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It’s Your Body You Can Die If You Want To
By N. Curtis

Topics covered What Not To Eat How To Avoid A Heart Attack 7 Hidden Dangers Lurking In Your House Asthma Diabetes You’re Not Sick. You’re Thirsty! Let Me speak My Piece Get to Know Your Body Systems Are eggs “in” Again? Yeast Infections Premature Ejacu!!!!!! Spices/Herbs/Vitamins It’s A Dirty Job But Someone’s Gotta Do It

Home Energy Tips From The Food Safety Police Wash your Hands! Nutrition & Fitness Myths Coq10 & Omega 3 Fatty Acids Skincare Tips Brush Up For Your Oral Exam Arthritis Pregnancy Tips STD’s The 7 Deadly sins Of Health & Fitness

WHAT NOT TO EAT
Besides that grimy diner down the street that is in flagrant violation of the sanitary code, there are other foods you need to avoid. Reading labels on food items isn't just for the health conscious person anymore. It is essential for everyone to be educated on what to look for when considering food purchases. There are, unfortunately, several hidden ingredients in many of the foods we eat on a daily basis. Others are more visible, but are ignored. The overall health of a great number of people is being compromised by "foods" like the ones we'll look at here. High Fructose Corn Syrup High fructose corn syrup is derived from cornstarch. It is typically a combination of 45% sucrose and 55% fructose. It is treated with an enzyme that converts glucose to fructose. The end result is a sweeter product. Food manufacturers love this sweetener because it mixes easily, extends the shelflife of the product, and can be as much as 20% less expensive than other sugar sources. High fructose syrup is used in yogurt, ketchup, jelly, syrups,

fruits, desserts, soda, baked goods, and freezer food items, just to name a few. The body doesn't process high fructose syrup the same way it does cane or beet sugar. Our metabolic-regulating hormones are actually altered in the way they function so the body can somehow process this sweetener. As a result, high fructose syrup forces the liver to put more fat into the bloodstream, which results in our bodies craving more to eat and thus, we become overweight as we store more fat. Of course, obesity can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and several other health problems if left untreated. Trans Fat Trans fat is also known as trans fatty acid. It is produced via the chemical process of hydrogenation of oils, which solidifies liquid oils and increases the shelf life of the foods which contain them. Blah blah blah. Bottom line- it’s horrible. In French- horrible. In Spanish- horrible. In Swedish – fasansfull. No matter how you say it or what language it’s in, trans fats are HORRIBLE. They are found in fried foods, margarine, vegetable shortening, snack foods, baked goods, and some vegetable oils. Some healthy oils are Virgin olive, lin/flax, canola, un-hydrogenated soy and mustard. Trans fat increases the risk of heart disease and increases blood cholesterol levels. Trans fats also add body fat to the mid-section (hello one piece swimsuit), which is known to increase the risk of heart disease. Artificial Sweeteners Artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings, emulsifiers, flavor enhancers and preservatives are all, well, artificial ingredients we find in several foods, even though the effects on our bodies are questionable. Our bodies weren't designed to metabolize artificial ingredients. Examples of artificial food ingredients would include aspartame, saccharine, neotame, acesulfame, and sucrolose. It is best to avoid highly processed foods to eliminate these from your diet. Diet soft drinks, breath mints, jams, jellies, gelatins, frozen desserts, candies, cough drops, chewing gum, frosting, processed fruit and juices, puddings and baked goods can all contain artificial sweeteners and artificial ingredients, and should be avoided. An increased risk of bladder cancer has been linked to a high consumption of saccharine. Some studies have linked the consumption of

Acesulfame K to the lung and breast tumors, leukemia, and chronic respiratory disease. People should also avoid refined sugar. It’s called “refined” so you would think it was good for you. Nope. That means they stripped it of all the good stuff to make a cheaper, more harmful product. Instead use natural sweeteners like pure maple syrup, raw cane or beet sugar, stevia, molasses and raw honey. Because the ill-effects of refined sugar are enormous. Flour White refined flour and pasta made from white refined flour have had the bran and germ removed from them. These products have no essential nutrients, even after partial enrichment. Since white refined flour is absorbed very quickly, the consumption of pasta and white breads has been linked to rapid changes in sugar/insulin balance. Eventually, this reaction could cause cell resistance to both, resulting in adult diabetes. Whole grain products are a healthier choice overall. Sodas – especially colas. They have no nutritional value. They are full of sugar and corn syrup. Sodas have been linked to childhood and adult diabetes. And it is also murder on your teeth. All that sugar causes cavities. Other enemies to your body are Bacon, full- fat cheeses, pre-packaged chocolate chip cookies and chocolate donuts.

How To Avoid A Heart Attack
Did you know that many people who have a heart attack, some of them fatal, never experienced any previous symptoms or warnings such as chest pain? According to The American Heart Association, coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, killing 452,327 people in the United States in 2004. Heart attacks occur when one or more of the heart's arteries are blocked. Blood flow is reduced or stopped from reaching part of the heart muscle. Prior to the attack, the artery walls usually have a buildup of fatty deposits,

which can cause the artery to rupture. A blood clot forms, blocking the artery. No blood flow to the heart for only a few minutes can be fatal. Now for the good news: prevention is possible! But you can’t just sit on your humongous hemorrhoid-ridden butt! Making a few changes in your lifestyle can help you to avoid a heart attack. DIET Olive oil, just a tablespoon a day, can help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Simply get it in a salad, sautéed vegetables or fish that has a low-mercury content. Eggs, meat, and nuts are no longer off limits. Moderation is key in each of these areas. A few eggs a week, 4 to 6ounce cuts of lean meat and a few nuts (not the entire can) are all healthy for you. It's when they are consumed in high quantities that they can cause health problems. Include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your daily regimen. Minimize your salt and sugar intake. Eating out can be a real challenge. If you are out with a friend or your spouse, share an entrée. At home use a smaller plate. Drink water before you eat. Eat slower, to allow your body to signal to the brain that it is full, which takes about twenty minutes. Many people would be surprised to find they don't need as much food as they are accustomed to eating. EXERCISE Let’s get physical! Physical! Oh yeah I can picture Olivia Newton-John right now in that headband and purple spandex. The standard seems to be at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily. Thirty minutes will definitely help to keep your heart in shape, but 60 minutes a few times a week in addition will help to maintain a healthy weight too. Walking is probably one of the most popular forms of cardiovascular exercise and the least threatening for some people. Just by doing a one-mile walk outside or on your treadmill regularly can lower your heart rate and help with muscle definition and weight loss. For the more adventurous, try swimming, kick boxing, aerobics, jogging, bicycling, racquet ball, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, boxing or

elliptical training. Are you a busy mom? Play a game of soccer or tag with your children in the back yard! If you’re really adventurous, go to the ghetto section near you and dodge bullets. The key is to keep moving. REST These days, it seems we are becoming increasingly more busy to the point of sacrificing proper rest. Allowing yourself to get a good night's rest is something simple to do for heart health. According to recent studies conducted by Dr. Thomas Lee, editor of the Harvard Health Letter, heart disease is being linked to irregular sleep patterns and lack of sleep. It's a domino effect really. When our bodies are deprived of the proper amount of sleep, our biological clock is thrown off which in turn causes adrenaline to surge, which causes our blood pressure to go up, and then we can be a candidate for a heart attack. Going to sleep is not a sign of weakness, rather a sign of strength. So pop in that Josh Groban cd or Michael Bolton’s greatest hits and get some sleep dammit! Simply said, adopt a balanced diet, exercise daily, and get a good night's rest, and you'll reduce your risk of a heart attack

7 Hidden dangers Lurking In Your House
Ahhh! There’s no place like home. So just sit back, relax and…. What THE HELL?!... Yep, looks like trouble in paradise. Some of these hidden dangers may be in your home. Bedbugs: Go tell your kids that there are no monsters in the closet. They’re in the bed! Bedbugs have been around since ancient times. These small, slow- moving nocturnal insects feed on human blood. An adult bed bug is about the size of an apple seed. These small, oval, flattened in appearance, reddish brown, wingless bugs can also feed off of bats, birds and poultry. Bed bugs are active just before and at dawn. Warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide attracts these bugs. A bed bug’s bite can tend to be itchy and irritated due to the substance that the bed bug injects into its host to numb the area while it

feeds. A bed bug will attach itself and feed for approximately 5 minutes per feeding. Oftentimes the host will notice several bites in a row or in a cluster which generally happens when the bug is interrupted during feeding and has to make another bite. Because these bite marks are in the same area and in a row, an infestation of bed bugs can be mistaken for scabies. Bed bugs can live for as long as 18 months without feeding as long as they are dormant. A well fed bed bugs will only live 4 to 6 months. Bed bugs can carry diseases including the Plague and Hepatitis B although they have not been known to transmit these diseases to their host. Infestations of bed bugs are often found within 100 feet of the sleeping quarters in a home as bed bugs can travel as far as 100 feet to feed. Usually the bug stayed close to their host in a bedroom or in the sofa and they only feed once every 5 to 10 days. When looking for bed bugs in your home you should look in the sleeping areas and in rooms that are adjacent to the sleeping areas. Cracks and crevices that allow the bugs to hide in dark undisturbed spaces are where they are usually found. Sleep Tight! Don’t let the… o never mind Mold: Mold is a microscopic fungus that feeds off of other organic matter instead of photosynthesis. Mold spores can cause irritation of the throat, lungs, nose and eyes. During the life cycle of molds they actually excrete a defecatory matter in the form of liquids or gases that can be toxic but cannot always be detected by smell. The annihilation of these substances can be lethal to humans as well as domesticated pets and other animals. Skin infections including athlete’s foot and jock itch are caused by dermatophytes (a type of parasitic fungi). Even though some molds cause disease and other molds cause food spoilage there are molds that can be used in helpful ways. These molds however, are not the molds that are commonly lurking within your house. Mold thrives in moist environments. So if you have a leaky roof or pipes or sewer backup, it would be smart to fix those right away. Exposure to mold can cause rashes, allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks. And keep your kids away from it. Indoor Air Quality:

Indoor air quality can be compromised as it may contain chemicals and other contaminants including bacteria, mold, carbon monoxide, and radon as well as allergens and other air pollutants. In fact indoor air quite often is of much worse quality and much more polluted than outside air. This is because air becomes stagnant and holds on to pollutants. Ventilation and filtration systems can help to dilute these contaminants. Molds, allergens and other biological agents are often caused by moisture and/or natural substances such as pet dander and pollen. There are several ways to improve air quality including using moisture management and humidity control systems and increasing ventilation as well as decreasing the amounts of chemicals and pollutants that are used on a regular basis within your home. HEPA air purifiers and whole-house filters are also recommended. Termites: Termites live in colonies and feed on dead plant material, generally wood. These insects work together as a group to keep the colony alive. Because termites eat wood they generally do structural damage to the homes that they infest. Generally by the time they are discovered they have concealed their presence well enough that the damage is quite extensive. Any cellulosic materials including paper, carpet and cloth can also become damaged by termites. Research is showing that termites are related to cockroaches and perhaps it just evolved into modified, highly social, wood-eating insects. Termites do not extract energy from the wood and plant matter that they eat. Instead, they break down the materials into simple sugars by fermenting bacteria within the termite’s digestive system producing hydrogen as a byproduct of digestion. Termites can produce close to two liters of hydrogen from the fermenting process used to break down one sheet of paper. Dust Mites: Belonging to the arachnid family, these microscopic monsters munch on dead skin cells (dander) shed from humans and pets. Beds, pillows, couches, drapes and carpet may have huge numbers of mites. There could be at least tens of thousands on your mattress. And about 100 thousand mites can live in one square yard of carpet. While for the most part mites aren’t seriously harmful, it becomes a bigger deal for people with sensitive allergies and asthma. Many people are allergic to mite droppings.

