How to Fix Your Broken Heart

Sure, your heart can be broken, leaving you sad and blue. Some studies have shown that people can die of a broken heart. You’ve read those stories on the Internet, haven’t you? These are the stories about those couples who have been married and devoted to each other for decades. Either the husband or wife dies, and the other soon follows, sometimes within days or even hours.

Our view tends to be that our brain is home to thought and logic, and our heart is home to our feelings. So without a heart we would be like ‘Data’ from that old television show, Star Trek, the Next Generation – intelligent, observant, and logical; but lacking happiness, compassion, and love. What kind of life would that be?

Then there’s the physical equivalent of a broken heart.

Our heart is unarguably the most important muscle in our body. It’s an organ that’s not much larger than our fist, yet it continually pumps blood to our brain and other organs day and night. We take it for granted. Yet almost half of the deaths in the U.S. are caused by heart disease. As you probably know, heart disease is actually a category of conditions that include coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation, heart attack, and more.

Many of these conditions that lead to our broken hearts are preventable. It’s all up to us to take that first step.

• Get a heart wellness screening, even as early as in your twenties. Signs of heart disease can show up at young ages, especially if there’s a family history. This is offered at hospitals and is a program that involves several tests and provides you with a risk assessment for heart disease.

• Lose weight, especially if you have excess fat around the waist. However, even if you’re thin, it doesn’t mean you’re safe from heart disease – some people are skinny on the outside, but if they make bad food choices, they’re building up fat on the inside. It’s a myth that thin people don’t have high cholesterol and other risk factors that lead to life-threatening heart conditions.

• Get up from that couch! Have you ever read about the sitting disease? The gist of it is that we sit too darn much, and all this sitting is bad for the ticker. Turn off the television. Schedule time for physical activity and get your kids to join you also. Walk, rum, bicycle, swim, play tennis; heck, play hopscotch or jump rope. Oh yeah, don’t forget weight training.

• Fill that refrigerator with healthy fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, yogurt, skim milk, good fats – you know the drill. Our heart needs those vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and probiotics that healthy foods provide. We may love all those highly processed junk foods, but our hearts are dying from them.

• Learn to control type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and other things that break our hearts. Your doctor can provide you with specific diets, exercise plans, and, if necessary, prescription medications to help control these conditions.

• Quit smoking. I’m sure you’ve heard that smoking cigarettes not only causes cancer, but also clogs up our arteries and is the primary cause of coronary artery disease. This, along with all the poisons that cigarettes contain, makes it even more important to butt out.

Heart health is so important – we don’t have a spare heart sitting around in a closet somewhere, ticking away and collecting dust. If we want to live our lives filled with vim, vigor, and vitality, we need to do all we can to keep our hearts pumping efficiently.

Finally, think about your family history: did your mother or father suffer from high blood pressure, heart attacks, or strokes? Then ask yourself if that’s the way you want to live out your “golden years.” If it’s not, take that first step toward heart health. It’s up to us to repair our broken hearts.

The Function of Fats in Our Life

Fats along with proteins and carbohydrates, are one of the three nutrients used as energy sources by the body. The energy produced by fats is 9 calories per gram. Proteins and carbohydrates each provide 4 calories per gram. Total fat; the sum of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Intake of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help reduce blood cholesterol when substituted for saturated fats in the diet. A slang term for obese or adipose. In chemistry, a compound formed from chemicals called fatty acids. These fats are greasy, solid materials found in animal tissues and Fats are the major component of the flabby material of a body, commonly known as blubber.

As strange as it sounds, eating fat can actually help you lose weight. Not only that, your memory and your immune system will benefit from eating fat. It is an extremely bad idea to eliminate fat completely from your diet. “Good” fats are absolutely essential. These good fats come from things like Enova Oil, canola oil, extra virgin olive oil, flax seed, almonds, walnuts and cold-water fish. Eating the right kind of fat and getting rid of the wrong kind is what is needed.

Key Functions of Fat

We need some fat – it makes up part of our brains, it protects some of our joints and it provides reserves for when we’re sick – but it slips down so effortlessly, it’s easy to overindulge.

  • Fat provides needed energy.  It is difficult to eat the large amounts of food in a very low fat diet to get all the energy you need.
  • Fat is needed so your body can absorb the fat soluble vitamins A, S, E, K, and prevent deficiencies of these vitamins.
  • Provides back-up energy if blood sugar supplies run out (after 4-6 hours without food).
  • Provides insulation under the skin from the cold and the heat.
  • Protects organs and bones from shock and provides support for organs.
  • Fat surrounds and insulates nerve fibers to help transmit nerve impulses.
  • Fat is part of every cell membrane in the body.  It helps transport nutrients and metabolites across cell membranes.
  • Your body uses fat to make a variety of other building blocks needed for everything from hormones to immune function.  

What happens if we don’t have enough fat?

  • Dry, scaly skin
  • Hair loss
  • Low body weight
  • Cold intolerance
  • Bruising
  • Poor growth
  • Lower resistance to infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Loss of menstruation

Food Sources of Fat

High intakes of fat contribute to becoming overweight; being overweight increases the chance of developing a number of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

  Not only do we need to restrict the amount of fat, but we also need to consider what type of fat is restricted, as different types of fat have different effects on blood cholesterol levels and heart health.

Food contains a mixture of three types of fat; polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fats.  One type of fat usually dominates in a food for example, butter is mainly saturated fat and olive oil is mainly monounsaturated.  All fats contain approximately the same amount of kilojoules or energy and if eaten in large amounts will lead weight gain.  

  • Polyunsaturated Fats – lowers blood cholesterol and encourages heart health – Good food sources are; Vegetable oils such as safflower, soy bean, sunflower, corn, Wheat germ, wholegrain cereals and breads, Polyunsaturated margarines, Fish oils, naturally present in fish, Seeds and most nuts.
  • Omega-3 fats are a type of polyunsaturated fat found mainly in oily fish (eg salmon, mackerel, sardines, herrings), canola oil, flaxseed oil (linseed oil) and walnut oil. These fats help to reduce blood clotting, blood pressure and blood fat levels. 
  • Monounsaturated Fats – do not raise blood cholesterol and encourages heart health – Good food source are; Avocados, peanuts, peanut oil and peanut butter, Olive oil, olives and olive oil-based margarines, Canola oil and monounsaturated table spread, Almond and hazelnuts.
  • Saturated Fats – raise blood cholesterol and promote heart disease – These are the ones to reduce or avoid Major food sources are; Dairy fats such as butter, clarified butter, cultured butter, butter/margarine mix, Milk homogenised or full cream, Hard cheeses, cream cheese, sour cream, ice cream and cream, Meat fats such as lard, dripping, suet, beef tallow and chefade, White visible fat on beef, mutton, lamb, pork, poultry, Processed meat, e.g. luncheon, salami, most sausages, tinned corned beef, fatty mince pies and pates, Tropical oils such as coconut, coconut cream, palm oil and kremelta.
  • Trans Fats are the other type of fat that can raise your cholesterol level just like saturated fats – Trans fats can be formed when vegetable fats are processed in certain ways.  Some polyunsaturated fats are converted to trans fats when vegetable oils are chemically harden to make it spreadable such as margarine.  This process is called ‘hydrogenation’. These fats may be found listed in the food ingredients on packaged foods as vegetable fat, baking margarine and vegetable shortening.  Foods containing this fat include pastries, biscuits, crackers, muesli bars, commercial cakes and muffins.  

