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Thursday, April 23, 2020

title:Canadians Not Heeding Doctors' Sun Safety Advice
author:News Canada
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_70.shtml
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Poll reveals Canadians' apathy for sun safety practices
(NC)-Although more than 90 per cent of Canadian family doctors feel that the combination of wearing a wide brimmed hat in conjunction with sunscreen is an effective method of protection against the sun's rays, only 21 per cent of Canadians wear a wide brimmed hat every time they go outdoors, according to a recent poll of Canadian family doctors and the general population. Surprising news, considering that the poll also showed that 94 per cent of Canadians feel it is important to protect their skin against the sun's rays, including 73 per cent who feel it is very important. The poll was sponsored by Tilley Endurables as part of its ongoing sun safety awareness education program.
"Even though we live in Canada, everyone should still be protecting their skin against the sun's rays," says Dr. Charlene Linzon, dermatologist. "Skin diseases caused by sun exposure in Canada are on the rise, yet Canadians remain reluctant to practice proper sun safety measures."
Doctors know best
Despite ongoing education efforts, Canadians are not making sun safety practices part of their everyday lives. Family doctors continue to see many patients with skin conditions as a result of sun exposure, according to the poll. As a result of exposure to the sun, doctors most often see sunburns (61 per cent), skin cancer (49 per cent), and premature aging or wrinkles (40 per cent). Doctors say that an average of 71 per cent of these conditions could be avoided if patients use sun protection such as sunscreen in conjunction with a wide brimmed hat.
"Despite awareness of the dangers of sun exposure - even when outside for only a short time or on a cloudy day - people still think that sunburns can't happen to them. It's also surprising how many adults don't take the time to protect themselves, even if they do practice sun safety with their kids," says Dr. Linzon. "By simply avoiding peak sun hours, and using simple sun safety measures such as applying effective sunscreens and wearing wide brimmed hats - which dramatically reduce the harmful impact of the sun's rays - Canadians can safely enjoy time spent outdoors."
Wisdom comes with age
Of the Canadians polled, older people are more likely than others to feel it is very important to protect their skin from the sun's rays and as a result are more devoted to their sun safety practices. Eighty-one per cent of respondents aged 65 and older feel it is very important to protect their skin from they sun's rays, compared to 61 per cent of respondents aged 18-24. Additionally, older Canadians are more likely to wear a wide brimmed hat usually or every time they go outdoors - 55 per cent of those 55 and older, compared to 36 per cent of respondents aged 18-24.
"Sun safety is important at every age and you don't need to be 'sunbathing' to be affected by the sun's rays," says Dr. Linzon. "It is particularly important for young Canadians to protect themselves from the sun, as melanoma - one of three types of skin cancer - is the fourth most common cancer among those aged 15-34, and can be lethal if not detected and treated early. In addition, young people especially don't seem to realize that wrinkles and signs of premature aging result from the sun, and that a baseball cap doesn't give your face the protection it needs. Children, teens and young adults need adequate sun protection such as using sunscreen, protective clothing and wide brimmed hats."
Listen to your mother; practice sun safety like your dad!
In the battle of the sexes, of those polled, women are more likely than men to feel protecting their skin from the sun's rays is very important (80 per cent versus 65 per cent respectively). However, women are not practicing sun safety to the same extent as men.
Fifty-one per cent of men report they wear a wide brimmed hat usually or every time they go outdoors, compared to 45 per cent of women.
"Although women are aware of the conditions caused by sun exposure, particularly wrinkles and premature aging, and are aware of the importance of protecting one's skin, they are not as diligent about sun protection for themselves," says Dr. Linzon. "Regardless of their excuse, whether it be convenience, time or fashion, women need to make sun safety part of a daily health regimen."
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The poll, conducted by Pollara and sponsored by Tilley Endurables, is based on interviews conducted with a random sample of 1,205 Canadians 18 years of age and older and 150 general practitioners, between April 1 and April 10, 2002. The results of the sample from the general public are accurate to within +/- 2.9 per cent, while results from the sample of general practitioners are accurate to within +/- 8.1 per cent, nineteen times out of twenty.
Source: Tilley Endurables
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title:Cancer and Alternative Medicine: An Overview
author:Melissa Buhmeyer
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3778.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Alternative medicine is the use of means, in addition to, or instead of conventional, to treat disease or pain. There is lots of controversy surrounding alternative medicine, especially in the cancer arena, because most of it is unproven, as far as the medical world is concerned. To be proven, a treatment must have undergone peer-reviewed, controlled studies. However, if you know where to look, you can find plenty of research to support the efficacy of many alternative therapies.
Every day, more and more of us are becoming fed up with conventional medicine's way of doing things; I mean, let's face it … Western medicine's focus is managing a disease once it occurs. Many alternative methods can be used as preventive instead of management. Once I started thinking about it, I knew there just had to be a better way. That's when my alternative journey began.
The many different avenues of alternative medicine, can be overwhelming and there are many with which I do not have personal experience. But, this is your starting point … a broad overview, not all-encompassing, by any means, of breast cancer alternative medicine. Some of these methods are palliative (help manage pain and discomfort of cancer and its treatment), some are complementary (to be used in addition to conventional), some are intended to be preventive, and others look promising as adjuvant treatments.
Manual Healing and Physical Touch
This is a huge category that includes acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and Reiki, to name a few. Acupuncture is derived from Chinese medicine and involves inserting tiny needles through the skin into specific energy pathways on the body. This method interrupts the energy that flows through the body and is based on balanced Qi. There is lots of controversy surrounding whether acupuncture can be used as a method of treating cancer, itself, but it is thoroughly documented to alleviate pain and nausea from cancer and its treatments.
Chiropractic is the correction of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. It is achieved by adjustments to the spine and neck. There are traditional chiropractors who adjust the entire spine and then there are Direct Non-Force Technique chiropractors who alleviate neurotransmitter interference, throughout the body, by specific, targeted adjustments. The thinking, here, is that the body has the means to heal itself and seeks to maintain balance within itself. Correcting the musculoskeletal disorders helps to regain the balance that has been lost.
Massage has been found, by recent studies, to provide more alertness and less depression, stress, anxiety, and pain. There are many different forms of massage, ranging from deep tissue to a basic relaxation massage. Many health care providers are proponents of massage therapy in addition to conventional treatment.
Reiki is a Japanese word that means universal life energy. This is a method that is typically performed in person but can be performed from a distance. The thinking behind Reiki is that, when the energy pathways of the body are blocked, it results in disease and/or pain. A Reiki practitioner can unblock these pathways, resulting in less pain and muscle tension, and increased ability for the body to heal itself.
Herbs, Minerals, Vitamins, Diet, and Nutritional Supplements
This is one of the roads I've chosen, for myself, based on careful research and consideration. There is evidence that shows that what we eat plays a big role in cancer prevention and it's in the news all the time. In the evolution of our society, our foods have become more and more processed, and less and less nutritious. Farmers use pesticides to keep the bugs from getting our produce. They use hormones to grow our chickens, cattle, and pigs larger faster, so they can make money off them sooner. Of course, it doesn't occur to them, or maybe they just don't care, that those substances are then consumed by us. I didn't even realize those things were used until after I had been diagnosed. You mean I'm eating estrogen in my meat???? Wow, was that ever a wakeup call.
Most practitioners don't endorse the use of nutritional supplements simply because they haven't been approved by the FDA … this premise amazes me because there have been many drugs, that have been approved by the FDA, that have caused serious injury and/or death. There are many nutritional supplements that show serious promise in the prevention, and possibly even treatment, of breast cancer. The studies are out there, if you know where to look.
Naturopathy
Naturopathy is another technique that uses the body's innate ability to heal itself. It is based on the concept that everything, within the body, is related and that if you have pain or illness, that is an alarm your body sets off to get your attention and let you know something is wrong. The naturopathic way of thinking is that your body begins to let you know something is out of balance … perhaps you aren't digesting your food correctly, or you have some hormones out of balance … and it begins a snowball effect, throughout your organs, until it gets your attention. Everything is related and, if there is a problem in one area, another area tries to take up the slack and becomes overworked, and so on. Naturopaths use natural means, such as homeopathic remedies, natural agents, manipulation, or electrical treatment to obtain balance so that the body can heal itself.
Homeopathy
This is the practice of using minute doses of active ingredients to produce the body's own defense and healing process. It, like naturopathy, strives to achieve homeostasis (balance) so the body can heal itself. Homeopathic remedies work much like a vaccine does to our bodies and is based on the premise of like fixes like. Homeopaths prescribe substances that would cause symptoms, in a healthy person, for the purpose of healing those same symptoms in a sick person. For example, a homeopath would prescribe minute amounts of thyroid to someone whose thyroid was overactive for the purpose of the thyroid building a defense to this and slowing itself down.
This is, by no means, an exhaustive overview of alternative therapies, but is, as stated, an overview. For more in-depth discussions on this as well as conventional breast cancer treatments please visit our website below.
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title:Cancer and Diet
author:Marilyn Bennett
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3150.shtml
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The issue of cancer and diet is paramount to your health.  Without feeding the body the ingredients it needs, it simply cannot produce the processes that combat the cancer.
Firstly, when looking at nutrition for cancer, we need to understand the role of pancreatic enzymes. These enzymes, including trypsin & chymotrypsin, play a major role in halting the formation of tumours. Unfortunately these enzymes also play a part in digesting animal proteins, so if our diets are too high in animal protein, then our supply of pancreatic enzymes is tied up in digestion and not available for halting tumours.
Secondly, we need to understand the role of B17 (hydrocyanic acid) in our diets and specifically its interaction with cancer. B17 interacts with the very large amounts of beta-glucosidase in cancer cells to produce hydrogen cyanide and benzaldehyde. These two poisons combine into an extremely deadly poison that targets cancer cells. The reason that it doesn't target healthy cells is that although they have small quantities of beta-glucosidase, they also contain rodonase, a substance that cancer cells do not have, that breaks the poison down into compounds that actually assist the bodies immune system! Clever, hey!?
So we start to see the crucial relationship between cancer and diet!
At this point it is interesting to note that one of the most concentrated sources of natural B17 is apricot kernels - that is the kernel INSIDE the apricot seed itself. However it is our understanding that the sale of apricot kernels is illegal in some countries, including ours. Consequently if you are lucky enough to get your hands on a large supply, it will be by word of mouth connections. However if you are prepared to ask friends to eat a lot of apricots or go on a mission to make frozen or bottled apricots, or maybe apricot jam, there is no law to our knowledge that says you can't eat them. The recommended dosage for people with cancer is up to 60 a day, but starting with 2 per meal and adding one per meal daily to ensure there is no intolerance.
Side note: Apparently the bureaucratic argument for making sale of them illegal is that they will poison you as they are a cyanide compound, (hydrocyanic acid) and produce another cyanide, (hydrogen cyanide) but they fail to follow through and tell us that the hydrogen cyanide then combines with the rodonase to make compounds that actually boost the immune system. Following this logic I have to wonder why then that Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin!) has not been banned. You may be aware they feed B12 to anemia patients!
So, we can address a diet for cancer from specific angles. Firstly by adding whatever natural sources we can find that contain B17, secondly by reducing (not cutting out!) animal protein intake, and thirdly by adding nutrients to our diets in their most easily & effectively absorbed forms ie in foods.
The bottom line is our body is at our mercy and what we put in to it can either help or hinder its ability to help us. The beauty of becoming aware of the interaction of cancer and diet is that it is something we can do for ourselves, thereby empowering us in the fight against this horrid invader!

