There are rumblings in the health field about a nationwide deficiency of Vitamin D. Physicians and other health professionals on a botanical medicine list-serve that I am on have been finding low levels in their patients. This issue is of some concern, as low Vitamin D levels are related to a number of health conditions. Optimum levels of Vitamin D in the body (in the form of cholecalciferol) are clearly associated with protection against a number of common diseases, including diabetes, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, depression, MS, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon.¹
Summer is coming, and so is the annual ritual of spending time outdoors by the beach or the lake. And of course most people follow the modern ritual of going into the sun covered by a plastic goo called . . . sunscreen! How ever did we get to a notion that the sun, that life-giving element, is our constant enemy? While it is true that even the best thing can at times be detrimental (think King Midas), the negative aspect of sunning has almost obliterated its positive side in the public mind today.
Sunlight is required for the internal production of vitamin D. Surprising amounts of research are now showing that a deficiency of that vitamin is associated with a large number of disease states, including osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and many different kinds of cancers including those of the breast, colon, ovary and kidney. Studies have also found that lack of vitamin D is implicated in the tendency of older people to fall.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “eating disorders are serious emotional and physical problems that can have life-threatening consequences for both females and males.” The trouble with getting treatment for sufferers is that they go to a lot of trouble to hide or disguise their symptoms and frequently deny that they have any problem – because that is what they believe.
Here are 3 different types of eating disorders.
- Bulimia Nervosa – This is characterised by episodes of binge eating in between using various ways and means to control eating or losing weight. The latter may consist of deliberately vomiting, using laxatives, fasting or doing excessive exercise. This becomes a compulsive cycle that makes the person will feel out of control and this can lead to feelings of shame, self-disgust and guilt. They will also have low self-esteem. While a person with BN does not necessarily lose weight, their weight can vary as they gain some and then lose some, depending on what stage the cycle is at and how long it lasts for. While this sounds like BN is not serious, it can indeed cause many serious health problems from chronic sore throat and indigestion through to ulcers, osteoporosis, infertility and risk of heart failure.
When I hit menopause, the weight started creeping up. Whereas I was used to being able to lose 3-5 pounds if I didn‘t eat for a few days (as when I had a cold or such), my metabolism seemed to have changed quite drastically. Now if I didn‘t eat for a few days I would put weight on! I found that to be an affront to common sense. It certainly doesn‘t agree with the calories in-calories out concept! What it did seem to do was to establish a new bodyweight for me, whether I liked it or not.
You probably wonder what on earth I mean by the headline. Who would choose to be sick? Doesn’t everyone want to be healthy? Isn’t that an obvious choice? Well, on first take, yes, but if we look at how society sets things up, we might do a double take.
Let’s start with childhood. You have to go to school, no matter what. If you ever have a day where you just really don’t feel like going, that is not a good enough reason, and you have to go. Except if you’re sick. Ah, then everything changes. You get to stay home in bed, or wherever, and watch TV all day. Your mom or dad might even stay home with you, and bring you books or games or special yummy foods. Your sickness is rewarded, you get extra attention and cuddles, and you don’t have to do what you don’t want to do that day.
There are so many interesting things going on in the world today, especially in the fields dedicated to understanding what human beings are like and how to keep them well. In trying to understand ourselves, we have currently two different models: on the one hand, the scientific reductionist model, and on the other hand, complexity theory.
The reductionist model, which is also generally thought of as the “scientific” approach, reduces everything to its constituent parts, and then studies those parts. It studies the trees instead of the forest, the cells instead of the organs, the DNA instead of the whole being. Molecular biology is a perfect example.
Our culture is obsessed with youth. Only youth is desirable. Once you get “older,” you’re “out.” Everywhere I look, there are these books and articles: “Beating back the clock” – “Ageless body ” – “Stay young forever” – “Banish wrinkles!” – and so on and so forth. Scientists say we could possibly live to be 200, 300 years old. Cosmetic surgery is now so common that you seem out of it if you don’t have it done.
Give me a break! Have you ever tried beating back a clock? With what? And how can the body be “ageless” if it so clearly shows the stages of infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood? I don’t want to stay young forever; I’d be completely mortified if I remain, say, twenty years old, and all my friends turn 40, 50, 60 — would it mean I also didn’t learn anything?
Many people have tried dieting over and over again with the same results – nothing. Or if they lose a little weight they put it on again as soon as they go off the diet. This is a natural thing to happen, because once you go off that diet you start eating unhealthy choices again; foods that are high in fat, sugar and calories.
