Health News Archive 2010-2014 Volume 1

Diet Plans Apps Have Arrived

This tool allows you to track what food on your diet plans that you eat with its accurate calorie tracker. With this application you are able to incorporate not only meals but track your physical fitness activity. This way, when you work out doing cardio and other exercises, the calories burned during that time will be taken into consideration with the cardio tracker feature.
You are able to have a quick glance of your intake of calories versus burned calories for that particular day. Ultimately all of this information will allow you to see your progression in graphs whether positive or negative, it provides a comparison.
There is also a feature that includes your water intake which is always important during diet and fitness. You can easily keep track to make sure you are staying properly hydrated.If you are looking to monitor your new diet plans and fitness plan with calorie reports and more, then this application is a perfect tool for you to have.

Ecstasy Abuse Effects

Ecstasy gets its name from the feeling of euphoria that most users report feeling after immediately ingesting the drug. Its real name is MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine and it officially hit “the scene” sometime in the late 1970s/early 1980s. By the 1990s the ecstasy was very popular among high school and college students with some reported instances of abuse among junior high school students as well. Over the last decade and a half, ecstasy abuse and ecstasy addiction has become more widespread.
Ecstasy itself is a man-made drug, one of the few “bad” drugs that is not derived from a natural substance. Ecstasy is made up of a combination of methamphetamine or amphetamine and hallucinogen (usually mescaline). It’s possible that it was first produced as an appetite suppressant but no one knows for sure. One of the things that make ecstasy unique is that, unlike other drugs which are usually taken in tandem with alcohol, ecstasy users rarely pair alcohol with their ecstasy in-take as alcohol is said to diminish the effects of the drugs.
The effects of ecstasy can last as long as six hours and people who use the drug report an initial rush of very positive feelings. They say that they enter into an almost euphoric state and an increased sensitivity in the rest of their senses. Ecstasy users report that the drug increases their empathy for other people, a decrease in their anxiety levels and an intense feeling of relaxation. Ecstasy is also reported to suppress the abuser’s need to drink, eat or sleep and can give users the ability to stay awake for days at a time. The first rush is always the best and an ecstasy addict will spend quite a lot of time trying to recreate it.
Ecstasy addiction is thought by some to be a misnomer. According to scientists, ecstasy does not have any physically addicting properties. It works its way through the system like most other over the counter drugs. What gets people addicted to ecstasy is the psychological effects of the drug. The first use is usually the best and an ecstasy addict will spend quite a bit of money trying to re-create the same rush with consequent uses of the drug. Ecstasy’s effects lessen each time a person ingests it, so creating the same effect usually involves the ecstasy addict experimenting with other drugs like cocaine or heroin in order to find the rush they used to feel while on the drug.
It is this “gateway effect” that makes ecstasy abuse and addiction dangerous because the drugs that an ecstasy addict pairs with ecstasy are highly addictive and have extreme withdrawal symptoms that are very dangerous. The good news is that there is drug addiction treatment for ecstasy addicts. Finding it is only a matter of doing some research and exploring some of the drug rehabilitation clinics in your local area. Ecstasy addiction treatment can be done as an in-patient or out-patient experience and should always be accompanied with psychotherapy to combat the psychological addiction that a person has to the drug.

Humana and Wal-Mart Forming Co-Branded Low-Cost Prescription Drug Plan

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, and health insurer Humana Inc. build an alliance to offer a low-cost Medicare Part D prescription drug plan that they say will be the cheapest on the market in 2011.
The companies said in statement that premiums for the Humana Wal-Mart-Preferred Rx Plan will be $14.80 per month, less than half the average premium for Medicare prescription drug plans that is available this year.
“One of the primary goals of health care reform is to make health coverage more affordable “ and that’s what we’re doing with the introduction of this low-cost Medicare Part D plan,” said William Fleming, PharmD, vice president of Humana Pharmacy Solutions. “People are more likely to take the medications prescribed for them when they can afford those medications. And adhering to prescription-drug regimens can enable people to be healthier and prevent future illness. At Humana, we believe that this prevention helps people live healthier lives and achieve lifelong well-being.”
The Humana Wal-Mart-Preferred Rx Plan will be available in 2011 in all 50 states plus Washington, DC.
The companies also said members who fill their prescriptions at pharmacies in Wal-Mart, Neighborhood Market and Sam’s Club locations can have co-payments of as little as $2.
Wal-Mart shares rose a slightly to $53.53. Humana stock gained 16 cents to $50.40.

Severe Mental Health Illness Increased Among College Students

Severe mental illness is more common among college students than it used to be a decade ago, with more young people arriving on campus with pre-existing conditions and a willingness to seek help for emotional distress, revealed a new study.
Currently there are more cases of severe mental illness are being reported among college students than it used to be a decade ago, a new U.S. study shows.
The study was spearheaded by John C. Guthman, Hofstra University Director of Student Counseling. Guthman and his research team conducted an in-depth analysis of approximately 3,300 college students diagnostic records who utilized the university counseling between 1997 and 2009. The students were diagnosed for mental disorders, suicidal tendencies and behavioral reports, the team determined that over the years most students had been diagnosed with behavioral and mood disorders.
“If we look at the average college student and their level of psychological and emotional functioning and distress, on the whole they are not necessarily worse off than they were 10 years ago,” Guthman said and added: “However, there are some students who are outliers and they have some difficulty in some areas. And these relatively few students that present in significan’t distress seem to have increased to a greater percentage than they were a decade ago.”
Additionally, the percentage of students who suffered from moderate to severe depression had risen over the years and jumped from 34% to 41%. The team also found that students who had suicide thoughts during the first two weeks of treatment had declined from 26% in 1998 to 11% in 2009.
Our findings may suggest that students with severe emotional stress are getting better education, outreach and support during childhood that makes them more likely to attend college than in the past,Guthman noted.

Study Shows Older Adults Have to Work Harder Towards Weight Loss

Study Shows Older Adults Have to Work Harder
You don’t have to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger or have a body to rival Ms. Fitness, but lifting weights is something you should consider doing if you are over 60. A recent study found that people over 60 should lift weights to maintain muscle size and mass.
As we age we lose muscle, a condition called sarcopenia.The study, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found that resistance training, i.e. weight lifting, is the best way of preventing this. The study also found that older adults have to work out more often than younger people to maintain their muscle mass, but they also have to be consistent in their lifting.
There were 70 participants in the 48-week study.Of those participants, 39 were aged 60 to 75, while the rest were aged 20 to 35. In the first four months of the study, the participants did the same amounts of the same exercises “ leg presses, squats and knee extensions “ three sets, three days a week. They all increased the level of resistance during that time and all participants gained muscle during that four months.
For the rest of the study, the participants were divided randomly into three groups. One group did the same exercises, but only one set of them once a week. Another group did the same number of sets three as before, but only one day a week rather than three. Another group did no exercise.
At the end of the study, the researchers found that the young adults who had continued to exercise showed very little to no difference in the muscle gains they had made in the previous four months. The older adults lost muscle mass, but their strength remained the same.

‘High Risk’ Health Insurance Pool from September

In an attempt to cover the insurance needs of a large number of people in America, it has been decided that federally funded high risk insurance pools would come into effect as soon as September 1. The decision comes as a reprieve for those who couldn’t afford private health insurances because of their pre-existing medical conditions. California is all set to be one of the first states to comply with this federal reform law.
As per the new policy, people who were earlier refused medical insurance on account of their chronic illness can now take advantage of the new high risk insurance pool by paying much lower premiums. As stated by President Obama in an address to the American Nurses Association on Wednesday, high risk health insurance pools would offer affordable insurance to sick people who were previously unable to obtain health insurance. The pool will run in tandem with the states own existing pool and the state government will run and look after the programs.
The California government is expecting to receive $761 million for operating the high risk federal health insurance program alongside the states present high risk pool. However, adequacy of the money is being questioned by many health care experts, citing the fact that the money is nowhere enough or sufficient to deal with the huge number of uninsured people. Number of uninsured people in the U.S. is currently more than 50 million. About half of them suffer from some chronic health problems.
California plans to sign up residents for the federally funded scheme from September 1, 2010. Even though longevity of the program is arguable, it is definitely going to help a lot of people, analysts believe.

“Diets for Idiots” Rules for a Weight Loss Diet Plan

Weight loss and dieting have become a complicated industry to navigate through. With all of the different options out there it seems nearly impossible to choose the right kind of diet. Fat loss for idiots is a great way to sort through the mess and find a good method of weight loss.
The program also known as diets for idiots provides the dieter with easy to follow rules of weight loss and dieting. The ten rules can be used and followed by any dieting idiot. It emphasizes eating the right foods and in the right portions and patterns. It also tells users how weight loss products and pills are not the way to successfully lose weight.
Instead it pushes the importance of food and how choosing the right foods is the only successful way to lose and maintain a healthy weight. The diets for idiots program is based on solid information and is a easy to follow easy to maintain program with many health benefits.

100% Organic Acai Berry by USDA Standards

Acai berry has become very popular and will most likely gain popularity as the New Year presses on. It didnt always, but now it plays a major role in the health and dieting supplement world. It is chalk full of antioxidants as well as other nutrients that promote better health and fight off diseases.
Companies selling supplements claim increased weight loss, better skin, improved heart health and even increased energy. The acai berry in its true concentration is indeed a healthy food that will improve health. However, as with any popular item it is important to watch out for scams.
There is a large amount of companies that dilute, or water down the potency of the acai berry. In order to get the most out of this superfruit it needs to be preservative and chemical free. There are a few different ways to confirm that the acai product intended for purchase is one of high quality and is not grossly overpriced. First, look for a USDA organic seal. This will insure that the product is 100% natural and has not been tampered with. When purchasing juice look for the following factors; unfiltered, no added sugar, no preservatives, pasteurized and packaged in a glass bottle.

11 11 11 Date of Conception for Pregnancy?

In the year 2011, there is one day that seems to be more desirable than any other; November 11th. That means that date would be 11/11/11. The next time this will occur will be long after we have all passed on. This date is quickly being booked all over the world for weddings, anniversaries, and any other sort of party you can imagine.
Planning an 11 11 11 Pregnancy
Then of course, come the babies. Thousands of people are asking the question; when do I need to conceive to have this due date? Fortunately, researchers have discovered that the most likely time is none other than February 18th, provided it is a full term pregnancy and the mother has a normal 28 day menstrual cycle.
This of course also means that conceiving a baby on Valentines day may also result in this due date, but so could giving birth to a premature baby, or one that is weeks late. Nonetheless, there are sure to be more babies than normal born during that time frame.

2011 Best Running Sports Shoes

Asics has once again come out on top when it comes to producing a top-notch running shoe. The Ascic Gel Nimbus series has always been successful in reviews and product testing being ranked by users as the number one shoe for neutral runners in both 2010 and 2011.
Currently in the 12th year of making this shoe there are many reasons it has been and remains to be in the top of its class. Through testing this shoe has proven its high level of cushioning make it a viable choice for runners of all abilities, including amateurs. One of the reasons it performs so well across the board is due to the memory foam built into the heel of the shoe which provides the Personal Heel Fit Technology. It is that along with the Asymmetrical lacing, and Impact Guidance System, which is a new feature added to this years shoe model. Because of the shoes special gel cushioning and its lightweight nature, it provides long-distance runners with solid support.
Another great feature that is focused on the runners comfort is the built-in Comfort Dry Sock Liner which assists in wicking away sweat raising the runners comfort level. Asics has also grabbed the number 2 spot with their Gel Kayano 17 running shoe.

3 New Weight Loss Drugs Waiting for FDA OKs

The Food and Drug Administration is quite busy this whole week in analyzing and testing the first of three new weight loss drugs pending approval. Qnexa, produced by Vivus, Inc., is the first drug that is waiting for the FDA approval.
Qnexa is almost the same weight loss drugs of the past. The primary components of the drugs are still present: combination of an anticonvulsant and an amphetamine. There are a lot of side effects associated with this drug combination. The FDA will have to analyze if these side effects are acceptable to counter what they see as an obesity epidemic.
With loads of the diabetes drug right now Avandia gaining most of the spotlight right now, not much news has been focused on these new drugs. The FDA must decide is weight loss actually occurs and if the health benefits are greater compare to health risks.
As of now, there has not been much groundbreaking development in diet aids from the pharmaceutical companies. They have been slow to provide resolution to the real problems causing obesity, and rely on the notion that it is all because of eating discipline. The last two major products that were designed to eliminate overeating were recalled from the market when the first drug combination was causing heart damage and failure and the second drug caused irreparable bleeding of the brain. FDA always warned consumers to use the all kind of drugs with caution until real world results will show if the product is good. Results like the ones found in relation to Avandia, which was once praised by the FDA, and is now responsible for more than 100,000 deaths in different areas of the globe.

5 Appetite Suppressants for Weight Loss as Alternatives to Hoodia Gordonii

Hoodia Gordonii is a rare plant that is used as an appetitite suppreseant in some diet supplements. However, there are a few things that already suppress appetite that you may want to use an alternative.
Drinking more water can be one of the best ways to keep hunger down. The body, when it is dehydrated, creates similar signlas to the brain as hunger would. By drinking more water and staying hydrated you may be able to curb some of those hunger signals that are not necessary.
A glass of V8 before each meal will make the need for larger meals uneccessary. A small glass of V8 can add 100 calories of more nutrition and lower your need for larger portions.
You can also try the small meal technique. Instead of eating 3 large meals, try several smaller meals every 3 hours. That does not mean snack. Eat healthy while killing your appetite.
The most important meal of the day is the morning breakfast. Preparing your own breakfast before leaving the house each day can keep you from snacking on that oh so convienent fast food.
Each of these appetites suppresants can be utilized singularly or in combination to keep your appetite at a healthy level. It can also be a good way to reduce a need for supplements that you may not need.

