Health News Archive 2010-2014 Volume 2

Cost Per Pound for Weight Loss
Cost Per Pound for Weight Loss
When considering a weight loss plan, cost can be a consideration. Medical procedures, if not covered by health insurance, are pretty much out of most people’s reach. So, the average overweight person probably chooses some sort of readily accessible diet plan. While these plans are most of the time successful if the plan is followed, seldom do the users figure out how much a plan could cost per pound lost.
Last year, investigated just that topic. It’s findings were an eye-opening surprise.

Jenny Craig
The recently top-rated diet plan, Jenny Craig, was estimated to cost $238.00 per pound. That cost includes the one-on-one support and special foods. If you follow only their online diet plan, the cost will be less.
Here’s the breakdown of costs. If you sign up during a special – $36 for six weeks – it seems like a bargain. But if you want to stay on for a year, it will cost you around $300. That cost does not include the food, which averages to about $100 per week – $400 per month, $5200 per year. The average yearly weight loss on Jenny Craig is about 23 pounds. That comes up to just over $238 per pound.
Compare that to weight loss surgery. Depending on insurance coverage, your out-of-pocket cost per pound could range anywhere between $235 and $400. There are certain criteria a person must meet to be eligible for weight loss surgery, but if you qualify, here’s how it works.
Gastric Band
The most common surgery performed uses a gastric band. This band pinches off part of the stomach, reducing the amount of food a person can eat at one time. The surgery can run anywhere between $15,000 and $35,000. With this method, patients lose about 50 percent of their extra body weight. So for a patient who weighs in at 300 pounds and has an ideal weight of 170 pounds, a 50 percent loss would equal 65 pounds. So the cost per pound would range between $230 and $538 per pound.
But, because of the variables in insurance coverage and medical care, it is difficult to accurately give an average cost. Each individual would have to calculate the cost according to his or her case.
If you choose to lose weight the using the old-fashioned way – eating less and exercising, you end up actually saving money. By limiting caloric intake, depending on your needs, you should safely lose eight pounds per month (two pounds per week is considered a safe amount of weight to lose).
Let’s say you spend about $60 per week on food. If you cut your intake by 10 percent, you would be spending about 10 percent less on food. That would be a savings of $6 each week, $24 each month, $312 per year.

Creating a Healthy Diet Plan for Weight Loss
When it comes to trying to lose weight, it is easier for some than others to create a healthy diet plan and stick to it. For many people cooking just isn’t their forte, so creating a healthy meal on a daily basis is a challenge. However there are many weight loss plans out there that can work for people who do not want to cook.
A pre-packaged option that is often chosen by dieters is slim-fast. This company provides a variety of different options for healthy meals and snacks including shakes, bars, snack items and even dinners. The program provides enough daily nutrition, and is an easy way to count the number of calories consumed.
Although the program does give an easy way to count calories, many participants do not stick to it for very long. The high cost is a contributing factor against choosing this method of weight loss, as well as the limited number of choices.

Criminals Have Different Brain Scans
Criminals Have Different Brain Scans
An issue that has been facing criminal psychologists for years has been the motivation that stands behind criminal actions. Recent studies have shown a major difference between the brains of criminals and the rest of society. While for years people have connected criminal acts with different social and psychological problems, actual difference in brain scans have not been cited until now.
The study was conducted by the Mayo Clinic and revealed a number of surprising results. In the group of criminals the brain scans showed the middle frontal gyrus had 19 percent less volume than those who did not suffer from any mental disorder. The scans also showed criminals had 9 percent less in their orbital frontal gyrus.
What this study shows is a true biological difference between the two groups of people. The groups of criminals studied were those who committed serious or heinous crimes, rather than simple more common crimes. These criminals were shown to have anti-social behavior, something that is not the case with all convicted criminals.

Dangers of HCG Hormone Injection Diets
The majority of people looking to lose weight are searching for quick fixes. This is where diet fads come in and whether or not they work is usually not a problem in their success rate. A Fad that was started in the 1970s is now making a comeback in the dieting and weight loss community.
The controversial diet is based around being injected with a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, commonly known as HCG. This hormone is also called the pregnancy hormone and the injections are paired with a low calorie diet. The combination is supposed to help suppress appetite and trick the body into burning fat as if the dieter was pregnant.
There are many risks associated with the consumption or injection of the pregnancy hormone. Some risks include depression, hair loss, acne, breast tenderness and headaches. In some cases people even reported blood clots which do carry the risk of being fatal.

Dark Chocolate Antioxidant Diets Vs. Heart Disease
One of the problems that affect people across the United States is the high rate of heart disease. There are many diets out there that focus on promoting heart health. Many of these diets focus on a core group of foods that is known to improve cardiovascular health.
Wine and dark chocolate are two foods that are known to have antioxidant power as well as are widely considered delicious. Studies have shown that people who drink a glass or two of red wine a week have lower risk of heart disease than those who do not. This is because of the resveratrol and flavonoids that are linked to lowering the chance of hardening arteries.
Dark chocolate and pure cocoa also have a high amount of the flavonoids antioxidants. It is supposed that eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate can help heart health by allowing the arteries to expand rather than contract. Other types of chocolate have not been found to be as successful as dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits Is Not A Myth As Experts Prove That Eating Dark Chocolate Is Good For Heart Health

A new research, directed by Dr. Murray Mittleman from the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, shows that eating chocolate moderately can drastically lower heart failure risk.
Dr. Mittleman said: The lack of a protective effect among women eating chocolate every day is probably due to the additional calories gained from eating chocolate instead of more nutritious foods.”
Women who consumed higher quality chocolate once or twice a week had a 32% lower heart failure risk, when compared with those who did not, on a regular basis, eat the chocolate. The research team believes that those who consumed the high-quality chocolate every day had no protective benefit because of the added calories acquired – the chocolate might have been substituting more nutritious nutrients.
The study focused on a group of approximately 32,000 Swedish women with ages in between of 48 and 83-years-old. The idea was to see if eating dark chocolate could have any impact on their health.
Researchers discovered that women who consumed dark chocolate once or twice a week had a reduced risk of heart failure or 32% lower heart failure risk, when compared with those who did not, on a regular basis, eat the chocolate.
The study also means that the higher the cocoa content, the better. The cocoa content of the chocolate ate by the women who participated for this research was approximately 30% whereas, in the U.sulphur., dark chocolate is only required to contain 15 percent cocoa solids.
American Heart Association published the complete study.

Dark Leafy Greens in Diet Plans Reduces Need for Anti-Depressants
Studies are starting to show that people that are suffering from depression may on the most part be suffering from a deficiency in vitamin B12. Those that do not include dark leafy greens in their diet plans are on average more likely to suffer from mood swings and
Professor of Health Studies at Clemson, Brent Davis says, “a good meal equals a good mood.” This seems to be true as more and more people are having to go to the doctor to get prescriptions for anti-depressants. More people should be adding either these vegetables to their diet plans or adding supplements to their diet plans.
This appears to be working for a test study in Hamburg, where 100 clinically depressed patients have elected to go off their medication and increase their intake of dark leafy vegetables in their diet plans. If the study proves to be completely successful, then the anti-depressant industry may suffer great financial losses in the next ten years.

Delicious Diet Snacks for Weight Loss
When many people hear the word diet”, delicious food is generally not the first thing that comes to mind. Fortunately for many, diet food is no longer bland and tasteless. Healthy snacking has become much easier for many people with the introduction of 100 calorie snack packs and better tasting diet food. Children and teens that are worried about their weight but are hesitant to eat fresh fruits and vegetables may be more likely to eat some of these items. Many more popular snack foods have come out with smaller snack packs, and have adjusted their formulas to be a little healthier. Many people are actually starting to prefer the healthier version of items because the taste is so much more prominent.

Denise Austin Online, Effective Weight Loss Diet Plans
One of the most important parts of a successful weight loss plan is combining exercise and diet. The Denise Austin online weight loss plan does just that. As a fitness expert she has a great knowledge on what physical activity is the most effective in leading to weight loss.
The website is filled with video tutorials which help the users feel as though they are interacting with an actual trainer. This diet plan is focused more towards females and users find Denise to be a very motivational figure. There is less focus on healthy eating and recipes compared to other diet intensive sites.
One of the great benefits of the exercise plans is that it enables people to target specific areas. The exercises made available provide a healthy way to tone muscles and shrink waistlines. Tools available include custom meal plans, message boards, calorie calculators and a weight loss tracker.

Depression Screening on the Internet?
Before the Internet age, mental health assessments had to be conducted in person. The nation’s oldest voluntary, community-based screening program for mental health disorders, National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), began conducting m-person screenings m 1991. Even though they were anonymous, they required individuals to attend a screening event and complete a screening in the presence of other people.
For those too embarrassed to attend a screening or afraid of the social stigma associated with mental disorders, the introduction of an online screening component m the 1990s was a godsend. Now, anyone could take an anonymous self-assessment at any time, in the comfort of one’s own office or home.
But how can we know whether online screenings have been, and will be, effective? The effectiveness of an online screening program should be measured, above all, by its ability to lead an individual into treatment and recovery as well as provide valuable data to help develop and improve workplace interventions and programs. But until recently, no empirical research on the online component of NDSD existed. In 2009, however, Screening for Mental Health, Inc., released a study that evaluated results from a survey of more than 300 NDSD participants three months after their initial online screening.
The study, conducted by the University of Connecticut Health Center, sought to determine the rate of success of online screenings in leading individuals into treatment. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, nearly two-thirds of those suffering from depression do not seek help, but the NDSD survey suggests that confidential online screenings, which are highly accessible and non-threatening to users, may help improve these statistics.
For example, the survey found that 55 percent of participants sought depression treatment within three months of screening, although nearly one-third of those who did had never previously been treated for depression. Moreover, 55 percent of those who initially scored “Very Likely for Depression”–the highest possible score range in the NDSD screening–were no longer in that range at the time of follow-up, and 46 percent of those who initially scored “Likely for Depression” were in the “Unlikely for Depression” range at follow-up.
“These data provide compelling evidence regarding the ability of Web-based screening programs to provide individuals with referral resources that lead them into treatment,” says Robert Aseltine, Ph.D., professor and director of the Institute for Public Health Research at the University of Connecticut Health Center, who conducted the NDSD study “They support further development of these highly accessible and low-cost approaches to mental health intervention.”

Depression Treatment: Ketamine ‘Magic Drug’ Could Be Used As Antidepressant

Recently Daily Telegraph UK reported that a drug called ketamine that is popular for its recreational use in clubs may be use for the treatment of depression because compared to most commonly prescribed antidepressants these magic drugs’has more immediate and long-lasting results if utilize properly.
Professor Ronald Duman, at Yale University, discovered that ketamine progresses through the nervous system in a different way to traditional drugs.
Dr Ronald Duman, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at Yale University and author of the study, discovered that ketamine, a drug that is traditionally used as anesthetic for animals, has a magic’effect on people who suffer from depression which is very commonly found these days. Ketamine also established itself as a nightclub favourite in recent years, where it is nicknamed Special K.
Dr Duman elaborated the potential of the drug: It’s like a magic drug — one dose can work rapidly and last for seven to 10 days.He says that its like a magic drug and one dose can work rapidly and last for seven to ten days.
Researchers found that discovered that rats given ketamine restored connections between the brain cells damaged by chronic stress and quickly improved depression-like behaviour.
George Aghajanian, professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and co-researcher on the study published in the journal Science, said:
The pathway is the story. Understanding the mechanism underlying the antidepressant effect of ketamine will allow us to attack the problem at a variety of possible sites within that pathway.”
Glenn Garnham, a drug and alcohol counsellor for UK charity Admit voiced concerns over the study’s findings, said:
“Ketamine is a very addictive drug which is normally used on horses. I deal with many people who are addicted to ketamine and it affects their life in the same way as any other addiction does, leading to serious problems with health, money, friends and family. It is already very cheap and easy to become addicted to – approving it for medical use might remove some of its stigma and lead more people down the path of addiction.”

Detoxifying Acai Berry Cleanse for Weight Loss?
It is common to start off a new weight loss regimen with a detoxifying cleanse. These cleanses go through one’s system and rid the body of toxins and waste. There are many different kinds of detox and cleanse products. However not all of the detox and cleanse products that are available are equally healthy and do not contain enough nutritional value.
The acai berry diet cleanse is a healthy plan to detoxifying one’s body. The acai cleanse has many benefits in addition to its detoxifying. Benefits include reduced fatigue and higher metabolism which can help increase weight loss.
Most acai berry cleanses last between 7 and 14 days. It is not wise to take a cleanse that last more than 14 days. It is also important to choose a product that has the most pure version of acai. Many products include other ingredients or a watered down version of the berry.

Diabetes Care 2nd Hand Smoke Potentially Type 2 Diabetes Risk
It has long been known that second hand cigarette smoke has negative effects for those exposed to it. It has been linked to harmful lung diseases as well as a general deterioration in health. Further studies have shown that second hand cigarette smoke may be linked to type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes Care has recently published a paper that states people who are in second hand smoking environments are at a greater risk to develop type 2 diabetes. The study also looked at women who smoked cigarettes and found that they had the highest odds of developing the condition.
It was found that people exposed to second-hand smoke and those who were ex-smokers were more likely to develop diabetes. It is for reasons like this that many states have enacted laws that prohibit smoking inside closed buildings of any kind. It is likely over the next ten years that all states will prohibit smoking indoors.

Diabetic Americans Guaranteed Health Insurance Claims Rights

Americans who suffers from diabetes who have been denied health insurance coverage because of their incurable medical condition will be benefited for the new rule under Obama’s administration that was especially designed to provide support to people with diabetes and other chronic diseases appeal the denials of health insurance claims.
The American Diabetes Association celebrates in the new White House rule will minimize the burden of diabetic Americans. The new rule comes under the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The rules are aiming to help simplify the denial process and create consistency in all 50 states.
“In order to stay healthy, people with diabetes have to manage their disease with supplies like test strips, meters and insulin,” said Nash Childs, PE, Chair of the Board, American Diabetes Association.
“Diabetes is a costly disease and without good coverage, the costs can make it difficult to manage properly. It is important that people with diabetes are treated fairly and given the opportunity to appeal any claims that are denied. The American Diabetes Association is grateful to the Obama administration for recognizing the need to make this available to everyone.”

Diet for Diabetes
Controlling blood glucose is the first step when you are diagnosed with Diabetes type 2. The most recognized way of doing this is by reducing weight. As part of an overall plan to combat type 2 diabetes, health and diet will become a focal point of everyday living. The Mayo Clinic recommends a diet with healthy carbs, increased fiber intake, healthy fish at least twice a week and using good fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated as opposed to saturated fats. More information from the Mayo Clinic on Diabetes and diet for diabetes can be located here:

Diet is a Four Letter Word

There are a lot of people that believe diet is a four letter word that should be avoided at all cost. There is usually a negative connotation with the word diet related to deleting certain types of foods out of one’s life. While this is the case with a variety of different diets, it is not the only way to promote healthy living and weight loss.
There are many other diet programs that focus on cutting back the amount of food eaten, rather than just cutting out specific foods. It is also important to realize the impact that exercise can have on a diet. While eating fewer calories is always a good idea, it is also important to be burning a certain amount of the calories that are being consumed.
The best exercise to accompany diets is any type of cardiovascular exercise. This can include riding a bike, running, walking, or even taking a dance class.

Diet loss weight: Adapt a Cruelty-free and healthy Vegan Lifestyle

Few people understand what a vegan diet is, or what it can mean or the benefits they can get from a strict vegan diet”. The typical American diet is heavy in animal meats, fats, and dairy, instead of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. This way of eating has been getting worse with each generation. Eating a vegan diet instead is a healthy alternative.
Recently, Singer-actress Jessica Simpson discovered that she can eat delicious food while maintaining her diet. In her first red carpet appearance since announcing she’s on a vegan diet, she flaunted her famous curves in a fitted full length gown Friday at the grand opening of the Casino Club at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
“Shocked my system with a vegan diet, special Pu-erh tea from China, and cupping since friday!” she wrote Sunday night. (Pu-erh tea is widely touted as a weight-loss drink.)
The giddy-sounding Price of Beauty host added: “Who am I right now? This might be too clean!”
A few minutes later, 29-year-old Simpson, who tried out meditation in the Far East while filming The Price of Beauty, extolled the virtues of cupping, an ancient Chinese ritual in which cups are therapeutically applied to the skin in a practice similar to accupressure.
“Has anyone ever tried cupping? When u know you are doing something good for ur body the meditation creates intense visions,” she raved. “I Love it!”
Then she explained that she had worked with “Master Wang the healer” during weekend, adding links to and

Diet Meal Delivery for Weight Loss Diet Plans
Across the United States people wishing to lose weight are turning to meal delivery services. There are many different diet and weight loss companies that offer this service. The meals are pre-cooked and usually frozen and they provide the participant with a healthy meal that is easy to make.
One of the biggest downsides to this option is the cost. It is much more effective for people to make their own healthy meals from grocery store ingredients. However many people who do not have extra time on their hands, will go with this option.
The meals are nutritionally sound and low in calorie count. If cost is a big issue, purchasing just a couple of weeks of these meals is a good way to jumpstart a diet. Once one gets the idea of the ingredients involved it is easier to plan and purchase their own meals. Programs such as weight watchers offer frozen meals available at grocery stores.

Diet News Body Mass Index Bumped Out by Body Adiposity Index
News for Dieters
Here’s great news for all dieters out there – the Body Mass Index (BMI) may be going the way of the stomach fat belt vibrator machine. People no longer have to step on a scale to know whether they are too fat now that scientists have developed what they are hailing as a more. Scientists have developed a new way to measure body fat.
Out with the BMI in with the BAI
Welcome Body Adiposity Index (BAI). BAI uses a ratio between height and hip measurements. It’s a little more complicated to calculate. A calculator or chart will probably need to be used, as the formula – hip/height x the square root of height) minus 18 – is not one easily computed in your head.
The BAI offers a more flexible alternative to BMI, which has been used to measure body fat for the past 200 years. Unfortunately, the BMI failed to measure how much unhealthy fat a person is carrying. BAI, by using measurements that are strongly correlated to the percentage of body fat, so far is a more accurate measurement of body fat percentage.
Accurate Scale
So far, researchers have tested the BAI for accuracy on Mexican-Americans and African-Americans. More studies across Caucasians and other ethnic groups need to be done to be sure it will carry over accurately for all peoples. But researchers are hopeful that BAI can be a useful tool, especially in places where an accurate scale is limited or nonexistent. Research also needs to be done to determine whether the BAI will be able to predict health problems like diabetes and heart problems.

Diet Plans and Health, Bad Cholesterol Really Not that Bad?
Research has recently been conducted to see how bad LDL cholesterol really may be for people and was surprised at the findings. While it is not necessarily good for you, in some cases it isn’t really a problem, even in what some health care professionals may consider to be an elevated level.
The research showed surprising results in those that were in their sixties and were still physically active and in good shape and but weren’t part of a training program or working with a personal trainer. The people that had the highest amount of muscle mass were ironically also the ones that reported the highest LDL levels, leading researchers to come to the conclusion that you actually need a certain level of LDL in your system in order to produce muscle mass.
This of course does not mean that you can ignore what you are eating and not have to worry about your cholesterol at all, it just means that staying involved in physical activity throughout your life can reap some major health benefits.

Diet Plans and Health, Spinach in the Dark
The spinach on the back of the shelf at the store might not be the healthiest in comparison to the bags up front according to a recent study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. In an experiment led by the USDA, scientists discovered an increase in vitamins in spinach that was exposed to twenty-four hours of fluorescent light like those found in the grocery.

Apparently the light kicks on photosynthesis and the leaves generate vitamins that include B9, C and K. Unfortunately, just like in the store, the flat spinach leaves that were exposed degraded in appearance and were left wilted after three days. However, the study also showed that in these conditions, crinkled leaves were more resistant to wilting.

As applied to grocery stores, there’s very little science to the matter, as it is not a controlled environment. Shoppers would have no idea when the product arrived or how long it was exposed to fluorescent lighting. It does show that there is an improved chance to gain more nutrition from spinach leaves on the front of the shelf.

Diet Plans and Realistic Expectations for Supplements
When you are looking for diet plans that can really work then consider not only using supplements but actually eating healthy. The word supplement suggests that you are adding to something that you are already do as in, eating healthy foods. To supplement your already healthy diet with diet plans is ok, but relying on them for your complete nourishment makes no sense. Vitamins are also used as supplements, but not replacements to the nourishment that you should get from a well balanced diet.
Many diet plans will notify you that they are only to be used as a supplement to an already balanced diet and a lifestyle that includes exercise. While some diet plans do have the effect of a magic potion, there is in fact, not actual magic involved. Quick weight loss is not healthy weight loss. When investigating diet plans, consider your commitment to both a balanced diet and a routine of exercise while supplementing with your diet plans supplements.
Quick weight loss can in most cases, mean rapid weight regain. Keep this in mind when you are setting your weight loss goals. If you expect to lose 20 pounds in one week then you are greatly miscalculating what is reasonable. A more realistic goal would be three months.

Diet Plans and Swimming For Health
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise that you can be involved in to go along with your diet plans, and is as enjoyable by yourself as with a group of people. People choose to swim for many reasons: to get into better shape, to stay in shape, to help rehabilitate and injury, and most of all, because it’s fun.
You don’t have to have a large amount of skill, or even a large group of people to participate in this sport. Many gyms now have a pool on site, which can make it very convenient to work out any time that you want. Swimming is also becoming more and more prescribed as part of rehabilitation for many injuries. Sports physicians and physical therapists agree that the low-impact part of swimming makes it ideal to help build up muscles and improve mobility and flexibility after surgery or other debilitating injuries have occurred.
It is also a great way to keep up your exercise routine when pregnant and following one of the pregnancy diet plans. Doctors agree that light exercise is extremely beneficial to not only the mom’s health, but can help contribute to a healthier baby as well, when partnered with a healthy diet. Pregnant women should be careful where they choose to swim; chlorine levels show be no higher than 5 parts per million, and when swimming in an indoor pool, make sure the water temperature isn’t higher than ninety degrees. It should also be a well vented area; if you can smell the chlorine when you walk into the pool area, you may want to find somewhere else to swim. This is usually a sign of a problem.

Diet Plans for Health, the Acai Berry versus the Blueberry
There is a lot of controversy about a little berry known as the Acai Berry. Claims that have been made for this innocent little berry say that it can make you feel younger, make you feel re-energized and can even make you lose weight faster.
Acai Berry Diet Plans
The simple fact is that anything with so much controversy simply is not the magic elixir that we have all been looking for. However, that being said, adding the acai berry to your diet plans does have some benefits.
Diet Plans Including Acai Berry
The acai berry, like the blueberry contains a lot of antioxidants and health industry professionals have been pushing for diets to contain more antioxidants for some time now. Acai berries also are rich in B vitamins, so adding the acai berry as well as other berries like the blueberry do have a positive and healthy benefit.
Healthy Antioxidants and Acai Berries
You may feel re-energized, more youthful and start losing weight, but it may just be because you are more concerned with a more healthy diet plan than you have been in the past.
Always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet plans or exercise routine.

Diet Plans for High Blood Pressure
Is there a connection made with diet plans high blood pressure?

Any information contained within is not given as medical advice but a general discussion of a medical topic. The author, in no way implies that he or she is qualified to give medical advice. With that said, eating poorly is bad news for those with high blood pressure or those wanting to avoid it. Improvements to diet plans are necessary for many different health issues. Diet plans that follow a low fat food intake are generally suggested by doctors to prevent or reduce hypertension.
Hypertension can occur for many different factors; those might include one or many of the factors. Genetics, disease, obesity and poor diet plans with a lack of exercise can be factors that contribute to high blood pressure. There are a number of diet plans, many that include exercise, that can be used to help reduce these factors.
Diet plans that have a high amount of sodium are not good for those with hypertension. Sodium, in large amounts can cause the blood vessels that regulate blood pressure and flow to strain. This can be one of the most serious issues in a high sodium diet. Cutting out sodium completely can cause other problems. That is why the RDA recommends 2,400 mg intake as a daily max.

Diet Plans for the Kinect and Wii Fit Workout
If you have been using your Wii Fit or your Xbox 360 Kinect for exercising then you may be at the point where you want to modify your diet plans to get the most out of this kind of workout. Most of the exercise routines for these games include a high cardio routine. So you will need to make sure to have a large amount of water added to your diet plans.
If you are trying to be heart healthy it is also a good idea to add fish oils that are high in omega fatty acids. One thing that these games doesn’t check is your cholesterol. It is important to speak with a physician to determine where your levels are and if you are OK to work out with these games.
Your physician might suggest that you add a vitamin supplement to your diet plans to maintain a healthy amount of the good and bad cholesterol. Salads are good to add to diet plans for those that are trying to lose weight. The body will take the nutrients from lettuce and dispose of a good portion of it. Which is a good way to stay full and keep weight down.

Diet Plans for Weight Loss, Reducing Stomach Fat in Aging
It is common for middle aged people to experience an increase in the waist line and a desire to find diet plans for weight loss. Although it is always possible to lose weight and tone muscles it gets harder as one ages. People who are exercise intensive in post college years are more likely to be thin as they age.
A study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association show that a small amount of weekly exercise will decrease the likelihood of weight gain as one’s age increases. In order for this to be effective the exercise should last more than 2 hours a week and should be considered vigorous.
Common exercises include running, power walking, an intense game of basketball, or even a dance or aerobics class. Participants who exercised saw a generally smaller waistline than those who did not exercise. While only exercising may not keep the weight off, when paired with a healthy diet it will be very effective.

Diet Plans Overkill – Are You Being Bombarded to Lose Weight?
If you have gone through any store recently and felt like you had gained weight, it might actually be an optical illusion. Not an illusion with your own physical appearance, but an illusion created by stores to make you feel that way. A lot of stores have started carrying weight loss products in the front of the store and on end caps. No matter what aisle you go down, it could be fore cereal, beer or toiletries, you may first be greeted by a product telling you how easy it is to use their diet plan and lose weight.
Most people are already aware that the best diet plan is eating healthy foods and exercise, but you can’t really blame anyone for wanting an easier way. A diet plan that is too easy though can be very dangerous. That may be the case for some of the products that are being pushed by your stores. Any diet plan product can be abused and there are usually very few warnings about that on the packaging.
For instance, were you aware that combining B12 and large amounts of vitamin C can actually cause your kidneys to fail? There are some products on the market that come very close to this danger level in their single servings of their products. When you are considering a quick and easy diet plan then you may just want to stick with the old reliable and stay safe.

Diet Plans that Alleviate Symptoms of Depression
Depression is a serious medical condition that can be caused for a number of different reasons. If you are suffering from depression, please consult with a doctor before trying to self-medicate or self treat your condition. A poor diet can be both a contributor and a cause of depression. If the body is not receiving proper nutrition, it can take a toll on overall physical and mental health. That’s why there are a number of diet plans that are circulating that are promoting both the health of the body and the mind.
Diet Plans for Depression
Exercise has often been recommended in elevating mood. When tied in to diet plans that contain supplemental vitamin use like Vitamin B6 and B12, the brain is put in a stronger position to moderate mood. Walking is also a very good method to elevate mood because of the left, right motion of the exercise. When your body is moving, your brain will produce mood elevating chemicals. Brain chemistry and regulating the lack of or over production of chemicals with medicines is still in its infancy. Medical doctors and psychiatrists have a very strong grasp on the fundamentals of brain chemistry and depression, however a few mysteries still remain.
Symptoms of Depression
Some feelings of depression or malaise can also be caused by vitamin deficiencies. If levels of Vitamin D drop too low, you could suffer from Rickets. This often happens to those that do not receive at least 5 minutes of sun per day. Taking a Vitamin D supplement on your own could lead to some serious problems if mixed with other vitamins. It is important to talk to your doctor about your vitamin supplements in your diet plans.
Diet Plan Supplements
An extreme deficiency in Vitamin D can make you feel like you are depressed. Some of the similar symptoms of this deficiency and symptoms of depression are an overall aching in the body. Without this vital vitamin in your diet plans, your muscles might not function properly and could just be working at around 30% of their intended potential. Those that suffer from this may have symptoms of depression because they are not in the sun enough and may exhibit symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

Diet plans that Don’t Taste Like Cardboard
You can almost never go wrong by adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet plans. While some of the healthiest vegetables tend to taste bland, like lettuce or sprouts, there’s always a dressing a little ways away that can make it taste better. You could go with the convenience of a pre-made salad dressing, but if you want to make something that fits your particular taste, you could always make your own.
Salad dressing can be fairly easy to make, essentially all you need is an olive oil. Don’t use an extra virgin oil, use olive oil, as the consistency is different and it holds better with vinegar. The main components of the salad dressing, olive oil and vinegar are easy enough to make, but the nice thing about making your own is that you can add whatever spices and flavors to it that you wish. A really good and easy salad dressing that fits into most diet plans is a Vidalia onion salad dressing. You simply take 2 parts olive oil, 1 part vinegar and 1 diced Vidalia onion. You mix it all in a food processor and there you have it.
This salad dressing has the sweetness and rich flavor of the Vidalia and gives a zing to those bland vegetables that are so important to include in diet plans.

Diet Plans that Include Alcohol
Most doctors will say to leave most alcohol out of your diet plans. However, some doctors are also stating that those that drink are more likely to exercise. Alcohol on the most part is made with a lot of sugars and can cause both bloating and depression.
Diet plans that include a glass of red wine per night are being allowed by doctors. It has not been suggested to drink right before exercise or directly. Beer is even being accepted as part of diet plans in which the participant uses consumes the beer for the calorie content to get the metabolism started.
These diet plans are being accepted very easily by a number of people because of the inclusion of alcohol in the diet plans. Some were skeptical at first, but the results appear to be that those that drink more will be more likely to exercise. This has been attributed, by some, to be caused by the relaxation of muscles, thus making it much easier to exercise.
Always check with a doctor before ever beginning any of the new diet plans. There may be some side effects or interactions with the medicine that you are currently taking.

Diet Plans Track Your Weight
Now that the New Year has rolled in many of us have decided that this is the year we are going to lose those unwanted pounds. What better way to track your weight than using the WeightBots phone app? Maybe you are even trying to gain weight but regardless or your fitness goals this app will allow you to set your diet plans weight goal.
It records your intervals per day, you can check out your BMI and graphs are created to track and see your progress. It also has a password that is built in to that no one is able to see your own personal business. You can use it even if you are not dieting to simply track your weight for fun.
This phone app comes in many different languages, the information is backed up and stored on your phone so it will never get lost’and you can see your progress daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Although these features have not been included yet, soon you will be able to import your information into different formats and view data summaries such as averages. If you have new fitness goals and are looking for a cool way to track your weight, then this application is perfect for you!

Diet Plans, Acai Berry Weight Loss Supplements
A large variety of people across the United States are currently supplementing their diet with a small fruit found in the Amazon Rainforest in South America. The acai berry, that was not well known ten years ago, is now all the rage in the health food and nutrition industries. It made its appearance in the U.S. early in the twenty first century and is now commonly used.
It is the pulp of the purplish berry that is said to have very high nutritional value. It is rich in essential antioxidants that are known to provide many health benefits. Some of the health benefits that have been found include a feeling of increased energy, a boost in one’s metabolism and a stronger immune system. Some nutrients that are found in red grapes and red wine are also found in this fruit which, like red wine, is said to improve heart health
If you are considering using any of these supplements then use caution. There are many scams online and even at the local grocery store there are products that claim to contain acai but not in any amount that would help you. There is not a magical fruit that will make you lose weight overnight, so keep your expectations realistic and try to find pure and organic acai.

Diet Plans, The Special K Challenge?
Special K has a website that is dedicated to helping people lose weight. Sure, it helps them sell cereal, protein shakes and Protein Meal bars but their diet plan is simple to follow and shows results., With the Special K Challengeâ„¢ you replace 2 of your regular meals with a Protein Shake, a Special K Cereal or a Protein Meal Bar. You get two snacks which can select from their snack line of food products and then you get one meal of your choice.
If you have been shopping around for a diet plan that is sensible and won’t shock your system too much, this seems to be a good one. Special K has also covered the bases with a good support system which includes support via email and a planning system on their website. There’s even 4 types of plans and one of them caters to chocolate lovers.
This is a diet plan that costs for the food you purchase, but other than that it is completely free. Check out the Special K Challenge at and design your diet plan today.

Diet Soda May Lead to Heart Problems
For many people starting a diet, the first place they turn to is switching from soda to diet soda. The common though is that diet sodas have less sugar as well as fewer calories. However, new studies show that diet soda may in fact lead to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.
Researchers studied over two thousand different participants for nine years. Half of these participants switched to diet drinks, and half of which deleted soda from their diets all together. Results showed that those who drank diet soda on a daily basis were over sixty percent more likely to have heart problems. These problems included stroke and heart attack.
As with most scientific studies, it takes more than one set of results to make a hypothesis conclusive. The researchers involved in this study are not ready to tell consumers to stop drinking diet soda, but hope it will lead to future studies.

Diets for Dummies Spells out Diet Plans
People find weight loss a challenging feat to overcome, especially if they are doing it by themselves. Diets for Dummies is a great source of information when it comes to learning about the right way to diet. It goes over many different kinds of diets and which ones are successful and which ones are less than successful.
Dieting can be overwhelming especially with the immense flow of information on the internet as well as on television. Just like other instructional books in the brand, Diets for Dummies provides a simple way to look at weight loss options.
Diets for Dummies breaks down the different diets so that one knows what to expect and can decide whether or not the diet will work for them. It also looks at the different supplements and fat burning pills and whether they work or have had less than stellar reviews. It is a great resource for anyone looking to diet, but lacking a knowledgeable personal nutritionist or trainer.

Diets to Go, Simple, Healthy Weight Loss Diet Plan
Many people who wish to being a diet and weight loss program do not have a lot of time on their hands. The culture today is packed to the brim with activities and demands that face everyone. It is tough to find a diet that is easy enough to stick to and carry out.
Diets to go is a simple way to keep up with a healthy eating plan. It provides the dieter with a set of meals, precooked and guaranteed to be healthy. The meals can be delivered to one’s home or depending on the area dieters have the choice of picking the meals up.
This is a great option as the diet to go chefs creates never frozen fresh meals for pickup. The delivery option allows even the busiest of people to stick to a healthy weight loss plan. The meals are created fresh and then immediately frozen and shipped with dry ice to any location across the US.

Different Ways to Add the Acai Berry to a Healthy Diet Plan
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.

DIY Gene Testing Kits Under FDA Scanner
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come down upon companies making personal gene testing kits sold directly to consumers. In a letter to five companies, FDA contended that these kits are medical devices that need to be ratified by regulators before they can be sold.
Knome Inc., deCODE Genetics, 23andMe, Navigenics and Illumina Inc. are currently marketing products or equipment in this category. Basically, the products use DNA samples to predict inheritable diseases. The FDA will hear the claims of the companies on benefits of the devices before deciding on their suitability for use.
Pathway Genomics last month announced that it would sell its DNA testing products through Walgreens, the largest drugstore in the country. Even as Walgreens later backed out, the FDA has been closely following the developments. Many lawmakers have questioned the reliability of these tests and have asked the companies to furnish evidence.
Illumina, 23andMe and deCODE Genetics sell tests that inform users their chances of developing diseases or reaction to drugs. None of the products have sought approval, FDA said. Other two companies-Knome and Navigenics-develop equipment and software that are used to screen DNA samples. FDA regulations require these technologies to be approved as medical devices as well. However, the regulator’s letter doesn’t require the products to be withdrawn from market till they are approved.
Many doctors and public health officials are perturbed over the flood of do-it-yourself genetic kits swarming the market. Reliability of the tests is highly questionable as the link between DNA variations and certain diseases is yet to be fully understood, they said.

Doctor Approval for hCG Weight Loss Diet Plans
If you run across a website, article or any other supposed source of medical information on the internet that claims a doctor has approved hCG for weight loss, you may want to ignore it. Recently, acai websites that appeared to look like news sites were shutdown because they were actually scams. Any doctor that you should listen to about weight loss, even using hCG for weight loss is your actual personal physician. Do not go on the advice that you find on the internet regarding hCG as it may prove harmful and even fatal. Most doctor’s don’t have time to actually give an endorsement nor do they have a television forum like Dr. Oz, so they certainly would not in good conscience claim that a weight loss drug or diet plan that involved something that could hurt you, is good for you.

Doctors Think Tanning for Minors should be Illegal
Many people will testify that the culture in the United States and around the world has become increasingly self-indulged. Women and men of all ages are becoming obsessed with their self-image and conforming to the cultural standards. One of these standards is being tan all year round.
This can be seen in the millions of tanning and beauty salons that are opened every year. Currently tanning is restricted to those over eighteen unless parental permission is given. Doctors across the country are cringing at the thought of minors hopping in a tanning booth.
For years a Chicago dermatologist has warned about the negative effects of U.V. Rays but the need to conform to cultural standards have surpassed the medical warnings. Now doctors are making moves to make indoor tanning completely illegal for minors, with or without parental consent. The tanning industry is vehemently against this push for legislation, stating that parents should be in charge of making that decision, not the government.
More information pertaining to the topic of dermatology may be found on this website of a dermatologist in Chicago.

Does the Acai Berry Have Weight Loss Properties?
Since the acai berry has become better known across the United States and the world, a lot of recognition has been given to the weight loss properties it has. Many people are incorporating the berry as part of weight loss and diet plans because of the claims it will increase the amount of weight that is lost. These claims are supported by the high antioxidant and nutrient count that the berry possesses.
However, in most cases the acai berry, although a healthy supplement does not have any extraordinary weight loss properties. The berry does indeed provide many health benefits, including increased metabolism. Although this benefit will aid in weight loss, it will not aid any more than any other foods that are rich in antioxidants.
The berry is best used as a weight loss tool when it is combined with a healthy diet plan as well as a substantial amount of exercise. Any fruit with antioxidants is good at promoting a healthy body.

Does Your Diet Plan Have Acai Juice?
The acai berry is not the best tasting berry in the world. It kind of tastes like a bitter medicine with a chocolaty flavor when you eat it all buy itself which is probably why the acai berry remained a nearly unused berry for so long. So add a little science, some juicing know-how and now we have a super-fruit full of antioxidants screaming off the charts. That’s good right?
Diet Plans
The acai berry and products from pills to juices are showing up in health food stores, the organic section of your grocery store and even at your doorstep if you are ordering products like Mona Vie. Is this the nectar of the gods, the mystical fountain of youth or a magical potion? No, it’s a berry with a lot of vitamins and a lot of claims of super powers from curing cancer to rapid weight loss.
Acai Berry Supplements
Recently, this berry is showing up everywhere and there may be some confusion as to why. Until the scientific verdict is out; you don’t have to believe in any of the hype or anything that is not scientifically proven, so what you can count on is that adding this berry to your diet does add some additional vitamins, antioxidants and amino acids. That’s good stuff. Always remember to check with your doctor when you are making any changes to your diet or excercise program.
Acai Berry Diet Plans

Dog Food Contaminated with Salmonella Bacteria May Lead To Health Problems

It is not new to us that a variety of dog and cat food contains salmonella bacteria. In the past, dry pet food has been recalled frequently because of food poisoning directly linked to salmonella bacteria found in the pet food.
A new study directed by Dr. Caset Barton Behravesh from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that when people come in contact with their pets and places where they reside, such as their food dish, their bed, playing ground, they put themselves at risk for infection. The study highlights the fact that approximately 23,000 tons of dry dog and cat food were immediately recalled between 2006 and 2008. And more than 100 different dry pet food companies and manufacturer attributed to those recalls.
The study also found that the risk of people coming in contact with salmonella bacteria is 4 times higher when pet food is kept inside the house or in kitchen. Salmonella bacteria has the ability to survive several weeks in a dry environment and several months in water, and it can rapidly spread from the food and can build up specially when pet bowls are not cleaned.
This is the first study to recognize the dangers pet food recalls have on humans as well. The study also follows on the heels of another pet food recall that occurred just last week. The study has been published in the journal Pediatrics.
The study suggested the idea of washing your hands after you fed your pets or once you get in contact with any pet in general. In the past years, there are lots of health incidents related to salmonella bacteria, mostly with children, the elderly, as well as people with weak immune systems. The study has been published in the journal Pediatrics.

Don’t be Fooled by Fake Weight Loss Crash Diet Plans
Don’t be Fooled by Fake Weight Loss Crash Diet Plans
If a diet sounds too good to be true, then it most likely is. Recently, thousands were duped into eating only hot dogs in a fad diet. The British Heart Foundation had to make an announcement to quell the growing trend of people wanting to lose weight fast based on a diet of eating cabbage, carrots and two hot dogs for dinner.
Crash Diets
Crash diets or rapid weight loss diets will make it appear that you are losing weight, but what is most likely going on is a reduction in water weight and muscle mass. Garbage in, garbage out is a good rule of thumb when considering a new diet. That doesn’t just mean the food either. If the diet sounds like a bunch of garbage, then at least check with your doctor first to examine the validity of the weight loss diet plan.
Diet Plan
There are more horrible ideas out there than good ones when it comes to dieting and it doesn’t just take common sense to weed out the good ones. It takes cooperation with you and your doctor to find the best diet plan. Think of it this way, you could end up spending thousands of dollars in unnecessary food products, supplements and the like when all you had to do was spend $35-$75 for a doctor’s appointment to discuss a healthy regimen. Sure, they’ll tell you to quit smoking, stop eating crap, drink water and exercise more, but at least you’ll know that the advice is backed by years of medical training.

Done With Baby Food? Fewer Calories May Have You Reconsider
Fewer Calories
A study published in February in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that including puréed vegetables in your diet can help you lose weight. Thankfully, it does not mean you’ll be eating mushy, mashed carrots as a side dish. Rather, you add the puréed vegetables to your regular dishes, like casseroles and macaroni and cheese.

The Penn State study involved 20 men and 21 women. The subjects were fed casseroles with varying amounts of puréed vegetables in them. Adding the puréed vegetables increased the thickness of the dish and resulted in fewer calories for each serving.
Amount of Calories in Each Serving
The participants were fed the casseroles during different visits and ate about the same amounts each time. They reported no differences in flavor. But there was one big difference – the amount of calories in each serving. The casserole servings made with the puréed vegetables contained 200 to 350 fewer calories. Despite fewer calories, the participants’ ratings of hunger and fullness did not differ.
Best Option
The best option is for people to purée their own vegetables and incorporate them into their own recipes. If you don’t feel you are creative enough to incorporate puréed vegetables into your dishes, Jennifer Seinfeld and Missy Chase Lapine have cookbooks just for that.
But researcher Dr. Barbara Rolls emphasizes that just because you have puréed vegetables in your dishes, doesn’t mean you should leave out the whole vegetables. That is especially important if you have children, as they need to develop a taste for vegetables.

Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone
With all these new diets and weight loss tips popping up everywhere, people have a tendency to try them instead of going with proven methods. One of these great ways that has been proven time and time again to lose weight is Dotti’s Weight Loss Zone. This is a program like no other around, and instead of focusing strictly on diet, it emphasizes weight loss as a whole, including exercise, diet, and your general lifestyle. Dotti herself created this site to help others reach their goals like she was able to reach hers. In addition to lots of positive reinforcement, there are also plenty of tips and guides for how to eat out at different restaurants, food lists, menus, cookbooks and more. This site holds true to the saying, If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!”

Doubling Up on Diet Plans can be Dangerous!
Diet plans that aren’t easy just don’t get the attention that they should be getting. More people are starting rev up and get into dieting and exercise, but statistics are showing that the easier the diet plans are then the more users it will get. This of course, makes a lot of sense. No one wants to complicate a process if there is a much simpler way to do it. Other statistics are showing a disturbing trend. Many people are combing diet plans that are easy with the thinking that if you do two easy diet plans, you will get double the effect.
This is not true. Diet plans, on the most part are in no way designed to be used with other diet plans. That is, if you are using a supplement that is provided by one plan and using the same one from the other plan, you are not doubling the weight you can lose, but you are doubling the risk for a negative health affect.
It is important that when you are following diet plans, that you read the instructions and follow them closely. Do not double up on the doses with the thinking that you are doubling your efforts. This is dangerous and all in all not sound logically.

Dr Oz Diet After the Initial Weight Loss
There are so many different dieting fads out in the health food market that it is hard to find one that actually works. When looking to find a successful diet plan that is not a fad, it is important to look for dieting plans that are backed by doctors. For example the Dr. Oz diet plan, is backed by two doctors who have had a lot of experience in health and nutrition.
Many diets similar to the Dr. Oz diet plan present the readers and followers with ways to change their outlook on dieting, not just their food intake. This allows people to make life changes that will ultimately help maintain their weight loss.
Many of the fad diets are focused on losing weight at a fast pace. However, they are not focused on what happens after that initial weight is lost. It is important to have a plan that follows through and addresses maintaining the new weight.

Dr. Oz Diet and Weight Loss
Dr.Oz Diet
One of the most recognizable names in medicine has written several dieting and weight loss books, and has recently launched his own daytime talk show highlighting the medical topics everyone wants answers to. Dr. Mehment Oz dieting books have been on the top ten list for months on end, and due to the popularity of them he has written follow ups.
Diet Books
One of the main reason they are so popular is because they are easy to follow and understand, and they work. Instead of simply saying do this, not that”, these books tell you the why and how, which many people like. For instance, instead of going from eating very unhealthily to only eating the good stuff, Dr. Oz has you focus on gradually cutting back, and eliminating certain types of foods or ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and white starches like potatoes and white rice.
Dr. Oz offers replacements for these foods, like brown rice and mashed cauliflower, to help you fill a void while still getting the nutrition needed to achieve healthy weight loss.

Dr. Oz Diet Plan, Snack, Walk and Lose Weight
Dr. Oz makes sense, practices what he advises and looks to be very healthy and physically fit.
Diet Plan
That’s why so many people feel comfortable listening to the good doctor and in the Dr. Oz One Day Diet, he has some terrific info for you to boost your metabolism and start working your core in your goal to lose weight. Dr. Oz suggests keeping your stomach full.
South Beach Diet Bars
Getting overly hungry invokes that response to dive into the carbs. This in turn starts a roller coaster of insulin that spikes and then dips leaving you hungry again. Dr. Oz is all for snacking twice a day with a high protein food. There’s several in the grocery stores under 150 calories, like granola bars, South Beach Diet bars and even cheese sticks. Drinking water with every meal will also increase your fat burner efforts.
No-Weight Workout
Try to get in a twenty minute walk about three times a day. Dr. Oz suggests holding in your stomach, walking with erect posture and keeping a brisk pace. Eventually, your dieting and walking will pay off and you’ll start feeling confident enough to move to other exercises. Dr. Oz suggests The No-Weight Workout.
Read more about How the One Day Diet Works – Good Housekeeping

Dr. Oz Weight Loss Diet Plan
There are many different dieting and weight loss plans floating around bookstores and the internet. Finding a diet that works the best can be a challenge. Dr. Mehmet Oz, is a cardiothoracic surgeon and the host of a talk show focusing on medicine and personal health. Along with another doctor, he wrote a book on how to diet and maintain the weight loss. The Dr. Oz diet focuses on slowly cutting back calories, rather than jumping into a diet where the calorie intake is almost cut in half. The book, written along with Dr. Michael Roizen, helps dieters by explaining how the body stores fat, and what activities and eating methods lead to weight gain. The beginning of the Dr. Oz diet focuses on cleaning out the items in the pantry and fridge that lead to weight gain. These items include white starches, sugar, high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil.

Dr. Stephen Brown- Awarded With The Distinguished Alumni Award of Merit
As an alumnus of the Post Graduate Division of The University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious School of Dental Medicine, Philadelphia dentist, Dr. I. Stephen Brown has already made a name for himself through his outstanding patient care and his academic contributions. However, his excellence was further recognized recently when he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award of Merit by the School of Dental Medicine.
Granted in recognition of Dr. Brown’s years of service to the school’s Department of Graduate Periodontics, the award also serves as further acknowledgement of his contributions to dentistry professionally, clinically, academically and through dental organizations. A full professor of Periodontics for more than twenty years, Dr. Brown remarked in his acceptance speech that teaching is part of my genetic makeup. I couldn’t imagine my professional life without it.”
Attending the School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Brown earned specialty degrees in both periodontics and Adult Orthodontics. Having lectured widely and contributed publications to the dental literature, Dr. Brown’s commitment to public health and education continues to expand. He was also recently appointed Clinical Professor of Periodontology and Dental Implantology in the Graduate Division of his alma mater, Temple University’s School of Dentistry.
Dr. Brown also maintains a successful private practice, The Perio Group, in Philadelphia. He has frequently been acknowledged as one of the leaders in Dental Implants in Philadelphia. He and his staff are dedicated to providing all patients with life long dental health and beautiful smiles, merging expertise and state-of-the-art technology to serve every patient’s needs. Commonly performing such procedures as dental implants, he has been a Philadelphia pioneer in Laser Periodontal Therapy.
Dr. Brown invites wishing to improve his or her smile to come and visit with him today. He is confident that he can give all of his patients the gorgeous grin they’ve always wanted.
Dr. I. Stephen Brown is just one of many distinguished dentists featured with Top3Dentists. Currently recognizing outstanding dentists across the US, Top3Dentists is an online community connecting patients with outstanding dentists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and nationwide. Top3Dentists is an invaluable resource for individuals looking for information regarding leaders in all phases of Dentistry.

Ease into Weight Loss Diet Plans
For millions of American’s it is a real challenge to find a diet that works and actually helps them to significant weight loss. Many dieters will either not stick to the plan they had set, or will be working with a plan that does not incorporate the right mixture of diet and exercise. In a nation that has become increasingly self-concious as well as self-obsessed weight loss is on the forefront of many people’s minds.
The people who find themself successfully losing weight and making real progress are those who have committed their minds and bodies to the goal. It takes a vigilant exercise program paired with a healthy diet to see real results. For many people working on a diet plan alone is often not enough. There are a wide variety of diet and nutrition books and websites that offer information on finding a weight loss program that will work the best for each individual.
Easing into a diet plan is more likely to produce the good eating habits that you will need for the rest of your life. A good start, and easy to follow diet plan, is the Special K Challenge. This is a nutritious solution to dieting and keeping to the diet on average will keep you around 1000 calories a day. The diet plan allows for more as you can eat whatever you want for 1 meal of the day and snack on fruits and vegetables. The key part of the challenge is replacing 2 meals with high fiber cereals, snacks protein bars or shakes. The Special K Challenge is considerably cheaper than most diet plans and on average people lose about 4-6 pounds in 2-3 weeks.
This is is a slow and steady approach to weight loss but most importantly it gets you thinking about your intake calories per day. This is an important habit to learn and can keep you from eating high calorie meals that are not very filling. They also offer good support and friendly email reminders as well as a tracking system for the progress of your diet.

