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8 Tips on How To Meditate At Home

If you prepare well before meditation, you can get the most out of your meditation. In case you don't know, you can meditate at home. If you have no idea as to how to go about doing it, here are some tips for you. Read on.

Choose The Right Time

Basically, meditation is the time that you want to spend in order to focus and relax yourself. So, you should choose a time of the day when no one will disturb you and you can enjoy your time. Ideally, we suggest that you choose sunrise or sunset for this purpose. During these hours, the noise level is very low and everything is fresh.

Choose The Right Place

Once you have chosen the right time, your next step is to choose a location where no one will disturb you. As a matter of fact, peaceful places make the meditation a lot more relaxing and enjoyable experience. If you have a yard in your house, you may go over there to spend a few minutes and do your meditation.

Choose the Right Posture

Once you have chosen a quiet place, your next move is t…

Is Anti-Aging Actually Possible?

If you believe the news reports then we are only a moment away from an anti- aging pill.

Sadly there are a few problems with these reports.

1. They are wrong. Most news agencies will run a story on a mere sniff of a story, and most medical news is years away from reality.

2. Aging isn't seen as a disease and so doesn't attract the interest of governments and funding. A proper disease can attract corporate and public sponsorship.

3. There isn't even a fixed understanding of exactly what causes aging. If we look at the term anti-aging, we could say that it's something that is against aging or bringing some Latin into the understanding, something that comes before aging.

At this point we can see the consequences of aging much more easily than the causes.

The easiest way to think about aging is by looking at the things which we do know contribute to the breakdown in human bodies.

4. Excess sun exposure causes collagen confusion in your skin resulting in the thick heavy wrinkled …

Quitting Smoking - Are You Ready For The Smoking Police?

I notice media stories about smoking but this one really stands out. In China they have made smoking illegal in some cities in office buildings. To police this, keen anti smoker volunteers with government authority come into businesses and fine smokers about $70.

The article was comical, because there were smokers lining the stair wells and corridors and they scattered as the inspectors arrived.

In Australia this wouldn't be accepted and such volunteers would need to be very brave indeed.

But of course there are many sanctioned restrictions for smokers and these are likely to increase, but I doubt we will see smoking inspectors hanging around restaurants with a tape measure waiting to pounce if they are a few millimetres to close to the diners.

On one level this is funny, but the reality is there is nothing funny about living your life as a social pariah.

You may not see yourself this way, but I live in a busy restaurant area of Brisbane and I observe smokers and those who observe the…

Contact Lens Instructions Before LASIK Surgery

Do I need to take a break from contacts before LASIK eye surgery?

So, you have finally decided to take the leap and be evaluated for LASIK surgery. Before LASIK instructions often generate common questions. Likely, if you are a contact lens wearer, one of those questions is "do I need to take a break from my contacts before LASIK surgery?" The surgeon has one goal in mind and that is delivering every patient a long lasting optimal result and an outstanding patient experience. To do that, your surgeon does ask that you take a break from contacts both prior to the consultation and before LASIK surgery.

Here's why: Contact lenses come in contact with the clear front surface of your eye known as the cornea. They stay in place because they hold themselves onto the cornea like a miniature suction cup,so you can imagine that over time this little suction cup can distort the natural shape of the cornea. The amount of distortion varies from person to person. However, even the most…

Gynecomastia - Reduce Man Boobs With Vaser Lipo Treatment

Gynecomastia is a medical health condition, usually caused by an imbalance between the sex hormones; testosterone and oestrogen. All men produce some oestrogen, which causes the breasts to grow, however, they usually have higher levels of testosterone, which stops the oestrogen from causing breast tissue to grow. Gynecomastia occurs when men have either an abnormally low-level of testosterone in their body, or too much oestrogen.

However hormone imbalance isn't the only culprit. Obesity, taking steroids, congenital abnormalities and rising levels of hormones during puberty can also enlarge the male chest area. Man boobs don't affect a man's health, and are therefore treated as a superficial condition, but that's not to say that the men who have them don't suffer psychological effects.

