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PTSD and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) A Hidden Connection?

According to the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army, 64% of Veterans wounded in combat sustained “blast” injuries (attacks with rocket-propelled grenades, improvised explosive devices, or vehicle born improvised explosive devices). Many others have sustained blast injuries without obvious outward wounds. As a former Army wife, I cannot name one soldier I know who has not been hit at least a few times at close range by one of these devices.

Blast-related attacks can cause TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) or MTBI (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury). According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), “Blast injuries are injuries that result from the complex pressure wave generated by an explosion. . . Air-filled organs such as the ear, lung, and gastrointenstinal tract and organs surrounded by fluid-filled cavities such as the brain and spinal are especially susceptible to primary blast injury (Elsayed, 1997;Mayorga, 1997). The overpressurization wave dissipates quickly, causing the greatest risk of injury to those closest to the explosion. “

Though there is much that is unknown about brain injuries, a study of returning soldiers done at Walter Reed Medical Center in 2003 by the DVBIC identified that 61% of the soldiers who had sustained blast-related attacks, had brain injury. P. Steven Macedo, a neurologist and former doctor at the Veterans Administration (quoted by Ronald Glasser in a March 2007 Washington Post article) estimated that at least one-third of all Veterans who had served in Iraq or Afghanistan likely had sustained brain injury.

With the nearly 2 million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines that have served in Iraq or Afghanistan to date, that estimate would mean approximately 670,000 returning heroes are suffering from a brain injury. This is far short of the mere 12,274 reported cases of combat-related TBI as of March 2007. Such a drastic discrepancy in numbers would indicate, perhaps, that current military and Veteran’s Administration screening and diagnostic procedures are not adequate.

It is also possible that the majority of our heroes are being diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) when they should actually be receiving a diagnosis of TBI, MTBI, or a combination of PTSD and brain injury. Many symptoms of brain injury, mild or otherwise, mirror symptoms of PTSD. Individuals experiencing either injury typically experience one or more of the following: memory loss, difficulty concentrating, shortened attention spans, slower thinking processes, irritability, difficulty sleeping, depression, and impulse control problems. With so many shared symptoms, it is impossible for many, even trained professionals, to determine from which ailment (or both) a soldier is suffering.

It is necessary, however, in order to ensure proper long-term care of our nation’s heroes for medical providers to do the necessary testing in order to determine if brain injury exists. This is paramount because, according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), brain injury causes and accelerates many diseases including respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and neurological diseases. Without proper initial care, Veterans will not receive follow-up screenings and treatment to prevent or mitigate further harm.

Our family’s personal experience with TBI/MTBI screening through the Veteran’s Administration medical system has not been entirely favorable. My husband sustained more than twelve blasts (a combination of RPG’s and IED’s) while serving in Iraq. His neurological symptoms following one attack fall directly under the diagnostic criteria for brain injury (available on the BIAA’s website at
) because he had an intermittent loss of consciousness for a period of time following the blast. He received one initial screening at our local VA outpatient clinic followed by one “Second Level Evaluation” at our regional VA hospital. The second evaluation was so unprofessional and seemingly dependent on the clinician’s opinions, that I sought counsel from the BIAA. It was through them that I learned that my husband did, indeed, at the very least have a MTBI and should receive follow-up care and testing under “civilian” care guidelines. However, based on the opinion of the VA clinician, my husband’s mental, behavioral, and physical changes have been attributed only to PTSD.

There are many current military and VA procedures and policies that will have to be adapted and improved in order to properly care for and diagnose our many returning heroes. The current level of care given to soldiers in regards to brain injury is definitely an example of this. If you or a loved one served in Iraq or Afghanistan and have experienced any of the symptoms of TBI or MTBI listed below, please push for a proper, complete diagnosis. Hopefully, if enough Veterans and family members stand up and ask for more, we will make the road ahead easier for our other returning brothers and sisters.

Neurological Symptoms of TBI include: memory loss; concentration or attention problems; slowed learning; and difficulty with planning, reasoning, or judgment.