Daily Usage of Fats

We all need some fat in our diets. In fact, it’s virtually impossible to have a fat-free diet as most foods, even fruit and veg, provide small amounts of fat. As well as providing the body with a concentrated source of energy, certain components of fat are essential parts of our body cells and are needed to make hormones. Fat also helps to insulate our body and small amounts around the major organs have a protective effect. Several vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K) are also fat-soluble and tend to be found in foods with a high fat content. Very low fat intakes mean that intakes of these vitamins, in turn, are often extremely low, too.

The Department of Health recommends that no more than a third of calories come from this nutrient, while most weight loss plans rarely recommend less than 20% of calories come from fat.

Nutritional Safety

Some people do not do well if their diet is too high in fat, regardless of what type. They will develop a slow metabolism, constipation, lethargy, and skewed cholesterol levels if they eat too much fat. These people do best with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods.

Very few fats are bad in and of themselves. Trans fat is an oil that has been chemically manipulated to be more solid. It has been found to be particularly harmful to the arteries and is not recommended at any level in the diet. The lower the better on this one!

Usually it is the proportion of fat that is the problem. Recently it has been found that a diet with too much omega-6 fat and not enough omega-3 fat leads to inflammation and suppression of the immune system. So balancing these fats is very important.

Too much fat in your diet puts you at risk for Obesity,Coronary Artery Disease ,High Cholesterol, Myocardial   Infarction  and Hypertension.

My next article entitled “The Function of Vitamin A in our Life” will examine the role of Vitamin A in good nutrition.

See you on the Beaches of the World,

Symptoms Of Heart Attack – How Can You Know?

Symptoms of heart attack vary greatly.

The symptoms you experience may be different from the one experienced by a relative or a friend. For instance, you may have only minor chest pain while your relative or friend has violent pain……

A heart attack is, what can I say, a traumatic and frightening event. You probably don’t want to think about it. But, if you know the symptoms and know what to do, you can save a life – your friend’s; neighbor’s; colleague’s or even your own life.

You may think a heart attack is sudden and intense, like a usual heart attack scene portrayed in a movie or TV show – a person clutches his or her chest and then collapses……

It might be like that but you’d be surprised to know that most heart attacks begin slowly as a mild pain or discomfort in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. You feel an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in your chest.

However, you won’t be sure of the symptom; even those who have had a heart attack before may not recognize their symptoms, because the next attack can have entirely different symptoms.

What are the typical symptoms of a heart attack that you can “rely” on then?

1. Chest Discomfort or Pain

This chest discomfort or pain can feel like a tight ache, pressure, fullness or squeezing in the center of your chest lasting more than a few minutes. It may come and go.

2. Upper Body Pain

Pain or discomfort in your shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw.

You may have upper body pain but no pain in your chest.

3. Stomach pain

Pain may extend downward into your abdominal area and may feel like heartburn.

4. Shortness of Breath

You may pant for breath or struggle to take in deep breaths. This often happens before you get chest discomfort.

5. Anxiety

You may feel a sense of doom or feel as if you’re having a panic attack for no good reason.

6. Dizziness

You may feel dizzy or feel like you might pass out.

7. Sweating

You may suddenly break into a sweat with cold, clammy skin.

8. Nausea And Vomiting

You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.

My advice is this: even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, you should still have it checked out. Fast action can save your life or someone else life……

Bypassing Heart Disease

The best time to consider a bypass is before you have any symptoms of  heart   disease .

Though weighing only about ten ounces, a healthy heart is capable of pumping 1,000 gallons of life sustaining blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels by beating an incredible 100,000 times a day for as much as 100 years or more.

Understanding Your Heart

To get an idea of the intensity of your heart’s job, let’s do an experiment. Take a tennis ball and fold your fingers over it. Now squeeze the ball every second for an entire minute – sixty times. It’s an exhausting job, isn’t it?

That’s the work your heart has to do for your whole life – 60 to 70 times every minute, 4,000 times every hour, 24 hours a day, all day – every day.

Maybe you’ve been taking your heart for granted!

This highly efficient pump is the most amazing organ in your body. It’s also probably the most abused, although I’m sure nobody does it intentionally.

But the fact is,  heart   disease  is the number one killer in the U.S. and in over 50% of the cases, there are no prior indications – the first symptom of the disease is death.

Cardiovascular  Disease  and Your  Heart 

Many types of coronary diseases are known. Some are caused by an infection, some are congenital but most heart problems are caused by hardening of the arteries.

And if you add oxidized cholesterol to the blood, you get an even more serious condition. Both hardening of the arteries and oxidized cholesterol restrict the flow of blood to the body’s cells, causing major health concerns for your heart.

Different cardiovascular conditions can vary by degrees, but may have common signs and symptoms. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor LDL ratios, elevated triglyceride and homocysteine levels are the most common indicators of trouble ahead.

Common symptoms include angina (chest pain), shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, faster heartbeats, dizziness, nausea and sweating.

Here’s Good News for Your Heart

Changes in your lifestyle – diet, exercise, stress management – can prevent, control and even reverse many of these problems to help you have a healthy heart.

To bypass  heart   disease  and to have a healthy  heart , start by cleaning up your lifestyle. Stop smoking, cut out caffeine and sugar, manage your alcohol consumption, decrease stress, exercise regularly and drink lots of water – it’s good for your heart.

For next, it’s time to switch to a whole food plan. Eat low glycemic carbohydrates, more whole grains, colorful fruits, vegetables and other fiber rich, nutritious foods.

Also, it’s a good idea to lower your fat intake to around 25% of daily calories. Avoid all processed fats. Stick with extra virgin olive oil and very small amounts of butter instead.

But, even when you do the best you can, it’s next to impossible, to get everything you need from the foods you eat. This is where whole food supplements can help.

Important Supplements for Heart Health

Start with a basic, natural whole food multiple. To this add extra nutrients, such as natural vitamins B, C and E (excellent for cardiovascular health).

Certain B vitamins, for example, help manage the homocyteine cycle. But make sure your B vitamins are in a balanced B complex that includes the whole vitamin B family (isolating one B vitamin can prevent the efficient uptake of all the others).

