Gout vs Diet

The cause of gout is a high blood level of uric acids which is a waste product. The waste product is a breakdown of purines which are substances naturally found in your body. Purines are also found in several types of food.

The treatment of gout, in times past, included very strict dietary regiments but because of medications that are used to combat gout the regiments are not as harsh as they once were.

There still are some recommended dietary modifications though as they can greatly help your chances of avoiding gout flare-ups. Many medications for gout cause many, potentially serious, side effects so dietary modifications can be a better option than the medications.

Some of the foods that are high in purines and should be avoided are liver, brain, kidney, sweetbread, anchovies, peas, beans, mackerel, mincemeat, scallops, muscles, and herring. Other foods such as poultry, meat, and fish have lesser amounts of purines so it is suggested that they be eaten in moderation.

Other ways that you can lower the risk of gout naturally are:

1.Avoiding alcohol altogether or only drinking it in moderation, perhaps saving yourself for special occasions only. Drinking a lot of alcohol increases the risk of hyperuricemia, as the alcohol gets in the way of the natural removal of uric acids from the body. If you have gout and especially if you are having a gout attack alcohol should be avoided completely.

2.Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to flush the system of uric acids. Aim for around 2 liters of water a day, more if you are exercising or have a physical job.

3.Try to maintain a healthy weight. The more excess weight you are holding the more stress is then put on your joints increasing the possibility of gout.

4.Try to lose excess weight but do not do so by rapid weight loss diets as they can increase uric acid levels in the blood. In weight loss also avoid low-carb diets as they are high in fat and protein. Consuming too much of these types of foods can increase your chances of developing hyperuricemia.

Foods that are low in purines will help in keeping gout at bay. Below is a list of foods which are low in purines.

1.Breakfast – Cereals and breads, coffee, tea, oatmeal, eggs, fruits, juices, cheese (low fat), milk, and peanut butter.

2.Lunch – Nuts and peanut butter, pasta macaroni, soups, cream style soups, cheeses (low fat) and broths

3.Dinner – Pasta, macaroni, eggs, vegetables, breads and cereals, low-fat cheeses and soups.

Other foods and food items low in purines are gelatin, fats and oils (in small amounts), soda, sugar, syrups, and other sweets in moderation.

As with anything, moderation is the key to a low purine diet. Some foods which have a moderate purine level are: beef, lamb, pork, vegetables such as mushrooms, asparagus, cauliflower, spinach, wheat germ, all types of yeast and gravies.

It is OK to have these foods as long is it is in moderation. Even foods that are high in purines can be eaten occasionally unless you have gout or are having an attack of gout.

Alzheimer's Disease Research and Alzheimer's Prevention

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a devastating, mind-robbing affliction that is now the seventh leading cause of death in the US and the fifth leading cause of death for those over age 65. Within the next few years it will almost certainly kill the more than 5 million currently diagnosed AD sufferers.

Alzheimer's disease research is going at full steam with hundreds of millions of dollars being spent annually to develop products for Alzheimer's treatment and / or Alzheimer's prevention.

As we better understand how AD develops and progresses, the research emphasis has significantly shifted to Alzheimer's Prevention. The hallmark indicator of AD is the development of beta-amyloid plaques and tau protein tangles in the brain. As these plaques and tangles develop, brain cells die. When enough of them die, symptoms of AD begin to appear.

AD appears to be a problem somewhat like Infantile Paralysis (Polio) or Hydrophobia (Rabies). Both of these do massive damage to the nervous system, brain, etc. such that once the disease can be diagnosed on the basis of its symptoms, the damage has already been done. Treatment was not the solution; only prevention would work.

Similarly, with AD the damage to the victim's neurological system, that causes the symptoms, is irreparable. We can not restore lost brain cells, and even if we could, we could not replace the memories and neural paths that the lost cells had contained or been part of.

For this reason, although there are some types of Alzheimer's treatment under development that show promise, the emphasis has significantly shifted to prevention, or very early detection, as the way to go.

While pharmaceutical companies and the rest of the ethical drug industry are deeply involved in Alzheimer's disease research, they are looking for patentable drugs, vaccines or other saleable solutions.

Other researchers are involved too, just looking for understanding. We now understand a great deal more than we did only a few years ago. Researchers looking at why some people get AD and others do not are coming up with interesting findings that apply to prevention.

They have found that heredity plays a part, but the genetic link is much more of a predisposition than it is absolute cause. Environmental factors appear to play a larger role. In studies of identical twins researchers found that one twin might get AD while the other did not. Outside factors apparently triggered AD in one while while leaving the other apparently OK

People with heart and circulation problems or with type 2 diabetes (usually bought on by being overweight), or whose lifestyles provide lower levels of physical and mental activity are more likely to get AD.

Heart-healthy, normal weight people who stay mentally and physically active are more likely to avoid AD altogether. Maintaining proper levels of certain B-vitamins in one's bloodstream, taking certain nutrients in larger than usual quantities and many, many other factors seem to work to avoid AD.