EAT SLEEP WORKOUT, Repeat – Personal Trainers for Weight Loss
Weight loss is hard. Working out, that’s hard too. Luckily there’s a group of people out there that make their living by motivating others to get up, workout and eat right. Is the personal trainer for you or should you go it alone in your weight loss efforts? This may just be a mathematical question for some. How much have you spent on gyms that you never went to or weight loss diet plans that you never really got around to?
Don’t worry, no one is judging, but if the answer is more than a few hundred dollars then it might behoove you to hire a personal trainer. Personal trainers are fantastic at motivating, it’s like having your own personal Coach, pushing you on to beat the odds, to out out your best effort and to lose weight. Selecting a personal trainer is just like choosing anything else, they have to click with your personality. If you need someone that will bark orders at you, then those personal trainers exist. If you need someone to to gently remind you to do that last push up then you can find them too.
What you won’t find with a trainer is a pushover and that’s really all you need. You need a wall of exercise a voice of reason that convinces you to do that sit up or try a carrot instead of a bagel. Your personal trainer should be a good match, you might have to try one or two to find the best fit. A certified trainer is what you are looking for, but you also want someone that you respect and will listen to. Remember, while a trainer knows a lot about exercise and nutrition, most are not medical doctors. If you are starting any new physical activity or changing your diet extremely then you may want to consult with a physician.

Eat Your Age for Weight Loss
Eat Your Age for Weight Loss
Is there a magic bullet to stave off old age? Why is it that some people seem to age effortlessly, while others seem like they are two feet from the grave? Barring disease and illness, what could make the difference? Eating the right foods might hold the key to an old age full of health and vitality.
As you age, your body slows down. It is no longer growing – except maybe around – and more than likely, you have become somewhat sedentary. Maybe, since you are only cooking for two, or maybe just yourself, you don’t have the same healthy meals that you used to. A few cookies and a glass of milk may suffice for supper.
These types of behaviors are what will lead to the maladies of old age – heart attacks, Type II diabetes, or strokes – along with genetics and inactivity.
There are things you can do to fight against Father Time. Eating the right foods is one important piece of ammunition in the fight. A diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, along with legumes and whole grains – foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients – are great for staving off free radicals that damage the function of cells.
Foods to include in your diet are nuts, fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy items, whole grains, and legumes. Eating a diet rich in these foods and including even moderate exercise or stretching will do wonders in keeping you active.
While there are no miracle foods, eating a healthy, balanced diet can certainly reduce time’s toll on your body.

Eating Small Meal of Junk Food is not a Weight Loss Plan
Eating Small Meal of Junk Food is not a Weight Loss Plan
Many people will find themselves snacking a lot during the day; this can actually be beneficial to weight loss. Many experts have found that when people only eat three large meals they tend to overeat. This causes the metabolism to not be able to compensate for the amount of food digested, leaving much of it to be soaked into the fat.
If one eats more frequently and in smaller amounts it is more likely that the metabolism will quickly digest the food. This leaves less food toxins to be soaked into the blood stream and fat tissues. While it is good to snack it is important to be careful about what one is snacking on.
Eating small frequent meals of junk food will not help in losing weight as well as inches. Snacks should be part of a balanced daily meal plan, wheat bread, fruit and vegetables are good options for snacks. Many products now come in 100 calorie packs which are another great option for snacking while counting calories.

Ecstasy Helps Treat Traumatized Soldiers

Ecstasy, originally called MDMA or 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine, get in “the scene” way back late 1970s/early 1980s. In 1990s the ecstasy was very popular among high school and college students. As of now, the United States Armed Forces facilitated a research on hallucinogenic drug for possible therapy-release for post traumatic stress disorder.
Ecstasy is composed of methamphetamine or amphetamine and hallucinogen (usually mescaline). The name came from the feeling of euphoria that most users report feeling ingesting the drug. Some people feel a relationship and closeness with others while using ecstasy. These effects may help the traumatized soldiers during therapy and begin the healing process. However, side effects such as memory loss and pain are still a big factor.
During the research and experimentation phase, researches gathered 20 patients with PTSD and exposed twelve of the patients to ecstasy and the rest with placebo pills. The soldiers then proceeds to their regular therapy treatments. After only two months patients shows amazing results, they were beginning to show positive signs of change but what surprised researches was the change was occurring in the ecstasy patients. A surprising 83% of traumatized patients that had received ecstasy showed huge improvement while only 25% with placebos had improved conditions. The research is still ongoing to reveal the long term effects of ecstasy on PTSD patients.

Emergency Contraception Morning-After EllaOne Pill

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and health specialists will approve the new form contraceptive pill that seems to work twice as effective as Plan B, the Morning After pill. The said contraceptive pill will soon hit the US markets.
Recent scientific studies shows that the new drug, called ellaOne, is longer-lasting compare to Plan B, and a single pill could prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sex. The pill’s manufacturer, HRA Pharma (small French drug maker), claims that ellaOne works by delaying ovulation or by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting itself in the uterus (as anti-abortion advocates say).
EllaOne received deprecation from anti-abortion ad pro-life groups because they believe that the drug is closer to an abortion pill than emergency contraception.
The FDA noted the drug will not cause death and had no harmful side-effects during tests that were conducted by the agency.
But according to the president of Concerned Women for America, Wendy Wright, the drug testing wasn’t extensive enough to make such a resolution.
With ella, women will be enticed to buy a poorly tested abortion pill in the guise of a morning-after pill,she said.
Ms. Wright was backed up by Amy Allina, program director of the National Women’s Health Network, who said abortion issues were distractions intended to prevent medically safe contraceptive options from becoming available.”

Emergency Contraceptive as Safe as Regular Birth Control?
Millions of women across the United States and the world rely on a variety of birth control medication to prevent pregnancy. In recent years a different form of what is considered emergency contraceptive’has become increasingly popular. The Morning After Pillis a form of birth control that can be taken after a birth control method has failed, or if one was forgotten to be used.
Doctors have recommended that these pills are not used on a regular basis but instead only used occasionally. Recent studies have shown that the supposed dangers of using these regularly are not as bad as anticipated. The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology has published a report that finds the emergency contraceptive is just as safe as forms of birth control that are taken on a regular basis.
These forms include the pill, patch, nuva ring and even mirena. While researchers have found that both forms of birth control are safe to use, they do not believe they are equally effective. Studies have shown that taking regular birth control is more effective in preventing pregnancy than taking emergency contraceptives at the time of intercourse.

Endorphins and Weight Loss Diet Plans
For many people who have not exercised throughout their lives, starting an exercise program or weight loss diet plan seems daunting. However, starting to exercise no matter when in life has proven to have a number of benefits. Not only could it help with weight loss and muscle building, but it has a positive effect on one’s outlook on life.
Exercising releases endorphins which are known to produce happy thoughts and outlook. No matter what the age that exercise is started, it will benefit more than just body health. A new study was conducted on women who were 66 years of age or older, and who recently started to exercise a small amount.
It showed that these women, who did as little as walk less than a mile a day greatly decreased their risk of death through diseases. In addition the risk of heart problems of disease dropped nearly 30 percent. This shows how even the smallest amount of exercise can help improve health at any age.

Energy Drinks and Pre-Teens Don’t Mix
It has become increasingly popular for pre-teens and teenagers to drink highly caffeinated energy drinks. It has been long known that energy drinks pose threats to adults, but it is now know the danger is raised in those under 18. In a study done by the Pediatrics Journal in 2007 researched showed that over half of the caffeine overdoses were in people age 19 and under.
The consumption of such a high amount of caffeine in such a short period of time poses serious health risks to normally healthy children. Surveys have shown that up to 50 percent of those under 19 years old consume energy drinks on a regular basis. The negative effects of these drinks are also increased in those with pre-existing conditions.
Health problems such as seizures, heart palpitations, heart attacks and even death have been linked to consuming high amounts of these energy drinks. It has also been shown that children and young adults on anxiety, depression or ADD medication will see adverse effects of these drinks. The readily available nature of the drinks is only adding to the very probable negative outcomes.

Erectile Dysfunction Drug Viagra Could Fight Prostate Cancer

A new research shows that Viagra doesn’t only enhance men’s sexual performance it can also utilize to fight certain type cancer. According to researchers at the School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, the combination of the anti-impotence drug Viagra and anti-cancer drug Doxorubicin, a standard chemotherapy drug, could result in a stronger and effective treatment for prostate cancer, as well as reduced the size of tumors and protected the heart at the same time.
A team of researcher from University and VCU Massey Cancer Centre stated that the combination of the drugs reduced the size of tumors in lab mice and alleviate damage to the heart at the same time.
The researchers showed that by combining Viagra with doxorubcin, it increased the production of molecules called reactive oxygen species, which trigger death in prostate cancer cells. The combo did not damage the normal, healthy prostate cells.
However, Doxorubicin, a commonly used drug for chemotherapy in prostate cancer and many other cancers, is a proven to be effective anti-cancer drug but still has a side-effect. The drug can cause permanent damage to the heart, which is discovered many years down the line after treatment.
The complete study can was published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Excess Fat, Heart Health and Weight Loss Diet Plans
One of the contributing factors to poor heart health is an increase body mass index, or BMI. Originally the thought was that excess weight concentrated at the waist was more harmful to heart health. It has since been found that any excess weight or high BMI can lead to poor heart health.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
The study showed that any excess fat whether in the abdomen or elsewhere is a predictor of heart health problems. While waist to hip ratio is still a good way to predict one’s risk of heart disease, the regular BMI measurements have also proven successful. That being said, it is still believed that waist fat is strongly linked to problems with metabolism and types of diabetes.
Heart Health
The problem with the findings of the new study is the way that BMI and waist to hip ratio are measured. BMI is consistently measured in the same way, while the waist to hip ratio may be measured differently depending on the study.

Fad Weight Loss Diet Plans
There are many fad diets out there that seem attractive when in advertisements but do not hold any real value. It is important to choose a diet that emphasizes healthy eating, rather than a quick fix. For those who lack motivation, a good choice is a dieting plan that has a substantial online community.
Many bestselling diet books now feature websites that are free to sign up for. These websites have features such as calorie counters and meal planners. They also are outfitted with a large community of fellow dieters as well as nutritional and exercise experts. These communities are an easy way to connect with people who are going through the same struggle of trying to lose weight.
In addition to proper eating these sites emphasize that any successful diet should be used in conjunction with an exercise plan. Some of the online communities available are Weight Watchers, Jillian Michaels and Spark people.

Fake Blueberries Invade Diet Plans
In a recent examination of various foods promoted to a health conscious crowd, it has been discovered that more fake blueberries than real ones are showing up in everything from breakfast cereals and bagels to muffins and breads. More often than not when you think you are eating real blueberries that have been dried, you are actually eating a combination of hydrogenated oils, sugar, corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors.
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It’s the big name companies like Kellogg’s and Betty Crocker that are the guiltiest of using these fake berries too. It’s no surprise they have been able to get away with it; the combination of ingredients is so impressively real that it has fooled many consumers.
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In fact, some companies and products have altered their recipes to include the real thing as well as their sugary counterparts. In fact, the two berries are so similar that the only sure way to tell what you are actually eating is by carefully checking the ingredient list.

Fake Weight Loss Crash Diet Plans More Harm Than Good
Fake Weight Loss Crash Diet Plans
Remember that the Internet doesn’t always tell the truth, and you shouldn’t believe everything that you read. The Internet is a great way to pass information along to a large group of people, and unfortunately many people take advantage of this to pass on false information. One of the easiest areas to do this is with crash and fad diets.
Crash Diets
Crash diets are extremely popular for people that want to lose weight quickly and easily. What many people may not realize is that these types of diets generally only eliminate bloating and water weight rather than fat, and may attack muscle mass as well. If you find a diet that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The best way to verify this is by talking to your doctor and seeing what they say about it.
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In all honesty, there are many more bad diet plans out there than good ones, and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for everyone. The best way to find out which diet is the one that will work best for you is not only by doing research on your own. You will also need to consult with your doctor, and they may recommend a nutritionist to work with you, and maybe a personal trainer as well. The main thing to remember is you have to want to lose weight, otherwise it will never work. As much as you may like those cakes and desserts, you will have to stop eating them for awhile, and choose water rather than a sugary soda. Losing weight is not just changing your diet, it’s changing your lifestyle.

FDA Advisory Panel Rejects Lorcaserin Weight Loss Pills

Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 9-5 against recommending approval of an experimental diet drug known as lorcaserin manufactured by Arena Pharmaceuticals.
The panel of outside experts voted against the drug, and it now appears very unlikely that the FDA will approve the drug to be release in the market. The panel strategically analyzed the drug study data and they discovered that lorcaserin that did not outweigh the benefits, including cancer, tumors, and depression. The drug was proven to do more harm than to help people lose weight.
“I voted no because there’s too much uncertainty,” said Jessica Henderson, a professor at Western Oregon University who also served on the FDA committee.
As of now, there are only two prescription drugs in America approved for weight loss, and the San Diego, California-based Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc., is trying to become the third drug approved by the U.S. as a prescription weight loss treatment.
The panel that rejects lorcaserin is the same panel who recommends FDA to remove the diet drug Meridia, manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, in the market.
The FDA is not obligated to follow the advice of the panelist, but they rarely go against them.

FDA Approval of Supplements for Diet Plans
Research shows that there are hundreds of new diet plans that appear on the market every day, each one claiming to do something amazing. Readers, be wary of these. If it sounds too good to be true, chances are it is. Many of these diet plans utilize various herbal supplements, and while many of these may be beneficial, you should check with your physician before taking any of them. Some herbal supplements can interact poorly with any medications that you are on, an very few, if any, have been approved by the FDA.
If you are trying to figure out the best diet plan for you, be sure to not only investigate them thoroughly, but also get the advice of your physician, and get in contact with a nutritionist. Poor eating habits and lack of exercise won’t help you lose weight any faster.
It’s also important to make sure you are eating correctly, not just healthily, and are exercising regularly. These two things can make any diet plan work even more efficiently

FDA approves new HIV test –ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay

Last Monday, June 21, 2010, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new diagnostic test that was designed to detect both HIV antigens and antibodies, fueling hopes that this findings might be able to slow the spread of the inoperable disease.
The most currently used HIV diagnostics have detected HIV antibodies. But it takes two to eight weeks for a person newly infected with the virus to make detectable antibodies as a sign that the body is working to fight the transmitted virus.
The ARCHITECT HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay, developed by Abbott Laboratories Inc., are capable to detect the disease days earlier than traditional tests, which could help control the spread of the virus, the company said. The test has also been approved for use in pregnant women and children as young as two. According to the Centers for Disease Control, antibody-only tests miss up to 10% of new infections.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/ Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or UNAIDS stated that as of 2008 there are 33.4 million people around the world were living with HIV/AIDS and more then 60 million people have been infected with HIV since the pandemic began. In 2000, HIV- and AIDS-associated illnesses caused deaths of an estimated 3 million people, including 500,000 children under the age of 15.
Recent analysis shows that there are about 5,500 people die every day due to AIDS and AIDS caused 2 million deaths in 2008.
In the United States alone, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are approximately 18 million people are tested each year for HIV, which can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and almost 1 million Americans living with HIV.
The new HIV test will cost about the same as a regular HIV blood test and should be available by the end of the year, company spokeswoman Darcy Ross said.

FDA Gives OK to Avandia Desipte the Negative Side Effects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided its approval to pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline to allow them to continue to sell the controversial diabetes drug Avandia, despite warning signs.
The warning signs came after FDA receives a recommendation from a research panel that the Avandia should be removed from sale or either sale should be restricted to minimum volume only/. The studies have linked the drug supposedly increases the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular issues in patients.
The FDA sticks with their previous decision and did not go along with their recommendation. FDA state though that GlaxoSmithKline was wrong in for not reporting the negative side effect of potential increased risk of heart failure while on the drug.
Ellen Strahlman, GlaxoSmithKline main medical officer, stated publicly yesterday that the company will work collaboratively with the FDA to improve the lives of patients suffering from diabetes.
A new warning label has been ordered by the FDA to be placed on the drug that will highlight the now known to be more severe side effects.

FDA Needs More Time To Decide If Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe For Human Consumption

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel said they need more time to research to determine if the genetically modified salmon is safe for human consumption or not.
An analysis by the agency’s staff that was released prior to the meeting had concluded that the from Waltham, Massachusetts –based AquaBounty Technologies’AquAdvantage salmon was as safe for human consumption as conventional Atlantic salmon and posed little risk to the environment, reports the Wall Street Journal.
However upon reviewing the submitted report, the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee did not vote on the issue but instead offered a number of recommendations calling for more evidence, for instance on whether the genetically altered fish might cause allergic reactions and other health problems in consumers.
A final decision is not likely for “quite awhile,” as the FDA plans to take a public comment before making a final decision, says Gregory Jaffe, biotechnology director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
The issue generated numerous critics because of the possible danger to human’s health who might eat it, as well as to natural salmon that may have to compete with the altered fish should they escape into the wild.
The fish has been raised by integrating a growth gene from the Pacific chinook salmon and the DNA from the ocean pout. The new genetically altered fish would be able to grow and survive in summer and winter and it has a capability to grow faster and larger than the normal salmon.
If the genetically modified salmon gained the approval of the FDA, then it will become the first ever genetically modified animal that will be available in the US market for human consumption.
The Center for Food Safety said that there are at least 70 to 75% of the food products available in the market that is genetically modified.

FDA Panel Passes Controversial Morning-After Pill
An advisory panel of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has attested ellaOne, a new type of morning-after pill, as safe and effective, paving the way for its launch in the U.S. market. The FDA’s expert panel on reproductive health unanimously recommended the pill, which is effective if taken within five days of unprotected sex. The FDA may still reject the recommendation, but that would be unusual. The drug is already approved in Europe.
It is not clear how the pill works, however, its chemical composition is similar to RU-486, the abortion pill. It broadly restricts the effects of progesterone, a hormone that is responsible for ovulation. Of late, the drug has gained much attention due to the controversy surrounding its functioning. While anti-abortion activists insist that it works by stopping a fertilized egg from attaching itself in the uterus, the manufacturer claims that acts by delaying ovulation.
Dr. Jeffrey Bray, a pharmacologist at the FDA, said that ellaOne is capable of doing both. Dr. Scott Emerson of University of Washington maintained that it does more than merely delaying ovulation. On the other hand, Dr. David Archer of Eastern Virginia Medical School asserted that it was not an abortion pill.
Longer effectiveness of ellaOne, made by a small French pharmaceutical company HRA Pharma, has invited criticism from anti-abortion activists, who say that as the drug is similar to abortion pill, it should be classified as such. Currently available emergency contraceptives in the market are effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

FDA Panel Rejects Over-The-Counter Cough Syrup Restriction

The Food and Drug Administration has voted, 15 to 9, against placing the restrictions of the Controlled substance Act on cough syrups containing dextromethorphan (DXM), the active ingredient in many OTC cough medications like Robitussin DM and Tylenol Cough, even though teens are still robotripping.”
DXM is commonly found in many cough medicines such as Robitussin, Dimetapp, Vicks, and NyQuil. It is chemically associated to codeine and if taken in high doses, can cause euphoria and hallucinations. Abuse of cough medicine, nicknamed robotripping,is popular among teens as a cheap way to get high. At high doses the drug causes elevated blood pressure, heart rate and fever. Abusers can also suffer side effects from other ingredients mixed in cough medicines, such as acetaminophen, which can cause liver damage and sometimes, death.
“Because of the drug’s perceived safety, ease of availability, and desired psychoactive effects, it is sought after by those seeking to alter their mental state,” states the FDA review.
The inappropriate use of the syrups with DXM led to 8,000 emergencies room visits in 2008, an increase of 70% over four years.
“There’s this belief in kids’ minds that this is completely safe, but as we know, when you abuse any product at this kind of volume, you’re opening yourself up to risk,” Steve Pasierb, Partnership for a Drug Free America, said in a statement.

FDA Rejects Contrave Weight Loss Diet Drug
The FDA rejected Contrave, a medication that has shown to show promising signs of weight loss. The manufacturer of the the weight loss drug was told that they need to perform more clinical testing. Contrave, produced by Orexigen showed favorably initial response from the FDA, however the company was denied approval.
Orexigen saw some major losses in the stock value yesterday as Orexigen shares plummeted 73%. The FDA has not approved a weight loss drug in nealry ten years. The reason given by the FDA was that Orexigen failed to include key segments of the elderly and heart disease sufferers in their trials.
The FDA has had some previously poor experiences with weight loss drugs in the nineties and has since improved their standards for approval of such medicines.

FDA Warns Against Fake Generic Tamiflu’
In a recent development, Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers against the use of a fake Tamiflu drug available on Internet as generic’Tamiflu. FDA confirmed that it has not approved a generic version of Tamiflu, thus the drug being sold may not be safe.
It is known that the approved Tamiflu drug contains oseltamivir which is used in the treatment of flu, whereas this drug contains cloxacillin, which is more or less in the same category as penicillin. Thus by using the generic’Tamiflu drug, a person who is allergic to penicillin can develop a serious life threatening disorder, called anaphylaxis. The common warning signs include irregular breathing, tightening of chest, faintness and rapid pulse rate.
Of late, online pharmacies have become a platform for many illegal activities in the U.S. With the increase in the number of websites selling drugs, it is becoming impossible for FDA, whose job is to keep track of any such illegal activity, to control this.
FDA officials have issued an alert for all the potential consumers that medicines from only authentic websites should be ordered. Such websites have the approval of National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and are listed on Verified Internet Pharmacy Sites (VIPPS).
The sudden appearance of generic’Tamiflu drug has exposed a very sensitive area which needs careful attention. As of now, there is no report of any harm because of use of this drug, but if not controlled fast anything can happen, health experts warned. Online pharmacies have proliferated in recent times and a majority of them operate without necessary authorization, posing a grave risk to public health, they said.

FDA Warns Five Electronic Cigarettes Makers Due To Marketing Claims

CNN reported that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to five electronic cigarette makers that promise consumers their products can help them quit smoking and lose weight.
The agency also said that the companies would need to conduct in-depth clinical studies to show that the products are an effective tool or treatment for nicotine addiction. Under the health act, a company cannot claim that the product they produce can treat a disease, such as nicotine addiction, unless the company proves that the drug is safe and effective. FDA argues that electronic cigarettes are both a drug and a device, making them subject to U.S. government regulation under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Warning letters went to E-Cig Technology,Johnson Creek Enterprises, Gamucci America, E-CigaretteDirect, and Ruyan America Inc. The letter stated that any product that bears labeling claims that it helps stop or reduce the cigarette urge, helps stop or reduce smoking, or similar claims is a smoking deterrent drug product…Products that are labeled, represented, or promoted as smoking deterrents, such as the electronic cigarette and cigar products marketed by your firm, are regarded as new drugs.”
The FDA told the Electronic Cigarette Association that the questioned products must go through the agency’s new drug application process for further analysis. The agency gave the companies 15 days to let it know what actions would be taken.
It’s really unclear whether the FDA has any jurisdiction over electronic cigarettes,said Keith King, sales manager for E-CigaretteDirect. His company plans on complying with the request.
We do not promote the electronic cigarette as a stop smoking aid, but the FDA has misinterpreted some of the material on our website. We are going to have to meet their request and make some changes to our website,King added.

FDA Will Need More Time To Review Genentech’s Avastin Drug

Roche subsidiary Genentech, released a statement on Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended a review on Avastin as an initial breast cancer treatment.
FDA will take an additional 90 days to study the application, citing the need to analyze the new information submitted by the company. The FDA expected to publicize the decision on the drug by Dec. 17.
In 2008, FDA approved Avastin for breast cancer patients based on a trial that showed it lengthened by more than five months the amount of time until the disease worsened. As a condition of approval, the drug developer was required to conduct a series of study to demonstrate further the benefits of adding Avastin to conventional chemotherapy.
Previously, Avastin is approved to treat several other types of cancer, including advanced colorectal, lung and kidney cancer.

FDA: Diabetes Drug Actos May Increased Risk Of Bladder Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration announced Friday, Sept 17, that the agency is reviewing data suggesting possible link between diabetes drug Actos or pioglitazone and elevated risk of bladder cancer among patients with type 2 diabetes. The agency said five-year results from a continuous study show patients taking Actos the longest had higher risks of bladder cancer.
Pioglitazone is being used along with diet and exercise to control blood sugar or improve control of blood sugar in patients with Type 2 Diabetes mellitus. The study suggested that around 20 in every 100,000 Americans annually get bladder cancer, which is believed to be higher in people with diabetes.
The FDA highlights that there is no solid evidence that the drug boosts the risk of cancer I the bladder. The agency found that the increased usage and duration of pioglitazone, the possibility of cancer boosted. After at least two years of continued use, the statistical significance in bladder cancer jumped significantly.
The sales of Actos have surged in recent years because it is seen as a safer alternative to GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s Avandia and the agency is considering withdrawing the Avandia due to potential heart risks. However, the manufacturer said that the overall scientific evidence does not show that the drug linked to heart attack. In July, a panel of FDA advisers released a mixed verdict about whether Avandia should remain the market.
Pioglitazone is in the same class of drugs as GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s Avandia, which has not been associated with bladder cancer but has been linked to heart risks in some studies.

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Finding Help With Your Diet Plan
Now that the New Year has rolled in you are ready to start a new diet plan. Well, now what? There are plenty of resources out there that can give you advice and suggest what diet and workout plan is going to work best for you. You may want to start by searching online however chances are you will run into many scams. Instead, use your internet to find local gyms in the area. From their call around and see if you can go in to talk to one of their personal trainers.
Not only can they help you with your diet but if you’re willing to pay a bit of money, you can get help with great workout routines as well. There are also nutritionists who could go into more detail with your diet to see what you are doing wrong and what should be changed. They may tell you drinking more water is important, you should quit smoking, you should lower your salt intake, do more cardio and things like this.
There are plenty of resources online where you can find plans and advice as well but be sure not to make nay random purchases. Before you pick your diet plan remember that it is hard work but it can successfully be accomplished.

Finding the Right Weight Loss Diet Plans for this Year
Finding a diet plan is something that will be different for everybody. Body types, metabolism rates, physical activity and general health will all impact which diet plan will work the best. First and foremost, every diet plan works better when paired with a consistent exercise program, even if it only includes cardio. A dieter who takes a 2 mile walk every morning will be more successful than a dieter that is only counting calories, but not exercising on a regular basis.
Another thing to avoid when beginning a new weight loss plan is the yo-yoeffect. This happens when the dieter continuously goes on and off of the plan. It is important to create a plan and stick to it. Frequently fluctuating weight loss and gain can slow the overall rate of one’s metabolism, and in the end will make keeping the weight off harder.
Many people choose to simply count calories and eat foods with a low amount of preservatives and a high amount of nutrients. A program such as Weight Watchers is a helpful boost for reluctant dieters. It can provide support and a guide to how many calories should be eaten each day. It also offers an online option, if meeting someone in person seems intimidating.

First Ever Male Contraceptive Pill – When are you going to take yours?

In order to control the nonstop growth of human population in the world, scientists have created the first ever male birth control pill. As the Telegraph reports, in initial animal trials the group of researchers discovered that a pill they’d developed — which works by stripping sperm of a protein vital to fertilize an egg — was able to create temporary sterility in mice for one to three months, depending on the strength of the dose.
Researchers are planning to start to the pills to humans by next year, and estimating that it could be available to the market in as little as three years. But the primary concern about developing an effective pill-based form of male contraception is that men might be less likely to remember to take it every day. Yet, should it prove effective in humans, men don’t need to take it every day; they only need to take this tablet once a month or once every three months. As Haim Breitbart, a researcher at Bar-Ilan University in Israel who played an integral role in developing the pill, told the Telegraph:
“I think most women would trust their man to remember once a month or once a quarter.”
What makes this pill so incredible is the fact that there are no side effects found, yet, to result from the taking of the tablet. According to Professor Haim Breitbart, this was a crucial part of the development.
Men don’t cope well with side effects and having side effects would probably put many off wanting to take a pill. We’ve had none of those problems with our pill.”

Food Allergies, Spices Things Up
Public awareness and consideration of food allergies has definitely increased over the past few years. Now that there is a greater understanding of how some foods and food interactions affect some people, food companies are now being more sensitive to the matter and listing ingredients on their packaging. The common allergies which make eating a little more difficult are allergies to nuts, dairy and soy. Then there are also those that have an intolerance to foods like dairy, that don’t present as an allergy, but as the body simply rejecting the food by wreaking havoc on the digestive system. Most people are starting to learn how to live around their food allergies, however, there is one more group that is not being considered and that group could be larger than you think.
When you are checking the packaging for your foods, you might notice that the ingredients in bold such as milk, wheat, soy, eggs are the ones that most people are allergic to. The one thing that you may not have considered is that not bolded word of spices. There are people that are highly allergic to several different spices such as the common allergy to the mustard seed, but also to the more rare allergy to cumin. Spices can cause life threatening allergic reactions just the same, but spices are often clumped together into the generic rather than the specific. As packaging gets smaller and food allergy warnings get bigger, manufacturers may find that they have to start using their warning space on the packages more effectively. Just putting spices is not going to cut it anymore. More specific spice ingredients listings are imperative to the overall safety of the entire populace.

Food and Drug Administration Warns Maple Grove Drug Company Regarding Low-Blood-Pressure Drug

U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed the removal the removal of a low-blood-pressure drug from the market that is made by several drug companies, which include Maple Grove-based Upsher-Smith Laboratories.
The drug in question, called midodrine hydrochlorideor ProAmatine was initially approved by federal regulators on an accelerated basis in 1996 because of the fact that the medicine has a capability to treat serious or life-threatening diseases.”
The reason of fast-paced federal approval was that both the original and generic manufacturers would conduct series of clinical testing and analysis to ensure and verify the drug’s clinical benefits. However, according to FDA those additional tests on humans were executed by the drug’s original or generic manufacturers. The drug is being marketed by Shire Development Inc., and as a generic by Apotex Corp., Impax Laboratories, Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Sandoz Inc., and Upsher-Smith.
The drug is scientifically created to provide treatment to orthostatic hypotension which is a condition in which patients are unable to maintain blood pressure in an upright position, leading to dizziness and fainting.
Dr. Norman Stockbridge, director of the FDA’s Cardiovascular and Renal Drugs division said:
We’ve worked continuously with the drug companies to obtain additional data showing the drug’s clinical benefits to patients. Since the companies have not been able to provide evidence to confirm the drug’s benefit, the FDA is pursuing a withdrawal of the product.”

Food and Pills in Your Weight Loss Diet Plans
Preventing disease, staying healthy and maintaining an active lifestyle is all crucial in a good weight loss diet plan. Sticking to a diet that consists of fresh veggies and fruit can give you some of the best vitamins and antioxidants that your body needs without even relying on a supplement. Eating the real fruits and vegetables will always be of benefit over relying solely on pills.
Just because you have a daily vitamin does not mean that you have a free pass to skip on the healthy foods during the day. Keeping a varied selection of fruits and vegetables in your diet gives your body the nutrients, vitamins and energy that it needs to perform throughout the day. If you have a busy lifestyle and don’t have time to sit down for meals, then you may want to consider juicing your veggies and fruits.
This is a quick way to get you the nutrients that you need from fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. There are juices like this on the market of course, however, fresh made means less preservatives, less sodium and less ingredient names that are hard to pronounce.

Food High in Fiber Such as Plantain and Broccoli Reduce the Chances of Getting Crohn’s Disease

A group of researchers from the University of Liverpool in England, Linkoping University in Sweden, Rowett Institute of Nutrition, and Health at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland University discovered that regular eating broccoli and leafy veggies may decrease the risk of Crohn’s disease.
The outcome of the research is based on the results of the numerous laboratory examination performed on M-Cells and tissue cells of patients who suffer from stomach disease. 76 patients will under go to the same medical procedure to determine the effectiveness of medical fibers or fiber supplements in combating the Crohn’s disease.
The group concluded that due to natural vitamins and high fiber content vegetables especially broccoli it restricts the bacteria to develop the disease from getting stuck to the gut’s walls. Crohn’s disease is characterized through digestive track internal bleeding, which can crop up anywhere from mouth to anus. Its symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rapid weight loss, various skin problems, and arthritis.
Dr. Barry Campbell, from the University of Liverpool, believes that different healthy dietary components can have powerful effects on the movement of bacteria through the bowel.
Crohn’s disease is typical in the United States and other developed countries where the typical diet is high in protein or meat-based and low in fiber. The researchers conclude that they need to conduct more research to determine the effects of dietary changes in soluble plant fibers on Crohn’s disease.
The complete study is published in the journal Gut.

Food Packaging, No Benefit for Nutritionally Unconcerned
One of the pushes that have been recently made in food packaging is making people aware of the nutritional content. Many fast food restaurants now place the nutritional information on the sides of their containers and wrappers. This initially was supposed to increase awareness and perhaps cut down on the junk food being consumed.
A new study shows that all of these labels are not as effective as they were initially hoped to be. A fast food chain out of Washington, has shown no change in consumer behavior since labeling their food with nutritional value. Many researchers believe that the mandated nutrition labels that will be on foods in the upcoming months will do little to decrease the nations obesity.
The effect of the food labeling is more likely to affect those already concerned with their health. While this will be helpful, it will be less likely to spur life style or food consumption changes. Many people who are looking to lose weight are aware which foods have higher fat content and labeling will not change their choices.

Former President Embraces Vegan Diet
Former President Embraces Vegan Diet
In 2004, former president Bill Clinton underwent quadruple bypass surgery. After his heart attack, Clinton cut back on his calorie and cholesterol intake. However, he still ate steaks, hamburgers, french fries and barbecue.
Then, he had two stents put in his coronary artery in 2010. It was after his 2010 angioplasty that Clinton began his Vegan diet, based on advice from his doctor, Dean Ornish, and his family history of heart disease.
Once he went on the plant-based diet, Clinton shed 24 pounds. He eats mainly beans and legumes, fruits and vegetables. To ensure he gets enough protein, each morning he drinks a protein supplement. He has absolutely no dairy products. Instead, he drinks almond milk and also uses that for his protein shakes. He also eats no meats, eggs or oil.
Clinton’s new goal is to reach his goal weight of 185 pounds. He hasn’t weighed that since he was 13. He says that now, his vitals and all his blood tests come back good.
Working through his Clinton Foundation and partnering with the American Heart Association, the former president is promoting exercise and better lunches for children through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Clinton, 6’2″ as an adult, was overweight all of his life.
The Alliance, founded in 2005, has a goal of reducing the incidence of obesity in children by 2015. Currently, almost one in three children/teens in the U.S. are either overweight or obese. The obesity rates, having doubled over the last 20 years, are now at epidemic proportions. This generation of children could be the first generation in United States’ history to have shorter life spans than their parents.

Fruits and Vegetable Weight Loss Diet Plans With no Limits
There is no equation for a healthy diet that works for everyone, but one that typically does not is the old myth Everything in Moderation”. Sure, eating a piece of candy or a cookie every once in awhile isn’t going to make you gain ten pounds, but even following the serving sizes on packages of sweets and fatty foods everyday is not going to help you maintain your waistline or pants size for very long.
At the same time, you can eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as you want, and you are likely to see your pants getting a little looser and you may start to feel more toned. While many doctors and nutritionists will tell you that there are some foods that are bad’and some that are good’the truth is that it depends on the person and the quantities in which they are consumed, as well as the frequency.
Tina, what now, should I give up on my dreams of returning to my pre-pregnancy weight? Absolutely not, don’t give up on your weight loss goals, but keep in mind that slacking off on calorie burning exercise by telling yourself that portion control is the only component to your weight loss plan is not going to cut it. Finding healthier replacements for bad habit foods is part of an overall attack plan on the fat around your waist, legs, wherever you carry it. Instead of an energy drink or a soda, perhaps you should spend that money on a multivitamin. Fruits and vegetables don’t come with nutritional labels, do you know why? It’s because they are nutritious. Just remember this the next time you are shopping. If you have more boxed, canned or packaged goods with all of their labels instructing you how to eat them and no fruit and veg, then put some of the processed nonsense back and replace it with carrots, apples and the like.

Gastric Bypass Weight Loss Study
Weight Loss
At Stanford University, in Palo Alto California, researchers studied 981 patients who had had gastric bypass surgery to achieve weight loss. The subjects’body mass index ranged from below 35 to higher than 50. In general, this type of surgery has been performed on people who are morbidly obese with a body mass index of 40 or over, and have an obesity related disease such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension or sleep apnea.
Losing Weight Faster
The researchers at Stanford University concluded that it is better to have the surgery while the body mass is still low because the patients with smaller body masses, lost more weight faster, and the chances of getting rid of the weight related medical conditions were higher. The researchers presented their findings at the 28th annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery during the week of June12-June 17, 2011.
Weight Loss Surgery
The Food and Drug Administration does not have an opinion on whether or not people should undergo this type of surgery before they become extremely obese, but they have approved the Lap-Band for use in adults with a body mass of 30 or higher who show at least one obesity related condition such as diabetes.

Gates Foundation To Focus On Maternal & Child Health
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $1.5 billion on maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition in developing countries over a period of five years. This was announced by Melinda Gates in a speech at Women Deliver’Conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday. The announcement is widely seen as a shift of focus of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, whose initiatives in health sector has so far primarily been limited to vaccines, infectious diseases and H.I.V. and AIDS.
Mrs. Gates pointed out that millions of babies in developing countries die within weeks of their birth and hundreds of thousands of women die during pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths can be prevented at a stunninglylow cost, if prudent action is taken, she expressed confidence. The world must join hands to prevent these tragedies, she appealed.
The Foundation will to take the lead in kick-starting a global initiative, she said, while urging the leaders of developing and developed countries to taken action to bring down child and maternal mortality. It is going to take effort and cost money, she added. Success of poor countries like Malawi, in Africa, in arresting this problem is inspirational, she said. It has been achieved after the government trained 30,000 health workers, she elaborated, adding that good progress has also been achieved in Sri Lanka, in South Asia.
A large part of the $1.5 billion will be spent in countries like India and Ethiopia, where child and maternal mortality continue to remain very high, she informed. Activities that would be undertaken include training health workers, treating post-partum hemorrhage in mothers and developing better antibiotics for neo-natal infections. She hoped that the spending would be matched by developed countries.
Assets of the Gates Foundation are about $35.2 billion. The Foundation is active in funding health projects, especially in developing and poor countries, and has spent $10 billion so far. Out of this, $4.5 billion has been spent on vaccines. The Foundation has announced to spend about as much for this purpose over the next decade. Its expenditure on maternal and child health is $1.8 billion so far.
Mrs. Gates cited some recent studies to bring home the point that the problem of child and maternal mortality is not impossible to overcome. A research article published in the Lancet, a medical journal, in April pointed out that maternal mortality has come down from 526,300 in 1980 to 342,900 in 2008.
Speaking at the conference, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations urged U.N. agencies, governments, private sector and civil society to come together in what he called a joint action plan. The action plan solicits funding from these stakeholders for plans and programs on maternal and child health, family planning and nutrition in developing countries.
The interventions in the field tuberculosis, malaria, H.I.V. and AIDS have been quite successful, he informed in an interview. Terming maternal and child health as the slowest moving’area, he called for international attention and a global partnership to combat it.
The three day conference will continue through Wednesday.

Gender Rating Health Insurance Practices Barred from Usage
California health insurance companies are no longer allowed to set prices for individuals based on the gender of the customer. Most women were paying on average about 20% more than males. This practive will be prohibited across the nation in 2014.
Health Insurance
2014 is the year for the overhaul in insurance practices that will be performed by the ferderal health care administration. Other states will be able to opt in earlier and carriers can change their policies much sooner in preparation for the national changes.
Maternity Insurance
Gender neutral insurance had caused problems in the past though. This was mostly in regards to maternity insurance. Unmarried males were subject to paying for a type of insurance that their gender was not even capable of using. That is why maternity insurance is now often sold as a separate insurance.

Gestational Diabetes Risks Increase With Weight Gain
For parents who already have one child and are considering have a second, third or more, it is extremely important for them to watch their weight between pregnancies. Research has recently been discovered that the more weight that is gained after the first and subsequent children raises the parent’s risk of getting gestational diabetes during the next pregnancy. It doesn’t take much weight to make a difference; a gain or loss of six pounds can mean the difference between getting this disease. While it can be easily controlled during pregnancy, it is much healthier for both the mother and child not to have to worry about anything that can otherwise be avoided. Do yourself and your future children a favor and continue watching what you eat and exercise between pregnancies.

Get All your Questions Answered About Drug Addiction
It is no secret that the word “addiction” has lost some of its meaning. It seems like these days, anybody who expresses a strong interest in something is said to have “be addicted” to that something. The truth is that addiction is far more than a strong interest. For many people addictions are serious and, in the case of drug abuse, a drug addiction can be a dangerous compulsion. So how do people get addicted to drugs? How does addiction “work?”
A true addiction refers to the state in which a person thinks that he needs a substance in order to function properly. This addiction can manifest itself in the drug addict’s brain telling the addict that the drug will help him “feel better.” Drug addiction can also manifest itself physically-when the addict stops using his drug of choice, he will go through physical withdrawal symptoms that (it seems) can only be stopped by taking more of the abused drug.
Many people assume that it takes quite a long time to become a drug addict. The truth is that there are many drugs out there, like meth and heroin that are highly addictive and can create an addiction after just a single use. How does this happen?
First, let’s look at how the brain normally functions. As a person goes through his day his brain will release a variety of hormones and chemicals that dictate how the person feels. When the brain increases its dopamine production the person will feel happier. When the brain triggers the release of endorphins, the person is better able to cope with stress. The brain might release a chemical telling you that you are hungry (after the emptiness of your stomach prompts your brain to do so).
When a person takes drugs, his drug of choice eventually takes over the production of certain chemicals for the brain. For example, when a person uses heroin, the heroin triggers the release of dopamine in the brain. As a person continues to use heroin, the brain loses its ability to produce dopamine by itself. To use a simple analogy-the brain gets “out of practice” and physically needs the heroin to tell it how to produce dopamine. Different drugs trigger different chemicals. Amphetamines, for example, tell the brain to release the chemicals that give the body energy. Eventually, the brain loses its ability to produce those chemicals by itself and the body will feel sluggish and tired until the drug addict takes more amphetamines to perk up.
The truth is that a drug addict really does “need” the drug he or she has been abusing to feel normal.
It is vital that, if you are trying to stare down a drug addiction, you understand this. Understanding that your body and brain cannot overpower the drug addiction by sheer force of will is a major step on the road to getting sober. Finding a suitable drug addiction treatment center is the next step that you need to take. The road to sobriety will not be easy, but with the right drug addiction treatment center to help you understand your addiction, sobriety is possible!
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Get Juiced and Juicing for Delicious Weight Loss
Get Juiced and Juicing for Delicious Weight Loss
Shopping channels hawk juicing machines. The original fitness guru Jack Lalanne, who lived to a ripe old age of 97, swore by his juicer and juice diet, as do many of those who have lost weight as a result of going on either a juicing detox diet or just adding juicing to their daily intake.
Juicing adds micro-nutrients to your diet like Vitamin K, copper, and zinc, and it does it adding a minimum amount of calories and absolutely no dietary fat. On a juicing diet, the average dieter doesn’t have that hungry feeling you normally get from being on a diet. Don’t worry, though. You won’t be drinking all your meals when you go on a juicing diet. You just add a glass of fresh – the key word is fresh – juice before your meals.
The one concern many people who are thinking about going on a juicer diet is the cost. Those juicers can run over $200. That may be out of reach for some, or a heavy investment in something that may only be used for a short time. If you shop around, you can find a reasonably priced juicer.
But, going on a juicing diet alone will not miraculously shed the pounds. It has to be accompanied by exercise to get your metabolism up. You can also jumpstart your metabolism by going on a juice fast. A juice fast can work to detoxify your body.
When juicing, you will want to add a variety of fruits and vegetables. Use every color and rotate the kinds you use. You can have fun experimenting with different combinations and find what you like.

Go Go Goji Berry in Your Diet Plan
There are many different fruits that have been found to have a number of benefits to general health as well as weight loss. The Goji berry is a fruit that is usually found in China and other Asian countries. It has been said that the fruit has a variety of health benefits.
Goji Berry
The goji berry has been consumed throughout Asia for decades and has finally made its way to the United States and is become a choice for many health enthusiasts. Some of the supposed benefits include improved eyesight, a stronger immune system and better blood circulation.
Super Fruit
The super fruit is available for purchase in a variety of different forms and can be easily bought online or at a health food store. While there is still research being done on the effectiveness of the goji berry, it is clear that the high number of antioxidants is always a positive addition to one’s diet.

Go Green with Your Diet to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes
Go Green with Your Diet to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes
One you should pay attention to – reducing your risk of diabetes. Type II diabetes is totally avoidable if you watch your weight and your diet. Watching your weight may be the more difficult thing of the two to do. Adjusting your diet is easier. There are three things you can incorporate into your diet right away that will reduce your risk of diabetes.
Lower Risk by Including Nuts and Seeds
Go nuts! Not mentally, though. Studies have shown that older and middle-aged adults can lower the risk of developing diabetes by 20 percent by including nuts and seeds in their diets. The reason? Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is a fat found in flaxseeds and walnuts. Higher levels of this fat have been linked to the improvement of insulin sensitivity and to the ability to better regulate glucose levels.

Go Green with Your Diet
Go green! Going green is not just related to the environment, it’s also important to your diet. If you eat just one serving of leafy greens each day, you can reduce your risk of diabetes by nearly 10 percent. So include a side salad with plenty of spinach, romaine or whatever you prefer with your lunch or dinner. You can even kill two birds with one stone and put your nuts or seeds in your salad.
No Fats Allowed! Well, almost none. You do need fat in your diet, but keep your intake under 30 percent of your daily calories. Choosing low-fat or fat-free foods will help you do that. The reason? Besides helping to keep your weight down, it helps to improve the function of your pancreas, the organ that produces insulin.

Going to Beer Festival? Experts Say Beer Boosts Risk of Psoriasis For Women

A new research found that women who drink at least five or more beers in a week have a bigger chance of having skin psoriasis. But researchers made stressed that the beer in question was the regular beer. Researchers found no any relation between psoriasis and light beer.
The study was based on a population of 82,869 female nurses who participated in biennial questionnaires between 1991 and 2005. Research team found that the risk of contacting skin psoriasis was 76% greater in those women who were having at least 5 regular beers in a week, when compared to non-drinkers.
As result, approximately 1,150 cases of skin psoriasis incidents diagnosed by physicians were reported, with direct link between the skin condition and intake of non-light beer. No other alcoholic beverages were linked to psoriasis in the same way, the researchers found.
However according to Dr. Abrar A. Qureshi who works at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
“Nonlight beer was the only alcoholic beverage that increased the risk for psoriasis, suggesting that certain non-alcoholic components of beer, which are not found in wine or liquor, may play an important role in new-onset psoriasis. One of these components may be the starch source used in making beer. Beer is one of the few nondistilled alcoholic beverages that use a starch source for fermentation, which is commonly barley…Starch sources such as barley contain gluten, which has been shown to be associated with psoriasis.”

Goji and Acai Berry Antioxidants for Weight Loss Diet Plans
Along with the acai berry, the Goji Berry has become an important super fruit in the world of weight loss diet plans. When something catches on, it really catches on as there are now thousands of different health supplements that can be purchased online and through health food stores that contain Goji berry in one form or another. The berry, found in various parts of China and Himalaya has a number of positive health benefits.
The berries contain many different nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. They pack a punch with 19 different amino acids as well as vitamins B, C and E. It also contains a variety of fatty acids that are necessary for a healthy diet and help regulate hormones. The high amount of antioxidants also aid in general health improvement.
Goji Berry Heart Health
The goji berry has been linked to a decrease in heart palpitations as well as an increase in general heart health. One’s immune system will also benefit from including the berry in a diet plan. The goji berry is available in a variety of forms including juices and its sun-dried berry form.
Goji and Acai
Goji and acai both have incredibly high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants have been connected to studies in cancer prevention as well as energy boosting and age. Antioxidants have been proven to improve overall health and are a good part of a health diet.

Goji Berries and Diet Plans
Easily found in health food stores, goji berries are packed with nutrients and are considered an antioxidant rich superfood. Orange-red in color, goji berries have the appearance of a raisin with a slightly sour, slightly sweet taste. You can usually find them dried, although you can also find goji berry tea, goji berry juice, and other goji berry products.
Goji berries are full of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants. They have been around for centuries and herbalists claim goji berries can help improve liver function, strengthen the immune system, and even lead to a longer life. But one of the most popular uses for goji berries are to help with weight loss.
Researchers say that eating goji berries helps fight fatigue and gives a boost to energy levels. Thought to help ramp up metabolism, adding goji berries to a well-balanced diet may help burn more fat and calories. Both of these combined may result in more exercising leading to more weight loss.

Goji Berries Westernized
Goji berries first became popular in their home country of China. Many different Chinese herbal shops still sell the berry in its whole form. They have been in use by Chinese herb experts for centuries and have recently made their way to the United States.
The more westernized way to consume the berry is through an herbal mix or juice. These can be found online and through health food distributors and stores. The Goji berry became popular because of the variety of health benefits it offers.
The berry is packed with nutrients, amino acids, and antioxidants. The many different health benefits include an improvement in sexual ability, improved circulation and strengthened heart health. It is also supposed that the fruit has anti-aging properties to help maintain younger looking skin.

Goji Berry Weight Loss Diet Plans and Nutrients
People in the health food industry will have heard about the benefits of the Goji berry. This fruit, known as the wolfberry in the regions where it is locally produced, can be found in Asia and some parts of Europe. It gained popularity when a number of medical and health benefits were linked to the consumption of the fruit.
Goji Berry Health Benefits
Some of the health benefits connected with the Goji berry include improvements in cardiovascular health, improved metabolism as well as improvement in vision related problems. While the popularity of the fruit continues to increase, there have been a small amount of studies that have provided unwavering proof that the fruit does indeed have the supposed benefits.
Goji Nutrients
The nutrients found in the Goji berry are pretty extensive, and that is the basis behind some of the popularity. The fruit contains macronutrients, micronutrients, phytochemicals and polysaccharides all of which are considered beneficial to general health and well-being.

Good Health for Kids Starts With a Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children, but it is only helpful when it is a healthy breakfast. Many of the breakfasts that children are being fed are full of sugar and often contain very few, if any, essential nutrients. Cereal is a very popular choice, and as long as you choice one made with whole grains and less sugar, is not necessarily a bad one. The best breakfasts you can feed your children include protein, such as eggs, as well as a whole grain, which can be found in wheat toast. For an occasional treat, whole wheat pancakes are a great breakfast, especially when full of fresh blueberries or other fruits. Limit the amount of butter and syrup that is put on the pancakes, and you have a delicious and healthy breakfast.