5 Factor Weight Loss Diet Plan

The most successful weight loss and diet programs are the ones that incorporate both diet and exercise. The 5 Factor Diet plan, released in 2007, is a plan that does just this. It not only focuses on eating 5 healthy meals a day, but includes 5 exercises as well.
The number 5 is the key to this diet, every aspect divided into 5 parts. Within the 5 meals eaten every day the user has to meet 5 nutritional criteria. The diet also allows users 5 days worth of cheating for every 5 week period.
If one does not have the time to cook meals that meet these five criteria there is another option. This program provides a meal delivery service; however the cost is substantial, at around $450 per week. The diet focuses on eating 5 small and frequent meals that have lean protein, low carbs and a lot of fiber in each snack. Most meals can be prepared in a matter of minutes. The best way to do so is to create a number of meals in one session and freeze them for use during the week.

A “Safe” Weight Loss Diet Pill?

The question has recently been posed to many people in the health care industry as to why there has not been a safe weight loss pill developed. Obesity has become an epidemic without any sign of stopping, and while there are many ways out there to help control weight loss and diet, there is no real safe way. The reason for this, according to many doctors, is quite simple. There are too many factors associated with being overweight and obesity to create one cure-all. Another problem is people are all different. Just like there is no one size of shoe or clothing to fit everyone, the same goes with one pill that is safe for everyone. Certain health conditions as well as allergies prevent any drug manufacturer to label a weight loss pill as ˜safe. The only real safe way to lose weight is through diet and exercise, but both should be monitored by a nutritionist and personal trainer to make sure they are followed correctly.

A Dangerous Trend in Health

The internet is not a doctor, although it is adept at pretending to be one. A dangerous trend in health issues is where people are forgoing professional medical treatment and only treating themselves with information that they find on the internet. While some websites are run by medical doctors and the advice sounds spot on, it is still not a healthy replacement for actual medical care.
So many are turning to the internet to fulfill their medical needs because of the high cost of health insurance, fear or even a mistrust of their physicians. Medical advice on the internet can be very helpful, but it should predominantly be used to help you come up with questions for your doctor.
Liability is a huge issues with these health questions websites and all of them will suggest that you seek medical advice from a physician. Self diagnosing health problems on the internet is perfectly fine, but those diagnostics need to be followed up with the consultation of your physician.

A Diet Plan for Losing Wrinkles not Losing Weight

Not many people would think that their diet directly effects how their skin ages, Dr. Perricone begs to differ. The Perricone Prescription is a diet plan that is focused on improving skin and wrinkles rather than losing weight. The diet focuses on the fact that some foods may increase water retention, and inflammation.
The 28 day diet program tells users to limit their saturated fat intake as well as the consumption of refined sugars, and carbohydrates. While other diets demand a low calorie intake De. Perricone has found that this can limit the amount of protein. Increased amounts of lean protein are a positive part of this diet.
The diet provides a 3 day plan that will help jumpstart being healthy, and tells users to eat the same meals for all three days. After this the rest of the program provides a lot more variety in meal plans. The diet has seen much success and positive reviews from users who show improvement in skin and general health.

A Disturbing Truth about E Health Insurance

E Health Insurance is a great way to find personal and family insurance online. If you have recently lost your insurance benefits through your company, are uninsured or are looking for lower priced plans, then E Health Insurance can definitely assist. However, many applican’ts are finding that they are losing their benefits because of errors or omissions that they have made on their applications.
Health Insurance Applications
An applican’t can be accepted through an easy online process, however if they failed to state any previous illnesses and the insurance provider finds out they can strip you of your insurance, refund all of your premium payments and then leave you to have to pay for anything they covered during that period.
E Health Insurance
This is mostly happening to people that had a representative fill out their application, be it a spouse or a caregiver. In on case in Atlanta, a husband and wife signed up for insurance, were granted a great policy and had it for over 6 months. They received an email stating that the insurance for the wife had been stripped because she had failed to include a rare blood disease that she had been treated for in the past.
Members of E Health Insurance
The reasons sited were that the wife was on baby aspirin as prescribed by her doctor to treat the blood disorder. Unfortunately, the husband failed to click the check box that asked about any known blood disorders and the couple could now be facing over 10,000 in uncovered medical expenses.
It is important to double check your applications to prevent any kind of coverage problems in the future. Make sure to reveal all known diseases or treatments, as a failure to do so could end up in your E Health Insurance being revoked by the insurance provider.

A Look at Weight Loss Diet Plans That are Built to Work

Weight loss diet plans have a lot to do with common sense. A lot of people that are overweight may feel depressed, might have lower self esteem and maybe just don’t feel that great about the way they look. So, the first instinct to start dieting is a good one. If you are legitimately overweight based on BMI figures or a doctor’s opinion then looking for a diet plan that will work is perfectly rational. Just with anything else in your life, you should shop around, find the one that is right for you then make the commitment. The problem is that there are a lot of sketchy looking websites out there that are all telling you the same thing, they will miraculously help you lose weight.

Weight Loss Diet Plans

These websites prey on the supposed vulnerability that you may feel from being overweight. Maybe you do feel vulnerable, but that does not mean that you have to be a victim to the greed of these supposed miracle diets. To pick a legitimate diet plan will require you to look into a few things, judge them realistically then try it out. The first and most important thing is, does it sound too good to be true? A diet that doesn’t require you to get off the couch; not realistic. A diet plan that encourages exercise; well they get bonus points for that. Exercise is going to be one of the key factors in dropping those pounds. Does this diet plan ask you to consume something that has not yet been approved by the FDA or have sketchy results that can’t be confirmed? Ok, well you may find a lot of those out there, if you want a supplement to your healthy diet and it is encouraged as such, then that diet plan is seemingly more legitimate than one that doesn’t.

A Diet Plan that Works

So far, in determining what diet plan is right for you it has been stated that one that encourages exercise and a healthy diet; those are realistic ways of losing weight. What is a healthy diet? A lot of weight loss companies have their own idea about that. Supplement companies do as well. If your diet plan has a program associated with it and a support group, then this type of weight loss program is more likely to help you keep the pounds off as you go along. What about the ones that encourage supplements? There are supplements that are good and there are some that might not have any affect on your weight loss at all. Vitamins are a good way to supplement an already healthy diet. While it is ideal to get all of your vitamins from foods naturally, it many not always be possible to do so.

Diet Plans for Weight Loss

A good rule of thumb when it comes to diet plans is this; if it sounds hard, then it will probably show more results. If it sounds way too easy, requires little effort on your part physically or by using your will power, but costs a lot of money, well try to skip that one immediately. Appetitie supression is also another word you will run into. If you do have trouble getting your appetite under control with will power, then there are some products that may help. However, you must not rely solely on these products. Also remember that adding more sugars to your diet, especially those found in some supposed appetite suppressants is not going to help you lose weight and keep it off in a healthy way.
In conlcusion, when you are selecting a diet plan for weight loss you should look for the following:
1) Promotes Exercise
2) Promotes Healthy Eating
3) Promotes Will Power
4) Has a Support System
5) Has Levels of Difficulty that Progress
Check with your doctor before changing your exercise habits or diet habits, especially if you are under medical supervision for a health condition.

A Variety of Health Benefits from Acai

While eating healthy has become increasingly trendy in recent years, it is still surprising how much of America is overweight or obese. In many cases, those who are choosing to eat healthy are not necessarily the ones suffering from weight problems. There are many foods that are said to help boost weight loss as well as maintain a healthy body.
The acai berry was recently said to have a variety of health benefits including a possible boost in metabolic functions. Many of the health benefits of acai are being linked to the high amount of antioxidants that the berry has. The small purplish acai berry can be found in the South American rainforest and has been a part of the diet for inhabitants for a long time. Since it has come to the United States it has gained a lot of popularity among the health conscious as well as health food professional .

Abbott Announces Recalls Of Similac Powdered Infant Formula Due To Beetle Contamination

Abbott initiated an immediate and voluntary recall of certain Similac powder infant formulas in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.
US Food and Drug Administration has made an announcement about the Similac brand baby formula recall due to possible contamination of beetles or their larvae. However, the company believes that there is a very slim chance of contamination.
According to the FDA, the beetles and its larvae are not a threat to human life, but they might pose some danger to the infants and could cause stomach discomfort and the infant may refuse to eat.
œWhile the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted, the company said in a statement.
FDA officials also advised parents that in case the infants have any of the symptoms, then they ought to take their children to the pediatrician.
Parents can obtain more information about the recall by calling (800) 986-8850 or by visiting the website.
To see if the formula you have could be contaminated, go to www.similac.com/recall and enter the product code on the bottom of the can.

Abbott Voluntarily Recalls Wight-Loss Drug Meridia In US Canada Due To Heart Risk

Abbott Laboratories, on of the largest drug and medical-device maker, said Friday it will voluntarily withdraw its diet pill Meridia market at the request of the Food and Drug Administration. The company will pull the drug from US, Canada, and Australia markets. Earlier this year, the drug was removed from European markets.
Previously, a study showed that the controversial obesity drug Meridia (sibutramine hydrochloride monohydrate) increases the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history of heart disease.
Meridia (sibutramine) is aiming to aid overweight or obese people lose weight.
FDAs scientist said they requested the withdrawal because the drug’s risks were not justified compared with “the very modest weight loss that people achieve while taking the prescribed drug.
“Physicians are advised to stop prescribing Meridia to their patients and patients should stop taking this medication,” Dr. John Jenkins, the FDA’s director for new drugs, said in a statement.
Abbott agreed to recall Meridia, albeit the company says the drug is safe. The company also said that theyre discussing the fate of Meridia in other countries.
Last year, Abbott had sales of $30.8 billion, but according to Reuters, expected just $30 million in U.S. sales of Meridia in 2010. The company has not advertised the drug in the US in the past several years. According to FDA, the usage of Meridias diet pill has fallen from 1.3 million prescriptions in 1998 to about 250,000 in 2009.

Acai Berry and a Chocolate Tasting Weight Loss Diet Plan

The demand for the acai berry may eventually lead to shortages as trends are showing more Americans and Europeans are adding this chocolaty berry to their diets. It isnt just for the chocolate flavor though. Many are adding the acai berry to their weight loss diet plan because of the immense amount of claims that the berry can aide in dropping pounds quickly.
While this has not been scientifically proven, many people are adding it anyway for weight loss. The berry does have other significan’t beneficial factors, despite scientific evidence for weight loss. Rich in antioxidants, the acai berry contains a nutritious and healthy amount of vitamins. The berry also is a good source of essential fatty and amino acids.
Before adding supplements to your weight loss diet plan or modifying nutrition, it may be a good idea to consult with your doctor. There are no known side effects currently, but many have stated that it can decrease appetite.

Acai Berry and Nutrient Power, Weight Loss Diet Plans

The acai berrys popularity has expanded from the rainforests of South America to all over the world in the past couple years. And although many people are using the product in its berry form as well as other supplemental forms, many don’t know its true and actual nutritional value.
The acai berry was originally used as a mainstay in the diets of the Amazonian people as well as all across South America from Belize to Brazil. Since the fruit was brought over to North America it has become well known for the extremely high amount of antioxidants and has been marketed widely in the weight loss, diet and health food markets. The positive effects from the acai berry can be found not only in the antioxidants but specifically in the anthocyanin found in the fruit. Although many experts suggest consuming the fruit in its natural form, many powdered mixes or juice blends also incorporate other added nutritional values.
Benefits of consuming acai berry and other acai products can be found through increased energy as well as increased cardiovascular health and the look and feel of the users skin. Although not all experts agree with the supposed power of this super fruit many users claim the fruit has greatly improved their personal health and weight loss.

Acai Berry and That New Years Diet Plan You are Avoiding

Perhaps it is time to stop with all the unhealthy eating habits and that you promised yourself you would change a couple of weeks back on New Years. Adding the Acai berry to your routine of healthy exercise and healthy eating may be of some benefit to your health.
Found in the Amazon, the Acai berry holds what people are referring to as a powerful nutritious tool that is filled with anthocyanins and fatty acids. Both of which are essential to proper diet and promote good health. Growing from a tree, these berries provide more than 30 times the amount of anthocyanins versus red wine. Research has shown that this means, for the user, that blood clots can be prevented, circulation is improved, blood vessels can relax and it assists in the prevention of arthrosclerosis.
Recently, new benefits have been discovered from the Acai berry. They are found to have both antiviral and antiallergenic properties that can help in the prevention of certain cancers. It does so by blocking any sort of carcinogenesis which helps tumor cell death. The fatty acids that are found in olive oil can be found in the Acai berry as well and helps to increase vitamin absorption. This means those who take the Acai berry diet pill can hold on to important vitamins more so then if they were not on the diet pill. Although the Acai berry has been around for quite some time and is known for assisting in a healthier lifestyle, the benefits just keep on getting better.
Of course, none of this data is 100% conclusive and anytime you add a new supplement, you should consult your doctor. As more studies are performed, more reliable data will be released. In the meantime, adding Acai Berry to your diet has the benefit of adding antioxidants and vitamins to your diet plan.

Acai Berry Antioxidant Weight Loss Diet Plans

There are tons and tons of diet and weight loss plans out there that simply do not provide any nutritional value. It is important to choose a weight loss plan that not only helps shed the pounds but also helps improve general health. The acai berry is a supplement that works at both of those issues.
It is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that provide vital nutrition to the body as well as helps metabolism. There are many benefits to eating a diet rich in acai berry and some of them include increased metabolism, improved cardiovascular health, and increased energy. The antioxidants found in the fruit are similar to those found in red wine, blueberries and pomegranate.
There are many different forms of acai berry that can be purchased online as well as at health food stores and grocery stores. The forms vary from supplements in pill forms, to acai powder and juice drinks. When purchasing acai it is important to look at the ingredients to see how much of the actual fruit is in the product

Acai Berry as a Weight Loss Diet Plan Food?

Can the acai berry help you lose weight? Really, it is all a matter of personal perspective as it has not been scientifically proven that this supposed super fruit, the acai berry can cause you to lose weight. Being healthy, exercising and eating right, these are good steps, but then you throw in the plethora of vitamin supplements, herbal supplements and now acai berry supplements and the mind can reel with with all of the possibilities of healthy living through supplement.
The word supplement when applied to these pills is meant to encourage the use of to supplement an already healthy diet. However, it should also be engrained in the collective consciousness of healthy living that it should also supplement healthy behavior like getting off the couch and taking a stroll around the block, jogging or whatever your choice of exercise might be.
Can the acai berry cause you to lose weight, probably not, can it help to lose weight, maybe. A lot of weight loss results comes from old fashion good living and exercise and if the acai berry encourages you to partake in those that behavior, then yes definitely, the acai berry can help you lose weight.

