Weight Loss Tips – The Top 10

Top 10 Weight Loss Tips

Losing weight and keeping it off isn’t difficult – all you need is a few changes and the motivation to get you started. Not sure where to begin? Have a look at these great tips for easy weight loss…

1) Keep a Food and Exercise Diary

This is a great way of keeping track of your foods, drinks and how much you have worked out over a week. Be honest with yourself and write down everything – even if you have a bad day.

2) Exercise to Maintain Weight Loss

Exercise helps you burn fat and calories and also helps boost your metabolic rate, even when you’re resting so try to work your way up to doing a 30 minute workout 5 days a week.

3) Measure Food Amounts at Home

Weigh out foods and don’t eat too much of the ‘wrong’ thing. For example if a recipe tells you to use 2tbsp dressing, don’t go over this as a few more excess measurements all adds up to excess calories.

4) Still Eat Foods you Like

Have a rare treat so that you don’t feel too deprived – just don’t let a small treat turn into a big binge of crisps, chocolate, alcohol and fast food – you’ll destroy all the hard work you’ve put in!

5) Think Long Term – Not Short Term

Losing weight fast is what everyone wants, but losing weight slowly actually allows your body to adjust and keep weight off for longer. Set goals for losing weight but think of it as a long term venture.

6) Savour Your Food

When you eat – enjoy it! Chew and enjoy the textures and flavours of your food – this will keep you fuller for longer and will reduce the likelihood of you reaching for the unhealthy snacks later.

7) Increase Workout Intensity

As a beginner you may be able to manage short workouts 2-3 times a week. Find the time to exercise and gradually increase your workout program to help you keep the weight off.

8) Keep Motivated

Buy yourself treats such as new clothes to celebrate your weight loss, work towards your goals such as having energy to play in the garden with your children – anything that keeps you motivated.

9) Weigh Yourself Once a Week

Weighing yourself everyday is a bad idea – weight fluctuates when muscle mass etc is varying. Have a weekly weigh in (i.e. on Monday morning before breakfast) and use it as motivation for the next week’s weight loss.

10) Enjoy Your Workout!

Performing the same workout day after day means that your body gets used to it, therefore making it less effective each time you do it. Varying your workout keeps it exciting and if you’re enjoying it, you’re more likely to put more effort in. Go cycling, swim, do dance classes, play football in the park, go jogging and mix up your workout regime and your body will continue to burn fat.

Try out these 10 simple tips and you’ll not only be able to lose weight but also keep it off!

Good To Cure Stomach Acid Problems Naturally

Stomach acid is very essential to the human body. The food that is consumed is acted upon in the stomach by an acid called gastric acid. It is broken down and digested to be absorbed by the body. At times, this gastric acid may cause problems leading to digestive disorders. If the level of gastric acid is more, it will result in gastric ulcers or heartburn. People begin to experience some discomfort in the chest region which may subside after taking antacids. It is a burning sensation that occurs periodically.

Proton pump inhibitors are drugs that will stop acid production in the stomach and thereby reduce stomach pressure. This will result in less gastric reflux and the amount of heartburn is minimized finally. The major problem with proton pump inhibitors is that they stop calcium that is found in the food from being absorbed into the body.

Therefore, the amount of calcium in the body is reduced. When the body requires calcium, it will draw from teeth and bones. This results in osteoporosis which is a disease condition. The bone mineral density is reduced making the bones brittle and prone to fractures.

The drugs stop our digestive system from digesting our foods in a timely fashion, and the longer your food stays in your stomach, the more stomach pressure and problems you will have. This leads to other medical problems like increased acidity level, etc.

A poor diet combined with several stress factors will also alter the level of stomach acid there by resulting in gastric problems. Consumption of meat and spicy foods will increase acidity in the stomach. Less intake of fruits and vegetables will also impair the stomach acid level. This will ultimately lead to gastritis which is very painful and causes uncomfortable sensations in the individuals.

One of the tests for determining acidity is by using the litmus paper. This can be done at home. Litmus paper is available at all health food stores.

Your test result should be around 7.3 to 7.4 which is slightly alkaline. The test should be done in the morning when you get up and again in the evening before you retire.

Understand the Safety Terms – Lost Time Injury

Lost Time Injury (LTI) is a work-related injury or illness that results an individual is unable to work on a subsequent scheduled work day or shift.

Example: An employee is injured on the job on Wednesday. He was scheduled to work on Thursday and Friday on regular time and Saturday on overtime. He was instructed to stay off work until Monday, and did so. This is a lost time injury. The employee missed three scheduled days of work (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) and all three days are counted as lost workdays for this case.

Restricted work case (RWC) is a work-related injury or illness that results in limitations on work activity that prevent an individual from doing any task of his/her normal job of from doing all of the job for any part of the day.

Example: An employee’s normal job requires repetitive lifting and other manual labor duties. He is injured and is restricted to lifting no more than 5 kilogram. Many items normally lifted in his job exceed this limit. The employee is temporarily assigned to another department because work in this area does not involve lifting. Another employee is assigned to do the injured employee’s job. This is a restricted work case because the employee was transferred to another job.

Medical treatment case (MTC) is a work-related injury or illness that calls for medication, treatment, or medical check that is normally administered by a health-care professional and that goes beyond first aid case. Medical treatment case does not result in lost time from work beyond the date of the injury.

Example: An employee has a lacerated arm after coming in contact with sharp edge. The plant nurse applies steri-strips to the wound. This case is recordable because application of steri-strips as a wound closure is considered medical treatment by definition.

First Aid Case (FAC) is a minor work-related injury or illness that calls for only simple treatment and does not call for follow-up treatment by a health-care professional. First aid case does not result in lost time from work or work restrictions.

First aid. Any one-time treatment and subsequent observation of minor scratches, cuts, burns, splinters, and so forth, which do not ordinarily require medical care. Such treatment and observation are considered first aid even though provided by a health-care professional.

Lima, Peru’s Best Hospitals

Lima is the capital of the South American country called Peru (which lies in the northwestern region of the continent). The city is located in a valley that had been created by several rivers on a desert coast, meanwhile overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean. Peru attracts a large amount of tourists with its tropical forests in the Amazon Basin, its arid plains, and tall mountains peaks in the Andes range. Lima has a number of private clinics that offer high quality services and treatment.