Google and Self-Diagnosing Health Conditions
People are often heard saying google itto any question that arises. This ranges from questions about entertainment and celebrities, to trying to self-diagnose a health problem.
Doctors are starting to see the negative effects of patients that Google their symptoms to find solutions. This often leads to a misdiagnosis and that is something that could cause more harm than it would good. Researchers have found that doing this often leads to slight forms of hypochondria, a condition in which patients believe they have a certain condition usually based on researching the symptoms.
It has been shown that this self-diagnosis creates added stress in the patient which could potentially worsen the actual condition they are suffering from. It also adds stress to the doctors who have to convince their patients that they do not actually have the condition they believe they have. In some cases it has increased the amount of money spent at the doctor’s office with patients asking for a wide variety of unnecessary tests.

Green Leafy Vegetables Such As Spinach And Cabbage Reduce The Risk Of Type Two Diabetes

Good news to all vegetarian and those who suffer from diabetes. A recent study shows that those who consume green leafy vegetables such as spinach, cabbage, and their likes can reduce their risk of developing diabetes.
Patrice Carter spearheaded the research team to analyze how a vegetable and high in fiber diet would help prevent diabetes.
There are more than 220,000 participated in the study and the research team found that those who had 1.15 servings of leafy green vegetables daily had a 15% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes compared to those who ate less vegetables than that daily.
However there was no significant link between overall consumption of fruit and vegetables and the condition although the trend suggested eating more veggies was beneficial. Mr Carter wrote:
“There are several possible mechanisms that could explain the benefit of consuming green leafy vegetables in the diet. Our results support the evidence that foodsrather than isolated components such as antioxidants are beneficial for health….”Results from several supplement trials have produced disappointing results for prevention of disease, in contrast with epidemiological evidence….Results from our meta-analysis support recommendations to promote the consumption of green leafy vegetables in the diet for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. The results support the growing body of evidence that lifestyle modification is an important factor in the prevention of type 2 diabetes….”The potential for tailored advice on increasing intake of green leafy vegetables to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes should be investigated further.”
More research is necessary, but it is clear from this that leafy green vegetables is one way to not only increase your level of health, but also reduce risks of diseases such as diabetes.
The complete stud was published in the British Medical Journal.

Groupon Laser Hair Removal Complaints
Popular discount website Groupon has had some recent complaints regarding one of its high price deals. Normally very expensive, Groupon has recently offered extremely discounted laser hair removal services. But the shockingly low prices have caused some to hesitate. Some suspect lowered quality in a discounted medical procedure.
Many unfriendly comments have been posted on the laser hair removal discussion boards of Groupon complaining about the quality of service. Small spa boutiques simply cannot handle a large influx of clients all at once, the way a Groupon effects a business. Commenters claim they have had to wait as much as 3 months for an appointment while dealing with unfriendly office staff on their visits.
Laser hair removal treatments also must be completed in a minimum of 6 sessions to see results, while the Groupon must be bought in 4 session packages. Buyers who knew about the 6 session minimum are forced to buy 2 packages and have an extra 2 sessions left. Buyers who did not know about the minimum are sold the extra sessions at a ‘one time only discount rate’ that is much more than the Groupon rate.
Some Groupon members are calling for Groupon to screen the businesses it works with, to make sure that they are following sound business practice and that their companies can handle the huge influx of customers. Until then, be sure to check the better business bureau and online reviews before buying that coupon.

H1N1-Swine Flu Pandemic Not Over

In 2009 the virus Influenza H1N1 or also known as Swine Flu plagued United States and Mexico. The government of both countries is in quest to end the deadly virus. Approximately 18,300 people have died from Swine flu since June 2009. Elite medical professional and scientist conducted an in-depth research and produced a vaccine that was given to millions of people. The U.S government felt that it was an outbreak and immediately provided children under the age of 2, people with weak immune systems, adults, and especially pregnant women the vaccine to fight the fatal virus. Due to the nationwide effort to contain to end the H1N1 virus the government spends approximately 14 billion for the medication, health professionals, and research and development operation.
Despite the all-out-war against H1N1, as of Tuesday July 20th 2010 six more cases of Swine flu were recorded in West Bengal, India, bringing the total number to twelve. Also, last July 15, 2010 a 59 year old man was admitted complaining of Swine flu symptoms. Sadly, because of weak immune system the man died just two days afterwards. However, in spite of these cases the Health Department has not issued any warnings yet, due to them still monitoring other cases.
United Nations health sector World Health Organization or also known as WHO are waiting until the southern flu season is over with before declaring that swine flu has ended, according to WHO general director Margaret Chan. Other countries are still distributing vaccines among their people.

Harry Potter Author J.K. Rowling Gives $15 Million To Treat Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s Disease

J.K. Rowling, British mastermind of seven fantasy novels series Harry Pottergives $15 million to set up a clinic to treat and research multiple sclerosis. The clinic will name after her mother who died of the degenerative disease at the age of 45. quoted the 45-years old award-winning British author:v
I have supported research into the cause and treatment of multiple sclerosis for many years now, but when I first saw the proposal for this clinic I knew that I had found a project more exciting, more innovative, and, I believe, more likely to succeed in unravelling the mysteries of MS than any other I had read about or been asked to fund.”
The Anne Rowling regenerative neurology clinic will be based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the clinic will carry out wide range research that focus on degenerative neurological conditions and diseases that includes multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and motor neurone disease. Rowling hopes that the clinic will become “a world center for excellence in the field of regenerative neurology.”
I know that she would rather have had her name on this clinic than on any statue, flower garden or commemorative plaque, so this donation is on her behalf, too, and in gratitude for everything she gave me in her far too short life,she said.
The University of Edinburgh said Rowling’s gift is the largest single donation it has received.

Have a Healthy Diet Plan for A Healthy Child
For women who are expecting, one of the very best things they can do for their child is to eat healthily throughout the pregnancy. Not only will this allow your growing child to get all of the nutrients they need for proper growth, but there are additional benefits as well. Studies have shown that your child’s eating habits are started in utero.
If you feed them lots of fruits and veggies now, they will grow up enjoying those items. Likewise, if all you eat are burgers and fries, that’s all they will crave as well. That is another good reason to watch what you eat and maintain a healthy diet plan for healthy weight.
Most OBs recommended that an expectant mother gain anywhere from twenty to thirty-five pounds during the pregnancy, but this is dependent on their weight before they were expecting. There are also studies being conducted to determine if obesity is also pre-determined in the womb based on the mother’s eating habits.

HCG Diet Plan Controversy
The hCG diet is quite the controversial topic these days. With questions popping up on forums asking if anyone has tried it and what their success rate was, to people scouring the internet for information, the hCG diet has people talking. The biggest concern is whether or not the diet is safe.
Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is found in the bloodstream, and urine, of pregnant women and is responsible for several things during pregnancy. Most people know it as the hormone that, if present, causes pregnancy tests to show up as “positive.” One of the key things that hCG does in pregnant women is to make sure the baby receives all of the nutrition it needs to grow and thrive.
People on the hCG diet are given daily shots of the hCG hormone for 23 days of a 26 day cycle, “resting” on the last three days of the plan. Sometimes the treatment can last longer, however no plan lasts over 43 days. The reason for this is that scientists noted that after 40 injections of the hCG hormone, the body builds up a resistance to it and therefore needs a six week break in between treatments.
In addition to the hormone shots, dieters must cut their daily food intake to just 500 calories per day. Meals that are high in protein, low in carbohydrates, fat and starches are key. Proponents of the plan say that despite such a low caloric intake, there are no hunger pangs. Once the weight loss goal has been hit the treatment is stopped.
Opponents to the plan say that anyone who cuts their calorie consumption to 500 calories a day would lose weight. Those backing the hCG diet claim it is more about breaking bad eating habits. Given there are a lot of scams regarding the hCG diet out there, anyone considering trying this plan out should consult their doctor at length.

HCG Drops: How Do They Work?
HCG Drops: How Do They Work?
Another diet supplement is out there claiming to give you your dream body in 30 days. Seems highly unlikely that you will have the muscular, ripped body with not one ounce of fat on it and six-pack abs in just 30 days, especially if you have more than just a few pounds to lose.
As with any diet, you need to know exactly what you’re getting into. HCG, a hormone found in pregnant women, is thought to cause the body to break down and use excessive body fat as the primary energy source for fueling the body.
Proponents claim that the HCG drops allow the body to target those areas of excess fat, like the stomach, buttocks and thighs, and use those stores first, rather than the normal way the body metabolizes fat – evenly throughout the body.
HCG is also supposed to give you lots of energy, which will keep you motivated in your diet journey by allowing you to live an active lifestyle. Of course, since the fat will be melting off your body, you will be motivated to continue taking the drops and keeping up with the diet.
However, many in the medical community aren’t so sure. HCG may only be another weight loss fraud perpetrated on desperate people. While the FDA has no evidence of the efficacy of HCG, it also has no reason to believe it is dangerous to your health.
The aspect that could be dangerous is the fact that while taking the drops, you are only allowed to consume 500 calories each day on their diet. Five hundred calories. The diet does allow you to consume more calories if you choose to exercise. You just increase the amount of calories by how many you burned doing your exercise.
So, the miracle diet consists of taking HCG drops and eating 500 calories each day. No exercise.

hCG Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Hormone Weight Loss Diet Plan
Dieters that are convinced that the hCG diet works mostly have only one question, injections or drops? The hCG diet consists of injecting or ingesting droplets of a hormone found in the urine of pregnant women to lose weight. Dieters claiming to have lost a pound a day may be telling the truth though, but this may be because of the secondary aspect to the diet; a restriction of the intake of only 500 calories per day.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
An active person should take in about 2000 calories a day, a mildly active person would be roughly 1800 and someone with a sedimentary lifestyle should be at around 1600. So what would reducing your caloric intake to only 500 do to someone even without taking hCG in any of its known uses? The first thing that would happen is that person would not have an adequate amount of minerals or vitamins, they would be very hungry and this would be the beginning stages of starvation. Starvation does in fact, burn fat, but your body does not stop there and it continues on eating away at muscular tissue also.
The claims of most hCG peddlers is that the 500 calorie diet in combination with the droplets of the hormone or injections will burn 2000 calories a day. Sounds great right? The FDA has never approved hCG and this is dated back to 1975. This diet continues to re-emerge every five years or so and each time the same issues come up.
Not only will you spend money on something that has no scientific evidence of working, but you could experience side effects from the injection or ingestion of the hormone. Any diet that suggests starvation should be avoided completely. Clinical trials have continued to demonstrate that the use of this hormone as a diet aid is completely ineffective.
Limiting your caloric intake can help you with your weight loss goals. Increasing fiber and lowering your caloric intake over a 2 week period can result in weight loss of around 4 pounds on average. If you are interested in losing weight then you should consider increasing activity to burn calories.
Flat Belly Diet Plan
Include a healthy diet rich in nutrients. One diet that has shown some stunning results is the Flat Belly Diet. Consider more mainstream methods for weight loss. Unfortunately, many prey upon the desperation and the frustration that many feel when they are overweight. Being overweight does not mean you are a victim or should become one.
Rely upon your good judgment and doctor’s recommendations when considering any kind of weight loss diet plan.

Health and Dealing with Depression
Millions of Americans are dealing with depression everyday. There was a time that no matter what time of day it was, you would see a commercial for an anti depressant on the television. There are many reasons that a person could suffer with depression, genetics, environmental, chemical imbalance and the list would go on.
Dealing with depressions does not have to be completely out of your hands and dependent upon your prescribed medication. A number of foods as well as exercise in combination with any prescribed medicines can do wonders for both mood, depression and overall health. If you are suffering from depression one of the first things that should be cut out of your diet is alcohol. Not only does it interfere with medications and in some cases amplifies the effects, it is also a depressant.
Exercise has long been known to help with depression. The body produces mood elevating chemicals during exercise. So exercise is a definite plus in dealing with depression. Ask your medical adviser or doctor if there are any vitamins that you could take to help with your depression. Vitamins B6, B12 and vitamin D have shown some results in helping people that are dealing with depression.
Depression is treatable and changes in lifestyle can help those that are suffering with depression. It is a disease that is not entirely out of the sufferer’s hands. Anything that can help to get on the road to health is often welcomed by those that have felt so helpless in the destructive wake of the disease.
This is not to be construed as medical advice in any way shape or form. This is based upon personal observations in dealing with depression.

Health and Diet, Lack Of Sleep Leads to Optimism
There have been several studies about the negative effects that a lack of sleep can bring. Many doctors will recommend getting anywhere between 6-8 hours of sleep a night. In a recent study a different effect of lack of sleep was discovered. It showed disturbed sleep led to optimism.
Researchers found that those who suffered from lack of sleep were more likely to make decisions that were overly optimistic. The study was done in consideration to choices made when gambling, specifically in casinos. The results show that those who lacked sleep made more unrealistic decisions.
The reasons behind the decisions seem to be due to more activity in the sections of the brain that are linked to assessing positive outcomes. This is combined with less activity in the sections that determine the possible negative outcomes. The study showed that those who got a better night’s sleep were less likely to make high-risk gambling decisions.

Health Care, Health Insurance Reform Continues
Employers have been scrambling to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act since it was implemented last year. Many companies are revising their health insurance plans and trying to comply with everything that is mandated in the act.
However, many companies are finding that it is more cost effective to terminate health care and raise salaries which is also in compliance as long as the increase compensates for partially covering premiums. In 2014, state exchanges for insurance will become available. In the meantime, while the act is still being debated, companies are making tough decisions and putting their focus on health insurance cost management.
Further legal battles, possibly even in the Supreme Court may change the outcome of the act. If their company strategy is determined to cut health care in lieu of larger salaries, those should be put on hold until the legality of the issue is settled. Otherwise, the cost management analysis should continue as it may not be affected either way by the decision, yet it will improve the company’s standing on health care and health insurance cost.

Health Food Stores and Acai Berry Juices
Health food products are now featuring the fruit acai berry. This is a small purplish berry that wsa first discovered in the Amazon Rainforest. For hundreds of years it has been a staple in the local diet and has recently made its debut across North America. It has become popular due to the high level of antioxidants and its great nutritional value.
It can now be found in health food stores as parts of juices as well as in its natural berry form. While testing of the berry’s nutritional value is still being completed, there are many benefits that are being linked to its consumption. Some of these benefits include increased energy, anti-aging capabilities as well as improved heart health.
The fruit contains similar antioxidants that are found in red wine, a drink that many doctors recommend to patients with cardiovascular problems. The antioxidants found in acai are also linked to helping improve immune system health.

Health Insurance for Children with Preexisting Conditions
Jan.1 through Mar.1 is open enrollment for California’s health insurance initiative to assist those with children that have preexisting conditions. This gives California families another chance to buy health insurance for their child that was previously denied coverage because of their preexisting condition.
The Federal Health reform law along with a new law in California makes it a punishable offense for health insurance comapnies to refuse coverage or issuance of a health insurance policy to children. Anyone younger than age nineteen can not be denied health insurance because of health conditions previously discovered.
This law covers child only health plans. A term of the open enrollment that a lot of Californians are happy about is that the insurer can not charge more than two times the standard rate of insurance for a healthy child if their child has a prior discovery of an ailment.

Healthcare cAwards Won By Jennings
Jennings, the Chapel Hill-based public relations, branding and advertising agency, has been honored with five Lamplighter Awards, including two gold awards for work promoting the pediatric services affiliation between two Massachusetts hospitals: MetroWest Medical Center (Framingham) and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center (Boston). The awards were presented at the Spring Symposium of the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) held in Stowe, Vermont. The Lamplighters were established to showcase and honor communications excellence in New England. The 2010 competition included entries from more than 60 organizations throughout the region.
The awards recognizing the pediatric partnership campaign for MetroWest Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center included:
* Gold Lamplighter – Publication/Brochure – MetroWest Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
* Gold Lamplighter – Photography – MetroWest Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
* Silver Lamplighter – Physician Relations – MetroWest Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
* Silver Lamplighter – Outdoor Advertising – MetroWest Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
* Award of Excellence – Total Marketing Program – MetroWest Medical Center & Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done for MetroWest Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children,said Dan Dunlop, president and chief executive officer at Jennings. Our presence in New England has grown considerably over the last couple of years as we’ve significantly expanded the reach of our healthcare marketing practice. It’s rewarding to see that our work has been well-received within the region.” Do Vegans Run a Risk of Health Problems from Lack of B12? brought up the Vegan/B12 debate again. The intrinsic problem with the intake of B12 for Vegans is that the vitamin mainly comes from meat and meat products. Low amounts of B12 in the the system can be problematic for Vegans, especially children that are Vegan, however, as pointed out, most B12 supplements are Vegan friendly as they are lab created from bacteria.
B12 deficiency can lead to some fairly problematic health issues when related ot pernicious anemia also known as Biermer’s disease. Symptoms include Anemia, Gastronitis and other gastrointestinal symptoms as well as neurological symptoms. These symptoms can lead to futher irrepairable damage, but the core symptoms can be treated rather easily if caught in time.
Vegans get a tough time when it comes to vitamin intake and it is a real issue, but does make a good point that vitamin supplements that are Vegan friendly are an important part of the diet. Unfortunately, many multi vitamins contain animal product as a sweetner or aspect of the vitamin pill. There are a number of Vegan friendly suppliers of health supplements that can offer further advice.

Healthy Alternatives for Dieters at Fast Food Joints
One of the most difficult parts of maintaining a diet, is eating while on the road, or at work. While some workplaces provide refrigerators and microwaves, that is not always an option. For others it is more difficult to make healthy meals at home and bring them in throughout the day.
Many fast food restaurants are now providing healthy options for people on the go. Although salads are readily available at McDonalds, Wendy’s and Burger King, dieters should be wary of the contents. Remember that when it comes to salads, dressing are the part that has the most amount of calories.
Make sure that chicken salads are grilled, not fried, and that the dressing option is low fat or fat free. While hamburgers are not usually the best option, consider a grilled chicken sandwich on a wheat bun. Many restaurants will provide a food nutrition guide on all of their menu items.

Healthy Diet Plans for Weight Loss, Antioxidants in Pecans
It is widely known that a diet high in antioxidants is a good choice to improve general health. People commonly look for antioxidants in fruits such as blueberries, pomegranates and red grapes. A new study has shown that the high antioxidants in pecans may help with heart health.
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The antioxidants that are most prominent in pecans are vitamin E antioxidants. The highest concentration is found in the antioxidant gamma tocopherols. It has been found that consumption of this type of antioxidant helps in lowering the bad type of cholesterol.
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The studies that were conducted by Loma Linda University found that the bad cholesterol lowered by almost 33 percent after eating pecans. It was also found that eating the nut helped with lessening the inflammation found in arteries of people with heart problems. The study was done on 16 male participants aged between 23 and 44 who consumed three different pecan diets.

Healthy Heart Promoting Weight Loss Acai Berry Diet
It is widely known that drinking a couple of glasses of red wine a night can potentially help improve one’s heart health. This is because of the antioxidants and nutrients that can be found in the red grapes that make up a glass of red wine. These nutrients can also be found in a variety of other fruits especially berries. One of the well-known fruits that contains this healthy heart promoting antioxidant is the acai Berry.
This is a small purplish berry that has a slight chocolate like taste to it. It can be found throughout South America in rain forest like climate. In addition to promoting heart health, the health benefits of the Acai berry also include improved energy, higher metabolism and have been linked to increased weight loss.
The Acai Berry is commonly used as a diet and nutrition supplement and is most effective when paired with a exercise plan.

Healthy Weight Loss Diet Plan, Diets to Go
Keeping track of every little ingredient that will put the pounds on can drive a person bonkers. Then there are weight loss diet plans that have you eating cereal bars or drinking a shake, but it really doesn’t feel like food. Dieting doesn’t mean that you have to stop enjoying food, or eat bland products out of a package. Another thing that makes dieting a pain is that they are not always geared towards a working person’s schedule. Life is hectic, traffic is hectic, work, your food choices shouldn’t add to the problem.
Diet to Go is a meal program that packages low calorie healthy meals and delivers them to your door. It’s food you would actually feel guilty about ordering at a restaurant if you didn’t know that it was within your calorie range. In four cities the food is available for pickup and the rest of the nation can get it delivered. If you are interested in the Diet to Go idea, check out their website. They also have a coupon code for new members, newyou2011 which provides 20% off the first week of orders for new customers.

Healthy Weight Loss Diet Plans for Kids, Trim Kids
Obesity in children is a looming problem that is taking over the United States. While parents are taught to love their children no matter what, obesity is a life threatening condition. This threat is even larger when it concerns children’s health.
There are not many weight loss diet plans that are healthy for children, and make sure they get enough nutrition. Trim Kids is one of the only nutritionally sound weight loss diet plans directed at helping obese children. This is not meant for parents to implement on children who are very slightly overweight.
The program last 12 weeks and was tested on over 1000 teens and children and was found to be very positive. It provides the parents with little steps to help, including parking far away from store entrances or allowing them to watch TV, if they dance during commercials. It also includes healthy and fun recipes children will love including oven fried chicken.

Heart Health with Acai Berry Diet Plan Supplements?
There has been a lot of emphasis placed on the weight loss capabilities of the Acai Berry. Although these claims have not been backed by the FDA, user reviews have been very positive. However, even if the weight loss claims are not backed by the FDA, there is no denying how healthy the fruit is.
Found in the Amazon Rainforest, and throughout the South American region, the pulp of this fruit is full of nutrients and antioxidants. Some researchers are even claiming that the Acai berry has more antioxidants and anthocyanins than blueberries, cranberries and even red grapes. No matter what the diet, or healthy living plan is antioxidants have proven to be a integral part of keeping one’s body running well.
Antioxidants are known to provide many positive benefits to ones health. The high concentration of antioxidants in this small purplish berry makes it a great way to gain extra nutrition and the benefits that come along with it. An acai berry diet plan is said to improve heart health as well as increase metabolism and general energy levels.

Heel Pain can be Alleviated at Your Local Shoe Shop
Foot pain, especially heel pain can in some cases be alleviated right at your local shoe shop. Men and women in general don’t take very good care of their feet. When they visit the shoe shop, a lot of people consider flair and fashion over actual foot health. When you are shopping for shoes, you should keep comfort at the forefront of your purchase decision making reasoning.
At the shoe shop, talk to a salesperson and see what they can recommend in comfort, good arch support and overall general cushioning. The salesperson, while not a doctor, is still a good resource in finding a pair of shoes that will fit well and keep you more comfortable throughout the day.
Any serious foot pain should of course be checked out by a trained medical professional such as a general practicitioner or podiatrist.
There are a couple of categories of heel pain. Repetitive stress and flat feet. Both of these problems can be alleviated by a purchase at the shoe shop, but serious conditions may need corrective shoes which should only be prescribed by a doctor.
Properly compensating for pain in the heal, requires more shock absorption. The cushion should elevate the heal slightly so that pressure can be transferred correctly. A good pair of sports shoes can generally handle that, but if you need more of dress shoe, then you may need to go to a custom shoe shop.

High Fat Diet, The Anti Weight Loss Diet Plan
High Fat Diet, The Anti Weight Loss Diet Plan
Many people who indulge themselves in a high-fat diet that is balanced with exercise or much fresh fruits and vegetables often find themselves falling into the obese category, or otherwise being at risk for it. While consuming an unhealthy diet is the primary cause of unhealthy weight gain, research has recently shown that eating a high-fat diet may also cause damage to the brain cells that help regulate weight loss.
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This is actually classified as a type of a brain injury, since nerve cells that control body weight are affected. The preliminary research has not yet shown whether or not this is a permanent injury, but there has been proof that it can contribute to weight gain, and further studies are being planned for further observation into this new discovery.

High School Weight Loss and Fast Foods
The Health Fight Against Fast Food
Those in the medical and health fields have long since fought the building of fast food restaurants in close vicinity to high schools with the worry that it would influence the students to consume a high-fat diet. What research has actually shown is that this is just not the case. Many high schools don’t allow their students to leave the campus during lunch time, which can help to control what they eat to an extent.
Childhood Obesity
High school students are very conscious of their health and their weight, and are pretty self-sufficient when it comes to managing their diet and avoiding one high in fat and sugary drinks. This is very promising news in the war against childhood obesity. Medical personnel believe that as long teens keep making conscious decisions about what they’re eating then the location of various restaurants is irrelevant.

Home Gym for Weight Loss Doesn’t Have to Cost Money
There are a number of little things dieters can do around the house to enhance their diet plans. Every action one takes burns calories, from breathing to sleeping, everything makes a difference. Although some things may seem insignificant, just like pennies when they all add up they can make an impact.
One great thing that helps increase calories burned is walking on tip-toe. This not only will build great looking calf muscles, but it helps burn calories. Another great idea is to run up and down the stairs when going to get something.
Turning one’s house into a gym can be easy and doesn’t cost any money. Put the kitchen timer on 5 minutes and see how many stairs can be conquered. These are great options for people who do not like to go and exercise with others, but still want to lose weight without using machines of home exercise videos.

Household Cleaners and Air Fresheners May Cause Breast Cancer

A researcher from Silent Spring Institute conducted a comprehensive study about the negative effect of household cleaners into human body, especially to women. The researcher and hear team as surprised in their latest discovery that women who often exposed in household cleaning products had a 110% chance of later being diagnosed with breast cancer.
Air fresheners have been show to cause the development of breast cancer in 90% of the women that use them regularly. A chemical called endocrine that present in these products shown to increase the chance of breast cancer to women.
The conducted study is being analyzed and viewed as not being a reliable source because it was a self reported study. Meaning, researchers did not report to anyone they just took the reports themselves. Some medical professional are questioning the facts behind these research.
Couple of years back pesticides was shown to affect the growth of breast cancer but in this study Brody states that there was no evidence that pesticides affected the breasts.

How Fast Food Fits into Your Diet Plans
Diet plans that include fast food are fairly rare. However, watching how the food is processed and then cooked to get it out so fast might change your diet plans completely. There is a lot of disgusting things that go on behind the scenes at fast food restaurants and if you are not familiar with some of the worst, then you should quickly become acquainted.
With movies like Super Size Me and others like it, fast food has been removed from millions of personal diet plans across the world. The economic downturn may have one silver lining though, less people are eating out for lunch and brown bagging it. They are learning healthier eating and cooking from the internet and Food Network. Diet plans are definitely improving for the better.
As numbers of patrons decline, fast food restaurants are making desperate attempts to get into the healthy food industry. However, adding a salad or a cup of mandarins is not going to be enough. The cheap ways that allow for the cheap foods to be cooked are going to need to change. Cheap and fast means bad and unhealthy and should be removed from your diet plans.

How Gaming Can Help You Lose Weight
It started with Nintendo’s introduction of the Wii, and shortly after the Wii Fit. This started a craze that has infiltrated all of society. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; this craze has encouraged many people, adults and children alike, to exercise. It encourages movement and staying active, and has given a whole new meaning to the term Family Game Night.
Citing the popularity of the gaming system, game creators started taking exercise, diet and health into consideration and created a variety of games that incorporates that into the games themselves. There are whole exercise routines available on the Wii, many of which also allow you to keep track of any exercise done outside of the game, as well as helping to keep tabs on your eating habits.
Microsoft launched a product at the start of the holiday season that took the technology from the Wii one step further.
The new gaming feature Kinect makes any sort of extra controller obsolete, opting instead for a full body scan. This allows for a much more accurate exercise routine, with the whole body being monitored instead of just the motion of the Wii Mote. Any of these programs encourage healthier eating habits, and makes users more aware of their body image.

Implantable Eye Telescope Receives FDA Approval

Last July 6, 2010 the FDA rendered its approval to implantable telescope to aid the vision of older adults who suffers from end stage age-related macular degeneration. This eye condition is the primary cause of blindness in aging adults and incurable by prescription glasses, medication, or even cataract surgery. However, the CentraSight treatment program will facilitate the use of the tiny pea-sized telescope in one eye of those 75 years and older to improve their vision and regain their lifestyle.
Vision Care Ophthalmic Technologies, California-based company and co-founded by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz and Yossi Gross, has an ongoing mission to create and develop much needed devices to efficiently manage e implantation. Way back 2005 and to present Dr. Lipshitz has been developing the IMT or implantable miniature telescope. The FDA Advisory Panel originally provided its approval on March 30, 2009 which was the first medical implant for the eye to ever be recommended by the FDA. The device already received the CE mark of approval in Europe at the time of the FDA recommendation. This means the device is in compliance and met all safety, health, and environmental requirements according to European Union law.
Recent study shows that older patients who uses this miniature telescope shown a great improvement in their vision. Older patients once again see images previously undetectable. Patients that will undertake the outpatient clinical trials will be closely monitored for one to two years after completion of the trials to ensure its safety and quality health care.
On the other hand, Dr. Lipshitz also co-founded the OptoLight Vision Technology with Yariv Lipshitz. He spearheaded the development of the patented Lipshitz Macular Implant or LMI which utilizes mirrors for a telescopic effect. This also aids the vision of older adults, and is currently being utilized in European markets.

Improve Good HDL Cholesterol with Chocolate
Improve Good HDL Cholesterol with Chocolate
Great news! They’ve added a new food group – chocolate. Well, not really. But it’s actually got its benefits, so we don’t have to feel guilty when we indulge in a smooth, creamy piece of dark chocolate.
Chocolate, if you don’t already know this, is made from the seeds of a cacao tree. The seeds are what we know as cocoa beans. These beans are extremely rich in antioxidants called flavonoids. Flavonoids have been linked to better cardiovascular health.
After the harvest, the beans are allowed to ferment. Then they are dried and roasted before finally being processed into chocolate products. The downside to this is that the processing destroys a lot of the flavonoids and if the chocolate is alkalized, there is no nutritional value at all.
Dark Chocoloate
It’s the dark chocolate that has the benefits, not the milk chocolate or the white chocolate. While dark chocolate tends to be bitter, it depends on the brand and the percent of cocoa. Once you become accustomed to the taste, you quickly fall in love all over again.
So why switch to the dark side? Studies link dark chocolate to cardiovascular health. Even small amounts of dark chocolate may help arteries keep their elasticity and keep the blood flowing freely. Dark chocolate also has been shown to reduce both the systolic and diastolic blood pressures.
Good HDL Cholesterol
It also is linked to increasing the good HDL cholesterol and lowering the bad LDL cholesterol. It appears that chocolate contains the same fatty acid – oleic acid – found in olive oil.
But don’t go hog wild on chocolate. This doesn’t give you permission to pig out on brownies and chocolate milk. It doesn’t take a lot to get the benefits. Have a few pieces each week as a healthy treat.

Inactive Lifestyle Leads to Chronic Diseases
Inactive Lifestyle Leads to Chronic Diseases
Recent studies have shown that people who lead inactive lives are at higher risk for chronic disease. An inactive lifestyle is defined as one in which the person takes less than five thousand steps a day. Even if this group of people exercises, they may not do so on a regular basis, and may not exercise enough each week to make a difference.
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All it takes is two and a half hours of moderate exercise each week to keep your body healthy. This can also aid in weight loss or weight maintenance. The best way to stay healthy is to take about ten thousand steps a day. Researchers have broken this down into taking five hundred to one thousand steps every hour. The two most commonly diagnosed diseases as a result of an inactive lifestyle are nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes.

Including Acai Berry in Your Cooking for Weight Loss
When it comes to cooking, using the right ingredients makes all of the difference. All too often people get into a cooking funk and are making the same meals over and over again. It is time to spice up one’s cooking routine and include something new and healthy. One of the popular additions for healthy cooking is the acai berry. This is a small purplish berry that can be found in the rainforests of the amazon.
In the past couple of years it has become increasingly prominent in the health food industry as a weight loss supplement. It has a variety of benefits that are linked to its high antioxidant and nutrient content. For hundreds of years it has been an integral part of the native culture and diet. Now that it is available in its pure form in many health food grocery stores, it can be incorporated into every day meals and recipes.
The berry has a slight chocolaty taste and is great when used in desserts and cakes. When cooking with the acai berry there are a couple of different ways to incorporate it into a recipe. It is available in a variety of forms including a juice or a puree. When making a dessert such as pudding or sorbet, it is easier to use the already pureed form of the berry. Not only will the recipe taste great but it will also provide the benefits of the fruit in a new and exciting way.
It is great for those looking to eat a healthier diet and improve health, especially heart health. Homemade chocolate cake will have a new zest when the acai berry is added to the recipe. Recently the famous ice cream maker Hagen Daas debuted a new flavor of ice cream featuring the acai berry.

Increase Vitamin Intake with Acai Juice
Many Americans are not getting enough vitamins on a daily basis. For some people it is simply because have not gone out to buy them, for others they do not like taking pills. No matter what it is important to consume additional nutrients on a daily basis.
One of the easiest ways to up the amounts of nutrients is by using acai juice. The acai berry has a number of health benefits, and by adding a cup of it every day one’s nutrient and antioxidant consumption will go up.
Acai juice is a great way to ensure that the whole family is eating healthy enough. Instead of trying to force children to eat their fruit and vegetables, give them the option of a tasty juice. Acai can be found in a variety of fruit mixes, but is the most effective by itself in a pure juice.

Individual and Family Health Insurance After Being Terminated
If you have been terminated, in need of health insurance and can’t afford COBRA, then may have the insurance plan that can get you through your unemployment. is a good start in finding individual health insurance. You can also use the website to locate family plans.
Many Americans who go without health insurance are taking a huge financial risk that is really not worth taking. It is not usually by choice that these individuals are not covered by health insurance, but rather it is not offered through their job, or they simply cannot afford the monthly premium payments required.
While receiving routine medical care without insurance may not be exorbitantly expensive, however in the case of a real medical emergency, such as a trip to the emergency room, a simple diagnosis could cost thousands of dollars and leave the patient in serious debt. Many of the plans are under a hundred dollars, some will be more as this is all dependent upon the type of coverage and deductible amounts you select. If you break it down, many of these plans might even be comparable to what you were paying at your previous employment.

Insulin Resistance and Diabetes Boost Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

According to study held in Kyushu University in Japan, people with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of developing plaques associated with Alzheimer’s.
Researchers studied 135 people with an average age of 67 from Hisayama, Japan and they discovered that there16% of the patients developed neuro-degenerative disease that affects cognitive functions – the disease characterized by sudden memory loss, behavior, and social adaptation — and 65% had plaque deposits in their brain. Of the patients that had plaque deposits, only 72% had a resistance to insulin.
When the human body or the pancreas stops producing insulin, the patient is then unable to continue on with normal bodily functions, and diabetes occurs. Once that happened patients are suggested to take regular insulin shots in order to help them maintain a healthy body.
People with type 1 diabetes and unable to produce insulin probably need to take need to take insulin shots every day. In type 2 diabetes, when the pancreas can’t make enough insulin, patients also need to take to take regular insulin as well.
In 2009, a group of researchers from Northwestern University discovered that insulin works as a defensive shield in the brain, repelling toxic proteins that may attack certain areas. Senior study author William L. Klein of Northwestern’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center said, Therapeutics designed to increase insulin sensitivity in the brain could provide new avenues for treating Alzheimer’s disease.”
The study was published in the American Academy of Neurology.

Internet Health Screening for Health Insurance
We use the Internet for just about everything today–communicating, learning, shopping, even dating–and for many years we have also used it for self-screening purposes. Whether for mental health or for general well-being, online screenings have been in use for some time now, serving as a comfortable, non-threatening way to gauge one’s emotional health. The question, however, is whether they have been effective in the past and, if so, whether they’ll continue to be effective in the foreseeable future.
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It is normal–crucial, even–for employee assistance professionals to be inquisitive about the future of online screening programs. It is particularly relevant in these times, since many workers are feeling stressed about the economy, making them more susceptible to depression or substance abuse disorders.
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Determining the future of online screening requires assessing how much need for it currently exists and whether that need might escalate or decline over the next few years. A recent national survey, conducted by Mental Health America and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, revealed that current economic stressors have taken a significant toll on the mental health of Americans in the workplace.
Rising Health Insurance Rates
According to the survey, U.S. workers who have unwillingly experienced changes in their employment status, such as pay cuts or reduced hours, are twice as likely to have symptoms of a mental health disorder, even though they are employed full time. For many, work itself can be stressful, but with the added pressure of financial distress and the worry of getting laid off, it is no wonder that people with a forced change in employment are twice as likely to report symptoms consistent with severe mental illness than would be expected.

iPod And Mp3s Contribute To Hearing Loss Among American Teenager

A group of independent American researchers found that MP3 players, iPods and frequent exposure to live and loud music could increase risk in hearing loss among teenagers.
Researchers concluded that the number of teenagers who suffer from hearing problems has shot up by nearly a third in the past 20 years. The team also found that between the year 2005 and 2006, one out of five adolescents suffered some form of hearing loss. The increase was notably 6.5 million more than in an earlier survey that was conducted a decade ago.
Medical experts believe that the exposure to loud noise, which includes amplified music, may be the responsible behind the significant increase in hearing problems to teenagers.
On a different study, experts believe that inadequate diet and nutrition and coming in contact with harmful toxic products may also be other major factors that may lead to hearing loss.
Teenager who belongs from poor families and their parents are unable to provide them good food to support the adequate development of their auditory system also suffer from greater risk of hearing loss.
Additionally, hearing problem could also be due to low self-esteem, not performing well at school, and difficulty in development of language.
Dr. Mai Thy Truong, a Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara, said:
“Even though this study doesn’t tell us exactly what’s causing hearing loss, all parents should talk to their kids about risk from long-term noise exposure.”

Is Being a Couch Potato Really Bad For Your Health?
Is Being a Couch Potato Really Bad For Your Health?
The jury is in – sitting in front of the television for hours on end is bad for your health, no matter how much exercise you get each day. Bad news for video game player, TV fans, and even computer gamers.
Tv Watching
The study, published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that people who spend four hours or more in front of a TV or playing on a computer were twice as likely to have a heart attack, a stroke, or some other cardiovascular problem than people who spent under two hours at the same activities. Additionally, the 4-year study found that avid TV watchers, video gamers and computer game enthusiasts were also 50 percent more likely to die from any cause than their active counterparts.
Exercise, even at a moderate-to-vigorous level, did not cancel out time in front of televisions and computers. Researchers were quick to say that it wasn’t so much the activity of watching TV or playing on the computers. It was because of the sitting.
Sitting has been shown to slow down an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase. This enzyme breaks down the fats in the blood, like triglycerides and cholesterol. Since the process is slowed, the fats can build up. Add that to the normal unhealthy snacks that tend to be eaten when watching TV or playing on the computer and you’ve got a recipe for bad health.
The study followed over 4,500 Scottish people aged 35 and older. By the time the study ended, 215 of the participants had had a heart attack or other cardiovascular issue, and 325 had died from any cause.

Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery for You?
Is Gastric Sleeve Surgery for You?
When people think of having bariatric surgery, many think of the adjustable gastric bands, commonly called Lap-Bands. Gastric band surgery involves placing an adjustable band around the top portion of the stomach, thereby making the patient’s stomach smaller.
Bariatric Surgery
The gastric sleeve is another option available for patients who meet the requirements for bariatric surgery. There is a tremendous difference between the two types of surgery. The gastric sleeve surgery actually involves the removal of about 85 percent of the patient’s stomach and is not reversible. The stomach then takes on the shape of a tube or sleeve.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery
If you qualify for gastric sleeve surgery, you can expect a longer hospital stay. In comparison to the usual maximum of an overnight stay for gastric band surgery, you will be looking at a stay of two to three days for gastric sleeve surgery. It will also require more time off from work – about two weeks.
On the positive side, the recovery time is about three weeks less for the gastric sleeve surgery than the gastric band surgery. Patients also see a quicker rate of weight loss with the gastric sleeve. You can expect to have lost 60 to 70 percent of your excess weight in two years.
The risks are similar to those for the gastric band, such as infection. The other downside is that some insurance companies may not cover gastric sleeve surgery because they consider it an experimental surgery.
Before you make any decision, it is wise to consult a bariatric surgeon to discuss all your options, as well as checking with your insurance to see what they will cover.

Is Health Insurance Reform Constitutional?
A federal judge in Florida is scheduled to rule on health insurance reform law and its relation to the rights expressed in the constitution. The health care law was passed in March 2010 and many feel that Federal judge Vinson will rule that the law is unconstitutional.
Attorney generals as well as governors are onboard with the lawsuit along with many others. This would not be the first ruling passed regarding the health care law in the nation, however, it many be the largest. The specific mandate within the law that is causing so much controversy is the provision that makes it illegal not to carry health coverage.

Is Iodine Deficiency Caused by Low Sodium Diet Plans?
Is Iodine Deficiency Caused by Low Sodium Diet Plans?
There are places in there world that are greatly affected by iodine deficiency. This deficiency can cause problems with the thyroid gland, which can lead to severe health issues. As the leading preventable cause of mental retardation, iodine deficiencies occur prenatally when the mother does not receive enough iodine. Problems can also occur if the mother does not increase intake during breast-feeding. According to Harvard Health, Women who are pregnant should get 220 micrograms, and women who are breast feeding an infant should get 290 micrograms.”
Iodine Deficiency
In the United States, the problem and potential for iodine deficiency has been virtually eradicated by iodizing salt, a process where the salt is treated with an additive such as potassium iodate or sodium iodate. Keep in mind these two things, salt that has been iodized will slowly lose the benefit the more it is exposed to air, so it is useful to keep your salt containers sealed to prevent prolonged exposure to air and to replace any salt that you may have had exposed to air for a number of years. The second thing to keep in mind is that most sodium intake in America comes from processed food manufacturers. Generally, the sodium used in the creation and for the preserving of these foods is not iodized.
Diet Plan
If you are looking for a way to lower sodium intake and keep up iodine levels, then you could eat more fish and shellfish which contain iodine naturally. It is also found in several dairy products, vegetables that have been grown in iodine enhanced or naturally rich soil and is also often included in a multivitamin. So, if you have been using the potential of iodine deficiency as an excuse not to start your lower sodium diet plan; don’t worry, there are plenty of other alternatives and you can start your low sodium diet today with little to now worries about iodine deficiency.

Is Liposuction Permanent?
Many people have turned to liposuction in an effort to get rid of unwanted fat from their bodies. While many people do this after diet and exercise have failed to give them the results they were looking for, and even more get the procedure done as a quick fix. While many people believe that this will be a one-time deal, research has shown that the fat will come back in about a year. It won’t necessarily come back to the same places in which it was removed it will more than likely accumulate in the upper abdominal area. Arms and shoulders are another popular collection spot. Experts want to emphasize that liposuction is not a solution for weight loss and is just a temporary solution. There have only been a small number of controlled studies done on this, since the fat has to be measured so precisely.

Is Organic Acai Juice Better for You?
Recently the acai berry has received a lot of press about its many supposed health benefits. The antioxidant rich berry has been deemed a super fruitby many in the health food industry. One of the popular forms of the fruit is in a variety of juice blends.
While acai juice is easy to find and purchase, it is harder to find a juice that has a high percentage of acai. Many of the juice options are watered down, or contain less acai than the consumer is led to believe. It is a good idea to look closely at the ingredients in the types of juice before purchasing.
It is a good idea to look for organic forms of the acai juice, as it is usually less tampered with. A puree juice form of acai is another good way to go when choosing a product. Acai can also be found as a smaller part of a healthy juice including other high antioxidant fruits such as red grapes, pomegranate or blueberries.
Will you pay more for organic, yes, most definitely. If you are looking to gain benefits from any type of fruit juice that you are not squeezing yourself, then 100% organic juices are the way to go. It costs more because there are added steps in growing organic produce, shipping that produce and producing juice from that produce in a timely manner. That cost is then put on the consumer. There are not a lot of ways to cut corners when it comes to organic farming and because there are no mass production short cuts, the price is worth the end result.

Is RightSize Weight Loss Diet Plan Right for You?
Is RightSize Weight Loss Diet Plan Right for You?
There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to weight loss companies. RightSize Health & Nutrition, Inc., founded in 2002 by Steve Bostic and Scott Johnson, offers a line of weight loss smoothies, powders, vitamins and supplements to help you reach your weight loss goal.
Appemine an Appetite Suppressant
The smoothies contain appemine, which is classified as an appetite suppressant. Appemine targets the adrenal receptors in the brain and thus decreases hunger. It also claims to boost the metabolism to burn fat. If you’re worried about getting caffeine jitters, you may have just cause. One smoothie contains about 50 mg of caffeine, compared to a cup of coffee, which can contain anywhere from 90 to 150 mg of caffeine or an 8.4oz Red Bull that contains 80 mg.
Here’s the plan. You replace one or two meals each day with a RightSize smoothie. You can purchase flavors like Lean Cocoa Bean, SkinniVanilli, Leano Cappuccino, and Slend-A-Berry. For your other meals and snacks, eat sensibly – no high fat, high calorie foods.
RightSize Weight Loss
RightSize offers a two week trial period. You can choose two cans of the powder and use one of the cans for 14 days. If you don’t like it, you call the company, they issue you a return code, you ship the unused can of powder back to them and you’re done. If you don’t contact them, they will assume you are happy with the product and complete your order.
The website offers tools like a calorie counter, BMI and body fat calculators, a downloadable food journal, a progress calendar, and smoothie recipes using RightSize smoothie powder.
The great thing about this weight loss company is they don’t make outrageous claims of how much weight you will lose using their product. They tell you up front that a healthy amount of weight to lose is two pounds each week.

Is the Amazon Rain Forest Safe Because of the Acai Berry and Diet Plans?
With all of the powers attributed to the acai berry; weight loss, high in antioxidants, fights cancer, some being true others not being proven, the one that is often missed is how it is protecting the Amazon Rain Forests. Countries like China use cut down trees in the rain forests of the Amazon. Much of this is legal and sanctioned by governments like Brazil. This has been a necessary evil that has kept countries like Brazil generating revenue for their country. However, the acai berry has become a new revenue generating export and much of the logging activities in the rain forest can be halted.
Diet Plans
Acai Berry thrives in the Amazon and with the recent global interest in this super fruit, logging activities are being replaced by harvesting operations. This change in operations will eventually, greatly reduce the need for these countries to process the the trees for lumber as an export. If the acai berry becomes as popular as the coffee bean, then the rain forests may be safe for generations to come.
Acai Berry Weight Loss
The acai berry has become very popular in the US and the UK because of its vitamin and antioxidant rich properties. It is used in health and energy drinks and sold as a pulp. It was once limited to being sold over the internet and in specialty retail stores but is now making an appearance in major grocery chains across the US.

Is the Flu in Your Neck of the Woods?
The flu season is ongoing and the CDC recommends a flu vaccination for anyone over 6 months old. There are flu tests available but they are not 100% reliable. Remember that the best way to combat flu is with prevention and vaccination. You should keep at least 6 ft distance from anyone that may have the flu. Try to refrain from touching your face or mouth and remember to keep your hands clean with soap and water. Hand sanitizer can be a good back up, however it should not be completely relied upon for hand cleaning.
People that are at high risk for flu related complications are being urged to get the flu vaccine this year. Children that are younger than 2 years and 5 years old as well as adults that are 65 and older and pregnant women. Those with medical conditions that could be exacerbated are considered at high risk for the flu.
Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
During week 4 (January 23-29, 2011), influenza activity in the United States increased.
The geographic spread of influenza in 30 states was reported as widespread; 15 states reported regional influenza activity; the District of Columbia and one state reported local influenza activity; Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and four states reported sporadic influenza activity, and Guam reported no influenza activity.

Is Treating Depression a Trade off of Sex Life for Clarity of Thought?
There’s plenty of people on anti-depressants and some being on them has been a trade off between feeling better and having a good sex life. Not all people will have the same reactions to antidepressants, but for some, the side effects can be devastating. The most predominant problem is not being able to achieve climax. This can affect both men and women.
Antidepressants can also improve your sex life depending on the severity of your depression, the type of antidepressant described and how your body reacts to that medicine. Those that do experience an improvement in their sex drive is often the result of them just feeling better in general.
Depression and Sex
Many see being prescribed an antidepressant as a death sentence for their sex life, however this is not always going to be the case. Not all antidepressants are prescribed for a lifetime, in fact many are prescribed for up to a year. Your circumstances may very, but deciding to fight your depression with medication does not have to be a choice between clarity and sexuality. Discuss any side effects with your doctor.

Is Your Child the Next Sports Phenom?
Every parent wants their children to succeed in life, go for their dreams, and some will do everything in their power to help them achieve it, no matter the cost. It has recently come to light at what cost this may be. Many parents believe that if their child shows an ease at one sport or another, that they are going to be the next Brett Favre, Flo Jo Johnson, or Derek Jeter.
These parents go to the extreme to make sure that their child gets the best coaching money can buy, upwards of $50,000 a semester in some cases. These aren’t teenagers or high school athletes either; in some cases, parents have started their children’s training as young as eight years old.
There are several sports programs throughout the country that boast Olympic and professional quality trainers who have worked for and with many names that are well known in the sports worlds. Parents are sending their children off to boarding schools simply for this program, even when it means separating them from everyone they know.
While some of these programs have helped children as young as thirteen earn college scholarships for their sports performances, results are not guaranteed.

Is Your Red Wine Slowing Your Weight Loss Diet Plans?
In a culture that is obsessed with weight gain and appearance, it seems that every aspect of a diet can be scrutinized. One of the newest fears is the possible weight gain associated with the consumption of certain alcoholic beverages. In recent weeks the question of the weight gaining effects of red wine has been brought up. Red wine is a popular alcoholic beverage and has been linked to the improvement of heart health when it is drunk one to two times a week. It is the high antioxidants and nutrients found in the red grapes that are associated with the improvement of heart health.
Now, it is feared that the same drink may create weight gain for its enthusiasts. It is already known that consumption of large amounts of alcohol, whether beer, wine or liquor, will eventually lead to weight gain. This is simply based off of the calorie, carbohydrate and fat content that is found in alcohol. Recently there have been studies on women who consume red wine and the effects it has on weight. Studies have shown that the consumption of red wine by women may actually help with prohibiting weight gain.
These studies have shown that drinking red wine may increase amounts of estrogen found in women. The amount being drunk by the study participants was moderate and no more and a glass a day. The increase of estrogen was linked to an increase in metabolic activity. The results have not been backed up by further studies but showed a link between a higher metabolic rate and the moderate consumption of red wine. Unfortunately for men, the same has not been found to hold true as the effects were created by the female hormone. Until further studies have been done, it is unclear whether red wine will produce more weight gain than any other type of alcoholic beverage available.

