Heart Attack

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Common sense may tell you that if you have a small medical problem, you should go to your family doctor. But what if no one is around and you are experiencing pain in your chest.  Please watch the following power point presentation as it may just save your life or someone that you know.   HEART ATTACK (left mouse click to advance slide)

If you aren’t sure whether you just have heartburn or something more serious like a heart attack, you should get yourself checked out.

The five warning signs of a heart attack are: pain or discomfort in your jaw, neck or back; feeling weak, lightheaded or faint; chest pain or discomfort; pain or discomfort in your arms or shoulder; and shortness of breath.

Sometimes, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the symptoms of heartburn, angina and heart attack.  A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of your heart muscle is severely reduced or stopped. This can result in death or disability, depending on how much of the heart muscle is damaged.

Heart attack symptoms once again include the sudden onset of tightness, pressure, squeezing, burning or discomfort in your chest, throat, neck or either arm. When these symptoms are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating, shortness of breath or a fainting sensation, you need to get immediate emergency help by Calling 911.

Billions of dollars are spent each year treating cardiovascular disease and despite this heart disease still remains the number one killer. Personal prevention should be exercised to eliminate and control several risk factors of heart disease including high blood pressure, obesity, stress, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, and elevated cholesterol levels.


STROKE: Remember The 1st Three Letters….S.T.R.

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours
he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said
the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting
the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately,
the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe
brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S Ask the individual to SMILE.
T Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today)
R Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

New Sign of a Stroke…Stick out Your Tongue

Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue.. If the tongue is ‘crooked’ or if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.

If you think you’re having a heart attack or stroke, call 911. It’s the safest thing to do. It’s better to err on the side of caution and overreact instead of under-react.

Many heart patients take blood thinners, such as aspirin. Research has shown that the risk of a first heart attack can be reduced by as much as 50% by taking aspirin regularly. However, 70% of long-term aspirin users experience intestinal bleeding and ulcers. As well, aspirin consumption can have other serious side effects such as:

– Protein loss due to impaired transport through intestinal lining
– Reduced immune function due to blockage of certain prostaglandins     important for normal immune responses.
– Impaired ability of white blood cells (part of your immune system) to absorb vitamin C, which is essential for their proper functioning.
– Worsening of food sensitivities/allergies due to the damage to your     intestinal wall.
– Worsening of asthma, kidney problems and anemia in sensitive people.

Heart disease is greatly influenced by nutrition. The minimal nutritional requirements for decreasing risk factors include the elimination of red meat, animal fats, fried foods, spicy foods, processed, and refined foods from your diet.

Increased consumption of cardio-protective foods like fish, (not seafood) is recommended. Additionally, a well-known nutrient beneficial to heart disease prone patients is Allicin. It is especially useful in cases of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Allicin can be found in garlic, and while the increased consumption of garlic is beneficial, garlic tablets from a reputable source ensure the necessary intake of Allicin.

Also from a nutritional standpoint, persons prone to heart disease should be limiting the intake of foods high in vitamin K, which increases blood clotting (alfalfa, broccoli, cauliflower, egg yolks, liver, spinach, and all dark green vegetables) and increase the intake of foods that enhance the effects of anticoagulants (wheat germ, vitamin E, soybean and sunflower seeds).

Regular Aerobic exercise is still the best cardio vascular prevention.  By living a healthy lifestyle you’ll have more energy, feel better, reduce fatigue, increase focus and concentration… and that’s just the start!

Remember…Heart disease is not an aspirin deficiency

Please remember that these suggestions are general and if you seek a more individual approach to your specific condition, you may want to consult with your family doctor.


Heart Attacks And Drinking Warm Water

The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water, maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit.


It’s nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down your digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by your intestine faster than the solid food. It will line your intestine.  This will turn into fats and may lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note.  You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be your left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in your jaw line.  You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.

Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in your jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Be careful and be aware. The more you know the better chance you can survive.

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Astrological Weight loss

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Knowledge is power, and the more you know about your sign and yourself, the more you will have the tools of advantage for your sustained success. How many times have you started new healthy living habits only to stop and feel like giving up? The trick is to teach your mind to concentrate on new habits first, and your body will follow with gratitude and a greater sense of wellbeing. Approaching new weight loss techniques and healthy habits is a gift to yourself. You are giving more to yourself, not less, so don’t feel deprived in doing what’s best for yourself. Here are the 12 astrological signs and characteristics to think about when starting a weight loss or exercise program.
ARIES (21 March-20 April)

General: An Aries loves competitive sports and working up a good sweat. Burning calories should not be a problem for you. Include plenty of whole grains in your diet for sustained energy and lots of fresh fruits and veggies, and try to slow your rushed eating habits. Replenish your electrolytes with sports drinks, and always drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins.

Women: You tend to start a diet with great enthusiasm, but unless you lose weight fast you soon give up your diet and move on to something new even maybe another diet. Your have a need for excitement, which attracts you to fad diets and weight loss gimmicks. Your dislike of restrictions and your impulsive nature makes it difficult for you to stick to a diet and exercise plan long enough for you to lose weight.

Weight loss for you can be extremely successful if you apply your many positive qualities. The love of a challenge and your great desire to succeed will make sticking to your diet and exercise plan easy. Your interest in your health and appearance makes obesity unacceptable. Your strong willpower can lead to easy weight loss. But weight loss can be difficult for you when you allow your negative side to take over. You tend to start diets regularly but your lack of staying power means you rarely stick with your diet plan for long. Low calorie diets and promises of fast weight loss appeal to you but in the long term, prevents you from losing weight.

Your weight loss potential is excellent and you can achieve the impossible! If obesity has been a long-term problem, your strong desire to succeed and your enormous willpower makes sticking with your weight loss program easy.  Avoid the temptation to try every new diet you hear about.

Men:  The idea of going on a weight loss diet will not appeal to you. You dislike restrictions, which make sticking to any diet program difficult. You are an enthusiastic starter of new projects but quickly get bored. You have many positive qualities, which makes weight loss fast and easy. You are fiercely competitive and have clear goals. You take the initiative and start a weight loss diet and exercise program as soon as you see the first bit of fat appear!

Exercise is not a problem for you. Your weight loss program should include plenty of strenuous exercise. Competitive sport, risky physical activities such as mountaineering or motor racing, boxing, wrestling or martial arts also appeal to you.

You should choose a weight loss plan that includes plenty of spicy, strong-flavored foods. You need a diet that provides plenty of high-energy carbohydrates. You don’t have a sweet tooth, but your energetic nature means you burn calories fast so be sure to snack on plenty of fruit throughout the day.  Once you make up your mind to go on a diet, give yourself a clear goal. Decide how much weight you want to lose and when you want to lose it. To prevent boredom, make sure your diet includes a variety of healthy foods.
TAURUS (21 April-20 May)
General: You love to indulge in rich foods. Easy and regular exercise is best for you. Start with a stretch and a walk before eating a delicious breakfast of fresh fruits, yogurt, and low-fat granola. Stay low-fat, low sugar, and low starch with wheat germ in your smoothies, plenty of seafood, and fresh salads. Avoid rich sauces, luxury desserts and sweets.  Burning calories through bodybuilding and lifting weights will add definition.

Women:  A sensible diet plan suits you best. You are not attracted to fad diets. Typically you will not lose weight fast as you have a slow metabolism and dislike exercise but following a diet plan comes easy to you. You have enormous patience to stick with your weight loss program and lose fat even when your weight loss is slow. Your main strength is patience. You will stick with your diet and exercise program no matter how long it takes you to lose weight.

Sometimes because of your dislike for change you can make it difficult for yourself to change to a healthy diet and exercise program. If you are obese it is the result of a combination of things – a sweet tooth, a slow metabolism, a love of rich food and wine and a self-indulgent streak! And to make matters worse…YOU dislike exercise.

When you overcome your dislike of change weight loss can be successful. A weight loss diet that is too experimental is not for you. You do not expect to lose weight fast and your patience means you are happy with a steady but regular fat loss despite your slow metabolism.

Men: You have several problems when it comes to weight loss. You love rich, sweet food, you have a slow metabolism and you dislike strenuous exercise! Weight loss is also made difficult because of your determination to hold on to fixed ideas. A new diet plan is viewed with suspicion, as are all things new.

Your greatest asset is your refusal to let anything get the better of you! Weight loss is one area where your stubborn nature works in your favor. You are patient, well organized and methodical, all qualities necessary to ensure success.

Any form of exercise will help speed up a slow metabolism. A combined diet and exercise plan is important. YOU prefer gentle exercise like walking, golfing, bowling and horse back riding. You are not bored by exercise machines at the gym and you love gardening and can burn 500 calories an hour mowing the lawn!

A very low calorie or fad diet is not for you. You love food and you should choose a diet plan that does not leave yourself hungry. You have a tendency to overeat and hunger only leads to binge eating. Whole-wheat breads and cereals, apples, grapes, pears and berries are all good for you.

Don’t be afraid of change…embrace it! Choose a healthy diet plan that allows you plenty of food. Set yourself a realistic goal knowing that, with your great patience and perseverance, you will reach it.

GEMINI (21 May-21 June)
General: Weight gain is usually not a problem. Taking the time to eat the right foods is more of a challenge to you than overindulging. Try eating or juicing plenty of raw vegetables to keep your active nervous system balanced and your skin glowing. Cook up some wild rice for variety, and add plenty of calcium to your diet to keep your bones strong. Cut down on caffeine.

Women: You are the lucky ones when it comes to diet and weight loss. You have a fast metabolism, which means you burn calories quickly and, as result, lose weight fast. You love change, so starting a new diet plan will not bother you. However, you do want fast weight loss and quickly get bored with a diet that does not produce rapid results. Since quick weight loss (i.e. fat loss) is an illusion, this can cause you problems!

You have many positive qualities that help you to diet. The number one being you love change and a new diet will inspire you to lose weight. Your optimistic nature means that once you know how to lose weight you will embrace the idea and expect to succeed. You will not be fooled by fad diets and promises of instant weight loss. But your fickle nature can make sticking to a diet very difficult. The impractical side of you will find it hard to cope with a diet plan that is too complicated.

Your weight loss potential is excellent provided you can curb your impatience. Once you make a serious commitment to a weight loss diet and exercise program you quickly lose weight.

