Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Monday, December 29, 2008

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Brookstone Pain Relief Wand: NEW!

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Reaches deeper than heating pads for relief where you need it!
Heating pads primarily heat only the surface of the skin. While this may feel good, very little of the soothing heat penetrates to where the pain can originate. Infrared polychromatic light penetrates to body tissues of different depths and delivers deeper, more thorough temporary relief.

Non-invasive, drug-free way to soothe minor arthritis pain and aching joints and muscles. The Brookstone® Pain Relief Wand uses infrared polychromatic light, which is part of the natural spectrum of light, to temporarily relieve minor arthritis, joint and muscle pain.

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IMPORTANT: Read Before Using the Pain Relief Wand
The Brookstone® Pain Relief Wand is a non-invasive, gentle therapy used to temporarily relieve minor arthritis, joint and muscle pain.

You may not notice an immediate effect when first using the Pain Relief Wand. You may require multiple treatments before noticing results or benefits.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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Monday, December 1, 2008

ProForm XP 420 Razor Elliptical on sale

ProForm XP 420 Razor Elliptical with Perfect Motion on sale at Sears website for $349.88. Save $150: click here
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Compact and sophisticated, the XP 420 Razor is great for your body and great for your home. With a mechanism that measures only 3 inches wide, its approximately half as wide as a traditional elliptical mechanismallowing you to enjoy more natural and ergonomic strides without sacrificing quality. It also has an adjustable stride that allows you to change your stride length to enable you to work your muscles differently for better results. With digital resistance, target pacer and 6 different workouts, this little elliptical packs a big workout.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Alzheimer's Strikes Every 71 Seconds!

Carefree Senior Living Press, based in Santa Barbara, announces the release of its first book by local author and Alzheimer's care professional John G. Bloomer. The book, notably titled "What The Heck Do We Do Now? Families Facing Alzheimer's," offers practical advice to navigating some of the uncharted waters of Alzheimer's and Dementia Care. It touchingly looks at "real" situations families face when the diagnosis of Alzheimer's impacts their lives. Unlike almost any book on the market today, it also offers advice and information about licensed residential facilities specializing in the care of these gentle souls.

The book is a narrative of three families and their experiences with this dread disease. Along the way it demonstrates why certain choices are better than others. The information is integrated so family members do not have to read through list after list to see how the information fits their circumstances.

As Jackie Marston, current Vice President of Carefree Senior Living in California, Executive Administrator of Villa Alamar Care facility, and fondly referred to in local circles as the "dementia diva," sums up:

"Finally, a book that touches the heart, and is a reference manual for families as they begin the uncertain journey through Alzheimer's. The twists and turns and mistakes and successes are described as they happened without exaggeration. Anyone who finds themselves caring for those with this disease should give this small book a read."

This handy publication offers guidance for families and caregivers dealing with dementia, Alzheimer's and memory loss and helps move them from a place of fear to a place of peace. How to handle "embarrassing" social behaviors, directing those with memory loss, obtaining legal and medical advice, conservatorships, finding assisted living facilities, and disease prevention are all described for the layperson.

Author, John G. Bloomer, describes his personal story of Alzheimer's:

"My wife and I entered the world of Alzheimer's Disease 22 years ago, with a tearful call from her mother who was sure something was wrong with her brain. Hearing her plea for help, I immediately thought, what the heck do we do now? Much of this book is the result of our experiences, both negative and positive, in attempting to care for and protect her."

This is a book of passion! Mr. Bloomer is called upon to speak and counsel hundreds every year. As the incidence of Alzheimer's disease increases astronomically, the demand for practical applied information of this subject has never been greater.

What the Heck Do We Do Now? Families Facing Alzheimer's is available online at Amazon

Amazon Review
Finally,a book that touches the heart, and is a reference manual for families as they begin the uncertain journey through Alzheimer's Disease. The twists and turns and mistakes and sucesses are described as they happened without exaggeration. Anyone who finds themselves caring for those with this disease should give this small book a read. --Jacqueline Marston, Administrator, Villa Alamar

Product Description
Because Alzheimer's strikes every 71 seconds! "What the Heck Do We Do Now? Families Facing Alzheimer's"... offers practical advice to navigating the uncharted waters of Alzheimer's and Dementia Care. This book is a narrative of three families and their experiences with this dread disease. Each case touchingly looks at "real" situations families face when the diagnosis of Alzhiemer's impacts their lives. What to expect and how to best handle; "embarrasing" social behaviors, directing those with memory loss, obtaining legal and medical advice, conservatorships, finding assisted living facilities and prevention are all described for the layperson.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

The All-American Fast Food Diet

Eat french fries AND lose weight? Yes!

Weight loss guru Jim Karas, author of "Flip the Switch: Discover the Weight-Loss Solution and the Secret to Getting Started," has outlined in Good Housekeeping magazine a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet that consists of nothing but food from McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Boston Market, Wendy's, Arby's, KFC, Dairy Queen, and Subway. That includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even those occasional snack attacks.

Here are the basic rules of the All-American Fast Food Diet:
1. You have to make the right food choices at the fast food restaurants. For this to work, you can't eat the Whopper or Big Mac with the super-sized fries and a milk shake.