As the clock ticks on while we wait for AD research results, what can we do? Sadly, the current reality is that the medical profession can do little more than make AD victims as comfortable as possible while they are dying. (Although there are some products being tested that show promise at slowing the progress of AD.)

That leaves Alzheimer's prevention as the only real alternative available for those of us who want to avoid Alzheimer's. Each of us needs to take action to affect the AD probabilities in our favor.

Our best chance for Alzheimer's prevention is to "stack the deck" of environmental factors in our favor. We need to use wise lifestyle and nutritional choices to put ourselves firmly in the "less likely to contract AD" groups. Fortunately this is not difficult to do. All you need is to inform yourself and get started!

Different Types of Video Game Platforms Popular Today

Video games are the most common forms of electronic games today. These provide human interaction with the help of user interface, input and output devices. Video games are played with the help of different devices namely the input controller, main console and a visual display unit. The users use a certain input device also known as game controllers to generate a visual feedback on the video device and all this is controlled by the main console.

The platforms via which video games are played have been evolving since the beginning. From simple pin ball machines to arcade machines, they have been played with different units. There are several platforms available for playing electronic games these days. The popular ones are namely: Personal Computers, Video Game Consoles and Mobile Devices.

Personal Computers

Personal Computers are one of the most convenient types of video game platforms available today. They can be desktop PCs or Laptops with special hardware configuration that helps users load up and run these games on their system. The hardware should include a powerful main memory and also a graphic processing memory known as GPU. Powerful GPUs are considered better for generating excellent output. Together with these and other common hardware of PC such as a display monitor, keyboard and mouse games can be easily played.

Personal Computers can also be configured with additional devices like joysticks to make the experience better. The experience can also be improved by connecting computers to big TV screens with the help of cables like HDMI or VGA cable that the TV supports. Together with all these, Personal Computers serve as a great gaming platform.

Video Game Consoles

Video game consoles are devices that are specially created just to play video games. They normally come with input devices such as a joystick and a main unit that does all the processing work. They usually are connected to TV screens in order to see the visual feedback of the consoles.

There are several types of consoles available in the market today. The popular ones are Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 for example. These have become a handy name for electronic game consoles. There are also handheld consoles such as Nintendo DS and PSP Vita. These handheld consoles are light in size and feature their own display unit. So, the video game consoles are another popular platform which is widely available these days.

Mobile Gaming Platforms

The rise of mobile devices introduced mobile gaming to the scene. Mobile games are played on cell phone devices or handheld tablets. These two are the main platforms for playing mobile games. Mobile games are available in various forms. The mobile games are normally built for the operating system that the phones have. Today the popular ones are Android Mobile Operating System and iOS for iPhones. There are also other mobile operating systems such as Windows Mobile and Firefox OS.

Thousands and thousands of games are available on the mobile platform. This might be due to the fact that the mobile devices are getting really popular every other day. Games are available for free or for a fee, they can be simple or even be filled with complicated high graphics. Whatever the types of games there are, they are available on mobile devices. Hence, mobile devices seems to be a promising gaming platform.

The Stages of a Market Mania

What is a mania? It is defined as mental illness characterized by great excitement, euphoria, delusions and overactivity. In investing, this translates into investment decisions being driven by fear and greed without being tempered with analysis, reason or balance of risk and reward outcomes. The mania is usually running parallel with the business development of the product, but timing can sometimes run askew.

The late 90’s technology.com boom and today’s cryptocurrency boom are two examples of how a mania operates in real time. These two events will be highlighted with each stage in this article.

The Idea Stage

The first stage of a mania starts out with a great idea. The idea is not known to many people yet, but the potential for profits are huge. This is usually translated as unlimited profit, since “something like this has never been done before”. The internet was one such case. People using the paper systems of the time were skeptical as “how can the internet replace such a familiar and entrenched system?” The backbone of the idea begins to get built. This translated into the modems, servers, software and web sites needed to get the idea into something tangible. Investments in the idea stage start off lackluster and made by people “in the know”. In the case, it may be the visionaries and people working on the project.

In the cryptocurrency world, the same question is being asked: How can a piece of crypto code replace our monetary system, contract system and payment systems?

The Possibilities

The first web sites were crude, limited, slow and annoying. The skeptics would look at the words “information superhighway” that the visionaries were spouting and saying “how can this really be that useful?” The forgotten element here is that ideas start out at their worst, and then evolve into something better and better. This sometimes happens due to better technology, more scale and cheaper costs, better applications for the product in question, or more familiarity with the product combined with great marketing. On the investment side, the early adopters are getting in, but there is no euphoria and astronomical returns yet. In some cases, investments have made decent returns, but not enough to sway the masses into jumping in. This is analogous to the slow internet connections of the 1990’s, internet sites crashing or information being incorrect on search engines. In the cryptocurrency world, it is being witnessed by high mining costs for coins, slow transaction times and hacking or theft of accounts.

The Acceleration

Word starts to get out that this internet and “.com” is the hot new thing. The products and tangibility is being constructed, but due to the massive scale involved, the cost and time expended would be massive before everyone is using it. The investment aspect of the equation starts to get ahead of the business development since markets discount the potential of a business with the price of the investment. The euphoria is starting to materialize, but only among the early adopters. This is happening in the cryptocurrency world with the explosion of new “altcoins”, and the large media press that the space is getting.

