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June 18, 2015

Ella ZibitskerBy Ella Zibitsker.

We often think about weight problem as a stand-alone issue that can be easily resolved by either dieting or/and exercising. And sometimes it’s true, we can lose some pounds by eating less or adding some exercises to our daily routine. And then we gain it all back. So, why most of us cannot keep the weight down for long period of time? And the bigger question is, if overweight is an indication of poor health, should we focus on health first?

I found the answer in George Oshawa’s famous quote: “The principle without the technique is useless; the technique without the principle is dangerous.”

For me, macrobiotics provides a concept based on over 4,000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine and techniques developed by George Oshawa, Michio Kushi, and Herman Aihara, as well as many of their associates and pupils. Macrobiotics is not another diet, it’s a lifestyle based on 4 principles. It stipulates that if you want to stay healthy or heal you should:

  1. Live in tune with nature
  2. Balance the yin and yang in your diet and life, and avoid extremes of either
  3. Eat locally and seasonally
  4. Eat the diet right for you, and understand the law of change

I watched many people following these principles to improve their health and inevitably losing weight. Some lost 30-40 pounds in just 3-4 months. And by changing the lifestyle they managed not only keep the weight down but to create extraordinary health. That’s the result we should expect and work for.

After reading Michio Kushi’s book “The Macrobiotic Way”, I realized that this is the only way to regain health back. For me changing my lifestyle by adopting these principles was a matter of life and death. You see, 17 years ago I was diagnosed with terminal cancer and wasn’t offered any treatment. I dived in to the world of macrobiotics, met Michio, did everything he told me, completely changed my lifestyle and 9 months later was clear of cancer. Since that time my health improved and so did the weight. I lost about 20 pounds and never gained them back. Hundreds of people turned to macrobiotics as a last resort, but more and more people started thinking about staying healthy and practice common sense lifestyle that is based on the above 4 principles.

If you’re completely satisfied with the way you are – great, but if you don’t maybe you should re-examine the principles and techniques you are using. They might be useless or dangerous. I encourage you to discover and explore the world of macrobiotics and create a life full of energy and enjoyment.

For more information, contact me directly at (847) 682-4794 or visit our website, www.StartMacro.com.

To read more about macrobiotics, Yin/Yang, and balanced lifestyle here are some websites among many others: www.kushiinstitute.org, http://www.sacredlotus.com/go/foundations-chinese-medicine/get/yin-yang, http://wholesomebalance.com/Macrobiotics.html.


Bad habits harm us.

Natural selection

My opinion is God skipped her while giving out brains.

Soda drinks

Coke. Good way to die hard.

“Natasha Harris died Feb. 25, 2010 from a cardiac arrhythmia, according to a 19-page coroner’s report obtained by ABCNews.com. And while Harris, a mother of eight from Invercargill, New Zealand, was known to smoke heavily and skip multiple meals, coroner David Crerar concluded that the sugar and caffeine she got by drinking more than 2.6 gallons of Coca-Cola Classic per day was “a substantial factor” in her death.”

“When all of the available evidence is considered, were it not for the consumption of very large quantities of Coke by Natasha Harris, it is unlikely that she would have died when she died and how she died,” Crerar wrote in his report.

Harris’s partner, Christopher Hodgkinson, said Harris would get headaches and act moody without her Coke fix, according to the coroner’s report.

Drink water.


Close friends said she would “get the shakes” and other withdrawal symptoms. Her heart would race, her liver was swollen, and her rotting teeth had to be removed. But, said the report, “the family did not consider that Coke was harmful due to the fact of it having no warning signs.” http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/moms-death-linked-coke-coroners-report-164723213–abc-news-health.html

I am not a friend of any sodas or sugary drinks. But what I am trying to convey in my posts is a common sense. The absence of active brain and common sense will kill you. Even if all you drink is 2.6 gallons of pure water. By the way considering that her family didn’t see “warning signs” tells me

Smoking is bad for you

Kissing an ashtray.

that her stupidity is a family trait.

January 29, 2013

People! Educate yourselves and your loved ones. Please do not assume that if the product is approved by FDA it is safe. Almost every day you hear that food or drug that is FDA approved been banned. So my suggestion is ppllease  do not by processed food like bleached flower or refined sugar or bread made with bleached flower.

Processed drinks

Don’t drink it!

