An Acne Herbal Hand and Footbath

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In a book I read by William L. Fischer called Hidden Secrets of Super Perfect Health at Any Age, Book II, 1986, I learn how to do herbal footbaths.
In chapter 10, The F-M Circulizer System, Fischer discusses the use of an herbal footbath. After reading this chapter, I realized how herbs in a footbath could improve your skin and help you eliminate acne.
This book was written in 1986 and Fischer claims herbal footbaths have been in use overseas since 1946!
Now, you can do either a footbath or a hand bath. Once you prepare a container with hot water you can put your feet or hands into it and get the same results.
If you already have foot spa, thank your mother, sister, or whoever bought it because you’re in for a treat. If you don’t, with $20 or $30 you can get one just like I did.
When you use a heated footbath, veins in your feet start to expand. Over a period of 15-20 minute, the warm water affects your entire vascular (blood) system and you get improved blood circulation.
By adding an herbal infusion into the hot water in the footbath, minerals and other phytochemicals from the herbs enter the soles of your feet and into your blood stream.{googleads}
This means that you can introduce herbal phytochemicals into your blood stream using the footbath. During your footbath, these herbal chemicals quickly circulated throughout your body and get to work neutralizing acid, killing bacteria, and improving your skin circulation.
Here is an herbal combination you can use. This herbal combination was taken and modified slightly from a book written by Daniel B. Mowrey, Ph.D., called The Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine, 1986. Mowrey says,
“This (herbal) blend attacks external skin disorders from within, purifying the blood, carrying away waste, reinforcing the blood’s ability to ward off infectious agents.”
The herbal combination to use is,
* Dandelion root – purifies blood and improves liver function
* Yellow dock root – purifies blood, helps liver, is anti-bacterial
* Saraparilla root – has antibiotic action, promotes waste elimination through urine and sweating
* Echinacea – increases immunity and promotes skin healing
* Licorice – protects the liver so that it can detoxify the blood better
* Kelp – provide minerals and vitamins and binds heavy metal that are bad for health
* Chaparral – is anti-microbial making effective against acne.
* Fresh Garlic – cut up a few cubes of garlic and place them into the hot water. Garlic is has antibacterial properties.
Buy one ounce of each herb and mix them.{googleads}
Here’s how to do the herbal footbath,
* Place 2-3 tablespoons of herbal mix into 1 ½ cups of water
* Boil the water with herbs – use only a glass, porcelain, or stainless steel container
* After water starts to boil, pull the container off the stove
* Let tea sit for 15-30 minutes. The longer the tea sits the stronger the tea and its effects
* Prepare your foot spa with water
* Strain the tea to remove leaves and roots
* Poor tea and cut garlic into the foot spa
* Place your feet or hands in the hot water for 15 – 30 minutes.
I have been using a foot spa for many different conditions for my family and myself. I really like using the footbath. It is a convenient way to by pass your digestive system and get more nutrients into your body{googleads}
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Ameriplan Consumer Protection Starts With Phone

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As more and more big companies, school districts and other municipals are forced to cut healthcare and retirement benefits, it will be up to the consumer to find cost cutting measures. This is one of the reasons that Consumer Driven Healthcare like Ameriplan is experiencing a huge growth market.


If your car has a problem, you call different auto repair shops and compare prices regarding the problem. However, many people don’t call about their dental costs, or doctor’s expenses, because they assume all healthcare prices are set by some standard. Not True! Doctors set their own prices. However, Ameriplan, a company in business since 1992, is helping consumers obtain cost savings on health and dental procedures.


Most insurance dental plans have a cap of $1000.00 per year, and today, that won’t even cover a root canal. Outlined in this updated 2005 document, at http://www.cda.org/cda_member/pubs/update0205/qa.htm you can see where traditional dental insurance is lacking. This problem with current dental insurance is another reason people turn to AmeriplanUSA. Ameriplan has no waiting periods.

