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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Health , fitness and more..

Preparing For Pregnancy

Almost every woman is blessed with the capacity to bear a child at least once in her lifetime. It is considered to be one of the greatest gifts that a woman can give her husband. Bearing a child would make the couple more closer together, and at this certain point in their lives they can actually call themselves a family. Upon learning that the woman is pregnant, most couples enthusiastically start planning for her pregnancy and eventual childbirth.

When talking about pregnancy, it is important to know about preconception issues regarding on giving birth. A check up with the physician or midwife would be advisable for the woman in order to face facts on childbirth. Physical preparation is needed for giving birth, since this could really change the normal function of the woman's body. A caregiver would be helpful in preparing the woman's body in conceiving, and also impart information concerning potential problems in pregnancy. Anxiety is felt at this point, since the woman would really have to follow certain precautions in order to conceive a healthy baby. By seeking advice regarding on preconception, safety, lifestyle changes, prenatal vitamins, and the importance of folic acid, the woman could really prepare for giving birth.

In preparing for pregnancy, a change in the woman's lifestyle is needed. Smoking cigarettes is a definite no-no, and also the consumption of alcohol. These addictions can affect the health of both the woman and her unborn baby. A woman might need to lose or gain weight, according to her present weight relative to her height and build. Being too fat or too thin might bring complications for both the woman and the baby. A good start in preparing for childbirth would be to establish a fitness regime for the period of the pregnancy. Asking the physician about nutrition and working out would be recommended for possible questions regarding exercise and food intake.

Learning more about the woman's body while on the early stages of giving birth is essential for proper knowledge of the situation. Various parts of a woman's body have specific roles when it comes to pregnancy. Certain disorders from both prospective parents should be discussed with the physician for  additional health background information. Anxiety and stress is also felt by the couple since this is a very critical stage for the woman. Preconception stress is normal in women about to give birth, considering factors such as scheduling, sexuality, and self esteem, among many others.

When preparing for pregnancy, the couple should be confident enough to know how to handle a child. Knowledge of early pregnancy symptoms are also important since these are signs that giving birth would happen in due time. When the couple feels that they are ready, then a visit to the Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OBGYN) would help in gleaning more information on pregnancy. At this point, the couple can make use of a pregnancy calendar in order to follow the due course of giving birth.
Anxiety is often felt by women when they know that they are pregnant. Feelings of worry and tension are usual signs that shows her being anxious about giving birth. But by spending time with your husband, regular visits to the OBGYN, finding time to relax and unwind, with good exercise, anxiety should not be a problem at all. All you have to worry about is what to name the baby?

Cookie Cutter Low Carb Diet Plans Explained

Most diet plans, including low carb diet plans are best taken with a grain of salt, because although one may work for your best friend, it may not work for you. For those with serious weight problems and have co-existing issues such as hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar levels) or like some of us hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels) etc., the popular diet plans usually will not be able to cater to individual needs. We are all individuals and as such we need to feed ourselves as individuals, having said this some diet plans will be more beneficial for the general population that others. 
To assess which particular diet plan will be beneficial, you can follow these guidelines. They are very much common sense points, and provide a good framework which many nutrition professionals would broadly follow, and within which you can divide the scammy diet plans from those that can offer you safe and healthy diet ideas.
Diet offers sufficient balance and a variety of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
Diet does not exclude one particular food group, and encourage excessive consumption of another.
Diet encourages exercise to complement sensible eating habits.
Diet encourages awareness of portion sizes.
Diet does not encourage unrealistic quick weight loss.
Diet is backed up with medical research data.
In addition to these points, I've broadly outlined the low carb diet plans, which seem to be occupying the minds of dieters and researchers alike, as well as the research for and against pertinent to the low carb diet plans.
Low Carb Diets
A lot of the diet plans these days center around the low carb diet plans. These low carb diet plans are considered by some diet fads, others consider it the new wave in healthy eating. Diets such as The New Atkins Diet Revolution maintain that obese people are insulin sensitive and carbohydrates make them gain weight. Low carb diet plans such as The Zone lay down specific proportion of carbohydrates, protein and fats that should be consumed in order to lose weight and while fats are reduced, the main source of energy comes from the consumption of protein.
Low carb diet plans such as Sugar Busters, believe that sugar is your body’s most heinous weight loss enemy and since carbohydrates are the foods that are processed into sugars – carbohydrates should be limited. The Scarsdale Diet also is a low carb, high protein diet and offers a 2 week crash dieting plan.
Popular diets such as the South Beach Diet and the Carbohydrate Addicts Diet are also low carb diet plans that have become popular with dieters who have tried and failed at the Atkins diet. All these diets see themselves as the worlds answer to the obesity problem.
To be fair, there are significant and many research papers that support and argue against the low carb revolution, as yet the wider medical community has not fully made it’s mind up as to whether the diets are something that is favourable in the long term.
Recent research by Layman et. al., and Saris have found that the low carb and high protein diets provide little benefit to dieters.  Researchers found that when protein was moderately increased and carbohydrates proportionately decreased, insulin levels stabilised but no significant weight was lost.  Saris in his review concluded that it is probable that a low carb, high fat diet will increase the likelihood of weight gain.   
While there is a lot of evidence against the low carb philosophy, there is also a lot of evidence to support it.  Research published in May, 2004, found that when patients on a low carb diet were compared with patients on a low fat diet, those patients who had consumed a low carb diet had a greater weight loss, decreased triglyceride levels and increased levels of HDL's - in other words their cholesterol levels had improved.  To put the icing on the cake research has just been published to support the long term efficacy of eating a low carb diet.Despite the evidence to support low carb diet plans, mainstream medicine still does not recommend them.  The main points of contention with the low carb, high protein diets is that they don’t offer balance and variety and could prove dangerous for people at risk of heart disease. Particularly with low carb diet plans such as the scarsdale diet, they are not realistic and cannot be maintained in the long term causing yo-yo dieting and no one wants that ! References:
Wim HM Saris Sugars, energy metabolism, and body weight control Am J Clin Nutr 78: 850S-857S
Donald K. Layman, Harn Shiue, Carl Sather, Donna J. Erickson and Jamie Baum Increased Dietary Protein Modifies Glucose and Insulin Homeostasis in Adult Women during Weight Loss Nutrition.org
Yamashita T, Sasahara T, Pomeroy SE, Collier G, Nestel PJ. Arterial compliance, blood pressure, plasma leptin, and plasma lipids in women are improved with weight reduction equally with a meat-based diet and a plant-based diet. Metabolism. 1998 Nov;47(11):1308-14.
Yancy WS Jr, Olsen MK, Guyton JR, Bakst RP, Westman EC. A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-fat diet to treat obesity and hyperlipidemia: a randomized, controlled trial.

title:#1 Liquid Vitamin Myth
author:Daniel Weigum
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3327.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Liquid vitamins have been taking the vitamin supplement spot light.  Questionable facts and liquid vitamin claims have plagued the minds of many.  The vitamin absorption truth has finally arrived.
The most controversial liquid vitamin myth has to be vitamin absorption superiority.  Pill form vitamins offer up to 30% absorption rates while liquid vitamins boast a 90% absorption rate.  It is time to prove or disprove this fact in a visual manner.
The fact testing approach performed involves a very simple experiment.  The experiment began with a theory.  For a nutrient to be absorbed into the blood stream, it will have to be completely simplified before passing through the body’s membranes; the villi in the small intestine or the mucous membrane.  With this in mind, a pill must be simplified before any nutrient absorption can take place.  This will limit the pill form vitamin to basically one pathway of entry into the blood stream; the small intestine.
Liquid vitamins fortunately increase the number of entry pathways into the body which allows for a better absorption rate.  A liquid vitamin is already in simplest form.  As you drink the liquid vitamin, absorption is already taking place in your mouth’s mucous membrane as well as through tissue in your esophagus.
Now, vitamin absorption has to be more than theory.  Visual proof of the vitamin supplements ability to pass through a very small membrane has to be possible.  With a few items from your kitchen, visual proof is finally possible.  A coffee filter can simulate the permeable membrane nutrients must pass through in our bodies.  Lemon juice has a pH level comparable to stomach acid. Stomach acid pH levels can range from 1 to 3 depending on conditions in the stomach.  Lemon juice has a pH level of 2.3.  Two vitamins were chosen based on high popularity and availability but will be kept anonymous to preserve the universal nature of this experiment.
With the vitamin absorption experiment planning complete, the experiment was performed leaving only visual vitamin absorption facts behind.  All components were weighed before and after the experiment.  Both vitamins spent equal time in the stomach acid equivalent as well as filtering through the coffee filter.  The experiment time frames were meant to simulate digestion as closely as possible which takes approximately 2-4 hours in the stomach.
After the filtering process was complete, the vitamin absorption facts were finally visually displayed.  The weight analysis revealed 0.2 of an ounce filtered from the liquid vitamin supplement and 0.8 of an ounce filtered from the pill form vitamin.  This coincides with the absorption rate facts put to the test. Visual proof of the liquid vitamins ability to absorb approximately 3 to 4 times more efficiently than a pill form vitamin resides in the coffee filter.
Copyright 2005 Daniel Weigum

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title: 7 Simple Tips to Help Fulfill Your Weight Loss Resolutions
author:Tracy Lee
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3782.shtml
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"Goals...
...and resolutions."
Yes, it's that time of the year again.
Why is it that every time Jan 1st comes around, everyone starts to think about their new resolutions for the year? Or perhaps "new" isn't the correct word -- perhaps "recycled" is more apt?  After all, isn't it true that for most people, "resolutions are made to be broken?"
Goals are a wonderful way to inspire us towards getting the things in life that we want, but more often than not, they simply end up unattained and we get frustrated (again) at the end of the year.
But it doesn't have to be so.
Really.
You can attain your goals or resolutions, but only IF you know how to go about setting them up correctly in the first place.  And I'll give you a few useful pointers to help you get started on the right track...
- Begin with the end in mind.  What's the end result you want to achieve?  Do you want to lose weight?  Or do you want to drop 1 dress size instead?
- Get specific and be realistic.  It's not enough to just say "I want to lose weight."  How much do you want to lose _exactly_?  By when?  A better goal is to say "I want to lose 11 pounds in 3 months."  And make sure your goal is realistic.  If you want to drop 27 pounds, it's not realistic to say you want to do that within the next 7 days, not to mention that it's not healthy to do that!  Or if you've been putting on the weight slowly over the last 10 years, it's not quite realistic to say you want to go back to your weight 10 years ago within a month.
- Break it down into smaller and easier "baby steps."  Let's say you want to lose 20 pounds.  That seems like an insurmountable task, but it becomes easier to manage if you look at it as losing an average of 1 pound per week, over a course of 20 weeks.  Now's that manageable!  For you to lose a pound a week, you only need to create a calorie deficit of about 500 calories per day by controlling your diet and increasing your amount of exercises.
- Okay, now for the big "secret" -- the missing key to achieving your goals: Write down your "Why" i.e. what are you doing this for?  Most people skip this step, and it's a primary reason why they never seem to achieve their goals. It's absolutely critical for you to write down the reasons why you want to achieve each specific goal.  For example, if the goal is to "lose 20 pounds in 6 months," write down why you want to lose that weight.  And here's another tip: Make it "personal and emotional."  The more "emotional" the reason, the more likely you'll be driven towards the goal. So, let's say you've got kids.  An example of a good "reason why" is "I know being overweight is a leading cause of many health problems -- I will lose the 20 pounds and get healthier so that I will not be a burden to my children, and be able to stay healthy long enough to attend my daughter's wedding and be there to carry my grandchildren." A ssuming all these things are important to you, of course. :-)  But I'm sure you get the picture.
- "Write it down and put it up!"  It's usually not good enough to just think of the goals in your head.  You need to write down all your specific goals and the "reasons why," and then paste it up where you will look at it every day. Don't write it down on a notebook and chuck that inside the drawer.  Instead, paste it up on your dressing table mirror, or anywhere else that is in plain sight.  Remember, "out of sight, out of mind!"
- Do not be too ambitious.  Aim for a loss of 1-2 pounds per week, at the max!  Losing more than that amount is bad for you.  And it'll most probably be caused by a loss of water and/or muscle, rather than your unwanted excess body fat.
- Be realistic and "go with the flow."  The pounds didn't come on overnight, so don't expect them to disappear in a jiffy too.  And sometimes the weight loss isn't as fast (or as much) as planned.  But don't get stressed out, because stress will only add on the pounds.  It's important that you don't think of the weight loss process as "all or nothing." Instead, think of it as "slowly but surely."  The weight may go up a little sometimes, but if you stick to your plan, you'll still be delighted at the end of the year!
Use these simple steps and make a positive difference to your life this year!  Best of luck!
Copyright 2006 Tracy Lee
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Title: 
"A Better You" Your 7 days program to self-improvement

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Summary:
Is your self-esteem ,on the rocky side.Here is some helpfull hints to improve,the better you i.n seven days.


Keywords:
self help selfhelp self-improvement selfgrowth


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I seem to lost count on how many times I've read and heard of celebrity marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don't), it seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living the fairytale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we all have to stop sticking our heads in the clouds and face reality.

There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem despite of how trivial it could get. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of self.

So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Here are some of the things you can think and improve on that should be enough for a week.

1. Know your purpose 
Are you wandering through life with little direction - hoping that you'll find happiness, health and prosperity? Identify your life purpose or mission statement and you will have your own unique compass that will lead you to your truth north every time.

This may seem tricky at first when you see yourself to be in a tight or even dead end. But there's always that little loophole to turn things around and you can make a big difference to yourself.

2. Know your values 
What do you value most? Make a list of your top 5 values. Some examples are security, freedom, family, spiritual development, learning. As you set your goals for 2005 - check your goals against your values. If the goal doesn't align with any of your top five values - you may want to reconsider it or revise it.

The number shouldn't discourage you, instead it should motivate you to do more than you can ever dreamed of.

3. Know your needs 
Unmet needs can keep you from living authentically. Take care of yourself. Do you have a need to be acknowledged, to be right, to be in control, to be loved? There are so many people who lived their lives without realizing their dreams and most of them end up being stressed or even depressed for that matter. List your top four needs and get them met before it's too late!

4. Know your passions 
You know who you are and what you truly enjoy in life. Obstacles like doubt and lack of enthusiasm will only hinder you, but will not derail your chance to become the person you ought to be. Express yourself and honor the people who has inspired you to become the very person you wanted to be.

5. Live from the inside out 
Increase your awareness of your inner wisdom by regularly reflecting in silence. Commune with nature. Breathe deeply to quiet your distracted mind. For most of us city slickers it's hard to even find the peace and quiet we want even in our own home. In my case I often just sit in a dimly lit room and play some classical music. There's sound, yes, but music does soothe the savage beast.

6. Honor your strengths 
What are your positive traits? What special talents do you have? List three - if you get stuck, ask those closest to you to help identify these. Are you imaginative, witty, good with your hands? Find ways to express your authentic self through your strengths. You can increase your self-confidence when you can share what you know to others.

7. Serve others 
When you live authentically, you may find that you develop an interconnected sense of being. When you are true to who you are, living your purpose and giving of your talents to the world around you, you give back in service what you came to share with others -your spirit - your essence. The rewards for sharing your gift with those close to you is indeed rewarding, much more if it were to be the eyes of a stranger who can appreciate what you have done to them.

Self-improvement is indeed one type of work that is worth it. It shouldn't always be within the confines of an office building, or maybe in the four corners of your own room. The difference lies within ourselves and how much we want to change for the better.

title: Acne Scar  Solution
author:Martha Fitzharris
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4890.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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After deciding visiting a dermatologist, you may wonder whether prescription drugs are effective for the prevention of acne as well. Experts say that all standard dermatological treatments for adult acne should also be used for prevention.  
If topical combination therapy of traditional medicine is unsuccessful, then your dermatologists may suggest that you begin taking oral antibiotics such as tetracycline, erythromycin, or minocycline while using topical creams. They may also suggest that you undergo some laser treatments just to get rid of those acne scars.
Fortunately, there are other ways to do it naturally. There are skin care products these days that have natural ingredients and biological substances that are effective in treating acne scars as well.
However, these acne scar treatments will be useless if you fail to identify the causes of acne. Chances are, it will only re-occur and get back to being a problem once again. So, it’s always better to identify its causes before you treat the acne and get rid of the scar.
Some experts explain acne breakouts based on a psychological dilemma. They say that a persistent skin symptom can be a message from your inner self.  Stress and an imbalanced diet may be triggering this skin problem.
Avoid stress as it can trigger the accumulation of acne. Try saying no more often, it’s just like when your plate is full, don’t put more on it. Instead, practice finding some quiet time for yourself and try to rest more on weekends.
Indeed, there are no nippy fixes in treating acne and acne scars. It may involve a lot of processes and products which may vary depending on how you will utilize them or what your doctor will prescribe.
However, the best part of treating them is to stay on the natural side. Use skin care products that contain biological substances and try to maintain a no stressed life. In this way, you will surely obtain that wonderful skin you had before. 
Bio Skin Care cream is a natural treatment for Acne scars due to its natural components. Clinical trials have shown that the best skin renewal and skin repair results are achieved when exfoliation of damaged cells is combined with SKIN REGENERATING ACTIVATORS. That’s why this cream will resolve your skin problems.
Other reasons:
1. This cream also contains natural antibiotics that fights infection
2. It has natural skin regenerating ingredients that eliminates, if not eradicate, dark or red spots which causes the ugly appearance of scars.
3. It has glycolic acid that facilitates skin renewal.
4. It has vitamins that curbs swelling and irritation.
5. It promotes the elaboration of the two most important ingredients that facilitate skin renewal: elastin and collagen. These two are the one responsible in maintaining the moisture in the skin at the same time preserving its elasticity as the skin is on its healing process.
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title:"B" Vitamins, Unleash The Beast Inside You
author:Andy Casasanta
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3252.shtml
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This is another vitamin article that I have written, but the only difference is that this one goes into more detail about specific vitamins.  My previous articles do not do that.  Those articles were more of a short introduction into vitamins, their role and their best food source.  I'll start with 2 water Soluble Vitamins and 1 fat soluble vitamins.
Water Soluble Vitamins:  These are water-soluble vitamins that are not stored in the body and must be replaced each day. These vitamins are Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Folic Aid, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin and vitamin C.
Lets start with the b vitamins:  Vitamin  B1 is needed to process carbs, fats, and proteins.  Vitamin  b1 is required by everybody to form the fuel the body runs on.  Every nerve cell requires vitamin b1 to function properly. Wheat germ, peas, beans, enriched flour, fish, peanuts, and meat  are all  excellent sources of vitamin b1. People with advancing age, a poor diet and too much alcohol consumption may result in vitamin b1 deficiency. The suggested RDA for vitamin b1 is unclear but The amount found in most multivitamin supplements is more than enough. Vitamin b1 works hand in hand with vitamin b2 and vitamin b3.
Vitamin b2:  Helps release energy from foods. Essential for healthy eyes, skin, nails and hair. Their sources are: Whole grains, brewer's yeast, torula yeast, wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds,cooked leafy vegetables.  The suggested RDA for vitamin b2 is unclear but The amount found in most multivitamin supplements is more than enough.
Please note, be aware that vitamin b3 or Niacin, as its commonly known as, may cause a reaction in some people.  Itching and or burning are two of the symptoms.  The author of this article found that out the hard way.     Fat-soluble vitamins: Theses vitamins  are A, D, E and K.  These vitamins are dissolved in fat and stored, therefore they are not needed every day in the diet.  Over consumption of fat soluble vitamins may pose a risk of toxicity.
Vitamin A:  Vitamin a is a fat soluble vitamin and as mentioned before, should not be consumed in excess.   For the maintenance of skin, mucous membranes, bones, teeth, and hair; eye sight. Their sources are: green vegetables, melon, squash, tomatoes.
Well that's it for this article.  Look for more of my vitamin articles coming soon.
The information presented in this article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or condition.  This article is not a substitute for a health care professional.  Please consult a medical professional before beginning any vitamin program.
Copyright 2005 Andy Casasanta

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title:"Banking Calories": Eat Less Now To Pig Out Later???
author:Tom Venuto
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3679.shtml
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Suppose you’re on a diet and you have a banquet or a holiday party coming up. You’re expecting a big meal to be served for dinner, and there will be open bar with lots and lots of “party snacks.” You’re not sure if there will be any healthy food there, but you are sure that you’re going to be in a festive, partying mood! What should you do? Should you cut back on your food earlier in the day to make room for the big feast?
What I’ve just described is commonly known as "banking calories," which is analogous to saving calories like money because you're going to consume more later, and it’s a very common practice among dieters. If you’re really serious about your diet and fitness goals however, then the answer is no, you should NOT “bank calories! Here's why and here's what you should do instead:
First of all, if you're being really honest with yourself, you have to agree that there's almost always something healthy to eat at any gathering. You know those tables you see at holiday parties that are covered with yards of chips, dips, pretzels, cookies, salami, candies, cheese, punch, liquor, and a seemingly endless assortment of other goodies? Well, did you also notice that there's usually a tray full of carrot sticks, cauliflower, celery, fruit, turkey breast and other healthy snacks too?
No matter where you are, you always have options, so make the best choice you can based on whatever your options are. If nothing else, you can choose to eat a small portion of "party foods" rather than a huge portion.
If you skip meals or eat less earlier in the day to bank calories for a big feast at night, you are thinking only in terms of calories, but yo’re depriving yourself of the valuable nutrition you need all day long in terms of protein (amino acids), carbohydrates, essential fats, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that come from healthy food, as well as the small frequent meals required to stoke the furnace of your metabolism.
Not only that, but eating less early in the day in anticipation for overeating later is more likely to increase your appetite, causing you to binge or eat much more than you thought you would at night when the banquet does arrive.
Eating healthy food earlier in the day is likely to fill you up and you'll be less likely to overeat in the evening. High fiber foods, healthy fats and especially lean protein, tend to suppress your appetite the most.
I don’t like the concept of "banking calories." Your body just doesn't work that way - it tends to seek equilibrium by adjusting your appetite to the point where you consume the same total amount of calories in the end anyway.
Even if it worked the way you wanted it to, why would you eat less (starve) in an attempt to burn more fat, then overeat (binge) and put the fat right back on? Why allow yourself to put on fat in the first place?
A starving and bingeing pattern will almost certainly cause more damage than an occasional oversize meal. Some dieticians might even say that this kind of behavior borders on disordered eating.
A better approach is to stay on your regular menu of healthy foods and small meals through the entire day - business as usual - and then go ahead and treat yourself to a "cheat meal," but sure to keep your portions small.
It should be a big relief to know that on special occasions, whether it's a party, restaurant meal, banquet or holiday dinner, you can eat whatever you want with little or no ill effect on body composition, as long as you respect the law of calorie balance. However, you CANNOT starve and binge and expect not to reap negative consequences.
To burn fat and be healthy, you don't have to be a "party pooper" or completely deny yourself of foods you enjoy, but you do need to have the discipline to stick with your regular meal plan most of the time and control your portion sizes all of the time.
Copyright 2005 Tom Venuto
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title:“Bodybuilding Sins” That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts
author:Steve Hefferon, CMT and Jesse Cannone, CFT
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1240.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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It’s one thing for someone who sits at a computer all day and never exercises to have back pain, but for a bodybuilder, someone who spends hours and hours each week pouring everything they’ve got into building muscle, it should be criminal!
The reason we say this is because, if you are going to spend so much time, money, and energy trying to build the “perfect body”, you have to make sure that you not only look good, but also feel good… 
We’ve identified what we call “Bodybuilding Sins” that lead to back pain, sciatic pain, and other injuries… read em and take action now if you are serious about bodybuilding and are fed up with your back pain.
Because there is so much information to share with you, we’ve broken it down into a series of 5 articles, each covering a different component of how back pain affects bodybuilders. 
Here’s a breakdown of the articles to look for:
 
Article #1 - Choosing The WRONG Exercises (below)
Article #2 - Training Variations for Pain Relief and Maximum Results
Article #3 - Targeted Stretching
Article #4 - Targeted Exercises
Article #5 - Rest, Recovery, and Injury Prevention

Article #1 - Choosing the WRONG Exercises
Get ready, this is gonna hurt! The exercises most bodybuilders focus on the most, are the ones that cause the most problems… hopefully, you’re different J
But before we share with you what those exercise are, let’s talk real quickly about what bodybuilding is…
The goal of bodybuilding isn’t to get as big as you can, or at least to us it isn’t and shouldn’t be, but to build a balanced body that is as strong as possible in every way. For example, while being freakishly big may get people’s attention, it serves you no purpose at all… 
while on the other hand, what if you were not only big, but also extremely strong and powerful, lightning fast, flexible, and agile enough to kick ass if needed? 
So many bodybuilders build massive amounts of muscle yet are so unbelievably weak and inflexible… for example, we know a guy who can bench press over 350 lbs but can’t do a measly 50 push-ups!
The point is, the exercises you choose and how you perform them not only determine how big, strong, and flexible you are, but also affect how your body functions and whether or not you suffer from aches, pains, and injuries like back pain and sciatic pain.
Ok, here they are… the exercises that create the most problems and are most likely to lead to back pain:

Bench Press
Leg Extension

So, any of your favorites on this list?
While there are others, these are the two that cause the most damage.
There are several reasons why these exercises made our list of the “worst bodybuilding exercises”. First, all of them target areas that already tend to get worked a lot in everyday life and often times are overdeveloped… 
and by focusing so much on these exercises you end up creating muscle imbalances, or worsening existing muscle imbalances, which pull your bones and joints out of their normal position… 
and this leads to uneven pressure and wear and tear on your muscle, ligaments, tendons, bones, and joints and will sooner or later lead a break down or injury.
For example, chronic overuse of the bench press, coupled with little or no exercises targeting the upper back, leads to an overdevelopment of the chest and a lack of strength and development in the upper back…
This all too common combination leads to what we call “Turtle Back”. You know what we’re talking about, when the shoulders are pulled so far forward, lats are as wide as barn, and from behind, their back looks like a giant sea turtle shell!
This “Turtle Back” posture can create neck, upper back, and shoulder pain and injuries faster than you can pop an Advil!
Plus, how many times during your day are you forced to lie on your back and push up a bar loaded with weights? There are so many better exercises for chest development that not only stimulate more muscle, but also build more usable strength.
Now let’s talk about the fabulous thigh builder, the leg extension…
Not only does it place an unbelievable amount of strain on the knee joint, but it also will quickly overdevelop the quads, which are already getting far more work than their counterpart, the hamstrings.
An imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstrings, which is also extremely common in bodybuilders, is a key contributor to back pain. This imbalance is easily identifiable by what people often call “Bubble Butt” or “Ghetto Booty”.
So hopefully you can see how important it is to choose your exercises wisely. We strongly recommend you cut out these exercises, or at least cut back on using them and add in targeted exercises for the opposing muscle groups and targeted stretches for those tight, overdeveloped muscles. 
The key to eliminating back pain, or any other ache, pain or injury for that matter, is to bring your body closer to balance…
What good is muscle if you can’t use it? How many more workouts are you going to miss because of back, neck, or shoulder pain? How much bigger and stronger could you be if back pain and other injuries weren’t ruining your training?
Just imagine how bad things will be 10, 20, or 30 years from now if you don’t make changes to your training now… but don’t take our word for it, ask some of the older bodybuilders who are paying the price now... you can spot them easily at the gym because they limp around trying to find something they CAN do.
Look for the next article, “Training Variations for Pain Relief and Maximum Results” very soon and in the mean time, if you are suffering from back pain or sciatic pain, here’s what you need to do…
Head on over to our website http://www.losethebackpain.com now to find out exactly what’s causing your back pain and the specific steps you need to take to get relief fast and get back to training at 100%.
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title:“Bodybuilding Sins” That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts: Part 2
author:Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS  and Steve Hefferon, CMT
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1452.shtml
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Welcome to article number 2 in our series “Bodybuilding Sins That Cause Back Pain and Missed Workouts”. In this article we are going to talk about how bodybuilders tend to create massive muscle imbalances and what you can do to not be one of them.
If you missed the first article, you can read it by clicking on the link below.
Here’s a breakdown of the articles to look for:

Article #1 - Choosing The WRONG Exercises
Article #2 - Training Variations for Pain Relief and Maximum Results 
Article #3 - Targeted Stretching 
Article #4 - Targeted Exercises 
Article #5 - Rest, Recovery, and Injury Prevention

Article #2 - Training Variations for Pain Relief and Maximum Results
Bodybuilders are a stubborn bunch… almost as bad as runners! And they tend to follow the “HERD” doing whatever exercises and routines the “pros” are doing...
Now, if your goal is to be as big as possible and you are not at all concerned with your health and fitness, don’t even bother this article… this article is for bodybuilders who ARE concerned about their health and want to be big, strong, powerful, and agile… if that’s you, read on…
The reason so many bodybuilders suffer from so many different injuries is because there are several things the “pros” don’t tell you…
First off, the articles that you see in all the muscle mags aren’t even written by the “pros”… and the workout routines they recommend are always extreme and often not even used by the “pro” who supposedly wrote because their main goal is to sell magazines… not give you the real deal on bodybuilding.
If you are serious about bodybuilding and want to achieve your true peak, you need to stay injury free… and that’s just about impossible if you train they way most bodybuilders do.
There are several key strategies that you can use right now to not only eliminate any aches, pains and injuries you currently have, but also keep from creating more muscle imbalances in the future. For a more detailed article on muscle imbalances go to http://www.losethebackpain.com/achesandpainsarticle.html 
Strategy #1 - Target the Weaklings!
No, we don’t mean the exercises you think your weak at, or even the muscles you think are underdeveloped… what we mean is the muscles that are weak in relation to the opposing muscle group. 
For example, in the first article we talked about why the Leg Extension is not a great exercise and why it’s responsible for so many cases of knee, hip, and back pain… and the reason is, most people, especially bodybuilders, are already over developed and stronger in the quadriceps… and usually have a significant imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstrings.
Another reason bodybuilders tend to develop so many severe muscle imbalances is because they emphasize the front of the body more than the back… a great example of this is what we call “The T-shirt Muscle Workout” and it usually consists of dozens of sets of chest and biceps… 
you know what we mean… in just one workout you do flat bench, incline, decline, pec deck, dumbbell fly, cable cross overs… and then for biceps you’ve got barbell curls, dumbbell curls, preacher curls, cable curls, machine curls, and the list goes on…
So instead of emphasizing the muscles that are already strong, why not really hit those weak and under worked muscles like: neck, upper back, shoulder rotators, hamstrings, glutes, hip rotators, lower abs, and shins.
These areas tend to be weak, tight, out of balance with their opposing muscles, prone to muscle strains and pulls and most importantly, these imbalances lead to major injuries and conditions like back pain, knee pain, rotator cuff tears, tendonitis and others. 
All of these conditions are caused by muscle imbalances and will NOT go away unless you work towards correcting the imbalances… and the only way to know for sure which imbalances are causing your pain or injury is to do a series of physical assessments like the ones covered in our “Lose the Back Pain Video”.
Strategy #2 - Experiment!
Here’s a personal challenge for you: Replace at least 1 of your normal weekly workouts with something totally different like combat martial arts, kettle bell training, functional training, or even strongman style exercises.
For example, instead of doing your super heavy, 3 inch partial rep leg presses, try a single leg squat… and if that’s easy, try adding weight! Or instead dozens of sets of shoulder presses and lateral raises, see if you can do 1 handstand push-up.
Those are just a few examples… do yourself a favor and experiment with other types of exercises.  You can find hundreds of different types of training styles by taking classes, reading books, watching videos, surfing the web, hire a personal trainer, etc. 
We aren’t asking you to give up your traditional workouts… but just cross-train a bit so you not only work towards a balanced body but also towards a stronger, more powerful and usable strength. Again, what good is muscle if you can’t use it!
Strategy #3 - Switch It Up! 
Another great way to minimize the number of missed workouts due to injuries is to vary the exercises that you do for each muscle group. For example, if you always do barbell squats try rotating in other exercises like single-leg leg presses, trap-bar dead-lifts, d-bell squats, etc.
Conclusion
Remember, the key to eliminating injuries and preventing future ones is to identify what areas you need to target. In the next two articles we’ll be discussing in detail, how to address various injuries like back, hip, knee, and shoulder pain with targeted exercises and stretches. In the meantime, be sure to read thru all of our detailed Articles and if you have questions, please post them in our Discussion Forum.
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Title: 
"Breaking Point: The Factors Behind Insanity"

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560

Summary:
Insanity is one of those things that most psychological texts attempt to categorize, illustrate, and analyze, but never outright define. Indeed, from some standpoints, insanity and sanity are too relative to the individual and his circumstances to be given any single, all-encompassing definition. There are, however, several key factors to be noted among the various “forms” of insanity known to modern mental health experts.