The Clinic Javier Prado has been serving the people of the city since February of 1965. The hospital is situated at Ave. Javier Prade Este 499, San Isidro and the phone number for the hospital is 211-4141. It has an ISO 9001 accreditation, so you can expect good and reliable services at the hospital. In addition to this, it has professionals from 45 medical specialties as well as it also has other facilities (such as emergency care, intensive care units, inpatient care, and operating rooms). Also, the infrastructure at the hospital is quite modern.

Hospital Nacional General Arzobispo Loayza was founded by the very first archbishop of Peru in the 16th Century. The hospital was set up to provide medical care to the underprivileged; in the case that one has limited resources, this hospital is a good option for recieving medical aid. The hospital was modernized in the early 1900s and is now the biggest hospital in the country. It receives patients from all over Peru for treatment and diagnoses. The hospital has nice surroundings, modern infrastructure and continues to carry out research in various medical fields.

The Stella Maris Clinic is run by a congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It started operations in the year 1938. The clinic provides facilities for child and maternal care as well as surgical procedures – like advanced surgery for the heart and brain, kidney transplants, and others. The hospital’s medical and paramedical staffs are highly qualified, the infrastructure is contemporary and the hospital also has a 24-hour/day emergency room.

Clinica El Golf is a private-run hospital; this group runs a number of clinics across the country. You can find qualified doctors and nurses at this hospital, many of whom have conducted their training in the United States and the United Kingdom. The clinic is outfitted with diagnostic facilities, maternity care, the newest medical equipment, and it offers outpatient care in nearly 130 specialties. Additional amenities at the hospital are round-the-clock emergency services, an intensive care unit, and advanced cardiac care. The address for this clinic is Ave. Aurelio Miro Quesada 1030, San Isidro.

Led by Dr. José Álvarez Blas, a group of doctors set up the St. Paul Clinic in August of 1991. The hospital was initially set up with the objective to provide specialized cardiac care; however, the hospital also has facilities for other medical treatments. The hospital is reputed to be one of the best private hospitals in the country, with six centers across Lima. This hospital provides high-quality services at reasonable prices. The hospital may be contacted at this number: 610-3222. 

Heads Up! The Way You Are Sleeping May Be Killing You!

Every one of us has a mysterious double life.

For about two thirds of the time we are conscious beings, thinking about the world within and without, and negotiating our ways through the obstacles of life. For the other one third of the time we are nearly lifeless lumps of flesh, unconscious to everything but our own fantasies, as we lie flat in bed asleep. We all know that sleep is important for health. But for an activity that consumes about 8 hours of everyday of life, surprisingly little is thought about the act of sleeping, or the way our culture teaches us to sleep. Sleep behavior, like all human activities, is defined by our culture.

Sometimes, the practices taught by our culture can impact on the way our bodies function. As medical anthropologists, we research ways our cultural practices may be affecting our health. And we have found that the way we have been trained to sleep may be one of the most important causes of various diseases plaguing our society.

Of course, when you consider the culture of sleeping, it includes such isues as the length of time to sleep, and time of day for sleep. Do you take frequent naps or do you sleep 8 hours straight? Do you sleep at night or during the day?

Other issues concern sleepwear. Do you sleep nude, or with pajamas or lingerie? Do you sleep in your underwear? Should the sheets be natural fabrics, such as cotton or silk, or is polyester okay? What about the detergent and fabric softeners used in the sheets, pillow case, and pj’s?

Should you eat before you sleep? What is the impact of watching television before sleep? Should you take sleeping pills to help you sleep?

These are some of the culturally defined issues that help determine how we sleep, all of which may have some potential impact on health. However, there is one cultural issue that tops the list of importance, and which may greatly determine your health status. It has to do with your sleep position. Are you sleeping on a firm, flat bed, face down, with your nose and eye compressed against the bed and pillow? Or are you on your back with your head slightly elevated, as is the case for many native cultures that use hammocks or other non-flat surfaces for sleep?

The reason we ask this last question is because the circulation to the head and brain is completely related to your body position when sleeping.

We all have had a time of experiencing dizziness or lightheadedness when getting out of bed too quickly. This effect is called orthostatic hypotension, and results from the fact that blood pressure falls when you lie down, and sudden raising of the head may temporarily deprive the brain of sufficient blood pressure, resulting in the dizziness or lightheadedness. The blood pressure soon rises, increasing the blood supply to the brain, as you feel normal again.

This phenomenon shows that the body’s position, relative to gravity, influences head and brain circulation. You can also demonstrate this by doing a head stand, which many yoga practitioners do daily. Intracranial pressure rises dramatically, as blood rushes to the head, which becomes beet red, and the neck veins swell out, as blood pools in the venous system.

But apart from these examples, very little, if anything, is mentioned in medical physiology textbooks about gravity and its impact on circulation. Yet, you cannot fully understand brain circulation without considering gravity.

The effect of gravity on brain circulation is purely mechanical, and relates to the position of the head relative to the pumping heart. When we are standing up, the head is above the heart, so blood must pump against the force of gravity — from the heart to the brain — lowering the effective pressure with which the arterial blood is delivered to the brain. Meanwhile, drainage of blood from the brain to the heart is facilitated by the pull of gravity.

In contrast, when we lie down and are horizontal, the heart and head are now on the same plane. This eliminates the effects of gravity on brain circulation. Blood from the heart pumps powerfully into the head without gravity’s resistance, increasing intracranial pressure. And blood returning from the brain to the heart must do so without gravity’s assistance, causing a back-up of blood in the brain.

Essentially, intracranial pressure increases, and overall brain circulation diminishes, when you are lying flat compared to standing up.

Of course, the body is intelligent and has mechanisms for controlling brain pressure under different gravity situations. When the brain gets pressurized from lying down, there are various pressure receptors in the head and neck designed to lower blood pressure, thereby preventing too much brain pressure and the possibility of blowing a blood vessel or creating a cerebral aneurysm. This is why blood pressure is lower when we are sleeping, and horizontal.