Acai Berry Chocolate for Valentine’s Day?

What would be better than being able to eat Valentine’s Day chocolate knowing that the chocolate is healthy? That is exactly what acai berry chocolates provide. Acai is a small deep purplish berry that can be found in South America. It has been used by the local population for centuries and was just recently brought into the North American health food market. Its popularity is brought on because of the high amount of antioxidants, nutrients, as well as fatty and amino acids.
There are many positive health benefits to including the acai berry in a healthy diet. Nutrients inside are said to increase energy, metabolism as well as improve skin, and cardiovascular health. There are also acai products that may increase the amount of weight loss when used with a diet and exercise program. The berry can be found in a variety of forms including juices and powders.
However one of the most popular is that of the acai chocolate. These chocolates are a combination of acai berry, blueberries and cacao. Blueberries are also known for their high antioxidant and nutritional content. These chocolates are an easy way to get the extra nutrition and energy boost needed while enjoying a little treat.

Acai Berry Diet for Weight Loss

Dieting is a challenge for everyone who embarks on the journey. One of the hardest parts is eating right and sticking to a healthy meal plan. Many people have also relied on health food supplements to boost their weight loss, or simply just increase the amount of nutrients consumed. One of the popular ways to do this is by participating in the acai berry diet.
Acai Berry Diet
The acai berry is a fruit with a extremely high amount of antioxidants and other important nutrients. These nutrients found in the fruit help in many ways including boosting ones metabolism. The boost in metabolism is one of the reasons the acai berry diet has received some much positive feedback.
Acai Berry Supplements
Many users claim that the consumption of acai berry supplements or juice helped them stay on track with their diet, and also improved their general health. Acai berries can be purchased on the internet or in a variety of health food stores.

Acai Berry Diet Plan Supplements and Insurance

If you are recently in the market for health insurance then you may have noticed even more strict and specific questions on the health insurance applications. Along with the usual questions to determine pre-existing illness, there are a lot more questions about your current state of health and what you take as far as vitamins and supplements.
Health Insurance Applications
This push by insurance companies to monitor everything their potential and current clients do to, put in or need fixed with their bodies is being made in an attempt to regulate insurance and keep high risk and high cost clients out of the insurance loop. You may start seeing requests for every vitamin you take as well as all supplements. Not many insurance companies have adopted this policy, but many are moving towards it.
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Some insurance companies may not list supplements questions on the application, but once you are a member, the question may appear in health insurance building profile. This profile takes information that you and your doctor provide and on the forefront gives you a picture of your health. On the backend, this information is used to determine if you will be covered by their company.

Insurance Companies

Insurance companies are of course subject to discrimination law, however, if you sign their terms of agreement you may be giving them the right to ask anything pertaining to your current or past condition of health. A little amount of skepticism should be in force when you are looking for new insurance plans, especially for your health. Not every insurance company has your best interest in mind. Use caution when signing terms of agreements.

Acai Berry Diet Supplement and Nutrition

It is important to center a diet around a healthy intake of nuttrients and food. One of the easy ways to make sure that one is getting enough nuttients during a diet, is by adding a supplement to the diet plan.
The acai berry diet supplement is a great way to get additional nutrients as well as a boost to ones metabolism. It has long been said that one of the positive benefits of the fruit is it high number of antioxidants and the other nutrients. Any acai berry diet should also incorporate a solid exercise plan.
Acai berries are made in many different forms including juice, pills as well as a powder mix. While an acai berry diet should feature the fruit, a solid and health focused diet should also be included. The added nutrients that the acai berry provides should not be substituted for full and health meals.

Acai Berry Healthy Diet Plans for Weight Loss

There are hundreds of different types of Acai Berry supplements that are available for consumer purchase. Since this product has hit market it has had a large impact on the health food supplement industry. It is leading the way in providing people all across the world with a great and helpful tool to increase their health and even speed up fat burning agents in their bodies.
Although acai berry alone will not directly cause weight loss; when using it in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise plan it will be very advantageous. It has proven to be quite effective and that is why it has leaped to the top of the supplement industry. There are many different ways for consumers to benefit from this super food including juices, powders, fruits and pill supplements. These have all been found effective, however it is important to pay attention to details when ordering because acai berry scams have become commonplace. A good way to avoid these scams is by purchasing your Acai Berry products inside a licensed nutrition store such as GNC or a vitamin shop. You may pay a premium for doing so, but it might save you some trouble later.
By purchasing it this way the consumer can confirm that they are getting a high quality acai berry product and not a product with additives and false ingredients. When choosing the type of product something that should be considered is the purchasers personal preference. Some people cannot swallow pills and therefore it is likely that a juice or a powder would be better suited for them.
Others may find that they do not like the taste of the juice or the powder and in that case a pill supplement might be a better solution for them. Either way, know that when purchasing and taking an acai berry supplement you are making an improvement in adding a lot of antioxidants to your healthy living plan. When one includes exercise it will help boost metabolism and improve body function.

Acai Berry Juice Antioxidants and Weight Loss Diets
Acai is a small purplish berry that packs a big punch of nutrients. Found in the Amazon and other rainforests in South America, the berry has been a food for locals for hundreds of years. It became popular in the United States in the past decade and is currently a part of many health food products.
Acai Antioxidants
This small berry is grown in South American rainforests and is about the size of a blueberry. While its stated benefits have not been tested by the FDA, the antioxidants can also be found in other healthy fruits. Some of the supposed benefits include higher metabolism rates as well as a stronger immune system.
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The acai berry is especially popular with nutritionists and health food enthusiasts. This is because of the high content of nutrients and antioxidants the berry possesses. The positive attributes of these antioxidants and nutrients are claimed to be increased metabolism, increased heart health as well as a boost to the immune system. Acai berries are high in nutrients and antioxidants, many of which help aid ones metabolism. The high antioxidants are also known to improve general health as well as cardiovascular health. An acai berry diet is a good choice for someone who is looking for a well-rounded and health food focused diet plan.
The acai berry has a bit of a chocolaty taste, and can be found in a variety of forms. The pure berry provides the highest concentration of nutrients, but other forms are also available. It can be found in powder, chocolate, juice or pill form.

Weight Loss

When trying to maintain a healthy diet, it is always necessary to have sufficient nutrients and antioxidants. While there are many foods that can provide these, there are certain fruits that contain an extraordinary amount. The acai berry is a fruit known to have a high amount of antioxidants and essential nutrients.
The acai can be found as an ingredient in many weight loss products. One of the popular forms of the fruit is in diet cleanse, or acai cleanse products that focus on increasing metabolism. The fruit is healthier when found in a concentrated juice, puree or as the pure berry.
There are millions of people across America that are looking for a way to lose weight and shape up for summer. For many it is hard to lose weight, even with diet and exercise. There are a number of different supplements and diet pills that are available. However, in many cases these supplement or pills, although they may boost weight loss numbers, are not healthy for the body. The acai berry diet is different because of the nutritional value of the acai berry. There are many different ways to incorporate acai berries into a diet and exercise program.
Acai Juice
Drinking acai juice is said to be a great way to get an extra boost of nutrients and antioxidants. It is also an easy way to get additional vitamins and amino acids into ones diet. Acai berry juice has become increasingly popular in the health food market over the past ten years.
It is one of the most popular forms of acai berry because it not only tastes good, but is easy to find. However, there are many acai juices that are not authentic, or have a very low level of actual acai. It is a good idea to look at the ingredients of a acai juice before purchasing it.
Acai juices can be found online as well as in health food stores. When purchasing acai juice online it is easier to purchase a juice that is not 100% pure. Talking to a health food store representative may be the best way to get quality acai berry juice.

Acai Berry Diet

When trying to lose weight it is important to have a diet that is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. A popular diet packed with essential nutrients is the acai berry diet. Health enthusiasts believe that the acai berry has a handful of health benefits, including those that will boost weight loss. The acai berry diet not only provides antioxidants that will improve general health, but it is also stated the berry may boost metabolism. This is essential in a successful diet and weight loss plan. It is important to maximize the health benefits by coupling a healthy diet with a good exercise plan. Exercise also increases ones metabolism and then combined with the acai berry will only improve results. There are many different forms of acai that can be purchased to fit anyones needs.

Acai Berry or Blueberry for Weight Loss Diet Plans?

It seems almost every week there is a new fad diet, or miracle pill that will help dieters shed those unwanted pounds, with little work on their part. As with most weight loss fads these diets are proven to be ineffective and later discredited by doctors, nutritionists and personal trainers alike.
The longevity of a health food product says a lot about how positive and effective it is in improving health or increasing weight loss. The acai berry has been around for centuries in the South American Amazon Rainforest, and has been a large portion of the local cuisine. A fruit that is naturally high in antioxidants, fatty acids and nutrients finally made its way to the American health food and nutrition market in early 2004.
Previously, the blueberry was the top antioxidant rich berry and while it is still a health food fav, the acai berry appears to be going for that number one position. One problem with the acai berry is the price. It is imported and a little more difficult to process so it costs a lot more than the blueberry which is grown domestically. If you can’t afford acai prices, you still have the blueberry to fall back on.

Acai Berry Products lack FDA Approval for Weight Loss

Millions of people across the United States and even the world are using acai products in different forms on a daily basis. Whether using the fruit as a dietary supplement, or a way to increase consumption of antioxidants users believe this consumption will increase health and maybe even speed up weight loss.
Unfortunately for these users there is no proof that the so-called œsuper fruit has the capability to produce these results. The nutritional value of the acai berry and the sub products created, such as pills, powders and juices, has not been tested or approved by the FDA and any claim to benefits are unfounded. While it is known that the berry harbors a high amount of antioxidants, the claims of increased skin rejuvenation, and anti-aging properties are based on assumption and not scientific fact.
Providers of the supplement also claim benefits such as the ability to prevent cancer and disease, to relieve joint pains, to increase ones metabolic rate and even to enhance ones mental clarity. Scientists deny that any of these results are likely with mass consumption of this fruit. Despite the claims against the fruit, it remains a large part of the health food market and consumers are still purchasing various forms of it daily.

Acai Berry Supplements & Their Role in Weight Loss Diet Plans

There are hundreds of different supplements, pills and drink concoctions that are available for purchase and claim increased weight loss. Unfortunately, most of these products are not backed by the FDA, nor do they have solid research supporting the claims. Although many of these products have satisfied customers, the majority of users do not see substantial results.
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In most cases the user of these products believes that the pill or supplement alone will help them with their weight loss and shed the pounds. This is simply not the case. Many of these products will boost metabolism and burn more calories, but are not very effective used alone.
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People wishing to lose weight and gain muscle should only pair these products with a workout and diet plan. When products such as the acai berry are used in conjunction with a well planned diet and exercise routine it is much more likely users will see higher weight loss results.

Acai Berry Supplements and Organic Acai Berry Certification

You may have seen a number of acai berry products in the grocery market with the word Organic plastered all over them. With a higher price tag, sometimes double the price of non-organic products, you may think that the word Organic is simply a marketing technique to get you to pay more. The USDA has a certification process that food distributors and manufacturers, including farmers, must meet before they are allowed to label their product as organic.
The organic certification process requirements are different for each country so one country may have higher standards than the next. Most of the rules that must be met are in relation to storage, growing and processing of the food that is to be certified. The use of synthetic chemicals, additives, pesticides or antibiotics is not prohibited but must be within certain levels to pass as organic.

Organic Certification Process

The certification process has been developed in order to reduce fraud and protect consumers that are highly interested in purchasing organic certified foods. It is important to a lot of consumers that when they are buying a food that says organic, that it means that there are no preservatives and that any claims listed on the packaging are verified by a process.
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Many other countries do not have the standards in place like the USDA in the United States. Many countries only enter into an inspection if the produce or food product is being exported. There are efforts in the works to develop a unified process as a world standard, however not all countries are on board at the moment. Many countries in South America have representatives of the USDA of USDA accredited certifying agents that oversee organic certification for exports like the acai berry. This has become an important issue not only from a marketing perspective, but also as a health concern.
Acai Berry Supplements

The acai berry has become very popular in both North America and Europe and South America is the major exporter of the acai berry. Organic certification on the acai berry is very important as a step in the quality assurance process for foods imported to the United States. Acai berry products that are sold in grocery stores, herb shops or vitamin and health supplement stores that carry organic products will most likely say that it uses organic acai berry. The product may in use organic acai berry, however, the acai berry is most likely sold that manufacturer as organic by the standards of another country, not the United States or the USDA.
An organic product does not offer any guarantee of being safe or even healthy. It does mean that it has undergone some certification process and that it contains low levels of harmful pesticides if none at all. It does not imply that it is free of all pesticides nor does it mean that the product is free of all antibiotics. Organic can mean certified, but it does not always mean better. If you are interested in the country of origin for the products in your favorite grocery stores, including acai berry and acai supplements, check the label. Many companies now disclose the country of origin for components of their products as well as the product itself if it is produce.

Acai Berry Weight Loss Diet Plans for Cardiovascular Health
Diet and weight loss should not only be about shedding the pounds, but also about improving the general health and well-being of ones body. It is well known that antioxidants improve your health and can be found in high amounts in a variety of health food products. Recently the acai berry has become a popular option for weight loss plans as well as in the health food industry.
The acai berry is rich in antioxidants as well as other nutrients that are proven to improve cardiovascular health. The acai berry can be found in a variety of forms and is now available from a variety of sellers. One should know that relying solely on a supplement to decrease weight will not provide miracle numbers.
These should be used in conjunction with a well formed diet and exercise plan. Pure acai berries, from the rainforest of South America, contain the most nutrients in comparison with other forms such as acai juice, or chocolate. Benefits from consuming the fruit include increased energy, healthy weight loss, younger looking skin, and disease fighting nutrients. There have been no negative side effects found unless allergic to the fruit specifically. Most health food stores currently offer acai berries.