Keywords:
mental health, stress, depression, stress and anxiety, social anxiety, 


Article Body:
What can drive someone to insanity? Certainly, insanity is something that is commonly understood (or misunderstood) and usually carries some sort of stigma in the popular consciousness. If you believe in modern psychology and psychiatry, there are literally thousands of forms of insanity that a person can end up developing over a lifetime. Some of them, like depression, are temporary, while others, like social anxiety, require more work for a person to get through. However, there appears to be some commonality as to what actually brings about most of the forms of insanity that people go through. Which brings the question to bear: is there a common, underlying trigger that compromises the stability of a person's mental health?

Things like stress and anxiety are often cited, as most of the common (and several uncommon) mental health issues are triggered by one of the two. Continued exposure to stress can eventually push someone beyond their “breaking point,” with the form of insanity afterwards being affected by external factors. This is often a long, strenuous process because most people have some level of resistance to such things, allowing them to at least survive the stressful period with their sanity intact. Additionally, the process may not even really result in insanity, with most of the population serving as proof of this theory. Prolonged stress can affect a person's behavior and outlook, but it is also known that several other factors can increase or reduce the impact of this. In some cases, stress and anxiety can merely even have the opposite effect, depending on the person's personal outlook.

Emotions are also said to play a critical role in driving or pushing people into insanity, with feelings being so closely tied to mental health. A person's emotional state can often be a reflection of a person's relative state of mental stability, but may also become an effect of fractured sanity. There is no doubting that emotions can disrupt and affect a person's thought processes and make them do things that they normally would not do. It has also been noted that extremely emotional situations and heavy emotional trauma can permanently affect a person's mind, often resulting in a condition that requires therapy to eventually overcome. However, it is rather arguable that emotions are merely augmenting the effects of stress and pressure, not a factor in itself.

Trauma is also frequently cited as having drastic effects on a person's sanity, particularly if it occurs during the formative years. The extreme psychological and emotional impact that trauma victims have to endure can often force some past the breaking point, having permanent effects on their mental health. However, it should be noted that trauma tends to be little more than a combination of stressful and emotional factors, usually mixed in with extreme circumstances. The vulnerability of the person's psyche plays a larger role here than in other potential causes of insanity, which explains why trauma encountered later on in life does not have the same general effect as similar events encountered during childhood.

Ultimately, insanity is something that, like sanity, must be defined on an individual basis. What is sane for one person in a given society may not be considered such by a different person within the same society. Insanity is a matter of context in this case, which is the assumption that some psychological texts make.

title:‘But I Don’t Want Muscles!’ - Part 1: What Muscle is, and how to Build (or Avoid) it
author:Tanja Gardner
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One of the common comments I hear from my female clients is, “Please don’t give me any weights work – I don’t want any muscle, I just want to tone.” The reasons differ from client to client, but it most often they seem to be based on a misunderstanding of what muscle is, how we build it, what it has to do with weight loss – or some combination of the above. There’s a lot of misinformation outside of the fitness world about muscles and what they do, so I’d like to spend the next two articles exploring the realities behind the myths.
WHAT IS MUSCLE?
When I was younger, I’d never really thought about what the ‘stuff’ between my skin and my bones was made of. I understood that muscles were what bodybuilders had, and fat was something that made you fat, and that I had some of each. I think, though, that I believed that they existed inside some kind of other substance that filled the space between my skin and my bones. Then, in secondary school, I learned that, in a healthy person, most of this magical substance was just muscle. In fact, I learned that, aside from my body’s networks of organs, blood vessels and nerves, and my skeleton there isn’t really much under my skin except for muscle and fat. 
I learned that muscles were an incredible network of fibres that allowed me to move my limbs, to stay sitting or standing upright, to talk, breathe, and pretty much to translate any thought I had into action of some kind. I learned that if I didn’t use them, muscles would shrink and weaken, and if I did, they’d grow stronger. And I learned that as my muscles grew stronger, so did I.
All of this was quite a revelation for me at the time, so I can understand the initial confusion that exists amongst so many of my clients – why they want to tone without building muscles. The truth though, is that muscle is the only thing under their skin that can be toned, and that ‘toning’ often simply means that muscles become slightly more visible (which then makes the whole body look smoother and firmer). So without enough muscle to start with, there’s nothing there that can be toned.
BULIDING THE RIGHT SIZED MUSCLES
Often, the clients I speak to don’t have a problem with the idea of a little muscle. The problem is that many don’t realise it isn’t an ‘all or nothing’ thing. Unfortunately, because of the lack of clear information out there in the media, the only image they have to associate ‘women’ with ‘muscle’ is one of a female bodybuilder at the peak of her competition physique. Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting such a physique if that’s a client’s aim, but for most of the women I speak to, the possibility of developing such large, defined muscles is really quite scary!
Those kinds of muscles, however, don’t happen quickly or easily. Really large muscles require long, intense workouts over a period of time, and a base level of testosterone – a hormone most women don’t have in sufficient quantities (without the use of steroids, anyway) for size to become a problem. Granted, there are women with naturally high testosterone levels (and I’m one!), who will put on muscle more quickly. But even for me, muscles don’t suddenly appear, fully-formed overnight. So if I notice I’m gradually building size in an area I don’t want it, it’s not difficult for me to change my training in that body area to gradually reduce the size again.
Also, many people believe any kind of weights work will automatically increase muscle size. The truth is that not all training produces size increases. There are a number of variables you can play with in strength training – the heaviness of the weight, the number of repetitions of the movement, and the time you allow yourself to rest between groups of repetitions (or sets). Very generally speaking, training with a heavy weight and low repetitions in each set will increase strength; training with a medium-to-heavy weight and medium repetitions will increase muscle size; and training with a lighter weight with high repetitions per set will increase endurance. 
In practice, it’s not actually quite this simple, and there are other factors to consider. The important point is that not all training will increase muscle size, that some muscle is necessary if you want to tone, and that working with a competent trainer will help ensure you get only the results that you want from your training.
In Part 2 of the article (http://optimumlife.co.nz/Fitness%20Articles/Muscle/Muscle2.htm), we look at why muscle is so important for weight management and long- term health. 
Copyright 2005 Tanja Gardner
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Title: 
"Car Accidents: The Expressway to The Next Life"

Word Count:
589

Summary:
According to a recent study, car accidents ranked ninth out of the top ten causes of death world wide.  It also ranked first among the top ten accident-caused deaths.  Over 40,000 Americans die in car crashes every year.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is involved in a car accident every ten seconds. It is estimated that every 12 minutes, a person dies in a car crash. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans 35 years old and younger.


Keywords:
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Article Body:
According to a recent study, car accidents ranked ninth out of the top ten causes of death world wide.  It also ranked first among the top ten accident-caused deaths.  Over 40,000 Americans die in car crashes every year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is involved in a car accident every ten seconds. It is estimated that every 12 minutes, a person dies in a car crash. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans 35 years old and younger.  In 2002 alone, there has been a reported 43,005 deaths caused by car accidents.

What are the leading causes of car accidents?

Car accidents can often be attributed to driver recklessness or negligence, the vehicles involved in an accident, and road and weather conditions at the time of the accident.  

Driver Negligence.

Driver negligence may manifest in many forms.  It may be because of rubbernecking, driving under the influence of alcohol, the driver’s lack of experience, or an aggressive driving behavior.  

Under driver negligence, rubbernecking had been reported as the top cause of car accidents.  This happens when motorists stop to look at other accidents they pass by and lose concentration on the road ahead.  This distraction ends up in a chain of accidents that could have been avoided.  Driving under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited in the US. This is considered as a criminal offense and is not taken lightly.  A reported forty percent of all traffic-related deaths have been attributed to driving while intoxicated. Inexperienced drivers who aren’t accompanied by an adult with a valid driving license also contribute to car accidents.  One quarter of reported car accidents involved teenage drivers. Aggressive driving behaviour like challenging other drivers to a street race in the middle of the road, forcing to cut into a lane, not giving way to other cars also contribute to the growing statistics of car accidents.  



Vehicles.
Defective auto parts, vehicle design, and/or car maintenance are also major causes of car accidents. Defective door latches, seat belts, airbags, seat backs, roofs, ignition systems, and fuel systems are all contributing factors in the damage caused in vehicular accidents.  The overall faulty design of a car makes accidents and damages more likely. SUV designs make a car less stable on the road and four times more likely to rollover in an accident as compared to passenger cars.

Road and weather conditions.

It is understandable that this cause isn’t really something man can have any control of.  However choosing to come out on the road without first taking into consideration the weather and road condition may also be considered negligence on the part of the driver.

How can I avoid car accidents?

Responsible driving is the key to avoid getting yourself involved in a car accident.  For teenage drivers, don’t go out driving unsupervised.  Avoid ingesting too much alcohol when you’re driving, not only will you be able to see the road clearer, your concentration will be better, too.  Concentrate on the road, disregard any distractions while driving.  If it is really necessary that you take a moment to acknowledge any distractions, park your car on a safe area and then attend to what ever needs your immediate attention.  Drive defensively instead of being aggressive on the road.   Always keep yourself abreast to weather conditions before going out.  Make sure and check your vehicle for any problems even before you hit the road.  It is better to be prepared and safe than getting into an accident on the road.

Title: 
¿Como Encontrar Pareja si Estas Solo o Sola

Word Count:
475

Summary:
Encontrar pareja es algo muy complicado y a veces engorroso de concretar. Los sitios de Internet especializados en ello han demostrado ser muy exitosos. Aquí hay una descripción para los interesados.


Keywords:
entretenimiento,amor,parejas,sitios de Internet,arte y entretenimiento,ocio,art,arts,art and entertainment,entertainment,love,relationships,culture,dating,leisure


Article Body:
Encontrar pareja es algo no tan fácil de hacer. Todo depende en las posibilidades y opciones de cada uno. Como buscar departamento por ejemplo, requiere saber como buscar, en que sitios, en que inmobiliarias, etc.

En el caso de una pareja, es importante tener en claro a donde buscar. Los sitios en Internet se han convertido en una de las mejores opciones en los últimos años de su popularidad. Gente como vos y yo que no encuentran al amor de su vida, encuentran en sitios para conocer gente en línea muchas opciones que en la vida cotidiana no pueden o no pretenden buscar.

La ventaja principal de estos sitios es que te permiten dejar atrás muchos prejuicios que  llevamos a la hora de encontrarnos con alguien cara a cara. No te importa decir lo que piensas o enfrentar a alguien que quieres porque sabes que no pierdes nada si lo haces, solo puedes ganar.

Los sitios también son divididos en inter-grupos, es decir si eres de alguna religión o origen étnico, nacionalidad, hobbies, preferencias sexuales, etc.  Si buscas a alguien que sea como tu, en los sitios de Internet lo puedes encontrar.

Otro de los beneficios de encontrar pareja en línea, es que lo puedes hacer en cualquier momento del día, desde cualquier computadora que desees. Si no puedes dormir, y estas sin nada que hacer, sabes que hay alguien del otro lado del monitor que se encuentra igual que ti. Puede ser en tu ciudad, o en cualquier otro lugar del mundo. Es también una manera muy prometedora para abrir tu mente y conocer otras culturas fuera de la tuya.

He oído muchas historias de parejas amigas que se conocieron por Internet en sitios como JDate, Date.com, y otros. Algunos viven juntos, otros están casados y muy felices, otros por supuesto no funcionaron pero lo intentaron.

Especialmente para aquellos que trabajan hasta tarde, y no tienen tiempo de salir a bares y conoces a alguien hacerlo en línea es ideal. (Especialmente sabiendo que en bares, la mayoría de la gente busca solo encuentros cortos de una noche, y no mas que eso.)

Otra de las ventajas de estos sitios es que la mayoría de los que están alistados realmente buscan pareja y no solo una noche de diversión. Algunos buscan solo diversión, pero encontraran a otros alistados en la misma sección, sin decepcionar a los que buscan pareja. Es todo muy organizado y fácil de llevar a cabo.

Este sistema es desde ya un gran cambio para los mayores de 40, que estaban acostumbrados a otro tipo de interacción para encontrar pareja. Sin embargo, no hay duda que Internet hace este proceso mucho mas fácil y posible para muchos. Pruébalo y veras!

Title: 
¿Como jugar al Backgammon

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545

Summary:
Aprende todo sobre el clásico juego Backgammon y diviértete con amigos, en familia, o jugando con algún adversario en línea.


Keywords:
asinos,juegos,azar,ocio,entretenimiento,backgammon,tablero,fichas,arte y entretenimiento,adversario,games,casinos 


Article Body:
El juego de mesa backgammon es uno de los juegos mas antiguos del hombre. Se dice que las primeras variaciones del juego comenzaron en el antiguo Egipto, Area Mesopotámica y Antigua Roma. Desde entonces, el juego ha evolucionado, cambiado de nombre varias veces y dispersado a diferentes partes del mundo. Actualmente es un pasatiempo original alrededor de los Estados Unidos, Asia del Este, Europa y Medio Oriente.

Para comenzar a jugar necesitas a un compañero, dos dados y una tabla de backgammon especial. La tabla esta dividida en dos lados con divisiones numeradas de 1 a 24. Puntos 1 a 6 son la llegada, 7 a 12 la salida. 13 a 18 el punto medio.

Al comienzo del juego, cada jugador tiene dos fichas en el punto 24, 3 fichas en el punto 8, 5 en el punto 13 y 5 en el punto 6. Cada jugador tira los dados y el puntaje mas alto comienza la jugada.

El que comienza mueve las fichas de acuerdo a la posición opuesta de las agujas del reloj, desde su punto de partida para llegar al punto de partido del oponente.

El objetivo del backgammon es mover tus fichas hasta llegar al punto de partida de tu adversario y luego removerlas del tablero. La velocidad del progreso del juego es determinada por los resultados de los dados.

Cada jugador tira dos dados en cada turno, y deber una o dos fichas de acuerdo al número que salio en cada dado. Puede mover una ficha sumando el puntaje de los dos dados, o mover dos. Por ejemplo, si el resultado del dado es 5 y 4, puedes mover una ficha 9 lugares o mover una 5 y luego otra 4 para adelante.

Si los dados salen dobles, un numero dos veces, puedes mover las fichas 4 veces en vez de dos. Es decir, si sale un doble 2, moverás 2 lugares cuatro veces. En ese caso puedes o mover una ficha 8 veces, 2 fichas cuatro lugares, 4 fichas  dos veces o la combinación que elijas que requiera dos lugares 4 veces.

Puedes mover una ficha a un casillero que hay solo una de tu oponente, y así la "comes". Luego, esta ficha es ubicada en la mitad del tablero, llamada el bar.

Tu oponente puede volver a jugar una vez que puedo ubicar a la ficha en algún casillero de su llegada que no este ocupado por mas de una ficha tuya. Por ejemplo, si tira los dados y sale 2 y en ese casillero no hay ninguna ficha o solo una tuya, el puede entrar y seguir sus jugadas. De lo contrario, deberá esperar a su turno y volver a intentarlo.

Una vez ubicadas todas tus fichas en el casillero de llegada de tu oponente, deberás comenzar a removerlas del tablero. Es decir, si tiras los dados y sale 1 y 2 puedes mover una ficha del casillero 1, si sale 2, puedes mover una ficha del casillero 2 y así sucesivamente.

Si tu oponente no ha removido ninguna ficha mientras que tu has removido 15, tu ganas el juego y viceversa. Lo mismo ocurre si tu has removido 15 fichas y el tiene algunas en el medio comidas, (sin aun haber removido ninguna) tu ganas el juego.

El juego es muy entretenido e inteligente que te puede acompañar en muchas ocasiones. Disfrútalo!

Title: 
“Cool” or “Uncool”

Word Count:
518

Summary:
The article encourages smokers to quit the habit by showing the negative effects of smoking. Those who don’t smoke are healthier compared to those who smoke and will therefore live longer. The writer gives importance to the determination and sincerity of the smoker to quit smoking. Though it points out that there are times that medication is needed, quitting smoking will only be achieved if one will help himself or herself.


Keywords:
Buy zyban, zyban, buy cheap zyban, buy cheap zyban online


Article Body:
Health experts believe that every year 2.5 million people around the world including 400,000 from America die because of smoking. And probably millions more suffer from smoke-related illness. According to studies, additional 3,000 deaths occur in America because of lung cancer due to inhaling second hand smoke. 

Smoking is linked to lung cancer which is the leading cause of cancer death. Studies show that smoking harms almost every organ of the body causing smokers to have poor health. Common diseases that may occur because of smoking are bronchitis, emphysema, and heart attacks. Smoking is also responsible for the rapid aging of skin, stained fingers and teeth because of exposure to nicotine.


But why do people smoke?  People smoke for various reasons. Some smoke because they think it’s cool. Others think that it will make them lose appetite and therefore lose some weight in the process. Many believe that nicotine intake calms the mind. 

Majority of smokers know the adverse effects of smoking but they just cannot or do not stop. Cigarettes contain nicotine which is a very addictive substance. Nicotine according to studies when taken in small amounts acts as a stimulant. In effect it may enhance brain activity which will be helpful in the cognitive process and also enhances one’s memory. Increase in heart rate and blood pressure are some of its harmful effects. That is probably the reason why smokers breathe faster compared to non-smokers. Large amounts of nicotine are used as pesticides.

People who don’t smoke are fitter and healthier compared to their smoking counterparts because their lungs and other organs are healthier. Also non-smokers tend to live longer than those who smoke. 
Smokers should try to quit smoking for it may lessen the possibility of having smoking-related illnesses such as lung cancer and emphysema. Making someone to quit smoking is always easier said than done for it needs discipline, commitment, and sometimes medication. 
Scores of “quit-smoking” products are available in the market. They come in different varieties and forms—patches, pills, and sprays. Unfortunately they are also pretty expensive.


Zyban is a drug that would help an individual quit smoking. And it is cheaper compared to its counter parts. Zyban’s side effects are generally tolerable. Dry mouth, increased sweating, headache, nausea, fatigue, and blurred vision may are some of the effects one may encounter while taking this drug. 
Zyban is taken orally. Each pill should be swallowed in full. It should not be crushed or chewed otherwise the effectiveness of Zyban will be spoiled and the chances of side-effect occurrences might increase. 

If Zyban overdose occurs, contact the nearest local poison control center or hospital. Symptoms of overdose may include blurred vision, confusion, nausea, and seizures. 

Though there are several “quit-smoking” products out in the market. One ought to realize that quitting smoking and being successful in that task is within. It will depend on the commitment and sincerity of the one trying to overcome this adversity. There is no magical “quit-smoking” product.

 Pregnant and breastfeeding women are advised to consult their physician before trying Zyban. Bupropion is the generic name of Zyban.

title:"Dieting" Toture By Another Name, It Doesn't Need To Be That Way
author:Paul Freemantle
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_635.shtml
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I have tried many “diets” here in the USA and in England and to me they all felt like self inflicted torture. They were boring, tasteless, and restrictive. Like many of you I work hard, I don’t ask for much in the way of pleasures when I get home at night. The one thing that does give me enormous pleasure is eating, I love food and yes, I like the odd drink too. 
I was not and never have been a very large person, 186lb at 5’8” tall. Not huge but always feeling bloated, I had the “carry on luggage” hanging over the belt and always felt tired and lethargic. Then one day my wife and I heard about the Atkins torture, I mean, diet. I thought what the heck; I might as well give it a go. Well, to my surprise I lost weight and I lost it quite quickly, I still lacked energy but nevertheless I was very impressed. It was like every man’s dream come true, meat, meat, and more meat, and losing weight. I was doing well but yes you probably guessed it, I got bored, bored, bored. The weight went back on far quicker than it came off. I have learned that most if not all diets will help you lose weight. The trick is being able to stick to it. 
Like all the other diets I had tried, Atkins was restrictive, repetitive and after a while tasteless. To be fair to the other diets I had tried, including Atkins, there are recipes that can help to ease the pain but who wants to start experimenting with their culinary talents when they get in from a hard day at the office. I can tell you now, I do not. I know it sounds great having steak every day but we have all heard the saying “too much of a good thing” and very quickly that “good thing” can turn into a very bad thing. Atkins almost put me off steak for life!
Now I am losing weight again and I am down to 172lb, I know it’s only 14lb or a “stone” as we say in England but I am not bored, I feel great, and when I get in from work at night I eat what I want. How I hear you all cry, well I will tell you; I found a way of giving my body the nutrition it needs to stay healthy and I have been able to lose weight at the same time.
I started using and then marketing an all natural nutritional program that incorporates weight loss for those that need it, weight gain for those that want it and many other beneficial products for skin health, major organ health and male and female personal health solutions.
Many people get stuck in the boom and bust cycle. We have all tried many diets but most of us have failed. Ask yourselves a question and answer honestly. What caused you to fail? If you are being honest you must answer “will power” All of the diets I have tried have caused me to lose weight. I cannot say they were not effective at achieving this. I can say however that they were boring and restrictive and that the boredom probably did not help my chances of sticking to the diet. I am not without some will power but as they say “Variety is the spice of life”.
As I said earlier I love food and the thing I like most about it is the sheer variety of foods available. I do not want to have to pick and choose what I am and am not allowed to eat. Since myself and my family moved to the USA we have been able to eat out more times in the last five years than I was able to do in England in the previous thirty. The cost of eating out here is so much more affordable. I am like a kid in the candy store, I love it. Unfortunately that makes putting on weight very easy, and so the diet cycle begins. 
Of course any sensible attempt at weight loss has to have an element of sacrifice, we have to eat a sensible amount of food while at the same time supplying our bodies with all of the vitamins and nutrients that it needs but the goals that we set ourselves must be attainable otherwise we doom ourselves to failure. Do we need to eat meat and nothing else? Do we have to eat salad and nothing else? Does anyone out there honestly think that microwave meals are satisfying?
Being overweight is now being linked with many health problems, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, the list goes on. It is also well documented that obesity is the fastest growing health problem on the planet. It is crucial that overweight people who wish to lose weight are encouraged and helped to break the vicious cycle of eating and dieting. Let me say this “you are not alone”. 
I often see overweight people who are obviously desperate to lose weight forcing themselves to jog around the streets in a desperate attempt to burn calories. If they understood what harm they are doing to their joints and heart they probably would not attempt this form of exercise. I am not saying do not exercise but we must make sure we are fit enough for exercise. If you are carrying far too much excess weight then you will do yourself more harm than good. Start by getting the food and nutrient intake under control and incorporate some light exercise such as walking then as you begin to lose weight you can start to gradually increase the amount and intensity of the workout. 
Most of the overweight people I have seen jogging are probably doomed to failure because they cannot possibly be enjoying the torture of forcing their bodies to do something that, lets face it, has been totally alien to it for years. Start slowly, that is the key. Do not expect instant results, the quick fix does not exist. It took time to get out of shape it will take time to get back in shape. Be patient.
If overweight people are ever to be able to lose weight and keep the weight off they must look for a more scientific way of maintaining healthy, nutritional eating patterns. Help is out there, there is an army of very dedicated people, who were all customers once, just like me, that are now helping thousands of people lose weight and become healthier, happier people.
These people understand that proper nutrition is the key to a healthier life. They understand that the never ending cycle of torturous dieting or joint busting exercise simply does not work for most of us and are nearly always doomed to failure. Some people are very strong willed and can stick to even the most demanding of diets to achieve their goals. I am afraid that like many people out their, I am not one of those people. 
If you are like me and do not possess a will of iron, get help. It will change your life as it has changed mine.
Do yourself and your loved ones a huge service. Choose a nutritional program you can stick to without destroying your taste buds. 
You won’t regret it. Oh and by the way, it definitely is not boring!
Paul Freemantle
Independent Herbalife Distributor
Personal wellness mentor
Title: 
"Different Types of Anxiety Disorders"

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573

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Anxiety disorders are often treated using specific methods and techniques designed to target symptoms and develop coping mechanisms for the anxiety triggers. Knowing which method to use in the treatment largely depends on the kind of disorder a person has. This article provides insights on the most common forms of anxiety disorders.


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anxiety disorders 


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Anxiety is a common occurrence when a person faces potentially problematic or dangerous situations. It is also felt when a person perceives an external threat. However, chronic and irrational anxiety can lead to a form of anxiety disorder. There are different types of anxiety disorder depending on their causes or triggers. 

Common forms of anxiety disorders 

Generalized anxiety disorder

A person who has this type of anxiety disorder usually experience prolonged anxiety that is often without basis. More accurately, people with generalized anxiety disorders cannot articulate the reason behind their anxiety. This type of anxiety usually last for six months and often affect women.  Due to the persistence of the anxiety, people affected with generalized anxiety disorder constantly fret and worry. This results to heart palpitations, insomnia, headaches, and dizzy spells.  

Specific phobia

Unlike someone with generalized anxiety disorder, a person who has a specific phobia experiences  extreme and often irrational fear of a certain situation or object. When exposed to the object or situation they fear, people with specific phobias exhibit signs of intense fear like shaking, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and nausea. Common specific phobias include fear of heights, enclosed spaces, blood, and animals. The fear a person with phobia feels can be so extreme that he or she may disregard safety just to escape the situation.  

Panic disorder

Also known as Agoraphobia, panic disorders are characterized by recurring panic attacks which are often unexpected. Symptoms are usually shaking, chest pains, dizziness, fear of losing control, and reluctance of being alone. People with panic disorder are aware that their panic is usually unfounded  and illogical. This is why they avoid public situations and being alone. A panic attack can be so severe that people may lose control and hurt themselves.  

Social phobia

Alternatively called social anxiety, a person with social phobia may exhibit similar symptoms like those of panic disorder especially in social situations. Shaking, dizziness, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations may ensue when a person with social phobia finds his or herself at the center of attention or in the company of many people, regardless whether they are strangers or not.  

Obsessive-compulsive disorder

People with obsessive-compulsive disorder experience anxiety caused by a persistent obsession or idea. They tend to avoid experiencing anxiety by resorting to repetitive actions or behaviors that prevent anxiety. For example, a person who is obsessed about cleanliness may experience anxiety at the mere sight of a vase placed slightly off-center. To prevent anxiety, he or she will clean and organize everything compulsively or without reason.  

PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder may occur after a person experienced a severely traumatic event. He or she may relive the experience in his or her mind which causes stress and anxiety. If a person with PTSD comes into contact with stimuli (any object, person, or situation) that he or she associates with the traumatic event, he or she may literally re-experience the event by crying uncontrollably, panicking, or losing control. Subtler symptoms include insomnia and avoidant behavior. PTSD may manifest itself immediately after the traumatic event or even years after.  

