Makeup Styles for Every Occasion

You will find many different makeup styles in the media and the world at large.

Whether you’re going to a big party or the grocery store, there is a makeup style out there that is perfect for your lifestyle.

Here is some information about popular styles to choose from so you can select the one that is best for you.

Natural Makeup

This style is made for women who just want their makeup to provide a light facial enhancement. Rather than transforming the way you look, the natural approach involves simple changes in the way your skin, eyes, and mouth look on their own. The colors here are similar to the ones that are already existent on the face, but adding them can still make a difference.

Evening Makeup

If you are planning on wearing evening makeup, you already know that bold and sexy is the way to go. While natural makeup is great for everyday looks, sometimes it needs a little flirt and pizazz. That’s where the nighttime makeup styles can come into play.

Prom Makeup

Prom makeup has a tendency to be more elaborate than many other forms of makeup because prom is supposed to be a night where teens stand out from one another. The fancy dresses and up-do’s require some bold makeup to make everything flow well. Fake lashes, thick mascara, and dark eye shadow can be pretty popular for this makeup style.

Bridal Makeup

Bridal makeup is usually pretty soft and natural to mimic the soft sophistication of the bride’s dress. While some brides will still go for bold looks with their eye makeup, most go for natural colors and then enhance them with fake eyelashes. During a wedding though, most brides just want their natural beauty to shine through.

Gothic Makeup

Gothic makeup is one of the most extreme styles of makeup you could come across. This is usually full of dark eye shadows, eye liners, lipsticks, and more, all of which pair well with the dark clothing gothic people tend to wear. It is safe to say that gothic makeup is not made for everyone, but it could be right for you.

Anti Aging Makeup

In the battle against aging, you can actually use the kind of makeup to wear to help you look and feel younger. Many makeup products out there actually contain chemicals that are meant to help older skin, and these products likely will reduce wrinkles and the appearance of them as a person wears that. If you are worried about looking too old or you think that signs of aging are forming on your body, you can use that to counteract the trends.

Celebrity Makeup

Celebrities are usually on the cutting edge of makeup styles. Access to the hottest designers and stylists and constant exposure to cameras and paparazzi has made most celebrities place makeup high on their list of priorities. Find out what these fashion leaders are wearing on their faces these days.

Airbrush Makeup

Airbrush makeup is any makeup that is applied with an airbrush rather than with the traditional tools that you might associate with makeup application. Instead of using your fingers, brushes, or sponges, you instead have a professional spray gun to give you more even, precise, and flawless coverage. Airbrushing is easy to remove, long-lasting and is hygienic.

Permanent Makeup

Also known as cosmetic tattooing, permanent makeup has become hotter and hotter over the past few years. It used to be used as a technique mainly by models, actresses, or others in the entertainment business who wanted to shave lengthy hours sitting in the makeup chair. However, more and more women are learning that they too can shave off this time in front of their mirrors.

Mineral Makeup

Although mineral makeup has been around since the 1970s, it has really taken off in popularity in the past few years. There are many different reasons to look into using mineral based makeup, including the fact that it is less likely to clog pores, and might actually improve skin health with regular use, since you are applying nutrients and minerals directly to the face. It’s loved because it is light, natural, and gives a long-lasting glow that can be seen all day, so you don’t have to keep reapplying it over and over again like you might with regular pressed powder.



Do I Need $1 Million To Retire Comfortably?

Question: Do I need $1 million to retire comfortably?

Answer: Imagine a world free of alarm clocks, bosses, long commutes, office politics and limited vacation time. Wouldn’t it be nice to call the shots, spend more time with your family and friends, doing only those things that you’re passionate about? You can have that life today and you don’t need $1 million!

While accumulating a seven figure portfolio is a goal for many baby boomers, it isn’t the end all be all. It really all depends on the kind of lifestyle you desire. Unfortunately, people are always coming to me and wanting to make retirement lifestyle choices and decisions based upon their age, their income or the size of their portfolio. This is a gigantic mistake! Instead, you really need to make lifestyle decisions based upon what you really want to do, regardless of your age, income, and the size of your portfolio.

Let me ask you: if money and health were no issue, how would you spend your time? If money wasn’t an issue, would you continue doing what you’re doing? What types of activities would you participate in that you’re not now? Who would you participate with? What is your greatest passion? If you’re not doing this, what is holding you back?

I’m a firm believer that your life should be about playing and fun. The activities you participate in, including your work, should provide satisfaction and fulfillment. More importantly, the work and activities you participate in should be things you’re passionate about and things that energize you! Having $1 million or more is nice, but it isn’t a necessity.

Bill’s Bottom-line: Your happiness is a currency more valuable than money.

© 2007 Bill Losey, CFP®, CSA



Are Bose 601 Speakers Really the Best?

For anyone who loves music and crisp, clear sound, the name Bose probably means much more than “speaker company”. In fact, Bose has long been known to produce the best speakers on the market. The revolutionary technology that Bose speakers use started in their 601 series, and more than 20 years later that product still stands up against some of the best sound engineering in the world. But are they really the best speakers ever? Well, the short answer is yes, and no.

