Shoulder Joint Dislocation – Part 2

The conservative treatment of dislocations of the shoulder is a controversial matter in orthopedics, with management in a sling for anything from one to six weeks. An immobilizing strap may be applied around the waist but this is not universal. The arm is kept in to the side with the forearm across the abdomen (exclusively internal rotation and adduction) to prevent stresses to the injured areas, avoiding arm away from the body and moving it outwards (exclusively external rotation and abduction).

Recent scientific studies have given new ideas on why these injuries should be immobilized in particular ways. One study done via MRI scanning showed that the socket and the fibro-cartilage rim, which is often damaged, were kept in most intimate contact with the arm by the side and the shoulder externally rotated at thirty-five degrees. A second study performed with dead bodies showed a reasonable range of movement where the two important structures are closely applied if the arm is in slight adduction. Bringing the arm forwards (flexion) or out sideways (abduction) tend to disrupt the joint rim.

How long a person should be in a sling is not clear and wearing a sling for three to four weeks is common in younger people with perhaps a bit shorter for older patients. One study indicated that the opportunities of the shoulder dislocating again was reduced by having a long period of immobilization. However, another long study following patients over 10 years did not find any effect on the recurrence rate by the period they were immobilized. At the three or four week point the patient is typically reviewed by a physiotherapist and rehabilitation started.

Rehabilitation starts with pendular exercises which allow range of motion of the shoulder joint without high levels of stress through the area. The patient bends at the waist and permits the arm to hang vertically, making movement easy. Physiotherapists will teach scapular movements to maintain a range of this area and progress the patient towards active assisted exercises next. Muscle function and range of movement can be facilitated by using the unaffected arm to participate, thereby allowing increased but controlled forces to be applied.

External rotation will initially be limited due to the re-dislocation risk and gradually allowed to increase as the weeks go on, but it is never pushed rigidly and there may be an advantage to the patient if they lose some range of this movement. This may protect them from easily going into the risky and vulnerable dislocating position again. At six weeks much of the soft tissue healing will be well advanced and patients can start doing full active range of movement and strengthening exercises for the shoulder and shoulder girdle.

Stronger rehabilitation can be pursued if the patient needs high performance from their shoulder but four months should typically elapse before overhead sports practice will be wise. Older patients or those with greater tuberosity fractures (a bit of the upper arm bone where tendons attach) have a somewhat better prognosis. Modification of a patient's typical activities may be required by limiting arduous work, controlling overhead activities and deciding not to indulge in sporting activities which carry increased risks.

Thirty percent is the overall re-dislocation rate for those of us who are not athletic, and this rises very steeply to 82 percent in sports people and athletes. How old the patient is has a strong influence on how likely they are to dislocate again, with under ten years having a 100 percent likelihood of re-dislocation. Older people in their forties have a much reduced chance between naught and twenty four percent. Repetitive re-dislocation may mean that a patient requires surgical intervention to prevent further episodes of joint problems.

When a problem shoulder should be surgically managed is not generally agreed but surgery early after the dislocation may be helpful. Scientific studies vary but in one there was only a four percent re-dislocation after arthroscopic shoulder stabilization compared to a 94 percent re-dislocation rate in those managed non-operatively. Conservative treatment may have higher recurrence rates than those managed surgically. Open surgery used to provide better stability results but newer techniques with the arthroscope have meant that this technique is now as good.

The Facts on Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is defined as a group of permanent disorders of development, movement and posture. What this means is that an affected person may have difficulty with these things, despite the degree may vary from individual to individual. For example, some people with Cerebral Palsy do not have a lot of brain damage while others do. Some can not sit or stand alone while others can, albeit with difficulty and some can get around with a cane or walker while others have to use a wheelchair.

This condition can occur either through abnormal development during a pregnancy where the parts of the brain that are responsible for movement and balance just do not develop properly, or it can occur during childbirth for a variety of reasons, for example the baby's oxygen could be compromised as he or she is being born. It can also occur shortly after birth for a variety of reasons. In three quarters of cases, however, the condition happens sometime during a pregnancy, leaving only a quarter of cases to occur during birth or shortly after.

People with Cerebral Palsy may have a smaller head than average, a smaller jawbone than others and also may have a spiral curvature that makes it difficult to stand and walk. Some may drool and speech and language problems are also common, possibly thanks to the smaller jawbone and / or cognitive problems associated with the condition. Intellectual disabilities are also common, as are deafness and blindness, depending on the severity of the case.

Other symptoms of the disorder are poor coordination, stiff and / or weak muscles and tremors. Some patients may also have swallowing problems and some babies with the disorder may not be able to suck properly which leads to a lot of trouble when it comes to feeding.

There are different surgeries that someone with Cerebral Palsy may go through in order to make their lives better, but there is no cure. The surgeries would have been used to help the affected muscles work better and to cut nerves to the affected areas in order for them to be better used by the individual.

Physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and massage therapy are all things that are used to try to manipulate the muscles and limbs to function at a better rate than those without therapy. Keeping the muscles and joints moving will lower the rate of muscle atrophy and help keep the patient more comfortable.

Sleeping Paralysis

Sleeping paralysis can be defined as terrors in the night. It is a state in which a person wakes up and finds himself, not capable of moving or speaking. Sleeping paralysis is also connected to other sleep phenomenon as dreams, nightmare and night terror. It can also be known as isolated sleep paralysis, familial sleep paralysis, hymnologic paralysis and postorbital paralysis. It is a condition where people are paralleled at the sunset of sleep.