Tips: Use a mattress cover that mites can’t penetrate Vacuum continuously the surfaces where mites gather (mattress, pillows, carpet, drapes, stuffed animals) Wash sheets and covers in hot water frequently Get rid of that carpet – use wood or linoleum or tile Carbon Monoxide: Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, and non-irritating gas that cannot be tasted or detected without specialized equipment. This gas is toxic and claims more lives than any other type of poisoning. This gas can be found in your house and is commonly given off to as an exhaust product of furnaces or heaters as well as wood burning stoves and equipment that runs on propane. Pollution often contains carbon monoxide as does cigarette smoke. With time carbon monoxide will dissipate and is also naturally converted to carbon dioxide. Carbon monoxide can cause depression, dementia, hallucinations and listlessness (lethargy, fatigue). Oftentimes mild cases of carbon monoxide poisoning have caused the sufferer to believe the home was haunted by ghosts. New appliances that are improperly installed are usually the culprits when it comes to carbon monoxide in the home. Proper ventilation can assist in removal of carbon monoxide and detectors can be used to warn of increased levels.

Tap Water: There are literally hundreds of chemicals and carcinogens that can be found in tap water. There are over 30,000 different pesticides that can be leaked into the groundwater yet most water systems are only testing for approximately half a dozen of these chemicals. Studies have shown that 20% or more of the United States public water systems contain toxic substances. With the thousands of pharmaceuticals that are flushed into the sewer systems leaking into our water sources tap water has been shown to contain traces of anti depressants, hormones and many other unwanted chemicals. Chemicals that are used to treat water supplies such as fluoride and chlorine are toxic substances that can poison humans if taken in large

enough quantities. Many of the chemicals found in drinking water are known to cause birth defects, cancer, nerve damage and even sterility. But I’m certainly not jumping on the bottled water bandwagon yet. Bottled water has problems too. In an amazing report by the natural defenses resource council (NRDC) titled Bottled water: Pure drink or pure hype? Explains that bottled water is just as clean and safe as drinking water. Their recommendation is to drink tap water with a filter.

Asthma
Asthma occurs when there is an inflammation within the delicate tissue of the airways, causing the bronchial tubes to tighten, making it harder to breathe properly. The cells within the lungs also produce an excess of mucous, which also lends to breathing difficulties that include wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest. Causes Experts are unsure as to the precise causes of asthma, although it is known for certain that the condition is an ongoing inflammatory disease of the airways. For some reason, the illness is more common in boys than girls until the onset of puberty when it then becomes more common in females. The following are the causes or triggers that most often cause asthma symptoms or attacks to occur: - Air pollution - Allergens such as pollen and animal dander - GERD; gastro esophageal reflux disease - Heat and high humidity - Insects; cockroaches and dust mites - Medication; including beta blockers, aspirin, and some non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs - Mold - Perfumes and scented products - Physical exertion - Sinusitis

- Smoking - Strong odors - Very cold air Besides the many causes of asthma, there are also several other risk factors that increase the chances of developing the condition. These common risk factors include: - Being exposed to occupational hazards such as chemicals, paints, and plastics, among others - Exposure to secondhand smoke - Having a close family member, such as a parent, with asthma - Living in an urban area with frequent exposure to environmental pollution - Low birth weight - Obesity Treatment There are several effective methods for controlling asthma, which is a chronic but treatable condition, including using either long-term or quickrelief medications, as well as drugs specifically for controlling symptoms that are brought on by allergies. - Long-term medication: Usually taken daily over a long period of time, long-term medications include inhaled corticosteroids which work by reducing the amount of inflammation within the lungs. These antiinflammatory medications also prevent the lung's blood vessels from "leaking" fluids into the tissues of the airway. - Medication for asthma caused by allergens: Immunotherapy, in which allergy-desensitization shots are administered, may be useful for those who can't control their asthma and are unable to avoid the common triggers. Skin tests will be conducted to determine what exactly triggers your asthma, and then injections containing small doses of those allergens will be given until the sensitivity is gone. This method works best for those who are certain they have allergic asthma. - Quick-relief medication: Also referred to as "rescue" medications, bronchodilators are short-acting and work by stopping the symptoms

of an asthma attack as it is happening. Shortness of breath and wheezing are common symptoms of an attack that warrant the use of a quick-relief medication. Oh and don’t forget to drink more water. You’d be surprised what a little water can do Prevention The absolute best way to prevent asthma is to first identify the particular irritants that may be causing your symptoms, and then take active measures to avoid situations that may trigger an attack. Since there are hundreds, if not thousands, of both indoor and outdoor allergens and irritants, it isn't feasible to completely avoid every one of them. However, by knowing how to avoid your common triggers, taking medication if necessary, and properly monitoring your breathing, managing asthma is possible.

Diabetes
There are two basic types of diabetes, type 1, which used to be referred to as juvenile diabetes, and type 2, also known as adult onset diabetes. With type 1, the body's own immune system attacks the insulin producing cells within the pancreas, leaving the body unable to naturally lower the amount of sugars, or glucose, in the bloodstream. Unlike type 1, insulin is still produced in people with type 2 diabetes, although the body isn't able to recognize or utilize the insulin properly. This causes a condition known as insulin-resistance, where the glucose isn't able to enter the cells, but instead builds up in the bloodstream, leaving the cells unable to function correctly. Causes The exact causes for type 1 diabetes are still not known. Researchers do know that genetics may play a role, as well as being exposed to certain types of viruses that may ultimately trigger the onset of the disease.

Although not every person with type 2 diabetes is overweight, being obese and getting a lack of exercise are two of the most common causes of the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the U.S., these two factors together are responsible for over 90% of all cases of diabetes. Treatment The proper treatment, which will depend upon the type of the disease, and ongoing care are both of the utmost importance for diabetes patients. By controlling the disease, the risks of other complications are decreased. Those with type 1 diabetes will need to faithfully monitor blood sugar levels, take insulin, maintain a normal weight, and stay physically active. The majority of those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will need to take oral medication to control the levels of glucose within the blood. Along with the many types of medication available for treating diabetes, dietary changes and a regular exercise routine are usually most recommended for further controlling the disease. People with type 2 diabetes will also have to monitor the level of sugar in the blood, possibly needing to check the number as often as once or twice per day, or as little as once or twice per week. Prevention Although type 1 diabetes cannot yet be prevented, having a close family member, such as a parent or sibling with diabetes increases your own risk of developing the disease. Scientists are continuing to test various methods of preventing or at least delaying this type of diabetes using oral insulin, and studying new ways of preserving one's insulin production. Making healthy lifestyle choices are the most important means of preventing type 2 diabetes. Besides eating right, staying active, and losing excess weight, there are many risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes that can be avoided or controlled to lessen the chances of getting the disease. These risk factors include: - Eating a high-fat diet

- Having high blood pressure - Having high levels of blood triglycerides (fats) - Having gestational diabetes, or giving birth to a baby larger than 9 pounds - Consuming large amounts of alcohol - Having a sedentary lifestyle with little or no regular exercise - Being overweight or obese - Ethnicity, African Americans, Native Americans, Japanese and Hispanic Americans all have a higher risk of developing diabetes as opposed to nonHispanic whites - Having a family history of the disease - Age, the risk rises after age 45, and then rises again considerably after age 65 Effects Serious side effects from diabetes usually occur when a person’s glucose (blood sugar) level remains high for long periods of time. These problems usually include kidney damage and dialysis, vision problems, heart disease, blood and circulation problems, damaged nerve cells in any part of your body. And that may lead to amputation (especially feet and legs).

You’re Not Sick. You’re Thirsty!
I think people take water for granted. They don’t understand how important it really is. Adequate water consumption is essential for overall health, as it flushes out waste and bacteria that can cause diseases. When people tell me that they don’t like water, I look at them like they’re crazy. What do you mean you don’t like water? They say “It tastes nasty. I can’t drink it.”… What? Water has no taste. If your water has a taste then something’s wrong. And you can’t replace it with soda ,tea, coffee, juice or milk etc. At least 8 cups of water is recommended for the average person. This of course increases if you live in hot climates or participate in strenuous activity. Not all of this water needs to be consumed in liquid form. Nearly every food you eat contains water in it. If you drink sodas, tea and coffee you need to drink more water because of the caffeine. If you drink hot

liquids you need to drink more water. Even though these drinks may contain mostly water, you end up losing more water than what you drink.

