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July 10, 2014

If your pee does not have color you drink too much.

Trendy diets

Daily Wisdom


Buddhist Proverb: “Eat when you’re hungry. Drink when you’re thirsty. Sleep when you’re tired.” http://www.listofproverbs.com/source/b/buddhist_proverb/103198.htm

When I go to the gym I see people walking with gallon size water canisters and I wonder what are these people thinking. Common sense tells you that this is crazy. Why force this amount of water into your body if you are not thirsty?

Strange but True: Drinking Too Much Water Can Kill. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-drinking-too-much-water-can-kill/

To the dieters and water drinkers.

Interesting that some feel hungry but don’t eat because they are “on the diet”

And some are not thirsty but drink to “stay healthy”?

So much for trusting our bodies.

January 14, 2014

 Couch potatoes would like that!

Daily wisdom

Daily wisdom

Primates, including humans, expend about half the energy in daily activities compared to similarly sized

Take it easy! You will live longer.Unless you die early.
Take it easy! You will live longer.Unless you die early.

mammals, according to new research conducted at Lincoln Park Zoo and elsewhere.”

The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, sheds new light on the question of why primates grow, reproduce and age so slowly.

“When we finally measure the total energy budget of primates, it’s 50 percent less than everybody else,”
The new information suggests that slow metabolic rates also play a key role in our slow maturation and long lifespans.

Following this logic some humans should be immortal!

Slow metabolism of primates.

Learning from humans


December 5, 2013

Prescription drugs advertising.

Besides the United States the only other country that has legalized DTC advertising is New Zealand (which did so in 1981)

Prescription drugs TV ads.

But you may die from it.


The use of DTC ads has grown rapidly since it was first approved in the U.S. in 1997. At that time, the ads could only be run along with lengthy consumer information warning of risks and side effects, so few companies used them. In 1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised the rule so that rather than providing a full disclosure, companies only needed to meet an “adequate standard” when it came to describing risks to consumers. For those who are wondering, the only other country that has legalized DTC advertising is New Zealand (which did so in 1981).

Outlaw Prescription Drug TV AdsMOST doctors ARE PAID to push pharmaceutical drugs. Kiddie Prozac Docs Took Millions From Drug Makers


30 Prescription Drug TV Ads,
which have been around for years

RED = Ads which have been removed due to SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS, and/or FDA action. http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/medicine/prescription-drug-tv-ads.htm

Spending on prescription drugs has grown faster than any other type of health-care spending in the United States. “If you just look at the number of prescriptions issued since restrictions have lifted, they’ve definitely gone up,” said Michael Russo, a health-care advocate for CalPIRG. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=106198

My advise to people who actually watching prescription drugs advertisements.

As soon as you see the TV ad please get up and do something like wash the dishes, run up or down stairs, play with kids or the dog. Just move!

You will improve your health and save money. And you will help America to cut health care cost.

What “Experts” are saying.

over hydrating

Are you that thirsty?

Simply put, you should be drinking water even when you’re not feeling thirsty. Most of the time, your body mistakes thirst for hunger and causes you to obtain more calories from food when you simply need water. Or, your body may just disregard your thirst. Your body requires water regularly throughout the day regardless of how thirsty — or not thirsty — it feels, so keep hydrating yourself even if you’re not feeling dry.http://www.healthygrad.org/drink-up/

These “experts” do not distinguish between a 300 LBS male and 100 LBS female.

Between people living in Arizona and people in NY

Between an accountant spending work hours sitting in air conditioned office and the construction worker in summer Nevada.

How about the marathon runner versus casual walker?

Should pregnant woman drink more then menopausal women?

Should we drink more in the summer or winter?

Also each person is different. Different kidneys, liver, heart. Different metabolism.

So should you listen to “experts”and obediently chug down 8 glasses of water each day?

Chinese holistic philosophy.

In Western medicine, patients with similar complaints or diseases, usually will receive virtually the same treatment.

Chinese holistic philosophy.

Yin and Yang.

The Chinese physician is more of an adviser than an authority; he or she believes in treating every patient differently, based on the notion that one does not treat the disease or condition but rather the individual patient. Thus two people with the same complaint may be treated entirely differently, if their constitutions and life situations are dissimilar. Disease is also considered to be evidence of the failure of preventive health care and a falling out of balance or harmony. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/traditional+Chinese+medicine

Returning to our senses.

