title:Crave Sweets?  On the Weight & Mood Roller Coaster?  Perhaps It's More Than You Think!
author:Christina Winsey-Rudd
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

The sugar industry and the food manufacturers are capitalizing BIG TIME on the addictive nature of carbohydrates (sweets, breads, deserts) in the human body.  Blood sugar-handling problems promote arteriosclerosis (plaque in the arteries), adult-onset diabetes, mood swings, weight problems, chronic fatigue, PMS and much more.  Additionally, there is evidence that sugar addiction has a component of alcoholism!
Consider that there actually is speculation about a Syndrome called “Gut Fermentation” or “Auto-Brewery Syndrome.”  There is a great deal of evidence that due to a combination of 1. An overgrown yeast population in the GI tract (gastrointestinal system), 2. Compromised stomach acid levels (hypochlorhydria), and consumption of refined carbohydrates, detectable amounts of alcohol are produced.  In fact, it is estimated that this syndrome plagues 61% of chronically unwell patients. 
Microscopic Yeast, “Candida Albicans” Controls Your Cravings.  Just what is candida albicans?  Neither a vegetable nor an animal, yeasts live in our intestines, on our skin, as well as on the surfaces of all living creatures (and foods).  However, yeasts usually live in small enough numbers that the existence of large populations of “good flora” (the kind of bacteria that actually assist human health) keeps it under control.
Candida yeast is in the fungal family, and loves warm, moist places on, or inside living things.  People plagued with candida crave sweets – carbohydrates – and milk products (cheese, milk, ice cream, etc.) because candida “loves” these foods too.  Americans consider them daily fare.
How Can I Diagnose Myself?  Though there are tests that can be many practitioners diagnose from the symptoms and health history alone.  Ask yourself these questions and then take the symptom survey in #6 below:

Taken many antibiotic drugs from childhood through the present?
Are you now, or have you had periods of high to extreme stress in your life?
Taken birth control pills for any period of time?
Heavily consume white breads, pastas, cookies, cakes, ice cream, cheeses, etc?
Have a child who has been labeled ADD/ADHD, “slow learner” or “underachiever”?  Our children are huge victims of the yeast syndrome!
Circle your symptoms:

Mood swings,
Muscle/joint pains (unexplained),
Loss of strong libido/sexual function,
Chemical sensitivities,
Asthma & respiratory problems,
Food sensitivities,
Memory loss,
Constant colds,
Sleep Problems,
Volvodynia, endometriosis, infertility,
Attention Deficits,
Ear problems,
Skin rashes,
Poor School Performance,
Recurrent vaginal yeast infections,
Pain on intercourse,
Interstitial cystitis

How Does This Yeast Syndrome Occur?  In a person with a strong immune system, yeasts co-exist with the millions of other microbes (“micro flora”) in the body.  The imbalance begins with the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics. These drugs not only kill infectious microbes, but also kill the “good flora” that normally live in our bodies; thus decreasing the body’s built-in yeast population control.  The opportunistic yeast then have a chance to multiply.
Worse yet, yeasts excrete toxins into their environment (the host body) that weaken the immune system further.  This increases susceptibility to re-infection and the need for more antibiotics; leading to more killing of the “good flora” and hence the continued overgrowth of yeasts – a vicious cycle! 
Yeasts can and do spread to be a system-wide problem.  The result is myriad symptoms that can arise from its pervasiveness.
What YOU Can Do NOW:  Unfortunately, simply eating yogurt to ingest the “good flora” (acidophilus and bifidus) when you take antibiotics isn’t enough.  Dietary changes, along with herbs and supplements are vital.  In severe cases, anti-fungal prescriptions are recommended.  There are several must-read books on the subject: The Yeast Connection by Dr. Crock, M.D., The Body Knows, by Caroline Sutherland, and regarding the negatives of sugar, Sugar Blues, by William Dufty.
Candida Yeast infections are no joke, and progressively make the sufferer’s life more and more difficult.  If you ignore it, it will NOT go away.  Many people have been so debilitated by candida problems that they almost felt they needed to go live in a plastic bubble to stay healthy.  If you do have it, getting free of systemic yeast infection can revolutionize your health, and give you the youthful vitality and wellness you never thought you’d see again. 
title:Create Your Own Effective Acne Treatment
author:Naweko San-Joyz
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Since 1982 Accutane has been a reliable, if not controversial, drug for treating severe acne.  Now with FDA representative David J. Graham’s statement that Accutane should be taken off the market, and pharmaceutical manufacturer La Roche’s defense of Accutane’s safety in a Florida courtroom, access to Accutane faces mounting restrictions.
Author of Acne Messages: Crack the code of your zits and say goodbye to acne, Naweko San-Joyz, understands the concerns facing acne sufferer’s who desire Accutane-like results. San-Joyz conducted research to inexpensively mimic the effects of Accutane. “ Accutane provokes five acne-fighting actions that anyone can replicate using nutrition and self-care”, explains San-Joyz.
Reduce excess oil secretion:
Accutane is a derivative of vitamin A and reduces the secretion of oil by the oil glands.
Foods that supply the body with Vitamin A and beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A by the body) include: Liver, oily fish, whole eggs, carrots, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.
Encourage extreme shedding of the skin:
Using a peel is the easiest method to promote shedding of the skin. Exfoliation releases the build-up of dead skin cells, oils and bacteria trapped in the pores, which could lead to the formation of blemishes.
Extreme peels
Peels come in varying degrees, from mild to harsh. The trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel is an extreme peel that can cost from $100 to $1000 depending on the degree of the treatment. It is only performed in a doctor’s office. The TCA is not a save all however. The peel can make the skin sensitive to the sun cause hyper-pigmentation.
Home use peels:
Several over-the-counter peels contain papaya enzymes or glycolic acid. These peels lightly exfoliate the skin and are safe for weekly use.
Reduce the spread of bacterial infection:
Using an astringent such as witch hazel or apple cider vinegar to disinfect the skin significantly reduces the presence of bacteria on the face. This reduction limits skin inflammation and the likelihood of a pimple developing.
Enhance Fat Metabolism:
Free fatty acids can irritate the skin and provoke acne eruptions. Reducing intake of foods containing hydrolyzed fats will improve fat metabolism. However, do consume essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6, which are found in foods such as salmon and olive oil. These essential fats aid the gastrointestinal tract eliminate pro-inflammatory substances, which reduces the possibility of experiencing acne lesions.
Reduce inflammation:
A strong immune system serves as a buffer against inflammation. Stress reducing activities such as exercising, eating a well-balanced diet and sleeping well boosts the immune system. A diet supplemented with B-Complex, zinc and vitamins C and E likewise enhances the effectiveness of the immune system.
Like Accutane, these five steps will not work overnight. Accutane works via creating a bodily environment that is not conducive to acne. By adhering to the nutritional and aesthetic steps above, anyone can attain clear skin while simultaneously augmenting their health. For more acne self-care tips visit www.Noixia.com or read Acne Messages at www.Amazon.com (ISBN: 0974912204).
Create Your Own Metabolism

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Slow metabolism is frequently blamed for excess weight.  You can actually be the creator of your own metabolism. Knowing how your body works to achieve your health and fitness goals will get you results sooner.  My goal is to help you get the most from your efforts and see results.

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Slow metabolism is frequently blamed for excess weight.  The good news is we no longer have to be the victim of slow metabolism.  We can actually be the creator of our metabolism.  Knowing how your body works and using that knowledge to achieve your health and fitness goals, will get you results sooner with less frustration and aggravation.  My goal is to help you get the most from your effort and see results. 

How your metabolism works.  Metabolism is the speed at which your body burns through food.  As you get older, your metabolism decreases and you don’t require the same number of calories as when you were younger.  The rate the metabolism decreases as we age is determined by the amount of muscle mass we have on our body.  Greater muscle means higher metabolism.  If you’re over 40, you probably aren’t as active as you used to be.  You aren’t playing sports or chasing kids around the house.  If you don’t use your muscle, you’ll lose it.         

Digestion process burns calories.  I teach my clients to eat 3 meals throughout the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and then an additional 2 to 3 healthy snacks between meals. Many of us have been conditioned to think that if we eat less, we will weigh less. The opposite is true but we must be careful to eat quality instead of quantity. There is the thermic value of nutrients — the actual calorie burning properties of nutrient digestion. This means that healthy, balanced eating offers a metabolic advantage. Eating is thermic or produces heat. Since a calorie is a measure of heat, balanced eating equals more calories expended.   

Keep aerobic exercise moderate.  Believing that aerobic exercise is the secret to burning fat is only half-correct. Too much aerobics subject us to a repetitive catabolic state where it literally is eating up muscle tissue.  You can burn fat anytime you are in an “aerobic state.” If you are sitting and reading this article, you are in an aerobic state. You are in an aerobic state anytime you are meeting demands for oxygen. This is why proper nutrition and weight training is critical to maintain and build muscle. You can burn fat while you sleep with lean muscle mass.  I use aerobic exercise to keep my heart, lungs and circulatory systems healthy and use weight training to burn calories and keep my metabolism healthy. 

Muscle is metabolism.   As we age, we begin to lose muscle. This is called muscle atrophy. The key is to preserve muscle to fight fat and keep your metabolism healthy. The muscle you have on your body is in direct correlation to the number of calories you burn at any given moment.  Muscle doesn’t know age. You can maintain or build muscle at any age with weight training.  I believe training with weights is more important as you get older because you are typically less active and your muscle will get soft from lack of use.  Dense muscle mass is key to having a strong and healthy metabolism.  If you would like more information on how to increase your metabolism, send Linda an email and write “maximize your metabolism” in the subject line. 

Build muscle, eat 5 – 6 small meals a day, and keep your aerobic activity moderate.  For more information and tips on exercise, go to http://www.easyexercisetips.com

title:Creatine: The Natural Bulk Muscle Builder
author:Johann Erickson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Creatine is a natural substance found in the body, therefore, is not classified as a drug. It is legal to use in the US and most other countries as it is considered a food supplement. Many athletes who want to remain legal and yet gain muscle bulk and energy, use creatine instead of steroids.
Creatine is made up of three different amino acids - Arginine, Glycine and Methionine. These are produced in the kidneys and pancreas. The liver takes these three and combines them into creatine. A person can also utilize more creatine by adding certain foods to their diet such as fish and beef. However, one could never eat enough of these alone to make a noticeable difference in the body.
Creatine is used by most athletes today because it does basically three things. First of all, it pulls fluid into the muscles, thus hydrating the muscles. The more you workout, the more you sweat, the more dehydrated your muscles become. Simply put, creatine keeps the muscles wet and working. Secondly, creatine enhances actual muscle growth, making muscle fibers bigger and stronger. Thirdly, creatine helps reserve and increase muscle energy by regenerating the muscles' ultimate energy source, ATP (adenosine triphosphate). The result is that you can workout longer, with greater energy output and quicker reflexes.
In double blind placebo studies, creatine has been proven to increase energy levels, resulting in increased strength, endurance levels, and recovery rates. Another benefit of creatine was discovered as well: creatine accelerates fat loss, while building lean body mass! Muscle mass can be significantly increased in as little as two weeks.
Strenuous athletic workouts dehydrate the body, tire the muscles and quickly deplete energy levels. Creatine overcomes all of these hindrances to fitness and bodybuilding by keep the muscles hydrated, building muscle size and giving that extra energy needed for a longer workout or a demanding athletic event. The result is a longer more energetic workout resulting in a bigger, stronger body with greater stamina and endurance. Now you know why athletes use this on a regular basis.
At this time, clinical studies have not revealed any side effects of using a creatine supplement. The muscles naturally contain 3.5 to 4 grams of creatine per kilogram of muscle. The muscles can hold up to 5 grams of creatine. Thus, you can increase your available creatine 25 - 30% by taking an additive. By taking 5 grams of creatine daily you are giving your body the maximum amount it can store and actually utilize. Any more than this will be excreted as waste.
Most supplement companies recommend a procedure called loading where you take in about 20 - 30 grams per day for the first week of so. This is supposed to saturate your muscles with creatine. Although this may allow you to see results a little more quickly, it is not absolutely necessary. Another good idea is to cycle the creatine, that is, to take the creatine for a month and then quit for a week and repeat. The theory behind this is that if you are taking in sufficient amounts of creatine, then the body might decide to quit making it naturally. This is a good idea to implement with all supplements as your body can either quit making the natural product or become immune to its effects. Since creatine has not really been on the market long enough to know it long use effect, it is better to stay on the safe side.

title:Creating Metabolic Efficiency: The Three Internal Metabolic Thermostats
author:Phil Goglia
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Metabolic efficiency is governed by three internal thermostats:
(1) the metabolic thermostat, which uses calories as heat energy units, (2) the hydration thermostat, which uses water to create a consistent temperature pattern internally, and (3) the insulatory thermostat, which stores fat below the skin. It is important to understand how each of these three internal metabolic thermostats works because they ultimately regulate how efficiently the body utilizes caloric heat to provide our bodies with nutrients for energy and tissue repair. When they are not working efficiently, the result is weight gain in the form of body fat.
The Metabolic Thermostat
This thermostat controls caloric heat patterns. To see how it works, you need to understand three things:

Metabolism is a function of heat.
The definition of a calorie is a heat energy unit.
Fat converts to a lipid for energy only in a hot place.

To create enough heat to release fat effectively as energy, you need establish a consistent caloric heat pattern. This means figuring out how many calories you must ingest daily to bring your metabolism to peak efficiency. Most people don’t understand the crucial importance of maintaining an optimum heat pattern through proper food intake. When you start a new food program, it takes a total of forty-eight hours to create enough consistent internal caloric heat to establish metabolic efficiency.
If you are consistent with your food program, your body will maintain its caloric temperature and your body fat will drop. If, because of a particular mood or event, you under-eat or skip a meal, you will have undermined your caloric management system for that day—your body will lack sufficient calories to efficiently utilize fat and repair muscle tissue.  Having lost that day, it will take you an additional forty-eight hours to get back on track with your current food program. That means a total of three days lost: the day that you got off track and the two days that it will take you to reestablish metabolic efficiency through being consistent with your food program. If you under-eat twice in one week, you will have lost the entire week.
Food programming is like a business in which you are trying to maintain a high level of performance in order to develop the physique and energy you want. As with any successful business, it requires a management system to which you hold yourself accountable. To fuel your body efficiently, you must eat nutritious foods consistently throughout the day.
The Hydration Thermostat
Most people don’t really understand the importance of proper hydration. Since the body is composed of 70 percent water, water is critical for everyday functioning. Water serves a number of purposes:

Water enables nutrients to get to your cells. For example, you need a minimum of 3.8 grams of water to utilize one gram of carbohydrate. If you are insulin resistant, that number can potentially double.
Water is essential for maintaining proper blood viscosity (density and balance of nutrients) within your vascular system.
Sufficient hydration extracts toxins in the form of waste products from the body.
Water helps to insure a good electrolyte balance. Muscular strength and co-ordination are directly related to proper hydration. Just try running or playing any sport without drinking water beforehand. You will discover that your body will not respond as efficiently or with as much co-ordination as it does when hydrated.
Water controls body temperature. Acting as a thermostat, water allows your body to regulate temperature through perspiration and sweat as it relates to the environment. With proper hydration, your body maintains a temperature that allows for optimum performance and the regulation of fat and carbohydrate use. Lack of water will cause your body to regulate its temperature in an alternative way by hoarding fat, using its insulatory thermostat. This is just one of the many ways the body uses adaptation to ensure survival. Remember, though, the more your body has to adapt to survive, the less it can focus on performance, energy, and physique.

Ideally, the amount of water necessary for proper hydration is ½ to one ounce of water per one pound of body weight.  This may seem like a lot, but you will be surprised at how easy it is to adjust to this amount. If you begin your day with a few glasses, have a few with every meal, and carry a bottle of water with you, staying properly hydrated will become an easy part of your routine. You will also notice that your body feels better when you drink enough water, and that you actually experience mild discomfort or thirst when you are under-hydrated.
There is a lot of controversy among medical practitioners about correct water intake. For years, the standard advice given by doctors has been to drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day. However, when you look at how widely people vary in size and weight, it makes no logical sense to recommend that every single person require the same amount of water per day!
Keep in mind that the coffee, tea, and diet soda you drink throughout the day, which contain many chemicals such as caffeine and tannin that the body must process, are not the same as pure water and should not be included as part of your total water intake, and may at times because of caffeine content produce an adverse diuretic effect.
Is possible to over-hydrate? Drinking twice as much water will not give you twice the benefit. But if it is a hot day and you have just had a strenuous workout in the gym, played tennis for an hour, or jogged two miles, your body will undoubtedly require a bit more water that day to replenish itself and rebalance your electrolytes. On physically active days, when you are perspiring more than usual, pay attention to your level of thirst. Something you should not do, however, is to come to the end of your day, realize that you have only had a third of your daily water intake, and then quickly drink three more quarts right before you go to bed. 
The Insulatory Thermostat
If your daily intake of water is too low, your body then moves to the third internal thermostat, the insulatory thermostat.  Water acts as a heat regulator to control your core body temperature, helping you to maintain the proper internal temperature for optimal functioning.  If you do not drink enough, your body will automatically adapt the survival strategy of storing fat subcutaneously to act as insulation in order to maintain a constant core temperature. Even if your nutrition is completely on target, if your water intake is low, you will still hoard fat. On the other hand, if you are drinking the correct amount of water daily, and cheat a bit on the foods, you will still continue to drop body fat.  That clearly shows the sensitivity of this third metabolic thermostat. The insulatory thermostat is a survival mechanism that is used when your body experiences trauma and needs to adapt in order to survive.
When these three internal thermostats are kept in balance, your metabolism should be working at peak efficiency, repairing and maintaining lean muscle tissue and burning fat.
Creating Your Own Private Meditation Room

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A lot of people are going into yoga these days to keep themselves in the peak of health and far away from the dangers the stress of today's modern life can bring to a person.  Yoga is a kind form of exercise, kinder than most of the other forms such as aerobics or weight lifting or running.  Most people who practice yoga have their very own private meditation rooms.

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Meditation rooms are not rooms per se.  Most of the time, they are just secluded nooks in someone’s home where one can be in total isolation to be able to think, relax and meditate.  Having a private meditation room, however, is not something that has to be exclusive to yoga practitioners.  You too can have your very own meditation room which you can use as a place just to sit back and get away from the fast-paced and stressful daily life that most of us live.  Your meditation room can be your own hideaway, where you can breathe freely and gather your thoughts together.

Choosing a Spot for Your Meditation Room

Quietness and isolation are the primary qualities that a meditation room must have.  No matter how small your home is, it is possible to have a meditation room where you can have a bit of peaceful respite.  Just find a place to set it up that is a little out of the way in your home.

You can situate your own meditation room in your own bedroom if you want.  Any corner that can be made secluded can do, in fact.  All you need to do, if your meditation room is not a separate room in itself, is to partition it creatively so you would not be bothered if you are inside your nook.

Furnishing the Meditation Room

A meditation room does not require much in terms of furnishings.  The most essential piece of furniture there is a comfortable chair that is wide enough for you to curl your legs in.  And even that, a chair is not that necessary.  If space is a problem, a cushion can serve in its stead.

A CD player, however, may be necessary.  It helps a lot to meditate while listening to soft, instrumental music, or perhaps to recorded natural sounds like the singing of the birds or the sound of the waves or the sound of the falling rain.

How your meditation room is lighted may affect how well you focus and concentrate in clearing your mind here.  The lighting you ought to install in your meditation room is something soft and subtle.  Stay away from the harshly glowing fluorescent bulbs when you light your meditation room.

You do not have to decorate the walls.  If you can paint the walls a neutral color, it would be best to do so.  You do not need anything that can distract you from your meditation inside your meditation room.  To set and enhance the mood, however, you can put shelves where you can place some scented candles or a vase of flowers or perhaps a figurine or two.  A potted plant can help set the mood, too.  These are all the decoration you would need for your meditation room.

Maintaining the Meditation Room

Your meditation room is ideally the one place in your house, if not in the whole world, where you can get away to relax and to clear your mind of anything that is bothering you.  The one thing that will defeat this purpose is if you leave clutter in your meditation room.

No matter how busy you may be with your daily life, always find the time to keep your meditation room clean and free from clutter.  Cleaning your meditation room may be seen as a form of meditation in itself.  After all, the reason you have a meditation room is to keep your mind clear and unburned by chaos.  To achieve that, you have to keep your meditation room clean and unburned by chaos as well.

Credit Counseling:  A Path to Financial Freedom

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The article deals with the issue of consumer debt and how it contributes to stress and anxiety.  Many people have run into debt due to overspending, financial illiteracy, and even because of deep, emotional and psychological problems that manifest as social insecurity or status anxiety.  Discussion about the link of emotional distress caused by financial woes lead to physical illness. The article also briefly cites some reasons why many people incur enormous amounts of debt and the value of getting credit counseling as a financial education and debt reduction strategy.

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Living from paycheck to paycheck... getting a loan to pay off another loan... filing of bankruptcy --- these are situations faced by thousands if not millions of Americans who have somehow buried themselves in debt.   No wonder, many people are increasingly being diagnosed with depression.  The sordid financial trouble people face leads them to more negative thoughts of hopelessness, insecurity, and desperation.
Four years ago, the U.S. Federal Reserve reported that consumer debt had already hit $1.98 trillion.  The figure was the aggregate amount of debt from credit card and car loans alone. The total debt for mortgages was not included in the said figure. The American Bankruptcy Institute also came up with a report which indicated that 1.6 million Americans filed for bankruptcy in 2003.  Credit card debt figures for 2005 was reported to have reached $753 billion in debt for the United States alone. Based on recent estimates, the average American household has $18,700 in debt. 
But why do many people fall into debt?
One major reason for indebtedness is uncontrolled spending.  The lack of control over spending habits starts a cycle of spending more money than what one makes; and the compulsion to apply for a loan to acquire more things.  In some cases, the loans are made just to repay other previous loans.  In terms of credit card abuse, a person falls into debt not only because the list of payables grows long. A person falls deeper into debt because of the interest.  It is not surprising to hear of people who have been in credit card debt for such a long time.  After excessive use of the credit card and no increase in their capacity to pay, they are left to face the reality that they are only able to pay-off the interest without decreasing the principal amount of debt.  Aside from the interest, not paying a debt on time also spells trouble for the undisciplined card holder since late payments entail a “late payment penalty.”  Late payment charges can  can range anywhere from ten dollars to forty dollars. Using the credit card over one's credit limit will also entail an over-the-limit fee which usually starts at $39 per transaction.
The next logical question is, “Why do people overspend?”   Many people seem to have lost control over their finances because of status anxiety,  an emotional and psychological problem that makes a person feel insecure about his or her sense of personal worth and significance.  It can also be a compulsion to become or appear to be popular, wealthy, and “above everybody else.”   Many call this, in layman's terms, trying to “keep up with the Joneses.” 
If a neighbor passes by sporting a brand new car, a socially insecure person would might feel the need to  rush to the bank to get a car loan since he can no longer “afford” to be seen driving a 2001 Nissan sedan even if he really cannot afford to pay for a 2007 Mercedez Benz SLK Class that comes at $43, 500 plus loan interest.  Seeing an officemate brandishing the 4-gigabyte i-Phone worth $499 instantly creates a need to buy the 8-gigabyte model worth $599. 
This desire to be seen as good or even better than one's neighbors in terms or social standing, material possessions, and influence is a cause of anxiety for many people. Financial woes have also increased the level of stress and anxiety among individuals who have uncontrolled spending habits and social insecurity.  The emotional and psychological problems brought about by financial difficulties are also causes of physical illness that include migraine headaches, depressive behavior, heart ailments, to name a few. 
So, how can people stop themselves from committing financial self-destruction?  One easy step is to inquire from the credit card company if they offer free consumer debt counseling. This form of counseling focuses on helping consumers learn the wise uses of credit and various strategies for debt payment and reduction.  The usual advice starts with the theme of “not spending more than what you earn.”  This advice is usually followed by convincing the person in debt to list and determine what accounts should be settled first.  Almost as a given, many credit counselors also try to convince people to start on a savings plan.  Professional debt counseling services also include the more technical process of computing taxes, interest rates, and payment timelines that should be followed by an over-spender who really want to regain financial freedom.
Frivolous spending may actually be more than just a case of financial illiteracy or lack of discipline in money matters. In some cases, people with enormous debt must also consult a psychologist or psychiatrist to determine the root causes of overspending.
Living from paycheck to paycheck...paying one loan after another is surely not the way to live.  There is a way to financial freedom, and everyone must start by making a financial choice of using money for what one merely wants or for what one really needs.

title:Critical Illness Insurance. Big Changes On The Horizon
author:Michael Challiner
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

In recent years sales of critical illness insurance have flagged. The primary cause is the huge 70% increase in premiums experienced during recent years. For many, critical illness insurance has simply priced itself out of the market.
It's not that critical illness insurance is a bad idea. After all it pays out a lump sum if the policyholder is diagnosed with one of the many critical illnesses listed on the policy and the policyholder survives at least 28 days from diagnosis. (Note: some policies have a 14 day survival period.) Most policies have a huge list of insured illnesses although about 60% of claims are for cancer – not surprising, as 1 in every 3 people will develop cancer sometime in their lifetime. In fact when you look at the concept of Critical illness insurance you can easily make a case that everyone living on earned income should have a policy. It's designed to give you a pot of capital to live on if serious illness prevents you from working normally.
Premiums have increased dramatically because medical advances have meant that many illnesses that proved fatal in the past are becoming quicker to detect and easier to treat. Hence insurance companies have found themselves paying out earlier on claims and on illnesses which are not necessarily debilitating - which was the original purpose of critical illness insurance.
To give you a better idea of the sort of illnesses we're talking about, here's a typical list:
Alzheimer's Disease
Aorta Graft surgery
Bacterial Meningitis
Brain Tumour
Coronary Artery by-pass surgery
Coronary Artery Angioplasty
Heart attack
Heart Valve replacement/repair
HIV/AIDS resulting from blood transfusion
Inability to perform your duties of occupation
Kidney failure
Loss of limbs
Loss of speech
Major organ transplant
Motor Neuron diseases
Multiple Sclerosis
Occupational HIV/AIDS
Parkinson's disease
Third Degree burns
Any illness that results in Total and Permanent disability
Insurance companies have at last realised that they're not going to get anywhere marketing policies that people can't or won't afford, and where the companies can't afford to lower prices. So it now looks as if insurers such as Scottish Widows are considering a break through – splitting the cover so that the prospective policyholder can specify which illnesses he or she wants to insure against. It's a form a “menu pricing” – cover for each illness would have a price and you simply select which illnesses you want to insure against.
Whether such insurance proves popular will very much depend on the cost. For example, if cancer accounts for around 60% of current claims, you'd expect the premium for covering cancer alone to be about 40% cheaper than a full strength critical illness policy. We'll have to wait and see.
If you're interested to find out how much a standard critical illness policy would cost you, you'll find it cheapest on the Internet. The best sites to look out for are the independent discounting brokers who deal with all the big insurance providers. These brokers can search the whole market for you, come up with the cheapest insurer, and discount their price. Try to use a broker who'll also give you personal advice on the phone as some policies do vary in the scope of their cover.
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title:Crohn's Disease
author:Dr. Rita Louise
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Crohn's disease is often confused with other inflammatory bowel disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis, thus making it difficult to diagnose.  Crohn's disease can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.  Crohn's disease is characterized by an inflammatory reaction throughout the entire thickness of the colon and bowel wall.  This inflammation can penetrate deeply into the affected organ, causing pain and diarrhea. 
Symptoms associated with Crohn's disease include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding (which may lead to anemia), weight loss, malabsorption syndrome and nutritional deficiencies.  The onset of Crohn's disease is typically between the ages of fourteen and thirty. Cases of this disorder tend to be 2-4 times more common in Caucasian whites than non-Caucasian, and 4 times more common in Jews than non-Jews. 
Crohn's disease is typically experienced as flair-up, with attacks occurring every few months to every few years.  Over time, if the disease is active, bowel function can gradually deteriorate, with the risk of cancer increasing by 20 fold.   
Scientists believe that chronic imbalances in the intestinal flora set off a chain of events that, in the end, damages the intestinal mucosa.  This theory is strongly supported by the parallel in the number of cases of Crohn's and other inflammatory bowel disorders and use of antibiotics over the last 50 years.  In turn, it has also been found that the incidence of Crohn's disease is higher in cultures consuming a "western diet", while it is virtually non-existent in cultures consuming a more primitive diet.  Studies also reveal that patients with Crohn's disease were found to be individuals who habitually ate, prior to the onset of symptoms, more refined sugar, less raw fruits, vegetables and dietary fiber when compared to their healthy counterparts. 
While the exact causes of Crohn's disease is still unclear, there is much that can be done to lessen symptoms and even put this disorder into remission.  The goal for treatment of this disorder is to control inflammation, correct nutritional deficiencies and relieve symptoms such as pain, diarrhea and rectal bleeding.
Recommendations for Wellness
1) An elimination diet, such as Gottschall's Specific Carbohydrate Diet have been shown to reduce the symptoms experienced within 3 - 12 weeks.
2) Avoid sugar, both white sugars, and the sugars contained in white flower, white rice etc.
3) Keep a food/flair-up journal.  Identify foods you are eating, or your emotional state just before and during a "flair-up".  In time, you may find a pattern forming
4) To reduce intestinal inflammation and begin the healing process, try products such as UltraInflamx - by Metagenics, Robert's formula - by Phytophamric, or aloe vera juice.
5) Flax seed or fish oils (Omega 3 Oils) have been known to greatly reduce the inflammatory process.  If you find you have a hard time digesting them, try freezing the gel caps before taking them. 
6) Extra vitamins and minerals are important at this time, especially if you are not absorbing nutrients correctly.  Incorporate a liquid meal replacement (one that is loaded with vitamins, minerals and protein, and low on sugar!) into your diet as well as taking a high quality vitamin and minerals supplement. Try to find one that is in a gel casing or capsule. 
7) Find a good mineral supplement such as Alfalfa, barley greens, liquid chlorophyll or colloidal minerals.  Many of these come in a powdered form that you can mix with water or juice. 
8) Because of blood loss due to rectal bleeding, and the anemia associated with it, incorporation of additional iron is important.  Look to find an herbal iron alternative, especially one that comes in liquid form for better/easier assimilation.  If you decide to look to a single herb, Yellow Dock would be my choice.   (Consult with your health care provider before introducing additional iron into your diet.)
9) Starting a program of re-inoculating the intestinal tract with Friendly Bacteria, namely lactoacidopholis can enhance recovery and restore bowel function to normal. 
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title:Crohn's Disease and Colorectal Cancer - What's The Link
author:Sarah Jenkins
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If you have Crohn’s Disease, should you be more worried about developing colon cancer?  The answer, unfortunately, is yes.  Many of the forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD) have shown an increase in the risk of colon cancer.  However, having Crohn’s Disease does not emphatically mean you will develop cancer; in fact, 90% of IBD patients do not acquire cancer.
A link has been shown to exist between Crohn’s Disease and an increased chance of developing cancer; however, this risk is greatly increased if you have had IBD for an extensive period of time, such as 8-10 years, and it affects the entirety of your colon.  If, on the other hand, only a small part of your colon is involved and you have not had the disease for a long period of time, you are less likely to develop cancer.  Likewise, if Crohn’s does affects other areas of your digestive tract and not your colon, you are at less risk.  Unfortunately, inactive Crohn’s Disease is just as likely to develop colon cancer as the active disorder.  Therefore, the original onset of symptoms matters more than the frequency or intensity of flare-ups.
It is sometimes difficult to detect colon cancer in Crohn’s sufferers as the early symptoms often mimic those of IBD.  Diarrhea and rectal bleeding are common among Crohn’s patients and may not cause concern.  As an extra precautionary measure, you should see your gastroenterologist at least once a year if you have had Crohn’s for more than 8 years.  It may be necessary to have regular colonoscopies to identify any possible problems early.  During a colonoscopy, your gastroenterologist may identify concerns from the appearance of your colon, as well as take biopsies to further examine possibly affected tissue.  Unfortunately, a colonoscopy is not guaranteed to detect cancer if it is present; however a colonoscopy with multiple biopsies is the most reliable means currently available.
If you particularly concerned about developing colon cancer, you should discuss your situation with your doctor, as well as do additional research on the subject.  You should understand you will not necessarily develop cancer simply because you have Crohn’s Disease.  There are also support groups and agencies, such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), that are available to offer information and literature on the likelihood of developing cancer, as well as general information about your condition.  The most effective measures you can take are regular doctors’ visits and healthy living to ensure ongoing wellbeing.

title:Crohn's Disease and Stress
author:Ed Kalski
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It was so tough in those early years. Not knowing what was wrong. I didn't know what to think. Was I going crazy? The doctor said I have a nervous stomach. I'm not a nervous person.
Then I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. Even though it's a chronic disease without a cure, it was a relief to know what was wrong.  But then the reality set in. How was my life going to change?
And change it did. In 1985 I was admitted into a hospital suffering from a stomach obstruction. A surgeon had to remove a foot and a half from my small intestines. The pain was terrible. I never, repeat never , want to go through that pain again. Ever.
After going through the pain of an operation, knowing that people with Crohn's Disease can have more than one operation, I couldn't help but wonder what I could do to help my situation?  It occurred to me that, in the least, I could learn to handle the stress from the disease and the stress from life itself. I knew that stress, in and of itself, could cause my symptoms to worsen.
No, the stress didn't cause Crohn's Disease, but it sure could affect the amount of pain I would experience. I knew it was possible for me to deal with my stress better than I had dealt with it in the past. Before the operation, I was fairly motivated to work at controlling my stress. After the operation, I was highly motivated. I was determined to do everything in my power to improve my situation.
So how could I handle life's stress better? I had to learn what I could about dealing with stress and to then develop the necessary skills to make it happen. I learned about the close relationship between relaxation and stress relief. I learned to meditate, I learned to set reasonable expectations about my life and desires, and I learned to be more objective about what was happening to me physically and mentally.
I've come to the conclusion that people with Crohn's Diseases can do a lot to help themselves with the stress in their life. Not only can we do a lot to help ourselves, but we can also get support from loved ones as well as others going through the same circumstances.
I have three steps to offer others to help them control the stress in their lives. The first is to learn to meditate, the second is to learn visualization and the third is to get support.
By watching my emotions closely, I could know quickly when the stress in my life was building up too fast. I could then take a little time to meditate. I learned the different strategies of meditation and found one that worked good for me.
In addition to meditation, I learned visualization. Whenever I felt myself getting stressed out, I could visualize myself at St. Simon Island, a place I love and go to once a year. Just thinking of the different locations on the Island, I could feel myself relax. And with practice I've got quite good at visualization.
Finally, there's the Crohn's Disease message boards on the internet. What a wonderful resource they are. To be able to talk with people who are going through the same situation. You can't put a price on that. It's invaluable. I highly recommend everyone with Crohn‘s Disease to use this resource.
I believe that anyone with Crohn's Disease (or any chronic disease) can improve their life by taking the time to learn and implement the three part strategy I've outlined above. It's has worked wonderfully for me and I believe it can work for others as well.
Croisière Pour Lune de Miel

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Partir en croisière pour votre lune de miel est une opportunité à ne pas rater pour commencer votre vie de jeune mariés dans la lus grande plénitude. Relaxer vous en explorant tous les aspects qu'une croisière puisse vous offrir à travers ce package.


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Les bateaux de croisière sont de plus en plus spacieux, afin de vous offrir le meilleur en matière de détente et relaxation et vous proposent de découvrir de plus en plus de destinations de rêves, de l'Alaska aux Caraïbes en passant par l'Europe.

Les croisières vous offrent un confort digne d'un cinq étoiles, son lot d'aventures, ainsi que l'opportunité de connaître de nouvelles personnes et de vous faire de nouveaux amis.

Mais pour la réussite de votre lune de miel, la croisière doit comprendre à son bord:
1) Du Champagne et des fraises dès votre montée à bord
2) Des canapés et autres attentions dans votre cabine un soir de votre choix
3) Une soirée "Lune de Miel" spécialement destinée à votre attention
4) Mettre à votre disposition des photographes

Pour cela, choisissez bien votre bateau. Celui-ci doit vous offrir les salles et le confort minimal suivant:

1) Des Restaurants devant vous fournir des repas de haute qualité,

2) Des Pubs, vous proposant les meilleures bières irlandaises ainsi que du champagne, doivent être disponible aux quatre coins du bateau et près des salles de SPA et solarium,

3) Au minimum un Centre de conférence,

4) Des activités sportives  comme un Centre de Fitness, parours de golf, terrains de basket ball et volley ball, mur d'escalade, piste de jogging, patinoire, jeu de palets et bien d'autres encore;

5) Des activités sportives et éducatives pour les enfants telles le Club enfants pour les enfants de 3 à 17 ans comprenant une discothèque, des jeux vidéo et même un espace où leur est servi un repas;

6)  Des Salons de beauté, un  Complexe thermal complet incluant  Sauna, Spa et Solarium;

7) Pour vos loisirs: Piscines, Jacuzzis, Casino pour pouvoir vous divertir dans une ambiance Las Vegas à l'aide de ses machines à sous, Discothèque, Salle de spectacles, Salle de cartes, Café internet, un théâtre.

8) Mais aussi des services du quotidiens tels: Galerie Marchande (avec bijouterie, magasin de souvenirs, de photos), Bibliothèque, Centre médical, Blanchisserie, et enfin une Chapelle nuptiale.
Les bateaux recommandés pour ce genre de séjour dépendent énormément de vos goûts et du choix de votre destination, à savoir si vous rechercher une évasion romantique au travers des forets tropicales et des plages ensoleillées ou culturelle pour visiter des monuments historiques et découvrir des mentalités étrangères. Pour cela, les listes ne seraient être complètes.

Les deux bateaux de croisières les plus connus sont les suivants:
1) Jewel of the Seas:
Mis en service en mai 2004, le Jewel of the Seas est caractérisés par l'allure innovante des super-yachts. Il possède un design avancé avec ses grandes surfaces vitrées dans les espaces publics et des ascenseurs de verre donnant sur l'océan.

2) Explorer of the Seas:
En route vers les Antilles. Ce paquebot est le plus grand au monde. Vous y trouverez plus d'activités et d'expériences que vous ne pouvez imaginer. Découvrez des aspects novateurs tels que le mur d'escalade vous permettant de vous élever au dessus de l'océan, la patinoire où vous pourrez déguster un chocolat chaud. Le soir, les boutiques, les cafés et autres animations du Royal Promenade s'ouvrent à vous. Cette esplanade, où il fait bon se promener, s'étale sur une longueur équivalente à deux terrains de football et fait 4 ponts de hauteur.

Cross-Checking And Double-Checking Online Drug Purchases

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While there are measures that a consumer can take to make sure that an online pharmacy can be trusted, most people don't bother to check the merchandise once delivered. There are a few steps that can be taken to make sure that the correct medication has been delivered, most of which involve little more than a visual inspection of the drug and whatever paraphernalia it came with.

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One of the many perceived (and possibly very real) problems with purchasing medication through pharmacies on the Internet is the possibility of being sent the wrong medication. This ought to be among the few genuinely worrying possibilities inherent with purchasing through pharmacies on the Internet, which are not subject to the same regulatory conditions and laws that a flesh-and-blood pharmacy would be. In a situation where it is impossible to actually see the product, to be able to physically handle it and read the labels, it is often very important that a customer check the medication as soon as it lands on their doorstep. Here are some ways to help in making sure a consumer gets the right medications when ordering online.

The first thing to do is to make sure that any medications ordered from pharmacies on the Internet are domestic.This includes both the medications themselves and the pharmacies that you buy from. Pharmacies based outside the US can sometimes carry drugs that are not approved for use within the US, which means those medications might be harmful or don't have the approval of the Food and Drug Administration. In cases where restricted or banned medication is sent into US borders, customs officials usually prevent it from being delivered, or even making it past the port of entry. Purchasing from a US-based online pharmacy can help because most of them abide by US laws, so they only sell drugs that have been approved for use in the US by the FDA.

Another thing to do, once the drug arrives, is to inspect it visually. This can be much easier if you have been prescribed the drug before and have an idea of how it looks and what's written on the label. Pharmaceutical companies will only rarely change the physical appearance of their medication, to better preserve the image that their customers have of the brand. Even generic drugs do not have their appearances changed arbitrarily, so checking if the color, shape, and labels are the same can help in determining whether or not one has been sent counterfeit medication. This same rule applies to the packaging and the labels that come with the order. Clearly, if the brand or generic name are different from previous prescriptions, then something is wrong.

Some customers also choose to counter check their order with online medical databases. There are a number of them that contain enough information for customers to be able to tell if what they have been sent is genuine or not. The information on such sites can include the doses the drugs come in, whether or not they are tablets or pills, and any generic and brand-named variations of the drug. They can also provide information that may be useful in other situations, such as side effects and warnings on what not to do or take while using a drug. In general, the more a customer knows about the medication they have ordered, the better they will be at identifying whether or not they have the genuine article.

As a last resort, it is best for people to know their medication on a sensory level. Aside from knowing the appearance, it is sometimes a good idea to know what they taste or smell. While most medications don't have any distinctive smell, a good number of them can cause reactions from the tongue. In the event that the medication received does not cause the same reaction as previous doses, it would be best to consult a pharmacist to see if any changes to the chemical composition were made.

Cross Training for Fitness and Fatloss

The numbers on your scale do not indicate whether you are fit or fat. Far more significant than your total body weight is the composition of your body tissue. If a man’s fatty tissue is bigger than 14% up to 15% of his body mass, or if a woman’s is more than 20% to 22%, he or she is overweight, or more precisely, overfat.

A small amount of fat is needed for padding the internal organs and as insulation under the skin. Excess fat leads to such diseases as diabetes, gout, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and gallbladder problems. There are very few, very fat persons. The reason is that the fittest, not the fattest survive.

The problem now is focused on how to resolve the problem. The problem with most people who want to lose weight is that they have the propensity to concentrate more on getting those numbers lower than what they are seeing now. What happens next is that they strive harder to achieve a lower weight, according to the “ever reliable” result of the weighing scale.

It would be more important to think of the human body as a heat-exchange engine that works on the basic principles of energy physics. The caloric balance equals the total calorie intake minus the total calorie expenditure.

Some of the calories people ingest are used for basal metabolism. As people get old, their bodies require fewer calories for this basic upkeep. Some calories are excreted as waste products. Some go into “work metabolism,” the energy expenditure required for any physical activity.

Hence, if people take in more calories than are used by these functions, there is a definite caloric excess. By the laws of physics, energy is transformed rather than destroyed. In this case, each excess of 3,500 calories is changed into a pound of fat. If people want to reverse this process, they have to burn up 3,500 calories to lose a single pound.

Winning the War Against Fat

When you think of fighting fat with exercise, you probably think of hours of hard, sweaty exertion. If this is the case, then, you will not get any farther. This is because people who are so much into losing more by exerting more effort tend to get bored easily.

Why? Because experts contend that when people exert more effort than what they are capable of doing creates a tendency to develop weariness and ennui. Hence, they give up, stop doing their routine exercises, and end up sulking in the corner with a bag of chips that seems to have all the bad calories in this world.

Now, you might ask, "What should be done instead?" The answer: cross training.

After some intensive studies and experimentations, health experts were able to come up with the concept of incorporating cross training in order to overcome or break the monotony or dullness in an exercise program.

Cross training refers to the integration of diverse movements or activities into a person’s conventional exercise routine. The main purpose of incorporating cross training into an exercise program is to avoid overdoing excess muscle damages and to put a stop to an imminent boredom.

Three of the most commonly used activities whenever a person decides to engage into cross training are swimming, running, and cycling.

In cross training, distance is one way to extend your activity as your condition improves. For this reason, you need to traverse a measured distance.

If possible, swim the course and measure the distance. If you will be using a running track, such courses usually are a quarter-mile per lap for a complete circuit.

Cross training offers a variety of benefits for fitness and fatloss. It builds up the strength and endurance of the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. It has also some tranquilizing effect on the nerves, and it burns up calories as much as it makes your “losing weight” more bearable.

Cross training has three basic components:

1. Endurance exercises to condition the heart, lungs, and blood vessels and to induce relaxation. These begin with a careful planned walking and jogging regimen, depending on fitness level.

