shape of your life is to change your habits. Start exercising, eat properly and only when you have these areas covered should you attempt to add in any supplement.
Just because you suppress your appetite doesn't mean that you will lose what you want to lose. No product should be used as an alternative to exercise, good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
title:Are Fruits Making You FAT?
author:Dr Jeff Banas
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

I want to make this perfectly clear, fruits are health and they are good for you. They are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Fruits have also been shown to fight against cancer. However, when we are talking about weight loss we need to take a closer look at fruits.
It is pretty obvious to everyone that when you want to lose weight you watch your sugar intact, right? Well, there is a reason why fruits are called, “nature’s candy”. In fact, you need realize that a glass of orange juice is just about the same as a glass of soda.
Fruits are loaded with sugar, fructose to be exact. This why athletes use them during endurance for energy, and why people suffering from hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, use them to raise there blood sugar when needed.
That is where one of the problems is. Fruits are carbohydrates. Never eat a carbohydrate by itself. This is basically all sugar. When you eat a carbohydrate by itself there is a sudden increase in sugar in the body. This causes the body to release insulin. However, the body releases too much insulin because it thinks more sugar is coming. The insulin basically grabs the sugar/carbohydrate and stores it to fat for use at some other time. Since your body released too much insulin there is not enough sugar to support the brain function. That is why you feel tired or sluggish. So you’re fatter and dumber. So, if you are going to eat a carbohydrate, eat some protein with it, it will slow the release of the sugar.
That glass of orange juice in the morning, the banana and apple for snakes, and the fruit salad for lunch, might actually be what is stopping you from losing the weight. 
Are generic medications really as effective as a name brand medication?

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Those afflicted with erectile dysfunction have a difficult time with finding the cause of their problem and attempting to resolve it. This can be a frustrating problem for men and might make them feel isolated.

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Those afflicted with erectile dysfunction have a difficult time with finding the cause of their problem and attempting to resolve it. This can be a frustrating problem for men and might make them feel isolated. But the truth is, millions of men suffer worldwide from erectile dysfunction. The number of treatment options available corresponds to this need to treat the condition. But choosing among available treatments can be just as confusing and frustrating as the condition itself. Does one opt for an expensive name brand medication and take the chance it might not work? Are generic medications really as effective as a name brand medication? And what about over the counter treatments? Where to start and what to decide on?

This website will help compare treatment options that are available as well as provide true customer experiences to help with the decision process. Our main focus will be on generic products, as this intermediate market seems to offer the best treatment options for most people without the risky expense of a name brand medication. Remember also that some companies do offer free trials of their products to help in the decision process. Our first bit will be a Generic Cialis comparison to its name brand counterpart, followed by a Generic Viagra comparison. Since these are the two most popular medical treatments at present, most of the information will be regarding these drugs. The end result after a basic comparison will be customer testimonials about how well the generic products worked for them, and if they would rely on them for future treatment.

Are Genital Wart Serious?

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There are a lot of people that have had to deal with genital warts.  For most of those people, the warts are only a bother.  They are usually treated with some medicine and then forgotten about.

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There are a lot of people that have had to deal with genital warts.  For most of those people, the warts are only a bother.  They are usually treated with some medicine and then forgotten about.  It depends on the seriousness of the problem and it is not something that anyone wants to brag about. 

If women have genital warts on the cervix, they can be a problem, it can cause women to have an abnormal pap smear.  If this is left unattended, it may cause even more problems down the road like cancer.  Women should have a pelvic exam at least every six months to a year.  Men and women who have warts on or inside the anus should have an exam every year.

Treating genital warts is not hard.  You will get good advice and help from many of the doctors and professionals that you see.  They can use a chemical on the warts to remove them.  You may need to come back more than once to finish the treatment to take care of the problem.  If someone has a problem with their immune system, they may find that the treatment may take longer.  An example of this may be HIV.  The warts may increase in size and the number of them may increase faster.  This is why you need to tell your doctor if you are HIV positive. 

Even after you have the genital warts removed, they may return.  This is because the virus stays in your skin once you are infected.  You can pass the virus to your sexual partners while having sex.  This is possible even if you have warts and do not see them.  It is so important to practice safe sex when you have had or do have genital warts.

You should check yourself often for signs of the warts.  The actual genital warts can be treated.  However, you can not treat the virus.  You will always have the virus in your skin that can break out at any time.  You need to use condoms when you have sex.  Condoms greatly reduce your risk for getting the disease or spreading it to your partners.  Even though it is recommended that you use condoms, it is no guarantee that you are going to stop the problem.  It is just an important method to practice every time you have sex.  This will help in preventing other STD’s as well. 

The main thing to do to prevent getting infected is to be careful.  You should know your partners and have a good relationship with them first.  You need to practice safe sex so that you do not put yourself at risk.  It is important to your health and to your life.  You only get once chance at being healthy and you do not want to have to deal with genital warts.

title:Are Glyconutrients for real?
author:Karen Walker
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

If glyconutrients are for real, why aren't they all over the news? Why haven't we heard about this before? These are just a couple of the skeptical questions encountered when sharing the life changing gift of glyconutrients with others. How do we know the science behind these products is real, and has the scientific community really embraced the field of glycobiology? A look at the numbers and the scientific communities involved in glycobiology reveal clues to what's really going on.
The sheer numbers of web pages devoted to glycobiology research gives us an idea of the activity in the field. There are currently 206,000 glycobiology research listings on the web, according to Google Search. Google Scholar lists 23,100 academic pages for glycobiology research as well.
Another clue to the validity of the science of glycobiology is the involvement of major universities in the study of glycobiology. Academic institutions throughout the United States now have laboratories focusing on glycobiology research, including the University of California, University of Oklahoma, San Francisco State University, University of Wisconsin, The Burnham Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Additionally, more than 30 biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies throughout North America, Canada, Europe and Japan are currently participating in glycobiology research. The focus of their research involves a wide range of possible uses including cancer treatments and anti-cancer vaccines, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory agents as well as treatments for asthma, influenza and other infections. The sweetener Sucralose is a product of glycobiology research as well.
But why add glyconutrients to your diet? Glycobiology research tells us that there are eight bioactive sugars involved in cell to cell communication, an essential part of healthy body function. But our modern diet only supplies sufficient amounts of two-glucose and galactose. Our eating habits, depleted soils and modern methods of food distribution all conspire to deprive us of the other six essential nutrients. Medical experts agree that nutrition plays a big part in cancers, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, and obesity-which by no small accident are also the major killers of modern man. There is evidence that glycobiology research can produce products to alleviate much of the suffering caused by these diseases.
That's all fine, you say, but how does all that relate to the glyconutrients currently on the market? Not only is there good science behind glyconutrients, the eight known bioactive sugars are currently being used in the development of glyconutrient supplements, with patents both pending and issued for these products. It makes sense that replacing these missing nutrients, thus improving cellular function, would increase the body's ability to repair, restore and correct malfunctioning systems.
Since it is nearly impossible to take in sufficient quantities of the nutrients in our diets today, supplementing with glyconutrients may be a good choice for optimal health. The vast amount of glycobiology research ongoing now demonstrates that leading researchers believe in the validity of glycobiology. A wise person who desires good health and a long, active life would do well to consider glyconutrients, too.
Glycobiology research has proven that there are at least eight bioactive sugars. The amount of research currently underway shows us that leading researchers believe in the validity of glycobiology. The results of this research can provide real health benefits in the form of supplements available now.
Are Glyconutrients Right For You?

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Glyconutrients are part of the carbohydrate family. They are a collection of 8 saccharides. These are important factors in the body’s ability to fight infections and heal itself.

There are 8 necessary saccharides needed by our bodies

• Mannose
• Glucose
• Galactose
• Xylose
• Fucose (not fructose)
• N-acetylglucosamine
• N-acetylneuramic acid
• N-acetylgalactosamine

These elements form the building blocks for glycoforms. Which serve as coverings for the body’s...


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Glyconutrients are part of the carbohydrate family. They are a collection of 8 saccharides. These are important factors in the body’s ability to fight infections and heal itself.

There are 8 necessary saccharides needed by our bodies

• Mannose
• Glucose
• Galactose
• Xylose
• Fucose (not fructose)
• N-acetylglucosamine
• N-acetylneuramic acid
• N-acetylgalactosamine

These elements form the building blocks for glycoforms. Which serve as coverings for the body’s cells. Each has specific benefits for your health.

Mannose: is the main saccharide and the others are attached to it. Mannose plays a major role in building cells, and cell interaction. Other benefits include helping the body heal itself and improving the immune system. Mannose is a major factor in manufacturing cytokines. Cytokines are used by the body’s immune system to fight infections. The Mannose phytochemical can be found in the Aloe Vera plant’s inner leaf gel.

Glucose: is the most commonly known of the group. Table sugar is made up of this and other saccharides. Glucose is found in sugar products such as candy bars cake and ice cream. Elements are found in vegetables as well. Glucose can be absorbed directly into the blood stream and for this reason is widely used for a quick absorbing strong form of fast acting energy. Excessive amounts of glucose can lead to health problems such as obesity.

Galactose: Is usually found in combination with glucose in a saccharide known as lactose which is a disaccharide found in milk and other dairy products. It is also used in the body’s healing processes. It also decreases inflammation.

Xylose: is a carbohydrate with antibacterial and antifungal properties. Some manufacturers use it instead of sucrose and corn sweeteners in toothpaste and chewing gum because it does not harm your teeth.

Fucose: is found in human breast milk and some types of mushrooms. Research has shown fuctos to be helpful in brain development and memory. It also helps the immune system

N-acetylglucosamine: also helps the immune system. It produces Glucosamine, used in cartilage. It helps to repair, and reduce inflammation in cartilage and also helps the digestive tract. This is also found in human breast milk.

N-acetylneuramic acid: is used in the learning process and brain development. It helps with many blood functions and improves the immune system. The levels of this saccaride decrease, as we get older. It is found in breast milk.

N-acetylgalactosamine: is another ingredient in breast milk. Research is still being done on this saccharide. It has been shown to help with cell interaction and communication

These Glyconutrients are found in some fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately due to soil depletions and processing of foods these vital nutrients (except glucose) are no longer prevalent in foods as they once were. This has resulted in shortage in the body of these saccarides and has led to the deterioration of our health. We must become aware of these vital elements and ensure that we are getting enough of them in our diets to ensure our good health.

Are Harmful Electromagnetic Frequencies Zapping Your Energy

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Many of us wake up in the morning being attacked by electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s) from our clock radio which is usually a short distance from our head. If it’s a real cold night, some may even curl up with their electric blanket for another dose of EMF’s.

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Many of us wake up in the morning being attacked by electromagnetic frequencies
(EMF’s) from our clock radio which is usually a short distance from our head. If it’s a real cold night, some may even curl up with their electric blanket for another dose of EMF’s.  Before leaving the house in the morning we are exposed to more EMF’s from blow dryers, electric shavers, electric tooth brushes, coffee makers and microwaves. On our way to work, we might make a few calls on our cell phone. Once we arrive at the office, we flip on the overhead florescent lights, power up the copier, fax machine, computer and talk on the phone throughout the day. When we go back home, we turn on the TV or stereo, stand in the kitchen and cook dinner while surrounded by all  electrical appliances and repeat the same thing all over again the next day. We are constantly being bombarded with electromagnetic frequencies. All electrical devices emit these frequencies. Some experts believe that EMF’s are a real threat and can cause or contribute to  cancer, brain tumors, leukemia, birth defects, miscarriages, chronic fatigue, poor immunity, heart problems and stress, as well as zap ones overall energy.

 Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State University of New York believes it is likely that up to 30% of childhood cancers come from exposure to EMF’s.  Some scientists believe that over exposure to EMF’s are responsible for a high rate of suicide amongst electric utility workers. Researchers at the University of North Carolina believe that EMF’s contribute to the decrease in melatonin levels which in turn can cause sleeplessness, depression and suicide.

 Advanced technology is wonderful and I’m certainly not willing to give up modern day conveniences, but there are things that can be done to reduce EMF exposure. There is a devise called a gauss meter. This is helpful; for it measures the amount of EMF’s being emitted from appliances, electronics, power outlets, etc. It is simple to use. When measuring something high in EMF’s, the gauge will register in the red zone and beep.  I took a gauss meter through my whole house and office and did a lot of rearranging to minimize exposure. The most amazing thing I found was that my alarm clock emitted EMF’s 5 feet in every direction. I moved it across the room, then I noticed one of my cats was sleeping next to it so I got rid of it altogether and purchased a little battery operated one. It’s the digital display LED type that is high in EMF’s. The TV, which I thought would be the worst, only emitted harmful EMF’s 3 feet out from the front and 5 feet out from the sides.  TV Manufactures have really improved on this. The refrigerator was another shocker. It was in the (high) red zone 3 feet out from the front and sides. The oven also measured high.  I don’t have a microwave, so I went to a friend’s house and my meter measured EMF’s 5 to 6 feet in every direction when running and 3-4 feet when it was not. All I could think of was all the children standing in front of the microwave oven waiting for their food; day after day.  That’s scary. I also wonder what it does to the food. Please keep this in mind when storing nutritional supplements. Keep them away from EMF’s, for it will reduce their potency. My computer also measured very high for a good 3 feet.

There are many things that can be done to minimize exposure. Try not to stay in the kitchen when appliances are in use, especially the microwave. Keep phones and alarm clocks away from your body while sleeping. Avoid sleeping with an electric blanket. Turn it on to warm the bed and then unplug it. Waterbeds that heat the water with electricity are bad news. Position your computer as far away as possible from where you sit. A flat screen monitor reduces EMF exposure. Change all fluorescent lights to incandescent ones. If using a cell phone, try to keep it as far away from your body as possible. Consider an ear piece to use with your cell phone; otherwise the transmitter is only a few inches from your brain.

There are also a variety of products on the market to help reduce the harmful effects of EMF’s such as diodes, special crystals, magnets and pendants. Some are placed directly on the electrical device and others are worn on the body. Of these devices, the Q link pendant is my personal favorite and has undergone many studies and has numerous testimonials on its effectiveness in counteracting the ill effects of harmful EMF’s.

Have a safe and happy summer…and not to worry, for your gas grill is totally free from EMF’s.

This Article provided by Michael Comeau is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always consult your doctor when seeking medical advice.

title:Are Hemorrhoids Treatable?
author:Paul MacIver
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Hemorrhoids are described as a condition in which an itching or painful mass of dilated veins in swollen anal tissue occurs. Hemorrhoids or piles are the medical terms used for the condition of varicosity or swelling and inflammation of veins in the rectum and anus.
External hemorrhoids and internal hemorrhoids are the two most common types of hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids Treatment
Hemorrhoids are very much treatable. They can be treated by natural ways and medical treatment. Severe hemorrhoids can only be treated by surgery.
The following are some tips to get temporary or instant hemorrhoid relief.
•  A warm sitz bath using a bidet, extendable showerhead, cold compress, or topical analgesic like Preparation H, can provide temporary hemorrhoid relief.
•  A sufferer should keep the area clean and dry using hemorrhoids creams or suppositories.
Hemorrhoids Treatment through Natural Ways
The following are some natural ways of hemorrhoids treatment:
•  Controlling constipation and diarrhea.
•  Drinking large amounts of water and eating fiber-rich bulking agents such as plantain and psyllium to help create a soft stool that is easy to pass to lessen the irritation of existing hemorrhoids.
•  Taking herbs and dietary supplements such as butcher's broom, horse chestnut, bromelain, and Japanese pagoda tree extracts to strengthen rectal vein walls. Recent studies have supported natural botanicals such as Butchers Broom, Horse Chestnut, and bioflavonoids as an effective hemorrhoid treatment.
•  Topical application of natural astringents and soothing agents, such as Witch Hazel (astringent), Cranesbill and Aloe Vera.
•  Reducing rectal pressure and improving postures; using the squatting position for bowel movements.
Medical Hemorrhoid Treatments
Chronic or severe cases require medical hemorrhoids treatments. The following are some standard medical hemorrhoids treatments.
•  Hemorrhoidolysis/Galvanic Electrotherapy is a painless and highly effective hemorrhoids treatment. It includes the desiccation of the hemorrhoid by electrical current.
•  Dilation is the treatment comprising of stretching of the anal sphincter muscle, but has side effects.
•  In Rubber band ligation therapy, elastic bands are applied onto an internal hemorrhoid to cut off its blood supply. Within several weeks, the withered hemorrhoid is sloughed off during normal bowel movement.
•  In Sclerotherapy or injection therapy, sclerosant or hardening agent is injected into hemorrhoids. It causes the vein walls to collapse and the hemorrhoids to shrivel up.
•  In Cryosurgery treatment, a frozen tip of a cryoprobe is used to destroy hemorrhoidal tissues.
•  In Laser, infared or BICAP coagulation treatment, laser, infrared beam, or electricity is used to cauterize the affected tissues.
•  Hemorrhoidectomy is a surgical procedure to excise and remove hemorrhoids.
Surgery is the only treatment option for very severe cases, like prolapsed, thrombosed, or strangulated hemorrhoids.
Are Herbal Diet Pills Right For You?

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I took a few herbal diet pills in college once on a whim, and I didn’t eat anything for nearly two days afterwards. I also didn’t really get much sleep either. Anything that makes you wired like that and kills your appetite so completely just isn’t good for you.

While they were ‘ephedra free’ and were supposedly totally natural and safe, I don’t think I’d ever felt so polluted and ill in my life. A year later I discovered that the FDA had banned the same herbal diet pills ...

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I took a few herbal diet pills in college once on a whim, and I didn’t eat anything for nearly two days afterwards. I also didn’t really get much sleep either. Anything that makes you wired like that and kills your appetite so completely just isn’t good for you.

While they were ‘ephedra free’ and were supposedly totally natural and safe, I don’t think I’d ever felt so polluted and ill in my life. A year later I discovered that the FDA had banned the same herbal diet pills I had taken, and I have to wonder what it was I had put in my body.

Herbal diet pills are very popular these days as an alternative to more traditional methods of weight loss like diet and exercise. Herbal treatments in general are very trendy today, which I find a little worrisome for several reasons.

First of all, just about anything can be in an herbal diet pill. ‘Herbs’ are a kind of loophole in the FDA system, as they are not classified as drugs and therefore don’t have the rigorous standards for testing and safety that drugs normally get.

Make no mistake about it though, herbs can be every bit as potent and harmful as drugs. The difference between medicinal herbs and drugs is really quite vague anyway, as most drugs themselves come from a kind of plant or herb.

Most of the time the ‘herbal’ classification doesn’t last very long; the FDA eventually calls it a drug and brings in the scientists. When that happens herbal diet pills often either become available only by prescription or are banned completely. Snooping around a little from site to site selling herbal diet pills, it is clear that the makers of these things are all too familiar with the FDA.

Many sites even use it to their advantage saying things to the effect of ‘buy it now before the FDA bans it!’. You have to ask yourself, if the FDA is likely going to ban an herbal diet pill you’re interested in, should you be taking it at all?

I took a few herbal diet pills in college once on a whim, and I didn’t eat anything for nearly two days afterwards. I also didn’t really get much sleep either. Anything that makes you wired like that and kills your appetite so completely just isn’t good for you.

While they were ‘ephedra free’ and were supposedly totally natural and safe, I don’t think I’d ever felt so polluted and ill in my life. A year later I discovered that the FDA had banned the same herbal diet pills I had taken, and I have to wonder what it was I had put in my body.

Anyway, just don’t be fooled by the word ‘herbal’ in an herbal diet pill. I would actually trust a regular diet pill that is FDA approved a lot more than some herbal diet pill concoction that has who knows what in it. The words herbal and natural are marketing ploys and should never be confused with the word safe unless there’s been some testing to prove it.

title:Are Herbal Remedies Safe
author:Loring Windblad
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“Natural” does not necessarily mean “Pure”. “Herbal based” does not necessarily mean it is 100 percent herbal in makeup. “Organic” does not necessarily mean it is truly, purely, organic. And something that is certified “98% Natural and Organic” is actually”2% corrupted material”. Let me ask this: If you take a 10 ounce glass of filtered water, guaranteed pure, pristine, non-harmful, and add 1/8th of an ounce of rat poison, how safe is that water to drink? Likewise, if you are using a product that is “98 percent pure”, just how pure is that 100 percent product – what is the other 2 percent of it contributing to the overall product?
People who are suspicious of traditional medicines often prefer to selfmedicate with herbal remedies in the belief that "natural" equals 'safe." Although popularly considered innocuous, herbal remedies may contain powerful chemicals such as quinine from cinchona bark, digitalis (a heart drug) from foxgloves or Taxol (an anti-cancer remedy) from yew bark and some contain contaminants such as arsenic, lead and other metals. A herbal remedy taken for medicinal purposes is not an “over the-counter drug”, but it does deserve caution and respect.
Probably the major difference between “drugs” from one of the major drug manufacturers and the herbs you grow in your herb garden or collect growing wild in nature is that the “manufactured drug” is usually a specific extract from the whole and as such is more concentrated and eliminates all the other associated components found in the complete herb. Further, their possible dangers are often spelled out on the package insert. By contrast, the safety profile of most herbal products is not listed. And there is a general “unawareness” of the lack of regulations governing their use by the public as a whole. Most herbal concoctions are not legally permitted to be sold as medications in Canada or the USA but are classified as foods. Since they're regarded as foods, warning labels are not required. Only a few herbal products bear federal Drug Identification Numbers (DIN) approving their sale as drugs.
After centuries of experience, the most highly toxic plants have been eliminated from the herbalist's stock-in-trade. Lily-of-the-valley, daffodil, deadly nightshade, jimsonweed and hemlock are among substances banned by Health and Welfare Canada for sale as foods or in food. Reports about the adverse effects of some herbal remedies are surfacing, ranging from minor to serious, from lethal poisonings to allergic reactions. Many of the adverse effects reported from herbs are from mis-identification but include: severe allergic shock from camomile tea, heart problems from liquorice tonics, liver toxicity from comfrey and dizziness from oleander tea. In one recent case, a woman who mistook oleander for eucalyptus died after drinking the tea. In another an elderly couple died within 24 hours of overdosing on digitalis, mistaking poisonous foxgloves for comfrey. Plants containing pyrrolizidine (e.g., Golden senecio or ragwort) are of increasing concern owing to reports of liver d!
isease from consuming this substance. especially for long periods. Gordolobos tea containing this ingredient - widely consumed in the Southern U.S. - is no longer considered safe.
Harmful overdoses from herbals are most likely when they're made into strong teas, steeped for 10-20 minutes or more. For example. liquorice contains chemicals that, taken in large quantities, can cause sodium and water retention, high blood pressure and even cardiac arrest. In addition, herbal remedies can interact with OTC drugs. Some plants such as tonka beans, melilot and woodruff, which increase bleeding, should not be consumed by those regularly taking Aspirin. Several herbs - such as hellebore and hawthorn - can exacerbate the effects of the heart medication digitalis. Others such as bayberry, juniper and St. John's Wort, even coffee, are powerful diuretics that should not be taken if you are already taking prescription diuretics. In the final analysis, shopping for herbal products is a matter of “know your product” - or stay away!
title:Are Herbal Remedies The Answer?
author:Jon Davis
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It seems that almost every day we come across a story in a newspaper or magazine which raises concerns about the use, misuse, or overuse of a particular pharmaceutical remedy in the treatment of minor ailments, or serious medical conditions. Often these stories are quickly discredited as being ill-informed or based on insufficient evidence, perhaps medical opinion is divided, or particular experts in the field prefer to wait for an extended period of time, maybe years, in order to ascertain the safety, or otherwise of these commonly used remedies. This is not to criticise medical science, or its practitioners, who must rely on objective and statistically valid evidence before giving an expert opinion. However, it is little wonder that many of us turn to herbal remedies, either as a supplement, or as an alternative to manufactured pharmaceutical products. There is a reassurance in that simple word “herbal”, taking us back to simpler times, when there was little choice in how to treat our day to day bodily malfunctions, aches and pains and we made use of what was available to us, perhaps in our own back gardens!
Are herbal remedies the answer? Surely if they have been in use since men and women first walked on the Earth they must be both effective and safe? The answer to this, as to many questions, is “Yes” and “No”, or even “Well it's not as simple as that.” In the past, herbal remedies were often administered or recommended by one particular person in the neighbourhood, frequently a woman, (probably regarded as a witch), who was an expert in her field. This person would have studied and learned, by trial and error, about the efficacy and safety (or otherwise) of the product she was supplying. Herbal remedies may be natural, but that does not make them safe and we need to be well informed about the optimum dosage as well as about possible side effects and what are called “contra-indications” in the medical profession. After all, before a doctor prescribes a drug to you, s/he will refer to your medical history and question you about your lifestyle. We need to be equally cautious in self-prescribing, and take advantage of information and advice that is available to us from reliable sources.
Should herbal remedies be regarded as an alternative, or a complementary supplement to conventional medicine? We need to use our common sense in this matter. If a herbal product appears to be effective in treating a minor condition, then by all means use it instead of resorting to a manufactured product, with possibly dubious side effects. As regards more serious and even life threatening conditions, it seems unwise to reject the offerings of modern science, which for the most part have a proven record in alleviating suffering and prolonging life, whether or not they also cause undesirable side-effects. Herbal remedies may in these cases be used in a complementary way, if this is appropriate. Let us also not forget that many widely used conventional medications are based on a herbal product, (aspirin and digitalis to name just two), so we may be using a herbal based product without being aware of it. Herbal and conventional pharmaceutical remedies are not always mutually exclusive.
title:Are Liquid Vitamins Enough?
author:Daniel Weigum
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In our fast paced world, the population is eating a diet that accommodates the fast paced lifestyle. Fast food is easy and allows the working class to eat a meal in the convenient allotted hour.
Health professionals and advocates constantly preach the risks of this lifestyle. The repeated calorie and trans fat content warnings are on the minds of many even while these fried foods are consumed. Is the taste and convenience worth the health risk?
Acrylamide is a carcinogenic substance most are not familiar with. This carcinogenic substance unfortunately is present in the most popular fried foods. Acrylamide is present in foods prepared at high temperatures using methods such as frying, grilling, baking and broiling. A safe level of acrylamide was set by the Food Standards Agency at 10 ppb. French fries and potato chips can have up to 100 times this amount.
Using cooking oil alternatives isn’t a remedy for high acrylamide levels either. Ironically, frying foods in polyunsaturated oils can add unhealthy trans fats to a diet. The polyunsaturated oils oxidize rapidly during the high temperature frying process becoming the harmful trans fats most are trying to avoid. If frying is the desired cooking method, the use of monounsaturated oils such as olive oil may be a better alternative.
Although antioxidants are not a combatant for high levels of acrylamide, antioxidants are still very important in the protections against free radical damage. The only real defense we have against acrylamide is to abstain from foods prepared at high temperatures. This is not easy and can become a complete lifestyle change. An alternative is to be much more careful when preparing foods of any kind. Burnt foods do not contain the nutrient content once abundant prior to preparation. Unfortunately, it contains high levels of the carcinogen, acrylamide.
Health professionals recommend the consumption of more raw foods as well. Raw foods are rich on nutrients and contain low levels of harmful toxins like acrylamide. When raw foods are referred to, some foods that are normally prepared using high temperature processes need to be pasteurized before eating. The digestive system is very effective at killing bacteria and harmful pathogens but can’t combat all harmful bacteria in large quantities such as e-coli.
A reasonable diet change can limit your acrylamide intake. All delights in an average diet do not have to be discarded. Frying is definitely a cooking method to avoid if possible. If frying is without an alternative, the use of a monounsaturated oil is recommended. Cooking methods such as grilling, steaming, boiling, or baking at lower temperature can greatly reduce the levels of acrylamide in your diet as well as reduce the nutrient loss during the preparation of a meal. A meal needs to be completely prepared to prevent pathogen and bacteria from entering your digestive system. Just keep in mind, burning during preparation is the number one mistake to avoid. Raw food snacks can be added to your diet to take the place of foods high in acrylamide content like potato chips.
Free radicals and antioxidant protection are important and represent a completely different disease causing battle. Proper preparation of foods is the key to reducing acrylamide in a diet. The next time eating high calorie, fried foods seems like the only options; concerns of Trans fats and calories should not be the only thing in mind. The carcinogen levels can be just as harmful to your health.
Copyright 2005 Daniel Weigum
title:Are My Arms Shrinking Or Do I Need Reading Glasses?
author:Steve Cogger
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With age comes many things, one of which is the need to wear reading glasses.  People over 40 will often realize that they are holding reading materials out at arms length just so they can read them.  The cause is an age-related condition called presbyopia.  It may not be preventable, but it doesn’t need to be the end of the world.
Presbyopia is what causes people to need reading glasses.  People without other vision problems will be more likely to notice the development of presbyopia.  This condition is caused by hardening of the lens in the eye that causes it to lose flexibility.  This loss of flexibility results in difficulty seeing up close, also known as nearsightedness.  The condition generally worsens over time and should be diagnosed by a doctor.  The symptoms of presbyopia are blurred vision when reading or working closely, headaches, eye strain and dizziness. A doctor can diagnose the condition and give you your prescription.  Presbyopia is a normal condition that will strike almost everyone over the age of forty.
When you begin asking yourself "do I need reading glasses?" the answer is probably yes.  If you already wear glasses you will remedy the problem by adding a bifocal lens to your regular glasses.  For those who do not normally wear glasses a pair of reading glasses will work to correct the condition.  Reading glasses can be bought through your doctor, at a retail store or online.  If you are buying them somewhere other than your doctor's office you will need to know your prescription or “reading power”.  This will allow you to buy the correct pair of reading glasses.
The need for reading glasses will be encountered by everyone once they reach their forties.  It is a natural and normal condition that shouldn't cause any worry.  A visit to the doctor and the purchase of reading glasses should help fix the problem. So, if you find yourself saying "do I need reading glasses" make an appointment to get your eyes checked, don’t panic, and remember that Presbyopia is a normal part of the aging process.
Are Natural Beauty Products Better Than Synthetic Ones?

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Most people assume that natural beauty products and cosmetics are better than their more conventional counterparts. However,

they do not realize that neither type is inherently superior, and that whether or not either one works depends almost

entirely on the skin type of the person using them.

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Nature is good. Nature provided the human race with everything it thought it could need, and continues to provide humanity

with most of its needs. Whenever a product is labeled as being natural, it is automatically assumed to be better than its

artificial counterparts. There is a common belief that natural beauty products are better than their chemical opposites, or

are less likely to cause side effects, or are better for the skin. Whether or not this is actually true is something that

most people who use natural cosmetics don't bother to verify by talking to a medical professional. That, in the end, would be

the fundamental question on this matter. Are natural beauty products inherently better than their pharmaceutical


The actual answer is no. A chemical, whether made in a lab or extracted from some obscure Tibetan herb, is still a chemical.

Yes, it is true that some people find natural beauty products work better for their skin and their bodies, but that does not

mean that it will be the same case as everyone else. The one thing that neither synthetic cosmetics, nor their natural

counterparts, pay too much attention to is that no two individuals have the same skin. Things like sensitivity, pH balance,

and tolerance can all vary from person to person, with even the slightest difference making one cosmetic worth and trigger an

adverse reaction with another.

Some chemists point out that many of the compounds found in plant and herbal extracts are the same things that can be found

in conventional beauty products. It just happens that they're from different sources. Natural beauty products also usually

rely on the same principles that their conventional counterparts do, such as moisturizing the skin or peeling off layers of

dead skin cells. Natural products, because of these methods and the similarity of the chemicals found in them, are just as

likely to cause irritation as synthetic products. Also, just because a number of natural beauty products claim that they are

hypoallergenic does not mean that they are hypoallergenic. There is also no guarantee that they are as effective in

preventing acne outbreaks as a synthetic drug that might cause allergic reactions.

Some also point out that “natural” and “all-natural” are different from one another. Anything with the label “all-natural,”

by virtue of legal and medical regulations and restrictions, is likely to have gone more rigorous, stringent testing than

other products. There are rulings passed down from various authorities that dictate that any product that uses the label

“natural” as containing 70% natural ingredients. Claims of being holistic may be inaccurate, largely because holistic

medicine takes everything into account and focuses on specific treatments for specific patients. By nature, pre-packaged

natural beauty products being sold on the market are not made with a specific patient in mind.

That is not saying that natural products are useless, however. Just as some skin types and variables can make a conventional

cosmetics fail, some natural products can also fail. The ultimate decider of whether a person should use natural beauty

products or synthetic ones comes down to one very simple determining factor: if it works without causing any undue or

unpleasant side effects.

title:Are Parabens Really Safe
author:Lisa Taylor Barger
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

You've probably heard the news stories about parabens and the controversy surrounding their use in personal care products.  Here's a brief, but fair, look at this complicated issue:
No cosmetic can ever be truly "natural"-no matter what the manufacturer claims-but some ingredients are closer than others.  Parabens have long been considered an ideal compromise and until quite recently were considered one of the safest preservative methods available.  But an article published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology has cast doubt on the safety of parabens and, especially, their potential role in the development of some types breast cancers.   
Scientists have known for some time that parabens can mimic the effect of estrogen when used on lab animals  but in early 2004, British researchers from the University of Reading announced that they had found parabens in in the cancerous tumors of human breast cancer patients.  Equally concerning is the fact that researchers believe that the form of parabens found in those tumors indicate that the parabens were absorbed topically and not taken orally.  But most frightening is the fact that parabens were found in EVERY sample. 
It's important to note that this was a very, very small study--only 20 women--and there's absolutely no way to tell what, if any, skin care products are implicated.  Although the lead researcher has cautioned that there's no definitive proof that parabens actually cause breast cancers, he has already called for more study.
Should YOU Be Concerned?  Manufacturers are.  Many of the leaders in the natural products industry have already announced plans to discontinue the use of parabens and more are expected to follow suit.
How do you know if your skin care products contain parabens?  Read the labels.  All cosmetics are required by law to carry full ingredient lists.  If your skin care products don't have ingredients listed, or you can't find the preservative in the list, be suspicious.  Be equally suspicious of manufacturers who claim to use only natural essential oils or grapefruit seed extract.  In day-to-day usage, they just don't work as promised.
One of the most exciting new preservatives being used today is Hydroxymethylglycinate, a derivative of the naturally occurring amino acid Glycine.  It's considered extremely safe and seems to be less apt to cause allergic reactions than other preservatives. 
Are People Going Nuts In Rural Areas?

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Contrary to popular belief, rural environments seem to be more likely to cause someone to develop a mental illness or be deprived of proper therapy. The reasons for this are still unknown, but research is underway to determine if the more prominent theories are correct.

