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Webmaster | 31. October 2007 @ 16:02

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Let's talk a bit about Propecia, the newest "wonder drug" for fighting hair loss. Propecia, which is a trademark or brand name for the drug "finasteride", is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of male-pattern baldness. In some studies, Propecia stopped hair loss and caused some hair to re-grow in up to 48 percent of men with hair loss at the top of the head or at the back and middle part of the scalp when treated for 12 months. At 24 months, 66 percent of men reported improvement. Not bad actually, compared to other drugs and treatments used in the past.

However, you may need to use Propecia daily for three months or longer before you see an obvious change in hair loss.. It may take up to six months before hair grows back. If you're using the drug and see no effects within 12 months, the drug will probably not work for you. So it's not a cure all and it doesn't work for everyone. And there can be side effects.

Side effects of Propecia can include: decreased sex drive, impotence, breast tenderness or enlargement (I mean you, guys). Other side effects or reactions may occur, so see your doctor if you experience anything unusual while taking the drug. Apparently, continued use of Propecia can often resolve these side effects as the body compensates for the drug's presence in the body. Maybe.

Is Propecia right for you? That's for you and your doctor to decide. There's no way, except by actually using the drug for several months, to know if it will have any effect on your hair loss. And in the meantime, you've spent X amount of dollars on a treatment that may not work. However, Propecia is becoming cheaper all the time (just do a search and see how many online stores are selling it-prices are good as the competition heats up).

So there you are know a bit about Propecia. It's not a cure-all or wonder drug, unless it works for you, and then it's a miracle! If you are interested, see your doctor and find out if you are a good candidate to try it out. Next time, we'll talk about some home-grown hair loss remedies (pun intended!) that may help slow down hair loss or may not. Stay tuned and take care!

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Dave McCloskey is a long time hair stylist, who has started running several blogs on hair care for men, women and kids. To check out the blog on dealing with male hair loss, please go to

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Webmaster | 30. October 2007 @ 16:02

Allergy to cow's milk is the most prevalent form of food allergy that primarily affects children. Most infants and babies fortunately outgrow cow's milk allergy during their second to third year of formula milk intake.

Like most allergies, cow's milk allergies is not curable, but rather, they are treatable. In that sense, people and children born with it should live with dairy-free diets all their lives to avoid cow's milk allergies.

A close look at cow's milk

Regular cow's milk is composed of carbohydrates or sugar, vitamins, water, minerals, fat and proteins. It is the protein in cow's milk that brings about or serves as allergens that cause cow's milk allergy.

Parents should also learn that breastfeeding infants is not an assurance that the baby would not develop the allergy. However, studies found that breastfed kids are less likely to form food allergies of any kind.

Mothers pass along cow's milk proteins to their kids through breastfeeding. Thus, it would be more appropriate to say that it is not the mother's milk that incur reaction, but the proteins that are mixed through the mom's milk, which is attributed to the mother's diet.

In some cases, some infants develop immunity to cow's milk allergy during their breastfeeding years, but surprisingly develop cow's milk allergy when they stop taking in mom's milk for formula milk.

Symptoms of cow's milk allergy

It would be easy to tell when an infant or a kid has developed cow's milk allergy. Parents should be very observant of their children's conditions so they could immediately seek professional and medical help at the onset of the allergy.

Babies with cow's milk allergy exhibit skin rashes or eczema. Most cases, the babies experience diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal cramps or abdominal pains.

Because babies could not talk or complain about how they are feeling, parents should heed to their infants' cries and discomfort. Constant and regular visits to the kid's pediatrician would be really helpful.

However, it should also be noted that it is not only cow's milk allergy that causes rashes, eczema, diarrhea and abdominal pain. In that regard, consultation to the pediatrician is needed so the parents would know the real disease discomforting the baby.

Early detection of cow's milk allergy would be very helpful because early modification and elimination of dairies in the kid�s diet would be very beneficial and necessary over time.

Treatment and prevention of cow�s milk allergy

Severe symptom of cow's milk allergy would need special prescription medications from the doctor. Usually, to treat such cases, antihistamines and epinephrine are administered to the patient.

Parents of children with cow�s milk allergy should also keep supplies of those drugs in their medicine cabinets because they would be necessary if ever the children would accidentally take in cow's milk.

Infants and babies will be switched to hydrolystate or soy-based milk formulas from milk-based formulas. Remember, it is the protein contained in cow's milk that cause the allergy so switching to another formula milk brand would not be helpful.

Mothers who breast-feed infants and babies diagnosed with cow's milk should instead cut intakes or eliminate dairy products in their diet so the cow�s milk protein would not be passed on to the infants.

As general prevention measure, all formula milk based on cow�s milk should be eliminated on the baby�s diet.

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Webmaster | 29. October 2007 @ 16:02

Tinnitus is a hearing problem many people suffer from across the world. It is basically the perception of noise when in the absence of acoustic stimulus. The sounds that are usually heard with tinnitus are ringing in the ears, hissing and roaring noises in the ears or whistling.

There are two types of tinnitus; objective and subjective. The objective type is where sounds are also heard by the physician and other people, and is not so common. It is subjective tinnitus that is more common and the condition where the sounds are heard only by the patient, and not by anyone else. It is subjective tinnitus that is most difficult to treat.

There are many causes and reasons that trigger tinnitus. Most of the people suffering from tinnitus have somehow usually damaged the delicate parts of the inner ear. This results in damage to the cochlea and its associated parts. On getting injured with exposure to noise or head trauma, they stimulate their nerve fibers with repetitive discharge. These nerve fibers tend to discharge synchronously in the auditory system so that the audio system cannot discriminate between sounds.

Presbycusis is another condition that triggers tinnitus. Presbycusis is the condition where people experiences hearing loss while aging. It has also been found out that sinusitis and allergy also triggers tinnitus. This type of tinnitus triggered with sinusitis is through blocked Eustachian tubes. This blockage results in pressure buildup in the ear, and is caused by extended use of anti-histamines and antibiotics. This causes thickening of mucous of the inner ear, so that the mucous cannot drain from the Eustachian tubes. Another cause of tinnitus is extended exposure to stress or some traumatic event like the death of a loved one.

Tinnitus has also been associated with thyroid dysfunction. Once the thyroid hormone produces too much thyroid hormone in hyperthyroidism, these additional hormones tend to effect bodily organs. Sometimes the heart beats faster and harder, which causes a pulsatile noise that is heard through tinnitus.

It has also been found out that vitamin A and B12 deficiency leads to tinnitus. Then there are many prescription medicines that we use that list causing tinnitus as one of their side effects. These prescription drugs are generally antidepressants, anti-malarials, antibiotics and antidepressants. Even aspirin and compounds having aspirin, about 600 � 1,000 mm/day can also induce tinnitus. So it is always better to read the literature that comes with a prescription, so that you feel you are developing tinnitus, you could change the medication.

Always get the condition diagnosed and treated by an expert doctor. On finding out the cause of tinnitus, it becomes easier to be dealt with.

