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Chest Building Routines And The Best Chest Exercises To Increase Bulk

Chest Building Routines And The Best Chest Exercises To Increase Bulk

By Paul James

A large thick chest is generally one of the primary goals of any weight trainer or bodybuilder.

To understand how to build a massive chest you must first understand what muscles comprise the chest and how to target them specifically.

In building a strong, powerful chest we target a number of muscles: the Pectoralis Major and Minor, and to a lesser degree the Serratus Anterior, the Intercostals and the Front Deltoids.

The primary and most visible muscle of the chest is the Pectoralis Major. It is a thick muscle in a triangular fan shape across the entire chest area. It is connected to the skeleton at three different points, the sternum, the clavicle (collar bone) and the shoulder (armpit).

The Pectoralis Major is divided into two sections, the Clavicular section which is the upper portion of the muscle connected to the Clavicle, and the Sternal which is the lower section of the muscle connected to the Sternum. Whilst they are connected in two different areas, they are still the SAME muscle.

There is a common misconception that the upper pec (Clavicular section) is the Pectoralis Major and the lower pec (Sternal section) is the Pectoralis Minor. This is not the case.

The Pectoralis Minor is a smaller triangular shaped muscle actually situated underneath the Pectoralis Major and is not generally visible. However this muscle is trained in conjunction with the Pectoralis Major and when it grows it can help to push the Pectoralis Major out to give the appearance of a bigger chest.

The Serratus Anterior (small muscles situated along the chest wall and around the ribs), Intercostals (smaller muscles positioned between each rib) and the Front Deltoids (shoulder muscles) are all muscles that whilst not part of the chest itself, each perform a stabilising function during chest exercises and when developed properly help give definition to the chest.

By hitting the muscles from different angles using different exercises you will achieve maximum growth of all muscle fibres in the shortest time possible.

The best chest exercises to increase bulk, strength and mass are Compound exercises. Those used primarily for shaping and toning are Isolation exercises.

Compound exercises involve the use of more than one muscle group through different joints in order to perform the exercise movement. Isolation exercises effectively isolate the working muscle and only involve movement though one joint.

Compound chest exercises to increase bulk include the bench press (and variations of), pushups, and dips. While Isolation exercises include flyes, pec dec, cable crossover and dumbbell pullover.

There are other exercises out there but these are just some of the most common.

Here is one of my original chest building routines designed to attack the Pec muscle from 3 different angles. It also provides toning and effectively works the other supporting muscles mentioned above. All exercises should be performed using medium-heavy weights and the target number of reps for each set are listed in brackets:

Incline Bench Press 3 Sets (12, 10, 8)

Dumbbell Bench Press 3 Sets (12, 10, 8)

Lateral Flye 2 Sets (12, 10)

Decline Bench Press 2 Sets (12, 10)

As a note, the best chest exercises to increase bulk are compound exercises performed with Dumbbells. This is because they allow each side of the body to work independently through the full range of movement. However limits on the dumbbell weight range at your gym or home or old injury may mean you are unable to use dumbbells all the time. That is when a barbell should be used.

This chest routine will provide you with a solid base on which to develop a thick powerful chest. I would recommend you use a workout log to record your progress so you know what you have to beat each time you set foot in the gym. Then when you exceed the target reps by one, i.e. you perform 13, 11, 9 it is time to increase the weights.

And always remember that REST is the most important factor in muscle growth!

About the Author: Paul James is the author of 4 eBooks including the latest: Simple Muscle: Insider Secrets To Fast Muscle Gains & has been weight training and body building for over 10 years. He is a respected source when it comes to drug free muscle development. Visit to find out more.


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Acne Natural Cure - Simple And Effective Ways To Stop Acne.

Acne Natural Cure - Simple And Effective Ways To Stop Acne.

By John Wellington

Finding a remedy for your outbreaks of pimples isn’t too hard to do. The trick is getting one that works for your specific type of acne outbreaks and is natural. Don’t get discouraged about it, you can have clear and healthy skin, it will just take a little experimentation and patience. Know about some treatments that have been beneficial as an acne natural cure for stubborn skin problems that you can use at home.

There are several types of treatments for blemishes and using them isn’t all that hard. One treatment for blackheads is a wash of lime and milk. All you have to do is bring the milk to a gentle boil, and then add the juice from one lime, and you can wash your face. Let it cool a little, and if it feels too hot don’t use it.

Another type of acne natural cure is to use an astringent for a deep cleaning of your pores. At your local grocery store buy a leafy mango. Boil it in some water, and then rub it after it cools on your face. If your case of pimples isn’t too severe you can just leave the mango to soak overnight. It’s an acne natural cure that will clean your pores thoroughly.