Determining the type of anxiety disorder a person has is crucial to seeking treatment and recovery.  Techniques and methods that are used to help a person cope with a certain anxiety usually target not only the management of symptoms but coping mechanisms when exposed to triggers. Only after thorough diagnosis can treatment and recovery for anxiety disorders really commence.

Title: 
"DNA Diets" : Junk Science?

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Dieting and weight loss products and programs are such a big budget, big profit business today. We've all heard dozens of sales pitches for diet and weight loss products, plans, books, and other items that will supposedly help us miraculously lose that extra weight we've gained with the least amount of effort possible.


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dna, diet, diets, genetic, fad, weight, loss, plan, scam, fraud


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Copyright 2006 Danna Schneider

Dieting and weight loss products and programs are such a big budget, big profit business today.  We've all heard dozens of sales pitches for diet and weight loss products, plans, books, and other items that will supposedly help us miraculously lose that extra weight we've gained with the least amount of effort possible.

Each of these programs, books and products also usually tout themselves as being based "unique" and strongly backed science and technology.

These hyped diet aids range anywhere from diet supplements that claim to burn fat and/or blast calories away, help to suppress the appetite, or even help to block carbs and fat from even entering the blood stream and being stored as fat or extra weight.  But how do we as consumers really know that any of this will actually work?

One of these so called scientifically based diet fads, which costs a fairly lofty sum of money, called the DNA Diet, has recently been in the news for allegedly preying on customers for astronomical sums of money.  The company which sells this idea is currently under government investigation for misleading consumers.

The DNA "kits" the company sells online are for swabbing the inside of your mouth and sending it in for "DNA analysis", along with an accompanying recommendation for your personally tailored diet.

The cost may be anywhere from $499 to $1,000, and a full year of this diet advice and accompanying diet supplements can cost you upwards of $1,800.

Investigators say there is not even any scientific proof that this method of diet advice and supplementation or anyalysis works, further casting doubt on the companies that offer this service.

This particular company also offers expensive diet supplements which are mostly made of concentrated vitamins, some of which analysts claim may actually cause more harm than good due to their high dosages.

Not only that, analysis done on the supplements showed there was no difference in the formula even when different DNA was sent in, so the idea that the supplements themselves are "custom tailored" genetically is assumed to be false.

The investigators created fourteen fake customers and purchased the DNA analysis kits from four different websites. They filled out the accompnaying questionnaires with varied client information, such as different lifestyles, age brackets, etc,.  All questionnaires were paired with the DNA sample of an infant girl and a grown male.

The advice varied greatly, the first sign this was an unreliable or simply fake analysis, and many of the pieces of advice received contained generalities such as smoking leads to heart disease and other already well known facts.

The investigation is ongoing, and there has been no announcement whether the company will be forced to close or change their methods and practices.

This is a perfect example of why a consumer must be vigilant when purchasing or researching any claims of diet products, or any other self improvement products for that matter.  You never know when the next phony product might come along.

title: Effective Treatment For Fibromyalgia Patients
author:Jon Campbell
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3131.shtml
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Fibromyalgia is a perplexing disorder that has just begun to make itself known in the medical community. Because of its wide range of symptoms and often intermittent nature, little is known about effective treatments for the condition, but there is evidence that something as simple as a memory foam mattress or topper can help some FMS patients. www.sleepaidfactory.com
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread, sometimes debilitating pain in muscles, tendons and other fibrous tissues. Other symptoms may include an overwhelming feeling of fatigue, and difficulty with concentration and complex mental tasks, sometimes referred to as "fibro-fog." As the medical community struggles to learn more about FMS, and to separate it from similar disorders like chronic fatigue syndrome, patients have been left largely to their own devices for treatment.
Through experimentation, many patients have found treatments that are effective on their own FMS. For example, there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest that regular massage therapy from therapists or mechanical massage chairs can help to reduce the muscle pain associated with FMS. Other treatments focus on improving sleep, through the use of pressure point relieving memory foam mattresses or toppers. There are a wealth of options out there, so the best thing for FMS sufferers to do is to seek as much information as possible.
Many doctors believe that the fatigue associated with FMS may be due in part to poor sleeping patterns. Clinical studies have shown that those suffering from FMS have repeated disturbances of phase IV sleep, the deep sleep that we need to feel rested during the day. There is even some evidence that this lack of deep sleep may be a major cause of FMS, and not just a symptom. Many FMS sufferers describe a cycle of sleep loss and muscle pain; those patients who sleep poorly experience more pain during the following day, and therefore sleep less at night, which leads to more pain, and so on.
There is anecdotal evidence that the right mattress can help FMS sufferers sleep more soundly and with fewer interruptions. When we lie down in our beds, our pressure points are always bearing more weight than other parts of our bodies. For example, if you are a side sleeper, most of your body weight will come to rest on your shoulder and hip. Discomfort from these pressure points is responsible for disturbing the sleep of even average individuals through a process called pressure point arousal. Because of already sore muscles, this disturbance is even more pronounced and frequent for FMS patients. Because critical deep sleep is constantly being interrupted, FMS patients may wake up feeling exhausted, even after getting a "full night's rest." Memory foam mattresses www.healco.com, www.A1mattress.com are unique in their ability to distribute pressure away from pressure points, thereby helping to eliminate pressure point arousal.
Doctors are still struggling to learn more about Fibromyalgia, and a cure may be many years away. Until the medical community can offer real solutions, Fibromyalgia patients will continue to find their own paths to wellness.
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title:"Get on the Ball: Core Stability"
author:Vaughn Marxhausen
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_211.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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Have you heard the term, focus on the core?  No, we’re not talking about the inside of a golf ball; we’re talking about the inner muscles that make up the abdominal region, hips and lower back.  Most people focus their attention on the muscles that are more visible and easy to train, such as biceps, pecs and back, however, the most important muscles that act as our foundation are often over looked.  So what is core training, or better yet core stability, and how does an individual increase their core stability?  
Core training is best done when the body is placed in an unstable environment.  One way to accomplish an unstable environment is with the use of those big colorful balls, depending who you talk to, are commonly known as Swiss balls, Resist-A-Ball or stability balls.  Once used as a tool for rehabilitation has now become a hot item for healthy individuals to use to core and stability training.    Swiss balls can be used in a variety of settings; use with bodyweight only, integrated with selectorized machines and free weights, or can be used with free weight or tubing exercises.  
We have all seen Swiss balls in fitness facilities, but the question many people ask is what makes Swiss ball training so great?  How can sitting, rolling, moving or performing an exercise on a ball be beneficial?  Believe it or not but there are numerous benefits to Swiss ball training, some of them are listed here.
Improved Posture.  It takes more energy to move the body when you have poor posture not to mention an increase of stress to the joints and stabilizer muscles.  An athlete is always searching for the edge over the competition and simply improving posture will help the body function more effectively and efficiently.  Swiss ball training is an excellent form of posture training.  Postural muscles have to work in the unstable environment, unlike supported exercises such as machine training.   
Improved Balance/Stability.  The human body moves in three planes or a combination of planes and for improved balance and stability, an individual needs to perform exercises that allow them to train in these multiple planes.  Traditional machine weight training takes the balance out of the picture and the machine actually becomes your stabilizer.  Swiss ball training places you in an unstable environment forcing you to utilize your neutralizer and stabilizer muscles to stay balanced in a given position or through a particular motion.   The result is improved sports performance since you are able to apply more power and strength to any situation, especially out on the golf course, when you need to balance and stabilize your body on a hill or unstable position.
Improved Nervous System Activation.  The benefit of improving your nervous system activation is that you are able to transform the strength you developed from your training program to real life situations, whether they are sport related or everyday activities.
Strengthen The Core & Extremities.  Swiss ball exercises require constant activation of the core muscles, which translates to a more functional core as well as sculpted abdominal and back muscles.  Using the Swiss ball with free weight exercises will help develop the extremities while training the core at the same time.
As you will quickly learn, you just don’t get on the Swiss ball and begin your exercises; there are several rules to follow in order to perform the exercises correctly and safely.  Seeking the help of a qualified personal trainer experienced in stability training will be beneficial.  For starters, using the Swiss balls is not just about getting on one and trying not to fall off – you must maintain proper positioning throughout the exercises.  Tucking in the pelvis and pressing the belly button into the spine are some cues that you will need to focus on through the exercises.   
In order to improve your athletic performance, have better balance/stability or improve your posture, you will need to train in an environment that places a demand on the core muscles.  You will notice that after training on a Swiss ball, you will become more confident in your ability to move effectively and efficiently from the golf course to everyday activities.  
Swiss ball training is only one aspect of training in an unstable environment, the use of core boards, wobble boards, foam roller and discs all play a vital role in improving your athletic performance and training in such a way that really translates to real life activities.
No matter what you are trying to accomplish, keeping a balance in your training program is important.  Components of fitness that should always be included are: muscle strength & endurance, cardiovascular, flexibility, stability/balance and coordination.  Athletes will need to incorporate speed and agility to the list.  Looking at the all the components that one needs to integrate, it seems as though there is not enough time in the day to complete it all in a training program.  This is where the professional assistance of a personal trainer comes into play.  A personal trainer will be able to set up your program that is customized to your needs, wants and lifestyle, so that you don’t spend hours in the gym.  After all, we workout so that our life is more enjoyable.  Once you start adding stability training into your program, you will quickly see how it will improve other activities in your life as well as your performance on the golf course.  No matter what your fitness level may be, anyone can utilize a Swiss ball due to the vast variety of exercises from beginner to advanced level.  
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Title: 
"Getting Around The Weight Loss Plateau"

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Among diet experts, there is a rarely mentioned adaptation of the body that prevents a diet program from achieving the maximum results. This adaptation, the weight loss plateau, can be tackled in a variety of ways, most of which involve changes to the training or diet regimen of a person. While circumventing the metabolic rate can be a difficult process, it can be done.


Keywords:
diet, car accident, muscle spasms, weight loss pills


Article Body:
The typical human form is capable of achieving a number of incredible feats that seem to suspend or defy the way science tells us things work. Athletes, through sheer willpower, can end up lifting something that their bodies should not be able to without suffering anything worse than muscle spasms. People can adapt to extreme physical trauma caused by a car accident and defy predictions that they'll never walk again. While, in general, these amazing feats are useful in a number of situations, there are physical reactions that some people look upon with quite a bit of disfavor. Among these “disfavored reactions” is something known as a “weight loss plateau.”

Essentially, the “plateau” is a term used to describe a situation where the body has become incapable of losing any further weight, usually due to developing a tolerance for the weight loss pills and methods being used. Essentially, the plateau is hit when the body develops tolerance for the regimen's limitations and practices, thus allowing the metabolic rate of the body to adjust to whatever weight loss pills or techniques were being used. Most diet books decidedly ignore the existence of the plateau, primarily because it can be seen as negating the purpose of the diet and is, therefore, bad for marketing. There are, however, ways to counteract the human body building a tolerance for training regimens and weight loss pills.

The human metabolism, when presented with a pattern, will eventually adapt to that pattern. It is this natural adaptability of the human body that can cause the weight loss plateau, particularly if the person's diet and eating habits have been altered for weight loss. As such, changing the pattern will, once a sufficient amount of time has passed, allow your diet plan or weight loss pills to become effective again. This trick essentially involves confusing the human metabolism, and is often taken as a rather drastic way to get the body back in “diet mode.” There are, of course, several ways to effectively alter that pattern without causing the body permanent harm.

Adding strength and weight training and modifying one's exercise program can also help someone get past the plateau, in most cases. The body will still burn through nutrients during physical activity, though the digestive system's metabolic rate can adapt such that more weight is retained rather than burned during exercise. Increasing the difficulty of the exercises, or changing the movements to target less-developed muscle areas, can effectively force the body to re-adapt. While the body is busy adapting to the changes, it can also start losing weight again. This method is best used with alterations to the person's diet, however, to maximize the effectiveness.

Another trick used to circumvent the problem of the plateau is to make changes to the time frame between meals. The internal clock that the human body's digestive system operates on can be altered to suit one's purposes, provided one executes the proper alterations to one's diet and eating habits. A simple action like altering the schedule of the meals, such as adding more meals but reducing the bulk of each, can have an appreciable effect on altering the metabolic rate. The key concept of this method is to fool the body into burning the food faster, thus getting one's weight loss program and diet back on track.

When considering the options, it is helpful to keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another person. Some slower metabolisms may require combination of diet program and exercise regimen modifications, while others can get by with merely shortening the break between meals. The critical point is to find a method that works and is effective for a specific metabolism, which can be a time-consuming process.

title:"Heat Up" New Year Weight Loss with an IR Bodywrap
author:Debra Clydesdale LAc DNBAO
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3774.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Did you know youu could lie down, breath deep & burn 900+ calories?  
Neither did I…
And it sounded too good to be true so I did some research on my own to find out about this seemingly wonderful bodywrap treatment.
First I had to try it.  Let’s face it if it doesn’t feel great and get results it isn’t worth doing all of the research on finding out how it works and all the rest.  So I dressed up in my cotton sweats and drove up to Ventura California to try it out.  Hydrating and drinking my water as I headed up highway 101. 
Before the bodywrap, I measured the circumference of my upper arms, ribcage, waist, hips and upper thighs before the first treatment and kept it as a reference.  I was really skeptical, but you never know unless you try it.  I didn’t expect to have any change. 
I laid down on a table and 6 large warm pads were wrapped around my upper arms, waist, hips and thighs.  Then I was covered with a blanket and padded with towels where it was appropriate and it was that easy.  I could hear relaxing music and actually it was wonderful to do a breathing meditation and actually take an hour for myself.
Now I’m sort of a lizard – I love the heat – so the pads got warmer and warmer and I broke put is a good sweat.  I continued to sweat, a lot.  I hadn’t sweat that much since the dance classes I had loved back at Broadway Dance center a few summers ago in New York City and I knew I would love this treatment.  I had been busy building a business and going back to school so I had not been keeping myself in shape like I did before.  I had a thought that this bodywrap thing might be a good way to start to get myself back on track.
After an hour, I was drenched – and very happy.  I re-measured myself and lost 3 inches total.  Not much, but the treatment felt so good it didn’t matter too much and I drove home drinking another huge bottle of water.  The gentleman who helped me with the treatment said that the process would continue overnight after the bodywrap had finished and the more fluids the better so I took his advice and planned to measure myself again in the morning.
To my surprise, after measuring myself the next morning I had lost 13 inches total!  Wow!  I called them up and they said that this was more than average – maybe because I have a good diet and stayed hydrated – but regardless I was psyched.  I had to learn more…
So how does this Infrared BodyWrap Work?
Infrared light, which we feel in our bodies as heat is an abundant form of energy we receive from sunlight.  We as humans radiate infrared heat every second of every day (The army uses infrared binoculars for night vision – to see humans in the darkness).  It is part of our human biology.  I would discover that FAR Infrared treatments are used worldwide by medical practitioners as they are one of the most resonant (closely matched) forms of heat for the human body.
Radiant Heat or Infrared energy is a form of energy that is part of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Everything can be described by electrical principles after all we are all electrons protons and neutrons arranged in different patterns.  The infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum happens just below red light waves and is not visible to human eyes but can be felt as heat. (This explains the night vision binoculars example above).  The sun produces most of its energy in the form of infrared energy, our atmosphere allows it in and the earth radiates it back – living out in nature we are daily surrounded by infrared waves.  But not so - in these days of indoor living, SPF sunblock and hiding away from the sun.
Our bodies, on average, radiate infrared energy at about 9.4 microns. The internal production of infrared energy that normally occurs within us is associated with a number of healing responses and may require a boost to assist the fullest healing response to assist homeostasis, metabolism and tissue under repair.
As related to Oriental / Chinese Medicine, when our circulation is impeded (described as Blocked Qi flow in Chinese Medicine) our body’s healing capacity, metabolism, and daily functioning are diminished.  By enhancing circulation, the infrared therapeutic treatment is helping to unblock the Qi and increase energy and improve body function.  Moxa, cupping, Infrared lamps and gua sha are related but different methods of achieving the same result in an Oriental Medicine Treatment.
Because of this special nature of the wavelength, when applied as a treatment, FAR Infrared heat therapy (i.e. bodywrap) activates a more thorough and extensive stimulation of local circulation which positively impacts enzymes, metabolism & immune function. The IR therapy helps the body get at toxins & cellulite trapped in the tissue through this increase in circulation and metabolism.   The bodywrap treatment I had received had “super charged” this process.
So how does all this calorie burning happen?  
The amount of sweat an infrared treatment can induce is 2-3 times that of a conventional sauna without creating that claustrophobic feeling, without drying out the sauna or causing undue stress on the cardiovascular system.  I know I can barely stay in a regular sauna for 10 minutes – I lasted easily 1 hour in this bodywrap treatment.
The best research on this type of infrared treatment has described “Its regular use may be as effective as a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories as regular exercise.” in the Journal of the American Medical Association 8/7/81.  In fact, NASA in the early 1980’s concluded that infrared therapy would be an ideal way to stimulate cardiovascular function during long space missions.
Someone not used to saunas can easily sweat 500 grams and consume 300 kcalories which is the equivalent of jogging for 30 minutes.  The bodywrap is a great in between workouts way to ease the stiffness and once becoming acclimated to the sauna  - burning up to 900+ calories are achieved each session.  But remember – Hydration is very important you need to constantly replenish the fluids to see results.
The benefits of Infrared Therapy are impressive.  Research from Sweden, Japan, Finland, China and Germany cite an impressive list of conditions that can be treated, including:

Arthritis & Joint Stiffness
Acne
Soft Tissue Injuries             
Menstrual Pain
Eczema                 
Wound Healing
Neurodermatitis         
GI Problems
Cardiovascular Circulation
Pain & Stiffness
Weight Loss
Endocrine, Immune and Autonomic Function

The FDA has approved the use of FAR infrared treatment for pain relief and more is learned each day.  I have more research to do but this was good enough for me.  I decided that I wanted to try it again and learn more.  
So now I offer it in my practice and medspa…  I hope that I’ve opened your eyes to something that might be new, different and helpful.  I’ve given you a place to start if it sounds interesting to you as well.  To learn more, check out my website www.orientalmedspa.com.  Or come experience it for yourself if you’re in the Los Angeles Area.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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title: Herbs as medicines.
author:Danny & Susan Siegenthaler
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1103.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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Herbs or medicinal plants have a long history in treating disease. In traditional Chinese medicine, for example, the written history of herbal medicine goes back over 2000 years and herbalists in the West have used “weeds” equally long to treat that which ails us. We are all familiar with the virtues of Garlic, Chamomile, Peppermint, Lavender, and other common herbs.
Interest in medicinal herbs is on the rise again and the interest is primarily from the pharmaceutical industry, which is always looking for ‘new drugs’ and more effective substances to treat diseases, for which there may be no or very few drugs available.
Considering the very long traditional use of herbal medicines and the large body of evidence of their effectiveness, why is it that we are not generally encouraged to use traditional herbal medicine, instead of synthetic, incomplete copies of herbs, called drugs, considering the millions of dollars being spent looking for these seemingly elusive substances?
Herbs are considered treasures when it comes to ancient cultures and herbalists, and many so-called weeds are worth their weight in gold. Dandelion, Comfrey, Digitalis (Foxglove), the Poppy, Milk Thistle, Stinging nettle, and many others, have well-researched and established medicinal qualities that have few if any rivals in the pharmaceutical industry. Many of them in fact, form the bases of pharmaceutical drugs.
Research into the medicinal properties of such herbs as the humble Dandelion is currently being undertaken by scientists at the Royal Botanical Gardens, in Kew, west London, who believe it could be the source of a life-saving drug for cancer patients.
Early tests suggest that it could hold the key to warding off cancer, which kills tens of thousands of people every year.
Their work on the cancer-beating properties of the dandelion, which also has a history of being used to treat warts, is part of a much larger project to examine the natural medicinal properties of scores of British plants and flowers.
Professor Monique Simmonds, head of the Sustainable Uses of Plants Group at Kew, said: "We aren't randomly screening plants for their potential medicinal properties, we are looking at plants which we know have a long history of being used to treat certain medical problems.”
“We will be examining them to find out what active compounds they contain which can treat the illness.”
Unfortunately, as is so often the case, this group of scientists appears to be looking for active ingredients, which can later be synthesised and then made into pharmaceutical drugs. This is not the way herbs are used traditionally and their functions inevitably change when the active ingredients are used in isolation. That’s like saying that the only important part of a car is the engine – nothing else needs to be included…
So, why is there this need for isolating the ‘active ingredients’?
As a scientist, I can understand the need for the scientific process of establishing the fact that a particular herb works on a particular disease, pathogen or what ever, and the need to know why and how it does so. But, and this is a BIG but, as a doctor of Chinese medicine I also understand the process of choosing and prescribing COMBINATIONS of herbs, which have a synergistic effect to treat not just the disease, but any underlying condition as well as the person with the disease – That is a big difference and not one that is easily tested using standard scientific methodologies.
Using anecdotal evidence, which after all has a history of thousands of years, seems to escape my esteemed colleagues all together. Rather than trying to isolate the active ingredient(s), why not test these herbs, utilising the knowledge of professional herbalists, on patients in vivo, using the myriad of technology available to researchers and medical diagnosticians to see how and why these herbs work in living, breathing patients, rather than in a test tube or on laboratory rats and mice (which, by the way, are not humans and have a different, although some what similar, physiology to us…).
I suspect, that among the reasons for not following the above procedure is that the pharmaceutical companies are not really interested in the effects of the medicinal plants as a whole, but rather in whether they can isolate a therapeutic substance which can then be manufactured cheaply and marketed as a new drug - and of course that’s where the money is…
The problem with this approach is however, that medicinal plants like Comfrey, Dandelion and other herbs usually contain hundreds if not thousands of chemical compounds that interact, yet many of which are not yet understood and cannot be manufactured. This is why the manufactured drugs, based on so-called active ingredients, often do not work or produce side effects.
Aspirin is a classic case in point. Salicylic acid is the active ingredient in Aspirin tablets, and was first isolated from the bark of the White Willow tree. It is a relatively simple compound to make synthetically, however, Aspirin is known for its ability to cause stomach irritation and in some cases ulceration of the stomach wall.
The herbal extract from the bark of the White Willow tree generally does not cause stomach irritation due to other, so called ‘non-active ingredients’ contained in the bark, which function to protect the lining of the stomach thereby preventing ulceration of the stomach wall.
Ask yourself, which would I choose – Side effects, or no site effects? – It’s a very simple answer. Isn’t it?
So why then are herbal medicines not used more commonly and why do we have pharmaceutical impostors stuffed down our throats? The answer is, that there’s little or no money in herbs for the pharmaceutical companies. They, the herbs, have already been invented, they grow easily, they multiply readily and for the most part, they’re freely available.
Further more, correctly prescribed and formulated herbal compounds generally resolve the health problem of the patient over a period of time, leaving no requirement to keep taking the preparation – that means no repeat sales… no ongoing prescriptions… no ongoing problem.
Pharmaceuticals on the other hand primarily aim to relieve symptoms – that means: ongoing consultations, ongoing sales, ongoing health problems – which do you think is a more profitable proposition…?
Don’t get me wrong, this is not to say that all drugs are impostors or that none of the pharmaceutical drugs cure diseases or maladies – they do and some are life-preserving preparations and are without doubt invaluable. However, herbal extracts can be similarly effective, but are not promoted and are highly under-utilised.
The daily news is full of ‘discoveries’ of herbs found to be a possible cure of this or that, as in the example of Dandelion and its possible anti-cancer properties. The point is, that these herbs need to be investigated in the correct way. They are not just ‘an active ingredient’. They mostly have hundreds of ingredients and taking one or two in isolation is not what makes medicinal plants work. In addition, rarely are herbal extracts prescribed by herbalists as singles (a preparation which utilises only one herb). Usually herbalists mix a variety of medicinal plants to make a mixture, which addresses more than just the major symptoms.
In Chinese medicine for example there is a strict order of hierarchy in any herbal prescription, which requires considerable depth of knowledge and experience on the physicians part. The fact that the primary or principle herb has active ingredients, which has a specific physiological effect, does not mean the other herbs are not necessary in the preparation. This is a fact seemingly ignored by the pharmaceutical industry in its need to manufacture new drugs that can control disease.
Knowing that medicinal plants are so effective, that these plants potentially hold the key to many diseases, are inexpensive and have proven their worth time and time again over millennia, why is it that herbal medicine is still not in the forefront of medical treatments, and is considered by many orthodox medical professionals and pharmaceutical companies as hocus-pocus…. hmmm.
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title:"How To Get Fit And Slash Your Health Insurance Costs"
author:Neil Stelling
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Okay, before we start, let me explain the purpose of this article. I want you to get so healthy, you'll never need to make a health insurance claim. You'll save money by increased fitness. You'll save money with a long no-claims insurance history. And you'll look and feel much better. 
There's three sides to your maximum health and fitness. Diet, and Exercise. But that's only two ! Let me split Exercise into Aerobic exercise and Aneorobic exercise. 
Get all three right. Get the right balance. And you'll get as fit and healthy as your body and genetics will allow. 
Whole forests of paper have been filled with advice on each of these fitness factors. Just go into your local bookstore, and see shelves of diet advice. Shelves of exercise advice. 
Funny how so much contradicts itself, especially for diet e.g right next to each other on the shelf, you'll find a book advocating low carbs & low fat; another saying high fat is okay if you keep the carbs low. Yet another focuses on high protein, and says carbs don't matter... 
* Diet 
Let me give you this simple diet advice. Stick to low fat, low carbs and high protein. Many medical and weight loss studies over the last 10-20 years prove this approach. Many other diet myths come from way back in time, and look just plain wrong when analyzed with modern methods. 
* Aerobic Exercise 
Couch potatoes don't realize how easily they can start feeling fit and healthy. Just walk somewhere 3-4 times per week, for around 20 minutes each time. 
Ideally, do some more demanding aerobic exercise. I do a lot of cycling, because it's great low-impact exercise. And I get to see beautiful scenery while I ride. 
Running provides even more intensive aerobic exercise, but careful of your joints. Maybe you prefer hiking, to see the local countryside ? Or take up a sport like rowing or tennis. You also get to meet new friends by taking up exercise as a sport. 
* Anaerobic Exercise 
Many people work on their diet. Many people take aerobic exercise. But many people ignore anaerobic exercise, or weight training. 
What makes weight training so important ? 
As you get older, muscle mass decreases. Muscle burns fat. So as you lose muscle, it gets harder to keep the fat off. Equally important, weight training can reshape your body. 
No matter how much aerobic exercise you do, you'll still be a pear shape (a smaller pear shape) if you started out a pear shape. 
Using weights you can flatten your stomach, tone your thighs, bulk up your chest and shoulders, and reshape your body any way you want. 
Weight training is incredibly beneficial to your general skeleton strength and conditioning. Older women can reduce the effects of osteoporosis, and older men can maintain their strength and agility. 
This short article can do nothing more than provide an introduction to the three keys to your health. Follow these and you shouldn't need to make a health insurance claim. 
Slash your health insurance costs with a long no-claims bonus. Slash your health insurance costs with any insurer who rates your fitness. 

