Horizon Fitness Treadmills – Which One is Right For You?

You can choose to go to a great health club to work out on one of their treadmills or you can now have a great workout in the comfort of your home with Horizon Fitness Treadmills. They come in all ranges and sizes. Take a look at some of the favorite models.

The Horizon WT950 treadmill can reach high speeds of up to 12 miles per hour. It is made for endurance, hard and rigorous training routines and packs 2.25 horsepower. It has an incline motor which can operate at a full power of 3150RPM and 500 pounds of direct thrust from 0 to 12 per cent grade. With a great wireless pedometer which enables you to keep a tally of your daily steps quite easily, you can check the treadmill to know how your fitness is progressing each day. The treadmill has the capacity to upload your daily steps for the day using the treadmill console. It is portable thanks to its featherlight lift feature which uses two hydraulic shocks to help you in raising and lowering the deck. They are able to keep the deck in place above 45 degrees to prevent drops. The ultra compact, fold-on-nose is for safety and maneuverability. It also has a thicker, softer cushioning which is designed to take stress off your legs and joints.

The Horizon Fitness Treadmills also have another model called the Horizon T20 treadmill which used to be called the Advance 200 and has continued to be one of the best sellers. It is rated highly by all dealers because it attracts buyers from the novice and expert fitness enthusiasts to just everybody searching for a light or casual workout. It is durable and easy to control. It comes from a series of treadmills like the T25, T30, T40, T51, T52, T53, T54, HR. All of them are quality products which are every fitness shopper’s first choice for walking, running, or jogging with or without an incline. They can keep count of the calories burned, distance and speed covered during the workout.

The Horizon Fitness Treadmills also has a model called the Horizon Cse3 Elliptical that is designed to benefit people who suffer from joint problems. It means that the countless number of people who are tempted to give up exercise can be encouraged to use this particular treadmill. It has low-impact exercise for people with joint problems – whether they wish to lose weight, get in shape or just maintain their existing fitness level.

Ellipticals are sometimes called elliptical fitness machines, elliptical cross trainers, elliptical gliders or elliptical exercisers and provides perfect aerobic workout. They simulate the motions of cycling, walking, skiing, and stepping with very little impact to the delicate joints. With Horizon Fitness Cse3 Elliptical trainer, you do not have to remove the feet from the foot pads which mean that the workout puts very little impact on the knees, ankles, hips, and the back area of your body. This workout treadmill can work both your arms and legs at the same time. This enables the workout to burn more calories in a very limited time period. They are one of the most popular types of Horizon Fitness Treadmills even for use outdoors.

Yoga for Brain Injury

For people recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion or head trauma, yoga offers gentle exercise with therapeutic benefits. Many survivors find themselves unable to pursue former ways of staying in shape. Balance difficulties, loss of motor control, vertigo, and neck injuries limit physical activity, further restricting an already curtailed lifestyle. Fortunately, a yoga practice can adapt itself to any illness or injury, lending itself particularly well to TBI recovery.

Where to start? With yoga’s recent popularity in the West, students can now choose anything from hot yoga to Kundalini to Ashtanga. People with neck or back injuries in addition to head trauma probably want to begin with a teacher trained in Iyengar yoga, which uses props to support proper alignment without strain. Kripalu trained teachers also tend to offer calmer, restorative classes. Any yoga class that emphasizes flow (not too fast, though) will help retrain sequential processing-an advantage for people who suffered damage to their left-brain or rational side. A vinyasa sequence links breath and movement, emphasizing step-by-step progression in a set order. Learning and remembering such movements through repetition becomes a form of cognitive therapy.

Before beginning a yoga practice, survivors should talk with their treatment providers, as well as their intended yoga instructor. Most teachers ask about injuries in the beginning of class, but few people understand the intricacies of TBI on their own. Explain any unusual sensitivities or restrictions you experience and ask the instructor for recommendations within his or her own class, or for suggestions on where to find more compatible classes. Yoga is supposed to support and nurture growth, not exhaust the body and nervous system.

For this reason, survivors might initially want to stay away from Kundalini Yoga or Bikram Yoga, both of which offer intense workouts. Kundalini Yoga aims to awaken dormant energy potential, which sounds like a good thing for TBI survivors. Indeed, it can help tremendously–once neurons have stopped misfiring and “short-circuiting.” Most survivors inaccurately gage their stamina, though, easily over-stimulating themselves. Kundalini Yoga works powerfully on subtle levels, making energy levels more difficult to monitor. Sometimes the rapidly awakened kundalini proves too much for a sensitive TBI survivor. Bikram Yoga takes place in a very hot room, moving rapidly through poses that encourage the sweating of toxins. As with Kundalini, adherents of Bikram rave about its benefits. For a hypersensitive survivor, though, the excessive heat, body odor, and physicality of Bikram make it a less safe option. In the beginning, look instead for class titles like: “Restorative,” “Beginner,” “Iyengar,” “Kripalu” and “Gentle.”

Yoga Journal offers many DVD’s, in case survivors prefer to learn in the comfort of their homes. Start with short sessions to build up mental and physical stamina. Twenty minute DVD’s allow survivors a sense of accomplishment, without the potential fatigue caused by hour or hour and a half long in-person classes. Downward Dog Productions with Sarah Bates also offers accessible yoga DVD workouts designed especially for people with disabilities. At-home yoga workouts take most of the expense out of learning yoga, too, since survivors can invest in one or two DVD’s to practice every day, rather than paying for class each time. On the other hand, a good yoga teacher can personalize routines to support survivors’ own unique health challenges.

Besides sculpting lean, strong muscles and naturally realigning the spine, yoga offers TBI survivors a chance to reconnect with their bodies in a positive way. Robin Cohn, a TBI survivor and Vice President of the New York State Brain Injury Association, recognized the transformative effects of yoga in her own recovery: “I began with a beginner’s gentle yoga class, where I slowly started to get atrophied muscles moving once again. The more I went, the better I began to feel.” Inspired, she began co-teaching yoga classes designed especially for other survivors. “These students are so thrilled to have the opportunity to be practicing yoga and reaping the wonderful benefits of asana and pranayam (breathing). … The happiness, tranquility and peace that yoga brings to them is so rewarding! Their smiles just say so much about how happy they are to be practicing.”

Yoga brings awareness from 5000+ years of connecting human body, mind and spirit. It began as a means of calming the endocrine system and relaxing the body so that practitioners could sit longer in meditation. These calming, strengthening and relaxing effects make it an ideal practice for TBI survivors whose systems run on constant overload. Slowing down and bringing oneself to center can help anyone deal with stress. For TBI survivors, though, yoga offers a glimpse of not just “normal” functioning; yoga also brings the chance for optimal health and well-being. Many practitioners experience peace and self-acceptance for the first time in their lives, including pre-injury. Yoga becomes part of a greater awakening (facilitated by TBI)-helping survivors to find and appreciate the hidden blessings of their journey.

