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Healthy eating and fitness is the way to go.Sun, 07 Nov 2010 07:06:31 +0000enhourly1 is it important to get my eyes tested?, 06 Nov 2010 05:14:19 +0000Admin’s guest post is brought to you by Tim Harwood

Tim Harwood is an Optometrist of 8 years experience having worked both in the UK and Australia. He has a specialist interested in laser eye surgery and Eye health. He also started a website aimed to help people compare laser eye surgery and cosmetic surgery clinics in the UK.

If you are reading the article with 20:20 vision, then you may be of the opinion that there is no reason for you to ever have an eye test. The first thing to say about this is that are you absolutely certain that your vision is as good as you think it is? Most people’s vision tends to deteriorate slowly over many years, meaning you would probably be unaware that is had occurred. Furthermore the eye test involves much more than just testing to see if you need glasses or not. The following lists some of the important reasons why you should always get your eyes tested regularly:

Eye diseases: During the early stages of many eye diseases such as Glaucoma or macular degeneration, there are no real symptoms, meaning you would be completely oblivious to the fact that you had them. Glaucoma describes the slow build up of pressure within your eye, that results in blind spots developing in your peripheral vision. Once these blind spots have developed they are cannot be treated and are considered irreversible. By picking Glaucoma up in the early stages, there is a good chance that you can prevent the blind spots from occurring. Likewise, there are some treatments of macular degeneration that are only effective if the disease is picked up early.

Driving standards: There are millions of people currently driving who are below the required legal standards. The most likely reason is that people don’t realise that they have any problems with their vision, as it tend to deteriorate slowly over many years. As well as the obvious dangers of driving below the legal driving standards, there is also the issue of your insurance. Car insurance companies are not required to pay out on claims if the person who was at fault is below the driving standards. This could be a very expensive lesson for teaching you the importance of getting your eyes tested!

General health conditions: If you are the kind of person who doesn’t feel the need to have regular eye tests, then the chances are you have the same opinion about going to the doctors! There are certain general health conditions such as diabetes, blood pressure and high cholesterol that can be picked up during an eye test. The condition that is most likely to be detected during an eye test is type 2 diabetes, which tends to occur in older people. There are very few symptoms associated with this condition, yet it can often be easily detected during an eye test. The small blood vessels at the back of the eye (retina) will often leak which is the classic sign for diagnosing the disease. Such patients will be referred to their doctor where they will be prescribed medication to get their diabetes under control.

This article only covers a fraction of what can be detected during an eye test but I hope it inspires you to pick up the phone and make an appointment. An eye test typically takes about half an hour and is only recommended every 2 years, hardly a major inconvenience. You can read more about eye health at Treatmentsaver which provides information on various eye conditions.

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]]> Designs the First USA Premium Fashion Brand Certified Fair Trade, 18 Oct 2010 07:06:03 +0000Admin Rosa based Indigenous Designs employs 1,500 highly skilled artisans in knitting groups and cooperatives. The Indigenous collection is available through 700 premium specialty boutiques nationwide. Unravel more at indigenousdesigns or indigenous designs.

SANTA ROSA, CA (Oct. 8, 2010) – Indigenous Designs, a Northern California-based fashion design company, is proud to announce its collection will receive a first-of-its-kind “Fair Trade” certification Fair Trade USA.  The certification demonstrates that Indigenous’ business practices in its production—from organic cotton fields in South America to high-fashion boutiques around the world—treat people and the planet with respect and dignity.

While many companies are striving to cut costs at every opportunity and find ever-lower sources of labor and manufacturing, Indigenous Designs is celebrating its commitment to paying its labor force a fair wage in a time of global economic worry.

“We couldn’t be prouder to be the first premium fashion company to get this recognition,” says Scott Leonard, CEO and co-founder of Indigenous Designs. “When we started this company 15 years ago, we set out to do something different—make beautiful, quality fashion without treating the workers who created them like they were expendable.”

