Sunday, 25 February 2007

Health problems that take away sexual satisfaction

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Many health problems can get in the way of having a good sex life. Side effects from prescription medication, depression and sexually transmitted diseases cuts down on the amount of pleasure and activity. Consult with your physician if you are not satisfied with your sex life or if you do not have any sex drive at all. The University of Michigan released a report on 9 health issues that can effect your sexual satisfaction.

Many common drugs can have side effects that impact sexual health, including medications that treat blood pressure, heart conditions and depression. Heart attacks or cardio problems don't have to end your sex life. A physician can give you the go ahead to return to a sexual relationship not long after surgery or pacemaker implants. People with sexually transmitted diseases were encouraged not to sustain from sex but to increase protection from spreading the disease. Lowering alcohol consumption can increase sexual pleasure. Poor body image and self esteem especially in women decreased the desire to have sex. Menopause and pregnancy were two other issues for women and can easily be treated with lubricants and topical estrogen creams. And stress, oh yes that hidden killer that is believed to contribute to heart attacks and other poor health issues, is a killer of sexua l desire also.

That caffeine buzz could make you blah

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While caff eine has been reported to boost energy and endurance during long-distance activities such as 10-K runs, it may hinder your efforts on shorter, more intense workouts.

According to a recent study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, researchers gave either 6 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight (approximately three cups of strong coffee for a 130-pound woman) or a placebo to 17 men and women, then evaluated them on two one-minute maximum effort cycling tests. The group that received the actual caffeine had higher blood levels of lactic acid produced by overworked muscles; it also took them considerably longer than the uncaffeinated cyclers to reach "peak power" (pedaling all out).

If you're planning exercise like sprints or a few rounds of boxing, save the Coke for later. *On that note, Coca-Cola products will soon be labeling all of their beverages for caffeine content. Just another great move on behalf of corporate America which allows you smart fitness-minded consumers to make educated choices.

Is excess weight just unused talent?

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Now here's an interesting idea: People who are carrying around excess weight (according to this doctor, specifically those who are 50 pounds or more overweight) are really just extraordinarily talented people that are repressing and suppressing their unique gifts. He says that by realizing your true potential you can change your body and your life.

I will agr ee that overeating definitely has an emotional element to it, sometimes. His idea makes some sense, but I don't know that it's as simple as he makes it sound. Seriously, sometimes those French fries are just too good to resist -- no matter how talented I may be! I will say, though, that this is very motivating in positive way.

So, then, following this logic -- if America is one of the fattest countries in the world, that makes us one gifted bunch of underachievers!

Living with lupus like American Idol contestant Leslie Hunt

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Recently the disease lupus has come to the front of headlines with the American Idol contestant Leslie Hunt. You can't catch lupus from another person. It isn't cancer, and it isn't related to AIDS. It is an autoimmune disease where the immune system is out of c ontrol and it attacks healthy tissues in your body and not germs. The disease can involve many parts of the body such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain. Some of the most common symptoms of lupus are, red rash or color change on the face, often in the shape of a butterfly across the nose and cheeks, painful or swollen joints, unexplained fever, chest pain with deep breathing, swollen glands, rheumatoid arthritis, extreme fatigue, unusual hair loss, pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress, sensitivity to the sun, low blood count, depression, trouble thinking, and memory problems. Other signs are mouth sores, unexplained seizures or convulsions, hallucinations, repeated miscarriages, and unexplained kidney problems.

What causes lupus is unknown and there is no cure for the disease. Anyone can get lupus but 9 out of 10 people who have it are women. Talk to your doctor and take a history of your health problems. Many people have lupus for a long time b efore they find out they have it. I wasn't diagnosed with it until I was 45 years old. It's important that you tell the doctor about all your symptoms. This information, along with a physical examination and the results of blood, urine, and other laboratory tests, helps the doctor decide whether you have lupus or something else.

People with lupus have limited energy and must manage it wisely. Ask your health care team about ways to cope with fatigue. Learn to pace yourself and set realistic goals. Consider support groups to help you over come the depression, anger, and sadness that comes with the disease. Put yourself on a very healthy diet that will help boost the immune system and cut down on inflammation in the body. Try to alleviate stress as much as possible and do moderate daily exercises to build up joint strength. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with lupus learn more about the disease at the L upus Foundation of America.

Obsession of Hollywood stars

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So what is with all of the obsession of Hollywood stars and is it healthy? Tabloid sales sky rocketing, hair styles being influenced, clothing and party trends being copied. Is it turning the heads of the young away from moral values? Where are the individual influences of us commoners. European countries scoff at our obsession of movie and television actors as if we treat them as royalty. The media does entire shows to cover the lives of the people in Holly wood. Hollywood movie stars make millions of dollars from their fan support and people love to see them any chance they get. It is just like the day time soap opera title implies, the bold and the beautiful make it in the world. The mild, meek and average stand by. Even the fashion magazines proudly print the famous faces of Hollywood on the front covers of their spreads instead of the industry runway models and big corporations have them advertising their products in commercials.

Here recently are several examples. The death of Anna Nicole Smith is played out night after night in the entertainment news and in tabloids. A person that was best known for partying around Hollywood, marrying a man way older than her, has a dispute over who is the father of her baby, and over doses on drugs. And the unexplained behavior of Brittany Spears and her trips to rehab. I don't get it. I don't get why Americans care about this.

So when is the last time you aske d your child or teenager who they admired and who they wanted to be like. Is it too late to instill the values of the hard working class citizens again or are we completely given in to the glitz and glamor of Tinseltown and all the fast tracking easy come easy go images that it implies. Are we teaching nothing but dazzling good looks and becoming an actor will go far in getting you noticed? I think healthy habits in choosing what matters in this world need to be evaluated.
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Working from home and staying focused

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Keeping a work and home life balance when you work out of your home can be very difficult. By balance I mean finding ways to give proper attention to my family and household chores and not letting my work suffer and getting my work done without making my family feel neglected. Being a workaholic does not help when my office is the first door on the right coming out of my bedroom in the mornings. It is also tough to concentrate on work when family and pets fi nd their way into the office and beg for attention.

Helpful hints on what has made it easier for me to work out of my home and still give family and pets the attention they need. I wake up at least one hour before everyone else except for the dog who follows me around everywhere. That gives me time to walk and feed the dog, and a little time to take care of myself or have a nice hot soak in the bath. Which leads me to my next hint, get cleaned up and dressed before starting to work. You never know when the doorbell is going to ring. Set a daily time with your spouse or partner. Determine when and how much time you are going to devote to your job and how much time you are going to spend with family or doing household chores and stick to that plan. Work less or not at all on the days your spouse or partner has off from their job. Come up with a daily menu plan so that you have at least one meal a day together. Come up with a daily work schedule at least one or two days in advance and try to stay as focused on finishing those task before starting new ones. And last but not least, know when to walk out of the office door and stay out.
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Natural family planning method as effective as birth control pill

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Are you looking for a more natural method of contraception? Then this news may both surprise and please you. A recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that the symptothermal method is just as effective as the birth control bill in preventing pregnancy.

In the symptothermal method (STM) of birth control, women learn to recognize the natural rhythm of their monthly cycle and the cervical signs of impending ovulation. During that time, couples either abstain or use a barrier method of birth control (condom, etc.). The study showed that the method, when used correctly, had an unplanned pregnancy rate of .6 to .9 percent, equal to that of the pill.

The key phrase is when used correctly. All forms of birth control (except abstinence) carry the risk of pregnancy and that includes the symptothermal method. As with any new method of contraception, it's a good idea to do your research ahead of time!