Acai Berry Weight Loss Diet Plans for Healthy Weight Reduction
There are a number of diet plans that are being advertised that suggest that the use of the acai berry can promote rapid weight loss. Even if these claims were remotely true; rapid weight loss is not healthy unless performed under the strictest medical supervision. Slow and steady weight loss is ideal in trying to keep the pounds off once they are gone.
The acai berry can still be used in a weight loss diet plan that includes healthy foods that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins. Along with exercise, these diet plans can flatten the tummy and produce results that can be maintained.
Relying on a miracle concoction, even one that contains acai is not the best way to lose weight. Find a diet plan that offers a regimen of healthy eating and behavorial modification. These diet plans may require a lot more patience and dedication, but they are proven to be the most effective.

Acai Berry Weight Loss Diet Plans or Sports Shoes for Faster Weight Loss?
I n an article posted yesterday about using the acai berry in weight loss diet plans, the benefits of the acai berry and surrounding skepticism was addressed:
Diets for weight loss might benefit from including the acai berry, but they can not be relied upon solely in diets for weight loss. Supplements on the other hand, they are great in combination with an already healthy diet. If you simply consider the acai berry for what it is, a fruit, and assign nothing else to it, the properties it contains are healthy and definitely can help in diets for weight loss.
Acai Berry Weight Loss Diet Plans
However, where is your money better spent? If you are trying to lose weight, there are two things that you should be aware of; you are not alone and supplements can be expensive. So if it was a choice of spending $200.00 on a pair of sports shoes or on acai berry supplements, which choice would you make?
Information in this article should not be construed as medical advice. Always check with a physician before starting any weight loss diet plans.
Sports Shoes
You might be surprised to know that most people would select acai berry supplements. This is because the myth of rapid weight loss in a magical pill seems to hold some merit in the collective consciousness. If not merit, then it is definitely a strong desire for it to be true. However, rapid weight loss is not that incredibly healthy, can cause serious health problems and can also drastically alter the appearance of your body with stretch marks and sagging skin. So, sports shoes would better benefit someone that is interested in quick weight loss diet plans over the acai berry, in that sports shoes and healthy exercise allow for pounds to drop more slowly, more naturally and those pounds that are dropped have a better chance of staying off.
Acai Berry and Sports Shoes
The best thing might even be to find a happy medium between the two. Finding a cheap pair of sports shoes and using acai berry supplements could increase your chances of reaching a sustained weight. Exercise, a healthy diet and supplements like the acai berry along with some great sports shoes can remain in your budget and give you the results you are looking for.

Acai Berry, Before and During Your Diet Plans
Acai Berry is a very beneficial supplement to help increase weight loss. By including Acai Berry as part of a diet and exercise plan, there may be benefits to the overall performance and functioning of the body. The Acai Berry, which is pronounced a-sigh-y, is a natural product and considered a œsuper food and is chalk full of antioxidants of all kinds.
Some of the benefits to using this as a supplement include better digestion, healthier looking skin, increased energy, improved sleeping, better cardiovascular health and even increased fat burning. By no means is Acai Berry the sole solution in a weight loss plan, but it can be used in addition to a weight loss plan to improve ones overall health and boost metabolism. To increase weight loss, cardiovascular exercises will help to shed the unwanted pounds.
In a gym, machines such as an elliptical and the treadmill will help. Acai berry also offers a colon cleanse to get rid of all the toxins that ones body collects over a lifetime. Everyday through food, drinks and air the human body ingests thousands of toxins. Acai berry colon cleanse will help rid the body of these toxins. This colon cleanse is considered a great way to jump start the beginning of a healthy life and diet plan for many people.

Add More Activity to Your Daily Routine to Lose Weight
Losing weight is a problem that will continue to dominate the American culture for years to come. In a society where weight and appearance are valued, criticized and obsessed over, it is a common trend to want to knock off extra pounds. However, those trying to accomplish it will say that it is not as easy as it seems. And unfortunately for this society, the statistics will back that up.
The numbers show that the amount of obese children and adults residing in the United States are continuing to rise. As technology improves and new television and game shows are created, the American public is slowly becoming less and less active. Where twenty years ago children may have been outside getting exercise, they can now be found inside chatting on Facebook. One of the ways to get a jump start on losing weight is by adding more physical activity to everyday life.
The activity does not have to be drastic; it can be small and still have a positive effect. Many people have the impression that in order to lose weight there has to be a gym involved, this is not true. Instead of watching a movie with the family, go out on a hike, or to a park.
Consider the activities that one goes about every day and find ways to add a minute or two of exercise to them. For example, walking up a flight of stairs for ten minutes burns over 100 calories. That small amount of activity added to every day of the week is over 700 calories. It is small changes such as this that will help one lose weight. Adding a small walk or jog at the end of the day with a spouse or children is a great way to have quality time with ones you love as well as burn calories.

Adding Fiber to your Weight Loss Diet Plans with the Acai Berry
If you are looking for a good way to add fiber to your weight loss diet plans, then the Acai Berry may have the answer for you. If you ignore all of the other claims that companies make about the properties of this berry and focus on the general nutrition aspect, you can see that you still have a lot to gain from the Acai Berry.
The rich content of fiber, calcium, iron, B vitamins as well as vitamin C makes this an incredibly versatile fruit to add to a weight loss diet plan. While the Acai Berry is new to the United States, it has been used for hundreds of years as herbal medicines in the Amazon and even as a refreshing drink in Columbia.
It is highly ironic that the prices for acai berries are so expensive, when it is considered a staple in the diet of poor families in the Amazon. With the increased use of the berry, this may change the financial tides for those that are harvesting the acai berry in the Amazon and selling it as a cash crop.
If you want an all in one fiber and vitamin mix in one fruit, then the acai berry might have what you are looking for. If you are have allergies to any other berries, you may want to consider speaking with a health advisor or doctor before adding this to your weight loss diet plans.

Adding Great Sports Shoes to Benefit your Diet Plans
Diet plans that include exercise have an increased chance to lose weight over diet plans without. Exercise with low impact cardio is often suggested by fitness experts when trying to gradually lose weight. So the usual, eat right, exercise, take vitamins but getting some great sports shoes can also benefit you. Not only do sports shoes help you in your exercise routine, but they also give you a psychological boost to exercise.
Getting a brand new pair of sports shoes when you are starting your diet plans can help you to stay positive and keep you on track. Adding additional attire like a nice sweat suit or track suit can also encourage you to stick with your exercise and diet plans. Just looking great when you are heading to the gym can be a great ego booster and keep you on track. Sports shoes and other professional sports attire have the special property of making you feel like you are accomplishing something.
Spend a little money on great sports shoes, a nice water bottle and create an image of athleticism that your mind needs to get you motivated to perform the actual workout. Doing so can give you a great boost in self confidence and be a continual reminder of your diet plans.

Adding Tangerines to Your Weight Loss Diet Plan
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A recent study based out of the University of Ontario has found that a certain substance found in tangerines has been crucial in preventing obesity in mice. Not only that, but it also helped to protect them from Type 2 Diabetes, another disease also associated with obesity.
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In the study, a two groups of mice were fed a diet high in fats and simple sugars, but one group was also given the substance, called Nobiletin. The second group had no changes in their cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, and they gained weight normally.
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Grapefruit has also been proven to contain a similar substance with similar medical benefits. By consuming one or more of these fruits daily, you increase your chances of weight loss and lower your obesity risks.

Aetna Rolls Back Insurance Rate Hike
Aetna Inc, based in Connecticut, has rolled back recent hike in the health insurance rate, saying that it was due to a mathematical miscalculation. The rate was increased by 19 percent on an average. The decision to scrap the hike comes as a relief to 65,000 customers, whom it would have affected.
A review of the paperwork justifying the increase by Aetnas own staff as well as a California regulator brought out the miscalculation, forcing the insurer to withdraw the hike even ahead of the completion of the review. The mistake was detected in the third round of internal reviews, Anjanette Coplin, a spokeswoman of Atena, said, adding that œThis was a simple human error. She ruled out any effect on policyholders due to this error, as the new rates were not effective yet.
Aetna is the second insurance company in recent times that has withdrawn the rate increase due to math error, regulators said on Thursday. The other one was Anthem Blue Cross, which withdrew an average rate hike of 39 percent that would have affected 800,000 consumers in April.
Review of paperwork of Blue Shield and Aetna of California was undertaken by the state consultant after the Anthem incident. The filings of Health Net Inc. will also be vetted, regulators informed.
State law in California requires insurance companies to utilize at least 70 percent of the premiums in settling medical claims. The filings are mandated for insurers to verify this. Regulators are likely to vet the filings more closely after the two errors. Henceforth, the new filings would be put on the regulators website, Steve Poizner, California Insurance Commissioner said.

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance
Conflicting opinions on the Affordable Care Act, health insurance providers and federal rulings on the unconstitutional nature of the law will definitely need to go to the Supreme Court. Suits have been filed all over the country but it appears that the law will move ahead despite rulings. The individual mandate is what is mainly in question. This is the portion of the law in which every American must be insured or face penalties. This would take effect in 3 years and many Americans disagree with the mandate.
Those that are proponents of the law believe that it protects Americans from health insurance companies that jack up premiums for individual coverage as well as refuse coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. The mandate would make a sweeping change in the health insurance industry, but the law also may infringe on personal rights.
The debate on this issue will not die quickly and the results will affect Americans of all ages for years to come. The ruling on the specific mandate would negate the entire Affordable Care Act would no longer be viable as it is wholly dependent upon the mandate.

African Mango, The Latest in Fad Dieting
Is the Latest Fad Diet Really a Fad?
Every week, there seems to be a new diet fad being thawed on infomercials and by Internet ads. The latest one seems too good to be true, but is being touted by Oprah Winfrey’s medical professional friend, Dr. Mehmet Oz as the real deal.
Just what is this latest fad? It’s the African Mango. This has been around since September 2010, when Dr. Oz first revealed that African Mango supplements may actually aid in weight reduction. The nice thing is that Dr. Oz doesn’t claim that these supplements will miraculously cause the fat to melt off your body. Instead, it functions as a natural body cleanser if it is taken daily.
African Mango
Irvingia Gabonensis, the scientific name for African Mango has been shown to help decrease blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as helping to reduce weight. The fruit is yellow in color and is really eaten by natives in Central Africa. The key ingredient is the fiber from the seed of the mango. This is what aids weight reduction.
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But exactly how does it work? So far, research has indicated that the mango can holdup the amount of time it takes for the stomach to empty its contents. This would cause you to feel fuller longer and suppress your appetite.
Studies have also demonstrated that participants have lost about 12 pounds in 28 days. It may accomplish this by controlling the amount of leptin, a hormone that plays an important role in fat metabolism.
While no solid research can back it up, it is believed that the African Mango also works to detoxify the body.
Finally, it may aid in reducing your cholesterol. It is said that it binds to bile acids and flushes the cholesterol from the body.
While both Dr. Oz and Oprah have discussed the benefits of the African Mango, neither of them has either sponsored or endorsed any particular brand.

Alcohol Binge Drinking plus High Blood/Hypertension equals Death

Researcher found that binging on alcohol may be especially dangerous for men with have high or hypertension.
A group of researchers from Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul analyzed the negative impact binge drinking to those who suffered from high blood pressure. The team found that men whose blood pressure was at least 168/100, the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease was four times higher than non-drinkers if they had downed six drinks on one occasion. This increased risk was seen when men consumed at least 6 or more alcoholic beverages within a short period, such as a night. The rate increases with drinks as well, so if a man has 12 drinks in a night, his risk is 12 times higher.
Dr. Heechoul Ohrr, lead researcher and professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, said:
“The pattern of drinking — such as heavy binge drinking — does matter, not total volume of alcohol per week in terms of risk of stroke mortality.”
The complete study can be found at Stroke Journal of the American Heart Association

Amazon Acai Berry Weight Loss Expectations
It has recently come to light that some of the too-good-to-be-true facts you are reading online might actually have some merit. Acai berries from the Amazon have been named as super fruits, and claim to contribute to rapid weight loss, and it is actually true. The berry has been shown to help suppress appetites, as well as speeding up your metabolism.
These two things can absolutely help you lose weight, but the degree to which the claims state may be a little far-fetched. While it is possible to lose twenty pounds in three days, there is not a healthy way to do this, even with the help of dietary aids. Weight loss is best achieved slowly and steadily, losing no more than ten pounds in a two week period. While some medical professionals may have varying opinions on how much is safe in a period of time, this tends to be the average.

Amazonian Culture and Acai Diet
Acai berry, pronounced a-sigh-y, is a fruit, about the size of a cranberry, which is found in the rainforests of South America, particularly the Amazon. The dark purplish fruit has a taste that combines berries and a hint of chocolate. The fruit has become popular in North America and across the world because of its supposed extreme health benefits.
Although acai has been around for centuries in the local Amazonian culture and diet, it was just recently brought over to the United States as a health food and nutrition product. Since its rise in popularity it has become a key ingredient in health food supplements, weight loss products as well as detox programs.
The health benefits that are credited to the acai berry include increased energy, increased metabolism, improved cardiovascular health and a rejuvenated look of skin. Although these benefits are widely thought to be true, not test have been done by the FDA to confirm the accuracy.

American Acai Weight Loss Connection
One of the things that many Americans are turning to when it comes to weight loss is the use of supplements. Acai has become one of the most common health food supplements to take. The fruit, found in the amazon, has recently become very popular among health enthusiasts.
Acai berries have a variety of factors that are said to improve general health. Some of the benefits of the small berry include improved metabolism as well as improved cardiovascular health. The high number of antioxidants is one of the reasons the fruit has gained so much attention.
Fruits with similar amounts of antioxidants include pomegranate, blueberries, and red grapes. The acai berry can be found in a variety of forms, the most effective is said to be the pure berry. However many companies have made variations on the berry creating drinks, pills and powered mixes containing the fruit.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Sodium Study
It has long been known that increased amount of sodium consumption is bad for heart health. A new study has shown just how harmful those effects can be. The study results showed that a mere thirty minutes after eating a sodium laden snack, the effects could be seen in ones arteries.
The study was done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It showed that the excess sodium makes it harder for blood vessels to widen, even if the person eating it does not have any preexisting conditions. The study did not reveal what kind of long term effects could come from this immediate change.
Although there is not yet conclusive evidence to the long term effects of salt consumptions the researchers have compared the findings to past studies. The studies done with saturated fats showed very similar immediate results as the new study said Kacie M. Dickenson a researcher involved in the study.