Finding that just right balance between drinking enough but not too much does not have to be a complicated equation – just pay attention to your thirst. For many years we heard that thirst is a poor indicator to help regulate fluid intake but it turns out there was little research to back up this claim. Many runners took these guidelines to heart and drank up to the point of over-hydration which can lead to low levels of sodium in the blood. This condition called hyponatremia can be very serious and even fatal. It is more common in slower, less trained runners who may be on the race course for many more hours and also exposed to the mid-day heat that can cause even more sodium loss. http://www.runcolfax.org/hydration-should-you-trust-your-thirst/

Messages are changing but your body knows best.

Years ago, we were told to drink lots of water to keep hydrated when working out. Later, we were told that water isn’t enough; we need the electrolytes found in thirst quenching sports drinks. Then, with the greenwashing trend of going “natural,” we were told that we should be drinking coconut water to replenish those electrolytes instead. And we still haven’t stopped hydrating over and over with regular water — may it be filtered or from the tap — in a bottle, a plastic reservoir hydration system, or a trendy stainless steel bottle.


Too many sport drinks


But did you know that most of this hydration hype is engineered by marketeers, who almost aim to scare people into consuming more water and sports drinks — even though a new study says all of this constant water consumption isn’t really necessary for us?

When you have too much waterin your body, your blood takes in that surplus in order to balance your body’s salt levels. This causes your cells to swell, which may lead to pain and dizziness, and in severe cases, vomiting. Not only that, but you don’t necessarily need to be going to the bathroom all the time. Sure, we can drink our recommended eight glasses of water a day to keep hydrated during our daily routine, but according to Dr. Winger, “There’s no science behind those whatsoever. Zero.” http://news.discovery.com/human/life/are-we-hydrating-too-much.htm

Typically, though, guzzling down too much fluid—especially from certain “rehydration” drinks—can ironically cause dehydration. “When the drink has a high level of sugar and additives, for example, and thus more solutes than you naturally have in your blood, the body has to take its own fluid to dilute it, so it can be absorbed, and if you’re simply drinking too much water at once, you may end up peeing too much, and not absorbing any fluid. The body has a natural volume response that causes you to pee.” (Learn A Better Way to Measure Hydration.)

So my friends now that you are confused enough I jut want to suggest: Listen to your body. Listen to it. Don’t wait til your body starts to scream.

Here is a short story:

A student once asked his teacher, “Master, what is enlightenment?”

The master replied, “When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep. When thirsty, drink.”

One more thing in conclusion. Please do not buy or use plastic bottles. It is bad for you and for our environment.

Plastic water bottles harm our environment

Unnatural disaster


Education helps you to live longer

Education helps

Live long and prosper.

Many have studied the reasons for longevity. Why do some people live longer than others? Is it genetics? Is it culture, or perhaps lifestyle?

James Smith, a health economist at the RAND Corporation, delved into the prevailing mystery of why some groups of people live longer than others. What he found you might find surprising. I certainly did. The number one social factor that correlated with long life was not geographic region or health or socioeconomic status, but education.

Among the most important things you can do to help lengthen your children’s lives is to keep them in school, according to Dr. Smith. And he’s not the only one who has come to this conclusion, as you will discover in this New York Times article.1


Good for you

Good morning!

Cup of good coffee daily

Glass of good wine doesn’t hurt

Exercise daily but don’t overdo it. 3 Times a week not more than hour at a time

Get at least 7 hrs of sleep. 8 hrs is optimum.


Be happy!

Have a right attitude handling stress.  Meditate. Most of your worries never materialize. The past is goan. So live in the present and be happy.

Drink enough water but do not overdo it. Don’t force yourself to drink if you are not thirsty. And forget the sodas.

Enjoy company of good friends. Having good times with your friend beats going to doctors.

Wine in moderation
Good wine with friends.

Family life and good family relations we need it by design.

Good sex is great for life expectancy.

Don’t diet. Unless you are really sick.

Eat everything in moderation. Read the labels. Educate yourself on the ingredients.


Fresh strawberries

Life is good!

Watch what you use on your skin. Many skin care products contain harmful ingredients.