The human body is made up of approximately 75% water and requires adequate amounts of water for body functions. Oftentimes a case of dehydration is mistaken for other ailments. There are many conditions that water can treat and prevent. These include: Angina A shortage of water in the heart and lungs can cause angina or heart pain. While under medical supervision a person can become pain free and come off of all medications for angina by increasing their water intake. Arthritis Painful joints and rheumatoid arthritis can be linked to a shortage of water within the joint. Pain killers can be used to mask the problem but this does not treat the actual problem at hand. An increase in the amount of water that you currently drink as well as a small amount of salt is needed to cure arthritis. Asthma Asthma is one of the most destructive forms of dehydration that affects millions of people and kills thousands annually. The body recognizes the threat of opening the air passages and allowing air exchange to dry out the system further so it restricts the airways. An increased intake of water can bring the balance back in the body and allow airways to open freely again. An increase in salt can also assist in breaking up the mucus plugs within the lungs that block the airflow within the air sacs. Autoimmune disease Since water is needed for proper brain activity and neurotransmitter composition within the brain, a deficiency of water can cause health problems including autoimmune diseases. Some of these diseases include; Alzheimer's disease, AIDS, Lou Gehrig's disease, Parkinson's disease, Lupus, Diabetes, muscular dystrophy and other autoimmune diseases. Colitis

A lack of water within the colon can trigger colitis and colon pain. As the colon works to remove water from the waste material, a lack of lubrication within the colon can irritate and damage the colon itself. when increasing your water intake, constipation is relieved and the colon is able to properly remove waste products without fighting for moisture to form stool or lubricate the bowels. Back pain A shortage of water and the spinal column and within the disks causes back pain. The disks are made up of cushions of fluid and without an adequate intake of water these cushions dry up. Treating with pain killers, chiropractic treatments, and surgical procedures can cause further injury to the back. Increasing water intake can prevent and treat back pain effectively without the risks that these other procedures involve. Depression and other conditions A lack of water within the brain can make it difficult for the brain to function on certain levels causing conditions including depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorder, fatigue and even impotence. Bringing the amounts of water back to an appropriate level and continuing to keep these levels will clear up these conditions. Unfortunately, sufferers are usually given medications and not counseled on treatment of dehydration and the effects of dehydration. Diabetes Adult-onset diabetes is a result of dehydration. Insulin helps to push water into the cells so when the brain requires the body to reserve water for its functions the body slows the release of insulin to help preserve the water balance. During the early stages of adult onset diabetes appropriate amounts of water can help to reduce this problem. Once the body gets into the habit of rationing water to the cells and allowing some cells to function on barely adequate amounts of water the damage begins. In the early stages increasing water intake can reverse this condition that once it has been allowed to continue Adult-onset diabetes can cause damage to several different areas of the body. Heart Burn Heartburn is caused by an increase in acidity in the fluids that are in the upper GI tract due to lack of water. Many people do not recognize this as a

sign of dehydration and treat with antacids and other medications instead of increasing their water intake. Not recognizing this problem can also cause further complications as dehydration continues and inflammation begins in the stomach. High Blood Pressure As the body adapts to a lack of water to fill all of the blood vessels and cells that need water, high blood pressure occurs. Water and a small amount of salt can bring blood pressure back to normal. this is because the body injects water into vital cells and without that water the body has to adapt. Treating high blood pressure with diuretics further dehydrates the body and complicates the issue. With time this will cause more serious complications. Increasing water intake levels can alleviate this problem. High Cholesterol Cholesterol levels are a tract indicator of dehydration and the balance of water within the body. The main function of cholesterol is manufacturer of nerve cells and hormones; the body also uses cholesterol to fill in gaps in the cells to protect them from losing water content to the blood as it flows through that area. Increasing the amounts of water within the body system negates this need for a shield or barrier against water loss and will naturally lower cholesterol. Migraines A lack of water in the brain and eye area causes migraine headaches. Continually drinking an appropriate amount of water to prevent dehydration will not only cure migraines but prevent them from happening. The type of dehydration causing migraines can also cause inflammation in the back of the eye which can lead to the loss of sight. Bottled water vs. tap water There are literally hundreds of chemicals and carcinogens that can be found in tap water. There are over 30,000 different pesticides that can be leaked into the groundwater yet most water systems are only testing for approximately half a dozen of these chemicals. Studies have shown that 20% or more of the United States public water systems contain toxic substances. With the thousands of pharmaceuticals that are flushed into the sewer systems leaking into our water sources tap water has been shown to

contain traces of anti depressants, hormones and many other unwanted chemicals. Chemicals that are used to treat water supplies such as fluoride and chlorine are toxic substances that can poison humans if taken in large enough quantities. Many of the chemicals found in drinking water are known to cause birth defects, cancer, nerve damage and even sterility. But don’t go out and buy that bottled water just yet. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) bottled water isn’t necessarily better than tap. Their recommendation is actually to drink tap water with a water filter. Read their article; Bottled water: Pure drink or pure hype?

Let Me Speak My Piece
Let me say that I have the utmost respect for quality healthcare workers and the great job they do. But I’m not a big fan of the business side of the medical industry. The corporations and agencies are questionable. Pushing over-priced pills you may not need, and may do more harm than good. The doctors who care more about making money than making you better. I believe more could be done to help people, but it isn’t happening, because of greed. My name is N. Curtis and I’m running for President! No, but seriously, I think there are many problems with the health industry. As I said in the intro, I’m not a medical expert. In this ebook I have gathered facts and statistics from such resources as the centers for disease control, the American medical association, along with webmd.com and others. It is your responsibility to act accordingly. I believe that you should listen to your doctor. But also listen to your body. You should know what is going on with it and the basics of maintaining it. One of the biggest problems I have with the medical industry is that they don’t teach people enough about prevention. But they’re quick to sell you on their “treatment”. I believe a lot of information isn’t publicized because it would mean less profits for some. There’s no money in prevention. If you were healthy, they (pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers) would be out of business. In 2006 the health industry spent more than 350 million

bucks lobbying congress and government agencies. They want to push their products, make laws and stop laws that would be in THEIR best interest. Not yours. My advice, from a non-medical expert, is to learn as much as you can. Weigh the advice of your doctor certainly. And then do what you feel is right. I just had to get that off my chest. Ok I’m done with my opinions. Let’s get back to the facts.

Get To Know Your Body Systems
Cardiovascular: The cardiovascular system is made up of the heart, blood and blood vessels. It is this systems job to help to fight diseases and stabilize body temperature; as well as PH to help maintain homeostasis( internal environment). Blood is pumped by the heart through the blood vessels to every portion of the body, where it delivers nutrients and oxygen and it removes waste products including carbon dioxide. Cardiovascular disease refers to any disease affecting the cardiovascular system. Western civilization has increasing rates of cardiovascular disease which is due to preventable factors in many cases. Risk factors that can be manipulated to improve chances of avoiding cardiovascular disease include quitting smoking, getting plenty of rest, avoidance of stress and depression, getting a proper amount of exercise and eating a diet rich in healthy, natural foods. Research has shown that a diet rich in dark chocolate, almonds, fish, vegetables, fruits and garlic can increase life expectancy and decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease. Cool facts: 3 years after a person quits smoking, their chance of having a heart attack is the same as one whose never smoked before If all of the blood vessels in your body were laid end-to-end, they would reach 60,000 miles. That’s enough to circle the world twice Digestive System:

The digestive tract is the system responsible for taking in food, digesting it and absorbing the nutrients then expelling the waste products. This system runs from the mouth through to the anus including the mouth, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and intestines. From beginning to end the digestive system is approximately 20 feet (6.5 meters) long in an adult male. Not only does this system work to digest food but it is a part of the immune system as well. The PH of the stomach kills microorganisms and mucus neutralizes them as well. Enzymes in bile and saliva can assist with the immune functions. Intestinal bacteria help to prevent overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. Foods that have a high fat content and eating overly processed foods can be difficult for the digestive system to process. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, berries and lean protein sources helps to keep the digestive system running properly. Cool facts: The liver is the largest and most complex organ in the body, responsible for over 500 chemical functions. Some of these functions include: filtering the blood of toxins, removing waste through urine, regulates fat, aids in digestion and hormonal balance. The stomach must produce a new layer of mucus every 2 weeks or else it will digest itself The small intestine is about 25 feet long. The large intestine is about 5 feet long but 3 times wider than the small intestine.

Endocrine System: The endocrine system is a group of organs and glands that produce, release and regulate hormones. This group includes the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal gland, pineal gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, and thymus. This system regulates metabolism, tissue function, growth, development, puberty, and stabilizes and regulates moods. This system also sends messages via hormones and acts upon the messages once received. Diabetes and Grave’s Disease are both diseases of the endocrine system as is hypothyroidism. Cancer in the endocrine glands can be another serious issue. Any disturbance in the release of hormones can cause serious health issues.

Over 100 hormones have been identified in the human body Excretory System: The excretory system is in charge of excretion or removing waste products from the body. This is the system that controls elimination. This allows the body to regulate and remove excess chemicals and bodily fluids. This system includes: 1- the kidneys which filter the blood; 2-the lungs which convert oxygen into carbon dioxide; 3-the skin which sweats and cools the body while excreting excess salts; 4-the eccrine glands are also used for temperature control and water and salt excretion; 5-the liver which regulates the glycogen storage; 6- the bile which breaks down acidic wastes, ethanol and fats; and 7-the large intestine or colon that removes solid waste from the body. Since this system is in charge of removing some potentially toxic substances from the body, if any portion of the system is not working properly, seriously harmful buildup can occur in the body. Drinking plenty of water and eating a high fiber diet is the best way to protect this system. The average adult bladder can hold up to a pint (2 cups or 16oz) of urine. Immune System: The immune system is responsible for protecting the body against infections and disease as well as killing pathogens. This system is comprised of the several types of antibodies, proteins, organs, cells and tissues that work together to fight and prevent disease. This is done by attacking foreign and diseased cells and removing them from the body. Disorders and deficiencies in this system cause disease. Immunodeficiency can be caused by a genetic disease or by side effects of medications or by viruses. Autoimmune diseases come from an overactive immune system that attacks normal tissues. Hyper sensitivities can also occur causing intolerance to that specific substance. A few ways to boost your immune system include: Eating a lot of lemons/drinking lemon juice. Vitamin c works wonders Herbal teas Stop eating refined sugar. It suppresses the immune system. Brown sugar isn’t much better. Exercise more

Eat more fruits and vegetables Drink a lot of water. Water consumption is always on the list for any healthrelated issue. Facts: 99.9% of bacteria is basically good. The body has B cells, T cells and antibodies for every antigen (virus, bacteria) but only in a limited supply. When the need arises, the cells reproduce by the millions to fight off the bad guys! Integumentary System: The Integumentary system includes the skin, hair, nails, sweat glands as well as sweat and mucus produced by these. The integumentary system is the largest organ system of the body. This system is used to protect the body and deeper tissues, to inform the person about their surroundings, serve as a cushion, waterproof the body, regulate temperature and to excrete certain waste products. This system even helps to protect the body against dehydration and is used as a pain receptor being sensitive to touch, pain, heat changes, and pressure. Water, fat and vitamin D are stored in this system. Vitamin D is generated in the integumentary system. Diseases and injuries that this system is prone to include: blisters, acne, rash, infection, scabies, sunburns, athlete’s foot, and keratosis pilaris. Caring for the skin by eating a balanced diet with the proper nutrients, drinking plenty of fluids and keeping it clean and moisturized can help to protect the system against disease or injury. Facts: dry skin needs water, not oil, for rejuvenation Most of the dust particles you see in your house are dead skin cells. Male hair is more dense than female hair Eggs, vitamin d and c, green vegetables, carrots, and salmon are good for hair health Sweat is a cooling mechanism. If you did not sweat, your internal organs would cook!