In sleeping paralysis a person has uncontrollable naps. The people under it mostly feel afraid as they are not aware of what is happening around them. Some may experience the suffocation while other feet as if something is sitting on their chest. Some people can also feel the presence of someone in the room even when they are alone. People may also feel as if they are being choked or bitten up by someone.

Prevention is always better than cure. Have enough sleeping hours of about 8 to 10 hours per day can help in overcoming this condition. Regular exercise can also help you to overcome with the fear of sleeping paralysis. The most commonly reported cause of sleeping paralysis is the stress in our lives. Make yourself calm and relaxed. You should not indulge in such activities which causes sleeping disturbance in you. Try to control your anxiety.

Sleeping paralysis is followed by panic and inability to speak out. Various other forms of hallucination include tremors, loud noises, visuals, feeling of our selves being twisted and a sudden pain in the body parts. An intense sense of dread and terror is commonly reported. It can be at any stage but mostly found in adolescent occasion. You can cope up with this sleeping disorder by following few steps like have a healthy diet schedule, try to sleep by your side, avoid coffee or medication which affect your heart rate. Always find time to relax your mind.

F150 Performance Parts and Accessories Raptor Review

The new 2010 F-150 Raptor, born in Baja and designed by the Ford Truck Special Vehicle Team (SVT) is built from the ground up. Another truck from Ford that's "Built Ford Tough" and really stands up to it's name, the Raptor is ready to tackle the untamed terrain of off road running.

On November 25, 2008 the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor R race truck survived the grueling 41'st Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, finishing the race in 25:28:10, which is rendered in a third-in-class finish.

As any off roader will tell you the key to an off road vehicle is it's chassis, it's suspension and it's shocks. With the Raptor's flamboyant, seven-foot-wide body work plastered with digital mud, an industry first, long travel suspension, it's one truck that's sure to draw a lot of attention on or off the road.

A track widened seven inches over a normal F-150, with re-inferred underpinnings suspended by unique front coil springs and rear leaf springs, are what gives the raptor it's impressive front / rear suspension articulation of 11.2 and 12.1 inches respectively. The SVT stampings on the aluminum control arms are another cool feature. But the real magic lies in the massive, three stage internal by-pass shocks from Fox Racing. On the highway, the Raptor feels much like the softer-sprung, four wheeled drive F-150 on which it's based, with the shocks keeping the body from floating about during transitions.

At each corner are beefed up disc brakes (13.8 in front, 13.7 in the rear) surrounded by 17-inch alloy wheels and SVT specific 35-inch BF Goodrich all-terrain tires. Differentials with 4.10: 1 gears turn the hefty rolling stock, and the rear axel sports an electronic locker that can spool both wheels together for maximum traction. The two stage electronic stability control system also has a special off-road-mode that raises the threshold for yaw and anti lock brake intervention, sharpens the throttle response, re-maps the six speed automatic to hold gears longer, and allows the locking differential to stay activated up to the vehicles top speed. A hill decent control system helps to limit speed while crawling down steep hills.

The Raptors most surprising feature is that it performances much like a regular F-150 on the highway. Braking performance is respectable and the extra cushion in the suspension makes for a compliant ride with less of the rear axel hop common with unloaded pick-ups.

The most standard F-150 cab has nicely bolstered sport seats and a contoured steering wheel to keep you supported and comfortable while driving. Other Touches include white faced SVT gauges and console mounted controls for the off road electronics and auxiliary power switches. There are other cool details too, including skid plates, heat extractors on the hood and fenders, hydroformed bumpers and LED marker lights in the grille and on the flared wheel arches. Available colors will be limited to orange, black, blue or white.

If you are really into power and speed you may want to wait until early next year when a new Boss 6.2 liter V-8 will be available, packing around 400 horsepower.

Ford says it's Dearborn truck plant will be able to turn out up to 5000 or so Raptors annually and that there will be plenty of performance accessories available in the near future.

SPECIFICATIONS

Vehicle type: Front engine, 4-wheel drive, 5 passenger 2 + 2-door truck

Engine type: SOHC 24-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection

Displacement: 330 cu in, 5400 cc

Power (SAE net): 310 bph @ 5000 rpm

Torque (SAE net): 365 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

Transmission: 6 speed automatic

Children and Chiropractic

Chiropractors have been caring for children's spines for more than 100 years. Many common childhood ailments may respond to this safe, natural form of health care. More and more parents – especially those who are already chiropractic patients themselves – are seeking chiropractic care for their children.

A child has many physical stresses to deal with during their growing years and problems in children's spines can occur at almost any point in their development and growth. The cause of many newborn health complaints such as colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, torticollis (wry neck), sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, and chronic infections may often be traced to irritation to the nervous system caused by spinal and cranial misalignments / subluxations.

What does treatment involve?

The first thing a chiropractor will do is to conduct a thorough history of your child's health and any complaints, which is followed by a complete physical examination of the child's spinal. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate pediatric spines, using gentle, specific skills to find and treat any problems in the spinal areas.

Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light fingertip pressure to correct spinal misalignments / subluxations. This amount of force is usually sufficient to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become concentrated and are causing interference to the normal function of the nervous system.