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Awareness of mental health illnesses can occasionally become the critical factor in whether or not someone gets the proper treatment in time. Most psychological conditions take time to form and often need time to become fully embedded into the psyche, barring trauma or other similar experiences. As a result, provided that people are aware of what is going on, most psychological illnesses can be treated in time. Most people assume that with the hectic schedules and the extreme stress, people in an urban environment are more liable to develop mental illnesses. This is an understandable assumption, but one must also factor in that in an urban environment, there are numerous places one can go to for help.

The case is different when one enters the rural environment, however. Small towns, out-of-the-way villages, and semi-isolated communities are far more prevalent than big cities. Surprisingly, those are the places where people are far more likely to break down and succumb to psychiatric problems than urban dwellers. There is still a lot of research being conducted on this discovery, with previous studies having yielded inconclusive results. Research has also been focused on discovering whether the list of common problems reflect those found in urban environments or not. In particular, some experts are trying to spot if depression, anxiety, and panic disorders are as common in rural communities as they are in urban ones.

Some have speculated that the problem might stem from the lack of awareness of psychiatric or psychological illnesses in rural areas. Most people there, according to recent findings and surveys, attribute the symptoms of psychosis to supernatural causes. Demonic possession appears to be among the more frequent “causes” of the problem. While currently undetermined, there has been some speculation that the stigma of having a family member be “possessed” can force loved ones to keep the afflicted person hidden from the rest of society, rather than seek some form of help. This can only aggravate the situation because it not only cuts off the patient from much-needed therapy and counseling, it can also make any illnesses already present much more severe and difficult to treat.

Another factor to be considered here is that, statistically speaking, there are simply not that many people with psychiatric or psychological training in rural environments. There might be some people that have an understanding, but it is rare to find a small town with a fully-equipped hospital designed to deal with patients with psychological problems. Even for such locations, the asylum often has a highly negative stigma as the place where psychotic serial killers and “crazed middle-aged men that skin little girls alive” are locked up. This only makes the common and prevalent perception of the mentally ill as being criminally inclined much worse in such communities. The lack of facilities and the distance needed to travel to even find psychiatric help can combine to make it nearly impossible to find help in isolated rural towns.

There are also quite a few that surmise that the environment is an equally important factor. The urban environment places pressure on people at an early age, with even children learning the basic principles of cutthroat competition. It is possible that people who have lived in urban environments all their lives simply have psychological make-ups that are better suited for the harsh business world, whereas rural citizens are less likely to have to encounter such situations.

Are People Really Exercising More? Or Is It All Just A Hoax?

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People are saying that they're exercising more, but the statistics for things like obesity and diabetes are just going up and up and up. Researchers believe that people are either falsely reporting their physical activity, or they have not changed other aspects of their lifestyles, such as their diet, along with increased exercise. Most researchers appear to prefer the former theory

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Exercise rates among adults are going up, or at least that's what researchers are being told. In a number of separate studies and surveys, the number of people saying that they're getting physical is on the increase, going up by around 47% in 2005. That's a significant increase from the 41% increase recorded in 2001. The latest statistics show that the trend is still on, with some reporting anywhere from 48% to 50% increase in adult men who regularly exercise and spend time to gain muscle fitness. The numbers, however, are much lower among women. However, when one takes a look at related statistics, such as the number of people who are overweight and obese, then the data from the two sides don't match well.

Theoretically, if more people are exercise and engage in weight training, then there should be some sort of decrease in the number of people who are suffering the effects of a lack of physical activity. While statistics show that more people are into fitness, the number of reported cases of diabetes and obesity are still on the rise. In adults, heart disease is also starting to become more and more prevalent, despite the fact that exercise is supposed to help reduce the risks of such problems. This presents an interesting question with a number of possible answers, none of which are particularly pleasant.

The first possible answer is that the people who answered the exercise question did not answer honestly. That would imply that while people are aware of the benefits and that they should engage in regular exercise, they simply don't care enough about it to actually do so. Either that, or the mental health mechanism known as denial is helping them associate common activities, such as raking the leaves or mowing the lawn, as exercise. This, in theory, is not entirely false, but it does not help reduce problems caused by another potential factor in the disparity of the statistical evidence.

Another possibility is that, even if exercise and muscle fitness numbers are on the increase, people aren't paying enough attention to their diet. It doesn't particularly matter even if you're exercising several hours a day and are lifting enough weights to put Arnold Schwarzenegger to shame, so long as your diet is full of grease, fat, and cholesterol. People may pay more attention to their exercise programs, but as long as the necessary dietary changes are not made or even touched upon, then things like heart ailments, obesity, diabetes, and the like will still continue to rise. If this theory is correct, then people are focusing solely on exercise and may not be taking the whole picture into account. A case of seeing the tree, but not the forest, as it were.

The research divided their results along a variety of lines. The racial groups with the highest rates of physical activity daily were whites and blacks. The age bracket encompassing college students and young professionals showed the highest exercise rates when the results were categorized by age. However, researchers admitted that most respondents were not likely to accurately report just how much physical activity they engage in on a daily basis.

Are Phobias Inherent or Inherited?

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Social phobia is one of the most common phobias among men.  It is a very exaggerated shyness typified by persistent and strong  feelings of anxiety and fear when facing certain social situations. However, there have been continuous debate of whether a phobia  is hereditary or not.

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Phobias are extreme fears in specific situations lacking real danger or fears which are completely out of proportion. Most of the time, the person with the phobia realizes that its fear is irrational and illogical, but he still keeps feeling the pain and is hostaged by fear. Only avoiding the painful situation can bring relief. 

One of the most common phobias is Social Phobia. Social phobia is a very exaggerated shyness typified by persistent and strong feelings of anxiety and fear when facing certain social situations, interacting with others, or even when being observed, to such an extent that this feeling greatly interferes in the development of the normal life of those who suffer it.

One of the main characteristics of social phobia is the strong anxiety felt before the feared events take place, known as "anticipated anxiety." People start worrying and feeling terror before confronting the feared situation, so, once they actually face it, and due to their nervousness, it comes out worse. It leads to an increase in the level of "anticipated anxiety" next time they confront the same situation. A vicious cycle is created and which is self-generating and causes self-destruction.

Social phobia is much more widespread than we believe, for it is estimated that about 3 to 13% of the population suffers from it in some way. Unlike most phobias, it affects men and women equally, normally appears during adolescence or before the age of 25 and is frequently hereditary, or perhaps, culturally imbibed within the family or social setting.  Social phobia generally develops in childhood or adolescence, specially following a humiliating experience. Approximately 40% of social phobia cases occur before the age of ten and 95% before the age of 20. Often the question that is frequently asked; are phobias hereditary? This is often queried in cases of social phobias where both male and female are susceptible to this disorder. Are phobias inherited or learned? There has been a continuous debate on whether a phobia is hereditary or not. 

In most cases, the supposedly hereditary component of phobias or anxiety disorders remain unidentified for a substantial amount of time. People know they are afraid but, at the same time, are hard-put at explaining why they are afraid. They may be scared as this feeling of fear or terror is deeply entrenched in their blood down the generation and they simply do not know when and where this fear originated. 

Hereditary component of phobias relate a series of phobic tendencies passed down from one generation to another. In 30% cases, social phobias develop due to hereditary or genetic influences and in 70% cases due to environmental factors like faulty upbringing by parents and learning from social behaviors of others. 

If a person has inherited this feeling of fear primarily from forefathers or from some members of the family, or even from a close circle of friends --- he or she cannot get rid of this hereditary component of phobias, as the reason of his terror is unknown. With the gradual passage of time, the fear becomes a part of his character. Probably another  reason is that children learn fears from adults. Tribal elders knew enough to be afraid when they encounter wild animals back in the Stone Ages, so it makes sense from an evolutionary standpoint that fear and anxiety and phobia may be inherited.

Are Some People More Prone To Panic Disorder Than Others

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Physical differences have been observed among people who are prone to panic attacks or develop panic disorders. The following are descriptions of these physical differences...

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Are some people more prone to panic disorder than others? Yes. Physical differences have been observed among people who are prone to panic attacks or develop panic disorders. The following are descriptions of these physical differences.

1) Sensitivity to adrenalin and hormonal changes

In general, people with panic disorders including agoraphobia have overactive adrenal glands and are more likely to experience an adrenaline rush or "fight or flight" response when faced with a perceived psychological threat. This makes them more susceptible to panic attacks.

In panic disorder patients, adrenaline and a hormone called cortisol (a stress fighting hormone) are overproduced by the adrenal gland during times of prolonged stress.

The overproduction of adrenaline and cortisol interferes with the production of serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that stabilize your mood and sense of well-being. When serotonin and dopamine levels are low, your mood becomes unstable and you are less able to cope with stress.

In this state of chemical imbalance, you become more easily fatigued, your immune system is compromised, and you are more at risk for experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. Even after the original stressor is gone, you are likely to stay in a heightened state of anxiety.

2) Sensitivity to medications

A greater sensitivity to medications, including side effects, is observed among panic disorder patients. As mentioned previously, the side effects and/or withdrawal symptoms for some medications, including anti-anxiety medications, mimic the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks. Because of this, medications prescribed to people who have panic attacks or panic disorder should be prescribed in smaller doses at first and then increased gradually as it is possible.

3) Sensitivity to physical stimulus

People who have panic attacks usually have a heightened sensitivity to bright lights, temperatures, sudden or harsh sounds, and other sources of physical stimulation. Physical stimulus will more easily overwhelm someone with panic disorder, create an aura of disorientation, and lead to a release of adrenaline (triggering the "fight or flight" response).

4) Sensitivity to large amounts of sodium lactate

Large amounts of sodium lactate in the bloodstream have been found by some researchers to cause panic attacks in people with panic disorder. Sodium lactate is produced when muscle cells convert sugar into energy. It is the basic solution in intravenous fluids given in the hospital.

In one study, panic disorder patients experienced a dramatic increase in blood flow to the temporal lobes of the brain when given sodium lactate. The temporal lobes are the same area of the brain affected when subjects in other studies (who do not have panic disorder) are given an electric shock!

Are Steroids In Baseball illegal?

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The pharmaceutical anabolic steroids are believed to have been inadvertently discovered by German scientists in the early 1930s. Anabolic steroids or androgenic steroids are the synthetic derivatives of testosterone that promote muscle and bone growth. These steroids are medically used to treat uncontrolled weight loss in wasting diseases.

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The pharmaceutical anabolic steroids are believed to have been inadvertently discovered by German scientists in the early 1930s. Anabolic steroids or androgenic steroids are the synthetic derivatives of testosterone that promote muscle and bone growth. These steroids are medically used to treat uncontrolled weight loss in wasting diseases.
However, these steroids are often used by bodybuilders, athletes, and sports persons to increase their muscle mass, strength, and stamina. The first known use of anabolic steroid— testosterone propionate was mentioned in US weightlifting/bodybuilding magazine, Strength and Health magazine in 1938.

The International Amateur Athletic Federation, now the International Association of Athletics Federations, became the first international governing body of sport to ban anabolic steroids in sports. These drugs were banned by FIFA, Union Cycliste Internationale (cycling), and International Olympic Committee in 1966-67.

However, Major League Baseball remained lenient about the use of steroids in baseball. The use of steroids in baseball became hotly debatable in the mid 1990s. Steroids in baseball became hot subject of sports news, magazines, and rumors. Though, a 1988 US federal law declared the use and distribution of anabolic steroid drugs for nontherapeutic illegal, Major League Baseball did not test for steroids in baseball until 2003.
The was a drastic rise in home runs since 1995 that greatly contributed to strengthening the influence of steroids in baseball; Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds had all stunningly surpassed the home run record set by Roger Maris - whose 61 homers in 1961 had not been challenged in over 30 years.
Often, post 1994 period is referred to as “Steroids Era.” There were a number of stories on steroids in baseball. The first evidence of steroids in baseball came out when a bottle of a nutritional supplement was found in Mark McGwire´s locker; the bottle was found containing Androstendione, a prohormone. Ken Caminiti revealed to Sports Illustrated that he won the 1996 NL MVP award while on steroids. He also revealed that 50% of the players in the league were using steroids. In a book published during steroids in baseball imbroglio, Jose Canseco admitted using steroids and also revealed that 85% of all players in MLB were using steroids.

The fact was “eye-opener” for MLB. The Journalists Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada exposed the BALCO scandal associated with steroids in baseball & other sports in 2003. The nutrition center BALCO, was accused of distributing steroids to many star players, like Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Benito Santiago, Jeremy Giambi, Bobby Estalella, and Armando Rios.

The most famous instances of steroids in baseball are that of Jason Giambi and Barry Bonds, who were suspected of using anabolic steroids in baseball. Giambi admitted before a U.S. grand jury that he used a duo of undetectable steroids known respectively as "the cream" and “the clear.” He also admitted that he received the drugs from his personal trainer Greg Anderson during the 2003 season. On the other hand, Bonds revealed that his trainer told him the substances were the nutritional supplement flaxseed oil and a pain-relieving balm for his arthritis.

The Major League Baseball conducted random testing steroids in baseball in 2003. The League toughened its policies a bit on the use of steroids in baseball. The players, such as Ryan Franklin and others were suspended for ten days, but a Congressional panel argued that the penalties were not tough enough, and took action. Thus, several top players, such as Rafael Palmeiro, McGwire, Sosa, Canseco and Curt Schilling were testified in front of Congress on March 17, 2005. Congress has been continuously pressuring MLB for instituting a comprehensive testing policy for its players.

Are Testosterone Boosters Dangerous?

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If you are a male bodybuilder, and you want to build muscle faster and make your workouts more effective, you might consider taking a testosterone booster. When you take any kind of supplement or booster, however, your first question should be is this safe? So, are testosterone boosters dangerous?

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If you are a male bodybuilder, and you want to build muscle faster and make your workouts more effective, you might consider taking a testosterone booster. When you take any kind of supplement or booster, however, your first question should be is this safe? So, are testosterone boosters dangerous?

There has been a great deal of controversy on this topic, as with any other supplement that is used by body builders. There will always be those who are all for it, and those who are completely against it - and this is usually because they have their own agenda.

In the case of testosterone boosters, any testosterone booster that contains anabolic steroids should be avoided. Anabolic Steroids are controlled substances, and are not approved by the body building organizations. In fact, the FDA will quickly ban a supplement that contains anabolic steroids.

The best option is to use a natural testosterone booster. These are made from all natural ingredients, and other than allergies, no side effects have ever been reported. The two most popular natural substances for building testosterone are Eurycoma Longifolia and Tribulus Terrestris. Both substances should be available at your local health food store, and both can be ordered online as well.

The question remains: Do you actually need a testosterone booster? You do if your testosterone level is low. This is often the case with body builders, because they put so much into their workouts, and they are burning up hormone levels faster than the hormones are being produced in many cases. Also, if you are past your twenties, the chances are good that you need a testosterone booster.

While there are no negative side effects of natural testosterone boosters, there are definite advantages. These include an increased sex drive, better workout performances, and increased muscle size because of the enhanced workout performances. It has also been reported that natural testosterone boosters actually help you to think clearer.

While there are no known side effects to testosterone boosters, you must remember that your body is unique. Therefore, if you start to notice negative things, such as anger, low sex drive, reduced energy, depression, or increased irritability, it is important to stop using anything that you are using, and consult your doctor.

Testosterone boosters are safe, if they are used correctly. Talk to your doctor and have your testosterone levels checked. This is a simple blood test. If you can use a testosterone booster, ask your doctor to recommend one, or go with a well-known brand. Make sure that you drink plenty of water. Be sure to discuss the proper dosage with your doctor as well - taking too much of anything isn't healthy.

title:Are There Hormones in Your Whey Protein?
author:Will Brink
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

One question that has popped up a few times in my email in box relates to the issue of hormones in whey protein supplements. Are there hormones in your whey? It?s not a simple "yes" or "no" answer I am sorry to say, but the short answer is, people have nothing to fear.
Being an animal based product derived from milk, whey, like any animal based product, could potentially contain some naturally occurring hormone(s). The issue is, which hormone and in what amounts?
Modern testing abilities being as sensitive as they are today, being able to search for things in parts per million (ppm), parts per billion (ppb) or even parts per trillion (ppt) in some cases, some hormone of some kind can be found in virtually anything we humans ingest, especially if it is derived from an animal source (though plants also often contain some naturally occurring hormones or hormone-like compounds).
So what's the scoop on whey? The major concern seems to revolve around:

Steroid based sex hormones (e.g., testosterone, etc.)
Growth hormones and or growth factors (e.g., IGF-1, bovine growth hormone or bovine somatotropin, etc)
Non-hormonal compounds such as anti biotic contamination.
I will attempt to address those in particular to clear up any fears or confusion over the matter.

Are there any steroids in your whey?
Steroid hormones being highly lipophilic (soluble in fat) will be found in the lipid (fat) portion of whey, or any milk based product for that matter. Any high grade whey isolate (WPI) is essentially fat free (read my article "The Whey it is" to understand the differences in the types and quality of whey proteins in back issues of Muscular Development or at my web site at:
For example, CFM isolate contains less than one tenth of one gram of actual dairy fat per 20 gram (20,000 milligrams) serving, which is approximately one standard scoop found in most products.
The additional fat listed on the can of most whey isolate products generally comes from the addition of small amounts of lecithin, which is not an animal based lipid, and or the flavoring system being employed. An ion exchange whey - though not an optimal whey protein in my opinion as explained in "The Whey it is" - will contain even less fat.
So, the reality is sex hormone levels in the lipid portion of milk fat and or fat in whey is so low as to be either non -testable or virtually non testable. Add to that fact that whey isolates are virtually fat free, and it's easy to see this is a non-issue.
Are there any growth hormones in your whey?
As for growth hormone(s) such as bovine somatotropin (BST) and IGF-1, etc., that's a bit more complicated. Growth factor hormones (e.g., BST, IGF-1, etc.) are protein based hormones (versus steroid based hormones discussed in the previous section) and thus, can be found in the protein fraction of animal based products, such as muscle, milk, etc.
However, we will keep the discussion of these hormones specific to whey as that's what this article is about right? Milk, and thus whey protein, does contain minute amount of BST.
BST is simply the bovine (cow) form of growth hormone cows produce naturally. In humans, it's called Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which is produced in the pituitary gland and is also a popular anti aging drug many people are using to fight the effects of aging.
However, and this is the essential point, BST is not found in higher levels then would be found if the animals were not treated with BST. That is, whether they treat the animals with BST or not, they find the BST levels in milk to be found in minute amounts and in the normal "background" levels.
What are the levels of BST found in milk? It ranges from approximately zero - ten parts per billion (PPB) and typical level found in milk is 3ppb. That translates into approximately 1 mcg (one millionth of a gram) per liter. That ladies and gents is what we call a truly miniscule amount.
To add to the above, protein based hormones such as BST-naturally occurring or otherwise - are quite delicate and digestion of these proteins means they are destroyed when ingested. To sum up, I consider the risk from BST to be again, a non-issue. Don?t forget, the issue has been looked at extensively by the scientific community.
For example:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) looking at this issue stated "The composition and nutritional values of milk from bST-supplemented cows is essentially the same as milk from untreated cows... (M)eat and milk from rbST-treated cows are as safe as that from untreated cows." (NIH Technology Assessment Conference Statement on Bovine somatotropin. JAMA. 1991:265:1423-1425).
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) said on the issue "The FDA has answered all questions and concerns about the safety of milk from bST-supplemented cows..." (JAMA. 1990:264:1003-1005).
The journal Science stated "The data evaluated by the FDA documented the safety of food products from animals treated with rbGH." (Bovine Growth Hormone: Human Food Safety Evaluation. Science. 1990:249:875-884.).
Yes folks, no matter what hysterical issues some people have tried to raise with BST, the data and the facts simply does not support the hysteria. It's a non-issue to human health. However, and it should be noted, that may not be the case for the cows themselves, just as large amounts of HGH can be problematic for humans, and that issue is currently being evaluated.
They may stop giving cows BST due to the health issues it presents to cows, but not due to any health issues to humans. So read my lips here gang, it won't matter if the milk is taken from "organic" non BST treated cows or not, the BST levels appear to remain the same and are (a) found in miniscule amounts and (b) in all probability are destroyed during digestion.
Yes, there can differences in the amounts of some compounds (pesticide for example) between some organic foods (e.g., fruits and vegetables) and non-organic foods, but BST simply is not one of them.
As for Insulin-like growth factor one (IGF-1) that's more interesting and relevant, though it still appears to be a non issue to human health. Different whey product will have varying levels of IGF-1 depending on many variables such as: whether it?s a concentrate (WPC) or an Isolate (WPI), how it's produced, and even what time of the year the milk is taken from the cows, and so on.
So, I can't give the levels for every form and type of whey (see aforementioned article above "The Whey it is" to understand different types of whey).
As an example (cause I have the numbers handy on my desk and it's the form of whey I personally use!), CFM isolates have approximately 35 micrograms (mcg) of IGF per 100g of powder (recall standard scoop is 20g).
Remember, we are not talking gram amounts here but micrograms, which is one millionth of a gram! 35 micrograms could not even be seen by the human eye. Could there be any negative physiological effects to consuming this amount of IGF-1?
Add to the reality how unstable and sensitive to digestion protein based hormones are, it's highly unlikely. Being a well-known anabolic/anti catabolic hormone, I bet most bodybuilders wished the levels of IGF-1 in whey where much higher!
{Side note: there is a whey product known as Bioactive Whey Fraction (BAWF) protein that has bumped up levels of IGF-1 and other growth factors that should be on the market shortly. Read "The Whey it is" for more info on that if interested.}
Recall that IGF-1 was made a bit of a boogieman hormone when a link (correlation) was found between IGF-1 levels and prostate cancer. However, that association was not found in later studies and any cause and effect relationship between the two is fuzzy at best, and even contradictory according to some studies.
For example, some doctors find that PSA levels (used as a predictor of prostate cancer) often drops when giving older men growth hormone (which increase IGF-1 levels) which is not what one would expect to find if IGF-1 was a cause of prostate cancer nor is IGF-1 levels correlated to PSA levels.
Of course being a growth factor, able stimulate cell division and cell differentiation, it has been theorized that like other growth factors (e.g., GH, epidermal, transforming, platelet derived, fibroblast, nerve, and ciliary neurotrophic growth factors and others) IGF-1 could stimulate the growth of some cancers.
This is far from proven however and far far more complicated then it appears on the surface. For example, IGF-1 levels, as well as GH, are intimately connected the immune system, and have a wide range of essential effects on the body, such as keeping bodyfat levels low and muscle mass levels up, bone formation, and 1000 other effects. So, painting IGF-1 as a bad guy hormone is both unscientific and simply incorrect.
Would a person with a hormone dependent liver cancer want to inject (versus eat) large amounts of IGF-1 or GH? Probably not, but even that is unclear at this time.
Let's not forget the incidence of prostate cancer increases with age in men but blood levels of IGF-1 and GH decline significantly with age.
The etiology of prostate cancer is a highly complex, and not fully understood interaction between diet, genetics, an inflammatory process, and hormones such as testosterone, DHT, estradiol, and other physiological variables and hormones both known and yet unknown.
The bottom line here is, microgram amounts of IGF-1 found in whey poses minimal (because no thing on earth we eat poses zero risk!) to a non-existent risk, and may even help us in some ways.
For example, IGF-1 has been shown to improve some gastrointestinal diseases and pathology, reduces muscle loss during certain disease states and other beneficial effects.
It's also essential to remember from the many articles that have been published on whey (written predominantly by yours truly) that whey has been studied extensively for it's effects on cancer specifically, and across the board has been found to prevent various forms of cancer in animals (with human data strongly suggesting the same effects in people), improve immunity, and other positive effects, such as possibly improve performance and treat over training syndrome (OTS) in athletes.
Thus, it's clear any increased risks from ingesting miniscule amounts of IGF-1 found in whey - if there are any at all - are offset by the many positive health effects of this well studied protein.
Are there any anti biotics in whey?
Finally, we can address the possibility of any contamination from the anti-biotics given to the cows that may find it's way into the milk and then the whey.
Several studies have found that in a small number of cases anti-biotic residues could be detected in commercial milk. This has caused some people to use organic non-treated milk.
Having done extensive consulting work in the whey industry, I can tell you all major manufacturers of whey protein powders test constantly for anti biotic residues, as the milk industry in general does.
The major whey manufacturers I have worked with test every single batch of incoming milk for anti-biotic residues and reject any batch that finds any amount, no matter how small. Only milk that gets an ND (non detectable) stamp of approval after testing is used to produce the whey.
Thus, there are no anti biotic residues in your whey supplements. I can?t personally vouch for all whey manufacturers as I have not done consulting work for all whey manufacturers, but the handful I have worked with had an extreme level of quality control over the issue, and I have no reason to suspect other companies are not just as anal about it.
I hope the above clears up any fears or confusion regarding questions people may have had regarding whey. Considering how much research is out there on whey and its many positive effects on such a wide range of things, such as immunity, possibly preventing some cancers, improving performance, etc., I know whey will remain a staple part of my diet for many years to come. It's off to blend up some whey for me!
Are There Safe Cigarettes?

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Tobacco was initially used by pre-Columbian Native Americans, who smoked it in pipes and even used it for hallucinogenic purposes in shamanic rituals. Christopher Columbus was given tobacco by natives and introduced it Europe when he returned from North America.

However, tobacco did not become widely used in Europe until the middle of the 16th century, when explorers and diplomats such as France's Jean Nicot (for whom nicotine was named) popularized its use.

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Tobacco was initially used by pre-Columbian Native Americans, who smoked it in pipes and even used it for hallucinogenic purposes in shamanic rituals. Christopher Columbus was given tobacco by natives and introduced it Europe when he returned from North America.

However, tobacco did not become widely used in Europe until the middle of the 16th century, when explorers and diplomats such as France's Jean Nicot (for whom nicotine was named) popularized its use.

Tobacco was introduced to France in 1556, Portugal in 1558, Spain in 1559, and England in 1565.

Initially, tobacco was produced for pipe smoking, chewing and snuff. Cigarettes were made in a crude, hand-rolled form since the early 1600s, but did not become popular in America until after the civil war. Cigarette sales surged with introduction of the cigarette rolling machine by James Bonsack in 1883, in a contest sponsored by tobacco company Allen and Ginter, who promised $75,000 to the first person to invent a fast cigarette-rolling machine. This facilitated industrialized production and widespread distribution of cigarettes.

Since then, nicotine addiction has become a public-health concern in virtually every nation on Earth.

Warnings about the health risks of smoking were muted until the 1950's and 1960's, when a series of unsuccessful lawsuits forced the issue into the public eye. Not until the 1990's would a lawsuit be won by the plaintiff. However, the American Surgeon General first demanded that warning labels be placed on cigarette packages started in 1966.

Both the tar and nicotine in cigarettes are toxins, each its own way; and that's without mentioning the poisonous substances such as arsenic used in the curing process. Nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine, and has long-lasting effects on the brain's dopamine systems. The "tar" which filters attempt to remove falls into four categories of substances: nitrosamines, widely held to be the most carcinogenic of all the agents in tobacco smoke; aldehydes, created by the burning of sugars and cellulose in tobacco; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which form in the cigarette behind the burning tip; and trace amounts of heavy metals from fertilizers used to grow the plant.

Tobacco companies were loath to admit in public that they knew the dangers posed by their product; however, in a sideways concession to tobacco foes, they produced what were advertised as "safer" filtered cigarettes.

In the 1958 a scientist working for Philip Morris went so far as to admit publicly that, "Evidence is builing up that heavy smoking contributes to lung cancer." He cleverly suggested that this admission could be turned into a "wealth of ammunition" to attack the competion by suggesting that Philip Morris, unlike its competitors, made cigarettes with filters to screen out the toxins. In 1986 the CEO of British American Tobacco, Patrick Sheehy, had a different opinion, and wrote that, "in attempting to develop a "safe" cigarette you are, by implication, in danger of being interpreted as accepting the current product is unsafe, and this is not a position that I think we should take."

However much tobacco executives attempted to hide the dangers of their product from the public, increasing market demand eventually forced all cigarette companies to develop some filter systems for their cigarettes. Filtered cigarettes accounted for only 1 percent of cigarette purchases in 1950, but this had soared to 87 percent by 1975.

However, the development of filtered cigarettes met two hurdles, one medical and the other a matter of personal taste. Because smokers are nicotine addicts, they will smoke until their craving for nicotine is satisfied. A filter which removes nicotine will simply prompt them to inhale more deeply or smoke more cigarettes. A filter which removes the tar components of tobacco will remove the taste and smoking sensation to which smokers have become accustomed, and consumers find such a product lacking in "flavor". Due to compensatory behavior by smokers, the amount of toxins consumed is not significantly less than from an unfiltered cigarette, and there is no proof filtered cigarettes are less of health risk.

Still, tobacco companies persist in their efforts to develop better filters. Often they are hampered not by lack of technical knowledge but by consumer behavior. In 1975, Brown and Williamson introduced a new cigarette called Fact, with a new filter designed to selectively remove toxic compounds such a cyanide. However the product did not please consumers, and was removed from the market two years later.

An internet search for "cigarette filter patent" produces 425,000 results as manufacturers strive to outdo each over in the invention of filter materials and baffles to construct a cigarette which they claim is less toxic but still appealing to smokers.

It is difficult to make a filter which removes tar but not nicotine, and tobacco companies have now focused their attention on growing tobacco plants with a higher nicotine content, in order to satisfy smokers' nicotine addiction with proportionately less exposure to tar. Rumors that cigarette companies "spike"their products with extra nicotine have met with public uproar, since cigarettes are sold as a natural agricultural product.

Scientists have also experiments with tobacco substitutes , with ingredients such as wood pulp, which would produce smoke flavor with less tar. Legal hurdles have stopped such projects, as they are no longer "natural" but rather an artificially-manufactured substance about which health claims are being made. Such products are treated as drugs, and subject to lengthy regulatory battles before they are allowed to be sold. For the tobacco companies, manipulating naturally-grown tobacco leaf is cheaper and more profitable in a competitive marketplace.

Since a cigarette is basically a delivery system for an addictive drug, nicotine, it is theoretically possible to produce a product which has only nicotine, without the diversion of tar. In fact, such a product exists: the nicotine patch. At its most basic level, it has exactly the same function as a cigarette. However, it has less social cachet than the packaging, rituals and paraphenalia associated with smoking: it is for people who want to wean themselves off their addiction.

Are Trans Fats Clogging Your Arteries?

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What do these products; Dunkin donuts, Mrs. Smith’s apple pie (frozen), Nabisco Chips Ahoy, Kellogg's Low Fat Granola (without raisins)Pillsbury Buttermilk Waffles (frozen), Jell-O Pudding Snacks Chocolate Flavor, Frito-Lay Tostitos Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips* have in common aside from being such all time American favorite goodies? All of them are guilty of having trans fat, as tested by the Consumers Union of the USA, an independent non-profit organization whose mission...

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What do these products; Dunkin donuts, Mrs. Smith’s apple pie (frozen), Nabisco Chips Ahoy, Kellogg's Low Fat Granola (without raisins)Pillsbury Buttermilk Waffles (frozen), Jell-O Pudding Snacks Chocolate Flavor, Frito-Lay Tostitos Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips* have in common aside from being such all time American favorite goodies? All of them are guilty of having trans fat, as tested by the Consumers Union of the USA, an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to empower consumers to protect themselves, have conducted.

What is trans fat you may ask? Because you now know, the foods that have this often unlabeled but present ingredient. Trans fat results from hydrogenation. Hydrogenation is a cooking process where in hydrogen is added to vegetable oil, from this a certain percentage of the unsaturated fat is then transformed into trans fat. Trans fat contains characteristics that make it useful for several reasons:

• Increases the shelf life of packaged food.
• Stabilizes the flavor of foods containing saturated fats, among others.
• Solidifies other key ingredients like margarine and other baked goods.

Unfortunately, it acts like saturated fats in that it clogs the heart’s arteries. This is a serious concern as most Americans consume 4 to 5 times as much saturated fat as trans fat in their diets.

The alarm sounded over trans fat is due to the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, the body which advises the government on health policy. On July 2002, they issued their official position on trans fat: Trans fat worsens blood-cholesterol levels and almost surely increases the risk of heart disease.

Because of this, the FDA issued a ruling wherein food manufacturers have been given until Jan. 1, 2006, to list trans fat on their nutrition labels. The transition was effected to minimize the need for multiple labeling changes, to allow small businesses to use up current label inventories, and provide a measure of savings.

Take note too of the fact that health experts agree that it is not possible to entirely eliminate trans fat from your diet. However, you can take the following steps to ensure it stays at a minimum.

Most food manufacturers have made the move to list trans fat ahead of the deadline, so you can check for the listing of trans fat on the Nutrition Facts panel directly under the line for saturated fat.

When making a choice to choose foods low in saturated fats and cholesterol, use the general rule of thumb. That is remember, that 5 percent of the Daily Value or less is low and 20 percent or more is high.

You can also do trade-offs, you don’t have to permanently give up a favorite food to eat healthier. Try to pick a low fat version of that favorite food, or when you eat food that is high in saturated fat, consume other foods that are lower in fat content, during the day.

You should also be aware that the energy bar you may be eating because it is healthier just might contain trans fat. Again, it is in your interest to check the nutrition panel. Due to the FDA's new label requirement, dietary supplements contain 0.5 grams of trans fat r saturated fat, must be listed in the supplement facts panel.

This is why trans fat is called the stealth fat, it is found in a lot of dietary supplements and health foods. You may think you are making healthier eating choices, when the reality is what you are doing is clogging your arteries with a new kind of bad fat!

Are Water Filters Really That Important?

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A very good question, “are water filters important?” In today’s society, life is very fast passed, so much to do and so little time to do it. Between work, family and all the things in between, we sometimes overlook the simple things that can make a big difference in our lives. Most people are health conscious these days, we try to eat right and exercise and drink a lot of water, which is good. But most of the time, people end up buying very expensive bottled water and don’t ...

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A very good question, “are water filters important?” In today’s society, life is very fast passed, so much to do and so little time to do it. Between work, family and all the things in between, we sometimes overlook the simple things that can make a big difference in our lives. Most people are health conscious these days, we try to eat right and exercise and drink a lot of water, which is good. But most of the time, people end up buying very expensive bottled water and don’t realize how much they are really spending, a bottle here, a bottle there, it adds up quick! There have been reports that bottled water isn’t even all that good for you, having impurities and even toxins from being stored in plastic. There is an alternative to this highly expensive way of getting our drinking water and that is finding a good water filtering system.

