THE BENEFITS OF THE SUN-RAYSIf the exposure to sun light is moderate, the benefits outnumber the dangers. First of all sunshine has a good effect upon the mental health and well-being, both due to the visible light and to the warming effect. The UVA rays in the sunlight stimulates the skin to produce vitamin D. This vitamin is necessary for the normal composition, growth and regeneration of bone tissue. By to low levels of vitamin D in the body, the bones tend to loose calcium and get thinner and weaker. Newer findings suggest that many people do not get enough of this vitamin through the diet or do not absorb enough from the intestines, and need this stimulation to get good enough levels of vitamin D.Newer findings also suggest that moderate amount of sunshine does not promote the occurence of skin cancer. On the contrary, in moderate amounts, exposure to sunshine seems to help prevent cancers of several types., especially breast cancer, colon cancer and prostate cancer.The benefit that most people go for when engaging in sun bath, is the browning effect. This effect comes from the UVA rays stimulating the melanocytes in the skin to produce more of the brown pigment - melanin. The increased amount of melanin will protect the skin against the harms of sun-rays, and make you tolerate greater amounts of sun before harmful effects occur. The sun rays also stimulate the upper layer of the skin to grow thicker, and this makes the skin more robust against damage. As long as this thickening is moderate, the thickening is a good effect.THE DANGERS OF THE SUN-RAYSThe most visible danger of exaggerated sun exposure is the burning effect caused by the UVB rays. The effect is mostly due to immune cells in the skin releasing histamine. Histamine then causes blood vessels to dilate and also cause other symptoms of acute inflammation. Some cells will also be injured by the sunlight to such extend that they die, causing the upper layer of the skin to flake away..Exaggerated exposure to sun can cause brown spots - liver-spots. Furthermore it can cause the cancer type called basal cell carcinoma. These effects are caused both from the UVA and UVB rays. This type of cancer looks like brown flakes or brown spots, and may be difficult to distinguish from liver-spots. However, this kind of cancer is little malignant, and is in many cases just a cosmetic problem.But the UVA and UVB rays from too much sun exposure can also cause malignant melanoma. This cancer consists of melanocyte cells been transformed into cancer cell. Malignant melanoma often evolves from birth marks. This cancer can remain small for a long time, but can also spread and develop very rapidly and swiftly evolve into a serious disease. In its initial stages, the cancer looks like an irregularly shaped and abnormally or irregularly coloured birthmark. People having been exposed to much sun and often been sunburned form an early age, are in special risk for malignant melanoma.Traditionally skin cancers were thought to be caused by the UVB rays, but newer findings suggest that the whole ultraviolet spectre participates in causing cancers. Therefore using solariums that gives off only UVA rays is not safe from cancer risk. Too much sun exposure for a long time will increase the speed of skin aging and cause permanent changes in the skin, due to the effects of UVB rays. The wrinkles will multiply and aggravate. Also the blood vessels in the skin tend to become permanently dilated and areas of the skin will often get an abnormal or irregular thickness, some places too thin, other places too thick. Due to the widened blood vessels, the skin will be permanently red.UVC rays are normally filtered out from by the ozone layer in the upper atmosphaere. Nowadays this layer is wakened over certain areas in certain times. These rays are the most dangerous and easily cause cancer and other types of skin damage.WHAT IS THE BEST PROTECTION AGAINST SUNLIGHTThe best way to get just enough sun exposure to get the benefits, but not so much to suffer the harms caused by sun rays, is just to expose your skin for the sun some time, and then cover the skin by clothes. The time recomanded for naked exposure vary considerably. A person with brown skin can take much more than a pale person. The same is true about a person with thick skin. As you get used to the sun each year, you will gradually get browner andalso tolerate more. If you take sunbath for the first time in the year, and you have not yet get used to the sun, 10-15 minutes may be enough. However, often you want to expose your skin to the sun rays longer than an unprotected skin can tolerate, and then you have to use some topical sun protection. Sun balms are found with protection from 3 to 30. The protection factor is supposed to tell how many times longer you can be in the sunshine with the balm on, than without the balm. Be aware that the real protection factor may be less than that written on the bottle. A balm with the factor 20 does not always really have that factor. If you know you can tolerate 0.5 hours exposure without protection, do not think that you really will tolerate 10 hours exposure with a balm of factor 20 on. The balm must also be renewed several times during the time you expose yourself for the sun. That is especially true if you take swims. The balm must neither be too old.The face is the body part that it is most important to protect against the sun, since the face does not have any clothes on, and accordingly gets longest sun exposure.Some kinds of nutrition seems to make the skin more robust against the impact from sun rays. It is for example wise to eat much fish and use olive oil in the diet. You should also attend to the news about the ozone layer, and always protect your skin in periods with weakened ozone layer.
