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Top 8 Facts About Skin Cancer
by. Dolvin ≈ September 27, 2008
Skin cancer is on the rise and is developing in younger people. The good thing is that many cases of skin cancer are preventable. All it takes is a being sun savvy and educated on our parts to prevent the disease.

These skin cancer facts are jaw dropping. It really shows how skin cancer can affect us all, directly or indirectly.

1. More than 90% of skin cancer is caused by sun exposure.
The UV rays of the sun are responsible for non-melanoma skin cancers. Unprotected exposure to these rays can be from being outdoors, tanning booths, and even through your car or home windows.

2. Each hour, 1 person dies from skin cancer.
About 2,800 people will die of non-melanoma skin cancer and about 8,000 will die of melanoma in the U.S. this year. The sad thing is that many of these deaths could have been prevented by simply protecting ones self from the sun.

3. Skin cancer accounts for more than 50% of all cancers combined.
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer among men and women.

4. More than one million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.
The American Cancer Society estimates that 1.5 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year.

5. Skin cancer is most deadly for African Americans, Asians, and Latinos.
Although the risk factor is rather low for African Americans, Asians, and Latinos, skin cancer can be the most deadly for these groups.

6. 1 in 3 Caucasians will be diagnosed with skin cancer sometime in their life.
1 in 5 Americans will be diagnosed in their lifetime with skin cancer. The risk factor is higher for Caucasians, with it being in 1 in 3.

7. One bad burn in childhood doubles the risk factor for melanoma later in life.
Protecting children against UV exposure is essential for skin health into adulthood. A blistering sun burn during childhood increases the risk of melanoma as an adult. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

8. Men are diagnosed with skin cancer more often than women.
According to the American Cancer Society, men are twice as likely to develop skin cancer over women. In fact, it is more common than prostate cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer in men over 50. This makes skin cancer the most common cancer in men over 50.

so, let's take care our skin...
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Lemon Water Benefits
by. Dolvin ≈ August 9, 2008
Lemon WaterWarm lemon water serves as the perfect good morning drink, as it aids the digestive system and makes the process of eliminating the waste products from the body easier. It prevents the problem of constipation and diarrhea from taking place, by ensuring smooth bowel functions. Read further to explore information about hot lemon water benefits…

Lemon is a vitamin C rich citrus fruit that enhances your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within and thus bringing a glow on your face. One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy. Lemon water flushes out body toxins and thus is extremely beneficial for the body.

Lemon, a fruit popular for its therapeutic properties, helps promote your immune system and thus, protects you from the clutches of most types of infections. It also plays the role of blood purifier. Lemon is a fabulous antiseptic bestowed on us by Mother Nature. Limewater juice works wonders for people having heart problem, owing to its high potassium content. So, make it a part of your daily routine to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning and then open your gateway to enjoy its health benefits.

The beauty of lemon water is that it is tasty, refreshing and best of all, alkalising. The lemon juice raises the alkalinity of the water so even with standard tap water you can make your drink pH neutral.

Apart from being an amazing body alkalizer/alkaliser, lemon water also gives the following health benefits:

- Lemons are antiseptic
- Lemon water has excellent digestive properties and can ease heartburn, bloating and other digestion problems
- Lemon water cleanses and stimulates the liver and kidneys
- Lemon juice contains calcium, magnesium and potassium
- Lemon juice has been known to relieve asthma
- Lemon water (hot) offers relief from cold and flu symptoms while providing - some much needed Vitamin C
- Lemon juice is a great skin cleanser

So let's start every single day with a glass of lovely lemon water! 
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10 yoga techniques to keep you cheerful
by. Dolvin ≈ June 4, 2008
There are many ways to reduce tension and relax.

Here are the ten stress relievers which are most effective for the amount of work and time involved. Some can be learned in the time it takes to read this page, while others take a little more practice, but there's something here for everyone!

1. Be optimistic: Remember situations are just what you make them to be. If you think you are sad and miserable, then that thinking makes it so. This is why maintaining a positive, cheerful and an optimistic outlook helps. What’s more, it can add years to life and life to years.

2. Take time to relax: In this paced, hectic world, it can be tough to pull over and relax.

However, try and make it a point to relax. It just might make your life a little happier and longer. Since it relieves stress, and tension – two things that take both a big toll on life – relaxation is a great way to keep you healthy physically, mentally and emotionally.

3. Eat wisely and well: It may sound incredible to some, what with junk food being cheaper and more convenient. However, come to think of it, eating wisely isn't all that tough.