2. Karas believes that when it comes to shedding pounds the only thing that counts is the almighty calorie--so fat and sodium be damned. (Not all nutritionists would agree with this.) So you have to stick to the calorie counts he sets for each meal, which he calls the 3-4-5 program:

  • Breakfast: 300 calories
  • Lunch: 400 calories
  • Dinner: 500 calories
  • Snacks: 300 calories
  • TOTAL: 1,500 calories
Ask your favorite fast food restaurants for their nutrition guides or check their Web sites for calorie counts of all menu items and then plan accordingly. There are dozens of ways to do this 3-4-5 program so you'll never get into a rut or get bored. Here are just a few examples that Karas researched and published in Good Housekeeping magazine:

Breakfast: 300 calories

Plain English muffin: 150 calories
Two scrambled eggs: 160 calories
Egg McMuffin: 300 calories
Burger King
Croissan'wich with Egg and Cheese (no sausage): 350 calories

Lunch: 400 calories

Chicken McGrill: 400 calories
Burger King
Four Chicken Tenders and small fries: 400 calories total
Large Chili with Cheddar Cheese and Saltine crackers: 395 calories
Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 300 calories
Subway: Any "7 Under 6" sandwich: 230 to 320 calories
Subway's Select Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich: 380 calories
Subway's Select Red Wine Vinaigrette Club Sandwich: 350 calories
No mayonnaise, oil, or cheese!
Taco Bell
Two Soft Tacos with Chicken: 380 calories
Plain Bean Burrito: 370 calories
Tender Roast Sandwich with sauce: 390 calories
Regular Roast Beef sandwich: 350 calories
Light Grilled Chicken sandwich: 280 calories
Boston Market
Marinated Grilled Chicken with New Potatoes: 360 calories
Quarter-Pound Skinless White-Meat Chicken with Butternut Squash: 320 calories
Pizza Hut
Two slices of Thin 'n Crispy Cheese Pizza: 400 calories

Snacks: 300 calories

Baked Potato: 310 calories
Spring Mix salad: 180 calories
Baked Apple Pie: 260 calories
Cookie: 220 calories
Burger King
Small onion rings: 180 calories
Dairy Queen
Small Vanilla Cone: 230 calories
Small Chocolate Cone: 280 calories

Dinner: 500 calories
McDonald's, Burger King or Wendy's:

Plain hamburger, small fries, and a diet drink: 530 calories total
Taco Bell
7-Layer Burrito: 530 calories
Cheese Quesadilla: 490 calories
Beef 'n Cheddar sandwich: 480 calories
Original Recipe Chicken Breast and a serving of mashed potatoes with gravy: 500 calories
Boston Market
Meat Loaf with Potato Salad: 510 calories
Marinated Grilled Chicken Sandwich (no mayo): 470 calories


As seen on Oprah Natures #1 Superfood!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Best Food to Eat After Exercise

The best food to eat after working out is a bowl of healthy cereal with non-fat milk.

According to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin, milk and a 100-percent whole-grain cereal, which contain protein and carbohydrates, help rebuild damaged tissue at least as well as, if not better than, a specialized sports drink. And it's a lot cheaper!

"Sports drinks may have an advantage in convenience," study leader Lynne Kammer, who is a graduate student at UT, told Reuters Health, "But for the large population of people that exercise close to home, eating a bowl of cereal with milk is just as good as anything that is more exotic and expensive."

The study: Eight male and four female athletes fasted for 12 hours and then rode a stationary bicycle for two hours. They did not ride to exhaustion. Immediately following the ride, the participants ate either 100-percent whole-wheat flake cereal with nonfat milk or drank a typical carbohydrate-packed sports drink.

The results: Both the cereal with milk and the sports drink produced a healthy rise in blood sugar and insulin levels with one major difference. During the recovery period, the cereal raised insulin significantly more and dulled the spike in blood lactate compared with the sports drink. In addition, both helped the body replenish depleted glycogen, which is a fuel our bodies use during exercise, but the cereal and milk did it better.

"What we showed was that cereal and milk were good for protein synthesis, or muscle rebuilding, after exercise. Because of the protein in the milk you would expect to see this," Kammer told Reuters Health. "But what was most surprising was that the lactate in the blood was greatly reduced after consuming the cereal and milk as compared to the sports drink--and that's a good thing."

The takeaway: When you exercise close to home, save money and skip the sports drink. Eat a bowl of 100 percent whole-grain cereal and non-fat milk instead.

The research was presented at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in New Orleans.

--From the Editors at Netscape

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Conversation About Alzheimer's: Woman Shares Story in New Book

"When my father was formally diagnosed with Alzheimer's in September of 2001, I read every book, pamphlet, and newspaper article I could get my hands on," writes Michele L. Tucker in her new book, "A Conversation About Alzheimer's" (published by AuthorHouse). "Educate, educate, educate ... that's all I could think about. I told myself that once I knew the facts, I could get the right physicians, no matter the cost, to fix him. I just wanted to fix him!"

Unfortunately, as Michele found out, there is no "fixing" Alzheimer's. Over the next four years, she watched her father's condition worsen as his health and personality
deteriorated. "A Conversation About Alzheimer's" is her starkly honest, unflinching account of the progression of her father's illness and how it affected her and her family. "Of course there are handbooks for the caregiver on the bookstore shelves, autobiographies and the like," Michele notes. "Each book, every website, offers phases of the
disease, symptoms of the disease, how to relate to the patient in particular situations, but nothing exposed the real-world experience."

Michele sets out to detail her real-world experience as she was forced to face the reality that her father's Alzheimer's wasn't going to go away. She describes in heartbreaking detail the toll his disease took. She shares her emotional
reaction to his diagnosis, the slow loss of his independence, and how family and friends reacted to her father's illness.

Michele is hopeful that "A Conversation About Alzheimer's" will educate others who may be watching a loved one turn into a stranger, that it will comfort them and remind them that they are not alone, and that it will provide strength when perhaps they feel they have no more to give. She gives advice on choosing an assisted living home and making funeral arrangements, along with detailing early warning signs of the disease.

"This passage has been an incredible one for me and my family," Michele writes. "We've learned a great deal of how sophisticated the brain actually is. We've also learned how the brain can rip away your very existence. But mostly, we learned patience."