Something that you probably eat everyday in some form is good for your skin as well. A raw potato is a perfect acne natural cure, especially for whiteheads. The vitamin C gives your skin

a healthy glow, and its alkaline gets rid of the bacteria on your face. The potato has an acid in it too that clean dead or dying skin cells on your face, which works as an acne natural cure.

Don’t forget that you can use the papaya fruit on your face, but it needs to be raw. An acne natural cure with these types of applications will help your skin stay healthy by stopping infection from spreading.

Finally, remember that any acne remedy might leave your skin a little dry for moisture at times during treatments. A good way to rehydrate your skin after using an acne natural cure is to use Almond Oil. You’ll need to buy a bag of almonds, and grind up with water approximately 4 to 5 good sized almond nuts. Spread the paste on your face, and don’t scrub. It will smooth the face and add some moisture too. Buttermilk is another way to treat skin for dryness, and so are curds.

If you’ve tried every over the counter medication for it and it’s just not working, than you might want to use an acne natural cure. You can find a treatment solution in an acne

natural cure, but take your time, and find out what works for you.

About the Author: Our acne guides provides readers with quick, relevant and free skin care resources that they can use almost immediately.


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How To Prevent Varicose Veins

How To Prevent Varicose Veins

By Marilyn Pokorney

According to The National Women’s Health Information Center, as many as 60% of all American adults have some form of varicose veins. Women, however, are more affected by 50%. By the mid 50's, 41% of women suffer from spider or varicose veins.

Varicose veins appear when blood collects in a vein instead of being pumped back to the heart. Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in the legs and feet. That's because standing and walking increase the pressure in the veins in your lower body.

Varicose veins develop in people who stand or sit for long periods of time. Lack of exercise, pregnancy, being overweight, prolonged constipation, and sitting with legs crossed can compound the problem.

If varicose veins are not treated properly complications such as swelling, restlessness, leg sores, itching, leg cramps, feeling of heaviness in the legs and fatigue can occur.

Surgical treatment is available but it's always healthier and less expensive to prevent, rather than treat most health problems.

Prevention for varicose veins initially begins with the wearing of support hosiery. But a healthy diet and lifestyle can do wonders to avoid the occurrence of varicose veins.

Eat a balanced diet low in fat and carbohydrates and include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Take vitamin C. Vitamin C helps strengthen blood vessel walls.

Keep the diet high in fiber to prevent constipation.

Avoid sugar, fried foods, junk foods, tobacco, salt, alcohol, processed and refined foods.

Exercise daily to maintain a healthy weight. Walking, swimming and bicycling all promote good circulation.

Do not wear tight clothes which restrict blood flow.

At least once a day sit with the legs above the heart level for 20 minutes to relieve symptoms.

Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time.

Avoid crossing the legs when sitting.

Avoid heavy lifting and putting any unecessary pressure on the legs.

Herbs, such as red clover and horse chestnut, are especially helpful in maintaining healthy strong veins.

About the Author: Marilyn Pokorney. Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the environment. Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading. Website:


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Migraines Play Havoc With Emotions-or Is It The Other Way Around?

Migraines Play Havoc With Emotions-or Is It The Other Way Around?

By J. Wes Tanner, MD

Migraines play havoc with emotions. Migraines are disabling in many ways, but none is worse than feeling like you are an emotional cripple. If migraines are mild, the impairment is mild. Upon reaching the state of transformed migraine (a condition of more unrelenting migraines) a migraineur, one who has migraines, feels as if someone used dynamite on his emotions. If this has happened to you, you feel distraught from letting people down by being unable to fulfill your part in planning and participation in everyday functions. This guilt is depressing and you feel that migraines are ruining your life. You may feel that your relationships with others have changed. You may experience a feeling of isolation believing that no one can understand your pain and you resent other people just going on with everyday life with no problems. Have I described you?

Emotions play havoc with migraines. People who suffer from migraines have a more sensitive body to light, sound, smell, food, and/or stress. Emotional difficulties are stressful and can trigger migraines. Migraines are much more than headaches. The migraine syndrome can manifest itself in many ways: panic attacks, palpitations, temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), neck pain, chest pain, hypoglycemia, vertigo, and even fibromyalgia.