But these brain mechanisms for adjusting pressure have their limits. As we go through the day in a vertical position, gravity relentlessly pulls our body’s fluids downwards, which is why many people have swollen feet and ankles by day’s end. Once we lie down, the gravity effect is lost, as fluid leaves the legs and returns to the head. So despite our brains normal defense mechanisms, throughout the night intracranial pressure increases and is highest in the morning, after hours of lying flat, and lowest at the end of the day, after hours of being vertical.

What happens when intracranial pressure is high from long periods of lying flat? The increased arterial pressure causes extra cerebral spinal fluid to form in the brain’s ventricles, increasing intracranial fluid pressure. The ventricles swell and the cells of the brain become bathed in excess fluid, essentially causing brain edema. This edema would lower the available oxygen and sugar for brain cells. The lack of gravity assisted drainage from the brain would cause a back-up of blood in the venous system and collecting sinuses in the brain. The brain’s circulation would become relatively stagnant, as the only force moving blood through would be the pushing force of the arterial pressure (which is greatly reduced after going through the cerebral circulation) and the sucking force of the heart’s right atrium. And in addition to the brain swelling under the pressure, the eyes, ears, face, sinuses, gums — the entire head — will become pressurized and the tissues congested with fluid!

There is one field of medicine that avidly studies this effect of gravity on physiology. That sub-specialty is Space Medicine. Astronauts in space are in a zero-gravity field, and it is known that this causes blood to shift to the head and brain, causing increased brain pressure and accompanying migraines, glaucoma, Meniere’s disease, and other problems associated with a pressurized, congested brain. To study the negative effects of zero-gravity here on Earth, these space scientists have people lie down flat! However, since medicine is so wide a field, with sub-specialists learning more and more about less and less, there is little exchange of ideas between space medicine and Earth-bound medicine. Otherwise, someone would have realized that lying flat is what we do when we sleep. If it causes problems for astronauts, then couldn’t it cause problems for everyone else?

We found out about this Space research while we performed our own research into sleep positions as a possible cause of migraines. We hypothesized that sleeping too flat for too long each night could lead to brain pressure and fluid accumulation (edema) within the brain tissue, with associated hypoxia and hypoglycemia. The brain cannot function well without proper amounts of oxygen or sugar, and this condition would be at its worst in the morning, which is when most migraines occur.

While migraines have been thought of as a pathological phenomenon, it is also possible that the migraine is the brain’s defense mechanism to receive new blood along with sugar and oxygen. After all, the only way the brain can get what it needs is from the bloodstream, and during a migraine arteries to the head open up and send blood with force throughout the brain. Perhaps, we reasoned, the migraine is a type of emergency “brain flush”, replacing old blood with new. If so, could we prevent migraines by having migraine sufferers sleep with their heads slightly elevated?

We tested our theory by having about 100 volunteer migraineurs sleep with the heads of their beds elevated, from 10-30 degrees. Head elevation, we theorized, would improve the brain circulation by providing some gravity assistance to drainage. Interestingly, we found that Space Medicine researchers discovered that brain circulation (and heart pumping) is optimal at a 30-degree head of bed elevation.

To our amazement, we found that the majority of the migraineurs in our study experienced relief by this simple sleep position change! Many had no new migraines, after being migraine sufferers for 30 or more years! The results were very fast, within a few days. And there were very interesting side effects, too. Our volunteers woke up more alert. Morning sinus congestion was significantly reduced for most people. Some reported that they no longer had certain allergies. Could we have discovered the real purpose and cause of migraines?

The implications of these findings were, frankly, astounding to us. So many diseases are related to increased brain pressure of “unknown” cause. Sleep position was never studied as the cause of this increased pressure. The implications go far beyond the prevention and treatment of migraines. Any condition that is related to brain pressure, and that is usually worse in the morning after a night of horizontal time, can be potentially related to this gravity and sleep position issue.

Keep in mind that the brain is the central nervous system controlling and modifying all bodily functions. If certain centers of the brain are congested and pressurized daily by sleeping too flat for long hours, those centers can malfunction. Depending on the way a person sleeps, the idiosyncrasies of their brain circulation, and other variables, different people might experience this brain pressure differently. For some, the respiratory centers of the hypothalamus might be particularly congested, resulting in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (which has been associated with head and body position while sleeping), sleep apnea, or even asthma. Sleep apnea has been shown to be treatable with changes in sleep position.

Strokes are clearly associated with brain pressure, and usually occur at night or in the early morning, while sleeping. This is when brain pressure is highest.

Glaucoma is clearly caused by this mechanism. It is already known that eye pressure increases when the head is down, and decreases when the head is up. It is essential to note the head position when taking eye pressure readings because of this sensitive relationship between intraocular pressure and head position. Eye pressure is also highest in the early morning. Elevating the head while sleeping should be routine for glaucoma treatment and prevention.

Baggy eyes and sinus congestion seem to be related to head pressure. Just as the brain gets extra pressure when lying down, the head and face are pressurized, too. People with these problems usually find immediate relief by sleeping elevated 10-30 degrees.

Alzheimer’s disease, we believe, might be the end disease caused by chronic brain congestion and pressure from flat sleeping. The cerebral ventricles of the Alzheimer’s brain are expanded, suggesting a history of ventricular pressure, and generalized lesions along the ventricles may indicate areas of brain tissue that have deteriorated from this chronic pressure. Other research has already shown Alzheimer’s is associated with increased brain pressure, but the cause has been considered unknown, as is the case with almost all brain pressure problems.

It should be noted that the blood-brain barrier cannot function properly when pressurized. Excessive intracranial pressure can cause leaks in this barrier by expanding the basement membrane, allowing heavy metals, e.g., aluminum and mercury, as well as viruses and bacteria, to enter the brain that would have otherwise been excluded. This may be why heavy metals have been associated with certain brain problems, such as Alzheimer’s.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is also known to be associated with congestion of the “impulse center” within the brain that helps control behavior. We found several children with ADHD experience profound improvement of self control by elevating their heads while sleeping.

In addition to head position relative to gravity, we also have found side or belly sleeping can create problems. For example, we found several cases of carpel tunnel syndrome related to sleeping on the hands or wrists, and shoulder pain from sleeping on the side. And keep in mind that head pressure increases, and drainage diminishes, when the head is rotated to the side. Sleeping on the back avoids compression of limbs and internal organs.