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title:Cancer Awareness: The Facts About Pain Management
author:Andrea Kenningsworth
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2808.shtml
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Managing Pain in Cancer Patients
Besides the usual fears, the announcement that you or a loved one has cancer creates a frightening and complex situation concerning the pain the patient will suffer during treatment. No one wants to suffer unduly, so this pain has to be properly managed. The new field of pain management becomes a very important part of the treatment of a cancer patient. There are now medical specialists who determine the most effective management in each case, and there are many different approaches to pain management today, so each plan is individualized.
It is now considered a misconception that having cancer automatically means a great deal of pain in the treatment. With today's pain management techniques, this has become a complete fallacy. Before, people frequently felt they just had to learn to deal with the pain, now no one needs to adjust to pain any longer. Once a patient is open and communicative about his pain, the team can find relief for the patient. The patient needs to let the experts decide which steps to take to alleviate the pain.
Normally, your doctor will be very sensitive to your pain and discomfort. However, if you feel your doctor does not seem to have a solution to the pain you or your loved one is experiencing, it is important to meet with someone who specializes in the area of pain management. These often include the oncologist , the cancer treatment specialist, who is a member of a pain management team. Some other medical specialists who work in this area are neurologists and anesthesiologists. A neurologist deals with the entire nervous system, the area of the body that signals pain, and an anesthesiologist has the expertise to deal with pain management during surgery.
It's important to recognize that pain management is part of the overall process for treating cancer patients. This isn't a luxury, or something that's introduced only when the pain becomes completely intolerable. A good doctor will want to be informed about any pain or discomfort, from the moment that it's experienced. As time goes on, medications and/or other pain management approaches may need to be changed, so it's critical that you keep the lines of communication open in order to receive the relief that you need.
Once a pain management technique has been identified, the patient should follow it closely. The patient should not try to "tough it out" by holding out and lengthening times between doses. The doctor or pain management team has prescribed what they believe to be the appropriate course of treatment for relief, so postponing doses will throw off this program. In many cases, this so called bravery only forces people to increase the dosage to compensate for the greater level of pain. Let the members of your medical team decide the proper dosage to control pain from the very beginning. Gradually increasing or decreasing treatment is the concept behind pain management.
If your concern is that you'll become addicted or immune to the pain medication, or that the side effects will cause you to change your behavior and lose control of yourself, speak with your doctor. This isn't the case, and those who work closely with your pain management know exactly what's necessary without risking other areas of your health.
For more information about pain management, contact the American Cancer Society or the National Cancer Institute. Medical professionals are always on hand to assist you with questions and concerns about all facets of the disease, including the management of pain.

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Title:
Cancer Bands

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Summary:
In 2004, the Lance Armstrong Foundation created the Livestrong cancer band. This was when these bracelets really became popular. The bracelets are used and worn to raise support and money for cancer research.


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Cancer Bands


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In 2004, the Lance Armstrong Foundation created the Livestrong cancer band. This was when these bracelets really became popular. The bracelets are used and worn to raise support and money for cancer research.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation was established in 1997 back when cyclist Lance Armstrong was able to overcome cancer. The foundations mission is to inspire as well as empower people affected with cancer together with their families and friends.

Today, these cancer bands are created for almost every type of cancer. These cancer bands are definitely a great way to support the research for cancer in hopes to find a cure.

Cancer Bands was created in order to inform people of these cancer bands as well as inform them about the many types of cancer. It is said that cancer is the second cause of death in the US - trailing behind heart disease.

Each year, more than a million Americans get some sort of treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, 330000 of them usually die. Cancer attacks people of all ages - from newborns to the elderly. Cancer Research was created to inform, help, and provide ways for people to learn about cancer and donate to cancer research. Cancer Research hopes that spreading the news and awareness of cancer through their website and through cancer bands will help safe lives.

The website provides information about all different types of cancer such as:

•breast cancer,
•prostate cancer,
•lung cancer,
•pancreatic cancer,
•colon cancer,
•skin cancer,
•ovarian cancer,
•cervical cancer,
•testicular cancer,
•liver cancer,
•bone cancer,
•thyroid cancer,
•stomach cancer,
•bladder cancer,
•brain cancer,
•throat cancer,
•kidney cancer,
•uterine cancer,
•and mouth cancer.

With every category of cancer listed on the website, users are able to read information about each type. The website provides information such as incidence of each type of cancer, signs and symptoms, who is at the most risk, prevention, and treatment.


title:Cancer Diet: Feasting on the Four Food Groups - A Mesothelioma Patient's Guide to Nutrition
author:Maggie Kay
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1202.shtml
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At some point during our childhood we have all been told to eat our vegetables. Forcing down tasteless green beans and brussels sprouts were supposed to make us taller and stronger. Well, so it is for mesothelioma patients. Diet is often an overlooked subject for cancer patients, but eating the right nutritional foods for strength and energy is just as important as taking the proper medication.
Mesothelioma patients undergoing treatment must follow a special cancer diet devised by their nutritionists. Cancer diets involve eating the correct amounts of protein and calories as well as drinking the right amount of water to keep the ailing body replenished and energized. The body needs plenty of nourishment when it is going through chemotherapy or even when the patient is taking certain medications.
Doctors and nutritionists may also recommend a special cancer diet because many mesothelioma patients tend to lose their appetites due to worry over their condition. Also, those who are undergoing treatment may choose not to eat because of the unpleasant side effects they may experience. Chemotherapy, for example, and even some particular medications may cause an imbalance of nutrients that must be corrected in order to keep the body as strong as possible and to keep the patient from losing an excessive amount of weight. Other side effects of mesothelioma treatment include nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, a change in the sense of smell or taste, and/or constipation.
Below are some of the important nutrients patients are encouraged to include in their mesothelioma diet:

Protein is important for any cancer patient because it helps repair tissue damaged by surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. Protein also helps maintain a strong and healthy immune system, lowering a mesothelioma patient’s risk of infection after aggressive cancer treatments. The National Cancer Institute recommends increasing protein in a cancer diet with cheese, milk, ice cream, yoghurt, eggs, nuts, peanut butter, meats and fish.
Fats are an essential part of the cancer diet because they supply the body with the necessary energy it needs while undergoing treatment. The amount of fats (meaning the number of calories) a cancer diet should consist of is dependent on a mesothelioma patient’s age and body size. The National Cancer Institute recommends increasing caloric intake with such foods as butter, milk, cheese, honey, sugar, granola and dried fruits.
Water is another essential element of the cancer diet. Without a substantial amount of water, the body will dehydrate. It is important that anyone undergoing cancer treatment receive enough water to keep their bodies hydrated and replenished.