The Euphoria

This stage is dominated by the parabolic returns and potential that the internet offers. Not much thought is given to the implementation or problems because “the returns are huge and I don’t want to miss out”. The words “irrational exuberance” and “mania” begin to become common as people are buying due to sheer greed. Downside risks and negativity and largely ignored. Symptoms of the mania include: Any company having.com in its name is red hot, analysis is thrown out the window in favour of optics, the investment knowledge is getting less and less apparent among new entrants, expectations for 10 or 100 bagger returns are common and few people actually know how the product works or does not work. This has played out in the cryptocurrency world with the stellar returns of late 2017 and the incidents of company shares popping hundreds of percentage points by using “blockchain” in their name. There are also “reverse takeover offers” where shell companies that are listed on an exchange but are dormant have their names changed to something involving blockchain, and the shares are suddenly actively traded.

The Crash and Burn

The business scene for the new product is changing, but not nearly as quickly as the investment scene is changing. Eventually, a switch in mindset appears and a huge selling spree begins. Volatility is massive, and many “weak hands” and wiped out of the market. Suddenly, analysis is being used again to justify that these companies have no value or are “overvalued”. The fear spreads and prices accelerate downward. Companies who do not have earnings and who are surviving on hype and future prospects are blown out. The incidents of fraud and scams increasing to take advantage of the greed are exposed, causing more fear and selling off of securities. The businesses who have the money are quietly investing in the new product, but the rate of progress slows down because the new product is “an ugly word” unless the profits are demonstrated convincingly. This is starting to happen in the cryptocurrency world with the folding of lending schemes using cryptocurrencies and higher incidents of the theft of coins. Some of the marginal coins are crashing in value due to their speculative nature.

The Survivors

In this stage, the investment landscape is charred with stories of losses and bad experiences. Meanwhile, the great idea is coming into tangibility and for businesses that use it, it is a boom. It starts becoming implemented in day to day activities. The product starts to become the standard and the visionaries are quoted in saying that “the information superhighway” is real. The average user notices an improvement in the product and it starts mass adoption. The businesses who had a real profit strategy take a hit during the crash and burn stage, but if they have the cash to survive, they make it to the next wave. This has not happened in the cryptocurrency world as of yet. The expected survivors are those that have a tangible business case and corporate backing – but it remains to be seen which companies and coins these will be.

The Next Wave – Business Catches Up to the Hype

In this stage, the new product is the standard and the profits are becoming obvious. The business case is now based on earnings and scale rather than the idea. A second investment wave appears starting with these survivors and extending to another early stage mania. The next stage was characterized by social media companies, search engines and online shopping which are all derivatives of the original product – the internet.

The Conclusion

Manias work in a pattern which plays out in a similar fashion over time. Once one recognizes the stages and the thinking process at each one, it becomes easier to understand what is going on and the investment decisions become clearer.

9 Signs Your Relationship Might Be in Trouble

It is important to know and recognize the vital signs of a relationship's potential. When I meet people and we talk about whether a relationship should continue or die, I quickly discover that the danger signal begins blinking long before a break up is imminent but the people were not watching out for them. Those times were actually opportunities to structure and recognize those threats before they threaten your marriage or relationship.

I am not a fan of broken relationships and I will never be a fan of divorce. But then there are some courtships, dating or love relationships that will have too drastic an effect. The greatest tragedy of a broken relationship is not the loss of the intimate relationship, it's a broken heart. When we break up, we leave behind parts of us thereby entering into another relationship defective. It is therefore important to know when to hang in or work on it, and when to move on, to understand when conflict is healthy and when it is destructive.

Caveat! It is crucial to know there are no absolutes, especially when dealing with human behavior. These are some of the vital signs I thought about;

1. If God tells you it is wrong. There are times when we enter into relationships even though we know we know it is wrong, even when our friends tell us we are making a mistake, especially when it looks the person it too good to be true- it probably is. Somehow, those things come back to hang us by the wrists.

2. If there is no one, no value, and no being to which you both submit to. There might be fire on the mountain. It is essentially proved that for any relationship to succeed, the two individuals should not be the center of attention of the relationship, something else, you both value and that will not get tired- God, vision, value could be in the center.

3. If you are not thinking of the future together. Have you ever thought about the future without imagining him / her there? You plan your lives independently of each other? Does he / she ever tell you about her / his plan without thinking of you? It's probably because you are not in the picture yet.

4. If you are relating from the position of need. If you need the relationship to survive. If you need to be in the relationship. Is is a dangerous thing if you enter a relationship because the lady / man is filling a particular emptiness in your life. It is really not a good sign if your happiness depends on another person. It makes your happiness dependent of the actions and intervention of another person. Also goes to the person who enters a relationship because he feels he needs to fix the other persons life. Remember, a relationship or marriage is not a tool for evangelism, neither is it a tool to change the other person. When the contract between the fixer and the fixed is finished or can not work out, they will look for another challenge.