The sensitive body is a set up for panic and emotional upset. The migraineur is stimulated easily, and the body can vigorously overreact. Disorder in medical jargon refers to disturbance or dysfunction in physical or mental health. There are several disorders that can prime the patient to have a panic attack—panic, anxiety, phobia, obsessive-compulsive, bipolar, and post-traumatic stress disorder to name a few. Panic attacks, for example, can present as complication of drug abuse, poisoning, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, migraine syndrome (which would include fibromyalgia), and chronic fatigue syndrome, among others.

A migraineur must understand that he is dealing with a lifelong illness. However, he is certainly not unique in this position. Counseling can be extremely helpful in dealing with the emotional aspects of migraines. There are also self-help groups available for support of family. By communicating your needs to your family you can educate them, thus allowing them to provide additional support. If noise reduction is needed, tell someone. Learn to say “no” or qualify your response with, “If I am able.” Tell your significant other not to rattle off a “to do” list. Rather, give a short written list or only one verbal request at a time. Around the time of migraines, avoid making decisions. Maintain routine. Have your family members be your advocate, coming to your defense when dealing with others. Explain to children your situation, but remember: repetition is the mother of teaching—do not resent teaching. Do not wait until a migraine to decide on sex. Gentle cuddling and massage can be reassuring. Think of how situations would be handled, if someone in the family had anginal chest pain. Stress and excitement would be muted. Care and concern would be directed toward the patient. The patient would treat angina with respect, trying to avoid danger. Treat your migraines as you would any other serious disease.

About the Author: J. Wes Tanner, MD is a family practice and headache specialist who has been treating people for about 30 years. He has extensive experience in treating migraines and fibromyalgia with excellent success. In "Doctor, Why Do I Feel This Way?", Dr. Tanner exposes the secrets and myths about fibromyalgia and the migraine syndrome. To find out more, go to


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How To Cook Your Way To Lower Cholesterol

How To Cook Your Way To Lower Cholesterol

By William H King

Are you worried about your cholesterol levels or do you have a family history of high cholesterol? If so then you should already be paying close attention to your diet and lifestyle. One of the most simple ways that you can keep your cholesterol in check is by changing the way you cook your food. It is not hard to eat a low cholesterol diet, and modifying the way you cook your food can help keep your heart and body healthy and happy.

To start with you should strictly limit the foods you eat which are high in saturated fat in your kitchen (and house), and use alternatives instead. You'll find when cooking that techniques such as grilling, baking and broiling (and microwaving), will help you control the levels of saturated fat in the food you eat. You can use a light stir-fry or perhaps a sauté, as long as you monitor the amount of oil you use, or use the more expensive virgin olive oil, which can be beneficial in small quantities.

Another way you can reduce the amount of cholesterol in your diet is through the way you prepare your meat and poultry. You can easily lower the amount of saturated fat in the meat you eat by trimming or cutting off any fat you can see on the meat, or by buying better quality cuts of meat. Try to avoid frying food, instead roast, bake or broil the meat as mentioned earlier. If you decide to roast or bake the meat, you can use a rack to allow the fat to drain away, so you don't eat it with the meat. Alternatively purchase a George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine, which will allow you to drain the excess fat away with ease.

To keep your meat moist and tasty, use wine, vinegar, lemon juice or a low-fat oil as a marinade. If you like to cook soups or stews, which can be very healthy, tasty and filling when cooked properly, prepare them the day before and put in the fridge overnight. This will allow any fat in the stew or soup to rise to the top and harden, so you can remove it before re-heating and eating.

One of the key components of a diet low in cholesterol is to ensure that you eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, and a wide variety of them. Try and find fresh fruits that you enjoy, so you can eat them as healthy snacks, of prepare and freeze to eat later. A lot of people ruin the benefit of the vegetables they eat, by covering them in excess salt (sodium chloride), which can raise your blood pressure. Instead use herbs and spices to flavour your veg. You can purchase ready made mixed herbal seasoning's from your local grocery shop. For example an Italian herb mix seasoning might contain herbs such as oregano, basil, rosemary and more. Others such as chives and parsley also give your food interesting flavours.

When cooking your veg, try and only use a minimal amount of vegetable oil or spray, or even better use olive oil. Make sure you avoid butter or margarine, as both are sources of high saturated fats and sodium. Which is a doubly bad combination for your health, especially for people worried about cholesterol levels.

These article has identified just a sample of cooking ideas and tips for your diet to help you lower your cholesterol. It might take a little time for you to get used to cooking using different methods, but the benefits for you health and your palette will quickly out weight the little extra time it may take.

