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Posted 7/29/14 at 11:11 AM | Karen Farris

45 Million Infected People

Forty-five million is a lot of people. And these 45 million share something you don’t want—herpes simplex virus-2.

It’s an incurable sexually transmitted disease that brings genital blisters, sores, itching, abdominal pain, burning discharges, and when it’s not busy causing physical grief, it resides permanently in the spine. Until the next round of suffering.

If this wasn’t bad enough news, 81% of the infected carriers haven’t been diagnosed yet. It also discriminates unfairly to women—as one in five women have HSV-2 compared to one in nine men.

This STD isn’t easily cured with a pill or shot. As a viral disease there is no cure, only a treatment of the symptoms. Close genital contact and sexual activity is spreading this nightmare.

And one of the reasons 81% don’t know yet, is that the disease can be transmitted without symptoms being present. According to Web MD abstaining from sex or engaging in sex with someone uninfected is the only way to prevent this disease. FULL POST

Posted 7/29/14 at 10:01 AM | Brian Wallace

Top Drug Addictions In The U.S.

Thanks to The Affordable Care Act, addiction treatment is more accessible to those who need it. Check out the top rates of addiction in all fifty states on this infographic.

Posted 7/29/14 at 1:10 AM | Sylvie Simms

Ensuring Food Safety With HACCP

HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) is a great way to help ensure food safety. Learn more about preventing foodborne illness with Prudential Overall Supply's new infographic!

Posted 7/23/14 at 12:58 AM | Claire John

The Mechanism of Bimatoprost - Induced Eyelash Growth

The Mechanism of Bimatoprost - Induced Eyelash Growth

The use of cosmetic products to enhance beauty has become a common sight. Eye make-up is one of the cosmetics widely used by both men and women to enhance the appearance of their eye and make them pop. Many individuals desire long, thick dark eyelashes. After all, who would not want such, with the assumption that long lashes can increase the attractiveness of a person? Due to this desire, many have embraced the use of cosmetics to give their lashes their desired appearance. Regardless of the chemical side effects, many have chosen to chemically formulated remedies, turning their back on the natural remedies that enhance eyelash growth.

Eyelash growth history
Eyelashes are facial hairs attached to the eyelids. They are the slowest growing hairs on the body. Eyelashes are useful to the body in that, they prevent particles present in the air from accessing the eye. They also prevent small insects from getting into the eye. Generally, eyelashes act as protective features that protect the eye from outside forces that may damage it. Moreover, eyelashes add a beauty aspect to the face. For such reasons, the proper growth of eyelashes is very important. As at December 2008, the Food and Drug Administration certified bimatoprost as a safe treatment for hypotrichosis. Bimatoprost is the synthetic imitation of prostaglandin. Prostaglandin occurs naturally and assists in the growth of hair. Due to this feature, bimatoprost enhances the growth of hair on the body including the eyelashes. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/14 at 4:41 PM | Hallelujah Diet

Does Your Digestive Health Need A Makeover?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) also known as Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD) and Crohn’s Disease are painful digestive tract issues. They exhibit similar symptoms, which include persistent diarrhea, constipation, cramping and abdominal pain.

Health experts believe that faulty communication between the brain and the intestinal tract is one cause of the symptoms for IBS/IBD. In some people, this miscommunication causes abnormal muscle contractions or spasms, which often cause cramping pain. The spasms may speed the passage of stool, causing diarrhea. Or they may slow it down, causing constipation or bloating.

Many people who have IBS seem to have unusually sensitive intestines. It is unknown why their intestines are more likely to react strongly to the elements that contribute to IBS. People who have IBS may start having symptoms because of one or more factors, including:

  • Eating (though no particular foods have been linked with IBS).
  • Stress and psychological issues, such as anxiety and depression.
  • Hormonal changes, such as during the menstrual cycle.
  • Medicines, such as antibiotics.
  • An infection in the digestive tract, such as salmonella.
  • Genetics. IBS may be more likely to occur in people who have a family history of the disorder.

Scientists have also linked immune system problems to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s. Usually, cells of the immune system defend the body from harmful microbes – bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other foreign substances. The body doesn’t usually respond negatively to all microbes, however. Many microbes are helpful, especially for digestion. And so the immune system leaves them alone. FULL POST

Posted 7/22/14 at 11:53 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Your Brain Is Plastic

Think sign
Photo: Flickr/H. Michael Karshis - Creative Commons

By David Murray

For those of us who are temperamentally and instinctively on the more melancholic side of things, there’s good news. You can change your brain to think more positively and feel more cheerfully.

Until the 1970’s, most scientists believed that our brain structure and emotional makeup was primarily genetic and more or less set in stone, especially after teenage years. More recent research has demonstrated that we can actually change our brain structures and connections, improving our overall mood in the process.

A pill or surgery?
So how do we change our brains? Is there a pill, an operation, or a one-off intervention? No, we retrain our brains by multiple little daily decisions. That’s good news – and bad news.

It’s good news because it means we don’t need to do anything dramatic, expensive, or invasive.