Indigenous Designs’ business model focuses on building cottage industry production in deeply impoverished areas such as Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and other countries around the globe. Indigenous works with the artisans to combine centuries-old traditions and modern technology to create sustainable growth in communities and flourish economically.

To celebrate its Fair Trade USA certification, Indigenous Designs is hitting the road in October – October is Fair Trade Month—and taking its message and fashion on a tour to show consumers that beautiful clothing can come with a clean conscience. The six-city tour will team Indigenous Designs clothing with socially conscious retailers, and fair trade fashion guru Courtney Fuchs will be joining the style session tour to present the Indigenous Designs Fall 2010 Collection.

The Crossroads of Fashion and Passion: Indigenous Designs Fall Style Tour

Indigenous Designs will stop in locations throughout Northern California, Idaho and Washington late October through November.  For further details visit indigenousdesigns.

“Indigenous Designs is paving the way for consumers to demand more information about working conditions and farms where their fashion is produced,” said Paul Rice, CEO of Fair Trade USA.

Fair Trade certification for Apparel and Linens is the first social, economic and environmental standard that directly benefits the farmers who grow the cotton and the workers who sew the garments. It offers companies and consumers an unprecedented opportunity to positively impact the lives of these farmers and workers. transfairusa

]]> – A introduction, 11 Oct 2010 11:27:03 +0000Admin absence of disease but also abundance of vitality.

Performance - how you perform physically and mentally

Absence of ill health – lack of disease signs and symptoms

A healthy way of living may be achieved by anyone, no matter your health status.  It may take a little work.  When do you start you ask? Well you can start by making the conscious decision to change the way you eat and keep the body and mind fit.

Drink a glass water with each meal.

Cut down your intake of fizzy and sugary delights

Eat more of your daily fruits and vegetables, 5 or more

Have a plan (meal and exercise)

More energy to tackle the days ahead.

It can slow down the ageing process.

you are less likely to get sick.

I believe that healthy lifestyle may be broken down into three parts and be worked on together.

What you put into your body

What you do with body physically

]]> do YOU eat in your yoga lifestyle?, 08 Oct 2010 07:03:01 +0000Admin Amrita Davidge has been teaching yoga since the mid-80’s and owns and operates Yoga Retreat in Maine, a small personalized yoga retreat which serves acclaimed vegetarian food and was chosen top ten worldwide in 2009 and 2010.

Donna/Amrita holds a Masters in Nutrition, has been featured in print and on radio and television over her years of teaching, as well as produced several yoga products for home use.

Yoga takes many forms these days and so does approach to nutrition in yoga. Some people are raw food advocates, sure that the living food is better than cooked food.

The more common route is vegetarianism, keeping the body lighter and cleaner feeling while helping digestion and elimination. Very few yoga teachers advocate the consumption of meat but some do. The same goes for alcohol. It truly depends on why and what kind of yoga you are practicing. If you are simply doing yoga as a workout

the philosophical and health reasons for not eating meat or drinking alcohol may not come in to play. The physical poses are meant to help us become more flexible and strong but also to purify the body. If we are putting lots of junk, chemicals and additives and meats whose source and treatment while alive is questionable then energetically we are not preparing a pure vessel for our yoga practice and we will progress only so far in the whole package. Yoga, when taken in its totality, is good for the mind, body and breath. Some of the more rigorous forms of yoga, like Ashtanga and Vinyasa, are like a meditation in motion. If you are not focusing your breath and mind properly the practice is incomplete. The more aware we become through our yoga practice the more attention we may pay to our eating habits and nutrition.

Another thing that comes into play nutritionally in yoga is Ayurveda, the science of life. Whether we are fiery pita constitution, earthbound kapha or airy vata we might make food choices to ease imbalances in our body and temperament. More and more yoga teachers and practitioners are using Ayurveda in conjunction with their yoga practice and approach to eating. Kundalini Yoga encourages fiery foods like garlic, ginger and onion while Sivananda Yoga discourages the use of these, considering them to be harmful to the calming and peaceful influence we are seeking in our yoga practice.

