Hoodia Works Where Others Have Failed

June 25th, 2006

Has Dieting failed you?

Even though you are lead to believe that you have failed at Dieting, it is actually the diet that has failed you.

Diets by design are setting you up for failure. Dieting leaves you hungry, cranky and totally bored with your food choices. It’s no wonder that 97% of the people who start a diet quit after 3 weeks. That figure gets a bit more startling when you look at 98% of people, who have stuck it out long enough to reach their goal weight, regain it within 2 years.

If you are not slim and trim, even after a long Dieting period, there’s no doubt that you are going to want to find more information about a new (yet thousands of years old) weight loss breakthrough. It’s called Hoodia.

Hoodia, is a natural herbal Appetite Suppressant from South Africa and is earning attention as a secret weapon in the war against obesity and fat accumulation. Hoodia Supplements were just introduced to the world market in early 1990’s yet have taken Dieting to a whole new level.

Here are some key points about Hoodia that you need to know.

Hoodia Gordonii resembles a small cactus herb, but is not actually part of the cactus family. The most effective and potent Hoodia is grown in the Kalahari Desert of southern Africa and stands about 3 feet high. It had been mainly used by Bushmen to kill hunger during their long trips in desert, but is now one of the most natural weight loss products to ever hit the market.

Hoodia Gordonii is purely natural (considered in many countries to be a food product) and it is not a drug, yet some Pharmaceutical companies are trying to isolate its P57 molecule which gives it it’s hunger fighting abilities.

• Only the Gordonii variation of Hoodia has been proven to have superior Appetite Suppressant abilities. Before purchasing any Hoodia product, always check to see that it is the Gordonii variety.

Hoodia gives emotion to brain that says “you’ve had enough to eat”. This emotional trigger allowed test subjects to eat an average of 1,500 calories less per day without trying to diet. They stopped eating because they were satisified.

Hoodia’s main side effect is the reduction of hunger and cravings but it also has the side effect of giving its users a general sense of wellbeing. Many Hoodia users in testing felt less Stressed during their normal day to day activities. Other than reducing calorie intake by 1/3 and making you feel content, Hoodia has no other know side effects. No jitters, no Nausea, no rapid heart beat, no staying awake at night. Hoodia may be taken right before bed, it’s that gentle. Here is something about how Hoodia works.

Most of Diet Pills available in market may be Pharmaceutical or Herbal and work by trying to increase the rate at which your body burns fat. It treats our body as a machine and calories act as the fuel. If you run the machine faster and harder, you surely will burn more fuel (calories). But in this way you can have some additional health hazards and adverse side effects that just don’t out weight the benefits. But Hoodia has a different working mechanism. It will just trick your hypothalamus into feeling that you have already taken your food.

Because when you eat food, blood Sugar Level increases and the nerve cells of hypothalamus that sense glucose sugar, start firing and now you feel full and satisified. But the P57 molecule, which is the main component of Hoodia, is 110,000 times more active than glucose. It goes to the brain and makes those hypothalamus cells fire, and it gives you a feeling of fullness. Tricky Hoodia.

Hoodia will work differently for each individual, but as an average, it takes 30-45 minutes to work. Usually the dosage is 1-2 pills of Hoodia before each meal for first two weeks. After the first 2 weeks the dosage is normally reduced. But remember, that you should follow the Hoodia product label instructions and also confer with your family health professional just in case you happen to have an underlying health issue.

Hoodia has taken the world by storm and the world is loving Hoodia!

18 Tricks To TeachYour Body

June 25th, 2006

by Kate Dailey, Men’s Health

1. If your throat tickles, scratch your ear.

When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, but you’re more discriminating. Take that tickle in your throat; it’s not worth gagging over. Here’s a better way to scratch your itch: “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”

2. Experience supersonic hearing!

If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.

3. Overcome your most primal urge!

Need to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about Jessica Simpson. Thinking about sex preoccupies your brain, so you won’t feel as much discomfort, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. For best results, try Simpson’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking” video.

4. Feel no pain!

German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.

5. Clear your stuffed nose!

Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

6. Fight fire without water!

Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? “Sleep on your left side,” says Anthony A. Star-poli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from Acid Reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you’re on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity’s in your favor.

7. Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!

Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.

8. Make burns disappear!

When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says, but since the natural method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.

9. Stop the world from spinning!

One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance—the cupula—floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. “As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises,” says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.

10. Unstitch your side!

If you’re like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.