“What Is Brominated Vegetable Oil? Bromine is a halogen and displaces iodine, which can depress thyroid function, as well as known side effects such as: depression, memory loss, hallucinations, violent tendencies, psychosis, seizures, cerebral atrophy, acute irritability, tremors, ataxia, confusion, loss of peripheral vision, slurred speech, stupor, tendon reflex changes, photophobia due to enlarged pupils, extensor plantar responses, fatigue, lethargy, loss of muscle coordination, and headache.” http://voices.yahoo.com/the-dangers-additive-brominated-vegetable-oil-1569091.html?cat=51

“It’s illegal to use the chemical as a food additive in the European Union, India, Nepal, Canada, Brazil and Japan. Other ingredients that are allowed in American food but not in other countries include certain artificial colors and additives to flour.”

Prescription drugs

Educate yourself.

“FDA’s mission is first and foremost to protect public health by ensuring that foods are safe and properly labeled,” the agency said in a statement, contending that science-based implementation of federal law has helped make the U.S. food supply “the safest in the world.” Really?!
The companies are not required to show the FDA their reasoning or even to notify the agency before using the ingredient. The agency can ask to see the research and investigate if health issues emerge later. Which means that FDA will approve the ingredient but may unapprove it is later on after people test it on themselves and the product makes people sick. Nice approach using people as Ginny pigs!  Manufacturer claims that there is a very small amount added in drinks and food.

The problem is that it is not just one type drink of food item. BVO and many other additives added in many products we eat or drink. We don’t know how many. And this is the crucial point: we do not know what we consume. We do not know why is there an autism epidemic. We do not know why are there so many kids with allergies and asthma. We don’t know why there are increases in cancer. We do not have this knowledge yet,

So you need to educate yourself. No doctor or dietitian will help.

Here are some suggestions:

Drink water if you are thirsty. Not bottled water – filtered water.

If you cannot pronounce the ingredients – don’t eat it!

Eat your juices. Fiber in fruits and vegetables is important for your body.

Healthy habits not medicine.

Doctors use it but not their patients.

Eat red meat once a week, fish once or twice, chicken once a week.

Use quality supplements.

Use deodorants only on special occasions.

If you can shower every other day -not every day.

Exercise !

Learn  how to cope with stress.

Enjoy family and friends.

And remember: doctors are not here to keep your healthy. Doctors are here to help you if something happened to you.

Educate yourself

Read the label.

So stay healthy and don’t relay on doctors too much.

August 27, 2012

Carbonated drinks

Medical expenditures.

I have said it before and I an saying it again. Too much of ANYTHING is bad for you. Words of wisdom: thirsty -drink; hungry-eat; tired-sleep. 

Excessive water in your system can dilute your body fluids so much that the sodium levels become life-threateningly low

Water may be the elixir of life, but it sure can send your health into a tailspin, even endangering your life, if you drink too much of it. While packaged water, juice and cola companies hard-sell their thirst-quenchers to you through TV and print advertisements, the truth is that drinking too much water can do you more harm than good.

In the gym I see  people sucking on a huge gallon size water bottles. How can you work out with a gallon of water in your belly? 


Many people drink way too much waeter

Are you THAT thirsty?

The academics from Oxford and Harvard universities also accuse the manufacturers of  misleading gym-goers by convincing them they are on the verge of dehydration.

They point out it is probably more dangerous to drink too much liquid because it can cause the deadly condition hypernatremia,  where brain cells swell up.

The right way to drink water is on your TV screen. When Tennis legends Roger Federer orRafael Nadal play five gruelling sets of tennis in the baking sun, sweating profusely, how do they drink? They sip. They may sip at every end change, but they certainly don’t gulp. While exercising, you should balance how much water you drink to how much you are sweating out.

All runners should know that over-consumption of fluids, whether it’s water or sports drinks, can be fatal. EAH due to excessive hydration has caused at least a dozen deaths worldwide and there have been more than 1,600 documented cases of it around the globe. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-08-08/diet/31899096_1_sports-drinks-soft-drinks-water-intoxication

Now about the drinks in general

Water is the best drink

Just water please.

Sweet fizzy colas and sports drinks could be lethal – even if you drink just two cans a week.  The drinks could be a direct cause of weight gain, heart disease, liver failure, high blood pressure and diabetes, a new study has discovered.