Emotional and Behavioral Consequences of TBI include: depression, anxiety, impulsivity, aggression, and thoughts of suicide.

Physical Symptoms of TBI include: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, sleep disturbance, quickness to fatigue, lethargy, or other sensory loss.

Glasser, Ronald. “A Shock Wave of Brain Injuries. ” April 8, 2007. Washington Post (View complete text of this revealing article at:

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A Natural Perspective On Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmunity involves the immune system failing to recognize the body’s cells and tissues as being a part of the body, which results in the immune system attacking those cells and tissues. Any disease resulting from autoimmunity is called an auto-immune disorder. There are over 60 known disorders thought to be related to autoimmunity. Below is a summarized list of conditions related to autoimmune disorders :

Alopecia Areata – An autoimmune disorder that is characterized by hair loss. It is found commonly in men and women and can occur at any age, including childhood.

Alzheimer’s Disease – Characterized as a progressive brain disorder, which involves a decline in social and intellectual abilities. Alzheimer’s Disease is thought to be associated with free radical damage in the brain and inorganic aluminum.

Celiac Disease – A chronic inflammation of the colon that creates an intestinal breakdown due to an allergic reaction to gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in grains such as wheat, barley, oat and rye.

Crohn’s Disease – A chronic inflammatory bowel disease, which is characterized by severe inflammation of the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. This disorder is typically seen in persons between the ages of 15 and 35, but can also be found in young children and the elderly as well.

Fibromyalgia – This disorder is characterized by aches and pains in the muscles along with chronic fatigue and insomnia. It is estimated between 3 to 6 million people in the US suffer with Fibromyalgia. Ninety percent of them being women.

Graves Disease – A disorder affecting the thyroid gland. In this disease auto-antibodies bind to the thyroid gland, which increases the production of thyroid hormone, which plays a major role in metabolism. Symptoms include nervousness, diarrhea, insomnia, sweating, and weight loss with increased appetite. More serious symptoms include irregular heart beat, tachycardia (increased heart rate), swelling of eyes and legs. In rare cases, cardiovascular collapse, shock or coma could occur.

Lupus – A disorder which instead of the body’s immune system functioning properly as protection from harmful invaders, it forms antibodies that attack healthy tissues and organs. Symptoms include aching joints, inflammation, swelling, fatigue, fevers and rashes. Lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few organs, but for others it may cause serious, even life-threatening problems.

Multiple Sclerosis – A chronic inflammatory condition which involves the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain and spinal cord. This chronic inflammation causes severe damage to the myelin sheath (covering of the nerves). Symptoms include blurred vision, numbness and paralysis. Mercury toxicity may be a causal factor.

Psoriasis – A common chronic skin condition which is characterized by symptoms similar to eczema. It involves the hyperactivity of the immune system which creates a form of inflammation. This inflammatory reaction causes skin cells to multiply seven to twelve times faster than normal. The skin is often dry and itchy as well as being cracked or blistered.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – This disorder can affect many joints, but most commonly the small joints of the hands. An autoimmune attack on the tissues causes inflammation along with pain and swelling. If uncontrolled it could lead to destruction of the bones, deformity and eventually disability. It is thought that a factor of rheumatoid arthritis is holding onto bitterness.

What are natural ways that can be used which are helpful for autoimmune disorders?

  • Most people with autoimmune disorders suffer from exhausted adrenals. The adrenals produce a hormone that controls the immune response called cortisol. Cortico-steroid drugs are used to treat autoimmune disorders to mimic the action of cortisol, but have undesirable side effects. A natural alternative to consider is Licorice, which is an herb that supports the adrenals, as well as having anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Yucca also has anti-inflammatory properties as well as mimics the effects of cortisol. It also has a detoxifying effect as well as a blood thinning property. Wild Yam is another herb that can be taken as an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Willow bark also has an anti-inflammatory property and can help bring relief from pain in autoimmune disorders.

