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The Funny Thing About Critics

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Have you noticed that there are two types of critics in this world? The first type offer helpful advice, or a fresh voice that challenges your assumptions. This particular type of critic makes you think. The second type of critic finds fault with everything that you do. Criticism of this sort is never intended to be helpful or constructive, the goal is merely to tear things down. Such critics are usually very angry and insecure about the direction their life is taking and have a deep sense of fear and even hatred for the accomplishments of others.

The funny thing is, both types of critics can help you to become a better person. Both are testament to the fact that not everyone will agree with what you have to say. And this is good for several reasons.

First of all, critics keep you from developing an inflated ego and becoming sloppy. Second, they help you to keep an open mind. If everyone agreed with you all the time, you'd never expand your knowledge about the world. And finally, they're terrific confidence builders. Afterall, if you can't defend your opinions when they're challenged, you shouldn't expect anyone to believe in them.

Yeah, there are a lot of funny things about critics. But the funniest of all is that almost everybody is one. Which type are you?

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Hip Fractures In Older Women Increases Short Term Mortality Risk

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Hip fractures in older women increases short term risk of death, according to a report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The results of a complex meta-analysis revealed that women age 60 - 69 are 5.0 times more likely to die within one year of hip fracture; the risk to women age 70 - 79 is 2.4 times, and the risk to women age 80 and above is 2.8 times - all of which underscores the seriousness of broken bones in the elderly population.

The National Institutes of Health funded the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF), which examined osteoporosis and aging in women aged 65 and older. The SOF, which began in 1986, collected data on the subject of older women's health including breast cancer risk, stroke and total and cause-specific mortality.

In 1986 - 1988, researchers recruited 9704 elderly women age 65 and older from four US regional locations: Baltimore County, Maryland; Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Portland, Oregon; and the Monongahela Valley in Pennsylvania for participation in the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF). From this number, 5580 ambulatory women were tracked for twenty years. Investigators performed an age match comparison of 1116 women who suffered hip fractures during the course of the study against the 4464 participants (control group) who did not incur such injuries. 

Researchers observed that women who suffered hip fractures tended to have lower body mass index (BMI), lower bone mineral density (BMD), and smoked more than the healthy controls. From here the results become even more startling.

 

Nearly Half Of All Elderly Women Who Participated In The SOF Died

Investigators observed that 2690 women (48.1%) who participated in the SOF died within 14 years of follow up. Mortality risk was highest during the first year following hip fracture, with 189 cases reported. Moreover, 72.5% of those deaths occurred within the first six months of injury. This suggests an overall decline in the health of elderly women who suffered hip fractures.

Interestingly, younger women suffered greater short-term hip fracture mortality risk than women above age 80. In fact, scientists observed a decline in hip fracture deaths as women aged. Women age 60 to 69 experienced a five fold mortality risk within the first year of breaking a hip, whereas the mortality risk during the first year after hip fracture did not increase for women age 80 and older. Women age 70 -79 had a mortality risk in the first year after a hip break that was intermediate between the younger and older participant groups.

The majority of the women who died suffered from coronary heart disease, cancer and stroke; this encompassed the hip fracture participants and healthy controls. However, hip fracture was associated with higher mortality for the following conditions:

  • pneumonia
  • cognitive disorders
  • osteoporotic fracture

 

Other Important Observations Made During The Study of Osteoporotic Fractures

Erin S. LeBlanc and her team made other observations worth noting. For example:

  1. The team separately examined women 80 years of age and older whom were reportedly of good or excellent health, and discovered a 2-fold increased risk of death within the first year of suffering a hip fracture. 
  2. When looking at long term mortality by age and health status, women age 60 - 69 were increasingly at risk in terms of intermediate (5 year) and long term (10 year) mortality.
  3. The oldest SOF participants (women age 80 and older) had no intermediate or long term increased risk of mortality after hip fracture regardless of health.
  4. Women age 80 and older had no increased short - term mortality risk after suffering a broken hip.

 

What Does The Study Of Osteoporotic Fractures Mean To You?

Dr. LeBlanc mentioned that the observational study did have some limitations, most notably that the majority of SOF participants were post menopausal white women age 65 and older and "may not be generalizable to men, other ethnic groups and younger women." Nonetheless, the study underscores the need for people to take care of themselves and to look out for others.