When you take the time to look at what options exist for filtered water, you will see that it isn’t all that complicated to figure out and you will save a lot of money compared to what you spend on bottled water. Some people get scared when thinking of purchasing a water filter system. Maybe the price of the unit seems too high or the thought of having to install the unit and then do the maintenance turns people back to the easy way of just throwing their money away on bottled water. Let us examine this further and see if that way of thinking really makes sense or if purchasing a good water filter system is the way to go. We will ask the questions: How do know what unit is the best for my situation? What are the costs of owning a filtration unit and how will it save me money? What are the benefits I will receive from using water filtration over tap or bottled water? Are there different types of water filtration? We will look at these questions and see that the difference is great and filtering your water is the way to go.

First, there are many different water filter manufacturers out there and it is important to find an established company that has a good reputation. Since there is such a great push to being healthy and drinking plenty of water, there are many companies getting into the market and copying what good manufacturers have already put out there. A little research will help you to know the difference. Once you have found a good water filter company, it’s just a matter of deciding what you want out of your filtering system. Do you want to filter all the water coming into your house with a whole house unit, or just filter at point of use, such as the kitchen sink using a counter top water filter unit or faucet filter, maybe a shower filter or a combination of filters. Regardless of what you want to filter, a good water filter manufacturer will have what you need and be able to walk you through the process.

The cost of owning a water filter system can vary quiet a bit depending on the type of set up you want.Some people just want filtered water for drinking and cooking, in that case going with a counter top or under sink water filter unit is a good way to go and there are many variations to choose from ranging from around fifty to a couple of hundred dollars. If you are just looking to filter your shower water, there are very good shower filters at very reasonable prices, most around thirty to fifty dollars. A lot of people are looking to filter all the water coming into their house; this is called point of entry. There are many types of units for this purpose and a lot depends on the home you are putting the unit in, such as what type of water comes into the house, well or city water. Also, how big the house is, number of bathrooms and so on. These units can range from as little as a couple of hundred dollars to a few thousand. The money you will save by purchasing a water filter system is great! You will have an endless supply of clean filtered water for only pennies a gallon, the water filter will pay for itself in no time when you add up all the wasted money on bottled water. A whole house water filter unit can save you an untold amount of money by protecting your water pipes and all the appliances that use water by keeping sediment, lime and calcium build up and rust out of the system.

Other benefits of filtered water over tap are many. Of course your water will taste better and be healthier for you by taking out the chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals that are added to city water, but there are even more benefits to talk of. A good shower filter will make your skin and hair softer and smoother, good for people with sensitive skin or allergies. The human body is made up of over 70 percent water and showering in unfiltered water allows the body to absorb harsh chemicals like chlorine and THMs that are harmful and the steam from using hot water causes chlorine to be inhaled if no filter is used. Also, your clothes will be brighter and softer especially if used with a water softener.

There are different kinds of water filtration, the most popular are a system that uses filters or a reverse osmosis unit. A traditional water filter system has the most options of filtration as there are sediment, carbon, fluoride and media packed cartridges. It is important to use a filter that has GAC (Granulated Activated Carbon), KDF-85 and KDF-55. It is easier to develop a system that will best suit your needs. Reverse Osmosis water filter system usually will cost more and does have some limitations. It requires more maintenance and is limited to a certain amount of water it can produce per day and may end up wasting more water than it produces. Although, many people say that the water has a better taste and this is because reverse osmosis water filter system also removes dissolved mineral contents which can cause a bitter taste in some water.

A water filter system can greatly affect your life in many positive ways, most importantly by giving you better health, it will also save you lots of money from purchasing bottled water and keeping your pipes and appliances in good working order.

title:Are Weight Loss Supplements Right For You?
author:Tom Worsley
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

The debate about whether supplements for weight loss are healthy or not will go on and on for years to come. There are good and bad points to using weight loss supplements. One of the bad points is that once you stop taking them you gain everything back that you lost to begin with.
Most doctors will tell you that weight loss supplements are not necessary and that only a good controlled diet along with daily exercise is the only thing one needs to lose weight. This is true. however with today's working society with 2 parents working and trying to raise children at the same time who has time for exercise? Who has time to plan good nutritional meals?
I know first hand what this is all about. My wife is probably around 60 pounds over weight. Now before we go any further I would just like to say that I love her just as much now as I did when we first met. Her weight does not bother me. She is a beautiful person both inside and out. But I know inside she is hurting. And for the last several years she has struggled with her weight almost daily. And the biggest problem as I mentioned above is time. Time to prepare good quality nutritious meals both for her self and the children. Time to do sufficient exercise in order to burn off calories.Our schedule is chaotic to say the least. She works from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM. I work from 3:30 PM till 12:00 AM . When I'm not with the kids she is with the kids. Only on weekends do the kids have both parents home at the same time.
Back to supplements.
First they will not work if you do not get the proper diet and at least exercise once per week. My wife has tried supplements and they did work for her. What supplements do is to help speed up your metabolism rate decreasing the need for daily exercise. They also supplement the nutrition needed that you may not be getting from your diet for proper weight loss. Weight loss supplements actually regulate your blood sugar level, this helps you overcome severe sugar and carbohydrate cravings that sabotage even the most strong-willed weight loss efforts.
So are weight loss nutrition supplements right for you? When my wife lost 40 pounds using supplements she felt great. She was happy and gained allot of self esteem back. Not to mention that she had allot more energy. If you have a hectic schedule and cannot find enough time in the day to prepare proper nutritional meals and get regular daily exercise then I suggest you give supplements a try.
My opinion is that if they help you to lose weight and make you feel good about yourself again then go for it. What do you have to lose except a few pounds. There are hundreds of products on the internet you can try. A couple of my wife's favorites can be found at the following web page.
You can also get good information on dieting and weight loss at this site along with a very handy calorie calculator.
title:Are Weight Loss Supplements Worth It?
author:Valerie de Armas
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

What do you think of the hundreds of weight loss supplements out there on the shelves today? Are they worth the money? Will they actually help you lose weight? How do you know which ones are going to work for you? Is there any proof that these products work?
I've taken some time and researched some of the most popular product to try to find the answers for you. The truth is, most products won't help you lose anything but money. There are a few, however, with some research behind them that prove that they actually work.
What are these supplements that work? It seems that only four products hold the best promise for those of us who want to slim down. They are Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), Hydroxycitic Acid (HCA), phaseolomine, and possibly 5-HTP.
1. Conjugated Linoleic Acid, CLA, has a number of research studies behind it. It is a fatty acid that has been found to reduce cancer risks, body fat and to increase lean muscle tissue. The Journal of Nutrition reported a Scandanavian Research team found CLA to increase the lean body mass of humans and also to decrease the fat mass. Subjects also had lower blodd fat and cholestrol after taking CLA. CLA does occur naturally in meat and dairy products, but the levels are pretty low. Also, if you're following a healthy low-fat diet, you tend to not get as much meat and dairy, so supplementation may be the answer for getting a healthy dose of CLA.
2. Hydroxycitic Acid, HCA, is derived from a fruit, Garcinia cambogia or Malabar tamarind. It seems to work by inhibiting an enzyme that converts carbohydrates to fat. It also seems to suppress the appetite. Studies on humans have had mixed results with one study showing significant weight loss in participants. Another study using a high fiber diet, showed HCA had no effect on weight loss. Critics think the high fiber diet prevented absorbtion of the HCA. So, if you're on a high fiber diet, HCA may not be for you.
3. Phaseolomine is derived from the white kidney bean. It works by reducing your body's absorbtion of starchy carbohydrates. Since you absorb fewer calories, you lose weight. Seems like this supplement would be great to take if you knew you were going to indulge. Research has also shown that you burn more fat while taking phaseolomine. Subjects in one study lost 10% of their body fat in 30 days. Phaseolomine is typically found in carb blocker products.
4. 5HTP works by increasing the level of Serotonin in the brain resulting in more stable emotions, better sleep and weight loss. I take 5HTP myself and have found it to be an excellent appetite suppresant as well as a mild mood booster. In one study where women were given either a placebo or 5HTP and a 1200 calorie diet, those who took the placebo lost 2.28 pounds and those who took 5HTP lost 10.34 pounds. This was accomplished in 6 weeks. Are there other supplements that work? There may be others that will stand the test of time and research, but for now these are the best non-prescription supplements I've found to enhance your weight loss efforts. Good luck losing the weight you want to lose!
Valerie de Armas ©2003
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title:Are We What We Eat?
author:Marcelle Ventura
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Whenever we talk about diet, there are numerous things that come to mind. There are mainly two meanings of the word diet. They both relate to food. First one can be defined as food that we take into our body. For example, eating a well-balanced diet. Another one can be defined as losing weight.
A balanced diet contains proper portions of five basic food groups. To ensure optimum health and a balanced diet, it is essential to have a proper portion of each group, each day. The amount of food needed gets smaller as we move up the "pyramid". Bread, rice, cereal and pasta are in the bottom group. 6 to 11 servings every day from this group are needed.
After that, on the pyramid is the vegetable group. Nearly everyone requires 3 to 5 servings from this group daily. The vegetable group gives you vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A and C, as per required. After that, is the fruit group. We need about 2 to 4 servings of this group per day. Fruits give you vitamin C, fiber, carbohydrates and more.
Next is the milk, yogurt and cheese group. People need 2 to 3 servings of this group per day. This group gives you calcium and protein. Drinking milk and eating cheese and/or yogurt is a great way to get your daily allowance.
Meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts is the last group. We do not need much of this group everyday but this group is very important. 2 to 3 servings per day are required.
In addition to the food pyramid, it was discovered by doctors and scientist that fats, sweets and oils are an important ingredient of a healthy diet. This is mentioned although it is separate from the pyramid. The food we eat normally contains the required fats so we need not add additional fatty or sweet food. This food can be delicious but we always try to avoid an excess of this type of fatty or sweet food.
If you are referring to a weight-loss diet, you are talking about changing or restricting your diet somehow to reduce calories, fat or other to lose weight. No diet should be used without talking to your doctor first. There are many diets on the market and medications to help people diet. The problem with dieting when not under a doctor~s care is that you may be loosing nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. You may be trying to lose weight because you are overweight or obese, but can be doing more harm by restricting vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
Remember, if you are in doubt as to what your body needs, please consult your doctor.
Marcelle Ventura has created the online resource site: An excellent website for diet and health related subjects
Are Your Beliefs Spoiling Your Life?

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How Certain Beliefs Can Fuel Stress, Depression and Anxiety

Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Mental Health, Health, Health and fitness, Wellness, Alternative Health, Natural Health, Self Improvement, Personal Development, Personal Growth, Confidence, Self Esteem

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Copyright 2006 Christopher Green

Throughout your life, you have formed a set of values and meanings to make sense of the world you live in. These values and meanings constitute your beliefs and your beliefs are what you hold to be true about life. Your beliefs are at the core of your existence and you wouldn’t be the person you are now without them.

Beliefs are very important. The only reason you act and behave the way you do is because of your beliefs. For example, people who believe in God will act in a way conducive with their belief – praying or going to church for example. If you don’t believe in a God, it is very unlikely you’ll pray to one.

This pattern follows in most areas of our lives and here are three very powerful beliefs that can hurt you and spoil your quality of life. They are beliefs common to stress, anxiety and depression and they underpin these illnesses. Do you hold any or all of the following beliefs:

1. I’m helpless and hopeless. I can’t do anything, things are totally beyond my control and there's no point in trying to do anything about it because nothing I do ever works. This is a very powerful and limiting belief. If you believe that you are helpless, then you will act accordingly because you won’t take action to change things. Why would you if you strongly believe it is a hopeless cause? Helplessness is learned and it is also flawed. Many people are blind to the power they possess and a belief in helplessness keeps them in the dark. But just as helplessness is learned, it can be unlearned.

2. Nobody loves me. I’m an effort to be with, I bore people and I never have anything interesting to say. It’s much better if I stay alone and don’t inflict myself on others and spoil their happiness. OK, it was very hard for me to write the last few lines because they’re exactly what someone I loved dearly said to me on many occasions when we were due to socialize with friends. Hearing such words cuts you to ribbons, my word it is such a destructive belief. If you believe this, you will act accordingly by isolating yourself from others. You’ll find excuses so you don’t have to go out and when you do, you will sit in silence and try to melt into the background. And as you won’t be engaging with others, this belief will be re-enforced. Another aspect: people who believe this will put themselves down when others question them. So, someone says “you’re quiet tonight, are you OK?” Will get a “well, that’s me, I haven’t really got anything interesting to say so I’ll keep quiet and not bore anyone.” Honestly, I’ve seen this happen many times. Even when they’ve been loved, even when they’ve had family and friends who loved them and enjoyed their company, this belief blinded them to all of it. Can you see how the belief comes first no matter what is happening in reality? In other words, it is THE BELIEF causing the harm, not others. Not family, not friends, but the belief and if you strongly believe this, nothing will convince you otherwise until you start to question and test this belief.

3. Finally, perhaps the most limiting belief of all. Be honest with me here when I ask: Do you believe it is wrong to be blissfully happy? The obvious immediate reaction is “yes, of course!”. But stop for a second because this is important. Very few people truly believe this. They see others struggle in life and believe that it is wrong to be happy while others suffer. Feeling happy makes them feel guilty. Also, you may hold a deep-seated belief that there has to be suffering in life, that somehow, suffering brings enlightenment. If you are happy, then you’re selfish and this is wrong because the happiness of others comes before yours and you must sacrifice your happiness for the greater good. But you have a right enjoy a happy life. There is no value in suffering and there is nothing to feel guilty about in being happy. Believing otherwise will mean you will act in a way that spoils happiness and continually robs it from you.

Please examine the beliefs you hold. Question their validity and if they’re making you stressed, anxious or depressed, then please understand they can be unlearned and replaced with better ones.

Until next time.

Are your eating habits healthy?

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Healthy eating is one of those things that everyone wants to do, but no-one is quite sure how to.

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Healthy eating is one of those things that everyone wants to do, but no-one is quite sure how to. Food companies all want you to believe that all you have to do to be healthy is buy whatever you’re selling, and people will pay high prices for ‘health in a bottle’ type products. The reality of healthy eating, however, is much more complicated than that.

The key to healthy eating is one little word: balance. You need to balance all the different food groups in your diet (that’s diet as in things you eat, not diet as in weight loss). That means carbohydrates, fats and proteins should all feature equally in each meal you eat. Start paying attention to the backs of labels, where it should be clearly marked how much of each nutrient your food contains, and steer clear of foods that are very high in any one thing unless you are planning to mix them with something else to make a meal.

The average person eats too much carbohydrate (in the form of sugar and pasta) and fat (unhealthy snacks), but nowhere near enough protein. If you want to balance your diet, in most cases, the first thing you should do is cut back on the sweets and snacks and eat more meat and dairy instead – it might sound obvious, but it is surprising how people will go out of their way to balance their meals and then ruin it all with snacks.

Apart from carbohydrates, proteins and fats, the other things you need to worry about are vitamins. Most vitamins are necessary in at least small quantities for your body to function properly. While it might seem tempting to just take vitamin pills, it is pointlessly expensive when you could just as easily eat fruit and vegetables and get all your vitamins that way. Also, don’t skip breakfast, as most cereals have many vitamins added and can be a good way to make sure you get enough.

Are Your Lifestyle Habits Killing You?

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Are you one of the many Americans in life-threatening DANGER?!! Are harmful forces insidiously destroying the quality and length of your life? Do you even know whether your life is at risk?

Scientific and technological advances have greatly increased the average lifespan. With youth no longer short-lived, adults can now look and feel like they’re twenty, thirty years younger. Regardless, multitudes of Americans are excluding themselves from such opportunities. Fortitude: H...


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Are you one of the many Americans in life-threatening DANGER?!! Are harmful forces insidiously destroying the quality and length of your life? Do you even know whether your life is at risk?

Scientific and technological advances have greatly increased the average lifespan. With youth no longer short-lived, adults can now look and feel like they’re twenty, thirty years younger. Regardless, multitudes of Americans are excluding themselves from such opportunities. Fortitude: Health and Wellness Inc. reported that about 129 million people are overweight or obese. In 2000 17 million people had diabetes, and in 2003, only one year, 1.1 million people suffered from heart attacks. Heart disease is the first leading cause of death in the United States, and strokes are the third leading cause. It is time to become informed; often, these and many other ailments can be avoided. The fountain of youth may be only a myth. But with the right choices, you can come close to it.

An American Psychological Association (APA) survey found stress to have a direct relationship with the health problems in the country’s health concerns. Stress has the potential to impair health directly. However, as Americans handle stress with dangerous behaviors, stress indirectly becomes a major cause of unnecessary deaths. According to the American Psychological Association Practice Directorate, money, work, children, and the health problems of loved ones are the greatest causes of stress. Ironically, personal health was also included on this list. As many people worry about their own health, they in effect, increase problems and possibly shorten it. Tension and anxiety are often difficult to prevent, especially in today’s society. However, by not using the following coping strategies as stress “solutions,” Americans can greatly increase their chances of a long youthful life.

Perilous Lifestyles:

As stressful lives lead to poor nutrition, people entrap themselves within a vicious cycle. With so many people constantly on the go, eating a healthy, balanced diet has become more difficult than ever. The American Psychological Association found a direct correlation between eating fast food and levels of stress. Fast food, detrimentally high in calories, high in saturated fats, high in sugar, and low in whole grains, frequently becomes the norm. Proclaiming solutions to this nutrition deficient, too many fad diets focus on weight loss at the expense of nutrient assurance. According to the APA survey participants, one out of every four people relied on "comfort foods" when feeling stressed. Prolonged periods of anxiety cause the body to feel tired. Popular "comfort foods", such as chips and ice cream, which contain un-complexed carbohydrates and high levels of fat, fail to serve as good energy-sources. The mere short boosts of energy caused from high sugar contents only leaves the body with greater feelings of exhaustion. Insomnia, mood swings, hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and weakened immune systems have a tendency to result from the combination of stress’s negative blood-sugar affects and the addition of a high-sugar diet. Needless to say, further complications, such as depression, diabetes, and obesity, often develop. Within an environment of such poor health, chances of congested heart failure greatly increase. The APA survey found that sixty-five percent of people whom relied on “comfort foods” were overweight and had twice the chance of potential obesity. Obesity, America’s severe growing epidemic, continues the negative chain by exposing the body to even further health complications.

Nevertheless, healthy, low-risk lifestyles need more than nutritious food in the diet; vitamins and supplements are essential. Today’s society makes it virtually impossible for even the most dedicated health food loyalist to receive all proper nutrients from food alone. For one it becomes more and more difficult to find healthy quick, dining-out food, but the hectic schedules of personal and professional life greatly decrease consistent home-cooked menus. Secondly, popular un-organic methods of growing, raising, and processing inevitably lose some of the natural nutrients. While compensating for nutrients lost and ignored in meal plans, vitamins also serve as natural and holistic alternatives to medications and offer solutions to medication shortcomings. There are many naturopathically trained physicians that can construct vitamin programs suited for individual needs.

Drastically causing health complications and premature deaths, cigarettes continue to bring a great threat to society. Even with all the research proving their dangers, cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are still used by a large percentage of Americans. Often attracting people bothered by stress, cigarettes too can actually increase feelings of anxiety. Including problems such as depleted bone density, emphysema, lung cancer, and heart disease, the risks of tobacco are innumerable. Until the elimination of tobacco, Americans will never achieve the possibility of a long healthy life.

Sedentary jobs and interests focused around televisions, video games, and computers continue to decrease activity levels. Public and personal transportation enables greater distances to be covered, and the transportation modes of walking and bicycles become less frequent. However, although societal changes largely reduce exercise opportunities, Americans must find ways to remain active. The lack of exercise is greatly responsible for the rapidly increasing rates of American obesity. Further, without activity people will not have the strength or endurance to maintain youth or longevity. Walking wherever possible and exercising at a gym serve as alternatives. Not only offering countless health benefits, but exercise also provides positive outlets to diminish stress. Activities such as yoga offer exercise while directly aiming at stress reduction.

Stress may be overwhelming, but the health problems caused from unhealthy reactions may be deadly. Modern society may pose an increasing number of obstacles, but you do not have to become a victim. By choosing nutritious foods, vitamins and supplements, and exercise and by avoiding tobacco, a long life of youth is more possible than ever. Start avoiding or reversing the danger in your life today.

title:Are your nutrition habits robbing you from the body you desire?
author:Marc Lindsay
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

What if by making a few small changes in your nutrition and eating habits you could add up to a 50% gain in muscle mass and loose up to 18% extra fat.
Well you could be robbing yourself of these gains just by not eating correctly and at the right times. You see by eating at the right time you can catapult your body into a fat burning anabolic state which will not only help you gain more muscle but also loose more fat at the same time.
You will be surprised at how easy it is to make a few simple changes in your eating habits and times and the gains that you will get from these very small changes.
In a recent study in the U.K it has been shown that eating irregular meals promotes fat gain. It all comes back to our body’s “will to survive” mechanism. When you skip or prolong a meal your body will automatically go into saviour mode and start storing extra fat to be used at a later date. Consequently your next meal also stores a lot of extra fat.
By eating smaller meals more frequently you can not only counter this effect but also put your body into an anabolic state, which will also increase your base metabolic rate. In plain English this leads to higher fat loss and more muscle gain.
A haphazard supplement program coupled with a haphazard diet will make building muscle and loosing fat a next to impossible task no matter how you train
Why would anyone put in all that effort in their training and not back it up by proper nutrition and eating habits? Lack of knowledge would be the most likely answer.
Ideally you should be eating 5 or 6 smaller meals a day that are low in fat, with high protein and medium carbohydrate.
Here is an example of my Meal plan each day
Meal 1: 6AM
1 packet of Ny-Tro PRO-40 mixed with 16 ounces of skim milk and 1 serving of Micronized Creatine

Meal 2: 9AM
2 servings VP2 Whey Isolate mixed in 10 ounces of skim milk
1 large apple

Meal 3: 12PM
2 grilled chicken breasts
1 Serving Rice
1 cup of low-fat Yogurt
1 serving VP2 Whey Isolate in 8 ounces skim milk.

Meal 4: 3PM
1 packet Ny-Tro PRO-40 mixed with 16 ounces of skim milk and 5 to 10 grams of GL3 L-Glutamine
1 large banana
2 Dymetadrine Xtreme
1 VyoPro Protein Bar

Meal 5: 6PM (Post-workout)
2 servings VP2 Whey Isolate combined with 1 serving Creatine HSC mixed in cold water. (This is an important meal and is designed for an insulin spike at just the right time to increase creatine and amino acid uptake by the muscle cells.)

Meal 6: 7PM
8 to 10 ounces of lean round or flank steak
1 large serving of rice
1 medium baked potato
1 large green salad

Meal 7: 10PM
1 packet of Ny-Tro PRO-40 mixed with 9 ounces of skim milk
1 large banana
3 to 5 grams of GL3 L-Glutamine
(Mix the Ny-Tro PRO-40 and GL3 in a large bowl into a smooth pudding. Slice the banana on top and eat. It's a dessert.)

I take my meal plans from the Max OT training program, which can be found at
You do not need to supplement the way I do and by just eating 5-7 smaller meals per day you will already be on your way to a healthier life with better gains from your gym workouts.
Copyright 2005 Marc Lindsay
Are You Addicted To Your Lifestyle?

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With the percentage of overweight people increasing throughout the world, one has to think that their have to be more variables in play than just “fast food”. So, if the majority of us are trying to lose weight in some form or another, the main question we need to ask ourselves is “Are we addicted to our lifestyles?”

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Copyright 2006 Brad Howard

With the percentage of overweight people increasing throughout the world, one has to think that their have to be more variables in play than just “fast food”. The world is hustling and with the advent of computers and the internet, the hustling is more informational and mental than physical. So, if the majority of us are trying to lose weight in some form or another, the main question we need to ask ourselves is “Are we addicted to our lifestyles?”

Bad Habits or Lifestyle Addition

If you are reading this right now, there is a huge chance that you are overweight. After all, studies show that 64.5% of Americans fall into the overweight category. (F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2005)

Here are a few questions you need to ask yourself:

• Have you been trying to lose weight but seem to keep falling into the same rut?

• Do you constantly tell yourself that you need to lose weight but just can’t get around to it?

• Have you thought about losing weight, but keep telling yourself that it’s not a big deal?

• Do you ever lie to yourself and think that people should love you for you and not because of how big you are?

The funny thing is that no one saying yes to only a few of these questions. It’s either all or none. If you’ve said yes, congratulations: you’re addicted to your lifestyle!

Lifestyle addiction explained

Have you ever seen a drug addict or are you familiar with a person with an alcohol problem? Have you seen their struggles?

These people have huge problems getting away from those drugs. They need support networks and strong councelling just to make it through the day.

Now, of course, these are very strong physical dependencies. A lifestyle addiction would be classified as a psychological dependency. If would compare to “needing” your husband or wife when they leave you.

You know that you shouldn’t care and that you should just let go…but you can’t…and you can’t figure out why. Losing weight can, and often does, fall into this same category. Let’s say that you’ve been on an exercise and diet plan for 3 days but you break your plan on the third day. A drug addict would call that a relapse, right? You can see where I am going with this.

The Justification of a Lifestyle Addition

Let’s classify an addiction using these assumptions:

• An addiction is something that you don’t see as a problem, yet you get angry when someone else says it is (Doc says, “Hey Bob, you need to drop 20 pounds.)

• An addiction is a “rut” that you can’t get out of (I just don’t have time)

• An addiction is something that harms you in the long run, but is satisfying in the short run (Oh, that chocolate cake looks so good)

• An addiction is a problem that you can’t change because of “willpower”. (I just can’t seen to get motivated)

• An addiction is something that’s “too tough” to change (Twenty pounds, I’ll NEVER be able to lose that much)

Face it. If you need to lose weight, but just can’t take the time to get around to it, you are addicted to your lifestyle. It’s an ugly way to look at it. After all, who wants to be grouped in the same group as crack addicts, alcoholics, psycho boyfriends, and the such.

No one. But the premise is still the same. The ugly truth is still here no matter whose glasses you look at the world through.

Losing weight is a serious matter and it is about time you look at it that way. The shear fact that you might be having trouble doing it just reinforces this even more. Look, it’s your life and your journey.

Don’t lie to yourself anymore. If a doctor told you that you would die tomorrow if you didn’t get in at least 30 minutes of exercise today, would you go about your day and ignore the doctor (because he/she OBVIOUSLY doesn’t know what he/she is talking about) or would you immediately rearrange your day and find a way to get it done?

Think about all of the above definitions before you answer. I’d like to think you’d get off your butt and do something. After all…in this particular case…it’s do or die.

So…what are you going to do?

title:Are You At Risk For Having High Cholesterol?
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Take the cholesterol test to see if you have any risk factors
(NC)-High cholesterol is a common medical condition, affecting approximately eight million Canadians. Since high cholesterol cannot be felt, many people do not fully understand the effect it can have on their arteries and heart. High cholesterol is a contributing factor for the development of heart disease.
1. If any of these apply to you, talk to your doctor about having your cholesterol tested:

You are a woman over the age of 50.
You are a man over the age of 40.
You have heart disease (angina, heart attack, coronary bypass, stroke, angioplasty).
You have diabetes.
You have family history of heart disease or cholesterol (mother, father, sister, brother or grandparent).

2. If you have two or more of the following:

You are overweight.
You are physically inactive.
You are a smoker.
You have high blood pressure.

If you checked off one from the first list and two or more in the second list, you should ask your physician to have your cholesterol tested. Realistically, people may have more than just one risk factor. For example, someone who is physically inactive may also have high cholesterol in addition to high blood pressure. The combination of two or more risk factors multiples the chances of developing heart disease, the number one killer of Canadians.
High cholesterol is one of the major modifiable risk factors of heart disease. It is possible to reduce cholesterol to a safe level with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication. Most importantly, for those who have diabetes or heart disease, lowering your cholesterol to target levels is crucial because of the increased risk for a cardiovascular event like a heart attack.
Do not be discouraged if you have identified more than one risk factor. For more information on cholesterol and its link to heart disease, please visit or call toll-free 1-877-4-LOW-LDL (1-877-456-9535).

title:Are You At Risk Of Contracting Diabetes
author:Gary Matthews
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are You At Risk Of Contracting Diabetes
It is unbelievable, but today there are at least 20 million people living with diabetes in America and the sad part is that it was possible to prevent and heal pre-diabetes and diabetes type 2 naturally with balanced nutrition, and basic exercise.
People at risk of getting the disease drop by a staggering 60 percent if they manage to lose just 10 pounds by following a healthy diet and engage in regular exercise such as walking, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine. (May 3, 2001).
This term means that you are at risk for getting type 2 diabetes and also heart disease.
The good news is if you have pre-diabetes you can reduce the risk of getting diabetes type 2 and even return to normal blood glucose levels if you follow the guidelines in this article.
Type 2 diabetes
Formerly called adult-onset diabetes, this is the most common form of diabetes. This form of diabetes usually begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which the body cannot use insulin properly. People can develop this type of diabetes at any age and is usually associated with today’s modern lifestyle of fast food, stress and no exercise.
Being overweight and inactive increases the chances of developing type 2 diabetes dramatically. Traditional treatment includes taking diabetes medicines, aspirin daily, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol with prescription drugs.
But with modest weight loss and moderate daily physical activity, you can delay or even prevent type 2 diabetes and lead a normal life. Lets look at a few steps you can use straight away in your daily life that will make a big difference to your condition.
Strength Training - Researchers have reported a 23% increase in glucose uptake after four months of strength training. Because poor glucose metabolism is associated with adult onset diabetes, improved glucose metabolism is an important benefit of regular strength exercise.
Nowadays you do not have to live in a gym to put on functional muscle. Short High Intensity sessions performed once a week is all that is required to improve glucose metabolism and lose weight.
The strength training technique I use requires just twenty to thirty mins per week. Gone are the days of the five-day a week program with 6 to 12 sets per body part that, method has never worked.  One short intense strength-training workout a week will elevate your metabolism more than you ever thought possible.
The two main components of this technique are the intensity of the exercise and the recovery after the exercise. Infrequent, short, high intensity weight training sessions, followed by the required amount of time to recover and become stronger is what is needed to increase functional lean muscle and improve glucose metabolism.
Nutrition - The way to lose body fat and maintain muscle is to have a food program for life. Quality food and more energy output are the basics you'll need to go for. Bulk foods that fill you up and don't fill you out, foods that are low in fat and sugar which aren't refined should be the ideal.
Small frequent meals should be consumed during the day each containing a little protein to maintain muscle and energy levels. Foods with vital vitamin and mineral supplements should also be taken on a daily basis. A high quality broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement should also be taken on a daily basis.
As before get the calories from high quality food but if you can’t, utilize a blender to make concoctions from skim milk with whatever additives you want to use, just as long as you keep count of the calories for your daily total.
Now use these blender mixtures and solid food for your daily feedings. Spread it out over many small meals a day instead of the traditional three meals a day. The way to keep track of weight loss is to buy a calorie counter and record your daily calorie intake for a week.
Exercise - Fat is burned from the body when cells oxidize to release energy in the form of exercise. When the exercise is done slowly to moderately then the majority of energy is taken from the fat stores.
The key to effective aerobic training that burns off maximum fat is long-term consistency not intensity. It doesn’t matter if you run a mile, jog a mile or walk a mile you will burn exactly the same amount of calories.
The best exercise by far for the purpose of fat-loss is fast walking either indoors on the treadmill or outdoors. Other aerobic activities are the treadmill, bike, climber or any other training gear found in or out of the Gym.
Make no mistake about it you can do a lot to lower your chances of getting diabetes. By exercising regularly, reducing fat from your diet and losing weight can all help you reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes?
Are You Aware Of Steroid Side Effects?

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Are you aware of steroid side effects? — This is the question whose answer should be known to every steroid user in affirmative. Unfortunately, the majority of people who buy steroids are totally ignorant of the possible steroid side effects on their bodies. It’s really stunning that most of the people using steroids are not actually aware of steroid side effects.

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Are you aware of steroid side effects? — This is the question whose answer should be known to every steroid user in affirmative. Unfortunately, the majority of people who buy steroids are totally ignorant of the possible steroid side effects on their bodies. It’s really stunning that most of the people using steroids are not actually aware of steroid side effects.

It’s really important for every steroid user to know & understand the various steroid side effects before using them. There are many steroid side effects on heart. Steroid abuse has been linked with cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, which can even happen to steroid abusers under the age of 30. The other steroid side effects are linked to your appearance. In both sexes, steroids can cause male-pattern baldness, cysts, acne, and oily hair and skin.

Some of the other steroid side effects include depression, irritability, infections, and diseases. Steroid users often fall in the deep dungeons of depressions from where it’s very touch to come out. Steroid users usually become narky, irritated, short tempered, and hostile without any reasons. Many of the steroid side effects increase the risks of infection; sharing needles or using unclean needles to insert steroids puts steroid users at danger for lethal diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

A study conducted by Colorado University revealed that the chemical mechanisms of steroids action have changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Estrogens, progestins, and androgens are the sex hormones that inflect reproductive function. The information collected showed that many tissues are targets of steroid hormones plus classical reproductive organs. This evaluation delineates new approaches in apprehending the variety of steroid substances, newly recognized target tissues, structure-function relations of steroid receptors, and, lastly, their genomic and non-genomic activities. Sex-based specific steroid side effects are frequently associated with the different steroid hormone mileu in men compared with women.

Whether steroid users are male or female, they may experience some common steroid side effects including acne, yellow fever, heart disease, stroke, tumors, stunted growth and Potential violence. All these steroid side effects damage their skin by causing the hormonal levels changes and stimulation of glands in the skin to fabricate more sebum.

There are serious steroids side effects affecting liver, which may cause a gradual yellowing of the skin i.e. jaundice. The use of steroids increases bad cholesterols or low-density lipoproteins, while at once lessening good cholesterols or high-density lipoproteins (HDL) in the body. The permanent use of steroids may result into hazardous steroid side effects including bone lengthening, aggressiveness, mood swings, paranoia, sleeping disorders, euphoria and hallucinations.

Are You A Computer Potato?

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Working at the computer for hours a day leads to just as big a rear-end spread as sitting on the couch all day watching television. But you’ve got work to do! How can you avoid the poor fitness that comes with a sit down job?

First, the wisest thing you can do is to schedule breaks every fifteen to twenty minutes. Walk around and do something different for a few minutes. People tend to think that the interruption of thought will hinder their work. On the contrary, folks w...


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Working at the computer for hours a day leads to just as big a rear-end spread as sitting on the couch all day watching television. But you’ve got work to do! How can you avoid the poor fitness that comes with a sit down job?

