More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Cigarette

According to a nationwide survey, more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette. Its true, well, it WAS true – back in the 1940's.

Three independent research organizations conducted a nationwide poll with doctors, surgeons, and specialists in every branch of medicine. 113,597 doctors in all participated in this poll. The brand of cigarette the doctors named most often was Camel.

Of course this type of advertising disappeared soon afterwards and has (thankfully) not been seen since. But really, it does go to show how far we've come from the days when something as harmful as cigarettes was being recommended by health authorities.

So why bring this up? Well, it appears that we're still in that era when it comes to something else – chlorinated drinking water. Health Canada has released reports on chlorinated water, and there's just no way that anyone in a good state of mind would suggest that drinking, showering, bathing or doing anything with chlorine would be beneficial – any more than taking a puff on a cigarette.

The analogy goes a step further if you think about exposure. I would not go so far as to suggest that smoking a single cigarette would give someone cancer, nor would I suggest health problems would result from drinking a single glass of chlorinated tap water, or showering, bathing or inhaling chlorine while washing up.

It is, however, generally agreed that smoking with any sort of regularity increases the health risks, and at some point, most smokers end up with at least one symptom resulting from their habit. Likewise, continual chlorine exposure, over months and years, would also seem to increase the health risks.

According to Health Canada *, "… a recent study shown an increased risk of bladder and possibly colon cancer in people who drank chlorinated water for 35 years or more."

Some of these problems can take years to develop, and like exposure to anything, some people are more susceptible. Some people may develop rashes, skin irritations or eczema. Some people may develop one of the types of cancer that are now associated with chlorine exposure – some may not. Unfortunately, only time will tell which group any of us are in.

One thing is certain, however. These days, people are living longer, so along with increased life expectancy, comes increased exposure to these toxins and their potential cumulative effects.

Is it hard to avoid chlorine? Not really. The municipal water systems do their job of delivering water to us free of germs almost 100% of the time, by adding chlorine to the system. That gets it to our homes, but from there, just like removing the wrapper from food we buy at the store, we must remove the chlorine from the water before we use it.

There are several ways to accomplish this.

1. Since our greatest exposure is when we open the pores of our body's largest organ, the skin, and shower or bathe, this is a natural place to start. When chlorinated water is heated, chlorine moves into gas form, and also is present in the steam we breathe and absorb through our skin and into our lungs. One 10 minute shower allows your body to absorb more chlorine than you would consume drinking 8 glasses of tap water.

Adding shower filters to remove the chlorine at point of use is a great idea. These are relatively inexpensive and can remove more than 90% of the chlorine right there. As long as you regularly change the filters according to the manufacturer's recommendations, you are getting rid of a large portion of daily chlorine exposure.

2. Drinking or eating. This one may be tougher to avoid unless you have a whole-home or "Point of Entry" system for removing chlorine from your water. Low level exposure can occur when eating food that was prepared or washed with chlorinated water. Using filtered, reverse-osmosis processed water to prepare foods is another way to avoid this. Systems are reliably inexpensive and conveniently provide water for cleaning, cooking and preparing foods.

3. Washing Dishes. Again, when we're warming up chlorinated water, we're moving to a situation where it is more easily breathed in. This is a tougher place to treat. Really a Point of Entry system is what's called for here, as connecting drinking water systems to dishwashers, or using them to wash dishes by hand would require heating the treated water. A whole home system that removes chlorine from all the water in the home is the most practical way to eliminate this problem.

4. Stop using bleach and other harsh chemical products for general cleaning. While it's true that bleach is excellent at killing germs, it is not very friendly to our bodies. If you consider how tightly we seal our homes to conserve energy, when bleach and other cleaning products get into our home's air, there's usually no place to go except into our lungs. There are green products available that work just as well, yet are non-toxic and usually water-based. These are much healthier choices.

As you can see, it is not difficult to reduce or eliminate your exposure to chlorine at home. The first step is to arm yourself with knowledge. Do your research, and contact a professional to assist with getting rid of this toxic additive in your home.

5 Symptoms of Anxiety and Tension

It seems that General Anxiety Disorder causes people the following problems. There are others, but these five are the main ones.

1. They have difficulty sleeping.

2. They think that something is imminent.

3. Relaxing seems out of the question.

4. Great difficulty coping, due to feeling exhausted.

5. Do not wish to eat.

I would like to point out a problem that can very adversely affect some people. When the patient finally asks the psychiatrist why they feel the way they do, and the answer comes back that they're suffering from GAD, a lot of people are simply relieved to know that there is indeed something wrong with them, and that there's something that can be done about it.

However, there are those who become terrified. Their re-action may be to leak out of the chair with a yell, and then walk around the room muttering; "Oh my God, I knew it." I knew I was going insane.

This feeling of anxiety is a most ancient response. These days, of course, we're not chased by saber toothed tigers. All those ancient dangers and worries have been replaced by other concerns, but the way our brains work today is basically the same way they did all those many thousands of years ago.

The point is, though, that the 5 conditions I named above are exactly what our ancient adults would have experienced. The causes would be different, naturally, but the basic fears and worries that they suffered all those years ago are still experienced by ourselves today.

1. We find we're having trouble sleeping. Years ago, it could have been that the winter was coming on all too quickly, and the food situation was not too good. These days, it could have arguments with our spouse, our boss, the risk of a pink slip.

2. They hear noises outside the cave at night, and when they go out in the morning, there are great big prints of a carnivore. Today it could well be unknown. We just have 'a feeling.' Now this is an article in itself, but try to think back to any event, however small, that might have started to make you anxious.

3. We find it very difficult to relax. The majority of us can pick up a book and providing it's by an author we like, the chances are we'll be totally absorbed in the book. If there is anything worrying us, it'll be put on 'hold', while we're reading. But there are those who are unable to switch off or relax. It does not matter how good the book might be, it just can not override their concerns.