The details of every patient’s mesothelioma diet will vary. Some patients will need to incorporate more fat into their diets, while others may need more protein. It is important that patients devise a cancer diet under the guidance of their doctor and nutritionist to ensure that they receive the proper amount of nutrients to improve their quality of life.
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title:Cancer Diet- The Role of Fibre
author:Marilyn Bennett
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3033.shtml
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This article in the series on Cancer Diet explores the importance of fibre.
Fibre's role in the body is to assist in the timely expulsion of waste matter from the bowel.  If this waste matter stays put for too long, the body starts to reabsorb the antigens and toxins from the bowel bacteria through the gut wall. 
One of the easiest ways to tell if you are getting enough fibre is to inspect your stools.  Sounds most unsavoury, I know, but all you need to do is see whether they float or sink in the toilet.  If they are floating you are getting enough fibre, if they sink you are not.
The reason a good cancer diet will address the need for good elimination is that as the body fights the cancer it produces even more waste matter.  This puts a very heavy load on the elimination systems.  If the bowels are clogged up as well, then the body struggles under a highly toxic load.  This in turn takes much needed resources away from healing functions.  Of course, if the patient is also having chemotherapy treatment, good elimination is even more crucial.
In a well managed cancer diet, there will already be a good proportion of raw foods, particularly fruits and vegetables.  These raw foods are one of the best sources of natural dietary fibre. 
Other much touted remedies such as psyllium husks can be very helpful, but it is preferable to get your fibre directly from your foods, which also contain other elements such as enzymes that help digestion.
Water is also absolutely critical for good bowel function, assisting in the flushing of the bulk material and the toxins that accumulate there.  Absolutely no point in upping the fibre content then depriving the body of water so that it all becomes a big plug!
Many medications can cause constipation so be on the lookout for this side effect when starting any new ones.  Also high levels of calcium and low thyroid hormones can play havoc, so if you continue having constipation after increasing your fibre and water content, make a beeline for your doctor.  Constipation has far too many negative side-effects to allow it to continue too long.
Just a quick PS - every cancer diet should include pears, as they are full of fibre, water and highly nutritious to boot.  If you are constipated, a full ripe pear on an empty stomach first thing in the morning followed by a glass of water has a very good chance of doing the trick!
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title:Cancer Diet - Include Natural Foods
author:Marilyn Bennett
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3515.shtml
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In any cancer diet, there are many factors to be considered.  One is that it is ideal that we get our nutrients from our foods, and that those foods are in as near their natural state as possible.  By that I mean foods that have minimum processing.
The reason for this is that no matter how clever our scientists are there is still much they have not discovered about the way vitamins and the body interact.  Every day we hear they have found either a new nutrient or another factor in how our bodies assimilate nutrients.  If we eat foods that are as close to the state nature produces them we are most likely to get the nutrients we need together with all the other factors our bodies need to use them.  This is crucial to any cancer diet.
A shining example is iron.  Our bodies need Vitamin C in order to assimilate iron.  However, there are still iron supplements on the market that do not have Vitamin C included in their mix.  Now, parsley is a very rich source of iron and, you guessed it, is also full of Vitamin C.  To further complicate matters, Vitamin C is heat affected and water soluble, so cooking, particularly in liquids destroys it - hence my assertion that eating foods - in this case parsley - in their natural state is best.  Of course this won't work for all foods - potatoes for example - but it is a good strategy to keep in mind when trying to maximize nutrition. 
The other reason for eating foods in as near natural state as possible, is that cooking destroys the natural enzymes.  Enzymes not only play a crucial role in digestion, and therefore influence the quality of the nutrients we get from our food, but some enzymes, particularly pancreatic enzymes, play a direct role in the fight against cancer.
So how do we include raw foods when designing a cancer diet?
The obvious answer is salads.  Using as wide a variety of salad vegetables and incorporating as many different coloured salad veggies, is an excellent way to increase your intake of live enzymes. 
But even with hot meals, many raw veggies can be added as a garnish.  Eg parsley chopped up over scrambled eggs.  Herbs stirred in a casserole after the heat is turned off.  A couple of rings of capsicum on top of cooked fish.  Use fruits to dress up a steak or a roast.  Let your imagination go!  Look for colour and variety and you will easily find dozens of ways to include raw foods.
Snacks are another way of getting raw veggies into the diet.  Cut up celery and carrots into one inch/2cm lengths.  Even broccoli and cauliflower are nice and crunchy as a snack.  If you must dip them in something try a little cottage cheese rather than a fat laden dip!
By keeping your mind open and imagination engaged, you will soon be getting many more raw foods into your daily diet, giving yourself and your loved ones an edge in the cancer fighting stakes.
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title:Cancer Diet - Minerals
author:Marilyn Bennett
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3440.shtml
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A cancer diet needs a good balance of minerals because minerals are needed by all cells for proper function.  Patients are often found to be mineral deficient, so this is an area of the diet that needs particular attention.
There are two classes of minerals.  Macrominerals, such as the well known calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus, and microminerals, such as boron, chromium, copper, iron, iodine, germanium, sulfur, silicon, vanadium, zinc, manganese and molybdenum. 
The good news is we will get most of the minerals we need, provided we are eating a diet based on a wide variety of fruits and veggies, with the addition of nuts, seeds and grains.
Where we can get in to trouble is that minerals are washed out of soils with constant rain, and modern fertilizers don't usually contain the wide variety of minerals we need.  Organic gardeners usually use rock minerals on their soils and this results in organic produce have a much higher and broader range of minerals.
Germanium is one micromineral that cancer patients are often low on.  It is essential for immune function and is critical to tissue oxygenation.  Cancer grows rapidly where there is low oxygenation of cells.  Germanium is found in broccoli, celery, garlic, onions, rhubarb, sauerkraut and tomato juice as well as aloevera and ginseng.
Iodine deficiency has been linked to breast cancer in more than one study.  Seasalt contains iodine and a variety of minerals rather than the isolated highly processed iodine additive in table salt.  Asparagus, garlic, lima beans, soybeans, sesame seeds all contain natural iodine along with the nutrients needed for good absorption.
Large amounts of brassicas eg brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, along with peaches, pears and spinach can block absorption of iodine, so ensure there is a balance of iodine rich foods in your diet.
Selenium has been linked to cancer.  Selenium and Vitamin E work together to attack free radicals.  Selenium is critical for pancreatic function, and pancreatic enzymes are critical to the bodies ability to fight tumour activity.  This mineral is generally found in meat and grains, however countries such as New Zealand and much of America is known to have selenium deficient soils.
As there have been several studies showing that good selenium levels have significantly reduced the risk of cancer, this is one mineral you want to have enough of. 
Food sources that should be included frequently in a cancer diet are: brazil nuts, broccoli, brown rice, brewers yeast, chicken, kelp, onions, salmon, seafood, tuna, wheatgerm and whole grains.  Garlic, chamomile, ginseng and parsley are all easy to use concentrated forms that can be added to the diet daily.
A couple of warnings:
Be very careful about self-dosing with minerals as several of them will block absorption of others if the dose is too high.
Again, eating a variety of foods, with particular notice taken of those that have high mineral levels is the safest way to go.  If you wish to explore mineral supplementation further, talk to your naturopath or nutritionist.  But whatever you do, don't ignore the importance of these vital elements to your well being.

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title:Cancer Diet - The Important Vitamins
author:Marilyn Bennett
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3032.shtml
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A cancer diet needs particular emphasis on the following vitamins.
Vitamin A
Role: as an anti-oxidant and important for healing.
Natural sources: green and yellow fruits and vegetables, organic animal liver but be careful, a non-organically raised animal's liver could be full of chemicals!
Beta-carotene - very important in a cancer diet - from carrots in particular, is converted to Vitamin A by the liver, and is a far safer way to get a really good boost of this vitamin, with no dangers of overdosing. 
Vitamin B Complex
Role: particularly important to the health of nerves and the production of energy.
Natural sources are chicken, eggs, brewer's yeast, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, fish.
Vitamin B17 - almost unheard of, but critical in a cancer diet.
B17 interacts with the very large amounts of beta-glucosidase in cancer cells to produce hydrogen cyanide and benzaldehyde. These two poisons combine into an extremely deadly poison that targets cancer cells. The reason that it doesn't target healthy cells is that although they have small quantities of beta-glucosidase, they also contain rodonase, a substance that cancer cells do not have, that breaks the poison down into compounds that actually assist the bodies immune system!
Natural sources are flaxseed oil, brown rice, brewer's yeast, lentils, macadamia nuts, pecans, raspberries, strawberries, walnuts, watercress and yams.
Vitamin C
Role: Antioxidant needed to assist over 300 metabolic functions of the body.
Natural sources are citrus fruits, most yellow or red fruits and vegetables, leafy green vegetables.
The body cannot store this very essential nutrient so we need to ingest it daily.  As it is not stored it cannot be overdosed.
A word of warning though - do not take Vitamin C supplements at the same time as aspirin - the combination is very irritant to the stomach lining.  Also it taking a supplement, look for a buffered form which is digested over a longer period of time and far less irritant.  Also avoid chewable tablets - the acidity is not good for the teeth!
Vitamin E, again crucial in a cancer diet.
Role: Antioxidant, used in circulation and tissue repair.
Natural sources include coldpressed vegetable oils, leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and wholegrains.  Brown rice, eggs, kelp, oatmeal and sweet potatoes are also good sources.
Just a note - the body needs zinc to maintain levels of Vitamin E in the blood, also take iron supplements at a different time from Vitamin E as some forms of iron will destroy Vitamin E.
As always a diet that draws from all food groups, fruit, vegetable, meat, fish, chicken, grains, nuts, seeds and oils, all eaten as close to the way nature made them is the best cancer diet possible.

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title:Cancer - The Missing Point
author:Dr Randy Wysong
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2006.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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If one were to judge by television advertising and news reports, it would seem that the “war on cancer” is all but won. What are the weapons being heralded? Drugs, research, tests and exams. They miss the point.
“Prevention” is promoted as meaning catching the disease early. Really. That also misses the point. Is it “prevention” if you call 911 when you come home and see smoke billowing from all your windows? Do we just live with a carpe diem philosophy and wait for the doctor to tell us we have a lump in our breast or a swollen nodular prostate? Is the cause of cancer a lack of one of the new cancer drugs? Is the cause of cancer really unknown, requiring endless research?
First, let me put to rest the propaganda that the war is being won. Since President Nixon declared the war (1971) and after over 200 billion dollars have been spent on research (remember, one billion is a thousand million), more Americans will die of cancer in the next 14 months than have died in all U.S. wars ever fought combined! (Where are the protest marches?) Soon, cancer will overtake heart disease as the number one killer.
Decades ago, early in the war, there were some dramatic successes such as with Hodgkin's disease and some forms of childhood leukemia. There can be little doubt that debunking (surgical removal) of large cancers brings benefits. But the big killers such as colorectal, lung, prostate and breast cancer remain as threatening as ever. Survival gains are measured primarily in additional months (not years) added to life, not in cures. The placebo effect is by and large ignored. (People getting a sugar pill placebo in cancer studies have been known to lose their hair and some actually cure themselves by simply thinking they will be cured.) A percentage of people can experience remissions spontaneously and from simple lifestyle adjustments, but the cancer therapy is always credited with the cure. (Investigations, "Placebo Learning: The Placebo Effect as a Conditioned Response," 1985; 2(1):23. O'Regan B, et al. 1993. Spontaneous Remission: An Annotated Bibliography. Sausalito, CA. Talbot M. 1991. The Holographic Universe. New York. Harper Collins Publishers. Townsend Letter, 2004; 251:32-3.)
Statistics can always be massaged to create the result desired. This practice is rampant in cancer research. Animal models (euphemism for real living and feeling caged creatures being tortured by the millions) do not prove effectiveness across species boundaries to humans. Neither do laboratory cell lines. That's why all the "breakthroughs" based on tumor shrinkage never pan out. For-profit drug companies and National Cancer Institute grant-based research ignore metastases (the spreading cells of cancer through the body) in their positive reports.  Instead they highlight and focus on more easily obtained lab results, such as "tumor shrinkage,” and on easily manipulated clinical data such as "five-year survival."
Twelve new "improved" drugs introduced in Europe between 1995 and 2000 were no better than the drugs they replaced. But the prices were all higher, in one instance by a factor of 350 times. One new "revolutionary" drug, Erbitux™, found to "shrink" tumors but not extend the lives of patients at all costs $2,400 per week. Avastin™, another costly chemotherapeutic, by the best calculation, extended the lives of 400 colorectal patients by 4.7 months.  Tamoxifin™ is proven to be effective in decreasing breast cancer.  Risk is decreased by about 15% but what is not equally heralded is the fact that it increased the risk of endometrial uterine cancer by about 15%.  (Patient Information: Nolvadex, Zeneca Pharmaceuticals)
Are such results worth the financial devastation and miserable life that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery impose? Is that the way to spend one's remaining days? If such therapy does add a couple of months, are those couple of months really worth the poking, prodding, pain, unrelenting nausea, disfiguring, destruction of the immune system and increased susceptibility to other diseases? "Yes" would be a hard answer to justify.
In the face of a cancer diagnosis most people just throw up their hands in terror and surrender to the conventional cancer therapy death process. The feeling is that something must be done, and, since "doctors know best," one must begin the "fight" by following the advice of the doctor. But fighting does not mean surrendering to the will of another person who has their own personal agenda and narrowed field of view dictated by the club they belong to. That misses the point. You must do something.
Here's the on-point best approach:
1. Prevention means adjusting your life right now so that you are living in tune with your design. Cancer is, quite simply, the reaction of cells subjected long enough to an environment they are not designed for. The genetic apparatus loses its bearings, becomes insane, if you will, and regresses to embryonic infancy and just begins multiplying recklessly. What is the proper environment? It is that food, air, water and lifestyle you are genetically designed for. The proper healthy preventive living context is encapsulated in the Wysong Optimal Health Program™.
2. If you get cancer, don't panic. First thing is follow #1 advice. Learn. Gather as much information as you can from all resources, not just what the medical establishment provides. We try to gather such information for you in The Wysong Directory of Alternative Resources.
3. Think about what has happened in your life that has caused the disease. It is caused, it does not just happen. Correct your life.
4. You take control of your own body and you make the decisions. Determine to set right what is wrong and do it. Taking control is essential to not feeling like a helpless victim and sinking into hopeless despair – a sure mindset to speed the disease along.
5. Think long and hard before submitting to unproven cancer therapies. If the doctor cannot prove effectiveness (at least prove that you will be better off with the therapy than without) and if you are not willing to take the risk of all the contraindications, then don't submit because you think it is "all that can be done." It isn't. See #2 above.
All good things in life are hard. In our modern world, good health takes effort and attention. Preventing and reversing disease also takes effort – your effort. Begin today to take charge of your health and be the best you can be. Most chronic degenerative diseases have long latency periods, the time between when the disease begins and it manifests in overt symptoms. Most everyone reading this has such disease brewing within at this very moment. So take advantage of the window of opportunity and give your body a chance by living the life you were designed to live. That will not only prevent disease from gaining a foothold, but reverse disease that is incubating within.
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title:Can Weight Loss Improve Your Health And Make You Feel Better?
author:Mike Yeager
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_516.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
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Many people today are interested in weight loss and weight loss programs. Sedentary life styles and lack of exercise have contributed to a general trend toward carrying around a few extra pounds. Following a disciplined weight loss plan can prove very helpful and beneficial to people who don’t really have any idea of how to create a weigh loss diet. There are many options available today to help you trim a few pounds and fit into the clothes you want.
Losing weight is not something one can do overnight. A carefully planned weight loss program requires common sense and certain guidelines. Unfortunately, there's a lot of misinformantion floating around and lots of desperate people are easily duped and ripped off. The leading experts now recommend that people who want to lose weight start increasing their physical activity. Just being more active in general (such as climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, moving around instead of sitting still, sitting up instead of lying down as well as showing some excitement and enthusiasm instead of boredom), are things that more effectively burns calories and reduces body fat.
A balanced lifestyle of good nutrition and regular exercise will help you achieve your weight loss goals. Some people seek Fast Weight Loss while others would like to gradually thin down for health reasons. Take advantage of all the information and help available today to help you achieve your weight loss goals.
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Title:
Can We Stop the Aging Process?

