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The Best Medicine That is FREE – Oxygen!

How does our environment affect our Oxygen intake?

I was born Santa Monica and raised in Southern California. In the early 1960’s, my family moved to San Clemente on the Pacific Ocean located at the very bottom of Orange County. The town’s population was under 5,000 and it seemed to be a million miles from Los Angeles with its smog filled skies.

With all the hysteria that currently exists on Global Warming and Polluted Air, let me tell you a personal story to prove to you how far we have come, at least in relation to the air we breathe. Often we do not hear the good news, only the bad. It makes better headlines.

During the summertime in Grade School, without cable television, video games, internet, etc. my friends and I spent most of our days outside riding bikes, hiking, swimming, surfing, fishing or playing sports. In other words, we were constantly exercising and breathing a lot of air. Further, overweight or obese children were a minority in my school. Gee! I wonder why?

This was also the time period before catalytic converters and emission controls on cars. Even with our distance from Los Angeles and Orange County only had a total of about 700,000 people, (today, San Clemente has over 65,000 by itself) I recall numerous Smog Alerts and days when I had breathed so much smog that my lungs hurt and I had to go home and lay down.

Since I can’t remember a Smog Alert in 30 years and Orange County, by itself, now with over 3,000,000 people, it is obvious that we have made incredible progress in cleaning our air. Unfortunately, political agendas have a tendency of hiding the truth from the public. I am not saying we do not have work to do, but let’s celebrate the progress we have made.

That said, it is true that combustion, respiration, deforestation, and man-made processes have reduced Oxygen levels in our air. Further, any big city is going to have some levels of pollution floating around that you will breathe on any given day. And not only are we breathing pollution from the outside world, but also from the inside one. Indoor pollution and lack of oxygen intake can become an even worse challenge.

In our home, we like to keep the windows open as much as possible because we like to constantly have fresh air moving through the house. I can’t stand stale air. I think we have all had the experience of entering a home or building and immediately realizing that the air has not been changed in days.

It’s just common sense that when you are stay inside with all the window’s and doors closed, you are breathing in and out is what you or others have already breathed in and out. This can lead to Carbon Dioxide buildup which most of us know can be deadly. We are reminded of this at least once a year when some “bright bulb, rocket scientist” …

3 Tips To Reaching Your Health and Fitness Goals With A Busy Lifestyle

Life has this sneaky way of creeping in and throwing curve balls left and right. Life will always happen. There will always be a busy day at work or family problems or relationship highs and lows or sick children. Once conflict arises, it seems like health and fitness routines go haywire. We seek comfort food or we just don’t feel like moving. These are the things that help us stay clear and balanced in both body and mind though! So what do we do when conflict smacks us in the face (and it happens to everyone so if you’re reading this – you’re not alone)? Avoiding the conflict is not reasonable because we can’t always control what comes at us. Figurine out how to navigate through any issues is what needs to happen to stay on track.

I think so many times we approach health and fitness goals with an “all or nothing” mindset. For example, you might think your day is ruined because you veered off of your diet with an unhealthy meal or snack. Or, you decided not to workout today because you couldn’t do the allotted 60 minutes that you had planned for. Instead of doing something, you may have chosen nothing at all. You gave up on day two of 30 days of clean eating. Do any of those sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be all or nothing and something is better than nothing. My tips below might give you some perspective on how to reach your health and fitness goals even when life throws you a curve ball.

My philosophy is nourish, movement, mindset. If we can work on nourishing our bodies, moving them mindfully and maintaining a healthy attitude, we can function a little better day by day, week by week, month by month and eventually get into the healthy habits on a regular basis that we need to achieve total body balance.

1. Nourish.

Focus on one small thing at a time. Start simple and work from there. Don’t expect to change your eating habits overnight. Small changes executed day after day, week after week and so on can lead to really big change. So pick one small nutrition action and practice it for one to two weeks before adding in a new change.

Examples: Work on portion control (without regard to food quality), add one colorful food in at each meal, take 15 minutes to meal prep tomorrow’s healthy food or omit your sugary after dinner snack (swap it out with a healthy alternative). You could eat slowly and chew your food completely or focus on balancing your meals so that you have protein, carbohydrate and fat at each meal. Omitting processed foods at one to two meals per day is also another great option. These are just some examples but it’s up to you to figure out which little step you can take to improve your nutrition.