First, the wisest thing you can do is to schedule breaks every fifteen to twenty minutes. Walk around and do something different for a few minutes. People tend to think that the interruption of thought will hinder their work. On the contrary, folks who actually take these breaks insist that they have twice as much energy and get nearly quadruple the amount of work done each day.

Why? The brain refreshes, sort of like your webpage does. When you come back to a task after a break, you’re more refreshed and ready to tackle your current project. If you have a laptop, that’s even better. Take it to a different room every hour and a half. Watch how your overall energy increases as you change scenery once in a while!

During the wait time on your computer – there’s so much of this – you can do a few stretches. While your page is loading, try these neck exercises to reduce strain and stress in this area.

Slowly, turn your head to the right as far as you can. Hold this position for fifteen seconds. Then repeat for the left side. When you get up for a break, stop at the door frame of your office. Hold your arms in the “hold up” position – as if Jesse James were robbing you and you had your hands in the air (bent at the elbows). Then place the inside of your arms and your palms on each side of the door frame and lean in slowly. Hold the stretch for twenty seconds.

These little stretches can literally save you much stress. Many computer workers end up with a stiff neck or arm and hand pain. Taking frequent breaks and getting in the habit of stretching when you have downtime can lessen the possibility for problems in the future.

title:Are You A One-Dimensional Trainer?
author:Marty Gallagher
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Most people are classically biased toward one of the three legs of the fitness triad: progressive resistance training, cardiovascular training or diet/nutrition. How many folks try and lose weight by dieting and dieting alone? A safe bet would be a majority of individuals. Ever wonder why people who lose a lot of bodyweight rapidly still look fat? It’s because they are still fat.
When the human organism perceives starvation it reverts to a primordial hardwiring that seeks to preserve body fat (the last line of defense against starvation) at all costs. So dieting alone can results in weight loss but when more muscle than body fat is lost as a result of crash dieting, the end result is not all that impressive.
I had a self-indulgent buddy who balloon up from 200 to 350. He eventually went on some sort of weird diet and lost back down to 200. He looked terrible, loose skin, still fat and to make it all worse he was now a 'diet expert' and told me and anyone else within earshot how stupid they were to follow any diet other than the one he had used. Of course he still couldn’t catch a ball or walk up a flight of stairs without getting totally gassed.
At the other extreme I knew a really good long distance runner who was thin as a rail, lived on carbs and eschewed lifting or protein. He became anemic and emaciated the combination of mega-miles and carbs and fruit in meager amounts produced a physique that resembled a famine victim. Lifting weights to his way of thinking would add muscle that he would have to haul around and would have the same impact as wearing a backpack with a 10 or 15-pound plate in it. Needless to say by the time he got to his mid-thirties he started experiencing the usual repetitive motion injuries – knee arthroscopic surgery, ankle ligament damage, eternal shin-splints. He eventually had to give up running altogether.
My third example is a former national level powerlifter
Are You A Victim Of The Sickness Industry?

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Unfortunately, if you live in the United States, what should be the "Wellness Industry" is now the "Sickness Industry."
We have been lied to for years by  our government, the medical industry, the food industry and the drug makers. Educate yourself and take charge of your own health.

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Unfortunately, if you live in the United States, what should
be the "Wellness Industry" is now the "Sickness Industry."

Far more money is to be made by the medical establishment if
you are continuously sick than if you are well and healthy.

They give you one outrageously expensive drug to cover up a
problem you have, and that drug brings on several other side
problems that require you to take more outrageously expensive
drugs.  And the cycle continues on and on.

Pretty soon, you are more of a drug junkie from legal drugs
than the addict on the street corner who seeks out the drug
pusher for illegal drugs.

Where did our health care system go wrong?  When did the
bottom line become more important than the health and well
being of the patient?

We have the FDA, which is supposed to protect us.  And,
occasionally you read that they have taken a drug off the
market after it has killed so many people that public outcry
forces them to do something.  But, for the most part, the FDA
seems primarily interested in protecting the billions of
dollars in profits raked in every year by the giant drug

Alternative medicines and therapies that have been used with
good results for hundreds of years are routinely banned or
blocked by FDA actions, apparently because they might cut
into drug company or main stream medical profits.  Of course,
there are Doctors out there with genuine concern for your
good health who know about banned medicins and therapies that
might actually cure what ails you.  But the situation is so
bad that they could lose their license and even go to jail if
they offer these to you.

Supposedly, we have the best health care system in the world.
But who is it best for?  Not for you and me, the health care
consumers, I'm afraid.  From all indications in my experience,
it's all geared toward grabbing as much money from us as
possible, with little real concern for our health and well

So what are we, the health care consumers, supposed to do
about this sorry situation?

I believe that the only answer we have is in our own
education.  In today's environment, we not only have to
survive our medical problems, we have to survive the health
care system as well.  And, the only way to do that is to
learn all we can and try to find the real facts about our
problems so we know what we are dealing with.   

Now, on the Internet, we are fortunate to have a vast source
of information on virtually any subject.  When you have a
medical problem, don't take your doctor's word as gospel. 
Instead, do a search on the Net and read, read, read. 

Chances are, you will find ways of treating your problem
without the expensive, dangerous drugs your doctor will

A little research will often not only save you and your
insurance company a bundle of money, but you may find ways
of actually curing what ails you, information you probably
won't get from your doctor.

Look closely at your eating habits, as lack of the correct
nutrition is often the major culprit in most illnesses.  The
body has an amazing capacity to heal itself if you give it
the right foods and deny it the wrong ones.

Are you being troubled by Sinusitis?

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Around 30 per cent of the people in the world suffer from sinus infection each year. How can it be prevented?

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It is said that around 30 per cent of all people suffer from sinusitis or sinus infection at least once each year. Sinuses are little air pockets inside the skull bones. They are located to either side of the nose, behind and in between the eyes, in the forehead, and behind the head. Sinuses contain mucus that drains into the nasal passageways through pin holes in the sinuses.

A sinus infection happens when the paranasal sinuses on either side of the nose get inflamed. This happens during a cold or an allergy attack, when more histamines are produced in the paranasal sinuses. The inflammation blocks the narrow passageways, making the mucus collect there. This collected mucus soon becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. That's how a sinus infection begins.

The body produces histamines during allergic reactions. Histamines are neuro-transmitter chemicals. Though histamines are always present in our body, an allergy attack causes more histamines to be released at the site of the allergy attack. When a mosquito bites, for example, histamines are released at the area of the bite making the skin there turn red and itchy. When histamines are released, they cause inflammation and constriction of the muscles.
The symptoms of a sinus infection begin with headache, facial pain, nasal congestion, fever, green or yellow discharge, a heavy face feeling, etc. The infection usually lasts for three weeks or more.

Structural problems such as deviated septum, nasal polyps, etc. are conducive to a sinus infection.

The cure for sinusitis is steam inhalation, nasal irrigation, hot fluids such as tea or chicken soup, and plenty of rest. Aspirin or paracetamol tablets and decongestants are some of the medicines commonly prescribed for sinus infections. If the symptoms continue for more than 48 hours, the pateint should be started on antibiotics or nasal steroids. If you don't treat the sinus infection pretty early, it could even cause bronchitis and pneumonia and damage the sinuses and cheekbones. You would then have to go for nasal surgery to repair the damage.

When the sinus infection refuses to respond to medication, Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) is the most efficient treatment.
Prevention is always better than cure. Stop smoking, because smoking is one of the chief stimulants of sinusitis (sinus infection). Take an oral decongestant or a short course of nasal spray decongestant, especially before air travel. Drink plenty of fluids, so the nasal discharge remains thin, and use antihistamines for controlling allergy attacks. Allergy testing can also increase tolerance towards allergy inducing substances.
An allergic reaction is an unnecessary, and even dangerous, immune response that should be prevented. Antihistamines counteract these immunological inconsistencies. One of the factors that cause our immune system to go awry is the increasing presence of toxins in the environment. These toxins also touch off allergy attacks in the body.

Recent research has found that a new group of sugars called glyconutrients could represent the next frontier in building a robust immune system. Eight of these essential sugars have already been discovered. They play a major role in the some of the body's most fundamental chemical processes, and also have a role in keeping the human immune system in perfect order.

Consuming glyconutrients through natural dietary supplements could go a long way in regulating histamine-induced disorders and allergies, and in preventing sinus infections.

Are You Buying Steroids Regularly?

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Steroids are a class of natural and synthetic hormones that prop up your cell growth and division. Initially, they were used for the treatment of wasting diseases as cancer and AIDS, as well as problems related to the internal secretion.

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Steroids are a class of natural and synthetic hormones that prop up your cell growth and division. Initially, they were used for the treatment of wasting diseases as cancer and AIDS, as well as problems related to the internal secretion.

Steroids falls under the drugs category that is available only by legal prescription, to treat the situations, which take place when the body produces abnormally less amounts of the testosterone including delayed puberty and powerlessness.

Now-a-days, buying steroids is not an easy task. You require proper recommendation for buying steroids in a lawful manner. There are mainly two ways of buying steroids, from a physician or the black market. Athletes, sports persons, bodybuilders and jocks using steroids for enhancing their performance levels often purchase them illegitimately, which is a crime. The penalties are just too harsh.

In earlier times, it was not difficult to find out a physician who would recommend steroids to athletes. But today, doctors avoid having anything to do with the prescribing of steroids, even for lawful reasons. Due to this, athletes or other jocks have turned up their faces towards black markets for buying steroids.

The other way for buying steroids is thru Internet (online). The abusers use online facility for buying steroids from illicit suppliers. The abusers use them (steroids) despite the evidence that these drugs have physical harms and side effects. It is not fine to use steroids for wrong purposes. You can buy steroids, but for positive use. Use steroids for the purpose for which they are made.

Before buying steroids, you must properly understand their uses, side effects and other related problems. Buying steroids lawfully is not a crime, but using them for wrong purposes is a misdeed.

Steroids are available in varied types, forms, amounts, textures, and colors. It’s due to such diversity that there are more fake drugs on the market than genuine ones. Fake drugs are abundant as they are inexpensive to produce and effortless to forward to unsuspicious muscle-builders or athletes. To an inexpert person fake steroids can be almost identical to the real drug. If you are buying steroids, first you must check the quality and FDA stamp on steroids.

title:Are You Cheating Yourself When You Eat?
author:Jennifer Clare
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

How many times have you eaten something while on the run and barely remembered it afterwards? Have you ever wolfed something down quickly in your car? Or nibbled while standing up in the kitchen staring at the interior of the refrigerator? How about while in the parking lot of the grocery store?
You are cheating yourself out of one of life’s greatest pleasures!
Not only is it easier to forget the food that we eat when we’re on the run, it doesn’t satisfy us as well as a meal eaten with mindfulness.
Eating mindfully means engaging all of the senses with the food. It means enjoying the way it looks on the plate before you start to eat. It means anticipating the taste before the food passes your lips, and savoring the smell. Even enjoying the sound of the food as you chew!
It also means taking pleasure in the whole process of eating - the salivation, the chewing, the swallowing - even the feeling of fullness once the food is eaten. You can’t achieve that sort of satisfaction if you bolt your food.
When you don’t give yourself enough time for a meal, you are more likely to wear a path to the kitchen, snacking and picking at things instead of making up a plate, sitting down and enjoying it.
Even if what you nibble is nice - and each of the items has plenty to feed your senses – if you aren’t mindful of them you will only be aware of their ability to make you less hungry. As a result, you’ll feel vaguely dissatisfied, and there might be a gnawing emptiness in you that could be mistaken for continued hunger.
It's not the stomach that is hungry, though - it's the rest of you. Your eyes were hungry for the colors and textures of the food that you ate. Your nose wanted to smell and savor and anticipate that meal. Your mouth yearned to linger on each mouthful, to concentrate on each delicious morsel. And your whole body wanted to take a break from what it was doing before and to concentrate instead on refueling and re-energizing.
Every meal snatched is an opportunity lost. You can't have a "do-over" on a missed meal. The food that you eat in haste, even if nutritious and nourishing, hasn't been given a chance to truly feed you.
It’s not always practical to sit down to a full meal, but by taking a few moments before eating to be mindful of your food, even a take-away burger can be made into a satisfying experience.
Next time you are tempted to just bolt down some food for fuel, remember how many parts of your body are anticipating it! Take a moment with your food and give them all the experience that they deserve. If ALL of your senses are engaged when you eat - that provides the best fuel of all.
title:Are You Cleaning Or Disinfecting?
author:Jose Rossello
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding the effects of cleaning is whether cleaning products kill germs, or in what extent micro-organisms can be aniquilated by these products. The misconception comes from the amount of disinformation arriving to us by a variety of media.
Even some cleaning products advertising claim that the products kill bacteria, or germs, or whatever. By doing a quick research on the Internet I have found sentences like:
“Most soap will adequately kill germs”    ….   This concept is clearly WRONG!
The right sentence would be: “Most soap will adequately remove germs”. Soap isn’t designed to kill bacteria.
Disinfectants contain antimicrobial agents, such as pine oil, sodium hypochlorite, quaternary ammonium compounds or phenols, which kill bacteria and viruses on surfaces. A surface should be free of heavy soil for effective disinfection.
Disinfectant cleaners contain surfactants and builders to remove soil in addition to antimicrobial agents to kill germs. Therefore, they are effective at cleaning surfaces as well as killing germs. Label instructions must be followed to assure disinfectancy.
In order to make disinfectancy claims, disinfectant products must be tested for efficacy and registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Disinfection: treatment to destroy harmful micro-organisms. Disinfectant: An agent, such as heat, radiation, or a chemical, that destroys, neutralizes, or inhibits the growth of disease-carrying micro-organisms. Disinfection reduces the number of harmful bacteria to safe levels.
Cleaning: the act of making something clean. Cleaning means the removal of soil, food residue, dirt, greases and other unwanted materials. In order to clean properly, energy has to be applied in the form of heat energy (hot water or steam), chemical energy (detergents) or physical energy (manual labor). Usually a combination of two or more forms of energy is used.
Disinfectants do not have cleaning properties. It is necessary to clean items or surfaces before using disinfectants, mainly because disinfectants are inhibited and neutralized in the presence of organic substances. Even more, many people go wrong when cleaning as they do not carry out disinfection properly or they re-contaminate disinfected surfaces, for example by using dirty cloths to rinse.
Antibacterial cleaning products abound, from soaps and lotions to kitchen and bathroom cleaners. A recent survey has shown that more than 75% of all liquid hand soaps and nearly 30% of bar soaps for sale nationally contain antibacterial agents. This may seem like good news, but recent research has suggested that some antibacterial agents contained in soaps may facilitate the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Not all products are equal. Some products contain an actual antibiotic, while other products such as household cleaners contain chemicals, most often bleach or quaternary ammonium compounds that kill bacteria but don’t necessarily select for multi-resistant germs.
Reading the product label to determine the active ingredient will give you an idea of the directions and of the safety precautions as well. While most people may guess that "active ingredients" are the things that make the product do its job, like killing germs or weeds or disinfecting surfaces, have you ever wondered what "inert" or "other ingredients" are? They aren't just water, and they don't just sit there and do nothing. They may include solvents that dissolve other additives; emulsifiers, which keep other ingredients suspended in a liquid so that they will apply evenly; fragrances and perfumes, to make them smell more attractive; and a host of other things, like surfactants and detergents, designed to make the product stay where you put it and work better when it is applied.
Those "other ingredients" can be part of the reason that a product carries a signal word to encourage you to use it with care, and some of the first aid or precautionary language may be there to help prevent those ingredients from contributing to risk of injury or damage.

Are You Clean Inside? Know How Colon Cleansing Can Benefit You

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Do you think we, the human beings have moved significantly further since the Stone Age, so far as our biological systems are concerned? The answer is a big NO. But what about our eating patterns? The less we talk about it the better. Today most of us are on a faulty diet system that is remarkably low on moisture and fiber contents, but extremely high on the fat parts. Add to it the stress and the sedentary lifestyle thanks to professional and other pressures of modern living ...

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Do you think we, the human beings have moved significantly further since the Stone Age, so far as our biological systems are concerned? The answer is a big NO. But what about our eating patterns? The less we talk about it the better. Today most of us are on a faulty diet system that is remarkably low on moisture and fiber contents, but extremely high on the fat parts. Add to it the stress and the sedentary lifestyle thanks to professional and other pressures of modern living and you know what the result is; a terrible bowel habit that either manifests in chronic constipation or bouts of diarrhea.

Relax, you are not alone to suffer from these predicaments. Living in the fast track and eating fast foods—this has emerged as one of the major cultural traits of US citizens in the recent years. No wonder then, a sizeable portion of the U.S. population has at least one chronic condition like bloating, abdominal pain, poor skin, nausea and many more that can be directly traced back to the poor health of their colons, the most essential apparatus of body’s food processing system. However, you will be happy to know that despite the severity of these symptoms, they are generally simple and easy to prevent and even cure. A healthy colon is a guarantee for your overall health. Now you can get a clean colon through the proper and regular colon cleansing routine and the benefits you get from subscribing to such a regimen are beyond count. Here we describe the basic benefits that you can enjoy as a result of thorough colon cleansing.

- Improvement of overall Health

As a result of continuous dietary degeneration, the walls and cells of the colon get coated with Fecal matters, slowing down the passage of stools which results into the accumulation of toxins eventually poisoning your entire system. A toxic colon triggers off a number of disorders like cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, colds, influenza and allergies.

A colon cleansing can help you to improve your overall health, by removing the toxins that have been accumulated over time. The digestive system starts functioning in more efficient manner by absorbing more nutrients from the food and rejecting the toxins and as a result, the immune system is improved and the entire system gets benefited from it.

- Preventing Constipation

The primary benefit of colon cleansing is that it helps to prevent constipation. The result of a faulty diet over a long stretch of time is a partial decomposition of waste that finally results in blocked passage. Colon cleansing not only removes undigested waste it also removes the hardened fecal mater that is blocking the passageway of the colon.

- Weight Loss

Most people experience significant weight loss after colon cleansing as it is possible to flush away ten to thirty pounds of stagnant fecal matter from your inside.

These are not all! An increased energy level, Clearer skin and improved concentration are some of the bonus points that you get along with the primary benefits of colon cleansing.

title:Are You Controlled By The Urge To Binge?
author:Kevin Bauer
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

I gotta confess: I'm completely addicted to crisps. Any kind is fine. Don't mind the flavor - they all taste fine. My resolve weakens every time I think about chomping into one. Feeling the crunch, hearing the crackle, and getting that first taste of its tangy flavor. Bliss - and if you are into crisps then you probably wish you had a packet right now - probably a big one.
But maybe crisps aren’t your thing. Probably there's another food that lures you into the refrigerator or the pantry cabinet. I can think of a few more that do it for me. Milk chocolate, do-nuts, crispy pies....and the list goes on. I have no doubt that you probably have a list of your own - right. According to one study, 97% of women (compared to 68% of men) experience cravings on food.
So how do you control these urges that pull you away from your diet plan and down the temporary joy of self-indulgence? I researched on the topic to give you what some experts advise on how to enjoy that art called eating without it turning into a feeding frenzy. Read on - and never again feel guilty about eating a chocolate chip cookie.
This is what they say:
Take Charge of Your Eating Habits.
Try to control the number of food cravings you experience. It appears to be impossible for humans like us, but if you psyche yourself and develop fewer cravings, then slowly you'll submit to fewer cravings.(I'm not sure how to do this - maybe imagine that hamburger as a large lump on your butt or that chocolate as a shiny red bulge on your forehead)
According to one study of nearly 500 women, researchers found that women who received a daily 1, 200 milligram calcium supplement reduced their number of premenstrual food cravings by 54%. To reach the same result by getting the needed calcium intake from food, rely on skim milk and yogurt. Sounds a bit difficult for all lactose intolerant? Try some calcium-fortified foods or juices like cheese and calcium-filled orange juices. If you don't feel you can get sufficient calcium from food, make up the difference using a supplement of calcium carbonate or calcium citrate.
How about something relaxing? When you're anxious, the body produces more of the hormone cortisol, which may increase the amount of carbohydrates you want to eat. Sweets or carbohydrates temporarily increase our levels of serotonin, making us feel calm and relaxed.
Thus, one way of helping curb your sweet tooth, rent some videos, text your funniest friends, or schedule a spa weekend. Why not have a bit of chocolate once in a while? When you begin including small amounts of these forbidden foods into your diet, a funny thing happens: You don't crave them anymore.
Distinguish specific cravings from hunger. Suppose you drive by a fast food outlet and all of a sudden, you develop a deep craving for French fries. Rather than rushing down the drive thru section, reassess your urge. Turn on your favorite music and switch your attention away from the fries idea. Suppose, on the other hand, you feel the need to satisfy not the urge but your hunger, select an apple pie or salad as a substitute.
Cut Hundreds of Calories.
Sure you can cut on hundreds of calories on what you eat every day! How? By making the appropriate choices on replacing high-calorie to low-calorie foods, such as cheese, creams, whole milk, butter, etc. Here are easy tricks to keep you cooking and eating minus the calories.
• When cooking, use nonstick pan to eliminate the use of butter and/or oil.
• Remove the fat from the meat.
• Remove the skin of chicken before serving.
• Use butter-flavored seasoning on vegetables instead of sprinkling butter.
• For casseroles, desserts and sauces, use evaporated skim milk (12 cal./tbsp.) instead of heavy cream (51 cal./tbsp.)
• Cook stews and other casseroles ahead of time. Refrigerate. Remove congealed fat before serving.
• Choose real orange (71 cal.) over an orange juice (90 cal./6 oz).
• For snacks, low-calorie fruits (cucumbers, asparagus, carrots, apples, pickles) are good replacements for crackers and breads.
• Use bottled chocolate extract for milk shakes instead of sweetened cocoa.
• Use two egg whites (34 cal.) for cakes instead of one egg (82 cal.).
• Choose diet margarine (50 cal.) instead of the regular margarine (100 cal.).
• Choose cereals with the least calories then add fresh fruits to be more nutritious.
• In parties, good substitutes for snacks are carrot strips, pickle slices, and raw mushroom caps.
• Drip away fats by cooking hamburgers on the rack.
• Avoid chips with dips.
Staying in healthy shape depends on the right behaviors. So how strong is your will power to control the urge?
Prepared by Kevin Bauer

Are You Dreaming of Free Medical Care? Wake up!

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There’s been much debate over our current medical system and the insurance required to get quality care at a price we can all afford. While it would be great to have minimal costs for our medical care, we are still only in the debate of changing the system. For now, all we can do is to learn how to get the health insurance policy to cover our needs without spending in excess or paying for coverage you’ll never use.

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Are You Dreaming of Free Medical Care? Wake up!   There’s been much debate over our current medical system and the insurance required to get quality care at a price we can all afford.  While it would be great to have minimal costs for our medical care, we are still only in the debate of changing the system.

For now, all we can do is to learn how to get the health insurance policy to cover our needs without spending in excess or paying for coverage you’ll never use.

Obviously, you hope you and your family won’t have to use your health insurance policy, but in today’s society, the chances are great that you’ll need the coverage of a health insurance policy more than once during the course of a year.  Without at least a minimum amount of coverage, just a visit to a general physician and lab fees can be astronomical.  It’s important to get and maintain an adequate health insurance policy  both in terms of health and financial security.

To get a health insurance policy that’s not outrageously priced, yet still covers your anticipated and unexpected healthcare costs there are three steps you need to take. 1) Careful evaluation of you and your family’s health insurance needs. 2) Compare health insurance policy benefits with your needs.  Try to review at least three levels of coverage.  3) Your result will be a health insurance policy that’s not outrageously priced; yet still covers your anticipated and unexpected healthcare costs.

Determine Your Needs Whether you’re looking for an individual health insurance policy, or want to provide health insurance benefits for your employees, it’s a good idea to carefully evaluate your needs before committing to any health insurance policy.

For the individual, consider your overall health.  Do you have chronic conditions that require regular medical visits?  Are you on prescription medications on a continuous basis?  Either of these situations will make you want to compare co-pays and drug coverage carefully.

Depending on your age, and stage of family planning, pregnancy coverage, and preventative care could be a major concern.  If you’re nearing retirement age, getting supplemental coverage for impending Medicare benefits could be a major concern.

Everyone has his own special concerns and needs.  Before you visit an insurance agent, be sure to list your concerns and questions.  Don’t hesitate to ask questions until you’re confident you have enough information to make a confident decision as to which health insurance policy you need.

Understanding Health Insurance Coverage-Basic Health Insurance Policy Terms As you begin to compare each health insurance policy and the level of coverage provided make sure you understand clearly what the policy covers and what’s not covered.  You’ll also want to know levels of coverage.  Listed below are a few commonly used terms to describe health insurance policy benefits.  As you read these terms, understand this is a very generalized definitions, specifics of each term may vary from policy to policy.

Co-Payment - Often stated as “co-pay”, co-payment   is the amount you must pay for each service. In managed care plans, you do not need to know the full fee charged by a provider, as you will pay the same "co-pay" regardless of the fee. Co-Insurance - a policy provision, by which the insured person and the insurer share the covered losses under a policy in a specified ratio, i.e., 20 percent by the insured, and 80 percent by the insurer. Comprehensive Major Medical Insurance - A policy designed to give the protection offered by both a basic and a major medical health insurance policy. Normally have a low deductible amount, a coinsurance feature, and high maximum benefits. Deductible- the amount you as the policyholder must pay before benefits begins to cover costs.  Generally the higher the deductible, the lower the monthly premium will be.

Endorsement- sometimes called a rider, an endorsement is written to change the terms of a health insurance policy.  This can occur with pre-existing conditions (see definition below)

Major Medical Insurance -Health insurance to finance the expense of major illness and injury. Characterized by large benefit maximums ranging up to $250,000 or no limit, the insurance, above an initial deductible, reimburses the major part of all charges for hospital, doctor, private nurses, medical appliances, prescribed out-of-hospital treatment, drugs, and medicines. The insured person as coinsurer pays the remainder

Out-of-Pocket Cost - The out of pocket cost is the total of all costs you must pay for service. This includes the annual deductible, the co-pay amount, and any fees in excess of the approved maximum charges for a service.

Remember, as you’re reviewing health insurance policies, don’t hesitate to ask your insurance agent to explain or clarify anything you don’t understand.   Comparing Health Insurance Policies Higher deductible, lower monthly premium, lower deductible, higher monthly premium, …. 80/20 coverage, 70/30 coverage for major medical, various drug costs, various co-pay amounts for primary physicians, specialists, laboratory services coverage, and the list goes on.  There are many areas of a health insurance policy that can vary, from plan to plan. Some even have different levels from which to choose.  It can be confusing, and difficult to make a decision, but as stated earlier, comparing your current health condition and your current finances to the policies offered, you’ll be able to make a much better decision.

For example if you’re planning to have a child, you’ll want to carefully investigate the pregnancy coverage for each policy you’re considering.  If you take prescribed medication on a regular basis, you’ll want to make sure the terms of drug coverage meets your needs.  Each health insurance policy has basic sections defining levels of coverage in each area.  The most common are: physical exams, health screenings, specialists’ care, hospitalization, emergency care, prescription drugs, dental, vision care, mental health care, and drug and alcohol abuse services, family planning, and chiropractic and alternative care coverage.

By carefully reviewing the health insurance policy to determine what’s covered, and the level of coverage in each of the above areas, you’ll be able to confidently make a choice based upon coverage and costs.

Maintaining Continuous Coverage If you lose your job, you may be able to maintain your health insurance policy by COBRA (consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. This coverage normally lasts 18 months.  Your employer can provide you more information on COBRA.

Maintaining adequate Michigan health insurance coverage can be a big concern for the self-employed.  BlueCross BlueShield must sell “group -of-one” policies to sole proprietors.  Other companies can offer small group coverage to individuals, but are not required to and prices may be higher.

Obtaining a Health insurance policy may seem stressful.  By applying the suggestions above and getting quotes on more than one policy, you’ll be able to obtain adequate health insurance that’s priced within your budget without stress or worry.

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

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You probably already know that it’s important to drink enough water. A minimum of eight glasses of water a day is recommended. You should aim for more if it is really hot, or you are working out and sweating a lot. Getting enough water in your body will prevent you from getting dehydrated.

According to WEBMD the early signs of dehydration are increased thirst, dry mouth, sticky saliva and reduced urine output with dark yellow urine. You may also experience a lack of energ...


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You probably already know that it’s important to drink enough water. A minimum of eight glasses of water a day is recommended. You should aim for more if it is really hot, or you are working out and sweating a lot. Getting enough water in your body will prevent you from getting dehydrated.

According to WEBMD the early signs of dehydration are increased thirst, dry mouth, sticky saliva and reduced urine output with dark yellow urine. You may also experience a lack of energy and a headache.

None of these sound very fun. I know it is hard sometimes to drink that much water; especially when sodas and coffee tempt us. However, to stay healthy and feel great, we should strive to drink those eight glasses of water a day.

Here are a few tips to help you remember to drink the water, and to make it a little more pleasant or interesting.

1. Keep a Log

This can be as simple as a little piece of paper on the fridge, or a page in your day planner. Just make a little checkmark, or dash on the piece of paper every time you drink a glass of water. The log will help you keep track of how much water you have had in any given day. You’ll also be surprised how motivating it is to try to get those eight little checkmarks on there every day. Another idea would be to use little stickers instead.

2. Add Some Lemon Juice

I tend to get bored with drinking just water after a few days. Change things up and add a little flavor by adding a teaspoon or less of lemon to your water. You can also try some other fruit juices. Just make sure you are still drinking mainly water. Just a splash of juice should be enough to make things interesting and give the water some flavor without adding a lot of sugar and calories.

3. Try Some Club Soda

If you are craving the fizz of a soda, try some Club Soda. Most brands have a little too much fizz for me. I end up watering them down with – guess what – water. If you want to get really fancy, check your local grocery store for flavored club sodas. Alternatively, you can also add a splash of fruit juice to your watered down club soda.

4. Drink Some Water When You Feel Hungry

Unfortunately many of us have gotten so out of tune with our bodies that we feel hungry when we are actually thirsty. If you feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first. You may just be thirsty.

5. Carry A Water Bottle

It’s much easier to drink water when you have it readily available. Carry a bottle of water around with you in the car, at work, while running errands, in the yard, and even while you are working around the house. You’ll be sipping away the water without even noticing it.

6. Drink More If You Are Working Out

We already touched on this, but it bears repeating. Make sure you drink a few extra glasses of water if you work out, or if you spend some time outside while it’s hot. Your body uses and needs more water when it sweats a lot. So don’t forget to fill back up on water during and after your exercise.