Omega 3 fish oil that’s high in EPA and DHA has also been proven to have many benefits for heart health and should be part of everyone’s daily nutritional program.

Post-Cholecystectomy Syndrome (Symptoms After Gallbladder Surgery)

An estimated 20 million Americans have gallstones (cholelithiasis), and about 30 percent of these patients will ultimately develop symptoms of their gallstone disease. The most common symptoms specifically related to gallstone disease include upper abdominal pain (often, but not always, following a heavy or greasy meal), nausea, and vomiting. (The upper abdominal pain often radiates around towards the right side of the back or shoulder.)

Patients with complications of untreated cholelithiasis may experience other symptoms as well, in addition to an increased risk of severe illness, or even death. These complications of gallstone disease include:

– Severe inflammation or infection of the gallbladder (cholecystitis)

– Blockage of the main bile duct with gallstones (choledocholithiasis), which can cause jaundice or/and bile duct infection (cholangitis), as well as pancreatitis

More than 500,000 patients undergo removal of their gallstones and gallbladders every year in the United States, making cholecystectomy one of the most commonly performed major abdominal surgical operations. In 85 to 90 percent of cholecystectomies, the operation can be performed laparoscopically, using multiple small “band-aid” incisions instead of the traditional large (and more painful) upper abdominal incision.

For the vast majority of patients with cholelithiasis, cholecystectomy effectively relieves the symptoms of gallstones. In 10 to 15 percent of patients undergoing cholecystectomy, however, persistent or new abdominal or GI symptoms may arise after gallbladder surgery. Although there are many individual causes of chronic post-cholecystectomy abdominal or GI symptoms, the presence of such symptoms following gallbladder surgery are collectively referred to as “post-cholecystectomy” syndrome (PCS) by many experts.

I routinely receive inquiries from patients who have previously undergone cholecystectomy, and who report troubling abdominal or GI symptoms following their surgery. In many cases, these patients have already undergone rather extensive evaluations, but without any specific findings. Understandably, such patients are troubled and frustrated, both by their chronic symptoms and the ongoing uncertainty as to the cause (or causes) of these symptoms.

The most common symptoms attributed to PCS include chronic abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, excessive intestinal gas, and diarrhea. Fever and jaundice, which most commonly arise from complications of gallbladder surgery, are much less common, fortunately. While the precise cause, or causes, of PCS symptoms can eventually be identified in about 90 percent of patients following a thorough evaluation, even the most comprehensive work-up can fail to identify a specific ailment as the cause of symptoms in some patients. It is important to stress that there is no universal consensus on the topic of PCS among the experts, although most agree that there are multiple and diverse causes of chronic post-cholecystectomy symptoms. Thus, it can be very difficult to counsel the small minority of patients with chronic symptoms after surgery when a comprehensive work-up fails to identify specific causes for their suffering.

Because PCS is, in effect, a non-specific clinical diagnosis assigned to patients with chronic symptoms following cholecystectomy, it is critically important that an appropriate work-up be performed in all cases of chronic PCS, so that an accurate diagnosis can be identified, and appropriate treatment can be initiated. As the known causes of PCS are numerous, however, physicians caring for such patients need to tailor their evaluations of patients with PCS based upon clinical findings, as well as prudent laboratory, ultrasound, and radiographic screening exams. This logical clinical approach to the assessment of PCS symptoms will identify or eliminate the most common diagnoses associated with PCS in the majority of such patients, sparing them the need for further unnecessary and invasive testing.

In reviewing the etiologies of PCS that have been described so far, both patients and physicians can gain a better understanding of how complex this clinical problem is:

– Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

– Bile gastritis (inflammation of the stomach)

– Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)

– Hypersensitivity of the nervous system of the GI tract

– Abnormal flow of bile into the GI tract after removal of the gallbladder

– Excessive consumption of fatty and greasy foods

– Painful surgical scars or incisional (scar) hernias

– Adhesions (internal scars) following surgery

– Retained gallstones within the bile ducts or pancreatic duct

– Stricture (narrowing) of the bile ducts

– Bile leaks following surgery

– Injury to bile ducts during surgery

– Infection of the bile ducts (cholangitis), incisions, or abdomen

– Residual gallbladder or cystic duct remnant following surgery

– Fatty changes of the liver or other liver diseases

– Chronic pancreatitis or pancreatic insufficiency

– Abnormal function or anatomy of the main bile duct sphincter muscle (the “Sphincter of Oddi”)

– Peptic ulcer disease

– Diverticulitis

– Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis

– Stress

– Psychiatric illnesses

– Tumors of the liver, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, colon, or rectum

In reviewing the extensive list of potential causes of PCS, it is evident that some causes of PCS are directly attributable to cholecystectomy, while many other etiologies are due to unrelated conditions that arise either prior to surgery or after surgery.

While it is impossible to predict which patients will go on to develop PCS following cholecystectomy, there are some factors that are known to increase the risk of PCS following surgery. These factors include cholecystectomy performed for causes other than confirmed gallstone disease, cholecystectomy performed on an urgent or emergent basis, patients with a long history of gallstone symptoms prior to undergoing surgery, patients with a prior history of irritable bowel syndrome or other chronic intestinal disorders, and patients with a history of certain psychiatric illnesses.

In my own practice, the initial assessment of patients with PCS must, of course, begin with a thorough and accurate history and physical examination of the patient. If this initial assessment is concerning for one of the many known physical causes of PCS, then I will usually ask the patient undergo several preliminary screening tests, which typically include blood tests to assess liver and pancreas function, a complete blood count, and an abdominal ultrasound. Based upon the results of these initial screening tests, some patients may then be advised to undergo additional and more sophisticated tests, including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), upper or/and lower GI endoscopy (including, in some cases, ERCP, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), bile duct manometry, or CT or MRI scans, for example. (The decision to order any of these more invasive and more costly tests must, of course, be dictated by each individual patient’s clinical scenario.)

Fortunately, as I indicated at the beginning of this column, a thoughtful and logical approach to each individual patient’s presentation will lead to a specific diagnosis in more than 90 percent of all cases of PCS. Therefore, if you (or someone you know) are experiencing symptoms consistent with PCS, then referral to a physician with expertise in evaluating and treating the various causes of PCS is essential (such physicians can include family physicians, internists, GI specialists, and surgeons). Once a specific cause for your PCS symptoms is identified, then an appropriate treatment plan can be initiated.

Disclaimer: As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity.

All Natural Home Remedies For Faster Hair Growth

The truth about your hair – No matter your hair type, you will shed some hair on a daily basis. It is normal to lose a between 30 to 75 hair strands daily. However, it is also normal for your hair to grow. Hair should grow about 1/4 – 1/2 inches a month. If you begin to lose patches of hair or begin noticing that your hair is not growing at all, or at a snail’s pace, this is not normal.

How can your grow your hair and stop hair loss?

