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The risk of heart disease is greatly increased if you have high cholesterol. This can include potentially fatal heart attacks. Lowering cholesterol is recommended to lead a more healthy life and maintain a healthy heart. High cholesterol causes hardening of the arteries which reduces blood flow to the heart. This may result in chest pains or heart attack. Favorable cholesterol levels should be less than 200. Anything over 240 is considered high risk. For severely high cho...

How To Lower Your Cholesterol

How To Lower Your CholesterolThe risk of heart disease is greatly increased if you have high cholesterol. This can include potentially fatal heart attacks. Lowering cholesterol is recommended to lead a more healthy life and maintain a healthy heart. High cholesterol causes hardening of the arteries which reduces blood flow to the heart. This may result in chest pains or heart attack. Favorable cholesterol levels should be less than 200. Anything over 240 is considered high risk. For severely high cholesterol it is recommended to seek consultation with a medical professional for treatment and medications. A physician will test the blood to determine the exact levels and to determine whether drug therapy is necessary. There are a number of drugs available to lower cholesterol. Your physician will be able to recommend one that is best. These include nicotinic acid and cholesterol absorption inhibitorsMost drug therapies are also used in tandem with lifestyle changes. Natural remedies are available in grocery stores, health food stores and pharmacies. Changing eating habits, toxic intake and activity levels will help lower cholesterol.Low fat foods, especially green leafy vegetables are beneficial in your diet and will help reduce cholesterol. Ensuring a balanced diet from all food groups is ideal. Choose fresh fruits, fish, grains and soy. Avoid foods such as butter, margarine, prepackaged foods, junk foods and fast foods. These types are typically high in trans-fats, which are particularly damaging.If you smoke, it can increase the chances of having high cholesterol. Quitting will not only help this but will also reduce several other medical risks. Also reduce your total caloric intake and maintain a healthy weight. Regular aerobic exercise will help achieve this. Lower the amount of alcohol consumption. Also, lessening your intake of caffeine such as coffee and tea will help.There are several vitamins and supplements that can help lower cholesterol levels. Vitamin E, artichoke leaf extract, niacin and chromium are all reported to help control high levels of cholesterol. When using these options while on medication consult a physician for correct dosage. Some natural remedies will also react adversely with certain combinations so it is suggested you disclose all eating habits and dietary supplements to your doctor.Heart disease is a potentially fatal condition that affects millions of people annually. Reducing the amount of cholesterol in your blood will help lower the risk of a heart attack. Taking medications per your doctors orders, making lifestyle changes and taking supplements can vastly improve your odds of remaining healthy.