Sweat odor is caused by bacteria on the skin eating fatty compounds produced by sweat glands Men’s nail’s grow faster than women’s Muscle: The muscular system can be broken down into three types of muscle: skeletal muscle, smooth muscle, and cardiac muscle. All voluntary muscle that is controlled with our conscious and subconscious mind is considered skeletal muscle. These are the muscles that control gross and fine motor movement. Smooth muscle is involuntary muscle that makes up organs and blood vessels. Cardiac muscle is another involuntary muscle that is found only in the heart. The movement of actin against myosin is what creates muscle contraction. Electrical impulses that are transmitted by nerves are used to signal and control muscle movements. Exercising the muscles helps to improve fine and gross motor skills as well as muscle fitness and joint and bone strength. Muscular diseases can cause a weakness, spasticity (tightness), and atrophy. Facts: you can not turn fat into muscle. They are two totally different structures There are over 600 muscles in the human body

Nervous: The nervous system can be divided into two parts the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The CNS includes the brain and the spinal cord while the PNS includes all of the other nerves. The nervous system is how the body sends messages within the body to organs and systems within the body. All of the thought processes happen within the brain and data is gathered from the world around us and sent to the brain via the nerves or PNS. The spinal cord not only transmits information to and from the brain that also transmits information to the limbs assisting the body movements. The nervous system can be split into other smaller systems. These systems are all responsible for the body’s response is too

physiological changes such as changes in temperature and psychological changes including fear. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and the left side of your brain controls the right side of the body. It’s been reported that the brain sends messages to the body at the speed of 240 mph Reproduction: The reproductive system consists of organs that work together to reproduce offspring. The human reproductive system is a sexual reproduction system that consists of internal and external genitalia. Human genitalia are gender specific. The male genitalia include the penis and testicles while the female reproductive organs are mostly internal and are made up of three main components including the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries. This system is highly complex and there are several glands that work together as part of the reproductive systems as well. The diseases that affect this system can be grouped into four main categories: 1- congenital abnormalities, 2cancers, 3- infections or Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and 4- functional problems that are caused by environmental issues, psychological disorders, physical damage, autoimmune disorders or other issues. The reproductive system can be kept healthy by practicing safe sex and taking care of the overall health of the body. Facts: Men produce hundreds of millions of sperm every day At birth, females carry all the eggs they need for a lifetime. Respiratory: Respiratory system maintains the acid based balance of the body as part of homeostasis. This is done through gas exchange which occurs by proper ventilation. If proper ventilation isn’t maintained then there are too likely outcomes one being respiratory acidosis or the second being respiratory alkalosis. The respiratory system can be broken down into upper respiratory and lower respiratory tract. The upper respiratory tract begins with the nasal passages and continues through to the lungs. This is where air is filtered to have any dust or debris removed and is warmed and moistened to make it ready for the lungs. In the lower respiratory tract the air travels within the

lungs through the bronchi, bronchioles, alveolar ducts, alveoli and the tiny sacs where the gas exchanges actually occur. The alveoli make the gas exchanges and are continually removing carbon dioxide and replenishing oxygen in the blood. All of the blood in the body circulates through the respiratory system at least once every minute. There are four general types of respiratory disorders including 1-obstructive conditions, 2-restrictive conditions, 3-vascular diseases and 4- infectious, environmental or other diseases. Facts: Humans breathe in air, use the oxygen and release carbon dioxide. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. We lose more than half a liter of water everyday just by breathing Skeletal: The skeletal system is made up of two main groups; the Axial skeleton which consists of 80 different bones and the appendicular skeleton which consists of 126 different bones. The axial group basically covers the head and base of the body while the extremities are included in the appendicular group. The skeleton serves as a framework for the body protecting the brain, spinal cord and organs. The skeletal system with the help of the muscular system allows us to move and walk. The bones store calcium and produce blood vessels. When dietary intake of calcium is not enough the skeletal system releases some calcium into the bloodstream. This can make bones weak and increase the chances of osteoporosis (a disease of the bones). Most Americans do not get enough calcium At birth you are born with over 300 bones. Later on, some of the bones fused together. Now you have 206 bones The hyoid bone in your throat is the only bone that isn’t connected to any other bone.

Are Eggs “In” again?

You know how the medical community likes to flip flop? One year studies “show” milk is great. Then the next year they say “milk is the devil.” Then the next year they’re like “how come you guys aren’t drinking your milk?” Like it’s a trend that goes in and out of season. Ah yes. Polka dots, plaid skirts, big purses…and eggs. “Are eggs ok now?” people ask. Eggs are high in cholesterol. If you have heart problems, then you should avoid it. Or have just the egg whites, which have no cholesterol. Otherwise, healthy people can have a few eggs. “Is milk good for you?” (not if you’re lactose intolerant). “I heard cheese was bad.” Don’t always eat full-fat cheeses. Use low or reduced fat cheeses sometimes. “What about sushi?” (fine, as long as its handled properly) They try to drag corn’s name through the mud, saying it has no nutritional value (that’s not true). Soon someone will say “water is bad for your health” and everyone will go crazy and dehydrate themselves to death. People have questions about alcohol because certain studies show it can be good for the heart. Personally I will never recommend it because of religious reasons. Scientifically, the harm outweighs any benefits. First of all, alcohol is a depressant. It slows the function of the central nervous system, blocking signals to the brain. It destroys the liver, causes birth defects, and a bunch of other bad stuff. What about butter? Is it better than margarine? Well margarine is made with vegetable oils, so there is no cholesterol. While butter is made from animal fat and is high in cholesterol. So margarine is usually better. But some might be worse than butter. Many margarines use a process called hydrogenation, which adds trans fats to the product. Usually, the more solid it is, the more trans fats it has. So stick margarine would have more than tub margarine. Try to find a product with the least amount of trans fats. Mercury has also been a concern for many who love seafood. Mercury is found naturally in the environment and also released from industrial pollution. Most fish have some traces of mercury in it. Pregnant women and women trying to get pregnant should stay away from eating fish like king mackerel, shark, trout and tuna, which have higher levels of mercury. But for most adults, it’s not a big problem.

Many people and companies rave about diets. Low-fat/low carb/ might as well eat cardboard diets. Fat is essential to your body. And it can actually help you manage weight loss. Fat makes you feel fuller, for longer, and you’ll be less likely to want to eat more. If you always eat low fat foods, you won’t feel as satisfied, and you may eat more and more. That’s why those diets usually don’t work and you end up gaining weight. Let me just say, that it is never good to totally cut out essential nutrients. You need fat, you need carbs, you need sugar, you need salt. Just spread it around and don’t eat too much of it. Check out the updated food pyramid. It’s better because it gives you personal food plans based on the information you provide like weight, height and age, physical activity – and not a one-size-fits-all plan like before Check out www.mypyramid.gov

Yeast Infections
Eeew, this aint one of my favorite topics. But here we go. Yeast infections are caused by more than 20 different species of the organism candida, and results from the collection of microscopic groups of the fungi which are able to live anywhere in the body. Symptoms The symptoms of a yeast infection will vary depending on the location of the body that's affected. Oral candidiasis (oral? Yuck!), also known as thrush, causes white patches to appear over a bright red base that forms within the mouth on the tongue and palate or inside of the cheeks. Attempts to remove these white patches with a tissue, or cotton applicator, or some type of medical instrument, may cause the area to bleed and become more painful. Vaginal yeast infections may cause a discharge, itching, irritation and discomfort, while infections on the skin, as in the case of diaper rash, may cause the area to appear bright red, peel, and be very painful to the touch.

In extreme cases when the infection has spread through the bloodstream and into the brain, fever may be present as well as changes in mental behavior or functioning. Causes Yeast infections in women are most often caused by the use of antibiotics or steroids, or may be due to conditions such as menstruation and pregnancy, as well as diabetes. Birth control pills and a reaction to sperm may also contribute toward the growth of a yeast infection. The clothing that women wear also has an affect. Tight fitting and/or dirty clothes that collect heat and moisture will many times result in an infection (So stay away from hookers in Hawaii). It is best to wear cotton underwear. Give yourself room to breathe and keep them clean. Change and wash your underwear regularly. Yeast infections, either oral, vaginal or skin, may also be more common in people with weakened immune systems caused by cancer treatments, steroid use, or diseases such as AIDS or HIV. The fungus may spread throughout the entire body, a possibly life-threatening condition, and most often affects the blood, heart, kidneys, brain, and eyes. Candida may also cause an inflammation in the throat known as esophagitis in people whose immune systems are compromised. Dirty hypodermic needles or poorly implanted devices such as urinary catheters or intravenous ports may also allow yeast to enter the body causing an infection. Diagnosis To diagnose a vaginal yeast infection, a complete gynecological exam is necessary. In the case of infections that are persistent or involve other areas of the body, more extensive laboratory tests may be needed such as blood and imaging tests including a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan. To detect the presence other types of yeast infections, usually a quick examination of the skin or mouth are all that's needed to confirm the diagnosis. If there is any doubt, a scraping of the area may be done to collect cells for examination under a microscope.