While some couples are avoiding pregnancy and into birth control pills and expensive methods, for other couples, it is still important to have their own baby. In fact, some couples have been using the latest technology the modern medicine has been offering. According to the National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC), five percent of infertility treatments involve in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other kinds of assisted reproductive technologies. It is a method in which a laboratory is used to try to help a couple become pregnant. More than 70,000 babies have been born in the United States using assisted reproductive technologies, including 45,000 born as a result of in vitro fertilization. IVF makes pregnancy possible for more than half of the couples who pursue treatment.Techniques like IVF made news since the 1970s, however, they are still something of an inexact or inaccurate science. The success rates for each therapy range from as low as 1% to as high as 50%, and a successful pregnancy depends on a variety of factors. It can include the age of the woman, the cause of infertility, and the skill of the technician performing the procedure. One natural procedure that is still very popular today and has said to increase the chances of a woman to become pregnant.Although modern medical science has failed to conclusively explain just how it works, acupuncture is said to help a couple have a baby. Acupuncture is based in the Chinese belief that a balance in the energy flow known as qi and chi through the body is needed in order to stay healthy. When a blockage or imbalance occurs in that flow, one's health is negatively affected. There are 20 major pathways that qi is believed to travel along and these pathways, or meridians, are accessible through 400 different acupuncture points.Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicines believe that a variety of energy patterns can interfere with becoming pregnant. Acupuncture works for infertility by increasing the production of endorphins in the brain, which helps people de-stress and relax. The traditional treatment can help stabilize hormone levels for the couple. This can mean increased in sperm production for men and can improve the blood supply in the uterus and the ovaries among women. Doctors believe that integrating acupuncture helps relieve some stress and anxiety that patients may face.Acupuncture can be used in combination with other Western Medicine treatments for infertility when trying to get pregnant. Acupuncturist Jin Jin Hua claims that the 4,000-year-old practice of using hair-thin needles to penetrate and stimulate organs can work alongside IVF to create a successful pregnancy. It has a surprising success rate of sixty percent among infertile women. And there is some scientific evidence to back this up, said Ms Jin. A German study published in April 2002 showed that 42.5 percent of women who underwent acupuncture, once before and once after the transfer of the embryos in the uterus, became pregnant.The desired effect of acupuncture is to harmonize the body and bring the body and its systems to an optimal state of wellness. In contrast, using acupuncture as birth control would run counter to those desired effects. Most acupuncturists do not have the level of mastery needed to ensure that acupuncture would be as effective as "birth control pills" and other traditional forms of birth control.
Earlier studies seemed to indicate that if antibiotics and birth control pills are taken simultaneously, more women got pregnant than one would normally expect. Medications like ampicillin and tetracycline are suspected of interfering with the effectiveness of birth control pills. However, from all the studies that saw this connection, they have shown that antibiotics do not increase the pregnancy rate at all, and points out that older information was not reliable enough to draw conclusions about pregnancy rates on any of the antibiotics. From recent studies, some reported antibiotics show no signs in affecting the metabolism of birth control pills. An example of such antibiotics include Cipro, which does not alter metabolism; and Diflucan, a product that does not decrease estrogen but actually increases it.Still, if one takes both "antibiotics and birth control" products, the contraceptive may not work, therefore increasing the chances of becoming pregnant. Oral contraceptives or birth control pills work by affecting the production of certain hormones that can stop a woman's ovaries from releasing eggs; or make the lining of the uterus thinner so that fertilized eggs cannot attach to the uterus; and it can make it harder for the sperm to reach the eggs. All these are done by two hormones: the estrogens and progestins.The reason behind antibiotics and birth control when taken together is that some antibiotics make it hard for the body to absorb the hormones contained in birth control pills. Other antibiotics makes the body get rid of the hormones even faster, and if either of this happens, the lower hormonal levels in the body may allow a woman to get pregnant even if she does not want to. Such antibiotics cause the enzymes in the liver to increase the break down of estrogens and thereby decrease the levels of estrogens in the body and the effectiveness of the birth control pills. Some of the antibiotics with this kind of effect include rifampin, penicillin, tetracyclines, and trimethoprim, among others. Another reason on how antibiotics interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills is by the reduction of re-circulation of estrogens within the body. Estrogens in birth control pills are broken down by conversion in the liver to other chemicals which are secreted into the intestines in the bile produced by the liver. Bacteria in the intestine are able to convert these chemicals back into the active estrogen which is then re-absorbed into the body.. This re-circulation is called entero-hepatic cycling. Theoretically, antibiotics can kill the bacteria that convert the inactive chemicals to the active estrogen, and, therefore, may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Unwanted pregnancies could occur. Although it has not been proven that unwanted pregnancies can occur by this means, drug manufacturers caution that antibiotics could decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.However, other antibiotics will not affect contraceptive implants. An implant is a capsule inserted under the skin on the inside of a woman's upper arm. This reduces the chances of becoming pregnant by releasing progestin into one's bloodstream. To make sure that pregnancy prevention is at hand, always inform the doctor if one is taking birth control pills. The doctor may then prescribe another medication, or discuss possible drug interactions. If in case one is under prescription medications, one can still take birth control pills only if there is a barrier form of birth control. This includes the use of a condom, a diaphragm, or a cervical cap.