In 1982 when they were first released to the market, Bose 601 speakers were cutting edge technology, providing the most crystal clear sound and smooth base available. While the series is discontinued, the quality of these speakers puts most widely available brands to shame. Their durability is unquestionable, with many of the original models still in perfect working order. And although they are highly sought after, there are many places online where you can bid on or purchase these beautiful vintage models. The directional technology incorporated into these speakers means that they will stand up against much of today’s competition. And with the crystal clear sound, durability, and revolutionary sound disbursement features, these were a truly unique offering in the marketplace.

However, there are some down-sides to the Bose 601 series speakers. First, this system will require a quality amplifier to work properly. You’ll never be able to hear the full potential of these speakers without it. Second, if you plan on using these speakers with a surround sound system, you’ll need to purchase other Bose products to make it work, including the VSC-10 center channel, and a pair of Bose 161 speakers. Third, some say that while the cases were very attractive and modern in 1982, they light cherry or graphite grey finishes don’t work as well with today’s home décor, so you may need to paint the cabinets to suit your taste. Finally, while they are widely available online at auction sites like eBay, they are still not “common” and therefore can be a bit pricey, when you add in shipping costs and any fees (if you are importing them to or from another country.

All in all, if you can find a set of Bose601 Series speakers, you might go through a little bit more trouble to find them than just going to your local electronics store – but the reason for their lasting popularity will be obvious the minute you switch on the power!



The Phoenix Lifestyle

What can really be said about the Phoenix  Lifestyle  that has not been the focus of a travel television program or the feature in a vacation magazine? It is the simple truth that Phoenix is one of the premier destinations in North America. Several elements have contributed to Phoenix’s popularity, but none more so than the weather and the climate. With over 300 days a year of sun and minimal rainfall, Phoenix enjoys fantastic weather year-round. This has created the perfect environment for a wide variety of outdoor pursuits and Phoenix is famous for the recreational options that are available in both the city and surrounding areas.

One of the most popular activities in Phoenix is golf, and there are more than just a few courses to choose from. No matter what your skill level is, Phoenix has a course that will be perfect for you. Numerous public and private courses, in tandem with beautiful resorts have created a green oasis of sporting pleasure in the middle of the vast Sonoran Desert. This area is also one of the most popular areas for the new trend of “adult oriented resort communities.” These amazing housing choices feature a remarkable number of highly desirable amenities and facilities. Many of the current projects feature their own private golf courses, tennis courts, full workout facilities, shopping centers and just about every other necessity of life; and a few things that aren’t so necessary but nice to have just the same. Many of these communities are age restricted, but there are also a number that are tailor made for families and young couples or singles. The real estate market in Phoenix is thriving as this is a wonderful place in which to live.

Its hard to find time to be bored in Phoenix. With such an impressive array of interesting cultural attractions, sport and recreational activities, and shopping and entertainment to take in, your time will always be at a premium. Also take into account that the natural landscape of the Phoenix area has created a stunning backdrop for this city that is worth exploring. The scenic Sonoran Desert is full of places to hike and climb, just be sure to take enough water! If you are in the mood to take in some history, there are a few Old West attractions, and a great selection of Native American cultural attractions that teach residents and visitors about the diverse and long standing Native culture. The Old West attractions include spots like Old Tucson Studios where many of Hollywood’s most famous westerns were shot. from classics like John Wayne’s Rio Bravo to current favorites such as Tombstone. This area is simply alive with culture and intrigue.



Health Celebrates Life – Gaining An Edge On Age

This special piece of content is devoted to youthful aging, meaning how to be as alert and able during the second half of life as during the first. There has never been a time like this in science, when so many brilliant minds are working to unravel the mysteries of why our biological clocks wind down and what can be done to slow that decline. In the following paragraphs I bring you a report from the front lines of Aging Research, with tips from the experts on what you can do today to put more in life in your future years. What better way for Health to celebrate its own Longevity than to start you on the Road to Rejuvenation!

Consider Two Established Numbers: The Life Span of our species, the maximum time any human can stay alive, has been estimated at 115 years. Our Life Expectancy, the average length of time Americans really live, is only 75 years. The distinction is important because people generally believe that life span has increased dramatically throughout history, when it hasn’t. Great Strides have been made in life expectancy, however. During the Roman Empire, life expectancy was a mere 22 years. But life span then was pretty much what it is today – somewhere around 115 years.

Life expectancy has continued to increase because we have eliminated or learned to treat so many fatal childhood ailments and because we now cope so much better with infectious diseases. But the ancients who made it past these roadblocks had as good a chance as we moderns of inching towards 115 – and as little chance of going beyond.

While scientists work feverishly to increase longevity, much of the public is ambivalent. To many, longer life means additional decrepitude. Dr. Roy Walford, Professor of Pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine and a leading expert in dietary restriction, is well aware of this prejudice. “People are afraid of increasing life span because they think it means just adding old years onto old. But we’re talking about keeping people younger longer.” Indeed, the goal of longevity research is to extend youthfulness as well as life itself.

