Exercising Your Way to a Healthy Cholesterol Level

With the many factors involved in maintaining a healthy cholesterol level; your exercise regimen is one of the most important. Dietary requirements is also vital but coupled with an exercise program will provide maximum benefits in your efforts to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. The key benefit of exercising to control your cholesterol is that it keeps the bad cholesterol from building up to dangerous levels. Exercising also keeps your weight under control because being overweight throws your body out of balance by allowing a rise in LDL (bad) cholesterol and lowering HDL (good) cholesterol leaving you at risk for heart disease and other health problems. In conjunction with a healthy diet, an exercise regimen can actually reduce your cholesterol levels by up to 10%.

Developing an exercise program is easier than it seems, a 30 minute work out a day is typically all you need to maintain a healthy body. This does not necessarily mean joining a fitness club, if you are committed, have the mental discipline and the means to do so, go for it! Walking a tread mill to burn calories and working out with weights tone the body while bringing your cholesterol levels into balance. Low impact aerobic exercise is considered the optimal form of work out for those with high cholesterol. If you are dieting, exercising increases the effectiveness of your weight loss program. But most of who join these clubs go for the first few weeks and eventually stop going at all, wasting both time and money. But an exercise program does not have to include an array of work out equipment. Taking brisk walks, light jogging, swimming or even working in your garden is considered beneficial forms of exercise. Exercising increases cardiovascular activity which has a positive effect on heart health while lowering the bad cholesterol and increasing the good cholesterol. It is important to find an activity that is right for you.

By implementing an exercise program into your daily regimen you will not only lower your cholesterol but you will feel and look better. We all want to live long and healthy lives but it is up to us to take the initiative to control of our health so we may accomplish this.

Foods That Lower Your Blood Sugar

If you want to live a long and healthy life, controlling your blood sugar is very important. Diet plays a very important role in lowering your blood sugar. There are many foods and supplements that help to reduce blood sugar levels. By incorporating these foods in your daily diet, you can keep your blood sugar levels under control. The following are some foods that help to lower your blood sugar:

* Cinnamon: It has been proved that if you eat this spice daily, it will successfully lower your blood sugar levels. It can also be consumed as a tea. It also reduces the LDL cholesterol level. It has a high fiber content and contains magnesium which helps in lowering blood sugar.

* Onions: A daily diet of 20-25 gms. of raw onion helps to lower blood sugar. Onions contain a high percentage of sulphur and flavonoids which also raise the HDL cholesterol level and prevent cancer.

* Garlic: A daily diet of garlic helps to lower blood sugar by increasing insulin production by the cells of the Pancreas. It contains a lot of antioxidants. It also contains the cholesterol level and fights cancer.

* Trace minerals: Trace minerals like zinc and chromium help in the production and storage of insulin within the body. To add these minerals in your diet, you can eat foods like lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oysters, liver, whole grain, almonds, chicken etc.

* Avocado: Avocado is actually a fruit which helps to lower blood sugar levels.

* Flax seed: Ground flax seeds contain minerals like magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and various antioxidants. They help in reducing blood sugar and prevent certain types of cancer.

* Barley and oats: For those who want to reduce their blood sugar levels, these are good alternatives to rice or other high glycemic foods. They also help to lower the cholesterol level.

* Lemon: Lemons contain a high level of vitamin C and various antioxidants. They help in lowering blood sugar, cholesterol and prevents cancer.

Dangers of Mold in Your Home

Mold removal could be one of the most important, safest projects you will make on your property. You do not have to actually view the fungi to know a colony has developed somewhere inside your home or business. Mold may have spawned in areas that you have not thought to inspect for, and you may have no idea there is anything causing the growth. Anytime water unexpectedly reveals itself in uninvited areas of your home, the potential for growth exists. If you have reason to believe moisture is exceeding your property’s weatherproofing, you should quickly take action.

When mold hits your building, you may not even know of it until you start to notice some of the symptoms. Those health hazardous indicators may include, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the following:

In extreme cases, mold may cause memory loss, dizziness, headaches and even a compromised sense of smell. For those who are more prone to infection, mold is a greater danger.

Various allergic reactions are frequent.

Physical reactions to mold may be delayed and cause asthma with prolonged exposure.

There are many reasons why this growth may fly under the radar, including the fact that mold is a fungus, so it does not require energy via photosynthesis. All mold needs is any given dark corner and adequate moisture to kick-start a modest colony in your building, which can quickly expand. Spores can come into your home at any time, creating the possibility for a mold farm.

Additionally, this fungus may grow at cold or warm temps – down to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and below, which is roughly the setting of most refrigerators. In fact, this tough growth can even withstand the toxicity of jet fuel, and it has been known to survive in areas of Antarctica. The bottom line is, once mold is established on your property, there will always be tiny spores hitching on tiny dust particles. It is therefore crucial to A) prevent mold from ever colonizing your building and B) if it already has, make sure unexpected moisture does not occur after an incident.

Water and moisture in general is a ubiquitous part of our lives – it is an essential factor of life, but it is also very destructive and mold can be a consequence. The best way possible to deal with this fact of life is to go head on with our mold removal.

How to Make It As a Fitness Model!

So You Wanna Be a Fitness Model?

People that follow my stuff know I generally write about nutrition, supplements, training, and other topics that are more science based than subjective topics, such as what is covered in this article. I decided to shuck my science geek persona, and write on a topic I know will be helpful to thousands of would be and want to be fitness models.

As well a known “hard core” science based no BS writer, why I am writing what some will perceive as a “fluff” article? Over the years I have gotten hundreds, perhaps thousands, of gals that ask me via email, letters, or in person “how do I become a fitness model Will? You have been in the business a long time, surly you of all people should know.” I get this from newbies and I get this from women that have been at it a while but have been unable to “break in” effectively.

