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Is It Possible To Determine If My Husband Is More Likely To Help Me Conceive A Girl Or A Boy Baby?

I sometimes hear from women who have just married (or are seriously dating a man) and they are trying to gauge which baby gender this man might help them to produce. Some people may find this desire petty or silly. But I understand this inclination. Many women have dreamed about the child that they might have all their lives. And, many are already married and committed to the relationship no matter what gender might be in their future. So, although they are curious about which gender they are more likely to produce, it’s not as if they are going to end the relationship if they don’t get the gender they want.

I heard from a woman who said: “I was married six months ago. In a few more months, we want to start trying to have a baby. I have my heart set on having a girl baby. Is there any test that he can take to make sure that he can conceive a girl? Or to tell me which sex he’s most likely to conceive?”

This woman might be happy to know that, barring some sort of injury or illness, a health man is said to produce equal amounts of Y perm (which produces boys) and X sperm (which produces girls.) This is one factor in ensuring that the birth rates are close to equal. She was somewhat happy to hear this, but she was also a little disappointed that she couldn’t do some sort of diagnostic test that was going to tell her what gender might be in her future.

It’s my opinion that there is a test that you can take, but it test the woman, not the man. You can test the mother-to-be’s PH. A woman who is more acidic is said to have a better chance of having a female baby because that same acidity discourages the Y sperm. The test is simply done at home with a PH tester. They typically come with a chart to tell you where you fall in terms of being acidic or alkaline.

Many people mistakenly assume that if they test and find they are acidic, then they are absolutely going to have a girl without question. Or, they assume that an alkaline reading means a boy. It doesn’t. It only means that you have a vaginal environment that is more conducive to one type of sperm over another. Your husband, partner, or boyfriend will still probably deposit equal amounts of Y to X sperm. But, your vaginal environment may discourage some of those sperm. Still, it’s likely that both X’s and Y’s remain, regardless of the vaginal environment. That’s why it’s important to do more than one thing to influence your baby’s gender.

Timing your conception before ovulation (for a girl) or after it (for a boy) is one more way to discourage those sperm that you don’t want hanging around and fighting for the egg. Plus, the sexual positions that you use can be classified as girl …

Summer and Home Fitness

Summer is finally here and it’s time to start doing new type of fitness program. If you are like me living in the Northern US being stuck indoors all winter is zero fun. During the summer I can really start doing home fitness instead of visiting the gym.

Gym Difficult in Summertime

I have found over the years it is easier to go to gym in winter, but in the summer it is difficult. The summer time I have yard work, flower garden and vegetable garden to keep me busy. Unfortunately this hurts my fitness program of going to the gym four or five times a week.

Last year I started my own personal home fitness program. I found I like my summer home workout better than going to the gym. I started using some workout DVDs from various “workout gurus.” Won’t name names, but the usually fitness women we have seen on TV hundreds of times. All are very good.

Get Out of House

I do not just workout inside my house. I incorporate a couple different fitness programs. One part is to walk and/or jog the neighborhood in morning or evening. This is very relaxing since it gets my blood flowing. I usually do interval training by running for one minute and then walk the next minute. Many fitness people promote this style of working out vs. running continuously for 30 to 60 minutes.

Go Biking

Here’s another summer time workout. Go biking. I go by myself or with my kids to change up my workout. Take a look to see if your community offers any bike paths. Bike paths give you a great way to bike several miles without worrying about cars on the busy roads.

I know this article was supposed to be about home fitness, but all the programs start at home. You do not have to drive to your local gym for a great workout. Walk outside your door and take advantage of the sunny weather in your area.

Different Types of Workouts

I love the summertime because I do have multiple ways to workout. I can still go to the gym, which I still do, maybe one or two times a week. The other days I am doing some type of home fitness. I could do a DVD workout, ride my bike or jog around the neighborhood.

For all of us who live up North we do not have the nice weather our friends to the South enjoy. However, Southern summers are a lot hotter than our Northern summers. Well we do have hot weather just not quite as hot on a consistent basis. Take advantage of the early mornings to do your home fitness. I do this when I know the temperature will be over 90 degrees for the day.