Use good quality vitamins and supplements

In short enjoy your life and live but know your limits.  “We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.”
Bill Watterson


October 26, 2012

There is mounting evidence that flu shots do not guarantee a healthy winter, and in fact they cause far more harm than good.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/024624_flu_the_shot.html#ixzz29lwqpBrC

Flu season is coming

Flu sucks!

The United States recommends more vaccines than any country in world. The CDC recommends 48 doses of 14 vaccines by age six, and 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18. The CDC also recommends an annual flu shot for all Americans from six months of age through year of death.

There is accumulating evidence that dramatically increasing the numbers of vaccinations our children get has made vaccine makers richer, while America’s children are moving in the opposite direction of health — statistics show they are actually getting sicker…

During the past 30 years, the number of vaccinations our children receive has tripled, and during that same period of time, the number of children with learning disabilities, ADHD, asthma and diabetes has also more than tripled!

It has been alleged that the 2009 pandemic H1N1 swine flu vaccine is much more deadly than the swine flu itself. In 2010 Australia temporarily banned use of seasonal influenza vaccine containing the pandemic H1N1 strain for children under the age of five after 99 children were admitted to the hospital with convulsions after receiving the shot!

A 2007 report entitled “Pipeline and Commercial Insight: Pediatric and Adolescent Vaccines,” written by vaccine analyst Hedwig Kresse about the future of vaccine profits. The report includes an assessment of products and forecast of market size and coverage rates to the year 2016, predicting that due to the “promising commercial potential” of new, high-price vaccines, the pediatric and adolescent vaccine market will quadruple from approximately $4.3 billion in 2006, to over $16 billion by 2016, across the US, the EU-five including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, and Japan. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/04/big-profits-linked-to-vaccine-mandates.aspx

Flu shots a waste of money

Why me?

American government admitted that the H1N1 vaccine side effects included a deadly nerve disease, Guillain-Barre Syndrome. This, of course, didn’t stop health officials from continuing the push the vaccine on the public, even though it has been found by researchers in Vancouver to actually worsen H1N1 symptoms.

So what do you do to net get sick?

To steer clear of the flu and harmful effects of the vaccine, try taking a sunscreen-free walk in the sun. Just 10 to 15 minutes daily of vitamin D3 can slash your risk of getting the flu by 42% . You could also start drinking green tea and following these other steps on how to prevent a cold and the flu. Your immune system – not vaccines – is the true fighter against the flu. http://www.infowars.com/pharmacies-profit-from-dangerous-flu-shot-disrupt-medical-records/


Healthy life style the best prevention.

Better than flu shot

Proper diet: Eat your vegetables


Don’t get stressed out by life’s little roadblocks.

Get enough sleep.

Get a life: family and friends are beneficial to your health

Use vitamins and supplements but consult your doctor first

All you have to do is to help your body to be healthy and your body will take care of you.

August 10, 2012

Febreze got over 89 chemicals. Not good for your health.


It’s literally impossible to track down a full list of ingredients for most air fresheners sold in the U.S., because there is no requirement for companies to disclose ingredients. A few companies provide ingredient lists on their website in response to consumer demand, but the word “fragrance” may hide dozens of chemicals, many of which may never have been assessed for safety. Ingredients commonly used in fragrances in air fresheners include phthalates, which make fragrances last longer and are linked to male reproductive system birth defects and hormone disruption, and synthetic musks, which are linked to allergies and hormone disruption. http://www.enviroblog.org/

Febreze Air Effects, an air freshener that gave off 89 airborne contaminants including acetaldehyde, a chemical linked to cancer.

When EWG conducted more sensitive testing of the air freshener Febreze Air Effects as part of a 2009 study of cleaning supplies used in California schools , we detected a total of 89 airborne contaminants, including acetaldehyde. http://www.enviroblog.org/air-pollution/

Clean air, not artificial air "fresheners."

They need clean air.

Of course it’s toxic… Depending on what you’re using it for, you could use things like baking soda and vinegar instead. A good rule of thumb is don’t clean with anything you wouldn’t eat… There are also cleaning products out there that tell you they’re natural and list their ingredients. Looking at ingredients and keeping your eyes out for toxic/nontoxic ingredients is always a good idea. http://babyandbump.momtastic.com/pregnancy-second-trimester/1054601-febreze-safe-toxic.html

The dirt on air fresheners

Air fresheners – in aerosol, spray, solid, candle or plug-in form – don’t remove odors. They just mask them.