Is Your Weight Loss Being Watered Down Like Acai Juice?
One of the popular health fruit juices on the market currently is the POM juice, made from pomegranate. This fruit has become well known for its health benefits, antioxidants and delicious taste. Acai juice is also making a rise in the health food market, with studies showing it has equal amounts of antioxidants as the pomegranate.
Acai comes from a berry that is found in South America. The acai juice is just one of the forms available of the newly popular berry. It is important when looking to purchase juice made from acai berries that the juice being bought has no added sugar.
It is also common for some acai juices to be watered down a large amount so the company making the juice can turn a bigger profit. Look to purchase the juice in health food stores, or online at health-centered websites and always remember to look at the nutritional facts before making the purchase.
When you purchase watered-down acai juice you are only adding to the pockets of greedy companies that are profiting from the name of the acai berry. Certainly, the cost is a lot less than if you were to get 100% juice, but the benefits may also be reduced. This is why so many consumers have to be careful about reading the labels on products and especially juices.
Cranberry juice is another victim of this watering down problem. Make certain that when the label says 100% juice that it isn’t also including apple juice or another kind of juice. Most of these are labeled as cocktails. Just keep an eye out and make sure you are spending money on what you want, not what you are being deceived into purchasing.

Jack LaLanne, Original Fitness Guru Passes Away
Jack LaLanne was responsible for bringing health to Americans for decades. He encouraged diet plans of healthy vegetables and fruits and showing off his killer guns to show people that they too could exercise and look great.
Jack LaLanne continued to be a role model for healthy living and exercise all through his life. This is a man that swam to Alcatraz, could do a thousand push-ups in under 23 minutes, a real life superman. This was a man that was an inspiration for many and will live on in the messages that he has left for America.
Inactivity is the real killer, you need nothing more than a towel and a chair to exercise, no special equipment is needed. This is a man that will forever be respected and missed by people all across the world.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Fibromyalgia Potential Drug Fails To Obtain FDA Approval

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had denied the request for JZP-6 (Sodium Oxybate), a new drug developed by Jazz Pharmaceuticals for the treatment of pain disorder fibromyalgia. FDA is asking for additional and extensive clinical studies.
Due to the FDA rejection, the Jazz Pharmaceuticals shares slumped 55 cents, or 5.4 percent, to $9.56 premarket trading. The shares have ranged from $6.01 to $13.95 in the last year.
Although, the news does not come as a surprise, I think it will be a long way for fibromyalgia, with several years of delay,” Capstone Investments analyst Difei Yang said.
The Palo Alto, California-based company said in its complete response letter the government indicated that the need for additional clinical analysis, the appropriate patient population, methods for ensuring safe use, and the proposed REMS, concentration and trade name for the product.”
“We have requested a meeting with FDA in order to discuss and clarify the contents of the CRL and will then evaluate our next steps for JZP-6,” said Chairman and CEO Bruce Cozadd “We continue to believe there is a significant unmet medical need among fibromyalgia patients that could be met by JZP-6 if it were approved by FDA.” Approval of the drug for pain disorder fibromyalgia would have increased the company’s sales dramatically.
Despite the FDA panel rejection two months ago, some panelists had then urged the company not to give up on the medicine, citing a need for new options for the disorder.
“Based on the committee members’ inputs at the time of the panel meeting, I think there will be an additional clinical trial, we don’t know the scope of the clinical trial but another trial means the drug will be delayed by at least two years,” the analyst Yang added.

Jillian Michaels, Weight Loss Diet Plans & The Biggest Loser
One of the most popular reality T.V. shows currently on is the NBC hit The Biggest Loser”. The host of the show, Jillian Michaels, has created an diet program to help those who want to achieve similar results. This program is available online for a reasonable price.
Diet Plans
The great thing about this program is that it does not only focus on diet, but also has a fitness component to it. It helps participants focus on the most important part of a diet, being in the right mind set to lose weight and keep it off. This means finding motivation, setting real goals, and finding a way to achieve them.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
This program will also show how different body types respond to different exercises and food restrictions. The online program also provides weight loss buddies, active weight tracker and over 150 printable exercises. If the online diet plan doesn’t work, Jillian Michaels also has healthy cookbooks, and exercise DVDs available to buy.

Joint Replacements for the Younger Crowd
When people hear the term joint replacement’they normally picture this being performed on the over sixty crowd, with hip and knee replacements being the two most common of these surgeries. The Wall Street Journal has recently reported that by 2016 half of all of these types of surgeries performed will actually be on the 46-64 year old category.
The reason for this is simple; so many of this age group are embracing a healthier lifestyle, and are expressing this by participating in marathons, triathlons, tennis and other sports, and many of them are also suffering from forms of osteoarthritis much earlier than their parents and grandparents.

Medical researchers are working hard to create joints and perfect surgeries for this more active crowd so that their new joints can keep up with their lifestyle while lasting a long time. While some people still require these surgeries due to obesity, weight loss surgery is usually recommended first.

Key to Osteoporosis Treatment is not Always a Prescription
Osteoporosis Treatment is Sometimes Diet
If you or someone you know has recently been labeled as at risk for osteoporosis after a bone density scan, don’t immediately start looking at prescriptions for answers. It has recently been confirmed that one of the best ways to get your bones back on track is by taking a calcium supplement partnered with a vitamin D supplement.
By pairing these two items together you may be able to delay taking a bone-building medication, or avoid it all together. Making sure to consume plenty of calcium and vitamin D rich foods will also help you avoid the risk of fractures and breaks due to osteoporosis.
Prescription Medications
Doctors are quick to endorse prescription medications that will help with the same thing, more often than not, because some do not believe that some of their patients will adjust their diet instead of relying on a pill to do the work for them.

Kinect and the Future of Diet Plans
There was a very large decrease in the nation’s overall weight after the release of the Wii Fit and now it seems that with the release of the Kinect, there has been an increase in retail purchases of exercise equipment. The retail sector is reporting that there is a significant rise in the purchase of workout attire, free weights and supplements for diet plans.
With the New Year coming up and a lot of resolutions including weight loss, the Kinect will see record numbers as people make good on those resolutions. Diet plans that include a good cardio workout can benefit with thus use of the Kinect system and the dance and workout games that are strategically being released close to the New Year.
As an add on to the Xbox360, the Kinect is reasonably priced at $149.00 but also sells in bundles that include the Xbox360 and the Kinect device as well as some games. The overall savings with the bundle isn’t that extraordinary, but it does make it easier to wrap one big box rather than a lot of little boxes.

Kinect Great for at Home Diet Plans
It is hard for some people to get out of the house and go to the gym in order to exercise. However, since Nintendo released the physically interactive and demanding wii console, and in it included games that force you to exercise while you had fun, the video game exercise plan has taken over the country. Since then other companies such as PlayStation and Xbox have created similar movement based controllers that have similar functions.
The newest is the Xbox 360 Kinect. This gaming product provides its users with a unique and interactive experience that will jumpstart and encourage any exercise plan. Physically demanding programs from dancing to running with digitally animated friends are offered by the Kinect. An at-home exercise program cannot be any more comfortable for users knowing that nobody is at the treadmill next to them judging.
This at home privacy factor is just one of the many benefits of new at-home exercise plans offered on the Kinect Xbox system. The exercise games allow people to type in their personal weight loss goals and information so a personal exercise program can be created. If motivation is needed, invite a friend over and have a dance competition, which is guaranteed to get heart’s pumping!

Labels Might Confuse Some Weight Loss Dieters
While some dieters are very conscious of what they are ingesting, keeping track of the calories and sugars in meals, but this can be very far from the truth. Recent studies were concluded that many people who are dieting have a tendency to get distracted by labels, instead of looking at ingredients.
Dieters tend to ignore items that they know are unhealthy, like cakes and cookies, chips and fried foods, and eat more of what is labeled as healthy’like veggie chips, flavored waters and the like. Many of these so-called healthy items are packed with sugar, making them not so healthy.
If you provide someone with a list of ingredients, especially when at a restaurant, they are more likely to consider what they are eating, and how healthy it is. Provide them with a food item, like jelly beans, but refer to them as fruit chews’and candy chews’and you have a completely different story.
The study showed that people were more likely to eat more jelly beans when they were referred to as fruit chews than candy ones.

Lactose Intolerance, Allergy Sufferers, Modified Diet Plans and the Acai Berry
There are a lot of people that have some trouble with foods. They might be lactose intolerant or have an allergy to peanuts, wheat, dairy, you name it. If there is a food then there is most like someone out there that has an allergy to it. With all of the products on the market, it might be hard for people with food allergies to keep track of everything that goes into a product.
Living with a food allergy can present a lot of problems especially if there is a combination of allergies. Gluten intolerance is also a large problem in America. Wheat can not have all of the gluten taken out of it, yet it can still be listed as gluten free. It pays to do your research on the foods you love and the foods you want if you suffer from a food allergy because there are a lot of alternatives out there now. Those that are dairy intolerant or allergic can even enjoy desserts like cupcakes and other foods that were once only made with dairy.
Egg allergy sufferers can also now find some great substitutions, some as easy as just using apple sauce in a recipe instead of egg. Select your foods wisely, don’t rely on the information on the boxes at the grocery store. Do you research and make sure your foods don’t contain those elements that you are allergic to. One alternative that is being used for those that can’t eat chocolate is the acai berry. This has been a welcomed discovery for those that love the taste of chocolate but can’t eat it.

Lady Gaga’Anime Eyes in Bad Romance’Might Cause Serious Eye Problems

Lady Gaga, Fame Monster, over-the-top pop singer, and fashion trend setter, has become the inspiration of a lot of teen girls to wear anime-like circle contact lenses, to replicate her enormous digitally enhanced eyes in her latest music video Bad Romance”. As trendy as it may be to resemble Japanese anime cartoon characters with exaggerated eyes, a lot of Ophthalmologists are concerned and warned the public that the ill-fitting circle lenses purchased online from Asia, might lead to severe eye infections and even cause blindness.
The lenses in Asia that is being marketed online come in a variety of exaggerated designs and bright colors, such as Anime Jewel Gold, Tricolor Blue, and Neo Cosmo Sunflower Violet. The size of the lenses is larger than a normal contact lens, that extend beyond the iris and covering part of the whites of the eye, this effect will give the appearance of ultra large and artificially-colored eyes.
The anime typecircle lenses are not available in the U.S. All corrective and even cosmetic contact lenses available in U.S. is being regulated by the FDA and considered as medical devices, and can’t be sold in the U.S. without a medical prescription and a proper fitting.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology released a statement ad warned young adults of the dangers of using and purchasing circle lenses through the Internet, without having them properly fitted.
A group of American eye doctors warned said:
Inflammation and pain can occur from improperly fitted, over-the-counter lenses and lead to more serious problems including corneal abrasions and blinding infections.”

Laser Hair Removal and the Modern Woman
Women today are becoming more selective in their choices for dating. The female population has begun to outnumber the male population in the world and now with more modern women waiting for marriage they can be more discerning. Women are waiting until after they are established with their careers and are not wasting time with men while they are young.
Today’s new online dating community has even further enabled women to pick and choose over men before they start a relationship. Online, a woman can tell if a man has a job, his income level, whether he has children or is interested in children in the future, among many other factors. The traditional list of Mr. Perfect has been taken to a whole other level now that a woman can browse millions of online profiles of men around the world who are looking for a date.
What does this mean for the men? Males online have to be more aggressive, casting a wide net, hoping to catch the women who have passed them over. That is not to say that men are becoming less picky. Men are sending many more messages than women but according to OKTrends they send the majority of messages only to the most beautiful women. Online dating has opened up men to many more opportunities, but what they see is a widened ability to meet more attractive women.

Laser Hair Removal Coming to a Nail Salon Near You
Laser Hair Removal is becoming more of a standard in many nail salons. As the industry has produced safer equipment, technicians are no longer needed to run the once complicated lasers. Many nail salons are using lower powered laser removal systems to entice customers into purchasing other services that are available.
In one San Francisco nail salon, the owner has even offered laser hair removal as a free service for those that are getting manicure and pedicure services. This service is being offered for those that become part of a membership program that include quarterly laser hair removal and bi weekly manicures and pedicures.
This salon owner has seen quadruple profits and is thinking of expanding and maybe becoming a national chain. While they are keeping this under wraps to stave off competition from copying, they are also advertising on six predominantly featured billboards in the area. The laser hair removal equipment is expensive, but this San Fran nail salon is already half way through paying it off.

Last Minute Shopping Ideas, Exercise Equipment and Diet Plans
Dieting is going to be a big gift this year, so if you open up a book and it is about diet plans, then try to pretend to be surprised. Don’t be offended either, America is on the verge of a much bigger push towards healthier living and diet plans are only part of the step. You may also be unwrapping a treadmill and some free weights this Christmas.
If you didn’t want diet plans and exercise equipment, then return them the next day, but health and fitness are going to be playing a big part in your life in 2011. With healthcare reform and an interest in keeping premiums and benefits low, the health care industry wants the average American worker to be a lot trimmer and healthier to reduce costs across the board. Along with smoking and heart disease, obesity is in the top 5 killers of Americans for 6 years running.
So, even though you don’t want diet plans and exercise, just remember that the person that gave you the gift really does care about you. They want you to live a long time and that’s something to celebrate.

LeanSpa Acai Berry Diet Fact or Fiction
The Acai Berry has been a weight loss fad for sometime but buyers need to watch out for this supposed super food. LeanSpa for example, has promised its users things such as four times the amount of weight loss versus any other diet and exercise, a boost in energy, filled with antioxidants and more.
Truth is, once users receive the pills and give it a good test run, the results did not hold to their promise. There is always the factor that the user might be doing something wrong however, it is hard to say if it works or doesn’t work because everyone is different. LeanSpa has also had many positive reviews from its users. A great part to this specific Acai Berry diet is that LeanSpa doesn’t hit the user with additional fees.
They even have a free trial offer which is completely legit. With all the products on the market, users should be careful about which Acai Berry diet they choose from. Just because LeanSpa didn’t work for some, it might work for others. The only way to find out if this diet works is to test it for yourself.

Life Insurance as a Need for Lifetime
Keeping aside all the investments and savings with him, human beings see his life as a most precious asset. Hence, there is no doubt that among the different insurance policies, the life insurance cover is rated at a higher level.
Today, the well educated society of the country is not willing to skip out of the life insurance cover just to meet any other requirements which needs more money.
Hence, the insurance providers in the country are coming up with numerous policies which work differently according to the needs and desires of the individuals.
According to the type of policies offered in the current scenario, the masses are seen as banking upon the whole life policy, where the insurance cover is provided for the whole life and the claims are paid to the beneficiary in the case of some accidental and immediate death.
Here, the insurance subscriber pays the premium on every month or once in a year (according to the comfort level) and gets the policy registered on his/her name for the whole life.
Further, there is also a term insurance policy which works in an individual’s favour for a limited term. As per the functioning process of the policy, if an individual does not die within the determined term in the policy, he gets nothing but, if an accidental death occurs during that term, the claims are paid to the beneficiary of the policy.
As per the interest of individuals, both the above policies are seen as beneficial for the masses but, one should take care of the fact that what he needs for the life insurance policy, he is going to avail.
Firstly, one should judge that what is the premium rate, an insurance provider is asking and if he is getting the cheaper deal on same terms somewhere else then there is no harm in opting for the other option.
Secondly, a person should also judge that which policy provider is ready to offer him with maximum return. Both the above terms can be fulfilled with the price comparison models offered by several insurance or financial websites in the country.

Listeria Scare Prompts Walmart To Recall 380000 Pounds of Deli Meat

Buffalo, New York-based Zemco Industries, subsidiary of Tyson Foods Incorporated, conducted an immediate recall of more than 380,000 pounds of deli meat, which includes roast beef and Black Forest ham, used in sandwiches sold in Walmaart after a random sample in Georgia tested positive for Listeria monocytongenes, a food borne bacteria, that can cause a potentially fatal disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Monday.
“Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy,” the USDA said.
Fortunately, there are no reports of any illnesses associated with consumption of the potentially tainted meat, according to USDA.
Walmart acknowledged the recall in a statement released on Tuesday.
Upon learning of a voluntary recall conducted by our supplier Zemco Industries, Inc., of supermarket deli sandwich meat used in select Marketside Grab and Go deli sandwiches, we took action,Walmart stated and added: We immediately instructed stores to remove the impacted product from shelves.”
Walmart said the recall does not involve individual packages of deli meat and consumers can get a refund on Marketside Grab and Go sandwiches with a sell by date of Aug. 25, 2010 or prior.
The meat products subject to the recall are as follows:
• 25.5-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches BLACK FOREST HAM With Natural Juices Coated with Caramel Color” with the number 17800 1300
• 28.49-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches HOT HAM, HARD SALAMI, PEPPERONI, SANDWICH PEPPERS” with the number 17803 1300
• 32.67-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches VIRGINIA BRAND HAM With Natural Juices, MADE IN NEW YORK, FULLY COOKED BACON, SANDWICH PICKLES, SANDWICH PEPPERS” with the number 17804 1300
• 25.5-pound cases of “Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches ANGUS ROAST BEEF Coated with Caramel Color” with the number 17805 1300
The dates that the meats were produced ranged between June 18, 2010 to July 2, 2010.
The Use Bydates start Aug. 20, 2010 and end Sept. 10, 2010.

Looking for Healthy Weight Loss the Dr Oz Diet May be the Answer
Summer is around the corner and many Americans are looking for ways to lose weight. There are many different fad diets available that it is hard to find one that will actually work. It is important to find a diet that is based around healthy principles and is well-rounded.
The Dr. Oz diet is based around not only food choices but lifestyle changes. More than just eating healthy it will help with changing the relationship one has with food. Dr. Oz suggests grocery lists and foods to avoid.
What Dr. Oz calls the rule of 5is the top 5 foods that must be avoided. These include Simple sugars and syrups Saturated fat, Trans Fat and enriched flours. Once these foods are eradicated from the pantry and the grocery list it allows for a fresh start. From there the plan provides an easy way to eat right and exercise.

Lose Weight Without Dieting
Lose Weight Without Dieting
Believe it or not, you can lose weight without dieting. Now, that doesn’t mean you can gorge yourself on the next cheesecake that happens by, but you don’t have to deny yourself, either.
Start recording your meals. Technology makes this so much easier. Take a picture of your meal before and after with your cell phone. This is an easy way to record what and how much you are eating. Studies show this knowledge can help you lose up to five percent of your weight.
Pop a multi-vitamin each day. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition suggested that taking a multi-vitamin helps you feel less hungry. People who take a multi-vitamin tend to weigh less than those who do not.
If you workout, try circuit-style strength training. Research shows that a circuit workout and fewer rest periods burn more calories. Doing a whole-body workout also works more muscles. Working more muscles means burning more calories.
Eat plenty of vitamin C-rich foods. Research has shown that if you consume at least 500 mg of vitamin C, you will burn about 30 percent more fat during your workouts. Try eating citrus foods, cantaloupe, and a mixture of baby carrots, broccoli and tomatoes.
Not only eating foods high in vitamin-C, but eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables will aid in shedding pounds. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that a diet with lots of fruits and vegetables will cut the amount of calories consumed.

Lose Weight: Smart Weight Loss
Lose Weight: Smart Weight Loss

All those commercials on TV about losing incredible amounts of weight by taking a pill or drinking a shake are really tempting. But, being skeptical, you have to wonder if they are safe. You want to lose weight, but want to do it right. There is so much conflicting information out there you don’t know who to believe. There are some basic rules to follow to lose weight safely and smartly.
Losing Weight
First, remember that losing weight means burning (i.e. losing) more calories than you take in. To burn one pound of fat, you have to burn about 3500 calories over what you already burn. To find out how many calories you burn each day, start by determining your basal metabolic rate (BMR). This is the amount of calories you would burn if you stayed in bed. Try the calculator at
Next, you need to calculate your activity level. There are many online charts available to determine how many calories specific activities burn. Discovery Health has an interactive chart ( with almost every activity you can think of.

Then, determine how many calories you take in. A great tool to use is Calorie Count ( Do this for a week, then add your totals together and average them to obtain an idea of your average daily intake.

Finally, add your BMR to your activity level calories. From that total, subtract your food calories. If your BMR plus activity calories total is less then your food calories, you will gain weight and you know you either have to reduce your calories or increase your activity.

Losing Weight on a 2000 calorie diet
Losing Weight on a 2000 Calorie Diet?
To be honest, this diet is not for you if your daily calorie intake is less than 2,000 already. But if you want to lose weight and have a daily caloric intake over 2,000, this may be the diet for you.
The 2,000 calorie diet is based on the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) newly revised food plate. As opposed to the older Food Pyramid, the USDA now recommends more dairy, grains and meat intake, and eating fewer fruits and vegetables.
2000 Calorie Diet
Let’s say your current daily caloric intake is 2,500. If you follow the 2,000 calorie diet, you will already have a 500 calorie deficit each day. Since the rule of thumb is generally 3,500 calories equals one pound of body weight, just by cutting those 500 calories each day will equal about one pound of weight lost per week. If you add 30 minutes of exercise each day, like walking or bicycling, your weight loss will increase even more.
The USDA recommends the following amounts each day for a 2,000 calorie diet: 6 ounces of grains, 2.5 cups of vegetables (all colors), 2 cups of fruits, 5.5 ounces of meat or beans, 3 cups of milk and 6 teaspoons of fat.
Smaller Plate, Smaller Waist Line
When you start to measure out your meals, you may be surprised at how much, or little, of an amount each of these amounts is. But don’t let your mind get the best of you. When you first start on this diet, serve your meals on a smaller plate. Believe it or not, since your plate will be full, your body will believe it’s getting a regular dinner plate full of food.
For great tips and information on healthy eating, visit the USDA’s website at

Low Carb Diets Work
Low Carb Diets Work
Robert Atkins had it right; diets with a reduced or zero amount of carbohydrates lead to weight loss. The complete elimination of carbohydrates are not absolutely necessary if you are not willing to go that far. New studies show that by simply keeping the amount of carbs that you ingest to a minimal amount you will also be able to lose weight.
Lose Weight
This method may help you lose weight at a slower rate than eliminating them altogether, but is a much healthier way to live and lose weight. Once you lose the weight that you wanted by cutting back on your carbs, you can slowly increase the amount you eat, but don’t go crazy.
New Weight
In order to maintain your new weight you will still need to keep carbohydrate rich foods to a minimum and not overindulge, lest you undo all your hard work. Exercising several times a week is a great way to help keep the weight off and tone up your muscles as well.

Low-Carb Weight Loss Diet Plans, High-Fat Diets Fine for Obese
For those people who are obese and looking to try a low-carb diet need not worry about its high fat content. Research shows that the amount of fat in these types of diets do not have any worse of an effect on their arteries than a low-fat, high-carb diet.
This means that those who are overweight and obese have many more dieting options than originally thought, and that their weight is not the deciding factor. Such diets as the Atkins diet and the South Beach diet feature many low-carbohydrate products geared toward helping individuals maintain their diet and helping them to lose weight.
The dieters that were on the low-carb diet lost weight approximately twice as fast as those that didn’t when paired with exercise. More long-term studies will be conducted since this preliminary three-month one was so successful

Lowering Cholesterol Drugs may Cut Risk of Prostate Cancer

A well-known drug used to lessen cholesterol in human body may also impact prostate cancer. Series of research and analysis conducted and the results shown that there are a direct link between cholesterol and the risk of prostate cancer.
Researchers from Duke said they have discovered benefits of statin medications for men who’ve had prostate cancer surgery.
In 2007, Charles Jackson discovered that he had cancer in the prostate. He decided to undergo to surgery to remove the cancer.
(I’ve) not really had a problem since then. It was the best decision to make,Jackson said.
Jackson also participated in a study with the V.A. Hospital and Duke in which he took a statin medication for lowering cholesterol.
Dr. Stephen Freedland, Duke Urologic surgeon, spearheaded the study of 1,300 men, like Jackson, who had prostate cancer surgery. They were monitored for almost four years to compare cancer recurrence in those who took statins and those who did not.
And what we saw was that the men on statins had about a 30 percent lower risk that the cancer would come back,Freedland said.
They also analyzed at results of those on higher doses of statins.
So if you were on an intermediate to high dose statin, it was actually 40 to 50 percent reduced risk that the cancer would come back,Freedland said.
The research shown a positive results, but the results aren’t enough to prescribe statins solely to prevent cancer recurrence, but it strengthens the link between cholesterol levels and prostate cancer and natural ways to lower cholesterol, such as diet and exercise.
Just losing weight, regardless of how you lose the weight, lowers cholesterol levels,Freedland said.
That’s how Jackson is controlling his cholesterol now without medication.
I think my cholesterol stays intact. It runs around 160, somewhere in there,he said.
That’s a good number that should decrease his risk and his worries about dealing with cancer ever again.

Magic Mushroom Might Help To Reduce Anxiety For Cancer Patients

A group of researchers from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, discovered that the psychedelic drug psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” improved the mood of cancer patients and cut their anxiety and depression. A small and controlled dose of psilocybin also helped patients function better for up to six months, the study suggested.
In a small pilot study, the compound psilocybin appeared to be safe both physiologically and psychologically, said study author Dr. Charles Grob, MD, of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, who directed the study.
Dr. Grob and his team of researchers conducted a pilot study of 12 patients, ages 36 to 58, who suffer from advanced-stage cancer as well s diagnosed with anxiety. The study participants were given a low dose of psilocybin, while under direct supervision of well-skilled therapists. In a separate session, the participants took a placebo pill.
The study, issued in Archives of General Psychiatry, showed that the psychedelic drug could be safely given to cancer patients. Six months after the experimentation, the patients average score on a common scale used to measure depression had declined by 30%. Researchers concluded that when people with advanced stages of cancer were given controlled dosage of the main ingredient of Magic Mushrooms”, they had reduced anxiety and felt happier. Decrease in pain was not noted, however, researchers believe that a little dosage increase the patients would also have pain relief.
The complete research was published online Sept. 6 and will appear in the January 2011 print issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.

Make a Weight Loss Diet Plan with Acai
The most important aspect of weight loss is having a diet and exercise plan that can be carried out correctly. When beginning to structure a weight loss plan it is helpful to research options online, or go into a gym or nutrition and health food store to get advice from a professional.
Each person’s body is built differently and responds better to different diets, exercises and dietary supplements. Many gyms offer to take measurements, starting weight and the Body Mass Index. This is a great way to benchmark where the diets started, and watch how it progresses. One of the hardest parts of a weight loss plan is the diet and not eating those no-nofoods.
Currently many dieters are using supplements to increase the success of the diet. Acai berry has become a favorite for nutritionists and dieters alike. The fruit is a very nutrient rich berry which provides an extremely high number of antioxidants.
It is most potent in its natural form, although since its rise in popularity has become available in powders, juices, pills, and even chocolate. It holds true that the most pure version is the most beneficial; however these additional supplements have been found to still contain many nutrients.

Making Your Own Energy Drink, Healthy Fruits and Veggies
Healthy energy drinks can be expensive if purchased at the store, and they can sometimes contain additives that you might prefer to otherwise stay away from. Making drinks at home that are both healthy and tasty is a cost-effective way to have the best of both worlds. All you need are some ingredients, a little imagination, and a blender if you want to make smoothies, and you’re set.
Many energy drinks start with a base of caffeine. You can use coffee or tea, or if you prefer to stay away from caffeine, ginko and ginseng can be used. Adding fresh fruit or fruit juices provides lots of flavor along with key vitamins and nutrients. Blending different types of fruits and juices together amps up the taste experience.
While you don’t have to sweeten your drink, using a bit of honey or raw sugar will give you an added energy boost. Artificial sweeteners are not recommended as they do not provide any nutritional value. Try several different recipes, or add in some yogurt, protein powder, or whatever else sounds good to see which combination satisfies your taste buds and gives you the energy you need.

Mandatory Health Care Obama
For many millions on Americans health care is simply not an affordable option. Whether they are dealing with a pre-existing condition and are denied because of it, or it is simply not offered through their employer who cannot afford the skyrocketing premiums it is a reality many have to live with. Those who have coverage currently are forced to deal with a broken system where profit is placed before the well being of the patient. Thanks to the hard work of the Obama mandatory health care reform things are looking very different for the average American struggling to make ends meet. With these changes there has never been a better time to get health coverage than today.
Three big reasons why getting health insurance is better today than a year ago:
There is no longer a lifetime or annual limit on coverage for all new and existing plans. One of the major hurdles an individual or family could have faced in the past is having their policy canceled when they got sick. Going forward you will be protected against such practices and can rest assured that the insurance you pay for will be there when you need it.
The Obama mandatory health care plan introduces a new independent appeals process which gives you a voice when dealing with decisions made by your health insurance company. This holds the companies accountable for decisions they make and allows a third party not motivated by profit to review any denial of coverage. This is a major step forward in protecting your right to health care.
Finally, under the Obama mandatory health care reform Insurance companies are now held accountable for any rate hikes to your policy. In the past it was common practice for insurance companies to push up the premiums without justification causing a lot of financial stress to millions of policy holders. The new regulations will deter this practice by penalizing the insurance companies if they do so.
So what does all this mean for you? It’s simple. If you’re one of the millions of uninsured Americans then there are now affordable options available to you. Once you receive health insurance you will no longer have to live in fear of getting cancelled or dropped if you have to use it. Furthermore you won’t have to worry about ever increasing costs or substantial rate hikes that could force you to cancel in the future.
The fact is that by 2014 the Obama mandatory health care reform will go into full effect requiring every American to be insured. From now going forward however many of the changes in regulations and consumer protection will go into effect. There is no reason to wait until the last minute to get health insurance for you and your family. Start enjoying the security of knowing that you are covered in the case of illness or injury today.
As always, be sure to keep your current coverage in place until a reputable company has offered acceptable coverage. Launches Website for Beauty, Health and Cosmetics has just launched their site for discussing beauty products, mascara and cosmetics. The site features articles and reviews on cosmetics companies and their products. The site also offers advice in locating great deals on makeup from online resources as well as cosmetics that can be purchased from beauty advisors.
Aloette cosmetics is one of the companies that takes a look at. Aloette has been around for a few years now and is quickly becoming one of the more popular distributors of cosmetics and beauty products, some containing organic aloe vera. delivers some useful tips on makeup application. The site is easy to use and has a lot of great deals on products such as Clinique Cosmetics. also points to a number of sites where their visitors can receive free beauty samples. Sleep and Anti-Aging (Healthy Skin care and Beauty Rest)
For years people have been saying that they need their beauty sleep.
Improve the Look and Feel of Skin
However, not many people actually believe that sleep can improve the look and feel of skin. On the contrary, science has showed that those who get more than eight hours of sleep have younger more attractive looking skin.
Healthy Skin
The healthy skin study happened over a two night span, with participants preparing for 48 hours prior to the first night. Preparation included not smoking or drinking for 48 hours. The first night participants slept for 8 hours and were photographed upon waking at 7am. The second night participants slept for only 5 hours after being kept awake for 31 and once again photographed.
Beauty Sleep
Viewers were shown both sets of photographs and asked to rate each on a scale of 1-10. The ratings were based on attractiveness. The sleep deprived versions of the participants were rated with substantially lower scores. It appears that beauty sleep can really life up to its name., Get Younger Looking Eyes,Skincare and Cosmetics
Skincare, wrinkle removal, just staying younger looking is a big business because there’s a great demand. Aging, well, aging just isn’t that much fun sometimes. Aging is one of those things that frustrates a lot of people because it is seemingly out of their control. However, removing a wrinkle or two with a cream or lotion puts a little power back in the hands of the person aging and that’s a good feeling. There’s a lot of products out there that can help return that control, some of them do what they say, some of them might not and takes a look at some of those products.
One of the areas where wrinkles are most noticeable is around the delicate eye area. From getting rid of crow’s feet to saggy under eyes every woman wants to achieve younger looking eyes. There is no need to take a trip to the plastic surgeon, instead look towards Aloette’s Advanced Eye Recovery Pro Eye Cream With DermaBind.
This advance skin care product will help reduce the look of fine wrinkles and fade dark under eye circles. The cream uses the peptide DermaBind to firm the skin around the eye area which helps in reducing wrinkle lines.
For the eye puffiness and dark circles, there is a soy and rice peptide complex, Regu-age, designed specially to combat these unwanted traits. Retinol is the key ingredient that aids in resurfacing skin and texture to create a smooth look and feel. All Aloette products are made with high quality aloe vera as well as moisturizing shea butter and vitamins.

Massachusetts Governors’new take on Health Insurance
Currently, doctors are compensated based on the amount of visits their patients take to their offices and the number of tests that have to be run. The new Massachusetts Governor, Deval L. Patrick, believes there is a better way to run the system. Currently doctors are being paid on a per-visit or per-procedure basis, instead of this he suggests a fixed yearly rate per patient. This would be in hopes of health organizations becoming accountable care organizations.”
Health Insurance
Included in this plan would be incentives and rewards determined by how healthy the doctors patients stayed, or became since being in their care. The plan has the potential to lead doctors to being more hands on with their patients, because their well-being determines the amount of money made. In the most hopeful case, this would increase the overall health of the patients, including promoting healthy diets, weight loss and even blood pressure.
Medical Procedures
Some people believe that pushing for healthier patients from the beginning may help avoid medical procedures and treatments that might otherwise have been necessary. The Governors’goal is to have this new approach to health care in place within the next 5 years. However this approach to health care is very likely to have a lot of opposition, even in a state widely known to be liberal.

Maternity Insurance Impossible to Locate, Even on E Health Insurance
If you or your spouse is pregnant and you didn’t select maternity coverage 12 months prior to being pregnant, then you could be facing some serious hospital bills. Most maternity coverage requires that you have been paying into it for around a year before you become pregnant. If you are currently pregnant and trying to get maternity coverage you may be out of luck.
If you do find an insurer that will cover you, then you could be looking at premiums for a single coverage plan including maternity costing around $400.00 and up. You will definitely have trouble finding it on the internet and even in some of the more well known sites like E Health Insurance, it is nearly completely hidden.
Insurance companies take big hits every year with pregnancies and this might be the very reason that it is so hard to find plans, let alone information about maternity coverage. There are discounts plans that are available if you or your spouse are pregnant already. These discount plans help to cut costs on delivery and hospital stays. If you can not find coverage then you should at least try to get on a discount plan or you may be paying out of pocket for the birth of your child on their high school graduation day.

McDonald’s faces lawsuit for unfairly and deceptivelymarketing toys to children

Washington-based consumer watchdog, The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), are threatened to file a lawsuit against McDonald’s Tuesday. According to CSPI the fast food chain “unfairly and deceptively” markets the toys to children. According to CSPI the fast food chain “unfairly and deceptively” markets the iconic toys to children. McDonald’s unfairly lures children in consuming unhealthy and fatty foods.
CSPI mentioned that the company used the toys to effectively promote their products. They said that this marketing strategy is luring children into overriding parental discretion and harnesses children’s inexperience to seduce them into buying unhealthy food. They also stated that numerous state consumer protection ordinances are considering such activity as unlawful.
“McDonald’s marketing has the effect of conscripting America’s children into an unpaid drone army of word-of-mouth marketers, causing them to nag their parents to bring them to McDonald’s,” CSPI’s Stephen Gardner said on its letter announcing the lawsuit.
Using toys as marketing ploy to promote fast-food received a negative reaction in May when the Santa Clara County, California, Board of Supervisors passed a law that prevents McDonald’s and other restaurants from using toys as a promotional means to target children and ensure its profitability.
Recently, 12 million of cadmium contaminated “Shrek” promotional glasses was recalled by McDonald’s. Also, Federal Trade Commission cited that fast food giant allocated $350 million on its promotional toys per year.
McDonald’s are getting used to controversies, in 2001 a lawsuit was filed against it by vegetarians who cited that McDonald failed to convey the truth that there French fries and hash browns had beef in them”. Also, in 2003 U.S. District Court dismissed a lawsuit filed the company by teenagers who claimed that there food made them obese and caused obesity-related problems.
Outside the continent, in New Zealand, the anti-obesity campaigner Robyn Toothmath has welcomed the idea, saying that there are existing proofs and studies that children are attracted to meals accompanied with a toy.
“We’ve had good evidence of this over the years … very successful toys have increased the sales of McDonald’s happy meals – many fold – over the weeks that these toys have been on saleToothmath said.
However, William Whitman, McDonald’s Vice President of Communications said in a statement that the company “couldn’t disagree more” with CSPI’s allegation that their toys violate any laws. He said that they are offering more option to the consumer than they ever have and Happy Meals are specially designed for smaller kids.
“We are proud of our Happy Meal which gives our customers wholesome food and toys of the highest quality and safety,” Whitman said. “Getting a toy is just one part of a fun, family experience at McDonald’s.”

Medical Advances Beating and Preventing Cancer
Medical advances continue to advance helping millions of people combat what used to be deadly diseases. Every year people suffering from a variety of cancers are allowed to leave the hospital and resume their lives. While some cancers are only considered to be in remission, many of these remissions will last for the remainder of the patients’lives.
A new survey has showed that almost twelve million citizens in the United States can say that they have survived cancer. This is a substantial number and has increased 400 percent since forty years ago. Each year the number of survivors increases a large amount. There were 9.8 million survivors in 2001 and when surveyed again in 2007 there were approximately 11.7 million survivors.
As medical advances continue these numbers are sure to continue to increase. It is also hoped that the negative side effects many survivors experience will decrease over time. One of the best forms in helping patients survive cancer is early detection and preventative care.

Medical Experts Prove That Pesticide Exposure In Pregnancy Causes ADHD

Medical experts urging pregnant women to ensure and properly wash their fruits and veggies before eating them as common pesticides may increase the chances of ADHD.
A group of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that pregnant women with high levels of pesticides in their urine were more likely to attention-related problems in her child, particularly boys, at age five.
It’s known that food is a significant source of pesticide exposure among the general population. I would recommend thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables before eating them, especially if you’re pregnant,said Brenda Eskenazi, professor of maternal and child health.
The recent research also backs up the previous findings that children’s direct exposure to pesticides can increase their risk of ADHD, giving scientists a better idea of the link of these chemicals on the human brain.
These studies provide a growing body of evidence that organophosphate pesticide exposure can impact human neurodevelopment, particularly among children. We were especially interested in prenatal exposure because that is the period when a baby’s nervous system is developing the most,explained the study author, Amy Marks.
To find out more about pregnancy and ADHD visit

Medicare Expands Coverage To Help Nicotine Addicts Quit Smoking

The U.S. Government expanded the Medicare and initiated a new quit smoking program helping people quit their unhealthy smoking habits.
The new Medicare Smoking Cessation Program is designed to provide support to people who wanted to end their daily nicotine fix. There are drugs to help nicotine addicts to quit smoking but now Medicare will pay for up to eight counseling session under the new program.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) announced that, people covered by Medicare who smoke will be entitled to receive tobacco cessation counseling from a qualified physician or other medical practitioner recognized by the government.
For too long, many tobacco users with Medicare coverage were denied access to evidence-based tobacco cessation counseling,Kathleen Sebelius, HSS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, said. Now, older adults and other Medicare beneficiaries can get the help they need to successfully overcome tobacco dependence.”
Dr. Barry Straube, Medicare’s chief medical officer, says it’s never too late to quit smoking and benefit from it:
“The elderly can respond to smoking cessation counseling even if they have been smoking for 30 years or more. We do know we can see a reduction in the death rate and complications from smoking-related illnesses.” Not only cancer, heart disease and lung problems, which can kill, but also gastric reflux, osteoporosis and other ailments that undermine quality of life.

Metabolism & Weight Loss
The older you get, the harder it is to lose weight. Metabolism usually takes the rap for the inability to lose weight. It’s tempting to take those pills that claim to boost metabolism and burn fat, but you have to wonder how healthy those pills really are.
Some factors in weight gain you cannot control. Genetics plays a big part. Ever notice how you seem to end up with the same type of body-shape your parents have? You may have a genetic predisposition for weight gain in those areas. While you don’t have to give in to that, it will take more effort to fight the gain in those areas and you may never fully overcome it.
Also, medications can play a part in weight gain. Certain medications can either cause weight gain or make it difficult to lose weight. Steroids and older anti-depressants are common causes of weight gain, along with some diabetes medications and high blood pressure medications.
But is your metabolism as much to blame as you really think? To a small extent it may, but not as much as lifestyle, diet and physical activity. Instead of blaming your metabolism and taking pills to boost it, try these steps first.
Track your calorie intake. As you age, you may not need as many calories because your muscle mass tends to decrease. It’s not your metabolism slowing down; it’s just that due to your physical activity, your body doesn’t need as many calories.
Want to increase your caloric burn? Increase your muscle-building activity. Try swimming, walking, even weight lifting. You don’t have to become an over-muscled body builder type, but you can increase your muscle mass and burn those calories.

Middle School Helps with Cholesterol
A project has recently concluded that was put in place to see how different health and physical education options would affect middle school students. The school in question offered more physical education classes, as well as more health and nutrition classes and healthier choices in the lunch room. The study measured the student’s cholesterol and heart rates throughout the study, and found that both levels were lower by the end due to better health choices. These choices included eating more healthy foods and less fatty ones, getting at least 2 ½ hours of physical exercise a week, and limiting television and computer time. This study is just the beginning to what could be many more in depth ones. Since this was just a preliminary study, it failed to have a control group, which is essential to get more consistent results.

Migraine Sufferers and Triggers
Migraine Sufferers and Triggers
According to statistics, over one in ten Americans suffer from migraine headaches. If you’re a woman, the numbers increase to one in six. The pain usually occurs on one side of the head near the eyes, forehead or temples. The pain from a migraine can be paralyzing and can last up to three days if it is untreated. Suffers can experience vomiting, nausea or vision problems as well.
Many times, there are certain things that will trigger migraines, and by tracking when you get migraines may allow you to avoid or lessen your exposure.
Stress and Anxiety
Two of the most common triggers are stress and anxiety. If you have found a way to stay completely stress-free and relaxed at all times, you may want to patent it. But you can practice relaxation techniques to help you through your times of stress. Practice deep breathing, picture a tranquil setting or listen to your favorite music.
Not getting sufficient amounts of sleep and food can trigger migraines in some people. Low blood sugar and dehydration are classic triggers. Getting at least six hours of sleep also reduces the chance of migraines.
Certain foods are also known to trigger migraines. MSG, cheese, soy sauce, red wine and – say it isn’t so – chocolate are common causes. But studies have yet to provide a definitive link between migraines and food.
Migraines may be set off by some specific cause, such as flickering lights. This could be a reflection from snow or water or from fluorescent bulbs or television or movie screens. Wearing polarizing sunglasses outside and using daylight spectrum fluorescent bulbs inside may help.
If you’re a woman, you might notice that your migraines are tied to your menstrual cycle. When estrogen levels drop, chances of a migraine go up. Some women benefit from taking birth control pills, while others do not.
So, what can you do? Many sufferers have found that pain medications containing caffeine, or combining pain medications with coffee help. But if the pain gets too bad, talk to your doctor.

Mild Obesity and Cholesterol Actually Helpful?
There has been plenty of talk about how bad obesity is, and a whole slew of ways to lose weight and change your eating habits, but medical professionals have actually found a group of people that have the opposite effect. Recent studies have found that people who are mildly obese and also suffering from ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gherig’s Disease, may actually live a longer life than those with the disease of normal weight, underweight, or even overweight. Researchers are still debating whether or not their cholesterol level has anything to do with this, and so far the results are inconclusive. They have also found that patients suffering with this disease are able to burn calories faster than expected, despite the loss of muscle mass and control. While researchers aren’t suggesting that being mildly obese will help fight the disease, many specialists agree that there is reason for their patients to watch their weight or diet and that they can eat pretty much whatever they want.

Minnesota Nurses On Warpath
Nurses in hospitals across Minnesota are striking work on Thursday protesting proposed pension cuts and cut in staffing levels. A simultaneous action planned in California was blocked by a San Francisco judge. The National Nurses United Union is spearheading the nurses’cause and many allege that it is an attempt by the newly formed union to hog the limelight.
More than 12,000 Minnesota nurses are participating in the strike, affecting 14 hospitals in the Twin City. Two large hospitals are not affected. Despite the magnitude, the impact is likely to be minimal as the striking nurses have been substituted by 2,800 nurses recruited from different states of the country. In addition, hospitals have taken steps such as postponing elective surgeries and reducing the number of patients to cope.
Coming down heavily upon cut in staffing levels, Karen Higgins, one of the union’s presidents said that an increasing number of older and sicker patients and advanced medical equipment have contributed to the stressful work environment for nurses. The strike is reported to be the largest in U.S. history. About 7,300 nurses in California walked off the work for two days in 1997.
The union is also demanding a rigid staffing ratio. Hospitals, struggling to cut costs under pressure from national insurance companies, find the idea too expensive. Besides, they insist the demand is unjustified because current staffing level is enough to ensure a safe operation.
Dwaine Duckett of the University of California described the strike as union’s strategy to demonstrate power. It is a ploy to attract more membership, representative of a hospital claimed. The union, formed in December 2009, currently has 155,000 members.

Mona Vie and Other Acai Berry Products
Since 2004, the acai berry has has made a huge impact on a variety of health products and weight loss supplements consumed by Americans and people all over the world. Among the list of positive effects and benefits of the fruit are increased metabolism, increased energy, improved look of skin and even improvement to one’s cardiovascular health. The nutrients found in the fruit are similar to those found in red wine, which is commonly said to improve heart health when one glass is consumed a day.
While many of the boasts of this super fruit are unsubstantiated and are merely opinion, there benefits of adding a good source of nutrients to your diet can not be disputed. Many are using the berry in a supplement form or pulp form at breakfast or before workouts to increase the energy available to their body from a healthy source of vitamins and antioxidants.
There are several acai berry products making their way to the market. One of the longest and most widely known of these products is Mona Vie. While mostly sold through a distributor or through their website, this product has a price tag that would make most balk. That is why many new to the acai berry movement are buying lesser priced, but possibly less effective and diluted acai berry products.
Unfortunately, the higher priced products are the ones that are not from a concentrate but are organic and pure juice. Some products dilute the berry with water or other juices and simply add the name acai to the product if it contains even a small amount.

More Than Rabbit Food – How to Add Zing to Your Weight Loss Diet Plans
Weight Loss Diet Plans
When you’re on a diet, you can feel deprived. No one really wants to eat that bowl of lettuce when everybody else is eating pasta and steak. Don’t fret, though. There are ways to spruce up your salad to make it the envy of every rabbit.
– Add fruits, either fresh or dried, to your salad. Adding apples, grapes, cranberries, or raisins adds a different texture and a little sweetness.
– Add cheese. Bleu cheese, feta and goat cheese add great flavor to your salad, along with protein. The cheese pairs well with the fruit without overpowering the taste.
– Add meat. Chicken and steak add protein. By adding meat, you are well on your way to turning your bland salad into a spectacular main dish.
– To add more fiber and healthy oils, add avocados, toasted nuts or olives. Almonds or walnuts make a great addition to salads, as do sunflower seeds. White beans or chickpeas also add protein and fiber, along with texture.
– Don’t just use plain iceberg lettuce. Buy different types for different tastes. Add Boston or romaine lettuce for a sweeter taste, radicchio or watercress for a more bitter, nutty taste. Add spinach for iron and variety.
– To top it all off, choose a dressing beyond the traditional vinegar and oil. Try an Asian ginger dressing, a cilantro-lime dressing. Do you like a more traditional dressing? You can find recipes for turning a creamy ranch or blue cheese dressing into a more calorie-friendly, low-fat version.

More Weight Loss Options for Obesity Relief
Those suffering from obesity may soon have another option to lose weight. Where diet and exercise are falling short, a new prescription may be a solution soon. There have been recent studies conducted featuring a pair of medicines that have been effective on their own in helping with weight loss. In the short-term studies, the combination of the two medicines achieved a much higher weight loss percentage than those who were issued the placebo. While diet, exercise, and healthy food choices are also a key part of losing weight, the pills do seem to be an option for those who feel have run out of choices. There are still more studies to be done before this product is available on the market. The long term effects of the medication have yet to be seen, and there are going to be more studies on what the possible side effects are as well.

Motivation to Lose Weight
Weight loss is something that many people are trying, and struggling, to achieve. For many of these people, it is because they have yet to find a weight loss plan that fits their lifestyle. For others the problem is not the diet plan, but the lack of motivation.
While they may be emotionally motivated to lose weight, they lack a sense of true motivation that is necessary to be successful. If this is the problem, there are a number of little tricks to help keep motivation up. Weight loss plans should have a series of smaller goals with rewards attached.
As the smaller goals are reached, and the dieter is rewarded they should also be working towards a larger goal. As time goes on the goals should have fewer rewards, and the dieter should start working towards the reward of the weight lost and a healthy lifestyle. It is important to stay motivated throughout the plan.

Move Over Acai, Apples are the New Superfruit
Lately, the Acai berry has been getting all the credit for being a superfruit, but it isn’t the only one. Everyone knows the old adage an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but nobody really knew how true it was until now. There have been recently studies conducted to see just how healthy apples are for you, and it turns out they are in the same category as the Acai berry. In addition to being high in fiber, they are also rich in polyphenols which can help to lower your LDL cholesterol as well as helping to increase the production of pro-inflammatory molecules. The studies were conducted in groups of postmenopausal women between the ages of 45 and 65 over a one year period. Researchers were surprised to find just how well they did on an apple rich diet, and the women were pleased with their health and the weight loss that some experienced.

MTB Shoe Health Craze
Introducing a new rage in England and Europe that is expected to soon hit the US, MBT shoes. Used for walking and other exercise, the MBT shoes are known for giving its users the healthy boost that they need for their physical activity. Specifically, the MBT Women’s Maliza shoe is footwear promoting a healthier body. While most shoes work to protect the feet, this particular design will help to straighten posture and lessen back pain.
The MBT Men’s Kabisa shoe design helps to support the users joints and knees to actually lessen pressure while walking. This is all because of the curved sole design found within the shoes. This new technology is claimed to even distribute the pounds of pressure that the body experiences while walking or doing physical activity. They also allow a quick recovery after workout for the user’s muscles.
The shoes can literally help people to lose weight by burning more calories. Muscles will tone and walking will never feel as healthy as it does with the MBT shoe. Although this rage hasn’t hit the US quite yet, it will without a doubt because of its healthy fitness advantages. It is only just a matter of time.

Napping to Improve Weight Loss Diet Plans
For years studies have shown how a good night’s sleep can better prepare one’s brain for a day of learning. Now recent studies are showing that quick naps before learning new information is another way to increase memorization. The study looked at a variety of volunteers who took a nap lasting around one and a half hours directly before doing a memorization exercise.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
The results showed that those who napped prior to the exercise scored almost 20 percent more than those who did not nap before the exercise and found improvements in their weight loss goals. The study showed that people go about their everyday business their ability to learn and retain information decreases. Ones who did not nap and did the exercise both in the morning and the afternoon showed much better results in the first set of exercises.
Weight Loss and Exercises
Those who napped actually did better on the second set of exercises compared to the first set. This suggests that napping not only reboots the memory capacity, but actually improves it all together. The result makes a case for the way some Europeans schedule their workdays around a mid-day siesta.