Hip fractures among the elderly is a traumatic and, in many cases, potentially fatal event. If you know of anyone who could be at risk for such injury, look in on them from time to time. Be considerate of their age and physical condition and offer to help them if possible.

If you happen to be an older person who is prone to such injury, pay close attention to your health and seek help from family, friends, neighbors and health care professionals when necessary. You owe it to yourself.

 

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Article Sources

LeBlanc, E.S. et al. Hip Fracture and Increased Short - term but Not Long - term Mortality in Healthy Older Women. Arch Intern Med. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.447

SOF Online. http://sof.ucsf.edu/Interface/Introduction.asp

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Listeria Outbreak Linked To Contaminated Cantaloupes

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Health officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are advising people to throw out Rocky Ford cantaloupes from Jensen Farms because of Listeria contamination. According to government reports, between 29 July and 10 September 2011 the cantaloupes were shipped to twenty-one states including:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming

The CDC reports that the multistate Listeria outbreak has been traced to Jensen Farms in Colorado. Jensen Farms voluntarily recalled the contaminated cantaloupes on 14 September 2011. Health officials advise that people throw out Rocky Ford cantaloupes purchased from Jensen Farms. The FDA advises that consumers should NOT try to wash off the fruit because the bacteria could already be on the surface and inside of the cantaloupe.

People most at risk for Listeria food poisoning include:

  • pregnant women
  • newborns
  • the elderly
  • diabetics
  • persons with cancer
  • persons with liver disease
  • persons with kidney disease
  • persons with compromised immune systems
  • persons with alcoholism

Listeria is a deadly bacteria and the latest outbreak has been linked to multiple fatalities. Health officials advise people to look for the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • muscle ache
  • confusion
  • weakness
  • vomiting
  • loss of balance
  • convulsions
  • possibly preceeded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms
  • pregnant women may experience flu - like symptoms

(For more information about listeria symptoms please visit http://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/listeria/ and http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/index.html .)

FDA officials suggest that consumers wash their hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food. Also refrigerators, cutting boards, and countertops should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent Listeria growth.

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FDA CORE Network. http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/CORENetwork/ucm272372.htm

CDC - Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Whole Cantaloupes From Jensen Farms, Colorado http://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/index.html

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Convenient At Home Exercises

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Is your hectic schedule preventing you from getting any exercise? Are you unable to afford a gym membership? Are you just too self-conscious to exercise in front of others? If you answered yes to any of these questions, stick around because the tips in this article are going to help you get into shape. (And even if you said no to any of those questions, stick around because it never hurts to learn something new.)

Remember to always consult your physician before starting any new fitness or nutrition regimen.

 

Bench Dips

You'll need a bench or chair for this exercise. Dips strengthen the chest, shoulders, triceps and back muscles - making it a fantastic compound exercise. To start, place your palms on the edge of a bench or sturdy chair. Make sure that both palms are spaced shoulder width apart. Stretch your legs out in front of you; your ankles should be touching the floor. Now, slowly lower yourself toward the floor (but stop before you actually sit on the floor).

At the bottom of the movement, squeeze your shoulder blades together. Finally, use your arm muscles to push yourself up to a starting position. That's one bench dip repetition. Go at your own pace, doing as many bench dips as you can. If you're a beginner, perform five repetitions, rest then repeat five more times. As you become stronger you can increase the number of repetitions.

 

Shrugs

This compound exercise tones and strengthens muscles in the shoulders and upper back. All you'll need is a pair of unopened cans or light weight dumbbells. Stand up straight with your feet placed shoulder width apart. Now shrug your shoulders. Bring the shoulders as high as you can, then hold that position for one second before lowering them again. That's one repetition. As with all exercises, train at your own pace. If you're a beginner, perform ten repetitions, rest then do ten more.

 

Tricep Extension

If your arms jiggle when you wave, this exercise is the one for you. You'll need either a light weight dumbbell, or water bottle for this exercise. The tricep extension tones the muscles on the back of your arm and upper back. Hold the weight above your head. Next, slowly bend your arm so that the weight is behind your head. Now raise the weight above your head again. That's one repetition. Repeat five times, then switch arms. Remember to go at your own pace, beginners should try to do twenty tricep extensions per arm.