But it may not be turning out that way. That’s the view of Dr. Jacob Brody, an epidemiologist who is Dean of the School of Public Health at The University of Illinois in Chicago. Brody comes at you with scary statistics. “Today in Sweden,” he says, “Only 18 percent of all deaths occur in those under 65 years old. That will be true throughout the rest of the developed world by coming decade.” Good news? Not really, says Brody. “Dying will occur later and later, that will give people time to get nonfatal, age dependent diseases.” What we should strive for, according to Brody, is “Active Life Expectancy – years one lives free of any illness and at full function.” Right now, he claims, for every four months tacked onto human life expectancy, only one month will be lived independently at full function.

Brody points out that though we’ve added 25 years to the life expectancy of women in this century, the age of menopause hasn’t been affected. He suggests a two-pronged approach to postponing nonfatal, Age-dependent Conditions: Studying the effects of behavior change, such as regular exercise and a healthy diet, against these conditions; and more basic research to answer questions such as, why do people’s eyes begin to deteriorate at age 40?

Aging is a basic mechanism that brings our species to its knees. If you don’t think this piece of content applies to you because you’re too young – well, if you’re old enough to read health articles, you’re probably already aging. Some scientists say we begin to age soon after puberty. Edward L/ Schneider, Director of the Buck Center for Research in Aging, a privately supported center has a more radical view. “Aging starts somewhere around conception,” he likes to say. Whenever it starts, aging is a problem for more than the elderly. Now for the good news, we’re starting to make headway.

WINDING DOWN

Do Our Bodies Wear Out, Or Are Our Genes Preset To Self-Destruct?

While a breakthrough drug or therapy to extend life remains a far-off fantasy, scientists are making headway tracking down clues to another mystery: Why do we age? What is it that builds up, goes awry or is depleted, causing the changes in physiology that we interpret as aging?

It is unlikely that these researchers will stumble on some magical potion or secret of perpetual youth, but they may make discoveries that will allow our biological functions to run more efficiently and avoid breakdowns. Their findings may slow some aging processes.

Scientists from the Soviet Union to California are testing various theories, taking care to separate what is cause and what is merely effect. Some of the so-called causes of aging put forth by researchers today may turn out to be only superficial signs of a more important mechanism tomorrow. It would be silly, for instance, to say that gray hair causes aging. Someday, when more is known about the processes of senescence, the following ideas may be absurd

The Tired Refrigerator Hypothesis

Scientists prefer to call this the “stochastic” theory. A more dignified name, but essentially this hypothesis holds that our bodies are like any major appliance and they wear out. (A stochastic system is a random system, one that breaks down by chance, like an old refrigerator.) This very popular theory comes in many forms and is easy for the layperson to grasp: The body is like a Volkswagen; the clutch goes, the head gasket warps and eventually it dies in a pool of oil. There’s only one problem: Human beings are neither appliances nor automobiles. On the positive side, we have cells that replicate and refrigerators do not. On the negative side, sure, cars wear out, but we can intervene quite effectively to extend their maximum life spans, something we can’t do with humans. The average life expectancy of an automobile is somewhere around eight years or 100,000 miles. Yet my neighbor has a ’32 Ford in mint condition that runs like a top. All it takes is perfect maintenance. A 1932 Ford on the road today is equivalent to a 534-year-old human, since it has exceeded life expectancy for its species by more than seven rimes.

Clock Of Aging Theory

A much more intriguing, and more modern, concept is that there’s a genetic program somewhere in the body that dictates how fast (and in what manner) each of us will age and die. It has yet to be found, but some researchers speculate that this DNA clock might be contained in each cell, perhaps in a supergene, while others believe it resides in the brain. In fact, people have been aging and dying like clockwork for many millennia, so it’s not too farfetched to believe that a hard-wired mechanism controls this genetic process.

Error Catastrophe

This theory takes many forms, but it’s basically a cross between the stochastic and clock of aging concepts. The basic idea is that the genetic code that controls the production of the cells’ proteins goes awry. There are two ways of looking at this: Either wear and tear damages the genetic machinery and causes these errors (stochastic theory) or, for some reason, the “errors” are built in to the gentic code (the clock of aging theory).

The error catastrophe theory has been “pretty much demolished,” according to Dr. Robert N. Butler, Brookdale professor of geriatrics at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, as old cells now appear to do as well as young cells when it comes to protein production. It was a very useful theory for many years, however, as it spurred scientists to study the whole area of proteins and genetic error.

The Smudged Xerox Hypothesis

This one was dreamed up by the noted gerontologist Alex Comfort, better known for his book The Joy of Sex (Pocket Books, 1987). Think of it in this way: Take a page of Health magazine and photocopy it. Then photocopy your photocopy. Now make a photocopy of the second photocopy, and so on. By the 50th copy, you will have a blurry mess. Likewise with cells, says Comfort. Every time they replicate, the new copy of DNA gets more and more smudged. Comfort reportedly has since pulled away from this notion, which in fact is a variation on error catastrophe.

