My Weight Loss and Beachbody Story

January 28, 2012 by  
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Tips to Get Past Weight Loss Plateau Point In Your Diet/Exercise Program To Help Achieve Your Goals

June 21, 2011 by  
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Hi everybody, in this video I give you helpful diet and exercise tips to get over the dreaded plateau when your body just doesn’t seem to want to lose more weight. This can be a difficult time for people who have been steadily losing weight and then stop seeing the scale move lower. It’s a point where people tend to give up and start gaining weight again because they feel they will never reach their goal weight loss. Well, this video is about conquering this situation head on and giving your body a little push to get you over the hump. Ihope you found this video helpful. Please subscribe because I have so much more to come; something helpful and of interest to everyone. Thanks so much for viewing! To purchase a YouTips4U custom-designed T-Shirt please click here: To visit me at my blogspot, please click here:

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Men’s Fitness Magazine Grow 2″ Taller Tips Demonstration

March 21, 2011 by  
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In This Video Lance & Ash Demonstrate 3 Grow Taller Exercises From The July 2010 edition of Men’s Fitness Magazine…For More FREE tips go to

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Men’s Health Magazine Grow Taller Tips Demonstration

March 6, 2011 by  
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In This Video Lance & Ash Demonstrate 3 Grow Taller Exercises From The January/February edition of Men’s Health Magazine…For More FREE tips go to

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Lung cancer increase in women: is estrogen to blame?

July 13, 2010 by  
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A friend of mine who has lung cancer has never smoked in her life. Her husband of 20 years however does. So why did she get the disease and he didn’t?

Lung cancer is more prevalent among men than women but prevalence in the fairer sex is catching up. This is a trend that is causing concern among health experts especially as lung cancer rates in men are on the decline. Lung cancer has long overtaken breast cancer as the main cause of cancer mortality in women.

According to the American Cancer Society, projections for 2010 in terms of lung cancer mortality is 86,000 in men and 71,000 in women. In contrast, projection for breast cancer death for this year is 40,000.

So what is the reason behind this gender difference?

Smoking in women is not increasing and therefore cannot be the main cause of increase in lung cancer. However, women seems to be more vulnerable to the effects of cigarette smoke, be it as a first-hand smoker or as a passive smoker. Non-smoking women are three times more likely to have lung cancer than non-smoking men.

According Brenda Edwards, associate director of the surveillance research program at the National Cancer Institute:

“Unless we start seeing a turnaround for women, there will be as many women diagnosed with lung cancer in the next few years as men.”

That is why researchers are trying to figure out women’s increased vulnerability to lung cancer. One group put forward the hypothesis that the female hormone estrogen may be to blame. Estrogen has also already been linked to genetic mutations that led to the formation of breast tumors. Lung cells have been found to produce estrogen in women as well as in men, but much more in the former than in the latter.

To test this hypothesis, the researchers exposed female mice by placing them in cigarette smoke- filled chambers for 6 hours each day, five days a week for three, eight or 20 weeks. They then compared the genetic make up of those exposed to those who were not exposed.

“Researchers found differences in 10 genes around an enzyme called cytochrome P450 1b1, which is known to break down estrogen and tobacco smoke. The 1b1 enzyme activates cancer-causing agents in tobacco and converts estrogen to a more active form that appears to cause DNA mutations. Estrogen may, in essence, be adding fuel to the fire that occurs when lung cells are exposed to tobacco smoke.”

Aside from the natural levels of estrogen the female body produce, women nowadays also take medications to boost estrogen levels, from contraceptive pills to hormone replacement pills to ease menopausal symptoms. The higher the estrogen levels in the blood, the more susceptible they might be.

Diabetes updates: what ups or lowers your risk

December 3, 2009 by  
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blood_glucose_measure_diabetes_check2Today, I am bring some diabetes updates on what increases or decreases our chances to develop diabetes.

Heading off diabetes
Researcher David Nathan of Massachusetts General Hospital Believes people can prevent getting diabetes even if they are at high risk. And he has 10 years’ worth of data to prove it at the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study. Here are Dr. Nathan’s trips to head off diabetes:

  • A brisk 30-minute walk once a day or equivalent
  • Proper eating,
  • Kept off a crucial 5 pounds over those 10 years

The results: lower your risk by a third!

“We can actually push back, delay or prevent the development of diabetes in a substantial fraction of people over a long period of time. That means almost certainly that they will be healthier”, say Dr. Nathan.

Statin Drugs Might Slightly Boost Diabetes Risk
Statins do not lower diabetes risk. In fact, it can actually elevate the risks, albeit modestly. This is the result of a latest study by researchers at the Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs that are commonly used in patients with cardiovascular conditions. However, its role in diabetes prevention has always been an issue of controversy. According to lead study investigator Dr. Swapnil

“Contrary to our expectation, we did not find any benefit of statins on diabetes risk. In fact, there is a suggestion that statins may be associated with increased risk — which needs to be explored further.”

Fish vs Shell fish in diabetes risk study
There is fish and there is fish. Some types can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes; some have the opposite effect. A British study reports that incorporating more white and oily fish in the diet lowers type 2 diabetes risk by 25%. However, one should take care about eating shellfish – e.g. mussels, oysters, crabs, and prawn. These seafoods actually elevate your diabetes risk by a whopping 36%! But is it really the shellfish? The researchers do not rule out that cooking and preparation methods can play a role in making these seafoods unhealthy. In the UK, for example, shellfish is usually fried in oil and served with sauces which are high in cholesterol. Fish that is good for the health should be eaten steamed, baked, of broiled with low fat sauces. Example of these fishes are:

  • White fish: cod, haddock, sole, and halibut
  • Oily fish: mackerel, kippers, tuna, and salmon,

Multiple allergies rising

December 1, 2009 by  
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rashOne allergy is trouble enough. But imagine being allergic to many things at the same time. Unfortunately, multiple allergies seem to be getting more common and are actually on the rise. This was according to a report in BBC, as confirmed by health specialists in Liverpool, Cambridge, Cardiff, Birmingham and London. Some of the observations of the experts are:

  • Multiple allergies are actually up from 15% to almost 40% in recent years in the British population. UK has one of the highest allergy rates in the world.
  • Allergies come with more severe symptoms, some of which are life-threatening. Many deaths due to allergic reactions occur in children.
  • The period of suffering for those with asthma and hay fever are getting longer.

According to Dr Jonathan North, a consultant immunologist in Birmingham

“As well as the well-documented increase in prevalence, the proportion of complex/multiple allergy cases is increasing.”

Examples of multiple allergies would be a combination of food allergy and allergy to something in the air, e.g. peanut allergy and hay fever. Many multiple allergy patients are children.

The reasons behind the increase in allergies are not fully understood but some of the theories presented are as follows:

  • Food allergies: There is now a wider range of foods available and children are being exposed to them at a much younger age.
  • Air-borne allergies: Due to global warming, the seasons are changing. The season for allergies (spring to summer) is also starting earlier and finishing later and the levels of in fungal spores and pollens are increasing.
  • Oversanitized environment: Some researchers believe that our children our growing up in an oversanitized environment which makes them m ore susceptible to allergies.
  • Eczema: Known as the “gateway” to allergy, this common condition is caused by the overused of soap and cleaning detergents that robs the skin of its natural nutrients. The skin breaks and allows allergens to enter the body.

According to Dr Shuaib Nasser, a consultant in allergy for the Cambridge University NHS Trust

“The UK is a developed society and allergies affect westernised countries. If a country passes from a rural to an urban society then the existence of allergies escalates… Some say modern life is making us allergic.”

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