And there you have it! Three new physical fitness exercises that you can do from the convenience of your own home. Not enough? Then read my articles Exercising On A Budget and Three Strength Training Exercises That You Can Do At Home for more at home exercise tips.

 

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Study: Calcium Supplements Can Cause Heart Attacks

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Women who hope to prevent osteoporosis by taking calcium supplements and vitamin D are at increased risk for heart attack or stroke, according to a report published in BMJ. The finding suggests that calcium supplementation may not be as safe as conventional wisdom once believed.

 

Calcium Supplements Increase Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

Researchers re-analyzed data from the Women's Health Initiative Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation Study (WHI CaD Study) as well as examining data from eight other studies for a complex meta-analysis of the effects of personal calcium supplement use on cardiovascular risk.

The WHI CaD Study involved 36,282 postmenopausal women who participated in a seven year long randomized placebo controlled trial that compared vitamin D and calcium. Part of the WHI CaD Study's objectives was to ascertain the effects of long term calcium supplementation on hip bone density i.e. reducing osteoporosis risk.

After scientists carefully re-analyzed data from WHI CaD and eight other studies they concluded that calcium supplementation increases heart attack risk by 25% - 30% and stroke by 15% - 20%.

In the study published in the British Medical Journal, primary research investigator Mark J Bolland and his team said that although the increase was modest"...because of the widespread use of calcium supplements either alone or with vitamin D, even small increases in cardiovascular disease incidence may translate to a substantial population burden of disease, particularly in older age groups." In other words, the health of older women could be compromised by calcium supplementation.

 

Does Calcium Supplementation Prevent Osteoporosis Risk?

In 2006 the National Institutes of Health published a press release about the findings of the WHI CaD Study stating that "calcium and vitamin D supplementation in healthy postmenopausal women provide a modest benefit in preserving bone mass and prevent hip fractures in certain groups including older women..." The key point is "healthy postmenopausal women".

Interestingly, the results of a population based cohort of Swedish women who took dietary calcium published in the British Medical Journal earlier this year concluded that beyond a certain point, dietary calcium did not further reduce fracture risk or osteoporosis.

These studies seem to come to contradictory conclusions regarding the benefits of calcium for osteoporosis prevention. At this point, some people are asking themselves what does calcium have to do with the heart? I'll briefly discuss that in the next section.

 

Role Of Calcium In The Body

Calcium is an important biomineral and is involved in a multitude of biological functions including:

  • signal transduction across cellular membranes
  • muscular contraction (smooth, cardiac and skeletal)
  • tissue mineralization (e.g. bone and teeth)
  • enzymatic reactions
  • blood clotting

Bones incorporate calcium into their matrices thus allowing the tissues to become denser, stronger and thereby more resistant to fractures. Menstruating women produce estrogen, this steroid hormone also helps maintain strong bones.

When a woman enters menopause, her estrogen levels drop off which can lead to weakened bones. Thus health care professionals may advise women to take calcium supplements to help supply bones with this necessary mineral.

In addition to calcium, some women also take vitamin D, because of its role in strengthening bone tissue. But calcium also interacts with a special form of vitamin D which is known as vitamin D3  or cholecalciferol. When the body has too much calcium or vitamin D3 it can create problems for the heart. Thus it becomes much easier to see why people should carefully weigh the costs versus benefits of taking calcium supplements.

 

What Does This Information Mean To You?

Calcium has many physiological uses such as strong bones and muscle contractions. The best sources are milk, beans, dark green vegetables and nuts. Calcium supplements are often taken by those who don't get enough dietary calcium but excess calcium can increase cardiovascular risk in susceptible populations. Thus, people should have a sit down with their doctor to decide if calcium supplementation is the best thing for maintaining their health and wellbeing.

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Bolland, M. J. et al. Calcium supplements with or without vitamin D and risk of cardiovascular events: reanalysis of the Women's Health Initiative limited access dataset and meta-analysis. BMJ 2011;342:d2040

Warensjo, E. et al. Dietary calcium intake and risk of fracture and osteoporosis: prospective longitudinal cohort study. BMJ 2011;342d:1473

NIH News http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/new/press/06-02-15.htm

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The Power Of Self-Approval

The Power Of Self-Approval
By Yuri Elkaim

Do you want more happiness in your life? Are you tired of
compromising your happiness for that of others? Have you ever
stopped to think about why you behave in certain ways? Do you
ever wonder why celebrities and people in the lime light seem to
crave all that attention?