Is Biblical Joseph the Imhotep of Egypt (Famine-Savior)? (Extra-Biblical Proof!)

Joseph- and the Hebrews to Egypt

Morality lessons can be found in every episode of biblical Joseph’s life: sold into slavery by brothers, angry and jealous of his braggadocio and their father’s favoritism; overcomes false charges and prison by his ability to interpret dreams; rises to great personal power and authority by his administrative ability; saves Egypt, all neighboring peoples and his own family from starvation during a prolonged famine. In the process he makes Egypt extremely wealthy (during the seven lean years, when only Egypt had store-house-cities full of grain from seven prior bountiful years). The biblical story of Joseph is easily justifiable as fiction, however, there is a statue on an island in the Nile of a white-faced, non-Egyptian vizier, who saved Egypt from a devastating famine, and wall-murals depict caravans of starving desert tribesmen (from named Hebrew cities) being sold grain, both fitting perfectly with the Bible. After Joseph becomes Egypt’s Vizier, with many years of famine remaining, per the Bible, he brings his father, his brothers and their entire families to Egypt. That sets the stage, centuries later, for the well-known Passover stories, with extra-biblical corroboration: Hebrew slavery; Moses (at birth) being saved from the drowning fate of male Hebrew babies; his flight from Egypt; and finally, the Exodus story, including mass deaths of Egyptians from the plagues. (Note: Other related Ezine articles: “Miracles 3500 Years Ago, Biblical Exodus – The Only Logical Explanation For 21st Century Artifacts!”; “Mystery Solved – Boy-King Tut’s Magnificent Tomb – Exodus Miracles Affirmed!”; “Hebrews in Egypt – Slaves and Plagues – Extra-Biblical Proof!”)

Beginning with Joseph being brought to Egypt and sold as a slave, Egyptian records correlate exactly with the Biblical episodes of Joseph’s story:

  • Attempted seduction of a young man by a high official’s wife, his rejection of her, her false charges and his subsequent imprisonment, then release – told in an Egyptian papyrus, dated 1225 BC. (Identical to the story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife).
  • Joseph, Vizier/Savior of Egypt. Archaeological digs along the Nile, provide an obvious and remarkable corroboration of the biblical story of Joseph. An unusual life-sized statue was found at Avaris, honoring the famed Vizier who – by Egyptian records – saved the Egyptian people from a terrible famine. The statue is of a white-faced, clean-shaven Asiatic man with unusually-shaped and red hair, (and since legend is frequently based on fact) adjacent Egyptian wall murals depict Asian caravans of the time with similarly-featured non-Egyptian men wearing “coats of many colors”!
  • Described in Papyrus #1116A in the Leningrad Museum is a mural of starving desert tribesmen seeking food from Egypt during a period of drought, “Pharaoh giving wheat to a tribe from Ashkelon, Hazor and Megiddo” (undoubtedly Hebrews from well-known cities in Israel);
  • Roman historian, Josephus, in his book, “Josephus Against Apion”, quotes two Egyptian priest-scholars, Manetho and Cheremon, who, in their own histories of Egypt, specifically name Joseph and Moses as leaders of the Hebrews, that they “rejected Egypt’s customs and gods .. practiced animal sacrifices (witnessed on the first Passover)” .. These historians confirm that the Jews migrated to “southern Syria” (the Egyptian name for Palestine) and that the exodus occurred during the reign of Amenophis .. during the close of the 18th dynasty, 1500 to 1400 BC.

Reading between the lines and extrapolating the text in both the Old Testament and Egyptian artifacts, there is much that can be derived.

  1. Pharaoh, whether or not normally religious, truly feared the interpretations of his dreams – seven fat sheaves and cows, followed by seven shriveled sheaves and lean cows. Probably the dreams were of a nightmarish quality – Pharaoh being unable to get relief from them, for he then instituted a remarkable fourteen year national program for survival of his country and people. The gigantic storage facility at Sakkara, with similar granary storehouse all over Egypt, indicates the scale and scope of the undertaking, storing excesses from the bountiful harvest during the first seven years.
  2. Because of the importance of the program, the person selected by Pharaoh as Vizier had to be truly second to Pharaoh in administrative authority (as both the Bible, re Joseph, and Egyptian artifacts, re Imhotep, attest) . An aspect of human nature – that during many years of bounty (seven – a long time), unless one is truly fearful of a deity and the prediction of seven years of famine, there is a natural tendency to “slack off”. Joseph, son of Patriarch Jacob, would have complete faith in God’s prediction, however, Egyptian power resided in Pharaoh, thus he primarily, had to believe completely and fearfully in the forthcoming years of famine – to put his country through such an ordeal of self-denial and discipline during years of plenty. Such a national program had to have been the most important in the country, and for fourteen years duration: during the years of plenty, hoarding all excess grain, building storage cities, then transporting and maintaining the surplus grain; then during the years of famine, selling off the grain and safeguarding Egypt’s accumulating wealth. An enormous administrative task, clearly, the designation of Joseph/Imhotep as “Vizier, second in power to Pharaoh in all of Egypt”, has to be recognized as extremely meaningful.

Digging Deeper – Joseph and Imhotep

The “deeper digging” is by Dr. Lennart Moeller in his book, “The Exodus Case”. Dr. Moeller, a medical doctor at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, is also an archaeologist, explorer, marine biologist, scuba diver, and a scholar of both Egyptian history and the Bible. It was Dr. Mueller who directed the diving expedition which discovered coral-covered clumps of chariot wreckage from Egypt’s 18th dynasty in the Gulf of Aqaba (see listed Ezine articles).

Moeller refers to an inscription on the island of Sihiel, near the first cataract of the Nile, which actually links Imhotep to the key biblical element of the Joseph story – telling of Pharaoh Djoser in the 18th year of his reign. The inscription states “seven meagre years and seven rich years”. Commenting on the inscription, Moeller writes, “Pharaoh Djoser asks Imhotep to help him with the coming seven years of famine. All the biblical components of the story are there, and there is a similar inscription on the island of Philae in the Nile.” (This is exactly as in the Bible with Joseph, except for listing the “meagre” years before the years of plenty. Note: The famine years were, of course, the event of significance, saving everyone from starvation and bringing in much wealth to Egypt – it is noted that the manuscript was written a thousand years after the occurrences.) A carving in Sakkara shows starving people (ribs prominently outlined), also shows sacks of grain being carried up steps (as in the “silo” vaults at Sakkara), also food being distributed. In summary, Moeller says, “It should be noted that there is no other period of famine of seven plus seven years in the history of Egypt – except for the one for which Imhotep was responsible.” In Egyptian records, only one person is described as having the administrative authority to organize Egypt’s survival during the long famine – Imhotep. The parallel to biblical Joseph is precise and compelling. Moeller cites the large number of similarities in the lives, the accomplishments, responsibilities and characteristics of Imhotep of Egypt and Joseph of the Bible. Noting the dove-tailing of their individual stories from separate Egyptian and biblical accounts, Moeller’s conclusion is that the two – most probably – were the same person, the two stories told from different viewpoints. He includes 27 comparisons of Imhotep and Joseph, many are listed below.