4. This is self-fulfilling. Being agitated and restless will inevitably make us tired, simply to the point of not caring.

5. Stress, worry, anxiety. All these conditions will play havoc with our digestion, thereby making eating a decidedly unattractive prospect.

I would suggest that any one of these conditions is a good reason to seek professional help.

Anxiety Attack

What characterizes anxiety is the maladaptive fear that occurs during anxiety attacks. You might have read somewhere that anxiety is man’s basic response to various stress-provoking experiences that are directly connected with the fight-or-flight response. This mechanism usually saves man’s continuity since the early evolution.

Maladaptive fear is when the fear felt or perceived is not proportionate with the actual amount of fear being produced by the stressor. Also, it could be the unrealistic concerns involved.

For example, people who are aware and fearful that they might hit some on the road could be categorized as realistic fear. However, people who have constant fear that they could be attacked by vampires no longer have healthy minds and thus, manifest symptoms of unrealistic fear.

Also, maladaptive fear is characterized by the duration of response to anxiety stimulus. Usually, a person under the normalcy of behavior would feel that the anxiety subsides after a threat ends. But people having symptoms of anxiety disorders and attacks are incapable controlling persistent anxiety. Also, their symptoms of anxiety would extend to considerable periods of time, often until the manifested fear can no longer be connected to any apparent reasons.

Anxiety and anxiety attacks are prominent symptoms that could be associated with many psychological disorders. For example, people suffering from schizophrenia report of experiencing anxiety attacks. Or, the majority of people with serious depression also undergo series of anxiety attacks. Phobia patients and those suffering with generalized anxiety disorders could also experience anxiety attacks. In fact, it was recognized by Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis that anxiety (or neurosis) is the underlying cause of all psychopathologic disorders. It is no wonder therefore, that anxiety attacks could be observed in a wide range of mental disorders.

But how does anxiety attacks begin?

There are diverse explanations as to what causes anxiety attacks or what are the root causes. As in most cases, anxiety attacks seem to come out of the blue. However, this is not a concrete explanation since the mind could not produce internal tension on its own, unless some biological factors intervene such genetic pre-disposition of chemical imbalances in the brain.

Anxiety attacks could also be situationally predisposed. Therefore, certain situations may trigger the attacks of anxiety and sometimes, panic but it is not necessary that they will always have anxiety attacks when exposed to the same situation.

For example, a patient with anxiety attacks may feel severe dread, trembling and fear of going crazy whenever he crosses a relatively harmless chicken. (Note: Anxiety attacks and the stimuli that trigger them are commonly irrational. So having extremely uncomfortable feelings around a chicken may elicit erratic behaviors.) OR, she may have feelings of reliving the same traumatic experiences she had ten years ago. The sensations and images in his mind are so real that she really can feel the same pain she had during the actual event. And every time she has attacks, the same feelings will flood her.

The frequency of panic attacks differ n case to case basis. But observably, some people seem to have sporadic attacks that may occur during a very short period of time say, everyday in a week. This will then be followed by a period of rest and the symptoms would reoccur sometime later. However, for some patients attacks could be regular but less frequent such that there may be anxiety attacks once in a week in a period of two months. In between anxiety attacks, the patient may have minor bouts of anxiety.

Another common observation with people suffering from anxiety attacks is that they often believe that they have life-threatening diseases. Indeed, some patients feel that they will die of heart attack, seizure and other types of physical crisis if no immediate actions are taken. They also commonly believe that they are about to lose control or they would go crazy if they could not release the tension that resides in them. Thus, people with panic attacks are often observed to perform irregular behaviors that might not have logical meanings in the eyes of the observers.

Despite of the eccentric symptoms that patients of anxiety attacks display, this disorder is still not considered as psychosis since the person is aware of the irrationality of his thoughts and behaviors.

Medical Malpractice – Birth Injuries

Tragically, severe injuries can occur during pregnancy, labor, or shortly after birth.

Many parents face the challenge of providing for a child with special needs and seeking to secure the child's future care and treatment. If medical error caused the child's injury, a medical malpractice claim may be possible, to help ensure financial security for potentially staggering medical and financial costs. While most injuries or illnesses are usually not caused by medical treatment errors, others are linked closely with medical neglect or medical errors. Thus, it is necessary to take a close look, to determine whether a birth injury was caused by a physician or hospital mistake, or if the birth injury was something that simply could not be avoided.

Cerebral palsy is one major group of illnesses, which may result from avoidable medical mistakes.

Medical History of Cerebral Palsy

In the 1860s, an English surgeon named William Little wrote the first medical descriptions of a puzzling disorder that stuck children in the first years of life, causing stiff, spastic muscles in their legs and, to a lesser degree, in their arms. These children had difficulty grasping objects, crawling, and walking. As they grow up, they did not get better, but they did not get worse. Their condition, which was called Little's disease for many years, is now known as spastic diplegia. It is just one of several disorders that affect control of movement and are grouped under the term cerebral palsy.

In fact, cerebral palsy is an umbrella-like description for several chronic disorders impairing control of movement, which appear in the first few years of life and generally do not worsen over time. The term cerebral refers to the brain's two halves, or hemispheres, and palsy means any disorder that impairs control of body movement. Thus, problems in muscles or nerves do not cause these disorders. Instead, faulty development or damage to motor areas in the brain, disrupt the brain's ability to control movement and posture appropriately.

Symptoms of cerebral palsy range in severity. An individual with cerebral palsy may have difficulty with fine motor tasks, such as writing or cutting with scissors; experience trouble maintaining balance and walking; or have involuntary movements, such as uncontrollable writhing motion of the hands. The symptoms differ from one person to the next, and may even change over time in the individual. Other medical disorders, like seizures or mental injury, may affect some people with cerebral palsy.

Contrary to common belief, cerebral palsy does not always cause substantial disability. While a child with severe cerebral palsy may be unable to walk and need intensive, lifelong care, a child with mild cerebral palsy may require limited special assistance. Cerebral palsy is not contagious and not usually inherited from one generation to the next. At this time, there is no cure, although scientific research continues to yield improved treatments and methods of prevention.