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918

Summary:
Most of us enjoy growing older, right until the point that being old starts to be a problem.  Why does our body grow old, and is there anything we can do to stop the aging process?  Scientists are rushing to find the answers.


Keywords:
aging, old age, successful aging, aging gracefully, scientists and aging, anti-aging, staying healthy in old age, stop aging, free radicals, stop the aging process,


Article Body:
If you’re still alive, you’re growing older every day. 

You may not notice it, but you are.

When we make that great shift out of our teenage years into our twenties, most of the changes we encounter about growing older are good.

Whe we are in our twenties, growing older means a lot more freedom and a lot of adventure.  Physically, we are at our peak of perfection.

In our thirties, we are starting to enjoy many of the benefits of growing older as we accumulate more wisdom and in most cases, continue to have a body and a brain that’s still in great shape.

But there comes a time, perhaps in our fifth decade, or in our sixth, when growing older starts to have some negative effects we don’t really like.

We may not be as physically fit as we used to be.  We start to get sags and bags.  We get aches and pains.  We may be showing some forgetfulness.

Our beautiful perfection of youth is gone.

Why do we age?

Over the centuries, people have often wondered how it is that our bodies grow and develop from a tiny fertilized egg, to a newborn baby, to a young child, then a teenager and, finally, a young adult.  A huge number of very complex changes within our bodies must happen perfectly in order to achieve this.

Once we grow into our adult perfection, why can’t we just stay there?  Why do we have to age?

And can we stop it? 

Doctors and scientists used to take aging for granted.  Scientists used to think that because aging was a natural process, there was no need to investigate it.

Now, as increasing numbers of baby boomers are turning fifty, anxious to hang on to some semblance of youth, more and more research is being devoted to the topic of aging.

Scientists are trying to find out how and why we age, and they are investigating possible ways to slow down the aging process, or perhaps even stop it altogether.

If new ways are found to extend physical and mental health for the aging population, the benefits to society will be enormous.

Although all of us want to live a long time, none of us wants to spend our final years in physical pain or suffering from mental decline.

Scientists have been able to identify some of the factors that influence the process of aging, and new knowledge is accumulating at a rapid rate.  Dozens of theories to explain aging have been proposed, but it seems that aging is a very complex, and several processes are interlinked. 

Here are some of the current theories about why we age:

Hayflick Limit Theory – Two scentists in the 1960s noticed that many human cells would divide a limited number of times, then stop.  If the cells were well fed, they divided faster.  Body cells may have a built-in genetic program that tells them not to reproduce anymore.

Free Radical Theory -  Free radicals are molecules or atoms that have an unpaired electron.  In order to be electrically balanced, these molecules or atoms will grab an electron from a nearby atom, thereby creating another free radical, eventually resulting in a cascading chain of damage to cells and organs. 

Free radical formation may not account for all the symptoms of aging, but it probably does play an important part in accelerating cellular damage.  Free radicals are unavoidable.  They are an inevitable consequence of living in a physical body.  However, there are steps we can take to slow down free radical damage, such as avoiding pollutants, and eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Telomere Theory – Telomeres are special types of chemicals that seem to have some ability to protect the chromosomes inside our cells.  Every time our cells divide, the telemeres become shorter and less able to protect the chromosome.  This may explain why the cells eventually become damaged and die.  Scientists are currently trying to find out how to repair telomeres and stop the damage to the cells.

Glycation –  When proteins in your body react with excess blood sugar, the proteins become damaged.  This process is known as “glycation”.  These sugar-damaged proteins may contribute to the breakdown of many other systems in the body.  People who have diabetes or problems with insulin resistance are particularly vulnerable to glycation damage because of abnormalities in their blood sugar levels.

If it turns out to be true that glycation plays a major part in causing the negative effects of aging, we may be able to slow it down by making sure we avoid excess blood sugar levels.

Here are some other factors that play a part in aging:

-We experience a steep decline in hormone production in our later years
-Our body becomes less efficient at detoxifying
-The DNA in our cells becomes damaged
-A life time of exposure to stress and environmental toxins in our air, food and water overwhelms our body’s repair systems.

These are some of the explanations for why we age, but it’s not a complete picture.  At the present time, we don’t yet know all the reasons for this process.  And so far, there is no single magic bullet to stop it.

If scientists can learn how to slow down the process of aging, we will be able to spend many more happy years enjoying our lives while maintaining our peak of physical perfection.

And that’s something to look forward to!


title:Can Working On Your Computer Cause: Foot Pain?
author:Hege Crowton
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2733.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Did you know that spending long hours at your computer can put your health at serious risk? Most people does not even consider that possibility, but t does, Working at a desk is extremely hard on your body, and I would like to share this with you so maybe you can avoid some of the most common health risks. One of the most common one is: FOOT PAIN
FOOT PAIN
Suffering from unbelievable pain on your foot? Can't walk long distances without stopping from time to time? Can't wear your favorite shoes but the pain coming from the ball of your foot, the arch, or the heel kills you?
Foot pain, known as metatarsalgia, usually occurs between the arch and the toe. It usually occurs in the foot's mid-portion.
A callus may cause foot pain. It is a skin build-up that developed due to pressure over the bone. It is usually found on the foot's bottom, and causes pain when walking. Shoes may also cause foot pain – too loose or too tight shoes may give you incredible pain in your foot. Ill-fitting shoes may also cause pain because they tend to squeeze the foot, causing the pressure inside the increase. Loose shoes on the other hand creates friction by providing space for sliding and rubbing.
If the pain is in the underside of the foot, it might be due to a torn ligament or maybe a joint inflammation. You should consult with an orthopedic surgeon to further evaluate the damage and assess the status of the joint.
Some practical tips may help relieve foot pain. One of this is using a shoe insert which is available in drugstores and department stores. Many different brands are available and promise to help you with your foot pain problem. This shoe insert will be an excellent shock absorber so that you can wear any pair of shoes you want comfortable. Since calluses causes foot pain, soaking feet to soften the calluses will help. Using a pumice stone or a file will help relieve you of your foot pain.
Of course the most practical and simplest way to prevent and relieve foot pain is to buy a pair that fits perfectly. It should be wide enough not to cause cramping inside the foot. For maximum comfort, heels should be flat or high-heeled but not higher than 2 ¼”.
Burning feet is a fairly common condition and involves the whole foot. It may be so severe that people who have the condition are usually kept awake at night because of the pain. It happens more often to people over 50, although some younger people may also experience the condition. Diabetics often encounter this condition as a part of the nerve damage that may develop from their disease.
Another location of foot pain is the heel. Because the calcaneus or the heel bone is the largest bone that can be found in the foot, it usually hits the ground first when the individual walk, causing foot pain. Another cause is due to strain on the ligament at the foot bottom, called plantar fascistic. Usually pain is felt early on the morning, upon waking up. Heel pain may also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Athletes also tend to develop heel pain from stress fractures.
Foot pain may also occur over the arch. It is caused by a strain in the structure in that part of the foot. Toe pain is also a common condition and might be due to an ingrown toe nail. An ingrown toe nail results in an infection and pressure in the nail fold area which can be very painful. It is important to consult an expert to have the ingrown nail evaluated. He will prescribe you the antibiotics appropriate for your condition which you will have to take for several days. He will also advise you proper care of the foot so that you will not have to suffer from foot pain again.
Foot pain can also occur in the ankle. It is usually due to long term wear and tear of the ankles, and activities that causes the ankle to tip over. Foot pain may also be due to nerve damage.
Pain that occurs on the ball of the foot may be because of masses or growths of tissues which wrap around nerves and causes pain. This is called Morton's neuroma. It usually occurs in a single foot and women are at increased risk. Mild ache with some burning or tingling usually is felt around the third or fourth toe. Wearing narrow shoes   and pointed shoes exacerbate the symptom, like a rock is inside the shoe.
There are other risks as you sit in front of that computer but it would be to much to write about in this article, so if you would like to learn more about other risks such as:

Eye strain
RSI (Repetitive Stress Syndrome)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Constant Head Aches
Dizziness
Breathing Problems
Difficulty Concentrating

You can learn all about this in the book: “The Painless PC”, which can be found at: www.HealthCrow.com 


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Title:
Can Your New York Area Dentist Diagnose Cancer?