A child's spine will generally respond much faster than an adult to chiropractic care and will often require only a few adjustments to restore normal function. The actual number of adjustments, however, will vary depending on many factors such as the length of time the problem has been present.

How can I tell if my child has spinal problems?

Unless a child has an obvious problem it can be difficult for a parent to recognize when a child's spine is not working correctly. There are some signs, however, which can indicate external problems.

These include:
• Disturbed sleeping patterns
• Breastfeeding difficulties in the very young
• Restricted head or neck movement to one side
• One shoulder higher than the other

Common childhood disorders may also be linked with misalignments / subluxations, these include:

• Recurrent ear infections
Persistent sore throats and colds
• Colic / reflux
• Asthma
• Scoliosis
• Headaches
• Bedwetting and / or constipation
• Growing pains

Regular chiropractic check-ups can identify potential spinal dysfunction resulting from a specific trauma or daily activities of living and helping to avoid many of the back and health complaints seen later as adults. It is important to remember that during the first 2 years of life, your child will have, on average, 1500 falls! Most parents' reaction is to dust off their child and send them on their way. Regular chiropractic care can ensure these traumas do not turn into future problems.

Children are born with their spine in the shape of a "C" or just one big curve. If nothing else, it is important to have your child checked at 5 important points in their development.

1. After the birth. Just getting born is one of the most traumatic experiences your bodies will ever go through. Many many times, the child's head and neck are twisted and manhandled in an effort to help them come into this world. Please do not think your child is not affected by this if you had a C-section. C-sections can have many unwanted side effects for the child and the mother.

2. When he / she can hold their head up while on their belly. This is when the forward curve in the cervical spine (neck) begins to develop.

3. When he / she begins to crawl. This is when the child's integration between the right and left side of their brains is developing.

4. When he / she begins to sit up. This is when the forward curve in the lumbar spine (low back) begins to develop.

5. When he / she begins to stand and walk. An important time for continued neural integration and, did we mention the falls?

What to Do When Neck Pain Strikes

It happens to everyone; the experience of waking up with neck pain is remarkably debilitating. Medicically known as adult torticollis, this condition occurs more frequently than you think and is significantly annoying. You go to bed feeling fine, and you wake up unable to turn your head without pain. There are some common things that cause this condition, and some simple things you can do to ease your suffering.

How does Neck Pain Happen?
Overnight you have little control over the circumstances in which you sleep. You may unintentionally place your head in an abnormal position. The temperature may drop and cause neck muscles to spasm. Unusual activities the day before may have put a strain on your neck. Now, when you relax, the muscles seize up. Regardless of the exact source, you wake up with muscles that have tightened to the point of immobility.

When the muscles lock up, they cause the facet joints, small joints that lie along the outside of the vertebrae to jam against one another. The small muscles that control movement along these joints get tighter and the cycle repeats itself. It becomes a vicious circle until you get the neck muscles to relax.

Treatment Options for Pains in the Neck
If you catch the problem right at the beginning, you will have a better chance of a quick solution. Ice and anti-inflammatory medications will help combat the pain and inflammation. For truly severe cases, you may need an injection to help release the muscular contracture, but usually this is unnecessary. Most cases will resolve them within a few days.

If the spasm remains active for more than a week, you may want to consider physical therapy, massage, and chiropractics.

Physical Therapy for a Neck Injury
A physical therapist is trained in maintaining proper range of motion and function in your muscles and joints. With a variety of passive and isometric exercises, a PT can help your neck muscles "reset" and resume full motion. Even after this is achieved, it can take a while for the injured muscles to be fully healed. So keep up with your therapy if you opt for this course of action.

Massage Therapy to Work out Kinks in the Neck
A massage therapist is taught how to help muscles relax. One that specializes in Neuromuscular therapy also knows how to release spasms that occur deep within the muscles. With the spasm resolved, other treatments will progress more quickly. If torticollis is a chronic problem, a massage therapist can help you maintain a more relaxed muscular state, reducing your rate of incidence.

Chiropractics
Chiropractors work predominately with the joints. When a person is experiencing torticollis, the neck is most unwilling to allow manipulation of the facet joints. A good chiropractor will spend a lot of time doing many of the same soft tissue manipulations that physical therapists and massage therapists do before attempting an adjustment.

A normal course of chiropractic treatment for torticollis involves 3-4 sessions. Overtime, the joints and muscles will return to place and relax.

Barring an unofficial trigger, almost all cases of torticollis are resolved successfully in a matter of a couple of weeks, at the most. While very painful and generally annoying, torticollis or neck pain is not a serious situation.

Why Acupuncture Is Right for You

Living with chronic pain or illness can negatively affect your life in many ways and prevent you from enjoying the quality of life you deserve. Some people find their condition changes the way they live in many ways. They may find their mood is affected, their sleeping patterns are disturbed, they become more dependent on others and they put off enjoying hobbies they once looked forward to. In short, their pain or illness becomes a large part of who they are.

Some of the treatments on the market can make the condition worse and add more problems. If you're dealing with a condition which hinders your ability to enjoy life the way you once did, you should consider acupuncture. Unlike medication which masks pain and can lead to dependency and other side effects, acupuncture works by stimulating your body's own inner healer.

How does Acupuncture Work?