It is also interesting to note that patients with asymmetrical problems will typically be worse on the side they sleep on. For example, eye pathology will be worse in the eye on the side of the face that is slept on most. Ear infections will be worse on the “down” ear. You can also tell the side a person sleeps on by observing the shape of the nose. Apart from injuries, the nose should be symmetrical, but becomes curved away from the pillow because of sleeping on the side of the face and pressing on the nose for hours each night. The nose will point away from the side that is most slept on.

Men should be told that side sleeping may result in testicular compression and possible dysfunction. And women who sleep on their sides or stomachs subject their breasts to compression and impaired circulation. Side sleepers may have more breast trouble on the side they sleep on.

We should forewarn the practitioner, however, that, while the effect of elevating the head while sleeping will be dramatic and transformative for many patients and should be considered essential to disease prevention strategies, the fact is that many people resist changing their sleep behaviors. They have been conditioned to sleep a certain way since birth. And even when they want to change their sleep position, it’s difficult to ensure compliance when the subject is unconscious! It takes tremendous will power to alter sleep behavior. But it is well worth the trouble, as people usually see within a week of sleeping elevated.

We found the best methods for head elevation include using more pillows, using a foam wedge, placing blocks under the legs of the bed frame at the head of the bed, or using an adjustable bed. While the ideal position is with the head from 10-30 degrees elevated, 10 degrees elevation is fine to start with. The legs should be slightly elevated, too, and the person should try to stay on his or her back as much as possible. The ideal position is one you would be in if leaning back in a recliner chair. (Recliners would be fine to use, too, but they usually give poor lower back support.) Also, be aware that some people will find one degree of elevation more comfortable than another. People with low blood pressure may need their heads lower than those with higher blood pressure. Others may have some neck and shoulder discomfort from the new position. However, by experimenting with pillows under the arms, underneath the buttocks (which prevents sliding down the bed), and under the feet and legs, the patient should find a comfortable solution.

Also, when taking in to effect patient history, realize that neck injuries and tight neck muscles can impair venous drainage of the brain by compression of the jugular veins by the tight muscles. Neck massage and spinal adjustments may help improve overall brain circulation. We have had a few case histories where there was little or no improvement from head elevation, but the subjects had a history of neck injuries.

Of course, there will be times when people feel lightheaded and need to lie down to get more blood to the head. It might also be better for people to sleep less at night and to make up for lost sleep with a nap, or a siesta, during the day. That would avoid extremes of high and low brain pressure. But our culture makes it necessary for most people to do all their sleeping at once. Sleeping, after all, is a cultural issue. The point is to be aware of how you feel, and realize that your body position relative to gravity may be a key factor affecting health and disease.

We are continuing to research this effect of gravity and sleep position on health, and encourage practitioners to communicate their patients’ experiences with us. We also highly encourage you to read our book, Get It Up! Revealing the Simple Surprising Lifestyle that Causes Migraines, Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Glaucoma, Sleep Apnea, Impotence, and More! (ISCD Press, 2001), where we discuss the profound implications of this theory, including a lengthy list of references about brain pressure and various diseases and the effect of gravity on brain circulation. After you see the evidence, you will probably be as amazed as we are that sleep research has been ignoring this critical aspect of sleep.

Sleeping too flat each day may be the greatest lifestyle mistake people are making in our culture. Some of the worst diseases of our time may be all in our bed!

Medicare & Medicaid Doctor Directory – How to Find Doctors Who Accept Medicare and Medicaid

If you are receiving Medicare and/or Medicaid, it can often be difficult to find a doctor, be it a general practitioner or specialist, who will accept your insurance. Unfortunately the payment schedules set up by the government have resulted in many doctors opting out of the system because they simply cannot afford the substantially lower payments for Medicaid/Medicare services as well as afford to pay for the substantially greater paperwork involved in taking such patients.

Sadly, government has had a tendency to reduce reimbursement payments, not increase them, and do not seem to be interested in covering the actual cost of providing services.

Not only that, but private insurers are not longer willing to “subsidize” public patients by paying higher rates, so doctors cannot shift the ever-increasing costs to them.

As a result, at a time when more and more doctors are opting out of the system, those doctors who still take Medicare and Medicaid patients generally limit the number they will serve, so finding a doctor who will take your Medicare or Medicaid insurance is not as easy as simply opening the phone book and making a phone call. Indeed, it probably will take some real time and effort on your part.

There is not, and never has been, any requirement that doctors treat patients insured by Medicare or Medicaid. Therefore, people with Medicare or Medicaid are increasingly turning to federally funded clinics, or even to emergency rooms that cannot, by law, turn them away. Sadly, using emergency rooms for non-emergency health care is unbelievably expensive, making the lower reimbursement Medicare/Medicaid rates not financially wise in the long run.

So, how do you find a doctor that will take new Medicare/Medicaid patients?

Well, first of all, do not expect to find a doctor or, should you find one or a clinic taking Medicare/Medicaid patients, do not plan on getting an appointment quickly. Sadly, that will not happen very often. Indeed, if you need quick care, the emergency room is likely to be your only recourse.

To track down Medicare/Medicaid providers, you can contact your local health department or social service agencies to find out more information and there are a number of Medicare and Medicaid doctor directories online. While they cannot guarantee you an appointment, they do have access to information about current providers.

You can also go to the Medicare website at Medicare.gov or call them at 800-633-4227 (TTY 877-486-2048) to find Medicare providers in your area, although there is no guarantee they will be accepting new patients. It is worth a try, though.

Also, managed care is probably a better bet than private practice. HMOs organized by private insurers have a practical interest in having HMO doctors taking government-insured patients, while Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) are generally run by hospitals or medical schools, and often only accept Medicaid patients.

Insurance Marketing: Take Your Bio From Stale To Stellar

How well does your professional bio showcase your abilities? Does it tell your personal brand story? Is it current and compelling?

Unfortunately, most insurance professional bios are stale and boring. They lack heart, depth and inspiration. Company profiles are often riddled with tired clichés and insurance industry jargon. And the typical executive bio is no better than a resume – a bulleted list of jobs and skills that can easily be forgotten.

A descriptive and well-written business bio puts a personal face on your offering and makes insurance prospects feel more comfortable and at ease. It clearly conveys your credibility and demonstrates your success, giving your prospects faith that you can really deliver on your promises.