About the Author: Michele L. Tucker, a native Virginian, currently resides there with her husband of 16 years and her teenage son. A 25-year career in the administrative field taught her invaluable lessons in how to react to pressure
and crisis, skills she drew upon while dealing with her father's illness. "A Conversation About Alzheimer's" is her first book and she is currently at work on a second, a novel based on the tragic murder of a relative in Washington, D.C.

A Conversation About Alzheimer's is available online at Amazon

Amazon Product Description
A Conversation About Alzheimer’s paints for the reader a poignant picture of love, hope, loss, and finally survival. The only daughter of a man tragically stricken with Alzheimer’s, Michele tenderly, and oftentimes painfully, walks us through her daily struggles, frustrations, and sorrow as she seeks to understand the disease that has taken hold of the man she lovingly calls Dad. Michele takes us along on her journey of discovery as she works with doctors and her family to not only understand Alzheimer’s, but to cope with the effects on an entire family victimized by this unrelenting disease. A Conversation About Alzheimer’s hopes to educate others who may watch a loved one become a stranger, to comfort them as they learn that they are not alone, and to give strength when perhaps they feel they have no more.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Live to 80? The No. 1 Way to Do It

The best way to live a long life and live it well is a combination of staying safe, staying healthy, and embracing your spirituality. Prevention is the key. Some things are obvious, like always wearing your seat belt and avoiding illegal drugs. Others take a bit of health education so you know which foods and vitamins are best for promoting longevity.

As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says: None of us is born with an instruction manual on how to stay alive until 80 or beyond. It takes guesswork, good common sense, and a bit of luck. But there are things we can do to maximize our longevity odds. And some of these may surprise you.

Be Safe

Accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers and young adults. To avoid the grim reaper at such a young age, the Post-Dispatch offers this common sense list. Make sure you always:

  • Wear a seat belt.
  • Drive safely.
  • Avoid harmful drugs and substances, legal or illegal.
  • Avoid family violence and violence with strangers.

Be Healthy

  • Exercise: The No. 1 way to stay healthy--whether you're a little tyke or a grouchy geezer--is to exercise. Find something you enjoy and do it for 30 minutes a day most days of the week. No excuses. The Post-Dispatch asserts that some doctors say exercise is so powerful it can even lessen the severity of illnesses passed through your family genes.
  • Eat right: Eat fish three to four times a week, load up on fruits and vegetables, get plenty of calcium and other vitamins, and don't smoke. Enjoying one or two alcoholic beverages a day may be beneficial, but more than that is harmful.
  • Maintain a healthy weight: The secret to a long life may be maintaining a healthy weight in your young adult years and staying physically active in later years--and this holds true even if you suffer from diabetes, heart disease, or cancer as a senior citizen. Reuters reports that researchers from the University of California, Irvine have determined that elderly people who reported weighing the least at age 21 and who participated regularly in physical exercise as senior citizens were the most likely to eventually celebrate their 90th birthday.

Be Spiritual

None other than the venerable Mayo Clinic has suggested that one of the best ways to improve your chances of living a century is to recognize the value of spirituality in your life. "Nurture your spirit, no matter what you call your source of inspiration," advised a recent health letter the clinic published.

Other research has shown that people who regularly attend worship services, live longer. It's not the act of going to the church, synagogue, or mosque that extends lives, but rather the involvement in the religious and spiritual activities.

One other theory: People who are involved in religious groups benefit from the social networks they form. If they get sick, others look out for them. Religious beliefs may also lead to less risky behavior. In addition, a well developed sense of spirituality may help people better cope with life's tough psychological demands.
source: Netscape

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Uh Oh. Use It or Lose WHAT?

Fitness experts are fond of saying: Use it or lose it. Turns out, they're right.

People who don't exercise are more likely to suffer serious physical and psychological setbacks, Science Daily reports of a new study from The Ohio State University. But the good news is that the opposite is also true: People who exercise get a cognitive, psychological, and physical boost.

The study: A group of 28 older adults who had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease that kills some 120,000 people every year in the United States, completed a 10-week, monitored exercise rehabilitation program. The first five weeks of the 10-week training session consisted of daily aerobic workouts, strength training, and stretching exercises. During the second five week period, participants continued the exercises at least three days a week. Afterwards, they were each given an individualized home exercise program to follow on their own. The researchers contacted the participants again after one year to see if they had stuck with their exercise programs and to give them the same physical, psychological, and cognitive tests that they had taken at the beginning and end of the initial 10-week exercise program.

The results: After the initial 10 weeks of exercise, all the participants achieved increased cognitive, psychological, and physical function. Eleven people or 39 percent continued exercising at home, while the remainder either exercised only sporadically or not at all. Those who continued to exercise maintained the cognitive, psychological, and physical benefits, while those who did not exercise lost their gains in nearly every mental and physical characteristic that the researchers measured.

"It's solid evidence that across-the-board declines occur when people stop exercising," said lead researcher and psychology professor Charles Emery. "No matter what, you've got to keep up the physical activity."

The study appears in a recent issue of the journal Health Psychology.
source: Netscape

Friday, October 24, 2008

What is Far Infrared Heat Therapy?

ThermotexTM Infrared Heating Pads are a convenient, portable therapy system that you can use at home, in the office, or on vacation to provide effective temporary pain relief wherever and whenever you need it. These heating pads use a alternative type of heating called far infrared heat therapy, or FIR Therapy, which provides a deep penetrating, comfortable heat.

All systems come with covers featuring adjustable Velcro fasteners and are machine washable. Face covers are 100% nylon and back covers consist of a 50/50 nylon-cotton blend. All systems come with hi-low power settings. On the low setting, after full heat up, the micron range holds steady at 9.1376 based on surface temperatures of 111°F. On the high setting, the micron range is 9.1089 to 8.7778 based on the range of surface temperatures of 113°F to 135°F. The infrared elements themselves are not flexible and should never be bent.