When Body Snatchers Invade The Mind

When Body Snatchers Invade The Mind

People tend to rely on certain support structures in their lives. These structures serve as ways for people to alleviate fear and anxiety in an increasingly stressful world. There are certain things and certain people that we count on to alleviate our stress and anxiety at the end of the day. People can go into a panic when that support structure is taken away permanently. The build-up of "stress and anxiety" can exact a price on one's mental health that most people simply can't afford. The fear of this can sometimes lead to someone developing a case of separation anxiety. However, the field of "mental health" is a complicated field where even if your support structure is there, your mind says they're not.There is a dangerous psychological disorder known as schizoaffective disorder, which has interesting effects on human perception. The problem is highly similar to schizophrenia in symptoms and treatment, although schizoaffective disorder poses a much larger mental health risk. Both problems are common, with at least 10% of the population having experienced it at one point in their lives. Both have a tendency to generate the same range of side effects in patients. The primary difference between the two is that schizoaffective disorder does a significantly larger amount of emotional damage to patients than schizophrenia does. There is also the distinctive symptom of more serious cases of schizoaffective disorder, which echoes plots of science fiction B-movies rather closely.The most distinctive symptom of schizoaffective disorder is that patients suddenly find that people in their lives have been...replaced, for lack of a better term. In one instance, a housewife saw her husband and believed he was a duplicate of her real husband. She believed that he was a fake despite his having the same physical features, personality, and voice. When asked why she felt that she was looking at a clever fake, she said that his nose seemed longer and his shoulders didn't seem as broad as those of her real husband's. These symptoms are typically only found in more extreme cases of this mental health disorder, but this is what is most cited as the main difference between schizoaffective disorder and the more recognizable schizophrenia.This particular symptom is believed to be an outcrop of unwanted changes or emotional damage in the patient's interpersonal relationships. By attributing the unwanted behavior or changes to a duplicate, the patient can feel safe in discarding their emotions for that person. This has the side effect of developing a sense of detachment around the duplicate in some, while others report feeling extreme levels of "fear and anxiety" . In theory, the reactions are affected by how had the patient's delusions have gotten.Another difference that some have noted is the perception of the voices that the patient hears. Both disorders cause someone to hear voices that aren't really there. However, while schizophrenia causes people to perceive the voices as coming from their own minds, people with schizoaffective disorder experience it differently. These non-existent voices are heard via the ear, making it seem as if they are real voices from real people, rather than delusions. Most people believe that the difference lies in the brain tricking itself into believing there is actual sensory information, which most assume does not occur with the voices in schizophrenia.Perhaps the most critical difference between the two is the degree of emotional healing that the patient and his loved ones would have to go through. Schizoaffective disorder tends to do more damage to personal relationships than regular schizophrenia. As such, there is usually more "emotional healing" needed for the people around the patient to make a full recovery than in schizophrenia. Like all serious mental health problems, the patient has to deal with the damage done to the people around him. However, in the case of schizoaffective disorder, there was likely damage or changes to the relationship in the first place.

Survey Reveals Smokers' Obstacles And Opportunities When It Comes To Kicking The Habit

Survey Reveals Smokers

Quitting smoking is hard. Quitting smoking on your own without the support of family, friends and co-workers is even harder. According to a recent survey of more than 400 cigarette smokers, smokers feel significant pressure from family or friends to quit smoking (72 percent). Nearly half (49 percent) have felt judged for failing to quit smoking. Unfortunately, the pressure to quit and fear of failure might impact a smoker's quit attempt. The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, revealed that more than two in five smokers (44 percent) wouldn't want to share their desire/attempt to quit with others in case they failed, and a similar proportion (46 percent) has in fact secretly tried to quit without telling anyone. Still, for the millions of smokers who want to quit, there are ways to increase chances of success. "Nicotine replacement therapies, such as nicotine gums, are clinically proven to help smokers quit," says Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D., a smoking cessation expert and research psychologist at the Medical University of South Carolina. "For years, however, smokers have complained that the taste of the gum was a barrier to complying with the dosing regimen."The Harris poll also showed that a better-tasting gum could be just the ticket to finally kicking the habit, by helping to address the compliance issue by making the chewing experience more enjoyable. To help improve compliance, Nicorette stop smoking gum launched Fresh Mint in 2005 and recently introduced another great-tasting flavor, Fruit Chill. Similar in texture to confectionary gums, Nicorette Fruit Chill has a crispy coating that releases a burst of fruit flavor with a cool mint finish, providing a surprisingly refreshing chewing experience. The sugar-free gum also contains fast, flexible craving-fighting medicine that reduces nicotine withdrawal symptoms, including cravings that make attempts to quit smoking so difficult."There are two elements to smoking addiction--the craving for nicotine and the habit-and both must be addressed to increase the chances of successfully quitting," Dr. Carpenter explains. "Nicotine replacement therapy, like the gum, can help satisfy the body's physical need for nicotine, so smokers can focus on breaking their smoking habit."While the only reason to quit that matters to smokers (and their family and friends) is the one that makes them actually stop smoking, the survey also showed that nearly one in two smokers would be persuaded to quit if their doctor told them their health was in danger (48 percent), and a majority also indicated that quitting would be easier if they had the support of others.Fortunately, for the millions of smokers who are thinking of quitting and their loved ones, there is new hope and help. The Nicorette Fruit Chill Million, the largest quit-smoking challenge ever from the gum, strives to encourage 1 million smokers to make the commitment to quitting. It offers smokers and loved ones quit tools, resources and support to help make their quit attempts successful, and as an added incentive, offers participants the chance to win $1 million.