Just pay attention to how much you drink and implement some of these ideas if you don’t get the recommended eight glasses of water a day. Your body will thank you for it in the long run.

title:Are You Eating the Right Carbohydrates?
author:Kim Beardsmore
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Whether you're trying to lose weight or just want to eat healthier, you may be confused by the news you're hearing about carbohydrates. With so much attention focused on protein diets, there's been a consumer backlash against carbohydrates. As a result, many people misunderstand the role that carbohydrates play in a healthy diet.
Carbohydrates aren't all good or all bad. Some kinds promote health while others, when eaten often and in large quantities, may increase the risk for diabetes and coronary heart disease.
What are carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates come from a wide array of foods - bread, fruit, vegetables, rice, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, corn, and cherry pie. They also come in a variety of forms. The most common and abundant ones are sugars, fibers, and starches. The basic building blocks of all carbohydrates are sugar molecules.
The digestive system handles all carbohydrates in much the same way - it breaks them down (or tries to break them down) into single sugar molecules, since only these are small enough to absorb into the bloodstream. It also converts most digestible carbohydrates into glucose (also known as blood sugar), because cells are designed to use this as a universal energy source. This is why carbohydrates can make us feel energetic. Carbohydrates fuel our body. Your body stores glucose reserves in the muscles in the form of glycogen ready to be used when we exert ourselves.
Carbohydrates are the highest octane - the most desirable fuel source for your body's energy requirements. If you don't have an adequate source of carbohydrate your body may scavenge from dietary protein and fat to supply glucose. The problem is when you've depleted your stores of glycogen (stored glucose in muscle and lean tissue) your body turns to burning muscles or organs (lean muscle tissue) and dietary protein or fat to provide blood glucose to supply energy needs. When this happens, your basal metabolic rate drops because you have less lean muscle tissue burning calories and your body thinks its starving and cuts back on energy requirements.
So you should continue to eat carbohydrates discriminately selecting those which have the greatest health benefits.
The carbohydrates you consume should come from carbohydrate-rich foods that are close to the form that occurs in nature. The closer the carbohydrate food is as Mother Nature intended, the greater the density of other vital nutrients. If you are looking for health-enhancing sources of carbohydrates you should choose from:
Fruit: rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, potassium and often vitamin E.
Vegetables: fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, often vitamin E, potassium and a wider variety of minerals than fruit.
Whole grains and grain foods: rich in fiber, protein, and some B vitamins and are very rich in minerals.
Legumes: an excellent source of protein, fiber folate, potassium, iron and several minerals.
Dairy foods: protein, vitamin D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, and vitamin B12.
You can also source carbohydrates from processed foods such as soda pop or soft drinks, snacks such as cookies and chips, and alcohol. These generally are considered to be a poor food choice and should be consumed rarely. The carbohydrate source (sugar and flour) in these food choices has been highly refined processed. A diet rich in refined carbohydrates and processed foods has been associated with heart disease and onset of type 2 diabetes.
Why are these sources of carbohydrates to be avoided?
1. They are calorie dense and contribute a large number of calories in a small amount of food. For example a 7oz bag of potato chips or corn chips have approximately 1000 calories. Most women on a weight management program will be aiming for 1200 daily calorific intake. So, this is what we mean by calorie dense and nutritionally scarce.
2. They offer little appetite-holding power because they have no fiber or protein. As a result you end up searching for food again soon after your first serve.
3. They contribute nothing to your nutritional profile except calories. This means you have fewer calories left for foods that your body requires for good health.
Whenever possible, replace highly processed grains, cereals, and sugars with minimally processed whole-grain products and ensure you have at least five serves of fruit and vegetables daily.
Rather than cut out carbs completely for a very short-term gain (usually weight loss), there are greater long-term health benefits in learning how to distinguish good carbs over bad carbs and incorporating healthy carbohydrates into your weight loss program.
(c) Copyright Kim Beardsmore
title:Are You Exercising Your Way To Stress?
author:Christopher Green
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

You’re right, the headline is a very strange one! Exercise is vital to maintain good health and most of the time, the benefits of exercise far out-weigh the drawbacks. But if you suffer from a stressful or a depressive illness, exercise can actually make you feel worse. But how can this be?
I’m sure you’ve heard the following statement over and over again: exercise can help you to beat stress, or alleviate anxiety or boost a depressed mind. This is only true in part. Because many exercises can actually worsen these illnesses. And even if you perform exercises that can help, these exercises will only help temporarily.
The reason many people believe exercise to be helpful in combating stressful and depressive illnesses is because when you exercise vigorously for longer than 20 minutes, your body floods with endorphins. These chemicals give us a buzz, and this is why it is widely believed that exercise can cure stress, depression or anxiety.
If you’re suffering a stressful or depressive episode, you’ll know that no matter how regularly you exercise, the bad feelings return. The only way to beat these illnesses is to treat the root cause – flawed modes of thinking. Exercise, though great for our bodies, simply doesn’t do anything to address modes of thinking.
When my anxiety was at it’s worst back in 2000, I exercised 4 times a week. For 2 days, I’d perform weight-training exercises. These exercises are the type of exercise that can actually make you feel worse because you have time to think about all of the issues and problems you have in your life at the time. I’d also warm up and warm down on bike machines or cross-trainers. Again, you can perform these exercises easily so you can think about your problems.
For my other workouts, I’d perform instructor-led circuit training sessions. As you’re listening out for instructions and performing sequences of exercises at a high tempo, you don’t have time to dwell on your troubles and worries. The problem is that once you stop exercising, you return to the modes of thinking which lead to stress, depression or anxiety.
As soon as my workout had finished, I’d perform flawed modes of thinking, that made me anxious and depressed. Exercising did very little to stop me performing these flawed thought processes.
Do be aware of what’s happening when you exercise. Exercises that don’t require much concentration may have you brooding over your troubles as you perform them. Jogging, walking, exercise machines, weight-training are all examples of such exercises. Instead, try ones that are more intensive or competitive so your whole concentration is required. Circuit-training worked for me, so did sports like soccer and badminton.
The idea is to give yourself a period of time where you’re not thinking about your problems and worries. And of course, you’ll do your body a whole heap of good too!
The point here is to understand that exercise can only provide temporary relief. The only way to find permanent relief from your suffering is to understand and address flawed modes of thinking.  And, just as physical exercise benefits our bodies, mental skills leading to better modes of thinking will bring enormous benefits to our minds.
The following quote sums it up in a nutshell:
“Thought can make you, thought can break you.” - Swami Sukhabodhanada
Until next time.
Copyright 2005 Christopher Green

title:Are You Fit?
author:Andrew Mills
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Fitness refers to ability of the body to function with vigor and alertness.  Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do.  Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes.  But do we know if we are really fit?  How do we tell?
First, you might want to look at your exercise habits, if there are any.  If there aren’t any exercise routines to examine, no fitness.  Everyone, no matter what their age, benefits from exercise.  It keeps our bodies conditioned, our mental sharpness working at top speed, and thanks to the physical aspect, we get a boost to our cardio health, extra calorie burn, and more oxygen to those cells!
Do you take in more calories than your body needs?  Are you supplementing your vitamins and minerals to make sure you are getting your recommended daily allowances?  If you’re not making the most basic of efforts to take care of your nutritional needs, you aren’t a fit individual.  You may not look sick, you may not have any noticeable symptoms of ill-health, but you’re not the fit and toned individual you could be.
What about the stress levels in your life?  Do work in an environment with high levels of stress?  Is your personal life a source of comfort or does it add to your stress levels?  Do you engage in some form of stress-relieving activity?  Stress is the number on contributor to heart attacks and strokes, since they manage to speed up the affect of the real culprits.  Stress is basically an out of control situation for most adults today.  We manage to schedule every moment of our free time, and leave ourselves with no time for quiet reflection, or time to deal with life’s unexpected emergencies.
Fitness requires us to examine more than just our exercise routine.  The mere definition of fitness refers to the body’s ability to meet physical stresses. That includes coping with our day to day life, getting from the beginning of the day to the end, without being worn completely out. In order to be truly fit, we find ways to rid ourselves of built up stress, the kind that begins to affect our muscles, muscle tone, and composition.  Massages are the best cure for ridding our bodies of the stress buildup that can occur, even with exercise regimens and detract from our overall fitness. 
Exercises that demand total body involvement are the best for maintaining and improving your level of fitness most effectively.   Running, swimming, jogging, dancing, cycling, and very brisk walking are some of the more popular total body involvement exercises.
There are so many occasions to stop and question our efforts at maintaining optimal health, that we usually don’t even take the time to begin the examination. But it is beneficial to our overall health, the quality and quantity of our life, to make every effort to be fit, healthy, individuals.  Read more health and fitness articles at
title:Are You Fit Enough To Get Fit? The Alexander Technique May What You Need
author:Roy Palmer
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

To achieve a high level of fitness for life sounds like hard work - and not just from a the physical point of view. Many fail to maintain fitness because, and let's be honest, exercise routines can be boring! Where is the fun in doing the same exercises week in week out. Yes there are many who do stick to their regimes, but why devote so much time to something that doesn't really engage you? Do you remember how much fun a trip to the park was with your friends, a bat and a ball? How much exercise did you get in one afternoon playing a few games?
You may have heard of The Alexander Technique as a method to improve your health by correcting your posture, but it has far more to offer. Learning this highly practical technique can add a new dimension to training giving you a totally new attitude to fitness and physical activity and increasing your chances of staying with a fitness program.
Whether interested in developing total fitness or just looking for relief from the all too common aches and pains, a subtle change in attitude and approach will help you get more from your body. Learning The Alexander Technique helps you develop a better understanding of your body, how it works, how it moves and how to make movement easier so you can do more with less effort. Achieving a high level of fitness for life is within your reach when you know how to use your body correctly. It is ironic that people frequently injure themselves doing activities they believe should be keeping them fit and healthy!
Why does this happen? It is a sad fact that many adults have lost the art of natural movement. We unknowingly develop poor habits that puts excessive stress on joints and muscles. The more you move poorly the better you will get at doing it in this way. End result - injury! I was alarmed when I started learning The Alexander Technique aged twenty-six at just how badly I moved, especially when I considered myself fit and well-informed about my body following years of martial arts, swimming and running!
The term ‘fitness’ generally relates to how far or fast you can run or how well you can perform physical tasks. Yet we should recognise that fitness is important for maintaining health and functionality. Yet fitness is about more than physical abilities - its about being able to do what you want, when you want and to do it well. The right mental attitude and approach are essential for performing at your peak. Of course, you still need to have the body that can meet your demands so you must work on both your physical and mental skills. The good news is that they can be worked on together.
How well do you know your body? If you are looking to maintain fitness for life you are going to be asking a lot from your body, but just how good is your body knowledge? Many are surprised at how their knowledge and understanding of their body differs from your true physical structure when taking Alexander lessons. How you move is based on your concept of how it works. If there are discrepancies between concept and reality this will effect your movement. Again if your objective is to maintain fitness this will have implications.
That's the bad news, now for the good. Learning The Alexander Technique will not only help you identify where you may be making movement harder, its practical techniques will give you the means to eradicate them altogether. Movement becomes a whole lot easier when you take the habitual brake off!
It also helps to develop your ability to focus which can take you into The Zone a place where athletes achieve peak performance with little perceived effort. This is where learning The Alexander Technique will deliver real lasting benefits to help you achieve fitness for life. With a new understanding of your body you can approach physical activity and exercise better informed about what works for you. Injury need not be something you need to suffer in order to maintain fitness.
Sports training and exercise should not be viewed as purely a way to physical fitness. With the right approach promoted by The Alexander Technique your training becomes a way to self-improvement beyond physical ability. Fitness now means more than just putting on your tracksuit and going for a run - it can be another path to self-fulfilment and development. Exercise need never be boring or routine again!
title:Are You Getting All Your Vitamins?
author:Jeff Lakie
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Far from the Flintstones shapes many of us chewed as kids, adult vitamins provide nutrients needed by a full-grown body. While vitamins are abundant in many foods, many adults do not follow diets that provide all of the vitamins and nutrients needed; a supplement can help augment our daily intake.
Like children, adults need certain vitamins to help our bodies function properly. Vitamins can also help prevent certain types of diseases. For example, vitamin D helps strengthen bones and reduce risk of osteoporosis. Vitamin A enhances vision, and vitamin C helps fight colds. Vitamin B can give us energy, which is certainly necessary in today's busy world. And vitamin E helps skin stay taut, which is definitely a bonus as we begin to age.
Some vitamins are fat-soluble, while others are water-soluble. The first type of vitamins is stored until the body can use the nutrients. These include vitamins A, D, E, and K. The latter type directly enters the blood stream, and what isn't used is excreted through the urine. These vitamins-vitamins B and C, in particular-need to constantly be replenished.
If you are not into popping pills, there are indeed ways to up your vitamin intake by adjusting your diet. These foods are high in vitamins:
Vitamin A
Eggs, milk, carrots, spinach, nectarines, canteloupe, apricots, sweet potatoes
B Vitamins
(There are several types of B vitamins)
Whole grains, seafood, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, green leafy vegetables, beans, peas, citrus fruits
Vitamin C
Citrus fruits, canteloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage
Vitamin D
Dairy products, fish, egg yolks
Vitamin E
Whole grains, green leafy vegetables, nuts, egg yolks, sardines
Vitamin K
Green leafy vegetables, dairy products, pork, green leafy vegetables
If you are able to get the vitamins you need directly from the foods you eat, you will benefit most greatly. If not, there are many multi-vitamins available over the counter that will help you reach your nutritional needs. Getting the vitamins and minerals we need is critical to maintaining good health as we get older. Those chewable vitamins you took as a child started the job; it is your responsibility to maintain it!
Are You Getting Any These Days?

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This article is about low sexual drive.  It briefly discusses the statistics of men and women having this kind of sexual

dysfunction concern.  This article also discusses the different causes of having low libido for men and women.  It is

basically differentiated to physical and psychological causes.  Also listed in the article are some tips that the readers

might want to try out to work on their low libido.

stress, depression, anxiety, women’s sexual health, counselling

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Worried you haven’t been getting any action lately?  Are you always too tired to make love to your partner?  Scared that your

partner might leave you because of it?  You may be experiencing sexual dysfunction.

Low libido, or hypoactive sexual drive disorder, is a deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual

activity. This is considered a disorder if it causes problems for the patient or problems in the patient's relationships.  In

a recent study in the United States, about 43 percent of women and 31 percent of men have admitted having sexual difficulty

in one way or another.  Lack of libido occurs more in women than in men.  Men who have erectile dysfunction do not

necessarily have low libido.

How often does low sexual drive occur?
The American Medical Association has estimated that several million US women suffer from what doctors there call'female

sexual arousal disorder' (FSAD).  In the UK, family planning clinics and related clinics see quite large numbers of women who

complain of low libido. Our estimate is that several hundred thousand women in Britain are troubled by lack of sex drive.

Low libido in men is far less common than erectile dysfunction.  One study showed that for every fifteen men who reported

having erectile dysfunction, only one of them had low sexual desire.  Most men with lack of libido can still achieve

erections, but have lost only the desire to have sex.

What causes low libido?

.For both men and women, causes are divided into physical and psychological concerns.
 Physical causes include:

.Anemia.  This more commonly affects women because of iron loss during periods.


.Drug abuse.

.Major diseases such as diabetes.


.Hyperprolactinaemia.   This is a rare disorder where the pituitary gland produces too much of the hormone prolactin.

.Post-partum.  This is the loss of libido that often starts after childbirth. It is almost certainly linked to hormonal 

changes that occur at this time. The general stress and trauma of childbirth also plays a part.

.Prescribed drugs, particularly tranquillisers.

.Other hormone abnormalities.

.Low testosterone level - contrary to what many people think, this is rare.

Psychological causes include:

.stress and overwork
.hang-ups from childhood
.past sexual abuse or rape
.latent homosexuality
.serious relationship problems with the partner
.difficult living conditions

Here are some tips to recover your lost urge.

.Leave work stress at the office.  Don’t bring it with you at home.  Time at home should be spent resting and relaxing.

.Avoid engaging in vices like smoking, drinking, and using drugs.  Not only will it benefit your sex life, it’ll improve your

 overall health.

.Relax yourself before engaging in sexual activities.

.Family counseling helps for couples undergoing serious relationship problems.

.Consult your doctor if natural interventions fail.  They will be more qualified to give you prescriptions or safe 

 suggestions on what to do in this case.

Now that we understand the underlying causes the affects both men & women’s sexual health and have pointed out ways to

replenish your lost sexual drive.  Try them and see what works for you.

Are you getting a good nights sleep?

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Herbs and vitamins that can help you sleep longer and feel more rested after a full nights sleep.

sleep aids, sleep medication, full nights sleep

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According to recent poles 40 million Americans may have chronic insomnia, with problems related to falling asleep and staying asleep or waking up to early in the mornings.  In fact, more than 100 million Americans do not get a full 7 – 8 hours sleep every night.  Last year over 26 million prescriptions were written to help Americans sleep.  Prescription drugs can have side effects, in most cases the dosages need to be upped to get a full night sleep the longer one is on them and most people become addicted to prescription sleep aids making it so they cant stop taking the them unless they don’t want to sleep for a few days.  There may be an answer to America’s sleeping problem at your local health food store. 

If you are having trouble sleeping, there are a few steps you can take to help your body naturally get to sleep.  First try to get to bed at the same time every night your body runs on an internal clock and if you don’t get to sleep every night at the same time you can through that clock out of whack so a regular bedtime routine is good practice even if you aren’t tired try to lay down maybe read a book or listen to some relaxing music.  Lifestyle choices will affect your sleep as well such as smoking, illicit drug use and pharmaceuticals, alcohol and caffeine; try to limit your intake of such things for better sleep.  Next in line is nutrition, a combination of herbs and vitamins can help naturally relax the body and mind to help one get better sleep all night long.  Green tea is an herb that is loaded with the amino acid l-Theanine, studies have shown l-Theanine to can help calm the brain, given today’s high passé lifestyles most of us are still thinking about work or what needs to go on your grocery list while laying in bed, l-Theanine helps calm your thoughts for a better nights sleep.

Other beneficial vitamins and herbs are as follows:

* 5-HTP: helps promote healthy sleep, a precursor to serotonin vital for mood regulation and sleep.

* Ashwagandha: an Adaptogenic herb, helps combat stress, calming herb.

* B Complex: good to combat stress, helps maintain a healthy nervous system function.

* Calcium: helps relax muscles.

* Chamomile:  anti-anxiety herb, good for ADD, insomnia and stress.

* Catnip: a calming herb, used to help you sleep with out affecting you the next day.

* Hops: primarily used for treatment of anxiety and insomnia for thousands of years.

* Lemon Balm: Primarily used for ADD, insomnia, stress, and Irritable bowel syndrome.

* Magnesium: helps relax muscles and is a good brain relaxing mineral.

* Skullcap: used in the past primarily as a calmative and a digestive aid, and is known for its calming effects.

* Valerian: is a tranquilizer and calming herb useful for disorders such as restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, hysteria, and headaches.

The above listed herbs can be found in combination by several manufacturers such as Source naturals and Planetary Formulas to name two.  Herbal supplements can create a natural relaxing and stress relieving environment for the body before bedtime.

Finally, there is melatonin which is a hormone naturally produced by the body.  Melatonin is secreted from the pineal gland and is only released in darkness during sleep in healthy people.  Unfortunately melatonin declines as we age and supplementation might be needed to help bring back normal sleep at night. 

The statements in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease please consult your health care physician before discontinuing medication or introducing herbs into your diet if you are currently on medication for sleep,  herbs tend to enhance the effects of medications and side effects from those medication may increase.

Are you having romantic troubles?

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Are you having romantic troubles? Are you finding that your body doesn't get up and go when you want it to? Is it hard to keep an erection for a normal sex life? You may be suffering from Erectile Dysfunction and not even know it.

Generic Cialis, Levitra, Propecia, Generic Viagra

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Are you having romantic troubles? Are you finding that your body doesn't get up and go when you want it to? Is it hard to keep an erection for a normal sex life? You may be suffering from Erectile Dysfunction and not even know it.

This website will help you find the answers to your questions. You will find a non-judgmental and knowledgeable staff that will help answer any questions you have. You can feel free to voice your concerns without fear of being ridiculed.

On the pages of our website, you will find medicines to treat Erectile Dysfunction, the best prices for discount Generic Viagra online , the best prices for discount Generic Cialis online , and listings of side effects and other problems that may occur.

Go visit our website and see the difference in getting what you need and just looking at another online site. This website has many informative pages to help you make your decision about ordering and using these medications for Erectile Dysfunction. Feel free to contact them with any questions you may have before you order so you understand how the ordering process works. On this website, you will find the end to your erectile dysfunction problem.

title:Are You Helping By Asking, “Did You Take Your Meds?”
author:Lynne Taetzsch
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Sometimes it’s appropriate and helpful to ask a family member or friend, “Did you take your meds?”  My husband, Adrian, for example, is forgetful and wants to be reminded when he needs to take any medication.  I probably ask him three or four times a day if he’s taken one of his numerous prescription drugs, and he’s happy to get the extra help.
For those of us who have a mental illness, however, like depression or bipolar disorder, we may not appreciate being asked, “Did you take your meds?”  This issue was discussed at a bipolar support group meeting I attended, and most people felt such a question was not helpful, especially since “the meds” are anything but a cure-all for our problems.
There is no guarantee that if you take your Lithium or Depakote or "X" on a regular basis, you will never have another manic or depressive episode.  Add to this general problem, the variety of side effects such as weight gain, ringing in the ears, itchy rashes, liver damage, energy depletion, mind numbing, ad infinitum, you'll see that there is no simple plan that will "fix" us.
"Fixing us" is, of course, what our loving family would like to do.  In their mind there is a logical correlation between "taking your meds" and leading a peaceful, productive, non-combative life.  It is understandable that they fear the phone call telling them we've been arrested or are in the mental ward of a hospital or have had a car accident because in our manic state, we thought we were indestructible.  Of course they want us to take our meds!  It's their only hope.
One parent I know, who has lived through years of trying to "fix" his daughter with policing so that she would "take her meds," has come to a more peaceful place.  "It's her life," he says.  "She has to want to get better for herself, not for me. I no longer ask her if she's taking her medication or doing the things she needs to in order to stay healthy.  I stay out of it."  He added that he is there for his daughter if she needs him and asks for the help, but that's it.
It's hard as a parent to stand back and watch the destructive behavior of our children.  I am a parent, and I was a fanatic when I thought anything was threatening my daughter.  Fortunately, she didn't inherit my bipolar genes.  I didn't have to watch any wild, destructive behavior in her that my parents had to watch in me.  For those of us who have a mental illness like depression or bipolar disorder, we need to give our family members some slack.  Most of them do mean well when they ask, "Did you take your meds?"  But if you're a family member reading this, realize that such a question only frustrates and antagonizes the person suffering from a mental disorder.
If our meds really worked, if they really "fixed us" so that we could lead lives filled with peace, energy, purpose, and a guaranteed good night’s sleep, don't you think we'd be taking them?
The key to being helpful rather than hurtful is to assist your loved one in ways they have asked you to rather than assuming a parental role.  “How can I be helpful?” is a better question than “Did you take your meds?”
Copyright 2006 Lynne Taetzsch
Are You In a Toxic Relationship, Improve It Or Better Get Out!

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Relationships are based on trust and understanding one another. If you do not have trust and understanding, more than likely your relationship will turn into a “toxic relationship”

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The most significant thing you can do in any relationship  is to be honest and gain the trust of your partner. But if the relationship is a “toxic relationship”, you might want to find the best solution that works for the both partners and be honest while doing so. You first need to decide if the toxic relationship is suffering because of your own issues, including behaviors. People change; emotions change and when we get to a point of no return, we can often search inside ourselves to see if the problem in the relationship lies within ourselves.

Relationships are based on trust and understanding one another. If you do not have trust and understanding, more than likely your relationship will turn into a “toxic relationship”. This means you and your partner need to find a solution to deal with the problem, or get out.

Building a solid foundation is the first step to a successful relationship.  Foundations based on stability offer a rewarding, long-lasting relationship, while unstable foundations lead to breakups. Therapy is good, but if you can sit down and talk through your own problems this is the best solution and it will save you money.

Incompatibility can lead to breakup, thus weighing out your relationship vigilantly before committing more seriously to the relationship can prevent disaster. If you are already involved in a toxic relationship more than likely, you will need to evaluate the compatibilities. You do have the options of working through the incompatibilities or getting out. 

Compatibility extends to family history. If you are suffering problems due to family quarrels, the ride gets strenuous. Families that tend to like the person their child is with, is less likely to give you problems. Many persons who begin relationships and have been with their mate for sometime may find that neither party is compatible. The relationship can still work if the two of you communicate and comprise a plan that both can agree on.  Read and learn the steps in good relationships by buying books that offer a good strategy for the incompatible couples.

Many times people commit to relationships with the idea that they can change the other person later. This is never good! Either you like whom you meet, or you do not. No one can change another human being, the person must have the desire to change him or her self, and the first step to change is acceptance and then willingness to make the changes.

One should be skeptical of those who vow to change for you. Often the promises are not met, or the person has “hidden terrors” that could be forced onto you later.
If you are a dreamer, you may look at your mate as a fantasy. This is not good either. You lose the benefits by not getting to know the person you have mated with or you wake up from your dream and find that you made a serious mistake.

The chief focus to keep in mind is to communication, spend quality time, stay focused, and lay a good foundation for your relationship; keep it honest and learn to trust one another, with unselfish motives.

As you can see, sharing plays a large part in love and relationships. When two people share, they are giving something to the other that leaves a lasting feeling of joy and love. Two people working together without selfishness often build a relationship on solid grounds, and often endure through tribulations, joyous moments, and so forth. Relationships built on solid grounds rarely fall apart when troubles come their way. Thus, enhance your toxic relationship, or get out!

Are you in Bed with 8 Legged Freaks!

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They are tiny. They are dirty. There are probably thousands if not millions of them in bed with you every night! Read on to find out how you can get rid of these unwanted pests.

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They are tiny. They are dirty. There are probably thousands if not millions of them in bed with you every night!! They are called dust mites and if you suffer from asthma or allergies, they make your symptoms even worse. So whether you have an adjustable bed or a regular bed, these little critters are nothing but a nuisance.

Dust mites make their home in mattresses, pillows, blankets, quilts, carpets and fabric covered furniture, thrive in the summer and usually die in the winter. They may continue to thrive in the winter if your house is warm and humid.

The bedroom is an area that has an environment that the dust mite loves. An adjustable bed, or any bed for that matter, can contain hundreds of thousands of them and an old pillow can have 20% of its own weight made up of dust mites, dead and alive, and dust mite droppings.But mainly their droppings. Kind of makes you look at your bed a little differently tonight.

Why do they love to get in bed with us ? Because most animals, including humans shed skin flakes every year. We all naturally lose skin, head and pubic hairs by the thousands every year. A household of four normal adults shed over three pounds in weight of skin flakes annually. Over 80% of the dust particles floating in the air and settling on your furniture is made up of dead skin cells. Since dust mites eat dead skin cells, our beds are like an all you can eat for free smorgasbord.

Dust mites are related to the Spider and they have eight legs, but no eyes and no antennae . Female mites lay between 40 and 80 eggs in a lifetime which lasts up to seven weeks. The good news is that they are tiny. Just a gram of dust may contain up to 5,000 mites, and an ounce of dust may host 150,000. You just cannot see them crawling about, but they are there.

How do you Control Dust Mites ?

*Pesticides are not approved for control of house dust mites because they can damage to you as much as them.

*Replace feather and down pillows with synthetic fillings.

* Enclose the mattress top and sides with a special synthetic cover.

*Vacuum your mattress thoroughly especially the base and head of the bed.

*Keep the mattress as dry as possible; dust mites like it damp, especially with sweat.

* Change and wash pillowcases, sheets, and under blankets regularly.

*Vacuum the bed base and around the covered mattress weekly.

*Wash all bedding frequently in hot water (60oC weekly). Wash curtains regularly as well.

*A dehumidifier helps because house mites need high humidity to live and grow

*Throw the bed-clothes back and open the windows wide, to have a good blow through. When you make your bed, you cover up the little critters and make them feel ,well, as snug as a bug in a bed.

Where Children Sleep

* Keep toys that will accumulate dust out of the child’s bedroom
* Avoid stuffed toys
* Use only washable toys of wood, rubber, metal, or plastic
* Store toys in a closed toy box or chest
* Avoid upholstered furniture and blinds.
* Use only a wooden or metal chair that you can scrub. * Use only plain, lightweight curtains on the windows.

Good luck on getting these little creepy crawlies out of your life. The last thing you want to get in bed with are eight legged freaks.

title:Are You Just Filling Your Tummy?
author:Susie Dieet
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The Proper Way to Diet
The importance of a well balanced diet is very important. The goal of this article is to answer the questions you may have about a well balanced diet.
A well balanced diet must include the correct amount of vital nutrients. These nutrients include carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, mineral salts, and fiber. Water is also vital and may be more important that all the other nutrients.
A balanced diet must contain an appropriate amount of fat, carbohydrates, protein, vegetables, fruit, minerals, salts, vitamins, and fibers. A balanced diet should also include plenty of water.
Proteins contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sometimes sulphur also. Proteins are very important for our body. It is needed for growth and repair. Proteins cannot be directly absorbed by our blood, that's why our digestive system converts it into amino acids. There are over 20 different types of amino-acids.
Proteins are also sometimes used for energy. The liver helps to excrete nitrogen form our body. This process forms urea which the kidneys then add to the urine.
Vitamins are required by the body but the body does not produce its own vitamins. Therefore we must obtain vitamins through outside sources such as food and supplements. Although the body can survive for a certain amount o time without vitamins certain diseases and even death can result from a pro longed vitamin deficiency. The body requires small amounts of vitamin A, B, C, D, and E.
Our body requires mineral salts in traces, although, the requirement of mineral salts in our body is much more than that of vitamins. Mineral salts consists of iron, required to make hemoglobin, calcium, required for healthy teeth, bones and muscles
Are You Looking To Buy Steroids Online?

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Are you aged enough to use steroids? Are you looking to buy steroids for legitimate medical use? Are you looking to buy steroids online?

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Are you aged enough to use steroids? Are you looking to buy steroids for legitimate medical use? Are you looking to buy steroids online?

If you are really affirmative about all the above questions, you can easily buy steroids online. Even if, you are old enough to use steroids, you should start using steroids only after the advice of your doctor. Once your doctor gives you nod, you can go buy steroids online.

It’s extremely easy to buy steroids online. There are plenty of sites that can help you buy steroids online. You just need to sit before your computer connected with internet and log on to one of the genuine online drug stores selling steroids online.

However, before you buy steroids online, you must check out several online steroid profiles, steroid articles, and side effects of steroids over dosage. Steroids, you know, are the drugs derived from testosterone” that is a steroid hormone from the androgen group. It is primarily secreted in the testes of males and the ovaries of females although small amounts are secreted by the adrenal glands. On average, the adult male body produces about twenty to thirty times the amount of testosterone that an adult female's body does. Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone and an anabolic steroid. It plays key roles in health and well-being in both males and females. It helps enhancing libido, energy, immune function and protection against osteoporosis.

Steroids help regenerating you vigor during the fag ends of your lives. Steroids are helpful when your bodies lose power to produce enough testosterone. Thus steroids help you live healthy life during later years of your lives.

Steroids however are often used as performance enhancing drugs by athletes, bodybuilders, and sports persons. The use of steroids for such purposes is unethical and illegal. This is steroid abuse, which often has serious side effects and deadly consequences. So, steroids are helpful medications if they are used correctly and high time.

While you buy steroids online, it’s extremely important to make sure that you are buying genuine steroids and in genuine prices, as there are several sites selling fake & spurious steroids online. You should buy steroids online from only the genuine and reliable sites. You should better do some research on internet to find genuine and reliable site to buy steroids online.

title:Are You Losing Body Fat Or Water?
author:Meri Raffetto
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

“I tried that diet and lost 8 pounds in the first week!”
“I’ve gained three pounds in one day! It must have been the cookie I ate or maybe the mashed potatoes!”
Stepping on the scale can become an anxiety filled event that leaves people wondering where they went wrong when the numbers don’t go in the right direction. This leads to panic and usually ends with blaming a particular food item that really wasn’t the culprit. Everyone who has been on a journey to lose weight has been there before. Even though you are following your plan and exercising regularly the number may go up 1-2 pounds or even up to 3-4 pounds creating unnecessary guilt that we have failed somehow. If it’s not always food that makes our weight creep up then what is it that causes these fluctuations on the scale?
When trying to lose weight the scale often becomes the only measurement of success and this makes it difficult to remember that every time we step on a scale it is measuring every part of our physical being at that moment in time, which means it measures our fat, muscles, organs, tissue and water weight. Body fat is not the only thing being measured. While organs and tissue don’t change much; fat, muscle, and water do change which can result in fluctuating numbers on the scale.
Water weight can affect your total weight anywhere from 1-10 pounds and sometimes even more. It is important to understand what kinds of dietary factors can make these fluid shifts happen. To start, many of the high protein, low carbohydrate diets can cause a dramatic shift in your water weight. This is because as you cut back carbohydrate intake your body starts breaking down the stored carbohydrates (glycogen) to use as energy, and this breakdown causes the body to excrete large amounts of water. Once the body begins to use stored fat for energy, weight loss slows. This is the reason why most people lose a significant amount of weight right away on a low carb, high protein diet. Extreme low carb, high protein diets can potentially lead to dehydration because of this significant fluid loss.
When a person following a low carb plan eats a carbohydrate-rich food they can easily gain 1-3 pounds. However, this weight gain can be misleading because it is usually your body replenishing the fluid it lost and not gained fat. This 3 pound fluctuation becomes frustrating for many people and they end up yo-yoing back and forth with fluid weight thinking that it must be the half cup of rice they had the night before that caused them to gain that 3 pounds when in fact eating the rice just allowed them to regain some of the fluid they had lost from following a strict low carb plan. The fact is carbohydrates do not affect your weight quite that simply. Excess carbohydrates can strongly stimulate insulin production, which promotes fat deposition and increases appetite. This kind of weight gain will happen gradually, not dramatically overnight.
Sodium is another dietary component that can lead to fluid gain. Sodium can cause the body to retain fluid, leading to these frustrating daily weight fluctuations. Some people are more sensitive to sodium than others. Watch your diet and see if your weight gain corresponds with a high sodium meal the day before. For example, eating out in restaurants can often increase your sodium intake significantly.
The best way to tell if you are retaining fluid is to pay attention to your body. If you get indentations on your ankles and lower legs from your socks then you are retaining fluid. If you wear rings and they become tight and leave an imprint in your fingers when you take them off then you also retaining fluid. Any kind of puffiness in your skin is a good indication of water weight.
The bottom line is that it takes 3500 calories to gain or lose 1 pound of body fat. This equates to an extra 500 calories a day over 7 days to gain a pound. This means if you gained 3 pounds in one day you can chalk it up to fluid weight otherwise you would have had to consume 10,500 extra calories that day which is not likely! True weight gain happens gradually and likewise we lose it gradually. Check your weight weekly instead of daily and look for overall trends. If you are seeing dramatic daily changes in your weight, it is likely the ever-changing shifts of our body’s water weight.
© Meri Raffetto, 2006
title:Are You Overweight Because You're Not Sleeping Enough?
author:Tracy Lee
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

If you're like me, you probably wish that there was a way for you to lose weight without having to put in much effort, right?
Everyone knows the importance of exercise and how it helps us with weight loss, but on some days don't we all wish we can just sleep in bed and lose weight at the same time?
Well, I've got some great news for you...
Sleep is a critical part of your weight loss program!
This is a little-known fact, but did you know that sleep can affect your weight?  Rather, it's the lack of sleep that can make you put on unnecessary weight.  You may actually lose more weight if only you were to sleep more every day.  What an intriguing thought, isn't it? 
In a review of several studies examining the impact of sleep on the regulation of metabolism, Dr. Eve Van Cauter, Professor and Research Associate at the University of Chicago, noted that the association between hormones and sleep was identified more than 30 years ago when it was reported that adult men secrete growth hormone during the early phase of sleep. Since then, research has indicated a harmful effect of sleep loss on the endocrine system and glucose modulation.
One study examined the effect of sleep debt and sleep recovery on hormone concentrations and glucose tolerance in healthy males ages 18-27. One week of sleep restriction produced dramatic results: a 30 percent slower response to both the glucose tolerance test and acute insulin response compared with results in rested subjects. Sleep deprivation also raised the 24-hour cortisol profile.
Another study found that sleep deprivation resulted in 30 percent lower levels of leptin. Amazingly, the effect is similar to that observed with caloric restriction (3,000 calories over 3 days), signaling a negative energy balance.
A more recent study examined the effect of 10 vs. 4 hours of sleep on appetite. Subjects who slept 4 hours were always hungry and craved starchy, sweet, and salty foods. These results suggest that sleep deprivation produces a signal mimicking negative energy balance, inducing people to eat and thereby predisposing to obesity.
These results indicate an association between sleep debt and obesity. Sleep deprivation would affect glucose tolerance and leptin levels and increase the appetite for unhealthy foods. She noted that sleep restriction would have greater impact on obese individuals, who have higher leptin levels to begin with, and on older adults.
Dr. Van Cauter also noted that the studies were performed in males only. Because females have higher baseline levels of some hormones (e.g. leptin), sleep restriction might have worse effects in women than in men.
Hey, did you notice the groups which were mentioned specifically in the last 2 paragraphs that may be more severely affected by sleep deprivation?  I'll recap them here again: (1) obese individuals, (2) older adults, and  (3) women.
That's really crucial for us because this means if you're a woman over 40, not getting enough sleep will probably make you feel hungry constantly and crave for all the unhealthy foods even more as compared to other people. And the more overweight you are, the more you may be affected by the lack of sleep.
Not surprisingly, another study has indeed found an inverse relationship between increased body mass index (BMI) and sleep duration in women. That is, women who do not sleep enough tend to be more overweight than women who get sufficient sleep.
And just in case you still believe in the myth that "Oh, it's alright because I'll catch up on my sleep on the weekends", you should note that Dr. Van Cauter also made the following observation: Sleep debt is generally not paid back fully by weekend sleep.  I suppose this is kind of like the saying "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away" -- eating 7 apples on Sunday instead of 1 a day just isn't going to give you the same results!
Now, I'm _not_ saying that you don't have to exercise and all you have to do to lose weight is to sleep it off. Exercise, strength training and physical activities in general are vital components of a permanent weight loss program.
It's simply that if you don't sleep enough, you'll just be making it more difficult for yourself to lose the extra weight.  There's no point in sabotaging your chances of weight loss success if it's a simple matter of making sure you get enough sleep every night, right?  I mean, how much easier can it get?
According to William Dement, Stanford University sleep researcher, adults need about 8 hours of sleep a night.  Try your best to get this amount every day, and you'll reduce one more obstacle in your path to attaining your desired ideal weight.  Simple idea, isn't it?
Copyright 2005 Tracy Lee
Are You Overweight, Is It Too Late ?