New ALS Gene Mutation Found
New ALS Gene Mutation Found
Researchers have found another gene mutation that is responsible for ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This mutation is found in the ninth pair of DNA chains and can be repeated anywhere from two to twenty-three times.
New Discovery
The discovery of this new mutation is number four. Three previous mutations had been discovered, and the discovery of each new one leads researchers one step closer to finding a cure for the disease, as well as helping to create new treatment options for those who have been diagnosed. This mutation accounts for nearly 40% off all ALS cases.
The four known mutations are responsible for 25% of all diagnoses, meaning that there is still a long way to go until the disease can be eliminated. Most patients who have been diagnosed only live for about two or three years after, and it is generally ten years until a new treatment method can be utilized after the mutation is discovered. This means it is unlikely a cure will be found for those who are currently diagnosed, but is more likely for generations to come.

New Comparison Show Connection Between Childbirth and Spirituality
While having a safe and healthy birth is typically a primary concern for pregnant women, new research shows that most women view childbirth as a spiritual experience as well. The just-published research shows that women across diverse cultures correlate having a baby with growing closer to God.”
The study, published in the spring issue of the “Journal of Perinatal Education,” found that understanding the spiritual dimensions of childbirth is essential in clinical settings. As such, authors of the study recommend clinicians include the question, Do you have any spiritual beliefs that will help us better care for you?during their clinical assessment.
Childbirth and motherhood provide many women with an ideal context in which to recognize the spiritual aspect of their lives,said Lynn Clark Callister, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, a professor of nursing at the Brigham Young University College of Nursing and study co-author. Our research illustrates that for most women, childbirth is a deeply spiritual experience. As healthcare providers, we need to recognize and support this evidence, and listen to women’s voices to guide their care.”
In their study titled Spirituality in Childbearing Women,authors Callister and Inaam Khalaf, R.N., Ph.D., dean and professor of nursing at the University of Jordan Faculty of Nursing, discovered five themes in a secondary analysis of the published and unpublished narrative data collected over the past 20 years from about 250 culturally diverse women.
This study is both insightful and intuitive,said Sharon Dalrymple, president of Lamaze International. It’s no surprise to see a woman’s spirituality is an important part of her well-being, but it’s interesting to consider how this information can be used by women and their healthcare professionals to enrich and further empower women when they are giving birth.”
The themes that emerged in the study included: childbirth as a time to grow closer to God, the use of religious beliefs and rituals as powerful coping mechanisms, childbirth as a time to make religiosity more meaningful, the significance of a Higher Power in influencing birth outcomes and childbirth as a spiritually transforming experience.
At Lamaze, we understand childbirth is not just another day in a woman’s life, childbirth is a major life event and it can be a transformative experience that profoundly affects women and their families for generations to come,continued Dalrymple. It is important to acknowledge the inherently spiritual nature of childbirth and create a birth environment that lets women give birth simply and safely. A key component to creating this environment is avoiding unnecessary medical interventions.”
To support women in their efforts to have safe and healthy births, Lamaze International developed the Six Healthy Birth Practices based on recommendations by the World Health Organization and backed by extensive research that support a woman’s natural ability to give birth. The Six Healthy Birth Practices are:
* Let labor begin on its own
* Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
* Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
* Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
* Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urges to push
* Keep mother and baby together; it’s best for mother, baby and breastfeeding
About the “Journal of Perinatal Education”
Published quarterly by Lamaze International, The Journal of Perinatal Education is the leading peer-reviewed journal specifically for childbirth educators. Through evidence-based articles, the journal keeps educators informed about research and its implications for practice. Journal features provide practical resources and advice educators can use to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their teaching to prepare expectant parents for birth.

New Drug Rekindles Hope For Cancer Cure
Medical researchers have claimed significant progress in developing drugs for skin and lung cancers. Results of clinical trials have been striking enough to attract the attention of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Lung cancer and skin cancer, also known as melanoma, are difficult to treat and have a high fatality rate.
The researchers used two strategies-focused and broad-in the clinical research to arrive at the conclusion. They found a significant shrinkage in the lung tumor using focused strategy. On the other hand, the drug used in the broader approach for melanoma allowed the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells more vigorously. This finding may be relevant to develop drug for all types of cancer.
In a clinical trial on patients suffering from advanced melanoma, those on experimental drug survived a median of nearly 10 months. In comparison, patients not given the experimental drug lived a median of 6.4 months only. Further, fatality after two years in the control group was 86 percent, compared to 77 percent in the group that got the drug.
Total 676 patients suffering from advanced melanoma participated in the trial in the United States and a dozen of other countries.
Melanoma is assuming alarming proportions during recent times. As per figures released by the American Cancer Society, more than 68,000 Americans are likely to be afflicted by this disease this year. It may cause 8,700 deaths.
Dr. Steven J. O’Day of the Angeles Clinic and Research Institute in Santa Monica, California and a senior researcher in the skin cancer trial termed the findings historic’. This is the first trial that demonstrates survival benefit in the final stages melanoma, he said.
The melanoma trial was funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb and plans are underway to obtain regulatory approval to sell the drug, Ipilimumab.
The drug, Ipilimumab, works with body’s immunity. In about 10 percent of the patients it resulted in severe side effects as hyperactive immune system attacked organs of the body. Seven patients, 1.3 percent, died because of the side effects, as per a report published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Saturday. Side effects of this nature have been commonly encountered in all previous efforts to use the immune system against cancer.
The clinical trial for lung cancer was conducted on 82 patients, which is rather small sample. However, the findings are still being considered significant.
The experimental drug used in lung cancer trial acts by blocking ALK, an aberrant protein. This drug was very effective in patients who had lung cancer characterized by this aberration. The cancerous cells became smaller in 69.5 percent of patients, while the drug arrested the growth of tumor in remaining patients. Beverly Sotir, 71, a patient who participated in the trial, termed the drug a miracle.
The lung cancer trial was funded by Pfizer. The company has started in-depth research of the drug, Crizotinib, as a preparation for its commercial launch.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved the drugs yet, said O’Day. However, patients may get access to it at many medical centers, he added.

New Face Added to Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBSA) Health Insurance
A new face has proudly been added to the team of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Accepting an executive position, 55 year old Kim Holland, was the insurance commissioner in Oklahoma. She was also a recent officer with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Her new position includes overseeing the efforts of Blue Cross Blue Shield in leading the way to support the 39 companies found across the nation. With her new position, they will begin working on implementing the federal healthcare reform. Kim Holland’s background in healthcare is seen as an asset in the eyes of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Holland was the first women to be elected as an insurance commissioner in the state of Oklahoma in 2006 and was the NAIC’s secretary treasurer. She however lost to John Doak, Republican challenger, during the November elections.
To take her place Holland has appointed Governor Brad Henry to complete the rest if her term. Holland states that the coverage of BCBS is of high quality and is excited to be a part of the impact that it has on the Health Insurance field. She looks forward to her new role in working with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and plans to advance solutions that bring quality and access to care.

New Hope in Alzheimer’s Through Stem Cells
In recent years the science community has been working hard to discover the many uses of stem cells. While some consider the study of stem cells to be controversial, the findings have continued to show endless possibilities. In recent studies researchers have found a link between stem cells and restoring memory capabilities.
Researchers in the United States have found a way to turn stem cells into a specific type of brain cell related to Alzheimer’s Disease. This disease targets the memory cells and slowly damages them causing memory loss and ultimately brain deterioration. The stride in stem cell research shows hope of slowing and possibly even stopping the onset of this disease.
The cells that are being created are critical to the functions of the brain connected to memory and recollection.
The stem cells being used are embryonic which are said to easily conform to different cells when placed in the right environment. The cells were changed into neurons which are considered to be the first brain cells destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

New Hope to Cure Parkinson’s Disease

For the first time scientists have got evidence that certain “pathways” in the brain regulates the motion of the human body. Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease (GIND) and Stanford University orchestrated the research and analysis in the US. Scientists utilized genetic methodologies to create some “pathways” or circuits in the brains of mice, who were receptive to light.
This recent discovery would open the doorway for other therapies that focuses in developing the motor skills of the patient.
Academics are of the view that the latest findings would also be integral to develop a possible treatments and medicines to improve the people lives who suffer from Parkinson’s disease who have similar diseases, which includes Tourette’s syndrome and Huntington’s disease.
At the moment, approximately 120, 000 people in Britain are suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The research is still at an early stage and it could prove very helpful for such patients.
Lack of dopamine in the brain is the primary cause of Parkinson’s disease. Consequently, the speech of the patient is impaired and the movements are restricted.
This month, the group of scientists declared it plans to resume the research, in order to devise an effective cure for this disease. The tests were stopped nine years ago because of a devastating consequence.

New Sports Shoes Coming to Sports Shoes Shops this Month
When it comes to sports the pair of shoes an athlete wears can make or break the competition or the success of your workout and can either negatively or positively impact any physical activity. Now, in 2011 the Vibram Five Finger Komodo Sport shoe is smashing through the competition and going to the forefront of favorite sports shoes. Last year, this sports shoe could be seen here and there but with a new line of designs and colors, this new shoe is rumored to become quite a popular item.
Designed for cross training, it has a new comfort feature enhanced by a friction induced footbed. It is no question that during long periods of physical activity the foot will sweat making the shoe feel uncomfortable. The Komodo Sport has a quick dry feature because of its mesh material that is breathable. They are extremely easy to wash by putting them in the washer on cold and then letting them air dry.
This shoe is recommended for running or any fitness activity because it triggers different muscles that would have not otherwise been used while wearing other shoes. They are also available in many different colors and are for both males and females. These new 2011 Vibram’s are expected to take off in popularity during 2011 so the option to preorder them is available. It is likely that many athletes will start using these new shoes and sales will increase greatly as the year goes on.

New Study Shows That Jaundice Newborns Have Higher Risk Of Autism

A new study shows that infants with jaundice – a condition in which skin turns yellow because of high levels of a substance called bilirubin — have a higher chance of developing autism.
The study suggest that infants who had jaundice were 67 percent more likely than those babies to be diagnosed with autism, according to Danish research of approximately nearly 734,000 children born between 1994 and 2004.
Though medical professional have long known that premature babies have a higher risk of autism, this study found a link between jaundice and autism among full-term infants, says Rikke Damkjaer Maimburg, the lead author and a researcher at Denmark’s Aarhus University.
Researchers also found that infants born between October and March, who developed jaundice, have a higher risk to be diagnosed with autism. It was also a higher instance in mothers who had other children. The risk disappeared for first born children and those born between April and September.
Medical professional and the team of researchers do not know for certain what the connection is. They speculate that the babies or their mothers have been exposed to during the cold and flu season that affected the development of the brain, or it is because of the lack sunlight during that time of year, which breaks down bilirubin.
Jaundice can cause a yellowish-orange dotted o the baby’s skin and this mean that the newborns’ livers aren’t fully mature. Newborns are Jaundice are pretty common to newborns and it usually disappears within a week or two without treatment.
“Jaundice is almost always harmless,” Newman said. “The evidence for an association (with autism) is weak and inconsistent and evidence for causality nonexistent.”

New Type of Barley may Replace Diet Plans
Diet plans that are recently in the news are showing some dramatic weight loss results using a new variation of barley. The barley is said to be able to increase the bodies natural fat burning capability. The uses of the barley are unlimited and could be included in products like cereals and beers late fall of 2011. The barley has undergone testing and is being approved to be used in other countries besides the United States.
German breweries are already showing an interest in the barley and are considering using it in a new line of fat free beers… well fat burning beers would be more accurate. These fat burning beers will be marketed as included in diet plans or on their own to increase fat burning. If this beer takes off in Germany, there may be a new revolution in beer brewing globally. This type of barley is said to only grown in dry arid regions.
Diet plans will most likely include the barley in their supplement packages or could wholly rely on the barley itself for its fat burning properties. Currently, the barley, which was genetically modified is being grown in three areas around the world. The cost of the barley is now $12,000 a bushel.

New Weight Loss Diet Plan Quick Fix?
Weight Loss Diet Plan
There is a new weight loss option for those looking to shed a few pounds. HCG injections are quickly rising to the top as a weight loss solution for some people. The injections are not for everyone, nor are they available everywhere yet.
If you are already overweight or obese, there are better and more effective options for you. For those who still want to try this option, please bear in mind that, like many other natural supplements, these injections are not approved by the FDA, and there is not any data to support how effective it is, or what are possible long-term side effects yet.
The injections are on the more expensive side, and there are several different options as to where to purchase them, with online being the most popular option. Be sure to ask your doctor before starting the injections to avoid any side effects with other medications you may be prescribed.

New Year Diet plans
Every year many of us make the New Year’s resolution to either quit smoking or lose some weight. As it has been said, those good intentions are paving a path to… well obesity. Sticking with our diet plans is just hard and because of the difficulty and amount of change that is required, it’s just easier to avoid diet plans altogether.
It really is not as hard as it seems though. After practicing healthier activities and getting on diet plans that suit our tastes, it can actually be easy to modify that negative sense of dread that can come along with healthy living. Companies are making it easier for us to trick ourselves. Instead of real sugar, you can have something that tastes like sugar, butter too, even fat free foods are modified to make us think it’s the good stuff, just healthier for us.
In a way, diet plans ask us to live in a delusional state, however, these fake foods only have to be a starting block to the real healthy eating, real vegetables, lean proteins and dairy in good portions. Once you get started and go for about a week, you will start to ease your way into good health and who knows, you might just like it.

New York City Facing Big’Health Problem: Study Shows 40 Percent of New York Students Are Obese

According to a new report, 40% New York City’s students or more than 250,000 kids are overweight or obese. Researchers based their analysis on New York City Fitnessgram assessment data that was collected in the three grades by public school districts within the entire county to efficiently determine the number of students who were overweight and obese.
Officials say even though the data seem startling, the rate of obesity in city kids is actually flat-lining, while it’s rising nationwide.
While it would be great if we saw the numbers go down, it is encouraging that they’re holding steady,the New York Daily News quoted Laurie Benson, executive director of the Department of Education’s Office of School Wellness, referring to previous health analysis, as saying.
There are about 635,000 kids in eight grade or lower were assessed for the research in 2008 and 2009. Corona, Queens recorded that highest rate, a shocking 51% of kids were found to be obese or overweight or obese. In the Upper West Side, researchers recorded less than 12% of kid were found to heavy. The report also showed that there are more than 48% of children in two Central Harlem/Morningside Heights are too heavy. And approximately 47% of kids in Washington Heights/Inwood are overweight or obese.
City Officials have said that the geographic divide in obesity is disappointing, but is not all that surprising.

Newly Discovered South American Plants to be Used in New Diet Plans
The new year will bring with it several new diet plans using some of the new plants that were discovered in South America. During a research expedition early this year, scientists discovered 3 new types of plants that will have the same impact on diet plans and the diet industry that the Acai berry is achieving now. Two of the plants are being used to stimulate the metabolism while the other one is a mild stimulant.
Diet plans that will include the plants belong to subsidiaries of the company that funded the research expedition. In the next few months as testing continues, the plants will be grown in controlled growing conditions and fast grown using mineral mixtures specially developed to mass grow the plants for distribution after the plant is approved by the FDA.
Over the next few months there will be a several diet plans that will begin to include references to new products that will contain the newly discovered plants. The diet plans will be sold as extensions to current diet plans already on the market.

Nicotine in Cigarettes Can Trigger Breast Cancer

According to the new research, nicotine, primary and additive components of cigarettes, can trigger breast cancer.
Normal cigarettes are packed with at least 60 cancer-causing compounds and that includes carbon monoxide, tar, and arsenic, but until now the primary ingredient of the cigarette, which is nicotine, had not been on the list, Daily Mail reported.
The Taipei Medical University research team led by Dr Yuan-Soon Ho methodically analyzed 276 breast tumor samples from various breast cancer patients to the Taipei Medical University Hospital to see whether subunits of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor were overexpressed in breast cancer cells compared with surrounding normal cells.
The Taiwanese research team discovered that when normal breast cells were treated with nicotine in the lab it promoted the development of cancer characteristics.
“These results imply that receptor-mediated carcinogenic signals play a decisive role in biological functions related to human breast cancer development,” the authors write.
Experts believe that these findings could be a major blow to makers of nicotine-based products that help people to quit smoking, as well as provide a negative impact on companies that produce nicotine gum, patches, and electronic cigarettes that are promoted as a ‘healthy alternative’ for smokers.
The complete study can be found at The Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Nike Sports Shoes and Kobe’s 3D Shoes
Along with 3D movies, games and television comes Nike’s freshly released 3D shoes. Kobe Bryant teamed up with the Nike crew to create and roll out a pair of 3D shoes for the NBA All Star Game. These one of a kind shoes, dubbed the Zoom Kobe VI, in addition to actually being 3 dimensional, are designed with a three dimensional fabric that can be properly viewed with a pair of 3-d glasses. In addition the Los Angeles Lakers’team logo can be seen in three dimensions on the inside liner of the shoe.
There are no additional features that make this shoe special in the performance department, apart from Nike consistently producing high quality footwear. It seems likely that the shoe and clothing company is trying to join in the three dimensional trend as well as capitalize off of the upcoming NBA All Star Game.
The shoes can be purchased for a cool $249.99, and don’t worry, the 3-d glasses are included in the price. These shoes seem to be geared towards the Hollywoodcrowd, as well as sneaker enthusiast. It does not appear that the shoe will sell in grand numbers, but will be more of a novelty type product.

No Fad Diet, Diet Plan
It would be a dieter’s dream if one day a successful diet came out that included eating whatever they wanted and not exercising at all. Unfortunately successful diets take determination and hard work and they can’t be found in a pill or a smoothie. With all of the diet fads and weight loss programs out there it is hard to find one that has less nonsense and more concrete solutions.
With March being Nutrition Month the American Heart Association is shining light on realistic diet and exercise tips. The program has recently put out a second addition to their No-Fad Dietbook which highlights real ways for dieters to get up and lose weight. All of the programs included in the book are healthy and positive lifestyle changes anyone can make.
The book is written in a way that is easy to understand for any dieter. It takes a common sense approach to dieting rather than relying on ridiculous food binges or starvation. It is about making good decisions when it comes to eating and going out, rather than providing a list of prohibited meals and foods.

No More Girl Scout Trefoils for Missouri
It’s just about that time of year again – Girl Scout Cookie time! Thousands of girls in their green sashes are going to start bombarding your doorsteps, twisting your arms and draining your wallets to receive boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils and Do-Si-Dos. That is, unless you live in Missouri.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri made the choice to switch from their current bakery to the only other one licensed to produce their cookies. Each bakery has their own recipe for the cookies, and in this case, one also provides its own names. The iconic Trefoils, famous not only for their taste but for featuring the famous Girl Scout logo, are now known as a much simpler Shortbreads. Tagalongs, have found an alter-ego as Peanut Butter Patties, and Samoas are called Caramel DeLites.
Only one cookie has become so famous that the name is copyrighted, as well as permanent; the most popular cookie, Thin Mints. Cookie sales are the biggest fundraiser for the organization, and also one of the most popular and well-known fundraisers in the United States. Millions of boxes of cookies are sold every year during the initial door-to-door process, as well as outside of churches and retail stores after the deliveries are made.

No More Hunger Pangs With Jenny Craig Weight Loss Program
No More Hunger Pangs With Jenny Craig Weight Loss Program
Probably the worst thing about dieting is that hungry feeling you get after greedily inhaling your tiny bowl of rabbit food. Your stomach automatically gurgles at all the candy bar, ice cream and fast food ads. You have a stare-down with your coworkers at lunch, hoping one of them will look away long enough for you to stuff their brownie in your mouth and make your escape.
All that negativity that surrounds dieting is being conquered by a program called Volumetrics®. With Volumetrics®, offered by Jenny Craig, you get to eat your favorite foods, still eat a healthy and nutritious diet, and have the portion-size that satisfies your hunger. You will learn how you can eat more food, rather than less, and how this strategy will actually help you lose and manage your weight.
Volumetrics® is based on research conducted by Dr. Barbara Rolls. Rolls is the past president of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior and also of The Obesity Society. She has been a professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State University for nearly 20 years.
Here’s how the program works. Normally, a person eats around the same weight in food over one or two days. What Volumetrics® does is teach you how to pick foods that are low in calories compared to the weight of the food. Then, you have to use more of those foods in your daily meals. By doing this, you can actually eat more food, feel full, but consume fewer calories. And fewer calories equals weight loss.

Now Have an Easy Acne Prevention
Have you ever been preparing for a big date. You look forward to it all week marking it down on your calendar, telling all your friends and even posting the event on your various friend chats like face book and myspace. The night of the event you toss and turn in your sleep rolling around under your duvet covers causing the comforter in the duvet cover to shift too anxious to get the proper amount of rest that you need. When you wake up you are horrified to find out that over night several pimples have sprouted on your face and one big one is forming at the base of your lip. Too embarrassed to think rationally you decide to try to pop them hopping that maybe they will be at least a little less noticeable. But that only makes things worse now they have turned bright right and puss spewing. To make matters worse you can see more and more forming. Unable to face your date like this you decide to cancel the engagement.
How many people know what this feels like. A lot of us do and it does more than just leave scars on are face. The feeling that everyone is looking at you can be agonizing so much so that it can be difficult to go outside everyday and face people. There are things you can do to help prevent the damage caused by acne. On your hands you have oils and dirt from things you touch and handle make sure that you are not constantly touching your face unnecessarily. If you must try to use your fore arm and not your hands too much. If you see a pimple forming leave it alone. No matter how bad it looks its best to just let it heal naturally if not you can potentially make it look ten times worse and more will end up sprouting then you will have a bigger problem than you began with. Proper hygiene is important and it is also important to wash your sheets and comforter so that dirt doesn’t build up this dirt can cause pimples and rashes. A good alternative is duvet covers they keep your comforter protected and are a lot easier to wash than a comforter. These won’t help stop all acne but they will help prevent some from starting.

Now Order Pain Medication Online with no Prescription
Back pain in the lower back or low back pain is a common concern, affecting up to 90% of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Up to 50% will have more than one episode. Low back pain is not a specific disease. Rather, it is a symptom that may occur from a variety of different processes. In up to 85% of people with low back pain, despite a thorough medical examination, no specific cause of the pain can be identified.
Back pain can affect anyone, of any age, but it is more common in people between the ages of 35-55 years. In the majority of cases, the cause of pain can be linked to the way the bones, muscles and ligaments in the back, work together.
The nerves of the spinal cord, which connect the brain to the rest of the body, run down a hollow channel in the spine (the spinal canal). Where the nerves pass out from the spinal column on their way to the muscles of the arms and legs they are known as nerve roots. The bones of the back are also held together by tough bands called ligaments which, together with the spinal muscles, give the back its strength.
You can get muscle relaxing pain medication online with no prescription. It can be very helpful in the treatment of some types of back pain. Muscle relaxes are sold under the trade names of Fioricet, Tramadol, Ultram and others. These medications help to relieve muscle spasm, but may also make patients quite drowsy.
Most episodes of back pain are caused by muscle strain. The large paired muscles in the low back (erector spine) help hold up the spine, and with an injury the muscles can become inflamed and spasm, causing low back pain and significant stiffness.
As with all pain relief treatments, there are some cautions with applying ice and using ice massage therapy. Never apply ice directly to the skin. Instead, be sure that there is a protective barrier between the ice and skin, such as a towel. Limit the ice application to no more than fifteen or twenty minutes. Additionally, ice should also not be used for patients who have rheumatoid arthritis, Reynard’s Syndrome, cold allergic conditions, paralysis, or areas of impaired sensation.
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Obama Asks Insurance Companies To Justify High Rates
President Obama on Tuesday warned the health insurance industry not to use the recent health care reform legislation as an excuse to raise premiums. He said this after meeting with the CEOs of major medical insurance companies at the White House.
Recognizing that the industry has genuine cost drivers, he told the CEOs that any substantial raise in the premium would have to be sufficiently justified.
The new legislation has a slew of consumer protection provisions which might be unfavorable for the industry. For example, insurance companies have been debarred from withdrawing coverage from sick consumers who inadvertently made mistakes on their applications. Further, most plans cannot exclude children having preexisting ailments. Similarly, most plans have been debarred from imposing annual money limits on benefits.
While most contentious parts of the legislation will take effect only in 2014, these provisions and some others will be effective immediately. Justifying the reforms, Obama introduced many audience members who had to suffer due to dollar limits on their insurance plans.
Rate increase by the industry in the recent times has amounted to as high as 20 percent for individuals, according to a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. From 2011, the secretary of health and human services will begin reviewing the rate increases with states. Companies whose rates would be found unreasonably high will be required to justify reasons on their web sites. States will be authorized to restrict them from selling their policies on the exchanges.
Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the industry, America’s Health Insurance Plans president Karen Ignagni refuted the allegations that premiums were rising due to industry greed. Recessionary pressures and increasing health care costs were driving the rates, she said, while elaborating that with younger and healthier people dropping out due to economic problems, companies tend to be left with more risky pool of older and sick consumers.

Obama Says Health Reform Strengthened Medicare

President Barack Obama made a statement that Medicare, government health insurance program specially designed for senior citizens, will live for many more years.
President Obama, in his weekly radio and Internet address, says the overhaul of U.S. health-care policy has helped Medicare stay sustainable for years to come because of the new law.
We’ve made Medicare more solvent by going after waste, fraud, and abuse–not by changing seniors’guaranteed benefits,Obama said.
Obama also mentioned his plans and other provisions of the health-care legislation, which includes financial aid or 50% discount for senior citizens to afford prescription drugs, new rules and regulations for the government to review and reject unreasonable rate increasesand free preventative care.
In fact, seniors are starting to see that because of health reform, their benefits are getting better all the time.Obama said and followed: As reform ramps up in the coming years, we expect seniors to save an average of $200 per year in premiums and more than $200 each year in out-of-pocket costs, too.”
Obama said hat his administration have put insurers on noticethat it has the authorization to cut down improper payments for Medicare Advantage plans, We are no longer accepting business as usual,he said.
Healthcare reform, Obama’s greatest legislative accomplishment aside from the controversial financial reform, was opposed by Republicans and remains debatable among a lot of Americans.

Obama’s HIV/AIDS Plan Provides Hope to Infected Americans

President Barack Obama conducted a bold move on Tuesday, with new plans declared to cut down the volume of infections caused by the HIV virus by 25% over the next 5 years. Government officials are planning to implement a more improved plan to effectively educate individuals, who would be otherwise unaware of their status. The administration plans on the implementation of three pronged plan to help curb this deadly disease. The primary purpose of the plan is to lessen the number of people who get infected, minimize health problems that are directly connected to HIV and make it easier to acquire proper and health care treatment to ensure quality health care. A lot were hoping that amalgamate and intensified effort will provide significant results and cut down AIDS related cases.
Obama’s administration plans to be out in front on this crusade, and asking all Americans to help and participate with the education and training efforts to help reduce this epidemic. A letter was sent to a lot departments of the federal government, President Obama outlined his plan to diminish the number of new cases while trying to provide the best possible health care for people who are currently stricken with this malady. Obama intends to concentrate federal monies on the e most affected areas: bisexual and gay communities and illegal substance users. With support, greater education, and scientific methodologies, there is the feeling that the pandemic can be reduced significantly. Other physical methods mentioned were condoms, abstinence, HIV testing, and sterile needles and syringes.
This is good news for the 1.1 million HIV-infected Americans. However, while HIV incidence is slowing its spread, there are approximately 56,000 Americans are still contracting it every year.

Obesity is Increasing in Children
We love to see our children happy and nothing makes children happier than eating McDonalds. As a child I can remember many days when my parents where away I would buy a lot of snacks and once school was out I would through them all on my duvet covers and lay their in bed eating all day and playing video games. When I would go to class the other kids would make fun of me and call me terrible names. These names they called me would always be followed up by a roar of laughter by the other class mates. Not once do I ever remember anyone coming to my defense. The taunting at school is what would help drive me even deeper into my obesity. When I was seventeen I had my first heart attack in the middle of class.
They rushed me to the hospital as quickly as they could. Luckily I pulled through. I would stay there for two weeks. My doctor diagnosed me with type two diabetes and told me that the four hundred and two pounds that I had gained put my life in critical danger. My parents had never before seem so scared for me. Since then I have lost over two hundred pounds. Now I have a daughter of my own. She hates eating healthy much like I was she also has a craving for chocolates and other sweets. But, we keep a strict eye on what she eats and make sure to manage the foods that we bring in our home. In America obesity is the leading cause of preventable teen deaths. In fact one out of four Americans are obese. We all love our children and want to see them happy so if you love them make sure they eat right so they can live long happy and healthy lives.

Obesity is Linked to Prostate Cancer
A recent study has been concluded that shows obese men have a higher risk of suffering from prostate cancer than men that are overweight or of average weight. Even those who have taken hormone treatments to try and hasten the growth of the tumors are more at risk of the cancer spreading and getting worse rather than better. As the number of individuals suffering from obesity rises in the United States, so does the risk of prostate cancer. Currently, one in every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. If someone diagnosed with prostate cancer has their prostate removed, if they are obese they have a greater risk of the cancer returning in another form. Obese men also have a greater risk of the cancer returning as a form of bone cancer.

Online Dieting Plans, Joy Bauer’s Life Diet
Online Dieting has become a very popular way for people to being their weight loss plans. Online dieting plans allow users to facilitate their own plans with the help of expert nutritionist and physical trainers. A new popular plan is the Joy Bauer’s Life Diet.
This plan focuses on making a healthy balanced life, not just shedding actual pounds. Joy Bauer is the Today Show’s nutritionist and this plan incorporates her knowledge and real-life weight loss advice. The weight loss plan focuses on lean proteins, low carbs, fruits and plenty of vegetables.
There are four steps that make up this plan. In order the steps are, release, relearn, reshape and reveal. The first step is about getting rid of the negative feelings about dieting, while the second one is about learning what foods are good for one’s body. The last two steps help reshape one’s lifestyle and revealing the new body and self.

Online Doctors Notes Might Lead to Confusion to Patients and Worry for Doctors

OpenNotes Initiative is a new software that allows physicians to enter and store their important medical notes available online in a secure site worries some medical and other healthcare professionals. Most physicians are concerned that the software may lead patients in some confusing or misleading information and patients may misinterpret appropriately.
Other physicians are thinking that some fellow doctors may edit or change the patient notes knowing patients will have access to them or write them in a more patient-friendly tone.
There is no doubt that a medical record of a patient belong to the patient. All patients have all the rights to see and requests for a copy of their own medical documentation or examination results. In many cases a patient will request medical documentation be sent to other health care and legal professionals.
It is very important that doctors always record their patient notes in the same language and standard format that they have grown and not be intimidated by the fact that patients have ab instant access on their records.
The physician’s records are both the doctor’s and patient’s protection. If online notes cause worry for doctors, they should establish and maintain a positive relationships with their patients.

Oprah sues over Acai Berry Claims
Acai berries have exploded onto the market, and we have, in part, Oprah to thank for that. In an episode last season, Oprah and her medical cohort Dr. Oz had a discussion that involved acai berries. Because of that claim, the berries exploded onto the market in all sorts of forms and varieties.
Acai Berry
Now, Oprah has filed a lawsuit against several companies who have blatantly used Oprah’s name to sell the product. Oprah, while a fan of the berry is not a sponsor nor does she directly endorse the product as some people claim that she does.
Acai from the Amazon
Acai berry and acai berry juice have been proven to be super fruits with many medical benefits and properties. It’s full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, as well as Omega acids, just to name a few, and is said to be the most nutritionally dense berries on the planet. While there are claims that it helps with weight loss, many of these have not been proven.

Oversized Sandwiches Fueling Obesity Epidemic in America

Two fast-food restaurants, Hardees Restaurants and Carl’s Jr. Restaurants, added a foot-long cheese burger in their menu, a mouthwatering sandwich but high in calories. Carl’s Jr, already started its campaign for the 12-inch burger within the metro of California and Hardees is selling the oversized hamburger to consumers in Indiana.
The sandwiches, which put up for sale for less than $5, jump in the bandwagon of low in price but large in size sandwiches. Sub chains Quiznos and Subway are selling 12 inch long sandwiches since the birth of these chains.
But base on the recent study oucted by an independent research firm show that adult obesity problem in America has increased in 28 states, just in the past year. As of now there are 38 states have adult obesity rates above 25 percent.
The foot long burgers will go through a series of three to six month of monitoring period. If the sandwiches pass the test they will be allowed to be sell on a long white bun and wrapped in butcher paper in Hardees and Carls, Jr. Restaurants throughout the country.
It is obvious that the 850 calories and 20 grams of fat sandwich will contribute to the obesity problem in the country. The company who owns both chains created the sandwich in answer of Sonic’s similarly size hot dog and the $5 subs currently offered by Subway.
Haley, a spokesman for the parent company of the two chains, said:
I’d rather have a charbroiled, foot-long cheeseburger than a cold, foot-long deli sandwich any day.Other companies may join the large sandwich craze if the burger sells well.

Pain Management Degree of Care that is More Involved
Pain Management Degree
Living with chronic pain is a burden that many live with everyday. Their challenges are often hidden as they silently suffer through the rigors of daily life, work and even just driving a car. Chronic pain can present in dull, constant aches or sharp, excruciating and random spikes. Pain is dependent upon the condition, the individual and the treatments available.
Pain Management
Our lifespan is increasing because of healthier living, advances to medicine and because people are living longer, that may mean more years of pain to contend with. The trouble with pain management for doctors is that pain spans across so many disciplines of medicine. Finding the root cause of the pain also may not even relieve the pain and this is why several colleges are now offering a pain management degree.
Pain Management Program
Very popular in the UK, the pain management degree is also finding acceptance in the US. Generally the program is for practicing doctors that can dedicate two additional years to the pain management degree program. Several are offered through online colleges which allow the doctor to continue practicing while studying pain management.
Specializing or developing skills in pain management gives doctors a viable position in a rapidly growing and abundantly necessary area of medicine. Acute, chronic pain plagues millions and more caregivers that specialize in treatment and therapy will help so many now and in the future.

Painkiller Abuse Threatening Public Health
Emergency room visits due to the abuse of prescription painkillers have more than doubled since 2004, according to a recent research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The situation is alarming and warrants an urgent action, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director, CDC.
Nonmedical use of these prescription medicines have now become as common as illicit drugs, he noted in a report published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, June 18 Issue. Proper and safe use of prescription painkillers need to be ensured, he stressed. The phenomenon is putting a pressure on health care system, said Pamela Hyde, SAMHSA Administrator.
The research, which covered the period between 2004 and 2008, brought out Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Methadone as the most abused prescription painkillers. Emergency room visits due to Oxycodone abuse jumped to 105,214, an increase of 152 percent. Similarly, Hydrocodone abuse resulted in emergency room visits for 89,000 patients, up by 123 percent, and Methadone abuse for 63,629 patients, up by 73 percent.
In comparison, there were about a million emergency room visits due to illicit drugs every year. This figure has not changed much over time.
The researchers used available data from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), an agency that keeps track of emergency room visits due to drug abuse in about 220 hospitals. The data was statistically treated to represent the U.S. population. For the purpose of the study, drug abuse was defined as drug overdose, consumption of a drug prescribed for another patient, documented abuse or drug-related assault.
The report showed a sharp increase of morphine, fentanyl and hydromorphone abuse as well, but these have not caused as much visits to the emergency room.

Pair Diet Plans with Exercise
There is little to no use of hopping on the diet train if one does not plan to pair diet plans with an exercise routine. While cutting back on certain calories normally consumed with help lose weight, exercise is more effective in shedding the pounds. It is best to create a diet and exercise plan that is manageable and easy to stick to.
When creating a exercise plan, it is important to challenge oneself without putting up unreachable goals. Make baby steps into the exercise routine and slowly increase the difficulty and time spent in the gym or at home exercising. Many people find exercise videos a way to get motivated and measure how many calories are being burned.
When it comes to a diet, pick one that suits one’s lifestyle. Those who are at work all day and come home to a busy family may find it better to do a at home video. Those with more lenience with their lives can opt for gym classes or a cardio workout outside.

Part-Time Walmart Employees Losing Health Coverage
Retail giant Wal-Mart has recently announced that it will be discontinuing medical benefits for certain part-time employees, due to the ever-rising costs of healthcare coverage. The move comes as a result of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act , which happens on January 1st, 2015. This bill requires that any company with at least 50 employees will be required to provide healthcare benefits to every worker that is full-time.
This move will affect an estimated 2% of Wal-Mart’s entire company, as every employee who works less than 30 hours in one week will not be eligible for healthcare benefits any longer. With 1.3 million employees working in the United States, this means that about 26,000 workers will be seeing a change at the start of the new year.
Costs of company-provided healthcare benefits in general have risen a significant amount since the bill for healthcare reform has been passed. This is resulting in many companies dropping certain benefits for their workers. Other companies following suit include Home Depot and Target, who are making big changes by either discontinuing coverage or switching coverage to a public exchange.
The affected Wal-Mart employees will lose coverage in the month of January, 2015. In addition to this major change, Wal-Mart will also be raising premiums for every single employee starting in 2015. Wal-Mart plans to make changes for part-time employees who work over 30 hours weekly as well. However, the company did not elaborate on the change at the present time.
Wal-Mart’s projected healthcare costs have risen to $500 million in 2014, up a large amount from their initial estimated $330 million.

People with Pre-Existing Condition can now apply for the Pre-existing Condition Health Insurance Plan (PCIP)

Last March 2010 President Obama signed the Health Care Reform package to become a law, this resolution will expand the coverage of insurance to more than 32 million Americans who have no health insurance, as well as provide much-needed protections for people suffering with lupus and other chronic diseases.
People with lupus who have been denied health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition can now obtain a health insurance under the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) – a temporary program that provides insurance to people denied for health insurance because of a preexisting condition. The PCIP coverage will starts by Augusts and will serve as a bridge for people until 2014 when the reform law bans health insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing diseases.
To obtain health insurance under the PCIP a person must have been without medical insurance for six months consecutively and have been denied coverage due to their pre-existing condition; documentation of denial is required.

Personal Trainers and Partners for Diet and Weight Loss Plans
Personal trainers are a great resource to have for diet and weight loss plans. Unfortunately they are also a very expensive resource. For many people it is too much to see a trainer every week, but there are other options.
Many gyms offer group training, as well as group exercise classes. These allow people to get the knowledge of these experts, without having to pay the exorbitant cost. While some people do like the one-on-one training, another way to get this is by finding a work out and weight loss partner.
A workout partner can be beneficial in a number of ways. Partners can be there to motivate as well as commiserate. Because the two are reaching for similar goals it is easy to lean on them for support as well as push them and be pushed by them. Finding a quality partner can make the difference in a weight loss and exercise plan.

Personal Trainers to Boost Metabolism and Tone Muscles
Many personal trainers will supply their clients with workouts that will boost metabolism and tone muscles. They will give them a set of exercises that will best work out and tell them what order to do them in. A mistake that many people working out on their own make is falling into a workout ditch.
Many people will continue to do the same exercises day in and day out without any variation. While these exercises may be providing some quality results, there is a more effective way. It has been shown that changing up the types of workouts and exercise done can better increase metabolism.
As one keeps doing the same exercises, the body begins to become accustomed to them. This makes the exercises less effective than they were when the person began doing them. Alternating between a variety of exercises and cardio will help keep the body working to build muscles and burn fat.

Pilates v. Yoga: Which Is The Better Weight Loss Program?
Weight Loss Program
Yoga and Pilates are popular fitness classes offered in many gyms, on television and on DVDs. Jillian Michaels has DVDs for yoga. Denise Austin has DVDs for both yoga and Pilates. Is there a difference when you want to shed pounds, and if so, which one should you choose?
Yoga is system based upon meditation, exercise and breathing. Its focus is to bring the body and the mind together through breathing and exercise. On the other hand, Pilates was developed as a rehabilitative program for soldiers during World War I by Joseph Pilates. Its focus is on solely on physical conditioning.
Both programs will obviously burn calories, but if that is your only goal, you would want to choose Pilates. On average, beginner’s Pilates burns about 175 calories per hour, while hatha yoga burns about 144 calories an hour. More advanced classes of Pilates will burn between 255 and 375 calories, and a power yoga class will burn about 250 calories.
Caloric Burn
Although yoga doesn’t have the same caloric burn as Pilates, it can still be a useful weight loss program. A 2005 study funded by the National Cancer Institute found that the awareness learned in yoga transfers to a person’s eating habits. Of the 15,500 middle-aged, healthy men and women who participated in the study, those who practiced yoga lost an average of five pounds, while those who did not gained an average of 14 pounds.
Ultimately, both programs will help you lose weight, especially if combined with a cardiovascular workout. Choose the program you will follow through with consistently.

Potatoes for Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure
Potatoes for Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure
Potatoes have long since been ridiculed and snubbed in the diet and weight loss community, but recent studies have been concluded to judge the spud’s role in reducing blood pressure. The results of the study are now available, and they show that potatoes can be nearly as effective as oatmeal in reducing blood pressure, and with little residual weight gain.
French Fries
This doesn’t mean that you can eat as many French fries as you’d like though; the studies used purple potatoes that were microwaved with no oil. Red skinned and white potatoes are thought to have similar results, though they weren’t tested.
Small Potatoes
The high temperatures that are required for frying potatoes and potato chips destroy any of the nutritional part of the potato, making them an unhealthy food option. By eating six to eight small potatoes twice a day for a period of a month you can potentially decrease your blood pressure by anywhere from 3.5% to 4.3%.
Make sure to discuss any dietary changes with your doctor or nutritionalist. Seek out the counsel of a licensed health care practitioner for matters related to your personal health and diet, especially in the control of disease or disorder.

Pre Workout Food for Weight Loss Diet Plans
Working out is an essential part of a weight loss and diet plan. It is also important to consider what one is eating before and after a workout, as well as when the food is being consumed. Food eaten before a workout should aim to fuel the body, while food eaten after a workout should focus on building muscles.
Pre workout food should include carbohydrates, healthy fats, lean protein and plenty of fluids. Many sport drink companies create mixes and gels that contain the nutrients that boost energy for a workout. Working out without prepping the body by supplying fuel can lead to a less productive time at the gym.
At the end of the workout, it is important to get protein to help rebuild muscles. When the workout is focused on building muscle mass, getting a good amount of lean protein into ones system is a must. Experts recommend that the protein be consumed within thirty minutes of the end of the workout for optimal muscle building.

Pregnant Women Drinking Diet Soft Drinks Increases Risk of Premature Delivery

A research suggested that pregnant women should stop consuming artificially sweetened diet soft drinks, as a study has linked carbonated water with premature births.
More than 60,000 pregnant women participated in the research and medical experts found that those who drank such soft drinks, whether fizzy or still, were more likely to give birth ahead of schedule.
Researchers concluded that those who consumed at least a glass of artificially sweetened soft drinks were 38% more likely to give birth before 37 weeks’gestation, according to Daily Telegraph reports.
And Pregnant Women who consumed four servings a day were 78% more likely to have their baby prematurely, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Researchers suspected that artificial sweeteners are broken down in the body into chemicals which may affect the womb.
Dr Shelley McGuire, spokesman for the American Society of Nutrition, said:
These findings may be really important in terms of preventing premature births, especially those that are medically induced by a woman’s health care provider. Certainly, until more experimental work is done, this study suggests that pregnant women should steer clear of artificially sweetened drinks. Quite frankly, pregnant women should be focusing more on nutrient-rich drinks anyway, like milk and fruit juices. And don’t forget the water.”
The complete study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Probe Deepens Into J&J Phantom Recall’
A Congressional Committee investigating a drug making division of Johnson & Johnson has extended its scope to probe the company’s attempted phantom recall’of its medicine, Motrin in 2008. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, under its Chairman, Edolphus Towns, is probing several recent recalls by J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit. It is also probing the charges of the Food and Drug Administration that the company has sloppy manufacturing processes.
The House Committee sought more information from Blacksmith Brands on Tuesday about the recall of four PediaCare products – Benadryl, Motrin, Tylenol and Zyrtec. The drugs, manufactured at J&J’s Fort Washington, Pa., plant, were recalled on April 30 because of faulty manufacturing that might have left metal particles in the medicines. The plant has since been shut down temporarily. A spokesman for Blacksmith Brands termed the Committee’s move as standard in case of recalls’. Blacksmith Brands had acquired the medicines from J&J’s McNeil unit in 2009.
Taking the probe a step further, Edolphus Towns has written to J&J’s McNeil asking them to furnish details about Motrin pain killer for adults, which were recalled in 2008. The letter asked the company to reveal identities of staff and contractors involved. The House Committee has required the information and records to be provided by 4 p.m. on June 7. Contacted, the spokesman of J&J’s McNeil said that the letter is being looked into and the company will “respond back to the Committee”.
In 2008, J&J’s McNeil unit discovered some manufacturing defects in Motrin pain killer for adults. Instead of issuing a formal recall, it hired an outside contractor to depute workers who would pose as customers and buy all the medicines from the retailers. The contractor was advised not to mention this scheme as a recall of the medicine.
The intentions of the company came to light after FDA got its hands on a memo that contained instructions to the subcontractors on this scheme. Subsequently, FDA prevailed upon McNeil to issue a formal recall, which was complied in July 2009. Over 88,000 tablets of Motrin were recalled from all over the U.S. According to the FDA, it knew that contractors were hired to remove a sample batch only. However, it was not aware of the scale of this operation.
This recall was classified as Class 2’by the FDA. This classification implies that while there is negligible chance of death or major injury due to consumption of the product, they still pose low to moderate risk to health. Even though press releases are not required in case of Class 2 recalls, most companies issue them. Even J&J’s McNeil issued press releases for several other Class 2 recalls last year. However, no press release was issued for Motrin recall, the FDA maintained.
On the other hand, Colleen Goggins of J&J’s consumer group told the House Committee last week that the company had hired a contractor to collect only a statistical sample of the medicines. It had no intention to mislead, Goggins added.

Prostate Cancer Treatment Causing Depression with those Under Medicare Part D
Most cancer treatments are known to cause some difficult side effects. Those most commonly associated with treatments are those that are from chemotherapy. Those are nausea, vomiting and hair loss. However, more predominantly in prostate cancer treatment, patients are experience depression. Those patients that receive their prescriptions under Medicare part d are finding that the prescribed medicines for their anti depression medicines are falling under psychiatric services.
Prostate cancer treatment doctors that are billing under psychiatric care for this type of depression are causing some financial difficulties for their patients covered under Medicare part d. Psychiatric services fall under a different category and because there are two types of depression, one that is medically treated and one that is psychologically treated, those that are being billed incorrectly are suffering a lot of hassles and paperwork.
Doctors don’t often know the actual costs of medicines and may not see any difference in billing correctly for this type of depression, so you should double check with your doctor or their support staff to make certain that you are put under the right category.

Protein Filled Breakfast for Weight Loss
If you are looking to lose weight, but don’t really know where to start, nutritionists and dietitians suggest starting your day with a protein rich breakfast. By doing so, you can help control your appetite for the rest of the day. This doesn’t have to consist of eggs and toast every day, though eggs are an excellent source of protein. Switch it up with fresh fruit and yogurt, or even yummy Belgian waffles; there are plenty of choices for added sources of protein so you don’t have to get bored with the same things every day.

Protein Loading Weight Loss Breakfast
Weight Loss
Retraining your brain and stomach to be less hungry does not have to take very long with the right techniques. Studies are showing that feelings of hunger can be lowered over a couple of weeks by eating high protein breakfast foods. This is a good starter to a weight loss diet plan, because one of the most difficult hills to climb in weight loss are those feelings of hunger.
Diet Plans
Skipping breakfast is known to lead to unhealthy snacking through out the day, including sodas. Sodas alone can contain 140 calories or more per 12oz can. If you are working on keeping at a 1200-1500 calorie diet, then increasing your breakfast to 500 calories may keep you from snacking and help you to build a tolerance to your currently over-powered hunger signals.

Puppies, Cuddling, Your Health and Pet Born Illness
Tonight people across the world will hop into bed with their fluffy companions. Unfortunately this may not be the smartest decision. A new study has come out that shows that sleeping with pets may increase the risk of catching pet born infections.
Although the risk is small, it is greater in younger children as well as adults with weakened immune systems. The study did not only focus on sleeping with pets, but also cuddling, kissing or being licked by them. While there have been a few cases of bugs being transferred from pet to human, the numbers are considerably low.
Many people have found that sleeping with pets have more psychological benefits, than risks. Pets provide their owners with unconditional love, and cuddling with them produces oxytocin, which is a stress reliever. It is important to be smart about it, a dirty flea ridden dog is not the best cuddle partner. Proper grooming, and providing healthy conditions for your pet will reduce the chances of disease in your pet and transferring to you and your family.

Qnexa New Weight Loss Drug
There is a new weight loss drug currently in clinical trials, and so far the results are promising. The drug, Qnexa, is a combination of a proven weight loss drug, phentrermine, and another that is currently used for epilepsy and migraine prevention, topiramate. As strange of a combination as this is, when combined with diet and exercise the results have been excellent. One subject in the study had tried diet and exercise, as well as phentermine by itself, and had barely noticed a change in her weight. Her results with Qnexa were almost ten times as many pounds lost, and she is very hopeful that the FDA will approve this drug once the studies have been concluded. There are serious side effects that may occur while taking this medication, which is one of FDA’s major concerns. The manufacturers are currently monitoring the drug to see if any changes can be made to make it safer after it was given a no from the FDA in 2010.

Quick Weight Loss Diet Plans
Quick weight loss, sure that sounds great, but that can often lead to a disaster for flabby skin, stretch marks and a slew of other health problems. Slow and steady wins the diet race and most of this can be taken care of on your own without the aid of supplements or diet plans. Lower your caloric intake. Not drastically, start like you mean it though and it might only be the difference of getting use to a cup of cereal for breakfast instead of bacon and eggs. Healthy weight loss is weight that is more likely to stay off.
Research shows that the best way to achieve weight loss is by cutting out some food items and replacing them with healthier options. Eating five to six small meals a day, rather than 3 large one is a great way to maintain your metabolism. One benefit is the ability to eat all of the fresh fruits and vegetables you like; they don’t count as snacks or meals, just extra bonuses. Make sure what you choose is fresh though. Fruit cups often contain preservatives, and many times they are served in heavy, sugary syrup, neither of which is healthy.

Quick Weight Loss, Stomach Stapling Surgery Affordable for All
Quick Weight Loss, Stomach Stapling Surgery Affordable for All
A recent study has come to the conclusion that bariatric surgery, more commonly known as stomach stapling, is an option not only for those that are morbidly obese, but even those that fall into the mildly obese category. This surgery works by limiting the size of a person’s stomach, forcing them to eat food in adequate portions rather than overindulging on a frequent basis.
Surgery Not Often Covered by Insurance
The cost of the surgery is affordable for all as well, according to the study. Many offices offer payment plans to help defer the cost slightly, which is especially useful if your insurance doesn’t cover the procedure. Getting your insurance to cover such a procedure may be a lot of hassle, discouraging many who would benefit from the surgery from receiving it.
Mandated Surgery Requirement
Many insurance companies require a letter from a physician mandating the surgery, and sometimes this still isn’t good enough to get coverage. Other times insurance will only cover a part of the total, leaving you with a hefty bill. Don’t let this discourage you; payment options are available for you.