Your Body Is An Engine

Your Body Is An Engine

Growing up around surface coal mining and machines with engines, I learned a lot about how engines work and the basics that they need. Now today learning about nutrition I find some similarities. Stay with me here. It will make sense, I hope. The needs of your body are similar to the needs of the engine in your car. These needs are Fuel, Air, and Spark. By the way, you must have realized by now that I am a very simple minded person with a very simple mind. To simplify, this article I will address just one of these needs. FuelCompare this: Your car engine needs fuel. So does your body.The gasoline you put in your car has to be clean with no pollutants. If it is contaminated you will experience symptoms. Lack of power especially when needed like going up a hill, spit sputter and backfiring, your engines way of saying Help!! I am not getting the nutrients I need and it may even stop running all together. (Bad, very Bad if this is your body.) To fix the symptoms, all that is needed (if you do this soon enough) is to purge the engine of the impurities and make sure that the new fuel is clean and proper.Your body is no different, if what you eat is contaminated you will experience the symptoms of being tired, no power, you can also spit, sputter (vomit), and backfire (diarrhea). Again the cure is as easy as giving the body the clean and proper foods it needs. AHH, but now you may ask what are the proper foods.Remember when you were taught that there were four basic food groups? We were instructed to eat from all four-food groups to get a balanced meal.1. Dairy2. Meat3. Grain4. Fruits and vegetables. Sounds easy EXCEPTYOUR DIET CAN AND DOES CAUSE ILLNESS. SAY WHAT? TEDHave you ever suffered from one of the following? Indigestion, heartburn, tiredness, headaches, mood swings, aching joints, constipation, allergies, hypoglycemia, diabetes, high blood pressure, yeast overgrowth, just to name a few.The problem may not be just the foods you are eating, but what Foods you are Mixing together that is causing a TOXIC CONDITION in the body, especially in the digestive tract.OH, now you have really done it. This is sounding too confusing.Learning about Nutrition is an in-depth study, but you can learn the basic dos and donts.Here is one easy example, Fruits: The rule for fruit is to eat it alone or leave it alone.Dont mix with other food groups.I was taught very young that if you arent learning you are dying. Is it worth the effort??When you first get up in the morning, are you still tired? Look in a full body mirror, look close, do you like what you see? Is your life abundant and Healthy?

Anadrol A Synthetic Anabolic Steroid

Anadrol or Oxymetholone has powerful properties of a synthetic anabolic steroid. The chemical formula for Anadrol is C21H32O3 and its molecular mass is 332.48 g/mol. It has an active life of up to 16 hours. Anadrol was initially developed for the treatment of osteoporosis and anemia by Syntex Company in 1960, but later the drug was reported stimulating muscle growth in underdeveloped patients, and it was also found to be effective in treating the HIV wasting syndrome. Anadrol is the strongest androgen of all its counterparts. It is highly effective in promoting extensive gains in body mass. It is also found helping in improving protein synthesis. And for this reason only, the drug is widely used by athletes and bodybuilders all over the world. One more thing that makes the drug desired by athletes is that it can be used as a method of protection for the joints under heavy loads by the weightlifters. It is because it has the ability of high water retention, and thus lubricates the joints and helps to protect them from injury. Bodybuilders cant stay away from this drug as it holds the tag of the greatest weight gainer. Anadrol actually helps to increase the weight of body by 20 pounds, in 2 weeks. Where Anadrol has so many benefits, it has some side effects also. The side effects associated with Anadrol include acne, nausea, bloating, masculinising effects, such as deepening of the voice, growth of facial hair, and headache. The drug has a hepatotoxic effect and the serious ailments include hepatitis, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Thus, its dangerous to take high and long term doses of this drug. However, it is interesting to note that Anadrol is the drug approved the U.S. FDA, but it is allowed for use under prescription of a doctor. It is also classified as the Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act. Although, non-steroidal drugs like Epogen were developed afterwards to treat anemia, Anadrol still remains one of the favorite and widely used drugs. The drug can be easily purchased online. There are a number of drug stores selling Anadrol online.

