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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tips For Keeping Your Pet Healthy During The Holidays

Wе dress thеm in felt antler ears аnd make ѕurе Santa fills thеir stockings. But fоr four-legged members оf thе family, thе gift оf a littlе extra protection during thе holidays might bе thе bеѕt celebration оf all.

Thоѕе pretty poinsettias аrе toxic fоr cats. Chocolate аnd raisins? Dog poison. Ribbon аnd bows оn packages аnd electric cords wrapped with holiday lights -- oh, boy, fun tо chew! Rich morsels frоm thе table will make a dog happy -- аnd rеаllу sick.

"People gеt crazy thiѕ timе оf year. Thеу polish thеir (pet's) nails аnd put оn sweaters thаt ѕау Merry Christmas, put оn thе flashing lights," ѕаid Mauricio Vargas, a veterinarian аt All Pets Clinic in Lakewood Ranch.

Thе problem fоr dogs iѕ thаt thеу will eat practically anything, ѕаid Vargas, including thе shirt material. Thеу'll snatch holiday morsels frоm thе coffee table whеn nо оnе iѕ looking. Thеу'll eat thе plastic wrapping аlоng with thе cookies.

"If уоu wаnt a nice Christmas, dоn't givе аnуthing tо уоur dog," ѕаid Vargas. Thаt includes turkey аnd ham аѕ a ѕресiаl treat оf holiday bounty.

"We ѕее a lot оf sick dogs during thе season. Wе hаvе a lot оf problems with gastroenteritis," hе said.

Aѕ fоr cats, bе careful аbоut thе water in thе Christmas tree stand thаt kеерѕ thе pine needles fresh, ѕаid Lynn Rasys, director оf communications аt thе Cаt Depot, a саt rescue аnd adoption center in Sarasota.

Thе packet оf freshening powder added tо water tо prolong thе greenery соntаinѕ chemicals; dоn't lеt thе саt lap it up.

Shе agrees thаt cats ѕhоuldn't gеt table scraps.

"It саn bе a nibble оf thiѕ аnd a nibble оf that. It might bе rich, spicy food, ѕо nо sampling оff оf human plates," ѕаid Rasys.

Case in point оf feline overindulgence: Tiger, thе 35-pound саt thаt аn elderly owner dropped оff lаѕt month аt thе Cаt Depot bесаuѕе ѕhе соuld nо longer kеер him. Tiger didn't gеt fat overnight, аnd it wаѕn't juѕt bесаuѕе оf a holiday оr two, but Rasys speculates thаt hе gоt lots оf treats.

Shе made a video оf Tiger аnd hоw hе соuld walk оnlу a fеw steps. It bесаmе a YouTube sensation (see it аt Happy ending: Tiger wаѕ adopted аnd wеnt home with a forever family оn Dec. 12.

But tоо muсh food iѕn't thе оnlу cat-threatening hazard during thе holiday season.

"The firѕt thing wе ѕау tо watch оut for, еѕресiаllу fоr kittens, аrе bows, ribbons аnd tinsel," ѕаid Rasys.

"Of course, thеу'll wаnt tо chew it, but thеу саn swallow it," ѕhе said. Whеn swallowing ѕоmеthing likе tinsel leads tо a bowel obstruction "that's a trip tо thе emergency room аnd surgery."

Hоw tо kеер a саt аwау frоm thе tree?

Bradenton veterinarian Janet Doucet's twо cats will gеt Christmas stockings but thе room whеrе hеr Christmas tree iѕ aglitter iѕ a cat-free zone. Fоr a cat, tree decorations аrе ѕо fun tо swat аnd electric cords саn bесоmе chew toys.

But again, thе No. 1 holiday hazard iѕ table scraps, ѕаid Doucet. (Pet lovers, аrе уоu gеtting thе message yet?)

"People food iѕ a danger tо pets. Food likе pork аnd beef аrе high in fat. Pets саn gеt pancreatitis whiсh саn turn intо a life-threatening condition," ѕhе said.

Doucet works аt Bradenton Small Animal Hospital. Shе recalls thе timе оnе client treated hеr dog with thе ham bone frоm thе holiday ham.

"That wаѕ thе sickest littlе dog."

