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I think that pretty much everyone who lives in the north east can agree that winter bypassed us this year. Some of us loved the warm temperatures and lack of snow shoveling, while others are disappointed at the lack of snow and worried about the current climate conditions. Is this a new trend? Are we to never have a white Christmas again? As a dog owner I have to say I loved this winter. It was never too cold to take my pet out for walks, I never had to shovel snow so he can go to the bathroom, all was well. Right now though, I wish this winter had been “normal”. Why? Because it turns out a warm winter brings early ticks. And this means problems for my dog and for me.
Tick season should not yet be in full force. Usually, the peak of tick season comes around May. However, many pet owners have already seen adult black-legged ticks on their pets. Paul Curtis, professor of natural sciences at Cornell University is one of those pet owners. He has seen adult ticks around his house mid-March. Usually, around this time of the year eggs barely begin to hatch. Adult ticks should be nowhere in sight.
One in every 91 children in the United States was diagnosed with autism last year. This number does not even include Asperger’s, PDD, or other spectrum disorders. The number of cases has dramatically risen since the early 2000s when one out of every 250 children was diagnosed. This shows that the number of diagnosed children on the spectrum is rapidly growing. Because of this, a plethora of articles and campaigns have recently focused on allocating more public money towards education, health, and social services for those affected. But this effort is about to be in vain for many.
The cold season is upon us… again. If you are like me you have heard many myths about winter’s effect on your health. For example, many people believe that going outside with wet hair during the cold weather will make you sick. Another common misconception is that allergies become dormant in the cold. Are these beliefs true? Turns out that no, they are not; they are just part of the misconceptions of winter. Winter is mean and cold but it also gets a bad rap.
Do you think you would enjoy being sexually aroused all day every day? To be honest, it sounded like a lot of fun to me before I found out more about Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome. Our culture and the media have over the years painted an unrealistic picture of sex. According to commonly held believes in this country men would love to have sex every day if the woman they love wants to, but women usually do not. Also, if a woman wants to have sex every day, she is probably a nymphomaniac. Even the definition of this word, nymphomaniac, or nympho, is restricted to females. But the truth is, the amount of sex a couple engages in depends on their relationships, their personal preferences, and other outside forces like how many hours a day they work.
Still, most men I have talked to about Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome seem to think it would be awesome if their girlfriend suffered from it. I am sorry to tell you this boys, but it is not, not at all.
Celebrities with health defects…
We all have our favorites when it comes to the rich and famous. Celebrities look gorgeous, dress fabulous and from the surface, live the good life… but at the end of the day, their human too. Though they camouflage it beautifully, they all come with their innate flaws. Here’s where we give them a chance to make us feel good about ourselves for once…
You think you know your food but do you really? Discover the hidden reality about some of our grocery lists can’t do without.
Wonder Vitamins to the Rescue…
We all know vitamins are essential for good health and what we also know are that they are named after the letters of the alphabet… but, do we know how each vitamin helps the body and what are the best sources of these vital vitamins? If not, don’t worry! Just slouch into your chair a little, get comfortable and see how investing 10 minutes of your time can result in a healthier you.
Vitamin A is also called Retinol. In its original form it can only be found in foods of animal origin. Vegetarians fear not, this vitamin can be derived from fruits and vegetables too. However, in fruits and veggies its present as a compound called carotene. The body breaks down this carotene to supplement it with vitamin A.
How it helps your body…
Vitamin A is essential for good eye sight.
It promotes healthy growth and development of the fetus.
Aids maintaining healthy skin
It enhances fertility and sperm mobility.
Helps fight infections.
Helps maintain structure and integrity of body cells.
These are symptoms to watch out for if your deficient in vitamin A.
Faulty teeth, slow bone formation, night blindness, bumpy skin, increase susceptibility to colds and viral infections, sinus, urinary tract infections, rapid weight loss, loss of appetite.
Foods to eat…
Cheese, butter, milk, carrots, liver, eggs, apricots, spinach, sweet potato…
Vitamin B has a huge family. You’ve probably heard of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, biotin, and pyridoxine. These are the fancy names for vitamins in the vitamin B family like vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7 and B9.
After what happened to the US market and ratings on Friday, the US market is going all the way down. U.S. stocks fell sharply and gold surged in volatile trading Monday morning, as investors fled from risky assets in the first activity since Standard & Poor's downgraded the federal government's credit rating late Friday.