Health warning: Health risks of mobile phones !

Using a mobile phone for more than 10 years increases the risk of getting brain cancer, according to the most comprehensive study of the risks yet published.The study which contradicts official pronouncements that there is no danger of getting the disease found that people who have had the phones for a decade or more are twice as likely to get a malignant tumour on the side of the brain where they hold the handset.The studies confirm that cell and cordless phone microwave can:Damage nerves in the scalpCause blood cells to leak hemoglobinCause memory loss and mental confusionCause headaches and induce extreme fatigueCreate joint pain, muscle spasms and tremorsCreate burning sensation and rash on the skinAlter the brains electrical activity during sleepInduce ringing ! in the ears, impair sense of smellPrecipitate cataracts, retina damage and eye cancerOpen the blood-brain barrier to viruses and toxinsReduce the number and efficiency of white blood cellsStimulate asthma by producing histamine in mast cellsCause digestive problems and raise bad cholesterol levelsStress the endocrine system, especially pancreas, thyroid, ovaries, testes.The scientists who conducted the research say using a mobile for just an hour every working day during that period is enough to increase the risk and that the international standard used to protect users from the radiation emitted is not safe and needs to be revised. They conclude that caution is needed in the use of mobile phones and believe children, who are especially vulnerable, should be discouraged from using them at all.Cancers take at least 10 years and normally much longer to develop but, as mobile phones have spread so recently and rapidly, relatively few people have been using them that long.Official assurances that the phones are safe have been based on research that has, at best, included only a few people who have been exposed to the radiation for long enough to get the disease, and are therefore of little or no value in assessing the real risk.The new study headed by two Swedes, Professor Lennart Hardell of the University Hospital in Orebro and Professor Kjell Hansson Mild of Umea University, who also serves on the MTHR programmes management committee goes some way to meeting the deficiency.The scientists pulled together the results of the 11 studies that have so far investigated the occurrence of tumours in people who have used phones for more than a decade, drawing on research in Sweden, Denmark Finland, Japan, Germany, the United States and Britain. They found almost all had discovered an increased risk, especially on the side of the head where people listened to their handsets.Five of the six studies of malignant gliomas, cancers of the glial cells that support and protect the nerve cells, found an increased risk. The only one that did not still found an increase in benign gliomas. Four of the five studies that looked at acoustic neuromas benign but often disabling tumours on the auditory nerve, which usually cause deafness found them. The exception was based on only two cases of the disease, but still found that long-term users had larger tumours than other people.The scientists assembled the findings of all the studies to analyse them collectively. This revealed that people who have used their phones for a decade or more are 20 per cent more likely to contract acoustic neuromas, and 30 per cent more likely to get malignant gliomas.The risk is even greater on the side of the head the handset is used: long-term users were twice as likely to get the gliomas, and two and a half times more likely to get the acoustic neuromas there than other people.The scientists conclude: Results from present studies on use of mobile phones for more than 10 years give a consistent pattern of an increased risk for acoustic neuroma and glioma. They add that an increased risk for other types of brain tumours cannot be ruled out.Professors Hardell and Mild have also themselves carried out some of the most extensive original work into tumours among long-term mobile phone users and have come up with even more alarming results. Their research suggests they are more than three times more likely to get malignant gliomas than other people, and nearly five times more likely to get them on the side of the head where they held the phone. For acoustic neuromas they found a threefold and three-and-a-half-fold increased risk respectively.They have also carried out the only study into the effects of the long-term use of cordless phones, and found this also increased both kinds of tumours. Their research suggests that using a mobile or cordless phone for just 2,000 hours less than an hour every working day for 10 years is enough to augment the risk.Professor Mild told The Independent on Sunday: I find it quite strange to see so many official presentations saying that there is no risk. There are strong indications that something happens after 10 years.He stressed that brain cancers are rare: they account for less than 2 per cent of primary tumours in Britain, though they