Americans Salt Intake Level Alarming
It has been revealed in a recent survey analysis generated by the government that the salt intake of Americans has increased considerably. As per the report issued by Dr Elena V Kuklina, an epidemiologist in the Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, it is evident that a considerable amount of salt consumption comes from processed food items like grain, meat, etc, which contains a huge percentage of sodium.
The excessive quantity of sodium content in these day-to-day food items may give rise to a number of fatal health conditions like acute hypertension, increased blood pressure and various other cardiac ailments. It has not only become a matter of great concern for the residents of the U.S., but also raises a big question mark on the credibility of the American food industry, health experts said.
As per the precautionary measures recommended by the institute of medicine, the best way to put a check to this grave matter is by lowering the sodium content in all the processed food items or by reducing its intake on a regular basis.
As per the statistical data issued by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the day-to-day salt intake by a healthy person should not go beyond 2300 milligrams.
At the ground level this matter can be redressed by creating awareness among the general public about the food labels and the amount of sodium content per serving. However, this matter can be dealt on a broader scale by seeking the collective cooperation and assistance of food manufacturers, retailers, health care providers and other stakeholders.
A sincere effort has already been put forth by U.S. Food and Drug Administration by suggesting steps to regulate and monitor the sodium content in the processed food items.

Animal-Based Low-Carb Atkins Diet Increased Risk of Death

New study showed that animal based proteins and fats increased mortality rates in both men and women. The study also suggested that low-carbohydrates Atkins diet increased cardiovascular mortality and cancer mortality. This means that a low-carbohydrate diet derives fats and proteins from vegetable sources rather than meats are probably healthier.
Researchers analyzed the data from Nurses’ Health study. Researches studied 85,168 women aged between 34 and 59 years of age and 44,548 men aged between 40 and 75 years of age for at least 20 years.
Comparing the two kinds of diets over two decades, the group of researchers found that the low-carb, vegetable-based plan resulted in reduced rates of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer, and a lower rate of all-cause death overall. And animal-based diet was also associated with increased risk of death from cancer. In contrast, a vegetable-based diet exhibited a 20% lower death rate and a 23% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
“You can have the initial Atkins-type of low-carb diet, which is loaded with sausages, bacon, steaks, and you can have healthy versions of the low-carb diet with more vegetable- or plant-based protein and fat,” said Dr. Frank B. Hu, senior author of a study.
The study also discovered that men and women who ate diets high in animal-based proteins had higher averages body mass index (BMI)s and were more likely to smoke. Interestingly, men and women who ate more plant or vegetable-based proteins and fats ate more whole grains and tended to drink more alcohol.
The study was published in the Sept. 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine from Harvard.

Another Reason for Obese Men to Lose Weight
If you are a male who has been diagnosed as obese, studies show that more than your heart and overall health are at risk. Men who are obese also tend to have lower testosterone levels, which can affect sex drive, according to a new study.
While some men may think that they are just suffering from erectile dysfunction, the problem could be much simpler than that. While getting to a healthy weight may be difficult, there is a simple solution that can solve the problems.
Bariatric surgery has helped thousands lose the weight and raise their testosterone levels, improving their sex lives as well. While not all of the participants of the study complained of sexual dysfunction prior to having the bariatric surgery preformed, there were no complaints at all regarding this issue afterwards

Anti-Aging, Eye Sight and Signs of Aging
One of the problems that is associated with aging is the deterioration of eye sight. Macular Degeneration is a disease that is focused on patients over the age of 60 and causes vision loss. New research being conducted in the United Kingdom has made advances that could help in stopping this.
The x-ray treatment that would last only 15 minutes could potentially stop vision loss in older people. The process would also be less invasive which is a big change from the procedures that are currently offered by eye doctors.
The new procedure works by having the x-ray machine placed in front of the patients eye while the beams are shot into the back of the eye. These x-ray beams target blood vessels that lead to vision loss and help by closing them off. It has been given the name iRay and was first created by U.S. based Oraya Therapeutics but is being researched across the Atlantic at Kings College Hospital.

Antidepressants May not be as Effective as Believed
Many people across the world deal with the difficulty of depression every day. A recent study completed by the Archives of General Psychiatry has revealed that over thirty one million Americans are taking antidepressant medication to combat the disease. Recent studies have shown that these medications such as Prozac, Celexa, Zoloft and Wellbutrin are just as effective as sugar pills given during drug studies.
The Journal of the American Medical Association has found the results between study participants who received actual drugs versus the placebo sugar pills to be similar in many cases. Many doctors believe that although antidepressants have been shown to be effective, many patients are using them instead of changing behavior or life situations that are leading to depression.
It has also been found that many studies revealing the ineffectiveness of antidepressants have been held and not published. Some believe this is because of the large amount of profit pharmaceutical companies see from these products. In 2009 over 9.6 billion dollars was attributed to antidepressant meds.

Antidepressants May Not Benefit Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

A group of medical professionals and researchers initiated a news study, coordinated by Dr. Katrina Williams of the University of New South Wales in Australia, regarding the effects of antidepressant against autism patients.
The group suggests discontinuing the use of antidepressants because they found that these unapproved treatment methods for autism may be doing more harm than good. There has never been a large scale study completed to test and support the affectivity of thee drugs in autistic children.
Dr. Williams and her team based their analysis on the collected medical data from seven clinical trials. 271 people were used in the trials that compared the use of antidepressants and placebo drugs in people diagnosed with autism. The evaluated antidepressants drugs are; Prozac, Luvox, Pondimin, and Celexa. These drugs are most prescribed medicines by physicians to treat certain aspects of autism, which includes obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, and even depression.
The results of this extensive medical analysis indicate the children prescribed these various drugs fared no better than those given a placebo. There is also an incident that a child experienced a prolonged seizure after ingesting Celexa. The group concluded that there is no evidence that antidepressants help children or adults with autism and some signs that they could harm children.
The study can be found in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 8.

Appetite Suppressing Diet Pills and Orlistat for Slimming
If you ask your doctor for help in losing weight youll most likely get a couple of pamphlets on eating right and exercising. However, if your BMI is over 27 compounded with high blood pressure, diabetes or other obesity related symptoms, then your doctor may prescribe you an appetite suppressant like phentermine to get at least the first ten to twelve pounds off.
Phentermine and Xenical
Two FDA approved drugs like phentermine and Xenical(orlistat) are controlled substances that should only be prescribed by a physician. These drugs have shown very positive weight loss statistics in the short-term and are prescribed to help obese patients to lose life threatening weight. The medications will be prescribed with a diet plan that works effectively with the medicine to promote healthy weight loss. Where phentermine is a appetite suppressant, orlistat causes the body to react differently to the fat content of food.
Orlistat
Orlistat also can be purchased as an over the counter medications as found in Alli. When taking orlistat it is important to follow the strict diet plan that accompanies it. Foods that have over 30% fat content should be completely avoided. Orlistat works by blocking your bodys absorption of fat soluble vitamins. So it is recommended that a multivitamin accompany the use of orlistat.
Diet Pill
If your are considering using a diet pill such as orlistat otc you should check with your physician to get the safest and most beneficial use from the product.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss Diet Plan
œMMM a hardy portion of apple cider vinegar and all your ailments will vanish, plus youll lose weight! Generic Snake Oil Salesman. While ingesting a liquid that has been known to cause contact burns might not sound appealing to you, it certainly does to many that have tried it. While most of the cure-alls that have been reported over the past two centuries have been debunked, it looks like there may be some good to come from these bad apples.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is being studied as a treatment for Diabetes. It has been found that two teaspoons of the nasty liquid can lower blood glucose levels by 4%. Then there are those that have seen results using vinegar tablets and the liquid for weight loss. While there may be some great health benefits to using apple cider vinegar, hardly any have been completely tested. Scientists have been busy studying the almost three hundred supposed uses of the liquid and are now getting around to some that might work.
Acetic Acid
The acetic acid in vinegar is being touted as the key to boosting metabolism and turning on fat fighting genes. Those that have tried it did so by adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a liquid once a day for up to twelve weeks. You might also want to try it on a salad.
Vinegar for Weight Loss
If you are planning on trying apple cider vinegar, first speak with a medical practitioner as the vinegar could react badly with any medications you might be taking. Plus, self medicating with an unproven technique could result in dangerous results.

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Are Slimming Shoes, Sports Shoes in Shoe Shops Healthy?
Shape-Ups, FitFlops, EasyTones; they come to the shoe shop with so many different brands and brand names, but sports shoes are showing up everywhere lately. Most stores carry a couple of different brands, and many are becoming affordable, much so more now than when they were released.
Do sports shoes, the fitness shoes that everyone is talking about really provide a quick fix for slim thighs, firm buttocks and toned calves? Why would a a pair of shoes be the simple solution to these problems. Anytime there is a mention of a quick fix to avoid exercise, a lot of people are onboard with the idea. Does this idea really show results?
When medical professionals were asked this very question, they answered yes, they do in fact work. However, they may not be medically safe for everyone. Persons that suffer from tightened Achilles tendons or heel cords may find themselves suffering from more intense muscle problems. These shoes are not made for comfort; they are made to work out your muscles.
Just like with any other form of exercise, it is important that you stretch before and after walking in these shoes. This will help to minimize muscle damage. It is also important to make sure you know hat you are buying; yes, the name brands are more expensive, but they are that way because they are the best quality.

Are They Really Miracle Weight Loss Methods?
Are They Really Miracle Weight Loss Methods?
Losing weight is never easy, unless you happen to be one of those young, athletic 20-somethings or a gym rat. TV and online ads constantly bombard you with those pictures of people who went from morbidly obese to fitness model by using this belt or taking that pill. Tempting, very tempting. If that person could do it and lose all that weight, you can certainly lose your extra pounds.
Lose Weight
Unfortunately, the desire to lose weight can overpower what we know to be healthy. But in this society that puts so much emphasis on being thin, we can be so desperate to lose weight that we will do whatever it takes to lose that weight “ even if it costs us our health.
One of the worst things you can rely on is the miracle pills or supplements. Most of these potions have not been approved by the FDA. They don’t have to be and thats what makes them dangerous. If you decide to purchase one of these products, check the ingredients before you start taking it. They may contain ingredients that act as diuretics which could lead to dehydration if you arent aware of them. Some ingredients could cause rapid heart beat. If you experience anything unusual, do not use any more of the product.
Low Calorie Weight Loss Diet
You may be tempted to fast or go on a very low calorie diet to lose weight. While it may lead to weight loss, you will not just be losing fat, you will be losing muscle. And since muscle weighs more than fat, you can be sure that what youve lost is muscle rather than fat.
The downside to this, beside s it being unhealthy, is that what burns your calories is muscle. Lose muscle, burn less calories, slow your metabolism, increase fat and your chance for Type II diabetes. Nutritionists suggest that you should never cut your calories below 1,200 per day.

Are you Really Lactose Intolerant?
There are millions of people worldwide that claim they are lactose intolerant, but according to researchers and medical professionals what some patients think is lactose intolerance is actually something called somatoform disorder. While both disorders have the same sort of symptoms, such as bloating, gas, stomach pain and nausea, those who truly are lactose intolerant only present these symptoms when they ingest something containing lactose. The other group of people that experience these symptoms may experience them at any time during the day or night, and are generally psychological. Many medical professionals who participated in this study were not surprised at all to find that about a third of their subjects were actually only experiencing somatoform disorder. This disorder can be easily treated with psychological counseling and many people may find relief that they can enjoy the dairy products they’ve always loved.

Aspects of the Dr. Oz Diet for Weight Loss
Swimsuit season is right around the corner and many folks are looking for ways to shed their winter weight. Slimming down and getting healthy through diet and exercise remains the best way to lose pounds and firm up. One of the most popular diets out there is Dr. Mehmet Oz’s from his book, “You, On a Diet.”
Dr. Oz advises eating lots of fiber and protein. Both of these make you feel full longer helping you to eat less throughout the day. He also suggests cutting out refined carbohydrates and replacing them with whole grain options instead. By doing this, Dr. Oz says you will burn more fat rather than storing it.
Eating three protein and fiber rich meals a day with two healthy snacks is the cornerstone of Dr. Oz’s diet. Recipes using these ingredients are easy to find and make. But don’t forget the exercise. Even the best diets can only do so much.

Atkins Diet May Help Prevent Type II Diabetes
Atkins Diet May Help Prevent Type II Diabetes
Type II diabetes is one disease that can be prevented. Many who suffer from this developed type of diabetes are overweight. If it goes untreated, it can lead to more health issues like verve damage, blindness and death.
If you are overweight and have been told you stand a risk of developing Type II diabetes, losing weight will help lower the risk. But, which diet do you choose?
Diabetes and Carbohydrates
Normally, when diabetes is diagnosed, the recommended diet is high in carbohydrates and low in fat. Now, it seems that the school of thought is not just changing, but doing a 180.
To understand how this shift came about, you have to know a bit about diabetes. Diabetes is the result of the body nor producing the hormone insulin, or it doesn’t use the hormone correctly. Insulin is what breaks down the sugars in our bodies and makes it into energy.
Blood Sugar Levels
Since the insulin is not doing its proper job in diabetics, the level of blood sugar may become extremely high. Since diabetics seem to be more prone to heart disease, the recommended diet was usually a low-fat diet. An insulin shot could control the insulin levels, so once those were under control, dealing with the heart disease aspect became the issue.
Of course, fat has calories. To replace those calories, carbohydrates were increased. The diabetic’s diet was normally high in vegetables, whole grains, pasta, bread, fruit and nuts. Doctors are now debating the efficacy of this diet.
Diabetics and those at risk of developing diabetes are now being told to switch to a diet low in carbohydrates, like the Atkins Diet. A low-carb diet may soon be the go-to for preventing Type II diabetes.