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Dentists and doctors do not publish their prices, and they charge a higher rate for those with no coverage. If you don't believe me, pick up the best selling book called The New Health Insurance Solution. In this book the best selling author, Paul Zane Pilzer, writes on page 8, that doctors typically charge from 150 to 500 percent more for uninsured clients. Ameriplan is not insurance, but it does give you the purchasing power of discounted rates offered to insured clients, but at a much lower monthly rate than traditional insurance.{googleads}


We as consumers need to push for legislation to make price comparisons easier for the consumer. Just calling and asking “How much is an office visit” may not get you the correct answer, because as in the Dental Code examples below, these two items are both office visits. To compare actual prices, one needs to use the Dental Procedure Codes. That’s why we need legislation. These codes are not available to the general public.


D0150 Comprehensive oral Evaluation
D0140 Limited Oral Evaluation{googleads}
After days of research and my wife, Gina’s web know how, I found common dental procedure codes. We listed them at http://www.lowcostrootcanal.com and you can use them to compare your dental costs today.

 

America’s Sleep Epidemic: Some Helpful Tips

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If you feel tired while reading this short article, it is already happening to you...

An estimated 100+ million Americans have occasional sleep problems, of which 40 million have so-called "sleep disorders", and over 75% of the population is walking around deprived of sleep on a daily basis. Studies show it only is getting worse with each passing decade, and there are no signs of the situation becoming any better. In fact, over the past 5 years alone there has been a startling 33% increase in those of us reporting trouble sleeping! Can you imagine what statistics in another decade will be like? Unfortunately, it does not look like we are heading in the right direction. (You can read more statistics at the following URL: http://www.booksg.com/.)

In our busy, fast-paced society, it seems we are constantly moving, thinking, and trying to get "more" done. The first thing many of us think of doing when we do have so-called "free time" is to catch up on a little TV or do some activity that we have "not had the time to do", aside from catching up on our sleep. And greater quality and quantity sleep is exactly what most of us really need.{googleads}

Sleep studies clearly show that not receiving the quality and quantity sleep affects our lives in negative ways, sometimes greatly. It can change the way we see and experience our lives and the world around us in dramatic ways.

Some of the following can help us identify when we might not be achieving enough quality sleep each night:

* Feelings of tiredness at some point throughout the day
* Falling asleep within a few minutes when going to bed
* Decreases in levels of intolerance and increased levels of hostility
* Reduced ability to concentrate
* Slowed reflexes
* Impaired judgment
* Apathy{googleads}
* Unusual weight gain or loss
* Change in body temperatures that lead to feelings of chilliness
* Unusual levels of anxiety
* Falling asleep when inappropriate
* Reduced creativity
* Reduced ability to think logically or handle complex tasks
* Increased levels of self-consciousness with increased levels of anxiety

If you find any of these attributes apply to you, you might want to sleep a little longer or sounder each night.

Amazingly, one of the quickest ways to improve the quality of our lives and waking hours, as the statistics show, is to simply get a better night's sleep. It is such a simple answer to such a complex problem.{googleads}

If you are having troubles falling asleep, there are things you can do that can help you very quickly. Yes, the following might seem obvious to many folks, but sometimes we miss the obvious. So, let's cover some quick and easy ones first.

Two Things to Avoid: Caffeine and Nicotine

Reduce the levels of caffeine used throughout the day. Studies show that people who have insomnia already have a higher metabolic rate (typically 9%) than those who are sleeping normally. It would take about 4 cups of coffee to raise a normal sleepers metabolism to the same rate. From this metabolic indicator, although the person with insomnia does not feel wide awake and shows all the signs of not achieving enough sleep, we can see that a person who intakes caffeine actually on average is highly physiologically aroused. After all, caffeine is a stimulant!{googleads}

The short of it...reduce the levels of caffeine intake throughout the day. Obviously, we are not going to say quit totally, even though it can help. Of course, the last thing you want to do is drink the caffeine within a few hours (three or more) before attempting to go to sleep.