Professional bios are multi-talented insurance marketing pieces. They can be incorporated into insurance websites, brochures and sales sheets. They can also be used for:

  • Insurance article bylines
  • Speaking engagements
  • Professional introductions
  • Networking
  • LinkedIn and other social networking profiles

Professional bios are highly recommended for insurance executives, insurance agents and anyone else who strives to develop and market a personal brand. In fact, some innovative, service-driven insurance companies display bios for all customer-facing employees on their websites.

BIO Dos

  • Use vivid examples of your capabilities.
  • Include objective measures of your successes.
  • Incorporate a few interesting quotes.
  • Keep the writing formal and in third person.
  • Customize your bio for each potential audience.

BIO Don’ts

  • Avoid long resume-style lists of job titles.
  • Don’t write in the first person.
  • Resist the urge to be verbose. Most bios can be completed in one to two pages.

Isn’t it time to tell your professional story in a way that’s relevant and interesting to your target market?

The Truth About Chemotherapy – It Is Dangerous

Chemotherapy refers to the treatment of cancer by chemicals that kill cells, specifically cancer cells. Chemotherapy acts by killing cells that divide rapidly, one of the main properties of cancer cells. This means that it also harms cells that divide rapidly under normal circumstances: cells in the bone marrow, digestive tract and hair follicles; this results in the most common side-effects of chemotherapy-myelosuppression (decreased production of blood cells), mucositis (inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract) and alopecia (hair loss).

Chemotherapy was first proposed as a treatment for cancer right after World War II, when research on mustard gas demonstrated that it has the ability to kill living cells, particularly those which rapidly divide, such as those in the intestinal tract, bone marrow and lymph system. Doctors soon came up with the idea that they could use mustard gas to poison cancer, which constitutes the most rapidly dividing cells of all. In fact, many of the drugs we use today are close cousins of mustard gas one reason we find them so toxic (The Immortal Cell, Dr Gerald B Dermer, Avery Publishing Group, Garden City Park, 1994).

Oncologists define “cure” and “response” in different terms. They look only at “response” that is, shrinking the tumour as a measure of success, without considering whether it increases survival or improves quality of life. Dr Urich Abel, a German epidemiologist, who examined virtually all the articles (several thousand in all) on chemotherapy, plus the work of some 350 scientists working on cancer therapies, has found that when a tumour mass partially or temporarily disappears, those tumour cells which are remaining and resist the effect of the chemo can sometimes grow much faster afterward. Often, patients who did not respond to chemo survive longer than those who do (Der Spiegel: 1990; 33: 174-6. See also J Otolaryn, 1995; 24(4): 242-52).

A top NCI scientist has observed that for most forms of cancer, many patients may initially respond. But in only three forms of cancer ovarian, small cell lung cancer, acute nonlymphocytic leukemia did any appreciable percentage survive without disease, and even then it was, at best, less than a sixth of the total group of patients. In all the other types of cancer, disease free survival was rare.

Shrinkage of solid tumours should not be overinterpreted, as it often has little or no survival benefit, according to oncology consultant GM Mead of the Royal South Hants Hospital (BMJ, January 28, 1995). Major chemo manufacturer Bristol Myers discloses that only 11 per cent of patients taking the carboplatin and 15 per cent of patients taking cisplatin had a complete response to the drugs; remission lasted on average, about a year, and both types of patients survived, on average, only two years.

One of the most used chemotherapy drugs is cyclophosphamide, which comes from mustard gas. It can cause nausea, vomiting, hair loss, anorexia, and damage the blood, heart and lungs. Another drug, cisplastin (Platinol), made of the heavy metal platinum, can damage nerves, kidneys, and cause hearing loss and seizures. It can also cause deafness, irreversible loss of motor function, bone marrow suppression, anemia and blindness.

Mechlorethamine, an analogue of mustard gas (the “M” of MOPP treatment, the standard procotol for Hodgkin’s disease), is so toxic that those administering the drug are advised to wear rubber gloves and avoid inhaling it! This drug is known to cause thrombosis, jaundice, hair loss, nausea and vomiting. Merck, its manufacturer, warns in the PDR that “the margin of safety in therapy with MUSTARGEN is narrow and considerable care must be exercised in the matter of dosage. Repeated examinations of blood are mandatory as a guide to subsequent therapy. ”

Chemotherapy can cause heart problems, destroy bile ducts, cause bone tissue death, restrict growth, cause infertility, lower white and red cell counts and lead to intestinal and lactose malabsorption. 90 per cent of the time it doesn’t even work to eliminate the cancer completely.

Italian Oncologist Dr. T. Simoncini discovered some interesting facts:

The great lack of trust is evident even amongst doctors. Polls and questionnaires show that three doctors out of four (75 per cent) would refuse any chemotherapy because of its ineffectiveness against the disease and its devastating effects on the entire human organism.

This is what many doctors and scientists have to say about chemotherapy: “The majority of the cancer patients in this country die because of chemotherapy, which does not cure breast, colon or lung cancer. This has been documented for over a decade and nevertheless doctors still utilize chemotherapy to fight these tumors.” (Allen Levin, MD, UCSF, “The Healing of Cancer”, Marcus Books, 1990).

“If I were to contract cancer, I would never turn to a certain standard for the therapy of this disease. Cancer patients who stay away from these centers have some chance to make it.” (Prof. Gorge Mathe, “Scientific Medicine Stymied”, Medicines Nouvelles, Paris, 1989).

“Dr. Hardin Jones, lecturer at the University of California, after having analyzed for many decades statistics on cancer survival, has come to this conclusion: “… when not treated, the patients do not get worse or they even get better’. The unsettling conclusions of Dr. Jones have never been refuted.” (Walter Last, “The Ecologist”, Vol. 28, no. 2, March-April 1998).

“Many oncologists recommend chemotherapy for almost any type of cancer, with a faith that is unshaken by the almost constant failures.” (Albert Braverman, MD, “Medical Oncology in the 90s”, Lancet, 1991, Vol. 337, p. 901).

“Our most efficacious regimens are loaded with risks, side effects and practical problems; and after all the patients we have treated have paid the toll, only a miniscule percentage of them is paid off with an ephemeral period of tumoral regression and generally a partial one.” (Edward G. Griffin “World Without Cancer”, American Media Publications, 1996).