Treatment and Prevention Yeast infections on the skin can usually be treated with an over-the-counter remedy, such as one of the many anti-fungal lotions and creams available. For vaginal yeast infections, medications containing miconazole, tioconazole, butoconazole, or clotrimazole, which are also in over-thecounter products, should be effective at clearing up the infection without the need for medical treatment. For the treatment and prevention of thrush, swishing the mouth with the antifungal agent nystatin may help to clear the infection, as well as maintaining good oral hygiene practices to prevent a reoccurrence. For more serious infections that are throughout the system, antibiotics may need to be administered intravenously. Cure your yeast infections Yes! I made it. It was a lil touch and go for awhile there. Almost threw up a few times. Yeast infections are certainly no laughing matter, but I’m a guy. I’m squeamish about those things. Next topic!

Premature Ejacu!!!!!!
Man, the topics I have to cover! *Sigh* Premature ejaculation refers to an uncontrolled or unplanned ejaculation during sexual intercourse. It is one of the most common types of sexual dysfunctions in males, affecting men of all ages at some point in their lives or another. Although estimates vary, some experts state that one out of every three men may be affected by the condition, which occurs with minimal stimulation, and usually either just before or shortly after sexual intercourse begins. This then tends to lead to frustration and anxiety that may then perpetuate the problem. According to the latest findings in the woman’s DAILY newspaper ‘Unsatisfied’ shows a correlation between premature ejaculation with a rise

in Danielle Steele novels, vibrators, and affairs with Latin pool boys named Rico Causes Most cases of premature ejaculation are without any real known or scientific cause, although some may be due to a variety of psychological factors including anxiety and depression, or even guilt. In some men, premature ejaculation may be the sign of a hormonal problem, or may also be caused by certain medications or illegal drugs. Thyroid problems, inflammation of the urethra or prostate, and an abnormal reflex activity within the ejaculatory system may also be causes of premature ejaculation. In rarer cases, the condition may be caused by damage to the nervous system resulting from surgery, an injury, or trauma, or even from an inherited trait. Some causes of the condition may be due to specific sexual situations, such as being with a new partner, or if it has been a rather long time between encounters. As most men age and gain experience, they often find that they are better able to delay or control ejaculation than when they were younger. Erectile dysfunction (ED) may also cause increased feeling of anxiety and lead to the condition as well. (side note: I hate those stupid commercials for ED and STD medications that show a couple on the beach, throwing a Frisbee, having fun, like life’s a peach. And they say “just because I have (xyz disease) doesn’t mean my life is over. It doesn’t mean the fun stops.” And in my mind I’m thinking “The hell it doesn’t! That is officially a funstopper!”) But that’s just me. Ok , back to our regularly scheduled program Diagnosis For a diagnosis of premature ejaculation, a healthcare professional will ask several questions regarding your sexual and medical history, as well as conducting a complete physical examination. Since there may be an

underlying medical problem causing premature ejaculation to occur, laboratory tests may also be necessary. In some cases, the doctor may want to speak with the man's partner to gauge if there are any emotional or relationship issues that may be causing the condition, and may then recommend individual or couple's counseling. You know you got problems when your partner makes an omelette before you have sex and they’re back in time to flip them over. Ahh not even burnt . A therapist trained in such matters may provide guidance and explain various techniques that may be beneficial for controlling premature ejaculation. Treatment and Prevention With many men, simply stopping the use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs are enough to correct the problem of premature ejaculation, which in the majority of cases, is resolved on its own over time without the need for medical intervention. Some men will require treatment involving selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are a type of antidepressant medication. SSRIs, such as sertraline, paroxetine, and fluoxetine are sometimes prescribed as this type of drug inhibits orgasm, which in turn helps to delay and control premature ejaculation. Besides therapy and medication, some find the use of topical anesthetic creams to be helpful for delaying ejaculation. Applied shortly before intercourse, creams containing lidocaine and prilocaine both dull sensation after a few minutes and are to be wiped off before beginning intercourse, although some partners have reported also experiencing reduced sensations as well. Premature problems? As a result of treatment, depression rates among men and women may increase. Because you find out that even with the treatment, you’re still no good at it! Next topic!

Spices/Herbs/Vitamins
Spices Garlic – ok so it’s technically not a spice, but gimme a break- is a seasoning used in cooking for its strong flavor but it also has several health benefits. Widely known as an immune system booster, garlic is known to keep ailments at bay. Heck, if vampires hate it – it must be good for you . Garlic is often taken as a natural health supplement and its health claims include prevention of the artery disease atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cancer. Cinnamon is a spice used in a wide variety of cooking from desserts to entrees and even as a condiment. At one time, cinnamon was thought to be a cure for the common cold. Today’s health claims for cinnamon include using the spice as an antioxidant and antimicrobial. Turmeric is a spice that does have some science to back it up as being an excellent cure for the skin condition eczema. It’s also a great antiinflammatory treatment for those who suffer from arthritis. In the traditional form of Indian medicine known as Ayurveda, turmeric has been used as an antiseptic and is also valued for antibacterial properties. Technically an herb, cardamom is a spice commonly used in flavoring coffee and it has also been used in Chinese medicine. Cardamom has been the go-to cure in South Asia for ailments like gum disease, eyelid inflammation, tooth infections, sore throats, and even tuberculosis. But cardamom’s reported uses don’t stop there—it’s even been used to treat snakebites and scorpion stings. Herbs St. john’s wart - used as herbal treatment for anti-depression Milk thistle – research suggests it maybe effective for those with liver disease

Goldenseal – used to treat minor wounds, cold and flu symptoms, sinus and chest congestion, bladder and yeast infections Black cohosh – reputation for treating arthritis and muscle pain and menopause symptoms Saw palmetto – may improve symptoms of prostate problems. May help with male pattern baldness Gingko biloba – used to improve memory and concentration. May improve blood flow, protects against free radicals 1. B12 is a vitamin vital to health because it performs so many functions in the body from maintaining protective sheaths around nerve fibers to working with other B vitamins in the body to convert fat, carbohydrates, and protein into energy. B12 can be found in nutritional yeast, fortified cereals, eggs and cow’s milk. 2. Niacin supports skin health, metabolism, the nervous system and the digestive system. This vitamin can be found in whole grains, legumes, nuts, and nutritional yeast. 3. Vitamin C is quite popular as a vitamin supplement and for good reason. It helps absorb iron, builds bone, builds blood vessels and it’s most widely known job is to help the body resist infections. Find it abundantly in citrus fruits, potatoes, peppers, cantaloupe, broccoli, strawberries, leafy greens, mangoes, papayas, tomatoes, and cabbage. 4. Vitamin E has the important job of preventing Vitamin A from oxidizing and also stabilizes cell membranes. This vitamin can be found in seeds, nuts, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, wheat germ, olive oil, and sunflower oil. 5. Vitamin A is necessary for eye health, teeth and bone growth, and for supporting the immune system. You can find vitamin A in tomatoes, turnips, potatoes, deep orange vegetables and fruits, plantain, and prunes. 6. Vitamin K helps to prevent blood clotting because it acts as a blood thinner and also works to regulate calcium in the blood. It can be found in

leafy green vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, pumpkin, peas, lentils, and soybean oil.

The Colon – It’s a Dirty Job But Someone’s Gotta Do It
"Of all the polite topics of conversation, the state of one's intestines is probably at the bottom of most people's lists. Let's face it: Irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, gas, diverticulitis and colon cancer are simply not things we like to discuss. And yet, as the old expression goes, death begins in the colon. Don't believe it? Ask any coroner. Autopsies often reveal colons that are plugged up to 80 percent with waste material." - Vegetarian Times, March, 1998 The colon is an essential part of the digestive tract. The colon not only eliminates what is left of digestive foods, but it also works to eliminate toxins that are in the intestines and that have been removed by other body systems. Body systems including the blood and lymph systems work to continually remove toxins from the body and place them within the intestines for final removal from the body. It is the colons job to absorb electrolytes and minerals from the foods that have been digested and water that was used in the digestive process and push these back into the body while forming and eliminating feces. The colon contains several different types of bacteria and micro flora that assist in digestion and help to maintain the PH balance while keeping harmful bacteria growth to a minimum. This prevents an overgrowth of harmful bacteria while allowing enough bacteria to flourish in the colon and aid digestion. Bacteria within the colon assists in the synthesis of Folic acid and helps to pull vitamins such as vitamin K and the B complex vitamins from the foods that are being digested. A fully functional colon takes 12 to 24 hours from the time food is ingested until it is expelled as feces. During this time the colon is removing vile minerals and water from this material and forming it into stool. A person with a healthy colon has 2 to 3 bowel movements daily that have varied shades of light brown color and should easily break apart.

Lack of fluids will cause fewer bowel movements and much harder stool to form. A healthy person will eliminate food and waste 16 to 24 hours after eating. The average American takes 92 hours. Protruding belly, excess waste, parasites in your stool, bad breath, constipation, recurring headaches are some of the signs of an infected colon and that you need to cleanse it.