The addiciton to drugs and painkillers has received more publicity after Rush Limbaugh spent a month in rehab for an addiction to painkillers. Celebrities such as Whitney Houston and Faith Evans also were in the news for drug rehabilitation treatment.Studies at the University of Buffalo have shown that those who fall into addictions often suffer from a tendency for self-blame and shame and this may lead someone towards drugs and alcohol as a way to cope.Look at your own tendences for shame if you are yourself inclined towards drugs and alcohol. Do you beat yourself up a lot after a specific situation? Or if you know someone with an inclination towards drugs or alcohol what is his or her self-esteem like?In meditation classes it's often discussed that we are not our negative emotions, but can watch them. There is always a part of our mind that can observe our anger, jealousy, frustrations etc. Get in touch with that part rather than staying in the swirl that is a downward spiral of self-recrimination.When there is a painful moment due to a bad situation at work etc, try and take a deep breath and remember that the boss or co-worker has their own set of issues etc. It is easy to go home and want some way to forget things and that is where alcohol and drugs can come in. But try to think about the person who insulte you . Are they really in control of their own emotions and their own reactions? Or are they just responding like a reflex perhaps based on their own family history and issues themselves?The more we can see what other people are going through, the easier it is to not buy into their outbursts towards us and this can help stop the cycle that leads people into drugs and alcohol to soothe the pain. This helps us to be calmer and more peaceful and not part of the chain reaction.
There is a good question everybody asks: how many hours of sleep are required to feel well? The answers may alter. According to the statistics people require from seven to nine hours to be in shape. However there are people that state that they feel exhausted and worn out even after a nine-hour sleep. On the contrary we have individuals who may be quite content with a three-hour sleep. These variations are explained as difference in the genetic codes. To prove that the older the nation gets the less it sleeps, scientists held a simple test. They compared the average length of sleep in the nineteenth century with the length in twentieth. The result showed that the duration of sleep has been 20% reduced. Modern society now sleeps half an hour less than it used to do two hundred years ago. Technical innovations that are destined to make our lives easier make us stressed out and take time from us. There is no living human that does not like sleeping. Sleep is extremely good for the immune system and for the state of the body in general. There was a good rule in my family when I was a little kid. When someone was sound asleep, nobody had a right to wake him/her up, unless there was a fair reason to do so.Seems quite possible to plan rest and work, but daily problems surround us every minute. Parents and children wake up early to get to the kindergarten, to school to work and million other places. There are some professions that require their holders to be at work late at night and those poor people go there every day. Students usually sit up late with their current tasks assignments and prepare for future tests. For some people life starts after dark when clubs, pubs, casinos, cafes attract people that enjoy such an atmosphere. Sometimes they start their new day after having only a two-hour sleep or even having no sleep at all. Such mornings do not bring anything pleasant but headaches, exhaustion and aggression. This rhythm of life does more harm than brings pleasure. Lack of sleep also causes obesity, says Canadian scientist. If the body demands rest, let the brain rest also. Sound sleep is a gift. Nightmares are even worse than being awake. If a person remembers dreams after the night, this means that your brain was not resting and what you have as a result is constant headache and broken nerves. Live a healthy life and take care of yourself and others around you and youThere is a good question everybody asks: how many hours of sleep are required to feel well? The answers may alter. According to the statistics people require from seven to nine hours to be in shape. However there are people that state that they feel exhausted and worn out even after a nine-hour sleep. On the contrary we have individuals who may be quite content with a three-hour sleep. These variations are explained as difference in the genetic codes. To prove that the older the nation gets the less it sleeps, scientists held a simple test. They compared the average length of sleep in the nineteenth century with the length in twentieth. The result showed that the duration of sleep has been 20% reduced. Modern society now sleeps half an hour less than it used to do two hundred years ago. Technical innovations that are destined to make our lives easier make us stressed out and take time from us. There is no living human that does not like sleeping. Sleep is extremely good for the immune system and for the state of the body in general. There was a good rule in my family when I was a little kid. When someone was sound asleep, nobody had a right to wake him/her up, unless there was a fair reason to do so.Seems quite possible to plan rest and work, but daily problems surround us every minute. Parents and children wake up early to get to the kindergarten, to school to work and million other places. There are some professions that require their holders to be at work late at night and those poor people go there every day. Students usually sit up late with their current tasks assignments and prepare for future tests. For some people life starts after dark when clubs, pubs, casinos, cafes attract people that enjoy such an atmosphere. Sometimes they start their new day after having only a two-hour sleep or even having no sleep at all. Such mornings do not bring anything pleasant but headaches, exhaustion and aggression. This rhythm of life does more harm than brings pleasure. Lack of sleep also causes obesity, says Canadian scientist. If the body demands rest, let the brain rest also. Sound sleep is a gift. Nightmares are even worse than being awake. If a person remembers dreams after the night, this means that your brain was not resting and what you have as a result is constant headache and broken nerves. Live a healthy life and take care of yourself and others around you and your life will start to seem easier.r life will start to seem easier.