About the Author: If you are worried about your cholesterol levels and want a plan of action to lower your cholesterol in 30 days or less then this report is a must read:


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Flashbacks From the Schoolyard: How to Handle Bullies at Work

Flashbacks From the Schoolyard: How to Handle Bullies at Work

By Joni Johnston

For every harassment complaint I’ve helped resolve, I've dealt with ten incidences involving the equal opportunity jerk. The boss who constantly criticizes, demeans, and undermines his employees. The supervisor who takes delight overworking and exploiting subordinates. The employee who taunts and intimidates his coworkers. In short, the workplace bully.

Unfortunately, you can’t send your workplace bully to the headmaster or make him stay in for recess. The good news is that, as a human resource professional, you have the power to implement the necessary strategies to prevent and/or alleviate bullying in your workplace. In this article, we’ll look at how you can use policies, hiring, and top management support to create a bully-free workplace.

Beating Up the Bottom Line

It’s easy to think that rudeness or incivility is an inevitable part of people working together; after all, who hasn’t been snapped at by a stressed-out boss or coworker?

But bullying is not occasional rudeness or incivility, nor is it a misguided attempt to get things done through tough management. Bullying is an ongoing and systematic campaign of interpersonal destruction. It tends to be an accumulation of many incidences over a long period of time which, taken together, these instances add up to persistent, abusive behavior designed to make the target feel upset, humiliated and threatened.

According to the U.S. Hostile Workforce Survey 2000, the most popular bullying tactics include:

• blaming others for errors

• raising false concerns about or criticizing the work of others

• making unreasonable demands

• yelling and screaming

• threats of job loss, insult, or put-downs

• inconsistent enforcement of arbitrary rules

• social exclusion

• stealing credit for another’s work

Bullying/general hostility is 4 times more prevalent than illegal discrimination and harassment. In fact, a February 2000 study funded by the British Occupational Health Research Foundation revealed that out of 5300 employees in 70 organizations, 47% reported witnessing bullying in the past five years, 1 in 10 said they’d been bullied in the last six months, and 1 in 4 said they’d been bullied in the past five years.

Bullying Versus Harassment

Unlike illegal forms of harassment and discrimination, bullying isn’t directed at a person because of his or her religion, gender, age, race or other demographic variable. S/he isn’t interested in obtaining sexual favors or dominating a vulnerable group. In fact, the target of bullying is most likely to be selected because of her popularity and competence, which is perceived as a direct threat to the bully.

Unlike a sexual harasser’s need to take advantage of someone in a vulnerable position, bullying is an effort to control a threat (and prevent exposure of inadequacy). Unlike the power motive behind harassment and discrimination, envy and jealousy are the primary drivers of bullying behavior. And, unlike the racial slurs or sexual comments found in illegal forms of harassment, workplace bullying tends to appear as petty criticism, the withholding of critical information, and/or false allegations of underperformance.

Another difference between generic bullying versus hostility directed at a protected class are the available legal remedies. Discrimination law does not cover bullying. If the behavior does not have a sexual, racial or physical component, U.S. laws aren’t set up to deal with an incompetent or cruel supervisor bullying a subordinate.

However, bullies may not completely escape the long arm of the law. More and more stress-related workman’s comp claims and intentional infliction of emotional distress lawsuits because of workplace bullying. A few years ago, two employees in Texas were awarded $250,000 in damages after a supervisor continually yelled at them, put his head down and “charged at them like a bull,” and made at least one employee wear a sign that said “I quit.”

Spotting The Bully at Work

Given the statistics of workplace bullying, chances are that there is at least one bully poisoning your organization. Here are three ways you can begin to assess how bully-tolerant your work environment currently is:

1. Conduct an anonymous employee satisfaction survey, asking questions specifically about employee experiences of common bullying tactics.

2. Conduct regular exit interviews and ask specifically about interpersonal problems that might have led to their resignation.

3. Keep track of turnover statistics by department, by manager, and by unit. As the old saying goes, numbers don’t lie. In this situation, they might be telling the truth about a bully in your midst.

Is the Finger Pointing Back at You?

“You’ve got to sit on people to get the job done.” “If you don’t boss people around, they don’t respect you.” “We run a tough ship around here.” How many times have these kinds of arguments been used to justify inappropriate management conduct? Worse yet, how many times has it been rewarded?

A study that looked at predictors of job satisfaction across cultures found that the quality of the employee/supervisor relationship was one of two consistent factors across twenty countries. Employees who feel supported, encouraged, and treated fairly by their direct supervisors develop a sense of organizational commitment. Yet, while at least fifty percent of all turnovers are due to poor management practices, the mythical link between inappropriate behavior and productivity still lingers. If your corporate environment seems to be stuck in survival-of-the-fittest mode, it may be time to work with senior management on assessing your corporate values and realigning them with the realities of today’s workplace.