Dr. Mark Stengler, America's top natural physician, explains how effective FIR therapy with the Thermotex Infrared Heating Pad is for chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

What is Far Infrared Heat Therapy?
Far Infrared is a band of light that we perceive as heat. Infrared rays heat your body without having to heat the air between through a process called conversion. Most of the sun's energy output is in the form of infrared heat. Infrared is divided into three segments: near, middle, and far. Only far infrared can penetrate organic substances like the human body up to 2 - 3 inches to provide uniform heat. For this reason, the Thermotex™ Infrared Heating Pad uses FIR therapy to safely and effectively warm your body.

What does Infrared do?
Through the absorption of infrared thermal energy, tissues are safely and gently heated increasing blood flow within the treated area. Your body’s natural response to this increased temperature is to try to maintain a condition of homeostasis—a balanced environment or state of equilibrium throughout the body. To do this, your body responds with a rapid increase in blood flow to the area. Thermotex produces infrared heating to provide deep penetrating warmth for temporary relief of acute and chronic pain.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

FDA approves Orphan Drug Status for revolutionary cancer drug for children

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20, 2008 -- The Cure Our Children Foundation, a nonprofit charitable foundation dedicated to children, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Orphan Drug Designation of the foundation's unique drug product for children with Ewing's Sarcoma cancer. The efforts to develop this drug were made possible by the generous volunteers and researchers in private industry and at two universities.

Orphan Drug status allows for recognition of the potential viability of a drug therapy while providing a variety of benefits during the drug approval process. These benefits include waivers of certain FDA fees, the availability of government grants, and FDA attention and assistance during the review process.

This groundbreaking new drug combines two modern technologies: biotechnology and nanotechnology. This incredible technology is analogous to the concept of a Trojan Horse, and is expected to have very far reaching implications for other cancer treatments. The product consists of cell matter that is modified to have the same genetic code as the cancer cells, but that matter is not viable food for the tumor cells. The cell matter is then placed in a nanotechnology formulation which allows the matter to migrate through the body's own vessels directly to the tumor cells. When the tumor cells uptake the matter, they cannot reproduce, and they die. Key elements of this drug technology are:

-- Fewer side effects may be possible
-- The drug is directed only at the tumor cell and not at healthy cells
-- The product is so small that it migrates right through blood vessels and cell walls
-- This technology be applied to other diseases in the future that have a genetic component

The President of the foundation, Barry Sugarman, a 30-year veteran executive and consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, and father of son who has survived Ewing's Sarcoma, will continue the development of the drug product by raising money from individuals and foundations.

The Cure Our Children Foundation identifies important under-researched children's issues and devotes extensive resources to educate and guide parents, professionals, government and the public. The foundation website at receives thousands of website visits every month. The results of the research are provided as a public service, and are supported by donations to the foundation. The foundation has a number of other research projects underway that will continue to benefit children and families.

Barry Sugarman, B.S.ENGR., President
The Cure Our Children Foundation
Phone: 310-355-6046
Fax: 310-454-9592
source: eReleases

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Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

"I spent five years of my life being treated for cancer, but since then I've spent fifteen years being treated for nothing other than looking different from everyone else. It was the pain from that, from feeling ugly, that I always viewed as the great tragedy of my life. The fact that I had cancer seemed minor in comparison."

At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of classmates. In this strikingly candid memoir, Grealy tells her story of great suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable wit. Vividly portraying the pain of peer rejection and the guilty pleasures of wanting to be special, Grealy captures with unique insight what it is like as a child and young adult to be torn between two warring impulses: to feel that more than anything else we want to be loved for who we are, while wishing desperately and secretly to be perfect.

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Chapter One

I was knocked into the present, the unmistakable now, by Joni Friedman's head as it collided with the right side of my jaw. Up until that moment my body had been running around within the confines of a circle of fourth-grade children gathered for a game of dodge ball, but my mind had been elsewhere. For the most part I was an abysmal athlete, and I was deeply embarrassed whenever I failed to jump bravely and deftly into a whirring jumprope, ever threatening to sting if I miscrossed its invisible boundaries, like some science-fiction force field. Or worse, when I was the weak link yet again in the school relay race. How could one doubt that the order in which one was picked for the softball team was anything but concurrent with the order in which Life would be handing out favors?

Not that I considered myself a weak or easily frightened person; in more casual games I excelled, especially at wrestling (I could beat every boy but one on my street), playing war (a known sneak, I was always called upon to be the scout), and in taking dares (I would do just about anything, no matter how ludicrous or dangerous, though I drew the line at eating invertebrates and amphibians). I was accorded a certain amount of respect in my neighborhood, not only because I once jumped out of a secondstory window, but also because I would kiss an old and particularly smelly neighborhood dog on the lips whenever asked. I was a tomboy par excellence.

But when games turned official under the auspices of the Fleetwood Elementary Phys-Ed Department, everything changed. The minutea whistle appeared and boundaries were called, I transformed into a spaz. It all seemed so unfair: I knew in my heart I had great potential, star potential even, but my knowing didn't translate into hitting the ball that was coming my way. I resigned myself early on, even though I knew I could outread, outspell, and outtest the strongest kid in the classroom. And when I was picked practically last for crazy kickball or crab relays, I defeatedly assumed a certain lackadaisical attitude, which partially accounts for my inattention on the day my jaw collided with Joni Friedman's head.

Maybe I was wondering whether Colleen's superiority at dodge ball would be compromised by her all-consuming crush on David Cassidy, or maybe some other social dilemma of prepubescence ruled that days game. I do know that the ball I was going for was mine. I hadn't even bothered to call it, it was so obvious, and though it was also obvious that Joni was going to try to steal it away from me, I stood my ground. The whistle to stop playing began to blow just as the ball came toward us, toward me. I leaned forward and Joni lunged sideways, and suddenly all thoughts about Colleen's social status or Joni's ethics were suddenly and sharply knocked out of me.