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Webmaster | 28. October 2007 @ 16:02
Your nose is running. Your body aches. You know you got that cold from your seven-year-old. The work project you've been struggling with is due Friday, and you keep telling yourself, "I just don't have time to be sick." No career-committed mother wants to give up her precious time to illness. But the truth is if you don't make time for your health, you will have to make time for illness. And, illness, we all know throws a curve ball at our balance. This is not meant as a finger-wagging "I told you so." Sometimes even the very healthiest of us gets the flu. But you have a much better chance of staving off the germs that your child brings home, the headaches and backaches that you might be prone to, the fatigue that has plagued you in the past, if you pay attention to your health. Unfortunately, most of us spend more time taking care of other people and other things than we do taking care of our health. We make sure our children eat nutritious foods, yet we skip meals. We let our exercise routine go because it clashes with another family member�s schedule. We sacrifice our sleep staying up late to get things done. But part of taking care of other people, particularly our children, is to model healthy living. So how do you fit in exercise, relaxation and all those fresh carrots and green vegetables when time is so limited in your life already? Start by reclaiming ownership of your health. Good health is about integrating all aspects of your life�body, mind and spirit. It�s more than adding three hours a week at the gym to your schedule. It�s about obtaining a general sense of well-being. Take a step back and look at your health from a more holistic perspective�exercise is just one part of the equation. Examine how you are treating your body. Are you respecting it in terms of nutrition, movement and rest? Are you tuned in and paying attention to how you feel? See Your Doctor(s) Regularly If you haven't seen your general practitioner lately, make an appointment for a full physical exam. That includes checking your cholesterol and blood pressure levels and, if you�ve been feeling particularly stressed or tired, having your thyroid and adrenal gland checked as well. This will give you a base measurement from which you can go forward. While you're looking after yourself, schedule an appointment or medical screening with your dentist and optometrist as well. You'd do it for your car, so why not your body? In particular, if you're experiencing any unusual symptoms, don't ignore them. Lumps, bumps, knots and fatigue are your body�s way of saying that something requires your attention. Tell the appropriate health-care provider about them. Become a Strategic Eater The fuel you put into your body can make all the difference to your health and energy levels. Practicing good nutrition means learning about food. It does not mean dieting. Understanding which foods give you energy and which rob you of your vitality is essential to keeping you at your best. Different metabolisms call for different combinations of fat, protein and carbohydrates, and through being aware of what you�re eating and how you�re feeling you will know what foods combine to bring you maximum energy. While becoming clear which foods work best for you, start thinking about the size and frequency of your meals. Eating small amounts five or six times a day has proven to be better for us than three large meals. It is easier on the digestive system and provides a more constant, even flow of energy to the body, avoiding the hunger peaks and valleys. You'll be less tempted to grab that chocolate bar or bag of potato chips to get you through the afternoon, and you'll arrive home with better energy to face the evening. Water is the elixir of life. The problem is most of us don't get enough of it. If you experience fatigue or headaches in the afternoon, it could be a sign of dehydration. If you work in front of a computer, you are even more susceptible to dehydration. So how do you get those six to eight glasses of water a day that we're supposed to have? Try buying a case of water bottles and kept them in your office. To keep track of how much you are drinking, stack the empty water bottles on your filing cabinet throughout the day. Keeping a box of bottled water in the trunk of her car, along with your gym bag is another solution. When you go to work out, you can easily grab a bottle of water as you grab your gym bag. If you drive to work, keep two bottles of water in your car in place of that morning coffee mug. Then you've got one for the drive in, and one for the drive home. About the author: Lisa Martin is a certified coach who inspires working mothers to achieve success that’s balanced. Author of Briefcase Moms: 10 Proven Practices to Balance Working Mothers’ Lives, Lisa is a sought-after expert and speaker on work-life balance issues. Known for her very personal and practical approach, Lisa coaches working mothers to know what they want and get what they want. With 20 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience, Lisa is also the founder and president of The Briefcase Moms' Group – a work-life coaching and training company that helps organizations attract, engage and retain working mothers. A mother herself, Lisa’s powerful presentations and programs have helped thousands of women define success and balance on their own terms.
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Webmaster | 27. October 2007 @ 16:02
Which anti-aging rejuvenation skin care strategies are really effective? For goodness sake, how many secrets can there be and why doesn't everyone know them all already? Well, actually many of the simple secrets as shared by the <a href="" class="hft-urls"></a> are quite well known but many of us simply haven't integrated them into our daily skin care routine yet. As a result we have gradually seen the effects of aging take over our former youthful complexion. Now the mirror reveals those horrid brown age spots that have started to blossom with wild abandon, fine lines that are deepening into wrinkles with the passing of each day, spider veins that have not only begun to creep over the bridge of the nose but to squiggling across the cheeks, and the list goes on. (For some of us, the list goes on and on and on�.)! The more obvious simple secrets begin with keeping out of the sun or at least using sunscreen each and every day. As most know by now, many of the signs of aging occur as a direct result of damage caused by over exposure to the sun or from those quick trips to the tanning salons. As most also know, to achieve healthy skin it is important to eat nutritiously, drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated, not to smoke, and get the recommended eight hours of sleep each night. These anti-aging rejuvenation strategies can really represent "face saving" lifestyle changes� literally! Simple secrets for maximizing the benefits from your skin care regime start with keeping the skin hydrated. This can easily be achieved by drinking the recommended amounts of liquid per day and using a good, hydrating moisturizer. Now, one of the tricks is not to slather on your moisturizer. More is definitely not better in this case because you will only end up clogging your pores. Lightly apply your moisturizer, several times a day, if needed. Most people only need to cleanse their face once a day. Cleansing at night is usually preferable. Too much soap and water can dry and irritate the skin. Use a cleanser with emollients, avoiding those with astringents. This is especially true for dry or sensitive skin types. Use a light toner to refresh and cleanse the skin in the morning rather than washing your face again. Appling skin care products to clean, warm, moist skin allows the ingredients to absorb into the skin more efficiently. Even using a warm face cloth that is placed on the skin for a few minutes is helpful prior to toning and moisturizing. Use upward sweeping strokes, from the chin up and outward to the brow area, as you apply the toner and again with the moisturizer. Gently tap the surface of your skin after applying the moisturizer to stimulate the cells which will allow the skin to more efficiently absorb the nutrients provided by the moisturizer. Select a moisturizer with active anti-aging rejuvenation ingredients that have been clinically proven to be effective. Products to look for include those with a sufficient concentration of vitamin A, (retinol) and an AHA, glycolic acid with between an 8% and 15% concentration. Use a microdermabrasion scrub or home treatment once a week to exfoliate away dead skin cells. Last, but not least, use a sunscreen each and every day in order to protect the skin from further damage. You'll then be on your way to achieving more youthful, radiant skin. About the author: Sue Dolan is a researcher and instructor for the The Skin Care e-Learning and Resource Center provides education on anti-aging skin care while focusing on skin rejuvenation strategies, techniques, treatment options and resources for aging skin care issues.
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Jon Arnold | 26. October 2007 @ 16:02
Everyone knows how important working out is. However, not everyone knows the proper way to exercise and maximize the benefits of aerobics and a good aerobics workout. With a few simple steps, you can easily make the most of your aerobic workout.<br /> One of the first steps in maximizing the benefits of aerobics is to understand why you need to work out. Probably the first thing that comes to mind is weight control. However, working out not only helps you lose weight, it is also good for your overall health. Aerobics has a tendency to relax your muscles; therefore, relieving you of stress. Research has also shown that regularly exercising increases the production of endorphins. A good cardio workout can strengthen your heart, while reducing your risks of developing diabetes. Now that you know some of the benefits of aerobics, it is important to know how to properly workout. Start by working out at the same time each day, totaling at least 2 hours a week. Setting a routine will help make your aerobic workout more of a habit than a chore. The more you work out, the easier it will be to actually work out. In order to create total body fitness, you will need to incorporate both aerobics and strength training. In order to burn more calories, you need to build up your muscles. It takes less energy to move fat. When first starting out, try to get in three workouts a week. Start with a short warm up, generally lasting 5-10 minutes. Follow the warm up with a strength training routine. Then, go into some more light aerobics for approximately 20 minutes. It is important to be careful to not overdo it when you start, since your motivation levels will be low if you strain muscles in your first workouts. It is equally important to realize that you are not going to see results immediately -- give it time! It took time to put those extra pounds on, and it will take take to get them off. As you become more accustomed to working out, you can interchange your workout. One day do strength training and one day do aerobics. Keep in mind to not over do it. If you feel you need to take a day off or lessen the workout, be sure to do so. You will want to increase your intensity slowly to avoid exhaustion. By starting slow and working your way up, you will also avoid extreme soreness and improve your fitness and health. As a rule of thumb, you will want to do each set of strength training 8-12 times. Once you have mastered the particular exercise, try increasing the weight. Challenging yourself will not only improve the benefits of aerobics, but it will also keep you from getting bored. This also allows your muscles to build by requiring more of them, instead of doing something they can do easily. Another technique is to find a workout partner. Having someone to workout with will keep you moving. A workout buddy will increase your motivation and make you more accountable for your workouts. Working out can be very beneficial to your overall health. By learning proper techniques for working out you can greatly increase those benefits. The most important thing is to start off slow and gradually work your way up. About the author: Jon Arnold is a computer engineer who maintains many websites to pass along his knowledge and findings. You can read more about Aerobics and Fitness Workouts at his web site at
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Webmaster | 25. October 2007 @ 16:02

The lower back pain treatment is required as lower back pain affects us more than any accident or any other short-term sickness. Though lower back pain treatment is available, it is important to understand and recognize the pain in proximity in order to select the best treatment. Lower back pain can occur any time and while doing any activity, such as driving a car, picking heavy objects, playing, or because of an accident. Lower back pain is so prevalent in America that at least 100 million workdays are lost every year and accounts for 15% of a person's sick leaves. That is quite a lot! If one does not receive lower back pain treatment on time, it might become potentially more damaging.

Types of Lower Back Pain Treatment

Lower back pain can be treated only when you have identified the origin of the pain. After you have identified the affected area, there are various options as far as lower back pain treatment is concerned, which generally depends on the severity of the pain. If you have a ruptured muscle or ligament, the treatment you would need would be completely different and best person to decide on the treatment type would be a spine specialist. One of the most common treatments for low back pain is acetaminophen. It is a pain reliever that is taken orally. This will relieve you from pain for a short period.

However, if you pain persists, then other oral medications maybe prescribed, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, the safest form of treatment is correct back exercises. They not only help in relaxing the muscles, but also improve blood flow. When suffering from back pain, the best resting position is to lie down on your back. Place some pillows under your knees, and bend your knees. This removes the unnecessary pressure and weight off your back, providing you with the much needed relief. It has been proved that back exercises are extremely helpful in providing relief against acute lower back pain. Then there is a heating pad, which is far more effective than ice packs and enables you to reduce painful muscle spasms and relax your ligaments

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Webmaster | 24. October 2007 @ 16:02

When most people hear the word "anemia" ,they immediately think of iron. But a shortage of Vitamin B6 can also cause a type of anemia because this vitamin is vital to the healthy generation of hemoglobin in the blood of a normal, healthy person. You may also associate Vitamin B6 with sugar diabetes, and that�s because one of the important functions of this vitamin is to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood.

Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine. You may not have heard of many people who were found to have a serious Vitamin B6 deficiency, and there�s a good reason for that. B6 is so readily available in so many foods that it�s a fairly simple matter to get your daily recommended allowances of this vitamin.

Some of the common sources of B6 include tuna, roast beef, tomato juice, trout, pork loin and peanut butter. Naturally, cereals that are fortified with vitamins are excellent sources and many provide 100 percent of the body�s need for cereal. Three raw bananas also provide a full day's supply of the necessary Vitamin B6. A medium baked potato (including the potato skin) provides about one-third of the daily requirement. Evaluating the foods rich in this vitamin reveals that many people are already meeting the daily requirements for B6.

So what are the dangers of having too little Vitamin B6 in your daily diet? Recent studies suggest that a lack of this vitamin is a factor for determining the risk of stroke and some types of heart disease. That means that people with deficiencies are more likely to suffer from these health issues than their counterparts who are getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin B6.

Depression is another problem potentially impacted by a Vitamin B6 deficiency. Though there may be some difference of opinion as to the role and the importance of B6 and depression, there appears to be a link that can�t be denied. In fact, depression is listed by some as one of the symptoms of insufficient Vitamin B6 in the diet.

There are some risks of taking too much B6. Nerves � especially in the outer extremities � are sometimes damaged by overdosing the body on vitamin B6. In the majority of cases, simply eliminating any vitamin supplements appears to eliminate the nerve problems as well. It�s unlikely that a normal person can take in enough Vitamin B6 from a normal diet to cause toxicity at this level, and more likely that these severe effects of too much B6 are caused by taking too many vitamin supplements containing B6.

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Webmaster | 23. October 2007 @ 16:02

One creature in nature has provided man with gifts out of all proportion to its size. The honey bee provides us with Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen, Bee Propolis, and of course honey.

Many people are aware of Royal Jelly. This "super food" is fed only to a bee that is destined to become a queen bee and it sustains her during her six year life. Such is the power of Royal Jelly that the queen lays up to 3000 eggs each day during her six years, a lifespan that compares to four to six weeks for the ordinary worker bee.

So what does this "super food" contain that gives such power to the queen bee? Royal Jelly is actually a milky secretion derived from the pharyngeal glands of the honey bee. It contains vitamins A, C, D, and E, and is also a rich source of the B-complex vitamins. A major ingredient is vitamin B5, one of the most important substances in our bodies and essential for the synthesis and metabolism of fats, proteins, carbohydrates and several hormones. A deficiency in vitamin B5 can cause headaches, fatigue, sensitivity to insulin, nausea, insomnia, nervous disorders, and upper respiratory infections.

Royal Jelly also contains all eight essential amino acids plus ten of the secondary amino acids, and notable amounts of the minerals copper, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, silicon and sulphur.

All these sound most impressive, but what benefits do we actually receive if we take Royal Jelly? As this �super food� enhances the body�s metabolism, we can expect to notice increased energy and rapid recovery from fatigue. Other reported benefits include relief from stress and pre-menstrual tension, a reduction in cholesterol, and an improvement in skin texture. Another benefit attributed to Royal Jelly is that it aids in cell regeneration.

By taking Royal Jelly you won�t extend your lifespan in the same way as the queen bee! But the benefits to your health are undeniable.