Have Fun When You Exercise

Exercise is meant to be fun and enjoyable. The best way to make your home fitness fun is to change up the location or type of workout. …

Protect Your Overall Health With Multi-Vitamins

Taking a good multi-vitamin everyday can improve your over all health and give you a sense of general well being. It gives your body a boost physically and mentally. There are multivitamins made especially for certain age groups, or certain conditions like pregnancy. It is important to take a multi vitamin in a liquid for to get the most out of it. The body absorbs liquids 5 times more efficiently than taking a pill form. 

Everyone can benefit from taking multi-vitamins. Children need to build healthy strong bones, and athletes need there antioxidants to fight the free radicals from working the body. It helps white blood cells fight off infection, aides in healing wounds, and helps the formation of collagen. People who can really benefit from multi vitamins are people over the age of 55, people who consume a lot of alcohol, extremely active people, athletes, people who are sick, and smokers.

Oxidants and free radicals can be very harmful to the body in high levels. They can damage the membranes in cells and can alter genetics, contributing to a number of diseases that develop like cancer, heart disease, cataracts, premature aging. Free radicals and oxidants are caused by chemicals, toxins, and stress. Smoking and environmental pollution can cause them too. Taking vitamins like Vitamin A, C, and E can help to chase these oxidants down and get rid of them and neutralize free radicals. This will prevent some of there damage. 

Vitamin E can also prevent blood clots and fatty plague that builds up in the arteries. Vitamin C can maintain flexibility of blood vessels and improve the circulation of blood in smokers. Both of these vitamins together can help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Foliate can improve the blood flow through the arteries and all the B vitamins can help prevent hear disease. This is just a few of what some of the vitamins found in a multi vitamin. There are some many beneficial qualities that can come from taking multi vitamins.

Conversely, taking vitamins in very high doses can be very dangerous to the body. The antioxidants in supplements have a pro-oxidant effect on the body that can harm the arteries and can do a lot of damage to the body. Keeping a proper vitamin intake can be simple with help from a healthy diet and a high quality liquid vitamin.

I recommend taking high quality liquid vitamins because they can be absorbed, broken down and digested easier and faster. One example of a high quality liquid vitamin is Bell Liquid Multi Vitamin. It contains all vitamins and minerals needed to support a healthy body and mind. The absorption rate for this liquid multi-vitamin is 85 %. It is a great combination of colloidal minerals, multi vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and herbs. By taking daily vitamin supplements, you will enrich your mind and body, and who wouldn’t want to do that!…

Choosing the Right Pediatric Dentist for Your Child

When choosing medical care for our kids, there are a lot of traits that are important to look for. It certainly has to be someone knowledgeable and skilled, but beyond that, you want to choose someone that’s going to have a good attitude and be able to get along well with your child. In the case of pediatric dentistry, that trait becomes even more important, as this is someone who’s going to be teaching and reinforcing good dental habits that will stay with your child for the rest of his or her life.

When looking for the right pediatric dentist, one of the best tools you have is your own pair of ears. Ask around, and especially talk to other parents in the area to find out who they go to and who they trust. Credentials are also highly important, but there’s no real substitute for firsthand, anecdotal evidence. Another good consideration is the size of the practice, and the number of patients the dentist is currently working with. While a busy office is a good sign, you want to make sure that your pediatric dentist will be available for your child and that making appointments won’t be a huge hassle. Remember also that this is a person that you’ll be seeing often, and that the person you choose as your child’s pediatric dentist should be someone that you get along with as well.

A great way to find the right pediatric dentist is to treat it like you’re hiring an employee. Don’t be afraid to conduct some interviews, where you can sit down and see what your potential choice is like before committing your child to an appointment. Though references are very helpful, it’s certainly a good idea to personally judge the way a pediatric dentist comes across. After all, your own parental instincts are important to pay attention to when entrusting the care of your child’s teeth to a pediatric dentist. This is someone who’s going to be spending a lot of time with your child, and you want to make sure that he or she is trustworthy.