(Imhotep – Egyptian records); {Joseph – Bible}:

  • (Imhotep is appointed Administrator by Pharaoh Djoser during the periods of seven years famine and seven years of bountiful harvests); {Joseph is appointed Administrator to Pharaoh for the seven years of plenty then of famine};
  • (Minister to the King of Lower Egypt); {Pharaoh .. made him ruler over all the land of Egypt};
  • (Administrator of the GreatPalace); {Thou shalt be over my house};
  • (Not of royal blood; attained position by ability); {From another nation and religion, not of royal blood, attained position by ability};
  • (Not appointed by Pharaoh Djoser until he had reigned for some time); {Appointed well after Pharaoh ruled Egypt};
  • (Given the status of “son” to Pharaoh); {Granted the status of “son” to Pharaoh};
  • (High Priest in Heliopolis); {Married to Asenath, daughter of Poti-Pherah, High Priest in Heliopolis – by custom, would succeed father-in-law};
  • (Builder and architect); {Builder of grain storehouses such as at Sakkara step-pyramid};
  • (Exalted by Pharaoh Djoser as of godly character.); {“And Pharaoh said, ‘a man in whom the spirit of God is!'”} ;
  • (“I need advice from God.”); {Noted as saying, “It is not in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer.”};
  • (Had great medical skill – was compared to the Greek God of Healing);
  • {Had doctors under his authority – worked by miracles, dreams and signs from God};
  • (Decided the tax rate during the seven years of famine; also not to apply to priests); {Decided the tax rate during the seven years of famine; also not to apply to priests};
  • (Realizes when he is dying – dies at age 110.); {Realizes when he is dying – dies at age 110.}.

The Roman-Jewish historian, Josephus, quotes the writings of Manetho, Egyptian historian: “During [the] reign of .. Pharaoh Djoser, 3rd Egyptian dynasty, lived Imhotep .. [with a] reputation among Egyptians like the Greek God of medicine – [Manetho even wondered] whether Imhotep could have been an actual person .. [because he had] “so many outstanding qualities and talents .. a very special person [who] appears in the history of Egypt.” On the foundations of the Step Pyramid in Sakkara was carved the name of Pharaoh Djoser and “.. Imhotep, Chancellor of the King of Lower Egypt, Chief under the King, Administrator of the Great Palace, Hereditary Lord, High Priest of Heliopolis, Imhotep the Builder..”.

The Bible tells of Pharaoh honoring Joseph with much the same offices as given to Imhotep “It is probable that Joseph was the only person to gain Pharaoh’s confidence to this degree. Joseph received every authority apart from Pharaoh himself .. [though] not of royal blood and .. [of] another nationality.” (As detailed above, the same also applies to Imhotep.) In both cases there is much reference to the pharaohic announcements – “second only to Pharaoh”; the Bible also tells of Joseph being given Pharaoh’s signet ring (with the royal seal), an outstanding act and undoubtedly, a national event.

A startling point is Moeller’s statement about what Joseph/Imhotep achieved for Egypt, “It was during the reign of Djoser that Egypt became a great power .. great riches were accumulated during the seven years of famine .. when grain was sold to all the countries around Egypt. The complex of buildings at Sakkara is remarkably unique, nothing like it has been seen anywhere .. built of white limestone from neighboring hills.” Describing the immense storage vaults at Sakkara, Moeller writes, “40,000 cubic metres storage .. remnants of grain have been found at the bottom.” Egypt built a vast nation-wide system of granary-storehouses as at Sakkara, evidence of a nationwide major program to store an enormous amount of grain for an anticipated famine.

While the Bible ‘s story of Joseph focuses on the greater story of the Hebrew people: his father Patriarch Jacob, the brothers, the beginning of the Hebrew sojourn in Egypt, leading to their slavery, then Moses and Aaron and the miracles of the plagues and the Exodus, it is the Egyptian artifacts that tell the details of how remarkable a man was Imhotep/Joseph. Not only an exceptional administrator who built the storage cities and maintained the discipline of storing rather than dissipating the excess grain during the seven years of bounty, Imhotep was also memorialized in Egyptian history for his medical abilities – his sarcophagus was decorated with the Ibis, Egyptian symbol of medicine, and in US medical schools today there is the Imhotep Medical Society.

Final “Clincher” – that Egyptian Imhotep was the Biblical Joseph.

Extremely noteworthy regarding Imhotep-Joseph is that the mummified bodies of neither have ever been found. The known facts regarding the burials of Imhotep and Joseph also strongly support the thesis that they were the same person:

– Both died at age 108.

– Imhotep’s coffin in Sakkara – with innumeral Ibis birds mummified in the adjoining galleries (Imhotep was called “Ibis” because of his reputation for healing – a large number of Ibis birds were sacrificed to him at his funeral in Sakkara); many clay vessels bearing the seal of Pharaoh Djoser were near the coffin; and the coffin is oriented to the North, not East, and is empty.

– Joseph would have been buried at Sakkara, his coffin orientated to the North – indicating he did not believe in the gods of the Egyptians (who were buried facing East, the rising sun); the coffin would also be empty as Joseph’s bones would have been taken by Moses with the Hebrews during the Exodus.

Nutrition Teamwork – How Vitamins and Minerals Work Together

Nutrition teamwork between vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are team players, so if you want the most nutritional value from each meal, consider which foods work best together. Iron and Vitamin C are the best known nutritional “team” as they work together to increase each other’s absorption. So eating salad with your steak ensures greater absorption of both iron and Vitamin C.

Calcium and Vitamin D are another great team, although combining them into one meal takes a little more forethought. Dairy products are the chief nutritional source of calcium, while our bodies can create Vitamin D from sunlight. We can also absorb Vitamin D from food such as avocado or eggs, so if you don’t fancy drinking a milkshake while basking in the sun, throw a beaten egg into the milkshake or blend an avocado into a cup of Greek yogurt to make avocado dip (add lemon juice and garlic for extra flavour).