Quitting Smoking and Weight Loss
Quitting Smoking and Weight Loss
Research has proven that smokers tend to die younger, but they may also die thinner than non-smokers. Nicotine acts as an appetite suppressant, and in tandem with its addictive qualities is one of the main reasons that people don’t quit smoking. Right now, many people who choose to quit smoking have also had to change their diet and exercise schedule in order not to gain weight. Researchers are currently trying to develop a stop-smoking aid that will also help quitters to not gain weight. They are hoping that this new development will encourage more people to quit smoking as well limiting the number of people who start smoking as an aid to help them lose weight. While this project is still in its development phases, researchers hope to have a product close to distribution by 2017.

Radiation Effects on Cancer and Fertility
One of the most common ways to combat cancer as well as tumors is through radiation. The results have repeatedly shown positive effects in many cases, helping patients put their diseases into remission. There are always side effects to medication and medical procedures and a new one has been recently found linked to brain tumor radiation.
It has been found that radiation at low levels to the brain for tumors or cancer may cause future infertility for women. It was already known that this was a possible side effect for high dose radiation, but the effects of low dose were still unknown. This happens when the radiation destroys brain cells that are linked to controlling how ovaries create eggs.
The patients studied were inflicted with brain tumors, leukemia or cancers of the bone or muscles. The study showed that thirty percent of patients that had gone through low dose radiation later became pregnant. The study did not go into whether or not the remaining 70 percent were trying to get pregnant or not.

Rats are Helping with Weight Loss and Obesity
A study has recently been concluded in rats involving gut flora. While poor gut flora isn’t any help to our bodies and weight, lab tests show that healthy gut flora can help with obesity and weight loss. Rats were given a daily dose of lactic acid bacteria, which helped prevent obesity.
When the studies were started in the uterus of the mother rat, and continued on through adulthood showing less weight gain than in those who were not given the bacteria. While this study has a long way to go before anything is approved for use in humans, researchers remain hopeful that it is a definite start in the fight against obesity.

Red Bull is not a Diet Plan
There may be some misconception about what energy drinks are for. While there is a appetite suppressant component associated with the use of caffeine, considering energy drinks like Red Bull to be healthy or part of your diet plans is a counter-productive mentality.
Diet Plans
Consider that an 8.4 oz Redbull has 100 calories, 0 fat and a good amount of caffeine, no so bad so far. It even includes 100% of a daily requirement of Niacin, 250% for Vitamin B6 and 80% of Vitamin B12. Sounds good so far. B6, B12 and caffeine have all been associated with energy for years. Then you get to the total carbs which are 28g of which 27g are sugars. So not that healthy.
Energy Drinks and Diet Plans
Using Red Bull for energy is one thing, but relying on it as a means to lose weight should in no ways be considered. Red Bull consumption in excess can cause weight gain, bloating and with that amount of sugar, having more than 2 in one day can actually counter that feeling of energy.
Vitamin Supplements for Diet Plans
If you are looking for an energy supplement to have within your diet plans then water and vitamin supplements should suffice and cause less weight gain than beverages deemed as energy drinks.

Red Pepper as an Appetite Suppressant for Weight Loss Diet Plans
If you or someone you know is looking for a healthy way to curb your appetite without the use of over the counter or prescription aids, look no further than your spice rack. Recent studies show that people who ingest red pepper flake burn more calories after eating and maintain their appetite easier than those who do not consume the spice.
This method works for those who enjoy it regularly, but works even better for those who don’t. Not only will adding a sprinkle of red pepper flake increase the flavor in a meal, but the effects will not wane over time. Pairing this with a healthy diet and exercise is a surefire combination. In a similar study, capsaicin, the chemical that gives jalapenos and other peppers their kick, has similar effects on appetite.

Red Wine Cardiovascular Benefits, Antioxidants and Flavonoids
Red wine has been touted for its cardiovascular benefits, but what type of red wine gives you the most bang for your buck? Researchers are saying that Cabernet Sauvignon is the best with the highest amount of flavonoids. Petit Syrah and Pinot Noir were also rated high.
Studies have shown that the flavonoids found in dry red wines affect the heart by decreasing the bad cholesterol and boosting the good cholesterol. Flavonoids also reduces blood clotting and may even help lipid panels. Drinking one 4 ounce glass a day for women, and up to two a day for men, is the recommend serving.
But red wine doesn’t only just help your heart. Scientists are looking in to the affects of the antioxidants found in red wine and how they may inhibit tumor growth in some cancers. There is also hope that red wine will be helpful in treating conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. More research needs to be done, however, and one should always consume alcohol in moderation.

Researchers Find Link Between Proteins in Spinal Fluid and Alzheimer’s
Researchers Find Link Between Proteins in Spinal Fluid and Alzheimer’s
If you have had a loved one or friend who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, then you know the pain it causes, not just to the patient, but to the family and friends. The person you once knew slowly slips away. The body is there, but the person is gone. It is an agonizing disease.
There are 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. In the United States alone, death from Alzheimer’s has risen 66 percent, making it the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the fifth leading cause of death in those over 65. In our society, it is one of the most common, most universal diseases. It doesn’t recognize sex or ethnicity. It is an equal-opportunity disease.
But scientists atSahlgrenskaAcademyat theUniversityofGothenburgmay have come one step closer in finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s. The researchers have found a number of proteins in the spinal fluid of humans. These proteins are found in greater quantities in patients who have Alzheimer’s induced dementia than in those people who have dementia that is caused by other diseases.
The researchers are working with other research teams to develop new ways to measure these proteins. They want to make the test less expensive, quicker and more readily available to make it a routine test when trying to diagnose dementia. There is also hope that this will not only lead to an accurate way to diagnose Alzheimer’s, but also to treatment for the debilitating disease.

Restrictive Diet Plans for ADHD
A diet focusing on meat, rice and veggies could provide some relief to children suffering from the symptoms related to ADHD. The studies were conducted by the ADHD Research Center led by Lidy Pelsser, MD and reported in The Lancet.
Diet Plans
Many are interested in the results that showed 64% of those on the diet had improvements in symptoms. Some doctors feel that the research was flawed in the way that it was conducted stating that a blind study was not conducted.
Diet and Nutrition
There has been a long held belief that diet and nutrition cause reactions in the way in body chemistry, the way the brain functions as well as other organs. Taking vitamins and eating well are also know to have physical affects on metabolism, clear thinking and BMI. So, it isn’t terribly farfetched to think that controlling the diet of a child with attention deficit hyperactive disorder would help with the symptoms.
The researches admit that the study was limited because the participants were children and the information could not be blinded because their parent’s needed to know as well as the teachers and other researchers. More research on foods could potentially lead to foods that possibly cause hypersensitivity to be eliminated from the diets of those afflicted with ADHD.
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Salmonella Outbreak: Another Massive Egg Recall From Iowa Farm, Updated List of Egg Recall Brands

Another Iowa-based farm is recalling eggs due to salmonella bacteria poisoning. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that the recall is related to an ongoing investigation of an outbreak that has sickened approximately 1,000 people.
Hillandale Farms of Iowa initiated a recall after laboratory tests confirmed illnesses associated with them. The company did not provide any information about the volume of eggs were being recalled or if it is connected to Wright County Egg, the Iowa farm that recalled 380 million eggs earlier this week. However, according to FDA spokeswoman, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms recalls were related. The strain of salmonella poisoning is the same strain linked to to the pervious recall.
Eggs affected by the recall were massively distributed in various areas and grocery distribution centers as well as retail grocery stores and foodservice companies which service or are located in 14 states, that includes Wisconsin, Texas, South Dakota, Ohio, North Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, California, and Arkansas. Eggs were distributed under the brand names Hillandale Farms, Sunny Farms, Sunny Meadow, Wholesome Farms, and West Creek in 6-egg cartons, dozen-egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, 30-egg package, and 5-dozen cases, as well as 15- and 30-dozen tray packs for Wholesome Farms and West Creek brands.
The questioned eggs have plant numbers P1860—Julian dates ranging from 099 to 230, and P1663—Julian dates ranging from 137 to 230. The dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton or printed on the case label.

Salmonella Outbreak: Consumers Worried About Eating Eggs

The U.S Federal Government said that the Iowa egg producer who produced million of eggs tainted with bacteria is the root of the salmonella outbreak within the entire region. The company has forcefully recalled more than half-billion eggs a week ago. Additionally, the company will pay huge fines as well as face numerous complaints regarding public health and safety violations.
Due to the massive egg recall and salmonella scare a lot of consumers seem to be inhibited towards eating egg and products with egg traces, as well as poultry products especially chicken.
As per the authority reports, eggs should be cooked thoroughly in order to ensure safety as thorough cooking kills salmonella bacteria. However, cross-contamination could be a problem.
“Eggs if fully cooked don’t pose a threat. But the problem is a lot of people like to eat their eggs sunny side up or make hollandaise sauce,” said Jeff LeJeune, an associate professor at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center at Ohio State University and an expert in salmonella contamination. “We want to reduce the threat as much as possible.”
The Wright County Egg recalled eggs were sold under different brand names, such as Lucerne, Albertsons, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farm, and Kemps.
In addition, eggs under Farm Fresh, James Farms, Glenview, Mountain Dairy, Ralphs, Boomsma’s, Lund, Kemps and Pacific Coast, are included under the recent recall announced Wednesday.
Consumers with questions can visit or call Wright County Egg’s toll-free information line at (866) 272-5582.

Salmonella Outbreak: Massive Egg Recall Due to Salmonella Bacteria Contamination

U.S. health authority conducted an immediate massive egg recall due to possible threat of salmonella bacteria contamination.
CNN News reported an egg recall is in effect for around 228 million eggs produced by Wright County Egg in Galt, Iowa and the egg was distributed in various part of the country and sold under the following brands: Lucerne, Albertson, Mountain Dairy, Ralph’s, Boomsma’s, Sunshine, Hillandale, Trafficanda, Farm Fresh, Shoreland, Lund, Dutch Farms, and Kemps.
Consumers with suspect eggs should check the egg cartons for stamped codes and manufacturing dates. Egg Safety Center stated that egg cartons with codes P-1026, P-1413, and P-1946 should not be eaten. The distribution impacts the following states: California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa.
So if you purchased the contaminated eggs, you can take them back with the carton for a refund to the store where you purchased them.
This recall is of shell eggs only. Other egg products produced by Wright County Eggs are not affected,the Iowa company said.
Salmonella bacteria primarily attack the gastrointestinal tract that will lead to mild to severe food poisoning. For most adults with strong immune system, symptoms of food poisoning from salmonella typically resolve after a few days or weeks. However, in case of infants and toddlers, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems have an increased risk of suffering severe food poisoning after ingesting the bacteria. If not immediately treated, a lot of cases of salmonella food poisoning lead to hospitalization, dehydration or even death.

Salmonella Outbreak: Restaurants Still Serves Eggs But Ensures Food Safety

The salmonella scare impacted the egg distributors, groceries, and specially restaurants. Days after the massive egg recall due to the large scale spread of the Salmonella disease, restaurants that serve eggs or serve dishes containing eggs put their egg suppliers under close scrutiny though they still offer egg dishes because there are customers who still order an egg dish or dish that contain eggs.
“If someone asks for eggs over-easy, what do you do, put a skull and crossbones on their table?” said Louis Tricoli, who managed three restaurants within Wisconsin. “Undercooked beef, undercooked pork, chicken, eggs, anything you ask to be undercooked, it’s at your own risk.”
That salmonella risk always is present for people who like eggs that aren’t cooked until the yolks are solid, said Benjamin Chapman, an assistant professor from North Carolina State University that specialized in food safety. “It’s difficult to say if the risk is any different than it was two weeks ago or two years ago.”
National Restaurant Association spokesman said he hadn’t heard of any restaurants dropping eggs from the menu lists entirely, or switching to pasteurized eggs. They can also generally only be scrambled or used as an ingredient. Though many eateries have not discontinued serving eggs but they definitely have hung extensive forewarnings with the menu about the danger of eating undercooked food.
On the other hand, some of the restaurant owners that served eggs are confident of the fact that the eggs supplied to them are safe and free from salmonella and had they not been safe, they would not serve them at the first place. But not many of the consumers are themselves scared of this outbreak since they find the recall as a sufficient scare. “Child Only” Insurance Plans, Individual Health Plans
Some states are offering health care on an indivdual basis to adults and thereby are required to also offer individual coverage for children. Other states have an open enrollement period for child only plans which are periods in which an applicant can enroll their child in a health insurance plan despite pre existing conditions. has a listing of those states and associated open enrollment dates for child only plans. includes the dates and links to the corresponding state websites where further information can be obtained.
This type of individual health plans for children may be seen fairly soon in most states in the US. As part of the Healthcare reformation that is taking place, along with other local rulings, insurance companies may be mandated to comply with offering child only plans. This could mean a great deal of savings when it comes to children’s health insurance for parents that have been out of work or not making very much money at this time.

School Lunch Diet Plan Reform via Blog
In a bold move, a school teacher decided to try and reform her school lunch diet plan by doing something that only technology could make possible; she ate her school’s lunch every day, took pictures of it, and then blogged about it. For 162 days she did this, no matter what sort of food was served, to show what schools can get away with serving nutritiously.
To help protect her identity and job, she published the blog under a pseudonym of “Mrs. Q”, and to her surprise, it was a hit. Not only did she gain a whole slew of followers, but she also gained popularity and support from other teachers around the world. In more recent developments, school board officials must have recognized their menu and made a conscious effort to introduce more fresh fruits and vegetables into the menu.
Unfortunately, they cannot do anything to encourage the children to eat the new menu, but by making an effort to improve the nutritional value of what they serve, it may be enough to make a difference.

Scientists Developed HIV Fighting Immune Cells – A New Hope in Fight against AIDS
A group of scientists created and developed an immune cell that is intended to fight off the HIV virus in lab mice.
Although, the gene therapy has provided the promise of a breakthrough for numerous times in the battle against AIDS, but this recent study was special for one reason: the mice had humanized cells.
All of the mouse used in the research were given human cells and immune systems, and then given a directly mutated form of human disease, in HIV. Surprisingly, the mice fight off the virus and scientist are hoping that there latest research will be the key to fight the incurable virus.
Researchers of University of Southern California claim that if this breakthrough works in a human patient, it could provide a one-shot form of treatment.
The stem cells used in these researches were methodically engineered, and then manipulated, in order to create special, mature, and working immune cells. These cells multiplied, until there were too many for the HIV virus to attack.
The primary benefit of this therapy, if work to humans effectively, is that it will be a cost and time efficient method of treatment on a long term scale.
People infected with the HIV virus can survive up to twenty years or more, but have to take continuous and expensive drugs, frequent check up and hospitalization, and a great deal of pain, time, and energy in fighting and living with it.
HealthDay News reported that the new therapy would give a one-time treatment that would cost $100,000 but significantly less than the cost of years of battling the disease.

Scientists Discovered Human DNA Genetic Variants Linked To Breast And Ovarian Cancer

A consortium of scientist and cancer experts from different part of the world has discovered five common genetic variants in human DNA that increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer in the general population.
Scientists and researchers composed of experts from the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia, who studied through the genetic code of thousands of women, searching for at least single differences found among women with cancer but absent to those healthy women. The researchers based their work on prior research that compared more than 10,200 women with ovarian cancer to 13,185 women who did not suffer from the disease.
Previously, medical experts are fully aware that BRCA1 gene mutations drastically increase the risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer. On average, there are approximately 65% of women who carries a faulty BRCA1 gene are likely to develop breast cancer – and around 40% ovarian cancer – when they reach the age of 70.
Researchers also discovered that if a woman with a BRCA1 fault also carries a risk version of a DNA region called as 19p13, her breast cancer risk could be even increased still.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer and primary cause of death among women. Averagely more than a million new cases diagnosed around the world annually. Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women. In fact, the disease claims more lives in the U.S. than all other gynecological cancers combined. Yearly, approximately 13,000 women in the U.S. and 130,000 worldwide die from the disease.

Secured Loans Lower the Cost of Cancer Research
Financial studies are starting to show that the cost of cancer research can be drastically lowered through the use of secured loans. The money that is allocated each year to cancer research can be funneled through a secured loan and on the back end create an increase in unsecured loans with a lower interest rate. This is making it possible for more teams of scientists to work on components to cures through their cancer research by getting loans from banks interested in investing in the bio-med market.
Using donation and grant money and obtaining secured loans and paying them off is creating an interesting effect in that smaller cancer research firms are able to gain more capital at the start and produce faster results. This could mean that in the future, small research teams, including those created by graduate students, could produce cures to diseases on a faster and more reliable rate and get to the FDA approval phase much faster than before.
This could cause a boom in the biomed industry as investors, like the industry but are normally not impressed with the speed of the return. This could mean that with a faster rate of return, investors could in fact force attention to the sector and drive up the numbers.

Self Motivation or a Weight Loss Camp?
People trying to lose weight on their own simply is do not get enough motivation from self-motivation. If this is the case, one option to consider is attending a weight loss camp. There are a variety of different camp programs offered across the country and the world that are created to help people reach their weight loss goals.
Some of these programs offer overnight accommodations while other weight loss camps are geared towards commuters. Quality camps will focus on a couple of key points in weight loss although each will have a different approach on how to get there. When choosing a weight loss camp make sure that their approach focuses on changing poor eating habits, increasing physical activity, and learning how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
While these programs are weight loss intensive, it will still take hard work and dedication to reach weight loss goals and succeed once the camp has come to an end.

Self Start Weight Loss Diet Plans
Weight Loss Diet Plans
If you have made the decision to go on your own and create a personal weight loss diet plan, you may save some money, but is also might take double the will power and double the effort. The good weight loss diet plans have built in support systems for their members and just like quitting anything that is difficult, smoking, eating or even drugs, success rates go way up when there is solid system for support. As in well known programs for addiction, one of the first steps is admitting you need help. Weight loss, can be a solitary endeavor and success will vary, but if you are someone that doesn’t tend to be a self-starter, then a weight loss diet plan may be the answer.
Diet Program
A drawback to a self created weight loss diet plan is the amount of research that is required in nutrition, exercise and general health maintenance. A benefit of a structured weight loss diet plan is that the research has already been done for you. Whichever you choose to do, on your own or with a diet program, there’s always free advice available, even from major diet programs.
The Atkins Diet, Zone Diet, South Beach Diet, Nutrisystem, Ornish Diet and even Weight Watchers all have their advantages and disadvantages. Most weight loss diet plans will handle weight loss with portion and calorie control, so if you are developing your own system put an emphasis on calorie intake as well as calorie burning exercises.

Shocking Weight Loss Appetite, Craving Killers
Shocking Weight Loss Appetite, Craving Killers
Summertime means fair time. Spending a warm afternoon taking in the sights and sounds of the midway and farm animals while sipping a cool, fresh-squeezed lemonade. And the smells – elephant ears, funnel cakes, cotton candy, french fries – how can you not grab a wonderfully fried treat?
Kill Cravings
Researchers at King’s College London, London, UK have come up with a new treatment to kill those cravings. Participants in this study were separated into two groups. One group was shown pictures of snack foods, while the other group was shown picture of snack foods – chocolate, biscuits, cake, crisps, and a range of snacks – paired with pictures of the possible adverse health consequences like heart disease and obesity.
The outcome was not really so shocking. The participants shown the snack photos with the photos of adverse health consequences were more likely to choose fruit as a snack when presented with those same snacks and fruit.
Does this mean you should run out and get psychotherapy to flood your mind with the awful health consequences of eating too many Snickers bars? Not necessarily. This is something you can really do yourself. If you have particularly nasty craving for french fries, find the best picture you can of them. Right next to that picture, put a picture of a health problem linked to fried foods, like clogged arteries.
There is no guarantee this will make you stop craving french fries or whatever your weakness is, but you will certainly think twice before you order them.

Shoe Shop and Shoes that Tone While Walking
Buying athletic shoes for sports activities at a shoe shop can get expensive, but in the end purchasing a product with higher quality should be the main consideration. For sports and exercise enthusiasts the right shoe could mean more comfort and less exercise related injuries.
Recently the shoe market has seen an increase in specially formulated sneakers that tone and tighten leg and butt muscles because of the convex rubber sole.
The unique shape of the sole forces the wearer to exercise calf and thigh muscles that are ignored when walking on a flat sole. The increased energy and muscles needed to walk in these shoes is similar to walking in sand with bare feet. Although the walking will not feel as comfortable as walking with regular sneakers, the benefits of these shape-upshoes has not gone unnoticed.
Another one of the attractive benefits is the lack of stress and tension normally felt on your feet after a long walk. The well-structured and durable shoe provides enough padding and support around the ankle as well as the insole of the foot.
This shoe is great for consumers looking to jump-start their diet or simply get in a better workout on their daily walk. It is a cost effective measure to increase overall leg and buttock muscles tone.

Shoe Shop, New Balance Sports Shoes
Finding a reliable pair of sneakers for everyday use is a choice that is usually made based on how fashionable the shoe is as well as how comfortable the shoe is. New Balance has long provided the sports world with comfortable and reliable shoes for all types of exercise.
For those who do not plan on exercising, and are just looking for a comfortable and fashionable sneaker they are also a great option. The classic new balance sneaker in grey and white has long been a staple in many shoe collections. In recent years New Balance has created a variety of trendy and colorful shoe combinations based off of the original classic shoe.
Finding a sneaker that works with one’s unique style is easy with the wide variety that the company offers. Even if the shoe is being used as a workout or exercise shoe, there are still a handful of options that will have people asking where one got their new balances.

Shoe Shop, Platforms Are Back and Good Exercise for Weight Loss
Many are questioning why in 2011, the platform shoe is going to be back on the shelves. Many feel they are not attractive, not comfortable and in no way are they dainty or feminine. None of this seems to matter; after all, fashion is fashion.
Shoe Shop
Designers from all around the world will stick to the platform style. These shoes do has advantages to those who decide to wear them, however. They can certainly make someone look taller and with the right outfit, such as linen pants, they may look great. On the opposing side, they can be dangerous among other things because they are so difficult to walk in.
Sports Shoes
Platform shoes come in all different styles such as boots, sandals and more. As a matter of fact we are seeing the women’s platform sneakers gain popularity. These are the ones that supposedly help to tone a women’s lower half. Perhaps that is why they are taking the platform style and running with it.
Platform Shoes
Exercise and weight loss are always a sure hit. Will this new fashion craze make high sales, we have yet to discover or perhaps this fashion craze will not be so fashionable. We will just need to wait it out to see.

Should School Lunches be Documented?
Controlling childhood obesity starts at home, but must continue with every meal, pediatricians say. Parents can make sure their child eats a healthy breakfast and dinner, but what about while they are at school? Sure, parents can make sure they pack a healthy and balanced lunch, but there is no guarantee that your child will not trade for tastier, and generally unhealthy snacks.
Buying their lunch at school poses a much larger problem. One school in San Antonio thinks that they have found the solution to the problem, but some parents think they have gone too far. They have installed what they call calorie cameras to photograph each student’s tray and record what they are eating to share with their parents.
Researchers are hoping that knowing their choices are being monitored may lead them to choose healthier options. This is an ongoing study, and results were not available at the time of the article.

SkillStorm Got Into 2010 Healthiest Employers in Dallas
SkillStorm has been named one of Dallas’2010 Health Care Heroes by the Dallas Business Journal. This award recognizes Dallas-Fort Worth companies that promote a healthy work culture through wellness programs and other health-related perks and initiatives and make strong contributions toward improving health in North Texas. SkillStorm was named a winner in the Employer Award category.
We are thrilled to be recognized as one of Dallas’healthiest employers,said SkillStorm Managing Partner Ted Stout. Our employees and their wellness have always been our first priority. We are dedicated to the happiness, health and growth of our employees, which in turn trickles down to a significant improvement in our company’s performance and customer satisfaction.”
Over 110 local companies participated in this award program of which only 37 were selected as winners in 12 different categories. SkillStorm was recognized for developing strong workplace wellness programs and making wellness a top priority for their employees. The company offers comprehensive employee benefit packages which include wellness initiatives, a work-life balance employee assistance program, education reimbursement, company-paid life insurance and a robust voluntary benefit option covering med-support, critical illness and accident insurance.
SkillStorm has received many highly regarded national and state awards. Most recently, SkillStorm was named Orlando Business Journal’s Outstanding Small Business for the second year in a row. SkillStorm was also named 2009 Business of the Year and one of the 2009 Best Places to Work by the South Florida Business Journal, making this the second year in a row the company has received this honor. SkillStorm also received the San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) 2008 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, ranked #2 on Charlotte Business Journal’s Largest Contingency Executive Search Firms List for 2008 and ranked # 2 on San Diego Daily Transcript’s Staffing Firms List for 2008. Other accolades include being named one of the 2007 Best Places to Work in Central Florida by the Orlando Business Journal, being awarded the 2006 Governor’s Entrepreneurship Award in Florida’s Mega Market, winning South Florida Business Journal’s 2006 Technology Award in the Professional Services Category and ranking as the 13th Fastest Growing New Company in America in 2006 on Entrepreneur Magazine and PricewaterhouseCoopers’Hot 100 List.

Skipping Your Weight Loss Workout Because You’re Tired?
You wake up in the morning after a night of restless sleep. You normally go to the gym, but after the night you had, you are just too tired. Trying to work out when you are that exhausted certainly isn’t good for you. So you rationalize skipping the gym and sleeping in.
Well, you were wrong. That morning exercise program may have been just what the doctor ordered. Exercise naturally boosts your energy level. However, if you are suffering from fatigue so much so that you cannot function, see your doctor. There may be something going on.
So, if being tired isn’t an excuse for not exercising, is there ever a time when you shouldn’t exercise? Yes. If you become attuned to what your body is telling you, you can decide when to skip the workout and when to force yourself to go.
You have a cold and you are miserable. If it’s just a cold, a light workout is fine. Be sure to wipe down the equipment after you use it so you don’t spread your illness. However, if you have a fever – stay home! Your body needs rest to battle the infection. If you’re a hardcore exercise nut and still want to exercise with a fever, drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated. And let’s not even discuss exercise if you have the flu. Stay in bed, don’t exercise and don’t spread your illness.
If you’ve recently run head-long, literally, into something and have a concussion, you should skip the workout until a doctor gives you permission, even if you feel ok. In a concussion, your brain has been injured. It needs to heal.
Sore muscles? Go to the gym and put in at least a light workout. Continue to work out that lactic acid that is making your muscles sore, then treat yourself to a massage. If, however, your back is sore, you may want to skip workouts for a few days to see if it improves. If the pain doesn’t improve or gets worse, see your doctor.

Sleep and Less Stress Crucial for Weight Loss
If you are serious about losing weight, there are two important things to include in your regimen other than diet and exercise, studies show. Getting an adequate amount of sleep and eliminating as much stress as possible are crucial in achieving weight loss goals.
People deal with stress in a number of different ways, but one of the most devastating ones is with food. By minimizing your stress level, you are less likely to turn to food for comfort. Enjoying a good book, taking a walk with loved ones, or indulging in a luxurious bubble bath are some very popular ways to keep the pounds off.
Getting enough sleep, at least 6 hours, but no more than 8, can help the body reset itself for the next day, and allows you to maintain your energy level without feeling too tired.

Sleep Disorder or Chronic Insomnia in Men May Result in Premature Death

A group of researchers from Penn State College of Medicine, Pennsylvania discovered that nocturnal men or men who sleep for very short time has four times greater risk of premature death as opposed to those who regularly get a proper night’s sleep. Researchers also concluded that women can cope with a lack of sleep far better than their male counterparts, as insomnia proved to have little effect on their life expectancy.
The latest research that has been published in the journal SLEEP highlights that insomnia is a “serious disease with significant physical consequences, including mortality,” said Alexandros N. Vgontzas, head researcher and director of Penn State University’s Sleep Research & Treatment Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The study clearly found that chronic insomnia in men could mean premature death.
Additionally, aside from the early death, the study shows that people who do not get enough sleep will likely suffer from long term health problems.
The primary finding of our study is that insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, is associated with significant mortality in men,Dr Vgontzas said.
However, Dr Vgontzas said in an interview with reporters that: Until now, no study has demonstrated that insomnia is associated with mortality.”
Researchers based their study at the sleep patterns of 1,000 women and 741 men during their experiments.

Slowing Cancer with Growth Hormone Research
One of the most studied medical conditions is the development of cancer, and finding ways to cure or stop it all together. Many different types of cancer affect millions of people across the globe. A remote village of Ecuadorian dwarfs is being studied by researchers at the University of Southern California because the village of 100 very rarely gets cancer or diabetes.
This has led the researchers to believe that the hormone that is blocked in dwarfs may be the answer to solving the cancer problem. The Science Translation Medicine Journal has recently suggested that finding a way to block growth hormone in adults may reveal information about how cancer spreads.
If the research is conclusive, there would only be very minor side effects linked with stopping the growth hormones. In exchange for these side effects societies would have the capabilities to substantially decrease the amount of major illness they currently experience. There has not been enough research to make these statements conclusive, but there is a lot of promise behind the findings.

Snacking to Weight Loss
One of the hardest parts for dieters is not eating just because there isn’t anything else to do. Many people admit that when they snack, it is simply because they are bored. This is hard not to do, especially those who are on restrictive diets. There are a few ways that this can go from being a problem to being a solution.
First it is important to revamp the food selection at home. Many people have treats and junk food stashed in their pantries. It is important that this food is replaced with healthier, calorie conscious options. Try the 100 Calorie snack packs and make sure to eat just one every time a craving hits.
Another great option for snacking is fruits and vegetables. While it may not be quite as satisfying as a can of Pringles, it will pay off in the end. Many calorie counting programs do not even give fruits a number.

So Many Types of Diet Plans to Choose From
As for many of us, before we dare to put on our bathing suits this summer we will need to go on a strict diet plan. There are many types of plans out there so we will cover just a few of the more popular ones. A low-fat and low-calorie diet is when a person loses weight by eating fewer calories then what he burns during a workout. This will lead to a weight loss but you must be careful not to let calorie intake drop too low because the body needs a certain number of calories to be sustained.
Low-carb diets are very popular and involve removing carbohydrates and sugars from the diet plan. Within this plan eggs, vegetables and lean meats are consumed. Some fad diet plans include things such as the grapefruit diet, rotation diet and more. Consider that these are not suitable for maintaining long-term weight loss because your body needs certain nutrients.
There are also juice diet plans where fresh juice is consumed and it works as a detoxification while the pounds drop off. You must be careful with these diets because your body does need solid foods and the last thing you want is to cause problems. Before choosing a diet plan be sure to research your options.

South Beach Diet Plan, Lose Weight for Heart Health
Many of those looking to lose weight are suffering from poor heart health because of their current weight. The South Beach Diet Plan was originally formatted with these people in mind. It focuses not only on losing weight but also improving general cardiovascular health.
South Beach Diet Plan was created by Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist based out of south Florida. The plan has seen many positive results since its publication and is seen as a healthy diet option. An updated version has been made which has increased amount of choices in diet and exercise.
The plan is set up in 3 phases, one that begins with a restrictive initial 2 weeks, which are likely to induce weight loss in most users. The second phase has some food restrictions, but they are less intensive than the first phase. It is likely to see weight loss of 1-2 pounds during this phase. The final phase teaches lifestyle changes to help continue eating right.

Special K Cereal Weight Loss Diet Plan
What started off as a way to lose weight by replacing two meals with Special K cereal has evolved. While the cereal is still included, Kellogg’s has added cereal bars, protein shakes, crackers, and protein meal bars to the mix. In addition to the Special K items, low-fat dinners and lunches are added six days out of the week, plus you’re allowed to eat as many servings of fruits and vegetables as you want.
Visiting the Special K website, you’ll find an easy way to get started. First you choose what type of plan you want to be on. Options such as “Chocolate Lovers,” “On the Go,” “Mix it Up,” and even “Classic” allow you to customize your food choices. Next you pick the start date of your diet, which lasts fourteen days. From there you are taken to a fully laid out, customized, daily meal plan so you can see what you’ll be eating each week.
Once you accept your meal plan, you can sign up to receive support emails, coupons, helpful tips and recipes to keep you on track. According to the site, the average weight loss from being on the Special K diet is 4.8 pounds. Naturally you should consult your doctor before starting any dieting plan.

Sports Shoes and Slimming Shoes are Not For Everyone
Shape-Ups, FitFlops, EasyTones; they come in many different names and brands, but fitness shoes are everywhere now. Most stores carry one or two different brands, and they are becoming more affordable than when they were originally introduced.
We see them on feet everywhere and hear stories about how well they work, but are people telling the truth? We all want a fast fix for things like slimmer thighs, firmer buttocks, and toner calf muscles and a pair of shoes seems like a simple solution to solve these problems. Many different people immediately jumped on the bandwagon before much research was done on this product, and o the question remains; do they work?
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.

Sports Shoes from China
If it wasn’t a race with China to be the next super power, then it is now! Li-Ning, sports shoes maker from China is going to take on Nike with an expansion of operations into the US. Li-Ning is one of the very first brands looking to get into the US market.
Li-Ning is famed for being the torch bearer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a gold medalist winner in gymnastics. His company is a top brand in China and has over 7,000 stores. Expansion into the US market is integral to establishing a presence in the world market. While most Americans aren’t looking for a new pair of sports shoes right now, that doesn’t seem to want to deter Li-Ning.
Many of the products produced by the company are already found in specialty shops. The company is first going after the well established running market. Some have found that the Li-Ning line of shoes are of excellent quality and rival those of Addidas.

Sports Shoes Gone Green
In the past couple of years there has been a very large focus on the improvement of the environment. The whole country has been trying to Go Greenby reducing greenhouse gases to increasing recycling. Well thanks to shoe maker Brooks Sports runners now have the option to buy a shoe made from recycled products. Just over 50 percent of the shoe, named Cascadia Six, is made from recycled content.
The company produced the shoe not only with post-consumer products but also produced them using lower energy. The shoes weigh just over 9 ounces and provide plenty of toe room as well as solid cushioning. And if a couple years down the road the shoes are ready to be thrown out, fear not, as they are expected to biodegrade fifty times faster than the average shoe sole. Last year the same company produced another green shoe, although the shoe did not become very popular.
The shoe, Green Silence, was a racing flat and was made up of almost 75 percent post-consumer material. Cascadia is geared towards trail running and hiking, users who tend to be more environmentally cautious. The shoe and brand have become popular in the trail running community.

Spring Brings a New Balance to Running
Finding a great sporting shoe can be difficult with the number of options that are currently available. It is important to find a shoe that is not only good looking but also provides comfort and support. Many of the top brands, such as New Balance and Nike offer a variety of choices in sneakers.
Runners often look forward to the Spring. Running in freezing cold temperatures may be invigorating however, many would prefer the soft spring breeze and warmer temperatures for their exercise. Spring is also a good time to refresh your running shoes. Over the past couple of years, runners have seen a number of improvements in running shoe technology and this Spring, the prices have dropped enough to where they are affordable.
New Balance is well–known for its running shoes. Their classic design remains attractive, and the shoe structure gives runners enough needed support. For those looking for a shoe that is both functional and good looking they are a great option.
When it comes to buying sneakers it is a good idea to have a pair that is used for working out as well as a pair that is used for recreational activities. This will ensure that the running shoe is able to be used for longer. New Balance also offers a wide variety of fashionable and comfy recreational sneakers.

Stanzol Thai FDA approved by Unigen Life Sciences
Stanztab 10 by UNIGEN LIFE SCIENCES 50 x 10mg tablets. Stanozolol is a derivative of dihydrotestosterone, although its activity is much milder than this androgen in nature. It is shown to exhibit a slightly greater tendency for muscle growth than androgenic activity. Stanozolol provides quality muscle growth, though the anabolic properties of this substance are still mild in comparison to many stronger compounds. Users report that the muscle gains they make are solid, and are well retained after use is discontinued. Together with a diet that is rich in protein Stanozolol gives the muscles a continuously leaner, harder appearance. Structurally stanozolol is not capable of converting into estrogen. Since estrogen is also the culprit with water retention, stanozolol produces a lean, quality look to the physique with no fear of this occurring. In situations where one usually does not want to carry around excess water weight, one may find the raw muscle-growth brought about by stanozolol quite favorable over the lower quality mass gains of more estrogenic agents. This makes it very popular by athletes in combination strength / speed sports such as track and field. For men the usual dosage of oral stanozolol is 20-30mg per day. The result should be a significant improvement in the quality of the physique. Women will take somewhere in the range of 5-10mg daily, Female users usually find stanozolol tablets very tolerable, and it is to be preferred to the injectable version in this case. Stanozolol is available from Unigen, 50tbs/pack, 10mg/tb.

Strawberries Fight Cancer?
New research is being conducted in China after the number of throat –related cancer cases became elevated. Researchers are using strawberries, a common and affordable fruit in the region and recording their findings.
Frozen strawberries, which have a large portion of the water removed, are the most popular choice in this research due to the higher concentration of preventative substances in the berry. Subjects in the study were fed frozen strawberries every day for six months, and recorded their intake. After the study was concluded and the evidence was collected, it was found that strawberries may reduce the number of cancer related cells the bodies produced.
While there is still much more research that needs to be conducted in this area, eating strawberries definitely will not hurt anything, provided no allergies to the fruit exist.

Stress Buster Shows The Way Out – Award Winning
Do you feel stressed from the minute you wake up to the moment you fall asleep? Cell-phones, blackberries and emails rule in business and personal life and most people are scrambling just to keep up. The Mini-Retreat Solution helps busy executives, frenzied soccer moms and overworked managers to relax and refresh in minutes no matter how busy their lives.
The Mini-Retreat Solution received two gold medals. One from the prestigious Living Now Book Awards and the second from Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Author and life coach, Julia James will be in New York to attend the award ceremonies, visit Book Expo America and celebrate her success. James says I am so proud and happy to receive these recognitions! My biggest vision is that people learn how to relax and refresh in the midst of it all, no matter how busy their lives. Being recognized through these award brings me closer to realizing this vision.”
Research shows that several short periods of relaxation throughout the day can have a tremendous positive impact on your concentration and productivity. The Mini-Retreat Solution teaches busy people how to manage stress on a daily basis. The book offers more than 80 proven ways to refresh your energy, and weave moments of deep relaxation into your daily routine, no matter how hectic your life. The Mini-Retreat Solution is such a useful and accessible tool to manage stress that it may very well become the next Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Many people believe they have to have a weekend at the spa, a trip to the mountains, or a tropical vacation to relax,James said. With Mini-Retreats you can bring deep relaxation into your daily life anytime, anywhere: at home, in your car, at your desk, in nature.Phil Bolsta, author of Sixty Seconds comments If you are marching toward anxiety and burnout, Julia James offers some wise advice: Retreat! A 60-second Mini-Retreat can spell the difference between stress and success!”
The Mini-Retreat Solution is available for sale on Amazon.

Stress Relief Tied to Weight Loss
There have been many studies conducted connecting gaining weight to stress and stress-induced eating and recent studies have been conducted to see how the opposite will affect weight loss. While diet and exercise can work wonders and help with weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to living a long life, there has been something else that has been proven to help with both stress and weight loss. Getting a good night’s sleep can be great to help relieve stress, however, if you are stressed out this may be difficult. Make sure you get rid of any distractions in your bedroom, and opt for weight noise instead of the television, and once you get into a good sleep pattern, you will soon be able to see how the pounds will shed themselves literally overnight.

Study Finds Portfolio Diet Lowers Cholesterol
Study Finds Portfolio Diet Lowers Cholesterol
If your doctor’s orders include lowering your cholesterol, or if you’re concerned about your intake of fats, you might want to give the portfolio diet a try.
Research conducted by the University of Canada may work to reduce cholesterol levels better than the traditional low-fat diet. The research found that following the diet for six months led to a reduction of LDL cholesterol levels by nearly 13 percent. If the traditional low saturated fat diet is followed, the reduction is only about 3 percent. The results of the study have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The study results confirm earlier studies conducted that show that following the diet produces results nearly as good as taking a statin drug to lower cholesterol. The portfolio diet also had other benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and triglycerides, but not lowering the good HDL cholesterol.
The diet combines plant sterols, nuts, fiber and soy to lower cholesterol levels. What you are required to do is to substitute soy and soy-based foods for all dairy and meats in your diet.
You also have to eat a lot of what they call sticky fiber. You would consume fiber in the form of barley, oats, and vegetables like okra and eggplant.
Butter and margarine are also off limits. They have to be replaced with margarine with plant sterols, like Take Control and Benecol.
You can also find plant sterols in other foods. Manufacturers sometimes add them to orange juice, cooking oil and granola bars. Check the labels to see if that’s the case.
To top everything off, have at least a handful of nuts each day.

Study Shows African-American Women Benefit from Diet Plan of Fruit and Veg
Results from a study that was recently concluded have been released only to show what our doctor’s and parents have told us for decades is true. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables helps keep weight off. A selection of African-American women were questioned about their diet in 1995 and then again six years later. Those who consumed a diet of mainly fruits and vegetables gained significantly less weight than those whose diets were made up of fried foods and red meat. Eating fried foods tends to lead to eating too many calories, which when not monitored can mean gaining weight easily.

Study Shows Chemicals Found in Non-stick Frying Pan Linked To Elevated Cholesterol Levels in Children

A new study has suggested that two chemicals used for non-stick cookware and waterproof fabrics may elevate total and LDL cholesterol levels in children and teens.
Perfluoroalkyl acids-such as perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)-were also present in microwave popcorn, drinking water, food packaging, dust, cord blood, breast milk, an even in the air we breath.
Stephanie J. Frisbee of West Virginia University School of Medicine led a team of researchers in assessing blood lipid levels in 12,476 children and teens from ages one to 18.
Researchers found that one-fifth of children and teens with the highest PFOA levels had total cholesterol levels 4.6 mg deciliter higher and LDL cholesterol levels 3.8 mg per deciliter higher than the one-fifth with the lowest PFOA levels. The higher the PFOA levels, the greater were the children at risk to develop high total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
In a different study, a series of animal studies that the activities of these chemicals primarily target that liver, and a previous research of adults that was exposed in the chemicals discovered the potential connections between PFOA, total cholesterol, and LDL.
The non-linear nature of the observed associations, particularly for PFOA, suggests a possible saturation point in an underlying physiologic mechanism. PFOA and PFOS specifically, and possibly perfluoroalkyl acids as a general class, appear to be associated with serum lipids, and the association seems to exist at levels of PFOA and PFOS exposure that are in the range characterized by nationally representative studies.,the authors wrote.
The complete study was published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association.

Study Shows increased risk of Asthma and Eczema Symptoms in Teens Taking Acetaminophen

New research shows teens who take acetaminophen (Tylenol) regularly have a higher risk of developing asthma in 13 and 14-year-old kids. Phase 3 of ISAAC held responsible for this information, the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood. ISAAC methodically monitored more than 300,000 kids in fifty countries in one of the largest studies of its kind.
Medical professional and research team said that children aged 13 to 14 who had used acetaminophen within the past year were found to have a 1.5 to 2.5 greater risk of having asthma symptoms. The study also found an increased in eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis (inflammation in the nose and eyes) risk directly linked to acetaminophen.
The entire research team is still analyzing the reason why acetaminophen increases the risk, and they can’t prove acetaminophen causes asthma. The speculated that it could be because the medicine takes away some of the lungs’ protection against damage. However, medical experts said that acetaminophen is safe. Parents with questions regarding asthma and medication use should contact their healthcare provider.
The complete stud was published online at American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Summer Diet Plans for Weight Loss
With summer around the corner millions of women are beginning their summer diets. While the summer time always brings along a new round of people to the gym, many of them will not last long. When it comes to being successful at a diet, one needs to have enough motivation to keep it going.
Dieting for the Bikini
Many of those who are dieting for the beach bikini’look, are emotionally motivated, but there is nothing else to back that motivation up. When planning diets it is important to consider both the exercise and the healthy eating plan. One without the other will not show as much weight loss.
Diets should be made around one’s schedule and lifestyle, implementing changes where needed. While not everyone can afford a personal trainer or nutritionist, it is wise do to some research about effective dieting. There are also many different books available with dieting tips and tricks.
Pyramid of Diet
The USDA has some great information and diet guidelines on their website. The food pyramid is still a good way to keep track of what your body needs to maintain enough energy for daily activities that include exercise.

Super Popular Diet Plans for Weight Loss
Finding the right diet, that actually works, amongst the hundreds out there can be a bit tricky. With so many to choose from it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Three very popular, yet very different diets are the Jenny Craig diet, the Dr. Oz diet, and the Blood-Type diet.
Jenny Craig has been around since the early 80’s and is well known in the dieting world. Dieters buy their food through Jenny Craig in the beginning, then are able to add more items on their own once they hit a certain goal. Exercise is encouraged to help with the weight loss. Although they don’t have certified dieticians, Jenny Craig does offer program consultants to support clients.
Dr. Oz’s diet is geared towards changing how we look at, and eat, food. Working on portion sizes and nutrition, the goal is to change the attitude towards food. Lots of moderate exercise helps the dieter lose weight, tone up, and get stronger. While there isn’t a direct support person, or team, there are community support groups online.
The Blood-Type diet dictates what you eat, and what type of exercise you do, by your blood type. If you’re an A, they say you will do better on a no-meat diet. Type O equals lots of protein. Type B people thrive on a dairy diet. Type AB is considered an intermediate between Type A and B. All types are advised to partake of some sort of exercise, be it vigorous for Type O’s, to more relaxed for type AB’s.
Regardless of which one you choose, be sure to check with your doctor before starting any new diet or exercise regime.

Supreme Court to Hear Health Insurance Law
Supreme Court to Hear Healthcare Insurance – Effect on Presidential Election Campaign
The Supreme Court recently decided to start hearing arguments that could very well decide the outcome of the healthcare bill proposed by President Obama. However, this comes in a time when the stage was all being set to take the presidential election campaign to the full swing. Now that the hearing is being considered, the law, and the justices, have suddenly come into the spotlight.
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A very serious question that now lies is whether the American Constitution will allow the Congress to make health insurance a compulsion for all Americans. The democrats are of the opinion that buying health insurance will help control costs, since only in 2008, nearly $43 billion paid by taxpayers, insurers and hospitals were used to cover the medical costs incurred by uninsured patients. Conservatives, on the other hand, have long focused on the individual mandatepart, and have argued that Obama and other congressional democrats tried expanding government regulations beyond its limit.
President’s Healthcare Reform
Ed Rollins, the director of presidential re-elections for Ronald Reagan in 1984, said that no other court case in the present times could leave an impact on the campaign that this case could.
This is because of two main reasons:
1. The case in itself is one of the hottest topics in the campaign
2. The decision is expected in June 2012, and that could be at the key moment of the general elections
If the justices in the case find themselves unable to agree or even closely divided, the final decision could be put off for a later date if they chose to invoke the Anti-Injunction Act.

Technology Blamed for Lack of Sleep
Not getting a sufficient amount of sleep is a problem that spans over all age ranges. Doctors have repeatedly warned of the negative effects that lack of sleep can have on concentration as well as general health. In most cases doctors will recommend between six and eight hours of sleep per night.
Doctors have recently made a connection between the use of electronics and a lack of sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recently conducted a study based out of Washington DC that associated use of technologies before bed with sufficient sleeping patterns. Results showed that 95 percent of those surveyed used electronics within an hour of hitting the sack.
Many Americans admit to watching television or using a laptop right before trying to go to sleep. This exposure to artificial light has been shown to make it more difficult to fall asleep. This is because the light and increased brain activity causes more alertness as well as delays the release of melatonin. In turn it takes longer for the brain to shut down into sleep mode.

Teen Smokers Are More Prone To Depression

Most nicotine addicts know the risk of their habit has a negative impact on their body. However, there are still believes that cigarette smoking relaxes them, there are also some teenagers use cigarettes to self-medicate. According to an in-depth search of a group of Canadian researchers, smoking can lead to increased depression in teenagers. Self-medication has been one of the major reason to explain the association between depression and smoking in teens.
“Although cigarettes may appear to have self-medicating effects or to improve mood, in the long-term we found teens who started to smoke reported higher depressive symptoms,” lead author Michael Chaiton of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit says.
The research team singled out a subsample of 662 high school teenagers who reported self-medication scores and divide them into different groups, such as non-smokers, smokers who do not smoke to self-medicate, and smokers who had self-medicated. The study found that the latter group is more likely to develop depressive symptoms. Researchers added that those who smoked at least 25 cigarettes per week had consistently higher self-medication scores than those who smoked less and those who reported more psychobiological improvement through smoking had higher depressive symptom scores, as well as greater variation in scores over time.
Jennifer O”Loughlin, coauthor of the study and a professor at the University of Montreal, said: “Smokers who used cigarettes as mood enhancers had higher risks of elevated depressive symptoms than teens who had never smoked.”
The complete study can be found in Addictive Behaviors journal.

Telephone Monitoring Can Save Lives of People with Heart Disease

People who suffer from the traitor heart disease who need to get regular check-ups may not need to go outside their houses in order to get their heart rate. People with a heart disease need a close monitoring, however a lot of medical professionals and hospitals are not equipped with the right staff, time, or even funds that is needed to initiate the quick tasks. Additionally, in hospitals check-ups most hospitals required patients to get a reservation before going to check-up. In house setting check-up, patients will save a lot of time, energy, and transportation costs.
A recent study that focus on evaluating the effectively of home monitoring conducted through telephone and/or remote monitoring systems. The study collected a wide range of information from 9,500 participants from 25 different studies who received the conventional monitoring form or the technology from using remote or telephone systems. Researcher observed and analyzed a group of patients who used the telephone system and called in their heart rate and rhythm, weight, and blood pressure. Others undergo to the traditional electronic systems that transmitted the medical information to the physicians or nurse’s station.
The study concluded that heart patients who undergo in the traditional electronic monitoring service recorded a death rate of 102 per 1,000 compared to the standard care rate of 154 per 1,000. And those patients who conducted the test in their own houses and call in their numbers had a death rate of 112 per 1,000 compared to 127 per 1,000 in the standard care group. Number of physicians agreed and satisfied on the positive results, however most of them aren’t ready to leave behind the hands on approach method or standard medical practice.
The study can be found at: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Published online 4 August 2010.