“After all, and for the overwhelming majority of the cases, there is no proof whatsoever that chemotherapy prolongs survival expectations. And this is the great lie about this therapy, that there is a correlation between the reduction of cancer and the extension of the life of the patient.” (Philip Day, “Cancer: Why we’re still dying to know the truth”, Credence Publications, 2000).

“Several full-time scientists at the McGill Cancer Center sent to 118 doctors, all experts on lung cancer, a questionnaire to determine the level of trust they had in the therapies they were applying; they were asked to imagine that they themselves had contracted the disease and which of the six current experimental therapies they would choose. 79 doctors answered, 64 of them said that they would not consent to undergo any treatment containing cis-platinum – one of the common chemotherapy drugs they used – while 58 out of 79 believed that all the experimental therapies above were not accepted because of the ineffectiveness and the elevated level of toxicity of chemotherapy.” (Philip Day, “Cancer: Why we’re still dying to know the truth”, Credence Publications, 2000).

“Doctor Ulrich Able, a German epidemiologist of the Heidelberg Mannheim Tumor Clinic, has exhaustively analyzed and reviewed all the main studies and clinical experiments ever performed on chemotherapy …. Able discovered that the comprehensive world rate of positive outcomes because of chemotherapy was frightening, because, simply, nowhere was scientific evidence available demonstrating that chemotherapy is able to ‘prolong in any appreciable way the life of patients affected by the most common type of organ cancer.’ Able highlights that rarely can chemotherapy improve the quality of life, and he describes it as a scientific squalor while maintaining that at least 80 per cent of chemotherapy administered in the world is worthless. Even if there is no scientific proof whatsoever that chemotherapy works, neither doctors nor patients are prepared to give it up (Lancet, Aug. 10, 1991). None of the main media has ever mentioned this exhaustive study: it has been completely buried” (Tim O’Shea, “Chemotherapy – An Unproven Procedure”).

“According to medical associations, the notorious and dangerous side effects of drugs have become the fourth main cause of death after infarction, cancer, and apoplexy” (Journal of the American Medical Association, April 15, 1998).

Choosing The Right Drug Rehab Center

Many people in the past, especially drug addicts, dreaded entering drug rehabilitation as the treatment they received was harsh and unsympathetic. Kindness was not usually exhibited to drug addicts as society viewed them to be evil or bad, instead of being sick. Today, there are only a few people who harbor such ideas, whereas most have accepted the reality that there are already modern and humane methods to address a problem such as drug addiction.

In current treatment programs for drug abuse, there is a kinder and more compassionate approach. Genuine kindness and concern for their well-being is now a primary focus of these programs. Hence, when faced with drug cravings, can a person enter into a private or government-run rehabilitation center. It is an excellent way to begin a patients recovery efforts by aiding his/her capacity to identify and deal with possibilities of drug relapse and re-addiction when out again in the real world.

Well-reputed drug rehab centers for their effectiveness are known to provide one-on-one therapy sessions, in which such sessions attempt to work on a patient’s psychiatric problems. Moreover, these sessions would also even provide lessons in meditation and yoga, and additional access to other psychiatric specialists. These benefits being offered by different rehab centers make choosing quite difficult.

There are also some personal considerations in choosing a drug rehab center. This points to the imperative that a patient should think of his/her recovery since it is the pressing need above everything else. Being self-concerned is apparently the best way to gain from rehab as if the results are to no avail, it would lead to dejection and future therapy would not even be considered. Further, many people worry whether they could afford to be treated since they do not have access to ample insurance. Nonetheless, there are insurance companies that may grant residential support in an instant.

There are also a number of companies which may the patient to follow certain processes before he or she can enter a rehab facility, which includes outpatient treatment. Many rehabilitation facilities often discuss the costs for a patient and a certain level required in committing to rehab. Well-renowned rehab centers would usually advertise patients who have had success in putting away with their addiction and are living their lives free from drugs. While in rehab center, a support system in the form of family and friends is also essential for a patient to recover.

Apart from a reputation of treating it clients with success through its advertisements, this should not be the only meter stick in choosing. Contacting people who have undergone or are informed about the effectiveness of a rehabilitation center is also an useful way to properly choose. Lastly, consider that a smaller rehab center also has a greater probability for a one-on-one therapy which is critical in the later of stages of treatment.

Best Bodybuilding Supplements – Protein Supplements

Bodybuilding supplements are drug-like pills that athletes and bodybuilders take to help in building muscle. As the name implies, it should be used as a supplement and not as a replacement for food nutrients. When used in combination with bodybuilding exercise and adequate diet, they will speed up the body building process. They are also used to complement the nutrients that can’t be gotten easily from the diet. The best bodybuilding supplements should consist of protein/ amino acid, glutamine, creatine, nitric oxide etc.

There are 2 basic types of bodybuilding supplements: exercise supplements and dietary supplements. Exercise supplements help to increase the level of nutrients in the body that can’t be consumed normally. For example, creatine is produced naturally in the body but, not in adequate amounts for bodybuilders. The supplement boosts the level of creatine in the body and is enhanced by bodybuilding exercise. Dietary supplements merely help to boost the nutrients gotten from food intake. They include amino acid and protein supplements.

Protein supplements are the most important. This is because proteins are required in high amounts by bodybuilders. Protein is responsible for increasing muscle mass, repairing wear and tear on tissues and also, replacing worn out tissues. It can be taken in powdered or pill forms. It is best taken immediately after working out. The importance of protein intake by bodybuilders can not be over-emphasized because their muscles constantly undergo wear and tear due to the nature of the rigorous exercises they undertake. Protein helps the muscle tissues to grow and repair themselves efficiently. Adequate protein intake also helps the muscle to withstand wear and tear. Protein supplements can be found in different forms, and they are to be taken in different forms. Whey protein is easily absorbed by the body and is best taken after working out. Casein protein is not easily digested, so it should be taken at night before going to bed. Egg white protein supplements are easily absorbed, so they can be taken anytime, during the day.

The best bodybuilding supplements are the ones that contain all these types of protein. It is known as blended protein. Amino acid supplements are also essential because amino acids are building units of protein. It can be used in place of protein supplement. Glutamine supplement is a type of amino acid supplement, that provides the body with glutamine, which is also a type of amino acid.

