Health Check

Warning: Herbal Remedies Have Health Benefits

This article was originally written by Wayne McDonald

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Most of us want fast results when we are sick and miserable. Typically people buy non-prescription drugs over the counter because they don’t know there are other treatments available. For many health conditions using herbal remedies derived from plants is a healthy alternative. It is best to plan ahead and learn which herbal remedies may work for a specific health condition.
The following list of common herbs is an example of possible health benefits for treating some ailments. Herbal remedies are prepared in many forms such as teas, herbal extracts (tinctures), capsules or loose/dried in a bag.
This herb is popular as a tea and can calm nerves, relieve stomach distress, prevent ulcers, and help fight infection. Chamomile may be used to relieve morning sickness during pregnancy, to treat gastritis and ulcerative colitis, and may be used to speed healing of skin ulcers, wounds, or burns.
Dong Quia
Dong quai has been used in Asia for thousands of years as a tonic for the female reproductive system. It also balances and strengthens the female organs and regulates their functions.
Several studies confirm feverfew’s value in preventing migraines. Feverfew may be used as an anti-inflammatory for relief of arthritis, to relieve some types of menstrual problems, and as a digestive aid.
More than 1,000 scientific studies have shown health benefits of garlic. Garlic has been used as protection against colds and flu. In addition, garlic may help lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots, reduce blood pressure and protect against bacterial and fungal infections. Studies have shown that garlic may have a positive role in the prevention of coronary heart disease, thrombosis and arteriosclerosis.
Ginger has been used for centuries to control nausea and for reducing inflammation.
Goldenseal is found in popular herbal blends for relieving intestinal and gallbladder inflammation. It also has been used to soothe inflamed or infected mucous membranes. Goldenseal may be used to reduce colds, flu and other respiratory infections especially at the beginning of infection. Goldenseal has both anti-infective and immune-system stimulating properties that may shorten the course of the illness.
Licorice is an important herb for treating a host of ailments. It may help as an anti-inflammatory and to soothe stomach upset and control coughs. Licorice Root has properties similar to cortisone and estrogen. It stimulates the adrenal glands and may help the body cope with stress.
Peppermint oil calms the stomach, the intestinal tract, and the nervous system. It can also reduce the inflammation of nasal passages and relieve muscle pains.
Herbal remedies may be safer and have fewer side effects than prescription medicines. Always read the label and use only the recommended dosage. Do not take any herbs during pregnancy — check with your doctor first. If you are currently taking any prescription medicines always check with your doctor before using herbal remedies or before starting any health supplement program.
Herbs are a healthy alternative for treating many health conditions. Read and save articles like this in a small notebook and create your own research library with health benefits of each herb. There are many resources available online that outline specific health conditions and recommend herbs.
Herbs can be purchased online or at local health food stores. In addition, for treating specific health conditions, you may want to work with a naturopath or an acupuncturist.
Copyright 2006 Wayne McDonald
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DPC A Brief History Of Futons

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Originally from Japan, Futons are like bed mattresses but used and made differently than in their home country.

Japanese Futons

Measuring two inches (5 cm) thick and filled with cotton and/or synthetic batting, Japanese futons are typically flat and are designed to be spread out on tatami flooring, which is a special kind of flooring indigenous to Japanese architecture. Japanese futons are usually sold in sets consisting of the futon mattress (shikibuton), a comforter (… read more