The colon requires enough fiber and water to be ingested to form proper bowel movements. Diets that are high in processed foods and lacking in fiber make it difficult for the colon to complete its job. Several years of ingesting high fat highly processed low fiber foods can wreak havoc on a colon. This can cause constipation and other conditions. Stress and insufficient dietary intake of the proper nutrients, fiber and water can irritate the colon and cause it to be ineffective or diseased. Irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, constipation and colitis are all problems that can occur within the colon. All of these conditions can make everyday life difficult and may require dietary changes to control. The overuse of oral laxatives, suppositories and enemas can cause the colon to lose the ability to function appropriately without them. Instead of using these medications and treatments for regularity it is best to eat a high fiber diet and drink plenty of fluids. moving around and getting exercise on a daily basis is also helpful. This doesn't mean that you have to go to the gym for several hours, instead taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking from the other end of the parking lot instead of getting the closest parking space is a good start. In fact walking is an excellent form of exercise and can be quite helpful in stimulating the bowels. Not only is fiber and water required to keep your colon functioning appropriately, but exercise is also important. A lack of exercise can lead to constipation which causes toxic materials that should be pushed out of the body to sit in the colon. The walls of the colon that absorb nutrients and

fluids are left to attempt to draw these needed substances from materials that have been sitting and rotting over time. When the colon does not empty itself regularly and thoroughly, then the toxins that should have been expelled from the body are instead being carried around. then the colon attempts to pull nutrients from this rotting debris. This can cause stagnation in the colon and it can cause many other health issues. People who do not have regular bowel movements are at a greater risk for colon cancer and other serious health issues due to the buildup of toxins within their bodies. Cleansing the colon after years of buildup from eating a low fiber diet of highly processed foods has been shown to decrease symptoms of overall poor health and to increase physical well being. Many people who have done a colon cleanse report that there were strange looking plaques present in their bowel movements during the cleansing process. As these toxins and plaques are expelled from the body all areas of health improve. There can be 5 to 10 pounds of intestinal plaque that build up within the colon of an average adult. When john Wayne died it was reported that his colon carried 45 pounds of matter that had not been expelled. Yuck. Colon cleanses are done to remove these buildups and to increase the colons ability to function properly. The colon works so hard for you. Don’t abuse it. Eat a vegetable right now! Drink more water right now! Colon cleanse

Home Energy
Maximizing the Use of Your Home Energy With the technological advancements we have today, it is hard to resist the temptation of having each electronic device available on the market. And why not grab the latest if you can afford it? However, with the increasing fuel cost and electric rate, there are things that need to be done. You may simply grab the latest plasma television or the most advanced heating system

today but the thing is, you have to pay the price not only on these items but the electricity that they will consume. And chances are, if you have all the high tech stuff at home, your electric bill does not come cheap. Something must be done in order to make sure that your are getting the most out of what you are paying each month for energy. And the very first place to do some changes is right at your home. A typical household would spend about $1600 per year on electric consumption. You might fall under this figure. This is big enough right? But this is not the end of the story. Don’t you know that a big portion of what you are paying for electricity is never being used? Let us put it in other words: Energy is wasted month after month right at your very home. Thus, you are spending on something that you never even use. To make up for this, here are the changes you can do in order to get the most out of every cent you pay for your electric bill: Throw out your tv’s. Wash all clothes by hand. And use candles!... But if you’re not insane and you like your life, consider doing these following things Turn off unnecessary devices. If you are not watching your television, never leave it on. I know some people who can’t sleep without the tv on. The scientific term for this behavior is Weirdo! This also goes for your stereo. Learn how to turn them off if you don’t need them. Turn off the lights if you are leaving the room as well. Also switch off the air conditioning system if you don’t plan to return for a while. If you don’t use the computer monitor, turn them off. Like the television, it consumes electricity when you are not using it. Keep the sockets free. Unplug all your chargers. Yes, they consume small electric current but if you leave them plugged in day in and day out for months, you will feel their effects on your electric bills. Remember that these little things, after time, become big. There are cool new devices called smart plugs. They turn off the electrical devices when they are not being used. If you plan to leave the house, never let the heating system run at the temperature as if you are at home. Keep them low; better yet, turn it off. You

are not using them anyway. A heating system consumes a large portion of your electric bill so you might as well do some necessary changes with them. If for instance you do not want to enter a cold home, you can set up remote control heating system or a programmable heating system. In this way, you do not have to leave the heating system running all day. All you have to do is to set the time when you want your heating system to work and you will save a lot of money. During the day, use the sun to warm up the house. The sun is free (at least for now) so open your drapes and windows and let your heating system rest for a while. Close the windows and drapes at night. Instead of incandescent lights, use fluorescent. They produce more light but consume less electricity. These are built to last years and they are much better for the environment. If you don’t want to turn the lights on and off every time you go in and out of the room, you might want to get some timers, dimmers and motion sensors to do the job for you. They are worth investing for. Refrain from using hot water when washing your clothes. Also, it will give you much savings if you wash full loads. On your dishwasher, make sure you also fully load them. If there are few clothes or dishes to wash, use your hands. Air-dry them so that you do not consume more electricity. Doing these things doesn’t mean you deprive yourself from freely using the electricity you need. It only means that you are wisely spending every cent you pay for electric bills. You may be thinking “hey, what the hell does this have to do with health?”….. well, if you had the sense God gave a goose you would know that what’s good for the environment is good for our health. Duh! Save energy - reduce pollution - protect the ozone - slow global warming… need I say more???

Tips From The Food Safety Police
I’m sorry ma’am. I’m giving you a citation. I’m letting you off easy too. I could throw you in the slammer for that offence. You forgot to wash your

hands! It says it right here in my handbook, section 4 paragraph ten: # 3245321: - You should wash your hands often, in warm soapy water, throughout the meal preparation process. Especially if you are handling raw meat and eggs. For about 20 seconds each time Whoa whoa whoa! what are you doing, sir? I see I’m dealing with amateurs here. - Keep raw meats and ready-made foods separate. And after cutting meat on a cutting board, clean the board in hot water and chlorine bleach solution. Rinse off with clean water I’m just gonna keep on going and give you the rundown before someone ends up in the emergency room. Then who’s gonna get the blame? Me, of course. - A meat thermometer is your friend. Buy one! It’s the only reliable way to determine if your food is safe and ready to eat. Cooking the foods to proper internal temperature kills harmful bacteria - Meat, fish and poultry should be defrosted in the refrigerator or the microwave. Do not defrost it on the counter. If defrosting by microwave, make sure you cook it immediately afterwards. If you place it in the fridge, wrap it so it won’t drip on other foods. - Leftovers should not be outside of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. When you do, you expose it to temperatures over 40 degrees where harmful bacteria multiply. If temperature is over 80 degrees, then it should be no longer than an hour. Bottom line- refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible - Get rid of all leftovers within 3-5 days - Keep refrigerator below 40 degrees F where bacteria doesn’t rapidly multiply - Don’t refreeze thawed food items

Ok now folks. If you get a mean case of the “My guts are exploding, shoot me now, stuff is coming out both ends of my body”. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya Sincerely, Your food safety sheriff

Wash Your Hands!
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hand-washing is the single most important step for reducing disease transmission. Many people – especially men (no surprise there)- are guilty of not washing their hands after going to the bathroom. You should always wash your hands after animal contact, using the bathroom, when you’re preparing or eating food, and after coming in contact with sick people. You should wash hands with warm, soapy water and scrub hard for 20 seconds. Front, back, in between fingers and nails. What are you 3 yrs old? Why do I have to tell you this? …. Cuz obviously you guys aren’t doing it!!! Hand sanitizers are good if you have no soap and water but they aren’t as effective when your hands have visible dirt. Go to http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/germiest-placesamerica for the “12 germiest places in America”

Nutrition And Fitness Myths
There are many myths and misconceptions floating around. And sometimes they get there because some “experts” did hasty research, got the facts wrong and proceeded to scare people. Fat is bad wooooo. Be afraid. Carbs are the enemy –woooo. Shut up! And sometimes you have people promoting a product, and to make you buy it, they’re gonna feed you some BS. Here are some facts that dieticians have debunked.

Fats aren’t good for you Says who? We all need fat. Fat is needed to absorb nutrients and maintain cell quality. It is when you eat excessive amounts that you get in trouble. Excessive eating of fatty foods can lead to heart disease and weigh gain. The key is to lessen your intake of bad fats(trans fats and saturated) and start eating good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) Sugar causes diabetes Ask the average person and they’ll say that sugar causes diabetes. Nope! Sorry. Thanks for playing though. We have some nice parting gifts for you… If you have the disease you need to watch your sugar and carbohydrates intake. But if you don’t have diabetes, you won’t get it from eating sugar. The main risk factors for diabetes are a high caloric diet, being over weight and not being physically active. That’s how you can get it Brown eggs are better for you than white eggs The color of the egg has nothing to do with it’s nutritional quality. Some breeds of hen lay white eggs while others lay brown. Case closed! You need a low-carb diet to lose weight Ok I’ll make this as simple as possible. A calorie is a measurement of energy. To gain weight you must eat more calories than what is needed to maintain your weight. The excess calories will be stored as fat. So if weight is maintained with 2000 calories, if you ate 2500 calories, you will gain weight. If you want to lose weight you must eat less calories than what is needed to maintain your weight. So if weight is maintained with 2000 calories, then eating 1500 will reduce your weight. People on those diets lose weight because it has less calories. Losing or gaining weight is about calories (food and physical activity) not carbs. Next! Brown sugar is better than white sugar If sugar is refined – my suggestion is don’t eat it. Brown/white doesn’t matter. They’re both bad for you. Replace refined sugar with raw cane or beet sugar. Read my section about refined sugar in this ebook.

Red meat is bad for you Really? Ya think so? Like most things, too much is a bad thing. But I would never suggest cutting it out of your diet altogether( unless your doctor says so). Choose leans cuts of meat like top sirloin or eye of round. Switch it up with some poultry, but cut the skin off. Other nutrition myths are: skipping meals can help you lose weight: nope eating before you sleep causes weight gain: nope preservatives are bad for you: not all. But some can be canned/frozen fruits and vegetables aren’t as nutritious: depends. But not always Fitness myths No pain No gain Wow, is your trainer a masochist or something? That seems kinda harsh. You shouldn’t be feeling serious pain when you work out. If so, slow it down and relax. In order to build muscles you need to push yourself harder than normal. But discomfort is different from mind-numbing pain. If you’re working/exercising too hard –stop immediately. Get treatment if it persists Drinking water when you exercise gives you cramps. You need water when you work out. If you sweat, you need to replace what you lost. Drinking water when exercising is what you should be doing. If you don’t you can experience dizziness, headaches or cramps. So drink up. Exercising requires a lot of time Just walking 30 minutes a day would greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and obesity. That is not a lot. You can do it.