  • Stress management is a key factor in dealing with autoimmune disorders as stress adversely affects the adrenal glands. Getting an adequate amount of sleep as well as having a positive mental attitude can be very helpful. Supplements that can be beneficial in helping the body manage stress are Siberian Ginseng, Chinese Mineral Chi Tonic and Nutri-Calm

  • Antioxidants aid the body in balancing immune activity and also fight free radical damage. Green Tea Extract and High Potency Grapine are appropriate choices.

  • Essential Oils that may be beneficial for autoimmune disorders include Bergamot, Clary Sage, Lavender and Roman Chamomile.

  • Adding essential fatty acids to your diet like Flax Seed Oil and Omega-3 EPA can help to reduce inflammatory responses.

  • Magnesium deficiency is also common in cases of autoimmune disorders. Fibralgia contains magnesium as well as malic acid which is beneficial for generating cellular energy and may be helpful for Fibromyalgia.

  • Moderate exercise such as walking or swimming can be helpful but care should be taken not to over exert the body.

  • Taking a digestive enzyme is very beneficial.
  • Taking a Probiotic daily is recommended to help put healthy bacteria into the intestines which may help reduce allergic responses.

What should be avoided?

  • Immune stimulants are contraindicated as this could only make the problem worse. Avoid taking herbs and supplements that boost the immune system such as Colostrum, Dandelion Root, Echinacea, Goldenseal, and Yarrow.

  • Avoid essential oils that stimulate the immune system such as Geranium, Thyme and Ylang Ylang.

  • Food allergies may also be a factor in autoimmune disorders. Common allergens are hydrogenated fats and oils such as margarine and shortening, grains such as wheat and corn and dairy products. Foods that aggravate the condition should be avoided.

  • Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars which feeds Candida, a fungus that may also be a contributing factor for autoimmune disorders.

Toxicity and Heavy Metal Poisoning

It is believed that heavy metal poisoning, such as with vaccines that contain mercury and other toxins that are injected directly into the bloodstream as well as other toxic chemicals we are exposed to on a daily basis, are a major factor in the underlying cause of autoimmune disorders. A gentle detoxification is recommended so as not to detoxify the body too quickly causing a “healing crisis”. SAM-e can be helpful in detoxifying the liver and has been beneficial in some cases of Fibromyalgia. Enviro Detox taken in small doses can also be helpful.


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About the Author:

Michelle Newport is a Certified Herbalist and Founder of Nature For Life (
). After suffering from chronic health problems, Michelle began studying natural medicine as well as natural health from a Biblical perspective and enjoys being able to share information on how to achieve better health – mind, body and spirit. Michelle resides in North Carolina, where she has a natural health consulting practice as well as offering phone consultations to her clients across the United States.

Social Anxiety Medications – The Best And Most Commonly Prescribed So

Social anxiety disorders affect millions of people worldwide every single day. This article will reveal the best and most commonly prescribed social anxiety medications on the market. Keep reading to discover panic attack cures and remedies to become panic free forever.

Anxiety attacks and its debilitating symptoms really do affect a person’s life, their work, and virtually every part of their day to day life. People who suffer from severe anxiety attacks and disorders are usually left completely immobilized and totally unable to function properly on a day to day basis.

Fortunately, anxiety disorders can be treated effectively with medication and/or psychotherapy methods. It is often believed that, in fact, psychotherapy is the most effective treatment for most anxiety disorders. However, social anxiety medications may be prescribed in conjunction with psychotherapy.

How Social Anxiety Medications Work

Social anxiety medications work to help individuals become calm and relaxed.

The Range Of Social Anxiety Medications On The Market Today

There are a large range of social anxiety medications that are currently available. A number of the best and most commonly prescribed social anxiety medications include Valium, Xanax/Zanex, and also Ativan medication. There are also other social anxiety medications including Buspirone, Beta-blockers, and also Gabapentin

Sometimes antidepressants are prescribed for social anxiety as it is believed that antidepressants are also effective drugs for the treatment of social anxiety.