2. Exercises to strengthen the muscles, particularly those important to good posture. These include some activities that are selected to encourage some people who are already burnt out with a particular routine.

3. Exercises to improve joint mobility and prevent or relieve aches and pains. These consist of a series of static stretching positions that are safe and effective for most of the people who wish to try to lose some fat.

Indeed, cross training is a great way to modify the concept of exercising and losing fat without having to endure monotonous activities. In fact, the idea of exercising is to like what you are doing, hence, if you engage into cross training, you will be aware of it that you have already achieve your desired weight.

Boiled down, cross training is, certainly, one way of having fun.

title:Cross Training
author:Aaron Potts
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One of the biggest misconceptions about exercise is that there is "one" program that works for someone all the time. People think that they need to get on a particular workout program and just keeping doing that program over and over again. Although getting on a good program IS a necessary first step, ensuring that your body doesn't adapt to that program is critical to ensuring that your results don't slow down or stop!
In order to maintain the effectiveness of your workouts over the long term, you have to employ a concept known as cross training. Although there is no hard and fast definition of cross training, the basic idea is that you continually change your exercise program to work both your muscular and your cardiovascular systems in a variety of ways, forcing your body to adapt to a new stimulus. Remember that the whole idea behind exercise is to make your body do things that it is not used to doing. In response to that effort, your body naturally adapts in order to meet the changing energy demands of the activities that you engage in. This process happens with your muscles, as well as with your heart, lungs, and circulatory system - collectively known as the cardiovascular system. To ensure you get the most out of your cross training efforts, you should make changes to the activities that challenge your muscles as well as your cardiovascular system.
Challenging Your Muscles
When you are putting together the muscular training part of your exercise program, remember that the primary mission of the activities is to challenge your muscles and connective tissues - tendons and ligaments - beyond their normal boundaries. For example, if you were to pick up a suitcase that only weighed 5 pounds, it would probably not be very difficult for you. However, if that same suitcase had 50 pounds worth of items inside, it would be significantly more difficult to pick up and carry. In response to that increased demand, your body would recruit additional muscle fibers to assist with the work, and in some cases would even recruit a different type of muscle fiber. Although we won't get into the details about the different types of muscle fibers in the human body, you do want to take away the fact that the number and type of muscle fibers recruited for any given task is proportionate directly to the difficulty of the task.
Let's apply this concept to weight training - or resistance training, as it is often called. If you were going to do a basic bicep curl with 5 pounds, your body would engage a certain number and type of muscle fibers. Doing exactly the same exercise with a more challenging weight would cause your body to need additional resources in order to handle the increased demand. However, is that only true of picking up a heavier weight? What would happen if you used the same weight, but did a higher number of repetitions? The same basic concept applies - your body will recruit additional resources in order to accomplish the task. What can be determined from that fact is that in order to change the stimulus on your body, two easy ways to do so are are to increase the weight and/or increase the number of repetitions.
However, there are other ways to challenge a particular muscle group in addition to simply adding weight or repetitions. What about changing the position of your body when you do the exercise? Using the same example as above - the bicep curl - most people do the basic version of that exercise standing up, with their arms extended, elbows at the side, and palms facing forward. What if you were to do the same exact movement, only this time, you turn your palms to face the center of your body throughout the entire exercise? Do you see how that would change the stimulus? You would still be engaging the biceps of your upper arm, but you would also engage the muscles of your forearms in a different way, just because of the position of your palms.
Further, what if you were to change the speed at which you did the exercise? Most resistance exercises should be done as a basic count of 2 seconds during the initial phase (also known as the concentric phase), and then a count of 3 to 4 seconds during the second phase of the movement (known as the eccentric phase). What if you were to reverse that process? Count to 4 during phase one, and only count to 2 during phase two. Do you think your body would need to react differently to handle the different stress? Of course!
There are many, many different kinds of exercises for the biceps. If you normally do bicep curls, hammer curls, and cable curls, what would happen if you started using 2 or 3 of the bicep curl machines instead? Your body would have to adapt to the new stimulus! By sitting down in a bicep curl machine, you are no longer using your leg, back, and abdominal muscles to stabilize yourself like you were when you were standing up doing a bicep curl. However, by locking your body into a certain position on the machine, you are isolating the biceps, allowing you to focus more on the contraction of the bicep muscles during the movement. Does that mean that the machines are better than the dumbbells? No. It also does not mean that the dumbbells are better than the machines - it just depends on what your goal is. What you need to take away from this section is not that one exercise is better than another - just that they are different, and that is cross training.
To summarize, here are but a few of the ways that you can cross train your muscles:

Heavier Weights
Higher Number of Repetitions
Change the Position of Your Body
Modify the Speed of the Exercise
Use Machines as well as Free Weights

Challenging Your Cardiovascular System
Just like the muscular system, your body will find ways to adapt to the cardiovascular training that you do, and before long you will stop seeing a high degree of results. Let's try to use some of the same concepts that we applied to resistance training, and see if they also apply to cardiovascular training!
Heavier Weights
How can you make yourself heavier? Most people are trying to make themselves LIGHTER when they exercise! However, if you are able to find a safe way to increase the total amount of weight that your body is moving during cardiovascular training, don't you think that the activity would be more difficult, and force your body to adapt? Sure it would!
A common method that people use to do this is one that you should NOT do, and that is strap on wrist weights or ankle weights, or to carry dumbbells while you are doing cardio. Although this does increase the total amount of weight being moved by your body, it also puts a stress on your joints that is not natural, and therefore, not a good idea. However, alternatives that DO work include putting on an adjustable weighted vest, or even just strapping on a backpack with some weights or books in it! The idea is to keep the additional weight as close to your body as possible, away from easily damaged joints.
Higher Number of Repetitions
Although you don't normally count repetitions when you are doing cardio, you DO take a certain number of steps, have a certain number of revolutions per minute on the elliptical or the bike, or you take a certain number of steps on the stair master. Do you think that increasing those numbers would help? You bet! Whether it be by staying on the equipment for longer, or just working out harder to get a higher number of steps or revolutions in the same amount of time, either way you have changed the stimulus on your cardiovascular system (not to mention your legs!), and by reacting to that new stress, your cardiovascular system will burn more calories while adapting to the new program.
Change the Position of Your Body
You may be asking yourself at this point just how many positions can the body be in when you are walking on the treadmill? The answer is PLENTY! Changing the incline of the equipment is an obvious way to change the position of your body, provided you continue to STAND UP STRAIGHT. If you hunch over, or grab the machine for support, you are defeating the purpose. What about leaning backwards or forwards when riding a bike, or peddling an elliptical? By changing the angle at which your legs are pushing on the machine, you are most certainly changing the stimulus, forcing your body to adapt!
Modify the Speed of the Exercise
This one pretty much goes without saying! Go faster, and you'll burn more calories, and elicit a new adaptive response from your body. However, what about going slower? What if you are used to the Cycling class where your instructor seems to be made of steel, and can spin his/her legs around 80,000 times a minute for 30 minutes straight? Can slowing down be as effective as that? Sure it can! Trying reaching down to tighten up the resistance knob on that bike past your normal comfort level, and it's guaranteed that your body and your legs will have to find a new way to provide energy, even though you are actually going slower than you were a few minutes ago.
Use Machines as well as Free Weights
Other than what we discussed above with weight vests/backpacks vs. ankle/wrist weights, you really don't use free weights during cardio. However, you DO ride a treadmill or an exercise bike or a stair master on a regular basis, right? Trade those machines in for the real thing! Go outside and go for a brisk walk or a jog. Use a REAL bike and get out for some fresh air and an invigorating ride around your area. Find a tall building in your area and walk up and down the stairs. It's a safe bet that after a few flights you'll be wishing you were back on the stair master with it's motorized movement assistance!
The examples above have been just a few ways that you can cross train your body. There are many different training protocols, and literally thousands of different exercises that the human body is capable of. You should research as many different training protocols as possible, and even enlist the aid of a personal trainer if you need help setting up a program for yourself, or to change the program that you are already on. Remember, the key is to make your body ADAPT to new stimulus as often as possible!
Now get out there and get some exercise!
Crowing About Toothache

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Toothache refers to the pain caused tooth or jaw problems, such as dental cavity, a cracked tooth, an exposed tooth root, gum disease, disease of the jaw joint, or muscle spasms when chewing.  The severity of a toothache can range from chronic and mild to sharp and excruciating.

muscle spasms, bacterial infections, inflammation

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When you take care of the natural teeth in your mouth, there will be no toothache to crow about.   Toothache refers to the pain caused by tooth or jaw problems such as dental cavity, a cracked tooth, an exposed tooth root, gum disease, disease of the jaw joint, or muscle spasms when chewing.  The severity of a toothache can range from mild to chronic excruciating pain.  The pain may be aggravated by chewing, cold, or hot temperature of food or liquids taken through the mouth.  Dental x-rays can help determine the cause whether the toothache is coming from a tooth or jaw problem.
It is possibility that a toothache may be caused by a problem not originating from a tooth or the jaw. Pain around the teeth and the jaws can be symptoms of diseases of the heart such as angina or heart attack, ear infections, and even a sinus infection.  The pain of angina is usually located in the chest or the arm. However, in some patients with angina, a toothache or jaw pain are the only symptoms of their heart problem.  Since infections and diseases of the ears and sinuses can also cause pain around the teeth and jaws, evaluations by both dentists and doctors become necessary to diagnose medical illnesses causing "toothache."
Dental cavity is the most common cause of toothache. Dental cavities are holes in the two outer layers of a tooth called the enamel and the dentin. These layers serve to protect the inner lining of the tooth tissue called the pulp, where blood vessels and nerves reside. Bacterial infections in the mouth convert simple sugars into acid which softens and dissolves the enamel and dentin, thus, creating cavities. Small shallow cavities usually do not cause pain and may be unnoticed by the patient.  It is the larger deeper cavity that becomes irritated by bacterial toxins when food debris collect causing toothache.  Foods that are cold, hot, sour, or sweet can also cause pain.
Dental filling is usually the treatment for small and shallow cavities, while larger cavity involves an on-lay or crown.  For cavities that have penetrated and injured the pulp, treatment requires either a root canal procedure or extraction of the affected tooth.  Pulp injury can lead to the death of pulp tissue, resulting in tooth infection or dental abscess.  The root canal procedure involves removing the dying pulp tissue and replacing it with an inert material to save the dying tooth from extraction.
Gum disease or gingivitis is considered to be the second most common cause of toothache characterized by the inflammation of the soft tissue and abnormal loss of bone that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place.  This condition is caused by toxins secreted by bacteria in "plaque" that accumulate over time along the gum line.   Gum bleeding without pain is an early symptom of this disease while pain is of more advanced gum disease symptom as the loss of bone around the teeth leads to the formation of gum pockets.  Advanced gum disease can cause loss of otherwise healthy teeth.
Early gum disease is treatment involves oral hygiene and removal of bacterial plaque. Thorough cleaning of the teeth and teeth roots called "root planing" and "subgingival curettage." Root planing is the removal of plaque and tartar from exposed teeth roots while subgingival curettage refers to the removal of the surface of the inflamed layer of gum tissue.  Both of these procedures are usually performed under local anesthesia and may be accompanied by the use of oral antibiotics to overcome gum infection or abscess. Follow-up treatment may include various types of gum surgeries. In advanced gum disease with significant bone destruction and loosening of teeth, teeth splinting or teeth extractions may be necessary.

title:CRP And Your Heart
author:Lee Cummings
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Monitoring your CRP level is vitally important because it is one of the best indicators of heart disease. C-Reactive Protein  has proven to be one of the best indicators of looming Heart disease.
Find out why high cholesterol alone is NOT responsible for heart disease. And you will find out how to keep your CRP Level in the normal range.
Because your body produces C-Reactive Protein as part of your body’s defense – like when you are injured, it signals your immune system for help. Your immune system sends out white blood cells and inflammatory molecules (including C-Reactive Protein) to the injured area.
This defensive system causes inflammation which is damaging to blood vessels and leads to heart disease. Because this is an continuous process, not like an ankle injury which heals and then inflammation goes away.
Elevated C-Reactive Protein levels are an early indication of inflammation in the body. When there is inflammation in the body, there is usually a problem. Realize this is why C-Reactive Protein is a great indicator.
Naturally you can easily understand that C-Reactive Protein is a better indicator of heart disease than cholesterol. A huge study on CRP backs this up.
The New England Journal of Medicine published A report where nearly 28,000 people participated in a study of CRP. Researchers in the study used LDL cholesterol and CRP to predict heart attacks and stroke.
What the researchers found was that CRP was a better predictor of cardiac events than LDL cholesterol -1
So – what can you do to keep your C-Reactive Protein level low? In a word, exercise. Activity is the best way to keep CRP levels low. Just taking a walk is a good way to get your activity level up.
There are also important nutrients to help limit the damage from the inflammation.
Here are several nutrients you have heard of:
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
And Folic Acid – protects the blood vessels.
Two others you may not have heard as much about:
Taurine - is an amino acid-like compound and a component of bile acids, which are used to help absorb fats and fat- soluble vitamins. It is found in meat and fish.
L-arginine - A naturally occurring amino acid found in food proteins that the body uses to make Nitric Oxide.
You can easily get plenty of these nutrients through food and supplements combined.
Talk to your doctor about a simple test for CRP levels, it is like a blood test. It is best to keep your levels under 5 mg per liter, preferably 3 mg per liter.
1 - Ridker P., et al. Comparison of C-reactive protein and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in the prediction of first cardiovascular events. NEJM 2002 Nov 14; 347(20): 1557-1565

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title:Crutches can be used to help assist people in regaining their mobility.
author:Mike Yeager
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Today there are so many products on the market to help people get around. Crutches are a support mechanism used by people whose own ability to support themselves has diminished. In addition, many post operative patients find that a piece of medical equipment like crutches can greatly assist them in rehabilitation and in gaining a sense of independence. Crutches have become a common piece of medical equipment stocked by many medical supplies outlets.
There are so many varieties of crutches to choose from today. There are wooden crutches and forearm crutches. All are sturdy and solid and built with safety foremost in mind. Post operative patients quickly realize the durability and necessity of using crutches to help them get around and begin building up their muscles.
Some people require the use of only one of their crutches (which makes it more like a cane) while most people need to use both of their crutches to get around after breaking a leg. One important consideration when choosing crutches is the comfort of the underarm cushion. The crutches must be sized for your individual height and should be comfortable to use.
title:Cultivate a Positive Mind-Set Through Meditation
author:Paul M. Jerard Jr.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

You have the ability to create your own mind-set. Whether your attitude is positive or negative, is up to you. The ability to change your environment, circle of friends, and attitude, is within your control.
Just like a computer absorbs raw data, so does your mind.  Within your mind a culture, within itself, has grown. Many people feel like they have no control of their own mind, because this culture has become negative. The negativity is a result of past experiences, being in a negative environment, or being under the influence of unconstructive ideas.
Similar to a computer virus, you have to identify it quickly, to avoid letting it spread within your mind. You can also pass this virus of negative thinking to people around you. As a result you are spreading negative energy around, like “weeds in a field.”
Much like a farmer, you cultivate too. The energy in your mind is the crop, and it is up to you, whether it is weeds or wheat. If you have a farm and let a field take care of itself; you will be lucky to have any kind of a crop, from it. This is the same with the energy within your mind.
You have to option to pick quality seeds: Information, in the form of books, eBooks, DVD’s, CD’s, lectures, courses, workshops, and seminars. This is learning, for the sake of self-improvement, and it results in a positive mind-set.
However, your work is not finished, because you must still reinforce the lessons, and keep everything in a focused order. This might be compared to fertilizing, watering, and “weeding the mind.” You have to work at it continually or the weeds will grow back. This, my friend, is meditation, and one of the reasons why we meditate, in the first place.
Meditation is controlled focus on an object, thought, or task without judgment. This process makes it possible to look at all situations objectively. You can find solutions, turn negative situations into positive learning experiences, and create your own positive mindset. As a result of this you will make new friends, reach goals, handle problems easily, and develop an indomitable spirit.
Remember the last time you made an accomplishment. That feeling, and that ability, are within all of us. It is a formula for success, but you have to take action. Action is something that the vast majority of people will never take.  Learn to separate yourself from “the pack,” through education, meditation, and action.
title:Curb Your Cravings!
author:HSF Vitamins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

"Keep you level of EFA's at a respectable level, so that your mind and body will work together to accomplish the mission at hand - lose the unwanted bodyfat through a strict, disciplined eating program."
You've been on that diet all week. Salad, rice, baked chicken, oatmeal, fish, fruits, veggies. You monitored the fat grams as if they were poisonous. Then, at the end of the week, your stomach is scolding you, demanding you to treat it to a whopper-sized indulgence.
Pizza, burgers, calzones, french fries, ice cream, everything and anything that is bad for you and your diet. When this happens, it is more likely that your body is deficient in EFA's (Essential Fatty Acids). When your body is low on these good fats, your temptation to devour all the fattening goodies, the ones rich in the "bad" fats, will become overwhelming. More often than not, dieters will submit to this whim.
The solution is simple. Keep you level of EFA's at a respectable level, so that your mind and body will work together to accomplish the mission at hand - lose the unwanted bodyfat through a strict, disciplined eating program. Fish, particularly of the cold-water variety (salmon, mackerel, sardines), are high in EFA's, while supplements like flaxseed oil and/or fish oil should be consumed in the amounts of 2,000 mg per day.
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title:Cure Arthritis? Right!
author:Patricia R. Moynihan
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Arthritis sufferers are daily bombarded with new, better, more exciting treatments. Try Enbrel! Try Humira! Miracle drugs! Get your NSAIDS! Get your DMARDS! Pump more chemicals into your system. Side effects? What side effects? You have a choice; accept the side effects or get sicker and sicker.
In order to allay our fears, the drug companies publish the results of their clinical tests. This double blind study proved that that lethal chemical reduced your swelling more than another, equally lethal chemical.
Do they think they're playing with babies? Yes. That's exactly what they think. Arthritis is such a horrible, debilitating disease that we'll try anything to reduce the symptoms. And that's exactly what these awful drugs do. They reduce the symptoms, temporarily. As the symptoms creep back, your rheumatologist increases the drug or experiments with other lethal concoctions to reduce your swelling or pain. We're told there's NO cure for arthritis. We're told that no one knows the cause. Really! More that thirty years ago we sent men to play golf on the moon. But we can't pin point even one cause for this crippling disease?
It's time for a reality check. The drug companies will continue to pump out really expensive chemicals, ostensibly helpful. Our doctors will continue to serve up the concoctions fed to them by the drug compaines. Unless we refuse to go along with this travesty. We don't need a revolution. We don't even need to take on our doctors or the drug companies. We only need to pool our resources and conduct our own quiet experiments.
We need to experiment with our habits. Just take one aspect of our life and alter it for one month. For example, are you a heavy coffee drinker? I'm pretty well wired to the ceiling by mid-day. Cut coffee from your diet for one month. Document any changes to your system resulting from this. You may, of course, suffer withdrawal symptoms but you may also experience a very welcome reduction in arthritic pain and swelling.
That's just one suggestion. We have lots more. Feed-back from our brave experimenters will eventually allow us to make real recommendations. The revolution has started!
Cure Eczema For Your Baby

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You don’t need me to tell you how painful it is to see your little baby struggling with Eczema.

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You don’t need me to tell you how painful it is to see your little baby struggling with Eczema. It’s not only a tough time for the little one, but it can be real hard on the parents too, with them often not knowing where to turn or who to go to for help. I have put together some simple tips here, so that if you find yourself in that situation you may actually be able to help the little one!

Get New Bedding-
Just like with an adult Eczema sufferer, the wrong fabrics in any circumstance can really make things worse, but imagine how it would feel if you were a baby and swaddled head to in fabric for most of the day, and yet were unable to tell people how bad it made you feel?
To prevent poor baby having to go through this, there are a few things you can do you. Firstly, make sure all bedding is 100% very soft cotton, and also cleaned regularly. If it’s not cleaned very very regularly, tiny bacteria will build up, and it’s these bacteria which will cause the itching in baby’s skin. Also, make sure that the detergents used are perfume free-the perfuming agents can wreak havoc with skin, so it’s best to avoid them altogether.

Bathe Baby Regularly-
This is the most common cure for Eczema in babies. It’s been suggested that baby should be bathed at least once per day, twice if at all possible. Obviously the temperature of the water needs to be correct to prevent baby getting a chill. The bathing will help reduce the amount of bacteria and microbes attacking baby’s skin, which should in turn reduce the Eczema symptoms.

Keep Baby’s skin Moisturized-
Most adult Eczema sufferers will tell you that keeping their skin moisturized brings them great relief. Well, then it follows that this is also a good idea for baby right? The problem with Eczema in babies is that  Eczema is worsened when the sufferer experiences stress. As the baby doesn’t know what the itch is or why it’s happening, it is a truly stressful time, which in turn makes the itch worse, which increases the stress, and so on. It’s a vicious cycle for your poor little one.
You can relief much of this stress by moisturizing baby directly after bathing. Supple skin is less prone to itching, and the more moisture content in the skin, the suppler it is. It’s best dab baby dry with a very soft towel, and apply a suitable moisturizer directly to the damp skin. This will help lock the moisture from the bath into the skin, increasing the effect.

It’s truly difficult to find a reliable cure for baby eczema, but hopefully these tips will help you give some relief to your little one.

Cure ED, Eat Healthy

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This article discusses the influence of food as a treatment or remedy for impotence. It shows the importance of choosing the right food to eat to help hasten a person's recovery from a certain health problem such as erectile dysfunction. It also explains the importance of certain nutrients needed by the body, as well as regular exercise, in avoiding health problems specifically, impotence.

Impotence Remedy

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Everyone must have experienced being forced to eat vegetables during their childhood days. As a child, it is quiet difficult to understand the reason behind the importance of eating vegetables often. But, as a grown-up, one learns that the body needs a great amount of nutrients to support its vital functioning and these nutrients are mainly obtained from the food that is being eaten. Since vegetables have the most nutrient content among the many substances available for eating it is the best source for the components that are needed by the body. The lack of these said nutrients may have various detrimental effects on the body which mainly are different kinds of diseases or health problems. For example, when Calcium nutrient is insufficient in a person's body the resulting illness involves one's bones, where Calcium is a much needed component. To be able to respond to this need, substances rich in Calcium such as milk must be consumed in great amount.

It is not just as simple as that, however. Sometimes, situations get too complicated that it is not easy anymore to determine what nutrients a person is missing. When a person's immune system in general is compromised, a special combination of nutrients are also provided to enhance one's immune system. This approach of treatment is highly beneficial but still natural enough not to have the dangers of debilitating side effects that most drugs have. The people who are highly supportive or those who indeed practice this method of treatment recognize that like most ideas or styles, it too has its own limitations. For instance, there are certain health concerns that need immediate care where this method will no longer be applicable since this is more of support type of treatment. Other than that, this type of treatment seems to be applicable to all cases, even to peculiar health concerns such as impotence.

As example, food that also serve as impotence remedy include vegetable juices such as those of carrots, cucumbers, and wheat grass. Organic food are also more preferable as impotence remedy to avoid the preservatives in processed food. Substances like olive oil, algae, and seaweed are also good source of nutrients that are highly helpful remedies for impotence or erectile dysfunction. Aside from food, water itself can be used as a cure for special conditions like this. The main principle behind this remedy style is that most bodily processes involve water as a vital component in their initialization and completion. It is a common situation that a person has a low water content in his body because of various activities that he engages in. As a person also grows older, the water intake and the inherent water content in one's body lowers. If this continues to happen and it progresses through time, various bodily functioning will also be highly affected.

Impotence remedy obtained from the kind of food being taken can further be enhanced by activities such as exercise and, as mentioned earlier, regulated water intake. Exercise is known to enhance the functioning of various components or areas of the body. It revitalizes the quality of blood flow within one's body which is highly important especially for erectile dysfunction. Exercise in itself can be an effective impotence remedy when managed properly and done with consistency and discipline. These approaches when taken together can actually cure and prevent almost all kinds of health diseases or problems. However, avoidance is still better than cure, thus, prevention should always be done using the same approaches or methods. A regular visit with a medical professional will also greatly help to serve as guidance in the treatment plans being incorporated.

title:Cure For Autism
author:Ben Sidman
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

There are many methods and therapies that have been shown to improve the symptoms of autism.  However, at this point in time there is no single method that has been medically proven that will cure autism.
Unfortunately there are many techniques that claim to cure autism and that claim to have medical proof.  Possibly the worst are those that claim they have developed antidotes creating the belief that a single potion will cure autism. 
The route for producing an actual cure must start with a concept.  The concept is then tested and after a certain amount of medical research, there has to be a medical report or publication that is published for review by the medical community.  Once the medical papers have been published the medical community support or reject the medical data presented. 
After a certain degree of acceptance by the community and by an established medical society or institution, preferably a government organisation, can a cure actually be known as a cure. 
False treatments and medicines that have been labelled as a cure are either not supported by any medical research or by recognised institutions.
Finding an autism cure is a minefield for parents because on the internet there are many websites and sales pages that try to convince people that they have a cure.  The products or techniques that are offered may actually work, and they may even be supported by research but until the research is published and accepted - it’s not a proven cure. 
The main reason for this is because medical research can be easily distorted and misrepresented to show numbers and figures that make it look like the research is an absolute certainty.  This is why it has to be subject to, what are often called, medical pier reviews. 
Other doctors and clinicians will weed out the speculative data and false research.  This is basically what happened with one Doctor that claimed the MMR vaccine was a cause of autism.  The medical research came under speculation and has been rejected by government medical bodies. 
Although there is no known cure, there are many therapies that are shown and proven to help improve the symptoms such as music therapy or occupational therapy.  These are non-intrusive therapies that seek to improve skills such as moto-neurological skills and improve the central nervous system. 
These help autistic people gain more control over their sensory processing or body.  However these help autistic people manage and overcome their autistic symptoms which may lead to what could be considered a cure, but they do not remove them as a cure would.
So don’t be fooled by claims and hype about cures and potions for autism and be cautious about spending money on techniques and therapies until you have a good idea what the therapy does and how it can help.
Cure For Cellulite

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Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of skin on the thighs of women. It also occurs on the buttocks. As women age, cellulite tends to increase. It looks like orange peel.

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Cellulite- what is it?

Cellulite is the dimpled appearance of skin on the thighs of women. It also occurs on the buttocks. As women age, cellulite tends to increase. It looks like orange peel. The skin is not smooth, but has dimples on it. That is because of the uneven fat distribution below the skin layer.

Cellulite- why does it form?

Cellulite is a problem of displacement of fat below the skin. As we age, the dermal layer loses collagen and strength. As the dermal layer loses collagen, a shift takes place in the way the fat is placed below the skin. This uneven fat causes the dimples. If you believe that getting liposuction done will help, please drop the thought. It does not. The fat distribution cannot be reversed. Cellulite is something like wrinkles on the face. As we age, the collagen breaks down and reduces and we get wrinkles. Cellulite is similar. The only difference is that wrinkles can be treated easily while cellulite cannot be treated that easily. The way we get wrinkles on the face, we get Cellulite on thighs and buttocks. Why only women get it and not men is another question that will be answered below.

Cellulite- can it be prevented?

Cellulite cannot be prevented. There is no difference in the Cellulite fat and other body fat. The difference lies in the way the fat is laid out below the skin. That causes the dimples. Cellulite does not depend upon the weight. Even underweight women can get it. Cellulite depends on genetics, hormones and aging. Men rarely get it.

Cellulite- what is the treatment?

There are no treatments for cellulite. Some massages can help but only for few days. There is no permanent cure, though supplements, pills and creams are being sold claiming cellulite cure. People talk of different diet that will help treating cellulite. Creams are sold promising cellulite free appearance. Alternative therapies are suggested. Because there is no sure cure for cellulite, innocent customers are made to believe many things. Please don't try anything unless your doctor says- yes. Cellulite cannot be treated that easily.

This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.

title:Cure Panic Attacks
author:L.D. Mairet
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

There are many ways to treat panic disorder and some people claim to be able to cure panic attacks. I have suffered from both GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and Panic Disorder. I have been able to stop my panic attacks for about a year now. I did not suffer from just a few episodes of panic attacks, but rather several (15-20) on a daily basis when my attacks were severe.
I have suffered from GAD for quite some time, about as far back as I can remember. I have always been the most determined, take on the world, type of personality. I owned and operated two businesses before I was 30. I have four children and do just about everything for everybody. Does this sound like you?
In order to cure my panic attacks, I had to do a complete lifestyle change. One that included my diet, my spirituality, my emotions, and my knowledge on the subject of panic disorder. All of which I will be talking about in the weeks to come at this site.
If you are here you are desperately seeking to find answers to cure these panic attacks that are occuring to you. I know, they can be very inconvenient. Just know that you will be O.K. A panic attack only lasts for so long, and it certainly will go away on its own. However, a book that I highly recommend to help cure your panic attacks can be read right now. This is the same book that I used as part of my natural treatment to help cure my panic attacks. I felt so much better the same night that I read this book. There is so much information in this book that it would take too much time (and web space) for me to detail it for you. If you want to cure your panic attacks, then I would highly recommend reading Panic Away.
Cure Poor Eyesight

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People tend to think that better eyesight always relate to eye surgery or glasses.  Eye surgery is very risky and could lead to irreversible damage. Glasses maintains vision problem and do nothing in order to cure it.  Yet, there are healthy natural treatments which cure poor eyesight symptoms.  The only problem is that these methods are being hidden and disregarded by doctors and optometrists who wish people will continue to buy glasses and risk their eyes with laser eye surgeries.

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People tend to think that better eyesight always relate to eye surgery or glasses.  Eye surgery is very risky and could lead to irreversible damage. Glasses maintains vision problem and do nothing in order to cure it.  Yet, there are healthy natural treatments which cure poor eyesight symptoms.  The only problem is that these methods are being hidden and disregarded by doctors and optometrists who wish people will continue to buy glasses and risk their eyes with laser eye surgeries.  It is better to avoid the risks and try these basic simple exercises first. They could improve your eye vision dramatically.

Eye chart
Its purpose is to exercise the eye to a healthy behavior of shifting instead of central fixation.  Hang the eye chart and move to a distance where you can read the first 4 lines.  Look at the first letter carefully close your eyes and try to visualize it in your imagination.  Try to create a clear picture of it.  Instead of static letter try imagining it slowly swinging.  Repeat this with the rest of the letters in the four first lines you can read.

This is a very important exercise.  People think that their eyes rest when they sleep.  Actually, on the dreaming stage they keep moving and work as if the person is a wake.
Therefore, proper resting is crucial.  For best performance you need a quite and comfortable place like your favorite couch. Cover your eyes with your hands, and try to feel as pleasant as you can.  Listen to the music you like best, or try to imagine your favorite view.  The eyes need about 10-15 minutes to reach full relaxation, the longer the better.  It is recommended, to perform it daily for 15 minutes or a few times a day for 5 minutes.   

Reading is a very important task for the eyes as it is performed on daily basis.  It is important to adjust natural way of reading which will reduce eye tension and will educate the eyes for better, healthy vision habits.  Healthy eyes read a sentence by focusing on each letter and then moving to the next one.  A tensed eye will jump from word to word and will try to read the complete sentence in a few eye glances.  Reading large areas instead of focusing on central vision, letter by letter, lead to increased eye tension.  It is best to move slowly from letter to letter as a practice.  At the end of each page focus on a point a few meters a way.  This will ease the tension on the eyes from the reading.

Tiny writing
This exercise requires the eye to use its central vision.  The eyes and the mind should be very relaxed to avoid over pressure on the eye when reading the tiny writing. Get text and print it from and word processor in size 4 or 3.  It should be black text on a white paper.  Hold it against your eyes and read it in a slow and relaxed mode.  Make sure you keep blinking often and look at a distanced point once in a while.

Physical exercises
It is important to understand that the aim of these exercises is to make eyes muscles more elastic and avoid tension.  First try to feel your eyes: are they tensed?  If so try to feel exactly where, and relax that area. Look at an object not far from you, and move your eyes: ten times up and down and ten times left to right, then in circles for 5 times.  Take a piece of paper with a dot at its top edge.  Bring it as close as 5 CM from your nose and then move it away as far as you can. Concentrate on the dot all time, do it for about tem times.  Hold the piece of paper close to your nose, look at for a few seconds and then look at a distant point for a few seconds.  Again do it for ten times.

Cure Your Yeast Infection Naturally

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Wow, back with the more "Cure Your Yeast Infection Naturally" learning series. Moving right along, let's dig in with today's lesson…

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Overview of Some Natural Causes

You already about some causes of yeast infections like antibiotics, diabetes, wet or tight clothing. But there are also many natural causes, too. Some of those are:

-Menopause – Actually there is no solid evidence to directly link menopause with yeast infections, however, there has been a correlation made between estrogen replacement therapies (ERT) and menopause and yeast infections. As such, the higher the level of estrogen from synthetic hormone therapies, the more likely a hormone imbalance that can result in a yeast infection.

- Menstruation – Each month just before a woman begins her menstrual cycle, her body generally produces the maximum blood-sugar level. Such a sudden change in her hormone level can result in yeast infections for too many, and often return over and over again.

- Pregnancy - Hormone changes during pregnancy often result in yeast infections, too. Again more sugar is produced, triggering negative reactions.

Solid, helpful info here for sure! And only one more brief lesson to go.

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title:Curing Cancer
author:Gerald Armstrong
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Before Two Out Of  Three Of  Us Die From Cancer
Lifting the curse of the Big C. For years cancer has been seen as a death sentence  and still brings out the fear of God in most of us today. We at Gen Cells Cures believe the tide is about  to turn.
6 million people will die this year from a disorder that is often discussed in terms that make it seem less like a disease than  an implacable enemy. What tuberculosis was to the 19th century, cancer has been to the 20th: an insidious, malevolent force that frightens people beyond all reason…far more than, say diabetes or high blood pressure and with good reason. In the year 1880, one in thirty developed cancer in their lifetime. In the 21st century, the  figure is 1 in 2-  shocking statistics! Unlike other killer dieases, cancer usually causes a slow death involving pain, suffering, mental anguish, and a feeling of hopelessness. In addition, the mental and physical stress it puts on loved ones and caretakers is beyond calculation.)
Cancer is a public health problem worldwide. It affects all people: The young and old, the rich and poor, men, women and children. Cancer is the uncontrolled growth and spread of cells that may affect almost any tissue of the body. Lung, colorectal and stomach cancer are among the five most common cancers in the world for both men and women. Among men, lung and stomach cancer are the most common cancers worldwide. For women, the most common cancers are breast and cervical cancer. More than 10 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year. Cancer causes 6 million deaths every year. It’s  the “Big C” that scares me personally. When my own cells start eating me alive I will eat, sleep and dream of a biomedical cure for this deadly killer. Too many people learn just how precious life is at the moment they discover their own is ending. Although I don’t believe I have cancer now. I’ll admit it, I have the fear of an early death from an incurable disease and cancer is number one on my fear list.
A revolution is underway in cancer research  and we hope to be at the forefront of the revolution while  easing some of the fear of an early death from this deadly killer. Most cancers likes to get an early start with the average age to begin eating away at your healthy cells is about 55 years old, a particulary scary time for one Gerald Armstrong the owner of Gen Cells Cures because I am about 55 years old! And the risk of cancer increases significantly more as we grow older. Two-thirds of the cancer being diagnosed today occurs after 65 years of age. 
With over 200 types of cancer we hope to get our hands dirty with a couple types of cancer. By assembling some of the top scientific minds from around the world we hope to better understand the biology behind the disease and perhaps bring a cure for one or two forms of cancer from the bench to our individual patient’s bedside.
We think we can advance the ball of research a lot faster working in the carribean with our open petri dishes and absolutely no one looking over our shoulder. Again we have been asked to research a particular cancer, which we feel we can cure with the right team of scientists  and the  leadership and management provided by Gerald Armstrong.  By focusing on one patient at a time with our private, personalized cancer research we will prevail.The problem is one in the same here at Gen Cells Cures as it is at many biotechs around the world. The best private biotechs simply  lack the funding to do the research. Looking for private money is like pulling teeth. Many  biotechs doing research just barely keep their doors open from month to month. Last year there were cumulative net losses of more than $40 billion for the industry’s public companies.Unless a biotech is billionaire backed like the Stowers Institute from Kansas City you better have a good night job. Apart from the lack of funding we believe that the same kind of successful strategies used to make billionaires wealthy can also be applied to scientific research to make people healthy. It just takes the right team with the right leadership and a little prime the pump money to get some success flowing into the pipeline. Success is success whether it’s in love, money or health. We know that belief makes things happen and we will make it happen. We want to go beyond current technologies which so often end with the word relapse and finally be able to say the word cured.

Gerald is the owner of Gen Cells Cures- http://www.msnusers.com/cures 
Visit his group for information on cures for incurable diseases and aging.
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Curing IBS With A Change In Diet

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A cure for IBS has yet to be found, but its symptoms can be managed by a change in diet. A person can also manage the symptoms by reducing his or her stress and of course with medication. Each person has different trigger foods that can cause IBS symptoms. Physicians often observe that patients are relieved knowing that these symptoms are not signs of a major decease.

People should be aware of diet changes that could prevent IBS from getting worse. First they should know t...


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A cure for IBS has yet to be found, but its symptoms can be managed by a change in diet. A person can also manage the symptoms by reducing his or her stress and of course with medication. Each person has different trigger foods that can cause IBS symptoms. Physicians often observe that patients are relieved knowing that these symptoms are not signs of a major decease.

People should be aware of diet changes that could prevent IBS from getting worse. First they should know the foods to avoid. Examples of the foods that may cause the symptoms to become worse are food high in fat like deep fried foods, milk and dairy products like cheese or yogurt, chocolates, alcohol and caffeine which is normally found in coffee and carbonated drinks. If these foods cause the symptoms of IBS, people should minimize their intake or even better refrain from eating them. For people to find out which food products are causing their symptoms they should monitor what they eat and keep a log of food intake during the day, what symptoms are experienced, what time these symptoms occurred, and what food makes you feel bad every time you eat it. Then take your notes to your physician for them to be able to know which food you should refrain from eating.

There are also foods which are advisable for people with IBS to eat; these are foods that contain fiber. Fiber reduces the symptoms of IBS especially constipation. Fiber makes the stool soft, bulky and makes the stool easy to pass. Fibers can be found in foods like bran, bread, cereals, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Bread that contains fiber is whole-grain bread; whole-grain cereal, beans fiber can be found in kidney and lima beans, the fruits that contain fiber are apples and peaches, and the vegetables that contain fiber are broccoli, raw cabbage, carrots, and raw peas.

Adding these foods to your daily diet gradually helps your body adjust to them. Aside from advising people to eat more foods with fiber, physicians sometimes tell the patient to get more fiber by either taking a fiber pill mixing a high fiber powder into drinking. But, be aware that too much fiber all at once might cause gas and can actually trigger the symptoms of IBS.

How much a person eats during the day also matters. Large meals can lead to cramping and diarrhea. If this happens, change your meals and eat four or five small meals a day instead. If you don’t want to do this or it won’t fit in with your schedule stick to three meals a day, reducing the quantity you eat.

If you suspect you are suffering with IBS, you should first consult your primary care physician before taking other steps.

title:Curing Lou Gehrig's Disease
author:Gerald Armstrong
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

ALS is the disease that took the life of the famed baseball player. The disease benched Lou Gehrig from the game that he loved and later took his life. Now, ALS is referred to as the Lou Gehrig’s disease. Today more than fifty years later there still is no cure for ALS. ALS is a motor neuron disease. ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It attacks a persons muscles one at a time. Not unlike being tortured. Sadly there is no cure and no viable treatment.
I am Gerald Armstrong, the owner of Gen Cells Cures. Our goal is to stamp out disease and aging . We do private research for the individual. I have been contacted by a lady to try to look for a cure for this deadly killer for her suffering and dying husband. Nothing would give me more satisfaction and pleasure. Unfortunately, I lost most of  my biotech’s start- up money in an offshore bank scandel and devaluation of currency.
Of all the diseases that mankind is facing I believe ALS is one of the most cruel. I also believe it can be one of the first to be cured with stem cells…The cure could come simply by adding stem cells to grow new brain or nerve cells. We can do this by adding embryonic or adult stem cells to the brain. Which ever works best…The only thing we are lacking are my 16  hand picked scientists to do the research and ultimately to find the cure. I am not looking for one penny for me. I challenge any one out there with the ways and means to help pay the scientists salaries and  the lab expenses and we’ll show you a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Gerald is the owner of Gen Cells Cures- http://www.msnusers.com/cures 
Visit his group for information on cures for incurable diseases and aging.
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title:Curing Migraine and Headaches the Natural Way!
author:Christian Goodman
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Is your headache killing you?
Or is your migraine draining the life out of you?
How would you like to permanently get rid of pain in a totally natural way?
No drug or medicine!
No doctor’s visits or operations!
No herbal medicine!
How about doing it by only changing few simple habits.
Let me explain …
Actually, first let me tell you something about headaches and migraine.
Opposite to what you have probably heard, all headaches are actually a form of migraine. Headaches and migraine are caused by the same things and therefore the same methods will apply getting rid of “regular headaches” as permanently curing your migraine.
So what causes headaches and migraine?
It may sound complicated but is in fact very simple.
All migraine and headache attacks are triggered by something. There are literally thousands of headache and migraine triggers in your life causing you to get sick.
The migraine triggers can be…
The food you eat
Stress or other tense emotions
Pollution around you
Or endless other things in your life
The triggers are so many; there is NO WAY to avoid them all.
But here comes the tricky part…
The triggers add up.
And it’s not until they reach sudden level of intensity that you’re hit with a horrible migraine attack.
Think about it like an irritating day. Everything is going against you. Everybody seems to be getting on your nerves, either on purpose or not.
As this irritating day goes on, you get more and more frustrated.
But you don’t say anything. You keep your calm, even if you’re bursting up inside.
Now, in the end of the day all you can think about is getting home and away from everyone.  To RELAX!
You didn’t blow off, you didn’t offend anybody and you can be proud of your self for that. But now, you want to be able to relax.
But as you walk up to your house, you cross your neighbor. And he says something very innocent, which normally would only give you slightest irritation (if that)
… but today, you let him have it. You tell him and his whole family to go to … you know where.
Your triggers finally set you over the limit!
Your migraine triggers work the same way.
One day a stressful situation will give you beaming headache and the next day, it won’t.
Today, you may be able to eat a whole chocolate cake but tomorrow, if other triggers are active, one bite of chocolate may cause you screaming pain.
It all depends on how high your migraine level is.
Just like when one small accident sets you off on a stressful day, a minor migraine trigger may set you off when other bigger are already working in your life.
So what’s going on if you’ve headache on daily basis?
It’s quite simple …
Then, you’re loaded with BIG migraine triggers every day. And these triggers will literally kill you if you don’t deal with them.
It’s like having someone nagging at you day out and day in; of course you’re always going to be irritated. The same thing happens if you’ve migraine triggers nagging at you day in and day out.
…you’re going to have constant headache!
The only way out is to decrease the migraine triggers in your life to a level, so they won’t set you off into a horrible migraine or headache attack.
And here is the nice part!
Like I said before, there are literally thousands of migraine triggers in your life. Some are big and some are small. But the good news is; you don’t have to get rid of them all!
You only have to get rid of or at least lower the influence of the MAJOR triggers in your life. And you’ll never suffer from migraine again.
Let’s compare this to the irritated day…
The two MAJOR irritation triggers may have been an unfair boss and maybe lets say rude telemarketer calling over and over again.
If it hadn’t been for these two MAJOR triggers, the rainy weather, the dry soda machine and the small words from the neighbor wouldn’t have gotten you frustrated.
In the same way, by getting rid of the MAJOR migraine triggers, other triggers won’t be able to reach enough tension to set you off in to a horrible migraine attack.
To learn more about migraine and headache triggers, visit my migraine and headache website at: http://www.migraineandheadacherelief.com

Curly Hair: Five Tips for Beautiful Tresses

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Have curly hair? Here are five tips to turn troubled tresses into comely coifs.

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There are as many types of hair as there are people on the planet. For those of us with curly hair, however, caring for our hair can sometimes be quite challenging. There are a million hair products that promise the moon to those of us who are blessed - or cursed - with curly hair, but all too often they don't deliver. Here, then, are five tips to turn troubled tresses into comely coifs.