In some cases, dieting doesn’t work because you really don’t keep to it. You may think that you are on a diet, but in actual fact you sneak that snack in order to reward yourself for keeping to a diet you don’t especially like. You may even make that extra snack part of the diet and think it won’t matter – but it does. A diet has a controlled number of calories and if you exceed this then you cannot expect to lose weight to any great extent.
Yoga is a popular form of exercise, yet there is much more to it than exercising the body with those strange poses. The three elements of yoga are practicing specific postures, meditation and breathing exercises, therefore it increases the health of your mind, body and spirit. Practicing yoga helps a great deal to control stress and anxiety and so it helps to mitigate those diseases that are caused by these conditions – and there are many.
Yoga is said to have a beneficial effect on: –
Sydney’s fun run popularly known as the city to surf is run from the centre of Sydney to the east of Bondi Beach, a distance of 14km. Some go for fun, while others have the more serious goal of winning, or at least of testing themselves to see if they come in ahead of last year’s time. With around 80,000 participants the fun run is exceeding its popularity each year. Still others go just as a way to give to charity, which is the main aim of the run, after all.
How you train for the city to surf will depend on your goals. If you want to win, your training schedule will necessarily be harder than if you just want to complete the course without embarrassment. Every run you do, whether training or competing, should begin with a warm up and end with a cool down.
Most people think of addiction as something to do with drugs or alcohol that needs the person to go into drug addiction recovery. While this is true, there are other kinds of addictions that require a different type of treatment. Behavioural addictions fall into this category. People can be addicted to things such as gambling, porn, eating, exercise, working and even shopping.
All these are called behavioural addictions because the addict is not ingesting a harmful substance, but it’s the behaviour in pursuing the thing and doing it that causes them and other people problems. Such people get hooked on doing the thing that gives them a high and they can’t seem to stop even when they know they can’t afford to continue (in the case of gambling or shopping) or even when the thing interferes with their relationships or health ( porn or over-eating).
Much is said about the health benefits of being fit. When you are truly fit your body can work the way it was meant to and you will enjoy your life a whole lot more. You won’t have to puff and gasp every time you go up stairs, you will have the endurance to cope with all the busyness life throws at you and your body will be able to throw off flu and colds more easily. The latter on its own is well worth the exercise you need to do to get fit.
However, it is not easy to find time to get fit. If you are a mother of toddlers who also works outside of the home you will never have a minute to call your own. Don’t despair; you too can get fit – if you are not already. Simply lifting that toddler up and down will give you arm muscles that you didn’t know you could have without intensive workouts in the gym.
Many people think that drugs such as ice or cannabis are the only substances that cause addiction, yet experts claim that alcohol is the most common substance that people get addicted to. If you listen to respected rehabs such as Sivana Rehab no matter what it is, successful drug rehabilitation is usually the only way to break an addiction and have any chance at a normal life, free of being tied to taking a substance that will soon cause ruin and eventually end in death.
The trouble with most addictions is that people don’t want to believe that they have no control over the amount they take or frequency of use. They deceive themselves and others into believing that they could stop any time they want to; it is just that they do not choose to stop – yet. In fact, if they really tried to stop, they would soon find out that it was impossible to do so.
There are many different types of cosmetic surgery and these days more people than ever are exploring what options are available to help them look their best.
Having cosmetic surgery is usually considered ‘optional’ but in some cases it is a necessity. For instance, if your nose has been badly broken due to an injury, cosmetic surgery will restore its shape back to what it once was, or near to it.
But what are the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures done today?
People tend to flock to Bali because they are convinced it will give them more bang for their buck than other places, but in fact there are other holiday destinations that offer even more affordable accommodation and food, while still others are at least comparable. So if you have been to Bali and would like to expand your horizons, here is a list of budget holiday choices you are sure to enjoy.
- The only trouble with Cambodia is that you might feel guilty for paying so little for your accommodation, food and even drinks. If you want luxury without the usual price tag, you can find it in this delightful country that is now considered quite safe for travel, even if it once was not. And entry into Angkor Wat Archaeological Park, a UNESCO world heritage listed site is only around $22 per day. It is double that for 3 days, worth it due to the size of the place.
Conventional lasers only use one wavelength, while IPL uses several different ones, depending on the type of machine and the kind of filters used. IPL or Intense Pulsed Light is a type of light treatment similar to a laser, used to treat the skin for a number of different problems. It differs from the laser in that filters are used in conjunction with the light to ensure it reaches a specific target in the skin. In addition, the pulsing effect – on and off in rapid succession – means that less damage is caused to the skin.