Discover important health insurance facts and advice. Find out more about low carb foods, and how to lose weight quickly and easily. Go to ==> http://www.healthinsurance--quotes.com/ and ==> http://www.low-low-carb-foods.com/ 
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title:"Just Say No" Ain't Enough To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
author:Pauline Wallin, Ph.D.
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3439.shtml
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The holiday season is coming up fast. For weeks magazines and newspapers have been printing recipes and alluring photographs of rich, mouth-watering goodies such as cookies, candies, dips, and calorie-laden drinks. 
Then, in the same issue, they offer guidance on how not to eat all this stuff.  Pace yourself, they advise.  Limit yourself to one tidbit every half-hour.  Eat a salad before going to a cocktail party, so that you wont be tempted by all the snacks.  Yeah, right - like my inner brat is going to forego the fondue because I pre-loaded with lettuce.  
Nutrition experts tell us that on average, people gain 5-7 lb. during the holiday season.  
It's hard to resist all the treats, especially when we're faced with them in ads and displays, as well as on counter tops at home, at work and when visiting.  Our inner brat nags at us, whining that we really do "need" that extra helping of pie.  Or it rationalizes that a couple of cookies don't add up to much, and that we can exercise a little more later.
Controlling your eating is difficult at this time of year. To "just say no" is a good strategy for occasional temptations, but it doesn't work when you're bombarded with images, aromas and offerings of one treat after another.
Self-control is mentally draining. When you repeatedly say "no" to treats, you gradually deplete your mental energy.  That's why most people fall off their diets later in the day, when their strength to resist is at a low point.
A better solution: not confronting the yes/no question in the first place.  The secret is to limit your exposure to temptation.  Here are some tips:
1.  Store treats in the back of a cupboard or fridge.  Wrap them in opaque paper or plastic, so that you don't easily notice them.
2.  If there are goodies out on counters or desks at work, reroute yourself so that you don't walk by.
3.  Avoid reading recipes for calorie-laden foods.  When you see photos of cakes and other desserts in magazines, turn the page quickly.  Less exposure is less temptation.
4.  If you go to business-related holiday cocktail parties, resolve to visit the buffet table only once.  If possible, stay no more than half an hour. 
5.  Spend some time outside every day.  Nature helps clear your head, so that your cravings are less noticeable.
6. Get more sleep.  Not only will you get the usual benefits of being more alert and less irritable, but research shows that people who sleep more have a better balance of the hormones that regulate hunger - and they weigh LESS than those who don't get enough sleep!
Copyright Pauline Wallin, Ph.D. 2005. All rights reserved 
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title:'Keyhole' Surgery: An Innovative Boon For Live Kidney Donors
author:News Canada
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_251.shtml
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(NC)-Each year, a growing number of Canadians make the heartfelt decision to give one of their kidneys to a relative or friend in need.
While this life-saving gesture is a blessing for the recipient, it can pose challenges on a number of levels for the donor. The standard practice for removing a kidney is to make a 20- to 30- centimetre incision across the side of the body, go through two to three layers of muscle and remove 10 centimetres of rib. With incurred scarring and several months of subsequent inactivity, the decision to be a donor is understandably daunting for many.
Yet thanks to an innovative medical procedure called laparoscopic or "keyhole" surgery, painful incisions and long recovery periods may soon be a thing of the past.
"Compared to traditional means, keyhole surgery is major abdominal surgery without uncomfortable incisions and disfiguring," said Dr. Joseph Mamazza, lead surgeon and medical director of the Minimal Access Therapeutic Program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "It involves an 8 to10 centimetre cut in the groin area, so there is less chance of infection and other complications. "
During the procedure, doctors inflate the donor's abdomen to make small keyhole-size incisions. A laparoscope (tiny fibre optic camera) is then inserted, along with long instruments used to sever blood vessels and detach the kidney. 
Two years ago, Glenn Collins underwent the first laparoscopic kidney retrieval in Southern Alberta in order to help his older brother, Michael, a diabetic who was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1997. Glenn's gift gave Michael a new lease on life, particularly since his brother had been deemed an unlikely candidate for a transplant on account of his age and medical history. 
A strong advocate of organ donation, Glenn approached a clinic in Calgary about becoming a live kidney donor after he read about laparoscopic surgery on the Internet. 
"It was an easy decision to make because Michael was in need," said Glenn. "While any member of our large family would have probably come through, I stepped up for the call because I was the youngest and most fit, and passed all the tests to determine if I was a suitable donor." 
Asked about his recovery, Glenn recalls waking up the day after surgery and walking the long corridor to Michael's room.
"If it wasn't for the scar, I would never have believed that I had had surgery!" he said.
According to Dr. Mamazza, laparoscopic surgery is advantageous for a number of reasons. For starters, live donor kidneys usually last twice as long as kidneys taken from cadaveric donors - people who have died suddenly as a result of some kind of trauma. In addition, live donors who undergo laparoscopic surgery suffer from minimal post-operative discomfort and usually have a faster convalescence, with their hospital stay reduced from a few months to a few days.
"Keyhole surgery goes a long way in allaying both the donor and recipient's fear," said Dr. Mamazza.
Today, living donation is on the rise, accounting for almost 40% of all kidney transplants performed. 
The world's first live donor keyhole surgery procedure was performed in February 1995 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Since 2001, The Kidney Foundation of Canada has supported the work of Canadian researchers involved in the study of laparoscopic procedures.
The only national health charity serving the particular needs of people living with kidney disease, The Kidney Foundation of Canada funds research, provides educational and emotional support services, advocates for access to high quality healthcare, and actively promotes awareness of and commitment to organ donation.
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title:“Low Carb Diets” on the way out...Taste is Back!!!
author:D.S. Epperson
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_938.shtml
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To see the “low carb” diets on the way out is a somewhat reflective process, not that I was an advocate of ketogenic diets at all unless you have Adolescent Epilepsy, but bringing the “low carb or ketogenic diet” into the forefront of our American Society meant that more people were being educated about obesity, food and eating.
This acknowledgment about food was astounding and became overwhelming , causing restaurant chains and some farmers to really suffer from these trendy diets, people have lost farms that have been in their families for years , businesses that lend job and economic stability to an area, have gone out of business or lost business, all on a dietary whim, with no research done on the side-effects of “not eating” what these diets restrict.
“What side effects?” you ask. Okay, so you've lost a bunch of weight by eating tons of meat and fat, maybe your cholesterol numbers aren't out of reach, but, have you had your bowels checked lately? You know, eating that much meat and fat can only do one thing to your intestines and colon, and that's putrefying products in the bowels. Pretty disgusting, huh?
As you grow older, you lose the ability to digest food like you use to when you were young and had lots of enzymes . Sometimes, that comes from just age, but sometimes it comes from disease and antibiotic use, the point being that, the low carb diet's started you out on food that you may not be able to absorb anyway so you haven't been absorbing the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to start, process or finish some important tasks.
“So what's the harm in that”, you may say, “I've lost weight and feel great, and I don't feel sick”. You probably wouldn't. There are illnesses that you never see coming until it's to late. One of the leading causes of Colon Cancer, is eating an over abundance of meat and fat, and not having the ability to digest that protein and fat in the system. When enough damage is done, you don't absorb minerals and vitamins like you are suppose to, and you start to develop other problems, more serious problems, like cancers.
I will have to admit, that the “Atkins” type diets do advocate not eating the processed and manufactured foods that break down so fast into sugars you can almost hear run into the veins! And that is still true, the human body was designed to do the work of breaking down complex carbohydrates into a more simple usable energy. The break down of a whole grain, fresh vegetable or fruit product also take a certain amount of energy, so not only does your body use energy to break this healthy food down, you also have the benefit of a lot of fiber, which will keep the intestines and colon clean and functioning well.
So, what's the next trend, I think the next trend is going to be the “old fashion” weight loss plan. This is a tried and true method of weight loss that anyone can do and it tastes great. This would involve healthy, low or slow absorbing carbohydrates, counting and burning calories, and exercise! A balanced diet, along with knowing how many calories you need to eat per day, to either maintain your weight, or lose weight, and an exercise program to give your bones and muscles a reason to stay strong, not a trendy type diet, but a healthy lifestyle that you can live with for the rest of your life, that still has room for an occasional treat now and then. “Low carb” is out, the new trend is “healthy and better tasting proportions”.
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title:"New Bodybuilding Study on the Benefits of 'Deadlifts'."
author:George Papazoglou
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_331.shtml
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Deadlifts are a very potential muscle-building exercise, that will rejuvenate your entire physical condition, to a whole new level -- if executed astutely.
Here are some facts, on how Deadlifts can dramatically improve your physical power, to singularly maximized levels: 

Deadlifts Will Quadruple your Natural Testosterone & Growth Hormone Levels each time your subject yourself into this exercise (performed once / or twice a month.)
Deadlifts Will Increase your Metabolism at Incredibly Fast Rates and Transform Fat into Pure Energy.
Deadlifts Will help your urination, detoxification, and "gas-liberation" (don't Cackle - it's a fact)...
Deadlifts Will Enhance your Sexual Performance & Desire, if performed Methodically.
Deadlifts Can Improve your Lung's Functionality and Heart's Efficiency, Dramatically.
Deadlifts Will Boost your Immune System to recovering fast from various Illnesses.
Deadlifts Will make you speedy, powerful, leaner, reactive, energetic...

I lust the feeling of small in duration, highly intensive Deadlifts which successfully force my body, to excrete a constant flow of testosterone, that awakens a voracious beast inside me... 
After a 'Deadlift Workout' I can feel my sexuality rise so sky-high... my muscles so engorged, that my poise is automatically triggered and empowered to the absolute maximum.
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title:“Nutrition as Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD Alternative Treatment: Help is as Close as the Kitchen.”
author:Jeannine Virtue
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_213.shtml
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The quality of food we eat (or lack thereof) has a profound affect on Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD. For many people, nutrition alone can effectively work as an ADHD alternative treatment.
A growing body of research points to nutritional deficiencies - especially with essential fatty acids and amino acids - as a contributing factor of Attention Deficit Disorder and learning deficiencies.
Put down the Ritalin bottle for one minute to consider these Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD nutrition research findings;

A George Washington University School of Medicine study found that hyperactive children who ate a meal high in protein did equally well, and sometimes better, in school than non-hyperactive kids.
An Oxford University (England) study evaluated the effects of fatty acid supplementation in average intelligence children with significant reading and writing disabilities. The ADHD symptoms in children receiving Essential Fatty Acids significantly improved over the children in the control group receiving a placebo. 
Researchers first tied Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD with lower essential fatty acid in 1981. Studies examining essential fatty acid blood levels in children with behavioral problems in 1983 confirmed this Attention Deficit Disorder nutrition connection.
Researchers further documented the essential fatty acid deficiency tie to Attention Deficit Disorder in a 1987 study. Then, a 1995 study comparing essential fatty acid levels in ADHD boys against a control group of boys without ADHD found significantly lower levels of Omega-3 fatty acids.
In 1996 Purdue University researchers have found that boys with low blood levels of Omega-3 fatty acids have a greater frequency of Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD.

Attention Deficit Disorder is the most common behavioral disorder in children. Not all Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD children are nutritionally deficient in essential fatty acids, statistics and studies show that a significant number of ADHD children are. 
Physicians predominately use stimulant drugs such as Ritalin for Attention Deficit Disorder but studies show that Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD children whose treatment program includes only stimulant medication remain at a high risk for vandalism, petty crime, frequency of alcoholic intoxication, and possession of marijuana. Additionally, ADHD medications do not always work, have a host of harmful side effects and never treat the cause the Attention Deficit Disorder.
With Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD, nutrition and food is one the first aspect of treatment to consider, as an ADHD alternative treatment or used in conjunction with traditional ADHD stimulant drug treatment.
Fatty acids are used to make brain and nerve tissue in the body and are crucial for proper growth, mental function, the immune system and brain development. The body cannot produce the two fatty acids families, Omega-3 and Omega-6, on its own and therefore must receive these key Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD nutrition ingredients through diet and supplementation. 
Although the typical Western diet is high in the Omega-6 family of fatty acids (found in corn, sunflower, canola and safflower oil, margarine, vegetable oil and shortening), most Americans young and old are highly deficient in Omega-3. 
Learning specialists now believe many childhood behavior and learning problems are associated with Omega-3 deficiencies. This deficiency has a greater impact on males because their requirements for essential fatty acids are, in general, much higher. It is no surprise that boys are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder at a much higher rate than girls.
ADHD adults and parents of ADHD children should include food high in Omega-3 fatty acids daily. That said, many children simply will not eat the Omega-3 rich salmon, mackerel and sardines. 
Enter flax seed and flax oil - “food of the gods” when it comes to Omega-3 fatty acids.
Flax seed and flax oil are the richest plant source of Omega-3 fatty acids and offers Attention Deficit Disorder nutrition vital to support healthy childhood behavioral and IQ development. One to two tablespoons of flax oil should be part of a every Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD nutrition food action plan.
In addition to the positive affects on brain functioning, flax oil also works to prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer. Flax oil helps soften skin, balance energy, burn fat, stimulate the metabolism, strengthen the immune system, manage diabetes, help prevent autoimmune disease and inflammatory disorders. Flax oil also helps alleviate PMS and some menopause symptoms. 
Here are some great ways to sneak flax oil into the daily diet;

Mix 1 tablespoon of flax oil in flavored yogurt.
1 tablespoon of flax oil in fruit smoothies is virtually undetectable.
Mix 1 tablespoon of flax oil with one tablespoon maple syrup or honey as a sweetener instead of granulated sugar.
Use 1-2 tablespoons of flax oil when making tuna salad or egg salad while proportionably decreasing the amount of Miracle Whip or mayonnaise used.
Flax Butter: Melt one stick organic butter and mix with 4 ounces flax oil when cooled to room temperature. Refrigerate until the flax butter solidifies and use in place of margarine.
Omega-3 “Ice Cream”: Mix 2 cups yogurt with 1 tablespoon flax oil and fresh or frozen fruit. Serve when frozen.

Most studies conducted on the affects of essential fatty acids found that at least 10 weeks of supplementation is needed to adequately raised fatty acid levels in brain cells. Follow a diet high in Omega-3 fatty acids for at least 10 weeks, and preferably 12 weeks, before judging the effectiveness of nutrition on Attention Deficit Disorder and ADHD symptoms.
Important points about flax oil:

Flax oil is highly perishable and should be kept refrigerated at all time.
Heat destroys the health-giving flax oil properties. Use flax oil only with cold foods, cold proteins are best.
When buying flax oil, use only high quality, cold-pressed flax oil. The date pressed and a freshness date of four months or less from the pressed date should be on the label. If not, don’t buy it!
Do not use flax seed oil beyond its expiration date since the oil will turn rancid.

Essential fatty acids are not the only element needed when addressing Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD nutrition. Amino acids, from which protein is made, are an integral element since amino acids and essential fatty acids are both needed to work in the body. Therefore, adding quality protein is a key in Attention Deficit Disorder nutrition. 
Attention Deficit and hyperactive people can greatly reduce the level of unfocused or misdirected energy simply by starting the day with a protein based breakfast. A solid protein breakfast can increase concentration, reduce restlessness and increase mental and physical calm. 
Instead of starting the day with sugared cereals, pancakes covered in syrup, sweet rolls, doughnuts or danishes, try these brain-boosting  breakfast ideas;

Scrambled eggs, toast and fruit.
Whole wheat toast with peanut butter.
Fruit and yogurt smoothie with flax oil.
Protein shake.
Bacon and eggs with toast and milk.
Egg and sausage patty on English muffin.
Yogurt mixed with a tablespoon of flax oil.

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title:"One World . . . One Breath" . . . A Massive Global Public Health & Healing Event
author:Bill Douglas
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4943.shtml
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Two of the world’s most widely read publications, Parade Magazine and USA Weekend, began a string of media references in the last few months, to a truly unusual coming event.
An unprecedented global health & healing event which is about to expand across our planet, educating on natural health solutions, provides a vision of a global coming together for personal and global healing, and an urge for people to open hearts and minds to wisdom from all corners of humanity for the betterment of all.
At 10 am, on the morning of Saturday, April 29th, 2006 (celebrated always on the last Saturday of April each year), a mass of people who’ve experienced the health & healing benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong (Chi Kung), will hold exhibitions and teach-ins on these ancient health tools in the earliest time zones of New Zealand. As the planet turns, tens of thousands across hundreds of events in sixty nations will join in as 10 am rolls across the planet time zone by time zone.
A Harvard, Yale, MIT study just revealed that “meditation increases brain size” especially in creative centers of the mind. As the moving meditations of tai chi & qigong expand throughout cities worldwide in public places, they expose tens of thousands to the gentle flowing motions of moving meditation, and with the help of global media, this moment of mind expansion is carried into millions of homes. What effect does this blanketing of the world for one day in images of unity, healing, and open heartedness, have on the planet, on humanity? Perhaps it expands the global brain size!
And although research hasn’t emerged on this, yet, perhaps it enlarges the planet’s heart size. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has received moving testimonials from such diverse senders as an American Vietnam War Veteran, to a young woman recovering from burns caused by a bombing run in the latest war, to a housewife in Belgium . . . all explaining what being able to participate each year in a global wave of healing intent has meant to them.
"By doing extra T'ai Chi and Qigong forms and exercises during this year's World Tai Chi & Qigong Day I was able to positively transform that melancholic anger into a peaceful and positive mindset, enhanced by knowing that people world wide were also in a peaceful connected state of mind." -- Paul Claroni, American Vietnam Veteran
"Dear Mr Bill, thankyou for your interesting in me and for your help. I enjoy that day with all the taichi people, my firiends and Elaine. I am feelng not well for now but I will hopfully be better soon, I like Tai chi and find it very nice to praktis my relaxation. Keep in touch with me and I will to. good job. Best wishes." -- Hannan Shihab, Iraq
"I also send you a picture of me that has been taken on WTCQD 30-4-2005. It's a picture of a happy woman who couldn't stand for more than ten minutes on two feet eight years ago because her whole body was aching ! I work now as a counsellor for the health of body and soul ! With all my love !" -- Hilda Cardinaels, Belgium
The event is moving and emotional, yet also offers very practical possibilities for global health & healing. For example, about seven years ago a local television news station was interviewing a World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD) event organizer, the morning before the event. A woman was watching the interview and learning about medical research on tai chi & qigong’s ability to possibly help with chronic pain and limited mobility. The woman told her daughter, who was recovering from being hit by a car and experiencing chronic pain and limited mobility, that she should go to this “world tai chi day” event and learn about tai chi.
She and her daughter did end up attending, and from there, not only learned tai chi & qigong by joining local classes, but the daughter, Linda Bowers, became a tai chi teacher. Linda now teaches tai chi at various locations including one for the Kansas State women’s prison, where she has taught fifty women the tai chi long form, and five of these women have received teaching certificates that Linda presented to the Governor of Kansas last year. These women’s lives are changed for the better forever. I remember when I taught tai chi & qigong for the court drug rehabilitation program in Kansas City, and addicts in the program would thank me after classes for giving them a chance to feel well-being rather than gnawing need. Their lives were changed forever, because now they had life tools that no one had ever told them existed.
Multiply Linda’s story by the tens of thousands participating worldwide in sixty nations on the last Saturday of April each year, and you have a world-changing event in every sense of the word.
Who can participate in World Tai Chi & Qigong Day? Everyone in the world. By visiting worldtaichiday.org, and clicking on “Everyone’s Resources” you’ll see a “World TC & QG Day Events Locater,” that will guide you to your country and state where you can find WTCQD events in your area. For those groups already doing tai chi or qigong, you’ll find a “Schools Resources” menu at worldtaichiday.org with many Event Organizing resources to use to create a successful event, and a free listing for your classes / event.
Where are events held? Generally in public places, and in hundreds of cities in sixty nations on six continents. There is likely an event near where you live. Just go to worldtaichiday.org to find one near you.
Free teach-ins are part of most events, so you will be able to learn a little tai chi or qigong, and follow along a little bit with the mass exhibition that will be held to join in with the hundreds of other events rolling across the planet toward and after yours.
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is a unique blend of fun, serious health education, and life altering movement for a global audience hungry for simple natural solutions to the growing complex problems of our world. Emerging medical research indicates that tai chi & qigong may profoundly improve the lives of millions suffering from common chronic health challenges, if they only knew about tai chi & qigong. Given some of the staggering findings, such as tai chi’s ability to boost immune system function (UCLA), or dramatically reduce Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms in high school students (University of Miami School of Medicine), lower high blood pressure, heal heart disease (BBC), build bone mass, improve breathing, etc. etc. one would think that there would be billions of dollars poured into developing and spreading these tools farther and faster to the millions who’d benefit from them.
However, that is not happening. Our health establishment and media seem incapable of exploring and promoting non-surgery, non-drug, solutions to our global health challenges, in a way that would be appropriate for such highly effective therapy according to preliminary tai chi & qigong research. Therefore, World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is also designed to provide popular culture media with an “opportunity” to do a great service to the millions worldwide who remain ignorant of natural health therapies that could do their lives much good. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day hopes to work in partnership with media, government, business, etc. worldwide to improve personal and global health through information.
Governors of over sixteen US states, senates and mayors of many countries have officially proclaimed World Tai Chi & Qigong Day for their states, cities, or country. The United Nations World Health Organization has recognized the work of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. However there is much more to do. Until everyone is aware of the benefits to their lives tai chi & qigong may offer, and simple natural solutions are given the attention they deserve in our media . . . the work of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day will go on.
Actually, even if all that happens, it’ll still go on, because its just “FUN” to play tai chi & qigong with the world each year, and it just “FEELS GOOD.” Join us for World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2006, Saturday April 29th, 10 am local time, worldwide. Change the world, and have some fun !
Copyright 2006 Bill Douglas

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title:"Orphan Drugs": Hope Where There Is Little or No Hope
author:Alex Michelini
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_428.shtml
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NEW YORK, N.Y., February 18, 2004 – On a visit to his doctor, Gary Jacob received distressing news – not about himself, but a friend of the doctor's.
While playing with one of his children, the doctor’s friend fell and broke a rib. That was bad enough, but during the examination at the hospital, the father was hit with a startling and totally unexpected diagnosis – he had a disease known as multiple myeloma, a bone marrow blood cancer.
The diagnosis was nothing less than a death sentence.
Jacob knew of the anguish of multiple myeloma patients. The disease is incurable and nearly always fatal, one of the rare diseases that have few, if any, available treatments. They are known as "orphan" diseases, shunned by most drug-makers because the patient populations are small and commercial development of a drug is seen as economically unattractive. 
Mr. Jacob was aware because, as Chief Executive Officer of Callisto Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a small Manhattan-based biopharmaceutical company, he is leading a scientific effort to develop a new orphan drug called "Atiprimod" for multiple myeloma patients.
"The father's disease brought home to me that what we are doing is really important," says Mr. Jacob. "Everyone agrees we need more drugs to treat multiple myeloma. There are people out there dying without real hope because of a lack of effective treatment for all patients."
In steadily increasing numbers, orphan drugs are providing new doses of hope where little or none at all existed. In the decade before the inception of the federal Food and Drug Administration's orphan drug program, 10 drugs were developed by pharmaceutical companies for orphan diseases. In the decades since, the FDA says nearly 250 new drugs were developed and approved, and hundreds more are in the pipeline.
Atiprimod is one of those wending its way toward the marketplace. Callisto recently obtained orphan drug designation from the FDA, providing the company with financial incentives to continue the costly development process.
The program covers drugs for orphan diseases with patient populations under 200,000.
The National Organization for Rare Disorders reports about 25 million people in the United States suffer from an estimated 6,000 orphan diseases. 
Diseases such as cystic fibrosis, complications affecting HIV-infected people, Gaucher's disease, hemophilia and rare forms of cancer were among the orphans without effective medicines until the FDA program went into effect in 1983 and paved the way for new drugs for patients with these diseases.
Large drug-makers have been largely missing from the efforts.
According to the orphan drug program's deputy director, Dr. John McCormick, only 15% of applications for orphan drug designation have come from the larger pharmaceutical companies. 
The reason: expectations of unfavorable investment returns.
The FDA orphan drug incentives – grants, seven years of marketing exclusivity and tax breaks – have drawn small pharmaceutical companies with promising drug candidates into the breach.
While the future is brighter, the task is still daunting to develop drugs for orphan diseases.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, affects 30,000 Americans with 8,000 new cases diagnosed annually; Huntington's disease also affects about 30,000 patients. 
Some diseases affect fewer than 100 patients, according to the National Institutes of Health.
An estimated 50,000 patients have multiple myeloma with 15,000 new patients diagnosed each year.  Last year, the FDA approved a new drug Velcade for patients with the disease. However, there are still a number of multiple myeloma patients with no treatment available.
Dr. Kenneth C. Anderson, who played a major role in the preclinical development and clinical trials of Velcade and is now a member of Callisto's Medical Advisory Board, is among the experts who see a need for more drugs to treat multiple myeloma.
"He is excited to see Atiprimod enter clinical trials for evaluation in multiple myeloma patients," Jacob said of Anderson. "He believes it has an opportunity to help patients who have not responded to other drugs. "
Dr. Anderson is director of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
The Phase I/IIa trials for Atiprimod are slated to begin later this month.
Dr. Donald Picker, Callisto's Senior Vice President of Drug Development, said studies of Atiprimod in collaboration with scientists at the National Cancer Institute have been very promising.
"In essence, we've shown in these early studies that Atiprimod has the potential to intervene with cancer cells and tumors in three ways – by inhibiting their formation, by programming their death and by limiting their ability to grow blood vessels necessary for their survival. Taken together, these findings suggest that Atiprimod could potentially represent a novel class of compounds for development for therapeutic intervention in human cancers," said Dr. Picker.
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title: Protein Diet - What Does It Mean For Your Body?
author:Jeff Smith
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_622.shtml
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To really understand the impact of a protein diet, it's  important to know how it affects and interacts with your  body. 
When we speak of your muscles, glands, and organs, they  are mainly made up of protein.  Indeed the two major  components making up our bodies are water and protein. So, why all the fuss about protein diet? 
There is definitely a link between enhancing muscle and  protein since muscle is largely composed of protein. So the argument goes, protein diets help in muscle growth which in turn, helps to fight fat. 
Just as there are good and bad fats and carbohydrates, there are different categories of proteins as well.  
Proteins are composed of amino acids, and the human body  requires 20 such amino acids for it's normal growth and  development.  When considering a protein diet, it is  important to know that certain foods carry proteins  containing essential amino acids which are NOT produced by the body itself but ARE essential to the body's  processing of the other 12 non-essential amino acids. 
What does all this mean?  Your protein diet must include foods that not only provide non-essential amino acids,  but more important, must include foods that supply your body with essential amino acids.   
Foods you should consider for your protein diet include: broccoli, spinach, walnuts (or many other nuts), beans, lentils, pastas, and barley. 
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title: The Dental Infections, Gum Disease Produces Astonishing Blood Changes
author:George Meinig
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Dr. Prices supposed that dentists would know if any changes took places in a patient's blood when a dental infection was present, but found no reports in scientific literature on that subject. This led him to do exhaustive blood studies of patients and animals to determine the side effects of root canal infections.
Thousands of blood tests on patients and animals Infected by root filled teeth showed?      
- Lymphocytes(white blood cells) increased in humans and increased 58 percent in rabbits.     
- Polymorphonuclear leukocytes, a form of white blood cells, decreased in humans and in animals to 33 percent less than normal.     
- Hemoglobin changed very little, either up or down.      
- Hemophilia, a tendency to hemorrhage, occured frequently in rabbits.      
- Increased amounts of sugar were found in the blood.     
- In some rabbits, higher amounts of ionic calcium were found; but in most rabbits, calcium was lower.      
- resulting in 15 to 20 different pathologic conditions.     
- There was increased uric acid and nitrogen retention.      
- Alkaline reserves decreased, resulting in acidosis.      
- Some patients and all animals lost weight.  Patients suffering rheumatic disease often experienced a withering away of their tissues.
Patients with pyorrhea pockets loaded with pus suffered severe weight loss, as did animals innoculated with diluted solutions of the crushed pyorrhetic teeth that had all the bacteria filtered out. This demonstrated dramatically that the toxins of the bacteria, rather than bacteria itself, caused the weight loss and death of the animals.
Should you think this may have  been an accidental or occasional occurance, this study involved 667 rabbit inoculations. In a group of 667 successive rabbit inoculations, some with cultures, some with filtrates of cultures, and many with filtered washings from crushed teeth, all were found to be bacteria free. Of these, 33 1/3 percent lost 10 to 30 percent; while 3.6 percent pained from 30 to 50 percent.
Inasmuch as all of the rabbits were maintained on the same diet throughout these test, these changes in their blood and weight, whether up or down, must be considered diagnostic symptoms of the presence of dental infections, either from action of the bacteria or their toxins.
All rabbits that had inoculations of infected material involved in dental infection, or had infected teeth implanted under their skin, lost weight. The more severe the infection, the greater the weight loss.
Dr. Price noted patients suffering from rheumatic disease were prone to the withering away of their tissues. The emaciation could range from 10 to 25 percent in ordinary cases and 35 to 40 percent in extreme ones. He reported that one woman patient who had a normal weight of 130 dropped to 72 pounds. Upon removal of her dental infections, her weight quickly climbed from 72 pounds to 111. A culture taken from one of her infected teeth was  inoculated into a rabbit. In four days time this rabbit had a weight loss from 1381 to 1105 grams(20 percent).
Copyright 2006 SSLI Health Group

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Title: 
"The Ever Growing World of Organic Skin Care Products"

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We have heard a lot of horrible stories about the effects of chemicals in our body most especially on our skin. There are more and more people that are developing allergic reactions to chemicals found in the mainstream beauty products. This article is about organic skin care products popularity and how it came about.


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organic skin care products


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We all know that eating food products that contain synthetic additives is not good for our health, especially to our skin. It has been said that if you want to take good care of your well-being, then what you put on your skin can be just as important as what you eat or drink.  According to reports, the chemicals we apply to our skin are absorbed directly into our bodies. It is estimated that an average woman absorbs as much as two kilograms a year per person from cosmetics and toiletries alone. Cosmetics are also becomingly madly high-tech, with NASA scientists developing creams and beauty labs dedicated to researching complex ingredients. These are all lovely for youth-seekers, but sometimes one longs for the simple life, and it's high time to look for alternatives. And that's probably the reason why there are a lot of people that are shifting to organic skin care products.

Organic skin care is an area of the organic movement which has made real progress in recent times, and where previously, there were few options. But now, there is a fairly wide range of grooming products available out there. Organic skin care products are becoming increasingly popular due to concerns about chemicals used in many products. Studies have found that up to 60 percent of creams or make-up applied can penetrate the skin and get into the blood stream. Whether or not this causes health issues, it has alarmed some people and unsurprisingly, the organic health and beauty market is growing rapidly, with sales increasing around 20 percent every year.

In the last few, years organic beauty products have seen a tremendous growth in popularity and demand, since organic skin care products are the ideal option for people who cannot apply chemically enhanced products. 
One can find several standards of the word 'organic' as related to skin care and health products. There are accredited certifying organizations trying to set regulations for what constitutes a 100% organic product. How does the consumer know what organic really means? Because we buy organic-labeled skin care and health products, we automatically expects these goods to be 100% free of synthetic and artificial ingredients. But the tremendous growth witnessed by the organic sector in the recent years has also given enough chances to some traders to promote and sell non-organic products as organic. So, products marketed as “organic” can still consist of potentially hazardous artificial ingredients. 

Products labeled as 100% organic should not include synthetic ingredients at all nor entail the use of artificial products during the manufacturing process.  product. Thus, the amount of natural ingredients in cosmetics, and other organic skin care products should still be scrutinized.