Other than Benzodiazepines, among the many social anxiety medications available for anxiety sufferers are Buspirone, Tricylic, Antidepressants, or SSRIs, which are inherently the preferred medications for the most common social anxiety disorders.

In addition to all these medications there are also the following social anxiety medications that are commonly prescribed: Antipsychotic medications, Antihistamines medications such as Atarax and Vistaril plus common Barbiturates called Phenobarbital, and also effective Beta-blockers.

However, social anxiety medications must be prescribed by qualified health professions and under medical guidance and advice. Additionally, some social anxiety medications don’t work if prescribed to a person who has a substance abuse problem of some kind.

The most commonly prescribed social anxiety medication for infrequent sufferers is Seredyn which contains all natural ingredients and is known to give long lasting relief from anxiety symptoms. Seradyn also promotes relaxation, and reduces worry and is also an effective mood enhancer

Not every social anxiety medication will work for your particular anxiety disorder so it is always important to first check with your general practitioner or psychologist for the best anxiety medication for you.

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What to Expect During a Drug Intervention

When family members and friends become aware of a loved one’s drug problem, it often becomes necessary to stage a drug intervention. When someone has a drug problem, they are usually affected mentally by the substance they are taking, which tends to have a negative effect on their judgment. This leads to them making poor decisions that harm not only themselves, but the people around them as well. At the point in time when it becomes apparent that their bad decisions have them totally out of control, an intervention may be in order.

A drug intervention is basically a group meeting between the person with the drug problem and their family members and friends who are affected by their behavior and care enough to ask them to go to treatment. Even before the day of the actual intervention, much preparation needs to be done.

Many interventions are often run by someone called an intervention specialist. The job of the intervention coordinator is to show the family members how to perform the intervention successfully. This will normally be done in a meeting the day before the drug intervention known as “family day”.

When family day arrives, the intervention specialist will try to educate the family on issues like tough love, enabling, addiction, and drug rehabilitation programs. He/she will also stress the importance of the family members being strong enough to confront the individual, speak the truth to them in love, and convince them to seek help. This will help to ensure the highest probability of a successful intervention.

On the day of the intervention, the person with the drug problem is usually unaware that anything is happening until they see all their loved ones gathered. This moment is crucial as the addict might not be ready to face the music since they are living in denial.

By the time of the intervention, the addict has most likely developed a pattern of behavior of manipulating, lying, cheating and even stealing. It is possible that, even after being confronted by everyone they care about, the person will still resist the advice of the family members and refuse to go into treatment.

On the other hand, interventions run by a specialist do have a high overall success rate. More often than not, the person with the addiction will agree to go to drug treatment. Many times, they will not admit that they are at fault, but will agree to rehab just to please their relatives. Whatever the reason, the important thing is to get them the help they need.

The intervention is considered a success if the family members are able to convince the person with the drug addiction to go to treatment. Once in treatment, they will be in the hands of professionals who are experienced in dealing with drug addicts and understand what it takes to get them clean. Also, a good intervention specialist will have the family prepared for the post treatment stage, ensuring that the changes made in rehab will be lasting. So for someone who has lost control of their lives as a result of drugs, a drug intervention is often the first step on the road to recovery.

An Overactive Thyroid can be cured.

Having an over active thyroid has been one of the worst experiences of my entire life, it really was very scarey at the time when my heart rate was way up and I hadn’t slept properly in days, for anyone that has gone through it they know how difficult it can be just to be able to think clearly and getting any work done is next to impossible which is a shame, the amount of energy that I had was enough to make sure I stayed awake for about 3 days, I was really hyper at that point and just didn’t feel tired at all but it was a very scary experience.

One of the worst things about having an over active thyroid is being told the only cure is to get it killed of by taking a radioactive iodine solution which the medical field calls safe, however before you go in they will usually make you sign a disclaimer stating that if you get cancer in the future you won’t sue them, they also tell you to spend at least 3 days in total isolation away from anyone, does this sound like a safe solution to you?