Nutrition “teams” can also consist of two minerals. Potassium and magnesium work together to maintain heart function and the neurological system. Magnesium also assists in the transportation of potassium around the body, so a magnesium deficiency can lead to a deficiency in potassium. Both minerals are readily available in most meats, fruits and vegetables, so the right levels can generally be achieved through a balanced diet. Coconut water is a rich and refreshing source of both potassium and magnesium, if you are concerned that you are not achieving the right levels through your everyday diet.

Vitamin A is an independent player, easily absorbed from highly coloured vegetables such as spinach and sweet potato, as well as from meats, eggs and dairy products. Once Vitamin A is stored in the liver, it relies on zinc for transportation into body tissues, so a lack of zinc will increase the risk of Vitamin A deficiency. The most common symptom of Vitamin A deficiency is night blindness, when vision fails to adjust to darkness. So if you lie awake at night feeling as if you’ve been blindfolded, consider a bowl of pumpkin soup before lunch and dinner to supplement your intake. (Stir a spoonful of tahini paste into the soup or nibble on the pumpkin seeds afterwards to ensure you also have enough zinc).

You can have fun matching your favourite foods with their strongest team-mates, but when this seems too complicated, consider some of the foods which work single-handedly as a complete “team”. Blueberries, for example, are a great source of both iron and Vitamin C. Milk contains Vitamin A and zinc, and salmon provides both Vitamin D and calcium. With a wide range of fresh foods available, there is a nutritious “team” to suit everyone at any time of the day.

Your Natural Vision Correction Alternative To Glasses

One of the most preferred methods of vision correction for a large percentage of the American population is the use of glasses to correct eyesight problems and vision conditions. If you are suffering from vision conditions such as nearsightedness and farsightedness then chances are you have been prescribed glasses to correct your eye conditions. While it is true that glasses provide you with a quick fix to your vision problems via an external aid they are strictly managing the symptoms of your eye conditions and really do not address it directly.

If you are wearing your glasses then take them off. What do you see? Is your natural vision clearer and sharper or is it blurry? My point is if glasses actually cured your eyesight ailments then there would eventually become a time when you would be able to wean yourself off of them because your eyesight would have improved to such a significant degree that you would not need to wear them anymore. However, the opposite is the case because what happens when you wear your glasses is the fact that the glasses actually weak the focusing muscles of the eyes thereby causing your eyes to function less efficiently. For this reason, when you take them off your natural vision remains blurry and imperfect but does not improve but becomes progressively worse with the passing of time thereby requiring a stronger prescription.

What happens with your glasses is the fact that this vision aid causes your eye muscles to lose their natural function because when you are wearing them this vision aid essentially becomes a crutch. Your eyes have muscles like any other part of the body and when your muscles are not used they lose their efficiency, flexibility and focusing power to increase your natural eyesight for better vision without glasses.

Eye exercises on the other hand are a natural method of vision improvement that gets to the root of your vision problems instead of managing the symptoms of your vision conditions. Once you put these techniques into regular practice you can achieve sharper vision without glasses due to the fact that these eye exercise techniques strengthen the eye muscles that are responsible for the focusing power of your eyes. This process leads to better vision without glasses.

Your glasses are a traditional method of vision improvement that helps you to see clearly instantly. Even in spite of this vision benefit you are surely masking the symptoms of your vision conditions when you are wearing them. Eye exercises on the other hand get to the root of your vision problems instead of masking it. Eye exercises strengthen the eye muscles of the eyes for better vision without glasses. By putting these effective vision improvement techniques into practice you can do the things that you need to do to achieve better natural vision without glasses.

Comparing Professional Coaching and Therapy

Professional Coaching is very different from therapy and any other helping profession. To promote your understanding of professional coaching here are some similarities and differences between coaching, therapy and other helping professions. Please note that these are generalities and are not meant to definitively cover every iteration and variation of coaching or therapy.

Let’s start by looking at the similarities between coaching and therapy. Though this is not intended to be a complete list (because such a thing isn’t possible), these are the basics.

Similarities between the role of a coach and that of a therapist include:

– An ongoing, confidential, one-to-one, fee-for-service, relationship

– Working with clients who want to change

– Assuming change only occurs over time

– Use of verbal dialogue as the primary service activity

– Regularly scheduled sessions

General Differences Between Coaching and Therapy

THERAPY assumes the client needs healing; COACHING assumes the client is whole.

THERAPY has its roots in medicine and psychiatry; COACHING has its roots in sports, business, and the personal growth movement.

THERAPY works with people to achieve self-understanding and emotional healing; COACHING works to move people to a higher level of functioning.

THERAPY focuses on feelings and past events; COACHING focuses on actions and the future.

THERAPY explores the root of problems; COACHING focuses on solving problems.

THERAPY works to bring the unconscious into consciousness; COACHING works with the conscious mind.

THERAPY works for internal resolution of pain and to let go of old patterns; COACHING works for external solutions to overcome barriers, learn new skills and implement effective choices.

Comparing Five Types of Helping Professionals

1. THERAPISTS are licensed clinical professionals trained to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, such as Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, etc. They often bill medical insurance for their services. They take an expert role with the client in assessing the problem and prescribing solutions or interventions.

2. COUNSELORS provide guidance to help a person resolve social or personal problems in a specific area such as addictions, wellness, weight loss, etc. They take an expert role with the client in assessing the problem and prescribing solutions or interventions.

3. EDUCATORS teach or instruct a person or group for some particular purpose or occupation, such as a Family Life Educator, Adult Education teacher, and other various experts that teach classes. They are experts in their subject area and teach a specific curriculum that is expected to provide their students with the information needed to accomplish a personal or professional goal.

4. CONSULTANTS are specialists who give expert advice or information to solve problems or optimize functioning to individuals or organizations. They are an expert who is expected to have the answers and solutions their clients need.

5. COACHES help their clients identify and achieve their goals, assuming the client is the expert on what they need and what would work for them. Coaches often specialize (Executive Coach, Relationship Coach, etc), however they do not prescribe solutions or give advice.

As you can see from the above five types of helping professionals, coaches are the only type that does not assume the role of expert. Giving advice isn’t effective because knowing the answer or solution doesn’t change anything. We usually know what we need to do, the hard part is doing it. Change isn’t easy. Coaches assume the best answers come from within the client and that their job is to empower the client to determine what they want to do and support them into action to accomplish their goal.

Coaching is a highly effective way to help others to achieve their most important life, relationship, and business goals. Coaching is a natural fit for therapists who wish to expand their practice to work with more functional, private pay clients, as well as non-therapists who want to be of service to others but not as a licensed clinician.