Medical conditions are caused when there is stagnant or interrupted energy in the flow within your body. When acupuncture is performed it both stimulates and harmonizes the flow. This is what causes your body's inner healer to kick in and begin healing your illness or injury. Acupuncture also releases endorphins, which are your body's natural pain killers. This will help you soon begin feeling better.

What is the Procedure Like?

Most people feel very little discomfort and find the sensation is much less than receiving an injection. The needles used in the treatment are much different than the needles in a syringe. They are solid, fine and flexible. The needles are sharpened more like a pencil tip and this allows them to fit between muscle fibers. This translates into much less discomfort for you. Some people describe the needle going in as a little pinch and others do not feel it.

When you go in for an acupuncture session, you'll be made to feel as comfortable as possible on a cushioned table or chair. The acupuncture needles will be inserted into specific areas in order to trigger the healing process. They will remain in for a certain period of time depending on the acupuncture treatment you require. Many people find it helps to listen to relaxing music during the treatment.

What are some of the conditions Commonly Treated with Acupuncture?

Some of the most common conditions many turn to acupuncture to help with include, but are not limited to:

Arthritis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Back, neck, shoulder and knee pain

Sciatica

Eye, ear, throat and nose conditions

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Circulatory Disorders

Immune Disorders

Respiratory Conditions

Gynecological Issues

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

Addiction

If you're dealing with chronic pain, illness or another physical or emotional problem then you should give some serious thought to acupuncture. You may find it the treatment you've been hoping for.

Type 2 Diabetes – Can Yoga Help Control Blood Sugar Levels?

A lot has been said about yoga and its potential to cure almost anything. But is this the case where Type 2 diabetes is concerned? It is very common for people diagnosed with this form of diabetes to engage in various kinds of exercises like calisthenics, jogging or even cycling. Getting involved in yoga is another way you can immerse yourself physically.

However, the big question remains on whether yoga can cure Type 2 diabetes or at least offer some level of control …

Type 2 diabetes. For most of us, whenever diabetes is mentioned, what quickly comes to mind is sugar. While this may sound reasonable, it is only partly correct. Diabetes is more about how the body manages sugar than it is about sugar itself.

Type 2 diabetes usually occurs when insulin is not used correctly by the body. As you already know, insulin is the primary hormone responsible for regulating carbohydrates and sugar in the body cells. So when it fails to do its job, the level of sugar in the blood can build up leading to health conditions like diabetes.

The Connection Between Yoga and Diabetes. Experience and studies have shown making specific lifestyle changes that can significantly contribute to the control and management of diabetes.

When practiced consistently, yoga can help to improve your blood sugar control, which is very important for anyone who has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This is important because when dealing with diabetes the major problem is how to stabilize the blood sugar level in the body, which often happens to be the cause of the illness in the first place.

Yoga is generally good for your health, especially in the area of ​​stress management which is also essential for controlling Type 2 diabetes.

Studies show an increase in stress levels can raise the level of sugar in the blood, which may lead to more severe complications such as stroke and heart attack. So the idea is to remove everything that can potentially prevent you from getting enough rest and sleep.

You can also combine your yoga with meditation for even better results. Yoga classes are available through schools, senior citizen centers, sports clubs, and the YMCA. Discuss yoga or any other exercise program with your doctor before beginning classes.

Wrapping it up. The bottom line is this – although Type 2 diabetes is often reversible with the right healthy diet and a proper dosage of exercise such as yoga, the condition can at least be effectively controlled.

The Dangers of Fast Food

The fast food industry has added every chemical possible that they can legally get away with to addict people to their food. In fact, if you eat fast food and you stop eating it, you actually go through withdrawal symptoms. It's like a drug. Not only that, the preservatives are so high in these fast food burgers these days that the product does not even break down. Fast food has been linked in the increase in obesity in both adults and children. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in our country, particularly in children. Here are some starting statistics to consider:

65% of American adults are overweight
30% of Americans are obese

According to the American Obesity Association, 127 million Americans are overweight, 60 million Americans are obese, and 9 million are "morbidly obese": they weigh 100 pounds more than they should.
In the last twenty years, the rate of obesity has doubled in children and tripled in adolescents and teens.
As of September 2004, nine million American kids between the ages of six and eighteen were obese.

OBESITY:
A KILLER Obesity-related illnesses will kill around 400,000 Americans this year – almost the same as smoking. Americans have gotten so big that their coffins have to be supersized!

Related illnesses caused by obesity:

High cholesterol
High blood pressure
Heart disease
Breast Cancer
Colon cancer
Gout
Arthritis
Asthma
Diabetes
Strokes

In 2003, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that one out of three kids born in America in the year 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes. The life of a ten-year-old child who has Type II diabetes will be, on average, between seventeen and twenty-six years shorter than that of a healthy child. Diabetes can lead to heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage in the lower legs which may result in amputation (82,000 of these cases occur every year). Diabetes is currently the sixth-highest cause of death in America.

Fast Food is Everywhere

The rise of the fast food industry plays a critical role in why our country is plagued with obesity. Fast food is everywhere: in big cities, small towns, shopping malls, the airport, the bus station, schools, and even hospitals!
There are 31,000 McDonald's worldwide- almost 14,000 of them are in the US

People are Eating a lot of Fast Food

Fast food has become cheaper and easier to buy. In 2004, Americans spent $ 124 billion dollars on fast food. That same year, The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published a study showing that the percentage of fast food calories in the American diet has increased from 3 percent to 12 percent over the last twenty years.
Fast food culture was introduced to other countries around the world in the 1980's. In countries like Japan and China, people have abandoned traditional healthy diets in favor of fast food and as a result the rate of obesity and other diseases has soared.