5. If there's no Chemistry: chemistry or passion is what makes a friendship (commitment, intimidation) graduate into a love relationship. No relationship will last long if the love and passion in the relationship is one-sided. The giver one day will be tired of putting so much into the relationship without receiving love. Every strong relationship is built on mutual strength, companion friendships and support.

6. If you lose nothing if you end the relationship, it's probably not worth much to you. Your partner should serve as an important source of encouragement, strength and support. At every slight disagreement, if you think of leaving and can read or think about getting another guy / girl, you may probably do that soon. It is an indication that no value is being added in the relationship.

7. If you have not learned to fight successfully. Fighting successfully means the ability to fight and take corrections, the ability to disagree and not allow that to destroy the fabric of your relationship. Most couples in the heat of argument say things that never mean and that signals the end of a wonderful relationship. Times and moments of anger brings out the hidden person within, and if the two people have not mastered the art of coping with that person, an end might be imminent too.

8. If you are not open to change and growth. Relationships bring about new challenges and there may be need to constantly become accustomed to attitudes, mindsets, thought patterns and people we never thought we could never think we could never cope with. More importantly, we will need to change and grow, but if we are comfortable and rigid about our mindsets, perceptions and attitudes, you may soon have to create a relationship with them! Long lasting relationships are built on the ability to complement and adapt to each other and the situations as they come around.

9. If the person exhibits a behavior that makes the relationship difficult to stay. There are behaviors and attitudes such as fits of rage, stubbornness, and one partners' undue submission to external influence.

Why the Best HGH Therapy for Sale Was Terrific for My Wife and I

Back when my wife, Jill, and I were in our twenties and thirties, we never had any problems with our weight. We looked fit and skinny and we both felt as healthy as possible. Then we grow older. Now that the Mrs. and I have reached our early forties, we have entered Somatopause. During this natural process of accelerated aging, our brains' pituitary glands cut back on the number of important hormones, not like HGH, that are released into our bloodstreams. As a direct result, accelerated aging kicked in. We both got a bit chubby and lost some of our most attractive features. Jill and I also suffer from fatigue, as well as more frequent illnesses. In other words, reaching our middle-age was a big drag. Fortunately, an anti aging HGH prescription quickly turned that around.

Within less than a week of starting legal HGH therapy, numerous improvements could be seen and felt all over both of our bodies. For instance, plenty of lean muscle mass was restored on my arms, chest, shoulders and legs. Even some never-before-seen cuts popped up. Meanwhile, both my better-half and I were able to lose loads of weight after authentic HGH Injections successfully sped up our metabolisms. In fact, it became normal for each of us to drop a pound a day. Annoying cravings to eat were not even an issue, as the best HGH products are known to severely decrease a user's appetite. In other words, a fast acting HGH program was amazing for my masculine physique, as well as Jill's feminine figure.

While wonderful injections of HGH therapy benefit one's shape, I love how much the hormone treatments do to help my quality of rest. Rather than watching TV for hours at a time, desperate to fall sleep, I now pass right out every night. I am then out like a log for more than 8 hours. When my alarm wakes me up the next morning, I can hop out of bed with a high energy level. Getting up and venturing to work on time are then easy. So is multitasking through a long workday. I still have enough energy floating through my veins to spend quality time helping the kids with their algebra homework after dinner. Jill even gets a little lovin 'after the lights go out in the bedroom. After all, my aging sex drive loves the kick start that my fabulous HGH program provides. No little blue pills are necessary. With some powerful help from a local HGH doctor, I now lead long and rewarding days.

There is no doubt that Jill and I live more fulfilling lives, thanks to our wonderful HGH therapy. I am positive that the right HGH program can do the same for you. You just have to realize that not every hormone supplement for sale is dependable. All of the HGH pills, sprays, creams and oils on the market are good-for-nothing scams. You must buy real HGH Injections to experience any benefits. It's also advised to only conduct business with an online or a local HGH clinic based out of the United States. As long as it comes from a domestic HGH center, our country's FDA can confirm a product's safety. Keep it domestic, and a life changing HGH plan will safely restore your youth.

How Does the Diet Solution Program Work?

The Diet Solution Program by Isabel De Los Rios has gradually grown in popularity ever since it was first published until it has reached the status as one of the world’s leading nutrition programs.

When you read the various testimonials of the Diet Solution Program it is quite clear that it has helped many men and women lose weight and improve how they feel. The question is how does the Diet Solution Program really work?

The basic premise of the program is that generalized diets do not work very often because they try to fit too many people. This may be a good marketing angle as it gets you more potential customers, but it’s not always beneficial for the public.

The reason why generalized diets may not be effective is that they try to provide a single process or solution for everyone, disregarding the fact that we are all very different from one another. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another.

I actually believe that often when people fail on a diet they aren’t to blame. They didn’t fail on the diet, the diet failed them. It just wasn’t right for them. They had no chance of succeeding with it.