I felt the force of our collision in every one of my atoms as I sat, calm and lucid though slightly dazed, on the asphalt. Everyone was running to get on line. I assume Joni asked me how I was, but all I remember is sitting there among the blurred and running legs, rubbing the right side of my jaw, fascinated by how much pain I was in and by how strangely peaceful I felt. It wasn't the sensation of things happening in slow motion, which I had experienced during other minor accidents; it was as if time had mysteriously but logically shifted onto another plane. I felt as if I could speculate and theorize about a thousand different beautiful truths all in the time it would take my lips to form a single word. In retrospect, I think it's possible I had a concussion.

My jaw throbbed. Rubbing it with my hand seemed to have no good or bad effect: the pain was deep and untouchable. Because the pain was genuinely unanticipated, there was no residue of anxiety to alter my experience of it. Anxiety and anticipation, I was to learn, are the essential ingredients in suffering from pain, as opposed to feeling pain pure and simple. This alien ache was probably my first and last experience of unadulterated pain, which perplexed me more than it hurt me.

"Are you all right, dear?"

Interrupted in my twilight, I looked up to see Mrs. Minkin, who was on playground duty that afternoon. She fell into the category of "scary" adults, and from there into the subcategory of adults "with cooties." In her plaid wool skirts and thick makeup, luridly ugly to schoolchildren's eyes, Mrs. Minkin was not someone to whom I was willing to admit distress.

"I'm fine, thank you."

And I was fine: as quickly as it had happened, the sharp ache in my jaw receded and my sense of self transported itself back to the playground. I quickly stood up and brushed myself off The looming issue now was how far back in line I would have to stand because of this bothersome delay. By the time I was back in the classroom I had forgotten the incident entirely.

I was reminded of it again that evening as I sat on the living room rug earnestly trying to whip up a book report I had been putting off for two weeks. Now, to my grave dismay, the report was due the very next day. Gradually I became aware of possible salvation: I had a toothache. This wasn't as welcome a reason for staying home from school as a cold or a fever because it would entail a visit to the dentist. Had it been only a minor toothache I'd probably have preferred to suffer the wrath of my teacher rather than my mother's inevitable agitation, but now that I had noticed the ache it seemed to be worsening steadily.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

10 Common Smoking Triggers: How to Make It Through Without a Cigarette

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Many common activities or events can trigger the urge to smoke. Knowing how to deal with them can help you deal with these triggers:

* Finishing a meal. Get up from the table immediately and start a pleasurable activity. Try a walk or a new hobby.
* Drinking coffee. Change the way you have coffee: the place, the coffee mug, everything that you did when you were smoking. Wait until you are at work to have your morning coffee.
* Talking on the telephone. Use a phone in a different room when you are at home. At the office, there may be little you can do to change location. Have small objects nearby to handle while you are on the phone.
* Between tasks. Instead of smoking a cigarette before moving on to your next project, try taking a short walk or reading a section of the newspaper or a chapter of a novel you're enjoying.
* After an argument, disappointment, or negative event. If you are still feeling angry or upset, let off the steam by walking briskly around the building.
* In the car. Since smoking has been banned in so many workplaces, cars are becoming a popular place to smoke. Remove the ashtray from your car, or fill it with potpourri or tiny strips of paper on which you've written the reasons you don't want to smoke anymore. Instead of smoking while you drive, play your favorite music on the stereo and sing along.

Activities at work and social events may trigger the urge to smoke. Here are some suggestions for avoiding these triggers:

* Other people who smoke. Avoid the smoking areas at your workplace. If there is an entryway where people who smoke gather during breaks or before work, find another entryway, or time your arrival to avoid the smokers.
* Work breaks. Avoid places where people who smoke go during the break. Seek out the company of people who don't smoke, and spend your break with them.
* b Quitting smoking may impact your social life. You don't have to skip parties altogether, but if you do go, don't accompany your friends when they go outside for a cigarette. If people are smoking indoors, or if it's an outdoor party, try to sit or stand as far away as possible from people who are smoking. Step out for a breath of fresh air if you need to—but don't smoke!
* Alcohol. After you have had a drink, your resolve not to smoke may weaken. You may choose to give up or cut down on drinking alcohol when you first quit smoking. Varying the kind of alcohol and the place where you drink may help break the trigger, but it will not help with the weakened willpower.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Secrets Most Doctors Aren't Sharing

Dr. Traci Ferguson Weighs in on 21 Secrets to Amazing Health

A number of studies and sources cite that patients are growing impatient at the doctor's office. They spend more time waiting to SEE a doctor than they do visiting one and this imbalance leaves too many things left unsaid. Traci Ferguson, M.D., a Johns Hopkins graduate and member of America's premier medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha, offers a new Rx for optimum living in her new book, 21 Secrets to Amazing Health.

It's scary enough that the average doctor's visit lasts less than 20 minutes, worse still that the time wasted in waiting rooms can easily exceed three times that!

It can be next to impossible to cover every pressing medical concern when everyone is so pressed for time. In the long-run, this "wham bam, thank you ma'am" approach can leave patients clinging to the proverbial short end of the stick.

According to one physician, Traci Ferguson, M.D., a Johns Hopkins graduate and author of the new book, 21 Secrets to Amazing Health, "Doctors know much more about your health than they're telling you and what they're NOT sharing could honestly kill you. You can't afford to be left in the dark when it comes to your health and well-being. Ask those tough questions and demand honest, frank answers from your doctor - don't be afraid to take control!"

To help patients accomplish this goal, Dr. Ferguson has taken her years of medical training, experience and intimate knowledge of patient administration and advocacy and compiled them together into a 268-page guidebook that puts patient care back where it belongs - in the patients' hands.