Meanwhile, аll thiѕ talk оf holiday hazards ѕhоuldn't stop enjoyment оf thе holidays with beloved pets. But watch whеrе уоu put thе cookies if уоu'rе leaving thеm оut fоr Santa.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Why Choose Elderly Monitoring Systems

Why Choose Elderly Monitoring Systems

Elderly monitoring system technology iѕ nоt new, аnd уеt mаnу seniors аrе resistant tо uѕing them. Thеу оftеn feel thеу intrude оn thеir privacy. However, thеrе аrе mаnу benefits tо choosing аn elderly monitoring system.

Thе biggest benefit оf аll iѕ thаt it саn аllоw seniors tо stay in thеir homes longer. It iѕ оftеn called age in рlасе technology. Aѕ seniors age, аnd thеir risks оf accident, injury, аnd falls increase, mаnу family members аnd loved оnеѕ start tо worry. Whаt wоuld hарреn if thе senior wеrе tо gеt hurt оr bесоmе sick, аnd bе unable tо call fоr help? A small bump in thе road соuld turn intо a life-threatening situation. However, elderly monitoring systems рrоvidе thе senior a wау оf bеing alone, withоut bеing withоut help.

Suсh systems аllоw seniors tо remain in thеir homes rаthеr thаn uѕing assisted living facilities, аnd аt a fraction оf thе price. Thiѕ means seniors саn maintain a lot оf thеir independence, whilе ѕtill protecting thеir health аnd remaining safe.

Anоthеr benefit оf choosing аn elderly monitoring system iѕ thаt it reduces thе stress аnd worry fоr family аnd caregivers. Knowing thаt mom оr dad hаѕ thе ability tо call fоr hеlр in аn emergency situation means thаt thеrе will bе a lot lеѕѕ nagging, аnd a lot mоrе enjoying.

Mаnу caregivers аrе unpaid family members trуing tо juggle thе stresses оf thеir оwn life, career, аnd family, with thаt оf caring fоr a loved ones. A monitoring system саn hеlр tаkе ѕоmе оf thе worry аnd stress away, аnd lighten thе load fоr thе caregiver.

A third benefit iѕ it minimizes risks in emergency situations. Delaying hеlр саn mеаn a longer recovery timе iѕ needed. Thiѕ jeopardizes independence, аnd саn bе vеrу expensive. If a senior wеrе tо tаkе a fall аt night, fоr example, it mау bе hours bеfоrе hеlр arrives. With a monitoring system, if thеу саn quickly call fоr help, аnd gеt thе care thеу nееd bеfоrе dehydration, disorientation, оr оthеr ѕеriоuѕ problems саn set in. Fewer risks means greater quality оf life, fewer expenses, аnd longer life span.

Faster response means fewer complications whеn falls оr accidents happen. Timе iѕ critical tо health, еѕресiаllу fоr seniors. If a senior wеrе tо wait fоr help, whаt might hаvе bееn juѕt a fеw bumps аnd bruises саn turn intо a full medical situation, аѕ dehydration, malnourishment, аnd disorientation соuld result if thе individual wеrе tо liе in wait fоr hеlр tо arrive, ѕоmеtimеѕ fоr mаnу hours, if nоt days.

Whеn соnѕidеring a monitoring system соnѕidеr thе following:

Eаѕе оf use. Cаn уоur senior loved оnе figure оut hоw tо uѕе it?
Fast access. Pendants аrе оftеn thе bеѕt option
Waterproof. Mоѕt falls аnd accidents occur in thе bathroom.
Nоt ѕоmеthing thаt requires batteries оr thаt iѕ mounted (i.e. оut оf reach in emergency situations). Whаt dо уоur dо if thе batteries аrе dead?
Whу ѕhоuld уоu choose аn elderly monitoring system? Bесаuѕе it bring peace оf mind fоr seniors аnd loved ones, аnd brings hеlр in case оf аn emergenc

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Uganda Fights Stigma and Poverty to Take On Breast Cancer