What the Diet Solution Program does is try to fit each person with an eating plan that’s right for them. This is why the program begins with a test to determine your metabolic type. Once your metabolic type is found, you can basically create your own eating plan that’s right for you. You no longer go for a generalized diet, you choose a more personalized process. This is why the Diet Solution Program can help you lose weight and burn fat even if you failed to do so with other diets in the past. This is the first part of the program.

The second part of the program is more general and deals with various foods and eating patterns that Isabel De Los Rios analyzes in terms of health and contribution to weight gain or fat loss. This part is more than just about weight loss. It is a health manual in itself.

This is what I like about this program: it doesn’t just concern itself with looks, it helps you make healthier choices that can serve you well in your life for years to come.

Naturally, losing weight is the main reason why anyone would sign up for a diet, but if it can help make you healthier as well, why not?

This is how this program works.

The Meaning of Deductible in Insurance

What does deductible mean in an insurance policy? It’s the amount of a claim you are responsible for, before the insurance company will start paying it’s share of costs.

In automobile insurance coverage, you may select a plan with a deductible of $1,000. This would mean that if you have a collision where repairing the damage would cost $5,000, the insurance company would pay $4,000, while you must pick up the rest.

If you had a minor accident with a scratch that would cost $500 to repair, the insurance company would not have to pay anything. You would have to pick up the repair costs yourself.

In health insurance, the deductible is one of three methods the policy can use to share costs. (The others are copay and coinsurance)

Health care costs add up over time rather than on a single incident, so you will usually find the deductible listed as “Calendar Year Deductible” (or CYD). When defined this way, it means your bills start from $0 on January 1 and accumulate through the end of that year.

It would be unfortunate to develop a major health problem and get to the hospital on New Year’s Eve. If you hadn’t met your deductible for the old year yet, you may end up with two deductibles to meet. One for services before midnight, and another for costs in the new calendar year.

You may find a policy that starts counting the deductible from the date your coverage begins and accumulates through the policy year instead of the calendar year, but this is rare.

Also uncommon is a plan that will let you roll over your deductible from the end of the previous year to help in case you do experience the New Year’s Eve scenario.

Sometimes you will find an item in a health policy where the deductible definition is “per admission” or “per occurrence”. The per admission deductible would mean a new deductible applies every time you are admitted to the hospital, while “per occurrence” would likely apply to each Emergency Room visit.

Usually, health insurance policies that offer office visits for a copay do allow you to use this reduced rate before you meet your Calendar Year Deductible.

The higher your deductible is, the lower the risk to the insurance company and the less you have to pay in premium costs for the coverage. On the other hand, lower deductibles mean higher premium costs to you.

So, which is better, a low or high deductible? If the annual premium savings is more than the difference between the deductibles, the higher deductible is the best best.

Everything You Should Know About The Treatment With Fillers

The aging process begins on the day when we are born. As we age the facial signs become more evident. The aging process is different in each individual so that loss of firmness and elasticity of the skin may occur in proportions and at different time intervals from one person to another. With age skin loses its elasticity and becomes drier because the fat underneath disappears. This last aspect lowers wrinkles and skin suppleness.

Current techniques used for improving skin appearance by removing the aging signs and shaping facial contours have remarkable results and offer a sense of self confidence for every patient. One of the methods commonly used to fight against ageing is through cosmetic substances injected in the skin, known as fillers.

Collagen is a natural protein that forms a network in the skin, increasing its suppleness and elasticity. With age this network is “weakening”, forming wrinkles that become permanent. Collagen injection is a simple procedure, as well as a fast and reliable method to get rid of wrinkles or to increase the volume of lips. Before using it patients are advised to undergo allergy testing because the product is of animal origin.

Other substance that is often used with fillers is hyaluronic acid. It is present in the body providing skin volume. In time it disappears from the skin completely due to intrinsic factors, such as the age and sex of the patient, but also because of temperature, wind, sun and medications. Treatment with hyaluronic acid is recommended for adults of all ages. It is particularly useful for fine wrinkles and for restoring facial contours.

Next, calcium hydroxyapatite is a compound of calcium and phosphate ions that are found naturally in some human tissues (teeth and bones). Injecting this substance provides outstanding cosmetic effects whose duration lasts between 18 and 24 months. However, this depends on many factors so that results can vary with age, texture of skin, genetics, lifestyle and even the muscle activity of the treated area. It is used more for deep wrinkles.

Finally, fat injection is a procedure used for removing wrinkles by injecting fatty tissues obtained from patients, so as to exclude any risk of allergic reactions. The effect persists for several months after the first injection, but may become permanent after its repetition. The tissue is harvested using either a syringe or liposuction from some areas of the body such as the abdomen or hips.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of HD Radio

HD Radio is also known as High-Definition Radio. It first landed onto the market many years ago. The reasons why most consumers are unaware of the HD Radio option include the cost of equipment purchase, lack of marketing and push for satellite radio. HD Radio is free of charge. But, unlike satellite radio, you are required to purchase expensive equipment in order to get the exciting experience of this innovative technology. If you are considering purchase of such equipment, you must first understand the basis of the technology and its advantages and disadvantages. This way, you can find yourself in a much better position to determine what listening option is best for you.