Health Check

Warming Up Yes! It Is Essential

This article was originally written by Leonard Rogalski

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I know what you’re thinking. Warming up is for sissies, and wimps. You wouldn’t be caught dead on a treadmill or exercise bike. You’re here for one reason– to move big iron and get massive.
Well what if I told you that warming up could help you lift heavier, which in turn could help you get bigger if you are not over training, eating enough protein and getting enough rest. And I’m convinced it will help prevent injuries, provided you don’t do something stupid after you warm up like trying to squat 300 when you can barely get ten reps with 100.
How will warming up help me lift heavier?
Lets take barbell curls for example. If you start off with your heaviest weight which let’s say is 100 pounds. You, for one thing, will have to spend some of your energy just getting into the groove. I’m sure other people will have different opinions of what that means, but to me it means getting mentally into the lift and deciding what tempo I’m going to use. Am I going to do slower reps emphasizing the negative portion of the lift or am I going to do my reps a little more explosively. (Hint: All this should/could be decided during the warm up based on how strong you’re feeling on that particular day or on how mentally you are into your training on that day.)
But if you start out with an empty bar and do say two sets of 10-20 reps and then move up from there in whatever increments you choose you may find that you are feeling strong on that day so you’re going to try and do 102.5 pounds for 8 solid reps. You may only get 6, but that’s how you build a big, strong body, by slowly, (I can’t emphasize SLOWLY enough) increasing the weight and/or reps on the basic exercises.
How does warming up help to prevent injuries?
Ever see a glass blower? When the glass is hot they can bend and shape it into any design they want. Of course we all know what happens to glass when it cools.
Think of your body in the same way. When you lift weights without warming up your muscles and tendons are like cooled glass. However when you warm up before hitting the heavy stuff your muscles and tendons are like the hot glass. Now don’t misunderstand me you can still get injured even if you warm up thoroughly, but are a lot less likely too.
Before I get started on the exercises that comprise the warm-up I would like to explain why you won’t find any descriptions of how the exercises are supposed to be done. I’ve left them out for two reasons. One is because I think that most of the people reading this will have at least a couple of years (if not a lot more) of training under their belts and will already know how to do the exercises.
Secondly, if you are new to bodybuilding I would suggest you hire a competent personal trainer to teach you the basics. Please take your time, ask around, and find a good competent, trainer. Don’t be fooled if they tell you they are certified, that doesn’t mean they know what they are doing. The best thing you can do for yourself, in my opinion, is to learn how to do the exercises correctly in the beginning. This way you won’t have to break an old habit and then learn a new one. Not to mention the fact that you will be a lot less likely to get hurt if you learn the proper way of performing the exercises in the beginning!
After years of working out this is the warm up routine I’ve found that works for me.
10-15 minutes of some sort of movement, my favorite is the treadmill. The idea here is to get your body to the point where it feels warm. You don’t need to be sweating profusely.
Next we move dumbbell laterals. I do them standing, but you can do them seated on a bench. I do two sets, I don’t count reps, I just go until I feel I’ve done enough. Do them slowly and in complete control. Two sets of 10-20 should be enough. Don’t be afraid to go really light on these. I’ve hurt my shoulders a lot over the years, so I use one pound dumbbells.
I can hear a lot of you laughing, saying to yourself I’d never be caught dead using one pound dumbbells. Maybe, not now, but trust me if you ever hurt your shoulders they’ll be your best friends-in the gym that is. Remember you can never start too light, but you can always start too heavy.
Next up are shrugs. Yep you guessed it, it’s two sets of shrugs, with the 1 pound dumbbells. Again I don’t count reps, but two sets of 10-20 reps will probably be sufficient. Remember this is a warm up, so do them slow and in control.
From the shrugs we move to good mornings. I have an old hollow EZ curl bar that I use for these. Again it’s two sets, this time shoot for 20 reps on both sets. Do them slow and don’t bounce at the bottom.
Next we move on to the abs. I like two sets of swill ball crunches. If you train at home and don’t have one, or your gym doesn’t, do two sets of 20 reps of whatever you like–sit-ups (if they don’t aggravate your lower-back), leg raises, etc.
That’s the warm-up. As far as I’m concerned, your abs, shoulders, lower back, and traps, are involved in some degree in everything you do in the gym, so they need to be treated as such. Some of you might be shouting hey what about the hip/glute/leg area. Good point. But I feel that the 10-15 minutes of light jogging or walking or biking that starts this routine is sufficient enough to warm-up that area.
This is just a basic warm-up. If you feel two sets of an exercise isn’t enough add another. Everyone is different. As I alluded to in the previous paragraph, for me that’s enough warm-up for my lower body, but if it is not enough for you add two sets of bodyweight only squats to the routine.
Even though you went through the routine above,you should still start light and pyramid the weight up on any exercise. Just to give you an example even though they are relatively warm, I still start my dumbbell shoulder presses with the one pound dumbbells and move up from there.
Don’t let your ego prevent you from warming-up. Once your hurt a part of your body, it never feels perfect again. So if you’re not hurt, warm up so you’ll stay that way! And if you are hurt give this routine a try. Don’t be afraid to put your own individual spin on it. You won’t regret it. Keep Training! read more


DPC A Brief History Of Fireplaces

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A fireplace is a structure within conventional homes that provides heat and serves as an element of architectural style, as they are usually built into walls. In many homes, older and newer, the fireplace is a showcase for social gatherings.

Although most fireplaces are similarly constructed and share common features, the basic fireplace is comprised of a central foundation of cement, along with a hearth, a firebox and unique facing, ash dump and cleanout doors, a lintel a… read more


DPC A Better Refrigerant For Air Conditioners And The Environment

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Most air-conditioners and heat pumps sold around the world use a refrigerant called R-22. Emissions of R-22 are considered by some experts to be a significant factor in depleting the ozone layer that protects animals and people from harmful rays from the sun.