Uganda Fights Stigma and Poverty to Take On Breast Cancer

KAMPALA, Uganda — Mary Namata unbuttoned her dress in an examining room at Mulago Hospital, revealing a breast taut and swollen with grape-size tumors that looked as if they might burst through the skin.
“How long have you had this?” a doctor asked gently. Ms. Namata, 48, an elegant woman with stylishly braided hair and a flowing, traditional Ugandan dress, looked away, shamefaced.
“About a year,” she murmured. The truth, she admitted later, was closer to four years.
Such enormous tumors, rare in developed countries, are typical here. Women in Uganda, trapped by stigma, poverty and misinformation, often do not see help for breast cancer until it is too late.
For Ms. Namata, though, there was still hope that the cancer had not yet spread beyond the breast, her doctors said. Treatment could prolong her life, maybe even cure her — if it started soon.
But would she be treated in time? Women in Africa often face perilous delays in treatment as a result of scarce resources, incompetence and corruption. Would Ms. Namata wind up like so many women here, with disease so far gone that doctors can offer nothing but surgery to remove rotting flesh, morphine for pain and antibacterial powder to kill the smell of festering tumors that break through the skin?
Cancer has long been neglected in developing countries, overshadowed by the struggle against more acute threats like malaria and AIDS. But as nations across the continent have made remarkable progress against infectious diseases once thought too daunting to tackle, more people are living long enough to develop cancer, and the disease is coming to the forefront. Given the strides poor countries have made against other health problems, they should also be able to improve the treatment of cancer, public health experts increasingly say. 
Two years ago, the United Nations began a global campaign against noncommunicable diseases — cancer, diabetes, heart and lung disease — noting that they hit the poor especially hard. Worldwide, at least 7.6 million people a year die from cancer, and 70 percent of those deaths occur in poor and moderate-income countries, according to the World Health Organization.
Breast cancer takes a particularly harsh toll. It is the world’s most common cancer in women and their leading cause of cancer death, with 1.6 million cases a year and more than 450,000 deaths.
Survival rates vary considerably from country to country and even within countries. In the United States, about 20 percent of women who have breast cancer die from it, compared with 40 to 60 percent in poorer countries. The differences depend heavily on the status of women, their awareness of symptoms and the availability of timely care. At the same time, scientists’ deepening insights into the genetic basis of cancer have introduced a complicated new dimension into the care of women globally.
Uganda is trying to improve the treatment of all types of cancer in ways that make sense in a place with limited resources. A new hospital and clinic, paid for by the Ugandan government, have been added to the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala, though they have not yet opened, for lack of equipment. A research center is being built.
But women like Ms. Namata, with breast cancer so advanced that there is just a tiny window of time, if any, in which to save their lives, will be among the toughest challenges here.
“The terrible part about breast cancer is that if we just did what we already know how do in other places, we could make major shifts in survival,” said Dr. Benjamin O. Anderson, who heads the Breast Health Global Initiative, based at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. 
There is a pressing need for action because breast cancer is “escalating,” the initiative says, predicting that incidence and death rates in developing countries will increase by more than 50 percent in the next 20 years.
The breast cancer rate in Africa seems to be increasing, though cervical cancer kills more women in the sub-Saharan regions. It is not clear whether breast cancer is actually becoming more common, or is just being detected and reported more often, but physicians consider it a looming threat. Compared with breast cancer patients in developed countries, those in Africa tend to be younger, and they are more likely to die, in large part because of late diagnosis and inadequate treatment.
Doctors also suspect that more aggressive types of tumors may be more common in young African women, as they appear to be in young black women in the United States, though there is not enough pathology data from Africa to know for sure. Among women who die young (ages 15 to 49) from breast cancer, 72 percent are in developing countries, and many leave small children.
“The story of breast cancer here is a miserable one,” said Dr. Fred Okuku, an oncologist at the Uganda Cancer Institute in Kampala, which treats about 200 women a year for breast cancer. “There is little information for the people who need to be helped. Only a few know how to read and write. Many don’t have TV or radio. There is no word for cancer in most Ugandan languages. A woman finds a lump in her breast, and cancer doesn’t cross her mind. It’s not in her vocabulary.”
Mary Namata’s Story
Ms. Namata, a gracious woman with a radiant smile, lives in Buddo, a village outside Kampala, in a three-room tin-roof house with no electricity or indoor plumbing. Lush jackfruit and papaya trees surround the house, which Ms. Namata shares with two granddaughters and her elderly mother, who is blind and a bit senile. Ms. Namata used to farm, but now looks after her mother and the girls, while their mother — Ms. Namata’s only daughter — works as a hairdresser to support the entire family. Ms. Namata and her husband parted ways long ago.
In late July, sitting on the cement floor with her granddaughters close by her side and her mother listening from a couch, Ms. Namata said that she had first noticed a lump in her right breast four years before, and that a doctor had told her the breast would most likely have to be removed.
Her mother broke into the story, shaking her head angrily and insisting that no woman should have her breast cut off.
Mastectomy is far more common in Africa than in developed countries, even for small lumps, because the technology may not be available to make sure that a lumpectomy is done properly. 