2. Movement.

Take advantage of the time that you DO have. Carve out …

Testosterone Boosters – Ingredients and Their Use

Testosterone boosters are health supplements which contain a lot of ingredients that have an effect on your testosterone levels. These, if taken with in limit, would improve your sexual life by improving the erectile function. The boosters would also improve your overall physical health and the strength of your body. Body builders make use of it to build up their muscles. The boosters also help those who practice boxing, wrestling, and other sports that depend on physical strength. While steroid used to be an ingredient of these boosters, their side effects and legal difficulties have resulted in more and more people going for natural boosters which use herbal ingredients. The typical herbal components believed to stimulate testosterone levels include –

1. Ginseng – Ginseng, which would be American, Chinese, Korean, or Siberian in origin, affects and improvements protein synthesis thereby improving muscle build up and strength. It also improves your health, vitality, and longevity. It is one of the most common ingredients in testosterone boosters.

2. Tribulus Terrestris – It is a plant extract and would increase the levels of your testosterone as well as luteinizing hormone (LH). While people have given good reviews about the testosterone boosters containing the ingredient, there has been no adequate scientific research done on the subject.

3. Vitex Agnus Castus – This fruit extract is taken from chaste tree and prevails the prolactin secretion by pituitary gland which in turn advances the development of breast tissue in men. The testosterone boosters containing this ingredient may be useful for people who suffer from Gynecomastia.

4. Long Jack or Eurycoma Longifolia – Short term study has shown that this particular ingredient used in testosterone boosters increases testosterone levels and has a positive effect on muscle strength and lean body mass. Both mass and strength increased in people who took long jack during the course of the study. The percentage of body fat decreed.

5. Saw Palmetto – Since a boosted level of testosterone, caused by intake of testosterone boosters, can result in testosterone accumulation in prostrates which results in prostrate enlargement, Saw Palmetto is added to the boosters. It improves prostrate strength. It is also provided to be helpful in preventing accumulation of estrogen. …

Invoice Factoring Gives Dental Practices Working Capital For Growth

Dentists face a variety of day-to-day challenges, from staying on the cutting edge of new techniques to marketing their practices to meet increased competition. Maintaining an adequate level of dental practice working capital does not have to be a problem because dental invoice factoring stabilizes cash flow.

Most people view dentists as “rich” and would have no need for short term financing. While most dentists earn a good living, cash flow can often be an issue because of the time it takes to collect from third-party payers such as insurance companies and federal and state programs. The wait can be as long as 120 days, while payroll, rent and other operating expenses must be paid sooner. This imbalance of payments versus collections can cause a serious problem with the working capital position of the practice. Dental accounts receivable factoring brings cash flow into balance and provides the funds to make payments in a timely manner and grow the practice.

Why use dental invoice factoring instead of just going to the bank?

Most banks are leery of lending against dental or medical receivables because of the complexities of the collateral. Medical and dental billing isn’t like that of other industries because of the variance in what is actually collected. Each insurance company may have a different contracted rate. In other words, a procedure billed out at $8,000 may result in a collection of $4,000 from one insurance company and $5,000 from another. Banks will likely be very conservative as to the amount they lend on receivables. With dental invoice factoring, the amount of funding is only limited by the pool of third party receivables that have been generated. Dental working capital loans can also be offered by banks, but are typically limited to $100,000 and are typically used for a specific purpose like debt consolidation or expansion. The types of loans are harder to get, as a minimum of a 685 credit score and a track record of practice profitability is required. Factoring is used to provide working capital on an ongoing basis and the qualification for this type of dentist financing is not dependent on credit scores of the dentist or performance of the practice.

How does dental invoice factoring work?

The dentist first fills out an application, which asks various questions about the practice. Other information, such as the articles of incorporation and a receivables aging schedule are required. Once the application is reviewed by the factoring company and it’s determined that the practice appears to be a viable candidate for financing, a letter of intent (LOI) is issued which states the terms and conditions of the relationship. Such terms include the advance rate (the amount of cash given to the provider on a percentage basis) of each invoice and the fees to be charged. Once the letter of intent is accepted by the dentist, a contract is generated and a due diligence audit is scheduled. The audit is necessary for the factor to determine the average net collectible …

The Cost of Dental Implants: Factors to Consider and New Improved Techniques

The cost of dental implants varies broadly depending upon a number of factors, some of which are to be expected. These include whether a dentist or specialist is used and the particular cost of tooth implants the individual charges (prices vary from practice to practice). Other factors include the number of tooth implants required for oral rehabilitation and the need for any preparatory procedures, such as gum treatment for cases of advanced periodontitis and bone grafting surgery.