Men: The greatest weight loss problem facing you is your need for fast action and quick results. Unless you lose weight fast you quickly get bored and move on to something else. Sticking to a weight loss plan is not easy especially when you have lots of nervous energy and a fickle, non-committal attitude to life. Your dislike for regimentation will cause you to rebel against a diet plan that is too strict.

Your fast metabolism means you can burn calories faster than other signs. You enjoy new things and will embrace a new diet and exercise plan with enthusiasm. You can do two things at once! Following a weight loss diet and exercise plan at the same time, as pursuing a high-flying career is not a problem. For fast weight loss and good health, vigorous daily exercise is essential. You need an outlet for your nervous energy. Fast moving sports like running, squash, cycling, skiing are all good. Aerobic exercise is particularly important for your lungs.

You like instant food so keep plenty of healthy canned, packaged and frozen foods handy. To lose weight successfully, take time to choose a diet plan that suits your lifestyle which is generally to set yourself several short term weight loss goals – not long-term ones.

CANCER (22 June-22 July)

General: You love your sweets! And emotional mood shifts make you want to overindulge. Include lots of lean protein in fish and chicken as well as steamed veggies in your diet. Swimming, skating, and skiing are your favorite outlets for activity and losing weight. You do well with workout videos in the comfort of your own home. Remember to avoid too much salt, and choose plenty of variety within the cabbage family.

Women: You can spend years worrying about your obesity problem but rarely do you take immediate action to find a good diet and exercise program. You are great cooks and good planners, so a varied diet with interesting recipes ensures you lose weight so dieting is never boring.  Fad diets are not for you. For successful weight loss, patience is your greatest asset. Once you get started on a diet and exercise program you are tenacious and will hang in there until you lose fat and get fit.  But weight loss is difficult for you especially since you love to feed yourselves and others! Your diet plan may get in the way of your desire to feed your family and friends. You are set in your ways so a diet and exercise program that disrupts your routine will not work. Sticking to a diet can be difficult when you get moody and have a tendency to eat for comfort.

Weight loss potential is excellent if you allow new ideas into your life. Check out a number of diet plans, find a diet to suit your lifestyle and go for it!

Men:  Weight loss can be difficult for you because you love food and may even work in the food industry. You are extremely sensitive and can suffer from eating disorders. You spend more time worrying about your weight than finding a weight loss diet plan that might solve your problem. You are a great hoarder and cling to your past, which makes it difficult for you to give up the rich desserts and creamy cakes your mother, feeds you!

But your greatest strength is your tenacious nature. Once you start a diet and exercise plan you keep going until you reach your goal. You are also patient, well organized and very capable. Vigorous exercise will not only help you lose weight but will also put you in a happier mood! You are not particularly energetic but love anything to do with water, so rowing, sailing, swimming, surfing are all good forms of exercise.

A diet plan that encourages you to eat regular meals and snacks is best. Worry and stress can cause ulcers and other stomach problems so regular eating is important. You are a great cook so choose a diet plan that includes plenty of interesting recipes. Use your extraordinary imagination to visualize how you are going to look and feel when you reach your weight loss goal.

LEO (23 July-22 August)

General: You prefer rich food and drink. However, most of you stay motivated to keep physically fit by joining exercise classes or going to the gym. Becoming an exercise trainer yourself fits you to a tee. Tennis, sports, and dancing are fun for you, too. Avoid calorie-rich fast foods, and include plenty of wholesome foods to your daily diet. You have good recuperative power and vitality. Keep your surroundings harmonious for top results.

Women: You are drawn to fad diets, weight loss gimmicks and promises of fast weight loss. You like everything you do to be exciting and that’s why the newest diet or weight loss program will grab your attention. When it comes to weight loss, your best asset is your enthusiasm and desire to succeed. You have very high standards and need to remember that weight loss is not about being perfect. A diet and exercise plan that gives some freedom is best.

Successful weight loss depends on good organization and planning, which you are excellent at both. You will not only plan your own diet and exercise program you’re your family and friends weight loss programs as well! Your enthusiasm and high standards will not allow you to give up your diet program easily.  But weight loss can be difficult for the over-enthusiastic who may choose a fad diet or a very low calorie diet, which is impossible to stick to. Your have a need for excitement, which can prevent you from choosing a healthy, balanced diet.  A bad day can mean you get very upset when you go off your diet and consume extra calories.

Your desire to lead and take control of your life makes sticking to a diet and exercise plan easy. However you need to choose a weight loss plan that allows you to socialize and entertain. When you can choose a diet plan that suits your lifestyle, when you curb your impatience and over-enthusiasm, then weight loss is not a problem.

Men: You start your weight loss and exercise program with great enthusiasm. However, unless you achieve rapid weight loss you quickly give up. Even an occasional break from your diet plan will upset you. You may choose a very low calorie diet or a fad diet. You stubborn nature and belief that you know best often stops you from taking good advice.  You love to be loved so your desire to look good makes weight loss important to you. You take great pride in everything you do and will pay great attention to the details of you diet plan. Your outlook on life is positive and happy and most diet setbacks are temporary.  Your main problem with exercise is you have a tendency to overdo it. The heart is of special importance to you, so regular aerobic exercise is vital for health as well as weight loss. You enjoy team sports, but only if you are the captain! Tennis, running, martial arts, dancing and diving all appeal to you.

You should eat a low-fat diet plan, which includes lots of vegetables. Although you want to lose weight fast, you should resist the temptation to start fad diets or very low calorie programs.  When you start a diet, don’t try to be perfect. Set yourself realistic goals, allow yourself some bad days, and try to be patient.

VIRGO (23 August-22 September)
General: Use your keen, discriminating senses to have more control. Regular exercise is generally no problem for you, but not chewing your food thoroughly could cause intestinal distress. Fresh garlic, herbs, yogurt, and plenty of fibre helps keep things moving smoothly. Try not to be distracted while you eat. Full-body workouts are best for you. You are known for being the natural healer.

Women: Your desire for perfection makes it difficult for you to stick to a weight loss diet plan. One bad day can put you off! However, your practicality and attention to detail makes successful weight control possible. You have high energy levels so a weight loss program should include a regular exercise routine that will burn calories quickly and reduce fat.  You care about good health and will choose a sensible weight loss diet. Fad diets or celebrity diets are not for you. Your desire to be perfect will ensure relatively fast weight loss and long term weight control.  But, weight loss can be difficult because you are never quite happy with yourself. You expect too much, so unless you lose weight fast and your diet and exercise plan is perfect, you give up. Your desire to lose weight may cause you to cut corners. You may reduce calories too much in order to lose fat fast and end up binge eating because you are so hungry.

When you start a diet and exercise program nothing stops you! Your strength of purpose is a great asset when following a weight loss diet and exercise program. You enjoy helping others and frequently offer diet support, diet tips and diet motivation to your friends and family.  A vegetarian diet suits you. Nuts are a good source of protein but eat all vegetables, particularly root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Eat lots of fiber in foods like whole meal cereals, bread, brown rice and avoid Processed foods, junk food and too much meat.

Men: Weight loss can be difficult for Mister Perfect! You are extremely critical and no matter how well you stick to your diet and exercise plan, you are never satisfied. You may be tempted to try a fad diet, like High Protein, in your rush to achieve a fast weight loss goal. Weight loss is fast and painless when you allow your positive qualities to emerge. You are practical and pay careful attention to daily routines. You take full responsibility for your health and once you start a diet there is nothing that will distract you.  You are not a natural sportsman, so you need plenty of exercise to help relieve stress. A varied exercise routine will suit you best. If you are young choose fast-moving games like badminton, tennis and squash as you grow older choose walking, jogging, cycling and golf.

You may find a vegetarian diet which suits you best and choose plenty of roughage. Health foods, like wheat germ, bran, and organic fruit and vegetables are particularly suitable. Loosen up! Stop trying to be perfect. Don’t be in too much of a rush to finish your diet. Remember the best diet plan is a diet plan you can stick to for life.

LIBRA (23 September-23 October)

General: You should have a buddy system when undertaking dieting and regular exercise. Your physical constitution goes in cycles from expending lots of energy to being a couch potato. A friend can encourage and motivate you to join a dance class or go hiking or bicycling. Eat a balanced selection of foods that have natural sugars, such as yams, sweet potatoes, bananas, apples, and berries. Include lots of fresh veggies, lean protein, and brown rice for balance.

Women: You hope that if you wait long enough your obesity or high cholesterol problem will go away! You have a slow metabolism and put on weight easily. This, together with your dislike of exercise and your sweet tooth makes weight loss difficult. However, you are very aware of your appearance and appreciate how weight control, diet and exercise help to maintain your good looks. Vanity is your greatest asset when it comes to fat loss! You adapt well to new situations so starting a weight loss plan or a new diet and exercise program will not cause you any problems. You think before you act and will spend time choosing the best diet. High energy levels make exercise a must and you generally excel at fast-moving games. But you have no discipline, which can make sticking to a weight loss diet plan difficult. Your love of lounging and dislike of exercise means your calories convert quickly to fat! You have a slow metabolism which makes exercise an important part of your weight loss program. Fast weight loss is not easy because you love good food and wine and enjoy entertaining.

You may resort to extreme measures to lose weight. You may choose a very low calorie diet or an excessive exercise program but soon quit. Or sometimes you do nothing and hope your fat will go away! A diet that allows a variety of interesting foods will work best.

Men: You do not lose weight easily. You tend to have a slower metabolism and a strong dislike of exercise and discipline. You talk about starting a program, but hope that your fat will disappear by itself! You are intelligent but can be gullible and can be attracted to fad diets and promises of very fast weight loss. You are generally handsome, but fat can ruin your good looks.  Because your appearance is very important to you, and because of your slow metabolism, weight control is a necessary part of your life. Starting a weight loss diet and exercise program with a partner works best for you. Any exercise is better than none but you dislike vigorous, sweaty exercise and are often the classic Couch Potato. Joining a luxury gym where you can also socialise, works well. You can excel at fast moving sports like tennis, squash and badminton.

The best diet for you is a low-fat diet that is high in fiber. It should contain lots of fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. You should avoid processed foods and foods that are high in refined sugar, like cookies and candy and be sure to drink plenty of water. If you want to keep the ladies as interested in you as you are in them, stop sitting on the fence. Make up your mind to start your diet and exercise plan today.