The effects happen in people who drink a can every day, or even just two cans a week. After a very short time – and often within a month – their metabolism  changes, making any of the life-threatening diseases more likely. Although it’s not news that sugary drinks are bad for us, the extent of the damage they can cause, and over a very short time, has shocked researchers who tested the drinks on 11 healthy and lean volunteers

After just four weeks’ regular consumption, their whole metabolism had altered.  They had put on weight and their insulin resistance had increased, often a precursor of diabetes and heart disease.

(Source: European Journal of Nutrition, 2012; doi: 10.1007/s00394-012-0401-x).

The sports drinks market in Britain rose 10 per cent last year to more than £1billion. Around 440 million liters of products  are drunk annually – enough to fill 400 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2175662/The-sports-drink-myth-They-dont-boost-energy-harmful.html#ixzz23eIi52bY

The rules of Wellness are simple: Everything in moderation. Good night sleep. Moderate oversize, happy social interactions. Interest in life.

Your comments are welcome!

May 22, 2012

Sugar makes you dumber


Sugar can make you dumb, US scientists warnIn other words, eating too much fructose could interfere with insulin’s ability to regulate how cells use and store sugar, which is necessary for processing thoughts and emotions.  “Insulin is important in the body for controlling blood sugar, but it may play a different role in the brain, where insulin appears to disturb memory and learning,” Gomez-Pinilla said.
“Our study shows that a high-fructose diet harms the brain as well as the body. This is something new.”

The average American consumes more than 40 pounds (18 kilograms) of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the US Department of Agriculture.


Energy drinks are acidic

Energy drinks. Emergency room visits involving the beverages have risen tenfold in the U.S. since 2005. While many of the visits were the result of combining energy drinks with alcohol or drugs, 56 percent were due to the consumption of energy drinks alone.

The report, issued last month by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is the latest piece of criticism directed at the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar energy drink industry. Some researchers and physicians say the beverages, which typically contain large amounts of caffeine, are unhealthy for young people.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-12-05/business/ct-met-energy-drinks-20111205_1_energy-drinks-soft-drinks-caffeine. Energy drinks destroy your tooth enamel. According to NPR’s blog “Energy Drinks Can Take Teeth On An Irreversible Acid Trip,” there is a high amount of citric acid in energy drinks in order to preserve its shelf life and to flavor the products, this acid strips the enamel from your teeth.

Sugar in energy drinks

#@$%^&* !!!

Consumers who are drinking these products can develop other long term effects such as acid reflux and high sugar levels, which can lead to diabetes. These long term effects, among others, are increasing among consumers, which for the most part are “about one-third of all 12 to 24-year-old who consume energy drinks,” according to Chicago Tribune. http://coyotechronicle.net/energy-drinks-destroys-teeth-enamel-health/


So what are the alternatives? MochaTonix is a nutritionally balanced drink, available in cappuccino, mocha and vanilla flavors. Not only does it provide key nutrients for optimal health, it also provides a pleasant boost of energy and increases metabolism, thus stimulating weight loss. MochaTonix’s advanced formula features patented ingredient Advantra Z®, which helps burn fat and increase physical performance. Derived from the Chinese herb citrus aurantium, Advantra Z promotes lipolysis, the breakdown of fat, and thermogenesis, the production of body heat in muscle and fat. When coupled with an exercise routine, MochaTonix provides a dramatic edge to hectic, sometimes overwhelming lives. It leads to increased energy and physical performance, because the body can efficiently convert free fatty acids released from stores of fat into additional energy.

Drink instead if energy drinks.

Instead of energy drinks.

In addition to giving the body’s metabolism a dramatic boost, MochaTonix is a potent mental enhancer, delivering essential nutrients to the brain to aid in the synthesis of necessary noradrenalin, an important neurotransmitter, to increase alertness, concentration and clarity. It helps to re-supply critical amino acids and hormones that are lost because of busy schedules and over-consumption of caffeinated drinks. This restores mental clarity and focus, helping you achieve maximum mental activity for the daily grind.