Well, one theory is that we behave in order to gain approval
from others. This may seem far fetched but think about it for a
minute. Everything we do in life can boil down to 2 fundamental
needs: the need to be loved and the need to be helped. As such,
our actions tend to be determined by our ability to please
others. This stems from the fact that our mind operates in a
primitive survival mode looking to protect us at all costs. This
survival mentality was originally formed during our early
childhood where, as dependent helpless babies, we learned that
it was necessary to please our parents (or caregivers) in order
to get what we wanted whether it be food or milk, and so forth.
If we didn’t gain this approval, we feared the worst – that we
would perish. Fortunately, we are no longer dependent children
needing others approval in order to survive. However, our
conditioning has ingrained in us this need to please others
eventhough it no longer makes sense to do so.

As such, one of our biggest obstacles to happiness in life is
our need for approval from others or our need to prove
ourselves, our fear of disapproval, and our fear of rejection.
It is solely based on survival! Now, the need for survival is
gone but the habit remains.

It is important to realize that when we try to please others we
are always at the mercy of someone else’s response, and thus we
have no control over the outcome. When we act in accordance with
other people’s approval, we are saying that their agenda is more
important than ours. We are saying that they are more important
than us! According to Abraham Maslow, the world renowned
psychologist, “The highest state of man is self-actualization.
And the essence of self-actualization is freedom from the good
opinion of others.” Thus, in order to be truly happy we must
dissociate from the bad and good opinion of others. We must
learn to approve of ourselves and realize that each and everyone
of us is a unique and special person capable of tremendous
things. It is critical to understand that we all live in our own
little “bubble”. We are unique in the meanings that we attach to
the information and events in our lives. Simply stated, two
people experiencing the same event or information will give
different meanings to each based on their own personal
experience, upbringing, programming, and paradigms. For
instance, the word “battle” may elicit a different mental image
or meaning to you then it would to me. As such, how can we seek
others approval when they are mostly likely operating in a
different paradigm than we are? As Stuart Wilde once said “I am
what I am and that’s my evolution, what others perceive of me is
part of their evolution.”

We must also consider that when someone judges somebody or
something else, it says little about the target of their
judgment and volumes about them self.

In conclusion, to achieve true happiness in your life you must
stop worrying about what others think of you. Remember, their
comments are more a reflection of them than you. When you take
something personally, you are showing that you agree with their
opinion and showing that you don’t understand their perspective.
You also position yourself as prey to their predatory remarks.
Just because someone puts poison on your plate doesn’t mean that
you have to eat it because as Eleanor Roosevelt once said “What
others think of me is none of my business!”

So, my challenge to you over the next week is to acknowledge,
yet dissociate yourself, from the comments of others, good and
bad. Remember, every coin has two sides. Meaning that if you
accept someone’s positive praise you will obviously feel good,
but what happens the next time when that person does not give
you any praise for the same action? You will most likely feel a
void. As such, attempt to dissociate yourself from others
remarks and simply be happy with who you are and what you have
done. In time, happiness will be felt when you choose, not
others!

About the Author: Yuri Elkaim is a Certified Kinesiologist,
Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and regarded by many as
Canada's leading Health and Fitness expert. Please visit
http://blog.totalwellnessconsulting.ca for more information on
Yuri

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Bibliotherapy: Freeing Yourself From Depression, Anxiety, Stress And OCD

Bibliotherapy: Freeing Yourself From Depression, Anxiety, Stress
And OCD
By Karen Hastings, Edinburgh

If you feel that you could manage your depression, anxiety, OCD
or stress if only you had the tools, then why not try a good
self-help book. This is a cheaper option for those who cannot
afford private therapy or give those waiting to see an NHS
Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (CBT), the foundation to begin
to manage their own mental-health.