Hair loss and slow hair growth can be caused by a number of factors including genetics, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies such as B vitamins, which are essential for hair health; too much or too little protein, chronic stress, alcohol intake, substance abuse, lack of sleep; prescribed medications, damaging hair styling techniques, scalp infections, and chemically laden hair care products.

While there are many miracle hair loss and hair growth cures on the market, be careful. Many products have serious side effects that only exacerbate or facilitate health problems. Likewise, many of those same products provide minimal results that are present only during use of the product. Try to avoid these. Help for slow hair growth and hair loss is available that won’t cost you your health.

What Can You Do?

Here are few natural remedies and a great all natural product, which contains most of these natural nutrients that have proven to effectively stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth.

Fenugreek, Black Beans, Coconut, and Lemon Juice: These items pack a powerful punch against hair loss and balding. Fenugreek is even touted as a natural hair regrowth herb. Coconut is one of the few oils that actually contains protein easily absorbable into the hair strands, and thus, is one of the few oils that strengthen the hair follicle. Lemon Juice and Black beans are great for managing the porosity, health, and shine of the hair. They also reduce hair shedding and breaking, a common cause for hair loss when genetics is not the main contributor. How to use them all? Wash your hair with the paste of cooked black beans and fenugreek powder, three times a week. Combine the paste with 5 tablespoons of pure coconut milk and tablespoon of lemon juice. Massage well into the scalp. Allow to sit on hair for 3-5 minutes wash and rinse with natural shampoo.

Castor Oil and Amla: Most soaps and shampoos have chemicals, so use amla as a substitute. Avoid sulfates, parabens, unfamiliar compounds, and silicones. How do you know your shampoo contains these things? If any words in the ingredient listing end in glycol, “cone”, or “ben”—you’ve got them and they are not only bad for your hair, but also bad for your health. Stay away. Shampoo with amla and massage your scalp with castor oil. Both are wonderful for increased hair growth.

If you can’t afford to purchase all the ingredients necessary to make agreat hair growth tonic or don’t have the time to mix your own batch of coconut, castor, amla, lemon juice, and fenugreek, you can also purchase Beauty 4 Ashes Christian Health & Beauty’s Super Gro Shampoo. This shampoo is all natural and contains all of the hair growth stimulating nutrients mentioned above, but also have some additional perks. Be mindful that their products do contain essential oils and should not be applied to a scalp with infections of sores. Their products might appear to be a little pricey, but they are all natural and actually worth it.

The results of one research study showed that the natural nutrients in the shampoo and the essential oils of ylang ylang, rosemary, and tea tree combined, when applied on the areas of hair loss stimulated hair growth. This double blind, placebo-controlled study enrolled 84 people who massaged either these essential oils into their scalps in a carrier oil or used the shampoo each night for seven months. Results showed that 94% of people in the treatment group had new hair growth compared to only 15% in the control group, which used a synthetic based hair growth that contained only rosemary, amla, a DHT blocker, and ylang ylang. Several reviews also rank the Super Gro Shampoo pretty high. You can find it online at

Brain Tumor Symptoms

My father recently was diagnosed with a brain  tumor , and he exhibited some of normal Brain  Tumor  Symptoms. However he did not have all the typical symptoms of a brain  tumor , this is quite common for someone to only exhibit a selection of the normal brain  tumor  symptoms.

So what are the brain  tumor  symptoms you should look out for?

Brain  Tumor  Symptoms are very much related to where in the brain the  tumor  is located.

This is a short summary of what symptoms are related to which part of the brain.

Frontal lobe –  Tumors  in the Frontal lobe can cause the following: changes in personality or intellect, unco-ordination especially in walking, some weakness usually in one side of the body, some speech difficulties.

Parietal lobe –  Tumors  in the Parietal lobe can cause the following: difficulty in understanding words reading and writing, problems with movements especially co-ordination of movements, disorientation

numbers and calculations, weakness on one side of the body.

Occipital lobe –  Tumors  in the Occipital lobe can cause the following: vision impairment especially on one side.

Temporal lobe –  Tumors  in the Temporal lobe can cause the following: Fits, strange feelings like fear or familiarity like dé jà vu, unusual smells, blackouts, difficulties with speech, memory problems.

Cerebellum –  Tumors  in the Cerebellum can cause the following: Co-ordination affecting walking and speech, unsteadiness, involuntary movement of the eyes – flickering, vomiting and nausea, neck stiffness.

Brain stem –  Tumors  in the Brain Stem can cause the following: Unsteadiness usually un-coordinated walking, Facial weakness can be one-sided smile or eyelid that droops, vision issues usually double vision, speaking and swallowing difficulties.

As you can see the different  tumors  exhibit different symptoms.

You need to look out for any brain  tumor  symptoms and if there appears to be a problem get it check by a qualified medical person immediately.

Genital Warts Treatment in Men

Genital warts or the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease. HPV is not herpes or HIV. This disease is spread by sexual activity such as vaginal or anal sex and also by oral sex and genital-to-genital contact. HPV can be passed between straight and same-sex partners.

For men to know whether or not they have genital warts they need to be able to recognize warts. Unfortunately, to compact the problem of recognizing warts, sometimes warts can lay dormant for months to even years before symptoms begin to show.

Recognizing Warts

Unfortunately, HPV doesn’t always have symptoms. It is possible to be infected with the virus, pass it on to others, but never have any symptoms. On the other hand, when symptoms do present, the warts generally appear in the genital areas. Warts in men can appear around shaft of the penis, on the tip of the penis, on the scrotum, or around or inside the anus. Genital warts in men can also appear in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral sex with an infected person.


Treatment can involve medication and ablation treatments for warts which do not respond well with medication. Topical treatments include traditional prescriptive medications as well as homeopathic remedies.

One of the standards in treatment is topical creams which helps reduce the symptoms but doesn’t clearly make the warts vanish. It can also cause extreme burning and itching. Also, it can only be applied by a physician. Other creams can be applied at home, however these creams have the same side effects. Another side effect is that the topical cream can reduce the effectiveness of condoms.

There are many various ways to treat and remove warts. Traditional medication, homeopathic medications, and surgical removal are all ways to deal with this issue. Three popular surgical removal options are Cryotherapy, Laser treatment, and electrodesiccation. Cryotherapy freezes genital warts with liquid nitrogen. Laser surgery is a beam of light or a laser which will burn the wart completely destroying the HPV lesions. Electrodesiccation uses an electric current to destroy the warts.

Natural Remedies

Genital warts treatment can be safe and effective without any harmful side effects. The best natural remedy available is Wartrol. This medication will relieve any painful symptoms and will remove the warts. Wartrol is made with various herbs which have proven effective.

The drawback to using homeopathic remedies is that it is not instantaneous. The medication has to be taken for at least six months before complete success is noticed.