With all these opinions our there, what is right for you? Experiment and see. Some people find they are gluten intolerant, others feel better or worse without meat. In the end it is your body and your health. If pursuing yoga philosophically then for the purposes of ahimsa, nonviolence, it us useful to avoid eating meat as an animal has been killed so that you may eat it.

One thing you want to do anyway is include fresh whole foods and eat enough, not too much. Yogis agree that overating is not desirable for health or for your practice. It is best to practice on an empty or nearly empty stomach. Your body is a temple and as Yogi Bhajan, Master of Kundalini Yoga said, be mindful of what goes in and out of all your holes. There is some food for thought!

]]> Power of Water, 01 Oct 2010 15:00:04 +0000Admin Sara Holt

Water is important. The body is made up of 60-70% water. The human body uses water to regulate body temperature and provides the means for nutrients to travel to the organs. Water is a transporter. It transports oxygen to the cells, works at waste removal, and helps protect your organs and joints.

As someone who’s lost and gained weight a few times in her life I know the most important thing about staying healthy and dropping pounds is drinking plenty of water. Water is the key to staying healthy. I drink water all day long and can tell the difference in how I feel if I’m running low on water. Water is also important in maintaining proper kidney function, but don’t over do it. You can drink too much water. A few extra glasses is ok, but a gallon is too much. Too much water in the body can result in diluting the salt in your tissues and blood.

To maintain a healthy weight even if you eat some unhealthy foods once in a while is to drink a lot of water. If you’re at a healthy weight one way to ensure you stay at that weight no matter what you eat is to drink plenty of water. It’s the essential ingredient to regulating your blood sugar, keeping your skin hydrated and fresh looking, keeping your internal organs healthy, speeding up your metabolism, and flushing your system of impurities. So, what are you waiting for? Go drink some water.

]]> and Illness, 01 Oct 2010 08:30:37 +0000Admin

Sally Marks is the president of Marks Public Relations and the co-author of the self-help book, Erase Negativity and Embrace the Magic Within. Her book is available on Amazon and the ebook version can be purchased at

I am sick. I caught some sort of virus and it has resulted in body aches, lethargy and a mild fever.  The worst part is when I had chills (imagine wanting to wrap up in a blanket when it’s 110 degrees outside.)  Thankfully, that part of my malady only lasted one day.

Other than migraines, I rarely get sick.  I have an upbeat attitude, a good immune system and bugs and viruses generally avoid me.  But this time I was not so lucky.  Worse yet, I know why it happened and I only have myself to blame.  I was a crab.  Germs like crabby people. Some germs even look like crabs and I bet they like hanging out with their own ilk.

This is more than a passing thought. There is a lot of evidence about how people who are optimistic and full of gratitude are healthier and happier.  I’m too sick to look up all the statistics, but it’s common knowledge about the happy and healthy connection. It was even a topic of discussion on one of the radio blogs I was on (Gab With The Gurus) a few weeks ago.

So how did this happen to me?  How did the author of Erase Negativity and Embrace the Magic Within fall victim to illness?  Well, for one, I was exposed to a sick kid, my great nephew.  I knew he was sick and I probably wasn’t as careful as I should have been.  But I think the real reason is my immune was suppressed because I had been crabby.

A couple days prior to this, we thought my purse was stolen. My spouse and I were camping and on the day I was to fly home for a week (CB was continuing on) my purse disappeared. This resulted in a whirlwind of activity to learn what hoops I was going to have to jump through to get through airport security.  It also involved filing a police report, cancelling credit cards, reporting the info to the credit bureaus, getting a new driver’s license, passport etc. etc. etc.