There’s another way your corporate environment can unintentionally foster bullying – through job strain. One of the most common problems I encounter is the situational bully, i.e., the valuable manner who, because of an excessive workload or unrealistic deadline, becomes a domineering tyrant. If you observe an increase in inappropriate workplace behavior, do a little investigating to see what’s underneath and what you can do about it.

If your business is cyclical for example, consider partnering with an EAP program before your busy season and offer self-development seminars on coping with stress, time management, and other helpful topics. If the behavior seems to occur primarily in new managers, reevaluate your management development program to see where communication skills are lacking. Supervisors are often promoted because of their technical expertise and, if they lack the management skills to be effective leaders, can resort to bullying in an attempt to establish authority. And, while there are likely to be a few bad apples in every bunch, some inappropriate workplace behavior is a symptom of a deeper corporate problem – one worth finding and fixing.

Don’t Forget to Put It in Writing

Workplace policies rarely work unless the behaviors they request are supported and modeled by senior management. When they are, they become a powerful communicator of your company’s values and priorities. Not only do they set clear expectations of what behavior is expected, they communicate a certain tone that tells employees how senior management views them.

A workplace conduct policy, when consistently enforced, can communicate the message that employees are as valuable as customers – and should be treated with the same respect. Given that there is a direct link between customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction, perhaps this message is consistent with reality. While an extensive discussion on policy development is beyond the scope of this article, here are six guidelines to help you get started crafting your workplace conduct policy:

• Outlines clear examples of what workplace conduct violates the policy

• Details the disciplinary procedures for policy violation.

• Provide a procedure for reporting and investigating concerns about workplace behavior.

• Outlines guidelines for multiple channels of reporting to individuals who feel the policy has been violated.

• Assures complainants that the matters will be treated as confidentially as possible and that no one will be punished for reporting a workplace conduct violation.

•Begins with a message from your CEO, who expresses employees’ rights to be treated with dignity and respect, and who links the policy to the bottom line and to company values.

Taking a Stand

Like it or not, it’s impossible for corporations to take a neutral position regarding workplace bullying. To your employees, ignoring it is condoning it. And a policy is no substitute for people; the best antibullying policy will be viewed with skepticism if your corporate culture rewards bullying managers.

The good news is that you’re in a valuable position to beef up the company’s bottom line. Eliminating inappropriate workplace behavior will reduce turnover, increase job satisfaction, and help your organization get back some of the 18 million work days lost each year because of it. At a time when human resources are increasingly being asked to justify their existence, the opportunity to show the bottom line impact of your efforts is something worth shouting about. Just don’t do it at work.

About the Author: Joni E. Johnston, Psy.D. is President and CEO of WorkRelationships (, a cutting edge employee relations/compliance training and consulting firm.


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Nutrition Can Be the Cause of ADD/ADHD

Nutrition Can Be the Cause of ADD/ADHD
By Jimmy Brownen

The connection between ADD/ADHD and nutrition is accepted as
fact. Ever since the late 1970’s, suspicions on whether
nutrition could be related to ADD/ADHD has been explored by
researchers. Now that the fact has been established, this
important link continues to be misunderstood by nutritionist,
medical professional as well as individuals diagnosed with

The Studies

There have been literally thousands of studies that have
investigated the connection between nutrition and ADD/ADHD. A
majority of these studies have been conducted by reputable
learning institutions and medical facilities. Many of these
experts have found a definitive connection between nutrition and
ADD/ADHD and this connection has been documented in numerous
published studies. Information on only a few of these studies

The remarkable role of nutrition in learning and behavior. This
study, authored by Jennifer Dani, Courtney Burrill, and Barbara
Demmig-Adams found that:

“The result of this analysis is that nutrition has potent
effects on brain function. It is concluded that protein, iron,
iodine, and the consumption of breakfast all impact on a child’s
learning capability and behaviour. Moreover, recent research has
identified additional, potent roles of micronutrients, such as
essential fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins, in the prevention
of learning and behavioural disorders. Among the latter, this
review focuses particularly on attention deficit hyperactivity

Mental Health: Not All in the Mind—Really a Matter of Cellular
Biochemistry, by Chris D. Meletis and Jason Barker.