The United Cerebral Palsy Association estimates that more than 500,000 Americans have cerebral palsy. Despite advances in preventing and treating certain causes of cerebral palsy, the number of children and adults it affects has remained exceptionally stable, or may have risen slowly over the past 30 years. This is partly because more critically premature and frail infections are able to survive with improved neonatal intensive care. Unfortunately, many of these infants have developmental problems of the nervous system or suffer neurological damage. Medical research is under way to improve care for these infants.

Early Signs

The signs of cerebral palsy usually appear before 3 years of age, so that parents often are the first to suspect that their infant is not developing normal motor skills. Frequently, infants with cerebral palsy are slow to reach developmental milestones, such as learning to roll over, sit, crawl, smile, or walk. Sometimes this is called developmental delay.

Some affected children have abnormal muscle tone. Decreased muscle tone is called hypotonia and caused a baby to seem flaccid and relaxed, even floppy. Increased muscle tone is called hypertonia and causes the child to seem stiff or rigid. In some cases, a newborn baby has an early period of hypotonia that progresses to hypertonia after 2 to 3 months. Affected children also may have unusual posture or favor one side of the body.

Parents who are concerned about their baby's development for any reason should contact their physician, who can help distinguish normal variations in development from a developmental disorder.

Clinical Diagnosis

Doctors diagnose cerebral palsy by testing an infant's motor skills and looking carefully at the infant's medical history. In addition to checking for the symptoms described above – slow development, abnormal muscle tone, and unusual posture – a physician also tests the infant's reflexes and looks for early development of hand preference.

Reflexes

Reflexes are movements that the body makes automatically in response to a specific cue. For example, if a newborn baby is held on its back and tilted so the legs are above its head, the baby will automatically extend its arms in a gesture, called the Moro reflex, that looks like an embrace. Babies normally lose this reflex after the age of 6 months. However, those with cerebral palsy may retain it for much longer. This is just one of several reflexes that a physician may check.

Hand Preference

Doctors also look for hand preference – a tendency to use either the right or left hand more often. When the doctor holds an object in front and to the side of the infant, a child with hand preference will use the favored hand to reach for the object, even when the object is closer to the opposite hand. During the first 12 months of life, babies do not usually show hand preference. But infants with spastic hemiplegia, may develop a preference much earlier, because the hand on the unaffected side of the body is stronger and more useful.

Movement Problems

The next step in diagnosing cerebral palsy is ruling out the other disorders that may cause movement problems. Most importantly, doctors must determine that the child's condition is not getting worse. Although its symptoms may change over time, cerebral palsy by definition is not progressive. If a child is continuously losing motor skills, the problem is more likely to spring from other problems, such as genetic diseases, muscle diseases, metabolic disorders, or tumors in the nervous system. The child's medical history, special diagnostic tests, and, in some cases, repeated check-ups can help a physician determine whether or not disorders are at fault.

CT scan

The doctor may also order special tests to learn more about the possible cause of cerebral palsy in an individual child. One test is computed tomography, or CT, which is a sophisticated imaging technique that uses x-rays and a computer to create an anatomical picture of the brain tissues and structures. A CT scan may reveal brain areas that are underdeveloped, abnormal cysts (sacs often filled with liquid) in the brain, or other physical problems. With the information from CT scans, doctors may be better equipped to judge the long-term outlook for an affected child.

MRI scan

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a brain imaging technique used to identify brain disorders. This technique uses a magnetic field and radio waves, rather than x-rays. An MRI gives better pictures of structures or abnormal areas located near bone than a CT scan.

Ultrasonography

Another test that poses problems in brain tissue is ultrasonography, or ultrasound. This technique bounces sound waves off the brain and uses the pattern of echoes to form a picture, or sonogram, of its structures. Ultrasonography can be used with infants before the bones of the skull harden and close. Although it is less precise than CT and MRI scans, this test can detect cysts and structures in the brain, is less expensive, and does not require long periods of immobility.

EEG

If the doctor suspects a seizure disorder, he or she may order an electroencephalogram, or EEG. During this test, special patches called electrodes are placed on the scalp and will record the natural electrical currents inside the brain. The recording can help the doctor see patterns in the brain's electrical activity which suggest a seizure disorder.

The Intelligence Test Issue

Intelligence tests are often used to determine if a child with cerebral palsy is mentally impaired. However, some children's intelligence may be underestimated because problems with movement, sensation, or speech due to cerebral palsy make it difficult for them to perform well on these tests.

Medical Problems Related to Cerebral Palsy

Physicians will look for other conditions linked to cerebral palsy, including seizure disorders, mental impairment, and vision or hearing problems. For potential vision problems, the doctor may recommend an examination by an ophthalmologist. If the treating physician suspects hearing impairment, he or she may refer the patient to an otologist. Identifying these accommodating conditions is important and is becoming more accurate as ongoing research yields advances that make diagnosis easier. Specific treatments may address many of these conditions, to improve the long-term outlook for those with cerebral palsy.

What Causes Cerebral Palsy?

Often, parents of children with cerebral palsy are led to believe that their child sufferers from a birth defect that was unavoidable. Rarely are they told that medical errors caused their child's disability. Many parents feel that there is no way to know what caused cerebral palsy and are unaware of the ways to search for answers. The reality is that cerebral palsy is sometimes the result of a medical mistake that deprived a child of oxygen during pregnancy, often while the mother was in labor.

Doctors have an obligation to provide adequate care during all stages of a woman's pregnancy, including labor and the period immediately after birth. Unfortunately, doctors are capable of error or negligence.

Physician mistakes that may cause cerebral palsy include:

  • Failing to perform a cesarean section when the fetus is in distress or getting too little oxygen.
  • Inadequately monitoring the mother during pregnancy and through the labor process.
  • Misinterpreting test results during pregnancy, or outright failure to conduct necessary tests.
  • Failing to monitor closely when the mother has a condition like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, asthma, renal disease, lupus, or thyroid disease.