Women Bodybuilders Diet – The Key to a Lean Healthy Womanly Form

Young or old, there’s no limit to what the modern woman can do when she sets her mind to it – whether it’s getting to the top in her profession of choice or undergoing women bodybuilders diet plans. Women nowadays are much more enlightened on the idea of self-betterment and a holistic personal development, which is why more and more females seem to be entering training programs aimed at building their bodies into leaner, fitter examples of the healthy, urban female.

Why the Need for a Diet?

In order for any woman to successfully build muscle mass, you have to understand that it takes a combination of a healthy women bodybuilders diet and training sessions. You can’t expect to suddenly get sculpted abs and well-defined arms and legs by exercising alone, or simply eating right. Women have much less testosterone than men, the hormone that builds muscles, which is why a good diet is important in order for a female to achieve the best results.

In addition, once you start training, your body needs constant nutrition for it to cope with muscle growth, renew the energy that you lose in your activities and encourage faster metabolism. If you don’t eat right and insist on gorging yourself on candy bars and instant mac and cheese, you’ll not only end up all frustrated about why you’re not building any muscle, you’re likely to get a bit chubbier too.

What Should Be in a Diet?

Because of the many diet fads out there aimed at helping women slim down, “diet” has become associated with starving yourself and avoiding practically everything on the food pyramid. But for a women bodybuilders diet, it’s the exact opposite. Since your goal is to bulk up and not trim down, the requirements are a lot different. It means more meals at more frequent intervals that contain higher levels of protein, carbohydrates, and a lot of water.

The average woman eats around .25 – .5 grams of protein per pound of body weight. The female bodybuilder should take in from 1.5 – 2 grams of protein per body weight daily, which is something like 40% of each meal. Excellent sources of protein are pork tenderloin, eggs, tuna, skinless chicken breast, rib-eye steaks, lean ground beef, fish and shrimp, and low-fat dairy foods like ricotta or cottage cheese and plain yogurt. Carbohydrates and healthy fats are necessary to maintain a balanced women bodybuilders diet, so whole grains, vegetables, fruits, unsaturated and natural oils like olive or sunflower oils will aid in hormone production, vitamin absorption and will keep your skin and hair in good condition.

Constant water intake is a must in bodybuilding as well. Being hydrated helps replenish lost energy, repairs muscles better, keeps you full so you don’t always crave for sweet and salty foods, helps your body keep up with muscle growth and flushes out toxins efficiently.

Finally, to get the most out of the bodybuilding experience, try to find a good fitness program that will assist you in getting your ideal body weight and shape. These professionals will be able to give you tips on your women bodybuilders diet and can monitor your progress so that you stay disciplined and focused on your goals!

Air Climber Reviews – How Did I Lose 34 Pounds in 7 Weeks With the Air Climber?

You have probably seen the Air Climber exercise equipment on those late night TV commercials. It seems like a great tools to help you lose fat and gain lean and fit body. However, before you buy, read this Air Climber review first to see if it fits your workout and weight loss needs.

How I lost 34 pounds in 7 weeks with the Air Climber

It was after Thanksgiving that I found myself gaining over 15 pounds and I must do something about it. I saw the Air Climber commercial and thought it looked convincing and could be the one that give me an excuse to get up and exercise. My goal is to lose weight by my 35th birthday in February, and maybe look good for the next summer. If you are like me, you hate those gut-wrenching crunches and laying-down-the-floor abs exercises. I was looking for a quick solution to flatten my flabby abs, arms, and legs, while enjoying the process and without the pain in my joints.

At first I was really skeptical about this systems and didn’t really think it would work. Despite the doubts, I bought and suick with it anyways because I had promised myself and didn’t want to disappoint my friends and family. Even though the product sell for over $80, I was fortunate to get the trial for only $15 and I was hooked with the10 inches or 10 pounds in 10 days or money back guarantee offer.

My trick to really make Air Climber really effective

I received the Air Climber is 5 days shipping, but leaving it sat underneath my bed for almost 8 days because I was kinda busy with my work and family issues. However, when I finally decided to jump on it and just give it a real shot, it got addicted to the fun following the DVD. The key is to start right away and stick with the rapid weight loss meal plans included in the package.

After the first week or so, I started to see some changes in my waistline. I was so excited when I lost almost 15 pounds in the first 2 weeks using the system. It gave me more motivation to keep my 20 minutes a day routine workouts in my living room and the meal plans was delicious too. If you are looking to lose serious weight and feel good fitting in those tight sexy jean or bikinis, the Air Climber system could be the one that change your life forever.

History of Monsoons

Monsoons are winds that blow onshore during the summer. They blow offshore during the winter. The most well known monsoons happen in the Northern region of the Indian Ocean. Monsoons are caused by unequal heating of land and sea.

Monsoon winds usually blow onshore from April to October. In the Northern Indian Ocean, they bring heavy rains to normally dry places. Monsoons also happen on a smaller scale in Africa, China, Spain, and the United States

In the summer the land is warmer than the sea. The warm land air rises and is then replaced by by moist air from the sea. This moist air produces the heavy rain that happens during a monsoon. In the winter the ocean is warmer than the land. The warm sea air rises and is then replaced by cool, dry, land air.

The summer monsoons bring heavy rain to India from June to September.This sometimes causes landslides that sweep away whole villages. But still farmers need the this rain to irrigate.They also use it to generate their electricity.

The monsoon festival of Teej is held in Rajasthan between July and August. In India good monsoons bring fortuinous life and good harvests. According to legend this festival reunites family. The rains caused by monsoons give the desert life and helps crops grow. They are thanking the Gods for the blessings on their people.

During ca 1400 and 1850AD was the little ice age. It was a smaller version of the earlier ice age. This almost ended life. There are anywhere from 200 million to 1 billion people in the Indian monsoon area. If they have a recurrence of weak monsoons as before, it would affect the people tremendously.

These are some safety tips on how to stay safe in a monsoon storm.

  1. Never stand anywhere elevated.

  2. Stay away from power lines.

  3. Make sure you have a disaster and first aid kit.

  4. Stay away from windows and glass.

  5. Stay away from trees.

  6. Avoid metal objects during lightning.

  7. Never stand in an open area.

  8. Don’t use land line telephones unless for emergencies.

  9. Don’t use sinks or showers.

  10. Unplug electronic equipment.

Benefits Provided by Wearing Scrubs

Most people may think that scrubs are only worn for hospital employees as uniforms. Indeed, it is true that medical scrubs were originally designed to be worn as uniforms by those who work in hospitals particularly those who are assigned to work inside the operating room. It was designed initially to be used by doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff. But as years passed by since it was first created, medical scrubs were used for a lot of different purposes and were not only worn by hospital employees but also by other people.