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Overweight is a big problem these days. This is an article that will help people understand about overweight people's feelings. Hopefully it will help the overweight people and give a little insight, as to how overweight feel, to the ones that are not.

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When is it too late to start exercising and eating healthy. Some people say never, I disagree with that. I think it would be hard to do that when you are 6 feet under because you never started eating healthy and exercising. But as long as you are still breathing, it is not too late.

If you are overweight it makes life much harder, getting up and down, walking anywhere, much less trying to exercise. Out of the corner of your eye you see people staring and whispering. They might as well go ahead and point, too.

The best time to start an exercise program and eating healthy is when you are young. Unfortunately that is not always the case. As a person gets older, that old saying, "It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks", is very true, but not impossible. For whatever reason people tend to be less active.

At any age a person should and can improve their way of eating and getting some kind of exercise. You don't have to quit eating, if you do that, you might dry up like a prune. Learning a new way of eating and enjoying new foods, with a friend or group, is a good way to lose the weight.

Walk with a friend 2 or 3 times a week. Start off walking short distances and increase it a little at a time. You'll be surprised at how much better you begin to feel each day. Between the eating healthy and exercising you'll feel like an new person in no time and life will be better and easier.

Soon those same people who were staring and whispering will come up to you and say, "Don't I know you, you look so familiar, but I just can't place you?" And you will smile and say, "You must be mistaken, that was another person."

Start today with your new way of life; you're going to love the way you feel.

Are You Prepared For A Natural Disaster?

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With the various types of natural disasters that have taken place in recent years, many people have started to realize that they may not be prepared for such events to take place. While no one wants to think it can happen to them, we have all seen the footage of Hurricane Katrina and it was a reality that this type of natural disaster is something that does happen to real people. Even the fires spreading out of control in California remind us of the types of natural disasters that can take place.

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With the various types of natural disasters that have taken place in recent years, many people have started to realize that they may not be prepared for such events to take place. While no one wants to think it can happen to them, we have all seen the footage of Hurricane Katrina and it was a reality that this type of natural disaster is something that does happen to real people. Even the fires spreading out of control in California remind us of the types of natural disasters that can take place.

It is important to pay close attention to the warnings that hopefully will be broadcast on TV and the internet if a natural disaster is possible. It is unbelievable the number of people that ignore this information. If you are asked to evacuate the area do so as quickly and calmly as you can. Rescue efforts may not be available for those that remain behind. It is a good idea to have a battery powered radio that you can carry with you to continue listening to the instructions as you are traveling.

You should have an emergency supply kit on hand at all times just in case you do happen to be in a location where a natural disaster happens. Bottled water and canned foods can be stored for long periods of time. You want enough for each family member for at least five days.

Should you have to remain on your own for a few days until rescue teams can reach you these items will help you to survive. The food in your refrigerator can spoil if the power goes down which is common after a natural disaster. Make sure you keep medications on hand for those that need them on a regular basis.

If you have small children in the home make sure you have the necessary supplies on hand for them. Stocking up on personal items such as diapers, toilet paper, and toothpaste can help you to stay healthy during a natural disaster. Since you may be without power for several days you will want to have lanterns and flashlights readily available.

A small first aid kit with essential items can be useful because you never know when someone will be injured as a result of a natural disaster. Do your best to clean the injury and prevent infection until proper medical care can be received for the individual. Many people worry about their pets during a natural disaster but you may not be able to keep them with you during that time. If possible though store food for them as well so that you won’t be sharing the food you stored for your family with them.

A natural disaster can be very scary for everyone, but especially for children. Make sure that everyone is able to get plenty of rest and that children are allowed to openly share their feelings. Too many parents think it is best not to tell them what is going on but that tends to make them more afraid as they definitely know something is taking place around them.

Hopefully you will never have to experience a natural disaster but it is wise to be prepared. Having the essential items in place that your will need can make the difference between your survival after the event takes place. It is a good idea to practice emergency procedures for natural disasters with your family as well.

title:Are you Sabotaging your Training Efforts by Neglecting Basic Nutrition?
author:Barry Boswell
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

If you regularly train using cardiovascular workouts and a weight resistance routine while taking nutritional supplements but are not paying attention to basic nutrition than you are essentially throwing away a good portion of the benefits you are gaining from your workouts.
Basic nutrition is absolutely essential to making the most of your sports training.
Food calories supply energy and nutrients to the body during exercise. Without proper basic nutrition you loss energy more quickly resulting in a less intense workout. While simple sugars are used up almost immediately, complex sugars or complex carbohydrates provide prolonged energy to the muscles during exercise. Protein is composed of amino acids which support growing muscles. In fact, basic nutritional deficits can cause you to lose hard earned muscle to muscle tissue breakdown or catabolism.
According to Joel Marion, prior Body for Life 2001 Grand Champion, not only are the foods you eat important but proper timing in relation to workouts plays a vital role in maximizing your performance, optimizing fat loss, and minimizing muscle loss. The intensity of your workout is directly related to the amount of calories and fat you burn. You can not be at full intensity if you are suffering from lack of proper nutrition.
In addition, intense exercise can increase muscle loss in people who are not meeting their caloric needs.(1)
There are six nutrients needed on a daily basis. These include: water, vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and proteins. There are three types of calories including: carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Carbohydrates are converted to sugars during exercise. Complex carbohydrates are what your body needs to perform at optimum levels. Fats also fuel the body for exercise. Saturated fat is what you should strive to avoid while monounsaturated fat is the least detrimental to the body. Protein helps build and maintain muscle mass.
Foods high in protein include chicken, egg whites, lean beef, beans and skim milk.
It is recommended that your daily diet consists of 50% carbohydrates, 30% fat, and 20% protein. If you exercise regularly you may want to increase your carbohydrates and protein intake while slightly decreasing your fats.
To improve your nutrition you should try to consume five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, drink eight glasses of water (more if you are consuming a lot of proteins and complex carbohydrates), eliminate junk food and unnecessary fat like in whole milk, and consume only lean meats. If you want to maximize your work outs while eliminating unnecessary muscle breakdown, it is recommended that you consume a nutritional supplement before and after workouts to restore glycogen and creatine levels, decrease muscle tissue catabolism, and encourage muscle tissue growth.
1. Marion, Joel. Active Nutrition.
Are You Still Sleeping with That Pain in The Neck?

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No I am not talking about your significant other. I am talking about your pillow. Are you still scrunching it in half, constantly adjusting it throughout the night, tossing and turning? A sleeping pillow is very personal, very individual. Pillows are not one size fits all. The right pillow ensures a good night’s sleep by keeping your head in the right position.

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There are many sleeping pillows to choose from, cotton, wool, latex, polyester or natural filling like goose down. Most pillows come soft, medium and firm. A down bedding specialist will carry high quality goose down that will stay lofty. You will be able to try many pillows with different qualities of goose down and each a different firmness. Generally, people who are stomach sleepers require a soft pillow, back sleepers a medium pillow and side sleepers a firm pillow, unless they are petite then a medium would be better. Some down bedding specialists will offer the service of adjusting the pillow once you have slept on it a few nights. Now that’s the perfect sleeping pillow.

A high quality goose down pillow with the right amount of filling will cradle your head and keep your head at the correct angle for a good night’s sleep. A high quality white goose down and the proper care will prevent the pillow from flattening out, keeping the loft to support your head and spine in the correct alignment. Regular cleaning and conditioning (not washing or dry-cleaning) by a down specialist will not only sanitize the down, it will re-fluff it and keep it lofty, and remove any dust. You should clean your down pillows about every 3 - 4 years to keep them fresh and fluffy. Choose a high threadcount for the casing to ensure the down will not “leak” out. Swiss Batiste is the lightest, most durable and the most downproof material with a very high threadcount. Any cotton cambric 300 and over will be very durable and downproof.

So for that all important personal pillow, get what you really need for a perfect night’s sleep. Choose a high quality Eiderdown or white goose down pillow and have it made just for you. You will be rewarded with years of sleeping without that pain in the neck. Once you have your perfect pillow, get an extra one for traveling. You will not want to be without it.

title:Are You Suffering From Chronic Constipation?
author:Dr. Rita Louise
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Embarrassing as it may be, we have all suffered from constipation at one time in our life or another.  According to the National Health Interview Survey as many as 3 million Americans suffer from frequent if not chronic constipation.  While constipation is not recognized as a degenerative disease or serious disorder, people who are constipated often feel bloated, uncomfortable and even sluggish.  Constipation by itself is miserable enough, but sufferers often experience painful bowel movements that can become compounded by hemorrhoids that form due to straining.
To understand constipation, it is important to understand how our digestive system works.  When we eat, food is ground up in our stomachs so it can be digested.  This “liquid” food passes into the small intestine where nutrients are extracted.  It then moves on to the colon, where water is removed, allowing a stool to form.  If too much water is extracted from the stool as it passes through the colon, it can become hard and difficult to pass leaving you constipated. 
There are a number of reasons why people get constipated.  These include not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough liquids (water), lack of exercise, ignoring the “urge” to have a bowel movement and plain old stress.  Other causes can include having a lazy colon that does not contract properly, causing waste materials to pass through the colon slowly, food allergies that can cause the colon to contract, or mechanical obstructions that inhibit the movement of waste materials.  Many prescription drugs and certain neurological disorders can also slow down the movement of waste materials through the colon.  Constipation can also be brought on by an abuse of laxatives that over time can damage the nerve cells in the colon and interfere with its ability to contract properly.
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to relieve chronic constipation naturally.
Recommendations For Wellness
Consume a high fiber diet made up of lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  If that is not possible, incorporate a dietary fiber supplement such as psyllium hulls, Natures Sunshine’s Nature’s Three or their Irritable Bowel Fiber into your daily health routine.  Dietary fiber holds water and help to keep the stool soft, while added bulk help to move the stool through the colon. 
If other fiber supplements fail in your attempt to become regular, try taking Chitosan (a form of dietary fiber) along with vitamin C.  The chitosan binds to fats from the foods we eat making the stool soft and smooth.  The vitamin C helps to activate the chitosan in the stomach.
Drink plenty of water, especially if you are taking supplemental fiber.
Try eating a few dried prunes or drinking some prune juice.  In addition to adding fiber, prunes have a mild laxative effect.
Avoid sugar and other processed foods.
Begin a regular exercise program to help promote normal bowel movements.
If you think allergies are the cause of your constipation, try an elimination diet to help you to identify what may be triggering your body and causing your colon to contract.
Meditate, do yoga, go for a walk.  Do things that will allow you to reduce your stress levels and help your body to relax.  This can help relax your colon.
Get a colonic to flush out any old fecal matter that may be trapped within the colon or try a colon cleanse.
Take a good probiotic such as acidopholis or bifidophilus to help promote a healthy environment within the colon.
Peppermint (3910-9) has a long history of helping relax the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract.
Supplementation with magnesium and large doses of vitamin C, have a mild laxative effect on the body.
If all else fails, herbs such as casgara segrada, turkey rhubarb or herbal combinations such as Natures Sunshine’s LBS II and LB-X can be used to evacuate the colon.  While these should be used with caution, they are less aggressive than many commercial laxatives that are available at the supermarket. 
title:Are You Thinking Right for Weight Loss?
author:Janice Elizabeth Small
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Everyone knows that you lose weight if you eat fewer calories than you need each day. But if it were that simple there would not be such a problem with obesity in the Western world - we'd all have the key to weight loss. The problem is that so much to do with succeeding at weight loss rests in our heads and not our bodies. To succeed we need to get our heads working for us and not against us.
Ask yourself these ten questions to see if you are thinking in the right way to lose weight.
1. Have you decided to succeed?
Until you make a definite decision there will be no change to your actions. If you just dabble with "losing a few pounds" you're unlikely to get anywhere. Make a definite decision and stick to it.
2. Have you set a realistic target?
You need to know where you're going or you'll never know when you've arrived. What is your target weight and when do you plan to reach it? Plan on losing no more than a pound or two a week. If you set an impossibly high target you'll get discouraged as soon as it looks like you won't make it.
3. Do you believe your will succeed?
If you keep telling yourself you'll never do it, you won't. Look for reasons why this time will be different. Decide to do things differently to make it so!
4. Can you picture yourself at your new weight?
If you can see yourself in your mind's eye with your new slim figure, your subconscious will feel more comfortable with the changes you are making and you'll feel less like creeping back into your comfort zone.
5. Are you clear about your reasons for losing weight?
If you don't know why you're doing this, what will keep you going when the going gets tough? Make a list of all the benefits you will get from losing that weight and review it often.
6. Are you open to change?
The only sure thing is that if you keep on doing what you've always done you'll keep on getting what you've always got. So think about what you are prepared to change and change at a rate you are comfortable with.
7. Are you a friend to yourself?
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy by offering an endless stream of criticism rather than encouragement. Give yourself a pat on the back for everything you do well and accept any set-backs - just make sure you learn from your mistakes.
8. Are you patient with yourself?
Weight loss rarely happens on a straight path. You may find you lose a lot at the beginning as you often shed excess water then. You may hit one or more times where you lose hardly anything at all despite your best efforts. Nothing that was worth achieving was arrived at overnight. Just keep on keeping on.
9. Have you put your life on hold because of your size?
You only have one life so don't wait to get slim before you enjoy it. Whatever you want, go for it now, and let being slim be the icing on the cake. Goals don't suddenly become reality because you reach your target weight. Why wait? Make eating out of boredom a thing of the past.
10. Do you value yourself enough?
You are unique and very special whatever your size. You are not perfect and neither is anyone one else but you are perfectly human. Value your personality, your life, your ambitions, your skills and, yes, even your body that does so much for you despite all the abuse you give it with junk food and no exercise. Learn to respect yourself and your body and give yourself the care you so richly deserve.

Are You Tired Most Of The Time?

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The task of balancing tasks at home and in the office can leave a person tired to the bone.  The article highlights a number of doable tips on how to rejuvenate and bring back one's energy despite the demands of everyday life.

stress and anxiety, fatigue, excessive fatigue

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The challenges of every day life like enduring the tiresome commute to and from the office; the stress and anxiety from your demanding work; and all the family commitments that you need to attend to --- these are all recipes for burnout.  Even on weekends, you can't seem to get some rest.  No matter what you do, you still feel dead tired.  But like most people, you know that you must not give in to all the pressures at home and at work.

If you're always tired, maybe it's time for you to consider the following tips on how to stay sharp and ready to face the daily grind:

Lessen your sugar intake

Contrary to popular belief, sugar should not be considered a main source of energy.  In fact, sugar is mostly converted to fat if it is unused through physical activity or exercise.  High-sugar, high-calorie food and beverages like softdrinks, chocolate bars, candies, and desserts should be avoided or consumed in moderation.  The “low” that comes after the “high” of a “sugar rush” can actually make a person feel more tired.


When excessive fatigue hits, many people would grab a cup of coffee for a quick “pick-me-up” fix. But a recent study showed that excessive coffee drinking can lead to exhaustion. The temporary boost simply masks the fatigue instead of relieving  a person suffering from it. In addition, just a little too much caffeine can leave you feeling overstimulated and shaky.  The first step to eliminate our exhaustion is to lessen your coffee crutch. You can make the transition by kicking your habit of taking coffee over the weekends, or by limiting your coffee intake to only two cups a day.

Get enough sleep

Getting quality sleep is very important. If you are still tired after a full night's sleep, chances are, something is bothering you so much that you lose sleep over it. Furthermore, if you are trying to sleep and often resort to the use of sleeping pills or alcohol, you may be in for a surprise. Abusing these products can just make your sleeplessness worse in the long run because you may become prone to over-dependence. 

Refresh yourself often

Too many commitments or conflicting schedules often cause you stress and anxiety. Try to learn and practice time management. Create an unstructured weekend.  Try meditation techniques that will help you  relax.  If the budget permits, take regular quick vacations to allow your mind and body to be refreshed.

Chemicals plays a part on zapping your energy

Today, there are more harmful substances found in our food such as chemicals, pesticide residue, and other toxins.  Even the air we breathe contains harmful pollutants like sulfur-dioxide and nitrous oxide fumes. As a result, many people suffer from low-grade poisoning than can cause weakness.

Here are simple ways to cope with these environmental toxins:

l Invest in an air purifier or filtered air conditioning
l Have your water supply tested
l Search for organic foods that are free of chemicals
l Keep away or secure bottles of solvents, paint, and cleansers. Make sure its lid is sealed. Store it in your attic or basement.
l Don't smoke or drink too much alcohol
l Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and have a high-fiber diet

Take some supplements to fill the gap

Proper diet is essential but even with a good diet, it still feels short when you still lack the essential vitamins and minerals that you need to keep yourself up and running. Try taking the following supplements:

l B Complex – These vitamins help the body convert sugar into fuel. Take 50mg twice daily.
l Vitamin C – A well-known vitamin known for fighting fatigue and infection.
l Iron – If you eat a lot of junk food and you are having heavy menstruation, you become prone to  iron deficiency.  Taking at least 50mg of iron supplements, two or three times daily will help  replenish the loss iron in your body.
l Magnesium -You need this to maintain your energy levels. It is best to take at least 200mg of magnesium citrate twice daily.

You'll feel more refreshed if you follow these health tips.  Aside from a good diet, plenty of rest, and regular exercise --- it is important to practice positive thinking or optimism, which is another key to overcome physical and emotional tiredness.

title:Are You Tired Of Looking For The Acne Cure ?
author:MD Stracener
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When it comes to zits and finding the acne cure it can be quite a difficult task.  Everyone claims their product to be the one but are they.  The acne cure is the product that works for you and what works for you might not work for someone else.
So how do you determine the acne cure that’s right for you?  Well I wish I could tell you it’s very simple just buy product A or product B but the truth is you are going to have to experiment try different products until you find the one that works for you.
I could fill you full of bull and tell you Neutrogena is the one or Proactive is the one.  For some that would be true, for others however it would not.
When trying a new product try to buy the smallest quantity available.  Many acne products offer a trial size which is perfect!  If no trial size is available then you’ll have to buy the next smallest size you can find.
Remember price has no bearing on what works.  For some the cheapest acne products do the job for others it’s the most expensive.  Trial and error is the only way you’ll find out.
There are some general things you can do that help almost all sufferers to some degree.
Increase the amount of water you drink daily.  It should be at least 10 8 ounce glasses.  Water helps flush your system and that includes your skin which then can better move impurities and toxins out of the body.
Increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables you eat.
Exercise.  Exercise helps boost the immune system which can then better fight our acne outbreaks.
Take a zinc supplement.  Zinc has shown great results for many acne sufferers.  If you want more information on zinc visit us at the acne cure center or do a quick search and you’ll find other sites providing valuable information.
Reduce stress.  Stress can trigger an outbreak so try to keep your stress under control.  I know this can be easier said than done but there are many relaxation techniques available.  Give one a try.
Contrary to the old wives tails floating around.  Acne is not caused by sugar or greasy foods.  Although they don’t directly cause acne, they are overall not healthy for the body and can reduce the bodies ability to build a strong immune system so you should consume in moderation.  But cutting them out of your diet won’t make your acne magically disappear.
Many acne outbreaks are a result of hormonal imbalances.  That’s why acne is so prone in teens.  There are hormonal treatments available that you can talk to your doctor about.
There are also many other treatments available from your doctor or dermatologist.  This is certainly a route worth exploring if you suffer from severe acne. 
But for the occasional outbreak you can find the acne cure that works for you over the counter.  So why not start now?

title:Are You Trying To Lose Weight? Don't!
author:Mark Idzik
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you trying to lose weight?
If you are, STOP!
Funny thing to say coming from someone that wants to help you lose all the weight you want, right?
Actually, there's a good reason.
You see, you can't try to lose weight. Don't believe me?
OK, let's use an example. Look around where you are sitting right now and find a small object. Perhaps a pen, envelope or book. Got it?
Now, try to pick it up. Go ahead.
Is it in your hand? If it is, well, then you didn't try, you actually picked it up. If it's not in your hand, you didn't.
Simple, right?
There's no middle ground in doing. You can't "try" to do anything, it's a fallacy. You either do it, or don't do it.
The same applies to losing weight (or anything else for that matter). Saying that you'll try gives your mind fuzzy instructions, and it will return fuzzy results, results that aren't what you really want. It also gives you a "way out" if you don't achieve the goals you set out to reach.
You see, your subconscious mind doesn't interpret your directions, it just goes to work following them as complete truth. When you say you'll "try to lose weight", it will "try" to follow your instructions, which we now know is impossible.
What in fact you want, (if you really do) is to lose weight. To feel better. To have more energy. To  overcome health challenges. To look great.
Now, if you say you want to lose weight and are not successful, or continue to use language that includes words like "try" or "we'll see" or "maybe", perhaps you're wired backwards.
What does that mean? Well, maybe you say that you want to lose weight, but your mind says it doesn't. Somewhere along the way you gave your mind instructions that it's too hard, or impossible, to lose the weight you want. Perhaps you're more comfortable where you are now, but know that it's the right thing to say that you want to lose weight.
If this is the case, ask yourself what beliefs you hold that are at odds with what you want. For example, "it's too hard to lose weight", "it's impossible to lose weight", "I can't lose weight because I'd have to exercise all the time", "I'll lose my friends if I lose weight", "I can't lose weight because I've always failed".
Ask yourself if in fact they are true. Are they making your life easier, or more difficult? Do these beliefs serve you or harm you?
Then, replace the old beliefs with new ones. Positive, confident statements about how you want to look and feel.
The best way to lose weight is to avoid saying you'll "try" to lose weight, and say you "will" lose weight. See yourself at your ideal weight. Imagine how great you look and feel. Use positive language and give your mind specific instructions like "I'm now happily at my ideal weight of (number of pounds) weight"  or "I now happily choose to wear a size (your ideal size)".
Watch your language and self talk closely and avoid using "try". It may take constant attention at the beginning, but after a short time, you'll get used to keeping your language positive, upbeat and confident.
Your weight loss results will follow immediately, depending on how confident, committed and persistent you are in applying these exercises. The more confident, committed and persistent, the faster your results will appear.
You CAN do it!
title:Are You Wasting Time and Money at Doctor Visits?
author:Katherine Martin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Tips for a Better Doctor Visit
1. Have as many medical records as possible with you to document your medical condition, especially for a new visit or a consult.  Go by the hospital, lab or other doctor’s office and get copies. This saves the doctor time and sometimes even avoids an extra official call.
2. Bring in the actual bottles of prescriptions.  While lists are helpful, the bottles reveal how many are prescribed at a time, dosage, and if there are any refills left.  There is no more guessing about the “little blue pill.”  With so many generics the same drug can show up as many different shapes and sizes depending on the manufacturer.  Now you can both be on the same page when talking about a specific medication. I am also surprised at the many errors on the bottles by the pharmacist. 
3. Create a list of questions/requests before your visit.  In fact, it would be ideal to tell the person making the appointment what areas you need to discuss.  This is not the time to say its “personal.”  We assume it is all personal in a medical office.  It helps us be prepared in scheduling, equipment, and assigning the proper room.  Believe it or not, we have heard most of your problems before.  Of course if it is extremely sensitive in nature than just tell the receptionist how much time you will need to discuss your personal problem. 
4. Try to keep to one system of the body per visit unless a complete physical is done.  Most office visits are geared to blocks of 15 minutes.  Usually this is adequate to cover most simple problems such as a rash, upper respiratory infection, and urinary infection just as examples.  The longer you have had the problem or the vaguer the symptoms such as abdominal pain or dizziness expect to spend more time.  Don’t hesitate to ask for more time.  We would rather know ahead of time what your expectations are.
5. Ask for prescription refills, notes for work or school, and forms to fill out at the beginning of the office visit rather than at the end.  Of course, a friendly reminder is always good if it has been overlooked when you leave. You can always give a list of medications needing refills to the nurse at the beginning of the visit too.  Again, communication helps everyone get their needs met.
6. Be realistic in your expectations.  If you start the discussion on a topic that is unrelated to the original problem on the schedule and want some answers, this leaves less time available for other problems.  For example, if you are due to have a pap smear and gynecological exam but start with a headache complaint that requires a physical and full history, don’t expect all of it to be done in one visit.  Always prioritize what is most important for that day.  Sometimes problems become more important, symptoms severe since the original appointment or follow up was made.  Just tell the nurse or doctor things have changed as soon as possible.  That way we can stay on schedule and you can get the most important problem addressed.
7. Don’t leave the office without telling someone if you aren’t satisfied with your service.  Most doctors and staff assume everything is going ok unless told.  It is easier to fix a problem, answer a question or complaint as soon as possible while the information is still fresh.  If you are uncomfortable talking or can’t stay, write a quick note.  Many areas are sensitive and highly charged emotionally.  It is easy to misunderstand directions, reasons for tests, or the intent of the doctor’s remarks.  We really do care how you feel. 
8. It is easier to process your visit on time and handle paperwork if all of your information is correct.  Tell the receptionist if you have moved, have a new telephone number, or changed medical insurance.  Always bring your insurance card with you.
9. I know everyone is busy and overscheduled.  The number one reason doctors are behind in the schedule is patients showing up late.  True, other factors can play a role such as telephone calls and very sick patients. Just be aware that as the day progresses the problem gets magnified.  If you must get in and out quickly try to book the very first or second appointment of the morning or afternoon.
10. Be flexible.  Medical offices are there to serve the patients.  Sometimes bad news, a tragic accident, or a serious medical condition requires more time and attention of the staff.  We can’t hurry someone out who is in tears.  Just be understanding that if it is you, you will get the extra time and attention needed.
title:Are  You An Experimental Lab Rat?
author:Randy Stafford
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

At the age of 17, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure.  My doctor couldn’t hardly believe it.  That was back in 1975.  I wasn’t fat, in fact I was almost pure muscle.  I was hyper and couldn’t stay still.  I had to be doing something all the time.  I felt like I was just like anyone else.
According to the blood pressure reading, I was an odd ball.  My doctor told me it’s unusual for a 17 year old to have high blood pressure.  However, he didn’t just start writing prescriptions then.  I told him I was very nervous around doctors and maybe that was what the deal was.  I told him that I haven’t eaten all day either.  He suggested that I go eat and come back. 
Once I got back, instead of instantly putting on the blood pressure cuff, he decided to talk to me a little.  I figured he was trying to get me to relax.  Well, it worked!  My blood pressure was actually lower than normal. 
Two years later, I decide to enlist to United States Marine Corp.  During my examination, my blood pressure reading was high.  Same thing happened, I was told to go eat and come back.  I passed the examination with flying colors or should I say numbers. 
Three years later, I decided to drive a truck cross country.  I had to pass a “D.O.T.” examination.  “Basically a physical.”  Again, my blood pressure was high and instead of the doctor listening to my back ground of what has happened before, he started writing a prescription for “Inderol”. 
Oh yes, I was placed on drugs for high blood pressure at age 22.  They finally got me.  I am now part of the “legal druggies of America”. 
My doctor did not tell me that I would have side affects to the drug.  It apparently didn’t matter to him.  I suppose side affects can also be treated  which most of my experience now tell me that this happens a lot. 
The next time I went to see this doctor was around 2 weeks later.  The nurse instantly grabs the blood pressure cuff and starts pumping away.  After she takes the reading, she acts like it’s suppose to be some sort of secret.  She doesn’t tell me what it was or anything.  She hardly even spoke to me.  I bet she hated her job.  At this point I felt like a lab rat.  The feeling got stronger when the doctor came in and told me the results.
The first thing the doctor does is look at the chart.  He reads the blood pressure reading and tells me he’s going to up the medicine.  This routine went on for about 3 months till I was taking enough drugs to kill a small child.  I believe I was taking “160 mg or inderol”, “80 mg of Inderide” and “40 mg of elevil”. 
I may add that even after taking all these drugs, the blood pressure reading was still elevated while in the doctors office.  I told the doctor that I bought me a blood pressure cuff of my own.  I felt like I was taking drugs for no reason.  I complained about my sexual inadequacies.  I also thought after previous complaints that I’d better shut up because this doctor was not about to take drugs away.  He was real good about subscribing them. 
This kind of makes you wonder why we have a drug problem in America.  I don’t see any problem at all.  If you don’t want to take drugs, your doctor is going to insist on it.  Maybe the problem is the lack of revenue to the pharmacies if you take illegal drugs.  The way I see it if you want a drug, go to the doctor.   
Well, I took those stupid drugs for about 7 years and stopped taking them on my own at the age of 29.  I knew for a fact that my blood pressure readings were low.  But needless to say, the doctor was real mad. 
First he stated that I should never ever stop a drug without consulting a doctor first.  Second, he said that the drug dose I was taking were leathal doses and had to be stopped gradually.  Third, he made me feel stupid by telling me that he should take me over to the hospital and show me a victim of “Stroke”. 
Well, enough of that.  I quit going to that doctor.  I wrote a letter to another doctor in town before making the appointment and told my story.  I also told him that when I come in, he needs to spend some time to talk with me.  I have no desire to take drugs since I am convinced that my blood pressure is normal when away from doctors.  (Most of these doctors did not know what White Coat Hypertension was.)   
Stopping those drugs instantly like that really had no affect on me.  I monitored my own blood pressure.  I suppose some doctors believe they are the only ones that can take a blood pressure reading.  I took mine so often, I could tell you what part of the day it’s the highest.  The only thing the doctor knew was it was high while in the office.  Did they listen?  This doctor did and diagnosed me as having anxiety problems. 
For two weeks, he decided to try me on “VALIUM” to conclude his diagnoses.  When it was proven that my blood pressure readings were low with the “Valium”, he took me off of it and told me that we needed to find the root of my problems.  He had no intentions of keeping me on ‘Valium”. 
Shortly after my diagnosis, that old doctor died.  I wasn’t going to take a chance and start all over,  I lived with my anxiety problem till 2001.  No drugs of any kind was taken during that 13 year stretch. 
In my forties, it is necessary to see a doctor now and then.  I was diagnosed with high blood pressure again.  Back to the drawing board as one could say.  I took the drugs for a while and decided to go back and monitor my own blood pressure again. 
Right before I go into the doctors office, I would write down my blood pressure.  It was just about perfect according to statistics.  It read 117 over 77 or so.  When the doctor took it, it was quite a bit higher.  I tried to explain.  I can see that most doctors ignore what you say.  They have their own conclusions and they believe they know you after taking 2 readings. 
Last year, I stopped the blood pressure pills again.  My readings are about 121 over 70 to 78. 
It may be time for the world to start educating them selves more.  A blood pressure reading is a mere symptom.  If you treat the symptom, you are still faced with the problem.  It’s been said that there are lots of reasons for high blood pressure.  Most doctors fail to try and find that reason.  It’s far easier to give a pill and send you on your way. 
I believe drugs killed my mother and they will eventually kill me.   
I wonder what doctors mean when they say the person dies of natural causes!  At what age would be considered natural to die at?
I was told that my mother died of heart failure.  She took a handful of pills prescribed by doctors.  I still wonder to this day why she died at 50?  Who came up with what a normal blood pressure reading is? 
Please forgive me if you don’t agree with me.  Everything I write is of my own experience and opinions.  I don’t ever want you to think that what I do is okay for you to do.  This article is for your own entertainment.  I am not a doctor, scientist or a medical expert.  I am just another experimental lab rat. 
Randall Stafford
Copyright 2005 RS Marketing News

title:Arginine, Is This Natural Viagra?
author:Barrett Niehus
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Recent studies have indicated that the dietary supplement L-Arginine works in your body to produce a compound, Nitric Oxide which is used by the male reproductive system to stimulate an erection. The compound, L-Arginine, is a naturally occurring amino acid that is found in our muscle and cell tissue. Although our diets provide a fair amount of this amino acid, dietary supplementation has been shown to be effective in treating low levels of erectile dysfunction. Subsequently, Arginine seems to be the body’s natural Viagra.
The supplement itself seems to be effective, and vitamin companies are fighting to develop products to exploit its effectiveness. Many nutritional products that now boast treatment of erectile dysfunction contain high levels of Arginine with a myriad of other compounds.
So what does this mean? Is Arginine an effective alternative to Viagra? Well, the answer is yes and no. Unlike Viagra, Arginine supplementation will not bypass the normal stimulation mechanism and cause an immediate erection. You will still need the mental, visual, and physical stimuli to incite and erection. It will however aid in the ease of erection and has been shown to be effective in patients with mile erectile dysfunction. In addition, for those currently using Viagra, the addition of Arginine supplementation in the diet has shown to be beneficial in making the Viagra more effective. Subsequently, Arginine can be helpful even if you still need to rely on Viagra.
In summary, Arginine is a naturally occurring amino acid that we can take as a dietary supplement. The interaction of the compound in our body helps to create Nitric Oxide which is necessary in the development of a male erection. Although not a complete substitute for Viagra, the compound can help mild dysfunction and increase the performance of Viagra for those that must rely on the pharmaceutical.
Arimidex-Liquidex – A Popular Aromatase Inhibitor

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Arimidex is a type II Aromatase Inhibitor, which is sometimes also called AI. It is medically used for the breast cancer treatment in post-menopausal women. Used both in adjuvant therapy (i.e. following surgery) and in metastatic breast cancer treatment, Anastrozole helps in decreasing the amount of estrogens.


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Arimidex is a type II Aromatase Inhibitor, which is sometimes also called AI. It is medically used for the breast cancer treatment in post-menopausal women. Used both in adjuvant therapy (i.e. following surgery) and in metastatic breast cancer treatment, Anastrozole helps in decreasing the amount of estrogens.

Hence, Arimidex is often used by the AAS users often use the drug to prevent excessive estrogenic side effects. It is widely used by bodybuilders and other anabolic steroid users to prevent gynecomastia and edema, which is caused due to use of injectable testosterones and androgens that have the ability to convert into estrogen.

Arimidex’s chemical name is Anastrozole. Its chemical formula is C17H19N5. The drug usually comes in 1MG tabs or in liquid form. It is available under the trade names – Arimidex .25 mg tabs (International Pharmaceuticals) and Arimidex 1mg tabs (British Dragon). 