There is also a consequence of getting your thyroid killed off, you will need to take medication for the rest of your entire life which makes your thyroid balance out, this means regular trips to the drs to get your levels checked and unfortunately despite the claims most people still gain around 8lbs in weight every single year if they have an under active thyroid so it really is worth taking some time and doing the research before you rush into anything, usually your Dr will give you beta blockers to try and control some of the symptoms of an over active thyroid so you should certainly take this option and test it out for you, it may work well and you won’t have to opt for surgery or radioactive iodine.

One of the best things to do for an over active thyroid is go and get a hair analysis and blood work done, you need to find out what vitamins you are deficient in, the body can heal itself of most diseases if you give it the right kind of fuel, typically with the thyroid problem you are probably deficient in copper or selenium, maybe biotin as well, you really need to start a good supplementation program to help your thyroid on the road to recovery.

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Acupuncture Weight Loss – Not As Scary As You Might Think

Acupuncture has its origins in China and is one of the most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture weight loss became popular in 2003 when CNN reported success stories from weight loss clinics in China.

China has experienced an increase in obesity with the introduction and popularity of Western diet choices. The Standard American Diet often consists of too much protein, too much fat, too much sugar and not enough fruits and vegetables. Even when Americans eat fruits and vegetables they are frequently canned and over cooked leaving them without any nutritional value and no live enzymes.

Acupuncture weight loss has worked for a couple of thousand years in the Asian cultures who routinely practiced acupuncture medicine before it was made popular in the West. Chinese medical theory says that overweight people have an unbalanced digestive system.

Acupuncture weight loss has been shown to strengthen the digestive system, control the appetite and may also improve metabolism causing you to burn calories more quickly. Weight loss has always been a balance between burning more calories than you eat. Acupuncture offers a system to decrease your intake and burn more calories.

During the procedure a trained practitioner will use thin stainless steel needles under a sterile environment. The needles are sometimes combined with lasers or electrical stimulation. Other times the practitioner will manipulate the needles manually to produce the desired results. The needles are then left in place for up to 30 minutes.

Clients often report feeling heat, tingling and perhaps some numbness in the area where the needles are inserted. Other common side effects are dizziness, headaches and nausea. These side effects are minimal compared to the potential side effects of using other drug related diet supplements to help with appetite suppression and metabolism boosts.

Along with the acupuncture weight loss treatments the trained practitioner may recommend some herbal supplements. These treatments are not believed to be enough to maintain weight loss. Medical studies show that daily exercise, diet choices and dealing with food issues are also an important part of the process.

It can take sometime for the body to adjust to acupuncture for weight loss but clients report that with patience food cravings and overeating do disappear. Acupuncture weight loss also helps to reduce stress which can be a huge boost to stress eaters.

Before going to a practitioner do your homework. Look for referrals from people who are satisfied with their experience. Practitioners should be certified doctors who hold certifications through the National Certification Commission For Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The costs will vary with the area of the country and the experience of the practitioner. Not all insurance companies will cover the costs.

Acupuncture weight loss is becoming more and more popular as a weight loss option to the diet supplements and making it on your own. It appears to have the least number of side effects of any of the diet ‘helpers’ and has thousands of years of documentation and case study to prove its’ effectiveness.

The choice is yours, but those needles are not as scary you might think!

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Non Chemical Sunscreen Reviews – Environmentally Safe and Waterproof

According to many non chemical sunscreen reviews they are the best choice for protection. Not only do they offer natural ingredients that nourish the skin but they also do not have that sticky feeling when applied to the skin that many chemical sunscreen products have.

Sunscreens fall into two categories chemical and non chemical. Chemical sunscreen works by absorbing the sun’s rays. Natural sunscreen works by reflecting the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens are effective but many are not very safe to use.

Naturally-based sunscreen products have increased in popularity because of consumer demands and due to the fact that so many of them are concerned about irritants to the skin that so many chemical sunscreens contain.

