Shopping for Supplements — Living Healthy and Saving Money

When it comes to personalized weight loss programs and their role in weight loss success, diet gurus and so-called experts have had a lot to say when it comes to nutritional supplements. Usually what they are writing and saying and urging you to do is BUY! BUY! BUY!

And what you should be buying is their particular brand of vitamins, minerals, healthy weight loss shakes, etc. What most of them are doing is using the same company to produce and package the same product, same ingredients, under a different name.

They can then call theirs the latest and greatest supplement–something they’ve discovered or the latest secret revealed. Really?

If it weren’t so serious, it would be laughable. But anything that effects your health is serious!

Here are some simple “healthful” tips on buying nutritional supplements. I’m not recommending any particular supplements. Whether you need more Vitamin D, E, Calcium or Iron is a determination you and your doctor can make together.

Instead, these health tips are meant to arm you with knowledge to guide you when you are looking to add vitamin and mineral supplements to your diet.

Common Sense

As with a lot of things, common sense should help us in making decisions. Whenever you read or listen to any advice about nutritional supplements, what you are hearing should have the ring of truth. In other words, if it doesn’t sound right, don’t pull out your wallet just yet!

Weight loss professionals and nutritionists agree with what you already know is just plain common sense: the best way to stock up on vitamins and minerals is by eating right.

Popping a pill is no substitute for a balanced diet. You can never expect the same results nutritionally speaking when you take a supplement as opposed to eating the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, and some fat. That’s why they are called supplements. They are meant to help make up deficiencies which could lead to serious health conditions.

But if you decide to take a vitamin and mineral supplement, here are some things to keep in mind.

1) Don’t waste your money on natural vitamins.

Your body can’t tell the difference between synthetic (man-made) vitamins and so-called natural ones. However, the synthetic ones are usually cheaper. The exception to this rule is vitamin E. Your body absorbs the natural form better than the synthetic version, although vitamin manufacturers add enough synthetic vitamin E to make up for the difference–and it’s still cheaper!

2) Generic brands are just as good as the more expensive ones.

3) Read the label to make sure the expiration date hasn’t passed.

Just like foods, supplements should not be used after their expiration date. Check before you buy, don’t assume your local (or online) pharmacy checks expiration dates.

4) Don’t assume that more is better.

In fact, vitamins A and D, iron, zinc, and selenium can be toxic in high doses, while others can have unpleasant or serious side effects. Your safest bet is to look for supplements that provide no more than the recommended daily dose of each nutrient.

5) Keep supplements away from children.

Those pills may look and sometimes taste like candy to a child, but they can be deadly. Iron supplements cause more poisoning deaths in children than any other substance.

6) Tell your doctor about all the supplements you’re taking.

Some vitamins and minerals can interfere with certain medications. Many bad side effects have occurred because of a lack of communication between doctor and patient. I blame BOTH sides in these cases.

You are the only one responsible for your health. Interact with your health care provider and antispate her questions.

The Verdict?

Nutritional supplements can be a very helpful part of your overall health and fitness program. There are many good and well priced brands.

But as with any other pill you might be considering adding to your body’s system, use common sense, consult with your doctor, and don’t forget that if you want to live healthy and look fantastic while doing it, you have to eat a balanced diet. There’s no substitute for that. . . . I guarantee it!

Avoid a Sore Penis While Penis Hanging

Pssst. Hey buddy, want a bigger penis? Even men whose endowment is more than sufficient may be apt to respond to such a question in the affirmative. Guys know it doesn’t really make sense, that penis health and skill with the equipment matter more than penis size; yet still, almost all guys think they wouldn’t mind adding another inch or two (or more) to their current penile measurement. And sometimes men will take very definite steps in search of a bigger penis, such as penis hanging. While most experts don’t believe that penis hanging or other penis lengthening methods actually provide long-term results, guys still try them. So for anyone contemplating penis hanging, take into consideration a few tips to help prevent a sore penis.

Why a Sore Penis?

Novices or the uninitiated may wonder why penis hanging might cause a sore penis. Well, there are good reasons. Basically, penis hanging is pretty much just what the name implies. It’s a method of hopefully getting a longer penis by attaching weights to the penis that will streeeeetttttch it out to a new length.

Now one can see perhaps why soreness is likely with this method. But there’s sore and then there’s SORE; adding weights to the penis is almost certain to cause some soreness, so it behooves a guy to take steps to keep the soreness to a minimum. (It should be added here that there is a risk of serious injury to any man hanging weights on his penis; guys who are determined to take this path should be very careful and proceed with caution.)

Tips

With that in mind, the steps a guy can take to minimize the severity of a sore penis from penis hanging include:

Warm the penis up thoroughly before starting. Many experts recommend starting with a warm (not hot!) compress on the penis. Take a washcloth and heat it gently, just until nice and warm, or soak it in warm water, and then wrap that around the penis and gently massage the penis inside the washcloth. (Yes, this may give a guy an erection; such is life.)

Stretch the penis out. Just as a person should do leg stretches before running, penis stretching exercises should be utilized prior to hanging. Basically, this involves gripping the base of the shaft in a circle made with the thumb and the first finger and slowly moving it up to the end of the shaft, tugging slightly as it goes along. This can be repeated numerous time, with variations on how tightly the penis is gripped. This should go on for at least 5 or 10 minutes.

Start out slow. There may be a temptation to rush in and start with a lot of weights, especially if trying a low amount of weight seems like a piece of cake. It’s better to start slow and gradually increase the weights; going too fast increases the likelihood of a sore penis.

Don’t go too long. Similarly, don’t wear the weights for an over-extended period of time. Follow instructions and if anything, err on the side of not wearing the weights long enough. Once a guy has done this for a while, he can get a better idea of how long a typical session should last.

Warm down. After releasing the penis from weights, wrapping the penis in a warm compress can provide some soothing relief.

Use a penis health oil. To decrease the likelihood of a really sore penis from penis hanging, apply a quality penis health oil (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil , which has been clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Penis skin that is well moisturized is less likely to be as sore, so utilize an oil that contains both a high-end emollient (such as shea butter) and a natural hydrator (like vitamin E). In addition, strengthen the skin via an oil that contains alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant that fights oxidative damage from free radicals.

Massage Therapy: The Best Way of Getting Cured Of Several Diseases

The massage is basically the pressurized workout which is performed on the body with the help of the hands, fingers, elbows & legs. This workout has been in use since the time immemorial in order to provide the complete healing from several diseases. The lifestyle diseases are at its peak. These are ruining the lives of millions of people. One common disease that is spoiling the health standards of an individual is stress. The massage therapy is an excellent cure for this problem.

Indian Head Massage

This comes in the category of the massage therapy. In this, the massage is provided with the help of the hands. This is very effective in a case of a headache or stress. The massagers basically use the essential oils like jasmine oil, almond, castor, etc, in this therapy. This therapy helps in combating stress level. Moreover, this also helps in providing relaxation as well as rejuvenation. This service is provided by the several massage experts.

Bowen Therapy

This is a very effective remedial therapy that is used to provide a cure for body pain, repair & balance of the body. In this therapy, the gentle pressure is used in order to provide repair & cure to the body. Moreover, this also helps in the rejuvenation of the body. This is a gentle technique that helps in improving the blood circulation inside the body. This eventually helps in providing complete nourishment to the body tissues.

This therapy is widely employed in order to provide relief from the body pain, shoulder pain and back pain. With the help of the gentle pressing, the stiffness of the muscle gets removed. This eventually results in providing relief from the pain.

Chinese Massage

Chinese Massage therapy is a traditional form of massage therapy. This therapy is very effective in providing a cure for injuries, muscle stiffness, enhancing blood circulation, relieving chronic pain, combating emotional stress, etc. The practitioners use different types of oils. These help in providing complete healing from these problems.

There are several advantages associated with the massage therapy. The first & foremost is that it boosts the immunity level of the body. Moreover, this also helps in providing relief from the stress in a natural manner. Moreover, this treatment doesn’t have any adverse effect on the body.

Inference

The massage therapy is very effective in providing relief from several diseases like chronic stress, emotional stress, body pain, muscle pain and several other diseases. Moreover, this also helps in enhancing the blood circulation through the veins and arteries. Apart from this, there are not side-effects associated with this therapy.

How to Cope With Agitation In Your Loved One Who Has Alzheimer’s

Many times, understanding the meaning of a word can give us great insight into the issue at hand.

What is agitation?

  • Extreme emotional disturbance. (The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language)
  • A stirring up or arousing; disturbance of tranquility; disturbance of mind that shows itself by physical excitement. (Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary).
  • A mental state of extreme emotional disturbance, the feeling of being agitated; not calm. (WorldNet 1.6).

Many Alzheimer’s patients experience agitation in addition to memory loss. In the early stages of the illness, people with Alzheimer’s may encounter changes in their personality, such as irritability, anxiety or even depression. But as the disease progresses, these symptoms can worsen and become more difficult to live with. They may include sleep disturbances, delusions and hallucinations. Many times Alzheimer’s patients cannot get in touch with or express their feelings. So when they experience agitation, it is often difficult for the caregivers to understand and to help.

When a person with dementia displays agitation or other “symptoms,” you must try to determine what they are trying to communicate.

Good communication is an important part of any relationship. When caring for a person with dementia, the ability to communicate becomes more and more difficult. Both expressing and processing information becomes impaired. This inability to express and process can be frustrating and can manifest itself as agitation.

Following are some suggestions that may allow you to improve your communication with your loved one who has Alzheimer’s:

  • Approach from the front to prevent startling him or her.
  • Maintain eye contact.
  • Lower the tone of your voice. A high pitch may indicate that you are upset.
  • Smile and be pleasant.
  • Talk with a calm presence.
  • Speak slowly, clearly and directly.
  • Identify yourself.
  • Use short, simple sentences.
  • Ask one question at a time.
  • Eliminate background noise.
  • Give plenty of time to respond.
  • If he/she cannot find words, sometimes it helps if you finish the sentence.
  • Repeat information when needed – repetition is good.
  • Frequently affirm/praise him/her, even for the smallest things, i.e. “Good job,” “Thank you,” “You’re the best!”
  • Validate feelings.
  • Use touch. Touch the shoulder, knee, back, hand.
  • Give hugs many times a day.
  • Don’t argue – you’ll never win.
  • Laugh together.
  • If your talk becomes “heated,” stop. Go back and try again later.
  • Don’t talk down. Respect him/her as an adult.
  • Don’t’ correct him/her.
  • Don’t demand. Ask nicely.
  • Don’t take adverse behavior personally.
  • Slow down! Hurrying increases frustration.

Another issue in agitation is non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is important to be aware of, both in what we are communicating to our loved ones, and what they are communicating to us. Non-verbal communication is expressed by persons with dementia through body languages, facial expression and tone of voice.

At times, the Alzheimer’s patient can look into your eyes and seem to read your soul, almost like a “sixth sense.” They are sensitive and intuitive to people and things around them. They know when someone is being sincere or not. Body language is as important as their facial expressions. For example, if your loved one suddenly gets up and walks around, that may indicate the need to go the bathroom. Be alert to those signs and give big hugs as much as possible. A gentle touch will make their life much easier and relaxed.

Environment can also cause agitation. Examples would be where temperatures are too cold or too hot, or lights too strong or too dim. Try to set up an environment that is relaxing for your loved one. It will make his or her life easier. And as your loved one with Alzheimer’s relaxes, so will you.

Antioxidants, Acids, Alkali and Cancer

In my previous articles on cancer, I did not discuss the role of acids, bases and antioxidants in detail. But with the current hype about the miraculous nature of basic water, antioxidant foods and drugs, I feel compelled to step in and set the records straight with currently available medical literature.

The efficacy of acids, bases and antioxidants in cancer therapy is not a myth. It has biochemical basis informed by modern research (SS Kim et al, 2004; Ian F. Robey & Lance A. Nesbit, 2013). The apparent controversy surrounding this subject emanates from poor coordination of research findings.

I have read articles (Bradley A. Web et al, 2011; Shi Q. et al, 2001; Silver M. et al, PubMed 2011) supporting systemic alkalosis or systemic hyperacidosis as the dominant toxic factor in cancer development. I have also watched video presentations claiming that cancer development is just a natural cellular adaptation to toxic environment, which is corrected by normalizing the environment.

These claims are to say the least, unbalanced truths. By the end of this discussion it would have become obvious that there is no basis for undue generalizations in the management of cancer. There still remains the need for expert judgement in formulating a cancer treatment protocol.

BEFORE CANCER

First, let me state that the human body will literally rust away like a nail left under the rain over time without inbuilt natural protective mechanisms. To prevent rust or oxidation, most macromolecules essential for human existence are shielded from molecular oxygen or oxygen equivalents with hydrogen molecules (reduction). Oxygen equivalents are those compounds that remove these protective hydrogen molecules from other compounds.

They are also called oxidizing agents. Compounds that restore these hydrogen molecules are called reducing agents. The two most important organic reducing agents in human body are glutathione and ubiquinone, while the two most important oxidizing agents are molecular oxygen and free oxygen radicals.

APOPTOSIS AND GROWTH SUPPRESSOR GENES

The human body cells are normally continuously moving from resting phase, to growth phase and then multiplication phase. This continuous state of growth and multiplication means that any organ can potentially grow to any size, depending on its natural growth rate. By inference all human beings may also grow into giants. It even suggests immortality of human beings.

Thankfully, every cell has an inbuilt apoptotic clock that ensures that it dies after a specified number of days, making room for incoming cells. Thus red blood cells, for instance, are recycled every 120 days. The size and shape of the cells of individual organs are equally limited prior to their date of apoptosis, by growth suppressor genes (notably p53, AP1, NF-kB) located in the nucleus.

Anything that hinders the functions of apoptosis and growth suppressor genes would obviously be expected to unleash uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells in any organ of the body. This rapid growth of disorganized and poorly differentiated cells is called cancer.

All anti-growth suppression and anti-apoptosis agents are called carcinogens. They may be chemicals, radiations, biochemical molecules, acids, bases, free radicals, heat, cold, etc. But they all exert their effect by in activating apoptosis gene or growth suppressor gene. They accomplish this by corrupting the gene coding system in such a way that the codes are wrong (missense) or mean nothing (nonsense).

The code is corrupted due to the insertion of the wrong amino acid code into a gene sequence or the excision of the right amino acid code from the sequence. Consequently the t-RNA misreads or miss-senses the expression of the right apoptosis or growth suppressor protein.

TOXINS, FREE RADICALS AND CARCINOGENS

Toxins are basically those compounds whose activities will directly or indirectly lead to human rust and death by causing catabolic or destructive oxidative reactions in body tissues. The high powered toxic tissue oxidizing agents are called free radicals (ROS and RNS), which are basically free ionized oxygen or Nitrogen atoms (O2- and N2- )

When a toxin causes a gene altering damage in the nuclear region of a cell (oxidative nuclear damage) it is then known as a carcinogen. As such not all toxins are carcinogen. Aflatoxin (from mold) is not only toxic to liver cells, but ultimately causes liver cancer, making it a carcinogen.

The detoxification process mainly converts lipid soluble toxins into excretable water soluble glucuronides in three steps. In step one the toxins are aggregated and isolated in the specific organs that neutralize them.

Then glucuronic acid is attached to them in the presence of glutathione which the protective hydrogen molecules. (Note that in fighting oxidants hydrogen (non-ionized) carried by reduced NADPH is a friend, while in acid-base balance ionized hydrogen is the enemy).

Free radicals can also contribute to cancer development by inducing genetic mutation through oxidative nuclear damage, or suppress cancer growth by promoting apoptosis. Step three is the excretion of the toxins.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Compounds use to replenish hydrogen molecules in glutathione and other endogenous reductase enzymes are called antioxidants. A lot of these reducing agents occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. Others are available as drug extracts from plants and animals.

Individual antioxidants target different steps of the detox process. This is why balanced nutrition by itself goes a long way to keep our bodies toxin free. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the environments we live in are all full of toxins, including heavy metals. To survive as human beings, an extensive detoxification mechanism has to exist.

Every body tissue has detox ability, but the liver, gut, and lymphoid tissues and kidneys play the dominant role. Thus most toxins are trapped, neutralized and excreted through feces, urine or bile. Stagnation or obstruction of flow in any of these three organs, generally leads to a toxic state.

Stressors and nutritional insufficiencies that weaken the immune system also contribute to toxic states allowing micro-organisms to multiply and generate additional toxic substances that must be removed.

Successful detoxification requires a lot of energy, which comes from glucose metabolism. Biochemical energy is not measured in Joules, but in ATPs (Adenosine Triphosphate). The metabolic process for converting glucose to ATP is called glycolsis.

During aerobic glycolysis one molecule of glucose combines with two molecules of ADP3- (Adenosine Diphosphate) and two ionic phosphoric acid molecules to yield two ionic ATP4- molecules and two lactate molecules. The ionic ATP4- molecule gives up one Hydrogen proton (H+) to yield one molecule of ionic ADP3-, which is reused in glycolysis.

Under anaerobic (low oxygen) conditions, ATP is generated differently. One molecule, each, of ADP3- and ionic phosphoric acid accumulated from aerobic glycolysis recombine without glucose to form one molecule of ATP4+ and one hydroxyl molecule. Two hydrogen protons combine with two bicarbonates to end up as carbonic acid inside body cells.

TOXIC ACIDOSIS

Glycolsis can be aerobic when it consumes molecular oxygen, or anaerobic when it consumes oxidizing agents. Both the detox reactions and glycolsis are driven or catalyzed by enzymes, which depend on the availability of specific micro-molecules, proteins, amino acids and vitamins as cofactors for their functions.

By the time enough ATP is generated to keep the body toxin safe, enough carbonic acid hydration of respiratory carbon dioxide (CO2) has accumulated to keep the inside of every cell perpetually acidic. In a highly toxic state, which includes rapid proliferation of cells, this intracellular acid builds up exponentially beyond survivable limits.

Cancer cells are known to rapidly outgrow their blood supplies and go into severe hypoxic states. This is why the cancer cell nucleus has to rapidly increase the expression of sodium driven proton extruding proteins and enzyme proteins through nuclear sensing of sharp rise in HIF.

Thus, by default, the Intracellular fluid (ECF) of every cell is acidic (low pH) while that of the extracellular fluid (ECF) is alkaline (high pH). It is important to note at this point that while intracellular fluids exist in compartments inside the cells, extracellular fluids coalesce to form a pool in which all body cells submerged.

This ECF pool is represented by intercellular fluid, lymph, blood, and glandular secretions, all of which feed into the circulatory system of the body. ECF acid or base build up in any part of the body is ultimately dissipated into the circulatory system, which centrally maintains a mildly basic pH of 7.20 -7.40.

In addition to mobilizing ammonium and bicarbonate ions the central buffer system has the ability to move chloride ions in and out cells (chloride shift) to maintain acid-base balance.

MEMBRANE SENSORS AND TRANSPORTERS

To keep intracellular acidity below lethal level, the inner surface of the cell membrane has acid sensors and transporters that detect abnormal rise in intracellular acidity and trigger increased extrusion of hydrogen and retention of alkaline bicarbonate ions.

This trigger is mediated by the rise in the blood level of hypoxia induced factors (HIF) and probably acidosis induced factors (AIF). On detecting this rise in HIF, the nucleus temporarily increases the expression of Na-driven proton transport proteins and histidine rich basic proteins.

The ammonium radicals on the amino acids of these basic proteins (especially histidine) serve as physiologic buffers for organic acids.

“Protonation and de-protonation has been experimentally shown to change protein structure and thus, alter protein-protein binding affinity, change protein stability, modify protein function, and alter subcellular localization (Schonichen et al., 2013b).

Evolutionarily, histidines must confer some selective advantage for cancers, as 15% of the 2000 identified somatic mutations in cancer involve histidine substitutions, with Arg-to-His being the most frequent (Kan et al., 2010)”.

The nucleus also temporarily steps up the expression of important enzyme proteins that catalyze the buffer reactions, namely mono-carboxylate, carbonic anhydrase, and aminotransferase enzymes.

In a similar manner the external surface of the cell also has alkaline sensors made up of G-protein coupled surface receptors, which also communicate with the nucleus to increase or decrease the expression of relevant proteins and enzymes. As tissue hypoxia decreases, the level of HIF decreases along with nuclear expression of proton extrusion proteins and enzymes.

Failure of this return to normalcy has been observed as one of the hallmarks of early cancer. What started out as a normal adaptive change becomes persistent because of irreversible genetic modifications that triggered it.

CELLULAR SURFACE ACID/BASE REVERSAL

The central physiological buffer system has a maximum capacity to neutralize up to 30 micromoles of acid/gram tissue/min in systemic acidosis or 5-10 micromoles of base in alkalosis.

Beyond these levels, normal body cells are unable to continue their buffer functions because the enzymes are deactivated. At this point there is a reversal of the normal acid-base distribution on either side of the cell membrane, which is lethal to normal issues. In some critical situations, chloride ions are shifted massively into all body cells (chloride shift) to urgently dilute the extracellular acidity.

But the gastric cells have the natural ability to survive in the presence of high extracellular acidity (HCl at pH of 6.6). How they manage this high extracellular acidity then becomes very important in understanding how cancer cells survive high extracellular acidity with normal intracellular acidity for their survival and proliferation. Some cancer cells are known to have accumulated genetic adaptations that enable them to survive extreme pH conditions (carbonic acid at pH of 6.6).

Gastric cells are shielded from concentrated HCl secreted into the stomach mainly by structural barriers (thick basement membrane, thick mucosal layer and thick mucous layer). There are no natural inhibitors of hydrogen potassium ATPase enzyme that catalyzes the final phase of acid excretion.

In severe cases of Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD), Gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD), or Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, when this natural barrier is ulcerated by concentrated HCl, some gastric lining cells undergo goblet intestinal metaplasia (transformation into ectopic intestinal epithelium in the stomach) to secrete neutralizing alkaline fluids into the stomach.

While there is no natural attempt to control the hydrogen potassium ATPase enzymes, pharmacological intervention with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like omeprazole has been successful in reducing gastric secretion in severe cases of chronic gastric hyperacidity.

Similarly some esophageal epithelial cells undergo gastric metaplasia to become gastric cells in the face of chronic exposure to reflux gastric acid (Barrett’s Esophagus). Acquisition of this missing ability to control hydrogen potassium ATPase and sodium driven proton extrusion by monocarboxylate enzyme appear to be critical to the survival of cancer cells

IN EARLY CANCER

It is important to note that the natural response to extracellular hyperacidity in the GIT depends on the stage and localization of the acidity. Both goblet metaplasia and gastric metaplasia have been recognized as precancerous lesions (carcinoma in situs). At the early stage of Barret esophagus, the response is only structural to prevent cell wall damage.

But when the barrier has failed in the stomach, the response is alkaline secretion. A person on preventive alkaline water will be helping to neutralize the added hypoxic acidity of early cancer in Barret’s Esophagus and chronic PUD, but not in any way preventing the occurrence of cancer itself, since proton extrusion in cancer is irreversible.

Any cancer caught at the in situ stage is usually best treated with surgical excision and radiotherapy, rather than alkaline water.The question then is: “Why did prophylactic alkaline water not prevent the metaplasia?”

The answer to that is that while oral alkali intake may cap out at micromoles of alkali per gram tissue, cancer proton extrusion acid build up ranges in nanomoles per gram tissue (a thousand times more). Also intracellular hypoxia and hyperacidity are not the only risk factors for cancer.

Radiations are known to be commonly responsible for skin cancers, even as HPV is known to be responsible for cervical cancer. Prophylactic alkalosis has not been reported to prevent any of them. Sticking to the hype that alkaline water is the best way to prevent and even cure cancer, puts people at risk of missing early opportunities to truly cure cancer.

Alkaline water intake will help the body maximize the physiological adaptive response acidosis. Unfortunately, even at maximum physiological capacity, extracellular buffers are no match for cancer intracellular proton extruders.

As the well adapted cancer cells grow and multiply freely their neighboring non-cancerous cells are rapidly destroyed by ECF hyperacidity creating more space for them to occupy. Thus cancer invasiveness has been shown to correlate with the degree of acid-base reversal across the cancer cell membrane.

At the advanced stage of cancer with ECF acidity readings in nanomols compared to orally boosted alkalinity readings in micromoles, buffer therapy has been shown to be resisted by cancer cells. One such reported example is the inefficacy of a basic drug doxorubicin used in the treatment of Leukemias and lymphomas.

Going by what has been discussed so far, it is obvious that externally sourced acids and alkali cannot be safely loaded to outweigh tumor generated levels in ECF and ICF. It is also understandable that no single pH balancing agent, can be used to treat both acid sensing and alkaline sensing cancers.

Preventive or prophylactic intake of acidic or alkaline liquids or foods remain relevant only within the physiological buffering range, when adaptive changes are still reversible. Unfortunately at that point the tumor generated acidity would have risen to resistant levels. Preventive alkaline water intake in a person with undiagnosed acid sensing cancer is not likely to retard the growth of the tumor.

Similarly preventive intake of alkaline water in a patient with undiagnosed alkaline sensing cancer will encourage it to grow and establish faster. Patients receiving treatment for emesis gravid arum (vomiting in pregnancy) for instance, cannot be on preventive alkaline regimens in the face of systemic alkalosis from heavy loss of gastric acid through vomiting.

However, it is possible that some people are unable to fully optimize the natural buffer system, due to genetic predisposition or problems related to amino acid metabolism. In such situations, preventive acid or base intake supplements the patients effort to achieve maximum physiological buffering. This can easily account for some of the spectacular results observed in some patients whose cancers were caught early.

In conclusion, the management of cancer remains complicated. When there is a strong family history or occupational predisposition for cancer, cancer screening needs to be done early to search for risk factors and genetic markers.

Where there are suggestions of cancer predisposition, full blood tests, scans, biopsies, endocrinological tests, and radiological test should be done by a primary care provider and reviewed by a team of experts in radiology, hematology, pathology, oncology surgical oncology, gastroenterology, and international medicine.

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Restorative Yoga Practice For Better Sleep

Restorative yoga postures can be very effective, especially when they used to prepare the body for deep and restful sleep. Although you can make use of an hour or more to train your body for this, but making the time short can also be very useful too. However, the most vital part of this short practice will pay attention to your breath. This is because the breath is the only portion of our autonomic nervous system that we humans have the ability to control. It also gives us the gateway into the regulation of our nervous system as well as the relaxation response that prepares us for sleep.

Below are some nice sleep protocols to consider

Relaxing footbath

This footbath is a nice way to prepare yourself for bed. When we draw the circulation to our feet, we are simply drawing ruminating thoughts and stress out of our head. You should start by preparing a hot footbath. However, make sure that you can tolerate the hotness. In addition, if you are sitting with your feet in a sink, you can make the water hotter and continue to increase the hotness until your feet adjust to it. You should stay for about 5 or 10 minutes in the water until your feet starts feeling warm. Remember you should not keep your phones, books or any other activities with you. Just relax yourself. Once you finish, then dry your feet and put on a socks that is warm for the yoga practice that follows.

Bedtime Pranayama

You should also get a comfortable position on your back with your knees bent as well as your feet on the ground. Ensure that you close your eyes and begin to notice your breath. Without tensing or gripping, start by simply slowing your breath down until it gets to a point where you can count to four on your inhale as well as four on your exhale. However, as you feel comfortable in this state, progress by extending each exhale 1-2 counts each round until you inhale for a count of four and exhale for a count of eight.

Child’s pose modification

For this type of pose, you will require a block or a rolled up towel to place under your forehead. However, you should sit back on your heels in a comfortable position then try to walk your hands forward and place your forehead on a yoga block. Stay in this position for about two to four minutes and visualize the thoughts coming out from your brain onto the floor as you also allow your mind to empty here.

How Can Slimming Massage Help You

Improvements in technology have helped individuals improve their lifestyle. These advancements have catered to the needs of individuals, may it be for better work opportunities or even better profits. Technology has also made health services better and more efficient. Thus, in case that you experience diseases, you can easily treat them with effective and reliable solutions.

When it comes to the latest health care treatment, slimming masage is the most common option. This treatment is created by reputable health experts to provide amazing features for individuals. Listed below are some of the benefits of this treatment.

Lose weight easily – Lipomassage is one of the slimming treatments available. Lipomassage is a massaging technique that is used to process fat release and trigger responses of deep tissue. Because of this, individuals lose weight easily without spending much time and effort. This is possible since lipomassage can eliminate stubborn fat. It is also painless since it focuses on fat that is considered resistant to workouts and diets and capitalizes on slimming cells called adipocytes.

Improve skin – Endermoft is also another slimming treatment. This treatment focuses on skin lines and wrinkles that are caused by stress and depression. This treatment can also help replenish the skin to help make your skin firmer and more radiant. In addition, exercise can also help the treatment to become more effective. Skincare is also another slimming treatment that can help stimulate the cell to make the skin better and healthier.

Enhance health – Lipomassage and Endermoft are some of the best slimming treatments that can help lose weight and improve the skin. With these treatments, individuals can improve their health to help them improve their performance. These treatments can also help get rid of other health issues since treatments like Lipomassage can help get rid of obesity that can cause high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and many more.

Better self-esteem – Having better skin and slimmer body can help improve your self-esteem. This is achieved since individuals have better skin that can help improve their looks and appearance. Other than that, being fit can also help improve one’s self-esteem since you know that you can accomplish your tasks easily. You are also sure that you have a strong body to do other tasks to make your lifestyle better and more efficient.

By knowing more about slimming massage treatments, individuals can choose the ideal treatment that can cater to their needs.

Proform Treadmills and iFit Technology – The Right Combination for Workout Success!

We all want to achieve the toned and slender look that working out gives your body, right? Strong and sleek and ready to be shown off – what’s not to love! Unfortunately, achieving that gorgeous body can sometimes be harder work than it would be in an ideal world, and working out can just get plain old boring after a while. And while the incentive to exercise is always there, it sometimes simply isn’t strong enough to drag us through those predictable, repetitive sessions. Who isn’t jealous of those energetic folks who say they love exercise? Thankfully there is a fitness company called Proform treadmills who have come up with a plan for the rest of us, and now, with Proform treadmills and iFit technology, we can learn to love exercise too.

There is no doubt that Proform treadmills are an excellent tool to help us get fit. One of the most well known names in fitness equipment, Pro form treadmills combine quality construction with technological innovation, all at a reasonable price. Manufactured by Icon Fitness, one of the largest producers of exercise equipment in the US, the Proform treadmill package includes quality Proform treadmill parts, including good motors, clear and easy to read electronic readouts, and other great features, including a running deck with adjustable cushioning, ensuring that your Proform

treadmill is as comfortable to use as possible. And while reviewers

invariably write positive things about the Proform review treadmill they try out, even the most positive among them will admit that there is nothing in this Pro form treadmill package that could tempt the unwilling among us to come back for a workout time and time again.

But perhaps the most important of all the Proform treadmill parts that

come together to make the manufacturer one of the most popular is the

innovation with which they build their exercise equipment. Proform

treadmills seem to have been designed by ordinary people like you and me – people who simply don’t think that running in a straight line for a half an hour every day is something that you’d do willingly. Unless you incorporate something that makes exercise a little more interesting.

iFit Technology – Introducing a Challenge to Your Workout

Have you ever noticed how a session at the gym can pass before you know it? Whether you take part in an exercise class with an enthusiastic instructor who shouts encouraging slogans at you each time you feel your legs start to weaken or try to see if you can do more reps on the tricep machine than the big burly guy who used it before you, there is something about the company of others when exercising that brings out your competitive streak. And by using a Pro form treadmill and the innovative iFit technology, you can achieve this same thing at home.