Arimidex-Liquidex suppresses the aromatase enzyme that is responsible for converting testosterone and other androgens into estrogen. It blocks the conversion of testosterone into estrogen which can cause a watery looks of muscles and development of breast tissue in males. It inhibits the estrogenic effects that cause female pattern fat deposits, gyno, and water retention. Thus, Arimidex-Liquidex prevents or reduces estrogen production in body. 

Over use of anabolic steroids often causes a layer fatty and watery growth of breast tissue called gynecomastia or bitch tits. It is commonly seen in bodybuilders and other AAS users. Arimidex-Liquidex helps to inhibit estrogenic effects of anabolic steroids. It is very popular among the people who are on steroid cycles. Arimidex-Liquidex has a 75-85% aromatization inhibition rate.   

Arimidex-Liquidex is also used by the people suffering from baldness or hair loss problem. The drug helps to re-grow the hair. In an experiment carried out on the drug, Arimidex was given to a person, who was suffering from baldness. The person showed the growth on his frontal hairline after using the drug for 5 months. 

However, the use of Arimidex-Liquidex is linked with various side effects. Some of the possible side effects of Arimidex-Liquidex include – dizziness, nausea, headache, bone pain, abdominal pain, sweating, rashes, weight gain, itching, fever, and breast pain. Thus, Arimidex-Liquidex is available under doctors’ prescription in the United States. The US FDA has approved the drug only for medical purposes, for the treatment of Breast Cancer.

title:Arizona Drug Rehab Finding Help in Arizona
author:Jeff Lakie
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The state of Arizona has one of the worst drug problems in the United States. Historically and currently, the state is known as a transhipment location for a variety of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and marijuana, which are imported from other countries. As a result, these and other drugs are widely available in the state, and their abuse is common. There are probably few states that require the presence of rehabilitation centers as this one does - thankfully Arizona drug rehab centers are some of the best in the world.
There is a wide range of treatment centers in Arizona that employ a range of different techniques to help the patient break their addiction. Some of these will have particular specialisations, which might be more appropriate for certain types of patient, so it is always sensible to find out as much as you can about an Arizona drug rehab before making an appointment. Services like will be able to provide you with treatment center listings in your area, with basic descriptive information to help you make the best decision for you. Some of the features that might help influence your decision for the best:

Does the center have a particular religious affiliation? While Christian centers, for example, might be willing to accept non-Christian patients, many will feel more comfortable in a non-denominational center, or one that practises their own faith.
What type of care is available? Ensure that your chosen center has a program specifically for drug detoxification. Other kinds of therapy will be useful, but it will be necessary for the patient to make a commitment to ceasing drug use also.
What facilities are available? Some Arizona drug rehab centers will only cater to outpatients, which may not offer enough support to a badly addicted patient. Find a center that provides inpatient care.
What payments options are available? Does the center accept Medicare, Medicaid or private health insurance? If you are not involved with any of these programs, can your center offer sliding scale payments?

There are many high quality Arizona drug rehab treatment centers available, but it is important that you choose the best one for you or your loved one. Never hesitate to contact a center directly to find out more about their facilities, or to find out whether they can cater to any special needs you might have. The right treatment center is out there, and with a little investment of time and effort, you will find it. The best treatment for you or your loved one will be well worth it.

title:Arnold Press Guide
author:John Gibb
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The Arnold Press, also known as the rotational shoulder press, isolates the deltoids with little other muscle emphasis, with exception of the triceps. It’s a good idea to start out with a light weight when first attempting this exercise, until your muscles get used to the movements.
This exercise can be performed sitting or standing. It may be beneficial to perform this exercise sitting with adequate back support to reduce the chance of injury.
To begin, take a dumbbell in each hand and bring them up to your shoulders as if you had just curled them. Your back should be straight and your head should be facing straight forward. From this position you should begin rotating the arms out away from your body, while simultaneously lifting your arms up over your head. By the time you are halfway through the movement your elbows should be pointing away from your body.
At the top of the movement, the arms should be extended without locking the elbows. From this position, retaining a fluid movement, reverse the procedure and return to where the dumbbells are level with your shoulders in front of your body. Continue with the exercise until you’ve reached the designated rep completion for your set.
Aromasin-Exemestane – A Steroidal Suicide Aromatase Inhibitor

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Aromasin-Exemestane is a steroidal suicide aromatase inhibitor that depresses estrogen fabrication within the human body by deflecting the aromatase enzyme, which is responsible for estrogen synthesization. Initially, Aromasin-Exemestane was originated to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women those who want a particularly belligerent medical aid, and for whom first line defensive measure such as SERMS (Tamoxifen) have not worked in an effectual manner. Aromasin-Exemestane is pretty substantial, or at least more accented than other chemical compounds used to fight breast cancer.


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Aromasin-Exemestane is a steroidal suicide aromatase inhibitor that depresses estrogen fabrication within the human body by deflecting the aromatase enzyme, which is responsible for estrogen synthesization. Initially, Aromasin-Exemestane was originated to fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women those who want a particularly belligerent medical aid, and for whom first line defensive measure such as SERMS (Tamoxifen) have not worked in an effectual manner. Aromasin-Exemestane is pretty substantial, or at least more accented than other chemical compounds used to fight breast cancer.

Aromasin-Exemestane is a prescription drug for postmenopausal women who have had estrogen-receptor positive early breast cancer. Treatment with Aromasin-Exemestane should carry on for 2 to 3 years till the completion of a total of 5 years of adjuvant cure with both Tamoxifen as well as Aromasin-Exemestane.

Aromasin-Exemestane is a permanent, steroidal aromatase demobilizer, structurally linked to the natural substratum androstenedione. It functions as a false substrate for the aromatase enzyme, and is litigated to an average, which bonds in an irreversible manner to the active site of the enzyme causing its deactivation, a consequence also called suicide inhibition.

Aromasin-Exemestane considerably turns down circulating estrogen densities in postmenopausal women, but has no noticeable upshot on adrenal biosynthesis of corticosteroids or aldosterone. It has no effect on other enzymes that are involved in the steroidogenic tract up to a density at least 600 times greater than that suppressing the aromatase enzyme.

The common side-effects linked with Aromasin-Exemestane are hot flashes, upset stomach, feeling tired, nausea, increased sweating, increased appetite, gyno, acne, water-retention, insomnia and joint pain. Aromasin-Exemestane may reduce the bone mineral density (BMD) over time. A few women who participated in the AROMASIN IES analysis developed osteoporosis, and there was also a risk of fractures.

For oral administration, Aromasin-Exemestane tabs have 25 mg of exemestane, which is a permanent steroidal aromatase inactivator.
The inactive ingredients contained by each Aromasin-Exemestane pill include microcrystalline cellulose, methylparaben, sodium starch glycolate, polysorbate 80, magnesium carbonate, hypromellose, sucrose, mannitol, titanium dioxide, glycol 6000, magnesium stearate, simethicone, crospovidone, colloidal silicon dioxide, polyethylene, and polyvinyl alcohol.

Aromasin-Exemestane should not be taken in pregnancy. Aromasin-Exemestane should not be used, unless the women have gone through menopause. Aromasin-Exemestane should not be taken with a medicine that has estrogen. It is also important for the patients to discuss their medical history or any other medications or supplements that they are already taking, with the medical specialist.

ÐÏ à¡±title:Aromatherapy And Essential Oils - The Basics
author:Donovan Baldwin
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Aromatherapy is the use of oils extracted from various, primarily fragrant, plants to aid in the relief of a range of physical or mental discomforts or illnesses.  These oils, commonly referred to as "essential oils" are also used to enhance or encourage positive responses in the user.  These oils may be used by direct application or by inhaling the aromas, hence the name "aromatherapy".  The inhaled aromas can be dispersed by candles prepared with the essential oils, by applying the oil to some object, such as a handkerchief or pillowcase, by spraying a mix of the essential oil and water into the air, or by means of a "diffuser".  A diffuser is a device generally available from essential oil providers which uses heat to disperse molecules of the chosen essential oil into the air.
Although long used in other parts of the world, such as the East and Middle East, aromatherapy is essentially new to Europe and the United States.  In the last few years, in addition to an increase in the numbers of aromatherapy practitioners, a broad interest and corresponding retail market in aromatherapy, essential oils, and related items such as candles, perfumes, and diffusers has sprung up.  It is now very easy for someone knowing little or nothing about aromatherapy to buy the necessary supplies and reap the benefits of aromatherapy.
There are several essential oils, some having effectiveness in more than one situation.  The list is not complicated, but is too long to go into in this article.  You may wish to visit to view a short list of some of the more common oils and their uses.
Overall, the effects may be divided into two basic groups.  Some essential oils have actual physical effects.  For example, eucalyptus oil can be inhaled to help clear sinuses and the respiratory tract.  This would obviously relieve some symptoms of an upper respiratory infection (URI).  Some oils may be used topically (directly on the skin, where they would usually be absorbed by the body, or on a wound) to possibly relieve swelling or fight certain infections.
Secondly, aromatherapy, usually thru the inhaling of the molecules of the essential oil, can affect moods and emotions.  Since feelings and emotions are more and more appearing to be hard-wired to the health of the body, it is beginning to become apparent that improvements in such areas as moods can affect the actual health condition of the body in addition to simply making the individual feel happier, or more energetic, or more alert.  Studies have shown, for example, that the status of someone's emotional state can affect the ability of their immune system to fight off infection.
Essential oils can be used in other products such as perfumes, lotions, cleansers and other cosmetics and personal care items.  Essential oils are even used in such common items as household cleaners and toothpaste.  Many people even use essential oils with other elements to create their own products.  One company even offers a Health, Home and Beauty Kit so that those interested in aromatherapy can use essential oils to "...create hundreds of blends for everything from women’s concerns to cleaning your bathroom tiles."
Being an alternative form of healthcare, aromatherapy was, until recently, looked down on by the traditional medical community.  However, with the increasing tide of evidence of the importance of the mind-body connection in health, and with an increasing volume of empirical and anecdotal evidence, the scientific community has begun to accept aromatherapy and the affect of essential oils on least to some extent.
In the last few years, researchers at the Kurume University School of Medicine in Japan, the University of Miami School of Medicine, the University of Alaska, and the University of Pittsburgh, to name a few, have shown positive results in subjects through the use of aromatherapy.  Subjects have experienced improved mental and physical functions after the use of essential oils.  Subjective measurements have indicated positive experiences in participants, while objective measurements, such as electroencephalograms (EEG) have borne out these results as well.
Participants have used essential oils to improve their immune systems, improve athletic ability, increase alertness, ease depression, be more effective students, and to quit smoking.
While essential oils are natural products and may be inhaled directly with no harm, you should always be careful to merely inhale the aroma rising from the container, much as you would inhale the scent of a cologne or perfume.  Do not place essential oils directly into nasal passages.  Using a diffuser, candle, or item with the oil on it to release the molecules are the most common ways of experiencing the actual aroma.
Essential oils are stronger than what would be experienced when sniffing a rose, for example, so it is best to ease into their use.  Essential oils usually come in small vials or bottles and are used a drop or two at a time.  Products from various suppliers may have different concentrations, so the product from A may only need a drop while that from B needs two drops.
Take time off.  Prolonged contact with the oils can result in allergic reactions in some cases or even mild toxic reactions.  Always follow your distributor's recommendations and make sure you have a distributor who can and will give warnings and recommendations.
If using a product claiming to be an aromatherapy product by virtue of its ingredients, always check to make sure that it is actually using essential oils.  While the smell which reminds us of the fragrant flower or plant it copies might produce positive feelings in most of us, the genuine essential oil itself will be more effective.
Unless you are under the guidance of a skilled, experienced aromatherapist, you should never ingest essential oils.  Children and pregnant women should never ingest essential oils.
Lastly, while essential oils used in topical applications or inhaled during aromatherapy can certainly produce beneficial results, they should never be used in place of professional medical treatment.
Copyright 2006 Donovan Baldwin
title:Aromatherapy And Kids
author:Sharon Hopkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Aromatherapy is a new approach to emotional well being and healing through the use of essential oils. Oils in aromatherapy have soothing effect on the body, mind and soul.
A gentle hug, smile or a kiss are forms of connection, bonding between the parent and the child. A loving nurturing touch of massage on the feet, arms, hands, back, abdomen and legs is therapeutic for both the child and parent, usually the mother. Babies at six weeks of age can recognize their mother's scent, hence making them extremely sensitive to any kind of fragrance, pleasant or unpleasant. Fragrant essential oils used during the upbringing of your child supports your little one's health, happiness and well being.
Essential oils have distinct composition determining the fragrance, colour, and effect on our body. Before you introduce your child to the aromatic world of fragrances, seek advice from your GP or qualified aroma therapist. If possible, carry out detailed research your self on the oil you plan to use on your infant or child.
Listed below are few commonly used essential oils that are used for kids.
- Lavender oil is excellent home remedy for headaches, earaches and even insect bites.
- Geranium and rose oils act as a good skin softener, toner and natural astringent.
- Chamomile and peppermint oils prevent hair loss.
- Lavender, lemon and curry leaf oils provide relief from dandruff.
- For any bruises and burns, use tea tree and lavender oils.
- Black pepper oil is good for constipation.
- Cedar wood, eucalyptus and tea tree oils alleviate coughs.
- Ginger, lavender and thyme oil works wonders on sore throats.
- Lavender and roman chamomile oil blend allows for restful sleep at night.
- Lemon and grapefruit oils added to a tub of warm water for a bath refreshes the kid.
A word of caution for any parents planning on using aromatherapy oils on their children. Please exercise caution while using essential oils. Its best to stick to mild oils and less is best. Since essential oils are highly concentrated, make sure that they are properly diluted with water or carrier oils. Improper dilution can result in skin irritation for your little ones. Don't let your children be alone while using essential oils.
title:Aromatherapy at Home: Beating the Cold Bug
author:Francoise Rapp
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

It seems that nearly everyone I know has been either fighting or recovering from a cold or flu these last few weeks. And many of my clients have been asking how essential oils can help them prevent or heal their illnesses. There are a few things you can do to prevent yourself from catching a bad cold:

Diffuse eucalyptus essential oil at home to clean and purify the air.
Take a "winter bath" once or twice a week with the following aromatherapy blend to boost your immune system and keep you healthy during the chilly winter!

In a 10-ml bottle, pour the essential oils first and then add an organic vegetable oil to fill:

15 drops of Ravensara
8 drops of Rosemary
6 drops of Thyme officinalis

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Pour a big package of Epsom Salts into the bathtub and add your aromatic blend. Make sure you allow at least 20 minutes to breathe in the vapors, adding more hot water as needed to keep steaminess at a maximum. Wrap yourself warmly when you get out, and enjoy a hot herbal tea prepared with Echinacea and Ginseng.
Do you already feel a cold coming on? Have you been experiencing chills, mild fever, headache, stuffy nose, dry sore throat, and fatigue? To help you battle your cold or flu, take a hot bath with the following aromatic recipe once or twice a day if necessary.
In a 10-ml bottle, pour the essential oils first and then add an organic vegetable oil to fill:

15 drops of Ravensara
10 drops of Rosemary
8 drops of Thyme officinalis
8 drops of Eucalyptus

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Pour a big package of Epsom Salts into the bathtub and add your aromatic blend. Make sure you allow at least 20 minutes to breathe in the vapors, adding more hot water as needed to keep steaminess at a maximum. Wrap yourself warmly when you get out, then treat yourself to a good hot soup such as Miso Green Onion, Hot and Sour (Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai), or good ol' Chicken Soup.
Don't underestimate the power of soup! In one study, participants who consumed chicken soup experienced an increase in the flow of nasal secretions (when compared to just plain hot and cold water). The taste and aroma is believed to be part of the therapy, as well as the inhalation of the vapors. In another study, researchers found that chicken soup had anti-inflammatory properties, even when extremely diluted.
Also, drink plenty of orange juice (rich in Vitamin C) and purchase echinacea-goldenseal tincture that you will take according to the directions on the bottle.
But, rest, rest!
In Good Health,
Francoise Rapp
title:Aromatherapy Basics - Inhalation, Injestion And Massage
author:Misty Rae Cech, ND
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Getting started with aromatherapy? Here's a little primer for the beginning to intermediate student of this practice, with some important notes about essential oil safety - There are three traditional methods of using essential oils for 'aromatherapy', which have been termed the English, French and German models.
The English model consists of what is now termed 'aromatherapy massage' - involving the dilution of essential oils in 'carrier' or 'base' oils and application topically to the skin. Because both the essential oils and the carrier oils are compatible with the skin, the essential oils are absorbed into the bloodstream with subsequent physiological effect.
Topical application is the preferred method of use for many essential oils. However, MOST essential oils require significant dilution (often to less than 3% of the total volume) as they can cause skin irritation. Lavender Oil and Chamomile Oil are two essential oils that can be applied 'neat' or without dilution; others, such as Cinnamon Oil and Oregano Oil should never be applied topically undiluted - they may be applied once highly diluted to the bottoms of the feet. A VERY small amount should be tested first.
The interesting thing about topical application is that essential oils tend to pass through the skin fairly readily, as they are lipotropic (fat soluble) and their molecular structure is fairly small. In this manner, their possible effects can be targeted - if one has digestive trouble, rubbing Peppermint Oil diluted in a carrier oil (a pure vegetable or nut oil) into the abdomen may help. In the same way, rubbing Chamomile Oil or Lavender Oil into the solar plexus (bottom tip of the sternum) may help relieve tension.
The French model consists of ingestion and 'neat' or undiluted topical application of essential oils. Perhaps these somewhat bravado methods are a result of the French producing some of the world's finest Lavender oils - also considered one of the safest oils in aromatherapy. As in the English model, essential oils will easily pass through the skin and into the bloodstream. Many individuals directly apply oils such as Frankincense, Sandalwood and Myrhh to their temples to enhance meditation, for example. This is a practice one should begin slowly with, being sure the body or skin does not show any adverse reactions to before proceeding. ORAL INJESTION OF ESSENTIAL OILS IS NOT RECOMMENDED EXCEPT UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A DOCTOR OR A QUALIFIED AROMATHERAPIST.
The German model is that of inhalation, where the essential oils will directly affect the lymbic system, and the intimately associated emotional and hormonal systems. Oils are often diffused in a cold-air diffuser, warmer or oil lamp - these tools disperse tiny droplets of essential oils in the surrounding air. When inhaled, the oils connect directly to the nervous system's chemical sensors. Certain oils that are high in sesquiterpines such as myrrh, sandalwood, vetiver and frankincense oils, have been noted to dramatically increase activity and oxygenation in certain areas of the brain when used this way.
With inhalation go slowly and start with a small amount - essential oils are effective in very low doses. You will know when you've had enough - we tend to notice a distaste for the smell or even a mild headache coming on if the concentration of certain oils in the air has gotten too high.
Inhalation is often effective for mood-altering effects of essential oils; Rosemary for mental 'stimulation', Lavender for relaxation, etc. These effects are a result of essential oil components on the lymbic system of the brain - which again is closely tied to the emotional centers.
Essential oil components from one plant may have synergistic effects with another. One may certainly blend essential oils in a diffuser or burner, adding a couple drops of each oil desired. Often a nice result can be had from mixing a brighter or sweeter oil (Rosemary, Basil, Orange) with one more earthy and grounding (Patchouli, Frankincense, Cedar). The effects are very personal - if you don't like the smell of a particular essential oil or combination of oils, there's probably a reason and they're just not for you! Your intake could be too high or the oil(s) may not be compatible with your body chemistry at that time.
A note about safety: Essential Oils are very powerful components of plants - they have the capability of being harmful if improperly used. Essential Oils can be very helpful for some cases, supportive in others, and have little to no effect in others. They are not intended to treat or cure serious medical conditions; there is no substitute for a consultation with a competent physician for any matters regarding your health, or anyone else. If you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breast feeding, it is critical you consult your physician before using any essential oil. Please be sure there are no contraindications of an essential oil for your condition before using! Almost all essential oils should be diluted to the range of 1% to 3% in your chosen carrier (or 'base') oil - Lavender and Chamomile Oils being notable exceptions (though diluting them will make them no less effective).
Remember - start slowly, pay attention to how an oil and it's particular application makes you feel, adjust accordingly, keep learning, and have fun!
Aromatherapy Candles - Great For Bath Time!

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I don't know about you, but I find that my days are a constant whirl of activity, with very little "me" time these days, which is not what I anticipated. I had this rather naive idea that as my daughters grew older and needed less help from me, I would find that I had time on my hands to do ...

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I don't know about you, but I find that my days are a constant whirl of activity, with very little "me" time these days, which is not what I anticipated. I had this rather naive idea that as my daughters grew older and needed less help from me, I would find that I had time on my hands to do whatever I liked whenever I wanted!

My friends all asked what I would do with all my "free" time once my daughters left high school. They seemed to think I would be lost with nothing to occupy my time. Well, now I seem to be busier than ever, and the days just fly by. But what I have discovered is that "me" time is very important, and yes, it does mean I have less time in a day for everything else, but I am more focused during that time.

So, what do I use my "me" time for? I have re-found the pleasure of baths. For years, I have showered daily, but never even thought about taking a bath just because it takes so much longer than taking a shower. I have, of course, read many times, that taking a bath can be beneficial, but who has time for that? Then a little while ago, I decided that it might just be worth it to see if a bath, complete with bath salts and aromatherapy candles, was as good a therapy as everyone else seems to think. So, I made sure there were no phones to disturb me, and off I went to the bathroom. Actually, I did have to round up a few things first.

I had to find the bath salts - it had been quite a while since anyone in our household had taken the time for a bath! - and then find where I had put the aromatherapy candles and the matches, and I just did this while the water was filling the bath tub. I lit the candles, turned off the electric light, and the room was transformed into a relaxing spa! For some fifteen minutes I was able to relax in the hot water, take in the scents of the aromatherapy candles, and watch the light dance around the room as the candles flickered.

I was amazed at the transformation of the room for a start. The candles really changed the atmosphere for the better. The aroma from the candles was so pleasant, and the light so relaxing that I regret not having done this before!. I've not taken the time to watch a flickering candle for a long time, and I found it to be very therapeutic. The hot water relaxed my muscles and tendons, and after just a few minutes I really did feel much more relaxed and at ease, and I actually slept much better than usual that night.

Did my work suffer as a result of the fifteen minutes of "me" time? Not at all. In fact I think it benefited since I slept better, and was able to function better the next day. Was it expensive? Not at all, just a few bath salts, and a few aromatherapy candles that will last for a few more bath times yet. Did the world fall apart while I was unavailable? Not at all. Everything was just as I left it! Was there a benefit for the members of the household? Definitely, a relaxed female, is always preferable to a highly stressed individual! Will I repeat the process? Definitely, in fact I think today on my trip to the grocery store, I shall pick up some more aromatherapy candles so I can have a choice each day, and I suggest you do the same. Taking a time out with aromatherapy candles is definitely the way to go! Enjoy!

title:Aromatherapy Essential Oils – An Inheritance Well Acclaimed
author:Bryan Josling
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

The use of essential oils, which is derived from the pure essence of a plant, is not new. Though the term aromatherapy was coined only in the 1920s (by Gattefossé in 1928), people knew of aromatherapy essential oils from the prehistoric times. Starting from the Chinese to Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Persian and Indian civilizations, each have added to the science of essential oils and to aromatherapy as a whole.
Research still continues in the field of aromatherapy essential oils, with new developments being made in the field. Aromatherapy and essential oils are no longer limited to cosmetic or aromatic uses only. Many of the essential oils have been proved to have medicinal and therapeutic benefits too. Take lavender oil for instance. French chemist Gattefossé would have been unaware of the properties of lavender oil to give instant relief without any scar in cases of burn, until he burnt his hand and accidentally put his hand in the jar full of the essence of lavender. Similarly, there are a large number of essential oils that have medicinal properties. The 'tulsi' plant or Indian basil, distinct through its strong aroma and taste, is considered "the elixir of life" since it is thought to bring longevity. The use of the plant’s extracts is made to treat illnesses like headaches, inflammation, heart disease, and malaria. The essential oils derived from ‘karpoora tulsi’ have found use in the manufacture of herbal toiletry. 
Essential oils are derived from almost every part of the plant. Leaves, stems, flowers, roots, etc are distilled through steam or water to result into essential oils. Consequently, aromatherapy essential oils contain the true essence of the plant. In its purest form, a few drops of essential oil can give the same results that loads of that plant would have given. This is because essential oils are available in concentrated form.
Though referred to as oil, essential oils in aromatherapy do not give that oily feeing. Except for a few oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass, most oils are clear and see-through.
Aromatherapy essential oils must be differentiated from the perfume or fragrance oils. While essential oils contain the purest essence of the plant, fragrance oils are made of artificially created substances as a whole or a part of it. Fragrance oils may cause allergies or other skin reaction because of the use of artificial substances; but the use of essential oils brings upon no such allergic reaction.
Aromatherapy essential oils can be used by people either through inhalation or by applying them on skin in a diluted form. When essential oils are inhaled, they enter the bloodstream and lungs directly, thus producing an instant effect on the ailment.
Applying aromatherapy essential oils on the body is good for absorption. Since essential oils are available in a concentrated form, they need to be diluted using carrier oil. Sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grape seed oil, etc are blended with the essential oil; and the mixture is used on the body or the part that is afflicted.
One needs to be very careful while purchasing an essential oil. Though readily available, people are not well equipped to differentiate between the good quality and poor quality essential oil. The following checklist might be helpful to all those people who are on their way shopping for aromatherapy essential oils:
A vendor who allows you to check the essential oil is preferred more.
If the bottle containing essential oils has terms such as fragrance oils, nature identical oils; they are not essential oils.
Never buy a bottle of essential oil that seems old. It might be adulterated or just might not produce the medicinal benefits.
A clear glass bottle of essential oils allows light to come in, thus reducing its aroma therapeutic benefits. Avoid buying essential oils that are sold in clear glass bottles.
Essential oils sold in plastic bottles too must be avoided as it dissolves plastic and becomes contaminated for use.

title:Aromatherapy For Beginners
author:Sharon Hopkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

The ancient science of healing, relaxing and energizing oneself with the use of plants and its parts like roots, barks, flowers, fruits, seeds and nuts is called Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the amalgamation of two words "aroma" and "therapy" that mean "fragrance" and "healing" respectively.
Essential oils, extracted from plants and its parts form the crux of aromatherapy. These oils stimulate the brain, effect our body, hereby improving our mood, relaxing and rejuvenating us. Extracted in various ways, they are highly concentrated and should not be used directly onto the body. They should be blended with carrier oils such as olive oil, sweet almond oil, etc, for best results.
If you are new, then explore this world of fragrance at home with a handful of inexpensive oils. To avoid allergic reactions to essential oils, perform a skin test before you indulge yourself. Take a drop of the oil on a cotton swab. Apply it to the inside of your wrist or inner elbow. Cover the area with a bandage and avoid washing for 24 hours. If there is no itching or redness, oil is safe for external use.
Basic oils that any beginner can start with:
- Lavender - Most basic and very important oil in aromatherapy. Helps in relaxation, calming and balancing of mind. Acts as antibiotic, antiseptic, antidepressant, detoxifier and sedative. Soothes cuts, burns, bruises and insect cuts. Relieves stress if blended with your usual bath oil.
- Rosemary - Acts as stimulant for mental health and physical body on low energy days. Relieves muscular strains, sprains and headaches. Alleviates fatigue, congestion and prevents scar tissue formation.
- Bergamot - Oil for refreshing and upliftment. Acts as antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, analgesic, sedative, expectorant and deodorizer. Could be a slight irritant to skin.
- Peppermint - A great mental stimulant and digestive aid. Eases headache and fatigue. Behaves as anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic and expectorant.
- Tea Tree - A versatile antiseptic that is very gentle on the skin. Remedy for infections, ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete's foot, gum disease. It is antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic oil.
- Lemon - Great for dispelling a somber mood, lemon oil can be used to treat insect bites, alleviate tension, headaches and stimulate immune system.
- Tangerine - Works well to create a bright, uplifting atmosphere. It's soothes and calms insomnia and promotes digestion.
- Floral oils - Great stress relievers. Add floral oils like rose, jasmine along with carrier oils to your bath oils for a soothing massage.
- Germanium - Eases stress, acts as antidepressant, adrenal, hormone balancer, detoxifier, sedative and antiseptic. Helps during PMS.
- Clary Sage - Relieves PMS. Soothes and relaxes mind and body. Works as antidepressant, antiseptic, astringent, aphrodisiac and sedative.
- Clove - Relieves toothache pain, asthma, sinusitis. Avoid using it directly on the skin. Acts as antibacterial, antiseptic, analgesic and disinfectant.
- Eucalyptus - Cools the body in summer and warms in winter. An effective treatment for candida, diabetes, sunburn, congestion, cough and neuralgia. Also works as antiviral, antiseptic, stimulant, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic.
title:Aromatherapy Massage Oils
author:Sanji Gretta
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

If you’ve never used aromatherapy massage oils, you owe it to yourself to try it. You’re in for a totally unique experience. Whether you want a massage to relax or to rejuvenate or even to heal, using aromatherapy massage oils brings the body’s senses to new heights.
Aromatherapy has made steady gains in use and for good reason. Offering the perfect combination of mental and physical well being, there is no better way to take advantage of aromatherapy than to enjoy its fragrances in massage oils.
Our body’s different senses have been shown to have a direct affect on how we feel. For example, the nose is a very sensitive part of your body. Without it, you cannot taste or smell. Imagine your favorite foods. Now, imagine you cannot taste them. That is scary, everything you eat with no taste! How do you think that would affect your attitude throughout the day?
Studies have shown that the part of your nervous system that helps to control your emotions is connected directly to your nose. Lack of smell can cause symptoms ranging from depression to anxiety and this is only one of your senses. With the knowledge of how the mind depends on the feedback from your senses, the idea of aromatherapy exploded onto the scene.
One of the more popular types of aromatherapy is massage oil, because of the variety of uses to target specific issues. Aromatherapy massage oil treatments are unlike any other oils. Whether you are in need of relaxation or need something to perk you up, there is an aroma to fit the immediate needs. Aromatherapy massage combines two excellent methods to evoke your body’s response in whatever area you feel is needed.
There are so many different types and manufacturers of aromatherapy massage oils available, it would be a good idea to do your homework before using. For the best treatment ideas, it is always best to find and pay a certified therapist to ensure you understand how to get the most impact from aromatherapy massage. Especially, when using for the first time.
To explain a couple of different oils and fragrances we will start with Lavender essential oils. Lavender essential oils are one of the few oils that you can apply directly to your skin. It is said to have burn relief power. It is important to note that these oils should not hurt you, however, if this is your first time using essential oils never use them directly on your skin unless under safe direction. Other oils are required to be diluted before use with other base oils.
Another oil gaining in popularity is the Yland Ylang essential oil. Yland Ylang essential oils have very unique properties as well. It is said that these tropical plants have the power to both arouse and sooth the senses. It also goes by another name Cananga Odorata.
Adding aromatherapy massage oils to your therapy program is one experience everyone should try at least once. (Be careful they have been known to be addictive). With the combination of massage and a scented room to awaken your senses, you have the ultimate in relaxation and healing.
title:Aromatherapy Oils
author:Ric Wiley
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Aromatherapy is a method of using the aromatic oils which have been distilled from plant sources to engender a feeling of well being both physically and psychologically. Safe and correct use has been shown to benefit the physical and mental well being.
There are many aromatherapy oils which are used in the art of aromatherapy and these are too lengthy to list here. However, there are many benefits to be had from aromatherapy oils but you need to understand that there can be some drawbacks for use in aromatherapy although many people say there are greater benefits.
There are two ways in which essential oils are used in aromatherapy. These are by inhalation and by application to your skin.
Inhaling aromatherapy oils is where the vapor given off by the oil is inhaled into the lungs. This is thought to incite the brain and cause it to trigger a reaction to the oil. It is also thought that there is a physical well being by breathing the vapors directly into the lungs. Remember that safety is of the utmost importance and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions as otherwise a reaction, possibly very severe can take place. It is important to remember to consult a trained specialist before using aromatherapy oils.
The other method of using aromatherapy oils in is by application to the skin. It is thought that when oil is applied to the skin it is absorbed into the blood stream and is useful for many health, beauty and hygiene conditions. Again, I must stress the safety aspect as aromatherapy oils are usually very strong and it is important that they are always diluted before you use them. To dilute them a carrier oil is needed and these are oils such as grape seed oil, sweet almond oil and apricot kernel oil.
Another way that aromatherapy oils can be used is to act as an insect repellent. We are all familiar with the use of citronella in candles. I find these excellent as a way of keeping bugs at bay.
Aromatherapy oils can also be blended together and this can be done with a carrier base but not always. Combination oils can have even more benefits in aromatherapy as they then offer a combination of uses. The Internet has many sites where you will be able to find recipes for blending together different oils with their uses listed as well.
The term aromatherapy is a fairly recent phrase first thought to have been used in the 20th century but the practice of aromatherapy has been around for well over 1000 years.
The Egyptians are thought to have developed a way of distilling oil from cedar wood and the Chinese have used plant and herbal incense from a very long time which they burned to give a feeling of well being.
René-Maurice Gattefossé, A Frenchman, is first thought to have used the term aromatherapy after he supposedly treated a nasty burn with the nearest liquid to hand which turned out to be oil distilled from lavender. This wound healed quickly and it left no scaring. This started his in-depth research into essential oils.
We are now becoming more aware of natural products after we have relied on synthetic drugs for many years and aromatherapy is growing in popularity. Most of us prefer to use natural products, such as aromatherapy oils, to sooth and heal our minds and bodies. Gattefossé would have said, Long Live Aromatherapy, but he would have said it in his native French. Using essential oils for aromatherapy is natural and is an excellent way to help calm and sooth our troubled 21st century lives.
Aromatherapy: Mother Nature's Treat for Migraine Headache Sufferers

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The article deals with the use of the all-natural healing method called
Aromatherapy as a means to treat or alleviate the pain brought about by migraine. Due to the rising prevalence of migraine, more and more people are looking for ways to deal with their pain beyond the conventional, medical treatment.  Aromatherapy, as an alternative treatment, has been gaining popularity around the world.