What is wrong with fresh air?  And by fresh I mean outside! Not the inside stinky air masked by some chemicals. And I don’t care what is in the spray. It is not natural.


Febreze please!

I look at the ads showing blindfolded people inhaling the odor of rotten food sprayed by Febreze and enjoying it. Makes me sick. Clean your house so it does not smell. Let the fresh air in. Go outside and smell the flowers.

No research needed to figure out that stale air mixed with some chemical spray cannot be healthy!

I hate Febreze and I hate their commercials.

It is OK to use organic biodegradable cleaners and don’t forget to throw out the garbage.

It reminds me of a hypocrite doctor for sale talking about the benefits of fire retardants in kids clothes and bed sheets. He was talking about the candles near kids pillows starting the fire.

Now who in their right mind would put a candle near kid’s crib!?

Again people use your brains!  Smell the roses!

February 22, 2012

The author


Two new studies say that more doctors and nurses are overweight and it may have an impact on your health.

In the first study, researchers at the University of Maryland found that roughly 55% of nurses are obese. They surveyed about 2,000 female nurses in their research. Part of the reasoning is the long shifts nurses work. Perhaps that’s why employee wellness-programs are becoming more and more popular – especially in the medical profession.

Bad advisor

Is he your doctor?!

“Being healthy is something everybody struggles with, it doesn’t matter your position”, said Becca Jones, Wellness Coordinator at Cone Health.

Another new study found that overweight doctors were less likely to make a diagnosis of obesity or even discuss weight with their patients. The findings are out of the John Hopkins School of Public Health which surveyed 500 primary care physicians. Only 18% of heavy doctors discussed weight loss. 30% of normal-weight doctors talked about weight with their patients. (too few in my opiniopn!)

To that, Jones added, “Would you want to go to a doctor that is overweight and that doctor tell you, you need to lose weight and eat better? It’s harder to take them seriously if they don’t practice what they preach.”

A study revealed that physicians with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or more were less effective at tackling obesity than those of a normal weight. Researchers found they were less likely to diagnose obese patients, felt more embarrassed about offering weight loss advice, and shied away from discussing the topic with clients. (Do you really need a  research to know?)

Medics with a normal BMI however were more successful at treating the condition.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2094436/Fat-doctors-far-likely-help-obese-patients-lose-weight.html#ixzz1mwWfUf9k

No doctor needed

Lead by example

The numbers in the study, published in the journal Obesity.

30% of doctors with a BMI of 25 or less would recommend diet and exercise programs while only 18% of doctors with a BMI above 25 would recommend it. That’s a substantial difference, but the scarier part of the study for me is that the more overweight doctors are also more likely to prescribe pills for weight loss.

My question to these doctors would be:are these pills working for you?

Even more startling to me: 93% of doctors would only diagnose obesity if the patient’s weight was greater than their own.

So how many doctors are overweight? According to the study, 53% of docs are overweight or obese, only 11% lower than the general population.

So, the overweight doctor won’t talk about fitness or healthy eating and is instead more likely to prescribe a pill. Eesh.

So before you allow a doctor to treat you look at the doctor

If doctor looks healthy and fit-good for him, good for you.

If the doctor is in worse shape than you-RUN!

I firmly believe in obesity training for doctors. I believe a general practitioner should have a medically-trained personal trainer and a registered dietitian. The more studies like this that we do, and the more information that gets out there, the healthier we’ll all be.

Healthy diet

Pills for obesity.


So again about choosing an advisor in general

For financial advise look for somebody who is wealthy and self made

For beauty practitioner if the “expert” looks like crap- advise them!

For health advise-invite your doctor to the gym and then decide.

Lead by example!

Doctors for profit.

Harmful medical care

(NaturalNews) It is the position of Big Pharma that pharmaceuticals make people healthier. That’s the whole point of taking them, of course — to enhance your health in some way that the human body apparently cannot achieve on its own (if you believe the drug ads, anyway). The drug industry’s direct-to-consumer advertisements further imply this cause / effect relationship between pharmaceuticals and health by portraying drug consumers to be happy, healthy and fit. Taking medications, these ads imply, will make you happy, healthy and fit!

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/023476_health_drug_drugs.html#ixzz1kVjTL5jK

By Katherine Hobson

Your doctor may secretly think you’re making too many office visits and getting too many drugs and tests.

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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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