In addition to the stress, I had a real bad taste in my mouth about the schmucks who stole my purse.  I was careful about locking the truck, hiding the purse or carrying it with me. And since I was gone for two months, I had everything I needed in the bag (prescription sunglasses, regular glasses, a flash drive with a lot of my documents in it, Costco card, insurance card and the list goes on.) Whoever stole my purse had to have been watching closely and been VERY clever.

I returned to Arizona, went through the process of recreating everything in my missing wallet.  Four days later I get a call from CB that the vagabond purse was found wedged between the wheel well of the camper and a small hanging bag that we used to stuff flashlights and other small objects.

Of course I was happy the bag was found.  Unfortunately I couldn’t help but wish it had been discovered before I shelled out the pesos to get new glasses, the aggravation of hanging out at the DMV all morning and the future hassle and expense I will endure when I replace the passport (and no, they will not let me use the old passport that I reported stolen even when I explained what happened.)

However, the worst part of this experience was the voluntary descent into hell I endured during this whole process. I was mad at myself, the theoretical burglar, and CB for insisting the purse was stolen in the first place.

Rather than go through a litany of reasons for my negative process, let’s just suffice it to say that I was angry and not getting over it very well. It’s not a place I usually dwell, but I’m human and I rented space in the grouchy kingdom for a while.

Then I flew to Denver, met with CB’s relatives (including the sick great nephew) and on to a couple more days of camping.

Finally, I was back home. Then I got sick.

This is not surprising, because even though my purse and all its contents were found, my brain was still stuck in aggravation mode.  It’s as if all the negativity that I had experienced was poring out of my body.  It’s no wonder I was sick.

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I’m getting through the day taking Tylenol, drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty of rest.  I’m sure I’ll be better in a day or two.  The lesson I learned is that mind and body are more connected than we think.  If a short, but intense bout of negativity can have deleterious effects on a normally optimistic person, just imagine what years of negativity can do?

So, in conclusion, don’t fall victim to negativity.  No good comes from it.  If you want to stay healthy, buy (and eat) nutritious foods, get plenty of exercise and drink lots of water.  Also, reduce stress by keeping your wallet in a safe place.  It’s good to be optimistic, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of Tylenol.

]]> Vibration of Food, 30 Sep 2010 08:33:03 +0000Admin They did not teach you in Health Class

Dawn James is a vibrational healer, speaker and author of the book Raise Your Vibration, Transform Your Life: A Practical Guide for Attaining Better Health, Vitality and Inner Peace (May 2010). You can order an autographed copy online at The book is also distributed throughout Canada, US and the Caribbean.

I used to think food could be classified into only three categories: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. But I was wrong. Another classification is vibrational frequency—a measurement of the electrical energy that is present in all natural living things. Food can help or hinder our health, depending on its vibrational frequency. Food can also assist the body in moving energy effectively and efficiently—provided we eat the right types of foods.

Like food, we also have vibrational frequencies. In fact, each organ has its own optimal frequency range that correlates with good health and vibrancy. These frequencies, however, can be positively or adversely affected by a number of factors, including our nutrition and the vibrational frequencies of the foods we consume.

All foods in their natural state have vibrational frequency, a measurement of energy related to bioelectricity (and indirectly related to prana, or “vital energy”). The vibrational frequency of foods is typically measured in hertz (one hertz is one cycle per second of energy flow that is constant between two points). The table below illustrates the vibration levels of canned and processed foods and certain unprocessed foods.

By consuming foods devoid of vibrational frequency (i.e., processed and GM foods), we are indirectly polluting our body; we are filling ourselves with substances that are not beneficial to our health and well-being. I call this unconscious eating. In other words, eating simply to satisfy our hunger, and tantalize our taste buds, but not paying attention to how the foods we are eating will benefit our physical system. Unconscious eating is the primary cause of the toxic state of our assimilative, digestive, and hormonal systems.