Peace of Mind

If your child has cerebral palsy, it may have been caused by medical malpractice. You owe it to your child and your family to see if the cause of your child's condition can be determined. A good malpractice attorney will obtain all relevant medical records, review all documentation, and consult with leading medical experts to determine definitively whether a medical professionals negligence caused your child's condition.

The Lifelong Cost of Caring for Your Child

The cost of caring for children who suffer from cerebral palsy can be financially catastrophic. You must expect significant expenses through your child's lifetime, because the condition will not improve over time. However, if your child's condition is determined to be the fault of a hospital or physician, then there should be medical malpractice insurance in place to provide financial compensation for these costs.

If your child or grandchild has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy that you believe may have been caused by a doctor or hospital's mistake, talk with a lawyer practiced in cerebral palsy law.

More Doctors Smoke Camels Than Any Other Cigarette

According to a nationwide survey, more doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette. Its true, well, it WAS true – back in the 1940's.

Three independent research organizations conducted a nationwide poll with doctors, surgeons, and specialists in every branch of medicine. 113,597 doctors in all participated in this poll. The brand of cigarette the doctors named most often was Camel.

Of course this type of advertising disappeared soon afterwards and has (thankfully) not been seen since. But really, it does go to show how far we've come from the days when something as harmful as cigarettes was being recommended by health authorities.

So why bring this up? Well, it appears that we're still in that era when it comes to something else – chlorinated drinking water. Health Canada has released reports on chlorinated water, and there's just no way that anyone in a good state of mind would suggest that drinking, showering, bathing or doing anything with chlorine would be beneficial – any more than taking a puff on a cigarette.

The analogy goes a step further if you think about exposure. I would not go so far as to suggest that smoking a single cigarette would give someone cancer, nor would I suggest health problems would result from drinking a single glass of chlorinated tap water, or showering, bathing or inhaling chlorine while washing up.

It is, however, generally agreed that smoking with any sort of regularity increases the health risks, and at some point, most smokers end up with at least one symptom resulting from their habit. Likewise, continual chlorine exposure, over months and years, would also seem to increase the health risks.

According to Health Canada *, "… a recent study shown an increased risk of bladder and possibly colon cancer in people who drank chlorinated water for 35 years or more."

Some of these problems can take years to develop, and like exposure to anything, some people are more susceptible. Some people may develop rashes, skin irritations or eczema. Some people may develop one of the types of cancer that are now associated with chlorine exposure – some may not. Unfortunately, only time will tell which group any of us are in.

One thing is certain, however. These days, people are living longer, so along with increased life expectancy, comes increased exposure to these toxins and their potential cumulative effects.

Is it hard to avoid chlorine? Not really. The municipal water systems do their job of delivering water to us free of germs almost 100% of the time, by adding chlorine to the system. That gets it to our homes, but from there, just like removing the wrapper from food we buy at the store, we must remove the chlorine from the water before we use it.

There are several ways to accomplish this.

1. Since our greatest exposure is when we open the pores of our body's largest organ, the skin, and shower or bathe, this is a natural place to start. When chlorinated water is heated, chlorine moves into gas form, and also is present in the steam we breathe and absorb through our skin and into our lungs. One 10 minute shower allows your body to absorb more chlorine than you would consume drinking 8 glasses of tap water.

Adding shower filters to remove the chlorine at point of use is a great idea. These are relatively inexpensive and can remove more than 90% of the chlorine right there. As long as you regularly change the filters according to the manufacturer's recommendations, you are getting rid of a large portion of daily chlorine exposure.

2. Drinking or eating. This one may be tougher to avoid unless you have a whole-home or "Point of Entry" system for removing chlorine from your water. Low level exposure can occur when eating food that was prepared or washed with chlorinated water. Using filtered, reverse-osmosis processed water to prepare foods is another way to avoid this. Systems are reliably inexpensive and conveniently provide water for cleaning, cooking and preparing foods.

3. Washing Dishes. Again, when we're warming up chlorinated water, we're moving to a situation where it is more easily breathed in. This is a tougher place to treat. Really a Point of Entry system is what's called for here, as connecting drinking water systems to dishwashers, or using them to wash dishes by hand would require heating the treated water. A whole home system that removes chlorine from all the water in the home is the most practical way to eliminate this problem.

4. Stop using bleach and other harsh chemical products for general cleaning. While it's true that bleach is excellent at killing germs, it is not very friendly to our bodies. If you consider how tightly we seal our homes to conserve energy, when bleach and other cleaning products get into our home's air, there's usually no place to go except into our lungs. There are green products available that work just as well, yet are non-toxic and usually water-based. These are much healthier choices.

As you can see, it is not difficult to reduce or eliminate your exposure to chlorine at home. The first step is to arm yourself with knowledge. Do your research, and contact a professional to assist with getting rid of this toxic additive in your home.

Learn All About Anti Inflammatory Supplements, Autoimmune Disorders and the Role of Mussels

Anti inflammatory supplies, autoimmune disorders and green lipped mussels (GLM) all have a connection. The relationship might not be perfectly aligned, but they do have a connection. Keep reading to find out.

Green Lipped Mussel Functions

GLM is best known as an effective reliever of pain caused by arthritis. Its anti-inflammatory properties – based primarily on its ability to hinder the production of leukotrienes which promote inflammation – are also part of the reason why green lipped mussel has been hailed as a miracle product by some.

Of course, there is no such thing as a miracle product, but this shellfish from New Zealand does have a lot of health benefits all bundled into one simple-looking mollusk. It has been proven to be good for the skin, the circulatory system, the nervous system, the bones and teeth and the immune system.