The fact is, I have been in the fitness, health, and bodybuilding biz a long time, and though I am known as a science and nutrition based “guru” type, I have trained many a fitness athlete, and judged fitness and figure/bikini shows for the NPC, Fitness America, Fitness USA, and other federations as well as given marketing and business advice to all sorts of athletes, including fitness models. So, it’s not as far fetched as it might seem that I am going to use this space to cover a non scientific topic, which is, how one goes about being a fitness model.

This article will be useful to both experienced and novice types looking to “break in” to the biz. If you are already a professional and successful fitness model, I am sure you may still glean some useful information from this article.

First the bad news, there is no one way to become a successful fitness model. There is no single path or magic secret. There are however some key things a person can do to greatly improve their chances of “making it” in the fitness biz as a model, and perhaps using that success as a launching pad to greater things, such as movies, TV, etc.

Several of the top fitness models (Trish Stratus and Vicki Pratt come to mind but there are many others) have gone onto careers in entertainment of all kinds. Bottom line, though there is no magic secret to being successful as a fitness model, this article will be about as close to a blueprint for success as you will find.

“Do I need to compete?”

This is a question I get asked all the time and it’s not an easy one to answer. In fact, the answer is (drum roll) yes and no. The person has to deicide why they are competing in the first place to answer that question. For example, do you need to compete if your goal is to be a successful fitness model?

The answer is no. Many of today’s well-known fitness models have never competed, or they competed in a few small shows and it was clearly not part of their success as fitness models. However, competing does have its potential uses.

One of them is exposure. At the upper level shows, there will often be editors, publishers, photographers, supplement company owners, and other business people. So, competing can improve your exposure. Also, competing can make sense if you are trying to build a business that is related to your competing or will benefit from you winning a show.

For example, say you have a private training gym you are trying to build. Sure, having the title of say Ms Fitness America, or winning the NPC Nationals and being an IFBB pro, will help your reputation and the notoriety of your business. There are many scenarios were it would help to have won a show for a business or other endeavors.

On the other hand, it must be realized that winning a show does not in any way guarantee success in the business end (and it really is a business) of being a fitness model. The phone wont ring off the hook with big offers for contracts. Also, it’s very important to realize that it’s common that the 4th or 6th or 8th place finisher in a fitness or figure show will get more press than the winner. Why? Though the winner might have what it took to win that show, it’s often other gals the editor, publishers, supplement companies etc, feel is more marketable.

I have seen it many times where the winner was shocked to find she didn’t get nearly the attention she expected and other girls who placed lower have gotten attention in the form of photos shoots, magazine coverage, etc. Something to keep in mind when you ask yourself the important question “do I need to compete and if so, why am I competing?” Answer that question, and you will know the answer to the heading of this section. Winning a title of some sort can be a stepping stone, but it is not in itself any guarantee of success in the fitness industry. It’s like a college degree; it’s what you do with it.

Now. If you compete for the fun of it, then by all means go for it, but the above is focusing on competing as it relates to the business aspect of being a fitness model.

Right body, wrong federation?

Ok, so after reading the above you have decided you are going to compete, or will compete again. If you don’t plan to compete, you can skip this section. The biggest mistake I see here is so many gals have the right body for the wrong federation. Each federation has its own judging criteria and a competitor will do poorly simply because they didn’t bother to research which show would be best suited for them.

I will give you a perfect real world example of this. Recently I judged a show whose criteria for the figure round was the women should be more on the curvy softer side with some tone, vs. being more muscular and athletic with less bodyfat that other federations might allow. At this show one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen came out. She was very proportional, great muscle tone, lean, and athletically shaped with narrow hips and waist and wider shoulders. How did she do at this show? She didn’t even place in the top ten!

Why? Because she was not what we were instructed to look for and didn’t fit the criteria. After the show I informed her that she looked great, but this may not the federation for her. I told her she had much more of an NPC type body, where a little more muscle, athletic build, and less bodyfat is rewarded.

The following week I was judging an NPC fitness, figure, and bodybuilding show and there she was. How did she do? She won the entire show with all judges voting her number one unanimously.

Conversely, if your body type tends to be more rounded and toned, but with a little more bodyfat, wider (but not fat!) hips, you may be better off competing in say the Fitness America Pageants. If you are going to compete:

(1) find out exactly what the judging criteria is for that federation and

(2) go see those shows as a spectator for several different federations and see which one your physique, style, etc will fit into best.

(3) You have to decide if you truly have the athletic abilities to compete in a fitness competition (which requires a routine) or a figure/bikini competition.

I often see women who would do well in a figure show but really don’t have the athletic abilities do the routines required to be competitive with other athletes in the show. Some shows will allow you to do both competitions and some wont.

Networking 101: dos and don’ts…

In so many respects, this is the area that will make or break you in any business, and yet, people in the fitness industry do an amazingly poor job at it. If you don’t network and market yourself properly, you can pretty much forget about having any real success as a fitness model, or a success in virtually any business. For the sake of space, we will stick to fitness.

When I first started out, I was a self marketing machine. I could be found at every show I thought might be an opportunity, walking the isles of trade shows, bodybuilding, shows, fitness show, and others. I gave out a zillion cards and I took a million home with me, and followed up on each and every one. I went to as many industry related meetings, outings, parties, etc. as I could get into. I now have the reputation and experience in the industry that I don’t have to go to such a show unless I feel like it, or have meetings, but they were quite helpful in the beginning.

I am always amazed at the number of fitness models who contact me who have never even been to the Arnold Classic Fitness Weekend, or the Mr. Olympia, or the trade shows like the NNFA Expo West and others. If you want to make it in the fitness business you sure as hell had better treat it like a business.