List of items, both food and beverages, that may contain caffeine:

* Coffee - Brewed (drip or percolated), Instant, Many so-called "decaffeinated" coffees
* Tea - Brewed (drip or percolated), Instant, Many so-called "decaffeinated" coffees
* Cocoa
* Chocolate (Light, Dark, Baker's, etc.): Beverage or Food. This includes hot chocolate milk.
* Most Sodas: Including "Diet" and "Clear" Sodas - Coke, Diet Coke, Mr. PIBB, RC Cola, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi, Canada Dry, and many others

Next, nicotine intake can have a dramatic affect on our ability to get a good night's rest. Just like caffeine, nicotine is a stimulant. Smoking is the primary way of ingesting nicotine. Smoking can raise blood pressure, stimulate brainwave activity, and increase heart rate.{googleads}

Studies have shown that smokers actually have greater difficulties falling asleep and wake more times during the night. It is possible the later is a symptom of withdrawal. And, when people have quit smoking after regularly smoking from 1 to 3 packs of cigarettes a day over at least a two year period of time, studies have clearly found it is easier to fall asleep and sleep more soundly with less awakenings at night.

Obviously people are not going to just quit smoking, as most who have the habit realize how addictive it really can be. So, maybe lessen your smoking intake and only do it a certain points during the day. Try not to have any cigarettes close to bedtime and try, like the case with caffeine, to limit your usage to several hours before bedtime, which can help greatly. If you want to quickly work toward getting a better night's sleep and you smoke cigarettes, then to quit smoking is one of the quickest ways to help achieve your goal.{googleads}

Bedroom Sleep Tips!

There are many more things we can do, to achieve a better night's sleep, including taking a look at different aspects of our bedroom or sleep environments. Many of the following list will be subjective, so you will want to find out by focusing on a few and making small changes through time to what personally works for you.

* Bed Sheets: comfort... silk may be romantic, but not always practical. Your sheets should "breathe" well.
* Room Temperature: not too hot and not too cold. Some people find it easier to keep the room cold and wrap up warmly in their bed sheets. If your feet are cold... easy enough... wear socks.
* Noise or Sound: the less the better, although some people might consider an underlying, constant sound to help with sleep.
* Humidity: If you find your throat is scratchy/sore, your skin feels dry, or you have congested sinus passages, it might be because your room is too dry. If you feel warm, sweaty, and moist, you might want to see if there is too much humidity in the room.
* Lighting: the darker the better.{googleads}
* Drafts: some people like a draft, while it bothers others. Keep an eye on this one for sore through or tight chest while sleeping. It might mean you have a draft in the room. If you can, open a window and let in some fresh air, as air can become stale while stagnant.
* Cleanliness: Ok, simple... keep it clean. This can keep the air fresh and help with sleep.
* Bed Equals Sleep: Use and associate your bed with sleeping only and not other activities. Read or do you "home" work somewhere else... not in bed. Associating the bed with something like work or even TV can keep us up at night. Associating it with relaxing activities, sleep or even sex, can help us fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly at night.
* Clocks: the click-click-click of mechanical clocks, the brightness from digital clocks, or just having a clock in front of us can be a distraction. For some, the constant sound of clicking might actually be good for sleep.
* Pillows and Mattresses: Take your time and find what will work for you. The new memory foam pillows, although sometimes seemingly expensive can be worth every penny. Make sure they are high quality products, high-density (approx. 5lbs. per cubic foot) memory foam, as there are a lot of cheap, lightweight memory foam pillows on the market today. With your mattress, take your time and make sure you can test run a bed at home, so you can take it back if yours does not work for you.{googleads}
* Biggest sleep tip of all: Take your time and BE PATIENT with yourself. See what works best for you. It's worth the effort. Simply reading each of the above can help make you conscious of ways you might not have noticed in the past, and this will lead to improve your own life, by achieving a better night's sleep. Take your time and be patient.

These are just a few things about our sleep context that can help us achieve a better night's sleep and improve the quality of our lives.