The Autoimmune Hypothesis

When the immune system rebels, responses may be as trivial as hay fever, as painful as rheumatoid arthritis or as deadly as lupus. In this theory, aging and death are part of one, big autoimmune disease, in which the immune system becomes confused and starts attacking the body’s own cells.

Suite Genes

A person’s fate depends on whole families, or “suites,” of genes, say some experts. “Unless all members are perfect, you won’t live as long or as well as you should,” says Joan Smith-Sonneborn, who chairs the program on aging and human development at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Smith-Sonneborn’s experiments show that there may be a way to clean up accumulated DNA damage in imperfect genes. Many years ago, she made a landmark discovery in aging research when she bombarded single-cell organisms called paramecia with ultraviolet light, then shoved them under black light. The dark was known to trigger an enzyme that repaired the DNA damage caused by sunlight. What Smith-Sonneborn discovered was that these paramecia lived 50 percent longer than untreated paramecia did.

Free Radicals

It’s the trendiest idea around, but in reality, the free-radical theory is simply an elegant variation on the stochastic theory. Namely, there are chemical agents called free radicals that wear down our bodies.

The Glycation Hypothesis

Another hot theory holds that blood sugar interacts with proteins manufactured by the body’s cells and distorts the genetic information. Furthering this notion is the fact that diabetics who have difficulty metabolizing sugars often contract age-related diseases such as cataracts and atherosclerosis while they are still relatively young. Edward J. Masoro of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio recently found that long-lived rats in dietary-restriction experiments have low blood glucose, thus bolstering the glycation (from the word glucose) hypothesis even more.

The Death Hormone

Let’s finish up with a fun theory. It goes something like this: There’s one part of us that lives forever – DNA, the master molecule of heredity. Human DNA doesn’t want to die, so it keeps the species alive as best it can and is passed from generation to generation.

Individuals, however, are expendable. Because a species must mutate or change to keep pace with a changing environment, and because this evolution is slow, it’s in that species’ best interests to turn over generations as quickly as possible so that favorable mutations will show up in the gene pool.

This is the thinking behind the rather wild theory that there is a “death hormone,” a substance, possibly secreted by the pituitary gland, which ages us and eventually kills us. For if we lived too long, we would hold up the process of evolution.

WANTED: 40 MORE YEARS

Alongside researchers working to untangle the mystery of why we age are practical-minded scientists concentrating on how to interfere with those processes under scrutiny. Two promising life-extenders involve food: on the one hand, eating more of certain substances to “clean up” cellular breakdown; on the other, eating less to prolong life.

The Starvation Principle

It’s the only method that actually increases life span (presently it stands at 115), and it has worked every time it has been tried in the past 60 years. It’s called dietary restriction, and it means dieting each day of one’s life. Oh yes, and there’s a catch: We don’t know yet whether it works on humans.

Take a mouse, as gerontologist Roy Walford of the University of California, Los Angeles, had done many times, and gave it about half the food a mouse usually eats. Then wait. By 36 months, a normally fed mouse will be dead, for that’s the maximum life span of the species. But the dieting mouse will keep on going… and going, until 54 months. We’re talking about increased life span, not just life expectancy. Normally mice in the best health under the best of conditions can’t break 36 months, but the under-fed rodents live on average, 50 percent longer.

Ronald W. Hart had the most ambitious study of dietary restriction. Leaving nothing to chance, he had nearly 200,000 lab animals in life-extending experiments at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkanas. Of these, 25,000 mice were living on a diet that’s about 60 percent the normal ration of lab chow – though it’s fortified to provide the same vitamins and minerals. About 95 percent of the restricted mice live 35 months or longer. Only 25 percent of the controlled mice make it that far. Said Hart, “We see no cancer in restricted mice [at the 35-month period].

“What’s interesting,” he continued, “is that any layperson can tell the difference between the restricted animals and those on the ‘buffet’ diet. The former are the happiest centenarians – in the mouse sense – I’ve ever seen. The ones on the buffet are either limping or dead.”

Why Does Caloric Restriction Work?

No one knows, though many theories exist. Some researchers maintain that it simply wards off disease because the organism takes in fewer toxins. Others suspect it reduces the number of free radicals or increases the number of enzymes and nutrients that scavenge on free radicals. Walford said it might influence biomarkers of aging in the immune system or increase the DNA repair capacity of cells.

The more immediate, and unanswered, question is whether dietary restriction increases life span in people. No one has yet done such a scientific study, but there is anecdotal evidence.

The Japanese island of Okinawa, for example, is a de facto dietary-restriction experiment in that Okinawans eat from 20 to 40 percent less food than other Japanese, a people not known for stuffing themselves. The result: Okinawa boats about 20 times the number of centenarians found in the rest of the world.