When choosing the right pediatric dentist it’s important to be thorough. Ideally, the person that you choose will be able to take care of your child for years to come, and making the right decision the first time will save a lot of wasted time and money. One of the great things about having a dedicated pediatric dentist working with your child as he or she grows is that the dentist will be personally familiar with your child’s dental history, and will be more likely to notice things earlier, like the potential need for braces or a retainer.…

Understanding Your Dentist: Cavities and Root Canals

Anyone who has been to the dentist has heard of and probably had at least one procedure done to save a tooth. As commonplace as cavity fills and root canals are, it is hard to imagine a tooth being alive and how it ends up being infected. Still, it's important to understand how your teeth work and how they can get infected. If you do not want to be left in the dark the next time you visit the dentist, read on to find out about tooth structure, fillings, and root canals.

The tooth can be broken down into two main parts: the crown and the root. The crown consists of the part of the tooth that can be seen from the outside. It protrudes out from the gums and is covered in enamel. Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body and provides the tooth's toughest layer of defense against hard foods. Underneath the enamel is a tissue called dentin. Dentin is not as hard as enamel, but not as soft as most human tissue. At the very heart of the tooth is a tissue called the pulp. The pulp is a soft connective tissue that provides nutrients to the rest of the tooth.

The other half of the tooth is embedded deep into the gums to hold it in place and is referred to as the root. The root is mostly comprised of dentin and extends like prongs deep into the gums. At the tip of each prong blood vessels enter the tooth and connect to the pulp. Without these vessels intact to deliver nutrients to the pulp, the tooth will die. Most of the work that a dentist does aims to prevent the pulp from being damaged so that the tooth will not be lost.

Tooth decay occurs naturally. Bacterial deposits form on the outermost layer of the crown and, if left untreated, will eat away at the enamel and eventually the dentin. This deterioration forms a hole in the tooth known as a dental cavity. Once a hole has been made in your tooth the enamel and dentin will not regrow, so the hole must be replaced with a hard substance known as a filling. Sometimes the cavity forms at the top of the tooth and an entire new surface must be created- this is called a crown.

A root canal is needed in more dire situations. When a cavity has reached the pulp and infected it, it is usually necessary to completely remove the pulp. During a root canal procedure, the dentist drills into the tooth from the top, removes the pulp, and fills the tooth with a synthetic substance. When the tooth is sealed on top with a crown, it is technically dead, although it will not be lost because the bacterial infection is stopped.

These two common dental problems both result from basic bacterial infections. Brushing and flossing helps reduce buildup of bacteria on the teeth, and regular trips to the dentist …

Whiter Teeth at Home – How to Get Rid of Yellow Teeth at Home Without a Dentist

Inevitably, as you grow older, the color of your teeth changes, slowly but surely. When you are young you can eat what you want and it has no affect affect. The truth though is that it does.

From the moment you take your first drink and eat your first piece of food your teeth are under constant attack and no matter what you do it is fighting a losing battle. Unless you take action and get your teeth white again.

Tea, coffee, alcohol, sugary drinks and food all attack the enamel on your teeth, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and cutting down on these will keep your teeth whiter for longer.

Everyone is concerned with their teeth and their smile and one of the first things you notice about someone, even if you do not realize it, is their teeth. It is only when you see someone with yellow and badly stained teeth that you really sit up and take notice.

It is possible to get whiter teeth at home though, even if they are yellowed and stained and there are plenty of products willing to help you to do this. Finding the right product can be confusing and difficult as you are overloaded with choices and conflicting advice.

Here are the methods that home kits use.

o Whitening trays. Probably the most effective and most well known product. The tray goes over your teeth with the whitener in it and cleans and whitens your teeth.

o Whitening strips. These are what they say. Strips that you place across your teeth. These have varying degrees of effectiveness and if they do not fit across your teeth even you are going to see some strange results with some teeth whiter than others.

o Whitening pens. These use a pen to release the whitener onto your teeth. If you are going to use this a good tip is to get someone else to do it for you and ensure each and every tooth is covered properly.