So, before shopping for organic skin care products, do a bit of research work about the brand. Always go for brands that are committed to provide guaranteed and efficient skincare products so that your skin gets only the best. If we were shocked to discover the dangers of many substances used in our every day make-up, shampoos and bath and shower products, why shouldn't we give ourselves and our Mother Earth a favor, let's go organic!

title:"The New Biology of Health" -- The Way To Perpetual Health?
author:Valerie Mills
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1979.shtml
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Just what is the “New Biology of Health?” And who’s the snake oil salesperson promoting certain products as the cure-all for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease? Does it work? 
Simply put, the “New Biology of Health” is about maintaining your body’s acid/alkaline balance or pH level. The ideal pH level, as measured by saliva, urine, or blood tests, is slightly alkaline. 
Dr. Robert O. Young, cellular biologist and author of the “pH Miracle,” teaches that our American lifestyles and diets destroy cellular health. Stress, the environment, and especially acid foods (almost everything you eat except for certain fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts) force your body’s cells into unhealthy, acidic states. And, the state of your cells determines your overall health. 
Basically, our lifestyles and diets make us sick, tired, and susceptible to viruses and bacteria as well as accelerating aging. Take a look at the pharmaceutical intake of people in our culture. It seems the number of pills you take is directly proportional to your age! 
The Rebalancing Act -- Getting to the “pH Miracle” 
OK, so where’s the miracle? It’s called pH balancing . . . restore your pH level to slightly alkaline via a cleansing process, and you’re back in good health; no, the best heath of your life. But wait, you must maintain the correct pH level, so lose the meat, eggs, sugary fruits, desserts, dairy products, coffee, diet soda, and bread. 
And, oh, by the way, drink so much water spiked with SuperGreens (grass) and pH booster that you triple the number of daily trips to the rest room. 
Is It Worth the Effort? 
Why subject yourself to such a radical change? Many people will never even try rebalancing because they may think you have to be a food nerd to alkalize. But, there are thousands of others who swear the “alkalarian” lifestyle dramatically improves their health and enjoy a salad for breakfast! 
Let’s take a look at an example of someone who’s motivated to “get healthy” and regain that “youthful” feeling. 
Here’s a Real-Life Example 
Rachael Boomher, age 55 and slightly overweight, suffered from chronic fatigue, high blood pressure and cholesterol, elevated blood sugar, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and borderline glaucoma. A few years ago, a routine test showed precancerous cells. Surgical intervention “corrected” this condition. (FYI -- Rachael is an actual person, not a product of the author's imagination.) 
Is Rachael a typical middle-aged baby boomer? Yes, but with a major difference . . . she believes that being sick, tired, and generally unhealthy can be changed . . . disregarding what doctors say about her “genes” and the culture’s expectations about age-related health conditions. 
Her mission – to regain and maintain her health – is an obsession. For several years, the mission was unsuccessful. Then she discovered “Living Health.” In this CD program, Tony Robbins, the motivational guru/crusader, describes Dr. Young’s “New Biology of Health.” Although it sounded extreme, Rachael learned that Tony had tested it on himself and thousands of his followers with positive results. And isn’t Tony the original energizer bunny? 
Still, Rachael is a natural skeptic, so she researched Dr. Young, and found hundreds of incredible testimonials about improvements to people’s health. She also discovered mixed reviews of his books. It seemed that Dr. Young was viewed as either a mad scientist or a life saver. 
Launching the pH Balancing Program 
Deciding to try pH balancing despite the critics’ negative reviews, she eased into the program, starting with the swamp juice (SuperGreens) and pH drops. 
Over the next month, she decreased the amounts of the most acid foods in her diet . . . red meat, sugar, pasta, dairy products, eggs, and processed foods. She added vegetables and salads, substituted grapefruit for oranges, almond milk for cow’s milk, almond butter for peanut butter, and filtered water for tap water. 
As Rachael’s pH levels increased and her body eliminated deadly toxins, she felt more and more energized. She actually craved alkaline foods. Note that even though the desire to consume acidic foods diminished, she held onto a long-time daily habit of café au lait. 
The 30-Day Experiment Pays Off! 
Rachel’s experiment with the pH Balancing program resulted in 2 big payoffs: a major boost in energy and the loss of more than 10 pounds with no effort. Really . . . no effort at all! 
These results may seem unspectacular; but to Rachael, they represent a new beginning. Instead of pushing herself to get through each day and then collapsing on the couch at night, she thinks more clearly, acts more quickly, and has energy to spare for her family and hobbies. She anticipates that key indicators such as cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure will drop, especially if she continues to follow the program with the same level of enthusiasm she had initially. 
What the pH Miracle Means to You 
If you’re weary of being sick and tired, stop blaming everyone and everything but yourself. Pity party be gone! Discover the “New Biology of Health.” Start with the following web sites: www.snyderhealth.com www.phmiracleliving.com 
Before you decide that you cannot possibly give up your acid lifestyle, diet soda, juicy steaks, or fast food, try pH balancing for 10 days. Not a lifetime, just 10 days. You’ll feel much better, especially if you have health challenges like Rachael. Honestly, it’s NOT tough to grow old; we make it tough with our diet and lifestyles. 
Please be aware that at first, SuperGreens and pH drops seem a wee bit pricey. But eventually, you may quit using prescriptions and some supplements. SuperGreens will then seem less costly overall because you’re able to eliminate other expenses. And after all, what is the price of perpetual youth? 
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Title: 
"The Social Killer"

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Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is a kind of mental disorder where the sufferer experiences a severe or unreasonable fear of social gatherings where there is a possibility that one may get embarrassed or ridiculed.   Most of the time, these anxieties arise from an intense fear of being closely watched or scrutinized.  This kind of phobia gives sufferers a feeling of being trapped or shut away from the world.


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Scared to go out to a meeting to speak to a client?  Need to deliver a speech but feel like fainting at the thought of going in front of the class to present?  Scared to attend a social gathering for no apparent reason?  You might be suffering from social anxiety disorder.

Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, is a kind of mental disorder where the sufferer experiences a severe or unreasonable fear of social gatherings where there is a possibility that one may get embarrassed or ridiculed.   Most of the time, these anxieties arise from an intense fear of being closely watched or scrutinized - from the simple things like the way they dress, talk or act; to important job functions like performing in front of a crowd, giving a presentation, or finishing an interview for a job application.  This kind of phobia gives sufferers a feeling of being trapped or shut away from the world.

They say social anxiety disorder is closely related to shyness.  However social phobia differs in the sense that this disrupts normal socializing functions.  It is true that everyone goes through a stage of shyness in their life, overcoming it is a different thing.  When it becomes too much that it interrupts your daily life and relationships to the point where you are sick with worry, it is time to seek counsel.  It is good to know the signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder to be able to determine and treat this said condition before it worsens.

People with social phobia manifest 2 basic kinds of symptoms: emotional and physical.  The emotional symptoms include: an intense fear of being in situations in which you don't know people, fear of situations in which you may be judged, worrying about embarrassing or humiliating yourself, fear that others will notice that you look anxious, anxiety that disrupts your daily routine, work, school or other activities, avoiding doing things or speaking to people out of fear of embarrassment, avoiding situations where you might be the center of attention.  The physical symptoms include: Blushing, profuse sweating, trembling or shaking, nausea, stomach upset, difficulty talking, shaky voice, muscle tension, confusion, palpitations, diarrhea, cold and clammy hands, and difficulty making eye contact.

Basically, this phobia manifests a symptom of being overly anxious around other people.  Sufferers think that other people are more confident that they are, that other people are better them.  They feel uncomfortable being around people that it makes it difficult for them to eat, drink, work, asking questions, asking for dates, even going to the toilet, when other people are around.

The good news is that there is a cure for this condition.  For the past 20 years, a combination of talk therapy and medications has proven most helpful to limit the effects, if not cure, this mental condition.  Certain anti-depressants (Paroxetine, Sertraline and Venlafaxine), anti-anxiety medications, and beta blockers are used to help Socio-phobic people to balance certain chemicals in the brain and minimize panic attacks during periods of heightened anxiety.  Talk therapy teaches people with social anxiety disorder to react differently to situations that trigger their anxiety.  The therapist helps the patient confront the negative feelings about social situations and the fear about being judged by others. Patients learn how their thinking patterns add to the symptoms of social anxiety disorder and how to change their thinking so the symptoms begin to lessen.
To be shy is quite normal, everybody has gone through a similar phase.  Getting past that stage is the difficult part.  Ultimately, it ends up to building your confidence to a certain level for you to be comfortable enough to move normally.  In case you’ve been diagnosed as a socio-phobic, it is nothing to be ashamed of.  With a little bit of therapy, proper medication, and enough support from people who believe in you, you’ll slowly be able to do socialize and function normally within a group without being too anxious.

Atitle:"The Two Sides of Medicine"
author:Warren Matthews
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1166.shtml
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Throughout time there have always been two opposing points of view as to how to maintain good health, or how to regain it after having lost it. This conflict has continued since ancient times ... and no doubt will continue well into the future. 
One 'side' believes good health is as a result of outside intervention... drugs, surgery etc. The other 'side' believes that good health results from living in harmony with natural law... correct nutrition... cleanliness etc. 
The ancient Greeks had terms for these two groups of people. As was often the case in those days each group came under the umbrella of a 'god'. One was 'Asklepios'... the god of medicine, whose proponents advocated the 'intervention' approach. These people were known as 'Asklepians'. Those who believed that the secret of good health resulted from living in harmony with nature looked up to 'Hygeia'... Goddess of health. These people were known as 'Hygeian'. 
Asklepians versus Hygeian 
Both sides tended to be critical of the other... nothing much has changed over the ages. Modern mainstream western medicine takes the 'Asklepian' approach. However, in recent years the Hygeian approach which has always been the underlying principle behind Chinese traditional medicine has gained much ground. The increase in the popularity of the 'Hygeian' approach is no doubt due to a combination of several factors: 

Dissatisfaction of traditional mainstream medicine. 
Increasing cases of medical 'misadventure'. (Hospitals are places to stay away from) 
Awareness that good health is primarily a personal responsibility... not of overworked physicians. 
An increasing awareness that the medical industry is highly influenced by drug companies and that there are often better, safer and more economic natural alternatives to drugs. 

In spite of this justified 'swing' away from mainstream medicine, mainstream medicine does have a place in everyone's health program ... apart from the obvious ones in treating accident cases or chronic urgent illness. So, if you are already a 'Hygeian' don't over look the benefits that mainstream medicine can offer to you in your overall quest for good health and longevity. 
These benefits are primarily in the early detection of a pending disease that you may not as yet be aware of! 
An example 
Let's assume that you are over 40 years of age... you are healthy, fit and not overweight. You eat well, you don't smoke, don't drink excessively and rarely get sick. You probably think that you will live forever... well at least into ripe old age! Right? Maybe... or maybe not. 
Reflect on this for a moment. Have you ever known anyone around this age that has died suddenly to your amazement because you thought they were so healthy? That person may even have been a competitive athlete! 
Let me tell you a true story. 
About 15 years ago a friend of mine who was around 40, a former competitive body builder who was still in great shape and extremely fit was at a lake water-skiing. He was watching some young water-skiers doing some 'tricks'. 
Being the competitive person that he was he waited until they came in and went down to the waters edge and said "Now, I'll show you how to really do it". Those were the last words he ever uttered... a couple of minutes later he was lying on the ground dead of a massive heart attack. 
My friend died instantly. He could just as easily had a stroke which he may or may not have recovered from... which would also have been a major tragedy. 
Tragedies can often be avoided 
Tragedies like this happen every day and the results are devastating not only to the victims but also their families, friends and loved ones. Sadly, many of these tragedies could have been averted ... if more people were aware of their risk factors and could correct any abnormalities before it was too late! 
Now back to the point of this story. My friend died of a blockage in his artery. Only takes one! If 15 years ago the technology for measuring ALL the 'predictors' which indicate your risk of such an event were available AND my friend had understood what they meant he would probably still be showing those young fellows how to do water-skiing tricks! 
How many thousands of people are still dying needlessly because they do not know how to take advantage of current technology ... or, in some cases are so opposed to mainstream medicine that they do not take advantage of the 'good'parts! 
OK... what should you do? 
First of all, if you are over 35 and have not had a blood test within the last few years ... arrange one... NOW! 
Get a general one, which tests for:

Cholesterol. Both LDL and HDL 
Triglycerides 
Homocysteine 
Lipoproteins 
Liver Function 
Renal Function 
Plasma Glucose 

If you are a man over 40 make sure you also have a PSA. (Prostate Specific Antigen) test) Hint: There is recent evidence that suggests that if you have had sex within the previous 72 hours your PSA levels could be affected. Play it safe and abstain for 2 - 3 days before your test. 
Irrespective of your gender ask your physician if any other tests are also recommended for you. If each test is within the normal range, that's great, you can rest easy knowing that you are unlikely to be subject to any immediate health risk. You can then direct your efforts towards improving the way you feel and slowing down your aging process. 
If any of your tests are abnormal you will need to do something about bringing them back to within 'normal' ranges ... and possibly be subject to more tests. It is the treatment of any abnormalities from these blood tests that create a potential conflict between 'Askelepians' and 'Hygeians'. 
Here is an example of potential conflict 
Let's say your tests show that your cholesterol is 'out of whack', your 'mainstream' physician may first propose lowering your intake of diet cholesterol. That's unlikely to be successful as ingested cholesterol only makes up a relatively small percentage of blood cholesterol. 
They will next likely propose one of the cholesterol lowering drugs commonly known as 'statins'. These are drugs that work by blocking an enzyme that your liver needs to manufacture cholesterol. (Up to 80% of your blood cholesterol is manufactured by your liver, NOT from the ingestion of cholesterol within your diet). 
These statin drugs are very powerful and have been known to cause serious side effects including deaths. In fact Bayers were recently forced to withdraw their statin drug from the market place because of 'unacceptable' levels of fatalities. In spite of these risks, sales of statin drugs amount to billions of dollars per year and are commonly prescribed. 
It's ironic that there are natural alternatives to these statin drugs which can assist in lowering cholesterol, and do it safely, and without side effects. But the general public hears very little about them as they are not patentable and there is not the financial incentive for the big corporate's to promote them. 
The same principle applies for many different ailments. There can be many legitimate methods of treatments. What is important is that you seek out the natural alternatives and apply them before agreeing to subject yourself to the negative side effects of pharmaceutical drugs. 
Pharmaceutical drugs are 'blockers' whereas natural remedies are 'enablers' 
Pharmaceutical drugs are 'blockers' and do not normally heal the underlying ailment. They generally work by suppressing natural functions such as certain enzymes which I mentioned earlier when giving the 'statin' example. Because of this process, results are often 'instant' and as such there is sometimes a place for these powerful prescription drugs in the case of life threatening emergencies. 
In contrast, natural products such as herbs, vitamins etc are 'enablers'. They work at correcting the cause of the ailment which is often a nutrient deficiency of some sort. The results are not immediate and have to be measured in weeks, or even months. 
If you have a serious ailment, work with your physician to try and correct it... by first using natural remedies. If she or he is not familiar with the treatment you would like to try, do some further research and get hold of supporting information so you are in a better position to discuss the options intelligently. If your physician has a closed mind to natural remedies it may be wise to ask around and find another qualified physician with an open mind.
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Title: 
"The Versatile Antioxidant Vitamin"

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Vitamin C as an antioxidant, helps reduce the activity of free radicals, by products of normal metabolism which nonetheless can damage cells and set the stage for aging, degeneration, and cancer. This article provides information on the many benefits of Vitamin C as an antioxidant.


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common cold, infections, diets


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Slice an apple into half, and it turns brown. A copper penny suddenly becomes green, or an iron nail when left outside, will rust. What do all these events have in common? These are examples of a process called oxidation. If the sliced apple is dipped in a lemon juice, however, the rate at which the apple turns brown is slowed. It is because the Vitamin C in the lemon juice slows the rate of oxidative damage.

Since its discovery 65 years ago, vitamin C has come to be known as a “wonder worker.” Because of its role in collagen formation and other life-sustaining functions, Vitamin C serves as a key immune system nutrient and a potent free-radical fighter. This double-duty nutrient has been shown to prevent many illnesses, from everyday ailments such as the common cold to devastating diseases such as cancer.

The water-soluble vitamin C is known in the scientific world as ascorbic acid, a term that actually means “without scurvy.” We depend on ascorbic acid for many aspects of our biochemical functioning; yet human beings are among only a handful of animal species that cannot produce their own supply of vitamin C. Like these other animals, including primates and guinea pigs, we have no choice but to obtain this nutrient through food or our daily diet. 

Vitamin C can enhance the body's resistance from different diseases, including infections and certain types of cancer. It strengthens and protects the immune system by stimulating the activity of antibodies and immune system cells such as phagocytes and neutrophils.

Vitamin C, as an antioxidant, helps reduce the activity of free radicals. Free radicals are by-products of normal metabolism which can damage cells and set the stage for aging, degeneration, and cancer. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that vitamin C is being used for cancer treatment. In large doses, Vitamin C is sometimes administered intravenously as part of cancer treatment.



Vitamin C prevents free radical damage in the lungs and may even help to protect the central nervous system from such damage. Free radicals are molecules with an unpaired electron. In this state, they're highly reactive and destructive to everything that gets in their way. Although free radicals have been implicated in many diseases, they are actually a part of the body chemistry. 

As an antioxidant, vitamin C's primary role is to neutralize free radicals. Since ascorbic acid is water soluble, it can work both inside and outside the cells to combat free radical damage. Vitamin C is an excellent source of electrons; therefore, it “can donate electrons to free radicals such as hydroxyl and superoxide radicals and quench their reactivity.”


The versatile vitamin C also works along with glutathione peroxidase (a major free radical-fighting enzyme) to revitalize vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant. In addition to its work as a direct scavenger of free radicals in fluids, then, vitamin C also contributes to the antioxidant activity in the lipids.

Optimal health, however, requires a balance between free radical generation and antioxidant protection. One of the functions of Vitamin C is to get and quench these free radicals before they create too much damage.

However, there is research to show that vitamin C may act as a pro-oxidant. In other words, vitamin C, under certain conditions anyway, may act in a manner that is opposite to its intended purpose. This has raised concern among thousands of people who supplement their diets with vitamin C...but that's another story.

Title: 
'Tis The Season Not To Be Jolly

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Climate changes seem to affect many people and they just can't understand why they tend to feel gloomy and miserable.  This mood disorder is called winter depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which occurs during the months of November to February.


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depression, treatment, therapy, well-being, mental health


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During the months of November to February, the days start getting shorter and colder, and the nights longer and darker.  Climate changes seem to affect many people and they just can't understand why they tend to feel gloomy and miserable.  This mood disorder is called winter depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
According to Norman E. Rosenthal, the doctor who coined the term SAD in 1984, winter depression has a sound medical basis that involves changes in the body's mood centers brought on by shorter daylight hours and a lack of sunlight.  Most depressive illness sufferers experience a sense of utter isolation and loneliness. But the fact that many people go through the same grumpiness during this time of the year provides a sense of comfort and assurance that they are not alone.  As the cliché goes “misery loves company.”
Based on statistics of SAD Association, 500,000 people in the United Kingdom experience some form of winter depression, while doctors have estimated that 20% of the population, or almost 2 million people, are affected in Sweden by this condition. 
One of the most effective and clinically proven treatment for SAD is “light therapy”, which has been shown to benefit some 80-85 percent of SAD cases.  Simple as it may sound, the treatment actually involves more than just turning on a light and sitting beside it while twiddling your thumbs as you wait for that renewed energy to “power up” your whole well-being. 
The average domestic or office light emits a paltry 200-500 lux (a lux is a unit of illuminance,) whereas a minimum of 2,500 lux is required to alleviate the symptoms of SAD.  In comparison, a clear summer's day can reach an intensity of 100,000 lux. 
Based on these specs, a number of specially designed light boxes have been invented that emit precisely the right amount of illumination. Symptoms of SAD gradually subside by sitting in front of one for about 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the severity of the condition. 
Light therapy may be the best treatment for SAD as far as symptoms are concerned. However, addressing the root causes of the condition may involve both anti-depressant drugs and psychotherapy treatments especially for those with severe symptoms. 


Studies have shown that the incidence of SAD increases dramatically as you go 30 degrees of latitude further north or south, as the condition is virtually unheard of in the tropical countries.  A movement or vacation trip to these countries in the equator may sound impractical but can definitely improve ones mood and well-being.
Watching movies that feature warm, sunny, summery climates show demonstrable improvements in mood. Research shows that any film with clear blue cloudless skies, palm trees and an absence of snow should qualify for a movie therapy.
The same mood-enhancing effect may result by simply watching outdoor sports like cricket or golf.  However, over-exposure to snooker, darts, and indoor bowling has been found to bring on a state of depressive, trance-like catatonia that, in severe cases, culminates in complete mental health breakdown.

Title: 
"Tools to Optimize Your Health and Well Being"

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336

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Everyone has different reasons for wanting to lose weight and deciding on your reasons will help you to focus on the finish line and the results you hope to achieve.  The Journal of the American Dietetic Association recommends setting short, medium, and long term goals in order to achieve maximum results.


Keywords:
Chi Machine, Weight Loss, Diet, Exercise, Lose Weight, Healthy LIfestyle


Article Body:
Do you want to lose weight and feel better about yourself?  The first step towards weight loss and a healthy lifestyle is to develop a plan of action.  Start by evaluating your goals.  Do you want to fit into your old jeans or keep up with your younger friends in a pickup basketball game?  Maybe you just want to feel better about yourself.  

After setting goals, you should begin to consider how to make your goals come to life.  For most people, a change in lifestyle, through diet and/or exercise, is needed to reach long term weight loss goals.  A Chi Machine can make a great addition to your new, healthy lifestyle.  Chi Machines, like the Chi Vitalizer CY-106, provides passive exercise through an elliptical motion that can help to increase circulation and lymphatic system drainage.  This can help to eliminate toxins from the body and increase metabolism, helping to make your dietary and active exercise programs that much more effective.

Using a Chi Machine after a long, hard day can help you to relax and keep you from overeating as a response to the stresses in your life.  Making a Chi Machine a regular part of your weight loss plan can create structure that allows you to stick to the other parts of your diet as well.  Consider using your Chi Machine for 5-15 minutes a day, either before or after your other exercises or before eating a healthy snack.  A lack of exercise and increasing weight can become part of a never-ending spiral.  Using a Chi Machine can help you to increase your anabolic metabolism and decrease catabolic metabolism.  Catabolic metabolism is a negative force that can inhibit weight loss and contribute to the negative spiral of weight gain and poor health.  Read more about Anabolic and Catabolic Metabolisms at AllAboutMassagers.com. Creating a routine and sticking to it is the most important aspect of weight loss success and a Chi Machine can help you achieve your goals and begin a new, healthy lifestyle.

title:“Weight Loss.” The Strength in Setting Goals, Achieving Objectives and The Power of Intention.
author:Kurt Hurley
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2148.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers. 
-Brian Tracy
Objectives and goal setting and a desire or an intention to meet said goals and objectives is, undoubtedly the most imperative piece of the puzzle when attempting to achieve anything worthwhile in life. And as Brian Tracy has outlined here, it is indeed the act of taking the first step and then following through that will separate the winners from the losers. Clearly defining what it is that you want is where it all starts and Weight Loss is no different! The potency of your objectives and the power of your intention will totally aid in the clarity and sharpness of outlining your goals. So if you truly want to achieve permanent Weight Loss, you must completely see yourself ‘lean’ or ‘lighter’ with absolute lucidity! It can happen to you. You’ve heard it before; life is a journey, not a destination... 
Enjoy the trip, but know where you’re going, it’s easier to get there!
Brushing your teeth, washing your hair, ‘showing up’ at work regularly and sleeping are all habitual rituals, they are daily practices that promote or provide either assurance, insurance, functionality or the opportunity to continue to have or use something that you probably want to keep... Stop doing these rituals and decay, breakdown or unemployment occurs, which just causes a downward spiral of unpleasant events. Although this sounds a bit funny, the reality is your body functions or DIS-functions in the same way, practice daily effective, proactive rituals and ta...da... you either attain, maintain or achieve the object or objective desired. Exercise and nutrition are often perplexing topics, usually shrouded in mystery, but need not be. Knowledge and application of knowledge are not the same thing; they are quite separate and distinct. Knowing how to do something and doing it is where the line is drawn and having an intention, coupled with an objective acts as the proverbial driver behind the wheel...and placing intention into the subconscious mind is like stepping on the gas pedal, which in turn produces action or OBJECTIVE. 
Can you remember when you were young and wanted something so bad that nothing else mattered? That thing that drove you was desire and if you actually did get that ‘object’ of desire, well that was intention that propelled you to go out and get or “receive” that object. Goals or objectives motivate and generate oomph, you know...that get-up-and-go, they are the steam that wakes you up, gets you to work, helps you focus and aids in the process of achievement. Emotion married to objective is fuel for accomplishment. Develop a sense of purpose, a reason why and combine that purpose with your desire and your emotionally stimulated intention, put this desire, intention and purpose in writing and since we’re talking about Weight Loss, this could be that desire. With laser-focused accuracy, picture a ‘clear-vision’ of how you see yourself in ‘fighting’ condition, we call this “visualizing” and remain focused using all of these components and guess what... It will happen... Yes, time patience, persistence, effort and action are required, but you will reap what you sow, it is an unfailing fact. Positive reinforcement, now this is the next phase... Any suggestion that you plant into your subconscious mind is used, if it’s negative.... Negative results, if it’s positive... Positive results!  If you know what to do, but you can’t seem to get yourself to do it, you’ve probably been giving negative or conflicting messages to your subconscious mind. The behaviors that are produced by subconscious conditioning are more commonly referred to as habits. Fortunately, you can re-program your subconscious mind with positive instructions and become a creature of positive habit, just as easily as you can become a victim of negative habits. It all begins with a conscious decision and written objectives.
Attention to intention
The mind... It’s a terrible thing...to waste that is! I am always stunned at the similarities that we all share and on the flip-side, stunned at how different we are. So simple, yet so complex...and when it comes to the exercising of our mental capacities, well this is where some have signs of mastery and others, as if a sleeping giant lies dormant! I have worked with thousands of people through the years and what is remarkable is in all the training and nutrition programs I’ve designed for such unique purposes, almost all of them fall into similar distinctive mind-sets, either they possess the desire and intent to accomplish something great; or they feel that they are losing something that they want badly enough to keep! The sine qua non or upshot is, if you want to get in amazing shape, all you really have to do is make up your mind and “intend” to accomplish your objective. You build that body of your desire by setting goals and focusing your attention on them. Setting into motion this attentive intent is the positive action required to impel you on-ward and up-ward. Exercise and eating right are only two components in the matrix of this program and in all honesty, if you don’t properly tune that focus ‘in’, the best of programs or intentions will not eliminate the natural tendency to ‘bail-out’ before success has arrived. Self defeat is the ‘killer-of-giants’, where success is concerned. The whole concept of setting goals and having objectives to aspire to works because it activates the mechanism of the all-powerful subconscious mind, which in-turn activates the application of intention, which as you might of guessed... produces results.
Success
The theme here is to take control of your own mind; success will be found when you become proactive about your ‘destination’ and take the proper steps required to ‘arrive’. It is truly about the tremendous power of self-control and self-reliance. These are inner resources, which you already possess, which you have always possessed. You may not have realized that you have these abilities, but they are there, as latent as they may be...they are there! You may not have used them or you may have underemployed them, it’s not uncommon. Change can happen, but first you must decide that change is what you indeed want and move with reckless abandon toward that change. With all the necessary tools and the proper mindset in place and in proper form you can achieve anything and I mean anything! So, get ready to succeed and to live a life of true conviction and purpose. The Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle wrote, "Have a purpose in life, and throw yourself into your work with all the strength of mind and muscle as God has given."  Beautiful! And until next time, Good luck and may God be with you…
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Title: 
"Yeast Infection: Description, Causes and Treatment"

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578

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This article discusses the symptoms, dangers, and related health problems of yeast infection. It also discusses the various causes and treatments available for this health problem. Finally, it mentions the importance of knowing these information about this condition relative to the problem's prevention and treatment.


Keywords:
Infection


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What is Yeast Infection?

This kind of infection is most common among women. However, many remain ignorant or unaware of this medical problem. It is important to know the symptoms, dangers, and related conditions of yeast infection to be able to treat it early on. It is also necessary to determine the various causes of this disease to be able to avoid it before it even happens. Finally, it will be most helpful for any female person if she is also knowledgeable of the several possible treatments for yeast infection to be able to curtail it immediately. 

Not many women are familiar with the term “yeast infection”. However, more women are probably aware of or have experienced previously the symptoms of this condition. The top three signs of having yeast infection are itching, burning and pain, and discharge. Itching of any part of the skin or body is usually caused by an infestation of foreign organisms such as fungi or bacteria in a particular area of the body. In the case of yeast infection, the affected portion is the vaginal part and the surrounding areas. The infection can cause intense itching that rashes or redness usually develop secondary to scratching. Another indication is a burning or painful sensation in that area especially when urinating. The skin in a woman's vaginal part may already contain sores due to frequent scratching that when placed in contact with the acidity of urine may cause pain or a burning sensation. This feeling may be similar to that which is experienced when having urinary track infection, however, they occur at different areas of the body. Lastly, some women report of having discharges that are usually described as odorless, white, and cheese-like. At other instances, a starch-like odor is said to be observed from the discharges.

Yeast infection itself is not considered as highly dangerous, however, it can be very irritating and disturbing especially among women who are already preoccupied with other responsibilities or tasks. On the other hand, like most infections, it is highly transferable to other individuals including the opposite sex. Certain conditions of the body may make it easier for a person to acquire this disease such as diabetes and use of antibiotics.

Other health problems which are usually associated with yeast infection include urinary tract infections and possible complications during pregnancy. However, these are not scientifically-based and are yet to be proven or negated in future studies. 

What causes Yeast Infection?