To the majority of the people, medical scrubs are nothing more than another type of uniform. But there are actually more benefits that you can get in wearing scrubs aside from using at as a uniform if you are a hospital employee. These benefits are the main reasons why this type of clothing has become more popular these days. It has indeed come a long way since it was first developed years ago.

The first thing that you would notice when you get to wear a medical scrub is that it is very comfortable. The structure of scrubs is thin and light which is why they are also one of the most comfortable clothes to wear. Whether you are working inside the operating room, wearing landau scrubs as workout clothes, or simply using them as pajamas, you are sure to feel very much comfortable.

Medical scrubs are also cheap and accessible. They are available from a lot of different shops, hospitals, and medical suppliers. You can also obtain them by shopping online as they are also offered by a lot of websites. Another main advantage of using scrubs is that they are very cheap. Fewer materials are needed to make a scrub pants or a scrub pants as compared to a regular pair of jeans and shirt. You can even avail of the urbane scrubs free shipping offer if you purchase them online.

Observing proper hygiene won’t be a problem as well with wearing medical scrubs. There are minimal pockets and the overall design is very simple so that it will not collect much dust and dirt. They are also among the easiest to clean type of clothes. A little wash and they get clean and they also dry fast.

Medical scrubs could be fashionable too. They are available in different colors and sizes. Different brands may even have different styles. Gone are the days when this type of clothes is considered plain and boring. Since they have become more and more popular as the years pass by, scrubs manufacturers are also developing ways to improve its overall look and quality.

Given all these benefits one could get in wearing medical scrubs, it would not be a surprise if it get more popular in the coming years. For sure more people would realize that they are more than just a piece of ordinary uniform which are only worn by those who work in hospitals. One could not actually enumerate all the different ways that it could be used. One’s imagination is the only limit.

Brad Pattison Vs Cesar Millan

Cesar Millan, the “Dog Whisperer” operates mainly under the philosophy of using calm, assertive energy, and that energy and body language can greatly influence a dogs behaviour. His main concept, in order of importance, is that a dog needs 1. Exercise, 2. Discipline, 3. Affection, exactly in this order. Many problems can be solved by giving the dog more exercise in a structured environment. Not all problems, of course; and he is right; a lot of owners do not give their dogs enough exercise and mental stimulation. He will work with any dog, regardless of it’s level of aggression. Also, he states in his book, Cesar’s Way, that a lot of problems stem from the fact that people think of their dogs not as animal, dog, breed then name, but as humans, they humanize their dogs too much. Growing up in Mexico, he did not see the kind of issues dogs in America have, as Americans humanize their dogs when they should be letting them just be dogs and treated as such.

Obviously, his methods do work, as the dogs do get rehabilitated and he has shown time and again, the same owners a few years down the road; and the dog is still rehabilitated; unlike what some will say that his methods create a ticking time bomb; if this were so, he would have had many of his own dogs he has rehabilitated and clients dogs, revert to their former dangerous and aggressive states.

The concept of being the pack leader and remaining calm and assertive at all times are obviously excellent guidelines to follow. Also, and again, contrary to what some have said that his methods are to get a dog aggressive then alpha roll the dog and exert your dominance over the dog; what he states is to correct behaviours at the slightest sign before they escalate into a ‘red zone’., or more problematic behaviour. If a dog is over reactive to a particular stimulus, for example, the case of the rottweiler reacting strongly to any sounds, such as shopping carts, skateboards, etc, his methods are to desensitize the dog by exposing the dog to the particular stimulus over and over, while giving it light touch corrections (and he does emphasize light touch, not hitting), until the dog does not react any longer. Same for his leash training methods, to lightly correct the dog if it pulls ahead; and to make sure you are in the lead or the dog is beside you on the walk, so that the dog does not get ahead of you, as it will then think it is the pack leader of the walk.

His methods seem to be right on the mark; but I will say that the alpha roll technique should not be used by anyone other than a very very experienced person; and possibly not used at all; as (and he does mention this in his book) no one should alpha roll an aggressive dog (although he does with apparent success); or you could get hurt very easily, and this is a rule to follow to the letter, as most dogs, if in an aggressive state, will not tolerate being rolled; and will attack; there are some that say that the only time a dog will roll another onto its back is right before it kills it. Dogs will voluntarily roll onto their backs with another dog around, but it has to happen willingly.

The only other aspect of Cesar’s training is the use of ‘whatever tool the owner is using’; which is fine except when the tool happens to be a prong collar. Prong collars are not comfortable to a dog; and this is only my opinion; but should not be used in most cases; as this does mask your dog obeying you for the simple reason that it respects you as it’s leader; and instead controls by discomfort. Other than this, I would recommend any of Cesar’s books, videos, etc; but use common sense and when he says a method should not be used without consulting a professional, then dont use it. Just follow the main concepts.

That is one thing I will give Brad Pattison; on one episode, when he was going through the owner’s house as he usually does; he found a prong collar and made fun of it and threw it out. Good for him on that one. He also does not recommend choke collars or shock collars.

Surprisingly, his main concept is that dogs learn by body language; which happens to be the same concept as Cesar Millan, although their methods are not similar in all respects.

If a dog misbehaves, he will, for one thing, if it is not being exercised enough, recommend more exercise, but uses the umbilical technique. Tying a 6 foot leash to your waist and the other end attached to the dog. He often will recommend keeping the dog on this umbilical for 2 hours a day, which can be done while you are doing other things; like preparing dinner, feeding the baby, etc. This is an excellent method that works well for all dog owners; the only thing is he gets carried away with the activities you can still do while having a dog on umbilical; and once demonstrated having a dog on umbilical while mowing the lawn, he pushed a mower around with a dog tied to his waste; not good thing to be doing if there are kids watching that may try this on their own.

People comment on his personality being a bit brusque; and it is; but in a lot of cases the owners aren’t taking the situation seriously and need brusque treatment to get their butts in gear so to speak. The odd time, he is a bit unnecessarily rude but usually there is a logical reason for his attitude towards the owners.

He does focus on fixing the family situation that is going on, which comes from his experience also being a life coach, which is usually a nice touch. He seems very good at getting owners’ dogs to obey them off leash and to learn to be in a situation where they will not run off if they are not fenced in, which is very important; I don’t know how many times I have been at a dog park with my own dogs and seen other people’s dogs run out onto the road, thankfully they have not gotten run over, but the owner is behind them, yelling for the dog, which obviously is not listening and tuning them out. This is another method he uses; to tell the owners not to talk to their dogs for 2 weeks; and instead use body language and energy (similar to Cesar Millan); as humans tend to talk too much to their dogs, then when you need them to listen, they will tune you out.