Natural sunscreen is absorbed quickly into the skin and is made with all natural ingredients such as minerals, plants and herbs. The main ingredient found in natural sunscreen products is the mineral titanium dioxide. Titanium dioxide has the ability to block harmful sunrays and it is not toxic. Plus it is considered by many to be the perfect product to protect against the sun.

In addition to titanium dioxide most non chemical sunscreen products also contain zinc oxide which is a natural mineral that is safe for everyone to use including children and those who have sensitive skin. Both titanium dioxide and zinc oxide have replaced iron oxides found in chemical sunscreen and they tend to work just as well or better with the addition of being safe according to non chemical sunscreen reviews.

Natural sunscreen also contains other beneficial ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, flower extract, hawthorn, golden seal, comfrey extract, rosemary leaf extract, beta carotene and the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E which protect against free radicals. Other helpful and nourishing ingredients include olive oil, canola, oil, shea butter, DMAE, lipoic acid, green tea and algae which all nourish the skin naturally.

Non chemical sunscreen reviews say these products are usually made without any harmful chemicals, and in most cases there has not been any animal testing on any of their products nor do they contain any additives. Generally they are fragrance free which means they will not irritate the skin and are made with natural oils and they are environmentally safe and are also waterproof and sweat resistant.

Chemical sunscreens are more common, but are more likely to contain toxic chemicals that are bad for the skin and are very unhealthily. Natural sunscreen stays on the surface of the skin and is not deeply absorbed which makes it a healthier option than using chemical-based sunscreen.

But it should be noted that some are not completely sold on natural sunscreen products that contain titanium oxide and want to see more research before they are totally convinced, but it has been deemed to be completely safe and is very popular among consumers according to many non chemical sunscreen reviews.

Natural products are safe and are the ideal choice because they nourish the skin without causing damage or irritation and provide lasting protection.

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Can Taking Aspirin Reduce Your Risk For A Heart Attack?

Aspirin has been used for a long time to relieve pain from everything from a fever to arthritis. We have always been told by researches that it is a great ally in the fight against heart disease. If you are a man, taking an aspirin a day can help lower the risk of you having an initial heart attack and also a recurring attack and it also lowers your overall risk of developing heart disease. It does not work exactly the same in women and that is why it is especially important that they consult with their doctor before they begin any aspirin regimen on their own.

You should proceed with caution when you begin to take aspirin because even though it prevents blood clots from forming which can cause heart attacks, it can also have some serious side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding. This is why aspirin therapy is only recommended if its benefits outweigh the risks involved in taking it, especially in women.

Studies have shown that in healthy women over the age of 45, aspirin does not reduce the risk of a first heart attack, but it does reduce the risk of a stroke that is caused by a blood clot. On the other hand, aspirin does reduce the risk of a first heart attack for women over the age of 65, so if you do fall into this category, you might consider discussing aspirin therapy with your doctor.

Before your doctor starts you on aspirin therapy, he will take a look at your entire health history and determine your heart attack risk. People who are at high risk are included in the following categories:

* Smokers

* People with high blood pressure

* People with high cholesterol

* Diabetic people *

People with a family history of heart disease

* People who do not exercise or have high stress or women who drink one or more alcoholic drinks a day

It is very important for you to not start taking aspirin on your own. You need to see your doctor first and he will determine the right aspirin for you to take based on your own needs. Not everyone needs to take an aspirin daily as some people may need only one every couple of days. Also, dosage will not be the same for everyone. Some people are able to take only a baby aspirin a day(81mg) where others will require a stronger dosage of as much as 325 mg per day which is equal to the amount in a regular adult aspirin.

Not everyone is able to start an aspirin regimen. People with bleeding or clotting disorders, stomach ulcers, heart failure, asthma, and allergies to aspirin are not eligible to start aspirin therapy.

Taking an aspirin during a heart attack can improve your chances for survival. Naturally, if you suspect that someone is having a heart attack, call 911 first . Some doctors recommend taking an uncoated regular dose aspirin tablet after you have contacted emergency services, but never take or give an aspirin to someone who you suspect may have had a stroke because aspirin can make a stroke worse that has been caused by bleeding.