Extrapolating from the animal data, Walford believed we could increase our life span to 170 or 180 years if we ate like his lab animals. In fact, he found the evidence so compelling, he ate like a mouse himself. At 65, he took in a mere 1,650 calories per day, even though he regularly jog, swim and pump iron.

If you want to try this yourself, Walford recommended you first determine your “setpoint,” what you weigh when you’re neither overeating nor undereating. For most people, that’s what you weighed in your 20s, assuming you weren’t too fat or skinny. Once you’ve established that, lose weight very gradually, taking as long as four to six years to reduce it to 10 to 25 percent below setpoint (rapid weight loss is dangerous). Walford weighed 155 pounds from age 20 until 60. Next 5 years i.e. until 65, he shed 20 pounds and expected to break the 115-year barrier.

Incidentally, don’t expect to live to 180 by starting dietary restriction now, said Walford, because that life span is based on beginning the regimen shortly after weaning. In fact, Walford would recommend against putting children on the diet because it could retard their growth. However, even if begun after adolescence, one could still expect to boost life span to age 140 or thereabouts. (For more on dietary restriction, you can refer Walford’s The 120-Year Diet.)

Lean Dangers: Another pioneer in the field of dietary restriction, Edward J. Masoro, former chairperson of the department of physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, had misgivings about the technique. “I have no problem with Roy’s regimen,” he said, “but I don’t think the layman is in a position to set his own regimen. People can take the diet to extremes, and it could do great damage.”

On the other hand, Hart thought that a lifetime of dietary restriction is considerably safer than most short-term diets. “Roy’s diet is well thought-out and well balanced,” he said, “though it’s more severe than I think is necessary.”

Actually, an unexpected danger was revealed by Hart’s experiments at NCTR, where lab animals are monitored around the clock. At certain times during the day, the mice’s body temperatures drop several degrees, and, unable to shiver or otherwise respond to cold temperatures because their dieting robs them of the fuel their muscles need, the animals suddenly die. Does that mean dietary restriction should only be followed by Los Angelinos such as Walford (who favors sabbaticals in India or tropical jungles) and avoided by those in colder climes? Not really, said Hart: “One of the nice things about being human is that you can put on clothes.” He also notes that restricted animals survive heat stress better than normal rodents do.

Interestingly, the temperature-dropping aspect may turn out to be the most valuable piece of evidence ever uncovered on the subject. Perhaps, NCTR researchers are telling themselves, it isn’t the diet but the colder body temperature brought on by the diet that makes the mice beyond the 36-month limit. Indeed, this works for some animals – when their body temperatures cool down significantly, their life span increase.

Similarly, Hart’s mice often drop into a torpor state in their sleep, a condition akin to hibernation. If it’s torpor that turns them into frisky centenarians, maybe someday there will be a pill that will allow humans to cool down at night. Then there will be no more talk about diets – just a pill with your nightcap, a cold bedroom and a 180-year life span.

Free Radicals: Sharks in a Protoplasmic Sea

It was Denham Harman who first suspected the awful truth: Human beings rust. At least that’s the theory.

Back in 1950s, Harman, a chemist turned physician at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine, discovered that radiation caused accelerated aging in lab animals and also created an excess of free radicals in cells. A free radical is an unstable part of a molecule with one or more free, unpaired electrons. A free radical must find another molecule to which to attach itself. Gerontologist Alex Comfort likened one to a convention delegate away from his wife. He called it “a highly reactive chemical agent that will combine with anything that’s around.”

That may be bad news for the cells. It is believed that free radicals trigger a chain reaction that “rusts” the body just as oxygen rusts out the rocker panels on an Oldsmobile. And what helps create free radicals? Here’s the bad news: oxygen. In fact, every breath you take ages you, because oxygen and the everyday process of oxidation involved in metabolism create free radicals and your ultimate destruction. Among other things, free radicals supposedly obfuscate genetic information in each cell.

Let’s stop for a warning. The free radical theory is the trendiest thing going in research today. But though you may have heard the theory presented as gospel, it has not been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Many respected researchers believe it, but it is just that – a belief.

Likely Cure. Free radicals are produced by everyday metabolism, but also by a host of other elements: some painkillers and anticancer drugs; burnt material, such as that found on grilled meats or toast; tobacco smoke; even sunlight. What combats them? Harman was aware that antioxidants were used in industry to prevent materials such as leather and rubber from degrading and to keep butter from turning rancid. Now the quest has begun for antioxidants that will keep us from turning rancid. Some likely prospects include vitamin B, C and E, beta carotene, glutathione, selenium, uric acid and food preservatives such as BHT, BHA and propyl gallate. One of the ironic things about the free radical theory is that it flies in the face of previously held beliefs about what constitutes healthy eating. The oft-reviled cereal preservatives BHT and BHA, may in fact preserve humans as well as cornflakes. And people who gave up butter for margarine years ago, in an attempt to avoid cholesterol buildup and heart disease, are now being told that polyunsaturated fats may increase free radical production. Thus the quandary: whether to butter and risk cardiac arrest, or switch to margarine and age every cell. (Refer another article “Ode to Cheez Whiz,” for other dilemmas.)