Back this Season, Taryn Rose Shoes
Coming back this season, Taryn Rose shoes are gaining more popularity and it is easy to see why. If someone recommended a brand of shoes and that someone used to be an orthopedic surgeon then perhaps you would want a pair too! Taryn Rose Shoes are created by Dr. Rose herself!
Starting in Italy using the most finest of materials, she began creating her luxury designer shoes with nothing but pure comfort in mind. You know that you are going to get comfort from these shoes, guaranteed because she knows what uncomfortable shoes feel like and did not appreciate the experience. The brutal parts of the shoes such as the spiked heel and pointy toe will not be found on these shoes however, they are still filled with elegance and great design.
These shoes are very fashionable which is why many will be running out to get themselves a pair this season. Her footwear is known for its ease and they are just as beautiful as they are comfortable. You can dress up or dress down with Taryn Rose shoes. Lets see, fashionable shoes that are comfortable or uncomfortable shoes that are not so trendy? The answer is going to be Taryn Rose!

Baked and Broiled Better for your Heart Diet
While fried fish may be extremely tasty, but can be extremely bad for your heart. Research shows that postmenopausal women who chose fried fish as their preferred method of cooking ended up with a greater risk of congestive heart failure than those who eat fish that is broiled or baked. The frequency in which the fish was consumed also played a factor. Those people that ate baked or broiled fish just once a month had only a slightly better chance of not getting congestive heart failure than those that eat fried fish. The ones that eat baked or broiled fish five times a week on average were the ones that most successfully avoided congestive heart failure.

Banned Chemicals: BPA Found In Kids’ Resin Dental Sealant

A new study shows that the fillings and sealants that many dentists use and brushed onto teeth to prevent decay can expose children to the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA).
Writing in the journal Pediatrics, doctors warn that BPA-related compounds are common ingredients in plastic-based dental filling materials and sealants.
Dr. Abby Fleisch at Children’s Hospital Boston, who spearheaded the research, said: “We would recommend avoiding sealants during pregnancy.”
Although dental sealants and fillings don’t contain pure BPA, saliva can cause the fillings and sealants to leach and BPA levels in saliva can jump to 88 times higher than normal directly after a sealant is used.
In response to this issue, the North American dental community stated that wiping off the excess sealant or resin will minimize the risk of BPA exposure.
The researchers also cited that the benefits of sealants in cavities protection fro kids outweighed risks linked to the BPA exposure.
BPA, a man-made chemical, is found in a various products including plastic bottles, cans, and even in paper receipts, according to a new Canadian study.
Meanwhile, the author of the study said consumers should limit their exposure to the chemical and manufacturers should start looking for BPA-free materials.

Bare Minerals in Men’s Body Wash
Bare Minerals are beginning to turn up in a lot of products besides make up. They are also appearing in some mens body wash that is now being distributed through chain stores for mens health. The mens body wash is aptly named Bare Menerals and is finding quite a following from professional sports players.
The reason for the interest from star athletes is because of the special properties that Bare Menerals contains. These special minerals can keep the skin cooler longer and reduce the bodys need to sweat as much. With a daily regimen applied to the facial area, a man using this product would no longer sweat as much around the head and face regions.
There has been a shortage of Bare Menerals for roughly two weeks now as franchised sports teams are making large purchases and leaving the shelves bare for anyone else. The manufacturer of the product plans on increasing production to meet with the growing need for the product. They are also in talks with the NBA to solicit sponsorship endorsements. The NBA was not available for comment.

Bed Bugs and Bed Bug Exterminators Efforts to Thwart Infestations
More reports are coming out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa about bed bugs infesting local motels. The problem with bed bugs first saw light when it was reported early last year, that several upscale hotels were infested. Bed bug exterminators have been working tirelessly to control the infestations as they are discovered.
While there were only two rooms infested, out of 36, the Collins Inn & Suites in Cedar Rapids, the county ordered in a bed bug exterminator. The problem with this type of infestation is that the pest can find its way into your clothing. Once that happens, you can be bitten as well as spread the infestation around. Bed bugs do in fact feed on human blood.
Bed bug exterminators are trained to detect and exterminate this type of pest. If your home has been infested, the first signs would be a strange pattern of bumps, or bites that cause severe itching. Another sign would be spots that appear to be mold on your mattress.
There are treatments that your doctor can provide for the itching. In some cases the bites can cause an intense burning. In both cases, an antihistamine may be prescribed.

Best Diet Plans to Follow
Best Diet Plans to Follow
U.S. News & World Report released its rankings of the 20 best diets and weight loss diets. Experts reviewed data on a diets ability to provide weight loss and assigned scores on a scale from 1 to 5, with one being ineffective and five being extremely effective, in the long-term weight loss and short-term weight loss categories.
The diets had to be nutritious, easy to follow, safe, and had to be effective against heart disease and diabetes, as well as be effective for weight loss.
Top Diets
The top rated diet overall was the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). The Mediterranean Diet was second, with the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet in third. Weight Watchers and the Mayo Clinic diet ranked fourth and fifth.
For weight loss, Weight Watchers garnered the top honors, with Jenny Craig in the second spot, followed by the Raw Food Diet. The DASH diet, the Eco-Atkins diet and the Mayo Clinic diet were all in eighth place.
Long-Term Weight Loss
The researchers examined 20 diets and assembled profiles on them. These profiles were then reviewed by a panel of dietary and nutrition experts, and experts in heart disease and diabetes. The panel then rated each diet in seven categories “ nutritional completeness, long-term weight loss, short-term weight loss, the ability to manage heart disease, ease to follow, and the ability to manage or prevent diabetes.
The diets were also judged in five categories consisting of best commercial diet plan, best heart-healthy diet plan, best overall diet plan, best weight-loss diet plan and best diabetes diet plan.

Beware of Heart Disease, and Stroke It Could Happen To You
One reason is high blood levels of sugar make the walls of your blood vessels thicker and cause them to lose their elasticity, which in turn makes it harder for blood to pass through.
Renata Nyleve Editor of the “How To Reverse Diabetes” website — http://www.HowToReverseDiabetes.org — pointed out;
œ¦Type 1 diabetes is know as juvenile-onset diabetes and usually affects children and young adults and is genetically-linked. The following are some conditions that are typically found in people with type 2 diabetes, which is know as adult-onset diabetes, heart disease and stroke¦
Depression: Depression doubles the risk of a person getting diabetes and after being diagnosed with diabetes a person will go through major lifestyle changes which will cause them to be more depressed. Diet changes and taking medicines are among the things that cause them to be more depressed.
Obesity: Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and strongly associated with insulin resistance. Loosing weight has been shown to improve heart-health along with diabetes.
Inactivity: Lack of exercise is another major risk factor. Along with loosing weight, exercise has helped to reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Hypertension: High blood pressure has long been recognized as a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. If you have both high blood and diabetes your risk for heart disease doubles.
œ¦A symptom is the skin; the skin of a diabetic person becomes very dry and flaky due to excessive loss of water, leading to dehydration which could result in a coma. Also it takes a long time for sores or cuts to heal. Diabetes is usually accompanied by sudden weight loss. There are many things that could be or may not be a symptom of diabetes. If you think you might have diabetes, go to your doctor right away to find out and it never hurts to have your heart checked out at the same time¦ R. Nyleve added.

BioMed Central Nutrition Journal
Health experts and nutritionists have long said that eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Many people believe if they don’t eat breakfast their metabolism will run slower throughout the rest of the day. A new study warns that eating a breakfast that is too large may be more harmful than beneficial to a diet.
Recently there has been a study conducted by the Nutrition Journal which works in conjunction with BioMed Central. The study involved 380 participants both of normal weight as well as those considered to be obese. These participants kept a constant log on what they consumed on a day to day basis.
Some participants ate large breakfasts, some small, and some skipped the meal completely. The results showed that no matter what the consumption level was at breakfast, the lunch and dinner meals remained similar. In the end those who ate a larger breakfast consumed many more calories.

BistroMD Weight Loss Diet Plan
Dr.Phil sure seems to like BistroMD and if you take a look at their weight loss diet plan you will see why. The operation is very professional, developed by a board certified bariatric doctor and it makes sense. Every meal is prepared based on your weight loss goals and your specific diet restrictions. The goal of the program is to retrain the body to recover from metabolic syndrome.
Weight Loss Diet Plan
The plan is roughly twenty-three dollars a day, but that includes seven days of three meals a day and some programs include snacks or can be shortened to five days. Even with the least expensive plan, a month worth of meals tallies over five hundred dollars, but there are a few things to consider.
BistroMD
Take a look at your monthly food budget. If there is a significan’t difference then also consider the time saving aspect of not having to cook your food. Then also subtract any diet foods, weight loss shakes or the like that you are currently purchasing.
If you are interested in finding out more about BistroMD, their website can be reached at http://www.bistromd.com.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona Health Insurance Promotion
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Health Insurance announced that they promoted Jeff Stelnik to the position of senior vice president of strategy and analytics.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
The position will put Mr. Stelnik in a leadership role developing new strategies for long term corporate accounts.
Health Insurance
You may remember Mr. Stelnik as one of those that worked in government and public relations regarding the impact of health care reform on Arizonans. According to a Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizon Health Care Insurace Press Release:
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Stelnik has also served as the companys lead executive on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Strategy Collaborative, working to drive business strategies for the œBlues at a national level and developing strategies to ensure the companys continued success.
Stelnik graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a bachelors degree in mathematics and quantitative economics. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Book for Teen Girls Focuses on Healthy Weight Loss
Book for Teen Girls Focuses on Healthy Weight Loss
Your teenage daughter wants to lose weight, and while you don’t really think she needs to “ its baby fat, it will go away “ you want to be sure she loses the weight in a healthy way. Most of the plans youve researched are geared to adults and just seem too strict for a teen.
œDr. Susans Girls Only Weight Loss Guide is a book geared specifically for teen girls. The book will teach her practical things like how she can eat out and still lose weight, break bad eating habits, and have fun exercising.
Dr. Susan is psychologist Dr. Susan Bartell. Bartell specializes in tween and teen issues. She lives in New York and has worked with girls and their parents individually and in groups. She has written articles for publications like Newsday and Nick Jr. She has also appeared on The Today Show.
The book contains quizzes and activities to help girls learn about themselves and is full of advice that is both practical and supportive. There are also stories of other girls and these girls give tips that work. To be sure everything in the book is useable and practical, an advisory group of 12 girls read each chapter.
On the website, www.girlsonlyweightloss.com, there is a quiz for girls that asks them to complete sentences like œCompared to other girls my age my body is… and œThe last time I went for a check-up, my doctor… Parents also have a quiz in the same format with similar complete-the-sentence questions like œMy daughter’s attitude toward eating and exercise¦and œCompared to the rest of the family my daughter is¦
There is also an FAQ section, articles on teen weight loss, and an œAsk Dr. Susan section.

BP Oil Spill: Medical Experts Assess Possible Oil Spill Health Effects

People around the world witnessed how the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ruined almost the entire coast. Now that it is nearing its end though, the focus now shifted to the health effects it can have and how long they will last.
Various health experts and researchers around the world already released comprehensive information regarding the possible health effect of the oil spill.
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published an article that compared this oil spill to spills that happened in the past to look at types of health effects. The journal said that direct exposure to this oil spill might lead to serious health problems especially to those people who are around it and have to live through it. Residents living near the Gulf could fall ill and show symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, and chest pain, as well as respiratory diseases if they got exposed to the various chemicals that were released from the oil.
The article was a collaborative effort and released by Gina Solomon and Sarah Janssen from the University of California – San Francisco as well as the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Breast versus Bottle a Feeding Frenzy
In addition to providing essential nutrients to your child that just cannot be mimicked in a laboratory and put into formula, breastfeeding has been given another bonus. Studies were recently concluded on the benefits of breastfeeding, and one of the things they have found is that those children who were breastfed have less behavioral problems by the age of five than those who were bottle fed.
Researchers obtained their information via questionnaires provided to parents of children born between 2000 and 2001 and took into consideration such factors as socioeconomic status as well as parental factors. While medical professionals prefer that new mothers breastfeed over bottle feed, it is not always possible for this to occur due to medical conditions or prescription medications they are on.
There are many different formulas available that closely resemble breast milk in order to provide an adequate substitution, and many children who grew up on formula have no behavioral issues at all.

Brown Fat to be used as a Weight Loss Diet Plan Treatment?
Weight Loss Diet Plans
Researchers are currently conducting studies to see the effects that brown fat has on obesity. Brown fat, sometimes referred to as ˜good fat, is a tissue that helps the body to burn calories. Adults generally have a large supply of this tissue which also helps to insulate the body.
Brown Fat
Scientists are looking to reconstruct the substance in a laboratory to see its effects on the body as a potential solution to the obesity epidemic. While this study is still in its developmental phases, many researchers and physicians are optimistic. Brown fat has been known to exist in infants and children, but the amount present in adults bodies is a relatively new discovery, only about two years old. The effect this has on the obesity epidemic can be the medical breakthrough many have been waiting for.
Weight Loss Surgery
Some of the methods in introducing brown fat as a weight loss diet plan are being studied. Methods may include generation of brown fat through nutritional supplements as well as medical procedures to introduce the fat into the body.

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle Weight Loss Diet Plan
Taking advice from a professional bodybuilder, especially one that does it naturally and without steroids, might be a good idea if you are looking to lose weight. Tom Venuto released this book on BFFM awhile ago, but the information is still really solid and a good reference if you are trying to build a weight loss diet plan that will work. BFFM includes exercise advice, nutritional planning and a comprehensive weight loss diet plan to strengthen muscles while whittling down pounds. This eBook has been around since 2002.
Some may find the expense of the eBook as outrageous and some have called the program a scam. However, the basics that are explained in the program are perfectly legitimate. The program is supported by a large online community of supporters. The book also contains sound workout and dieting information and encourages a change in attitude to create an environment for healthier living. It is not for the weak-willed though. Websites that claim œez weight loss and refer to this book are sorely misled.
BFFM is in no way a fast track to quick weight loss. If you are looking for a structured guide to changing your attitude towards weight loss, health and diet then this is can be a good guide. Remember that sound medical advice should come from a physician. Check with your doctor before embarking on any weight training or weight loss endeavors.