The scientific term for yeast infection is Candidiasis. This was derived from the the yeast organism or fungus-like Candida that causes this condition. Fungus thrives in dark and moist areas such as the vaginal area of women. Certain health conditions such as pregnancy and diabetes make people, especially women, more prone to acquiring yeast infection. Pregnancy causes a change in the metabolic balance and vaginal acidity of women which is more favorable to fungus growth. Fungus are also known to thrive among individuals with high sugar levels such as in the case of people with diabetes and those with defects in sugar metabolism.

What are the treatments for Yeast Infection?

Various oral medications such as Diflucan or fluconazole and topical treatments may be prescribed by doctors to cure yeast infection. Home remedies such as using yogurt and garlic, whether internally and externally, can also be done. It is, however, important to consult a doctor first prior to applying any of the available remedies to avoid complications and further harm.

title:1-2-3, Weight Loss & Maintenance Has Become So Easy
author:Herbal-Medicine.biz
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_191.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
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Millions of people spend billions of dollars, hoping to achieve the same thing, effective weight management.  For years, many people have struggled to maintain a healthy weight and body.  With a majority of Americans being overweight or even obese, the problem has grown into a crisis.  Nearly 300,000 people die each year from weight-related disease.
Every week seems to bring out the next fad diet designed to help you "shed the pounds."  The problem is that most of these programs are not effective. Some work for a few days, but the weight comes back.  Others are downright unhealthy.  From products to exercise equipment, people are looking for the answer to their weight-management problem.
We believe the key to effective weight-management is a lifestyle of health. The pH Factor Weight-Management System combines a sensible eating plan, exercise, water consumption, and superior nutrition to help you create a lifestyle of health.
We feel the missing key to this challenge for many is the pH factor.  Since blood pH is so critical to life, the body protects the blood at all costs. The typical diet consists of foods that when digested create acid that is put into the blood.  The body has to neutralize this acid or risk major problems.  Fat is one of the primary buffers used by the body to help deal with acid.  When the body cannot neutralize acid, it stores it in fat cells.
When attempting to lose fat, we typically cut calories.  But, if our system remains acidic, then instead of burning fat, which would release more acid into the system, the body burns muscle instead.  The pH Factor Weight-Management System helps you to identify those foods that are creating excess acid in the system and also provides products that are alkaline. This combination can help you to raise your body pH, thereby creating an environment for health.
Tired of fighting to lose weight only to gain it back, again and again.  It is a horrible cycle.  Not only is it depressing, it is unhealthy.  ForMor has discovered what we feel to be the missing key to long-term weight management.  It is the pH Factor.
Welcome to the pH Factor Rapid Weight-Loss System.  Success with this system requires strict adherence to the system.  Failure to follow the system reduces the effectiveness of the system and lessens your chances of accomplishing the desired result.
A lifestyle of health is paramount to weight-management and health.  This includes:  sensible eating, moderate and consistent exercise, sufficient water consumption, and a good nutritional program.  The pH Factor Rapid Weight-Loss System combines these into a simple plan.  For the next 14 days, we are going to transform your body into a more effective, fat-burning machine.  Order your products a get started TODAY.you'll be glad you did!!!
The pH Factor
"pH" or "potential for hydrogen" is the measure used to determine whether something is an acid or alkaline.  It is measured on a scale from 0 - 14, with 6.8 - 7.0 being considered neutral.  Anything below 6.8 is considered acid, and anything above 7.4 is considered alkaline.  The pH of the blood is just over 7.3.  If blood pH is altered, major problems, including death, are imminent.  Therefore, the body has multiple buffers in place to make sure the blood pH remains constant.
The primary buffers the body uses are:  sodium, calcium, and body fat.  When acid is present in the blood, the body looks to neutralize it with an alkaline substance.  The primary neutralizing agent is sodium, then calcium. The body actually takes calcium from the bones in order to neutralize blood acid.  If it cannot be easily neutralized, then the body stores the acid in the fat cells.  That creates a major weight-management problem.
Let's look at how this all works.  Like any machine, our body needs fuel in order operate.  Unfortunately, the fuel or food that most people use is not what the body needs or desires.  In order to operate at peak efficiency, the body needs the proper food.  The typical diet is high in food with little to no food value.
The problem goes much deeper than just lower efficiency.  Like any machine, the fuel that we burn creates exhaust or by-products, sometimes called ash. In the body, our food is burned as fuel on the cellular level.  The blood is the vehicle used to carry the food to the cell, and is also used to carry the waste or exhaust away from the cell to be eliminated.
When raw fruits and vegetables are consumed, the body breaks it down and sends it to the cells for fuel.  The cell burns the fuel and the exhaust is an alkaline ash.  When food from the typical diet is burned as fuel, the exhaust created is an acid ash.  That acid is then carried in the blood.
Since blood pH is so critical to life, the body protects the blood at all costs.  The body has to neutralize this acid or risk major problems.
Our goal then is to reduce the amount of food that creates an acidic ash and increase the foods that create an alkaline ash.
Effects of Acid
Acid in the body acts very much like acid outside the body.  It creates waste.  It ages the skin, degenerates tissues, and causes major problems. Additionally, most health concerns are created by an over abundance of acid in the system.  Reducing acid in the system is critical to long-term health.
Many people love to drink a can of soda.  If you look on the label, you will discover that a can of soda primarily contains acid.  The pH of a soda is around 2.3.  That is highly toxic.  The body has to scramble to neutralize that acid in the system.  It uses sodium, calcium from the bones or teeth, or anything else it has to in order to neutralize the acid.
Part of this system includes a slight change in some of the foods that we normally would eat.  We understand that most people will not eliminate all the bad food from their diet, so instead of eliminating it, we are going to suggest a strategy of reduction.
Water
Most people are dehydrated.  Drinking sufficient amounts of good water is critical to your success.  In order to determine your water needs, convert your body weight to ounces and divide it by two (2), and that is how many ounces of water you should consume each day.  Pure water is the only thing that counts toward your daily intake.  Even water mixed with Pro Factor Shakes does not count toward your daily needs.  For best results, you should drink only distilled water charged with the Crystal Catalyst Concentrate. Mix one-half (½) ounce of Crystal Catalyst Concentrate to one (1) gallon of distilled water.
Exercise
Building lean muscle, burning additional calories, and improving overall health are just some of the benefits of consistent exercise.  For the next 14 days, commit to doing some sort of physical activity for at least 20 minutes a day for ten (10) of the 14 days of this program.  That may include:  walking, jogging, riding a bike, playing with your kids or grandkids, or other activities like, chasing your spouse around the house, that will raise your heart rate.  Make it something you enjoy.  Just commit to it for the next two weeks.
Extremes
In life, balance is to be desired.  When anything is done to excess, we are in danger of getting out of balance.  Usually it is not one piece of cake, or one soda that does us in.  It is when sodas, cakes, and other acid-producing foods are consumed in excess that we create problems.  You can even get out of balance on the other side.  The life span of most professional athletes and vegetarians, is actually less than some couch potatoes.  But, we need to identify the things we are doing in excess in our food consumption, and make some extreme choices on how to bring those into balance.
For instance, one customer was drinking 6-8 diet sodas per day.  For him, it was an extreme choice to eliminate diet sodas from his daily life, but that was one of the extreme choices he has made.  For others it may be 6-8 cups of coffee, or two desserts per day, or the mid-afternoon candy bars.  We do not suggest that you necessarily quit these types of things cold turkey. Rather, start to exercise some discipline and control over yourself in these things.  Instead of eight sodas a day, drink only two.  Instead of four cups of coffee, drink only one or two.  Instead of four packs of sugar in your tea, maybe only one or two. Instead of a late night snack, drink two glasses of water charged with the Crystal Catalyst Concentrate. Instead of always taking the elevator, take the stairs once a day. Maybe reduce your portion sizes when you eat.  When you go to a buffet, maybe just go through once.  Remove from your thinking the idea that when you go to a buffet, "you have to get your money's worth," by eating as much as you can.  The purpose of eating is to give you enough fuel to get to the next meal and nothing more.  For best results, we strongly suggest that you make some extreme choices.
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title:2 Exercises to Avoid
author:Marc David
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_219.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
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If you want a good night, then avoid two of these old school moves.
Good Mornings:
Although I can't say I've seen these moves done in quite some time, I know that growing up I saw plenty of pictures of how the move should be done. If I had more then 3 wishes left in this lamp, I wish that somebody would go find every book and every website with this exercise and cross it out with a Sharpie pen. 
I have a very good friend, who will remain nameless, that gave me another tidbit of advice. He's been instrumental in helping me train legs. I've never pushed myself so hard. So when he gives advice, I know it's coming from a reliable source that's much better then any scientific study. 
He began with some good mornings. At first it was the bar. Then it was 20 lbs. on each side. Pretty soon he was doing 225 lbs. That's a lot of weight. But having the strength to do it and the youth, he pushed on. Until one day, POP! Forward he went, with 225 lbs. How he didn't break his neck is somewhat of a miracle. 
As with any exercise, and the motivation of a bodybuilder, we will continue to push ourselves to new limits. But some exercises just don't produce any results worth the inherent risks associated. Good mornings are one of those exercises. There are many other options for compound movements that do the same thing but with much less of a risk. So skip the good mornings and try some dead-lifts or stiff-legged dead-lifts. You won't be missing out on anything by skipping the good mornings except maybe weeks of recovery or a broken neck.
Lat Pull-downs Behind the Neck:
No story to go with this one, but think about it. Eventually you'll be doing some heavy weight. In a very unnatural position. That is a recipe for injury. It's much more natural and safe to do the same movement to the front. Either way your lats are getting worked. But behind the neck puts pressure on the shoulders which isn't the muscle group you are trying work.
This same philosophy goes for pull-ups. They should be done to the front as well. If you do pull-downs, try doing it to the front. Don't even think about behind the neck as they won't do any more for you except possibly give your an excuse not to do any more pull-downs.
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title:2 Steps To Six Pack Abs
author:Ryan Cote
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4428.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
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First off, I want to mention that, for most people, getting six pack abs is not an easy task. It requires dedication, but it is possible! Below is a general 2-step guide that, if followed religiously for 3 months, will produce results. 
Step 1: Nutrition
This is the single most important part of the puzzle, hands down. You can have the most impressive set of abs, but if they're covered with a layer of fat, you won't see them! Break up your day with 5 or 6 mini-meals because this jump starts your metabolism. And stop eating the food that is preventing results: white bread, loads of pasta, soda, candy, fast food, hydrogenated oils, sugars and fructose corn syrup.
Instead, replace them with foods that will help you reach your goal: oatmeal, olive oil, whole grain breads, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs, natural peanut butter, chicken, fish, protein and water. Be realistic- you'll slip here and there, but make a conscious effort to radically improve your eating habits because getting a six pack will be impossible if you don't.
Step 2: Exercise
You need to concern yourself with 3 different exercises: cardio, weightlifting and ab exercises. And aim to workout 3- 4 times a week.
The cardio you do can be anything: walking, running, biking, swimming....whichever cardio you don't mind doing so that you'll stick with it. Aim for 30-45 minutes, a minimum of 2 times a week.
Weightlifting is important because 3 pounds of added muscle burns as many calories as a 1 mile jog...and this is while you're just sitting around! Aim for 30-45 minutes, a minimum of 2 times a week. If you're confused as to what exercises to do for each body part, check out out the following website. It features professional bodybuilders, but the information is great and can be used by anyone.
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/exercises.htm
The last exercise you need to incorporate into your workout is ab exercises. Aim to work your abs a minimum of 3 times a week. There are a ton of different ab exercises you can do so try to find 3 or so that you enjoy doing so you can mix it up. A good database of different ab exercises is:
http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/exername.php?MainMuscle=Abdominals
Tip: mix up your workout routine every 2 weeks to keep your body guessing and changing. Add or take away different weight or ab exercises, or at the very least, vary the weight, reps or form of cardio you do.
Well, there you have it. Follow the above for 3 months religiously, and while results will vary from person to person, you will experience improvement. 
It will take dedication on your part, but imagine the feeling you'll get when you look in the mirror and like what you see.
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title:2 Ways to Start Burning fat Quickly
author:Adrian Bryant
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1026.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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1. Start Exercising first thing in the morning.
As soon as you wake up in the morning workout for at least 30min to an hour. Studies show that working out in the morning has been shown to burn up to 3x as more fat as opposed to working out at any other time during the day. Here’s Why:
During the day your body’s main source of energy is the carbohydrates that you get from eating your meals. As you sleep at night for 6+ hours your body uses up all those carbohydrates as energy for various bodily functions that go on even while you sleep. When you wake up in the morning your body doesn’t have any carbohydrates as energy to use and it will look to burn body fat instead for energy. 
For you to take advantage of this morning fat burning opportunity you have to exercise first thing in the morning. Don’t eat breakfast because if you do you’ll just give your body some carbohydrates as a source of energy instead of the body fat that you want to burn for energy. 
Another great thing about working out first thing in the morning is that your metabolism gets revved up after your morning workout. Morning workouts keep your metabolism elevated throughout the day. An elevated metabolism throughout the day only means that you’ll burn more calories and lose more weight. If you workout at night you may still burn fat while you workout but as soon as you go to sleep your metabolism will slow down and you’ll miss out on all the extra fat that you can burn during the day if you had exercised in the morning. When you sleep your metabolic rate is always at its slowest.
Other reasons why its good to exercise first thing in the morning is that you get the workout out of the way, and working out in the morning will also reduce your level of stress throughout the day.
Advanced Tip: Want to burn even more fat? Add another workout to your daily routine 4-6 hours after your morning workout. Keep your already high metabolism higher by adding a 2nd workout during the day. If you're seriously thinking about adding a 2nd workout to your daily routine then try to do your cardio workouts in the morning. Mostly fat calories are burned doing cardio at a moderate intensities. Make your 2nd workout of the day a workout with weights. Mostly carbohydrate is burned doing weight-training workouts. The muscle that you build from weight training will also help you burn fat. 1lb of Muscle burns 50 calories a day or 1lb of fat every 70 days. Not only will you be burning more calories, you’ll look better – whatever your weight is.
2. Eat Breakfast
Another way to keep your metabolism revved up all day long is to eat breakfast. After you workout in the morning as discussed earlier, just have breakfast and you’ll give your body the perfect 1-2 combination to jump start your metabolism.
Eating breakfast in the morning is what gets your metabolism started. Don’t skip breakfast and wait until mid-morning or afternoon to eat, your metabolism will run slower causing you not burn any extra fat.
Think about this way-Your metabolism is a fireplace that’ll burn fat all day long for you if you operate it correctly. When you eat breakfast you are basically throwing a log onto that fireplace to get it started burning fat. 
Eating breakfast will help stop those cravings you may have later on in the day and along with working out in the morning, eating breakfast will also keep you energized throughout the day and lower stress levels.
Advanced Tip: Instead of eating only 2 more meals during the day like lunch & dinner, try to eat 4-5 more small mini-meals spaced 2-3 hours apart during the day. Remember the fireplace? By eating these mini-meals you'll be throwing just the right amount of "wood" on the fireplace to keep your metabolism burning calories throughout the day. Don't shut down your metabolism by eating big lunches or dinners, keep that metabolism of yours burning fat all day long.
Morning Checklist

Workout for at least 30min after waking up in the morning 
Eat a healthy breakfast 
Burn fat & lose more weight during the day

Use these 2 tips to reveal that six-pack, fit into that dress for an upcoming event like a wedding or reunion, or to impress that special someone. Whatever your fitness goal is these 2 tips above will surely help you reach them. 
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Title: 
3 “Must Do” - Steps To A Happier & Healthier Day

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544

Summary:
Losing weight and maintaining the weight loss for an extended period of time requires some simple lifestyle adjustments. As long as you keep your adjustments within a sustainable reach, you should be able to lose weight and keep it off without much shock and interruption to your daily life.

Not surprisingly, losing weight does not have to require extended trips to the gym or engagement in some fad diet. Here are there steps to a healthier day that can help you slim down on...


Keywords:
weight loss, weight loss dietm weight loss program, obesity, diet weight control, diet plan


Article Body:
Losing weight and maintaining the weight loss for an extended period of time requires some simple lifestyle adjustments. As long as you keep your adjustments within a sustainable reach, you should be able to lose weight and keep it off without much shock and interruption to your daily life.

Not surprisingly, losing weight does not have to require extended trips to the gym or engagement in some fad diet. Here are there steps to a healthier day that can help you slim down on weight without slimming down on your free time.

Exercise Daily

Daily exercise can make a difference in your body shape and in the way your body processes calories. When you exercise, you work your heart, mind and body. You are building your muscle mass, which in turn will increase the effectiveness of your metabolism.

Additionally, you encourage your heart to pump blood throughout your body more effectively, which means that you will have healthier blood and a reduced risk of heart disease. You reduce fatty deposits, which in turn helps reduce your risk of many health problems, such as diabetes. You also increase the number of endorphins that flow through your body, which means that you will note an increase in your positive attitude.

It does not require a large amount of time exercising to receive all of the above benefit. You simply need to workout regularly for a minimum of half an hour. Working out means taking a two-mile walk at a fast pace, throwing a Frisbee or riding a bicycle. Whatever the workout is, keep in mind that it should elevate your heart above it standing heart rate and it should make you breathe slightly heavier than normal. It is also good if you can break a sweat or feel your muscles challenged.

Eat All Things in Moderation

When you are trying to lose weight or sustain lost weight, it is vital that you allow yourself to eat all foods, but eat the unhealthy ones in moderation. The primary reason for many diets to fail is that people reduce the foods that they allow themselves to eat so drastically that they feel anxious after awhile eating the same things time and time again. When you allow yourself to give into simple cravings, you are rewarding your body and making it less tempted to crave larger portions of the bad foods.

You should also eat small portions of every food, regardless of its nutritional content. Eating smaller portions will help your stomach adjust to consuming less food. You can also drink water to help you feel full. American’s especially have a habit of eating more than one portion of food per meal – so be aware of your food portions!

Call a Buddy

Studies prove that having a Buddy help you work out increases your chances of maintaining a diet, exercise routine, or long-term weight loss. Buddies are fabulous motivators. They will keep you attuned to your habits and help you feel accountable throughout the day. If you must, enlist the help of a partner to be an appointed weight loss guardian. He or she will be tasked with ensuring that you stick to your weight loss goals by encouraging you to report your progress several times a week.

title:3 Amazing ways to Shape up in Less than 7 days!
author:Venkata Ramana
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1087.shtml
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Imagine you need to look great to get all the attention at the biggest party of the year. The cloak has already started ticking and you have got 7 days to fix yourself for the D-Day. If you can take out 15 to 30 minutes in the next few days, you can be ready for action.
Step 1:
>> Exercise: Start with skipping and jogging and chin-ups by hanging from a rod for warming up.
>> Two steps of crunches or sit-ups for strengthening and toning your abdominal muscles.
>> Then go for Flat bench press and dumbbell flyers for the entire chest area, focusing mainly on the inner chest and followed by 2 sets of push-ups.
>> Work on your trapezium for the collar muscle and shoulder pressing.
>> For biceps the exercise to be followed is standing barbell curl.
>> Next you can work out on your Triceps with Single dumbbell or French press and fore forearms.
>> Skipping will have an effect on your legs, other wise you can go for Squats and back with lat pull down.
Step 2:
Diets are just as important as exercise, because it is the most important part of getting the body you want. You have to eat good to look good. You need protein, and you don’t need fat. Stay away from junk and fatty foods. Not all fat is bad; there is a healthy fat. This fat can be found in fish, Nuts and some oils. Have Lots of fibers such as leafy vegetables, salads and daily products.
Step 3: The results though wont come easily and they wont come very fast either, So Stay dedicated, motivated and consistent, and do all 3 steps correctly to get the desired result.
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title:3 Amazing Ways to Shape Up Your Muscles in Less Than 7 days!
author:Venkata Ramana
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1145.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Imagine you need to look great to get all the attention at the biggest party of the year. The cloak has already started ticking and you have got 7 days to fix yourself for the D-Day. If you can take out 15 to 30 minutes in the next few days, you can be ready for action.
Step 1:
Exercise: Start with skipping and jogging and chin-ups by hanging from a rod for warming up.
Two steps of crunches or sit-ups for strengthening and toning your abdominal muscles.
Then go for Flat bench press and dumbbell flyers for the entire chest area, focusing mainly on the inner chest and followed by 2 sets of push-ups.
Work on your trapezium for the collar muscle and shoulder pressing.
For biceps the exercise to be followed is standing barbell curl.
Next you can work out on your Triceps with Single dumbbell or French press and fore forearms.
Skipping will have an effect on your legs, other wise you can go for Squats and back with lat pull down.
Step 2:
Diets are just as important as exercise, because it is the most important part of getting the body you want. You have to eat good to look good. You need protein, and you don’t need fat. Stay away from junk and fatty foods. Not all fat is bad; there is a healthy fat. This fat can be found in fish, Nuts and some oils. Have Lots of fibers such as leafy vegetables, salads and daily products.
Step 3: The results though wont come easily and they wont come very fast either, So Stay dedicated, motivated and consistent, and do all 3 steps correctly to get the desired result.
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title:3 Biggest Benefits of Strength Training
author:Jeffrey Bedeaux
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1755.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Strength training is exercise that uses resistance to strengthen and condition the musculoskeletal system, improving muscle tone and endurance.  "Strength training" is used as a general term synonymous with other common terms: "weightlifting" and "resistance training."  Physiologically, the benefits of consistent strength training include an increase in muscle size and tone, increased muscular strength, and increases in tendon, bone, and ligament strength.  Lifting weights has also been shown to improve psychological health as well, by increasing self-esteem, confidence and self-worth. 
Improved Physical Appearance and Performance 
One important result of strength training is increased physical performance.  Muscles quite literally utilize energy to produce movement, functioning as the engine or powerhouse of the body.  Strength training increases the muscles' size, strength, and endurance, which contribute to improvements in our work, favorite sports hobbies, and our general day-to-day activities. 
Another benefit of a good strength-training program is its effect on our overall appearance and body composition.  Which can directly influence self-esteem, self-worth, and level of confidence.  Take, for example, a 170-pound man who has 20 percent body fat; 34 pounds of fat weight and 136 pounds of lean body weight (muscle, bones, organs, water, etc).  By beginning an effective strength training program, he replaces five pounds of fat with five pounds of muscle.  He still weighs 170 pounds, but he is now 17 percent fat with 29 pounds of fat weight and 141 pounds of lean body weight.  Although his body weight remains the same, his strength, muscle tone, and metabolism have improved, giving him a fit appearance. 
Both our physical appearance and our physical performance can be improved by muscle gain or hampered by muscle loss.  Research indicates that unless we strength train regularly; we lose about one-half pound of muscle every year of our lives after age 30.  Unless we implement a safe and effective weight lifting program, our muscles gradually decrease in size and strength in the process called "atrophy." 
Lifting weights is therefore important for preventing the muscle loss that normally accompanies the aging process.  A common misconception is that as we reach the age of senior citizens, it is normal to stop being active and to start using ambulatory aides like canes and wheelchairs.  Many people think we have no choice; they think this is normal. 
But this couldn't be further from the truth.  There is absolutely no reason why all of us can't be physically, mentally, socially, and sexually active, living a healthy vibrant life until our last day on Earth!  The reason many elderly people rely on ambulatory aides and become slower and fatter is simply that over the years their muscles have been wasting away, so their physical performance and metabolism also decrease, becoming less efficient. 
Increased Metabolic Efficiency (your ability to burn excess calories)
That one-half pound of muscle loss every year after age 30 produces a one-half percent reduction in basal metabolic rate (BMR) every year.  A reduction in BMR means that our bodies are less able to use the food we consume as energy, thus more gets stored as body fat.  "Basal metabolic rate" refers to the energy used by our body at rest to maintain normal body functions. 
Our muscles have high-energy requirements.  Even when we are sleeping, our muscles use more than 25% of our energy (calories).  When you implement the principles of effective strength training and you are consistent in your program, you will achieve an increase in lean muscle mass throughout your body and increase your BMR.  In other words, you can actually condition your metabolism to work better and more efficiently even when you are at rest.  
An increase in muscle tissue causes an increase in metabolic rate, and a decrease in muscle tissue causes a decrease in metabolic rate.  You can see that anyone interested in decreasing body fat percentage and their risk of disease as well as in increasing physical performance and appearance, should be strength training to help condition their metabolism (BMR). 
One of the biggest mistakes people make when starting a weight-management program is not including a strength training routine with their cardiovascular exercise and low-fat eating regimen.  This is unfortunate because when we cut calories without exercise, we can lose muscle as well as fat.
Decreased Risk of Sustaining an Injury
Our muscles also function as shock absorbers and serve as important balancing agents throughout our body.  Well-conditioned muscles help to lessen the repetitive landing forces in weight-bearing activities such as jogging or playing basketball.  Well-balanced muscles reduce the risk of injuries that result when a muscle is weaker than its opposing muscle group.
To reduce the risk of unbalanced muscle development, you should make sure that when you are training a specific muscle group, the opposing muscle groups are being trained as well (though not necessarily on the same day).  For example, if you are doing bench-pressing exercises for your chest, you should include some rowing exercises for your back muscles as well. 
By now you have probably realized that weightlifting should be an important part of your exercise routine.  Weightlifting provides many important benefits that cannot be achieved by any other exercise or activity.  When you begin achieving great results, the excitement and fun you experience will make the change well worth the effort.  Good luck; I hope you enjoy all the wonderful benefits of an effective strength training program. 

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Title: 
3 Blunders To Avoid on Your Weight Loss Journey

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There are times on your weight loss journey when progress can come to a halt. Days or weeks can go by without you seeing movement on the scale, and it can get downright frustrating. After working with thousands of clients, I’ve noticed certain patterns that can cause this weight loss stoppage. Here are 3 of those patterns.


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weight loss, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig


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There are times on your weight loss journey when progress can come to a halt. Days or weeks can go by without you seeing movement on the scale, and it can get downright frustrating. After working with thousands of clients, I’ve noticed certain patterns that can cause this weight loss stoppage. Here are 3 of those patterns.

1) Eating more than you think you are.

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Zone Delivery Service, and other diet systems have one undeniable benefit to them – they define for the average person how large an actual “serving” is. Most of us underestimate the volume of food we eat (and consequently, underestimate the number of calories we consume in a day). 

By fixing in your head what a serving size or “portion” of food looks like, we can better estimate (and consequently, evaluate and calibrate) the amount of food we eat at each meal. Keep in mind, when it comes to weight loss, you need to take in less calories than you burn each day.

Two good rules of thumb:

A portion of meat (3 oz.) is the size of a deck of cards. 
A portion of carbohydrates (1 cup) is the size of a tennis ball.

Please remember to fill up on non-starchy vegetables – they are full of nutrients, have very little impact on blood sugar, and contain little in the way of calories. 

2) Not eating frequently enough.

It is a social custom to eat “three square meals” a day. While this may do for social purposes, for weight loss, you will want to aim for more frequent feedings. It is recommended that you consume a minimum of 5-6 small meals each day. By doing so, your body gets the signal that food is abundant, and there is no need to conserve energy. 

Additionally, frequent feedings maximize your metabolism, as your body is constantly busy, burning calories by digesting your meals. By not letting too much time pass between meals, you stabilize blood sugar levels since they never really get the chance to drop. By keeping your blood sugar stable, your hunger levels are minimized, decreasing the chances that you will be tempted to overeat at your next meal. 

3) Choosing to drink your calories instead of eating them.

This is a very common problem among those attempting weight loss, due to the abundance of “healthy” diet smoothies, protein concoctions, and weight loss shakes. There are 2 factors to keep in mind when relying on these liquid meal replacements. 

First, many of the liquid diet shakes on the market and all fruit smoothies have an abundance of sugar in them. This causes an immediate surge in energy followed by a huge crash due to the release of insulin to control the blood sugar rise. This dramatic shift in blood hormone levels (particularly insulin levels) is something you want to avoid, both for health reasons and for weight loss. 

Secondly, most weight loss shakes are devoid of fiber. Fiber is one of your most precious allies when you are dieting. It helps you feel full and blunts the rise in insulin levels when all that sugar hits your bloodstream. While fruit smoothies do contain some of the fiber from the pulp of the fruit, a better strategy would be to eat the actual fruits contained in the smoothie. 

Lastly, the amount of calories that can be concentrated into a shake or smoothie is far greater than the equivalent volume of actual food.  A 16 oz fruit smoothie may contain as many as 600 calories, and will not fill you up all that much! On the other hand, eating 600 calories of fruit will prove to be much more than the typical person can manage in a single sitting (at least, I personally don’t know anyone that can eat more than 2 pounds of bananas at a single sitting!). 

Think about it- when making major dietary changes, you want to get the most out of your calories. Wouldn’t you rather fill up, rather than drink something and be hungry again soon after?

Title: 
3 D's of sleeping pills

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547

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This article features the negative effects of sleeping pills and why people, in spite of all warnings, tend to take them.