About the author:Tony Luck has a site with advice about bee products and vitamin supplements. To learn more about Royal Jelly and other bee products, visit his site at

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Webmaster | 22. October 2007 @ 16:02
Working to become a better you can cut down anxiety and panic attacks. Things that create stress are called stressors. Stressors can happen outside of you or in your mind. For something to be stressful, the event must be threatening to you in some way. Usually a stressor is threatening when it will have a big impact on you. It is important to know that stressors are the leaders of stress, and often target us each and every day. <p>It is not uncommon that people are the main creator of stressors. They are constantly pulling you away from your daily plans and goals, just to talk, wanting you go out with them, or other disruptive tasks and sometimes chores. Remember that you are working toward a future that you will live and be happy in. Thus, asserting self and standing up and fighting to reach your goals is ultimate in bettering you and getting rid of anxiety and panic. Taking action is the process of bettering self for a successful future. When you take action, you will find it easier to remove stressors. I could spend a lifetime yelling each time I allowed someone to take control of my life, but instead, I control my own life and have no problem letting anyone know it. Of course, things come up we must deal with that interferes and interrupts our lives, however dealing with it now can put an end to the problem later. Stressors are nasty little critters that work for us or against us. If you learn to minimize stressors you will have a friend, since when stress steps in, you will rarely feel anxious or panic. Now take the test to find out how you deal with stress. Test: Do you place high emphasis on small problems making them bigger? If you answered yes, then you need to check your mind carefully before jumping to conclusions. Do you often place high importance on insignificant issues? Do you disassociate from inconsequentiality, i.e. do you let the little things go? If you answered yes to one then learn what is important to you. If you said yes to the second question then you are working to better self, since you are not sweating the small stuff. Asking questions and searching for answers can help you to avoid stressors, overwhelming stress, anxiety and panic. Once you ask questions and seek out answers, you will grow into resourcefulness, which is a healthy state of mind. Resourcefulness enables you to use ingenuity and imagination while learning inventiveness. You will find originality, which is a high commendable quality that we all seek. In other words, you creative mind will explore possibilities; learn to weigh consequences and so forth, reducing stress, anxiety and panic. Originality is finding something new in your life and about you. As you develop your imagination, you will soon discover how the mind s eyes work. The step to better you clears the mind, reducing stress on the head and enforcing your thoughts to flow freely. Take the test. Imagine you in the next few weeks feeling better about self. Imagine self-smiling, feeling good, and not fearing anxiety and panic. Keep going while telling you that from now on I intend to work toward a better me. I am not going to allow stressors, stress, anxiety and panic to control my life. Now, imagine self-doing it, while planning actions and steps to achieve your newfound goal to a better you. About the author: Dave Fitzgerald writes articles on wide range of subjects, hoping to inform and improve the life of his readers in some small way. You will find other interesting articles at:
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Webmaster | 21. October 2007 @ 16:02

There are signs that there is going to be a sugar shortage.

Are you prepared to stand in long queues hoping to get your ration of sugar?

Now what could have happened to bring about this terrible situation?

World wide the sugar consumption this year is going to be more than the sugar available. Here are three possible reasons:

- Hurricane Katrina managed to cripple two of the biggest sugar refineries in New Orleans.

- She wiped out many sugar cane and beet crops. She had some help from other lesser hurricanes; so let�s spread the blame a bit.

- The largest producer of sugar in the world is Brazil. But the Brazilians are using sugar in the production of ethanol that is used in vehicle fuels. This is obviously more lucrative than producing sugar for humans to consume.

So If There Is A Sugar Shortage Will You Survive?

If you have what is referred to as a �sweet tooth� you are going to feel deprived.

Are artificial sweeteners a good substitute?

Common artificial sweeteners are sucralose and saccharin. These are much sweeter than sugar itself.

Other sweeteners made quite often from cornstarch are used in the manufacture of foods. These are less sweet than sugar.

Yet fruits have natural sweeteners in them for example Maple Syrup and how often have you added Honey to your porridge?

Why Is Sugar In Food?

Sugar in our food is of course as a sweetener and a flavour enhancer.

It also does the following:

- During cooking it interacts with molecules of protein or starch
- Acts as a tenderiser
- Is responsible for putting the air into the fat during the creaming process
- Caramelises under heat. This gives certain foods a lovely colour and a very pleasant smell
- Speeds the growth of yeast by providing nourishment
- Stabilises eggs when being whipped
- Delays the coagulation of egg proteins in custard
- Plays an important part in gelling of fruit jellies and jams
- Prevents jellies and preserves from spoiling
- Makes canned foods more tender and attractive
- Improves the flavour and smoothness of ice cream

If there was no sugar, no doubt food manufacturers would use sugar substitutes � would we notice the difference?

It would be quite something, if we got used to living without sugar and eventually when sugar becomes freely available again we won�t need it any more.

Copyright 2006 Eva Moffat

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Eva Moffat has written several health related articles and has now been awarded the prestigious title of �Expert Author�. Her other writing successes; she was voted Journalist of the Year for 2004 and 2005 by British Ethnic Health Awareness Foundation. Her other common sense articles can be found on her website She wants to send you her monthly newsletter �It�s A Question of Health� Details can be found on her website. Or send her an Email to and ask to be subscribed to her newsletter "It's A Question of Health". There is no charge for this informative newsletter.

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Webmaster | 20. October 2007 @ 16:02

These tips will help you with ordering your wedding cake.

I would suggest printing this page and taking it with you to the bakery.

Don't forget to take the picture of the wedding cake to the bakery. Talk with the pasty chef/baker and ask him or her for recommendations on designs and flavors of the cake. She may have suggestions that you may not have thought of.

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Wedding cake bakeries will have a cake portfolio to look at and that will help you decide if they are able to make the cake you want.

Have an idea of how many guests you will have at your reception, this will help determine the amount of wedding cake you will need or number of cupcake wedding cakes. The pastry chef/cake decorator may ask how many invitations are being sent to how many people and how many are from out of town or from more than a certain number of miles away.

The pastry chef/cake decorator will use this information to calculate how many people will actually show up at the reception and how many of those will actually eat a piece or more of cake.

By this time several people, such as the minister and caterer, will have asked for this information. They will have calculated and told you how many people they think will actually attend your wedding and reception.

You will have been appalled at the low number they came up with. You know that everyone you invite is waiting breathlessly to attend your wedding and that only those who are ill or incapacitated or on Moon will pass up the chance to wish you well in person on your big day. When the baker comes up with a similar number, believe him because it�s true.

Many people will simply forget and others can think of no way worse to spend a summer Saturday than at another wedding. That�s just the way it is. And you can believe it and save some money, or you can believe that everyone will come and then have to decide what to do with the leftover cake.

Do whatever will do the most to put your mind at ease for the next six to eight months. Saving money by ordering only a sufficient amount of cake based on the years of experience of your baker is no good if you are going to fret over it and be nervous about it for more than half a year.

Sleeping well, feeling good and setting your mind at ease before your big day is a lot more important than saving money and having no leftovers. You will have enough to go crazy with as your wedding approaches.

When in wedding cake bakery, be clear about the date, time, and location of the wedding and receptions; set deadlines for changes to the cake design and size and for delivery; provide the address of and a map to the reception.

Make sure that the cake can be delivered at a time convenient to you or whomever you will have to receive and inspect the cake.

There should be a written contract with the wedding cake bakery to specify the size, shape, flavor, color, decorations, delivery day, delivery time, delivery place, and price of wedding cake.

Such a contract, of course, does not need a special form or a lawyer to draw it up. It can be a simple list with this information. The list should be dated and signed by both the baker and you, and you should each have a copy.

Many wedding cake bakeries have their own form for such orders because it is as important to them that you remember exactly what you asked for and don�t remember asking for something that you never mentioned as it is to you that they deliver what you did ask for.

If they have their form, use it and add any items or information that you need to. Make sure you take a copy of their form.

Bring swatches of material to match the cake to your wedding colors because colors in pictures are often slightly off and a picture�s colors can fade with time. (But again, don�t forget the picture of the wedding cake.)

Below you will find list of questions you should ask the pastry chef, baker, or cake decorator at the wedding cake bakery. It is your special day you have every right to ask questions!

Questions to ask at the bakery:

(Suggestion: print these questions, you will certainly need them)!

1. Can pastry chef/cake decorator create custom cake from your instructions and to look like your wedding-cake picture.

2. What flavors of wedding cake and icing are available? Or if you already have an idea what you want, ask "Can you make a (type of cake) with (flavor of icing)?"

3. Ask to sample some of the bakery's cakes. If you don't care for any of the cake samples offered by the bakery, ask for additional samples or as what other choices are available.

Even if you have to order a small cake to try the baker's version of what you want, it is a small price to pay for satisfaction.

4. In case you want to use fresh flowers to decorate the wedding cake, ask if the bakery can provide them or if you or a florist must deliver them.

5.Request to see pictures of wedding cakes from their photo gallery. Take a look at their album and see if you like the looks of the cakes. Ask how old the pictures are and if the person who baked and decorated these cakes is the same person who will create yours.

6. Does the bakery, baker, pastry chef, or cake decorator has the required licenses and has passed health inspections. Licensing varies from state to state, but a bakery is probably required to be licensed as a retail food establishment or as a food preparer.

The health department of the city, county, or state probably issues licenses. The baker, pastry chef, and decorator may also be required to be licensed or qualified as a food handler.

You can go to most states' web sites and find out just what licensing is required so that you know what to ask for.

Most bakeries will gladly let you look at the kitchen to see where the cake will be mixed, baked, decorated, and stored; this is probably as satisfying as seeing the licenses.

You should probably ask to take a peek at the kitchen after asking about the licenses. You can also ask to see the results of the latest health inspection.

7. If you simply don't like frozen food and don't want it served at your wedding, ask if the wedding cake will be frozen. But understand that some people believe the taste of several cakes improves after freezing.

8. Ask how long before the wedding date the cakes will be prepared and how they will be kept until time for delivery. If you think the time or the method of storage will result in the bridal cake not being as fresh as you want, express your feeling to the person you are talking with.

He or she either will explain or demonstrate that this will not be a problem or will negotiate a shorter length of storage. She may let you sample some cake kept for that length of time. Some cakes keep well when frozen, and others do not.

Pound cakes and some carrot cakes seem to improve with freezing. If you are not satisfied and cannot reach some agreement, you must use another bakery.

9. To find how much time and attention will be spent on your cake, ask how many orders the bakery typically has for the weekend of your order and how many of those your pastry chef might be producing.

A large volume can be an indication that not a lot of time and attention can be devoted to your cake. But a very busy bakery also indicates that many people like its products and trusts its work. Wedding cake bakery that no one likes will have plenty of time to dedicate to your cake, but that alone will not guarantee good results.

Neither will a very busy bakery guarantee good results all the time. For one, you may need to check with them during the week of production to make sure that things are going well.

For the other, you may want to check to make sure that your order has not somehow been overlooked among so many orders. In either case verify that your cake is in the process of being prepared.

10. Ask if the decorator is experienced and good and if he or she decorated the cakes pictured in the bakery's gallery.

The point of such a question is to find out whether you will be getting the best the bakery has to offer and whether you will be served by the same personnel that did the work seen in the bakery's photo album and for the references you will contact.

You may be satisfied that all decoration is supervised by a master decorator with long experience and excellent references, even though the actual work may be done by one of several less experienced decorators.

11. Ask to be introduced to each of the people who will bake, decorate, and deliver the cake. You may have questions you want to ask. If you do, ask them.

For example, you might be concerned with the experience each one has. If so, you might ask how many cakes they have baked or decorated. I might be more concerned to simply ask whether they did the cakes in the bakery's album of cakes.

If you have no questions, ask to meet them anyway. Introduce yourself and try to make it easy for them to remember your name and your face. Show a great pleasure at meeting the people who have created the wonderful masterpieces that have come from this bakery and tell them that you look forward to having them create your wedding cake.

What you are creating is a personal relationship with these artists at the wedding cake bakery. Like all workers and artists, these people like being appreciated and will do their best work for someone who has praised them and treats them as a master of their craft.

This goes as well for the person taking your order, whether it is the owner, manager, or just the order taker. I suggest that you work to make as good an impression on them as you expect them to try to make on you. Dress well when you are shopping for a bakery.

You don't have to dress like you're meeting the Queen or the First Lady, but don't be dressing like you're about to be hitting the bars with your friends on your bachelorette party--not unless you dress a lot better for that than most of the young women in my neighborhood.

Please try to time your visits so that the bakery is not crowded with customers. This is particularly important in smaller bakeries.