Findings of a study call ‘Artificial Food Coloring Promotes
Hyperactivity’ found that “children’s behavior did improve
significantly when AFCs (artificial food colorings) were
eliminated from their diet.” This study was then published in
Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

A child’s diet can lead to behavioral disorders. This is a
finding from a study conducted by C M Carter, M Urbanowicz, R
Hemsley, L Mantilla, S Strobel, P J Graham, and E Taylor titled
‘Effects of a few food diet in attention deficit disorder’.
Conditions of 76% of children implementing elimination diet
later improved.

“A beneficial effect of eliminating reactive foods and
artificial colors in children with ADHD.Dietary factors is
suspected to have significant role in etiology of a large number
of children with ADHD.” Therefore, this study by M. Boris and
F.S. Mandel found that suggested that foods and additives are
the culprits of the attention deficit hyperactive disorder in

The Results

The few researches covered here are just a friction of all
researches that have been conducted in the quest to prove the
impact of nutritional factors on ADD/ADHD. These nutritional
factors could be food additives, fatty acids, vitamin and
mineral deficiencies. Subjects have participated in elimination
diets; nutritional supplementation, behavioral observations and
self-reporting in the course of these studies and most studies
were also more focus towards young children as subjects. There
are also a number of studies done on adolescence and adults.

These studies took place at a variety of reputable institutions
such as Harvard University, Cornell University, Cornell Medical
Center, Oxford University, etc., and are therefore backed by the
reputations of these facilities.

All of the studies carried the same theme in findings. They
have scientifically proved that once the nutritional deficiency
or food additive causing the sensitivity, allergy, or toxic
reaction were removed from the diet, participants experience
improvement in their behavior. They have also developed
increased in reading ability, motor coordination, and IQ, prior
to having poor attention ability and concentration. These
improvements are as a result of these individuals was able to
focus and stay on task.

So, what does all this mean?

These findings shows that ADD/ADHD can be treated without
medicinal interventions. However, we might need more than these
studies to change the views of a large portion of the medical
community. Therefore, we as individuals should take the
challenge of learning more about alternative treatment of
ADD/ADHD. This means that it is possible for those suffering
from ADD/ADHD to live their life normally without depending on

About the Author: Jimmy Brownen is a leading expert in the
field of ADD/ADHD and has years of
experience in the treatment of it. For more information on the
disorder or for alternative means of curing ADHD, please visit his site.


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Free Weight Loss Tips: 7 Really Bad Ways to Lose Weight

Free Weight Loss Tips: 7 Really Bad Ways to Lose Weight
By Janine Michaels

Some people are on a never-ending quest to find quick ways to
lose weight. Many people jump from one method to another trying
to find that magic bullet cure to dropping pounds the easiest
and fastest way possible. The things they are willing to put
their bodies through, while trying to achieve this goal, goes
from mildly amusing to down right scary.

Maybe you’ve tried some of these methods yourself. Heaven knows
there’s no shortage of advertisements, websites and product
manufacturers encouraging you to try the latest, greatest fat
loss miracle. Companies, and some individuals, make millions of
dollars promoting these schemes to the unwary. The truth is, it
would be a miracle if anyone was able to lose weight and keep it
off permanently without either, wasting their money, or risking
their health with these products and schemes.

Here’s a list of the worst ways you can choose to lose weight.

Starvation – This seems like one of the simplest ways to get
weight to come off. I mean, not eating means you’re not
ingesting any calories or fat, right? True. It also means that
you’re literally starving your body of much needed nutrients it
needs in order to function properly.

Most people who try to go the starvation route quickly find out
that it’s hard to maintain for more than a few days. Not eating
enough can lead to mental fogginess, feeling cranky and moody,
and loss of energy. Who can get everything they need to do in
the day done when they feel like this?

Plus, the worst part is that by denying your body the calories
it needs, it will actually slow down your metabolism. You know
what that means, right? Your body will not be able to burn fat
efficiently. Instead, it will hold onto every single calorie you
put into your body. Know why?

Because you’re starving it!

Our bodies are smarter than we think. They’re like machines.
When your body gets less fuel than it’s used to, it knows enough
to slow everything down and reserve its resources. When you
do get hungry and pig out, those calories will go straight to
fat storage. Guess what? You may actually cause yourself to gain
more weight by starving yourself.

Fad Diets – There’s an endless array of fad diets that instruct
you to eat all kinds of things. Usually you have to eat the same
food items, again and again, anywhere from 7
days to a whole month. For those who do manage to make it
through a fad diet, their joy of dropping some water weight will
be short lived.

Again, you can’t really lose enough weight and keep it off
permanently by drinking lemonade, eating cabbage soup, diet
cookies, ice cream, chocolate, popcorn, etc. While most fad
diets do include healthy foods, they are way too strict and
mundane to stick with for very long. Soon, you’ll
be craving your old comfort food favorites again. That is,
until the next fad diet comes along.