IPL is used to treat several different skin conditions: –
Many women get upset when wrinkles appear and make them look older than they are. They turn to cosmetic surgery options in order to stay looking younger for as long as possible. If you are considering having Botox injections in Joondalup to smooth out those wrinkles it is a good idea to know exactly how to get the best results. Here are 10 tips to help you.
- Consult with a registered and experienced cosmetic surgeon and only be treated by someone whose ideas are in line with yours. If you don’t like that ‘frozen’ look and your doctor does it will mean that your dream of a smoother yet natural face may remain just that.
There are many types of addiction and many substances – and other things – that people can be addicted to. If you or a loved one are addicted to any substance, the sooner you get into drug rehab the better your chances are of getting over it and going on to lead a normal and healthy life. Sadly, in most cases people try to hide their addiction from those around them and continue to act normally, even when that is almost impossible.
There will always be symptoms of addiction for those who care enough to find out what to look for and who look deeply enough to find them. Here are some of the symptoms of addiction to alcohol or drugs. Some of these will only be known to the addict, while others can be recognised by parents or friends.
Pilates exercises are well-known for their ability to help a participant recover from injury, which is what they were originally designed to do by Joseph Pilates. He based the exercises on certain movements from ballet and other regimes, adapting them to strengthen the core or abdominal muscles.
There is more to it than that, of course as the exercises also encompass breathing techniques to be done in conjunction with the movements. To get it right, much concentration and focus is needed, which in turn helps the person to sharpen their mental capabilities. Thus, Pilates is a holistic form of exercise that helps every part of the person, not just their body.
That said, the exercises themselves do a great deal to transform your body, since they were designed especially for repair. By strengthening the core or abdominal muscles a person’s balance and many other aspects needed for life are strengthened. It also strengthens the thighs, glutes and back, but not the arms.
Bali is a popular holiday destination for many people because it is not all that far as overseas trips go, and so you get to spend more time on holidaying and less time on travelling. But there are many other benefits of visiting Bali for a holiday. Here are some of them.
- Bali has affordable accommodation for those on a budget. It also has luxurious accommodation for those that want to give themselves a treat. You can also get somewhere in the middle if you choose Easy Bali Villas for your accommodation which is like staying in a real house. There are villas to suit any number of people up to about 10 which makes a holiday with mates much more fun – and affordable if they all pay their share.
Whether they’ve been chasing toddlers around all day or go to work, when it comes time to put the evening meal on, many women simple don’t feel like cooking. It is an effort to think straight when you are tired and have to make sure the laundry and the children’s homework is done, so you tend to choose the easiest recipes to cook, something that doesn’t have you measuring out 15 different ingredients and using 5 different pots to cook one single recipe. In fact, any recipe that includes more than 4 ingredients is banned from at least two busy people’s kitchens.
But even tired cooks still want to keep the family’s diet as healthy as possible. A recipe does not have to be complicated to be healthy. When you think about it, healthy food is not difficult to cook at all. In fact the healthiest food you can have is salad, which does not require any cooking and often, hardly any preparation apart from washing and slicing or grating. Not to mention, many salads can be bought already prepared.
If you are not very knowledgeable about wine it could be helpful to find out how to choose the best wine for whatever meal you are having for that celebration or to impress the boss. To that end, here are some tips from those that are expert on the subject to help you choose the right wine, or at least a good one.
- Read the label, but don’t buy it because the label is pretty. If the label states what the wine is in generic terms such as table wine, it means that it was made from grapes harvested from a wide area – even a whole country. While the quality of the wine may be okay, the taste is often very bland.
Bali is a place that is popular with most Australians as a holiday destination. While everyone loves a good holiday, far too often their time away is spoiled by sickness or accident which could have been avoided had they taken just a little more care. Here are 5 tips to help you enjoy your Bali holiday.
- Get good accommodation. According to holiday booking experts Easy Villas, if the noise and four walls of hotel accommodation tend to keep you awake, try one of the many villas available for rent. This is like a luxurious home that is not too close to other residences so you will not hear a lot of traffic, talking or laughing into the wee hours. Getting enough sleep will help you enjoy your days of fun much more than if you were feeling frazzled and weary. Being tired also makes you confused and so you may be more likely to fall for a scam or not be alert enough to know when other danger is present.
There are many things that can happen to create a dental emergency. Even if you don’t know what has happened but feel sudden and severe pain in your tooth or gum, it’s important to contact an emergency dentist such as Joondalup City Dental so they can assess the problem and decide on the best method of treatment. If they don’t have time to treat it fully, they may be able to offer a quick temporary solution that will get you out of pain until a longer dental appointment can be had.
There are several problems that can constitute a dental emergency.
