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Archive for May, 2006

Starting a fitness program just for you (part 1)

28th May 2006

So, you have made the decision to change your life and get healthy. You made that “New Year’s Resolution” to exercise yet again this year. However, each and every time you promise yourself to get moving, something seems to get in the way:  Your children need your attention often during the day.  Your career goals […]

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How useful is COBRA if your company is bought out?

24th May 2006

A question on losing health coverage: The company I work for has been sold. After promising COBRA coverage they came back and said “oops” since there is no plan anymore they cannot do COBRA. Is this kosher? Are people whose companies go out of business or get sold just S.O.L.? The answer from the COBRA […]

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Kyle Ambrogi’s suicide

18th May 2006

Here’s a sad story about Kyle Ambrogi who was a successful student athelete when he committed suicide. He had lots of loving friends and family reaching out to him but he didn’t respond. I’m not sure what lessons we can learn from this although I think the article does stress the seriousness of depression and the importance […]

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The importance of finding safe, effective supplements

17th May 2006

A livescience.com article explores recent suggestions that American might be getting too many nutrients as a result of supplementation and fortified foods. While there was some concern, the general agreement seemed to be that ‘people who take supplements tend to be healthy but we’re not sure why’ – that’s my interpretation of the National Institutes of […]

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How can bone loss be reversed?

14th May 2006

Someone very close to me suffers from “bone loss” (they insist it’s not osteoporosis). So I went to do a bit of research on nutrition, but the facts there seem confusing (too much phosphorous, too little phosphorous, etc) but what was clear is that strong bones are forced to work:  Without the addition of weight-bearing exercise however, […]

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Exercise may reduce the risk of skin cancer

13th May 2006

One recent study found that mice who exercised developed less severe skin cancer than mice that didn’t exercise:  Dr Allan Conney said: “While UVB is triggering the development of tumours, exercise is counteracting the effect by stimulating the death of the developing cancer cells.” Dr Conney said the results also showed that animals with less fat developed […]

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Relatively high infant mortality in America

9th May 2006

While some people argue that statistics are skewed, there’s no doubt that something is wrong with American healthcare: Among 33 industrialized nations, the United States is tied with Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia with a death rate of nearly 5 per 1,000 babies, according to a new report. Latvia’s rate is 6 per 1,000. That’s […]

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Throwing stones for explosive shoulder strength

5th May 2006

Here’s an exercise that is probably bad for the joints but adds a lot of explosiveness to your movement. It’s a tip that came from a basketball player who has been trying to increase shoulder power for jumpshot range and overhead work strength. He started by doing handstand pushups against a wall, but couldnt do much at all. […]

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Where to buy Cordyceps sinensis strain Cs-4

1st May 2006

This may be a question a few people are interested in, so I’m going to reprint an email I received and my reply regarding a supplement that I take designed to “promote stamina and vitality while reducing fatigue.” It’s natural and healthy (it comes from mushroom roots) and I know it’s popular with athletes. Cordyceps […]

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