11. Stanch blood with a single finger!

Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed—if you don’t mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums—just behind that small dent below your nose—and press against it, hard. “Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose,” says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. “Pressing here helps stop them.”

12. Make your heart stand still!

Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through Breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It’ll get your heart rate back to normal.

13. Thaw your brain!

Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. “Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too,” says Abo. “In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache.” The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.

14. Prevent near-sightedness!

Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. “It’s usually caused by near-point Stress.” In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles—like the eyes—into relaxing as well.

15. Wake the dead!

If your hand falls asleep while you’re driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It’ll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don’t let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.

16. Impress your friends!

Next time you’re at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He’ll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that’s a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will fold like a house of cards. By misaligning his hips, you’ve offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body’s ability to resist.

17. Breathe underwater!

If you’re dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first—essentially, hyperventilate. When you’re underwater, it’s not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it’s the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin’ ain’t right. “When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity,” says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. “This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen.” It’ll buy you up to 10 seconds.

18. Read minds!

Your own! “If you’re giving a speech the next day, review it before Falling Asleep,” says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.

Natural Solutions For Urinary Problems

June 25th, 2006

If you’ve had a Bladder Infection, you know that pain can be all-consuming during the acute stage. Bladder Infections are very common in women.

One in five American women will have at least one Urinary Tract Infection in her life. Of those, 20% will have another; 30% of those will have a third. An astounding 80% women who have had 3 Bladder Infections will have a 4th.

Some of these women go onto to develop a condition called “chronic UTI” where they relapse into a full blown Bladder Infection every few weeks. Urinary problems in men are less common, but when they occur, they are usually tied to Prostate Problems.

Urinary symptoms to watch for:

  • urgent, burning, painful, Frequent Urination, especially at night
  • foul-smelling, cloudy or bloody urine
  • urination pain accompanied with lower back and abdomen pain and pressure
  • Nausea, chills and Fever
  • urethral discharge

A urine test, available at drug stores or through your doctor, can confirm whether or not you truly have a Bladder Infection. It’s important to see a physician if you have symptoms. Some STDs can mimic UTI symptoms. Further, if you have pain above the waist, you may have a kidney infection or Kidney Stones instead of a Bladder Infection, which requires immediate attention.

What causes UTIs?

90% of Bladder Infections are caused by overgrowth of E.coli bacteria. Sexual intercourse is a common culprit, and is the main trigger for women ages 20 to 40. Women who are Pregnant or who are in Menopause are also at a higher risk for developing urinary infections. Water is a key to bladder/kidney health.

Dehydration allows bacteria to Concentrate and severely stresses the kidneys. Including 8-10 glasses of pure, bottled water every day (can include herbal Teas) helps move bacterial wastes out of the body. Avoiding sugary foods that feed bacteria is another good idea.

About the author

Linda Page, Ph. D., Traditional Naturopath. Author of Healthy Healing & Founder of Crystal Star Herbal Nutrition (Since 1978).

Experts Defining Mental Disorders Are Linked to Drug Firms

June 25th, 2006

By Shankar Vedantam Washington Post Staff Writer

Every psychiatric expert involved in writing the standard diagnostic criteria for disorders such as Depression and schizophrenia has had financial ties to drug companies that sell medications for those illnesses, a new analysis has found.

Of the 170 experts in all who contributed to the manual that defines disorders from personality problems to drug addiction, more than half had such ties, including 100 percent of the experts who served on work groups on mood disorders and psychotic disorders. The analysis did not reveal the extent of their relationships with industry or whether those ties preceded or followed their work on the manual.

“I don’t think the public is aware of how egregious the financial ties are in the field of psychiatry,” said Lisa Cosgrove, a clinical psychologist at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, who is publishing her analysis today in the peer-reviewed journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

The analysis comes at a time of growing debate over the rising use of medication as the primary or sole treatment for many psychiatric disorders, a trend driven in part by definitions of mental disorders in the psychiatric manual.

Cosgrove said she began her research after discovering that five of six panel members Studying whether certain premenstrual problems are a psychiatric disorder had ties to Eli Lilly & Co., which was seeking to market its drug Prozac to treat those symptoms. The process of defining such disorders is far from scientific, Cosgrove added: “You would be dismayed at how political the process can be.”

The American Psychiatric Association, which publishes the guidelines in its bible of disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), said it is planning to require disclosure of the financial ties of experts who write the next edition of the manual — due around 2011. The manual carries vast influence over the practice of psychiatry in the United States and around the world.

