Robbing Peter To Pay Paul

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By Dr. Kevin Kita

doctorHealth Screenings You Need in 2013 By Dr. Carm[/caption]You have heard this saying before about taking from one merely to give to another, to charge one debt by incurring another. This can also be used to explain the way our health is looked at in this country. When someone is not feeling well they go to the doctor to tell them about their symptoms. The doctor then prescribes something that will cover up the symptoms without paying much attention to the cause of the symptoms. That is fine for a short time, but a lot of these drugs have side effects. You start taking something to feel better, but in the meantime you are damaging another part of your body.

For example you might have a headache and you take something like Tylenol to get rid of the pain. The pain doesn’t go away and you continue to take more and more Tylenol. One of the major side effects of Tylenol is liver damage. So you take Tylenol to get rid of the headache while you are incurring damage to your liver. There are a lot of people that don’t know this, but the leading cause of cirrhosis of the liver is Tylenol usage not alcohol abuse. That is not to say to drink more alcohol and you won’t have problems down the road, but every drug has a side effect and everyone should read the label before they decide they want to rob Peter to pay Paul. Eli Lily said “It’s not a drug if it doesn’t have a side effect.”

The doctor never addresses the cause of the problem or tells you why cholesterol is needed in your body.

Another example is cholesterol lowering drugs or statins. You go to the doctor and the doctor prescribes a statin because your cholesterol levels are too high. The doctor never addresses the cause of the problem or tells you why cholesterol is needed in your body. Cholesterol is an important substance in your body to maintain healthy hormone production. As we grow older we actually need more cholesterol because our bodies can’t produce hormones as efficiently as we were when we were younger. The other problem with lowering cholesterol too much is it can cause a massive heart attack not just a regular heart attack. Cholesterol is not a good indicator of heart attacks either. Did you know that high cholesterol levels are only a 50% indicator of having a heart attack? These cholesterol lowering drugs are robbing Peter to pay Paul. Take these cholesterol lowering drugs and you will eventually damage your liver and also damage your muscle tissue. The real cause of the heart attacks is inflammation in the body. The fat won’t adhere to your arteries without inflammation. Some of the ways you reduce inflammation in the body is by exercising and watching your diet. Most people won’t do these things because it is either perceived to be too painful or they just want a quick fix with a drug.

Remember when you are making decisions about your health that you are not robbing Peter to pay Paul, but rather paying both Peter and Paul. By paying both Peter and Paul you will become much healthier over your entire lifetime.

– Dr. Kevin Kita, Chiropractor, Author, International Speaker, and Radio Host

Putting Kids On The Biggest Loser Is A Bad Idea

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overweightchildFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very interesting article from The Huffington Post by Becky Hand entitled ‘Putting Kids On The Biggest Loser Is A Bad Idea‘. As most of you know, I am always promoting the Huff Post here, but I do like their articles a lot, including this one. When The Biggest Loser announced it was going to have kids on the show, I had mixed feelings. On the one hand, I worried that certain children would have their self-esteem lowered through on air mutilation in front of millions of viewers. Then, on the other hand, I thought how wonderful that some kids would get much needed help in reducing their weight and start a ‘new’ healthier lifestyle. But, I really did not see much on this in the media, so I was fascinated to read this article. Ms. Hand stepped up to the plate, and expressed her honest opinions. She notes that one in three children in the United States are overweight or obese. A child is considered overweight if his or her body mass index is at the 85th to 95th percentile for age. If his or her BMI is above the 95th percentile, the child is considered obese. Heart disease is on the rise, as well as type 2 diabetes – both related to obesity. The author points out that keeping kids weight issues private is an important issue to her, but she also gives out great pointers to help parents lead their children towards a healthier lifestyle. She suggests not to single out one child who may be obese or overweight, but to treat all children the same when discussing healthy habits. She also mentions how to clean out the pantry of unhealthy choices while preparing healthy choices for the entire family. Please visit the Huff Post site (link provided below) to view the complete article and to support Becky Hand’s work.”