Tell Your Doctor, Herbal Supplements, Diet Plans and Vitamins
Your health is important but some things that you do to maintain your health could actually harm you if they are not revealed to your doctor. When the doctor asks, “are you on any medications?” they ask not because they are being nosy, but to update your medical records with information that can save your life. If you went to another doctor and were prescribed a blood thinner and did not reveal that information, you could be in serious danger if put on another blood thinner. You should not rely on your medical information being transferred from doctor to doctor or even pharmacies at this time.
Currently the way that medical records and medical information are handled is archaic. There are several initiatives in place to change that, but in the meantime, it is up to you to reveal everything that you are taking so that your doctor can have an accurate idea of what you need and the means not to prescribe a medicine that will interact with anything that you are on.
This does not only go for medicines though. Were you aware that herbal supplements can interfere with surgery? Most doctors will now tell you that you should stop using any herbal supplements at least 2 weeks before surgery. This is because certain herbal supplements can interfere with anesthesia and blood clotting. More people are aware of this and are revealing this information more regularly, but it should also become common practice to reveal all diet plans, vitamins, energy drinks, super fruits or any other health related supplement to your doctor.

The Acai Berry can Help in Diet Plans, but Watch out for Acai Berry Scams!
With the Acai berry making such an impact on the supplement and diet markets, with it comes people who try to duplicate the product and are strictly out to scam potential buyers for money. It is becoming more common for people to make claims that the Acai berry diet they are selling is the only one that works. There are ways to avoid running into these new scams and future scams.
Any claims that state the Acai berry diet is a one way ticket to weight loss is false. Although it can be used as a tool to get fit, it will take a lot more than just a pill to shed unwanted pounds. It is always wise to purchase Acai berry products from a local health food store versus an online website. Any website that appears to look like scam, most likely is.
In the case that the item is purchased online it is important to stay away from billing programs that charge the user monthly. The item should be bought, paid for and received one time and not automatically every month. With all the scams out there it is important to protect yourself from people just out to take your money.

The Depressing Truth About Anti-Depressants and Weight Loss
If you are on an anti-depressant and gaining a lot of weight you may want to speak to your doctor. What you will most often hear is that the medicine is not making you gain weight, but the effects that the medicine is having on your mood or brain chemistry is making you better, which means that your appetite will be much stronger. This is true, when people are happy they often have very healthy appetites however, this is not always the case when it comes to an anti-depressant.
Weight Gains from Anti-Depressant Spikes
Few disclaimers here, not a doctor, don’t stop taking your medicine and this isn’t advice, and medicine affects people in different ways, always consult with a doctor about your medicines. Now that we have that clear, strong spikes in certain anti-depressants can make you want to eat more and yes, can cause you to gain weight.
Paxil and Generic Paxil
The specific drug is Paxil and its generics. The reason that this happens is that with Paxil it causes spikes in seratonin which is how the drug helps to control anxiety, depression, OCD and so much more. When this spike occurs, you become calm, relaxed, happy and hungry. The one way to possibly reduce the weight loss is to switch over to Paxil CR. This controls weight gain because it is evenly distributed during the day as a CR or control release. The problem however is that there is not currently a generic version of the medicine and it can run from $80 or more. It can be worth it if your weight gains have been out of control.
If your doctor decides that this is the best solution and you can afford it, then your weight should begin to drop within two weeks. However, you will need to remain active and eat a healthy diet to keep the pounds stabilized. Paxil CR is not a weight loss medicine, it is an antidepressant. If this is not the medicine you have been prescribed, ask your doctor if there is a way to control your weight gain if on another type of medicine.

While it is always a good idea to cut back on calorie intake when trying to diet, it is important to watch what is being cut back on. Cutting back on the amount of calories consumed is helpful, but not if the foods being eaten is still not healthy. It is not only about the quantity of food, but the quality.
Diets should be based around a set of values that promote a healthy lifestyle change, not just ones that are based on restrictions. Diets that are based solely on restrictions are often deviated from, and dieters find themselves cheating often.
Finding a diet that focuses on promoting healthy eating, rather than restricting has been found to be more effective. There are many different diets that are focused around this, and it is important to find one that works with one’s life and time commitment. Diet plan delivery services are a good option for those lacking time to cook healthy meals.

The Diet Plan Challenge, Finding the Right Diet Plan
It is a challenge finding the right diet plan. There are so many different plans available that it makes finding one that will work a task. It is important to choose a diet plan that fits the lifestyle one lives. If the dieter is a busy person, a plan that is focused around cooking healthy meals at home, it may not be the best solution.
For those living a life with a jam packed schedule, picking a precooked meal delivery service may be the best option. These plans will provide a variety of meals and snacks that are already cooked and just need to be heated. This frees up a lot of time that would have been spent slaving in the kitchen trying to prepare a low calorie meal.
It also allows those who work the chance to bring the healthy meal with them, instead of opting for a fast food lunch break. While these plans can be on the expensive side, take into consideration that the cost is replacing the money that would have been spent at grocery stores or at restaurants.

The Dr. Oz Show September 7 Season Premiere: How Colonoscopy Saved Dr. Oz Life

Do you eat healthy food? Go exercise everyday? Don’t Drink or smoke? If you answer yes to one f these questions, then you are still vulnerable to cancer.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, the purveyor of the importance of healthy lifestyle, went in for a routine colonoscopy after his 50th birthday in June and got quite a scare of the result of the examination. During the medical examination, his doctor found a precancerous growth, an adenomatous polyp, inside his intestine. If this polyp had gone undetected, the polyp may have progressed into colon cancer. Dr’s removed the polyp, but still remains at a high risk of colon cancer. Dr. Oz will have to have a follow-up examination in three months, with continuing exams every 5 years.
This was a shakeup for me. I have done everything right, I don’t have any family history, and yet I’m high risk now,Oz tells People Magazine.
“There’s a lot of tension,” the 50-years old Doctor added. “It’s frustrating. Why did this happen to me? It forces you to question the assumptions you make about life.”
He adds that the colonoscopy exam saved my life.” Dr. Oz will be discussing his cancer scare on The Dr. Oz Show in September 7 season premiere.

The Fat Flush Diet
Many people are walking around with toxins in their body prohibiting them from effectively losing weight. The Fat Flush Diet, is a de-tox diet that focuses on getting rid of these toxins. It focuses on food that will reduce water retention, boost metabolism as well as promote healthy fat loss.
There are three different phases that accompany this diet book. The first phase is a restrictive, low calorie intake and lasts between one and two weeks. This is where the detoxifying part of the diet, as it restricts dieters from eating margarine, alcohol and sugars.
The last two phases are about maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. The first of the two is to be used until the weight loss goal is achieved. Once the ideal weight is achieved the final step is about maintaining the lifestyle. A benefit to this type of diet plan is that it is a onetime cost, although it lacks the support of an online community.

The Great Breakthroughs in Cosmetic Dermatology
There are plenty of dermatology procedures available at any dermatologist and these procedures keep changing as soon as new procedures become available. We live in the age of breakthroughs and this is why there are many new procedures that are being tested to cure the different cases.
For example, for port wine stains, which is the most common skin malformation, most clinics treat them with Pulse Dye Laser, also known as PDL. The treatment uses laser in order to photocoagulate the vessels to the stains. Full clearance happens in over 40 percent of the cases.
There are many factors that can affect the success of the procedure. For example, dark skin types or the presence of a heavy tan can limit the effectiveness of the treatment. According to the latest breakthroughs, there are certain modifications that can be made to this treatment in order to enhance the result. For example, increasing the wavelength to 595 or 585 nm will increase the penetration depth of the laser, which results in better results.
When it comes to Acne scaring, according to a practice of dermatology in Chicago, the usage of Photodynamic therapy is gaining traction as it is considered to be one of the many effective alternations to isotretinoin for patients who suffer from acne scars.
There are also many other light emitting laser devices that are cleared by the FDA of the USA which can help increase the effectiveness of the traditional acne treatments. Also, the usage of fractional photothermolysis, which is a technology that was introduced less than 10 years ago, is one of the favored treatments used by dermatologists, this includes ablative and non ablative laser treatments, each one has its own pros and cons.
They are used to treat the microscopic skin columns in order to get rid of the scarring resulting from the acne.
Read more here about the topic of cosmetic dermatology in Chicago and other parts of the nation.

The Hamptons Diet Plan, Macadamia Nut Oil vs Olive Oil
Many people have heard of the Atkins diet, and how restrictive it is against carbohydrate intake. As a former medical director at the Atkins Center, Dr. Fred Pescatore has come out with a new diet book. The Hamptons Diet seems to be a combination of the popular Atkins and South Beach Diets.
While some people do not do well with diet books, this book also provides the options of a website. Although the website does require a subscription, it does provide helpful tools and motivation. The diet presented in this book focuses on low carb intake as well as eating foods with mono-unsaturated fats.
While many health food enthusiasts will suggest cooking food in olive oil, this nutritionist suggests macadamia nut oil instead. This particular type of oil is almost eighty percent mono-unsaturated; however is also a very expensive option. Apart from the weight loss phase, this diet is rather unrestrictive and can be easily met and maintained.

The Last Diet Book Standing a Real Life Approach to Dieting
A problem with a lot of diet books out there is that they are unrealistic and too difficult to follow. The nutritional guide The Last Diet Book Standing provides its readers with a real life approach to dieting. It is written by a normal person, instead of a room full of doctors.
The book is easy to follow and is written in a way that is easy to understand and get a grasp on. It provides many insightful thoughts on what real life diet success looks like. A lot of focus is put on understanding oneself and one’s dieting needs as well as understanding what healthy nutrition really is.
This plan is written by a woman and is focus mainly on female dieters. It features the seven habits of highly healthy women, which are easy steps one can take. The book also features many different recipes and meal plans for each meal.

The New Diet Plan, Weight Watchers
Despite the fact that there are thousands of different diet plans available, diet plans are forced to constantly change and adapt to all of the latest and greatest trends on the market. One of the most popular and well known companies has recently revealed a massive overhaul to compensate for a changing economy.
Weight Watchers has been one of the leaders in weight loss programs for decades. Just like everyone else, they have had to adapt not only their marketing and advertising, but their entire program itself to keep up with the latest diet trends. One of the main things that the company has re-done is all of their food options, turning what some may have considered bland and unsatisfactory food items into slightly more filling and more appetizing.
Weight Watchers became famous for their points system, incorporating mainstream food items into their diet plan. This makes the system much more dieter-friendly, and a much better selling point to consumers. People like to eat their own foods, not what companies tell them they can eat. This system has been entirely redone to incorporate new discoveries in dieting, and to adjust the points to make them more accurate, and to incorporate new foods and food recipes.

The New Year Brings More Diet Plans
Every year at around this time, Americans from coast to coast come up with their resolutions to stick to in the following year. The number one resolution is making and sticking to diet plans. This can be a difficult resolution to keep up with, however, each year diet plans are the number one resolution.
This year many are trying to be realistic in that they are not changing their entire diet, but instead are adding healthier foods to it. Others are adding supplements like vitamins to their existing diet plans to round out their existing diet. Others are simply adding more dark leafy greens and lean proteins. One of the diet plans that is becoming more popular is the same one that pregnant women are given when they are in their first trimester.
This diet includes at least three cups of dairy, lean proteins which include beans and dark leafy greens. A lot of the diet can be broken up into three very large salads that can be eaten throughout the day. One could simply make a salad, put the protein as a bean or meat and then have a yogurt dressing to keep to the requirements of the diet plan.
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The Next Big Thing in Fitness and Health, Coconut Water
Harvested from unripe coconuts, coconut water is one of the best, all natural drinks to help re-hydrate and fuel your body. Full of vitamins and electrolytes, it’s healthier than its counterparts with even more benefits. High in lauric acid, coconut water helps protect against infections and boosts the immune system.
Most coconut water is consumed by removing the top of a green coconut and drinking the water from inside. However, as the popularity of drinking coconut water has increased demand, companies like Zico, Vita Coco and O.N.E. have made it possible to not only easily find coconut water, but to easily transport it using convenient, portable containers. Perfect for on the go, workouts, or just enjoying at home.
The taste is similar to almonds with the coconut water having a cloudy appearance. Some companies mix the coconut water with other juices for a taste adventure. Easily mixed in to smoothies and other protein beverages, coconut water is incredibly versatile. As more people are turning towards all natural products, coconut water provides them with a way to hydrate with far less fat and calories and even more health rewards.

The Plant Behind the Acai Berry Craze
The acai berry, a now well-known diet supplement and super fruit, can be found growing on the acai palm tree all over Central and South America. There are eight different species that grow in areas with high water levels such as swamps and floodplains.
These skinny trees can grow upwards of 90 feet with leaves growing as long as 9 feet. The berries that are harvested off of the acai palm look similar to grapes but are smaller in size with a purplish-black color. The acai berry makes up a large portion of the local diet and was recently discovered by outsiders and is being marketed across the country for the high level of antioxidants as well as its other nutritional value. With the growing popularity of the acai berry across the diet supplement and health food markets some people fear that the farming and harvesting of the fruit will damage the Amazon Rainforest. Others state that the acai berry can be considered renewable and can be harvested without damaging the Amazon Rainforest.
Acai berries contain over 80% of seeds which can also be used to make animal feed and is used in organic soil. One positive effect that popularity of the acai fruit has brought is increased income for local harvesters of the plant.

The Power of the Mind in Diet Plans Carnegie Mellon University
For a lot of people looking to get healthy and lose weight, one of the most powerful parts of the process is their state of mind. Many diet plans emphasize how important it is to go into the diet with positive, can-do thoughts. A study conducted at Carnegie Mellon University found that this may have more of an impact than originally thought.
The study was focused on volunteers imagining eating certain foods, before being presented with that same type of food. Results found that those who used their minds to imagine eating the food ended up eating less of it than those who did not do this. The results were surprising to many diet experts who routinely tell people to not think about the food they are trying to avoid.
Instead it suggests that actually thinking about it, and thinking about it constantly will help dieters eat less of that food. Researchers believe that it is the repetition of the thought that helps limit the amount consumed. Thinking about the food only once had little effect on the food that was eaten.

The Skinny on Acai Berry Weight Loss Diet Plans
People across the world are discovering Acai Berry and its beneficial properties. Many are wondering, what exactly is acai berry? Acai Berry is a fruit that can be found in the amazon rain forest. It has a purple-reddish color and is around an inch-long. It can be found on the acai palm tree around both Central and South America. The reason it has interested health and nutrition specialists is because of its high level of antioxidants and the improvements it can make to one’s health.
It is supposed that the high levels of very powerful antioxidants, specifically the anthocyanins and flavonoids, found in these “super fruit” can help improve cardiovascular health, and general body health. It is common to hear that a glass of red wine a night will improve cardiovascular health, users of acai berry should know the two items contain similar nutrients and antioxidants.
Acai berries can also be found in a variety of beauty products in the form of “acai oil”. The reason it is used in beauty products is again because of its high antioxidants. It can be found in many anti-aging serums, facial cleansers, body creams and even hair products. Studies have shown that there are no adverse side effects to the acai berry. The only possible effect would be as an allergen and in moderate amounts will not cause any harm.

The Skinny on Weight Loss Diet Plans, South Beach Diet
Low-carb, high protein and with a new book out, the South Beach Diet has a popular following. The latest edition to the South Beach Diet library is The South Beach Diet Supercharged.”
Weight Loss Diet Plans, South Beach Diet
South Beach Diet also has a line of foods in your local grocery which is not mandatory for the diet. Along with the book, there are online tools available to keep you on track with the diet.
South Beach Diet Plan
Atkins and South Beach have been compared in the past, but the South Beach Diet is considered to be more heart-friendly. The similarities may come from the fact that both of the diets were created by medical doctors. South Beach Diet is also considered heart-friendly because its originator is Dr. Arthur Agatston, cardiologist and director of Mt.Sinai Cardiac Prevention Center in Miami Beach, Florida.
Diet Plans for Weight Loss
The South Beach Diet is against unhealthy fats, but encourages good, healthy fats and looks at low glycemic index sugar carbs as good. If you can make it through a grueling 2 week period of no pastas, rice, bread, fruit or booze of any kind then you should be able to make it through the other two phases of the diet.

The Skinny on Weight Loss Diet Plans: New Sonoma Diet
It seems as though every week a new weight loss or diet plan is hitting the scene. While many hold the same principles, it is the little differences that will work for some and not for others. One of the big challenges in planning successful weight loss is choosing a suitable plan.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
The New Sonoma Dietis a weight loss plan created by Dr. Connie Guttersen. This is a revised version of an original diet previously published. Rather than placing calorie restrictions on food consumption the diet presents a new way to think about limiting food intake.
Lose Weight Diet Plan
By focusing on how much one puts on his or her plate, this diet does not discourage enjoying food, rather just eating smaller portions. The diet is made up of 3 phases. The first phase is meant to stop certain food cravings, and the second is aimed at prompting weight loss. The third phase is used to teach one how to maintain that weight loss.

The Truth About Sizes and Losing Weight
One of the main things that lead people to lose weight is what size clothing the wear, or when they can no longer fit into their old sizes. While this is simply a number to some people, others take it very seriously.
It’s no surprise to anyone that sizes are different in each brand of clothing. Sometimes this is by half an inch, but others are one or two inches different than others. More often than not, people will lean towards whatever the smallest size is, even if it doesn’t fit as well as another or is more expensive.
Many other women are proud to wear larger sizes, citing that Marilyn Monroe was a size 12, but what they may not realize is that the sizes have changed over the decades. Research has recently shown that a size twelve in the 1950’s was 26 inches around, while a size 12 today is about 36 inches; a full ten inch difference.

The Truth About Vitamin Water and Weight Loss
Vitamin Water is an extremely popular drink of choice for all those trying to lose weight through diet and exercise, but they may not actually be absorbing all of the vitamins that this product was named for. Yes, each bottle does contain added vitamins, like A, E, D, and K, but these are fat soluble vitamins. What does this mean for dieters? While you will still stay hydrated, unless you are eating a snack or meal that contains some amount of fat, your body won’t be able to absorb the vitamins.
If you are looking to make sure you still get enough vitamins daily, the best way to do this is with a daily vitamin supplement. This product won’t necessarily hurt you, but plain water is still the best way to maintain proper hydration levels. Eating healthy, proper-sized portions and exercising daily are still the healthiest way to lose weight.

Time to Crank Your Weight Loss Diet Plan to Eleven
Time to Crank Your Weight Loss Diet Plan to Eleven
Good nutrition, steady exercise, you are doing everything your doctor tells you and the results are all that stunning. Has it been about two months and only a few pounds are shedding? It might be a good time to revisit your doctor and find out what’s going on. There are some tests that can be performed to rule out any medical conditions such as those related to the thyroid.
Discuss your nutrition and diet plan and see if anything might need to be adjusted. If you have been keeping a weight loss journal then take that with you to the visit. You should find out the results of most tests in about three days. If everything comes back clear, then you may need to make any adjustments that your doctor has mentioned.
How much time in the day is dedicated to exercise and also just as important, what kind of exercise? If you aren’t an expert in physical fitness, don’t fret, a lot of us are. Look into a trainer if you can afford it. If a physical trainer is out of your price range, then you may want to increase your workout times, include weights as well as cardio and you may start seeing better results with your weight loss diet plan.

Toe Shoes, Great for Sports Shoes Vibram FiveFingers
A new craze is hitting the sport shoe market in the form of shoe that more resemble the human foot, commonly called toe shoes”. Vibram FiveFingers is a shoe company that has started making footwear that looks similar to toe socks.
These shoes separate each individual toe and provide a thin rubber lining along the bottom of the foot. They are meant to provide the benefits of walking and exercising with bare feet, while also providing protection against the hazards that arise from walking without shoes on. These shoes can be used in a variety of barefoot sports including fitness, running, water sports, yoga, Pilates, trekking or just everyday travel.
The natural design of the shoe increases the feet, toes and ankle’s range of motion which can reduce the risk of injury as well as increase strength in leg muscles. Purchasers of this shoe have also seen an improvement in balance and agility because each individual part of their whole foot is being used while walking or exercising.
Because the shoe does not have an inclined heel, as regular sneakers most commonly do, the bodyweight of the wearer can be distributed more evenly, and helps promote proper spine alignment as well as improves posture.

Twinkie Weight Loss Diet Plan and Counting Calories
One of the most common ways to begin a weight loss diet plan is by creating a calorie counting based diet. This was demonstrated recently through the 1200 calorie Twinkie diet. The results showed that only eating 1200 calories of Twinkies had similar weight loss results to eating 1200 calories of other foods.
While the results in pure pounds may be similar, the results in general health is greatly different. Recently the United States secretary of agriculture stated that Not all calories are created equal.What he mean by this statement was that when dieting, overall health should be considered, not just calorie intake.
A diet with a calorie intake of 1200, would be much more beneficial if those calories were through fruit and whole grains, rather than other less healthy options. Even though counting the calories may result in similar weight loss it does not make the diets equal. The dieting culture of the United States has become obsessed with the amount of calories being consumed versus the amount of calories being burned.

Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac or Addison’s?
After noticing a growing trend in children diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, doctors and medical researchers have announced a new study measuring the correlation between this autoimmune disorder as well as three others. Addison’s disease, celiac disease, and autoimmune thyroid disease often have antibodies present in children at the same time that they are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
It has recently been reported that fifteen to thirty percent of people with Type 1 diabetes have also been diagnosed, and about 4 to 9 percent have been diagnosed with celiac disease. Addison’s disease is at the bottom of the list with less than one percent being diagnosed. Children who have been confirmed to have diabetes should be tested yearly for an autoimmune thyroid disease, and for celiac disease if other symptoms become apparent. There is no real screening schedule for Addison’s disease.

U.S. Teen Vaccination Rates Increasing As Parents Protect their children From Serious Diseases

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that vaccination rates among teens in America have increased, though they are still below the desired level and also below rates for younger children. The report is aimed to analyze the development being made in regards to how many teenagers in the U.S. are getting the recommended vaccinations against common diseases, and these vaccinations will protect teens against meningitis, common cancers, flu, and other ailments.
In a study conducted by the CDC of more than 20,000 teens, UPI reports, it was found that, in 2009, teens between the ages of 13 and 17 had increases in vaccinations routinely recommended for 11 and 12-year-olds.
CDC conducted a research and discovered that from 2008 to 2009, teens getting vaccinated significantly increased. There was at least 15% increase in the vaccination rate in just that 1-year span, a good sign to say the least. This was concluded following a survey conducted that included tens of thousands of teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 in the U.S.
Medical experts feel that the rate has rose positively due to the fact that most parents now have enough information an made more aware of what could happen to their if these vaccinations were not received.

US Measles Outbreaks Potentially Higher This Year
With more measles cases expected this year in the U.S., perhaps because of the over six thousand cases reported from European nations. The measles vaccination given to children has proven effective as a life long preventive step against measles, but many may have opted to not vaccinate their children because of theories of possible risks of developing autism from vaccinations. The majority of the scientific community does not adhere to these theories.
Measles has virtually been eliminated from the United States, but visitors from or travelers to other countries that have not been vaccinated accounted for 90% of measles cases reported in 2008.
Measles can be prevented with the MMR vaccination. Currently, there are two options for vaccinating children between twelve months and twelve years old. If you are a parent that has questions about why or how to have your child vaccinated, here is a fact sheet provided by the CDC.

US Scientists Achieved an Important First Step on Lung Regeneration

Lung Regeneration
A group of American scientist reported a very critical development Thursday toward building new human lungs. The positive results came after the successful implantation of laboratory-cultivated cells into a rat’s lungs and through creating an artificial device on a microchip that replicates the human lung function.
Yale University researchers successfully created lungs with capability to work from 45 to 120 minutes by using laboratory-cultivated cells and implanted them into rats, a scientific first.
On a separate study, researchers with the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston managed the creation of a device that acts like a human lung using blood vessel cells and it is about the size of a regular rubber eraser.
According to Donald Ingber, Wyss Institute Director and study’s main author, the artificial lung could be utilized to test the possible effects of new medicine and toxins on human lungs.
The micro lung-on-a-chip merges a number of technologies in an innovative way,said MIT Institute professor Robert Langer.
For the initial research and analysis, researchers took adult rat lungs and removed their existing cellular components. They carefully analyzed and preserved the matrix and branching structures of the lungs airways and vascular system, which they used to developed new lung cells.
Lead author Laura Niklason, M.D., Ph.D., professor and vice-chair of the Departments of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering at Yale University and an active member of Yale Medical Group, said:
“We succeeded in engineering an implantable lung in our rat model that could efficiently exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, and could oxygenate hemoglobin in the blood. This is an early step in the regeneration of entire lungs for larger animals and, eventually, for humans.”
However, Niklason, warned that it will take years of research and analysis with adult stem cells to see if the engineered lungs can be regenerated in vitro, successfully implanted into patients body and ensure they function properly.
The Yale research team determined that the engineered lungs were analogous to those of native tissues and properly exchanged oxygen and carbon dioxide when implanted.
Researchers said that the lung tissue is especially difficult to regenerate because it rarely repairs beyond the microscopic level.
The only current way to replace damaged adult lung tissue is to perform lung transplantation, which is highly susceptible to organ rejection and infection and achieves only 10 percent to 20 percent survival at 10 years,the Yale researchers said.

Uses of Jasmine Taught in Culinary Schools
Th Jasmine flower, as taught in culinary schools, can be used for its many different properties. One of the most useful is using the flowers in a refrigerator to absorb any foul odors. This technique can also be performed using an onion. Jasmine is most often used to add a fragrance to rice and has become one of the most often used rice by culinary schools and homes across the globe.
The flower is know as the queen of all flowers’but there are some other great uses of other flowers also. Not every flower is edible though, so you may want to check online to see if one is safe to eat before you try it. Cooking with flowers is a long practiced tradition in many cultures. It is becoming in fashion with culinary schools lately.
Some of the most used flowers in cooking are cilantro, chives, basil, lavender and thyme. There are some more interesting and less thought of flowers that can be used in cooking such as the day lily and Nasturtiums.

Using Acai for Your New Year’s Weight Loss Diet Plans
Weight Loss Diet Plans
For many people the top New Year’s resolution for 2011 is to exercise more and live a healthier lifestyle. A large number of these people are turning to a super fruit from the Amazon Rainforest to assist them in keeping this resolution. Acai berry, a purplish fruit harvested off of palm trees, has been found to contain many healthy nutrients as well as disease fighting antioxidants. For these reason it has become a mainstay in the diet and weight loss supplement market.
Diet Plans for Weight Loss
Because of its recent surge in popularity the berry can be found in many health food stores as well as all across the internet. Although the fruit is available in many forms, including juice, powder, or chocolate, consumers need to be aware that some products do not measure up to the necessary standards. Many websites offer acai products that actually only contain a small portion of the fruit with the remainder being fillers, or even water.
Diet Plans and Weight Loss
The best option to ensure a quality product is to go to a local health food store and purchase the pure berry. If there is not a local health food store available, make sure the online product is approved to be USDA organic, and do not hesitate to research the reviews online.

Vitamin D Necessary During Pregnancy
Recent studies found that babies that have low levels of vitamin D are at higher risk of contracting respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, during their first year than babies that were not deficient. While almost all children will contract some form of the virus before their 2nd birthday, very few of them will actually have it turn into a serious form. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus has similar symptoms to that of a cold, and somewhere between 75,000 and 100,000 children are hospitalized each year with RSV, pneumonia, or bronchiolitis. Women who are pregnant can limit these risks by ensuring that they take prenatal vitamins throughout their pregnancy, which contain more than enough of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin D. If you have any questions or concerns about RSV, you should talk to your obstetrician or child’s pediatrician.

Walmart Wants You to Have a Healthier Diet Plan
Wal Mart is reducing prices on fresh foods so that their customers can afford a healthier diet plan. Along with the price cuts, Wal Mart has also gone back to the drawing board with some of their private brand products to reduce sodium, fats and make a more healthy product.
Healthy Diet Plans
Along with lowering sodium, Wal Mart is also looking to reduce trans fats and sugars. Wal Mart has become the grocery store of choice for a lot of Americans and their nutritional concerns for their customer’s diet plans is commendable.
Diet Plans for Health With Wal Mart
More accessible and healthier foods could significantly make a dent in America’s obesity problem. Wal Mart and others that are taking part in this initiative are acting very responsibly and giving back in a positive way.

Weight Gain and Diabetes: The Bad Side of Aspartame
Weight Gain and Diabetes: The Bad Side of Aspartame
You go through the drive-thru of your local fast-food restaurant and you are so proud of yourself. You bought the grilled chicken, plain, rather than a burger. You passed on the fries. You got the diet soda instead of the regular soda.
You actually just made a poor choice. Two studies have linked poorer health to diet soda. Yes, you heard correctly – people who consumed diet soda have poorer health compared to people who skip the diet drink.
Studies Conducted
One study, conducted by the University of Texas at San Antonio, showed that people who reported drinking two or more diet sodas each day had increases in their waist sizes six times greater than people who did not drink diet soda.
Another study, also from University of Texas at San Antonio, involved the sweetener aspartame. Aspartame, sold under the brand names of Equal and NutraSweet, was found to raise blood sugar levels in mice that were prone to diabetes.
Diet Soda
The study involved 474 participants. The diet soda drinkers had 70 percent greater waist size increases compared to those who don’t drink diet soda. Belly fat increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. These can all increase the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
In the aspartame study, diabetes-prone mice were fed a mixture of chow, aspartame and corn oil for three months. The control mice had only the chow and corn oil. At the end of the three months, the mice fed the aspartame had higher blood sugar levels.

Weight Gain and Weight Loss for Pregnant Women
For many women who find out that they are pregnant, one of their looming thoughts is the resulting weight gain. While it is very necessary for the baby’s health to gain a good amount of weight, it usually becomes a self-esteem issue for the to-be mother. After the pregnancy is over, many women find it difficult to fit in a weight loss plan with a baby on their arm.
While it is normal to gain weight during pregnancy, it is important that one doesn’t gain too much weight. The normal weight gain for a mom with one child on the way is between 35 and 25 pounds. Eating a healthy diet will help with gaining the right kind of weight, instead of binging on unhealthy foods.
For many women, there is a time after birth that they should not exercise, but focus on eating healthy instead. When losing baby weight it should be done in a slow process, with 1-3 pounds being lost every week. A sudden loss of weight is not healthy for those who just went through a nine month pregnancy.

Weight Gain Not Linked to Depression
Contrary to what many believe, being obese or overweight does not increase your chances of depression, at least not in teenagers. A three-year study that was performed by the Center for Child and Adolescent Health Policy has recently been concluded.
Obesity and Depression
The studies have found that there is no medical link between obesity and depression in teenagers, as some people have thought to be true in the past. This was a community-based study, instead of a clinical one, so some researchers feel that the results may reflect more of the subject’s feelings rather than being a complete medical diagnosis, as teens going to clinics for treatment seemed to feel more self conscious about their body image.
Clinical Studies
Further studies are being conducted to observe other variables such as race, family background and more in-depth medical histories. More conclusive evidence and perhaps clinical studies will need to be performed to give a comprehensive and definitive results.

Weight Loss & Walgreens, Natrol Acai Berry Diet Supplement
Walgreens carries a number of discounted vitamins and supplements including well known, brand name multivitamins, Kava Kava and Natrol’s Acai Berry Supplement.
Weight Loss
One of the negatives about cleaning up your diet plan, eating healthy and adding vitamins and supplements to your new lifestyle is the upfront cost. It can be a bit steep if you aren’t cutting coupons or looking out for deals.
Acai Berry and Vitamin Supplements
If you are stocking up for a new weight loss diet plan or are just trying to live healthier then plan out what you want, look for deals like buy one get one free or even just drastically discounted prices.
Healthy Diet Plans
When it comes to products like Acai Berry, you may be better off buying from a national retailer like Walgreens. A lot of skepticism has arisen about acai berry scams online, so if you don’t feel comfortable purchasing from a suspicious website, then go to a trusted site like Walgreens.
Another thing that you should consider, especially if you have allergies or an intolerance to lactose is that many vitamin supplements capsules are made with milk, egg or even soy. The nice thing about Walgreens and many other retailers is that they will list this on their website. Natrol Acai Berry Supplement at Walgreen’s happens to be Vegetarian which is a good thing to look for when it comes to most allergies. No egg or milk for certain and no glutens.

Weight Loss and Jobs that Make Us Fat
Many jobs across the United States require people to be constantly sitting at a desk or cubicle. This lack of movement is not productive for those who are trying to lose weight, or maintain a current weight. A new study has shown that getting up from time to time and moving around will help lose weight.
This does not mean that one has to get up and go for a jog every fifteen minutes. The study showed that a simple movement for even just one minute will help with staying health. The study followed a group of people, some who took frequent breaks from sitting and others who took a minimal amount of breaks.
The results showed that those who took frequent breaks from sitting were on average two whole pant sizes smaller than the others. The study was conducted in Australia and researchers believe the results can help those wishing to lose weight and improve heart health.

Weight Loss and Running, No Need To Stretch
For years runners and athletes alike have heard that stretching before exercising will reduce the likelihood of injuries. However new studies have shown that this may not be true. Researchers from the USA Track and Field Association in conjunction with George Washington University have found that stretching before running is unnecessary.
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The study began with 2,700 volunteers who ran at least 10 miles or more a week. Half of the group stretched for three to five minutes, while the other half just began running. At the end of the three month study %16 of runners from each group claimed injuries that kept them from running for one week or more. The total number of participants that completed the study was 1,400 and they were the ones included in the results.
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People most likely to injure themselves were those who had suffered injuries in the recent past. Others found more likely to incur injuries were those who had a greater BMI, or body mass index. BMI measures the body fat to muscle ratio.

Weight Loss and Wii for Fitness
The creation of the Wii and the more active player-game interaction has sparked more than just a family fun game night. It has created a new way to exercise that attracts people both young and old. For a long time society has been complaining about how children only sit in front of the TV instead of being outside and active.
Wii Fit-ness
The Nintendo Wii has provided a great compromise for parents and children dealing with our ever changing culture. Because of the Wii’s player interaction, the games provide the feel of video games and an extra shot of physical activity.
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In addition to the Wii’s normal games making people get off of the couch, they have also introduced an exercise specific aspect. The Wii Fit is an additional controller that can be purchased along with an exercise specific set of games. Some of these games include interactive Yoga, Running and even a Dance intensive exercise program.

Weight Loss at 40: Make the Impossible Possible
If you are a woman over 40 and have decided you need to lose weight, you have probably already noticed that it is more difficult to lose it now than when you were in your 20s. Things you used to be able to eat just stick to your thighs and even doubling the exercise you do will not get rid of the extra weight.
The nice thing to know is that you are not crazy. Even if you have not yet reached that wonderful phase called menopause, your hormones are still going crazy. Your estrogen levels are dropping and your body, wanting to compensate, will convert cells into fat cells because fat cells can produce estrogen. See the cycle women are caught in?
Besides the crazy hormones and your body making more fat cells, your metabolism is slowing down. That is a natural part of aging. Your body no longer requires the same amount of energy it did when you were younger, so it slows down the rate at which it burns the calories. Then add in the stress from children, careers, and partner. Slowly add lack of sleep and voila! You have a recipe for weight gain.
You’ve tried cutting down on your calories. You’ve tried an exercise class or two. Nothing seems to be working. Is it possible for women over 40 to lose weight?
Choose foods that contain phytoestrogens, which mimic the effects of estrogen.
Foods like soy and soy products, broccoli, flax seed, and nuts are excellent sources of phytoestrogens. This will help reduce your body’s production of fat cells and aid in weight loss.

Weight Loss by Dietary and Lifestyle Changes
Weight loss is achieved by dietary and lifestyle changes. Moderate diet plans together with physical exercise result in losing weight and improving health. Enhanced intake of fiber rich foods is recommended. People who wish to lose weight with dietary changes should exclude the intake of foods like fried items, junk and spicy foods and sodas. Normally, low carbohydrate and low fat diet together with physical exercise has been proven to reduce weight.
There are other methods of intentional weight loss namely Surgery, drugs and dietary supplements. Even though dietary supplements and drugs are widely used, they are not considered a healthy choice for weight loss. Only a few of those drugs and supplements provide a long term effect. Surgery is recommended in severe cases to reduce the size of the stomach in order to limit the quantity of intake.

Weight Loss Camps Fast Weight Loss
For many people losing a significant amount of weight is a difficult struggle. A lot of people don’t realize that true weight loss requires a change in lifestyle, not simply a cut back in food.

One of the great ways to give a diet a jump start is by attending weight loss camps.
Weight Loss Camps
There are many different types of weight loss camps that are available. While some of them include overnight accommodations, others are based around local commuting campers. The camps come in a variety of lengths, from a long weekend to a two week retreat.
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When deciding what type of weight loss camp to go to, it is important to take into effect time and money that can be spent. Many of these camps run on the expensive side. If money is an issue, consider a long weekend camp, or a commuting camp which are usually less expensive.

Weight Loss Challenge is Finding Time to Exercise
One of the challenges that people face when trying to create a workout schedule is having enough time. Most schedules include a seven day workout plan, which is not manageable for people with busy schedules. There is a way to get a quality workout and only use three out of the seven days.
This three day work out weight loss challenge will have the person focusing on a different part of the body each day as well as some cardiovascular exercises. It is the cardio exercises that help in losing weight. The body part specific exercises will help with toning and muscle building.
Pick three days a week that work with one’s schedule, keeping in mind that they each should be separated by a day off. The first day should include abs, back and chest exercises as well as a short cardio. The next day would focus on legs, shoulders, abs and again a cardio exercise. The last day is focused on arms with exercises for biceps, triceps, abs and cardio.

Weight Loss Diet and Exercise Plans
Weight Loss Tips
So, you want to go on a diet and exercise plan. It doesn’t have to be a big production and you don’t have to starve yourself. As a matter of fact, forget starving yourself altogether.
You should eat a minimum of four small meals each day. In between if you get hungry, grab a glass of water. Water is a dieter’s best friend. It fills you up and flushes you out, while replenishing your body’s water supply. Your body is 75 percent water and if you don’t replenish it, you will become dehydrated.
The first thing you can do is change your thinking. You are not taking foods away, you are adding foods to your diet. In place of the cookies, have grapes or an apple as a snack. Fresh fruits and vegetables are great crunchy snacks that can satisfy your urge to snack.
If you hate the thought of exercise, there are actually some every day activities you can do to boost your calorie burn. Findfun activities that burn calories. Ride your bike, go for a hike, play Frisbee with the dog. These are all activities you can enjoy and burn the calories at the same time.
Don’t like to ride a bike, no place to hike, don’t own a dog? Ok, here’s another way to burn calories that you can’t find an excuse to get out of – walking. Walking is probably one of the easiest calorie burning exercises you can do. And it’s easy to get in. Driving to the store or to work? Park your car as far away from the entrance as you can. Opt to take the stairs whenever feasible. Go mall walking. If you have a lawn, get a push mower to use rather than a riding mower.

Weight Loss Diet Plan asks for 17 Days Dr. Michael Moreno
Weight Loss Diet Plan
Losing water weight is still losing weight. When you start a weight loss diet plan that involves healthier eating habits and exercise, one of the first things to go is water weight. Most dieters will shrug it off because they know it could come back, but taking off that water weight can have two powerful effects on a dieter. The first is obviously the good feeling that you get by being a little slimmer, but the second is that your heart does not have to work as hard to move that water around your vascular system.
17 Day Diet Plan
The 17 Day Diet plan starts off with getting rid of that water weight but it gets serious as the days go on. The diet plan actually requires that the dieter eat healthier and increase activity! The charm of the diet is that it has a set time which is easy to achieve. Saying, a little over two weeks, is far superior to months of dieting. You won’t be easily defeated with 17 days which increases your chances of sticking to the program.

Weight Loss Diet Plan Jenny Craig is #1
Studies have recently been concluded to see which weight loss program has reported the most pounds lost over the past two years. Surprisingly, Jenny Craig beat out Weight Watchers for this spot, though Weight Watchers has had a higher participation rate. Jenny Craig users were able to lose the most pounds, and many of their dieters reported a 8% weight loss over two years. One major factor in what decided the outcome of this Weight Watchers and Slim Fast rounded out the top three spots in this study that is worth mentioning is that the subjects who used Jenny Craig also received their meals for free, as well as free counseling sessions. Normally, the costs of these are around $650 a month for food alone, and counseling runs around $500. Free diet and weight loss help is generally more effective than one you have to pay for.

Weight Loss Diet Plan, Reducing Bloat for a Flatter Belly
Weight Loss Diet Plan, Reducing Bloat for a Flatter Belly
Diet and exercise, lower caloric intake, eat more fiber, this is the common advice given to anyone that is about to embark on a weight loss diet plan. Not a lot of advice is given about the bloating you may experience on that new diet plan though. Despite eating healthy and exercising regularly, you may still have a stomach that is protruding and it could be from bloating. While bloating can be a serious symptom of other diseases, especially those of the liver and in women over fifty, bloat is most likely the results of an increase in gas. Where is it coming from and why won’t it go away?
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Bloating can be caused by an intake of large amounts of fiber. Certainly any good diet will have a lot of fiber in it right? Has your weight loss diet plan suggested that you eat more dark leafy greens, cereals, wheat or dairy? All of these can cause bloating. There are a few ways that you can reduce the bloat though.
Contributing Factors to Bloating
Drink plenty of water, lay off carbonated beverages and reduce gum chewing and talking while you are eating. One of the biggest causes of bloating and the easiest to correct is eating too quickly. If you are eating your meals very quickly then you may be taking in an excess amount of air. That air will sit in the stomach and be a contributing factor to your bloating.
Flat Belly Diet
Don’t be discouraged, your weight loss diet plan is probably working even though your belly isn’t decreasing in size. Examine your eating habits and see if you can reduce bloat causing factors. The Flat Belly Diet is one diet that can assist you with this.

Weight Loss Diet Plans Acai Craze
Since arriving to the health food, diet and weight loss markets earlier this century, the acai berry continues to be a mainstay. Dieters and healthy living advocates around the world consume and suggest the berry as a healthy supplement to improve body function and increase weight loss.
The fruit, pronounced a-sigh-y, is found all over the South American region but is concentrated in the Amazon Rainforest. Habitants of this area have been consuming these berries for centuries both in the raw form as well as making juices. The fruit was discovered to contain a high number of important disease fighting nutrients as well as an extremely high concentration of important antioxidants.
Since its consumption in western civilization has become widespread, many different retailers and online stores offer the berry, or products containing parts of the fruit. Producers of these health products claim that the acai berry has properties that will increase metabolism, energy, skin quality as well as improve digestive and cardiovascular health.
None of the claims of these producers have yet to be tested or backed by the FDA and until this happens there will be no concrete proof the claims are true or valid. On the same note, the antioxidants found in the fruit are indeed beneficial to one’s health, the extent of the benefits are just unknown.

Weight Loss Diet Plans and Clearing out the Pantry
Diets work differently for everyone, especially when many people have different problem areas’they want to focus on. It is important to find a diet that fits with one’s schedule as well as what they want to focus on. The first step to a successful diet plan is preparing mentally and setting goals.
Once a plan has been found that fits, it is important to get rid of temptations. This means going through the pantry and fridge and getting rid of unwanted junk food. Starting with a supply of healthy foods is the first step to a successful diet.
If the junk food is still readily available, it will make sticking to the diet that much harder. Once the pantry is filled with healthy foods, it is important to remember the part exercise plays. A diet without exercise will not be nearly as effective. Even a small amount of daily exercise will make a difference in the amount of weight lost.

Weight Loss Diet Plans and Living Healthy with Acai Berry
With all of the cheap and easy fast food options currently available, the number of American adults and children suffering from obesity is on a steady incline. For many of these people beginning and sticking to a new weight loss regimen was the primary New Year’s resolution.
With the first month of the year completed, the amount of people sticking to their resolution has begun to falter. People looking to improve health and increase their energy should consider the many positive effects of the nutrients and antioxidants found in the acai berry. This fruit has recently gained national exposure and is widely considered a healthy weight loss supplement because of its naturally high amount of beneficial ingredients.
Located and harvested throughout the Rainforest in South America, this super fruit in its most natural form provides disease-fighting nutrients that have been proven to increase cardiovascular health. Dieters should be aware that no supplement will provide a work-free option for significant weight loss.
Acai berry can promote weight loss and improvement in one’s general health but will be most effective when used with a solid diet and weight loss plan. Every person’s body handles diets differently, so it is important to contact a nutritionist to learn what diet and exercise plan will work the best.

Weight Loss Diet Plans and Setting Goals with SparkPeople
When it comes to achieving any sort of task, it is important to set goals along the way. In dieting, setting goals and a plan to achieve those goals is an important step in success. When realistic goals are set there is more motivation and therefore the goal is more likely to be reached.
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The diet plan SparkPeople is focused on motivation and goal setting. It is an online program that provides both dieting and exercise advice. The cost is around two dollars a week and has an extensive amount of features.
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This weight loss diet plan believes in focusing on small and simple goals of exercising more and eating less. Once the simple goals are achieved the participant will set new harder goals to work towards. By setting both short term and long term goals the users are able to keep motivating themselves through each success. The website features meal plans, exercise plans and calorie calculators.

Weight Loss Diet Plans and Slow Metabolism
As people age their metabolism begins to slow down. This becomes a problem for many men and women who their whole lives have been small and as they approach midlife begin to experience weight gain. Many of these people have never had to exercise, but were born with a fast metabolism and a low body mass index.
The weight gain that usually comes around the mid-thirties to forties is surprising to many. This does not have to be the case for everyone, and avoiding it begins early in life. It has been shown that those who exercise, even just a minimal amount, in their early twenties are less likely to gain weigh as they age.
This is because they have already established a healthy exercise centered lifestyle that has kept their metabolism working at a peak rate. While many again Americans blame hormones on their mid-life weight gain, by creating a healthy lifestyle this can be easily avoided.

Weight Loss Diet Plans and South American Acai Berry
It is not too late to start, or restart, a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and get healthy. A weight loss plan should consist of a healthy, low calorie diet and a long-term exercise plan. It is wise to consult a personal trainer or nutrition specialists to ensure the plan will be effective. Currently there are many Americans who are trying to lose weight and for help have started to use products containing acai berry.
Acai berry is a small purplish fruit that is only found in South American rain forests. It has been a large part of the area’s diet throughout history and made its debut in America around 6 years ago. Since then the popularity of acai (pronounced a-sigh-y) berries has substantially increased because of the high nutritional value of the fruit.
Acai berries have a very high level of antioxidants, especially when consumed in the purest form. Producers of this fruit have found many benefits that this berry offers including increased energy and metabolism as well as improved heart health. Other nutritionists believe that the berries nutritional value is similar to that of pomegranates, blueberries, black cherries and red wine.

Weight Loss Diet Plans and Sticking to It
One of the hardest parts of weight loss and dieting is sticking to a plan. A good way to stick to a diet and exercise plan is by charting progress and setting goals. At the beginning of the diet set an ultimate goal as well as smaller goals along the way that are easier to reach.
These goals can be as simple as not eating any bad carbs this week”. Finding success in these smaller goals are good ways to keep motivation up. Another good way to stay motivated is by tracking progress. Setting up a diet calendar is a good way to keep a reminder of how one is doing and if they goals are being met.
Each time a goal is met, mark it on the calendar and reward oneself, by picking out a cute outfit, or getting a massage. It is also helpful to find a diet partner, who can encourage when the motivation begins to dwindle

Weight Loss Diet Plans and Using Caloric Goals
One of the best ways to lose weight or to keep on track in your weight loss diet plans is to keep a record of your caloric intake. Set a goal and be aware of how many calories you are taking in. As it takes around 3,500 calories to put on one pound of fat; if you are keeping a good record, you should start recognizing eating patterns throughout your day.
By setting goals for your caloric intake, you can limit the amount of calories that you consume. This method alone is a good way to keep tabs on your weight loss diet plans, however if you add it to a consistent regimen of eating healthy and exercising regularly it will be that much more effective.
People on weight loss diet plans tend to slip when they don’t use this method. It is much easier to keep your eyes on the prize if you continually monitor your progress.

Weight Loss Diet Plans Body For Life
When looking at weight loss diet plans, it is not unusual to find ones that focus on weight loss, and getting a healthier body. It is harder to find ones that also focus on building up muscle. The Body for Life book by Bill Philips does just that.
This book, which is also available online, is a diet and fitness program. While focusing on losing the unwanted weight, it teaches one to eat healthy and exercise healthy. By eating the right foods at the right time and in the right amount this diet teaches one how to improve the general health of their body.
It does not focus on counting calories which is a positive for many dieters. Instead it focuses on the size of the portion that is eaten. There are 6 meals involved in the diet, which believes that healthy snacking throughout the day will help. The book also provides many healthy recipes for the user to make at home.

Weight Loss Diet Plans Embarrassment at the Gym
There’s a problem with most gyms for a lot of people that are overweight; everyone else seems to look skinny, fit and happy. That might be true depending on what gym you sign up at, but before you give up on the exercise portion of your weight loss diet plan, consider that some of those skinny happy people may have been working on their bodies and losing weight for awhile now.
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There can be some embarrassment which will be natural and to get over it you can do one of two things. The first is what most will do and that is avoid the times when the gym is most busy. That’s reasonable, but if your gym is always busy, that just won’t cut it. The second thing that can be done is just go in there, put the headphones in and focus on you.
Weight loss can be a very personal journey. Even when you have someone motivating you, it’s still about the will that you can muster within to keep going until you reach your goals. That’s why going to the gym has nothing to do with anyone else there but you. Focus on yourself of a few weeks, start to get comfortable.
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At most gyms, you will earn a lot of immediate respect for walking through those doors on a path to health and fitness. If you don’t find a lot of friendly faces or encouraging words, it doesn’t matter. The gym isn’t a social club for you, its a tool to help you lose weight and increase your potential lifespan.

Weight Loss Diet Plans Focus on Healthy Balance of Cardio, Muscle Building and Nutrition
If you have found very little results in your weight loss diet plans then you may be missing one of the three main areas that should be used in combination for long lasting weight control. If you hare simply relying on aspects of your nutrition for weight loss, such as supplements, vitamins or overall healthy eating, that may not be enough to get the weight loss results that you are hoping for.
The same goes for just great cardio or just muscle building. Weight loss requires a steady weight loss diet plan that includes a good cardio routine, some muscle building exercies along with an emphasis on good nutrition. Using any of these on their own may produce some results, but the power of three in combination ups your chances at the weight loss results that you are after.
Always make sure to check with a doctor about your workout routine and nutritional regimen before making any drastic changes. Your physician may also be able to recommend nutritional and exercise advice for your lifestyle.

Weight Loss Diet Plans Food Labels 101
A problem that many people have when trying to diet is consuming foods that have a high glycemic index. This means that they are easy to digest and lead to sugar highs and later energy crashes.
Glycemic Impact Diet
The Glycemic Impact Diet focuses on foods that have a low glycemic index.
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This diet plan limits the consumption of carbohydrates and promotes eating lean protein, as well as healthy fats. One of the benefits of the plan is that it does not fucos on counting calories. Eating a lower glycemic diet also leads to better cardiovascular health as well as a smaller chance of stroke and diabetes.
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One of the main parts of this weight loss diet is being able to recognize what foods have a low glycemic index. The Food Labels 101teaches users how to shop for healthy foods. This diet is a part of the larger community. This provides its users with a large array of tools and community support.