Genital warts are one of the most common forms of sexually transmitted diseases. Treatment for warts in men needs to begin when warts are first recognized. There are various ablation treatments available to remove genital warts. Surgical procedures should only be undergone when all other treatments have failed. Research all the possibilities for genital warts treatment and discuss with a physician the best treatment.

Vibrational Healing – How Water, Sea Salts, and Colloidal Silver Can Heal Most Anything, Part Seven

The following are a comprehensive listing of earth dimensional names of what we call here as ailments or disease conditions that have been successfully treated by solutions of Colloidal Silver (Note: There are sure to be many other names as well as this list, this is what I discovered in my research to be so):

Acne, AIDS, Allergies, Angina (Vincent’s), Anthrax, Appendicitis, Arthritis, Athlete’s Foot, Axillae and Blind Boils of the Neck, Bladder Irritation or Inflammation, Blepharitis, Blood Poisoning, Boils, Bromidrosis (in Axillae or Feet), Burns and Wounds, Cancer, Candida Albicans, Catarrh, Cholera, Colds, Colitis, Conjunctivitis, Cough (Whooping), Cystitis (Chronic), Dacrocystitis, Dermatitis (due to Extreme Toxemia), Diabetes, Diarrhea, Diphtheria, Dysentery (Bacillary), Ear Infections (Inner Ear), Eczema, Epididymitis, Erysipelas, Eustachian Tubes, Fatigue (Chronic), Fibrositis, Furunculous, Gastritis, Gonorrhea, Halitosis (Bad Breath), Hay fever, Hemorrhoids, Herpes or Shingles, Impetigo, Indigestion, Infantile Disease, Inflammation, Infections (Bacterial, Fungal, Parasitic or Viral), Influenza, Intestinal Disorders, Keratitis (Interstitial), Leprosy, Lesions, Leucorrhea, Leukemia, Lupus, Lymphangitis, Lyme Disease, Malaria, Menier’s Disease, Meningitis, Neurasthenia (Nervous Exhaustion), Opthalmia, Otitis Media, Parasites, ParaTyphoid Fever, Phlegmons, Pneumonia (Bacterial, Fungal & Viral),   Pleurisy , Polyps (Nasal), Prostate (Enlarged or Inflamed), Prostatic Gleet (Gonorrheal), Pruritis Ani, Psoriasis, Pyorrhea Alveolaris (Rigg’s Disease), Quinsy, Rheumatism (Inflammatory), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rhinitis, Ringworm, Scarlatina, Scarlet Fever, Seborrhea, Sepsis (Ears, Eyes, Mouth & Throat), Septicemia (Puerperal), Sinusitis, Skin Rashs including Diaper rash, Sores, Sprue, Staph infections, Strep Throat, Stomach Flu, Syphilis, Thyroid Disorders, Tonsillitis, Tonsillitis, Tooth Decay, Toxemia (Extreme Systemic), Trachoma, Tuberculosis, Typhoid Fever, Ulcers, Urticaria (Ulcerative, due to Extreme Toxemia), Valsava’s Inflammation, Vorticella, Warts, Yeast Infections.

I personally have experienced and also family members of mine have experienced Colloidal Silver’s success within utilizing it for conditions such as Cellulitus, Endometriosis, as well as some of the names listed within this listing and infinitely others.

Colloidal Silver can be added to plant water in order to prevent the formation of mold or fungi and various other harmful organisms. It can also be added to the soil or sprayed directly on fruits and vegetables, such as avocados and bananas, in order to prevent them from developing brown discoloration, molds, mildew or plant rot. Colloidal Silver is also effective for animals with this earth dimensional name of canine parvovirus and other veterinary uses. It can also be used to purify water by adding one ounce to a gallon of water, shake well, then wait six minutes, and shake again, then wait another six minutes… and drink.

If you begin to experience any cold or flu like symptoms, simply begin taking Colloidal Silver, initially tripling the dosage for three days, and then follow the normal regimen. Once you have used Colloidal Silver for a certain length of time, the physical body tends to become less susceptible to colds or influenza. If you develop any aches or sluggishness around 3 to 4 days after using Colloidal Silver, you are merely experience a cleansing reaction or healing crisis while the body is dislodging and expelling stored remnants through the various organs of elimination (including the pores of the skin). This condition is temporary, and its severity can be significantly reduced by ingesting additional quantities of purified water.

There are many topical uses for which Colloidal Silver may be utilized in addition to the list of earth named illnesses listed, including:

* Open cuts, sores, wounds, abrasions, razor nicks, scrapes, scratches, skin rashes, warts, poison oak and poison ivy.

* Apply directly to acne, pimples, moles, insect bites & stings, toothaches, itchy or irritated skin.

* Spray on minor burns in order to accelerate the healing process and reduce the possibility of scar tissue or infection.

* Spray in shoes and between the toes in order to prevent athlete’s foot. (My husband has done this and it works!)

* Apply as an underarm deodorant, as most underarm odor is caused by bodily remnant bacteria decomposing on those substances being released by the sweat glands.

* Spray any surfaces that may harbor Salmonella, E. coli, etc.

* Swab air ducts, heating vents, or air conditioner filters to prevent breeding sites for germs.

* Spray in garbage cans, on kitchen sponges, and inside refrigerators to prevent noxious odors.

* Apply to toilets, shower stalls, jacuzzis, or bath & shower mats.

* Add to final laundry rinse to prevent damp towels/diapers from mildew odor.

* Add to dishwater, cleaning, and mopping solutions.

* Sterilize water sources while traveling or camping.

* Add to flower vases, potted plants, pet water, or birdbaths.

When taken orally, solutions of Colloidal Silver is absorbed directly from the mouth into the bloodstream, and then is transported rapidly to the cells of the body. Holding or swishing the solution under the tongue for approximately thirty seconds before swallowing may result in quicker absorption, and the silver may take three to four days to accumulate in the bodily tissues in sufficient for benefits to occur. To reach the lower digestive tract, add one teaspoonful of Colloidal Silver to 16 ounces of distilled water, and drink this for 5 days. Colloidal Silver is eliminated by the kidneys, bowels, and lymphatic system after several weeks or sooner depending upon the amount of water one is ingesting.

It is also important to consume half of the total physical body weight in water each earth dimension day when using Colloidal Silver in order to purge the body of remnants. I just recently did this myself, as I had drank some water that was my former husband as he had an infection, thus the physical body had the sensations of what is known as the flu virus with these remnants within the water rather swiftly, as I am such a clear channel of water, that it happened immediately within a few hours. As soon as the physical body felt the sensation of this within the throat, I immediately ingested both the Colloidal Silver in addition with continuing with the water, and within twenty-four hours, the virus was flushed out of the physical body. Other than the slight ping within the one side of the throat, the physical body was free from experiencing the brunt of the virus, simply because I chose to use water and Colloidal Silver (one of the infinite forms of water in its energetically electrically charged state) continually to flush out the remnants.