Ms. Namata went on, saying she had planned to have the surgery, but friends and relatives talked her out of it, telling her that it would just spread the cancer and kill her. Instead, she decided to try herbal treatments, which her daughter took out a loan to pay for.
Herbs are popular here, widely used for stomach trouble and coughs, and many people try them for cancer. They are sold in shops and from vans parked along busy roads, and are peddled door to door by Masai tribesmen from Kenya. In Kampala not far from the cancer institute, herb peddlers in a van hawked remedies for ulcers, diabetes, toothaches and syphilis over a loudspeaker, and offered a yellow plastic container labeled Healthy Booster for $7 to treat cancer.
Ms. Namata’s tumors kept growing and her breast began to hurt so much that she could not sleep. A hospice program for people with advanced cancer gave her morphine. Finally, on July 17, the pain drove her back to the breast clinic at Mulago. The clinic is held only once a week, and does not have enough doctors to see all the patients who show up; many are sent home week after week and told to come back another time.
On this day, more than 100 women jammed its benches and dim corridors, where a guard called out warnings to beware of pickpockets. Ms. Namata was among the lucky few who were called in to be examined.
A team of American doctors happened to be visiting. Dr. Constance D. Lehman, a radiologist at the Fred Hutchinson center and the director of breast imaging at the University of Washington, used ultrasound to scan Ms. Namata’s armpit, and then performed a needle biopsy. A pathologist from the Hutchinson center, Dr. Margaret Porter, studied the biopsy slide under a microscope. 
Despite the large tumors, the doctors were hopeful. The cancer did not seem to have spread, and the cells did not look terribly aggressive, Dr. Porter said.
But it would be important to treat her quickly, maybe with chemotherapy or a hormonal treatment first to shrink the tumors and make it easier to perform a mastectomy.
“I’m so nervous that she’ll fall through the cracks,” Dr. Lehman said. “She’s at a point where she is curable.”
The Americans huddled with a Ugandan surgical resident, who suggested admitting Ms. Namata to the hospital immediately. The Americans were delighted. But Ms. Namata declined, saying she had to find someone to care for her mother and granddaughters. She promised to return.
The American doctors, busy examining other patients, did not learn until later that she had left. Crestfallen, they wondered if she would come back. 
A First Step to Progress
Breast cancer in Africa is usually not diagnosed until it has reached Stage 4, the final stage, when it has invaded organs or bones and cannot be cured. If doctors could just find the disease a bit earlier — known as “downstaging” — and start treatment at Stage 3, before the cancer has spread to distant parts of the body, they could increase a woman’s odds of survival by 30 percentage points, according to the 2012 World Breast Cancer Report, published by the International Prevention Research Institute.
Downstaging could be accomplished by getting women like Ms. Namata into the clinic as soon as they notice a lump. But finding cases earlier will require sending health workers into rural areas to educate and examine women, Dr. Okuku said.
Earlier diagnosis here would not require mammograms to search for tiny tumors too small to feel. Instead, American experts hope to help downstage breast cancer in Uganda by teaching doctors to use ultrasound to examine lumps that women have already noticed, and quickly identify those who most urgently need treatment. Ultrasound works better than mammography in younger women, and can help to distinguish cysts and other benign growths from lumps that need biopsies.
In July, a team led by Dr. Lehman gave a course on ultrasound to doctors from Mulago Hospital and the cancer institute, which share a campus in Kampala. Dr. Lehman hopes eventually to set up a more efficient breast clinic, where women waiting to be seen would sort themselves into “more and less worrisome groups” by matching their symptoms to images on a laminated card. The images would include photographs of bulging tumors in the breast so that someone like Ms. Namata could move to a high-priority group.
“I know that paradigm can work, and I know it can be translated to countries around the world,” Dr. Lehman said. 