I have seen many a pretty girl who wants to be a fitness model who thinks if they stand there looking pretty long enough, someone is going to offer to put their face on the cover of a magazine. News flash, there are millions of beautiful women out there and to be noticed, you have to hussle to get that business like everyone else by networking your butt off, or having a good agent (if you can afford such a thing) who is doing it for you.

Pick a few major industry shows to attend (some of which were mentioned above) and go to them every year. Have a plan of attack of exactly how you plan to market yourself and network. Many fitness models, bodybuilders, etc see a show as one big party. If that’s you, then have fun at the party, but don’t think you are really marketing yourself as a serous business person or athlete.

Another thing that always amazes me is the number of fitness models who either have no business cards, or have some cards they printed up on their bubble jet printer at home! They ask me to help them or what ever and I say “give me your card” and they look at me like “I am so pretty I should not need a card you fool.” This attitude turns off editors, photographers, writers, and industry people faster then if they found out you were really a transvestite. Don’t do it. For every pretty girl out there who thinks the world owes them a favor, there are 100 who are ready to act like professionals.

Ever wonder why some fitness model you know is doing better than you are even though you know you are prettier than her? That may be why…never ever go to a show to network without good cards, bios, and professionally done head and body shots you can give to said editors, publishers, photographers, industry types, etc. Don’t stand around looking pretty assuming they will find you, find them first and introduce yourself. And of course it should go without saying you should be in good condition and have something of a tan to look your best.

You want to go to the shows and party? Fine, but do it in private after the work is done and don’t make a fool out of yourself at some industry sponsored get together. Hell, I was virtually poured into a cab at last years Arnold Classic after going to a sushi place with some well know industry types and companies owners (you know who you are!) but at least no one saw me! We had our own little private get together after the show to let loose.

Let me give you one final real world example of how NOT to market yourself. Last year I was on retainer as a consultant to a mid sized supplement company. The owner of the company asked me if I knew a couple of fitness model types that could work his booth for a trade show. In fact, he requested “unknowns, some new faces people had not seen yet but had real potential to grow with the company.” I went and found him two such gals I thought fit the bill.

He offered to pay their flights, room, and food plus a thousand dollars each for the days work. The two girls were told to be at the booth 9am sharp. The night before at the hotel, I saw the two girls getting in a cab at 11pm or so dressed to kill, clearly on their way out to party. The next day they showed up at the booth an hour and a half late and hung over! What was the result of this? (1) it embarrassed me to no end as I had recommended them to the company owner (2) they would never get work from that company again (3) they would never get any work from me again and (4) they would not get a reference from either of us for other jobs.

I see this type of thing all the time in the fitness biz, and it’s not limited to fitness models. Amazingly, a few weeks after the show they emailed me and the company owner wanting to know when their next job would be! Amazing…

Who loves you baby?

If there is one universal truth, it’s that the camera either loves you or it does not. Any professional photographers will tell you this. For some unknown reason, some people are very photogenic and some are not. Truth be known, there are some well known fitness models (who shall remain nameless as they would probably smack me the next time they saw me) who are not all that attractive in person. It’s just that the camera loves them and they are very photogenic, but not terribly pretty in person.

Conversely, I have seen the reverse many times; a girl who is much better looking in person than in photographs. Such is the fate of the person who wants to be a model of any kind, including a fitness model. If you find you are not very photogenic, keep working with different photographers until you find one that really captures you well and pay that photographer handsomely!

Now, to be bluntly honest, there are also some want to be fitness models who are not “unphotogenic”, they’re just “fugly”! There are some people out there who have no business trying to be fitness models. It does not make them bad people, it just means they need to snap out of their delusions and find a profession they are better suited for, like radio personality….

“How do I get in the magazines?”

This section sort of incorporates everything I have covered above, and adds in a few additional strategies. For example, as I mentioned before, competing in fitness shows and or figure/bikini shows can increase your exposure, thus getting the attention of some magazine publisher or photographer. Networking correctly at the various trade shows may also have the same effect, and of course having a good portfolio done by a photographer that really captures your look, a good web site, etc., will all increase your potential for getting into the magazines, or getting ad work, and so on.

However, all of these strategies are still somewhat passive versus active in my opinion. It’s still the fitness model waiting to be “discovered.” As far as I am concerned, waiting is for bus stops and pregnancy tests. Success waits for no man…or woman as the case me be. So, after all the above advice is taken into consideration as having an added effect to getting you magazine coverage, what else can be done?

For one thing, you should read and be familiar with all the magazines you want to be in so you know who is who and what the style of the different magazines are. I can tell you right now, if say the Editor-in-Chief of a good sized fitness or bodybuilding publications and says “hi, I am the Bob Smith what’s your name?” and the fitness model has no idea who Bob Smith is, Bob will not take kindly to that. Why should he? You should know who the major players are in the publications you want to be seen in. He is doing you the favor, not the other way around. You should know who the major players are and actively seek them out, don’t wait for them to “discover” you.

If you look at the masthead inside any magazine, it will tell you who the publisher is, who the Editor-in-Chief is and so forth. The mailing address for that magazine, and often the web site and email, can also be found. What is to stop you from looking up those names and mailing them your pictures and resume directly? Nothing, that’s what. If you see a photo spread you think is really well done, what is to stop you from finding out who the photographer is and contacting them directly and sending them your pics? Nothing, that’s what.

My point being, you want a get a break in the business, make the break, don’t sit there thinking it’s looking for you, because it’s not. Be proactive, not reactive! Luck is the residue of design. Be successful by design. As my older brother used to say to me as a kid when I told him I was too scared to ask out a pretty girl “what’s the worst that can happen Will? All she can say is no.” That’s the worst that can happen to you also.