In my research, I discovered that it has been suggested that one teaspoonful of a 5 ppm solution of Colloidal Silver is equivalent to about 25 micrograms (mcg.) of silver. Anywhere from one to four teaspoonsful per day is generally considered to be a “nutritional” dose, and is reported to be safe to use for extended periods of time. Concepts of amounts higher than this are “therapeutic” doses, and should be used ‘only’ periodically. Natural health practitioners have been noted to recommend one tablespoonful daily for four earth dimension days, and then one teaspoonful daily for maintenance (proportional to body weight for children). After six weeks, a pause of several weeks has also been suggested by some doctors. In cases involving an illness or sudden exposure to a harmful organism (such as anthrax spores), natural health practitioners have often recommended taking double (or even triple) the “nutritional” dose for anywhere from thirty to forty-five days, and then reducing it to a smaller maintenance dose. In acute conditions, amounts ingested have ranged anywhere from one to thirty-two ounces per day.

The dose that myself and my family use is the 500 ppm. There are the 5 ppm and other what are called as lower doses which are considered as effective and there are also dosages that are known as higher than the 500 ppm. However, the 500 ppm (ppm standing for part per million) is the baseline strongest in my estimation. The other dosages are effective but by far I have discovered that the 500 ppm is seems to resonate with us. It may be this earth dimensional phrase of “hard to come by” the 500 ppm in certain places. Here where we live there is one local health food store among the ones here that has this dosage, so if you are unable to discover this at your local health food store, Herbal Healer online also has Colloidal Silver in this dosage, which is where I purchase ours when our local health food store is free from having any in stock. There are also many other sites that I have discovered whom carry the Colloidal Silver in this dosage and higher.

One of the infinite ways of having Colloidal Silver for usage is to make it. By purchasing a Colloidal Silver Generator, you can make Colloidal Silver at any moment. The initial cost for the machine is what we would call here as monetarily expensive (about $150 to $200), but in my estimation well worth the earth dimensional monetary cost.

If it seems that the physical body that our soul, our spirit resides in seems to be in a physical state perception of extremely ill or toxic, cleanse the physical body at a pace that resonates with you. For if you choose a rapid cleansing and if pathogens are destroyed what is considered here on this earth dimensional concept of time as too quickly, then the physical body’s five eliminatory channels (the liver, kidneys, lungs, bowels, and skin) may become temporarily overloaded, resulting in what is known here on this earth dimension as a healing crisis condition (commonly referred to as feeling worse before feeling better syndrome) that may include symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, extreme fatigue, aching muscles, and other flu like conditions. If this occurs, then reduce the intake of Colloidal Silver while increasing the amount of distilled water. In addition, regular bowel movements will assist in reliving the physical bodily discomforts of the detoxification process.

Colloidal Silver is also completely safe for children, and many have used the solution either orally or topically in the eyes and ears of small infants free from any reactions. One is free from ever being able to overdose on Colloidal Silver, and even if one were to consume fifty times the recommended amount (I personally am free from recommending this however), it is free from being wasted, as it will accumulate in the bodily tissues to provide further benefits when it is needed.

Alpinestars MX – 1 Leather Jacket Review

During spring time the motorcycling community is buzzing about what to wear for the next summer. A lot of reviews get written for gear people have bought, but I noticed there’s a lack of reviews for the more high-end stuff. Well, I’ve rode the Alpinestars MX-1 leather jacket for two seasons now, and it still being the top jacket in their collection, I decided to write a review of my experiences. This jacket is basically the MX-1 suit cut in half. It’s their third best suit and with the lower half cut off, makes for their best jacket.

  • First and most importantly, protection. The jacket has an abundance of protection. There’s CE-approved paddings in the chest, back, shoulders and elbows, which is just about the most you can comfortably wear. Being made of 1.2-1.4 mm high quality leather, and with all the important seams double-stitched, it’s guaranteed to take a bit of a slide rather well. Luckily, I haven’t tested this in action myself, yet. All the protective paddings are removable, and the back and chest protections are upgradeable into hard ones. These are quite cheap, $30 for the back and $40 for the chest, and I recommend you upgrade atleast the back piece. Of course, it can be your own separate back protector as well, but I definitely think that you should keep your spine behind a hard cover.
  • Ventilation. This jacket is very well ventilated. The thermoplastic protections on the shoulders have big air intake scoops as well as exit vents. The back hump is perforated too, and it takes in a crazy amount of air. And while you can’t see much perforation on the front of the jacket, that’s because when you’re on a sportbike ducked down, the chest really wouldn’t even get that much air. There is perforation on the side of the hands as well as the stretch panel on them since they are a bit more exposed while riding. For the air to exit they have added small vents to where the shoulder blade area in the back. Overall, this jacket flows a lot of air, and will keep you cool. Downside of this is of course that it makes this jacket unusable in the colder months.
  • Features and quality. Being a leather jacket, it’s bound to be a bit stiff at first. It will break in for you, and be a lot more comfortable once you get using it. With all the protection in it, though, it is a heavy jacket. I personally don’t find this much of a problem, because it’s the price to pay for being protected. There’s some handy features in the jacket. The front outside pockets are some warming material, I’d guess maybe neoprene, and they’ll keep your hands warm. You can find a few pockets inside the jacket, too. On the 2008 model there’s neoprene on the cuffs and collar, making them really comfortable. I think this is the only change from the 2007 model. It’s been unchanged since. There’s a zipper for connecting the jacket with your Alpinestars pants of choice. I personally ride with leather pants. Makes a great trackday suit this way. The jacket also comes with a thermal vest liner which can make your riding season a bit longer when it gets colder. Overall, the jacket is very well finished, as expected from Alpinestars. Next summer will be my jackets third season and it’s still held up well.

To sum it up, the jacket is optimal for hot weather riding and combined with some leather pants, a great track day suit. It will not hold out rain for one bit, so if you have to ride in bad weather, you need to get another outfit. The cut of the jacket is optimized for aggressive sport bike riding and I don’t think it’d work too well in a more upright driving position. Retailing at about $600, it is expensive, but I think it’s an excellent jacket even for the price.

Dangers of Smoking

It’s very difficult for some people to understand, but the health effects of smoking touch more than just your lungs alone. While many still connect lung cancer with smoking, they are often uneducated about just how completely dangerous smoking effects can be.

Sure, we all know about lung cancer and   bronchitis . But did you know that cigarette smoking is the number one contributor to heart attacks as well? Did you also know that many types of cancers are also thought to be caused by the harmful effects of cigarette smoking, including liver cancer, bladder cancer, cancer of the larynx, cancer of the throat, cancer of the mouth and tongue, esophageal cancer, cancer of the large intestine, and even cancer of the bloodstream?

