Saturday, December 31, 2011

How Our Spine Affects Our Bodies

Go to the following link and check out a fascinating demo of how our spine affects our bodies
Roll your mouse over any of the 24 vertebrae in the human spine below to learn how each vertebra is connected to specific areas, organs and functions of your body, as well as how subluxation of that vertebrae may cause health challenges if not corrected.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What You Do Not Know about Abdominal Fat

An increasing number of people have been reported to have excess abdominal fat nowadays. Given the modern lifestyle we now have, where everything is instant, putting on those flabs has become much easier. The society's knowledge about abdominal fat is limited to it simply being a physical nuisance. What most people do not know is that it is the most dangerous fat in the body.

Studies indicate that while excess body fat is harmful, excess abdominal fat is a major health risk. The two types of fat in your abdominal area are subcutaneous fat, which lies on top of your abdominal muscles; and visceral fat, which surrounds your organs. Both greatly increase your risks for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. In fact, your belly fat is a better indicator of heart disease risk than BMI (body mass index).

Why is abdominal fat more dangerous?

Inflammation is an intriguing aspect of many health problems. It is suspected to be the cause of all diseases and is strongly linked to heart disease. Abdominal fat releases more inflammatory molecules into your body on a consistent basis than other body fats.

Belly fat is also linked to insulin resistance because it is indicative of excess fat in the liver. This degrades the liver's ability to process insulin. Excess insulin ruins your arteries and leads to heart attack. It also sends hunger signal to your brain to make you eat more, increasing your risks for obesity and other chronic diseases.

How to get rid of the flabs?

Getting rid of the abdominal fat is a lot of work. There is no quick fix solution for this problem. The pills advertised in the market today are often ineffective and unhealthy. The only way to lose your abdominal fat is to incorporate proper nutrition with a strategically-designed exercise program that stimulates correct hormonal and metabolic responses in your body. Your diet plan has to be concentrated on unprocessed natural foods. While sit-ups, crunches, and other exercises can strengthen your belly muscles, they do not eliminate abdominal fat. Overall weight loss is required for significant belly fat loss. 

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nails and health - Read the Signs

 1) Pale Nails
Very pale nails are sometimes linked to aging. But they can also be a sign of serious illness, such as:
· Anemia

· Congestive heart failure

· Diabetes
· Liver disease

· Malnutrition

If the nails are mostly white with darker rims, this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis. In this image, you can see the fingers are also jaundiced, another sign of liver trouble.

3) Yellow Nails
One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, the nail bed may retract, and nails may thicken and crumble. In rare cases, yellow nails can indicate a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease or psoriasis.

4) Bluish Nails
Nails with a bluish tint can mean the body isnt getting enough oxygen. This could indicate an infection in the lungs, such as pneumonia.

5) Rippled Nails
If the nail surface is rippled or pitted, this may be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis. Psoriasis is a skin condition that starts in the nails 10% of the time.

6) Cracked or Split Nails
Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack
or split have been linked to thyroid disease. Cracking or splitting combined with a yellowish hue is more likely due to a fungal infection

7) Puffy Nail Fold
If the skin around the nail appears red and puffy, this is known as inflammation of the nail fold. It may be the result of lupus or another connective tissue disorder.


8) Dark Lines Beneath the Nail
Dark lines beneath the nail should be investigated as soon as possible. They are sometimes caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

9)  Gnawed Nails
Biting your nails may be nothing more than
an old habit, but in some cases its a sign of persistent anxiety that could benefit from treatment. Nail biting or picking has also been
linked to obsessive-compulsiv e disorder. If you cant stop, its worth discussing with your doctor.

Note: Though nail changes accompany many conditions, these changes are rarely the first sign. And many nail abnormalities are harmless -- not everyone with white nails has hepatitis. If you're concerned about the appearance of your nails, see a skin doctor dermatologist or a Physician.


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Alzheimer’s, Snoring and Sleep Apnea Connection

Alzheimer’s is most often considered an incurable and
unavoidable disease. Many of us have helplessly watched loved
ones experience this painful condition, steadily degenerating the
person’s functionality and personality.

