Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ways To Quit Smoking

Ways To Quit Smoking

Nicotine cravings
can be powerful. But you're not at the mercy of your cravings. When a nicotine craving strikes, remember that it'll pass — often within less than five minutes — whether you smoke a cigarette or not. Each time you resist a nicotine craving, you're one step closer to quit smoking for good.

In the meantime, here are some ways to quit smoking.

1. Move. Do deep knee bends, run in place or climb the stairs. A few minutes of brisk activity may stop your nicotine craving in its tracks.

2. Replace. Try a stop smoking product instead of a cigarette. Some types of nicotine replacement therapy — including patches, gum and lozenges — are available over-the-counter. Nicotine nasal spray and the nicotine inhaler are available by prescription.

3. Face yourself in the mirror. List out loud the reasons you want to quit smoking. Include the benefits of staying tobacco-free, such as a longer and healthier life, and more money — and time — to spend on things you enjoy.

4. Breathe deeply. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. You might even inhale air through a drinking straw.

5. Call for reinforcements. Team up with someone who doesn't smoke for a quick chat or brisk walk.

6. Make believe. Imagine your lungs getting healthier as each minute passes.

7. Do the math. Add up how much money you'll save by not smoking for a week, a month or a year. Make a list of luxuries you could buy with your savings — or calculate the interest you'll earn by investing the money.

8. Read a quitter's blog. Post encouraging thoughts for someone else who might be struggling with nicotine cravings.

9. Drink up. Sip a glass of ice water slowly. When the water is gone, suck on the ice cubes.

10. Sort your recipes. Jot down the ingredients for a few good-for-you recipes you've been meaning to try. The next time you shop for groceries, you'll be a step ahead of the game.

11. Laugh. Share a funny story with a friend, or search the Internet for a funny joke.

12. Plan ahead. Make a list of all the ways you can reward yourself for making it through another nicotine craving.

13. Freshen your breath. Brush and floss your teeth, rinse with mouthwash or suck on a breath mint.

14. Clean your closet. Discard any clothes yellowed by cigarette smoke or damaged with cigarette burns.

15. Try a mind bender. Do a crossword puzzle, word game or number puzzle.

16. Get soapy. Wash your car, scrub the floor or give the dog a bath.

17. Keep your mouth busy. Chew on a cinnamon stick, flavored toothpick or sugarless gum.

18. Get musical. Whistle, sing or play a musical instrument. Ask a partner to dance.

19. Have a ball. Dribble a basketball, hit a tennis ball against the wall or play catch with a partner.

20. Be positive. Remind yourself that the power to quit smoking is in your hands.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

About Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a deadly, “sneaky” cancer that doesn’t generally show its symptoms for many years after it begins. For some people, the diagnosis of mesothelioma is a shock that prompts a search through their past, going back decades to determine the source of the asbestos that initiated the mesothelioma process.

Asbestos Exposure

For other individuals, their history of asbestos work is easily identified as the culprit underlying this disease, the onset of which can take up to 50 years after the causative asbestos exposure. Many people who worked in asbestos mines or processing plants or with asbestos-containing products are by now aware of the high rate of mesothelioma in their professions, often having heard about former co-workers diagnosed with this cancer.

Diagnosis Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is not easily diagnosed and confirmed, however. Oftentimes an individual is mistakenly diagnosed with another type of cancer or respiratory disease or other malady before the mesothelioma is identified. In addition, primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals are not familiar with mesothelioma and thus miss or misinterpret the signs and symptoms, which may include (dependent on the location of the cancer):

Symptoms of Mesothelioma

A mass in the abdomen
Abdominal pain and/or swelling
Ascites, or an abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen
Bowel problems
Chest wall pain or pain under the rib cage
Coughing up bloody sputum
Fatigue, anemia
Hoarseness, wheezing, or cough
Pleural effusion (fluid surrounding the lung)
Shortness of breath
Weight loss
The mesothelioma may attack the pleura (the outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity), or the pericardium (a tissue sac surrounding the heart).

The Prognosis for Mesothelioma Patients

In nearly every case, mesothelioma is malignant (active, growing), not benign. The prognosis for a given mesothelioma patient depends on several factors in his or her unique circumstances:

the patient's age
his or her health, especially lung and heart health
the size of the mesothelioma tumor
its stage
the type of mesothelioma cells
whether the cancer is new or a recurrence
the presence and amount of fluid in the chest and/or abdomen

Mesothelioma Treatment Options

There are three main categories of treatment for mesothelioma: surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Combinations of two or more of these are also frequently used. For example, surgery may be performed to excise all possible malignant tissue, then chemotherapy or radiation is used to kill off any cancer cells that remain. Such treatment after surgery is commonly referred to as adjuvant therapy.

New Mesothelioma Treatment are under investigation, including photodynamic therapy and biologic therapy.