The Cost of Dental Implants: Specialists or Dentists ~ Specialists, such as periodontists or oral surgeons, tend to charge more than implant dentists (professionals qualified in the surgical placement of implants.) Given the popularity of tooth implants and their superiority as a tooth replacement solution, however, more and more dentists are offering them as an essential service. As a result, specialists tend to deal only with the more complex cases of gum disease and jaw bone deterioration. If you are looking to minimize your cost of tooth implants, consult with a qualified and experienced dentist to see whether they can address your oral problems before opting for a specialist.

The Cost of Dental Implants: The Number of Implants ~ Another obvious factor controlling the cost of tooth implants is the number of implants required. Patients that have lost one or two teeth in, for example, a car accident or to isolated tooth decay will only require one or two implants whereas those that have lost many or most of their teeth to gum disease will require a more complex treatment approach. In the latter case, the implant dentist may recommend an implant-supported denture or bridge to provide the patient with a full set of teeth again.

The Cost of Dental Implants: The Need for Bone Grafting ~ The cost of tooth implants is quite heavily affected by the need for bone grafting surgery. This procedure is frequently needed by edentulous (not having a single original adult tooth left) and near-edentulous patients that have long lived with false teeth, or removable dentures. Due to a lack of stimulation to the jaw bone (something that is supplied by tooth roots) the jaw bone tissue atrophies and wastes away over the years, resulting in that aged and sunken oral appearance we typically associate with the elderly. Without sufficient bone volume in the jaw to support tooth implants, bone grafting surgery may be recommended before oral rehabilitation with implants can be commenced. Unfortunately, bone grafting is a notorious expensive procedure.

Nowadays, however, and for cases such as these, the cost of tooth implants has been greatly reduced with the development of advanced surgical protocol for the treatment of edentulous and near-edentulous patients.

The Cost of Dental Implants with New Sophisticated Surgical Protocol

The 'All-on-4' dental implant technique enables skilled and qualified dentists to provide patients with a complete set of new and non-removable teeth in as little as a single day, with a single surgery and almost always without the need for bone grafting surgery first. In …

Cosmetic Dental Services For the Making of a Beautiful Smile

The first and foremost step to a beautiful smile is taking care of your teeth and a thorough examination by your cosmetic dentist. The dentist will be able to determine your oral health and any existing oral issues can be addressed and corrected before cosmetic work begins. The term "oral health" is often misleading. People think "oral health" is a beautiful smile with perfectly shaped and aligned white teeth. But it is important to understand that there is much more to "oral health" than just a smile. It is a gateway to overall health.

It is the job of the dentist to ensure that your smile is healthy and only then he would enhance its appearance. You can get a smile makeover done that includes a beautiful smile, whitening and perfectly aligned teeth. Usually people with stained, yellow and discolored teeth go for whitening of the teeth to get a good and confident smile. You feel confident if your teeth are white and people are likely to treat you differently, even in subways ways. There are different ways to make an ordinary smile look stunning. Some of the ways for a beautiful smile are described below:

  1. Overlapped and crooked teeth can be straightened. Many people have extended teeth and with some cosmetic work by the dentist the teeth can be aligned.
  2. Broken, chipped, or worn teeth can be repaired. To repair such teeth dental bonding can be considered. Plastic and materials known as composite resins are used to fill the cavities.
  3. Gaps between teeth can be reduced with the help of braces.
  4. Missing teeth can be replaced.
  5. Natural looking restoration can be an alternative for unattractive metal fillings.
  6. Stained, yellow or discolored teeth can be whitened.
  7. Gum line can be recontoured to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.

Restoration is a process of replacing or restoring a missing or damaged tooth. There are different methods of tooth restorations.

  1. Fillings: Filling is one of the processes of dental restoration. Teeth can be filled with gold, silver or alloys.
  2. Crowns: Dental crowns are used to restore the shape and size of the tooth. It is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over the visible portion of the tooth above the gums. It also helps in strengthening the tooth.
  3. Bridges: Dental bridges help in bridging the gap between one or more missing teeth. A false tooth can be implanted with the natural teeth and is called a pontic. It can be made from gold, silver amalgam, porcelain or alloys.
  4. Implants: This is a replacement tooth root and is a small metal piece placed into the bone socket. A crown then covers the metal piece. It helps in reshaping of the teeth and replacing a missing tooth.
  5. Dentures: These are removable replacements for missing teeth. A denture can be a complete denture or a partial denture. A complete denture mirrors all teeth where a partial denture consist of some natural teeth and the rest of the teeth are false.