Coq10 & Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Coq10 (co enzyme q10) is a vitamin-like substance that is present in all human cells. 95% of all the human body's energy requirements is converted with the help of Coq10. It is also a good anti-oxidant that gets rid of free radicals that contribute to the aging process, cell death and mess with your DNA. coq10 boosts energy and enhances your immune system. It has shown to improve certain cardiovascular diseases like congestive heart failure and hypertension. It may also benefit people with parkinson's disease, diabetes and even periodontal disease. The main dietary sources of Coq10 are oily fish, organ meats like beef liver and heart, and whole grains. Coq10 can also be taken in pill form Omega 3 fatty acids are called essential fatty acids. They are essential to the body but the body can not manufacture them. It must be obtained from food. It is highly recommended that you eat fatty fish (sardines, lake trout, tuna and salmon) at least twice a week. These "fatty" fish are polyunsaturated fats that are protein-rich and are not full of saturated fat like red meats. Polyunsaturated fats (fish, whole grains, nuts and their oils) are called healthy fats and are good sources of Omega 3. Saturated fats (red meats, creams and cheeses, butter) can clog your arteries and should be eaten sparingly. Research has shown that Omega 3 fatty acids: Lower blood pressure help prevent and treat heart disease reduce the risk of inflammation in the body reduce risk of heart attack help prevent a myriad of problems from heart-related to arthritis and asthma, even depression promotes healthy cell membranes (essential for cells ability to communicate, hold water and nutrients and removing waste) omega 3 is also available in pill form

Skincare Tips

Healthy skin is really one of the most important ingredients for beautyenhancement. This article on skin care tips is an effort to bring the 10 best skin care tips to you. Knowing your skin type is one of the most important skin care tip. This is important because not every skin care product suits everyone. In fact, all the skin care products specify the type of skin they cater too. Drink a lot of water. This will help in overall upkeep of your health (and in turn your skin). It might seem a bit awkward to some, however, this is an important skin care tip. Cleanse your skin regularly (1-2 times everyday). A very effective skin care tip that helps in getting rid of the dirt and other harsh elements from your skin. Cleansing is especially important when you have been out of your house (and hence exposed to pollutants, dust etc). This skin care tip also advocates the use of Luke warm water for cleansing (hot and cold water, both, cause damage to your skin) Be gentle, after all it’s your skin. Don’t scrub/exfoliate too hard or too often. Similarly, don’t apply too much or too many skin care products. A must-to-follow skin care tip. Keep your skin moist at all times. This is one of the most important skin care tip. Don’t let your skin get dry. Dryness causes the outer layer of your skin to break, leading to a rough and unattractive appearance. Use moisturizers/ emollients. Moisturizers work best when applied while the skin is still damp. Avoid the use of soap on your face. Soap should only be used from below the neck. A small but important skin care tip. Use sunscreen to protect yourself from sun’s harmful UV radiations. You can use day-time moisturizers that have sunscreen built into them. Use them even when it’s cloudy. UV radiations are known to cause skin cancer, so follow this skin care tip without fail. A bit of exercise and good sleep are essential too, not just for skin care but for your health as a whole. Lack of sleep can lead to formation of wrinkles below your eyes and lack of exercise can cause your skin to slack.

Moreover, exercise and sleep also help in beating stress. So besides being a skin care tip, this is also a health care tip. Treat skin dilemmas with care. This skin care tip is about not ignoring any skin dilemmas. Consult your dermatologist before you go on to use a skin care product (lest you do end up harming your skin even more). Beat the stress. The harmful effects of stress are known to everyone, however, sometimes stating the obvious is essential too (and hence this skin care tip found its place here). Yes, stress harms skin too. So, take a break or indulge in a warm bubble bath or just get good sleep.

Brush Up For Your Oral Exam!
We all know someone whose breath is kicking. I mean just downright “they musta ate their own poop cuz it smells something awful” kinda breath. You know the co-worker who always comes over and tells you about his weekend even though you aint ask. And besides his usually horrible breath, he just ate a tuna fish sandwich! At this moment you wanna scream at the top of your lungs and say “dammit! Your breath smells like ****!” But you don’t wanna be rude, so you suffer in silence, holding your breath for long stretches at a time so you don’t get a whiff of the funk. This guy has halitosis and probably gingivitis. The huge bacteria population, along with proteins trapped in the mouth, produce a foul odor. The tongue is the main culprit, as many bacteria thrive on the food remnants and it is usually poorly cleansed. Be honest. How many of you clean your tongue? Most mouthwashes only cover up the smell, but do little to help the problem. Foods such as garlic, onions, dairy products and fish can cause bad breath. The food goes in the bloodstream and gets expelled from the lungs and out of your breath. Chronic bad breath is a sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis, often referred to as gum or periodontal disease, begins with an excess of bacteria growing inside the mouth, infecting the gums, and also the tissue that surround the teeth. Gingivitis causes the gums to become swollen, red, and sensitive, often bleeding while brushing the teeth. And that is sooo not sexy!... Since there is no real pain associated with gingivitis, many

people make the mistake of not seeking the treatment they need to correct the problem before permanent damage occurs. Gingivitis is often confused with the more serious form of gum disease periodontitis, which occurs below the gum line if mild gum disease is left untreated. With periodontitis, the gums are so inflamed and swollen that they actually pull away from the teeth, exposing gaps and deep pockets for bacteria to thrive, and eventually damage the bones supporting the teeth. The teeth may then appear longer, become loose, fall out, or have to be extracted. Causes and Risk Factors Plaque, the clear and sticky substance that's produced in the mouth, contains bacteria, which if not removed, build up and feed on what we eat and drink. This bacteria then produce toxins that will eventually destroy the tissue within the mouth, irritating the gums and causing them to bleed and swell. In addition to the usual bacteria, there are several other factors that may adversely affect gum health. Besides smoking and using tobacco, which are both known culprits for causing serious gum disease, certain medications may also increase one's risk of gingivitis or periodontitis. Some heart medication, birth control pills, and antidepressants may inadvertently contribute to gingivitis, as well as high levels of stress and tension, and a diet lacking in the proper nutrients. Hormonal changes and fluctuations such as those caused by puberty, pregnancy, or menopause, as well as heredity may also affect gum health and increase the risk of developing gingivitis. Other conditions such as leukemia, AIDS, or uncontrolled diabetes may also contribute to the development of gum disease. Diagnosis and Treatment For a diagnosis of gingivitis, a dentist will do an examination looking for bleeding gums, areas where the gums seem to be receding or pulling away from the teeth, and the presence of hard deposits called tartar or calculus that appear above and below the gums. X-rays may also be done to look for any signs of damage to the bones supporting the teeth.

Gingivitis may be treated simply by a daily and thorough brushing of the teeth, along with regular flossing and visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning and checkup. If the gingivitis has already progressed to periodontitis, antibiotics may be necessary to treat the bacterial infection within the mouth, as well as a process referred to as root planing and scaling to remove the build-up of tartar and plaque. Prevention Although more common in adults, people of any age are susceptible to gum disease without practicing good dental hygiene. The best ways of preventing gingivitis include flossing the teeth once per day, brushing at least twice per day, but preferably after every time you eat. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Remember to brush your tongue too. Replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months. See the dentist twice a year for cleanings and avoiding tobacco products will also help to keep the gums at their healthiest. The Dentist- recommended time for brushing your teeth is 2-3 minutes, but the average American only brushes for 30 seconds!

Arthritis
Today there are over 100 known types of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease (DJD), gout, and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis, which basically means an inflammation of the joints, can cause severe pain and lead to permanent tissue damage over time. Although symptoms may vary depending on the type of the disease, some of the most common signs of arthritis include: - Pain and swelling within the joint - Redness of the skin near the affected joints - Stiffness - Tenderness - Warm skin near the affect joints Other signs may include fever, a rash, and unexplained fatigue. Causes

The many types of arthritis are caused by several different factors, most of which are still unknown. Rheumatoid arthritis, for example, occurs when the body's white blood cells move from the bloodstream, where they should be to attack and destroy bacteria or viruses, into the membranes within the lining of the joints called the synovium. The presence of the white blood cells causes the synovium to become inflamed, which releases proteins that over time, thicken the synovium and damage the joint's nearby cartilage, bones, tendons and ligaments. Osteoarthritis is caused by an erosion of the protective cushioning between the bones and the joints. Over time, the smooth surface of the cartilage is worn away, becoming uneven and rough and causing painful irritation. If the cartilage is completely worn down, there may be bone-on-bone contact, causing damage to the bones and even more pain. Doctors believe that osteoarthritis is caused by several factors, such as the inevitable aging process, being overweight, excessive stress on the bones and joints, injury to the joints, weak muscles, and heredity. Several tests and examinations may be required for an accurate diagnosis of arthritis. Pain, swelling, difficulty moving, and stiffness within the joints are all common signs of the disease, although to establish which type of arthritis is present, different diagnostic tests may be necessary. Some of these tests may include: - Blood tests - Complete family and personal medical history - Joint aspiration (removing fluid from a joint for testing) - Physical examination - Urine tests - X-rays Treatment Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are various treatment methods available that are tailored to the specific type of the disease. For mild osteoarthritis, rest, exercise, weight management, and seeking physical therapy are most recommended. Both hot and cold can be used to manage

pain within the joints, as heat reduces stiffness while cold helps to relieve muscle spasms. Over-the-counter medication in the form of creams and gels may also be helpful for providing temporary relief from mild to moderate pain. These topical medications tend to work best on those joints that are near the surface of the skin, such as those in the hands and fingers, feet, and knees. Acupuncture is good for many types of chronic pain, including arthritis. And Believe it or not, drinking more water with a little salt can help ease the pain. Consult your doctor for your various treatment options. Prevention While there is no way to actually prevent arthritis, there are still many ways of preventing permanent joint damage from occurring. Early treatment including medication and therapy, if needed, are essential for warding off the degenerative effects of the disease. Exercise is touted as an excellent way for strengthening joints and minimizing the stiffness that's often caused by arthritis.