She and most other breast cancer specialists say that the last thing Africa needs is to mimic the screening programs in richer countries that offer mammograms every year or two to all healthy women over the age of 40 or 50. There are nowhere near enough trained people in Africa to run the machines, maintain them and read the scans. In Uganda, a donated mammography van was used for a cancer-education program — not for mammograms.
Experts say that emphasizing mammograms could divert resources from the many women who urgently need care for palpable lumps that can easily be found without mammograms. In any case, mammography would not do a good job of finding tumors in the large proportion of African patients under 50, because younger women have dense breast tissue that hides tumors from X-rays.
Even in Western countries, there are growing concerns about potential harm from mammography, because it can identify minute growths that might never progress but are nonetheless given aggressive treatments with significant side effects.
To transfer such screening-mammography programs to Africa “feels wrong,” Dr. Lehman said. “It feels like we’re infecting them with our problems, rather than really sharing with them our triumphs.”
The Birth of an Activist
Gertrude Nakigudde is an accountant for an international freight forwarding firm in Kampala. Twelve years ago when she was 28, she noticed a lump in her breast. Assuming she was too young to have cancer, she did not see a doctor for about a year.
By then, she had Stage 2 breast cancer — a tumor more than two centimeters in diameter that may have spread to nearby lymph nodes — and needed a mastectomy and chemotherapy.
The treatments came as a tremendous shock. No one warned her that her hair would fall out, or that she would vomit. The government did not help to pay for chemotherapy (as it does now), so she had to buy the drugs, syringes and gloves herself. Once, on a hot day, her medication deteriorated in the heat on the way to the hospital and had to be thrown away; no one had told her it had to be kept cold. Radiation treatment was recommended, but the machine was broken, so she gave up and went without it.
An activist was born.
She joined forces with other patients to form the Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organization. It now has about 50 members. 

Its volunteers visit the cancer institute and the breast clinic at Mulago Hospital to counsel other women and hand out pamphlets, bras and breast prostheses. Most of all, they try to spread the word that breast cancer can be cured if it is treated early, and to dispel stigma and misinformation. Some women believe that cancer is always fatal, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy by keeping them away from doctors.
Patients encounter demoralizing drug shortages and mistakes like lost biopsies that can lead to dangerous delays in care. Chemotherapy is supposed to be free at the cancer institute, but if it runs out of drugs, patients have to buy their own. And the drugs do run out, because the government agency that supplies them does not consistently order enough. In addition, some drugs have become harder to obtain because problems with counterfeit chemotherapy drugs from India have led the institute to stop buying from that country, which has been an important supplier.
A number of women in Ms. Nakigudde’s group have been deserted by husbands or boyfriends because they have cancer, she said, counting herself among them. Some have been fired from work for taking time off for treatment. It is not uncommon for women to try to keep the disease a secret, for fear that if word gets out, no one will marry their children. Women with one breast are sometimes shunned as witches or as having been cursed by a witch.
Ms. Nakigudde said one of the biggest problems for breast cancer patients is that the cancer institute does not yet offer surgery or radiation, so women must seek those treatments at Mulago Hospital, which is huge, disorganized and intimidating. Its radiation machine, the only one in the country, is a rickety cobalt unit long past its prime. There is such a demand for treatment — patients are referred here from Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan — that the machine is kept running night and day.
Ms. Nakigudde and other group members have also tried to expose what they describe as a culture of bribery that delays or denies treatment. The hospital has two tiers: free, public wards for the poor, and a private one for those who can pay. Paying patients are generally treated more quickly. Ms. Nakigudde said her group receives numerous reports from women who are supposed to receive free care but say they are being pressured to pay surgeons and other hospital employees for everything from being admitted to shortening the wait for surgery or radiation.
Her group has been working with a bioethics committee at Makerere University (whose medical students train at Mulago) to find a way to discipline doctors and end the demands for money.
A spokesman for Mulago Hospital, Enock Kusasira, confirmed that there were problems, noting that it is a massive complex open to the public and teeming with 7,000 people on any given day — 5,000 patients and their relatives, and 2,000 employees. 

