Women’s Health

Black surgeon writing in medical chart
Black surgeon writing in medical chart

Consider one of the most potent forces now marketed to rapidly aging baby-boomers: Replacement hormone therapy. Estrogen is touted to alleviate symptoms from hot flashes, prevent osteoporosis (the so-called “brittle bone” disease of aging), and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

But estrogen is not without risk. Because “pure” estrogen increases the risk of uterine cancer, some women take a combination pill which combines estrogen and progestin. Although this lowers the risk of uterine cancer, some experts worry that any replacement hormone might increase the long-term risk of breast cancer. The long-awaited results of the Postmenopausal Estrogen/ Progestin Intervention Trials released last November revealed that hormones reduced the risk of heart disease but the study was too short-term to address the possible long-term breast cancer risk.

Estrogen or exercise?

Before you reach for a hormone pill or a patch, consider a “wonder” therapy that you may have overlooked. It’s called exercise.

Walking has been shown to lower high blood pressure and exercise can help control, and possibly even prevent, diabetes. Both high blood pressure and diabetes are strong heart disease risk factors in women.

As for osteoporosis, weight-bearing exercises, such as walking and lifting weights, help build strong bones. Even swimming, not traditionally thought of as a bone-builder, may be beneficial.

Remember though, if you have heart disease or other medical problems, talk to your doctor before undertaking vigorous exercise.

If you’ve undergone a hysterectomy, have severe menopausal symptoms, or very strong risk factors for heart disease or osteoporosis, hormones may benefit you. But whether or not you opt for replacement hormones, you may want to join me in trying exercise, the other “miracle” therapy.

Women’s Health Facts:

According to the experts, the most common sexual problem experienced by female heart patients is a lack of desire.

If a woman has undergone heart surgery, she may feel undesirable because of her incision. Or she may be afraid of taking an active role when having sex.

Her partner may hold back out of fear of hurting her. To make matters worse, some medications can dampen passion.

The key to a good sexual relationship is the same as the key to any other good relationship communication. If you’re accustomed to discussing your problems frankly, you should find it easier to talk about those of a sexual nature.

One of the biggest fears experienced by all heart patients, male or female, is that sexual excitement will lead to a heart attack. Happily, this fear simply is not grounded in fact. Here are the facts for most women:

If you are able to climb a flight of stairs without becoming short of breath or experiencing chest pain you should be able to resume passive sex with safety.

If you are planning to be the active partner, or anticipate finding sex especially exciting, climbing two flights of stairs without breathlessness or chest pain is the rule-of-thumb.
If you have concerns, talk to your doctor. An approved exercise program can help you get into shape for anything, including sex!

A heart-healthy lifestyle should include a satisfying sex life as well. And that’s no joke.

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Making the Transition From Unhealthy Foods to Healthy Foods

Two Surgeons Talking in an Operating Room
Two Surgeons Talking in an Operating Room

Most of us would like to eat healthier, but have trouble with breaking old habits and starting new ones. Maybe you’ve been eating the typical American diet for so long now, that it seems almost impossible to learn to appreciate the flavors of real food, as opposed to the highly-sugared, salty, processed food that you’re accustomed to. Or maybe, you are currently a pretty healthy eater, but would like to learn a little more to “tweak” your diet. Well, read on, and you will learn how to get the most out of your diet by making the necessary changes to make the transition from unhealthy to healthy foods.

Chemicals

First and foremost, get in the habit of reading labels. Awareness is the key. Becoming aware of the chemistry in your food is one of the first steps to become healthy, and is probably one of the most important of all. When you get into the habit of reading what you are eating, it will make a big difference. Don’t become overly obsessive, just become aware. If you cannot pronounce it, you shouldn’t be eating it. And chances are, if there are more than 6 ingredients, it’s probably a processed food. Your goal should be to eat whole foods that have no other ingredients but themselves. The flavor of whole foods will make such a difference that soon (with consistency) your taste buds won’t want for anything else. You will soon find that any food that has chemicals and preservatives in it will taste medicinal and fake. When shopping in any store, whether it is your local grocery store or a health food store, remember it is best to shop the perimeter (outside aisles) as much as possible. That is where you will find most of the whole foods like fruits, vegetables, fish, eggs, dairy, and so on. The inner aisles, with the pre-packaged foods, will do the most damage to your health.