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528

Summary:
Visiting your New York Dentist is not the best idea if you suspect that there is a possible mouth or tongue cancer.


Keywords:
dentists, find a dentists, top dentists


Article Body:
Visiting your New York Dentist is not the best idea if you suspect that there is a possible mouth or tongue cancer. Unfortunately, most people don't realize that there is cause for concern in the subtle changes to mouth tissue. That is probably why most of these are initially recognized during routine dental check-ups.

Ideally, anyone involved in habits that contribute to the development of oral cancers namely chewing tobacco, smoking or using snuff; would learn the symptoms of these diseases and watch for them. In a perfect world these folks would be hyper-sensitive to any lesions, discoloration or changes in oral tissue. If we all did then these cancers would be detected very early and the prognosis would be far, far better.

Perfect world scenarios rarely pan out however. People who engage in risky health practices are also likely to dismiss dental hygiene with a quick brushing now and then. Even more startling is the statistic for oral cancers among people who are involved in no risky habits. About 27 % of those contracting oral cancers have no known risk factors. That's why dentists are trained to examine and identify mouth cancers particularly on the tongue during every routine dental examination. Long before other health professionals are called into the patient's consultation the dentist has often made a preliminary diagnosis.

Some New York dentists are using new technology to help identify and mark precancerous tissues especially in "at risk" groups. These use a combination of harmless blue marking dyes and light to make the mouth screening more accurate. The new protocol, called ViziLite Plus is produced by Zila Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona. While this is not a revolutionary change in oral cancer screening it does use a simple concept to make the process better.

That's reason enough to keep six month dental check-ups. Of course the other main reasons are still of primary concern. But having a dentist perform a visual examination for cancer in the head and neck area every time a routine check up and cleaning is scheduled is sort of a value added bonus for the consumer in all of us!

It is estimated that the most advanced cases of oral cancer may require medical care that may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat. The treatment isn't anything that most people would want to go through either. Surgeries up to and including removing many parts of the mouth and tongue may be necessary. Most people can think of far better ways to spend that money. This of course makes the value of early oral cancer diagnosis more important from even a micro budgeting standpoint.

Even without health insurance these semi-annual visits are a bargain. Prevention of periodontal disease is also a huge money savings that can result from professional tooth cleaning. And catching caries before a deep cavity is formed saves suffering as well as tooth structures. Removing stains during the six month check up and cleaning is intended to keep caries from forming but is more valuable than a tube of new lip stick from a cosmetic stand point.


title:Can You Attain Weight Loss While Fasting?
author:Jason Barger
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_416.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

Fasting, when done properly, can be a basic part of a solid weight loss plan. If done correctly it can be a great start to your new way of living.
When I first started my weight loss program I began with a fast. I have fasted for 2-7 days on a few different occasions. The reason that fasting can be such a great way to start a weight loss program is because you can see results immediately.
It will also make it very easy to stick to your diet for the first week. After not eating for a few days, your food will taste better. This is a great time to go a few days eating only fruits and vegetables. This can easily turn your two day fast into a 7 day, full body cleanse.
Fasting can make you look much thinner in only a couple days. You may not lose a significant amount of weight, but it will look like you have. It can make your waist noticeably thinner and clear up blemishes or skin problems.
Although I do not think fasting is to be used specifically for weight loss, I think you can do it to get your body ready for a healthier way of living. Use it as a way to cleanse your body out and get rid of all the toxins clogging your system.
I suggest drinking fruit and vegetable juices while fasting. I have read that you should do a water fast, but it can be a miserable experience if you have never fasted before. So stick to natural juices.
One of the better results I saw from my fasting experience was that I have more self control over my eating habits. I have always been a binge type of eater. After my fast, I felt like I could restrain myself easier. It is probably a mental attribute. I mean if I can go without eating for 7 days then I can sure keep myself from eating something I shouldn’t.
So although I don’t think you can use fasting as a diet or weight loss program, I do feel that it can be a great start to a proper weight loss diet and exercise program. I think it is definitely something that everybody should do at least once a year.
If you have any health problems you should consult a physician before starting any weight loss program. And, if you absolutely cannot go without food then simply try going a few days eating vegetables and fruits only. This will give you most of the same results as the fasting will. However, I recommend the fast over the fruits and vegetables because of the confidence and control you will begin to enjoy as a result.
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Title:
Can You Avoid LASIK Problems With Screening And Tests?

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391

Summary:
LASIK is a complex surgical procedure. In order to determine your suitability, and to avoid potential LASIK complications, the best way is to get screened and tested prior to undergoing surgery.


Keywords:
lasik, laser eye surgery, eye surgery, lasek, eye, vision


Article Body:
The complexity of the LASIK surgery procedure is often obscured by the office-like milieu of the surgery room, the fact that it takes only a scant few minutes to accomplish the procedure, and the fact that the patient experiences virtually no pain. But, LASIK is in fact a complex surgical procedure with associated complications and risks, and it is certainly not apt for everyone. In order to determine your suitability, and to avoid potential LASIK complications, the best way is to get screened and tested prior to undergoing surgery.

Before the surgery, the patient’s corneal surface is examined with a computer-controlled scanning device. A topographic map of the cornea is created to determine irregularities in the shape of the cornea and also help detect astigmatism. Such preoperative examination is crucial in determining whether the patient is a viable LASIK candidate or not. Comprehensive testing and screening is helpful in avoiding LASIK problems at a later stage, since an inappropriate subject can be ruled out at the outset.

Laser eye surgery has its inherent limits as to how much vision correction it can accomplish. Patients with gravely poor eyesight are not apt for LASIK surgery. The limits prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule out those patients with more than -14 diopters of myopia, more than +6 diopters of hyperopia, or more than 6 diopters of astigmatism.

Another important consideration is that of the viable age for LASIK laser eye surgery. Since, the visual acuity constantly changes until the age of 18, eye surgeons prefer to operate patients who are well over 18 and whose prescription has completely stabilized. A simple refractive examination followed by a meticulous comparison with the patient’s early medical records would reveal whether the prescription has stabilized or not.

The eye surgeon should also carry out comprehensive tests of the eye anterior (front) and posterior (back). This is helpful in determining certain eye ailments that might rule out LASIK surgery as a treatment option. For instance, a posterior examination might identify eye diseases, such as ocular hypertension, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. All in all, prior screening and tests are valuable and rather indispensable in the sense that they determine the possible candidature of a patient for LASIK surgery.

Finding a LASIK surgery that you are confident of working with will ease your concerns about problems with LASIK eye surgery.


Title:
Can you be hypnotized?

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2078

Summary:
Find out how suggestible you are


Keywords:
hypnosis, self-hypnosis, suggestibility, success


Article Body:
People sometimes wonder whether they can be hypnotized. Incredible, but true - there are professional hypnotists and hypnotherapists today who still seem to believe that only certain percentage of people can be hypnotized, and that is what they are teaching through their books, courses, websites and seminars. The origin of these misconceptions may be traced to several hypnotizability scales. Two of the more popular are Stanford Hypnotic Susceptibility Scales (created in 1959) and Harvard Group Scales (created in 1962). Based on the tests performed, the researchers involved in creation of these hypnotizability scales have concluded that 5% of people cannot be hypnotized and that only about 10% can experience deep trance phenomena like auditory and visual hallucinations, and the ability to remain deeply in hypnosis with eyes open.

If you are unfamiliar with hypnotic phenomena, visual hallucinations can be "positive hallucinations" - if you happen to see something that doesn't belong to consensus reality; or "negative hallucination" - if you don't see something which may be right in front of you. And it's good to keep in mind that we often see what we expect to see. It works the same way with auditory hallucinations, which happen when what you hear subjectively is different from the consensus reality.

Now I would like to ask you a question : Did it ever happen to you to look for something, perhaps car keys, which were right in front of you, but you just didn't see them? That is an example of deep trance phenomenon called "negative hallucination". Of course, if you were looking for the keys, your eyes were most certainly open, and according to these hypnotizability scales, you were in a very deep trance. Did you feel like you were in a deep trance?

Or maybe you have had an experience of someone calling your name, but you happened to be so deeply absorbed in other thoughts that you simply didn't hear the person calling you. It often happens with children. They get so absorbed in playing "let's pretend games" that for a while they lose awareness of the external world, or rather the external world becomes a part of their subjective reality. And that's hypnosis.

Let's go over few more hypnotic phenomena:

Time Distortion - you experience time distortion when you subjectively experience the passage of time as if the time is passing slower or faster than the consensus time. In a way, because it takes much less time to think of an action than to do it, you can accomplish more in your mind in less time, then it would take to perform the action physically. You can be anywhere with your mind in an instant, and you can accomplish anything with your mind in an instant.

We have all had experiences when time seemed to drag or to fly. If you just stand beside a pot waiting for a water to boil or you're waiting in line at a bank or at a post office, it may seem that time stretched almost into foreverness. And when you're very busy or are having lots of fun and you're immersed in something you really do not wish to end, it may seem that time just flew by and you wonder where did it go?

Amnesia (forgetting something) is another hypnotic phenomenon. Did it ever happen to you that you do something or say something or someone else tells you something and you forget it - even if the action occurred just a moment ago, in the midst of a conversation you were having? This happens naturally when immediately upon the action performed, you switch your attention to something unrelated. Your mind wonders in an instant to some other topic and you forget what just happened.