12.If you are concerned, ask whether the cake be made from scratch or from packaged mixes. Packaged mixes are so much more expensive that few busy bakeries would use them. And if they produce the wedding cake you want and it tastes good, do you care whether it's from a mix or from scratch?

13. Ask what the price will be. If the baker can give you an estimate but not the final cost, ask how much the final cost might vary from the estimate.

If the baker says that they will charge by how long it takes because they charge by the hour, ask how many hours it will take and do the calculation yourself.

Again, if it's an estimate of hours, ask how far the hours might vary from that estimate. If you feel uncomfortable with the bakery's commitment to giving you a number, maybe you should find another bakery.

14. Ask for customer references so that you can talk to with them. Then actually contact them and ask about their experience with the bakery.

While they were probably very pleased with the bakery (otherwise you'd think the bakery would not be giving them as a reference), they may give you some pointers about how best to deal with the bakery.

15. Request a written proposal that includes the size of the cake, the flavor, the icing type and flavor, the description of the cake: Number of tiers or number of cupcakes or miniature cakes, decorations, the date and time the cake would be ready, whether it would be delivered and where and when, and the price.

Some bakeries will put all of this in a proposal and some will commit to just the basic items. Press for commitment to everything that is important to you.

About the author:Nina Romanov

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10 Tips for Visiting Someone Who is Sick
Christine Miserandino | 18. October 2007 @ 16:02
I have unfortunately been on both sides of this article. I have spent time visiting friends and family when they have been sick, but I have more often been the patient everyone is visiting. Many of the visits went very well, but unfortunately others didn't go so well for them or me. Hopefully my mistakes or my tips from experience will help you.<br /> Visiting someone who is sick isn't always easy, but it can be an enjoyable time and it should primarily be a comfort for the patient. Many family members and friends find it difficult to visit someone who is sick. If the person is in the hospital, it may be more difficult for some to visit because of past negative experiences they have had at a hospital. Many visitors are anxious or find it stressful to be around a patient because they are dealing with their own fears of sickness. It is natural to hesitate in seeing someone you love or care about, who is in pain or seriously ill. Unfortunately, many people end up not visiting, because they do not know what to do or say to help. Most patients I have spoken to just want the company. They want to feel loved and thought about. They do not want to be forgotten, though they might be out of the 'social loop'. I know when I was sick and had visitors it was a welcome distraction from the reality of what was going on. It was nice to at least try to forget and feel 'normal' even for only a short time. When visiting someone who is sick, here are some suggestions that may help both the visitor and the patient. 1. Before visiting the patient, phone ahead to let him or her know you are coming. That is just plain common sense. Your friend or loved one will appreciate you finding out a convenient time to visit. Some times a patient has had too many visitors, has gone through painful treatments or just needs to nap. If the person is sick at home and being cared for by a caregiver, knowing when you are coming may give that person a chance to run errands or plan for some personal time alone. At least it will give them a chance to tidy up the room or help the patient get ready for your visit. I know I have wished people had called first when I was receiving visitors, because I might not have been dressed appropriately and a robe or change of clothes would have made me more comfortable, etc. The simple act of a phone call creates the anticipation of a visit, something to look forward to. Calling in advance also puts the patient in charge. Being sick often results in a forced passivity. When you phone and ask if it is all right to visit, the patient is able to exercise some control in whether they feel up to visitors at that time. 2. Do your research. If the person you are visiting is in a hospital or rehab facility, then call ahead to see when visiting hours are. Ask if there are any other restrictions. Some facilities do not allow children or pets. Find out if it is all right for the patient to receive flowers or food of any kind. You do not want to bring your friend's favorite brand of chocolate, only to find out that they are on a special diet and can not eat it right now. Inquire as to what you are allowed to bring. Can the patient eat food brought in from the outside? Can she have flowers etc? Some patients are very sensitive to perfumes or smells, so check if this is the case and leave those types of things at home. The most important point here is to ask questions. 3. Don't plan on a long visit. Hospital patients have a busy schedule and sick people often tire easily. It is better to visit briefly but more often, than to visit once for a long time. When the patient tires, leave courteously with a promise to return another time or to call. Stay long enough to put a smile on their face, but not too long as to see their smile tire. Most people would rather have many visits, then one long dragged out one. This should also help to put the visitor at ease. If you plan on a short visit, you do not need to worry about what to say or how to 'fill up' time. A 15-20 minute visit is just long enough to say hello, catch up, help out and leave. You can play a game for 20 minutes, or take a walk. Stay as long as the patient wants. 4. Bring the patient a small gift. This is not about money spent- the gift can be something you made, like a card. Let's face facts, we all like receiving gifts, especially when we are not feeling our best. A newspaper or magazine can reinforce a sense of connection to the outside world. Besides being pretty- flowers, plants or cards leave tangible evidence of the visit. I remember when I was in the hospital I spent hours looking at my 'wall of cards' and reminisced about who came to visit me. It always brought a smile to my face, even if it was days after the person left. Bring something that can be a distraction after you have left. Crossword puzzle books, reading books, even lotto scratch off. Anything that they can easily do on their own. Many places do not allow visitors after certain hours, so your gift will help with the boredom at night and be a welcome relief. Bring something that will help make the experience nicer. Blankets, new pajamas, slippers, new lotions, soaps, or a soft pillow can make the time spent in bed for a patient more enjoyable. Gifts like these will be much appreciated. Ask nurses or caregivers if it is ok to give the patient food or treats. Bring the patient their favorite candy or snack. If they are having appetite trouble maybe a gift of their favorite food might help. 5. Have Fun. Bring an activity with you. Sometimes we learn the most about someone while doing something together. It takes the pressure off coming up with conversation, while providing a non-threatening atmosphere. The focus becomes the activity and not the person and their disability and that is refreshing. It could be a board game, craft activity, movie, or even food. If the individual has a computer, you could surf the net for helpful resources or community services. Bring the newspaper and talk about current events. Give her a manicure or fix her hair. Bring a friend or children to visit. Be creative. Some of my best memories in the hospital were when my mom played Scrabble with me all night until I fell asleep. It was great to get my mind of being sick and it also was a great way for us to pass the time. 6. When visiting, help with concrete tasks. After getting the sick person�s consent; help by straightening the bed, watering plants, straightening up the room, or any other chore that helps the patient or makes their surroundings look well attended. It also might be helpful to offer to do things in the 'outside' world for the patient. When we are sick, we do not have the energy, ability or time to do simple things, but quite often those are the very things we worry about not getting done. Picking up mail, helping go through bills, watering the lawn, or even cooking meals, can truly make someone's day. What might seem like an easy task for you can really help someone who is too sick to do these things for themselves or their own family. It is very hard not to be able to do for yourself. Many times when I am not feeling well, I might be too embarrassed to ask for help, but I am very happy to accept it when it is offered. 7. Don't be afraid to sit in silence. As with any situation where we are trying to bring comfort and friendship to someone who is suffering, the primary statement we can make is not through any words we speak, but through our presence. Do not force conversation, but let it come naturally. Fight the need to fill up every bit of silence. Just being a good friend and making the effort to be there is enough. If you can't think of anything to talk about, feel free to simply say, I love you, I care and I am here for you if you need me. Those few simple words will mean more to the person then you will ever know, and will definitely be better then making up chatter. 8. Help the Helper. Besides being the patient, there is nothing harder then being the primary caregiver. Most times these are the people that are right there with the patient, often both day and night. The caregiver has the daunting task of trying to juggle the life outside and the life with the person who is sick. Usually they are going on little or no sleep and are filled with worry and concern for the one they love, while trying to show a strong face. Ask if you can help them in any way also. Offer to baby-sit kids, even for a hour, make dinner, or offer to order in, ask if they want you to go get a rental movie or if you can sit and talk with the patient while they shower or make phone calls, etc. 9. Prepare for when they come home. Depending on how long the patient is in the hospital, or depending how long the person has been sick, it might be hard to get back into the swing of a normal daily routine. Offer to help with laundry or help clean or dust so they come home to a less stale smelling place. Help clean out the fridge, or maybe help re-stock it before they get home. Open the windows and let some fresh air in. If they need help now to do things, offer to drive them to the store or doctor's appointments. It is the little things that go a long way to make the patient feel back at home. 10. Do not forget about them the second they get better. Being sick gives you many different types of attention, whether you like it or not and the fact is that it can be very lonely when it all goes away. I have heard from many patients that the worst thing about being sick is when they started to feel better! That is when they were alone with no one offering to help or to lift their spirits. Still make visits, send cards or offer to help for the next few weeks during this transitional time. They might not need the same things, and it might not feel as 'urgent' but still visit. They need to feel loved now too. They need the strength to continue to feel better. Do Something! All the tips listed above are to help you, but they are not 'rules'. Do what your heart tells you to do. Do what you feel is best. It is never too late and no gesture is ever too small. If it is from you then it is just right. Do not let your fear, anxiety or busy schedule stop you from being there for someone who could really use it, and will appreciate it The worst thing you can do for someone who is sick is nothing. About the author: Christine Miserandino is a writer, speaker, and patient advocate from NY. She also happens to be someone living with Lupus. Her writing has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, medical newsletters and television media. Check out to read more of her articles, to shop at the online store and to receive her monthly newsletter. © 2005 by Christine Miserandino
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Should You Fight A Fever?
Tony Luck | 17. October 2007 @ 16:02

Most people would worry if their temperature, or the temperature of their child or other loved one, was to rise by more than a couple of degrees and they would probably act to try to reduce the temperature to nearer the normal 37C/98.6F. Surprisingly, this is not necessarily the best course of action.

Prior to the development of antibiotics and vaccines, fever struck fear into populations and caused many deaths. Modern medicines, however, have caused these diseases to be treatable or preventable. Medical research has also shown that a fever is not the body's enemy.

Most bacteria and viruses that cause infections thrive at normal body temperatures. So raising the temperature by a few degrees is the body's way of fighting infection by making conditions less suitable for the survival and reproducion of the infectious agent. A fever will also activate the body's immune system by encouraging the production of white blood cells, antibodies and other infection-fighting agents. So if acting to bring down the temperature may prevent the body from fighting the infection, does this mean you should let the fever take its natural course? Not necessarily.

A high fever may be caused by measles, mumps or meningitis or other serious illnesses and you should seek medical help in any of the following circumstances.

If the temperature rises to 40.5C/105F.

Any child under six months old should be examined by a doctor.

If a patient of any age has difficulty breathing, has a stiff neck, is irritable or confused, is unable to move an arm or leg, or has a seizure.

If the fever is accompanied by any of the following symptoms: persistent or abnormal stomach pain; laboured or rapid breathing; headache with an avertion to bright light.


Simple and straightforward: place a hand on the forehead or use a thermometer - there are three types, oral, rectal or a strip that can be placed on the forehead.


As a fever is an important part of the body's defence mechanism, the aim should be to reduce the temperature to about 38C/101F rather than bring it down to normal. Indeed, if a child with a fever is playing happily, is able to sleep, and is taking plenty of fluids, it would be better to let the body's defenses fight the infection. Conversely, if the child is vomiting, dehydrated, or having difficulty sleeping, seek medical help.


High fever can cause complications, some of which are serious.

A prolonged period with a temperature above 42C/107.6F can result in brain damage.