It was also found that the tobacco industry marketed their product to youth groups; that even though the industry claims it does not want children to smoke, the companies were caught tracking youth behavior and preferences, thereby ensuring that “marketing and promotion reaches youth,” even hiding from them the serious dangers of smoking while their young bodies were still developing.

Lung cancer is not the only smoking effect that hits the respiratory system. Most smokers are more prone to  bronchitis , a constant shortness of breath and persistent cough with sputum, and are more likely to get colds, flu, pneumonia, and asthma. Smoking also complicates tuberculosis and virtually any other respiratory condition one can get.

The effects of cigarette smoking also reach out to those around you as well. Those who are exposed to second-hand smoke inhale about 15% the amount of nicotine as those who are active smokers, so for every ten cigarettes you have around your children, they may as well have smoked one a half cigarettes themselves.

Under the ruling, the tobacco companies were also ordered to stop using such descriptions as “low tar,” “light,” “ultra light,” “mild,” or “natural,” or any other descriptions that might seem as if these cigarettes posed less of a health hazard or in any way were an attempt to downplay the dangers of smoking them.

As for the rest of the body, the effects of smoking are many, including blood diseases, decreased circulation to the feet and toes, and difficulty recovering from wounds. Really, when you think about it, there is not one place on the human body that does not suffer, and suffer greatly, from smoking’s effects. Really, is there any reason why it’s not time to quit?

Claims For Compensation For Whiplash Injury

Accident Claims for whiplash injury has been in the spotlight over the last 12 to 24 months due to the rapid increase in the number of claims.

The public’s attention has once again been captured by the press as a result of headline accusations from the car insurance industry that lawyers and the number and value of personal injury claims for road traffic accidents are the main drivers for the dramatic increase in car insurance premiums in the last 24 months.

In this article I want to focus on the main issues involved in bringing a claim for whiplash injury as I’ve already previously addressed in a separate article the issue of whether there is any merit in the insurance industry’s latest attack on solicitors and personal injury claims generally in respect of the rise in car insurance premiums.

What Exactly Is Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash is not a medical term but it has been adopted because it best describes the mechanism of the injury. The injury is caused by a combination by hyperextension followed by hyperflexion i.e the head – which is heavy in itself – being thrown backward and then snapped sharply forward.

This type of injury therefore refers to injury to the cervical vertebrae (the neck) which may be either soft tissue injury such as a muscle, or more serious injury such as bony damage to the structure of the vertebrae (dislocation and or fracture) itself. An injury of this type can have varying symptoms which are discussed below, from mild stiffness to more serious nerve damage that causes problems to the area of the body that the damaged nerve serves.

How Is Whiplash Injury Caused?

The neck region, referred to as the cervical vertebrae, is made up of seven vertebrae with 32 different joints that’s supported by muscles, ligaments and tendons. It is therefore a complex structure that makes it very versatile but also very vulnerable to injury.

With such a complex joint and soft tissue (muscles, ligaments & tendons) structure, no 2 injuries are the same.

Whiplash injuries are extremely common in road traffic accidents where the head is thrown rapidly in one direction and then jolted into the opposition direction. The most frequent cause of claims for whiplash in car accidents is due to rear-end shunts, often while in a stationary position such as whilst waiting at traffic lights or at a round about.

Symptoms of Whiplash Injury

There’s a wide spectrum of symptoms for whiplash, from mild soft tissue injury that causes stiffness and muscular pain in the neck region, to headaches, dizziness and blurred vision.

More serious injuries can result in fractures and dislocation of the vertebrae itself which may result in permanent damage and can in some instances cause paralysis and nerve damage affecting different parts of the body depending on which vertebrae has been damaged.

It is also common for victims of whiplash to feel fine immediately after the accident but often display symptom after 24 to 48 hours after the accident.

What Is The Treatment For Whiplash?

Assuming that the injury is very moderate involving soft tissue injury, recovery often simply requires time and gentle exercise in the form of slow controlled rotational exercises and anti inflammatory medicine to reduce the initial swelling.

Treatment by a physiotherapist will help to speed up the recovery process for more severe soft tissue injury cases.

The duration of time for full recovery various significantly with each case from as little as 5 or 6 days to several years for more severe problematic cases. However, as I’ve already mentioned, for the unfortunate few, there can also be permanent damage with no prospect of recovery.

What Is the Compensation Value for Whiplash?

As with symptoms of whiplash, the value of whiplash claims vary enormously from case to case depending on the severity of the symptoms. However, for convenience the values of typical claims have been grouped into the following categories to give you some idea of the compensation value:

1. Minor Whiplash Injury

Pain lasting from 1 week up to 12 months – 800 to 3000.

Pain lasting for up to 2 years – 3000 – 5000.

2. Moderate Whiplash Injury

Pain lasting for a few years with threat of pain returning – 5000 to 8,500.

Permanent or reoccurring pain and stiffness – 8500 to 16,000.

3. Severe Whiplash Injury

Neck pain is severe with permanent damage to the cervical vertebrae – up 95,000.

The above figures are for guidance only and claims can be achieved outside of the ranges provided. For example, someone who is paralyzed will achieve an award of compensation well in excess of the severe guide provided above.

In addition, bear in mind that the above figures only related to compensation for “pain, suffering and loss of amenity”. It does not take into account loss of ability to earn an income or loss of earning claim which often make up the most significant head of claim in personal injury compensation.

Why Have Whiplash Injuries Received Such Bad Press?

The difficulty is that medical experts can not objectively determine in minor whiplash cases whether a Claimant has genuinely suffered injury since there are no physical manifestations of injury that can be verified by the naked eye since the injury is soft tissue damage below the surface of the skin.

As a result, a few unscrupulous individuals seek to take advantage of this and submit claims knowing that it is difficult for medical experts to say one way or the other whether you are telling the true about the symptoms complained about. That unfortunately, has resulted in whiplash claims getting a very bad reputation as it’s an easy target for fraud.

In closing I would just like to add some clarification on an issue that causes Claimants a lot of confusion. Insurance companies have a habit of mis-guiding its policy holders on their freedom to choose who to instruct as their solicitor. To set the record straight you are not obliged by law to go with your insurer’s choice of solicitors i.e one of their panel lawyers. You would be well advised therefore to seek specialist personal injury help and assistance from a lawyer that specialising in the area of law that is particular to your complaint.

AEG LAVAMAT 74850M and Bosch Axxis WFL 2060

AEG LAVAMAT 74850M washer

AEG has a reputation of designing sharp looking washing machines for her customers. One of the models by AEG is the LAVAMAT 74850M washer.

Built using stainless steel materials, LAVAMAT 74850M washer comes equipped with a top speed of 1,400 rpm (revolution per minute). In terms of its washing performance, most reviewers has given it a A grading. It’s spinning performance is slightly less impressive, coming in a a B grading. This AEG Washing machines has a loading capacity of 6kg, which is an average choice for most family households. It has a well-designed range of washing programs features such as a stain action cycle, which was meant to improve any in-wash stain required.