As the statistics clearly show, most of us are walking around half awake every day, which means in all probability we are not living a higher quality of life we could be and other areas of our lives can suffer. Both psychical and psychological problems can arise by not achieving enough quality sleep.{googleads}

Take the above tips and run with them. Take your time, be patient, and find what has helped others and how you can help yourself improve the quality of your life through a better night's sleep. It's time stop the growth and reverse America's easily unnoticed sleep epidemic.

If you have any questions or comments, you are more than welcome to stop by my website: http://www.booksg.com where you can contact me, read a lot more about the topic of sleep, and even take a sleep IQ test and develop your sleep knowledge. Hope some of these tips help! They can really improve the quality of your life. I am proud to say they have helped improve my life and many others. Sleep well!{googleads}

Americans Urged to Identify Their Cholesterol Goal, Get

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From fixing leaking roofs to repainting peeling walls, many people take on renovation jobs themselves to enhance their homes. But when it comes to enhancing their health, many Americans simply aren't tackling the job.

Nearly 38 million Americans have high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol - a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke -but a new national survey shows that many people don't have the right "know-how" to best manage their cholesterol and lower their LDL levels.

To raise awareness about the dangers of high cholesterol and the importance of setting a specific, target goal number, WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the Association of Black Cardiologists Inc. have joined together with AstraZeneca to launch the GOAL Standard, a new nationwide consumer education campaign.{googleads}

Paul DiMeo, designer and carpenter from ABC's hit show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," has joined the GOAL Standard team to help empower and motivate people - including those already being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications - to be "heart handy" and work with their health care providers to identify a target cholesterol goal, and make a plan to successfully reach and maintain that goal.

"A cholesterol-lowering program is a lot like a home makeover project; you have to determine a goal, draw up blueprints to reach that goal and work according to plan, tracking your progress along the way," says DiMeo, who embarked on his own health makeover after being diagnosed with high cholesterol. "My doctor and I made sure I had all the tools I needed to reach my target goal -; and now I've made a lifelong commitment to maintain it."{googleads}

When treating patients with elevated cholesterol, doctors often consult target LDL number guidelines identified by The National Cholesterol Education Program. Yet a new survey shows that the majority (60 percent) of U.S. adults who are being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications do not know their target cholesterol goal. Further, 69 percent of these same statin users who are discussing cholesterol goals with their health care provider and do not know their cholesterol goal, are not communicating with their doctor about ways to lower their cholesterol and 31 percent are not talking with their doctor about ways to maintain their cholesterol goal.

Two out of five adults (40 percent) - and approximately two out of five patients using statin medications (38 percent) - say they wish their health care professionals would spend more time discussing cholesterol with them.{googleads}

"The survey suggests that patients are confused about how to best manage this potentially deadly condition, and need to talk openly with their doctors about treatment options and target goals," says Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and member of WomenHeart's Scientific Advisory Board. "It is critical that all patients with high cholesterol, including those using statin medications, also follow personalized plans focused on healthy living to lower their LDL and reach their goal."{googleads}

 

An African Bush Doctor's Prescription For Better Health

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Bush Medicine is traditional herbal medicine- the oldest system of healing in the world. Bush medicine started in Africa about 30,000 years ago. In the African-Caribbean culture plants are referred to as “Bush” such as “fever bush” or “toothache bush and are revered for their healing and spiritual properties”. Every culture in world practiced and still practices bush medicine to treat the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual problems of the people. Today 70% of the world’s population still uses traditional herbal medicine (bush medicine) as it’s primary source of health care.

For the past 75 years medical doctors and drug companies have tried to discredit traditional herbal medicine while at the same time sending ethnobotanists all around the world to acquire the knowledge of local plants from bush doctors in order to make new pharmaceutical drugs. Often once a drug company has appropriated local plant knowledge- usually without compensating the locals in any way, they patent the plants and pressure the governments into banning the local population from having access to the plants they have depended on for millennia. Fortunately there is now a worldwide effort underway to protect local plant knowledge from unethical exploitation. People are returning to their traditional herbalists because of the failure of pharmaceutical drugs to treat chronic health problems safely and effectively.{googleads}

I am from a long-line of African bush doctors. My family has practiced traditional herbal medicine for many generations. My grandmother was a prominent bush doctor in Trinidad, the country of my birth. The African-Caribbean culture is a largely intact culture where we have retained much of the knowledge of our bush doctors. Here are some simple tips for improving your health from me, Christopher Scipio- your friendly neighbourhood bush doctor.