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Zumba Dance Classes The Truth on How to Burn Up to 800 Calories While

Why are Hollywood “A” list actors, actresses and regular folks like you and I jumping into Zumba dance classes ? Well it’s because now they can burn calories, lose body fat and have fun dancing!

If you have thought about taking Zumba dance classes and have put it off, nows the time to jump in and find out what the fuss is all about. With the easy to follow instruction this new cardio training is the way to go.

What’s really exciting about Zumba is the music and songs. The dancers just want to go wild at certain points in the dancing. It’s almost like being in a hip New York dance club.

The dances include punching routines, along with salsa, cumbia and merengue. Zumba exercises the legs, arms and wow does it work the abdomen in gyrating ways. Unlike like typical aerobics the Zumba instructors use nonverbal cues.

The Hottest Fitness Craze In America

Zumba dance classes may be the hottest fitness craze, but the people are getting results and they are definitely not feeling crazy. According to a recent newspaper article. . . “Zumba fans report weight losses of anywhere from 26 to 115 pounds. One woman told an instructor that Zumba changed her life. A cancer survivor swore that it was Zumba that got her up in the morning. “

Its results like these reported in a recent magazine. . . “”People rush to get here, me included, ” says Karen Ford, a ceramic artist from Westport, who says Zumba has re-energized her after years of Bikram yoga and weight-lifting. She still enjoys those things but says, “This is the one class I hate to miss and almost never do. “

Easy To Follow Dance Moves

A representative dance class includes some easy sequence of steps – such as thrusting the hips from side to side and some coordinating arms. Zumba hits the critical core ab muscles, tones the arms and really works the legs and hips.

The classes have a sexy feel to them.

Many of the students show their bare stomach and wear skimpy tank tops, but that is the degree of the burlesque qualities.

In Summary :

Zumba Dance Classes are a fat burning, body shaping and fun workout. Any one any age can get results fast. To learn more about losing weight, quickly reshaping your body and having fun while doing it. . . Click to for class schedules in New Jersey and free Zumba tips, tricks and DVDs.

A Clean Look at the History of Beards

Men are blessed in many ways. However, one blessing that most men can own up to is the ability to grow a beard. Perhaps, it is really a curse, because if one wants the clean-shaven look – there is a daily ritual. This is probably not a bad thing, because it provides a time of solitude and stillness in the family bathroom.

A study of the history of mankind gives a strange picture about beards – there does not seem to be a lot of logic to when and where beards are and are not appropriate. There were times in history that having a beard, could get the wearer beaten or killed, could get the person thrown out of the church or could cause the wearer to be taxed at a higher rate. Taxing a beard these days, would make us all shave twice daily!

The removal of face hair must have been very painful thousands of year ago, as they first simply plucked out the hairs, then they sharpened anything that they could get their hands on, like shells, crystals and flints to cut their beards. At one stage Greek philosophers wanted everyone to believe that a beard was a sign of wisdom, but later some of the war-farers saw beards as an impediment to war and soldiers were ordered to shave.

Peter I (late 17th century) and Henry VIII (early 16th century) declared that beards should not be worn and ordered their officials to shave and added a tax for those who wished to keep a beard. Henry however grew a beard, because he was king! Clergymen in the 16th century were clean-shaven as a sign of celibacy, so with the reformation, many who left the church grew a beard, as an outward sign of rebellion. The longer the beard the greater the protest! The beard tax continued in England with Elizabeth I, as a revenue raiser for the government.

A number of interesting beard customs over the years:

1. Amish men shave until they marry, then after marriage they shave no more.

2. Alexandra the Great made his soldiers shave, so that their beards could not be grabbed during hand to hand combat.

3. An old German tribe member was not allowed to shave until he had killed an enemy.

4. Roman boys would not remove facial hair until they reached manhood. The first shave would be offered to their idols.

5. WWI soldiers could not have a beard, because wearing a beard did not give an effective seal on the gas-mask.

There are always interesting facts found when any subject is researched. Beards are no exception.

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