A number of choices are available to try to lose man boobs:

Exercise - It's possible that mild cases of gynecomastia might be helped by certain exercises and workouts that are speci…

What Healthcare Can Learn From CrossFit

From humble roots in Santa Cruz, CA, CrossFit has become a national (and now international) phenomenon with not only a viral spread of some 13,000 CrossFit "boxes" across the country, but also dozens of blogs dedicated to the movement, an army of loyal fans, and even a televised international Olympics-style games.

At the same time, medicine is having to undergo a seismic shift from being solely focused on disease management to the completely new task of health creation and prevention. This new endeavor requires a different set of skills, and here are my top four things that medicine can learn from CrossFit about health creation.

Community is powerful - and scalable.

CrossFit is delivered in a group format that not only allows one instructor to train many people simultaneously, but also draws on the power of the group to provide peer to peer encouragement, support and accountability.

To access these three powerful forces in medicine, more and more doctors are using a group visit…

How Social Media Can Invigorate Medical Conferences

From the very outset of the American College of Cardiology meeting, the hashtag #ACC16 began trending. Analytics from #ACC16 demonstrated that by the event's end, there were nearly 3600 individual tweets, 35 million individual impressions, and roughly 1500 members participating via social media platforms such as Twitter. In other words, it's quite clear that the ACC has embraced the digital space. And that's as it should be. As cardiologists we are innovators and social media and digital engagement should be no exception. What follows is a look at how, in reflection of this, the ACC has folded this experience into its fabric.

There was an average of 155 tweets per hour and many participants "live tweeted" during important presentations such as the late-breaking clinical trials sessions each day. Leadership in digital engagement was spread among individual attendees, Twitter feeds from the college itself, and feeds from institutions such as the Mayo and Cleveland …

Slipped Disc Treatments Without Surgery

Slipped Disc medically known as herniated disc, protruded disc, prolapsed disc, extruded disc or fragmented disc is a health condition that has haunted sufferers for centuries. Traditionally, most sufferers get prescription medication, injections, and even surgery. Some seek treatment from chiropractors or Physical Therapists (Physiotherapists). However, the vast majority of patients find little to no long-term benefits from the traditional medical methods, chiropractic or physiotherapy (physical therapy). As a result, most undergo one or more surgical interventions!

The current surgical and non-operative methods of slipped disc treatment are flawed. These failures are all too evident on the rise in the numbers of spine surgeries as well as the increase in botched up surgical interventions. So, both surgical and non-surgical interventions have failed many that sought effective treatment options. The need for corrective care is greater than ever!

Failures are often due to the skills, kn…

How to Move Through Life Transitions

Life transitions have inner and outer manifestations. They often begin internally, without us really noticing. The "transition energy" becomes stronger and stronger until it surfaces into consciousness, and then it wants to be brought into the world, into our lives with others. Often, parts of life transitions are no fun at all, while other parts are pretty exciting. You could say that something new is starting to happen; that it's on its way. It's not even that we "choose" something new; we just sense it coming in. Like a new curve in the river of life.

First Phase: Drop in Energy

You've been in a relationship for a while, or a job or profession. For a long time, it felt right; there was energy in it. As always happens, we learn, we grow, we change. Sometimes the relationship or job/profession allows the change, grows along with us. Sometimes, it doesn't. So you notice you're a bit bored, or it's easier to get irritated, or you're feelin…

Best Ways to Lose Weight Within a Very Short Time

Weight loss has been a topic widely discussed across many spheres and as is the concern of many it should be a topic to worry about. Many researchers have speculated a rise in the number of people who are going to become obese and this is attributed to eating patterns that are assumed at an early age. We are going to go through a step by step process to weed away the excess weight and ways on how to prevent being overweight.

Now that we are on the same page I would like to share with you the process of losing weight within a very short time.

Change of Diet
I know at this point in time you could be wondering how and when I should change my diet. My answer would be to start immediately you start reading this article. It isn't easy to start off immediately but the earlier the better. Eat healthy foods that are not rich in fat, cut out on the sugar and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. In case this does not work for the long-term a doctor's prescription would be the best solution.

Weight Loss and Sugar

We all LOVE our food. How can we not, when we walk past the local bakers and we see the chocolate eclairs oozing with whipped cream and glistening with chocolate sauce?