Beware of web idiots, schlubs, morons, perverts, scum bags, and sleazoids!

This part is sort of self-explanatory but worth mentioning. As with all industries that deal in entertainment based media (e.g., television, theater, modeling, etc.), the fitness industry attracts its far share of web idiots, schlubs, morons, perverts, scum bags, and sleazoids, to name just a few.

There is also the class of person known as the schmoe, but we will leave that for another place and time. Point is you want to meet the right people while not getting involved with that group of worthless types who will only drag you down, delay you, or just flat out screw you up and over.

For example, a guy comes up and says he wants to “shoot you” for the magazines, but what do you really know of this guy? He has a camera and some business cards, so that makes him a photographer right? Wrong! If someone want to shoot you and they are not a well-known name (and you should know who the well known photographers are because you researched that already!), find out who they are. Do they have references you can call? Girls you can contact he has shot before and were happy with the work? What magazines has he published in? Does he do it professionally or as a hobby? That type of thing.

Another thing I see is the big web scam. I’m amazed how many girls get scammed by these web idiots. Lesson here is you get what you pay for, so when some person wants to build you a web site for free, you are getting what you pay for. Yes, there is good money to be made on the ‘net, and the net can be great for marketing yourself and making contacts, but most of it’s a scam.

You are better off paying a good web designer and web master who has experience with other fitness model types and has references you can talk to. I can’t tell you the number of girls who have been screwed over by some internet thing that went to hell, like the “fan” who volunteers to build a free web site and either runs off with any money made from the site or puts their picks on porn sites and any number of other things that made them regret like hell ever agreeing to the site in the first place.

Clearly, I can’t go down the list of all the possible pitfalls of the web idiots, schlubs, morons, perverts, scum bags, and sleazoids out there to be found in the entertainment business, but you get the idea. Be careful!

Conclusion.

Well that pretty much concludes my down and dirty guide to the basics of “making it” as a fitness model. Of course there are tons of business related issues I could cover and tricks I could give, but the above is the best advice you are going to find in s small space and will do more for you-if properly followed-than you may realize.

Good luck and see you in the magazines!

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What Causes Chronic Tiredness and How to Solve It

Chronic tiredness can be the result of a physical problem or an illness. Or, it could be caused by stress and difficult situations. Often, feeling tired all the time without other symptoms is the result of sleep problems that you may not even be aware of. Understanding the cause of your exhaustion and ruling out the more serious capabilities will help you find out how to make adjustments to your lifestyle so you stop feeling tired.

Did you know that inactivity and excess rest can actually make your more tired? If you are feeling sluggish, it may be your first instinct to lay down but in actuality, this is doing you more harm than good. Regular exercise is a popular and effective way to increase your energy levels.

Stress is a major energy zapper for even the healthiest people. Difficult times during our lives can leave us feeling emotionally drained and physically drained as a result. For some, this lasts so long that it becomes a case of clinical depression. Coping with stress and using relaxation techniques can help minimize the impact of tough times and seeking help when it becomes necessary is another way to get back on track.

If you are overweight or underweight, this may play a role in your exhaustion. Those that are very thin lack the muscle to make it through the day without feeling run down. Others that are overweight make their bodies work harder to carry extra weight, leading to chronic tiredness and fatigue. Maintaining normal body weight and muscle mass will keep your body in optimal shape to keep up with you.

You may have a sleep condition like sleep apnoea which can also cause you to feel tired. Sleep apnoea is a condition where breathing is abnormal during sleep. Occasionally it can cause problems with oxygen levels in the brain. People with sleep apnoea have a tendency to snore often, so if you have ever been told that you are a loud sleeper and you are coping with chronic tiredness, this is something to consider. Other less serious sleep problems can also cause tiredness, such as keeping a schedule that interrupts your body's natural sleep patterns.

If you suspect you may be ill or pregnant, see your doctor for a checkup. You may have blood work drawn to look for common causes of exhaustion such as low iron levels and blood sugar problems. Often, there is nothing physically wrong in which case you need to look to lifestyle factors and sleep patterns to determine the cause of your exhaustion.

Fortunately, chronic tiredness is not something that you have to accept and live with. Once you find out what the cause of your exhaustion, you can make changes and start working towards a solution and get your energy back.

Plant Sterols and Stanols Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Outsmart your cholesterol naturally with plant sterols and stanols. These compounds which are found in plants, fruits, vegetables and grains, have been shown in numerous studies to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

They're similar in structure to cholesterol and compete for absorption in the intestines so the more of these natural compounds you have in your diet, the less cholesterol that gets absorbed into the bloodstream, and the better your chances for lowering your LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Cholesterol Facts

One in three adults in the US have it. People with high cholesterol have a greater risk of developing heart disease compared to those who have optimal levels.

While some people are more susceptible to high cholesterol, everyone can take measures to reduce it. These sterols and stanols, also called phytosterols and phytostanols, are found in the cell membranes of plants.

Plant sterols are present in small quantities in a variety of plants, fruits, vegetables, and grains; plant stanols occasion naturally and in even smaller quantities in some of these same sources.

It is estimated that we consume about 200-400 mg of these sterols per day, and about 50 mg of plant stanols.
Recommended Intake of these compounds.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends a sterol and stanol intake of 2,000 mg per day as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol that includes plenty of soluble fiber, exercise, and weight loss.

Higher consumption of these healthy compounds has been shown to result in significant reductions in LDL cholesterol.

No studies have examined the impact of sterols and stanols directly on heart disease incidence, but a reduction in LDL cholesterol has been shown to reduce the incidence of coronary heart disease.

How Do These Compounds Work?

Because their structure is similar to that of cholesterol, these compounds compete for absorption in the intestines, which can effectively decrease the absorption of cholesterol in the body. 10% reduction in heart disease risk.