Advantages of HD Radio The advantages of the HD Radio can be listed as follows.

  • It offers new and crisp, crystal-clear sound.
  • The HD Radio uses the advanced technology to display informational text on the radio screen.
  • This advanced digital display mechanism of the HD Radio has now enabled syndicated radio programs to provide regional and local information in a text format.
  • Both AM and FM frequencies are offered on HD Radio.
  • Because of this hottest new technology, the current AM sound will improve to the level at which we hear FM radio signal today.
  • Eventually, the listener gets more options in radio as the AM channels become more clear.

Disadvantages to HD Radio The disadvantages to HD Radio may include the following. ·

  • The HD Radio is not able to speak with a disc jockey.
  • HD Radio is designed to automate. It means it does not require disc jockey service. Therefore, if you have a question about an artist or a song, there will be no one to contact.
  • You may be listening to a continuous music format and nothing more because not all HD channels are presently using digital text display.
  • The equipment you need to purchase is quite expensive. The cost to purchase the equipment varies to purchase prices upwards of $1000 each.
  • However, you can also find a less expensive version in a clock radio, but cost still remains the primary factor, which prevents many from biting into the HD Radio market.

Criticism The HD Radio system has not been immune to criticisms.

  • Many find the claims of higher audio quality to be exaggerated or even untrue when multicasting is used, as individual channel rates are reduced.
  • Some also report a decrease in audio quality on the analog signal of stations that have taken up the system.
  • Another common criticism is that the use of the digital transmission format on the medium wave (AM) band is unreasonable because of high levels of interference and noise on the band.

Thus, there are various advantages and disadvantages of HD Radio. Therefore, you need to be prudent before you purchase the expensive equipment to enjoy the new technology.

7 Chronic Illnesses Linked to Substance Abuse

Substance abuse and addiction are clearly associated with a number of negative health effects that can lead to a lifetime of illness or even death. While drug and alcohol rehab can help to reverse some of these negative effects and improve an individual’s overall health and well-being over time, substance abuse causes immense damage to the body’s vital organs.

There are a wide variety of drugs abused and each of those substances will have varying effects on the body. Although these drugs will also affect each individual differently, here are seven of the most common chronic illnesses that have been linked to substance abuse and addiction.

  1. Heart Disease
    Most substances, including cocaine, heroin, marijuana, steroids, and tobacco (among many others) can cause irreversible damage to the cardiovascular system. The veins, arteries, and heart are all affected by the use of drugs and alcohol and substance abuse often causes abnormal heart rate, collapsed veins, and infection of the vessels and heart valves. Cardiovascular disease and heart attack may also cause death if the excessive use of addictive substances is not properly addressed within a drug and alcohol rehab setting.
  2. Lung Disease
    Commonly abused drugs like tobacco, marijuana, inhalants, cocaine, prescription opiates, and ketamine are just a few of the substances that can cause respiratory problems when smoked. Individuals who abuse these substances over a long period of time may develop issues within the respiratory system, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, and lung cancer.
  3. Mental Disorders
    Mental illness and substance abuse often occur simultaneously. In many instances, individuals who suffer from addiction also have mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or personality disorders. While mental disorders can be both a cause and an effect of drug use, both issues must be treated separately during drug rehab to adequately address all aspects of the substance abuse and/or addiction.
  4. HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C
    Infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C are often caused by shared or contaminated needles, a weakened immune system, or unprotected sexual activity. These diseases are commonly linked to the abuse of heroin, cocaine, steroids, methamphetamine, and prescription opioids. Getting the proper substance abuse treatment at a rehab center can help prevent the spread of these infectious diseases.
  5. Cancer
    It’s a well-known fact that tobacco smoke causes cancer of the lungs, mouth, throat, larynx, stomach, bladder, pancreas, kidney, and cervix, but several other addictive substances have also been linked to cancer as well. Consistent use of substances such as alcohol, steroids, and synthetic drugs have also been linked to cancers of several major bodily organs, including the pancreas, stomach, breasts, and liver.
  6. Dermatosis
    Abuse of amphetamines such as Adderall can cause skin diseases such as dermatosis. Injecting illicit drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, and heroin can also cause skin and soft tissue infections. This typically happens when a person uses non-sterile needles, injects harmful oral bacteria into the body after cleaning needles with saliva, or injects a drug directly beneath the skin instead of into a vein (also known as skin popping).
  7. Addiction
    Long-term use of any addictive substance such as alcohol or illicit drugs may result in addiction, which is defined as a chronic illness. While there are many factors that play a role in the development of addiction, consistent use of drugs and alcohol modifies the way the brain’s neurons send, receive, and process information. As a result, overcoming addiction is more than just an issue of willpower. Addiction is a disease that must be treated with evidence-based clinical therapies and medical practices within a supportive environment such as a rehab center.

Substance abuse has been linked to various other chronic illnesses in addition to those listed above, but these are just a few of the most common illnesses faced by those who suffer from severe substance abuse disorders and addiction.

Why Do People Have Trouble Losing Weight?