1. Moisturize: The key to keeping curly hair healthy and manageable is moisture - and lots of it. When shampooing, make sure that you use a moisturizing shampoo. It will add much-needed hydration to naturally curly hair, Afro-American hair, or curly kids hair. Next, use a deep conditioner that will reconstruct damaged hair, and follow with a leave in conditioner and styling cream. The right combination of moisturizing products tames frizzy hair and kinky hair, and makes hair soft to the touch.

2. Shampooing: One of the biggest mistakes people with curly hair make is shampooing too often. This is particularly true for white moms who aren't familiar with caring for Afro-American or biracial hair. Ethnic hair care is as much an art as a science, but the rule of thumb is to shampoo about once a week. To keep hair fresh between shampoos, rinse it with warm water and apply a leave-in conditioner.

3. Styling Products: If you have frizzy hair or kinky hair, chances are that you're using styling products that are dehydrating. Most mousses, hair sprays, and gels strip away moisture, which is essential to maintaining manageable tresses and keeping hair healthy. If your curly hair is too wild, tame it with moisturizers and styling products that contain high quality ingredients and natural oils.

4. Hair Dryers: Stay away from blow dryers unless you want your naturally curly hair to turn into frizzy hair or kinky hair. Blow dryers can damage your hair and strip it of its natural oils and the oils you apply through the conditioning process. To keep your natural curls beautiful, always allow your hair to air dry.

5. Combing and Brushing: Tangles and curls seem to go hand in hand. To bring out the best in your curls, a wide tooth comb or pick is a must-have. If you're working with curly kids hair, separate it into sections. One section at a time, start at the bottom of the hair shaft and work your way up. Once you've completed a section, secure it a covered elastic hair band (not a rubber band!), and then move on to the next section. Remember that curly hair - particularly Afro-American hair - is very fragile, so take extra care when combing it. Avoid brushes, unless you use special detangling comb-brushes.

Naturally curly hair is gorgeous, and the trend in hairstyles is to let your natural curls shine through. Simply keep in mind that curly hair is as individual as its owner, and that the hair products you use can mean the difference between luxurious curls and kinky hair or frizzy hair. Once you find the hair products that are right for you, love and embrace your natural tresses.

title:Current Dietary Recommendations in Strength Training
author:Protica Nutritional Research
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Efforts to expand the limits of human strength and endurance have kept the scientist and the athlete occupied for centuries. The quest for another pound of muscle, or to lift next couple of kilos has been relentlessly pursued in the gym and the laboratory alike. As the questions and conquests became more challenging, the answers have become more elusive and complicated. Few concepts and conclusions have withstood the test of time in exercise physiology. Even as we tackle the metabolic and genetic basis of skeletal muscle response to strength training, there are only some things that we know for sure.
Strength is the cumulative expression of the innumerable myofibrils orderly arranged to form the muscle. Strength training attempts to boost these protein motors and the biological machinery that supports them. Resistance exercises create a biochemical environment in the body wherein the turnover of proteins is optimized and the protein synthetic machinery is primed for growth. All that is needed to trigger a spurt of growth is a protein rich meal. This response occurs in all age groups, although it is less efficient in the elderly. According to Philips SM, Tipton KD and others, in young individuals, the muscle is receptive to protein and amino acids for 48 hours after a workout. The only limiting factor for the hypertrophy of skeletal muscles during this period is the availability of high quality proteins.
A few tricks can amplify the growth response to strength training. The synthetic machinery has a ceiling. It can only handle a certain amount of amino acids at a time (specifically, six grams of protein). However, as the response lasts for two days, Bohe` J., in a dose-response study published in Journal of Physiology, 2003, recommended that repeated supplementation with three to six grams of high quality protein during the 48 hours after a workout can optimize the protein synthetic response without topping out the protein synthetic enzyme systems. Combining protein supplements with adequate carbohydrate (35g of sucrose with every 6g of protein) is also helpful. The carbohydrate acts as fuel for the muscle fibers sparing the protein for growth.
Research into the response of untrained strength athletes has come up with surprising results. The demand for proteins increases in both the trained and the untrained states. However, the relative protein requirement of an untrained athlete per kg per day often exceeds the trained counterpart. The initial phase of resistance training is exemplified by rapid growth and hypertrophy of skeletal muscles, before it hits the plateau. Another factor is the relative inefficiency of the protein synthetic machinery in the untrained state. Well-formulated protein supplements are thus necessary to sustain even the early phases of resistance training.
This is not to say that the protein requirements of the trained strength athlete are comparable to the sedentary population. By the time the maintenance phase of resistance training is reached, the lean body mass would have expanded exponentially. The total quantity of proteins that are broken down and reformed during protein turnover in a trained strength athlete is still many times higher than normal levels. Philips SM, in his review on Protein Requirements in Strength Athletes, states that this requirement may be as high as 1.5 times baseline levels. 
The hunt then is for a high quality protein diet that would supply all the essential amino acids required. Considering the various biochemical principles discussed, this protein supplementation should be rapidly absorbable so that amino acids delivery can be accurately timed to the post-workout period. Rapid absorption would also enable multiple doses of the protein supplement to be taken during this period. The protein supplement also needs to be in small quantities (3 to 6g) to prevent saturating protein synthesis pathways and to minimize protein waste through excretion.
Protein supplements that meet all of these requirements, such as Profect protein beverage by Protica Research, are used widely across weightlifting communities. The unique constitution of Profect enables it to provide not only all the essential amino acids, but also the specific amino acids used in muscle fiber synthesis. Profect promotes the synthesis of Glutathione, an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals. These free radicals, produced during anaerobic workouts like resistance training, injure the cell membranes. Short term insults like muscle sprains to long term effects like aging and cancer have been attributed to free radicals. Supplementing the diet with Profect can boost the normal levels of the free radical scavenger, Glutathione and help avert free radical damage.
Undeniably, protein reigns as the supreme building block for strength training. The difference between you and your next pound of muscle can oftentimes be a measurement of the type of protein formula you use in your diet.
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title:Custom Wheelchairs: The Trend from Functionality to Individuality
author:Gene Emmer
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Wheelchairs have been around for hundreds of years, but early wheelchairs were intended only to help a disabled individual move from point A to point B. As society progressed and disabled individuals became more integrated, the role of the wheelchair began to change as well. Wheelchairs are now considered not only a means of transportation but also as a way to allow users to express their individuality. Users can find custom-made high quality ultra-light high-performance wheelchairs as well as accessories that enable them to individualize their look and style. The move from functionality to individuality is discussed in this article.
(This article with photos: http://www.newdisability.com/functionalitytoindivid.htm)
There were many attempts to connect furniture to wheels dating back to the time of Christ. But perhaps the first wheelchair was invented for King Phillip II of Spain. A drawing of the King dated 1595 shows him in a chair with wheels, armrests and footrests. However, he needed assistance to propel it and the chair resembled more a modern baby’s highchair than a wheelchair of today. In 1665 one of the first self-propelled vehicles was invented by Stephan Farfler. But it looked more like a present day hand-bike than a wheelchair as it was propelled by hand cranks attached to the front wheel. The modern wheelchair began to take shape in the late 19th century to early 20th century with the advent of push rims for self-propulsion and slings for seat and backrests. The 20th century saw a rapid development in wheelchairs, from the first motorized wheelchair, to the first folding wheelchair, to lightweight and sports wheelchairs.
The most recent two decades have seen the progress in the modern wheelchair accelerate. They are lighter and perform better than ever before. There are now many possibilities available to improve the ride, from suspension systems which help to remove vibrations and jolts, to ultra-light weight frames which enable better performance, to special designs for every individualized need and taste. The recent trend is towards customization. Customized wheelchairs are now being requested for many reasons:
- fitting special physical needs
- improving or providing special performance
- expressing style and image
Customization of the wheelchair to fit some special needs of the user can include simple modifications of standard designs or creating an entirely unique design.  Imagine a mother who is a triple amputee. How will she move herself and her baby? Special wheelchairs can now be designed to help her. For example a user with an amputated arm can use a special wheel which has dual handrims to allow both wheels to be controlled with one hand.  The wheelchair can also be modified so that it stretched in front, allowing the child seat to be attached to the wheelchair in front of the mother. Other examples may include designing extra long or extra short wheelchairs for very tall or small users or reinforced wheelchairs for heavy users or specialized devices for users that have limited motor control or functions. Customized wheelchairs are now being regularly designed to accommodate nearly every special need.
Individualizing wheelchairs for performance is often required for athletes or very active users. This can include creating special wheelchairs for dance with the ideal center of gravity which help the user to perform spins and complicated maneuvers with ease. Dancers with limited motor control can have special handles created which allow their able bodied partners to assist them in their turns or maneuvers. Tennis players can have special requirements like reverse tilt seating position where the back of the seat is higher than the front, in order to give increased power in the arm and body movements. Rugby players need specially designed wheelchairs that can take a very hard hit without damaging the wheelchair or the occupant.
Customization for performance is not only for athletes, it can also improve the comfort for everyday users. Frames can be custom designed to fit the individual’s body like a glove. Also, customized wheelchairs are lighter and usually perform better. Most mass produced wheelchairs are made by using adjustable brackets to hold the frame together so that a prefabricated wheelchair can be adjusted to fit different individual’s sizes and requirements. However, these brackets create weight. Customized wheelchairs are made to fit the individual that they are created for. Instead of using adjustable brackets, the wheelchair parts are welded together. This means that the wheelchair is not at all adjustable, so it must be designed correctly by an experienced professional. However, since welds are lighter than brackets, customized wheelchairs are considerably lighter. They also usually perform better since the energy from the push may be lost in small movement within the brackets.
Customization can also individualize the look and style. Wheelchairs can be painted with special colors or designs, upholstery can be made to order, lighted casters, funky spoke guards with individualized patterns and bling-bling wheels with rotating spinners give the wheelchair a very unique look. Accessories can be purchased to complete the look. Leather, zip-on, frame covers can give an elegant style and bags made from material to match the upholstery can complete the look.
Advances in assistive technology, such as the recent progress in wheelchair design make it easier for disabled individuals to integrate into society. But even with new technology, users would not be able to integrate without public access and funding to purchase the new technology. The best wheelchair in the world would not help a disabled person to move about if society did not provide ramps, special doors and other infrastructure to enable access to public spaces, transportation, sidewalks and roads. And while in some countries laws have been created and public funds have been set aside to help disabled people integrate, in many other countries access is not yet available and wheelchair users are left at home. In such countries wheelchair individualization is still a thing of the future. Assistive technology can improve the wheelchair but it takes a progressive society to improve the surrounding world.
title:Cuts, Scrapes And Cover-Ups - Canadians and Bandages
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-Canadians have a lot to learn when it comes to the proper treatment of minor wounds. A recent Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by BAND-AID® Brand dispels the myths held by millions of Canadians and sheds light on the proper procedures to follow when caring for minor cuts and scrapes.
The survey also highlights some other interesting facts, such as what are some of the strangest places people have applied bandages to on their bodies and which Canadian athlete could most use a lifetime supply of bandages? Here's what Canadians have to say:
Toronto Maple Leaf tough guy Tie Domi was the overwhelming choice as the Canadian athlete who could most use a lifetime supply of bandages with almost one-third of the vote (32 per cent).
Domi was followed by ex-pat boxer and world Heavy Weight Champion Lennox Lewis
(17 per cent) and Doug Gilmour (16 per cent) of the Montreal Canadiens.
Hands are the most common place on the body for Canadians to get a cut or scrape (73 per cent).
Surprisingly, one per cent of Canadians surveyed revealed that they don't get cuts or scrapes. Talk about having thick skin!
Some of the oddest parts of the body that Canadians have applied a bandage to include the rear end, the ear and the nose. Makes you wonder what these people were doing at the time!
In addition, the survey revealed that a staggering 88 per cent of Canadians incorrectly believe that a wound heals best when left uncovered to 'breathe' or air out and that 92 per cent mistakenly think scabs are a healthy part of the healing process.
Scabs actually impede the healing process by creating a barrier between healthy skin cells. The cells have to work their way under the scab in order to form new tissue and heal. Scabs can also be easily torn or scratched, causing re-injury.
The best way to protect a wound is to cover it with a bandage until fully healed. Bandages that absorb a wounds fluid and maintain a natural moisture balance are ideal for healing and enables skin cells to migrate together to form new tissue.
Cutting Away Pain:  Teen Depression and Pain Displacement

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This article is about teenage depression and how teenagers of today are coping with their depression.  The new fad is self-mutilation in the form of cutting or slashing on the skin of the upper thighs or the upper arms.  Teenagers do it because they can’t express themselves in a more positive manner and they’re unable to cope with the stress that they’re experiencing.  Kids who are hooked into cutting are subjected to counselling to address the real root of the problem, sometimes prescribed medications to at least improve the depression and lessen urges to cut, or hospitalization for chronic cutters that need to be placed under close observation.

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There has been an increase of reported incidences of young adults abusing their bodies when they feel depressed.  These kids say that if they don’t hurt themselves, they might “lose it”.  Why do these kids do it?  Why do they choose to go into this self-destructive path?

A lot of doctors are calling self-mutilation the next anorexia.  This habit is getting quite addictive and is gaining a wide following from large groups of teenagers.  It’s also called cutting.  It is a means of expressing hidden anger, agitation, and pain during bouts of depression or when suffering from other mental health concerns.  This is more common with people who find it hard to express their emotions verbally.  They vent out hidden emotions and take their pain and anger out on themselves by cutting.  Some people call it pain displacement, where people transfer emotional pain to physical pain, where it’ll last significantly shorter than it would if it were dwelling inside their heads, by means of cutting or slashing away on their skin.  Kids usually do it in hidden areas of the body like the upper thighs or the upper arms.

Kids who cut themselves deny being suicidal or even having such thoughts.  When asked why they cut themselves, they say that they simply hate going to doctors to receive professional help.  These kids just go on hurting themselves until something unimaginable happens.

Not only does cutting put our youth’s lives in grave danger, it also warps their sense of reality.  This happens when the wild conscience overrules the more humane side of the conscience.  The wild conscience is violent and raw, making it uncontrollable.  This part of the psyche makes people torture their own body.  Mental health professionals have said that if you continue to let your wild psyche lead you, your self-mutilating habit may lead to suicide.

People who hurt themselves need help.  They’re not sick, neither are they insane.  It is possible that growing up, they weren’t able to learn or acquire positive ways of dealing and coping with different feelings and emotions of a negative nature.

Certainly, any form of self-destructive behaviour will end up causing complications to a person’s physical and mental health. 
Cutting contributes to and/or worsens feelings or shame, guilt, and low self-esteem.
Cutting may lead to life threatening injuries such as massive blood loss from accidental deep cuts, or when one accidently cuts major blood vessels or arteries.
Cutting may lead to accidental or deliberate suicide.  Like what was mentioned earlier, once a person lets the wild conscience take over, the intended thoughts of self-torture may turn into thoughts of suicide.
Cutting causes permanent scars.  You may not mind the scars while you’re in the moment of cutting, but years down the road, this may add to the shame and embarrassment as you are shown physical evidences of your former self-mutilating self.

It is never too late to start learning positive coping mechanism.  Engaging in a counselling session with a trusted and trained professional will help introduce and slowly inculcate less harmful ways of dealing with negative emotions and stress.  During therapy, deep-rooted concerns that could’ve caused the self-destructive behaviour are addressed.  Medications are unlikely to be the answer to stop a child’s cutting habits.  However, the doctor might prescribe anti-depressants or other psychiatric medications to improve the depression.  For severe cases, psychiatric hospitalization may be required.  Chronic cutters need to be put in a safe environment and receive more intensive treatment until the crisis is over.

Kids who have this problem need understanding and support from the people around them.  Judging them for their current actions won’t help them improve or quit the habit.  This will only make kids feel more hurt and depressed.

Cut Down On Healthcare By Taking Care Of Your Health

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All people need to utilize healthcare professionals and services throughout their lifetime. It is important that people make regular visits to their physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals for checkups and to keep tabs on their health. My suggestion is not that people stop going to see their doctor or dentist on a regular basis. I do want to suggest, however, that people could significantly cut down on the costs and inconveniences of making visits to see vario...


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All people need to utilize healthcare professionals and services throughout their lifetime. It is important that people make regular visits to their physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals for checkups and to keep tabs on their health. My suggestion is not that people stop going to see their doctor or dentist on a regular basis. I do want to suggest, however, that people could significantly cut down on the costs and inconveniences of making visits to see various healthcare professionals if they would do simple things to take care of their own health.

We all know that taking care of our health is important. But how many of us actually spend our days accordingly? How many of us take our health as a matter of life and death? I would suggest that many of us take not only our ability to see healthcare professionals for granted but we also take our very health for granted. Most people I know are caught up in what they should do or could do for their health and very few people are actually presently doing good things. Getting proper healthcare and having proper health are ideals rather than norms.

Most people could cut down on frequent trips to see healthcare professionals simply by adopting a more active lifestyle. It is amazing how many sicknesses and even diseases can be prevented by consistently exercising our bodies. We were designed to move and to use energy yet we rarely use our bodies to their full potential. Most people have no idea what level of physical fitness is possible for their lives because inactivity has become a way of life. Whatever your current level of fitness, you can start today to take control of your health by getting more active. Look for ways to incorporate more movement into your everyday life.

Another obvious way to make your healthcare provider proud is to watch what you eat. In many ways, it is true that your body and your health becomes what you eat. Years spent eating fast food and making unhealthy food choices will eventually catch up to you. What we eat affects our energy levels and our overall health. Find ways to cut out fast food, soda and other high calorie beverages. Incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains into your diet as often as possible. Drink water instead of other beverages. You might be shocked by how these small changes decrease your need to schedule frequent visits to see your healthcare professional.

Your health is in your hands. Take an active role in making your life better starting today. You and your healthcare provider will be glad you did.

Cyber-Bullying: Threat and Intimidation Online

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The article is about the growing social problem called Cyber-Bullying, which is the use of digital devices and systems like the Internet to harass, attack, intimidate, or threaten other people.  The article also cites several ways how Internet users can protect themselves from this new form of harassment.

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Ahh...the Internet...the amazing portal to a vast world of information, entertainment, and everything else in between.  Internet technology has revolutionized the way we work, play, learn, and communicate.  What started out as an experiment in a Harvard University laboratory is now one of the primary means by which people in the 21st century do business, exchange information, and relate with other people. Aside from its use as a research tool, the World Wide Web provides other services such as email, instant messaging, file sharing, online forums, and blogging. As a technology, it has made an impact on the social structure and behavior.  As an example, there now  actual cases of people who met online and later got married.

But even the Internet is not immune from misuse or abuse.   Like other inventions of man, it too has been subjected to various forms of wrong application.  One good example is cyber-bullying, a term that refers to bullying and harassment by use of electronic devices. Cyber-bullying and harassment is actually done through e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, mobile phones, text messaging, and other electronic media.

In a survey done by Pew Internet and American Life, it was found out that at least 33% of teenagers had been the victim of some form of cyber-bullying.  These acts involved sexual harassment, threats of harm, name-calling, and other harmful and unwanted acts.

Online bullies use their computer and Internet skills to shock, intimidate, insult, and control unsuspecting online users.  These acts of intimidation cause embarrassment, fear, stress, and anxiety.  Some people who have become victims of online harassment also suffer from depression.  The depression has caused many of these victims to either retreat in isolation or seek revenge through their own brand of harassment.

Since surfing the Web can be done outside of school or out of the watchful eyes of teachers and parents, many young people need to be re-educated about “Web Safety.”  School authorities, guardians, and parents must help young people and other individuals who use the Internet to learn the following Web Safety Measures:

· Don't use your real name every time you sign up for a web service;
· Don't give personal information such as your gender, age, address, school etc.;
· Don't send photos or post photos on the Internet;
· As much as possible, avoid entering chat rooms. Most people who are in the chat rooms are not truthful with their profiles or identities. They are not who they say they are.
· Keep a copy of the offending email. You may need the copy if you decide to take legal action about it.
· Never easily agree to meet with anyone that you just met online.

One of the worst things that can happen to a victim of online harassment or cyber-bullying is to be neglected.  If a victim feels that he or she does not have anyone to go to for help, that person may fall in a deeper state of depression.  Much worse, the victim could even develop a serious anxiety disorder, which, in turn, might lead to suicide.

It will take the joint effort of school authorities, parents, and the community as a whole to stop cyber-bullying.  Everybody must take part in preventing the cyber-bullies from using one of the world's most important inventions into a cyber-tool for threat and intimidation.

title:Cybill Shepherd and the Irritable Bowel
author:Sophie Lee
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Cybill Shepherd has revealed that she suffers from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The star of Moonlighting and Taxi Driver says that she has struggled with her symptoms for many years, and is now hoping to raise awareness of IBS and encourage sufferers to talk more openly with their doctors.
She says: “For years I have been battling recurring constipation, abdominal pain and bloating. Go ahead and laugh. We laugh because we're embarrassed. In order for us to get relief, we have to talk about our symptoms and stop suffering in silence.
“I have tried nearly everything: changing my diet and watching what I ate. I exercised regularly. I even tried taking fiber supplements and over-the-counter laxatives, but nothing helped with all of my symptoms.
“My doctor used to tell me it was all emotional and psychological. So I got a new doctor. And a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. It was a huge relief to find out that my IBS with constipation was not all in my head and that it was a treatable medical condition. My doctor prescribed Zelnorm and it has provided me with relief for all my symptoms. In a lot of ways, I feel like my old self again.”
And good for her! I think that many IBS sufferers will identify with what she says: from embarrassing, unmentionable symptoms to doctors who insist that our bowel problems are really in our heads.
We may identify less with her relief from one drug alone (although the new drugs Zelnorm and Lotronex have had a good success rate in America), but we could all benefit from talking more openly with our doctors and looking for more solutions rather than accepting that IBS will rule our lives.
What Cybill Shepherd has done, though, is more than just draw attention to the fact that IBS sufferers need more help. Just by revealing that she is an IBS sufferer she has shown that IBS can affect anyone. Here is a glamorous, successful actress, someone who has kissed Bruce Willis and won three Golden Globes, saying that she has trouble with her bowels.
The power of celebrity
In these celebrity-soaked times it can be easy to forget that famous people sometimes achieve genuinely selfless and compassionate things just by using their fame. The greatest power that they have is the ability to shine the light of their stardom on an issue which would otherwise have been ignored.
And yes, the issue may sometimes be whatever cause is most fashionable at the time - “Gay whales against racism” as one satirist put it – or the one which helps the star more than the people (or whales) who are suffering. But sometimes there is no doubt that the celeb has really stuck their neck out to help others who are dealing with an issue that is considered untouchable.
And I can’t thing of a more untouchable issue than IBS, something that no-one in the public eye would readily admit to. Can you imagine Julia Roberts standing up and saying “Diarrhea is the blight of my life and hemorrhoids have driven me to drink”? No, of course not, because anything remotely digestive is considered highly embarrassing and distinctly unglamorous.
Cybill Shepherd’s admission, therefore, is to be applauded.
Dare not speak its name
Before Cybill Shepherd ‘came out’, the only famous person I knew of who had IBS was Kelsey Grammar’s wife (Kelsey Grammar used to play Frasier in the eponymous sitcom and Cheers).
Whoever you are, whatever your gender or problems or pain, it is vital that you find someone with whom you can identify. If you watch TV and never see a reflection of yourself, if you are a black man and only ever see white faces on screen, then you will start to feel alienated – and the same goes for people who are ill.
If you constantly hear about diabetes sufferers and asthma sufferers but never hear a word about bowels then you begin to learn that your illness is far less important than these other worthy causes.
We need more people in the public eye standing up and saying “Me too”, so that everyone can start to realise just how widespread a problem this is.
Don’t suffer in silence
But it’s not just about how other people perceive us, and how we perceive ourselves. It’s also about making sure that anyone who has bowel symptoms seeks help, and at the moment that just doesn’t happen.
There are still many people with bowel problems who are too ashamed or embarrassed to go to the doctor, and just soldier on through their lives when they could be receiving treatment. And there’s always the risk, of course, that their symptoms could actually be the result of something other than IBS that may get progressively worse if it is left alone.
IBS often goes undiagnosed for years, and even when we pluck up the courage to visit the doctor we can be so tongue-tied that we don’t properly describe our symptoms. If we could leave our embarrassment in the waiting room it would be so much better for our health.
Cybill Shepherd says: “My goal is to urge all women to get over their embarrassment, to stop suffering in silence the way I did, and to talk to their doctors. Although it may be uncomfortable, it is very important for you to be open and honest with your doctor about all your symptoms”.
And things can change. Just think about breast cancer, which is now regularly discussed on TV and radio, but 20 years ago was stuck behind a wall of silence where breasts were not to be mentioned, cancerous or not.
If we can just get a few more Cybill Shepherds to speak out for IBS then the celebrities of this world might start wearing ribbons for you and me, and leave the gay whales to fight for themselves.
title:Cycling Your Way To Fitness
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Stationary Bikes - Still A Top Choice For Overall Fitness
In all the craze over new fangled fitness equipment, the exercise bike often gets overlooked. Stationary bikes have been around for many years, which can lead some people to think they are outdated or not as effective as newer types of equipment.  But for many people, exercise bikes provide a fun, consistent, reasonable means of exercising, improving cardio functions, and losing weight.
Stationary exercise bikes provide all the benefits of riding a bicycle.  They provide good cardio workouts, have much less impact on knees, hips and other joints than walking or running, and can be used at any time it’s convenient.  Most stationary bikes have manual or computerized controls to allow you to adjust resistance and speed.  Many also come with heart monitors and cardio workouts already programmed in.  There is a huge selection of price and style, and stationary bikes tend to be the most affordable cardio exercise machine.
Plus, with a stationary bike, you don’t have to worry about traffic, dogs, or bad weather.  You can exercise in the convenience of your own home and even watch television or read a book while you bike.  Try doing that on the bike path at the park!
Types of Stationary Bikes
Standard, upright stationary bikes come in single or dual action models.  Dual action bikes have handles or levers to work the upper body and have been shown to provide more effective cardio workouts, burn more calories, and also improve overall body tone more efficiently than single action bikes.  Dual action bikes work well for those with hip or leg injuries who need to exercise but also need to go easy on their legs.  The dual action allows the arms to work harder to operate the machine, thus requiring less work from the legs.
A recumbent bicycle, sometimes called a “bent,” is a type of stationary bike that is more laid back…literally.  It places the body in a semi or fully reclining position, taking pressure off the back area.  Some people feel the position is difficult to adapt to at first, but many who choose recumbent bikes say they are very easy and comfortable to ride.  They usually come with a larger seat, which often means you will stay on the machine longer or not have discomfort later.
Because of the reclining position, a recumbent bike works the abdominal muscles more and also creates more hamstring action.  The lower center of gravity makes for better balance as well.  Doctors feel they are better for those with back problems or with cerebral palsy and related diseases.  The recumbent bikes also bring your feet more closely in line with your heart, keeping blood pressure low and providing for a safer overall workout.
Popular Models & Prices
Most stationary bikes come with ways to assess your speed and distance.  Economy models have a tachometer/odometer combination and a design that utilizes a flywheel to provide resistance.  These models are not programmable and provide the least effective workout, but are at under $200 can be an inexpensive way for a beginner or someone on a tight budget to get some exercise.  They can be purchased at many department stores.
Standard models usually come with more features such as a programmable consul that calculates heart rate or allows you to pick a heart rate and then adjust the resistance accordingly.  These bikes may use flywheels, fan blades, or magnetic resistance, depending on the quality.  Magnetic resistance is usually the best method as it operates more smoothly and is quieter.  These models can range from $200 up to $1500 and provide the broadest range of selection for the average person.  Some popular models include Tunturi F520 (recumbent), Vision Fitness R2000, and several models from Schwinn, the popular bike manufacturer.
More expensive stationary bikes often use magnetic resistance and typically need to be plugged in to an outlet.   They come with all the bells and whistles, including extended warranties, more varied programming features, and comfort options such as built in fans.  They typically cost over $1500.  Lifecycle 5500HR and 5500RHR (recumbent) are popular choices among those who are serious about their workout or have a healthy budget.
Other popular manufacturers of exercise bikes include Nordic Track, Reebok, Weslo, Keys, Fitness Quest, and Edge.
Compared To Other Equipment
All types of stationary bikes provide a low impact workout that many feel is an advantage over treadmill exercise.  The force on the knees, ankles, feet and other body parts that occurs with walking or running can cause swelling or discomfort in the joints.  It can irritate old injuries or sometimes even produce new problems.  A stationary bike provides non-weight bearing exercise that reduces impact on these areas.
In the health and fitness industries, and among customers, there is an extensive debate over which machines burn more calories and give a better cardio workout.  There is evidence on both sides of the issue, but many people agree that a stationary bike should have dual action to optimize weight loss and heart health.  The pumping of the arms has a significant impact of the effectiveness of any workout, and a treadmill is less effective as well if you hold onto the hand supports rather than letting your arms swing or pumping them in rhythm to your motion.
Elliptical trainers are another exercise option that provides a low impact workout, but many feel they do not provide the same cardio benefits.  Rowing machines are boring, more difficult to use, and can be hard on the back.  Other equipment has disadvantages as well, making stationary bikes a good choice for overall effectiveness and satisfaction.  Consumer buying shows that exercise bikes continue to rank as a top choice for exercise and fitness training.
In the ever expanding world of health and fitness equipment, there have been some true advances as well as a bunch of gimmicks.  A stationary bike is an old standard that has been a proven exercise tool for years, and that continues to improve and adapt through new technology.  The overall effectiveness, ease of use and variety of designs and prices makes a stationary exercise bike an excellent choice for beginners and advanced enthusiasts alike.
title:Daily Tips for Acne Prevention
author:Jacqui Morrison
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

For an acne-afflicted person, the skin disorder may bring tremendous embarrassments. This also may lessen his self-esteem and may trigger him to stay away from people. Therefore it is but essential that proper skin care methods are applied to exterminate the skin condition or at the very least, lessen the outbreak.
The following are gathered to aid you in healing the skin disorder that has been troubling you for quite some time now.
•To remove excess oil in your face, you should be using a skin astringent.
•Though it is not advisable that skin moisturizers are applied on a daily basis, oil free moisturizers can supplement for the loss of moisture, especially after bath when your skin is quite flaky.
•It is more advisable to choose water-based products over skin care products that has oil or petroleum contents,
•honey mask must be applied once a week. It is regarded as a disinfectant and is believed to have medicinal properties that are proven in healing minor blemishes. Also, it may destroy bacteria thriving on the skin.
•Wash your face with sulphur-based soap two times a day. Possibly in the morning after you wake up and in the evening before you sleep. Scrubbing is not advisable, you only have to touch it smoothly. On the other hand, too much washing of the skin may create further trouble than help.
•If you wear a long hair, it is advisable to cut your hair short. Your hair has oil-content and may accumulate dirt. Once you move and your hair gets in contact to your face or your neck, this may worsen the case. Also, it is proper that your hair is washed daily.
•Take daily multi vita,ins daily. Your skin may be needing nutritional supplements which may not be provided in your diet.
• To quickly heal your pimples, it is recommended that your take chromium supplements.
• Vitamin A must be included in your diet for it may help in protecting and preveting the skin from acne. It may also aid in the reduction of seum.
• Your make up must be removed before going to bed and the use of any types of cold creams and lotions is not advisable. In case you you may really want wearing make-up, you must choose cosmetics that are water based and does not contain oil in them.
• Eight glasses of water a day will significantly cleanse and hydrate your skin and may provide your an over-all body good health.
• Never squeeze or pop pimples beacasue this may casue irritation and inflammation. It may also push the dirt deeper into the skin and may cause swelling. Also, popping and squeezing may leave permanent scars on the skin surface.
• It is generrally good to avoid using alcohol-based lotions.
• Your pillow case must be changed or washed on a daily basis.
• It is alos essential that Zinc is included in the food items you take. Low body content of zinc ay ause acne breakouts.
• You must not wear tight clothes once youget acne on your bidy.
• Acne infected people must avoid being exposed to the sun and should be using UVB/UVA sunscreen, also oil based sunscreens must never be used.
• A moderate exercise may help in the blood circulation and may wipe out body too.
title:Daily Weight Loss Motivation
author:Ben E Sather
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When you are faced with the daily challenge of trying to lose weight, you will need to find ways to stay motivated every day. The factors that keep weight loss motivation high include your specific goals, your ability to envision what you want to achieve, and the degree of success you have in the beginning.
Daily motivation requires a special, concerted effort, and it is not always easy. One great way to keep weight loss motivation high is to find an Internet support group to check in with every day. There are many such chat groups and forums on the web.
Another idea is to keep a daily journal of your progress, struggles and success. You can keep a record of your daily diet or write in your journal about the journey and challenge of losing weight and the emotions connected to it.
Weight loss motivation will stay fresh with something tangible that you can look at to remind you of your goals. For example, you can tape a picture of yourself when you were at a more ideal weight to your refrigerator door. You can buy an outfit in your ideal size and hang it in your closet where you will see it every day. There are many books filled with affirmations and inspiration for dieters. Buy one, and read a bit of it every day.
The motivation to lose weight may not come from the same place every day. If you can develop some strategies for keeping your daily motivation high, you are much more likely to be successful and bounce back quickly if you have any setbacks. Whatever you ultimately see as your motivation for losing weight, you do not have to face the challenge alone.
There are resources and people available for anyone who takes the time to seek them. Make a daily commitment to do at least one thing in support of your goal, and you may soon find that the behaviors that support weight loss have become second nature to you!
Damage Done By Overdosing on Tricyclic Antidepressants

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Tricyclic antidepressants are among the most effective means to combat depression, but pose a considerable risk to the person in the event of an overdose. They can do considerable damage to the body, particularly to the heart and circulatory system. If not treated early enough, an overdose can also put a person into a coma, eventually killing them.


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Tricylcic antidepressants are used to treat depression, as the name indicates. There are some that may be used as an

effective treatment for varying degrees of anxiety, but for the most part, doctors don't stray too far. They have also been

known to be useful in treating a variety of other conditions, apart form depression and anxiety. Primarily, they can be

considered alternative treatments for migraines and neuropathic pain. However, as useful as they are, no sane doctor is going

to prescribe amounts of tricyclic antidepressants that might be considered too high. This is because these medications, in

high enough amounts, have been known to cause fatalities. According to statistics, nearly 2% of people who had overdoses of

antidepressant medication died from an overdose of tricyclic antidepressants.

There are a number of signs that signify that someone has overdosed on the aforementioned medication. Most people who

overdose suddenly find that their bodies have become lethargic, with a heightened sense of agitation also being a common

sign. The muscles are also adversely affected, with various areas of the body undergoing involuntary twitching, seizures, and

jerky movements. Low blood pressure and heart rate have also been associated with overdoses of tricyclic antidepressants,

though these usually occur in the more advanced stages. Disturbances in the heart rhythm, sometimes to a potentially fatal

level, have been known to be common if the problem is not addressed early enough. It should be noted that all of the above

can be overdose signs of other drugs, though a simple blood test is often enough to identify the source of the problem.

The approach taken to dealing with anyone who has experienced an overdose on the above medication is the same as the approach

taken with anyone who has overdosed or been poisoned. As such, the initial procedure is to stabilize the vital signs of the

victim. In the case of an overdose of tricyclic antidepressants, this step usually involves low blood pressure and the use of

intravenous liquids to rectify that problem. Breathing could be a problem at any stage of poisoning, though it is most

difficult to start and stabilize if the overdose has caused the victim to enter into a comatose state. Some also use muscle

relaxants in treating overdoses, particularly if the body is convulsing or experiencing spasms. Sodium bicarbonate can

sometimes be used to prevent the effects of the medication from reaching the heart, though there is no pharmaceutical means

to counter the other effects.

Most people should realize that in the event of an overdose, people may not appear ill at first. However, the effects can

rapidly appear and will quickly become life-threatening if not subjected to proper treatment on time. Interestingly, most

cases of overdose of tricyclics are considered to be intentional. Alcohol has been known to increase the intensity of some of

the side effects of the medication, and should not be taken with such. Some patients have also reported becoming depressed in

connection with an overdose. As such, once the physical treatment has been completed, most doctors recommend that the patient

undergo some sort of psychiatric evaluation as soon as they are physically able to.

Damage That Can Occur To The Reproductive Organs

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Help for women facing growth like fibroids in their womb

Fibroids, uterus, womb, endometriosis, Pregnancy, older woman child birth, gynaecology, women, health, pregnancy, gynaecology, Women,  fertility, baby, conception, conceive, ovulation,

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Defects of the womb
Defects of the womb- uterus are some of the main causes of infertility. Fibroid, cyst, cancer of the cervix, Polyp, Hydatidiform mole, Ovarian cyst, are just a few of these defects that can affect the womb.

The uterus is situated in the pelvic cavity. This is where, after its long journey through the fallopian tube, the fertilised egg finally embeds and starts to develop from an embryo into a baby for about forty weeks. The lower part of the uterus opens into the vagina at the neck of the cervix. The upper part of the uterus opens into the Fallopian tube. The uterus is where the foetus grows and any defect can prevent the implantation of the embryo.

Problems that affect the womb There are two types of growths that occur in the womb. These growths can either be benign or malignant. Today I want to offer you an empowering prayer if you are facing a problem in this area. Now say this prayer-


Father, I come before you in the name of Jesus Christ through the blood He shed on the Cross for me. I thank you for your grace and mercy. I bless you for your goodness. I thank you that in Christ I am blessed and fruitful. Father, hear, the doctors have diagnosed growths in my womb, but by your Word, which the Bible says is sharp, I cut off all these growths that try to grow in my womb.

These growths have swarmed around my womb like bees, but today I command them to die down as quickly as burning thorns through the name of Jesus Christ. I declare that every growth has been sharply cut off from my womb by your Word and melted like wax according to your Word. I cover my womb in the blood of Jesus.

Father, I thank you because I was cast down and was about to lose my womb but you have healed me. You, O! Lord! Are my strength and my song. Father, I thank you and I bless you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Your daily confession

My womb is blessed and fruitful. The fruit of my womb is blessed, where there was only growth before, now there is life, because God's Word has sharply cut off every growth and the breadth of His mouth has melted it like wax. My womb is ready to receive life because it is blessed by Almighty God.

The root of - mention the name of the growth you are facing - is cursed. This growth has become like the seed which fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. The Son of God has shone His light upon it and destroyed it with His powerful Word. It is scorched and withered and will never find root again in my womb in Jesus name. Amen. Mark 4:5-6  The Judgement of God is come upon this growth, with the words of my mouth anointed by the Holy Spirit. I declare that you are withered and melted like wax. God's judgement has flashed like lightening upon you. You will never regrow or come near my womb or my body in Jesus mighty Name - Amen- Hosea 6:5.