In rare cases, high fever can cause febrile seizures. Although the symptoms are alarming, febrile seizures are over in moments and have no lasting consequences. The seizures begin with a sudden contraction of the muscles in the face, arms, legs and trunk. Usually the child will emit a haunting, involuntary moan lasting for perhaps 30 seconds. The child will often fall, vomit, pass urine, cease breathing and might turn blue. Eventually the contraction will be broken by repeated jerks after which the child will be limp, unresponsive and drowsy.


A high fever is a sign that the body is fighting an infection. You should look for other symptoms in order to decide whether to seek medical help.

About the author:

Tony Luck runs a web with advice about babies. The site includes the famous Chinese Pregnancy chart which predicts whether the baby you are expecting will be a girl or a boy. Visit the site at

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How Does Alcohol Effect Your Body?
Dave Fitzgerald | 16. October 2007 @ 16:02
There is nothing wrong with going out and having a couple of beers with the boys or girls once in awhile or having a quite night at home, have a drink with your wife or husband and enjoy the monument together. It is the constant drinking or heavy drinking which your body is unable to handle. So what really does happen to the body? The action of alcohol on the stomach is extremely dangerous that it becomes unable to produce the natural digestive fluid in sufficient quantity and also fails to absorb the food, which it may imperfectly digest. A condition marked by the sense of nausea emptiness, an alcoholic will always face prostration and distention. This results in a loathing for food and is teased with a craving for more drink. Thus there is engendered a permanent disorder which is called dyspepsia. The disastrous forms of confirmed indigestion originate by this practice. The organic deteriorations caused by the continued use of alcohol are often of a fatal character. The organ that most frequently undergoes structural changes from alcohol is the liver. Normally, the liver has the capacity to hold active substances in its cellular parts. In instances of poisoning by various poisonous compounds, we analyze liver as if it were the central depot of the foreign matter. It is practically the same in respect to alcohol. The liver of an alcoholic is never free from the influence of alcohol and it is too often saturated with it. The minute membranous or capsular structure of the liver gets affected, preventing proper dialysis and free secretion. The liver becomes large due to the dilatation of its vessels, the surcharge of fluid matter and the thickening of tissue. This follows contraction of membrane and shrinking of the whole organ in its cellular parts. Then the lower part of the alcoholic becomes dropsically owing to the obstruction offered to the returning blood by the veins. The structure of the liver may be charged with fatty cells and undergo what is technically designated 'fatty liver'. The Kidneys also suffer due to the excessive consumption of alcohol. The vessels of Kidneys lose elasticity and power of contraction. The minute structures in them go through fatty modification. Albumin from the blood easily passes through their membranes. This results in the body losing its power as if it were being run out of blood gradually. Alcohol relaxes the vessels of the lungs easily as they are most exposed to the fluctuations of heat and cold. When subjected to the effects of a rapid variation in atmospheric temperature, they get readily congested. During severe winter seasons, the suddenly fatal congestions of lungs easily affects an alcoholic. Consumption of alcohol greatly affects the heart. The qualities of the membranous structures, which cover and line the heart changes and are thickened, become cartilaginous or calcareous. Then the valves lose their suppleness and what is termed valvular disorder becomes permanent. The structure of the coats of the great blood vessel leading from the heart share in the same changes of structure so that the vessel loses its elasticity and its power to feed the heart by the recoil from its distention, after the heart, by its stroke, has filled it with blood. Again, the muscular structure of the heart fails owing to degenerative changes in its tissue. Fatty cells replace the elements of the muscular fibre or, if not so replaced, are themselves transferred into a modified muscular texture in which the power of contraction is greatly reduced. Those who suffer from these organic deteriorations of the central and governing organ of the circulation of the blood learn the fact so insidiously; it hardly breaks upon them until the mischief is far advanced. They are conscious of a central failure of power from slight causes such as overexertion, trouble, broken rest or too long abstinence from food. They feel what they call a 'sinking' but they know that wine or some other stimulant will at once relieve the sensation. Thus they seek to relieve it until at last they discover that the remedy fails. The jaded, overworked, faithful heart will bear no more. It has run its course and the governor of the blood streams broken. The current either overflows into the tissues gradually damming up the courses or under some slight shock or excess of motion ceases wholly at the center. As you can see the fatal affects that are caused by excess drinking. The abuse of the body will only lead to a much shorter life on earth. About the author: Dave Fitzgerald writes articles on health and showing ways to live longer, happier and more successful in your everyday life. You will find more articles at
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Health Guru : No More Onion Tears
Webmaster | 15. October 2007 @ 16:02

Over the years I have heard of a lot of remedies for preventing tears when cutting up onions. Many of these have been quite amusing; chew on a matchstick while cutting (must be wood), others sound as though they might work; run the onion under water for a few minutes before chopping and others sound just to weird to try at all; 'with your swimming goggles firmly in place light the incense, place it next to your chopping board and chop away'.

For me the solution was discovered not by taking old wives tales as fact but simply by trial and error. You see when I was much younger and starting out working in kitchens and I would be given kilos and kilos of onions to slice, dice, julienne and chop by the head chef. With my youthful ambition I would dive in and do exactly as he had asked, standing at one chopping board for hours on end cutting nothing but onions. I quite enjoyed these sorts of menial tasks that many of my colleagues despised. They saw them as boring and un-educational. I on the other hand saw them as a challenge and an opportunity to improve my knife skills. I would weigh the onions into equal weighted groups on each occasion and time myself to see if I was getting faster.

Occasionally I would get too focused on my time and Chef would walk past and compare the inconsistencies in my slices of julienne, he would say, 'Hegeman, slow it down! This slice is 3 times the size of this one. I want them all to look like this one', as he pointed to one of my few perfect slices.

I would agree, 'Yes Chef' and begrudgingly pick up my knife again and cut the remainder of the onions a lot slower.

I digress, but what I�m getting at here is that I would spend all this time working vigorously slicing, cutting and chopping onions and never give a second thought to tears.

However on my days off I would often knock up a meal at home and after cutting half an onion I was balling like a 1960�s teenage girl at a Beatles concert. I wondered what I was doing different and I could see nothing I was doing different at home than at work. I had peeled the onions the same, I had the same plastic chopping board I was even using the same knife as at work, (I always took my tools home with me on my days off). I couldn�t think why I would cry at home but not at work. Was there a sub-conscious part of me keeping my tears at bay for fear of tearing up in front of Chef and the other guys at work? I couldn�t figure it out, but I was glad I never had much more than 1-2 onions to cut at home.

I later discovered it had nothing to do with what I was doing but what the kitchen itself was doing. You see at work there were 6 huge extractor fans across from me, there was also a big corridor running down to a huge receiving door behind me that was open to the fresh air. At home I had the windows in my apartment shut and the tiny overhead fan turned off. So the answer I discovered is basically ventilation. The next time you�re cutting onions, simply make sure you have good circulation; air being drawn in and out of the kitchen. Try to face or be as near as possible to your exhaust fan and open some windows and doors to allow the air to flow.

If you do not have any windows near your kitchen or your stove does not have an overhead fan, try taking the chopping board out side, the fresh air should have the same effect of circulation and dilute the fumes before they get to you. I have been working in commercial kitchens for many years and this simple method has kept me from shedding one onion tear. So next time you need to chop some onions, leave the swimming goggles at the pool, the matchsticks in the drawer and simply turn the fan on and open a window. Happy chopping.

About the author:

Paul Hegeman

Paul is a professional Chef - and has worked and travelled all over the world. He now resides full time in Sydney Australia. Paul works as a personal Chef as well as a food writer, contributing regularly to His cooking style focuses on using the freshest ingredients possible and helping them work their magic, his motto 'combinations not complications'.

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Health Guru : Dealing With Dandruff - Natural Home Treatments
Webmaster | 14. October 2007 @ 16:02

Messy and embarrassing, dandruff is one of the most common of hair woes. A few simple techniques and natural and inexpensive home treatments can help prevent and keep dandruff at bay.


Although the cause of dandruff is not completely understood, it is currently theorized that one of the main causes is a breakdown of the scalps natural lipid barrier, leaving it more exposed to infection by the microscopic yeast that is commonly found in the scalp. When the yeast overgrows, it leads to an inflammatory response that kills off scalp cells at a high rate, which in turn slough off in sticky patches and flakes.

The condition is identified by:

 White or clear flakes on the scalp, through the hair, and on clothing.
 Itchy scalp which may be red and inflamed.

Some young teens find they develop dandruff when they hit puberty because their hygiene habits haven�t changed to meet the challenges of newly accelerated sebum production.

Stress, poor hygiene and poor diet can make the scalp more susceptible to dandruff. High sugar foods in particular are known to exacerbate yeast infections.

The hair should be brushed regularly to loosen flakes and stimulate blood supply to the scalp, which will accelerate the natural immune response to infection.


There are few habits you can develop and natural treatments you can use to treat dandruff.

Nutrition: An excess of sugar in the diet can exacerbate any yeast infection. Try reducing your intake of all sugars and refined starches while treating for dandruff.

Cleansing: Massage your scalp thoroughly with your fingertips when shampooing. This will help loosen and remove any dead skin flakes and help prevent the infection from continuing. Wash your hair daily until the infection is cleared up.

Conditioning: Use a protective hair condition on the ends of hair only. Avoid getting conditioner on your scalp where it can clog pores and interfere with healing of the skin.

Other Treatments:

○ Massage: Massaging your scalp several times a day with the pads of the fingers only will stimulate blood supply to the hair follicles and help loosen the dead skin flakes.

○ Brushing: Brushing your hair thoroughly on a daily basis will help loosen and remove dead skin flakes, increase the smooth flow of sebum along the hair shaft, and increase blood supply to the hair follicles.

○ Wash Hands After Brushing and Grooming Hair: Fungal infections of the skin are highly contagious, and it is easy to reinfect and spread to other areas of the body. This is why it�s important to wash your hair daily and to brush out any loose dandruff flakes � so that healthy areas of the scalp will not be infected. Washing your hands after brushing, massaging and grooming your hair will also help prevent reinfection or cross infection.

The following herbs and nutrients have been shown to reduce dandruff infections:

Natural Internal Treatments for Dandruff

Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Vanadyl Sulfate, Gynema Sylvestre and Chromium are all natural regulators of blood sugar levels. The can help prevent feeding the infection by keeping blood sugar levels normalized.

Olive Leaf and Oregano Leaf are both natural systemic antifungal agents.

Table - Natural External Treatments for Dandruff

The following herbs can be used as a tonic for reducing fungal infections on a topical basis. Extracts of these herbs or a several drops of their essential oils dissolved in aloe vera gel or witch hazel can greatly relieve the symptoms of itching and flaking in dandruff. Tea tree oil is particularly effective against fungal and bacterial infections.

Clary Sage
Desert Sage
Ginkgo Biloba
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Grapeseed Extract
Juniper Berry Essential Oil
Lavender Essential Oil
Poike Root
Tea Tree Oil

About the author:Fawn Bales has studied and practiced alternative and herbal medicine for over 20 years. She has also studied aesthetic technology and cosmetology. She is the co-author of two natural beauty books and is a managing editor of Botanical Beauty Lab, a women's free resource for natural health and beauty information at

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Health Guru : Acne Cured Through Dietary Changes
Webmaster | 13. October 2007 @ 16:02

There are several reasons people develop acne problems. Some of them, like genetic tendencies and hormonal changes in teens, are normal functions of the body and the acne will usually go away in time. However, there are other factors that we do have control over and these are diet related.