Relationship with Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune diseases are conditions wherein the body produces an overactive immune response to substances and tissues that are normal residants within the human body. Now, GLM is not a direct treatment for such problems, but it does have the power to make the immune system stronger and healthier.

This makes it a highly useful core ingredient for anti inflammatory supplements. Autoimmune disorders, on their own, have no direct connection with green lipped mussel, but there is an indirect one. GLM helps keep the immune system healthy and the healthier and stronger it is, the better it can withstand threats from the outside and the inside, which can help head-off conditions such as autoimmune diseases.

Overall Health Benefits

Like what we've said, green lipped mussels are not a cure for autoimmune disorders, but it does have a say in terms of keeping the immune system healthy. Being known more as an arthritis-related pain reliever, it is quite easy to forget that this shellfish has a lot of other health benefits to offer.

Eating raw mussels is the best way to gain all of these benefits, but that is not possible for majority of us, that is why there are GLM anti inflammatory supplements. Autoimmune disorders might not be part of its main concerns, but one has to admit that getting all these health benefits in just one supplement is already a great deal.

If you want to get all these benefits and maintain your overall health, we recommend that you use Xtend-Life Green Lipped Mussel Powder supplement as all the above-mentioned health benefits are contained in this product.

Oxidative Stress Accelerates the Disease Process in Diabetes

From Pubmed.gov

Role of oxidative stress in the progression of cardiovascular diseases accompanied by diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus induced oxidative stress at least through through NADPH oxidase activation, and significantly accelerated the progression of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, hypoxia may be implicated in the development of diabetes mellitus and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), associated with the insult to mitochondria in cardiomyocytes by hypoxia itself.

Oxidative Stress and Diabetes

What this means is that Protandim can help Diabetes sufferers reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as a result of Diabetes Mellitus. The proprietary blend of naturally occurring, whole foods ingredients, such as Turmeric, Green Tea Extract, Ashwagandha Extract, Bacopa Extract, and Milk Thistle, serve to boost, bolster and supercharge the body's ability to create Mega-Antioxidant Enzymes that reduce (and even eliminate!) Oxidative Stress, and its negative effects.

Before age 20, our bodies make high levels of Antioxidant Enzymes, but the levels drop off after about age 20, and so begins the Aging Process.

We all know the aging process is the enemy of healthy, fit adults. Many times, though, we see a big word like "Oxidative Stress" and it's hard to make the connection between that big term and the process of "Just Getting Older" or the feeling of falling apart as we age. The terrifying fact is, though that Oxidative Stress IS the aging process.

Many people develop Diabetes as they age, and attribute it to just getting older. "Well, my mother had it, my grandfather had it, of course I'll get it, and probably suffer heart attacks or strokes as a result." We tend to resign ourselves to the fate of genetic destiny.

What if we could reduce the chance of even GETTING Diabetes in the first place?

What if, for someone recently diagnosed, they could REVERSE the disease process? Is it possible? Well, if you eliminate Oxidative Stress, the common denominator in MANY, if not MOST disease processes, the body-the beautiful, strong, resilient, amazing creation that it is- might see its way clear to begin down the process that shut down the pancreas in the first place.

I'm not saying Protandim cures diabetes, or anything else, (that would be illegal) but do a search on YouTube, Google it, ask someone who has been taking it for 30 days or more, and you might be very pleasantly surprised at what you hear, and the hope that YOU TOO could experience similar results.

Obese Unable to Get Treatment

This has been reported by the radiologists. With a population inclining towards obesity the problem is becoming more severe. “We noticed over the past couple of years that obesity was playing a role in our ability to see these images clearly,” said Dr. Raul Uppot, a radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Radiologists when writing up reports state: “These images are limited due to body habitus.” for a subject whose scans were not possible on grounds of obesity. These include standard X-rays, computer assisted X-rays known as CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET). These scans are used to look for tumors, blood clots, broken limbs and other injuries and diseased organs.

“Overall, 7,778 or 0.15 percent of 5,253,014 reports were habitus limited,” is stated in the August issue of the journal Radiology. “It essentially doubled over the last 15 years,” Uppot said. The researchers looked more closely at the records of 200 of the patients, who weighed, on average, 239 pounds (108 kg).

“It is a major issue because the patient may still have a tumor, the patient may have appendicitis, the patient may have other inflammatory processes,” Uppot said. “This is affecting radiologists all over the country.”

Ultrasounds are most affected, Uppot said.

“In an obese person because the ultrasound beam does not get to the organs or get to them adequately enough we cannot get a picture. It looks like a snowstorm. I don’t know if you have seen those televisions where it is just whiteout? It looks like that.”

An MRI can get a good picture if the patient can fit into the tube or get onto the table, Uppot said. Some manufacturers have started to make MRI machines with larger bore holes, but with the cost in the millions of dollars per machine, only large groups or institutions can afford them. “It is a market out there. People who are taking advantage of it are making money,” Uppot said. “We are in the process of buying and installing three of these machines.” One problem is with gastric bypass surgery, where the patients are by definition obese, Uppot said.

“If there is some complication abdominal pain or and infection or fever they are invariably at higher risk of not being able to be imaged with a CT or MRI,” Uppot said. “For the surgeon, he doesn’t want to take the patient back to surgery to explore to see what the problem is,” he added. “For the patient, not knowing what is going on is a big issue. If you tell a patient ‘I am sorry — we just can’t sit you on our CAT scanner’, that is devastating to hear.”

The picture is pretty dark but it is true.

Get a Hard Erection – Quickly With These Proven Herbs

If you want a hard erection quickly enclosed you will find the best combination for harder erections and increased libido, let's take a look at the herbs …

You do not have to buy all the herbs separately, you will find them all combined in the best herbal libido enhancers, so you can get one potent, convenient dose each day.

The herbs below in a controlled test showed that after just two weeks 87% of the group who all had erection problems reported not just harder erections but more sexual desire as well!