Weight Loss Diet Plans Lifestyle
It is a common New Year’s resolution to lose weight and start getting healthier. It is also common for most of these resolutions not to come to fruition. Weight loss is tricky for a lot of people, because while some diets will work for one person, they may not be as effective for another.
It is very important to choose a weight loss and diet plan that works with one’s lifestyle and body type. For people who are living busy lives and do not have a lot of time to go to the gym it can be challenging to lose weight. However there are little life changes that can be made that will make it easier.
When it comes to eating meals, even if cooking healthy is not an option, it is important to choose healthy. What this means is that instead of getting a Big Mac and Fries, instead get a grilled chicken snack wrap with a fruit cup. While still getting the speed of drive thru food, the nutrition level is high and the fat level low.

Weight Loss Diet Plans on your Own Terms
Weight Loss Diet Plans on your Own Terms
If you have made the decision to lose weight but want to do it on a budget, think about creating your own diet and weight loss plan. You may want to consult with your doctor and get advice for websites to help you out. These types of diet plans require you to have a lot of will power but can be very rewarding when followed correctly.
Atkins Diet and South Beach Diet
The Atkins Diet and South Beach Diet are two highly effective self-start diet plans but can be very hard to stick to. Another thing people don’t realize with these particular diets is that they are lifestyle changes, and can be modified after a period of time. Nutritionists recommend that you look for websites that have support groups to help you with this task. There are also several applications available for iPhone and Android that give you access to forums, tips, recipes and more.

Weight Loss Diet Plans the Best Protein Snacks
There are so many people who are trying very hard to eat healthy and watch their weight, but when they have but a few minutes to grab a quick snack they tend to eat whatever they can from a mini mart or get fast food. To help you keep with your healthy diet, nutritionists have recently compiled a list of the nine best high protein snacks, many of which can be purchased at a convenience store when you don’t have time for anything else.
Beef Jerky tops this list, a surprise to many people. Egg whites, cottage cheese and fruit, and tuna make the middle items. Protein bars are easy to grab on the go, and eat when in a rush while providing all the protein you will need. Protein shakes either purchased or made at home can be tasty as well.
Lentils, delicious in soup are an excellent source of protein, as is peanut butter, an absolute classic. Start your day of the right way with a bowl of oatmeal to get a great dose of protein.

Weight Loss Diet Plans vs the Weekends
Weight Loss Diet Plans
Now that summer is fast approaching many realize that they should have stuck to their New Year’s Resolution weight loss diet plans and worked out more. The good news is that it isn’t too late to get in shape for the summer. Nutritionists recommend that you begin your healthy regime at home. Stock your refrigerator with fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on.
Walking for Exercise
Yogurt is a great snack choice, and crackers topped with peanut butter can be a wonderful protein-rich snack. If you find you can’t make it to the gym several times a week, incorporate exercise whenever you can. Park further away when you go to the store, or take your dog for a walk. Don’t have a dog?
Getting in Shape
Taking a walk around the neighborhood can be a great way to de-stress and spend time with a loved one. In order to get in shape for this summer though, you shouldn’t wait any longer to change your routine.

Weight Loss Diet Plans with Acai Berry Antioxidants
Here is some encouragement for those that are still trying to lose some weight to meet their New Year’s Resolution. Keep going, you aren’t alone and a million Americans this year have the same goal as you do. Make sure that you are following your weight loss diet plans and stray as little as possible.
First, it is important to always maintain a proper diet and exercise plan. Map out each week’s food consumption, calorie intake, and exercise plan along with weight loss goals.
It is easier to accomplish significant weight loss if a plan is being followed. Secondly, always include cardio in an exercise plan. Cardio is what burns calories, although muscle building is important it is not what increases the amount of pounds being lost. Ellipticals are a great way to burn calories, bike riding is also very effective. Finally it is important to feed the body the proper nutrients.
Many people are not able to get enough nutrients and important antioxidants needed to better improve the general health of their bodies. Supplements are available at any vitamin or nutrition store and are also sometimes available in grocery stores. Popular supplements include the antioxidant rich Acai berry, a fruit with nutrients that are vital to general health. These berries, found in South America, are said to improve general and cardiovascular health as well as increase energy and how fast ones metabolism works.

Weight Loss Diet Plans With Variety for Better Dieting Results
Finding the right approach to successful dieting is very similar to how people develop a taste for their favorite foods. Unfortunately, trial and error with a diet plan can become very expensive, especially when the trialsinvolve expensive foods. When mom or dad tried to get you to eat something you didn’t want, no matter what they did, covered it in ketchup, wrapped it in cheese or drenched it with sauce, you still knew that it was something you didn’t want to eat. With some diets, you may run into similar issues. If you simply don’t see yourself eating a salad everyday or replacing meals with cereal and high fiber then your success rate for those diets immediately drops.
While there are some diet plans that require a complete overhaul in what you eat, others can quite easily be modified to suit your tastes. If you happen to be someone that is highly resistant to several changes in diet, even for the sake of losing weight, then a diet plan like Weight Watchers might be better suited for you and provide a greater chance of success. Any diet plan that offers a variety of foods would also work. There are also a number of diet delivery plans that are hitting the market now and many are finding success because of the healthy food options that these services provide.

Weight Loss Diet Plans, Acai Juice May Not Have Equal Nutritional Value
Since the acai berry has hit the health food and nutrition market the fruit has begun to take on many different forms. From powdered mixes to pills and juices it is hard to choose the most effective way of consuming the fruit. Recent studies have shown that juice blends featuring acai may not be as effective as advertised.
One of the large problems with juice blends is that companies are not willing to feature the percentage of acai the juices contain. Some studies have found that although acai juice outranks orange and apple juice in antioxidant power, it also ranks below red wine and pomegranate juice in the same category. Any antioxidant consumption is known to improve health, and in this case the acai berry is no different.
When it comes to claims that the acai fruit has the ability to greatly increase weight loss and noticeably improve health, currently there is no evidence available that can accurately back those claims up.
Despite this scientific knowledge consumers are still rushing to health food stores and purchasing the product in various forms online. It is important to be aware of potential scams and products that have acai percentages below a reasonable amount.

Weight Loss Diet Plans, DietWatch Four Styles for Losing Weight
DietWatch provides its users with four different types of plans to choose from, each of which has a different focus. The four plans that are offered include No Restrictions, Reduced Carbohydrate, Mediterranean/Heart-Healthy, as well as a Vegetarian diet plan. This allows users to choose one that works the best for their lifestyle.
The No Restrictionsmeal plan is best suited for those who wish to create a healthier lifestyle but are less focused on losing weight. Reduced Carbohydrate only allows users carbohydrate consumption to be less than forty percent. This is good for those wishing to lose weight and shrink fat.
The online program provides a multitude of different support options for its users. These tools include a food guide pyramid, chat rooms, blogs, a nutrition tracker as well as personalized meal planners and shopping lists. All do it yourself dieters will find this online community and plan an easy way to start their weight loss program.

Weight Loss Diet Plans, Finding One is the Hardest Part
One of the hardest parts of finding a weight loss diet plan that fits, is that everyone has different needs and eating habits. While some diets may be successful for one person, it may not work for another. Finding a diet that fits with one’s daily activities, weight loss goals and eating habits is the best way to shed the pounds.
Weight Loss has a program that does just that. It focuses on one’s personality and eating habits to help choose the right diet plan for you. The program starts off with a 70 question survey about eating, exercise and other personality related questions.
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The user will be deemed to have an exercise, eating or coping personality. Depending on the results each is given a different plan. The website offers a large amount of support, and a strong online community.

Weight Loss Diet Plans, Healthy Living with Ellen Krieger
There are many different diets and weight loss diet plans to choose from, for many people Healthy Living with Ellen Krieger is a good fit. This celebrity chef is featured on the Food Network and is also a well-known dietitian. Her plan focuses on the thought that small changes can lead to big results.
This online weight loss program allows its users to self-manage their diet and exercise options. Providing hundreds of different recipes and meal options the plan gives plenty of different options for those living different lifestyles. The online community provides a lot of support with tools that include shopping lists, meal planners, diet journals and logs as well as a calorie tracker.
The meals and recipes allow the dieter to eat many different foods, rather than prohibiting certain food groups. The diet plan allots three larger meals with two small snacks in between. The cost is around five dollars a week.

Weight Loss Diet Plans, Meal Plans
When looking to find a diet plan that is compatible with one’s lifestyle and daily activities, the number of options can make the process become a little overwhelming. Many people are choosing diet plans that provide pre-cooked, healthy meals. These plans are great for people who want to eat healthier meals, but are not big on cooking.
The meals are sent in installments and provide a variety of low calorie, high protein options for each meal, including snacks. Customers have the chance to choose which meals will be sent in each installment. Although many people believe these frozen meals will not be tasty, reviews have shown that customers actually enjoy them.
There are a handful of companies that offer this option; popular ones include NutriSystem, Diets to Go, and E-diet’s meal plan. Many of these plans also offer support and exercise suggestions. The cost, when broken down per meal, is very reasonable.

Weight Loss Diet Plans, Not Eating When Bored
It has been found that many people, who are overweight, turn to food as a way to satisfy boredom.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
When one is sitting at home watching TV it is common to grab a snack and eat. It is activities like this that contribute to the overweight society we live in.
Emotional Eaters
Many people also consider themselves emotional eaters. When they are upset or feeling down, they will turn to chocolate or junk food to help improve their mood. There are a number of things that can be done to combat this kind of compulsive eating.

First, it is important to fill one’s day with activities. Do not come home from work and sit on the couch, instead pick up a relaxing hobby and do that instead of watch TV. Daily exercise is another important aspect of living a healthy life. A simple 10 minute power walk could make a big difference. Second, clear the house of junk food, and supply it with fruits and vegetables, or healthy 100 calorie snacks.

Weight Loss Diet Plans, The Food Doctor
There are many diet plans that solely focus on losing weight, but do not worry much about the general body health. Ian Marber created the Food Doctor Dietin a hope to promote good health along with weight loss. This diet focuses on improving the digestive health of the users which will then help increase weight loss.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
Many people suffer from digestive problems without even knowing it. By detoxifying the body and improving the health of the digestive system, weight loss will come more quickly. This can be done by eating more fiber, essential fats, and lean protein.
Diet Plan
This diet is broken up into two parts. In the first half, which can last from seven to fourteen days, is the detoxifying part of the diet, working to improve digestion. The second part is the long-term plan that will help lose weight with a sensible diet plan along with physical exercise.

Weight Loss Diet Plans, There’s an App for That
Weight Loss: There’s an App for That
We rely on our smart phones to keep us on track. The alarms wake us in the morning, the calendars tell us where we need to be or who we need to be with, and they remind us of important dates. They play our songs, they take our pictures and they play our games. So, it is only natural that they keep track of our weight loss. Following are two of the multitude of apps for your smart phone to help you shed the pounds.
Calorie Counter
Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker, version 3.1, by MyFitnessPal is for the iPhone and iPod. With 750,000 foods, it claims to have the largest food database of all apps. It allows the user to save meals and it remembers your favorite foods. It syncs with the web, but can work offline also. You can create your personal exercises and custom food list. The app gives you progress reports and goals, all based on your personal diet profile. The fun part? You can add your friends and support each other while you lose weight.
iPhone, iPad, iTouch
Calorie Tracker, from Lance Armstrong’s, is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iTouch. The app allows the user to set his/her weight goals and tracks daily calories. You can use the app to track how many calories burned for various exercises, which is calculated based on the user’s measurements. The user can also connect with the website for support. There are forums, support groups, and a Question and Answer area.

Weight Loss Dieting No-No’s
People complain that their diet isn’t working for them, or that they can simply not lose any weight. Many of these complaints come from people who are not sticking to their diet plans, or are trying to cut corners but expect the same results. It is necessary to both eat right and exercise if one wants to see real dieting results.
There are a couple of things that should always be avoided when trying to lose weight. One of the common mistakes that people make is choosing a fruit juice over water. While it may contain a small portion of actual fruit, the majority of it is calories, sugar and artificial flavors. Water is always a better option when it comes to hydration; one should be drinking up to 8 glasses a day.
One of the hardest parts of dieting is cutting back on all of the fun’foods and drinks. This includes drinking a lot of alcohol, as it is an easy way to gain weight. A couple of glasses a week will not be harmful, however continuous binge drinking will put on pounds very quickly.

Weight Loss Eats Your Braiiins
Weight Loss Eats Your Braiiins
A report was recently released with new findings as to why dieting doesn’t always work. Many diets are based on limiting the amount of calories or types of foods that are consumed, and when this amount is less than what are bodies are used to, it makes us hungry.
Brain Hunger
Hunger not only affects our stomachs, but our brains as well. Studies have recently shown that when we starve our bodies of the nutrients that they need and are used to, brain cells will start to eat themselves and each other. The higher in fat your diet is, the less likely that autophagy, or the process in which neurons ingest each other, occurs.
Diet High in Protein Low in Fat
Likewise, if you are on a diet that is high in protein and low in fat, it is quite likely that autophagy will occur. Researchers are currently investigating this phenomenon further to see how they can use it in the fight against obesity.

Weight Loss Motivated by Peer Pressure
The cultural world in the United States has become more and more centered around the way that people look. The majority of America stares at the television, and fantasizes about looking like celebrities. This part of the culture is one of the reasons that American’s are obsessed with weight loss.
People all across the U.S. are working out at gyms every day in hopes that their weight loss will be noticeable not to just them, but to friends, family and co-workers. While any motivation for weight loss may seem like a positive one, it is more successful when the motivation is for oneself.
Weight loss motivated by others is less likely to become a permanent change. Any diet plan should be made up of a successful exercise component as well as a healthy eating plan. One part without the other will make for an unbalanced diet plan, and the likelihood that less weight will be lost.

Weight Loss Plans: Hot Dogs, A New Health Food?
Hot Dogs: A New Health Food?
Who would have thought that hot dogs would ever be on a list of healthy foods? Well, not exactly, but a study conducted by Kansas State University may change the way you look at hot dogs.
Researchers compared levels of heterocyclic amines (HCA), a carcinogen, in eight ready-to-eat meats. HCAs are found in meats that are grilled, fried or cooked at very high temperatures. Studies have linked high levels of HCAs with an increase risk of colon, breast and stomach cancers in humans.
The researchers compared beef hot dogs, pepperoni, rotisserie chicken, fully cooked bacon, deli ham, deli turkey, deli roast beef, and beef-pork-turkey hot dogs. Pepperoni came in with the lowest amount of HCAs at 0.05 nanograms per gram (ng/g). Hotdogs and the deli meat were next at 0.5 ng/g. Ingesting these small amounts does not pose any significant health risk, according to the researchers.
The bacon was next, coming in with 1.1 ng/g. Finally, the rotisserie chicken had 1.9 ng/g. The chicken skin contained significantly higher levels of HCAs – 16.3 ng/g. The reason? Chicken skin contains more fat and protein and less moisture, according to researcher J. Scott Smith.
Water content may have been why the other meat products had lower HCA levels. Moisture levels play a part in the formation of HCAs. More moisture means lower HCA levels. Being processed at a lower heat is another factor that keeps the HCA level low. Ingredients added to the meat could also have prevented HCAs from forming.
To keep your consumption of HCA levels low, skip the chicken skin and go for the hot dog.

Weight Loss Spa Encouraging Health
Losing weight is an individual journey for each person trying to achieve the goal. While the main goals may stay the same, women and men lose weight differently, and normally have different goals. For some women, being in an environment with other women may be the best method to promote weight loss. There are many weight loss spas and retreats that are geared specifically to women looking to shed some pounds and become healthier. Programs that are suited directly towards women and run by women allow for an understanding and knowledge that co-ed weight loss groups may not have. There are a large number of weight loss spas and retreat centers located across the United States and it is always smart to research their different methods. When looking at the different programs be careful to keep in mind the cost and whether or not it fits into one’s budget. Spas closer to home will cut down on travel expenses.

Weight Loss Spa Jump Start a New Lifestyle
Going through the process of losing weight is a different experience for everyone. It is especially different when looking at men versus women. Because the body is made so differently, what may be a great weight loss program for men will not work as effectively for women.
Attending a weight loss spa is a great way for women to get a weight loss experience that works for them. There are a wide variety of weight loss spa and retreat centers across the United States. Many of them can be found in a relaxing and serene environment and include spa services as well as weight loss tricks.
Weight loss spa retreats are a great way to jump start a new lifestyle and learn the ways of successful weight loss plans. Many of these spas will come up with plans that specifically target the different needs of each person and help them achieve their goals.

Weight Loss Surgery
Every day, millions of people across the world try many different methods of weight loss, with the most popular being diet and exercise. Recently, more and more people have been trying to lose weight through even more drastic measures like bariatric surgery.
There are several different factors that must be looked at before someone can qualify for the surgery, as it is usually only used as a last ditch effort when all other methods have failed. The lap band method is the most common method, where a resizable band is placed around a part of the stomach, creating a smaller pouch to act as the new stomach.
Persons who have had this surgery do experience extreme weight loss, but may have a difficult time adjusting to their new dietary restrictions that the surgery causes. Consult with a doctor to determine if your weight loss is not manageable and makes you a candidate for this type of surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery OK’d for Elderly
Weight loss surgery is becoming an option for almost every age group nowadays, but only after every other option has been exhausted. Senior citizens have long been excused from this option for fear it would be harmful, rather than helpful, to their health. Recent studies have been conducted to see if this is true, and found that age is not as big of a risk as once was thought. The overall health of the individual is highly considered. Gastric bypass surgery has been approved for patients age 65 and younger provided they pass all other health screenings. While diet and exercise are still the most preferred methods of weight loss, when those have been proven unproductive, weight loss surgery can be recommended at the doctor’s discretion.

Weight Loss Surgery Quick Fix for Teens?
Obesity among children and teenagers is a really big topic in the news right now, but many of their thoughts as to how to lose the weight aren’t always achievable. It is no surprise that the number of teenagers undergoing bariatric surgery to lose weight has drastically increased over the past few years, but many health professionals are not happy with this decision.
Bariatric surgery is being viewed more and more as a quick fix for weight loss in teens, but should not be seen as such. Many teens who think this are actually not even candidates for the surgery; some are too heavy and need to lose significant amounts of weight before they can be considered.
While there are teens that have been successful in their post surgery bodies, they admit it hasn’t been easy. Not only do they have to change what they eat, but in what quantities and how often. Bariatric surgery will help you lose weight, but it will be necessary to eat healthier foods and exercise option to keep your body in good shape.

Weight Loss Tax: Will Adding a Tax to Soda Reduce Obesity?
Weight Loss Tax: Will Adding a Tax to Soda Reduce Obesity?
Obesity is rampant in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control reports that about 17 percent of children aged 2 through 19 are obese. That number has tripled since 1980. The number is higher among low-income children. The Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System found 1 in 7 preschool children in low-income families is obese.
Schools are taking out soda machines and state legislatures have either added additional taxes to soft drinks or are considering it. One problem – most legislatures are taxing soft drinks with added sugars. However, studies have found that most obese people drink diet soft drinks, which contain no added sugars. So, in effect, the tax would do nothing to fight obesity.
Sugar Sweetened Soft Drinks
Other studies lay the blame not on sugar-sweetened soft drinks, but rather on the sugar-sweetened sports drinks. Researchers found an association between activity levels and the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks. Sports drink consumption actually increased with the level of physical activity and healthy food consumption.
Minimal Weight Loss
Another study found that the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, with a soft-drink or a sport drink, would only result in minimal weight loss. If the tax were to be 20 percent, that would equal about a 0.7 pound loss per person per year. A 40 percent tax would equal a loss of 1.3 pounds per person per year.
However, consuming even one sugar-sweetened drink per day can lead to a 10-pound or more weight gain in one year. The recommendation – adults and children need to educate themselves on the sugar content of the drinks they are consuming.

Weight Loss Tea for Two Pounds or More?
When it comes to dieting and losing weight, some programs will work, while others will not be quite as successful. Many people have chosen to invest in weight loss teas which are said to help boost metabolism and are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.
There are many different companies who make a variety of these teas and as always some are better than others. It is a good idea to do research on the different weight loss teas available in health food stores and online before deciding to purchase a specific brand.
It is also important to remember that although these weight loss teas may help boost metabolism, they will not shed the pounds if the dieter is not willing to put in his or her end of the diet. It is still important to eat healthy and exercise in addition to consuming the tea in the amount that it is needed.

Weight Loss Tea to Jump Start a Diet
Many people are looking for weight loss tea to boost, or jump start their diet and exercise plan. Losing weight is a difficult process for many people, and the majority of dieters use weight loss products to help. There are many different types of weight loss tea that are available online and in health food stores.
When choosing a supplement to a weight loss plan, it is a good idea to talk to the health food sales person, in order to get a good product. They will be able to assist in answering any sort of questions about which product will give the best results.
When it comes to dieting, people have to realize that one product may not work as well for them as it did for another person. Weight loss tea is a easy way to take a supplement, especially for those who do not like pills, or find the juices to contain too much sugar.

Weight Loss that Isn’t Happening with Your Diet Plan a Thyroid Issue?
Weight Loss Diet Plan
If you are dieting, have started a healthy workout routine but you still aren’t losing weight with your diet plan, then you may want to speak with your personal doctor. Sometimes weight gain can be caused by a lot more than just eating unhealthy, eating too much or not being as active as you should, sometimes it just happens from within.
If you have been following your diet plan and the pounds simply aren’t dropping, but are actually tacking on then you may want to have your thyroid checked. Your doctor can check to see what, if anything is happening with your thyroid. Weight gain can be a symptom of problems with the thyroid and it only takes a moment to have the blood drawn and a few days to find out the results.
Weight Gain
Make an appointment with your doctor and let them know that you have diet, exercise and nutritional questions because your weight gain is not under control. If for any reason the topic of having your thyroid tested does not come up, ask your doctor why and what they think.

Weight Loss Without a Diet Pill
Are you one of those people who needs to lose weight, but are having a hard time choosing healthy food over junk food? Maybe you have plans to exercise, but something more important suddenly come up every time you plan on going to the gym.
There are plenty of diet pills out there, but how well do they really work, and are you sure you want to rely on pills to lose weight? If these options just don’t appeal to you, there is another option that has recently gained popularity. Hypnotism has been proven to help cure many things, from phobias to quitting smoking, and can even help you change your eating habits and views on exercise to become a healthier person.
Make sure you choose a reputable hypnotist, and don’t expect immediate results. Changing your lifestyle may take some time.

Weight Loss, Making a Diet Plan and Sticking to it
People who are ready for weight loss and to drop some of those unwanted pounds, or simply want to tone their bodies, should first start by making a reasonable and attainable diet plan. Initially it is important to set a short term goal, as well as a long term goal and set them both up on a weight loss timeline.
By creating a diet plan to follow it allows the dieter to stay on track, and also provides daily motivation. It is a good idea to have this plan posted in a couple of places so that it is always there as a reminder.
Making a colorful and large display in the kitchen is a good way to stay in check when it comes to preparing meals, and to help deter from unnecessary snacking. It is also a good idea to have another copy in a car, or at a desk in one’s work place or in a car.

Weight Loss, Practicing Incidental Exercise
Years ago everyday activities were exercise, back when there were no elevators or escalators. This may be one of the reasons that a significant portion of Americans are now obese or teetering very close to that line. Technology is fantastic but it has its drawbacks as well; instead of going to the park, kids are more likely to play video games, or browse the internet.
It is important to make everyday routines include physical activities. Incidental exercise is exercise one can get doing things like walking instead of driving or even riding a bike. While this is an easier task for those who live in cities and walk from place to place, for suburban families it is harder to achieve.
One can raise the amount of physical activity by doing simple things. For example, when going to a meeting or appointment, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Encourage children who are stuck in front of the TV to get up during commercial breaks and do something physical, even if it is only walking to get their cell phone. These are all examples of incidental exercise and should be included in your lifestyle. Inactivity is a high percentage contributor to weight gain and by simply adding more activity, natural weight loss can occur.

Weight Loss, Your Bloating is What You Eat
Have you noticed that you are experiencing more bloating lately? Have you switched to a sugar substitute to lower calories, or maybe you have been eating more salads? That bloat will happen naturally, especially with eating healthy vegetables, but some of the bloat can be completely avoided by making a few changes to your diet plan.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
If you are on a heavy routine of vegetables, consider not eating a large amount in one sitting. The body is going to need about 4 hours in between, so if you can, try to spread the vegetables and even fruits up among different meals. One of the biggest causes of bloating is caffiene. If you can completely cut it out, then that would be ideal, however, some still need that pick me up once in awhile. The stimulant is responsible for more bloat than most people would imagine. Trying to cut back would reduce the amount of bloat that you are experiencing.
Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweetners like sorbitol should be used in careful moderation. Sorbitol doesn’t break down that quickly and will produce gases. Real sugar does not produce this effect. If you are able to use real sugar, then do so sparingly as opposed to an artificial sweetner if your bloating is causing discomfort.
Energy Drinks and Weight Loss
Weight Loss diet plans may cause you some bloating, but reducing some of the big offenders should help you feel more comfortable. Remember that several energy drinks on the market contain 3-4 of the biggest bloat causers, caffiene, sorbitol and sodium. If you have been feeling a extended in the abdominal region lately, then consider reducing your intake of energy drinks and see if that helps.

Weight Loss: Fines for Being Overweight?
Weight Loss: Fines for Being Overweight?
With all the ads for diet pills. weight loss programs, fitness centers and gyms, it’s amazing that two-thirds of adults in the United Statesare still obese. In addition, about one-third of children and teens are also obese. This is according to a report released by the Trust forAmerica’s Health.
According to the report, 16 states saw an increase in obesity rates. None of the states experienced a significant drop in rates. The number of states that had rates of 30 percent or more grew from four states two years ago to 12 states this year. Mississippileads the states with 34 percent of its population being obese, whileColoradohad the lowest percentage at just under 20 percent.
Blacks and Latinos have higher rates of obesity than Whites in all but four states – Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and West Virginia. Obesity also is higher among those with incomes below $25,000 and education levels no higher than high school. There is also a correlation between obesity and physical inactivity, with Mississippi reporting the highest rate of physical inactivity.
Type II diabetes and hypertension have also increased. The report indicates that of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates, eight of them also have the highest rates of diabetes and nine of them have the highest rates of hypertension.
States are getting involved in the fight against obesity by either offering incentives or applying penalties. Alabama charges overweight state employees more for health insurance. Idaho offers obese workers an incentive to lose weight by paying for weight loss programs for obese workers. South Carolina will lower insurance premiums for state workers who improve their health. Arizona may charge an additional fee of $50 to obese Medicaid recipients who do not work with a physician to shed pounds.

Weight Not a Factor in High Risk Behavior
Studies have recently been conducted trying to determine whether or not high-risk behavior has any ties to obesity and weight in teenagers. The results of the study will be released in the upcoming May issue of Pediatrics magazine, and was released on their website on Monday, April 25th.
This study didn’t look at individuals, rather it used a pre-existing database for their information. What it found was teens classified as extremely obese, that is having a BMI greater than the 99th percentile, were just as like to become involved in high-risk behaviors as those of other weight classes.
The study defines high-risk behaviors as using tobacco products, drinking alcohol, getting involved in drugs, sexual promiscuity, and suicidal behaviors. This study just goes to show how important it is for parents to talk to their children about these types of behaviors and stay involved in their children’s lives.

Weight Watchers Point System Update
Weight Watchers recently updated their point system, getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. With the new Points Plus system, members don’t have quite the same flexibility they used to with how they used their points. While many items still have the same point value, the way and amount you consume has been proven to have a stronger effect on weight loss, as well as keeping an eye on the categories.
The new system encourages you to eat healthier food options that are higher in protein and fiber to help control hunger, with a high success rate. So far, clients are raving about the new system, and the results are showing strong. The pounds are being shed, and in addition new eating habits are finding out new foods and recipes that they enjoy. Many are also enjoying eating an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, which they tended to eat in smaller amounts previously.

Weight Watchers Reaching out to Men
Weight Watchers Reaching out to Men
Working to capture a new market, Weight Watchers is now aiming their advertising at men. They kicked off the new $10 million campaign during the NBA playoffs. Weight Watchers has had a men-only site since 2007, but have not geared their advertising to that segment of the population until now.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
With its competitors – Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig – advertising to men with the likes of Dan Marino, Don Shula and Jason Alexander, Weight Watchers decided it was time. Instead of having celebrity endorsers, they are using real-life men to plug the men-only site on Weightwatchers. One ad talks about beer cheat sheets and grill cheat sheets. “It’s not rainbows and lollipops,” says one of the guys.
Support System to Lose Weight
Since men are less likely to seek a group support system to lose weight, Weight Watchers is gearing the ads to the website rather than the local meetings. These meetings are what generate much of Weight Watcher’s revenue, which hovers near $1.46 billion annually. Men typically just want to hear, “This is what you need to do,” and they will do it.
Men are a hard sell, since many need to be convinced that weight loss requires diet changes as well as exercise. But the good news is that under the Weight Watchers program for men, they get a higher point allowance that a woman, even if they are the same height and weight. That’s because men usually have more lean muscle mass than women, which translates to a higher metabolism.

Weight Watchers Weight Loss Diet Plan
Weight Watchers has been around for years and members continue to see success with their weight loss diet plan. The credo of Weight Watchers is losing the weight and keeping it off. The diet plan uses healthy nutrition and calorie control to keep weight down and promote weight loss.
Dieting is also just one part of the program. They also encourage overall health both mentally and physically. There is an excellent support system in place within Weight Watchers with their online service as well as their meetings.
The system is one of the more reasonable and healthy weight loss diet plans. They don’t tell you what to eat, but they keep you informed about nutritional value, caloric count and work on a point system.
5 servings of fruits & veggies
2 servings of milk products
6 glasses of “liquids”
2 tsp healthy oils
1-2 servings of lean protein
1 multivitamin a day
Choose Whole Grains when possible
At least 30 minutes of activity a day most days of the week
Limit sugar and alcohol
If you aren’t sure about which weight loss diet plan to start with, this program may be a good one to investigate given its success rate and support system.

Weight Watchers, Have you Heard about LaaLoosh?
Have you heard about LaaLoosh? This internet star’s blog is becoming one of the most popular sites to go to for those looking to expand their Weight Watchers diet plans. Her innovative takes on classic meals are not only simple, but enjoyable and flavorful as well.
Her internet popularity can be explained through her uncanny ability to take nearly any recipe she tastes and break it down into a more figure friendly and health conscious one. She takes the time to replace any ingredients she can with healthier ones, and even calculates how many points each one is worth, so it can be easily included in your diet plan.
Her blog boasts over one hundred different recipe ideas, all of which are broken down into various categories making it easy to search whatever you are in the mood for. If you don’t like a particular product she is recommending, she will often give other substitutions as well.

What Happened to Mona Vie and is the Acai Berry Safe from Juicing?
Mona Vie is still around and apparently still as popular as ever. After a bit of controversy, the company still remains at the top of the Acai Berry beverage industry. The company has made many people loyal followers of their product so Mona Vie should be around for awhile. While their product is a bit more pricey than other acai berry beverages that are appearing on the market, it has been said that this is one of the more tasty of the available selections.
The acai berry naturally has a bit of a bitter taste to it, so many of the products have added sweetners. Along with the natural fruit juices and the added sugars, the beverages out on the market have varying levels of sweetness.
Mona Vie has put a lot into their marketing and packaging and overall, the Mona Vie product is both visually appealing and refreshing. Is it good for you? Mona Vie has been very careful about the claims they make for their beverage. On their website they are clear about why the beverage is good for health; antioxidants. They don’t seem to make any unsubstantiated claims and they even have a warning for diabetics letting them know that the health beverage contains large amounts of sugar. Mona Vie is still around and may be for a long time, so the acai berry will continued to be juiced and distributed throughout the world for some years to come.

What Type of Acai is the Best for Weight Loss Diet Plans?
Acai can be found in a wide variety of forms since its popularity has increased. Purchasers are able to choose from fruit extracts, acai juices, organic freeze dried acai, acai powders or even acai supplements in pill form.
When purchasing acai it is smart to do some research before deciding which type of the super fruit to buy. Many people prefer the juice, because it is easy to consume and many find the taste enjoyable and do not consider it a chore to consume. However, juices have proven to be unreliable when it comes to the percentage of actual acai found in the juice. Many times the juices are watered down versions of the fruit and will not have nearly as much nutritional benefit.
Another popular form of the fruit are the fruit extracts. Although these items may be organic and come directly from the fruit, it does not provide the user with the complete nutritional value.
Because they are pieces of the fruit that are taken out of the whole berry, it only provides a part of the benefits. If the whole berry is not available in a health food store in the purchasers area, another viable option is the organically freeze dried acai. This option, when dried at the proper time, will contain the highest amount of acai nutrients.

What’s in That Acai Berry Juice You are Drinking for Weight Loss?
A now widely known and used “super fruit” as some would call it, the acai berry has made its way to super markets in the form of supplements, ice creams and even juices. A member of the palm family, the acai berry grows mostly in South America as well as Central America with 8 known species in varying climates and terrain types. Acai berries contain eighty percent of seed with the rest being pulp, juice and a thick layer.
Juices that are on the market that feature the acai may not all be 100% pure acai juice. Some that are in the grocery stores contain apple, grape and a miminal amount of acai berry juice so keep an eye on the ingredients. Some even include massive amounts of sugar and caffiene.
Weight Loss Diet Plans
If you are looking for a juice that will help in a good weight loss program then make sure that you are not using one that includes a lot of sugar. If the beverage says that it is for energy, then that is also a good indicator that it contains caffiene.
Acai Berry Drinks for Weight Loss
While caffiene can be used as an appetite suppreseant, don’t be fooled into thinking that it is the acai that is giving you the energy or producing the effect of an appetite suppresant in that type of beverage. Be aware, check the ingredients and shop wisely.

When Mortgage Rates Rise so Does Erectile Dysfunction Treatment
Erectile dysfunction treatment is becoming predominant in those that are suffering financial pressure from mortgage rates going up. With mortgage rates rising and financial strain getting closer to home, a lot of men are finding that they are having trouble performing in bed. This can be from the obvious stress that this would cause, however, when it comes to a psychological erectile dysfunction treatment; many men are simply turning to Viagra. Of course, they can do what they like, but a lot of these problems could be solved with simply talking about them online with a friend or by making an appointment with a psychologist. Rising mortgage rates and financial crisis can really strike at the core of a man, right down to their primal urge to bring food home to the family and shelter them. When these instincts are threatened, most men can act out in temper, but those that keep these issues hidden away may see the problem manifest as lack of ability to perform.
The secondary problem is that without an effective erectile dysfunction treatment, men can take a big hit in their confidence to perform in their jobs. This simply causes more financial difficulties such as not feeling confident enough to ask the boss for a raise.

When Weight Loss Diet Plans Becomes a Role to Play
Celebrity Weight Loss: Public Companies, Public People
Celebrity endorsements are great advertising gimmicks. You see them hawking everything from insurance to shoes to medical supplies. So, it’s really no surprise that weight loss companies are using celebrities to endorse their particular system.
Jennifer Hudson advertises for Weight Watchers, Valerie Bertinelli, Jason Alexander, and Carrie Fisher are spokespeople for Jenny Craig, and Marie Osmond, Dan Marino, Don Shula and Billie Jean King tout the benefits of Nutrisystem. Consumers feel like they know these people and identify with them more than just some random person.
When Weight Loss Diet Plans Becomes a Role to Play
On the websites, there are success stories of regularpeople, which are really great. The unfortunate part is that you may see the before and after photos, but you don’t know what happens a year or so down the road. Did the person maintain the weight loss, or gain back the weight plus more? Did he or she stay on the plan? You don’t know and probably never will.
Jennie Craig
But with the celebrities, you get to follow every pound they lose or gain. You see them. They are in the spotlight. Former Jenny Craig spokeswoman Kirstie Alley, went through a very public diet battle. She went from overweight to losing on the Jenny Craig program to gaining even more weight and being let go as their spokeswoman.
Nutrisystem, a bit cautious about using celebrities, asked Marino and Osmond to be spokespeople after the company learned they had successfully lost weight by using their plan. Jenny Craig takes a more aggressive approach in that they welcome any celebrity who wants to lose weight. In its history, Weight Watchers has only had four celebrity endorsers – Sarah Ferguson, Lynn Redgrave, Jenny McCarthy and currently, Jennifer Hudson.

Which Diet Plans Work?
There are so many ways to diet that picking just one can be very confusing. Consider these few things before choosing your diet plans. There are no diet plans out there that will instantly drop the pounds and make you skinny in one week. At all costs avoid unrealistic promises of weight loss. Not only are they a waste of your time but they are a waste of your money.
Also consider that whichever diet plans you choose they must work best for you and your schedule. This means if the plan entails you to work out three hours a day, five days a week and you work a full-time job then this is simply just not feasible. Perhaps this diet plan isn’t the best for you.
A diet plan does not only consist of dieting. Part of the plan should be physical activity and if it is missing this then perhaps you should avoid that plan. You will not drop weight by eating specific foods, drinks or chocolate bars. These things may be tools in assisting your diet plan but alone shouldn’t be relied upon. Same goes for magic pills! There may be pills that will give you energy, lower your appetite and things as such but always remember these alone are not your diet plan.

WHO to Release Statement on Cancer Risk of Cell Phones
Cell Phone Cancer Risks
The World Health Organization will weigh in today on the potential risks of cellphones in causing cancer. The statement by the World Health Organization is scheduled to be released in an hour. There has been growing literature on the affects of cellphones on the human body causing health risks such as cancer.
Doctor’s have warned that the radiation emitted by cellphones is similar in nature to the type of radiation produced by microwaves; essentially cooking what the cellphone is near.
Most cellphones come with warnings to keep the device a number of millimeters away, but the cell phone companies insist that the devices are safe.
It was last year that WHO released a statement on their website stating that no adverse effects were known of over several decades of study. As of today, WHO recognized cell phone radiation as a carcinogen.

Whooping Cough Assuming Epidemic Proportions
The sudden outbreak of whooping cough in the valley has claimed the lives of five infants, all Latino with age less than three months. As per the state health authorities, 910 confirmed cases of whooping cough have been reported so far till June 15. The number is bound to increase in the days to follow. The state government declared the deadly infection as an epidemic as a precautionary measure. Apparently, the number of confirmed cases is more than four times compared to last year.
The growing cases of whooping cough, or Pertussis, are primarily due to negligence. It is often mistaken as common cold or flu because of the similar symptoms. So it’s hard to diagnose whooping in the first place. With several hundreds of people still under investigation, this outbreak might be the biggest in the past 50 years, according to the California Department of Public Health.
State government by all means is trying as hard as it can for controlling the spread of Pertussis. Parents have been asked to get their children vaccinated at the nearest public health clinic. Children are more vulnerable to getting infected so it’s important that they be given the required doses of vaccination in time. Vaccine for adults is also available. People with infants in their homes are strongly advised to receive vaccination booster. It is particularly important for women in post-delivery period.
The peak season for whooping cough is between July and August when. Maximum number of infections is likely to be reported during these two months. The residents of California are advised to take precautions beforehand to avoid the risk, health experts warned.

Whooping Cough Pandemic In California Still A Threat

The State of California is still battling with the biggest outbreak of whooping cough in a half-century. Recently, the State Health Officials revealed that there are approximately new 200 cases of whooping cough have been tallied last week, bringing a total of about 3,300 cases suspected for the year. Additionally, seven babies have died and a lot of people hospitalized.
But according to New Mexico Health Officials there have been no reports of an outbreak in their area.
We don’t have any evidence of a high activity of whooping in our state. It’s required for children to be vaccinated for whooping cough. If parents won’t allow their children to be vaccinated, they have to file for an exemption with the Health Department,Deborah Busemeyer, media director of New Mexico Department of Health, said.
New Mexico State Health Officials warned and recommended everyone be vaccinated against the disease especially infants, children, the elderly, the immuno-suppressed, and any caretakers.
The recent whooping cough cases reported this week show a dramatic increase over the number reported last year during the same period.

Why Mortgage Rates Lower Sex Drive and Increase Sales of Viagra
Sex is 10% physical and 90% psychological. These percentages are completely dependent on the individual and can’t be held as a universal truth, but when stresses in life like world strife, higher mortgage rates or those annoying telemarketers, invade, then you might experience a lower sex drive.
Relaxation Instead of Viagra
In men and women, stress is a very large factor in determining sexual feelings, as this is instinctually based. The instinct to procreate is the core factor in sex drive. If your life is in a state of flux because of those mortgage rates, then you are not in the ideal state to mate. That is when most would turn to Viagra, but lower sex drive due to stress can be alleviated, in some cases, by doing a few simple things.
Mortgage Rates are Not Pillow Talk
Identify your stressors. If you are constantly bombarded with bad news from around the world, then turn off the television, laptop or put down the newspaper. Allowing this kind of stressful information into your life will find its way to the bedroom. Take a moment out of your day to just turn off everything negative.
Sex to Reduce Stress
Sex can be a good way to reduce stress, but if you are having issues with your sex drive because of stress, then what other way can you reduce that stress? Mortgage rates are not pillow talk. Repeat that like a mantra, what you might want to do is dedicate an hour to foreplay. Foreplay can be talking, laughing, physical touch or emotional bonding. This will put your mind in a more relaxed state allowing for sexual desires to come through.

Why Quick Weight Loss Should Not be in Your Diet Plans
Rapidly losing weight, no matter how great that sounds, is not healthy. In fact, most of the weight that you might lose could just as rapidly come back again. When you are looking for a diet plan, you should investigate those that promote healthy eating, supplemental vitamins and a routine of exercise.
Weight loss over time is ideal as it will allow for a sustained loss not a temporary solution. Additives and preservatives along with a diet of fast food is probably the first few things to remove from your current diet plans. Cutting back on soda will also help to flatten the tummy and if you drink up to 4 sodas a day it could potentially remove 400 unnecessary calories from your diet.
Taper off on soda and junk foods. Give yourself about a week of eating healthier alternatives and it is ok to slip once or twice. Diet plans are about healthy living but they are also about modifying those bad habits that are so easy to fall into.

Winter Months and Diet Plans
During the winter months a lot of people alter their exercise routine which is affecting their overall weight. Instead of going to the gym, a lot are simply moving over to diet plans to compensate during the cold months. These diet plans are making a difference in their weight loss routines.
Another way that diet plans are used during the winter is to supplement unhealthy eating habits. During the winter a lot of changes happen to the foods that we normally eat. Not as many fresh vegetables and fruits are available domestically. During this time, those that are eating domestically grown, organic foods are altering their diet plans to include supplements.
Diet plans that were made during the summer or warmer weather are having to be put on hold until next year. Diet plans can also be modified to correct the effects of seasonal affective disorder. By adding supplements, people are able to keep their moods elevated using vitamins B12 and B6 or a general B Complex.
By adding these supplements, seasonal affective disorder is being classified as treatable with diet plans that include foods that are rich in these vitamins. This method can also be continued during the warmer seasons to keep energy up during exercising.

Workout Myths – What do You Believe?
Workout Myths – What do You Believe?
In the world of weight loss, things that you think you know, you really don’t. Myths and misinformation about exercise and how to lose weight quickly are circulated so often that the average person can become confused. What do you believe? Who is right?
One myth that keeps many females away from weights is that if they lift, they will bulk up and look like body builders. Nothing could be further from the truth. Estrogen is the key. It doesn’t allow muscle bulk. It’s the testosterone that allows the guys to get big. Resistance training is important, especially as you age, in maintaining muscle mass. And muscle burns calories. So, grab those dumbbells ladies and start pumping iron.
Lose the Fat
You know those wonderful gadgets they sell in the infomercials? The ones that promise to tighten abs and give you that six-pack stomach? Bad news, folks. You can do all the crunches you want, but unless you lose the fat on top of the muscles, you will never have a flat tummy. Forget about targeting specific areas and work to lose fat and burn calories.
After Your Workout
What about the protein drink you should have after your workout? Your muscles need the extra protein, right? If you have no other option, yes. But you are better off eating high protein food after your workout. Grab a turkey sandwich, some broiled fish or chicken. These real sources of protein are better than the processed protein drinks.
One last thing. Don’t rely on your cardio machine to accurately tell you how many calories you’re burning. There’s more that goes into calorie burning than getting on a bike and pedaling. It depends on your sex, your weight and your body fat percentage. So, if you’re looking to burn off that pizza you had yesterday, don’t look to your cardio machine for the answer.

Workout Tips for Weight Loss
Workout Tips for Weight Loss
For those that want to exercise to stay healthy, you may know of several different factoids that were told to you. Many personal trainers and exercise gurus agree that many of these are nothing more than myths. Following one of the most famous ones, no pain, no gain’is a surefire way to earn yourself an injury.
Use Common Sense
While discomfort is normal during a workout, physical pain that makes you feel as if you cannot go on, or get dizzy and feel as if you are going to pass out, is not. This is a warning from your body that something isn’t right and you need to dial it down.
Trust Your Body Not a Machine
Any pain in your muscles or joints that is ignored could lead to more serious injuries. Believing everything that the high tech machines tell you may also give you false information. For instance, the calorie count may not be accurate, and just because your heart rate monitor is telling you that you are working hard doesn’t mean that you actually are.

Yo-Yo Weight Loss Diet Plans a Healthier Alternative to Obesity

Yo-Yo Dieting a Healthier Alternative to Obesity
One potential way to lose weight is through yo-yo dieting. This method alternates a high-fat diet with a low-fat one every couple of weeks. While many doctors and nutritionists prefer people not to use this method, due to the unhealthy nature of it, many others agree that it is healthier than the alternative; obesity. While obesity may have some roots in genetics, and overall pattern of over-eating and a sedentary lifestyle is what makes this epidemic so dangerous to one’s health. Yo-yo dieting is unhealthy, but it does bring some relief to weight-loss professionals because it shows that those people have an interest in losing weight. Doctors and nutritionists highly recommend a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables partnered with a regular exercise routine as the best way to lose weight and fight obesity.

You’ll Go Nuts for This Superfood Diet Plans Addition
While the acai berry has been all over the news being boasted as the newest superfruit, another superfood is slowly working its way to the top as well. Studies show that walnuts, which have long been ignored for their nutritional value, are very high in antioxidants.
While most nuts contain high amounts of proteins, vitamins and minerals, the amount of antioxidants in walnuts were anywhere from four to fifteen times as high as that in Vitamin E, and twice as money as any other nut. You can add walnuts to your diet plans in a lot of different ways, but one of the best might be with your morning breakfast. According to Calorie Count, Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal Raisin, Date and Walnut is rated as an A with the negative being that it is high in sugar.
Researchers suggest that because of all this, walnuts need to have a larger part to maintain a healthy diet. A handful of almonds has been a popular snack for protein, so why not substitute a handful of walnuts instead?

Young Americans Don’t Take Health Seriously

Health Risks
Polls of Americans age 18 to 44 have recently concluded that they do not take health risks as seriously as those in the older age group. Many of them truly believe that they are leading a healthy lifestyle, engage in enough exercise, and watch their diet appropriately.
Health Needs
Few in the group that were polled feel that their health needs to be monitored more closely than others if they have a family history of such things as heart disease, high blood pressure, or cancer. The 18-24 age group seemed extremely disconnected with their health, while the 25-44 group was only minutely more attentive.
Medical experts agree that it is crucial that young adults pay attention to their health and family medical history, as well leading a healthy lifestyle. Staying active, exercising, and being aware of what you are consuming are great ways to enjoy a long and healthy life and hopefully avoid medical issues. One step that medical providers are making is in using an (emr) electronic medical record to keep track of more patient information. EMRs are making it easier to transfer medical information from one physician to the next and the data can be used to create health plans that are individualized to the patient.

Your Diet Plans are Crazy!
If you or anyone that you know has ever been on a diet, then you know that there are some really wild sounding diet plans out there. Looking back on a few, you would hope that no one was still trying some of these because they sound really dangerous.
The Grapefruit diet, while it doesn’t sound that crazy is still a little odd. Out of the many diet plans that exist, drinking as much coffee as you want and only eating grapefruits sounds pretty tame. It definitely sounds a lot more appealing than eating a tapeworm to stay thin.
Ah, the tapeworm diet. This is the worst idea of all the diet plans that have ever existed. Yes, it is true, one would actually ingest a tapeworm and it would live in the intestine of the host. Did they lose weight? Yes, of course, they have a tapeworm inside them. Is that a smart idea? No, this is definitely not a smart idea.
The Bland diet offered that if you eat bland tasting foods like crackers then your body would become stronger. It turns out that only eating bland foods makes you really weak and sick too, so of the diet plans, this is not a good one to try either. Which leads us to the sunlight diet. Devotees of this diet plan think that they can live on sunlight alone. That’s right, no food, water or nourishment of any kind. Yes, this is crazy and no, don’t try it.

Your Prescription Medicines Might be Going Generic Soon
Health Care Management Costs
Healthcare costs have been on the rise for quite some time, especially the costs of health care management, long term care insurance, individual health insurance, and the cost of prescription drugs has a lot to do with it. Fortunately for many, there are quite a few blockbuster drugs whose patents are approaching quickly. So what does this mean for you? We spoke with a rep from a large drug firm recently, and he explained a lot.
Long Term Care Costs
When prescription drugs are released, the companies are able to obtain a patent on the product and its ingredients for a limited time. This means that only the name-brand products can be purchased and prescribed, which are quite a bit more expensive than generics. Generic medications can only become available after this patent has expired, lowering the costs for many insurance companies as well as the consumer.
Health Insurance
What does this do to your health insurance? It raises everything from the costs of the drugs your insurance company won’t cover to the actual health insurance quote that you get online.
The list of drugs coming off their patents range from Lipitor, a popular drug used to reduce cholesterol, as well as Singulair, which is used for asthma. There are also a number of other drugs used to treat anything from ADHD to diabetes and everything in between.

Your Ultimate Weight Loss Goal
Finding a weight loss plan that works is a challenge for many people. Everyone has a different body type, and will react differently when calorie intake is reduced. For most people dieting alone is not enough to shed enough pounds to meet their goal.
It is important to find a diet and exercise plan that fits with one ‘s body type as well as the ultimate weight loss goal. For many people it is necessary to have a good amount of daily exercise as well as occasional intense gym workouts. Everyday exercise should be cardio intensive as this is the type of exercise that burns the most calories.
Cardio intensive exercise can include walking, jogging, biking or swimming. Even if it is a simple walk around the neighborhood in the morning, it will help jump start one ‘s metabolism for the day. A good way to make it more difficult is by adding light weights to one’s feet and hands before starting.