Although hard to pinpoint, what you consume is by and large one of the main causes of severe acne cases. Your body has several ways to eliminate waste products. These are through your bowels, your urinary tract and kidneys, your liver, your lungs, and your skin. When your body eliminates waste through the skin, the skin pores commonly get clogged up and acne develops. It is this elimination of waste through the skin that is the focus of this article.

The first thing that I would like to point out is that today's diet, for most people, is simply garbage. Too many people have very poor diets that consists of fast foods or foods that are heavily processed and contain a ton of chemicals. Just look at the ingredients on any package and you will see what I mean.

If you go back a hundred years or so and examine the diets then, the food was fresh, void of any chemicals other than manure for fertilizer, and either grown on their own soil or a nearby farm. Back then, the population was much smaller and they tended to group together in small clusters that the local farms could sustain. You don't have that today. Today, people live everywhere, sometimes far away from their food source. That food has to be harvested and preserved to prevent rotting until it can reach someone's table hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away. It's mainly a logistical problem of keeping the food fresh for transport. That is the main reason that the advent of chemicals and preservatives came into the food chain. Every kind of food has this problem. You have to look very hard to find food that doesn't contain these toxic chemicals. It is the bodies attempt to rid itself of these foreign substances that is the root cause for acne problems today. Also, it shouldn't surprise you to learn that most of the chronic illnesses that exist today, were unheard of prior to the 20th century. Even President Eisenhower's personal physician stated once that he didn't see his first heart attack victim until the 1920's. Cancer didn't exist, nor did diabetes and heart disease. When I was young, old people got cancer and diabetes. Today, children get it also. You are what you eat, as they say. So, give serious thought to a diet consisting of nothing but organically grown foods that are pesticide free, and your acne problems will disappear and your overall health will improve.

The first thing that I would change in my diet is the consumption of dairy products, and cow's milk in particular. Today's milk contains so many preservatives, steroids, and growth hormones that it is a leading cause of acne and other health related problems. Acne is the least of these. Cardiovascular problems develop because milk is the leading contributor of plaque and mucus in the body. Nutritionists are becoming increasingly aware of the problems caused by cow's milk. Numerous studies have been made and presented to The New England Journal of Medicine about the health consequences of consuming cow's milk. Good substitutes are goat's milk or soy milk. The milk lobby has done a very good job of presenting a case that milk is a good source of vitamin D and calcium. It's not. Green leafy vegetables are a much better source for calcium. There are even several studies that state that past the age of three, the human body is incapable of digesting cow's milk, which gives credibility to the plaque build up and mucus build up in the bodies of heavy milk drinkers. So replacing cow's milk with either goat's milk or soy milk is the first step I would take to get rid of acne. Replace margarine with real butter if you must use any at all. Believe it or not, margarine is just one molecule away from being plastic. In fact, if you set a tub of margarine out in the sun, it will turn into a black greasy substance that bugs and insects will avoid. I guess they have better sense than humans.

Other areas I would take a strong hard look at is the consumption of red meat and processed sugars, for the same reasons. They are heavily laced with chemicals, especially red meat. Consider replacing red meat with fish, in particular, deep salt water fish. The reason there is the deep water doesn't contain near the pollutants that shallow water has, plus the Omega 3 Fatty Acids that deep water fish contain are good for the heart. Look at your sugar intake and make changes there. Don't even consider sugar substitutes like aspartame, saccharin, and others as they are highly toxic and there is a growing body of evidence pointing to that. If you need a sugar substitute, consider stevia, which is composed of crushed organic chrysanthemum leaves. Stevia can be obtained at your local health food store. It's much sweeter than table sugar and healthy for you.

Get rid of tap water in your diet. Do you realize that sulfuric acid is used in water purification plants to rid the water of waste products. Now that's a comforting thought, isn't it? Use distilled water or purified water instead. Drink at least 8 glasses a day to keep the body properly hydrated and the metabolic processes functioning properly.

If you try all the suggestions that I have mentioned, you will most likely get rid of your acne problem and improve your health in numerous areas, however, if you still have problems with acne after trying all that, then consider going to a food allergist and getting tested. You most likely have some sort of food allergy that is manifesting itself through outbreaks of acne. It's highly likely that you will find an allergy to some kind of grain product.

In summary, a truly healthy diet is one that is organic in nature, void of all the chemicals, pesticides, and harmful fertilizers. Consuming nothing but organic fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains, nuts and beans, juices and distilled water, will go a long way towards eliminating acne in your life forever and improving your overall health drastically. Adding daily exercise will also help you eliminate toxins through your sweat glands and skin pores more efficiently.

About the author:David Dorrough is a retired educator, having taught at several major universities throughout the United States. Today, he is active as a free lance writer and is involved in Internet marketing. For more information and resources on acne and acne related issues, visit his website at

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Effective Acne Scar Treatments
Morgan Hamilton | 12. October 2007 @ 16:02

One of the most difficult periods in somebody�s life is puberty. At that age people try to find themselves and develop their own personality. And just in this very complicated stage of one�s life, while he or she is trying to build up as an individual, acne comes. A significant part of males and females do have to fight the acne in a certain period of their lives. Unfortunately acne is worse usually in the hardest years for the young individual - the teen years. Overnight your perfect complexion turns into a moonlike landscape, and eventually your schoolmates start calling you pizza face instead of what you�re called.

What is worse is that no one can tell you neither where from and how did you get it, nor how and as it even possible to avoid it. The only good news is that hopefully, by the time you�re twenty, you will no longer have it. Then comes the aftermath and it is not so rare to have some battle scars to wear as badges of honor, that�s why you have to get acne scar treatment. The best way to defend ourselves from the vicious assaults of acne is to be prepared for it.

Taking good care f your skin is always a good idea, because once you get it you�ll have to fight it every day for years and years and you�ll have to find the best treatment for it. Knowing that, we can easily say that prevention is the ideal treatment against acne scars. But still lots of people do get acne and after they finally get rid of it they have scars that need treatment. Getting a basic and simple acne scar treatment is easy enough, you only need to go to the local drug store and get an exfoliating cream. Some of them do work really well on those scars.

You just need to find the right ones for you and you have t pay extra attention while shopping in order to get a product that perfectly matches your skin type and your scar type so that you�ll be guaranteed best results.

A modern acne scar treatment that is getting more and more popular nowadays is the so called micro-dermal abrasion. The term itself means something like resurfacing of the skin. There are different ways for doing that, one is getting a do-it-at-home kit while the other is consulting a professional and getting the procedure done by specialists. Usually the second one delivers better results as the procedure consists of sloughing the upper skin layers off and thus revealing healthier fresh skin that otherwise stays underneath. Definitely if you need help to solve that problem you can get it easily as it available everywhere.

About the author:Morgan Hamilton

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Health Guru : Extraordinary Tailgating Recipes, Adding Spice to the Game
Webmaster | 11. October 2007 @ 16:02

One of the great recreational activities is an exciting and fun-filled tailgating party. It's more than just drinks at the back of an SUV or a truck; tailgating parties are a big hit at any sports event. This is where everyone gets together to celebrate the game, or maybe just for a get together where all of you can have fun, share stories and laughter.

But aside from that, no party is complete without food and drinks. Food is a very important part of tailgating. Make sure your food is in the Safe Zone. If you do not, end run will mean something completely different!

The most important thing to stress about tailgating is keeping the food at safe temperatures. That is below 40 degrees or above 140 degrees. This means ice and a food thermometer are two of your most important aspects of tailgating equipment.

Did you know that between the temperatures 40 degrees and 140 degrees, bacteria grow at the fastest rate? Therefore, the great thing to do is to make sure that you keep cooked meat to their proper temperature and you have kept cold foods under 40 degrees.

High protein foods, such as meat, eggs and milk products must be stored less than 40 degrees. Melons should be washed on the outside, cut up at home, and then stored under 40 degrees until serving. And, the food should never sit out more than two hours if you are taking �takeout� or fully cooked food to an outdoor event. In addition, make sure to keep insects especially flies to stay away from your foods.

Try to estimate how much food you�ll eat at the event. Taking home leftovers is not encouraged by experienced tailgaters. In the end, be prepared and plan.

You might want to consider some of these suggested recipes. They are just simply great and delicious, a perennial favourite of many experienced tailgaters.

For your main dish, grilled shrimp is easy to prepare.

Peel shrimp leaving tail section intact. Pour one small bottle of Italian dressing in an 8 1/2 x 11-inch pan. Place shrimp in pan. Sprinkle a splash of teriyaki sauce on each shrimp. Lightly sprinkle garlic salt across the entire pan. For extra zest, splash lemon on shrimp.

Chill in refrigerator for two - three hours to marinade, then grill for 10 minutes. Turn occasionally for browning effect. Do not overcook, as shrimp will get tough.

For you beverages, you could prepare summer time punch.

Mix 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup powdered iced tea mix, 3 cups orange juice, 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice, 1/2-cup grenadine, 1 ginger ale and the raspberry sherbet and add a champagne or white wine for extra taste. This will be great drink for your party.

Finally, for your desert, try the apple peach pie. This is just easy: combine a cup of sugar, � tsp of salt and 2 tbsp of flour. Then add 1 tsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp. cinnamon and the sliced apples. Add the top crust add seal around edges. Cut slits in top. Bake it at 425 degrees for 40 minutes and let it cool for 15 minutes.

Before the time has come for the party to start and your friends to arrive, you are already done preparing the foods and drinks. All you have to do is sit back relax and enjoy.

About the author:

Nicola Kennedy has been organizing tailgate parties and picnics for nearly 12 years. Her site offers news, tips and great ideas about tailgating parties.

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Health Guru : Vitamins and Interactions
Webmaster | 10. October 2007 @ 16:02

Vitamins are good for you, so it stands to reason that getting all the vitamins you can everyday is the best course of action. As a general rule, it�s true that choosing foods rich in vitamins is a good idea. But there are times when more isn�t better, even when it comes to vitamins.

The first thing to keep in mind is that several vitamins have toxic levels. In other words, there is a point at which consuming more vitamins is not only unhelpful, it can be dangerous.

Vitamin K helps the body clot blood. If you get a cut, your blood�s natural tendency to clot will keep you from bleeding to death. But there are some people who have blood that clots too readily, or who have health issues that require thinner blood. Some people with specific types of heart problems may actually be on medication designed to thin the blood. Doctors may also prescribe a blood thinner for a patient getting ready for some types of surgeries. If thinning the blood is your doctor�s goal, taking a Vitamin K supplement or eating foods that are particularly rich in Vitamin K may be dangerous.

If you�re taking an aspirin each day, your body may be experiencing a Vitamin C deficiency. Studies have indicated that Vitamin C is typically absorbed by blood cells, but aspirin in the system may block this normal absorption action.

If you need more iron in your body, you may want to consider increasing the amount of Vitamin C in your daily food intake. It seems that having enough Vitamin C in your system makes your body more readily absorb iron, tackling that anemia problem more quickly than taking iron alone.

If you�re taking antibiotics, particularly over a long period of time, your body may have trouble absorbing sufficient amounts of Vitamin A. If you�re taking drugs to lower your cholesterol, you may also experience Vitamin A deficiency.

Vitamin E and Zinc work hand-in-hand. If your body has lower-than-normal levels of Zinc, you may also have a Vitamin E deficiency, even if you�re eating healthy. Vitamins C and E also work together.

