Today the average duration of human life in the United States is just about 70 years for women and a little less for men. Conservative experts believe that man is really build to last about 100 years; and that medial advances and more healthful living habits could bring this about within a generation or two.What good is it to add years to life if we do not also add life to years? In fact, unless people learn to enjoy life and to grow old gracefully, the extra years may be an additional burden.From 18 to 30 years is roughly the period of highest physical and mental vigor. The experiences we accumulate from the day we are born help us to conserve and to use our physical and mental abilities more wisely, so that for some time after 30 years we are able to perform increasingly well in spite of slowly slipping vigor. After age 50 the increasing accumulation of experience is no longer able to offset the now more rapidly energy and therefore aging begins to assert itself noticeably and in many ways.A number of things may come about gradually such as people who have not used eyeglasses before may at some time in their forties need them for reading, and in the fifties they usually need bifocals.Also in the forties, people are likely to put on weight because there is a general slowdown in the oxidation rate of the aging body tissue. Also we tend to do less strenuous work with no reduction in the amount of food consumed.And in the fifties there is likely to be some loss of hearing. Usually the high-pitched tomes go first, so words with the sounds of F, S, and TH are confused. A hearing aid may be needed in some cases.Aging is generally accompanied by a loss in physical and mental flexibility. This is noticed in a tendency to become stiff in the joints; in slower comeback after a strenuous trip, excessive "night life," or hard work; in slower healing of wounds, sore muscles, and sprains; in slower recovery of pep after an illness; and in greater difficulty to adjust to new people, new places, and new ideas.Men, especially, will notice loss of muscular strength. There will be increased unsteadiness and delicate muscle movements will be more clumsy and the stride in waking will become shorter. The conclusion now is that the performance and ability of the elderly has long been underestimated and can be greatly improved by a proper diet, sleep and exercise along with rest and relaxation.Many elderly people tend to lose their joy and will to live and chronic worriers may mope around and withdraw. Medical authorities now say that laughter is one of the best medicines for the elderly. You can always keep your sense of humor tuned up by surrounding yourself with pleasant and interesting people. Just act your age and don't be afraid to laugh at yourself even when no else is around.Now that we all know the role that physical activity plays in our lives, remember to do something physical every day. The joints must be used or quite simply they will tighten with age creating that stooped worn out appearance we so often associate with getting old. Keep yourself flexible and fit on an exercise program consistent with your ability.What good is it to add years to life if you can't enjoy it.
Copyright 2006 Linda SymondsLearning disablities, reduced IQs, shortened attention span, hypertension and behavioral problems in children can be linked to drinking lead contaiminated water. Adults may suffer from high blood pressure, damage to the brain, nervous system, stomach and kidneys.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 40 million Americans consume lead contaminated water on a daily basis. The EPA also estimates that 480000 cases of learning disorders in children, and 560000 cases of hypertension in adults occur each year in the United States as a result of lead contamination.How does water become contaminated with lead? Lead is not normally found in water until it passes through pipes and plumbing fixtures that contain lead. Homes built before 1986 are likely to have lead pipes, fixtures or solder. Homes built after 1986 that contain "lead free" plumbing, are also at risk. "Lead free" plumbing may still contain up to 8 percent lead. Most common problems are with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures that can leach significant amounts of lead into the water. As the water sits in the pipes, lead leaches into the water, particularly into hot water, contaminating the water that is delivered from the faucet.To find out if your water is contaminated with lead, testing can be done through a laboratory at a cost of between $20 and $100. Home test kits that test for lead and other contaminants are also available and typically cost less than $20. The home test kits are simple to use and, although not as accurate as laboratory testing, will provide reliable test results.There are several simple ways to protect against consuming lead contaminated water. Allowing the water to run from the tap for several minutes before using it will flush the lead contaminated water through the pipes and deliver cleaner water. Use only cold water for drinking and cooking since hot water leaches more lead from pipes and fixures. There are disadvantages to running the water before using it though; it's wasteful and children may not always follow the procedure or wait long enough before drinking the water.Installing a water filter at the point of use, normally the kitchen faucet, will remove any lead from the water. Cost of a kitchen faucet water filter is under $30. Ongoing costs for replacement filter cartridges will vary with amount of water used and the life span of the filter, but will typically be less than $50 per year. Water filters are the most effective method of removing lead and other dangerous contaminants. When considering purchase of a water filter, be sure the filter is certified by NSF International to remove lead.Boiling water before using it will not remove lead. In fact, as water boils, the lead becomes even more concentrated, increasing the level of contamination.Most of us have lead that is already stored in our bodies from years of exposure. The human body excretes most of the lead we inject but it also stores a portion of it in our bones and teeth. Buildup of lead in a woman's body can pose a risk to the fetus during pregnancy. Lead can cross from the mother's body to the baby starting around the 12th week of pregnancy. Even low levels of lead can result in low birth weight and slowed development.The EPA suggests that following a diet low in fat and high in calcium and iron, including dairy products and green vegetables will help reduce the amount of lead that our bodies absorb. If we eliminate the source of the lead going into our bodies and follow a healthy diet, some of the lead in our bodies will be excreted over time.Herbal cleansing products on the market today claim to remove heavy metals, including lead, from our bodies. Although there is little scientific research into the benefits of herbal cleansing programs, many people use these products on the advice of naturopathic practitioners.