Dr. Ferguson bravely faces tough and touchy subjects ranging from sex to survival to supplements. Entertaining and easy to read, 21 Secrets to Amazing Health offers answers to questions that plague people universally:

-- Bone loss
-- Blood pressure
-- Diabetes
-- Prostate health
-- Strokes
-- Heart attacks
-- Cholesterol
-- Sex
-- & more

Dr. Ferguson brings her bedside manner to patients' bedside tables and unlocks the secrets of longer, livelier living.
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One-stop, self-help health at its finest, this fantastically succinct guide to a healthy lifestyle is an empowering lesson on what to do and what not to do in regards to one’s diet, actions, and exercise. 21 Secrets to Amazing Health by Dr. Traci Ferguson is a phenomenal book that will make all the difference in readers’ lives. Highly readable with a healthy dose of humor and savoir fare, this wellness guide demystifies the secrets of good health. The fact is that keeping it all straight can be daunting, but with chapter titles such as “Secret #1 Doctors Know Much More About Your Health Than They’re Telling You, and What They’re Keeping from You Could Kill You,” “Secret #3 The Natural Way to Lower Your Blood Pressure” and “Secret #6 How to Survive the Six-letter Diagnosis of C-A-N-C-E-R,” staying healthy has never been so easy. Twenty-one secrets in all—put this in your must-read stack and decide to live longer today.

About the Author:
Dr. Traci Ferguson graduated magna cum laude with a degree in chemistry from Georgetown University before earning her doctorate of medicine from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Again graduating with honors at the top of her class, she was inducted into the country’s premier medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her residency at world renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital and later served as both a faculty member and a clinical instructor at a local university. Today, as a board certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Ferguson specializes in hospital medicine in Florida where she lives with her husband and son.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Exercise Can Help You Cope with Financial Stress, Heal Emotional Pain

...says acclaimed Author and Psychotherapist Bob Livingstone.

The economy is in turmoil. The stock market appears to dip lower ever day. Houses are being foreclosed upon and jobs are disappearing. Headlines scream out to us and we begin to panic. We wonder if the American Dream has become only a dream that cannot be turned into reality. We wait to hear remedies from our government leaders that never seem to be forthcoming. We are drowning in their silence and a sense of hopelessness sinks its teeth in our souls. We sit around immobilized by shock and fear.

As "The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise" (Pegasus Books, Second Printing 2008 available at ) by Bob Livingstone shows, there is a means to overcoming this emotional paralysis, and it is by vigorously moving your body on a regular basis. Exercise has proven to be a stress reducer. Studies have also found that exercise can alleviate the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercise is a natural pressure reducer and can be used to manage the tension you carry around about the current worldwide economic crisis.

Exercise, such as walking as little as 15 minutes per day,can alter the brain chemistry enough where a sense of calmness is experienced. It can also be used as a healthy distraction from focusing on the economy. Concentrating on your workout can help you plan strategies for dealing with the financial crisis. Readers of "The Body Mind Soul Solution" find that hopelessness turns into hope and insurmountable problems now seem solvable.

According to author and psychotherapist Bob Livingstone, "Exercise can also heal emotional pain, and now may be an opportune time to explore this possibility." His new book, "The Body Mind Soul Solution: Healing Emotional Pain through Exercise" (Pegasus Books, Second Printing 2008), combines exercise, self-questioning, listening to music and journaling as a means to heal emotional pain.

The book has received rave reviews. According to the Miami Herald, "Run through your anger and bike through your anguish ... your mind and body work in concert to resolve emotional issues." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch states that "The Body Mind Soul Solution" is an "emotionally charged book" and New York Times bestselling author of "The Fat Flush Diet," Ann Louise Gittleman, calls the book "ground breaking." The prestigious Library Journal states that the book is "A holistic approach to finding balance among mind, body and emotional health ... sure to fly off the shelf. Highly Recommended."

Bob Livingstone has been featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning News, The Hartford Courant, Natural Health Magazine, The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch, The Library Journal,, The Athens Banner-Herald, Woman's Day,, Grand Magazine and Lee's Summit Journal.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Are You Gaining Weight And Are You Tired?

New Book Reveals Secret to Dynamic Health and Energy, Sexual Rapture for Women.

In his new book series, "The Books of Isis" , Glenn Bogue shares an astounding truth that promises to undo everything you thought you knew about the link between diet and the female orgasm.

The first volume in this series is entitled "Are You Gaining Weight And Are You Tired?" Bogue claims that human cells were programmed "in the beginning" to deliver perfect health and high energy provided they are fed just six nutrients in a certain form.

Bogue takes this exploration of health and nutrition one step further to evaluate the relationship between nutrition and sexual satisfaction, particularly in women. In addition to clearly laying out the steps to weight loss and wellness, Bogue offers alternative, cutting-edge guidance for sexually frustrated women, beginning in Book I with the purification of her blood of food toxins.

"Are You Gaining Weight And Are You Tired?" is based on a re-examination of the history of religion and health, questioning the most elementary assumptions and uniting recent discoveries in three seemingly unrelated fields: genetics, anthropology and theology.

Bogue explains that 200,000 years ago, a female scientist was summoned to Earth by beings who had traveled here in search of gold. Using in vitro fertilization and genetic engineering, she took the ovum of a beast found in East Africa and fashioned the first human, the cells of whom were designed to be fed six cellular foods in a specific form in order to produce perfect health, dynamic weight and energy, and a sacred sexual rapture. Today's DNA research has confirmed this history, marking the first time biology, anthropology and theology converge into one truth.

Bogue traces this cellular design back to the ancient pre-Egyptian symbol of Isis. Isis represents the female scientist, the creatrix of the human DNA who has been known throughout history as Divine Wisdom (The Woman of the Tree) and consort to YHWH.