One of the reviews: “I use it most days. On days when I have lots of work to get done, I don’t know what I’d do without MochaTonix. It helps me focus and gives me lots of energy. I am very sensitive to caffeine, so even though I like coffee, it always gives me the jitters and makes my heart beat fast. However, I don’t get that same feeling with MochaTonix. The energy I get feels healthy. And I don’t crash either. Highly recommended. Also, I know for some people it might seem out of your budget, but I will say that one canister should last you at least one month. I rarely use a full scoop (usually less than half). I recommend starting off with a quarter scoop to see how it affects you. That’s often times all it takes.”  http://www.marketamerica.com/product-2238/mochatonix.htm

Do you really need energy drinks? “Frankly, if you want the energy without the crash, let me recommend working out and a good whole food diet. Because of my schedule/job (lots of day-night switching around), I used to rely on coffee and energy drinks. Now that I have a very intense workout regimen at least 4 times a week and I eat only whole, healthy food (including fruits and veggies – home-cooked), I drink a cup of coffee in the beginning of the day (I would say morning, but sometimes it’s at 6 am and sometimes it’s at 6 pm) for the taste and habit…but I don’t need any energy drinks to stay charged up. You can take a nice multi or B-complex. I always take a little extra vitamin c because I am surrounded by sick people.”  Read more: http://www.city-data.com/forum/diabetes/1509732-red-bull-sugar-free-energy-drink.html#ixzz1v4OrnHzy

Vitamin B complex

Isotonic Vitamin B complex.

Another healthier alternative: A vitamin B-complex is a mixture of the eight essential B-vitamins that play a critical role in metabolism at the cellular level. B-vitamins are important for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. B vitamin deficiency can lead to fatigue and lethargy, which is why B-complex supplements are excellent energy boosters and anti-stress formulas.*

Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do to in obtaining maximum absorption. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results.


SOURCE: http://bit.ly/Hi0niK Archives of Internal Medicine, online March 26, 2012.


Here are a few suggestion:

Use the stairs.

Stairs? How do you use them?

Don’t use elevators. Be reasonable now. I am not talking 100 floors because you may end up dead on the 50’s floor.

Park as far as you can on the parking lot. A little walking won’t hart and others will live you!

Take a few short breaks during the day if your job requires sitting. Walk around. Move a little. You will feel better.

Make sure your chair is comfortable. Some chairs prevent blood flow to your legs.

having a doog

No not this way.

Get a dog. Walk the dog. Dogs love it and it’s good for you. For some extra workout bend over and pick up the poop.

Do light exercise before bed time. You will sleep better.

In short-get your butt off the chair(or whatever you sitting on) and live longer.


January 21, 2012

December 26, 2011|By Cory Franklin

Chicago tribune

Business or health care?

Big business

The tragic tale of Flight 447 should not only be a case study in aviation but also in medicine. Medicine is becoming less of a hands-on science and more dependent on sophisticated tests and high-tech scans. As in aviation, there is an overall benefit; diagnosis and treatment are better than ever. But the same problem bedevils medicine, perhaps more commonly — in difficult situations, inexperienced doctors are often uncertain of how to interpret sophisticated information presented to them, resulting in incorrect diagnoses or inappropriate treatment.

An example of this was recently demonstrated by Dr. James Andrews, one of the country’s leading orthopedic surgeons, who has operated on many of the country’s top professional athletes. He and some colleagues believe the MRI, a staple of orthopedic evaluation, is becoming overused. The test is extremely sensitive and sometimes indicates abnormalities that are not actually a source of problems.

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December 27, 2011

Life and death as one


“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

– Steve Jobs

Chicago tribune health

Earlier this year, a pair of influential bioethicists argued in an essay in The New Republic that the amount of money the country spends on Medicare is unsustainable. With senior citizens the fastest-growing age group in the country, they say, the only way to control the ballooning costs is to try to bring the entire population up to a life expectancy of 80 and stop using most expensive technologies and medicines to extend life beyond that, even if some people will die.

“If you want to save all lives, you’re in trouble,” said Callahan, co-founder of The Hastings Center, a bioethics research institute in New York, and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, in an interview. “And if you want to save all lives at any cost, you’re really in trouble.”

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Author: Nathan
October 5, 2011

I wear Alpaca socks during winter and summer. For sport and at home. Alpaca is by far my favorite fiber.
Here is why:

Did you know???

Feet work a lot

Healthy feet

With 26 bones and many joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, the human foot is very complex. In a lifetime, each person logs an average 70,000 miles on their feet. With all that use on such a small percentage of our body it’s a wonder we get around at all! Kind of gives you a new respect for your feet, doesn’t it? That’s why proper foot care, and wearing the right socks and shoes is essential. If you treat your feet right, they will treat you in kind!