Sugar

Refined sugar is a huge health-robber, but one of the easiest to wean yourself from because there are many treats that you can buy at a health food store that are made with “legal” sugars: raw honey, barley malt, fruit juice maple syrup, Sucanat, stevia, Rapidura, raw cane juice, and agave. These sugars have not been put through a process that removes all of the nutrients. They will give you an energy boost, but not so high that you will come crashing down 20-30 minutes later with the awful feeling a “sugar crash” gives you. I know it’s hard to conceive, but if you start to eat more real-food and more earth-centered food, your cravings for sweets of any kind (even the “legal” ones) will decrease tremendously. The best way to start the weaning process is to stop buying refined sugars and sweets and bringing it into the house.

Meat

Now, everyone is not going to go for this one, and I am aware of that. But you nay-sayers please still read on, because you are bound to get something out of this section. In years past, there were very few substitutes for meat, but now you can get almost anything you want in any form or flavor that you can imagine, based on turkey, chicken, fish or soy products. These red meat/pork alternatives are so well-seasoned, at times, that you’ll be convinced that you are eating the real thing. Most of the dishes we make with ground beef are really about the seasoning or condiments. If you dress up a veggie burger with goodies like tomato, onion, lettuce (other than iceberg), pickles, ketchup, and mustard, your brain will tell you that you are eating the real thing. For other ground beef dishes like meatloaf or sloppy joe, you can add your “special sauce” and other ingredients to ground turkey or texturized vegetable protein (soy protein crumbles) and fool even your biggest meat eaters. If you are trying to wean yourself and/or your family off beef and pork products and are not ready to become completely vegan, try Shelton Farms turkey and chicken products. They are preservative-free and made from free-range poultry meat. With all of the panic surrounding mad cow disease, it’s good to know that you don’t have to sacrifice your health for flavor anymore.

Dairy

If you make the commitment to give up dairy products, you will realize how easy it is to make many of you favorite dishes with a milk substitute. You can find healthy milk alternatives that will not only taste good, but will also make you feel better because your nose won’t be stuffy, your throat won’t be phlegmy, and you digestion will be greatly improved. For a milk alternative, I usually recommend Silk Soy Milk by White Wave- this is the Cadillac of all soy milks on the market. Or, if you’re allergic to soy, I recommend Original Enriched Rice Dream by Imagined Foods. Both can be used in cooking and baking, but I recommend you use the unsweetened versions of either one. Also, Earth Balance Margarine is a good butter substitute because it has no hydrogenatated oils. As for cheese, Veggie Slices are great and they come in a variety of flavors (American, Swiss, Provolone, Monterey Jack). The same manufactuer of Veggie Slices brand makes shredded versions of the cheese, too. There are also substitutes for sour cream, cream cheese, and dairy creamer to replace half-and-half. And let’s not forget yogurt. There are soy substitutes for that as well. Going cold turkey may be hard for some, and in that case, you may need to gradually wean yourself off dairy. Gradually decrease the dairy products you use while substituting the alternative version. You will notice that there isn’t much difference, except that you will begin to feel better.

It is my hope that you have learned a lot from this issue, not only about what is written here, but about yourself and the things that you need to work on to gain better health. If it all seems overwhelming, then just start with one thing at a time. You may want to start at the top of the list, and each 2-3 weeks work your way down the list. I recommend at least 3 weeks of consistent work on each topic before moving on to the next, in order to create a habit of change. Before you know it, you will have incorporated 4 important steps into your lifestyle that can do nothing but make YOU a healthier YOU!

Sex Frequency: How Much Sex Is Healthy?

Patient Giving Blood in a Hospital
Patient Giving Blood in a Hospital

It really is hard to believe that a woman’s worries over how often she has sex can affect her emotionally and even physically. What makes it even more difficult for a woman to determine if she is having sex often enough, is the sheer amount of statistical information that is available. Unfortunately, this information is generally inconclusive and only causes more confusion and worry.

How Much Sex is Normal?

There truly is not an answer to how much sex is enough, every woman is different. It is natural for a woman’s sexual desire to decline as she ages, and this will affect how often she needs sex to feel satisfied and content. It is normal for a younger woman though, to engage in sex more often in order to feel satisfied, since her sexual hormonal levels are higher. The aging process and sexual hormonal level are not the only factors the affect high much sexual intercourse is normal.

* Major life events
* Physical and emotional health
* Medications
* Childbirth
* Severe grief or depression
* Physical or sexual abuse
* Stress

All of these can affect what is a “normal” amount of sexual intercourse for a woman. Many of these factors are temporary, and her sexual need and frequency may increase. There simply is no way to determine what a normal amount of sex is for a woman. Every woman is different in her needs and desires. If she is satisfied and fulfilled, then chances are she is leading a normal healthy sex life.

What Happens When a Woman is not having Enough?