From the article…..

For the first time in its 14 seasons, the hit weight loss reality show The Biggest Loser is featuring obese children. If you’ve seen the show, you know that the producers have made some changes to the show’s formula for these kids.

The three teens, who are clinically obese, live at home while participating in the weight-loss interventions, rather than on the ranch. They are not exposed to the same demanding treatments as the adults, they cannot be kicked off the show, and they are each given the title of “ambassador.” Their role is to bring attention to our country’s childhood obesity crisis and empower others to make better food choices, move more, and work toward a healthier body weight.

One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. A child is considered overweight if his or her body mass index is at the 85th to 95th percentile for age. If his or her BMI is above the 95th percentile, the child is considered obese. To determine if your child falls in either of these categories, talk to your child’s pediatrician or chart it yourself using the Centers for Disease Control growth charts.

When faced with startling statistics like those, it is easy to see why drawing more attention to this epidemic is important. (And in my last post, I emphasized that downplaying the obesity crisis, even in one story, can seriously affect public health.) Despite the gravity of the situation, I am not convinced that the task of informing our society about our childhood obesity crisis should be placed on the shoulders of two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old, especially with millions watching their personal weight-loss experiences each week.

As a registered dietitian involved in the treatment of overweight children, I am aware of the need for compassion and privacy when working with overweight children and teens. It worries me when the primary focus becomes the number reported on the scale and the weight issue is viewed as something that children or teens can fix on their own. Overweight and obese children are at nearly twice the risk of having other medical, mental, and development conditions when compared with a child in the normal weight range.

To read the full article…..Click here

Tech Tools – Jim Devitt

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Tech Tips From The Experts:

seocloudI am a consultant in social media, helping companies build a following and increase customers/patients/members.

The days of having a website and being “set” are all but gone. The key today is to get in front of the people who are looking for what you have. This is getting easier now with social media.

In the past, SEO was the primary driver for search engines like Google, but now Social Search is playing more of a role. Search engines have begun to include social context into their search results. Social media platforms are growing at such an astounding rate that it’s only natural that they should be considered as a search term resource.

So what does this mean for a small business? It means that Tweets, posts and videos are now playing as big a role in search as keywords. Google+ is the ugly stepsister of the social networks, but it might pack the biggest punch.

Since Google is the largest search engine, it only makes sense that they give precedence to posts that actively use Google+. With that in mind, it is very important to sign up and share your posts with Google+. If you post something on your Facebook page, share it with Google+. Got a Blog? Make sure you share the link of each new post on Google+. Did you add a new class or program to your facility? Be sure to get it on Google+.

With this simple change in your social media posting, you will see your business ranking higher on Google search and your potential customers/members will be able to see at a glance that you are the best.

Jim Devitt, Devitt Consulting

Tech Tools – Farhad Divecha

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Tech Tips From The Experts:

We run a number of digital marketing campaigns for the UK National Health Service (NHS) and are happy to share some of the tips from those exercises:

Use Video

seoPosting video on YouTube, embedding that video on your site, optimizing both and then driving views to that video is a great way to differentiate your site, make headway in the organic rankings and draw clicks away from competing sites. Videos that have more views, likes and comments tend to rank better, so make sure the video is interesting and entertaining and not just one person speaking monotonously about a topic. For example, we wanted to raise awareness of Stroke among teenagers, so we used little kids and asked them what they knew about stroke. The result was a cute, entertaining video that got quite a few views (, press mentions and links.

Pick A Cause

Champion a health cause. Help a local charity raise awareness of the issues surrounding a particular health problem. You’ll get links from them, from the local press and possibly from a few bloggers and related sites that also focus on the same cause. Be genuine, though, as no one likes a business that only wants to profit from someone’s misfortune. Make sure that you give them time, do a bit of out of office work for them, even if it’s as simple as having a bunch of employees wearing placards walking through the town center. Let the local press know what you’re up to. Encourage your Facebook / Twitter / Google+ followers to join you. All of this will create local buzz and help you (and the charity) greatly.