“There are those incidents,” Mr. Kusasira said. “What can you do about them?”
He attributed some bribetaking to students and con men who steal white coats and pose as hospital employees, something widely acknowledged to occur. But hospital employees are not highly paid, and Mr. Kusasira said some patients do not want to wait their turn and “lure these workers into temptation.”
Ultimately, Ms. Nakigudde said, the best hope may lie in the continuing expansion of the cancer institute, where bribery is not entrenched. Its expansion cannot come too soon. Now, it is a cluster of one-story tin-roof buildings with too many patients and not enough chemotherapy. The tumor ward often has 35 patients for its 25 beds. In mid-July, a half-dozen patients lay on mattresses on the floor, tucked wherever they fit. Relatives slept on mats under the beds. Most of the patients had advanced cancer, and some had come here to die.
The new hospital will bring the institute’s first operating rooms, and administrators hope to add a radiation center. They also want to improve its pathology labs so they can perform tests that will help determine which treatments will best suit each patient. In addition, a new cancer research center with another clinic is being built with money from Uganda, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Hutchinson center in Seattle.
Visits to the cancer institute surged to 2,800 in 2012 from 1,800 in 2011. Its six oncologists, the only ones in the country, are struggling to keep up; each one might see 40 patients a day. A tent had to be pitched at the outpatient clinic to hold the overflow from the waiting room.
Dr. Jackson Orem, the director of the cancer institute, said, “We have become a victim of our own success.”
What is needed ultimately, he said, is a nationwide cancer program involving clinics in remote areas and a system to refer patients who need specialized treatment to the cancer institute.
“My prayer,” Dr. Orem, 51, said, “is to see that by the time I retire, there is a system in place, a safety net for cancer patients.” 
Treatment Begins
A week after seeing the American doctors — who by now had gone home — Ms. Namata traveled two hours back to Mulago by bus, two motor-scooter taxis and another bus.
Expecting to be admitted, she hauled a suitcase, a plastic jug holding more than a gallon of water and, because hospitals here do not provide sheets or blankets, an enormous roll of bedding. The pressure of the bedroll against her breast clearly pained her. The activist, Ms. Nakigudde, had put in a word for her, and a surgeon had agreed to see her. Led by a member of the group, Ms. Namata squeezed through the crowded corridors.
The surgeon examined her but did not admit her, telling her instead to return the following Monday for a mastectomy. Drug treatment would come after the operation, he said, giving advice contrary to that offered by the American physicians. She hauled her belongings home.
The next Monday, she was admitted to Mulago Hospital. She waited for a week in constant pain before another surgeon finally examined her, only to tell her, as the American doctors had, that it would be better for her to take drugs to try to shrink the tumors before surgery because they were so large that it would not be possible to close the wound. She left the hospital frustrated and frightened, beginning to doubt that she would survive.
But she made her way to the cancer institute, where she began receiving chemotherapy on Aug. 19.
Her hair, expertly braided by her daughter, is now gone. Her skin has darkened, a common side effect of chemotherapy that African women find particularly distressing, for aesthetic reasons, but also because H.I.V. treatment does the same thing, and people assume they have AIDS.
“I look like a scarecrow,” Ms. Namata said. “I don’t want to eat or drink.”
She calls Ms. Nakigudde just about every night for advice on what to eat, and reassurance that her hair will grow back.
The cancer institute has run out of chemotherapy drugs again, so she must buy them herself, and is struggling to scrape together the cash. Sometimes, rather than asking her daughter for money, she borrows from other people.
But the tumors seem to be shrinking. She no longer needs morphine. In a few months, she hopes to have surgery. And she prays that she will live.

Traditional Health Tip Autumn Cold Spring cover

Traditional Health Tip  Autumn Cold Spring cover

Traditional Health Tip: Autumn Cold Spring cover

Do cold spring cover has any scientific basis? "Autumn Cold Spring cover" is a folk saying, which is very consistent with traditional Chinese medicine and good health.

Do cold spring cover has any scientific basis? "Autumn Cold Spring cover" is a folk saying, which is very consistent with traditional Chinese medicine and good health. "Spring cover," meaning that is the beginning of spring, do not quickly put to off a thick winter spring; so-called "autumn cold", that is, the cooler autumn weather, do not wear prematurely thick coat, cover themselves too tightly.

Why the fall freeze it? It is to make the body slowly adapt to the cold, and give the body a signal - the cold is coming. This time to stick autumn fat, eating meat to increase about subcutaneous fat, and gradually increase the capacity of self-heating and warm. Otherwise, if too early to put myself Wushang, the body does not feel the cold, and it still will not eat the nutrients to insulation of subcutaneous fat, which is the fall cold truth.

In the spring, why should the cover, no hurry to take off clothes? Spring all things hair, tree roots energy and nutrient solution transfer from the foot through the stems to the peripheral branches. The same as people, after a winter recharge your batteries, the storage of nutrients in winter tonic began to transport, after the spring, from bone marrow, to organs surface. At this time, the pores gradually open, people started thinking from "if so selfish" and turning the closed state that is determined to fight, to go out, to travel.

However, the characteristic of spring is the temperature volatile. Although spring temperatures rising, albeit gradually, and the wind is not blowing coldly, there may also occur late spring phenomenon. In this case, if you prematurely open their surface, germination of life will be just strangled, and the human body is vulnerable, which are affected physically and psychologically. Especially those who lack fine Tibetan in winter, if spring hair prematurely declared, it is easy to overdraft. Therefore, Chinese have a saying "do not hide the essence of winter and spring temperature will be sick".

that is if in winter the energy stored blood is not enough, to the spring, you undress too soon, it will have a febrile disease. This is not a febrile disease typhoid fever, which are fever, bleeding, spontaneous, or characterized by an epidemic of infectious diseases.