Feet perspire about 20-30 gallons in total, per year, even per foot that’s a lot of sweat! Where does it go? Well 5-8 gallons of that perspiration gets absorbed by each sock, and shoes get their fare share as well. Fiber content does make a difference in your socks! Avoid 100% cotton socks. Cotton is a great absorbing material, but then where does the moisture go? Nowhere! It stays right there against the foot. This moisture softens the skin, increases friction and, in turn, causes blisters. Avoid Wool socks! Wool is a coarse fiber, about as thick as a human hair (80-100 microns or so) and can cause itch and irritation. It too absorbs moisture, as much as 30 percent of its weight! This moisture in wool has an odor all its own. Additionally, wool contains lanolin which is a fairly popular allergen. Many people are allergic to this old world staple

Alpaca fiber


What then to you use to keep your feet happy and healthy? Alpaca! Alpaca is a natural fiber, free from lanolin and naturally hypoallergenic. It is hollow and wonderfully thermal. It does not absorb moisture, rather it wicks it away. It is a super fine fiber with a far better fineness compared to wool; in fact it is so fine that four or five strands equal the width of a single human hair! In other words, it is 25% the size (or 18-25 microns) of wool while being just as warm! So ideally, it is lighter and far less irritating! Just try one pair of Alpaca Socks and you’ll be a believer!

Alpaca Socks are designed to help keep feet dry and comfortable, no matter what the temperature. It all begins with alpaca and other micro fibers that wick moisture away from feet. Filled with a soft cushion of terry loops these socks will protect the tender areas of the foot from irritation and provide you with the best foundation for an outstanding performance.
High-performance socks protect feet against cold or excessive heat and assist the foot’s own temperature regulating function. Under varying climatic conditions, socks help balance the body’s temperature and manage perspiration creating a pleasant feel next to the skin.

Alpaca socks

Alpaca sport and every day

Alpaca fiber, with its hollow-core, traps air for greater insulation in any weather. Alpaca is very soft and luxurious yet is incredibly strong, providing heavy-duty performance Alpaca can be processed organically, is sustainable, being shorn off the gentle alpaca annually and alpacas are the green alternative to sheep, causing no destruction to the environment.  Alpaca is a lightweight natural fiber, and therefore alpaca socks weigh less than other socks, so wearers carry a lighter load. Alpaca is hypoallergenic, does not absorb water and thus alpaca socks do not foster bacterial growth in the sock, so there is less chance of foot odor. Alpaca socks are machine washable or easily hand washable on the trail in cold water and quick to dry.

Baby Alpaca Fiber is the exact same fiber as alpaca however it is shorn from younger animals, usually alpacas that are 12-18 months old (shearing is a needed and natural process for alpacas!) or animals that have a low micron count. Because of it’s fineness it is softer, more luxurious and more expensive than standard super fine alpaca. Baby alpaca socks are very popular!

Staying cool during the summer – Thermal is the answer!
It’s a myth that your feet will stay cooler if you skip wearing socks in your shoes, unless you wear flip flops or skimpy sandals. In fact, in the summer the natural heat and humidity aggravate perspiration which causes friction between the foot and the shoe, and that can cause hot spots and blisters.

Socks with an inner layer of micro fiber knit against the skin transfer moisture away from the foot to keep it dry. Alpaca, some think is an unsuitable fiber for summer use, but because of the huge thermal capacity it is in fact very comfortable. It does a wonderful job wicking moisture away from the foot in the heat!

Warm feet

Better safe than sorry!

Many people know that dressing in layers and wearing a hat, are key ways to stay warm. However, some overlook the importance of keeping feet equally protected. Remember when Mom told you over and over to go put on socks?  Believe it ~ Mom was right! In fact, because blood goes to protect vital organs first, blood vessels in the feet constrict. This reduces circulation and increases the likelihood of frostbite. The basic concept you should look for in cold weather clothing applies to socks too. The best high quality fibers and fabrics offer insulation from the cold and allow the body to release perspiration. The body needs to do just as much of this in the cold as in the heat, in order to regulate its temperature.

High-quality alpaca socks help retain warmth, and absorb and transfer moisture away from the skin and keep you warm and healthy.

