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Tips For Eating Out

Tips For Eating Out

Eating out is always tricky when you’re on a diet, but there is no need to avoid going out altogether. Try to limit your meals out to once a week during the weight-loss phase of your diet. Once you have moved onto the maintenance plan, you can eat out more often. Here are some simple [...]

November 16, 2012 More
White tea – White delight

White tea – White delight

Let’s deal with the colour question first. Why is it white if it comes from the same plant as green and black tea — Camellia sinensis ? Indeed, it does, but it’s made from the unopened buds, which are clothed in a fuzz of fine, silvery “hairs”, giving it a whitish colour. When it’s made [...]

November 2, 2012 More
Red yeast rice

Red yeast rice

Red yeast rice, or red fermented rice, is a fermented product of rice on which a species of red yeast, Monascus purpureus, has been grown. It has been used for centuries in China as both a food and a medicinal product. The first documented use of red yeast rice was as early as 800 CE [...]

November 1, 2012 More
Almond Oil – an ancient beauty elixir

Almond Oil – an ancient beauty elixir

Almond oil has been used for centuries as an all-over beauty treatment that fosters healthy skin, hair and nails. Now, this beauty therapists favourite is appearing in more retail products, as consumers learn the benefits of this humble yet powerful natural moisturiser. Among the oils used in professional beauty therapy treatments, almond oil is a [...]

October 31, 2012 More
Chlorella – This ancient organism is a powerful modern healing tool

Chlorella – This ancient organism is a powerful modern healing tool

Chlorella is a unicellular, microscopic, freshwater green algae that grows most rapidly in areas with plenty of sunlight and fresh water. It was one of the first lifeforms to exist three-and-a-half million years ago. Chlorella is widely distributed in fresh water all over the world It has efficient nutrient uptake mechanisms and through photosynthesis reproduces [...]

October 31, 2012 More
Trichomonas vaginalis is the cause of vaginitis.

Trichomoniasis

Trichomonads are motile, flagellate, protozoan organisms known to cause a diverse spectrum of diseases in humans. Most of these diseases are rare. The single exception is Trichomonas vaginalis, the most significant of these parasites, which infects between 3 and 5 million American women each year. The organism causes an inflammation of the vaginal wall, or [...]

September 29, 2011 More
Tattoos

Tattoos

Tattoos have been used in many cultures to identify beauty, position or status, and worth. They mark rites of passage, such as a life cycle event (marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, death), change in an individual’s social position, the progression from childhood to puberty, and the initiation into social and different family groups. For instance, both men [...]

September 28, 2011 More
Stretch Marks

Stretch Marks

Striae gravidarum, also known as “stretch marks,” arise during pregnancy in the majority of women. Common locations include the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, and thighs. Although the exact etiology is unknown, mechanical stress on connective tissue due to increased size of the various portions of the body is thought to be important. There are no significant [...]

September 28, 2011 More
Smoking

Smoking

Approximately 28% of all men and 22% of all women are current cigarette smokers. Factors that influence smoking initiation, addiction, and smoking cessation as well as the health consequences of smoking are generally similar in men and women. SMOKING INITIATION Many women start to smoke as teenagers. Current figures indicate that, in 2000, about 30% [...]

September 28, 2011 More
Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a severe mental illness that affects 1% of the world’s population. Contrary to popular opinion, schizophrenia is not a “split personality.” Schizophrenia is a chronic disorder in which individuals experience disturbances in thinking and behavior. People with schizophrenia have a higher risk of suicide, and approximately 10% of all people with schizophrenia commit [...]

September 26, 2011 More
Safer Sex

Safer Sex

Sexual contact is the most common route of transmission of HIV in women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 50%, or 19.2 million, of the 38.6 million adults living with HIV or AIDS worldwide are women. Furthermore, the majority of women who were reported with AIDS were infected through heterosexual exposure [...]

September 26, 2011 More
Oral Contraception

Oral Contraception

Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) are either combined estrogen and progestin or progestin-only formulations that prevent conception. Estrogen is the female hormone secreted by the ovary in the first half of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone is the hormone produced by the ovary in the second half of the cycle. The pill’s estrogens and progestins (substances [...]

September 20, 2011 More
Mammography

Mammography

Breasts share the same basic structure. The mammary glands produce milk and are found in clusters throughout the breast. Ducts take the milk from the glands to the nipple during breastfeeding. Lymph nodes are present under the arm. The lymph nodes are small, normally bean-sized structures that help to fight infection and enlarge in the [...]

September 16, 2011 More
Depression

Depression

This widely used term Depression may be referred to as a symptom, a syndrome, an illness, or a disorder. A depressive symptom refers to a temporary, subjective sense of sadness that everyone does experience at one time or another and it may be related to any condition. A depressive syndrome is defined as a collection of [...]

August 22, 2011 More
Club Drugs

Club Drugs

Also known as designer drugs, club drugs are a group of manufactured, psychoactive substances. While club drugs can differ substantially in their effects and pharmacologic classifications, they are subsumed under the category of club drugs because they are often abused in the context of dance clubs or raves (all-night parties). There is some disagreement as [...]

August 7, 2011 More
Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a complex medical syndrome. Any episodic pain problem, including low back pain, neck pain, and migraine headaches, as well as many common medical problems such as diabetes can cause chronic pain. Chronic pain is any pain that, despite appropriate medical and surgical treatment, persists for 6 months or longer. Acute pain denotes [...]

August 5, 2011 More
Cholesterol

Cholesterol

The leading cause of death in women in the United States is heart disease resulting from clogged arteries. Although heart attack and angina used to be thought of as a “male” disease, that is no longer the case. Over 500,000 women in 2000 died from heart disease while about 440,000 men died from the same [...]

August 5, 2011 More
Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic Care

Anyone who has ever intentionally cracked her knuckles or stretched and popped her neck has an idea of the benefit of chiropractic, for it is a similar manipulation of the joints that is chiropractic today. Yet despite the many people who report benefiting from chiropractic treatment, chiropractic has a controversial history that goes back to [...]

August 3, 2011 More
Breast Reconstruction

Breast Reconstruction

Breast cancer can be an extremely devastating disease. One in every seven women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. There are many options that are available for treating breast cancer. The emphasis over the last decade has leaned toward breast conservation. However, there are times when a mastectomy is the only option. This leaves [...]

August 1, 2011 More
Health beliefs

Health beliefs

Many Asian and Pacific Islander cultures have highly evolved health practices. Examples include acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies, yoga, meditation, and Ayurvedic medicine, all of which are gaining increasing acceptance into mainstream America and being incorporated into Western medical practices. Whereas many Asian and Pacific Islander women are well informed about the offerings of Western medicine, [...]

July 28, 2011 More