The bad news is that it involves effort – disciplined and determined effort to increase the number of positive experiences in our everyday lives. These multiple, little, daily positives not only give us a quick squirt of happy emotions and improved performance but, as they become a habit, they raise our baseline happiness. Scientists call this neuroplasticity – yes, your brain is plastic and that’s actually a good thing – to convey how adaptable, flexible, and elastic our brains are. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/14 at 5:10 PM | Austin Andrews

The S's of GYM Behaviour

Gyms are full of people, and wherever there are people, there are things that you should and should not do. Take this into consideration, and be thinking about what gym peeves I might have missed! If I did miss any of your Gym Pet Peeves, put em in the comments and I might write a new blog featuring your suggestion!



When you are getting dressed for your workout, look down. Look at the clothing. Does it cover you? Does it really cover you? Does it cover you in such a way that your Grandma would be ok with you wearing it in public? (by the way- contrary to your former opinion, the gym is a public place.) I’m not saying everyone should be in a full track suit with heavy sweatshirts, but respect your body and dress like it! You aren’t headed to the gym to pic up a date (More on this below!)

Gym Etiquette


I shouldn’t even have to mention this, but your cell phone gets better reception outside for a reason. Checking it quickly is fine; but this whole “talk-while-you-barely-move” on a treadmill thing is annoying, and might be stealing a piece of equipment from someone who will really use it. Next up, Chatting! Chatting with friends at the gym is fine, but be aware of the people around you. Speak to each other as you would in a quiet restaurant. Try not to yell across the room at each other. At least not all the time! Grunting is to be expected when you are working with heavy weights, but there is no cause to turn that into yelling. Odds are you are not a Ukrainian power lifter. Keep it to a simple grunt. Scream singing: one of my favorites and a staple of fitness classes like spinning. Are you in a spin class? Are you in a chorus? If not, maybe reconsider the sounds escaping your throat? Be respectful of the energy in the gym. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/14 at 8:57 AM | Hallelujah Diet

Do you need to be Gluten Free?

Do you need to be Gluten Free?

Concern over gluten intolerance is increasing in direct proportion to the growing promotion of whole grains. As a result, people are often confused regarding the role grains should play in a healthy diet.

Creative advertising about cereals and breads containing whole grains often bombards us. The result is that along the way, the true story of grains - both good and bad - gets lost in a barrage of sensationalized hype.

While The Hallelujah Diet includes limited use of grains, is a gluten free diet beneficial or even necessary? And if there are benefits to including whole grains, what are the options for people who are gluten intolerant?

Gluten is a major protein of wheat and to a lesser degree of barley, rye, and oats. It is composed of gliadins and glutenins, with only the gliadins demonstrated to activate celiac disease.

Gluten stimulates the production of certain antibodies, which can damage the lining of the small intestine and leads to the flattening of the villi (tiny finger like projections that extend outward from the inner lining of the small intestines). Villi significantly increase the surface area of the small intestine lining, and play an important role in the absorption of digestive products. FULL POST

Posted 7/21/14 at 6:27 AM | Sylvie Simms

Holcomb C3-R® treatment

If you are living with keratoconus, a progressive non-inflammatory eye disorder that causes a cone-like steepening of the cornea, you know how important it is to get treatment so that you can get back to your normal routine. Keratoconus damages your vision and makes it impossible to focus without the assistance of eyeglasses or contacts. Luckily, there is a treatment option that is non-invasive and helps address the issue.

Holcomb C3-R® treatment is the first non-invasive corneal crosslinking procedure for keratoconus and works by numbing the area before applying a solution that contains riboflavin and other compounds to your cornea. Once activated by a special UVA light it helps stabilize weakened links in the cornea collagen fiber, which allows most patients to see results in one treatment.

The benefits include being able to return to work the next day thanks to faster recovery time and no need for steroid eye drops after the procedure. In comparison, CXL treatment can take up to three months to heal and patients usually miss one to two weeks of work due to discomfort and pain. With the CXL treatment you also will have to wait 3 months to resume wearing contacts and have 2-13 weeks of steroid eye drop use until the outer layer of the cornea can heal. Corneal transplant has even more of an impact on your recovery, with an invasive and painful procedure that can take up to six months or a year for you to heal and wear contacts as normal. FULL POST

Posted 7/18/14 at 5:20 PM | Hallelujah Diet

What Makes Superfoods Super? By Paul and Ann Malkmus

What Makes Superfoods Super? By Paul and Ann Malkmus

It seems like everywhere we turn today we see advertising about superfoods,which begs the question, what makes these foods so super? Phytonutrients are what make superfoods the powerhouse of nutrition that supercharges the body preventing and sometimes helping the body recover from sickness and disease. They are non-vitamin, non-mineral components of food that have amazing health benefits. Some facilitate our cells’ ability to communicate with one another. Some have anti-inflammatory abilities. Some help prevent mutations at the cellular level. Some prevent the proliferation of cancer cells.

Three important types of beneficial phytonutrients are polyphenols, carotenoids, and phytoestrogens.

Polyphenols act as antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are anti-allergenic. Some foods that contain polyphenols are tea, nuts, and berries.

Carotenoids are the pigments found in red, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, pumpkins, carrots, apricots, mangos, and sweet potatoes. These nutrients function as antioxidants, protect against cancer, and help defy the effects of aging.

Phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) are naturally occurring chemicals found particularly in whole wheat, seeds, grains, and some vegetables and fruits. They assist the body in protection from hormone-related cancers such as prostate and breast cancers. FULL POST

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