There are a number of other interactions that can occur between vitamins, or between vitamins and other conditions, minerals and drugs. Remember that it is possible to overdose on some vitamins, and some can cause serious problems with medication, diet and existing health problems. It's best to talk to a health care professional before you start or alter your daily diet or vitamin intake.

About the author:

Bob Benson is the founder of Vitamins online. You can check out our website at

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Health Guru : Ostrich: A New Red Meat
Webmaster | 9. October 2007 @ 16:02

A New Red Meat

Since the high glycogen content of Ostrich meat confers to it an almost sweet flavor, it is suggested to serve it along with a complement of vegetables that contrast nicely with sweet, such as red radicchio and rocket. Rich in proteins and iron, the meat is also low in fat (1-2g per 100g of meat). A large part of those 2g consists of polyunsaturated fatty acids (healthier) as compared with saturated fats. This makes ostrich meat ideal for the diets of babies and the elderly, pregnant and lactating women as well as athletes and people suffering from anemia. As for its flavor; it is more or less similar to high quality beef, although it is much more tender and made up of very short muscle fibers that allow for easier digestion.


Most ostrich meat comes from farms, many of which are located in Israel, South Africa and the US. Sold ever more commonly even in traditional butcher shops, the major obstacle to its purchase is its relatively high price. This due in large part to three factors: high mortality rates among the farm-raised birds, long growing periods (9 months to a year) and low meat yields relative to the animal's weight (35kg edible meat from a 150kg animal).


This meat should be stored in the coldest part of the refrigerator soon after purchase, ideally wrapped in the appropriate polyethylene wraps or in wax paper. It should be consumed within one or two days of purchase at the most.


Ostrich is a flightless bird because it has a flat breastbone that makes it unsuitable for flight. On top of making it flightless, the bird's flat breastbone means it does not have large breast or wing muscles. Therefore the meat from comes from the thigh, leg and back. Cuts are nearly exclusively from the various muscle groups found in the animal's leg, divided into the fillet, sirloin, and thigh. The last cut comes from the neck. From the fillet, cut from the less fibrous part of the animal's thigh, are cut the medallions, kebabs, carpaccios and roasts. From the sirloin; cutlets, steaks, chops and roulades. From the thigh itself; roasts and ground meat for meatballs and hamburgers, while the neck is used in boiled dishes and ossobuco.


In dealing with lean meats such as that of the ostrich, especially when grilling, it is important to baste the meat with abundant extra-virgin olive-oil before cooking it in order to avoid the meat becoming hard and dry due to the quick evaporation of its juices. Another method, useful when cooking whole cuts, is to lard the meat in such a way that it keeps the meat moist. Even for the higher quality cuts, it is preferable to cook ostrich meat in the pan and for only a short period. It is also best if the meat is cooked rare and therefore should be removed from the refrigerator at least half an hour, this also allows for a shorter cooking time. In order to further avoid losing the meat's juices, it is wise not to puncture the meat with a fork but instead handle it with two spoons in a pincer movement. For the same purpose, it is a good idea to brown the ostrich roast in a pan with some butter and extra-virgin olive oil before cooking it in the oven, this creates a barrier on the outside of the meat that helps keep the juices in.

Ostrich meat's extreme tenderness, comparable only to the finest veal fillet, lends itself nicely to being eaten crude and therefore should be tried in a carpaccio or tartar.

About the author:David Russo VMD, PhD

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Health Guru : Nail Fungus - Getting to Know Your Enemy
Webmaster | 8. October 2007 @ 16:02

Nail fungus is one of those things most people don't worry about until it's too late. When it starts it usually begins as a spot, then, if not treated, the nail fungus infection will spread through the entire nail, discoloring it, making it look unhealthy and even disgusting. This is when nail fungus then becomes an embarrassing conditions. Imagine wanting to go to the beach and not doing it because you have nail fungus.

The nail fungus infection is also known as onychomycosis. It is an infection that affects 13% of people in USA and accounts for about half of nail disorders. Symptoms of having nail fungus are: thickened nails, crumbly or ragged edges, shape distortion, lack of shine, abnormal color, and even pain in toes or fingertips.

So, what causes nail fungus infections to appear? The main cause for the development of nail fungus infections are warm and moist environments for the feet. If you wear sneakers and shoes all day, and you have sweaty feet, watch out because you're setting the environment for infections to appear. Also beware of shower floors and swimming pools, these are very common places to get in contact with the fungus. It enters your skin through tiny cuts and the nail separation.

Now you have some things in mind to prevent infections to appear. But once the infection starts it is time to properly treat it. Always remember that the most important thing you should do is consult a doctor. From there, there are different treatments. The remedies can be topical or oral, depending of the diagnosis, and it is a long process, taking months to fully recover the nail. That is why you should act as quickly as possible.

Home remedies are also part of the solution. Though I haven't tried them myself, they include the use of bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and some more things. There are also natural options that use essential oils and herbs to treat the nail fungus infection.

As you can see you have more than one option to tackle the problem, but regardless of your preferred method, remember that you should consult to a professional physician first. Ask questions, and also ask for information on the various treatments.

About the author:Paolo Basauri

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Health Guru : Fed Up With Recurring Cold Sores?
Webmaster | 7. October 2007 @ 16:02

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The advantages of using tea tree oil are:

* Decreasing pain and shortening the healing time of the herpes lesions.

* Helping to inhibit recurrences

* Assisting in prevention of viral activity by supporting the immune system

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

About the author:Kathryn Beach offers extensive information about the incredible healing power of tea tree oil on her website, "Learn About the Tea Tree Oil Phenomenon!", and in her "Tea Tree Alerts" available by subscription on her website.

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Health Guru : Tea and Decaffeination Processing
Webmaster | 6. October 2007 @ 16:02

Decaffeination and tea is a subject that has long been misunderstood not only by consumers but also by industry professionals. I was taken by surprise when I recently read an excerpt from a newly released book, written by highly recognized tea industry professionals, that was clearly inaccurate when it came to the topic of decaffeination processing and tea.

I began questioning my own information on decaf processing and decided the best thing to do was to verify what I believed to be true. I decided to talk with the definitive authority on the subject, Joe Simrany, President of the Tea Association of the USA, Inc (TAUS).

I soon was relieved to learn that my critical information was indeed correct although some of the details need fixing. So here is what I learned. Unlike what I thought, decaffeination processing is not regulated by the FDA and adhering to industry standards is completely voluntary. The FDA does not have its own set of guidelines but relies on the expertise of the Tea Association Technical Committee (TATC) for the best practices. There is no sanction, legal or otherwise, for non-compliance. So what happens if a group is distributing "decaffeinated tea" that does not meet the standard? The first line of defense is the TAUS, who would attempt to correct the issue diplomatically. If that was unsuccessful the FDA would be notified and would follow up to see that the necessary changes to processing were made. So what do those guidelines consist of?

The Guidelines

Teas labeled Decaffeinated will contain no more than 0.4% caffeine on a dry weight basis.

Caffeine Free Tea is an inappropriate labeling term for any tea regardless of the degree of decaffeination processing.

There are currently only 2 methods approved for decaffeinating tea leaves, solvent extraction using ethyl acetate and carbon dioxide in the supercritical state. Both are selective for extraction and create no toxicity hazard.

Carbon dioxide is considered the better of the two, keeping more of the benefits and flavor intact.

The Facts

Decaffeinated teas have between 1/3 and 2/3 fewer beneficial components than regular, non-decaffeinated teas.

Both ethyl acetate and carbon dioxide are considered, and subsequently labeled, "natural", because trace amounts of both components exist in the tea leaf, a fine line for many of us who rely on natural to mean exactly that.

"Water process", aka Swiss Water Process, Natural Water Process etc, sometimes used on packaging, is not recognized by the industry as being anymore effective than pouring off the first brew at home.

Decaffeinating at home by the "water process" would be done by infusing the tea leaves for 30 seconds and pouring off that infusion. Then steep as you normally would. While this does eliminate caffeine it is difficult to be sure just how much caffeine is still present and likewise how much health benefits.

Tea bags will deliver more caffeine in your cup than loose teas because they infuse more quickly.

The amount of tea leaves used, brewing time and water temperature help determine the caffeine content in your cup.

Cultivation, environmental factors, region and growing conditions, while out of your control, do affect the caffeine content in your cup.

The only time coffee has less caffeine then tea is prior to brewing, 1 pound of tea yields 200 cups vs. 1 pound of coffee which yields 40-50 cups.

The ONLY government approved decaffeination processing is ethyl acetate and carbon dioxide. Methylene chloride is NOT a guideline or government approved processing method in the United States.

While we have a limited selection of decaffeinated teas, we guarantee all of the decaffeinated teas sold by Teas Etc. Inc. are processed using carbon dioxide

In summation, with the growing public interest in issues surrounding health and food, accurate labeling is likely to become a major issue in the future. Be a wise consumer. Beware of slick marketing and misleading information. Most importantly drink good, quality tea everyday.

© 2006 Teas Etc., Inc

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Beth Johnston, owner of Teas Etc., is a noted tea expert, importer and tea enthusiast. To learn more about life style enhancement, health benefits and the ease of brewing loose leaf teas, sign up for our monthly newsletter at or visit