Fiber and Cholesterol

Fiber is also an excellent way to reduce cholesterol naturally.

Resveratrol and Cholesterol

Resveratrol also reduces cholesterol by turning down the over production of cholesterol in the liver and combined with sterols and stanols can safely reduce cholesterol (without side effects) and lower your chance of heart attack and stroke.

National Institutes Recommended Lifestyle Changes to Lower Cholesterol
Follow these tips from the National Institutes of Health's Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Program to help lower your cholesterol:

* 1. Decrease your intake of saturated fat to less than 200mg per day.

* 2. Decrease your dietary cholesterol take to less than 200mg. per day.

* 3. Lose 10 pounds if overweight.

* 4. Add 5-10 grams of soluble fiber to you diet each day.

* 5. Add 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols to your diet each day.

Plant sterols and stanols supplements .

The 5 Most Popular Strawberry Smoothie Recipes

Strawberries are sometimes are referred to as the “queen of fruits”. Rich in Vitamin C, calcium and iron, you have a lot of health benefits to gain just by consuming strawberries. This low-calorie, high-fiber super food is known to help boost short term memory, promote bone and eye health, decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and prevent cancer. On top of that, strawberries also have powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-aging properties.

And because they contain a good amount of anthocyanins which give them the red color, strawberries also stimulate the burning of stored fat in the body! A nutrition powerhouse and a great weight loss aid, it’s no wonder why any strawberry smoothie recipe would top anyone’s best smoothie list!

If you love using strawberries for your healthy smoothies, here the 5 most popular strawberry smoothie recipes you can try:

1. Classic Strawberry Smoothie

The Classic Strawberry smoothie is a popular breakfast choice. It’s creamy, citrus-infused mix will jumpstart your energy levels at the beginning of the day and will also keep your tummy filled until lunchtime. Definitely a strawberry smoothie to try!

What you need:

6 frozen strawberries

1 medium banana

1 cup plain non-fat yogurt

1/2 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice

3-4 ice cubes

2. Strawberry-Kiwi Combo

Rich in Vitamin C and polyphenols, this strawberry smoothie is designed to help fight off diseases and keep your health in check. This delicious high-fiber concoction also helps curb your cravings and keep you feeling full longer. One of the best healthy smoothie recipes that helps you lose weight!

What you need:

5 fresh or frozen strawberries

1/2 ripe banana

1 small kiwi fruit, sliced

1 1/4 cups fresh apple juice

1 1/2 tsp. honey

3-4 ice cubes

3. All Berries Mix

Like strawberries, other berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are rich in essential nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Boost your energy and promote healthy weight loss with a glass of this delightful berry fusion!

What you need:

3-4 frozen strawberries

1/2 cup berry mix (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)

1/2 cup low-fat yogurt (any flavor)

Juice of 2 limes

3-4 ice cubes

4. Lumpy Strawberry Delight

Worried about your sugar intake? This sugar-free strawberry smoothie is a must try! It’s rich in vitamins, minerals and protein that will instantly boost your energy. Turn a bad day around with this irresistible healthy smoothie recipe!

What you need:

1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened strawberries

1 cup skim milk

1 tbsp. pumpkin or sunflower seeds

1 tbsp. cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil

5. Tropical Strawberry Splash

One of the most flavorful healthy smoothie recipes around, this filling smoothie mix makes a good post-workout drink. It’s extremely hydrating, refreshing and energizing – not to mention mouth-watering!

What you need:

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

2 small ripe bananas, sliced

1/2 cup pineapple slices

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup plain yogurt

3-4 ice cubes

Try any of these healthy smoothie recipes for a stronger, more energized body. These strawberry smoothie recipes will definitely make you fall in love with the fruit more!

Examples of Strong Medical Malpractice Cases

Sometimes it is difficult for people to understand what exactly a medical malpractice case is and you need to read some examples of strong malpractice cases in order to get a thorough understanding. There may be several circumstances under which the medical malpractice case can be registered.

Here are some examples of strong medical malpractice cases:

Anesthetist is not exactly a doctor but he or she is related to the medical industry. Their job is to give anesthesia to the patient before the medical procedure or surgery begins. In case this person has been negligent or incompetent while performing his job, then the patient will suffer immensely due to the adverse side effects and sometimes it may also result in something serious like coma or death. An anesthetist has the responsibility to find out how to administer and if the patient is suited for the medicine.

Cancer is another such illness where doctor’s neglect reflects big time. If cancer is detected early, the patient chances of surviving are high; and in case it is detected late, then the patient might not survive. So it is a matter of life and death in this case. Once a patient approaches a doctor, early or late detection lies in the hands of the doctor.

Fractures, if not fixed in the right way, can make the patient suffer all their life with excruciating pain or deformity. It depends on the orthopedic doctor to ensure that the bone is set correctly.

Dentists often do not detect oral cancer in spite of examining the patient. Their negligence to identify the early signs of oral cancer can cost the patient dearly and sometimes his life.

Best Eczema Cures

A complete cure for eczema may be some way off and the exact result in of eczema remains unknown although the immune system does have something to do with the disorder. While we do not have a cure for eczema yet, our knowledge of causes and treatments continues to grow. For the sufferer, putting up with the red rash that itches must be bad enough but the skin can become unsightly as well as painful. When eczema worsens the affected areas can have more damage up to and including bleeding from the skins surface.

Because there are a number of different relief’s, it might take some trial and error before a intervention that best suits each individual is found but despite this it is worth recalling that it won’t be a cure for eczema, just a form of respite. There are those that support the view that a holistic remedy for eczema is to strengthen the immune system of the sufferer but this is something that should be discussed with a doctor or dermatologist. There is nothing really new in this idea as many health troubles today are claimed to be the result of poor nutrition and eczema is another disorder where a number of people believe that it is not medicine that needs to be administered but a healthy diet as a remedy for eczema.