Recent studies have, however, connected Alzheimer’s to a couple
of very unexpected co-conspirators, snoring and sleep apnea. And
by drawing some common sense conclusions, researchers have come
up with a method that may help EVERY Alzheimer’s patient to not
only stop this horrible disease but maybe also reverse it to some

What’s even more important, this gives hope that Alzheimer’s
may be totally prevented from developing in the first place.

This full-featured article is especially important if you or
someone close to you snores. To read more and make your comment,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cancer is Finally Cured in Canada?

DCA (Dichloroacetate) is an odourless, colourless, inexpensive, relatively non-toxic, small molecule. And researchers at the University of Alberta believe it may soon be used as an effective treatment for many forms of cancer. However, because the compound is not patented, you may never see it on the market as Drug companies can not profit from it. This does not make sense. Why can't the governments step in?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

The Benefits of Listening to Music

1. Pain Killer: Music has the ability to reduce pain through release of endorphins which act as natural pain killers. It can also divert attention away from the pain and encouraging relaxation. According to a study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, listening to music daily can reduce chronic pain by up to 21 percent. The study also found that listening to music made people feel more in control of their pain, reduced depression, and made people feel less disabled by their condition. 
2. Reduces Stress: Stress has been associated with many illnesses, including several mental illnesses that seem to occur only in people with exceedingly high stress levels. In a study conducted, subjects were made listen to a half-hour of soothing music twice daily for two weeks. It showed significantly greater reductions in stress and anxiety levels in the subjects. 

3. Cardiovascular benefits: Listening to soothing music also helps reduce your heart rate and blood pressure. As a result of a lower blood pressure, it also reduces the risk of stroke and other health problems over time. In a new Italian study, researchers found that people with mild hypertension (high blood pressure) who listened to classical, Celtic or Indian (raga) music for just 30 minutes a day for one month had significant reductions in their blood pressure. Good music helps to calm down the cells and tissues that make up the lungs thereby bringing down the patient’s breathing and heart rate to normal. 

4. Stimulate brains cells: Research has shown that music with a strong beat can stimulate brainwaves to resonate in sync with the beat, with faster beats bringing sharper concentration and more alert thinking. On the other hand, listening to soothing classical music improves ability to focus for longer time and promotes a calm, meditative state. It brings about a sense of well-being and creativity, a change which lasts long after the music has ceased to play. 

5. Boosts exercise performance: Listening to music while you exercise may have a considerable impact on your exercise performance and commitment. Music diverts your attention in repetitive exercises thus the feeling of fatigue, exhaustion and boredom are evaded. Music can also act as a stimulant which can increase your performance. Respiration and cardiac rate is increased from music which can help you intensify your workout. According to a study conducted in 2005, listening to music while exercising boosted participants’ weight loss and helped exercisers stay consistent. 

6. Promote a sound sleep: Listening to music as we drift off to sleep ensures that we get the rest that we need from our sleep. Sleep puts your body in a healthy condition as it takes away the effects of stress, depression and anxiety from a person. 
7. Increase optimism: Depression leads to weakness, headache, confusion, and loss of concentration. Music can also be used to bring a more positive state of mind, helping to keep depression at bay. Good music also makes one to remember happy moments or good days. It also increases self-esteem and self-confidence. 

8. Helps in Cancer: Research suggests that music may offer a number of benefits for people coping with cancer. It reduces anxiety in patients receiving radiation therapy, as well as eases nausea and vomiting resulting from high-dose chemotherapy. 

9. Helps socialize: Music is a great way to get together with people who share a similar passion. It helps you to meet new people, socialize and give you a sense of belonging.
10. Helps in spiritual health: There is a unique connection between music and spirituality. Chanting or some kind of music helps people worship in a meaningful way, and makes them feel closer to God.
Music performs unimaginable wonders and is fundamental to a human’s well-being. So make music a part of your lifestyle and feel the difference.