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Health Guru : Kinesiology
Webmaster | 5. October 2007 @ 16:02
What is Kinesiology? The word Kinesiology means �the Science of Movement�. Kinesiological information is applied in such fields as physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, osteopathy, exercise physiology, kinesiotherapy, massage therapy, ergonomics, physical education and athletic coaching. The approach of these applications can be therapeutic, preventive, or performance enhancing. Applied Kinesiology Applied Kinesiology is the application of Kinesiology for therapeutic purposes. It was developed by Dr. George J. Goodheart, an American chiropractor in 1964. Applied Kinesiology evaluates structural, chemical and mental aspects of health using manual muscle testing with other standard methods of diagnosis. An applied kinesiology practitioner will assess the muscles in the patient�s body and if any muscle is unbalanced, he or she will attempt to determine why that muscle is not functioning properly. The practitioner will then devise a method of treatment that will balance all of these muscles. Treatments may involve specific joint manipulation or mobilization, various myofascial therapies, cranial techniques, meridian and acupuncture skills, clinical nutrition, dietary management, counseling skills, evaluating environmental irritants and various reflex procedures. Applied Kinesiology has spawned many sub-branches of diagnosis and treatment. The underlying principle behind all these techniques is the use of muscle testing as a biofeedback technique to determine communication problems or imbalances in mind, body or spirit. Once identified the practitioner may employ a wide range of techniques to correct the imbalances identified and confirm the correction by re-testing the muscle. Some of the popular methods of therapy that build on and enhance the concepts propagated in Applied Kinesiology are Specialized kinesiology, Energy kinesiology, Touch for Health and Educational kinesiology. What are its benefits? Applied Kinesiology shows the practitioner how to evaluate and restore the proper functioning of the nervous system. Once this proper functioning is restored, the body�s self-healing capability kicks in and enables the body to once again regulate its own health. Applied Kinesiology treats the body as a whole, so it is used to treat a wide variety of ailments such as such as accident trauma, allergies, arthritis, asthma, back ache, congestion, depression, digestive problems, dyslexia, irritable bowel syndrome, muscular aches and pains, osteoporosis, rheumatism, and skin disorders, among others. Applied Kinesiology is also used for the diagnosis and subsequent treatment of sport-related injuries. The principles of Applied Kinesiology have also been effectively used for enhancing athletic performance. Applied Kinesiology is also an excellent stress buster. It can help combat chronic fatigue and increases energy and concentration levels. Applied Kinesiology can also help you improve your memory and brain power. About the author: Sharon Hopkins manages web content for and introduces you to Kinesiology, Applied Kinesiology and their benefits in this article. She also writes for other sites on Yoga, Hair-n-Skin-Care and Aromatherapy among other health sites.
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Health Guru : Is Being Fat Your Fault?
Webmaster | 4. October 2007 @ 16:02
Why is it that some people can eat whatever they want, never exercise and still look slim and trim? Then, there's the rest of us who have to watch every crumb we put in our mouths, have to exercise daily and still never reach the weight we want? It's not fair, is it? Most people who struggle with their weight have their ancestors to blame. Their ancestors are the ones who passed on their "fat" genes. (Thanks, Grandma!) They can lose weight but they have to work harder at it. Overweight people are historically looked upon as lazy and gluttonous. In reality, they don't necessarily eat more than thinner people; they just have family genes working against them. Research has shown this to be true. In studies with identical twins who were raised apart, researchers found that both twins gained approximately the same amount of weight regardless of what they ate or how much - or little - they exercised. Hispanics, Native Americans and African Americans seem to gain weight more easily than other ethenic groups. Although research is just beginning to discover how our genes work to make us fat, scientists believe that a few different fat genes could have survived from past generations who had to struggle through times of starvation. Those genes allowed them to eat and store calories when food was plentiful. When food was harder to find, the genes helped people burn fewer calories so they could survive by using their stored fat. You may have inherited your fat genes, but you may also have inherited your cravings, your appetite and your metabolism. Here are a few ways to beat your fat genes: 1. Look to your appetite. Paying attention to whether you are "really" hungry or not can help you get a handle on your food intake. When you are eating, it takes your brain a while to catch up to the signal that your stomach sends out that it's full. Savor your food. Eat more slowly so that your stomach's signal more closely meets your brain's. 2. Eat more fiber. Eating foods that contain more fiber will depress your appetite and keep your insulin levels more even. Your insulin levels normally rise quickly after a meal but soluble fiber keeps these levels lower. 3. Forget crash diets. When you try to drastically cut calories and perform grueling exercise routines, your fat cells mount a defensive. Instead, slow down and take smaller steps to change your eating and exercise habints. Go ahead and blame your ancestors for your chunky body. But don't think that there is nothing that you can do about it. Eat healthier foods and get adequate exercise to win over the fat genes. About the author: Jude Wright is the owner of "9 Weeks to Weight Loss" at Stop by and get your free report, "Losing Weight Without Starving Yourself."
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Health Guru : Cake Decorating Ideas for Fantastic Looking Cakes
Webmaster | 3. October 2007 @ 16:02

You don't have to be an expert cake decorator in order to make fantastic looking birthday cakes. Here are some cake decorating ideas to help you to make your cakes extra special that do not require exceptional cake decorating skills.

First, determine a theme for your cake. If the cake is for an adult, what are the likes, hobbies or interests of the birthday person? For example, if the person likes to fish, make a fishing theme cake. If the person likes to golf, make a golf theme cake. If they like to play the guitar, make a guitar cake.

You could also make the cake theme match their profession as well. For example, for a mail carrier make a mail theme cake or for a carpenter, make a carpenter theme cake.

If you are making a cake for a child, have it match the theme of the party or the child's favorite character, interest or even sport.

You get the idea, just try to make the cake extra special for the birthday person by making it match their hobbies or interests.

A really easy cake decorating idea for making these theme cakes is to purchase cake toppers that match your theme to place on top of your cake. These come in many different varieties. However, if you happen to want to make a certain theme cake for which you cannot find a cake topper to match, try the miniature section of any hobby or craft store.

For the examples above, you can purchase things such as a miniature fishing rod and net for the fishing cake, a miniature golf bag and golf clubs for the golf theme cake and a miniature guitar for the guitar cake. You can then place them on top of your cake. For a mail theme cake, purchase miniature mail boxes and make little letters out of card stock that you laminate and place them on the top and sides of your cake. For the carpenter theme cake, put miniature saws and other tools on the top of or on the sides of the cake.

These are just a few examples. The ideas really are endless, but hopefully this has helped to get you started thinking of different and unique cake decorating ideas that will make the next cake that you make extra special.

About the author:

Cristy Smith is co-creator of a birthday cake decorating website that is packed full of creative and fantastic looking cakes and explains how each one was made. Visit for lots of great cake decorating ideas that adults and children will love.

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Health Guru : Why Does My Shoulder Hurt So Much?
Webmaster | 2. October 2007 @ 16:02

Why does my shoulder always hurt? When will it ever get better? Do I need surgery? These are some of the questions you may be asking yourself; Shoulder injuries are in fact very common, but not as easily fixed all the time. This is because there are many underlying causes for a shoulder injury. I hope to answer some of your questions about shoulder and show you something that could help ease your pain.

The shoulder girdle consists of three joints: the glenohumeral joint, the acromioclavicular joint and the sternoclavicular joint. These joints shift together in an intricate pattern that can easily be disrupted. Alterations in the precision of movement can result in microtrauma, and if allowed to continue, macrotrauma in the shoulder.

There are many factors that can contribute to shoulder pain. Often, there is no obvious cause of the problem. However, the factors discussed in this article can also contribute to an overuse or a traumatic injury. Your physical therapist can work with your physician to determine what factors may be causing or contributing to your pain. This goes beyond what is noted in an x-ray or an MRI. There are usually many factors that contribute to shoulder pain that must be addressed to make sure that the pain will not only go away, but that it will not return. Each patient is assessed and given an individual plan of care based on their pathology, weaknesses and goals.

Altered configuration of the shoulders, scapula and/or spine can lead to shoulder pain. Your physical therapist can look for asymmetries that may contribute to abnormal lengthening/shortening of musculature or joint compression. Many factors can contribute to this aspect of your problem including sleeping position, ergonomic set-up at work/home, posture, exercise practices, stress and lifting mechanics. These factors must be addressed for optimal care.

The scapula could be the cause of shoulder pain. Even if the alignment is proper, if the scapula lacks stability, the patient will develop asymmetries and abnormal movement patterns contributing to pain. Sometimes, the pattern of muscle recruitment can lead to inefficient movements of the shoulder. Using muscles for which they were not designed can lead to overuse and pain. Your physical therapist can help determine which muscles are weak and which muscles are being overused. By learning to strengthen your weak muscles and relax your overused muscles, alignment and efficiency will improve.

Possible Treatments for Shoulder Pain:
- Strengthening weak shoulder/scapular muscles
- Working on postural stamina
- Manual techniques including joint mobilization to decrease stiffness and pain, soft tissue mobilization to improve flexibility and decrease pain
- Manual resistance techniques to get better muscle activation for functional movements
- Stretching shortened neck/shoulder/scapular muscles
- Body mechanics training for actions of daily living and lifting techniques
- Ergonomic recommendations for work and home
- Use of biofeedback or electric stimulation to develop muscle recruitment
- Use of modalities (ice, heat, laser light therapy, electric stimulation, TENS, interferential stimulation, or ultrasound) for pain control
- Taping techniques to reduce overused muscles and facilitate weak muscles

Although there are many great ways to treat your shoulder pain, there are just as many poor ways to treat yourself. Based on what you have learned you may be able to make some lifestyle changes that could help ease your pain, however, it is best to consult a doctor or physical therapist to discover all of the causes of your pain.

About the author:Amy Calhoun PT, DPT, NSCA-CPT, CSCS, is an expert on shoulder pain. Her treatment of patients and expertise in manual orthopedic care has given her skill in successfully treating shoulder pain.

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Consume Super Foods for Super Health and Disease Prevention
Frank Mangano | 1. October 2007 @ 16:02
We all know that when it comes to nutrition, all foods are not made the same. Whole wheat flour is better than white flour, almonds are more nutritionally sound than peanuts, and grilling is a much healthier alternative form of cooking than frying. When it comes to what we put in our bodies, we ought to be aiming for what the Man of Steel eats on a regular basis-super foods. Super foods are not new to the marketplace. In fact, you may have lots of super foods in your pantry or refrigerator at this moment. What is new, however, is the realization of just how �super� these foods really are for our health and well-being through independent studies by health experts. Super foods by definition are foods that are nutritionally dense, high in fiber and are believed to fight disease and increase longevity. And not surprisingly, most super foods are the ones you'll find in nature that don't require any kind of processing or refining. Take berries, for example. Every berry is considered "super" but a study done on blueberries and strawberries properties elicited some exciting results for berry lovers. The study, published in the journal of Neurobiology and Aging, used 60 different rats and divided the rats into three groups. One group was fed strawberry extract, and the other was fed blueberry extract. The third was the control group and was not fed any berry extract. The rats were then released to run through a water maze, but not before they were exposed to a radioactive iron source which was meant to simulate age-related cognitive decline. After the run through was completed, results revealed that the control group showed significant impairment in learning ability, while the groups of rats that ate berry extract showed a resistance to cognitive decline. While scientists who performed the study say more testing needs to be done, this study suggests that consuming berries protects the brain from radiation damage and decline in learning ability. It's believed that the chemical responsible for blueberries- superpower is anthocyanin-what gives blueberries their color and may also play a role in their antioxidant activity. Blueberries, according to the USDA Human Research Center, are ranked #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fruits and vegetables (Antioxidants help rid the body of cancer-causing free radicals). Berries aren't the only super foods with super properties. Just as Superman's powers aren't relegated solely to super speed or super strength, each super food brings with it its own special power: Avocados-Avocados do have a considerable amount of fat in them, but the right kind of fat. Like olive oil, avocados have healthy amounts of monounsaturated fat which help lower �bad� cholesterol levels (LDL) while raising the 'good' ones (HDL). Avocados are also great to combine with other foods as its properties help the body absorb nutrients from other nutrient-dense foods (like lycopene found in tomatoes, for example). Beans� The old school days song of beans being good for your heart is true, thanks to the high amounts of betaine found in them. In addition, beans also have high amounts of lutein, which won't bring x-ray vision, but will help in protecting your eyes from sunlight. Dark Chocolate�Believe it or not, chocolate, the dark variety, can help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow. The special power dark chocolate has lies in its flavonoids, a type of anti-oxidant. Even though flavonoids are found in apples, tea, onions and peanuts, research indicates that dark chocolate has the highest level of flavonoids. That doesn't mean you should go out and eat it to your heart�s delight, but you no longer need to attach �guilty� with the "pleasure" you'll get out of eating moderate portions of dark chocolate each week. Oats-Eating raw oats isn't exactly an appetizing meal, but they�re quite appetizing in oatmeal. Oats are a great source of vitamins and minerals, have a low glycemic index level, are high in fiber, low in sugar and have been proven to reduce blood cholesterol levels. This is just a partial list of the super foods that can bring you a life of abundant health. Remember: Eating exorbitant amounts of almonds or blueberries does not equal more health. As with all things, moderation is key. Copyright 2006 Frank Mangano About The Author : Frank Mangano is a natural health expert and best selling author who teaches you how to dramatically improve your health naturally, without expensive and potentially dangerous prescription drugs. To learn more, visit one of the most comprehensive and reliable sources of natural health information on the web:
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