When you say your confession, sit in a comfortable place. As you say the word try to actually visualise the word of God melting that growth from your womb. Truly, The Word of God works. God bless you.

title:Damn, That Pain In My A##!  Here’S What You Need To Know About Piriformis Syndrome (Sciatic Pain)...
author:Jesse Cannone
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

If you’re reading this article, it’s a good bet that you have a radiating pain running down the back of your leg that just won’t go away. If what I’m about to tell you sounds familiar, don’t worry, help is on the way.
Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome are the same condition... it is just that the medical community is starting to call the condition by the muscle (Piriformis) that is involved and getting away from calling it by the name of the nerve that is involved (sciatic) nothing more than semantics.
Did you go see your primary care physician and get diagnosis of Sciatica only to have them refer you to an orthopedic specialist and than get a diagnosis of Piriformis Syndrome... and than be told to see a Physical Therapist and the PT tells you a little heat, ultra sound, electrical stimulation and some therapeutic exercises and we will have you good as new???
If this is the path you have been down and you're tired of all the worthless treatments that just don’t work, you must read this article! I guarantee you, it will likely be far different than what you have read or heard anywhere else!
First, let me tell you why today’s traditional treatment methods just flat out miss the boat. The medical community is so conditioned and focused on treating only the symptoms and trying to get in as many patients a day as possible, that many people are misdiagnosed and/or mistreated.
Sciatic pain is simply caused by pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve and there are primarily four things that can create this... you may have one or more of the following:
1. Pressure caused by shortening and tightening of the piriformis muscle. This is almost always due to months or years of muscle imbalances in the hip rotator muscles.
2. Pressure caused by spinal stenosis, which is a decrease in the space between the vertebrae. This is primarily caused by uneven pressure and compression due to muscle imbalances.
3. Pressure caused by Isthmic spondylolisthesis which is simply when a vertebrae slips or moves... this can sometimes pinch the sciatic nerve but often times people who have this condition don’t have any pain, symptoms, or even know they have it!
4. Pressure caused by a herniated or bulging disc. A herniation is when a disc protrudes out from between the vertebrae and this can either be caused by an event like a car accident, or, by months or years of uneven pressure due to muscle imbalances. It is also important to note that many people with herniated discs don’t even experience pain or symptoms, and many don’t know they have the condition.
As you can see, there is a trend here... in nearly every case, muscle imbalances are the primary cause of the pressure being placed on the sciatic nerve.
If you are not sure which one of the four is causing your sciatic pain, I recommend you start with the basics. Most cases of sciatic pain are caused by muscle imbalances so if you begin to work on correcting any muscle imbalances you have, you should start to see improvement right away.
There are several self assessments you can perform to help identify which specific muscle imbalances you have and these are covered in our Lose the Back Pain Video along with step-by-step instructions on what to do to eliminate your imbalances and pain. You can learn more by visiting http://www.losethebackpain.com
Sciatic pain comes about either due to a traumatic event, muscle imbalances, or a combination of both.
The event scenario is most likely the catalyst for sudden onset of sciatic pain. So what happens… when there is undue stress on the Piriformis muscle that stress causes it to go into spasm and then you have pain due to the Piriformis muscle putting pressure on the sciatic nerve.
In most cases, people go to physical therapy or minimize their physical activity to break the pain – spasm cycle and in most cases your symptoms subside. However…the event will also set you up for a life time of sciatic pain if the Piriformis muscle does not recover 100% in both strength and flexibility.
When you have an injury to a muscle, both strength and flexibility are compromised, and if your recovery ends before strength and flexibility return, you will never be 100% and will likely struggle with the problem forever.
The other way sciatic pain creeps into your life is due to your lifestyle and habits, and that is what we like to call the process. The process can be described as a prolonged onset of symptoms based on your everyday activities...
However, from a technical stand point the process really describes the development of the muscle imbalance in your hip. The Piriformis muscle is responsible for external rotation (moving your leg so your feet point outward). So over time that muscle gets tight from the positions you put your self in and weakens from lack of use.
Let me give you some examples of what I mean:
1.  If you sit on the edge of your chair with you legs separated and your feet pointing outward you are keeping your Piriformis muscle in a shortened position and that’s how it gets tight and with extended sitting in that position, it gets weak form lack of use. Hence the imbalance.
2.  Another example is runners and bikers who actually work very hard tend to get sciatica because they fail to keep a strength vs. stretch balance in their workouts. Hence the imbalance creates a greater pull toward external rotation and the result is a tight Piriformis and an irritated sciatic nerve creating pain.
These are just two examples of how muscle imbalances can affect the Piriformis muscle and cause Sciatic pain. You may not be a runner or cyclist but I’ll bet you have muscle imbalances that are causing your sciatic pain!
To learn more about muscle imbalances and how they affect your body, please read our article “Aches, Pains, and Injuries” which you can find on our website here: http://www.losethebackpain.com/achesandpainsarticle.html
Recovery Tip: In severe cases, the sciatic pain can run from the top of the hip to the bottom of the foot. It is very important to recognize that changes and shifting of pain is often times a sign of improvement. Further more as a way of gauging recovery, take note of how far down the leg the pain goes. If the pain goes to the foot one day and then only makes it to the calf and then to the knee and then it can only make it to the hamstring that is a sign of improvement. You should feel good about those noticeable improvements and this should give you encouragement to keep working toward a full remission of pain.
So how do you get rid of your pain?  Will learning one new stretch be enough? It very well may be. However depending on the severity of your condition you may need to change your activities of daily living to include new stretches, new exercises that include the use of the hip rotators like roller-blading, basketball, tennis, etc, and even better, specific corrective exercise specific to your situation... like those covered in our video. As always, learn as much as you can about your condition, so that you can ask the tough questions to your healthcare providers and get the best care possible.
One last point, sciaitic pain is not caused by a lack of prescription medications so don’t think that taking some anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants will fix it... it won’t! Also, many people are able to eliminate sciatic pain within days just by performing a few exercises and stretches... but not general exercise... the exact corrective exercises and stretches they need to do.
Find out what’s causing your sciatic pain and learn exactly which exercises and stretches you should be doing by watching our Lose the Back Pain Video. Order your copy now online at http://www.losethebackpain.com
title:Dancing To The Beat Of Music
author:Mark Wilkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Yoga is a form of relaxation and mediation, which can offer many benefits. It increases flexibility. Increases lubrication of the joints, ligaments and tendons.
Moreover, it massages the organs of the body and serves as a complete detoxifier of body toxins that exist. Furthermore, it helps in toning the muscles, and provides balancing of the nervous system. Not only that, it reduces stress because of the gentle and slow exercises that are done and executed.
So Yoga, as a whole is very advantageous especially to the persons who are so busy and do not have time to relax. This is a very effective form of relieving stress and aside from that, your physical well being is protected and improved. 
Its popularity is ever increasing and thus, the need for learning it is high. There are instructional videos that help us to round out our practice in yoga. These videos provides a variety of choices which we could choose from unlike from yoga classes in which some of them gets pretty boring for some of us. There are so many various positions that are taught and performed by Yogis.
Because of its widespread and continuous popularity, millions of people around the world engage in Yoga. There are so many people that have already been blessed with its benefits. There are so many types of Yoga that are exercised by people of different walks of life, ages and lifestyles. This only proves that it is indeed for everybody. One does not need to spend so much money on paying a tutor or simply joining a Yoga class.
There are more convenient ways to learn and practice them. You can do it in your own homes, if you have a video player you can buy various Yoga Videos that are available. Moreover, there are books that serve as beginners guide or seniors guide. It suits your needs whether you are a newbie to Yoga or if it has influenced you a lot that you would not want it to end just that way.
Yoga involves both the breathing control mechanism and the physical exercises that can be done to improve one’s vitality, flexibility and strength. Since it is a form of exercise, it is usually accompanied with sound or music. Yoga music helps you set yourself in the mood to start the exercise.
With the different kinds of music, it will surely set your condition. There are various types of Yoga music like active, serene, kirtan, and mellow. Usually, it is the sounds of nature like wind chimes, chirping birds, wilderness and many others. While some are chants and Yoga music that was used back then. Yoga music brings together a mix and variety of world beat and sounds. Some are danceable and some sacred music are included.
This lets you move from the beginning to end. As a result, this enhances the flow of Yoga and your life. This is like a unifying pulse that is brought together to attain a certain atmosphere of indulgence, like the current of a river or the sound of nature when it is in bloom.
These are invigorating sounds that delight the senses and improve the movement of the body in accordance with the sound or music. Yoga music also serves as a light or inspiration for it brings back memories or thoughts.
title:Dandelions! This Common Weed is a Wonderful Spring Tonic
author:Cori Young
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Those Glorious Dandelions!
Dandelions Taraxacum officinale (composite family)
Spring is coming! Starting about this time every year I find myself craving bitter flavors. My body is longing to cleanse itself of toxins accumulated over a long winter of holiday indulgence, rich foods and various colds & flus. I am aware of an overall stagnation of energy in the digestion, kidneys and liver.
I am always so amazed at how much better I feel when I start using dandelion in the spring! All that stagnated liver/kidney/stomach energy lifts and I feel renewed!
This craving for bitter flavors always has me out searching for those young green dandelion leaves popping up everywhere about now. I eat them fresh in salads or just munch on them throughout the day. I also strain and bottle the dandelion root tincture that I put up in the late fall.
This common "weed" of the composite family is a powerful restorative to the liver. It's also rich in minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and zinc, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B3,and C. Ounce for ounce, dandelion contains more carotene than carrots.
Dandelion leaves act as a diuretic to help cleanse the bladder and urinary tract. They help relieve water retention associated with PMS.
Dandelion also cleanses the blood and liver, and increases bile production. It reduces serum cholesterol and uric acid levels and improves the functioning of the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and stomach.
Toning the kidneys and liver is one of the best things we can do for our overall health. Especially women! A strong, healthy liver will allow us to process and excrete hormones. It's also vital for a healthy immune system.
All parts of the dandelion plants are usable, but they have different properties and should be harvested at the appropriate times.
Young Leaves have tonic properties and are picked in the spring and eaten raw in salads. If you find the taste too bitter try chopping them as fine as possible and mixing them with other raw greens.
Mature Leaves have powerful diuretiv properties. They are picked in early summer before the plant blooms. These are the leaves I harvest and dry for tea. They can also be made into tinctures. These gorgeous, dark green leaves are loaded with minerals and vitamins!
When picking dandelion leaves, look for dark green, smoothe leaves (dandelion leaves are not fuzzy.) Try to avoid picking under powerlines or close to roads.
Here's my favorite thing to do with the summer dandelion leaves:
Dandelion Juice!
Pick a colander full of dandelion leaves and rinse them really well under cool water. Run them through the juicer with 1/2 an apple. This will make a nice shot glass full of delicious, nutritious juice. You will feel a nice little zing with this lovely tonic!
Dandelion Roots Dandelion roots act as a blood purifier that helps the kidneys and liver to remove toxins and poisons from the blood. They act as a mild laxative and help improve digestion. The roots are also beneficial for skin conditions such as boils, abscesses and eczema. They have been used for centuries to improve jaundice. Ideally, you want to use the roots of 2 year old plants. In the late fall the roots will contain the highest concentration of inulin. Dig the whole plant up and hang upside down to dry in a cool, dark place. The roots grow quite long, so dig deep! The dried or fresh roots can be used to make tinctures. Dried roots can be powdered for capsules or used in infusions.
Dandelion Flowers
For a tasty, easy-to-make tonic wine try this:
Pick dandelion flowers on a warm, dry day.
Macerate 1 cup (60 g) flowers and steep in 4 cups (1 liter) white wine for 1 month in an airtight container. Strain out the flowers and sweeten to taste with a little bit of honey if desired.
This a nice tonic for the gallbladder.
Dangerous Shortcuts Your Doctor May Be Taking When Measuring Your Blood Pressure

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Is you blood pressure being taken properly? Avoid misdiagnosis and learn the proper steps.

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Copyright 2006 Frank Mangano

Did you know that your trusted family doctor may be taking a shortcut during your office visits that might be putting your health at risk? I know it sounds hard to believe, but it's true. As a result of trying to squeeze as many appointments as possible into their daily schedules, doctors sometimes skip vital steps during your physical exams.

It starts when you are rushed into the doctor's office and the very first thing they do is take your blood pressure. This actually may be the worst time during your visit to do such a test, because the rushing and hurrying combined with the anxiety of being in a doctor's office to begin with can automatically cause your blood pressure to spike.

In situations like this your blood pressure readings can be inaccurate or misleading. There are serious health consequences that can happen to you from a misdiagnosis - in either direction.

For someone with borderline high blood pressure, a false low reading may delay the necessary precautions to lower it. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to serious heart disease even decades down the road. On the other side of the coin is the scenario that a false high reading is recorded and a patient gets put unnecessarily on medication -- medication they will likely have to take for the rest of their lives. For these reasons, it is critical that health care providers give accurate blood pressure readings.

There are three areas where improper blood pressure readings can far too easily occur. One is with the procedures used in taking the blood pressure readings. The American Heart Association (AHA) has established guidelines for taking blood pressure readings which involves taking at least 4 different readings and recording which were taken while standing and which while sitting.

Using the cuff, the AHA recommends taking the patient's blood pressure reading TWICE, once on each arm, while the patient is in a standing position. Then record the average of these two readings.

Next, doctors should take the patient's blood pressure TWICE, once on each arm, while they are sitting and record the average of the two readings. It is advised that the standing blood pressure numbers be used as a reference only, but the average of sitting measurement should be used as the most correct reading.

This procedure applies to taking measurements at home or at the doctor's office. If the technician at your doctor's office does not follow this procedure, request that they take more readings so that they can get a more accurate assessment. They may be surprised if they have not done this routinely how different the readings can be from one arm to the other or between standing and sitting. Also, ask them to give you a few minutes to relax after arriving at the office. If you can, try to be a little early for the appointment so you can have plenty of time to rest.

The second area where blood pressure readings can be inaccurate is with faulty equipment. Cuffs need to be calibrated periodically to be accurate. Doctor's offices and labs should do this routinely, and you will need to maintain your home system according to the manufacturer's instructions.

If you are buying a cuff for home use, it is a good idea to use a manual cuff. Few of the automatic blood pressure cuffs on the market for the general public are very accurate and easily lose calibration. They tend to give false low readings and a false sense of healthy blood pressure. The hospital grade automatic cuffs are much more accurate, but not affordable to the average person. A manual cuff still gives the most accurate reading. A moderately priced cuff and stethoscope set can help you stay on top of your blood pressure from home. That is, so long as you know what you are doing.

That brings us to the third area where errors can occur: operator error. You must learn how to properly use the cuff and listen for a heartbeat. Be sure to get proper training from a qualified health care professional.

When doing the test at home, operator error often occurs when the cuff is not made tight enough to get a loud enough heart beat. The cuff has to be pumped up to the point that it is just starting to be uncomfortable. Next, make sure you are in a quiet enough space that you can tell when the heart beat is starting and stopping and then take careful note of the gauge's reading.

title:Dangerous Weight Loss Methods
author:Adam Waxler
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

We’re all looking for that magic pill. You know - the one that we can take and lose weight without really trying!
What would you give up to be skinny? How about your health? Well, some of the methods of weight loss may cost you exactly that. Before you decide that the way to lose weight is to follow one of the below regimens, take a second look. Do your research and be sure that you understand the risks.
Are you considering one of these dangerous weight loss methods?
*Prescription diet pills
Amphetamines are available only by prescription, and most doctors are leery of handing them out these days. While they do suppress appetite, you learn nothing about healthy eating, you don’t change your eating habits, and you are likely to gain the weight back the moment you stop taking them. In addition, they can be habit forming. The side effects include high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia, sleeplessness, hallucinations and delusions.
This all natural Asian herb is found in many herbal remedies and weight loss powders. It has a powerful appetite suppressant effect, but has been implicated in over 70 deaths.
*Phentermine Fenfluramine-phentermine (fen-phen)
Fen-phen was a popular weight loss supplement in the 90’s until it was implicated in deaths due to heart-valve damage. Phentermine alone is still sold in many weight loss aids. The side effects include headaches, dizziness, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure and insomnia.
One of the popular home remedies, used for purging. Regular use and abuse of laxatives can result in low potassium, arrhythmia, and pancreatic damage.
*Artificial Sweeteners
Aspartame, the most commonly used artificial sweetener, has been implicated in multiple lawsuits alleging damages that include blindness, seizures and brain damage.
Afraid you’ll gain weight if you quit smoking? The National Institute of Diabetes says that you’d have to gain 100-150 pounds to match the health risks you invoke by smoking. Instead, set up healthy strategies to help you deal with food cravings and put down the cigarettes.
Like laxatives, purging by forcing oneself to vomit or taking emetics can have very damaging effects on health. Depletion of nutrients like potassium and vitamins, damage to the esophagus from stomach acids, and esophageal rupture are all possible side effects.
Taking diuretics encourages your body to rid itself of fluids - including vital electrolytes. The depletion can lead to dehydration, and cause your body to start retaining water, starting a vicious cycle. Repeated or prolonged use of diuretics can lead to kidney damage and serious electrolyte imbalances, which may result in kidney or heart failure.
*Herbal Remedies
We have a tendency to equate ‘herbal’ with ‘harmless’, but say nutritionists, this isn’t always the case. Remember that many medications are derived from herbs, and because of the lack of regulation, dosages of active ingredients can vary widely from one manufacturer to another. Below is a list of some of the most common ingredients found in herbal weight loss powders, along with cautions about their effects in certain conditions.
Ephedra (ma huang, ephedrine, ephedra extract, epitonin, ephdra sinica and sida cordifolia) should not be taken by people with heart, thyroid or kidney disease, or with hypertension
Cascara and Senna should not be taken by people taking diuretics (both are often found in herbal weight loss teas)
Selenium and Capsaicin should not be taken by people with bowel or digestive disorders
Kava should be avoided by people with mood disorders who are taking mood altering medication, and people with Parkinson’s disease.
Gingko biloba, licorice root, and dong quay should not be taken by people who are taking blood thinners or anti-coagulants.
While weight loss is a worthwhile goal, guarding your health is an even more important one. Be sure that whatever weight loss method you choose it won’t lead to other serious medical conditions.
Copyright 2005 Adam Waxler

Dangers And Solutions To Emotional Eating

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Culturally and instinctively we prepare and serve foods to comfort those who have experienced loss, to celebrate joy or to show friendship and love.

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Food is a source of nourishment and energy. Without food we would not be able to perform our daily activities. Our muscles would wither, our nervous system would fail. So, we all need food.

However, food also has another role in our lives - a role of comfort and entertainment. Culturally and instinctively we prepare and serve foods to comfort those who have experienced loss, to celebrate joy or to show friendship and love.

So what exactly is emotional eating?

Seeing food as more than just a source of energy and enjoying it simply for the satisfaction it gives is not wrong. In fact science shows that food can promote good feelings by chemical reactions caused in our brains.

What IS a problem is when an individual cannot experience pain, anxiety, joy or even boredom without turning to food as means of dealing with those feelings, or they are obsessed with food, weight and dieting.

Emotional eaters turn to food as a source of distraction from dealing with feelings. However, eating these foods leads to feelings of guilt which can only be soothed with more eating, restrictive dieting, excessive exercise or purging.

Emotional eaters tend to value themselves based on their weight and how closely they've stuck to their 'ideal' diet. Because of this distorted relationship with food, foods are labeled "GOOD" and "BAD". Emotional eating can also lead to serious eating disorders and depression.

- How to tell if you're an emotional eater.

Do you turn to food for reasons other than hunger? Are you obsessed with thoughts of food - whether you plan to eat it or are concentrating on restricting yourself from eating it?

Do you regularly try diets and fail - leading to guilt and further over eating? Do you think about or attempt to purge excess food by throwing up or using laxatives? Do you exercise compulsively when you think you've eaten too much?

If you can answer "YES" to any of the above questions then you may in fact be engaging in this dangerous habit.

- Overcoming emotional eating.

Since emotional eating is caused by looking to food as a coping strategy for emotional distress dieting can actually create more problems.

When the emotional eater fails to stick to a diet they suffer feelings of guilt that can only be soothed with more food and in turn, more guilt or punishment.

Instead of trying to focus on what they are eating, the emotional eater needs to learn new skills for coping with stressful emotions. Often this requires the help of a Personal Coach or Therapist who deals with emotional eating.

It is only by finding replacements for the comfort food provided that the individual can put food into its rightful place and learn healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.

Dangers of Eating Disorders - Anorexia Nervosa

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Many people are suffering from eating disorders these days. The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa (anorexia) and Bulimia Nervosa (bulimia). Both are very dangerous eating disorders that may even cause death. Eating disorders usually occur on the background of emotional instability, confusion, loneliness, depression and low-self esteem.

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Many people are suffering from eating disorders these days. The most common eating disorders are Anorexia Nervosa (anorexia) and Bulimia Nervosa (bulimia). Both are very dangerous eating disorders that may even cause death. Eating disorders usually occur on the background of emotional instability, confusion, loneliness, depression and low-self esteem.

Anorexia Nervosa is characterized by unusual behaviors related to food consumption, the refuse of keeping a body weight appropriate to one’s physical build, age and sex, the development of obsessions regarding food and weight and a false perception of one’s body image. People with Anorexia Nervosa are always preoccupied with their physical appearance, carefully weighing their meals and counting the calories they consume. Although people with Anorexia Nervosa sustain constant efforts to lose weight by following drastic diets and exercising excessively, they are never pleased with their accomplishments, always aiming to lose even more weight. Persons with Anorexia Nervosa, despite being underweight, may actually see themselves as fat.

There are two kinds of Anorexia Nervosa: the restrictive and the compulsive kind. People who suffer from Restrictive Anorexia Nervosa usually have a very low body weight. They indulge in acts of self-starvation and also tend to burn the little food they eat through physical exercise, in order to lose weight. Compulsive Anorexia Nervosa, also referred to as Binge and Purge Anorexia, resembles the symptoms of Bulimia Nervosa. Bulimia is characterized by the consumption of large amounts of food and then getting rid of it by purging it from the system. Just like in the case of Bulimia Nervosa, Compulsive Anorexia Nervosa implies and alternation in eating habits, people suffering from it fluctuating between periods of scarce eating or abstinence from food and periods of binge-eating and purging.

The persons with this kind of Anorexia Nervosa purge the food out of their bodies by vomiting or by taking laxatives and diuretics. They also tire themselves through long, sustained physical exercise in order to lose weight. Unlike people with Restrictive Anorexia Nervosa, the ones confronted with the second type of disorder aren’t always underweight. People with Binge and Purge Anorexia experience a lot of changes in their body weight. They resemble bulimics in physical appearance and behavior.

Actually, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa have a lot of things in common and in fact, people who suffer from Anorexia Nervosa may later become bulimics.

Anorexia Nervosa, just like other eating disorders causes a lot of harm to people affected by it. A very disturbing fact is that young people, especially adolescents are the most exposed to the development of eating disorders. Both sexes are susceptible to the threat of Anorexia Nervosa, but particularly girls and young women develop forms of Anorexia Nervosa, due to their constant preoccupation with looks.

The causes of eating disorders haven’t yet been determined. It is considered that Anorexia Nervosa is purely a mental condition. However, studies sustain that there are also physical factors involved in the development of the illness. Also, a disturbing fact reveals the hereditary character of eating disorders like Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Dangers of Inaccurate or Incorrect Prescriptions

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As the number of people that pop prescription drugs increases, the risk of people getting incorrect prescriptions also increases.There are a number of ways that a prescription could be incorrect,ranging from misinterpretation of the symptoms to giving the incorrect medication.

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When people get sick, doctors will inevitably analyze the symptoms, diagnose the problem, and hand out a list if medications that can help alleviate the symptoms. For the most part, doctors suggest prescription drugs rather than over-the-counter medication. This is largely because if the over-the-counter ones actually worked, then there wouldn't be a need to visit a doctor. This situation is not uncommon and, in general, whenever a medical professional prescribes certain medications, then the recommendation is a reliable one. However, some statistics are starting to show that there in an increase in mishaps related to the prescription process. Particularly troublesome are situations that involve prescribing too many drugs to a patient and prescribing the wrong ones.

Anyone who disputes that prescription drugs are of great benefit and a medical necessity in the modern world can be considered a fool, but too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. However, according to statistics published as early as 2003, thousands of prescriptions a year are incorrect and dangerous. Most experts pile them into two basic categories: the over-prescribed, and the incorrectly prescribed. Being given too many prescription drugs to take could cause harm to the body, particularly if the given medications are too potent or might have dangerous side effects when taken together. In the event that the prescription is incorrect, not only is there a risk that the patient's condition will simply deteriorate, there is also the risk of unforeseen complications from the effects of the drugs. Statistics show that at least 21.3% of all patients are given prescriptions that are either wrong or have too many drugs listed.

One of the more common reasons for this problem is that the “illness” at the root of the problem is merely an adverse reaction to previously taken prescription drugs. The side effects of some medications can easily look like the symptoms of some diseases. For example, some of the signs of insomnia are known to be similar to the rarer side effects of some muscle relaxant medication. The doctor mistakenly views the side effects as symptoms, which prompts him to prescribe more drugs to combat an illness that isn't actually there. Of course, this is not always the case.

In other instances, the problem stems from the fact that a more preferable alternative is present, but the doctor instead recommends one that is not perfectly suited to the problem. There are various ways by which any given drug can become inappropriate. The patient may have allergic reactions to one or more of the chemical components of the given drug. The prescribed may be posed as an alternative to a better drug, or better suited to treating a different (but similar) condition. In a few cases, the commercially available doses might be too much, or too little, for the patient in question. In fact, incorrect dosages are among the primary problems that some patients face with regards to the safety of their prescriptions.

There are various other instances where the prescription might not be right. Regardless of how the incorrect information came about, the end result is always the same. There is an increased risk of side effects and damage to the patient, which is exactly what most doctors would prefer to avoid. The problem can only get worse as more people pop pills.

title:Dangers of Scales
author:HSF Vitamins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

A Full Scale War
"The scale can be like a lousy personal trainer. It can be giving you bad information. In other words, do not become too dependent on this devilish, little device sitting on your bathroom floor. "
It happens every morning when you mosey out of bed, somewhere between the time you take off that robe and the instant you step into the shower. For others, it happens immediately after a workout, as soon as you peel off those sweaty clothes and stand aimlessly in your birthday suit.
Then, the big moment arrives. The excitement, the tension, it all forms a giant knot in your throat. This experience is a lot like playing the roulette wheel and you know you have plenty riding on this one. Hence, the numbers that come up can spree a variety of reactions.
You step onto the scale in your bathroom and peek through your fingers at the fate staring back at you.
To some, you jump up and down like you just hit the jackpot. Others shriek as if they’d just crapped out.
Well, the scale is indeed a useful tool to monitor your weight-loss developments. What other method is there to track specifically how much you’ve progressed in your endeavors to lose weight?
Yet, the scale can be like a lousy personal trainer. It can be giving you bad information. In other words, do not become too dependent on this devilish, little device sitting on your bathroom floor. Here are two reasons why:

Scales are not perfect. At any given moment, it can go from being your best friend to your worst enemy. If the scale isn’t tipping your way, it can throw your entire mental state off the mark. Scales can often deceive you into thinking you’re heavier – or lighter – than you actually are. In more case, it’s the latter. And by thinking that you’re that far ahead of the game, the only one you’ll be fooling is yourself. Instead, try going by how your clothes fit on your body or how you feel internally than relying on some imperfect machine. Take a picture of yourself at the beginning of the month and then at the end of the month to evaluate the progress. Obsession with the scale is not unlike other fixations – it’s certainly not healthy.
Scales tend to dictate. Too many people are consumed with the numbers on the scale. It’s not unlike the scenario of a baseball player who is completely engrossed in his batters’ average. The average is just a number. He should be more concerned with winning the game. The same goes with the battle against weight loss. The goal should never be a number. If you become too concerned with reaching a specific number, by a certain time, it can lead to starvation, bulimia, malnutrition, many conditions that are not beneficial to your body or you’re health. * Remember, the best scale you can have is your mind. If it’s telling you that the unwanted fat is disappearing from your figure like a dress on prom night, chances are that you’re right.

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title:Dangers Of Smoking
author:Michael Sneed
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Almost everybody knows that smoking is bad for the health. Images of blackened lungs line school hallways and hospital waiting rooms, but despite this people continue to take up smoking. This may have to do with the pervasive romantic image of smoking -- an image that has nothing in common with reality.
There are many ways to take tobacco. You can chew it, inhale it through the nose, and smoke it in the form of cigars or cigarettes. No matter how it's taken it is dangerous, but because smoking is the most popular way to consume tobacco it has also received the greatest attention from the medical field and the media.
When a smoker inhales a puff of cigarette smoke the large surface area of the lungs allows nicotine to pass into the blood stream almost immediately. It is this nicotine "hit" that smokers crave, but there is a lot more to smoke than just nicotine. In fact, there are more than 4000 chemical substances that make up cigarette smoke and many of them are toxic.
Cigarette smoke is composed of 43 carcinogenic substances and more than 400 other toxins that can also be found in wood varnish, nail polish remover, and rat poison. All of these substances accumulate in the body and can cause serious problems to the heart and lungs.
Cancer is the most common disease associated with smoking. Smoking is the cause of 90% of lung cancer cases and is related to 30% of all cancer fatalities. Other smoking-related cancers include cancers of the mouth, pancreas, urinary bladder, kidney, stomach, esophagus, and larynx.
Besides cancer, smoking is also related to several other diseases of the lungs. Emphysema and bronchitis can be fatal and 75% of all deaths from these diseases are linked to smoking.
Smokers have shorter lives than non-smokers. On average, smoking takes 15 years off your life span. This can be explained by the high rate of exposure to toxic substances which are found in cigarette smoke.
Smokers also put others at risk. The dangers of breathing in second-hand smoke are well known. Smokers harm their loved ones by exposing them to the smoke they exhale. All sorts of health problems are related to breathing in second-hand smoke. Children are especially susceptible to the dangers of second-hand smoke because their internal organs are still developing. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more vulnerable to asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, bronchitis, pneumonia, and ear infections.
Smoking can also be dangerous for unborn children. Mothers who smoke are more likely to suffer from miscarriages, bleeding and nausea, and babies of smoking mothers have reduced birth weights or may be premature. These babies are more susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome and may also have lifelong health complications due to chest infections and asthma.
It is never too late to give up smoking, even those who have smoked for 20 years or more can realize tremendous health benefits from giving up the habit.
Dangers Posed By Smoking on Women's Health

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Regardless of women's age, the dangers of smoking contribute to many kinds of cancer as well as  infertility, anxiety, blindness and osteoporosis. Quitting smoking is easier said than done. And women, it turns out, have an even harder time quitting than men.

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Everybody is aware of the dangers of smoking. It is absolutely damaging to the human body. While carcinogens in cigarettes pose a hazard to everyone, women are three times as likely as men to get aggressive forms of lung cancer and more likely to develop it at an earlier age. Women are also more likely to die of lung cancer than breast cancer.
Quitting smoking is easier said than done. And women, it turns out, have an even harder time quitting than men. Stronger withdrawal symptoms may be attributed to hormones or the bigger nicotine dose absorbed by smaller female bodies. Regardless of women's age, the dangers of smoking contribute to infertility, anxiety, blindness, and osteoporosis. Pregnant women who smoke risk not only their health but their babies' as well. Second hand smoke affects the children and other people around mothers who smoke.
Smoking is a vice that almost always begins during adolescence. When teenagers finish from high school without ever smoking regularly, they probably never will. However, while boys and girls are equally likely to start smoking, the latter get the worse health complications. Young people may exhibit symptoms of addiction within a few days or weeks right after they started smoking.
While cigarette smoking was rare in women during the beginning of the 20th century, the tobacco industry realized the potential of women as a market for the expansion of the cigarette industry. In fact, tobacco companies launched the campaign slogan “Instead of a sweet, reach for a smoke” to encouraged women to smoke so as not to gain weight. This was followed by “You've come a long way, baby” as a tribute to the burgeoning women's liberation movement.
These marketing campaigns not only depicted women smokers as beautiful, independent and fun, but also sent subliminal messages that smoking helps women control their weight. Cigarette ads are banned in kids and teens magazines but billion of dollars are spent on t.v., billboards, and adult magazines which can easily be accessed by the youth.
Since 1987, lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States. About 87% of all lung cancer cases in America is directly attributed to smoking. Smoking causes heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the U.S.  The dangers of smoking contribute to respiratory diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, as well as many kinds of cancer.
Women who smoke also harm their appearance as smoking speeds up the aging process and produce more facial wrinkles, gum disease, dental decay, and halitosis. Mental health is also affected due to depression and anxiety disorders. Women are more likely to be depressed than non-smokers, and that women with anxiety disorders are more likely to smoke.
Some women, however, are finding creative ways to break the habit for good. Engaging in activities where smoking wouldn't fit, such as exercising, biking, mountain-climbing, as well as turning to a non-smoking lifestyle that includes going to smoke-free places with your kids.
The dangers of smoking for women has increased attention and awareness from women's organizations, resulting in a number of projects that focus on supporting tobacco cessation efforts specifically for women.

Danger Signals When Buying A Used Hot Tub Or Spa

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Buying a used hot tub can be either a great bargain or a huge risk.  Find out some of the hidden costs and the danger signals that tell you to walk away from a deal, no matter how good it looks.

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You've searched the classifieds for a used hot tub and found what looks like a great deal.  Or maybe a friend has offered to let you buy theirs, or maybe you have even been given a used tub as a freebie.  Is it really a good deal?  There is no way to tell for sure until you have it installed and running.

The first and most important thing is to never buy and pay for any used spa or hot tub that you have not seen in operation and tested completely.  Buying a "dry" tub is a disappointment waiting to happen.  You might get lucky and everything will work fine, but you also stand the chance of having a budget-busting disaster on your hands.

You have to also keep in mind that simply moving a tub puts a whole new set of stresses on the plumbing, tub shell, and frame.  An unnoticable crack in the spa sitting at its original location will likely be made worse by loading it on a truck and moving it.  This is especially true if the tub has been repaired sometime in the past.  So just because everything was fine when you checked it out, does not mean it will be exactly the same when you finish your move and installation.

Even with a free hot tub you will likely will have some hidden and possibly unexpected expenses:

* You have to find a way to move it.  Many "portable" hot tubs will not fit in the back of a pickup truck.

* You have to hook up the electrical (and unless you are a licensed electrician this is something that should never be attempted by a homeowner).  This might involve trenching for the electrical line and running a 220 volt drop, in addition to the electrical supplies.

* Once you get it all set up you have to fix anything you broke moving it, and repair damage or defects that were not apparent when you inspected it.

* You will also likely need to buy other supplies (chemicals for the water, a testing kit, a new cartridge filter, and possibly a hot tub cover).

* Check the cartridge filter to make sure it is in place and that the filter itself is not torn or just completely worn out. 

* Does it come with a hot tub cover?  If the cover is cracked, torn, discolored, waterlogged, or a spa cover is not included in the deal, then you might be looking at a significant additional expense. 

When inspecting the hot tub, be sure and check the following:

* Use a thermometer to check the accuracy of the hot tub thermostat.  If it is out of calibration that is not necessarily a problem, but is information you need to know to operate the tub safely.  If it won't heat the water to normal operating temperature (usually 104 degrees) that is another issue entirely.  There might be a heater problem.

* Open up any of the doors that give you access to the equipment or areas underneath the tub.  Look for any leaks or signs of water.  Check around the pump for any indication that the pump seals are leaking and will need to be replaced.

* Listen to the sound of the pump running.  It should be a low steady hum.  Any other sound should tell you that you might have a pump replacement in your near future.

* Turn on the blower and again, listen to the motor.  It should sound a lot like a vacuum cleaner and if you hear any knocking, pinging, or scraping this is not normal and means you might be whipping out a credit card soon.

Any problems that you discover can be used as points for negotiating a lower purchase price.  If you point out these issues to the seller, you might get a price concession which will make the deal more attractive for you.

With all this said, there are some great values in used hot tubs.  Just do not fail to check things out carefully so you will not regret your decision.  Budget for some unexpected expenses, and cross your fingers.

title:DASH DIET: The No-Pain Diet
author:Tom Moore, M.D.
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

A group of researchers from 5 major medical centers found
that eating a specific diet rich in nutrient-dense fruits
and vegetables, whole grains and low fat dairy can be a
powerful tool in lowering blood pressure.

The DASH DIET(Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) was
found in 1996 to lower blood pressure about the same as a
blood pressure medication would, and since that time has
quickly become one of the most often prescribed diets in
clinical practice today.

The DASH Diet is recommended by the American Heart
Association, in the USDA's 2005 Dietary Guidelines for
Americans, and is featured in the US High Blood Pressure

The DASH DIET Study 459 people were chosen to participate in the DASH DIET Study. They were randomly assigned to one of three different types:

·The "typical American diet"

·A diet with more fruits and vegetables, but otherwise
similar to the typical American diet

·The "DASH diet" - rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat
dairy products; moderate in fish, poultry, and nuts; and
reduced in red meat, sweets, and sugar-sweetened drinks.

To assure they weren't doing anything else that might lower
their blood pressure, participants were asked not to make
any major changes in the physical activity levels during the

Participants were weighed frequently to make sure their
weight stayed constant; if someone gained or lost weight,
they were given a bit less or more food to eat to get their
weight back to what it was.

Salt/sodium intake was the same in all three diets -
slightly lower than the U.S. average, but still higher than
what most guidelines recommended.

The Results

Those who ate the typical American diet did not
see a change in their blood pressure.

Those on the fruit and vegetable diet experienced a
significant lowering of their systolic blood pressure - The
upper number, which is a measurement of blood pressure in
the arteries when the heart contracts to pump out blood -
but little change in their diastolic pressure.

But the men and women who ate the DASH DIET for eight weeks experienced a significant drop in both their systolic and
diastolic blood pressure readings. Changes occurred within a
week of starting the DASH diet, stabilized within two weeks,
and stayed lowered for the remainder of the eight weeks.

On average, blood pressure fell 5.5 mmHg (systolic) and 3.0
mmHg (diastolic) among all participants (including both
those with normal blood pressure and those with

In participants with high blood pressure, blood pressure
dropped an average of 11.4 mmHg (systolic) and 5.5 mmHg

These improvements in blood pressure are about the same as
what can be achieved with a single antihypertensive

There were positive health outcomes of the DASH diet beyond
lowering high blood pressure.

Most importantly, perhaps, the DASH diet lowered the study
participants'cholesterol levels.

When blood cholesterol is high, cholesterol and other fatty
substances collect on the walls of your blood vessels and in
time restrict or block the flow of blood to your heart.

High cholesterol, which is generally caused by a diet high
in saturated fats, is a major risk factor for heart disease.

The DASH diet is low in total and saturated fat.

People who ate the diet during the study, dropped their
cholesterol 14 points. The "bad" cholesterol (LDL) fell 11
points. The level of good cholesterol (HDL) also fell by 3.7
points (this type of drop in HDL is seen when people reduce
their overall fat intake). Combining all the effects
(changes in blood pressure, LDL, and HDL), there was an
important improvement in overall cardiac risk with the DASH

A later study was done at the Boston University Medical
Center, which offered the DASH Diet in an online form to
employees of a large US company.

Over 4,000 people enrolled in the DASH DIET program.

They received weekly email reminders to log in to the site
for information on topics such as weight loss, exercise,
reading food labels, grocery shopping and more.

They also were encouraged to track the changes they made to their diet, exercise, weight and blood pressure online.

After one year in the DASH DIET program, study participants
had lost weight and lowered their blood pressure

They started eating more fruits and vegetables and moved
from higher fat dairy products to lower fat versions.

After the success of the DASH DIET program, the researchers
decided to offer the program to the general population
online at DASH DIET

The reason the researchers think that the DASH DIET is
perfect for all Americans is that it doesn't take a whole
lot of learning.

It deals with real foods that are easily found in every
grocery store across America, and allows dieters to choose
how they plan to meet their food servings goals with foods
that they enjoy.
title:Dave's Shave Tips
author:Dave Snape
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Guys (and maybe ladies too), I have some good news about shaving. You have probably experienced some of the hassles and problems of this chore and are familiar with its inherent potential for being very annoying.
You may be frustrated with razor burn and dry skin after struggling with your daily shaving routine. You can bet I tried all kinds of different razors, shaving cream and even some aftershaves to see what I could do about this problem.
You want to know what I found after a lot of experimenting and trying different things? You probably have a neat handy little item that is common household fare and may be found in your kitchen. It’s Olive Oil. You got it, olive oil!
The benefits to using olive oil for shaving are huge. It is such a natural lubricant that the right kind of razor will slide right across your face giving you smooth and soft skin and still getting the job of cutting the growth from your face. And the best part is that your skin will actually start to look younger after using olive oil to shave with over the long term.
Therefore, do not forget to apply some olive oil to your forehead when you shave too. The reason is that the rest of your face will become younger looking and you want your forehead to keep up. In retrospect, I remember reading about a famous Hollywood actress that mentioned that olive oil was her secret to having great skin.
You can bet that others are using olive oil to shave with too. I did a search right before deciding to share this information with you and sure enough there are other people out there that shave with olive oil.
One nice thing about it is that you don’t have to use high quality olive oil. You can buy the inexpensive low grade olive oil that doesn’t taste very good from your local supermarket to shave with.
A bottle will last a really long time. You can kiss your shaving cream goodbye. You can also leave out aftershave if you so choose. Your skin should feel great without it.
Now, let’s talk about that razor of yours. Here is what I have found out about razors and am willing to share with you. Even though I use the great lubricant properties of olive oil to shave with, I still have found a few issues that using the right kind of razor can help with.
If your experience is similar to mine, you may have found that it is difficult to shave in the grooves of your neck and face, particularly under the jaw bone with typical razors. Even with olive oil you can still easily cut your face if you make the wrong movement. You might find that that Gillette’s Mach 3 and olive oil are the perfect combination.
The Mach 3 has a nice swivel head with a great lubricating strip. This allows for the flexibility to really get into the nooks and crannies when used in combination with the olive oil. You will be able to get in there with a lot less fear of cutting yourself. It’s not impossible, but the Mach 3 does make it a lot harder to cut the skin of your face.
You may be using another brand of razor with a lubricating a strip. So far, in my opinion, none have come close to the Mach 3 for safety and comfort. I do sometimes use a stiffer blade to make the vertical strokes because it can be really effective. But, when it comes time to dig into those nooks and crannies, I like to break out the Mach 3.
No, I don’t work for Gillette and I am in no way associated with them. The reason I use a stiffer blade for the vertical strokes is because its effective and also less expensive. The Mach 3 blades are a bit on the expensive side, so you can save a little bit by just reserving them for the nooks and crannies. With the use of olive oil, you might be able to get a longer usage period out of a blade before needing to dispose of it.
For ladies, I suggest using a sparing amount of olive oil. The reason is that you will be covering a much larger area and too much olive oil can get a little messy. For us guys, we can probably enjoy the luxury of using more because it is easier to wash from the face.
I wish you the best of luck with your next shaving experience.
This article is for information purposes only. I cannot assume any liability for your use or misuse of this information. If you are not willing to assume the full risk and responsibility for the potential consequences from using this information you are advised not to use it. It’s impossible to know the skill levels or abilities or available equipment of any individual out there, therefore I cannot be responsible for the use or misuse of this information. Your use of this information implies your consent to bear the full responsibility for any result that may come from its use or misuse.
Dave, Sue, Generic Viagra and the weekend of passion!

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Dave was  walking up and down anxiously outside his friend Brad’s  house. Brad had told Dave that he would  assist him to heal his  erectile dysfunction but Dave was unwilling to  believe him – after all, what could  perhaps  lend a hand to  play his role in the bedroom when he had been  suffering from such  harsh problems since his diabetes mellitus had  worsened?

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Dave was  walking up and down anxiously outside his friend Brad’s  house. Brad had told Dave that he would  assist him to heal his  erectile dysfunction but Dave was unwilling to  believe him – after all, what could  perhaps  lend a hand to  play his role in the bedroom when he had been  suffering from such  harsh problems since his diabetes mellitus had  worsened?

His  GP has  suggested that he try to  take it easy rest and  stop eating so much fatty food but who can  take it easy when their  partner is  all the time asking if you are ok?
Sue  wanted Dave, he  knew that but she  worried him more with her continuous questions about his  wellbeing. And now, she started to think that he no longer  loved her as he couldn’t make love to her in the bedroom. It was a problem without solution and he saw no way out.

Brad greeted his friend looking  cheerful. “Here you go,” he said, handing Dave a  pack of generic Viagra  lozenges. Dave looked quizzically at the generic viagra and then at Brad, “I  thought you  would go with me to a physician,” he said with antipathy and prepared to  put the generic Viagra in the bin, “ Pills can’t aid me.”
“Oh explain that he had  had a similar symptom a few years back when he had  to pay his mortgage and his  self-confidence. “Just couldn’t  get it up, mate,” he  grinned. But these little  pills saved my honour as a lothario. “I took generic Cialis too, you?ll be gladly surprised with the  results.”

Dave took the generic Viagra and read the  instructions. “A tablet can  aid me to  reach an erection and keep it there?” he asked  sceptically. “ And it will offer your partner and you more satisfaction,” replied Brad.

 “ Do you feel well?” she asked  kindly.
“Pack your luggage we  ?re off to Paris for the weekend!” he  shouted. She looked  anxious and also a bit  tense. Dave’s problems  had worried her a lot be were taking their toll on her as well and she couldn’t  feel attracted by Dave about a weekend of  displeasure when previously they had been a very  avid of sex couple.
Dave winked as he touched his pocket containing the generic viagra… “You?ll see, but don’t expect to see much of  Prague, I’ve got  new sexual strategy to use!”

Day Of Independence For Personal Trainers

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This article explains how personal trainers can free themselves from thier work schedule and stop trading their time for money by learning how to run their fitness business like a business with The Next Level Fitness Solutions training programs.

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As we light up the BBQs and ice up the coolers in preparation for the 4th of July weekend when we celebrate the Independence of our nation, take a moment and consider YOUR independence.

I'm not talking about your individual freedom, I'm talking about your financial freedom and the Independence you have, or don't have, to live the life you know you deserve.

Most personal trainers do not have much independence in their lives since their personal time is dictated by their business schedule. The more clients they gain in order to make a reasonable income, the less time they have available to enjoy their family, friends and personal lives. The reason for this is that most personal trainers still follow the old ways of doing business and trade their time for money. And, as we all know, time is a finite commodity. There are only 24 hours in a day and once they run out you can't get them back. Because of running their business the old way, which is actually their business running them, most personal trainers have to choose between working more hours in order to earn more income, or earning less income just so they can spend some quality time with their family or friends. They've put themselves in a lose-lose situation.

The good news is that this doesn't have to be the case. Personal fitness trainers simply need to change the way they've been doing things in order to change the results they are getting. They need only learn how to run their fitness business like a business, and stop letting their fitness business run them. When you learn the "Business Of Fitness" and learn to leverage your time to make more money in less time, you free yourself to enjoy much more personal time and increase your quality of life. By learning to add additional streams of Passive Income you will be able to make more money even when you're not working. The Next Level Fitness Solutions, a fitness business consulting and training company, has training programs designed specifically for the personal trainer fitness business. They teach you, step by step, exactly how to dramatically increase your fitness business AND your income by showing you how to run your fitness business like a business.

Learn exactly how to start your own fitness boot camps and work with a larger number of clients in the same time you now work with only one. The "How To Start My Own Fitness Boot Camps" program gives you everything you need to be running your own successful and profitable fitness boot camps in just days so you can begin to double, and even triple, your current income in less time than you currently work.

Add cutting edge nutritional programs and supplements to your business and learn how to create a stream of passive income that will pay you even while you sleep. 85% of Americans take supplements of some sort on a daily basis. Your clients are spending their money on these supplements, most of which are useless, and your not making a dime off of this. Why not control the quality of the products they are taking AND create additional income for your business. The Next Level Fitness Solutions will show you exactly how to do this and which company offers the best products with the best compensation plan.

The "business of fitness" training program is a comprehensive, results driven program that teaches you exactly how to build your fitness business and create a buzz of excitement around your services. You will learn, in detail, every step necessary to create the business you've always dreamed of. And for those who want to skyrocket their fitness business success in less time, the "business of fitness" program is available as an accelerated and mentored program where you'll get hands on training from the company's president, Darrin Nicoli.

So, take this time to do what our fore-fathers did and declare YOUR independence; independence from being ruled by your work schedule and clients. Learn how to dramatically increase your fitness business AND income while working less. Visit The Next Level Fitness Solutions today and find out how.

Dbol – The “Great Grandfather Of All Anabolic Steroids”

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You can call dbol as the “great grandfather of all anabolic steroids”. Dr. John Ziegler’s Dianabol is popularly known as dbol. Its pharmaceutical name is Methandrostenolone / Methandienone. It was released by Ciba in the United States in 1956.


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You can call dbol as the “great grandfather of all anabolic steroids”. Dr. John Ziegler’s Dianabol is popularly known as dbol. Its pharmaceutical name is Methandrostenolone / Methandienone. It was released by Ciba in the United States in 1956.

Dbol is one of the most powerful anabolic steroids. It comes in pills and injectable form under the trade name, Reforvit-B, which is 25mgs of methandrostenolone mixed with B-vitamins. Chemical structure of dbol is 17 beta-hydroxy-17alpha-methyl-1, 4-androstadien-3-one. Molecular weight of dbol is 300.44; formula is C20H28O2; and Anabolic/Androgenic Ratio (Range) is 90-210:40-60.

Dbol is one of the most widely used anabolic steroids bodybuilder and power jocks. It is said to be used by almost every Mr.Olympia from Scott to Zane. It is said that dbol pills helped Arnold Schwarzenegger to win his first of seven Mr. Olympia titles. Dbol was freely and abundantly used by bodybuilders until it was banned by the U.S. FDA under the Controlled Substances Act.