However, an eczema episode can be the result of a lack of Vitamin A in the sufferer, in particular beta carotene which has been linked to eczema problems. Some of the foods that contain this essential nutrient are green vegetables and because eczema is an immune-disorder, you can understand the importance of this essential nutrient towards the healing process.

The best option is to try out, if possible, an competent, up-to-date and holistic remedy for eczema that will not affect normal body functions or exacerbate the condition. It is also important to learn how antihistamines affect the body before using them as they may make the skin disorder worse by interfering with the body’s own histamine production and purpose. Some creams that claim to be a cure for eczema are simply moisturizers that are intended as prevention to the spread and inflammation of eczema.

Ultrasound Treatment For Pain Depends on the Size of the Applicator Head Being Used

Ultrasound therapy is often used to treat pain such as knee, hip, elbow, finger, knuckle, TMJ, back pain and radiating sciatica pain but if the caregiver or therapist is not careful the choice of the head size may defeat the treatment.

As previously discussed in our article on using ultrasound and also choosing which frequency it is equally important to choose the right head size for the ultrasound machine application. Ultrasound will not flow through air and if the head of the applicator is too large for the area being treated then the ultrasound machine will repeatedly turn itself off as a safety mechanism to prevent harm to the patient.

As an example if the head of the applicator is much larger than the area being treated and the area being treated is rounded then it’s not uncommon for most of the surface area of the head to be literally touching air, rather than touching the skin surface to disperse the ultrasonic energy. Air is an insulator and the best ultrasound machines detect a “non contact” area and immediately turn off. This is done due to the air being a resistor and also safeguards the ultrasound machine from overheating.

The most common example of this happening is when a joint such as knuckle, elbow, ankle or knee is being treated and the ultrasound head is much larger than the knuckle or ankle joint. Rather than choosing a machine with a smaller head or changing the head or applicator the procedure is tried and the unit actually turns off during the initial start of the treatment. Without the warning bells and whistles the treatment continues although the ultrasound energy is off. This historically was not uncommon and often the patient and care giver assumed a treatment had been given when in actuality it had not.

The other issue with head size is making sure the size of the head area is actually emitting ultrasonic energy. In the past a crystal was placed under the head and it may have been only 1/4th the size of the applicator head that was visible. It was natural to assume the energy was coming from the entire visible head but again it was not since the crystal, from which the ultrasound comes from, was proportionally small compared to the head. What this meant was the area thought to have been treated had not been due to the assumption the head area was emitting in 100% of the surface area.

Today it’s very important to deal with knowledgeable reputable people who understand the dynamics of ultrasound therapy.

3 Mistakes to Avoid When You Sell a Structured Insurance Settlement

Many people receiving payments from structured insurance settlements often wish they could get their money in a lump sum amount instead of receiving payments for what seems like forever. However, most do not realize that is a very real option for someone that wants to break free from the periodic payments of a structured settlement. If someone is really interested in selling a structured settlement for a lump sum of cash, there are a few common mistakes they should avoid.

Mistake #1 – Being too Hasty

Being in a hurry is often a bad idea when it comes to financial dealings. It is when we are rushed to complete something that we do not read the fine print and practice our due diligence in a business transaction. The same is true when selling a structured insurance settlement. Do not let the promise of a big check cause you to make rash decisions that are not necessarily in your best interest. In this process, it is better to take your time, research various companies, and choose wisely before you get caught up with a company that does not have your best interest at heart.

Mistake #2 – Wasting the Money from the Sale

Structured insurance settlements are designed to save people from themselves. They are meant to keep people from frivolously spending all of their money and being left with nothing. Show financial responsibility when making decisions with your newfound wealth.

Mistake #3 – Not Educating Yourself

You do not have to know every detail of the process of selling a structured settlement; however, if you have no knowledge, you are likely to be taken for a ride. You have heard the saying, “knowledge is power” – this is true in many realms of life, including selling an insurance settlement. Take the time to know what you are talking about to be sure to get the best deal possible.

The Story of Ted – Using Interferential Therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy

Ted is a patient who has suffered from peripheral neuropathy in his right calf and foot since 1987. Ted today is 77 years old and in good health but for the lack of sensation, and some pain, from the peripheral neuropathy. Let me tell you a little about Ted and his methods.

Ted was a pharmaceutical sales rep. over 35 years ago and always had a keen interest in the way our body works chemically. His pharma training helped him understand the intricacies of chemical actions in healing and disease. But Ted is a true “doubting Thomas”. Over the years Ted has always shown an interest in helping himself by understanding what is going on with his body, and not accepting anyone’s advice without seriously questioning the logic, positive and negative outcomes, if he chooses to abide by the recommended treatment of his physicians. The plural is used as Ted does not go see one doctor, but several, when he has an issue. He listens to general practitioners, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, Chiropractors, physical therapists, etc. and then compiles his own understanding of the health issues and forms his own opinion for his personal treatments.

Ted was originally diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in 1987 by a neurologist after an extensive nerve conduction study. In 1986 Ted had visited Duke Medical Center as he had noticed a small tremor that was not visible to others, but he knew of it. Ted was a certified marksman in the U.S. Army and National Guard so he continued his marksmanship contests. It was the need to stay totally still and slowly squeeze the trigger that alerted Ted something was not right.

Ted was also an avid bowler, competing in the Nationals, and in 2004 he quit because he was losing his ability to move his feet and control his balance. He competed at the national level so the progression of the peripheral neuropathy was something that limited his competitive abilities and he lost that competitive edge to win at that level of competition.

He has used multiple drugs and combinations over the years to combat the peripheral neuropathy.

