Friday, April 25, 2008

Energy Bars from Promax

It seems that everyone is trying to live a more active lifestyle, lose weight and eat a healthy diet. But there are times when we all need a boost, some snack that satisfies our sweet tooth but also nourishes our bodies and provides the energy and protein that we need to get through our busy day.

Promax makes a line of delicious and nutritious healthy snack bars. With only 70 calories, it won't put you off your diet.

But with these high protein bars, you get nutrition and satisfaction for your growling tummy without excess calories that put on the pounds, nor will they spoil your mealtime by making you too full.

When you need an all natural energy bar that can satisfy your sweet tooth as well as your hunger without destroying your diet, try one of Promax's great varieties, like Cookies n' Cream. It's a yummy way to boost your energy without guilt!

Arthritis Symptoms and Treatments

Arthritis is defined as an acute or chronic inflammation of a joint, but for millions of sufferers, the diagnosis of arthritis means pain and disability that impact every area of their lives. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis which vary by cause. Osteoarthritis, for instance, is caused by wear and tear on cartilage, but rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an overactive immune system.

Arthritis is diagnosed by a pattern of symptoms which can include pain and inflammation of the joints that reduces function. Joints may be swollen, stiff, with redness and warmth. Some forms of arthritis can affect other parts of the body causing abnormalities in organs such as the heart nd lungs. Other symptoms may include weight loss, fatigue, fever and swelling of glands. Eventually, the ongoing inflammation causes more damage to tissues and joints may become deformed.

Some types of arthritis, such as those caused by an injury or infection, will go away once the injury has healed or the infection has been treated. Other forms of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have no cure, and therefore treatment is focused on reducing the pain and disability that they cause.

Arthritis patients may use OTC pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. Physicians may use corticosteroids for patients with osteoarthritis to suppress the immune system and relieve inflammation. Other immunosuppressants may be prescribed for severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis. Patients may also take natural substances like chondroiton and glucosamine to support joint health. Surgery to replace a damaged joint is the last option, when medication and alternative therapies have failed to bring improvement.

However, lifestyle changes are the first-line treatment for arthritis. The age and circumstances of the patient are taken into consideration, but generally there are some things that the patient can do to improve their overall health, relieve pain and stiffness, and help prevent further disability.

*Exercise - Moderate exercise that strengthens the muscles around the joints and increases joint range of motion are recommended to keep patients active and mobile.

* Diet - Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables that contain essential vitamins and anti-oxidants essential to good health. Add salmon, mackerel, and herring to your diet for Omega 3 fatty acids. These can also be found in flaxseed oil, rapeseed oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and soybean oil.

* Reduce stress

* Rest - Getting sufficient sleep (8-10 hours per night) may keep flare-ups at bay or help you recover from an exacerbation more quickly. As fatigue is often a symptom of arthritis, regular sleep patterns and even taking naps are important.

Over 40 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis - that's one in seven - and the number of sufferers is expected to climb as the Baby Boomer generation ages. Medical costs associated with arthritis are also expected to climb, and they are over $80 billion per year now.
Until there is a cure, therapies and treatments along with lifestyle modifications are the best avenues for reducing the impact of arthritis on its many victims.

FDA Hears Majority Satisfied with LASIK Surgery

Those who wear contacts and glasses to correct vision problems often consider LASIK surgery to dispense with the inconvenience and bother. If you've considered laser surgery to correct your vision, but have been concerned about problems or outcome, then you should read about this survey taken by USAEyes.

The USAEyes CORE survey (Competence Opinion Relative to Expectation), which is being presented to the FDA today, shows that a majority (98%)of LASIK patients were satisfied with the results of the surgery. In fact, even amongst those reporting Lasik complications, 91% said they would have the surgery again.

USAEyes is a nonprofit patient advocacy organization providing information on Lasik surgery. They do not provide surgery, accept no advertising and all patient services are free.