1. Eat less. Unless you are very physically active you are probably eating a third more calories than you need. Excessive caloric intake is one of the biggest factors in reducing life expectancy.{googleads}

2. Don’t eat alone. People eat too quickly, chew their food less, and tend to consume less nutritional meals when they are eating alone. Having company provides many health benefits and is much better for your mental and emotional well-being.

2A. Pay attention to your eating environment. Loud noises, lack of a comfortable sitting position, too many distractions and a less than peaceful environment can all contribute to digestive problems and may cascade into other health issues. Eating in a relaxed quiet environment with good company is a great habit to get into.

3. Along the theme of eating less- use smaller plates and cutlery and consider using chop sticks or your fingers to eat with. The oversized cutlery just promotes the wolfing down of food. I love using chopsticks for lots of different kinds of meals and there is much sensual pleasure with eating with your fingers the way we Africans do.

4. Reduce your carbs, especially bread and pasta. Obesity and many of the health problems that go with it like diabetes were virtually unknown until we started consuming such large quantities of bread, pasta and baked goods. I recommend not eating bread or pasta more than 3-4 times per week and substituting beans and dishes like hummous as a replacement.{googleads}

5. Get and use a juicer. The juice you buy in a store is dead. Many juice enzymes die within an hour of extraction. Most juices have been pasteurized to further deplete their nutritional value. Making your own juice is a joy. I like starting the day with a blend of carrot, apple, Hawaiian ginger and beet juice, but there are so many juices to discover. I recommend the book on healing juices by Heinermann.

6, Cook your own food. It is more than worth the time. I know you are busy but you can work cooking into any schedule. Consider getting a slow cooker. Consider cooking large batches on your days off and keeping them ready in the freezer. Cooking your own food is the only way of knowing what actually is put into your food, plus it sends the right message to your body that you care.

6A. Don’t assume restaurant food is healthy. Many restaurants are fond of using iceberg lettuce which is very cheap and is usually grown in high-tech hydroponic factories but has virtually no nutritional value and don’t even ask about the chemicals used to keep lettuce looking “fresh”. Most restaurants don’t use organic ingredients and many restaurants use microwaves to heat their meals. Just take a tour of the kitchen of your favourite restaurants and you may be horrified.

7. Bless your food and remember where it comes from. This modern life is a very disconnected from reality kind of life. Often there is little though given to where food comes from, how it was harvested and processed and by whom? Do you know where you food came from? If not you better bless it and bless it well before you take it and all the vibes that go along with it into your sensitive body.

8. Balance yourself daily with yoga, tai-chi or Qi- gong. 20 minutes a day in your own home of one of these practices and I’ll personally guarantee your health will improve no matter how healthy you were before-hand. You can go to classes as well but what I recommend is that you empower yourself by learning how to do simple routines at home so you are not dependant on a class.{googleads}

9 Get and give a massage at least once per month. Weekly is even better. Give and receive this vital practice as often as possible. Even a mediocre massage is better than none at all so recruit your partner or a friend if you cannot access a professional and don’t be reluctant to lay your hands on others as well.

10. Love More. Love is the ultimate healing. Love your partner, love children, love your neighbours, love your community, love the environment, love your God, love your life, love yourself.

11. Don’t forget to laugh. Laughter is great medicine. Give yourself permission to be silly, don’t be so serious and you’ll have a longer and happy life.