Fast Food Restaurants Serve More
Not only is fast food everywhere, but fast food companies encourage the consumer to eat more by supplying over-sized burgers, extra-large servings for fries, and buckets of soda.
Products like The Whopper, The Big Gulp, and Super Size meals pack in a whopping amount of calories, sugars, and fats. Let's take a closer look: The Double Gulp soda at your local 7-11 holds 64 ounces of soda – that is half a gallon! It contains the equivalent of 48 teaspoons of sugar. A typical hamburger at a fast food restaurant weighs six ounces. In 1957, it weighed one ounce. According to one nutritionist, your average fast food meal is more like three meals.
The average meal at a McDonald's has 1,550 calories.

Fast Food is not Good For Us

We're eating more food that is not nutritious. Most fast-food meals are high in fat, high in sugar, high in calories, high in starch, high in salt, and low in fiber and nutrients. Because fast food lacks nutrients, after we eat it we're not satisfied. That makes us hungry for more soon after.

Why kids are at a major risk

Our children are exposed to an onslaught of advertising for fast food. Fast food chains spend more then $ 3 billion every year on television advertising. They intentionally campaign to kids so they become life-long customers. These are known as cradle-grave advertising strategies. Researchers have found that children can often recognize a company logo, like the Golden Arches, before they can recognize their own name.
In one year, the typical American child watches more that 40,000 TV commercials. Around 20,000 of these ads are for junk food: fast food, candy, soda, and breakfast cereals. This means that your child sees a junk food ad every five minutes when they're watching TV.
To further motivate children to eat fast food, companies like McDonald's have Happy Meals with free toys. McDonald's gives away more than 1.5 billion toys every year. Almost one out of every three new toys given to American kids each year is from McDonald's or another fast food restaurant.
In order to combat these advertised advertising strategies, educating our children on healthy eating habits that are easy, fun, and taste great is paramount. By teaching our children how harmful fast food is and how to eat healthy, they are empowered to make the right choices.

Fast Food is filled with chemicals and preservatives.

Fast food does not break down. This is because it is loaded with chemicals and preservatives. There's of course, the great video out on YouTube called The Bionic Burger that illustrates this in a fun and informative way.
The link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyDXH1amic
The video is based on a true story. In 1991, this software engineer from Burlington, Vermont (he prefers to remain anonymous) was out with friends in Boston for New Year's Eve and stopped at McDonald's on the way home. He bought a couple of cheeseburgers, ate one and put the other in his coat pocket to have later.
He forgot about the burger in his pocket. A year later, he dropped his coat out of the closet, put it on, and discovered the cheeseburger in his pocket from New Year's Eve. It looked exactly the same. He was absolutely blown away. He told his friends and family but nobody believed him. So he decided to start a burger museum to demonstrate to everyone that these cheeseburgers and hamburgers were literally indestructible.
He started collecting burgers, one every year. By the fall of 2004, he had amassed quite a collection:
The original '91 McDonald's Cheeseburger from that New Year's Ever
'92 McDonald's Cheeseburger and Big Mac
'93 Burger King Hamburger
'94 McDonald's Hamburger
'95-'03 McDonald's Cheeseburgers

He kept them on bookshelves in his living room in the open air. These burgers look exactly the same. The bun, the meat, the cheese, the special sauce, the pickle, even the lettuce. They have all retained their shape, and color for over a decade!

Food is supposed to break down.
Food is supposed to be the most biodegradable of all products. How is it possible that these burgers have not broken down? Decayed? Become moldy?

My friends Len Foley and Rebecca Gauthier were not convinced. They thought maybe there was an exaggeration, or it was simply not true. So they went and bought a hamburger at the local McDonald's in Burbank, CA February 2007.
They put it in their garage in the open air and left it there. Once a week they would go out and "check" on their burger. It would continue to look and smell exactly the same. No animals, insects, or birds touched it. After one year, they began to feature it in several health exhibits along with some of Matt's hamburgers from his burger collection. Since then, they have added a Hostess Twinkie, cupcake, and other hamburgers to their collection. As of April 2008, there have been no noted changes in the food's composition.

If you do not believe me, try it out for yourself! Go invest a buck and buy a burger. (this is the only time I will ever tell you to do something like this by the way!) Put it in your garage, or wherever, and just let it sit there. I think it is important to see this for yourself so you will know on a deep level the implications of what this means. The food is not breaking down there before it can not be natural.

We bought the bionic burger museum to a recent health event to demonstrate how fast food is made of chemicals, preservatives, dyes, and low quality ingredients. Hundreds and hundreds of people saw burgers that were between one and eleven years old. None of them had decomposed. Adults and children were shocked. When people see first hand that fast food is not food, it has a powerful impact that can cause them to make the right choice: the choice to eat healthy, nutritious food instead of a cornucopia of chemicals, preservatives, fat, grease, and salt .
This video I just described has been viewed by 1.3 million people on YouTube. It has been translated into 7 different languages, and featured on 50,000 blogs. This demonstrates that people want this information, they want to be informed because information empowers us to make the right choice. You choose every day what you are going to put into your body. Make the best choice and put food in your body that is going to help you, not harm you.
When you put living food in your body it contains enzymes that naturally break the food down. The ripening process of fruit, for example, is an enzyme controlled process. And those enzymes will always, if that fruit's not eaten, cannibalize the fruit. So the fruit will eat itself.