SCORPIO (24 October-22 November)

General: You have great willpower, you can do anything, including sticking to your diet of choice. Mineral-rich seafood and shellfish are greatly preferred as well as lean meat, asparagus, cauliflower, eggplant, mushrooms, figs, and coconut. Keeping a well-balanced and delicious variety of food on hand contributes to your success. Cultivate your personal desires, and achieving your dieting goals can be yours.

Women: You are able to follow strict diet rules. To lose weight successfully, you must immerse yourself in your diet plan and no half measures will do! Your enthusiasm and organizational skills makes weight loss a certainty. Fast weight loss is easier for you. Once you start, you stick to your diet plan and are determined to succeed. A positive outlook plus an orderly mind can help you overcome all weight loss obstacles. You can make things work even when the going gets tough! But sticking to a weight loss diet plan is difficult, when your negative side of your character is dominant. You resent the restrictions that a weight loss plan places on you and you will not want to count calories or fat. You should avoid very low calorie diets, fad diets and excessive exercise.

A varied diet and exercise plan that allows you to use your mental and physical energy will work best. When you curb your restlessness and settle on a specific diet plan you lose weight fast.

Men: Weight loss can be difficult because you are critical of yourself. You need to understand how losing weight will benefit yourself. You may start a weight loss diet plan if your cholesterol or blood pressure is high. You have difficulty following a diet plan, as you like to do things your own way. Fast weight loss is easy for you. There are no half-measures! You will stick exactly to your diet plan until you reach your goal. You have enormous mental and physical energy, and needs to do regular exercise whether or not you are overweight. As a water sign you enjoy swimming, rowing, diving and scuba diving. Boxing and martial arts are also good calorie burners and appeal to your aggressive side.

A diet high in fiber and plenty of fruit and vegetables is important. Your diet plan should include plenty of strong flavored, spicy foods. You can get so involved in your work you forget to eat. You should include plenty of easy-to-cook meals. Treat your diet like you do your job. Pursue your weight loss program with your abundant energy and enthusiasm, and you are bound to succeed.

SAGITTARIUS (23 November-21 December)

General: Rock climbing, running, bicycling, horse riding, bungee jumping, and sports in general help keep you happy while burning calories. Go easy on fats, gravies, butter, and chocolate, but do include plenty of whole grains and oats. A general high-protein diet keeps those muscles strong.

Women: You need a varied diet plan that gives you freedom. You try to take on too much. Typically, you start a weight loss, exercise program and a new job all at the same time! Weight loss for your hips and thighs is difficult. You do not have the patience to count calories but you want to lose weight fast. Calories from alcohol should be limited for health as well as fat loss. You begin a weight loss diet with enthusiasm. Your optimistic nature means you expect fat loss and weight control to be trouble-free. You adapt well and like to finish what you start. But weight loss is hard for you. Lack of planning and impatience makes sticking to a diet difficult. You are not domesticated so you need a diet plan with simple meals. Weight management is not easy.

If you can curb your need to do things your own way you can have great success! Your best asset is your enthusiasm. Obesity is not generally a problem and fat is mainly stored on your hips and thighs. A sensible and varied weight loss plan is best with plenty of Vitamin C (citrus fruits, kiwi, oranges) tomatoes, leeks, onions, garlic and reasonable amounts of protein. You should avoid highly processed fast food, large quantities of alcohol, sugar, candy and cookies. In general, eat fruit instead of cookies or candy to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Men: Weight loss is difficult because you are impatient and fails to plan your diet adequately. A lack of commitment and a dislike of restrictions make it hard for you to follow a diet and weight loss program. You love food and drink and have a strong indulgent streak, which makes it hard to reduce fat, sugar and alcohol. You are a risk-taker and may take risks with your health.  You regard dieting as a challenge. Boredom is a problem for you so you need to plan a varied exercise routine. You are a natural sportsman and enjoy the social as well as competitive aspects. You are a risk-taker and are attracted to more dangerous pursuits like skydiving, motor racing, mountaineering and para-gliding.

Weight loss is not difficult provided you choose a diet that does not require you to count calories. A diet that allows you to enjoy a variety of interesting foods will work best. You have a tendency to over-indulge in food or drink, causing health problems. Set yourself high goals and progress steadily. Then, not only will you lose weight, but also you will enjoy the challenge!

CAPRICORN (22 December-20 January)
General: Time is on your side, you have a way of getting better with age and maturity. You love a good outdoor hike, running, jogging, cross-country skiing, and types of activities that provide continuity for the long haul. Free-range beef and chicken are your preferences as well as pasta, spinach, raw leaf veggies, and barley soups. Treat yourself to some foot reflexology and regular massage, and you’ll be a happy camper!

Women: You are so single-minded that once you decide to diet you will lose weight fast. A strict diet plan appeals to you, however, if your weight loss plan goes wrong, you blame other people and other things – it is never your fault! You have many strengths, which help you to diet and lose weight like organizational skills, and a desire for routine makes sticking to a diet and exercise program easy. A weight loss diet that is practical, with strict rules, is ideal. But weight loss is difficult for because you do not welcome advice about how to lose weight, diet, exercise or anything else. You believe you know best!

If you use your amazing discipline and focus to stick to your weight loss program you will have success. You welcome restrictions like counting calories, reducing fat, increasing exercise and other changes which help you to lose weight.  Nothing is a problem. Lean meat, bread, potatoes, pasta, corn are great choices.  Plenty of calcium rich foods to protect your weak areas like teeth and bones. You should avoid Cold foods and eat most of your meals at room temperature or hotter

Men: Whether it involves diet, weight loss or any other issue, you believe you know best and regardless of how fast you lose weight you are rarely satisfied with your results.   You are attracted to restricted diets instead of a sensible diet plan that you can follow for life.  You possess good organizational skills that help you to incorporate a weight loss diet plan into your busy life. Routine is important for you when dieting. A practical diet plan with strict rules is ideal.  You often make excellent athletes. You enjoy exercises that require endurance and stamina. Mountaineering and rock climbing are favorites. You enjoy jogging to burn calories, rather than working out in the gym. You are attracted to exercise routines that have social advantages, so joining the golf club or tennis club is perfect.

Avoid fad diets and diets that are low in calories. You are attracted to diets that require super-human willpower but in the long term this will not work. You should choose a diet that fits easily into your daily routine. A low-fat diet that provides plenty of dairy and calcium rich foods is important to protect your weak areas like teeth and bones. Set yourself a realistic weight loss goal and give yourself a reasonable amount of time to achieve it. Successful weight loss is not about being perfect!

AQUARIUS (21 January-19 February)

General: You like to try unusual wellness techniques, such as prana yoga and daily meditation, along with traditional, strenuous types of exercise, such as swimming, running, hiking, and aerobics. It’s important for you to keep your body well oxygenated and the blood circulating. Eat plenty of hot peppers and lots of fresh fruit for radiant skin.

Women: You are drawn to the mysterious. Fad diets, herbal supplements, diet pills and food combining appeal to you. However, your logical mind quickly realizes that a healthy weight loss program is necessary for fat loss and lowering cholesterol. A low-fat diet and regular exercise is essential to avoid circulatory problems. Your optimistic nature makes starting a weight loss program fun. Temptation to go off your diet is not a problem as you are strong and independent. But weight loss can be more difficult for you because you have fixed opinions and losing weight requires change so you should try to be open to new techniques for losing weight. Your unpredictable nature can turn you from the perfect dieter one day to the binge eater the next! A lack of confidence can prevent you from tackling your weight problem.

Once you understand why you should start a diet and exercise program there is no problem. You are inventive and will find ways of making your weight loss program fun. You enjoy individual sports like swimming. You are unlikely to become part of a diet support group, as your privacy is too important.  A low-fat diet is essential for with plenty of fruit, particularly apples and citrus fruit. Dried and frozen fruits are also good. Try to avoid all high fat foods, processed foods, rich sauces and candy.

Men: Weight loss can be difficult for you because you do not like to reveal your feelings. Your first step is to admit that you need to lose weight! Although independent-minded, your calm, logical mind will focus on sorting out the diet and exercise issues. Once you have decided to follow a weight loss program nothing will divert you!  Exercise is particularly important to you as you are drawn to most sports. You often pursue unusual outdoor activities like parachuting, gliding, deep-sea fishing or surfing. For weight control, and good health you should continue to take regular exercise into old age.

Whether you need to lose weight or not, following a low-fat diet is important. You should adopt a healthy-heart diet from an early age. So eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and try to avoid those creamy sauces you love!  Don’t diet unless you really want to! You are extremely successful when you are really involved in what you are doing. See your diet as a challenge and you will live up to your reputation for ‘brilliance’.

PISCES (20 February-20 March)

General: You should surround yourself with positive vibrations for optimum results. For better or worse, you tend to pick up vibes that can affect your overall well-being. You pretty much like all types of foods, sometimes too much so.   Dancing and swimming are two of your favourite stress releasers, as well as other water sports such as sailing. Meditation and yoga are the perfect cup of tea to soothe your highly developed imagination.

Women:  You may decide to go on a weight loss diet, then immediately eat a cream cake! You say one thing one moment, and then do the opposite. You are drawn to fad diets, gimmicks and diet pills. You believe the advertisements that promise ‘lose weight fast without changing your diet’. You should avoid diet pills as you often react badly to drugs.  You are a good organizer and once you decide to start a weight loss diet you plan it well. You enjoy good food so it is important to choose a varied diet with a good choice of healthy foods. You should use your wonderful imagination to visualize how you want to look when you lose weight. But making the decision to go on a weight loss diet is difficult as you are indecisive. Diet support is important, as you are easily influenced and highly emotional. A critical comment can put you off your diet plan and a minor worry can drive you to binge.

The older you get the easier it is to gain weight. You should start a healthy weight loss diet and exercise plan as soon as you start putting on weight in order to prevent obesity in later years. You will lose weight fast if you stop doubting yourself and take action rather than sitting on the fence!