The Obesity pill Contrave is approved by FDA advisers but will it cause heart attacks

FDA advisers have voted to put the diet drug Contrave on the market. The Obesity pill will be marketed to those who need to lose weight and need a helping hand. There is cause for alarm though as many critics speak of this drug as possibly join the other recent diet pills that ended up ruining the health of the very people it was supposed to help. Many will remember the diet pill Fen-Phen that end up ruining the health of so many people. This obesity pill Contrave comes with some very scary background information.

Studies show this pill has caused the heart to have tremors and heart beat problems. This is so important because it is the same symptoms that 3 other diet pills that were removed caused. The heart attack and damage link to diet pills is strong. The pathway that the last 3 failed diet pills take often disrupt the heart rhythm and this is why these drug are usually rejected before they reach the public. Sadly for many danger diet and obesity pills have been approved and then caused deep trouble. In 1997 7 million people were hurt by the Obesity and diet drug Fen-Phen. The alarming thing about this and other diet pills is that the damage is often done over 7 years. What this means that the the heart is slowly ruined.

The pattern has been first breathing problems then heart beat irregularity. The importance of protecting the heart. When the heart goes so does normal breathing and walking. The heart is a muscle and diet pills have been doing very harmful things to the heart. It is critical to take the heart serious. It must be noted that the studies on this new drug show that it does not even produce significant weight loss. So the danger is great and the results are small. Studies show that natural diet modifications can give the same or better results than this obesity pill Contrave. It is advised to naturally reverse obesity with proper diet modifications.

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Importance of Clinic Management Software Systems In Your Business

From all types of beauty salons and clinics, it is now necessary to revolutionize how you manage your business. Modern technology must be used to take the lead in a very competitive industry that you are in. This is why clinic management software systems grew so popular among many salon, spa and health care clinic owners. This software for clinics provides efficient management system that allows you to improve the quality of service you give to your customers.

Most clinic management software systems providers make sure that their programs are user-friendly, affordable and effective. They also offer a fast Return of Investment especially when the price of manual labor is getting higher these days.

Here are a few of the many benefits that you can get from management software for clinics.

  • You will need lesser number of employees. You would have the opportunity to re-deploy them to other locations you find suitable. Tasks such as keeping track of your clients’ profile, purchase history and appointment history and product inventory are easily done with just a few clicks on your computer keyboard. You could free your resources for more critical or complex tasks. The minimized cost for manpower can quickly compensate for the cost of the management software that you purchased.
  • It enhances the profit of your business. Because you will have the benefit of actually having a lighter work-load because of the software, you can focus on more complex things on how to improve your services to fully satisfy your clients and keep them coming back.Clients get easily satisfied when they receive fast and efficient service. News about who gives the best service in town spreads quickly like wildfire. So, this gives you the chance to widen your client base and earn more.
  • It enables you to improve the time you respond to the demands of your client because it automatically gives you all the information you need about the client’s history and preferences.
  • It helps you end the complexities involved in accounting along with detailed profit and loss reports. It’s like having your own personal accountant. You could also easily manage employee payroll which could save you a lot of time and energy.
  • Easy to learn features. Most clinic management software companies give on-site training on how to use their application. In addition, there are also customer support representatives that are willing to help if you are having trouble with some of the features on the application. They are available almost any time of the year to answer product-related questions.

Astrology of Recovery From Diseases

The planetary position of a horoscope chart indicates the nature of the disease one would suffer from and how they would affect him. Diseases and death are can be previously ascertained and adequate provision can be made to arrest or minimize such evil influences.

Factors influencing diseases and possible recovery from it

Ascendant: native’s vitality and vigor.

Sun: general build up and strength of the physical constitution.

Moon: indicates mental health of a person.

6th house/lord: ordinary ill health and disease or acute disease.

8th house/lord: fatal nature of disease causing mental disturbance and anxiety to life.

12th house/lord: hospitalization due to chronicle problems.

Combination for contracting diseases:

  • Sun is aspected by malefic constitute susceptibility for illness.
  • Saturn aspecting 6th house/lord.
  • Saturn and Moon combined in sign Cancer.
  • Sun is influenced by Mars and Venus.
  • Lord of 6th and Sun combined in ascendant/8th house indicates diseases affecting face.
  • Lord of ascendant and 8th combined together.
  • Lord/house of ascendant is aspected by Saturn and Mars.
  • Lord of ascendant and Sun combined in 6th/8th/12th house.
  • Saturn and Mars combined in 6th/8th house.
  • Lord of 6th combined with Moon in ascendant/8th house.
  • Malefic in 6th with no benefic aspects cause continuous illness.
  • Jupiter and Moon posited in 12th house.
  • Sun, Mars and Saturn combined in a house, gives disease in the organ denoted by that house.
  • Malefic Mars is being placed in an evil sign.
  • Lord of 8th house is being hammed between malefic or the planets in debilitation.

Combinations for early recovery from illness:

  • Strong planet placed in ascendant gives early recover from illness.
  • Lords of ascendant and 10th house are friendly with each other.
  • Lords of 4th and 7th houses indicates quick recovery.
  • Lord of ascendant is related to Moon, and Moon is influenced by benefic planets or posited in quadrant, indicates early recovery from illness.
  • Lord of ascendant and Moon placed in quadrants, having benefic influences.
  • Moon placed in its own/exaltation sign and related to a malefic planet indicates speed recovery from disease.
  • Moon in a movable or common sign aspected by lord of ascendant or planet/s placed in it.
  • Moon in its own sign posited in 4th/10th house, indicates speed recovery from the illness.
  • Sun/Moon aspected by benefic and placed in ascendant/4th/7th house indicates quick recovery.

Combinations for delayed recovery:

  • If lord of ascendant is placed in an even sign and there is enmity between lords of ascendant and 10th house or between lords of 4th and 10th house, indicate delayed recovery from illness.
  • Lord of 6th related to 8th/12th house/lord indicates difficulty in recovery.
  • If planet/s in 12th house has no connection with 2nd and 10th house, but related with the 6th house alone, indicates prolong treatment in a hospital or confinement to bed in connection with treatment.
  • Moon or Venus placed in ascendant indicates delayed recovery.
  • Ascendant placed in 12th house indicates slow recovery from disease.
  • Lord of ascendant combined with Mars, represents very slow recovery from illness.
  • Lord of ascendant placed in 6th/8th house and lord of 8th placed in a quadrant, indicates lingering suffering from physical ailments.