Well, these burgers are not eating themselves. They are here twenty years later because there are no enzymes present. These burgers are so loaded with preservatives that they're like a sealant, as if they are permanently made, like you would have a painting glazed over and framed and put on your wall. It's not food, it's something else. What that something else is, we do not know, but I'm totally impressed that people can survive eating it.

Now I've also seen the burger that's nineteen years old, some that were fifteen, sixteen years old. it looks like we now have the technology to build the world's first bionic burger! I recommend if you are serious about your health, you AVOID fast food AT ALL COSTS! There are so many healthy alternatives that can not only satiate your cravings, but deliver the vitamins and nutrients to your body needs for peak performance. Please read all about delicious superfoods, superherbs, and other superior healthy foods in one of our many other special reports on http://www.thebestdayever.com .

Croquet – A Brief History

Croquets family tree sees to go back as far as the Romans and a game called Paganica. Paganica was a game played in the country side and seemed to have involved hitting a small ball at certain trees with a stick. The winner being the person who could hit the most trees with the least stokes.

The game of Palle-Maille branched off the game of Paganica in towns and villages where space and trees, previously were in short supply. The use of hoops or wickets seems to have been introduced around this time.

Palle-Maille was popular through France and was introduced into Ireland. Records show that the game was being played regularly after 1852. We believe that the name Croquet comes from the games time in France and comes from the peasant's version of the game where a shepherd crook (Croc) was used.

The game of Palle-Maille moved into England in the early part of the 19th century and was publicized and promoted by WT Whitmore in its modern form of Croquet. Walter James Whitmore became a popular figure in the game and later took the (unofficial) title of world champion in 1867.

Later in 1868 The All England Croquet Club was formed. There are now 176 registered Croquet clubs with the Croquet Association and with an average of around 55 members per club you can see just how popular the game has become. The game itself has changed little of the years.

Croquet is a game where each player stands alone and challenges their opponents in an apparently simple game of pushing balls through hoops (wickets) in the correct order and then winning by being the first player to the winning post (stake). In essence this is true but the tactics and strategy of this game make it challenging and extremely competitive, but still fantastic fun.

The inherent simplicity of the game means that anyone can enjoy this wonderful game, from the very youngest to the very oldest and sometimes this is one of the reasons why the game of Croquet has remained a firm favorite.

Exercise and Psoriasis: 3 Reasons Exercising Helps Psoriasis

Dust off your old gym membership card, pull on those boxing gloves, or sign up for a booty-shaking Zumba class. Why? Because exercise has been shown to help psoriasis! Exercising regularly not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but can also lead to unhealthy glowing skin. How?

1.) Exercise is a STRESS-BUSTER

We all know that those sudden psoriatic flare-ups go hand-in-hand with that looming work-deadline or hectic exam period. Exercising is a great way of relieving stress – this is a well-proven fact! Working out can be a terrific outlet for all of life's little headaches. Beat that punching bag, slam-dunk that B-Ball, or focus on beating the clock – they're all fun distractions. Exercises such as Yoga and Tai-Chi can also put you in a very focused and Zen-like state, taking you miles away from that dreaded deadline. Even better, take whatever the activity is outside – the fresh air and change of scenery will help un-jumble and calm your mind.

If exercise can reduce stress, it only makes sense that it can also help psoriasis. The correlation between high stress levels and psoriasis is well evidenced. Studies have found that stress lowers the body's natural defense mechanisms and compromises our immune system; This is when psoriasis most often decides to pounce! For example, Dr. Paul Yamauchi, a Medical Director at the Skin Care Center of Santa Monica explains, 'Stress may trigger psoriasis to flare for the first time, or even worsen for those who already have psoriasis.'

Exercise can also help combat low self-esteem and depression, which is often brought on by this irritating and sometimes very visible auto-immune disease. Lifting those weights will not only raise your confidence because you look like 'The Rock' or 'Arni', but because it lowers the stress hormone cortisol and increases feel-good endorphins. If weights are not your thing, join an aerobics class and see how you mood lifts sky-high!

By reaching a more relaxed and confident state of mind via exercise, you will not only improve your day-to-day quality of life but help keep your psoriasis outbreaks at bay.

2.) Exercise Makes You LOSE WEIGHT

Losing that extra layer of fat by working up a sweat can really help psoriasis. Firstly, by eliminating those extra rolls, you can reduce all of that sweating, chafing, and rubbing – all of which does nothing to help already sore and irritated skin.

Secondly, losing weight can also help reduce the internal inflammation present in psoriatic patches. This inflammation is believed to be similar to the constant, low-level inflammation found in fat-cells. If weight loss can help combat our fat cells, than surely it can also help combat our inflated plaques. It has also been found that people with psoriasis are more likely to suffer from diabetes and heart disease. As a result, keeping fit can help reduce your risk to a variety of health problems.

Begin a daily or weekly exercise routine, and you'll be well on your way to losing those unwanted layers.