Men: The greatest weight loss problem for you is your emotional involvement. When your diet and exercise program is going well you feel great, but when diet problems occur you becomes depressed. Your lack of routine and lack of discipline makes it difficult to stick to a weight loss program.  You will choose a weight loss diet that gives you flexibility. You are always willing to try new things, including new foods. You listen to advice and gather support from your partner and friends.  You do not like strenuous exercise and team sports are not your thing but you enjoy gentle water sports, non-competitive skiing, snowboarding and skating. Regular, gentle exercise routine suits you best.

A healthy balanced diet is important for you and you have a sensitive system and may suffer from stomach problems. You are extremely versatile and should choose a weight loss diet that encourages you to eat a wide variety of foods from seafood to all organic foods.  If you have a weight problem, get off the fence and do something about it. Don’t wait for someone else to push you!

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit my ONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !

Skin Conditions

acne2_2112I hope you’ll want to learn more and let me help you to get into the best shape of your life.


Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes scaly, itchy, and some times painful patches on your body’s outer layer of skin. Symptoms can be simply irritating and easily managed with topical treatments, but for those with moderate to severe psoriasis, the disease can be debilitating. Not only is it painful, but it can also cause loss of work and limit your ability to move freely and participate in physical activities. Psoriasis can also have a devastating effect on self-esteem and social relationships.

People with moderate psoriasis are affected on more than 10 percent of their body. Someone who has psoriasis on the soles or palms and can’t walk or use his or her hands is also considered to have a moderate to severe affliction. People with severe psoriasis are affected on more than 20 to 25 percent of their body.

No one knows exactly what causes psoriasis, but it is believed to have a genetic component. Most researchers agree that the immune system is somehow mistakenly triggered, which speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells. A normal skin cell matures and falls off your body’s surface in 28 to 30 days. But a psoriatic skin cell takes only three to four days to mature and move to the surface. Instead of falling off or shedding, the cells pile up and form lesions.

There are several forms of psoriasis:

  • plaque psoriasis
  • guttate psoriasis
  • inverse psoriasis
  • pustular psoriasis
  • erythrodermic psoriasis

There is no cure for psoriasis, but many different treatments, both topical and systemic, can clear psoriasis for periods of time. People often need to try different treatments before they find one that works for them.

Plaque Psoriasis

Plaque psoriasis is one of the most common forms of psoriasis. The symptoms are often characterized by raised, inflamed, red lesions covered by a silvery-white scale. This type of psoriasis is typically found on your elbows, knees, scalp, and/or lower back.

Guttate Psoriasis

Guttate psoriasis is characterized by small, red, individual spots on your skin. Guttate psoriasis generally appears on your upper arms and thighs, although, your face, ears, and scalp can sometimes carry small traces of the condition. This form of psoriasis is normally not as thick or crusty as lesions of plaque psoriasis.

Inverse Psoriasis

Inverse psoriasis, also called flexural psoriasis, is a form of psoriasis found in your armpits, in your groin, under your breasts, and in other skin folds such as those around your genitals and buttocks. This form of psoriasis appears as smooth, dry areas of skin that are red and inflamed but do not have the scaling associated with plaque psoriasis. This type of psoriasis is often subject to more irritation due to rubbing and sweating because of its location on skin folds and tender areas.

Pustular Psoriasis

Common traits of pustular psoriasis are white pustules or blisters of noninfectious pus surrounded by red skin. The pustules contain white blood cells, which are neither an infection nor contagious. The condition tends to go in cycles where there is a reddening of the skin followed by the formation of pustules and scaling. This type of psoriasis affects fewer than 5% of all people with psoriasis and can cover your entire body or focus on certain areas such as your hands and feet.

Erythrodermic Psoriasis

Erythrodermic psoriasis, characterized by a periodic, widespread, fiery redness of your skin, often appears on people who have unstable plaque psoriasis. Severe itching and pain can occur during the reddening and shedding of the skin. This type of psoriasis can affect body chemistry, causing protein and fluid loss that leads to severe illness. It is important to see your doctor if you have or develop erythrodermic psoriasis.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis affects your skin on the:

  • head
  • face
  • chest
  • creases of the arms, legs and groin

Seborrheic dermatitis causes your skin to look greasy and scaly or flaky. When the flaking skin affects the scalp, it is commonly called dandruff. In babies it is known as cradle cap. Seborrheic dermatitis occurs more often in men than women.

Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp (dandruff) in adults and adolescents is usually treated with a shampoo that contains salicylic acid. If you have dandruff, you might start by using one of these shampoos daily until your dandruff is controlled, and then use it 2 or 3 times a week. When you use a dandruff shampoo, rub the shampoo into your hair thoroughly and let it stay on your hair and scalp for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. This will give it time to work


Your entire body surface continuously sheds dead skin cells. Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from your scalp. The most common symptom of dandruff is scaling, often accompanied by itching. Dandruff scales usually occur as small white patches on the top of the head. Dandruff is most severe during the winter and mildest during the summer.

Dandruff is a natural process that cannot be eliminated but can be controlled by regularly shampooing your scalp with a mild, medicated shampoo. If scaling on the scalp is accompanied by redness and greasy scaling on the face, eyebrows, and eyelashes, you may have seborrheic dermatitis. You should contact your doctor if the redness is present, or if scaling occurs on parts of your body other than the scalp.

Other Skin Conditions:

Skin Irritations

Many skin irritations may take as long as 10 days after exposure to appear. The most common skin problems are:

  • contact dermatitis due to poison ivy or Florida ivy
  • fiberglass dermatitis
  • skin reactions to chemical solvents
  • athlete’s foot
  • heat rash and jock itch
  • infections from puncture wounds, abrasions, cuts, and insects bites
  • sunburn and heat exhaustion

Wearing protective clothing is the simplest way to guard against exposure of your skin to the sun as well as minor cuts and abrasions that not only irritate your skin but also can get infected. Wearing work gloves and safety glasses helps you avoid accidental puncture wounds, cuts, and abrasions. Work gloves are essential when handling fiberglass, cleaning out debris and doing landscape work. Rubber gloves are suggested when using chemical solvents. These gloves reduce exposure to your skin. Clean, dry clothes help prevent skin irritations. Dry shoes and boots help prevent athlete’s foot. Itching, red spots, and minor inflammation can be very uncomfortable. If the inflammation does not go away after several days, consult your physician.  Available in my store is Hollywood skin magic which is an all in one skin conditioner that contains moisturizers, emollients, vitamins and extracts to nourish and condition your skin from head to toe.

Itching Skin

Itch is a common problem. Itches can be localized (limited to one area of your body) or generalized (occurring all over your body or in several different areas). Itching can be a symptom of an allergic reaction to something in the environment or to a medication or drug. Itching may occur with a rash or other changes in your skin. Itching can be created by fungus infections such as athlete’s foot and “jock itch.”

Environmental conditions such as dry or very humid climates can cause excessive dry skin that may produce itching. Itching is a common symptom of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.

Excessive scratching is not good. Since scratching provides only temporary relief and doesn’t promote healing of your underlying problem, it is best to avoid scratching if at all possible. If scratching breaks open your skin, bacterial infection can set in. If scratching continues for many months or years, the area that is scratched may develop thickened skin or pigmentation that darkens the area.

If home treatment isn’t helping, or you notice that scratching is affecting the skin being scratched (infection, lichenification, or pigmentation), or the itch is disturbing your sleep, you should consult a doctor to ascertain why you’re itching.

Flaking Skin

Dryness can cause flakes on most parts of your body. It is most common on your legs and arms, where skin is thinner and more often exposed. The causes of dry, flaking skin are many.

Flaking skin is more common in older people because aging skin tends to be drier. Dry skin is aggravated by frequent washing and bathing, especially with harsh soaps. Dry skin is worse at certain times of the year. Winter is prime flake season. Low humidity in cold outdoor air and heated indoor air can worsen flaking skin. Without enough moisture, dry skin flakes off easily.

Flaking skin can also be the result of any condition that causes skin to become damaged, irritated, or inflamed, such as sunburn, allergies, poison ivy, psoriasis, and seborrhea.

Psoriasis is distinguished by flaking over patches of red, inflamed skin and should be treated by a doctor. Seborrhea commonly affects your scalp, usually forming yellowish, greasy scales. Eczema usually forms dry scales or flakes. Eczema can appear anywhere, but in adults it is most common on the hands.

Skin Redness

A rash on your face might be almost invisible but very uncomfortable and itchy. The word eczema is a general term, referring to a broad range of red, itchy rashes, including:
contact allergies such as poison oak

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is one of the most common skin conditions. Patches of sensitive skin flare up in a rash in response to certain triggers, including:

  • rubbing or scratching the skin
  • excessive moisture, such as from saliva or milk
  • excessive dryness
  • overheating
  • cold air
  • common house dust
  • wool or other scratchy fabric
  • cow’s milk
  • wheat
  • soy
  • peanuts
  • nuts
  • eggs
  • dog or cat dander
  • cigarette smoke
  • clothes washed in an irritating detergent
  • soap

The rash commonly begins on your cheeks, neck, wrists, hands, and on your skin over the outside of the elbows or knees. Scratching your skin often causes it to become more inflamed and more sensitive to irritants and to dry out easily.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is a very common problem, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. The climate can make dry skin symptoms more severe. Winter’s wind and cold, dry air, along with indoor heating systems, create an environment that exacerbate dry skin conditions.

Dry skin can affect any part of your body. Arms and legs are most frequently affected. The most common symptom is itching, which can be mildly annoying to severely intense, often disturbing sleep. The most severe form of dry skin is called eczema. It appears as circular, pink-to-red patches of dry, rough, flaky skin, usually on your arms and legs. The back is often affected by both dry skin and eczema. Symptoms of any other skin conditions are often worsened by dry skin.

Scaling Skin

Many people suffer from dry, flaking, scaling skin. Sometimes there is severe itching. It is a year-round problem but more often appears only during the winter months when indoor heat is being used. Dry types of heat, such as electric and radiant, dry your skin much more than heating systems that include humidifiers.
Dry skin results from the outer layer of your skin losing excessive amounts of moisture. When this outer layer dries out, it becomes brittle and flakes off. Dry skin has many causes, including the environment, infections, parasites, hormonal imbalances, and hereditary and dietary disorders.

Dry, scaling skin on your feet is most commonly due to chronic athlete’s foot. This is caused by a fungal infection of your skin and is often associated with a fungal infection of your toenails. The skin often has a dull, reddish appearance.