Pregnancy
1. Stay away from toxic chemicals like lead, cleaning solvents, mercury, insecticides and paint fumes. 2. The breast is best. The U.S. surgeon general recommends that babies be fed only breast milk for the first six months. And it’s best to breastfeed for 12 months. You can feed them solid foods at 6 months, while continuing to breastfeed. A mother’s milk has the right amount of nutrients that babies need for growth and development. Breast milk also has anti-bodies that help protect the baby from infections and disorders. 3. Stay away from cigarettes and from inhaling cigarette smoke. As if you need another reason, here is one: smoking causes birth defects, premature birth, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

4. increase your iron intake if your doctor approves to reduce the risk

of anemia during pregnancy 5. Don’t drink alcohol. There is no safe amount of alcohol that you can drink while you’re pregnant. Small amounts have been shown to be harmful to babies. Can cause defects and fetal alcohol syndrome. Limit caffeine intake as well 6. Baby-proof your home. If most accidents occur in your home, then imagine the trouble babies can get into. 7. Physical activity is recommended. Light to moderate exercise can benefit pregnant women. Can strengthen muscles for the delivery process.
8. Don’t pig out. You’re not eating for two. A slight increase will be

necessary, but it’s never recommended, pregnant or not, to eat a lot. 9. Avoid fish containing high levels of mercury. This can negatively impact an unborn baby’s nervous system. Some of these fish are King mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish Amazing pregnancy secrets

STD’s
The Most Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases Today, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are the most common infectious diseases in the United States, with at least 25 different types affecting both men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Types of STDs The many types of sexually transmitted diseases fall into three basic categories depending on the organism that causes them, which are either parasites, bacteria, or viruses. Bacterial STDs, and the parasitic types, such

as pubic lice or trichonomiasis, are able to be cured using medicine with an early diagnosis, but permanent damage such as scarring may still result. Many viral STDs can never be cured, although some, such as herpes, can be treated or controlled with medication to reduce signs and symptoms. Some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases today are: - Chlamydia: The most common of all bacterial STDs, and often referred to as "the silent STD" as there are usually no early warning symptoms for many people. Others may experience genital discharges, low-grade fevers, or painful intercourse, and or urination. Chlamydia, which is spread by any type of unprotected sex, is curable with antibiotic medication. - Gonorrhea: Caused by a bacterium that thrives in moist, warm areas of the body, gonorrhea is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. With proper usage, condoms offer some protection against contracting gonorrhea, which is treatable with antibiotics administered either orally or via injection. - Syphilis: Today, syphilis is treatable with antibiotics, such as penicillin, although this STD was once potentially fatal. Spread through any sexual contact, syphilis causes sores or open ulcers on the genitalia or mouth. - Herpes: Herpes is spread through skin-on-skin contact and causes painful sores, itching, and flu-like symptoms. There is no cure for herpes and it is frequently contracted through contact with an infected person who has no visible symptoms. - Human Papilloma virus (HPV): Genital warts, which may cause no outward symptoms, must be removed through freezing, laser treatment, or through the use of antiviral drugs. HPV is spread through sexual contact and may be detected during a gynecological examination. - HIV/AIDS: Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and currently, more then one million people in America are living with either HIV or AIDS. Flu-like symptoms are the most common, and there is no cure for AIDS, although several medications are used to slow the disease's progression. Preventing an STD

Unfortunately, many people, teenagers in particular, never fully realize the risks involved with having unprotected sex and do not take measures to protect themselves. For example, an adolescent female is especially susceptible to certain diseases due to the fact that their cervix isn't yet fully developed, leaving the immature cells prone to becoming infected. Although condoms offer some protection from STDs, abstinence, or a completely monogamous relationship between two people who are not infected are the best ways of protecting yourself from contracting a sexually transmitted disease. The 4 Most Common Myths About Sexually Transmitted Diseases 1. Myth: You can't get an STD if you have oral sex. Fact: This myth is one that's most often believed by misguided teenagers and often results in contracting an STD. The three ways that STDs are spread are through vaginal and anal sex, as well as through oral sex. 2. Myth: Taking The Pill will protect you from some STDs. Fact: This particular myth is perhaps one of the most dangerous of all, and more than likely the reason for many new cases of STDs every day. While taking the birth control pill may help to drastically reduce the chances of pregnancy, it does not protect against any type of sexually transmitted disease whatsoever. 3. Myth: You can only get herpes when your partner has a visible outbreak. Fact: The fact is, the virus that causes genital herpes is actually transmissible for several days before any visible signs of an outbreak even appear. Also, while condoms do provide some protection from some other sexually transmitted diseases, the areas where herpes blisters are usually present aren't protected or covered by a condom. 4. Myth: I have no signs of an STD, so I must not have one. Fact: If you are having unprotected sex, there's always the possibility of contracting an STD. Some people, especially many women, do not show any

signs of a sexually transmitted disease, or mistake them for some other condition, delaying diagnosis and treatment. 10 Quick Facts about STDs - An estimated 65 million people are currently living with an STD in the US alone. - There are roughly 15 million new cases of STDs each and every year. - One out of every four new cases of an STD occurs in a teenager. - One out of every four Americans is infected with genital herpes. - 80% of all people with genital herpes are unaware that they are even infected. - Over the course of their lifetime, one out of every four Americans will contract an STD. - Up to 15% of female infertility and 12% of male infertility cases are caused by an STD that was left untreated. - Some STDs in women may cause cervical cancer. - A women may pass an STD on to her unborn child during the delivery, or shortly after giving birth. - It is possible to become infected with more than one sexually transmitted disease at a time.

The 7 Deadly Sins Of Health & Fitness
We’ve all heard of the “seven deadly sins” right? According to Roman Catholicism they are: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. I’ve substituted one word with my own and played a bit with the order to fit the

needs of this piece, but you get the idea of where I’m going with this. Here are the seven deadly sins of health and fitness Lust Any intense desire or craving for self-gratification We all want things we shouldn’t have. Things that are not good for us. We see something very appealing, a feast for the eyes, and we long for it. But in the end it will cause more harm than good. The big juicy cheeseburgers and the sweet deserts we see on tv get our attention. But you’d be better off leaving it alone. All that glitters isn’t gold. Gluttony the over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink and intoxicants to the point of waste When we do indulge in the “guilty pleasures” -as we all do on occasiondon’t overdo it. Don’t make it a habit. Don’t eat red meat or sweets every single day. Show some self control. Moderation is the key to success. Unless your doctors advise you against it, you can eat almost anything, if you practice moderation. You don’t have to eat the whole cake. You don’t need that 5th slice of pizza or that second plate at the buffet. Sloth a disinclination to work or exert yourself ex: laziness, apathy Come on now, we all know that we have to exercise. There’s no way around it. There’s no magic pill you can take that will eliminate the necessary work to maintain good health. If any pill makes that claim, (and I’m sure there are some) stay away from it. Because it is a scam! You must exercise and eat right and eliminate as many of the harmful things from your body that you can. This doesn’t mean you have to be a vegetarian or a yoga instructor or run a marathon. One of the best exercises is walking. You telling me you can’t do that? Start off small. Take a walk, a short jog, eat more fruits and vegetables, stop smoking! You must take a proactive approach with your health. Sitting on your butt, being a couch potato and eating junk is not the answer. Start small and you’d be surprised at how dramatically the impact

will be on your life. Slowly but surely you will see a natural progression towards better habits. Envy spite and resentment at seeing the success of another Don’t be angry because your best friend, who has 4 kids, stays so fit. Or that you look worse than your next door neighbor who is actually 15 years older than you. Unless you use it as a motivator, envy is useless and dangerous. If you want something that someone else has, then go for it. People aren’t healthy by accident. “good genes” and heredity only account for so much. You must do the good work and fight the good fight if you want good results. You too can be just as beautiful and slim and fit as the person you’re envious of. It won’t be easy. But most things worth having, rarely are. Wrath 1: intense anger (usually on an epic scale) 2: belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong One of Newton’s laws of motion is “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. So imagine when a person does harmful things to one’s body by smoking, drinking, eating poorly and not exercising. The result will be WRATH from your own body. In the forms of heart attacks, strokes, obesity, cancer, diabetes, etc. years and years of neglect and abusing your body has come back to haunt you. And now it’s time for payback. And the sad thing is that you are only hurting yourself. So do everything you can to avoid this. Treat your body right and your body will serve you well Ignorance lack of knowledge, unaware They say “what you don’t know won’t hurt you”. In this situation that is absolutely false. In this case, ignorance could get you killed. You want to know as much about your body as you can. We can’t claim “ignorance” on many things. But sometimes we avoid what we should be doing and choose to do what we should not. We all know smoking is terrible. The surgeon general warned us about the hazards decades ago and now it’s common

knowledge. Smoking remains as the single most preventable cause of death in America. 1 out of 5 American deaths can be attributed in some way to smoking, according to the 2007 updates by the Center for Disease Control. Also, tens of thousands of non-smokers are infected and die from lung cancer and heart disease from second-hand smoke. Please don’t smoke around your kids. We know that eating too much salt, fat and sugar is bad for our bodies. This excessive intake can lead to heart attack, diabetes, obesity, etc. In 2004, statistics show that 452,327 Americans died from heart attack— that’s 1 out of every 5 deaths. Coronary heart disease is listed as the leading cause of death in America. Approximately 1,200,000 new and recurring heart attacks occur each year, with 38% of those not surviving the attack. Stroke is the third leading cause of death. As of 2005, 5.2 million Americans had suffered a stroke at some point in their lives, or 2.4% of the population. 150,147 people died of stroke in 2004, or slightly more than half (51.1%) out of every 100,000 people affected by stroke. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death of Americans. In 2004, the statistics figured 10% of all adults aged 20 or older had diabetes. Of this figure, 7.2% were diagnosed, and the remaining 2.9% were undiagnosed. In 2004, 72,815 people died of diabetes, which adds up to 24.8% out of every 100,000 persons with diabetes. This means that approximately 1 in 3 Americans will develop a form of diabetes within their lifetime. Associated risks with diabetes include coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack, angina, and blocked arteries, among other diseases. 90-95% of diagnosed cases of diabetes are Type II, a type of diabetes that usually strikes people who may be overweight and inactive. So we need to know enough and care enough about ourselves to make the right decisions and live healthier. Remember that knowledge is power. Pride The name of the emotion which refers to a strong sense of self-respect, refusal to be humiliated, to think of yourself as being higher than anyone and everyone else This sin is very dangerous. Many people fool themselves into thinking that no harm could possibly come to them. Some believe they are indestructible. They say “ Not me, I’m as strong as an ox” or “that disease only affects that

type of people” or “I’ve been doing this for years and I’m ok”. Then reality hits them and they are shocked. Illnesses and diseases can affect anyone at any time, even healthy people. “we’re going to die anyway, so who cares?”. That is an argument some people use because they don’t care about the facts. They just want to do what they want to do. Well it is your body and that is your right. But you will probably live long enough to regret being so foolish and selfish. Remember that it’s not just about you. You have people who love and care about you. Don’t you want to be around as long as possible for them? And if so, then don’t you want that time to be full of joy and not full of pain and misery? Strokes are no fun. Cancer aint pretty. Diabetes devastates. So live the best life you can by doing the necessary work. Learn about your own individual body. What works for you may not work for others. Consult your doctor. That’s all folks! Let me know what you think about this ebook. Testimonials and criticism are welcome. Write me at nac@goodforyourhealthebook.com

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