There is wealth of self-help books out there and it can be
overwhelming deciding which ones will be most useful. I
regularly prescribe reading and practical exercises taken from
self-help manuals as part of CBT and NLP treatment at my therapy
practice in Edinburgh. In this article, I list and describe some
of the books that I have found most useful in relation to
specific problems, in a bid to make choosing the book for you a
bit easier!

For Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

My book of choice is “Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
– A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioral Techniques” by
David Veale and Rob Willson. This book is a clear and practical
step-by-step guide to regaining control of your OCD and your
life! The book contains a CBT approach that is specifically
aimed at OCD. This is very important since some CBT approaches
used to treat other problems such as anxiety and depression can
be unhelpful when applied to OCD. This book is applicable to OCD
in it’s varying forms, e.g. for those who experience pure
obsessions, for those who carry out internal mental rituals and
for those who display compulsive behaviours. What I like about
this book is that it is very frank and can help to show the
person with OCD that they need not be ashamed of the content of
their intrusive thoughts, images and urges. Some of the people I
work with using CBT in Edinburgh, have found that they need help
in applying the book from a therapist.

For Depression

I recommend “ The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression”
by William Knaus. This book combines Cognitive Behavioural
Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy and common sense
in an easy to follow format that includes practical exercises
that can help you find your way out of a depressive state. By
practicing the techniques presented in the book, you can learn
the skills to defeat depressive thinking. The book takes into
account all factors related to being depressed that can make any
action difficult and gives you tips on how to deal with
procrastination, lack of energy and motivation.

I also recommend “The Mindful way Through Depression – Freeing
Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness” by Williams, Teasdale, Segal
and Zinn. Mindfulness is a technique that has its origins in
Buddhism but that is used without any religious connotations
within the field of cognitive therapy to help people learn to
break the cycle of mental habits such as rumination and
self-blame which perpetuate depression. Mindfulness involves
disengaging from this type of mental activity. This book is
written in the format of a program and includes a CD to follow
of guided mindfulness meditation practices.

Mindfulness techniques are very useful for anxiety and OCD
disorders also.

For Anxiety and Stress

A useful book that I use with people seeking CBT therapy,
Edinburgh is “The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook” by Edmund Bourne.
This is a really comprehensive book that gives step-by-step
guidance in overcoming anxiety and covers various factors
including relaxation and meditation skills, exercise, coping
with panic, dealing with negative self-talk and irrational
beliefs, visualisation, self-esteem, medication, nutrition and
more.

Finally a book that it more general but useful for anxiety,
depression or stress is “Mind Over Mood - Change the Way you
Feel by Changing The Way You Think” by Greenberger and Padesky
This is a simple to follow book that really targets illogical
and irrational thinking styles that drive depression and
anxiety. It includes worksheets to follow.

Finally, its important to remember when considering a book to
begin self-help that like therapy, self-help books and the
exercises they direct you to do, must be practiced diligently
and consistently in order to work.

About the Author: Karen Hastings is a NHS experienced mental
health occupational therapist, Master NLP practitioner and
hypnotherapist. Karen uses CBT, NLP and hypnotherapy in
Edinburgh. visit http://www.karenhastings.co.uk

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What Does It Take To Be A Hero?

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What makes for a good superhero? Is it arachnid strength and the ability to cling to walls, webbing up the bad guys? Or is it having the resources of a billionaire working from a cave base of operations, using criminals' superstitious fears of a nocturnal animal against them? Or perhaps it's the ability to bend light and create impenetrable force fields with the power of the mind?

The answer goes much deeper, because what those three heroes represent are the noblest qualities of human nature - qualities that most of us can develop through following the example of Jesus Christ who is the greatest hero of all. So what is His example?  To love Him with all of your heart, all of your soul and all of your mind, and after that to love your neighbor as yourself.

For you see, qualities such as compassion, patience, understanding, fairness, justice, courage and determination given to us by God in order to endure hardships and to help others.

Each of these are developed and honed by experience, personal suffering and a willingness to become better human beings in the eyes of God. When you are willing to follow him then you will become a true hero.

Are you willing to allow Him to make a hero of you? 

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Four Ways Parents Can Learn How To Prevent Obesity In Their Children

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Joseph

Childhood obesity has become a national epidemic, affecting 17% of American adolescents. As these young people mature into obese adults, it will further strain the health and productivity of the nation. In this article, we'll look at some of the causes of childhood obesity and ways that parents can set examples for a healthy lifestyle.