Despite the initiation of latest tools for oral hygiene such as toothpastes and mouthwashes and the advancement in dental science, number of people experience from tooth and gum related diseases these days than ever before.We cant ignore that tooth decay is really a most prevailing disease of the modern civilization. Modern diet and refined foods, cereals, processed or synthetic foods lead to a condition of spongy and receding gums. A range of gum diseases such as pyorrhea and gingivitis are also a increase outcome of our modern living habits.Mouthwashes and chemical-based toothpastes many time worsen the problem that they claim to correct, these are the processed and synthetic formulations such as. Dreadfully the consequences can be even more severe. Alcohol in mouthwashes is associated to both oral and throat cancer. Fluoride in toothpastes has already been linked to cancer.The question arise that why use these toothpastes and mouthwashes, when nature has bestowed a wealth of herbs and fruit that have a exceptional consequence on oral health with absolutely no side effects. These miracles of nature are so powerful that our forefathers have used them for thousands of years. As an example, just try pressing a clove between your teeth in cases of toothaches and feel the pain vanish!!Natures solution for Oral Health and HygieneTo establish the a good number efficient method for reducing plaque formation and the level of bacteria on teeth surface it was found that micro-organisms found in inflamed gums are resistant to antibiotics but not to antibacterial plant extracts like Neem. And unlike antibiotics, antibacterial plant extracts produced no allergy in the gingival that could inhibit their effectiveness.Neem extracts have been very useful in destroying cavity-causing bacteria, enhancing mouth immunity and preventing tartar and plaque buildup. They have helped millions of people avoid cavities.Neem can be a painless way to avoid severe dental problems. In a German study, 70 patients with pyorrhea in varying stages showed significant improvement after just 5 to 10 treatments with neem-based products. Bleeding gums had healed and the secretion from pockets around the teeth had stopped. The bluish-colored gums returned to a healthy pale pink color.The Ayurvedic and medicinal properties of the Babul tree (Acacia Arabica) are also well known. This natural ingredient strengthens the root of the teeth, cleans and maintains the whiteness of the teeth.Neem Twigs have been used by thousands of people for hundreds of years as an extremely effective method of total "oral hygiene" .Clove and its oil is a complete wonder therapy for toothaches and gum disorders. It is an excellent pain reliever and often dentists use it to numb the gums prior to administering a shot. Besides this clove oil is also useful in relieving sore throats and is a powerful breath freshener.Besides, neem, babul and clove, there are a number of vital herbs and natural oils that work wonders on tooth and gum health. A mixture of Eucalyptus, clove, and Spearmint is extremely potent in eliminating harmful bacterial build-up in the mouth and a very good cleansing agent.Majuphal is a fruit that has a outstanding astringent property and it reduces over secretion of mucous. Its haemostatic property ensures its beneficial effect on bleeding gums and on gingivitis.The Catechu (Khadir) bark is tremendously beneficial in cases of toothache and spongy gums. Ginger oil is an astringent for teeth.Ginger is a exceptional astringent wash for the teeth while lemon is a good whitener.Herbodent (Orohyi) Herbal Toothpaste is a powerful formulation that uses the power
Exercise rates among adults are going up, or at least that's what researchers are being told. In a number of separate studies and surveys, the number of people saying that they're getting physical is on the increase, going up by around 47% in 2005. That's a significant increase from the 41% increase recorded in 2001. The latest statistics show that the trend is still on, with some reporting anywhere from 48% to 50% increase in adult men who regularly exercise and spend time to gain muscle fitness. The numbers, however, are much lower among women. However, when one takes a look at related statistics, such as the number of people who are overweight and obese, then the data from the two sides don't match well.Theoretically, if more people are exercise and engage in weight training, then there should be some sort of decrease in the number of people who are suffering the effects of a lack of physical activity. While statistics show that more people are into fitness, the number of reported cases of diabetes and obesity are still on the rise. In adults, heart disease is also starting to become more and more prevalent, despite the fact that exercise is supposed to help reduce the risks of such problems. This presents an interesting