At times in a woman’s life, she may feel like she is not getting enough sexual attention. When this happens over a long period of time, problems may begin to develop. When one partner is no longer interested in sexual intercourse problems will begin to develop in the relationship. The relationship could completely break apart, sexual needs could be met elsewhere, and often one or both parties are left with feelings of sexual inadequacy.

Unfortunately, sexual discussions still remain difficult for many couples, and one of them may not understand the strain the lack of sex is putting on the relationship. Sexual needs not being met is one of the leading underlying causes of divorce, and could often be prevented with open and honest discussions about sexual needs and desires.

Does Too Much Sex Affect A Woman’s Life:

For some women, sex can control and affect almost every aspect of their lives. This is not only true for some women, but for some men as well. Sex can begin to affect a person’s life when it becomes all consuming. When every thought and action is planned around sexual activities, then there could be a problem.

Sex addictions affect millions of people, and it is often seen as a shameful disease. Sex addiction is often diagnosed as an uncontrollable mental and physical need to have sex. Sometimes this need can override impulse control and sexual crimes can be committed.

Most of the time having too much sex simply interrupts other daily activities. Most cases of excessive sex can be treated with simple therapy.

Staying Healthy During Allergy Season

Illustration of using syringe to clean wound on sole of foot
Illustration of using syringe to clean wound on sole of foot

Spring is just around the corner and with flowers and plants on the verge of full-bloom, hay fever, hives, and other allergic reactions will soon follow. If you are like me, you try to avoid prescribed and over-the-counter medications as much as possible. Although there are times when we must utilize certain medications to treat health conditions, there are several herbal remedies that can help prevent or lessen te effects of allergies. Supplements and herbs can help reduce the inflammatory response and act as natural antihistamines.

Allergies are the result of an acquired oversensitivity to specific drugs, foods, or environmental substances. They can begin at any time and are most commonly brought on by stress and repeated exposure to a toxin. In addition, there is a proven genetic link: Children may inherit a tendency to develop specific allergies. The increased occurrence of allergies has been associated with polluted air, water, and food; decreased incidence of breastfeeding and earlier introduction of solid foods to infants; genetically engineered plants; and eating the same foods every day. When you eat the same food day in and day out, your body may build up an intolerance.

Environmental or seasonal allergies can be caused by molds, yeast, dust and the pollen of ragweed, trees, and other plants. They are also commonly triggered by animal hair and dander, dust mites, wood- and coal-burning stoves, and cigarette smoke. If you’re affected, avoid these sources as much as possible. Below is a compiled list of supplements and herbs that can be helpful in treating your allergies this season. I have listed a precautionary note with each herb/supplement, when applicable. Please consult a qualified health professional for exact dosages of these herbal remedies and DO NOT self-medicate.

Herbs:

o Rose Hips: Note: Generally regarded as safe.

o Stinging Nettle: Note: Stinging Nettle can produce allergic reactions in some people.

o Fennel: Note: Fennel may cause allergic reactions in some people.

o Garlic: Note: Placing garlic directly on the skin may cause
blisters and a burning sensation. Large doses may interact with the blood-thinner Coumadin.

o Tumeric: Note: Tumeric root should not be used by individuals with gallstones or bile flow obstruction.

o Valerian: Note: Although it generally has a sedative effect, valerian may act as a stimulant for some individuals. Long-term use should be avoided because of alkaloid content, which may cause liver damage.

Supplements:

o Bromelain (pineapple enzyme)

o Digestive Enzymes

o Omega-3 Fatty Acids

o Quercetin (bioflavinoid from buckwheat and citrus fruits)

o Vitamin A

o Vitamin C

o Zinc

How To Tell If You Have Food Allergies

Food allergies are on the rise and in the U.S., about 6 million people suffer from them. Many suffer in silence because they don’t realize they’re allergic. The biggest contributors to food allergies are refined flour, white sugar, and processed foods that have little nutritional value. Yet, Americans are eating these foods more than ever.

To complicate matters, people are eating fewer different types of foods. Too many people don’t vary their diets, which tend to consist mostly of wheat, corn, dairy products, sugar, caffeine, meat, eggs, and citrus fruits. Eating the same foods every day can cause the immune system to respond improperly, leading to allergic reactions. Other common causes of allergies include artificial preservatives, additives, colorings, monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, saccharin, pesticides, and other chemicals added to foods.

Inflammation, the symptom most commonly associated with allergies, can occur almost anywhere in the body. If inflammation occurs in the joints, it may cause rheumatoid arthritis; if it occurs in the head, it may lead to chronic sinusitis or migraines. The symptoms associated with food allergies are myriad and may include, among others: acne, asthma, depression, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, eczema, hives, anxiety, canker sores, teeth-grinding, diarrhea, gas, colic, constipation, arthritis, headaches, sinusitis, rashes, chronic bladder infections, failure to thrive, and bed-wetting.