All it takes is a little planning, discipline, and small portions when the stuff isn’t all that healthy.

4. Breathe properly: Deep breathing is one of the best and easiest stress relievers. It has tremendous benefits on the body, including oxygenating the blood that awakens the brain. In the process the muscles relax and the mind quietens down. Breathing exercises are so special because you can do them anywhere. They work so fast, so you can de-stress in a jiffy.

Yogic breathing techniques (Pranayama) are great to begin with.

5. Take time to meditate: Meditation helps build on deep breathing, and takes you one more step forward. Meditation sends your brain to an area of functioning very similar to sleep, with added benefits you don’t achieve in any other state. Further, the mental focus on nothingness helps keep your mind from working overtime, thereby decreasing your stress levels.

6. Get a massage: The sense of touch is closely linked to one’s state of mind. In fact, it is fundamental to one’s overall sense of well-being. Work on this area by getting a massage from a friend or a professional.

If neither is available, use a self-massager. It will work just as well in promoting blood circulation, releasing tension, and relaxing you more.

7. Listen to music: Music therapy has proven its bounteous benefits for all, including people with conditions like mild stress to terminal cancer. When dealing with stress, the right music actually lowers the blood pressure, relaxes the body and calms the mind.

8. Enjoy sex: Most of you already know perhaps that sex is a great tension reliever. However have you really thought of it as a stress-buster? You probably should.

There are immense physical benefits to sex and most of them work very well as stress relievers. Unfortunately, a lot of folks have less sex when their stress levels are high. Try to avoid this trap.

9. Laugh a little more: The phrase "Laughter is the best medicine" may sound like an old adage. However, like most old maxims, this one holds a lot of truth. In fact, research has proven that laughter is a natural medicine, with the ability to decrease stress-related, psychosomatic illnesses. Laughter also has many of the physical and mental benefits of yoga, making it feel like yogic training for the funny bone.

10. Quit smoking: You know smoking is bad for health, what with so many "No Smoking" signs evolving into more of a life saving appeal than just a simple suggestion. Remember, giving up can prolong your life, giving a further fillip to longevity. So take a deep breath and a strong decision to quit now.

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8 Don't do After Meals
by. Dolvin ≈ March 31, 2008
1. Don't smoke
Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher).

2. Don't eat fruits immediately
Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1hr before meal.

3. Don't drink tea
Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the Protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest.

4. Don't loosen your belt
Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted & blocked.

5. Don't bathe
Bathing will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.

6. Don't walk about
People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actual fact this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.

7. Don't sleep immediately
The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine.

8. Don't drink cold water
Cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer.
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Hugs for your Health
by. Dolvin ≈ January 16, 2008
Cat HugHugs certainly feel good, both on the giving and receiving end, and it turns out their effects are more than skin deep. A study by University of North Carolina researchers found that hugs increase the "bonding" hormone oxytocin and decrease the risk of heart disease.

In fact, when couples hugged for 20 seconds, their levels of oxytocin, released during childbirth and breastfeeding, increased. Those in loving relationships had the highest increases.

Meanwhile, levels of the stress hormone cortisol decreased in women, as did their blood pressure. Said lead researcher and psychologist Dr. Karen Grewen, "Greater partner support is linked to higher oxytocin levels for both men and women. However, the importance of oxytocin and its potentially cardioprotective effects may be greater for women."

Hugging for Your Heart

"Scientists are increasingly interested in the possibility that positive emotions can be good for your health. This study has reinforced research findings that support from a partner, in this case a hug from a loved one, can have beneficial effects on heart health," said Dr. Charmaine Griffiths, spokesperson for the British Heart Foundation.

Indeed, a previous study, also led by Grewen, found that hugging and handholding reduces the effects of stress. Two groups of couples were asked to talk about an angry event, but one group had previously held hands and hugged, while the others sat alone. It was found that:

  • Blood pressure increased significantly more among the no-contact group as compared to the huggers.
  • Heart rate among those without contact increased 10 beats a minute, compared to five beats a minute for huggers.
What's more, Grewen suggests that warm contact such as hugs and hand-holding before the start of a rough day "could carry over and protect you throughout the day."

Time to Get, and Give, More Hugs

"U.S. couples aren't very touchy feely in public," says Tiffany Field of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School. This is a shame as touch also releases two feel-good brain chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.

Yet, according to Field's studies of U.S. and Parisian cafes, French couples spend three times more time touching than American couples.

So what are we waiting for? Grab your partner, friend or family member and give them a hug today.

Source from SixWise.Com (How Hugs are Proven to Help Your Health)
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