Dbol has a great effect on protein metabolism. It effects protein synthesis, supports protein buildup, and maintains a positive nitrogen balance which can also have a positive effect on well being. It helps bodybuilders to increase their muscle mass, strength and improve muscle stamina. It helps them gain 2-4 pounds each week for six weeks, if it is taken combined with proper nutrition and training of course.

DOSES – Dr.Zeigler recommended dose for athletes is 5-10mgs/day. Effective dose is 25-50mgs – effective dose for men is 15-50 mg/day and effective dose for women is 5-10 mg/day. Its active life of is 6-8hours, and its detection time is up to 6 weeks.

Dbol is often taken in cycles and usually stacked with various other anabolic steroids. It gives the best results when it is used in combination with other anabolic steroids. It is commonly stacked with Deca-Durabolin or Primobolan, and perhaps even Equipoise. It is also stacked with injectable anabolic steroids, such as enanthate, cypionate, and sustanon.

STUDIES – Studies conducted on dbol in the early 80´s showed that high doses of dbol (100mgs/day for 6 weeks) decreased plasma testosterone to about 40%, plasma GH went up about a third, LH dropped to about 80%, FSH went down about a third, and Fat Free Mass went up anywhere between 2-7kgs (3.3kgs average gain). Studies concluded that dbol increases fat free mass as well as increasing strength and performance.

SIDE EFFECTS – The some side effects associated with dbol include acne, gynecomastia, liver infections, increased body weight, excess fluid retention, high blood pressure, faster heart beat and early hair loss. It may develop strong masculinization features in women.

PRESENT STATUS – Dbol is presently banned by the U.S. FDA. Its production in most of Western Europe and the United States has been stopped, but it is still produced in countries, such as Mexico under the trade name Reforvit-b, Russia, and Thailand. It is amply available on the U.S. black market.

Deadly Connection Between Cigarette Smoking and Back Pain

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The article makes a case for the connection between cigarette smoking and back pain.  Initial research shows that plaque build-up in the arteries starve the body of oxygen and blood that is required to maintain overall physical health.  Aside from damage to the heart and lungs, cigarette smoking can also affect the muscular strength and vitality of a person.

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Cigarette smoking has been strongly linked to a number of serious health conditions like heart disease, emphysema, lung cancer, and other cardiovascular ailments. This habit is responsible for nearly 440,000 of more than 2.4 million premature deaths in the United States and is one of the leading causes of death around the world. The effects of cigarette smoking has been well documented in terms of cardiovascular and circulatory health is concerned. However recent medical studies have uncovered a link between smoking and back pain.

Various researches suggest that smoking may heighten the risk of developing back pain by about 30 percent. In addition to back pain, smokers may also be susceptible to pain in the neck, shoulders, hands, elbows, knees, and hips. Though the cause of this condition is unclear, one possible reason is that cigarette smoking may damage the general musculo-skeletal (muscles and skeleton system) tissues by reducing blood supply to the tissues, raising clotting risks, and reducing the flow of nutrients to muscles, joints, and back. Heavy coughing due to cigarette smoking may also be a factor in the development of back pain among smokers.

This damage is possible because cigarette smoke contains about 4,000 chemicals, in which 60 are carcinogenic. Formaldehyde, arsenic, cadmium, benzene, and ethylene oxide are some of the substances that may cause cancer. These chemicals may accelerate the development of artherosclerosis, a disease that affects the large and medium arteries. This condition damages the blood vessels making them difficult to relax. Smoking may also cause the artery walls to stiffen the artery walls and cause pieces of plaque to clog some arteries. Once the plaque clogs the arteries, blood flow may be hampered and some nutrients may be deprived to some parts of the body which includes the spine and may lead to back pain.

Studies that link cigarette smoking to back pain are not conclusive and may need more studies to be verified. However, the message is clear, smokers who suffer from back pain have many reasons to kick this dreaded habit. Quitting smoking may not immediately relieve the pain, but it may help. Cutting the habit may also lower the risk of developing heart disease, various forms of cancer, and other diseases.
Individuals who have a hard time cutting the habit may use scientifically proven quit smoking products and alternative methods that are available. These products however cannot do all the work, the best and effective to quit smoking involves determination, discipline, and commitment to stop the habit permanently. Using these products and engaging in alternative methods can help smokers cut the habit by making them more comfortable and complacent to adjust to life without cigarettes. These products should not be used without the approval of health professionals because it may cause unwanted side effects to certain individuals and interact with other drugs.

People who want to quit smoking may also try other methods of quitting smoking by trying other methods like meditation and self hypnotism. Ask your doctor on how you can engage in these activities. With the right tools and attitude, cigarette smoking can be stopped permanently.

Deadly Eating Disorders

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Article that takes a closer look into eating disorders and the couses of them

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Three Deadly Eating Disorders

Healthy eating is very important for our everyday lives, but unfortunately, many people develop problems with body image with prevent them from this healthy eating lifestyle. Eating disorders vary greatly from person to person, but one thing remains constant—they are very detrimental to a person’s health. If you or someone you know suffers from an eating disorder, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.

The first kind of eating disorder that a person may develop is anorexia. Anorexia occurs when someone is overly concerned with weight and simply refuses to eat. Someone suffering from this disease usually tries to hide it by discarding the food without anyone knowing, cutting the food into small pieces to make it look smaller, or lying about skipping entire meals. Anorexia is dangerous because it does not allow a person to lose weight in a healthy way. Cutting fat out of a diet is fine, but not getting enough proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, and other nutrients can make your body lose muscle weight and weaken.

Another major type of eating disorder is bulimia. While you may notice an anorexic person losing lots of weight in a hurry, someone who has bulimia may or may not be losing weight. If a person has bulimia, he or she does not have the will power to give up foods, but instead vomits or uses laxatives after meals to rid the body of these foods. Like anorexia, this can rob the body of key nutrients, and it can also lead to problems in the digestive system, throat, and mouth, which are not made for regular induced vomiting.

The third main type of eating disorder is binge eating. This is a combination of anorexia and bulimia in most cases. A binge eater will, like a bulimic, not deprive his- or herself from food. In fact, someone who is a binge eater will eat enormous amounts of food in a single sitting, and often these foods are not high in nutritional value. Instead of vomiting, a binge eater will then refuse to eat at all and exercise rigorously for a day or two, but then slip into a binge once again. This leads to major problems with weight.

Eating disorders can effect bother males and females, as well as people of any race, ethnicity, or age. Most commonly, victims of eating disorders are teen and young adult girls. Many people die every year due to complications with eating disorders, but if you or someone you know suffers from this problem, help is available.

title:Dead Sea Minerals - Health from the Lowest Point on Earth
author:Yoav Cohen
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

A study involving a European occupational therapist suffering from psoriasis who had obtained compensation from her health insurance in order to undergo therapy at the Dead Sea has lead to great interest in health funds in Denmark, Germany and other European Countries. This has resulted in their subsidizing treatment from the Dead Sea for people suffering from both Psoriasis and other skin conditions. If Health Insurance companies can be considering coverage of treatment at the Dead Sea for relief and treatment of skin disorders, then it seems reasonable to advocate usage of products manufactured from the Mud and minerals of the Dead Sea.
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Assisting to replace or remove electrolytes enables the body to maintain a good fluid balance thereby improving a feeling of relaxation, health and well being. Below is a list of the therapeutic physical and mental well being is dependent on the correct sodium and potassium or fluid balance in the body. This is regulated by the Adrenal gland, which in turn affect healthy function of the kidneys. The kidneys are responsible for controlling 28 chemicals in the body. An imbalance of these chemicals or electrolytes can result in certain skin or other symptoms and over an extended period of time results in various illnesses. benefits of the Dead Sea products together with the conditions or symptoms they alleviate.
The Dead Sea Salts differ from regular sea salt in 2 important ways.
1) They contain 10 times more minerals than sea salt.
2) The Dead
Sea salts absorb essential oils with ease, which enables them to be released into the bath water as they dissolve.
This is beneficial for those wishing to benefit from the Dead Sea in the privacy of their own home. Some of the minerals found in the Dead Sea are listed below together with their functions or benefits to health. This provides some insight as to why these minerals assist in cleansing, de-toxing and restoring a healthy status quo of the body, especially the skin and muscles.
Minerals and Chemicals found in the Dead Sea
Sulfur-is found in the amino acids cysteine, and methionine; as well as in cells, hemoglobin (of the blood), collagen (of the muscles), keratin (required for skin), insulin, heparin, biotin, co-enzyme A, (required for healthy hair, skin, nails, among many other biological structures). Sulfur is necessary for synthesizing collagen. It is required for the adequate digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and a number of vitamins e.g. thiamin, biotin and pantothenic acid; It is also essential to enable cells to breathe Sulfur is necessary for the secretion of bile from the liver and for converting toxins into non-toxins.
Chlorine is necessary to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the body, together with being vital for cell metabolism
Iodine is necessary for the production of the hormone thyroxin, and is also vital for both energy and cell metabolism is necessary to maintain the water balance in order for cell metabolism to take place, assisting the cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste products. An imbalance in potassium often leads to water retention.
Potassium also plays a vital role in regulating muscle contractions and the nervous system.
Sodium like potassium plays s a vital role in assisting the cells to absorb nourishment and expel waste.
Calcium is necessary in strengthening cell membranes and cleansing the pores. In addition it is vital for production and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, together with regulating the heart muscles and nerves.
Magnesium is necessary in assisting the body to utilize other essential nutiens and in cell metabolism.
Bromine helps with the natural repair of the body together with cell metabolism and can be sued as a natural antibiotic. Saunas often use Dead Sea salts to evaporate the bromides thus creating and environment similar to the Dead Sea. Having a hot bath with Dead Sea salts and allowing the steam to collect in the bathroom will have a similar effect. Other than the benefits listed below for bath salts, steaming and using these salts in the bath can be beneficial for respiratory conditions e.g. asthma.
PELOTHERAPY The main healing property of mud is humic acid, which comes from concentration of organic matter. After the Ice Age the earth experienced a compression of plant and animal life resulting in transformation of various rocks and hence, muds. The parts of the earth, which suffered the most erosion, have higher deposits of humic acid. One of these areas is the Dead Sea, which has the largest concentration of humic acid, chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium, bromine and various other minerals. Since the Dead Sea Mud (also known as Pelloid) has a high concentration of minerals together with an ability to hold heat, the mud can be used for certain healing benefits. Smearing the Pelloid onto the body in a process known as Pelotherapy provides cleansing and detoxing of the skin which has proved beneficial for skin, muscle pain and arthritic or rheumatic conditions.
Is an ancient healing form using water, usually with added salts, thereby distinguishing it from hydrotherapy, to condition, relax and revitalize the skin, body and muscles. Its benefits are seen in improving circulation, strengthening the immune system, reducing pain, stress and insomnia.
Deaf Awareness: Listen Up!

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There are an estimated 36 million deaf and hard of hearing in America, but there is still a growing confusion between deaf and hard of hearing. This article differentiates  “deaf”, from “hard of hearing” to the “Deaf community.” Trying to understand each group is important in dealing with treatment that is beneficial to them.

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There are an estimated demographic figure of 36 million deaf and hard of hearing in the United States. Of this large number, only a few million are considered “deaf” and the remainder are “hard of hearing.” Further confusing statistics is the fact that some “deaf” people may actually be “hard of hearing,” and some “hard of hearing” people may actually be “deaf.”

In previous years, the labels “deaf” and “hard of hearing” were employed as subcategories of the term “hearing-impaired.” During that time, it was used as a generic term that was applicable to anybody with any degree of hearing loss. However, some deaf people objected to the description of their hearing status as “impaired” because they felt that the term also implied that the person was “impaired.” Such degrading terms can actually cause depression and anxiety among deaf people and, thus, this generic label has been dropped.

The deaf and hard of hearing community is very diverse, differing greatly on the cause and degree of hearing loss, age at the onset, educational background, communication methods, and how they feel about their hearing loss. How a person “labels” themselves in terms of their hearing loss is personal and may reflect identification with their relationship with the deaf community or merely how their hearing loss affects their ability to communicate. They can either be deaf, Deaf (with a capital “D”), or hard of hearing.

Interestingly, the lowercase “deaf” is used when referring to the audiological condition of not hearing, while the uppercase “Deaf”  is used to refer to a particular group of people who share a common language such as the ASL (American Sign Language) and culture. The members of this group have inherited their sign language, used it as a primary means of communication among themselves, and hold a set of beliefs and their connection to the larger society. They are distinguished from those who find themselves losing their hearing because of illness, trauma, or age. Although these people share the condition of not hearing, they do not have access to the knowledge, beliefs, and practices that make up the culture of Deaf people.

Generally, the term “deaf” refers to those who are unable to hear well enough to rely on their hearing and use it as a means of processing information. On the other hand, the term “hard of hearing” refers to those who have some hearing, are able to use it for communication purposes, and who feel reasonably comfortable doing so. A hard of hearing person, in audiological terms, may have a mild to moderate hearing loss.

To understand hearing loss, it is important to understand how normal hearing takes place. There are two different pathways by which sound waves produce the sensation of hearing: air conduction and bone conduction.

In air conduction, sound waves move through the air in the external auditory canal (the “ear canal” between the outside air and the eardrum). The sound waves hit the tympanic membrane (eardrum) and cause the tympanic membrane to move. Hearing by bone conduction occurs when a sound wave or other source of vibration causes the bones of the skull to vibrate. These vibrations are transmitted to the fluid surrounding the cochlea and hearing results.

Fortunately, there are many treatments that are available for hearing loss. People with conductive hearing loss can have the middle ear reconstructed by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Hearing aids are effective and well-tolerated for people with conductive hearing loss. People who are profoundly deaf may benefit from a cochlear implant.

For people with hearing loss, it is a matter of deciding whether to treat it as an audiological perspective or as a cultural lifestyle. It's all about choices, comfort level, mode of communication, and acceptance of hearing loss. Whatever the decision, there are support groups and organizations that represent all deaf and hard of hearing Americans, and advocacy work that can benefit everyone, regardless of the type of hearing loss and background.

Dealing with Bunions En Pointe

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Many girls who start on pointe are scared that they will get bunions from doing pointe work. If a bunion is present it can cause real problems with fitting pointe shoes and dancing en pointe. Dance Physiotherapist Lisa Howell discusses the reality of dancing with bunions and offers practical solutions to working en pointe more comfortably.

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Many girls who start on pointe are scared that they will get bunions from doing pointe work. Pointe work will not 'cause' bunions, however if you do have a family predisposition to bunions (check out your Mother and Grandmothers feet!) then wearing ill fitting shoes (whether they are street shoes or pointe shoes) may hasten their development.

People usually say that they have a bunion if they start getting a lump out at the base of the big toe. You can get a 'pseudo' bunion by the rubbing of the pointe shoe if the wings are too short and do not come up to the level of the big toe joint, or wear a very narrow box.  This causes the toes to be squashed together, and the ball of the foot sits above the box, rather than being supported within it. Often picking a shoe with longer wings and a wider box will help reduce pressure on the area, and the irritation will subside...

A ‘real’ bunion is when the end part of the big toe begins to angle in towards the other toes, and the knuckle of the toe (head of the first metatarsal) drifts away from the second metatarsal. The protruding piece of bone thickens and often gets red and irritated. Sometimes it may feel hot.

Several things are often present in the physical examination of a dancer with bunions.

1) Often she has quite mobile feet but tends to overturn the feet in first and fifth positions.

2) She may have good turnout range, but may not have the strength to use it in standing and when dancing.

3) If this is the case, when she is standing the rolling in of the feet puts pressure on the inner edge of the big toe and this encourages the drift towards the second toe.
4) If she has good turnout range she often walks with the feet slightly turned out, and rolls off the inner edge of the big toe, rather than pushing off from the underneath part of it.

5) The muscles that support her arch are usually too weak to support the foot, and especially the one under her big toe (Flexor Hallucis Brevis) is unable to assist the movement from demi to full pointe.

6) There is often an isolated restriction in mobility between the top end of the first metatarsal and the mid foot bones (Cuneiforms).

7) If there is reduced mobility of the big joint when attempting to go onto demi pointe, this often results in either sickling in, or sickling out en demi-pointe

8) The metatarsal of the big toe is often rotated in, and angled out away from the second metatarsal.

9) She may demonstrate poor pelvic stability, with the thigh, knee and foot rotating inwards with single knee bends in parallel.

Depending on how many of the above points are true for the dancer, she should commence a series of exercises based on turnout strength, arch control and control of the intrinsic muscles of the feet. Many exercises to target these areas are described in detail, with photos in The Perfect Pointe Book. (www.theperfectpointebook.com/index2.html)

The dancer with bunions often needs mobilization of the mid foot to help re align the toe correctly, and then taping and padding in the shoe to keep the toe in alignment. There are various taping techniques that can be used to help the dancer with bunions. Many people use toe separators, and this may help prevent the big toe from crossing the second toe, however it does not solve the real problem. It is preferable to tape under the head of the first metatarsal, before drawing the tape up and over the knuckle, de-rotating the first metatarsal. The tape is then wrapped around the big toe. This often helps align the toe more correctly in the shoe. A tape can also be used to keep the head of the first metatarsal in closer to the second, to reduce the sideways drift.

Any padding should be in a donut configuration so as to distribute the pressure to the area around the bunion, rather than to increase the pressure on the already tender area. Create custom designed shapes by cutting pieces out of a simple foam rubber shoe inner sole that you can buy from the supermarket. They are cheap, comfy, and you can even get deodorizing ones. Cut a circle larger than the inflamed area, and then remove the center portion so that there is no increased pressure on the inflamed area.  Adhere the padding onto the foot to keep it in place with thin hypoallergenic white tape so that it does not slide around when dancing.

Having a family history of developing bunions is not a barrier to commencing pointe work; however the dancer must take special care of her feet to avoid early development of this often painful condition.

Dealing with Child Anxiety takes more than just therapy

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How children can have anxiety; how child anxiety affects children, unlike adults; importance of balance in childrens' functions; examples of child anxiety disorders; how children cope with anxiety; several anxiety treaments for different disorders; how parents are important during treatment of such condition.

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Children often go out and play --- activities that are normal for their physical, intellectual, and emotional development. They go to school, do homework, do some errands, and play again. They interact often with peers and are always on the go. In some cases, children get a chance to feel the surge of anxiety in and around their busy environment. Child anxiety often shows up in school events (like sport games or a science test), and even because of peer pressure. Although a little worry and a little sense of competition may boost a child's performance in school, a positive fact since anxiety is often considered a negative response to challenging situations or problems.

But experiencing child anxiety in ill-suited situations can cause the kids to be extra stressful and distracted. It is a known fact that children are easily scared of anything. From spiders, frogs, monsters under their beds, dogs, or to the dark, they feel this rush of anxiety that makes them  extra alert. Anxiety, in this case for children, is  likewise general in nature—constant alertness. But it is essential that there exists a balance of anxiety that would not intervene with their daily normal functions.

Unfavorably for some, children also have different child anxiety disorders. Sometimes, children feel worried about something, making them think that they may fail in some way or another. This is an example of generalized anxiety disorder. Excessive worry for children can be treated by sharing them definite thoughts and giving them inspirational words, giving them an opportunity to learn how to “self talk” in a positive way. Other disorders also include panic disorder, often caused by panic attacks due to either psychological or physical harm. Another would be seperation anxiety disorder, that is common in young children who are extremely attached to either parents or siblings. Social and other specific phobias are also implications for such disorder, and is focused on fear of things or certain situations. A child with selective mutism often generates a feel of being alone. They usually do not converse with anyone or participate in any social interaction (in school or at home). Another would be having obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) as a child, since it can also affect their way of living, and this specific disorder is mostly carried out through adulthood.

Coping with anxiety can be easy and effective if the method is proven to be safe and known by medical institutions. The support of parents is also important in effective treatment of  serious emotional and psychological conditions.  Other methods to manage stress in children include cognitive- behavioral therapy such as role playing, relaxation training, healthy thinking, exposure to positive and rational thoughts, and also family therapy --- which is acknowledged as one of the most effective ways for coping with anxiety.

Coping with anxiety in children takes time and effort from the therapists, doctors, and parents alike. Engaging them in proper social activities, helping them help themselves, and also praising them and constantly giving them gifts or goodies will give them more encouragement and support.

title:Dealing With Chronic Pain Conditions :: A Simple Guide
author:D. Herren
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Anyone that suffers with a chronic pain condition knows that it not only affects the body, but also the mind.  Its effect on a sufferers mind can almost be worse than the pain itself.  Chronic pain becomes chronic when pain does not go away after the normal healing time allowed.  This  usually is around 6 months.  Acute pain is the direct result of an injury or disease. Acute pain heals, chronic pain stays. 
It is estimated that nearly 30% of the population suffers with chronic pain.  The pain can cause depression and anxiety in most patients.  This is  only natural.  When the body is fighting pain all the time, the body becomes tense and can react in the classic, “Fight or Flight Response”.  This natural state of mind and body is a reaction that is embedded in all humans and animals. When the body is under stress, we react by either “taking flight” or running, or “fighting”. 
Getting stuck in this pattern can add to the pain and suffering.  How? If your body is tense and anxiety ridden on a constant basis, usually other problems will occur such as irritable bowel syndrome, pelvic muscle pain, migraine headaches, ulcers, and the list goes on and on.
Learning to deal with chronic pain conditions AND the repercussions of it is key.
In order to get pain under control, there are many options for people to choose from.   Of course, the more natural, drug-free methods are recommended.  But in most cases, drugs such as Oxycodone may be recommended.   (See http://www.oxycodon-on-line.redmaven.com)
1.  Exercise
One of the best methods for breaking pain levels and calming down the “Fight or Flight Response” is EXERCISE.  Yes, it is simple.  But it creates a greater chemical pain reduction in the human body than most strong pain medications...even Morphine !  Exercise, even if just a gradual walk, can make a huge impact on chronic pain. 
2.  Medications
Medications can help reduce a persons pain level dramatically and can help that person live a more normal life.  The strength and type of medication should be determined by an expert in chronic pain.  The right medication can make all the difference in the world.  One drawback of medication is the possibility of addiction. 
3.  Meditation
Learning meditation can greatly reduce stress and pain.  This can be in the form of yoga or just sitting quiet everyday for 20 minutes.  Meditation can be easily learned by anyone.  One of the most common methods of meditating is sitting in a quiet place, and only focusing on the breath.  When other thoughts occur, it is important to just let them go and focus back on the breath.  Meditation and yoga are becoming more popular for all sorts of ailments ranging from high blood pressure to panic attacks. 
Want to really give chronic pain a knock out punch?
Do all three in combination...Exercise, Medication, and Meditation. 
Stick with all three and you will almost be certain that your pain levels will decrease.  No one should have to suffer from chronic pain.  But if you do, it CAN be managed! 
Dealing With Death Anxiety

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The state of mind known as “death anxiety” has long been ignored by the medical community, despite it being a major cause of depression among the terminally ill and their families. However, while most people agree that the focus should remain firmly on the physical aspects of treatment, many also point out that it would be good for people to acknowledge that the emotional and psychological aspects of this need to be addressed as well.


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The fear of death is one of the oldest fears of the human race, stemming largely from the fact that nobody is entirely sure what's “on the other side.” On some instances, the fear of death becomes even worse when the person is suffering from a terminal illness and is inevitably aware that his time is almost up. This feeling, sometimes referred to as “death anxiety” is often accompanied by bouts of depression and experience a number of problems connected to their interpersonal relationships. This “death anxiety” can sometimes be a problem for the people around the dying, though some psychological side effects have also been observed.

For the most part, this problem is largely ignored in favor of either prolonging the patient's life, or making their last days as comfortable and painless as possible. For most medical professionals, the physical aspect of death is far simpler to deal with than the emotional and psychological facets of it. However, fairly recently, more and more people are starting to pay attention to the problems posed by “death anxiety” and the measures that could be taken to help reduce the emotional pain of those involved. Inevitably, this includes both the dying patient himself and the people around him, who would have to deal with the emotional reckoning even after the patient has passed away.

The depression that a person can feel because of “death anxiety” is no easier to deal with than regular depression would be. In fact, since the inevitability of death is looming over the horizon, it is quite possible that the problem would actually be worse than normal. This is true for both the patient and the patient's loved ones, who would have to also deal with the grim reality that someone they care about is going to die. When taken into context, the depression could easily be seen as something that is compounding even beyond death, such that a problem that only seriously affected the patient “infects” the people the patient left behind.

Recent findings show that support groups were often good for helping people emotionally prepare for death. This is for both patients and the patients' families, who all might need just a little extra help to cope with the arrival of death. Others find it helpful to be exposed to others who are suffering, or have suffered through, the same problems. Most psychologists believe that being exposed to others that feel the same pressures and problems can be instrumental in helping someone cope with both the loss of a loved one and the potential psychological damage that a terminal illness can do.

Standard support materials, such as magazines, pamphlets, and the like, have been in circulation among the terminally ill for a few years now. Most mental health experts note that these do have an observable positive effect on a person's overall mood during periods of “death anxiety,” but they often are not sufficient to keep someone from slinking into depression. These can be helpful and are usually found readily in the offices of doctors and specialists who regularly deal with this sort of problem, however.

Dealing with Depression and Strengthening Self-Esteem

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Most people feel bad about themselves from time to time. It is a normal feeling. However, when negative thoughts interfere with daily living, it keeps us from enjoying life. This article provides steps to help improve self-esteem.

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It's not an inherited trait but a learned skill. Anyone can possess high self-esteem if they really want to, but for some, building positive thoughts about oneself is often difficult. Most people feel bad about themselves from time to time. Feelings of low self-esteem may be triggered by being treated poorly by someone else recently or in the past, or by a person’s own judgments of him or herself. This is normal. However, low self-esteem is a constant companion for too many people, especially those who experience depression, anxiety, phobias, psychosis, delusional thinking, or people who suffer from a lingering illness or disability. If you are one of these people, you may go through life feeling bad about yourself needlessly. Low self-esteem keeps you from enjoying life. It hinders you from doing the things you want to do. It blocks your path towards achieving personal goals.
Everyone has the right to feel good about  themselves. But sometimes, it can be very difficult to feel good about oneself when one is under stress. It can be especially challenging when one faces situations that are hard to manage. One can hardly muster a smile or find anything positive in life when a person is deeply burdened by a physical disability, financial woes, a troubled relationship, or any other emotional upheaval. When a person faces a grave situation, it is easy to be drawn into a downward spiral of lower self-esteem.
Feeling good about oneself is important not only for one's psychological or emotional health. It is also a necessary factor in improving physical health. Self-esteem is based on how you see your abilities and your worth as a person. People with low self-esteem are often shy, full of anxiety, and often battle depression. They are negative about themselves and their abilities. Because they don't feel worthwhile, they are more likely to do things that are not good for their health, such as going on starvation diets and smoking.
People with high self-esteem tend to be secure and confident. They see themselves and their abilities positively. Because they know it is important to take care of themselves, they are more likely to eat well and to have a healthy lifestyle.
Contrary to common opinion, gaining self-esteem is not that hard or complicated. All steps, big and small, towards gaining self-esteem fall into two main categories: Avoid the negative and accentuate the positive. Here are some steps to improve self-esteem:
Be positive about yourself and accept compliments that point out your strengths and abilities.
Be realistic about what you can do. Trying to be perfect and comparing yourself with other people can damage your self-esteem.
Recognize that everyone makes mistakes. When you make a mistake, do not put yourself down. Learn from your mistakes.
Listen carefully to others, without judging.
Respect people's differences. Recognize their strengths and accomplishments. Acknowledge the things others do that help your family, your workplace and your community.
Support and encourage other people's efforts to learn new things.
Give people in your family unconditional love.
Spend time with people who make you feel good. Do things that make you feel worthwhile.
But, most of all, exercise can be a practical choice to help one improve self-esteem. It's hard to feel negative when all those endorphins are all pumped up. Plus, anytime you feel as though you are doing something positive for yourself; you strengthen your self-esteem.

Dealing with depression | Grief Support For Depression

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Depression is a status of mind which can bring serious altercation with human behavior which ultimately upsets even the harmony of stability, in a broad sense. An uncontrolled state of depression seriously affects all the activities of a man and brings far reaching biological and metabolic disfunctionalities in his day today life.

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Depression is a status of mind which can bring serious altercation with human behavior which ultimately upsets even the harmony of stability, in a broad sense. An uncontrolled state of depression seriously affects all the activities of a man and brings far reaching biological and metabolic disfunctionalities in his day today life.
Mental depression is a phenomenon to which man has been battling hard over the time to smoothen his journey through the road of life. The amazing and most intimidating aspect of depression, when the matter concerns to the context of treatment is the consistently inconsistent identification of deep routed reasons behind the very mental peregrination. Here, the categorization of reasons becomes ever so impractical. It could not necessarily be attributed to the lean and rough patches in life. It could not significantly be supplemented only with his or her living circumstances. Instead, it is absolutely true to state that even a blank minded state could bring depression to a person.
The emotional symptoms of depression are as diverse as it can be. In a depressed state, one would have least interest to do even his routine activities. He would find himself tied up by some unknown force. He would not have any interest to engage himself in anything. Also, a depressed state of mind disturbs even his sleep. Sleepless nights, attributed by depressed state can even compound the problems. His thoughts wander like anything as if he has encountered the biggest of blocks in life. He loses his ability of concentration, which seriously shift the track of his professional and personal life, where his life goes for a toss. He seem to have no energy whatsoever in any activity he involves and gives even well built a man, an impression that he is too weak to deal, even the simplest of things. Ultimately, a depressed mind provokes him to question, even the purpose of his existence. Numerous cases of suicides have been reported because of this mental handicap.
It is highly important to note that the age is no longer a constraint for mental depression. Revolutionary changes and rapid transformation of life styles have helped depression to get cultivated even among younger generation. Among these people, bitter experiences in life, desperation incidents which stood worthy to twist his deep rooted mind set etc could be counted as primary reasons. If not identified and controlled in the initial stage, this mental status can evolve as serious disorder. Emphasizing on the point that ,when due care has to be paid for this intricate issue, the role of family, friends and society is so critical to bring back, the ever so needed normalcy.
Friends and relatives must try to convince the depressed, about the purpose and meaning of life, and should try to make them understand the need of overcoming the state of mind to face the challenges of tomorrow. Council ling has proved to be effective over the time and will be good enough to retain the peace and harmony of mind. Relaxation exercises are the best medicine to cure mind diseases and the near and dear ones have the responsibility to inculcate a habit in them. They can even seek the assistance of technology to overcome this mental illness. Hypnosis cd s are available in the market that are developed by experts in this arena.
Hence, depression is a product of mental wanderings, and is too intricate to deal in an advanced stage; simply because, the intricacy of depression has to be dealt with the delicacy of mind.

Dealing With Diurnal Enuresis

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Diurnal Enuresis, a type of incontinence that affects young children during their waking hours, can be a very distressing condition for both the child and the parents.  Luckily with the proper knowledge and the assistance of a qualified physician, the condition can be better controlled.

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Diurnal enuresis is a type of incontinence that affects young children during their waking hours. The condition cannot be diagnosed unless the child is over five years old and is younger than sixteen. Diurnal enuresis is a very distressing condition for both the child and the parents.

There can be several reasons why a child develops diurnal enuresis. The first thing that needs to be medically established is whether the child has contracted a urinary infection. This involves the child providing a urine sample for testing. The doctor will also discuss family history, including toilet-training; bowel habits; and the regularity and nature of urinary stream.

As well as a urine infection, diurnal enuresis can also be caused by a brain hormone, known as antidiuretic hormone, not working properly. The presence of this hormone determines how much water can be held in the body. If the child has too little of this hormone being released into their body, their bladder may not be able to cope with the level of urine being stored.

Other things to consider if your child has developed diurnal enuresis is whether they have an overactive bladder - this is more common in girls and it can be a sign of infection. Quite often young children can become so caught up in an activity that they don't want to stop to go to the toilet. They then leave it too late and this can result in their bladder overflowing before they make it to the toilet.

Discovering with your doctor what it is causing your child's diurnal enuresis and working out how to help you and your child cope in this situation is crucial. It may be that a medical treatment isn't necessary and many children do grow out of the condition. But whatever the treatment your child needs you.  There is an estimated 75% chance of a child with diurnal enuresis having a parent or sibling who has previously had the same condition. If it also happened to you, share the information with your child so that they know they are not the only one.

There are many things you can do to help your child with diurnal enuresis. The most important thing is reassurance. Tell your child, and remind them often, that it isn't their fault. Never allow their siblings to tease them. Recognise the warning signs: the child may start fidgeting or holding themselves in the perineal area. Encourage the child to go to the toilet and never punish them if they have an 'accident'.

It is important to know that whatever is causing your child to have diurnal enuresis, it is not the child's fault.  The child isn't being lazy or naughty - it is a condition that they have no control over. While emotional stress does not cause diurnal enuresis, a result of having diurnal enuresis can lead to the child having emotional stress and losing self-esteem. Avoid this happening to your child.

Copyright © Jared Winston, 2006.  All Rights Reserved.

title:Dealing With Emotional Stress
author:Trevor Dumbleton
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

One very difficult form of stress to cope with and manage is emotional stress.  After all, it is often self-created, it can come out of nowhere and the stress caused by it only heightens the emotions felt.  Thus, as the emotional stress increases, the emotions get worse, heightening the emotional stress.  Thus, the problem recreates the cause and the problem only gets worse.
Emotional stress is often triggered by a dramatic event that puts a person's nervous system under severe strain.  This could be an event such as losing a loved one, seeing someone die, or being put into a life-threatening situation.  An event such as this can put severe strain on a person's mind and nerves and the incredible strain can cause changes in the way that the brain works.  In fact, a severe emotional strain could even cause someone to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
However, emotional stress does not arise from a sudden shock.  It can also arise from a total emotional strain that adds up to an overwhelming strain that prevents a person from thinking about anything other than the problems that seem to have no solution.  Then, as the stress mounts, the mind is left in its own cocoon of stress that can only call attention to itself, cutting the person off from the world outside.  Thus, emotional stress can lead to detachment, and inability to concentrate, fatigue, and even memory problems.
Unfortunately, emotional stress also increases moodiness, which can often make things worse.  In fact, those attacks of emotional excess can turn emotional excess up to unbearable levels, leading to further attacks.  Then, as these bouts of emotional stress keep adding up, it all becomes too much and the sufferer is left almost completely lost and alone in their own cycle of emotion that hammers incessantly at the brain.
In order to deal with emotional stress, the person who suffers from it needs to take a break from everything that is creating all the emotions.  For instance, going on a vacation can be an excellent diversion, as it provides the brain with new inputs that are not charged with associations.  By leaving the so-called "scene of the crime" the person who suffers from emotional stress will be able to remove some of the emotional stress by removing its triggers.  Then, hopefully, the loop will be broken, allowing the person to start fresh.
Another effective means for dealing with emotional stress is to practice yoga or learn to meditate.  Exercises such as these are designed to put the person's mind in the moment, so that they will not worry about anything other than what they are doing in the case of yoga or, in the case of meditation, by clearing the mind entirely, allowing it to shed its emotions and start again with a clean slate.  Either method can be very effective for dealing with emotional stress, as they give the brain a chance to relax.  Then, once it is relaxed, it will be able to shed the emotional stress and get back to the business of thinking clearly.
Likewise, having a hobby can be very good for emotional stress.  An activity such as needlepoint, building model ships, playing a sport, or going fishing can help shed stress.  This is because a person who is engaged in a hobby is enjoying him or herself while thinking only about what they are doing rather than everything that needs to get done.  It is as though it is a cross between a vacation and meditation, in that the person is taking a break from life while putting the mind onto something else.  Thus, the stress disappears and the person can feel like they are accomplishing something, even if it is only a minor, pointless success.  After all, a pointless success is still a success, be it finishing an Afghan, building a small version of the Cutty Sark, or simply catching a nice trout.  It's always nice to know that some sort of effort has been effective, and hobbies are an excellent way to suddenly become effective.
People should not be daunted by emotional stress.  Rather, they should try to understand where it is coming from and what they can do to prevent it.  Though the effort can sometimes be difficult, success is truly its own reward.  After all, achieving an escape from emotional stress will provide instant benefits for the mind and long-term benefits for the body.  As well, by understanding emotional stress, people can see what causes it and, hopefully, discover what they need to do to either cope with it or eliminate it entirely.  So if you or someone you know is suffering from emotional stress, find some solutions that will work.  And by continuing to implement those solutions, emotional stress can be turned into a thing of the past.
Copyright 2005 Trevor Dumbleton

title:Dealing With Family Stress
author:Trevor Dumbleton
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

One of the problems with family stress is the fact that is knows where you live.  After all, it tends to show up exactly where you live: at home.  This tends to be a bad thing, since working people generally try to come home in order to relieve their stress.  Of course, it is even worse for those who are full-time homemakers, since the source of stress is there all the time.  In fact, even going to a job every day seems like it would be a nice stress relief.  Thus, when family stress starts rearing its ugly head, it is time to take stock of things and figure out a way of lessening it.
The first thing to do, when dealing with family stress, is to let go of the illusion that the home is somehow a place a rest and tranquility that is utterly free from any sort of stress.  Let's face it, it's just not true.  Though you love your family and enjoy spending time with them, home life can be very stressful.  After all, you have many people there who have a lot of expectations of you and you cannot fulfill all of those expectation all of the time.  So understand that stress can enter the home and you will be halfway there.
The next step in lessening family stress is to actually spend time with your family.  One of the best ways to spend time with your family is at the dinner table.  Just sitting down with your entire family and enjoying a meal is a way to connect with everyone.  Do not eat dinner in front of the television but, rather, sit in the dining room or kitchen and just share a meal.  At first, it may be quiet and there may not be much to talk about, but this will come in time.  As it slowly sink into your family members' minds that there is nothing to do but talk to each other, conversation will start flowing.
The next step in alleviating family stress is to have fewer expectations of your family members.  Yes, you expect your spouse to be absolutely devoted to everything you say and do, you expect your kids to be straight-A students and you expect your home to be immaculate all the time every day.  Tip for you: Not going to happen.  Homes are not perfect any more than people are perfect.  As in, not at all.  Imperfections are part of home life and you will need to learn how to deal with them.  Accept the bad, enjoy the good, and let everyone be human.  Then everyone will have much less stress and, as a result, everyone will be much happier.
Next, accept the fact that you are not a superhero.  Despite the fact that you want to be able to work hard every day, spend plenty of time with your kids, drive them to every sports/music/dance practice and be there for every game/recital/performance, it is not going to happen.  Yes, you can make every effort to be there all the time and it is very important that you try, you cannot be everyplace all at once.  Learn to appreciate the fact that you are not going to be perfect.  You may try and you may be largely successful, but you cannot be everything you wish you could be.  So accept your own humanity and allow yourself to be human too.
Finally, when you want to relieve family stress, do not force it.  Yes, you want everything to come easy and you want to be able to connect with your kids all the time, but that is not always possible.  Children change, often in surprising ways, and you need to learn how to accept that.  This is especially difficult with teenage children, since they tend to be moody, elusive, and sometimes even obnoxious.  However, by accepting them for who they are and dealing with the fact that they are not ready to open up to you all at once, you will relieve a great deal of family stress.  This is especially true if you have not been able to reach them for some time, since they tend to be closed off and reluctant to open up to their parents.  So accept that it will take some time for you to make some connections and understand that things may not always be as easy as you hope.  After all, if something was easy, it wouldn't be worth doing, would it?
Family stress is difficult to deal with, but it is not impossible.  By accepting your own limitations, as well as those of your family, you can save yourself a lot of worry and concern by simply understanding that your family is composed of different people.  Different people who have their own lives, their own concerns, and their own unique way of seeing things.  By accepting that, you can understand their points of view and come to grips with the fact that family stress is, oftentimes, just a fact of life.
Copyright 2005 Trevor Dumbleton

Dealing With Fevers And Colds

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When your baby has a fever or cold, your first urge is to run right to the pediatrician. But, mild colds and fevers are common, and often don’t require a visit to the doctor, just some at home management. Here are some techniques to help manage colds and fever at home, and some information to help you know when to call the doctor.

First, most doctors don’t consider a fever under 100°F a fever at all, unless your baby is under two months old, in which case you should seek ...

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When your baby has a fever or cold, your first urge is to run right to the pediatrician. But, mild colds and fevers are common, and often don’t require a visit to the doctor, just some at home management. Here are some techniques to help manage colds and fever at home, and some information to help you know when to call the doctor.

First, most doctors don’t consider a fever under 100°F a fever at all, unless your baby is under two months old, in which case you should seek medical treatment with any fever. Otherwise, as long as the fever doesn’t go above 102°F, you need not treat it unless it is making your baby uncomfortable or unable to sleep. However, any fever which reaches 105° rectally, or a fever accompanied by signs of dehydration (infrequent urination, sunken fontanel, dry lips), or a feverish baby who has a stiff neck, is limp or has purple spots on the skin, should be treated by a professional immediately.

To treat a mild fever, try keeping your baby cool, using compresses or a tepid bath. Dress her loosely – that old wives tale about keeping them bundled up is just that- an old wives tale. Feed her lots of fluids, and keep a watch on her. But, try to avoid the use of over the counter medications, unless your baby is unable to sleep. Fever is the body’s way of fighting infection, so, when possible, it’s best to let it do its job.

For minor colds, the best treatment is rest. However, your child may be unable to rest comfortably unless you treat the cold symptoms. A vaporizer can do wonders to relieve congestion, as can vapor treatments in the bath. But, if your child is really uncomfortable, using an over the counter cold medicine is fine. For dosage guidelines, follow your doctor’s recommendations, or those on the bottle, but go by weight, not age.

Colds should resolve themselves in a week or so, but if they do not, look for signs of an ear infection. These can include unexplained crying, especially when lying down, tugging the ears, or tossing and turning while trying to sleep. If you notice these symptoms, take your child to the doctor. Ear infections can be very painful, and are often hard to recognize in young children.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding his recommendations for treating colds and fevers, and when he believes you should call or come in. But, trust your instincts, and don’t hesitate to call anytime you believe there is a real problem.

Dealing With Loss… Teaching Your Children About Life And Death

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At some point or another you and your children will be faced with death.

It’s important that you teach your children that death is merely an aspect of life, and help them become comfortable with the topic.

One of the best things you can do to prepare your children for the prospect of a death is to talk about it with them ahead of time.

Your approach to the subject may vary a little depending on your spiritual beliefs. Some cultures actually embrace the subject of ...


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At some point or another you and your children will be faced with death.

It’s important that you teach your children that death is merely an aspect of life, and help them become comfortable with the topic.

One of the best things you can do to prepare your children for the prospect of a death is to talk about it with them ahead of time.

Your approach to the subject may vary a little depending on your spiritual beliefs. Some cultures actually embrace the subject of death and see it as an opportunity for re-birth and new life.

It is important that you consider your spiritual and emotional beliefs about death and come to fully embrace them before approaching the topic with your children.

This will help you facilitate a more impacting and clear cut conversation when the time arises to talk about death and dying.
Here are some suggestions for broaching the topic with your children:

Talk With Your Children About the Cycle of Life – Consider discussing death with them at a time that you can naturally incorporate it into part of your conversation. Consider for example when the leaves change colors in the fall, and then die off only to grow back in the spring. Remember to keep things light and easy initially, offering your children ample opportunities to ask questions.

Acknowledge Your Own Feelings – In order for your children to accept death you must first come to terms with it. Children are very sensitive and likely to pick up on your emotional cues about death and dying, thus if you are uncomfortable with the subject they are likely to be too. Take some time to examine your own feelings and become comfortable with the subject before broaching it with your children.

Be Open and Honest About Feelings – Many parents have a natural instinct to shield their children from the grief associated with death, but this can actually be damaging. It is important that you allow your children to understand that death can be sad, and let them know that you are sad if it happens. It is important that children learn to express themselves openly and honesty and learn how to release their emotions when necessary.

Remember when teaching children about death and dying that their initial reactions may be very different from what you would expect.

Rather than focusing on the spiritual or emotional aspects of death they may want to know more about the technicalities, such as how someone is buried and where they go.

Remember that this is perfectly normal. Address each question honestly and age appropriately when they surface, and your children will come to have a healthy understanding of the death and dying process.