California Ground Beef Recall Due to E.coli Contamination

Valley Meat Company, California-based meat processor, immediately recalled roughly 1 million pounds of ground beef after numerous cases of illness tied directly to E. coli bacteria that has been found in their products. The recalled meat products are mainly frozen beef patties. The patties was produced between October 2009 and the middle of January 2010. The products are frozen so it is very possible some grocery stores and consumers may still have the products in their freezers.
There are seven E. coli food poisoning cases reported that is directly linked to the ground beef, E.coli is a fatal bacteria especially to young children, senior citizens, and people with health problems. The meat was in Arizona, California, and Oregon, including other locations around the around the world.
The USDA ensuring that consumers are fully aware of the recall meat product due to the fact that there may be homes in the U.S., as well as in other countries, who have stock these meat products in their freezer. The company quickly responded to the issue and they already stated that they have launched a full investigation to determine what caused the bacteria.

California Whooping Cough Continues to Spread, 15,000 Cases Diagnosed this Year

California health officials has declared a whooping cough or pertussis bacterium a epidemic as the number of infected people this year has climbed immensely. This disease has become more and more prevalent in our society because the lack of information and knowledge regarding the virus. This kind of unusual illness is usually confused with the common cold because the early stage symptoms are practically the same.
This highly contagious disease is often fatal especially to children, infants, and the elderly. Infants that are infected with the whooping cough usually are not strong enough to fight it off. A lot of health complications may occur due to their fragile immune systems, which can result in possibility of death.
This year alone, unfortunately, there have been five infant deaths confirmed to be directly related to the whooping cough, while a sixth infant death remains still in the process of investigation. Developing the disease can have devastating consequences, and might lead to the development of other ailments such as encephalopathy or pneumonia.
State health officials warned and recommended everyone be vaccinated against the disease, especially infants, children, the elderly, the immuno-suppressed, and any caretakers.

Can Acai Berry Diets for Weight Loss Really Work?
With claims of a magic berry that can make you lose weight, overcome erectile dysfunction and help you to leap tall buildings in a single bound, you might be skeptical about natures little miracle the acai berry. Most people are a bit skeptical and there is nothing wrong with that at all. However, there is still that underlying curious question, can acai berry diets for weight loss really work?
Diets for Weight Loss
No medical claim is given here, and the verdict is still out on most of the claims of the properties of the acai berry, however, one thing is known. The acai berry is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids and fiber. Fiber alone can be a great supplement for diets for weight loss along with vitamins and regular healthy exercise.
Acai Berry
Diets for weight loss might benefit from including the acai berry, but they can not be relied upon solely in diets for weight loss. Supplements on the other hand, they are great in combination with an already healthy diet. If you simply consider the acai berry for what it is, a fruit, and assign nothing else to it, the properties it contains are healthy and definitely can help in diets for weight loss.
Acai Berry Diets for Weight Loss
If you believe that the acai berry has a special power to shed pounds, then you might just be trying to find a quick way to get out of exercise.

Can Caffeine Pants Help You Lose Weight?
Can Caffeine Pants Help You Lose Weight?
Forget your morning coffee, all you people trying to lose weight. Well, sort of. Instead of drinking you morning coffee for your jolt of caffeine, try wearing it.
Lytess, a French company, manufactures undergarments with caffeine and shea butter in the fabric. They have leggings, bike shorts, tights and capris that they claim will moisturize your skin and reduce fat.
They also manufacture massaging garments which they claim will decrease cellulite and improve your skins condition. Want smoother and firmer breasts? Try their Lift-Up Bra containing almond and mango butter.
All these ingredients are micro-encapsulated in the fabric. When you move, the ingredients are released. The company claims that if you wear their slimming leggings six days a week, eight hours a day, after 21 days, you will have lost 2.1 inches in your waist and 1.2 inches in your hips.
While there is evidence that caffeine can aid weight loss by possibly suppressing the appetite, burning calories, acting as a diuretic, there is no tangible evidence that caffeine consumption will cause long-term results.
The experts disagree on whether wearing your caffeine will make you any slimmer than drinking it. With prices ranging from $25 for tights to $110 for Dream Lift Leggings, the one thing they are sure to make slimmer is your wallet, especially since these garments are only expected to last for 30 washes.
Your best bet? Change your diet and start exercising and save your money for the new clothes you will need when youve slimmed down.

Can Occasional Fasting Improve Weight Loss?
Fasting has been around for hundreds of years, but has mainly been a part of religious practices or political protests. Researchers have recently released findings from a study that routine fasting can actually improve cholesterol and help prevent diabetes. Fasting causes the body to turn fat cells into fuel, instead of glucose, its normal fuel source. The result is fewer fat cells in the body, helping you to lose weight as well. While the study has been going on since 2007, the results are still inconclusive, and dieticians are not ready to prescribe this to any patients until further studies have been concluded.

Can You Do Nothing for Two Minutes?
We live in an age where most children can understand basic computer commands before they enter kindergarten, and where computer programmers are getting younger and younger. Most children have their own cell phones by the time they enter middle school, and while drinking and driving are still problems, texting and driving have become even bigger ones.
In this age, there has been one website that is reportedly trying to do the unthinkable, and get people to stop and do nothing for two minutes. Thats it, the whole point of the website. Sit down, look at the relaxing view thats on the screen and listen to the calming sounds of ocean waves.
After you login, a timer appears on the screen, counting backwards for two minutes, encouraging you to do nothing. If you try to interact with the website at all; including using your mouse or keyboard, a FAIL message will appear, and the timer will stop. When our team tried it, we got an average of 54 seconds; four seconds shy of the average reported by website founder Alex Tew.
Give this website a shot and see how long you can last without doing anything. So, what happens when you do make the whole two minutes? Dont let us ruin the surprise for you! http://www.donothingfor2minutes.com/

Can You Reduce Weight on the Fruita Planta Diet?
The Fruita Planta is an all natural way to lose weight. Originally from China, this diet consists of a pill made from papaya, pectin, lemon, bitter melon, radish fruit spirulina powder and balsam pear. It is different from a stimulant because its purpose is not provide energy.
Diet Plans
Rather, it is a supplement that can assist in weight loss. Each individual ingredient has a purpose to help its user lose weight. Lemon works as a healing agent for the body because it is a natural antioxidant. It serves the purpose of ridding the body of harmful toxins.
Health Supplements
The bitter melon ingredient helps to regulate metabolism and promotes digestion health. Within the ingredient papaya, there is vitamin A and vitamin C. It also has potassium and fiber that will assist in the bodies digestion. Spirulins Maxima also has many vitamins, helps with suppressing ones appetite and helps to rid the body of toxins.
Vitamins and Health
The last of the ingredients also works as antioxidants and assists in the weight loss process. This diet helps to lose weight by controlling ones appetite. Many people crave certain foods but this diet works to rid those cravings. From those who have tried the Fruita Planta Diet, they have claimed success in the reduction of body fat in areas around the stomach, buttocks area, face and arms. Both men and women have had success with this diet.

Cardiac Screening for Young Athletes & Potential Heart Problems
As people age, especially men, a certain importance is placed on heart health. Exams are done and cardiac screenings are common for many older men. What the health industry has not placed a lot of emphasis on as of yet, is the heart health of young athletes.
Many doctors are starting to agree that active young athletes should be required to get more than just the normal yearly physical. The intense workouts and exercise can occasionally lead to a higher rate of cardiac problems, sometimes even death. As people age symptoms of different heart conditions such as cardiac arrhythmias and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy becomes more noticeable.
However at younger ages these conditions can go completely unseen. Doctors believe athletes should undergo a cardiac physical every year that would include an EKG, or electrocardiogram as well as an ultrasound of the heart. Requiring this would be an important step to insuring the safety of intense athletic sports at a young age.

Cardio Exercises & Low Cal Diet Plans, Promote Weight Loss
For some people, going to the gym to times or three times a week is not enough to provide a substantial amount of weight loss. A common problem for people trying to lose weight is the type of exercises they do. Many people want to get the six pack abs and have lean and toned legs and arms.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that by increasing muscle strength one will decrease the amount of fat on their body. However it is usually not that easy. Although by doing muscle building exercises your muscles will become more toned if one does not supplement them with a substantial amount of cardio exercise results will not be seen.
Cardio exercises are the type that will burn the most amounts of calories and help shed the layer of fat that surrounds one’s muscles. It is also important to pair ones workouts with a healthy low calorie diet. Low calorie diet plans with high amounts of calories being burned will produce the best results.

Carrie Fisher Jenny Craig Success Story
Carrie Fisher Jenny Craig Success Story
For those of you who are old enough to have seen the Return of the Jedi probably remember Carrie Fisher in the skimpy slave girl bikini outfit being held captive by the gluttonous Jabba the Hutt.
Since that time, 54-year-old Fisher has put on a bit of weight as well as nearly 30 years.
At her heaviest, the 5-foot, one inch tall Fisher tipped the scales at 180 pounds. The USDA’s website classifies that height-weight ratio as above healthy and warns that extra weight can lead to health problems like high blood pressure, heart disease and Type II diabetes.
Fisher has been on the Jenny Craig diet plan and lost 50 pounds during the past 9 months. That puts the petite star at 130 pounds and at a body mass index of 24, which is in the normal range. When she was at 180 pounds, her body mass index was 34, which put her in the obese range.
Appearing on the œToday show, Fisher joked with host Ann Curry that she felt so good about her body now that she was tempted to get into that Star Wars bikini and walk around her house, and maybe even answer her door.
Fisher is one of several spokespeople for Jenny Craig, right along with Valerie Bertinelli, Sara Rue, Nicole Sullivan and Jason Alexander. These celebrities blog about their experiences on the Jenny Craig website, and any visitor to the site can read about their weight loss journeys.

Cats and Dogs, Health Benefits for Humans
Cats and Dogs, Health Benefits for Humans
Its now official “ dogs (and cats) are really mans best friends. A recent study showed that pet ownership improves not only the emotional health of the owner, but also their physical well-being.
A series of three studies conducted by researchers at Saint Louis University and Miami University in Ohio showed that pet owners are more physically fit, are less lonely and have a greater self-esteem, are less fearful of ordinary life obstacles and are more outgoing and conscientious.
The study, published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, showed the benefits of pet ownership in the everyday lives of people. While previous studies have shown the benefits of pet ownership for people who have health issues like depression, this is first study to link the benefits to everyday life.
There were a total of 370 participants in the three studies. One of the studies had 217 people answering surveys to determine whether the pet owners in the group differed in such areas as well-being, attachment styles, and personality type from the non-pet owners.
In the second study, 56 dog owners participated. This study looked at whether the pet owners benefited more when the pets they owned were seen as the pets who would meet their social needs.
The third study involved 96 pet-owning undergraduate students. They were to write about a time when they felt rejected socially. The study found that in dealing with feelings of rejection, writing about their pets was just as effective as writing about people.
Afraid that pet owners relationship with their pets gets in the way of their relationship with other people? The study debunked that. Pet owners were still as close to those who were key people in their lives.

CDC Report Says Nearly Half Of Americans Use Prescription Drugs

Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced data about the prescription-drug used in 2008. The new study shows that almost half of Americans, 48.3% in the 2007-2008 period, took at least one prescription drug per month in 2008, up from 43.5% over the past year.
“As new drugs are introduced and new uses for old drugs are found, more patients can have improved health and quality of life with the appropriate use of prescription drugs,” the CDC said in its report. But the agency said there are some concerns, noting “current prescription drug use patterns need to be better understood.”
The prescription drug usage surged also applied to youths whose usage rose to 20%. The rest also shoed that 40% of older Americans (at least 60-years old and above) take at least five or more prescription drugs in the past month. It also indicates that women have 10% more prescriptions than men. The study also stated that Caucasian Americans take 10% more prescribed drugs than African American with 42%, as well as Mexican Americans with 33.9%.
Additionally, CDC report also showed that people with a regular place for health care were 2.7 times as likely to have used prescription drugs in the past month compared to those without the benefit. And people with health insurance were about double as likely to have used at least one prescribed drugs in the past month as those without health insurance.
Meanwhile, CDC report showed that spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. Tallied more than $234.1 billion in 2008, more than double the amount spent in the past ten years.

Celiac Vaccine In the Works
For those who suffer from celiac disease and are worried about passing it on to their kids, your fears may soon be squelched. Researchers have announced that a new vaccine that is in its trial phases that will not only prevent future generations from developing the disease, but may potentially be able to provide relief to those who are currently suffering from it. Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease that is caused by a reaction to gluten. While many companies are coming out with more and more gluten free products, it can still be difficult for people with the disease to maintain a healthy diet. It can be even more difficult for parents of children with the disease and explaining why they can’t eat certain foods that everyone else is eating. While it will still be some time before this vaccine is readily available, it is a great relief to many people to know how close it is.

Child Care, Baby Crib Recall
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, has been in the business of protecting Americans for years from the dangers of defective products. Many of the recalled products that posed the most danger to American’s have been on cribs. Since 2007 the CPSC has been responsible for removing eleven million dangerous cribs from the market.
Cribs
Late last year, the CPSC approved stronger mandatory standards for crib manufacturers to follow in creating cribs. This move should end up creating safer cribs and protecting millions from tragedy. The detaching drop side rail cribs were linked to several deaths since 2000.
Child Care
According to the CPSC website http://www.cpsc.gov/, effective June 2011, cribs which are manufactured, leased or sold in the US have to comply with federal safety standards. This will also mean that day care, child care, as well as motels and hotels will be required to have safety compliant cribs.
Recall
Make sure to stay on top of product recalls. You can also learn more about crib safety at http://www.cpsc.gov/info/cribs/index.html. The website also offers an Android App to stay aware of product recalls that could affect you and your family.