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sleeping pills overdose


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After reading this, I hope you can still sleep well. Sleep-inducing medicines, popularly known  as sleeping pills, have a reputation of helping people get some peace and quiet at night.  Sleep deprivation is such a difficult condition to have since it literally zaps a person's energy to do the more important things in life, at work and at home.  Specifically, it is used by chronic insomniacs who desperately need to get that well-deserved rest.  Insomniacs often flip over the hundreds of cable channels each night hoping to get tired enough to sleep.  For them, it does not matter if they sleep in from of the t.v. as long as they do get to sleep eventually.  But t.v. surfing loses its effectiveness after a few nights, leaving the insomniac up and awake the whole night, and, yes, bone-weary the next morning. Manic workloads, job-related stresses, and the ever-toxic idea of work itself leaves a person with no other option but to trust the “fast” relief. Studies show that people who are prone to stress and other everyday worries are the ones who would most likely resort to the use of sleeping pills.  Other studies, however, also show that long-term use of sleeping pills could cause unwanted side effects or health problems.  People who often take refuge or rely mostly on these sedatives are more prone to negative effects and even life-threatening situations as: 

*Degradation of activities

Studies prove that continuous use of sleeping pills can reduce brain cell activity, affect short-memory term and cause hang-overs. The aftermath of taking these sedatives may seem manageable, but in the long run, these effects may escalate into more serious problems such us forgetfulness and lack of focus. You wouldn't want to report to your workplace with confused and groggy, right? Also, it's a bad thing to forget certain work errands just because of sleeping pills.               
*Dependence

Just like how the body forms its natural defense through the production of antibodies, the body may also develop an immunity to the drug.  The frequent intake of a certain drug would lessen the potency of the active ingredients. Eventually, the user would have to take higher doses of the drug, and be open to the risk of developing a drug dependence or addiction. Sleeping pill addiction is, in fact, fast becoming a common health concern.             

*  Death 

People who use sleeping pills have undeniably higher mortality rates than those who don't. Sleep apnea patients are advised to refrain from taking sleep-inducing pills. As sedatives, sleeping pills tend to lengthen the pauses in breathing when one is asleep.  This situation can jeopardize the health of people with sleep apnea.  Every year, many cases of death are attributed to the effects of these drugs.    

As the saying goes, we can buy luxurious bed but we can never purchase a good night's sleep. This proverbial statement just proves that many people are really struggling to board another express train to Dreamland. And the struggle goes on.  For some people, a good night's sleep is like a rare commodity. The artificial inducement of sleep may be necessary but caution must always be exercised to prevent sleeping pill overdose.  Getting some “shut-eye” with the help of a pill or two need not lead to the sleep of death.

title:3 Easy And Convenient Natural Skin Care Solutions
author:Jerrick Foo
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4494.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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Natural skin care solutions may seem hard to find, or too overwhelmingto decide which is best for your skin. You wander the aisles trying tofigure out which ones are a real skin care solution. You trycucumbers or tea bags over your eyes, and other recipes and advise fromfriends, but none of their skin care solutions are working for you. Noneed to fret!
Here are 3 easy solutions for you:
1. A mixture of lavender, German chamomile, frankincense, wheat germ,grape seed, jojoba and olive oils can make great skin care for your face.It can reduce or help prevent wrinkles. You can also use these oils tocreate your own body oils and lotions. The best thing about naturalskin care is you get to customize it just for you!
2. For exfoliation, you can use any of the oils mentioned above, orothers that you enjoy and mix with a salt scrub. Use this to exfoliate yourskin for soothing and relaxing, natural skin care solution.
3. Some perfumes can aggravate your skin, giving you unsightly rashesand even effect your allergies. This happens because of the chemicalsused in most manufactured perfumes. You can create your own naturalperfumes with a jojoba oil base and various blends of essential oils. Mix andmatch, experiment to create a natural perfume that you enjoy.
Essential oils are excellent for the creation of your own natural skincare uses. It’s also fun to make your own natural skin care solutionsusing different oils and bases! Have fun while taking care of your skinwith products that you know what ingredients are being put in it. Youcan take control of your skin care with your own natural skin caresolutions! 
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title:3 Easy Dieting Success Tips
author:Beverley Brooke
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1272.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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1. Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day
Okay, for many people this is a big problem. Water doesn’t taste all that great generally because water doesn’t really “taste” like anything. Drinking water 8 to 10 times each day gets easier the more you actually do it. It is simply a matter of conditioning your taste buds, and yourself, so that it becomes easier to do. Once you get started, you will begin to crave water.
To begin with, you should drink a glass of water in the morning first thing, before you eat. This is probably the easiest glass you will drink all day and it will help you remember to drink water all day long. Better yet, why not drink two glasses?
If you really cannot bear the taste of water, try using a water purifying pitcher or filter. You can also add a few drops of lemon or lime to your water – but no sugar or sweetener! Ice also helps.
Check out flavored waters on the market, too. Just keep an eye out for additives.
2. Eat breakfast
Do not skip breakfast. If you need to go to bed a little earlier so that you can get up 20 minutes earlier each morning – do it! Breakfast is so important to your good health and to weight control. According to Dr. Barbara Rolls a professor of nutrition at Penn State University, "Your metabolism slows while you sleep, and it doesn't rev back up until you eat again."
Eating breakfast is not only good for overall weight loss, it will help you stay on track with your diet the rest of the day. You are more likely to binge on something sweet and in the “bread” group if you skip breakfast.
You can always keep a couple of hard-boiled eggs in the fridge or some high-fiber, low starch fruit around. If you plan to eat fruit at all during the day, breakfast is the perfect time to do it.
3. Eat at least 3 meals and snacks each day
This can be one of the hardest adjustments to make. After all, you are busy! You already have a “full-plate”. When do you have time to worry about filling your plate with more frequent meals?
Just like eating breakfast will increase your metabolism, so will eating more often. This will also help you curb your bad-carb intake by making sure that your snacks are planned and occur regularly throughout the day.
Really, it will just take a minimal investment of planning time at the grocery store and at home each morning before you head out for the day to make some healthy food choices and prepare a few healthy snacks and meals.
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title:3 Easy Ways To Buy Contact Lenses Online
author:Brandon Hopkins
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4379.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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Trying to find the simplest way to order your contact lenses may have been a difficult feat in the past, but not anymore.  With the world wide web so easily accessible to many, the availability of ordering the perfect contact lens online is great.  The following paragraphs will give some valuable tips for locating contact lens online retailers and purchasing them from your computer.
There are many contact lens online retailers, that offer their contact lenses for purchase via the internet.  These contact lens online retailers have their own web pages, where there are descriptions of the different contact lens types available for purchase and the different contact lens styles.  Most contact lens online retailers will also offer contact lens cases, cleaning solution, and other contact lens supplies for purchase.
Generating a list of contact lens online retailers is a simple procedure that can be done by utilizing any search engine.  By entering "contact lens online retailer" into the search engine of choice, and hitting the search button, a list of links will appear for contact lens online retailers.  Clicking the different links in this list will lead to individual web pages for contact lens online retailers.  From there, browsing the contact lens online retailer web page should be simple.
Most contact lens online retailers have web pages that are easy to maneuver.  Most of the vital information will be found on the home page, and the other information will be just as easy to view.  A majority of contact lens online retailers will provide simple instructions to follow for purchasing contact lenses online, and credit card information is almost always a requirement for payment, although some contact lens online retailers will be willing to send a bill with the shipment.
Ordering discount contact lenses has never been more simple.  The world wide web has made it possible to purchase contact lenses through the computer.   By searching the internet for contact lens online retailers, it is possible to order new contact lenses without even leaving home.  With, and sometimes without a credit card, contact lens online retailers are eager to provide their services to make purchasing contact lenses a more convenient task.
If you are ready to get started, click the first link to a contact lens site you find and see what they offer!
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title:3 Easy Ways to Treat Body Acne!
author:Venkata Ramana
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1147.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Are you suffering from Body acne? or Zits below the neckline? Don’t worry. You are not alone! Lot’s of teen get body acne. It is common in the winter months, when you are wearing piles of heavy clothing.
Sweat can clog skin pores and lead to breakouts all over. Other things that can cause body acne are tight fitting clothing ( It traps sweat against the skin, leading to clogged pores and blemishes) stress and hormones. Body acne commonly pops up on the chest and back.
Ø To zap body acne and prevent it from coming back, you can wash your body daily with a salicylic acid based cleanser. Look for this ingredient on product labels.
Ø Shower daily and be sure to shower as soon as possible anytime you have been sweating – such as after playing sports, working outside or just being in the sun. After your shower, you can follow up by a body moisturizer that contains Alfa Hydroxy acid. This will exfoliate skin and help prevent breakouts, without drying skin out.
Ø At Nighttime you can treat body acne just like facial acne, by applying an acne zapping gel or cream at the effected parts.
Ø If your body acne is particularly bad and wont respond to this treatment after about a month, you will probably need to see a dermatologist.
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title:3 Frequently Asked Questions About ACL Surgery
author:Geff Long
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2748.shtml
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Do I really need surgery?
There several things that will affect this answer. Do you plan on playing sports or are you happy giving them up and doing things less stressful on the knees? If you can give up the sports that are rough on the knees, you might get by without surgery. Does your knee "go out" a lot? If it does and you have little control over it, surgery would probably be your best bet. If you would like to try rehabbing your knee and wearing a brace to see if that works, go ahead. Just keep in mind that every time your knee goes out of place, there is more damage being done. That is the route I took and I'm a little bit sorry about it. I ended up doing a lot of damage that I could have avoided.
Should I use general anesthesia or regional?
Either way will work. There are people on both sides of the fence that will tell you one is better than the other. Don't always listen, it's a very personal choice. With general anesthesia, you will be unconscious and have no recollection of the surgery. It will feel like you have simply blinked and the surgery will be over. General anesthesia has a bad effect on some people though. It could make you sick to your stomach for a few days. Doctors don't know exactly why or how general anesthesia does what it does, so there is always a slight risk. Some people are afraid they won't wake up. But the risk is very, VERY small.
Regional anesthesia can be given to you a couple different ways. It will either be an epidural or a spinal. They are very similar. Both are injected into your back. As a result, the pain signals from your knee never reach the brain. They are blocked by the regional anesthesia. This will allow you to be "awake" for the surgery. Now I say "awake" because you can choose your level of awareness. You can choose to have a regional anesthetic and still not be aware or remember a single thing from your surgery. This is done by giving you a sedative. The anesthesiologist will probably ask you what level you want. 
1. Awake, Aware, but unconcerned. 
2. Awake, Somewhat aware, not concerned. 
3. Awake, and not aware. 
4. Hammered. (They will give you enough of the sedative to make you sleep, but if you were to wake up during the surgery, you wouldn't care and probably wouldn't remember waking up anyway.)
How hard is physical therapy and does it hurt?
Physical Therapy isn't all that bad. Some things are easy and some are hard. One thing that is a little painful are the extension and flexion exercises. And after a while, those don't really hurt that much either. I've heard horror stories from people who say that PT (Physical Therapy) was the worst and they cried every time they had to do it, but that wasn't my experience at all. The exercises get tougher as you go, but it's a good feeling to be doing some work. 
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Title: 
3 Lessons From The Biggest Loser

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All over the world, night after night, millions of people are riveted to their TV sets - but not to watch the latest soap, or CSI. Not to watch Jay Leno or Sex in the City. Not to see who outwits, outlasts and outplays others in Survivor. No - they are spellbound by the efforts of a small band of obese people trying to overcome the effects of years of overeating.

It's not surprising that for so many people this is compulsive viewing. Obesity is the new epidemic. Fat childr...


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health, fitness, exercise, diet, weight loss


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All over the world, night after night, millions of people are riveted to their TV sets - but not to watch the latest soap, or CSI. Not to watch Jay Leno or Sex in the City. Not to see who outwits, outlasts and outplays others in Survivor. No - they are spellbound by the efforts of a small band of obese people trying to overcome the effects of years of overeating.

It's not surprising that for so many people this is compulsive viewing. Obesity is the new epidemic. Fat children lumber around school playgrounds while their overweight mothers fill shopping carts with wrong choices. Then... they sit down at night to watch The Biggest Loser. They see dramatic weight loss and startling new body shapes beginning to emerge. They want the same results - and they begin to think it might be possible.

But who has four or five hours a day to work out? Who can afford a personal trainer several times a week? And who has the luxury of their own personal adviser on calorie content and smart food choices? The answer is: not many people. But you have to remember that this is television: it's a false situation. As the players keep reminding themselves and the viewers: "This is a GAME. You have to make the most of your time here - it's going to be so much harder out in the real world."

IS it harder in the real world? Probably. But you can take lessons away from watching this reality show. You can make it work for you, as well as for the contestants. Here are three practical and useful lessons you can put to use immediately.

1. Put Weight Loss First.

In the Biggest Loser household WEIGHT LOSS COMES FIRST. Make it come first in your household, too. Sounds simple, doesn't it? It is. In fact, so simple that many people just overlook it. They try to fit exercise and meal planning around everything else in their lives, instead of making it a priority.

Think: what is most important: getting the weight off, and becoming fit enough to put years on your life - or watching another TV show? Sit down with a pen and paper and allot at least one hour a day to planning meals, recording what you eat, and doing some form of exercise. You've still got 23 hours left to do everything else!

2. E is for Exercise - and Enjoy!

What else do you notice in the Biggest Loser household? The more they exercise, the more they seem to enjoy it. Oh sure, they grunt and they groan; they sweat and they complain. But as the weeks go on, you'll hear them say things like: "I never thought I'd say that I look forward to working out - but now don't feel right if a day goes past without exercise!"

The secret to enjoying exercise is finding what's right for YOU. If you don't really enjoy the gym, look for other forms of exercise. You need a mix of cardio and resistance training - but it doesn't have to be on machines. Walk, swim, dance, climb hills, push a wheelbarrow in the garden... there are endless choices that can be fun for you. Research what happens to various muscle groups - and to your heart - when you exercise, and pick activities that you will enjoy.

3. Identify the Triggers.

Emotions run high when the contestants have to face their demons. Weight gain is rarely from just a physical cause. If you keep a food diary, and faithfully record not only what you eat but when (and why) you eat it, you'll soon see a pattern of emotional eating. What are YOUR triggers? Boredom? Tiredness? Family arguments?

Once you have identified these triggers, you can start working on strategies to defeat them. This can be as simple as challenging yourself every time you want food. ("Am I hungry - yes or no? If I'm not hungry, then why do I want to eat? Am I really just thirsty? If I'm running to the fridge because I'm upset, is there something else I can do to feel better? Is there a long-term solution that will fix this forever?" and so on.) If you're not yet ready to deal with the root cause, then be prepared with food that won't add to your problems with the resulting rolls of fat. Make sure that you have 'good' food at hand - but also food that you LIKE.

These are just three of the lessons that anyone can take away from watching The Biggest Loser. And you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you did it all by yourself.

title:3 Little Known Tips for Helping with Sleep Apnea Research
author:Roger Wembley
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3562.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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This may come as a surprise to you, but sleep apnea is more common than you think.  Yes, while it might seem like you are the only one who suffers from sleep apnea, we’d be willing to be that at least a few of your close neighbors suffer from it to.  Well, the information age now allows you to listen to thousands of different opinions and possible cures for whatever ails you. Sleep apnea is no different.  Follow these three tips and you should be all set in your quest for more information.
1) Start with a basic search on multiple websites.  Try the regulars like Yahoo, Google, and MSN.  Try searching for ‘sleep apnea symptoms’ or ‘sleep apnea treatment.’  Getting multiple sources of information can only make your information quest easier.  Some search engines are better for some types of information (Google seems to be especially handy for scientific searches) while others are not. Get a lot of different information sources.
2) Another great source of information for everything is wikipedia.org.  While we definitely don’t recommend trying to treat your sleep apnea yourself based upon the information you find (always see a physician, we aren’t physicians and can’t give a medical opinion), wikipedia.org is a good place to start looking for any information as it is “user edited”. “User edited” means that anyone can conceivably change the information on wikipedia.org. It’s almost like a democracy of information presentation.  It’s definitely worth a look in your sleep apnea research.
3) Don’t forget to look for information specifically on understanding sleep apnea. If you can’t understand what sleep apnea is, you are going to have a tough time even if you follow tips #1 and #2 to the letter. Get informed and try to understand what sleep apnea is. There are a ton of great resources out there if you look hard enough.
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title:3 Little Known Tips to Buying Fitness Equipment
author:Amy Metz
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3337.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Did you know that buying fitness equipment for your home isn’t really that difficult?
It’s true that the world of fitness equipment can seem like a maze at times and that there are literally hundreds of different types of fitness equipment pieces that might work well for your home arrangement.  However, with a little guidance, the process really isn’t that hard and you will be amazed at the bargains that you can find if you just dig a little deeper than the average consumer is usually prepared to. Let’s take a look at some tips to help you out in your quest for new fitness equipment.
1.  Look at used equipment. This is where some good deals can be found.  Fitness equipment can obtain a weird status in a person’s home.  They might have been really excited to buy it initially and dreams of a fit body and monthly gym savings might have filled their head. However, after 3 months, the equipment often sits vacant in that person’s home.  Used equipment can be a really good deal due to the fact that it’s often times almost as good as new but now it’s for sale. To you. For cheap. Check out newspapers, Ebay, and other places; compare prices and get a deal.
2. Consider commercial fitness equipment. Often times, you can buy the same equipment that your local gym has. Imagine, you can have that same (gasp!) Stairmaster that has dogged you for years at the local Ballys, right in your basement.  This might be appealing to some who have the capital to invest in a large piece of equipment. If you no longer have to pay a $50 monthly fee to go to a gym every month, this might be a really smart investment. Look into commercial equipment, you might be pleasantly surprised. 
3. The first two points are almost worthless without considering the financing of your new fitness equipment. When looking to finance your new set of fitness equipment there are tons of important factors to keep in mind.  You really don’t want to be paying too much for equipment that might be found at a cheaper price (after everything is considered) elsewhere.
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title:3 Methods for Clearing Mental Clutter
author:Jennifer Koretsky
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_756.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
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Many adults with ADD have a hard time slowing down their brains.  Thoughts often come at whirlwind speed, and it can be hard to concentrate on the tasks at hand when so many other thoughts are floating around in the brain.   I call this "mental clutter."
Often times, mental clutter is made up of worries and bad feelings.  (Very few people get overwhelmed by the amount of positive thoughts in their heads!)  Regrets of the past and worries about the future can easily overshadow the present moment.  Self-doubt can also take up a lot of space in the mind.  When an excess of these types of thoughts take over in the brain, it can be stressful, upsetting, and sometimes even paralyzing.  
The best way to clear this mental clutter is to process the thoughts, rather than letting them swim around in your brain.  Doing so will allow you to focus on the present moment, and feel more calm and centered.  
The following 3 methods have proven very helpful in clearing mental clutter.
1. Write
A great way to clear mental clutter is to transfer the thoughts from your brain onto paper.  This can be in the form of a to-do list, an email to a supportive person in your life, or a journal entry.  When the thoughts are recorded, there is no need for your brain to hold on to them.  
Additionally, if you feel weighed down by a situation (like an argument with a family member) writing about it can help you process your feelings.  You can get a better grip on the events, how you feel, and what you might have done differently.  A page or two might be all it takes.    
2. Talk
Many people with ADD are "verbal processors."  This means that we often work through thoughts and feelings by talking them out.  It helps to have an objective person to talk to, who can mirror your thoughts and talk them out with you.  However, the very act of talking is often what does the trick, so having someone to talk to isn't always necessary.  Many people find that talking into a tape recorder suits their needs.  Others talk to plants or animals.  (I talk to my dog so much that I'm surprised she doesn't talk back by now!)   
3. Move
Some ADDers can clear mental clutter by moving.  Something as simple as a 10-minute walk can give the brain a needed jolt.  Others may find that they feel free of extraneous thoughts after a visit to the gym.  The time alone combined with the physical activity proves to be a successful formula for some ADDers to work through their mental clutter.  
It's best to experiment with the different methods and see which work best for you in the different areas of your life.  The important thing to know is that with a little time-out, mental clutter can be cleared!  
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Title: 
3 Powerful Motivation Tips For Ripped Abs

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688

Summary:
Make your new fitness habits much more productive with the best 3 motivational tips that will keep you going to the gym and dieting with a smile on your face every time.


Keywords:
ab workouts, fat loss, ripped abs, tight abs, washboard abs, ab exercises, training, exercising, free ab workouts, home workouts


Article Body:
Can you see your self walking down the street at your favorite location looking and feeling great.  Or as you stroll down the beach and you notice people glance over there shoulders to admire your beautiful ripped abs that belong to you. Feeling so confident in your self that your vacation seems perfect like a dream.  You pinch yourself and realize that you have arrived.  

Everyone in this green earth would love to have six pack abs and be fully healthy.  Can everyone archive this goal?  Yes. We people where created for excellence so yes, anything is possible.  Although some may find it difficult to reach personal goals, anything is possible if you have an optimistic and positive outlook on life. 

"Life is not fair" We can begin our day very positive, but by the end of the day if you are not fully focused of your objective and constantly thinking of your aspirations you can be a victim of procrastination.  We as humans tend to enjoy the path of least resistance.  Justifying our excuses and having procrastinations of our objectives.  Nobody said that being discipline was easy.  As a matter of fact here are some examples of things we tell ourselves unconsciously that keeps us from hitting our goals: "I would love to workout, but I don't want to be sore for tomorrow's barbeque.", "I will have a free day this weekend therefore I will stuff my face with cookies and milk.", "I love the gym, I just don't have time to go anymore."

The interesting thing is that we make ourselves believe such things.  When in reality it is just bogus.  The secret to success is not overworking but being in control of your thinking and outlooks in life.  Whether you are looking to lose a few pounds or get in shape for bodybuilding competition, please under any circumstances don't let yourselves of any excuses.  Here are some helpful mindsets that will help when you get back on track when you feel you are buying your excuses:

One:  Always tell your friends and family about your goals.  Telling your acquaintances about your goals is great.  Some will take you serious and some won't.  But the reasoning behind this is that they can help you be on track.  When you are genuine with people they respect that, and sometimes are willing to help you out.  

Two:  Setting goals with a partner or friend.  Often times having a workout partner or a dieting parter will make things better for everyone.  Besides a little competition, a little encouragement from a workout buddy makes a huge difference.  Pick someone that you enjoy being with and someone that you know will help you when you feel a bit down on your self.  Friends are incredible at picking one up and making us feel great. 

Three: Writing down your aspirations and visions.  Get a notepad right this moment, and jock down all of your goals and aspirations.  On a piece of paper make a line down the middle.  In one side have your "goals" and the other have "aspirations" example. Goal #1 Lose 10 pounds this month. Aspiration  #1   Lose 10 pounds so I can buy a new pair of jeans, and so on.  Make sure they are in detail and also try to make them very personable.  Soon you wil  develop these mental changes that will change your life forever subconsciously.  Also Take note of the times you are at your lowest in energy and pull out your sheet and read those to you out loud.  Might sound kind of weird but it works.  Professional athletes do it everyday.  Why not you?

Getting in top shape is harder than it looks.  It takes discipline and full commitment. Its rewards are priceless and the amount of  confidence you get when you are watched or check out is amazing.  Or even if you simply just want to live an incredible healthy lifestyle and carrying on that mindset to your family and kids, is absolutely worth it.  Stay focused, stay in the fight and we will see you in the beaches of the world sporting your ripped abs.

Title: 
3 Principles For Overcoming Fitness Obstacles

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If you’re like me, the quest to be in shape and manage weight feels overwhelming. And, as if the quest to be fit isn’t hard enough, there’s often other obstacles to overcome: health issues, time management, mustering up courage or energy. Even if you’ve been exercising for a long time, there’s always new barriers to be broken. So, how to put all of this into perspective?
 
According to Tom Turner, executive liaison for the Spina Bifida Association that’s exactly it: Perspec...


Keywords:
fitness, inspiration, wellness


Article Body:
If you’re like me, the quest to be in shape and manage weight feels overwhelming. And, as if the quest to be fit isn’t hard enough, there’s often other obstacles to overcome: health issues, time management, mustering up courage or energy. Even if you’ve been exercising for a long time, there’s always new barriers to be broken. So, how to put all of this into perspective?
 
According to Tom Turner, executive liaison for the Spina Bifida Association that’s exactly it: Perspective. And also, according to him, there’s no mountain too high to climb. Tom would know. Paralyzed from the waist down since birth he’s now 35 and trains about three times a week. In fact, he tells me, he just couldn’t get along without exercise.
 
So in my quest for the last word on overcoming barriers in fitness, Tom sat down with me and together we came up with 3 basic principles that will help break-down fears and intimidations when striving to reach fitness goals. (After all, if he can exercise on a regular basis, shouldn’t that be encouragement enough for anyone to give it a  shot?)
 
Principle #1 Move Into The Fear.
 
“Train you mind to believe no mountain is too high or any goal is too difficult to attain,” Tom tells me. Basically, it’s all about meeting your fears and facing them head-on. In this principle, aim to recognize your fears, acknowledge them and then move through them. Ask yourself what is it that makes you uncomfortable? Have you let yourself get out of shape and are afraid you’ll never get back? Do you have an injury that’s caused you to be afraid of your body? If you can visualize creatively, then you can put your fears in check. See your self as you’d like to be. Remember: your body loves you and has the potential to heal itself to perfection. Your only job is to trust it and listen.
 
Q: What is your body saying to you?
 
Principle #2 Trust Your Intuition.
 
It is important when overcoming obstacles and learning to break through barriers that you begin to listen to the still small voice of your body. In most cases, we all want the comfort of having someone telling us what we can and cannot do. However, our highest truth lies within us. This is not to say that the good opinion of others is not important, but ultimately the decision making comes from within.
 
When facing a challenge or an obstacle look to how you feel. What are your instincts telling you? Often it is simply your instinct that will move you into a new mindset and raise your consciousness. “I wasn’t about to let the wheelchair stand in my way,” Tom tells me. In fact, he says he had to merely change his perspective about it. He says he first had to learn about what his restrictions were then, create a boundary for himself. “We all have boundaries,” he tells me. "Regardless if a person can walk or not, obstacles are as unique as people themselves. Therefore, it’s first best to know your boundaries."
 
Next, Tom tells me he aims to meet those boundaries.  “I first reach as high as I can within the confines of what I am able to do. Whether it be more sets, reps or greater endurance, I allow myself as much time as necessary to accomplish my small goals. It always surprises me, with small steps, how quickly I can reach a Big goal.”
 
Principle #3 Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.
 
What then, about fear? I wanted to know. If we move into the fear and meet it eye to eye what if fear meets us there? “So,” I asked Tom: “are you ever afraid? “After 19 operations in my life, I’ve really come to terms with fear,” he says. “It really comes down to our most primal fear; fear of death. Once you realize that death is all part of the divine plan, it’s liberating, you can let it go and, instead, choose how to live. So instead of being afraid of death I decided to choose how to live."
 
So what’s the take away message? Talking to Tom, I’m reminded of the poem by Dylan Thomas who said: “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.” It seems appropriate here. The bottom line: Staying afraid often keeps us from truly living. Tom reminds me that a positive attitude is key, "Life is all about attitude." He also says he could let fear beat him down, yet he doesn’t. “I wouldn’t want to miss being part of tomorrow,” he concludes. That said, what fears are getting in your way? Make today the right time to face them.
 
In conclusion: Life Beyond The Boundaries.
 
When you’ve faced your fears and pushed your boundaries to the edges, what then? I wanted to know. Tom smiles. “Find a new mountain to climb,” he says matter-of-factly. “It’s what makes life fun. I know I have considerations. I know that there will be days that I’ll need to stay in bed and rest while my braces are getting tuned up. It’s those times when I am with my thoughts that I decide what I am going to set my sights on.”
 
Author’s Note: In my personal quest to live beyond the boundaries I’ve chosen Tom as my role model (lucky for me, he's my brother). We so often look to the media for these sources and so often they are illusory. There are “real” people everywhere doing great things...look around you; angels are everywhere! Learn from them. Choose someone you look up to, admire or of whom you appreciate their values. Set goals, climb mountains! Set intention in motion and enjoy the healthy process.

Title: 
3 Simple Factors to Beating Cocaine Addiction

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711

Summary:
Learn the most effective method to find the drug rehab program you really need and want.  Find out how simple it is to select the right program to get your cocaine addiction problem totally handled.


Keywords:
Cocaine, addiction, treatment, rehab, detox.


Article Body:
3 Simple Factors to Beating Cocaine Addiction
Ok, someone you love and care about has a Cocaine Addiction Problem.  Now what? 

At this point many thoughts will go through your mind.  Most people actually follow a common series of thoughts, believe it or not.  The first thought is denial.  The addict actually goes through this several times as well.  

When the actions of the Cocaine Addict make this impossible to consider further, the next thought is that there is only a minor problem, not a drug addiction.  This is where the majority of Cocaine Addicts fail to get the help they really need.  It is the extreme exception that someone is a true casual cocaine user.  There are no casual crack users as this is clearly the most addictive drug known to man.  So the answer is clearly a cocaine addiction program.  But how to you choose the right one?

Ultimately, you want your loved one back. You want that person free from drug addiction. You want that person to live a healthy and productive life.  The answer is the right drug rehab program.  But how do you find that one?  The answer is actually much easier than most people think.  

The majority of people do look into a number of drug rehab programs before making a selection.  However, no one really knows the right questions to ask.  In fact, because most people really have no understanding of effective drug rehabilitation, they actually eliminate the right program very early in their search.  This is unfortunate simply because all that time and money invested then becomes a waste.  

There are only 3 issues you need to address for any drug rehabilitation program to make sure your loved one is getting the best and you are getting not only your money's worth, but your loved one off drugs for good.

#1.  What is the Program Success Rate?

This is clearly the most obvious question to ask.  What few people know is that the very best programs have a better than 75 success rate and try to convince you that this is somehow the best that can be done.  Obviously, these programs are a waste of time and should be avoided.  All you need to know is to look for the program with a 75% success rate or better.

#2.  What is the Drug Detoxification Method?

Any Drug Rehab Program that you would choose simply must have some sort of drug detoxification method.  This is an absolute requirement if there is to be any serious chance that the addict will really get off drugs for good.  The single greatest cause of relapse was drug residuals remaining in the body.  This is why a drug detox program is required.