If you suspect that you have food allergies, you can test yourself through an elimination diet. But DO NOT attempt this diet if you have violent reactions to foods, such as trouble breathing or severe asthma, because reintroducing the offending food can cause anaphylactic shock in some individuals. The following information will guide you on how to implement the elimination diet.

First, identify the foods to which you may be allergic. Most common are wheat, dairy, corn, citrus, and peanuts. If you don’t know, eliminate all of them, along with processed foods, artificial food colorings, preservatives, additives, coffee, sugar, and alcohol. Check the ingredients listed on supplements and packaged foods. Drink filtered water and eat organic produce, when possible. Follow the diet for 2-3 weeks. After 3 weeks, your allergic symptoms should be gone. Otherwise, ou may be allergic to something you didn’t eliminate; you didn’t stay on the diet; or you may have another health condition.

If your symptoms are gone, reintroduce on food at a time and watch for reactions. Eat a big portion of the suspect food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Record symptoms in a journal. If you do not have symptoms within 3 days, you probably are not allergic to the food. After the 3 days, reintroduce another food. If you have symptoms, stop eating the suspect food, as you probably are allergic to it. Wait until the symptoms subside before testing another food.

After determining which foods you are allergic to, cut them out of your diet entirely for 3-6 months and then gradually reintroduce them. You may find that your allergic response is gone. At the same time, be sure to eat whole, unprocessed foods and rotate your selections so you are not eating the same foods more than two or three times a week. Also, consult a qualified health professional, such as a physician that specializes in treating allergies, if and when your allergies are severe.

Improve Erectile Health for a Lifetime of Better Performance – The Natural Way

Woman In White Lab Coat
Woman In White Lab Coat

Hitting the daily recommended amount of vitamins and nutrients is pretty low on the priority list for most men. What are those nutrients again? A, B, C, Q, X and T? It’s true that many men have the attitude of who knows, and who cares when it comes to getting their daily dose of nutrients; and at best, they may pop a daily multivitamin and call it good. But what if certain vitamins were found to have penis health enhancing properties? Perhaps that would gain more attention and interest in those vitamin naysayers. Well, as it turns out, there are actually several vitamins that are known to work their magic below the belt – in addition to other areas of the body. One such power player is vitamin D. Learn how this miracle vitamin relates to penis care and may even bring about dramatic changes in terms of erectile health.

Vitamin D and Sexual Health

Known in the medical community as the miracle vitamin, this little baby can indeed perform some miracles in the bedroom. The following are some of the ways that vitamin D can improve the health and wellness of the manhood:

– Improves Sexual Functioning – Men who aren’t getting enough D – either through food or supplements – are not only placing themselves at risk for weak bones as they age; they are also putting their boners at risk, too. Men who are deficient in this vitamin are much more likely to struggle with erectile dysfunction – meaning they have difficulty getting it up, keeping it up, or both.

– Improves Sperm Count: Yup that’s right, a man’s swimmers can be impacted by too little vitamin D. Men with a low intake of D tend to have a lower sperm count, which makes it more difficult to get a partner pregnant.

– Supports Cardiovascular Health: Vitamin D is very good for the heart and the entire cardiovascular system; and what’s good for the heart is good for the penis. The heart and circulatory system are responsible for transporting oxygen-rich blood to the entire body – including the manhood – so if that system begins to fail, the body will divert blood flow to keep the major organs healthy. Though most men think of the penis as a major organ, it is not vital to one’s life functioning, so if necessary, the blood flow to the penis will be lessened in favor of keeping – oh, say, the brain – in a good supply of blood. Decreased blood flow means a poor quality erection, so keep that D intake up for the health of the heart and penis!

– Supports immune functioning: Vitamin D helps keep the body’s immune system in fighting condition, equating to fewer sick days, and ultimately, fewer days on which a man has to take a time out from his bedroom activities.

Getting Enough D

Men who want to reap the benefits of this amazing vitamin can do so by eating vitamin D dense foods, getting a good dose of sunshine, and using vitamin supplements. Foods such as whole milk, or other dairy products made with whole milk, eggs, portabella mushrooms, salmon, and tuna pack a powerful punch of vitamin D and should find their way into the grocery cart every week. The sunshine is, perhaps, the most fun way to get vitamin D. Soaking up some rays helps pump up the body’s natural production of the vitamin, but this is simply not a year-round option for people who experience gloomy, cold winter where outdoor activities are often out of the question. Finally, all-natural vitamin supplements are a way to take in the right amount of D every single day.