Psoriasis can cause dry scaling of your skin. Psoriasis appears as small, white, flaky patches. If these scales are scraped off, they can cause bleeding. Neurodermatitis shows as a solitary patch of dry, scaling skin that itches constantly. It commonly occurs on your ankle, and its cause is unknown. Allergic dermatitis and contact dermatitis also cause skin rashes but tend to be more acute.

Skin Conditions

The SkinZinc® System which is available in the Global online store, has been found useful for skin conditions including:

  • psoriasis
  • seborrheic dermatitis
  • dandruff

SkinZinc® is also useful for other skin conditions such as:

  • skin irritations
  • itching skin
  • flaking skin
  • skin redness
  • skin dryness
  • skin scaling

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit my ONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !

Natural Cures

home remediesThe following article is a small excerpt from one of my books.  I hope you’ll want to learn more and let me help you to get into the best shape of your life.

Common sense may tell you that if you have a small medical problem, you should go to your family doctor. But there are many solutions to your health problems that you can find around your house! I’d love to share with you some alternative health methods of solving simple health problem with things that are commonly found around your house. This section is dedicated to sharing ideas of what you can do for yourself and your family to help prevent colds and flues, and other simple ailments that may help to reduce your pain, discomfort and much more.  If you have a home remedy that you would LOVE to share…I’d love to post it on my site to share with others.

EMAIL ME your remedy.

There are many things that are suggested below and I recommended that you always consult your doctor if your symptoms last more than a few days or is intense in severity.  These pages are to be used as a guide and not to be used in replacement of competent medical advice.

You have a first-degree burn

Putting ice on your burn cuts circulation, and you need healthy blood cells for healing. Instead, expel excess heat by running cool water over the burn for several minutes, then cut an onion in half and let it rest on the wound. Onions contain a mild analgesic.

Another method is using tomato’s which contains lycopene, a natural anti-inflammatory, so it calms inflamed skin. And the wetness of the tomato juice helps draw some of the liquid out of the burn, reducing swelling. Slice a large tomato and apply pieces to damaged skin. Leave on for five minutes, then remove, letting the remaining juices fully dry on skin. Once dry, rinse skin with cool water. Repeat twice daily until discomfort ends.

Toe Nail Fungus

Some products on the market take many months to stop the infection – some have adverse side affects!  Emery’s Finger and Toenail Tonic is  a very effective treatment that stops the infection in approximately 10-14 days. Older infections may take longer. It is 100% natural, has no harmful chemicals, no drugs, no side effects and is affordable!  This Tonic will stop and kill Toe Nail Fungus  resulting in a new healthy nail.

You have a sliver

Light a candle and pour melted wax on your hand, and let the wax harden, then peel it off. This should free the more stubborn pieces. Then use the sticky side of duct tape or roll a lint brush over the area to pick up any stragglers. Gently, of course.

You feel like being sick

Sailors swear by ginger to suppress seasickness and general nausea. But there’s an acupuncture trick that works just as well if you’re feeling queasy. Find the pressure point “pericardium number six”: From the heel of your palm, measure three finger widths toward your elbow. In the center of the wrist area, tape a golf ball snug against that point, and your stomach should calm down.

You have A Urinary-Tract Infection

When you get a urinary track infection, you want protein (a steak) to make your urine more acidic, and then by drinking cranberry juice, which will help to release the cranberry juices bacteria-bashing Hippuric acid.

You have a Scrape or Gash

Wash your wound, then squeeze a lotion like Lubriderm directly onto it, and slap on a bandage. This locks in the moisture and may help new skin cells form. Don’t touch your cut with your hand you use to hold the bottle it may transfer bacteria.

You can also use tea bags. The tannic acid in tea has an astringent effect, prompting blood vessels to constrict more quickly, which slows the flow of blood. Using light pressure, hold a cool (not warm) tea bag against the cut for one minute. Rinse, then cover with a bandage.

You have a Skin Blister

The skin under a blister is already growing in a sterile environment, so popping it won’t speed the recovery. You need to keep bacteria away and the bubble intact. Apply an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin, and then protect it with a bandage.

You have a Side Stitch

Ever get a stitch that feels like a dagger in your side? Exhale deeply and hold. Inhale. Repeat. “It’s a muscle spasm in your diaphragm,”. “The deep exhale will contract the entire muscle and sync all the fibers in it.”

You have a Razor Nick

Clean and apply pressure to the cut, then wipe the top of your antiperspirant with a tissue, swipe the fresh stick with a Q-tip, and dab some onto the nick. “The aluminum chloride in deodorant can help close the nick.

You have a Sore throat

Gargle with warm salt water (1/4 teaspoon of salt top ½ cup of water) and do this several times a day.  Also you can drink a glass of hot water with one teaspoon of lemon juice with some honey.  You’ll feel better almost instantly

You have low energy

Sprinkle fresh ground cinnamon on your porridge, cereal, toast or whatever you are having to eat. Cinnamon can triple the ability of your insulin to metabolize glucose.

You Have a Bad Cough

To stop night time coughing in a child or an adult, put Vicks Vapor Rub generously on the bottom of your feet at bedtime and then cover with socks.  I was raised, and raised my daughter with Vicks. This is amazing!  It works 100 percent of the time, although researchers who discovered it aren’t sure why.

Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about five minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief.

Cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs, but Vicks vapor rub on the bottom of the feet was found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children and in addition to a soothing and calming effect on sick children they will go on to sleep cough-free for hours every night.

Prevent blisters on your feet with deodorant

Blisters are caused by skin rubbing against your shoes, and are made worse by sweating. Deodorant works on your feet just like it does under your arms: It stops sweat glands from producing sweat. Before heading out, roll deodorant—any kind will do—on your soles.

Calm insect bites with aspirin

Aspirin is made of salicylic acid, a potent anti-inflammatory that can reduce pain and itching. Crush three aspirin and add a few drops of water—enough to make a paste. Apply mixture to the bite. Leave on for two minutes, then rinse with cool water. Repeat twice daily until pain and itching stop.

Remove warts with duct tape

Experts found this remedy could clear warts in two months. There are a few theories about how it works. One is that duct tape irritates warts, causing an immune system reaction that attacks them. Another is that the tape removes the virus-laden skin cells. Apply a piece of tape that’s the same size as the wart and leave on for six days. (If tape falls off, replace ASAP.) Remove tape after the six days and clean area with soap and water; leave tape off overnight. In the morning, reapply tape, keep on for five days and repeat until wart disappears. It may take up to two months, but it’s less painful and less expensive than repeated doctor visits.

Nix dandruff with apple cider vinegar

The vinegar’s acidity reduces the natural pH of the scalp and this creates an unfriendly environment for yeast that tend to overpopulate the head and cause dandruff. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with one quart of water and use as a final rinse after shampooing, twice weekly.

Home remedies, no matter who swears they work, are more often bunk than bona fide fixes. But some actually do have science on their side and, in fact, perform even better than their traditional medical counterparts. We dug into the research, talked with the experts, and found 18 treatments that passed. But nothing substitutes the great advice given by your health care provider…if symptoms persist please consult with them or let them know what you are planning to do to help alleviate your symptoms. Here are some more tips that have been emailed to me recently.

Cure cuticle infections with vinegar.

The natural antibacterial properties of vinegar can eliminate infections caused by an overzealous manicurist or picking at cuticles. Apply white wine vinegar combined with warm water for 15 minutes a day.

Eliminate dandruff with a DIY aspirin shampoo.

Aspirin is basically salicylic acid, the anti-acne ingredient that sloughs off dead skin. “It does the same thing for your scalp—gets rid of flakes.”  Add 1 tablespoon of crushed aspirin to your regular shampoo, suds up, and leave the soaped-up shampoo in for 5 to 10 minutes.

Ease nausea with ginger.

Your mom was right. Ginger accelerates stomach emptying and helps break up and release intestinal gas. Sip on ginger ale or ginger tea, or slowly eat a few candies made with real ginger. 

Beat a migraine with sex. 

But don’t just go through the motions, 43% of those who found relief in the sheets said their symptoms improved only after orgasm, according to a recent study. The researchers speculate that endorphins may cause pain to subside.

Bypass motion sickness with lemon.

Motion sickness is often accompanied by excess salivating. Tannins (bitter, astringent plant compounds) found in lemons (olives, too) dry out your  mouth, eliminating saliva and, in turn, easing nausea.

Heal cracked heels with Krazy glue. 

No amount of cream or moisturizer will bring that crack back together, Krazy Glue is a great little trick to fix it.  Soak your feet in water for a few minutes, then apply moisturizer and dab the glue on any remaining cracks. Just one application should do the trick. The challenge will be to avoid getting it on your hands.

Get rid of corns with licorice. 

Coating the affected area with a mixture of licorice and oil, then covering it with plastic wrap and a sock while you sleep, gives the estrogen-like substances in licorice time to work their softening magic.

Treat eczema with baking soda.

Eczematic skin tends to be more acidic, and baking soda brings it back to a more neutral pH and sloughs off some of that dead, flaking skin. Combine 1 Tbsp baking soda with warm bathwater, and soak for 15 minutes, 3 times a week. 

Soothe a sore throat with sage tea.

A study in the European Journal of Medical Research found that a spray containing 15% sage offered significant relief within just 2 hours, compared with a placebo. Try DIY sage tea: Pour 1 cup of almost-boiling water over 2 tablespoons fresh sage or 1 tablespoon dried. Cover and steep 10 to 15 minutes, then strain.

Solve stinky feet with rubbing alcohol.

Its dehydrating properties kill flourishing bacteria and fungus and eliminate excess perspiration problems at the root of odors. Dampen a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol and wipe over the bottoms of your feet in the morning to minimize moisture and control odor all day.

Stop a migraine with ice.

Applying ice to your temples or the back of your neck for 10 to 15 minutes numbs the nerve that’s sending the pain signal and constricts blood vessels. Plus, the icy sensation on your skin helps distract from the pain.

Halt a respiratory tract infection with salt water. 

Start swishing at the first sign of trouble. If you’re dealing with tonsillitis rather than a regular cough, add some salt to help clear out the bits of food that can get stuck in tonsils and often cause the problem. Doing so led to a 36% reduction in peak-season respiratory tract infections, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Kick athlete’s foot with garlic.