More Information about Mesothelioma

There is much more to learn about mesothelioma, including the legal rights of individuals and families impacted by this disease. Contact a mesothelioma lawyer in your vicinity today to get the information you need.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tips to gain mass

1. Eat and I Mean Eat a lot
Eating high calorie meals is probably the most important step in gaining mass. If you don't get enough to eat, you won't gain weight. You can't lift like a horse and eat like a bird and expect to gain weight it just doesn't work that way. That is why most bodybuilders eat four to six times per day to increase calories, protein, carbs., etc., and to increase the absorption of nutrients. You may even want to try drinking a protein shake in the middle of the night to encourage additional muscle growth.

2. Increase Sodium
This underestimated mineral plays an important role in overall muscle growth and by slightly increasing your daily sodium intake it helps increase water retention. Plus sodium enhances carbohydrate storage and amino acid absorption also improving the muscle's responsiveness to insulin.

3. Drink Water
Water is the best way to supplement a diet. It's mother natures ultimate supplement and without it you will go no where. It gives you proper regulation of food, vitamins, and minerals. It also helps you get the most out of your protein and carbs, by helping your body absorb it.

4. Cycle Your Diet
For two weeks eat an extra 2000 calories then go back to your normal calorie diet for the next two weeks, on and off. I have heard good stories about doing this. You will only eat the extra 2000 calories for two weeks because that's about how long it takes your body to adapt to it, and if it does you will not get the same benefit as you would if it was not adapted to it.

5. Use Creatine
Creatine will most likely help you gain mass. Plus with no side effects where can you go wrong. Be sure to drink plenty of water while your on it though, and just like any other supplement. Do your research. My last article on creatine is a good way to start :).

6. Rest
I love to sleep. You all need to if you want to put on some mass. Your body needs this time to re-cooperate. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night.

7. Stop All Aerobics
In order to put on serious mass your gonna need to stop all of your aerobics. You need to keep as many calories and you can in your body and the aerobics will not help you do that. Remember every physical activity has a negative impact on building muscle.

8. Eat Meat
Tuna, Beef, Steaks......mmmmmmmm

9. Lift Hard
Your never gonna get that physique you want unless you lift and I mean lift hard. That doesn't mean to throw the weights around. Be sure to control your weight, control is very important. Be sure to use a weight that you can do 4 reps but no more then 6, heh this is the fun part, do 6 reps anyway. NOT CHEATING!

10. No Spotter!
Well, this is my opinion but here goes.....I don't believe in using a spotter, gloves, straps, or anything that will help you get that weight up. I believe that you should be able to get that weight up on your own and not with the help with anyone or anything else.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Boost Your Teeth Whitening

The concept of teeth whitening has immensely changed within the last ten years. It includes two different methods one is dental or in-office whitening and the other is at the home treatment.

The concept of teeth whitening has immensely changed within the last ten years. Teeth whitening treatment includes two different methods one is dental or in-office whitening and the other is at the home treatment. In case, you are opting for dental teeth whitening, your dentist will make molds of the teeth and will send them off to a laboratory. You will receive your teeth whitening mouthpiece within 5-10 days. These teeth whitening molds are made of plastic and are filled with peroxide. Your dentist will then press the teeth whitening molds against your gums and teeth for 1-2 hours. It will take around 3-4 visits to complete your teeth whitening procedure.

One of the most widely-used teeth whitening in-office procedures is known as Laser Bleaching. It is a shorter process where concentrated peroxide gel is applied onto your teeth. You need to sit in a dental chair for an hour with your mouth wide open. A special light is shined onto your teeth whitening paste, which reacts chemically with the peroxide and completes the teeth whitening process in a short time.

These days, it is also possible to get quality teeth whitening at home. Generally, there are three different bright smile teeth whitening options available at home. This includes brush-on teeth whitening, using whitening strips, and trays with bleaching gels.

The following are some of the practices that will help you to obtain the best possible teeth whitening results:

Brush you teeth for at least two minutes with any oxygenating toothpaste immediately before your teeth whitening procedure. It is better if your oxygenating toothpaste is combined with aloe vera and some natural polishing agents. This will prevent any kind of sensitivity as well as strengthen your gums.

It is better to opt for form-fitting mouth trays, which are well fitted to your specific bite. Also ensure that the mouth trays fit snugly around each tooth. In addition, they need to press tightly around the sides of your gums and teeth at all points.

Try to use a strong teeth whitening gel. You can opt for one that includes 21% concentrated carbamide peroxide. This is specifically formulated to lessen the sensitivity to your gums and teeth. Furthermore, it ensures a whiter result in a short period of time. These days, flavored teeth whitening gel are also available to make your experience as pleasant as possible.

Finally, use oxygenating oral rinse immediately after the teeth whitening treatment. This will enhance the effect of the treatment. It is better not to use mouthwash that includes alcohol as it can curtail the bleaching effect chemically.