– Farhad Divecha, Director, AccuraCast

What Sugar Really Does To Your Body

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From Your Health Journal…..”A great article today from Deborah Kotz of the Boston Globe about what sugar really does to your body. She starts off by discussing Coke’s message of a calorie is a calorie, no matter where it comes from. One study compared added sugar intake in sweetened beverages and other foods with weight changes and found that when study participants were advised to lower their sugar intake — without changing anything else in their diet — they lost an average of nearly two pounds over six to eight months. When they were told to increase sugar, they gained nearly two pounds. Sugar isn’t the cause of obesity; it’s a cause of obesity – along with other parts of someone’s lifestyle. In the 19th century, Americans consumed less than 30 grams of sugar per day — about 6 percent of their total calories — but by 1977, sugar consumption had increased to 75 grams per day on average. Teens now average 150 grams per day or roughly 30 percent of their total calories. Please visit the Boston Globe web site to read this important article. The link is provided below.”

From the article…..

How bad is sugar really? The Coca Cola company would have you believe in its new anti-obesity commercial that a calorie is just a calorie whether it’s from a sugar grain or sesame seed. But new research suggests otherwise.

In the study funded by the World Health Organization, New Zealand researchers analyzed 68 studies that compared added sugar intake in sweetened beverages and other foods with weight changes and found that when study participants were advised to lower their sugar intake — without changing anything else in their diet — they lost an average of nearly two pounds over six to eight months. When they were told to increase sugar, they gained nearly two pounds, according to the study which was published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal.

That’s a very small change, but it’s significant, and it makes the case for government recommendations to lower added sugar intake, wrote Dr. Walter Willet, chair of nutrition at Havard School of Public Health, and Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician Dr. David Ludwig in an editorial that accompanied the study.

The WHO commissioned the study, in fact, to see whether they should keep their decade-old advice to eat no more than 10 percent of calories from added sugars. The U.S. government recommends that added sugars make up no more than 15 percent of calories, whereas the American Heart Association’s recommendation is no more than 5 percent.

Following the strictest 5 percent guidelines would mean that women should eat no more than 100 calories a day of added sugars (equivalent to 6 teaspoons) and that men should eat no more than 150 calories per day (equivalent to 9 teaspoons).

One serving of my favorite high-fiber cereal — which has 12 grams or 48 calories of added sugar — and one serving of my favorite Chobani Greek vanilla yogurt — which has 17 grams or 68 calories of added sugar — would put me over my daily limit. Clearly, the AHA guidelines are really, really tough to follow, which is why Willet and Ludwig recommended a 10 percent goal as a “realistic practical goal” while 5 percent would be a goal for “optimal health.”

But why all the fuss when reducing sugar-sweetened foods — and presumably replacing those calories with sugar-free foods — won’t do much to prevent excess weight gain?

“Sugar isn’t the cause of obesity; it’s a cause of obesity,” said Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist and author of the best-selling new book Fat Chance. “What makes sugar so problematic is how it’s handled by the body.”

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Xenadrine: Letting Go Of The Past And Looking At It Now

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By Archie Ward

bellymeasurementsmallXenadrine is marketed as a weight loss supplement and energy enhancer to people looking for an edge when trying to achieve their weight loss goals. When it was first released, one of its key ingredients was ephedrine, which was later banned by the FDA as an ingredient in dietary supplements due to a disproportionately high incidence of deaths associated with products that contained ephedrine. The manufacturers of Xenadrine reworked their marketing approach to promote Xenadrine as a weight loss supplement substituting other natural ingredients for the banned ephedrine. Xenadrine has been mostly successful in recovering from the taint of the ephedrine controversy but some people have avoided the supplement because they believe it is dangerous to take, but this is most probably an aftershock of the ephedrine

How it Works

Xenadrine, with or without ephedrine, works by acting to speed up the body’s metabolism through increasing the amount of adrenaline present to burn fat. This is done by stimulating the heart rate of the individual so that when combined with exercise and the fat breaking effects of the rest of the natural ingredients in the supplement, more fat is burned in less time than before. Xenadrine also causes a dehydration effect, because of increased body temperature, that can lead to weight loss through fluid loss.