Cnidium Monnier Extract

Cnidium is a little known herb outside of China but that's all changing as its been proven to increase the release of nitric oxide while at the same time inhibiting PDE-5 realize (just like synthetic drugs) which helps to relax the corpus cavernosal tissue, to provides an increased flood of blood into the penis which swells it and the visible result is a hard erection.

Horny Goat Weed

Just like Cnidium, this herb increases the release of nitric oxide and inhibits PDE-5 and in addition, it also increases testosterone levels, reduces stress and increases overall body energy.

Mucuna Pruriens Extract

The high concentrations of dopamine contained in Mucana increase the release of testosterone, dopamine also inhibits of prolactin, high levels of which are known to contribute to the majority of all erection failures.

Maca Extract

This ancient herb was a favorite of the Inca warriors and was taken before battles to increase stamina and was banned after battles, to keep the local women safe from the increase in sexual desire the herb provides.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba improves blood flow to all areas of the body and to the penis; its anti-oxidant action helps increase the half-life of the endothelium relaxation factor, which keeps blood flowing to the penis during arousal which helps you get a harder erection and hold it for longer.

The herbs above, will improve your sexual health and also improve your overall wellness at the same; there found in all the best natural sex pills so try them and you will be glad you did.

Herbal Treatments For Relieving Anxiety

Anxiety or panic attacks are common, daily worries that can be atrocious enough to make us want to hide under the sheets, and draw away from the world for quite some time.

As everyone probably has experienced some form of anxiety at one time or another during their lives; however some anxiety is considered healthy, as some say it helps to provide the needed motivation and adrenaline rush. But there are occasions when it can be so severe that it interrupts, and sometimes messes up one’s daily life.

Common Anxiety Symptoms

The physical symptoms of panic attacks are manifested in the form of sweaty palms, dizziness, and diarrhea or intestinal/digestive discomfort, or having a feeling like getting a lump in the throat, insomnia, and restlessness.

The list goes on, including the hidden physical discomforts that excessive anxiety can deliver. In some individuals, there may be feelings of uneasiness, uncertainty or apprehension related to something unforeseen or unknown.

A person may feel his heart racing, feel some tightness in the chest, rapid breathing, or a tingling sensation in the hands or feet, or both. The physical manifestations of anxiety add up over time, and may lead to chronic panic disorders. According to statistics, one in every four individuals in the US has a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

What Causes These Attacks?

The question of whether panic attacks and overactive anxiety is caused by our mind or other biological factors is constantly being debated by experts in the medical field.

Most research suggests that this disorder is generally caused by a complex combination of life events, psychological behavior, family history and genetic factors. No exact anxiety gene per se has yet been identified, however some anxiety disorders, like panic attacks, do appear to be hereditary in nature.

Herbal Treatments For Panic Attacks

Herbs and other natural, plant-derived mixtures or solutions are fast becoming a popular alternative to prescription drugs for relieving panic disorders. While anti-anxiety medicines generally work well, they can sometimes be habit-forming and can cause negative side effects, while natural anti-anxiety treatments are often seen as safer alternatives, and generally do not lead to dependency or substance abuse.

– Valerian

This herb has been studied to be potent in relieving anxiety in clinical trials. Standardized Valerian extracts that had a minimum of 0.8% valerenic acid, which is the active compound, worked well. The herb’s extract work quickly, often in less than an hour when taken in doses of a few hundred milligrams, and these may be taken up to three or four times a day.

– Passionflower

This herb has been noted to ease anxiety and insomnia caused by excessive worrying.

– Lemon balm

Lemon balm is known to not only act as a sedative, but also helps ease headaches related to tension.

– Lavender is proven to help calms and relax most anxiety sufferers.

– Chamomile has been tested not only to relieve anxiety, but also to help settle the stomach.

– Catnip is an herb that relieves tension headaches and encourages sleep.

Other common methods for relieving anxiety include creating relaxation rituals for yourself. Some people do this by meditating, which has been noted to not only relax the body and mind, but also allows one to cope more calmly.

This method may be carried out in various ways, and may range from reciting a mantra, which is a meaningless yet simple sound, to focusing on one’s breathing. Other individuals spend their time in prayer and reading inspirational books or magazines.

Some people enjoy drinking a cup of chamomile tea or lighting a candle and relaxing in a hot bath. By spending some time for simple rituals like these, you may actually find yourself more relaxed and confident, and in much better shape for dealing with the rigors and stressors of daily life.

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Symptoms of an Ovarian Cyst – What Every Man Needs to Know

Symptoms of an ovarian cyst is not a topic I thought I would ever be writing about. I do articles on golf and golf tips, not women's health issues. I'm no expert on ovarian cysts but if you are a guy searching women's health or you went to search Google for ovarian cyst, then I can share my experience with my wife's battle with these things and how we finally got back to normal.

Trust me, we are so lucky to be men. I'll take a prostate over ovaries any day of the week. Almost all women will produce ovarian cysts at sometime in their life. Most are no problem and will pass out of the body during her period. However there are some that may become problematic and that can be the beginning of hell for both you and her.

First a quick lesson on human reproduction . The ovaries create eggs and place them in fluid filled sacs called follicles. When everything works according to plan, the follicles will burst freeing the egg and also pour out estrogen and progesterone. The egg will travel down the fallopian tube into the uterus looking for sperm. The burst follicle remains on the ovary and will pass through the body within 1 or 2 menstrual periods.

Here's what can go wrong .

That follicle may not burst. The egg remains inside and fluids continue to build as she goes into the next menstrual cycle. Normally these do not represent a big problem and rarely cause pain.

Another scenario is the sac does burst, but rather than just remaining a burst balloon if you will, it seals itself and fluids once again start to fill the sac. This one is called a corpus luteum cyst and it also can pass normally in 4 to 6 weeks. However, it can also grow and may become as large as 4 inches in diameter.