Darrel Regier, director of the association’s division of research, said that concerns over disclosure are a relatively recent phenomenon, which may be why the last edition, published in 1994, did not note them. Regier and John Kane, an expert on schizophrenia who worked on the last edition, agreed with the need for transparency but said financial ties with industry should not undermine public confidence in the conclusions of its experts. Kane has been a consultant to drug companies including Abbott Laboratories, Eli Lilly, Janssen and Pfizer Inc.

“It shouldn’t be assumed there is a true conflict of interest,” said Kane, who said his panel’s conclusions were driven only by science. “To me, a conflict of interest implies that someone’s judgment is going to be influenced by this relationship, and that is not necessarily the case. . . .”

The DSM defines disorders in terms of constellations of symptoms. While neuroscience and genetics are revealing biological aspects to many disorders, there has been unease that psychiatry is ignoring social, psychological and cultural factors in its pursuit of biological explanations and treatments.

“As a profession, we have allowed the biopsychosocial model to become the bio-bio-bio model,” Steven Sharfstein, president of the American Psychiatric Association, said in an essay last year to his colleagues. He later added, “If we are seen as mere pill pushers and employees of the pharmaceutical industry, our credibility as a profession is compromised.”

He Stressed that the association has strict guidelines to police the role of the pharmaceutical industry but said the profession as a whole needs to do a better job monitoring ethical conflicts.

Sharfstein added yesterday that the presence of experts with ties to companies on the manual’s expert panels is understandable, given that many of the top experts in the field are involved in drug research.

“I am not surprised that the key people who participate have these kinds of relationships,” he said. “They are the major researchers in the field, and are very much on the cutting edge, and will have some kind of relationship — but there should be full disclosure.”

At least one psychiatrist who worked on the current manual criticized the analysis. Nancy Andreasen of the University of Iowa, who headed the schizophrenia team, called the new analysis “very flawed” because it did not distinguish researchers who had ties to industry while serving on the panel from those who formed such ties afterward.

Two out of five researchers on her team had had substantial ties to industry, she said. Andreasen said she would have to check her tax statements to know whether she received money from companies at the time she worked on the panel, but said, “What I do know is that I do almost nothing with drug companies. . . . My area of research is neuroimaging, not psychopharmacology.”

The analysis could not determine the extent or timing of the financial ties because it relied on disclosures in journal publications and other venues that do not mention many details, said Sheldon Krimsky, a science policy specialist at Tufts University who also was an author of the new study. Whether the researchers received money before, during or after their service on the panel did not remove the ethical concern, he said.

Krimsky, the author of the book “Science in the Private Interest,” added that although more transparency is welcome, the psychiatric association should staff its panels with disinterested experts.

“When someone is establishing a clinical guideline for the bible of psychiatric diagnosis, I would argue they should have no affiliation with the drug companies in those areas where the companies could benefit from those decisions,” he said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/19/AR2006 041902560_pf.html

Traits of Healthy Hand Chakras

June 25th, 2006

In the center of each of your palms are your hand chakras. They can be both expressive and receptive. They are more like channels through which any energy can flow than they are like specific storehouses of specific energy. Your hand chakras are connected to your heart chakra, and their general condition shows where you are in your ability to give, receive, and create in the world.

Are your hand chakras healthy?

Your heart chakra’s condition relates to your ability to channel internal love and artistic information throughout your body and spirit, whereas your hand chakra’s condition speaks to your ability to channel these things in the external world.

When your hands and heart are properly connected, the outward flow of heart-chakra energy can be controlled by your hands.

People with healthy hand chakras can translate the information of their healthy chakra system out into the world. They are naturally (as opposed to compulsively) giving and caring, but they have an extra dimension: they can also receive. They can receive help, compliments, gifts, and loving advice, without losing their center. And, they can give all these things to others without creating indebtedness, guilt, or recriminations.

Healthy hand chakras confer a natural creativity on their owners. The creativity of these people flows. They don’t suffer from dramatic artistic blocks or fallow, muse-free periods. They have a flair for dressing, cooking, home decoration, car restoration–whatever makes them happy.

They don’t need to rely on teachers or institutions to validate their artistic _expression. They have a comfortable give-and-take relationship with the world and the people around them. They also have a comfortable give-and-take relationship with their own energy, and are able to protect their giving nature by closing off their heart-to-hand connection in the presence of habitually needy people.



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