A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reported that ajoene, an antifungal compound found in garlic, can reduce the signs and symptoms of every gym-goer’s worst foe. Crush a few cloves, mix with olive oil, and use a cotton ball to rub the mixture on the affected area several times a day until the infection clears up.

Ease tinnitus with nature sounds. 

Research published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology found that digitally produced sounds mimicking nature and water provided significant relief from tinnitus. A white-noise machine with nature sound settings or a nature sound app on your phone will do the trick. 

Cure swimmer’s ear with a vinegar.

Vinegar acidifies the external auditory canal, killing the bacteria that cause swimmer’s ear. Dilute white vinegar with an equal amount of distilled water and, using an eyedropper, put 3 drops in the affected ear 3 times daily.

Fix indigestion with licorice and peppermint. 

A study in Digestion found that an herbal preparation of licorice root and peppermint leaves eased indigestion. Licorice increases mucus production for a soothing effect, and peppermint relaxes the sphincter in the esophagus, which acts up during indigestion. Licorice and peppermint candies can provide similar relief, as can teas containing either or both.

Experience less anxiety with peppermint essential oil. 

Research from Wheeling Jesuit University suggests keeping this feel-good scent on hand to sniff when stress levels start to bubble over. Doing so led study participants to have 20% less self-reported anxiety and 25% less frustration. My DMG brand also has stress and sleep sprays that generate amazing results.

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit my ONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !


doctorIn my upcoming CD on natural health and nutrition I make my viewpoint known about the Flu and that you don’t ‘catch’ the flu but you create an environment in your body that is toxic which helps you to get sick.  But with this said, the following is the mainstream thoughts on the flu and flu shots.

The dreaded H5N1 avian flu, as feared, finally mutated last August into a virulent form that can easily spread from person to person, increasing the likelihood of a pandemic that could kill hundreds of millions. (Much like 1918’s infamous Spanish flu) Luckily, this mutation was the creation of scientists at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, and the mutated strain lives for now only in Petri dishes.

The reason why these scientists mutated this virus was so that they can understand how a mutated virus will function in nature before they can find a cure.

Since 2003, there has been a 28-fold increase in the number of times the deadly strain has jumped to humans, killing 60 percent of the people it has infected. Compare that to the Spanish flu, which wiped out only 2 to 20 percent of its hosts but resulted in about 100 million deaths worldwide.

Whether or not a vaccine for H5N1 is discovered in time, the vast majority of scientists agree on one thing, getting an annual flu vaccine will prevent you from having simultaneous infections of both the avian flu and the regular flu, which will keep the viruses from swapping genes and creating the super bug feared globally.

But even more important, is protecting yourselves against the current carnage that influenza causes. The disease kills 3,600 Americans every week during flu season. However, scientists face a major problem that’s only getting worse: conspiracy theories. Thanks to “the Internet,” influenza myths are spreading like, well, a pandemic.

I commonly hear people saying, Vaccines are unnatural, and I’ll take my chances. The bottom line is that the flu kills people, and the best way for you to protect yourself and your family is to get vaccinated.

Here, are the five most popular flu-shot myths.

Myth 1: The flu shot will give you the flu. This is impossible, because the flu shot doesn’t actually use live viruses. Vaccine makers grow the flu virus in eggs, and then purify and chemically treat the virus to deactivate it. What they inject into you are the two pieces from the whole virus that act as keys that allow the virus to enter your cells — the H and N proteins. Your body then builds antibodies against these keys, rendering them useless so the virus is unable to infect you. There is no way the shot can give you the flu.

Myth 2: Because they are grown in eggs, flu vaccines can actually give you the avian flu. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that can happen. Vaccine makers collect eggs long before flu season, sterilize them before use, and then kill all the viruses. The real danger would be giving the shot to someone with an egg allergy, which could cause life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Statistically, the odds of that happening are one in a million.

Myth 3: The vaccine can’t possibly protect people because it’s made before scientists know which particular strain will spread in any particular flu season. The vaccine offers protection against three flu viruses each season. Vaccine makers predict which strain will be troublesome almost a year in advance, which admittedly, can be tricky. However, scientists have become amazingly good at forecasting which are likely to spread. One out of 15 to 20 seasons, the vaccines are imperfectly matched, but some level of protection is better than none.

Myth 4: Healthy people don’t need a flu shot. Generally, it’s true that the flu poses the greatest risk to infants, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses. However the Spanish flu was most effective at killing healthy young adults. Every strain is different, and young and healthy people can prevent the flu from being transmitted to the rest of the population if they are vaccinated.

Myth 5: The flu shot causes autism. In the late 1990s, scientists got excited about a possible link between a compound in vaccines called thimerosal, which contains mercury (a known neurotoxin), and autism. Five large studies, however, disputed any link. There’s no evidence of any association between vaccines or thimerosal and autism.

Every year, an estimated 36,000 Americans die from the flu, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized.

One explanation most people have heard for the spread of the flu is that in winter, people crowd together inside, providing a perfect opportunity for flu viruses and other respiratory infections to spread. But scientists and common sense thinkers alike have been questioning the so-called crowding theory for years.

We have schools in May and June, and people do get together at movie theatres in the summer, so crowding alone doesn’t explain it.

Alternative theories abound. Some centre on how the human body responds to decreased sunlight and by making less of the hormone melatonin or vitamin D, for example, both of which might affect immunity.

Another theory is that drier, colder air is key. A recent study gave the strongest support yet to this idea as scientists exposed guinea pigs to flu viruses and found they easily infected one another in cool, dry air but couldn’t spread the flu at all at 30 degrees Celsius (86 F). So, should we turn our houses, nursing homes and schools into saunas and invite in the neighbors?  No. For one thing, what’s bad for the flu virus may be perfect for other microbes like molds and bacteria which would be delighted to take up residence in overheated, highly humidified buildings.

If crowding is not the primary cause of seasonal flu patterns, it does plays a role in spreading the flu. It’s common sense that the more crowded a situation is, the more at risk you are.  One thing researchers do know, is that some germs are especially well adapted to crowded conditions. Among them are adenoviruses, which often cause outbreaks of respiratory illnesses. One apparently nasty strain is implicated in recent severe cases of the so called boot camp flu. But the solution isn’t private rooms for recruits; it’s a vaccine the military hopes to introduce soon.

The single best way to avoid the flu is to get a flu shot. But you can also protect yourself and others if you:

− Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
− Stay home when you are sick.
− Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
− Wash your hands often.
− Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
− Practice good health habits. Get enough sleep, stay active, manage stress and eat well.

Answers to your flu shot questions

When is the flu vaccine available?

The flu vaccine is generally offered between September and mid-November, which is typically before the late-fall or early winter start to flu season.

What kind of protection does the flu vaccine offer?

A flu shot is between 70 and 90 percent effective in warding off illness, depending on the length and intensity of a given flu season and your overall health. In a few cases, people who get a flu shot may still get the flu, but they’ll get a much less virulent form of the illness and most important, they’ll have a decreased risk of flu-related complications (especially pneumonia, heart attack, stroke and death) to which older adults are especially vulnerable.

A study published in 2006 showed that the nasal spray flu vaccine (FluMist) was only between 30 and 57 percent effective in preventing the flu in adults. However, another study in 2006 found that giving nasal spray vaccine to school age children helped reduce the spread of flu in the community. And in 2007, researchers compared the effectiveness of FluMist with the flu shot in children ages 6 months to 5 years. The children treated with FluMist experienced about half as many cases of flu as did those who received the shot. However, FluMist increases the risk of wheezing in this age group, especially in those who already have asthma or recurrent wheezing and in all children under age 2. In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) therefore approved FluMist for children older than 2 years who don’t have asthma or recurrent wheezing. Consult with your doctor about which form of vaccination may be best for you or your child.

Why do I need to get vaccinated every year?

You need annual flu protection because the vaccine changes from year to year. The flu vaccine you got last year wasn’t designed to fight the virus strains in circulation this coming flu season.

Influenza viruses mutate so quickly that they can render one season’s vaccine ineffective by the next season. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee meets early in the year to estimate which strains of influenza virus will be most prevalent during the upcoming flu season, and manufacturers produce vaccine based on those recommendations.

What are my options for the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine comes in two forms:

  • A shot. A flu shot contains an inactivated vaccine made of killed virus. The shot is usually given in the arm. Because the viruses in the vaccine are killed (inactivated), the shot won’t cause you to get the flu, but it will enable your body to develop the antibodies necessary to ward off influenza viruses. You may have a slight reaction to the shot, such as soreness at the injection site, mild muscle ache or fever. Reactions usually last one to two days and are more likely to occur in children who have never been exposed to the flu virus.
  • A nasal spray. Administered through your nose, the nasal spray vaccine (FluMist) consists of a low dose of live, but weakened, flu viruses. The vaccine doesn’t cause the flu, but it does prompt an immune response in your nose and upper airways as well as throughout your body.

What are the main differences between the two types of flu vaccine?

Both the flu shot and the nasal spray help protect you from influenza. But there are differences to consider before deciding between the two.

Flu shot Nasal spray
Administered through a needle — you’ll need a shot Administered through a spray — you won’t need a shot
Contains killed viruses — you can’t pass the flu along to anyone else Contains weakened live viruses that won’t give you the flu but can, in rare cases, be transmitted to others
Approved for use in people 6 months of age and older Approved for healthy people ages 2 years to 49 years
Can be used in people at increased risk of flu-related complications, including pregnant women, as well as those with chronic medical conditions Given only to non pregnant healthy people,not to those with chronic medical conditions, suppressed immune systems or to children and adolescents receiving aspirin therapy
May be available free to the uninsured and is usually covered by insurance May not be covered by insurance

Who should get the flu vaccine?

Most people who want to reduce the risk of having influenza can get a flu shot. The CDC recommends the flu vaccine in particular if you:

  • Are age 6 months to 4 years
  • Are a child on long-term aspirin therapy
  • Are pregnant
  • Are 50 years old or older
  • Have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart, kidney or lung disease
  • Have a weakened immune system such as from medications or HIV infection
  • Are a resident of a nursing home or other long term care facility
  • Are a child care worker or health care worker or live with or care for someone at high risk of complications from the flu

Who shouldn’t get the flu shot?