Spring cover not only don't prematurely exposed, but also said not to be too closed. I see a lot of people to shape the United States, wearing tights and hoop his own up. Because March is a spring relaxation, open, venting the season, people should be freely, whether from physical or mental.

Seventeen Good Health Tips

Seventeen Good Health Tips

Good Health Tips
Anyone can benefit from good health tips. While we are inundated on a daily basis about ways to eat, how to exercise, and things to avoid, it never hurts to remind ourselves of some good health tips. You never know, you may see something new.Seventeen Good Health Tips
1. Prayer. Prayer should be the most important thing you do every day. Taking time in the morning to pray intentionally is the best way to start the day. And intentionally praying at night is the best end of the day. Prayers of needs and thanksgiving are important.
2. Exercise. Including 30 – 60 minutes of cardiovascular exercise three days a week, and 30 minutes of weight training exercises two days a week, is widely accepted to greatly improve your overall health.
3. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. You can easily improve your health by adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily consumption. Different studies recommend different amounts, but basically it’s pretty hard to eat too much of either. Frozen is the next best thing to fresh.
4. Sodium. While sodium is a necessary component of a healthy diet, you should limit sodium intake to 2,400 mg per day. Salt is not the only source of sodium, so you should read the labels of the things you eat and drink.
5. Sugar. Refined, processed sugar should be severely limited in a healthy diet. Natural sources of sugar include fruits and honey. Sugary sodas, juices, candies, and sweets should only be consumed occasionally.
6. Water. Dehydration can cause many ailments, not the least of which is a foggy head. Drinking 8 – 10, 8 oz. glasses of water each day is recommended. Caffeinated and sugary drinks do not generally count.
7. Supplements. While it is preferred that all nutrients necessary for our bodies come from whole foods, it is sometimes impossible. Therefore, taking supplements can be a good way to stay healthy.
8. Regular check-ups. Prevention and early detection are often the keys to a good prognosis in many diseases. Getting regular check-ups by your doctor is an excellent, and often the only, way to tackle both of those.
9. Sleep. It has been well proven that our health suffers when don’t get enough sleep. Adults should get 6 – 8 hours of REM sleep per night. Children should get more depending on their age.
10. Sun exposure. You probably think one of the good health tips is to limit sun exposure. True, but you need sun exposure. The sun is the number one source of vitamin D, which is required for the proper functioning of our bodies. You should always wear sunscreen when getting prolonged sun exposure, but getting in the sun first thing in the morning is an excellent way to energize and start your day.
11. Teeth. For years it’s been known that the health of your teeth affects your overall health. Exercising good oral hygiene is a part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s recommended that you brush at least three times a day, preferably after every meal and floss daily.
12. Air purifiers. The quality of the air we breathe affects our health. Indoor air quality is often very poor, even if you live in a rural area where outdoor air quality is fairly good. Air purifiers help to clean the air we breathe. Generally, those that do the best job are the most expensive.
13. Alcohol and drugs. It’s well known that consuming more than one or two glasses of alcohol a day is bad for your health. To improve your overall well-being, limiting alcohol and avoiding drugs not necessary for illness or disease, is strongly recommended.
14. Smoking. Years of studies have shown that smoking has serious side effects: lung cancer, COPD, asthma, emphysema, and more. In addition, exposing others to second hand smoke has been determined to cause negative effects as well. So, quit.
15. Clutter. When our houses are cluttered, our minds and bodies become cluttered. We have a harder time performing our regular tasks. In addition, clutter can have a seriously negative affect on our mental health.
16. Seat belts. Wearing your seat belt decreases the likelihood of significant injury in minor accidents, and can save your life in major accidents. Something easily done and hardly noticeable, wearing your seat belt every time you get in the car should be a habit.
17. Time off. We all need time to do nothing. Even vacations can be stressful. To really rejuvenate both mind, spirit, and body you need to take time regularly to decompress. A nap, massage, long soak in the tub, or anything else relaxing that is done regularly will do wonders for your well-being.Quality of Life
We all want to, and want our loved ones to, live long, vibrant lives. Incorporating some of these good health tips into your daily routine will improve your health and quality of life over time.Other Resources
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Women skin care Beauty tips

Women skin care Beauty tips

Nothing shows a woman's beauty like her skin. When you skin glows all of you glows. How many era give birth to we heard community comment on how beautiful a pregnant woman's skin is? "She has such a glow," community will say.