The most famous antioxidant is SOD, superoxide dismutase, a natural enzyme that neutralizes, or scavenges, free radicals. When SOD was discovered in 1969, it helped prove the existence of free radicals in human cells and boosted the credibility of Harman’s speculations. Further studies by Richard Cutler at the National Institute on Aging showed a positive link between the amount of SOD activity as it related to oxygen consumption in a particular species and its life span, at least in mammals. A gorilla, for instance, lives much longer than a mouse and has more SOD to protect against a given quantity of free radicals. Cutler then discovered that the same correlation held true for other antioxidants. The more vitamin E, beta carotene and so on that a mammal had, the longer it lived.

Vitamin E: The Natural Antioxidant

So what can one do? Eat several boxes of BHT-enhanced cereal a day? Go back to slathering corn with butter? What antioxidants keep a person fresh? The father of free radicals says to stick with the classics: vitamin E and C and beta carotene. Vitamin E is Harman’s favorite; he calls it “the natural antioxidant. It’s in all our membranes.” He cites a study of 5,000 women on the English island of Guernsey: Those with the highest blood levels of vitamin E had the lowest incidence of breast cancer. It’s also being tested against senile dementia, Parkinson’s disease and other age-related disorders. Harman’s says it’s hard to overdose on E.

Before you begin to rustproof yourself, consider some recent experiments in dietary restriction, the only proven method of boosting life span in mammals. Animals on a highly restricted diet increase their longevity dramatically, and free radical advocates have always assumed that low food consumption equaled fewer free radicals – a reasonable assumption. But studies by Masoro and others now show that food restriction does not reduce metabolic rate one whit. No one knows, in fact, why it works. The free radical connection, if any, has yet to be proven.



Why Weight Loss Diets Fail

There doesn’t seem to be a law that a new year must be accompanied by feelings of weight-guilt, but January/February dismay seems to be pretty universal.

Every year, year in and year out, a new year reminds us it’s time to suffer, feel guilty or both. And so we join in this annual ritual of self-abuse.

But let me ask you this: The struggle and strain to lose weight has been going on every year for centuries. After all those years of effort, shouldn’t we be winning?

I mean, an avalanche of all the diet books in print would flatten a smallish city. But all that information, even if strictly applied, will provide–at best–no more than temporary success.

For instance, The Biggest Loser television show flogged competitors through almost superhuman efforts to lose weight. The motivated contestants did whatever they were told to do to reach the magical goal of slim and trim.

After they reach the promised land, after all that training, effort and suffering, you’d think contestants would be good to go for the rest of their lives. But you would be wrong. By about a mile.

You never see reunions of Biggest Loser alums. Most, if not all, the alums regained the weight they lost, and sometimes even more.

Why does the weight always come back? Because all the weight-loss hoopla, so heavily promoted by dietitians and doctors as a sure path to skinny-jeans heaven, throws our bodies into a very deep ditch of wounded body parts unable to figure out which way is up.

Our bodies know if they don’t step in to save the day, as in getting everything back into balance, we’re going down. Disease, even death, await.

So, an all-body call-to-arms goes out, and body parts join the battle, coordinating their efforts in a big-time push to get everything back on track. And the lost pounds come piling back. Why?

Here’s how it goes: By taking the usual, count-calories, etc., approach to weight loss, you dumped muscle, not fat. Since life depends on healthy muscles, such as the heart, your body works overtime to recover lost muscle. And you’re back where you started.

But, but, but, you cry in dismay, does that mean I’ll never be able to lose weight and keep it off?

Not at all. That’s actually pretty easy-peasy stuff. I cover the whole business in my Moving to Health program.

Well, you may counter, if it’s so easy, why don’t you just tell us? And you ask because everybody’s been brainwashed into believing health and weight loss are about magic bullets, not about understanding what’s going on. All I have to offer is understanding, so work with me here.

Losing weight is not rocket science, but getting people to change their understanding of how it works is a killer. That’s nobody’s fault; it’s just the way things are.

The weight loss industry rakes in billions and billions of dollars a year, and they don’t look kindly on anybody who talks the way I do. They keep machetes always at the ready, the better to protect their mountain of money.

I don’t want to start a fight with a whole gang of bullies, which is scary. But I do want to help people; I just have to wait for them to realize they need my help.

Here’s how it goes: We are all unique, one-of-a-kind beings. One-size-fits-all diets don’t work for unique people. So talk about losing weight must take the unique wonder of us into account; a quick ten-point list doesn’t come close.

But I can give you two basic truths that will probably contradict everything you’ve been taught: Counting calories doesn’t get you anywhere, and you have to eat fat to lose fat.

I kid you not.



Diet and Cancer – How Diet Can Prevent Cancer

Cancer is largely a preventable disease.

While a small proportion of cancers are caused by inherited genes, the vast majority are triggered by DNA damage that accumulates during a person’s lifetime. You can’t pick your parents, but by the wise choice of the foods and lifestyle you can reduce your risk of developing and possibly even stop cancer in its tracks.