Ted came to us because he was losing sensation in his right calf and foot. This was causing an issue because Ted is a sole surviving spouse. He lost his wife to cancer about 20 years ago and is self dependent. Ted is very independent and drives his car whenever he has to and it was becoming dangerous for Ted and other drivers because, due to the lost sensations in his foot, he was no longer able to discern by feel if his foot was on the brake or gas pedal. Ted overcame this by simply looking down at his foot to see which pedal it was on. Ted was very concerned, that after 25 years, the neuropathy was going to limit his ability to drive and take care of himself.

Ted came to us after his chiropractor suggested he could “help his peripheral neuropathy” by using an electrotherapy machine, treating Ted 3x per week, for approximately 6 months in his office. Ted lived more than 45 miles from his chiropractor and the travel would be prohibitive, as well as costly. He had figured it would cost him approximately $8,000+ just for the treatments, plus the time and cost of travel. He was seeking another option and came to us for help.

When we talked with Ted we asked him what was it about this machine the Doctor used that would supposedly “help his peripheral neuropathy”. Ted found the web site for the company and also sent us the literature the company sent to the doctors explaining the equipment. For me I was lucky as I was very familiar with the company, the owner, and the history of how the machine evolved. There was no “mystery waveform” nor any information known only by the manufacturer. The unit itself was basically very simple as far as electronic circuitry goes and there was nothing new in the equipment that had not been around for decades.

We offered Ted a free trial use of Infrex interferential therapy machine and instructed him on the proper protocols and electrode placements to see if the therapy would help him. It really appealed to Ted that he could self treat at his leisure and not have to commute back and forth to his doctor’s office for therapy. We knew Ted would be one of the most compliant patients we had ever had due to his inquisitive nature trying to understand the processes of electrotherapy and effects.

Ted would go home at night, recline in his Lazy Boy and apply one electrode to the bottom of his right foot, midback waistline point, and the other at the popliteal space ( behind knee), or upper calf, lower back thigh. Ted would use the interferential mode only for 45 minutes nightly, then change the upper electrode and go for 30 minutes for pain control sensory relief before going to sleep. He changed the upper electrode location each night depending upon the sensory input he perceived. He called us once in the first 30 days to make sure he was using the unit correctly. We did not hear from Ted for the next 30 days.

One early morning the first call I received started this way. “Bob I want to start your day and week off on a good note” was the greeting. It was Ted. He explained how he had reached the point that in his opinion he had restored 30% of feeling and function to his foot and calf. He told me for the first time in over 10 years he could now actually feel his toes and had sensation in them. The color of his foot had been restored to a brighter skin tone hue, the cold, bluish callousness it once was, was going away, and he had greater range of motion than he had prior to treatment, absent pain.

Ted continues to use his machine daily and continues to see improvement week by week. What is interesting to us is, there is hope for so many people who have resigned themselves to the consequences of pathological negative outcomes. Now with the ability to self treat, with a clinical interferential machine, the prospects of staying the disease, reversing symptoms, is beginning to offer new hope for patients never before imagined. Functional restoration is occurring now and the future looks bright.

Taking Chronic Out of Pain

Defeating The Chronicity of Pain

The patient who suffers from such chronic pain diagnosis as RSD, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, Sciatica, Chronic low back pain and degenerative disc disease to name a few is not experiencing typical cause and effect pain symptoms. These patients have had to learn to live with pain, generally becoming worse over time. Some of the specific pain etiologies of these diagnoses begin as less difficult, less painful beginning points and over time, due to the pain, these patients develop what are called "guarding" or "shielding" behaviors in order to cope with the condition.

One of the easiest examples is the patient who has been diagnosed with chronic low back pain, CLBP, and due to the pain the patient limits their activities, benefits one side of the other due to the pain, and becomes sedentary and so on. The behavior changes due to the pain impulse result in physical changes such as loss of elasticity in muscles due to inactivity, poor circulation, stress on certain muscle groups by shifting the weight of movement to a non-painful area, muscle spasms which add another level , and loss of muscle tone. Each time the patient changes their physical patterns it is common to now introduce another level of pain. It is common to see the CLBP patient develop a secondary pain referred to as sciatica. The pain is due to shielding and guarding by the patient to less the severity of the pain from the CLBP.

When a patient begins using differential therapy the main purpose is not total elimination of all pain levels but to begin to reduce the multi levels of pain one by one. As an example the Neuropathy patient may have painful areas in more than one part of the body. There generally is a primary area which was the precursor to the diagnosis of the original problem, but through shielding and guarding other areas of his / her body develop pain. The interventional therapy is intended to:

· Reduce the severity of the pain impulses position by position,
· If inflated reduce some of the inflammation
· Stop the progress of muscle tightness and in some situations cramping
· Relax the muscles
· Increase blood flow to the area for greater metabolic processes
· Allow limited range of motion / stretching exercises to increase elasticity of the tissues and cells

Once the treatments begin it's not an all or nothing approach and it's strictly lonely one treatment method. The patient may experience muscle cramping and the differential therapy wards off the cramps however the post treatment may include using some topical analgesic or sports rub to maintain the therapeutic effects. In almost all situations it is necessary to begin some form of stretching exercise to increase the tissue elasticity, and range of motion of any body part affected. The stretching which is beneficial, however also painful, can be embarrassing using unfamiliar to less the pain so greater range can be reached quicker. It's a multi function integration of treatment methods to achieve elimination of pain levels.

The chronic pain patient simply wants restoration of most functional ability and if he / she can eliminate pain levels on a weekly basis then progress is being made.