- A bad toothache. The dentist will ask you what you did just before the tooth started aching. This will give him the information he needs to find out the source of the problem, even if you can’t think of anything you did. He will also want to find out if you have pain anywhere else, such as in the neck, head or ears, if there is any swelling and whether the pain is constant or intermittent.
For many years Allergen, the makers of the product used in a Perth Botox procedure, had the market all to themselves, at least in the US and Australia. But in Europe there is a competitor whose product is known as Dysport. This has now come into the rest of the world, so if you are not happy with your Botox results, there is another product to try. It does the same as Botox; prevents the nerve in the muscle from causing movement, thus also preventing wrinkles.
Dysport is made from botulinum type A the same as Botox is. In what other ways is it the same?
A relapse is the recurrence of any disease that has gone into remission or recovery.
Beating any addiction is hard, but someone at some point has successfully beaten every addiction. If you’re on the road to overcoming your addiction or heading off to drug rehab, you may be worried about a relapse. What happens if you start using again?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten is “don’t worry about it so much.” After rehab, sometime it can feel like everyone is watching you, waiting for you to relapse. Like it’s the only thing on anyone’s, including your own mind. This is not healthy. If you happen to use again, if you happen to relapse, it is not the end of the world, it’s a minor step backwards, which can easily be overcome if you handle the relapse in the right way.
Liposuction is not a weight loss regime; it is done to remove lumps and bumps of fatty tissue that look unsightly, but it is really for sculpting the body shape, not to lose weight. That said, some weight loss will occur after it because during the procedure fat is sucked out of the body.
After the procedure you will find that there is swelling and some hardness as the body works to break down and get rid loosened fat deposits that were not removed. This can last up to 6 months, depending how comprehensive the liposuction was. But often swelling has all disappeared by 3-4 months. There are some things you can do both before and afterwards to help get the best results from your liposuction procedure.
If you are about to call the electricians in to install LED lighting throughout your home, you may want to hold off on that. While LED lighting does save on costs and reduces the drain on the earth’s resources, it is not actually good for us. According to Dr Alexander Wunsch an expert in photobiology, LED lighting contains only blue light, even if it appears to be more yellowish. This light is not good for us, especially if we are in it all the time.
Sunlight firelight, candle light and incandescent bulbs all contain near infrared light. This particular light cannot be seen or felt as heat, yet in penetrates our bodies by up to 5cm when we are exposed to it, even through clothing. This is actually a good thing, because it is this invisible light that restores and regenerates many of our cells, particularly our optic cells. In fact, without it we would eventually go blind and suffer from many diseases that our bodies can defend us from when they absorb the near-infrared light.
As with any product that is used on or in the skin, there can be side-effects. One person may have none at all, while the next person could have a serious reaction. Much depends on what the product is and what the person’s genetic make-up or health history is. Some side effects are very rare, but they do exist so should be mentioned, while others are more common, but less likely to be severe. Here are some of the side effects of dermal fillers using Juvederm.
Severe or milder allergic reaction to either lidocaine or the bacterial proteins that comprise part of the product. This can be anaphylaxis at its severest, a form of toxic shock that is life-threatening.
If you have a history of allergies it is wise to avoid using dermal fillers, or at least have a test to see if you are allergic to it.
It is a sad fact of life that many people nowadays shun the sun due to concerns about skin cancer – and the marketing about various sunscreen products that is very one-sided. But sun is a giver of life and health for plants and for people. Without sufficient sunlight on your skin there is the risk that vitamin D levels will be so low as to cause bad health problems. Without sunshine, your body clock finds it difficult to tell you when to rest so your nights may be spent tossing and turning.
When you work inside all day it’s important to spend time lounging on your Drovers Inside and Out outdoor furniture in the sun and to forget that sunscreen occasionally. Of course you should wear it when the sun is really hot and if you are going to be out all day, to prevent sunburn. But when it is before 10am or after 4pm or if you are only going to be outside for a little while, there is no need for sunscreen.
When you plan ahead for any holiday you tend to save money and it certainly saves a lot of stress because you know ahead of time just where to go and what to do. According to travel website Luxury Villas Bali planning ahead for your villa holiday is no different. While it is closer than many other destinations, Bali is still another country, which means there are things you must have with you to even be allowed in. So here are some tips to help you plan ahead and be prepared.
- You will need a passport for travel to Bali, but not everyone realises that each passport must have at least six months before the expiry date, otherwise you will be sent back home. While this rule may seem silly, it is a rule and no exceptions will be made, so you must make sure that your passport is updated ahead of time. Travel documents should be kept safe in your carry-on luggage.
Are you the kind of person who seems to get sick all the time? Do you get colds, flu, sinus infections, headaches, hay-fever or asthma, or just feel off colour most of the time? If so, it may be time to move to another location. It doesn’t take that much effort to a book removal company like Brilliance Removalists Perth and shift all your worldly possessions to another place.
So why would moving improve your health? Often, people are allergic to their surroundings and don’t realise it. There could be a lot of dust or smog, pollen or some other thing you are allergic to in the air around you. Moving to another place can change that. But first, it’s a good idea to find out what your allergy is and make sure there is none of that in your new area.
Financial planning encompasses many things from working out how to have enough money for leisure and entertainment through to purchasing a home. When it comes to the topic of health – or rather, lack of it – your financial advisor will also be able to help ensure you have money to cope.
No one knows when illness or disease is going to strike, but if it is a serious illness you won’t be able to work until you are better. This may well mean you lose months of income, something that could mean disaster unless you have planned for it. You may think it would be impossible to cope with no income to pay all those bills, but this is where having a financial planner like Andep is going to really help.
If you are travelling overseas to any country you should really get travel insurance. If something happens to you while you are out of Australia it can cost a great deal and you may have to go into debt or depend on family or friends to get you out of trouble. It is far better to spend that little extra on insurance for your Bali villa holiday and have peace of mind that it covers you for everything – so long as you made sure of this before you signed up. Here are 4 important reasons why travel insurance is essential.
- It is not only the possibility of injury or health problems that insurance is needed for. What about your iPhone, iPad, tablet, laptop or other valuables that could get lost, stolen or damaged? If you are travelling for business, the information on those items could be as valuable to you as the actual device. It’s a good idea to copy it all to an external hard drive and have that stored separately, or left with someone you can trust. But having insurance will take care of the cost of replacing your devices and other valuables.
If you have never been to the candlewood dental centre since your mum made you go in fifth class, you might not even remember what it was like. If you are now an adult, it is well past time you went and had your teeth checked out and the sooner the better. It will ensure any decays are stopped in their tracks and your overall health will be much better.
But what can you expect to have done on that first visit? Unless you have a bad toothache, it is not likely to be a visit where any major work is done. Time has to be spent in examining and advising. So here is what you can expect.
- First off, the receptionist will want you to fill out some forms to get all your details.
- Once you are called into the surgery, the dentist will welcome you and ask what the problem is with your teeth. If there isn’t one, you’ll inform them that you just want a check-up.
- They will then inspect your teeth using a few of their instruments to poke into the crevices and see whether there are any decays.
If you are wanting to lose a little weight, burning calories is the way to go. This doesn’t necessarily mean jogging or hitting the gym. In fact, according to Lumin8 Events, going to a party or a wedding where there’s a photo booth and taking funny pictures with your friends can help you burn off more calories than you thought possible. How? By laughing.
Studies have proven that the act of laughing moves many muscles in the body, raises the heart rate and increases your metabolism, the same as any exercise does. If you can laugh a lot during every day, you will be burning up those calories in a way that will cause weight loss in the nicest way possible. Of course, it will spoil the effect if you reward yourself with an ice-cream sundae with chocolate on top afterwards.
It is a myth that online dating is just for desperate singles and people who are not serious or very good-looking.
Online dating is for everyone, who wants a friend or love of a person to lean on and share their lives with whom they can date and live happily in love.
Since online dating has no barriers like age, gender, community, etc. it can have a scope for anyone. The myth, that online dating is for desperate singles is not completely wrong, but could be reframed as ‘online dating is for desperate singles as well, because there are quite a number of singles, who seek desperately to date online’. Lets put it like this that there is one segment of people, who would desperately like to date online.
You might think it’s odd that a photo booth can boost your immune system, but it’s true. Whether it’s at a wedding reception or a party, your guests will have so much fun and there will be so much laughter that it will actually boost their immune systems. Studies have proven that having fun and laughing is a great way to do this, in fact, it is nature’s way of ensuring we are healthy.
Few people laugh when they are on their own. It takes a group of friends having fun together to create the wonderful atmosphere of fun and laughter that creates health. When you hire Kiss and Tell Photo Booths it can be set up to take photos – along with humorous props that everyone will want to use, the stage is set for this to happen. There will be lots of laughter; the kind where people laugh with each other, not at each other.
When you think of a title for a profile, put it in such a way that it aptly describes you and at the same time makes you look more interesting. It should be a small sentence rather, charming nonetheless. Something like “Hot Rod Needin Some Smeltin” is just a bit too, well, you know what. Instead, you can put a better title like “Dinner is on me” or perhaps “Fresh flowers Everyday”. (more…)