It is in our nature to eat wholesome, natural (organic), nutrient-rich, high-vibrational foods to maintain a healthy and vibrant physical system. Furthermore, the vibrational frequency of these foods resonates with our tissues, cells, and organs in a natural, harmonic manner. This resonance stimulates our own frequencies and begins to restore coherence in our bioelectric fields to promote and maintain wellness.

If you want to be assured of obtaining food that has a high vibrational frequency, then, as much as possible, buy food that has been grown organically, locally, and in season.

Certified organic foods are chemical-free. They are grown without insecticides, herbicides, fumigants, or fungicides. Many of the chemicals used in non-organic farming are known carcinogens.

Organic foods contain up to ten times the mineral content of non-organic produce.

Because they have more nutrients, organic foods taste better.

Organic standards prohibit the use of municipal solid waste or sewage sludge as compost ingredients.

Local foods have the most nutrients. Most foods shipped long distances and from other countries are often picked before they ripen, thereby bypassing the full development of the food, and premature picking means fewer nutrients.

When you know your local farmers, and how your food is grown or raised, you build a relationship of trust and you can make informed buying decisions that help safeguard your family’s health.

Buying locally helps your local economy by keeping dollars circulating in your community.

You help protect the environment. Because local food does not have to travel far, carbon dioxide emissions are reduced and fewer packing materials are used.

You support family farms and farmland preservation.

Eating in season keeps us in alignment with Mother Nature.

Seasonal food is fresher, tastier, and more nutritious than out-of-season food.

Out-of-season food may be “force grown” in artificial conditions, which may affect the food’s nutritional composition and flavour (compare the taste of a tomato bought in December with one bought in August).

The seeds of seasonal foods germinate in the soil at the right time, so the plants are naturally stronger and more resistant to disease and produce better-quality fruit and vegetables.

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]]> (and Stay) Inspired to Lose Weight: 5 Tips, 18 Sep 2010 06:40:42 +0000Admin thought I would share a pic, got to get my photographs out there some way.

Liberty Kontranowski is a freelance writer with hundreds of articles published online and in print, covering topics like health, skin care, beauty, lifestyle, entertainment and more. She is a valued member of the Secure Medical team, providing great content to Viamedic.

Ask any random person on the street what one of the hardest things to do is, and I’d bet a good majority of them would say, “Lose weight.” You might also get “quit smoking,” “exercise more,” and various other health-related quandaries, but the bottom line is, for many people, getting and staying healthy is a tough road.

It need not be that way, though. Because once you incorporate the following practices into your get-healthy plan, your life will change…and so will your health.

Set goals – To begin this process (or any process, really), you need to set goals for yourself. Realistic goals. It’s fine to dream big, but when you’re tackling a large goal, baby steps seem much more achievable than just your end goal. For example, if your goal is to lose 30 pounds, break that down to two pounds per week for the next 15 weeks. Doesn’t two pounds seem so much more doable than 30? It’s a mind trick, but it works. Set your goal, break it down into bite-sized pieces, rinse and repeat.

Visualize – Okay, so you want to lose 30 pounds. Great. What will you look like when you lose that weight? What clothes will you wear? What will you feel like? Strong? Powerful? Lean? Will you treat yourself to a new hairdo? A great new dress? Visualize all that will happen in your life when the extra weight you’ve been carrying (both on a physical and emotional level) is gone. Take time throughout the day to visualize the end result of your weight loss. When you put out a vibe of success, you will draw strong and positive universal powers toward you…and your goal will be met.

Affirm – Daily affirmations are all the buzz in the self-development world…and for good reason. Tell yourself something long enough and you will believe it. While an affirmation like “I am the picture of good health” might be the most dishonest and ludicrous words you could mutter right now, saying them over and over will train your subconscious into believing it’s true. You’ll then find yourself making conscious choices to fulfill this affirmation (fruit instead of chips, walk instead of car, etc). This is a very powerful method of personal improvement that can be used in all areas of your life. Give it a try!