Losing weight can be difficult for some people, there are many reasons for this. In this article, I intend to cover the major difficulties that people face when they are trying to lose unwanted weight.

One of the first reasons is going too hard, too fast. Starting a diet or exercise routine or even both, after being inactive and having poor eating habits will not end badly. Just like somebody who goes cold turkey on cigarettes, the same idea applies. To supplement this issue, I strongly recommend you do not try some extreme diet or full-on exercise routine, just make small changes over time.

The second reason, is that people do not even try and lose fat. You may be surprised, that if you want to lose weight, you actually have to try. So do not just sit there, make the change.

Lastly, staying committed to reaching your goal can be the most difficult thing. The main reason that most people fail in losing weight is not staying committed. That is why it is so very important for you to stay committed when you are trying to lose weight. To do this successfully, I strongly, strongly recommend you try and lose weight with a friend, this way you can make sure the other completes their goal and support each other.

Hopefully by now you understand how to lose weight, these are generally the most common reasons that people face when they are trying to lose unwanted weight. Trust me when I say, if you can find a friend to help you along your journey, this will make it just that much easier.

What is Inversion Therapy and What Can it Do For You?

Gravity has always been defined as continuous force acting down on your muscles, joint and connective tissues, and it has never acted up even for a second. Sometimes it increases at certain positions you make, like lifting heavy objects or sitting down, affecting your spell, which might make this force be 2 or 3 times more than normal.

That makes sense when any adult human tries to measure his height at the morning to find it for example 65 inches, while if he tried to measure it again by the end of the day, he'll find it 64 inches, and the next morning he tries to measure his height again he'll find it 65 again as normal, this is a clear evidence that adults height in the morning decrees by 0.75-1 inches than at night, that happens because their spines have been compressed all through the day due to the gravitational compression that affects their spines, also affecting knees & hips. Moving forward we find that the number of inches lost becomes about 2 inches when people get much older.

Actually losing an inch or gaining it is not an important thing to care about for a lot of people, but this change actually means a lot, because it explains the reason of having all the pains at the end of your day, it's because of the gravitational compressions done on your neck, back, spine and joints. That was the beginning of thinking to have a special kind of treatment using gravity as the main role player in this process.

Inversion therapy is a way of treatment for back pains, simply by hanging upside down or with a certain angle, or make some downward yoga poses, making your body in a reversed position to gravity compared to normal, it actually not only removes pains, but also it helps blood to flow easily and improvements posture, these are some of the outnumbered benefits that you gain while being treated with inversion therapy. Inversion therapy technique has a very ancient history that goes back to Hippocrates, the Greek physician, when he realized that gravity could be useful for treating some pains and injuries, but this therapy was known to people only in 1960. If you tried to think deeper in the technique used, you'll notice that there's still compression on the spine, so where's the benefit? Actually, the new inversion techniques solved that problem, they invented inversion tables or boots, which hangs you upside down from your feet or ankles, therefore giving you spine, joints & connective tissues the ability to relax.

5 Tips For A Healthy Heart – Beyond Diet and Exercise

1) An appreciative heart is a happy heart.

Being appreciative offers many benefits to your wellbeing. The good news is anyone can find something to genuinely appreciate if they look for beauty around them. The feeling of appreciation is one of the easiest positive emotions to generate within you. When you feel sincere appreciation you can increase your heart rhythm coherence, reduce emotional stress and improve your health. Harmonious heart rhythms are considered to be indicators of cardiovascular efficiency and strength as well as assisting nervous system balance.

2) Allow yourself to dream.

From the lyrics of a famous Disney song, "A dream is a wish your heart makes" … so why not let it! Dreaming puts you in a state of hope, another positive emotion that creates harmonious biochemical effects within your body. Dreaming, or visualizing, is also an important tool in achievement. Your brain does not know the difference between what is reality, and what you create as reality according to Maxwell Maltz in his book Psycho-Cybernetics. So seeing becomes believing, when positive emotion is attached. Dreaming creates joy, enthusiasm and energy raising your vibration level as well. Other positive, like-minded, "Blue Sky" Thinkers will be drawn to you and you'll find your life full of wonderful relationships and visions realized.

3) Connect with others.

Relationships of any kind, and feeling connected to others has a powerful influence on our wellbeing. Positive emotional connections with other people enhance not only the quality of our lives but also strengthen our basic survival. When you enjoy an energy-giving relationship, you appreciate and look forward to spending time with that person creating a sense of future. Lonely people tend to focus on just getting through the day increasing their risk of dis-ease in the body. People that feel cared for and supported by others have proven to have significantly less blockage in their coronary arteries, chest pains and heart disease. Feelings of love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us well and when in lack, what makes us sick. Clearly, companionship plays a vital role in our health, wellbeing and longevity.

4) Forgiveness will set you free.