Pain Relief – The Real Value of Alternative Medicine for Endometriosis Pain

Over 5 ½ million women in the United and Canada, the pain from endometriosis is all too real. Because the tissue that n lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, these women suffer through many various pain symptoms. Whether they experience excessive bleeding, lower back and abdominal pain, or infertility (inability to become pregnant), most women with this disease seek endometriosis pain relief treatments and products that provide effective pain relief.

Endometriosis pain treatment is available in many forms, such as over-the-counter medication, hormone therapy, and surgical options.

However, for some women, the side effects of these manufactured medicines are not worth the end result. Many women tend to find relief using a more natural method of endometriosis pain treatment.

Natural Endometriosis Pain Treatment Options

Speak to your doctor before you try a natural method of endometriosis pain treatment to make sure what you have is truly endometriosis. If your doctor agrees that a natural method of endometriosis pain treatment is right for you, begin treatment. Some of your alternative endometriosis pain treatment options include:

o Acupressure. Acupressure is a Chinese method of pain relief that relies on pressure to stimulate channels of energy. Acupressure is a successful endometriosis pain treatment for women experiencing painful cramps. Find a doctor who is accredited to practice both conventional medicine and acupressure.

o Acupuncture. Chinese medical practitioners believe that acupuncture is a very effective endometriosis pain treatment. Combined with herbal therapy, acupuncture regulates stagnant blood, which causes much of the inflammation and pain of endometriosis. It will require a few treatments before you experience any material results. If results are not apparent by the 3rd treatment, discontinue or find another practitioner .

o Herbal Medicine. Many believe that specific medicinal plants can heal a patient naturally. For endometriosis pain treatment, herbs are first taken to rebalance the hormone levels in the body. Then, other herbs are used to strengthen the immune system. These herbs will eventually lead to the elimination of the disease. One of the most effective herbal formulated products on the market is a product called Menastil, with its penetration agent derived from the Calendula flower. Menastil is a topically applied, non-addictive, non-narcotic pain relief solution that has proven very effective for endometriosis pain relief.

o Exercise. Do not underestimate the amazing health benefits of exercise. Simple exercises, such as aerobics, walking and swimming, can help prevent cramps, improve circulation, and relax the uterus.

o Aromatherapy. Essential oils, like chamomile, lavender, and jasmine can reduce endometriosis adhesions. These oils along with massage therapy can strengthen the immune system, help with sleep issues, and heal muscles and tissues.

The focus of alternative medicine is to help the body heal itself naturally. Who knows? Alternative medicine used as endometriosis pain treatment may be able to help you cope with your painful symptoms.

For more information about alternative medicine used as endometriosis pain treatment, check out The Institute for Female Alternative Medicine.…

An Invisalign Dentist – Do not Choose Braces

For many adults with teeth that are out of alignment, braces were not an option growing up. Families that struggled to make the bills and home mortgage simply did not have the luxury to have braces on their children's teeth and most adults in their thirties or forties had the luxury of having one parent work and one parent at home full-time so there was no second income to pay for braces. Most adults simply adapted to their crooked bites without even thinking about it and learned to compensate for their overbite or underbite in the process. The problem of doing this over the course of a lifetime may now present itself with dental pain and discomfort. Your less than perfect bite has worn down your other teeth or is causing you to have more discomfort and jaw pain as a result of compensating your bite pattern.

Your options at this point have at least extended beyond braces to adjust your teeth alignment. If you want Invisalign, a dentist can tell you more about a product that has been on the dental market since 1997 that has many of the same benefits of braces with none of the disadvantages of braces. The most important advantage to Invisalign is, as the name suggests, they are not visible when you smile, talk or open your mouth. If you specifically want removable teeth aligners, a dentist can help.

Braces are hard to hide and if you're a teenager you may even enjoy having braces with the ability to have different colored bands every few months, but few adults relish this high visibility of their teeth. Removable teeth aligners are put in place by your Invisalign dentist who is specially trained in their use and they work similar to braces to apply a controlled force on certain parts of your jaw and teeth at a time to move them gently into alignment. Every few months the dentist will adjust the controlled pressure so your whole mouth will eventually be worked on to get a straight and perfect smile.

Another advantage to Invisalign is that unlike braces that you can not remove when you eat or drink, you are invited to take Invisalign out when you eat or drink. This allows you to have the same unheampered diet you enjoyed before without having to sacrifice corn on the cob for perfect teeth.