Out of all these methods the one that gives the most consistent, effective and quickest results for whiter teeth at home is usually the whitening tray. The manufacturers of many home kits that use trays usually give away free trials from time to time to let you see how effective and safe they are. …

Medical Marijuana FAQs

The legalization of medical marijuana has become a hot debate in many states in America. This controversy also rages in other countries around the world. Many nations have recognized the medicinal properties and value in extracts of this plant while others have not. Canada, Spain, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, and Portugal are among the nations that have legally allowed the use of cannabis for health concerns. In the United States, several states have voted to allow its use for medically approved reasons as long as it's prescribed within a certain legal framework.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about medical marijuana:

– Where does it come from?
This product is derived from the hemp plant and is referred to by a host of other nicknames, such as pot, grass, weed, and Mary Jane.

– What states have voted to make it legal?
So far, fourteen states and the District of Columbia have allowed cannabis to become legal – Washington State, Washington, DC, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and Rhode Island . Six states now allow dispensaries to sell the plant, including Colorado, California, New Mexico, Montana, Rhode Island, and Maine. The state of Maryland does not consider it legally allowed, but if a person can prove that he or she is using it for health reasons, the repercussions of possession are not as severe.

– What illnesses and maladies does this product help with?
There are arrays of medicinal uses associated with medical cannabis. Some disturbing issues such as nausea, unexpected weight loss associated with illness or chemotherapy, premenstrual tension and pain, and insomnia have been successfully alleviated. Multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, and spastic problems have also responded well when treated with hemp medicinal byproducts. ADHD, otherwise known as attention deficit disorder, has shown improvement as well as Tourettes syndrome, Huntington's disease, glaucoma, and Alzheimer's.

– How is medical marijuana administered into the body?
It can be taken in a variety of forms, including pill form, liquid marinol, vaporized, cooked into food, or smoked.

– What kind of foods can this product be cooked into?
Many baked goods, such as banana bread, brownies, and cookies are excellent ways to ingest the substance in a tasty product.

– How does a patient obtain this drug?
A medical doctor must write a prescription and a patient must become a MM card holder. There are many websites with links to clinics and health care practitioners who are advocates of this medicine. In certain locations in states that have legalized this product, there are storefront operations working as dispensaries, such as along the boardwalk of Venice Beach, California.

– Growing one's own medication: Another way to obtain access to this substance is by growing your own plants. An MM card is one way to have legal permission to plant your own garden of cannabis.

Medical marijuana is becoming legal in various states in the USA and countries around the world. The debate concerning the pros …

Alzheimers Prevention and Brain Health

First I want to assume that you are reading this because you are starting to worry just a little bit about your memory and the possibility of Alzheimers later in life. You’re not the only one-there are 72 million baby boomers taking turns on line every day looking for information, help and hope for the Alzheimers prevention . You may have noticed long time friends or people at work maybe your own spouse decline right before your eyes. It’s more than a little scary knowing you could be there too; so we look for answers.

Brain fog is not necessarily an indication of Alzheimers, Age Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI) or any form of dementia. But it is a good indication that your brain health needs attention. It could be that any number of things or a combination of things could make all the difference; but it is up to you to take action. Clearing up the brain fog could very well be the first step in Alzheimers prevention.

A recent study of baby boomers concluded that 62% share Alzheimers as their biggest fear of growing old. Not heart disease, not heart attack, not stroke, not cancer but Alzheimers. I found myself in that group. I also discovered that among physicians, men and women who see more pain, suffering and disease than any other segment of the population, they would prefer anything to Alzheimers.

Alzheimers is characterized by elevated levels of beta-amyloid peptides that cause plaque to build up in the brain. The plaque causes the neurons to shrivel and tangle (fibrillary tangle) which prevents the synapses from firing neurotransmitters to relay information through out the brain.

The increase in this disease among people under 65 is increasing at an alarming rate. Alzheimers prevention is the only course of action we can take at this point as there is no known cure for the disease.

So do you bury your head in the sand and hope you get to dodge this bullet or do you take the necessary steps to be healthy and mentally alert your entire life? The good news is that what you do to enhance and improve the most important organ in your body will enhance and improve your entire body. BUT if you think that this disease is just inevitable to some people keep your affairs in order it may become a self fulfilling prophecy.