"People are gaining weight out of ignorance of this simple history," Bogue writes. "Your cells were programmed by Isis to receive six cellular foods in a specific form, without which your body thinks it is starving and will cling to fat.
Book I of the Isis Series clearly teaches you how to identify these foods, how digestion works, how thirst and water produce low energy, and how full spectrum light restores high energy." There are 22 Truths set forth in this groundbreaking book.
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2 0 0, 0 0 0 years ago according to the creation tale of the Sumerians, a female scientist was summoned to the Earth by beings who had traveled here in search of gold. Using in vitro fertilization and genetics, she took the ovum of a beast found in East Africa and fashioned the first human, the cells of whom were designed to be fed six cellular foods, in a specific form in order to produce perfect health, a dynamic weight and energy, and a sexual rapture that borders on a quantum experience T O D A Y the Genome Project has mapped our DNA and confirmed that indeed all the races of the Earth can be traced back to ONE WOMAN in East Africa. She was renowned as Divine Wisdom, who, according to Proverbs 8:23 was there "in the beginning." Her work was enshrined in the ancient Egyptian symbol of ISIS holding aloft Horus, the first of the genus Homo Sapiens. As the creatrix of the DNA, she was honored as The Woman of the Tree, consort to YHWH. People are gaining weight out of ignorance of this simple history. Your cells were programmed by Isis to receive six cellular foods in a specific form, without which YOUR BODY THINKS IT IS STARVING AND WILL CLING TO FAT until all six in that specific form are consumed. Book I of the Isis series clearly teaches you how to identify these food, how digestion works, how thirst and water produce low energy, and how full spectrum light restores high energy.
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Thursday, October 9, 2008

An Easy Way to Double Your Weight Loss

Keeping a food diary can double your weight loss, according to Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon in one of the largest and longest-running weight loss maintenance trials ever conducted. The study included participants with an average age of 55 who were from four U.S. cities, Portland, Oregon; Baltimore, Maryland; Durham, North Carolina; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The results were stunning. Those who kept a food diary lost about 18 pounds, compared to 9 pounds for those who did not keep such a diary.

"The more food records people kept, the more weight they lost," said lead study author Dr. Jack Hollis, a researcher at Kaiser Permanente. "Those who kept daily food records lost twice as much weight as those who kept no records. It seems that the simple act of writing down what you eat encourages people to consume fewer calories." In addition to keeping food diaries and turning them in at weekly support group meetings, participants were asked to follow a heart-healthy DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and low-fat or non-fat dairy, attend weekly group sessions and exercise at moderate intensity levels for at least 30 minutes a day. After six months, the average weight loss among the nearly 1,700 participants was approximately 13 pounds. More than two-thirds of the participants (69 percent) lost at least nine pounds, enough to reduce their health risks and qualify for the second phase of the study, which lasted 30 months and tested strategies for maintaining the weight loss.

"More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. If we all lost just nine pounds, like the majority of people in this study did, our nation would see vast decreases in hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke," said study co-author Dr. Victor Stevens, a Kaiser Permanente researcher. For example, in an earlier study Stevens found that losing as little as five pounds can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure by 20 percent.

What is a food diary? "Keeping a food diary doesn't have to be a formal thing. Just the act of scribbling down what you eat on a Post-It note, sending yourself e-mails tallying each meal, or sending yourself a text message will suffice. It's the process of reflecting on what you eat that helps us become aware of our habits, and hopefully change our behavior," says Dr. Keith Bachman, a Weight Management Initiative member. "Every day I hear patients say they can't lose weight. This study shows that most people can lose weight if they have the right tools and support. And food journaling in conjunction with a weight management program or class is the ideal combination of tools and support." The study findings were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Something in Water Causes Diabetes?

Uh oh. Even if you give up the burgers and fries and faithfully exercise most days of the week, you may still develop type 2 diabetes just by doing what's good for you: drinking water. Low-level arsenic exposure, possibly from drinking water, has been linked to this form of diabetes, formerly called adult-onset diabetes, according to a new analysis of government data by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Associated Press reports that although utilities use filtration systems to eliminate arsenic, it can still get into drinking water naturally when minerals dissolve or through industrial pollution from coal burning and copper smelting. The Hopkins researchers analyzed the medical tests of 788 adults and found a nearly fourfold increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes in people with low arsenic concentrations in their urine compared with people who had even lower levels. Specifically, those who had type 2 diabetes had 26 percent higher inorganic arsenic levels than people without type 2 diabetes. (Some types of seafood contain nontoxic organic arsenic so the researchers adjusted their analysis for signs of seafood intake.)

This isn't the first study to show a link between arsenic and type 2 diabetes. Research in other countries has also made that connection, but only with high levels of arsenic; however, this is the first study to show that even low levels can cause this disease. "The good news is, this is preventable," lead author Dr. Ana Navas-Acien told AP, adding that new safe drinking water standards may be needed if the findings are duplicated in future studies. That research has already begun with a new study of 4,000 people.

How can arsenic contribute to diabetes? That is not known, but laboratory studies show that arsenic impairs insulin secretion in pancreas cells treated with an arsenic compound.

There is good news: Data for this study were collected in 2003 and 2004. In 2001, the U.S. government lowered arsenic standards for public water systems to 10 parts per billion; public water systems had to comply with the new standard by 2006. So the amount of arsenic in public water systems should be far less than when the data were collected.
source: Netscape

Friday, October 3, 2008

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Excuse me, is this the fountain of youth?

Find out how exercise can shave as much as 10 to 12 years off your biological age!