Also, he condemns the use of food as a training tool, and calls it a masking technique. It is true that excessive use of food or food only as a training reward will create a dog that does not listen 100% of the time if it is not interested in food at the moment; or if it sees something that has a higher attraction for it that food – another playful dog, toy, squirrel, etc. This seems to be a grey area. Many successful trainers do use food. I believe there may be situations where use of food is acceptable, which Cesar has demonstrated in a few cases; for example dogs that have excessive fear issues; or rewarding a dog off of a negative behaviour (barking at a stimulus), and if used as a reward and not a bribe, it works.

It does run the risk of the dog performing a behaviour for the food and not you; so be very careful to wean the dog off the food after a time. Some trainers use food excessively and this is wrong. There may be a time when you have for example, forgotten to bring food, etc. Cut the reward down to giving food every second time, then every third time, etc; until the food reward is replaced with affection.

Or, you can use Brad’s advice and not use food at all; but I do not feel, that use of food as a training tool is, 100% wrong in every situation. People do go overboard with the treat training, as I have said and use it as a bribing tool not a reward.

In one show, a family is having trouble with their dog rushing out the gate; in this one show, he grabbed the dog and raised his voice in several sentences to the dog; so these few instances when he uses this ‘training method’ of raising his voice in a long rant to the dog, does not seem appropriate or too professional, it is this type of instance that makes a person wonder; but on the whole, his other concepts of umbilical – dogs learning from body language, not talking excessively to your dog; seem to be fine.

So basically, between the two; one of the main concepts that seems to be a common theme is the use of body language and energy to control your dog. Who has better methods? Well, it is like comparing apples to oranges.

Personally, I will at times still use food to bond with my dog, not for training, but as an occasional reward. I do tend to watch the Dog Whisperer more than At the End of My Leash, simply because it is a bit more varied, and seems gentler. (Obviously except for the extreme aggression cases where the dog is rolled, etc; ). And I will never agree with prong collars, which Brad does not advocate. Maybe I watch it more as Cesar has a more appealing personality and seems like a gentle soul. At any rate, use common sense and whatever method works best for your dog. There are positive training tips and techniques to be learned from both. Do not, as both advocate; let the dog rule the house, make sure you are the pack leader; but do so in a calm assertive manner.

Essential Vitamins & Minerals For Increased Sex Drive

A low sex drive (libido) is something you don’t have to settle to live with as there are vitamins and minerals that can help you reinvigorate your sex life and take your libido to an all new high without resorting to synthetic drugs like Viagra and Cialis.

The reasons for your low libido should first of all be given due consideration because the intake of the vitamins and minerals we will be reviewing will be of no benefit if you have an unhealthy lifestyle. Low libido cannot be treated in isolation as there are many factors that contribute to its increase or decline and putting those factors into focus will be very important if you are to succeed in increasing your libido.

You would essentially have to do away with heavy drinking, smoking and the use of recreational drugs. If your libido problem stems from more psychological problems like stress, mental exhaustion or physical problem likes fatigue and ill-health, then you might likely need some professional help to resolve these and then get back on course to taking your sex drive to a new zenith. Therefore a few changes in your lifestyle can bring about a great change in libido and bring back the joy and excitement of sexual intimacy back into your relationship.

A point of note here is that even men with a healthy lifestyle still suffer from a degree of low libido and often this is due to the fact that most of the food we eat may lack the vital nutrients needed for a high libido and there might also be the problem of the nutrients not being readily absorbed into the blood stream. The use of dietary supplements that contain a good number of the vitamins and minerals reviewed below will provide most of the essential vitamins and minerals for increasing libido and result in an overall healthy reproductive life.

To dramatically bring back your lost libido or improve it, below are the vitamins and minerals we would be reviewing for achieving a higher libido and they are in no particular order.

Vitamins

There are 13 essential vitamins that our bodies need for proper growth, function and maintenance of healthy body tissues. The B-Vitamins and Vitamin C dissolved in water and are easily eliminated from the body. Adverse reactions even with high-dose supplements are rare. However the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, and E) are not readily excreted from the body and have the potential to accumulate in the tissues and could cause adverse effects at high doses.

Vitamin A

Sex hormones regulate our sexual activities and desires, and without them our sex lives would be nonexistent. Vitamin A helps in the regulation of the synthesis of the sex hormone, progesterone. Vitamin A regulates sexual growth and development, and reproduction by turning on genes in response to sex hormone triggers. It also assist in the production of healthy sperm and improve virility.

B-Vitamins

The B-Vitamins are generally regarded as Vitamin B complex and are important in energy production, metabolism and synthesis of hormones. They also help in decreasing the production of prolactin, a hormone which stimulates testosterone uptake by the prostate and which basically reduces sex drive. They help the nerves function properly and thus crucial for reacting and responding to sexual stimulation and for the flow of blood to the genital.

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3 is required for energy metabolism, enzyme reactions, and for the maintenance of skin and nerve health. It equally enhances sexual flush, and intensifies orgasms by increasing the flow of blood to the genitals.



Vitamin B6


It is necessary for protein and fat metabolism, hormonal function (estrogen and testosterone), and the production of red blood cells, niacin, and neurotransmitters (serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine). Vitamin B6 helps in controlling elevated prolactin and thus functioning as a libido enhancer. Also it has been shown to help men with low sperm counts.

Vitamin B12

It is required for nerve function, synthesis of DNA and RNA, metabolism of energy, enzyme reactions, and production of red blood cells. They also aid in the stimulation of the brain and the nerves thus facilitating sexual arousal. It is an energy booster as it heightens sex drive, enhances penile erection by enlarging blood vessels and also stimulating secretion of histamine needed for orgasm.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. It is required for the synthesis of collagen (structured component of blood vessels, tendons and bones) and norepinephrine (a neurotransmitter) and is also known to increase positive response to stress. It participates in the synthesis of the critical hormones that are involved in sex and fertility namely – androgen, estrogen and progesterone. Vitamin C also increases semen volume but a lack of it can cause sperm to clump together. Studies indicate that ascorbic Vitamin C might improve the production of nitric oxide which aids in the increase of blood flow and makes blood vessels stronger resulting in stronger erections.

Vitamin E

It is an antioxidant which is often referred to as the “Sex Vitamin” and is definitely one of the best vitamins to increase your libido. It plays a key role in the production of sex hormones and also protects cell membranes against oxidative damage by free-radical. Vitamin E prevents blood clotting and aids in the dilation of blood vessels thus aiding the supply of nutrients and oxygen to the sex organs. Vitamin E is also an anti-aging antioxidant that promotes vitality and youthfulness by increasing fertility and regulating hormones.