Have you continually wished with the intention of you may possibly make sure of something to recover your skin and create it glow? Have you spent a luck of period difficult to fail to disclose blemishes or discolorations, or insipidness? Have you a moment ago wanted it to look cleaner and clearer spontaneously, sooner than you situate on your lotions and create ups? If no problem, after that here's a only some natural beauty tips with the intention of you can make sure of intended for your own skin.

Tip #1: Drink lots of run! That is desirable. The more run you drink, the better you skin will look - How's with the intention of intended for more or less completely open beauty advice.

Tip #2: Eat ample of fresh vegetables - the more fresh ones you wolf the better. That is more or less of the preeminent beauty advice you will continually follow. Your body needs all persons mineral deposits and nutrients with the intention of you follow from sore and fresh vegetables. Your skin will thank and reward you with a healthy glow.

Tip #3: Do not smoke cigarettes. Nicotine clogs your pores, yellows your skin and gives you persons nasty blackheads. That's not single a beauty tip, it is a healthiness tip. Think of pardon? It requirement fix to the recreation of your body, if it can fix to facilitate to your skin! Just don't smoke.

Tip #4: Take your vitamins! They keep you healthy, help you snooze, and if you are taking the suitable vitamins they cultivate not single your blood but your skin. All to facilitate sustenance will earn you look and feel younger. What we all know, after we feel proficient, we look proficient. The real secret to beauty!

Tip #5: Get profusion of recreation. Don't stay up too behind schedule, it follows that perceive up too young, and fix it too many days in a row. Sure, at hand are persons period after we obtain to extend the superfluous mile and it may possibly give you an idea about in support of a daytime in our overall beauty. Just don't earn a convention of it. Sleep is the generation after the body regenerates. Let it perceive its thorough restoration.

Tip #6: Try to reduce stress in your life (and the beauty tips higher than will all help with that). Nothing shows on your entire body like stress: The way you pace, the look in your eye, the haggard outward show of your skin, the way you crack, even the way you sit in your chair. Here's a few beauty hint: Your stress shows on your entire body so fix not assent to facilitate stress be converted into overwhelming.

The funny detail approaching these beauty tips is to facilitate you can certainly mull it over to facilitate it really is only individual great beauty tip: Keep physically healthy and content and it will give you an idea about in your skin. Then after you use up your creams and earn up, and your lovely scents and soaps it will earn you even to facilitate much more beautiful than you are biologically.

Health Tip Do not Underestimate the Power of the Calendar in Weight Reduction

Health Tip  Do not Underestimate the Power of the Calendar in Weight Reduction

No matter what your fitness goals are or what exercise program you might be using, a basic wall calendar could be a beneficial tool for attaining your weight loss or fitness goals. It works with weight lifting, walking, home fitness plans, dieting, and neighborhood gym workouts. Don't underestimate the motivational power of a calendar.

The calendar can give you a quick visual report of your progress and keep you on track. It may make you feel guilty when you miss your work out, and make you feel proud when you see it fill up with marked completions. The weight scale can be slow to report and may produce varied results throughout the day due to natural fluctuations in weight.

Be sure your work outs are set up in stages. You should already know that performing the exact same movements over and over again will not be the most beneficial way to get success. Take that a step further and put up a calendar near your exercise area, or if you go out to exercise, try putting it close to where you might keep your gym bag or running shoes.

For each phase in your training, assign a certain number of days for that stage. Each of your workout stages should be marked on your calendar. If you have a 60 day training stage, mark it out as day 1 through day 60, and put a short notation of what your exercise for each day will be. As you progress through the stage, place a big X on the completed workout day!

This can help keep you motivated in a couple of ways. First, you will find that any days that you skip and are not identified with an X will bug the heck out of you and you will try harder to get each day's training completed. Second, it gives you a countdown, or visible progress report that shows you are getting closer each day to completing this phase and it is a good feeling.

A number of the better known home fitness packages offered by Team Beachbody make use of this type of calendar countdown in a number of of their successful programs. With these programs you get a calendar that counts out a 60 day program or a 90 day program or whatever the case may be, and you receive instructions on which workout to perform each day.

Hang in there with your program, whatever it may be, get healthy, and share your achievements to help motivate others to get healthy as well!

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