All drug detox methods are not the same.  There are many detox methods that are very expensive, but no better for the addict.  There are several hospital monitored detox methods that are not only very expensive but may also put your loved one into a coma-like state for a day or more.  You want a simple, risk free drug detox program and the best of this is the time-tested sauna based detox method.  This is not only the lowest cost method, but offers nearly zero risk to the addict.  The drug rehab program that uses this approach is more concerned about getting your loved one off drugs permanently than trying to make a profit from you.

#3.  What Guarantee do you offer with your Program?

Only the best programs will offer a rehabilitation result guarantee.  Most people have never heard of this simply because so few programs actually offer it.  You know that a program that will offer not only a medically safe drug detox, but extensive life skills training plus a long term follow-up program really cares about addicts.  But a program that offers all this and a guarantee where the relapsing addict is re-treated at no additional cost really has the best interests of your loved one in mind.  This is a program that is more concerned about the full rehabilitation of your family member back into the family and society than making profits.

If you simply use the above three questions in your rehabilitation program search, you will find the right program for your loved one, simply, easily and quickly.

Title: 
3 Simple Steps To A More Restful Sleep Tonight

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472

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Picture this: It's 5:27 PM. You're hungry after a busy day at work, itching to get home to see your family, and now you're stuck in traffic. Frustration sets in. But you're used to it since this is an every day occurrence.

So you finally stroll into your house at 6:04 PM, your 2 young children are clamoring for your attention, and they're hungry too. You pop some frozen dinners in the microwave knowing full well they're not healthy, but also knowing that you just don't hav...


Keywords:
sleep deprivation, sleep disorders, insomnia


Article Body:
Picture this: It's 5:27 PM. You're hungry after a busy day at work, itching to get home to see your family, and now you're stuck in traffic. Frustration sets in. But you're used to it since this is an every day occurrence.

So you finally stroll into your house at 6:04 PM, your 2 young children are clamoring for your attention, and they're hungry too. You pop some frozen dinners in the microwave knowing full well they're not healthy, but also knowing that you just don't have time to think, much less cook. After a quick dinner consisting of Salisbury Steak you're day's not even close to over.

Now it's time to do laundry, read with the kids, and of course a day's work left over from the office. When do you have time to rest? At night you keep telling yourself.

But every night it's the same old story. You flop into bed past 1 AM and close your eyes. Your mind is still racing from the day that just passed and the busy day ahead. So you toss and turn, hoping that you'll be able to get at least a little shut-eye before your 6:00 AM wake up call (an annoyingly loud alarm clock
you've had for 15 years).

And the next day it starts all over again. You're tired at work, you don't have time to eat, you're stressed, and you can't get out of the vicious cycle.

So what do you do?

First thing's first: take a deep breath. You're probably stressed out just reading this far.

To get a more restful sleep tonight do the following:

1) Get a notebook and take 5 minutes right before laying down to free write. What you want to do is get every thought from the past, present, and future out of your head and on paper where it's safe and secure. This will free the clutter from your head and allow you to rest easier.

2) Get a new alarm clock that wakes you up gradually with classical music. This will do absolute wonders for your morning routine. What you want to do is set the alarm to go off 15-20 minutes earlier than you usually wake up. It will turn on very quietly and slowly bring you out of your slumber.

3) Add a few very healthy snacks to your daily routine. One of my favorites is a 2 oz pre-packaged bag of baby carrots. They taste good, they're good for you, and they take no prep-time. When you're hungry at work or on the way home, munch on these. Another great snack is raw almonds. Eating healthier works
amazingly well to help you sleep better.

Please use these 3 simple tips to enjoy a more restful sleep tonight.

title:3 Steps To Great Abs!
author:Marie Borges
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3232.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Myth:  You need to work your abs everyday.
Truth:  The best way to develop abdominal strength and tone is to work your abs to exhaustion.  You need to allow your abdominal muscles to recover..this equates to 24-48 hours of rest time between workouts.  Increase the intensity of your workouts gradually.  If you overdo it, not only will you be excessively sore (a little soreness is a good thing, it signifies that you have worked the muscle enough for it to repair itself and become stronger in the process), but you may discourage yourself because you will need more rest time than normal and it will be harder to do your ab exercises.
Myth:  The more situps you do, the better.
Truth:  Doing hundreds of situps will not help you lose abdominal fat!  Situps actually do little to increase strength because they focus on edurance and are inefficient; it is hard to overload the abdominal muscles doing situps.  Thus, you will be wasting your time.  Crunches (yes, crunches) are the best way to overload the abs and work the entire midsection, whether you do them on the floor or on a Swiss Ball (my personal favorite!).  There are many variations of crunches, and each targets different parts of the abdominal muscles.  While doing crunches, it is imperative that you focus on proper technique and gradually increasing resistance.  Using this method, you can fatigue your abdominal muscles using fewer reps.
Myth:  Situps are the key to getting "cut" ab muscles.
Truth:  If you have layers of abdominal fat covering your abs, situps, or any other exercise, for that matter, won't do you much good.  For a strong, cut midsection, keep in mind these tips:
1. Train your abs with resistance.  If you are a beginner, try crunches without resistance first.  As you get stronger, then move to more challenging moves or crunches using a Swiss Ball.
2. You need consistent cardiovascular exercise (helps to burn fat faster, performed at 80% of your maximum heart rate).
3. Cut the fat in your diet to shed body fat and create definition. This is the only way your abs will show through! Remember, great abs are made in the kitchen!   
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Title: 
3 Steps To Helping Your Asthmatic Child

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685

Summary:
Parents of asthmatic children often feel powerless to help. This article discusses the signs of child asthma, the best way to administer medication, and what to do during an asthma attack.


Keywords:
asthma, childhood asthma, asthmatic, Kane


Article Body:
The first and most important step to take is to decide to take charge of your child's asthma. Parents of asthmatic children suffer a range of contradictory feelings. Strongest is the natural concern for their child. Are you giving them the best treatment, or is there something you have not thought of or are unaware of? Then there are the doubts about being over or under protective. If they have non-asthmatic siblings do you treat all of your children the same? Perhaps there is some guilt that asthma may have been inherited and it is your fault your child has the condition.

Let's take charge of the situation and dispel this myth straight away. You have not willed it onto your child. It is nobody's fault or a judgement of some sort any more than an inherited ability that makes someone more likely to be good at sports or singing. You can also take charge by educating yourself about the condition. Do not waste time worrying if there are better treatments or medications for your child. Find out. Use the medical profession, library and internet. The best prescription is knowledge.

The next step is to be aware of your child's health. One problem with having an ill child is their inability to clearly explain how they feel. An asthmatic child may not come to you in the middle of the night and mention difficulty breathing, or persistent coughing. Instead they may leave their condition to worsen until their lungs have expanded enough to start pressing on their stomach. At this point they may mention they feel sick.

Some children just take a rest when their breathing becomes difficult and never mention they feel out of breath.

If you suspect your child may have asthma you probably know the classic signs to look for: coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, changes in color of skin, nails, or lips, and a tightness of the chest. But also be aware there are other signs that suggest there may be a problem: nausea, lethargy, and low appetite. Also notice if your child has to hunch forward as they exhale if they are feeling short of breath.

If possible take a look at your child's breathing as they sleep. This will enable you to see how they breathe when they are relaxed. Then you will be able to tell when their breathing becomes labored.

Next, ensure your child takes any inhaled medication properly. Many asthma medications are delivered by inhalers and it is often difficult for a child to understand and perform the necessary sequence of breaths to take these medicines. How long did your child take to learn to blow their nose properly? I know of one child who insisted they were holding their breath while they kept their lips firmly together as they breathed through their nose. Many children feel they cannot hold their breath for the required interval and end up dramatically gasping for air. If your asthmatic child has to take medicines through a metered dose inhaler it is often best to use it with a spacer or aero-chamber.

You need to be prepared for an asthma attack. Know what to do. If your child suffers an asthma attack keep calm and resist the urge to cuddle your child. Though this is perfectly natural it will constrict their chest and make it harder for them to breathe.

If you are driving your child to ER or a physician while they are having an asthma attack you must still buckle them into their child seat. Do not hold your child. Imagine what would happen if there was an accident.

To deal with asthma effectively you have to understand the disease and understand your child. You may be tempted to let your doctor make all the decisions, but there is so much more you can do than just administer medication. You can improve the condition by making changes to the home environment, to your child's diet, to how they breathe, and to the exercise they take. The more you know about asthma the more effectively you can control it.

title:3 Steps to Identify Supplements that Lack Scientific Evidence for their Reported Benefits
author:Mark Worthen, Psy.D.
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1920.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

This article shows you a simple but reliable method to identify supplements that do not have scientific support for their alleged benefits.
Step 1: Go to
http://www.pubmed.org
which is a National Library of Medicine (United States) web site where you can search for articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Why check PubMed? Because the National Library of Medicine carefully selects only high-quality journals that offer value to medical scientists around the world. Selection criteria are detailed on this web page:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/jsel.html
Step 2: Once on the PubMed web site, search for the generic (scientific) name of the supplement in question. Supplement manufacturers must list the scientific name for their supplement's ingredients on the label and in advertisements. Supplements often contain many ingredients but usually only a few provide the purported benefits. Those are the ingredients you want to evaluate--they are often the same ones the manufacturer highlights in advertisements.
Step 3: This is the step some supplement companies don't want you to know. Before you click on the "Search" button at PubMed.org, limit your search to studies that utilize the right research methodology with the right population.
The right research methodology is a randomized controlled trial (the double-blind, placebo control group design fits under this category) and the right population is human beings.
Specifying human subjects is important because you want to know if the ingredients in a supplement have been shown to produce the advertised benefits in real live human beings--not just in rats pressing levers for food pellets or in a "case study" with one person.
This is not to say that basic science research, which is often conducted initially with animals, is unimportant. On the contrary, such research usually serves as a crucial building block for subsequent clinical research with humans. But basic science research does not provide scientific evidence for a supplement's beneficial health effects on human beings. Only research with human subjects, using randomized controlled trials, can offer such evidence.
On the PubMed.org search page, click on the "Limits" tab located under the "Search" box. You will see a number of drop-down menus. First click on the Publication Type menu and then select Randomized Controlled Trial. Next click on the drop-down menu labeled, Humans or Animals and click on Humans.
An Example
Morinda citrifolia is the scientific name for a popular ingredient in a nutritional supplement. First search on PubMed for Morinda citrifolia, without placing Limits on your search.
How many results did you receive?
The count was 69 at the time I wrote this article. Looks impressive, huh?
But now search for Morinda citrifolia after first placing Limits on the search as described above, so that you receive only those studies which provide more definitive scientific evidence for the positive effects of Morinda citrifolia.
How many journal articles did you find searching with the specified limits? I found 1.
Thus, out of 69 articles found on PubMed.org, only one provides some evidence for Morinda citrifolia's beneficial effects. In addition, those results were obtained with a very specific patient population. Thus, in order to conclude that scientific evidence exists for Morinda citrifolia's efficacy, scientists would need to conduct additional randomized controlled trials with diverse patient populations.
Conclusion
The simple research method described in this article will help you determine if a given supplement possesses sufficient scientific evidence for its purported benefits.
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Title: 
3 Steps to Managing Skin Allergies

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629

Summary:
An effective approach to managing skin allergies has three components. This article outlines the three steps you should take to alleviate the condition, and some of the man-made triggers that can start skin allergies.


Keywords:
allergy, eczema, skin allergy, skin reaction, latex, nickel, emollient, moisturize, moisturise, Kane


Article Body:
An effective approach to managing skin allergies has three components.  Firstly you must understand the condition, then you must discover if anything is triggering your skin reaction, and thirdly you must look after your skin.

Many people think that allergies only affect the respiratory or digestive systems, but they can also affect your largest organ- your skin. As with other allergies the immune system overreacts to the presence of certain substances and releases inflammation-producing chemicals. Do some research and talk to your doctor. You can be confident of controlling your skin condition better if you are sure you understand what causes it.

The second component in managing a skin allergy is identifying then eliminating the allergens and irritants that start the itching/scratching cycle. There are over three thousand known triggers for skin allergies. Many are natural, but there are plenty of man-made ones too.

A common man-made trigger is latex, which comes from the sap of the Brazilian rubber tree. The natural proteins and those added in the manufacturing process can trigger an allergic reaction. Most people are aware that this can lead to reactions if you wear latex gloves. However latex is also present in baby pacifiers, balloons, pencil erasers and elastic bands in undergarments. There can also be problems when latex particles become airborne and are inhaled. If you have a latex allergy try to avoid the material and use vinyl or plastic where possible.

Nickel is another trigger. In addition to the obvious nickel-containing metallic objects like coins and jewelry, nickel is also present in everyday objects like scissors, bathroom and kitchen cabinet handles, and zippers. Mascara, eye shadow and eye pencils also contain nickel. Experts estimate that the number of people suffering from a nickel allergy has risen about 40% in the last decade. Much of this is believed to be due to the popularity of body piercing. Some foods also have natural nickel content and people who suffer severe symptoms may need to restrict their diet under medical supervision. At present there is no way to desensitize a person with a nickel allergy. Avoidance is the best strategy.

The third component of effective management is looking after your skin. The easiest thing to do is to keep your fingernails short to reduce the damage caused by scratching.

Managing your skin's condition means firstly moisturizing and softening the skin to ensure it does not dry out. Your doctor may recommend you use topical corticosteroid preparations to control the inflammation.

When you take a bath soak in lukewarm water for 20 to 30 minutes. Do not have hot baths or showers, as the heat will increase skin dryness and itching. You can add oatmeal or baking soda to the bath for a soothing effect, though it does not help moisturize the skin.

Use a mild soap or a non-soap cleanser with neutral pH (pH7). If you wish to add bath oils do so after you have been in the water so that it can seal in the moisture. Do not use bubble baths as they can form a barrier that stops the bathwater moisturizing your skin.

After the bath dry yourself by patting your skin with a soft towel. This helps retain moisture. Immediately after drying your skin apply a lotion or emollient cream to help your skin retain the moisture.

To look after your skin you will also need to avoid situations where you will experience extreme physical contact, heavy perspiration, or heavy clothing. This may mean avoiding some sports. Swimming is permissible if you rinse the chlorine from your skin as soon as you leave the pool, and use a moisturizer after drying yourself.

Follow these three steps and you will be able to control your skin allergy and minimize its impact on your everyday life.

title:3 Steps to Permanent Weight Loss
author:Alicia Ashley
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3669.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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There is not another subject on the planet more confusing than weight loss.  There are literally thousands and thousands of books written on the topic and each one disagrees with the next.  But, there is a secret to permanent weight loss and it is simple.
The real secret to permanent weight loss is…
The ability to sustain the daily practice of healthy, moderate eating and exercise habits long enough to attain the results you desire, and then continue performing these habits in order to maintain your results for lifelong success!
There is it.  I know, it sounds simple but it is not!  We live in a fast food, everything-should-be-easy, bigger-is-better society.  Gluttony and instant gratification are the norm.  
I believe there are three obstacles that thwart our ability to practice the healthy, moderate eating and exercise habits necessary to attain the results we desire, they are:
1) Getting most of our pleasure in life through the food we eat 
2) Lack of long-term self-discipline in the areas of health and fitness
3) Lack of long-term self-motivation in the areas of health and fitness
Let’s take a closer look at each of these.  
OBSTACLE ONE 
Most people are so busy day-in and day-out that the food they eat is their greatest pleasure.  This is a true danger that prevents permanent weight loss.  If you’re burning the candle at both ends, rushing from one commitment to the next all day long, when you sit down to eat you want it to be extra good, because you deserve it.  
SOLUTION ONE
Find ways to get more pleasure in a day.  Have ten minutes of quiet time everyday reading your favorite book or magazine, spend a few minutes with a friend on the phone, or begin a new hobby that is fun.  It doesn’t take a lot of time; just find other ways to load up on pleasure so that you don’t have to load up on food.
OBSTACLE TWO
Most people do not have the chip in their brains that allows for joyful self-discipline in the areas of health and fitness.  Most of us have to be disciplined to get to work on time, meet deadlines, follow traffic laws, but not to limit food or exercise regularly.  Some rationalize that since they have to be so disciplined in other ways they don’t want to be when it comes to their food and exercise.
SOLUTION TWO
To establish long-term self-discipline you must focus on the joy of the reward you will get at the end of the road, not the challenge of the journey.  So make a list of the top ten rewards you will gain when you lose weight.  You must also ask yourself what it costs you to be overweight.  Does it cost you your self-respect?  Your joy and aliveness in life?  Has it cost you a relationship or a job?  Remembering the rewards and the cost makes practicing self-discipline a lot easier.  
OBSTACLE THREE 
It’s easy to be motivated around January 1st, but what happens to all that motivation around March 1st?  Or the first time a brownie passes by? Believe it or not, most people are not the master of their own motivation. They think just because they want it that it is motivation enough, and it is not.
SOLUTION THREE
You must reinvent your motivation every day.  To do this write the top ten reasons you want to lose weight and keep it off.  Also, make a list of the people who motivate you to want to lose weight and why.  Review these lists, along with the ones you created above, in the morning and in the evening.  Your motivation is ever evolving so what motivated you last week might not be motivating next week.  So revise your lists regularly.
When you overcome these obstacles you will lose weight because over time, you will find other ways to get pleasure in your life, you will practice positive self-discipline and learn to live on less food and love it, and you will reinvent the motivation everyday to keep it all going.  

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title:3 Surefire Ways To Cure Insomnia While Sleeping Less!
author:Ebe Heng
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1032.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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Seems like you never get enough rest even after sleeping long hours? You would know part of the reasons for this fatigue, as you suffer from insomnia. But the other part on waking up tired even after a good long sleep eludes you. 
A good example of how insomnia wreck havoc in a person live can be found my friend, Darren. Suffering from insomnia, he finds it very difficult to concentrate and stay awake during the day. This leads to a couple of failed relationship and lost opportunities for promotion, because his tiredness is seen as insincerity and no interest. 
Highlighted above shows the mild effects of insomnia, the tragic ones with many lives lost would be traffic accidents where the drivers doze off. 
Okay, now we succeeded in making you sit up and realized that sleep disorder can disrupt your life, here's 3 surefire ways to sleep once your head touches the pillow: - 
Following a routine: 
Following a routine would assist us to sleep better because of our sleep cycle. 1 sleep-cycle contains 4 stages of sleep with the last stage being the REM rapid eye movement sleep, which is the easiest to wake up. 
Getting up before or after REM sleep would make you very drowsy and not rested. The former happens because you have not completed 1 cycle, the latter because of the halting of a new cycle. Therefore, from this experiment with your waking time, you would know what time you are the most alert and that would be the end of your REM. 
And by the way, to get good sleep, you would need at least 1 cycle, which range between 5-6 hours depending on individuals. So, to get quality sleep and to feel energetic for the entire day, you do not need more sleep but waking at the right time (6 hours versus the recommended 8 hours). 
Sleeping Environment: 
Now, not all of us would enjoy the 'correct' sleep cycle. If you suffer from insomnia, chances are, you might have a disrupted cycle. So, we need to 'persuade' your sleep-cycle on when is the right time to sleep and wake. 
To do that we need to lowered our body temperature. Low temperature makes one drowsy while high temperature makes one alert. 
Creating an environment would give the body the low temperature (drowsy), sleep experts say that the ideal room temperature is 65 to 70 degrees F. This would give your body the low temperature to fall asleep. 
To make sleep even more effective, we should encourage the production of a chemical known as melatonin, which induces sleep. 
A darkened room (darkness) would release melatonin. These two prong approach would slowly conditioned your body to feel drowsy for you to begin your sleep-cycle 
Exercise: 
To even better your sleep-cycle, you need to exercise, and preferably in the daytime under the sun. Exercising under the sun contributes to raising your body temperature. 
As a rule of thumb, if you maintain a high body temperature through the day, as night approaches, your body temperature would drop and you would fall asleep easily (that's assuming that you want to sleep at night). 
Go ahead and learn more about sleep disorder and quality sleep. Without reading this article, would you have known that sleeping more does not mean better rest or feeling more energetic? So, to effectively cure your insomnia and get more quality sleep, try to see insomnia as your enemy, something you need to know more in order to defeat it. 
"Know thy enemy and know thyself, and you can win every battles" 
Sun Tzu
Art Of War 
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Title: 
3 Things Crohns & Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Sufferers Must Do

Word Count:
416

Summary:
It is said that nearly one in four Americans suffers from some kind of digestive disorder such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohns Disease. Although medically recognized as incurable there is no need for sufferers of Crohns and IBS to give up hope.


Keywords:
Crohns Disease,Crohns,crohns disease treatment,crohns treatment,crohns disease symptom,crohns symtpom, IBS,irritable Bowel Syndrome,irritable Bowel Syndrome treatment,IBS treatment,irritable Bowel Syndrome symptom,IBS symtpom


Article Body:
It is said that nearly one in four Americans suffers from some kind of digestive disorder such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohns Disease. Although medically recognized as incurable there is no need for sufferers of Crohns and IBS to give up hope.  Although the conditions cannot be eradicated, the symptoms and distress can however be controlled. It is often true that what medical science cannot cure, common sense, information and commitment can subdue.

It is a frustration to many, that in many areas, medical advancement has brought breakthrough and hope to many suffering at the hands of illness, but still there are is a silent percentage, waiting in the wings hoping for their time to come.

So how can we loosen the chains of Crohns and IBS?

1. Get Informed.

In today’s world of super fast and open communication there is really no reason why someone should suffer in silence or ignorance for anything. A simple trip to the library will uncover many books and guides outlining possibilities and methods for controlling disorders such as Crohns Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A quick search on the internet will uncover many opportunities and avenues for discovering exactly what is going on with your body.

2. Get Support.

In the same way, that there is no excuse to being ignorant, there is also no reason to be alone. Some people early on after being diagnosed with Chrons Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) go through a phase of denial – that’s natural – but there also comes a time to pick yourself up and face your disorder head on – but that doesn’t mean alone. There are many national and local support groups established which will help, encourage and motivate you to live life to the full and give ideas about how to 

3. Get Control

Although the general principle is something of an illusion (after all, we are all uncontrollable factors in life) – it is absolutely essential for Chrons and IBS sufferers to work towards getting to grips with their disorder so they can start to feel free and live life again. For the majority, its not actually that hard – as long as you have been through the process of Getting Informed and Getting Support. In my experience the only way to get control that lasts and is beneficial is to take the information and support and apply to my own life religiously. With careful monitoring, strict adherence and continual awareness, you to can live the life you deserve.

title:3 Things you want to know about Cholesterol
author:Lee Cummings
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_486.shtml
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You wouldn't judge a book by its cover, would you? 
You would want to open the book and read part of it to get a better idea about what is going on, right? 
Well, judging a book by its cover is what happens when you look at LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and decide that this is the only - or even the best  indicator of heart disease. 
Worse yet, you are told you MUST lower your LDL cholesterol level.  
#1  Naturally produced by the body, cholesterol is needed for a variety of functions.-1  
Your body uses cholesterol to make testosterone and other essential hormones and is one of the best  health and youth enhancing strategies for aging men  and women. -2 
As you age your body naturally starts to lose its  ability to produce as much testosterone and you start to lose energy, strength, sexual desire and sexual  capacity.-2 
#2 Because the fact is cholesterol alone is not THE  indicator of heart disease. Cholesterol which has been oxidized is the problem.   Oxidation of cholesterol is the more specific problem which would enable the cholesterol to become "sticky"  and start to form plaque in the walls of the arteries.-3 
We have all seen an apple cut open and watch as  it turns brown - this is oxidation. Your body will oxidize on the inside unless steps are taken to  help prevent this. 
One can keep oxidation of cholesterol in check  by incorporating plenty of anti-oxidants in your consumption of food and supplements.-1, 3 
A few of the most powerful anti-oxidants are:

CoenzymeQ10
Vitamin E
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

Low cost, safe and proven food sources high in omega 3's and the right fats to help keep your cholesterol levels in balance-1, 3

Garlic
Ginger
Olive oil
Olives
Almonds
Walnuts
Flaxseed
Eggplant
Okra
Eggs
Fresh fruit

These are better, safe, proven and natural ways to prevent cholesterol from becoming a problem. 
A diet heavy in grains and processed foods will actually raise your blood cholesterol levels more than foods which contain cholesterol. 
A diet low in cholesterol will do you  little if anything health wise -4 
Focusing on raising your HDL cholesterol levels because as you raise your good cholesterol it decreases the concern about your LDL levels of cholesterol and gives you a better total cholesterol profile. -5 
Some of the best ways to improve your “Good”  or HDL cholesterol is through: 

Exercise. 
Vitamin D
Niacin
Moderate alcohol consumption is associated with raising HDL cholesterol levels - 6

There is a big difference between the cholesterol your Body produces and dietary cholesterol from the food you eat.
#3 Two factors which are of greater concern and are better indicators of heart disease are -3
1. A measure of inflammation in the blood stream  called C-reactive protein
2. An amino acid produced by the body called homocysteine.
High levels of C-reactive protein and high levels of homocysteine are better leading indicators and also contribute to the formation of plaque in the blood vessels leading to heart disease -3 
As reported in the July, 2003 issue of JAMA, a study was conducted which showed that a diet high in plant sterols, fiber and almonds was clearly the better way to reduce cholesterol and heart disease over statin drugs.-8
And finally …
Policosanol – An organic plant alcohol from sugar cane is one of the best natural ways to reduce bad cholesterol levels-7 
Naturally, as you realize the power of these proven ways to prevent cholesterol from becoming a problem, you will find yourself taking action.
References 
1- Dr. Al Sears Health Confidential for Men –  “The biggest drug and the biggest lie” august 4th, 2003. 
2- Dr. Al Sears Health Confidential for Men –  “Ignore the hype focus on cholesterol that matters” April 4, 2004  
3- Hyman, Mark M.D., Liponis, Mark M.D., Ultra-Prevention, The 6-Week Plan that will Make you healthy for life, New York, Scribner, 2003 
4- Dr. Al Sears Health Confidential for Men –  “Teaching Nutrition?” March 15, 2004  
5- Framingham Heart Study conducted on healthy people   in the 1950s. cholesterol misleading as only one of 240  factors in heart disease. http://www.researchprotection.org/infomail/03/07/11.html 
6- Castiglioni A and Neuman WR. "HDL Cholesterol:  What Is Its True Clinical Significance?" Emergency Medicine,  January 2003:pp 30-42. 
7- Policosanol safe alternative just one of many. http://www.life-enhancement.com/article_template.asp?ID=663  New study finds that this sugar-cane extract safely lowers  cholesterol levels. By Aaron W. Jensen, Ph.D. References  PR Newswire, March 5, 2002. White Plains, NY.  Omar MA, Wilson JP. FDA adverse event reports on statin -associated rhabdomyolysis. Ann Pharmacother 2002  Feb;36(2):288-95.  Gouni-Berthold I, Berthold HK. Policosanol: clinical  pharmacology and therapeutic significance of a new  lipid-lowering agent. Am Heart J 2002;143:356-65.  Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment  of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults. Executive summary  of the third report of the National Cholesterol Education  Program (NCEP) Expert Panel on Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Cholesterol in Adults (Adult Treatment Panel III). J Am Med Assoc 2001;285:2486-97. 
8- Jenkins D. et al., Effects of a dietary portfolio of cholesterol- lowering foods vs Lovastatin on serum lipids and c-reactive  protein. JAMA 2003; 290: 502-510 
9- – Health Sciences Institute - Jenny Thompson –  Article “Broken Ground” 3/11/2004 
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Title: 
3 Ways To Drink More Water

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383

Summary:
After a little research it is apparent that nobody really knows where the saying that you need to drink 8 cups of water per day comes from. Some people trace it back to a study in the 1980's, and other people claim that doctors starting telling people that amount because it was a good goal, but didn't have any scientific research to back it up with.

Either way, the point is clear, water does wonders for your body, and your brain. Water is well known to cleanse your body of...


Keywords:
water,health,diet,dieting,healthiness,h2o,connoisseur,drink,healthy,body,crave,head,brain,free


Article Body:
After a little research it is apparent that nobody really knows where the saying that you need to drink 8 cups of water per day comes from. Some people trace it back to a study in the 1980's, and other people claim that doctors starting telling people that amount because it was a good goal, but didn't have any scientific research to back it up with.

Either way, the point is clear, water does wonders for your body, and your brain. Water is well known to cleanse your body of harmful chemicals through your intestines and also throughout your urine tract. Without proper water intake, our bodies break down very quickly, in a matter of days. Without food, however, some people can live for a week or two. That just shows how important water is to our bodies.

Here are 3 quick tips for taking in more water.

1. Always have water available.

I like to buy the 12 ounce bottles of water and keep them in the fridge. Whenever I go to the gym I grab a bottle. On my way out the door to work, I grab a bottle. Before a trip that will be 30 minutes or longer, I grab a bottle. When I watch a movie, I grab a bottle.

Whenever I am sitting watching TV or a movie, I will keep the bottle in my hand with the lid off. I take a lot of little sips until the bottle is gone. A great way of making sure you drink more water is to make sure it is easily accessible.

2. Keep it cold.

I don't know many people who like to drink room temperature water, I sure don't. If you keep your water cold, you will drink more. I make sure there is always ice in my freezer, this make it very easy to have a cold glass of water anytime.

3. Chose water in restaurants.

Whenever I go out to eat, I always drink water with some lemon. The lemon adds a little spunk to the taste and the water is always nice, cold and refreshing. After a short time you will stop craving your old drink of choice and will begin to appreciate the taste, or lack of taste, that water provides.

Give water a shot and your body will be thankful!


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