Men hoping to target the penis in particular should use a daily health care (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) packed with vitamin D and other nutrients. The cream can be applied directly to the penis, for fast, easy absorption right where the nutrients need to be targeted. Make it a part of the daily routine by applying it right after the shower and never be deficient on D again.

Improve Your Health and Fitness- Go Caveman!

Human hand holding syringe
Human hand holding syringe

I am going to tell you why you need to behave more like a cave man in order to stay healthier and happier. Read on cave people……

Over aeons of time, our bodies have adapted to cope with survival in a harsh environment. Although we achieved civilization thousands of years ago, our bodies have not evolved to adapt to this change. If we imagine ourselves back in the distant past we would have eaten less sugar, salt and fat in a year or more than we now eat in a week or less. We would have eaten a diet of meat and fish, mostly vegetable matter, fruit, berries, nuts, seeds and roots. We would only have drunk water, and may have sampled the splendour of honey. Foods would be rich in fibre, some protein, essential fats, vitamins and minerals, but low in sugar, salt and saturated fats. We would have been in almost constant motion; playing, working, foraging, preparing food, but rarely staying still. (I think that it is important to remind ourselves that our body is designed to be active, but that we often think of exercise as formal, vigorous, structured pursuits. It can be easy to persuade ourselves that going swimming or playing football twice a week is enough [and so we have an excuse for driving to work and to the local shops]. And although it is great to do these things, we can stay fit and healthy without a gym membership, just by doing everyday movements; walking, cleaning the house, and gardening, and yes I shall say that well-worn phrase- leaving the car at home.)

Don’t think that our person from the past would have been feasting on jumbo mammoth steaks Flintstone-style all day long either. Meat may have been in scant supply for much of the time (have you ever tried to catch a rabbit?) and women and children spent a large amount of time foraging for nuts, roots, berries and vegetable matter. Everyone would have been involved in acquiring food, and all methods of obtaining food would have used large amounts of energy; you have to cover wide areas to provide enough food for a family. Even when farming became a way of life huge amounts of energy would have to be invested in producing the fruits, vegetables and animal products. Animals too would have been reared on a diet of more complex foods rather than modern high-energy processed feeds. It is thought that their meat would have been much less rich in saturated fats and so healthier for the people consuming it.

Food production would have been part of every day life, unlike today where food arrives pre-packed, smothered in cellophane, produced days, weeks or months ago in a factory hundreds of miles away, glazed with wax, identical in size and colour to its neighbour, lacking any aroma, and likely to be lacking in nutrition. Our imaginary person would have experienced real, largely unprocessed food, and a varied seasonal diet (no strawberries at Christmas for Ms Caveperson). It is likely that they would have a relationship with what they had produced. If you ever grow your own fruit and veg you will understand how exciting it is to watch things grow, then how good it feels to harvest and prepare them. People would have wasted nothing- all parts of every fruit, vegetable or animal would be used for something, almost nothing was unusable; today in the UK one third of our food is thrown away and wasted, out of every 2 bagged salads purchased today, one will go in the bin (sounds familiar?).

Another aspect of our imaginary person’s relationship to food is the social aspect. People would have produced and processed the food together, celebrated harvests and abundant times, and eaten together as a family or group. Children would help the adults, and learnt how to grow and prepare food ensuring that they would be able to look after themselves as adults. Meal times may have been the only time when the extended family would be gathered together to swap the day’s news, gossip and stories. This way people eat more slowly, and eat less allowing their body to feel full and satisfied. Food would have produced social bonding and been a central and essential part of social life.

Life would have been hard, and still is for many people today who have to provide their own food, and so I don’t want to over-romanticise this imaginary person. However, I think that this person from the past is a useful tool for understanding what our eating and activity profile should be more like if we wish to be healthier and happier. There would have been no slouching on a sofa in front of the TV, no Chicken Dippas, micro-chips, and definitely (and thankfully) no Pringles. Our imaginary person may not even recognise these things as food.

Underneath it all we are still cave people, our bodies and brains have evolved to take nutrition from simple whole foods, we thrive on human contact and still feel the need to eat together and share food, and our bodies are healthier if we exercise consistently. We need a diet rich in whole foods, in raw foods, and home cooked foods. We should pick foods which are low in sugar, salt and saturated fat. If you are doubtful about the validity of a food, ask yourself how far-removed it is from its natural state, could you make it yourself, would it have existed a hundred years ago or more? If the answer is no then the chances are that it is not very healthy. We need to explore the excitement of foraging for food, growing it and preparing it, we need to rediscover the simple pleasures of podding peas, chopping fresh herbs, picking blackberries, and making pickles and jams.