When hypnotists want to create amnesia for what happened during the session, through conversational form of hypnosis, they use the same method that happens naturally. Before you have fully returned to your normal consciousness, they switch your attention to something else, and you forget what just happened.

If you pay attention to experiences in your daily life, you will become aware of all sorts of hypnotic phenomena occurring naturally - even catalepsy. Catalepsy occurs when a part of a body acts as if it were frozen in space, rigid, usually in some unusual position, and for a while you're not even aware of that part of the body. Maybe there was a time when you were so deeply immersed in contemplating some thought, that when you returned your attention to external world, you were surprised that perhaps your arm was floating in front of you or was just placed in some position, perhaps lifted toward your face, and you didn't even notice when it happened.

And perhaps you've had an experience where you went to another room, looking for something, but on the way to the room, your thoughts shifted to something else, and by the time you got to the room, you couldn't remember what were you doing there? By now, you may be beginning to realize that all of these different hypnotic phenomena involve some form of mental distraction - your body may be doing one thing, simply executing the programming in your subconscious to perform a certain action, and your mind may be thinking of something else. If you are mentally elsewhere, of course you are not aware of what is happening with your body and you experience all sorts of hypnotic phenomena.

Analgesia and anesthesia are two more hypnotic phenomena. Perhaps there was a time when you had a terrible headache or have experienced some other pain and then something happened that so much absorbed your attention - maybe you had an interesting phone conversation or were watching an interesting movie, maybe a comedy on TV - and for a while you were completely free of pain. You were completely unaware even of any sensations in your body - and your eyes were wide open all along.

There are many more hypnotic phenomena and the point I want to make is simply to point out that just about everything that people can experience when hypnotized by a professional hypnotist when they are in a so called deep states of hypnosis, people in all walks of life have experienced at some point as part of their normal daily life.

Since, the term "hypnosis" is used to describe a state of heightened suggestibility, a state of mind in which the door to your subconscious is open enough so that ideas may be impressed upon it, absolutely everything that is in your subconscious mind today, got there via some form of hypnosis.

If you were non-hypnotizable (i.e. the door of your subconscious could not be opened), you would have no memories, and no programming. That is why the question of hypnotizability is ludicrous. All the information, ideas and beliefs you have acquired and stored in your mind, were stored there via hypnosis - and any time you turn your attention to your subjective experience you are in hypnosis. All that any hypnotist does is simply stimulate the processes that occur naturally to create specific effects.

Perhaps due to hypnosis stage shows and movies, some people believe that the only way they can get hypnotized is if a person called a "hypnotist" tells them "You are getting very sleepy now ... you are getting into a deep trance and you are going to obey every command I give you now!" Nothing could be further from truth.

There are also some psychologists, psychiatrists, medical doctors and even hypnotists and hypnotherapists who are trying to convince people that people are impotent and can do nothing on their own or that the most anyone can hope to accomplish on his own with hypnosis is just get a little bit relaxed. Those who are saying such things may be saying them either because they themselves do not know how to do more with their minds on their own, or because they do not want you to know that you can accomplish great many things with your mind, and that you have already accomplished great many things with your mind even if you don't yet know how you did it.

Here's how you can and how you do hypnotize yourself and others - even if you or others are doing it completely unintentionally and unknowingly. When you play with your own subjective experience, you are practicing self-hypnosis.

For example, if you go to school to learn some craft, while you are learning it you are pretending in your mind that you've already mastered it. This serves several purposes - it helps to motivate you, it opens your mind to learning experience making it easier for you to absorb the information and master the skill, and it makes the journey to mastery an entertaining experience. If you are pretending to be a recognized musician while learning to play an instrument; or if you are pretending to be a lawyer while studying, you are in effect practicing self-hypnosis. If you are a man and you see a good-looking woman and begin to imagine having a date with her, you are practicing self-hypnosis. What you focus upon in your subjective experience, in your imagination, may have a great bearing upon whether you actually end up having a date with that woman or not.

When you play with other people's subjective experience, you are hypnotizing them. Of course you could use inductions to get people into trance, but you don't have to. All it takes to hypnotize other people is to engage their imagination (and you can do that with any or a combination of several senses - visual, auditory, kinesthetic, etc.). The entire process of hypnosis may be also non-verbal. All it may take for a woman to hypnotize a man, is to put on a mini-skirt. Granted, some women should be better covered from head to toe, but everyone can offer a genuine friendly smile. What you do specifically would depend on what is your outcome and what is appropriate to the given situation. If you were looking for a job, then dressing as if you were already a member of a team would help the interviewer to picture you as one of them .. and it would make it easier for you to land that job. You get the idea.

And when other people play with your subjective experience, they are hypnotizing you. Can you recall a time you watched a movie you liked or read a book or talked to someone you liked - perhaps you were so absorbed in that person or book or movie which provided certain mental and emotional stimulation and engaged your imagination that, for a while there, the external world faded from your awareness.

When someone says that only certain percentage of people are hypnotizable or that they are hypnotizable to this or that degree, what they are saying is more along the lines of - at that point in time, with that particular hypnotist, given the hypnotist's repertoire of skills and given the mood and the state of mind the person-to-be- hypnotized is in, the person may be willing or in mood to do what the hypnotist suggested to a certain point, or not at all.

All of us go through many different states and moods throughout the day. There is a time you may feel like eating, there is a time you may feel like sleeping, there is a time you feel like relaxing, there is a time you may feel like jumping around, there is a time you may feel like working, there is a time you may feel like watching a movie, etc. If someone were to suggest something that you feel like doing at that particular moment, you'd be happy to comply and would be then labeled as "highly hypnotizable". On the other hand, if someone suggested something at a time you didn't feel like doing that particular thing, you would be labeled perhaps a "resistant hypnotic subject " or even non-hypnotizable. It's also possible that you may very well enjoy doing a particular thing at that very moment, but not with that particular person or a hypnotist.

I like to teach people about many different forms of doing self-hypnosis because at different times you may like to do it in a different way. And that's the reason for different types of recordings. It is not about one being necessarily better than the other, but rather what suits you the best at any given time according to your mood and preferences.


Title:
Can You Catch Insanity?

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550

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While there is nothing but anecdotal evidence and speculation from untrained people to support the theory, there are some that believe people can develop mental illness due to prolonged exposure to the insane. This is strictly speculation and there are no studies to back it up, but there are some experts that claim it might actually be possible, given the right combination of factors.


Keywords:
mental health, counseling, stress, stress and anxiety


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Some say that the more you are exposed to something, the more likely you are to pick it up. The same has been anecdotally proven to be true for mental health conditions and outright insanity. The longer you are thrust into an environment where mental health is compromised, the higher the chances are that you'll end up emulating their behavior. Some hardcore psychologists can sometimes deliberately attempt to appear insane just to get an inside look at how things are on the “other side,” but those people have questionable mental health anyway. It is interesting that there are very few studies being conducted to see whether or not prolonged exposure to insanity can lead a perfectly sane person to go down that same road.

There is a piece of old advice that says playing along with the delusions of the insane is more effective than fighting it when it comes to preserving one's mental health. The trick, supposedly, is being able to keep their perception of reality from becoming yours. However, this only holds true for those who have psychological or anxiety disorders that are obvious. This would be difficult to apply to someone who has a mental health problem that has turned the damage inwards, rather than outwards. This bit of advice likely stems from the misconception that insane people are easy to spot, primarily due to their behavior and the way they carry themselves.

Another common piece of advice is to engage in frequent and effective methods of stress relief, preferably as often as possible. It is no secret that constantly dealing with one mental health patient is stressful and difficult, so it makes sense that having to deal with a large number of them can put the stress levels near the breaking point for some people. The build-up of stress and anxiety, combined with continuous exposure to the various forms of mental health disorders, can sometimes result in clinical insanity. Granted, this is coming from prolonged exposure and a lack of measures taken to alleviate the problem, but it is a possibility. A very unlikely and rare possibility, but a possibility nonetheless.

There are currently no studies as to whether or not prolonged exposure to insane people can have any real effects on a person's mental health. Currently, the best on offer is anecdotal evidence and the background story of comic book villain Harley Quinn. Of course, the character's transformation from professional psychiatrist to the psychotic girlfriend of an equally psychotic criminal is a fictional story. There have been no reports of instances like that occurring, though it is generally accepted knowledge that most people's psychiatrists often end up going to counseling themselves.


For the time being, there is no concrete medical data that points to a connection between sanity and prolonged exposure to the insane. There are no reports of insane asylums regularly cycling their psychiatrists and staff between themselves to minimize exposure to specific individuals behind asylum walls. The statistics don't show a lot of former psychologists becoming mental health patients themselves, either. It is probable that there simply aren't enough anecdotes and stories to justify a full study on the matter. Still, if “catching” mental illness from the insane is a possibility, that does pose an interesting mental health risk to asylum staff members.


title:Can You Fight The Common Cold With A Natural Remedy?
author:Kevin Sheldon
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1355.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Colds appear superficially similar to the 'flu, but are generally less severe. Common in the colder seasons, respiratory passage inflammation, irritation of the nose and throat, runny eyes, and of course fevers, chills and muscle aches are typical symptoms of the common cold. In extreme cases, a bad cold may even cause sinusitis or congestion of the chest, which can be particularly distressing for the very young and very old. The differences between a cold and flu are fairly easy to spot - flu usually causes a headache, fever, heavy fatigue and general aches - these are rare in true colds. On the other hand, a cold usually involves a runny nose and a sore throat - both rare in flu.  Whatever you do, the symptoms will last between 7 and 14 days (including an incubation period of between 1 and 3 days). Men tend to say they have the flu, rather than a 'cold', because it sounds so much more serious! Common colds, however, are far more 'common' if you will excuse the pun.
The common cold is caused by a fast mutating virus, which tends to strike when one's immune system is depressed. Extreme coldness, tiredness, stress brought on by overwork, or overindulgence - all of these can 'bring on' a cold. The symptoms of the common cold are actually your body attempting to kill the virus and re-establish normal conditions - a raised body temperature kills the virus eventually. Unfortunately, the fast mutation characteristics of the common cold make it impossible to produce a vaccine, leaving only natural remedies in the arsenal of anti-cold techniques.
At the first signs of a cold (sore throat, runny nose) go to bed - don't wait for the virus to 'kick in'. Remember that the first line of attack against the cold virus will be plenty of fluids, and especially vitamin C drinks, such as hot lemon. In fact, you can take large amounts of vitamin C in many forms - tablets, drinks etc. Garlic will also help - both of these are good germ fighters. Other vitamins that will help include vitamin A, B6, vitamin E, and vitamin F. It is also reported that a little extra zinc can help shorten the duration of colds.
While the cold is in full swing, try drinking potato peeling broth. The peelings should be half an inch thick, boiled it for about half an hour then strained and cooled, taken twice a day. After the fever goes, a low calorie raw fruit and vegetable diet can be attempted, although you may not feel much like eating at this point. Raw juices and herb teas will also help. The best herb teas for fighting the common cold are:-