Throwing Up – Okay, for most people, this is an uncomfortable
idea and they won’t even try it. For others, it’s very
attractive. They reason that you can eat anything you like, in
any kinds of quantities, because it’s only temporary. Once
you’ve pigged out, you go to the bathroom, stick your finger
down your throat and up comes everything.

This temporary food enjoyment, followed by throwing up, can
lead to serious health problems. Bulimia is a huge risk factor
when you choose this road to weight loss. As we have seen too
many times, people who use this method can develop serious
issues with food and body image. This ultimately leads to life
threatening consequences. Hey, you wanna lose weight, not end up
a skinny basket case. Just being honest.

Pill Popping – Taking diet pills is one of the most popular
ways people choose to lose weight. It’s also one of the most
futile methods. If taking diet pills really worked well for all
those who take them, then why do we see increasing numbers of
obese people?

Diet pills have been around for decades, so you’d think that
they would have a reputation for being so effective that most
people would be slim and trim. Yet, here we are – fatter than

Many people, who struggle with their weight, just don’t want to
face the idea that it may take some actual work to drop those
pounds. Instead, they desperately look for quick fixes, and
there’s no quicker fix than popping a diet pill. Oh, and the
promises the manufacturers make, are so over the top that it’s
not any wonder they’re stuffing their pockets with cash. I mean,
who wouldn’t want to drop all of their belly fat in 30 days flat
– without lifting a finger or changing their eating habits?

Some diet pills are harmless herbal remedies that don’t really
do much of anything. While others contain ingredients that have
a detrimental effect on the body. There have been some sad news
stories about people who’ve sustained permanent liver and kidney
damage from taking a weight loss supplement. Others,
unfortunately, have lost their life.

If you’re someone who is prone to taking diet pills, you need
to stop and re-evaluate how effective they really are in helping
you to lose weight. And, if they are that effective, why do you
feel the need to keep taking them? Did you actually gain all
that weight back?


HCG Injections – Some people have resorted to taking hormone
injections to lose weight. While our bodies naturally contain
hormones, introducing any type of hormonal drugs into your body
is really risky. While HCG is often used to help infertile women
get pregnant, it is considered a controversial method in weight

When you’re dealing with hormones, there’s gonna be side
effects. Here are some of the documented side effects from
taking HCG for long periods.

Abnormal breast enlargement (men), multiple birth pregnancies
(women), tiredness, nausea, mood changes, acne, excessive fluid
retention, sore throat, hair loss, prostate hypertrophy (men),
unknown side effects from using counterfeit HCG.

Laxatives – The purpose of laxatives is to help loosen up the
bowels if you’re constipated. That’s it. There is no evidence
that taking laxatives to lose weight does anything positive to
help the body shed fat. The thing is, as soon as you’ve ingested
the food, your body goes into action to absorb calories. Taking
a laxative after eating is already too late to prevent calories
from going where they wish to go.

Those who have gone down this road often regret it, because
laxatives can make you feel and look really ill. You can even
become addicted to laxatives and end up being hospitalized. The
damage you can cause your organs will not be worth all the pain
and trouble.

Gimmicks – There are all types of silly products out there that
claim they can help you melt away the fat in just minutes per
day. Wrap yourself in a sweat suit or place a gyrating, electric
belt around your waist. These are gimmicks that will just waste
your time and money.

If you’re really serious about your health, there are smart
ways to lose weight that don’t involve putting your body, and
long-term well being, at risk. Losing weight takes real
commitment, and yes – time. Many people who try things on the
bad list just don’t want to hear this. They want to take

Well, again, if these shortcuts really worked, there wouldn’t
be so many of these same people constantly trying to lose

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Helpful Information on Invisalign Braces

Helpful Information on Invisalign Braces
By A.Noton

Are you an adult that wants to straighten your teeth? Maybe you
have a child that you think needs braces. Have you been putting
off seeing your dentist about these issues because of the common
fear of metal braces? If you answered yes to any of these, there
is an alternative and less scary option; invisalign braces.

Invisalign braces are not like metal braces because they are
not made of any metal. Instead, they are made of thermoplastic
material. They are clear aligners that have been custom made to
fit your teeth. Like traditional braces, they move your teeth a
little bit at a time. The company behind this innovation is
Align Technology Inc. And they have been around since 1997.