question with a number of possible answers, none of which are particularly pleasant.The first possible answer is that the people who answered the exercise question did not answer honestly. That would imply that while people are aware of the benefits and that they should engage in regular exercise, they simply don't care enough about it to actually do so. Either that, or the mental health mechanism known as denial is helping them associate common activities, such as raking the leaves or mowing the lawn, as exercise. This, in theory, is not entirely false, but it does not help reduce problems caused by another potential factor in the disparity of the statistical evidence.Another possibility is that, even if exercise and "muscle fitness" numbers are on the increase, people aren't paying enough attention to their diet. It doesn't particularly matter even if you're exercising several hours a day and are lifting enough weights to put Arnold Schwarzenegger to shame, so long as your diet is full of grease, fat, and cholesterol. People may pay more attention to their exercise programs, but as long as the necessary dietary changes are not made or even touched upon, then things like heart ailments, obesity, diabetes, and the like will still continue to rise. If this theory is correct, then people are focusing solely on exercise and may not be taking the whole picture into account. A case of seeing the tree, but not the forest, as it were.The research divided their results along a variety of lines. The racial groups with the highest rates of physical activity daily were whites and blacks. The age bracket encompassing college students and young professionals showed the highest exercise rates when the results were categorized by age. However, researchers admitted that most respondents were not likely to accurately report just how much physical activity they engage in on a daily basis.
One of the many contraceptive methods in preventing pregnancy would be the use of sponge birth control. It is a vaginal barrier that prevents pregnancy by keeping the sperm from fertilizing an egg inside a woman's ovary produced each month. However, the use of "sponge birth control" does not protect the user from sexually transmitted diseases that is why a condom should be used as a back-up. The 'sponge' looks like a small, donut-shaped foam that contains Nonoxynol-9, a spermicide ingredient.Fairly easy to insert, the sponge birth control is placed in the vagina and prevents pregnancy by releasing a spermicide. It works by killing or paralyzing the sperm that comes into the vagina. A dimple on one side of the sponge fits over the cervix to form a barrier to prevent sperm from reaching the egg. This dimple also lessens the chances that the sponge will move out of place during sexual intercourse. Having only one size, the other side of the sponge has a loop for easy removal after use.The sponge birth control is soft and is not noticeable once inserted. In case it feels uncomfortable, the sponge may removed and re-inserted correctly. If this happens, one needs to gently reposition the sponge deep into one's sexual organ until it covers the cervix, but be careful not to push the fingernail through. Feeling the loop of the sponge is a sign that it is properly inserted. Usually, sponge birth control is available in most drug stores, and does not need a prescription. This costs around $3 each and comes in 3 or 12-piece pack.The contraceptive sponge may have a decrease in effectiveness once the woman has already given birth. Normally, the sponge birth control method is about 87% effective. This means that in 100 women who use this kind of birth control, 13 women can become pregnant in a year, all with typical use. In addition, the sponge birth control does not protect against STDs. In fact, using spermicides (like the ones contained in the sponge) is not recommended for those women who have multiple daily acts of sexual intercourse.Allergies from using the contraceptive sponge is rare, but some women can be allergic to the active ingredient of the sponge (spermicide), the preservative, or the polyurethane foam. If in case one experiences any localized itching, burning, redness, rash or irritation, it is better to discontinue the use of the sponge, and call the doctor or gynecologist for more information. It is best to consult with them before using this method of birth control since an allergy to certain drugs can be harmful to one's health. When using this form of birth control, it is best to use it together with a condom, for this will increase the effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, and also lessen the chances of getting an STD. Additional information for using sponge birth control includes the very low risk of getting toxic shock syndrome. It is also not advisable to use during a woman's menstruation, after childbirth, or after a miscarriage.