What would be the effect on all this you? As a common man living in United States, you would be dealing with lots of new tensions and problems. Because the federal government’s credit ratings were downgraded late Friday, the interest rates on any and every loan would rise. That means if a person with credit score of 720+ was getting an auto loan of 1.99% till Friday, this wouldn’t be the case. He would actually get loan at a lot more interest rate. If someone was planning to buy a home because of the low rate of interest offered on housing during recession, they should consider it again. But if the rate of interest goes up, people would stop buying houses and again the housing market would stop growing.
But how would that affect your health? All the market crashes and high interest rate would come in the plans of your purchasing new house, car or even your furniture. This could add stress to your life. What’s worse?? This could even lead up to you having general anxiety disorder (GAD).
HOW TO READ THE NUTRITION FACTS ON YOUR FOOD LABEL
Are you the kind of person who picks up foods at the supermarket and flips it over to check for nutritional values? Are you watching your weight or do you just want better health for you and your family? Whatever be the reason, you maybe shocked to know that those food labels you rely on are not telling you the whole truth. Go the extra mile to clear your concerns about what you’re ingesting. This article will give you a mini tutorial on how to read food labels. Ready?
Getting the total calories vs serving size part right… Grab any edible product within reach and flip it over to the nutritional value chart. How many calories does it contain? If you answered with the number beside the amount per serving, brace yourself for a big shock! Here’s the tricky part. When they say per serving they mean per serving… where one serving is equal to one cup or one portion. Most people however do not realize that each container contains anywhere between 2-4 servings. So you need to multiple the amount per serving with the number besides servings per container to get the total calorific value of the container. So to give you an example, if my soda says amount per serving 100 and servings per container 4, the total calorie content of my soda is 400 calories and NOT 100 calories. This just does not apply to the number of calories but the fat, sodium, sugars, protein, carbohydrates etc. This is yet another advertising technique manufactures use to misguide you. So when ever you see ‘per serving’ start doing the math!
The myth of the word reduced or low (fat/sodium)
How often have you reached for a cup of yoghurt or a packet of soup because it said “low fat’ or ‘low sodium’? The word reduced or low often directs our thoughts to the feeling of consuming little to nothing which is far away from the truth. When a product says reduced sodium it only means that is has sodium content reduced by 25% than the original, it doesn’t mean that the product is a low sodium food. It still has a high content of sodium just a little lesser than the original. The same rule applies for low fat. For a product to be low fat it has to have 1/3 less calories than the original product. So if the original product is a1300 calories, is the low fat version of it really low fat? When something is low fat you have a tendency to binge without guilt and fail to remember that it still has calories and it still contributes to your calorie consumption.
Interpreting the % daily values (%DV as written on the nutritional chart)
Calories from fat are different from %DV total fat. Calories from fat is the fat content of the product that is usually a number you’ll see beside the amount per serving. However %DV total fat is the % of fat your using up from your total calories from fat you need for the day. Therefore you’ll mostly see at the bottom “Percent daily values are based on a 2000 calorie diet” This means that if the product contains %DV 5% from fat, means you are consuming 5% of your daily fat requirement if you consume a diet of 2000 calories per day. Kapish?
Natural sugar vs added sugar
You don’t need to be scared by the word sugar. What you really need to be scared of though are these four words… “HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP” This is the fancy name for artificially added sugar that manufactures use to misguide us. Milk has sugars too but you won’t find high fructose corn syrup on a milk carton. All soda does however have them. When you see those four dreaded words on your nutritional label it means that refined sugar is added to the product and you want to stay clear of it.
There’s no such thing as free
The FDA allows all products with contents below a certain limit to be termed as free. For example if a product contains less that 5mgs of sodium per serving it’s allowed to be termed as sodium free. Less that ½ a gm of fat is allowed to be termed fat free, less that ½ a gm of sugar per serving is allowed to be termed sugar free. That means nothing is a 100% free it’s just within the legal limit. No preservatives, you’ve often seen this one… no preservatives added does not mean no preservatives at all it just means it contains no ingredients that are not approved by the FDA.
If you or the kids are burning up, you don't need to rush to a doc at 100 miles per hour. A fever is a completely normal bodily reaction that can actually sort itself out with just a little precaution. Here's a list of things you can do and remedies you can try at home to clam a fever down.