Dealing With Physical and Psychological Impotence

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Impotence is not inevitable with age.  Severe erectile dysfunction in older men may be caused by serious illness than it has to do with age.

psychological impotence, male sexual, sexual health

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People have this general notion that impotence, or more appropriately termed as erectile dysfunction, is only for older men.  This is partly true.  Statistics show that most American men between ages 40 and 70 experience impotence to some degree each year.  An estimated 15 million to 30 million men in the U.S. experience erectile dysfunction. However, impotence can also afflict younger people due to external causes such as surgery, injury and medications. Moreover, it can also be attributed to psychological factors.  Thus, impotence is not inevitable with age.  In fact, in a survey of men over 60 years old, 61% reported being sexually active, and nearly half derived as much if not more emotional benefit from their sex lives as they did in their 40s.

It is interesting to know that severe erectile dysfunction in older men may be caused more by serious illness than by aging.  Obviously, older men are more prone to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure than younger men.  These conditions and some of the treatments involved are considered major risk factors for erectile dysfunction. 

Erectile dysfunction, sometimes called impotence, is a male sexual health problem characterized by the repeated inability to get or keep an erection firm and sufficient enough for sexual intercourse. The word "impotence" may also be used to describe a variety of sexual health problems that may hinder sexual intercourse and reproduction, such as lack of sexual drive, desire or interest, and difficulty with ejaculation or orgasm.

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, may be classified into mild, moderate and severe.  Mild ED is the tendency to sustain brief erections.  Moderate ED is an irregular ability to sustain erection while severe ED is a complete or total inability to achieve erection which can be crippling and cause emotional and relationship damages. 

Although ED is nothing new in the field of medicine or human experience, it is something that is not easily or openly discussed by men in general.  Social stigma as well as cultural expectations of male sexuality inhibit most men from seeking help for a disorder that can, in most cases, benefit from medical treatment.

Brief periods of impotence experienced by most men from time to time are considered normal.  Physical and psychological impotence are caused by different situations.  Only when the condition persists that men may start seeking help from health care professionals.  Always remember that impotence or erectile dysfunction is usually treatable or could be a symptom of another illness.

Physical Impotence, on the other hand, is caused by internal medical conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.  Or it can also be due to external causes like surgery, injury and medications.  Physical impotence usually develops gradually but continuously over a period of time.  The patient is advised to seek medical attention by a urologist specializing in impotence. The patient's inability to have an erection is circumstancial and experiencing and/or maintaining an erection upon waking up in the morning may suggest that the condition is a psychological impotence rather than physical.

Whether a patient's ED is caused by physical problems or psychological impotence, behavioral therapy  can be of great help before, during, and after completion of treatment.  Involving the patient's partner is beneficial during this process in order to gradually develop intimacy and stimulation.  Maintaining a healthy diet, a regular exercise program to stay fit and being sexually active can also help prevent impotence.

title:Dealing With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
author:Trevor Dumbleton
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

For those who experience it, post-traumatic stress disorder can be an incredibly debilitating disease that can prevent you from living a full life.  This disorder can bring back moments of severe stress so clearly that it is almost as though you are reliving the moment all over again.
First diagnosed in war veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder was initially named "shell shock" then "battle fatigue".  However, by the time of the conflict in Vietnam, it was given the name "post-traumatic stress disorder" (PTSD) in order to give a clearer idea of what exactly is at work.  As well, it is not only found in war veterans.  In fact, it can be seen in people who were abused as children, rape victims, people who have to clean up after disaster, or anyone else who has undergone severe stress at any point in their lives.
Unfortunately, the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder is still in its infancy.  Psychologists, psychiatrists, and neurologists are still coming to grips with the disease and its causes and effects, but they are learning new things constantly.
In a strictly biochemical sense, PTSD has its root causes at the moment of stress itself.  It seems that at moments of extreme stress, the biochemical system in charge of adjusting to stress is reset, like a computer.  It is as though the system is so overloaded that it has to shut itself down and restart.  Unfortunately, this also causes the mind to quickly return to that moment when it had to start and stop, which can cause flashbacks to the moments when the shock occurred.
The other results of post-traumatic stress disorder include anger, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, memory problems including amnesia, or any of a host of other mental disorders.  Unfortunately, many of these disorders are treated individually without concern for the root cause.  This is particularly worrisome because approximately 3.6% of adults between the ages of 18 and 54 are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and the vast majority of them go undiagnosed and untreated.  As well, women are twice as likely as men to experience PTSD after a sudden shock.
For those who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, there are some ways to treat it.  The most common form of treatment is through psychotherapy.  A therapist has several tools at his or her disposal and can work with the sufferer to root out the causes of the disorder and help cure it.  As well, a psychiatrist is the best person to talk to in order to actually diagnose PTSD in the first place, helping the sufferer to at least understand what is happening.  Knowing what is wrong is the first step to curing it, after all.
Group treatment is also effective, as it allows people to talk about their feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety, or depression with others who feel the same way.  This allows people to get comfortable with one another and talk about their feelings openly and honestly.  By getting the issues out in the open, it almost spreads it out and allows the trauma to dissipate by opening it up to other people.
However, there are some medications that can be used to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder.  Mostly, these drugs are used to treat some of the symptoms of PTSD, such as depression or anxiety, allowing the sufferer to at least alleviate the condition.  Most of these drugs take some time to work before they actually show results so, if you have been put onto medication for PTSD, give it a few weeks before you start expecting relief.
However, studies have shown that the best way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder is to nip it in the bud shortly after the trauma has occurred.  The usual method is to sit down with someone who has suffered a trauma about 3-10 days after the trauma occurred.  This will allow the feelings to be fresh, while it also helps people relieve the trauma by bringing it out before it hides itself in the mind.  There has been some success with this sort of treatment, though it does require the trauma to be recognized early.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a surprisingly common disorder that often goes unnoticed and untreated.  However, with improvements in therapy and medication, there is new hope for those who suffer from this debilitating disorder.
Dealing With Scoliosis

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Scoliosis is a condition that affects the spine.  Living with scoliosis doesn't mean you can't live your life to the fullest.  Due to advancements in medical science, treatments have greatly improved and more people with scoliosis are now living normal lives.

scoliosis, depression

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Living with scoliosis doesn't mean you can't live your life to the fullest.  The spine or backbone is responsible for keeping the body in an upright position.  If something happens to it, we can encounter difficulty in doing a lot of things.  Scoliosis is a condition that affects the spine.  A curved spine can cause someone's body to tilt to the left or right.  Scoliosis can be noticeable when one shoulder blade is higher than the other or an uneven waist has a tendency to lean to one side. These problems may be noticed when a kid is trying on new clothes. If one pant leg is shorter than the other, the kid might have scoliosis.  Though, it could also be possible that one of his legs is actually shorter than the other.  If scoliosis is neglected, the curves may progress dramatically, creating significant physical deformity and even cardiopulmonary problems.
One easy test to find out if a person has scoliosis is the forward-bending test which involves bending over, with straight knees, and reaching the fingertips toward the feet or the floor. Then, a doctor or nurse will look at the back to see if the spine curves.
Once scoliosis is suspected, an x-ray of the spine is necessary in order to get a better look of the condition of the spine.  People with a mild curve may need to undergo regular check ups with their doctors to make sure that the curve is not getting worse.  However, those with severe curves may be required to wear a brace or may have to undergo an operation.   The brace is designed to hold the spine in place and prevent the curve from getting worse.  The length of time the brace is worn depends on the severity of the scoliosis.  It can be worn all day or only during nighttime.  Most kids need to wear their braces at least 20 hours a day, even when they go to school.  The use of the brace is slightly decreased as the child grown older.
Doctors have made better designed, lighter, and more comfortable braces for kids with scoliosis. But if braces do not do the trick, a surgical operation is the next option.  During surgery, Orthopedic surgeons fuse the bones in the spine together to correct the curve using metal rods, hooks, screws, and wires to hold everything in line until the vertebrae heals.  The operation may take several hours, depending on how big the curve is and how many bones need to be fused.  Recovery from operation depends on the type of surgery, the age of the patient, and the severity of the condition.
Due to the advancements in medicines, treatments have greatly improved and more people with scoliosis are now living normal lives. People with scoliosis should consult their doctors about how to participate safely in activities, such as exercise and sports, because it's important for everyone to be active and fit. Scoliosis may throw you a curve, but with the right care, you can live a healthy and active lifestyle.

title:Dealing With Sinusitis
author:Paul Hood
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Have you ever felt an intense pressure behind your eyes and felt like your head was going to explode with matching pains in the upper jaw, fever, coughs and runny nose? If your answer is an affirmative then you could be suffering from sinusitis. An estimated 15% of people in America suffer from sinus infections. Treating this disorder should be a priority as it has been found out to have a significant effect on worker productivity and school performance on an individual level.
Our sinuses are hollow spaces in our facial bones designed to help moisturize the air we breathe. Each of these is connected with an opening to the nose that serves as a catalyst for the exchange of air and mucus. Problem arises when these sinuses get plugged trapping mucus inside and then serving as possible breeding grounds for harmful microorganisms particularly viruses, fungi and bacteria which are considered as the main causes of this disorder. Sinus infections may also be triggered by the common cold.
There are many ways on how we can combat sinusitis. Beckie Takacs’ tips on how to deal with this ailment provides a helpful guide for people who suffer from sinusitis.
Consulting with an allergist would be a good idea for you to be tested for allergy against plants, molds, dust mites, cockroaches, animals and even food. Knowing what triggered your sinusitis would help you avoid it in the future sparing you from suffering from same ailment the next time around. You will also know what you need to do to put an end to your suffering. Not only will you be spared from the ailment itself, you will also avoid the discomfort of having to miss school or work.
Various ways of combating sinusitis can be used whichever suits your condition. You may use nasal irrigation which before was done through putting a saltwater solution up the nose to make the swollen mucus membrane shrink giving relief to the sinus infection. At present, this is done through inserting a large amount of saltwater solution using a common water pick and a sinus irrigation adapter that fits on the end of the water pick. However, some people like Takacs might have negative reactions to the salinity of the saltwater solution. Takacs herself suffered from migraines and had her neuritis triggered.
Ask your doctor what is the best recourse for you to take in finding a cure for your sinusitis. There are many ways to fight sinus infections but these may not be for you. An analysis of your physiological condition together with your physician will provide the appropriate way to solve your sinus problem. It may or may not be as quick as the others but it sure will bring you back in shape minus the side effects.
Dealing with social anxiety

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A situation that defines and leads to social anxiety; misconceptions on the disorder; being shy and how it is as a main factor on feeling socially anxious; factors on the probable causes of social anxiety; how anxiety medication can help; how a person can help himself without use of prescription drugs.

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A speech in front of a hundred people.... but an audience of millions watching on national television. Sounds scary right? Absolutely.  It is not an exaggeration to say that there are so many people who are totally terrified of standing in front of a crowd. 

Being shy is a normal human reaction to meeting new people or standing before a crowd of total strangers.  But there are those who are extremely shy that being in a social activity, group event, or a simple party is a no-no.  Even just being around people and the thought of being watched by other people gives them butterflies!

According to the Social Anxiety Association, people with this disorder are often misdiagnosed  as having a condition called schizophrenia.  Others think that extremely shy people are suffering from manic depression or some other personality disorder.  But people with Social Anxiety Disorder have a much more serious condition that just having the feeling of having flying insects inside the gut. 

Ordinary people experience shyness and some can actually fight off their instinct to clam up and shut up.  Others have it better like extroverts who thrive on social interaction.  But for people afflicted with serious social anxiety are often misunderstood, ridiculed, and resented by other so-called  normal people.  Genetics, social and cultural influences, and psychological factors also contribute to social anxiety.

By knowing that a person has this type of anxiety disorder, or any other anxiety attacks for that matter, the immediate solution is often to ask for a doctor to prescribe anti-anxiety medication.   People dealing with social disorders can resort to the use of prescription drugs, coupled with counseling sessions.  Anxiety medication is most effective when it is followed by one-on-one discussions with a therapist who could provide valuable information and tips to manage the symptoms of the disorder.          To recover from their problems, people with anxiety disorders need to gradually open up through therapy, consultations, or group psychotherapy treatments. All these will help out in dealing with their status, to start being open to other people.  Eventually, patients in therapy would learn how to manage their feelings. Exposing them to proper group discussions, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and other effective anxiety medications can help them cure themselves without the use of drugs. Being socially inactive is really based on your personality and how a person sees himself in a positive manner.  Anti-anxiety medications, however, must be taken only with the advice and approval of a doctor.  The unregulated use of these medications may lead to serious side effects. 
Each of us is unique. Being afflicted with social anxiety disorder is not the end of one's life...there is hope.  Confidence, self-esteem, and good old-fashioned guts will help people with social anxiety go out of their shell of extreme shyness and insecurity.   By taking steps to get healing and help, even the most socially-averse individuals can get treatment that is necessary to restore their lives and allow them to pursue fulfillment in their everyday relationships with people.

title:Dealing With Stress and Anxiety the Natural Way
author:Colleen Palati
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

If you have ever had an anxiety attack or suspect that you may suffer from a general anxiety disorder, this information will be quite helpful to you. 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with general anxiety disorders, including panic disorders, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorders. Another 35 million people with anxiety suffer mild to moderate symptoms.
On average, 70% of all people with a general anxiety disorder will consult with more than 10 physicians before the cause of their symptoms is accurately diagnosed. A recent study at Harvard Medical School reported that patients who cope poorly with stress become ill four times more often than those with good coping skills.
If you are not sure if you suffer from a general anxiety disorder, the following is a list of the most frequent signs of anxiety. They are: trembling, rapid heartbeat, lump in throat, frozen smile, neckaches, indigestion, insomnia, overeating, preoccupation with illness, fear of embarrassment or rejection, and fear of being ugly or fat.
Have you ever experienced any of these? If so, don’t worry. We all go through stress at some point in our lives. As long as you don’t have these feelings on a daily or weekly basis, you are probably fine. If you do experience a good portion of these signs of anxiety, read through the list below for strategies to developing inner peace.
Movement- Physical activity helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Walking is especially good for anxiety. Try not to push yourself to the point where it’s unpleasant…if you are straining or pushing yourself to hard, it will not be as beneficial in reducing anxiety.
Relax- Scientific studies have demonstrated that when viewing natural landscapes (sky, trees, greenery, water or flowers) people tend to feel more relaxed and less anxious. Remember, you deserve to enjoy your life and there is no reason to feel guilty about relaxing!
Eat right- It is important to eat a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Balancing the diet helps to balance the levels of neurotransmitters involved in keeping stress and depression in check.
Take charge- A major cause of anxiety is the feeling of a lack of control. Helplessness is a huge component in depression and anxiety. It is a good idea to ask yourself questions like, “Why am I doing this?” or “Do I have to do this?” or “Will the world end if I don’t?” Most importantly, don’t be afraid to say “no” if you don’t feel comfortable doing something.
Take inventory on what causes you anxiety. Take the anxiety test I found in natural health magazine below.
0= no anxiety
1= mild anxiety
2= moderate anxiety
3= severe anxiety

____ confronting a loved one about a problem
____ making a major purchase or investment
____ making a mistake, failing
____ being seen naked or in a bathing suit
____ sexual preference
____ keeping things neat and orderly
____ heavy commuter traffic
____ deadlines, evaluations or tests
____ financial obligations, unpaid bills
____ feeling stared at
____ going to a public restroom
____ being criticized
____ talking to people in authority
____ the sight of blood
____ socializing at a party
____ giving or receiving a gift
____ making cold calls at work
____ being on time for appointments or events
____ packing for a trip
____ waiting in line
____ being in enclosed places
____ eating along in a restaurant
____ speaking to a group
____ taking a business call
____ the thought of death
____ being in a crowd
____ entering the elevator
____ going in an airplane
____ driving a car
____ going to a doctor or dentist
____ going to sleep or waking up
____ coming home to an empty house
____ rejection in love or at work

Add your score up. Which category do you fall in?

0-19: you have no to mild anxiety.
20-39: mild to moderate anxiety
40-59: moderate anxiety
60 and over: a possible anxiety disorder

If indeed you suspect that you suffer from a general anxiety disorder, please consult your physician. You can also try taking Kava or Siberian Ginseng supplements to help relax you. I also recommend reading “Psycho-Cybernetics” by Walter Maltz. This incredibly life-changing book discusses the power our mind has on our self-image and happiness.
Anxiety and stress are very real components in our lives. It is amazing how much they wear on our body, not to mention our mental health. If you do experience high levels of stress or general anxiety, get it under control as soon as possible. See your physician and begin to take inventory of your life. You are important, so take care of yourself!
Yours in healthy living,
Colleen Palati
9217 Douglas Fir Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
Dealing with Stress Due to Sleep Deprivation

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The article talks about the the ill-effects of sleep deprivation. Individuals who lack sleep may experience stress, fatigue, and other adverse effects to one's health. In addition to these negative physical effects, recent studies suggest that lack of sleep may heighten the risk or prevalence of adolescents who take up smoking and consume alcoholic beverages.

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Lack of sleep may throw the body's system off balance. It is one of the factors that may contribute to stress and fatigue. In the long run, lack of sleep hampers a person's emotional well-being, mental abilities, productivity, and performance.

Lack of sleep actially increases the production of a hormone called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). The production of this hormone is the body's response to stress. After the hormone is released, it prompts the pituitary gland to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). The ACTH is the messenger that prompts the adrenal gland to release adrenaline and other stress hormones. These hormones give a person a feeling of being “stressed out.”  If left unaddressed, a person under stress is bound to have other stress-related ailments like migraine, insomnia, and even heart problems.

Loss of sleep has long been associated with poor physical coordination, weak memory or poor concentration, sluggishness, depression, and other negative conditions and behaviors. People who do not get enough rest and sleep are often found struggling with their work and daily chores because they feel tired all the time.  Studies also show that people who sleep less than eight ours a night are more prone to experience nightmares.

Surprisingly, recent medical research has established links between sleep depriviation, cigarrette smoking, and alcohol abuse.  As a way to induce sleep, many insomniacs and even those with milder sleeping problems resort to drinking alcohol.  By drinking alcoholic beverages, they expect to get a feeling of relaxation and inebriation, which eventually leads to sleep.  After waking up, some would have to counter the effects of sluggishness by puffing on a cigarette. Cigarettes contain nicotine, a substance that serves as a strong stimulant.  Nicotine, however, has been found to be toxic and is considered to be carcinogenic along with at least 30 other harmful chemicals and by-products of cigarettes.  At least a billion people around the world smoke cigarettes which explains why the annual production of the product can reach as much as 5 trillion sticks.

It is now common knowledge that excessive alcohol and cigarrette consumption can lead to the development of several serious ailments such as depression, obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.  Indeed, both alcohol and cigarrette consumption should noit be viewed as viable options for dealing sleep depreviation.

Individuals who suffer from sleeping problems have other options that are not harmful to their health and well-being.  A simple lifestyle change may enormously help in promoting sound sleep. Minor adjustments like “winding down” after a hard day's work would be found effective by just about every person who wants to get a good night's sleep.  Not working at home, reducing the number of phone calls, and avoiding other stimulating or stressful activities an hour or two before bedtime can do wonders. The bedroom should be a place for sleep, and not for activities like working or watching TV. Avoiding caffeine, cigarettes, and other stimulants at least six hours before bedtime may help prevent insomnia. In addition to these adjustments, adding exercise and other physical activities into one's lifestyle may relieve stress and lead to better sleep --- as long as these activities are not done near one's bedtime.

If these adjustments don't work, people with sleeping disorders should consult a physician and inquire about the proper use of over-the-counter sleep aid medications. These medications help restore  normal sleep cycle, enabling a person to get much-needed rest..

However, it is important to understand that these drugs should be taken only as prescribed by the doctor or a qualfied health professional. Using them for more than a week may bring unwanted side effects. Seeking the approval of doctors is necessary before taking medications for sleep aid. These drugs may lead to the development of side effects and interact with other drugs. Sleep medications  can also become habit-forming or cause drug dependencies.

Although the use of sleep aid medications is not prohibited, it should certainly be always done only after consulting a doctor.  Aside from taking these types of medication, a person with a sleeping disorder should also strive to do the basics:  avoid excessive intake of stimulants,  engage in regular exercise, and get professional help when confronted with serious anxieties or stress.

Dealing With The After-Effects Of Acne

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Acne can sometimes leave scars behind if not treated properly. These scars can often be difficult to remove, with various forms of facial surgery being a typical option. In most cases, the scars can be prevented by just taking a few measures while the acne is still present, such as using the medication properly.

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Acne, unlike your typical infection, is not something that's over and done with if you manage to make it go away. You still have to deal with the after-effects left behind by the problem. Acne scarring is one of the most common problems encountered during the post-infection stage.  If not treated properly, acne can leave physical marks. Acne scarring, with the social stigma that it tends to generate, may end up becoming an even bigger problem than the acne that caused it.  No wonder, some people actually see depression as one of the more serious effects of this kind of skin problem.

Treating the acne problem properly at the early stages of infection is critical to prevent the formation of scars. There is a wide array of things you may do to lower the chances of scar formation. The first and most important step is to control the skin infection.  Other important things to remember in controlling acne include the following:

l Treat the acne infection as early as possible. This reduces the chances of scars forming later on.
l Avoid using more than one treatment unless advised by a doctor. Multiple treatments may only cause drug interaction side effects.
l If your acne is creating cysts, avoid attempting to prick or tamper with them in any way. Doing so may increase your chances of the cyst forming a scar later on.
l Whenever possible, prevent inflammation. Statistically speaking, areas that have experienced inflammation during an acne outbreak tend to form scars afterwards.

If you develop acne scars, you would be better off avoiding any sort of treatment you found over the Internet, regardless of what it claims to be. Internet remedies are ill-advised measures, as all actual medications for acne scarring require a doctor's prescription and may only be obtained through the office of a medical professional. The “Internet remedies” simply don't work, even if they could theoretically relieve the acne that caused the scars, so you may find it a better idea to consult a dermatologist.

There are more than a few ways to fix acne scarring, if you find the need for it.  The likelihood that your dermatologist will suggest one from among the following forms of surgery will vary depending on how deep your acne scars run and how severe the problem actually is.

Dermabrasion, which involves the use of machinery with diamond-tipped blades to cut away the scarred skin, is one such option. If you only have shallow scarring left over from your acne, then your doctor might suggest this type of scar-removal surgery. It removes the scar tissue to let the skin replace the removed sections naturally, leaving you with a new layer of skin. Naturally, creams and treatments are used to help in the healing process.

Another option is through the use of pinpoint medical lasers, albeit this is an option that is not suggested very often. Laser surgery works on the same general concept as dermabrasion, though you would be put under a high-powered laser rather than a set of diamond-bladed tools. This method is seen to be more accurate than using the aforementioned technique, and may sometimes be recommended for slightly deeper acne scars. However, this is undertaken and suggested only by the people with experience in this type of surgery, as the slightest mishandling can cause damage that's not just skin-deep.

If the state of your scarring is not that severe or pronounced, a dermatologist can offer chemical treatments rather than surgery. These treatments operate on the same idea as the two above treatments, but work on an entirely different level. This might involve the use of acids in removing the layer of skin that has the scars, allowing the body to naturally repair the damaged skin. As with both of the above methods, there are some additional products given to help the skin heal after the treatment. Also, excessive or improper use of these treatments can cause side effects that are disastrous on the skin.

It is also important to be aware that discoloration usually occurs when there is an inflammation in the skin.  These discolored spots should not be immediately considered as acne scars.  In some cases, they discoloration occurs due to the increase of blood flow to that part of the skin. For that reason, it is always best to consult a skin care professional to help determine whether some areas are just discolored or if they are actual acne scars.   Being well-informed will help keep your skin safe.  Moreover, having a proper diagnosis will help you make a decision on whether your next skin care treatment will involved surgery or not.

title:Dealing With The Emotional Scars Of Acne
author:Peter Vine
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Acne is widely accepted, as no longer, being a physical problem. There can be deep emotional issues that arise from acne irrespective of the severity of the condition. Over the last 5 years or so, doctors have started to look at some of the more serious psychological effects of acne. Some of the most problematic psychological effects of acne include:

1. A feeling of lowered self-esteem
2. A reduction in self-confidence
3. Social withdrawal
4. Feelings of depression
5. Feelings of anger and aggression
6. Feelings of despair.

It is becoming increasing common for one of these feelings leading to another, and another and so on, each new issue re-enforcing the previous in a vicious feedback loop, concluding in feelings of helplessness. Interestingly the degree of impact is rarely proportional to the extent to which acne is present. Sometimes a small number of spots can cause lasting emotional stress, in some individuals, where as others may not be affected at all.

The first important factor to remember when you start to feel the emotional stress of acne is that these days acne is much easier to treat than it was maybe only 10 years ago. Having acne is not a life-long sentence, and there are an enormous range of treatment options. Do not suffer in silence, go and see your Doctor, carry out research on the internet, talk to friends and family that may have been through similar experiences.

The second critical factor is the simple acknowledgement, and sharing how your acne is making you feel. Do not skip this element in your discussion about treatments with your doctor. The key to recovery from the emotional issues, starts with an acceptance that there is more to acne than the simple physical scars. Speak to someone today about how you feel.

The third critical factor in addressing the impact of acne is simply deciding to get medical help now, and sticking to the treatment prescribed. If the first treatment does not work, go back and try another and another, until you get the right one. Be sure to share with your Doctor how acne is affecting your life, and ensure you put across the seriousness of the issue.

Both the physical and the emotional side of acne can now be very effectively treated, as long as you are willing to take some action, and act on the advice you are given.
title:Dealing with Workplace Stress
author:Trevor Dumbleton
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

One of the hardest forms of stress to avoid is workplace stress.  After all, you need to go to work and there are plenty of things to worry about once you get there.  However, that does not mean that workplace stress is unavoidable.  Just like other kinds of stress, there are ways to manage workplace stress and there are ways to avoid it.  Maybe you cannot avoid it entirely, but that is no reason not to try.
Workplace stress usually takes the form of everything needing to get done right now.  You know the situation, there are a dozen things on your plate and they all need attention, but there are only so many hours in the day and you cannot attend to everything all at once.  On top of that, the boss is breathing down your neck, asking you where the report/plan/program is and he also has a pile of other tasks for you once you finish that.  It is a never-ending cycle, but it can be managed.
The first thing you need to do to avoid workplace stress is to focus on one task at a time.  Do not try to multi-task, as it jars your system.  Switching gears between projects does make demands on your brain and it takes a moment to change your thoughts from one place to another.  Instead, if you focus on one project, you can keep your thoughts and energy in one place, preventing you from having to shift gears too often.
However, the big problem with trying to keep your focus is your coworkers.  They will always be asking you for a quick minute or they will want you to answer their question, or they will want you to come over and help them on something.  Try to deflect these as much as possible, as these can distract your focus.  Thus, you must learn to say, "no."  This is a highly effective word, though you may want to change it to, "No, not right now," or, "As soon as I am done with this."  These little phrases can at least buy you some time to finish what you are doing, then switch comfortably to the needs of your coworkers.
There is another cause of workplace stress that can also cause you all manner of difficulty and that is when your concentration runs out.  Oftentimes, you may find yourself focusing on the same page or the same computer screen for minutes at a time and you still have no idea what it is supposed to mean.  This is not good, as it means that you are not being effective, your brain has shut down and the deadline is looming over you and you just need to get through this.  Your best plan at this point is to walk away from your desk.  Get up, get a cup of coffee (but not too often, as caffeine can heighten stress), go to the bathroom, anything.  Walk the corridors for a minute or two and clear the cobwebs.  This is highly effective both for ensuring that you are getting work done and for keeping workplace stress to a minimum.
Another way to prevent workplace stress is to learn some desk exercises.  These can be simply squeezing a stress ball, or performing a few stretches while you are at your desk.  By working your muscles at your desk, you can improve your circulation and help your keep alert and aware at work.  Obviously, you are not going to get a full body workout while you are pecking at a keyboard, but it can help you at least keep your mind focused.
Finally, while you are at work you should examine your environment to see if it is right for you.  How is the noise level?  Is your desk set up properly?  Are you comfortable?  Is everything set up so that it is ergonomically correct?  Your body needs to be comfortable if you want to work without distraction and distractions can lead to workplace stress.  Thus, your work area needs to be set up for you.  Take care of the little things around you and you will be able to work confidently and work well.
Workplace stress is, in many ways, part of working.  However, by managing workplace stress properly, you can at least keep it to a minimum.  And by doing that, work will be much more pleasant and you will be much more productive.  So take care of yourself and the area around you and workplace stress will not control your day.
Deathstalker Venom: From Poison To Cure?

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The Israeli Desert Scorpion, also known by the name Deathstalker, is known as the most dangerous and most venomous scorpion in the world. However, recent research has revealed that this particular scorpion's venom has some potential use as pain relief medication for cancer patients, as well as use in treating diabetes and brain tumors.

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For centuries, the desert-dwelling arachnids known as scorpions have been seen as creatures of dark repute. Their form is alien-looking to most humans, giving an air of otherworldliness. The secretive nature of the species has kept most humans from observing them thoroughly. Even if there were those who knew where to look, the venom in the scorpion's stingers often sent fools scampering for pain relief within seconds of being stung. There are also the unlucky who suffer from agonizing pain and slow torment until the venom takes its course and leaves them dead. However, there are more aspects to the scorpion and its venom than pain and the need for pain relief and anti-venom.

Scorpions, like most venomous creatures, are the source of the cures to the very ills they cause. The best pain relief and antidote to scorpion venom is not some random medication, but anti-venom derived directly from the scorpion's own lethal mix. One particular scorpion's venom, however, is being studied very closely by some medical research groups. The Deathstalker, also known as the Israeli Desert Scorpion, is easily the most venomous scorpion in the world. The venom is a potent neurotoxin that causes intense pain, usually due to muscle spasms, and slow failure of the entire nervous system. The venom is surprisingly only rarely lethal in humans, unless a person is stung and gets extreme amounts of the poison. However, researchers have also found that the venom might have some use in medicine, quite ironically, to save lives.

The first possibility stems from the discovery that Deathstalker venom was found to be effective pain relief for cancer patients. It is unknown what specific component of the venom is interacting with the cancerous cells, but testing has shown that patients have shown that the pain is not as intense if the venom was applied. However, researchers are still attempting to eliminate all of the other possible factors, especially since the venom usually causes pain in patients without cancerous cells.

A related field of research to the one above is being conducted in the effects of the venom on people with brain tumors. There is a compound in the Deathstalker's potent venom, the peptide chlorotoxin, that has shown potential in being used as a treatment for brain tumors in humans. The toxin compounds combine with the damaged cells and the components that cause the tumors, weakening them such that simple exposure to radiation can remove what's left. The idea is still being put through extensive testing, but if the tests prove to be successful and the synthetic (and non-lethal) version of the venom proves to be just as effective as the real thing, it might see frequent use. The procedure for using it, according to estimates, would really be as simple as injecting a solution of the compounds into the patient's head.

Finally, researchers have found that Deathstalker venom, or certain components within it that may or may not be possible to synthesize, can help control insulin levels. There is still much research being done to determine just what in the venom has this effect, as well as all the possible effects it could have on a person's insulin levels. Still, there is quite a bit of optimism tied to the project, mostly because there is the possibility of using a synthetic form of the venom to treat diabetes.

Death By Breathing

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Breathing is something that is integral to human survival, but it can also play a role in human mortality. The rather staggering number of things that can eventually kill a person in the air is at the highest level it has been since people started taking notice. With pollution, second-hand smoke, allergens, and bacteria floating around, it isn't so hard to imagine someone dying because he breathed something in.

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Breathing is part and parcel of the human condition. If you don't breathe, you can't really do much. The air around us, however, is not exactly as pure as it once was. Arguably, the air around us was never really that pure in the first place, but that's delving a little too deep. In past ages, people sometimes feared drinking water during times of war because there was a very good chance it was poisoned by the enemy. An underhanded tactic, to be sure, but one that was used nonetheless. In the modern world, people may not be as paranoid about the air they breathe, but there is no denying that things like second-hand smoke and the possibility of airborne bacterial infection make breathing a hazardous thing.

You've probably heard a horror story or two about the potential side effects of breathing in second-hand smoke. You've probably been told that, since there's no filter to reduce the amount of toxins and carcinogens, you're at greater risk than smokers if you allow yourself to be exposed regularly. Smokers have the filters on their cigars and cigarettes to reduce the damage, but people who stand there and take in the second-hand smoke don't have that protection. The potential consequences of prolonged exposure consists of a list of respiratory disorders covering everything from minor fits of coughing to something as severe as lung cancer.

Of course, it isn't just the smoke from cigarettes and the like that you have to worry about. The modern atmosphere has, according to some estimates, more carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide than before. Some skeptics doubt the veracity of the claim that the air now is more toxic than at any other point in history, but that is mainly because there is a lack of evidence to prove for or against the theory. While radical, some people see the air quality of the typical urban community as being hazardous to a person's health in the long-term, primarily due to the toxic components in it.

Science also has an impressive list of all sorts of airborne pathogens, bacteria, and viruses that are floating around. While most of them are relatively minor and carry only a minimal risk of bacterial infection, others are not as benign in nature. However, it doesn't take a deliberate terrorist attack for someone to contract an illness by just breathing in the pathogens. Things like the common cold can be contracted because the viral or bacterial infection is airborne. While the common cold is something that everyone has to put up with and is far from lethal, it can do enough damage to the body's immune system that other bacteria can step in and cause more damage. For some cases, such as Legionnaire's Disease, all it really needs is an opening to do the dirty work.

According to some statistics, the amount of allergens in the air seems to be showing an increase over the past few decades. When allergen levels from 1968 were compared to levels in 1996 and 2006, there was a notable increasing trend in between. This problem can sometimes be more aggravated in well-developed urban environments, particularly in large-scale office buildings with internal climate control systems. Most office buildings also have centralized cooling systems that regulate the temperature of the entire building. The exhaust and intake ports of these systems can be perfect breeding grounds not only for various types of bacteria, but also a variety of allergens. As anyone who has an allergy understands, the intensity of the reactions can vary, but most of them inevitably cause discomfort and minor health concerns.

Death By Starvation: Complications of Eating Disorders

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This article is about eating disorders and the complications they bring to the body if left untreated.  The three most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.  These eating disorders all stem from self-esteem issues and an intense fear of being fat or even just being thought of as fat.  A lot of physical and psychological complications may arise from leaving an eating disorder unattended and untreated.  Listed in this article are some of the most noted complications of eating disorders.

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Eating disorders plague society more and more every year.  According to a recent study by the National Institute for Mental Health, between five to ten million American girls and women, and one million men are suffering from eating disorders.

Eating disorders
Most eating disorders root from an extreme fear of becoming fat or being thought of as fat.  These feelings are sometimes brought about by environmental factors, some are a result of past abuse, some due to genetics, and some due to addiction.  The most prevalent eating disorders reported are:
· Anorexia Nervosa.  Patients with anorexia control their body weight by indulging in voluntary starvation, excessive exercise, and the use of medications as weight control measures.
· Bulimia Nervosa.  Patients with bulimia over binge eat but feel excessively guilty after eating a lot.  Because of the guilt, they intentionally purge the food out by forcing themselves to defecate by using laxatives, or by tickling their throats to vomit.
· Binge eating disorder.  People who indulge in binge eating frequently consume excessive amounts of food rapidly. 

Medical complications
A lot of medical complications may arise if eating disorders go unnoticed and untreated.  Some complications may lead to serious, irreversible damage to both the body and mind, and it may even lead to death.  Eating disorders not only affect how a person looks on the outside, it also affects every cell, tissue, and organs in the body.  Here is a list of physical and mental complications of having an eating disorder:

Physical complications:
· Irregular heartbeat which may lead to cardiac arrest and eventually, if left untreated, death.
· Kidney damage which may cause renal failure and eventually, death.
· Liver damage (made worse by substance abuse.  This may also lead to death.
· Loss of muscle mass. Broomstick arms and legs.
· Permanent loss of bone mass which can make patients easily get fractures.
· Damage to the digestive system including: destruction of teeth, rupture of esophagus, damage to lining of stomach; gastritis, gastric distress including bloat and distension, and ulcer.
· Disruption of menstrual cycle which may result to infertility.
· Delayed growth and permanently stunted growth due to undernutrition
· Weakened immune system
· Icy hands and feet
· Swollen glands in neck; stones in salivary duct, "chipmunk cheeks."
· Excess hair on face, arms, and body. Long, downy lanugo hair.
· Dry, blotchy skin that has an unhealthy gray or yellow cast
· Anemia, malnutrition. Disruption of body's fluid/mineral balance (electrolyte imbalance, loss of potassium; can be fatal)
· Fainting spells, seizures, sleep disruption, bad dreams, mental fuzziness
· Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), including shakiness, anxiety, restlessness, and a pervasive itchy sensation all over the body.
· Anal and bladder incontinence, urinary tract infections, vaginal prolapse, and other problems related to weak and damaged pelvic floor muscles. Some problems may be related to chronic constipation, which is commonly found in people with anorexia nervosa. Structural damage and atrophy of pelvic floor muscles can be caused by low estrogen levels, excessive exercise, and inadequate nutrition. Surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.
· Because of changes in the brain associated with under-nourishment, binge eating, and purging, the person does not, and perhaps cannot, weigh priorities, make judgments, and make choices that are logical and rational for normal people. Recovery, once the process has begun, requires time for the brain to readjust -- chemically and physically -- to normal and healthy patterns of eating. This is a combined physical/psychological problem.

Mental complications:
· Clinical depression.
· Anxiety.
· Addiction.
· Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
· Social withdrawal.

Now that you know the complications eating disorders bring to your body, think twice before binge eating or deciding to go into a starvation diet.  You might get hooked on your irregular eating habit that it may develop into an eating disorder.  Having an eating disorder is not an easy thing to live with.  Loving yourself for what you are is the best thing you can do to yourself.

Death In The Name Of Beauty

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This article discusses the recent increasing incidences of anorexia among women and its affects. It also includes campaigns that are set to promote awareness about this illness and people who are against it.

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The fashion world was recently saddened by the tragic demise of Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston, only a few months after the death of Uruguayan model, Luisel Ramos. According to news reports, the 21-year-old model died of kidney malfunction and generalized infection that was caused by anorexia nervosa. In one television show where Ana Carolina's mother was interviewed, Mrs. Macan (Macan being the real surname of Ana Carolina) reported that her daughter was pressured to refuse eating because some of her fellow models in Asia commented that she was still too fat. Thus, Ana Carolina was forced to undergo a deadly diet of only apples and tomatoes for several weeks. She was obsessed to lose weight because of her fear of not being hired for modeling engagements if she was not thin enough. After her death, the fashion industry implemented precautionary measures in response to the incident. Fashion show organizers in Madrid, London, and Milan refused to hire ultra-thin models and also required a specific body mass index among those that will be featured in the runway. According to these organizers, they want to exemplify an image of health and beauty among the viewers of the show who are mostly women, especially the young ones.

In contrast to this, an article in crosswalk.com mentioned that there has been a recent proliferation of pro-anorexia websites in the Internet which can easily be accessed by users. In these sites, anorexic lifestyles  and an anorexic way of losing weight are promoted as well as convincing women that being thin, even to extremes, is what is beautiful. Together with frequent images of thin celebrities and models shown on television and magazines, websites like those mentioned earlier are factors highly influential in an increased rate of eating disorders among teenage and adult women. This is because the media can affect the outlook of most people to a great extent. Unsuspecting women who easily believe what they see fail to realize the dangers they involve themselves in when refusing or avoiding to eat. They are the ones more than willing to undergo the detrimental consequences of anorexia, all in the name of beauty.

Anorexia is a disorder where a person feels obsessed to be thin and is terrified of gaining weight. People with this condition always view themselves as fat and often refuse to eat. Because of not eating, nutrients in their body are reduced or diminished. The lack of nutrients that are needed by the body, therefore, makes a person prone to diseases and infections. The skin begins to look unhealthy and one will easily feel tired or fatigue even with minimal movement. Psychologically, people with anorexia may proceed to having anxiety disorders and depression. Their depressive states can make them prone to substance abuse as well. A lot of people with anorexia are said to have become alcoholics and drug-dependents, especially when compounded with conditions such as depression.

At present, a lot of famous celebrities and those in the fashion industry have made an effort in promoting to people, especially women, an increased awareness about anorexia. One of those well-known fashion icons is Tyra Banks. Tyra, because of her recent weight-gain, had received numerous negative remarks from her critics. In one of her shows, she discussed the issue of anorexia among models and its effects to ordinary viewers and the female population, in general. It was in the same show that the former supermodel encouraged women to feel confident about themselves no matter what body-size they have.   Furthermore, Tyra recently launched her “So what?” campaign to promote self-confidence among women despite their being fat. People like Tyra, movements like “So what?” campaign, and incidents of deaths due to anorexia should constantly serve as reminders for women before they decide to take the deadly road towards beauty.

Death On The Catwalk

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The article is about anorexia and bulimia, psychological disorders that have plagued the movie and fashion industry.  Definition, common signs and symptoms, and treatment options for anorexia and bulimia are discussed in the article.  The cases of Karen Carpenter and Princess Diana are also cited in the article to highlight the difficulties and dangers associated with these disorders.

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In 2006, the organizers of the annual Madrid Fashion Show shocked the industry by issuing a ban on overly thin models.  The organizers used the international standard for body mass index (BMI) to measure  and determine if a model is within the accepted weight range based on height. The recent death of a South American fashion model due to starvation is seen as the reason for the ban.  According to the organizers, they turned away 30 percent of models and other applicants who were clearly underweight.  The main reason for the said ban was to highlight the growing epidemic of anorexia among models.  Anorexia is defined as a psychosis disorder characterized by body image distortion , excessively low body weight, and irrational fear of gaining weight.  One famous case of anorexia is that of Karen Carpenter, the famous singer who died in 1983 after a long battle with her disorder.  Her death brought the problem of anorexia to the attention of the public.

The flip side of this disorder is also getting much attention not only in the fashion industry but also in medical circles.  The number of cases of bulimia, an eating disorder and psychological condition, have increased steadily over the years.  This disorder is characterized by recurrent binge eating that is followed by depression, vomiting, guilt, and self-condemnation.  Binge eaters “punish” themselves by throwing up everything they ate; by starving themselves; or through excessive physical exercise.  On famous case of bulimia involved the late Princess Diana. In a 1995 BBC interview, she admitted to having been diagnosed with bulimia.  In that interview, Princess Diana said:

“I had bulimia for a number of years. And that's like a secret disease. You inflict it upon yourself because your self-esteem is at a low ebb, and you don't think you're worthy or valuable. You fill your stomach up four or five times a day - some do it more - and it gives you a feeling of comfort. It's like having a pair of arms around you, but it's temporarily, temporary. Then you're disgusted at the bloatedness of your stomach, and then you bring it all up again. And it's a repetitive pattern which is very destructive to yourself.”

Like Princess Diana, most bulimics become compulsive eaters and later experience weight fluctuations.  Binge eating is cause not by intense hunger but by the depression, stress and anxiety, and other distresses experienced by the bulimic. Some of the more common symptoms of bulimia include:

Secrecy and self-denial regarding the problem of eating disorder;
Odd eating behavior or excessive consumption of certain food;
Excessive, rigid exercise;
Stomach pain and other intestinal ailments; and
Frequent vomiting after meals.

The treatment of eating disorders is now one of the major concerns of the U.S. Department of Health, as well as other health agencies around the world.  In the United Kingdom, bulimia-related mortality accounts for 10% of deaths among mentally ill individuals.  The records show that at least 18% of deaths among the mentally ill is due to anorexia.

If diagnosed early, these eating disorders can be successfully treated.  Aside from psychotherapy, other treatments for anorexia and bulimia include behavior modification, cognitive therapy, and the use of anti-psychotic drugs. 