If this isn't enough to inspire you to tie on your sneakers and work up a sweat, nothing will. People who maintain aerobic fitness as they get older can actually delay biological aging by up to 10 to 12 years, according to a study from University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

What is aerobic exercise? Aerobic means "with oxygen," so aerobic exercise is exercise that improves oxygen function and metabolism, such as walking, running, swimming, bicycling or jumping rope. Weight training is anaerobic exercise.

HealthDay News reports that as we age we experience a decline in maximal aerobic power that is first noticeable in middle age and decreases by measurable amounts every decade. When it falls far enough, doing any activity is difficult without major fatigue. For example, a sedentary man who is 60 years old has maximal aerobic power that is nearly half of what it was when he was 20.

However, the University of Toronto research team, led by Dr. Roy Shephard, found this doesn't have to happen. If we maintain aerobic fitness through regular high-intensity aerobic exercise, we can actually increase our maximal aerobic power by 25 percent, which equals 10 to 12 biological years. "There seems good evidence that the conservation of maximal oxygen intake increases the likelihood that the healthy elderly person will retain functional independence," Shephard told HealthDay News.

Translation: Exercise to look and feel younger.

It's not just about vanity: Aerobic exercise reduces the risk of serious disease and promotes faster recovery after injury or illness. It also helps maintain muscle power, balance and coordination, which reduces the risk of falls, reports HealthDay News.

The analysis was published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
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Ryka - N-Gage Studio Mid (White/Silver/Marionberry) - Footwear
Ryka - N-Gage Studio Mid (White/Silver/Marionberry) - Footwear
The N-Gage Studio Mid offers performance and sleek design. Ultra lightweight trainer for increased comfort. Eyestay molding keeps foot securely locked in place. Breathable tongue keeps your feet cool and comfortable. TPU shank offers midfoot stability. High abrasion rubber outsole provides superior traction on wet or dry surfaces.

Nike - Musique III SL (White/Varsity Red-Metallic Silver-Black) - Footwear
Nike - Musique III SL (White/Varsity Red-Metallic Silver-Black) - Footwear
These fitness dance shoes will keep your feet comfortable as you move to the beat. Combination of synthetic leather and mesh upper, for breathability and support. Protective toe overlay. Forefoot is double lasted for durability and strength. Double last Phylon midsole and internal flex grooves keep you comfortable and flexible on your feet. Non marking rubber with medial pivot point for enhanced traction on gym and studio surfaces.

Bloch - Boost DRT Mesh Sneaker (Pink) - Footwear
Bloch - Boost DRT Mesh Sneaker (Pink) - Footwear
Built specifically on a dancer's high arch last for true fit, comfort & elegance. The Boost DRT incorporates super lightweight materials and an extensive range of custom designed features to meet the performance needs of the serious dancer. Variable lacing system with custom fit provides support & optimum arch fit. Fully built in arch support & elevation for maximum comfort & feel. Lightweight P.U. midsole provides maximum cushioning combined with a four part high-density P.U. outsole for enhanced flexibility and the correct amount of slide. High density P.U. pivot point allows 360 degree movement and enhanced freedom. D.R.T cushioned heel for maximum shock absorption & comfort. Construction: Combination synthetic mesh and suede upper, PU outsole, air cushion heel. Split sole.

New Balance - WX825 (Grey/Green) - Footwear
New Balance - WX825 (Grey/Green) - Footwear
With added support for lateral movements and Abzorb EX in the heel, this trainer is perfect when you stray from running with other sports. ABZORB EX in heel is a combination of New Balance's premium Abzorb foam and a peripheral pocket of non-pressurized air that is encapsulated in an engineered thermoplastic. C-CAP midsole lightweight compression molded EVA provides cushioning and flexibility. Blown rubber outsole is lightweight and cushioned. SL-1 last.

ASICS - Gel-140 TR (Silver/Charcoal/Scuba) - Footwear
ASICS - Gel-140 TR (Silver/Charcoal/Scuba) - Footwear
Proper trainer that is ideally suited for various cross-lateral activities from lifting weights to playing a bit of tennis!; Synthetic mesh upper creates an environment for your foot that is both comfortable and breathable. SpEVA proprietary midsole material improves bounce-back characteristics and decreases midsole breakdown. DuoMax midsole technology takes the form of a multi-density midsole material designed to help correct the degree and velocity of pronation. ASICS Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System is strategically placed at high impact areas in the rearfoot for shock absorption. Trusstic System exists as a molded component which reduces the weight of the sole unit while retaining the structural integrity of the shoe. Links the rearfoot and forefoot and shores the midfoot. Durable rubber outsole offers superior traction.

Nike - Nike Shox Electro (White/Metallic Zinc-Bright Fuschia-Black) - Footwear
Nike - Nike Shox Electro (White/Metallic Zinc-Bright Fuschia-Black) - Footwear
Designed for fitness dance professionals looking for stability, fit and comfort during their fitness dance activities. Low profile synthetic leather and mesh upper provide support, breathability and durability. 5-column Nike Shox for responsive cushioning. Phylon forefoot and Internal flex grooves in midsole offer lightweight cushioning and flexibility. Die-cut Ortho-lite heel cradle sockliner for added cushioning and support around the heel. Non-marking, spinnable rubber outsole with medial pivot point for turning on gym/studio surfaces.

adidas - MicroBounce+ Arianna (White/Metallic Silver/Rave Blue/Dark Navy) - Footwear
adidas - MicroBounce+ Arianna (White/Metallic Silver/Rave Blue/Dark Navy) - Footwear
Now you can workout without hurting your poor little feet! The elite MicroBounce+ Arianna trainer absorbs the impact of your entire workout. Perforated synthetic upper cradles the foot and allows for ventilation. Perforated EVA tongue for lightweight comfort and breathability. Textile lining. Molded EVA insole for anatomical comfort. Pre-molded EVA midsole for optimized comfort and cushioning. Multidirectional pattern outsole for maximum traction. Rubber outsole for durability and comfort.