They are a good option for those who are afraid of the anxiety
of metal braces. Adults who want to straighten their teeth see
the metal version as not appropriate to their age. Braces are
thought to be dominantly worn by children of the ages of being
in elementary or high school. Besides adults, many youths do not
like the option of metal braces because either of the way they
look. Everyone knows that youths are especially concerned about
the way they look so they see the metal as being unattractive
and embarrassing.

Traditional metal braces also can cause many patients
discomfort. The process of having them put into your mouth is
long and consists of binding your teeth with wire and brackets.
After having them put it, it is advised that you take
painkillers for a few days after because it is expected that
your mouth will be sore from the pressure that the metal puts on
teeth. Clear braces do not do this because they do not cause
irritation and the process is pain free and does not require
monthly tightening.

To find out if you are a good candidate for clear braces, your
dentist will take a bite impression to see if the treatment
would be an effective one. Not every case is suited for
Invisalign braces as a solution. If you do qualify, you will be
fitted will aligners and will have to see your dentist about one
time per six weeks to assess your progress. The clear aligners
also have to be replaced every two weeks.

The other benefit of invisalign is that they are removable. You
can take them out when you eat, drink, floss, and brush your
teeth. They should be worn for twenty to twenty-two hours each
day though.

The price, insurance coverage information, and time it will
take for you to straighten your teeth depends on your doctors
assessment. Every patient has a case that is different and
unique. Also, not every orthodontic office offers this service,
so look into which local offices do.

If you are weary of traditional metal braces, then you should
consider invisalign braces. They are not painful and they do not
require any metal nor metal adjustments. They are a convenient
option for those who want to correct the alignment of their
teeth. See your dentist with any questions and concerns because
they are the only people that can tell you if they will work for
you or not.

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What Are the Symptoms and Side-effects of Bulimia?

What Are the Symptoms and Side-effects of Bulimia?
By Derek Rogers

Bulimia is a more common eating disorder than anorexia and
often develops slightly later in life, from mid to late teens or
the early twenties. Studies suggest that between 0.5 per cent
and 2 per cent of young women in the UK have bulimia.

There are two main features of bulimia. Individuals regularly
binge, which involves eating a large amount of food in private
until they feel uncomfortably full. They feel they have little
or no control during a binge and tend to eat 'forbidden' foods
with a high carbohydrate content.

Bingeing is normally followed by intense feelings of guilt and
shame. To compensate for the food consumed during a binge, the
individual then uses other behaviours, such as vomiting,
laxative misuse or excessive exercise. This is often termed as
'purging' behaviour.

People with bulimia are locked in a regular cycling of bingeing
and purging and usually have overwhelming feelings of shame
about their eating disorder. The frequency of the cycle varies
from one individual to another and there are also wide
variations in purging behaviour.

Teenagers who have tried unsuccessfully to diet but failed
sometimes believe that this cycle of bingeing and purging will
help them to lose weight successfully. But studies show people
with bulimia are often of normal body weight and if untreated,
over time, there tends to be weight gain rather than weight
loss. Bulimia is often associated with low self-esteem or a
general lack of self-confidence.

However, this cycle has a range of harmful effects on the body.
Some of these side-effects will be evident from a fairly early
stage in the bulimia. They can include:

Frequent and major weight changes.
Stretch marks.
Sore throat, the erosion of tooth enamel and bad breath caused
by excessive vomiting.
Swollen salivary glands making the face round and puffy.
Poor skin condition and possible hair loss.
Irregular menstrual periods or loss or periods.
Lethargy and tiredness.
Abdominal pain and bloating.
Chronic constipation and risk of bowel problems due to laxative

There are a range of very serious effects for people who
continue to suffer with untreated bulimia during a long period
of time. Many people with bulimia develop chronic dehydration,
caused by vomiting and the use of laxatives. This can lead to
low potassium levels, triggering a wide range of symptoms
ranging from lethargy and muddled thinking to potentially
life-threatening heart and kidney problems. Another serious
complication of bulimia is the rupture of the stomach.

Bulimia has a lower mortality rate than anorexia. However, very
rare and extreme cases, death can occur due to heart failure.

Fortunately, people with bulimia tend to want to overcome their
eating disorders and feel less ambivalent about change than
those with anorexia. The difficulty usually lies in seeking
help, as people with bulimia often feel profoundly ashamed of
their eating habits and worries that if they do seek support,
their problem will be dismissed.

However, studies show that people with bulimia respond well to
treatment. A form of cognitive behavioural therapy designed for
eating disorders, called CBT-E is very effective for people with

About the Author: Derek Rogers is an experienced health
journalist, whose articles are regularly published in national
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