What's done is done. It is said that the most difficult thing to do in life is to give love when you feel you've been unfairly. Learning to give love regardless of what has happened or been done to you is empowering. It may seem challenging to let go of hurt feelings, but it is really in your best interest to do so. Harboring negative feelings towards another only increases the levels of stress hormones in your body, constricts your blood vessels and raises blood pressure putting excess strain on your heart and weakening your immune system. When you choose forgiveness, you are at peace … and you may be surprised to find how easy it becomes when you soften your heart. You will find you have to forgive less often when you come from a place of love. Love is a positive high frequency emotion which can heal and help us overcome. When you are love, you give it freely and it is returned to you abundantly. Fewer situations will arise that bring personal hurt.

5) Laughter IS the best medicine.

Whether you laugh naturally or you learn to include the behavior it has important influence on your heart. Exercising, not smoking and eating foods low in saturated fat will reduce the risk of heart disease though hearty laughter should be added to the list. You actually reduce your risk of experiencing a heart attack when you include humor in your daily life. Laughter produces Endorphins, "natural endogenous morphine-like substances, or simply put, your body's natural pain killer. the stairs instead of the elevator.

Ageing and Your Eyes: When Should You See an Ophthalmologist?

As we get older our bodies age, from our skin and joints to organs and muscles, but our eyes age too. When we are young the lenses within the eyes, called the natural crystalline lens, is clear and flexible, and can focus freely from near to far. People of all ages may need the use of glasses to help them see distance or closer, but when we are younger this is usually due to the shape of the eye.

From around the age of 40 the natural crystalline lens starts to get cloudy and more ridged, this means that the lens can not focus as well as it used to. This condition is called presbyopia. Everyone's eyes age at different speeds, but the older we get the more the lenses cloud and become less flexible, and the likelihood of needing help reading or with near vision becomes more interested, and for many older people cataracts start to develop.

When Should You See an Ophthalmologist or Eye Clinic?

While a lot of the population wear glasses from a young age and will regularly see an ophthalmologist or visit an eye clinic, there are signs you can look out for as you get older to indicate that you need to see a specialist for reading or near vision solutions;

  1. Struggling to read or do other close tasks and finding you are having to move things further away to read or see detail.
  1. That you start to get a headache when reading or doing close tasks.
  1. Finding it difficult to read small print in low light.
  1. Developing achy eyes when reading or doing close tasks.

The above signs could mean that you need to be seen to have a thorough eye exam and discuss reading or near vision solutions.

Reading and Near Vision Solutions

There are a few options you may be able to choose from when it comes to looking at reading and near vision solutions.

  1. Off the Shelf Reading Glasses – these are reading glasses that you can buy at most supermarkets or pharmacies, and even other shops now too. They are generally inexpensive and may be the first 'quick fix' you buy when first noticing you need help with near vision. Whilst they may be a good option to start with, especially if you are waiting for an appointment to see an eye specialist, they may not fully correct your vision. Off the shelf reading glasses can not correct if you have a different reading prescription in each eye and they also can not correct any astigmatism you may have. While they may be a good interim option, you should make sure you visit an eye clinic for a full eye exam.
  1. Prescription Reading Glasses – these are glasses that have been custom made by an optician to fit with your reading / near vision prescription. They will consider any differences in eye strength, astigmatism, and will nicely fit your face.
  1. Bifocal or Trifocal Glasses – these glasses are for people that need glasses for near, intermediate, and distance vision. Some people do not like having to use more than one pair of glasses and having bifocal glasses will correct near vision and distance vision, and trifocal glasses correct near vision, intermediate vision, and distance vision. Both options are completely customized to you and your eyes.

Treatment Options

Nowadays a lot of people find glasses inconvenient and find that they do not fit in with their lifestyle, but there is a solution for this, surgical treatment to correct near vision and / or cataracts called refractive lens exchange. This treatment is very similar to cataract surgery, where the natural crystalline lens is removed using phacoemulsification and a new artificial lens is inserted in its place. If you have a cataract this procedure will be called 'cataract surgery', but if you have this treatment purely for vision correction it is referred to as 'refractive lens exchange' and will eliminate the development of cataracts in the future.

There are a few different lens options that can be implanted and the one chosen will be determined by your ophthalmologist taking in to account suitability, lifestyle, and your expectations. All the lens options come in a variety of strengths or can be customized for your eyes and there are also options, called toric lenses, which will, along with the below solutions, will correct any astigmatism you may have.

  1. Monofocal – a monofocal lens implant is used to correct distance vision only, where after surgery you will still require the use of reading glasses. This is normally used for people that just want to eliminate cataracts and / or are happy to continue using reading glasses.
  1. Monofocal Monovision – this is where a monofocal lens of different strength is placed in each eye, one eye will be corrected for distance and one eye corrected for reading. While some people really get on with this configuration, others can not tolerate the difference. This option should always be tried with you first using either contact lenses or a demonstration in clinic.
  1. Trifocal or Extended Range – these lenses can correct near, intermediate, and distance vision and are popular with people that want to have glasses free as much as possible.

All the above options are just an overview and if you are considering any of the options, whether surgical or not, you should attend for a full eye examination with a trusted eye clinic. If you are considering surgical options, obtaining an appointment with a trusted ophthalmologist, who will go through benefits, risks, and alternatives, is advised.