Don’t get a flu shot if you:

  • Have had an allergic reaction to the vaccine in the past.
  • Are allergic to chicken eggs.
  • Developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, a serious autoimmune disease affecting your nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, within six weeks of receiving the vaccine in the past. People who have experienced Guillain-Barre after the flu vaccine are at higher risk than are others of developing it again.
  • Have a fever. Wait until your symptoms improve before getting vaccinated.

Why do children need two doses of the flu vaccine?

Children younger than 9 years old require two doses of the flu vaccine if it’s the first time they’ve been vaccinated for influenza. That’s because children don’t develop an adequate antibody level the first time they get the vaccine. Antibodies help fight the virus if it enters your child’s system. If a flu vaccine shortage was to occur and your child couldn’t get two doses of vaccine, one dose might still offer some protection.

I heard the flu shot isn’t very effective for older adults. Is it worth getting vaccinated if you’re over 65?

If you’re over age 65, the vaccine doesn’t offer as much protection as it would to someone younger because older adults produce fewer antibodies in response to the virus. Still, the vaccine offers more protection than does skipping the shot altogether. More important, the flu vaccine decreases the risk of flu-related complications (especially pneumonia, heart attack, stroke and death) to which older adults are especially vulnerable.

Will the flu shot protect against bird flu if there’s an outbreak among humans?

An annual flu shot won’t protect you specifically from bird flu, but it will reduce the risk of simultaneous infection with human and bird flu viruses. This is important because simultaneous infections are the main way that viruses swap genes and create new strains that potentially can cause flu pandemics.

Can I lower my risk of the flu without getting a flu shot?

With or without a flu shot, you can take steps to help protect yourself from the flu and other viruses.

Practice good hygiene
Good hygiene remains your primary defense against contagious illnesses.

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth whenever possible.
  • Avoid crowds when the flu is most prevalent in your area.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

If I’ve already had the flu, can I get it again?

Once you’ve had the flu, you develop antibodies to the viral strain that caused it. But those antibodies won’t protect you from new or mutated strains of influenza or other viruses.

What should I do if I get the flu?

First of all, don’t go to work or school, you’ll risk spreading this contagious disease to others.

To relieve your symptoms:

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
  • Consider over-the-counter medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) to ease the discomfort associated with muscle aches or fever, but don’t give aspirin to children or teenagers because of the risk of the rare but serious disease, Reye’s syndrome. And keep in mind that acetaminophen can cause severe liver damage if taken in excess.
  • Use antiviral medications if prescribed by your doctor, but no longer than recommended. Be sure to monitor yourself. If you start feeling worse, consult your doctor to make sure you’re not developing a flu-related complication.

What kind of complications can arise from the flu?

Complications include bacterial infection, pneumonia and dehydration. If you have a chronic medical condition, you may experience a worsening of that condition. Children can develop sinus and ear infections.

Is there any medicine to treat the flu?

Antivirals work both to prevent the flu and to help reduce the severity and duration of the illness by a day or two. Antiviral medications must be taken within 48 hours of the onset of your symptoms and are available only by prescription. Ask your doctor about getting a rapid flu test that can verify within a few hours whether you have the flu.

These two anti virals are recommended for treating the flu virus:

  • Zanamivir (Relenza)
  • Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)

Each of these drugs can cause side effects, including lightheadedness, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty breathing. They can also lead to the development of antiviral-resistant viruses.

People with the flu, particularly children, who take Tamiflu may be at increased risk of self-injury and confusion. The FDA recommends that individuals with the flu who take Tamiflu be closely monitored for signs of unusual behavior. In July 2007, the FDA approved two lower dose versions of Tamiflu for children. Still, discuss possible side effects with your doctor before starting any antiviral medication.

Your best bet for treating flu symptoms remains the tried and true:

  • Rest.
  • Get plenty of fluids.
  • Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for aches and pains.

It’s also important to eat healthy and get some daily activity to help keep your immune system in top form.

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Stop Snoring blog

zzThe following article is a small excerpt from one of my books. I hope you’ll want to learn more and let me help you to get into the best shape of your life.


A major cause of disharmony in a marriage and a growing crisis among couples happens while you sleep.

Traditionally, what happens is one partner nudges or calls the others name which then helps your partner realizing they are snoring and then they turn onto a side to stop snoring. Most people snore only while lying on their back. Snoring can lead to you or your partner waking up grumpy and even may lead to staggering your bedtimes so that the non snorer could fall asleep first, which over time may drive a wedge between couples.

If this is happening to you, you are not alone. 45 percent of normal adults snore occasionally and 25 percent snore every night. Most snoring is caused by the muscles in your mouth, tongue, and throat relaxing to the point that they vibrate against each other and partially block the flow of air while you sleep. Anything that further relaxes those muscles, like alcohol or contributes to the blockage, like extra fat, can make snoring worse.  Snoring can be a sign of a serious condition called sleep apnea, in which the obstruction is so complete that the snorer quits breathing for seconds at a time. If you think you have sleep apnea, you should see your doctor.

The fact that so many people snore or live with a snorer may be comforting to know you are not alone, but there is help and it doesn’t’ come in the form of separate rooms.

Snorers are more of a menace to others than to themselves.  So they often don’t see the need to correct their problem until they get into a relationship that affects the sleep of their partner. Severe snorers have many options available to them, from medical procedures like Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty to breathing devices like the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine. Snorers can also choose from a multitude of so-called remedies from late-night infomercials that make claims of “all natural” and “FDA-approved.”

Most people don’t want a miracle they just wanted an easy, inexpensive remedy that would help cut down their snoring—quickly.  Here is a review of some of the most popular methods and one that I think is a clear winner.

Nasal Clip

There are many nasal clips on the market selling for around 15 to 20 dollars. They claim to cure snoring by using rare earth magnets. These magnets put pressure on your septum, which supposedly increases circulation in your nose and promotes the opening of your nasal passages to help cut down on snoring. The clips often hurt to wear, feel invasive, and may make your partner laugh at you, which would be worse then the snoring you are trying to stop.

Generic Mouthpiece

Custom made dental devices like Snore guard and Silent nite, are supposed to help severe snorers by keeping their jaw in the same position during sleep that it is in during your awake hours. These mouth pieces are more expensive then the simpler boil-and-bite mouthpieces that are found at many sports stores. Besides looking mean you may have a tendency to slurp throughout the night and end up waking with dry mouth. That dry, rubbery taste may last throughout the next day, even after brushing your teeth. And guess what…your snoring really never stops.

Breathe Right Strips

If you have watched a pro football game in the past decade you will recognize Breathe Right and other nasal strips. These strips cross the bridge of your nose and stick to your nostrils, lifting open the nasal passages to make it easier for you to breathe through your nose. At a cost of 15 to 20 dollars for 30 strips they have their obvious problems. They’re an expensive full-time habit, and they often peel off after an hour or two, plus they leave strip marks on your face the next day. It would be cheaper to use a piece of Scotch tape on your face.

You still will snore throughout the night however may wake up a little more refreshed because of more oxygen to your body.

Marjoran oil and electric aromatherapy diffuser
In the aromatherapy world, marjoram oil is known as a respiratory aid and a soothing agent. It is non-invasive and it only cost of about 20 dollars. The smell of strong herbs like rosemary, can be overpowering and nauseating but really does nothing to stop your snoring.

Anti Snore Therapeutic ring

For about 50 dollars, you get a thin sterling silver ring with two acupressure balls on the underside. The ring goes on your left-hand pinkie finger and is supposed to stimulate your heart meridian and give energy to something called your “upper Jiao” The ring is so easy to use, slip it on 30 minutes before bed, and take it off in the morning. Your pinkie finger may be sore the morning in the spot where the balls pressed against it. This ring may work a little and you will feel good in the morning. Whether it’s a placebo effect, or an energized upper jiao? It’s worth a try.

Tennis ball

This snoring cure will cost you about 3 bucks for a can of 3 tennis balls.  You put a tennis ball in a sock, and then safety pin or sew the sock to the middle of the back of a T-shirt. When you sleep in this T-shirt, it’s painful to sleep on your back, so you turn on your side, where you’re less likely to snore. If you sleep with the sock enough, you will begin to associate sleeping on your back with pain, and you won’t need the T-shirt anymore.

This remedy works immediately. Make sure the sock can’t move too much and that it rests in the middle of your back.  This to me is the clear cut winner and is inexpensive and at the same time helps to modify your sleeping habits so that you and your partner get a great nights sleep and you wake up refreshed and well rested in the morning.

I hope this helps you with a great nights sleep for you and your partner.   If you have any stop snoring tips you would like to share, I’d love to hear about them.

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Tips To Live Longer

doctorThe following article is a small excerpt from one of my books.  I hope you’ll want to learn more and let me help you to get into the best shape of your life.

It’s simple: Employ these simple strategies now and add years to your life.  It may not be the ‘magic bullet’ or ‘the fountain of youth’ but by applying just a few simple things to your daily routine, you can add months if not years to your life.

This section is dedicated to sharing ideas of what you can do for yourself and your family to help you live longer and healthier. If you have a comment or tip that you would LOVE to share…I’d love to post it on my site to share with others.


1. Drink at Least Five 8-ounce Glasses of Water a Day
Scientists have found that men who drank at least Five 8 ounce glasses of water per day were 54 percent less likely to suffer a fatal heart attack than those who drank two glasses of water or less every day.

2. Take a Laugh Break

Watching 15 minutes of a funny video or listen to a comedy CD can improve blood flow to your heart by 50. This may reduce blood-clot formation, cholesterol deposition, and inflammation.  Click on the giggles on my site and read more.

3. Don’t Go to Work Sick

Over a 3-year period, those who went to work despite feeling under the weather had double the heart-attack risk of those who stayed in bed.

4. Put Out the Fire in Your Chest

Untreated heartburn can lead to a heart attack. Scientists discovered that as acid levels in the esophagus rise, the incidence of blocked blood flow to your heart also rises by 20 percent. A natural remedy: Analyze your diet. Don’t make a habit of drinking wine, juice, or carbonated beverages, all of which are highly acidic and may trigger heartburn.