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Nearly 18 percent of American women will suffer at least one migraine headache every year. These painful headaches are often accompanied by vomiting and nausea or visual symptoms such as flashing lights or dark circles in the field of vision.  Migraine headaches are caused by expansion of the blood vessels in the head. This serious headache can be prevented by reducing stress. Stress can actually cause the expansion of blood vessels in the head which results in pain. Migraine headaches are usually treated with a number of chemical-based pain killers, with some causing minor side effects.
Headache pain relief is usually attained by using over-the-counter headache pain relief medications that are so easily accessible. However, these products don't permanently cure headaches and are not without side effects. Over time, any medication can lose its effectiveness if taken too frequently.
Today, to avoid unnecessary side effects, many people are looking for natural alternatives to headache pain relief medications. One of the most popular, and successful, natural headache remedies has to be aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the art of using essential oils. It has been practiced for thousands of years. The liquids are distilled from plant materials to encourage better health as well as a feeling of well-being. Aromatics can be used while performing a soothing massage or by simply inhaling them. 
In fact, aromatherapy is now a popular and accepted form of alternative treatment for headaches. Essential oils such as Chamomile, Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender are used to treat symptoms of headaches. There are combinations of these that also work very well, but it must have the exact right amounts or recipe. Essential oils are an inexpensive method of dealing with headache pain. They can be purchased at a local health store.
There are a few methods by which the use of essential oils can help cure headache. One way is to put two drops of lavender on each temple and rest. Many people find that after about twenty minutes, their headache is gone.  Another method using lavender is to take a facecloth and make it into a compress that is first dipped in hot or cold water that contains at least five drops of lavender. The compress is placed on either the neck or forehead while resting.
There are other methods of using aromatherapy for migraine headaches. It can be used as a diffuser. This puts the scent into the air. It can be used for about fifteen to twenty minutes at a time. The other alternative is to use the aromatherapy by inhaling it. However, this is not recommended for someone with a respiratory condition like asthma.
The essential oil from ginger is useful in fighting the nausea of migraine headaches.  If a migraine sufferer is going to try these natural methods, they have to research carefully on how much they should use. Even something natural like aromatic oil must be used in moderation.
Different natural headache remedies work for different people, so one needs to experiment to find out which ones suit the person best. If a person has recurring headaches or their migraine attacks are very painful, it is best to consult with a doctor.

title:Aromatherapy: Revive Your Senses
author:Robert Thatcher
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

The art of aromatherapy had been practiced since the earliest times. Strong evidences were found to link aromatherapy to ancient traditions. Though aromatic oils had been used to treat and cure various ailments and conditions for who knows how long, the formal study on their properties only started in the year 1928.

In it's simplest form, aromatherapy is the use of essential plant oils for therapeutic purposes. They are normally employed to relieve a person from stress and a variety of stress-related conditions. And also for promoting an individual's general well being and in invigorating the body and the psyche.

Aromatherapy works by inducing the olfactory nerve cells with aromatic oils, which then carries out the message to the limbic system in the brain. Limbic system is the part of the brain that is responsible for controlling memory and emotions.

Aromatherapy is concerned in both the workings of the physical and emotional aspects of the person under treatment. Physically, aromatherapy helps in relieving specific conditions trough the stimulation of the nervous, immune and circulatory system. In emotions however, they may evoke pleasant memories.

Yet, the medical circles do not agree if aromatherapy in itself is instrumental to the complete healing of a certain condition. But the idea of recovery through aromatherapy is widely accepted.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are derived from the distillation of the elements of a plant like the leaves, roots, flowers, stems and bark. They hold the true essence of the plants from which they originally came in high concentration. Though termed as oil, essential oils normally do not have the real properties of oil. Some essential oils are yellow like that of the lemongrass and orange and many are clear.

These oils are used in a variety of methods: through inhalation, by adding them in the bathwater and by the application of the diluted oil on the body.

The use of oil in aromatherapy is only restricted to those with unadulterated qualities. The purest of the essential oils alone have the therapeutic values.

The following is a list of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy. Some of which are used as carrier oils (also known as vegetable oils or base oils):

- Almond, Sweet
- Apricot Kernel
- Avocado
- Borage
- Cocoa Butter
- Evening Primrose
- Grapeseed
- Hazelnut
- Jojoba
- Kukui
- Macadamia Nut
- Olive
- Peanut
- Pecan
- Rose Hip
- Sesame
- Shea Butter
- Sunflower

Below are listed essential oils that are not advisable to use in aromatherapy, especially if not supervised by a professional aromatherapy practitioner.

- Ajowan
- Almond, Bitter
- Arnica
- Birch, Sweet
- Boldo Leaf
- Broom, Spanish
- Calamus
- Camphor
- Deertongue
- Garlic
- Horseradish
- Jaborandi
- Melilotus
- Mugwort
- Mustard
- Onion
- Pennyroyal
- Rue
- Sassafras
- Thuja
- Wintergreen
- Wormseed
- Wormwood

Aromatherapists put into practice the workings of aromatherapy in a spectrum of work environments including:

- private practice
- mobile visiting practice
- natural health clinics
- beauty therapy clinics
- health clubs
- hospitals
- hospices and
- nursing homes.

In spite of the lack of formal research on aromatherapy therapists and European physicians are often prescribing certain aromatic oils for a range of complaints including colds and flu, insomnia, sinusitis, migraines, digestive problems and muscle pains. It must be understood though that aromatic oils must never be taken orally and should be first tested to determine the degree of skin's sensitivity to some oils.
title:Aromatherapy - a World Of Fragrance
author:Angie Kocsi
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Aromatherapy, a word that derives from ‘aroma’ meaning fragrance or smell and ‘therapy’ meaning treatment is based on an ancient principle that the spirit and the body should be in harmony. The ancient Egyptians used aromatherapy thousands of years ago. Hippocrates claimed that the secret to good health was to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage each day.
Aromatherapy, the healing art of using essential oils extracted from aromatic plants for therapeutic purposes is enjoying a modern-day revival.  Extracted from fruit, flowers and trees, blends of these essentials oils can be incorporated for the healing properties and create a particular aroma.     
Each essential oil used in Aromatherapy can be used either alone or in combination with other oils to promote health and a sense of emotional well being.  A full Aromatherapy treatment combines the beneficial properties of essential oils with a warm relaxing massage, bath or inhalation. 
While essential oil are considered to be safe to use, they are very powerful, highly concentrated substances which should be treated with a great deal of respect. 
Some of the most common essential oils and their effects:
Chamomile: Soothing and harmonizing
Clove: Warming
Fennel: Clearing
Eucalyptus: Balancing and stimulating
Grapefruit: Refreshing
Jasmine: Soothing
Lavender: Calming and healing
Lemon: Cleansing and stimulating
Orange: Calming and energizing

Before beginning any Aromatherapy treatment, it is important to understand how each essential oil works.  Do not use any oil that you are not familiar with.  Certain oils should not be used during pregnancy or when breast feeding. 
Consult your local professional for advice on which Aromatherapy treatment best suits your needs.

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title:Aromatherapy & You
author:Lisa Maliga
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Aromas are inescapable! Think about how you encounter them on a daily basis from roses in the garden, a cup of steaming mochacchino or soothing jasmine tea, basil that permeates spaghetti sauce, and fresh citrus juices. Noses detect hundreds of scents a day, and of those, the aromas of plants, fruits, barks and roots are able to do more than just feed us. Leaves from the tea tree plant not only heal cuts and burns, but the essential oil is strong enough to use as an all-purpose cleaner. The lavender flower yields an oil that can ward off insects, reduce stress, scent linens and get rid of bruises. Peppermint oil is a natural way to bid farewell to unwanted houseguests like bugs and mice.
Did you know that the sodas and flavored bottled waters you drink contain essential oils? That the common vanilla flavor you find in ice cream is made from dark brown vanilla pods? Perfumes and colognes contain numerous blends of essential oils. High quality soaps, shampoos, bath oils, body powders and lotions all include varied essences of flowers, plants and fruits.
I had many successful experiences using pure essential oils, and I have read and heard of so many others enjoying relief from pain, healing of skin problems, awakening of positive spirits, etc. For example, a few years ago, before I had my own bath & body products business, I had to find a full time job. That prospect didn’t make me enthusiastic, yet after applying a small dab of lemon essential oil, diluted in a jojoba oil carrier base, I was feeling cheerful and positive. This in turn came through in the interview and I was hired that afternoon.
What is Aromatherapy?
Aromatherapy is a therapeutic natural practice that can be used to advance health, beauty and a sense of ease. It involves using pure essential oils with various methods, including bathing, inhalation and massage. Aromatherapy is derived from two words: Aroma means scent and Therapy means treatment. This scent/treatment has evolved over the centuries and across continents. 
In his book “The Art of Aromatherapy” Robert B. Tisserand examines what happened to mankind during the twentieth century: “Our minds have run away with us, and as we have become more obsessive, so we have become steadily more neurotic. As doctors increase their knowledge of disease so disease becomes more tenacious and widespread. As new drugs are formulated and marketed, the harm done by those drugs increases proportionally.” 
Aromatherapy works in harmony with your body. Side effects from properly administered dosages are absent. Your body becomes stronger as it’s fed the complex nutrients of purity from essential oils, not something synthesized in a lab and deprived of all its components. There are no new essential oils—only the same, reliable plant life that has been used successfully for thousands of years. Combining the rich and fragrant oils of rose, jasmine and neroli, for example, may appear to be a new twist to you, but guaranteed this expensive blend of floral oils have been utilized for an individual with an overactive mind [stress!] some other time and place. 
A Brief History Of Aromatherapy
Before 1993 you wouldn’t have been able to find the word ‘aromatherapy’ listed in a dictionary even though this art/science has been effectively used for thousands of years. In fact, the word was invented in the 1920’s by a French chemist by the name of René-Maurice Gattefossé who studied the cosmetic properties of plants. He soon learned that plants contained organic antiseptic elements that worked better than inorganic antiseptics. His interest was further ignited when he there was an explosion in his laboratory; badly burning has hands. Immediately he poured lavender essential oil [one of the few essential oils that can be applied directly on the skin] on them and made the not so astonishing discovery that his hands healed quickly and with no scarring. 
However, the usage of aromatic plants has been going on for thousands of years.  From the civilizations of ancient Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome, floral and herbal oils have been used in all manner of ways from flavoring food and beverages to being poured into baths and massaged into the body. 
The Romans weren’t shy about employing scents. They inundated their baths and banquets with floral concoctions from scattering rose petals on floors to anointing their bodies with floral perfumes. After bathing their bodies were massaged with aromatic oils. Their beds and clothing, bodies and hair were scented with perfumes.  Even men scented themselves with balsam and cinnamon oils.
The natural healing system of ayurveda, meaning “science of life” was established approximately 4000 years ago in the Himalayan region. Plants and all their properties are a relevant part of ayurvedic medicine that continues to be practiced where it started and has now spread around the world.
Hippocrates is known as the “father of medicine”, and this Greek doctor was a noted advocate for the usage of essential oils, especially in the form of daily baths and massages. Resins of myrrh and oils of cinnamon were often applied to a patient to soothe inner and outer complaints. 
Essential Oils vs. Fragrance Oils:
Pure, unadulterated essential oils derived from the leaves, roots, seeds, flowers or bark of a plant or tree are the source extracted directly from nature via a form of steam distillation. When you first begin working with essential oils, take care in handling them. Lavender essential oil is quite safe for the skin, as is tea tree, but some people can have allergic reactions to them. When handling essential oils, it’s wise to do a skin test. Simply apply a tiny amount on your wrist, and if there’s no reaction within 24 hours you are safe. As these oils can be costly, you must take care that they’re always kept in a cobalt or amber colored glass bottle and stored in a cupboard [out of direct sunlight] and kept in a cool, dry place. When you buy an oil, write the date on the vial. Most essential oils can last from one to three years. Citrus oils have a shelf life ranging from six months to less than two years. Essential oils can last for several years, but the freshness disappears. There are some exceptions with the darker colored, “heavier” oils or resins. Patchouli is known to improve with age.
It’s important to know about fragrance oils and what they really are. I visited an e-group for soapmakers and when someone asked for a company where they could purchase essential oils, a person gave the name of a company that sold only fragrance oils! Obviously, to this uninformed person, the terms are interchangeable.  They’re not. Fragrance oils are synthesized in a laboratory. They are sometimes referred to as “nature identical.” If you’re looking for an inexpensive scent, then fragrance oils fit the bill. But fragrance oils are not therapeutic grade essential oils and never will be.
From personal experience, I’ve learned that sniffing an essential oil right from the bottle and diluting it with a carrier oil such as sweet almond or jojoba, makes a huge difference. I smelled my favorite, vanilla absolute, a thick balsamic oil derived from the pod of the vanilla plant. I determined that the first whiff brought out the usual vanilla scent I was accustomed to, but a millisecond later there was a stronger, harsher scent. I then added a few drops to a bottle of sesame oil and the change was magnificent! I had the aroma I equated with the spicy-sweet scent of a dried vanilla bean pod. The carrier oil had combined perfectly with the essential oil!
You should always dilute essential oils in carrier oils when applying directly to the skin, or even in the bathtub. This is a necessary safety precaution. Essential oils are very strong and need to be diluted. Also, some essential oils may smell good enough to drink, but are for EXTERNAL USE ONLY!
The methods described here are for those of you who wish to be able to change the fragrance environment of a room, car, office, closet, drawer, etc. There are psychological benefits to entering a room that has the crisp aroma of citrus, or a subtle scent of fresh blooming flowers.
Aroma Lamps – Aroma lamps are either electric or operated by a tea light or votive candle. There is a small cup shaped portion that is usually made of glazed ceramic and holds a few ounces of water. However, other materials may include glass and stone. Warm or even hot water should be used; as that is less work the candle has to do. Only a few drops of essential oil are added to the water, thus making it ideal for costlier essential oils. Care should be taken to see that the water doesn’t boil away.
Atomizers – Requiring no heat, atomizers, sometimes referred to as nebulizers or nebulizing diffusers, disperse the essential oils on a revitalizing current of air as it passes through an intricately engineered blown glass chamber. This course naturally suspends and ionizes the oil into extremely fine molecules, causing them to remain suspended in the air for longer periods.
Many aromatherapist practitioners and others who utilize the finest essential oils choose atomizers. It’s important to be careful with the atomizers. Since there is a continuous mist emitted it should not be used for more than a few minutes at a time.   Many of the models do have built-in timers to avoid any problems like overuse. Also, make sure that this is done in a clear area, away from furniture, [varnish can be worn off] wall hangings and other objects.
Candles – Candles create a more romantic ambiance and do double duty in helping disperse your preferred aroma[s] throughout a room. In the spirit of true aromatherapy, it’s advised to use beeswax, palm wax or soy wax candles as paraffin contains carcinogenic chemicals. Wicks should be trimmed, and the essential oils need to be added at the top of the candle, but never on the wick itself. You can add the essential oils after the candle has been lit and there’s a small pool of wax at the top of the candle. Don’t add the oils to the flame itself as oils can catch fire.
Diffusers - You can buy diffusers to plug into your car’s cigarette lighter, as you can also find those that plug into any wall socket. The atomizers suspend a fine mist of essential oils into the air for aromatherapy is the best method of using essential oils for therapeutic treatments. Many aromatherapists believe that this is the most effective method of enjoying the aromas.
Sachets – If you want your linens to smell clean and fresh, the addition of a smell sachet filled with your favorite aroma will create a pleasant smell whenever you open the drawer or closet. You can buy them already made, or make them yourself.  Highly recommended would be a small muslin or organza bag filled with dried lavender buds and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Not only is lavender a universally pleasing aroma, it also serves as an all-natural way to keep moths away. 
Carrier Oils:
The most common way to dilute a pure essential oil is with a cold-pressed carrier oil.  Carrier oils allow the essential oil to slowly permeate the skin, protecting it from irritation. Jojoba, sesame, sweet almond, rose hip, refined rice bran, wheatgerm, evening of primrose, grapeseed, kukui nut, sunflower, hazelnut, safflower, avocado or apricot kernel oils are commonly used. Several of the carrier oils can be combined and when essential oils are added, this makes for a very nutrient-rich bath oil. 
Determining Quality of Essential Oils:
Read the label. If purchasing rosemary oil, for example, you would expect to see that name on the label. However, here are the four facts that you will find on any bottle of essential oil from a reputable supplier/company:

Botanical/Latin name. In this case it would be Rosemarinus officinalis.
Part. What part of the plant has the essential oil been extracted from? For rosemary, that is the leaf.
Method of extraction. Is it an absolute, enfleurage, carbon dioxide [CO2], or has it been steam distilled? In this case it has been steam distilled.
Country of Origin. Rosemary comes from many different countries, and in this case Morocco is the origin. Location can make a sizeable difference for many reasons such as climate, type of soil, high/low altitude, etc.

Aromatherapy isn’t government regulated. Products can claim to be “natural” when in fact distilled water is the only untainted ingredient. Any reputable retailer of essential oils will be very knowledgeable about their product and capable of proving its purity. They will and should be happy to answer your questions.
To learn more about aromatherapy, please get a copy of “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils” by Julia Lawless, as the book features photographs of the essential oils themselves, along with several ways to safely use essential oils.

title:Aromatherapy -- The Fact & The Fiction
author:Lisa Taylor Barger
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

You've seen those mysterious little brown bottles in the health food store.  But do you really know what "essential oils" are?  Have you seen outrageous claims about lavender instantly curing wounds and found yourself thinking "Whoa!"?  Let's take a look at one of the biggest fads to hit North America in years and try to separate some of the fact from the fiction.
Though the use of aromatic plant materials dates back millennia, aromatherapy is a relatively new idea.  In fact, the term "aromatherapy" wasn't even coined until the 1920s.  Though you'll find people who claim aromatherapy can cure everything from AIDS to dandruff let's first look at aromatherapy in its purest form--the use of fragrant plant materials to alter mood, create an atmosphere, and personalize a room.
Ask an aromatherapy aficionado and he'll tell you that "true" aromatherapy uses only pure, natural plant materials.  But the truth is, mood can be influenced by any scent--natural or not.  Ask any realtor about the use of scents and he might just suggest baking a batch of cinnamon rolls or an apple pie while showing your home to prospective buyers.  An old wives tale?  Some people think so but others swear by it.
Let's face it--there are folks out there hawking aromatherapy as a cure for cancer, a treatment for depression, and even as an aphrodisiac.  But good scientific studies on aromatherapy are rare.  Even among natural health experts aromatherapy isn't taken all that seriously.  At best it's a complimentary therapy. 
And while we're on the subject of quackery, let's also clarify another common misconception.  There is currently no standardized certification aromatherapy program in the US.  When you hire an aroma expert you've no way to be sure the person knows what he or she is doing. 
Aromatherapy may not cure terminal illness or heal burns in the blink of an eye but it's a wonderful way to bring natural scents into your home.  Essential oils don't have the sickeningly sweet scent of artificial air fresheners or the solvent scent of room sprays.  Whether you use them to freshen potpourri, diffuse them into the air, or use them to scent your linens, essential oils are a quick, easy way to inject a bit of your own  personality into your private space.  Let's look at some of the most popular uses of some of the more common oils:
The medicinal scent of Eucalyptus or Tea Tree will make your bathroom or kitchen feel cleaner, instantly.  Rose in the bathroom, however, harkens back to Victorian times, when rose was the scent of choice in perfumes, face creams, and soaps.
Lavender is the classic "linen closet" scent.  Try lightly spraying your sheets and pillowcases about half an hour before you retire in the evening. 
Citrus oils like Orange or Lemon make a room feel happy and alive while warm, woody oils like Patchouli or Sandalwood impart  a mysterious, moody feeling.
In your bedroom, the deep, exotic scent of Ylang-Ylang urgently whispers "This is a romantic space".
Arousal Disorders: A Curse To One’s Sex Life

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This article is about the most commonly encountered female sexual health problem – the female sexual arousal disorder. It may range from an inability to get or stay aroused, or reaching an orgasm. Listed are some physical and psychological causes, along with treatments that can help resolve the arousal problem.

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Married life becomes more difficult without a fruitful relationship. And one aspect of a healthy and happy home life is a steaming sex life. But what happens when a woman cannot satisfy her husband?

The one of the most commonly encountered women’s sexual health problem is the sexual arousal disorder. It is a condition wherein there is decreased, insufficient, or no lubrication in women during sexual activities and sexual contact. It commonly leads to loss of interest in sex, more commonly in women the farther along they age and when they approach menopause.

Symptoms of arousal disorder may vary with different women. Some may have difficulty getting or staying aroused, some may have problems reaching an orgasm. Some may experience pain during sex or orgasm, and this may interfere with her desire for intercourse. But what causes arousal disorders?

Studies show that a lot of factors contribute to female sexual arousal disorder and female orgasmic disorder. These factors are mainly:
· Psychological factors. Sexual arousal disorders may have rooted from traumatic events that have happened during a woman’s childhood and adolescent years. Stress, fatigue, and anxiety may also cause the body to be unresponsive to sexual stimulation. Some women who’ve recently had uterine and breast operations may develop a poor sexual self-image and also end up “drying up” during sex. Also, women who feel guilty about having sexual pleasure, have an extreme fear of intimacy may have problems enjoying the sexual act and therefore produce no lubrication in the process.
· Physical factors. Medical conditions related to the female reproductive system such as endometriosis (growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterus), cystitis (inflammation or infection of the lining of the urinary bladder), or vaginitis (inflammation of the vaginal wall) may become a cause for an arousal disorder. Other diseases like diabetes, endocrine or hormone problems, and neurologic disorders can also cause a woman to dry up during sex. Prescription medications like oral contraceptives, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and anti-hypertensives can have side effects that affect a woman’s response to sexual stimulation. Substance abuse such as alcoholism and drug addiction can make a woman lose sexual desire and drive.

There are a lot of ways to treat the female sexual arousal disorder. If there is an underlying medical condition that causes the disorder, treating it may solve the arousal problem. Sometimes, hormonal treatments using estrogen and low doses of testosterone may raise a woman’s sex drive and correct her body’s response to sexual stimulation. Ridding yourself of the psychological causes may also improve a woman’s sexual response. Counseling and psychotherapy can help resolve underlying psychological issues. Relaxation exercises may also relieve the stress that’s causing the arousal problem. If medications are causing the dryness, consult your doctor and tell them of what you’re experiencing so that they can adjust your medications or change it so that it doesn’t interfere with your sex life. For women who do not have problems with sexual arousal but rather only with inadequate lubrication, the use of lubricants and similar products may help. Longer foreplay may also prove beneficial.

Arreglarse Las Uñas es Básico para las Relaciones

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Arreglarse las uñas y mejorar la presentación personal permite que sus relaciones personales mejoren y hasta consiga un mejor trabajo.

Para las mujeres de hoy en día es muy importante tener las uñas muy bien arregladas ya que esa es una forma que las mujeres se sientan bien con ellas mismas y a la vez proyectar una buena imagen ante los demás.

Hay muchas personas que en lo que primero se fijan cuando conocen a una persona es en las manos y en los zapatos es por esto que muchas personas se preocupan por tener sus uñas muy limpias y arregladas al igual que sus zapatos. Pero la pregunta es ¿es importante tener arregladas las uñas? La respuesta es si!!

Algunos motivos por los cuales las personas se fijan en las uñas de los demás es para saber que tanto una persona le importa acerca de su aseo personal. Por ejemplo, en una entrevista de trabajo en la cual buscan a un candidato que tenga una buena presentación personal para que se haga cargo de la recepción o de un cargo que tenga que ver con atender personal pues obviamente se van a fijar en la forma en la que la persona esta vestida, peinada y por supuesto como están arregladas sus uñas.

También cunado alguien esta buscando pareja y sale a una cita con alguien pues lo primero que hace es fijarse como esta vestida y arreglada y si además la persona es observadora se va a dar cuenta de cómo esta ud arreglada y si es limpia, se va a fijar en las uñas cuando ud esta entretenido/a.

Para evitar penas y sentirse mal lo mejor es que se arregle las uñas, esto incluye cortarlas y limpiarlas, ya es decisión suya si las quiere pintar pero por lo menos que luzcan bien y no tenga que esconder las manos cuando esta en la oficina, en el computador jugando  Juegos de casino  o en una cita con otra persona.

Ahora ya hay diferentes clases de arreglarse las uñas, ud puede desde simplemente limpiarlas hasta (en el caso de las mujeres) pintarlas de colores y decorarlas con diferentes stikers, pintura o con piedras brillantes. Esto es algo que a las mujeres les encanta ya que esto hace la mujer se sienta bien, mas segura y hermosa. Asi que si ud quiere sentirse bien con ud mismo puede invertir un poco mas en su imagen y verse bien.

Muchos piensan que tener las manos arregladas y con esmalte es símbolo de pereza y que una persona no haga nada ya que como tiene las manos tan limpias y arregladas pues lo mas probable es que no lave un plato en su casa o que no realice trabajos del hogar. Ésta es una idea equívoca; la persona que se arregla bien las manos y las uñas es porque se preocupa por su presentación personal y quiere proyectar una imagen impecable ante los demás, es por eso que muchas mujeres y hombres van seguido al salón de belleza para poder arreglarse las uñas, el cabello etc. y sentirse bien consigo mismo.

Recuerden que no solo las uñas es importante sino el aseo personal general, de nada serviría si la persona se arregla las uñas pero no se baña!!. Tenga en cuenta que ud a diario se encuentra con muchas personas y convive con ellas asi que cuide de su presentación personal y sus relaciones personales mejoraran.

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Para las mujeres de hoy en día es muy importante tener las uñas muy bien arregladas ya que esa es una forma que las mujeres se sientan bien con ellas mismas y a la vez proyectar una buena imagen ante los demás.

Hay muchas personas que en lo que primero se fijan cuando conocen a una persona es en las manos y en los zapatos es por esto que muchas personas se preocupan por tener sus uñas muy limpias y arregladas al igual que sus zapatos. Pero la pregunta es ¿es importante tener arregladas las uñas? La respuesta es si!!

Algunos motivos por los cuales las personas se fijan en las uñas de los demás es para saber que tanto una persona le importa acerca de su aseo personal. Por ejemplo, en una entrevista de trabajo en la cual buscan a un candidato que tenga una buena presentación personal para que se haga cargo de la recepción o de un cargo que tenga que ver con atender personal pues obviamente se van a fijar en la forma en la que la persona esta vestida, peinada y por supuesto como están arregladas sus uñas.

También cunado alguien esta buscando pareja y sale a una cita con alguien pues lo primero que hace es fijarse como esta vestida y arreglada y si además la persona es observadora se va a dar cuenta de cómo esta ud arreglada y si es limpia, se va a fijar en las uñas cuando ud esta entretenido/a.

Para evitar penas y sentirse mal lo mejor es que se arregle las uñas, esto incluye cortarlas y limpiarlas, ya es decisión suya si las quiere pintar pero por lo menos que luzcan bien y no tenga que esconder las manos cuando esta en la oficina, en el computador jugando  Juegos de casino  o en una cita con otra persona.

Ahora ya hay diferentes clases de arreglarse las uñas, ud puede desde simplemente limpiarlas hasta (en el caso de las mujeres) pintarlas de colores y decorarlas con diferentes stikers, pintura o con piedras brillantes. Esto es algo que a las mujeres les encanta ya que esto hace la mujer se sienta bien, mas segura y hermosa. Asi que si ud quiere sentirse bien con ud mismo puede invertir un poco mas en su imagen y verse bien.

Muchos piensan que tener las manos arregladas y con esmalte es símbolo de pereza y que una persona no haga nada ya que como tiene las manos tan limpias y arregladas pues lo mas probable es que no lave un plato en su casa o que no realice trabajos del hogar. Ésta es una idea equívoca; la persona que se arregla bien las manos y las uñas es porque se preocupa por su presentación personal y quiere proyectar una imagen impecable ante los demás, es por eso que muchas mujeres y hombres van seguido al salón de belleza para poder arreglarse las uñas, el cabello etc. y sentirse bien consigo mismo.

Recuerden que no solo las uñas es importante sino el aseo personal general, de nada serviría si la persona se arregla las uñas pero no se baña!!. Tenga en cuenta que ud a diario se encuentra con muchas personas y convive con ellas asi que cuide de su presentación personal y sus relaciones personales mejoraran.

title:Arresting Asthma
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-According to the Asthma Society of Canada, asthma kills 10 people every week and afflicts 10 per cent of the Canadian population. Dr. Dean Befus, from the University of Alberta, in collaboration with Dr. Alan Schreiber from the University of Pennsylvania, are trying to arrest this process. Asthma usually strikes people when they are children, in the form of an allergic reaction to something. The body develops an antibody that reacts in the form of excess mucous or breathing difficulties. Dr. Schreiber discovered that one gene helps this reaction is called the Syk gene, and developed a way of blocking the inflammation. Dr. Befus implemented a test on a lab rat and effectively blocked the inflammation in the rat's allergic reaction to egg shells. This could lead to promising new treatments for asthmatics everywhere.
Their 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:, e-mail: or write to: CIHR, 410 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa ON K1A 0W9.
Art Theft: Most Famous Cases in History

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Review of the most famous cases of art thefts in history including the stealing of the Mona Lisa and The Scream.

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Art theft is an ancient and complicated crime. When you look at the some of the most famous cases of art thefts in history, you see thoroughly planned operations that involve art dealers, art fakers, mobsters, ransoms, and millions of dollars. Here you can read about some of the most famous cases of art theft in the history.

The First Theft:
The first documented case of art theft was in 1473, when two panels of altarpiece of the Last Judgment by the Dutch painter Hans Memling were stolen. While the triptych was being transported by ship from the Netherlands to Florence, the ship was attacked by pirates who took it to the Gdansk cathedral in Poland. Nowadays, the piece is shown at the National Museum in Gdansk where it was recently moved from the Basilica of the Assumption.

The Most Famous Theft:
The most famous story of art theft involves one of the most famous paintings in the world and one of the most famous artists in history as a suspect. In the night of August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen out of the Louver. Soon after, Pablo Picasso was arrested and questioned by the police, but was released quickly.

It took about two years until the mystery was solved by the Parisian police. It turned out that the 30×21 inch painting was taken by one of the museum employees by the name of Vincenzo Peruggia, who simply carried it hidden under his coat. Nevertheless, Peruggia did not work alone. The crime was carefully conducted by a notorious con man, Eduardo de Valfierno, who was sent by an art faker who intended to make copies and sell them as if they were the original painting.

While Yves Chaudron, the art faker, was busy creating copies for the famous masterpiece, Mona Lisa was still hidden at Peruggias apartment. After two years in which Peruggia did not hear from Chaudron, he tried to make the best out of his stolen good. Eventually, Peruggia was caught by the police while trying to sell the painting to an art dealer from Florence, Italy. The Mona Lisa was returned to the Louver in 1913.

The Biggest Theft in the USA:
The biggest art theft in United States took place at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. On the night of March 18, 1990, a group of thieves wearing police uniforms broke into the museum and took thirteen paintings whose collective value was estimated at around 300 million dollars. The thieves took two paintings and one print by Rembrandt, and works of Vermeer, Manet, Degas, Govaert Flinck, as well as a French and a Chinese artifact.   

As of yet, none of the paintings have been found and the case is still unsolved. According to recent rumors, the FBI are investigating the possibility that the Boston Mob along with French art dealers are connected to the crime.

The Scream:
The painting by Edvard Munchs, The Scream, is probably the most sought after painting by art thieves in history. It has been stolen twice and was only recently recovered. In 1994, during the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, The Scream was stolen from an Oslo gallery by two thieves who broke through an open window, set off the alarm and left a note saying: thanks for the poor security.

Three months later, the holders of the painting approached the Norwegian Government with an offer: 1 million dollars ransom for Edvard Munchs The Scream. The Government turned down the offer, but the Norwegian police collaborated with the British Police and the Getty Museum to organize a sting operation that brought back the painting to where it belongs.

Ten years later, The Scream was stolen again from the Munch Museum. This time, the robbers used a gun and took another of Munchs painting with them. While Museum officials waiting for the thieves to request ransom money, rumors claimed that both paintings were burned to conceal evidence. Eventually, the Norwegian police discovered the two paintings on August 31, 2006 but the facts on how they were recovered are not known yet.

Art Therapy: Drawing Out The Best Among Children

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The healing power of art can overcome depression among children. Art therapy provides children experiencing depression an opportunity to achieve personal growth through improved self- awareness, and to explore unresolved emotional conflicts. Art as an expressive language,  provides an access into a relationship with children by tapping into their creativity and offering a form of communication that is nonthreatening as well as provide healing mechanisms.

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Creating art is one way to combat  mental illness and many people have actually found it to work for them. Over the last few years, the practice of art therapy has grown so much that it is now even used as a therapy for cancer patients. More and more doctors are now seeing the benefits of using art therapy as a way to administer alternative treatments for depression.

It was generally thought that children could not become depressed. Now, researchers recognize that children, like everyone else, are not immune to this emotionally-drained condition. Because children often do not have the capacity to step back, look at themselves, and recognize that the way they're feeling isn't normal for them --- they are not able to communicate their feelings accurately enough for adults to realize that they are depressed.

Depression has been defined by some as anger turned inward. It is very common among young people and affects as many as one in eight teenagers. Depression affects people of every color, race, economic status, or age. However, it does seem to affect more females than males during adolescence and adulthood. According to the American Psychiatric Association, five percent of the nation's children are ill with depression. In spite of the alarming rise in depression among young people, many parents and adults are still clueless about the treatments that can work best to address depression. Moreover, diagnosis and treatment of depression is more difficult for children than for adults.

It is therefore very helpful to provide a safe outlet for a child that is experiencing depression. Research shows that children with depression when they are allowed to express their anxieties through art therapy. In one study, art therapy was used to help suicidal teenagers, and results showed that it indeed has positive effect as part of an overall treatment plan. Guilt, worthlessness, and hopelessness are all emotions that can cause depression, and the creative process of art therapy can help a child or teenager cope with these emotions.

At a public school in Chicago, a non-profit organization conducts art therapy as a means of self-expression and self-discovery. Most of the children in that school live in poor communities or come from   dysfunctional families. The art therapy works to increase concentration levels, self-esteem, and self-control. It also helps teenagers to enhance their interpersonal skills and defuse angry feelings.

In Thailand, a group runs art therapy camps throughout the year for children living with HIV, bringing them together to learn from and support each other and overcome feelings of depression, stress and anxiety. There is an estimated 20,000 children under the age of 18 living with HIV in Thailand. Like the public school in Chicago, these art activities help to build their self-esteem, restore their confidence and teach them that they have as much worth as any other child.

Art therapy provides children experiencing depression an opportunity to achieve personal growth through improved self- awareness, and to explore unresolved emotional conflicts. Art as an expressive language,  provides an access into a relationship with children by tapping into their creativity and offering a form of communication that is nonthreatening as well as provide healing mechanisms to cope themselves with depression. It can bypass language and impairment and allow for the expression of thoughts or feelings from children who find it too difficult to communicate with words.


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