It takes professional care and personal determination to end the struggle with anorexia and bulimia. More than what is fed to the stomach, more attention should be given to what is fed to the minds of patients.  Winning the battle against eating disorders is about reclaiming one's self-esteem, and not just about managing one's weight or eating habits.

title:Death, Aging, Rejuvenation (Part 1)
author:Aleksandr Kavokin, MD,PhD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

I would like to raise a question: Is Rejuvenation possible and how to approach it? This is just my own opinion about possible procedures. I used certain techniques based on a theory. As strange as it sounds some of those techniques and procedures might actually worked.
There are several hundreds theories of aging. New and old ones. Different authors classify them differently.
I would divide all those theories into 2 groups :
1. Theories of Deterioration from external cause. "Wear and tear". Theory of free radicals damage is most fashionable at present time. Antioxidants are considered a cure. Benefits of caloric restriction are often explained by that theory. The theory has good objective support in scientific literature. Other theories of this group included changes of bacteria in the gut, radiation and accumulation of mutations during life of an individual, etc. - many more of those theories were discussed in the XX century. 2. Internal clock - theories.
I would divide the "internal clock" theories into 2 more subgroups: 1. Internal clock on the level of cell. Telomeres shortening is the most discussed in literature at present. 2. Internal clock on the level of organism. Growth hormone changes was a recent example of discussion.
Authors are usually very cautious and objective in scientific literature. Telomeres are usually discussed in connection with "immortal" cancer cells. Caloric restriction is discussed as a mean of longevity (not rejuvenation per se). Level of growth hormone (GH) or insulin-like growth factor drops in aged persons.
Mass media speculates wider: telomeres restoration - possible immortal life, growth hormone will rejuvenate you, etc.
Original scientific studies usually do not speculate about this. In no way for example drop of GH level in elderly means that just giving it back will make you young again.
Scientific literature rarely discuss "Rejuvenation" as it is. Authors mostly talk about "longevity". This is very different story. Longevity in a wheelchair is very distinct from a youth playing soccer. One proven method to reach longevity is caloric restriction. Often they say it is the only proven technique. Using antioxidants as a method to prolong life is in the same category. To put simple, the Theory says: nutrition produce products of oxidation - peroxides, etc. These products damage DNA, proteins, etc. Cell ages. Caloric restriction switches metabolic pathways. There are less free radicals. Hence longevity. Antioxidants work in similar way - they remove free radicals. Another speculation is that caloric restriction starting at young age delays reproductive age in animals and this slows down biological clocks and prolongs life until an environment with high nutrition supply is found. Animals look small and undeveloped.
Caloric restriction significantly (25%-100% and more) prolonged life in worms, flies, spiders, rats, mice, etc. Experiments on monkeys and humans are under way and will take decades.
Well, it is all good in experiments and theories. Some argue: why in this case prisoners of concentration camps do not live longer. Another example came from "Scientific American" - a person had caloric restriction of something 20 years or more - no effect - he just looks like very thin undernourished person of 50 years. Examples of opposite opinion also exist (tribes or groups with low food consumption or high antioxidants consumption have more centenarians than general population). Maybe you really need to start at 10 years of age, look malnourished and weak for the whole life and live to 100 years, getting to your puberty at 25. Antioxidants also bring many controversy. Vitamin E did not show many benefits though it was a big hope for prevention of many diseases of old age. And so on. Today there are big trials that disprove the theory. Tomorrow - great experiments that confirm the theory, at least partially. Many big trials and experiments are published in leading journals - Science, Nature, PNAS, New England JM, JAMA, etc.
One bias for caloric restriction experiment in my opinion is following. Rats live in cage 30cmX60cm for their whole life. There are at least five rats or 20 mice. They live couple years and die. During the experiments they are celebrities when they live 5 years - some lucky ones. The Food is a balanced mixture of nutrition. Caloric restriction is - 60% of their regular meal. They practically don't move - there is no space in cage. Mostly they sleep whole day. Sometime they fight and mate. They live in those conditions at Yale, at Med U of South Carolina, at Russian State Medical University and I think everywhere else. To compare our fellow humans we would place 10 people on area of 20 square metres (200 sq. feet) for 50 years in a row, feeding them with what they want but all the same - let say junk food from McDonalds.
I remember my cat (who was partially wild) stole meat and ate until it started to vomit. He repeated it many times when he was able to steal some steak or whatever. The same happens in wild - lions have maybe one successful hunt out of ten. When they catch a prey, they eat like crazy. Much more than they can digest at the moment. So it looks like there is an instinct. Eat as much as possible. This is not a joke - 60% of people in western countries are overweight. Abundant high calorie food and lack of activity. It does not seem that for these people any internal mechanism restricts food consumption. Applying this back to rats, we can see that what is considered normal consumption - "ad lib" - maybe actually big overfeeding of the animals in these cages. In this case 60% of caloric restriction would be just what rats need, just what the calories they spend in lazy, uneventful daily life. So called "control", "normal" rats - that fed as they usually fed might be compared for fat overweight humans. They consume junk food. They prone to the bunch of diseases of obesity and low activity. Heart diseases, strokes, variety of cancers, arthritis, etc. In this case all the hype about caloric restriction would just be brought to the business of mere balancing diet and activity in so called "calorie-restricted animals". I haven't seen any discussion of this problem. I might be wrong. This is why I use caloric restriction for myself. I did not work with worms and spiders. But my guess would be that they all are also in artificial standardized conditions. "Control" worms might be also overfed. To put rats into bigger cages (to increase activity in control group and balance calories and catabolism) would be incredibly expensive. Even at present conditions because of "animal lovers" and bunch of other regulations and considerations (e.g. sterile conditions), the price of animal housing is sky-high.
You would say animals in wild would live longer because they balance activity and consumption. Well, recently I read that life span of animals in wild is shorter than animals in captivity. Correct me if I am wrong: pandas live 15-20 years in nature and 20-30 in zoos, bears 20-25 in nature and 30-40 in captivity. Civilization has certain benefits - vaccinations, good medical care, more or less good hygiene. So just moving into wild conditions wouldn't make you younger or allow to live longer.
Now, to discuss rejuvenation procedures, I would need to talk about aging first. In this case Rejuvenation could be considered as reversal of aging (deterioration). Longevity is different story - it is prolonged life span. Rejuvenation supposedly should lead to longevity. But longevity is not equal to Rejuvenation. Aging leads to Death eventually. It is easier to discuss from that end.
All written here is just plain speculation, take it with a grain of salt.
- continued in Part 2
title:Death, Aging, Rejuvenation (Part 2)
author:Aleksandr Kavokin, MD,PhD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Death. Why it happens? Why do we die? Why do animals die? Why do plants die? What is the need of this? In my opinion mechanism of death was selected during Evolution.
From the position of Darwin's theory of Natural Selection everything, that benefits survival of species and gives advantage in Natural Selection, is preserved in following generations.
Improvements were often left unchanged from the moment of life appearance. Though there could be other ways, certain mechanisms were accidentally selected. These improvements are reproduced in the genome of more complex species. Billions of years ago, according to the theory of evolution, chemicals randomly organized themselves into a self-replicating molecule.
Lightings and UV-radiation helped to create first organic molecules. This phenomenon is reproducible in a lab. The experiments were described in 1950-60.
First self-replicating molecules were probably RNA. First enzymes were probably RNA - enzymes. Then proteins, DNA and more complex lipid molecules and polysaccharide came to the scene.
Death as it is did not exist at the stage of Primeval Soup . Sure some organic molecules were destroyed , some new created. But in general it was still that swirling and bubbling primary broth - quasi alive in our understanding as a mixture of biochemical reactions.
Everything in the evolution was build from the previous blocks selected sometime by accident.
Appearance of lipid membranes allows to compartmentalize the primary broth and create first cells.
At the cellular stage we could already talk about the Death. Cell is destroyed, membrane is broken, everything leaked out. This is the Death.
Content of cell inside lipid membrane is irradiated. Process of crazy molecular swirling is messed up by free radicals irreversibly. This is also signs of Death.
Yet at the cellular stage we cannot talk about Aging. Death at this stage is accidental, not programed.
Organic molecules may age (oxidation, conjugation, etc.) and cell would die. But damaged molecule are repaired or synthesized fresh usually. Hence, no good reason for a single cell organism to age. Irreparable damage from external cause leads to Death, not Aging. This is accidental death. For multicellular organisms, there is a parental organism that ages and eventually dies after next generation is born. For mono-cellular organism, there is parental organism that divides and becomes the next generation. There is no Aging leading to death of parental organism.
Mono-cellular organisms are practically immortal in a right environment.
Mechanism of division was selected during evolution. Cell has volume (3-D). Surface membrane is measured in square units (2-D). Growing beyond limits cause inadequate supply of nutrition from environment. Division solves the problem.
Microbes, bacteria are immortal. Some divide every 20 minutes. In a an hour they multiply 8 times.
Tumour cells divide slower. They are eukaryote. Most aggressive divide once a day. There is no need for Aging.
They would die if you do not feed them. They die when you kill them with undiluted bleach in a flask. Otherwise they grow unstoppable. No aging.
Multicellular organism supposedly has several control mechanisms to prevent excessive growth and division, to kill an extra cell. Apoptosis, programmed death, is used.
Cancer cells often loose the control mechanisms.
A scientist from Yale once pointed out to me that we can not say these cells are immortal. Maybe they divide and parental cell dies. Indeed. We do not follow the fate of every individual cell during experiments. They should give more children cells than parental cells die. Otherwise there would not be the multiplication. It is a possible scenario. We do not follow the fate of individual bacteria as well. Maybe they actually undergo aging.
From the other hand some experiments suggest that new cells contain roughly half of the parent cell after division. So it is not Death or Aging. Next generations contain 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 and so on of the parent cell. Any mechanism that is more complex than simple division would cause disadvantage in evolution and would be quickly eliminated. On the level of mono-cellular organism neither Aging nor Apoptosis make a lot of sense. Though Nature often have hidden reasons.
Flick's phenomenon and telomeres shortening make sense for a multicellular organism. Cells of multicellular organism do age. They stop dividing after 70 divisions or so.
A multi-cell organism has clear cut advantage over a mono-cell.
Why would mechanism of Death selected for multicellular organisms? Scenario could be the following.
Big organism have more advantages compare to smaller one - stability, protection, etc. There are not so many natural enemies for whale or elephant because of their size. Large animals could be brought down by bacteria, viruses, small parasites, and lack of available food. Rare predator attack whale or elephant.
No wonder that evolution was going into the direction of bigger animals - just look at giant bones of dinosaurs and you will feel some appreciation.
Millions years ago not only Dinosaurs but also insects or crustacean were enormous. Cockroaches, spiders or dragon flies with size of one metre (3 feet). Going back in time we find shells of enormous molluscs. Many things imply that bigger animal with unstoppable growth have a lot of advantages compare to small ones. New species often evolve in their size. An example is growth acceleration in humans. Females prefer taller mates that lead to taller children. Shorter plants usually cannot compete with the taller forms in the wild. A short mutant in a patch of tall plants would be shaded out
Mechanism of reproduction was also selected during the evolution. Any new animal, be it a mouse or a human, starts life as a single cell. That cell differentiates and develops into the complete animal. It assures that a rare advantageous variant sequence of DNA will be rapidly propagated by natural selection. It is much easier to reproduce and maybe get some new genes or favourable mutations starting from a single cell than starting from a whole multicellular organism. Functions of most genes will have been optimized by random point mutation and selection in any given species. Signalling between cells during the development process ensure that everything ends up in the right place. Tiny changes in these Signalling processes can have very large effects on the resulting animal. Genome, with at most forty-sixty thousands genes, is able to specify the creation of a human body containing trillions of cells, billions of carefully wired neurons and hundreds of different cell types all amazingly sculpted into organs as diverse as the liver and the brain. This is why mechanism of proliferation of fertilized oocytes was selected.
Hence, having younger (smaller) and older (bigger) animals make sense.
But there is the problem: adult animals (or plants) consume all the nutrition around and there is not much left for next generation.
Then it is why mechanism of Death was selected as a mean for next generation to establish.
Imagine the following:
First, mechanism of proliferation was selected . If mono-cellular organism does not have mechanism of reproduction it does not produce offspring with possible favourable mutations. Let say there are primitive bacteria spontaneously created in primeval soup. Just few of them. They consume nutrition, they live happily, practically immortal but they do not divide. Then set of enzymes appeared during mutations. The set allows bacteria to split. Synthesis of the new set is disadvantageous. It requires additional energy and nutrition. But advantage of splitting allows new mutants immediately overgrow non-proliferating cells. Selection is really cutthroat.
Bacteria growing in a tube represent mini evolution. Any bacteria that fit for the environment are also selected on the ground of simplicity. In a toxic environment (antibiotics) mutant bacteria having a new mechanism of neutralisation would survive. But the more simple bacteria will eventually overgrow complicated ones. Unless complication gives big advantage that outweigh the benefits of simplicity. Another example: HIV virus is very complex compare to some other viruses. But because of the complexity it evades immune response. This is why it is so successful. For humans there was some discussion that hernias are direct problem of erect posture. So erect posture leads to disadvantage. From the other hand erect posture frees the hand, that allows to produce the tools and this gives huge advantage in the survival in natural world by creating possibility to adapt to virtually any condition.
All high animals have just 4 extremities. Obviously it is enough in cutthroat environment. Growing additional couple of extremities will consume much more resources and take much more time, not giving big advantage in speed or protection of an animal. Thus, danger of losing one of the limb is not so big as the danger to not proliferate fast enough.
Bilateral design of majority of animals was chosen at the level of primitive species. Though lower multicellular organisms may have 3-side symmetry or 5-side symmetry like sea stars. Often something chosen in the selection becomes building blocks for higher species. Maybe 5-side symmetrical tiger would be possible but it requires intermediate chain.
The same is true for the mechanism of Death. Once chosen, it is replicated in all higher organisms. It should give an advantage in ultimate species survival. Otherwise it loses sense and species would be wiped out.
So, what is advantage for Death?
Immortal and childless animals are growing and growing. Mutations lead to species producing offsprings. They have disadvantage of been more complex. But advantage of proliferating animals is occupation of vaster areas. They displace immortal and childless species. Now, if proliferating animals are immortal they do not give offsprings enough space or food. Next steps of mutation brought mechanism of programmed death at certain age.
Let consider situation when out of two species one is immortal and producing offsprings, other is mortal with offspring production as well. Mortality looks like an obvious disadvantage in stable environment. Adult organism are more powerful and more protected compare to juvenile.
However, next catastrophe will wipe out all the species altogether. Only some mutants can adopt to new environment. But "mutant" for a multicellular organism imply that the mutation happened when the organism had only one cell (the stage of fertilized oocyte for example). Otherwise it needs precisely the same mutations on the level of several cells - infinitely impossible event.
Thus, any species that had the mechanism to allow next generation to flourish (mechanism of programmed Death) will have advantage. They produce more offspring than immortal species. Death of parents spares the space and nutrition. Immortals can die form accidents only. It is too long for children to expect a vacancy.
Then, having more offspring automatically means having more mutations (by mere number of events). Having more mutations means more probability for adaptation to the new environment.
Immortal multicellular organisms, even if they existed in the past, were quickly wiped out by accidents and overgrown by mortal multicellular organisms.
Again all this is just a hypothesis.
- continued in Part 3
title:Death, Aging, Rejuvenation (Part 3)
author:Aleksandr Kavokin, MD,PhD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

How did aging appeared?
If mechanism of Death was chosen by evolution, how was aging chosen?
Why for example at certain age animals do not die instantly and just give the room for the next generation. Nurturing is one explanation at least for human society.
But lets say new generation of young adults already reached puberty . Why would not old generation die in an instant. Why do they age?
Actually there is nothing impossible. Some butterflies grow couple years, mate, produce new generation and die in one day. Some plants live 1 year, some live 2 years and then invariably die. Some live 1000 years. Lemmings, having overgrowth of population, just go and massively commit suicide in the sea. No questioned asked.
Why aging in other animals take several years?
It might be selected by cut-throat evolution during another catastrophe.
A relatively mild Cataclysm happened in the same time when all adults died programmed to do so. Older animals would survive the disaster. But they died instantly from internal timer. Younger generation did not tolerate the mishap.
All species that did it - just disappeared. Younger animals were not adapted to new conditions. Only animals with mechanism of aging were selected. Maybe the aged animals are not so good as younger ones. They already slightly deteriorated. But it is better than nothing.
Anyway. It makes sense why Death and Aging were selected during the Evolution.
- continued in Part 4
title:Death, Aging, Rejuvenation (Part 4)
author:Aleksandr Kavokin, MD,PhD
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

Biological clock
Obviously you need biological clock to time and alarm the point when you need to die and when you need to age. Aging is the same death as in those one-day butterflies, but a little bit prolonged one. Not immediate kill but gradual shut down of protection mechanisms - immunological, genetical repair, and just other necessary functions of proliferation. As soon as those functions turned off - an organism starts to deteriorate and wear off.
Interesting that our organism is not a static thing. We probably replace all molecules in our body within relatively short period of time. Obviously water is replaced completely every couple months. Water is 60% of our body. Other molecules are replaced as well. Thus, human being is just some unstable chemical organisation around genetical information. Molecules swirl and disappear like crazy. DNA in cells maybe is not changed so fast, but the cells themselves change quickly in most of cases. There is no need to age just because of wearing.
Biological clocks are necessary and there is no doubt they exist.
The theories of aging that consider death as a sequence of events caused by external causes - like oxidations and accumulation of genetical errors should anyway include the idea of Internal Biological Clock as well. Simple example is menopause in women. Somewhere at 40-55 all women undergo menopause. Unavoidable. Though there were reports of childbirth at 60 yo but considering one chance in billions, it is just a joke. Males have their equivalents too. All people after certain age change their immunological, hormonal, metabolic levels and so on. Majority of organs decrease their function . Thymus involute. Fat cells overgrow others, muscle cells degenerate etc. The same happens to all other multicellular animals and plants.
Now the real question: Is it possible to break the biological clock or at least slow down and rejuvenate?
Possible methods of rejuvenation.
1. Telomeres lengthening and other genes regulation.
Several genes that might play role in aging described recently. Telomerase encoding genes are the most discussed. In theory, if we lengthen the telomeres (these are the ends of chromosomes that are shortened with each division by very interesting mechanism), we could overcome cell tendency to lose ability for proliferation. Hence, we have "immortal cells". Hence, immortality or at least longevity is reached - cells divide indefinitely and repair organism. Basically, to restore telomeres length we need to activate production of or to introduce into the cell an enzyme named telomerase. To reach each cell in the body we would use viral vectors or smallRNA. Working with virus production and then cell transduction I would say it is difficult, very difficult. There are too many obstacles to use them efficiently. SmallRNAs would be more promising. In any case, when you go from theory to practice problems rise exponentially. Biggest question: will it work? Immortal cell (cell which is able to divide indefinitely) does not mean immortal body. One of the outcomes would be uncontrollable cell growth and, hence, cancer. Actually scenists discuss telomeres mostly in connection with cancer. They are very cautious saying about the rejuvenation. Mass media extrapolates the findings to possibility of longevity and further rejuvenation.
My guess would be that telomeres are some of the "final cogwheels" in the Internal biological clock. It is useful to divide the clock on intracellular and whole body levels just for understanding. But in reality the levels are not separable, they continue one into another. It is easy to understand that intracellular production of any protein, any enzyme depends on transmembrane regulation. Hormones activate receptors that activate DNA transcription and protein production. Other genes that play role in cellular aging are described recently as well. I do not know how to use this method at present time
2. Hormone replacement.
When I studied in med school, several time I met mentions about hormonal side effects that cause a person to look much younger. Well known for example are: If a woman in menopause suddenly resumes menstrual cycles and looks younger than her age, we might suspect an ovarian Tumour producing excess of estrogen. If a person has thyrotoxicosis - excess of hormone thyroxine - he/she loses weight and looks much younger Persons with manic phases of bipolar disorder look younger, more energetic. Certain hormones - corticosteroids for example - might be increased or decreased in elderly. Couples that look younger were shown to have increased level of sexual relationships. Again, that supposedly should significantly change the hormonal levels.
If we give a person some of those synthetic hormones - estrogen, thyroxine - we can sometime reproduce the younger looks.
It is not the same as plastic surgery or skin creams and massages. It invigorates whole body. Skin as well. There is heavy price - recent debates are waxing and waning - if estrogen replacement increases or decreases risks of cancers (uterine, breast, ovarian etc.) Thyroxine excess takes heavy tall on cardiovascular system. Psychiatric disorders (mania for example) was linked to ceratin changes in neurotransmitter levels. Certain psycho tropic drugs change the ratios. Supposedly they can be employed for rejuvenation. Unfortunately, you would rather receive a psychosis than younger look.
On internet you can find massive information about hormones that rejuvenate you. I saw some websites that list practically any major hormone:

growth hormone
and some others as a drug that leads to rejuvenation.

The websites often have references to scientific literature. Most of the websites just sell you those hormones or offer courses of hormone therapy.
My personal opinion would be that blind replacement can cause more harm than lead to any desired rejuvenation.
Useful information that I would extract from the item is that A) Practically every hormone in the body is involved. B) Certain means of rejuvenation are actually documented. That gives hope.
I do not use hormones personally. If I would employ them, I would use them in very small quantities to mimic physiology and in special controlled conditions that I will describe below. The doses that are used in regular therapy are actually way to high compare to the natural levels of a healthy organism.
3. Antioxidant therapy.
As we discussed, in the best case antioxidants are the method for longevity, not rejuvenation. I use mega-doses of antioxidants available over the counter. I use only those that I consider safe. I have a lot of doubts they give measurable effect. Anyway I use them. Would not throw away.
4. Caloric restriction.
I use it as well. 60% of regular meal - is way to much - you would barely move your feet. I regulate it. My opinion: if you increase your activity, you can eat more. Just balance your food and motions. Though I might be wrong.
5. Hypothalamic regulation.
This is scary level. Hypothalamus is the area of your brain that sits on the base of your skull. Why do we discuss hormones above? Well, hypothalamus contains hundred of centres that regulate your metabolism and first of all, hormonal status. Studies of hypothalamus are complicated - mostly there are postmortem studies of brain sections. To perform functional study you need to use micro-neurosurgical techniques (still very rude) and try to register changes in a hundred or so cells out of several billions. Changes would include minuscule production (nano and Pico grams) of poorly defined neurotransmitters. The infinitely small quantities of those neurotransmitters are produced by only few out of hundreds cell connections and exist only several nanoseconds. In general to study this area is more difficult than to look for a needle in a haystack. If you consider that there are only few centres have appropriate expertise, you would understand why the progress is relatively slow. Even fewer labs study rejuvenation. Though there were reports that transplantation of hypothalamic tissue from younger animals to older could result in rejuvenation-like effect.
I mention this level because A) hypothalamus regulates production of bunch of intermediate messengers that in turn activate hypophysis, that activate adrenal glands, ovaries, thyroid gland etc (maybe many other areas in th body) that in turn produce the hormones discussed above. (Full description you could find in a textbook of Endocrinology) B) because of complexity of hypothalamus it is a good candidate were a "supreme cogwheel" of biological clock may reside. One hint would be proximity of epiphysis - small pea-like gland that produce melatonin and regulates circadian rhythms. It would not be surprise that all that is interconnected in the hypothalamus. One of objection - what is about worms? They do not have hypothalamus as it is. But they age and die as well as humans. Explanation would be that worms also have nervous system and some other part of it may play the central role in the biological clocks. Another explanation would be that there is no such centre at all, everything happens on the lower levels.
I was interested in methods of rejuvenation since childhood. Maybe I read too many science fiction. When I was in medschool a saw some mentions of unusual phenomenon in magnetic radiation. To make story short, eventually I found a book - 400 pages of fine script. I found the book in Central Medical Library in Moscow. Even our relatively large library in Russian State Med U did not have this book. In addition I read the dissertation thesis, that were related to that book. Several Russian scientists developed relatively complicated theory, done many hundreds of experiments. Theory is a little bit complex, involves discussion of stress and adaptation syndrome. Obviously hypothalamic area also discussed. I am not big fan of that theory. But result the authors described were striking: they were able to restore menopause in rats, prolong rats life span almost twice and more important repeat it again and again. By the description from the book "rejuvenated rats" looked the same as young, but were just bigger in size. Well, you saw a lab rat, you know that older rats have rare hair, bleak eyes, are in menopause etc. Young rat, in opposite, would have bright red eyes, very sleek hair, menstruations, etc. This is no surprise - all growth of hair, production of oil by skin, production of moisture in lacrimal glands and so on are regulated by the hormones. The same is true for rats as well as for humans. Authors described the methods that they found mostly empirically. Moreover they tested some methods on humans and described treatment of variety of diseases - asthma, gastritis, peptic ulcers, low grade skin cancers (non-melanoma) just to name few. As I understand they did not describe rejuvenation in humans. Though later there were some mentions in literature. Authors describe zones of activation, training and stress. In general the methods are difficult to apply - they require permanent control of organism condition for many months, maybe years. Control of hormonal level and control of blood work. In addition parameter would vary from individual to individual. In modern medicine it is much faster and more reliable to cut out skin cancer with knife or give powerful proton pump inhibitors for a gastric ulcer.
I realized that I used some of the methods described, even before I read that book. Since then I added some more methods for my own use. Mostly I use the methods that I feel safe and efficient. For example transplanting of hypothalamus would be out of question. It is a wacking unsafe procedure. Recently there were reports that DHEA, melatonin or other hormones could make miracles: older people feel as young. I would wait confirmation of the effects. Some authors suggest rejuvenation may be reached by individually designed cocktails of hormones. I would think that any hormone given makes more mess than regulation. Practically every hormone described have loops and pathways that prevent overproduction. If you just replace the hormones by giving the substitute, you wack the production of your own hormones those that injected as well as many others. All hormones are complexly interrelated. Individual cocktails would be better, but the doses described in literature are wacking. Again I might be wrong. Maybe everything is so simple - just get cocktail and you will jump as a newborn bunny.
Considering different information from different sources, I would propose following theory:
To rejuvenate yourself you need to recreate the hormonal and metabolic level of young organism.
This is actually very difficult to reach: your organism have all the means to produce all the necessary hormones. Levels of hormones in elderly are not so far from the levels in youth actually. The difference is several percentages, not several folds. But biological clock switch to underproduction. The idea is to cheat the biological clock and to restore the youth levels. The most difficult part is to get into the window of optimal production. You can not go too low - just wouldn't have any effect on rejuvenation. You can not go above the optimal level - it will cause stress and even more deterioration. So approach is very individual. There is no quick effect - you can not rejuvenate from looking 50 to looking 30 overnight. You really need a lot of commitment and time. The methods which you choose are not of so great importance. Practically any action toward your body would cause changes in your metabolic and hormonal status. Physical exercise, herbs, yoga, hormones (low doses) etc - we could list thousands.
Personally I used available antioxidants, slight caloric restrictions, herbs (some of substances in herbs like ginseng, Echinacea, etc mimics hormones in their chemical structure), self-hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming (NLP), auto-training, different exercises, lactic bacteria, etc. Important is the ability to adjust the level of treatment - reduce the dose of herbs or increase dose of exercise etc.
Methods of control are of much great importance. The described methods include measurement of hormonal level and of certain fractions of cells in the blood work(that is also regulated by hormonal and metabolic reactions)
If I would have a clinic of rejuvenation therapy I would probably use many of those methods - they are objective and reproducible. But they require blood work.
For individual use there some subjective methods exist. They are described in literature as: If you are in the condition of rejuvenation you feel great energy, hunger, restlessness. Your sleep would be normalised, you are fighting regular infections much more efficiently - inflammatory reaction might be exaggerated, but they last shorter time. Your eyes would glisten as in youth. You will feel constant euphoria and need in doing something. There are some other subjective criteria. Personally, I would add: you will notice that your nails and hair grow like crazy in those conditions.
The biggest problem is how to hold in this condition of rejuvenation for a prolonged period of time. You really can not go overboard - super activation would just wack all your system. You can not go under activation - just no any useful effect. You need to get it is just right. Solution is tight, continuos control. Boy, it's really tough in the modern stressful environment (would not describe all the junk that I had in recent years), but it is possible. Dedication is your solution. Some formulas to calculate doses of stimuli are described in the literature, but I feel it is easier to go with individual subjective feelings. Below there is an animation that contains some simple elements of NLP and might help to tune a brain a little.
Now, what did I get by using those methods? Well not much, but I hope for more. At present time I am 35 yo I do not really have good control group in my personal experiment. Sometime people asked me if I am younger than my brother (He is younger than me for several years). Maybe it is some sort of control group. When I come into a bar (can not say often, maybe once in a year with friends) waiter often asks my ID. It is funny also because I do not use alcohol. So, to drink a Coke I need to show ID, being 35 yo. Sometime people ask me are you 18 or 19 When I played water polo at Yale, undergrads told me they thought I was freshman (as I guess also 18 or 19). That time I was 33. Teenagers often start to talk to me in the way if I am another teenager. And so on.
So, in general it is really hard to measure rejuvenation. All measurements are mostly subjective. Even in well designed scientific trial you find either some description of biochemical changes (which doesn't say you anything about rejuvenation as it is) or some subjective descriptions - "patients felt much better, felt rejuvenated and invigorate". How much rejuvenated? How many years were reversed? It is very difficult to estimate. If I say to a person that I have MD and PhD, he says "aha". Mentally they immediately adjust and now they say that I am probably 30. OK. Sometime they just say: you look so young.
Again 35 is not the age where you really can brag that the methods worked. I would wait couple more decades to say that there was measurable effect. Unfortunately. You do not have the right for a mistake. If a method did not work , you can not go back and change it. You already are behind for several years.
But my personal, subjective feeling is that the methods do work. I believe that it is possible by tight control maintain the level of younger organism. It just requires a lot of work.
Below there is animation that might help to tune in the desired "optimal rejuvenation condition". Animation requires Flash file player I use that animation for myself. I doubt that it will necessarily help you. Maybe 1 out of 10. If you are not sure, don't' touch it. The animation contains some simple NLP information.
Basically looking at the animation couple times a week for 5 min should start the tuning process (at least I feel so). You should target at the condition when you feel inexhaustible energy, euphoria, normalized sleep, and some feelings that is hard to describe - like a fine tingling in your fingertips, subjectively it feels like a pouring energy. It is difficult to explain, but when you feel you understand it. If you do not feel anything, it means it did not work, forget it.
So to finish I would say that Rejuvenation is difficult but probably possible to reach - at least in a certain degree. A.K.2004
Deauville LaMagnifique

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Pour le fun ou pour gagner gros, le casino en ligne est un lieu proposant des jeux de hasard ( roulette, machines à sous, Craps , Baccara et autres jeux de dés, etc.), de cartes (blackjack, poker), et des machines automatiques (machines à sous, video poker..) ayant pour enjeu l'argent


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Les grands hôtels de Las Vegas, Macao et Monte Carlo font tout pour obtenir le privilège de les faire jouer. Ils sont la source assuré de gros profits car statistiquement, ils vont perdre. Les hôtels n'hésitent pas à mettre à leur disposition un avion privé pour les faire venir ainsi que leurs meilleures suites. Quant on est en mesure de perdre des centaines de milliers de dollars, tout le reste peut ètre offert. On peut dire en français "un flambeur".

Mais pour nous, simple debutant ou joueur non encore confirmes, je vous propose de decouvrir le casino a la francaise: DEAUVILLE.

Le Casino de Deauville est l’un des premiers casinos du groupe  qui comprend entre autre les casinos  Barrière de : Besançon, Ribeauvillé, le Palais Casino du Touquet, Carnac, Dinard, Enghien-les-Bains, l’unique de la région parisienne, Chamonix, Cannes, Sainte-Maxime, Biarritz et bien d’autres répartis entre la France, la Suisse, la Belgique et Malte.

Depuis 1990, le capital de l’empire est répartit entre Barrière-Desseigne, le Groupe Accor (34%) et Colony Capital (15%).
Le chiffre d’affaire du casino de Deauville s’élève à lui seul à :215,3 millions d’euros en 2004.

Découvrez à la fois le luxe et la sobriété du Casino Deauville!Son immense palais blanc vous ouvre ses portes sous ses prestigieux tapis moelleux et une architecture incomparable, pour mieux vous faire vibrer au son des
cliquetis rythmé des jackpots, les tables rutilantes, ses bars et ses restaurants toujours avenants…

Dans cette ambiance festive et chaleureuse, venez retrouvez au Casino Barrière de Deauville tous vos jeux favoris.
Casino Deauville c’est 325 machines à sous réparties en 3 salons, 6 tables de Boule, sans oublier ses Machines à Rouleaux et Vidéo Poker de 0,10 à 20 euros

Entrez dans la salle de la Boule.
Vous y retrouverez 6 tables avec mise minimale de 2 euros.
Le Casino Barrière de Deauville porte l'héritage de la splendeur du passé. Dans ce décor somptueux, vous pouvez varier les plaisirs à chaque instant.

Vous y retrouverez les jeux à mise minimale d’un euro :
2 tables de Roulette Française (mise minimale de 5 euros),
1 table de la roulette Française (mise minimale de 10 euros),
4 tables de Roulette Anglaise,
10 tables Black Jack,
4 tables de Stud Poker,
1 table de Punto Banco,
1 table de Craps.

Mais Casino Deauville, c’est aussi ses spectacles tels le festival swing et ses loisirs tels le Golf.
Celui-ci,  situé sur le Mont Canisy, à quelques minutes du centre de Deauville, offre une vue exceptionnelle à la fois sur la mer et toute la campagne environnante, dans une tranquillité absolue. Vous y retrouverez les parcours à 9 ou 18 trous. Des compétitions y sont aussi organisées.
Alors pourquoi attendre plus longtemps ! Rejoignez vite le Groupe Casino Lucien Barrière à Deauville ! Le seul Casino à vous offrir en plein cœur de la Normandie le plaisir des jeux mélés au plaisir du sport !

Deauville La Magnifique

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Pour le fun ou pour gagner gros, le casino en ligne est un lieu proposant des jeux de hasard ( roulette, machines à sous, Craps , Baccara et autres jeux de dés, etc.), de cartes (blackjack, poker), et des machines automatiques (machines à sous, video poker..) ayant pour enjeu l'argent


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Les grands hôtels de Las Vegas, Macao et Monte Carlo font tout pour obtenir le privilège de les faire jouer. Ils sont la source assuré de gros profits car statistiquement, ils vont perdre. Les hôtels n'hésitent pas à mettre à leur disposition un avion privé pour les faire venir ainsi que leurs meilleures suites. Quant on est en mesure de perdre des centaines de milliers de dollars, tout le reste peut ètre offert. On peut dire en français "un flambeur".

Mais pour nous, simple debutant ou joueur non encore confirmes, je vous propose de decouvrir le casino a la francaise: DEAUVILLE.

Le Casino de Deauville est l’un des premiers casinos du groupe  qui comprend entre autre les casinos  Barrière de : Besançon, Ribeauvillé, le Palais Casino du Touquet, Carnac, Dinard, Enghien-les-Bains, l’unique de la région parisienne, Chamonix, Cannes, Sainte-Maxime, Biarritz et bien d’autres répartis entre la France, la Suisse, la Belgique et Malte.

Depuis 1990, le capital de l’empire est répartit entre Barrière-Desseigne, le Groupe Accor (34%) et Colony Capital (15%).
Le chiffre d’affaire du casino de Deauville s’élève à lui seul à :215,3 millions d’euros en 2004.
Découvrez à la fois le luxe et la sobriété du Casino Deauville!Son immense palais blanc vous ouvre ses portes sous ses prestigieux tapis moelleux et une architecture incomparable, pour mieux vous faire vibrer au son des
cliquetis rythmé des jackpots, les tables rutilantes, ses bars et ses restaurants toujours avenants…

Dans cette ambiance festive et chaleureuse, venez retrouvez au Casino Barrière de Deauville tous vos jeux favoris.
Casino Deauville c’est 325 machines à sous réparties en 3 salons, 6 tables de Boule, sans oublier ses Machines à Rouleaux et Vidéo Poker de 0,10 à 20 euros

Entrez dans la salle de la Boule.
Vous y retrouverez 6 tables avec mise minimale de 2 euros.
Le Casino Barrière de Deauville porte l'héritage de la splendeur du passé. Dans ce décor somptueux, vous pouvez varier les plaisirs à chaque instant.

Vous y retrouverez les jeux à mise minimale d’un euro :
2 tables de Roulette Française (mise minimale de 5 euros),
1 table de flash roulette Française (mise minimale de 10 euros),
4 tables de Roulette Anglaise,
10 tables Black Jack,
4 tables de Stud Poker,
1 table de Punto Banco,
1 table de Craps.

Mais Casino Deauville, c’est aussi ses spectacles tels le festival swing et ses loisirs tels le Golf.
Celui-ci,  situé sur le Mont Canisy, à quelques minutes du centre de Deauville, offre une vue exceptionnelle à la fois sur la mer et toute la campagne environnante, dans une tranquillité absolue. Vous y retrouverez les parcours à 9 ou 18 trous. Des compétitions y sont aussi organisées.
Alors pourquoi attendre plus longtemps ! Rejoignez vite le Groupe Casino Lucien Barrière à Deauville ! Le seul Casino à vous offrir en plein cœur de la Normandie le plaisir des jeux mélés au plaisir du sport !

title:DEA Shatters International Internet Drug Ring
author:David Altfeder
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The US DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) has announced the results of Operation “Cyber Chase”, a year long organized crime drug enforcement task force investigation that targeted international Internet pharmaceutical traffickers operating in the United States, India, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy announced the success of the program, part of the ongoing effort by the DEA to shut down “rogue” Internet pharmacies which distribute drugs illegally in the United States.
Over the course of 48 hours, there were 20 arrests in the U.S. and overseas. Arrests occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,  Ft. Lauderdale, Floria, Sarasota Florida, Abilene Texas and Tyler Texas. In addition, arrests occurred in San Jose, Costa Rica, New Delhi, Agra, and Bombay, India. Operation “Cyber Chase” targeted major pharmaceutical drug traffickers who allegedly shipped Schedule II-V pharmaceutical controlled substances including amphetamines, narcotics and anabolic steroids directly to buyers of all ages without the medical examination by a physician required by U.S. law. The drug traffickers used more than 200 websites to illegally distribute these substances.
DEA Administrator Tandy; Scott Burns Deputy Director for State and Local Affairs, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP); Brian Lampkin, Section Chief, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Financial Crimes Section; Deputy Assistant Director of Investigations of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Paul Kilcoyne; Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug Administration, John M. Taylor; Paul J. Trimbur, Inspector in Charge, Mail Theft, Violent Crimes and Narcotics Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspections Service (USPIS); and Commissioner Mark W. Everson, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made the announcement today.  The investigation was joined by the agencies listed above.
DEA Administrator Karen P. Tandy said, “For too long the Internet has been an open medicine cabinet with cyber drug dealers illegally doling out a vast array of narcotics, amphetamines, and steroids. In this first major international enforcement action against online rogue pharmacies and their sources of supply, we’ve logged these traffickers off the Internet.”
John Walters, Director of National Drug Control Policy said, "Prescription drugs help millions of Americans every day. But their misuse is becoming a serious problem, abetted by drug traffickers who are using the Internet to attempt to subvert our medical prescription system. E-traffickers that target young people and those suffering from the disease of addiction are now the target of law enforcement action, while we continue to ensure proper access to needed medications. I would like to thank and applaud the agencies and offices involved in this investigation as their efforts truly make America safer."
"This investigation dismantled a major source of illicit pharmaceuticals that posed a significant public health threat. Closing down these illegal, Internet drug pipelines is essential to protecting consumers of pharmaceuticals," said Michael J. Garcia, Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“The FBI remains committed to investigating the illegal sale of pharmaceuticals over the Internet. The FBI’s Internet Pharmaceutical Fraud Initiative is working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, and other federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners to combat this crime and dismantle the responsible criminal enterprises,” said FBI Director Robert Mueller. “Illegal pharmaceuticals pose a great risk to the health and welfare of the American public. These drugs are being manufactured overseas in unregulated facilities, smuggled into the United States in an uncontrolled environment, and distributed without oversight of a licensed physician or pharmacist.”
"Operation Cyber Chase sends an instant message to ‘cybercriminals’ that the Internet is not their safehouse. Criminals, disguised as entrepreneurs, use the Internet to invade your home and push their poison. Whether the battle is on the street or on the Web, the outcome remains the same: Postal Inspectors will continue working with our law enforcement partners to bring offenders to justice," said Chief Postal Inspector Lee R. Heath
"Consumers ordering prescription drugs from a website they're not familiar with put themselves in a ‘buyer beware’ situation," said John Taylor, Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug Administration. “The medications may be coming from unknown sources, may not be stored or labeled properly, and may not meet quality assurance standards designed to produce safe and effective products. Many of the safeguards that exist for brick and mortar pharmacies do not exist for Internet Pharmacies and the potential for harmful drug interactions is magnified."
The combined efforts of law enforcement agencies in an investigation of this magnitude produce a formidable force against narcotics trafficking and money laundering. Individuals and businesses utilizing the Internet to sell pharmaceuticals are bound by the same laws and regulations that apply to the corner drug store,” said Nancy Jardini, Chief, IRS Criminal Investigation. “The link between where the money comes from, who gets it, when it is received, and where it is stored or deposited, can provide evidence that a crime was committed. Finding and connecting those links is what IRS brings to this cooperative effort.”
The combined agency initiative underscores the importance for consumers to scrutinize online pharmacy sites carefully. Avoid sites which offer narcotics, ampthetamines, anabolic steroids and other drugs of abuse. Avoid online pharmacies located outside the United States. The only legal online pharmacies in the U.S. are sites which either require a prescription from your physician or which have a licensed U.S. physician write your prescription. In addition, the pharmacy which fills orders must be a licensed U.S. pharmacy offering only FDA approved medication.
Copyright 2005 David Altfeder

title:Debunking the Myths Concerning Acne and Skin Problems
author:Dennis Becker
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Isn't skin a wonderful thing to have?
An obvious benefit of skin is that it protects our bodies' internal organs from harmful elements like dirt, insects, bites, toxic chemicals, nasty weather, and the like, and it certainly is more attractive than what's underneath.
When skin is healthy it's nice to look at, but when it's diseased, it can not only affect you physically, but more painfully can cause stress and social problems.
Like the common cold, acne and similar skin diseases can be treated and covered up, but cannot really be cured.  The best treatment is prevention and knowledge about what makes your skin happy, so that you can avoid skin care enemies and breakout triggers.
The real cause of acne can vary from individual to individual, but some factors can be stated with relative certainty:

Acne occurs when pores or hair follicles become blocked or clogged.
There are basically 4 types of acne manifestations:  whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, and nodules.
Acne can appear pretty much anywhere on the skin, though it causes the most concern when it shows up on the face.  The worst forms of acne break out, however, on the chest and back, and most commonly on males rather than females because of hormonal differences.
There are many common myths and untruths about acne, rosacea, and other skin care problems.

Some acne myths include "you'll outgrow it, so leave it alone", "being out in the sun helps acne", "acne problems are directly or indirectly proportionate to sexual activity", "acne visits dirty people", "acne is contagious", and too many more to list in this short article.
The sad thing is that belief in the myths can be devasting, in that proper treatment is avoided, and lifestyle changes that don't need to be made can take away pleasure unnecessarily.
For example, at one point in my life, I truly believed that I was allergic to chocolate and that it caused my breakouts.  Whenever I would succumb to the temptation and have "just a little" I would stress out waiting for the red spots, and sure enough they would appear.
After several years and much experimentation, I learned I had no allergy, the stress was a trigger for me, and a new over the counter face scrub has kept me in the clear ever since.
Knowing what triggers your breakouts can be the difference between constant battles and healthy skin.  The Internet is a wonderful place to get the information you need, so stop stressing out and learn what it takes to put your best face forward.
Deca-Durabolin – A 19-Nortestosterone Derivative

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Deca-Durabolin, also called ‘Deca’ is extremely popular among body-builders due to its exceptional bodybuilding effects. Deca-Durabolin has the capability to quickly add muscle, diminish body fat levels and alleviate joint problems.


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Deca-Durabolin, also called ‘Deca’ is extremely popular among body-builders due to its exceptional bodybuilding effects. Deca-Durabolin has the capability to quickly add muscle, diminish body fat levels and alleviate joint problems. Deca-Durabolin is also believed to have less adverse side effects than other anabolic steroids.

Deca-durabolin is an injectable steroid and a 19-nortestosterone derivative. Deca-Durabolin is a low androgenic steroid, with high anabolic properties. Deca-Durabolin works by causing the muscle fiber to augment retentiveness of the nitrogen element. This is what’s called optimistic nitrogen stability. A positive nitrogen balance is required for amplified muscle development because muscle cells use nitrogen to encourage muscle tissue synthesis.