And one final advantage to using removable teeth aligners is the fact that they generally work in about a year instead of the longer period of time braces require to adjust your bite. And when your teeth have been properly aligned, you simply take out the removable teeth aligners yourself unlike brace wearers who must have an orthodontist remove the braces for them. And since removable teeth aligners are so pain-free and easy it will probably make you happy that you did not have to suffer through braces as a kid after all. Ask your dentist to guide you in the right direction. …

Arguing In Favor Of Yoga

I have been looking into health and fitness for nearly half a century, and writing on the subject for the last decade.

One area of interest which I have encountered again and again is yoga.

So, I was not overly surprised recently, when, while reading an article on several things that anyone could do for good health, yoga was mentioned.

The surprising fact, not for me, but, perhaps for you, is that, after specifically discussing the value of exercise, nutrition, and managing stress, the article gave the subject of yoga its own special section.

You see, I have learned over the years that yoga has so many potential health benefits and spans so many health related subjects that it almost has to have its own discussion.

In many other cultures than that of the U.S. and Europe, and for many people, yoga is more than just a fitness routine… it is a way of living. As such, it includes both mental and physical exercise, meditation, diet, and stress reduction. Even the most shallow practitioner of yoga not only reaps the superficial health benefits of yoga, but, seems to absorb some of the other aspects through some form of psychic osmosis.

To some extent, opting to accept yoga as exercise is a bit of a buy-in to many of the other health benefits of yoga.

As a stand-alone exercise program, yoga can combine both strength and some aspects of cardio. While it lacks the heart pounding results of running, or similar forms of aerobic exercise, doing the movements properly requires proper breathing as well. The body, and the mind, learn how to bring oxygen into the body more efficiently, and distribute it effectively throughout the body.

When done properly and regularly, yoga can produce a condition similar to, or, for some, damned near the same as, meditation. Meditation, and exercise (see previous paragraph), both help to reduce stress. In case you are one of the twelve people on earth who are not aware, stress is probably the most dangerous, and most common, health risk for nearly every health issue which you might encounter.

Eating properly is also a major factor for good health. While those who really “get into” yoga go out of their way to alter their diet for the good, even those who intend to adopt it as a physical fitness regimen tend to alter their eating for better health. This is probably due to the “osmosis effect” I mentioned earlier. Also, it is not uncommon for a person adopting one aspect of a healthier lifestyle to adopt other aspects as well.

However, stress is also a factor in overeating and poor digestion. Exercise in general, and yoga specifically, helps relieve stress and encourages people to make better decisions about their diet and eating habits. A regular practice of yoga also seems to assist with the digestive process itself.

So, while opting for a healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly, relieving stress, and eating properly is a good thing to …

Pediatric Dentist and the Work He Does

A pediatric dentist is an oral health care professional who takes care of a specific group of individuals. The group of individuals is children and the age range for these starts when the first deciduous tooth erupts up to the age of ten to twelve years old. Some parents actually bring their toothless child to visit the clinic just to be sure or when there are malformations in the baby. Many of these dental professionals foray into the world of surgery since there are babies who are born in this world with problems in their jaws, cleft palate and gums.
Education

The education of the prospective pediatric dental professional starts just like those in the general dentistry field. They go through a basic college course and then proceed to the dental college of their choice. The basic college course takes about four to five years while the dentistry course ranges from four to six years depending on the specialties that the hopeful dentists will take up. Most of the specialties are taken up after the entire four year dentistry course has been completed; others take up specialties after they have passed the exam for dentistry. The dentist, or at least the hopeful, needs to pass the dental board exam in order to be able to practice in the United States of America. He or she also needs to be associated with certain affiliations, organizations and groups in order to be recognized as a practicing professional.
The Practice

Dentistry is a field that is connected to medicine in a very close way. The dentist basically evaluates, diagnoses, treats and corrects problems that need to be addressed in an individual. In this case, children are brought by the parent or parents for a visit and the child is evaluated according to the examination that the professional conducts. Children who have no immediate problems are in fact recommended to undergo cleaning of the teeth by the parent with the use of a gauze bandage wrapped around a finger and rubbed on the pearly whites. The rubbing acts as brushing and gets the child used to having a foreign object inside his or her oral cavity. It also helps to really clean each tooth that has erupted.

Despite being just a milk tooth, it still needs to be cleaned and maintained because the permanent ones come out several years after and having rotten or damaged temporary ones that impair the digestion and eating style of the child. Pain and discomfort can also occur if the deciduous ones are infected or damaged too soon. The pediatric dentist can also be expected to make composite bonding with any temporary tooth that may need it. This is especially true for those that still have a long way to go before they are replaced by the permanent ones. Fillings are very common with children around the age of six to nine years old especially in a tooth related to the molars.

These are just a few of the …