Going Sugar Free at first can be difficult, but I honestly do not believe it is as difficult as going cold turkey on food in general. I mean, most people when they want to lose weight do one thing, they cut the calories. OK, so you start to lose a few pounds and you feel good, then come Friday night, you want a few glasses of wine or a bottle of beer and you're back to where you started.

It's OK, I hear you say, you will start Monday.

How many Monday's have you been wanting to start that diet?

We have ALL been there.

We need to eat, we do not need to count calories, we need to stop weighing ourselves and we need to just think properly. A sugar free diet does not mean you have starve. You can still eat the same foods, but just without the sugar.

So let's sit and think.

What do we love to eat on a Friday…

3 Reasons Why Sugar Isn't The Energy Food You May Think It Is

Most people are used to having a sugar hit to give them a boost, usually mid-morning or mid-afternoon. Muffins, chocolate cookies or chocolate are popular choices and often boosted with a coffee.

It is true that a spike in blood sugar will give your brain a quick jolt or act as a fast fuel for your muscles. Cyclists who do serious distance often eat jelly beans as they approach a steep long hill.

However there are three problems with energy and sugar.



The spike in blood sugar will be auto-corrected by insulin pulling the excess glucose into your fat cells for safe long term storage as fat, just waiting to be released when the next famine hits your neighborhood, or not as the case usually is.

Stick with me this takes a little longer. Back in the 1970's and 80's red meat was getting a lot of bad press and one of the reasons was it was blamed on creating excess uric acid in the blood, which can cause inflammation and kidney stones.

But as red meat consumption was reduced in the subse…

Your Weight Loss Cheat Sheet

On your journey to the perfect body, your diet will make up most of your efforts. In fact, your diet will be about 75% of all effort that you put in! That is why it is so important to make the correct decisions on your diet.

Feel welcome to use this list as a cheat sheet for making healthier decisions. All food plays a part in your weight loss but those listed at the top will be of least importance and those listed at the bottom will be the most important.

Sweets

This group includes anything that has sugar such as candies, cakes, cookies, pies, doughnuts and other desserts. You don't have to cut this food group out altogether on your weight loss journey, as long as you keep the portions small. Foods in this group are often high in calories and low in nutrients so limit your intake to about 80 calories a day or about 560 calories a week.

Fats

The truth is that some fats are good for you, while others are really bad for you! Try avoiding fats such as saturated fats and trans-fats as the…

Healthy Habits - Know the Biological Reasons

You Know Habits are hard to break right? That's why the sooner in life we build good, healthy habits, the easier it is to keep them and stay as healthy as possible. And when good habits are in place, it's easier to resist bad ones. In this article, you will study about the biological reasons behind the habits that we all have.

Eating
 Hunger is analyzed by three different components


Biological

Learned

Cognitive

Biological
Stomach Contraction Theory - This was given by Cannon and Washburn. It states that we are hungry when our stomach contracts.

Washburn trained himself to swallow a balloon which was attached to a tube then the balloon was inflated inside of his stomach. When the balloon was inflated he did not feel hungry. Later this theory was opposed by fact that people whose stomachs were removed still felt hungry.

Glucose Theory - It states that we feel hungry when our blood glucose level is low.

Insulin Theory - It states that we feel hungry when our insulin level increases sudden…

Measuring Depression With Non-Invasive Imaging of New Brain Cells

Modern medical science has proved many old notions wrong. Our belief that the adult brain cannot grow new neurons, is one of them. Researchers now have proved that the stem cells, present in our brains can generate new neurons and the use of Prozac or any other anti-depressant drug may help in neurogenesis (the growth of new nervous tissue). The discovery has also led to new insights like how an adult brain functions and what it might take to treat brain-related conditions such as depression.

RIKEN institute researchers have developed a new and non-invasive technique to detect the generation of new neurons from the stem cells in the brain. Measuring new brain cells non-invasively was, however, a challenging process. Both the Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the positron emission tomography (PET) scanning are risky and difficult to conduct and the signals, received are also non-definitive. However, the RIKEN team has come up with the solution by adding proteins in the PET signals.

T…