Deca-Durabolin injection contains the active ingredient nandrolone decanoate, which causes masculinization in men who are without natural male hormones. Deca-Durabolin injection is also useful to deal osteoporosis in women who have passed the menopause. Some of the other benefits of Deca-Durablolin are increased protein synthesis, no conversion to Estrogen or DHT fast recovery from intense workouts,  increase muscle mass, muscle repair, rebuild and growth, stamina, boost energy level, decrease body fat and increase overall strength.

Bill Phillips, the Editor of Muscle Media 2000 stated that he would take one cycle of Deca-Durabolin for twelve months to help recover his overall physical health. Lots of highly esteemed physicians and medical experts also share this same admiration of Deca-Durabolin due to its lack of side effects, low perniciousness, and great usefulness.

The common side effects that are known to be associated with Deca-Durabolin are high blood pressure levels, acne, giddiness, headaches, increased libido, nausea leukopenia, peptic ulcer, acne, edema (water retention), excitation, wakefulness, frissons, vomiting, diarrhea, hypertension, extended blood clotting time, increased libido. The side effects of Deca-Durabolin in females are menstrual irregularities, post-menopausal bleeding, breasts swelling, hoarseness or deepening of the voice, swelling of the clitoris, and water retention.  In case of men, the common side effects of Deca-Durabolin are impotence, chronic priapism, epididymitis, inhibition of testicular function, oligospermia, and bladder irritability.

Deca-Durabolin should always be purchased from genuine drugstores. Deca-Durabolin can be purchased online. There are a number of online drugstores selling Deca-Durabolin online, but the drug should be purchased from authentic sites.

Deca-Durabolin – Injectable Steroid With Highly Anabolic And Moderate Androgenic Effects

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You can use deca-durabolin for its highly anabolic and moderate androgenic effects. Deca-durabolin is actually the Organon brand name for injectable steroid nandrolone decanoate. Deca-durabolin was commercially made available as a prescription medication in 1962. It got the approval of the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1983.


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You can use deca-durabolin for its highly anabolic and moderate androgenic effects. Deca-durabolin is actually the Organon brand name for injectable steroid nandrolone decanoate. Deca-durabolin was commercially made available as a prescription medication in 1962. It got the approval of the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1983.

USAGE – Deca-durabolin is often used for treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. It is also used for the treatment of aplastic anaemias. Several studies conducted on deca-durabolin have established that the drug is effective in treating anaemia, osteoporosis and some forms of neoplasia including breast cancer. Studies have also proven deca-durabolin as an effective progestin-based contraceptive. Deca-durabolin is often used by athletes and jocks to increase their muscle growth, appetite, red blood cell production, and bone density. However, over doses or large doses of deca-durabolin can cause a number of side effects.

CHEMISTRY – Structurally very similar to testosterone, Nandrolone lacks a carbon atom at the 19th position. Deca-durabolin has highly anabolic/moderate androgenic effects. Its aromatization is low, and converts to less active norestrogens. Deca-durabolin is not liver toxic. The active life of deca-durabolin is 14-16 days.

NEGATIVE EFFECTS – The negative effects or side effects are usually associated with high doses of deca-durabolin. The negative effects include highly oily skin, acne, body/facial hair growth and hair loss, gynaecomastia, reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular damage, and several ailments resulting from the drug's effect of lowering levels of luteinizing hormone through negative feedback.
DOSES – A dose of 50 mg deca-durabolin every three weeks is recommended for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Average Dose for men is 300-800 mg/week, and for women is 50-100 mg/week.

PRESENT STATUS – The United States Food and Drug Administration has put deca-durabolin on the list of restricted drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. However, deca-durabolin is available by prescription in most countries that have not adopted strict policies on drugs as America has. Deca-durabolin is widely available in the drug black market in United States. It is purportedly obtained by illegal importation from other countries. Deca-durabolin is widely available online. There are numerous steroid stores selling Deca-durabolin online.

Deca Durabolin – Organon’s Brand Name For Nandrolone Decanoate!

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You must have heard of Nandrolone many times recently. Nandrolone the anabolic steroid that has often hit the sports headlines because of its link with sports stars, such as Linford Christie, C.J. Hunter, James Toney, and more recently Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.


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You must have heard of Nandrolone many times recently. Nandrolone the anabolic steroid that has often hit the sports headlines because of its link with sports stars, such as Linford Christie, C.J. Hunter, James Toney, and more recently Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif.

Nandrolone is commonly marketed as its decanoate ester, “deca-durabolin” and less commonly as a phenylpropionate ester, “durabolin”. Actually, deca durabolin is a registered trademark of Organon Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. The chemical name of active ingredient in Deca Durabolin is Nandrolone Decanoate, which was commercially marketed first as a prescription medication in 1962. The United States FDA approved deca-durabolin in 1983. 

Nandrolone is structurally very similar to testosterone, but it lacks a carbon atom at the 19th position. That is why it is sometimes also known as 19-nortestosterone. This structure is a steroid that exhibits much weaker androgenic properties than testosterone.

In deca-durabolin, nandrolone binds to the androgen receptor to a greater degree than testosterone, but due to its inability to act on the muscle in ways unmediated by the receptor, has less overall effect on muscle growth.

Deca-durabolin is unique drug, as unlike most anabolic steroids, it is not broken down into the more reactive DHT by the enzyme 5a-reductase, but rather into a less effective product known as Dihydronandrolone. This is the property that mitigates some of the negative effects associated with Nandrolone drugs, such as deca-durabolin.

However, some of the negative effects are associated with high doses of deca-durabolin, which include strong occurrences of oily skin, acne, body/facial hair growth and hair loss, gynaecomastia, reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, cardiovascular damage, and several ailments resulting from the drug's effect of lowering levels of luteinizing hormone through negative feedback. However, the positive effects of deca-durabolin include muscle growth, appetite stimulation and increased red blood cell production and bone density.

Several studies have proved deca-durabolin as the drug effective in treating anaemia, osteoporosis and some forms of neoplasia including breast cancer, and also as a progestin-based contraceptive. Thus, deca-durabolin is a restricted drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Yet, deca-durabolin is available by prescription in most countries that have not waged the American-style "War on Drugs" and “anti-steroid campaigns”.

Decide to Quit Smoking

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I suppose that you want to stop smoking and you want to know how. In this post I want to remind you of your power, the power of decision, the power of action and the power of your focus. Also I want to assure you that you know how to quit, you were born as a nonsmoker, right?

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The real problem is the decision process. That’s right, it’s a process. It’s not a simple decision. It’s a decision that you want to change your state and your behavior. You should replace, something you’ve enjoyed doing it, with absolute nothing. The process for becoming a smoker is the same. In both cases the point is the same, you want to make a habit of a particular state, that you enjoy being. That’s the main reason why some people eat like crazy, when they quit. They miss the behavior, the everyday routine. Maybe you were never in the situation to understand how powerful a habit can be. The everyday repetition of the same process creates a very powerful link in your brain and your whole being. So, how to stop this behavior? How to decide to quit smoking?
As I already said in almost every post that I write, the decision is a process. I quit after 1, 5 years of trying to quit. What happened in that period? Well, first of all I questioned myself, and my habit, with all sorts of questions, and at the end I convinced myself that smoking is a very powerful habit, more emotional than physical, and I don’t need a cigarette anymore to control my state. I will do that without a cigarette.
Let me ask you something, is it really so important to inhale something bad, just to control your state? Here are some questions and tips that can help you understand your habit more. The key to deciding is to understand your habit and yourself.
Every time you light a cigarette, ask yourself why did you do that? Was it necessary? How did you feel? For example, if you were anxious, after smoking that cigarette did you gather strength to solve some problem? When you’re relaxing, notice what’s relaxing you, is it smoking, or the thought that you deserve to relax? Question yourself with as much question as you can, and you’ll find the solution.
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Decking Your Swimming Pools

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The professional pool constructors are not only specialists in setting up in-ground swimming pool but in designing and fabricating aesthetically gratifying and pleasing decks. Your pool designers help designing your pool in the best & favorable ways. They assist you determining the sizes of your pool.

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The professional pool constructors are not only specialists in setting up in-ground swimming pool but in designing and fabricating aesthetically gratifying and pleasing decks. Your pool designers help designing your pool in the best & favorable ways. They assist you determining the sizes of your pool. 

Your pool builder may rightly advise you that larger is better, when it comes to planning your pool deck and lounging area. Specialized pool designers will automatically adjust your pool in regards to the sun and your own penchants. After agreeing upon your pool placement and materials, your pool constructor will help you decide what kind of decking and landscaping would best fulfill the dream that you have for your private paradise.

The popular materials used by constructors for practical and aesthetic reasons are teakwood, treated lumber, decorative building material, composite material, gunite, acrylic fiber, exposed aggregate, tile, natural stone, brick etc.

Maintenance is a crucial part of choosing your pool deck material. Your pool constructor can tell you the types of care essential for various material types. For example complex materials are synthetic and are generally build to mimic the appearance of wood. They are made from different materials including recycled plastics, wood and polymer resins. They are pricey, and demands less long-term maintenance. For great stability, your constructor may suggest granite decking. It can be costly but it will last forever.

The other well-liked alternative with pool builders is concrete and gunite. There are lots of expert swimming pool makers specializing in concrete and gunite. If you are with a pool planner about coating/furnishing your deck or pool interiors, concrete and gunite are also great alternatives.

Specialized pool constructors in gunite and concrete tend to be placed in warmer states. Because of the possibility of racking in extreme temperature shifts, gunite and concrete may not be the best options for colder climates. The next option for pool builders is acrylic. It is durable, long lasting and can be built to look like natural stone, brick or tile. It is available in different colors, patterns and textures.

While you are planning your pool deck with your pool builder, be sure that your pool constructor understands your idea. Make sure that your builder permits sufficient congregating space in the specialty areas like the barbeque and hot-tubs etc.

The best idea is consulting with quite a few pool builders before choosing the one to build your oasis. Talk to preceding clients of the pool builder and be sure you pick the pool builder with the best long-term satisfaction.

Decompression Sickness: The Perils of Excessive Air Pressure

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The article talks about the dangers that may develop through scuba diving.This sport or hobby have gained the approval of many because of the adventure and thrill it brings. However, many divers are not doing the necessary precautions that should be done to prevent unwanted effects from developing.

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Adventure, thrill, and courage --- these are the things that define scuba diving. Scuba stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. This this kind of diving is the act of swimming under water with the use of self-contained breathing equipment and oxygen tanks. By carrying a source of compressed air, a scuba diver is able to stay underwater for longer periodsof time using simple breath-holding techniques. Scuba diving enables individuals to explore deeper undersea, rather than a few meters under the surface. However, this form of diving also carries with it the risks that other sporting activities possess. Recent studies show that the chance of dying while scuba diving is somewhat higher than boxing and is almost 40 times higher than playing football or water-skiing.

Many of the dangers that this activity posses are associated with pressure. A condition called decompression sickness usually occurs among scuba divers. As a diver breathes air into his lungs at the pressure that resembles that of the depth of water, pressure on his body also increases. The pressure increases rapidly underwater with the pressure doubling every 30 feet. After inhaling from a scuba cylinder at 30 feet, the act of rising to the surface results in the expansion of air in the chest as the air pressure declines. Because of this, the expanding air will need to escape, normally from the mouth or nose, bubbling its way to the surface. If the air passages become closed, the air may not be able to escape and will expand within the lungs, this may cause the lungs to erupt and cause life-threatening consequences. Air can escape from the erupted lung into the chest cavity, escape into the blood vessels, and carry bubbles to the heart and brain, which can be very fatal.  This condition may cause breathing difficulties, chest pain, and sometimes death. Some of the usual symptoms of decompression sickness may include joint pain (most common symptom and may last for days or weeks) extreme fatigue, numbness, light-headedness, and skin rash. Other symptoms may include weakness in the arms or legs, loss of consciousness, and chest pain.

To minimize the risk of decompression sickness, divers should do the following:

Dive and rise slowly in the water, and don't stay at your deepest depth longer than recommended. Scuba divers typically use dive tables that show how long you can remain at a given depth.
Do not fly within 24 hours after diving.
Don't drink alcohol before diving.
Avoid hot tubs, saunas, or hot baths after diving.
Make sure you are well hydrated, well rested, and physically prepared before you scuba dive. If you recently had a serious illness, injury or surgery, talk to your doctor before diving.

Certain individuals should avoid scuba diving because of the health risks they might encounter. People who have a defect, asthma, history of ruptured lung, or heart disease should ask the approval of doctors and other health specialists before deciding to dive. Individuals with groin hernia that has not been repaired should avoid scuba diving since expanding gas in the hernia may cause symptoms. 

Maintaining blood pressure and administering oxygen are some of the regular treatment for emergency sickness associated with scuba diving. The primary remedy for decompression sickness is the use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. This chamber is a high-pressure chamber that allows the patient to receive 100% oxygen. This remedy can reverse the pressure changes that allowed gas bubbles to form. The chamber also helps drive nitrogen back to its liquid form, which is usually achieved in a couple of hours. Most cases of decompression sickness can be treated with hyperbaric oxygen. Doctors may suggest repeated treatments if symptoms of decompression sickness still remain.

Like other sports and hobbies, the dangers of scuba diving can be minimized if individuals will take the necessary safety measures. Individuals who want to engage in this activity should seek the approval of doctors to avoid other unwanted ailments from developing.

title:Deep Breathing
author:Mark Altman
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Deep breathing is a great way of promoting relaxation and reducing stress. Yoga, meditation, martial arts, and trained voice are some disciplines that recognize the importance and effectiveness of deep breathing. Use the following deep breathing technique during any of the above activites or whenever you want to relax and energize your body.
It is natural to breathe using the diaphragm or lower abdomen. If you watch babies, you will see that they breathe this way. As we get older, stress and inactivity cause us to draw shorter, shallower breaths. These short breaths use only the upper chest instead of the lower abdomen. In times of stress the abdominal muscles tense up and make it almost impossible to breathe deeply and naturally. At first, the shock your body feels because of the increased oxygen intake during deep breathing exercises, may cause you to feel some dizziness.
A short breathing exercise:
Close your eyes, and hold your hands over your lower abdomen. Breath in deeply through your nose while you slowly count to 4. Feel your belly push out on your hands. Let the air in your abdomen expand your belly without any muscle tension. Breathe out through your mouth, feeling your hands moving back into your body.
Repeat this pattern until you feel peaceful, calm, and relaxed.
You may find it helpful to play calming and relaxing music during this exercise.

title:Deep Muscle Soreness And Body-Shock Fatigue
author:Marty Gallagher
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

In my experience there are two distinct types of muscular fatigue associated with intense progressive resistance training (only intense training is sufficient to trigger muscle hypertrophy) and these two types should be recognized and understood. The first type of fatigue is direct muscle soreness and is the result of a particular exercise targeting a specific muscle. Scientists are at odds as to the exact cause of muscle soreness but most believe that it is associated with some sort of cellular micro-trauma. Direct muscle soreness is usually the type of pain and discomfort that most folks experience when they begin serious progressive resistance training program.
There are varying degrees of muscle soreness and sometime the intensity of soreness can become so severe as to be debilitating. The muscles are actually sore to the touch. I have self-induced this type of soreness to every degree on every muscle – once, as a 14-year old novice, I found a 10-pound solid dumbbell and proceeded to do 50-repetitions in the one-arm curl for each arm every hour on the hour for 10-straight hours. It seemed like a cool idea to my young and dumb mind but that went out the window the next day when both arms locked up to such a degree that I could not straighten my arms. Both biceps were so traumatized that they remained involuntarily contracted for the next 36-hours. My hands were held at my face and any attempt to straighten my arms resulted in excruciating pain. I had to ride it out until the biceps relaxed. This was an extreme example of muscle fatigue but extremely illustrative of this 1st type of muscle soreness/fatigue.
The second type of muscular fatigue is what I would describe as overall fatigue, I call it body shock. The body is a holistic unit and hard intense training done for long time periods has a cumulative effect. After a while a uniform sense of overall fatigue is experienced manifested by an overwhelming sensation of tiredness. This tiredness envelops the whole body. When in the throes of body shock it seems as if you are moving through water. In my experience this type of fatigue is a direct result of an accumulation of intense workouts. Fatigue and soreness come with the territory and if you never experience either version, likely you’ll not make any significant physical progress.
In my experience, if I don’t feel some degree of muscle soreness in the target muscle after a workout I become suspect that I didn’t work hard enough or the exercise I selected was technically deficient and spread the muscular effect over too wide an area. In this respect I use controlled soreness (no too much, not too little) as a workout report card. When it comes to body-shock fatigue, to my way of thinking a much more serious type of fatigue, I will cut back on my training and kick up my calories, particularly my protein intake. When body-shock descends training through it is a bad idea: first, training poundage plummets (so what’s the point?) and secondly there is a very real danger of fatigue-induced injury.
If you experience severe muscular soreness of the 1st type, avoid training that particular body part until the soreness reduces to tolerable levels. If body-shock envelops you cease and desist progressive resistance training and kick up the food intake. I have found that light to moderate cardio actually helps to dissipate muscle soreness. Accelerating circulation within a sore muscle stimulates recovery, assuming the resistance used is light, easy and not taxing. Use your common sense and be aware that even purposeful primitives paid heed to fatigue.
Defeat Depression And Get Rid Of It !

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There are four most important things you need to know to defeat depression.

Look For Proper Medical Attention: Depression is a really serious matter and is not something that you should ever take it casually. There are many sophisticated and modernized techniques to cure depression from the grass root level. Surely, there is are options if you do not want to get stuck up with heavy dosage of medications, than you just have to prepare your self physically as well as mentally and do as your doctor prescribes.

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There are four most important things you need to know to defeat depression.

Look For Proper Medical Attention: Depression is a really serious matter and is not something that you should ever take it casually. There are many sophisticated and modernized techniques to cure depression from the grass root level. Surely, there is are options if you do not want to get stuck up with heavy dosage of medications, than you just have to prepare your self physically as well as mentally and do as your doctor prescribes.

Discuss With Someone: The most important thing is that a person who has previously went through depression can understand the problem of that person who is under going depression right now. This is important to know because it is particularly important to not expect to get compassion from others that do not understand your situation. Just search out for someone like a friend, colleague, pastor or even family member that you know has suffered depression in the past and be prepared to talk with them. Talk to them freely and try to understand how they managed to overcome their depression or are currently dealing with it can give great hope to you. It is also inspirational to have others that can realize your feelings and problems and not look at you judgmentally.

Proper Nutrition: One of the most important prospects of learning how to triumph over depression is to learn how to eat appropriately. If your body is not getting the proper nutrients in the proper balance then it can get stressed and this added stress on your body can straightly effect your depression. Hydration is also important, you want your body to have at least 8-10 glasses of water per day so it can function properly. Also take good vitamin and mineral supplement, fish oil supplement and something else recommended by renowned doctors is the supplement 5HTP. A good resource for understanding how to get your body the best nutrients is to visit a homeopathic practitioner. They can help you get on a healthy and nutritious diet that will get your body operating as it should.

Exercise: Last but not the least for helping you to learn how to defeat your depression is to get some exercise and work out. The problem with depression is you have low energy and desire to do anything other then curl up in a ball on the couch. This causes your body to get out of shape which then in turn causes you to get even more depressed. Motivate yourself to get at least 20 minutes of exercise everyday. It could be as easy as cutting butter or perhaps you may enjoy riding or trimming the lawn. Make sure to beat beat regular and tone your body and in turn the body will appreciate you.
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title:Defeat Fear of Death
author:Kerry Emrich
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Fear of Death
Fear of death is the fear of dying or of dead things. The medical or scientific name for this fear is Necrophobia. This is an astonishingly common phobia with millions of sufferer’s world wide. It is an impractical and unreasonable fear, no one wants to die but we can not allow ourselves to be overcome with this fear and not live our lives to the fullest. There is nothing we can do about death, it is inevitable, and as such the fear of death is of no value to us.
There are many kinds of phobia, fears and anxieties, but the fear of death is particularly troublesome so millions of people world wide. Fear of death has been treated successfully in the past and you will be able to overcome your anxieties and fear of death.
The only realistic fear related to death would be to be afraid of dying from things we can avoid, such as lions, tigers, or war. We can prepare and make plans to avoid such things, to increase the time we have left on this planet. We must live out each day free from the fear of death but still plan to avoid the factors that we can control.
This danger avoidance helps us to prepare and make plans so that we are not currently in any danger. This can be achieved by learning how to swim to help avoid drowning (which of course is a cause of death) and to make to further prepare to learn to avoid or minimize other dangers. Another example of this would be to wear our seatbelt while driving to reduce the risk of injury or death if we are involved in an accident.
Death is a natural part of life, and we must remember that all things will die one day. We can prepare ourselves spiritually for death. This can be formal such as going to church, or other religious temple, or as simple as meditation or simply being a good person
It is also quite common to have regrets when we die. We can do many things other than to simply have a fear of death to prepare for it, and to reduce the pain of our friends and family when that day comes. Paying our bills, making sure we have insurance to cover our funeral, planning our funeral, these are all things that will reduce the stress and anxiety of others. Each day we can do good things to make our life more meaningful and give us a sense of purpose.
Life is a journey, we are part of this world, but it is not our home. We are like adventurers simply passing through the world as part of our journey through eternity. Making the most of each day is the best thing you can do to get the most out of your life and to feel at peace with yourself.
Stop worrying and start living! Life is short, and tomorrow is uncertain, so make the most of each day, take time to smell the roses, and have no fear of death.

Defeat Nicotine And Quit Smoking With A Firm Resolution

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Someone who had quit smoking several times, said with anguish, “No, I don't want to quit smoking. I have done it on several occasions in the past— what I wish to do now is to kick smoking!”

Only when the resolution is that firm, can something tangible be achieved. All half-hearted measures are bound to fail! Ask any of the galaxies of smokers! Millions and millions! They want to give up smoking desperately. A smoker repeatedly thinks of giving up smoking!

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Someone who had quit smoking several times, said with anguish, “No, I don't want to quit smoking. I have done it on several occasions in the past— what I wish to do now is to kick smoking!”

Only when the resolution is that firm, can something tangible be achieved. All half-hearted measures are bound to fail! Ask any of the galaxies of smokers! Millions and millions! They want to give up smoking desperately. A smoker repeatedly thinks of giving up smoking!

There are several voluntary associations to help the smoker. Every small township generally has a health-care unit. But the unfortunate part of it is that, for every such unit, there are hundreds of small and big tobacco-products selling shops. The promotion campaign for these products goes on unabated, through newspapers, important periodicals, and TV channels (though it is banned to some extent) and the demand for tobacco products goes on increasing relentlessly.

Is it ever possible to quit smoking? Defeat nicotine?

Before trying to defeat your physical and psychological enemy, try to know its strength and to what extent it has taken hold of you because its destructive capacity is no less than additives such as heroin or cocaine.

Remember, in the blood of a hard smoker, each and every cell is surcharged with nicotine. It has become part of the blood. Therefore, pregnant mothers -beware! Your smoking is injurious not only to your health; it is dangerous for the tender baby within. Your smoking alone is responsible for this double tragedy.

With the failure of the first attempt to quit smoking, one should not get disheartened! Simply thinking routinely is not going to solve the problem. Resolute actions must follow. The courses run by the health care centers and hospitals may help you by way of information. But, ultimately remember that, it is you who have to quit smoking, for it is you who started smoking. You can build yourself or you can break yourself. That depends upon your will power.

Each withdrawal symptom is powerful and difficult to endure. At times you feel that the only way to get over them is to smoke- just one. If you succumb and slide, then it is doubly difficult to restart the pilgrimage to the smoke-free zone. So, with lots of determination, this dizziness, depression, irritability, anger headache, restlessness and trouble in concentrating will have to be tackled! But confront nicotine with a challenging poster. Which is better- your company with wrinkled skin, bad breath, bad smelling of hair, black teeth with cavities, and black lips or a glowing skin and a confident sparkling countenance?

Mark Twain said, “Quitting smoking is easy. I have done it a thousand times.” But please remember, Mark Twain has not told you to follow him. Your will power could be stronger than his!

Defeat Your Evil Mother-in-Law, with Generic Viagra

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Things sure were different last Thanksgiving! That was before I finally broke down and ordered some Generic Viagra, determined to satisfy my nymphomaniac wife, who'd caused quite a scene at the family Thanksgiving gathering, which was at our home, as usual. She'd broken into hysterics when she pulled out the turkey baster to baste the freaking turkey with. I guess she was jealous of the stupid turkey, getting that nice, juicy baste of juice. She remembered how I used to baste her, and also remembered how I'd refused to order Generic Viagra. And believe it or not, she let her mother and every other member of the extended family hear all about it, right over Thanksgiving dinner. I, for one, was scandalized. The rest of the family just chuckled at my expense. I was crestfallen. After this humiliation, I knew my proud cock-of-the-walk would retreat into its coop and never show its head again, unless I ordered some Generic Viagra. And I did exactly that, that very night, with the vow to bang my wife into hysteria over the coming year, so that next year, when I saw my beloved Motherinlawasaurus Rex, I'd be able to cause a scene of a different sort. I placed my order for my Generic Viagra on the Internet, as soon as the last football game was over, and in just a couple of days, it arrived. When my wife got home from her silly holiday mall grazing, I burned her little barn down. She was finally satisfied, and slept like a baby. I doubt she rang up her mom to tell her of my triumph-but then, I wouldn't put anything past those two. I wonder why they didn't marry each other. I guess that's illegal in most states.

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Things sure were different last Thanksgiving! That was before I finally broke down and ordered some Generic Viagra, determined to satisfy my nymphomaniac wife, who'd caused quite a scene at the family Thanksgiving gathering, which was at our home, as usual. She'd broken into hysterics when she pulled out the turkey baster to baste the freaking turkey with. I guess she was jealous of the stupid turkey, getting that nice, juicy baste of juice. She remembered how I used to baste her, and also remembered how I'd refused to order Generic Viagra. And believe it or not, she let her mother and every other member of the extended family hear all about it, right over Thanksgiving dinner. I, for one, was scandalized. The rest of the family just chuckled at my expense. I was crestfallen. After this humiliation, I knew my proud cock-of-the-walk would retreat into its coop and never show its head again, unless I ordered some Generic Viagra. And I did exactly that, that very night, with the vow to bang my wife into hysteria over the coming year, so that next year, when I saw my beloved Motherinlawasaurus Rex, I'd be able to cause a scene of a different sort. I placed my order for my Generic Viagra on the Internet, as soon as the last football game was over, and in just a couple of days, it arrived. When my wife got home from her silly holiday mall grazing, I burned her little barn down. She was finally satisfied, and slept like a baby. I doubt she rang up her mom to tell her of my triumph-but then, I wouldn't put anything past those two. I wonder why they didn't marry each other. I guess that's illegal in most states.

After our Generic Viagra year, my wife had a lot to be thankful for. Of course, I hadn't exactly suffered either; it had felt good to get my rocks off. To "take a load off," as the saying goes. I was relaxed, loosey-goosey; and my wife had mellowed out quite a bit too. Like most women, she was never really happy unless she was getting pounded hard, and every which way. That's the way she liked it, and since I'd ordered Generic Viagra, that's the way she'd been getting it. And so, the world kept turning, and finally, the next Thanksgiving arrived. Once again, her entire obnoxious, ignorant family pulled into my driveway and stank up my bathrooms. Her mother came to the door with a fake, saccharine smile; it was all I could do to play the gentleman and kiss her on both cheeks without retching all over her tacky dress and fake pearls. I wanted to give her some Generic Viagra and tell her to please have her husband turn that frown of hers upside down for the first time in twenty years. Well, I controlled myself. I was plotting something to really blow her mind. I wanted to go on a tirade.

I wanted my precious mother-in-law to understand that, with the help of Generic Viagra, I was the undisputed man of the house, and that I was making her little girl feel like a woman every other night (at least!). I'd been plotting my revenge all year, and I'd concocted a brilliant, extremely dramatic plan. It involved the turkey baster. I was going to get freaky in front of the entire extended family. They didn't have to know about the Generic Viagra inspiration for my harangue-only that I was wearing the pants around here, and that they'd better not laugh at my supposed "impotence" if they wanted to be guests in my home. I'd throw them all out on their asses-if I never saw any of them again, it would be too soon! To be continued!

Defining the Complexities of Sexual Health

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Awareness of sexual health issues is very important. More than just the abseof the disease or its dysfunction and infirmities, sexual health is also a state of physical, emotional, psychological and social well-being with regards to one's sexuality.

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The youth of today enjoy much freedom when it comes to self-expression as compared to the old days when parents decide for their children even to the point of choosing their lifetime partners. Although some families remained conservative and traditional, the rest of society adapts to a fast-paced lifestyle where convention is out of the the rule and individuality is the name of the game.
In this sexually-permissive culture, it is important to consider what lies ahead for you and for your loved ones, and how you can protect each other from getting Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD).
Awareness of sexual health issues is very important. More than just the absence of the disease or its dysfunction and infirmities, it is also a state of physical, emotional, psychological and social well-being with regards to one's sexuality. Addressing sexual health issues involves a complex web of factors such as attitude, behavior,  genes, environment, and economy. 
Sexual health also deals with problems such as STD, HIV, pregnancy, abortion, infertility, cancer, and a wide range of sexual dysfunctions. Those who are in a relationship must not automatically consider an infected partner as being unfaithful. One must learn to practice a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships and this can be achieved if the sexual rights of every individual is respected and protected.
Do not be deceived by mere appearances. Even the healthiest-looking person can be infected by STD. It's not easy to tell if the person beside you has STD, or other illnesses for that matter, just by the way that person looks and acts. There are STDs that do not show any obvious signs. Symptoms can be very subtle that the person infected may not even know it. It is very important that aside from your regular health check-up, you should also take special attention in knowing your own body especially when you are healthy. So that if any changes take place such as skin infections or sores, as well as any unusual discharge or pain while urinating, it will be easier for you to recognize these signs and symptoms because you already know how your body is like when healthy.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases are diseases caused by by viruses, bacteria and parasites, which can easily be transmitted through body contact during sex. There are at least 25 different sexually transmitted diseases which can be spread by sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Sometimes, STD takes a long time to display any kind of symptoms. The following are some of the most common STD that affect sexually active individuals: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Bacterial Vaginosis, Crabs or Pubic Lice, Epididymitis, Genital Herpes, Genital Warts, Gut Infections, Hepatitis, Molluscum, Non-Specific Urethritis, Scabies, Syphilis, Thrush, Trichomonas Vaginosis, Balanitis.
Early detection and treatment of STD is very important to avoid serious infections that may lead to long-term or permanent damage. When left untreated, STD may cause infertility and can be passed on from a pregnant mother to her unborn child. Sexually Transmitted Diseases can be easily passed onto sexual partners and can aid in the transmission of HIV.
One of the surest way to avoid STD is by sexual abstinence. But you don't have to be chaste just to be free of this dreaded STD. The practice of safe sex can greatly help in minimizing risk from STD. Consult with your professional health care provider for advice on getting tested for STD and other sexual health concerns.

title:Definitve Proof - Supplements Heal
author:Dr. William Parsons
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

No Money in Prevention
I have been recommending a wide variety of dietary supplements to my patients for the past 18 years.  Needless to say, this is not the norm for physicians.  The medical establishment as a whole is treatment driven rather the prevention driven.  There is much more profit in treating illness and disease rather than preventing it.  As a matter of fact, the healthcare industry, including the American Medical Association (AMA), medical schools, hospitals, research institutions and drug manufacturers, have made a concerted effort to obfuscate the truth about health supplements and their intrinsic value.  What little legitimate research and data, detailing the benefits of supplementation, that actually reaches the general public is quickly dismissed by the medical community as being "unsubstantiated" or "preliminary."  Whenever I relate to a colleague a patient's recovery from a chronic condition by simply adjusting their diet and prescribing the appropriate health supplements, I often become the recipient of an incredulous laugh or sarcastic comment.  At best, I am summarily dismissed with any one of a number of explanations to contradict what I know to be empirical evidence of successful treatment.  Supplements can neither treat nor prevent any serious illness or disease according to the vast majority of healthcare providers.
"Only highly trained medical professionals are able to successfully treat chronic illnesses."  This is the mantra of the traditional medical community. The most disturbing aspect of this attitude is that medical students receive little or no education regarding nutrition, dietary supplements or any alternative treatments.  There is no curriculum that includes preventative medicine.  Similarly, physicians do not augment their education with post-doctoral fellowships in nutrition or alternative treatment research.  Additional education or training in this area is non-existent.  Again, the primary motivating factor is not the patient's health and well being, it is treatment.  The healthcare system is reactive, not proactive, to such an extent that physicians do not recognize they are, in part, responsible for their patients' poor health.   Physicians wait for symptoms, diagnose the symptoms and then attempt to treat the condition.  A more pragmatic and cost-effective approach would be to administer healthcare systemically and organically.  Ignoring the importance of preventative medicine contributes to the astronomical cost of healthcare in this country, along with Medicaid/Medicare, frivolous lawsuits and unlimited tort awards.  For all these reasons, the average person is woefully misinformed about the benefits that proper nutrition and quality health supplements offer.
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Proper nutrition and regular exercise is the cornerstone of any effective health maintenance program.  Again, most people do not appreciate the tremendous impact their diet has on their overall health and longevity.  There are countless illnesses and diseases that are directly attributable to vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies.  It is crucial for you to learn about the nutrients contained in the foods you eat (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, etc.).  The only way to accomplish this is to read.  There is far too much data to impart to be sufficiently addressed in this article.  The Internet is probably the best and easiest venue for obtaining this type of material.
For a nutritionally sound-eating plan, refer to my "Eating for Health, Happiness and Successful Weight Control" (http://www.healthproductsusa.net/free_diet_health.htm) or, for a more structured diet, consider WebMD's weight loss program ("https://diet.webmd.com/webmddiet/default_main.aspx?referrer=1111_006_0000_0013&secure=1"), which I highly recommend.
Unfortunately, even the healthiest of diets will be somewhat nutritionally deficient due to processing, cooking, and mineral deficient soil.  Many food-processing methods, such as pasteurization, destroy essential nutrients necessary for good health.  Cooking food also removes many nutritional elements.  For decades, our farming soil has been virtually devoid of the 74 minerals necessary to sustain life (see http://www.healthproductsusa.net/govreports_health.htm).  Consequently, no matter how much healthful food we eat, without supplementation we are still "starving" for nutrients.  Therefore, as part of a comprehensive health maintenance regimen, I recommend that all my patients take a high-quality multivitamin (ingredients will differ for men and women), an absorbable mineral complex (either colloidal or an above-sea coral mineral), CoEnzyme Q10, an omega EFA group, methyl sulfonyl methane (MSM), chondroitin, colostrum and an immune system support supplement (as such beta-1,3D glucan).  It is important to note, however, supplements do not replace healthful food.  Their function is exactly as their name, "dietary supplements."  Patients that have incorporated a varied, healthful diet coupled with a consistent supplementation program report notably fewer ailments, with the exception of pre-existing conditions.
For patients with pre-existing conditions or new patients with previously undiagnosed conditions, I will, in many cases, prescribe additional supplements based on: dietary deficiency that may be causing the condition, case history, medical profile, symptomology and test results.
I consider pharmaceuticals a second tier modality and surgery and/or hospitalization a final option unless otherwise indicated.  Connective tissue and bone ailments are most easily treated with supplements and have the most dramatic results.  Vitamin K1, silica, chrondoitin, MSM, minerals, collagen and elastin are all elements that will facilitate connective tissue and bone (joint) ailment recovery.  I could cite a litany of conditions that were markedly improved.  Suffice to say, there have been very few patients, whether their condition(s) were minor or chronic, who did not realize at least some relief after taking the recommended supplements for an appropriate period of time.  To their pleasant surprise, many patients also experience unexpected ancillary health improvements beyond that of the targeted condition.
Although I have not methodically tracked the recovery success rate, I feel confident in reporting that a significant percentage of my patients have responded well to a nutrition modality.  To the extent that the use of more traditional modalities were not required.
For the defintive proof that supplements can heal, read the remainder of Dr. Parsons' article which can be found at Health Products USA (http://healthproductsusa.net).
Dehydration: A Common Problem

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Dehydration is more common than you may think.  It’s a commonly-known problem, occurring when the body looses too much fluid without having it replenished, but many people think that you only get dehydrated when you’re extremely thirsty and are exercising for a long period of time or stuck out in the Sahara desert with a cup of water and miles and miles of sand between you and the nearest oasis.  Of course, these examples are both true.  Many people who do exercise don’t drink enough water while they work out, and since they lose so much fluid through perspiration they do end up dehydrated.  The same is true for those trudging through the desert, but these are extreme cases.

Many people become dehydrated through the course of their daily lives because they’re not drinking enough water.  Often this happens gradually, and we’ll hardly notice it until at one point in the afternoon we feel extremely thirsty.  If this happens to you, it’s a good indicator that you’ve been dehydrated for awhile, since if you feel thirsty it’s a definite sign of dehydration.  Thirst isn’t the only side-effect; dehydration often leaves people feeling tired, lethargic, sickly, or even faint.  Though you may be drinking liquid, caffeinated beverages or drinks with high sugar content aren’t very good at hydrating you, and diuretics like coffee can even leave you more dehydrated.

Dehydration is also a big issue if your body is losing a lot of unabsorbed water through diarrhea or vomiting.  If this is the case, not only is the body losing a lot of water, people have a hard time replacing it if they feel sickly or nauseous.  In most cases this can be remedied by pushing fluids, and electrolyte mixtures often speed the process of recovery.  If the dehydration is serious it may be necessary to take fluids through an IV, though this is usually only required in extreme cases. 

The best way to avoid dehydration, both in times of illness and in day to day life, is to make sure that you’re drinking enough water.  It seems basic, but making an conscious effort to drink plenty of water over the course of the day can have great effects on your energy levels and your overall well-being.  It’s usually as simple as carrying around a water bottle or keeping a glass of water filled on your counter at home, since if the water is there in front of you, you’re more likely to drink before you get dehydrated.

Dehydration: The Silent Killer

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Dehydration is a major health concern that is often taken for granted by many.It may deplete the body of electrolytes and other necessary nutrients.      Intense dehydration may cause serious health ailments and even death. People should remember to drink lots of water to avoid this health condition.

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The human body is made up of about 70 percent water. Under normal conditions it loses some body water through sweat, tears, urine and stool. Water also evaporates from the skin and leaves the body in the form of vapor when people breathe. Because of these facts, dehydration becomes a major health concern among many individuals. Dehydration is a condition in which the body lacks water and electrolytes. Electrolytes are substances which contains free ions that are used by the body in important cellular activity. This condition may lead to serious ailments and even death if not given proper attention. 

      One major cause of dehydration is insufficient consumption of water. Coupled with intensely hot weather, insufficient water intake may lead to severe dehydration or heatstroke (severe form of heat illness). In addition to these factors, other causes of dehydration may include intense workouts and other excruciating physical activities. These activities may cause excessive sweating and deplete the body of electrolytes and other necessary nutrients. Other causes of dehydration can be digestive problems caused by defects, illness or reaction to gastric bypass or other surgeries on the stomach. Health ailments like nausea and vomiting or diarrhea are other causes of dehydration. Too much alcohol and coffee consumption may also cause dehydration. 

      Some signs of dehydration may include dizziness, sunken eyes, rapid heartbeat, dry mouth, fatigue, and irritability. It is important to give emphasis on the treatment of dehydration because untreated and extreme dehydration can cause shock. This happens when there are insufficient water in the brains and other important organs. 

      It is important to learn the signs of dehydration and treat them quickly before they worsen. If possible, individuals should try not get dehydrated in the first place. The aim in treating dehydration is to replace lost fluids and electrolytes. Plain water is the best option in the first three hours. Health specialists encourage the use of sports drink and other alternative drinks with electrolytes. These products may replenish lost nutrients faster than ordinary water. 

Here additional remedies that can be done to reduce the development of dehydration: 

    * Reduce or eliminate the consumption of dehydrating beverages like coffee, tea, and sodas. These drinks contain caffeine may increase the risk for dehydration.
    * If drinks with caffeine are consumed, it is advised that more water than the normal daily total. The dehydration caused by these drinks can be compensated by drinking additional water.
    * Include lots of fruits and vegetables in a diet. These foods have high water content and may increase the body's water content.
    * The sense of thirst is not a reliable dehydration indicator. Individuals may need water long before the sense of thirst is felt.

      Many cases of dehydration can be prevented by keeping the body cool and by avoiding hot environments. It is a preventable condition that can result to death if left unattended. Extreme care should be taken to prevent dehydration especially during sports activities and intensely hot weather. Home treatment is usually that is needed to treat mild dehydration. However, intense exhaustion and sever dehydration may need immediate medical attention. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and possible treatments for dehydration may enable many individuals to be conscious of their water intake and improve their health.

title:Delivery Mistakes – Cerebral Palsy
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Many experts believe that delivery mistakes lead to many cases of cerebral palsy.  Sometimes, delivery mistakes are strictly because of the mother.  For instance, premature deliveries have been documented as providing a greater risk of the child developing cerebral palsy.  Other factors include a prolonged rupture of the amniotic membranes, slow fetal heart rate during labor, complications from umbilical cord placement and abnormal presentation of the child.
Birth mistakes that do not come from the mother are often procedural errors made by the doctors.  Some of these errors have severe consequences.  It is very important that the doctor ensures that the baby has enough oxygen during the delivery.  If complications should arise, it is the responsibility of the doctor and the medical staff to act quickly to save the lives of both the mother and the child.  Sometimes a cesarean section is required to prevent birth asphyxia a condition that often results in brain damage, cerebral palsy and sometimes death.
If your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy by a condition that may have been prevented, it is your responsibility to contact a lawyer immediately.  Once certain delivery mistakes have been made, it is likely that they will occur again.  A qualified Cerebral Palsy attorney will notify you of your legal right to receive reparations for you and your family as well as work to prevent future medical negligence.
title:De-stress With a Spa-Adventure
author:Ruby Boyd
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Spas are a great way to relieve stress! Stressed out people are taking
advantage of Spas in record numbers.

More and more women, men and teens are prioritizing spa visits, making
salons and spas among the trendiest hangouts to date. Why?

One, Stress is one of the major causes of diseases like cancer and most
other sicknesses. It has been proven that the benefits of a spa
experience are very effective in reducing stress.

Second, where else can one feel pampered and beautiful at affordable

Most of all, they provide a fun way to just hang out with your friends
and acquaintances.

A spa gives you an all-encompassing experience.

Depending on ones choice, it can be a great way to jumpstart a diet or
make a major lifestyle change in a supportive environment. The relaxing atmospere
of a spa experience has a very powerful healing effect on your body.

It used to be that spas were about relaxation, beauty and pampering.

Now the new demand is for healing modalities- body therapies that focus
on moving energy in the body.

Basic treatments at a spa may involve several things:

The most popular service and the best place to start is therapeutic

Massage has a number of health benefits.

The second most popular service is the European facial.

This involves skin analysis, deep cleansing, massage, and extraction.
Body treatments are essentially facials for the whole body. The most
popular body treatment is a salt glow or body scrub.

Hydrotherapy tubs, steambaths and saunas may be included in the array
of utilities offered.

Saunas are deeply relaxing and a great way to melt away stress. They
are valuable in stimulating circulation, improving the elimination
of waste products through the skin.

Many spas offer manicures and pedicures, and spa/salons offer hair
cutting and styling services.                   

Some spas offer a wide selection of exercise and outdoor activities
to choose from. Even an exercise as simple as walking will make and
keep our bodies fit.

Our bodies can only function if the body structure is sound and our
blood is pure. Spas continue to be considered a sanctuary from stress.


Always check to see what's included. Meals? Treatments? Tax?
Service fees? And some resort spas even charge extra for yoga
or aerobic classes.

Tips of 15-20% are typical at day spas. The therapist gets just 40%
to 50% of the fee for the service at most, so they rely on tips.

Destination and resort spas often charge a service fee of 15-20%,
but they keep most of that-sometimes all of it-themselves. So if
you really appreciated your service, tips are appreciated if
not expected.

Best Spa-Bargains is that you can save by traveling off-season. In
the Northeast, rates are lower in the winter, higher in the summer.
It's the reverse in the Southwest and Florida.

Plan your stay during the week rather than on weekends. A Thursday
night arrival will cost more than a Sunday night arrival.

Look for special bring-a-friend programs. You can also make the
most of your time by arriving early in the morning on your first
day and leaving late your last day.

Last but not least is to simply enjoy!