For many chronic pain patients the principal difficulties may be muscle related, ie., Muscle pain due to cramping, tightness, spasms. The patient dreads the recurrence of the muscle pain and will work to eliminate that level. By using intervenential as a precursor to stop the progress of the tightness the cycle can be stopped, however besides stretching to avoid future occurrences the patient may use an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, or hot moist heat, or arnica skin pain patches. Levels of pain require levels of treatment options resulting in elimination of most pain, step by step, level by level.

The chronic pain patient should always be remembered and treated with full knowledge that any chronic pain diagnosis is the result of failure to successfully treat the pain for greater than 6 months. The methods for treating acute pain have failed and new levels of pain stimulus emerge which requires treatment with goals of pain level elimination, one by one.

Chronic pain requires integration of treatment modalities and methods to achieve beneficial results. For the chronic pain patient there is no "magic bullet", only the will to get better and education on methods, options and clearly defined goals to achieve that success.

Protect Your Parrot – Learn the Benefits of Natural Parrot Toys

You already know that your parrot is an intelligent animal. It’s capable of problem solving, playing and interacting with people and toys. Providing toys for your parrot is an important part of keeping them happy and engaged. Unfortunately, not all toys are appropriate or even safe for your parrot.

Natural Parrot Toys Are Chemical Free

Many parrot toys are jam packed with chemicals. Now, that might not surprise you if you’re buying rubber or rope toys. However, what might surprise you is the type of chemical in these toys. We’re talking about chemicals that cause cancer.

But leather toys are safe, right? They’re not actually. Many leather parrot toys, commonly made outside of the States, are treated with Formaldehyde and Formalin. These chemicals can cause nasal tumors, rashes, inflammation and respiratory problems.

Chain links and metal are also often dangerous. In addition to offering dangerous to offering choking hazards, metal can be painted with lead based paints or coated with zinc. These two chemicals can cause serious health complications and death. The risks include:

• Feather plucking

• Excessive urine in droppings

• Weight loss

• Weakness

• Anemia

• Gastrointestinal problems

• Hyperglycemia

• Seizures

• Lethargy

• Vomiting

• Blindness

Wood based toys often contain arsenic and toxic stains or varnishes.

Natural parrot toys are 100% safe from any of these deadly chemicals. They don’t contain chemical adhesives, toxic paints, arsenic or formaldehyde. They won’t kill your beloved parrot.

Natural Parrot Toys Use Natural Dye

Leather toys are made using natural vegetable colorings and dyes. This is 100% safe for your parrot and won’t cause health complications. Leather toys are fun and generally long lasting toys. This means they’re great for your parrot. Make sure all leather toys use natural dyes.

Natural Wood toys for your parrot will also have natural vegetable dye. Vegetables are 100% safe for your parrot and the dye made from them is too. Beets, carrots, and other vegetables have strong colors and make great dye. However, make sure the wood toys aren’t flavored. Flavored wood makes birds want to eat the toy rather than play with it.

Natural Metal Parrot Toys

Stainless steel or iron toys are okay for your parrot as long as they’re not coated with zinc or lead based paint. And please make sure when you’re buying a metal toy that there are no small parts that can come off and choke your precious bird or inadvertently strangle them. This happens often with bells, chain links, rings and other small metal objects. Your bird’s beak and feet can also become caught. Also avoid galvanized metals because they’re dangerous to your parrot.

What Are Natural Toys Made From?

We’ve mentioned that wood, leather and some metal toys are okay however, there are some really great materials natural bird toys

can be made from. These ingredients include:

• Coconut Fiber

• Coconut Shell/Husk

• Bamboo

• Palm Leaf

• Corn Cob

• Oyster Shells

• Cuttle Bone

• Handmade Sisal Cord

• Straw

If you take a good look at this list, you’ll also notice that not only are these materials safe for your parrot, they’re renewable and recyclable. And toys that are made from Oyster shells and Cuttle bone offer calcium, a valuable nutrient.

Natural parrot toys offer a number of benefits. They keep your parrot safe, they protect the environment, and they can improve the health of your bird. Perhaps most of all, natural bird toys give your parrot the opportunity to learn, explore and be a bird without endangering them. They’re safe to explore and engage their environment. Parrots with natural toys are happy, healthy birds.

Microorganisms in Wastewater – How They Grow

Large quantities of microorganisms in wastewater slow down the process of treatment. The stored wastewater at the plants, provides an ideal ground for the microbes in wastewater to grow. Keeping tabs on this growth can apprise the plant personnel about how to proceed with the treatment. In this article I discuss a formula that can help measure this growth.

Exponential Growth Of Microorganisms In Wastewater

To identify the types of microbes in wastewater, samples from the plant are cultured in laboratories. In such batch cultures, it is observed that the microorganisms exhibit different phases of growth and ultimately die thus finishing their life-cycle. The first phase is a lean or lag phase with slow growth. This is followed by a fast growth phase known technically as the exponential phase. During this phase the microorganisms in wastewater consume large quantities of nutrients. The next phase is a stabilization phase where the activities of the microorganisms tend to slow down and remain subdued compared to the previous phase. During the next phase large quantities of smaller microorganisms die and are consumed by comparatively larger microorganisms and new forms are observed.

Of all these four phases, the phase that most affects the treatment process is the exponential phase which sees high growth rate of the microbes in wastewater. This growth can be measured by the equation: dx / dt =: x ==> X = Xo e ^ -T

In this equation,
X represents the concentration of the biomass in wastewater at a given time written as g / l or cell number,
: x represents the specific rate of growth written as h ^ -I,
Xo represents the concentration of biomass at time = 0 written as g / l or cell numbers,
T represents the time measured in hours and written as h.

An important measure during this culture test for microorganisms in wastewater is the estimation of "doubling time" or the time it takes the biomass to double in quantity represented as Td. This value is given as the following Td = ln 2 /: = 0.693 /: