June 21, 2010

Preventing Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where the immune system attacks the synovium, or the tissue that lines the joints. Inflammatory substances are then released that cause irritation in the joints and result in the wearing down of cartilage. In some cases, bones may end up rubbing against another bone. Rheumatoid arthritis can leave a person in severe pain along with stiffness, or the swelling and loss of motion in the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very real problem, especially in women who are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. In a ten year period (1995-2005), there was a 50 percent increase in women who developed the disease. If you’re looking for ways to prevent rheumatoid arthritis, try drinking a little alcohol and stop drinking tea (if you’re over 50).

The results of a recent study showed that tea increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis in post-menopausal women. Women, who drank tea, in any amount, faced a 40 percent increase in their risk of developing the disease. However, women who drank more than four cups of tea a day increased their risk to 78 percent.

Interestingly, drinking alcohol, in moderation, can be quite beneficial for those wishing to prevent rheumatoid arthritis. According to research, drinking the equivalent to about 5 glasses of an alcoholic drink every week can decrease the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 50 percent. Try having a glass of wine at dinner 5 days a week and you may be able to avoid rheumatoid arthritis.

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5 Foods That Increase Your Risk of Cancer

Filed under: cancer — Tags: , , , , — robertprice @ 5:56 pm

In today’s world, cancer is likely to affect you in some way. Whether this means your mother has cancer, you wife or husband has cancer, your child has cancer, or even you have cancer, it doesn’t matter as you will likely have to face this battle one way or another. Every year, many people are diagnosed with some type of cancer. There are those that respond well to treatment, but others may not be so fortunate. There have been breakthroughs that have helped treat cancer, but there is still no cure for cancer. Until there is a cure, all we can do is try to prevent the development of cancer. Here is a list of some of the top foods that increase your risk of cancer.

  1. Sugar. White or brown sugar doesn’t matter as both can increase your risk of developing cancer.
  2. Foods that are smoked, pickled, or heavily salted can lead to an increased risk of stomach cancer.
  3. Pop/Soda and drinking an excessive amount of alcohol may lead to a higher risk of cancer. Drinks like Coca Cola and Pepsi are horrible for your health for a number of reasons. They contain an excess of sugar and provide little, if any, nutritional value.
  4. Any burned or charred foods. These foods create carcinogens which can lead to cancer.
  5. Snack foods that contain Trans fats. These may include foods like French fries and chips.

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            June 14, 2010

            Find Relief For Your Back Pain

            Filed under: pain — Tags: , , — robertprice @ 5:02 pm

            posture, lower back pain, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugsIf you’re experiencing back pain, you’re not alone. Millions of people nationwide experience back pain that may be caused by a variety of different factors –from using improper lifting techniques to injury as a result of a car accident. There are several different ways to alleviate back pain; the trick is finding the right method and enough time to make it work for you. The first step to fixing your back pain is finding its source – if you are able to figure out what has caused your back pain, whether it’s a result of bad posture or joint degeneration (osteoarthritis), targeting the cause will help you to find a solution that will alleviate your back pain.

            Four Causes of Back Pain and Relief Methods:

            Poor Posture – Hunching over your computer at work or school may be the primary suspect for your back pain. The easiest way to alleviate back pain that has been caused by bad posture is to correct your posture. By aligning your ears, shoulders and hips in the mirror, your back falls into its natural ‘S’ curve, which shouldn’t hurt at all. Taking a ballet or yoga class will additionally help to correct your posture and gradually relieve and prevent further back pain.

            Herniated Spinal Disc – If your back problems are a result of a single body motion that placed a strain on your back, you may have a herniated one of your spinal discs. For this type of back pain, it’s important to see a doctor or chiropractor in order to find an appropriate treatment method. Your doctor may recommend the applications of ice packs and heat packs, types of physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medications to relive your back pain. Surgery may also be a treatment option for a herniated disc.

            Ankylosing Spondylitis – Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis that most commonly occurs in the spine, and may cause extreme back pain. Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis usually begin before the age of sixty. If you suspect that you may be experiencing Ankylosing Spondylitis, make an appointment with your doctor right away. Your doctor may recommend several different treatment methods that may include a prescription for a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication or TNF blocker such as Humira. Other treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis may include exercise, especially swimming, and the application of heat and cold packs.

            Weak Abdominal Muscles – Having a strong core is a crucial aspect to preventing back pain, as having weak abdominal muscles is the most common cause of pain in the lower back. If you are not currently physically active and you suspect that your back pain may be a result of weak abs, seek a personal trainer to help you with a resistance training workout that will benefit you and your back.

            If you are experiencing back pain, remember that each person’s back pain is specific to that person, and to discuss any new treatment methods with your doctor before starting a new treatment.

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            June 10, 2010

            5 Foods that Help Build Muscle

            Filed under: healthy diet — Tags: , , , , , , — robertprice @ 11:09 pm

            Many of us strive to reach the look of some of our favorite celebrities, but very few ever achieve that goal. We try new, sometimes unhealthy or even downright dangerous diets, in order to look like the people often seen in magazines and on television.

            However, this is often impossible, as people in magazines often have their pictures changed digitally and we have to go to work in order to support ourselves and our families. While getting rock hard celebrity abs isn’t always possible, there are certain foods you can eat that will help you build muscle faster.

            1. Eggs – A great source of protein can be found in eggs. Not to mention, there are vitamins and nutrients in eggs that help you stay healthy.
            2. Salmon – Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in great supply in salmon. The protein and omega 3 fatty acids will help build muscle and speed up your recovery time.
            3. Almonds – Almonds help prevent free radical damage after you workout which means your muscles should recover faster. Almonds are a great way to help you build muscle because they’re a great snack food and you can just throw them into a zip lock bag and take them just about anywhere with you.
            4. Beef – Probably the most well known source of protein is beef. Beef also contain iron and zinc and help supply energy for your body. Try to look for lean cuts of meat in order to cut down calories.
            5. Water – Considering the majority of your body is made out of water, it makes sense that staying hydrated will help build muscle. If your body is hydrated properly, the process of building muscle, protein synthesis, will occur much more quickly than if you were dehydrated.

            The one thing to remember is to always take things in moderation. Having too much or too little of something can actually have negative effects on the body. Try to always eat a balanced and healthy diet in order to keep your body strong. Physical exercise is also key to building muscle. You have to get out there and lift some weights, go on runs, etc in order to actually use these foods. Without exercise you’re just putting more calories into your body without every using the energy they give you.

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            June 8, 2010

            13 Year Old Girl Self Aborts In Home

            Filed under: pregnancy — Tags: , , , , , — robertprice @ 11:00 pm

            The ever controversial abortion debate has once again been brought forth. A 13 year old girl from Pennsylvania used a pencil to perform a self-abortion. She became very sick during the procedure and delivered the child in her home.

            To make matters much, much worse, she was apparently participating in a sexual relationship for one year with a man named Michael James Lisk, who happens to be 30. So far, it is believed that Lisk came to the young girl’s house after the abortion and buried the child in the woods. Police would later discover the body after the girl gave information about Lisk while being treated at the hospital.

            What happened to this girl was horrible and I believe that Lisk should be made an example of. Preying on a child like that is completely unforgivable and wrong. He is obviously a very disturbed man and belongs behind bars.

            However, while almost everyone can agree with putting Lisk in jail, the sides are divided on abortion laws. Should abortion be legal and how easy should it be for person to get an abortion. Pro-choice activists are arguing that if the girl was able to receive an abortion (Pennsylvania requires parental consent for abortions) then she could have avoided the near-death experience. However, I doubt either side will change their position on the continuing debate.

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            June 7, 2010

            Protecting Yourself from the West Nile Virus

            Filed under: virus — Tags: , — robertprice @ 5:21 pm

            mosquito bite, West Nile VirusSummertime is drawing near, and as we look forward to many days at the beach in the sunshine, I can’t help but shudder at the itchy omen overhead that emerges as darkness falls. Yes, I’m talking about the mosquito, it’s bite, and the disease that it just might carry. The West Nile virus is initially only carried by birds, which infect mosquitoes that drink their blood, who later infect anything else that they bite. Mosquitoes are the prime suspect for transmitting the West Nile virus from person to person, and while in recent years, the hype that has previously been associated with the West Nile virus has subsided, experts predict that this summer may be accompanied by yet another outbreak of West Nile, primarily because of this year’s premature spring.

            Protecting yourself and your family from the West Nile virus can be done in a number of ways:

            1. Report any dead birds to your local municipality. Although some municipalities no longer provide funding for bird related inquiries regarding the West Nile virus, many areas that have implemented mosquito control programs will likely have some sort of venue for bird deaths.
            2. Clean out any areas of still water around your home. Mosquitoes reproduce and begin their life cycle in still water, which could be in an eaves trough, birdbath, water tank, old bucket or livestock and pet water source. By regularly cleaning out any areas that collect water or effectively mosquito-proofing still water sources such as rain barrels, you can reduce the mosquito population near your home significantly, and lower your risk of acquiring the West Nile virus.
            3. Limit your time outside when mosquitoes are active. Most mosquitoes will feed around the times of dawn and dusk.
            4. Use repellent. Mosquitoes avoid those who use a mosquito repellent such as DEET. If you are concerned about the chemicals in repellent sprays, visit your organic grocer to pick up a natural repellent. Ensure that you use any insect repellents as they instruct; most repellents are not recommended for children under two months of age.
            5. Ensure that your home is mosquito-proof. Check all of your window screens and doors, because even the smallest hole could potentially let in one or two mosquitoes. Be aware that the drip pans in any indoor flower pots could potentially act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes – the last thing you want is baby mosquitoes in your home.

            If you think that you may have acquired the West Nile virus, you will exhibit flu-like symptoms including fever, headache and body aches. You can talk to your local healthcare professional for more information on West Nile virus symptoms and long term complications.

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            June 5, 2010

            Superhero Foods That Can Lower Your Cholesterol

            Filed under: cholesterol,healthy diet,healthy foods — Tags: — robertprice @ 12:05 am

            Our bodies naturally produce enough cholesterol for our bodies to function properly. However, the commodity and convenience of fast-food restaurants have caused our cholesterol as a whole to rise, which has in turn increased the frequency of heart attacks and other vascular issues within the population. There are several medications that can easily lower your cholesterol levels; however, there are also certain foods that can help to lower your cholesterol so that you do not need to take any medication. These superhero foods are able to reduce the body’s cholesterol levels naturally, and in doing so, promote healthier living and lifestyle habits; another key component to keeping cholesterol levels down.

            Superhero Foods That Will Help to Lower Cholesterol:

            Foods Containing Fibers – Certain foods, including oat bran, oats, barley, beans and psyllium have in them a specific type of “sticky fiber”, which literally attaches itself to the cholesterol inside the body and helps to flush it out.

            Liver Suppressing Foods – Your body’s natural source of cholesterol comes from your liver. Soy products have been proven to reduce cholesterol by suppressing the liver’s production of cholesterol.

            Foods Containing Plant Sterols – Plant Sterols are natural compounds that do not allow cholesterol to be absorbed by the body. All plant oils, nuts, seed and leafy vegetables are known to contain sterols. Certain over-the-counter supplements will contain sterols as well.

            Nuts – Walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and pistachios make great low-cholesterol snacks, as they contain “sticky fibers”, plant sterols and additionally possess liver suppressing qualities. Nuts have also been proven to lower triglyceride, a blood fat that is linked to both high blood pressure and heart disease.

            Although these foods are all excellent in lowering cholesterol levels, they won’t do much if you continue to indulge in high-cholesterol foods. By both lowering you intake of high cholesterol foods (steaks, burgers, dairy products, and egg yolks) and increasing you intake of cholesterol lowering super-foods, you can effectively lower your cholesterol and improve your overall health.

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