are disproportionately deadly, causing 7 per cent of the years of life lost to the disease. Every cancer is one too many, he said.He said he uses a mobile phone as little as possible, and urges others to use hands-free equipment and make only short calls, reserving longer ones for landlines. He also said that mobiles should not be given to children, whose thinner skulls and developing nervous systems make them particularly vulnerable.The danger may be even greater than the new study suggests for, as Professor Mild says, 10 years is the minimum period needed by cancers to develop. As they normally take much longer, very many more would be likely to strike long-term users after 15, 20 or 30 years which leads some to fear that an epidemic of the disease could develop in the coming decades, particularly among todays young people.On the other hand, the professor points out that the amount of radiation emitted by phones has decreased greatly since the first ones came on the market more than a decade ago, which suggests that exposures and risks should also be falling. But he still recommended choosing phones that give out as little radiation as possible (see below), and pointed out that people are now also exposed to many other sources of radiation, such as masts and Wi-Fi systems, though these emit much less than mobile handsets.Britains official Health Protection Agency which has taken a cautious view of claims that radiation from mobile phones, their masts and Wi-Fi installations can damage health admits that the study may be indicative of a risk, but says that such analyses cannot be conclusive.The Mobile Operators Association said: This is not new data for the World Health Organisation and the many independent expert scientific committees who state that there are no established health risks from using mobile phones that comply with international guidelines.Both sides agree that there is need for more research. Professor Mild said a possible link between mobile phones and Alzheimers disease should also be examined, since we have indications that it might be a problem as well as a possible link with Parkinsons disease, which cant be ruled out.In the meantime, the scientists want a revision of the emission standard for mobiles and other sources of radiation, which they describe as inappropriate and not safe. The international standard is designed merely to prevent harmful heating of living tissue or induced electrical currents in the body and does not take the risk of getting cancer into account.Professors Hansen and Mild serve on the international BioInitiative Working Group of leading scientists and public health experts, which this summer produced a report warning that the standard was thousands of times too lenient.The BioInitiative report added: It has been established beyond reasonable doubt that some adverse health effects occur at far lower levels of exposure some at several thousand times below the existing safety limits. It also warned that unless this is corrected there could be public health problems of a global nature.Case study: Mobiles are the smoking of the 21st century; they need health warningsNeil Whitfield, a 49-year-old father of six, developed an acoustic neuroma in 2001 after years of heavy mobile phone use, on the left side of the head, to which he had held his handset. He says he had no family history of the disease and that when he asked a specialist what had caused it, the doctor had asked him if he used a mobile.I was on it four hours a day, easily he says. When I held it to my head, I could feel my ear getting warm.He adds that he completely lost his hearing in his left ear and was off work for 12 months. Unable to go back to his old job in marketing, he became a teacher, suffering a Ł20,000 drop in income.It has had a devastating effect on my family, he says. Mobile phones are the smoking of the 21st century; they should have health warnings on them. You would never buy a child a pack of cigarettes, but we give them mobiles which could cause them harm.Warning: your model might be dangerousExposure to radiation, shown as Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) levels, varies widely in different models. Manufacturers and the Government have ignored the Stewart report that urges they be clearly marked on phones and boxes. They are thus hard to find, though the Carphone Warehouse catalogue includes them. An easily accessible list of phones and radiation exposures is published in Germany, where low-radiation models, defined as having SAR of 0.6 or under, are encouraged.

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The risk of heart disease is greatly increased if you have high cholesterol. This can include potentially fatal heart attacks. Lowering cholesterol is recommended to lead a more healthy life and maintain a healthy heart. High cholesterol causes hardening of the arteries which reduces blood flow to the heart. This may result in chest pains or heart attack. Favorable cholesterol levels should be less than 200. Anything over 240 is considered high risk. For severely high cho...