iFit is a supplement to your treadmill workout that shakes things up and makes them interesting. By hooking up to the internet, you can record your training history and track your progress. iFit will devise a personal workout program for you, so that each time you set foot on your Proform treadmill, you will have a new goal to reach, and a personal best to beat – after all, isn’t the most fun kind of competition the one you have with yourself?

iFit technology also allows you listen to music as you workout, and

provides inspirational images that can be the backdrop to your run – fancy running in the park today? iFit allows you do just that, without having to set foot off your Pro form treadmill.

iFit’s latest innovation can even recreate that enthusiastic gym

instructor – there is now a facility that allows you interact with a

personal trainer online, as you exercise! You can compliment your running session with a strength training workout, helping you get the results you want even quicker. And with a personal trainer’s critical eye beaming right into your living room, you know you’ll keep up with your treadmill sessions!

So if you want to find out what the Proform treadmill reviews are talking about, try one for yourself, and make your workout even better by challenging yourself with an ifit workout. Not only will it help you get that gorgeous body that you deserve, you might actually find that you love working out too!

Lichen Sclerosis

What is lichen sclerosis and what does it look like?

Lichen sclerosis (LS) is a skin condition that makes the vulva look white, slightly shiny, and smooth. The skin’s surface becomes thin and delicate so that it tears easily. This can cause bleeding under the skin. In severe cases of lichen sclerosis of the genital area, scarring can occur. This causes the inner lips of the vulva to get smaller. The clitoris can become covered in scar tissue.

What causes lichen sclerosis?

We do not know the exact cause of lichen sclerosis. Scientists have different theories to try to explain the cause. Some scientists think that an overactive immune system may play a role in causing the disease. Some people may also develop lichen sclerosis due to their genes or to changes in hormones. Since lichen sclerosis is not caused by an infection, it cannot be spread and is not contagious.

What are the symptoms of lichen sclerosis?

Symptoms of lichen sclerosis may be different from one person to another and can be mild to severe. Girls and young women who have this disease may experience some or all of the following symptoms in the vulva area:

Mild to severe itching in the vulva area

Skin that appears fragile, pale, and/or white

Bruised skin with broken blood vessels or “blood blisters”

Small tears or fissures in the skin

Scar tissue covering the labia or clitoris

Bleeding or tearing of skin when having bowel movements

How is lichen sclerosis diagnosed?

Lichen sclerosis can be a difficult diagnosis to make. It is not unusual for someone to see more than one doctor before the disease is finally diagnosed. Most of the time, doctors who see many patients with lichen sclerosis can often make the diagnosis just by looking at the skin. However in most cases if you are in the early stages of lichen sclerosis, the doctor may have to do a biopsy (removal and examination of a small sample of affected skin) to identify the cause of your symptoms.

Prolonging Senior Independent Living Adds to Quality of Life

Remaining living independently in one’s home for as long as possible is very important in maintaining a high quality of life and keeping healthcare cost to the minimum. Prolonging senior independent living can be accomplished through a series of coordinated objectives. Each facet of one’s living arrangement must be considered to identify areas of risk and improve the overall efficiency and quality at which one maintains their independence. Matters such as financial considerations and legal decisions must be addressed in order for of your loved one to have the foundation necessary to make decisions which are appropriate for their independent living arrangements.

Concerns such as safety around the house are important to consider because high-risk areas which are prone to cause accidents need to be removed from the living environment. A perfect example of this is slip and fall areas such as wet tile floors in bathrooms and patios and area run rugs which can be easily cause trips and falls. These things are common in many homes and can be overlooked as dangerous if not considered with the perspective of creating a safe environment for which a senior can live independently without common risks of falling.

Many seniors today live alone without close relatives nearby staying in communication and having the ability to monitor your loved one’s well-being makes the situation more tolerable for the senior and for the person who loves them. Regular feedback and status monitoring can be accomplished through a variety of different solutions available on the market today such as weekly senior care services, in-home monitoring systems, and companion living or visiting arrangements. Recently in the bad economy there has been an increase of seniors sharing housing together which provides the comfort and safety needed to prolong senior independent living for both who were previously living alone.

There are many options to consider when devising a plan for prolonging senior independent living. A good plan makes for more consistent action. Seniors and their loved ones should factor in as many risk considerations as possible and mitigate risks with as much attention as possible. It is recommended the family consult with a professional familiar with elder care issues to identify areas where attention is needed. Areas to consider include budgeting, safety around the home, sufficient planned activities, and capability to perform routine household chores. Aging is a process we all will have to encounter, understanding how to maintain independence as we age is knowledge we all can benefit from.

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