Rose hips
Camomile
Peppermint
Ginger

There are many products that help with runny noses and congestions - most are based on eucalyptus oil, and indeed, this is most helpful. Try putting a few drops in a cup of boiling water, then inhaling the vapors with a towel over your head. For a sore throat - gargling with crushed aspirin in warm water is also useful, although be careful you don't swallow it, and don't do it to frequently.
The most popular water treatments include hot mustard foot baths (to reduce sinus congestion), Epsom salt baths while drinking sweating teas, hot ginger chest compresses and salt water nasal douches to open the sinuses. Some people swear by steam inhalation (with eucalyptus, pine needles, cloves, or thyme).
And of course, you could always try prevention - stay warm, keep your immune system strong by  eating sensibly and exercising regularly!
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title:Can You Get Rid of Stretch Marks?
author:Nicky Pilkington
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2576.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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The question, “Can you get rid of stretch marks?” sounds simple enough, but the answer to the question is not so easy. Ask 10 skin specialists this question and you are likely to receive answers spread across the board. On one side of the issue are the specialists who believe that the answer to the question is an emphatic, “no.” The reason behind this school of thought is associated with collagen. Some skin specialists believe that once collagen is decreased in an area of the body, there is no way to regenerate it so that the skin heals and is restored to its normal elasticity.
On the other side of the debate are those skin specialists who believe that the answer to the question, “Can you get rid of stretch marks?” is “yes.” There have been reports from tests that indicate that it is possible to rebuild the level of collagen in an individual’s body. These tests also reveal that it doesn’t take intense prescription medication to rebuild collagen. Many people, pregnant women in particular, have reported a reduction in their stretch marks by using common products such as Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks. This product costs less than $5 and is available just about anywhere products for the skin are sold.
Moisturizing the skin is a helpful preventive measure against stretch marks. Since there are different answers to the question, people will basically have to decide for themselves which side of the debate they want to believe.
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Title:
Can You Have Too Much Protein Supplement?

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460

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Protein is a hot topic on the Internet and in the Gym. It is a topic that is widely discussed and debated among bodybuilders, nutritionists, and doctors. There are those who say that you can't get enough protein, while there are others who claim that you actually can get too much protein. But can you really have too much of a protein supplement?


Keywords:
Protein supplement, Muscle building supplement, Muscle supplement, Bodybuilding gain mass muscle supplement, Best protein supplement, Protein supplement, Benefit of whey protein, Muscle building supplement, Body building gain mass muscle supplement, Best protein supplement, Protein supplement, Best protein powder, Whey protein powder, Whey protein isolate, Benefit of whey protein, Whey protein concentrate, Protein supplement, Muscle building supplement, Muscle supplement


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Protein is a hot topic on the Internet and in the Gym. It is a topic that is widely discussed and debated among bodybuilders, nutritionists, and doctors. There are those who say that you can't get enough protein, while there are others who claim that you actually can get too much protein. But can you really have too much of a protein supplement?

You actually can have too much protein. Unfortunately, the body does not store protein. Instead, it turns the protein to fat, and then stores the fat. When fat is stored, you become overweight, and that physique that you were shooting for will fly out of the window. This, however, is the least of your problems if you are taking in too much protein regularly.

An overdose of protein can lead to ketosis. Ketosis means that there are too many ketones in the blood stream. This, in turn, can cause damage to the kidneys. Dehydration is also a result of too much protein. So, as you can see, very serious health problems can occur when you take in too much protein, or too much of a protein supplement. The weight gain that you will experience will be the least of your problems.

So, how much protein do you need? How can you be sure that you aren't over doing it? As an athlete, you need .6 to .8 grams of protein for each pound of body weight. Many bodybuilders, however, take in about one gram of protein for each pound of body weight, and most do not have any problems with this. This is very common for strength trainers.

The protein that you take in can come directly from food, or from protein supplements, however, a combination of solid foods and liquid protein supplements is recommended. In the case of replacing food with protein supplements, you can also have too much of the protein supplement, regardless of how much or how little protein you are actually taking in.

You see, your body needs solids and liquids. It is true that liquid protein is easier for the body to absorb, which is why a liquid protein supplement is recommended immediately after working out. However, your body needs to go through the act of digesting food, and it works harder at digesting protein, which in turn burns more calories. Again, you need a combination of solid foods, and liquid protein supplements.

Again, bodybuilders do need more protein than sedentary people, and even more than some other types of athletes. However, remember the 'all things in moderation' rule, and understand that taking in more protein supplement than you actually need to reach your goals will not actually get you anywhere near your goals. Instead, it will leave you overweight, and in poor health.


title:Can You Live Without Chocolate?
author:Eva Moffat
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4557.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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Is chocolate a craving with you?  Are you a secret chocolate eater? Are you denying it even to yourself?
Research has shown that certain chemicals in the brain may cause the cravings.
So does having cravings make you addicted to chocolate?  Are you a chocaholic?
The problem is that constantly telling yourself that you are addicted and therefore unable to help yourself is self-defeating.  Whatever you tell yourself will if said often enough, make the subconscious mind believe what you are saying is the truth.  Your subconscious mind does not reason it just accepts whatever it is told without question.
If you are addicted to chocolate, like any other addiction it is an illness, no different from being addicted to drinking, smoking, gambling or drug taking.  Many homes have broken up because one of the partners has developed an addiction and this usually can quickly impoverish the family, as the addict has to keep finding the money to satisfy his or her addiction.
Can Being Addicted To Chocolate Harm You?
What if you are addicted to chocolate?   What harm can it do you?
If you are on a weight loss diet, eating chocolate can sabotage your efforts.
What’s In Chocolate That Can Make You Fat?
Chocolate contains more of the ‘harmful fats’.  But if you must eat some chocolate, go for dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate, because dark chocolate has less ‘harmful fat’ than milk chocolate.
Why Do We Crave?
There are chemicals in chocolate, both dark chocolate and milk that are similar to taking Marijuana.   But you would have to eat about 25 pounds to get the same effect.
But just as Marijuana is a drug that if taken often leads to addiction.  So taking excessive amounts of chocolate can have the same effect and give you a ‘high’.
Your Addiction May Have Started In Childhood
You can inherit a sweet tooth from your parents.  New York University did some research on mice and found there is a genetic reason why some people crave sugary foods.
Two strains of mice were used in the experiment.  One group preferred sweetened water and the other group unsweetened.  It was found that a certain gene was missing in one of the groups.  They then looked for this gene in humans.
The Chemistry of Chocolate
Chocolate like other sweet foods stimulates the release of endorphins that make us feel good.  With over 300 chemicals in chocolate is it any wonder we crave it?
One of these chemicals found in chocolate is Theobromine that relaxes the smooth muscles in the linings of the lung.
What Other Chemicals in Chocolate Make Us Feel Good?
Neutrotransmitters are the chemical messengers of the brain.  Electrical Signals are transmitted between nerve cells.  These transmitters make changes in the emotions and sensations.
Another chemical is Tryptophan that produces a neurotransmitter called Serotonin.  High levels of Serotonin can give you a feeling of elation or even ecstasy.
Does Chocolate Cause Tooth Decay?
According to scientists at Japan’s Osaka University, they have found that the husks of the cocoa beans that chocolate is made from contains an antibacterial agent that fights plaque.  But quite often these husks are thrown away when making chocolate.   So if they are added back to the chocolate it may turn out that chocolate will make a good toothpaste but this is not really thought to be recommended.
Do You Want More Good Reasons To Eat Chocolate?
A Scientist in California Professor Carl Keen and his team have suggested that eating chocolate might help fight heart disease.  Another chemical called Flavinoid can help thin the blood, so helping to prevent blood clots.   Some sceptics are saying that Professor Keen’s theory is flawed as his research is funded by the makers of Mars products.
Now For The Bad News
Excessive eating of chocolate can cause obesity so shortening the life expectancy of the chocolate eater.  So the old saying that everything in moderation is the best way to eat chocolate or anything else you may be addicted to.
You Can Eat Chocolate and Add A Year To Your Life
Researchers at Harvard University carried out experiments and found that eating chocolate three times a month can add one year to your life.
What Will You Choose?
To be a Chocoholic or not to be a Chocoholic?  The question you must ask yourself is ….. can you live without chocolate?
Copyright 2006 Eva Moffat
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title:Can You Live Without Sugar?
author:Eva Moffat
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4935.shtml
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There are signs that there is going to be a sugar shortage.
Are you prepared to stand in long queues hoping to get your ration of sugar?
Now what could have happened to bring about this terrible situation?
World wide the sugar consumption this year is going to be more than the sugar available.  Here are three possible reasons:
· Hurricane Katrina managed to cripple two of the biggest sugar refineries in New Orleans.
· She wiped out many sugar cane and beet crops.  She had some help from other lesser hurricanes; so let’s spread the blame a bit.
· The largest producer of sugar in the world is Brazil.  But the Brazilians are using sugar in the production of ethanol that is used in vehicle fuels.  This is obviously more lucrative than producing sugar for humans to consume.
So If There Is A Sugar Shortage Will You Survive?
If you have what is referred to as a ‘sweet tooth’ you are going to feel deprived.
Are artificial sweeteners a good substitute?
Common artificial sweeteners are sucralose and saccharin.  These are much sweeter than sugar itself.
Other sweeteners made quite often from cornstarch are used in the manufacture of foods.  These are less sweet than sugar.
Yet fruits have natural sweeteners in them for example Maple Syrup and how often have you added Honey to your porridge?
Why Is Sugar In Food?
Sugar in our food is of course as a sweetener and a flavour enhancer.
It also does the following:
· During cooking it interacts with molecules of protein or starch
· Acts as a tenderiser
· Is responsible for putting the air into the fat during the creaming process
· Caramelises under heat.  This gives certain foods a lovely colour and a very pleasant smell
· Speeds the growth of yeast by providing nourishment
· Stabilises eggs when being whipped
· Delays the coagulation of egg proteins in custard
· Plays an important part in gelling of fruit jellies and jams
· Prevents jellies and preserves from spoiling
· Makes canned foods more tender and attractive
· Improves the flavour and smoothness of ice cream
If there was no sugar, no doubt food manufacturers would use sugar substitutes – would we notice the difference?
It would be quite something, if we got used to living without sugar and eventually when sugar becomes freely available again we won’t need it any more.
Copyright 2006 Eva Moffat

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Title:
Can You Really Add an Inch to Your Biceps in 3 Minutes?