5. Indulge Your Chocolate Craving

In a 15-year study, scientists have determined that if you ate just 4 grams of cocoa a day you had half the risk of dying from heart disease than those who ate less. That’s the equivalent of two 25-calorie Hershey’s Kisses — an amount that can fit into any diet.

6. Say No to Froot Loops

Researchers found that regularly eating cereal made from refined grains raised insulin and C-reactive protein, and lowered good cholesterol — all factors that boost your odds of developing heart disease. A better choice would be, Post Shredded Wheat cereal, which is made from 100 percent whole grains and contains no sugar.

7. Take a Magnesium Supplement

Over an 18-year period, researchers determined that men with the highest blood levels of magnesium are 40 percent less likely to die of any cause than those with the lowest levels. Magnesium can make multivitamins too bulky, so add a 250-milligram (mg) to your daily regimen.

8. Burn 1,100 Calories a Week

Scientists discovered that burning 1,100 calories per week prevents the accumulation of visceral adipose tissue — the dangerous belly fat that causes arterial inflammation and hypertension.

9. Take a Daily Multivitamin

Researchers discovered that taking a multivitamin helps prevent the DNA damage that causes cancer. I am a big fan of Centrum Silver.

10. Hit the Weights

Scientists found that if you completed three total-body workouts a week for 2 months it lowered your diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) by an average of eight points. That’s enough to reduce the risk of stroke by 40 percent and heart attack by 15 percent.

11. Set a Three-Drink Limit

Drinking more than three drinks in a 24-hour period increases your risk of arterial fibrillation, a condition that may boost your odds of a stroke fivefold during that time. An important note: When the average man pours himself a glass of wine, it’s typically twice the size of a standard drink (4 ounces).


It contains 325 milligrams of aspirin the same as a regular aspirin, and begins fighting blood clots almost 3 minutes faster than a pill, according to a study in Thrombosis Research…and Call a Ride  Walk-in patients wait almost twice as long in the E.R. as those who arrive by ambulance.

13. Treat a Killer Bee Sting

You may not know if you’re allergic to the venom of a bee, wasp, or hornet until you’ve already been stung. But if you start to experience the symptoms of a life-threatening reaction — hives, wheezing, abdominal cramping — you can save yourself in 3 steps:

Step 1. Call 911.

Step 2. Take a Benadryl.

Step 3. Lie on your back and elevate your legs while you wait for help.  An allergic reaction can constrict your blood vessels, and this three-step strategy counteracts that by improving blood flow to your heart.

14. Eat Produce at Every Meal

If you consume more than five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, you have a 26 percent lower risk of stroke than people who eat fewer than three servings.

15. Monitor Your Blood Sugar

People with high blood-sugar levels have twice the risk of heart disease as those with the lower blood-sugar levels. A warning sign: fasting blood sugar that’s greater than 100 mg per deciliter.

16. Think Positive

Scientists discovered that constant worrying shortens your life span by 16 years.

17. Keep Your Cool

If you frequently express your anger outwardly, you are more than twice as likely to have a stroke than those who control their tempers. If you have anger-management issues, try fish oil. National Institutes of Health scientists found that hostile, aggressive people often have low blood levels of DHA — one of the main omega-3 fatsfound in the oil. Take 1,000 to 2,000 mg every day.


Most shark attacks occur at dawn and dusk, when sharks feed. You can watch the sky for clues to their location: Seabirds eat the same fish as sharks. Here are three more ways to avoid a grisly death….Dive with a Partner. This cuts the chance of a shark attack by 50 percent, say Australian scientists…If You’re Attacked, Hit the Shark in Its Eyes or Gills. These are its most sensitive areas. The snout might work as a target, but this tactic often results in a bitten arm… Don’t Pee in the Ocean. Bodily fluids attract sharks.

19. Try a Natural Remedy

Eating one red grapefruit a day lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol by 20 percent, even in people who don’t respond to statins.

20. Have Breakfast within 90 Minutes of Waking

If you wait to eat longer then 90 minutes after you awake, you are 50 percent more likely to become obese and that increases in body mass were directly proportionate to the likelihood of dying of gut cancers — specifically rectal, bladder, colon, and liver.

21. Vacuum for 30 Minutes

Doing 150 calories’ worth of chores a day can lower high blood pressure by 13 points. The reduction lasts only 8 hours, but make it a daily habit and you can lower your BP in the long term.

22. Eat Berries

The antioxidants in cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries have been shown to offer protection from a stroke, keep you mentally sharp as you age, and ward off cancer.

23. Drown proof yourself

If you’re dumped in the water without a life preserver, the key to survival is staying warm and conserving energy. Use the method taught to U.S. Navy pilots: Float facedown in the water with your knees tucked against your chest in the fetal position. (This slows the drop in body temperature.) Exhale bubbles slowly, turning your head to one side only to inhale deeply. Repeat until help arrives.

24. Sleep on Your Side

This can cut in half the number of sleep apnea related wakeups you experience during the night. Such interruptions make you up to six times more likely to be involved in an auto accident, due to residual fatigue.

25. Light a Jasmine-Scented Candle

If you do this for just 1 minute before bedtime, you may fall asleep faster, toss and turn less, and feel more refreshed in the morning than those who didn’t inhale the aroma. Insufficient sleep boosts your risk of diabetes, and restless sleep increases your odds of a stroke.

26. Live Life in a Smoke-Free Zone

Secondhand smoke, besides boosting your risk of lung cancer, raises your diabetes risk by 40 percent — nearly the same as smoking does.

27. Dodge a Deadly Lightning Bolt

Stay off the toilet during severe thunderstorms. If lightning hits within even 60 feet of your house, it can not only jump through phone and electrical lines but also run through plumbing.

28. Put your iPod on a Mount

Reaching for an unsecured object as you drive makes you eight times more likely to swerve and get into an accident.

29. Check Your Smoke Alarms

The most likely reason a house fire ends in a fatality is that there was no early warning. While just about every U.S. residence has smoke alarms, studies reveal that the devices were nonfunctioning in one-third of homes due to dead or absent batteries. If you’ve ever let the juice in any of your detectors dwindle — or removed the battery simply to disable the low-power beep — consider installing at least one self-charging smoke alarm that screws into a ceiling light socket and feeds off your home’s electricity.

30. Sip on Mint Tea

It contains the powerful antioxidant hesperidin, which reduces the inflammation and oxidative stress associated with diabetes by 52 percent.  And despite its lack of caffeine, mint tea also increases alertness.

31. Don’t Jaywalk

This is particularly good advice if you’ve had too much to drink, because 77 percent of pedestrians killed while crossing the road aren’t at intersections. And 53 percent of those killed at night had blood-alcohol concentrations at or above .08 percent.

32. Don’t Get Blown to Bits

Keep bleach, paint stripper, fabric softener, glue, and sidewalk salt away from gas appliances. The chlorine or fluorine in these products breaks down into ionized gas, which can eat holes in the pipes that deliver the fuel for your furnace, range, or dryer. Think you smell fumes? Don’t call for help from inside your house; using your phone could create an electric spark and set off an explosion.


Researchers have observed that deep depression and its spin-off, suicide is often caused by job stress. Here’s how to lower stress, boost your mood, and simultaneously improve your overall health…Find Time to Exercise… When you exercise at any intensity for 2 hours a week — an average of about 17 minutes a day — are 61 percent less likely to feel highly stressed than their sedentary counterparts. …Then Take it Outside.  People who exercised outdoors reduced their depression by 71 percent, while indoor exercisers’ depression decreased by only 45 percent after their workouts… Cut Out the Sweet Stuff… Those on low-sugar diets had lower levels of depression and anxiety than those who consumed all types of carbs. The happier people also limited their total carb intake to 40 percent of total calories.

34. Douse Your Salad with Oil and Vinegar

Scientists have determined that unheated olive oil reduces cancer risk. As for vinegar, eating it prior to a high-carbohydrate meal (like pasta) slows the absorption of carbs into your bloodstream. This prevents the spikes in blood sugar and insulin that signal your body to store fat.

35. Add Curry to Vegetables

A combination of turmeric (found in curry powder) and phenethyl isothiocyanate (a compound in broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower) helps fight prostate cancer. The researchers believe that dusting your vegetables just once a week will provide protection.

36. Stash a Cinnamon Air Freshener in your car

The strong, spicy smell can help you stay alert as you drive. A whiff increases alertness by 25 percent. Sucking on an Altoid may work, too.

37. Test Yourself for HIV

A recent study confirms that early detection is the key to extending your life. You can order a take-home HIV test online mail in your blood sample, and receive your results in the mail just 7 days later.

38. Fall on Your Butt

If you feel yourself losing balance on the stairs, crouch so that your butt hits first.  Don’t be afraid to bounce down a few steps — it’ll make a fatal blow less likely.

38. Design a Colorful Menu

When you eat the widest variety of fruits and vegetables you gain greater cancer-fighting benefits than those who eat more total servings but choose from a smaller assortment. That’s because the plant chemicals that protect against disease vary between botanical families. Mix it up by choosing one serving from five different color groups: blues and purples, greens, whites, reds, and yellows and oranges.

39. Take a Noontime Nap

Breaking up your day with a 30-minute snooze can reduce coronary mortality by 37 percent. Why? It reduces stress that can damage your heart. Even a short nap once or twice a week was found to decrease the risk of early death.

40. Steep Your Tea for at Least 3 Minutes

Any less than that lowers the number of disease-fighting antioxidants.

41. Use Watercress in Your Salad

Eating 3 ounces of watercress every day increases levels of the cancer-fighting anti-oxidants lutein and beta-carotene by 100 and 33 percent, respectively.

42. Eat the Heel

Bread crust has up to eight times more pronyl lysine — an antioxidant that fights cancer — than what’s in the center. Similarly, the skin of produce is loaded with healthy nutrients, too.

I know you want to get in shape and look great.  Whatever your fitness goal…to slim down…gain muscle…tone your arms or flatten your tummy…I’m here to help you accomplish your goals and to improve your fitness level. If you have enjoyed this article and the many other free features on my site, and would like some more comprehensive information such as fitness books and CD’s to aid you in achieving your health and fitness goals, please visit my ONLINE STORE where you will find innovative natural health and beauty products to help you become the BEST YOU CAN BE !