Minerals

Minerals are elements that originate in the earth. They cannot be made by the human body so they are obtained through diet and/or supplements. Both plants and animal food provide minerals. The plants get the minerals from the soil; the animals from the plants they eat and humans indirectly get the minerals by eating both the plants and animal products.

Magnesium

Required for energy metabolism, muscle and nerve functions, formation of cell membranes, bones and teeth, body temperature regulator and synthesis of DNA and RNA; it also promotes calming and relaxation which generally aids in increasing sex drive. Magnesium is also essential in the production of sex hormones like androgen, estrogen and neurotransmitters (dopamine and norepinephrine) that regulates libido.

Selenium

This antioxidant interestingly has nearly 50% of its total volume in the male body located in the testes and seminal vesicles; and this is lost mostly in the semen. It is very essential in sperm production and motility. It also plays an important role in the antioxidant activity of Vitamin E; keeping its volume optimal is essential for a man’s virility.

Zinc

Zinc is needed for raising the healthy production of sperm and testosterone. Healthy testosterone levels = healthy sex drive. The zinc content of the prostate gland and sperm is higher than in any other body part. Also two studies have shown that zinc combined with folate in supplements can help improve sperm count and the percentage of healthy sperm in men with impaired fertility. A high Zinc content can also help reduce the risk of prostate disease due to the fact that prostate tissues are highly dependent on zinc.

However, as already mentioned above, maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be a primary focus in order for the intake of these vitamins and minerals to be effective in increasing your libido. Also it is important that you contact your physician about your decision to take any of these vitamins and minerals to avoid possible side effects with other medication you might already be using.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a classic motor neuron disease affecting the nerves coming from the spinal cord. ALS most often occurs in adults from the age of 50 to 70. The cause of this disease is unknown; however, inflammation of the nervous system due to immune dysfunction is believed to be responsible for the progressive degeneration seen in this disease. Symptoms include progressive muscular weakness, cramps, wasting and spasticity. ALS can be either classic, sporadic or familial.

Ayurvedic medicines have a very good therapeutic potential in the treatment of disorders of the nervous system. This can be put to good use in treating ALS. Medicines like Trayo-Dashang-Guggulu, Tapyadi-Loh, Yograj-Guggulu, Mahavat-Vidhvans, Vat-Gajankush-Ras, Kaishor-Guggulu and Dashmoolarishta are very useful in healing the damage done to the nerves and nervous system. Herbal medicines like Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) and Dashmool (Ten Roots) are also very useful in this condition.

Medicines which act on the ‘Majja’ dhatu (tissue) of the body are also very effective in treating this condition, and include medicines like Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Gugggulu, Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and Musta (Cyperus rotundus). In addition, localized therapy can also be used, in which medicated oils are used to massage the body, followed by medicated steam fomentation. Medicines used for these procedures are: Mahanarayan oil, Mahamash oil, Mahasaindhav oil, Dashamool qadha (decoction) and Nirgundi qadha.

Ayurvedic treatment, taken for long periods in ALS, can considerably improve symptoms and delay the progression of the disease. For a disease known to cause death within 2-7 years, and no currently known cure, Ayurvedic treatment definitely has a lot to offer in reducing morbidity and mortality.

Help Stop and Reverse Bone Loss

Osteoporosis is a term that describes bones which are less dense than “normal”. It is a disease that affects both men and women and it causes about 1.5 million bone fractures each year.

We are now being warned that 1 out of 2 women over the age of 50 will be affected by osteoporosis sometime during the remainder of her life. The sad fact is that this deterioration of the bones may go unnoticed until it becomes full blown and painful.

It is caused by the bones losing their minerals – especially calcium. The spine, hips, and wrists are most commonly affected, but any bone in the body is susceptible.

As this disease progresses, it develops from the milder osteopenia into osteoporosis and because the bones become so fragile, it hinders those who have it from leading normal lives. Often in severe cases, a bone may break during ordinary bending or lifting or even sneezing.

The good news is that osteopenia and osteoporosis are now preventable and even reversible with natural methods. Not only are the drugs that are prescribed expensive and riddled with side effects, but they do not help to prevent or reverse bone loss.

Healthy eating and the proper supplements can rebuild healthy bones. Don’t be fooled by advertisements that claim that drugs will do this. There is no drug on the market that will help like good wholesome food. Many are believing that they can prevent unhealthy bones by taking calcium. If only that were true, the country might have no problem today.

The truth is that there are several minerals needed and if you have too much calcium and not enough of the other minerals to balance it, the calcium will not help your bones at all.

Is Your Handbag Playing With Your Health?

Many of us are unaware that handbags can cause illness. A handbag can house millions of germs and dangerous bacteria that can cause skin diseases, breathing problems and even stomach infections.

Let's see what are the things that can make handbags unhealthy:

1. Carrying Used Napkins Can Cause Diseases

Carrying used tissue papers, sponges, wipes and napkins in a handbag can cause skin and respiratory diseases. There is no point of re-using tissue papers. It is better to discard the napkins and tissue papers immediately after a single usage. Washable cloth napkin should go into a laundry basket rather than remaining in a handbag.

2. Cosmetics

Cosmetics often carry germs. It is best to wash make up brushes and clean cosmetics after each use. Take out unnecessary cosmetics from the handbag.

3. Chunks Of Eatables

Keeping eatables in a handbag while on the go is not a bad idea. It is good to have something to eat to get rid of growing belly and hunger drive. Always make sure to keep a container for all eatables or a plastic bag, to ensure that the bag is free from food chunks and bacteria. You can discard the plastic bag or wash the container, on reaching home.

4. Heavy Contents

It is important to take out useless items from a handbag. Keeping unnecessary things makes handbag heavy. There is no reason of suffering from aching shoulder because of unwanted items. It is ideal to keep separate bags for shopping, job, party and long journeys. Using a single bag for multiple purposes will only add unnecessary items, so, adding extra weight on your shoulder.

5. Mobile Gadgets

Mobile phones and gadgets often house germs and bacteria. So always keep your hands and gadgets clean. A recent research reveals that a mobile phone contains more bacteria than a toilet bowl. Using mobile phones and portable gadgets with clean hands can reduce the risk. Always wash hands immediately after eating or using a phone. This results digestive and skin diseases.

6. Unhygienic wallet

Currency notes and coins come from hand to hand. Many people might have touched the money before it get our wallet. It is necessary to wash hands immediately after handling cash and coins.

Prevent Injuries, Infections And Diseases

Always be careful how you place items in your handbag. Organizing your possessions can prevent injuries. It is wise to organize things in different pouches and labeling them, to get the required item easily without any fuss. Place sharp items properly to avoid any injury or accident.