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466

Summary:
In this article I am going to teach you the secrets to building the big guns - Bulging Biceps. What is more I shall also simultaneously increase your lifts by and average of 100 % (all though in some cases ad much as 250%) on the major lift for this muscle group.


Keywords:
Building muscle, build muscle, isometrics, bigger arms, big arms, bicpes,


Article Body:
Copyright 2006 Paul J. O'Brien

Yes,  Yes you can. In this article I am going to teach you the secrets to building the big guns - Bulging Biceps. What is more I shall also simultaneously increase your lifts by and average of 100 % (all though in some cases ad much as 250%) on the major lift for this muscle group.

So how am I going to support my fantastic claims? I'm going to give you a incredibly intense three minute arm routine unlike ANYTHING you've ever experienced. You will feel every muscle fibre contract and fatigue. You will felt he rush of power and strength as you break every physical barrier you thought you had. You are going to experience Isometrics!

Isometrics is not a cutting edge new discovery for gaining mass. It's not a supplement. It is in fact one of the oldest methods of strength training devised, forgotten until now. It is the contraction of a muscle without the shortening of a joint - In other words, tensing the muscle as hard as possible without moving. I'm going to show you how to apply it to three major lifts, 1 for the biceps, triceps and forearms.

You'll need a smith machine to perform these exercises safely.

Bulging Biceps

Warm up your biceps with a few light dumbbell or barbell curls. Nothing too taxing just enough to get them nice and warm, the blood flowing. You're going to need it.

1. Stand in the Smyth Machine.
2. Place an empty Bar at about shoulder height (you may have to vary this to ensure the maximum effect).
3. Bring your hands up to the bar as though you have just reached the top of a barbell curl. Set it an inch below.
4. Keep you back straight, your abs tense.
5. Your biceps should be close to fully flexed at this stage. Relax,  we haven't put any weight on the bar yet.
6. Load the bar with a LOT of weight. Don't underestimate your self. To give an example, a friend who routinely curls 6okg on a barbell recently did this for the first time, he lifted 260kg his first attempt.
7. The object of the exercise is to raise the bar a little more than an inch. That's it. Just an inch and then hold it there for 7 seconds.
8. If you can hold it longer than 7 add more weight. Anything less, take some weight off.
9. All you are doing to raise the bar is contract your biceps as hard as you can. At no time should your elbows be directly beneath the bar.
10. Really tense your biceps and forearms for all they are worth.
11. You will feel the blood rush, the muscles scream and an intensity few will ever experience.
12. Then rest. Take a week off training the biceps.
13. Buy some new shirts.

Have fun showing them off ;-)


title:Can You Significantly Improve Your High Blood Pressure?
author:Lambert Klein
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3362.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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There are several things you can do on your own that may lower your high blood pressure. These options are not to replace any medication without your doctor's approval. It is possible to significantly lower your blood pressure by changing your daily habits. Here is a list of factors that could benefit you.
• Eat healthy natural products such as fresh vegetables and fruits
• Reduce salt intake (especially table salt)
• Reduce refined sugar intake
• Exercise
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Limit Alcohol
• Don't smoke
• Limit caffeine
• Reduce stress
• Avoid high cholesterol foods
• EFT and Z-point
If your health is not as good as you would like then following a healthier lifestyle may benefit you immensely. You want to eliminate as much processed foods as possible as well as grains and sodium. Eat fresh and organic products whenever possible.
Start on an exercise program. This can be as simple as walking for starters. If you are out of shape take it easy at first. Gradually increase your activities as you grow accustom to the increased physical exertion. Please consult with your physician before you begin.
Others things to consider are eliminating tobacco, excess alcohol and fast foods. Maintain a healthy diet and don’t overeat.
Diet: Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Choose raw and organic for extra nutrients and optional health. Include foods high in calcium, magnesium and potassium. Consume herbs and foods such as garlic, onions and hawthorn. Supplement with a good multi vitamin and Co Q10.
Here's a list of foods and supplements that could be helpful:
• Bananas
• Blueberries
• Garlic and Onions
• High Fiber Foods such as Fruits & Vegetables
• High quality Fish Oil with Omega 3 (with a low mercury content)
• Hawthorn
• Co Q10
• Potassium
• Calcium
• Magnesium
• B Complex
• Zinc
• Grape Seed Oil
• Olive Oil
Some other healthy food choices are beans, lentils, artichokes, cooked spinach, and raspberries.
Many people understand that lutein is good for the eyes. Not so many will realize that it is good for the heart. Lutein protects the eyes and heart by neutralizing free radicals. Lutein is found in grapes, egg yolks, squash, peas and oranges.
Lycopene found in tomatoes and other red vegetables helps the heart and blood vessels by stopping the oxidation of LDH cholesterol, slowing the buildup of plaque. Lycopene also may help prevent certain cancers.
Your teeth and gum health are important to fight against heart disease and hypertension as well. Regular dentist visits for checkups and periodic cleaning are important. You may benefit further by seeking a holistic dentist.
Act now and improve you life starting today. Get out and exercise. Workout in your home. Change your diet to a healthy one that your body and mind will thank you for. Cut down on the coffee and other caffeine products. Rid yourself of the limp processed food that is just empty calories. Start eating fresh unprocessed foods that will taste better as well as significantly improve your health.
Copyright 2005 Think Healthy
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title:Can You Still Buy Ephedra
author:Todd Brenner
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2372.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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With millions of people aiming for successful weight loss, many are still interested in diet pills and want to buy ephedra.  Perhaps you are wondering...can I still buy ephedra?
The answer is yes, you can still buy ephedra.  Not all countries have placed bans on allowing people to buy ephedra.  These countries may believe that ephedra is still useful for weight loss or other condition.  Some countries, such as the United States, allow you buy ephedra as long as the active amount is limited to less than 10mg of pure ephedrine. In fact, the only place to order the pure form ephedra is though Ephedra Energy at www.EphedraEnergy.com
People on weight loss programs still want to buy ephedra because it reduces appetite and stimulates fat metabolism, making it one of the most effective weight loss supplement in existence.  Perhaps you want to buy ephedra because it increases the metabolic rate so that your body burns fats and sugars more efficiently. 
Do not buy ephedra if you are expecting a miracle cure by itself.  For true weight loss success, don’t discount consuming natural foods with a high nutrient to calorie ratio and increasing your daily physical activity. With a balanced diet, exercise and ephedra as a supplement, not many people have reported lack of results. Ephedra is powerful enough to help you lose weight quickly, however, you cannot take ephedra forever. Once your optimal weight is achieved, the habit of a good diet and exercise are critical in maintaining that optimal weight level.
There are some non-Ephedra pills you can try out free of charge as well. One I would recommend is www.NightDietPlus.com which can be taken before you go to bed and will not keep you up. It contains no caffeine or stimulants. I’ve actually tried them both. The NightDiet Plus is more subtle and the Ephedra is, quite powerful.
Visit www.DietWeightLossNews.org for more information on ephedra and other diet products.
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Title:
Can you tell the difference?

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584

Summary:
This article features fear and anxiety. The article, however, first showed similarities of the two but in the end, the article managed to give the delineating difference between the two.


Keywords:
Fear and anxiety


Article Body:
Fear and anxiety are sometimes interchanged by writers. Some web writers give similar definitions to these two word entities. However, in the real context, can we really say that, like pretty and beautiful, these two words can be used in place of each other? Are they kindred words?

Fear is described to be poignant emotion that cues for, or signals, any imminent danger, problem, pain, or any dilemma that comes to a person. Like arachnophobia, or the fear for spiders, certain bodily reactions occur, like panic or running away, just to get away from any life-threatening scenario. Also, fear is described to act on different stimuli to escape impending danger. Psychologists have long debated on the aforementioned as to whether it is an internal human emotion, like joy and anger.

Meanwhile, anxiety is described to be an overwhelming emotion of fear, distress, worry, and apprehension. It usually coincides with physical manifestations such as chronic headaches, chest pains, difficulty in breathing, heart palpitations, and nausea. It is also noteworthy to include in the list of descriptions for anxiety a brief gist of what it is: a complex emotion.

Fear and anxiety, however, have similarities in some respects. These, maybe, are some reasons why some people get confused with the use of these word entities.  Let's examine them....

Both are bodily responses against impending and life-threatening situations. No normal person, except our record breakers and death-defying artists, can come face-to-face with danger, stay in that place, and welcome death with open arms. The usual reaction of people, according to human instinct, is to stay away from danger. Fear and anxiety are bodily mechanisms that pump our system and fuels the body with a certain amount of energy that helps us escape danger. Fear, in this sense, shoots up a great deal of adrenaline to the body, which allows a person to better from danger. Anxiety, likewise, helps the body to react on certain stimuli that mobilizes the body, thus, avoiding the source of anxiety.

Both, on the surface, seem to be harmless, but can be life-risking. Fear and anxiety, no matter how petty they may seem, can result in death upon neglect. Studies show that fear and anxiety are listed to be one of the many causes of death. Jumping on top of multilevel buildings as a result of paranoia can start from a simple case of anxiety. Meanwhile, a primary student may seem to be having manageable social anxiety episodes, but this petty thing can cause his life to go awry in the process.

Even with these apparent similarities, fear and anxiety are certainly not the same.

Fear is one of the complex emotions that is involved in anxiety. As mentioned on www.wikipedia.org, anxiety is described to be the overwhelming fear, apprehension or worry. In observance of this, we can safely say that they are different from one another. Medical studies show that certain reactions caused by fear and anxiety are not necessarily the same.

Let's take the example of AIDS. Certainly, many people fear just the thought of it. However, people do not necessarily panic, a typical sign of anxiety, upon the idea of the AIDS. Their fear of AIDS is powerful, but it doesn't compel them to have panic attacks and flee at the slightest provocation. Instead, their fear motivates them to learn more about the disease.

To make sense, fear is one of the complex emotions that is interspersed in the intricate nature of anxiety. Are the two different? Affirmative.


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