12. Just say no to drugs. Ronald and Nancy Regan were worried about recreational drugs and I agree that recreational drugs are harmful to your health but the drugs that I see devastating the community’s health the most are coffee, alcohol and cigarettes- in that order. Don’t believe the self-serving propaganda from the Starbucks lobby about the possible benefits of drinking coffee. There are no net benefits to drinking coffee and it is particularly devastating to women’s health as is heavy alcohol consumption and cigarettes.{googleads}

13. Eat like an adult not a child. You a big boy/girl now so eat like one. Don’t be a slave to cravings and food addictions. Eat for nutritional value and not strictly for taste or as an emotional panacea. On my hot list of non-nutritional foods are chocolate, ice cream, sodas, white bread, white rice, and white pasta.

14. Eat soft foods. Eat wet foods. Softer foods are much easier for your body to digest and are much more likely to have a high water content. Wet foods are also easier to digest and help provide the water you need. Your body is mostly water, the earth is mostly water, so try to limit dry, hard, dead foods like crackers, bread, and cereals and embrace soft wet foods like soups, purees (I love hummous and baba ganoush), fruit, steamed vegetables, smoothies, organic plain yoghurt, etc.

The human body is a wondrous miracle of engineering and grace. Treat your body well and it will reward you with many years of health and happiness. Neglect or abuse your body at your own peril.

Christopher Scipio
Homeopath/Herbalist
African Bush Doctor

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Amazingly Simple Skin Care Tips For People With Acne

 

Are you searching for the best skin care method to correct an acne problem? There are, in fact, several "anti-acne" steps you can follow when caring for your skin. Most acne reducing skin care tips are inexpensive and based on common sense.


When washing your skin, do so gently. Limit these cleanings to once in the morning and once at night. (It is also wise to wash after exercise, as well.) Do NOT use strong soap or a rough scrubbing cloth, when caring for your skin. Doing so will only make your acne problem worse.


Dermatologists suggest that you should avoid the use astringents unless your skin is extremely oily. If you feel an astringent is a necessary part of your skin care regiment, use ONLY on oily areas. If you have a problem with oily hair, it is helpful to wash it daily.


It is strongly recommended that those with acne avoid frequent exposure to the sun and visits to a tanning salon. It may seem as though these two activities are helpful when practicing proper skin care, but that is untrue. The results of each are temporary. Sunburn or tanned skin only help to hide an acne problem.


Do NOT squeeze or "pop" skin blemishes. This can cause permanent scaring and the appearance of dark splotches, on the skin. (Not something you want have for the rest of your life.)


Men who have acne should use care when shaving. Either an electric or safety razor can be used. Those who choose a safety razor should always use a sharp blade and soften their beard with soap and water, before applying shaving cream.


It won't happen overnight, but as long as you are consistent, you will start to see an improvement. If you have acne, proper skin care is the first step to controlling the problem.

America Health Watch

 

{googleads}America loves fast food. Last year, consumers spent billions of dollars on the hamburger industry alone. Corporate giants such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King all boast of multi-million dollar incomes each year.


Why?


Because their foods are delicious! Americans everywhere love the rich flavors of gigantic Big Macs and king-sized Whoppers. Our mouths water and noses flare at the enticing smell of a Bacon Double Burger Classic- a popular burger layered with melted cheese and tender bacon strips. Add a large batch of hot, sizzling French fries, and you have a combo meal worth billions of dollars to the American public. Indeed many of us love fast food!
But what has our country gained from its huge appetite for greasy foods? I can think of three problems-three problems that have stood coldly on America’s doorstep. These problems have destroyed the lives of millions of Americans over the past decade. They are: 1) Obesity 2) High Blood Pressure and 3) Heart Disease. Strangely enough, American consumers will continue to satisfy their appetites for greasy chicken dinners, colossal burgers, salty French fries, and dozens of other fast foods. But the biggest threat is that these three health problems, if left unchecked, will bring more pain, more suffering, and higher death rates to the American population.{googleads}


Obesity: Numerous studies have pointed to what causes obesity (condition of being overweight). Two major causes are: 1) over eating of high-fat foods, and 2) lack of exercise. With our country’s yearly spending on fast food, it is no surprise that more than 60% of Americans aged 20 years and older are overweight. Obesity has also been found to cause diabetes. Though the condition has been proven a hereditary disease, physicians agree that diabetes is often triggered by the patient’s choice of foods. In 2002, treatment of diabetes totaled 23.2 billion U.S. dollars. But being overweight can cause more health problems than just diabetes. Obesity is also a leading cause of high blood pressure.