Possibility of death from physical ailments:

  • Lord of ascendant is placed in 4th/6th/7th place from the lord of 7th house, indicates possibility of death from a chronicle disease.
  • Lords of ascendant is weaker than the lord of 8th house.
  • Lord of ascendant related with set/retrograde planet/s and placed in a quadrant, indicates possibility of death due to illness.
  • Lords of ascendant and 8th combined in a house.
  • Lords of ascendant and 8th placed in a quadrant and influenced by cruel planets, indicates liability of death due to illness.
  • Relation between lords of 6th, 8th and 12 houses indicates death in a nursing home, asylum, and sanatorium due to prolong illness.
  • If Jupiter related to 8th house and afflicted by evil planets, indicate death from blood poisoning, cancer, liver trouble or inflammation of lungs.
  • Saturn in 8th house indicates long life but denotes slow and lingering death, if it is not in its own sign.
  • Uranus connected with 8th house indicates death from incurable disease or the patient may die due to wrong diagnosis.
  • Neptune related to 8th house indicates death after being in the state of coma or unconsciousness due to an overdose of drugs or allergy.

BY

GEETA JHA [SPIRITUAL HEALER]

INDIA

Preventing Heart Disease

Heart disease causes half of all deaths within the United States each year and is the leading cause of death worldwide. While there are some factors that are uncontrollable, many factors contributing to heart disease are easily preventable by creating lifestyle changes.

High blood pressure is a major cause of heart disease, and high cholesterol greatly increases your chance of high blood pressure. To prevent high cholesterol, you need to avoid saturated fats found in red meats and dairy products such as cheese and butter. You’ll also need to avoid other foods containing high amounts of oils and fats. Fish and chicken are much healthier alternatives. Also, choose baked rather than fried food and add more heart healthy fruits and vegetables into your daily food intake. Caffeine and salt should also be avoided as much as possible.

A heart healthy diet has been shown to be one of the best controllable ways to prevent heart disease and promote longevity. Talk with your doctor and check with the American Heart Association for the creation of the best possible heart healthy diet.

Another major contributor to heart disease is smoking. It cannot be stressed enough that in order to prevent heart disease you should not smoke. Smoking is a major lifestyle contributor to heart disease deaths. Smoking makes your heart have to work harder and also contributes to high blood pressure. Even if you’ve been smoking for years, you can reap substantial heart healthy benefits by quitting now. This greatly reduces the chances of developing heart disease, and the longer you stay quit, the healthier you and heart will become.

Obesity is also a major preventable contributor to heart disease. It is an increasingly common health problem in the United States and is responsible for much of the rising rates of heart disease related deaths in the country. To combat obesity, you need to develop a plan combining the reduction of caloric intake along with an exercise program developed to target weight loss. You need to incorporate new healthier eating habits not just in the short term for weight loss, but as a long-term lifestyle change to keep the weight off and to remain healthy.

Even if you are not obese, your chances of developing heart disease are much higher if you live a sedentary lifestyle. You should exercise at levels that increase your heart rate for at least 30 minutes three times a week. Your exercise does not necessarily have to be intense, as you will experience heart healthy results even with moderate levels of exercise. Exercise can be an enjoyable experience if you choose healthy activities that you enjoy.

Besides the major contributors, alcohol can also increase the chances of developing heart disease. Moderate drinking (one to two drinks per day) can actually reduce the chances of developing heart disease. However, binge drinking or drinking excessively contributes to heart related problems and will also raise the level of fats within the blood and body.

Stress contributes to the development of heart disease, so learn to properly identify and deal with the causes of stress in your life. Learn stress reduction techniques to avoid negative affects on your heart’s health.

While there are contributing factors out of our control such as heredity and age, you can make lifestyle changes to greatly reduce your chances of developing heart disease. Create a lifestyle of heart healthy living, and you will greatly decrease your chances of suffering heart disease related death. Promote your health and longevity by creating a heart healthy lifestyle.

Tips To Ensure Your Safety and Health When Moving

Moving is a painful and stressful task to carry out. There are many people who prefer to plan a self move, but they little realize the danger and difficulties associated with it. You could hurt yourself or get injured during the move, if you are not well acquainted with the process. A list of tips given below can help you to carry out a safe and healthy move.

Do the right packing

Try to make the boxes lighter. You must remember that the boxes have to be carried by you. So, do not make them too heavy to carry. You need an extra person for help, if the boxes are heavy.

Prepare your back

Your back will get injured, if you do not move your stuffs properly. Stretch your body before carrying heavy boxes to avoid back injury. This will help to make your body suitable for the relocation.

Use the right clothing

You should wear closed shoes and loose clothes. Never wear sandals during a move. Always wear closed shoes for proper grip and support of your feet. Wearing loose clothes will help you in free movement during the move.

Lift with care

Bend your knees and push your waist back while lifting a heavy stuff. This will help you to protect your waist from injury, as the weight will be on your legs.

Rent the right equipment

Dollies can be used to move furniture and heavy objects. Straps should be used to protect the stuff on the dolly from falling down. Wear gloves for a proper grip. You can also use furniture sliders during a move.

Look for dangers

Be extra cautious, if you are organizing a move on a rainy day. Mud and water will make your floor slippery. So, make the floor dry before starting your move to avoid any kind of danger.

Prepare an emergency kit on stand by

It is very important to have a first aid kit, in case anyone gets hurt during the relocation. Ointments, band aids and painkillers should be included in that emergency kit. Also make a list of emergency telephone numbers and inform everybody about the location of the emergency kit.

Keep pets and kids away

Keep your kids and pets with some friends or family for the moving day. A babysitter can also be hired to take care of your children. It is a better option to keep them away from the move to avoid any danger.

Hire movers

Movers should be hired for lifting heavy and large stuffs. Lifting heavy items can be injurious and risky for your health. Look for the professionals to move the bulky items to your new house.

Follow these basic tips for a safe and healthy relocation and also to avoid any risk or danger.