Another thing that has caught most consumers attention its it’s 64840’s fuzzy logic circuit programme. This washing machine will auto detect any out-balancing of laundry and re-jig it when necessary. This helps to avoid any heavy wear and tear of the laundry which can occur due to drum bearings   dislocation . In addition, LAVAMAT 74850 has an ability to monitor the detergent optimum level and dispense accordingly to the washing load. It can fine tune its water level and adds more rinse if required.

Bosch Axxis WFL 2060 Front Load Washer

There are already several reviews of this popular Bosch front loading washing machines. Carefully designed, this washing machine model has a weight capacity of 13lb. With five options of wash presets like permanent press, delicate, hand washing, soaking and cotton, it provides care for your laundry that requires either hand wash, normal tumbling action to intensive power wash. Washing cycle can takes up to an hour but being a front loading machine, it is more water efficient compared to a top loader. Because of its 220V motor, Bosch Axxis produces high pitch spinning noise each time it is being operated.

The choice between AEG LAVAMAT 74850M washer and Bosch Axxis WFL 2060 can be a tough one. If you plan to put your washing machine in the basement, then Bosch Axxis should be an acceptable choice for your as noise would be less of an issue. The AEG is slightly bigger at a 7kg though and it would be a more wiser choice is you find the Bosch 6kg load limiting.

What Does it Mean to Be Fit?

The early part of the year is the time for the new resolutions we have about many things, including our personal appearance and fitness. Summer will soon be here and we want to look our best. Perhaps we have already signed up for the gym and rather predictably not attended anywhere near as much as initially intended. We want to be fit but are not clear at all what that means or the significance of the typical fitness measures used to track progress. Our lack of knowledge impairs our ability to plan our training and reduces the chances of success. While physiotherapists understand more about these concepts than most people they are still not that knowledgeable in detail.

A major health focus in the community is the management and prevention of coronary heart disease, a very common health condition and responsible for a large annual death toll. We can all work at our risk factors and bring the various parameters closer towards safe limits. Fitness is not one thing but composed of various abilities, parts of each of which may need to be developed to reach an acceptable result. Allowing one of the components to be ignored can limit the potential fitness we might achieve.

In aerobic fitness the body can keep up a level of performance for a significant period of time without tiring, perhaps to cycle continuously for an hour. The training effect level must be achieved for 15 to 20 minutes or improvements in capacity will not be reached.

For our muscles to be fit we need to develop enough strength, power and endurance in them to perform the required movements for the required time.

Flexibility is the ability of our bodies to be extensible, for the balance of looseness and tightness in bodily structures to be optimal for functional activity.

Dynamic and functional activities demand considerable balance, maintaining the control over our postural stability as we perform complex motions under load.

To use all the strength, balance and endurance we need to work on coordination which is the practice of the skills needed to master the movements necessary.

Typical values for the measurements which are used to indicate fitness and health are a resting blood pressure of less than 140/90 (140 over 90). The higher figure, 140, is the systolic blood pressure, the pressure occurring in the main artery when the heart is in systole (sist-oley) which is the main pumping action. The lower figure, 90, is the diastolic blood pressure, the pressure in the main artery when the heart is in diastole (di-ast-oley), the resting phase when it is refilling before the next pumping action. If the diastolic, lower number is elevated it indicates that the arterial system is stiffer than it should be and so the pressure within it is higher.

The likelihood of heart disease, the risks of stroke, problems with peripheral blood supply, abnormalities of kidney function and heart disease are all potential consequences of hypertension or high blood pressure. The risks of getting atherosclerosis or cardiac disease are increased by elevated cholesterol levels and the recommended level is less than 5 millimoles per litre. Bodyweight is another indicator of health and the BMI or Body Mass Index is a measurement of the appropriate bodyweight for our height. The typical poster gives coloured areas of the chart, relating weight to height and giving a figure which indicates the weight categories of healthy, underweight, obese or overweight.

Healthy BMI values are stated as between twenty and twenty-four point nine, so by examining the chart we can predict our ideal weight ranges for our height and so realistically assess what we need to do. The BMI may have some limitations as it can give what seems like unrealistically low healthy ranges in some people, perhaps related to their particular structure such as having a high muscular bulk or large bodily frame. However, it does give a general indicator of the suggested healthy weight. Body fat content, another health indicator, is recommended to be between twenty one and twenty seven percent.

D3 Vitamin Deficiency

Vitamin D3 is one of the most important fat-soluble vitamins. Fat-soluble vitamins are stored in the liver and fatty tissues, and are eliminated much more slowly than water-soluble vitamins which need to be replaced often. Deficiency of vitamin D3 can cause many problems from mild to severe to life threatening in the form of cancers.

Not only is D referred to as a vitamin it is also a precursor to a powerful steroid hormone called calcitriol and works with other vitamins and hormones to help build strong bones and teeth along with other important bodily functions such as hormone balance and a healthy immune system. Studies are showing D3 is important for normal cell growth and differentiation through the body actually becoming a part of the physical composition of cells, regulating and assisting in the buildup and breakdown of healthy tissue. In essence in regulates the body’s process that keeps us healthy.

Symptoms of D3 deficiency include colds and flu, dental problems, high blood pressure, back pain, depression, multiple sclerosis, type 2 diabetes, parathyroid problems, immune system problems, heart disease and stroke, osteoporosis, insulin resistance, weight loss, rickets (soft bones in children), osteomalacia (softening of bones in adults), muscle pain, weak bones and bone fractures, bone pain, fatigue and low energy, mood swings, obesity, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), lung cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, asthma, breast cancer, and sleep irregularities. Even fibromyalgia could be related to deficiency.

Looks like a bunch of symptoms. One way to be sure of where you stand is to get a vitamin D test. This will show your levels, but be careful most of the ranges in the U.S. for normal are not up to date with the new studies that have shown current minimum levels are just not enough, especially if you are deficient already. Those who cannot adequately absorb or convert vitamin D3 because of intestinal concerns like Crohn’s disease and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and renal problems may become deficient.

Unfortunately, most medical school training does not include being taught about deficiencies and when to test for them. Even less is understood about how to correct the problem. What is known is that more patients are becoming deficient. Diagnosis is easy and treatment with high quality supplements is safe and can bring wonderful results. Even spending 30 to 40 minutes a day in the sun without sunscreen will help.

Just remember, it is your body and you know you better than anyone. If you have any of these symptoms or have been diagnosed with some of the problems listed, have your doctor check your vitamin D levels. Try the highest quality supplement available; a supplement that has proof it works. If you are already deficient, you may need to take a higher dose right off the bat to get your levels up and yourself feeling better. Then you can maintain with a steady dose.