A large percentage of cancer-related deaths may be are directly linked to lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking, and a lack of exercise. But the majority of the reason is, due to an unhealthy diet.

Without knowing it, you may be eating many foods that are inviting cancer, while neglecting the powerful foods and nutrients that can protect you.

Cancer begins as a single abnormal cell that begins to multiply out of control and form tumors. Carcinogens are substances that promote the development of cancerous cells. It takes years for a noticeable tumor to develop. During this time most carcinogens get neutralized before damage can occur. Some phytochemicals in plant foods are known as inhibitors that kill cancerous cells before they grow. Dietary fat, on the other hand, is known to be a promoter that helps the abnormal cells to grow quickly.

Plant-based foods high in chlorophyll, vitamin A, vitamin E, selenium and vitamin C are known as antioxidants, which significantly increase elimination of toxins and free radicals known to cause cellular changes that are the root of cancer. No single vegetable or fruits component can protect you against cancer by itself. But scientists believe that the regular consumption (5 to 9 servings every day) of combination of plant-based foods such as vegetable and fruits can reduce cancer risk.

Drink black or green tea (herbal tea doesn’t have the same healthy effects). Tea contains antioxidants that can lower the risk of some cancers.

Eat more soybeans and soy-based products such as tofu. Drink soy milk and use soy flour whenever possible in cooking. Soybeans contain anticancer agents that prevent both breast and prostate cancer.

Restrict red meat, Dairy, processed foods, refined sugars consumption these are all acid forming food. Cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment, and can’t live in an alkaline environment, research have proven that. Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline.

A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables, whole grain, seeds, nuts and homemade vegetable or fruit juices and fruits create an alkaline environment in our body and Cooked food can help 20%, because fresh raw vegetable obtain live enzymes which is absorbed by the cell very easily and that enhance and boost the healthy cell growth. Cancerous tissues are acidic, whereas healthy tissues are alkaline.

PH is a measurement that measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is.

So the pH of your blood is extremely important. The ideal pH level for your blood is right around 7.35 and your body goes to enormous lengths to maintain this level.

At a pH slightly above 7.4 can make cancer cells fall asleep and at pH 8.5 cancer cells die while healthy cells will live.

There are three primary minerals that reduce body acidity are organic potassium, organic sodium and, organic calcium. When we run short of these minerals the immunity system gets weakened.

In summary- Keep an alkaline body pH level. Avoid foods that create acidic environment, eat a healthy diet, exercise and have a proactive and positive spirit. When these tips are practiced in our daily lives, we can eliminate the deadly disease of cancer.



Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen: Reiki Distance Healing Symbol Explained

Reiki symbols are basically sacred healing symbols that help in enhancing the flow of universal life force energy. The primary symbols of traditional Reiki are the Cho Ku Rei or the Power Symbol, Sei He Ki or the Mental and Emotional Symbol, and Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen or the Distance Healing Symbol. These symbols which are given to a Reiki student during the advanced level of Reiki attunement are essentially impressed in the mind and aura of the student and blend with metaphysical energies that they characterize. Thus, whenever a Reiki practitioner thinks or draws or visualizes any of these symbols, they will connect immediately to the energies that it symbolizes.

Meaning of Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen or the Reiki distance healing symbol

Distance is no barrier to Reiki, and this symbol, which means ‘having no present, past or future’ is essentially used for absentee healing and to send Reiki energy across time and space.

Example uses of the distance healing symbol

Heal the Past: Sending Reiki in the past helps heal “old wounds” that may be affecting you in the present. It will not change the events, as past things cannot be changed; but sending Reiki to the past helps reframe the experience as part of learning process, and it helps heal the pain and move on with your life.

Enhance Future Conditions: Using the distance healing symbol for the future helps in storing the Reiki energy like a battery to be accessed at a time when you require it. Sending Reiki ahead of time for doctor’s appointments, interviews, examinations, workshops, or traveling will help you adjust to the unforeseen circumstances of the future and keep an open and optimistic mindset.

To Heal across Time and Space: The Reiki distance healing symbol’s primary use is to send healing energy across a room, town, to different parts of your country or just anywhere in the world. To heal people that are not present. it is otherwise called the “absent healing” symbol sometimes.

How to send distance healing using Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen

There are many ways to send Reiki, and different Masters might use different techniques. A lot of practitioners learn one technique, which they then tweak and personalize it to suite their style. The steps below describe one technique which many people find effective.

Step 1: Activate the power symbol.

Step 2: Write the name of the recipient or the situation you are sending energy to on a piece of paper and hold the paper in between your hands.

Step 3: Draw the symbol Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen in the air above the paper and repeat its name three times.

Step 4: Repeat the name of the recipient or the situation.Draw the power symbol.

Step 5: Allow Reiki to flow to the recipient for the greatest and highest good.

Step 6: Finish the Reiki session by either clapping your hands or shaking them vigorously in order to cut the connection.