Live consciously – Living consciously is simply being aware of the choices you make. Essentially, your dreams and goals are in front of you, and you consciously make choices that will turn them into a reality. Easy in thought, but harder in practice. Living consciously takes some effort, but it’s essential to your development.

Reward yourself – Any goal you undertake is important, no matter how great or how small. Therefore, every time you reach one of your goals or hit a stop on route to a large milestone goal, you need to reward yourself. Maybe losing 5 pounds equals a new nail polish. Losing 10 pounds equals a pair of great new gloves or boots. Losing 20 equals a facial. The choice is yours. Just keep the rewards relevant to the goal (and do not reward yourself with food when your goal is to lose weight!) Keep celebrating yourself right on up to the end and the final result will be all you dreamed.

Do you have any great tips for inspiring weight loss success? Share with us!

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]]> fat 4 life, 15 Sep 2010 07:54:25 +0000Admin getting to a article here is a image by me:

A guest post provided for you:

Brad King is a Nutritional Expert, Bestselling Author and Talk Radio Host. To find out about his latest book 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before… Losing Fat 4 Life, please visit: . To listen to Brad’s weekly radio show Transforming Health with Brad King visit To find out more about Brad:

First and foremost it is important to point out that weight loss is irrelevant. You have to focus on losing the only weight that matters and that is fat. Far too many people—especially women—are infatuated with their bathroom scales and in the process get way too caught up on which direction the needle on their bathroom scale is moving, that they don’t realize that the scale tells them absolutely nothing about the state of their overall health. So, where is the weight loss coming from?

At any given time 1/3one-third of women and a quarter men are either starting or finishing the latest fad diet. If you are serious about long term fat loss, STOP DIETING. Dieting is a short term fix to a life long problem. Incredibly, we spend more than $33 billion annually on weight-loss products and services, skipping from one fad diet to the next.

So, how many diets have you been on? You’ve probably lost count. If this is true, you’re far from alone. In fact, if you’re like the bulk of North Americans, you probably stopped counting years ago. The question is, why do the majority all these diets fail? Sure, in the short term, we may lose a few pounds, but over the long term only about 5% of dieters manage to keep off the lost weight. And worse yet, why do so many of us seem to have a harder time losing the weight every time we start another one?

Obesity rates have tripled since our health experts warned us about the impending obesity epidemic in the 1950s. In fact, despite all our diets, North Americans are getting fatter every year. But the question remains why?

Here’s the skinny—our fat cells are smart! They’re so good at outsmarting us because they’ve been honing their skills since we first appeared on this planet. Back in the days before agriculture, and well before the refrigerator and mini-mart, humans were hunter-gatherers who consumed nuts and berries and enjoyed the occasional meal of wild game.

It was a feast-or-famine world, and we survived by eating as much as we could when food was plentiful—and storing any extra calories in the form of fat. Our bodies eventually became very good—too good in fact—at converting almost anything we ate into fat. The point is food was not nearly as plentiful as it is today.

So, even though we’ve managed to eliminate the feast-famine cycle in much of the world, our bodies haven’t changed their tactics, and they’re not going to any time soon. As Drs. Mary and Dan Eades, the best-selling authors of Protein Power, put it: we’re living with Fred Flintstone bodies in a George Jetson world. If we’re to be successful at life-long fat loss, we’ve got to eat, drink, exercise, and live our lives to work in harmony with these caveman bodies.

The DO’s and DON’Ts of LOSING FAT 4 LIFE!

DO eat smaller meals every 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours—DON’T diet

DO drink plenty of water throughout the day—DON’T drink fruit drinks and soda

DO make sure you don’t eat 2hours before bed—DON’T go to be on a full stomach

DO embrace healthy fats in your diet—DON’T eat fat free foods

DO make sure you get adequate sleep—DON’T stay up too late

DO relax and enjoy life—DON’T stress out over everything little thing

DO workout with weights or resistance bands—DON’T rely on cardio for fat loss

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