3.) Exercise Works Those Joints – PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS!

Another major plus of regular exercise is that it can help maintain the joints often affected by psoriatic arthritis. Exercise not only helps relieve the pressure on weak joints through weight loss, but promotes healthy muscles and joints joint mobility and flexibility.

Two forms of exercises are particularly useful: Strengthening and Range-of-Motion.

Strengthening exercises focus on building up and strengthening the muscles around susceptible or affected joints, so to better support it. The director of the Women's Orthopedic and Joint Disease Center in Boston stresses that strength training can 'help protect knees and ankles, take force off of the joints, and also help prevent soft-tissue injuries …' Moreover, '… regular movements also helps to supply the cartilage in the joints with blood. ' Time to invest in some light weights!

Range-of-motion exercises focus on improving movement and flexibility, especially around stiff joints. Untie, flex and stretch them with low-impact activities such as tai-chi, yoga or an aquatic exercise session.

Now that you know about exercise and psoriasis, its time to put Eye of the Tiger on repeat and box psoriasis into submission with a bit of cardio. Look out for our future psoriasis exercising guide, which will focus on answering questions such as "How do you deal with psoriasis in the gym" and "What types of exercise are best for psoriasis?"

Interesting Facts About Reptiles You Need to Know

What makes it a reptile?

There are countless species and varieties of reptiles around the world. Even though there are many differences, reptiles do share a few common traits.

For starters, they use lungs to breathe. Lizards might breathe using the same muscles they use to run and crocodiles have a more flexible diaphragm, but overall, reptiles have lungs that are more advanced than amphibians, but not as refined as mammals. Reptiles also have scales made of keratin protein. Scales provide protection from predators, help retain water, and can play a role in courtship and territorial clashes. Reptiles are not the only animals to have scales, but it is a common characteristic among all reptiles.

Another characteristic is that they’re all four-legged vertebrates (or descended from four-limbed animals, like snakes). This is another shared trait with other types of animals, which indicates that reptiles are an evolutionary middle ground of sorts between amphibians and mammals. For the most part, female reptiles lay eggs but it’s not exclusive to all reptiles. There are some species that develop their young inside their bodies and give birth to live young, like the Viviparous Lizard and the Adder.

Reptiles are known for their cold-blooded metabolisms. If you’ve ever seen a reptile in an enclosure, you might have noticed lamps and other forms of heat. That’s because basking in heat increases their internal body temperature to give them the energy they need for daily activity.

What are the different types of reptiles?

Reptiles can be classified into four major groups:

Crocodilia

Which has 23 different species of Alligators, Caimans, Gharials, and Crocodiles.

As you may know, the Crocodilia are large, semiaquatic and predatory animals. They’re commonly found in the lowlands of the tropics and usually have long, flattened snouts and canonical, peg-like teeth. Certain species of crocodilian are traded as exotic pets when they’re young but are often abandoned as they grow larger and more dangerous.

Squamata

Which are lizards and snakes, and have almost 8,000 species.

These reptiles vary in size (from a dwarf gecko that’s less than an inch long to an anaconda which can reach over 17 feet). Their ability to move their quadrate bones is what helps them open their mouths wide enough to consume larger prey. If you’re thinking of getting reptiles for sale of this classification, be sure to research the specific type you want to get to make sure you have the necessary equipment to keep them healthy and happy.

Testudines

Which is made up of turtles and tortoises and have around 300 species.

These are considered primitive since they’re some of the most ancient reptiles among us. Their shells make them easily distinguishable from other reptiles and they’re also a popular choice as reptile pets.

Sphenodontia

Which is known as the sister group of the Squamata and has only 2 species of tuataras from New Zealand.

It’s also known as a Rhynchocephalia, which means beak head. They have a unique set of teeth which is presented as two rows in the upper jaw and a single row on the lower jaw. The single species of tuatara is the only living member of an order that flourished about 200 million years ago.

Which reptiles for sale are best as pets?

If you’re just starting out with a pet reptile, you can find some great reptiles for sale. Geckos can be a great pet for beginners because they don’t require much handling. Too much stress on the gecko can cause its tail to fall off though. A Bearded Dragon can also make for a great pet as they’re extremely easy-going reptiles with personality. They require a hot habitat and are fairly easy to maintain.

Whichever you choose, always make sure that you’re aware of its needs and temperament to understand whether or not it’s a good choice for you.

Ways To Cope With Grief

Every second hurts. There is no reply from the bereavement. Be it your parents, spouse or child (which may be the toughest), grief is one of the most torrid emotions that humans experience. However, the fact still remains that even though you might have lost an important person in your life, coming to terms with the loss, is difficult. The hollow feeling might never really go away but life still goes on. It might stop for a few days, or feel like a jumble of days and nights as you grope through the darkness to find the light again, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

As long as you are alive, you have to pass through the pain and yet emerge a strong person. One of the best ways to deal with grief is to talk about it. The more you enclose the pain and the hurt of losing someone, the more it will hurt. Talking to your siblings, friends and family will help you remember the positive memories, feeling and the joys you shared with the person you lost. We make memories that stay a lifetime and each memory can have some positive of negative aspect. But as they say, time is a great healer. Over time you might remember the fun, good times you had instead of the intense pain that you suffered when the person passed away.