High Blood Pressure (HBP): Over the years, tests have shown that most diets high in salt lead to cases of high blood pressure. At the turn of this century,this condition was listed as the main cause of death in 227,000 cases. Extra salt on our fries may seem tempting. But a less tempting thought is that high blood pressure contributes to 75% of all strokes and heart attacks. The danger with this condition is that many Americans are unaware that they have high blood pressure. Still, HBP is lethally harmful to anyone who has it. If left untreated, the condition may lead to heart disease.


Heart Disease: This disease is currently the single leading cause of death in America. Years of study have shown obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels as causes of heart disease. Freshly fried chicken, large hamburger meals, hot bags of salted fries-all of these menu items pull at the wallets and purses of American consumers. But what does it cost to satisfy our appetites again and again? In 2001 heart disease was responsible for over half a million deaths in the U.S. It accounted for over 17.6 billion U.S. dollars-in medical treatment- in 2002.


Is the cost really worth it?{googleads}


As a nation, we are just now beginning to realize the long term effects of an unbalanced diet. This is, however, a good step towards improving America’s overall health condition. We can not afford to lose millions of lives from diseases that can be controlled, or even avoided.


There are many alternatives to eating fast food. For example, delicious fruits such as apples, oranges, pears, grapes, and grapefruits, are all low in cholesterol and high in nutritional value. They also help the body fight cancer. Meats such as grilled shrimp, baked chicken, and broiled fish are low in cholesterol but high in proteins and other useful nutrients for the body. Finally, garden peas, collard greens, lima beans, and baked potatoes, are all excellent substitutes for a greasy bag of salted fries. You can find additional information on foods and food servings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The information can be found at your local library, bookstores, online, and a variety of other sources.


Indeed America has many opportunities to grow as a healthy nation. It is time to address the health problems that lie at our country's doorstep. It is our time-America's time to eat smart.
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Amantadine- Parkinsons and Beyond

Though Amantadine is prescribed for the treatment of influenza-A and symptoms of Parkinson's disease, it has been found useful in treating other complications as well. Amantadine (a generic drug, also available under brand name Symmetrel) has surpassed the expectations of medical fraternity.

 

Developed as a prescribed drug for the treatment of influenza-A in adults, Amantadine is also proving its weight in gold in treating other disorders as well. Amantadine is an anti-viral drug that can inhibit the replication of viruses in cells. It was approved by the FDA in 1966. The symptoms of Parkinson's disease have long been treated by Amantadine. Of late, it has also been found useful in treating disorders like –

 

Bed-wetting (in children)
Some types of seizures
Dementia
Depression
Drug-induced tremors, also known as Parkinsonism
Traumatic head injury
Some viral diseases (other than influenza)
Problems due to brain injuries
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Fatigue related to MS
Cocaine withdrawal

According to unconfirmed reports, recently, amantadine was also used in China poultry farming in an effort to protect the birds against avian flu. The FDA has approved amantadine only for use in humans. Chickens in China have received an estimated 2.6 billion doses of amantadine. Avian flu strains in China and southeast Asia are resistant to amantadine, but strains circulating elsewhere seem to be sensitive. Amantadine might appear to be a wonder drug but is still not without its side effects.

Common adverse reactions include - dizziness, constipation, a purple or blue network pattern on the skin, difficulty urinating, insomnia, nervousness, nausea, vomiting, headache, irritability, upset stomach (should be taken with food or milk), blurred vision, swelling of the ankles and depression. If you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the potential risks of this or any medication with your doctor. Use caution if over 60 years of age. The dosage should be adjusted accordingly. .

For more details please visit:
http://www.a.booksg.com

 

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