We can support our ‘tribe’ by walking down to the local fruit and veg shop, and visiting the local butcher or fishmonger, by using our farmers markets, and supporting local growers. (For each £10 spent in the UK £6 goes into the pocket of Mr Tesco*; local shops are closing, and farmers are making little money due to the pressure placed upon them by supermarkets). We need to get back to the camp-fire and share family food times together, making eating a natural and loving social event where family and friends can interact and bond.

I am not suggesting that you go out and jump on a rabbit and sink your teeth into it, but try to think about the true importance of good food and exercise, and the way that we can improve our health and fitness, enrich our lives and support our community and the environment at the same time. Take a step back in time this week; walk down to the farmers market or the local shops, buy some local produce, take it home and cook it carefully for some people that you love. Unplug the TV and have a good long dinner by candlelight, taking time to talk and enjoy the food. I guarantee that you will feel healthier and happier, and Mr Tesco is hardly going to starve without you!

I hope that this gives you some food for thought,

Vikki

*Tesco is a vast supermarket chain in the UK.

Earn Extra Cash While Supporting Medical Research

Portrait of three scientists in laboratory atrium
Portrait of three scientists in laboratory atrium

“At least you’ve got your health.” You’ve probably heard people over a certain age sympathetically say this after hearing about a misfortune such as losing a job or the end of a relationship.

Whether or not these words give comfort, they do have meaning because health is something to prize. Ask anyone who suffers from a chronic illness if they would prefer a life without pricking themselves every day to test their blood sugar levels, or drag an oxygen tank behind them wherever they go. Healthy people, some will say, don’t know how good they have it.

If You’re Healthy and Want Extra Cash, Consider Joining a Clinical Research Trial

People who want to make a little extra cash may want to consider volunteering in a clinical trial that tests new approaches to treat diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses. It’s one way to earn money, learn more about how to stay healthy, get regular physical exams, and contribute to medical research that can benefit others who live with a chronic disease or illness.

Before a drug company can put a new medication or medical device on the market, it has to test it on different groups of people. Generally, the first group includes healthy people who are willing to be part of a safety test to see if there are side effects and how severe they are.

If it sounds dangerous, be assured that before any drug or device can be tested on people, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the drug company to prove that its safety and potential benefits in laboratory-controlled situations. This can include tests on animals or computer simulations. Human drug trials are only permitted after a drug has been worked on and tested. This can take years of study.

In addition, all clinical trial volunteers undergo medical exams before they are accepted for a trial. Medical staff will examine them to make sure that they are not in danger by taking the drug or using the device being tested.

Payment for clinical trials varies. Volunteers who take a medication and check in periodically with researchers can expect to earn at least $50 per visit and often more. Some companies pay hundreds of dollars per visit.

Trials that need people to stay overnight in a facility pay more, perhaps up to $500 for a weekend. Participants are constantly monitored, provided with meals and entertainment (books, videos, music) in pleasant although undeniably clinical surroundings.

People With Chronic Illnesses Can Participate

After safety has been established, the FDA might give permission for more trials to go forward on groups of patients who have the disease being targeted. For example, a new diabetes device that takes blood samples from the arm rather than fingertip will first be tested on volunteers without diabetes. If the FDA is satisfied, a call will go out to people with diabetes to take part in a trial.

Doctors often refer patients to clinical trials for drugs that could benefit them but are not yet available by prescription. Of course, most trials involve a double-blind study design where one group receives the medication and the other a placebo or other medication proven to be successful for their condition. This is to truly test the effectiveness of a given medication or treatment.

Penis Health Quiz – How Much Do Guys Really Know About Their Tool?

Scientists working with printer in lab
Scientists working with printer in lab

Most men have a basic understanding of what the penis is and what it’s designed to do. But, it’s likely that the average guy doesn’t really know everything about the power that he packs in his pants and the penis care steps he should take to keep everything healthy. This quick quiz might help to uncover the knowledge gaps about penis health and function that could be keeping some guys behind.

The Questions

1. A penis is supposed to be straight, right?

2. True or False: The penis is called a “boner” because it has a bone in it.

3. When the average penis is erect, how long is it?

4. True or False: Penis rashes are usually caused by STDs.

5. Is masturbation bad for you?

6. True or False: Penis pimples should always be popped.

7. What should men do to keep the penis healthy throughout life?

The Answers

1. While most people think of the penis as a perfectly straight tool, experts suggest that banana shapes are much more common in average men. Some bending or curving is perfectly natural and nothing to worry about.