If on the other hand you want to reduce your risk and increase energy, focus, concentration, memory and overall brain fitness here are several steps to take to make that happen.

First change your diet: there are some foods that do so much to create and maintain brain health they have to be included in a brain healthy diet. Eat whole grain foods that contain the bran, germ and endosperm. Eat apples, yes; an apple a day does keep the doctor away. Include more berries in your diet, all sorts, but the darker the better.

It also turns out that fish really …

Understanding The Health Insurance Claims Process

It is very important to make sure that you have adequate health insurance but you also need to make sure that you know how to make a claim when the need arises. The health insurance claims process is fairly straightforward but you need to make sure that you have all of the information that the company will need so that your claim is processed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Many people assume that the hospital and insurance company will do it all for you. Unfortunately, if you do this and do not make sure that it is being processed correctly then it might be that they will process you claim in a way that suits them and that you will not get all of the benefits that you are rightly entitled to.

A lot of health insurance policies will have coverage for a lot of conditions that are pre-approved, so it is important to read your policy carefully to see if the condition that you need to make a claim for is actually pre-approved as this will save you a lot of needless work. If you are not sure, then it is a good idea to call the insurance company providing your coverage and ask them as they would rather spend a few minutes helping you on the phone than having to work through a lot of pointless paperwork that you have given then for a condition that is actually pre-approved for treatment.

You also need to make sure you have read the schedule that tells you what benefits are attached to your insurance so that you know what you are entitled to. Additionally, you also need to read the exclusions and the limits for your insurance. There will be a separate part that tells you how to submit your request as each company has it’s own way of processing claims. If your insurance is an indemnity plan then the company will only process the claim after you have had the treatment, but you should always get an explanation of benefits whenever any part of a claim is processed no matter what insurance plan you have, this way you will know exactly what they have allowed or disallowed and why.

When you make an insurance claim it is important to make sure that you are fully aware of what that hospital and insurance company are doing so that you can make sure that they are giving you everything that you are entitled to that way if there is anything that needs sorting out you can give them the information to do it as soon as possible.…

Naturopathy Courses – Healing Arts in a Nutshell

Find Naturopathy Courses in the United States and Canada. If you are drawn to the healing arts, then enrolling in one of several naturopathy courses may be the right educational choice for you.

Teaching an ancient and holistic medicine system that facilitates natural healing modalities such as Ayurveda, herbalism, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and environmental medicine – to list a few – naturopathy courses are comprehensively designed for the future naturopathic physician in mind.

Prospective students should carefully examine naturopathy courses as many healing arts schools and universities require a standard prerequisite of at least four years of college or a bachelor's degree. In addition, one must be committed to his / her studies as naturopathy courses are intensive and require a fair amount of deduction and concentration. For example, many of the lessons taught in naturopathy courses are not just about naturopathic medicine theories and philosophies; the first part of most naturopathic educational programs involve in-depth coursework in anatomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, histology, physiology, pharmacology and pathology. Additional instruction entails nutritional counseling, manual therapies, and natural remedies (supplements, herbs, macrobiotics, etc.).

Students who enroll in naturopathy courses will learn the principles of naturopathic medicine, which include "First do no harm," "Treat the whole person," and "prevention" – among others. Depending on the individual school and / or region, a number of naturopathy courses may result in either a degree or diploma.

Once students have completed all naturopathy courses , they are eligible * to become licensed naturopathic doctors (NDs). (* Licensing requirements and laws vary in individual states and provinces.) In many regions, graduates must pass a board exam given by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) to gain licensing.

Although many practitioners may go into private clinics as primary caregivers, a number of naturopathic doctors may seek carers as counselors, professional instruc- tors, and researchers. In addition, as with any healthcare profession, naturopathic practitioners are required to earn continuing education units through a number of naturopathy courses to maintain licensure.

Practicing a natural and complementary healing art, NDs are quickly growing by the numbers as more professional opportunities come available due to the widening public acceptance of alternative medicine.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in finding naturopathy courses, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore career school programs near you.

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