An alternative way of distant healing is to either use their photograph or use a proxy ( a soft toy or any object) instead of writing their name on a piece of paper.

One of the greatest benefits of receiving Reiki energy through Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen is the fact that it allows you to receive positive energy just anywhere and everywhere, and there’s no need to spend time and energy to go anywhere. It’s also a perfect tool for everyone who finds it uncomfortable to receive hands on treatment.



Naturopathy – Principles of Naturopathy and How to Integrate With Modern Medicine

Naturopathy was developed by Benjamin Lust about one hundred years ago in the United States. Although the formal practice has only been around for the past one hundred years, the principles that it was developed from has been tracked back to ancient times (Morton, 1997). Naturopathic Medicine uses methods from a variety of other alternative medicine models.

Naturopathy is made up of 5 basic principles. First, it is believed that everyone has a natural healing power within themselves. This model believes that one can tap into these healing powers by living by the laws of nature. Healthy eating habits, exercise, positive lifestyle choices, spiritual awareness, and positive thoughts are all a part of its philosophy. Secondly, treatments and preventative medicine should not cause harm to oneself or others. Thirdly, it focuses on finding the cause of the illness or disease and then helps the patient resolve it by using what ever alternative therapy that is appropriate for the condition as well as what is best for the particular patient. The fourth principle is treating the whole person, and not just the illness or disease. The mind, spirit, and body are all treated as it is believed that they all are equally important in treating and preventing illness and disease. The mind, body and spirit all must be in balance. The fifth principle is the belief that all illnesses and diseases can be prevented. The naturopathic doctor is responsible for the education of their patients in preventative practices. Teaching patients about healthy lifestyle choices and helping them achieve their goals in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a very important step in healing and preventing illness and disease (Naturopathic Medicine Network, 2007).

Naturopathic doctors, or NDs, are trained in all aspects of medicine that a medical doctor is trained. The difference is that NDs are trained to use a variety of natural therapies including acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, and others (Morton, 1997). It also focuses on treating the whole patient and not just the illness, so the treatment is individualized.

Although NDs are trained like medical doctors, they are not trained to deal with emergency illnesses. Emergencies are referred to a medical doctor, hospital, or specialist. Some NDs can perform minor surgery, but most of the time, surgery is performed by a medical doctor if it is absolutely necessary. The philosophy of the ND is not to do harm, so surgery is always avoided if possible.

NDs can practice medicine within a private practice as a primary health care practitioner. Although, only a handful of states license naturopathic doctors, naturopathy can be practiced in any state. Certain laws prohibit NDs from diagnosing disease, but do not prohibit ND practices.

Naturopathy could be integrated into western conventional medicine very easily. Most people are aware that nutrition and exercise are essential in staying healthy. Most of the practices that are included in this model of medicine are already being implemented by western conventional medicine. The thing that is lacking in western conventional medicine is the fact that physicians fail to recognize that the body, mind and spirit all need to be taken care of in order for optimal health. Also, physicians fail to recognize that illness is not the cause of only one factor, but a variety of factors, that need to be addressed instead of taking medication to treat the symptoms. The cause needs to be identified and dealt with in order for health to be regained. I feel that every doctor should have a trusted ND to refer patients to for education and prevention of illness and disease.

Stress related illnesses should be referred to an ND, because modern medicine does not offer any type of cure for these types of illnesses. This is especially helpful when the ND has the philosophy of educating the patient on how to develop a healthier lifestyle. Since medical doctors do not have the extensive knowledge in nutrition that a ND has obtained, it would be in the best interest of the patient to have a consultation with the ND to treat stress related disease and illness.

Another way that naturopathy could be integrated into western conventional medicine, would be to have one staffed at a hospital to give consultations to patients that are admitted or being dismissed to educate the patients on preventative measures they can take to get healthier during and after their recovery.

Also, medical doctors could refer patients who may have a high risk of developing a certain illness or disease because of lifestyle, genetics, or disposition to an ND for preventative care. Because naturopathic doctors use a variety of healing techniques, they would be better suited to develop an individualized program for each patient.

Everyone has experienced the rushed 10 minute consultation of a doctor visit. Here is my other idea for integration of naturopathy into the western conventional medicine model. Doctor offices would benefit from an ND being on staff by involving them in the consultations. The medical doctor would see the patient, give the patient file to the ND with his recommendations, and then the ND would then decide the mode of treatment that should be issued as well as the medical doctor’s recommendation. Let the patient decide which mode of treatment they would prefer to pursue. This way the patient has several options available to them, and the ND would be available for questions as well as the time to educate the patient.

This idea may seem far fetched since most medical doctors feel threatened by the alternative medicine models. But, in the future as holistic medicine is more widely accepted, it may be a way that conventional medical doctors and holistic medicine practitioners can work together for the greater good of society. Each and every patient would be able to make their own decision on what is best for them as far as treatment options, and both the conventional doctor and the holistic practitioner could develop a trust and understanding of each others role in treating and preventing illness and disease.