On the other hand, rough sex play, including masturbation, may erode some of the tissues that support the penis, and that damage can make the tool bend or curve in a more obvious, and inconvenient, fashion. When this curvature becomes so severe that it impairs normal activity, surgical intervention may be required.

2. False. While the penis can be rock hard at times, there’s no bony structure involved. Blood and soft tissues do all of the heavy lifting during an erection. Even so, men who hit a hard object with their hard bodies during sex can sometimes experience ruptures of the penile tissue that require prompt medical treatment.

3. About 5 to 6 inches. While men love to boast about how big they are, and how much bigger they can be when they’re excited about something or someone, a tool that measures more than about 6 inches when hard is incredibly rare.

4. False. While some infections passed from one body to another during sex can cause symptoms that look a lot like a rash, there are a number of other irritants that can cause red, raised bumps to burst into life. Men who use perfumed soaps or laundry detergents, for example, can experience rashes, as can men who spend time in swimming pools. Irritants are everywhere, not just in the bodies of sex partners, and they can be responsible for all sorts of problems a man might deal with down there.

5. Not always. Spending time alone is great, in terms of boosting the mood and providing guys with more information about their bodies. But men who get a little too vigorous during these sessions can do a great deal of damage in no time at all. If men go slow, use lubricant and pay attention when pain occurs, the activity is generally considered beneficial.

6. False. Broken skin is a favorite nesting place for bacteria, and once those microbes are in place, they can do a significant amount of damage. Blisters, bumps and other raised spots on the penis might heal without any kind of help from pinching fingers, but breaking the skin can almost certainly make the problem worse. These are issues that are best dealt with by a professional, like a doctor or a dermatologist, rather than by a worried guy at home.

7. Use a health care (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil). Quality products contain a rich mix of nutrients that can support the health of the skin, the blood vessels and the nerves that support the penis. These products can also keep skin smooth and soft, so it can stretch and contract with ease. Using a product like this could be vital for men who really want to stay healthy for life.

How To Clean Your Healthy Home on a Budget

Scientist and woman with sample
Scientist and woman with sample

You have probably noticed that non-toxic, healthy cleaning products tend to be too expensive. You may have even decided not to dispose of all those chemical-laden cleaning products because the healthy alternatives are so expensive. I will show you how to clean your home with natural, healthy products and save money.

Why is it imperative that you get those harmful chemicals out of your home? The answer is simple. It’s because you care. You care about the health of your family, your loved ones, your pets, and yourself.

Natural, nontoxic cleaning can gratify you in knowing that you are protecting your family’s health and that your home is a place for your bodies to rest and recuperate rather than promote harm.

You can find volumes of information and countless reasons to use non-toxic cleaning products, but the main point here is that we make an effort to simplify our lives, save money and quit breathing what is unhealthy for us in our own homes.
How can you clean with natural, non-toxic products and save money? Make your own. It is easy and straightforward. All you need for the following nontoxic cleaning recipes are:

White distilled vinegar

Baking soda

Washing soda

Liquid vegetable soaps called castile soap

Tea Tree oil

Clean spray bottles

Glass jars

You will find these products in supermarkets, health food stores, hardware and home improvement stores. Ounce for ounce, homemade cleaning formulas cost about one-tenth the price of their commercial counterparts–and that includes costly, but worthwhile essential oils and concentrated, all-purpose detergents for homemade recipes.
Note: Make sure to label all your homemade cleaning products, and keep them away from pets and children.

WINDOW CLEANER

¼ – ½-tablespoon liquid castile soap

3 tablespoons vinegar

2 cups water

Spray bottle

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you may have used.

OVEN CLEANER

1 cup or more baking soda

water

a squirt or two of liquid castile soap

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface it totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid castile soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven.

ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER

1-teaspoon borax

½-teaspoon washing soda

2 tablespoons vinegar

½-teaspoon castile soap

2 cups very hot tap water

Spray bottle

Combine the borax, washing soda, vinegar, and liquid castile soap in a spray bottle. Add very hot tap water, shaking the bottle gently until the minerals have dissolved. Spray on to the area to be cleaned and wipe with a sponge, rag, or cellulose sponge cloth.

DISINFECTANT SPRAY

2 Cups Water

¼ Cup White Vinegar

¼ tsp. Tea Tree Oil

¼ tsp. Lavender Oil

Combine and store in a spray bottle. Shake occasionally. Use where ever a disinfectant spray is needed.

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Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it”

Kenyan Proverb ~ “Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.”