Families now have the choice to ask for an air-conditioner or heat pump that uses a more efficient and environmentally friendlier refrigerant called 410A or R-410 when buying a new system for their home. read more

Health Check

Warming Up to Exercise



Introduction to exercise; the benefits of exercise; types of exercises; complications while doing exercise; definition of muscle fatigue; definition of muscle spasm; importance of warm up and breathing before exercise.

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muscle fatigue, muscle spasm

A lot of people exercise to get fit and maintain a toned body. Others take it to the next level and exercise regularly for competitive advantage, such as athletes do . For reasons that are either cosmetic or otherwise, exercise is the healthiest way of trimming down to your desired weight without resorting to taking pills or similar dieting aids. But that is not the only benefit that exercise gives us. It is an activity wherein a person gradually develops or preserves their physical fitness and health. Exercise can be done at home or in the gym, depending on your lifestyle and preference. read more

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Warm Mist Home Humidifier Review

This article was originally written by Clinton Maxwell

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A home humidifier review is the best place to look for information before purchasing an appliance for your home. You have the choice between a whole house humidifier or a portable unit for use in the bedroom. Unless you live in a very dry climate, a single room humidifier should be sufficient.
A review of humidifiers is the best source of information before you start shopping for a unit for your home. Most reviews are separated by type of humidifier. The most common are cool mist or warm mist types. There are benefits to each type. Read about both before you shop.
Once you have decided on the type you want, read reviews of specific models. Reviews have a variety of sources from professional reviews, to consumer reviews. There are even some slick advertisers that are able to disguise their advertising to look like a review.
Consumer sources are great for information about how a particular unit has worked for others. However, they generally don’t give a comparison to other products. A professional review should be unbiased and often will give comparisons between different models. Read from a variety of sources to give you a good picture of a particular model.
Cool Mist Home Humidifier
A cool mist humidifier uses cold water and vibration in creating the mist. Because these machines use only cold water, they are a great choice for the nursery or a younger child’s bedroom. There is no risk of scalding with hot water, like there is with warm mist humidifiers or a steam vaporizer.
Because the water is not heated, these machines have a greater risk of releasing bacteria and mold spores into the air. The stagnant water inside the machine is a perfect breeding ground for microorganisms. Proper cleaning and disinfecting the machine can help prevent this problem. Empty the water after every use. Clean out the machine and use a disinfectant cleaner regularly. Make sure to dry the tank completely. Add fresh water before each use.
A warm mist humidifier uses hot water to create steam in the room. Because the water is heated, there is less risk of bacteria and mold spores in the air. Proper cleaning and maintenance of the machine will eliminate the risk altogether. This includes cleaning and disinfecting the machine regularly and changing filters as needed.
Warm mist machines are great for treating colds and congestion that are so common in the winter. Many allow you to add liquid medications to the water to help relieve symptoms. Because they use hot water, they are often not the best choice for use in a child’s bedroom. There is always the risk of burns if your child pulls the unit down. This is particularly dangerous with infants or young children.
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DPC Awnings Are Awesome

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Awnings are coverings attached to the external walls of a building for providing covering over an area and is occasionally used as a signboard or billboard.

They are used for protection against sunlight, rain, snow and wind and are
generally attached over windows, doors and sidewalks. By using poles for support awnings can be stretched over a large area.

The material used for awnings is acrylic cloth or canvas. Beautiful and attractive patterns can be printed on awning… read more

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Want Weight Loss? Avoid The “Calorie Trap”

This article was originally written by Jim O’Connor

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Calories – two out of three American adults need to eat
fewer. The rest struggle daily not to eat more. A calorie
(or kilocalorie) is a measure of energy-producing potential.
If we consistently eat more than we need, we gain body fat. If
we eat less than we need, we lose fat, and weight loss occurs.

The challenge arises when we fall into the “Calorie Trap.” We are
often tricked into our quest for energy balance (caloric intake = caloric expenditure.) People wonder why they wake up and their pants don’t fit. Most frustratingly state they don’t understand why; they haven’t been eating poorly. Other puzzled individuals mutter, “I have been eating very little; how can I possibly gain weight,” or “I eat very well,” or “My clothes shrunk in the laundry.” The “calorie trap” strikes again! read more


DPC Avoid Picking Wood Blinds Blindly

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Men living alone need not be holed in unkempt pads and live like Neanderthals. The recent metrosexual trend actually encourages men to be more stylish both in their looks and their lifestyle. However, this is not reason enough to totally give in and be regular Marthas. Interior decorators emphasize that the trick to decorating and styling men’s pads is to maintain a balance of function, comfort, and masculine appeal. Speaking of masculinity, lacy curtains are definitely out f… read more