Because of its size and weight, it has the potential to twist the ovary and cut off the blood supply. When this occurs there is going to be some major pain in the abdomen. If it fills with blood, it has the potential to rupture and then you have internal bleeding and that is not a good thing. How will the woman know if she has a ruptured cyst? She'll know it when she gets a knife like pain in her side.

Can you begin to see why this is a major issue for her?

But it gets worse.

Most cysts are discovered during routine pelvic exams . Others may be easily misdiagnosed because the symptoms mimic those of other conditions. If however the doctor picks up on the fact that a cyst is present, she will order an ultrasound and do a blood test. This will give her a view of the cyst and at least some guidance as to what to do next.

Do you know what that "something to do next" is? Well it's likely to be nothing. Watchful waiting is what they call it. Because so many cysts resolve themselves, doctors will simply monitor the cysts using frequent ultrasounds to track its progress.

Meanwhile your wife or girlfriend is still feeling like crap. She might wake up one morning looking like she swallowed a soccer ball during the night. Hair may start appearing where it should not, like on top of her toes. In short she will feel miserable and that feeling is going to run down hill if you get my drift.

And as a man you are having a tough time relating to the problem because we do not have anything like it. All you know is she is miserable and you're not having sex because it's too painful for her. Surely the doctors can do something else.

Well your right they have two more options. Hormonal therapy and surgery. Trust me neither one of them are pleasant. And guess what. If they do dissolve the cyst, there is no guarantee that it will not come back.

About eight weeks into this I decided there must be something better than what my wife's doctor was offering. I checked out my two favorite medical sites, Mayo Clinic and WebMd but did not find anything new. So I started looking for holistic cures.

My wife is really big on natural diets and she really knows that we can cure whatever ails us with the food we eat. I have to sneak double cheeseburgers while I'm out playing golf.

Obviously diet was not doing much for the ovarian cyst situation.

But then I found a resource that said the cysts could be the result not only of a poor diet, but stress and a lack of exercise. Bingo. My wife is skinny as a rail so she has no motivation to exercise. Stress however, had recently been a big part of her life. So I found a pretty simple video on Yoga and suggested we both give it a try. Really simple stuff like stretching and relaxation poses.

It actually worked. She was already eating healthy but she needed to get some exercise and manage her stress. What watchful waiting could not achieve, these simple exercises did and the cyst problem is gone. And, it has not come back.

So if you find yourself in a similar position , take the offensive and get her the resources she needs to fight this thing. She'll love you even more for thinking of her.

Birds Make Great Pets

If you want to get a pet and you live in an apartment and your choices are limited, you should consider a bird. Budgies, canaries and even finches are relatively easy to look after and such a pleasure to have around with their cheerful bird song to greet you every day. Canaries are the better bird if you like constant singing, but make sure you get the male as he is the vocal one.

Budgies are a great choice if you want a more versatile bird, they can be cheeky characters and their cheerful chatter makes it easy to teach them how to talk. They will play with toys and if you let them out they will happily fly around the home. Great little birds to interact with, try to get a young one if you can. Young birds can be identified by the stripes continuing over the forehead to the beak. And the fleshy part above the beak called the cere will be a pale brown color. They can live up to twelve years which is as long as most dogs.

Canaries and budgies need different types of cages. Some canary cages have bars that narrow as they get closer to the top and a budgie cage has bars that are the same distance apart all the way around. A budgie in a canary cage can stick its head through the wire and run up until it is strangled so be careful to get the proper cage. Budgies will need lots of toys, mirrors and things to chew on to keep them entertained. A canary doesn’t care about such things.

Don’t position the cage in full sun and always make sure that they have food and water at all times. The two birds eat different types of seed, so be sure to get the right one for the type. They will both enjoy green leafy vegetables a couple of times a week and they will need shell grit to help them digest their food.

Red Wine For Heart Health?

They say the French have the secret to longevity and it appears that might be so much more than just a myth, after all we all know how much the French love their red wine, and interestingly they have a much lower level of heart disease than we do in America.

Recently it sees the link has been confirmed. In fact, the study back in 1992 called the "French Paradox" shown a 40% lower mortality rate from ischemic heart disease in French people even though they eat a diet high in saturated fats. It appears it's all in the Resveratrol, which is found in red wine.

The antioxidants in the wine help to prevent heart disease because they increase good cholesterol and protect the arteries from becoming damaged. The antioxidant in wine that seems to be so powerful is Resveratrol and while studies continue on this anti aging compound and wine what we know for sure is that there definitely appears to be a link.

A study of 10,000 American males between 35 and 74 years of age saw 115 die from heart disease of 10,000 French males between the same ages, only 85 die.

The source of Resveratrol is from the skins of red grapes. The fermentation process with the skins is longer in red than white wine, which is why reds do the best job at promoting heart health.

It is believed that heart disease stems from inflammation and clotting in the cardiovascular system. Studies have confirmed that Resveratrol reduces inflammation and blood clotting that occurs in the heart. On top of that it decreases bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol. Finally it protects your blood vessels.

Resveratrol has shown promising results in minimizing the damage after a heart attack or stroke. A recent study indicated that three weeks of Resveratrol supplements following heart attack improvements post ischemic left ventricular functions and reduce the occurrence of repeat myocardial infarction, The study showed that Resveratrol provided a dramatic increase in cardio protection.

It's important to note the study was on rats so further research is necessary. We should also add that no one with heart attack or stroke should start drinking alcohol without first talking to their doctor.

There is no question that Resveratrol has some benefits when it comes to heart health. The red variety of wine and the Resveratrol found in them help to decrease platelet aggregation of the blood. What this means is it makes the blood less sticky and it's beneficial in preventing thrombosis and heart problems.

All of these combined means a good wine can be a valuable tool in heart health when drank in moderation. Perhaps the real way to enjoy the benefits of wine is in a precise 'red wine pill' rather than enjoying a glass of red. In fact, one pill has as much Resveratrol as 1000 glasses of wine. Is not it time to enjoy the heart health those from French seem to enjoy?