 

Causes Of Childhood Obesity

Kids don't simply become fat overnight. The two most common causes of childhood obesity are physical inactivity and poor nutrition. Society plays a huge role in this problem. Advertisements aimed at young consumers is commonplace. The sponsors of children's television programs often feature sweetened cereal and fast food advertisements, placing particular emphasis on friendships that can develop from eating together.

In reality those commercials are playing on group psychology via the bandwagon effect - when most people are doing something you should, too. When young people are constantly presented with images of other adolescents eating high calorie foods they'll become convinced that what they're seeing as natural behavior. This problem becomes amplified when they see classmates and peers overeating.

Government health officials point to the fact that many public school children have access to high calorie foods; some common places are vending machines, sporting events and fundraisers. With a limited number of options available to them, it's easy to understand why they may overconsume high calorie foods.

Parental involvement can't be overlooked. Lots of fat kids have fat parents. Parents who don't monitor what they eat are going to have a very difficult time setting proper nutrition examples for their children. Children learn by example and often emulate the behavior of adults. Which brings us to the next and most important section: what can parents do about obesity?

 

What Parents Can Do To Prevent Childhood Obesity

Parents can make healthy lifestyle a family tradition. First and foremost they must take a pro-active approach to the problem. Here are some common examples:

  1. Talking with your child. Child psychiatrist Foster W. Cline suggests a love-logic approach wherein parents and children have a gentle, productive conversation about overeating. When families participate in meaningful dialogue they develop a greater appreciation for each other, the exercise also teaches problem solving skills that the child can use to make better decisions about eating. In my opinion, part of this dialogue should include helping your child to remember that they have value in the eyes of God and to take comfort in Him rather than food.
  2. Paying close attention to the foods your child is eating and advertising strategies. Older adolescents are often allowed to purchase some of their own food items. Nonetheless parents should pay attention to the foods their children buy, encouraging them to look for healthier alternatives. Likewise, they should point out to their children that TV commercials featuring young people eating high calorie foods will become sick if they overeat.
  3. Participating in family recreation events. Families that play together stay together. Families can choose physical activities that promote team work and cooperation. Football, flying disk toss, and baseball are just a few of the many sports activities that families can do together.
  4. Encourage positive thinking. Confident, happy people tend to be healthier than people whom are unhappy (read my article "Be Happy To Be Alive" for more information on this topic). Parents should encourage their children to see the good within themselves and to never use food as a crutch against their problems.

The obesity epidemic is not irreversible, parents and children can turn the tide when they make a commitment to do so.

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Article Reference

Obesity and Overweight for Professionals: Childhood | DNPAO |CDC http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/index.html

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What Are You Doing To Prevent Prostate Cancer?

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and I've got one question for you: what are you doing to lower your chances of developing the disease? For those of you who don't know where to start, take a look at this list of helpful links to resources and articles for tips on how to fight prostate cancer.

 

Prostate Cancer Government Resources Links

  1. "What You Need To Know About Prostate Cancer" is an easy- to -read online guide produced by the National Cancer Institute provides valuable information about the prostate as well as diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.
  2. "CDC Features - Prostate Cancer" is an online booklet from the Centers for Disease Control which provides an informative overview of this disease.
  3. "Prostate Cancer Screening: A Decision Guide" this guide from the CDC is designed to assist men who have questions about the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening.

 

Prostate Cancer Prevention Links

  1. "Hey Guys! Think You Know All The Facts About Prostate Cancer Symptoms? Think Again" provides valuable statistics about prostate cancer.
  2. "Fighting Prostate Cancer" discusses prevention tips.
  3. "Effects of Pomegranate Juice On Prostate Cancer" discusses the role that pomegranate juice may play in prostate cancer prevention.
  4. "Cruciferous Vegetables, Cancer Beater - a Real Cancer Prevention Diet" discusses the importance of a healthy diet for cancer prevention.
  5. "Prostate Cancer Research Funding and Male Vanity" challenges men to take prostate cancer seriously.

Knowledge is power. Once you're equipped with the facts you're in a much better position to make useful decisions about your health. Make good use of it.

 

1 The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

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