Henry David Thoreau ~ “What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

Healthy Cooking At Home – Five Simple Tips for Healthy Home Cooked Meals

Man putting rubber glove on
Man putting rubber glove on

Eating out is fun, but it has its bad side too that you notice when you start adding extra pounds to your girth. You will then make haste to find recipe books and try your hand at cooking. To enjoy some fine, healthy, home cooked meals, all that you have to do is set the time aside for the cooking. One assurance that you have when you cook your own food is that you know what went into the pot, unlike when you eat at the so-called health food restaurants where you really cannot tell what went into the pot.

Here are some tips to enjoy healthy food at home

1. Go fat-free: It is hard to imagine tacos and nachos without cream. However, you can still enjoy them with fat free cream or yoghurt. Alternatively, you could opt for a cooked dish as a replacement for thickening cream. When you are faced with that nagging cream-based soup, you can add the sub fat-free cream and beat your craving. Avoid calories at all costs.

2. Embrace the vegetables: You can never go wrong with vegetables and the good thing is that they can be used with any kind of food as a side dish. Rich in fiber and nutritional value, vegetables can make you feel less hungry during the day.

3. Learn how to marinate: Lean meats can be marinated in citrus juice or vinegar, which in turn tenderizes and adds an appealing flavor to your meat. Alternatively, you could create your marinade with wine.

4. Avoid skin: A chicken’s breast meat is heavily laden with calories. This can pose a serious threat to your general health. It is therefore advisable to peel of the skin and eat your way to lesser calories and good health.

5. Befriend the oven: It is important to avoid the pan as much as you can when frying your meat. Naturally, food cooked in the oven is less likely to retain any saturated fats after cooking. In addition, the oven produces crunchier and crispier food than the pan.

6. Enhance the flavor and aroma of your food with herbs – Plain food can be boring and no matter how healthy it is; if it is not a delight to the palates, you will not love it. Some herbs like cardamom, coriander, cilantro, oregano and basil are readily available at the grocery stores.

How to get started cooking at home: Healthy home cooked meals do not necessarily mean denying yourself simple culinary pleasures. You can have a healthy, yet very sumptuous home cooked meal. Once you are ready to walk the clean eating route, ensure that you collect as many recipes as possible, concentrating on those that have as few calories as possible. Home cooking is very fulfilling once you get started.

UK Accidents at work

Despite constant measures being put in place to ensure personal safety on business premises, Accidents at work still occur at alarmingly high rates. In the UK alone, over 30,000 work-related injuries were sustained during 2003/2004, of which 235 were fatal. Work-related accidents can be caused by an enormous range of factors, from trips and slips on work premises to incidents involving defective machinery, hazardous chemicals, transport vehicles and much more. Injuries can also vary widely, and the severity of the injury is likely to affect the individual’s decision to press forward with workers’ compensation or to sue the employer or a third party directly.

Employers are responsible for maintaining work premises, vehicles and equipment effectively, and for providing sufficient training and supervision, in order to create a safe workplace. In certain cases, negligence on the part of the employer results in accidents; in others a third party is to blame; and in still others it is the negligence of the injured individual that is to blame for the incident. However, such matters are complex, and rather than injured individual making their own judgments about the situation, they would do better to seek the advice of an experienced solicitor or member of the citizen’s advice bureau.

UK Industrial Accidents at Work Claim

Industrial workplaces and construction sites are hazardous places, and every year a high number of workers suffer severe and sometimes fatal injuries as a result of industrial accidents. The causes of such accidents can range widely, and include employer negligence on industrial sites, defective machinery, toxic chemicals, explosions and more.

As the factors that precipitate industrial accidents and injuries can be extremely diverse, so too can injuries and psychological trauma range widely, from minor to severe or even fatal. The extent of injuries sustained generally plays a large role in the outcome of a claims case, as does the degree of negligence on behalf of the employer or a third party that has contributed to the accident.

Employees can usually make a workers’ compensation claim for industrial accidents fairly easily, as most employers are covered by insurance for such instances, and so will not be paying out directly from company funds. If, however, the accident is an extremely serious one and involves psychological trauma or severe physical damage, workers’ compensation may not be sufficient to cover either the rehabilitation expenses or the loss of wages due to long periods of time taken off work, and the individual may wish to sue the employer or a third party directly so as to be paid out more in compensation fees.

If you think you have a claim against your employer or a third party related to your work, the best course of action is to consult a solicitor or the citizens advice bureau immediately. Waste no time in pressing ahead with your case, as evidence and witnesses tend to disappear with time, making it much more difficult to make a successful claim. For More Information Visit: Employment Solicitors