Alpaca is the best natural fiber for warmth. Even in damp conditions, alpaca provides warmth because its hollow fibers trap air in their core continuing to provide insulation. Synthetic fibers, such as micro fiber acrylics, provide superior moisture transfer as well and when combined with alpaca it is a sure fire winner! Thicker socks are generally warmer because their large loop (terry knit) construction traps more air which provides warmth and insulation from the cold. Warrior Alpaca socks with a combination of these natural and manmade fibers and thick terry knit construction offer the greatest protection from the cold.
In addition Alpaca has one of the highest resistance factors of all natural fibers. The resistance factor of a human hair is 100, wool is rated at 122.8 and mohair at 136. Alpaca is rated at 358.5. It is a very strong fiber. The reasons alpaca is incorporated with other fibers are cost and special properties required for some garments.

August 29, 2011

UV exposure is bad for you


Don't overdo it


In one of three papers in the series published today, Dr David E Fisher, dermatologist and president of the Society of Melanoma Research, and colleagues from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston have explored the social issues and molecular mechanisms related to tanning caused by UV exposure. Reviewing published data in the field, the authors report that both tanning and skin cancer seem to begin with the same event – DNA damage caused by UV exposure. This leads them to suggest that a ‘safe’ tan with UV may be a physical impossibility

Skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the US; the American Academy of Dermatology reports than one American dies every 62 minutes from melanoma. The WHO estimated that, in the year 2000, up to 71 000 deaths worldwide were attributed to excessive UV exposure


Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Nutrition, and Diabetes, Vitamin D, Skin, and Bone Research Laboratory, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA 02118, USA. mfholick@bu.edu

Sun is good for you

Enjoy life but don't go crazy.

Life is good!

Most humans depend on sun exposure to satisfy their requirements for vitamin D. Solar ultraviolet B photons are absorbed by 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin, leading to its transformation to previtamin D3, which is rapidly converted to vitamin D3. Vitamin D deficiency is an unrecognized epidemic among both children and adults in the United States. Vitamin D deficiency not only causes rickets among children but also precipitates and exacerbates osteoporosis among adults and causes the painful bone disease osteomalacia. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased risks of deadly cancers, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 1 diabetes mellitus.


Rickets was once considered an extremely common disorder of childhood. The term itself is derived from the old English word for “twist,” or “wrick,” and throughout history children with rickets could be identified by their bowed legs and knock knees, which gave them a twisted appearance.

Rickets is caused by a deficiency in vitamin D. During growth, human bone is made and maintained by the interaction of calcium,phosphorus, and vitamin D. Calcium is deposited in immature bone (osteoid) in a process called calcification, which transforms immature bone into its mature and familiar form. However, in order to absorb and use the calcium available in food, the body needs vitamin D. In rickets, the lack of this important vitamin leads to low calcium, poor calcification, and deformed bones.

Infants and children who are not exposed to sunlight, like those in smog-filled cities or those who remain indoors or covered for cultural or religious reasons, are also at increased risk of developing rickets. In children with darkly pigmented skin, melanin acts in a similar way to block sunlight’s ability to help the skin make vitamin D. Dark-skinned people require almost six times as much sunlight exposure to make the same amount of vitamin D as those with lighter skin.

Researchers have found that as little as twenty to thirty minutes of sun exposure per week in children in temperate climates is sufficient to maintain adequate levels of vitamin D in the blood. Other studies have found that oral supplements of 400 IU of vitamin D daily, often in the form of fish-liver oil, can prevent the disease in at-risk populations.

Too much Water is bad for you

By Alison McCook

Take it easy!

Water is good, right?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A new review of three deaths of US military recruits highlights the dangers of drinking too much water.
The military has traditionally focused on the dangers associated with heat illness, which has killed a number of healthy, young enrollees, Colonel John W. Gardner of the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner in Rockville, Maryland told Reuters Health. However, pushing the need to drink water too far can also have deadly consequences, he said.
“The risk has always been not drinking enough,” Gardner said. “And then people who aren’t medically attuned get overzealous,” inducing recruits to drink amounts of water that endanger their health, he added.
Just use common sense and don’t be overzealous.
Sun is good for you-in moderation
Water is good for you-in moderation
Food is good for you-in moderation
Alcohol is good for you-in moderation
Sex is good for you-in moderation
I hope you got my point. Enjoy life and do what you like to do.
Just don’t go crazy!

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