Childhood Obesity Is The No.1 Health Problem for Kids in United States.

A new study revealed that childhood obesity is the biggest health problem for kids by adults in the United States.
Researchers and medical experts of University of Michigan C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital facilitated a poll service, National Poll on Childrens Health, and they found that adults in the United States rate childhood obesity as the biggest health problem for kids.
Approximately 2,064 adults were participated in the poll, they were asked to rate 20 different major and minor health concerns for children.
The 2010 National Poll on Childrens Health top 10 health concerns for U.S. children are the following:
1. Childhood obesity “ 38%
2. Drug addiction “ 30%
3. Nicotine addiction “ 29%
4. Internet safety “ 25%
5. Stress or depression “ 24%
6. Bullying or harassment “ 23%
7. Early pregnancy “ 23%
8. Child abuse and neglect “ 21%
9. Alcohol addiction “ 20%
10. Lack of physical activity “ 20%
Additionally, people were participated in the poll were also asked to rate whether these health problems are getting better, staying the same, or getting worse.
Majority or approximately 57% of the poll participants says that the health problem in U.S is œgetting worse.
Matthew M. Davis, M.D., director of the poll and associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the U-M Medical School, said:
œThe national data about the rates of childhood obesity leveling off were collected in 2007 and 2008. The perspectives were hearing in this poll in 2010 may reflect new changes in obesity rates seen by adults in communities across the country. Another possibility is that increasing concerns may reflect the publics growing worries about the health consequences of obesity for children, such as diabetes, heart disease, breathing and sleep problems, and arthritis.

Childhood Obesity Starts with the Bottle
It is no big newsflash that childhood obesity is a topic that needs to be addressed, but when the monitoring starts is still up for debate. Recent studies have been conducted on newborns as to whether or not bottle feeding too long has an impact on a childs weight later in life. Most pediatricians recommend that a child stop using a bottle by the age of 2 years. Some parents still insist on sending their child to bed with a bottle to help them sleep; if you find yourself in this category, then instead of filling it with juice or milk, opt for water instead. In order to make this process easier, it is best to start weaning the child off the bottle around one year of age, so by the time they are two it is obsolete.

Childhood Obesity, Where do Big Babies Come From?
Childhood obesity has often been attributed to poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and in part genetics. What is most surprising though, is that heavy children are not always born as heavy babies. Children will often lose their baby weight at a young age, but some have more than others.
Mothers who are overweight prior to pregnancy often gain the same amount of weight as mothers who are of average weight and give birth to average sized babies. Recently, a woman in Boston gave birth to a baby that weighed 13 lbs, 2 oz. The woman was of average size, as is her husband. Neither parent was large at their own birth; in fact the father was born prematurely.
Diet didnt even have anything to do with it; the mother said she maintained a caffeine-free well-balanced diet throughout her pregnancy. This just goes to show that genetics, while having a part in childhood obesity, has little part in pregnancy.

Children Are Over Medicated
Parents rely on doctors to tell them what is wrong with their children and rely more and more on medications to ˜cure them. While there are some people that actually need certain medications to have a better quality of life, more often parents are insistent upon medicating their children, and more often than not it is unnecessary. Pediatricians want to make sure parents know that issuing a prescription for a child is a last resort, and there are many different types of behavior therapy that should be tried first. Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications and anti-psychotics may help your childs ADD or ADHD but they are not quick-fixes that many parents believe them to be.

Chinese Health Ministry Clears Baby Milk Formula of Causing Premature Breast Development in Babies

Late Sunday the Chinese government health department publicized that it discovered no clinical evidence that the powdered milk, alleged for causing apparent breast enlargement in three infant girls in south-central China, has any link with it.
A leading Chinese milk powder company, Synutra, was at the center of the whole suspicion regarding the three infant girls’ case, which were fed milk prepared from its powder.
Of course, the milk manufacturer defend itself and strongly denied the allegations and throughout this whole ordeal it has defended the integrity of their products, the company will conduct will file a lawsuit against the media for false reporting.
The Chinese health ministry tested the powdered milk and they found no traces of inappropriate hormones out of 73 samples of infant formula, 42 were from Synutra. One sample of a milk powder residue was from one of the infant girls’ homes.
The ministry initiated the test on questioned powdered milk after the Chinese local media had speculated that such hormones might be responsible for the infants’ breast enlargement.
A group of Chinese medical experts said that the infants’ physiological development was not unheard of, quoted the official Xinhua news agency.
In 2008, Chinese milk powder were recalled and questioned due to melamine contamination, an industrial chemical used in hiding the impact of diluting raw milk with water, that resulted in the death of six babies and sickened 300,000.

Chocolate, Delicious and Good for You
Chocolate, Delicious and Good for You
You’ve probably heard of the positive effects that types of dark chocolate has on the body, primarily due to the antioxidants it contains. Recently concluded studies have revealed some results that may be surprising. It turns out that chocolate may also help prevent heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States, and any sort of method for helping to treat the disease preemptively is welcomed by medical professionals.
The study revealed that the type of chocolate consumed is somewhat irrelevant, but that many of the types favored by those in the United States are heavy in sugars and saturated fats. Chocolate should only be consumed in moderate amounts, and excessive consumption can lead to other medical problems like obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Further studies are in the works to find out what other medical benefits this delicacy may provide.

Choosing E Health Insurance Over Cobra
When you lose your job you can get stuck with a pretty scary insurance bill from your former carrier. If you do a little research, you can find E health insurance that can get you the same or better coverage for a lot less. The only time that COBRA is important to keep up with is for maternity insurance that you have carried for a long time or for insurance that has been covering a long term illness.
E health insurance can really be a life saver for those that have lost their job. It still won’t be cheap, but it is a lot cheaper than most people think. There are E health insurance providers that even offer insurance with 6 month coverage for when you are trying to seek new employment.
During these tough times, E health insurance can really be a life saver. Going to their website allows you to compare multiple insurance carriers side by side so that you can determine the best premiums and policies for your particular needs.

Choosing High End Sports Shoes
It is common for runners and frequent exercisers to complain of shin splints, or foot and ankle injuries. A big factor that contributes to these injuries is wearing the incorrect footwear while participating in these activities. Each different sporting activity, whether it be long distance running, or cross training have specific shoes that are made specially to avoid these types of injuries.
When deciding which sports shoe to choose there are 3 things one should consider. The first consideration should be the kind of activities the shoes are planning to be used for. If there are multiple different scenarios and activities, it is important to choose the shoe based on the prominent activity. If one is focused on running but occasionally exercises in a gym, a running shoe is preferable. Second, consider how often the shoe will be used.
High end sports shoes cost a fair amount of money; if the shoe is not going to be frequently used purchasing a lower cost shoe will not impact the runner as heavily. The final consideration should be comfort. It has been found that runners and people who exercise frequently are more likely to run father and exercise longer when the shoes are more comfortable. Many people find it useful to use shoe inserts such as Dr. Scholls if they have specific problems such as flat feet or high arches.

Choosing the Right Sports Shoes for Fitness
People tend to forget how much the right shoe can do for them when it comes to working out. However, finding the appropriate sports shoe could help prevent injuries forming over time by providing the correct cushioning and support needed. Sports shoes should be chosen carefully and the activities being participated in should be considered.
There are four main categories to choose from when selecting a sports and exercise shoe. Cross training, weightlifting, court sports, and distance running.
Consider what the shoe is going to be used for, whether it is a single activity or a combination. If they will be used for long distance running and a small amount of cross training, it would be wise to focus on a running shoe.
Online shoe shopping has made it easy to view a very large amount shoes without having to leave home. When buying online it is important to properly research the shoes that are being considered to see if they have been rated well, and are suited towards any specific sport or exercise activity. It is always a good idea to actually go into the shoe store and speak with a knowledgeable salesman; they will always be able to help make a good choice.

Cleanse Plus Acai to Jump Start your Weight Loss Diet Plans
Everyday people eat foods, sip drinks and breathe air that contains toxins which end up being left in the body. When starting a diet, consider going through a body cleanse also known as a detox cleanse. There are a variety of different cleanses available from nutrition stores or online shops. Some detox cleanses focus on increasing weight loss while others are focused on improving skin.
Some cleanses focus on consuming a specific food such as a juice diet featuring only fruit and raw vegetables Other more extreme diets include items such as maple syrup and cayenne pepper. When choosing a cleanse it is important to do the proper research. Some cleanses have been considered dangerous because of the lack of food and actual nutrition included in the plan.
It is most beneficial when a cleanse is not used by itself, but rather accompanied by nutritional supplements, such as the acai berry. The acai berry is known for its weight loss benefits and the high antioxidant level. Producers claim the fruit will increase energy, metabolism as well as improve general and cardiovascular health. Picking the right cleanse along with a acai supplement is a great way to kick start a diet. It is also important to have an exercise plan.

Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Cause Cancer
A popular genre of medicines used to keep the blood pressure under control may actually cause cancer, U.S. researchers claimed on Sunday, while urging FDA to evaluate the drugs more closely. Basing upon the analysis of data after clinical trials, they contended that blood pressure patients on a particular type of medicine known as angiotensin-receptor blockers were 1.2 percent more likely to be afflicted by a new cancer within four year, compared to those who didnt take these medicines.
A majority of patients in the trials took the medicine Micardis, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim, a German pharmaceutical company. The risk of new cancer due to the use of these drugs is modest, but significan’t, said Dr. Ilke Sipahi of Case Western Reserve University and colleagues in the medical journal Lancet Oncology. Other common medicines of this type include Cozaar, made by Merck & Co, Diovan, made by Novartis, irbesartan, marketed by Sanofi-Aventi, Benicar, made by Daiichi Sankyo, and Teveten, made by Solvay Pharmaceuticals.
Concurring with the views, Dr. Steven Nissen, cardiologist, Cleveland Clinic termed the findings œdisturbing and provocative. Regulators need to take notice to this and doctors need to be more conservative while prescribing Micardis, he opined.
However, defending the drug, Boehringer Ingelheim said in a statement that “internal safety data analysis of primary data contradicts the conclusions.” Its own findings in three large trials didnt bring out any significan’t cancer risk associated with the use of this drug, it stressed.
Previously, Dr. Nissen did a similar research, which linked heart risks to diabetes drug Avandia, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

COPD Lung Treatment May Help Patients In Treating Hard-To-Control Asthma

A new study has found that a drug, called tiotropium, commonly used to treat lung disease can also be used as an alternative to manage hard-to-control asthma. Tiotropium already received FDA approval chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.
The research team discovered that by adding tiotropium to low doses of inhaled corticosteroids is more effective at controlling asthma than doubling the dosage of inhaled corticosteroids alone, and as effective as adding the long-acting beta agonist salmeterol.
œTiotropium relaxes smooth muscle in the airways through a different mechanism than beta agonists, and thus may help people who do not respond well to currently recommended treatments, said study lead Stephen Peters, M.D., Ph.D., of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.
“We also found that patients really did not have any adverse effects or side effects from the medication, and therefore this represents a nice option for patients that are not achieving control on their current therapy,” said Mario Castro M.D. of Washington University.
However, Dr. Peters and his team noted that the findings are still in early stage and numerous clinical trials are needed.
A lot of physicians have already started prescribing the tiotropium to patients who suffer from lung disease, due to the fact that are very limited options for hard to control asthma.
The complete study was published online in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society in Barcelona, Spain.

Cord Blood Bank, Regenerative Medicine Banking on It
Cord blood, is blood that is found in the umbilical cord. Its fairly exciting stuff, because this blood that can be collected after birth contains a stem cell type that can be used in a lot of medical treatments. For years this was discarded at the hospital, however, now families are being given the opportunity to bank that cord blood for medical use in the future.
This is a non-controversial means of collecting stem cells and could lead to some incredible advances in what is being called regenerative medicine. The stem cell is basically the over-cell of tissue building, as well as the immune system and blood. Stem cell treatments from cord blood stem cells has been around since the late eighties and previously was also harvested from bone marrow. This new collection method is far less invasive and the research that is being done could potentially save millions.
Experimental treatments in diseases such as juvenile diabetes rely on this type of science to make advances.
Source: HealthQuestions.net

Cordyceps Tibetan Longevity Mushroom Increases Sexual Function
For over a thousand years Chinese herbalists have long prized the Cordyceps mushroom, also known as the Chinese Longevity Mushroom. Centuries ago, Tibetan farmers noticed that when their livestock ate the Cordyceps mushrooms they grew stronger and more vigorous. Soon this hard to find mushroom was highly sought after.
Thought to be a sort of cure-all for several types of ailments, the Cordyceps mushroom is routinely recommended by Chinese herbalists. Claims such as increased stamina, reduction in fatigue, improved fertility, and an increase in immune support are just a few of the things thought to be helped by taking Cordyceps. But the most popular, and probably most exciting, claim is that Cordyceps mushrooms helps enhance sexual function and increases desire.
Several studies have been done over the years on the affects of taking Cordyceps mushrooms. Whether there is validity to the results is open to interpretation and one should always consult their doctor before taking any type of medication or herbal supplements.

Cosmetics, Laura Mercier Review Loose Powder
Laura Mercier Review Loose Powder
Laura Mercier Loose powder has a fantastic silky smooth formula that leaves flawless looking skin. Dermatologist tested, the powder is free of pigment and comes in Beige, Deepest Beige, Ivory and Translucent. Laura Mercier translucent powder really is translucent unlike other brands that use their idea of “translucent”.
Laura Mercier Review
Laura Mercier Loose Powder has a texture that feels silky and goes on without a hitch. Application is easy, but you will have to use your own applicator as it does not come with one. The fine powder never cakes and provides excellent coverage.
Laura Mercier Powder Puff
The Laura Mercier Loose Powder Puff works like a charm with this powder, but using your own puff or fan brush is fine also. The powder leaves a light and beautiful looking finish that is natural and blends very nicely. It also stays on longer than similar products from Lancôme and Clinique.
Reduce Shine
If you are looking for a versatile loose powder to reduce oil shine around the nose, forehead and chin that doesn’t cake, then Laura Mercier Loose Powder is the way to go.