Read about the USAEyes CORE survey here.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Vitamin B12 - Essential for Health

Everyone knows that having enough of essential vitamins and minerals is key to good health. Vitamin B-12, in particular, is vital for overall good health. Low blood levels of B-12 have been associated with chronic illness and fatigue.

B-12 Extreme is the most potent single dose of Vitamin B-12 on the market and is Available for purchase at It contains all four forms of Vitamin B-12 to boost mental acuity, energy, support liver function and detoxify your system. It's sublingual, so the naturally sweet strawberry tablet completely dissolves under your tongue for maximum absorption.

New Treatment For MS in Clinical Trials

Multiple Sclerosis is a debilitating auto-immune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks and damages the myelin sheath on the nerves. Treatments now available come only in the form of injections that may be taken several times a week or daily. But research at the University of Greenwich into a new treatment may change the management and progress of the disease for many patients.

A new clinical trial is underway on a compound known as BGC20-0134.

Although the cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown, there is strong evidence that it involves the regulation of the immune system through molecules in our bodies called cytokines. In MS, the balance of these cytokines is altered, leading to inflammation in the brain which can result in serious disability."

BGC20-0134 has already shown some promise and the clinical trials will assess if it leads to a significant increase in the amount of helpful cytokines. Because it can be taken in oral form, it is an exciting new prospect in the treatment of this disabling disease.

Read more about BGC20-0134.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Medical Careers - X-Ray Technician

Working in a medical setting can be so rewarding and there are many careers besides being a physician or nurse. One such career is that of x-ray technician. X-ray Technicians work in clinics, hospitals and radiology facilities. They interact with other medical staff and with patients.

An x-ray technician works with imaging equipment to get the radiological films a physician has ordered. These films will aid the doctor in diagnosis of a patient's condition. They must position the patient and the equipment properly and precisely to get the images at the exact angles and views that the physician needs.

To pursue a career in x-ray technology, one must attend an accredited school program. Most programs take between 1 and 4 years, and in 38 states an X-ray technician is required to be licensed. The market for employment in the field is very good and the median annual salary is about $40,000 with top earners being paid more than $55,400 annually. Employment opportunities for x-ray technicians are expected to continue to grow at a rapid rate for at least the next few years.

If you are interested in an exciting and fulfilling career in the medical field as an x-ray technician, you can get up to date information on schools and programs at the link provided.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Study: 8 Glasses of Water Does Not Improve Health

Do you think that drinking 8 glasses of water a day is key to optimal health? One of the pieces of advice most often given dieters and others concerned about health, is to drink 8 glasses of water per day. However, a new study has not found any benefit to drinking extra water, not in weight loss nor in overall health.

Whereas dehydration is a serious health concern, having more than enough water in your system does not seem to do what has been claimed - clear toxins, prevent weight gain, improve organ function and improve skin tone.

Athletes and people who live in hot, dry climates do need extra water but for most people, there is no compelling evidence that increasing the intake of water has any effect on general health.

The study will be published in the June 2008 Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.


Saturday, April 5, 2008

The World of Organic Skin Care

With all of the news stories about toxic chemicals in skin care products and cosmetics, more companies are turning to natural ingredients and producing lines of natural beauty products. The trend is likely to continue as women learn more about the composition of their everyday skin care products. After all, who wants to put harmful or toxic chemicals on their skin?

If you are a newcomer to the world of natural skin care and not sure which products are safe and effective, I recommend you search out a site that has tested products that they sell. Saffron Rouge features an extensive inventory of organic skin care products. They evaluate and review products from all over the world, giving you both a wide selection and an assurance of purity and quality.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and is the first level of protection in the body's health, so it deserves the best you can give it. Covering it with chemicals and harsh substances is not the way to care for it in return. At Saffron Rouge you will find products with which to love and protect your skin, featuring bath products, cosmetics, face creams, organic sun screen and more. Every item is guaranteed for sixty days and they offer free samples. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the world of natural beauty products.

Organic skin care is only natural, treat your skin well and it will remain healthy and younger looking longer. And that's what every woman wants.