Health and Fitness A-Z

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Abdominals – The phrase “six pack” is searched for 1.2 million times a month on Google alone.  All abdominals are shaped differently.  You can have a “six pack” without having strong abdominal muscles.

B

Blood Pressure – If we had no blood pressure we wouldn’t be able to live.  Blood pressure has two readings:  systolic – the highest pressure when your heart beats and pushes blood around your body; and diastolic – the lowest pressure when your heart relaxes between beats.  Globally, nearly one billion people have high blood pressure. However, the problem is growing and by 2025 an estimated 1.56 billion adults will be living with high blood pressure (hypertension).  High blood pressure has no symptoms.

C

Cardio – Cardio alone burns both muscle and fat.  Cardio work outs can build stamina, boost energy, beat stress, help you lose weight, increases blood circulation, increases lung capacity and it helps improve your alertness

D

Diets – In 1820 a diet was popularized by lord Byron which entailed drinking water mixed with apple juice.  Exercising on an empty stomach does not make you lose more calories.  Juicing fruits and vegetables removes one of their most valuable components: fibre.

E

Eczema – According to the National Eczema Society there are many types of Eczema.  Eczema can become infected as it causes skin to crack.  There is no cure for eczema.

F

Fever – A fever could be considered any body temperature above the normal 37c although medically a person is not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 38c.  A normal fever will not cause brain damage.  Fevers do not have to be treated with medication.

G

Glaucoma – There is no cure (yet) for glaucoma.  It is estimated that 3 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of them know they have it.  Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness.

H

Hives – Hives or otherwise known as urticaria, is an outbreak of swollen, pale red bumps or wheals on the skin that appear suddenly either as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens, or for unknown reasons.  They normally cause itching yet may also burn or sting.  20 percent of the world suffers from hives.  Over 80 percent of all hive cases are not diagnosed or treated.  Hives can occur all over your body including your throat, lips and tongue.

I

Indian Head Massage – The art of Indian Head Massage originated from Ayurveda Indian Head Massage, also known as champissage is a form of relaxation massage that focusses on the face, head, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms which are important energy centers within the body.  It’s benefits include: general relaxation, improved look circulation increasing oxygen supply to the brain, relieves sleeplessness, restlessness and insomnia, relieves symptoms of anxiety and depression and helps prevent migraines, headaches and back pain.

J

Japanese facial massage is based in part on the principles of acupressure, it is a modern take on meridian theory, which goes back thousands of years in Japan and China.  It’s benefits include:  improved skin tone, improved balance of health in body, and improved removal of metabolic waste products.

Jet lag – Jet Lag has nothing to do with the length of the trip. Instead, it’s all about how many time zones you transverse.  People over the age of 50 are more likely to develop jet lag that people under the age of 30.

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Kawasaki disease – Kawasaki disease cannot be prevented.  The disease can affect some children’s coronary arteries

L

Lyme disease – Lyme disease infects 300,000 people a year.  A bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks.  40 percent of Lyme disease patients end up with long term health problems.  There are 5 subspecies of borrelia burgdorferi (the predominant causative agent of Lyme disease)

M

Meditation – Benefits of meditation are both immediate and long term.   Meditation speeds up brain processing potential and can improve memory recall.

N

Nutrition – Nutrition helps your: Heart, bone and teeth strength, brain health, skin, and weight control.

O

Osteopathy – Osteopaths perform Musculoskeletal Manipulation helps to repair the brain/body connection so the body may heal themselves. 20 percent of osteopathic physicians.  Osteopaths see 100 million patients a year.

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Psoriasis – Psoriasis is not caused by poor standards of hygiene.  Psoriasis patients may be at risk of other health conditions such as heart disease, depression, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer.

Q

Qi Gong – Qi Gong is estimated to be 5,000 years old.  It is practiced by 80 million people each day.  It is found to be effective in lowering high-blood pressure.

R

Raynaud’s – A common disorder in which the small blood vessels in the extremities are over sensitive to changes in temperature.  Cold temperatures can cause Raynaud’s disease.  The disease affects more women than men.  Certain medications can aggravate the condition.

S

Skin tag  – Skin tags can grow in summer and in winter probably due to sun exposure.  They are most often harmless

T

Toothache – Some causes of toothaches are: tooth decay, inflammation of the tooth pulp, abscesses, gum disease, loose or broken filling, cracked or impacted tooth, and exposed tooth root.

U

Ultrasound – Ultrasound was first used for clinical purposes in 1956.  There are many different areas which ultrasound is used in, some of which are: Medical sonography, industrial ultrasound, ultrasonic cleaning, ultrasonic humidifier, Ultrasonic Identification, sonochemistry and 3D ultrasound.  If a pregnant woman sees images of a foetus – especially their own – they are less likely to terminate a pregnancy.

V

Vitiligo – Vitiligo causes are still unknown.  Vitiligo is gender neutral.  There is no way to predict the spread of vitiligo.  There is no cure for Vitiligo.

W

Warts – Warts are contagious. The wart disease (HPV) is incurable.  Warts will eventually disappear on their own.

X

X-ray – X-rays were discovered by accident when German scientist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen while he was experimenting with vacuum tubes.  CAT scanners can take thousands of X-rays to make up one image.  X-rays have enough energy to ionize atoms and disrupt molecular bonds, which makes them harmful to living tissue.

Y

Yoga – 16 million Americans practice yoga and spent 5.7 billion a year on gear.  Studies show that yoga reduces the risk of heart disease by improving arterial flow.  Yoga also helps treat diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma.

Z

Zinc – Zinc deficiency is associated with many diseases and is believed to affect around 2 billion people world worldwide.  Zinc is made when stars die and explode, causing zinc and other minerals to spew throughout space.  Adults have an average of 2 – 3mg of zinc in their bodies.