Celebrate life. Do not you think that the person in spirit still loves you? Would he or she be happy to see you sad and unhappy? Some things are beyond our control but that is God's will and at some point everyone has to die. But keep the memory and move on with your life. With hundreds of men, women and children in the hospital fighting deadly diseases, you are lucky to be alive and well. Think of the false person often, say and think about the positivity the person brought into your life and in their memory, stay happy.

Do something. Do not sit around and mope. Although you are depressed and do not want to do anything or fatually mentally and can not cope with the present everyday life, you need to pull yourself together and find a purpose in life again. Volunteer at the hospitals, teach underprivileged children or just spend some time at the church or other religious institutions and help the needy. Help someone in need, aid a fundraiser or attend charity events. Your contribution of time and effort can be uplifting for numerous lives. Plus, you'll have a purpose in life again to do something for someone, which always leaves a good feeling in your life.

Tips For Bath Time Fun With Your Pets

Pets hate baths, period. There may be some dogs that could come to love bathing, but then again they are quite rare. There is nothing worse than a bath for your pets. Most doggies simply hate getting wet.

Although bathing is a big problem for your puppy, there are some ways to make your puppy fall in love with the entire process of bathing. Here are some tips for turning the disastrous bathing time into a pleasure time for your dog:

Invest in pet-friendly products

The worst thing you can do to your puppy is to offer them products, which do not suit them. Some products may irritate your dogs or cat’s skin and some may make your pet itch. To make sure that your dog has the best bathing experience, invest in some good products, which suit your doggie’s requirements to avoid discomfort for your dog.

Anti-Slip Mats

Once you begin bathing your pet, your pet’s paws and the floor will become wet. The pet may accidentally slip and hurt itself. And as pets’ behavior goes, then to get a bit too excited and begin running. Running on slippery floors will turn out drastically dangerous for your pet and may cause them to get hurt.

Bathing Accessories

To make your dog’s bathing experience especially enjoyable; invest in good bathing designer pet accessories.Offer them the best bath care you can afford. Trying getting them comfortable towels and robes. Comfortable towels and robes will allow your pet to feel your love and will help them calm down after the bath.

Clothes

Depending on the time you wish to bathe your dog, buy apparel sets. If you tend to bathe them in the evening, get them cute pyjamas and shirts to set the mood. However, if you bathe the pet in the afternoons or mornings, get them day clothes, which go with their style.

Grooming Products

The bathing experience for your dog will always be incomplete if you do not invest in good grooming products. Offer your dog or cat the best hair conditioner and best brushes. There are some products, such as the flea removal comb, which helps the owner remove fleas from their pet’s fur. Furthermore, you could also invest in some powders and perfumes.

With many brands coming up with specific clothes and products, a pet parent can even buy designer products for their pet in case they feel like pampering the dog or cat.

When it comes to bathing, most pets will run away from you at first sight. It takes some time for your doggy to become used to bathing. You may bathe your pet in a separate inflatable pool or choose to bathe them your bathtub, but always remember to bathe them properly. Offering your pet the best dog clothes and accessories will, perhaps, make your dog fall in love with the process of bathing.

The Ultimate Guide For Dog Grooming Tips to Keep Your Dog Cool

Loving and caring for your dog is more than simply feeding them on time and giving them water to drink. A dog’s body works differently than ours, and no two dogs have the same body type, just as humans do. The responsibility of keeping healthy is actually huge and hard. There are many things a pet parent has to do every couple of days to help their live a healthy life.

Best Grooming Tips for your Pups

Here is a list of things you can and should do for your puppy every few days:

Give your pet a Bath

Bathing your dog regularly gets rid of skin irritants and cleans your dog’s coat and skin. This helps your dog stay itch-free, germ-free and happy. If you have a dog that does not have a coat of fur, then you can bathe your dog twice a week. However, if your pet has a coat of fur, then you will need to bathe them every second day.

Brushing

No matter what type of coat your dog has, brushing is important for every type of pet. Do not misunderstand the logic behind brushing your fur coat. There is more to just adding to your dog’s beauty with brushing. Brushing brings out the underlying insects that may be lingering on her body. Other than this, brushing prevents your dog’s coat from matting and giving them discomfort. If possible, you should brush her coat every day. There are many luxury dog accessories, such as an insect repelling dog collar or a brush made specifically for removing ticks.

Clipping Nails

When you have a dog, there are many things you need to do for them, including clipping nails. Dog’s nails can grow quite long and will pose a horrible problem to them and you. Longer nails can bend and break easily. Broken nails can also bleed. However you look at it, broken nails are painful and are uncomfortable for your pet. To get rid of this, clip your pet nails once a week. But do not use a normal clipper or a baby nail clipper for your pet; you may hurt your pet, this can be found under the listings for luxury dog accessories.

Cleaning Their Paws and Other Care

The paws of puppy are extremely sensitive. And since your four-legged friend loves to run around everywhere, the paws get dirty. Every time dog goes out, remember to clean your dog’s paws. Remember to check for some wounds on the paws and if you find any, treat them immediately. Other than this, if it is hot outside, remember to take necessary precautions before you take your dog out. Get them some shoes to battle the hot pavements.

Caring for them is quite hard. There are many things you need to take care of. However, making use of situation-specific, such as using tick removing brushes, anti-bacterial shampoos, etc., can help you take better care of your pet.