Is it Safe?

There is no natural or artificial dietary supplement that can safely replace responsible nutrition and exercise in weight loss.

Yes and no. There is no natural or artificial dietary supplement that can safely replace responsible nutrition and exercise in weight loss. While Xenadrine no longer contains ephedrine, certain of its other ingredients such as Guarana and tyrosine can cause complications in individuals if more than the recommended daily amount is consumed or adequate fluid replacement is not maintained. No one should begin any kind of weight loss regimen or add a supplement to their diet without consulting their doctor. An adequate review of the person’s health and examination of possible interaction with other supplements and prescriptions taken is the only responsible way to undertake making the decision to use Xenadrine or not as part of a weight loss program.

Does it Work?

While there are no conclusive and reputable clinical studies on Xenadrine working to promote weight loss there are ample studies that support why taking a diet supplement like Xenadrine could work. Cytodyne replaces the ephedrine with Bitter Orange which has been found to have a similar stimulating effect on the body. Combined with Guarana, a natural caffeine, and white willow bark which acts similar to aspirin and prolongs the effects of stimulants in the body; Xenadrine has all the elements to properly stimulate the body’s metabolism. The supplement also includes B complexes and high doses of Vitamin C, both water soluble vitamins that are necessary to fat burning but easily depleted in the body.

The DMAE Difference

While the combination of clinically proven weight loss supplements in Xenadrine may increase its potential to work for you, it is its inclusion of Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) as an active ingredient that may make it more effective than other over the counter diet supplements. DMAE has been proven to have a positive effect on elevating mood in some people and this can make it easier for them to stick to their diet plans and exercise routines.

– This guest post was written by Zilko Ravi, who works at this Aussie retailer of Xenadrine. Zilko trials a few different diet pill brands a year, in an attempt to separate the good from the bad.

From the webmaster…..Any questions regarding this post should be directed to the author through their web page or the comments section of this site. Publishing this article does not mean this web site, or people affiliated with this web site endorse the use of Xenadrine. We believe consulting with your physician is the way to find out what is best for each individual person.

Tech Tools – Carson Ward

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Many health and wellness web sites are always looking for ways to improve their Alexa ranking, Google ranking, social media skills, and SEO. The Tech Tools section of this web site will have basic tips from experts and non-experts alike who will share their successes with the audience of this blog. Hopefully, they will help anyone who has their own web site improve the sites popularity.

If you have a tip, use the contact link above to send it along.


Simple Tips To Improve Your Alexa Rank, Google Page Rank, Social Media Skills, And SEO.

The goal of almost every search optimization campaign is to increase revenue through higher visibility in Google. The best long-term method for doing so is generally a steady stream of quality content that begs to be shared. Google looks at the number and quality of sites that link to your content, and generally gives higher rankings to sites with the best/most links pointing to the page. Here is my advice to anyone who wants to be more visible online:

– Be surprising: What can you say that isn’t obvious or well-known? Can you interpret a new health study that seems counter-intuitive or tell them about a common health danger they are ignoring?

– Appeal to emotion: If you want people to link to and share your content, you need to win your readers hearts before you can win their minds. What can you talk about that fills them with awe or anger?

– Be visual: Our brains interpret images better than text, so visualization is best for the reader. Your images and videos can also give site owners a reason to link to your piece.

Once you have created a great piece that is surprising, visual, and emotion- nducing, you can tell your friends and peers about it. Connect with journalists and bloggers who care about the same things you do. Building these relationships can be fun, rewarding, and potentially profitable for site owners and writers.

– Carson Ward has worked in online marketing for the last seven years, and has
consulted with several Fortune 500 companies on large projects and worked with small companies on local search optimization. Carson is a consultant with Distilled, an industry leader in search marketing.