Ukraine – Real Estate Development's Capital Growth

Ukraine was just one of the fifteen Soviet Republics before the fall of the USSR in 1991, which thrust independence onto this giant east European country for the first time in its history. The transformation from one-party, semi-autonomous state to democratic nation did not occur overnight, however, and Ukrainians had had to struggle long and hard to establish the multi-party democracy that is currently emerging from the wreckage of the Soviet collapse.

Ukraine is currently ranked as one of the world's top ten destination countries for foreign direct investment, and looks set to remain so for many years to come. This huge land of awful natural wealth and abundant human resources spent years in the post-Soviet doldrums but is now one of the hottest investment option in the world.

Ukraine's stock market has been a major beneficiary of the growing interest in Ukraine's capabilities, recording world record growth over the past year. This rocketing performance was heavily funded by levels of demand which far outstripped limited stock supply, but a slight drop and market correction in later summer 2007 and through September during the run-up to the parliamentary elections has now placed the Ukrainian stock exchange on a firmer footing, with analysts predicting sustained growth for the intermediate future. Foreign banks also turned their gaze towards Ukraine in the past eighteen months, with a number of Ukrainian banks associated by major international institutions in billion dollar deals.

Ukraine's burgeoning middle classes have succeeded in attracting a wide range of international retailers to Ukrainian market in recent years. Megabrands like Marks & Spencer's have recently opened up flagship stores after years of hesitation, largely on the basis of the growth wealth of the wider population.

This rise of the Ukrainian middle classes has also played a significant role in the real estate boom which has seen Ukrainian property prices rocket by as much as 400% over the past three years. The Kyiv city skyline has long been dotted with construction sites of as new residential buildings shoot up, and over regional centers are now attracting investment from international construction specialists as the population moves away from often poor standard Soviet-era build buildings to and looks to live in quality modern housing. Beyond the city limits Ukraine's towns are also witnessing the growth of suburbs for the first time in the countries history, with what were as recently as ten years ago the preserve of the super rich now mushrooming into affluent middle class settlements complete with a range of amenities .

The on-going growth in real estate development has attracted some of the largest individual investments to date into Ukraine, and while the lion's share of foreign capital is attracted to large Ukrainian cities, a significant amount is now finding its way to the tourism sector, with apartment blocks and hotel projects attracting major international funding in the country's more appealing Crimean and Carpathian mountain areas.

The announcement in 2007 that Ukraine would co-host the 2012 European Football Championships was greeting with the enthusiasm by the international investment community, and the aggressive task of transforming the country's often rudimentary Soviet-era infrastructure into a modern network capable of handling the millions of visitors expected for the tournament represent both the greatest opportunity and the biggest challenge currently facing Ukraine.

Unlike Poland, Ukraine can not expect to fill its Euro 2012 budget requirement shortfalls via EU support, and will instead be looking for international investors to help meet the expectant financial demands of the reconstruction works. Plans include major motorway building, stadium and hotel construction, and a total overhaul of transport networks within host clients, with preliminary estimates hovering at around 12 billion euro mark, but it remains unclear exactly how much the financial cost could be. The high profile of the games offer Ukraine a chance to shine internationally and demonstrate the country's ability to meet world-class quality requirements in terms of everything from service standards and workmanship to invest-friendly legislation. It is an opportunity the country can not afford to miss.

FACT FIND:

DID YOU KNOW?

The days when Ukraine was a perceived as a mysterious but ambiguous Russian appendage may well be firmly in the past, but Europe's largest country remains one of the continent's most misunderstood, and its many tourist treasures are still considered off the beaten track for mainstream holiday makers .

o Do four out of ten European transport corridors run through Ukrainian territory?

Throughout the centuries the territory of t modern Ukraine was always crossed by valuable trade routers and some of the most important transportation corridors of the Eurasian continent. Before even the emergence of the ancient Kyivan Rus civilization the Dnipro River was the main artery linking the Vikings with the Greeks and the Baltic with the Baltic Sea. Ukraine was also a station post along the Silk Routes connecting the towns of medieval Europe with Central Asia, Mongolia and China.

To date 273,700 km of highways, 22,510 km of railways, 4,500 of waterways, 250,000 different flight paths and 42,900 km of pipelines form Ukraine's transportation network. Ukraine is among the world's largest transporters of natural gas.

o Are the world's largest plane's made in Ukraine?

Yes, the world's largest plane, the AN-225 "Mriya" (Dream, NATO-Name Cossack), as well as the most powerful plane, the AN-124 "Ruslan" (NATO-Name Condor) were made by the leader of the industry – Antonov Scientific-Technical Air Complex.

o Is Ukraine the largest country in the Europe?

Yes, it is the largest country located wholly within the boundaries of continental Europe. The total area covered by Ukraine is 603,700 square kilometers.

o Kyiv.

Kyiv is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe, and is at least 700 years older than Moscow. It was founded in the 5-th century, while Moscow was established by the Kyivan Prince Yury Dolgoruky in 1157. From 9-th until the 12-th centuries Kyiv was one of the largest cities in the Europe, with ta population of over 50,000 people. At the time leading West European cities like London, Hamburg, and Paris had populations of around 20,000.

o Why is the Ukraine often confused with Russia?

Ukraine has fallen victim of the common misconception that the territories of the Soviet Union and, before them, the Russian Empire were comparable with Russia itself.
Russia and Ukraine share a deeply interlined

o What does "Lavra" mean?

The world "Lavra" indicates the highest status of an Orthodox monastery. Orthodox Christians believe that the Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra is the second holiest place in the world after Jerusalem.
This stunning collection of churches, cathedrals and monastic lodges is the spiritual birthplace of the Russian Orthodox faith, and sets nestled in the tree-lined hills that sweep down to the ancient Dnipro River in the center of the capital city, Kyiv.

Dating back to the mid-eleventh century, the Lavra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is blamed for its deeply spiritual and calm-inducing ambience.